Welcome to Gillingham Town Council

Town Hall

Welcome to the Gillingham Town Council Website.

Gillingham is a town in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset. The town is the most northerly in the county.

This website aims to inform the public on the Town Council's work, the service it provides as well as local information and news. 

This site contains agendas and draft minutes for all committees, ward representation and contact details for council members, Standing Orders and Financial Regulations together with policy documents and much more.

The site is updated on a regular basis with news and information on local issues and also includes links to a number of local organisations.



The Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4QR
Tel: 01747 823588     Email: GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk

Ham Farm BMX Track
C L O S E D 
U N T I L  F U R T H E R 

 Following a site visit on Tuesday 29th July 2014 it has been decided to close the track for Health and Safety reasons.

 The surface of the track has unexpectedly deteriorated causing the compacted stone underneath to be exposed, which could cause a serious injury.

An alternative top dressing is being investigated and we hope that the track will be reopened very soon.

We fully appreciate that this decision will not be popular amongst the young children who have obviously enjoyed using the site over the last few days.

 The site is CLOSED until further notice and should anyone attempt to enter the site will do so at their own risk.  The fencing will be checked daily and the site monitored by the police.

 Ham Farm public open space is owned and maintained for the benefit of all by Gillingham Town Council.

 By Order of The Town Clerk






Councillor David Milsted has been elected as Mayor of Gillingham for the forthcoming civic year. 

Councillor David Milsted received the chain of office at a ceremony held on Tuesday 27th May 2014.

Gillingham's new Deputy Mayor is Cllr David Walsh.



gill dGillingham Direct

What is Gillingham Direct?

Gillingham Direct is an amalgamation of joint services from Gillingham Town Council, North Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council, available at the Town Hall from Monday to Friday 9– 1pm. Providing information on any council service provided by the three tiers of local government.

The following surgeries are held:

  • Housing Accomodation Services: Available by appointment only on a Tuesday and Friday 9.00am-1.00pm. Please phone 01258 484358 to book an appointment.
  • Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support : Available Tuesday's only as a drop in service - 9.30am - 3.45pm (Closed for lunch 1 -2 pm).
  • DCC Registrar: Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons by appointment only, for those wishing to register births, deaths and marriages. Please tel: 01305 225153 to book an appointment.
  • NDDC Building Control: Drop in every Thursday 2.00pm-4.00pm. Ensures Buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with Building Regulations and associated legislation.
  • Gillingham Job Club: Every Friday 10.00am-1.00pm in the Jubilee Room. This is a resource for helping people get back into employment. No appointment necessary.
  • Licensing: Wednesday by appointment only, please ring 01258 484 022 to book. Licensing deal with a wide range of different licences, permits and registrations.
  • Dorset First Point: For help and advice with tenancy problems, working in partnership with DCC. Appointment only. 


Our friendly customer service team will be happy to help you with any enquiries or point you in the right direction. Pop in or call 01747 823588. 


Download the Gillingham direct leaflet here for further information. 


Gillingham’s Annual Christmas Parade 


and Festive Lights Switch-On

Mayor:  Cllr Mrs Valerie Pothecary 2013 - 14



Gillingham Town Council held its Annual Christmas Parade and Festive Lights Switch-On on Friday 29th November. The Town saw the arrival of Father Christmas on his magical float supplied by the Lions Club.

 A mild evening encouraged a larger crowd than usual to come out and enjoy the Parade which was lead by Gillingham Imperial Silver Band and followed by a large number of young people wearing their fabulous festive hats.  The Carnival Princesses travelled in a vintage Bentley car, which is part of a local collection of classic vehicles owned by Mr Nick Baker.  The Anonymous Travelling Market on the Town Meadow was a great success selling a variety of high quality gifts and festive foods.

The Mayor, with help of Harry Hurst and Keira Fellmann from Gillingham Primary School, switched on the lights on the beautiful 30ft Christmas tree sited on the Town Meadow.  Congratulations to Gillingham Primary School as overall winners of the Festive Hat Competition and to the Brainwave charity shop as winners of the Best Dressed Window Competition. The Community Carol Singing was lead by Gillingham Arts Workshop.

Gillingham Town Council would like to thank everyone, including local organisations and businesses, which helped to make this year’s event such a success.





Gillingham Town Council Small Grant Assistance 

Each year, Gillingham Town Council makes a limited sum available to help support local community and voluntary organisations. The Council wishes to see such organisations flourish and develop in the Town and grant assistance helps to achieve this objective.

Grants are agreed at the Town Council Precept meeting held in December of each year and organisations must apply by the 10th November to be considered for a grant.  However, applications received that miss the 10th November dead line, will still be considered by the Policy & Resources Committee at the earliest opportunity and a one-off grant payment may be awarded, as the council has a Grant Contingency Budget for this purpose.

If you would like to apply on behalf of a local organisation, please click on the link below and use the attached application form.

The accompanying notes will help you establish whether your Organisation is eligible to be considered for a grant, and if so, how to apply. They also explain what additional information you need to provide with your application and how any financial assistance given will be paid.

Please read these notes before you complete the enclosed application form and make sure all necessary information is submitted along with your application. Please print clearly on the application form to make sure it can be easily read. All applications received will be acknowledged in writing within 7 days. If you do not receive written confirmation within this time, please contact the Finance Administrator.

Application Form            Notes 





Quarterly Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of our restyled quarterly newsletter is now available for download, providing lots more news and information on the work of the Town Council and the services provided by Gillingham Direct.

 Please click here to download your copy.

The newsletter is also available in hard copy from the Town Council offices, Gillingham Library, RiversMeet, the Forge Garage at Milton, and various retail outlets. 

 Look out for our next newsletter in December





Gillingham Town Council Info Exchange Emailing List

 Would you like to be kept up to date with local information from within the parish of Gillingham, ranging from upcoming events, to council quarterly news, to volunteering opportunities?

Then join Gillingham Town Council emailing list, The Info Exchange, for regular updates about what’s on in the Gillingham area and local information.

If you would like to join please email your name and the email address you would like to receive updates to, to GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk, please use the words ‘Info Exchange’ as the email subject.

You can unsubscribe from receiving emails at any time by emailing your request to leave to GTC@gillinghamdorset-tc.gov.uk.

We can also send around details of your local events or opportunities*, all you need to do is email us a PDF and Word copy of the information which can then be forwarded.

*this will be at the Town Council’s discretion as to what is deemed appropriate information to be exchanged.