Welcome to the
Corfe Castle Parish Council Website

Our website aim is to broadcast everything great about Corfe Castle, show the Council information, and events in the village. If there are any suggestions, comments or information you would like to see on this site or if you need to contact the Parish Council about any other matter, please contact us, either via the Contact Form on the Contact page or phone 01202 670105. 

The Parish of Corfe Castle

A Parish Council is the first tier of Local Government and was created by statute in 1894 under the Local Government Act

Parish Councils have their origins in the development of villages centuries ago. When villages were ruled by the Lord of the Manor Parish Priests, and often Schoolmasters would join him to form a ruling clique. By the 17th century Church Vestry Meetings were given the responsibility of levying the “poor rate” (The first effective taxes).

The 1894 Local Government Act was seen through parliament by the then Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone. Whilst seeing a lot of opposition it nevertheless became law and Parish Councils were formed.

There are over 8,500 Parish Councils today acting as a focus for local opinion and providing a way to push policy in a way best suited to the local community.

The Parish of Corfe Castle stretches from coast to coast, and includes Long Island, Round Island, Green Island & Furzey Island in Poole Bay.

The two main areas on conurbation are Corfe Castle & Kingston.

According to the 2021 census there are 588 dwellings with 1,285 residents within the Parish.

Corfe Castle Parish Council

The Council consists of 11 Councillors, elected to serve a five year term in 2019. The next elections are due on 2nd May 2024 and this will be the last five year term (in 2029 we should resort back to a four year term).

The Role of a Councillor

Councillors work with other councillors, possibly as part of a committee, sub-committee or working group, but primarily all together as one corporate body, to represent the views of the parishioners, and to help the Council make decisions on behalf of the parishioners.

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor within Corfe Castle Parish please follow the link our Election 2024 page

Latest News for around the Parish

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Corfe Castle Parish Council

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A little bit about Corfe Castle

The village of Corfe Castle is much renowned for its Royal castle but there  is much else in and around the village for both visitors and residents alike. The Norman Castle, destroyed by an act of Parliament following the civil war, is nestled in Corfe Gate – a natural break in the hogback Purbeck Ridge. The castle and much of the settlement that extends south from it is built of Purbeck limestone. During the medieval period stone carving, particularly of Purbeck Marble was worked here in Corfe, an activity that, though diminished, continues to this day. The Ancient Order of Purbeck Marblers and Stonecutters still hold their annual meeting here and play football along lanes and tracks on Shrove Tuesday to underscore their traditional rights of access.

An ancient settlement site, Corfe Castle is home to an extensive range of archaeological sites from the stone, bronze and Iron ages. Information on aspects of these can be found at the National Trust visitors center (Castle View) and Corfe Castle Museum. An important site for such remains, as well as being of significant ecological value, is Corfe Common adjoining the settlement to the south. Similar historical and ecological importance is attached to the Purbeck Ridge that stretches east and west from Corfe Castle. The Norden transport interchange is an excellent point from which to start a walking tour of the village and its surrounding hinterland. Facilities for visitors within Corfe are good with a selection of local shops, tearooms and pubs; many of the latter have good views from their gardens! Quality accommodation is also widely available.

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