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...
Full Range of Clearance Services
Houses, Flats, Bungalows
Industrial & Commercial Premises
Garages, Sheds & Outbuildings
Attics & Basements
Carpet Removal & Clearances
Single Item Clearances
Building Waste/Rubble Clearances
Quality Items - We Pay You!
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.
Did you know that the award winning Stalbridge Supermarket Dike and Son has TWO online shopping sites?
Julien de Bosdari of Ashridge Trees presents some Monthly Advice for February Jobs in the Garden
FEBRUARY IN YOUR GARDEN
This is a tip that will be repeated several times here and next month. The best months for planting most bareroot hedging, if you did not get it in in November are February and March. Spring kicks the plants into growth and they do not spend too long in cold wet soil.
As in January, beware snow. It is heavy, as anyone caught in an avalanche can tell you. It weighs down and can snap young branches, especially if they are coming into bud and leaf towards the end of the month, so sweep any snow off your young hedges as soon as you can.
Older hedges that have overgrown or been neglected can be tackled now. Deciduous hedges and broadleaved evergreens like Laurel can be pruned hard and into shape ready for a growth spurt in spring. Yew can also be pruned back hard, even into old wood, and will recover. For these hedges (Beech, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Privet, Yew and the like) you can follow our instructions on pruning an overgrown hedge. However any other conifer (like Leyland cypresses) need to be regularly and lightly trimmed. A severe haircut on these plants will result in bald patches for ever, and ever, and ever…
If any conifer branches have become bent down or misshapen over winter, the best thing is not to cut them off which will leave a gap but to tie them back up again. Use plastic coated wire to attach the drooping branch to the trunk of the tree to restore the balance. Pad where the wire encircles the trunk using an old rag to protect the tree.
Keep any newly planted conifer hedges protected from the drying and defoliating effects of cold winds using polythene or hessian barriers set against the prevailing wind.
To read more of this blog, including advice on fruit trees, garden trees, roses, soft fruit, climbers, bulbs, olive and bay andmore please click on the button below...
About Ashridge Nurseries
Hi, we are Ashridge Nurseries, founded in 1949 with our headquarters outside Castle Cary in beautiful Somerset. Our business is a high quality mail order plant nursery where you can easily buy plants from us online safely and conveniently. We deliver to customers across mainland England, Scotland and Wales and also to the Isle of Wight.
Our high quality products are varied and largely fall under the following categories:
Soft fruit bushes
Here at Ashridge Nurseries we believe that selling plants online well is dependent as much on good gardening advice and excellent service as it is on high quality plants. Our web site provides for you as much information as possible.
We also understand that sometimes you need to speak to a real person who has the answers you need so we believe we have the most highly trained and professional staff in the industry to give you a helping hand when needed. With a combination of quality products, professional service, competitive pricing and a top notch team of experts we think that Ashridge Nurseries is the best online nursery in the UK and actually many of our customers think so too.
...I received my 6 fruit trees which I ordered online. They arrived as arranged and I am absolutely delighted with them. They really are lovely trees. Your customer service is excellent and it has been a pleasure doing business with you. I would not hesitate in recommending you... Lesley Bacon
...Just a quick email to say thank you for the three fruit trees and the fantastic service we had. Ordering, delivery and planting was all done in three days!... Debi and Martin Willis
...I just wanted to send you a quick message to let you know how very impressed I am by the roses that I purchased in the spring. I've grown roses for many years, but the quality and number of blooms on those purchased from Ashridge have surpassed them all. Many thanks!... Mrs M Kelly
You should be delighted...
We think it is critically important that when you order and buy plants online your requirements are dealt with by people who really care that you are served as well as possible. The objective, quite simply is that you should be delighted with the plants and service you get from us and, as a result, return to buy more again and again.
If you need to get in touch you can contact us on:
01963 359 444 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Directors: Julian de Bosdari & Frances de Bosdari
Dike & Son, the multi award winning supermarket in Stalbridge have a new promotional offer if you use their online shopping delivery or click and collect service right up to the 4th March 2018. They deliver across North Dorset and South Somerset, within a 15 mile radius of the store. Click on the button below to get started...
"We're giving you a whopping £25 off your shopping when you spend £100 online! Just enter "SHOPLOCAL" at the checkout. And you can enjoy this discount EVERY time you shop online until 4th March! Simply go to www.dikes-direct.co.uk and start shopping – you can choose a local delivery slot, and we will bring it round to you. But don't worry, if you aren't in our delivery post code area, you can still choose Click & Collect and pick your shopping up at a convenient time (eg on your way home from work) from our Stalbridge store.
Terms and Conditions:
Customers must spend £100 or more in a single transaction at our online grocery store to qualify for £25 off, by using the code SHOPLOCAL at the checkout. This offer is an online only offer and applies to Local Delivery and Click & Collect baskets, but not to mail order purchases. It is valid for four weeks from Monday, 5th February to Sunday 4th March. Offer excludes cigarettes & tobacco, gift vouchers or Lottery purchases. The management reserves the right to amend or withdraw this offer at any time. "
The Octagon Academy is the place to sing, dance and act with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. With 18 classes to choose from for all ages and abilities. So if you love to sing, were born to dance or want to get fit The Octagon Academy has something for you!
Most classes run term-time with some classes continuing through the school holidays. Participants in our classes perform regularly both at The Octagon and other events.
The Octagon Choir
If you love singing, then why not join our choir! Make new friends and generally have fun. The ability to read music is an advantage but is not essential, first and foremost we want people who love to sing.
Toddler & Parent Dance
Fun filled music and movement classes for toddlers from 15 months and their parents. The classes aim to improve co-ordination and basic movement skills in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Pre School Ballet
These classes are based on The Royal Academy of Dance Pre Primary Ballet Syllabus. They are carefully structured to inspire young children, to promote creativity and to make them aware of their bodies and how they move. The class teaches the basic Ballet positions, steps and techniques in a fun filled, imaginative way.
Energetic, lively, structured classes which improve fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, muscular strength and confidence. Learn the latest funky moves, routines and dance styles with all your favourite music.
Get those toes tappin' with these fun sessions, great for developing rhythm, co-ordination and keeping fit.
A weekly dance class for anyone 45+. Using a range of dance styles and musical influences, focusing on strengthening, toning and well-being. A wonderful way to kick-start your week. No previous experience necessary.
Advanced Street Dance
This class is by audition and is suitable for dancers aged 10 - 14 years. For more information, please contact Keri Hill email@example.com
Jump Start Boys Dance Company
For boys who want to dance! Be inspired in a friendly and fun boys dance group. All abilities welcome. For more information contact Katy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01460 249450
Join the fitness craze that is sweeping the nation! Blending Latin-inspired dance-fitness with red-hot international music.
The Dance Factory Festival Team
Children who attend learn solos, duets, trios and group dances which are entered into regional dance festivals in association with All England Dance. In order to enrol please contact The Dance Factory on 07426197169 or email email@example.com
Castaway Theatre Group
Drama and singing. We perform two shows a year to help raise money for St Margaret's Hospice. Run by Lynn Lee Brown, Musical Director Helen Green. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01935 414662.
Castaway Pure Drama
Our syllabus will include looking at different scripts, improvisation through imagination, voice projection and techniques, audition process and of course lots of fun! For more information please contact email@example.com or call 01935 414662.
CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO VISIT THE WEBSITE AND LOOK AT THE TIMETABLE AND DATES OF CLASSES
Unfortunately the telephone line and internet is down at Henstridge Golf and Leisure, so if you have been trying to telephone us we do apologise. If you would like to contact us between now and Wednesday 31st Jan when we hope to have it fixed, please use the following number: 07736 008 852. Thank you for your patience. -Rod and Sandy
This weekend on Sunday 28th January we are having one of our delicious Sunday Carvery Roasts! 2 Roast Meats and a Selection of Freshly Cooked Vegetables, Served with all the trimmings. 12.30pm to 2.30pm £7.80 per person. Booking is required, so please call us on: 07736 008 852
Do you have an old favourite bike that needs bringing back to life? Below are 3 examples of one of our many restoration projects. To get your old but loved bike back to a brand new look contact Ollie Rose at re-CYCLE-d on 01963 365737 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"From a very young age rebuilding and repairing bicycles has been a hobby of mine, over the years i have seen many mass produced bikes that are really poorly built. This gave me the inspiration that i needed to set up a business offering top quality hand built bicycles at affordable prices, also offering a service where customers can get their favourite bike restored to its former glory (rather than another bike going to landfill), please check our facebook homepage for examples of some of restoration projects. Even if you only require a safety check for your bicycle or just some friendly advice please contact us either through facebook or call 01963365737, email email@example.com. Many thanks".
- Ollie Rose
Just when you've finally deciphered and learned by heart the bus times in Stalbridge....Guess What?...they're changin' again!
Here is the latest news on our dwindling bus service, which will be changing again from 4th February 2018:
Service 58/58A (Yeovil – Sherborne – Henstridge – Stalbridge(58A) – Wincanton): Service 58/58A’s Monday and Saturday timetable will be operate hourly between Yeovil and Wincanton. There are two journeys in each direction on service 58A serving Stalbridge to provide journeys for Yeovil College students and commuters. During the rest of the day, Stalbridge is served every two hours by the South West Coaches X10 service.
Service 59 (Yeovil – Sherborne – Henstridge – Stalbridge – Marnhull: Service 59 will be withdrawn. Marnhull is served every two hours off peak by the South West Coaches X10 service.
So what does this mean? Just click on the buttons below to view, download or print the new timetables and start learning them off by heart...
The Brownies organisation empowers nearly half a million girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today. They’ve been doing that through adventure, friendship and fun for over 100 years.
1st Stalbridge Brownies meet on Monday’s 6-7.30 at the Congregational Church. Brownies is for girls aged between 7-10 so if your child would to join this sociable & fun group please feel free to call in & check us out!
Is the transport network in good health for the residents of Stalbridge? Whether you agree or not, Stalbridge Town Council would like to hear your opinions. They have been running a transport survey since November and have received many completed questionnaires. The survey finishes on 31st January, so if you haven't already done so, please take time to complete a questionnaire so that your opinions can be heard. You can fill in a form at the Hub in Station Road or complete the survey online by clicking on the button at the foot of this post. And if you know of any older residents who may not use the internet or facebook perhaps you could help us by letting them know.
Grace Haine Eyecare in Stalbridge is holding a Hearing Care Open Day on Thursday 11th January, during which, Hearing tests and ear wax removal will be available. It runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Why not give their website a check up by clicking on the button below...
Dikes award winning supermarket opened the doors to its new Stalbridge superstore 10 years ago in November 2007, complete with a farmhouse cafe, named after Andy Dike's father William. The Cafe was extended in 2011 and has grown more and more popular every year. So as the cafe moves into its 11th year Dikes has decided to give it a bit of a spruce up. In order to do this the cafe will have to close for a week. So William's Cafe will not be open from Monday 8th January to Sunday 14th January, inclusive. So for that week, you'll have to make do with their yummy sandwiches & salads instead! But the new look William's Cafe will be revealed on Monday 15th January. Ole!
William's Licensed Cafe is open 7 days a week from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.00pm on Saturdays and 10.00am to 3.00pm on Sundays.
Fancy picking up some bargains without travelling too far? It's time for the Stalbridge Sales season
Williams Florist and Garden Centre
It’s time for us to have a little sale, to make room for new lovely gifts.
All our Christmas decorations are now reduced, with a massive 50% off !
Don’t miss this great chance to pick up some bargains
Grays of Stalbridge
Jude's January Sale is on at the moment. Time to pick up a bargain, as Gray's prepares to go shopping for some new, lovely gift and homeware items for 2018.
5th to 10th February
20% Off sale.
Includes all stock and curtain fabrics from our library.
Lots of clearance wool with an extra 20% off!
MON 5th 9:00 – 17:00
TUES 6th 9:00 – 17:00
WED 7th 9:00 – 15:00
THURS 8th 9:00 – 17:00
FRI 9th 9:00 – 15:00
SAT 10th 9:00 – 15:00
Having suffered the roadworks in the run up to Christmas residents of Barrow Hill are unlikely to be cheering the news that Wessex Water are returning on 15th January to dig it up again...They have applied to close part of BARROW HILL, STALBRIDGE, from its junction with Wood Lane eastwards to a point approximately 35 metres east of its junction with Park Road, a total distance of approximately 50 metres. The closure has been requested to allow Wessex Water to make a final connection between their existing water main and their new water main in the highway. These works are programmed to start on Monday 15 January 2018 for 5 days, with an end date of Friday 19 January 2018. The road closure is necessary for safety reasons, as the works will take place within the whole width of the carriageway. Please note that during this road closure access to Park Road will only be available from Park Grove.
Wessex Water will publicise the road closure in a number of ways: they will place information boards on the road in this area to inform the travelling public of the works; they will carry out a letter drop to local residents directly affected by the works; and they will sign a vehicular diversion route using the local road network. This document is for information only. However, if you have any concerns about this proposal, please contact John Alford (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday 03 January 2018.