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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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Dig For Vengeance

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Fisherman’s Friends

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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

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Stone Carving

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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

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Hands on Graffiti Experience

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All Is True

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3D Goldfinch Sculptures

3D Sculptures with Darrell Wakelam Get ready for lots of cutting, sticking, paper mache and collage if you'd like...

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The Kid Who Would Be King

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One Night in Dublin

ONE NIGHT IN DUBLIN will come to Sturminster Newton where The Wild Murphys will set up Murphy’s Pub, guaranteeing one...

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TOYAH The Crimson Queen Tour

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Stan and Ollie

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The Legendary Showaddywaddy

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Islands In The Stream

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GO NOW! The Moody Blues Tribute

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A Celebration Of Neil Diamond

Wayne Denton fronts this live concert. Faithfully recreating the songs, atmosphere and evoking memories of the era...

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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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The James Taylor Quartet

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An Evening with Lesley Garrett

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Living Spit’s Odyssey

Captivating singer Kate Dimbleby joins Bristol’s favourite comedy theatre troupe Living Spit to reimagine Homer’s classic work. The Odyssey,...

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Los Pacaminos

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Christmas Memories

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Kim Wilde ‘Winter Acoustic Tour’

In 2013 Kim released the acclaimed ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ album.  Featuring some beautiful winter and Christmas inspired songs, as well...

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