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The Stainer Field

Latest news on The Stainer Field  – 2 April, 2019

Following the sad death of Margaret Stainer some months ago, her daughter Carol very kindly agreed to separate the field attached to her mother’s bungalow in Glanvilles Wootton. Today, her agents accepted an offer made by the Village Hall Committee for the 2/3 acre field which is directly behind the village hall.

At last week’s AGM of the Village Hall Committee, with 57 people attending, 48 pledged their financial support for this exciting project. The present Hall was built in 1932 and funds for that were raised in exactly the same way as now; by the generosity of people here in the villages of Glanvilles Wootton, Holnest & Middlemarsh.

Through the efforts of everyone who has contributed, this important addition to the village means we can use it as overflow parking for village hall events. So, no more tricky parking on the grass verges at night.

We can also use the extra space for community events – barbecues, children’s parties, picnics etc.

The committee set themselves a target of £25,000 to buy the field and we’re almost there!

However, we still need to raise some more before the field is properly secure. Everyone is delighted and proud to hear of the amazing support shown by our own small community.

If you want any more information or wish to contribute yourself, please get in contact with the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, Paul Goodfellow on 01963 210487 or the Chairman of the Parish Meeting, Mike Sandy on 01963 210256 (email:



Burns Night at Glanvilles Wootton

In January, before the snow and ice, a hearty crowd of revellers toasted the bard of Scotland and enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal. Tales were told, laughter was heard and very discrete and moderate drinking took place. Louise Dutton and her band of slaves were entirely responsible for the great success of the event. You’d only get sad if you missed next year’s bash …

The evening raised £1,200 for the Sherborne Deanery Rural Chaplaincy project, headed up by the Rev Richard Kirlew.

Village Barbecue

After having been postponed by poor weather, the barbecue at the village hall held on Sunday 23rd July was a great success with many people joining in the fun. Welly throwing, skittles and horse-shoe tossing were just some of the activities taking place. The Sherborne branch of Waitrose very kindly contributed burgers and sausages for the event.