The Round Pound is disappearing ! From 15 October, shops can refuse the old version of the £1 coin. Andrew Jones, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury says "The clock is ticking. We are urging the public to spend, bank or donate their old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender".
However, most banks and Post Office counters will continue to accept them from customers although they have no obligation to do so.
If you are shopping and get an old £1 coin in your change before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, you can politely ask the store to change it for a new one, but strangely enough they don’t have to as it’s still legal tender! After the 15th October deadline the shops won't be allowed to give you an old coin as change so you can refuse to take it if they accidentally do.
Many self-service machines at shops, and ticket vending machines have already stopped taking the old £1 coin, as the machines have been changed to accommodate the new one.
There are also many charity collection boxes that will have old pound coins in them, so if you are responsible for emptying them you need to be quick!
In the long swim to the Christmas holidays WESSEX WATER will be reducing traffic in Stalbridge to a crawl. The Gala of events kicks off on Wednesday 27th September, with an individual medley between the High Street and Barrow Hill. On the Wessex Water website it reads:
Potential traffic disruption
Location: HIGH STREET, STALBRIDGE
We’re working in this area from September 27, 2017 until September 29, 2017. There may be some traffic disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience.
If you’d like more information about this you can speak with our web chat team. (Available Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm) Reference: PG203-33429547001
Strangely enough on their "Work in Your Area" map it doesn't show the next event. They're scheduled to dive in at the deep end in front of the residents of Barrow Hill with a 10 week long race, starting on 16th October. This one involves some lane closures as you can see from the graphic we've created below, and we'll probably be victims of the Butterfly effect as we try to back crawl up and down the remaining lanes in Stalbridge. Just click on the photo below for a closer look.
We should point out that this is apparently all in aid of better water pressure and quality up and down Barrow Hill (preferably down) so maybe we're all going to have to keep calm and take one for the team to avoid a build up of hot steam. Speaking of which, Wessex Water have neglected to inform us whether you will be able to turn right from the top of Park Grove to head down to Giant's Steps (during phase 1) or to turn right into Wood Lane from Barrow Hill (during phase 2)...Eau dear!
Yes it's Season Two for this popular traffic chaos series, set in Yeovil at the end of September 2017.
Produced by Barratt Homes and directed by Somerset Council, the action continues where season one left off, with lanes closed and tempers fraying, and with a running time of 24 hours for each episode this one is really only for die hard fans.
So if you're not a Game of Cones binge fan we suggest you try and avoid the junction between Lyde Road and Sherborne Road in Yeovil for the 2 week season, running from Wednesday 20th September.
And for those of you who can't wait for the opening episode, here's a little teaser/spoiler...
There's going to be 3 Way Temporary Traffic Lights!
Yeovil Walk-in doctors surgery used to be open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week all year round, including bank holidays and Christmas, so if you or your child were unwell, even at the weekend, you could go down there to get sorted without an appointment....but not any more!
Here is the latest from the Yeovil Health Centre website:
Walk-in service changes:
Please note that from 1st September 2017, the walk-in service at Yeovil Health Centre will no longer be running.
Need urgent care this weekend?
A new Urgent Care Service will be running at weekends only from Yeovil Hospital. Urgent medical appointments will be available on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm. To access appointments you must call NHS 111 who will advise you on the recommended action to take and an appointment will be made available if required.
At Stalbridge Info Community Website we've taken the decision to only list taxi and cab companies who have a website and are in Stalbridge or near enough to be worth giving a call. This is because many taxi drivers and cabbies who put cards in shop windows don't remove them when they stop trading or retire and both they, and potential customers from ths site get understandably frustrated. So we have done some surfing on your behalf and found 9 taxi or cab companies with websites serving the local area. Just click on the button below to visit our taxi/cab page for more info
New Train operator South Western Trains has been busy disrupting the service with engineering works (you've guessed it) over the holiday period. Apparently though, it all goes quiet after tomorrow (29th August) and their new timetable, covering the autumn is available to view, download, print, fathom out and, of course be frustrated with. So if you want to get yourself anywhere from Sherborne, Templecombe and Gillingham to as far as Exeter or London this is essential reading. Just click on the button below for more info
You can also pick up your printed copy of the timetable at tthe Community Information Office in The Hub@Stalbridge, just off Station Road.
Progress in Pastels? - Painting with Acrylics? - Understanding Oils? However you dab your brush Sherborne ArtsLink offers a range of courses to suit different interests and degrees of experience, so whether you are a complete beginner, or want to extend your skills you will find something to suit you. Our excellent tutors are carefully selected for their expertise in a chosen field and their particular skills in teaching adults. Courses start during the week beginning 25 September 2017, unless otherwise stated. Just click on the button below to find out about each course and how to book a place.
It's an urban myth that bonfires are illegal at certain times of the day, but that doesn't mean you can't fall foul of the law by having one. Here is the advice from the authority on the subject...(Dorset County Council)
Having a bonfire?
If you have considered the alternatives ( composting, trip to the recycling centre, garden waste collection) and a bonfire is still the best practical option for disposing of your garden waste, you should ensure you have taken the following precautions:
Warn your neighbours - lighting a bonfire can cause nuisance to your neighbours especially if it is a nice sunny day with washing out and windows open
Only burn dry material - this is likely to cause less smoke
Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint - these can cause harmful emissions
Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light or encourage the fire
Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp days and in the evening. If it is windy smoke may be blown into neighbour gardens and across roads
Avoid burning at weekends and on bank holidays when people want to enjoy their gardens
Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder
The law on bonfires
Bonfires are only illegal if they cause a nuisance to others. It is commonly thought that there are byelaws banning bonfires or restricting the days or times when they are allowed - there aren't.
Burning waste from another site
It is an offence to bring waste from another site and burn it, for example tradesmen bringing waste home and burning it. Whether or not they are causing a statutory nuisance, they are committing an offence.
Hazard to road users
If the smoke from a bonfire poses a hazard to road users the police have powers to deal with it and you should report the incident to them.
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Environmental Protection Act 1990 can be used to deal with people who act unreasonably and cause a statutory nuisance to neighbours. To be considered a statutory nuisance, a bonfire would usually have to be a persistent problem. If someone does cause a repeated nuisance this may lead to enforcement action, and ultimately legal proceedings could be taken and the person fined up to £5,000.
Contacts for reporting a bonfire nuisance
North Dorset District Council Customer Services
Tel: 01258 454111. Fax: 01258 484185. Mobile: 07781 472878 (Text SMS)
Did You Know? The Community Information Office in Stalbridge is staffed entirely by volunteers from the Stalbridge Community. One volunteer, Peter Hill, edits and publishes The Community Information Office Information Sheet. This is regularly updated by Peter and includes all the really useful contact details for anything to do with Stalbridge. So instead of googling everything why not download and save this vital document so you always have all the essential Stalbridge contacts to hand... Just click on the button below.
With local buses as frequent as a solar eclipse how can the elderly and carless get out of Stalbridge...and back? Well, there's always NORDCAT. So what is NORDCAT?
It stands for North Dorset Community Accessible Transport.
Nordcat is a charitable organisation which provides a door-to-door minibus service across the Dorset area.
Who can use NORDCAT?
The service is primarily for the elderly, disabled and socially excluded. The buses are wheelchair friendly and easily accessible for those with mobility problems.
The vehicles are available for groups to hire such as scouts, clubs and societies for the day (with or without a driver). Two wheelchair accessible Berlingo cars are also available for people to hire for as little as an hour or as long as a week.
If you would like to use this service, you will need to register and there is a small annual membership fee of £5.
Types of journeys
The service enables access to shopping, visiting friends, medical appointments and much more and operates in different parts of the area each day. There are volunteer drivers available to provide transport for health appointments.
Once a week there is an opportunity to visit the larger towns e.g. Poole, Bournemouth, Street (Shopping Village), Exeter, Salisbury and Dorchester.
Register and more information
For more information on any of the NORDCAT services please contact Helen Reed, NORDCAT Community Transport Manager on 01258 472164.
You can also find more of these services covering Dorset by clicking on the button below
Just when you thought it was safe to drive into Yeovil again they're digging the road up- this time for 24 hours a day for a whole week. Looking at the diversions on offer you'd probably be better off hiring a helicopter to go and do your shopping... Click on the link below for more info...
Plenty of room on top? or Space between the ears? One thing is for certain...just when you thought they had sorted the buses out in this area it's ALL CHANGE!
Click on the button below to view the lengthy list of alterations and cancellations of bus services in Dorset, all happening from 23rd July 2017.
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support) Monthly Meeting will be held at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge on Friday 30th June from 2 - 4pm. If you are living with cancer, are a survivor or have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with cancer then please feel free to join us for confidential support in a friendly and informal environment.
Did you know that the Stalbridge Community Information Office in The Hub@Stalbridge, just off Station Road, has an excellent, up to date selection of tourist information leaflets and brochures for all the family, including travel timetables.
(The bus timetables will next change on 24th July, and the rail in August.)
And did you know...
The Hub@Stalbridge offers:-
Free WIFI access and computer use with the full Microsoft Office package networked to a printer for the general public to use. (Charges apply for printing, photocopying and laminating). This facility is available when the team are at The Hub.
Community Office opening times at The Hub@Stalbridge
Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00
Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon
Closed – on Thursday & Public Holidays
Phone (during office hours) 01963 364177
The Hub@Stalbridge is the main focus point for The Community Library, The Community Information Office and The Town Council.
Located just off Station Road, this modern Hub for the community has the benefit of a meeting room, and free access to computers.
The Community Office also provides "pay as you go" printing, photocopying and laminating facilities.
The meeting rooms can also be booked free for non-profit making groups and charities, or hired by businesses at competitive rates.
For further information on booking or hiring the meeting rooms at the hub phone 01963 364276 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Milborne Port Community Pool is open for business! Private hire Bookings need to be made online, so click on the button below to book your slot. Prices are just £12 per hour and the pool is available to hire in term time on a Monday to Friday basis from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and on weekends and holidays from 10.00am to 7.00pm
Bus services in Stalbridge seem to change their timetable every five minutes. We tried to catch up with the latest timetables so you can actually plan a journey...
Click on the service buttons below to download and save the latest timetables...
As we are in the middle of a glorious bit of weather at the moment getting your Oil fired boiler serviced is probably the last thing on your mind, but maybe now is the best time to have it seen to as many of the individuals and companies who provide these services are coming to the end of their packed winter diary. So whether you are an Aga lout or a Rayburner, why not check out your local engineer.
Oil Safety Services is Based in Marnhull.
We pride ourselves on giving a professional, informative and honest
service to our customers. With transparent pricing, a knowledgable and
qualified engineer, our priority is keeping our customers safe.
(CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR MORE INFO)
Dorset Youth Association’s reach across the county encompasses over 48 youth clubs and groups spread throughout rural Dorset; a busy Young People’s Advice & Information Centre in Dorchester; targeted work with children, young people and families focussing on health, sport and improved wellbeing; and informs over 300 professionals in the voluntary and community sector.
Dorset Youth Association has been supporting clubs, groups and individuals since 1943 and recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO.
As the need of young people in Dorset changes, Dorset Youth Association is evolving to meet these needs, through volunteering projects, national and international expeditions, emotional and practical support to remain in or further their education or find work opportunities, promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and providing the support needed to help inspire young people and raise their aspirations. Click on the logo above for more information...
And speaking of youth associations in Dorset...Stalbridge Youth Club is open again for the young children of Stalbridge. The Youth Club will start again on Monday 24th of April at 6.30pm at their purpose built venue in Stalbridge Hall. .Just click on the logo below for info and contact details...
After a day out at one of Dorset's beautiful beaches you might want something more than the lovely Fish n Chip suppers available, before you head back home. Here are some links to Seaside Restaurants and Cafes at Dorset Beaches which are either at the beach side or a short walk from the beach. Some of them you might not even know exist, and we've done the "surfing" (so you don't have to!) to find out where they are and what they offer. Just click on the picture below to find out more about Dorset's Seaside restaurants...
What's in a name?
Restaurants throughout the years have come up with quirky names to attract customers to their restaurants, but here in Dorset it's the food that sells the venue. So say goodbye to Thai Tanic, Pitta Pan, Tequila Mockingbird, Wok this way, Lord of the Fries, The Codfather, Lord of the Wings and Lox, Stock and Bagel, and welcome to Dorset's Boringly Named Restaurants and Gastro Pubs!
Have you heard of South Street Kitchen? Angola 76?, Tamburino Gold?, The Stapleton Arms? ....No? Then it's time to have a look at the Stalbridge Info Guide to Restaurants near Stalbridge. Just click on the pic above...
If you're not the best DIYer and you need a local building trade service to call on you might want to "Go Local". Here is the Stalbridge Info Guide to Building Trades and Services...
The Alphabetically listed directory of building trades contains the following categories:
BUILDER, CARPENTER, CARPET FITTER, ELECTRICIAN, GARDEN CLEARANCE, HANDYMAN, HOUSE CLEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, MAN AND VAN, PAINTER, PLASTERER, PLUMBER, ROOFING, SKIP HIRE, TOOL HIRE, TREE SURGERY, THATCHER, TV AERIALS
EVERY WEEK IN STALBRIDGE
your 7 day guide to regular activities and events
Click on the picture above for the Stalbridge Info Guide to Activities that are held every week in Stalbridge, or click on the button below to see all clubs and societies who hold regular club and activity sessions in Stalbridge