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 - 13:00


Sturminster Newton-The Community Chest 5Do come to visit our community shop and bag yourself a bargain. From the word go, people donating have appreciated that profits from the shop go back into the town and have responded by offering goods and clothing of very high quality. The standard of donations has continued to be extraordinary, seemingly self-perpetuating, as locals and visitors alike find treasures in a whole range of items including bric-a-brac, books, toys, paintings etc and return to offer quality items of their own. We have been told it encourages a clear-out! Some of the clothing is so good our manager Tracey has created a ‘high-end and designer’ rail which is attracting discerning visitors.
The shop volunteers are all local and passionate about the town. We enjoy running the shop and feedback tells us our customers like it too. So if you have a yen for a great bargain or are curious to discover a charity shop with a difference, come and find us in the centre of town by the museum, snuggled up with Daisy Delbridge’s beautiful flowers (too good to miss) and Beads with a Twist, run by our mate Petrina. We can promise that nowhere in the town offers more fun and community focus (find tourist information here too), but be careful – it can become addictive – one lady from Holland has already visited twice!

About the charity
The Community Chest is a community venture wholly owned by the Sturminster Community Benefit Society. We aim to set up manage and inspire community projects from the shop whilst making money to help support all efforts to keep Sturminster the vibrant market town and community that it has always been. So far, we have begun work experience for less able children from Yewstock, are about to launch a dementia friendly shopping project aimed at making the town a truly dementia friendly experience for dementia sufferers and their carers coming into the town. Future projects already in the pipeline include investing in the town’s built environment (posh way of saying more planters and flowers, painted street signs and so on) and some sort of school uniform exchange. We are also exploring selling goods made elsewhere by people working within other social care sponsored projects.

Please call Mike Woods on 01258 861661 or simply visit Tracey in the shop and give her your details.

We are always looking for quality donations. Just park outside the shop, drop them off, get a parking ticket (kidding) and a cheerful thank you.

We are a volunteer group with one part time paid member of staff (Tracey). By good fortune our team includes a few professional shop managers and workers, a window dresser (we are making a theme of this!) and several cheery people who just love working there. We are always looking to expand this group. Shifts of two hours or more are always available.

The Community shop is a subsidiary of the Sturminster Community Benefit Society. This is a charity (of sorts) regulated by the Financial Conduct authority. The society is owned by its shareholders who in the fullness of time will receive a dividend from the societies profits in return for their investment. There are strict rules governing ownership that stop any single entity or person have a stronger voice in the management of the society than any other. A shareholder with a £1.00 share has the same voting power as one with £1000 of shares. It is important that we sell shares to our community so that they have ownership and control over its direction of travel. Key to all this is the requirement that other than dividends payable all monies made are applied to recognisably charitable ends set out in the original charter of incorporation. If you want to know more or would like a prospectus email You can buy shares from the shop.


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


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