Living Spit Comedy Theatre presents "Giants of Science"
on Sat 20th October 2018 from 7.30pm at Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road Stalbridge. Tickets available from Williams Florist in Station Road, Stalbridge: 01963 362355. £15 for a standard ticket (includes food and a drink.)
"A brilliantly bonkers new show from this much-loved duo! Howard Coggins knows nothing about science. Stu Mcloughlin knows even less. Nevertheless, they have agreed to give a lecture on the subject, and after enlisting the help of the smartest scientific sages of the ages, that’s just what they aim to do.
But even with the likes of Albert Einstein, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and… um… Kriss Akabusi along for the ride, the chances of the dim-witted duo making it through the evening with any sense of dignity remaining intact seems less than likely. Still, they’re determined, like a pair of Atoms missing a couple of electrons, to stay positive.
With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry, and the silliest of scientific songs, you can expect this raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity to be… well, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining. It might even be… scien-triffic!"
Suitable for ages 12+
Enjoy a Play, Pasty and Pint at Stalbridge!
Tickets for the performance at Stalbridge Hall include a cheese and onion or meat pasty and a pint/glass of wine or soft drink. Food served at 7:30pm, performance at 8pm.
Booking essential. Please confirm food choices when booking.
We're Living Spit. We make comedy-theatre shows. Which have music in. That we write. Some people like them. And laugh. In an appropriate way. We make them in Clevedon, North Somerset, UK. Cos that's where we live. Then we put them on all over the place. Come and see us!
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Come to Our Mammoth Book Sale and pick up some winter reading! Takes place in The Community Information Office (next to the library) at The Hub , Station Road, Stalbridge on Saturday 29th September from 10am-4pm. There will be a Children's Corner, Tombola, and Refreshments will available. Meet our Local Authors and enjoy browsing for your inexpensive Autumn and Winter reading..
A Galaxy of Stars at Sherborne Literary Festival
This October Sherborne Literary Society are set to welcome a diverse smorgasbord of authors and speakers for its seventh Literary Festival.
From bestselling authors, to biographers, novelists, politicians and historians, the impressive five-day festival which will celebrate two special anniversaries, will feature informative and interactive talks in venues around Sherborne sparking creativity, laughter and discussion among the community.
The festival will open (10th October, 11am, Digby Hall) with an epic exhibition to commemorate the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 40th anniversary and its author, Stalbridge’s literary and multi-media legend Douglas Adams. Bringing together members of the original cast and crew, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, video clips and props, as well as Douglas Adams’ family and friends, the two-part festival item will share how the worlds of Arthur Dent, Slartibartfast and twin-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox came to be.
Thursday (11th October, 11am, Digby Hall) will see Maria Wingfield Digby revisit the life of one of the Elizabethan era’s and Sherborne’s best loved characters, Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ralegh as he preferred to be spelt) 400 years on. Credited with introducing tobacco and potatoes in England, this is the tale of one man’s ascent from relatively humbled origins to international legend, leaving his mark not only on Sherborne, but on much of Europe and America too.
Based on his Sunday Times bestseller ‘M’, Henry Hemming will reveal the dramatic true story of a maverick M15 officer, Maxwell Knight - M15’s greatest spymaster - in a gripping, interactive talk on the Thursday evening (11th October, 7pm, Digby Hall). A fascinating item following the Salisbury novichok poisoning earlier this year, it will feature a song and game to find out which member of the audience would make the perfect spy. Hemming tales of two remarkable female spies who were recruited by Knight in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement is one not to be missed.
The festival will round off on Sunday with Kevin Davies and Friends Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Part 2 (14th October, 12pm, Digby Hall), and a talk by Mark Price author of Fairness for All and Workplace Fables (2.30pm, Digby Hall). Working for the John Lewis Partnership for over three decades, Price’s books explore the Partnership’s ways of working which has employee’s well-being at its heart, the latter modern business fables with morals drawn. The audience will be invited to question Mark on these books as well as from his recent past as Trade Minister in a pre- and post- Brexit referendum.
Author of 26 books Max Hasting will be among bestsellers including Gill Sims sharing her comical novel Why Mummy Swears, Lord Peter Hain the former British anti-apartheid leader reflecting on Mandela’s remarkable story, and Mark Kermode as he recounts his foolhardy attempts to fulfil his dreams of stardom in How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures – there may even be some music too.
Supported by Sue Cameron’s superb schools programme, local children will hear from a variety of lively and interesting writers throughout the week and will have the chance to enter the Creative Writing Competition for Juniors (Years 5 & 6) and Seniors (7,8 & 9) launching this year.
For the full programme and ticketing information please visit www.sherborneliterarysociety.com or call 01935 815341.
The Stalbridge History Society AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th September, at 7.00 pm at The Hub. We intend to have a small display of items from the 1918 Stalbridge for Sale Exhibition. If you were unable to attend the Exhibition, and are interested in a particular property (or properties), please let us know so that we can include this. No promises, but we will try. We look forward to seeing you there.
Stalbright Special Events for Stalbridge have been enjoying the success of another Pop up Cafe and fundraising day in The Hub at Stalbridge, helping to support and highlight local groups and charities. On Saturday 1st September local groups on show were Angel Rabbit Rescue, Anne Harris Children’s Charity, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Stalbridge Archive Group, Stalbridge Community Information Office, Stalbridge Congregational Church, Stalbridge History Group and Stalbright and the Armistitch Project.
"Thank you so much to everyone who came along today to support Stalbright and our lovely local fundraising groups. We are extremely grateful for all the help we have received displaying posters, setting up The Hub, running the café, making delicious cakes, raffle donations and packing away at the end.
We are very pleased to say we raised £69 from the raffle and £72.47 from refreshments. A big thank you to Stalbridge Allotment Society who donated some lovely produce and raised £8.41 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Once again many thanks and we look forward to seeing you all in a couple of months for the Christmas Fair" - Rebecca Rocheleau
Vale Picture Frames provides a bespoke picture and photo framing service to Stalbridge and the wider Blackmore Vale area. Proprietor Malcom Stobart offers 'No Obligation' quotes and home visits.
For more information or to arrange a 'No Obligation' home visit please telephone:
01963 363 380 or 07775 805 859
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of visitors from all over Dorset and beyond flocked to the first day of the "Stalbridge For Sale" exhibition at Stalbridge Hall, put on by Stalbridge History Society. This enthralling and important exhibition continues today until 4pm and on Monday and Tuesday the 3rd and 4th September.
And if you haven't heard what it is all about (where have you been?!) the exhibition not only highlights the Stalbridge property auction of September 1918, (When Lord Stalbridge sold almost every property and piece of land in the village), but also gives a wonderful 'snapshot' of daily life in Stalbridge at that time, from church and school life to pubs and businesses.
Can you find your own house amongst the exhibits, or that of your great-grandparents? Who was living there in 1918? Were they able to buy it? Who owned the field that your house was built on?
These questions and more can be answered by walking the Stalbridge streets of 1918 in the exhibition hall. You can even get the details of your house printed out!
Admission is Free! Teas, coffees and soft drinks, with cake and biscuits will be available by donation.
There is disabled access, free wi-fi and a large free car park at Stalbridge Hall.
So do join us for The Sale Of The Century!
The remaining exhibition times are as follows:
Sun 2nd sep 10am - 4pm
Mon 3rd sep 10am - 4pm , 6pm - 8pm
Tue 4th sep 10am - 4pm
Station Road is still being dug up in late September, but it now appears to be not the whole road but a smaller section from Jarvis Way down. We are not sure yet, but this hopefully means that the buses will not have to be diverted...fingers crossed! The fun runs from 17th to 28th September, 24 hours a day, except for weekends.
There's a bit of Barrow Hill that needs digging up (again?) to do more pipework. The fun starts on 8th October and runs in theory till 12th October. The small section affected is from Grove Lane to the Royal British Legion, but you won't be able to join the high street or proceed up Barrow Hill at all. The diversion takes you round Park Grove and Gold Street, which is not going to be fun, either for the residents or for drivers. As usual, if you have any concerns about this please contact Tom
Faulkner (email@example.com) by the 24th September 2018.
It's the 40th Anniversary of The HitchHikers Guide to The Galaxy...and you can join in the fun as Kevin Davies and Friends celebrate, as part of The Sherborne Literary Festival on Wednesday 10th October from 11.00am.
Some words from the organisers...
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy began with a young struggling author, Douglas Adams, pounding the streets of nearby Stalbridge on his early morning run, before hammering the keys of an ancient manual typewriter in his bedroom. The BBC commission for his new 6-part radio comedy arrived almost simultaneously with another, for four episodes of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who.
Douglas famously wrestled with writer’s block for much of his life, but this fertile early period at his mother’s house (“Six months of baths and peanut butter sandwiches,” he later called it), saw the birth of a literary and multi-media juggernaut. Within a few years, Hitchhiker's had conquered every medium: radio, novels, stage shows, a TV series and even an official bath towel.
Sadly however, the author died of a heart attack in 2001, aged only 49, before the Hollywood movie starring Martin Freeman came to fruition. And yet, the title marches on, with a recent re-mastering of the radio series on CD and shiny red vinyl, plus the TV series in HD on BBC Blu-Ray.
This special 2.5 hour festival programme item, marking the 40th anniversary of Hitchhiker’s, will bring together members of the original radio cast; Douglas’ family; his friends and special guests; all of whom had a hand in helping Douglas to create the worlds of the bewildered Arthur Dent, coastline designer Slartibartfast and Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox. Personal stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes will be illustrated with exclusive video clips and a display of original props and animation artwork from the TV series. This is one event not to miss, especially if you want to shake clamps with Marvin The Paranoid Android!
Tickets are £6. For more information and to book online please visit the website
The Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents The Tempest By William Shakespeare. Directed by Ian White. Performances run from Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd September 2018, with the show starting at 7.45pm
"On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon he creates a vast magical storm that wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems".
Doors open 7:15 pm, show starts 7.45pm.
TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FROM 27th August 2018
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the box office on 07500 37 60 31.
ScreenBites Food Film Festival presents the film 'Marie Antoinette' at Milborne Port Village Hall on Saturday 20th October 2018. Made in 2006 and directed by Sofia Coppola the film is an impressionistic portrait of the life of the young queen of France, who famously told the bread-starved 'miserables' of pre revolution france to "Eat Cake!" Book your slice by visiting the screenbites website.
You must be crackers if you're not going to the Cheese Festival in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. With food demonstrations, Music and entertainment and Children's activities there's something for all the family! Tickets are for sale on the days of the Festival only, £6 per adult, 14 years and under are free. For more info see the website below.
STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY ANNUAL PRODUCE AND FLOWER SHOW TRIUMPHS AGAIN IN 2018. The sun came out on Saturday 18th August at the Stalbridge Hall for the annual show. The hall was buzzing with competitors and visitors. The Show was officially opened by Canon William Ridding who has been our Rector for many years. Although numbers were slightly down in the flower classes the other classes made up for it with some really amazing entries in the craft section, domestic and some wonderful photographs. It was good to see Brian Spiller and his family join us for the afternoon. Brian was our Chairman until January this year when he became very ill. The afternoon tea ladies were kept very busy serving tea & cake, this as always is the most popular part of the day and the tea area was buzzing with friends catching up on their news. Despite the challenging summer weather the hall was a sight to behold with all the entries set out to show what can be achieved.
Results: Wendy Bailey won the Westminster Rose Bowl for the highest number of points in the Show, the Frith cup for the highest points in Domestic, the Challenge Cup for Best Floral Exhibit, the WI Cup and the Pat Emmerson Cup for best Handicraft exhibit with a beautiful patchwork cushion. The Betty Godwin Cup was won by Mary Moore for the Heaviest weight from a potato. In the Children’s Section, St Nicholas School Henstridge won the Children’s Cup for horticulture. The Junior cup went to William and Belinda Dike for children’s entries aged 6-9, Georgina Dike won the Jubilee Cup for the entry 10-13 and the Stalbridge Cup for the best children’s entry in photography. The Stalbridge Beavers entered for the first time and won the Margaret Jeans Rose bowl for the Family/Joint entry no 78. The Goblet went to Chris Jeans for best vegetable exhibit. Geoff Jeans won the Percy Dike Bowl for best Flower exhibit in classes 27-38, The Ring Street Cup went to our Treasurer Carolyn Loosen for the best Cut Flower exhibit. The Member’s cup for the best Geranium (supplied by Castle Gardens and a voucher) went to Shirley Hosea. The Best Pot Plant in Show went to Pam Ruffell who won the Brian Spiller Cup. Ruth Bennett won the Christine Lewis cup for the best Egg exhibit. John Cranston won the Handicraft Cup for Highest points in Handicraft. The Wood Lane cup for Photography went to M Ridgewell. A new cup this year was The Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group Cup for the best entry went to Pat Pocock. Congratulations to John Tinsley for winning the Anglesey Bowl for the second year running for the Highest points in vegetables and the Gold Street Cup for best apple exhibit.
Come and have a cake and a catch up at the Stalbright Community Café and Fundraising Fair! Saturday 1st September, 10am until 12pm in The Hub@stalbridge.
Please help support these local groups
Angel Rabbit Rescue
Anne Harris Children’s Charity
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Stalbridge Archive Group
Stalbridge Community Information Office
Stalbridge Congregational Church
Stalbridge History Group
Stalbright and the Armistitch Project
Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a catch up
The Hub Pop Up Café
A meeting of Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme will be held on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7pm in The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge to Recruit Drivers to, and explain how, the Car Scheme will work.
With the imminent closure of our Surgery, we need Volunteer Drivers to come forward and join the scheme so that we do not have a situation where people without access to transport are unable to get to a Doctor or Hospital appointments.
If you have a car, can drive and have some free time then please can we have your support?
If you are interested in coming, would you please ring
Mary Moore on 01963 365848 beforehand.
Age Concern are hosting a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 2nd Sep 2018
Start Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Start Time: Staggered between 1000 and 1045 hours.
Finish Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Winner: The person who answers the most questions correctly (Tie Breaker – Distance Travelled). A magnum of Prosecco is first and only prize.
Route: If navigated correctly, less than 50 miles, less than 2 hours but no time limit applied.
Lunch: If required book in advance at White Hart on 01963 23301.
Fee: £10/car. Monies raised go to Age Concern North Dorset.
Maps: No maps required. Full written instructions issued at Start Point. Drivers will need a navigator with a pen/pencil.
Fran Drake is expanding her Sturminster based dog walking service to include Stalbridge!
The service offers interesting and exciting path and woodland walks for your dog, from a 30 minute 2.5km walk to a 3 hour Adventure Hike! Find out more about this service by clicking on the button below...
We contacted Dorset Highways and First Bus about the planned closure of Station road in Stalbridge and what was happening to the routes of the X10 and 58a buses, and here's what happened...
Dorset Highways told us that they had informed First bus of the planned road closure and that we should contact them to find out their diversion plans, so we managed (after an hour) to get someone on the phone, who kindly went off to enquire. The result....they haven't formulated a diversion route yet but should have that sorted in the next few weeks, when they hope it will be posted on their website. So we will keep an eye out for this and let you know when we know. Fingers Crossed!
Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is August's edition...
Tony Moore opened our meeting and reminded everyone to get their entries in for the Show on Saturday 18th August. He then introduced Martin Young & talked about Plant Heritage of which Martin has then job of co-ordinating the keepers of National Collections of Plants. Martin was a Wg Cmdr RAF and during the 80’s he was stationed on Ascension Island. He now runs his own Hortiicultural business and nursery in Upwey,Weymouth. He gave us a very comprehensive talk on Ascension Island. Some key facts are: Ascension Island is in the middle of the Atlantic. It provided a base for the RN to protect St Helena during Napoleon’s imprisonment. Was the location of the world’s first experiment to make it rain. Was a staging post for the retaking of the Falklands in 1982.
Until 2011 was a NASA Tracking Station and Emergency Landing Site for the Space Shuttle. It is now a base for the European Space Agency which tracks Ariane spacecraft.
It remains a British Dependency and is still one of the strangest places on earth, it is essentially the top of a volcano! Martinn gave us a fascinating history of the plants on the island many being introduced from Kew Gardens by the RN in the 1800 after Dawin’s visit in 1836.
Overall a very interesting talk.
- Anne Brown