Oonagh Langrishe from The English Florist at Spirehill in Stalbridge invites you to her
Halloween Floristry Workshop on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 1pm at The English Florist, Spire Hill, Cooks Lane, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG (Next to Thyme after time Cafe and Catering)
Come and spend a fun morning learning how to make a floral table centre which can be used for your Halloween celebrations. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! All of the skills you will be taught can be transferred for future use to create further table centres and other floral arrangements.
All tools, flowers and foliage will be provided for you... including pumpkins!
Parking, toilets and cafe on site.
£28 per person, including free tea and coffee throughout the morning.
Book online, or drop the money and your contact details into our studio (or through the letter box) at Spire Hill.
Children's Half Term Craft Workshop at Forge Fabrics in Stalbridge on Friday 27 October from 10.00am–2.00pm
This is a Christmas craft workshop where children will make a felt Christmas decoration, to do do this they will learn hand sewing skills and have an enjoyable day crafting.
We recommend this is best for over 7's but this is flexible.
A packed lunch will be required.
All materials will be included in the price.
The cost is £20 and a £5 deposit is required to secure a place.
FORGE FABRICS, RING STREET STALBRIDGE DT10 2LZ
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017
Oonagh Langrishe from The English Florist at Spirehill in Stalbridge invites you to her
Autumn Wreath Workshop
This Sunday, 15th October
10.30am to 1.30pm
At The English Florist, Spire Hill, Cooks Lane, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG
(Next to Thyme after time Cafe and Catering)
Come and spend a fun morning being creative and make a stunning Autumn door wreath. No experience necessary! All materials included. £35.00 per person. Free tea, coffee and cake!
Phone 01963 362262 or book online below
A new, Family-oriented music festival with Christmas market and entertainment, featuring live bands, Oktoberfest bar, food stalls and entertainment for children comes to Stalbridge this December. The event runs from 4.00pm till midnight on Friday 8th December at Stalbridge Playing Fields. There will be Five live bands, acoustic stage, DJs, children's area, Father Christmas, themed food stalls, Christmas traders and more. Tickets on sale 1st October. To keep informed visit the facebook page by clicking on the button below.
Oakland Collectibles are opening their new Brocante Vintage French Collectibles shop at Spire Hill in Stalbridge. The official opening takes place on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Regular opening days and times will be announced thereafter.
They are very excited about this new venture and look forward to providing some very special one off items. For updates please visit their facebook page by clicking on the button below.
Oakland Collectibles is an expanding family company specialising in authentic French vintage Collectibles sourced in the brocantes and markets of France.
Claire Clayton brings her expert dance tuition back to Stalbridge with new cheerleading classes.
Every Tuesday at Stalbridge Village Hall
Mini's (under 8's) 5 - 5.30pm
Juniors: 5.30 - 6pm
Squad training - 5.30 - 6.45pm (by invitation only)
For more details please contact 07850591757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the launch of the White Hart Link project in April this year, arrangements have now been completed for the walk for the first section of the route between Stalbridge and Henstridge, on Saturday September 2nd at 2.00 pm.
We are meeting at the bottom of Woodmill Close (CLICK HERE FOR MAP), then proceeding north to Henstridge, cross-country using public rights of way. The distance is 2½ miles; there are several stiles, some uneven ground, probably some mud, and possibly cattle. On arrival in Henstridge, we will proceed to the Virginia Ash, for refreshments (tea/coffee and cake £2.95).
You are welcome to join us, but please contact Jan Wardell in advance on 01963 362162 To let her know:
If you plan to come on the walk (and number of walkers)
If you will be having refreshments (to advise the Ash of numbers)
If you plan on walking both ways, or would prefer to drive to Stalbridge (for either start of walk, or back from walk), so that we can sort out a ‘shuttle’.
PLEASE NOTE: we cannot accept dogs on this walk, and anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please take water, wear sturdy footwear, and a waterproof might be useful.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jan Wardell.
Jan Wardell- Secretary/project officer, White Hart Link 01963 362162
Table Tennis Coaching at Stalbridge Hall
Wednesdays: 6.30pm to 7.30pm and 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Have Fun and Get better at Table Tennis !
Table tennis is an inexpensive and sociable sport where skill and co-ordination, rather than physical strength are key. It is a game of brain rather than brawn. It is a sport where girls and boys can compete on an equal footing.
At Stalbridge Table Tennis Club our players have over 20 years of coaching experience between them, including leading the Wiltshire junior county side for several seasons. Members of Stalbridge Club's Yeovil and District League and Cup treble winning side will lead the coaching, ensuring that every participant gets the individual attention they need.
We are so confident that each young person will enjoy their experience that the first session they come to is FREE, and then sessions are only £2 per person thereafter.
Whether you want to aim towards playing competitively or just want some tips to be able to beat your friends/parents, we are confident you will find what you are looking for at Stalbridge.
Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and watch or leave and come back at the end of the session.
Bats and balls will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own bat if you prefer.
For more information please contact either Chris Watkins (parent governor at SNHS, with children both at SNHS and WIlliam Barnes) or Stuart Angell (Stalbridge CLub Captain (with children both at Stalbridge Primary and Gillingham schools) on:
Chris Watkins - email@example.com 01258 471976
Stuart Angell - firstname.lastname@example.org 07970 979432
Stalbridge Table Tennis Club are members of the Blackmore Vale and The Yeovil and District Table Tennis Leagues.
Stalbridge Library now has its own website - www.stalbridgelibrary.org
Here you will be able to renew your books online and find out what is happening in the library.
There is also a News Items page, which will be keeping you up to date with Local and National library related items, like National Poetry day, The Summer Reading Challenge, World Book Day and much more. So why not have a look at the new website by clicking on the button below.
Stalbridge Community Library invite all young children to join in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017...
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
Every year there’s a different theme; this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.
Enrolling your child
The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.
Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.
Regional variations will apply, and your local library will be able to confirm when the Challenge will begin in your area.
There is not an official end date for the Challenge. Each library authority will set their own finish date. Please check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.
The Summer Reading Challenge website
The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.
Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.
Stalbridge Community Library Opening times are:
Monday: 2.00 to 5.00
Tuesday: 10.00 to 12.30 and 2.00 to 5.00
Wednesday: 12.00 to 2.30
Thursday: 3.30 to 6.30
Friday: 2.00 to 5.00
Saturday: 9.30 to 12.30
The Old Rectory Care Home in Stalbridge are hosting a Garden Fete on Saturday 29th July in aid of The Brownies. Our fete will start at 2 pm and this year all monies made by the home will go to the Brownies who will be with us on the day running various fun games. We will also have Glitter Tattoos, Ice creams, Cream teas, Crafts and Confectionery (to name but a few) and live music from 2 pm.
It would be really great to see as many children as possible this year and for our residents to really feel they are part of this community, so please put this one in your diary and make a special effort to visit us on the day. Many thanks in advance.
Local university student Eloise Harris is offering a children's theatre workshop at the Youth Club in Stalbridge for 7 to 12 year olds this summer. Running from Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August the week long workshop will provide over 40 hours of tuition and guidance, with children learning Confidence boosting Skills, Reading aloud, Talking in front of a small audience, writing your own script, Acting, Setting up your own performance space and many more skills...
Click on the button below for more info and booking details...
Papadopoulos and Sons
Showing at Stalbridge Village Hall
on Thursday 19th October 2017
Big business or family values?
Following his ruin in the latest banking crisis, a self-made millionaire reluctantly re-unites with his estranged freewheeling brother to re-open the abandoned fish and chip shop they shared in their youth.
2012 Cert PG - Dir Marcus Marcou - 105 minutes English
(This is part of the 2017 Screenbites Food and Film Festival - dubbed "The Bakers Dozen")
book now on their website by clicking the button below
And booking is now open for the Fanny and Johnny Cradock cook the Great American Songbook evening at Orchard Park in Gillingham on Friday 13th October, our opening event for the Baker’s Dozen 2017 Festival.
There are only 113 places available, and booking is essential, as you will be served a deliciously colourful three course meal during the performance of songs, stories and a chance to talk to television’s first celebrity chef …. from the other side.
Please email email@example.com (not the no-longer-functioning Screenbites email address) or telephone 01963 32525 to reserve your tickets.
The renowned Stalbridge Singers will be holding a concert in support of Dorset Women's Refuge on Sunday 16th July at Stalbridge Primary School. Entitled "Something Inside, So Strong", the concert starts at 2.00pm in the School Hall.
Exit by donation.
They also have some wonderful prizes on offer in their raffle, due entirely to the fantastic generosity of our lovely local businesses -
2 Dike and Son vouchers worth £10 and £5 to spend in the shop or cafe.
A Thomas J Fudge hat box of biscuit selections
£30 voucher from My Devine Canine (dog groomer)
£10 voucher from Oceania Beauty
£10 voucher towards a workshop from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Make-up/Washbag and purse from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Voucher from Carol Thorneycroft of Ametrine lodge worth £40
Sparkling wine from Virginia Ash (Henstridge)
Red wine and Mulled wine from The Bird in Hand (Henstridge)
Voucher from Liberty Belles for Neck and Back massage or facial worth at least £20.
A beautiful indoor plant from Williams Florists
A Hosta, a hand held gardening fork and a marble egg from Grassroots Garden Centre (Henstridge)
A gift bag from Olives et Al (Sturminster Newton)
A bottle of wine from the Swan Hotel
£10 voucher from Geoff's hairdresser
A pretty Cushion from Forge Fabrics
A beautiful Vase from Guggleton Farm
A gift from Sue Whitmarsh
Gray's of Stalbidge will be doing several summer evening workshops over the next few weeks and this will be their first one....
Wet felting with Debbie
making a set of 2 table mats. These can be your own choice, colour and design. No need to worry if you have not tried wet felting before, Debbie will guide you step by step.
All materials are provided along with a glass of pimms.
This workshop is £28 per person and to book please either pop in, send us a message on here or call us on 01963 365800.
Please keep an eye out for more evening workshops.
Pictured above, the new Stalbridge flag hangs as a pennant, rather than the traditional rectangular flag shape. This shows off more of the design of the flag, which depicts the ancient market cross in Stalbridge High Street.
The design of the Stalbridge Flag is based on an original watercolour painting, pictured above and painted by local Stalbridge artist Tony Wood.
This old photo from 1872 shows a small group of cottages, known to have been somewhere in Stalbridge. But no one could find them, and therefore assumed they had been demolished at some point. The only clue to their existence was hand-bleached onto the photo, and read "Roebuck Cottages, Stalbridge 1872".
A local Stalbridge resident, researching old photos of houses in the town happened to be looking online at the old Ordinance Survey maps of the National Library of Scotland and stumbled upon the whereabouts of these buildings. The map shown below is from 1886, and clearly shows Roebuck Cottages, set back from the road at the top of Barrow Hill.
Sadly, the cottages no longer exist, but when were they demolished and why?
Further research led to another OS map of Stalbridge, this time from 1900. As you can see from the photo below, Roebuck Cottages has disappeared from the map. Evidently some time between 1886 and 1900 the cottages were torn down.
The land on which Roebuck Cottages stood seems to be part of Inwood Estate, currently owned by the de Pelet family. However, the estate was in different hands, back in the late 19th century.
The Inwood estate was probably carved out of ancient woodlands belonging to Henstridge Manor and Yenston priory. It contained a Hunting Lodge, not the large Victorian House that exists today. In the period this story is interested in (1872 to 1900) Inwood was owned by two different people. In 1876, 4 years after our photo was taken, the then owner, John James Glossop sold the land to Thomas Merthyr Guest. In the 1881 census, Thomas Guest and his wife Theodora, who later built the Templecombe Cottage Hospital, were not living at Inwood, but in another Manor House in Henstridge. The new house at Inwood seems to have been completed in that year, but after the census had been taken. So did Thomas Guest "acquire" the cottages on his boundary and have them raised to the ground? Did he even own that piece of land when the cottages were demolished? Perhaps we will never know. As you can see from the photo below, the old garden walls of Roebuck, which bulged out into the lane are now incorporated into the estate. Inwood was inherited by the Count de Pelet in 1993.
There is another possible reason for the demise of Roebuck Cottages...
In a chance conversation with local Stalbridge author Hilary Townsend it was established that there used to be a local dance/procession in Victorian times called "The RIng to Roebuck", which seemed to involve revellers starting at The Ring in Stalbridge and dancing up to Roebuck Cottages, stopping off at cider houses along the way. It is therefore possible that at least one of the cottages was a local drinking establishment. In the late 19th Century the Temperance movement in England was thriving, and had become very active in this area. Landowners who supported this movement in its various guises, including the Salvation Army, were in the habit of shutting down pubs, ale and cider houses on their land. It is therefore conceivable that Roebuck Cottages were demolished under these circumstances, possibly by Thomas Guest, who may have been a supporter of temperance, or by another landowner for different reasons.
So why are we telling you all this? Well, the Stalbridge History Society have produced and online archive containing old photos of Stalbridge. They are 'captioned' with basic information, but the society would very much welcome further, interesting information on the collection to update the archive. Roebuck Cottages is an example. So why not visit the Stalbridge History Society Collection of Old photos of Stalbridge, view the fascinating collection of 12 galleries and who knows? Maybe you can help with another mystery? Look for photo S43 in the "street scenes" gallery, for a start!
Judging from the lack of smiley faces from these children, taken at Stalbridge Primary School in 1893 you would think they were not enjoying school that much. But not all Victorians looked so miserable in front of a lens. Stalbridge History Society found that out when they recently assembled a collection of old photos of Stalbridge. Catalogued into 12 different galleries, the collection includes photos from 1860 to 1986.
The new collection of old photographs of Stalbridge appears on The Stalbridge History Society page on Stalbridge Info community website. To view photos from the 12 galleries, simply click on the button below. Our thanks to Tim Lee for allowing the collection to appear online.
Henstridge Golf and Leisure Club's Next Car boot sale will be on Sunday 9th July.
Sellers 10am, buyers 11am
Pre-booked sellers FREE
On the the day cars £5
Van and trailers £10
50p entry for buyers
To find out how to get there or how to contact the club, just click on the button below to visit their website...
Come and join us at Gray's of Stalbridge for tea, coffee and cakes on the 13th July from 9:00–14:00. There will also be a raffle with some lovely prizes.
This morning will be raising funds for further research into Retinitis Pigmentosa. This money will be added to the stamp collecting funds and the grand total raised will be announced in November. For more info please call 01963 365800
As part of our new "Dorset Landscape Photographer" Feature, Amateur photographer Carolyn Roden has been out and about in Stalbridge and the wider countryside, taking photos on her mobile, capturing the essence of Stalbridge and the surrounding countryside. Follow her on her mission and study her studies by clicking on the photo.