Postal Collections

From village postboxes:
4:00pm Monday to Friday,
08:30am Saturdays, Hairport
10:00am Saturdays, Browns Lane

From Royal Mail Sorting Office, Station Rd, Gillingham:
6:00pm Monday to Friday,
12noon Saturdays

East Stour Village Newsletter

Contact Gill Jenkins by email on

Village Defibrillator

East Stour has a defibrillator, situated on the front wall of the Village Hall. It is unlocked and ready for grabbing in an emergency. It has a recorded voice that tells you how to operate it – you cannot make a mistake if you follow the very simple instructions.

Kate Fisher, Assistant Community Responder Officer (Dorset), from South West Dorset Ambulance Service comes along each year to train ANY members of the village in CPR and use of the defibrillator.


Discounted Heating Oil

Many residencies in East Stour require domestic heating oil to provide heating.  As part of the Village Action Plan, a buying group was set up to provide greater buying power and discounts.  More can be found out here.

Village “Phone Box” Library

The Phone Box Library is now open, following its May 2021 refurbishment.

The “phone box” library on Browns Lane, has been running since 2016 and has proved to be a great success.  Books are coming and going with a fine selection for all ages always available.

Take any book to borrow and return, or return a different book to keep stock flowing.

Book donations can be left in the phone box or if you need a collection please contact Sarah Miller, Halletts Farm or via TESS.

Local Businesses

Art and Design

Maycreation: Design Consultants
Contact Graham May

Bed and Breakfast

Gable Cottage B&B
The Common – East Stour
Contact on 01747 838491 or 07768 212040

Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Maintenance

Carl ‘The Common’ Electrician
Contact on 01747 838491

MJD Building Services
Contact Mark Davis on 01747 838591

N Services
No job too small, all work considered. For all your household maintenance. Plastering, painting, decorating, landscaping, gardening, fibreglass, flat roofing. Contact Nigel on 01747 838865 or 07794 135812.

Plastering Services
Contact Paul Bryan on 01747 838160 or 07903 140050

Melvyn Ward – free estimates
Contact on 01747 838915 or 07944 678522

S A Bendoraitis
Building Contractor
Contact on 01747 838388

Contact Richard Jones on 01747 838784


Christ Church
A30, East Stour, SP8 5LP
Contact: Benefice Adminstrator on 01747 838911

Delivery Services

Newspaper Deliveries: Little Buddha
Contact on 01747 822753

Food and Cafes

Sweet Cakes
Cakes for all occasions
Contact Marie Crossman on 01747 838389

The Udder Farm Shop
Contact Jane Down on 01747 838899

Garden Services

Old Chapel Flowers
Contact Sue Carter on 07517 735907

You Grow It We Mow It
Garden maintenance
Contact Rich on 07856 288403


Dorset Cottage Gifts
Contact Kate Matthews on 07547 141892


Cuts and Colours
Mobile hairdresser
Contact Sarha Coates on 01747 838628 or 07748 976532

East Stour Hairport
Contact on 01747 838060

Health and Well-being

Private carer, DBS checked & fully insured
Contact Sarha Coates on 01747 838628 or 07748 976532

Herbal Healing
Contact Julie Wood on 01747 839848

Yoga with Natalie
Both 1:1 sessions and class sessions available
Contact on 01747 838271 or 07900 998853


East Stour Motors
Contact on 01747 838745

Public Houses / Inns

The Crown Inn
Knapp Corner
Contact Jeremy or Megan on 01747 838866

The Kings Arms
East Stour Common
Contact Ciaran Holmes on 01747 838325

Schools and Pre-schools

Stower Provost Community School
Contact on 01747 838370

Stower Vale Pre-School and Baby and Toddler Group
Contact on 01747 839942

Gillingham School
Contact on 01747 822222

The East Stour Society (TESS)

The East Stour Society – for more information about TESS see The East Stour Society.

Miscellaneous Services

Metal Detectorists
Contact John and Verena Harper on 01747 838650

Post Office, Gillingham
Contact on 01747 822626

Pure Elegance Events
Wedding and event hire services, chair covers, vintage crockery and more. Contact Rachael Bruce on 01747 838160 or 07932 304752

The Dorset Lengthsman
Services to Parish and Public
Guy Gilding 07900 998853

Wessex Marquees
Contact Nigel Ferguson on 01747 812709

Community Contacts

These are contacts available to residents of East Stour:

Playing Field Committee
Richard McConnell 01747 839851
Jeremy Pitman 07432 697994

Tree Warden
Terry Bagnall 01747 838335

Dog Warden
01258 454111

POPP (Partnership for Older People Project)
Our local POPP Wayfinder is Annette Leat who can be contacted on 07930 147081 or via email on

Local Police – Community Officer for Safer Neighbourhood Team
Our community officers are Nicky Fear and Rowan Birch who can be contacted via email on

Normal Police contact numbers apply:

  • For non-emergency calls dial 101
  • If a crime is in progress or life in danger dial 999

Local Bus Services
Damory Coaches
Contact on 01258 452545

Shaftesbury & District
Contact on 01747 854359

Car Schemes
Gillingham Area Car Link – Car Scheme for Older People
Lifts to hospital, etc. for residents with postcode SP8
Contact 07599 311443 or visit

Age Concern Country Car Scheme, Dorset
Suggested donation 50p per mile.  Contact Wendy Catley on 01258 473439

Travel information

For information about roads, bus travel and car park costs across Dorset visit the Dorset For You website:

All the information above is provided to us by the local community and businesses and is kept as up-to-date as possible. To include your business information or to let us know of any changes or mistakes please contact us using the Contact page, providing the details of the change required.