Free uniform and business mentoring in Sturminster


This month’s news from the unofficial capital of the Blackmore Vale …

Pauline Batstone rounds up a busy month in Sturminster Newton

The Boutique offers a free uniform exchange for William Barnes Primary School and Sturminster Newton High School

• School uniform exchange Calling all parents and carers – The Boutique at Sturminster Newton’s Market Cross accepts outgrown items of school uniform for William Barnes and for Sturminster Newton High School. It is also delighted to give free items to whoever wants them – children grow so fast, it makes sense to recycle if possible, rather than buy new.

• The Emporium
A wide range of furniture, which is too big to display in The Emporium, is included in the catalogue. Customers can choose items from photographs and then arrange to see them in nearby storage. The Emporium’s Recycled Art Gallery on the upper floor is continuing to be popular and sometimes turns up some very interesting finds.

The Boutique has switched its range for the colder weather – and is getting ready for party season

• Update on the 1855 project in the former NatWest Bank.
Work continues and we aim to open in time for the town’s Christmas event on Saturday, 26th November. A wide range of artisans have already signed up for space. Anyone interested should talk to Cheryl or Jacqui at The Emporium or email In particular, they would like to hear from authors wishing to rent shelf space to sell their books – they would love to develop an area where customers can buy new books in the town.
Next year, during phase two, more hanging space will be available for painters and photographers.

Even Noddy turned up at the regular Stur Car and Bike Enthusiasts meet – at the Recreation Ground on the first Saturday of November from 9am to noon.

Posh frocks for party season
Remember that The Boutique and Dapper Chaps are both good places to look for Christmas party outfits. Meanwhile the summer stock is giving way to warmer wear for winter.

• New business mentoring
Chris Spackman and Mike Chapman are offering help with financial and business planning, marketing etc. to those thinking of setting up their own businesses. They are holding a launch meeting from 6.30pm on Monday, 10th October, in the Baxter Room above The Emporium. To book a place or learn more contact Chris Spackman on or telephone 07771 517913.

• Car and Bike Enthusiasts
The regular Stur meet continues at the Recreation Ground on the first Saturday of November, from 9am to noon (no need for 12)
All those with interesting vehicles or motorbikes are welcome, as are spectators.
From December to March, the organisers intend to move the event to the car park behind the Exchange Medical Centre. For information contact Chris Spackman or telephone 07771 517913.
Even Noddy turned up last time …

Christmas is coming
Preparations are underway for the annual Christmas event in the town. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6.30pm on Saturday 26th November – all art of “Make Stur Sparkle.”
A craft market is planned in The Exchange and the Anonymous Travelling Market will be in the Market Place. And of course Father Christmas will be in attendance. (then paragraph)
Organisers plan a synthetic ice skating rink in the town over the weekend. Late night shopping and live music are also on the agenda for the weekend – and yes, this coincides with the football World Cup so fit your shopping round it or come out and escape it!


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