Chronology of

Friends Of Stour Connect


October 2021

The commencement of our 'Winter Warmers' appeal to provide warm winter clothing and bedding for vulnerable people in our local community.

March 2020

Friends of Stour Connect responds to National Government guidelines and closes due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Most projects and facilities come to and temporary closure, Only a handful of staff keep the centre ticking over.

December 2019

Our new charity shop 'Twice But Nice' opens selling bric-a-brac, books, kitchenware, garden ware, children's toys and plants as well as all the handmade products made by the guys in the Men's Shed. J's Emporium is adjacent to the Community Café. To see some of our products click here

October 2017

First Meals On Wheels orders accepted and delivered. Funds received Waitrose and Serco.

October 2019

Launch of Friends of Stour Connect new Face Book page

June/July 2019

Following campaign to re-open the Hydrotherapy Pool at Stourconnect this autumn was achieved.

Friends Of Stourconnect achieved funding from:

William Williams Trust: to fund the rental on new larger premises for Mens Shed Stour. The popularity of this project means that we have outgrown the premises we were originally in.

Stur Quest Enterprises to fund a new Dementia (Specialist) Service based in our Community Cafe, and a gardening project.

National Lottery Awards for all to fund staffing costs to consolidate the growth of the charity and its projects and enable the trustees to further develop the charity.

First Scan (Stourconnect Additional Needs) Festival announced in conjunction with Tricuro Stourconnect.

August 2018

Full charity registration achieved by Friends of Stourconnect.

Funding recieved via Peoples' Postcode Lottery for the Connect Sports Project.

May 2018

Closure of the Sturminster Newton Stourconnect Hydrotherapy Pool announced.

Immediately the 'Save Our Hydrotherapy Pool' Campaign commenced by Friends of Stourconnect with help from Blackmore Vale Magazine.

January 2018

Process of Chritian Registration started.

Funding received (from AFC Bournemouth and ASDA.

July 2020

The centre begin to re-open as lockdown eases and more of the staff are allowed back in. The Men's Shed Stour re-opens on the 30th July

Also during this month a new project called SCATE commences for two weeks offering young people the chance to gain work related skills and participate in volunteering.

August 2020

The Community Café and the shop, Twice But Nice charity shop, re-opens on the 11th August for Tues, Weds and Thurs only