Santa Sleigh 2020

Santa will be visiting Charmouth this year!  Please click here to see details of date and route.

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In line with the latest Government guidance, the Parish Council has reviewed its facilities as follows:

Foreshore Car Park - to remain open in line with Government Guidelines for the 2nd lockdown (see decision notice here)

Boat Launching - to remain open in line with Government Guidelines for the 2nd lockdown (see decision notice here)

Beach Huts - to remain open in line with Government Guidelines for the 2nd lockdown (see decision notice here)

Playground/Outdoor Gym area, Charmouth Playing Field - Playground to remain open in line with Government Guidelines for the 2nd lockdown but outdoor gym equipment to close (see decision notice here)

Playing Field Pavilion - to remain closed to the public as no clubs are currently running (see decision notice here)

Mallory Hayter Room, The Elms - to remain closed currently (see decision notice here)

Following the latest Government Guidelines associated with the 2nd lockdown, the status of Council amenities was considered on 4 November with the above unanimous decisions being made. 

As the Council Offices remain closed to the public with staff mainly working from home again, contact by email is recommended initially please.


Please take part to make sure your community gets the services it needs.  View details here.


Following the recent resignation of Kay Solomon, and confirmation from Dorset Council that this vacancy can be filled by way of co-option along with the other 3 current vacancies, Andrew Lightfoot was co-opted by the Parish Council at its meeting on 22 September.  Andrew will initially sit on the Playing Field, Cemetery and Street Management Committee as well as the Planning Committee.

If you would like to help shape the community which you live in, or have a skill which you think could benefit the running of the Parish, please write or email your letter of application to the Parish Clerk, Lisa Tuck, at the Elms, St Andrews Drive, Charmouth, DT6 6LN or

Co-options will take place at the next Council meeting. 

We look forward to hearing from you!



Charmouth Parish Council will observe advice given by Government to the Burials sector and will introduce restrictions to the number of people attending Burials in Charmouth Cemetery.
Taking account of Government guidance to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the public and our staff operating this critical service, the following measures will apply from 1st April 2020.

The attendance of family and friends at burial services will be restricted to the congregation are members of the deceased’s household or close family. In a case where no members are attending, friends can attend, plus Funeral Directors staff.  No chapel facilities will be available.

We appreciate that this will be distressing for the bereaved.  When the situation improves, the bereaved affected by this restriction will have the opportunity of holding another service at the graveside should they wish.

Funeral Directors have been advised of this action and will be in touch with families to help make necessary arrangements. The bereaved should contact their Funeral Director for further advice.

Restrictions may change dependent upon future Government guidance.

Our main office is closed but e-mails are being received and replied to daily.


Body Worn Cameras will shortly be issued to the foreshore staff for a trial period. Charmouth Parish Council has an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of its employees. It is particularly important that it helps to protect and support its workers whilst they are carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, the outside staff, through the nature of their work, are sometimes open to aggressive and/or abusive encounters.

To help mitigate the risks a body worn video camera (BWC) can be worn. This device records sound and pictures, which will help the employee gather unambiguous evidence and add an extra level of security. The system acts largely as a deterrent and the device does not record unless the employee switches it to the on position.



The CAB has produced a leaflet which can be viewed here to help people maximise income on Universal Credit or assist those wishing to make a claim.



As well as the ongoing service on Thursdays in Charmouth Library, a new Post Office Outreach Service will commence at the Village Hall in Wesley Close on Fridays from 1015-1330 up to Christmas.

Services to include:

  • General banking
  • Travel money
  • All mail services/post etc
  • Stamps
  • Withdrawals & deposits
  • Bill payments
  • Moneygram
  • Itunes & one-for-all gift cards


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