Project 1: Art of Communication - Creative and Social Activities

Creativity has a huge impact on body, mind, emotions and spirit, allowing us time to reconnect with our spiritual roots, to reflect, and even to find part of ourselves as yet undiscovered.  Carers can also find relief and hope to keep on keeping on.  Friendships are made, loneliness alleviated, skills learned and honed, forms of expression discovered anew. 

Knit or Natter

Every Monday  (except Bank Holidays) from 10 am - 12.30 pm at The Exchange Cafe, Sturminster NewtonKnit or Natter

Just knit.  Just natter.   It doesn’t really matter which.

Pop in any time between 10 am and 12.30 pm whether you have lost a loved one, are caring for a loved one, or you would just like to meet people within your community. 

Join one of our projects, or do your own thing!

Current and recent projects include:

  • Knitting toys for Sturminster Newton Library's "Rhyme Time" for toddlers.
  • Sturminster Newton's High School 'knitters wanted' project to knit squares to make blankets to send to East European Jewish refugees, many of whom are over eighty and survived concentration camps
  • Knitted Garden project - poppies, wild roses and lavender on a woven willow spiral.
  • Knitting and crocheting items for The Martinsey Isle Trust's sales table at local events.
  • Knitting greyhounds for Greyhound Rescue West of England.
  • Knitting camels for the Mothers' Union at St Mary's Church.
  • Knitting penguins and "cheese beasties" for Royal Voluntary Service's local funding.
  • Crocheting blankets for Salvation Army (Wimborne office).

Pub Games

Playing word games at Safe Journey Home

Every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm, at "Safe Journey Home".

Card games, quizzes, word games, number games, chatting, coffee-drinking...  whatever you like to do.

 "Safe Journey Home" is at 7 Market Cross (between "Beads with a Twist" and "Rustic Rose").  Come and join us!

Percussion for fun

This grPercussion for Funoup started on Thursday 3rd March 2016, and meets every alternate Thursday from 10 - 11am, at "Safe Journey Home".

£4 per session (first session free).

Please let Judith know if you would like to come to this group.

Singing for fun

Every alternate Thursday from 6.00 - 7.30 pm at Hillyground Cottage, Sturminster Newton

Enthusiasm more important than a good singing voice!  We sing songs Singing for Fun
from the shows, folk songs, pop songs.... Eating cake, drinking tea/coffee and chatting are also involved.

Meetings in 2016 are fortnightly from 14th January.

Donations towards tea and cakes are welcome!

walking for fun

This group started in September 2014.  Gentle walking in the local area.  Every other Friday, usually starting at 11 am and finishing with lunch.  Every alternate walk is from the Trailway to the Fiddleford Inn (stopping for lunch and/or a drink) and back.  The other fortnightly walk is further afield  with a minibus there and/or  back - see details below.

Please let Judith know if you're coming and if you want lunch, so that she can give numbers to the pub/cafe.  Dogs are usually welcome.

Walks in 2016 started on Friday 1st April.  

Next full walks with minibus:

Friday 22nd July.  Walk along the Stour from Stur to Hinton St Mary - a relatively challenging walk.  Lunch at the White Horse Inn.  Bus back only.  Dogs welcome.  Meet at the Trailway at 10.30 am.  Back by 2.30 pm.  Suggested donation towards bus: £2.50.  Or come and meet us for lunch at the pub at 12 noon.

Friday 19th August. Walk around Yeovil Country Park.  Flat areas easy walking, or choose the more rugged path, or just come for the ride.  Lunch at Coopers Arms.  Meet at the Trailway at 10.30 am for bus to the Park.  Suggested donation towards bus: £6.  Hopefully we will be able to stay out longer than usual.  Dogs welcome.

Walking for Fun


Left: At the start of our first walk, on 5th September 2014, along the Trailway from Stur to Fiddleford.

Informal Bereavement Support Group

Every 4 weeks beginning Saturday 5th March 2016, from 2.30 - 3.30 pm, at "Safe Journey Home".  Future dates: 2nd April, 30th April, 28th May.

Bereavement is not just about the death of a person we love.  Death happens within our life along the way: small 'deaths' such as moving house, divorce, losing a job or our faculties, retirement, the death of a pet - any type of loss.  

Please let Judith know if you would like to attend.  (Donations welcome.)

sunday socialising

Every 4 weeks beginning Sunday 4th February 2016, from 2.30 - 3.30pm at "Safe Journey Home".  Future dates: 13th March, 10th April.  Please bring a savoury or cake to share!

Please let Judith know if you would like to attend.

Days OutOuting to Athelhampton House and Gardens

Two or three times a year we have a day out to a local place of interest.  Recent excursions include: fish and chip lunch in West Bay and visit to Bridport; morning and lunch at Athelhampton House and Gardens near Dorchester (pictured);  snowdrops and cream tea at Snape Plantsman's Garden in Bourton; craft workshops and lunch at Weyhill Craft Village; quilt exhibition at the American Museum in Bath; afternoon tea and garden visit at Chiffchaffs.

Visit our gallery of photos from our activities and events.