Welcome to the Charminster Parish Council Website

Charminster Parish is a large parish located just north of the County Town of Dorchester and incorporates the settlements of Charminster, Charlton Down and Forston. There are currently 1,300 properties in the Parish with just over 2,800 residents.

The Parish Council comprises 13 councillors who are unpaid volunteers (7 in the South Ward of Charminster and 6 in the North Ward of Charlton Down and Forston). The Council employs a part-time clerk. We own and manage a range of amenities including 2 playgrounds, 2 Nature Areas, 2 community orchards, allotments at Charlton Down, tennis courts and a cemetery.

We also review and comment on all planning applications, co-ordinating with West Dorset District Council on issues that affect the Parish and help deal with local issues raised by parishioners.

You are invited to attend Parish Council Meetings which are held on the first Tuesday of each month (no meetings in January or August) at Charlton Down Village Hall and Charminster Village Hall on an alternating basis. Near the start of each meeting there is always an opportunity for members of the public to raise any issues of concern they may have. Details about forthcoming meetings and the records of previous meetings can be found on the “Meetings & Minutes” page.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk, Zoe Huckle on  07825 237744 or email clerk@charminster.info

You are also welcome to contact your Parish Councillors. Their contact details can be found on the “Parish Councillors” page.