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Just before lockdown, the Parish Council agreed that we should set up a group to coordinate voluntary help for those who needed to self-isolate. A lot has happened since then and we are keeping the village website up to date with links to the latest Government advice and regulations and lists of local businesses who will deliver to the village. Most of us have been able to make arrangements to have food delivered or have contacts who will help us with shopping, getting medication and other…


Added by Admin on October 11, 2020 at 11:13 — No Comments

David Doe

Thank you to everyone who sent cards and messages of sympathy on the death of David.

Many thanks to Sarah, Claire and Rosemary for the beautiful flower arrangements in the church and to all who supported us on the day. It really made a difference!

Love to you all

Heather & family…


Added by Admin on October 8, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

Confused about the rules?

Here are the key rules at 22 September Government frequently asked questions

Added by Admin on October 2, 2020 at 21:00 — No Comments

The ‘ New’ Blackmore Vale has arrived.....

The first edition of The New Blackmore Vale paper came out today and I understand it is available through all the usual outlets on alternate Thursdays.  Local news in a new format, more colour and for now slimmer, I take it as a sign that life carries on under Covid-19 restrictions.  If advertisers return, the new team behind the publication hope to return to a weekly format.

There is also a BVM online service which covers north Dorset.  The implication is they are…


Added by Stella Parcell on September 25, 2020 at 17:06 — No Comments

Post lock-down Pen Pub Night huge success

On the first Friday of the month, Pen Pub once again opened the doors of your Village Hall and welcomed villagers back after a 6 month lay-off in a new CV-19 aware format. With less seating possible inside, extra tables and chairs were placed outside and the side door used to serve people watching the sun set. The indoor layout was significantly changed to facilitate social distancing with some subtle reminders of CV-19 guidance in evidence along with extra hand sanitiser stations provided…


Added by Admin on September 10, 2020 at 18:41 — No Comments

Verity Ockenden at the British Athletics Championships Friday Sept 4th

Verity will be running tomorrow night at 9.05pm in the British Championship 5000m in Manchester.

BBC2 coverage ends at 9pm but video of the race should be on social media. The British Athletics website has given these instructions on how to watch…


Added by Fiona MacKenzie on September 3, 2020 at 22:35 — 1 Comment

Ribbon of Light

On the cover of this issue of the Pen Paper is a photo by Robert Nutter of the 'Ribbon of Light' at Long Knoll. Those of you who have been driving towards Maiden Bradley may have been surprised by flashes of light on the hill.

An artist is transforming a hill into a shimmering 'Ribbon of Light' using thousands of old CDs in tribute to the NHS. …


Added by geoff parcell on August 22, 2020 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Pen Paper is printed!

The Pen Paper has been printed and will shortly be distributed. For those who can't wait here is a story of life under COVID-19 to get started on.

The Way I See IT

Added by geoff parcell on August 19, 2020 at 11:26 — 1 Comment

Found last night - Black Cocker Spaniel

Post last night on Bourton Facebook page - unfortunately, I can't share the photos..but thought I would share the text in case anyone knows who has lost her.

"Lost and Found. This young black cocker spaniel, female. Found this evening by Rebecca, visiting in Penselwood for the weekend, 8.30 all alone on Pen Mill Hill, between Bourton/Zeals and Penselwood. If you know anyone who’s lost this adorable mut , please call Rebecca on 07794 732385 or 01747 840869."

Added by Nicky Backus on July 31, 2020 at 8:05 — No Comments


To everyone who has been working on (or not, like me!) their 12" x 12" panel,could I suggest the end of September as the date to aim for completion and return your work to me.
If there's anyone else who would like to have a go and a bit of a challenge, then all you have to do is create a scene on a piece of cotton fabric (which I can supply) measuring 14" x 14" overall, leaving a border of 1" all the way round, depicting an aspect of village life that is important…

Added by geoff parcell on July 26, 2020 at 12:34 — No Comments

COVID-19 data for Somerset

Click here for charts

Added by Admin on July 18, 2020 at 13:06 — No Comments


Issue 5 is out!

Added by Admin on July 16, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments


I have a few hours available weekly for weeding and pruning jobs locally. Socially distanced and using my own tools. Please call me on 841256 if you might be interested.

Added by Fiona MacKenzie on July 13, 2020 at 19:37 — No Comments

Fete Cancellation

Hello Everyone,

The Fete Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Pen Selwood Fete.

We have spoken to many stallholders and those who provide support for the Fete over the past week. Their views have been unanimous in thinking the Fete should not go ahead. The difficulty in complying with social distancing guidelines concerned many, some feel they are unwilling to support or attend the event for fear of being exposed to the virus, and others thought it…


Added by Tony Harrison on July 6, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Village Hall

The village hall committee have their AGM on July 22nd via Zoom. We will be discussing the procedures to be undertaken in order to reopen the hall for villagers and other users.

If any villager has questions or wishes to make a comment, please submit to me at and it will be considered.

Please be assured that the hall will not be reopened until we can ensure the safety of users.

Added by Penny Varnes on July 2, 2020 at 11:27 — No Comments

No water!

we have no water in Pen this morning around area of Church and the Green.  Wessex Water have confirmed there is a burst mains in the area. I’m not sure if it extends to the whole of the village but they will notify affected households.

Added by Admin on July 1, 2020 at 8:37 — 1 Comment

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