The need for a website was expressed in the 2004 Parish Plan from a significant view across both the Parishes of Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle that information should be more readily accessible. The action to provide a site was wholly endorsed by Purbeck District Council as falling within the need to capitalise on electronic information exchange generally. To avoid falling into commercial sponsorship difficulties it was decided that the site should be funded and managed by the Parish Council.
The main aim of the site is to promote this area as a relatively unspoilt part of rural England and to provide information to both residents and visitors alike on the facilities and activity within the combined parishes of Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle. The hope is that we will also start to build a significant wildlife and history section to reflect the particular interest in these subjects shown within the parishes. A small spark may even ignite the youth corner.
Technical responsibility for the site lies with the designer, Phil Collins of Morning Data, who have honoured his intention to maintain the site free of charge for as long as he lives within the parish and for the benefit of the parish. Managerial responsibility lies with the Parish Council and is presently undertaken on their behalf by Campbell de Burgh (who also acts as editor for the content). Sue Jones and Maggie Scrase have responsibility for updating the site monthly with news and amendments presented to them. Using the "contact us" section will put anyone in touch with the right person by email. All are giving their time freely so please be genuine in request and as helpful as possible to make the task as light as possible. Because this is a voluntary activity and time is limited there is no intention presently to include a discussion forum.
Any commercial enterprise wishing to use the Businesses Section of the site should discuss their requirements with the site manager. As a general rule the site will be kept up to date with basic information contained in the Bere Regis and Affpuddle Parish Magazine free of charge. Beyond that promotion will incur a fee to the Parish Council and will enable a company banner and a paragraph of text for £40 per annum for small companies and about £80 pa for large companies.
The photograph features our new news editor Sue Jones.