Stalbridge Yulefest tickets are now available from Ring Street Filling Station in Stalbridge (also known as Charlie Grays), or you can buy them online from us by clicking on the button below.
A few people have asked what the deal is with children under 5. The good news is that children under 5 can enter the Yulefest FREE! There is plenty for them to enjoy with carol singers, brass band, meet Father Christmas, bouncy castle, disco, skittles, Christmas pudding shy and a few other little surprises yet to be announced :) Also, the first 20 children to arrive at Glitter Pirates can have their faces painted free of charge!
Everything in the children's tent is included in the ticket price: Tip of the Pops Solar-powered Disco (as seen at Shambala and Larmer Tree festivals), bouncy castle, skittles, Christmas pudding shy and Father Christmas.
Our musical lineup is complete: Bierfass (Bavarian oompah), Stone Groove (disco, funk and pop), The Underdogs (rock), Flashmob (rock and blues) and Rip It Up (rock and roll) - plus we have the Stalbridge Singers and Stalbridge Allstars Brass Quintet. There's something for everyone at the Yulefest - we're very excited!
Thanks to our incredible sponsors Oakleaf Marquees, Events Crew, J Day Engineering Ltd, Stalbridge Building Supplies and Ces Poole Ltd Generator Hire we're thrilled to announce that all profits from the Yulefest will be donated to Children with Cancer UK and Stalbridge Primary School.
Every ticket sold and each stein of lager downed will make a difference. Please share, tell all your friends, get some tickets and come to the biggest party Stalbridge has seen in a long time!
Book your space to make a gorgeous Christmas wreath under the instruction of Helen Williams- Brown our lovely florist from Williams Floristry in Stalbridge.
Price includes all materials needed and also a glass of mulled wine and mince pie!
There are limited spaces available, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
All details needed are on our poster, which you can view by clicking on the button below.
AIR AMBULANCE DIARIES from Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance are now available to buy at the Community Information Office in Stalbridge at a cost of £4 (the same price as last year!)
The Stalbridge Community Information Office is open on the following days and times:
Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00
Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon
Closed – on Thursday, Sunday & Public Holidays
01963 364177 Email: CIOstalbridge@mail.com
For more information on the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance visit their website by clicking on the button below.
Dike and Son supermarket in Stalbridge have started their famous annual Christmas Saver Card promotion which could help you save up to £30 off your seasonal shopping! This year's theme involves sweety stickers (or sticky sweets). All you have to do is pick up a card in the store and fill up the treat boxes on the card with the stickers you receive when you shop at Dike and Son. For more information just click on the button below...
Come and join us at Williams Florist on Friday 17th November from 10.00am till 12.00 noon for a coffee and cake in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, and while you're here why not browse our Christmas decorations and gifts collection, all with 10% off for the day.
Christmas Celebrations in Stalbridge traditionally start at the Ring, and this year is no exception.
On Friday 1st December at 5.30pm there will be a Barbecue, with Mulled Wine served while we wait for the Stalbridge Lantern Parade to arrive. They will be setting off from Stalbridge Close at 5.45pm.
At 6pm There will be an 'Interactive Christmas Story', together with traditional Christmas Carols, all led by Canon William Ridding. This popular Christmas celebration ends as always with the lighting of the Lime Tree on The Ring .
So come along to join in and enjoy the traditional start to your Stalbridge Christmas at this special community event on Friday 1st December.
And for details of all the Christmas Celebrations happening in Stalbridge this year just click on the button below...
I'm very happy to announce that Grow & Learn Together will be running Let's Make Music Together at Stalbridge Hub every Wednesday from 15th November starting at 1.15pm.
We will be singing, dancing, playing instruments and some games. If you have an under five to bring along or you are expecting your first baby it would be lovely to see you. First time expecting mums please come along for free until your baby arrives!
Please message, phone or email me to reserve your place or if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon!
Assuming The Stalbridge Class of 1958 left school aged 11, they would be turning 70 next year. Can you spot who they are when they were at the school?
We are indebted to Chris Hughes for sending us this photograph. Many names have been filled in by Chris already, but do you know who the others are?
You can view the full photo and see the names by clicking on the button below
Dorset Doddlers Beginners group will be dressing up and joining in the Santa Stride in Sturminster Newton on the 3rd December for a fun sociable event. This is a nice out and back route on the trailway. You can run or walk and do whatever distance you want (2 miles up to 7 miles). This is now a firm fixture in the local community and raises much needed funds for our local Air Ambulance.
Why not come along to our FREE Thursday running group sessions and then join in with us on the 3rd December. For more info click on the buttons below.
We have just a few places for our Christmas evening event on Saturday, 9th December left. Great food and the Ukulantes are joining us playing their ukuleles and Christmas songs. See the low down and delicious menu we have lined up below.
"Due to demand, this year we are planning to run our Christmas evening event for two nights on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December. (We only have 1 table left on the Friday)
We have Jools and Paul (aka The Ukulantes) coming along to play the Ukuleles for us and serenade us with all those fun filled festive tunes we all love to sing along with.
Along side of that there will be food- of course there's food its Thyme after time!! I have come up with a festive menu I hope you all love, we are asking you to pre-choose from the menu provided below as soon as you can so we can plan quantities."
Usual routine in that you are welcome to bring your own alcohol, we will simply charge you £1 per person to cover glass washing and bottle disposal. Soft drinks please purchased strictly from our Cafe.
Here is our menu for you to choose from-
Thyme after time Café Christmas Menu 2017
Creamy Dorset blue vinny mushrooms with crispy bacon with fried ‘sippets’ of bread
Scottish smoked salmon and king prawns with a dill and lime aioli with baby salad leaves
Our festive chunky Christmas minestrone and basil broth with a chunky cheese on toast crouton
Main Course choices
Roast breast of turkey with a pig in blanket, our homemade stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, roast potatoes and served with seasonal vegetables
Griddled loin of smoked ham steak served with our homemade Cumberland sauce with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Hearty fish stew with fresh fish, shellfish and prawns and served with saffron potatoes
Vegetarian option of spinach and Rosary goats cheese roly poly with a rich tomato sauce
Our Christmas pudding with Baileys infused whipped cream
Hazelnut and chocolate vacherin layered up with Marshfield mint choc chip ice cream
Clementine trifle with egg nog soaked vanilla sponge, custard, whipped cream, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti biscuits
Fresh Americano coffee from our espresso machine using Reads coffee beans of Sherborne
The price per head for this event is £29.50 and as demand is already very high by our regulars we will not be offering ticket sales via our web site, only over the phone or by simply calling in as we only have specific numbers of tables available remaining already.
Grays of Stalbridge invite you to their
Fairy Door Workshop
on Friday 24th November 2017
from 10.00am till 1pm
Come and create a fairy door, you will paint the door in your chosen colours.
Then make a fairy, toadstools, butterflies and windows from polymer clay to decorate your door. £19 to include tea and fairy cakes 🎂
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
Since 1987 Graham & Julie Carr-Jones have been leading the way in Display Cases of Sporting Memorabilia & Vintage Sporting goods.
Each year their creative juices flow, developing new products, new designs and winning products.
Their company "SomethingSporty" offers inspirational gift ideas for the most difficult of customers… Men!
They cater for sports enthusiasts of every genre: Aviation, Boxing, Cricket, Equestrian, Fishing, Football, Golf, Locomotives, Motor Cycling, Motor Racing, Polo, Rugby Union, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Snooker, Tennis, to name but a few.
Incorporating in many instances: Genuine vintage artefacts and facsimile ephemera theirr shadowbox display cases are as comfortable in the office or study as they are in the downstairs loo. The possibilities are endless and they make a refreshing change to Boxer shorts or Socks!
Their portfolio includes many challenging & unique commissions, from framing WW2 Airplane propellers to Tribal headdresses; their customers range from private individuals through to multi-nationals and even royalty, the ex-England Goal Keeper and keen angler, also own one of our shadow boxes.
Last year two of the country’s most demanding guys to receive one of our creations were a rather well known chef, famed for his colourful language as much as his cooking!! and the other, a TV presenter and journalist from Sunday night’s top car show, renowned for his outspoken views & loathing of caravans!
The best thing about our products though is that they don’t come with a celebrity price tag!
So why not take a look at their website to see some of their creations and maybe you'll find The Perfect Present from The Past!
Grays of Stalbridge invite you to their
Indian Block Printing Workshop
Thursday 30th November 2017
from 2.30pm till 5pm
Indian block printing and embellishments on tote bags.
£19.50 each to include tea and cake.
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
THE WHITE HART LINK is an exciting and wide-ranging project which has been set up to create a 50 mile circular walking route linking the five towns of North Dorset. The link uses existing rights of way and quiet lanes, has the support of the Dorset County Council Countryside Rangers, will promote this route as a uniting and sustainable focus for the enjoyment, enhancement and protection of the area and will involve local communities, landowners and enterprises along the route in creating and promoting it.
The first link between Stalbridge and Gillingham was “opened” in September 2017. It has been route-marked and is walkable and further improvements are being planned. Work has also started on the next link between Sturminster Newton and Stourpaine which will be “opened” in November 2017. It is intended that the full 50 mile route, linking Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Gillingham will be completed to a high standard by September 2019.
Over the next two years, the White Hart Link will be fully route-marked. Route improvements will be undertaken and a website and social media presence will be developed, allowing the project to engage with local communities and businesses and encourage projects involved with health, education, heritage, art and tourism to be associated with the route.
The project is a Community Group, led by a committee of volunteers and supported by The Three Rivers Community Partnership which is Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.
One key aspect of developing the route is to provide top quality signs and information. Placing route-markers is just the first step. Now we need to provide walkers with good information to encourage them to use a part or all of the route and to add to their enjoyment.
1. People are encouraged to use an unfamiliar path when they know something about it. Showing the next place on the route and how far away it is acts as an invitation. For the first link volunteers will erect twelve fingerposts at key points along the route. These will show the White Hart Link logo and the name and distance to next town or village or to a place of interest off the route.
2. We want to encourage walkers on the route to explore and enjoy the area through which they are passing. At each town and village we will erect an illustrative map board showing points of interest and local information. These will be A1 Lectern style. Four are needed on the first link. We have an outline design which will be used for all of these. The detailed designs will be developed from information collected by local groups and drawn up by a local volunteer artist.
The White Hart Link Team are a dedicated team of walking enthusiasts who are working incredibly hard to realise this unique project, bringing together many community groups to participate in making their dream a reality - a major new opportunity for improving health and well-being through walking in North Dorset.
for further information email email@example.com
Wriggle Valley Brewery, the small brewery making 'BIG BEER' has moved its microbrewery to Stalbridge! They have a passion for making 'big tasting beer' and always have something interesting in stock.
As well as supplying pubs, farm shops and off licences, they also sell direct to the public from their premises, or deliver within a 20 mile radius. You can buy beer direct from their brewery in Station Road or from one of their stockists.
As their website explains..."We are proud of the beer we make. We currently brew 3 regular beers and 4 seasonal brews, but we like to experiment so watch this space". You can watch their space by clicking on the button below...
Every month the Benefice of Spirehill produces a monthly magazine. In addition to church news (from all the local churches), there is news from local societies in Stalbridge (Women's Institute, the Garden Society and the Community Office).
The monthly benefice magazine is available in each of the parish churches, and in these retail outlets in Stalbridge:
Dikes, Candy's, the Post Office and Stalbridge Pharmacy. You can also download the November 2017 edition by clicking on the button below.
Stalbridge Library present another of their successful Author Talks, this time with travel writer Godfrey Hall, M.A. Godfrey has been a travel writer for over 30 years, travelling the world and has reported from a wide variety of locations. Over the years he has worked for a large number of publishers and broadcasters and currently writes a weekly column in the Western Gazette. His recent trips have included Canada, Alaska, Switzerland, Vienna, Bratislava, France and Finland.
Come and hear his talk
"Life as a travel journalist - The Inside Story"
on Tuesday 28th November 2017 (6.30pm for a 7pm start) at Stalbridge Community Library, just off Station Road in Stalbridge. Tickets are £3.00 each, available from Stalbridge Library in advance or on the door on the night. Early booking is advisable.
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the October edition...
Brian Spiller our chairman welcomed everyone to the October meeting in the congregational church.
This evening was our “Apple competition” and it was great to see a nice display of dessert and cooking apples.
Our speaker was Marcus Dancer who has his own plant nursery on the edge of the New Forest, in Fordingbridge. He brought along some of his more unusual perennial plants. As the talk was entitled “New and exciting plants for your garden”.
Marcus talked about the plants he had brought along then passed around lots of nice coloured photographs for us to see these plants when they are in bloom.
He explained to us how he goes about collecting new varieties and seed, he goes to great lengths to track down different hardy plants.
Some of which I have listed below:-
Leucanthemum called real charmer, a coreopsis called daybreak, a nice red and yellow form, a toadflax named peachy, a lovely campanula, ringabell mulberry rose very free flowering.
New autumn colour plants such as euphorbia Tasmanian tiger and a lovely variegated eryngium called jade frost, which I purchased myself.
Just a few more that you might like to add to your garden. Clematis Cassandra a self-supporting dwarf blue variety, a dwarf choisya named white dazzler, Salvias, Wendy’s wish and blue note and three new varieties of thalictrums look out for hewilts double pink.
This was a brilliant talk by Marcus, the photos made it really interesting, and we had the chance to buy some of his unusual plants at the end of his talk.
Moving onto the apple competition which was kindly judged by Eric Williams.
These results were as follows:-
Cooking: - 1st Angela Flavell 2nd Joan Bryon 3rd Dennis Ketcher h/c Geoff Greenough
Dessert: - 1st Brian Spiller 2nd Gordan Spiller 3rd Geoff Greenough h/c Michelle Howell
Next month the talk is “Views from the saddle” with Eric Watson this an interesting and different talk so do come and join us in Stalbridge hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 9th November.
The weather seems to be very mild for this time of year with dahlias and even sweet peas still flowering, carrots and even courgettes are still hanging on, and primroses are also in bloom.
Enjoy the rest of your harvest in this mild spell I am sure” jack frost” will appear soon.
Our Super Stalbridge Supermarket Dike & Son of Stalbridge has taken the decision to start charging for plastic carrier bags. Unlike other "supermarkets" all the money accrued from this will go to charity. We are trying to promote this on Stalbridge Info so no-one is caught short, but if you are, and you get charged for your bags please don't get grumpy. Just remember that you are contributing to charity until you can remember to bring your own bags, or buy one of their lovely jute bags to carry home your lovely purchases from this highly respected independent store. As a spokesperson for Dikes said..."from tomorrow (Monday 30th October) please note that we will be charging 2p for our plastic carrier bags. The money will go to our Charity Fund, Making A Difference Locally. We hope this will help more carrier bags to be reused and recycled, better for the planet!" So it's up to you...2p or not 2p, that is the question!
Dikes have a long history of innovation and progress since their inception in 1851...
"The Dike family have played a large part in the community since 1851 when they were grocers, but more predominantly bakers back then. In 1909 three cottages in Ring Street, Stalbridge, were purchased by William James Dike, (William Dike's grandfather) and were demolished and rebuilt as a grocery shop and a bake house. It was these premises that served the family proudly for just short of 100 years, witnessing numerous extensions and changes over that period.
To find out more of the history of this Stalbridge Institution click on the button below and follow their timeline of the Dike family phenomenon...
It's that time of year when you start thinking about your Christmas decorations. If you are thinking of a colour theme change or just have too much tinsel we would be really glad to receive it to use at the Lantern making sessions for the Stalbridge Lantern Parade on Friday 1st December. There is a collection box in the Hub@Stalbridge reception for any donations, which will be most gratefully received. Thank you from Stalbright Special Events For Stalbridge x
The Hub opening hours are Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00, Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon. Closed – on Thursday & Public Holidays.