Useful School Links


Greenford School Website
Here you will find information about the school. 

Dorset Children's Services
Here you will find information about Dorset Children’s Services.

Maiden Newton Pre-School

Maiden Newton Pre-School

We would like the children to be confident, to have learnt social, physical and good citizenship skills, through a range of rich experiences, while forming lifelong, mutually respectful and constructive relationships with peers during their time with us.

Barn Owls Nursery - Frome St. Quintin

Barn Owls Nursery – Frome St. Quintin

Barn Owls Nursery is situated beside an organic dairy farm in the idyllic hamlet of Frome St. Quintin, between Yeovil and Dorchester, overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside with plenty of off road parking.

The nursery is open from 8am-6pm Mon to Fri for 51 weeks of the year (excluding Bank Holidays). We accept two, three and four year funding. We offer full day care and sessional care for children aged from 8 months – 5 years. Sessions run from 9am-1pm and 1pm-5pm.

All staff are qualified or are training towards an Early Years qualification level 3 or above to ensure we offer high quality care and education for the children. Staff are constantly updating their qualifications or training in-line with current legislation and developments within the Early Years Sector. All staff are First-Aid Trained and hold a Food Safety Certificate.

All staff are DBS checked. We offer the children a safe, secure and stimulating environment in which to establish, develop and form stable relationships, whilst learning to co-operate with each other and adults. 

We aim to show consideration to the children as individuals, irrespective of their race, gender or additional needs allowing them to develop independence and social skills at their own pace with care and support of the staff.

Hooke Court - Wrens Nursery

Wrens Nursery – Hooke Court

Wren’s Nursery sits within the grounds of Hooke Court, a beautiful West Dorset Estate with 24 acres of parkland. The Nursery itself is situated in Larch House, a spacious, bright and airy building with a large open plan play area downstairs and calm and comfortable area upstairs on the  mezzanine floor. The ground floor opens into the Nursery garden which has direct access from it into the beautiful grounds. The nursery is filled with a huge variety of toys and resources. 

Child Minders

At present we have no contact details for any child minders in our school catchment area.

We will update this link if we have any more current information.

Bouncing Beanz - After School and Holiday

Bouncing Beanz After School Clubs / Holiday

Maiden Newton Childcare Provision’s After School and Holiday Club goes by the name of Bouncing Beanz.

Bouncing Beanz After School Club is for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  It runs each school day until 5.45pm.

3 and 4 year olds are able to attend Bouncing Beanz directly after their pre-school session/s.

School aged children up to the age of 11 are collected directly from Greenford Primary School.  Our friendly staff will either collect at the end of the school day or after one of the many after school activities offered at Greenford Primary School.

Bouncing Beanz Holiday Club operates during school holidays for children aged 3 to 11 years old.  Please contact for holiday dates available.

Bouncing Beanz contact: telephone 01300 321729 or 07415 583663

Each day is themed

Monday’s is baking day

Tuesday the children will create a journal, a child will be chosen to be a journalist and editor. They will photograph and interview the other children at the setting. To create a termly journal that will be shared with the parents. It will celebrate what they have made and achieved and what they enjoy about the setting.

Wednesday is story box day. Celebrating stories, acting, puppet theatre and creating their own stories from props.

Thursday is Lego/ construction club day. The children will be set challenges so they can problem solve and use their imagination using Lego and construction.

Friday is needle craft day. Children will be taught how to knit, crochet and sew.

These activities will be in addition to the wonderful things that they presently do.

Bridport Leisure Centre
Whether you want full access to all our facilities or prefer to focus on your favourite bits, we have a range of membership options. We offer Bridport Leisure Centre membership packages for adults and juniors, and all are available on an annual, monthly or non-contract basis. For more information or to book a tour please contact our membership team on 01308 426900.

Bridport Leisure Centre

Dorchester Sports Centre

Dorchester Sports Centre (1610)

Dorchester Sports Centre is a family friendly centre offering the local community an all inclusive wellness and sports facility to enjoy – a service provided by West Dorset District Council.

The facility offers something for everyone including a 50 station fitness studio with the latest Technogym equipment, and a well equipped free weights area ideal for functional training. Our team of wellness coaches are on hand to offer expert advice, guidance and programmes. We will ensure you reach your goals and enjoy the journey. Its all part of the service!

For those who enjoy working out with others, our immersive dance studio and dedicated group cycle studio offers a huge range of classes from Kettlercise, Zumba, Legs Bums and Tums, and Pilates, all delivered by some of the best and motivating instructors in Dorchester.

The 6 lane swimming pool and heated learner pool, provides the perfect setting for all the family to come and enjoy a water based activity from casual swimming, swimming lessons, birthday parties and aqua classes.

For the younger members of the family, our memberships starts from 12 years of age, so teenagers can de-stress or burn off some energy after school in the gym. We run junior sports courses including water polo and trampolining, plus birthday party packages to come and celebrate their big day.

The artificial grass pitches can be booked on a pay and play basis ideal for friends, work colleagues or local clubs to come and enjoy a game of football. Or if you want to come regularly we offer discounts if you block book the space.

Freshwater Jurassic Fun Centre

Freshwater Beach / Jurassic Fun Centre

Freshwater Beach Holiday Park offers family-friendly Dorset holidays and short breaks situated right on the Jurassic Coast. Whether you’re looking for camping, touring, holiday home hire or ownership, this is the Dorset holiday park ideally situated to help you create wonderful memories. With the on-site Jurassic Fun Centre, entertainment and generous facilities on offer, there’s no shortage of fun for all the family.

Dorset Family Information Service

Dorset Family Information Service

Dorset Family Information Service is a free, impartial information service for parents and carers of children and young people aged up to 19, or up to 25 years for those with special educational needs or disability (SEND).

Dorchester Arts Centre

Dorchester Arts Centre

For the past 30 years, Dorchester Arts has engaged tens of thousands of people in a wide variety of arts events – from huge outdoor events to small-scale children’s theatre.

Dorchester Arts is supported by Dorset Council, Dorchester Town Council and our individual donors and corporate sponsors. We are a membership organisation, a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

Our staff consists of an Artistic Director, an Administrator & Bar Manager, a Finance Manager, a Marketing Manager, a Marketing & Administration Assistant, and a Fundraising & Development Manager. Governance is led by a Board with up to 12 members and we receive a huge amount of support from a dedicated band of volunteers.

Our home is in the Dorchester Corn Exchange, where we have a performance space accommodating up to a maximum audience capacity of 375 and we have a fully licensed bar for all events.

We also programme performances in a variety of venues across Dorchester, including St Mary’s Church and Maumbury Rings, and work with a wide range of community groups, delivering arts activities for all ages.

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport Arts Centre is a multi-arts venue presenting a year-round programme of visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word and films and screenings. Located in the heart of Bridport we serve audiences across Dorset and the South West.

Arts Reach (Dorset)

Arts Reach

Artsreach is Dorset’s charity bringing high quality performances of live theatre, music, dance and family shows to the heart of rural communities.


Weymouth Pavilion

Weymouth Pavilion

Weymouth Pavilion is no longer run by the Local Authority. It is now operated by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (C.I.C.).

Formed in 2013 after the successful bid by Phil Say to save the Pavilion from demolition, the Weymouth CIC operates in order to not only facilitate the upkeep of the building itself, but to benefit the Weymouth and Portland Community by providing a functional space for community, social and educational events.. We now have a very busy program of Theatre shows and entertainment based events,  along with private hire for corporate functions, conferences, meetings, weddings and parties within the many areas of the venue.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has and continues to support us in our goal to keep this valued building open and thriving – long may it continue!

Octagon Theatre (Yeovil)
Stagecoach (Yeovil)

Stagecoach (Yeovil)

Stagecoach Yeovil has been providing quality part-time training in singing, dancing and acting since 1996. As part of the UK’s largest network of part children’s performing arts schools, Stagecoach Yeovil is more than just a stage school, theatre school or drama school.

We are proud to offer a full and rounded education, teaching life skills to build confidence and stretch imaginations through drama classes, singing classes and dance classes.

Stagecoach (Yeovil)

Stagecoach (Weymouth and Wareham)

Stagecoach Performing Arts Weymouth and Wareham has been providing quality part-time training in singing, dancing and acting for children since 2004.  In a safe and welcoming environment, every child receives quality performing arts training in their dance, drama and singing classes from a dedicated team of talented teachers, all of whom come from a professional background in their chosen disciplines.

Our focus is always on helping the children to gain confidence, build their self-esteem and learn how to express themselves creatively and effectively through the performing arts in a disciplined environment. It’s not just for performers. Many students wish simply to enjoy the process of learning to act, sing and dance with like-minded friends.

Razzamataz (Yeovil)

Razzamataz (Yeovil)

Razzamataz Yeovil first opened in 2007, and then was re-launched by the current management in January 2011. Today we have an amazing bunch of confident students in a school built on commitment, team work and fun. With our passionate staff and excellent venue facilities, Razzamataz Yeovil is the place to be on Saturdays.

There are classes for all ages from 2-18: Tots, Minis, Juniors, Inters and Seniors.

Razz Parties, Arts Award and Summer Schools are also available.

Razzamataz Yeovil can regularly be found supporting local events, and performing at The Octagon Theatre. They’ve also performed three times in London’s West End.

Razzamataz Theatre Schools was launched in 2000 and achieved national recognition in 2007 after a memorable appearance on BBC’s Dragons’ Den, winning the investment from Duncan Bannatyne, who remains a committed partner supporting all new Razzamataz ventures.

Razzamataz is proud to put the welfare of its students at the heart of everything it does. From providing affordable part-time performing arts training for children and young people throughout the UK, to giving them access to some of the most talented performers through specialist workshops and classes, Razzamataz uses theatre arts within small class sizes to nurture a child’s confidence and self-esteem, all while making sure they are having a lot of fun.

Come and join the Razzamataz family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to funky street dance and pop singing. There are always lots of opportunities to perform for both boys and girls, from local theatres and festivals to the glittering lights of London’s West End stage.

Razzamataz (Weymouth)

Razzamataz (Weymouth)

Razzamataz Weymouth is proud to put the welfare of its students at the heart of everything it does. From providing affordable part-time performing arts training for children and young people throughout the UK, to giving them access to some of the most talented performers through specialist workshops and classes, Razzamataz Weymouth uses theatre arts within small class sizes to nurture a child’s confidence and self-esteem, all while making sure they are having a lot of fun.

Come and join the Razzamataz family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to funky street dance and pop singing. There are always lots of opportunities to perform for both boys and girls, from local theatres and festivals to the glittering lights of London’s West End stage.

Maiden Newton GP Surgery (The Tollerford Practice)

Maiden Newton GP Practice

We are a caring health care team based in two separate sites, Pound Piece and Tunnel Road. Patients are registered at one of the surgeries according to their geographical area

Bridport Medical Centre
NHS 111

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

Get help online or on the phone

To get help from NHS 111, you can:

  • go to (for people aged 5 and over only)
  • call 111

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, you can:

How NHS 111 works

You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone.

You can ask for a translator if you need one.

Depending on the situation you’ll:

  • find out what local service can help you
  • be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  • get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  • be told how to get any medicine you need
  • get self-care advice

When to call 999

At some point, most people will either witness or be involved in an accident or experience a medical emergency.

Knowing what to do next and who to call can potentially save lives.

Life-threatening emergencies

Call 999 in a medical emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Medical emergencies can include:

Call 999 immediately if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke. Every second counts with these conditions.

Also call 999 if you think someone has had a major trauma, such as after a serious road traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height, or a serious head injury.

Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital Emergency Department

If you have chest pain or severe breathing difficulties you should dial 999 for an ambulance immediately.

The Emergency Department (ED) at Dorset County Hospital provides a 24–hour service.

Direct telephone number: 01305 255541

The Emergency Department is for serious injuries and life threatening conditions. Please click here for more information about local services for less urgent treatment.

What to expect from a visit to the ED

Patients arriving by emergency ambulances and helicopters will obviously be assessed immediately and treatment commenced accordingly.

If you arrive at the Emergency Department by yourself, not in an ambulance or helicopter as a result of calling emergency services, the receptionist will ask you a few questions. If you have any serious problems you will be taken to the ‘majors’ area immediately to receive treatment or if more appropriate, a nurse will be called to assess you.

If you have a ‘minor’ injury you will be seen by one of our Nurse Practitioners or Casualty Doctors in the ‘see and treat’ area. The highly skilled and experienced minor injuries team can treat a wide range of injuries, from simple cuts to serious bone fractures, wounds and burns.

You may be asked to take a seat in the waiting area until a doctor or Nurse Practitioner can assess or treat you. We will endeavour to see you as soon as is feasibly possible. We aim to admit, transfer or discharge all patients within four hours of them arriving in the ED. We are currently seeing 96% of people within four hours and are constantly striving to improve.

During your time in the department you will be given a named nurse who will co–ordinate your care. You will be examined by a doctor and any necessary tests will be done before a decision is reached whether you should be admitted to hospital for further treatment or treated in the department and discharged. We have a short–stay bedded area in the department so we can make you as comfortable as possible if you need to stay in the department for a while.

You may need to be referred to a specialist within the hospital and require admission directly to the relevant ward or return for an appointment in a different department another day.

Heart Attack Treatment: Thrombolysis

The Emergency Department and the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit have worked closely with Dorset Ambulance Trust to ensure heart attack victims are given the right treatment as quickly as possible. Some patients can now be given lifesaving thrombolysis treatment by trained paramedics within 20 minutes of calling an ambulance, which maximises their chances of a full recovery.

Thrombolysis involves injecting a clot–busting drug into a patient having a heart attack to dissolve the clot and prevent long–term damage to the heart muscle from a lack of oxygen.

The paramedics cannot thrombolyse all patients so a dedicated chest pain bed area has been set up in the ED so all the necessary equipment is always at hand. The paramedics can send the hospital information about the patient on the road so by the time they arrive at the ED staff know enough about the patient to begin appropriate treatment immediately.

Children’s Facilities

We have a special waiting area for children where there are plenty of toys, games, books, a TV and video.

The room has been refurbished thanks to the Friends of Dorset County Hospital. We also have paediatric staff within the department.

Relatives Room

There is a comfortable private waiting room set aside for relatives of patients brought into the Emergency Department with serious injuries and conditions.

How to Find Us

The department is located in the South Wing of the hospital on Level 1. The entrance for vehicles is in Damers Road and is signposted on routes into Dorchester.

Some parking is available outside the department and other hospital parking areas are close by. Please do not park in the ambulance bay or under the helipad barrier. There is a helipad right outside the department. An increasing number of patients arrive at the Emergency Department via the air ambulance, police helicopter or coastguard helicopter.

Bridport Minor Injuries

Bridport Minor Injuries

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday: 09.00 – 18.00
Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 18.00
Bank Holidays: 09.00 – 18.00

X-ray facilities:
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 17.00
No bank holidays or weekends

COVID-19 Latest Information

Latest COVID-19 Information

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Adult Education
Weymouth College (Access to HE)

Weymouth College Access to Higher Education

If you are over 19 and wish to move onto higher education but either lack the formal entry qualifications or feel the need to develop confidence and regain practice in study methods, then our Access to Higher Education (A2HE) course is for you. Our Diplomas are nationally validated through AIMawards and are entered in the National Register of Access to Higher Education courses, to which higher education establishments refer. This course will help you to gain a university place to study in a range of vocational or academic degrees. Weymouth College offers a number of different A2HE diplomas: Health and Social Care, Science  and Humanities. An encouraging and friendly environment, created by staff and fellow mature students, means that we have a very good track record in helping adults get to university. We offer you support and advice throughout the process of applying to university including preparation for interview.

Maiden Newton Village

Maiden Newton Village Website

A website for residents and businesses of Maiden Newton and for visitors to the area. The website’s aim is to provide a range of helpful and useful information that will help to encourage and benefit events, activities, groups and associations within the local area.

Panorama of Maiden Newton

About Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch

The conjoined parishes Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch make up a single community in West Dorset, England. Maiden Newton is the much larger parish with about 1000 residents to Frome Vauchurch’s 150. The shorter history has been provided by Councillor Andrew Williams. A more detailed history can be found here.

On this Site

You can find loads of information on this website, including the local Weather Forecast for the village. There’s information about local transport, other local services, clubs and groups, shops and businesses and information from the Parish Council.

Local Promotion

We’re also keen to work with local business to promote their work in the local area and beyond. It’s amazing how many companies are based here and how far and wide their activities take them. (If we can get enough information it would be great to show the impact of Maiden Newton around the world!) If you run a business here then do get in touch…

We’re also considering adding in a “small ads” section to the site to allow villagers to post items for sale or services on offer here too. If you think this is a good idea then please let us know by emailing

Contributors Wanted…

To make the website as useful as possible we’d love to enlist the help of some more contributors from the village. So if you organise a evening class or are holding a series of talks, we’d like to hear from you. Alternatively, you may run your own business and wish to provide a special offer to local residents? Get in touch and we can help you reach out to everyone in the village.

For more information, please contact

Cattistock Village

Cattistock Village Website

Welcome to Cattistock, a classic English village, situated just 10 miles north of Dorchester and nestling in the Dorset hills at the heart of Hardy country. The Parish of Cattistock includes the hamlets of Sandhills and Chalmington and for the purpose of this website the neighbouring village of Chilfrome.

Cattistock, mentioned as “Ertacomestock” in the Domesday Book, grew and blossomed with the arrival of the Hunt in the early 19th Century. Now in the 21st Century Cattistock enjoys reputation as a thriving, active community and an eagerly sought after place to live. Patrick Moore, the astronomer, was so charmed by the Village and its unspoiled tranquility, that he even published a commemorative booklet: “The Night Sky Over Cattistock”.

The beautiful church, which features in ‘Britain’s 1,000 Best Churches’, boasts a William Morris window and a remarkably impressive tower. The Post Office and Store was voted “Best Dorset Village Shop” in 2017 and our Pub has been voted “Best Dorset Local” on no less than three occasions in the past decade. The Community Space is a great meeting area with a children’s play area and together with the Savill Hall has become the place where most village activities are based. There is something for everyone in the village, including a Lawn Tennis Club, an active Cricket Club, and a Football Club, not to mentions skittles, badminton, short mat bowls, table tennis and plenty more, plus no less than 30 gardens open for the “Open Gardens” weekend. It’s not bad for a village of fewer than 500 souls!

Whether you are a Resident or a Visitor, we hope you enjoy your visit to our Website, which has been developed for you to enjoy, explore and discover more about our delightful village of Cattistock

Frampton Village

Frampton Village Website

Frampton is a very small village in West Dorset.  Situated on the A356 Dorchester to Crewkerne road and the A37 Dorchester to Yeovil road, west of the junction at Grimstone, it still maintains its rural aspect and character. Frampton is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many footpaths and bridleways for walkers.  There are several places to park and walk and the cyclepath from Dorchester to Maiden Newton runs through the park from Muckleford to Southover and on to Frome Vauchurch  

Hooke Village Website

Hooke Village Website

The quiet village of Hooke is tucked away in the Dorset Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a picturesque pond and 15th century church at its centre. The single bronze bell in its tower is reputed to be the second oldest bell in Dorset. There are pleasant walks of varying length and difficulties in the immediate vicinity, in either woods, country lanes or along the ridges of the surrounding hills. To the south of Hooke lies the iron aged hill fort of Eggardon which is the site of the famous, annual Eggardon Kite Festival. Close by also is the historic town of Beaminster.

Bridport Town

Bridport and Westbay Website

Situated in rural Dorset surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful coast and countryside, Bridport is an attractive and lively market town

Dorchester Town

Dorchester Town Council Website

We are the parish authority for the county town of Dorset.  Created in 1974, there has been a history of local government in the town 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 around 20,000, which continues to grow quickly with the expansion of Dorchester at Poundbury and Brewery Square.  The Town Council provides a range of community and recreational facilities, and promotes the town’s interests with the other statutory bodies that operate in the town, notably the Dorset Council.

Weymouth Town

Weymouth Town

Looking for a holiday by the sea with beautiful scenery, activites and events to suit every age?  Look no further, Weymouth is the perfect holiday destination!

With beautiful golden sands sprinkled with deckchairs, safe shallow waters, action packed events programme and pretty harbourside you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Blue Flag winning Weymouth Beach is consistently recognised as one of the top ten beach destination in Europe and it’s easy to see why. So why not grab your towel, a good book and head to Weymouth beach this summer!

The world was introduced to the Georgian grandeur of Weymouth during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Weymouth’s fine seafront provided an impressive backdrop to the sailing events and captured the hearts of many!   

Sure Start

Sure Start – Children and Family Services

Sure Start Children’s Centre’s aim to help families, from pregnancy through to primary school. They do this by providing:

  • services and activities needed in the community
  • information, support, and answers to enquiries

The service and support will differ at each centre, but they could offer:

  • parenting advice, support and information
  • home visits for families
  • play and learn sessions which can help you support your child’s development
  • groups for parents with children who have extra needs
  • breastfeeding groups
  • access to a range of health services. Such as mental health, sexual health and contraception
  • information and advice about how to improve your skills and find work
  • advice for young parents
  • information on financial and housing matters
  • groups for dads
  • helping to stay healthy with advice on nutrition, weaning and stopping smoking
  • links to childcare providers and advice about help paying for childcare
  • support with the effects of domestic abuse
We hope the information above is helpful to parents and carers.

Listed above are school contacts and community support both in our own village and local towns.

If you know of additional contact details please inform us so that we can add them to our listings.