THIS WEBSITE IS UPDATED ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS - PROVIDING VILLAGE INFORMATION WILL ASSIST IN INFORMING RESIDENTS OF EVENTS AND MEETINGS ETC

 

FROM TIME TO TIME WE HAVE VACANCIES FOR COUNCILLORS AND WE DO CURRENTLY (JULY 2021) - IF YOU LIVE IN THE VILLAGE  AND FEEL YOU COULD CONTRIBUTE  PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK JODIE CARTER BY E MAIL AT 

melburyosmond@dorset-aptc.gov.uk  OR   info@melburyosmond.co.uk

NO PARTICULAR QUALIFICATIONS ARE NEEDED -  ITS ALL ABOUT MEETING TO DISCUSS AND ACT ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO OUR COMMUNITY. 

 


JOIN IN THE FUN

Evershot has asked if Melbury is interested in restarting the annual cricket match. In the past it has been a fun afternoon with an excellent tea, played on Evershot's cricket field. John Senior has agreed to canvas support for any players, old/young/female/male who would like to play. No date has been fixed but in the past the event took place mid to end of August. Depending on teams there could be two teams or a single wicket competition.

John says "Please put your hand up  and rally your young to express interest. It would be a pity if we are unable to provide players of one sort or another" and he believes that there is a trophy somewhere!

If interested please contact John on 01935 83229 or e mail him at  john@cheney-house.co.uk - all are welcome to be in the team and its all about fun so don't worry if you're not as fit as you used to be!

 

 

 

Join us for our coffee morning on the first Thursday of August and then the first Thursday of each month to December.  We don’t have one in January but start again in February. 

 

 

The boule court on the Rec is open to everyone in the village and their visitors. You can play anytime of the day and any day of the week but a few villagers meet for a game at 4 pm on Tuesdays if you would like to join us then.

House rules please - no football, no bikes etc only boules on the court. 

The village hall Chairman is looking for new Committee members, a Secretary and also a cleaner. More here 
The village hall will re-open Thursday June 3rd - more here

JULY 19th  COVID RULES AND WHATS CHANGED - READ HERE THE LATEST FROM THE GOVERNMENT

PLEASE DO ADHERE TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES TO KEEP SAFE LIKE THE SUGGESTION TO KEEP WEARING MASKS IN SUPERMARKETS ETC   

DONT FORGET - THE VILLAGE HALL 'PUB' WILL BE LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY JULY 30TH AT 6.30 PM - COME ALONG AND ENJOY A PINT OR TWO! IT WILL BE SERVING BEER, WINES, LAGER, LIGHT SNACKS


Click here for more details on the great news that superfast broadband has arrived in the village.

If you would like to send us any news or information to go on the website please e mail info@melburyosmond.co.uk and subject to approval we will be happy to do so.


The Playground

The playground can be used if government guidelines are adhered to- so please follow the link above to see what the current regulations are.

In addition please adhere to the advice below which is also displayed at the playground.
· Under 14s only to use equipment
· One family member per one child
· Please retain 1 metre distance from other users
· Please provide and use hand sanitiser gel or wipes before and after use
· Do not touch face after using equipment
· Consumption of food and drink is not permitted
· Please take litter home
We would note that playground equipment is inspected annually by RoSPA with the last inspection carried out May 2021 - some repair/replacement work is needed to the swings so we apologise that they have been removed for the time being.


The Village

BETTER TIMES ARE AHEAD SO -  

Like to know a little more about our lovely village? It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and you can learn more here and also about the Ilchester Estates connection.

 

 

 


This website is a communication tool for the village as well as meeting legal transparency requirements. We hope you find the content of interest, whether you are a visitor or resident. If you would like to send details for publication on the site (subject to approval) please email them to info@melburyosmond.co.uk

Read about the Thomas Hardy connection 

 

The Parish Council would like to thank Dorset POPP for their assistance in the purchase of the village defibrillator. 

The Village Hall Coffee Mornings - take place on the first Thursday of every month with homemade cakes, tea and coffee at a nominal cost with money going to the village hall restoration fund. They are cancelled for the time being due to Coronavirus.

       

 

 

History of Melbury Osmond

 

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book . The parish church, St. Osmund's, was totally rebuilt in 1745 and restored in 1888, although it has registers dating back to 1550. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 199- probably 50 or so more than today.

St Osmund’s is in the Gothic style with 5 bells and during the restoration in 1888 by the 5th Earl of Ilchester a Norman font of Ham Hill stone was found built into the masonry, the chancel was lengthened in 1910.

The major part of Melbury Osmond village lies on a cul-de-sac lane which from the church descends past cottages to a stream and ford. The attractive appearance of the village has been noted by commentators: it has been described as "a calendar smith’s dream of thatched cottages" and in 1906 Sir Frederick Treves wrote that it was "the most charming village in these Western backwoods".

In its history the village has been involved in the trade of plated buckles and horn buttons, and the manufacture of dowlas. During the 19th century, the village was home to the Dorset Ooser, a wooden mask brought out during "Rough Music" ceremonies.

There are 34 listed buildings and structures within the parish, including the Grade II* Old Rectory and the Grade I parish church.

Thomas Hardy's mother lived in Melbury Osmond as a child, and she was married in the church.The village appears as "Little Hintock" in Hardy's novel The Woodlanders, in which the heroine's name is "Grace Melbury". Hardy also incorporated a legend about the Duke of Monmouth taking refuge in one of the village's cottages into his short story "The Duke's Reappearance".