The Community Chest

7 Market Cross,
Sturminster Newton,
DT10 1AN
Opening Times
mon09:00 - 17:00
tue09:00 - 17:00
wed09:00 - 17:00
thu09:00 - 17:00
fri09:00 - 17:00
sat09:00 - 17:00


The Community Chest is the new shop in town and what an exciting shop it is!  We say ‘new’ though we opened at Easter, 2018 and now feel wonderfully established inour premises in Market Cross.  But it still feels new because it changes everyday – a charity shop with a difference, its volunteers are regularly delighted and amazed by the quality of the donated goods.  Supporters know that all profit is fed back into the town and they also know that we value their donations, so we are offered beautiful clothes (often vintage or designer), men’s suits and shirts and lots of carefully chosen shoes, oh and of course jewellery; the list goes on! We also hold tourist information and are looking to increase our role in this and other local information handling. Manager Cheryl inspires our volunteers with untiring enthusiasm and is always keen to organise fun lunches and evening get-togethers so everybody feels involved and valued and this ethos feeds through to our customers who enjoy a warm welcome.  You may also find our pop-up shop at outside events when we often take vintage clothes and other items.  New customers have found us at these and have much admired the range of goods and had fun chatting with our volunteers.  The whole team is thrilled to be part of keeping Sturminster vibrant and friendly and there’s always room for more volunteers – whether you want to serve customers, sort goods,help with administration or simply browse our ever-changing shelves and rails, pop in and check us out.

More about the charity
The Community Chest is a community venture wholly owned by the Sturminster Community Benefit Society, set up to help maintain Sturminster’s reputation as a great place to live, work and play.  All profit from the shop is used to support initiatives to keep the town bright and interesting, encouraging residents to stay and tourists to visit.  After a consolidating first year, so far profit from the shop has enabled a variety of projects such as floral planters bringing colour to the centre of town, dementia awareness training, financial support for an inaugural literary festival and rewarding work with students from Yewstock School.  Sturminster’s much-admired free magazine Unity carries a report each month about the shop’s progress. Having sadly lost our community group, SturQuest, the intention is that, using the shop as a hub, the charity will be able to inspire and assist in community projects and act as an information resource.


Accepted Payment Methods

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7 Market Cross, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1AN


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Additional Accessibility

In an hour of desperate need we can give you wifi and toilet access.


Parking Instructions

There is a ‘charged for’ car park 20 metres from the shop on Market Cross. There is free for the first half hour parking in the main centre not more than 100 yards from the shop