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We have had a remarkably dry summer and little heavy rain so far this autumn but there is a known risk of flooding in Sturminster Marshall if conditions worsen. So this is a good time of year to remind you of what you should consider if the weather begins to cause problems.

Historically the whole village was at risk but, since the ‘bund’ was constructed in 1975, there has been no major encroachment. If you feel that your property could be vulnerable the first step should be to access the Environment Agency website which is elegantly named:

If your property has had a history of flooding you may find it useful to get on the free ‘Flood Alert’ warning system. The details are on the EA website or you can contact me if you have trouble

The parish council has a small team of flood wardens who monitor the situation and they welcome any current information about problem issues. Take a photo and email it with time and date (address below)if you encounter a developing problem. There are a small number of hotspots (most of which are well known locally)which warrant regular assessment during wet weather.

Flood wardens are not authorised to close roads but may put up ‘Flood’ warning signs if necessary. Anyone who thinks it is fun to drive fast through standing water may suffer as a result if their ignition floods…and if they cause waves which damage verges or property their insurers may well refuse cover . The police will take seriously any reports (phone 111) and culprits risk prosecution.

Flood team contact :



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.


DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL has made an Order under Section 14 [2] of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by the Road Traffic [Temporary Restrictions] Act 1991. The Order is needed in order to comply with Health and Safety Regulations, which require the provision of safe working areas and to minimise the likelihood of danger to Highway Users. The notice will come into effect between 09:00hrs and 16:00hrs daily, on the 19th June 2018. This
notice will can be extended upto a period of 5 days.
The notice is to allow Dorset Highways safe access to undertake resurfacing and carriageway maintenance work.
The effect of the notice is as follows;
To impose a temporary 10 mph speed limit within the working area, [indicated by signs on site] at any point along the extent described; A350, Blandford Road, Sturminster Marshall, from the junction with A31 to the junction with Newton Road, to facilitate the use of a convoy working vehicle. The speed limit will be in operation as and when indicated by the signs on site.
If you would like further information about the work being undertaken, please call Dorset Highways operations on 01305 228100. For further information concerning this notice please call Dorset Highways’ road space management team on 01305 221020.

Just Park in Dorset - The cashless payment provider for car parking is changing!
  • Council owned car parks in Purbeck and Poole will be the first to switch over to the new provider – Just Park – from 29 May.
  • From 18 June, council owned car parks in north Dorset, west Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, and on-street parking provided by the county council, will move over to Just Park.
  • Download the Just Park app onto your smartphone and look out for new signage on paying machines.
Road Closures

Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, will be renewing the road markings along the A31 in Hampshire and Dorset during June and July, to ensure road user’s safety.
They will be closing the A31 overnight (between 9pm and 6am) as follows:

Monday 4 June 2018 
A31 east and westbound carriageways between the Merley Roundabout and Sturminster Marshall (A350 Roundhouse Roundabout)
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A341, A349 Gravel Hill, A350 and Poole Road

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 June 2018
A31 east and westbound carriageways between Bere Regis and Sturminster Marshall (A350 Roundhouse Roundabout)
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A35 and A350

Monday 11 June 2018
A31 east and westbound carriageways between the Canford Bottom junction and the Merley roundabout
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via Ham Lane, Ringwood Road and A341 Magna Road

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 June 2018
A31 east and westbound carriageways between the Canford Bottom junction and the Palmersford roundabout
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via Wimborne Road East/West

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June
A31 westbound carriageway from junction 2 of the M27 to the A338 Ashley Heath roundabout
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via Lyndhurst, the A35, Christchurch and the A338

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July 2018
A31 eastbound carriageway from the A338 Ashley Heath roundabout to the M27 (junction 1)
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A338 Christchurch, the A35 and Lyndhurst

Thursday 5 July
A31 eastbound carriageway from the Palmersford roundabout to the Boundary Lane roundabout
During the closures a clearly signed diversion will be in place via the Ringwood Road, East Parley and the A338

Friday 6 July
A31 westbound carriageway from the Boundary Lane roundabout to the Palmersford roundabout
A31 between the Palmersford roundabout and the Boundary Lane roundabout


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:

East Dorset District Council Bus passes – a reminder

Residents of East Dorset who are entitled to a free bus pass are entitled to all day travel, not limited to off-peak hours.

This means that they are able to use their free bus passes at any time of the day and on any day of the week where they board a bus using a bus stop within the East Dorset area. This additional concession over the national scheme is funded by East Dorset District Council.

They can also use their bus pass throughout England, however it can only be used between 9.30am and 11pm if they board a bus outside the East Dorset area.

There has been some confusion with bus operators about this extra offered by EDDC and we will be strengthening our message to them to avoid future misunderstandings.

Full details about concessionary travel can be found on the ‘Dorset for you’ website. Cllr Robin Cook

Community Defibrillator

From Thursday 17th May there will be a community defibrillator located on the wall of the Memorial Hall in Sturminster Marshall. There will be a training session at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 28th April at 10am, Everybody is welcome - there are no special skills required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.

Changes to Choice Based Lettings

Bidding for homes through Dorset Home Choice is changing from 3rd January 2018.

Currently landlords advertise their vacancies on a weekly cycle that runs from 4pm Wednesday to 11:59pm Monday.

From 3rd January, landlords will be able to advertise properties on a daily basis as soon as they know a property is going to become empty. The benefit of this is that applicants will be able to see vacancies sooner but it will also help landlords reduce their void times and provide a more efficient service.

This does not mean that more properties will be available; it just means that properties may be advertised on any day of the week.

All properties that are advertised will be available for people to bid on for a minimum of 5 days, the same as now. People will not need to check every day as all properties will be advertised over Friday; Saturday and Sunday. They will be able to bid through the website at or via text message.

If people are unable to bid for themselves then they can ask a friend; family member or support worker to help them with this. If further support is available they can contact their local council for advice and assistance.

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