The Annette Painter foot health care service is now available at Grace Haine Eyecare in Stalbridge. This new service provides professional treatment for common foot problems including: Nail Trimming, Corns, Callus and Hard Skin, Fungal and Thickened Nails, Ingrowing Toenails, Verrucas, Diabetic Foot Care. Pop in to Grace Haine Eyecare for more information. visit the website for opening times by clicking on the button below.
Grace Haine Eyecare
1 Skye House
Phone: 01963 362775
Stalbridge Community Information Office are having an Open Day on Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Hub at Stalbridge from 10.00am till 12 noon. Displays and groups present will include those who regularly use the facilities at The Hub, just off Station Road in Stalbridge. There will be a Raffle on the day and Teas and Coffees will be served by Stalbright Special Events for Stalbridge.
The idea for the ‘Silent Soldier Campaign’ came from Peter Wakeham from the Surrey Branch of The Royal British Legion and was realised in 2017, supporting the poppy appeal to remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces during WWI.
The Silent Soldiers are near life-size silhouettes of a First World War ‘Tommy’ cut from black dibond, which is both tough and weatherproof: they are supplied with bolts and angle iron posts for free-standing display, can be fixed to a wall or attached to an upright pole in either public or private spaces.
Businesses, local authorities and individuals across the UK were invited to sponsor and display the silhouettes to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War. Royal British Legion Branches and businesses in Surrey, Beds & Herts, Dorset and the Vale of Glamorgan signed up to this campaign last year....
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Armistice Day on 11th November.
The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
The main purpose of the Legion was straightforward: to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the war, whether through their own service or through that of a husband, father or son. The suffering took many forms: the effect of a war wound on a man's ability to earn a living and support his family, or a war widow's struggle to give her children an education.
Even those who had come through the war relatively unscathed struggled with employment. As a result of the war, Britain's economy plummeted and in 1921 there were two million unemployed. Over six million men had served in the war - 725,000 never returned. Of those who came back, 1.75 million had suffered some kind of disability and half of these were permanently disabled. Added to this figure were the families who depended on those who had gone to war - the wives and children, widows and orphans as well as the parents who had lost sons in the war, who often contributed to the household income.
The situation so moved Lancastrian Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, that he decided that if the government was either unable or unwilling to do anything to improve the lives of ex-Servicemen, he would do something about it himself. This eventually led to the formation of The British Legion.
When the Legion's leaders looked around them, they saw the gigantic task of looking after those who had suffered in the recent war and also the need to prevent further sacrifice by reminding the nation of the human cost of war and to work actively for peace.
By the time of the Legion's formation in 1921, the tradition of an annual Two Minute Silence in memory of the dead had been established. The first ever Poppy Appeal was held that year, with the first Poppy Day on 11 November 1921.
We were granted ‘Royal’ status in 1971, and extended our membership to serving members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, as well as ex-Service personnel, in 1981. Now, anyone can become a member of The Royal British Legion. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not, to continue the work that was begun nearly 100 years ago.
Stalbridge Pharmacy are Recruiting for a FULL-TIME COUNTER ASSISTANT. Medicine counter qualification and retail experience preferred but not essential. Preferably applicants should live in or close to Stalbridge. Please drop in your CV or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pop in for further details.
High St. DT10 2LL 01963 362246 www.numarkpharmacists.com
My name is Phillipa, I’ve grown up in Stalbridge and know lots of you on here. This means I know what a great community spirit you all have and how brilliant you all are at helping each other.
I am now in my final year of university at UWE, studying BSc Environmental Resource Management and have only a couple of months until I graduate. As many of you know, this means one thing in particular…. Dissertation :S
So, I am hoping that you will all be able to help me out.
Please can you complete my survey?
The title of my dissertation is ‘Documentaries vs Movies: An investigation into which has the most influence on the general public’s understanding of climate change’.
You must be aged 18 years and over to take part and your answers will be completely anonymous. All data collected in this survey will be processed under Data Protection terms and will not be passed on to any third parties. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Please feel free to share this to any people you think would be willing to take part. The more responses I can collect, the more accurate conclusions I can make.
Thank you so much for your time
It looks like some of the A357 road between Henstridge and Wincanton is going to be closed tomorrow (Wednesday March 14th) between 9.30am and 2.30pm. There was a sign up today on the side of the road although nothing is showing on the Somerset Road Closures website. We're not sure if the buses are affected.
What is going to happen to the 3,900 patients of Stalbridge Surgery after Doctor Clayton retires? View the report to the Stalbridge Town Council on this issue by clicking on the button below. There is some useful information on this subject, contained in the report, which affects many Stalbridge residents.
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the March 2018 edition...
Geoff Jeans our vice chairman welcomed all the members and visitors to the meeting. There was a lot to get through as it was our A.G.M and the Spring Flower show, as well as this evenings speaker, Mike Webber, who was going to run a garden quiz.
Geoff began on a sad note, telling us that very sadly Peter Holmes one of our long serving members, had sadly passed away that day. I had also heard from Anne Brown this week that another of our members, Bev Hall, had also passed away.
Brian Spiller’s health was still slowly moving forward, and he was getting lots of visitors, which is nice to hear.
Michelle read out the minutes of the last A.G.M, Geoff gave out his report, thanking everyone for their support.
We elected a committee, all existing members stayed on, with the election of three new ones, being Mary Moore, Tony Moore and Murray Robinson.
A new chairman was elected, Tony Moore, Vice chairman Geoff Jeans, Treasurer Carolyn Loosen, as Michelle Howell has stepped down after completing her three years. Secretary Anne Brown, and a new programme secretary was elected Mary Moore, as Anne has also stepped down after eleven years of doing the job.
Geoff said thank you for all of the work that had been done by the members who had stepped down, reminding us also that he was also going to make this his last year as vice chairman.
The treasurer then gave her report, and finished by saying that we do still need some new members for the society, to keep it going, the A.G.M was then brought to a close.
Mike Webber then set up his gardening quiz, the members formed into teams, and Mike then covered four different topics, with slides to match.
He began with Dorset gardens, a lot of us recognised these, Kingston Lacy, Compton Acres, Sherborne Castle, Abbotsbury Gardens and Kingston Maurwood.
The next topic was flowers, this included, lavender with a humming bird hawk moth, hibiscus, an orchid, a blue poppy, Latin and common names of flowers as well, this was a bit tricky.
Trees and shrubs next with things like, magnolia grandiflora, hydrangeas, flame of the forest, and the gingko biloba tree one of the oldest trees in the world, this was interesting.
Finally gardens in general, he showed pictures of Kew gardens, Kensington palace, and Chatsworth to name but a few.
The quiz was very informative and also a lot of fun, the winning table managed a respectable 51 out of 80 well done.
Mike gave us a really good quiz which we all enjoyed.
The final part of the evening was the results of the spring flower show, there was a nice display, considering the weather had been so difficult, but lots of the bulbs had survived the snow. Chris Wiles had very kindly judged it with help from Wendy Bailey, the results are as follows.
Daffodils- 1st Wendy 2nd Carolyn Loosen
Daffodils- 1st Wendy
Miniature daffs- 1st Michelle Howell 2nd Wendy 3rd Marigold Edwards
Planted bulbs 1st Ann Mattock 2nd Michelle
Class 7 1st Wendy
Class 8 1st Carolyn 2nd Wendy
Class 9 1st John Farrant 2nd Shirley Hosea 3rd Marigold
Thank you to all of you who took part, it was a nice display.
Next month is a talk about “The National Garden Scheme” with David Moon
On Thursday 12th April 7.30pm in the hall.
Please come and join us for a nice evening, there is always a warm welcome for new and existing members, just £10 a year to join.
Enjoy the spring colour, we just need a little warmer weather as well as our plants!
Stalbridge Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 17 March in the Scout Hut from 10.00am.
We will be collecting jumble on the evening of 16 March. If you have any jumble (no furniture or glass please) please leave by your front gate or place clearly visible from the road. Alternatively, you can bring jumble to the Scout Hut on evening of 16 March between 6.30 and 8.00pm.
Our Mothering Sunday service at Stalbridge Parish Church is at 10am on Sunday 11th March, with coffee, tea, juice, croissants and pain au chocolat served from 9.30am. Our worship on this day is informal in style and will be accessible to all ages. You can write a message to your 'mum' and place it on our 'thank you' tree. There will be Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.
Dorset residents are being made aware that their bin collections may be affected for up to a week while services return to normal. Due to the recent severe weather, the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) suspended collections in East Dorset on Thursday 1 March, with the rest of the county’s collections disrupted on Friday 2 March. With up to two days of missed bin collections to catch-up on, the DWP are kindly asking for residents’ patience while they work to clear the backlog. Bins, boxes and bags should be left out for collection until they are emptied or picked up. Please note that different bins may be emptied at different times. DWP crews will collect any extra bags of rubbish left out with bins that were missed last week. Extra recycling is always accepted provided it is separated and placed in a sturdy container. Residents who weren’t affected by the disruption should continue to put their bins out on their usual collection day. The DWP hopes to have cleared the majority of missed bins by Saturday 10 March, with extra collections to take place if necessary. Updates will be made on https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/severe-weather/waste-and-recycling and via Facebook and Twitter (@recycle4dorset).
The Dorset Waste Partnership would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
Award winning fish restaurant Something Else Fishy in Milborne Port serves the best Prawn Cocktail in the area...but did you know they now stock a range of local wines, ales, beers and ciders to have with your meal? The restaurant still allows you to bring your own ( with a bottle charge of £2) but they now serve wines from The Sherborne Castle Estate, Beers and Lagers from Cerne Abbas, as well as Copse House Cider. The restaurant is now open 4 nights a week from 5.00pm till 9.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are also open for lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00pm till 2.00pm. Booking is advised, as this is a very popular restaurant. Telephone: 01963 250225 or visit the website for more details and menus by clicking on the button below.
Every month the Benefice of Spirehill produces their church magazine. Here is the March edition. Just click on the button to view or download it. A printed version is also available in shops in Stalbridge.
The Stalbridge Archive Group invite you to view their display about bicycle maker William Lovelace at The Hub on Saturday 7th April during the Hub@Stalbridge Open Day. The Archive Group are still busily cataloguing our ever-growing collection of historical photographs and documents. We are also preparing the William Lovelace display. He opened a garage in 1911 making bicycles. He also had a charabanc service offering trips to Weymouth and Cheddar. After the Second World War, the Lovelace bus business was bought by Patrick Lewis having returned from serving in the Canadian Airforce. With more modern buses Pat continued to provide trips, he also ran the school bus service to Sturminster Newton which many will still remember. If you have any photographs of those days with Lewis Coaches, we would love to see them. And just a reminder that the first AGM of The Stalbridge Archive Society is tonight Monday 5th March at 7.30pm at The Hub. Everyone is welcome
Stalbright Community Café
and Fundraising Fair!
Saturday 10th March
10am until 12pm
in The Hub@Stalbridge, Just off Station Road
Please help support these local groups
Anne Harris Children’s Charity
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue
Stalbridge Congregational Church
Stalbridge History Group
(Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support)
Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a catch up
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support) are hosting a fun day of crafts stalls and pampering on Sunday 18th March from 11.00am to 5.00pm in Stalbridge Hall. A fun day for all, to include Jewellery, Handmade Cards, Pampering Area offering Nails and Treatments, Tombola, Face Painting plus much more including Lady B with her fabulous clothing on the Boutique in a Bus....not to mention a Tea Room where you can relax over a drink and a selection of lovely cakes. SCARS look forward to welcoming you and thank you for your continued support of this wonderful local cancer support group.
Stalbridge Toddler Group are having a sale...of CAKES! The sale will run during their normal session at Stalbridge Community Hall from 9.30 till 11.30 on Tuesday 20th March. Come along and buy some yummy cakes and help up raise some vital funds for our little toddler group for new play equipment. Any cake donations would be gratefully received.
The Stalbridge Women's Institute meet every month at Stalbridge Hall. Here are some extracts of their January 2018 meeting report. The President Wendy Bailey welcomed both members and visitors to the January WI meeting.
As well as singing Jerusalem, we sang 'Happy Birthday' to Ann Mattock who celebrated her birthday that day and was one of the recipients of a beautiful, Birthday Posy made by Wendy.
In December events included several members joining others from all over the county for a Carol Service in Sherborne Abbey, a very enjoyable Christmas Lunch at 'The Virginia Ash' where Jane Smith arranged a variation on the usual 'Secret Santa' with the Christmas present draw, we all took a wrapped present and received one back. Wendy Bailey was thanked for the upkeep of the flowers in the trough in Station Road.
Daniel Miller from 'The Dorset Dairy Company' told us how he and his partner Alex had started up the company on the family farm of 60 years, here on the outskirts of Stalbridge. They accessed second hand equipment having to thoroughly clean out the old cow stall, which had previously been used for calf rearing and laterly as Daniel's music room!! Then having to decorate it before being able to use it.
They started by making cheese, progressing to strained or Greek Yoghurt, using 100 litres of milk to make 30 litres of Yoghurt. Advertising the product with 'Tastings' at farm shops etc, also in Dikes in Sept 2016. Then in London, March 2017 they entered the 'Virgin Food Entrepreneurs', also attending the 'Specialist and Fine Foods Festival' in London, gaining interest from 'Fortnum & Mason'. Through the Internet they are able to supply establishments in London quickly, Daniel said Alex deals with that side of it (she's the internet wizard). He was obviously very passionate about his product, having to put a lot of hard work into producing and promoting it. Daniel left us with several different flavoured Yoghurts to sample, I liked the Honey one rather than the savoury flavours.
The 'Flower of the Month' was won by Wendy Bailey and June Harman. The competition for 'A Pretty or Unusual Milk Jug', 1st was Wendy, 2nd was June, and 3rd was Sheila Orchard.
As 'The Beast from The East' becomes 'The Pest in The West' you might be thinking that this is the worst winter for some time, but the worst British winter of modern times was truly abysmal. It was dubbed "Big Freeze of 1963" and it still remains one of the coldest winters on record in the United Kingdom. Winter 1962-63 saw the coldest weather for two hundred years. At its height a two and a half day and night blizzard of epic proportions produced heavy drifting snow in most of the United Kingdom. Here in the South West snow drifted to over 20 feet deep in places, driven on by gale force easterly winds of up to 119mph, blocking roads and railways. The snow stranded villagers and brought down power lines. The snow cover lasted for over two months in some areas, producing average snow drift heights of 8 to fifteen feet in this area.
As the country started to freeze solid freezing fog swept the land in temperatures as low as minus 19 centigrade and parts of the sea up to 4 miles from shore froze solid. January 1963 still remains the coldest month since 1814. So if Dikes is still open tomorrow for your daily bread and you really don't need to get on an X10 out of the village then put the fire on if you have one, watch the Beast from your window, and think yourself lucky it's not 1963...
Put your knowledge to the test at the Stalbridge Football Club Quiz Night...Sunday 4th March at The Royal British Legion in Stalbridge. Gates open 7pm for a 7.30pm kick off. £2 entry fee per person. Maximum of 6 per team. Questions will be across multiplee categories to test your knowledge. Cash Prizes on the night. All welcome.
The Community Information Office in Stalbridge invite you to join them for a friendly cup of tea and biscuits in The Hub at Stalbridge, next to the library in Station Road. Some of you may or may not have visited us before, so this could be your chance. So why not join us on Friday 2nd March between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Come and find us and see what else goes on at the hub. All are welcome, young and not so young alike. Hope to see you there!