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Welcome to the Mackrell Charity, a social and lifelong learning hub in Sturminster Marshall

The Old School, the home of the Mackrell Charity, is set in the heart of the historic village of Sturminster Marshall, next to the Red Lion and opposite the church of St Mary the Virgin.

The church which retains some Norman features, is usually open and has a series of illustrated information boards featuring all aspects of village history.

The Red Lion is open every day except Monday. It's a Hall and Woodhouse pub, serving a range of beers, meals and lunchtime snacks.

Due to the current pandemic, the Old School is currently closed.
That does not mean that all our activities are cancelled though. In our new 'Mackrell Online'  venture, we are hosting some talks and lectures online using Zoom. Full details of these are on this website and will be published in the Bridge magazine ( see link to the right). All events cost £5.
Bridge ( the game!) is being played online and art group projects are being set. Please see the course pages for further information.
Old School Rear


You will find all the details of our June event on the Booking page, with a link to buy your ticket.

We now host The Bridge Magazine Online.

The communities of Sturminster Marshall, Kingston Lacy and Shapwick produce a monthly magazine, The Bridge, which is delivered to over a thousand homes in the area. You can read the June edition HERE and you can still read the May edition  HERE  

Pub and church

The Dee Butterfield Scholarship

A grant of £250 is made each year to a young person

aged 11-19, with a connection to the village of Sturminster Marshall. Please go to About Us > Dee Butterfield Scholarship for full details. 

The rear of the Old School. showing the pub and the church

in the background