3rd October Village Coffee Morning 10.30 to 12.00 in the Village Hall

13th October   Macmillan Coffee Morning     Village Hall  9 am to 12 noon

15th October Harvest Festival and Lunch 11.00 in Church and then 12.30 in Tithe Barn.
(For full details please see What’s On on page 2 of the October Mosaic.)

19th November Fund raising Coffee Morning for Christmas Party 11.00 –12.00 in the Village Hall

15th December Village Christmas Party in the Tithe Barn 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm.



The next show will be in 2018 as it is not a Gardens Open year. No show was held in 2016 because it was decded to hold a Street Party to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Early in 2016 Mary Andrews explained that she wished to step down from organising the event. Subsequently her husband, Chris and Jackie Warren advised that they wished to do likewise. This has been accepted and all three are to be thanked for their sterling efforts over many years in organising a series of very successful shows.


The next Gardens Open will be in June 2019 and follow the usual pattern.



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


Once again the church was packed solid for this service and this year there were many more children than in previous years. Everyone was very generous and as a result £200 was raised for the Children’s Society.

Carol Singing
Some new “voices” joined in the carol singing and again the residents of Hinton were very generous and £150 raised for the Dorset Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House.

Christmas Party
Another successful party organised by Anthea Harding and her husband, John. Over 100 villagers were there and the evening of good food, wine, songs and carols enjoyed by all. The sweepstake raised £50 for Homestart Dorset and the money collected from the raffle will go towards funding next year’s event.


This was a very enjoyable evening during which the Director, Jeroen, explained its work and what had been achieved recently. The evening raised £180 which will go towards funding a fourth new school to be built following the April 2015 earthquake.

The coffee morning in the Tithe Barn to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support was very successful and raised the fantastic sum of £501 40. It was organised by Anthea Harding who was supported by Pauline Sherwood and Jenny Pemberton. Anthea has given her sincere thanks to everyone who came and those whose help made the morning such a success – by baking cakes, donating raffle prizes and coffee, helping on the morning and of course, clearing up afterwards! She also has given her special thanks to Mr and Mrs Pitt-Rivers for allowing the use of the Tithe Barn and for their help and support. Most of all thanks from the village and the Macmillan organisation must go to her.

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