Arne Parish

Arne is a rural parish with about 1,370 citizens in settlements from Worgret in the west to Arne hamlet in the east and Furzebrook Road to the south, with most people in villages at Ridge & Stoborough. Apart from a small proportion of mudflat and water to the east, the 29km2 of the Parish is about half used for farming with a fifth heathland and a fifth woodland. 


Major roads run west from Wareham towards Dorchester in the north of the parish, and south towards Swanage, with railway links also to these towns. The River Frome flows across the Parish through extensive water-meadows. The rich land-use makes Arne Parish an important part of the 10km square that has the most plant species in Britain, so nature conservation and tourism are important local interests, joining clay-mining in generating local jobs.



Arne Parish Council










Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 and 27


The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)





1. Date of announcement______3rd July 2020______________(a)

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:


(b)   Amanda Crocker, Clerk, Arne Parish Council,

c/o Rye Hill Farm, Rye Hill, Bere Regis, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7LP                                                                       email:



commencing on (c) __Monday 6th July 2020 _______________________



and ending on (d) ___Friday 14th August 2020 ________________________


3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:


  • The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
    • The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.


The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.


4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:


PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)

15 Westferry Circus

Canary Wharf

London E14 4HD



5. This announcement is made by Amanda Crocker, Clerk and RFO









































Arne Parish Survey and Plan


In 2010, Arne Parish Council asked all households to complete a survey for a Parish Plan which was ready in 2011. The survey showed an increasing proportion of citizens working from home. It also set a European standard for community participation in mapping wildlife and habitats. Please click on the link Parish Plan 2010 to have a look. The link will open a .pdf document. Parish Plan 2010This evolved from an earlier Parish Plan in 2003. Please click on the link Parish Plan 2003 to have a look. The link will open a pdf document. Parish Plan 2003.


Neighbourhood Plan

A new Neighbourhood Plan is now underway which will give all Arne residents a chance to have their say in the development of the Parish. A steering group has just been set up and progress and requests for help and information will be posted to the adjacent tab, so please watch that space! Please click on the link Neighbourhood Plan to have a look. The link will open a PDF document. Neighbourhood Plan 


Local facilites and amenities

Arne Parish has many useful facilities, including Stoborough School for first tier education, the Lookout Stores and Purbeck Motors for purchases and pubs with food at the Kings Arms and Halfway Inn. There are hotels at Worgret Manor and with sports facilities at the Springfield Country Hotel. The Church at Arne, Stoborough Village Hall and Hayricks recreation area are further important civic amenities, with large nature reserves managed by Natural England, National Trust and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. 


A snapshot of Arne at the 2002 Jubilee

For those with an interest in finding out more about the flavour of life in this area there is an online version of the Jubilee Book made for Arne. Please click on the link Jubilee Book to have a look. This will open a PDF document. Jubilee Book - a series of pictures and commentary designed to give a snapshot of daily life in the parish on a memorable day in 2002



To look closer at the map (and any image on this site), please click on it; use the back button (←) at the top left of your browser to return to the same page. Clicking a link may open a pdf file in a separate window or take you off-site in the same window. Again you can use the back button (←) to return.



The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 18th February 2021. This meeting will be held by video conferencing. The Zoom meeting ID is 843 7542 3844, Password 825360




(NB. Minutes of meetings can be found in 'Documents' tab above)



Arne Parish Councillors 

For a list of councillors and their telephone numbers please click on the link. The link will open a PDF document.  click here.


To view the Councillors' Representation on various bodies please click on the link. The link will open a PDF documnet. listed here.



04 May 2019 Arne Neighbourhood Plan - Pre-submission Consultation SEA
06 Dec 2018 Arne Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation
07 Nov 2018 Moors at Arne Public Exhibition 2pm to 7pm Wednesday 28th November 2018 at Wareham Town Hall