Keeping you up to date

Litter Pick

Please note that, due to current circumstances, the Litter Pick is postponed to a later date.

For information on the Coronavirus please visit the Government website  

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone that has volunteered to help with deliveries to those in isolation - the response has been overwhelming. We have been unable to use everyone that has volunteered due to limited demand however there are other organisations that may need your help. Please have a look at this leaflet to see where you might be able to volunteer. 

 Please visit our Latest News page for information on help offered to those in self isolation.

Please note that the Memorial Hall and the Old School Hall are both shut due to the current public health crisis. 

 Test and Trace

The new NHS Test and Trace system launched yesterday, (28 May) across England, and Public Health Dorset is encouraging any residents with symptoms of coronavirus to use the service.

NHS Test and Trace will identify those who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Alongside continuing effective social distancing, the NHS Test and Trace service will be key for us to contain local cases and prevent a second peak in infections.

The instruction is clear: if you have symptoms of coronavirus, self-isolate, get tested and share your contacts with NHS Test and Trace.

We’re grateful for the role our communities have played so far in following the rules and limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Dorset, so we’re urging local people to keep this up by using this new service and following any advice they are given.

If you develop coronavirus symptoms, isolate, book a test and share contacts with the NHS Test and Trace team.



The next Parish Council Meeting 16th July 2020
 Parish Council Grants

The Parish Council will be considering the annual grants at the next meeting on Thursday 16th July 2020. If your organisation would like to be considered for a grant please contact the Parish Clerk on for more details. 

Planning Applications
Weather Warnings and Flooding 
Sturminster Marshall Health Walk - see the Latest News page for more details.
Dorset Road Safe Website
Non-Emergency Directory
If you wish to report a non-emergency to Dorset Police you can do this on line at

Neighbourhood Plan 

Sturminster Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan – Update

We have now reached the evidence gathering stage of our Neighbourhood Plan and it is vital that everyone has an opportunity to have a say in the Plan’s development and our future. The Steering Group is now starting to consult widely and want to hear about YOUR ideas, concerns and priorities.

Every household in the Parish will shortly receive a questionnaire and we urge as many residents as possible to complete and return this questionnaire.

Ensure you have your say in how the parish of Sturminster Marshall develops over the following years until 2033

About Sturminster Marshall Parish

Welcome to the Sturminster Marshall Parish Council’s website. On this website you will find details of all the Parish Council’s meetings as well as our policies and financial information. You will also find links to other community facilities and groups in the parish.

Sturminster Marshall (population 1,969 at the 2011 Census) is 3 miles West of Wimborne Minster and 7 miles NW of Poole in Dorset. The village lies on the right bank of the River Stour where it is joined by the Winterbourne. The outlying settlements of Newton Peveril, Almer and Mapperton are in the Winterbourne valley, whilst Henbury and Stoney Down extend to higher ground on the southern side of the Stour valley.

Two main roads intersect in the parish: the A31 trunk road running East to West and the A350 running North to South.

Although people have lived in and around Sturminster Marshall since Mesolithic times, the core of the present village was established in the twelfth century, when the parish church (St Mary’s) was established. The church in Almer (also St Mary’s) was built at about the same time, as was White Mill Bridge, an important crossing over the Stour and said to be the oldest bridge in Dorset.

In 1101 permission was given to hold a fair in the village and a maypole was erected. A modern replacement is still a major feature on Maypole Green.

For several hundred years, the parish was essentially an agricultural community, but the coming of the railway in 1860 provided the impetus for the opening of a milk factory, which later became the largest cheese factory in Europe. The site of the railway station and the cheese factory is now an industrial estate.

In recent years, we have become much more of a dormitory village but changing work patterns and a wider range of employment opportunities may influence the development of the parish in the