Sunday 1st September Hinton St. Mary Village Show including Village Picnic, Flower & Garden produce show, Art & Photographic classes for all age groups and Pony Rides.  For further details please go to Village Hall.


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


Saturday 7th September  Hedgehog Friendly Meeting. Village Hall – 10 00 am for 10 30 am start.  Everyone (including children) welcome.  Free entry, Refreshments available and free hedgehog information pack. See article in July Mosaic and for advice on caring for hedgehogs and dealing with slugs and snails see August Mosaic.


Saturday 14th September  Ride and Stride Fund Raising for Dorset Historic Churches Trust. For more details please go to St. Peter’s Church – Activities.


Sunday October 13th  Harvest Festival Service and Lunch.  St Peter’s Church and Tithe Barn.  For more details see article in September Mosaic


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Many thank to everyone who gave their support, assistance, or opened their gardens.  Particular thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Pitt-Rivers for opening their own garden and for allowing the use of the Tithe Barn, also to all our major sponsors, Harts of Stur, Symonds & Sampson, The Southern Co-operative Society and Wessex Water and all the other businesses and individuals who gave financial sponsorship and gifts.

The weather was thankfully very kind to us after much rain and wind in recent weeks and over the two days more than 600 people attended.  As usual the teas were a great success and the books, “shabby-chic” and plant stalls were busy with visitors buying their bargains and the tombola was very popular and consequently rain out of prizes very quickly..  Once again, we were entertained with music from “Strings Attached” led by our own John Harding.

New for this year was a small display of pictures and items relating to the Hinton St. Mary Mosaic and a number of children enjoyed making mosaics to win prizes provided by the Blackmore Vale Arts Society.

Based on rough figures, we exceeded the amount raised in 2017.  Considering the rather variable weather and the other events going on that weekend this result was amazing.  It will greatly assist meeting the budgeted costs in the region of £16,000 required for urgent repairs to the Church over the next 12 months.

If you have any photographs of this Gardens Open which you would be willing to share, please send them to me and I will arrange for them to be put on to this website.

Shane Johnstone

01258-474670    email 



On Friday 14th December on a bitterly cold evening, the party goers of Hinton St. Mary went to the Tithe Barn to start the Christmas festivities with the Village Christmas Party. Its organiser Anthea Harding was very grateful to those who braved the cold and helped in advance and during the evening and ‘the army’ of people who came on Saturday afternoon to clear up. It was good to see several new faces at the party, as well as the regular party goers of Hinton and many children and young people.

Everyone’s generosity of food for the buffet table and super prizes for the raffle table made a sumptuous buffet feast and an array of prizes well worth winning. The Snowflake Sweepstake was won by Michael Williams and Tony Burnside in the adult’s section and Eli Bartlett in the children’s section. The winner of the Christmas Quiz was Emma Stirzaker who won a Christmas Goody Bag. Together with a donation from the Christmas raffle money, Anthea has sent a cheque for £50 to Home Start in Sturminster Newton.

Thanks go again to Mr. and Mrs. Pitt-Rivers for their generosity in, not only allowing us to use the Tithe Barn for the Christmas Party, but also providing all the logs and central heating to keep everyone warm and cosy on a cold, wintry night!

In the Mosaic Mrs Shane Johnstone has written on behalf of villagers to thank Anthea for organising the party. She stresses how Anthea’s forward planning and ability to marshal the young and not quite so young to set-up and clear-up was very impressive. The traditional carols and the rendition of the traditional “Twelve Days of Christmas” went down well with all, particularly with the support provided by the younger residents with their actions and vocals and John Harding’s playing. Also included is an appreciation from Carole Brown of Home Start for the donation sent to this worthy local charity.


On 4th November a Village Art Competition was held in the Tithe Barn. This was to have been part of the Village Show in September. The competition covering Art, Photographs and Handicrafts was open to children of various ages and to adults. The youngest entrant was three and the many entries received showed that there is wide range of hidden talent in the village. All the prize winners are listed in the December 2018 Mosaic.

Along with the exhibition a fund-raising coffee morning for the Christmas Party was held. The whole event was well supported and thanks go to Anthea Harding and her helpers as well as to Mr. and Mrs. Pitt-Rivers for making available the Tithe Barn complete with a log fire! Here are some photographs.

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