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Keeping you up to date

The next Parish Council Meeting
5th September 2019
Planning Applications 
 2019/20 Grants

If your organisation would like to apply for the Parish Council grant then please send the following information to the Clerk by 11th July 2019: 

· a copy of their written constitution or details of their aims and purpose,
· full details of the project or activity,
· demonstration that the grant will be of benefit to the local community within the Parish,
· the number of beneficiaries living in the electoral area,
· demonstration of a clear need for the funding,
· a copy of the previous year’s accounts or, for new initiatives, a detailed budget and business plan. 

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Neighbourhood Plan 

Dorset Council has approved a request from Sturminster Marshall Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.

Residents of Sturminster Marshall now have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

The Neighbourhood Plan will cover the entire Parish as shown in the map here.

It is important for everyone in the community to get involved in this process so please look for updates on the Parish Council webpage and in the Bridge magazine.

If you would like get involved in helping with the Plan then please contact the Parish Clerk on

The first consultation event is on Thursday 26th September, 3-7pm at the Memorial Hall.

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