The overall situation regarding the Covid-19 situation continues to improve and the the village community spirit continues to help everyone get through these difficult times.



The Covid Vaccine

The uptake of vaccines has continued to be amongst the highest in England, as clinics have continued at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton. At one clinic last month, almost 1600 patients were vaccinated in one day!
By the 14th June, of the eligible patients of the Practice, 81.3% had received their 1st vaccination and 67.8% had received their 2nd. This will always be a snapshot of the figures, as the records of those who are vaccinated at other locations are being updated all the time.

Eligible patients have been sent text invitations, letters or telephone calls, so if you haven’t received an invitation, please email the Practice –
or phone the surgery after 10:30 to book in and update your details.

If the date of the clinic doesn’t suit you, please phone 119 or go onto the NHS website to book at a mass vaccination centre…/coro…/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

The Partnership encourages patients to contact them if they have any clinical needs.  It’s really important that if you are worried about any symptoms or health conditions that you get in touch, ideally by the online system – eConsult, for non urgent issues, through the website.   

If urgent, then telephone and you will then be given an appointment for a face to face consultation. Please don’t just turn up at the surgery without an appointment.

  • The Practice is open for business, so please continue to attend any face to face appointments that you have already made.
  • GP and Nurse Practitioner/Paramedic Practitioner appointments will still all be via telephone, eConsult or video consultation and they will then decide if you need to come into the practice and will make an appointment.

 All clinicians seeing patients face to face, will be wearing protective equipment and all patients attending the surgery should wear a face covering, wash their hands and wherever possible maintain a 2 metre distance. If a clinician needs to examine you they will do so with full PPE on and will disinfect the room once you leave.

  • The Practice thanks everyone for their ongoing support and they’ll endeavour to do all they can to keep patients, staff and the community as safe as possible.

Due to the worsening situation of rising cases of COVID and concerns that matters are likely to get worse before they get better, the organising group have made the decision to cancel the 2021 Christmas Party.  It is very disappointing, but the priority is to keep everyone safe.

However, it is planned to have a “Spring Village Party” and a date and some initial plans will be circulated in the Mosaic in the New Year.

Notwithstanding COVID, It is still going to be possible to hold the Carol Singing outside the Tithe Barn on Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December) starting at 6.00 pm for a maximum of 30 minutes.  There is no need to book, just turn up with your voice, (your torch) and your Christmas spirit.


A number of village events will be held before the end of 2021.  Full details will be included in the Mosaic magazine.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to support:


This event will be held on the weekend of 18th and 19th of June.  Once again, with the kind permission of Mr and Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers, the Manor Gardens will be open and teas will be served in the Tithe Barn




Despite the wind and rain on the day, we managed to produce around 250 litres of apple juice, which meant we were able to deliver a bottle to each house in the village as well as contributing bottles for the Harvest Lunch and the raffle for the Village Christmas Party. Those who contributed apples, provided bottles or helped with the picking received extra, and those who were involved in the process of pressing, juicing and pasteurising on the day shared the remainder. Huge thanks to all those involved, and especially to those who collected and returned the equipment to Somerset, and for organising the cider making demonstration – it was just a pity that the weather prevented us from having many visitors to see the process.  Perhaps next year…….


On 21st December an amazing group of young carol singers on ponies went round the village.  This had been organised by Alice Fox-Pitt and they were raising money for Homestart.  It was a wonderful sight with both riders and ponies suitably dressed for the occasion.



Although Covid-19 restrictions prevented a social gathering to compliment the working session, the juicing operations did go ahead and produced over 200 litres of juice. 

These were produced from donated apples and those picked from the Community Orchard.  Many thanks are due to those who donated or picked fruit, to those who helped on the day and to people who provided empty bottles.  The organising team were led by Liz Collins and Shane Johnstone and Liz’s detailed report can be found in the October Mosaic.   

Bottles of the pasteurised juice have been distributed throughout the village.  



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.



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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