Welcome to Sturminster Newton Town Council

Sturminster Newton is a rural town in North Dorset approximately 9 miles from Blandford in the East and 13 miles from Shaftesbury in the North at the heart of the Blackmore Vale. It has a current population of 4511. The town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and some present day residents can trace their ancestors back for centuries.

The last fifteen years have witnessed considerable changes but thanks to the vision and efforts of its residents and business community, the town retains its character and vitality remaining a friendly and popular place to live, work and visit. It is well known for The Exchange, a vibrant performing arts and community centre and also the North Dorset Trailway – a popular starting point for walkers and cyclists exploring the area. Sturminster Water Mill is an iconic landmark alongside the rare multi arched bridge.

Sturminster Newton Town Council has 11 Town Councillors and 9 members of staff.

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Finance Officer Vacancy

Sturminster Newton Town Council is seeking to recruit a Finance Officer to provide support for the efficient running of the Council and to assist the Town Clerk to comply with financial, legal and administrative responsibilities.

In addition to general financial and administrative duties, the successful candidate must have a good working knowledge of Local Government finances. Experience in sector specific budget setting and year end procedures are also essential. 

The post is for 20 hours per week, usual working hours are 0830 to 1230 Monday to Friday, though flexibility is required for attendance at evening Council meetings and at busy times of the year. The salary is NJC scale point 18 to 23 (£12.98-£14.42 per hour) depending on qualifications and experience. The package includes 24 days paid leave plus public holidays and a contributory pension scheme.

Closing date for applications:      12.00 noon on Friday 28th January 2022

Previous applicants need not reapply.

Job Description

Application Form 


Following Government guidelines the Town Council office is currently closed to visitors.  Please either call the office number on 01258 475136 or email your enquiry to admin@sturminsternewton-tc.gov.uk 


In order to minimise the spread of Covid-19 we have revised our meeting schedule for January and February 2022.  All committee meetings due to take place during these months have been cancelled.  Our next Town Council meeting will be on the 27th January 2022 at 7.15pm in the Bow Room of The Exchange.



Grants Programme Open

Each year the Town Council reserves a sum of money for the provision of grants to voluntary organisations and community groups that provide services that benefits the residents of Sturminster Newton. The amount of grants available is limited and therefore priority will be given to applications that:

·         Support the viability of new and small Sturminster Newton based groups

·         Improve the quality of life for residents of Sturminster Newton

Grant applications up to £750 will be considered.

Please click on the links for the application form and grants policy.

The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 26th January 2022




Click on the link for details:

Miss K Squire
Clerk to Sturminster Newton Town Council - 01258 475136



Do you have a local concern or query and want to speak to a Councillor?

Sturminster Newton Town Council have restarted their Councillors' Drop-In Surgery on the 1st Saturday of every month.

Next Drop-in - Saturday 8th January 10am - 12 noon at The Bibbern Gallery Cafe in the The Exchange. 

All are welcome. 





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