It's going to be a classic evening at The Virginia Ash Pub in Henstridge tonight as many fine vehicles will be on display in the car park for their "Classics at The Ash" evening. So grab a pint, drool over some classics, then drool over some lovely home-cooked classic pub food. Have a look at their main menu below, and don't forget to check out the specials boards on the bar when you're there!
Stalbridge Friday Morning Coffee Group will be serving "High Tea" as part of their Autumn Fayre on Sat 27th October... The event runs from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Stalbridge Hall. Entrance is 50p. There will be various stalls including craft, cards, books and a raffle. "High Tea", consisting of Sandwiches, Cakes and Tea or Coffee will be available at £5 per person.
Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is September's edition...
Tony Moore our chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, along with some new visitors.
There was also a lovely display of “Dahlias” for the competition, which Geoff Jeans kindly agreed to judge for us as we were unable to have our usual judges, so thank you for that Geoff, as it meant that he was not able to enter his own fabulous blooms in our competition.
This evening’s speaker was Jonathan Owen from “Dorset Wildlife Trust”, and the talk was entitled “Marine Plastics”.
Jonathan, showed us lots of slides on how plastics effect our marine life in the sea and around the coast, also along with rivers and tributaries.
He works on Brownsea Island, Kimmeridge bay and Worbarrow, where they often have the “big beach” clean-up, and it’s amazing how much plastic and rubbish is washed up on our beaches.
This is then mostly recycled, by the wildlife trust.
He told us that when checked 100% of shell fish had micro plastic inside, which is very worrying!
He explained, how abandoned fishing nets known as “ghost nets” trap our sea creatures, such as dolphin, sharks and many other fish these then die. Sea life also will be attracted to plastic such as bags thinking that it is food, along with sea birds as they are attracted to bright colours, of course these wildlife will eventually die.
Plastic: - it is now found in all of the world’s oceans, and in lots of rivers, it breaks down into micro plastic which badly effects wildlife. Also tiny plastic pellets get washed up on the shore, these escape from the big containers on ships and are called “nurdles”, sea life think that they are fish eggs and will pick these up.
Jonathan talked about “single use” plastic, such as water bottles, and how we can all help by doing our bit to reduce our use of plastic. This is a global problem which we all need to be aware of and do our best to reduce the use of plastic!
This was one of the best talks that we have had and it was so informative, we could have listened to Jonathan for hours, we all enjoyed this if a little sobering, thank you Jonathan.
Now the results from our Dahlia Competition, these are as follows.
Decorative: - 1st Wendy Bailey 2nd Michelle Howell 3rd Carolyn Loosen h/c Angela Flavell
Cactus/semi-cactus:- 1st John Farrant 2nd Michelle 3rd John h/c Wendy and Shirley Hosea
Ball; - 1st Wendy
Pompom; - 1st Michelle
Any other; - 1st Wendy 2nd Wendy
Thank you so very much to all of you who took part in the competition, it was a lovely display and thank you to Geoff, for his expertise, in judging.
Next month’s talk is entitled “Designing with Plants” with Marion Dale.
Thursday 11th October 7.30pm in the Hall, do come and join our friendly garden Society and pick up some new gardening ideas!
Also it is the apple competition, so do bring along your dessert and cooking apples, you will need 3 of each variety, have ago you might get a first.
Enjoy the autumn colour in your garden, or visit a larger garden, the NT ones are lovely this time of year.
Harvest, now time to pick enjoy, freeze, bottle , jam and chutney make with your produce, it is always nice to have a pickled beetroot, or garden vegetable chutney over the Christmas period., something from your garden is always special.
Living Spit Comedy Theatre presents "Giants of Science"
on Sat 20th October 2018 from 7.30pm at Stalbridge Hall, Lower Road Stalbridge. Tickets available from Williams Florist in Station Road, Stalbridge: 01963 362355. £15 for a standard ticket (includes food and a drink.)
"A brilliantly bonkers new show from this much-loved duo! Howard Coggins knows nothing about science. Stu Mcloughlin knows even less. Nevertheless, they have agreed to give a lecture on the subject, and after enlisting the help of the smartest scientific sages of the ages, that’s just what they aim to do.
But even with the likes of Albert Einstein, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and… um… Kriss Akabusi along for the ride, the chances of the dim-witted duo making it through the evening with any sense of dignity remaining intact seems less than likely. Still, they’re determined, like a pair of Atoms missing a couple of electrons, to stay positive.
With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry, and the silliest of scientific songs, you can expect this raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity to be… well, if nothing else, thoroughly entertaining. It might even be… scien-triffic!"
Suitable for ages 12+
Enjoy a Play, Pasty and Pint at Stalbridge!
Tickets for the performance at Stalbridge Hall include a cheese and onion or meat pasty and a pint/glass of wine or soft drink. Food served at 7:30pm, performance at 8pm.
Booking essential. Please confirm food choices when booking.
We're Living Spit. We make comedy-theatre shows. Which have music in. That we write. Some people like them. And laugh. In an appropriate way. We make them in Clevedon, North Somerset, UK. Cos that's where we live. Then we put them on all over the place. Come and see us!
OPEN ALL DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK
DINING HOURS: MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12 NOON - 2.15PM AND 5.30PM - 8.30PM • SUNDAYS 12.30PM - 6.30PM.
(LAST ORDERS FOR MEALS ARE 2.15PM AND 8.30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY AND 6.30PM ON SUNDAY)
TABLE BOOKINGS AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES: 01963 363 868
THE VIRGINIA ASH, SHERBORNE ROAD, HENSTRIDGE, SOMERSET BA8 0PL
Come to Our Mammoth Book Sale and pick up some winter reading! Takes place in The Community Information Office (next to the library) at The Hub , Station Road, Stalbridge on Saturday 29th September from 10am-4pm. There will be a Children's Corner, Tombola, and Refreshments will available. Meet our Local Authors and enjoy browsing for your inexpensive Autumn and Winter reading..
A Galaxy of Stars at Sherborne Literary Festival
This October Sherborne Literary Society are set to welcome a diverse smorgasbord of authors and speakers for its seventh Literary Festival.
From bestselling authors, to biographers, novelists, politicians and historians, the impressive five-day festival which will celebrate two special anniversaries, will feature informative and interactive talks in venues around Sherborne sparking creativity, laughter and discussion among the community.
The festival will open (10th October, 11am, Digby Hall) with an epic exhibition to commemorate the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 40th anniversary and its author, Stalbridge’s literary and multi-media legend Douglas Adams. Bringing together members of the original cast and crew, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, video clips and props, as well as Douglas Adams’ family and friends, the two-part festival item will share how the worlds of Arthur Dent, Slartibartfast and twin-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox came to be.
Thursday (11th October, 11am, Digby Hall) will see Maria Wingfield Digby revisit the life of one of the Elizabethan era’s and Sherborne’s best loved characters, Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ralegh as he preferred to be spelt) 400 years on. Credited with introducing tobacco and potatoes in England, this is the tale of one man’s ascent from relatively humbled origins to international legend, leaving his mark not only on Sherborne, but on much of Europe and America too.
Based on his Sunday Times bestseller ‘M’, Henry Hemming will reveal the dramatic true story of a maverick M15 officer, Maxwell Knight - M15’s greatest spymaster - in a gripping, interactive talk on the Thursday evening (11th October, 7pm, Digby Hall). A fascinating item following the Salisbury novichok poisoning earlier this year, it will feature a song and game to find out which member of the audience would make the perfect spy. Hemming tales of two remarkable female spies who were recruited by Knight in the 1930s to penetrate the British Communist movement is one not to be missed.
The festival will round off on Sunday with Kevin Davies and Friends Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Part 2 (14th October, 12pm, Digby Hall), and a talk by Mark Price author of Fairness for All and Workplace Fables (2.30pm, Digby Hall). Working for the John Lewis Partnership for over three decades, Price’s books explore the Partnership’s ways of working which has employee’s well-being at its heart, the latter modern business fables with morals drawn. The audience will be invited to question Mark on these books as well as from his recent past as Trade Minister in a pre- and post- Brexit referendum.
Author of 26 books Max Hasting will be among bestsellers including Gill Sims sharing her comical novel Why Mummy Swears, Lord Peter Hain the former British anti-apartheid leader reflecting on Mandela’s remarkable story, and Mark Kermode as he recounts his foolhardy attempts to fulfil his dreams of stardom in How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures – there may even be some music too.
Supported by Sue Cameron’s superb schools programme, local children will hear from a variety of lively and interesting writers throughout the week and will have the chance to enter the Creative Writing Competition for Juniors (Years 5 & 6) and Seniors (7,8 & 9) launching this year.
For the full programme and ticketing information please visit www.sherborneliterarysociety.com or call 01935 815341.
The Stalbridge History Society AGM will be held on Wednesday 19th September, at 7.00 pm at The Hub. We intend to have a small display of items from the 1918 Stalbridge for Sale Exhibition. If you were unable to attend the Exhibition, and are interested in a particular property (or properties), please let us know so that we can include this. No promises, but we will try. We look forward to seeing you there.
Stalbright Special Events for Stalbridge have been enjoying the success of another Pop up Cafe and fundraising day in The Hub at Stalbridge, helping to support and highlight local groups and charities. On Saturday 1st September local groups on show were 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 and Stalbright and the Armistitch Project.
"Thank you so much to everyone who came along today to support Stalbright and our lovely local fundraising groups. We are extremely grateful for all the help we have received displaying posters, setting up The Hub, running the café, making delicious cakes, raffle donations and packing away at the end.
We are very pleased to say we raised £69 from the raffle and £72.47 from refreshments. A big thank you to Stalbridge Allotment Society who donated some lovely produce and raised £8.41 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Once again many thanks and we look forward to seeing you all in a couple of months for the Christmas Fair" - Rebecca Rocheleau
Vale Picture Frames provides a bespoke picture and photo framing service to Stalbridge and the wider Blackmore Vale area. Proprietor Malcom Stobart offers 'No Obligation' quotes and home visits.
For more information or to arrange a 'No Obligation' home visit please telephone:
01963 363 380 or 07775 805 859
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of visitors from all over Dorset and beyond flocked to the first day of the "Stalbridge For Sale" exhibition at Stalbridge Hall, put on by Stalbridge History Society. This enthralling and important exhibition continues today until 4pm and on Monday and Tuesday the 3rd and 4th September.
And if you haven't heard what it is all about (where have you been?!) the exhibition not only highlights the Stalbridge property auction of September 1918, (When Lord Stalbridge sold almost every property and piece of land in the village), but also gives a wonderful 'snapshot' of daily life in Stalbridge at that time, from church and school life to pubs and businesses.
Can you find your own house amongst the exhibits, or that of your great-grandparents? Who was living there in 1918? Were they able to buy it? Who owned the field that your house was built on?
These questions and more can be answered by walking the Stalbridge streets of 1918 in the exhibition hall. You can even get the details of your house printed out!
Admission is Free! Teas, coffees and soft drinks, with cake and biscuits will be available by donation.
There is disabled access, free wi-fi and a large free car park at Stalbridge Hall.
So do join us for The Sale Of The Century!
The remaining exhibition times are as follows:
Sun 2nd sep 10am - 4pm
Mon 3rd sep 10am - 4pm , 6pm - 8pm
Tue 4th sep 10am - 4pm
Station Road is still being dug up in late September, but it now appears to be not the whole road but a smaller section from Jarvis Way down. We are not sure yet, but this hopefully means that the buses will not have to be diverted...fingers crossed! The fun runs from 17th to 28th September, 24 hours a day, except for weekends.
There's a bit of Barrow Hill that needs digging up (again?) to do more pipework. The fun starts on 8th October and runs in theory till 12th October. The small section affected is from Grove Lane to the Royal British Legion, but you won't be able to join the high street or proceed up Barrow Hill at all. The diversion takes you round Park Grove and Gold Street, which is not going to be fun, either for the residents or for drivers. As usual, if you have any concerns about this please contact Tom
Faulkner (email@example.com) by the 24th September 2018.
It's the 40th Anniversary of The HitchHikers Guide to The Galaxy...and you can join in the fun as Kevin Davies and Friends celebrate, as part of The Sherborne Literary Festival on Wednesday 10th October from 11.00am.
Some words from the organisers...
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy began with a young struggling author, Douglas Adams, pounding the streets of nearby Stalbridge on his early morning run, before hammering the keys of an ancient manual typewriter in his bedroom. The BBC commission for his new 6-part radio comedy arrived almost simultaneously with another, for four episodes of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who.
Douglas famously wrestled with writer’s block for much of his life, but this fertile early period at his mother’s house (“Six months of baths and peanut butter sandwiches,” he later called it), saw the birth of a literary and multi-media juggernaut. Within a few years, Hitchhiker's had conquered every medium: radio, novels, stage shows, a TV series and even an official bath towel.
Sadly however, the author died of a heart attack in 2001, aged only 49, before the Hollywood movie starring Martin Freeman came to fruition. And yet, the title marches on, with a recent re-mastering of the radio series on CD and shiny red vinyl, plus the TV series in HD on BBC Blu-Ray.
This special 2.5 hour festival programme item, marking the 40th anniversary of Hitchhiker’s, will bring together members of the original radio cast; Douglas’ family; his friends and special guests; all of whom had a hand in helping Douglas to create the worlds of the bewildered Arthur Dent, coastline designer Slartibartfast and Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox. Personal stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes will be illustrated with exclusive video clips and a display of original props and animation artwork from the TV series. This is one event not to miss, especially if you want to shake clamps with Marvin The Paranoid Android!
Tickets are £6. For more information and to book online please visit the website