Sturminster Newton Benefit Society Ltd lists it’s achievements thus far….

  • Brought the town centre back into life by repurposing and renovating one former Bank and now working on the other.
  • Running two quality shops – The Boutique and The Emporium – as good places to spend your money on useful goods (and some fun items) and be a destination for shoppers
  • Using those two shops to repurpose and recycle unwanted goods to raise money to invest back into the community.
  • Bought and maintain a defibrillator in the centre of town plus organised CPR
  • Supporting projects to reduce food waste in partnership with other organisations and individuals through the Community Fridge  in The Emporium.
  • Creating a community-focussed, volunteer-led organisation with around 40 full and part-time volunteers
  • Providing Yewstock students with work experience
  • Offering placements for Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme participants.
  • Creating 3 new jobs in the town
  • Increasing footfall in the Town centre to the significant advantage of all businesses
  • Developing, managing and paying for the town website sturminster-newton.org.uk
  • Writing and paying for monthly “advertorials” in the two Blackmore Vale Magazines
  • Taking on the “Who’s who” listing (currently under review due to GDPR)
  • Paying for insurance cover for small events being run in the Town including, the monthly Classic Car Event, Producer’s Markets, first Literary Festival
  • Underwriting the first Literary Festival costs
  • Insuring “Bib the Bike” to give vulnerable people a cycle ride in the open air

Improvements in the Town’s built environment including –

  • Supporting improvements to the entrance to town from the Trailway by paying for new “Level crossing style” gates
  • Paying for the large pictures on the redundant bank windows
  • Initiating more flowers in the town centre in winter as well as summer by paying for the first troughs – now supported by SturBiz, the Town Council and the traders
  • Paying for the erection of 50 small Christmas trees and their battery lighting around the centre of town in 2020 and 2021, the trees being purchased by the traders, organised by SturBiz.
  • Paying for umbrellas to go on the tables in the Market Cross seating area
  • Supporting and part-paying for the planting of wild daffodils at the Trailway entrance in 2019
  • Paying for the materials for a Steam Train mural to go in Station Road Car Park

Providing office space and part-paying for the Economic Development Coordinator who has organised –

    • One Jobs Fair and One Careers Event with our schools so far
    • A Pancake Race
    • And a range of events through out the year to give fun to our residents and to bring people into town to spend their money…
    • Is working to promote the town as a destination for visitors
    • Running SturBiz, the Chamber of Commerce