Due to the corona-virus epidemic and in line with Government regulations, sadly all planned events had to be cancelled, the Church closed with no services held and The White Horse also closed However following the easing of covid related restrictions the Church is now open each day and plans are being drawn up to recommence weekly services on 19th July. In addition The White Horse is planning to re-open on July 4th. The Village Hall remains closed.
Publication of the Mosaic continues, and the April and May editions give valuable of offers of help and support. These include:-
- A list of key people in the village to contact.
- Details of a Hinton St Mary Facebook page
The village community spirit is well in evidence and will help us all to get through these difficult times.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE PARTY 13th DECEMBER
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.
VILLAGE CAROL SINGING
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.
VILLAGE SHOW 2019
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.
GARDENS OPEN 2019
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.
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