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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23/3/19 - Notice of Parish Council elections on 2nd May 2019 can be found here
11/3/19 - Details are available ahead of the upcoming closure of the A357 for repairs at Durweston Bridge in June and July 2019 - click here to link to the Documentation page.
4/3/19 - The Agenda for the upcoming Parish Council Meeting, on Wednesday 6th March, 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.
25/2/19 - The Nomination pack for local elections are now available to download here.
Completed nomination papers can be submitted to the Returning Officer at any time from Monday 18 March up to the deadline of 4pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. These must be delivered by hand and cannot be accepted if they arrive in the post. NDDC will be operating an appointments system to receive nomination papers and the timetable showing where and when appointments can be made is also on the webpage.
7/1/19 - Document added to the Finance/Audit section Durweston Parish Council Finances 2018/19.
7/1/19 - The Minutes of the November 2018 Parish Council meeeting can be found here
27/11/18 - Regarding dog poo bags, and the hanging of such things and their contents around the village. Please don't do it. Nor drop them on the floor. Please take them home, or you can even use the dog poo bin provided - you'll find it half way along the fence by the playing field. Thanking you! (Yes, you!)
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.
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.