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  

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. 

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 3rd December 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

Highways Updates

For a period of approximately eight weeks, the A31 east and westbound carriageways will be closed overnight between the A35 Bere Regis roundabout and the A350 Roundhouse roundabout.

During the closures a signed diversion will be in place via the A35 and A350. In addition, crossing points at Almer, Worlds End Pub and Red Post will be in place using temporary traffic lights for residents to be able to travel north/south across the A31.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, and those residents whose property entrance is directly off the A31.

Neighbourhood Plan

There are currently two surveys out for consultation to inform the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. More details can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan page on this website. 

 The Neighbourhood Plan Community Facilities Survey can be completed at

 The Call For Sites application form can be completed at


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