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


Election 2024

Elections 2024: Thursday 2 May 2024

Click here to download the Dorset Council Nomination Form 

Key Facts:

The following elections are taking place in May 2024:

  • Dorset Council election for 82 member seats
  • Elections for all 150+ parish and town councils across the Dorset Council area - some 1500 seats
  • Five-year term of office 2024-2029 (then returning to 4-year cycle)
  • Changes to some parish boundaries and town/parish wards following the Community Governance Reviews
  • Possible Parliamentary election (4 constituencies) - this is not confirmed and would only become known 4 to 5 weeks before 2 May

Who can stand?

Candidates must satisfy criteria on the day they are nominated and on polling day:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British, qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or qualifying national of an EU member state

The candidate should check the most up-to-date guidance on the Electoral Commission website with regard to qualifications.

A prospective candidate must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications on the day they are nominated and on polling day:

  1. they are registered as a local government elector for the parish or town council area in which they wish to stand; or
  2. they have, during the whole of the previous 12 month period, occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the parish or town council area; or
  3. their main or only place of work during the whole of the previous 12 month period has been in the parish or town council area; or
  4. they have, during the whole of the previous 12 month period, lived in authority area for Dorset Council or in the parish or town council area (or within 4.8 km/3miles of it)

A person cannot be a candidate if at the time of their nomination or their election:

  • they are employed by the parish or town council or hold a paid office under that council; or
  • they are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order in England or Wales; or
  • they have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) without the option of a fine, during the five years before election day (ie, since 2 May 2019); or
  • a person may also be disqualified from election if they have been convicted or reported guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court, or if they have been disqualified from standing for election to a local authority

The Nomination Timetable

  • Nomination forms and information will be made available online from mid-February 2024
  • Notice of election will be published on Monday 11 March 2024
  • Nominations can be received from Tuesday 12 March 2024
  • Must be delivered by hand
  • By appointment – in a variety of locations (Dorchester, Weymouth, Wimborne, Blandford, Wareham) – times and dates to be advised by the elections team
  • Deadline for receipt of nominations by Returning Officer – Friday 5 April 2024 (4pm)
  • The 5 April 2024 at 4pm is also deadline for withdrawal of nomination


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.