Stalbridge Library blog page often highlights new and exciting books on their news items page. Have a look at their latest review by clicking on the button below and visiting the library website. This month has two war books, "Race of Aces" and "The Art of Resistance". You can also find out opening times and details of how the library works.
It's easy to join Stalbridge Library! Membership of the library is FREE. All you have to do is call in at the Library, just off Station Road in Stalbridge, where the duty librarian will help you fill in a form and instantly give you a Dorset Library Card. New members joining at the Community Library will be issued with a Library Card and pin number to use with it. This entitles you to use the Stalbridge Community Library as well as all Dorset Libraries and Libraries West Libraries. You can join the library at any age. Adults are required to fill in a registration form and provide proof of name, address and signature such as a driving licence. If you are under 16 your parent or guardian will need to sign your registration form and provide proof of their identity.
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 etc).
The monthly benefice magazine is available in each of the parish churches, and in selected outlets in Stalbridge. You can also download it by clicking on the button below to read the January 2020 edition.
The Dorset Dairy Co 'Milk on Tap' vending machine just outside The Hub@Stalbridge in Station Road now stocks their awarding winning cultured butter at £3 for a 250g 'rolled log'. Their website describes the product as "Proper Farmhouse Butter"....".We are not wasteful. We use the cream that is skimmed off the milk used in our fat free yoghurt to make limited amounts of butter every week. It is made by hand on the farm in the traditional way, by souring the cream with lactic bacteria, before being churned in small batches and rolled into logs". So why not do some pat testing and try out their delicious hand made, hand rolled butter.
Have a look at their lovely website below for more details and info about all the range from The Dorset Dairy Co.
'Mixing DNA results with a paper trail - A talk by Doctor Penny Walters' is taking place in The Hub@Stalbridge on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 2.30pm. This event has been arranged by The Blackmore Vale Group of The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society. "The biology and jargon of DNA can be overwhelming! Many people don’t know what do with all the information, and just focus on their ethnicity result. The advantages and disadvantages of different DNA tests will be explored and attendees will be shown how to add ‘useful’ DNA matches to their tree to inform a re-structured paper trail."
Dr Penny Walters is a university lecturer with several Family History books to her name. She will be exploring DNA tests and this session will explain how to merge established paper trails with DNA results. The biology and jargon of DNA can be overwhelming and people have had to learn this new branch of genealogy quickly. Through DNA testing, people receive ethnicity estimates, a heritage map, a list of people that DNA ‘matches’ (overlaps) with, and the opportunity to contact them and collaborate if both parties want to. Many people don’t know what to do with all that information, and just focus on their ethnicity result. The advantages and disadvantages of different DNA tests will be explored; a consanguinity chart will be provided; useful information for adoptees will be given. Attendees will be shown how to add ‘useful’ DNA matches to their tree to inform a re-structured paper trail. All are welcome. Have a look at their poster below for further details.
TEA WITH WILLIAM BARNES
ArtsReach presents 'Tea With Wiliam Barnes' - A Celebration of the Dorset Poet at Stalbridge Hall on Sunday 23rd Feb 2020 at 2.30pm. "Dialect poet William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings." Alongside a delicious Dorset tea, The Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, will perform traditional songs collected across the County by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of fiddler Benjamin rose and will perform an arrangement of the R. Vaughan-Williams setting of William Barnes' famous poem 'My Orchard in Linden Lea'.
Recitals of some of Barnes' much-loved poems will keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset.
Tickets, £12 each are available by telephoning Williams Florist in Station Road, Stalbridge on 01963 362355.
For more information or to book tickets online visit the ArtsReach website by clicking on the button below.
Artsreach is a registered charity that brings high quality performances of live theatre, music, dance and family shows to the heart of rural communities across Dorset. Click on their logo above to download their spring brochure for 2020.
Swan Question Too Many
Pop in to The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on Monday 27th January 2020 at 8pm for our QUIZ NIGHT. Get your thinking heads on! Come on people of Stalbridge get your teams of 4 together. £2 per person. Existing teams more than welcome. Looking forward to seeing you for a night of laughter and competitive enjoyment...and a lovely drink or two!
The White Way Forward
The Dorset Dairy Co have installed their 'Milk on Tap' vending machine just outside The Hub@Stalbridge in Station Road. The company website describes it as vending...
"Milk, the way it should taste. Our milk vending machine allows our local customers to buy whole and semi-skimmed milk within a day of the cows being milked (less than 5 miles away) compared to the several days, several processes, and hundreds of miles travelled by your average supermarket milk"
As well as Whole Milk The Stalbridge milk machine will be selling Semi-Skimmed Milk on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am until 9am the following day.
The milk is not homogenised like supermarket milk, which makes it easier to digest and gives it a more natural taste. Have a look at their website below for more details and info.
Once upon a time in Stalbridge
ArtsReach Touring theatre presents "Once Upon A Time" - a Comedy Fairy Tale at Stalbridge Hall on Saturday 1st Feb 2020. "Having previously thrilled Artsreach audiences with their hit show The Thing That Came From Over There, Gonzo Moose are back with a brand new fairy tale adventure, bursting with physical comedy, absurd jokes and magical illusion. Suitable 7+" - Artsreach. Tickets available from Williams Florist, Station Road, Stalbridge or online from the Artsreach website. Standard ticket £9, Family ticket £25, Under 18's £6. Starts 7.30pm. Visit the ArtsReach Website for more info and details of the production.
Paws for thought
The wonderful Stalbridge Players latest production is 101 Dalmatians. How will they get round the "No Dogs Allowed" rule at Stalbridge Hall? You'll need to buy a ticket to find out! Performances are on Thursday January 16th, Friday January 17th and Saturday January 18th. Curtain Up at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are available from Williams Florist in Station Road, priced at £8 for adults and £5 for children under 16.