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Christine Slater of Abbot and Slater, Estate Agents says of Sturminster Newton that it is a phoenix amongst Dorset Towns.
When I first came to work as an Estate Agent in Sturminster Newton in 2001, the town was mourning the closure of the Cattle Market in 1998. The surrounding countryside had been devastated by BSE in the same year and hope for the future of the town was certainly at low ebb.
How wrong they were. The grit and tenacity of the town’s folk led to the Cattle Market square being developed to provide a mixture of quality housing close to amenities, from Apartments to Detached and Semi Detached houses. The Award Winning Exchange was completed and provides an amazing venue for cinema, theatre, dance and keep fit. Run by volunteers it has a coffee shop and offers a wonderful and eclectic mix of entertainment and social groups, including children’s groups.
Further developments followed and as more people came to the area so the schools have flourished with both the First and Senior Schools growing in stature and enjoying improved results across the spectrum. Children, however, need nurturing and the town has an array of groups and societies for them to enjoy, from the local football club, to boxing, dance, beavers, cub and scout groups and amateur dramatics with SNADS, whose productions throughout the year are always eagerly awaited. Pre-school children are catered for with Nurseries and Mother’s Groups within the town and also in the nearby towns of Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury.
This is a town for all age groups with new bijoux shops and cafes opening within the town to great acclaim. Indeed in recent months Oxfords Bakery has opened a shop in the town as well as new café Sweet Pea, which offers freshly cooked food and delicious coffee and drinks. For tea lovers there is the Comins Tea House where families can enjoy teas from around the world.
The town is surrounded by wonderful countryside and sought after village communities. It continues to offer a rich mixture of housing, from over a million pounds for an opulent riverside dwelling to a modern and contemporary one bed apartment close to the town centre. As a family you can walk or cycle the Trailway to Blandford Forum or meander along the River Stour to Hinton St Mary, enjoying a wonderful assortment of wildlife and views as you go.
This is a town for families of all ages with a strong community spirit and wealth of history. Proud of its heritage and keen to embrace new homes and businesses it is a very good place to live and work.