A whirlwind tour of all that’s coming up in Sturminster Newton this month


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

Spring has arrived, and thanks to our wonderful volunteers, our ladies’ pre-loved Boutique is once again open six days a week, and British Summer Time means longer opening hours – from 10am to 5pm, stocked with new items perfect for the season.
Our Furniture Store is now mostly staffed during operating hours – if the door is closed, feel free to pop along to the Emporium for assistance. And don’t forget the free school uniforms hub upstairs – there to help any parent, with good secondhand unforms vauilable for all the local schools.
1855, our boutique shopping experience, is now close to reaching 100 traders, offering a diverse range of intriguing items and attracting visitors to the town, especially during holiday weekends.

SturAction is ready with a warm welcome for any new members to the volunteer family which covers all our community shops. A Volunteer Day will take place at Stour Connect, Bath Road, on Saturday 13th April from 11am to 3pm. The annual event invites local voluntary groups to showcase their activities and provides the community with an opportunity to explore available volunteering options, regardless of the time they can spare.

Car and bike enthusiasts will gather in town as usual on the first Saturday of the month.

Car and bike enthusiasts will gather in town as usual on the first Saturday of the month. It’s free, no need to register if you’d like to bring a vehicle, just turn up. Your car or bike must be roadworthy, taxed (where required) and insured. The meet will be at the Station Road car park if the weather dictates, otherwise on the Recreation Ground. On these days, parking is free in all our car parks, courtesy of SturAction.

We’re excited to announce the return of the Car Boot Sale – it will be on the Recreation Ground on the first Sunday morning of each month until 1st September, with all profits going to support local charities.
Though still recovering from the Easter Weekend festivities, we’re already gearing up for Sturminster’s Big Weekend, 31st May to 2nd June. The Exchange will host a Beer & Cider (and Music) Festival over the weekend, alongside a Garden Fair and Market on the Saturday, Cars and Bikes in the Recreation Ground, and the Big Lunch on the Sunday, thanks to Rotary. Keep your eyes peeled: plans for the event are continuously evolving.
On 6th June, the town will commemorate D-Day and the sacrifices made for our freedom with a beacon lighting ceremony in The Railway Gardens at 9pm. Throughout the week, The Exchange will host an exhibition featuring local stories of D-Day.

The Sturminster Literary Festival has curated a series of events for the second week of June, including its own D-Day event on 9th June, showcasing stories of our local soldiers and the deceptive tactics used against the enemy regarding invasion plans. For the full event programme, visit sturlitfest.com or pick up a brochure available around town.

This summary only scratches the surface of what’s happening in Stur and the surrounding area – for comprehensive information, refer to What’s Happening in Stur for April and May, distributed around town by David Shepherd and his team, sponsored by The Town Council.


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