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The Exchange is the culmination and the focal point of a remarkable community initiative to take the lead in the regeneration of the historic market town of Sturminster Newton. The building embodies many significant themes; the process of regeneration, the active involvement of local people, architectural quality and environmental awareness.

Our Story

1967

Sturminster Hall opened, cost £17000

1997

30th June Sturminster Cattle Market closes. 5 years of community action groups trying to secure the site.

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November Contract agreed to purchase the site. First designs for the Market Site published.

Sturminster Newton Community Centre including 301 seat theatre market hall and offices. Working closely with the community Philip Proctor created a unique and economically successful heart to the town on budget and on time.

ARCHITECT: Philip Proctor (Proctor, Watts, Cole, Rutter of Shaftesbury)

 

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May Planning permission granted with 2 hours to spare.

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April The Exchange: concept agreed and name chosen.

June Work starts on Market Site.

October £2.5 million secured, builders appointed: Hammonds.

November First sod turned on Community buildings site.

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April Work starts on The Exchange

August Old Market Hill opened, Station Road closed

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February  The Exchange ‘topped out’

30th June market Bell rung, 10 years to the day after Market closed.

1000 visitors attend The Exchange open weekend

15th July Sturminster Hall closed.

September The Ball in the Hall. Sturminster Newton Rotary celebration

December Official opening by Julian Fellowes

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August Elizabeth Frink sculpture unveiled

One year celebration event.

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The Mill Singers

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Jimmy Jemain-Undercover Shadows

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Sentimental Journey

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Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

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The Favourite

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Genesis Legacy

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The Chicago Blues Brothers

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band

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Beatles with Wings

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Aber Valley Male Voice Choir

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Holy Moly & The Crackers

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TOYAH The Crimson Queen Tour

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The Legendary Showaddywaddy

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Los Pacaminos

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses...

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