The Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents The Tempest By William Shakespeare. Directed by Ian White. Performances run from Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd September 2018, with the show starting at 7.45pm
"On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon he creates a vast magical storm that wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems".
Doors open 7:15 pm, show starts 7.45pm.
TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FROM 27th August 2018
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the box office on 07500 37 60 31.
ScreenBites Food Film Festival presents the film 'Marie Antoinette' at Milborne Port Village Hall on Saturday 20th October 2018. Made in 2006 and directed by Sofia Coppola the film is an impressionistic portrait of the life of the young queen of France, who famously told the bread-starved 'miserables' of pre revolution france to "Eat Cake!" Book your slice by visiting the screenbites website.
You must be crackers if you're not going to the Cheese Festival in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. With food demonstrations, Music and entertainment and Children's activities there's something for all the family! Tickets are for sale on the days of the Festival only, £6 per adult, 14 years and under are free. For more info see the website below.
STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY ANNUAL PRODUCE AND FLOWER SHOW TRIUMPHS AGAIN IN 2018. The sun came out on Saturday 18th August at the Stalbridge Hall for the annual show. The hall was buzzing with competitors and visitors. The Show was officially opened by Canon William Ridding who has been our Rector for many years. Although numbers were slightly down in the flower classes the other classes made up for it with some really amazing entries in the craft section, domestic and some wonderful photographs. It was good to see Brian Spiller and his family join us for the afternoon. Brian was our Chairman until January this year when he became very ill. The afternoon tea ladies were kept very busy serving tea & cake, this as always is the most popular part of the day and the tea area was buzzing with friends catching up on their news. Despite the challenging summer weather the hall was a sight to behold with all the entries set out to show what can be achieved.
Results: Wendy Bailey won the Westminster Rose Bowl for the highest number of points in the Show, the Frith cup for the highest points in Domestic, the Challenge Cup for Best Floral Exhibit, the WI Cup and the Pat Emmerson Cup for best Handicraft exhibit with a beautiful patchwork cushion. The Betty Godwin Cup was won by Mary Moore for the Heaviest weight from a potato. In the Children’s Section, St Nicholas School Henstridge won the Children’s Cup for horticulture. The Junior cup went to William and Belinda Dike for children’s entries aged 6-9, Georgina Dike won the Jubilee Cup for the entry 10-13 and the Stalbridge Cup for the best children’s entry in photography. The Stalbridge Beavers entered for the first time and won the Margaret Jeans Rose bowl for the Family/Joint entry no 78. The Goblet went to Chris Jeans for best vegetable exhibit. Geoff Jeans won the Percy Dike Bowl for best Flower exhibit in classes 27-38, The Ring Street Cup went to our Treasurer Carolyn Loosen for the best Cut Flower exhibit. The Member’s cup for the best Geranium (supplied by Castle Gardens and a voucher) went to Shirley Hosea. The Best Pot Plant in Show went to Pam Ruffell who won the Brian Spiller Cup. Ruth Bennett won the Christine Lewis cup for the best Egg exhibit. John Cranston won the Handicraft Cup for Highest points in Handicraft. The Wood Lane cup for Photography went to M Ridgewell. A new cup this year was The Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group Cup for the best entry went to Pat Pocock. Congratulations to John Tinsley for winning the Anglesey Bowl for the second year running for the Highest points in vegetables and the Gold Street Cup for best apple exhibit.
Come and have a cake and a catch up at the Stalbright Community Café and Fundraising Fair! Saturday 1st September, 10am until 12pm in The Hub@stalbridge.
Please help support these local groups
Angel Rabbit Rescue
Anne Harris Children’s Charity
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Stalbridge Archive Group
Stalbridge Community Information Office
Stalbridge Congregational Church
Stalbridge History Group
Stalbright and the Armistitch Project
Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a catch up
The Hub Pop Up Café
A meeting of Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme will be held on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7pm in The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge to Recruit Drivers to, and explain how, the Car Scheme will work.
With the imminent closure of our Surgery, we need Volunteer Drivers to come forward and join the scheme so that we do not have a situation where people without access to transport are unable to get to a Doctor or Hospital appointments.
If you have a car, can drive and have some free time then please can we have your support?
If you are interested in coming, would you please ring
Mary Moore on 01963 365848 beforehand.
Age Concern are hosting a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 2nd Sep 2018
Start Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Start Time: Staggered between 1000 and 1045 hours.
Finish Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Winner: The person who answers the most questions correctly (Tie Breaker – Distance Travelled). A magnum of Prosecco is first and only prize.
Route: If navigated correctly, less than 50 miles, less than 2 hours but no time limit applied.
Lunch: If required book in advance at White Hart on 01963 23301.
Fee: £10/car. Monies raised go to Age Concern North Dorset.
Maps: No maps required. Full written instructions issued at Start Point. Drivers will need a navigator with a pen/pencil.
Fran Drake is expanding her Sturminster based dog walking service to include Stalbridge!
The service offers interesting and exciting path and woodland walks for your dog, from a 30 minute 2.5km walk to a 3 hour Adventure Hike! Find out more about this service by clicking on the button below...
We contacted Dorset Highways and First Bus about the planned closure of Station road in Stalbridge and what was happening to the routes of the X10 and 58a buses, and here's what happened...
Dorset Highways told us that they had informed First bus of the planned road closure and that we should contact them to find out their diversion plans, so we managed (after an hour) to get someone on the phone, who kindly went off to enquire. The result....they haven't formulated a diversion route yet but should have that sorted in the next few weeks, when they hope it will be posted on their website. So we will keep an eye out for this and let you know when we know. Fingers Crossed!
Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is August's edition...
Tony Moore opened our meeting and reminded everyone to get their entries in for the Show on Saturday 18th August. He then introduced Martin Young & talked about Plant Heritage of which Martin has then job of co-ordinating the keepers of National Collections of Plants. Martin was a Wg Cmdr RAF and during the 80’s he was stationed on Ascension Island. He now runs his own Hortiicultural business and nursery in Upwey,Weymouth. He gave us a very comprehensive talk on Ascension Island. Some key facts are: Ascension Island is in the middle of the Atlantic. It provided a base for the RN to protect St Helena during Napoleon’s imprisonment. Was the location of the world’s first experiment to make it rain. Was a staging post for the retaking of the Falklands in 1982.
Until 2011 was a NASA Tracking Station and Emergency Landing Site for the Space Shuttle. It is now a base for the European Space Agency which tracks Ariane spacecraft.
It remains a British Dependency and is still one of the strangest places on earth, it is essentially the top of a volcano! Martinn gave us a fascinating history of the plants on the island many being introduced from Kew Gardens by the RN in the 1800 after Dawin’s visit in 1836.
Overall a very interesting talk.
- Anne Brown
What is going to happen to the X10 bus when Station Road in Stalbridge is closed? The short answer is that no one seems to have any idea, but Stalbridge Info is going to find out tomorrow morning (wish us luck!) by phoning Dorset (and Somerset) Highways departments and The 'latest' entity that operates the X10 service through Stalbridge.
Station Road is due to be closed for 'essential' works, which is a welcome thing (it looks like a WW2 bombed airfield strip at the moment) but when the Highways dept issued their notice to say that the road would be closed 24 hours a day on weekdays, between 17th and 28th September they neglected to mention what would happen to the route of buses. There is nothing on the website for X10 either - we have spent an hour trying to find any info there. We even filled in a contact form request for information to be told after filling in that our request would be handled speedily, within the next 14 days or so. Not good enough! we here you cry... Anyway, to cut a long journey short, we will be on the phone on your behalf tomorrow morning, trying to find out what will happen to your bus, and will let you know as soon as we do. Wish us luck - I think we're going to need it! If you would like to try and find out for yourselves and (please let us know) you can call Jason Loibl - Highways dept 'Site Agent', Dorset Highways on 01305 228100, or First Bus 0345 646 0707 0700-1900 Mon-Fri 0900-1700 Weekends and bank holidays.
Every last Wednesday in the months between April and September The Virginia Ash Pub in Henstridge hosts a Classic Car Display in the Car Park. This month's 'Classics at The Ash' event will be special... We're having a Barbecue (indoors or outdoors) to celebrate. So grab a pint, drool over some amazing classic cars on show, then drool over our barbecue feast on Wednesday 29th August !
St. Mary's Church In Stalbridge are hosting their Annual Parish Harvest Supper on 22nd September 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War... Join them for Ploughmans, 7pm for 7.30pm on the night. Tickets available from Stalbridge Post Office from 22nd August onwards.