Most of us produce extra rubbish and recycling over the festive period, so Dorset Waste Partnership have a few rules and regulations on this topic.
Extra rubbish and recycling?
Recycle more this ChristmasMost of us produce extra waste over the festive period. Using the Recycle for Dorset service, you can recycle the following:
Brown food bin
Recycling your real Christmas tree
The Dorset Waste Partnership no longer collects real Christmas trees at the kerbside.
If you buy a real Christmas tree there are various options for what to do once you've finished with it and removed all its decorations:
And Incase you didn't read the Stalbridge Info Christmas Bins Diary blog we did...here is the info again
The multi-award winning Stalbridge supermarket Dike and Son have released their Christmas opening hours, so here they are.
Father Christmas will be visiting Stalbridge and Stalbridge Weston in his sleigh in the week before Christmas.
On Wednesday 20th December from 5.45 pm he will be visiting The Caundles & Stalbridge Westonon.
On Friday 22nd December from 4pm he will be visiting Stalbridge (east).
On Saturday 23rd December from 5.15 pm he will be visiting Stalbridge (west)
This is all thanks to the Blackmore Vale Lions, who know Santa very well, and will be helping him on the night. So don't forget to get that tin of coins out and make a donation to the very worthy causes that the Lions support! And if you're not sure which is east and west in Stalbridge just click on the button below to see an east/west map of Stalbridge.
Might be a good idea to save this and pin it to your fridge. Here is the definitive guide to when your rubbish and recycling bins will be picked up over the Christmas Period
Williams Floristry & Gardening have held back the prices on their excellent Christmas Trees again! They are taking orders now, so when they arrive they will put one back for you until nearer Christmas, or if you prefer to choose your own. They should be arriving on Tuesday 28th November at their Stalbridge premises in Station Road.
Telephone: 01963 362 355
Get in the festive spirit at Moors Valley Country Park
with fun Christmas crafts and activities.
Festive Fun Weekend
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December 2017 | 12:00pm to 3:30pm
craft items from £2
Join in the festive fun and take part in some Christmas crafts and activities whilst listening to a few of your favourite Christmas tunes.
Don’t forget to wear your favourite Christmas jumper!
No need to book for the activities, just come along and join in the fun.
AIR AMBULANCE DIARIES from Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance are now available to buy at the Community Information Office in Stalbridge at a cost of £4 (the same price as last year!)
The Stalbridge Community Information Office is open on the following days and times:
Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00
Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon
Closed – on Thursday, Sunday & Public Holidays
01963 364177 Email: CIOstalbridge@mail.com
For more information on the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance visit their website by clicking on the button below.
Dike and Son supermarket in Stalbridge have started their famous annual Christmas Saver Card promotion which could help you save up to £30 off your seasonal shopping! This year's theme involves sweety stickers (or sticky sweets). All you have to do is pick up a card in the store and fill up the treat boxes on the card with the stickers you receive when you shop at Dike and Son. For more information just click on the button below...
Since 1987 Graham & Julie Carr-Jones have been leading the way in Display Cases of Sporting Memorabilia & Vintage Sporting goods.
Each year their creative juices flow, developing new products, new designs and winning products.
Their company "SomethingSporty" offers inspirational gift ideas for the most difficult of customers… Men!
They cater for sports enthusiasts of every genre: Aviation, Boxing, Cricket, Equestrian, Fishing, Football, Golf, Locomotives, Motor Cycling, Motor Racing, Polo, Rugby Union, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Snooker, Tennis, to name but a few.
Incorporating in many instances: Genuine vintage artefacts and facsimile ephemera theirr shadowbox display cases are as comfortable in the office or study as they are in the downstairs loo. The possibilities are endless and they make a refreshing change to Boxer shorts or Socks!
Their portfolio includes many challenging & unique commissions, from framing WW2 Airplane propellers to Tribal headdresses; their customers range from private individuals through to multi-nationals and even royalty, the ex-England Goal Keeper and keen angler, also own one of our shadow boxes.
Last year two of the country’s most demanding guys to receive one of our creations were a rather well known chef, famed for his colourful language as much as his cooking!! and the other, a TV presenter and journalist from Sunday night’s top car show, renowned for his outspoken views & loathing of caravans!
The best thing about our products though is that they don’t come with a celebrity price tag!
So why not take a look at their website to see some of their creations and maybe you'll find The Perfect Present from The Past!
Our Super Stalbridge Supermarket Dike & Son of Stalbridge has taken the decision to start charging for plastic carrier bags. Unlike other "supermarkets" all the money accrued from this will go to charity. We are trying to promote this on Stalbridge Info so no-one is caught short, but if you are, and you get charged for your bags please don't get grumpy. Just remember that you are contributing to charity until you can remember to bring your own bags, or buy one of their lovely jute bags to carry home your lovely purchases from this highly respected independent store. As a spokesperson for Dikes said..."from tomorrow (Monday 30th October) please note that we will be charging 2p for our plastic carrier bags. The money will go to our Charity Fund, Making A Difference Locally. We hope this will help more carrier bags to be reused and recycled, better for the planet!" So it's up to you...2p or not 2p, that is the question!
Dikes have a long history of innovation and progress since their inception in 1851...
"The Dike family have played a large part in the community since 1851 when they were grocers, but more predominantly bakers back then. In 1909 three cottages in Ring Street, Stalbridge, were purchased by William James Dike, (William Dike's grandfather) and were demolished and rebuilt as a grocery shop and a bake house. It was these premises that served the family proudly for just short of 100 years, witnessing numerous extensions and changes over that period.
To find out more of the history of this Stalbridge Institution click on the button below and follow their timeline of the Dike family phenomenon...
It's that time of year when you start thinking about your Christmas decorations. If you are thinking of a colour theme change or just have too much tinsel we would be really glad to receive it to use at the Lantern making sessions for the Stalbridge Lantern Parade on Friday 1st December. There is a collection box in the Hub@Stalbridge reception for any donations, which will be most gratefully received. Thank you from Stalbright Special Events For Stalbridge x
The Hub opening hours are Monday & Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00, Tuesday; Wednesday & Saturday mornings from 09:30 to 12 Noon. Closed – on Thursday & Public Holidays.
Grass Roots Garden Centre in Henstridge is **UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT ** Make a break from your regular garden centre and pop down to Grassroots Garden & aquatics centre this weekend. WE have new perennials, and long and short grasses arriving fresh on Friday! We have 25% off "old plant stock" and special offers in the aquatics shop. We can not guarantee sunshine, but we can guarantee a warm welcome and plenty of bargains. Let your friends know.
Please note: Our Winter opening times 10am-4pm will start today. Closed Tue and Wed.
Stalbridge Road, Henstridge. call 01963 365874
The Round Pound is disappearing ! From 15 October, shops can refuse the old version of the £1 coin. Andrew Jones, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury says "The clock is ticking. We are urging the public to spend, bank or donate their old pound coins before they cease to be legal tender".
However, most banks and Post Office counters will continue to accept them from customers although they have no obligation to do so.
If you are shopping and get an old £1 coin in your change before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, you can politely ask the store to change it for a new one, but strangely enough they don’t have to as it’s still legal tender! After the 15th October deadline the shops won't be allowed to give you an old coin as change so you can refuse to take it if they accidentally do.
Many self-service machines at shops, and ticket vending machines have already stopped taking the old £1 coin, as the machines have been changed to accommodate the new one.
There are also many charity collection boxes that will have old pound coins in them, so if you are responsible for emptying them you need to be quick!
In the long swim to the Christmas holidays WESSEX WATER will be reducing traffic in Stalbridge to a crawl. The Gala of events kicks off on Wednesday 27th September, with an individual medley between the High Street and Barrow Hill. On the Wessex Water website it reads:
Potential traffic disruption
Location: HIGH STREET, STALBRIDGE
We’re working in this area from September 27, 2017 until September 29, 2017. There may be some traffic disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience.
If you’d like more information about this you can speak with our web chat team. (Available Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm) Reference: PG203-33429547001
Strangely enough on their "Work in Your Area" map it doesn't show the next event. They're scheduled to dive in at the deep end in front of the residents of Barrow Hill with a 10 week long race, starting on 16th October. This one involves some lane closures as you can see from the graphic we've created below, and we'll probably be victims of the Butterfly effect as we try to back crawl up and down the remaining lanes in Stalbridge. Just click on the photo below for a closer look.
We should point out that this is apparently all in aid of better water pressure and quality up and down Barrow Hill (preferably down) so maybe we're all going to have to keep calm and take one for the team to avoid a build up of hot steam. Speaking of which, Wessex Water have neglected to inform us whether you will be able to turn right from the top of Park Grove to head down to Giant's Steps (during phase 1) or to turn right into Wood Lane from Barrow Hill (during phase 2)...Eau dear!
Yes it's Season Two for this popular traffic chaos series, set in Yeovil at the end of September 2017.
Produced by Barratt Homes and directed by Somerset Council, the action continues where season one left off, with lanes closed and tempers fraying, and with a running time of 24 hours for each episode this one is really only for die hard fans.
So if you're not a Game of Cones binge fan we suggest you try and avoid the junction between Lyde Road and Sherborne Road in Yeovil for the 2 week season, running from Wednesday 20th September.
And for those of you who can't wait for the opening episode, here's a little teaser/spoiler...
There's going to be 3 Way Temporary Traffic Lights!
Yeovil Walk-in doctors surgery used to be open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week all year round, including bank holidays and Christmas, so if you or your child were unwell, even at the weekend, you could go down there to get sorted without an appointment....but not any more!
Here is the latest from the Yeovil Health Centre website:
Walk-in service changes:
Please note that from 1st September 2017, the walk-in service at Yeovil Health Centre will no longer be running.
Need urgent care this weekend?
A new Urgent Care Service will be running at weekends only from Yeovil Hospital. Urgent medical appointments will be available on Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm. To access appointments you must call NHS 111 who will advise you on the recommended action to take and an appointment will be made available if required.
At Stalbridge Info Community Website we've taken the decision to only list taxi and cab companies who have a website and are in Stalbridge or near enough to be worth giving a call. This is because many taxi drivers and cabbies who put cards in shop windows don't remove them when they stop trading or retire and both they, and potential customers from ths site get understandably frustrated. So we have done some surfing on your behalf and found 9 taxi or cab companies with websites serving the local area. Just click on the button below to visit our taxi/cab page for more info
New Train operator South Western Trains has been busy disrupting the service with engineering works (you've guessed it) over the holiday period. Apparently though, it all goes quiet after tomorrow (29th August) and their new timetable, covering the autumn is available to view, download, print, fathom out and, of course be frustrated with. So if you want to get yourself anywhere from Sherborne, Templecombe and Gillingham to as far as Exeter or London this is essential reading. Just click on the button below for more info
You can also pick up your printed copy of the timetable at tthe Community Information Office in The Hub@Stalbridge, just off Station Road.
Progress in Pastels? - Painting with Acrylics? - Understanding Oils? However you dab your brush Sherborne ArtsLink offers a range of courses to suit different interests and degrees of experience, so whether you are a complete beginner, or want to extend your skills you will find something to suit you. Our excellent tutors are carefully selected for their expertise in a chosen field and their particular skills in teaching adults. Courses start during the week beginning 25 September 2017, unless otherwise stated. Just click on the button below to find out about each course and how to book a place.
It's an urban myth that bonfires are illegal at certain times of the day, but that doesn't mean you can't fall foul of the law by having one. Here is the advice from the authority on the subject...(Dorset County Council)
Having a bonfire?
If you have considered the alternatives ( composting, trip to the recycling centre, garden waste collection) and a bonfire is still the best practical option for disposing of your garden waste, you should ensure you have taken the following precautions:
Warn your neighbours - lighting a bonfire can cause nuisance to your neighbours especially if it is a nice sunny day with washing out and windows open
Only burn dry material - this is likely to cause less smoke
Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres or anything containing plastic, foam or paint - these can cause harmful emissions
Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light or encourage the fire
Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions - smoke hangs in the air on damp days and in the evening. If it is windy smoke may be blown into neighbour gardens and across roads
Avoid burning at weekends and on bank holidays when people want to enjoy their gardens
Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder
The law on bonfires
Bonfires are only illegal if they cause a nuisance to others. It is commonly thought that there are byelaws banning bonfires or restricting the days or times when they are allowed - there aren't.
Burning waste from another site
It is an offence to bring waste from another site and burn it, for example tradesmen bringing waste home and burning it. Whether or not they are causing a statutory nuisance, they are committing an offence.
Hazard to road users
If the smoke from a bonfire poses a hazard to road users the police have powers to deal with it and you should report the incident to them.
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Environmental Protection Act 1990 can be used to deal with people who act unreasonably and cause a statutory nuisance to neighbours. To be considered a statutory nuisance, a bonfire would usually have to be a persistent problem. If someone does cause a repeated nuisance this may lead to enforcement action, and ultimately legal proceedings could be taken and the person fined up to £5,000.
Contacts for reporting a bonfire nuisance
North Dorset District Council Customer Services
Tel: 01258 454111. Fax: 01258 484185. Mobile: 07781 472878 (Text SMS)
Did You Know? The Community Information Office in Stalbridge is staffed entirely by volunteers from the Stalbridge Community. One volunteer, Peter Hill, edits and publishes The Community Information Office Information Sheet. This is regularly updated by Peter and includes all the really useful contact details for anything to do with Stalbridge. So instead of googling everything why not download and save this vital document so you always have all the essential Stalbridge contacts to hand... Just click on the button below.
With local buses as frequent as a solar eclipse how can the elderly and carless get out of Stalbridge...and back? Well, there's always NORDCAT. So what is NORDCAT?
It stands for North Dorset Community Accessible Transport.
Nordcat is a charitable organisation which provides a door-to-door minibus service across the Dorset area.
Who can use NORDCAT?
The service is primarily for the elderly, disabled and socially excluded. The buses are wheelchair friendly and easily accessible for those with mobility problems.
The vehicles are available for groups to hire such as scouts, clubs and societies for the day (with or without a driver). Two wheelchair accessible Berlingo cars are also available for people to hire for as little as an hour or as long as a week.
If you would like to use this service, you will need to register and there is a small annual membership fee of £5.
Types of journeys
The service enables access to shopping, visiting friends, medical appointments and much more and operates in different parts of the area each day. There are volunteer drivers available to provide transport for health appointments.
Once a week there is an opportunity to visit the larger towns e.g. Poole, Bournemouth, Street (Shopping Village), Exeter, Salisbury and Dorchester.
Register and more information
For more information on any of the NORDCAT services please contact Helen Reed, NORDCAT Community Transport Manager on 01258 472164.
You can also find more of these services covering Dorset by clicking on the button below
Just when you thought it was safe to drive into Yeovil again they're digging the road up- this time for 24 hours a day for a whole week. Looking at the diversions on offer you'd probably be better off hiring a helicopter to go and do your shopping... Click on the link below for more info...