Did you know?

Sturminster Newton is situated at a historic fording point on the Stour. The ford was replaced in the 16th century with a six-arch stone bridge. A 19th-century plaque affixed to the stonework states that anyone damaging the bridge would be transported to Australia as a felon.

Thomas Hardy lived in Sturminster Newton from 1876 to 1878 after he married Emma Gifford. He said that his home was ‘idyllic’ and described his years there as being among the happiest of his life. The house is now a private home.

Sturminster Mill dates from the 17th century but a mill was in the same spot in the Domesday survey. It’s one of several that have dominated the banks of the Stour over the centuries. It was once a place for hiding contraband liquor and is now a working tourist attraction.

SSome very interesting events this fortnight.

On February 23rd at 7:00pm there is a fascinating talk at the Shillingstone Church Centre by a fascinating man – Dr David Maclean– who will be talking about his life and work inside and outside the church Tickets priced at £10.00 per person include a 2 course supper. Click Here for details

On the 28th David Starkey well known TV personality and presenter of exotic versions of history takes the stage at The Exchange to talk (probably fulminate) about Henry VIII. Not to be missed! Starkey is a great speaker advocate and enthusiast for all his subjects. Click Here for details

June 15th is fast approaching. The Literary Festival goes from strength to strength. Remember June 15th (There I said it again) and please put the date in your diary. We are hoping to turn the Town into a Victorian dress party for the day. The Hardy Players and the Barnes Society are both providing speakers, plays and dramas throughout the Town throughout the day. There is to be a competition for the best dressed Victorian family and child and of course lots lots more. So get making your costumes. Click https://sturminster-newton.org.uk/the-sturminster-newton-literary-festival-15th-june-2019/ to view the latest detailed blog

Still no news from the Council about whether we can enter an Expression of Interest to UK HMG to redevelop (transform in their words) the Towns centre. We have developed our thoughts aimed at positioning the Town as the arts and performance centre of North Dorset.

Make Sturminster Dementia Friendly

The Community Chest has joined forces with Colten Care to start a project supported by the Alzheimer’s society to Make Sturminster a Dementia Friendly Town.They are looking for people who would like to be involved in this major project. If you would like to join ring Mike Woods on 07968 213144

Quick facts about our town

Sturminster highlights

Oxfords Bakery, run by fourth generation baker Steve Oxford, uses equipment dating back to the early 1900s. Its a traditional artisan bakery, with a very modern owner, and a town highlight.

Hansons is one of the largest craft and fabric warehouses in the South of England. With over 20 000 rolls of fabric, as well as sewing machines, wools, patterns and a myriad of craft utensils, its no surprise it attracts loyal customers from far and wide.

Or visit Harts of Stur – owned and run by Philip Hart and now nearly 100 years old. It’s a cookware specialist but sells everything you ever need for your home. From tiny picture screws to Christmas lights, coffee pots and wellington boots. Its a local treasure.

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