Award winning fish restaurant Something Else Fishy in Milborne Port serves the best Prawn Cocktail in the area...but did you know they now stock a range of local wines, ales, beers and ciders to have with your meal? The restaurant still allows you to bring your own ( with a bottle charge of £2) but they now serve wines from The Sherborne Castle Estate, Beers and Lagers from Cerne Abbas, as well as Copse House Cider. The restaurant is now open 4 nights a week from 5.00pm till 9.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are also open for lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00pm till 2.00pm. Booking is advised, as this is a very popular restaurant. Telephone: 01963 250225 or visit the website for more details and menus by clicking on the button below.
Every month the Benefice of Spirehill produces their church magazine. Here is the March edition. Just click on the button to view or download it. A printed version is also available in shops in Stalbridge.
The Stalbridge Archive Group invite you to view their display about bicycle maker William Lovelace at The Hub on Saturday 7th April during the Hub@Stalbridge Open Day. The Archive Group are still busily cataloguing our ever-growing collection of historical photographs and documents. We are also preparing the William Lovelace display. He opened a garage in 1911 making bicycles. He also had a charabanc service offering trips to Weymouth and Cheddar. After the Second World War, the Lovelace bus business was bought by Patrick Lewis having returned from serving in the Canadian Airforce. With more modern buses Pat continued to provide trips, he also ran the school bus service to Sturminster Newton which many will still remember. If you have any photographs of those days with Lewis Coaches, we would love to see them. And just a reminder that the first AGM of The Stalbridge Archive Society is tonight Monday 5th March at 7.30pm at The Hub. Everyone is welcome
Stalbright Community Café
and Fundraising Fair!
Saturday 10th March
10am until 12pm
in The Hub@Stalbridge, Just off Station Road
Please help support these local groups
Anne Harris Children’s Charity
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue
Stalbridge Congregational Church
Stalbridge History Group
(Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support)
Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a catch up
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support) are hosting a fun day of crafts stalls and pampering on Sunday 18th March from 11.00am to 5.00pm in Stalbridge Hall. A fun day for all, to include Jewellery, Handmade Cards, Pampering Area offering Nails and Treatments, Tombola, Face Painting plus much more including Lady B with her fabulous clothing on the Boutique in a Bus....not to mention a Tea Room where you can relax over a drink and a selection of lovely cakes. SCARS look forward to welcoming you and thank you for your continued support of this wonderful local cancer support group.
Stalbridge Toddler Group are having a sale...of CAKES! The sale will run during their normal session at Stalbridge Community Hall from 9.30 till 11.30 on Tuesday 20th March. Come along and buy some yummy cakes and help up raise some vital funds for our little toddler group for new play equipment. Any cake donations would be gratefully received.
The Stalbridge Women's Institute meet every month at Stalbridge Hall. Here are some extracts of their January 2018 meeting report. The President Wendy Bailey welcomed both members and visitors to the January WI meeting.
As well as singing Jerusalem, we sang 'Happy Birthday' to Ann Mattock who celebrated her birthday that day and was one of the recipients of a beautiful, Birthday Posy made by Wendy.
In December events included several members joining others from all over the county for a Carol Service in Sherborne Abbey, a very enjoyable Christmas Lunch at 'The Virginia Ash' where Jane Smith arranged a variation on the usual 'Secret Santa' with the Christmas present draw, we all took a wrapped present and received one back. Wendy Bailey was thanked for the upkeep of the flowers in the trough in Station Road.
Daniel Miller from 'The Dorset Dairy Company' told us how he and his partner Alex had started up the company on the family farm of 60 years, here on the outskirts of Stalbridge. They accessed second hand equipment having to thoroughly clean out the old cow stall, which had previously been used for calf rearing and laterly as Daniel's music room!! Then having to decorate it before being able to use it.
They started by making cheese, progressing to strained or Greek Yoghurt, using 100 litres of milk to make 30 litres of Yoghurt. Advertising the product with 'Tastings' at farm shops etc, also in Dikes in Sept 2016. Then in London, March 2017 they entered the 'Virgin Food Entrepreneurs', also attending the 'Specialist and Fine Foods Festival' in London, gaining interest from 'Fortnum & Mason'. Through the Internet they are able to supply establishments in London quickly, Daniel said Alex deals with that side of it (she's the internet wizard). He was obviously very passionate about his product, having to put a lot of hard work into producing and promoting it. Daniel left us with several different flavoured Yoghurts to sample, I liked the Honey one rather than the savoury flavours.
The 'Flower of the Month' was won by Wendy Bailey and June Harman. The competition for 'A Pretty or Unusual Milk Jug', 1st was Wendy, 2nd was June, and 3rd was Sheila Orchard.
As 'The Beast from The East' becomes 'The Pest in The West' you might be thinking that this is the worst winter for some time, but the worst British winter of modern times was truly abysmal. It was dubbed "Big Freeze of 1963" and it still remains one of the coldest winters on record in the United Kingdom. Winter 1962-63 saw the coldest weather for two hundred years. At its height a two and a half day and night blizzard of epic proportions produced heavy drifting snow in most of the United Kingdom. Here in the South West snow drifted to over 20 feet deep in places, driven on by gale force easterly winds of up to 119mph, blocking roads and railways. The snow stranded villagers and brought down power lines. The snow cover lasted for over two months in some areas, producing average snow drift heights of 8 to fifteen feet in this area.
As the country started to freeze solid freezing fog swept the land in temperatures as low as minus 19 centigrade and parts of the sea up to 4 miles from shore froze solid. January 1963 still remains the coldest month since 1814. So if Dikes is still open tomorrow for your daily bread and you really don't need to get on an X10 out of the village then put the fire on if you have one, watch the Beast from your window, and think yourself lucky it's not 1963...
Put your knowledge to the test at the Stalbridge Football Club Quiz Night...Sunday 4th March at The Royal British Legion in Stalbridge. Gates open 7pm for a 7.30pm kick off. £2 entry fee per person. Maximum of 6 per team. Questions will be across multiplee categories to test your knowledge. Cash Prizes on the night. All welcome.
The Community Information Office in Stalbridge invite you to join them for a friendly cup of tea and biscuits in The Hub at Stalbridge, next to the library in Station Road. Some of you may or may not have visited us before, so this could be your chance. So why not join us on Friday 2nd March between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Come and find us and see what else goes on at the hub. All are welcome, young and not so young alike. Hope to see you there!