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.
Click here to check booking availability at the Village Hall (a new window will open)
4/12/2017 - Here's the December dates for Church events in Durweston in the run up to Christmas; Sun 10th Dec Carol Service with trumpet accompaniment at 6pm. Thurs 14th Dec A Meditation On The Nativity Through Art at 7pm. Xmas Eve 24th Dec Crib Service especially for families and children at 4pm, then Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Xmas Day 25th Dec there is Family Communion at Pimperne Church at 9.15am, then Stourpaine Church at 10.30am.
4/12/17 - There's a Christmas Carol Concert taking place at Durweston Church on Saturday 16th December at 7.00pm, followed by Christmas nibbles at The White Horse, Stourpaine. Free entry!
24/11/17 - Road Closure information - A350 Stourpaine for 3 weeks starting 27th November, at the south of Stourpaine near to Bushes Lane. The closure runs from 7pm to 7am only - the works do not include the Durweston traffic lights at the bridge. The official diversion route is along the A357 through Durweston, Stalbridge and long the A30 from Henstridge to Shaftesbury.
20/11/17 - Please email any interesting upcoming local event information to us at email@example.com - we'll happily list your event for free. Please include dates/times and brief event information, also prices where relevant.
11/11/17 - A 'News From The Surgeries' article regarding Repeat Prescriptions and Meds Reviews is available in the Downloadable Documents section below.
8/11/17 - A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made the recent Barn Dance a great success. 'Read Easy', a local charity that supports adults learning to read, received a donation of £150!
8/11/17 - Our first Christmas event listed on the Events page.
8/11/17 - Latest 150 Club winners info can be found here.
7/11/17 - Parish Council Meeting Minutes uploaded here. Next Parish Council meeting, Wednesday 10th January 2018.
6/11/17 - New Parish Council Documentation uploaded here
24/10/17 - The Parish Council pages have been updated, and new sections made available to view Parish Council (PC) meeting minutes, PC financial reporting and any related PC documentation.
2/10/17 - The Durweston Choral Society have provided details of some upcoming events, please see their page here
29/9/17 - More News From The Surgeries in the downloadable documents section below, including flu jab dates, and one on the impact of missed appointments!
31/5/17 - At long last, Superfast (Fibre) Broadband is up and running in Durweston (and I think the green cabinet by the bridge serves Stourpaine too) - go here to see what you can get for your money. Also, for those not currently with BT, check with your supplier as they may well also be able to get you onto Fibre broadband.
14/3/17 - Did you know there's a Government subsidy scheme to help you get faster broadband? - See the poster in the in the Downloadable documents section below...
7/8/16 - Details can be found in the Documents section below for the '105' phone service if you have a Power Cut
21/7/16 - You can now check booking availability at the Village Hall online - click here to view the bookings diary
• 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.