ArtsReach Touring Theatre Presents " A Barnes Supper" at Stalbridge Hall on Saturday 23rd February at 7.00pm. Alongside a feast of local fayre, The Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries will perform traditional songs collected across the County by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of Blackmore Vale fiddler Benjamin Rose, perform a special two part arrangement of Barnes' Linden Lea and recite some of the poems that keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset. Dialect poet William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings.
Tickets at £18 include a light Dorset supper served throughout the performance. Telephone booking: Williams Florist 01963 362355. For more information or to book online visit the Artsreach Website by clicking on the button below.
ArtsReach Touring Theatre presents "The Great Train Robbery" at Stalbridge Hall on Friday 8th March 2019 at 7.30pm. In the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963, the heist of the century is under way. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds of cash stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. But what about the ones that got away?
Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold the untold tale of the four feisty forgotten females from the Great Train Robbery, as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem.
Standard Ticket £9 Under 18s £6 Family ticket £25 available from Williams Florist in Station Road Stalbridge by phone on 01963 362355. For more information or to book online visit the ArtsReach website.
Jude from Gray's of Stalbridge invites you to join her and friends for a Drop-in Coffee Morning from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Thursday 24th January. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided so why not pop along and have a natter? The regular charity pot will be there in case you want to make a small donation. For more information the charity we support regularly - Retina UK, just click on the button below.
MONDAY 28TH JANUARY 2019 AT 8.00PM
Join Andy and Alison at The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on the last Monday of every month at 8pm for their QUIZ NIGHT!
Get your thinking heads on 💡
£2 per person. teams of maximum of 4 people
Existing teams more than welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you for a night of laughter and competitive enjoyment -
Andy and Alison
The Hub at Stalbridge invite you to join them for a Cuppa at Christmas on Christmas Day between 10.00am and 12 noon.
"Come and join us on Christmas Day at The Hub for a cuppa and a chat! Everyone is welcome, whether on your own or as a family or maybe you just need 5 minutes away from the chaos of Christmas! There may even be mince pies!"
The Blackmore Vale Lions have been friends of Santa Claus for years, so who better to ask if your children want to meet him at Christmas in Stalbridge? Yes, The great man himself will be driving through the Streets of Stalbridge in the next few days! On Saturday 22nd December Santa will be in the East side of Stalbridge from 4.30pm onwards and on Sunday 23rd December he will be visiting the West side of Stalbridge. Now, if you're not sure which side is East and which is West then have a look at our handy map below. And don't forget to get your change jar out! Santa needs donations to buy the carrots for his reindeer and to give money to very worthy causes that Santa and his friends from the Blackmore Vale Lions love to support. Merry Christmas!
On Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm there will be An Evening of Christmas Music and Readings at St. Mary's Church in Stalbridge, featuring HMS Heron Volunteer Band, The Stalbridge Singers and principally yourselves. With Mulled wine and refreshments.
Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Stalbridge Post Office, Williams Florists, or by telephoning 01963 362945
David Beaton’s talk, Dorset Heroines, covers over 350 years of colourful Dorset history, ranging from the Civil War to the Second World War, and is devoted to around ten out of the dozen women in Dorset’s Forgotten Heroes, published in 2005 by The Dovecote Press.
We meet ‘Brave Dame Mary’, who held out in Corfe Castle for twenty months before being betrayed by one of her own group, and, on the other side of the fence, the brave Women of Lyme, who held out against the Royalists.
There are women from all strata of society: the daughter of a cabinet maker who became famous throughout Europe for her fossil finds; a philanthropist of noble birth; another high born philanthropist who married into the same family and was, incidentally, Winston Churchill’s aunt; a palaeobotanist who took the nation by storm with the publication of her controversial book, Married Love; a courageous nurse who served in both World Wars; a WW2 heroine who lived with the Maquis and was awarded the Croix de Guerre; and a dancer who decided to form a concert party to entertain the troops and who by D-Day had given over 1,000 performances in army camps, air force bases and on naval ships.
It is an extraordinary catalogue of women of courage and dedication whose actions have helped shape the history of this remarkable county.
Come and pick up a bargain at the Stalbridge Hall Car Boot and Table Top Sale this Sunday 2nd December. Whatever the weather we'll be there and we have tables indoors in the cozy, warm main hall. The Sale runs from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Table Top Inside Tables £5
Car Boot Outside £3.50
I trust you are keeping cosily inside today- isn't it grim outside?
It has been a rather crazy November here which is not usual, normally its our preparation time for the December onslaught so we are here and we are paddling- fast! We have catered two large events in the Exchange during November and then had smaller events we have been catering also which left us void of free dates to do a November evening event.
We thought we should crack on and tell you about festive evening on Saturday, 15th December in our Cafe.
Something completely new-
A Festive Evening of Food, Yarns and Risque Ramblings with Stuart Waite, Saturday, 15th December @ 7pm
We will of course be making sure you won't be going hungry, we have a delicious Christmas Festive menu planned (see below) which will be pre chosen on your part. The food will be fully served at your table on this event not a buffet like it often is on our evenings.
Rumour has it that Stuart might be dressing Dicken's style!!
We have just a few tables left for this so if you would like to come along then do get in touch nice and quick.
Here is the delicious menu we will be cooking up-
Christmas Party Menu 2018
please choose one of the following
Parsnip, apple and chestnut soup with our homemade garlic bread
Dressed crispy duck with mint, lime and chilli and hoi sin sauce
Warm salad of Dorset blue vinny, sautéed mushrooms with crispy bacon and pickled walnuts
(bacon optional to make vegetarian if required).
please choose one of the following
Roast West Country turkey breast with pig in blanket, homemade stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, roast potatoes and served with seasonal vegetables
West country mixed Game Pie with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes
Fresh salmon fillet with a fennel, white wine and Blackmore Vale crème fraiche creamy sauce
Vegetarian option of buckwheat pancake stack, layered with roasted ratatouille and a Somerset cheddar cheese sauce
(all the above will be served with seasonal vegetables)
please choose one of the following
Traditional homemade Christmas Pudding with Dorset Golden Cap whisky custard and Blackmore Vale clotted cream
Vanilla cheesecake topped with pink gin and strawberry kissell
Warm rich chocolate brownie served with salted caramel icecream and butterscotch sauce
Homemade apricot, peach and mandarin trifle laced with Archers peach Schnapps and topped with crushed Amaretti biscuits and toasted almonds
Fresh coffee from our espresso machine
Price per head - £29.50
We look forward to hearing from you and if we don't see you for this, our next and in fact last monthly evening event for 2018 then we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and new year. Thankyou for your continued support to our business, we cannot express how much it means to us and just how important it is that you choose to support an independent local business.
We will be in touch soon with our next evening event.... if you have anything specific you would like us to do for our next one, then we are open to ideas??
Margot, Steve and the Thymers x
Thyme after Time | Event Catering, Online Foodstore & Café in the heart of rural Dorset
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...
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
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!
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.