Birthday celebrations in Sturminster Newton

The whole community is being invited to celebrate a funeral home’s one year anniversary and recognise the work of volunteers at a special local cause.

The Co-operative Funeralcare in Sturminster opened its doors on 10 December 2018 and will be holding a special anniversary event exactly one year on.

To mark the special occasion, Funeral Co-ordinators Gay Wilson and Robyn Marriott have invited volunteers from the Community Chest Charity shop to enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies.

Complimentary light refreshments are also being offered to families and friends in the town who would like to help celebrate the occasion.

Gay Wilson said: “Since the branch opened a year ago, we have been spreading the message that we are more than just a funeral home. We are part of Southern Co-op – the regional, independent co-operative – so we are a part of the community.

“Over the last few months, I have been volunteering at the Community Chest Charity shop so know how hard the volunteers work. It is lovely to be able to thank them at our anniversary event. We also have a surprise in store for them!”

Gay will also be baking home made cakes for the event on 10 December from 4pm to 6pm.

Light refreshments, cakes, mulled wine and mince pies will all be available on the night.

Gay added: “Everyone is welcome – whether you want to find out more about us, how we support the community, how we support loved ones at a time of need or if you just want a free mince pie.”

The Community Chest is a community venture wholly owned by the Sturminster Community Benefit Society, set up to help maintain Sturminster’s reputation as a great place to live, work and play.

All profits from the shop are used to support initiatives to keep the town bright and interesting, encouraging residents to stay and tourists to visit.

To RSVP, please email, call 01258 472073 or visit the branch at 4 Market House, Station Road, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FG.