21st November 2016 

Charlton Marshall's Memorial to those in the First World War

Blandford & District U3A History Research Group have investigated the stories of the men from the villages immediately round Blandford who were killed in the First World War and whose names are recorded on their memorials - the group's findings have been deposited with Blandford Museum. This has been part of a wider and ongoing programme involving Blandford Town Council and Blandford Museum during 2014 to 2018. The document that can be downloaded by clicking on the heading, is the result of work done by Christine Smith from Charlton Marshall on our own memorial. It is wonderful to have this fuller picture rather than just a list of names.

At least 62 men were on active service from the village, which at that time had a population of around 500. What must have been the impact on the community when that number of the most fit and active men of the village was removed?

The memorial in the churchyard also contains the names of men from the village who were killed in the Second World War and in Cyprus in 1956.

15th November 2016

Fun Day 2016


7th July 2016

Charlton Marshall Halt - Request for Information

Did you make history that day? Can you help?


The last timetabled trains to stop at Charlton Marshall and Spetisbury – Monday September 17th 1956.


The following recollection of Engine Driver Reg Darke is taken from “Life on the Somerset and Dorset Railway” by Alan Hammond, Millstream Books, 1999. 

‘One driving memory I can recall was on 17th September 1956. We were working the 4.10pm from Evercreech to Bournemouth … This train was the connection for passengers off the Pines Express for stations to Shillingstone. On this particular evening we stopped at Charlton Marshall Halt and picked up a family of four who alighted at Spetisbury Halt, the next stop along. They then wanted to go over the other side of the platform. The guard had to conduct them across the track. I asked the guard later what they were playing at; he replied that they wanted to take their two young children on the last train. We were the last down train and the 5.18pm was the last up train to stop at the halts. The facts had not sunk in that it was the last official stop at these halts; they were closed that day.’ 

I would love to know who that family was. Did you make history that day? Does anyone have any idea? If so please contact me. Mark Churchill at or 01258 452872.


12th September 2015

Family Fun Day






26th November 2014

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Community Speedwatch

The  “Speedwatch” team in the Village commenced their observations of traffic on the A350 in May, following a training session by two of our Police Community Support Officers.

What do they do, how do they do it and what are the results?

The purpose is to slow traffic through the village and drivers certainly appear to respond by reducing their speed when they sight the bright yellow vests worn by the team consisting of, usually, four volunteers who stand in the spots determined as safe and suitable by the Police. There are three positions selected for the team, located by the private entrance to Charlton Manor, adjacent to the speed advisory sign by the Church and in close to Blandford MOT Service Centre. The latter can monitor traffic in the 40mph stretch as well as in the commencement of the 30mph area.

Using the approved speed monitoring device, the team collect and record the speed of any vehicle exceeding the speed limit by more than 10% plus two miles per hour. The registration number, of course, is needed and also collected is the make, model and colour of the vehicle and driver gender. In addition there is a count of the number of vehicles, in both directions, that pass during the monitoring period. Given the few seconds available to collect this information, shows why four people are needed to make up the team.

These details are emailed through to Dorset Police and are then checked with DVLA Swansea. As well as drivers receiving a warning letter about their driving behaviour, the information provided enables traffic officers, safer neighbourhood teams and Dorset Road Safe to identify problem areas and repeat speeders against whom further action will be taken, if necessary. Also monitored and recorded are drivers using a mobile ‘phone and those not wearing a seatbelt.

The statistics show that, during daytime non-peak hours, there are generally between 700 and 900 vehicles per hour but a peak of over1100 vehicles were recorded between 16.00 and 17.00 on one Tuesday. Offences recorded varied by between 1 and 13 motorists per hour but during one monitoring period, between 19.00 and 20.00, 14 vehicles were noted out of 504. It seems, not surprisingly, that the more traffic, the slower the speeds. In summary, out of 10,892 vehicles monitored over a cumulative 14 hours, there were 76 offenders recorded.

Surprisingly, motorcyclists don’t feature in great numbers among the offenders although one was recorded at 54mph but topped by a car at 58mph. These speeds are unusual and the majority of offenders have been noted at between 36 and 40mph. These figures have been collected over a three month period and could change over different months, longer monitoring and better experience of volunteers.

We started with eleven volunteers but lost one before getting underway. We are led by Kevin Luckham, who has been in charge of every session with the remaining nine spending an hour or two each week in support. It is time well spent, in very friendly company and more helpers would relieve the burden on the existing team and provide greater opportunity to ensure a safer A350.

Please give this some thought and make contact through the Parish Council Clerk.