Services and Shops

This page covers local services and shops, plus some generally useful bits of information for living in Winfrith Newburgh. We have tried to include a lot of emergency information for the benefit of visitors or newcomers, so don’t be put off by the apparent concentration on various potential problems.


If you need an ambulance for an emergency you should ring 999.
The ambulance service is governed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7HY. Tel: 01392 261500
Service 103 is Wednesdays only, to Dorchester for market day. One service, giving you a couple of hours there.
Service 104 runs once a day Monday to Saturday to Wareham, giving you about two hours in the town.
The X53 goes along the main road (A352) on its way from Poole to Exeter via Weymouth and the coast; it runs more frequently in the summer than the winter.

This information is correct as of March 2015. Up to date timetables can be found on the Dorset For You  (Dorset County Council) website.

In an emergency you should ring 999
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea as well as producing legislation and guidance on maritime matters, and certification to seafarers.
Coastguard at MCA HQ, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 1EG. 02380 329 486 (office hours)


There are three layers of councils covering Winfrith. The top layer is Dorset County Council, the middle one is Purbeck District Council and the most local one is Winfrith and East Knighton Parish Council. All of these have entries in this list.

There is a private dentist in Wool. Wareham has both a private dentist and one which will take NHS patients.

For emergency treatment if you are not locally registered at a dental practice, call the NHS emergency and urgent care number: 111. This is open all day every day.

The Wellbridge Practice in Wool (four miles from Winfrith) provides medical cover for parishioners in Winfrith Newburgh  and East Knighton.  

Wellbridge Practice Wool Surgery, Meadow Lane, Wool, BH20 6DR . Tel: 01929 462376.

Dorset County Council  
DCC covers Education, Social Services, Police, Fire, Highways, Footpaths, Transportation, Libraries, Refuse Disposal, Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Trading Standards, Housing, Refuse Collection, Environmental Health, Council Tax Collection, Planning, Street Cleaning, Licensing, and Improvement Grants
County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. Tel: 01305 251000.
Electricity Cuts
The power supply to the village is by Southern Electricity. There is one power line coming in from the direction of the main road, and another from the other end of the village, so it’s quite usual for one end of the village to have power when they other hasn’t.

The telephone number to report a power cut is now the same everywhere: dial 105

Fire & Rescue Service Service
In an emergency you should ring 999, otherwise Tel: 01305 251133.  
HQ Colliton Park Dorchester Dorset DT1 1FB
Wareham Fire Station, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PL
Wareham is a retained fire station – i.e. the fire officers have other employment, but are on call for fires.

There have been floods in Winfrith in the past – the last serious one was probably 1993 – but work on the river has made this very unusual.

We have a local Flood Plan Jan 2016.
Our Flood Warden is Brenda Mustoe – 01305 852009.

Information about flooding risk in general and flood warnings when it’s been raining a lot, are published on the Environmental Agency website.

See also:
– River Win
– Water Supply
further down this page.

Gas Leaks

 If you suspect a gas leak or unsafe gas equipment, call the National Gas Emergency Number on 0800 111 999.


There is a hairdresser in the village, next to the shop. The next nearest is in Wool.

Winfrith is served by a mobile library  which visits fortnightly on a Tuesday, and stops at Langcotes from 10.00 – 10.35am.
There is a part-time library run by volunteers in Wool, with its own website:
There are libraries run by Dorset County Council in Crossways, Wareham and Dorchester. You can search the Dorset Libraries’ catalogue, renew books and reserve books online:

 Parish Council

This website has several pages on the Parish Council – see here.

Planning Permission
Part of the reason Winfrith is such a lovely village is because building and alterations to buildings and trees are strictly controlled. Winfrith is within an Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a Conservation Area, so controls are tighter here than in many places.


In an emergency telephone 999.
For non-emergency contact telephone 101 or 01202 22 22 22 or 01305 22 22 22
Locally, we are covered by the Wareham West Safer Neighbourhood Team: you can see who the police officers and police support officers covering us are on the Dorset police website.
Wareham Police Station, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 4PW
Tel:  01305 222 222 Mob:  07825 521910


Purbeck District Council
Covers Benefits & Council Tax support; Council Tax; Housing; Local Land Charges; Parking; Planning and Purbeck Sports Centre.
Purbeck District Council, Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP
Tel: 01929 55656
River Win (Information about flooding is higher up on this page)
Yes, we think it’s a bit over-the-top calling the Win a river, but that’s its official name. It goes up very quickly when we have a lot of rain, but goes down equally quickly once the rain has stopped.

If you own a property which borders on the Win, you have certain responsibilities as what is termed a “riparian owner” – the Environment Agency have a leaflet on it which you can download here.

Winfrith’s rubbish is collected on Fridays. Ordinary rubbish and recycling are on alternate weeks (i.e. each is collected fortnightly) but food waste is collected weekly. There is a charged garden waste collection service. Each house has been provided with separate bins for rubbish, recycling and food waste, though if you are in a situation where wheelie bins are difficult (e.g. you live in the middle of a terrace) your property may be provided with bags. For full infomation including dates of collections including over bank holidays see:
The First Schools in Winfrith and West Lulworth amalgamated some years ago to form the Lulworth & Winfrith C of E First School, now serving 4-11 year olds. Graded “outstanding” by Ofsted in 2011.
School Lane, Winfrith Newburgh, DT2 8JL. Tel: 01929 400330
There is a privately managed Pre-school on the Winfrith site that takes children from the age of 2.5 years and also one associated with the school based at the nearby Lulworth Army Camp.

Tel: 01305 851877


We have a superb, award-winning village shop and post office, so please use it. It’s in the middle of the village and open every day of the week including Sunday mornings.

Tourist Information Service

There are Tourist Information Bureaux in both Wareham and Dorchester.
Wool is on the main line between London Waterloo and Weymouth. The rail service is operated by South West Trains.
South West Trains Helpline 023 8021 3600 For all general enquiries including up-to-the minute news of how their own trains are running, details about local bus connections, advice on lost property, station car parking information and messages to stations.
Winfrith is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you cannot remove or reduce any trees about a certain size without obtaining permission from Purbeck District Council a minimum of six weeks before the work.
There is a Medivet Practice about four miles outside Winfrith, on the way to Wool.

For emergency vetinary care call 01202 382 843.

Water Supply

The water coming out of your taps is probably coming to you courtesy of Wessex Water.

If you see a water leak or burst pipe in the road, on a pavement or any other place, you can call  Wessex Water on 0800 692 0 692 or go to their website



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