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Please see the attached maps for information on forthcoming road closures.  

Bournemouth Road Closure 

Louse Lane Road Closure 


Letter from Angus Campbell, the Lord Lieutenant for Dorset.

Dear All,

Please excuse this communication coming to you in email form but it does appear to be the quickest way to get a message to where it is needed at this difficult time.

We are now in our ninth week of ‘Lockdown’ and I felt that, as Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Dorset, I would like to thank you, on Her Majesty’s behalf, for the magnificent work you and all our Town and Parish Councils have done, and are doing, in the face of this international emergency.

I know that all involved with Dorset Association of Town and Parish Councils are working extremely hard to support the people of Dorset through these most stressful times. I am very aware of the dedication, innovation and determination that is involved in such an enterprise. It is so difficult to keep the essential ‘day-job’ duties going and, at the same time, to respond rapidly and innovatively to the extraordinary preparation and needs created by the current pandemic. I have heard a number of brilliant reports of how Parishes and Towns are rising to the extraordinary challenge that has been set by ‘Covid’ and how they have been stepping up to the plate in their support of the people of our County. I am extremely proud to see how our local communities have rallied to the cause to protect the vulnerable at this difficult time. A terrific example for us all.

I have been hugely impressed with the way organisations and individuals have come together across the County to support the sick and the vulnerable in all the areas of their lives where they need protection and help. It is a magnificent demonstration of the best of community spirit and selflessness across Dorset and the country.

I just wanted to thank you and all our Towns and Parishes for all they are doing in these difficult times. Particularly so as I know Her Majesty and the other members of the Royal Family would wish me to voice their appreciation and admiration for your tremendous efforts at this most difficult time. Could you please circulate this message to all your members.

With my very grateful thanks,

Yours as ever,


Angus Campbell



If a resident finds they have to self-isolate and he/she does not have any plans in place, the Parish Council has set up a scheme to pick up essential items, such as food or prescriptions, so that we may be able to help residents of the Parish of Sturminster Marshall who have to self-isolate.

Under this scheme, it may be possible for Councillors/volunteers to help by collecting and delivering to your home any essential items, such as food and prescriptions from the nearby food stores and pharmacy. Please feel free to contact the allocated Councillor for your part of the Parish from the list below and discuss with them how they or a volunteer may be able to help you.

Councillors who are making themselves available can be contacted for your part of the Parish from the list below. We have also included the two vicars who cover Sturminster Marshall and Almer. 

  • Hilary Palmer – Back Lane/Front Lane/Church Street/King Street/Millmoor/High Street/High Close/Elm Gardens/Jubilee Way/ Sheridan Way/Moor Lane, The Gardens – 07766235865
  • Sonia Cade – Dullar Lane/Blandford Road/Lambs Lane/Station Road/Newton Road/Poole Road/Kents Lane/ Townsend/Henbury/Newton Peverill All outlying areas excluding Almer - 07717614270
  • Maureen Steel – Churchill Close/Tattersall Gardens/Railway Drive/Parklea /Haycock Way/ Charborough Way/ Nursery Gardens/ Balls Lane/ Reeves Orchard - 07920875665
  • Lynne Seare – Almer/Mapperton – 07759 892965
  • Alison Clothier – Rushall Lane/Wimborne Road/ Crumpets Drive outlying areas Lytchett- 07469780548
  • St Marys Church, Sturminster Marshall
  • Rev’d Carolyn Couzens Tel: 01258 858353 email
  • St Marys Church, Almer
  • Rev’d Justin Pottinger Tel: 01929 459244
  • Sturminster Marshall Pharmacy: Wellbeing Pharmacy 01258 857657
  • NISA, Sturminster Marshall: 01258 269655 (will offer delivery)
  • Co-op, Sturminster Marshall: 01258 857060 (will offer delivery) 

Please remember this is a short-term emergency collect and door-step delivery service only. Further updates will be available on the Parish Council website at

If you would like to volunteer to help please contact the Parish Clerk on 07469780548 or

Weather warnings and flooding 

Information on flooding can be found here 

Sturminster Marshall Health Walk

Anyone interested in getting into the routine of taking regular walks can do so with the health walk starting from Marshall’s On The Green Café, Sturminster Marshall Golf Club, and will be taking place every Wednesday at 10.00am.

This volunteer-led walk is part of the national Walking for Health scheme and is run by the Christchurch and East Dorset Councils Health and Activity Team. It will be on every Wednesday (rain or shine!) and is for anyone who would like get back into a regular habit of social activity or who would just like to discover new paths and routes in their local area.
Each week this free walk, which will last approximately one hour, will start and finish at Marshall’s On The Green Café, so there is always the opportunity to stay after the walk and enjoy a coffee or tea and a chat. There is no need to book onto these walks, please just turn up and enjoy a led walk around the village.
As well as this new walk there are plenty of other health walks in and around Christchurch and East Dorset which people are encouraged to join in on. There are various walks on weekday mornings from locations such as Corfe Mullen and Wimborne.
For information on all of these free walks, email The Health and Activity Team at or call 01202 795682.


Public access defibrillators are there to be used for someone in cardiac arrest. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

The Parish Council have purchased a public access defibrillator which is located on the outside of the Memorial Hall, Churchill Close.

No formal training is necessary for using them. In the event of an emergency CALL 999, if you do not already know where the defibrillator is located, the ambulance service will direct you. The defibrillator itself is a fully mobile unit, which is kept inside a heated cabinet to ensure that it is kept in full working order. The 999 operator will give you the code to the cabinet. Remove the defibrillator from the cabinet. When the defibrillator is opened, full instructions are given.

Do not worry, it will not allow you to hurt the patient, but you may save a life!

For more information on Public Access Defibrillators please click on the British Heart Foundation link below:

Dorset Community Transport has commenced the Service 88 from 5th October 2017.

This now means there will be a public service 88 two days a week – Thursday and Friday – serving Sturminster Marshall, Pamphill, Wimborne town and parts of Colehill/Stapehill. TIMETABLE