In memory of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

1921 – 2021

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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. The annual precept for 2020/2021 is 341,412.


It is with deep regret that it has been announced that HRH Prince Philip passed away this morning Friday 9th April.

More details will follow as we receive them. 

Flowers can be laid at the centre lamp post of the Railway Gardens or at St Mary’s Church.
Please if possible do not use cellophane as all the flowers will be collected at the end of the mourning period, to be turned into compost and then a ceremonial tree planted.

condolence book will be available at the Council offices: Council Offices, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton at the Council offices (9.30am - 12.30pm) 

and St Mary’s Church - Location of St Mary's Church at the far end of Church Street, DT10 1DB.



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