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Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

Welcome to Corscombe, Halstock and District parish councils website

The parish consists of the villages of Corscombe, Halstock and East and West Chelborough and their surrounding districts.  The parish lies within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) within Dorset.

With Deepest Sympathy

It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death of Katharine Singleton-Smith in a tragic road accident.  Katharine was a long serving and loyal member of the Parish Council, and a great servant of the community.  Her considered judgment and invaluable contributions on Parish issues will sorely be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult…

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The Next Parish Council meeting 27th September 2021

The date of the next Parish Council meeting is the 27th September 2021  at 7.30pm.  This will be a face to face meeting held at the Halstock Village Hall.  Please check the website for any changes due to new Covid restrictions that may come into place or a change in venue.  

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New Outdoor Gym at the Corscombe Playground

An Outdoor Gym has been installed at the Corscombe Playground for use by older children and adults. It comprises five pieces of equipment. An Air Walker and Air Skier for cardio exercises, a double Bench unit for Core work, a Leg Press and Chest Press for strength building. The equipment has been supplied by Freshair Fitness, funded by the Parish Council with a grant contribution…

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Do you have room in your garden or on your land for one or more native trees? August 28 – September 30

Corscombe,  Halstock and District Parish Council are organising a tree planting project this winter 2021/22. Each household in the parish will be offered either a tree or a shrub to plant on their own land between November and March. Trees/shrubs will be supplied as bare root plants with canes and guards and the minimal cost will be covered by the Parish Council   If you are interested in…

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Dogs off leads

Dear residents The Parish Council would like to draw your attention to the issue of dogs off leads on public highways.  This has become an issue for both other dog owners and other users of the highway. You may not be aware, but it is an offence to have your dog off the lead on a public highway under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Section…

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“Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK. COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with…

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A village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, in the Dorset Council administrative area. The parish includes the small settlements of Benville and Toller Whelme to the south.


A village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated approximately five miles (8.0 km) south of Yeovil in Somerset. It lies on the route of the ancient Harrow Way.

West Chelborough

A village and civil parish 13 miles (21 km) north-west of Dorchester, in the Dorset district, in the county of Dorset, England.

East Chelborough

A small village and civil parish 7 miles (11 km) north-east of Beaminster in Dorset, England. On the top of the ridge at the nearby Castle Hill are the earthwork remains of a motte-and-bailey castle.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council

The basic responsibility of the Parish Council is to represent the concerns and wishes of the whole community. The range of powers available to Parish Councils, defined by law, continues to increase. Proposals announced by the Government suggest that there will be changes ahead.

All councillors sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and undertake to observe an ethical Code of Conduct when dealing with matters on behalf of the community. Councillors also complete a Register of Interests, a copy of which is held by the Electoral Officer at Dorset  Council.

The work of the Parish Council is funded mainly by the Parish Precept. This is a small percentage of the Council Tax collected on each property by Dorset District Council and is passed onto the Parish. Accounts are prepared for each year, checked by the internal auditor and forwarded to be audited nationally.

Parish Council responsibilities include providing and maintaining recreational facilities such as the playground at Corscombe.

The Council comment on planning applications but the decisions are made by Dorset  Council.

Parish Councils also need representation at other local government meetings or on local bodies/organisations and Councillors may be asked to serve on certain groups or attend functions on behalf of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council does not have a permanent office nor any full-time staff. The Clerk works from home. Attendance is required at the bi-monthly Parish Council meetings and the annual Parish meeting, usually in April. Contractors are employed to undertake other works including grass cutting and hedge maintenance. Specifications are drawn up and quotations always sought.

Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council is a member of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC). Training and support is provided through the Association.

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