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:


Village Hall
Wimborne St Giles Church
John Amos – Funeral details
In Jolly Good Company 
St Giles House
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Cranborne Garden Centre, Gift Shop, Café & Vintage Barn
Knowlton Parish Council


Coffee Morning
Our next coffee will be on Saturday, 2 April. 10.30 – 11.30am. Do come along for a chat over a cup (or cups!) of coffee (real available) or tea, and delicious home-made cake. There will also be a raffle.  Bring your friends.  These coffee mornings are becoming quite popular so there is always a good atmosphere!
Village Social – Saturday, 9 April – 7 – 11pm
Our Spring Social is nearly here!  Do come along and bring your friends, either before your supper or after – or forget supper altogether and stay all evening!  The more the merrier.

Tea for Ukraine
The full list of charity teas is now on the website under the Village Hall section.  As the 14 August slot was still available, I decided to put on a tea to raise funds for Ukraine.  This tea will not be run by the Village Hall so I am hoping to encourage people from surrounding villages to help and make cakes.  If you have friends who might be interested, please spread the word.
The Village Hall teas are as follows:
1st May
26th June
4th September
9th October

URGENT!  We need 11-12 helpers for each tea and have lost some of our regulars so PLEASE help us if you can.  Cakes will also be needed!  The more helpers we have, the wider we can spread the load over the four teas.  The Committee will do its best, but we desperately need new blood!

Our Village Hall AGM will be held on Tuesday, 12 April at 8pm.  If you are interested in joining the Committee, please let us know.
We are still looking for a new Treasurer as Jenny Hansen has held this post for many years and has been trying to hand it over for some time now!  We have four meetings a year, so the job isn’t too arduous. New people have moved into the village since we last advertised this post and circumstances change – retirement?!  If you are interested, please contact me and I will put you in touch with Jenny. You may know someone who lives nearby who might be interested.  The Village Hall has to have a Treasurer – we can’t run without one!
We also need new general members so do come and join us.
Do let me know if you would like to book the hall for a tea or any other event. We are keeping our charges for non-tea events the same for the time being – £6 per hour. Don’t forget we have a table tennis table.

Lissie Ashton
01725 517694


Church Services in April
April 3 10am      –     High Mass
April 10 (Palm Sunday) 8am     –     Holy Communion
April 13 (Wednesday) 7.30pm     –      Address & Compline
April 15 (Good Friday) 12 noon     –     Matins – ‘Watching One Hour’
April 16 (Easter Eve) 8pm     –     Easter Vigil & First Communion of Easter
April 17 (Easter Day) 10am     –      United Benefice Parish Communion at Cranborne
April 24 10am     –     Parish Communion followed by by Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Lilies in memory for Easter
We last arranged lilies in the Church for Easter in 2019!
This year the Church will be open to everyone and we would like to resume this.
If you would like to give an Easter lily in memory of someone, the cost will be £3.50 per stem.
Please pop the cash in an envelope with the name(s) and place through John Radford’s or my letter box by TUESDAY APRIL 12th.
We will then produce a scroll with the names of the departed and the flowers should last 3 weeks.
Caroline Barnes. 1,Harriet Cottages.

Wimborne St Giles Fete
The Book Jumble was a great success last year and we are planning to repeat this idea on SATURDAY MAY 14th , 12 noon —3pm
As  well as the books we are planning a cake stall,bacon butties, 2nd hand clothes ,childrens  tombola and a few other traditional fete stalls.
Mike Ireland is coming along to entertain us with his guitar playing, mainly’60’s tunes which most of you will know!!!
More details to follow in May, but please keep your books, bric-a-brac and clothes/hats for us. Thank you.

All details
Caroline : 551258.     Martyn/Averil:  01202828797


John’s funeral will be held on the 02/04/22 at :-
The Long Barrow Ceremony Hall at Harbour View,
Randall’s Hill,
Lytchett Minster,
BH16 6AN .

What3words location : charge.supporter.easy

Please arrive at 2pm for a 2.30 start,
Everyone welcome for refreshments afterwards at
The Long Barrow Purbeck Tearooms which is on site.
Carole and Becky have asked for people not to wear black if possible.

For those of you that can’t attend in person the ceremony will be streamed online, please visit:-
Go to the funeral search menu and enter John Amos as the funeral details.
The website also has links to all the funeral details, donations to charity in lieu of flowers and book of remembrance.


Dear Friends
We are all excited about the start of our new group called Jolly Days at the Museum (in Wimborne) another dementia friendly group that is open to everyone.  We will be meeting at the Museum of East Dorset (MED) and can’t wait to share this beautiful venue and it’s amazing garden with all of our guests.  We will be kicking off with a visit from ‘A Bit of a Tonic’ musical duo on Thursday 7th April from 2 – 4 pm. You are welcome to come along and join us for the special launch of our fifth group in Dorset, please get in touch to book and let me know if you would like to come. Thanks to Dorset Council and The Friends of Canford School who have made this new group possible and also to Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community for their help and enduring support.
Massive thanks also to all the amazing people from all walks of life who volunteer with us, we have a team of around 30 people now, which is totally incredible.  It is because of their skills, talents and support that we can welcome as many people as we do to all of our different groups. Volunteers are helping with everything from catering to admin and we are so grateful.  The volunteers in WSG have started their own project called “Your Story” enabling people to talk about their fascinating lives.  So far Edna has told us about her and her husband’s experience of living and working on the Crichel Estate for many years.  Hanna has told us what it was like growing up in Germany during the war and how she met and married her English husband.  We look forward to the next ‘Your Story’ with Brian Thorne.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Word And Action, who have just donated some money to us to help keep the Jolly Show on the road.  Word And Action was a Community Theatre Company based in Dorset from the early 1970’s to the early 2000’s.  Set up by a pioneering man called RG Gregory who devised his very own Instant Theatre.  I was a part of this company during the 80’s and 90’s and I am so grateful for the valuable skills I learnt which now form the bedrock of In Jolly Good Company.
Please get in touch if you would like any more information or to book a place at our launch in Wimborne.  Please note the new email address
07884 333117

Best wishes to all.
Sarah 01725 517005
07884 333117
Sarah Rampton   St Giles House   In some exciting news from the Farm, every year we enter a competition with Robin Appel (who buy our barley from us), to see who can grow the best spring barley crop for malting or brewing.
This year we came 1st! The team have won a cup and a bottle of whiskey, which was made from our laureate barley. Around 80 farmers across the country were entered, so this is no mean feat. This award joins a number of accolades for our farming team – well done!

This year is set to be a busy one for the Events team – with 49 events booked, of which the majority are weddings! Amongst the ‘non-wedding’ events, we will be hosting the Realisation Festival again in the summer, and a combined running / cycling event in the autumn.
Kerri Fionda-Brookes
(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)



Don’t forget that Wimborne St Giles is holding a Picnic on the Green. This is our own event to mark the Queen’s 70th Jubilee
Date: Sunday June 5th 2022: Time: 13.30 onwards to 16.00: Location- the Village Green
Lord Shaftesbury has kindly agreed to open the event and attractions will feature local entertainers, Bouncy Castle, Ice Cream Van and a Fairground Organ. Seating is being provided, but catering is on the basis of “bring your own picnic”.
It would be great if this event is well-supported as it provides an opportunity for the village community to meet together with friends and families to celebrate this momentous occasion.
If you are able to offer help to make this a success, please contact Adrian Jones
SO- Come along, and bring your families and friends. All are welcome!!

Keeping the Memories
Some of us will remember previous Jubilees and their events. We have made a start on collating a record of the events held in the village in the Coronation year (1952/53) and the Jubilees in 1972, 2002 and 2012. We will be adding to this material documenting the 2022 event and we should then have a permanent record.
So far, we have pictures of the Tree Planting on the Green in 2012 and also of the Jubilee Tea and games in 2002.
If anyone has any particular information about the above, especially any photos (which will of course be treated with great care)- could they in the first instance contact Adrian


Garden Centre and Café open 9.30am – 5pm Monday – Saturday (CLOSED on TUESDAYS), Sunday 10am – 5pm

DATE FOR THE DIARY – The Vintage Fair is back!  Sunday 24th April 10am – 4pm.  If you are interested in having a stall please email


Dear All,
We are pleased to advise the new Basket Swing in the Burgess Field Play Area, Woodlands will be installed on Monday 28th March – engineers will be on site first thing to dismantle the old unit, replace and lay new surfacing the following day so you may notice extra
vehicles in the road during the works, apologies for any inconvenience.
In other news, we are pleased to see both the Horton and Haythorne Finger Posts now back in place having been refurbished in the traditional style.  This has been funded by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, the Parish Council and the Knowlton Parish Community Benefit Fund.  Did you know the KPCBF can offer grants to local groups and projects that will provide a benefit to part or all of the community in Knowlton Parish – more information and an application form can be found at

The Knowlton Annual Parish Meeting will be held at 6:30pm prior to the Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 6th April (agenda attached) this is an opportunity for residents to speak on any matter of local interest.
Please forward this E-Newsletter to anyone that may find it of interest or that may like to subscribe (all email addresses remain confidential).
With Kind Regards,
Lisa Goodwin
Clerk to Knowlton Parish Council
01258 840935


Lissie Ashton
01725 517694
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