News Updates from the Town Council

Civic Day 2017 

On the 30th September, the Mayor and Mayoress of Sturminster Newton hosted the Town Civic Day. This was an opportunity to showcase and promote the town facilities and businesses to other Mayors and Chairmen from around the area. 



A Skate Bowl for Stur - Updates 

7th October 2017 - Skate Bowl in progress

Skate BowlSkate Bowl 

skate bowl 


 14th June 2017 - Planning Application Amendment 

We have made a small change to the position of the proposed new skate bowl (and bunds) at Rixon Recreation Ground. Sport England raised concerns about the loss of the informal 5-a-saide football pitch.

We now propose to put the bowl and bunds a little further east to make room for a 33m by 42m football pitch (with goals at each end) to its west. (See drawing.) Our planning application, pending at present, has been formally amended accordingly.

Although the bowl will, as a result, be a few metres closer to the houses fronting Manston Road, the minimum recommended separation distance between bowl and housing of 30m will remain and we are assured that the impact of noise from the bowl upon nearby households will be negligible.

This is good news for those local people who had expressed regret about the loss of the pitch (as entailed by the original layout). Councillors remain concerned to deal promptly with any problems which arise from the new facility and layout. The situation will therefore be closely monitored by the working party. Any concerns should, please, be reported to the Council Office.

13/12/16 - Information Update  

Station Rd Pedestrianised Area  

A Christmas Cracker from the Town Council

It wouldn’t be Christmas without crackers containing the usual weak puns, bad jokes and feeble riddles, so here is a seasonal offering from your town council:

Q.      When is a pedestrianized zone not a pedestrianized zone?

(A.    When it’s in Station Road, Sturminster Newton)

Actually, we don’t think this is funny at all. Our members are worried that there is a serious problem here not least because it is one of the issues most frequently raised by visitors to the Council Office. On the one hand, the attractive paving and street furniture create an impression of safety for pedestrians to linger, gather or cross without fear of injury. On the other hand, a minority of motorists continue to treat the road as open to all traffic and negotiate it freely, often at speed.  This combination seems likely to end unhappily.

The town council has no legal power to alter things but it can work with other to improve matters. It seems there are technical issues about the signage. Our members are working with Dorset Highways to resolve these. Our staff talk regularly to Dorset Police about problems like this. However, there are difficulties in gathering evidence for successful prosecutions (e.g. consider how many static cameras would be needed to prove that a particular vehicle which passed through was NOT displaying a blue badge).

We are seeking a solution that works best in practice and think this will not be signs, or Police or cameras but some kind of barrier. One that can easily be moved by those who need access and are entitled to it but will effectively stop others.

This will take time to arrange and is likely to come at a cost but we will keep pressing for it and consider carefully the costs and benefits before agreeing to any change. In the meanwhile, please take care, encourage others to respect the safety of pedestrians and watch this space for further news.  



Create a Stur - Our Neighbourhood Plan!


For up to date information about the neighbourhood plan please see the Create a Stur website


Fallen Heroes of World War 1


To find out more information about the 34 men from Sturminster Newton who lost their lives in World War 1, please click here


Stur Credits - Credit Due!

During the Easter Holidays, Sturminster Newton Youth and Community Centre organised working days for young people which would allow them to gain credits for youth activities.

Not only was this of great benefit to the community, it also gave the young people the opportunity to learn and develop skills.

Sturminster Newton Town Council had been approached by Tony Nye (Area Youth Worker) for tasks that may be suitable for this activity.

Sturminster Newton Mill was chosen as the preferred location and activities were allocated.

The Mill was a hive of activity. 5 young people arrived on site and immediately started work removing an old wooden fence and box hedge. The surrounding area was trimmed by hand and wild flower seeds sown into the exposed bank.

A footpath leading through the picnic area had a fresh layer of woodchip scattered which rejuvenated the existing muddy path.

We would like to thank the team for all their hard work and enthusiasm, an amazing job done considering the weather on that day. Not only were we impressed, but we have received many positive comments from members of the public and volunteers at the Mill.

Well done and thank you.

Adam Dodson, SNTC Grounds Manager 




Community Garden, Old Market Hill, 

Fundraising now complete!


Thank you for all your generous donations

For the full story please click here 


Commonwealth Day - 14th March 2016

Commonwealth Day was celebrated this year in Sturminster Newton by a short flag raising ceremony in the Railway Gardens.

As the sun shone Town Crier Kevin Knapp read out a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from the Secretary General on the importance of the Commonwealth and the values it upholds of mutual respect, unity, understanding and tolerance.

This was followed by the raising of the Commonwealth flag by Councillors Feltham and Fraser of the Town Council.

School Councillors and the choir from William Barnes Primary School were in attendance wearing decorated hats to mark the occasion.  After listening to the Commonwealth Anthem, the choir were joined by members of the public, Town and District Councillors and Simon Hoare MP in a rendition of the National Anthem to close the ceremony.

This ceremony was one of 850 carried out across the 38 Commonwealth Countries to mark Commonwealth Day 2016. 

Town Clerk Chris Wilkins said ‘we were delighted to be able to take part in this initiative for the second year running, and look forward to doing so again next year’.





We have received numerous complaints over the unsightly mess & fly tip left around the bring banks in the car park.  You asked us to make this area more attractive, we have listened and taken action.

As of February 2016, in conjunction with the Dorset Waste Partnership, the banks will be removed and additional car parking spaces created in their place.

You told us that you value the carton, foil and clothes banks, so we have re-sited these to Honeymead Lane. Kerb-side collections should take care of the rest, but if not pop in to see us for details of your nearest large general waste & recycling centres or look on line www.dorsetforyou/recycling-centres

November 2015

Memorial Stone Unveiled at the War Memorial Recreation Ground as part of Remembrance Day commemorations.
Memorial Stone 


World War 1 Commemorations

WW1 Memorial Tree & Bench Dedication is now in situe on the War Memorial Recreation Ground.

An English Oak tree has been planted and a memorial seat opened bearing the 34 names of the men of Sturminster Newton who gave their life during the war.

Visit the Railway Gardens, the British Legion and the War Memorial in the Recreation Ground to see poppy displays covering different aspects of the War, made by the Council's Grounds Team. These displays will be changed every few weeks to show different aspects of the war,

  • A book of remembrance is being compiled on the 34 young men from the area who served & lost their lives in the Great War. Please contact the British Legion if you have any information, photographs, letters etc who would love to hear from you (

If you have any other ideas please contact the Legion as above.

If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the Commemorations please visit us in the Town Council Office.

Poppy 2 Poppy 3
Click on the images for a larger view.

Fallen Heroes- to find out information about the 34 young men killed in action please click here.

January 2015

Play Area Official Opening

Play Area OpeningStudents from William Barnes and Yewstock schools took centre stage in the Official Opening on Tuesday, 27th January, of the new play equipment installed at the War Memorial Recreation Ground, Sturminster Newton, helping Town and County Councillor Pauline Batstone to cut the ribbon. They then put the play equipment through some pretty rigorous testing. Children from both schools were involved in the choice of equipment and in particular were determined to ensure it could also be enjoyed by wheelchair users.

Play Area OpeningThe Council took the decision last year to replace the play galleon which had become worn, unsafe and uneconomical to repair with new play equipment which was chosen following consultation with pupils from both schools and was subject to a tendering process.

The design is centred around a castle themed multi play activity unit (chosen by the children) which incorporates exciting, challenging play elements for children up to the age of 12, both able and less able bodied, a roundabout, basket swing and ‘natter tubes.’

Play Area OpeningBeing made of robust material, and carrying a long guarantee the Town Council feel confident that the equipment will be enjoyed by the children of Sturminster Newton for many years to come.

December 2014

Get Fit in the Open Air in 2015!

Keep Fit EquipmentLooking for a way to burn off those excess Christmas calories? Then head to the War Memorial Recreation Ground where you will now find a new range of Adult outdoor gym equipment has been installed.

The Equipment includes a Skier & Body rotator, Shoulder Press & Air Walker and a Rowing Machine – all of which were chosen following recommendation from Stur Healthy, and promise a good all round body work out both in terms of cardio vascular fitness and resistance training.

Keep Fit Equipment

Funding for the equipment came in part from the Clinical Commissioning Group following a successful bid from the Town Clerk, with the remainder of funding coming from the Town Council itself. Mant Leisure provided and installed the equipment, which is all British built and comes with a 25 year guarantee. Handy instruction boards are on site for usage guidance.

This Equipment (which is free to use) is suitable for teenagers (aged 14+) through to the older generation and is a great way for people to exercise together socially or to add new fitness elements into existing walks in the area. We do hope that you will enjoy using it and look forward to receiving your feedback.

 Roadworks on the Web ........ New page on Dorset for You

This shows current and proposed highway works for all utility companies and their contractors as well as Dorset County Council's own larger highway schemes - to access the information please click here for map.

 Alternatively you can click here to view roadwork document.

October 2013

 Co-op awards grant for the skatepark

The Southern Co-operative has handed over a cheque to the Council for a grant of £12,500 towards the cost of the planned skate park.

Click here to download the full press release.