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.
Upcoming Events – please see the diary below
The Town Team is committed to promoting the Blandford Leisure Centre and securing its future through local government and the community.
Wednesday January 1: 25th annual New Year’s Day Vintage & Classic Vehicle 35 mile run leaving Station Road, Sturminster Newton,
Saturday February 1: Blandford Museum re-opens after winter closure, daily 10am to 3pm excluding Wednesdays. Exhibition to February 29: Flick
And illustrated talk on reconstructing the world of our fossil ancestors by Anthropologist Professor Peter Andrew, with illustrator Flic Baker.
Durweston Pantomime present Cinderella at Durweston Village Hall
Countryside Alliance Point to Point Sunday February 23 Badbury Rings, nr Wimborne DT11 9JL www.countryside-alliance.org/capointtopoint First race 12 noon 6
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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