Successful Sturbiz Job Fair


The first SturBiz Job Fair was held last month and declared a great success.

SturBiz,the Sturminster Newton Chamber of Commerce, swiftly reacted when its members raised concerns over local recruitment. Within five weeks a Job Fair event was launched to attract potential employees and also volunteers at The Exchange.

Sturbiz Job fair

Over 30 exhibitors jumped at the opportunity to take part and were rewarded not only by meeting a number of jobseekers, but also forging new relationships with other businesses. At Sturbiz’ invitation, North Dorset MP, Simon Hoare, was able to learn, first hand, about some of the issues (and successes) from these local businesses and organisations.

So what next?

SturBiz already has plans underway for a second Jobs Fair in 2022 – not only to assist current job seekers and local employers, but also to help our local school leavers and others seeking careers. If you’re a

local organisation or employer who would be interested in participating then please do get in touch. in particular we are keen to discuss potential apprenticeship opportunities in the local area. Initially, please email Jacqui Wragg on

Christmas is coming to Stur

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27th November

• 10 a.m. onwards, Craft Market at The Exchange • Anonymous Travelling Market with a range of goods
• Late morning and early afternoon, school choir outside Poets Corner Café
• Rudolf and his Reindeers cycling from Stur to Shillingstone and back. All cyclists welcome
• Father Christmas will be in the White Hart Stable Yard to meet children during the afternoon
• 4.30 p.m. Lantern Parade from The Exchange to the Market Place
• 5.00 p.m. Christmas Tree Lights Switch on in the Market place by Paul Young and Jamie Moses of Los Pacaminos, helped by Father Christmas. Los Pacominos are appearing at The Exchange that evening.
• Afterwards – music and carols in the Market Place.
• Free parking all day.


• From 1st December keep your eyes open for Christmas Angels appearing around town – for you to take home to keep, give a name to, and if you like, bring to the Christingle Service at St. Mary’s Church, 4.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve afternoon.

  • The Car and Bike enthusiasts will be meeting as usual in the Station Road Car Park on Saturday 6th November and 4th December (weather permitting) – bring your pride and joy or just come to admire.
  • 4th December is also Small Business Saturday so shop local and look out for special offers. (Free parking)
  • And from 4th December to 18th December take part in the SturShops Quiz to win a hamper
    – pick up a form from The Emporium, the Exchange, Holebrooks Fine Foods or Hansons
  • 10th and 11th December “Christmas at the Opera” raising money for The Exchange and the Pantry
  • Join the Santa Stride on 12th December along the Trailway.
  • 19th December St Mary’s Church Carol Service
  • 23rd December 5.00 p.m. Carols in the Railway Gardens
  • 24th December St. Mary’s Church Christmas Eve First Mass of Christmas – 11.15 p.m.
  • Christmas Day at St Mary’s Church Holy Communion 10.00 a.m.


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