Welcome to the Holwell Parish Council website

Holwell Parish Council comprises seven elected Councillors who meet at least four times a year to transact the business of the Council. Councillors serve for a period of four years. The next elections to the Council will be held in 2019. 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.

Please note that the Parish Council has a new email address - holwell@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

Holwell Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting - Tuesday 11 December - 9.00 pm - Holwell Village Hall

Holwell Parish Council are holding an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting at the Holwell Village Hall on Tuesday 11th December, starting at 9pm to review the Examiners Final report on the Neighbourhood Plan, to accept the amendments, and to recommend acceptance to forward to WDDC prior to Referendum.   This is an open meeting so residents are welcome to attend.

Agenda - December 2018 - Extraordinary.docx

Neighbourhood Plan

 Neighbourhood Plan Examination

An independent examiner Mr Andy Mead was appointed after the decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan for examination.  

Following the submission of the Holwell Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to WDDC and Holwell Parish Council on the 26 October 2018 to clarify several initial procedural matters.

As part of his examination of the plan, the independent examiner has to consider whether the plan meets certain basic conditions and satisfies legal requirements.

The basic conditions are set out in the legislation, and are intended to ensure that neighbourhood plans fit within their wider context. The plan must:

·         have regard to national planning policies and guidance

·         contribute to achieving sustainable development

·         be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan i.e. the West Dorset, Weymouth               & Portland Adopted Local Plan

·         be compatible with European Union law and human rights obligations

If the neighbourhood plan is approved following examination, and supported by a local referendum, it will be used to make decisions on planning applications.

Dorset Care Record - Dorset Care Record brings all your health details together so medical and social care staff can give you the best possible care.  It is planned that the system will go live in early Spring and from that time on health and social care professionals will be asking people whether they want their record shared with the practitioners dealing with their care.  Further information can be found on https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/dorset-care-record

Bus Services - All the current routes except one have now been withdrawn. A bus is provided on Tuesday mornings to Sherborne and Yeovil It is run by Dorset Community Transport and intending passengers need to book by the Monday before travel by phoning 01258 287980. The cost is £5. The bus leaves Holwell at around 9.27am, arriving in Sherborne at 10 25am and Yeovil at 10.45am. Returning, it leaves Yeovil at 12.30pm and Sherbone at 12.45pm.

Community Speedwatch - New volunteers are needed to support the work of the team. Please consider whether you could offer to help. Full training will be given, and a police check required. 

Superfast Broadband - The Parish Council is collecting a list of addresses in Holwell unable to connect to Superfast Broadband, in order to pursue this further with the providers. If you would like your address added please advise the Clerk - contact details below. The Parish Council has been advised that there is financial help for those on the slowest broadband as a subsidy towards the installation of a wireless, satellite or 4G broadband connection. For further details of the scheme please visit:                    www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/better-broadband-scheme                                               13/12/16


Current Councillors and their contact details are as follows:-

Bruce Duncan (Chairman) - 01963 23595 - bruceduncanab@gmail.com

Diana Gibbs (Vice Chairman) - 01963 23836 - djg6005@gmail.com

Lord Vicary Aldenham - 01963 23126 - vtaldenham@aol.com

Rodney Antell - 01963 23278

Jo Edmondson (DAPTC Representative) - edmondsonj32@gmail.com

Libby Wilton (Village Hall Representative) - 01935 592244 - libbywilton@stantonstone.com

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

County Councillor - Mary Penfold Tel: 01300 342545 Mob. 07980 569880 Email: marypenfold8@gmail.com

District Councillor - Robert Gould, Hillside Farm, Poyntington, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LF  Tel: 01963 220222 Mob: 07732 677824 Email: cllrr.gould@westdorset-dc.gov.uk


News of Village Organisations and Events - These can currently be found on the Village Hall website -

Click on this link:- www.holwellvillagedorset.org.uk