Round Robin

Every month we publish a ‘Round Robin’ newsletter to keep the community up to date with what’s going on in the village. Here is the latest edition:

WSG Round Robin – September 2017
Village Hall
Village Hall Coffee Morning
The next coffee morning will be on Saturday, 2 September – from 10.30 to 11.45. Catch up with COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT. We hope to see you there. All are welcome. If you are new to the village, please introduce yourselves!

Village Hall Teas

Sunday September 3rd Soroptomists
Sunday September 10th Gussage Bells
Sunday September 17th Ringwood & Fordingbridge Blind Society
Sunday September 24th Village Hall
Sunday October 1st F.O.G.S.
If you are new to the village, helping with the teas is a great way to meet people! If you think you can give an hour or two from time to time, or would like to make cakes for us, please contact Eileen Sturmey (01725 517613) or Lissie (01725 517694) for more information. We don’t always know who you are so please do contact us. We need fresh blood and will welcome you with open arms!!

We now have a table tennis table in the village hall with four bats! Some families are already making use of this facility and enjoying themselves. If you would like to book a slot, please contact Eileen on 517613 or Lissie on 517694. It is advisable to use the metal ramp (to the right of the bar) when moving the table down to the main hall area.
Lissie Ashton, 01725 517694,

Church Services in August
September 3rd 11.00am High Mass
September 10th 8.00am Holy Communion
September 17th 6.00pm Evensong
September 24th 9.30am Parish Communion
For details of other services please visit :

Wimborne St Giles Flower Festival Report
Thank you very much to all those who helped in any way at the Flower Festival this year.
As always, we welcomed many visitors who enjoyed their time with us.
The effort that has to be put in to create the festival is all worth it when you hear the comments and see visitors taking photographs.
We are delighted to be able to present the PCC with a cheque for £2,000 which will go towards the upkeep our our much loved, and admired, Church.
Flower Festival Committee.

Wimborne St Giles Website and Facebook Page
As you probably already know the village website is now up and running at
Please visit the site and feedback any comments you may have to The site is intended to help support all the activities in the village so please feel free to make suggestions.
You may find the ‘What’s On’ page useful to find out what is going on in the village – there is a lot more than you might think. Please let us know if you have events that you would like to add to the calendar.
We now need to promote the site and encourage people to use it so please pass the link to your friends and contacts.
We also have a Facebook Page – search for ‘Wimborne St Giles’ and ‘Like’ the page – then you will see posts as they appear. We are getting quite a lot of follows and posts and some nice comments from visitors – so please ‘like it to keep up to date. Also – you can post your own photos and thoughts about the village on the page if you want.

All Hallows Farmhouse
Macmillan Coffee Morning at All Hallows Farmhouse – Friday 29th September from 10.30am
Please join us around the kitchen table when we take part in the ‘World’s Largest Coffee Morning’ to raise funds for Macmillan. Everyone is very welcome for a generous slice of cake and freshly ground coffee – minimum donation £5 per person please.

Farmhouse dinner, bed and breakfast
As well as teaching cookery full time, we can sometimes offer bed and breakfast at the farmhouse. Please do get in touch for more details and to check availability.

Food Writing Weekend with Karen Barnes, editor of ‘delicious.’ magazine – Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September.
If you know a budding food writer or blogger that wishes to hone their skills with one of the most respected British food journalists, then this course is the perfect opportunity for them. Previous guests have now featured in the magazine and developed a full time freelance career in this competitive field.

Inspired by the new series of Great British Bake Off – Join our beginners pastry and dessert class in conjunction with Long Crichel Bakery – Friday 8th December.
A full day ‘hands on cookery’ class to learn pate brisee and sucre, choux, genoise and meringue. Includes lunch and a recipe file.

For more details please contact or visit the website

Cranborne Manor Garden
Cranborne Manor Garden open every Wednesday until 11th October, after which it will close until the beginning of March 2018. Open 9am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

October date for the diary – Lunch in The Garden Room with the FB Pocket Orchestra playing blues, hot jazz, ragtime, waltzes and songs from long ago.
Sunday 8th October 12.30-2.30pm. Two courses £25 – booking essential (in The Gift Shop or 01725 517248). Menu available on our website

Boutique in a Bus is at The Garden Centre on the last Saturday of every month 9am-5pm selling gorgeous Italian clothes, bags & accessories selected to suit every size, shape, age and occasion and everything under £50

Contact Details
01725 517248

Knowlton Parish Council
Future Needs Survey
By the time you are reading this, I hope an envelope will have dropped through the letterbox of every home in our four parishes in the Knowlton group, including yours, asking you to complete a survey for us. We all get surveys through the post; this one is important to all residents and it needs your cooperation.
As we grow older, our circumstances change and our needs for accommodation change with them. Children don’t (or can’t) always move away; older people can find themselves in houses no longer suitable for their way of life. Access to affordable and suitable accommodation just seems to get more difficult. East Dorset District Council is maintaining a plan which currently stretches out to 2028 to make sure we have a clear idea of what people’s housing needs will be throughout that period and is making plans to make sure those needs can be met. The first phase of the plan concentrated a lot on the urban areas; this phase will give a fair look at the rural areas as well.
A number of people from across Knowlton have already identified to the district council that they have land suitable and available for small developments for local needs.
The survey form is one used successfully elsewhere in Dorset. The letter accompanying the survey form describes in outline what the two parts of the survey seek to achieve, the way we ask you to use the forms and our undertaking to safeguard your sensitive information. You may come to the conclusion that you have more than one ‘household’ living in your home. It would be helpful in that case if each ‘household’ completes its own survey. Additional forms can be downloaded if needed from the Knowlton Parish Council website at or through the Parish Clerk on 01258 840935.

Barclays Bank, Verwood
Those of you who bank with Barclays will probably have heard that the Verwood branch is to close on 24 November 2017, leaving the nearest branches as Wimborne and Ringwood. For most of us, this won’t be too much of a problem until it comes to paying cheques and cash into personal or business accounts. Fortunately, our post office is able to accept payments of this type, but you must have a paying-in slip to go with it.

Jerry Laker, Councillor, Knowlton Parish Council, 01725 517697

As always, please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the e-mail and let anyone you know has an e-mail and would be interested in receiving the WSG Round Robin to let me have their address and I will add them to the list for the next edition.

Kate Payne
M: 07831 116260

As always, please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the e-mail and let anyone you know has an e-mail and would be interested in receiving the WSG Round Robin to let me have their address and I will add them to the list for the next edition.

Kate Payne
M: 07831 116260