Dorset Guide

Useful Contact Numbers for Dorset and the Surrounding Areas

Dentons has been providing local information and business listings since 1967. Below is a list of useful contact details for a range of services in Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Mere, Sturminster Newton & Marnhull. This includes information on council services, recycling (Dorset),  recycling (Wiltshire), education, transport, health & emergency services.

Council Office Services

Dorset County Council provides a full range of services itself and through the district and borough councils for the residents of Shaftesbury, Gillingham, Mere, Sturminster Newton & Marnhull including education and social care.

Collections for Recycling and Rubbish01305 221040Dorset Waste Partnership, Princes House, Princes Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TP
Council Tax01305 221000County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ
Parking01305 221000County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ
A-Z of servicesvisit website

Mere residents have similar services provided by Wiltshire Council.

Collections for Recycling and Rubbish0300 456 0102Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Council Tax0300 456 0109Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Parking0300 456 0100Wiltshire Council, Parking Services, PO Box 3106, Chippenham SN15 9BE
A-Z of servicesvisit website


Schooling can be a difficult time for parents and pupils. Below are some useful numbers to help combat potential issues that may arise for both pupils and parents during a child’s time at school.

Admission to Schools01305 221060 or visit websiteSchool Admissions Team, Dorset County Council, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ
Home to School Transport01305 224537Dorset Passenger Transport, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ
More Informationvisit website

Contact details for Education Services in Wiltshire

Admission to Schools01225 713010School Admissions, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Bullying at School01380813393 or visit websiteAction For Children, Broadway, Market Lavington SN10 5RH
Home to School Transport01225 713396 (North Wiltshire)Wiltshire Council, Passenger Transport Unit, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Home to School Transport01225 713398 (South Wiltshire)Wiltshire Council, Passenger Transport Unit, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
More Informationvisit website

Register Offices

The area has conveniently situated register offices to register a birth, death or marriage.

Blandford Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteThe Blandford Community Centre, Heddington Drive, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 7TP
Bridport Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteBridport Town Council, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JP
Christchurch Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteChristchurch Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AZ
Dorchester Register Office 01305 225153 or visit websiteDorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP
Ferndown Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteKing George V Pavilion, Peter Grant Way, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EN
Gillingham Register Office01305 225153 or visit website
Gillingham Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham SP8 4QR
Sherborne Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteSherborne Town Council Offices, Manor House, Newland, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3JL
Swanage Registration Office01305 225153 or visit website
The Town Hall, High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2NZ
Wareham Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteThe Library, South Street, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LR
Weymouth Registration Office01305 225153 or visit websiteThe Adult Learning Centre, 45 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7JT

The register office service for Wiltshire is centrally administered at Trowbridge.

Wiltshire Register Office01225 713007 or visit websiteCounty Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8EZ

Emergency Services

Emergency services are well organised and extremely responsive. Contact information for the main emergency services in the area are listed below:

Emergency ServicesEmergency: 999
Non-Emergency: 101
Localised national response
Dorset Policevisit websiteDorset Police Force Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8DZ
Gillingham Police Station1 School Road, Gillingham SP8 4QR
Shaftesbury Police StationGranville Gardens, Shaftesbury SP7 8DF
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service0306 799 0019 or visit websiteDorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR
Gillingham Fire Stationvisit websitePeacemarsh, Gillingham SP8 4HB
Shaftesbury Fire Stationvisit websiteChristy’s Lane, Shaftesbury SP7 8PH
Sturminster Newton Fire Stationvisit websiteBath Road, Sturminster Newton DT10 1DU
South West Ambulance Service01392 261500 Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY

Contact information for the Wiltshire services is given for Mere residents.

Emergency Services emergency 999 or non-emergency 101Localised national response
Wiltshire Police101 or visit websiteLondon Rd, Devizes SN10 2DN
Mere Police Station101White Road, Mere BA12 6EX
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service0306 799 0019 or visit websiteDorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR
Mere Fire Station01722 691000 or visit websiteWhite Road, Mere BA12 6EX
South West Ambulance Service01392 261500 or visit website Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter EX2 7HY


Local residents & visitors can call upon the support of the NHS hospitals in the area. The community hospital is further supported by the District hospitals on the edge of the area which provide most of the acute care services including intensive care, cancer care and coronary (heart) services.

Salisbury District Hospital01722 336262 or visit websiteOdstock, Salisbury SP2 8BJ
Westminster Memorial Hospital01747 85135 or visit websiteAbbey Walk, Shaftesbury SP7 8BD
Warminster Community Hospital01985 212076 or visit websiteThe Avenue, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8QS
Yeovil District Hospital01935 475122 or visit websiteHigher Kingston, Yeovil BA21 4AT

NHS Services

There is a range of NHS services available to local residents. Whatever the problem, be it a broken tooth or a broken leg, specialists are on hand.

Child Healthvisit website
Complementary Medicinesvisit website Search on
Dentistsvisit websiteSearch on
Diabetes Servicesvisit website
Doctors Surgeriesvisit websiteSearch on
Mental Health Servicesvisit website Mental Health Helplines
Optical Servicesvisit website Search on
Pharmacy Servicesvisit website Search on
Sexual Health Servicesvisit websiteLocal Sexual Health Services

Social Services – Children, Young People, Adults and Families

Dorset Council’s social services are based in a variety of locations across the county and information about services is available from the following links.

Adult Social Care01305 221016 or visit websiteDorset Direct, PO Box 7184, Dorchester DT1 9ER
Children and Young People01305 221000 or visit websiteCounty Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ
Disability01305 221000 or visit websiteCounty Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ

Wiltshire Council has a number of teams and specialists in place to support adults, families and children in all circumstances.

Addiction Support07514 527036WASP (Wiltshire Addiction Support Project), 12a Duke Street, Trowbridge BA14 8EA
Adoption and Fostering0800 169 6321Wiltshire Council Adoption Team, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Adult Social Care0300 456 0111Wiltshire Council Adult Social Care, Court Street, Trowbridge BA14 8BR
Children’s Safety and Social Care01380 826200Children’s Safety and Social Care, The Cedars, Bath Road, Devizes SN10 2AP
Older People – Carers0800 181 4118 or 01380 871690Carer Support Wiltshire, Independent Living Centre, St George’s Road, Semington, Trowbridge BA14 6JQ
People with a Learning Disability0300 456 0100DCS Disabilities Team (Shurnhold site), Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
Further informationvisit website

Post Offices

The popularity of sending a letter may be decreasing but in and around North Dorset and West Wiltshire, there are post offices to buy a stamp, send a letter, purchase a rod fishing license or exchange money for a trip abroad.

The Post Office 0345 611 2970 or visit websiteLocalised national response
East Knoyle Post Office01747 830735Church Road, East Knoyle SP3 6AE
Fontmell Magna Post Office01747 811201Church Street, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NY
Gillingham Post Office01747 822626High Street, Gillingham SP8 4AA
Ludwell Post Office01747 828227Ludwell SP7 9ND
Marnhull Post Office01258 820959Burton Street, Marnhull DT10 1PH
Mere Post Office01747 8602451 Boar Street, Mere BA12 6DD
Motcombe Post Office01747 852225The Street, Motcombe SP7 9PF
Shaftesbury Post Office01747 852506Coppice Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8PE
Sturminster Newton Post Office01258 472580Station Road, Sturminster Newton DT10 1BB
Wyke Post Office01747 834430Broad Robin, Wyke SP8 4PJ

Leisure Centres and Sports Facilities

There are a variety of leisure and sports facilities in the area and all open to the public so if you fancy a workout or taking up a new sport or activity, pop over any of the centres located in the area.

Blandford Leisure Centre01258 455566 or visit websiteMilldown Road, Blandford Forum DT11 7DB
Gillingham Leisure Centre01747 34013 or visit websiteRiversmeet Centre, Hardings Lane, Gillingham SP8 4HX
Tisbury & District Sports Centre01747 871141 or visit websiteWeaveland Road, Tisbury SP3 6HJ
Warminster Sports Centre01985 212946 or visit websiteWoodcock Road, Warminster BA12 9DQ

Public Transport

North Dorset is served by Gillingham & Tisbury railway stations and operated by South West Trains with services between London and Exeter. Warminster station served the are for the Cardiff to Portsmouth line

Rail Enquiriesvisit websiteSearch national network
Gillingham Railway Station0845 700 0125Station Yard, Gillingham SP8 4PZ
Tisbury Railway Station0845 700 0125TStation Road, Tisbury SP3 6JT
Warminster Railway Station0845 700 0125Station Road, Warminster BA12 9BP
Bus Timetablesvisit websiteDorset
Bus Timetablesvisit websiteWiltshire

Housing for Homeless People

Dorset County Council provides good housing and support services for those who might be the homeless or facing homelessness across the county.

North Dorset Housing Advice01258 484358 or visit websiteNordon, Salisbury Road, Blandford DT11 7LL

Wiltshire Council provides support with housing in the north of the area.

Housing Department01225 770316 or visit websiteCounty Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Citizens Advice

For anyone facing money, legal, housing or benefit issues the Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential and impartial advice.

Citizens Advice Bureau0844 375 2775 or visit websiteNationwide
Mere Bureau0844 375 2775 or visit websiteThe Library, Barton Lane, Mere BA12 6JA
North Dorset Bureau0844 245 1291 or visit websiteThe Courtyard, Newbury Court, Gillingham SP8 4QX

Chamber of Commerce

The chamber of commerce network can support your business throughout its lifecycle from start-up, development, growth and beyond. No matter what type of business you are, or whether your objectives are on a local, national or international scale, your local chamber can help you meet your goals.

Dorset Chamber of Trade & Industry01202 714800 or visit websiteChamber House, Acorn Office Park, Ling Road, Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NZ
Gillingham Chamber of Commercevisit websiteKingsmead Business Park, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4FB
Shaftesbury Chamber of Commercevisit website
Wessex Chambers01225 355553 or visit websiteInspire, Heywood House, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4NA


A coroner’s role is to establish, normally by post-mortem, whether a death is natural or unnatural in the eyes of the law. If the death is unnatural, further investigations might be undertaken with a view to presenting a case to be heard before a coroner at an inquest.

Dorset Coroner01202 454910 or visit websiteCoroner’s Office for the County of Dorset, Town Hall, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY
Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner Service01722 438900 or visit website26 Endless Street, Salisbury SP1 1DR

Directory Information

Our Shaftesbury/Gillingham/Mere/Sturminster Newton/Marnhull dentons directory (26th edition) is currently distributed to over 20,000 business and residential addresses in the Shaftesbury/Gillingham/Mere/Sturminster Newton area. For more information on our directories, please click here.