The chips are down
U3A open day
The University of the 3rd Age is for retired and semi-retired people to come together and learn together. Please join us for an Open Afternoon on Tuesday 6th September from 2.00pm - 4.30pm at Henstridge Village Hall BA8 0QD. Please join us for a glass of wine and chat to our talented group leaders, see what they do and learn something new.
Become a member in September and get three months for free!
Ever wondered what the u3a is or can do for you? Now is the time to see what is on offer at your local branch, with new groups in photography and board games starting. A glass of wine or tea and cake will see you talking to the group leaders on September 6th from 2-4.30pm, when the 2022/3 list of speakers will also be available.
Henstridge Village Hall BA8 0QD Details 01963 362107
SITUATIONS VACANT – Meet and Greeters
We have a new Rector at The Church of St Mary in Stalbridge and many new houses, so we wish to build a team to welcome new people to church. Entering church for the first time or after a long break can be daunting, so we are looking for people who will:
1 Meet and greet people outside the church and guide them through the imposing doors into the dark interior (exaggerated but there is an element of truth).
2 Hand out the service books and paperwork, and explain how they are used.
3 Most important - help visitors to a suitable seat. It is intimidating for any visitor, regular churchgoer or not, to look at the rows of pews, and wonder where on earth they should sit.
No experience is necessary and full training will be given (rewards will be in heaven!). Please contact the Rector, Churchwardens or Simon Witcomb (07 989 855 582) if you would like more information.
August 7 – Eighth Sunday after Trinity Stalbridge 10am Holy Communion
August 14 – Ninth Sunday after Trinity Stourton Caundle 11am Holy Communion, Stalbridge 4pm Evensong
August 21 – Tenth Sunday after Trinity Stalbridge 10am Morning Worship
August 25 – Thursday Stalbridge 10am Holy Communion
August 28 – Eleventh Sunday after Trinity Stock Gaylard 8am Holy Communion, Stourton Caundle 11am Mattins
This year, harvest will be celebrated on 10/11 September. There is a harvest supper and quiz on Saturday in the Stalbridge Hall (tickets will
be available soon). The Harvest Festival Service will be at 4pm on Sunday. For more information and offers of help, please ring Karen Robinson (01 963 362 652)
Bell ringing practice is normally held at 7.00 – 8.00pm on the 1st and 3rd Mondays in St Mary’s, and the 2nd and 4th Mondays at Stourton Caundle. We are always looking for new recruits so please ring Derek Bollen (01 963 362 771) for more information.
Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support
SCARS was founded in 2014 by Tracy White, herself being a cancer survivor. It is an informal, friendly, drop-in meeting for a chat over a cuppa and biscuits. Anyone going through treatment, their family and friends are all welcome. Please get in touch with June Harman (07 961 027 089) for more details.
Stalbridge CC approach the final month of the 2022 season with both senior Saturday teams in mid-table positions, but with the club having enjoyed a particularly successful junior season. The Stalbridge Conkerers womens' softball team have been playing matches against other local womens' sides and the friendly Sunday XI remain unbeaten in their mixed format matches.
Home games (which start at 1.30pm) in August are:
6th - Development XI v Puddletown
13th - 1st XI v Wimborne & Colehill
20th - Dev XI v Cheselbourne
27th - Dev XI v Poole Town 4ths
3rd Sept - 1st XI v Portland
Outdoor Circus theatre
On Sunday 14th August at 2pm in the grounds of Stalbridge Hall ArtsReach and Stalbridge Hall Events present an Open Air Circus performance for all the Family to enjoy this summer! "Lucky Pigeons"- A young businessman struggles with the demands of city life and, after losing his job, takes his frustrations out on a group of pigeons. Karma soon returns however, and the man finds himself turned into a pigeon, where he quickly learns about the playful world of this misunderstood animal. With a mix of absurd and extravagant theatre, impressive acrobatics, empathetic and funny stories and a pinch of satirical spice and puppetry, a cast of seven Lucky Pigeons will perform daring aerials and acrobatic feats in this soulful story. Suitable for ages 6+. Running Time: 60mins no interval. * Please note that this is an outdoor performance - dress for all weather and bring your own chair/blanket to sit on. Assistance dogs only. Ice Creams & Refreshments available. Tickets available from Williams Nursery. Click HERE for online ticket info. ArtsReach Info and tickets HERE
Brainfools head to Dorset for two performances of their gravity-defying outdoor family circus show!