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:

January 2021 Round Robin

Wimborne St Giles Village Hall
We are looking for new members. We need a Treasurer and someone to take on the ‘Premises’ role. Jenny Hanson has kindly offered to stay on in a Treasurer Caretaker role in the meantime. Please do let us know if you are interested in either of these positions, or in being a general member of the Committee. The Village Hall is a vital part of our community, particularly at this difficult time, and we need new blood to help us move into the future.
The Village Hall moving forward
We have put in place Track and Trace lists as well as a QR Code at both the front and side doors. There is also sanitizer at both stations. Both the Ladies and Gentleman’s toilets have been closed, leaving just the Disabled facilities available. This will cut down on cleaning and will mean just one person at a time will use the facility. Handwashing signs are also in place.
Signage indicating two metre spacing will be put in place as well as signs indicating that masks must be worn at all times except during eating and drinking or physical exercise.
If you know of any small class or group (six or under) that would like to use our hall, please put them in touch with either Eileen Sturmey (01725 517613) or myself. Meetings, concerts etc. can be held with larger numbers, providing that the 2m rule is adhered to and guidelines are followed.
Lissie Ashton
01725 517694

Church Services in January

January 10th 9.30am Parish Communion at St Giles’
January 17th 9.30am Parish Communion at Cranborne
January 24th 9.30am Parish Communon at St Giles’
January 31st 9.30am Parish Communion at Cranborne

Recorded services and full details of other services in the benefice are available via
The Quintet Newsletter is available to download from the website you have a neighbour who hasn’t got access to the internet, please consider printing a copy for them. Thank you.

In Jolly Good Company
Dear Friends
Happy New Year one and all!
Firstly, a huge thank you to WSG First School who created some amazing Christmas cards and letters of hope which went out in our Christmas Jolly Post and with our Christmas dinners. The dinners were lovingly hand cooked by our amazing colleagues at The Friendly Food Club in Bournemouth.
I notice that despite going in late, our leeks are doing well in the raised beds up at the school playing field. We very much look forward to some gardening with the children, once Covid allows. We also have leeks at our allotments at Kingston Lacy, which started their lives in St Giles. Massive thanks to Eileen Sturmey and John Adlem who grew them from seed and donated them to us.
Many people in WSG generously donated plants this year, which meant we had an excellent crop of butternut squashes, tomatoes, chinese cabbage, carrots, Cavolo nero and even aubergines. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to people to plant, tend and benefit from the fruits and vegetables. Thanks also to all of you who helped with our fundraising efforts last year, we couldn’t do this without you!
‘In Jolly Good Company’ are planning a couple of January ‘Jolly Strolls’ for anyone who would like to come along and join us. You may have already seen us taking some short strolls around the village for some gentle exercise and a much needed catch up. If you would like to join us, we are open to all (plus dogs) and will be walking on Monday 18th and Monday 25th January (restrictions permitting!) from 10.30 am for about an hour. We will meet outside the Village Hall.
If you have any questions, want to check if is still on or would like to book yourself a place, please call me on 01725 517005 or send me an email
Thanks and best wishes from Sarah and the Jolly Crew.
Sarah – 01725 517005

All Hallows Farmhouse Cookery School
Active sourdough starter available free to a good home
If anyone in the village would love to try their hand at sourdough making we have two very active starters, one is gluten free brown rice flour and the second is a two year old white starter producing slightly lactic loaves every day. Please contact me and I will gladly leave a jar in the porch for you to collect the following day.
Village marmalade competition – open to everyone
According to Paddington, there is no better way to spend a dark January day than making marmalade. I know that we have lots of very accomplished cooks as well as professional chefs in St Giles and it would be lovely to think that we can look forward to gathering together when the weather improves and the daylight hours are longer. From Friday 8th January, we will have organic Seville oranges available to purchase from the farmhouse at £3.50 per kg (please pre-order as limited) but they can also be found in Waitrose Wimborne and the greengrocers in the square if you prefer. We would love to encourage everyone to have a go at making this seasonal preserve to be judged in March or April (or when restrictions allow).
This is simply for fun and something to look forward to as spring begins to arrive, hopefully bringing with it much happier times too. There will be a small prize of a hamper of goodies from our home store for the overall winner. We will ask a local chef or two from a neighbouring village to join us with the judging of all the entries based on a blind tasting during a coffee morning in the village hall. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that this can take place!
Marmalade Classes – please store your marmalade in a 300ml jar with a new lid. Entry forms and full details will be available to download from our website in due course
Fine cut marmalade
Medium cut marmalade
Thick cut marmalade
Marmalade with added ingredients
Novice and beginners first ever jar of homemade marmalade
Overall winner from all classes.
Entry forms and full details will be available to download from our website in due course
Please do get in touch with 01725 551185 for more details or to order Seville oranges.

Cranborne Garden Centre
Cranborne Garden Centre and Gift Shop is OPEN 10am- 3pm every Wednesday – Sunday – currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Café is currently closed in line with Tier 3 restrictions.
These changes are temporary, so please keep an eye on our website for further updates http://www.cranbornegardencentre.
SALE on selected items in the Gift Shop.
Beautiful selection of hellebores and spring flowering bulbs in stock.
New season David Austin roses in stock with our full 2021 range of roses arriving in late January/early February.
Order and collect options available – see our website for more details

Knowlton Parish Council
The latest news regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic from Dorset Council is available on their website:

Dorset Council news

“The Census 2021 will be held on Sunday March 21st and will be “Digital First” meaning that we at ONS expect people to complete the form online as much as possible”.
Well, if you are reading the Round Robin online, you probably won’t be too phased about the prospect of completing a census form by the same route. There will be people within the 19 square miles of Knowlton who will need help in making their historical mark. It is not yet clear how ONS want the community to support that task yet, but you might like to think about what you could do to help and those you know who might need it.
If you are a census user, you will know that personal information on the census remains outside the public domain for 100 years. This means that the 1921 census in full detail will become available to us to use next year. What a document that will be to explore, with the UK recovering from the first world war, and the change in communities from the 1911 census.Cllr Jerry Laker
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