The ‘Candles on the Hill’ for St. Catherine’s Day 25th November was a superb event. The weather was kind giving us a lovely sunny day, prompting crowds of people to take a walk up the hill to place their candle bags to illuminate the ‘St. Catherine’s Wheel’. All in all, a wonderful day and a spectacular night time vista.
Well it is now that time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas. There is a craft fair on Saturday 1st Dec in the Swan Inn, Abbotsbury 10am-2pm and Strangways Hall are lighting the village Christmas tree at 4pm on Sunday 2nd Dec.

If you are looking for that special gift, the various shops and galleries in Abbotsbury can offer something unique. Dansel’s Woodwork Gallery in Rodden Row has craftsman made items from the useful to the decorative. Helen Millard gallery in Back Street has a collection of handcrafted glassware. The Clock workshop in Manor Yard specialises in antique clocks. Artisan Flowers in Chapel Lane has some beautiful Christmas themed gifts and decorations. Purple Nanny in Rodden Row offers eco-friendly gifts and just before Christmas 17-22nd Dec she is offering extended opening hours until 7pm.

You can also stock up on all your Christmas produce in Abbotsbury. The Bride Valley Farm Shop is now taking orders for turkey and other meats as well as stocking an excellent range of local cheeses and condiments. For all your basic provisions Chapel Lane Stores is open daily Mon-Sat 7am-7pm and on Sunday’s 7am-6pm.

And in the winter months the large village car park in Rodden Row is free of charge!