Tuesday 5th March Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall 10.30 – 12.00 and on the first Tuesday of every month

2nd May    Local and Parish Council Elections.  Polling Station in Village Hall. 
For full details see Parish Council.

15th and 16th June Gardens Open.  Please see articles in March Mosaic.  Nearer the time the Plant Stall will be grateful for any unwanted plants, tools including any that need minor repairs or sharpening, terracotta pots, garden ornaments and garden furniture.



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