Free school uniform exchange, and your shopping pays for free parking!


Pauline Batstone shares her monthly round up of what’s happening among the town’s collection of community enterprises and events

The FREE school uniform exchange inside the old Barclays Bank

Its Back To School season – and the small people have typically grown, a lot, even in a few weeks.
Recycling is good for the planet and your purse – come to our School Uniform Hub in the old Barclays Bank. Opening hours are on the window or pop in and ask at The Emporium.
You can get next term’s uniform for FREE – in exchange, we aks that you think of others in turn and please do bring last term’s outgrown but good condition items with you – and don’t forget scouts or cubs uniforms too.
While you’re there, have a quick look round. We have an amazing mix of useful or upcyclable furniture and large household items in the old Barclays Bank – all at excellent value.

The Boutique has just come to the end of its summer sale – if you didn’t manage to get a summer bargain come and see the new range of excellent items we have in stock ready for the colder weather.
Meanwhile The Emporium continues to provide a fun shopping experience – all those things you never knew you needed (or, in fact, knew you needed but never thought you’d find) – plus help yourself to the freebies in the Community Fridge and help us reduce food waste while you’re at it.
The wonderful 1855 is changing all the time thanks to our wonderful traders – if you’ve not been in for a wander for a few weeks, treat yourself to a mosey round. It’s the perfect spot for picking up a small gift, something to spoil yourself with or simply start to get ahead for … you know what.
All three of the community shops are always ready to receive donations – and they are always ready to welcome new volunteers into the team. Do you have even a couple of hours to spare occasionally? It’s fun, it’s sociable, it gets you out of the house and your whole community will benefit.

Large item furniture perfectly good for a new home, or even for upcycling projects

Free parking on the first Saturday
There is always free parking – all day, both car parks – on the first Saturday of every month thanks to SturAction. By random chance cough it also happens to be the same day that the 200 or so car and bike enthusiasts have a friendly morning meet in the Rec …

The Cheese Festival
9th and 10th September
We are aware that there are some who don’t realise there is a whole town attached to it! Do come up and see for yourself – the whole town will be open as usual on the Saturday and Candys, 1855, Harts of Stur, Poets Corner Café, Oxfords Bakery and both pubs will be open on the Sunday.

Inside 1855 in Sturminster Newton, the town’s artisan bank with more than 70 traders

The C word
When the Cheese Festival ends we swiftly turn our faces towards Christmas (sorry) – those Christmas Angels are beginning to flock, ready to fly out in December. But before that the lights will have been switched on by Father Christmas on 25th November. We’re excited that this year Father Christmas will be in 1855 to meet the children who want to see him on each Saturday until Christmas Eve. Keep an eye open to find out what is happening when. From late night shopping on 24th November right through to the traditional Classic Car Run on New Years Day, it’s a whole month of Christmas fun in Stur!


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