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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. 

The next Parish Council Meeting 3rd September 2020
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

The Neighbourhood Plan online questionnaire can be found by following the link here Please fill the questionnaire in by 21st August. 

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