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Christmas Card printmaking and Pottery workshops

As part of the Leigh Art Show, there will be 2 workshops running over the weekend 19th – 20th October. Both workshops are open to adults and older children. If you want to book a place on either workshop then contact Rachel Graham at Or tel: 01935 873 269

Full details of the Leigh Art Show can be found here

Christmas Card printmaking Workshop on Saturday 10 – 12am

Join us on Saturday 19th October to create bespoke Christmas cards using a printing method. We will be using very easy materials to create a range of designs .

The workshop provides all materials including printing equipment, printing ink, cards and envelopes (15 each). Cards will be A6 in size with envelopes.

More cards available upon request. You will be able to take your printing block home with you if you wish to create more after the workshop.

All abilities and ages welcome
10am – 12pm

Come along. Get ahead of the Christmas Crazed Chaos.

Pottery Workshop with Plaxy Arthur on Sunday 10-12am

Make your own Christmas decorations. Tap into your creative side and
have some tactile fun with clay. Open for all ages from 6 Years old upwards

(Your decorations will first have to dry thoroughly. Then they will be taken
away, fired twice and glazed.  So it will be about a month before you
can collect them.)

Cost: £10 per head, to include up to four items.

Leigh Playpark Update

The BIG move has finished thanks to the lovely, helpful people at Gregorys Landscapes and we are really pleased with the new layout. We will have to keep the park out of bounds until grass has grown through the saftey matting, otherwise the matting might move. Hopefully, it will be ready for the GRAND OPENING PARTY on the 6th APRIL.
Just in case you are wondering – the big mound is for a new slide, but have to wait a year until the earth has settled. So, that will be Phase 2. We are also fundrasing for some new equipment for toddlers and teens.
Thank you again to everyone who has helped to fund the move and to the Village Hall and Parish Council for all the support.

Message of thanks from TOVIC

Here at The Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, near Sherborne, we take great pride in the close relationship we have formed with the neighbouring communities over the years.

This weekend we held our grand summer fete and it was truly a fabulous event – both for our residents and also for those from Leigh and Sherborne who came along and took part.

The event featured vintage cars, stalls, a dog show, a puppet show and musical entertainment, all planned by our home’s activity coordinator, Gill, and with grateful help from staff, relatives and a team of volunteers.

I am grateful to everyone who made the event possible, including our neighbours Jossie and Carrie who allowed us to use their garden for the dog show and our residents who managed stalls and also judged the dog show.

I would like to send a special message of thanks to Peter and David from the neighbouring community for helping us both prior and during the party with setting-up. Thanks too to the many local businesses who kindly contributed prizes to our raffle.

This includes Mountain Warehouse Sherborne, Melbury Gallery, Hi Ho Silver Sherborne, Olivers Sherborne, The Three Wishes, The Chetnole Inn, Leigh Post Office, Parsons Butchers, Present Company, White Stuff, Forever England, Bailey Ridge, Ecco Gelato, WHSmith, Hunts Food Service and Longman Cheese Sales Yeovil.

In total, we were delighted to raise £730, which will be donated to two charities – as chosen by our residents – CLIC Sargent and Cancer Care Dorset.
Events such as these play a key part of the varied programme of activities here at The Old Vicarage and are a great way of bringing residents together with the community.

I would therefore like to extend my warm thanks and sincere wishes to everyone who took part and we look forward to welcoming you to more events at our home soon.

Yours faithfully,
Louise Turner
Manager – The Old Vicarage

Further Education Grants Available

If you are a resident of Leigh and are starting a course of further education (including apprenticeships) this year, then you may be eligible for a grant from the Boyle’s Education Trust. The grant is offered to assist with the purchase of books and materials required for the course and is available to any resident who qualifies. For further information see below.