Due to the corona-virus epidemic and in line with Government regulations, for several months sadly all planned events had to be cancelled, and the Church and The White Horse closed.  However following the easing of Covid related restrictions the Church is now open each day and Sunday Services at 9-30 am recommenced on 19th July. The White Horse re-opened on July 4th and the Village Hall on 25th August.

For details of the Church services please go to St Peter’s Church Services and Activities. 

Publication of the Mosaic continues, and the village community spirit is well in evidence and is helping us all to get through these difficult times.


1st September – Coffee Morning 10 30 am Village Hall

12th September – Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride.

Every year this Trust organises a day in which cyclists, horse riders and walkers visit churches to raise money for maintenance. The trust, which covers 300 churches, makes annual grants of £100,000 and in the past St Peter’s has benefitted from these.  As in previous years, on behalf of St Peter’s, David Dunning will be visiting a range of local churches by bicycle and all monies raised by him will be shared between St Peter’s and the Trust.  If you are interested in joining with him or sponsoring him please look at which has been set up by Church Warden Kevin Peto-Bostick.  Monies raised for St Peter’s will go towards maintenance projects including repairs to the water-damaged timber vestry floor and safer access to the bell tower. 

Hinton Apple Day 26th and 27th September 

Hinton Community Apple Day is set to go ahead on the weekend of 26/27 September!  Juicing, bottling and pasteurizing will take place on the Saturday and on Sunday we plan to have some form of social event in the Millennium Garden to taste the juice and have a few apple related activities, but as conditions are liable to change, full details will be distributed nearer the date. For those who expressed interest in trying out cider-making, there will be experts on hand to advise.

As so many village activities have had to be cancelled this year, the hope is that this will provide a chance for us to get together safely outside and also to welcome any newcomers. It will also be an opportunity to discuss future plans for the maintenance of the Millennium Garden.

Meanwhile, it would be great if you could rescue any screw top glass bottles (with tops)  from your recycling boxes and save them for us – we can collect if storage is a problem – and get children thinking about a suitable design for a bottle label.

Many thanks to those who have already offered to help – we will be in touch – and if anyone one else would be interested in getting involved please contact either:

Liz Collins: or Shane Johnstone:

Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting 4th October (APCM)

For full details please go to Church Services and Activities




There was an excellent turnout at this regular event despite the dreaded December bugs preventing a number of regular party-goers from attending. It was notable that many of the newer residents came as well as many children and young people from the village. The food brought for the buffet table was even better than in the past and made for a sumptuous feast. A large array of prizes were donated for the Giant Christmas Raffle and this raised £150 for Home Start in Sturminster Newton. The winner of the Christmas Quiz was Jo Martin who won a Christmas Goody Bag of wine, chocolates and biscuits.

Thanks are again due to Mr. and Mrs. Pitt-Rivers for their generosity in allowing the use of the Tithe Barn and for supplying the log fire and background heating to keep everyone warm. A special thankyou is also due to those who came to set up the day before, to those who helped during the evening and ‘the army’ of people who came on the Saturday afternoon to clear up – all greatly appreciated.

At the end of the evening Anthea Harding announced that after six years she was stepping down from the role of ‘organiser’ and now hopes that someone would come forward to take over from her. She has put in a great amount of work both this year and in the past and special thanks are due to her. Anyone interested should get in touch with her to discuss what is involved.


On Tuesday 17th December, a group of hearty-voiced villagers accompanied by lively accordion music provided by John Harding, braved the cold, damp and fog and made their way around the village singing door to door to raise money for Julia’s House, the Dorset children’s hospice.  A total of £150 00 was raised.

Thanks are due to those who generously gave donations and those who gave much needed sustenance to the cold and weary singers who enjoyed sausages, mince pies, chocolate and mulled wine. 


The Village Show organised by Chris Hardiman and his Village Hall Committee was held in perfect conditions on Sunday 1st September. A total profit of £235 which will go towards maintenance of the Hall was raised on the day.

The efforts of the organisers and the skills of the many who entered the various classes demonstrated Hinton’s strong community spirit.  Many enjoyed a lunch-time picnic in the hot sun.  There were 57 classes, 12 of which were for children below 12 years old.

The Dog Scurry was much enjoyed by all those taking part including the dogs who all behaved well.  William Fox-Pitt kept fit leading the Pony Rides side shows Splat the Rat, Stocks with wet sponges, Buzzer Bar, which tested steady hands, and Decorate a Plate were all a great success.  The Tombola and Cake stalls with many prizes and cakes donated by villagers all sold out.  

170 entries were displayed with classes covering a wide range, including vegetables, flowers, fruit, cakes and preserves as well as various handicrafts, photography and artwork .  Judging took place in the morning and after the prizes and cups were presented by Mrs. Pitt-Rivers a Produce Auction took place. Thanks are due to everybody who made this such a successful event with special thanks to the Village Hall Committee Members.


Village Show
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village show 2019 - flower display
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village show 2019 - produce display


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 

Photographs of other past village events by be viewed here