This is the Town Team’s guide to the town and local area.
Town Team current activities include collaboration with the Town Council and others on Climate Change initiatives and enhancements to make the town centre more attractive for visitors, businesses and residents alike, and bring more people into the town. We meet every two months to review work in progress and plan new projects. If you would like to be involved or find out more, email the Chairman at [email protected]
COVID-19 Restrictions & Parking. In these difficult times people will not be visiting Blandford to enjoy the town and its unique architecture, but the reasons why they should when leisure travel restrictions are lifted are explained below. Park in the free Blandford Stour Meadows car park, enjoy the meadows and the river, and take the short walk over the blue bridge into the town centre.
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 as at 9th April 2020
Upcoming Events – as elsewhere, most events have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep the diary below up to date as the situation changes.
The Town Team is committed to promoting the Blandford Leisure Centre and securing its future through local government and the community.
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.
Pay monthly websites for £30 per month, built within 48 hours!
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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