6pm Sunday 28th January .– Hymns of Praise celebration at St Mary’s Church and reception in Church Hall to mark departure of Rev David Seymour and his wife Wendy. All welcome

6th February Village Coffee Morning, Village Hall 10. 30 – 12. 00



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.



The Christmas Party was another very successful event and a great start to the Festive Season. The decorations in the Tithe Barn were fantastic and once again the ladies of Hinton produced some amazing food.


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The event was organised by Anthea Harding who for many weeks beforehand had been busy making all the arrangements. She was ably assisted by her support team setting everything up, helping on the night and clearing up afterwards.

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Everyone’s thanks must go to her and to her husband, John, for providing the music.

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A sizeable group of carol singers (more than last year) went round the village on a pleasant dry evening, sang loudly and were very grateful for the mulled wine, hot sausages, mince pies etc., which were offered to them by various neighbours.

John Harding again provided music on his accordion and £150 was raised for Julia’s House, the Dorset Hospice for Children.


This coffee morning organised by Georgina and her sister Jenny was very successful and raised £518.13.  They are very grateful to those who came and to those who donated cakes and helped on the day.


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.


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