Dorchester Town Council
Dorchester Town Council is the parish authority for the county town of Dorset. The Town Council was created in 1974 as the succesor authority to Dorchester Borough Council. There has been a history of local government in Dorchester dating back to Anglo Saxon times and Dorchester has been the county town since 1305. It has elected a mayor since 1629.
The town has a population of over 18,000, which is growing quickly with the expansion of Dorchester at Poundbury and Brewery Square. The Town Council provides a wide range of social and recreational facilities, and promotes the town's interests with the other statutory bodies that operate in the town.
The Town Council has 20 members, elected for a period of 4 years. The next elections are in May 2019. The Mayor, who also acts as Chairman of the Council, and the Deputy Mayor, are elected annually by the Council each May.
Dorchester's Corn Exchange has it's own website which can be found at www.dorchestercornexchange.com
Please click here to view the calendar of meetings.
Mayor of Dorchester
Councillor Robin Potter will serve as Mayor for the Council year from 18 May 2015 to 23 May 2016 when a new Mayor will be elected. If you would like to read Councillor Robin Potter's speech which was read at the Mayor making ceremony please click here.
He will be supported by his wife, Val, as Mayoress, with Councilor Stella Jones as Deputy Mayor. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are organising please click here to download a Mayoral Engagement Form. Alternatively please contact the Mayor's Secretary. For a list of the Mayor's engagements for the forthcoming week please click here.
Memorial Testing at Poundbury, Weymouth Avenue and Fordington Cemeteries
Please note that over the coming months there will be a programme of memorial testing in Dorchester's cemeteries, more information can be found here or by emailing Julie Hollings, the Burials Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01305 266861.