As from 13th May 2020 if you do intend to visit Melbury Osmond and Melbury Park during the current crisis for the purpose of exercise please be aware that we are a small community with a number of vulnerable residents. We would, therefore, be grateful if you would be sensitive to this and respect individual privacy whilst maintaining social distancing.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you again in happier times.

The Village

MAY 2020 - 

CORONAVIRUS - SOCIAL DISTANCING MEANS:-The church, village hall and playground are all closed till further notice.

The Boules Court can now be used provided it is used in accordance with the UK Government Social Distancing Guidelines as follows:



The Tennis Court is open but there are restrictions please contact a member of the Tennis Club Committee for details before booking a court or go to the tennis club page for more details.

Follow the advice from the government on keeping safe

Did you know that it's possible to have coronavirus, but not have symptoms? It’s known as asymptomatic infection and you can still pass it on to people for whom it could prove very serious. This is why following government advice is critically important.

Be aware that there is a rise in scams at the moment with people trying to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic for financial gain - go to the Homewatch page to learn more on this and other scams you should be aware of. 

Several residents have offered to do shopping or collect prescriptions for those unable to get out in these difficult times. Email us at and we will put you in touch. Or use the phone numbers here for more help and advice.

COGS - Oil order dates. The Chimes has ceased publication for the time being so to keep you up to date these are ordering dates with COGS.

12th June 2020

21st August 2020

October 9th 2020

November 27th 2020

January 8th 2021 


Like to know a little more about our lovely village? It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and you can learn more here and also about the Ilchester Estates connection.



In 1906 Sir Frederick Treves born in Dorchester wrote that it was "the most charming village in these Western backwoods". We'd like to think it still is the most charming village - peaceful and tranquil but we'll forget the backwoods! Enjoy a stroll through our pretty village with an abundance of thatched cottages and attractive houses, the historic church, the delightful splash and you'll feel you've stepped back in time. 



This website is a communication tool for the village as well as meeting legal transparency requirements. We hope you find the content of interest, whether you are a visitor or resident. If you would like to send details for publication on the site (subject to approval) please email them to

Read about the Thomas Hardy connection 


The Parish Council would like to thank Dorset POPP for their assistance in the purchase of the village defibrillator. 

The Village Hall Coffe Mornings - take place on the first Thursday of every month with homemade cakes, tea and coffee at a nominal cost with money going to the village hall restoration fund. They are cancelled for the time being due to coronavirus.