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New Sheep Wash Pool sign erected

A new sign has been erected in the village. Margaret Hearing has donated profits from the sale of her 'Book of Martinstown' to pay for the installation of a sign to the Sheep Wash Pool. 

The actual fingerpost has been made by ‘The Mens’ Shed’ in Dorchester and the arrangements with them were handled by Anne Bennett which we thank her for. 

Thanks also to Roger Wiltshire who fitted the fingerpost into a new post which he then replaced into the position of the original post. 

Above is a photo of the fingerpost with the Public Bridleway and Pick up your 💩replaced.


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New Sign for Martinstown Washing Pool

The Washing Pool renovation has been partly funded by the Parish Council, Dorset Ridgeway Team and the Dorset AONB. Historical information, photo graphs etc courtesy of Margaret Hearing and co-ordination of the project by Martinstown Parish Council. 

The Washing Pool is unique in its size and state of preservation.  It is one of the rarer structures in this part of the country. A quick internet search throws up approx. another half dozen or so in various states of repair, none of the same original quality. In Dorset I believe there to be one only one other in Littlebredy near Bridehead but not in the same league. 

As a small village, with a long history in the farming community, the Parish council thought that the Sheep Washing Pool renovation to be an important historic investment for the village and a visitor attraction. Already, the Pool has been visited by a group from New Zealand. The new information board will only add to that visitor experience and shortly we hope to erect a new finger post to tempt people to explore further than the Brewer's front door.

Martin Usherwood

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Martinstown are Winners of Dorset Best Village 2018 - Large Village, Previous Winners category

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At the presentation evening this week for Dorset Best Village 2018 organised by Dorset Community Action, sponsored by Magna Housing and supported by Dorset Echo, Martinstown was the winner in the category of Large Village - Previous Winner (i.e. there is a category for villages that have been previous winners so that the same village can’t win every time).

The Dorset Echo reports that: “Judges travelled more than 900 miles across Dorset this summer as they inspected villages taking part. While looking out for well-kept greens and finger posts, tidy churchyards and rubbish-free playgrounds, they also note the work going on in communities behind the scenes to look after their villages.”

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Information from Dorset Council on the Corona Virus


Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Recycling, Rubbish
& Food collection

Collections take place
*unless otherwise indicated

7 - Recycling and Food
14 - Rubbish and Food
21 - Recycling and Food
28 - Rubbish and Food

4 - Recycling and Food
11 - Rubbish and Food
18 - Recycling and Food
25 - Rubbish and Food

2 - Recycling and Food
9 - Rubbish and Food
16 - Recycling and Food
23 - Rubbish and Food
30 - Recycling and Food

6 - Rubbish and Food
13 - Recycling and Food
20 - Rubbish and Food
27 - Recycling and Food

Garden Waste 

Collection is generally every other WEDNESDAY (starting from13th October 2021)

What to do on your collection day

  • Please leave your container out by 6am

  • Please leave your containers at the kerbside

  • Please do not overfill your containers so that they are too heavy for our collection crews to move and lift safely

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To report a missed collection or other problem, or to contact us, go to or call (01305) 221040


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