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

Well, what a quick month April was – I can’t quite believe that it’s May already! Below you can find just a little taster of some of the things happening in Stur throughout the (hopefully!) sunny month of May and into June.
First up, the Car and Bike Enthusiasts are back in the Station Road Car Park on the morning of the 4th May 9am to 12 noon. Unfortunately the Recreation Ground is still far too wet for them to drive on. But to make things easier there will be free parking in both town car parks all that day, courtesy of SturAction’s donors and customers.

When you have finished admiring the cars, why not come along to 1855, where the traders will be happy to great you and offer some tasters – there are almost 100 different small artisan and craft business under one roof!
On the morning of Sunday 5th May, the car park behind The Exchange will see the return of the Stur Car Boot Sale, come and have a rummage and help raise much-needed funds for charity.
On Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, the Emporium and The Boutique in town will both be open from 10am to 2pm for anyone wanting a gentle holiday browse – and perhaps a purchase or two!

Both The Exchange and the Sturminster Newton Literary Festival have their new brochures out this week, so pick up your copies from various outlets around the town. Tickets for the LitFest are available online here, and can also be purchased from 1855. The event is not to be missed, with the opportunity to listen to a collection of authors covering a wide range of styles and subjects.
On Thursday 6th June, the 80th anniversary of D Day, at 7.30pm there will be a civic service followed by the lighting of the beacon in the Railway Gardens as dusk arrives.
As part of this commemoration, Sturminster Newton Literary Festival is devoting the 9th of June to military history, including talks and the opening of a special D-Day testimony exhibition at The Exchange.


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