You've been waiting on us and now it's time for us to wait on you! Yes, The New Stalbridge Arms will open at 5pm on Friday 23rd November 2018! And we can't wait! We know you've heard this all before and been disappointed when the Arms has 'Folded' after a short space of time, but this time there is a difference....We own the premises outright! No brewery or big boss company to have to deal with, just the joy of bringing to Stalbridge what you've been wanting for ages...A Home from Home, friendly and comforting Local Pub, serving simple, but delicious, freshly made, Home-cooked pub favourites at a reasonable price, using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The Stalbridge Arms will be somewhere you'll be proud to bring your family, friends, children and even your dog to! For more info visit our new website by clicking on the button below...
Stalbright Special Events for Stalbridge present an evening of Christmas Celebration on Friday 30th November. It's beautiful Lantern Parade will take place again this year, processing from the Hub to The Ring, in time for The interactive Christmas Nativity Story at 6.00pm, followed by The Lighting of The Lime Tree at 6.30pm on The Ring. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served by The Church of St. Mary in Stalbridge. Have a look below at our Lantern Parade video from last year... If you haven't signed up to one of the Lantern Making Workshops, running from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm on Saturday November 17 and 24th then click on the button below to join in...
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In conjunction with the events on The Ring The Scout Hall will be open from 4.00pm to 8.00pm for the Stalbright Christmas Fayre. Many local charity stalls will be there and the Stalbridge Scouts will be running their renowned Barbecue from 4.00pm onwards. Tea, coffee, Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate and warm Mince Pies will be on offer.
Skittle for a Turkey at The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on Friday 30th November from 6pm to 9pm. Will you be the clucky one who gets the top score and walks away with a Turkey? It's only £2 a go, they'll have mulled wine and mince pies at the ready and it's in aid of charity, so pop down and see if you can get clucky at The Swan!
( all proceeds to SCOPE#DISABILITY GAME CHANGERS )
"Half of disabled people feel excluded from society and many say prejudicial attitudes haven’t improved in decades. We know there is still work to do until all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness, so we all need to work together to change society for the better. There’s something everyone can do to be a Disability Gamechanger so join us today to end this inequality..."
FIND OUT MORE AT THE SCOPE WEBSITE
The Stalbridge Branch of The Royal British Legion will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the Legion Premises on Barrow Hill on Monday 26th November commencing at 8-00 p.m. At this meeting we will be seeking nominations for Chairman and Treasurer and we also need new Active Committee Members. It is vital to have a good working committee who are interested in keeping the Branch alive. Members please note the date and attend.
The best way to get into the spirit of Christmas this year......is to come along to the Stalbridge Christmas Concert on Saturday 8th December in Stalbridge Hall at 7.30pm. The Mill Singers and The Stalbridge Singers will be entertaining you and getting you in the mood for the festive season. Mulled wine and mince pie are included in the ticket, priced at £8 for adults and £5 for children- available from Williams Florists in Station Road, Stalbridge.
Stalbridge Petanque & Croquet Club are having a meeting on Thursday 15th November in the Youth Club at Stalbridge Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Existing members are encouraged to attend as "we have a few things to discuss". This is also an opportunity for non-members to attend and possibly sign up to become a member.
STALBRIDGE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER CAR SCHEME
Notice of a Public Meeting to be held on Wednesday 7th November 2018 - 6.30pm for 7.00pm in The Community Hall at Stalbridge Village Hall.
This meeting is to explain how the scheme will work and is for all those people who have no other means of transport to get to an Appointment at their new Doctor’s Surgery or attend a Hospital Appointment. It will be necessary to register with the Scheme before being able to use it. There will be an opportunity to register with the Scheme before and after the Presentation (approx. 7.00 pm).
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk about the Scheme.
Even if you do not have a personal need for the transport to be provided by the Scheme, you may have a family member or a neighbour who does and they might be grateful if you attended the meeting on their behalf.
A Contact number has yet to be confirmed.
(STALBRIDGE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER CAR SCHEME)
Rock 'n' Roll Trio "Rip it Up" will be appearing at The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on Saturday 10th November. Entry is free and the drinks are reasonably priced so why not make an evening of it at this ever more popular pub. The band will be "on stage" at 9pm leaving you enough time to have a few drinks and get in the mood for some superb, live music!
Ciao Bella Mobile Pizza is back at The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on Sunday 4th November with Extra Special pizzas to warm your soul. Pop along from 5pm till 9pm. The pizza van has a cover in case the weather is not playing cricket.
Manzo Piccante £8
Spicy beef with medly of vegetables.
Jerk chicken and Reggae Reggae sauce. £8
BBQ Chicken, Smokey Bacon, BBQ sauce and red pepper £8
Garlic bread £3 (with cheese £4)
Kids Cheese and tomato £5
Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms.
HAM & PINEAPPLE £7
MEAT FEAST £8
Chicken, Ham, Pepperoni.
*Card payments now accepted *
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!
For more information, online tickets and updates visit the website by clicking on the button below...
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!
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!