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.
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.
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!
Stalbridge Friday Morning Coffee Group will be serving "High Tea" as part of their Autumn Fayre on Sat 27th October... The event runs from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Stalbridge Hall. Entrance is 50p. There will be various stalls including craft, cards, books and a raffle. "High Tea", consisting of Sandwiches, Cakes and Tea or Coffee will be available at £5 per person.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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