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


This section has been created to keep the community up to date with local information. It should not be used in place of guidance from the NHS and Government. The latest NHS advice can be found on their website.

Puddletown Area Community Support Group

On the evening of Monday 16th March a group including representatives from the Parish Council met to discuss community support during the Covid-19 virus outbreak. A Community Support Group was established primarily to help anyone self-isolating or who needs help with shopping, prescriptions etc. The group is led by Reverend Sarah Hillman and Parish Councillor Julian Hubbuck, and is funded by the Puddletown Charity. The Parish Council and Puddletown Community Cafe donated funds to the charity to enable them to continue to support the group.

Anyone wanting to add their names to the list of volunteers, or anyone  in need of support should contact either:

Julian on 07881 678 126 or by email to julian.hubbuck@gmail.com


Sarah on 01305 848 784 or by email to sarah.c.hillman@outlook.com

A list of local businesses that are able to deliver goods and provide services which may be of use to people who are self-isolating can be found by clicking anywhere on this text.


Waste Collections - a message from Dorset Council

The effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage - coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic - are starting to disrupt some of our waste services.

We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed.

  • Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink - Missed bin collection - Dorset Council)
  • Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual
  • If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink - Report a public litter bin problem - Dorset Council sel - Welcomef-service portal (achieveservice.com))
  • If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee.
  • Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal.

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. 

Update on Children's Play Areas and Public Toilets

 All off the play areas owned or managed by the Parish Council are now open. The Parish Council is not able to regularly clean or disinfect play equipment and although signs have been put up and we have done everything reasonable and practical, we cannot ensure social distancing. Below you will find risk assessments and copies of the guidance signs for all three play areas.

Orchard Meadow:

OM Signs

Risk assessment OM

Puddletown Community Play Park:

PCPP Signs

Risk assessment P

Butt Close Play Area:

BC Signs

Risk assessment B

Latest News

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.
The Martyrs Inn

The Parish Council has been made aware that the Martyrs Inn will once again be sold. See here for information about its status as an Asset of Community Value
Help wanted

Puddletown Area Parish Council is looking to recruit more Councillors. Please click the link for details. 

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.