Stalbridge commemorates Armistice day every year and, in order to guarantee the safety of participants in the parade we have to close the high street to traffic for two 15 minute periods on Sunday 11th November as the procession makes its way to and from The Church of St. Mary, both before and after the service of Remembrance. We have received notice of the closure from Dorset County Council, which we illustrate below, together with a map of the area affected.
Every month the Stalbridge Garden Society produces a report on their monthly meeting. Here is the October 2018 edition...
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed the members to our meeting, gave out the notices, on the after Christmas meal venue, the health /allergens certificate, and also asked if anyone would be willing to come forward to represent the S.G.S at the village hall meetings.
Tony informed us that there were two places on the committee if anyone would like to join the existing member, they would be welcome.
Marion Dale was the speaker for the evening, Tony welcomed her, she has given us great talks in the past, so we all were looking forward to this evening’s talk.
“Designing with plants” was the title of the talk. Marion told us how she became a garden designer, after being made redundant from her job in the city.
She went to college and gained an R.H.S. certificate, she helped students design a garden, and they won a gold medal, she then herself won a gold medal for her own design work’
Marion told us where to start when designing whether you want a themed, modern, contempary or cottage garden.
Then do a P.H test on your garden soil, which might be acid, alkaline or neutral, this will help you greatly when choosing your plants.
Next know your soil type; it is usually one of these three types, sandy, silty or the more difficult clay, this again will help you when choosing trees and shrubs.
Another question to ask yourself is how much shade, or full sun does your garden get?
This will effect what type for plants to put in your garden and where to plant them, for example lavender likes full sun, whereas woodland plants like shade.
Think about trees and shrubs, how big will they get in five or ten years’ time!
There is a good website called “shoot” which lists lots of trees and shrubs, and it is easy to find out how big some of your garden plants will get, so for example, eucalyptus reaches 15ft in ten years or larger, not ideal for small gardens.
Screening do you need plants to screen your property, shed, neighbours, do they need to be evergreen?
What type of leaf shape do you like or need, plants fit for purpose.
Colour, all year round interest, pastel shades, bright hot colours to lift a dark area, pastels to soften a sharp edge, all these things need to be taken into account when designing a garden
Marion gave us the best tip, when going to the garden centre or nursery, chose plants that you like , don’t take any money with you, just a note book and pen, make a note, when you get home check to see if they are right for your garden, do your research, then you can buy.
Finally she told us that she still has not had time to do her own cottage garden, hopefully one day soon!
Marion gave us a super talk with lots of pictures, and lots of information and tips about garden design, we all enjoyed it very much.
Thank you to Chris Wiles and Geoff for judging the lovely display of apples.
The results are as follows:-
Cooking: - 1st Angela Flavell 2nd Tony Moore 3rd Shirley Ketcher h/c Mary Moore
Dessert: - 1st Dennis Ketcher 2nd Tony Moore 3rd Mary Moore
A big thank you to all of you who took part and brought in some of the apple harvest.
Next month we have a talk by Castle Gardens “Looking at Hedges and Barriers”, in the hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 8th November
Please do come and visit our friendly garden society, you are always welcome.
Time to start bringing in your plants that you wish to overwinter, the dahlias are hanging on giving a splash of colour.
Don’t forget to plants the spring bulbs, and take lots of autumn photos with your cameras of phone, that is if this strong wind has not blown all of the leaves off before they change colour!
Stalbridge Pétanque and Croquet is a new club, set up to promote the playing of Pétanque & Croquet in Stalbridge. It is early days for the club, but if you would like to join this group, we will keep you updated about developments and facilities as we move forward.
Pétanque and Croquet are sports which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities and both do not involve great strength or mobility in order to participate.
So why not visit the facebook page, become a member, and hopefully soon we will have two more healthy and social activity clubs for Stalbridge!
It's 400 years since the death of Sir Walter Raleigh and here at his favourite pub The Virginia Ash we are marking the occasion with some very traditional dishes he would have loved if he popped in today for a pint, a pie and of course a pipe of his famous tobacco!
Join us on Monday evening 29th October for some lovely comfort food classics and meet our very own Sir Walter! Considering how he died we won't be serving chops (he was beheaded), but as well as our usual dishes our specials for the night will include:
So why not come and join us to mark occasion, raise a glass to Sir Walter and enjoy some heart warming home cooked food for this special Knight!
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This year we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War. Now, more than ever we have a duty to honour the men, women and even animals who lost their lives in the defence of our country, allowing us to be the free country we are today. We would like to encourage as many residents of Stalbridge as possible to join the parade or line the streets on the parade route on the morning of the 11th November. Please buy a poppy and wear it with pride on the day.
For those of you who are not aware- The armistice (the formal end of hostilities) was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 in Compiegne, France. This was according to French time - in Germany it was 12 noon. The German delegation headed by Matthias Erzberger crossed the war's front line in five cars and was escorted for ten hours across the devastated war zone of Northern France, arriving on the morning of 8 November. They were then taken to the secret destination aboard General Foch of France's private train, parked in a railway siding in the forest of Compiegne. Foch appeared only twice in the three days of negotiations that took place: on the first day, to ask the German delegation what they wanted, and on the last day, to witness the signatures. The Germans were handed the list of Allied demands and given 3 days to agree. The Armistice demanded complete German demilitarization, with next to no promises made by the Allies in return. There was no question of negotiation. The Germans were able to correct a few of the demands (for example, the decommissioning of more submarines than their fleet actually possessed) - they also extended the schedule for the withdrawal and registered their formal protest at the harshness of Allied terms, but, in effect were in no position to refuse to sign. On Sunday 10 November, they were shown newspapers from Paris, informing them of the abdication of the German Kaiser. The Armistice was agreed at 5:00 a.m. on 11th November, to come into effect at 11:00 a.m. Paris time (noon German time), for which reason the occasion is sometimes referred to as "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". Signatures were actually made between 5:12 a.m. and 5:20 a.m., Paris time.
By the end of the 4 year conflict The United Kingdom had lost 2% of its population to the war. This amounted to almost 1 million killed in action and nearly 2 million wounded. In total, the allies, consisting of The British Empire, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and The United States of America lost nearly 13 million people.
Yes, authentic German sausages will be on sale again at the spectacular Stalbridge YuleFest, returning after the extremely successful first year..."Welcome to Stalbridge Yulefest, the second instalment!"
There's plenty to do in Dorset over the summer but relatively little over the winter. Stalbridge Yulefest appeals to the whole family, young and old, with music, good food and drink, children's entertainment and festive shopping opportunities. All are located undercover in a decorated and fairy-lit village of marquees and tipis surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.
In 2018 Stalbridge Yulefest is taking place over two days: Friday 7th December is for over 18s only and starts at 6pm whereas the Saturday 8th December is for everyone and starts at 2pm when the Christmas market and children's tent open.
For adults there's live music from a variety of bands plus an Oktoberfest style bar offering quality German pilsners. For children there's a dedicated marquee with disco, bouncy castle, skittle alley and face painting. Stone-baked pizzas, authentic German sausages, mulled wine and warm mince pies will be on offer and on the Saturday a variety of stall holders will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, food and drink.
You can now buy tickets for Stalbridge Yulefest 2018 online or at Stalbridge Garage!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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STALBRIDGE LIBRARY PRESENTS
WITH SUE ASHBY AND TONY BENGE
On Tuesday 30th October 2018 at TheHub@Stalbridge
6.30pm for 7.00pm
Tickets available from the Library: £3.00 Guests £1.00 Friends/Volunteers
"WRITING DRAMA FROM LOCAL HISTORY"
Find out how the authors research, plot, write and
with the help of actors, bring history to life.
Sue and Tony have been writing plays for over thirty years, and you might have seen ‘On Them Our Lives Depend’ about the eighty women who produced Mills Bombs at Bourton Foundry during the First World War.
"Comedy Hotspot returns to Stalbridge with another four brilliant comedians. You are guaranteed a night of laughter with these guys. Our two previous gigs at Stalbridge have been superb, if you attended one then please help us spread the word and get this lovely venue sold out. Tickets are available from Williams Florists in Stalbridge or buy them online here www.comedyhotspot.nutickets.com We are helping to raise funds for Stalbright so come along for a giggle knowing that you are raising money for your community. See you there xx
Buy your tickets (£12) on-line or at Williams Florist Stalbridge and save £3 (tickets are £15 on the door) - you can spend the money saved on the fabulous raffle - prizes include Large bottle of bubbly with 2 tickets to the next comedy night (donated by Nick Barnes) - Hamper with 3 bottles of wine, 2 boxes of chocolates, 2 glasses and a candle (for that romantic evening) - Sunday lunch for 2 at the Virginia Ash (donated by the Virginia Ash) and a lovely fruit basket (donated by Dike & son) - RAFFLE IN AID OF STALBRIGHT
Doors open at 7pm on Saturday 17th November for cash bar. Performances start at 8pm.
The Hub@Stalbridge celebrates its 5th Anniversary on Saturday 20th October 2018. Join them from 10am to 2pm for refreshments and...
Stalbridge Scouts Bonfire and Fireworks Display is on Monday 5th November 2018 at Stalbridge Playing Fields, (the top park). Gates Open at 6.15pm - Display Starts at 7.00pm. Tickets on the Gate: £4.00 Adult and £3.00 Children (U16s).
Family Ticket £12 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
BBQ & Refreshments
The Scout Group has run this event for many years which acts as one of their key fundraisers for the Group as well as being a great evening for the community of Stalbridge.
The Stalbridge Singers present "Sing a Song for Sophie"...a special concert in memory of Sophie Spicer, and supporting Weldmar Hospice. The concert takes place at Stalbridge Primary School at 2pm on Sunday 14th October 2018. Tickets at £5 are available in advance from Stalbridge Post Office or on the door. There will also be a raffle and tea and cake.
At this special concert The Stalbridge Singers are stepping out of their comfort zone and singing solo! For some brave souls it will be the first time they stand alone. Please come and support us and help raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare. After the concert there will be refreshments and a raffle. Do come along and join us, hear some lovely singing and support this very worthy cause.
Stalbridge Players are holding auditions for "A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol", which is their next production. The auditions are being held this Sunday 7th October at Stalbridge Hall, starting at 2pm. All are welcome! The performances of this production will 'air' on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of November. All are welcome!