Dorset Police Crime Awareness officers are going to be outside Dikes supermarket in Stalbridge on Friday 31st March. Have a chat when you're shopping and find out more on how to protect yourselves...against doorstep crime.
Officers will be discussing rogue traders, distraction burglary and scams at this Dorset Crime Awareness Event at Dikes in Stalbridge, from 10.00am till 12 noon
Sandhills Care Home in Stalbridge offers raised garden beds to play with, in return for keeping their garden tidy...
"We are a small residential home for adults with learning disabilities and would like to offer the use of our raised beds for anyone to grow what ever you feel like. In return we would ask for help to keep our garden tidy. There is also a secure brick shed to store any tools in. Please contact Donna on 01963 362247"
Sandhills specialises in long-term care provision for adults with complex care needs and learning disabilities. The focus is on dignity and respect for each individual, helping each adult to move towards a more fulfilling life. All support is planned and based around specific needs and preferences, including personal choice and providing access to a wide range of activities and interests.
The Gartell Light Railway is open to the public on
BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 17th APRIL
We open at 10:00 and operate our frequent train service between 10:30 and 16:30
The Gartell Light Railway is a delightful narrow gauge railway in South Somerset.
The railway is privately operated by the Gartell family and their friends and is specially opened to the public
only on selected dates through the year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE BY CLICKING ON THE BUTTON BELOW
The renowned Stalbridge Players are taking on "Dad's Army". Not sure if they are doing the 70's play or later "Musical" version, but which ever one they have chosen it will surely be a hilarious and entertaining evening's theatre. Performance dates are as follows:- Friday 31st March, Saturday 1st April, Friday 7th April and Saturday 8th April. Curtain up 7.30pm.
Tickets are still available for some performances so get yourself down to Gray's gifts and homeware near the market cross in Stalbridge and pick up your rations of tickets.
Adults - £8, Under 14's - £5.
Audience feel free to come in 1940's dress (or trousers, if you're a man)
Saturday 8th April 9:30–12:30 at Grays of Stalbridge
High Street Stalbridge 01963 365800
Make a wet-felted bag workshop with Debbie. These bags will be wet-felted and big enough to carry your purse or mobile phone in. The photographed bag featured above is, unfortunately, too big to make in a mornings workshop but they'll be scaled down!
Places are £28* per person to include all materials needed and refreshments.
*£5 deposit needed to secure each place. Please book in advance to avoid dissapointment.
Dorset Aquatics open their new Garden and Aquatic Centre in Henstridge, just over the Dorset Border from Stalbridge.
They are a family run company that caters for all your aquatic needs, including construction and management for any Water feature, Pond, Lake, River or Water course. They specialise in all sizes of projects from small water features to large estate lakes.
Their new Garden and Aquatic centre opens on Saturday 25th March on the left hand side of Stalbridge Road as you enter Henstridge from Stalbridge. It's called 'GrassRoots Garden & Aquatic Centre'. Why not pop down and have a browse?
Opening hours seem to be 10.00am to 6.00pm from Thursday to Monday. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit their facebook page or The Dorset Aquatics website for updates in the next few weeks, by clicking on the buttons below...
Rachel Stirling, of Stirling Delights in Stalbridge, has created a new facebook page for small businesses in and around Stalbridge...
"I created this group for people to advertise their small businesses, you can advertise your business/services as much as you like... All i ask is for everyone to be polite and to always be respectful to one another!! Please share this group as much as you can so other small businesses in the vicinity can advertise their services too..."
- Rachel Stirling
Stalbridge Scout Group are looking for new leaders. We are particularly in need of new leaders to assist with the running of our Beavers colony to ensure of its continuation. If you think you can help and are interested getting involved with this great association in any other capacity (always welcome new committee members) then give Steve Forshaw a call on 07771 547 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorset County Council Highways department have advised that
Station Road car park access road will be closed for patching works on
Monday 20th March between 9am & 4pm. The areas to be patched are at the junction with Station Road and the entrance to Stapleford Court.
If you arrive to park before 9am and are leaving after 4pm there is no reason why you will not be able to use the car park. During the works they will do their best to allow access to Stapleford Court depending on the work being carried out at that point.
The closure notices are posted at the top of Station Rd and at The Hub.
The March meeting is a busy evening, as it is our AGM, the spring show and we also have a speaker.
Brian opened the meeting with any notices, then we commenced with the AGM, the committee stands to be the same again for 2017, with Geoff Greenough as President, Brian Spiller as Chairman, Geoff Jeans as Vice Chairman, Anne Brown as Secretary, and Michelle Howell as Treasurer, the committee also wished to continue, along with Marigold Edwards doing the raffle and Ann Mattock running the tea rota.
We have as a society amended “the constitution”, as it had not been updated since 1987, thank you to Anne Brown for all her hard work and hours spent doing this difficult job.
Michelle Howell gave her report on the accounts, kindly audited by Kate Gibson from the Post Office.
Brian Spiller gave a speech and a vote of thanks to all of the committee for their continued hard work.
Brian welcomed back Marion Dale, from Summerdale garden design, to the club, who’s talk this evening was to be “wicked plants”.
Marion, talked about how so many of our garden plants, have harmful properties, mainly if eaten though, and how we should always wear gloves when gardening, and be very careful where pets are concerned.
Here is a list of some of our “wicked” garden plants.
Ragwort, Foxgloves, Monkshood,, euphorbia, castor oil plant, oleander, rhubarb leaves, giant hogweed, hemlock to name but a few.
Now some of the not so obvious ones, lily of the valley, opium poppies, morning glory, elderberries if eaten in large quantities, these contain traces of “cyanide”. Also plants from the solanum family and also tulip of daffodil bulbs if eaten.
This was a fastening talk from Marion, who has a wealth of knowledge, we all learnt a great deal, and could have listened to this subject for hours.
The evening continued with the results of the “spring show” very kindly judged by Chris Wiles with help from Geoff Jeans, the results are as follows:-
Daffs:- 1st Wendy Baily 2nd St. Nicholas School Henstridge 3rd Brian Spiller
Narcissi: - 1st Brian 2nd Wendy 3rd Marigold Edwards h/c St Nicholas school
Small Narcissi: - 1st Wendy
Narcissi; - 1st Marigold 2nd Michelle Howell 3rd Bob and Jill Sanger
Narcissi in a bowl; - 1st Brian 2nd Tony Moore
Other bulbs in a bowl; - 1st Michelle
Cut spring flowers; - 1st Wendy 2nd Brian 3rd Michelle
Pot plant flowering 1st Brian
Pot plant foliage 1st Wendy
Cut spring bulbs 1st Michelle
Single daffodil; - 1st Mary Bennett 2nd Giz Maidment 3rd Brian
Thank you to all of those who took part, we had a lovely show of spring colour, which cheered us all.
Next month the speaker is Gilly Hayward “Growing into moor plants”.
Come and join us on Thursday 13th April 7.30pm in at the hall.
The garden is looking full of colour now with daffs, crocus, heather and primroses, so take the time to enjoy, and start to sow seeds like sweet peas out in the greenhouse or indoors on the window sill.
If you fancy a lovely home cooked Sunday Lunch This coming Sunday 19th March then head down to The Swan in Stalbridge, but don't forget to book, as this is going to be very popular!
The Swan will be serving roast dinner from 12 midday until 3pm.
There will be a choice of Roast Beef or Lamb with 5 vegetables and homemade Yorkshire puds.
£9.95 or £5.50 for children. Desserts will be available at £3.45
This weeks choice will be Warm chocolate fudge cake, home made fresh fruit Pavlova or Syrup Sponge all served with cream, ice cream or custard.
To book, please ring 01963 362224
Junior golf lessons are available right on our doorstep at Henstridge Golf and Leisure. The Christey-Clover Golf Academy organises Individual, Group and Elite lessons for Juniors, on the club's excellent 9 hole course...
Enjoy Life, Go Golfing!
Golf is a game for life that all children should be given the opportunity to try. The Christey-Clover Golf Academy are working hard to get as many young people into the game as possible. If you are interested in golf for juniors, just click on the button below to visit our website...
April Fools Posh Afternoon Tea at Thyme After Time Café
Saturday, April 1st, from 5pm
We thought we would ring the changes for our next monthly event and do something a little bit different- we don't like you to think we are predictable!
So with Spring afoot and feeling a little jovial and silly now the crocuses and daffodils are flowering, lets do something fun!
An afternoon tea it is then but with a small hint of silliness just because the date falls on April Fools day!
So you ask, what do we have lined up..... we have our very best finely cut sandwiches in mind, our homemade scones with local Blackmore Vale clotted cream and our homemade jam and if thats not enough then we will most definitely be making lots of lovely dainty cakes.
If you were one of the privileged few to get into our last afternoon tea at Shillingstone railway station then you will know the calibre of our very special afternoon teas- they are in no doubt a feast, they are just as an afternoon tea should be in our humble opinion with lots of small dainty pieces to eat and our smoked chicken and fresh mango sandwiches with Coronation mayonnaise are to die for! So they wiill be making a return for sure!
On arrival you will be shown to your seat to enjoy a glass of fizz. Then throughout your afternoon you will have unlimited tea to drink or maybe you prefer coffee?
There will be a small hint of silliness just because.......its April Fools Day but don't worry nothng severe, just light hearted stuff to make you chuckle!
There will be linen on the tables, fresh cut flowers and Christmas crackers!
We will be taking bookings to start from 5pm in the afternoon and last booking being at 6pm.
All in all we are so excited by the prospect of this event, we hope you will come and join us!
The Swan Pub in Stalbridge invites you to treat your mum to a special Sunday Lunch.
Home Made Tomato and sweet red pepper soup
served with crusty bread or Prawn Cocktail
Roast of the day is Beef or Pork
Nut Roast (V)
With up to five veg and Home made Yorkshire pudding
Baileys Cheese Cake or Profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce or Fresh Fruit Salad
All served with either Fresh Cream or Ice Cream
2 courses - £ 13.95 : 3 courses - £ 16.95
Child £ 5.50 1 Course, Dessert £3.45
This is likely to be a very popular occasion so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Phone 01963 362224
Stalbridge Community Information Office is celebrating 20 years of voluntary service to the residents of Stalbridge. Back in 1997 the office was located in the High Street, next to Evans & Co. There was a public telephone, provided by Dorset Police and the notice board hung on the wall to the right of the main window.
The office has moved twice since it's inception and is now located in the hub@stalbridge, just off Station Road. A lot has changed in the last two decades, but some things remain the same. Original volunteers Joy Rabbets (Hilary Townsend) and Bill Batty-Smith are still volunteering! Come and help them celebrate, along with the current team at the Community Information Office 20th Anniversary event at the hub on Saturday 8th April from 10.00am till 2.00pm.
There will be a pop up café and raffle, with profits donated to the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, and the Library will be extending their opening hours for the day so do come along and support your local volunteers. Various groups and organisations who use the hub will be showcasing their activities, including Age Concern, The Blackmore Vale Lions, Blackmore Vale Family History Group, Mindful, SCARS, Stalbridge Archive Group, Stalbridge History Group, Stalbridge Singers, Stalbright, St. Mary's Church and University of the 3rd Age, as well as The Community Information Office itself and Stalbridge Community Library.
If you fancy a lovely home cooked Sunday Lunch tomorrow then head down to The Swan in Stalbridge, but don't forget to book, as this is going to be very popular!
This Sunday (12th March), The Swan will be serving Roast Dinner from 12 noon until 3pm.
There will be a choice of Roast Beef or Turkey with five different vegetables, homemade yorkshire puddings and delicious stuffing. All for £9.95 !
Desserts will be available at £3.45 each.
This weeks choice will be Apple and raspberry crumble, home made fruit Pavlova or Treacle pudding all served with cream, ice cream or custard.
To book, please ring 01963 362224
This is an early 14th Century ceremonial candle holder used in court by the prosecutor. It was placed in front of the accused, who then had until the candle burned out to protest his innocence.
This is a burial necklace, placed over the head of a pet mouse by ancient Egyptians as part of their pyramid burial process.
This is a Mongol archer's thumb ring, used to avoid thumb injuries when drawing back their heavy bows.
Believe it or not the correct definition is 'C'. Unlike other archery methods used today (involving the fingers), the Mongols used their thumbs to draw back their bows. This item reduced RSI from using their very strong bows.
Stalbridge Hall are hosting a "Call My Bluff" evening on Friday 17th March in aid of hall funds.
Call My Bluff is a fun quiz, You are shown an object, 3 explanations are given as to it's use and you have to guess which one is correct.
So why not pop down to The Post Office, Candy's Newsagents or Stalbridge Garage to purchase your tickets for the Stalbridge Hall "Call My Bluff" Evening? Tickets include Supper, Dessert and Coffee...
Supper consists of Jacket Potato, Cheese, beans or Coleslaw. Dessert is Apple pie or Trifle. Supper will be served at half time. There is also a bar and a raffle, Proceeds to hall. Call my Bluff is run by an outside organisation (not the hall committee) They will be collecting donations for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
Tickets are £10 each and the evening starts at 7.30pm in Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road