SturQuest is the community partnership for Sturminster Newton and its surrounding communities.
- Help you develop your community project
- Promote existing projects and events
- Provide information about funding for community projects
- Link you to people who can help develop community projects
- Help you organise volunteer support
It was formed in 2002 as “SturQuest: the Sturminster Newton Community Company”, a not-for-profit organisation registered in England and Wales, Number 4317794. It is run by volunteers with the aims of influencing as appropriate, encouraging when necessary, and directing where possible, the way that our town and surrounding area evolves.
SturQuest’s guiding principle is that any change should be of lasting benefit to the town and its surrounding communities – who are welcome to share in SturQuest’s experience to date in furthering their own projects; and to this end there is an Action Plan, launched in 2003, which forms the basis for keeping effective strategies for social and economic regeneration in the area up-to-date.
Over the years, SturQuest has developed numerous sub-groups, many of which go on to run their own affairs and raise their own funds. Examples are the unity.com community magazine, and the Open Spaces Group, both of which hold their own meetings and are run independently from SturQuest itself.
SturQuest has a small Board (of which the Town Council Chair is always a member), and a Management Group, typically of about 10 people, on which other Town Councillors serve, and SturQuest’s sub-groups are represented. District and County Councillors also work closely with SturQuest.
SturQuest is also sole shareholder in a separate community-enterprise company, SturQuest Enterprises, with the offices within the northern end of The Exchange as its business base, which has its own Board.
SturQuest’s volunteers on the Board, the Management Group, and those who man the Community Office, are always glad to hear from anyone who would like to add to their number. In recent times the Community Office has become an Information Hub available to anyone who wants to explore a wide range of subjects; and it is also a Tourist Information point.
The Community Office is located in the north-east corner of The Exchange building, round the corner from the Town Council offices, and next to the upper-ground floor entrance of The Exchange itself.
Why not come in and find out what’s going on!
Mon-Fri 9.30am – 12.30pm