I'm very happy to announce that Grow & Learn Together will be running Let's Make Music Together at Stalbridge Hub every Wednesday from 15th November starting at 1.15pm.
We will be singing, dancing, playing instruments and some games. If you have an under five to bring along or you are expecting your first baby it would be lovely to see you. First time expecting mums please come along for free until your baby arrives!
Please message, phone or email me to reserve your place or if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon!
Stalbridge Library present another of their successful Author Talks, this time with travel writer Godfrey Hall, M.A. Godfrey has been a travel writer for over 30 years, travelling the world and has reported from a wide variety of locations. Over the years he has worked for a large number of publishers and broadcasters and currently writes a weekly column in the Western Gazette. His recent trips have included Canada, Alaska, Switzerland, Vienna, Bratislava, France and Finland.
Come and hear his talk
"Life as a travel journalist - The Inside Story"
on Tuesday 28th November 2017 (6.30pm for a 7pm start) at Stalbridge Community Library, just off Station Road in Stalbridge. Tickets are £3.00 each, available from Stalbridge Library in advance or on the door on the night. Early booking is advisable.
It's that time of year when you start thinking about your Christmas decorations. If you are thinking of a colour theme change or just have too much tinsel we would be really glad to receive it to use at the Lantern making sessions for the Stalbridge Lantern Parade on Friday 1st December. There is a collection box in the Hub@Stalbridge reception for any donations, which will be most gratefully received. Thank you from Stalbright Special Events For Stalbridge x
The Hub opening hours are Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00, Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon. Closed – on Thursday & Public Holidays.
Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support (SCARS) are hosting a Brew & Bake Afternoon in The Hub@Stalbridge on Friday 13th October from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The event has been organised in support of Prostate Cancer UK and the continuing work that SCARS do in the Stalbridge Community. Come along for some fun and a natter and support these two worthy causes.
Tea, Coffee, Cakes, Biscuits and good company will all be served up on the day and there will be a Tombola with many a great prize to be won.
Proceeds from the Brew & Bake will go to Men United (Prostate Cancer) and proceeds from the Tombola and sales table will go to SCARS. You can find out more information on these organisations by clicking on the buttons below.
Sing a Song and Smile - Singing Workshop
Saturday 9th September 2017 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm
An opportunity to find your voice and sing a song and smile! This singing workshop is aimed towards singing solo. A chance to explore your technique, confidence and performance. It is open to everyone of all abilities.
The workshop is on Saturday 9th September from 2pm until 5pm at The Hub, Station Road in Stalbridge and the cost is £15.
For more information and to book your place
Call Becky on 07957133317
Stalbridge Community Library invite all young children to join in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017...
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
Every year there’s a different theme; this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.
Enrolling your child
The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.
Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.
Regional variations will apply, and your local library will be able to confirm when the Challenge will begin in your area.
There is not an official end date for the Challenge. Each library authority will set their own finish date. Please check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.
The Summer Reading Challenge website
The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.
Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.
Stalbridge Community Library Opening times are:
Monday: 2.00 to 5.00
Tuesday: 10.00 to 12.30 and 2.00 to 5.00
Wednesday: 12.00 to 2.30
Thursday: 3.30 to 6.30
Friday: 2.00 to 5.00
Saturday: 9.30 to 12.30
Did you know that the Stalbridge Community Information Office in The Hub@Stalbridge, just off Station Road, has an excellent, up to date selection of tourist information leaflets and brochures for all the family, including travel timetables.
(The bus timetables will next change on 24th July, and the rail in August.)
And did you know...
The Hub@Stalbridge offers:-
Free WIFI access and computer use with the full Microsoft Office package networked to a printer for the general public to use. (Charges apply for printing, photocopying and laminating). This facility is available when the team are at The Hub.
Community Office opening times at The Hub@Stalbridge
Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00
Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon
Closed – on Thursday & Public Holidays
Phone (during office hours) 01963 364177
The Hub@Stalbridge is the main focus point for The Community Library, The Community Information Office and The Town Council.
Located just off Station Road, this modern Hub for the community has the benefit of a meeting room, and free access to computers.
The Community Office also provides "pay as you go" printing, photocopying and laminating facilities.
The meeting rooms can also be booked free for non-profit making groups and charities, or hired by businesses at competitive rates.
For further information on booking or hiring the meeting rooms at the hub phone 01963 364276 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us For A Great Family Fun Day Out!
WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES FROM
BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT STARS
RIGHT SAID BRUV
AND CHILDREN'S ENTERTAINER
11.30am to 5.00pm
CATEGORIES FOR THE SUNDAY FUNDAY DOG SHOW THIS YEAR ARE:
1 Best rescue - Sponsored by West Country Bullie Walks
2 Prettiest bitch - Sponsored by Stalbridge Singers
3 Most handsome male dog - Sponsored by bouncing buddies
4 Waggiest tail - Sponsored by Glitter Pirates
5 Best odd or matching pair - Sponsored by Grooming Concepts
6 Young handler (16 and under) - Sponsored by Eastbury House Care Home
7 Best Young dog (6 months - 2yrs ) - Sponsored by IK services
8 Best In Show, with Reserve Best in Show - Sponsored by IK services
9 Musical mats - Sponsored by Liberty Belles Nail & Beauty Salon in Stalbridge
10 Temptation Alley - Fastest dog, through an assault course of treats!
Programme for the day
11.30am Dog show registration opens
12-12.45 Childrens entertainer Damian Jay
1-2.30 Stalbridge Fun Dog Show
2.30-3pm Police dog demonstration
3pm -4pm Right said Bruv
4pm - 4.30pm Raffle Prize Draw
We will be updating you with details of all the attractions in the next few weeks. In the meantime...
Look out for leaflets, posters and web adverts coming soon, and book the date in your diary for the Stalbridge Event of The Year...Sunday Funday!
SCARS Monthly Meeting will be held on Friday 30th June from 2-4pm at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge. New members always welcome. SCARS is a self funding support group offering companionship and friendship to anyone diagnosed with cancer, a survivor of cancer, friends or family who feel they could benefit from the support of others who have been touched by a cancer diagnosis. If you require any further information do contact email@example.com or telephone Tracy White, Founder/Chairperson on 07834 996473.
There will be a public meeting of Stalbridge Community Library Management Group at 7.00pm on Tuesday 30 May in The Hub, Stalbridge.
This meeting will follow The Friends of Stalbridge Library AGM, which starts at 6.30pm.
All are invited to attend both of these meetings to comment on the operation of both groups, make suggestions for improvement and to ask any questions.
It is only by receiving feedback from our customers that we can improve on the service we offer.
We would urge you to attend and we look forward to seeing you-thank you.
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support) monthly meeting will be held on Friday 28th April from 2-4.30pm at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge. Weldmar Hospicecare will be attending the meeting from 3pm and will hold a talk and presentation on the work that they undertake and how people can get involved and support them.
Stalbridge Community Information Office is celebrating 20 years of voluntary service to the residents of Stalbridge. Back in 1997 the office was located in the High Street, next to Evans & Co. There was a public telephone, provided by Dorset Police and the notice board hung on the wall to the right of the main window.
The office has moved twice since it's inception and is now located in the hub@stalbridge, just off Station Road. A lot has changed in the last two decades, but some things remain the same. Original volunteers Joy Rabbets (Hilary Townsend) and Bill Batty-Smith are still volunteering! Come and help them celebrate, along with the current team at the Community Information Office 20th Anniversary event at the hub on Saturday 8th April from 10.00am till 2.00pm.
There will be a pop up café and raffle, with profits donated to the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, and the Library will be extending their opening hours for the day so do come along and support your local volunteers. Various groups and organisations who use the hub will be showcasing their activities, including Age Concern, The Blackmore Vale Lions, Blackmore Vale Family History Group, Mindful, SCARS, Stalbridge Archive Group, Stalbridge History Group, Stalbridge Singers, Stalbright, St. Mary's Church and University of the 3rd Age, as well as The Community Information Office itself and Stalbridge Community Library.
The Hub@Stalbridge hosts a celebration of voluntary service to the Stalbridge community
It's been around for 20 years, but how did it all start ?
In 1997, responding to concerns of many residents about a marked lack of police presence and its consequences on the streets of Stalbridge, including under-age drinking, vandalism etc., a group of residents set about forming an action group. Following financial input from Dorset Police, the District and Town Councils and local donations, the Community Information Office was opened in the High Street. Initially, 20 volunteers were trained.
Reflecting the needs of the community, this office became the venue for regular Police surgeries and contact point for Home-Watch Coordinators and the Police Ringmaster Scheme; planning information, lost property, and advice services regarding Help the Aged, Environmental Health and Waste disposal and many other advice services. It quickly won several awards and has been replicated in many parts of Dorset. The team’s base has moved three times since inception and is now located at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge, DT10 2RG.
Clearly, every organisation must reflect the changes in their environment and now, it’s purpose is
“… to provide assistance to the public needing access to all levels of Council assistance, eg. Planning, Benefits, Recycling, Highways etc. and police matters.
To provide travel information: eg. Public transport timetables, local walks and tourist information.
To provide access to our public access computers, wifi, printer and laminator and the range of surgeries now available.”
The office is still staffed by volunteers and we are always on the lookout for more help.
As a result of this close liaison with the Police, Stalbridge is now considered to be one of the safest and most pleasant towns in North Dorset.
“Making a killing! Thrillers for teens and adults”
That is the title of our next author talk at The Hub on Saturday 18th February at 10.00 am.
Our author can really claim to be a “local”. Sarah Naughton, daughter of one of our volunteer
librarians, grew up in Henstridge and was schooled locally before going to Bruton School for girls. She went on to University College London, where she obtained a degree in English. She continued on to Watford College, where she gained a diploma in copywriting and film direction. After starting a family, Sarah concentrated on her passion, writing, and produced her first novel “The Hanged Man Rises”, a teen history horror story. She followed this with another teen story, “The Blood List” and she is currently working on an adult psychological thriller “Tattletale” due out on 23rd March. Tickets will be priced at £2.00 with free entry to Friends and Volunteers and to include light refreshments.
Tickets will be available from the library from early February.
Q: What time does it start?
Q: What time does it End?
Q: What time does the Lighting up ceremony start?
A: At 5.30pm The Lantern Parade will leave the Hub and process via Station Road and Ring Street to The Ring. At 6.00pm the NEW Stalbright sponsored lights for the Lime tree will be switched on for the first time. The audience for this event are asked to assemble around the ring, not on it. This will allow a much better view of the Lantern Paraders, who will be on the ring.
Q: Which roads are being closed and when?
A: Station Road and Ring Street between 5.30pm and 6.00pm
Lower Road and The Cutting between 5.00pm and 7.00pm
Q: Will it be crowded, like last year?
A: This year there is more than twice the amount of indoor space than last year and the event runs over a much longer time, so hopefully not.
Q: Should I wrap up warm?
A: Oh, yes! It is due to be a true Alpine Christmas Event.....somewhere around -1 or 2, so Ski Jackets, Wooly mittens and Ski hats might be a good idea...and add to the Alpine Atmosphere! Why not bring a wooly blanket if you're going to spend lots of time in the Alpine Bar, listening to the Bierfass Oompah Band, although it will be heated!. Top Tip: The more you sing and stomp your feet, the warmer you'll get!
Q: What is going on in each area?
A: The Scout Hut will be hosting stalls from volunteer groups and charities. There are some lovely Christmas gifts to buy, so bring some money for this, so you don't have to nip home half way through the event when you find out what great stuff they have on offer.
The Youth Club is hosting Santa's Grotto: 3:30pm - 5:30pm & 6:30pm - 8pm £2.50 per child.
The Community Hall is hosting The Kids Zone with supervised and organised fun games and activities, so why not pop along straight after school?
The Main Hall will be hosting A Traditional Vintage Tea Room and The Stalbridge Christmas Emporium.
Outside the Hall: The Alpine Village will contain the Alpine Marquee, where the Bierfass Oompah band will be playing from 7.00pm, The Stalbright BBQ, with Hot Dogs and Burgers to warm you up!, and The Lions Alpine Gazebo, with delicious, hot Mulled wine, (also to warm you up!)
And somewhere between 4.00pm and 8.00pm we will be presenting our Special Secret Entertainment! ( you don't want to miss this !)
Q: is there a Fancy Dress Competition?
A: Yes. So turn up in fancy dress and the competition runs throughout the afternoon and evening, for children and adults! Let's see some Lederhosen and lots of Reindeer hats!
Q: Where do we park if we are coming from outside Stalbridge?
A: There is a large car park just off Station Road, and the newly-open Stalbridge Arms (opposite the entrance to the Hall) is offering their car park, and hoping you'll pop in for a drink at some point during the evening. If you're going to do that you'll need to approach the Stalbridge Arms from Jarvis Way, as the Ring will be closed to traffic from 5 - 7pm.
Q: Can I turn up on the night and join in the Lantern Parade?
A: Unfortunately, only people who have registered with the Stalbright Lantern Parade already will be able to join in. Currently there are about 120, so it should be a great parade.
Q: Can we gather on the Ring, like last year, to watch the carol service and tree lighting ?
A: This year the audience will assemble around the ring, not on it. The Lantern Parade will process onto the ring for the service and lighting up ceremony. This will avoid any overcrowding issues and will allow the audience a much better view of all the Lantern Bearers!
What are our Cats and Dogs Really thinking?
That is the fascinating subject that Dr John Bradshaw will share with us at 7pm in The Hub@stalbridge in Station Road on Monday 21st November. John Bradshaw has become well-known to pet owners through his books “Cat Sense” and “In Defence of Dogs/Dog Sense” both of which were bestsellers in the USA and in the UK, and have been translated into more than a dozen other languages. His many TV appearances have included six BBC Horizons, including “Woof: A Horizon Guide to Dogs”, “The Secret Life of the Cat” and “Catwatch 2014”, which provided the impetus for his latest book “The Trainable Cat” co-written with Dr Sarah Ellis.
The evening will take the usual form—Wine and nibbles will be served in the Library at 6.30pm before we move into the large room in the Hub at about 7pm. The evening is sponsored by the Friends of Stalbridge Library
Admission free to the Friends of the Library, and £3 for guests and other members of the public. Tickets available from Stalbridge Library. There are limited places, so early booking is advised.