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Dorchester Men’s Shed renovate Kingston Maurward’s Edwardian desk to former glory

An original Edwardian writing desk found at Kingston Maurward has been restored to its beautiful former glory, by the Dorchester branch of community group Men’s Shed. Members of Dorchester Men’s Shed, which is now based at Kingston Maurward’s Stinsford Farm, were shown the 19th century piece by Estates Manager, Matt Horton, who discovered the badly damaged desk in the caretakers’ office, and asked the group if they would be interested in trying to rescue it; Men’s Shed immediately rose to the

Wedding & Events Floral Design at Kingston Maurward

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and special times during a couple’s partnership, and ensuring the day runs to plan and caring about every detail is just part of the role of professional florists. Kingston Maurward Floral Design students have been creating exquisite floral arrangements for weddings for several years under the watchful eye of in-house wedding and event florist, Linda Carlile. When wedding couples book with Linda, they will be invited to a consultation to discuss ideas and

Kingston Maurward student wins Dee Butterfield Scholarship

The Mackrell Charity is delighted to announce that Joseph Cade, aged 18 and from Sturminster Marshall, has won the 2017 Dee Butterfield Scholarship for Young People.  Roger Holehouse OBE kindly presented a cheque for £250 to Joseph following the Butterfield Lecture he gave on TE Lawrence last month. Joseph, who is the fourth generation of this family to live in Sturminster Marshall, is in his final year at Kingston Maurward College studying agriculture.  “I am delighted to win this award,” explains

Continued Ofsted Success for Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward College were celebrating this week following a recent Ofsted inspection that confirmed them to be a ‘good’ College. Principal, Luke Rake, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome for the College, which recognises the successes of our community and the fact that virtually every student progresses from here at the end of their course into employment or further study. As the only remaining independent land-based college in the south west peninsula, it is really important to me

Kingston Maurward Wedding Fair Sunday 8th October 2017

In the heart of the Dorset countryside the Kingston Maurward Estate - with its 18th century mansion house, lake and gardens - is the idyllic location for your perfect wedding. With a parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Greet your guests with drinks in the Grand Hall, perform your ceremony in the Pengelly Room which boasts hand painted Italian wallpaper, use the Whatmoor Room

Prize Winners Celebrated at End of Year Ceremony

This year’s Kingston Maurward College Prize Giving Ceremony celebrated another successful year with 694 students completing their courses, among which 64 special awards were made. The ceremony recognises the achievements of all full-time students completing courses during the academic year, and rewards outstanding students in each subject area. During the celebrations spectators welcomed guest speaker Rich Whincup who gave an inspirational talk about his life experiences. Kingston Maurward College Principal, Luke Rake, said: “As I reach the end of my first year at

Students’ Dolphin and Whale Watching Trip of a Lifetime

Level 3 Countryside & Wildlife students have returned from the trip of a lifetime with the Atlantic Whale Foundation (AWF) in Puerto Colon, Tenerife. The AWF have been monitoring Short-Finned Pilot Wales and Bottlenose Dolphins for the last 25 years to try and establish population sizes and the effect the charter boats have on their behaviour. Staff and students went out on the charter boats each day and recorded the numbers of each species,

It’s Not too late to Apply for this September – Clearing Sessions at Kingston Maurward College

There's still time to start a Full-Time Course or an Apprenticeship with Kingston Maurward College starting this September. Discover courses you may not have considered before - with many of our students spending a large proportion of their teaching time outside, we could have just what you’re looking for. Many courses prepare you for a future in your dream job in the great outdoors – from Gamekeeper, Ranger, or Conservationist, to Farmer, Horticulturalist or Florist. If you haven’t already applied for this September,

A Career in the Countryside

Thirty nine year old Mark Wratten from Weymouth had always had an interest in the outdoors, so when he decided he wanted a change in career direction he looked into pathways into working in the countryside whilst getting qualified. Previously Mark had worked in diverse roles including bar manager and contract cleaner, but having always had a keen interest in the outdoors he decided to work in what he enjoys most and chose to study the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside