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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 26 October 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.

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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 2 vacant seats on Winterborne St Martin Parish Council. We want to find enthusiastic and committed people to fill these vacancies 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


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

As our Clerk has resigned for the interim please contact the Council at or contact the Chair directly on 07715419090

Alternatively contact a Councillor directly,