The local groups are now
alphabetical order - should you have difficulty in finding a group
contact the office.
We provide for the people
of Blandford and the surrounding villages (within DT11) making sure that
people are being treated with dignity and respect, are being a valued
member of the community, feeling safe and secure and being healthy.
4 Nightingale Court
Tel: 01258 458250
Disease Blandford Support Group
B.A.D. Productions (Blandford Amateur Dramatics)
A new group
dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture and community involvement
in Blandford Forum and the surrounding area. Members are involved
in a number of activities from musicals to radio plays as well as social
and fund-raising events. Open to anyone to join whether for
acting, singing, directing, making sets/costumes, helping with
advertising and much more. Please visit our website for more
Lee Harris, Chairman
15 Old Farm Gardens
Tel: 01258 455142
Amateur Radio Society
The Society promotes all
aspects of amateur radio, assists members to obtain licensed status and
is affiliated to the national body of amateur radio - the Radio Society
of Great Britain.
Mr Tony Marriott (Secretary)
Just turn up!
We meet each Tuesday 7:30pm,
New Remembrance Hall, Charlton, Shaftesbury. SP7 0PL
District Angling Club
This is a river fishing
club for people that still like a real challenge to catch fish from
flowing water. It is a friendly club that will help any person to fish.
Peter Brundish, Secretary
District Chamber of Trade
District Civic Society
The Society has
approximately 250 members, has regular meetings, newsletters and talks
and is actively involved as a constructive pressure group, working
closely with the District Council to ensure that development plans are
in keeping with the existing infrastructure of the town.
District Riding for the Disabled
There are 14 groups in Dorset
and volunteers are always needed - no experience required - training is
given at the start.
Mrs J Abbott, Chairman
Tel: 01258 863683
District Trades Council
We are a council of delegates from affiliated trade
union branches in the Blandford area and in a large part of Hampshire
and Dorset. We take up all kinds of matters raised by our
delegate-members with local authorities, public bodies, etc. We meet
monthly at the Royal British Legion, Blandford Forum.
Mr M Domoney, Chairman
Mr R H Tulk, Secretary
1 Mary Gardens
Tel: 01258 860920
& Mortain Twinning Association
To promote the interests
of individuals, groups, clubs and associations between the two towns of
Blandford Forum, Dorset and Mortain, Normandy. New members are always
welcome - please contact the Secretary for details.
Mr Martin J Brickell, Hon.
Tel: 01258 453693
Preetz Twinning Association
The Association is an
Anglo/German exchange group for student and adult exchange visits
between the two towns of Blandford Forum and Preetz
in North Germany. The student exchange has been running for almost 50
years and the adult exchange has just celebrated its 30th anniversary.
During the year we hold various social events for all members and
friends, in the form of Dining in Nights, Beetle Drives and a Summer
Mrs J Barnes, Secretary (Tel:
Mr P J Warrington, Chairman
24 Bayfran Way
Tel: 01258 453550
Blandford & Sturminster Newton
We are a friendly
and family-type club. All players and abilities are welcome (coaching
provided). We run 2 mens, 3 ladies (1 ladies side play Sunday league and
1 badges side (mens) and mixed side). Both men and ladies play in a
summer league. Check the website for further details.
Tim Blevins, Chairman
Jamie Fowler, Secretary
Tel: 01258 451187
Sturminster Beekeepers Association
The Blandford &
Sturminster Beekeepers meet monthly. They run beginners courses for
beekeepers from April to August at weekends.
Mike Whittick (Tel: 01258
Terry Payne (Tel: 01747
Plots at Lamperds Field,
Salisbury Road and Philip Road.
Mr Dick Good
holds monthly evening meetings with talks and demonstrations, four
Sunday workshops, an Open Annual Exhibition, painting days and gallery
visits. Support is given to other exhibitions, local schools and
Dorset Arts Week.
Mrs Colette Fowler-Marson, Chairman
Tel: 01258 455712
Mrs Maureen Pashen
29 Birch Avenue
Blandford St Mary
Tel: 01258 453012
The bowling club welcomes
bowlers of all standards - men, ladies and juniors. The club runs an
approved coaching scheme for those that may want some help to begin. The
club operates within the child protection scheme. All coaches are
qualified by the sports governing body.
Outdoor flat green Bowling for all.
Novices/Juniors/League and National Competition standard. ALL ARE
WELCOME. Interesting and varied closed season Social Activities.
Mr K Donaldson, Club
5 Park Road
Tel: 01258 451375
Breastfeeding Support Group
support and information to families and health professionals. We run
regular peer supporter training courses.
Vicky Johns, Chairman
Tel: 01258 455668
A girl youth
group for ages 7-10 years old in association with Girlguiding UK.
Mrs R Jones
c/o 29 Balmer Road
Blandford Catholic Church
Masses at 5.30pm Saturday and 9.00am Sunday.
Our Lady of Lourdes and St Cecilia
Whitecliff Mill Street
Fr Ciarán McGuinness 01258 452051.
Deacon Michael Hughes
All ages/abilities catered
for. 4 senior teams and teams at U15, U13 and U11 age groups. Youth
training for U7's - U15's.
22 Heddington Drive
7 D'amory Mews
We work alongside the
ambulance service, if they cannot get there within 8 minutes we respond.
Mrs J Vacher, Superintendent
6 Berkeley Rise
Tel: 07879 003567
Rev Brook MacCallum, Senior
Blandford Evangelical Church, Sunnydale, Albert Street,
Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 7HZ.
Tel.Nos: 01258 450689, 01258 459756
(Senior Pastor Brook MacCallum)
email@example.com (Assistant Pastor Chris Shaw)
Our weekly activities are as follows:-
10.00a.m. Sunday Morning Service with activities for
children, MiniProms (3-4yrs old), Promiseland (5-11 years old) and
Junction (12-14 years old)
2.30p.m. Monday Fellowship for Seniors followed by tea
7.30p.m. Focus programme for Youth (see
10.00a.m. Session 1 Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group
12.30p.m. Session 2 Noah’s Ark Parent and Toddler Group (trial period)
7.00p.m. Alberts Youth Club (8-11 year olds)
Saturday evenings Focus Socials
Blandford Evening Women's Institute
The Blandford Evening Women's
Institute has regrettably suspended. If you are interested in
starting this group again or are in need of further information please
58 Icen Way
Forum Afternoon Townswomen's Guild
Townswomen meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2.15 p.m. in the
United Reformed Church Hall, Whitecliff Mill Street. As well as an
interesting programme of speakers, our activities include a monthly
Luncheon Club, music, poetry and prose and social study groups and twice
monthly scrabble. New members are very welcome, why not come and make
some new friends. Just come along, or for more details contact:
Forum Almshouse Charity
Mrs Rene Prior, Clerk
Tel: 01258 451810
Blandford Forum Camera Club
Meets weekly on
Tuesdays at 7.30pm at the water tower.
Alf Tompkins, President, 01258 454450
Forum Gymnastics Club
soft play for children just walking +.
Unit 15/16 Uplands Way
Blandford Heights Industrial
Tel: 01258 453941
The museum records the local history of the region,
mounting exhibits and organising an education programme for people of
Peter Andrews, Curator
Hazel Barker, Secretary
Sylvia Hixson Andrews,
Tel: 01258 450388
Forum Swimming Club
Teach and coach swimming
and mini water polo.
Mr J Shepherd, Chairman
Mrs D Alner, Secretary
Blandford Georgian Fayre
C/O 42 Eastleaze Road
Tel: 07500 135774
For girls (10-14yrs)
members of Girlguiding UK a uniformed organisation that enables girls
and young women to develop their potential and make a difference to the
For information on
local Rainbow units (5-7yrs) Brownie units (7-10yrs), Guides (10-14yrs)
& Senior Section (14-25yrs) please contact;
Mrs Heather Stringer
22 Liddington Crescent
Tel: 01258 454864
We offer support and
friendship to people who have had heart attacks and/or surgery as well
as to their families. There are more details on our website.
Mrs Isabel Weiner
Blandford Community Hospital
Tel: 01258 860179
Ladies Probus Club
Ladies Probus (acronym for PROfessional and BUSiness) Club was formed in
1994. We are a group of friendly ladies who have had a profession or worked in business (Secretary etc) who meet in the Crown
Hotel on the second Monday each month for lunch followed by a
Speaker. New members welcome.
Tel: 01747 811679
Tel: 01258 817103
Blandford Lions welcome
all prospective new members, male and female, young and elderly, to come
and meet the Lions or explore the good work we do on the Lions
international website at
www.lions.org.uk. Lions are ordinary people doing amazing things.
Mr Ian Corben, Chairman
Mr Tony Ives, Secretary
Tel: 01258 451396
Blandford (Machine) Knitting Club
The club meets in Pimperne Village Hall on the third
Tuesday in the month at 2.00p.m. As
well as meeting to learn or improve our machine knitting skills, anyone
wishing to learn how to hand knit or crochet, improve their skills or
become part of a knitting social circle is welcome.
First meeting is free. Visitors
are also welcome
to attend individual meetings for a minimal charge (to include coffee
and cover expenses).
Mrs Win Ball
Tel: 01258 454516
Forum Methodist Church (The Close)
During this year we are focusing on prayer and planning a
summer away-day for reflection as part of a prayer audit of each aspect
of Church life. The Lunch Club is again arranging coach outings and
visits during the summer months. In the run-up to Christmas there will
be the opportunity to purchase cards for good causes in the Winterborne
shared with the United Reformed Church (at each Church alternating
the Methodist Church the evening service is in Cafe Church informal
style with emphasis on youth.
to 11.30am Mother and Toddler Group
to 14.00pm Lunch Club (mainly for elderly)
to 12.00noon Coffee Morning
Bible Study (monthly)
to 14.00pm Lunch Club (mainly for elderly)
to 20.00pm Metchup youth club (9-13yrs)
to 12.00noon Kidchup youth club (5-8 yrs)
Minister: Rev. Gwyneth M Owen MA
Manse, Lacy Drive, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 1AY
Tel: 01202 883461
Muscular Dystrophy Group
Support for families from Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis onwards. Varied
fundraising activities in the Blandford area.
Prior, Chairman (Tel:
Mrs Teresa Cooper, Secretary
The Down House
Tel: 01258 453719
A special needs pre-school for children from birth to
Sharon Kevern, Group Leader
Tel: 01258 456187
visit this beautiful Georgian church located in the town centre between
9.30am and 12noon Monday-Friday and from 10am to 12noon on Saturday
St Peter & St Paul
The Market Place
Mr J Frampton, Chairman
Ms J Pentney, Secretary
Youth training for
citizenship for boys and girls - Beavers 6-8 years, Cubs 8-10 years,
Scouts 10-14 years, Explorers 14 to 18 years. We are a uniformed
Tel: 07884 296621
Blandford Stamp Club
Mr P Agar
10 Hinton View
Blandford Stour Rotary Club
Mr Phil Kreeger (Secretary)
Tourist Information Centre
A volunteer-based resource,
providing a one-stop source of information, support and limited retail
services for the residents, local businesses and visitors to any
location within the DT11 postcode area. We are booking agents for
National Express, Condor Ferries, various coach companies, the Mayflower
theatre, local events, etc. and carry a varied range of local products,
cards, maps and gifts. Interested in volunteering a few hours a week?
Please contact us.
Blandford Tourist Information
Tel: 01258 454770
United Football Club
Teams participating in the Dorset Premier League and
the Dorset Reserve League.
Mr K Haim, Chairman
Mr Ian Steele, Secretary
26 Eastleaze Road
Blandford URC Church
The following activities are taking place throughout the
Sunday Services - 10:30am to 11:30am.
Every other Sunday - 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Every Tuesday - Mini-Market 9:30am to 12:00noon - Stalls,
Tea, Coffee etc.
Every Wednesday - 10:00am to 12:00noon and 2:00pm to
4:00pm - Computer Classes for beginners.
Every Wednesday - 2:00pm to 5:00pm - Painting for
459939 (Church Office)
United Youth Football Club
Football for all ages from
5-18 years (boys and girls) and women's football - all abilities
welcome. The Club is looking for non-playing volunteers to help with
administration and fundraising. Coaching positions are also available
for the 2010-11 season and new players of all ages should contact Tina
Wise. Events are held regularly throughout the year - please see the
website for further details.
Mrs Tina Wise
3 Langton Road
Tel: 01258 450371
Youth Community Centre
Blandford Youth Trust
exists to support the young people of Blandford Forum and the
surrounding area. We are currently based in the Blandford School
providing support for students aged 11 to 18 years. We are not a grant
Mr B MacCallum, Chairman
Mrs P Reynolds, Secretary
Tel: 01258 451121
Fax: 01258 458180
Protection - Blandford & Sturminster Newton Branch
The charity's main aims
are to re-home cats, promote neutering and provide cat care information
to the public. We are always looking for new supporters and volunteers
to help with fostering, fundraising and homing of cats. If anybody would
like to get involved or help please call our helpline number.
Kate Bevan, Coordinator
5 Charborough Way
Dorset BH21 4DH
Tel/helpline: 01202 858644
Retirement Fellowship, Blandford
coffee mornings for retired civil servants.
Mrs P Batten, Chairman
(Tel: 01258 453780)
Mrs M A
Chambers, Secretary (Tel: 01258 456572)
16 Meadow Road
Clean Up Blandford Campaign
is a voluntary organisation that aims to encourage the awareness of
litter issues amongst the public and put pressure on those who litter or
who have statutory or commercial responsibilities to clear-up litter
within Blandford Forum and Blandford St Mary.
Forthcoming events are listed on the website below.
Chairman: David Rose
St Leonard's Avenue
Tel: 01258 451557
Doddlers Running Club
The Doddlers are a small,
friendly running club serving North Dorset. We meet at 7pm on Thursdays
at Sturminster Newton Leisure Centre and organise winter runs on Tuesday
evenings from Blandford and Shaftesbury, and summer runs from pubs
throughout the area.
1A St Mary's Close
Tel: 01258 881140
Music School & DRMS (music sales) Ltd.
Students of all ages welcome for tuition in all musical
disciplines. Music Appreciation classes. One-Day courses. Music Library.
DRMS Music Sales. Instruments to buy and hire. Local centre for ABRSM
and LCM exams. For current events see our Notice Board (one minute from
the Post Office) or the website. DRMS - Keeping Dorset in time and tune
Richard Hall BA PhD, Director
Dorset DT11 7HA
The partnership was the
last to be created in North Dorset as part of a move to set up groups
independent of local government to represent the views of the community.
The partnership is moving forward with great strides towards a community
plan which will help attract funding for projects in the area.
Forum Community Partnership meetings
Figg and Hannah Solloway, Community Resource Workers
5 Nightingale Court
Tel: 01258 489998
Durweston Choral Society
The Choral Society is a
voluntary local group that was formed 17 years ago to mark the
commissioning of a statue at Durweston Church, it continues now for the
joy of singing. No auditions. September to March.
Mrs Felicity Brown (Publicity
Tel: 01258 451129
We hold regular meetings
on the first Friday of the month in Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion,
Blandford Forum DT11 7AA. Activities include 'work-in-progress'
workshops and public poetry cafés. All poetry-lovers welcome.
Mr B Tempest
1 Romulus Close
Blandford Community Hospital
project supporting the hospital and the community with charity shops in
Blandford and in Sturminster Newton. Various fundraising events are held
on an ongoing basis.
Mr Peter Fale,
Mrs Rita Davies, Secretary
Inner Wheel Club
We are a small group of 16 ladies, wives of widows of Rotarians, who
meet twice a month. Our business meeting is on the second Tuesday of
each month and on the fourth Tuesday we have a social occasion e.g.
lunch visit to a garden centre etc. We meet at the Crown Hotel and try
to offer friendship as well as raising money for charity and carrying
out charitable works e.g. making blankets for orphanages overseas. New
members are always welcome.
Mrs D Symmons
1 Charles Street
Greta Chippendale, Secretary
15 Buttercup Lane
Tel: 01258 453238
School of Dancing
Classes for children and
adults in ballet, tap and modern.
Ms J Knight, Principal
16 St Leonards Avenue
Tel: 01258 453001
J P Squash &
Fully equipped modern gym
with resistance and CV machines, 2 squash courts, sauna, solarium,
licensed members' bar, snooker and pool tables, racket re-springing,
John & Yvonne Pitt, Owners
Blandford Heights Industrial
Tel: 01258 455188
Offering exercise, dance and other health-related
opportunities for older people and those unable to use traditional
Mr Patrick Durell (Treasurer)
Temporary contact until
new Chairman appointed
Tel: 01258 817773
Children accepted from 2
years 9 months, high staff child ratio, friendly, highly qualified and
experienced staff, support for children with special educational needs,
warm and welcoming environment, run by parent management committee,
parent participation welcome. Also, Little Larks Toddler Group runs on
Mondays from 9.15am to 11am.
Telephone to arrange a visit.
Tel: 01258 456383
We are always looking for
new members to build and appear in Carnival - everyone is welcome.
Peter Haines, Chairman
Marion Haines, Secretary
2 Kings Road
Tel: 01258 451484
North Dorset Disability
Action Group (also known as DAGABILITY)
Our object is to provide
loan equipment, including electric scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs
on a short-term basis to people in immediate need and to help clients
purchase for the long-term. We are a small, effective charity who would
love some new members. These can be both able-bodied and people with
Pat Withers, Secretary
Mary Siwek, Treasurer
PO BOX 1572
Tel: 07791 232461
Dorset Karate Club
Unit 15/16 Uplands Way
Blandford Heights Industrial
Tel: 01258 453941
We are a voluntary pre-school
within a wonderful setting. We run sessions every morning and some
afternoons. Children can start from 2 years 9 months to 5 years and we
use the Early Years Free Entitlement from the term the children are 3
years old. We are a friendly group and actively encourage healthy
eating, caring for each other, sharing and developing in a relaxed but
Mrs Kate Lill
Tel: 01258 458151
Fax: 01258 458151
Long Meadow Quilters meet
every Tuesday 10.30am - 3pm. We number about 20 ladies and make
patchwork and quilting items. We make several things and donate or sell
for different charities as well as our own work.
Mrs Rowena Ellis, Chairman
Tel: 01258 860186
The Paulley Charitable Trust
Formed in December 1988 to assist schools within the
Blandford network by providing awards of effort and progress and also
assist and advise students in need of help for equipment, clothing or
other financial costs.
Trustee and Administrator:
Mr W.J. Paulley MBE
Dorset DT11 0P2
Tel: 01258 452749
Meets 10.30-12.30 at
Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion.
Creative writing course
covering different aspects of the short story, some poetry, readings,
feedback and discussions.
Please contact Joan Wiles for
details on joining
Rotary Club of Blandford
Rotary Club of Blandford is part of a worldwide organisation dedicated
to give help where it is needed. We support not only international
projects but, very importantly, local organisations and good causes. One
of our major local projects is to provide a Christmas Day lunch for the
elderly Blandfordians. The Rotary Club of Blandford meets for lunch in
The Crown Hotel each Monday. If anyone is interested in joining our
Club, please call Club Secretary Andrew Symmons on 01258 451923 or Club
President Jim Atkins on 01258 452834.
Mr D M Wood
10 Bayfran Way
Tel: 01258 459312
Association Dorset Branch
The purpose of the branch is to provide a forum for
those individuals who have served in, or are serving in, Royal Signals
so that they may keep in touch with each other with a view to keeping
alive the spirit of comradeship and to pay regard to the welfare of
members. The Secretary would be very pleased to answer any questions
concerning the branch with any potential members either by phone of
email as below.
Mr T D Walker BEM, Secretary
Tel: 01258 455748
Mr G D Grover, Chairman
Tel: 01747 835269
We are the youth section of
the St John Ambulance doing proficiency and First Aid duties and we can
also be contacted for First Aid Cover.
Mrs J Vacher, Superintendent
6 Berkeley Rise
Tel: 07879 003567
The brass band rehearses weekly in Blandford and
carries out approximately 25 engagements a year. We are a non-contesting
Mr B Harding
73 Sopwith Crescent
Blandford Fashion Museum
Museum has a collection of costume and accessories from 1735 to 1970s
from which new exhibitions are chosen each year. A resources room and
suitcases of costume items are available for student and school use. New
for 2010 is an exhibition of 1970's costume known as "70's Flower
Power". We have also opened a Dorset Room specialising in Dorset crafts
made in the county and allied to costume. The bridal exhibition has been
retained by popular demand and can be viewed at least until the end of
Gordon Boutelle, Administrator
Jean Longley, Booking Secretary
Stella Walker, Education
Lime Tree House
Tel: 01258 453006
Membership fee of £15 per year gives access to about 30 groups,
ranging from computers to singing,
walking to theatre, art to bridge and scrabble, modern languages and
latin - please see our website for the full list.
There are also coffee mornings, social
events and quarterly open meetings. The open meetings are free and open
to non members - perhaps the best occasion to meet us intitially if you
are thinking of joining - details of next meeting on our website.
Chairman & Treasurer - Mrs
Christine Iredale (Tel: 01258 455113)
Secretary - Mrs Thelma Wood
Vice Chairman & Membership
Secretary - Mrs Gill Jackson (Tel: 01258 453376)
5 Hyde Gardens
We offer free and
confidential advice and support to victims of crime and support
witnesses in the courts.
Unit A19 Arena Business
Tel: 01202 606200
Fax: 01202 606201
(incorporates Cancer Care
Dorset, Joseph Weld Hospice and Trimar Hospice)
Joseph Weld Hospice
Wessex Morris Men
Wessex Morris Men dance traditional dances from the Cotswold
area. We dance out every Monday evening during the summer and at
a number of shows and other events. We usually dance abroad at
least once a year.
Mr Jeremy Wilton (Bagman), Secretary
Royal Voluntary Service)
The purpose is to deliver
practical support through the power of volunteering so people can get
more out of life. Local activities include meals on wheels, home library
service and hospital trolley service.
WRVS Home Library Service in
Blandford: Dorset Library Service wants to hear from residents who are
housebound and want to get library books delivered to their home for
free. The service is thanks to a partnership between Dorset County
Council's Library Service and the WRVS. Anyone interested in the service
should contact either Blandford Library on 01258 452075, or phone 01305
Mrs J Billam, Meals on Wheels
Coordinator (Tel: 01258 452934)
Mrs M Jacobson, Home Library
Service Coordinator Dorset (Mob: 07795 968761)
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