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.
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
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
The Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents The Tempest By William Shakespeare. Directed by Ian White. Performances run from Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd September 2018, with the show starting at 7.45pm
"On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon he creates a vast magical storm that wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems".
Doors open 7:15 pm, show starts 7.45pm.
TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FROM 27th August 2018
or email email@example.com or ring the box office on 07500 37 60 31.
ScreenBites Food Film Festival presents the film 'Marie Antoinette' at Milborne Port Village Hall on Saturday 20th October 2018. Made in 2006 and directed by Sofia Coppola the film is an impressionistic portrait of the life of the young queen of France, who famously told the bread-starved 'miserables' of pre revolution france to "Eat Cake!" Book your slice by visiting the screenbites website.
You must be crackers if you're not going to the Cheese Festival in Sturminster Newton on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. With food demonstrations, Music and entertainment and Children's activities there's something for all the family! Tickets are for sale on the days of the Festival only, £6 per adult, 14 years and under are free. For more info see the website below.
Come and have a cake and a catch up at the Stalbright Community Café and Fundraising Fair! Saturday 1st September, 10am until 12pm in The Hub@stalbridge.
Please help support these local groups
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
Stalbright and the Armistitch Project
Come and enjoy a cuppa, cake and a catch up
The Hub Pop Up Café
Age Concern are hosting a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 2nd Sep 2018
Start Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Start Time: Staggered between 1000 and 1045 hours.
Finish Point: The White Hart Car Park, Bishops Caundle.
Winner: The person who answers the most questions correctly (Tie Breaker – Distance Travelled). A magnum of Prosecco is first and only prize.
Route: If navigated correctly, less than 50 miles, less than 2 hours but no time limit applied.
Lunch: If required book in advance at White Hart on 01963 23301.
Fee: £10/car. Monies raised go to Age Concern North Dorset.
Maps: No maps required. Full written instructions issued at Start Point. Drivers will need a navigator with a pen/pencil.
Every last Wednesday in the months between April and September The Virginia Ash Pub in Henstridge hosts a Classic Car Display in the Car Park. This month's 'Classics at The Ash' event will be special... We're having a Barbecue (indoors or outdoors) to celebrate. So grab a pint, drool over some amazing classic cars on show, then drool over our barbecue feast on Wednesday 29th August !
St. Mary's Church In Stalbridge are hosting their Annual Parish Harvest Supper on 22nd September 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War... Join them for Ploughmans, 7pm for 7.30pm on the night. Tickets available from Stalbridge Post Office from 22nd August onwards.
The Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show returns to North Dorset on Wednesday 15th August 2018, running from 8.30am to 6.30pm. As well as over 500 trade stands to browse there is a full day of entertainment and displays in three rings, in the main ring we feature the return of the world famous Imps Motorcycle Display team, with their fantastic display. The east ring will have a full day of horse showing classes and show jumping classes. In the Turnpike Ring, countryside sports include ferret and terrier racing, birds of prey, sheep dogs and the dog & duck display a packed programme of exciting entertainment.
From the organisers: "The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the south, held on our own Turnpike Showground in North Dorset. This traditional show is always held on the third Wednesday in August and regularly has an attendance of over 24,000 people. The 2018 Show looks all set to be one of the best events ever, with a record number of trade exhibitors, a great range of attractions for all the family and entries for the competitive classes being received at a record rate."
For more information or to book tickets visit the show's website...
Margot and Steve from Thyme After Time Cafe and Catering invite you to join them for SpireFest 2018, a mix of music and food...
SPIREFEST, AUGUST 18th, 2018. 6pm to midnight
Thyme After Time, Spirehill Farm, Stalbridge
Tickets on sale now!
£5 adult • £2.50 child • £15 family
Band Announcement for Spirefest-
Our headliners for this year will be 'Stone Groove' a fantastic band whom we have seen play and will most definitely get you up and dancing!
We also have the fantastic guys from 'Wonky Donkey' whom if you attended before you will remember...they certainly made the marquee rock!
Last but not least we have a relatively new band whom again we had the good fortune to see play at a wedding we attended, word on the Dorset street is they are up and coming and proving popular and they are '2FootMoose'.
So we have three seriously great bands coming which we are really excited about.
We are doubling the size of the marquee so that we have a much bigger dance area, the whole marquee is all on hard standing ground so whatever the weather does- who cares!!!
Three local fab bands, a bar with local beer and regular ale and lagers and even a cocktail bar. Food (of course) prepared and served by ourselves.
Camping/parking available in the field on the farm which will be £1 per vehicle and £10 per pitch for camping.
COME TO THE GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL ON 28TH AND 29TH JULY 2018 AT ST GILES HOUSE, WIMBORNE ST GILES, DORSET, BH21 5ND
Some words from the organisers...
As well as hosting a chilli-con-carne cook-off, run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association, open to pre-registered teams to battle it out for the Dorset title and a place at the national finals this year's festival also boasts chilli plant growing competitions, chilli pepper growing competitions, and chilli sauce competitions too! This is sure to be a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. So if you enjoy the sensation of steam coming out of your ears then this is the Chilli Festival for you! We have some of the country’s most respected chilli companies showcasing their plants, seeds and condiments; chutneys, hot sauces, chilli chocolate, relishes, pickles and oils.
Speak to the experts and discover how to cook with chillies and which chillies to use that won’t blow your head off. The stallholders all love chillies and will be only too pleased to talk to you.
BUT if you don’t like it hot there’s plenty of choice from the stallholders for the less robust palette. Artisan bakers, cheeses, chocolates, jams, garlic, Spanish charcuterie, chilli ginger beer, Dorset ice cream, wooden boards and smart kitchen knives for chilli-chopping, ironwork, ethnic clothes and bags, ceramics, outdoor woodburners and jewellery......
Have a look at the website for more info on this great day out!
Jude from Gray's of Stalbridge invites you to join her and friends for a Drop-in Coffee Morning from 9.00am to 1.00pm on Thursday 26th July 2018. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided so why not pop along and have a natter? This Coffee Morning will be in aid of NASS (The National ankylosing spondylitis society). There will be cakes to buy and a raffle etc. This will help us raise funds for NASS, this debilitating condition.
What is it?
Ankylosing spondylitis, is a painful, incurable inflammatory arthritis mainly affecting the spine. Inflammation occurs around the spine causing pain, stiffness and fatigue. Over time repeated inflammation can lead to fusion of the vertebrae causing more pain and restricted mobility.
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support) are hosting a fun day of crafts stalls and pampering on Sunday 24th June from 11.00am to 5.00pm in Stalbridge Hall. A fun day for all, to include Jewellery, Handmade Cards, Pampering Area offering Nails and Treatments, Raffle, Face Painting plus much more including Lady B with her fabulous clothing on the Boutique in a Bus....not to mention a Cafe area where you can relax over a drink and a selection of lovely cakes. SCARS look forward to welcoming you and thank you for your continued support of this wonderful local cancer support group.
SCARS (Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support) is a local organisation set up by Tracy White in September 2014. As a cancer survivor herself, Tracy decided to set up SCARS with the sole aim of offering a safe and confidential environment to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, is a survivor, carer friend or family so that they could feel supported and not alone. The group meet on the last Friday of every month at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge (free car park to the right of the building) from 2pm - 4pm. We welcome people of all ages and you do not need to reside in Stalbridge to attend. Members provide advice, emotional and practical support where needed along with other information on benefits, other support groups or general details and can provide leaflets and information from many cancer charities free of charge.
Stalbridge Primary School invite you to their "Blooming Great Tea Party" on Wednesday 20th June 2018 from 3pm onwards at Stalbridge Primary School, in aid of The Marie Curie Organisation. The money raised by this event will help Marie Curie Nurses care for people living with a terminal illness across the UK.
There are some seats still available on The Stalbridge W.I. summer day trip to Seaton in Devon on Monday 16th July, leaving the Hub car park at 9.15am and costing £10 per person. This will be a Free day to do as you like! The Weather is Booked!! We will be returning from Seaton at 4.15pm approx. Details from June Harman 01963 362696. And to entice you to join the trip just click on the button below for more information on Seaton.
Blackmore Vale Revival is an annual Classic Vehicle and Vintage Show, held at the beginning of July at Henstridge Airfield on the Somerset/Dorset Border. Visitors traditionally dress in vintage clothing at the show, which includes trade and craft stalls, family entertainment, beer and refreshment tents and arena entertainment, all in the style of the Goodwood Revival.
This Year's Event will take place on Saturday 7th July 2018. Raffle tickets for the event will be on sale outside Dike and Sons Supermarket in Stalbridge this Saturday 16th June where Andy Dike will be allowing access to view the Family classic vehicle and memorabilia collection.
Fitting words from the 2017 Blackmore Vale Revival
"A truly memorable year, in every respect . We had excellent weather and the organisation was very good, I could go all day, but it is easier to say we all had a superb day at the Blackmore Vale Revival and we are looking forward to next year.
Ladies & Gentlemen may we introduce the Decadettes on stage at the 2018 Blackmore Vale Revival. The Group sing a variety of music from 1920s through to 1960s, nostalgic harmonies creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era which is perfect for the Revival Event.
Below you can see from last year's programme that there is so much to do and see at The Blackmore Vale Revival.
For more information on this year's event just click on the logo below