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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2/10/17 - The annual Harvest Supper takes place this weekend, Saturday 7th October from 6.30pm. Tickets are largely sold out, but contact Jonny Hosford (01258 452641) if you'd like to attend. Details on the Events page
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!
28/7/17 - A new Saturday bus service to Salisbury will be trialled for 8 weeks from 12th August. Starting in Blandford at 9:30am, collecting from homes and stopping at villages en route to Salisbury. NORDCAT are providing the bookable Saturday mini bus service between Blandford Forum and Salisbury collecting from all the Villages along the route diverting off the main road only for people have booked. You can only use this service if you have booked in advance!
In order to book a seat on this bus, or for further information, please contact: NORDCAT booking, telephone number 01258 473154. You will need to supply the following information: Name, address, phone number of passengers and whether or not they hold a bus pass. There is a £5 per year annual membership payable to NORDCAT and this can be collected on your first journey, though the journeys themselves are FREE to bus pass holders.
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.
20/5/17 - The Ironman Event in Weymouth takes place in September, see below for a link to the road route, and how this affects local roads around Weymouth/Dorchester and north of there.
14/4/17 - The Durweston Parish Council Declared Finances for 2016/17 can be found on the Parish Council page.
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.