New yoga classes will be starting this coming week in Wincanton, Gillingham and Henstridge. Take a look at the Dorset Yoga Facebook page to find out times and prices and to find a class that's right for you.
On Thursday 2nd May 2019 there will be an election to decide who will be the 11 town councillors for Stalbridge. Click on the button below to visit the Town Council website election page. Find out who the nominees are, read their biographies and election addresses.
Stalbridge Scout Hall (next to the Main Stalbridge Hall off Lower Road) is host to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of Stalbridge. Beavers runs on Tuesday from 6.15PM - 7.15PM, Cubs runs on Thursdays from 6.30PM - 8.00PM and Scouts is on Fridays from 7.00PM - 9.00PM. If you are interested in your child joining in then please contact the Stalbridge Scouts by messaging them through their facebook page, as their email address doesn't seem to work. Just click on the button below to visit them and possibly join the group.
Stalbridge Library will be closed for a time over the Easter period from 6.00pm ON THURSDAY 18th APRIL UNTIL 10.00am ON TUESDAY 23rd APRIL. Normal opening times apply up to and after the Easter Weekend. For more information about Stalbridge Library why not visit their website by clicking on the button below...
It's easy to join Stalbridge Library
Membership of the library is FREE. All you have to do is call in at the Library, just off Station Road in Stalbridge, where the duty librarian will help you fill in a form and instantly give you a Dorset Library Card. New members joining at the Community Library will be issued with a Library Card and pin number to use with it. This entitles you to use the Stalbridge Community Library as well as all Dorset Libraries and Libraries West Libraries. You can join the library at any age. Adults are required to fill in a registration form and provide proof of name, address and signature such as a driving licence. If you are under 16 your parent or guardian will need to sign your registration form and provide proof of their identity.
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 21st February 2019. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided so why not pop along and have a natter? The regular charity pot for RP Fighting Blindness will be there in case you want to make a small donation.
Craft Days at Grays
Tuesday 5th March.
Make Fabric flowers with Mary.
Everything provided, along with tea and cake. £20 per person. Starting at 10am. To secure your space please text Gray's on 07494 620685. a small deposit required.
Saturday 6th April.
Needle felting for Easter with Debbie.
Make a Bunny, Chick or your own decorated Easter egg to hang on your Easter tree. £20 per person. Everything provided, along with tea and cake. 10am - 1pm. To book please text Gray's on 07494 620685 and a small deposit will secure your place.
Something new at Gray's
Ladies! Would you like to do something different for a Special Birthday, Hen Do, Baby Shower or just a Girly Get Together? Why not come to Gray's for a Craft and cream tea Afternoon or just relax and have your nails filed and painted by a professional therapist. Enjoy a homemade cream tea with a glass of bubbly and try a craft. You can choose from:- Needle Felting, Making Bunting, Making Jewelry or Tealight Holders with polymer clay, Creating Silver Earrings with Semi Precious Stones, or even Create Your Own Design on a tote bag, using buttons.
Available on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Prices start at £20 per person. A minimum of 6 required. When booking we can check the availability of your chosen craft for your chosen date. To book please text Gray's on 07494 620685
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
SATURDAY 30th MARCH 2019
Stalbridge Toddler Group are holding a Baby and Children Sale at Stalbridge Hall on Saturday 30th March 2019 from 10.00am till 12 noon. DeClutter and sell outgrown items. Book a table for £5. Come along and grab a bargain. Tea, Coffee and Cake available. All proceeds to Stalbridge Toddler Group.
For More information or to book a table please contact Amy by phone or text on 07811 159743 or by phone on 01963 365727
Stalbridge Town Council seek your views on the possibility of building a new multi fitness track at Jarvis Field. You can fill in a short survey on the council website by clicking on the button below. The idea is being proposed at the Town Council Meeting in March, so you have some time to air your thoughts on the subject.
Introducing RAM CARS private hire service in Henstridge - smart five-seater saloon car with full leather interior. Fully checked & licensed friendly local driver. Local, long distance and all sea/airports covered. With prior notice we can also customise our vehicle for your WEDDING or PROM event! For pre-bookings call 0783 0482200 or message us on FB, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Carr-Jones from Stalbridge Town Council informs us that the planned Appeal Meeting for Barrow Hill, which was due to take place tomorrow (29th January) at 10.00am in Stalbridge Hall has had to be cancelled due to the inspector having taken ill.
A new date with a different inspector has been offered for 12th February and the hall has been provisionally booked while all necessary steps are taken to inform interested parties.
If you know of anyone who was planning to be there but may have not seen this message can you please let thm know.
Stalbridge Primary School have come up with a Rubbish Idea and need your help to make it work! They are going to recycle some of your rubbish for you and make money for the school at the same!
All you have to do to help is collect some of your rubbish items from the lists below, bring them to the school and pop them in their special recycling facility, just inside the main school gates.
Have a look at the slideshow below to see what you can give them or scroll down the page to see the individual posters.
You can always come back to Stalbridge Info to get a reminder of what you can give by clicking on the logo above.
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!
Stalbridge commemorates Armistice day every year and, in order to guarantee the safety of participants in the parade we have to close the high street to traffic for two 15 minute periods on Sunday 11th November as the procession makes its way to and from The Church of St. Mary, both before and after the service of Remembrance. We have received notice of the closure from Dorset County Council, which we illustrate below, together with a map of the area affected.
Station Road is still being dug up in late September, but it now appears to be not the whole road but a smaller section from Jarvis Way down. We are not sure yet, but this hopefully means that the buses will not have to be diverted...fingers crossed! The fun runs from 17th to 28th September, 24 hours a day, except for weekends.
There's a bit of Barrow Hill that needs digging up (again?) to do more pipework. The fun starts on 8th October and runs in theory till 12th October. The small section affected is from Grove Lane to the Royal British Legion, but you won't be able to join the high street or proceed up Barrow Hill at all. The diversion takes you round Park Grove and Gold Street, which is not going to be fun, either for the residents or for drivers. As usual, if you have any concerns about this please contact Tom
Faulkner (email@example.com) by the 24th September 2018.
We contacted Dorset Highways and First Bus about the planned closure of Station road in Stalbridge and what was happening to the routes of the X10 and 58a buses, and here's what happened...
Dorset Highways told us that they had informed First bus of the planned road closure and that we should contact them to find out their diversion plans, so we managed (after an hour) to get someone on the phone, who kindly went off to enquire. The result....they haven't formulated a diversion route yet but should have that sorted in the next few weeks, when they hope it will be posted on their website. So we will keep an eye out for this and let you know when we know. Fingers Crossed!
What is going to happen to the X10 bus when Station Road in Stalbridge is closed? The short answer is that no one seems to have any idea, but Stalbridge Info is going to find out tomorrow morning (wish us luck!) by phoning Dorset (and Somerset) Highways departments and The 'latest' entity that operates the X10 service through Stalbridge.
Station Road is due to be closed for 'essential' works, which is a welcome thing (it looks like a WW2 bombed airfield strip at the moment) but when the Highways dept issued their notice to say that the road would be closed 24 hours a day on weekdays, between 17th and 28th September they neglected to mention what would happen to the route of buses. There is nothing on the website for X10 either - we have spent an hour trying to find any info there. We even filled in a contact form request for information to be told after filling in that our request would be handled speedily, within the next 14 days or so. Not good enough! we here you cry... Anyway, to cut a long journey short, we will be on the phone on your behalf tomorrow morning, trying to find out what will happen to your bus, and will let you know as soon as we do. Wish us luck - I think we're going to need it! If you would like to try and find out for yourselves and (please let us know) you can call Jason Loibl - Highways dept 'Site Agent', Dorset Highways on 01305 228100, or First Bus 0345 646 0707 0700-1900 Mon-Fri 0900-1700 Weekends and bank holidays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Tracy White, Founder/Chairperson on 07834 996473.