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Welcome to Winterborne St Martin Parish Council 

We welcome you to your Parish Council and hope you are able to come along to the regular meetings. There's no need to prepare or let us know you are coming to a meeting; just come along; you can speak in the democratic period or simply observe. It really is your Parish Council so come along and get involved.

Winterborne St Martin Parish Council meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (excluding  December) meetings commence at 7pm unless otherwise stated.  The next meeting is on Thursday 28 September 2023 at 19:00 in the Parish Church.  Agenda items need to be tabled 7 days prior to the meeting and suggestions sent to the Parish Council email address Agendas are published 3 clear days prior to the meeting. 

‚Äč2023/4 meeting schedule: 27 Apr, 25 May, 22 Jun, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 28 Sep, 26 Oct, 23 Nov, 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 21 Mar, 25 Apr.

The Annual Parish Meeting, a meeting of the community rather than the Council, is usually held in the Village Hall Apr-Jun; all are very welcome.

About Winterborne St Martin (Martinstown)

Winterborne St Martin, locally known as Martinstown, is a rural village running alongside the South Winterbourne stream.  Surrounded by dairy farms it lies in the heart of the Dorset AONB. The village has a long history dating back through the Domesday Book to the 6000 year old Maiden Castle on the village's eastern perimeter.

Winterborne St Martin is within the civil parish of the same name. The Parish Council is the closest tier of government to you and aims to give voice to local people. The civil parish  is in the electoral ward of Winterborne & Broadmayne  and is represented on Dorset Council by Councillor Roland Tarr. The total population of the ward was 2,095 in the 2011 census. The ward is one of 32 that comprise the West Dorset Parliamentary Constituency, which is currently represented in the UK national parliament by the  MP Chris Loder.

Latest News and notices

Agenda for Staffing Committee & monthly meeting now available here,



Are you aged 18 or over?

Lived or worked in Winterborne St Martin for over a year?

Do you want to make a difference to our community?

Then why not consider becoming a Parish Councillor… There is currently a vacant seat on Winterborne St Martin Parish Council. We want to find an active, enthusiastic, committed person to fill this vacancy and become part of the team. If you are interested in serving as a Parish Councillor, please write to the Parish Clerk confirming that you are qualified to be a Councillor and include a brief explanation of why you are interested in joining the Parish Council.

The Council meets once a month (except in December) on the fourth Thursday in the month. If you would like to know more about the role and required qualifications, please contact the Clerk. The closing date for written submissions of interest is Friday the 1st of September 2023 Candidates will be invited to speak at the Parish Council meeting to be held on Thursday 28th September 2023 after which a vote by Councillors will take place. Full details of the Co-option procedure can be found on the Parish Council website or can be requested from the Clerk.

Winterborne St Martin Parish Council

Marion Baird, Clerk Tel 07359 243559


Post: Mrs Marion Baird, Tudor Cottage, 167 Wakeham, Portland, Dorset DT5 1HR


Pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Martin Usherwood has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.
If within 14 days after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 3 August, 2023), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made either in writing to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ or by email to by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 6 October 2023.
Dated 14 July 2023
Mrs M Baird
Clerk to Winterborne St MartinParish Council
* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded

Draft minutes of the Jun 23 Council meeting now available


Planning Application received P/FUL/2023/03550 - Storage unit in field at rear of Rylstone

Rylstone Martinstown Dorchester DT2 9JR

Closing date for public comments 11 Aug 2023


Council's End of Year accounts now published on Finance pages


NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN (EXEMPT AUTHORITY) has been posted under Finance/Annual Returns/22-23. This gives notice that all necessary documents will be posted tomorrow and explains the rights of Electors. A copy has been placed on the Notice Board.


Planning application P/FUL/2023/03361 received

Retrospective change of use from Stevens Farm Shop to wedding showroom and storage

Farm Shop Stevens Farm Access Road To Stevens Farm Martinstown DT2 9JR

Closing date for comments 21 Jul 2023


New caravan site on road to Hardy's Monument - opportunity to comment P/CSC/2023/03880

See details on Planning Apps page, closing date for comments 28 July 2023


Allotments - we have four allotments in the village all of which are presently allocated. Please drop a note to the Clerk if you would like to join the allotment waiting list.

Elections - Dorset Council issues the legal notices of elections; they can be found here

Contact the Council at or contact Marion our Clerk directly on 07359 243559.

Alternatively contact a Councillor directly,