Welcome to the Holwell Parish Council website

About Our Area – Its Character and Heritage

The Parish of Holwell is located in West Dorset and has a population of approximately 370 residents (DCC, Dorset Data Book, and Census 2011). It covers approximately 10 square kilometres (or 2,400 acres) of gently undulating, mainly agricultural land. The main settlement of Holwell is focused around Fosters Hill, Crouch Hill, Pleck and Gunville, and the wider area comprises generally undeveloped, small clustered hamlets (including Holwell Borough; Buckshaw; The Manor and Sandhills; Westrow; Hill Street; Packers Hill and Piccadilly; and Woodbridge) and individual farmsteads.  Although there are now significantly fewer smallholders and farms than in the 1900s, Holwell’s 10 working farms remain largely non-intensive, supporting a thriving wildlife community and distinctly rural environment which is much appreciated by its residents.


10 square kilometres

very RURAL PARISH with few facilities, the nearest town is Sherborne (10km away)

traditional, pastoral CLAY VALE landscape with mature oaks, hedgerows and streams

23 LISTED buildings and structures, plus many other features of local interest, including an extensive network of ancient TRACKS and FOOTPATHS

The surrounding landscape comprises chalk escarpments and limestone hills, as the parish borders the rolling hills and valleys of the Blackmore Vale, with views to Bulbarrow and the Dungeon Hills. The undulating land is largely Oxford Clay, drained by numerous small streams running north to join Caundle Brook, with an area of sandy loam at Sandhills.

Outside the parish the nearest settlements include Bishops Caundle to the north, Kings Stag to the east and Pulham to the south; these small settlements are set apart by large spans of agricultural land and patches of woodland and contribute to the remote, rural character of the area.  Larger settlements are a further distance from Holwell including Sherborne 10km to the north west and Dorchester 25km to the south.

Holwell Parish Council comprises up to seven elected Councillors who meet every two months to transact the business of the Council. Councillors serve for a period of five years.  Occasional vacancies occur if a Councillor resigns before the end of his/her term. Any such vacancy will be advertised within the village on the noticeboard and on this website.

The Council is served by the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Parish Clerk - Sarah Mitchell, Hartmoor Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7ED  Tel: 01258 817288  Email: holwell@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

Dorset Councillor - Sherborne Rural - Robin Legg

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News of Village Organisations and Events - These can currently be found on the Village Hall website at www.holwellvillagedorset.org.uk




Holwell is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a Big Lunch.  Come and enjoy a relaxing lunch with friends and neighbours.

Date Sunday 5th June 2022               Time 12.30 - 3.00       Venue Holwell Village Hall

There will be no cost and you will be offered a glass of sparkling wine or a soft drink to toast Her Majesty.  

Please bring a plate of finger food (savoury or sweet) per person for a shared buffet lunch.  Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served.   Please bring your own beverages if you wish.

The party is open to all local families and their friends.  You could dress in red, white and blue to celebrate in style!  Email us at holwelljubilee@gmail.com to confirm your attendance or return the slip on the newsletter as soon as you can please.

 Celebrate with Flowers

We would like to decorate St. Laurence Church with flowers to celebrate and will have the church open from 10am to 6pm from Thursday to Sunday – June 2nd to 5th.

Everyone in the village is invited to take part. The church will also be open on Wednesday 1st June for setting up. Please let Cathy Atchison know in advance, so that we can co-ordinate the displays.  Email: atchison.cs@gmail.com Tel: 01963 23305

Thanksgiving Service

To conclude our celebrations, we will hold a service of Thanksgiving at St. Laurence Church, Holwell on Sunday 5th June at 6.30pm. Everyone is most welcome.