Welcome to the Holwell Parish Council website


The Duke of Edinburgh
1921 – 2021

The Church of St Laurence will be open from Sunday 11th April 2021 for 1 week between the hours of  10.00 am and 4.00 pm. 

Those wishing to send condolences should use the online book of condolence that is  available from Buckingham Palace for people to show their respect.

The website is https://www.royal.uk/condolence

10th April 2021 amended

Broadband in Holwell

You received a flyer from Dorset Council in early December which asked you to register with a provider of internet services, such as Wessex Internet or Open Reach, so you could be eligible for a voucher which would assist with funding connections.   

We have been advised that the voucher scheme will close shortly for new applications.   However we would like to continue to discuss the options for a better service with both of the suppliers above. There may also be a new voucher scheme at some point that we can make use of to help with funding the project.

If you have registered with Wessex Internet, please can you let us know asap  so we can check if you would also like to be registered with OpenReach.  

 Please email us at holwell@dorset-aptc.gov.uk

February 2021

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

Census Day was Sunday 21 March, but it’s not too late to take part

To start your census online, you will need your 16‑character access code

If you need help, you can

  • visit www.census.gov.uk where there’s a wide range of support services available.
  • follow @CensusDorset on Twitter
  • contatc Philip Eades of Dorset Council on 07452 948119
  • contact Cllr Dorothy Webb, Holwell Parish Councilor on 01258 817188 or mail at djwholwellpc@gmail.com

updated 22nd March 202