Welcome to the website for Loders Parish Council & Community

Next Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th September 2023 at 7.00pm at Loders Village Hall. The Agenda for the meeting will be made available three clear days before the meeting.

Loders Parish Council
Climate & Ecological Emergency

In response to the world's climate and ecological emergency, Loders Parish Council has developed its own Climate & Ecological Emergency Action Plan concentrating on those areas in the Dorset Council Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy where we feel we can directly contribute.  These are:

  1. Transport
  2. Renewable Energy
  3. Natural Assets

Loders Parish Council have produced a number of Community Policy Objectives and their Related Actions which represent the views of the whole Parish following a Residents' Questionnaire which was undertaken in May 2021.   The results of the questionnaire results can be found below:


The aim of our newsletter is to inform everybody in the community about the steps we have been taking to meet the objectives set out in the Loders Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan (CEEAP).

The success of CEEAP depends on bringing together the skills, experience and expertise of everyone in the parish. If you wish to become actively involved in any area, we would be very pleased to hear from you - please contact our Clerk, Joanne Hughes at loders@dorset-aptc.gov.uk   

Further information on the work of Loders Parish Council in relation to the Climate & Ecological Emergency can be found here.

Parish of Loders

Loders Parish is a thriving rural community that covers the villages of Loders and Uploders.  It is an attractive historic settlement set in beautiful unspoilt countryside in West Dorset, situated two miles north east of the market town of Bridport and 13 miles from Dorchester.

The villages lie in the folds of the surrounding Powerstock Hills and have developed along the waterline of the River Asker, a small affluent of the River Brit.  A single lane village road runs along the valley connecting the villages of Bradpole in the west and Askerswell in the east.

The villages are well served by a thriving primary school, Parish Church of St Magdalene, a late Georgian Methodist Chapel, two pubs and a modern village hall which hosts many events and activities throughout the year.

News, Information & Events

Well Plot Playing Fields Hedge Laying - The western end of Well Plot Playing Fields recently underwent a huge transformation thanks to the efforts of EuCAN volunteers and members of Loders Parish Council and the Well Plot Shelter Group who laid the hedge to ensure its health and longevity.

Well Plot Hedge BEFORE Hedge Laying

 Well Plot Hedge AFTER Hedge Laying

Loders Parish Council Boundaries


For further geographic information on the Parish of Loders visit Dorset Explorer.

Loders Climate & Ecological Emergency Action Plan promotes walking and cycling (aka 'active travel'). A map of Loders Rights of Way can be accessed here.

Latest News

A30/A35 Road Closures - South West Highways Limited and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Limited will be undertaking maintenance works on on A30/A35 over the coming months with all works being carried out under a full road closure from 20.00hrs - 06.00hrs.  Full details can be found here.
Axminster - Bridport Closure: 12.06.23 - 01.07.23
Bridport - Dorchester Closure: 03.07.23 - 11.07.23

Cost of Living Crisis - with the financial challenges facing everyone right now, Dorset Council have produced a useful poster with details of who to contact for free, independent and confidential advice on cost of living help. The Bridport Local Area Partnership (BLAP) have also produced a useful Help & Support leaflet.

Annual Parish Assembly Reports - the Annual Parish Assembly took place on 18th April 2023 providing an opportunity for the Parish Council and other local organisations to report on activities, events and progress over the last 12 months.  The reports for 2022-23 are available to view here.

 Pop Up Post Office - Uploders Methodist Church is hosting a Pop Up Post Office every Tuesday from 1.45pm-3.15pm. Available services include
everyday personal and business banking, mail, bill payments, phone top ups and vehicle tax. Wheelchair access and WC for disabled. Refreshments will also be available.

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Loders Fingerpost
Boars Barrow Hill