Did You Know? The Community Information Office in Stalbridge is staffed entirely by volunteers from the Stalbridge Community. One volunteer, Peter Hill, edits and publishes The Community Information Office Information Sheet. This is regularly updated by Peter and includes all the really useful contact details for anything to do with Stalbridge. So instead of googling everything why not download and save this vital document so you always have all the essential Stalbridge contacts to hand... Just click on the button below.
Henstridge Golf and Leisure Club's Next Car boot sale will be on Sunday 13th August
Sellers 10am, buyers 11am
Pre-booked sellers FREE
On the the day cars £5
Van and trailers £10
50p entry for buyers
To find out how to get there or how to contact the club, just click on the button below to visit their website...
Stalbridge Community Library invite all young children to join in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017...
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
Every year there’s a different theme; this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.
Enrolling your child
The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.
Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.
Regional variations will apply, and your local library will be able to confirm when the Challenge will begin in your area.
There is not an official end date for the Challenge. Each library authority will set their own finish date. Please check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.
The Summer Reading Challenge website
The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.
Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.
Stalbridge Community Library Opening times are:
Monday: 2.00 to 5.00
Tuesday: 10.00 to 12.30 and 2.00 to 5.00
Wednesday: 12.00 to 2.30
Thursday: 3.30 to 6.30
Friday: 2.00 to 5.00
Saturday: 9.30 to 12.30
Fete a Complis
The Old Rectory Care Home in Stalbridge are hosting a Garden Fete on Saturday 29th July in aid of The Brownies. Our fete will start at 2 pm and this year all monies made by the home will go to the Brownies who will be with us on the day running various fun games. We will also have Glitter Tattoos, Ice creams, Cream teas, Crafts and Confectionery (to name but a few) and live music from 2 pm.
It would be really great to see as many children as possible this year and for our residents to really feel they are part of this community, so please put this one in your diary and make a special effort to visit us on the day. Many thanks in advance.
Train of Thought
The Gartell Light Railway is open to the public on
SUNDAY 30th JULY
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
Eyes down for a full house
Dee, eye, ess, see, oh!
Local university student Eloise Harris is offering a children's theatre workshop at the Youth Club in Stalbridge for 7 to 12 year olds this summer. Running from Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August the week long workshop will provide over 40 hours of tuition and guidance, with children learning Confidence boosting Skills, Reading aloud, Talking in front of a small audience, writing your own script, Acting, Setting up your own performance space and many more skills...
Click on the button below for more info and booking details...
Suzanne Whitmarsh would like to thank everyone who came to the exhibition at the Guggleton Gallery in Stalbridge last week. "There were quite a few bids in the silent auction for my painting "BEECH TREES AT BADBURY RINGS". The winner will be notified when I return next week and the money from the painting will go to the PTA at Stalbridge Primary School to put towards the school pool and outdoor play equipment renovation. Sorry for delay x"
With local buses as frequent as a solar eclipse how can the elderly and carless get out of Stalbridge...and back? Well, there's always NORDCAT. So what is NORDCAT?
It stands for North Dorset Community Accessible Transport.
Nordcat is a charitable organisation which provides a door-to-door minibus service across the Dorset area.
Who can use NORDCAT?
The service is primarily for the elderly, disabled and socially excluded. The buses are wheelchair friendly and easily accessible for those with mobility problems.
The vehicles are available for groups to hire such as scouts, clubs and societies for the day (with or without a driver). Two wheelchair accessible Berlingo cars are also available for people to hire for as little as an hour or as long as a week.
If you would like to use this service, you will need to register and there is a small annual membership fee of £5.
Types of journeys
The service enables access to shopping, visiting friends, medical appointments and much more and operates in different parts of the area each day. There are volunteer drivers available to provide transport for health appointments.
Once a week there is an opportunity to visit the larger towns e.g. Poole, Bournemouth, Street (Shopping Village), Exeter, Salisbury and Dorchester.
Register and more information
For more information on any of the NORDCAT services please contact Helen Reed, NORDCAT Community Transport Manager on 01258 472164.
You can also find more of these services covering Dorset by clicking on the button below
Just when you thought it was safe to drive into Yeovil again they're digging the road up- this time for 24 hours a day for a whole week. Looking at the diversions on offer you'd probably be better off hiring a helicopter to go and do your shopping... Click on the link below for more info...
SCARS Monthly Meeting
Do the walk of life
Gillingham Walking Festival runs from September 2nd to the 10th 2017. Now in it's fourth year, the festival showcases Gillingham's Medieval Royal Forest and the New White Hart Link. This small and friendly walking festival has guided walks for all to enjoy. To find out more click on the button below to view the programme.
TOWN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S SUMMARY OF
THE COUNCIL YEAR 2016/17
The past year has seen a great deal of activity from some members of council. Members have helped to set up a Community run Youth Club when funding for Youth services funding was withdrawn by the County Council and in partnership with Stalbright, the Town Council put new lights on the lime tree. The freehold transfer of ownership from North Dorset District Council of Station Road car park, adjacent open land and the allotments land adjacent to Pond Walk is very near to completion.
The Hub is fulfilling the objective of its creation as a multi-purpose centre for the town. The facilities were used for 600 hours during 2016/17 marking a 35% increase on 15/16. The Hub facility has hosted library book talks, the Sunday Funday, Stalbright spotlight on commerce event, the Information Office 20th Anniversary celebration, Church fund raising coffee morning, the launch of the White Hart Link and history presentations including the very successful exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the close of Somerset and Dorset railway line, where for one day only steam came back to Stalbridge. On a regular basis it is used for meetings of local groups and organisation, North Dorset Clerks’ meetings and liaison meetings with NDDC officers. Along with adult education, counselling, support and advice agencies, BVM Lions, and local support groups including a Mindful café.
This year we have been consulted on 40 Planning Applications. These have been considered by council and recommendations made to the local planning authority. This marks a reduction on previous years, due to the changes in planning regulations regarding permitted development rights.
Plenty of room on top? or Space between the ears? One thing is for certain...just when you thought they had sorted the buses out in this area it's ALL CHANGE!
Click on the button below to view the lengthy list of alterations and cancellations of bus services in Dorset, all happening from 23rd July 2017.
Merry Making in Marnhull
MARNHULL FEST SATURDAY 22ND JULY 2017
DAYTIME FUN AND EVENING ENTERTAINMENT FOR EVERYONE !!
Ceilidh, Nostalgic Sing-along, Bar, Food and Drink, Sideshows, Stalls, Live Music, Dog Show, Circus Skills, Flowers, Arts and Crafts, Archery, Kids Disco and much more!
Yes, MARNHULL FEST is very much back with a refreshed team of enthusiastic volunteers, some old (but fairly young) hands and some new.
Arrangements are well in hand, with the following already been signed up for the day (full details will be released over coming weeks):
A variety of children’s entertainment for all ages
Easy on the ear live musical performers
Live rural displays
Craft stalls and sideshows
And at night the showground comes alive with four local bands in our huge marquee.
LOCATION – The Recreation Ground, Marnhull, Dorset.
Book your stalls!
We are now taking booking for stalls at the event, so please get in contact. Both indoor and outdoor pitches available. Please contact Lisa on 07590 806118.
Summer Evening Workshops
Gray's of Stalbridge will be doing several summer evening workshops over the next few weeks and this will be their second one....
Cross Stitching Workshop
Come and try a taster session of cross stitch, where you can make a greeting card of your choice.
All materials and tuition are provided along with a yummy summer cocktail 🍹
The workshop runs from 6.30pm till 8.30pm on Thursday 10th August.
This workshop is £10 per person and to book please either pop in, send us a message on here or call us on 01963 365800.
Please keep an eye out for more evening workshops.
It's all Greek to me
Papadopoulos and Sons
Showing at Stalbridge Village Hall
on Thursday 19th October 2017
Big business or family values?
Following his ruin in the latest banking crisis, a self-made millionaire reluctantly re-unites with his estranged freewheeling brother to re-open the abandoned fish and chip shop they shared in their youth.
2012 Cert PG - Dir Marcus Marcou - 105 minutes English
(This is part of the 2017 Screenbites Food and Film Festival - dubbed "The Bakers Dozen")
book now on their website by clicking the button below
And booking is now open for the Fanny and Johnny Cradock cook the Great American Songbook evening at Orchard Park in Gillingham on Friday 13th October, our opening event for the Baker’s Dozen 2017 Festival.
There are only 113 places available, and booking is essential, as you will be served a deliciously colourful three course meal during the performance of songs, stories and a chance to talk to television’s first celebrity chef …. from the other side.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (not the no-longer-functioning Screenbites email address) or telephone 01963 32525 to reserve your tickets.
THE STOCK GAYLARD OAK FAIR
26th and 27th August 2017, 10am - 5pm
The Oak Fair will once again be held on the August bank holiday weekend. For anyone who hasn't visited before, this is a special event for those interested in woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside. There is something that will appeal to all members of the family including over 200 exhibitors, events in our arenas including The Heavy Horse Logger team who compete a number of challenges over the weekend, Mere Down Falconry who bring a variety of birds of prey that put on amazing displays and Have A Go Archery which is available to everyone to try! We also have tree climbing and zip wires for the younger visitors to experience and Avalon Axes who demostrate axe throwing as well as letting all our visitors have a go! Market Square will be buzzing with local food and drink producers with the Childrens Area situated nearby that will have a range of workshops for all family members to take part in and scarecrow making!
There will also be performances in St Barnabas church over the weekend, Saturday will see Bagatelle returning to perform two short concerts and on Sunday the William Barnes Society.
Wednesday 16th August 2017. 8.30am to 6.30pm
The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the south, held on our own Turnpike Showground in North Dorset. This traditional show is always held on the third Wednesday in August and regularly has an attendance of over 24,000 people.
The 2017 Show looks all set to be one of the best events ever, with a record number of trade exhibitors, a great range of attractions for all the family and entries for the competitive classes being received at a record rate.
With over 520 trade stand exhibitors there is an enormous choice available to visitors from the cradle to the grave, from schools & further education to fitness and medical advice, home improvement to cars, trucks & 4×4’s, handicrafts & gifts to food glorious food to eat in or take home, plus of course over 100 stands of tractors, machinery and farming suppliers.
The competitive sections include cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, rabbits, homecrafts, handicrafts, art and a huge range of classes for younger exhibitors, all of which need to be entered in advance.
Agriculture, farming and rural activities are at the very heart of our show and visitors will be able to watch the finest cattle & sheep being paraded and judged.
Leigh Food Fair
Leigh Food Festival and Vintage Vehicles
Saturday 29th July 2017
Leigh Village Hall - 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: £2.00 adults, under 15s free
Leigh's annual Food Fair returns with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce. It will be opened by Charlie Turnbull – Owner of Turnbulls Cheesemongers, Deli, Bistro in Shaftesbury.
Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers and enjoy viewing a good variety of interesting vintage and classic cars and motorbikes on display. There will also be flower displays in St. Andrew’s Church.
Barbecued hamburgers and sausages, refreshments, ice cream, beer and cider will be available. Entertainment includes children’s activities.
This is proving to be a very successful annual show, and will of course be held in our amazing Village Hall. Please spread the word to your friends and relations - it really is a day NOT to be missed, so join us for a fun family day...and evening.
Leigh Village Hall, Leigh near Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL
Art for Arts Sake
Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd July 11.00am – 5.00pm
An Exhibition of Paintings and three-dimensional work by
CHARLOTTE ENGLAND, HELEN HAWKINS and SUZANNE WHITMARSH
Works for Sale. Entry Free. Family Friendly
Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2RQ.
In The Swim
Stalbridge Primary School classes have been doing a sponsored swim to raise money for the upkeep of the school swimming pool and outdoor play equipment. They would greatly appreciate any help in achieving their target of £750. You don't have to do the swim! Just visit the PTA 'Just Giving' page and make a donation. SImply click on the button below.
After a great response the school have raised 74% of the target, so with your help, let's get that figure up to 100%.
Sing while you're winning
The renowned Stalbridge Singers will be holding a concert in support of Dorset Women's Refuge on Sunday 16th July at Stalbridge Primary School. Entitled "Something Inside, So Strong", the concert starts at 2.00pm in the School Hall.
Exit by donation.
They also have some wonderful prizes on offer in their raffle, due entirely to the fantastic generosity of our lovely local businesses -
2 Dike and Son vouchers worth £10 and £5 to spend in the shop or cafe.
A Thomas J Fudge hat box of biscuit selections
£30 voucher from My Devine Canine (dog groomer)
£10 voucher from Oceania Beauty
£10 voucher towards a workshop from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Make-up/Washbag and purse from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Voucher from Carol Thorneycroft of Ametrine lodge worth £40
Sparkling wine from Virginia Ash (Henstridge)
Red wine and Mulled wine from The Bird in Hand (Henstridge)
Voucher from Liberty Belles for Neck and Back massage or facial worth at least £20.
A beautiful indoor plant from Williams Florists
A Hosta, a hand held gardening fork and a marble egg from Grassroots Garden Centre (Henstridge)
A gift bag from Olives et Al (Sturminster Newton)
A bottle of wine from the Swan Hotel
£10 voucher from Geoff's hairdresser
A pretty Cushion from Forge Fabrics
A beautiful Vase from Guggleton Farm
A gift from Sue Whitmarsh
Summer Evening Workshops
Gray's of Stalbidge will be doing several summer evening workshops over the next few weeks and this will be their first one....
Wet felting with Debbie
making a set of 2 table mats. These can be your own choice, colour and design. No need to worry if you have not tried wet felting before, Debbie will guide you step by step.
All materials are provided along with a glass of pimms.
This workshop is £28 per person and to book please either pop in, send us a message on here or call us on 01963 365800.
Please keep an eye out for more evening workshops.