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Dewlish Parish Council


The village of Dewlish is found cradled in a fold of the surrounding chalk hills straddled around a small stream, the Devil’s Brook, which runs along the valley bottom and through the village.

Dewlish accommodates around 110 houses with a population of about 250.  The houses are of mixed style, age and construction with the predominate theme being of stone and flint reflected by the Parish Church of All Saint’s which in part dates back to the 12th Century and is located at the centre of the village.

In addition to the church the village benefits from a popular and well supported pub, The Oak, and a busy village hall.

Dewlish was originally on the main road from Dorchester to Blandford Forum and whilst now well off the beaten track it remains the most centrally located community in Dorset of equidistance to county boundaries both North to South and East to West and is therefore often used as a meeting point for people in Dorset.  

Whilst only a small village it is a hive of activity with a variety of businesses based in and around the village.  These range from T Shirt printing to Marquee erection, from building to catering and from Landscape Gardening to Farming with two dairy farms still being represented.  It is perhaps because of these business activities being based in the village and with a large proportion of the village both living and working in the village that Dewlish retains its natural charm and relaxed atmosphere.

The village has a variety of groups and activities with a very active ‘Ladies Group’ and a most successful Cricket Club.  Over recent years the village has organised an annual Bonfire and Firework Night, Themed Suppers, Beacon Lighting and Jubilee Fair, Horse Racing Evenings and much more.  These events and the success of the Public House ensure that Dewlish is not only a busy village but also a close knit community for old and new residents alike.