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.
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3/8/18 - Documents added to the Finance/Audit section here
22/7/18 - Please note, there is a diversion to the X10 bus in the Child Okeford area due to Wessex Water works. Until the 28th September 2018, service X10 will observe the following route due to the closure of Hardys Lane: Yeovil – Sherborne - Sturminster Newton - Child Okeford – turn at Child Okeford Cross - Hammoon – as per normal route towards Blandford. (Opposite applies on Blandford-Yeovil Journeys).
Between the 23-25 July, service X10 will observe the following route due to the closure of Castle Lane: Yeovil – Sherborne - Sturminster Newton - Child Okeford – turn at Child Okeford Cross - Hammoon – A357 – Poplars Hill – Okeford Fitzpaine – turn on triangle at Okeford Fitzpaine – Poplars Hill - as per normal route towards Blandford. (Opposite applies on Blandford-Yeovil Journeys).
7/7/18 - Document added to the Finance/Audit section re. confirmation of the dates of the period for the exercise of Public Rights, July/August 2018.
29/6/18 - The Agenda for the upcoming Parish Council Meeting, on Wednesday 4th July, can be found here. Remember, this is a Public meeting, and you are welcome to attend and participate.
30/5/18 - Thank you to everyone who helped/sponsored/donated/supported/ visited the Durweston Country Fayre. We raised a fabulous £9374! This will be split between the PTA and Playing Fields. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
30/5/18 - The Agenda for the upcoming Playing Fields Committee Meeting, on Wednesday 6th June, can be found here.
30/5/18 - The Minutes of the recent Durweston Parish Council meeting can be found here. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th July at 7pm at the Village Hall - this is a public meeting, all are welcome.
24/5/18 - Our friends over at Stourpaine have their Summer Fete coming up on the afternoon of Sunday, 24th June. A challenge has been issued for a Durweston vs Stourpaine Tug Of War! There's to be two teams of 8, one male and one female, and entrants must be aged 18 and over. If you are interested, please contact -
Simon Spiller - 07811319642 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Newton - 07988 791260 - email@example.com
Wayne Lewin - 07419 136735 - firstname.lastname@example.org
14/5/18 - Daytime Road Closure Information on A357 - 22nd May to 1st June from 9am to 4pm. Please see the notice in the Downloadable Documents section further down this page.
26/4/18 - We had missed some of the recent 'News From The Surgeries' articles, so these have now been received and are available in the Downloadable Documents section below. Note that some of the items in the 'Events and Screening' document have now passed, but two are still available.
25/4/18 - Durweston Parish Council have their next meeting on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at the Village Hall. This meeting incorporates the Durweston Annual Meeting For Electors, plus the Parish Council AGM. Please find the Agendas for this evening of meetings here. This is a public meeting and your opportunity to see, hear, and play a part in what goes on in your community.
16/4/18 - Latest 150 Club winners info can be found here.
13/3/18 - NOBODY IS TOO POSH TO PICK - a reminder re. Dog Fouling. The recent snow only highlighted the persistent issue of dog mess. Not only is it disgusting, it is also very harmful, especially to children. Please respect your village and fellow parishioners by disposing of your dog’s mess in an appropriate manner, which does not include poo bags hung on fences. Thanking you!
7/3/18 - The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall will be held on Wednesday 18th April at 7pm (at the Village Hall).
21/2/18 - A document relating to the complaints procedure for Durweston Parish Council has been uploaded here.
15/1/18 - Please take a look at the CAMEO Club page for details of their 2018 programme.
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.
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.