Corfe Castle Parish Council
14 December 2018- Please note the Parish Council phone line has a fault.
Should you need to contact the Clerk please email with your details and she will be in touch with you at the first opportunity.
Welcome to the Corfe Castle Parish Council Website
Our website aims to bring everything great about Corfe Castle, the Council and events in the village to you. If there are any suggestions, comments or information you either want to add or would like please use the contact us, either using the form or the Contact page.
Have your say on National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Government want to hear from you!
At their recent meeting Corfe Castle Parish Council considered a response the the Governments National Park and Landscapes Review Call for Evidence. Read more here.
Festive Free Parking in Corfe
Starting on 1 December, Purbeck shoppers and visitors will be able to enjoy some free parking in the run-up to Christmas.
Free parking will be available in Corfe Castle West Street car park on Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December.
Purbeck District Council and Wareham Town Council will also be supporting traders on Small Business Saturday, 1 December, with free parking in the District and Town Council car parks at Bonnets Lane; Connegar Lane; Howards Lane; Streche Road; and the Rempstone Centre, Wareham; and at West Street, Corfe Castle.
The councils will also be waiving parking charges in their Wareham car parks on Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Monday 24 December.
The Council would like to say a big thank you to Joan Dragon of Dragon’s Village Bakery who has very generously donated funds to the Council to purchase one of the new double litter bins you will see around the Parish. Thank you Joan.
Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter?
You can find help and information here
Could you be a Parish Councillor?
Elections will be held in May 2019 and a new Parish Council will begin a term. If you are interested in learning more about being a Councillor please contact the Clerk through the website or telephone on 01929 426125
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.