Blandford Forum is located in the heart of Dorset, with spectacular scenery stretching in every direction. Nestled in a wooded valley on the banks of the River Stour, surrounded by gently rolling hills, it is one of England’s undiscovered treasures. The town’s focal point is its grand Market Place fringed by outstanding Georgian architecture, unrivalled in the South West, with many independent and interesting shops. Blandford Forum was destroyed by fire in 1731 and rebuilt in the succeeding decades by two brothers, John and William Bastard. The Old House, which survived the fire, the Corn Exchange and the Great Fire Monument all contribute to the town’s wonderful architecture. There are also museums, attractions and facilities to suit all interests and the dramatic Jurassic Coast is within easy reach.
The History of Blandford Forum
Blandford Forum is located on the banks of the River Stour in Dorset, which explains why its name comes from Blaen-y-ford meaning ‘the place near the ford’. The 13th century saw Blandford Forum as an important market town, enabling access by a bridge running over the Stour and early visitors to it included King John in 1216.
By 1305 it was sufficiently important to send 2 members to parliament whilst its market was a major one in Dorset. In 1307 a grant was given by Edward I to Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, who was Lord of the Manor of Blandford, to enable him to hold a fair, twice a year, at his ville of Blandford. The Manor later passed to Henry, Duke of Lancaster, and became part of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1399 on his becoming King Henry IV. The present Duke is Prince Charles and it is the ceremonial badge of the Duchy which has been adopted by the town as its own.
By the time of the first Elizabeth the town’s markets and fairs had achieved considerable fame and Blandford, as well as being home to several wealthy residents, had its own grammer school and was the venue of assizes. Its status as a borough, recognised from early medieval times, was confirmed by a Charter of Incorporation granted by James I in 1605.
Blandford suffered from serious fires in the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries. The first known fire of Blandford occurred in 1564 and although it devastated many buildings within the town, it avoided fatalities.
The second recorded fire was in 1677, which destroyed the homes of over 30 families. Decades later, on 9 July 1713, part of East Street was ruined by a third fire. There is not much information available about the level of ruin caused by this fire but records suggest that it was started intentionally.
The fourth and final ‘Great Fire’ of 4 June 1731 destroyed many significant buildings that had survived the preceding fires, such as the parish church, the almshouses, the school and the town hall. It left only a few houses, public buildings and business premises standing, (The Old House in The Close, the Ryves Almshouses in Salisbury Street and some of the buildings at the front of Nightingales Court ) although it did help to end the smallpox epidemic that was overwhelming the town at the time.
Despite suffering from serious fires in the 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries, Blandford continued to prosper and Defoe, writing in 1724, called it a ‘handsome, well built town, but chiefly famous for making the finest bone lace in England’.
Funds to help rebuild the stricken town poured in from all over the country including £1,000 from King George II. Within a few years rebuilding was well under way and by about 1760 the new Blandford was complete. Its very special character arises from the fact that the architects, surveyors and principal builders were William and John Bastard who were civil dignitaries of the town and 2 of the major sufferers from the damage. They designed and supervised the building of the new church, the town hall, grammer school and many of the houses and business premises. The resultant town centre, still largely unchanged today, forms one of the most pleasing and complete Georgian groups anywhere in England. Rebuilt as a single work, the town is basically uniform in design yet has individual flourishes to provide relief.
Gradually life returned to normal in the town, the market continued to prosper and button making, wool spinning and gloving became major industries. Further wealth came with the coaching era, the building of fine hostelries to serve this new trade and an expansion of the town’s brewing industry. In the 1860s the railway from Bournemouth to Bath came to the town but this was closed in the 1960s.
Blandford today still retains its former role as a market town that serves an important farming district, and even though the town of Blandford Forum has suffered great architectural loss through flames, it is considered to be among the best preserved Georgian market towns in the country.
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There are a number of places to visit in and around Blandford Forum. For more information please contact the Tourist Information Centre:
Blandford Tourist Information Centre, Riverside House, West Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AW
Tel: 01258 454770
April – September, Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
October – March, Mondays to Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
There are 10 council car parks in Blandford Forum.
Eight of these are owned by North Dorset District Council – please follow the link to find out more information about the car parks.
https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/roads-and-driving/parking Information about parking from DCC.
http://www.traffweb.dorsetforyou.com/ Map that shows on-street parking restrictions currently in place.
The on-street parking areas in the Market Place and on Sheep Market Hill are managed by Dorset County Council.
TravelDorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.
We provide for the people of Blandford and the surrounding villages (within DT11) making sure that people are being treated with dignity and respect, are being a valued member of the community, feeling safe and secure and being healthy. We offer advice and information at the office in Nightingale Court which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 1pm or a pop-in service at Woodhouse Gardens next to the Post Office in Blandford on Wednesdays 9.45am – 11.30am. Volunteers are always needed.
For more details contact Carol Bunnigar on the telephone number below or call in the office. 4 Nightingale Court East Street Blandford Forum DT11 7ED Tel: 01258 458250
Blackmore Dementia Action Alliance
The Blandford Dementia Action Alliance is being created by people living and working in Blandford to improve the experiences of local people living with memory problems. It is made up of local organizations committed to improving the quality of life for all people with dementia and their carers. The aim is to develop a high level of public awareness and understanding so that people with dementia and their carers are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community. Only by being more inclusive of people with dementia, can we help improve the ability of those affected remain independent with choice and control over their lives, whatever their stage of dementia. We meet every 2-3 months to discuss how we can do more as a community to support people with dementia. To find out more please look on the
Dementia Action Alliance website: www.dementiaaction.org.uk
Blackmore Vale Amateur Radio Society
The Society promotes all aspects of amateur radio, assists members to obtain licensed status and is affiliated to the national body of amateur radio – the Radio Society of Great Britain. Mr Keith Chadwick (Secretary) Tel: 01747 851260
Or Just turn up! We meet each Tuesday 7:30pm, New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Shaftesbury. SP7 0PL
Blandford & District Angling Club
This is a river fishing club for people that still like a real challenge to catch fish from flowing water. It is a friendly club that will help any person to fish. Mr Peter Brundish, Secretary 10 Windmill Road Blandford Forum DT11 7HG Tel: 01258 453545
Blandford & District Civic Society
The Society has approximately 180 members, has regular meetings, newsletters and walks and is actively involved as a constructive pressure group, working closely with the District Council to ensure that development plans are in keeping with the existing infrastructure of the town. Mr Terence Dear, Chairman Tel: 01258 480887 Nicci Brown, Secretary Tel: 01258 459346
Blandford & District Trades Council
We are a council of delegates from affiliated trade union branches in the Blandford area and in a large part of Hampshire and Dorset. We take up all kinds of matters raised by our delegate-members with local authorities, public bodies, etc. We meet monthly at the Royal British Legion, Blandford Forum. Mr M Domoney, Chairman Mr R H Tulk, Secretary 1 Mary Gardens Okeford Fitzpaine Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 0RX Tel: 01258 860920
Blandford & Mortain Twinning Association
To promote the interests of individuals, groups, clubs and associations between the two towns of Blandford Forum, Dorset and Mortain, Normandy. New members are always welcome – please contact the Secretary for details. Mr Steve Thornewilll, Hon. Secretary, 16 Orchard Street Blandford Forum DT11 7QZ Tel: 01258 453693
Blandford & Preetz Friendship Association
Blandford Forum is twinned with the town of Preetz situated near the north coast of Germany. The Society was originally set up to promote the exchange of students and adults between the two towns and has been running for more than fifty years. We celebrated our fity year anniversary in 2012 when adults from Preetz made their bi-annual visit. During the year, members and friends of the Society meet for social engagements. Exchanges between Blandford Forum and Preetz also take place. We are always looking for new members to join and keep our joining fee very low. For more information please feel free to contact: Mrs Carole Brannigan (secretary) on 01258 459452 or email.
Blandford Rotary Club
Blandford Rotary is part of the greatest charity in the world which has 33,000 branches and 1.2 million unpaid members operating in nearly every country in the world. Our club supports local, national and international organisations and good causes. One of our major local projects is to provide Christmas Day Lunch for those alone in Blandford Forum. We meet for lunch in the Crown Hotel each Monday and also have a “satellite group” whose members are Rotarians who meet once a month and support local causes in particular. For more information and contact details please reach us at :-
Blandford & Sturminster Newton Hockey Club
We are a friendly and family-type club. All players and abilities are welcome (coaching provided). We are an England Hockey affiliated and Clubs First accredited club. We aim to provide hockey in a friendly and safe environment to all who want to play, coach or umpire hockey. We run 2 mens, 3 ladies and a mixed side. We have an active junior section. Please see website for further details. Tim Blevins, Chairman Claire Meadows, Secretary Diana Lodge Bryanston Blandford DT11 0DT Tel: 01258 459266
Blandford & Sturminster Beekeepers Association
The Blandford & Sturminster Beekeepers meet monthly. They run beginners courses for beekeepers from April to August at weekends. Mike Whittick (Tel: 01258 880803) Terry Payne (Tel: 01747 811251) Brookmans Farm Bungalow Dunns Lane Iwerne Minster Dorset DT11 8NG
Blandford Allotment Society
Plots at Lamperds Field, Salisbury Road and Philip Road. Mr Dick Good ‘Tel: 01258 452278
Blandford Art Society
Our society holds an active program of talks, demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions. Mr David Windsor, Treasurer 17 Nether Mead Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset DT11 0TP Tel: 01258 861427 Liz Tredrea, Secretary Tel: 01258 861754
Mrs Maureen Pashen 29 Birch Avenue Blandford St Mary DT11 9QD Tel: 01258 453012
Blandford Bowling Club
The bowling club welcomes bowlers of all standards – men, ladies and juniors. The club runs an approved coaching scheme for those that may want some help to begin. The club operates within the child protection scheme. All coaches are qualified by the sports governing body. Outdoor flat green Bowling for all. Novices/Juniors/League and National Competition standard. ALL ARE WELCOME. Interesting and varied closed season Social Activities. Mr Tim Couling, Chairman Tel: 01258 488919 Mr K Donaldson, Club Honorary Secretary 5 Park Road Blandford Forum DT11 7BX Tel: 01258 451375
Blandford Breastfeeding Support Group
Offers breastfeeding support and information to families and health professionals. We run regular peer supporter training courses. Vicky Johns, Chairman Blandford Childrens Centre Black Lane Blandford DT11 8SW Tel: 01258 455668
A girl youth group for ages 7-10 years old in association with Girlguiding UK. Mrs R Jones c/o 29 Balmer Road Blandford Forum DT11 7XT
Blandford Catholic Church
Masses at 5.30pm Saturday and 9.00am Sunday. Our Lady of Lourdes and St Cecilia Whitecliff Mill Street Blandford Forum Fr Chacko Panathara 01258 452051. Deacon Michael Hughes
Blandford Cricket Club
All ages/abilities catered for. 3 senior teams and teams at U15, U13, U11 and U9 age groups. Youth training for U7’s – U15’s. Blandford CC holds the ECB Club Mark status and provides a structured training regime for U9s to U15s, Friday night is the club youth training night from April unitil the end of July. Mr B Robbins, Chairman Tel: 01258 455139 Mr Tom Snape, Secretary Tel: 01258 453465 14 St Leonards Avenue Blandford Forum DT11 7NZ
Blandford Churches Together
Rodney Smith 7 D’amory Mews Salisbury Road Blandford Forum DT11 7LP
Blandford Community Responders
We work alongside the ambulance service, if they cannot get there within 8 minutes we respond. We meet the 1st Tuesday each month for training at the Farquharson Arms, Pimperne from 7.30pm. To qualify you need to complete a weekend training course. We respond if the Ambulance Service is more than 8 minutes away. Mrs Debbie Smith, 7 Charles Street Blandford DT11 7QY Tel: 07772 391621
Blandford Evangelical Church
Rev Brook MacCallum, Senior Pastor Blandford Evangelical Church, Sunnydale, Albert Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 7HZ. Tel.Nos: 01258 450689, 01258 459756
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org (Senior Pastor Brook MacCallum)
Email: email@example.com (Assistant Pastor Chris Shaw)
Our weekly activities are as follows:- Sunday 10.00a.m. Sunday Morning Service with activities for children; Creche (Pre-School years), Route 5:7 Reception to school year 6), Junction (School years 7 upwards) Monday 2.30p.m. Monday Fellowship for Seniors followed by tea and biscuits Thursday 10.00a.m. Noah’s Ark Parent & Toddler Group Friday 7.00p.m. Alberts Youth Club (School years 6 to 9) Saturday 10.00a.m. Monthly on the last Saturday of the month Kidz Klub (Reception to school year 6) 7.30p.m. Focus (School years 9 upwards) Details of all our activities are to be found on the website.
Blandford Evening WI
We meet every second Friday of the month at 7pm at the Parish Rooms, The Plocks, Blandford Forum for interesting talks, a chat over a cuppa, outings and events. We started up in February 2013 and are looking to create educational and social gatherings for local ladies as well as joining in with other WI’s throughout the area. This is a great opportunity to meet with like minded people in the area, and we are looking forward to meeting you.
Please contact us via www.blandfordeveningwi.com
Blandford Forum Afternoon Townswomen’s Guild
Blandford Townswomen meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2.15 p.m. in the Williams Opportunity Hall, Whitecliff Gardens, Blandford Forum. As well as an interesting programme of speakers, our activities include a monthly luncheon club, a social club and scrabble. We also have outings and theatre and cinema visits. New members are always very welcome, so why not come along and make new friends. Our objectives: To advance the education of women, irrespective of race, creed and party so as to enable them to make the best contribution towards the common good. To educate women in the principles of good citizenship and to provide or assist in the provision of facilities with a view to improving their conditions of life. For more details contact: Miss Rosemary Elford. Tel: 01258 454037
Blandford Forum Film Society
The film society have been showing films in Blandford Forum since 1986. The films are screened at The Blandford School and the season begins in early September and runs through to early spring, showing 16 films on alternate Wednesday evenings. For exact dates please consult the programme or our website. Subscription covers entrance to all films, it also entitles you to bring guests to any screening, at £5 per guest ticket. If you would like to join please contact: Sarah Fale (Membership Secretary), Blandford Forum Film Society, 3 Field View, Alexandra Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 7JQ.
Blandford Forum Camera Club
Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at the water tower.
Blandford Forum Gymnastics Club
Gymnastics, trampolining, soft play for children just walking +. Unit 15/16 Uplands Way Blandford Heights Industrial Estate Blandford Forum DT11 7UZ Tel: 01258 453941
Blandford Forum Museum Trust
The museum records the local history of the region, mounting exhibits and organising an education programme for people of all ages. Peter Andrews, Curator Geoff Barnett, Chairman of Trustees – 01258 489685 Hazel Barker, Secretary Sylvia Hixson Andrews, Education Officer Bere’s Yard Blandford Forum DT11 7HU Tel: 01258 450388
Blandford Forum Swimming Club
We are a friendly swim and waterpolo club using the Blandford Leisure Centre and Bryanston School pools. Mr S Denton, Chairman Mrs A Pike, Secretary Kusini Milldown Road Blandford Forum DT11 7DB Tel: 01258 459749
Blandford Forum Women in Business Networking Group
This is an informal and friendly networking group which enables women from a wide range of local businesses to meet like-minded people, have fun and hopefully generate business opportunities. We meet bi-monthly at The Crown Hotel from 12-2pm on the last Wednesday of the month, a buffet lunch is provided along with different guest speakers. The event is non-profit making and all proceedings will go to our Monthly Charity of Choice. The cost is £16 and includes a buffet lunch, tea and coffee and various guest speakers.
Contact: Ally Case
Blandford Georgian Fayre
Blandford Georgian Fayre is run by a volunteer committee. Every year over 30,000 people descend on the Georgian town of Blandford Forum as the Blandford Georgian Fayre starts on Bank Holiday Monday the 2nd May 2016, between 10 am – 6pm. The Blandford Fayre is the largest Georgian event in the UK. If you would like to become a volunteer please contact us.
Telephone: 01258 453955
For girls (10-14yrs) members of Girlguiding UK a uniformed organisation that enables girls and young women to develop their potential and make a difference to the world. For information on local Rainbow units (5-7yrs) Brownie units (7-10yrs), Guides (10-14yrs) & Senior Section (14-25yrs) please contact; Mrs Heather Stringer Division Commissioner 22 Liddington Crescent Blandford Forum Tel: 01258 454864
Blandford Forum Ladies Probus Club
The Ladies Probus (acronym for PROfessional and BUSiness) Club was formed in 1994. We are a group of friendly ladies who have had a profession or worked in business (Secretary etc) who meet at Ashley Wood Golf Club on the third Monday each month for lunch followed by a Speaker afterwards. New members are welcome. Contact President Mrs M House Tel: 01258 453570 for details.
Blandford Lions welcome all prospective new members, male and female, young and elderly, to come and meet the Lions or explore the good work we do on the Lions international website at www.lions.org.uk. Lions are ordinary people doing amazing things. Mr Ian Corben, Chairman Mr Tony Ives, Secretary Rose Cottage Sackville Winterborne Kingston DT11 9BJ Tel: 01258 451396
Blandford Forum Methodist Church (The Close)
During this year we are focusing on prayer and planning a summer away-day for reflection as part of a prayer audit of each aspect of Church life. The Lunch Club is again arranging coach outings and visits during the summer months. In the run-up to Christmas there will be the opportunity to purchase cards for good causes in the Winterborne Lounge.
Sunday Services: 10.45am 18.30pm – shared with the United Reformed Church (at each Church alternating weeks). When at the Methodist Church the evening service is in Cafe Church informal style with emphasis on youth. Week-day activities include: Monday 10.00am to 11.30am Mother and Toddler Group Tuesday 12.30pm to 14.00pm Lunch Club (mainly for elderly) Thursday 10.00am to 12.00noon Coffee Morning 7.30pm Bible Study (monthly) Friday 12.30pm to 14.00pm Lunch Club (mainly for elderly) 19.00pm to 20.00pm Metchup youth club (9-13yrs) Saturday 11.00am to 12.00noon Kidchup youth club (5-8 yrs) Minister: Rev. Gwyneth M Owen MA The Manse, Lacy Drive, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1AY Tel: 01202 883461
Blandford Opportunity Group
A special needs pre-school for children from birth to 5 years. Colin Stevens, Chairman Sharon Kevern, Group Leader Williams Opportunity Hall Whitecliff Gardens Blandford Forum DT11 7BU Tel: 01258 456187
Hall Co-ordinator – Liz Hughes Tel: 07816 202544
Blandford Parish Church
You can visit this beautiful Georgian church located in the town centre between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday-Friday as well as Saturday mornings for coffee and Sundays for services. St Peter & St Paul The Market Place Blandford Forum DT11 7AS Telephone: 01258 456260
Blandford Rugby Club
Mr J Frampton, Chairman Ms J Pentney, Secretary 53a East Street Blandford Forum DT11 7DX Telephone: 01258 450665
Blandford Scout Group
We are part of the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6- to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Beavers 6-8 years, Cubs 8-10 years, Scouts 10-14 years, Explorers 14 to 18 years. Scout HQ, Eagle House Gardens Blandford Forum DT11 7BT
Blandford Sea Angling Club
We are a small friendly sea angling club based in Blandford. Our annual subscription of £15 includes, club membership of the Angling Trust, insurance, and a contribution towards the Club Championship Prize. We do not have monhtly meetings, nor do we have monthly competitions, however we do have monthly charter fishing outings from Weymouth and Poole using top of the range full facility catamarans. New members, male and female of all ages, experienced or novice, are welcome. If you feel that you would like to join us or if you require further information, please see website for further details.
Blandford Stamp Club
Mr P Agar 10 Hinton View The Chimes Sturminster Newton DT10 1ES
Blandford Stour Rotary Club
We are the evening Rotary Club in Blandford meeting every Wednesday and presenting more than £10,000 each Christmas to international, national and local charities. For more information please contact our secretary. Mr Phil Kreeger, Secretary. Tel: 01258 452958
Blandford Tourist Information Centre
A volunteer-based resource, providing a one-stop source of information, support and limited retail services for the residents, local businesses and visitors to any location within the DT11 postcode area. We sell tickets for Bath & West Show, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorchester Show and various local events. We also carry a varied range of local products, cards, maps and gifts. Interested in volunteering a few hours a week? Please contact us. Blandford Tourist Information Centre Riverside House West Street Blandford Forum DT11 7AW Tel: 01258 454770
Blandford United Football Club
Teams participating in the Dorset Premier League and the Dorset Reserve League. Mr K Haim, Chairman Mr Ian Steele, Secretary 26 Eastleaze Road Blandford Forum DT11 7UN
Blandford URC Church
The following activities are taking place throughout the year. Sunday Services – 10:30am to 11:30am. 2nd & 4th Sunday – 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Every Tuesday – Mini-Market 9:30am to 12:00noon – Stalls, Tea, Coffee etc. Every Wednesday – 10:00am to 12:00noon and 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Computer Classes for beginners. Every Wednesday – 2:00pm to 5:00pm – Painting for Pleasure. Salisbury Street Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7PY Tel: 01258 459939 (Church Office)
Blandford United Youth Football Club
Football for all ages from 5-16 years (boys and girls) and women’s football – all abilities welcome. The Club is looking for non-playing volunteers to help with administration and fundraising. Coaching positions are also available for the 2012-13 season and new players of all ages should contact Nikki Read. Events are held regularly throughout the year – please see the website for further details. Mr Steve Powell, Chairman Nikki Read, Secretary 69 Downside Close Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7SF Tel: 07413672318
Blandford Area Youth Community Centre
Blandford Youth Centre is open to all young people aged between 11 and 21. The centre is open 4 nights a week for different age ranges and also runs an outreach project and special needs club. We also offer a wide range of activities in and out of term time. Please contact the centre for more details. Milldown Road Blandford Forum DT11 7SQ Tel: 01258 455106
Blandford Youth Trust
Blandford Youth Trust exists to support the young people of Blandford Forum and the surrounding area. We are currently based in the Blandford School providing support for students aged 11 to 18 years. We are not a grant making trust. Mr B MacCallum, Chairman Mrs P Reynolds, Secretary Charnwood Milldown Road Blandford Forum DT11 7DB Tel: 01258 451121 Fax: 01258 458180
Cats Protection – Blandford & Sturminster Newton Branch
The charity’s main aims are to re-home cats, promote neutering and provide cat care information to the public. We are always looking for new supporters and volunteers to help with fostering, fundraising and homing of cats. If anybody would like to get involved or help please call our helpline number. Kate Bevan, Coordinator 5 Charborough Way Sturminster Marshall Dorset BH21 4DH Tel/helpline: 01202 858644
Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Blandford
Regular coffee mornings for retired civil servants. Mr P Batten, Chairman (Tel: 01258 453780) Mrs M A Chambers, Secretary (Tel: 01258 456572) 16 Meadow Road Charlton Marshall DT11 9PG
Clean Up Blandford Campaign
CUBC is a voluntary organisation that aims to encourage the awareness of litter issues amongst the public and put pressure on those who litter or who have statutory or commercial responsibilities to clear-up litter within Blandford Forum and Blandford St Mary. Forthcoming events are listed on the website below. Chairman: David Rose Endellion St Leonard’s Avenue Blandford Forum DT11 7NY Tel: 01258 451557
Colin’s Community Club
The club with a BIG difference. Known locally as the “chill out club” or the “3C’s Club”. There are no strangers in this club, just friends you haven’t met yet. At the club you can come in and have a drink without being a member you don’t even have to sign in and you can join when you want to. There is no committee, just Colin and his wife Pam, the members and their friends. The visitors come first and if you don’t believe it then come and see. The Club has been the centre of the Blandford Community since 2010 and its members have raised the incredible sum of £13,118.25 for charitable causes, join us and support the local community. Telephone: 01258 453694/07818 872940
Disability Action Group
Our object is to provide equipment, including electric scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs for hire on a short-term basis to people in immediate need and to help clients purchase for the long-term. We are a small, effective charity who would love some new members. These can be both able-bodied and people with disabilities. We now have a shop and workshop at
6/7 Nightingale Court, Blandford DT11 7ED for scooter and equipment hire, sales and information, Tel 01258 268309 Secretary Carolyn Carter.
Dorset Blind Association
Blandford has a social club which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 2pm-4pm at The Williams Opportunity Hall, Whitecliff Gardens, Blandford Forum. New members are very welcome and transport can be provided. Please contact Margaret Hemus on 07786 413616. To find out more about the Dorset Blind Association and its full range of service please contact Leah Cross on 07789 997620
Dorset Doddlers Running Club
The Doddlers are a small, friendly running club serving North Dorset. We meet at 7pm on Thursdays at Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre and organise winter runs on Tuesday evenings from Blandford and summer runs from pubs throughout the area. Mrs Sandra Hamilton Charlton Acres Ashtree Lane Cann Common Shaftesbury SP7 0DN. 01747 850638
Dorset Rural Music School & DRMS (music sales) Ltd.
Students of all ages welcome for tuition in all musical disciplines. Music Appreciation classes. One-Day courses. Music Library. DRMS Music Sales. Instruments to buy and hire. Local centre for ABRSM and LCM exams. For current events see our Notice Board (opposite Blandford Methodist Church) or the website. DRMS – Keeping Dorset in time and tune since 1947! Dr Richard Hall BA PhD, Director The Close Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7HA Tel: 01258 452511 Fax: 0870 0525114
DT11 Forum Community Partnership
The partnership was the last to be created in North Dorset as part of a move to set up groups independent of local government to represent the views of the community. The partnership is moving forward with great strides towards a community plan which will help attract funding for projects in the area. DT11 Forum Community Partnership meetings starting at 7pm Mr Scott Norman, Chairman Sarah Wilkinson and Julie Wigg, Community Resource Workers 5 Nightingale Court Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7ED Tel: 01258 489998
Durweston Choral Society
The Choral Society is a voluntary local group that was formed 17 years ago to mark the commissioning of a statue at Durweston Church, it continues now for the joy of singing. No auditions. September to March. Mrs Jennie Rake (Publicity Manager) 15 The Close, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 7HA Tel: 01258 451186
East Street Poets
We hold regular meetings on the first Friday of the month in Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford Forum DT11 7AA. Activities include ‘work-in-progress’ workshops and public poetry cafés. All poetry-lovers welcome. Normally starts at 7.30pm Mr B Tempest 1 Romulus Close Dorchester DT1 2TH 01305 264056
Amateur theatre is being revived in Blandford Forum by and enthusiastic new team, keen to encourage drama in the wider community in and around Blandford, welcoming members of all ages and varying talents. A well attended AGM resulted in a new Committee being formed under the Chairmanship of Lisa Morgan with Terence Dear Creative Director. The earliest known records for the organisation stretch back to the late 19th Century when it thrived under the patronage of Lord Portman, then known as the Blandford Operatic Society, it became in turn the Blandford Amateur Dramatic Society , The Blandford Players and in recent years, Blandford Amateur Dramatics. We are keen to grow and we are involved in many local community events as well as putting on our own productions. If you are interested in joining Forum Drama in any capacity, whether it is back stage, costumes or as an actor. Please contact us today! We meet at the Parish Centre, in Blandford Town Centre on Thursday nights at 7pm.
Friends of Blandford Community Hospital
Volunteer project supporting the hospital and the community with charity shops in Blandford and in Sturminster Newton. Various fundraising events are held on an ongoing basis. Mr Steve Cole, Chairman Milldown Road Blandford Forum DT11 7DD Tel: 01258 450095
Janet Knight School of Dancing
Classes for children and adults in ballet, tap and modern. Ms J Knight, Principal Delta Lodge 16 St Leonards Avenue Blandford Forum DT11 7NZ Tel: 01258 453001
J P Squash & Fitness Club
Fully equipped modern gym with resistance and CV machines, 2 squash courts, sauna, licensed members’ bar, snooker and pool tables, racket re-stringing, reflexology. John & Yvonne Pitt, Owners Blandford Heights Industrial Estate Blandford Forum DT11 7TE Tel: 01258 455188
Offering exercise, dance and other health-related opportunities for older people and those unable to use traditional exercise options. Mr Patrick Durell (Treasurer) Temporary contact until new Chairman appointed Tel: 01258 817773 Registered Charity:- 1102940
Children accepted from 2 years 9 months, high staff child ratio, friendly, highly qualified and experienced staff, support for children with special educational needs, warm and welcoming environment, run by parent management committee, parent participation welcome. Also, Little Larks Toddler Group runs on Mondays from 10.00am to 11.10am. The pre-school is open Monday 1.00pm – 4.00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am – 12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm and Friday 9.30 – 12.30pm. Lunch club is available Tuesday to Thursdays 12.30pm – 1.00pm. We are conveniently situated with a large carpark and our own outside play area. We were rated ‘Good’ at our last ofsted inspection in October 2012. Telephone to arrange a visit. The Pavilion Larksmead Blandford Forum DT11 7LU Tel: 01258 456383
Lewis-Manning is acharity that provides free care and support for approximately 700 local people every year with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as Parkinsons Disease and Motor Neurone Disease. Set in a stunning location overlooking Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island the hospice enables people to find “a new normal”, to manage their symptoms and to enjoy now and live well for the rest of their lives, however long or short that might be. Lewis-Manning has a range of services run by its team of palliative care nurses, which include Day Hospice (specialist nursing care, physiotherapy, creaticve arts and complementary therapy), Lymphoedema Clinic, Better Breathing Clinic and Physiotherapy Clinic. The bedrooms are opening on a phased basis. The charity also has a shop at 71A East Street, Blandford Forum. DT11 7DX. Telephone number 01258 458521. Lewis-Manning is based at 1 Crichel Mount Road, Poole, Dorset. BH14 8LT. For more details contact 01202 708470
Long Meadow Quilters
Long Meadow Quilters meet every Tuesday 10.30am – 3pm. We number about 20 ladies and make patchwork and quilting items. We make several things and donate or sell for different charities as well as our own work. Our meetings consist of learning various aspects of patchwork and quilting. Mrs Rowena Ellis, Chairman Long Meadow Hinetown Shillingstone Blandford DT11 0SN Tel: 01258 860186
Magnum Carnival Club
We are always looking for new members to build and appear in Carnival – everyone is welcome. Peter Haines, Chairman Marion Haines, Secretary 2 Kings Road Blandford Forum DT11 7LD Tel: 01258 451484
NHS Retirement Fellowship Blandford Forum
If you are retired or coming up to retirement from the NHS and living in this area, you and your partner will be made very welcome at our branch. The Fellowship exists to maintain friendships and to provide opportunities to make new friends through a range of social and leisure activities. You will be given a warm welcome whether you worked in a hospital or in the community and whatever your job. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:15am till 12:00 noon in the Committee Room at Blandford Community Hospital. (Except January, June, August and December which are usually outings and events). Please just come along or contact: Liz Malin Tel: 01929 472441
North Dorset Karate Club
North Dorset Karate offer traditional Wado-Rye karate tuition for all students aged 6 years and above. We also encourage parents to train alongside their children in our mixed classes. We also run clubs in Poole and Bryanston. Unit 15/16 Uplands Way Blandford Heights Industrial Estate Blandford Forum DT11 7UZ Tel: 01258 453941 Chris Lewis, Chairman Tel: 07745 295733
Panda Pre-School is a voluntary pre-school set within The Blandford School grounds next to Milldown Primary School. We run from 9am-3pm each day. Children can start at 2 years 9 month. We are friendly, actively encourage healthy eating, caring and sharing, achieving and developing in a relaxed and stimulating environment. Panda received Outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection in February 2012. Mrs Sue Cheeseman, Chairman Jo Didier, Secretary Milldown Road Blandford Forum DT11 7SN Tel: 01258 458151
The Paulley Charitable Trust
Formed in December 1988 to assist schools within the Blandford network by providing awards of effort and progress and also assist and advise students in need of help for equipment, clothing or other financial costs. Trustee and Administrator: Contact to be confirmed.
Pavilion Writers Group
Meets 10.00-12.00 at Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion. Creative writing course covering different aspects of the short story, some poetry, readings, feedback and discussions. We explore various writing techniques: Characterisation, dialogue, viewpoint, structure and plot in a friendly and supportive environment. All you need is pen, paper and enthusiasm. Joan Wiles is a playwright, short story writer and winner of the Bridport Poetry Prize. She holds a MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. Please contact Joan Wiles for details on joining
Riding for the Disabled Association
There are 14 groups in Dorset and volunteers are always needed – no experience required – training is given at the start. RDA delivers opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities. Founded as a national organisation in 1969, the groups help people to take part in riding, carriage driving and vaulting activities. Volunteers usually need to have an interest in horses and a desire to help people with disabilities. Mrs Susan Jones, County Chairman Tel: 0845 450 7029
Royal British Legion
The Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD is a members club and offers social and entertainment facilities to serving and ex-service personnel of the Armed Forces and their families. It is not a membership requirement that you are or have been a member of the forces. Visitors can be signed in by a member and children are welcome. Facilities can be hired by non-members for a small fee and arrangements can be made for Charitable organisations who are fundraising within the Community.
Royal Signals Association Dorset Branch
The purpose of the branch is to provide a forum for those individuals who have served in, or are serving in, Royal Signals so that they may keep in touch with each other with a view to keeping alive the spirit of comradeship and to pay regard to the welfare of members. The Secretary would be very pleased to answer any questions concerning the branch with any potential members either by phone of email as below. Mr J Drake, Secretary Yew Tree Farm Langton Road Blandford Forum DT11 7EN Tel: 01258 456280
Mr G D Grover, Chairman Tel: 01747 835269
Salsa Amigos meet every Tuesday at 7:45pm to learn and enjoy Latin Dances. Beginners are welcome and no partner is necessary. Everyone over 18 is welcome. We have a beginners session at 8:00pm to 8:45pm then an improver class follows, with social dancing up to 10:45pm. We also have a Bachata evening on the first Thursday of the month following a similar format. You can find us at Bryanston Club, Bryanston Village, Blandford Forum. DT11 0PR
Stitch Knit & Knot Blandford
Meets every Wednesday afternoon in Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, 2-4pm A friendly group for those who wish to share knowledge and ideas relating to knitting and crochet. All levels and abilities welcome to share in the lively and creative atmosphere. We are not strictly speaking a teaching group but members are always willing to help learners and we usually have cake too….! Christine Smith Tel: 01258 455113
St John’s Ambulance
We are the youth section of the St John Ambulance aged between 10 – 21 and meet at the Sure Start Centre, Black Lane, Fridays from 6.45pm – 8.15pm. We do small First Aid duties and Friday nights we do proficiency from First Aid, hobbies, drill,cooking, casualty make up, entertainment, caring and many more. We can also be contacted for First Aid Cover. Mrs J Vacher, Superintendent 6 Berkeley Rise Pimperne Blandford DT11 8UE Tel: 07879 003567
Stour Valley Brass Band
The brass band rehearses weekly in Blandford and carries out approximately 25 engagements a year. We are a non-contesting band. The band performs at many local events including fetes, dinners, Christmas events, civic services including armistice parade and service. All abilities are welcome including younger members. Some instruments are available for free loan. Mr B Harding, Secretary 73 Sopwith Crescent Merley Wimborne Dorset BH21 1SW Tel: 01202 880814
Studio B Dance
Studio B Dance first opened its doors almost 10 years ago. It is owned and run by Nuno and Rebecca Fernandes themselves former British show dance and latin champions, who also have many years experience dancing and choreographing for TV, film and theatre. They are still performing around the country and working in the entertainment industry. Studio B Dance offers children ages 6 years and upwards and all abilities the chance to dance, perform, create and explore music, movement and the expressive arts. From street dance and hip hop to latin and commercial the aim of every class is to build confidence, have fun and develop skills at every level, regardless of age or experience.
The Blandford Fashion Museum
The Museum has a collection of costume and accessories from 1735 to 1970s from which new exhibitions are chosen each year. A resources room and suitcases of costume items are available for student and school use. New for 2013 is an exhibition with emphasis on textiles entitled “Passion for Pattern”. The exhibition will show the treatment given to pattern by different eras. In addition there will be a new exhibition called “Party Time” portraying Tea/Garden, Cocktail and Children’s parties. Do pay the museum a visit to enjoy its fine displays and delightful tearoom. Gordon Boutelle, Administrator Jean Longley, Booking Secretary Stella Walker, Education Lime Tree House The Plocks Blandford Forum DT11 7AA Tel: 01258 453006 Publicity: Mrs E Williamson
The Performing Arts Theatre Academy
The Performing Arts Theatre Academy will be opening its doors in Blandford in January 2015. The Prinicpals, Lauren Newbury and Rebecca Hollands, along with singing tutor Felicity Ayles, will provide quality tuition in Drama, singing and musical theatre to children from ages 5-18. The Academy will offer LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall examinations and the children will showcase their talents and achievements in the end of year Academy productions. Three day theatre workshops are held in the school holidays, giving the children an opportunity to learn a script and songs and perform for their parents. The Academy is also affiliated with Forum Drama and will offer the children opportunities to work on their productions.
Treads is Blandford’s longest running youth charity providing unbiased and non-judgemental advise, information and support for local people between the ages of 11-19. Treads takes a holistic approach to supporting individuals and is passionate about tackling issues that prevent young people from taking healthy, safe and confident steps towards adulthood. Our work is manly undertaken through informal drop in but referrals from other agencies, schools and colleges is also welcome. Strong partnerships with other agencies such as Shelter, CAB, Dorset Credit Union, and The Job Club, allows Treads to harness the knowledge and skills necessary to provide excellent advice and support not just for young people but by hosting these partners within Treads building, for all members of the community. 28b Market Place Blandford Forum Dorset DT11 7EB Tel: 01258 455448
Membership fee of £15 per year gives access to over 30 groups, ranging from computers to singing, walking to theatre, art to bridge and scrabble, modern languages and latin – please see our website for the full list. There are also coffee mornings, social events and quarterly open meetings. The open meetings are free and open to non members – perhaps the best occasion to meet us intitially if you are thinking of joining – details of next meeting on our website. Chairman & Treasurer – Mrs Christine Iredale (Tel: 01258 455113) Secretary – Mrs Thelma Wood Vice Chairman & Membership Secretary – Mrs Gill Jackson (Tel: 01258 453376) 5 Hyde Gardens Pimperne DT11 8XG
Victim Support Dorset
We offer free and confidential advice and support to victims of crime and support witnesses in the courts. Unit A19 Arena Business Centres Holyrood Close Poole Dorset BH17 7FJ Tel: 01202 606204 Fax: 01202 606201
Weldmar Hospicecare Trust
(incorporates Cancer Care Dorset, Joseph Weld Hospice and Trimar Hospice) Weldmar Hospicecare is the local charity caring for patients in north, west and south Dorset. It provides specialist care and advise to patients in their own homes, in its day hospice in Shaftesbury, Dorchester and Weymouth together with in-patient care at Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester. All care is provided without any charge to patients and their families, as Weldmar relies on the local communities to help raise funds for their vital services. Joseph Weld Hospice Herrington Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 2SL Tel: 01305 215300
Wessex Morris Men
Wessex Morris Men dance traditional dances from the Cotswold area. We dance out every Monday evening during the summer and at a number of shows and other events. We usually dance abroad at least once a year. We are always looking for recruits to help develop the traditional dances. Its a perfect way to spend an evening or day travelling around the countryside! Mr Jeremy Wilton (Bagman), Secretary 38 Church Street Upwey Weymouth Dorset DT3 5QB Tel: 01305 812918
WRVS (Woman’s Royal Voluntary Service)
The purpose is to deliver practical support through the power of volunteering so people can get more out of life. Local activities include meals on wheels, home library service and hospital trolley service. WRVS Home Library Service in Blandford: Dorset Library Service wants to hear from residents who are housebound and want to get library books delivered to their home for free. The service is thanks to a partnership between Dorset County Council’s Library Service and the WRVS. Anyone interested in the service should contact either Blandford Library on 01258 452075, or phone 01305 225000.
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List of Defibrillators in Blandford Forum
Blandford currently has Community Publically Accessible Defibrillators (CPADS) at the following locations:
Alaska House Dental Practice, Whitecliff Mill Street
Blandford Masonic Lodge (Opposite The Crown Hotel), West Street
Archbishop Wake Primary School, Black Lane
Blandford Bowling Club, Park Road (yet to be installed)
There are also defibrillators inside the following locations, available during their opening hours:
The Crown Hotel, West Street
Blandford Rugby Club, off of East Street in the clubhouse, and at Larksmead Pavillion
The Blandford School, Milldown Road
Knees Up (in a cabin at the rear of M&Co./car park)
Blandford Leisure Centre, Milldown Road
Amfax Ltd, Unit 3 Clump Farm Industrial Estate/Blandford Heights
Metrol Research Ltd, Holland Way
Bristol Maid Ltd, Blandford Heights, Plough Estate
Tesco, Stour Park, Blandford St Mary
Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, Bournemouth Road
North Dorset Offices (near the Registry Office), Salisbury Road
Most Dental practices also have defibrillators.