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Milton Abbas Trust for Community and Heritage


Minutes of the Meeting held on4 MAR 2020

The Objectives of MATCH (extracted from the MATCH Constitution) are:

1) To promote the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Milton Abbas by associating together the said inhabitants and other organisations in common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants;

2) Establish or secure the establishment of a community centre and to manage and maintain the same in furtherance of the objects;

3) To promote such other charitable purposes as may from time to time be determined; and

4) To establish and maintain, for the benefit of the public, places of scientific interest or natural beauty and otherwise promote the natural sciences.





Permanent Sub-Groups.




Village Web Site : Jennifer Harrisson

This continues to flourish under the very able direction of the web master. New items are added weekly which is so important. Please continue to send any items you wish to be added. Links to other websites have been added so if you are having difficulties finding bus time tables and the like go on the website. If you don’t have a computer pop down to the computer café on a Thursday morning and we will happily set you up. A recent addition has been the village history group and the hope is to be able to provide a link to some of the pictures that are turning up of the village in times gone by.

Thanks again to the Web Master who is doing such a good job on keeping the website up to date.


Woodland Group (Jane's Wood) : Chris Dieck

Work in the woods was badly affected by the weather during this season with only two working days taking place out of six planned. The high winds brought two trees and two more had to be felled for safety reasons. This meant employing contractors. This resulted in a large unplanned clearing up task taking most of the time available.

At the behest of MAPC a survey was carried out by members including the MAPC Tree Officer. Those trees which were deemed to be of some risk in the future were identified. We now await a visit from NDDC Tree Officer for his ruling on what should be done and when. The result to be submitted to MAPC in due course.

Due to the weather and time no further tree planting took place but that plan remains on the agenda. A professional survey of the few remaining serviceable bat boxes found one young occupant. MATCH has funded the purchase of six proprietary bat boxes and a further twelve of traditional design have been made using our own resources. These are to be put up during the Summer



Computer Café : Jennifer Harrisson

Numbers have increased slightly over the year often due to the healthy walkers’ attendance though others have been helped to understand the mysteries of computers. We have tried to make the first hour i.e. 10am to 11am (on a Thursday) a quiet hour so training can be offered. Due to the generosity of the Dorset Partnership for Older People Project i.e. POPP we have again been able to purchase new equipment. This time laptops have arrived with Windows 8 installed on them which has produced a lot of head scratching from volunteers as well as attendees. However, we will master this new introduction to the world of computers so we can continue to help others. On average we make £15 a session which pays for the coffee, heating, hire of the room and the telephone line and Broadband. This magnificent sum is due to the generosity of the villagers who continue to provide cakes for free. All helpers continue to provide their time and advice for free. Thank you.

In future all building applications will arrive via e-mails and not hard copies so if anyone wants to see what their neighbours are up to please pop down where we can assist.

There is still no news when Milton Abbas will be linked to Superfast Broadband, but the Parish Council should be informed 6 months prior to it happening. I have become a link for the process so am very happy to inform businesses and individuals more.






Community Lunch Club: Paula Kelsall & Jennifer Harrisson

POPPS [Partnerships for Older People Projects], have over the past years provided financial support to the Lunch Club. In doing so their expectation is that we will endeavour to provide a meal and social interaction for lonely people over 50. We are seeking your support to assist us to better achieve this aim. If you know of any person who would benefit from joining the Club, then please tell us, or, better still, bring them along. At present we give a regular group of about 20 people (including some visitors from outside Milton Abbas) a really jolly time and is definitely a worthwhile village activity!!

Due to work and other commitments our team of ‘chefs’ has been reduced to two, but we have had very welcome offers of help with providing food, and another team has been helping laying the tables. So it is all looking good for the future. We would be really grateful if there’s anyone who feels they could regularly commit to being on the rota for cooking.


Other Activities, Initiatives and Points of Interest

* The Bulletin/What’s On : Recently the decision was taken, by the Editorial Team, to merge The Bulletin and What’s On to form one, extended, monthly publication. During the past year M ATCH has sponsored two issues of The Bulletin and submitted various articles for publication. What’s On has been used as the prime means of advertising future Events.

* Village Activities : This publication is a summary of all the regular activities in the village. Previously issued half yearly, but in future will be annual. It is compiled by MATCH, but publication costs are now, like What's On, covered as a Street Fair beneficiary. The content has just been revised and updated and the 2014 edition will be issued next month.

* MATCH has purchased a tent with the capability of seating at tables up to 80 persons. It had its first use at the ‘40s Evening. It is available free for Village functions and can be hired for non-Village use.

* MATCH is pleased to be supporting, by monetary donation and acting as Banker, the initiative, led by Rob Golledge, to provide Grit Bins for the Catherines Well area.

* A Hostess Trolley has been purchased; with kind permission of the Alms House Trust the Trolley will reside in and be available for use in the Reading Room, but MATCH will retain ownership.

* Extra plates have been purchased and donated to the Reading Room resources.



MATCH Trustees

Chairperson: Jennifer Harrisson

Vice Chairman; Ian Maxwell,

Treasurer; Edward Watts,


Membership Secretary: l



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