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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

We had the weather on our side when manning the tea tent at the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair on Sunday 27th August making a fabulous £1067.38. 

Thanks to all those who helped on the day and everyone who baked cakes in advance.

Volunteer Pauline and Trustees Jenny & Jenny ready to go!


Jenny M on the cakes!

Children enjoying some cake!

Jenny K on the teas!






Yes it is real!

Another beautiful creation!




Didn’t we have fun in Winterborne Kingston!

Making juggling balls with Louisa from the children’s centre!

Superheros making dancing ribbons!

The boats floated much better with the help of a little paddler!

Scrummy snacks and cheeky smiles.

Little ones making healthy snacks!

Won’t you look at this owl! Too good to eat?


Bugs…. Simply crackers, cream cheese, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes!


Musicians raise funds for Home-Start

A delightfully varied programme of music and words was enjoyed by all who attended the concert at the Tithe Barn, Hinton St Mary on Friday July 21st. The weather was not quite the ‘summer evening’ hoped for but the music, songs and poetry lifted the audience’s spirits bringing a different kind of sunshine.

The concert was in aid of Home-Start North Dorset and organised by Trustee Jenny Morisetti, who welcomed performers and guests thanking them for their support which enables the work of the charity to continue and flourish, providing friendship and support to families, across North Dorset, when facing difficult times.

Annemarie Lees opened the concert with three traditional west country songs and Jan Wyld continued the link including poems by Hardy in her readings, Linda Readman, accompanied by Wendy Partridge, included songs by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and, appropriately, Gershwin’s Summertime.

Sian Williams on flute, accompanied by Wendy Partridge, played works by Granados, and Debussy. The evening ended with a set of short poems by Wendy Cope set to music by Wendy and sung by Annemarie Lees,

Pimms and canapés were much appreciated during the interval and the evening raised over £900 for Home-Start.




Thank you very much to Morrisons in Blandford for your cheque for £3600.


All net proceeds generated from the charge on Morrison’s single-use carrier bags are used to support good causes and Home-Start North Dorset, via The Morrisons Foundation, have been given a grant to fund the new ‘Early Support Scheme’. (Photo L-R  Alex Turton (Manager), Lindsay Acott (Morissons Community Champion) and Ruth Berry (Scheme Administrator.)



This ‘Early Support Scheme’ will offer immediate short term support for up to 6 weeks with one of our experienced home visitors. This is offered to help families facing a short term crisis or unexpected event, such as move to area, relationship breakdown, death or sudden illness, accident or short notice of appointments that a family may have a difficulty in accessing.  We can visit up to twice per week providing practical help and emotional support to help a family cope with an unexpected event.  We could also provide this Early Support if there is expected to be a wait for our long term support.





Early Support Volunteer sponsored by the Blackmore Vale Lions


We would like to thank the Blackmore Vale Lions Club for their generous donation of £1200 to fund our first ‘Early Support’ volunteer. This new support scheme offers an immediate response to families to give emergency help.

40% of our families struggle with mental health issues and domestic abuse also being a high factor for referral. Other families struggle with disabilities, other health conditions and difficulties arising from low income.



Co-Op Community Fund

We are delighted that we have been chosen to be part of the local

Co-op Community Fund.

Co-op members can select us to receive 1% of what they spend on items in store.

This funding can make a huge difference to us.

If you are a Co-Op member please select Home-Start North Dorset as your chosen charity to enable us to receive funding!

Thank you.


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