Forge Fabrics of Stalbridge are having a Clearance Sale starting on Monday 3rd Feb 2020, with great savings to be had on everything from fabrics and wool to dressmaking and craft. The Sale ends on Saturday 8th Feb, so why not pop down and pick up a bargain! For further details and updates click on the button below to visit their website.
Else Family Butchers of Stalbridge are trialling a 'Home Delivery' service from Monday 27th January for a period of 6 weeks. If you live locally and are interested in having deliveries then contact the team either on Facebook, by phone ( 01963 362276) or by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Else Family Butchers pride themselves on whole-heartedly supporting local farmers and have established a great reputation for supplying locally sourced and ethically farmed meat and quality produce.
As a small butcher, they are able to offer a personable and knowledgeable service for their shop visitors, but they are also big enough to supply major customers both locally and in the surrounding area. Visit the Else Family butchers website and find out more by clicking on the photo below.
If you've never been to a W.I. meeting, what are you waiting for? There are fun and informative talks and interesting activities, including next months "Meditation and Singing Bowls"- an evening with Caressence Roden on Thursday 6th Feb 2020 at 7.30pm in Stalbridge Hall. Visitors @ £4 are welcome. Competitions this month are: 'Flower of the Month' and 'A Crystal or a stone'. For more information please contact Elizabeth Wareham on 01963 362745.
St Marys Church and The Hub at Stalbridge are holding a Marmalade Sale and coffee morning on Saturday 14th March 2020. There's still time to join in with this Seville partnership by making your own for the church to sell.
The sale will take place between 10.00am and 12 noon on Saturday 14th March in The Hub at Stalbridge, just off Station Road. All proceeds go to The Church of St Mary in Stalbridge.
Cakes and preserves will be on sale and there will be a raffle supporting the Church of St. Mary in Stalbridge.
Did You Know?
The word 'marmalade' comes from 'marmelo', which is Portuguese for 'quince'. The first marmalade consumed in Britain was a thick quince and rosewater paste, and was supposed to be eaten just after your meal to help with digestion.
Most European countries use "marmalade" as a generic term for jams of all flavours, simply adding the name of the fruit to the description. In Italy, for example, jam made from oranges is called 'marmellata di arancia'.
The earliest known British recipe for marmalade made from Seville oranges is "marmelet of oranges" in a recipe book written by Eliza Cholmondeley about 1677. But marmalade was not produced on a commercial scale until the beginning of the 18th century, when an offshore storm forced a Spanish ship packed with Seville oranges seek shelter in Dundee harbour. James Keiller, a local grocer at the time, purchased the entire cargo at a very keen price, only to discover that these oranges were not sweet but sour and he couldn't sell them to anyone.
His mother, Janet, came up with the idea of replacing the quinces she usually used to make marmalade with these oranges. She sold it in the family grocers shop and it proved so popular that she began to make it year in year out. Within 20 years the demand for orange marmalade in Scotland was so great that the world's first marmalade factory was opened in Dundee in 1797.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.