View from East Stour towards Duncliffe Woods

Village Hall Rocks to the Drugs Club

The completion of the refurbishment of the East Stour Village Hall was marked by a rousing musical concert.  The capacity audience were welcomed with cocktails and canapés, then were enraptured by the Moscow Drug Club, a group of five excellent musicians who performed elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, club and gypsy music of the 40’s and 50’s. Singer Katya Gorrie – Chanteuse & purveyor of sinister lyrical adventures – was outstanding.

Guests, many of whom wore a variety of yesteryear fashions, fascinators and dinner suits, gave a standing ovation at the end of a most enjoyable evening.

Village impressario Julia Gould and her helpers did a great job!


East Stour Village Hall was opened in 1973 and a major refurbishment has just been completed. This included redecoration, extensive new flooring, new curtains and blinds for all windows, electric heating, new stage lighting and curtains (front and rear), and extensive acoustic panels to improve sound. Over £25,000 was raised through a variety of enjoyable social events over the last two years, including £10,000 from the Big Lottery towards the heating costs.

The improvements to the Hall also mark the end of the Village Action Plan. This started four years ago and was developed out of the East Stour Village Plan. Twenty two actions have been achieved, including a village website, planting 9,000 daffodils in roadside verges, renovation of the central phone box into a lending library, a defibrillator at the village hall, wild flower meadow from an overgrown parcel of waste land on the A30, weekly coffee morning, oil buying consortium, yoga class, benches trees and bird boxes on playing field etc.

Sponsored Walk

The 2016 Sponsored Walk raised a magnificent £720 which is going towards the village hall refurbishment.  

A massive thanks to Julia Gould and her helpers, and to all who contributed.

Summer Vintage Tea Party

A lovely summer occasion was organised by Sheila, Hayley, Jan and helpers to help raise funds for the Village Hall refurbishment.

Thanks to those who supported and enjoyed the afternoon!  We raised £300 in 2015 for the Hall Renovation.

Howden Jones Folk Music Concert

In October 2015 the Howden Jones Folk Music Concert was held to help raise fund for the Village Hall refurbishment costs. A whopping £870 was raised!

Many thanks to Phil, Russell, Ed, David and helpers for their achievement.

Christmas Bingo

In November 2015, the Christmas Bingo raised an amazing £456 towards the refurbishment of the Village Hall.  

Many thanks to Pat, Pauline, Michael and helpers for all their efforts.

Village Defibrillator

defib-unitEast Stour now has a defibrillator, situated on the front wall of the Village Hall.

Kate Fisher, Assistant Community Responder Officer (Dorset), from South West Dorset Ambulance Service came along to the village and trained 13 members of the village community in CPR and use of the defibrillator.

This was the first awareness course run in East Stour and will now become an annual event.

If anyone would like to be included in the next awareness course please contact Tony Jones on 01747 833824.

Fallen Trees Rogue Traders

Don’t become the victim of rogue traders!

If you are approached for work to clear fallen trees or branches and are unsure about the trader or feel insecure about their intentions, contact a neighbour or local police (non-emergency contact 101) before agreeing to anything.

Read the guidelines for finding recommended traders.

Hoax Emails – Beware!

A number of Hoax Emails have been circulating reporting to have come from NICE so be vigilante when checking your own In Box for emails from unsolicited sources.  Be mindful of links included in your emails and where possible check the destination website of a link before clicking it.

Read more information about the NICE Hoax Email.

Visit our “Phone Box” library

phone-box-libraryThe library has been running since 2016 and has proved to be a great success!  Books are coming and going with a fine selection for all ages always available.

Take any book to borrow and return or return a different book to keep stock flowing.

Donations can be left in the phone box or if you need a collection please call Becky on 07740 812934.

Playing Field Path

For details of the proposed Playing Field path please see Playing Field Path January 2014.

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