Corfe Castle Parish Council

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.

Corfe Castle Parish Council have welcomed two new Co-Opted Councillors.

Welcome to Councillor Mandy Platts and welcome back to Cllr David Grinsted.

At their recent Council meeting held on the 10th of June the Parish Council approved their Governance Statement and unaudited accounts for 2018/19 which can now be inspected by the Public.

Read more about your rights to view the councils accounts in the documents below.


Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27  The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) NOTICE

1. Date of announcement 11th June 2019
2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.  Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2019, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:
(b) Alison Burnett- Clerk to Corfe Castle Parish Council 
Phone: 01929 4261 25 Email: [email protected]
41 Bell Street Swanage Dorset BH19 2RY
commencing on  Monday 17 June 2019
and ending on Friday 26 July 2019
3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:
The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and 

The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.
4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:
PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team) 1 West ferry Circus Canary Wharf London E14 4HD ([email protected])
5. This announcement is made by Alison Burnett- Parish Clerk

The accounts can be viewed on the finance page of the website or on the link below.

Corfe Castle Parish Council form new sub-groups on  Parking and the Environment.

The Parish Council recently resolved to create two new groups focusing on finding solutions to the parking problems in the village and on the Environment; exploring what positive practical steps the Parish Council can implement in their operations. These themes will be discussed at subsequent meetings.


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

Recent Council and Parish News:

Corfe Castle Parish Council are responding to complaints raised about the recent Easter bank holiday weekend Rave.

At their recent meeting the Council considered writing a letter to both Dorset Council and Dorset Police to ask for details of their strategy to deal with future events of this nature should they occur. The Council wish to know what resources and what legislation is in place. The council resolved to pursue this.


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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