Tuesday 2nd October Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall 10.30 – 12.00 and on the first Tuesday of every month

Monday 8th October 7 30 p.m. St. Mary’s Church. Licencing of new vicar for this Benefice, Rev. Phillippa Sargent .

Saturday 10th October. Village Garden Tidy up 10 00 – 12 00.

28th October 11.00 a.m. Harvest Festival in St. Peter’s followed by lunch in the Tithe Barn. For all the details, see October Mosaic



4th November 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Tithe Barn. Village Show Art Competition – for all the details see October Mosaic.

4th November 11.00 am – 12.30 pm Coffee morning to raise funds for Village Christmas Party. For details see October Mosaic

14th December 7.00 pm. Village Christmas Party in Tithe Barn.


The next Gardens Open will be the weekend of 15th and 16th June 2019 and follow the usual pattern.



The Christmas Party was another very successful event and a great start to the Festive Season. The decorations in the Tithe Barn were fantastic and once again the ladies of Hinton produced some amazing food.


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The event was organised by Anthea Harding who for many weeks beforehand had been busy making all the arrangements. She was ably assisted by her support team setting everything up, helping on the night and clearing up afterwards.

Jack & Katie_s Anthea Prizes_s

Everyone’s thanks must go to her and to her husband, John, for providing the music.

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A sizeable group of carol singers (more than last year) went round the village on a pleasant dry evening, sang loudly and were very grateful for the mulled wine, hot sausages, mince pies etc., which were offered to them by various neighbours.

John Harding again provided music on his accordion and £150 was raised for Julia’s House, the Dorset Hospice for Children.


This was another great success. The money raised will be used to help fund the maintenance of St. Peter’s Church over the next two years.

The weather was very kind and over 600 people attended over the two days. On the Sunday it was particularly hot which meant numbers were a little down on those of the previous day. Over 20 village gardens were open – all looking their very best. Teas in the Tithe Barn were as usual very popular and the books, collectables and plant stalls were busy with visitors buying bargains and tombola tickets. This year, a new very interesting attraction was the Children’s Sculpture Competition sponsored by Blackmore Vale Arts and Castle Gardens of Sherborne. There were 17 impressive entries, many of which were stone animals.

Another new feature was music provided by members of the Sturminster Newton Orchestra. A small group organised by John Harding added to the ambience by playing light classics on the lawn outside the Tithe Barn.

Village events like this just don’t happen – they are the result of many months of planning and hard work – Shane Johnston, very ably assisted by husband David, took on the daunting role of organising it all and should be congratulated on the outcome. Behind the scenes she was supported by a loyal and enthusiastic team, who over many months sought sponsorship, arranged advertising and carried out the many nitty-gritty tasks which often go go unrecognised. The stallholders spent not just many hours but in some cases weeks collecting and preparing items as well as manning the stalls on the two open days. Many people in the village played a part and the efforts of the villagers who opened their gardens, made cakes, grew plants and donated prizes and items for sale all deserve special thanks.

Particular thanks must also go to Mr & Mrs Pitt-Rivers for opening the Manor Gardens and for allowing use of the Tithe Barn as well as to our major sponsors, Harts of Stur, Symonds & Samson, the Southern Co-operative Society, Wessex Water as well as many other local businesses who gave financial assistance.


Wire Giraffe Tithe Barn teas

Photographs of other past village events by be viewed by clicking here