Durweston is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district, 2 miles north-west of the market town of Blandford Forum. It is sited by the River Stour at the point where it flows out of the Blackmore Vale through a steep, narrow gap between the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 398.
24/5/16 - Don't forget the Annual Durweston and Bryanston Church Fete, taking place on Saturday 18th June from 2.30pm - further details on our Events page
7/5/16 - Next film night at Durweston Village Hall - Dad's Army - Fri 27th May
7/5/16 - Congratulations April 150 Club winners - details here. Also, check the updated number list - is your lucky number available?
5/5/16 - The latest Parish Council meeting minutes are available here
1/5/16 - Sadly, it appears that the weekly Fish and Chip van service has stopped (just as the lovely picnic tables have been installed in the play park) - unfortunately the owners have not found anyone to take over the running of the service. Hopefully we can see the service return in some form (please!).
20/4/16 - The latest article from our friends at View From The Hill can be found
10/4/16 - Please note that you can pick up a copy of Blackmore Vale magazine on a Thursday afternoon at the Village Hall from the box outside the main entrance.
20/2/16 - The Playing Fields Committee carried out some work this weekend - we now have 2 picnic tables, 1 additional bin and a re-treated park bench. Well done team!
• Located to the North of Blandford Forum, adjacent to the River Stour on the edge of the Blackmore Vale
• Just off the A350 across Durweston Bridge
• Approximately 160 dwellings and a population of 481 (2001 Census) This is interestingly only 30 less than in 1851
• A conservation area with sites of outstanding natural beauty and archaeological importance.
• It has a much valued resource - a small playing field leased from the Crown Estate (Since 1950's)
• The entire village and farmland belonged to the Portman family and was part of the Bryanston Estate until after the second world war when it passed to the Crown Estates (1951)
• Until recent times (1960's) Durweston had three shops (including a post office), a reading room, a railway station (Stourpaine and Durweston Halt) and four farms.
• Villagers talk of the days when the allotments flourished, everyone supported the village show, football and cricket teams played regularly and there was a youth club.
• When the barns and the reading room were available for village events, skittles competitions and meetings, Durweston was a typical, active Dorset village.
• Today, Durweston is a growing village and in 2003, acquired a new village hall which is located in the extended playing field, which also includes a tennis court and skate board ramp.
• And now the Village Hall has become the focus for many activites and groups including Art Classes, Karate, CAMEO Club, Choral Society, Pilates and more. A new Amateur Dramatics group was formed in 2009, called The Players. Their first production was 'Babes in the Woods' and was well received by all. Go to the Events page for details of upcoming activities at the Village Hall.