This month’s news from the team in Sturminster Newton


Sturminster Newton is ready to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years with four fantastic days of celebrations around the town

The Jubilee celebrations happen to coincide with Sturminster’s Big Weekend, which started on Thursday 2nd June with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Mill, Evensong at the church culminating at 9.45pm with a Beacon lighting in the Railway Gardens. From today (Friday 3rd June) through to Sunday there is an Ale and Cider Festival taking place at The Exchange. Saturday in Sturminster is a big day for shoppers, with a Plant Sale being held by the Rotary Club in the Railway Gardens, the Anonymous Travelling Market is coming to town and there is also a Craft Fair being held in the Exchange.
On Saturday morning the monthly Car Enthusiasts meet-up is on, but thanks to its swiftly rising popularity it will now be held at the Rec. Over 100 vehicles of all eras from vintage to modern supercars came to the event last time. Anyone is welcome to wander round the vehicles and talk to the owners, who are only too happy to tell you about them.
On Sunday St Mary’s Church welcomes you to a Civic Service at 11am ,and then from 12pm – 3pm, the Rotary are holding the Jubilee Big Lunch in the Railway Gardens. The WI are also serving tea and cakes in the Bow room at the Exchange.

Open all weekend
The Emporium and The Boutique will be open throughout the Jubilee celebrations, so why not come in and look at what’s on offer – perfect for that regal outfit. Margaret Ann’s Art Gallery has many lovely, donated paintings and pictures which are displayed for sale in a dedicated space in the Emporium.

Local photographer Adie Ray made use of the empty NatWest building to create a still life shoot. Baxter is NOT for sale!
© Adie Ray

Work continues to progress on the proposed 1855 shopping experience in the former Nat West building. If you are interested in a customer-faced selling space for your business let The Emporium staff know or email

Library friends
And some good news – the Friends of the Library are finally back in business!
Sturminster Library Coffee Mornings are back on the first Thursday morning of each month (except 9th June), plus there will be children’s crafts and the Summer Reading Challenge is back. Volunteers are always welcome and much-needed to help with extra opening hours, or with the craft or other activities. Please contact if you think you can help.

For full details of all the Jubilee activities on offer please see the poster opposite, and find out more on the Town Councils website and its Facebook page.


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