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

In Jolly Good Company 

St Giles House:

   Bread & Flowers Pop-up 

Cranborne Garden Centre, Café and Shop


Coffee and Cake

Our next Coffee and Cake will be on Saturday, 4th March. Do spread the word and come with your friends and family to taste our filter coffee and range of delicious cakes – 10.30 – 11.30am. As usual, there will be an excellent Raffle.  The more the merrier!

2023 Tea Season

The rota for the 2023 tea season is now complete!  For the full list see – Village Hall section.The Village Hall teas are on:

23 April
25 June
3 September
8 October

If you can help us with any of these teas, please let me know.  It is hard work but good fun!

‘Anne Boleyn – Wolf at the Door’

Friday 14 April 2023 7.30 pm (Doors 7pm)
Wimborne St Giles Village Hall
Tickets £12 from Lissie Ashton Tel No 01725 517694/  

Here are a couple of YouTube clips to give you a taster of what is in store!

Mistress of my Destiny
Lady Rochford Listens

Do let me know if you would like some tickets! There will be a bar and snacks in the interval.  Tickets are also available on line:

Book soon as tickets are selling fast
Do let me know if you would like to book the hall for a tea or any other event. Please note, our new hourly charge will be £8.   Don’t forget we have a table tennis table for a fun evening with family or friends.

Lissie Ashton
01725 517694 


Church Services in March

March 5   11am High Mass
March 12  11am Elevenses
March 19  6pm Evening Service & Lent Address
March 26  9.30am Benefice Communion

Soup and Cheese Lunch

St Giles church held a very successful Soup and Cheese lent lunch in the hall on Saturday 25th with all money raised to go to the Turkey/Syria earthquake appeal. A magnificent £506 was raised thanks to the generosity of all concerned, especially those who gave raffle prizes. A good time was had by all in a very good cause

Bellringers Quiz Night at the Village Hall
The bellringers are hosting a quiz evening at the Village Hall on FRIDAY MARCH 24th starting at 7pm.
Tickets are £10 each, tables of up to 6 people.
If you don’t have a team then please register as I am sure we can place you with someone.
Tickets include a ploughman’s supper and gateau. Please bring your own drinks. A raffle  will be held.
Please register with Deborah:    as soon as possible so we can plan the catering.
All proceeds to the bellringers account which funds the regular maintenance, repairs and ropes which the bellringers are proud to fund instead of expecting the expenses to come from, the already stretched, Church funds.
Hope to see you there for what, I am sure, will be an enjoyable evening 

Dates For Your Diaries:

APRIL 30th. Bellringers tea in the Village Hall
JUNE 3rd    Book Jumble and Spring Fair in the Church and  on the Village Green
JUNE 21st   Launch of “The Friends of Wimborne St Giles Church’
July 15th,16th.  Flower Festival

Thanks. Caroline.


Dear All

Several of you have expressed your surprise at seeing ‘Strictly’ celebrities Rylan and Oti out and about in Wimborne St Giles last week.
They came to see us at the Jolly Day and had a lovely time helping to serve lunches, eating with us and drumming, singing, and dancing in the afternoon.  Our guests were delighted by this visit and the presence of the very friendly Comic Relief film crew who came with them to capture the day. 
Comic Relief have helped us this year with funding towards Anni, our new Group Facilitator and with providing food for our guests at our Jolly Days and through our ‘Jolly Lunch Delivery Service’.
If you would like to see pictures and video clips of the fun, please head to our website In Jolly Good Company’s blog– see what we get up to — In Jolly Good Company.  You can also subscribe to our monthly online newsletter. Packed full of great photos of our guests, volunteers, artists, and musicians having a great time together.
We hope to be on BBC one at 9 pm on 14th March, as part of a Comic Relief Documentary. If you are lucky, you may well spot some our very own village celebrities.  Margaret Humphries and Margaret Selby were sitting right next to Oti and Rylan and they tell me they haven’t been seen on the TV since ‘Songs of Praise’ in 1973!
As usual if you have any questions or comments about what we are up to or would like to help in any way do get in touch.
Best wishes to everyone.

Contact Sarah – 07884 333117
07884 333117


Wimborne St Giles Neighbourhood Plan – Drop in Days

Wimborne St Giles Village Hall: 10am to 12.30pm on the following dates:

Saturday, 18th March
Sunday, 19th March

In 2016, we came together as a community to create a shared vision for Wimborne St.Giles and discuss how it could evolve in a way that would serve its residents and protect its long-term future. There was a recognition that this was essential in order to sustain the facilities that are currently enjoyed by residents and to address changing societal needs, such as new working practices, housing requirements, transport and technology. 
A steering group of Parish Cllrs. and residents have taken the ideas from these discussions and subsequent meetings, and drafted a Neighbourhood Plan to 2036, and we now want your comments please. This is very important for the future of Wimborne St.Giles. It is based on the results of surveys carried out in Wimborne St.Giles in 2016 and more recently in 2021, and an independent housing needs assessment. 
This Neighbourhood Plan when adopted will set out the local planning policies for Wimborne St.Giles, which together with the Dorset Local Plan will be used to determine planning applications as they come forward. This will mean that, when applicants apply for planning permission, their plans are more likely to get approved if they meet the requirements set out in this Neighbourhood Plan, and more likely to be refused if they do not. 
Bread & Flowers Pop-Up. – St Giles House – Saturday, 1st April 2023. 6.30pm

Bread and Flowers have been cooking for brides and grooms at St Giles House since 2014.  Having ‘accidentally’ started the business in 2009, we’ve been on quite a journey.  We ran the restaurant tent at the inaugural Chalke Valley History Festival, we went on to work alongside Nathan Outlaw, Gill Meller, Andy Appleton and Valentine Warner at the Somersault Festival in North Devon.  Then spent a bit of time in London cooking for the fashionistas, Vogue, Toast, Osprey, Margaret Howell, Mario Testino, Jasper Conran, before being introduced to Lord Shaftesbury as he was about to launch St Giles House as a wedding venue.

We are absolutely passionate about food and have been cookaholics for nearly 50 years.  And although we love a wedding, creating menus to suit a wide range of clients, from a wide range of countries, we also love to put on a show ourselves and have been running pop ups at our base, Longford Farmhouse, just south of Salisbury for about eight years.  They started as ‘guest chef’ events, where we would invite great chefs along to cook for the ‘locals’.  Sam Clark from ‘Moro’ came, Matthew Pennington from ‘The Ethicurean’, Gill Meller from ‘River Cottage’.  We even pulled in Diana Henry, Rose Prince, Olia Hercules, Ravinder Boghal,  and many more.

Then we were asked to showcase our own skills and haven’t looked back.  We have some very talented chefs working with us and it’s their chance to show off.  The event is called ‘Cooking the Books’ because I love a good cookbook and I like to share my culinary discoveries with friends.  This time round we’ll be using recipes from Nathan Outlaw and Simon Love, plus a few we’ve invented ourselves.  Alongside the beer cured salmon and the roasted venison, we have a full vegan menu available featuring dishes we’ve been working on for a few months and introducing some newly discovered ingredients to get excited about.

If you’re new to the concept, check out Tickets are now on sale, and luckily for us, 50% of them have already sold, so if you would like to book a seat at the table for yourself, a friend or a group of friends, then scuttle over to the link above, digest the information, follow the instructions and get yourselves signed up.

If you have any problems with the technology, feel free to email and we’ll get back to you and help you through the process.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the night, there’s a favourite cocktail of ours waiting for you on arrival.
Best wishes,
Martin Simcock
Bread and Flowers


Open EVERY DAY:  Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Spring is in the Air!
Lots of lovely spring plant stock arriving, new season roses, summer flowering bulbs, seeds, peat-free compost and everything you need to get your garden ready!
Dates for your Diary:

Cranborne Manor Garden open every Wednesday from 1st March
CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY on Sunday 19th March with brunch or our special cream tea in The Garden Room (booking essential 01725 517248) See our website for full details  Cranborne Manor Garden will also be open 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)
VINTAGE FAIR Sunday 23rd April – indoor and outdoor stalls selling vintage homeware and gardenalia, gifts and curiosities

Claire Whitehead
Cranborne Garden Centre
BH21 5PP
T: 01725 517248

Lissie Ashton
01725 517694

Our mailing address is:

Lissie Ashton
42 Wimborne St Giles
BH21 5NF