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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12/9/18 - The Church page has been slightly updated to include a link to the new Benefice website, or you can click here to visit. The new website contains a wider range of Church news and events, covering Durweston, Stourpaine and Pimperne.
12/9/18 - More Autumn fun ahead - a Christmas Shopping Evening takes place on Friday 16th November at the Village Hall, from 7pm - FREE ENTRY! Further details here.
12/9/18 - Another good night out coming up at the Village Hall on Friday 12th October from 7pm - a Race Night fundraiser for the Durweston School PTA. Details on the poster above, or here.
12/9/18 - Document added to the Finance/Audit section Durweston Parish Council Finances 2018/19.
31/8/18 - The ever-popular Durweston Harvest Supper returns this Autumn - it takes place at the Village Hall on Saturday 6th October at 7pm. Please see ticket details on the poster on the Home Page. Don't leave booking your tickets too late.....
28/8/18 - The Agenda for the upcoming Parish Council Meeting, on Wednesday 5th September, can be found here. Remember, this is a Public meeting, and you are welcome to attend and participate. Meeting starts at 7pm at the Village Hall.
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).
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.
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.
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!
20/11/17 - Please email any interesting upcoming local event information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'll happily list your event for free. Please include dates/times and brief event information, also prices where relevant.
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.