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The Gartell Light Railway in Templecombe are holding one of their popular Open Days on MONDAY 28th MAY 2018. They open at 10:00am and operate a frequent train service between 10:30am and 16:30pm.
The Gartell Light Railway is a privately owned and operated 2 foot gauge railway which is open to the public on selected dates through the year. On its open days, the railway operates an intensive train service using 3 trains and is proud to offer a more intensive steam and diesel hauled train service timetable than virtually any other narrow gauge railway. Trains leave our main station at Common Lane every 20 minutes through the day. We have a further 3 stations, Pinesway Junction, Park Lane and Tower View, where each train stops at the platform and performs and interesting manoeuvre where the engine 'runs-round' its train before departing in the opposite direction. Another unique feature of our busy timetable is that 2 trains regularly depart, side by side, for different destinations before one descends the gradient and passes under a bridge as the other one passes overhead!
So come along to the Gartell Light Railway and see for yourself - it really is a great place to visit for all the family. There are lots of interesting things to see together with the 'Pines' buffet serving hot and cold drinks and tasty snacks, our Visitor Centre containing lots of local railway memorabilia, the Railway Shop selling mementos of your visit and our lakeside picnic area - ideally placed for watching the trains pass by!
For more information visit the Gartell Website below.
Thyme After Time Café in Stalbridge are hosting a Tapas and Paella Evening on Friday 15th June at 7pm
With the sun now shining and the temperatures at a pleasant level for British Summer time, we thought this was the right 'thyme' to get our huge Paella pan out and get that Spanish style food cooked up.
I plan to cook the Paella outside of our cafe in the marquee. We will possibly if weather permits also serve the rest of the buffet outside too, fingers crossed.
The menu I am going to hold out on just for the second as we are headed off to Spain before this event and so I am keen to draw on ideas from places I visit and learn whilst we are over there, a new injection of inspiration! As soon as I am back though you can rest assured I will write the menu with renewed vigour!
In essence the menu will start with sharing Tapas style sharing platters at your table, followed by a buffet consisting of seafood and Chicken Paella, also some other main course dishes to choose from and tasty side dishes including salad and hot dishes. (This is the part I intend to reserach whilst I am away, so please bear with me- you will most definately get the best out of me this way for the menu!)
There will then our delicious homemade dessert buffet for you to come and choose from.
Fresh coffee will be served to you after your meal.
Price per head- £29.50, payble upon booking. We are also very happy to provisionally reserve you a table for 24 hours whilst you get in touch with your pals to know if they can come with you.
You are welcome to bring your own Sangria or whichever alcoholic drink you so choose, we simply charge you £1 per person to cover bottle disposal and glass washing.
We hope you will come and join us!
Margot, Steve and the gang.
Thyme after time | Event Catering, Online Foodstore & Café in the heart of rural Dorset
Stalbridge Garden Society have been running their Annual Flower, Produce and Craft Show since 1892. Come and join them for their 126th show on Saturday 18th August at Stalbridge Hall. Catalogues for the show will be available from Friday 1st June at the following locations: Stalbridge Post Office, The Hub@Stalbridge, Dike & Son Supermarket, Stalbridge Pharmacy, Williams' Florist and Forge Fabrics.
Cash prizes to be won!
STALBRIDGE COMEDY NIGHT Like your live comedy to be TV quality? Well you're in luck. On Sat 30 June Comedy Hotspot are bringing four professional comedians to Stalbridge Village Hall with the following TV credits; Live at the Apollo, The John Bishop Show, The Rob Brydon Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, C4's The Last Leg and Shooting Stars - all this for £12 at Stalbridge Village Hall!! You no longer have to travel long distances to see the best comedians on the UK Comedy Circuit as Comedy Hotspot brings them to you. Tickets are available from Williams Florists in Station Road, Stalbridge or online from our website: www.comedyhotspot.nutickets.com
Forge Fabrics in Stalbridge are hosting a Knitting workshop for children as part of the Stalbridge Armistitch Project. This workshop will help kids get involved with the Stalbridge Armistitch Project, as well as learning to knit and having fun!
Stalbridge Armistitch project is aiming to get knitted, crocheted and sewn poppies decorating Stalbridge for the Centenary of WW1
The workshop takes place on Wednesday 30th May, running from 10am to 2pm. The cost of the workshop is £20
Children will need to bring a packed lunch and drink. All materials and equipment will be provided.
A £10 Deposit is required to secure a place. A £2 donation from each workshop place will go to The Royal British Legion.
There will be an ANNUAL TOWN MEETING for Stalbridge at The Stalbridge Hall on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, commencing at 7.30pm.
Every English Parish must have a meeting annually.
This is not a Town Council meeting, although it is the duty of the Town Council to
organise and fund the meeting. This is a meeting for the Town, in order to allow people
to come together and celebrate activities and discuss matters which effect the town.
Proposals can be put forward for inclusion on the agenda and voted on at the meeting.
The Town Council endeavour to ensure that all groups that we are aware of are invited
to the Annual Town meeting. To view the agenda for this year's meeting please click on the button below.
The Three Okefords Annual Steam Rally is this weekend in Shillingstone.
The Three Okefords rally is an action packed day out for all the family with agricultural machines and tractor pulling and much more. Our first rally was held in 1989 at Shillingstone Dorset.
So come and join us on the 19th and 20th of May 2018 for a great day out you will never forget.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018
Organised by the Three Okefords Preservation Society Ltd. Gates Open 10am Daily.
Admission: Adults £6 - Seniors £5
Children under 16yrs Free (accompanied by a fee paying adult)
Click on the button below for more info
Jude invites you to a Needle Felting Workshop with Mary Jane on Saturday 26th May from 10am till 1pm at Grays of Stalbridge.
"If you like creating or would like to learn something new then why not join a 'Make with Mary Jane' needle felting workshop and learn how to make either a felted foxy or heartfelt hare out of British, Merino and Corriedale wool tops." - Mary Jane
The needle felting process is very simple and it doesn’t take long to grow in confidence and really begin to appreciate what a versatile and rewarding pastime it is. Don’t worry if you are not particularly creative as Mary Jane will bring a few examples of finished articles for you to get ideas from and she will take you through each stage step by step.
All materials to make your creation are included in the price of £26 and you will get a useful guide of hints and tips plus light refreshments throughout the session.
Needle felting takes time so you may not finish your creation in the allotted time but you will have all the skills and written instructions to finish at home.
Recommended for ages 10 and above as sharp needles are involved.
No previous needle felting experience necessary.
Pop in to Gray's for more info or to book.
(Please pay a deposit to secure a place)
Gray's of Stalbridge
Beautiful Gifts, Homewares and Craft Workshops
Open Tuesday to Saturday in Stalbridge High Street
Does your garden attract Wildlife? Then why not enter our Free Competition?
The Dorset Wildlife Trust 2018 WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN COMPETITION is open for entries until the END OF MAY 2018.
The competition is FREE to enter and the application form can be found online by clicking on the button below.
All you have to do is tell us about your garden or community space and if you can, send us some pictures too!
There are several categories available to enter: Large, Medium, Small, Rented or Community. We are also looking out for new, innovative ways to do things in the garden!
Once you enter we will get in touch to give you a date when our judges will visit your garden to score your garden. We give feedback to all gardens once the competition is finished.
The competition is sponsored by the GARDENS GROUP and will culminate in an AWARDS EVENING AT CASTLE GARDENS, SHERBORNE IN JULY which every competition applicant is invited to. Winners of each category will receive a wooden winners plaque and a bag of goodies from the Gardens Group.
This year our speaker at the awards evening is NEIL LUCAS from KNOLL GARDENS talking about his experience of wildlife friendly or ‘naturalistic’ gardening at Knoll Gardens. Neil is the leading expert in grasses in the UK and has been on the committee for the RHS for a number of years and is sure to be an entertaining talk!
Views are wanted on healthcare services for children and young people in Dorset
Young people, parents and carers who use physical healthcare services in Dorset are being asked to give feedback on what's good and what could be done better.
Views given will help inform improvements to services for local children and young people up to the age of 25, including bringing care closer and identifying problems at an earlier stage enabling earlier interventions.
Views can be given by completing our online via the Dorset's Vision website. Click on the button below to visit the website and complete the survey.
Views are also being sought at a number of meetings and events with children, young people, parents and carers; including in a number of local schools.
The online survey takes about ten minutes to complete and asks respondents for views on the care they receive at home, via their GP surgery, community hospital and educational establishment.
All information given is confidential and people can sign up to stay informed and involved in using the views sought to help design future plans.
Anne Salter is Head of Service (Children's and Learning Disability) with NHS Dorset CCG "Over the coming weeks we will be promoting this review to encourage as many people as we can to take part.
"We want to give the message to young people living in and around Dorset, their parents and carers that it's OK to tell us if there is something they feel needs improvement when it comes to services around physical health and now is the time to have your say make your voice heard. Likewise, if there is something that works well, tell us - we want to hear all views, the good, the bad and everything in between and are inviting anyone who uses these services or cares for someone who does, to have a say."
The survey runs until Friday May 18.
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a newsletter each month. Here is the May 2018 edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, he gave out the notices and introduced this month’s speaker who was Neil Lovesy from “Pickett lane” nursery.
Neil is always a fountain of knowledge, this evening his talk was entitled “Bee Friendly Garden”, Neil explained to us all about the many different species of bee.
There are carder bees, bufftail bees, red tail, white tail, colony bees, a tree bee which nests in bird boxes, mining bees, leaf cutter bees, solitary bees, ground bees which quite often make their home in an old mouse nest.
There are hundreds more, but also there is the “Asian bee”, this is a cross breed, which, comes with a virus that attaches itself to our native bees, and it kills them.
There is also the cooko bee which lays its egg in a bumble bee nest when the young hatch, they feed on the native bumble bees offspring, the giant hornet will destroy as many bumble bee nests as it can find, so this is some of the reasons why are bees are in decline.
The native “Queen bee” will lay her own body weight in eggs every day, whilst the female worker bees look after her, the males or drone bees just try to take all of the food!
Neil showed us slides of his hives and explained to us how you would go about building one in layers, so that the bees could make the most of the space inside.
We saw lots of pictures of bees collecting pollen, producing the wax cells, in which they put the nectar, how the bees feed their young.
He showed us how to make somewhere for the bees to hibernate, using bamboo, and how it is good to have flowering plants, in the garden from January onwards, even the humble snowdrop is a good source of pollen.
Wasps, they are also a garden friendly creature, because they will feed on , aphids, greenfly, they will finds lots of garden pests and get rid of these for you, but they are however addicted to sugar!
Hornets are not a garden friendly visitor.
Neil finished by showing us lots of plants which are great for bees, such as, capitulums, umbelifors, buddleias, daises, and lots more.
We then had the opportunity to buy some of these plants from Neil.
This was a fantastic talk, and made us all really think about our native bee family.
Tony thanked Neil for coming, and then reminded everyone about out “plant and jumble sale” on Saturday.
The next meeting is on Thursday 14th June, 7.30pm in the hall
The talk is “Growing Your Own” with Castle Gardens so do come and join us.
I have just heard from Carolyn our new treasurer that we have made over £400 at the plant and jumble sale which is fantastic thank you to everyone who helped out and donated all of the items. There was a good turn out, and it was lovely to see our previous chairman Brian Spiller there.
Enjoy your garden this time of year it gets very busy, but just made time to stop sit out in the garden with a cup of tea!
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 and the Community Office).
The monthly benefice magazine is available in each of the parish churches, and in these retail outlets in Stalbridge:
Dikes, the Post Office and Stalbridge Pharmacy. You can also download the May 2018 magazine by clicking on the button below.
Paragon Services is looking for a member of staff to do office cleaning 5 evenings a week in Stalbridge..."A fantastic permanent little vacancy has come up in Stalbridge, Monday to Friday, cleaning offices starting anytime after 5pm for 2 hours an evening. Full uniform provided please call Jackie on 01258 472677 for further details."
Click on the logo below to visit the Paragon website for more information about the company.
If you walk around Stalbridge you will surely be struck by the beauty of the blossoms, shrubs and flowers on display. Have a look at the photos below, taken around the town, that show what a beautiful place Stalbridge really is...
WATCH THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE OR CLICK ON A PHOTO BELOW TO ENLARGE EACH PICTURE IN THE GALLERY
We are a Term time Pre-School catering for children 2yr – 5yrs
8.45am – 3.00pm Full Day
8.45am – 11.45am Mornings only
• Ofsted registered ‘Good’
(with outstanding development, behaviour, welfare)
• Qualified, experienced, dedicated staff
• Large bright playroom and large secure outdoor space
• Stimulating environment and resources
• Child initiated and adult led learning through play
• 2, 3, 4yr Early Education Funded places (15hr + 30hrs)
Contact: 01963 364723
to arrange a visit, request information or book sessions.
The Springtide Food Festival is a spectacular outdoor food event which takes place at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, near Bridport in Dorset. The Festival offers up the opportunity to meet and buy from the immensely talented local producers who will be on hand to show off Dorset produce at its superb best. Expect to find everything on the shopping list from fresh fish & local meat, artisan bread, cheeses and a selection of locally made beer and cider. You'll also find a selection of quality products from local craftsmen and artists. The event takes place over the weekend of 19th - 20 May 2018. Opening times on Saturday and Sunday are 10am to 4pm. Entry is £2.00 for adults (whether you are National Trust Members or not), No charge for Children under 12. Dogs are welcome, but not in the main food marquee (except for assistance dogs). For more info visit the website by clicking on the button below.
There are more than 19 beaches across the Dorset Coast that allow your dog to spend a summer day with you ALL YEAR ROUND!, running about on the sand and jumping in the sea.
You can take your dog with you all year round, Yes, even during the Summer Holidays.
So pack up your bucket & spade, and a dog bowl, and head to the Beach!
It's a Dog's Life!
Just click on the picture below for the Stalbridge Info Guide to Dorset Beaches for Dogs...
Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers at the Leigh Food Fair and Vintage/Classic Car/Bike Show on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 10am to 4pm at Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL (near Sherborne)
The Stallholders will include:- Alweston Jam and Chutney Empire, , Chocolate Arthouse, Dorset Blue Vinney, Devon Fishcakes, Fussels Fine Foods, James’s Cheeses, James’s Forager Spirit, Lavender Blue Food Company, Liberty Cakes, Little Groves Nursery, Meat Free Martha, Oxfords’ Bakery, Reads Coffee Roasters, Percy’s Bakery, Somerset Cider Brandy Co., Somerset Charcuterie, Tim Hurren’s Icecream Trike, Unusual Pork Pie Co., White Post Gate Honey, Wraxall Wines, Wyld Meadow Farm, and Yarty Cordials.
A variety of interesting Vintage/Classic cars & motorbikes will be on display.
Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider will be here! Entertainment includes children’s activities.
It will be opened by Katharine Wright of Dorset Food and Drink.
This is proving to be a very successful show, AND will, of course, be in our amazing Village Hall. Please spread the word to your friends and relations – it really is a day NOT to be missed.
Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities.
Adults £2, children under 15 Free. For more information visit the Leigh Village website by clicking on the button below.
DORSET ART WEEKS. Sat 26 MAY - Sunday 10 JUNE 2018. Dorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio Events in the country. It brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and traditions that inform their work.
Find out more and download the Dorset Arts Weeks brochure by using the button below.