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  

 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. 

Remembrance Day

A wreath was laid on behalf of the village on the 8th November by Major Retired Harry Beaves who served with the Royal Artillery.


The next Parish Council Meeting 4th March 2021

To attend the meeting please contact the Clerk by email on for the Zoom access link. Please email by 6pm on the 4th to ensure there is enough time to receive the link.

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

Dorset Local Plan

As stated in the Parish Council meeting on 4th February, Dorset Councillor Cook has offered to hold a meeting/s with interested members of the public on the Dorset Local Plan. If you would like to request a meeting please contact the Parish Clerk at

The Parish Council has a meeting about the Local Plan with Dorset Council Planning Officers on Tuesday 2nd March. The questions that the Councillors will ask them can be found here

The Dorset Local Plan consultation started on Monday 18th January online on the Dorset Council Web site and will close on Monday 15th March. This is a very important document, and one that we should all take time to look at, form our own opinions and comment on. It is also a good idea to look at the surrounding areas too, as they may well have an impact on our Parish. Please do make any comments either online in the place provided, by email or by post. We have been told many times that this is the most effective way to get our voice heard and have an impact.

To view the Dorset Council Local Plan consultation go to the council ‘s website at

Paper copies of the plan are available for loan via click and collect from your local Dorset Council library (Covid-19 permitting)

If you are shielding volunteers can help you pick up a paper copy of the plan for you from your local library. Find out more about support for those shielding at

There are also webinars that you can join in and information about these can be found at


Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to everyone who completed the household survey. The results of the survey can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan page on this website.


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