Welcome to the Puddletown Area Parish Council Website

The Parish Council covers the areas of Athelhampton, Burleston, Puddletown and Tolpuddle.

We aim to bring you the latest news and information from the Parish. The Area Parish Council holds 12 meetings a year starting promptly at 7pm. The AGM is held in May at Puddletown Village hall. The meetings always start with a short democratic period for members of the public to raise issues of concern.

For more information about the role of the Parish Council. For a list of currently sitting Councillors visit our Councillors page.  

If you require any further information please contact the Clerk


The Future of Orchard Meadow



At the heart of the Puddletown Area Parish Council is a simple goal: to take care of the things that make our community special.

Click on the link below to read all about the progress made within Orchard Meadow over the last couple of years, along with suggestions from residents on how tim improve the area.

Orchard Meadow.pdf

Please contact the Clerk to give the Parish Council your feedback on potential future projects.

Become a Councillor

Become a Councillor

If you could spare from as little as 4-6 hours a month, we need you!

To be a councillor you need to be: 

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth. You may also be eligible as a citizen of the European Union, however the criteria has changed now that the UK has left the European Union. Please check on the gov.uk website for advice about EU citizens’ voting and candidacy rights in local elections.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked, or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.
You can’t be a councillor if you: 
  • Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, you can work for another local authority as long as you are not in a political restricted post.
  • Are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.
  • Have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day.
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.
  • Are subject to any relevant notification requirements, or a relevant order, in respect of a sexual offence.
Please read the full eligibility criteria from the Electoral Commission. If you are in any doubt about whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor, you should contact the Electoral Services or Democratic Services team at your local council or the Electoral Commission for advice.

Poster to encourage dog owners to clean up their dogs waste.


Many thanks to one of our youngest residents for designing this poster. If anyone would like a copy to put on their own property, please contact the Parish Council Clerk. 

Latest News from around the Parish

Next Council meeting

Please see the meeting page for all upcoming meeting dates.

Dog fouling around Puddletown

The Parish Council understands that the majority of dog walkers are considerate and respectful, however some are not so thoughtful. Please ensure that your dog is on the lead walking along the footpath through St Mary's Middle School and that dog mess is bagged and disposed of appropriately wherever you are. Incidents of dog fouling can be reported to Dorset Council using via the website.

"Puddletown" - a song by Daisy Chute

An award winning singer/songwriter has created a song about the story of a cobbler's daughter. Thomas Hardy is thought to have based one of his characters in Far From the Madding Crowd on a shoemaker in Puddletown whose daughter died of scarlet fever. Many thanks to Ben Kaye, who lived in Puddletown for many years, for bringing this to our attention. Click here

News and Events in Tolpuddle and Southover (The NET)

To read the latest "NET" click here

Report Flooding

If you come across any Highways flooding, please report it to Dorset Council. Report flooding - Dorset Council 

Reporting a road safety issue, (inc Parking)

If you witness any road safety issue, you can report it directly to Dorset Police / Dorset Council via the Dorset Road Safe website. Please click on the link or go to https://www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk/


A Community Speedwatch initiative is being established in Puddletown. If you are interested in volunteering for this then please contact the Clerk through the contact us page.

River Warden Latest Report

To read the latest flood report click a date below:
September 2023
October 2023

Dorset Council

For the latest Dorset Council News click here.