Welcome to the Blandford Town Team website!

This is the Town Team’s guide to the town and local area. We hope you will find it useful.

We are a community focused group of volunteers who feel strongly about the need to promote the town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike, and provide support to other community groups (where appropriate). We meet every two months to review work in progress and plan new projects. Email the secretary at [email protected] find out more.

Come to beautiful Blandford to see what the Bastard brothers did! Blandford is a market town steeped in history since its origins in the 9th century, but characterised by its unique Georgian town centre created after a fire in 1731 destroyed most of the buildings. The resultant rebuilding by architects and craftsmen of the time earned its description by architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner as ‘a most satisfying Georgian ensemble’ with which hardly any other town could compare. Today, a thriving and bustling centre now serving its own growing population and that of the numerous surrounding villages, and taking pride in its wide variety of independent and national shops and businesses, markets, services and recreational facilities.

News Update

  1. Pedestrianisation of the Markets Area in Blandford. The Town Council has set-up a working group to produce a plan to pedestrianise the Markets Area and recommend the same to the full Council for approval. This uses money allocated for improvements to the town centre from Lidl 106 funding and therefore must be used for enhancements rather than to replace paving slabs. The latter will happen with money from a different Dorset Council Highways pot. The next meeting of the planning group is in January 2020. The Blandford and District Civic Society and the Town Team are represented on the planning group in an advisory capacity.
  2. We welcome Pitmans Removals & Storage as our prime site sponsor.

Upcoming Events – please see the diary below

Visit the Blandford Leisure Centre.

The Town Team is committed to promoting the Blandford Leisure Centre and securing its future through local government and the community.

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What’s going on in Blandford

January diary

Wednesday January 1: 25th annual New Year’s Day Vintage & Classic Vehicle 35 mile run leaving Station Road, Sturminster Newton,

January 1 8:00 am January 31 9:30 pmEvent Details

February diary

Saturday February 1: Blandford Museum re-opens after winter closure, daily 10am to 3pm excluding Wednesdays. Exhibition to February 29: Flick

February 1 8:00 am February 29 10:00 pmEvent Details

Forests, Fruit & Fossils

And illustrated talk on reconstructing the world of our  fossil ancestors by Anthropologist Professor Peter Andrew, with illustrator Flic Baker.

February 7 7:00 pm 9:00 pmEvent Details

February 14 to 16 Cinderella

Durweston Pantomime present Cinderella at Durweston Village Hall

February 14 7:00 pm February 16 5:00 pmEvent Details

Sunday February 23 Countryside Alliance Point to Point

Countryside Alliance Point to Point Sunday February 23 Badbury Rings, nr Wimborne DT11 9JL www.countryside-alliance.org/capointtopoint First race 12 noon 6

February 23 9:30 am 5:00 pmEvent Details
Community

Example of Blandford Town Team community project

The Town Team obtained Lidll 106 grant funding to install tourism signs on the by-pass to promote the attractions of the town and the local area to visitors and the passing public. These provide important physical promotion as part of the marketing package aimed at bringing more people into the Blandford area.

Get the latest updates for this project

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Enterprise

Just some of our local businesses

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ParrotClicks – Pay Monthly Websites

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St. Martin’s House

The house forms the central part of a large Victorian building which was built as the choristers’ house for St. Martin’s church, Bryanston, by the Portman family who then owned the estate. The estate is now home to Byranston School. Built in approx 1886 the house was originally called St Martin’s House, but this name appears to have been dropped in the l940s after the house was divided. The northern section was again divided in the early eighties and we bought the middle part shortly afterwards. Having gradually brought the heart of the building back to its former elegance, we felt it to be only right to also reinstate its original name! Although the whole building, and our central part, has undergone many changes, the principal features were fortunately left intact. We particularly love the huge etched and stained glass window in the stairwell. We have had many years of restoring damaged (one might even say vandalised!) mouldings and architraves, stripping back wooden features to show off the beauty of the grain. Now re-wired, re-plumbed, with central heating throughout and a bathroom for every bedroom, St. Martin’s is once again elegant, comfortable and a much loved home. We hope that

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Forum Focus

Blandford’s brilliant monthly community magazine – news, views and events

Tourist Information Centre

Tourist Information Centre

As well as a wealth of information call in too for gifts, souvenirs, accommodation bookings, bus tickets and more!

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