The Village Society

Shipton Gorge Village Society is a community organisation with wide ranging objectives aimed at enhancing our village life.  We run social events intended to provide opportunities for residents of the village and the surrounding area to socialise together, with our flagship events being the Party in the Paddock in June and the Summer Show and Fete in August. In recent years we have also run musical evenings, cookery competitions, a quiz night and talks, with events taking place either at the village hall or the New Inn. Often these events are presented by villagers or friends, and we are always on the lookout for new talent to broaden our repertoire.  We normally aim to run events on a break-even basis, unless we are fund raising for a specific purpose. 

We also own two large marquees which are used at village functions, but which are available to hire to local residents and organisations at very favourable rates. These are managed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, affectionately known as the erectors, who can transport, erect and dismantle them to order. Once again, volunteers to assist in this none too onerous activity are always welcome.

Each year SGVS compiles and submits the Shipton Gorge entry into the Dorset Small Village Competition.  In the summer we provide hanging baskets for the New Inn and in the winter we organise and sponsor the village Christmas tree. We also maintain a village archive and each year we hold an event in the village hall at which photographs and other material relating to the village and villagers over many years can be seen. This is an ever expanding record of Shipton Gorge and more material is always welcome.

The society has a formal constitution and an elected committee which holds regular meetings as well as an annual general meeting. All residents of Shipton Gorge are welcome to attend the meetings and dates are published in advance.

 The Society operates a Community Facebook Page with 130+ members which is open to everyone with an interest in Shipton Gorge, together with an electronic notice board using email.  There is a link to Facebook on this page, and if you would like to add your name to the electronic distribution list please contact any of the Committee Members.

Feel free to contact the Society with community based ideas or suggestions, and if you would like to get involved in Shipton Gorge Village Society we would be delighted to hear from you.


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Events 2019 

18th & 19th May Archive event at the Village Hall and St Martin's Church 10:30 - 16:00

26th May Bridport Folk Festival Fringe 2019. 20 musicians playing at the New Inn from 12:30 till late

22nd June Mid-summer Party in the Paddock at the Village Hall and Paddock from 17:00

13th July The Stompin Dave & Earl Jackson Trio at the New Inn from 20:00

3rd August Summer Show and Fete at the Village Hall, Paddock and St Martin's Church from 14:00

7th September Simon Cleveland's Big Autumn Quiz at the Village Hall 19:00

19th September Erectors and Friends End of Season Review at the New Inn 19:00

31st October Halloween Pumpkin & Marrow Lantern competition at the New Inn

5th December Shopping trip to Exeter

6th December Christmas arrives in Shipton Gorge. Lighting of the Village Christmas tree with the Town Crier at the New Inn. Performance by the Symondsbury Mummers at St Martin's Church

For further details please contact Sally (01308 897168) or Chris (01308 897606)

Committee Members

Chris Griffiths-Hardman, Chairman
01308 897606
Tony Jones, Vice-Chairman
Tony Lock, Treasurer
01308 898215
Janet Whight, Secretary - Correspondence can be sent to our secretary
01308 897249 Email -
Sally Parker BEM, Community Engagement
01308 897168
Simon Cleveland MBE, Village Competition Coordinator
01308 897138

Committee Members:
Tracey Barclay
Colin Chambers
Graham Garner
Ruth Nunn
Natalie Sorrell
Howard Marshall