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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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Lucy Worsley – Queen Victoria

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Real Ale & Cider Festival

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Real Ale & Cider Festival

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Living Spit Greatest Spits

Exchange favourites Howard & Stu from  Living Spit are back with a live performance of their 'greatest hits' album!! ...

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An Audience with Kate Humble

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Strawbs Acoustic

STRAWBS 50 YEARS ON – A 50th ANNIVERSARY ACOUSTIC CONCERT The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys...

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Genesis Legacy

“Can you see the fire’s still alight…. Burning into the night….” Genesis Legacy is an outstanding touring show paying...

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Dorset Through the Seasons

Dorset Through the Seasons An evening of readings, drama and music - a special fundraising event for Sturminster Newton...

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BOVTS Canterbury Tales

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Adapted by John Hartoch A colourful cast...

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The Chicago Blues Brothers

The award-winning spectacular is Europe’s biggest and best-loved production of the Blues Brothers. The show is a high octane, adrenaline-pumping...

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Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before...

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Barbara Nice ‘Raffle’

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Barbara Nice was all-conquering in...

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Grimethorpe Colliery Band

The Grimethorpe Colliery band was formed in 1917 as a leisure activity for the workmen at the colliery. ...

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Beatles with Wings

"Working with Paul and Wings was one of the best periods of my life as a sax player". Starting...

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Wit & Songs of Noel Coward

Pianist and entertainer, Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen,...

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Aber Valley Male Voice Choir

The Exchange are delighted to welcome back one of Wales' most successful and popular male voice choirs. The 'Boys'...

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Fisherman’s Friends

Ten fisherman from Cornwall are signed by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of...

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Holy Moly & The Crackers

With an amazing 2018 behind them, 2019 brings folk/rock Holy Moly & The Crackers back out onto the stage with...

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Voice of the Heart

A terrific show from the producers of the hit musical Forever In Blue Jeans present It is now...

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The Counterfeit Seventies

Following the success of The Counterfeit Sixties Show, they now bring to The Exchange The Counterfeit Seventies Show. ...

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Code Breakers

Presented by All Electric Productions Dr Mark Baldwin presents one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories, that...

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Holder & Smith Quartet

Ben Holder (Violin, Vocals) and Stuart Carter-Smith (Guitar) have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US over...

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All Is True

Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to...

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The Kid Who Would Be King

Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends...

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One Night in Dublin

Be transported to 'Murphy's Pub' where the house band, The Wild Murphys, will be performing great Irish songs by the...

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TOYAH The Crimson Queen Tour

The concert will see the accomplished live performer present songs from the album including lead single Sensational and the epic...

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Colette

After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires...

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Jeremy Vine

JEREMY VINE - WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?! Jeremy Vine is one of the UK's most successful broadcasters....

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The Legendary Showaddywaddy

SHOWADDYWADDY have long been established as Europe's most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired rock & roll. The record simply speaks...

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Islands In The Stream

Enjoy the songs of the Queen and King of country music - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Leave your 9...

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GO NOW! The Moody Blues Tribute

GO NOW! The Music of The Moody Blues is an opportunity for fans to experience this timeless music live, in...

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The Three Degrees

More than three decades on, the threesome have retained their beauty, their sparkling choreography and their precise vocal qualities. Today,...

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An Evening with Lesley Garrett

Join Britain’s most popular soprano for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat.  Accompanied by, and in conversation with,...

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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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Christmas Memories

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