Annual Council Meeting on 30th June


Due to the current government coronavirus response, Wareham Town Council will be making history by holding its first virtual Council meeting. This meeting will be the Annual Council meeting and Mayor Making. It will take place on Tuesday 30th June 2020 at 7.00pm via Zoom.

The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend to observe by following the link on the agenda or by Zoom via the password which can be seen on the document below.

The public are encouraged to submit their questions or comments under ‘Public Participation’ in advance of the meeting to the Clerk and these will be made available to all Councillors. To do this, please email


Vanessa Ricketts FSLCC, Town Clerk

A message for these
challenging times...

By the Mayor of Wareham

” As Mayor I wanted you all to know that I share your frustration and pain in this present situation.

We all know we must adhere by the lockdown rules to keep everyone safe and reduce pressure on the NHS. We are lucky that we live in a beautiful rural area and we have had exceptional weather to keep us going. One day, on the other side of this virus, we all be back to normal to support our businesses and meet up with our friends and family.

Meanwhile I wish you all well. “

Hilary Goodinge

Local businesses offering a home delivery service:

Plus articles about the 2020 / 21 Budget, Eric Osmond OBE, Wareham’s new Chamber of Commerce, Purbeck Youth & Community Foundation, Wareham Town museum, and Wareham’s new Town Clerk and Tower Chimes Editor, Vanessa Ricketts… and much more!

Wareham Tower Chimes on Facebook

Welcome to Wareham

An ancient town and former royal borough, the charming market town of Wareham is a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year.

Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck was a major port until the Middle Ages. Now a thriving market town, happily combining the old and the new for locals and visitors alike.

Wareham Town Council was formed after local government re-organisation in 1974 and has 16 Councillors who represent all parts of the town. It has a long tradition of Town Mayors stretching back to 1336, and every name to date is recorded on panels in the Council Chamber.


Wareham Tower Chimes is published by Lewis-Fry Publications Ltd as agents for Wareham Town Council.


This year Wareham will receive a delegation of visitors from Wareham… that is from Wareham in Massachusetts! 

Fairtrade Group

Wareham can claim to be a Fairtrade town through the many activities of this Group, especially from the regular stalls it sets up.

Volunteer of the Year

Wareham is fortunate to have so many wonderful volunteers, and in December Jacquie Hall our Town Crier was awarded.


A new wheelchair accessible powerboat has been launched by Wareham Boat Hire. It has been supplied by the Wheelyboat Trust.