Welcome to the Blandford Forum Town Team website

COVID-19 Recovery Survey. If you live in, are employed in, have a business in, or visit the Blandford area, please complete the Town Centre Recovery Survey here: http://www.blandfordtown.co.uk/survey

Town Team current activity is focused on the delivery of the survey and enhancements to the town and town centre. A proposal to ‘Go Dutch in Blandford’ was presented to the Town Council recently – presentation  available here (link to follow). 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]

Visiting the town? 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.https://carparkmaps.co.uk/carparks/view/9064

Scroll  down to see the Stour Meadows car park – access is from the Tesco roundabout in Blandford St Mary.

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 24th July 2020

  1. Town Enhancements Working Group. The Town Council set-up a working group to examine and recommend enhancements to the town and the town centre. The results of the COVID-19 Town Centre Recovery Survey will provide the evidence needed to determine the changes that people want to see in the town and support bids for hard to get government funding. The Town Team and the Blandford and District Civic Society are represented.
  2. A Climate Change Challenge Conference organised by the Blandford Environmental Trust is planned for 23rd Octer 2020 in the Corn Exchange.
  3. We are pleased to have Pitmans Removals & Storage as our site sponsor.

Upcoming Events – as elsewhere, most events have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep the diary below up to date as the situation changes.

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

September diary

PLEASE NOTE:  some events and meetings listed below have been cancelled in response to the Covid 19 (coronavirus) restrictions, but

September 2 8:00 am September 30 5:00 pmEvent Details

Sunday September 27: Guided Heritage Walk

A Guided Walk of Blandford's historic town centre with a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society

September 27 11:00 am 1:00 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

ParrotClicks - Pay Monthly Websites

ParrotClicks – Pay Monthly Websites

Pay monthly websites for £30 per month, built within 48 hours!

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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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