Tuesday 4th December Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall 10.30 – 12.00 and on the first Tuesday of every month

Thursday 13th December 2 p.m. Setting up Christmas Party

Friday 14th December Village Christmas Party 7 p.m. – for details see December Mosaic

Saturday 15th December 2 p.m. Clearing up party

Tuesday 18th December 6 p.m. Outside the White Horse. Carol Singing around village in aid of Julia’s House – for details see December Mosaic.




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




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.


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