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Flood Warnings

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 210033.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

Useful Contacts
Flood Online Reporting Tool (FORT):
Dorset Council Sandbags & Local Flooding Advice:
Dorset Council Urgent Highway Drainage Maintenance: 01305 221020
Dorset Council Non Urgent Highway Drainage Maintenance:
Wiltshire Council: 0300 456 0100 or Wiltshire Council Booking and Reporting
Wessex Water: 0345 600 4600 (24 hours)
Floodline: 0345 988 118 (24 hours)
Environment Agency National Incident Hotline: 0800 80 70 60
Environment Agency Flood Resilience Team: (office hours)
Flood Online Reporting Tool (FORT):

Dorset Council: 01305 221000

The next Parish Council Meeting Thursday18th July 2024
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
General Election

 The Notice of Election for Mid Dorset and North Poole Constituency can be found here.


The Parish Council can award grants to local organisations, subject to a successful grant application. If you would like any information about grants please contact the Parish Clerk at 

Community Speed Watch

Following a recent meeting about concerns of speeding vehicles throughout the village, by both residents and people visiting or passing through, a Speedwatch group has been set up to gather data on vehicle speeds. No changes in speed limits will be considered by Dorset Council without data gathered by the group. All of the volunteers have concerns about the speed of vehicles within some areas of the village and want everyone to feel safe when walking around, crossing roads etc. and knowing that their children can play safely around the village.

Hopefully this will be achieved through education and careful consideration of their actions by individuals, rather than new restrictions. Our Speedwatch group will appreciate your support while they gather the data. They have everyone's safety in mind.

  Statement from Parish Council relating to use of part of Churchill Close Green by Sturminster Marshall Football Club

 Please see attached statement by the Parish Council 


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