Stalbridge does Kurling. The Petanque & Croquet club have purchased a new age Kurling set, to play indoors, on any club day. They are also going to try and play Croquet on the other piece of grass, which isn't perfect but possible. They will also be playing cards- canasta, bridge, whist, cribbage... board games...what ever you like! There will also be as much tea and biscuits as you can handle, and all this for a yearly fee of £10 plus £2 on the day you take part. Why not pop down and join them? Everyone is welcome. The club takes place at Stalbridge Hall in Lower Road on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm. And for more information on what new age Kurling involves click on the button below.
Spirehill Therapy Centre are having an Open Evening on Friday 15th October at 6.00pm at Spirehill Farm Courtyard in Stalbridge. Whether you're looking for Christmas ideas or just want to know more about the centre everyone is welcome to browse around the gift store and chat to the therapists. Don’t miss out on the chance to meet their unique team, find out what therapies and workshops they offer and prepare for Christmas! Browse the gift store, book in your own private Christmas parties hosted by The Body Shop with Ali-may Pike or The Fragrance Room with Vanessa Vining or purchase treatment vouchers for loved ones! Also, your name will be put into their Christmas draw (for free!) to win yourself a treatment of your choice!
For more info call Mickie on 07481 819893 or visit the facebook page
The Pirate Ship at Jarvis Field Play Area in Stalbridge has been vandalised, resulting in the remaining structure being unsafe to use. The ship has been dismantled and removed from the park in order to see if it can be repaired and re-instated at a later date. This was not a measure taken lightly. After the vandalism the structure was left with sharp exposed screws poking out of the structure and sharp pieces of metal still attached to the mast after the flag had been wrenched from it. The main structure of the ship and its seating had been wrenched apart with some consistent force. These play structures are built to high standards, but the pirate ship was subject to a sustained period of deliberate and forceful vandalism, which has resulted the extreme damage that left the structure unsafe and dangerous to play on. The Council have been in conversation with Dorset Police concerning this and several other incidents of vandalism in the last few weeks. A statement from them reads: "Over the last week or so there have a been a number of ASB (antisocial behaviour) incidents these include the following; play equipment in Jarvis Field was damaged the pirate ship was dismantled and screws were placed into the seating area- this occurred on Saturday, sleepers were removed from around the tunnel and banners were slashed. Other incidents include road signage in Lower Road and Station Road were dismantled and removed, fires in the dug out Park Grove playing fields and town council equipment being thrown around and the bins being accessed at the village hall. This type of behaviour is unusual for Stalbridge. Do you know what your kids are up to? Please report incidences of Anti-social Behaviour via 101 or report on line via the Dorset Police website".
Blackmore Vale Coffee Companions comes to Stalbridge. "Coffee Companions is a new way for people to engage with others in their community who might like to chat over a cuppa". It takes place at William's Café in Stalbridge (Dike and Son Supermarket) every Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Have a look at their website for more info about them.
Stalbridge Hall and Artsreach present The Neil Maya Jazz Quartet in concert on Saturday 30th October 2021 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm for Bar and snacks. Entitled "1959: The Golden Year Of Jazz" The Neil Maya Quartet envokes the sound of the cool jazz movement of the fities and sixties. This talented and exciting band aims to find new and fresh sounds while remaining accessible to all. 1959 is considered by many to be one of the most important for modern jazz and included the release of albums such as "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis and "Time Out" by Dave Brubeck. To find out more information and to watch the band performing click on the ArtsReach button below. To book tickets (Standard Ticket £10, Under 18s £5, Family ticket £22) you can either telephone Nicky Ryall on 01963 362978 or book online by clicking on the white button below.
Comedy entertainer Paul Dumas will be at Stalbridge Hall on Friday 22nd October for an evening of Comedy, Ventriloquism, Impressions and Magic, as well as Music from the fifties, sixties and seventies provided by The Beagles. There will also be a bar and raffle on the night. This Family friendly show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Williams Florist in Station Road, Stalbridge. Adult £8, Children £4, Family ticket £20. For further info please call 01963 362978. If you are looking to book either a comedian or singer for your next event then look no further.
Paul Dumas has been performing for over 2 decades in the UK and abroad. As well as being one of the top Ventriloquists and impressionists he is also a great singer and comedian- a one man variety show! Paul has appeared on TV several times including the Des O'Connor Show, Channel 4 Big Breakfast and The Graham Norton Show.
Some Stalbridge residents are wondering why some of the roads seem to be 'upside down', with the tar underneath and the chippings on the top and are not best pleased with the result. We thought we would try and find out why. So it appears that this method of repairing roads is called "Surface Dressing" as opposed to "Micro Asphalt". Surface dressing involves spraying down a sticky bitumen coating on a dry road surface. then stone chippings are spread on top. The surface is then rolled in order to embed the stone chippings into the bitumen.
Some loose stones remain on the road surface for some days. In theory the weight of vehicles passing over the loose stones again and again will squash them in to the bitumen to finish off the new road surface. As you might guess, the edges of the roads in Stalbridge that have been re-surfaced this way may not get much traffic and therefore take a long time to 'bed down'.
It seems that there are some good reasons for using this method. Apparently:
It provides a non-skid and therefore safer road surface.
It seals and waterproofs the road.
It can extend the life of the road surface by over 10 years.
In addition, there seem to be cost benefits to using this method:
it is a relatively quick process.
It is also substantially cheaper than other methods of maintaining roads.
And the disadvantages of this method?
We will leave those up to you to discuss!
And if you have got to the end of this without falling asleep.....
Here is a video of someone explaining everything about it...entitled "Getting a grip on Surface Dressing"
Stalbridge Garden Society present their talk - "Autumn Plants" on Thursday 9th September 2021 at 7.30pm in Stalbridge Hall, with guest speaker from Castle Gardens. Visitors and new members are most welcome. For more information please telephone 01963 365848
Stalbridge Art Group will be resuming sessions every Monday at Stalbridge Hall from 6th September, running from 9.00am to 1.00pm. All abilities are welcome. No art experience necessary! Each session costs £5. Discounts are available if payments are made in advance.
Tea/coffee/biscuits freely available.
No booking required.
For more details call Olive 01963 362668
Stalbridge History Society Talks resume this Saturday with their long awaited presentation on Friendly Societies. Phillip Hoyland will talk about their history, their role in village life and the significance of their brass pole-head emblems. The talk takes place at The Congregational Church in Station Road this Saturday 4th September, with doors opening at 10.30am and talk at 11.00am. £3 entry for non-members. Free parking is in the Hub car park in Station Road.
Stalbridge Friday Morning Coffee Group returns to Stalbridge Hall this Friday 3rd September from 10.00am to 11.30am. Tea or coffee and biscuit is £1. There will be a raffle. All are welcome! Please note that Covid precautions are in practice for your protection, and that age related injections are required.
Louise King Pilates classes start again on Wednesday September 8th at 9.30am in Stalbridge Hall. Pilates can help make lasting changes to posture, core strength, flexibility and mobility. These are small, gentle classes, adaptable your own fitness level. Come and have fun in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Spaces are limited and booking essential. Please message Louise for more details by visiting her facebook page below.
Lower Road in Stalbridge will be closed from the access road leading to Skylands to a point approximately 230 metres to the north west (in both directions) from 09:30, 3rd September 2021 until 15:30, 3rd September 2021. The closure has been requested to allow Openreach access to overhead poles and cables to replace a telegraph pole.
A couple of roads in Stalbridge will be closed for some "pole testing" on 5th September 2021. They are Caundle Lane from the junction with Eastop Lane to a point approximately 530 metres to the north and from the junction with the top of Park Grove to the junction with Landshire Lane down the Giant Steps route of of Stalbridge. These works are scheduled to start at 09:30am, 5th September 2021 and finish at 15:30 that day.
Blackmore Vale U3A Open Day is on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at Henstridge Village Hall form 2.00pm to 4.30pm. The U3A is for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together. Their motto is "Live, Laugh and Learn", so Please join them with a glass of wine and chat to our talented group leaders, see what they do and learn something new. Become a member in September and get three months for free!
For more information about Blackmore Vale U3A call 01963 31077 or visit our website www.u3a.org.uk
There will be an exhibition and talks by veterans to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion at The Guggleton Farm Arts Project in Stalbridge, running from 25th September to 9th October 2021. Starting with a Big Band Night on Saturday 25th September in the Dutch Barns at Guggleton then moving to the Milking Parlour Gallery for the exhibition and talks. The Gallery is open from 11.00am to 3.00pm Tuesday to Saturday. Big Band Night tickets at £5 each (with buffet included) are available for The RBL in Stalbridge and "As the Crow Flies" shop at Guggleton Farm Arts.
To commemorate the Centenary of the Royal British Legion Guggleton Farm Arts in Stalbridge is teaming up with Stalbridge Royal British Legion and local 11 piece band, Ship of Fools for a Big Band Night on Saturday 25th September 2021 from 7.00pm to 11.00pm.
The Band play many genres including Rock n roll and Swing and boast a great brass section with a big sound.
During the evening there will be a buffet supper and guests are invited to bring their own drinks.
Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Royal British Legion in Stalbridge and As The Crow Flies shop within Guggleton Farm Arts.
The Swan Pub in Stalbridge are hosting another of their popular Pub Quiz Nights on Tuesday 31st August 2021. Starts at 7.30pm £2 per person. Please pre-book your table 01963 362224
The Guggleton Farm Arts Project in Stalbridge is running their first ever Performing Arts Summer School with local theatre producer and experienced entertainments professional, Roger Clay. If you are interested in signing up then please contact the team.
Temporary road closures are in place today in Stalbridge to do some surface dressing on Gold Street, Jarvis Way and Wood lane. The council says the following: TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT NOTICE, GOLD STREET, JARVIS WAY, WOOD LANE, STALBRIDGE
DORSET COUNCIL has issued a Notice under Section 14  of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 as amended. The Notice is needed in order to comply with health and safety regulations which require the provision of safe working areas and to minimise likelihood of danger to highway users. The Notice comes in to operation on 2 August 2021 and will remain in force for 5 days, however it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 6 August 2021.
This Notice will enable Dorset Council to carry out surface dressing works.
The effect of this Notice is as follows:
[i] To impose temporary road closure on Gold Street, Jarvis Way, Wood Lane. A locally signed diversion route will be put in place to enable traffic to travel around the closed sections.
[ii] To impose clearway and parking suspension as indicated by signs on site to prevent waiting or parking on the highway along Gold Street, Jarvis Way, Wood Lane. Any vehicle waiting in contravention of any restriction imposed by this Notice may be removed under the provisions of the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986.
[iii] To impose temporary 10mph speed limit as indicated by signs on site on, Gold Street, Jarvis Way, Wood Lane.
For further information about the work being undertaken, call Dorset Council on 01305 228100. To discuss this Notice, call Dorset
Highways Traffic Team on 01305 221020 or email email@example.com.
The roads affected are shown in yellow on the map below....
The Stalbridge Arms has been winning praise for their food recently, but when can you sample what's on offer? Here are their Food serving Days and hours of service:-
Monday: closed all day
Tuesday: closed for food but bar open as normal
Wednesday: Food served from 5pm to 8.30pm
Thursday: Food served from 12 noon to 2pm and from 5pm to 8.30pm
Friday: Food served from 12 noon to 8.30pm
Saturday: Food served from 12 noon to 8.30pm
Sunday: Food served from 12 noon to 5pm
The forthcoming Folk and Poetry Festival due to take place this Saturday 31st July at the Guggleton has unfortunately been cancelled. Here is a message from Artistic Director Deanne Tremlett...."Dear all, As a team we have decided to cancel the Folk and Poetry Festival. We are disappointed not to see you and thank you and the performers for their understanding. We feel as a team that it is unwise to host a bigger event with the current number of Covid infections. We will offer you small events instead for the future. Thank you for your patience!"