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Community Forum Revival

The Winton Community Forum was dissolved a couple of years ago, although the website continued with minimal maintenance under the control of Mel Bray who researched, wrote and created it.

A small local group headed by Winton man Stuart Lane is now in the process of reviving the Winton Community Forum and the website is due to be transferred to them shortly. You'll be hearing more in due course.

Unique glimpse of Winton in the past

We've done quite a revamp of our history section and it now includes a number of features on Queens Park and Charminster.

Did you know that two of the town's war heroes lived in the same road and that years later film star Christian Bale lived there too?

Discover all the things you didn't know about Winton, Charminster and Queen's Park in our history section.

Changing face of Winton

The population of Winton has risen by around 16 per cent in the last ten years and the number of owner occupied households has fallen sharply from 70% to 52%. At the same time there has been a significant drop in the number of overcrowded homes.

These are some of the facts revealed in the latest Census figures. For more details see the Statistics page. It has just been updated with all the new figures.

Funny old weather ...

Super springs, lousy summers, warm autumns and unpredictable winters. Even the birds and the plants are confused.

Check out the figures to see if the weather really has changed that much locally over the years. We've just updated the information on our climate page. You can see how the local weather was five years, ten years, fifty years and one hundred years ago.

Community Safety Updates

  • Our Policing page has now been expanded to include the Safer Neighbourhood teams forCharminster & Queens Park, Northbourne & Wallisdown and Moordown as well as Winton. Details are included of email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
  • This website has now linked in to the Dorset Police community information network. We expect to be able to post all relevant community safety information issued by the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team.
  • This includes warnings about current local crime, appeals for assistance etc. Messages will be posted in a new Police Messages section of the Message Board. Check it out regularly.

Do you remember ....

Don't let them tell you that nostalgia is not what it was. Winton has a heritage just like everywhere else. It is kept alive by this website, and by your contributions.

We already have a substantial chronicle of your recollections of the old Moderne cinema and now we have started a page dedicated to memories of Winton in general.

Our first is a slice of life from the 1960's. Take a look, and maybe it will prompt you to send us your memories.

Crime down your road?

The police's new crime map website crumpled under the weight of interest when it was launched.

As a result you may never have got a chance to see your local facts and figures - including the number and types of crimes committed recently in your road.

You might find it surprising. We have a link to the Winton crime map on our policing page.

Student action line.

If you need to contact the University about student behaviour or other issues, telephone (01202) 524111 or email

The telephone contact is the general daytime number for the University and you can leave ansaphone messages.

For all out of hours complaints about noisy parties or anti social behaviour call 0800 0281870 and/or 01202 451145 or 451311.

You can also call the police on 101.

If you are contacting the University about student behaviour, the matter will be investigated and followed up with both students and complainant.

Name and Shame

We have now added a facility for you to report incidents on the new "Report Anti-Social Behaviour" section of our message board.

Then and now....

It's interesting how much and sometimes how little things have changed in a hundred years.

We've compiled a collecton of photos showing some local places both as they are and as they were in the past.

For the Winton pictures click here and for the Charminster and Queens Park collection, click here.

All that and much much more of Winton across the ages. Our history is just a click away.

All the other Wintons!

They are everywhere in the English speaking world. Take a look.

There is a Winton in just about every kind of setting you can imagine from deserts to frozen forests.

If you happen to know of another Winton, let us know.

Search the site

Want to look up something about Winton but can't be bothered to browse the menus? Saw something somewhere, but can't remember where? We now have an easy answer for you - we've installed a search engine. Just click here to search the site. There is now a "site search" button at the bottom of the menu bar on the left of every page.

Traders - click here to advertise on this site