Some words of explanation from FirstBus as to why they are reducing their service levels on the 58/58A bus service that covers Stalbridge...
"The timetables for services 58/58A are revised from Monday 30 July 2018 in order to reduce unneccessary duplication of buses between Henstridge, Sherborne and Yeovil as this section is also covered by service X10. The frequency of service 58 is reduced to two hourly during off peak times which combined with service X10 will still give an hourly service between these points. Peak services are maintained between Yeovil and Wincanton but the off peak frequency is reduced to two hourly to better match customer demand. Please see attached below , the new timetables for the services 58/58A and also a combined 58/58A/X10 timetable between Stalbridge, Henstridge, Sherborne and Yeovil."
Stalbridge Town Councillor Tony Bishop gives us an update on the closure of Stalbridge Surgery...
Stalbridge Town Council
Stalbridge Surgery Up-date as at Friday 6th July 2018
The present situation regarding the re-registration of patients with the Sherborne Practices is both silly and confusing.
The lack of a fully co-ordinated approach from the three Sherborne surgeries has led to dismay and confusion. People cannot understand why one Practice, or another, has been accepting new patients and is now turning them away! It has become difficult to understand the significance of the “Boundaries” because these seem to be varying and have become fluid. Likewise, the significance of the “Inner & Outer Boundaries” and the respective discretionary obligations to patients has become hard to comprehend.
Residents of Stalbridge do not understand how one neighbour has been, or can still be, accepted by a Sherborne practice and another cannot. They cannot work out what the situation really is. As matters stand, the Boundary of the A357 is a cut off (Inner Boundary) for the Apples Surgery (East v West). They are not accepting patients from the east of the A357 which divides Stalbridge right down the middle! The reason for this is that they found themselves being inundated with applications to register with them.
Bute House Surgery are not accepting anyone from Stalbridge and yet the Newlands Practice is
treating Stalbridge residents as being within their Outer Boundary and accepting re-registrations,
but consequently on the basis they have no obligation to accept home visits to the patient. My contact with the Dorset CCG reveals that the three Sherborne Practices are abiding by their
current boundaries at present, but they could exercise a little discretion and register patients who live just outside their Inner Boundary. The Inner Boundary carries compulsory acceptance for registration unless the CCG has agreed to closure of that Practice’s formal Patient List.
I am told that the Gillingham surgery is prepared to offer patient registration albeit on an out of area basis. In other words, as being within their Outer Boundary. There would be no home visits, but these will be provided by another closer surgery, or by telephone, or by the Ambulance Service who are contracted to do this.
The message that the CCG are giving is that “if patients have concerns about a prospective practice, they should contact that practice for reassurance”. It is also being said that “the boundaries may change over the coming weeks (Apples, Bute & Newlands) so they could wait to see if this offers them the opportunity to register with one of them”. For those patients who have difficulty travelling to appointments, they too should be reassured that everything possible is being done to set up the Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme to cover transport to surgeries and other medical appointments. A Grant has been applied for and it is anticipated that the Car Scheme should be operational by early October next.
The conclusion to be drawn from the events of the last 12 months is that there will no longer be a Medical Practice in Stalbridge even if any housing development takes place in the years to come. The service that Dr Clayton has delivered to the Community has been exceptional regarding the availability of patients to achieve early appointments, or for those times that we have chosen. Not many Surgeries Nationally can boast these levels of availability and it is important to remember that this availability will continue up until the surgery is closed on 31st December this year. Indeed, as patients leave the available appointments will increase! There is therefore no necessity to rush in to registration elsewhere.
Sadly, it is probable that we will all have to start to accept that the GP practice will no longer be as we have known it. There is likely to be the continuing merger of smaller practices and the growth of those with much larger Patient Lists. We are all in for considerable future change in the presentation and implementation of our medical services. The days of continuity of personal Doctor to Patient care may no longer be possible.
The one glimmer of good news is that other Surgeries in the Locality do offer extended hours of
opening that might make things easier for some people. Do not forget that there are events being held on 12th July and 20th September at the Stalbridge Surgery for those who have questions about registration or related matters. The Events run from 1.00pm until 7.00 pm at the Surgery. Travel to access the Event is set out in the Letter dated 29th June and from the Clinical Commissioning Group.
Tony Bishop (Councillor & Stalbridge Patient Participation Group Chair) 6th July 2018
Starting on Monday 25th June 2018, Buses of Somerset will be running a NEW X10 Service, operating on Mondays to Fridays ONLY on behalf of Dorset County Council. This new service replaces the one previously provided by South West Coaches. Please check the new timetable by clicking on the button below, as there are new journey times. Please also note that the bus will no longer operate via Sherborne Railway Station. Instead, the bus will travel along the A30 via Greenhill and Coldharbour.
SCARS is officially supported by Macmillan.
Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support is now supported by MACMILLAN.
Macmillan supports independent cancer support groups and organisations such as SCARS across the UK.
Cancer support groups like SCARS give you the chance to talk to others who can understand what you are going through.
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.
If you feel unable to attend the Group but would like advice, support or help then please contact Tracy White on the details provided on this page or via the website as a home visit or an informal coffee locally can also be arranged.
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.
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There will be an ANNUAL TOWN MEETING for Stalbridge at The Stalbridge Hall on Wednesday 23rd May 2018, commencing at 7.30pm.
Every English Parish must have a meeting annually.
This is not a Town Council meeting, although it is the duty of the Town Council to
organise and fund the meeting. This is a meeting for the Town, in order to allow people
to come together and celebrate activities and discuss matters which effect the town.
Proposals can be put forward for inclusion on the agenda and voted on at the meeting.
The Town Council endeavour to ensure that all groups that we are aware of are invited
to the Annual Town meeting. To view the agenda for this year's meeting please click on the button below.
Views are wanted on healthcare services for children and young people in Dorset
Young people, parents and carers who use physical healthcare services in Dorset are being asked to give feedback on what's good and what could be done better.
Views given will help inform improvements to services for local children and young people up to the age of 25, including bringing care closer and identifying problems at an earlier stage enabling earlier interventions.
Views can be given by completing our online via the Dorset's Vision website. Click on the button below to visit the website and complete the survey.
Views are also being sought at a number of meetings and events with children, young people, parents and carers; including in a number of local schools.
The online survey takes about ten minutes to complete and asks respondents for views on the care they receive at home, via their GP surgery, community hospital and educational establishment.
All information given is confidential and people can sign up to stay informed and involved in using the views sought to help design future plans.
Anne Salter is Head of Service (Children's and Learning Disability) with NHS Dorset CCG "Over the coming weeks we will be promoting this review to encourage as many people as we can to take part.
"We want to give the message to young people living in and around Dorset, their parents and carers that it's OK to tell us if there is something they feel needs improvement when it comes to services around physical health and now is the time to have your say make your voice heard. Likewise, if there is something that works well, tell us - we want to hear all views, the good, the bad and everything in between and are inviting anyone who uses these services or cares for someone who does, to have a say."
The survey runs until Friday May 18.
We are a Term time Pre-School catering for children 2yr – 5yrs
8.45am – 3.00pm Full Day
8.45am – 11.45am Mornings only
• Ofsted registered ‘Good’
(with outstanding development, behaviour, welfare)
• Qualified, experienced, dedicated staff
• Large bright playroom and large secure outdoor space
• Stimulating environment and resources
• Child initiated and adult led learning through play
• 2, 3, 4yr Early Education Funded places (15hr + 30hrs)
Contact: 01963 364723
to arrange a visit, request information or book sessions.
There are more than 19 beaches across the Dorset Coast that allow your dog to spend a summer day with you ALL YEAR ROUND!, running about on the sand and jumping in the sea.
You can take your dog with you all year round, Yes, even during the Summer Holidays.
So pack up your bucket & spade, and a dog bowl, and head to the Beach!
It's a Dog's Life!
Just click on the picture below for the Stalbridge Info Guide to Dorset Beaches for Dogs...
Artsreach is Dorset’s charity bringing high quality performances of live theatre, music, dance and family shows to the heart of rural communities. Their new summer programme is hot off the press. Click on the button below to view the programme or visit their website for more info.
The Village of Stalbridge has 2 all-weather surface tennis courts, situated in the scenic surroundings of the Stalbridge Playing fields, just off Park Grove. The Tennis Club is run by a committee which meets annually for the A.G.M., usually in April, and is open to all members of the public.
The Club is actively recruiting new members and would especially welcome any members who wish to serve on the committee.
The tennis season runs for 12 months from May 1st. Notices are placed around the village and on the Tennis Club notice board (adjacent to the courts), advising when subscriptions are due and the cost of annual membership. Upon joining a security key is issued, which unlocks the gate and the toilet in the pavilion.
Members can play at any time, although certain 'On Court' rules apply.
The tennis club does not run a booking system.
Membership fees for 2018/9 are: Family £40 Single £20 Junior (Under 18) £10
If your children are indoors in this bad weather, bouncing around the room why not get them to bounce around someone else's room? There are 2 soft play centres close to Stalbridge. Here are their details...
The multi-award winning Stalbridge supermarket Dike and Son have released their Easter opening hours, so here they are.
The Main Gallery and The Cow Shed Studio at The Guggleton Farm Arts Project in Stalbridge make wonderful party venues.
We love fun and we like parties. So do contact us for Drinks, lunches or dinners.
For Drinks – we can fit 60 comfortably in one go but up to 120 for exhibitions.
Lunches and dinners can accommodate a long table for 30-40 people.
Situated in the enclosed cobbled courtyard, there is ample space for indoor and outdoor use with limitless opportunities for you to create your own party theme. We can provide a list of local outside caterers.
There is parking immediately opposite and some within the courtyard.
There are basic coffee/tea making facilities and loos for simple events.
For enquires, please send an email, subject PARTIES to Isabel de Pelet at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Find out more about The Guggleton by visiting the website below
No matter how you want to cut up your carrots you can now buy them at Else's in Stalbridge High Street, as well as many other types of fresh vegetables and fruit...
Julienne (Julian) and Heidi Else have started their new mini marketplace at their Butchers and delicatessen in Stalbridge High Street. Potatoes, Broccoli, Swede, Cabbage, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Lettuces, Cucumbers, Courgettes....and of course Carrots! In the fruit section you can find Apples, Pears, Grapes, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Plums and Tomatoes...and there are probably more hidden in the photo below!
So next time you're popping into Else's Butchers for your favourite meat and poultry why not pick up the veg to go with it? And for dessert perhaps some of the great range of cheeses and some fruit for your after dinner cheese board. And here's a recipe for what to do with carrots that you have Julienned!...
Glazed Julienne Carrots
Melt the spread in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add sugar, stirring until melted.
Add carrots, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, or until carrots are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley or coriander.
Serve with a dollup of quark cooking cheese or Greek Strained Yoghurt and perhaps drizzle with chilli dipping sauce or balsamic glaze.
The Annette Painter foot health care service is now available at Grace Haine Eyecare in Stalbridge. This new service provides professional treatment for common foot problems including: Nail Trimming, Corns, Callus and Hard Skin, Fungal and Thickened Nails, Ingrowing Toenails, Verrucas, Diabetic Foot Care. Pop in to Grace Haine Eyecare for more information. visit the website for opening times by clicking on the button below.
Grace Haine Eyecare
1 Skye House
Phone: 01963 362775
It looks like some of the A357 road between Henstridge and Wincanton is going to be closed tomorrow (Wednesday March 14th) between 9.30am and 2.30pm. There was a sign up today on the side of the road although nothing is showing on the Somerset Road Closures website. We're not sure if the buses are affected.
What is going to happen to the 3,900 patients of Stalbridge Surgery after Doctor Clayton retires? View the report to the Stalbridge Town Council on this issue by clicking on the button below. There is some useful information on this subject, contained in the report, which affects many Stalbridge residents.
Dorset residents are being made aware that their bin collections may be affected for up to a week while services return to normal. Due to the recent severe weather, the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) suspended collections in East Dorset on Thursday 1 March, with the rest of the county’s collections disrupted on Friday 2 March. With up to two days of missed bin collections to catch-up on, the DWP are kindly asking for residents’ patience while they work to clear the backlog. Bins, boxes and bags should be left out for collection until they are emptied or picked up. Please note that different bins may be emptied at different times. DWP crews will collect any extra bags of rubbish left out with bins that were missed last week. Extra recycling is always accepted provided it is separated and placed in a sturdy container. Residents who weren’t affected by the disruption should continue to put their bins out on their usual collection day. The DWP hopes to have cleared the majority of missed bins by Saturday 10 March, with extra collections to take place if necessary. Updates will be made on https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/severe-weather/waste-and-recycling and via Facebook and Twitter (@recycle4dorset).
The Dorset Waste Partnership would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
Award winning fish restaurant Something Else Fishy in Milborne Port serves the best Prawn Cocktail in the area...but did you know they now stock a range of local wines, ales, beers and ciders to have with your meal? The restaurant still allows you to bring your own ( with a bottle charge of £2) but they now serve wines from The Sherborne Castle Estate, Beers and Lagers from Cerne Abbas, as well as Copse House Cider. The restaurant is now open 4 nights a week from 5.00pm till 9.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They are also open for lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00pm till 2.00pm. Booking is advised, as this is a very popular restaurant. Telephone: 01963 250225 or visit the website for more details and menus by clicking on the button below.
Back2Market are leading Removals, Clearance & Cleaning Specialists, Covering the South West & Beyond. They provide Efficient, Professional, Reliable & Friendly Services.
Removals, Clearances or Waste Disposal can be a hectic task if you are not well-trained or equipped to do the job. It is always better to hire professionals who can undertake all of your Removal, Clearance and Cleaning & Carpet Cleaning needs.
We really are a one-stop shop!
Our Ethos is also 'Reduce, Reuse & Recycle' - with our Clearances we do whatever we can to reduce Landfill Waste.
Back2Market are an innovative, forward thinking company, bringing new, cost effective and different ways to help house owners remove unwanted waste from their property, without the costly purchase of skips.
Your Removal, Your Way
At Back2Market we understand how stressful moving can be.
So, our Removal Service is very flexible and has a range of options to meet your needs.
From the first contact you have with us,
to the build-up to moving day, moving day itself, right through to after your move, we're there with you every step of the way.
We'll give you information and advice if you need it. But we won't impose our ideas on you.
We're at the end of the phone or email for you.
We can come and visit you again to go through any last minute changes or just to reassure you. We really do have your needs at heart...
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Professional Cleaning Services
We offer a range of Professional Cleaning Services that can be used on their own, or in conjunction with our Removal and Clearance Services;
Oven Cleaning - in conjunction with another service
We provide you with a free, no obligation quote for how we can meet your needs.
End of Tenancy/Removal Cleans
Can include weeding/gardening
'Kerb Appeal' Service
As well as assisting Private Customers, we work with a large number of local Estate Agents and Letting Agents to provide Cleaning and Carpet Cleaning Services to them, their Landlords and their Clients.
“Excellent work on both occasions. Firstly, a deep clean to put the property back on the market, was carried out by friendly, courteous and helpful staff for which nothing was too much trouble. On the second occasion, they cleared the property and continued to be as pleasant and helpful as on the first occasion. We would definitely recommend this company and would use them again if the situation arose. Thank you Paul, Ayden, Chris, Dave and Nathan for the wonderful support you gave us at this difficult time.” Mrs S, Hampshire
There are still old ten pound notes in circulation, even though the new plastic tenner has been in use for some time now, but you need to spend these before Thursday 1st March when the old tenner ceases to become legal tender. You will be able to bank your "old" tenners at your bank for some time after this. Only problem is finding a branch that is still open near you, that doesn't cost a tenner to get there! The new plastic £10 note featuring Jane Austen came into circulation in September of 2017, replacing the Charles Darwin version.
Did You Know?
The words on a bank note "I promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of ten pounds" date from long ago when our notes represented deposits of gold. At that time, a member of the public could exchange one of our banknotes for gold to the same value. For example, a £5 note could be exchanged for five gold coins, called sovereigns. But the value of the pound has not been linked to gold for many years, so the meaning of the promise to pay has changed. Exchange into gold is no longer possible and Bank of England notes can only be exchanged for other Bank of England notes of the same face value. Public trust in the pound is now maintained by the operation of monetary policy, the objective of which is price stability.
Stalbridge & Marnhull Veterinary Surgery has recently seen several suspected cases of Alabama rot and is advising dog owners to be particularly vigilant in checking their dogs for the clinical signs described below.
What is Alabama rot?
Alabama rot is a disease that causes skin and kidney damage in dogs. Scientists still do not know the cause. There is no vaccination to protect against the disease and no treatment except supportive. Sadly, 80% of cases die from the disease. Dorset is one of the counties with the highest number of confirmed cases.
What are the signs of Alabama rot?
Skin signs – open sores on the feet, legs, lower body; and around and inside the mouth.
Kidney signs – lethargy, not drinking or drinking excessively, vomiting and diarrhoea.
What can I do to prevent Alabama rot?
While there is no way of preventing your dog from catching the disease, investigators suspect there is a link to walking in muddy, woodland areas or areas with running or standing water, particularly between November and March. Washing your dog after a walk, to remove any mud, may be a sensible precaution.
Whilst Alabama rot is a horrible disease, it is very rare, and we encourage you to continue exercising your dog.
David and Sally Scott
Stalbridge & Marnhull Veterinary Surgery
Stalbridge Community Information Office in The Hub@Stalbridge will be changing its opening times from 1st March 2018. The new opening hours will be:
Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00
Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon
Closed – on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Public Holidays
01963 364177 Email: CIOstalbridge@mail.com
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.
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.
In a new series of blogs for Stalbridge Info Julian de Bosdari of Ashridge Nurseries gives us some very useful advice on the pollination of fruit trees.
All fruit trees need to be pollinated in order to carry fruit. Cross pollination happens when two fruit trees of different but compatible varieties are in flower at the same time and the pollen from one fertilises the flower of the other. There are several "need to knows" here. By and large, fruit trees should not be planted in windy locations or at high altitude (above about 600ft to be safe) because the bees that do the hard work of carrying pollen from tree to tree find it hard to fly in these conditions so pollination will be less reliable.
Second, just because two trees of the same type (e.g. 2 x apples) are in flower at the same time does not mean they are compatible. So it is important to pay attention to parentage and to pollination group as the fertility "window" of some varieties is very limited. Our tool does that for you.
Third, account needs to be taken of sterile (known as triploid) trees. The best known of these is probably the Bramley. It can be fertilised by a wide range of other varieties but it fertilises nothing in return. So if you are growing a triploid fruit tree, you will need two other varieties to pollinate each other as well as the triploid thereby making sure all your apple trees crop to the maximum.
Finally, some fruit trees are described as being "self-fertile". This is correct but to varying degrees; most plums are perfectly self fertile while almost no apples are and so crop better if they are cross-pollinated by another variety. But if you only have room for one apple tree.....
Julien de Bosdari
Correct Pollination of your Fruit Trees Increases crop Size. To aid gardeners Julien de Bosdari has produced an online pollination checker on the website of Ashridge Trees. Just select your chosen fruit type and variety in the drop-down lists on the page and click "Find Pollination Partners". You will then get a list of the compatible varieties available. Click on the button below to visit Ashridge Trees website and try out the free online pollination checker.