Sammy's Emporium has opened its doors in Stalbridge High Street. Have a look at the photos below, showing some of the items on sale, then why not pop down for a browse and support the newest shop in Stalbridge... "I moved here to the lovely Dorset 4 years ago with my children, to be with my partner (recently fiance) Frank. Since moving here I've met some lovely people, some of whom are now very good friends. My hobby of painting furniture and collecting things old & new, has brought me to this day of opening my own shop filling it with everything I love, & I hope the public will love it as much as I do. I am looking forward to bringing the shop to life with colour & laughter. I must thank Anna & Steve for giving me this opportunity and for their support. As a new resident to Stalbridge I'm excited to have this opportunity to open a shop in the village itself. How lucky we are to have such a lovely village! Most of all I'm looking forward to meeting lots of lovely new people along the way. Look forward to seeing you" - Sammy.
So what happened to The Stalbridge Arms? Well, since we last spoke to you the process of planning, architects, arranging trades etc has taken some time, as it normally does with listed buildings and conservation areas. But we haven't been sitting around with our Arms folded (so to speak)....we've purchased, renovated and opened another one of our pubs....The Star at Star, which opened on 11th May near the Mendip Hills in Somerset. And the good news is... You're next, Stalbridge! The full renovation of The Star at Star took less than two months so as soon as the starting pistol fires for The Stalbridge Arms we will be 'Bolting' to the finish line in record time!
In the meantime why not have a look at our new pub, The Star at Star and perhaps even pay us a visit while you wait for your new Stalbridge pub to be finished? And hopefully soon we will be able to welcome you with Open Arms!
The Launching of Stalbridge Social and Friendship Group takes place on Thursday 19th April. From 2.30pm to 5.30pm Afternoon tea will be served (£4 per head) with tea, sandwiches and biscuits. In the evening from 7.30pm top 9.30pm their will be a Cheese and Wine tasting (£6 per head) with Red wine, white wine, Port and a selection of cheeses.
Tickets are available from Grays Garage, the Post office and Williams Florist.
Please note that tickets are NOT available on the door.
Stalbridge Armistitch is a Community Craft Project set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World war.
We are asking residents to knit, sew or crochet their own poppies which will be displayed in locations around Stalbridge in the months leading up to Armistice Day on 11th November 2018 when a community wreath will be made and placed at the War Memorial in the grounds of St. Mary's Church.
Come and join us at our special Poppy making Cafés in The Hub at Stalbridge.
Poppy making Cafes will be held every Monday from 9.30-11.30am, starting on Monday 23rd April. All abilities are welcome to join in.
Poppy making kits (including the wool to make 5 poppies are available for £3.00 from Forge Fabrics which includes a 30p donation to the Royal British Legion.
You can also make your poppies at home, then drop them off at our collection points at Grays of Stalbridge, Forge Fabrics and The Hub.
The rumours are true. The Stalbridge Arms will be opening in 2018 - but this time there's a difference. We have purchased the beautiful building 'lock, stock and barrel' and will open it as soon as we can as an independent Freehouse Pub and Restaurant with Rooms. We aim to make this Pub into something the people of Stalbridge will be proud to take their friends and family to, by completely refurbishing the premises. And we've done this before. Our recently refurbished pub - The Duck At Burtle in Somerset received the Family Dining Award for 2017 from Somerset Life Magazine, having been finalists in our first year for Best Gastro Pub. We want to make our pub the best community pub in Dorset, run for the benefit of the people of Stalbridge and the surrounding area. We would therefore like to engage the residents of Stalbridge by asking you to tell us what kind of drinks you would like served at the New Stalbridge Arms. We are now a FreeHouse and can cater for all tastes! So tell us what you want to drink by filling in our Drinks Survey at our new website. There you will also find our sample menus, showing you the kind of delicious meals we will be serving when we open. We are working hard on the renovation of this beautiful Grade 2 listed building as we speak. This takes time in the planning stages, so we intend to concentrate our initial efforts on opening the bar and restaurant as soon as we can, while working in the background to produce six beautiful guest rooms on the first floor. Tastefully and individually decorated, these rooms will be available for you to invite your friends and family to come and spend some time near to where you live and will also attract people from outside Stalbridge to come and visit this lovely town. So have a look at our new website to get a feel of what we are about and what we intend to offer to the residents of Stalbridge and beyond.
Award winning Stalbridge Supermarket Dike & Son launches Lucky Dip Tickets to help promote local produce...
Dike & Son has come up with a novel way to reward their customers for shopping locally, while also helping to put local produce in the spotlight.
Customers that spend £25 or more at the Stalbridge store will receive a free Lucky Dip Ticket, which could win them anything from a bag of Dorset Knobs to a Bruton Dairy Hamper worth £25.
There are thousands of winning tickets among the 30,000 that will be issued over the coming weeks and one lucky shopper will win a very special prize – an X-Box 360 Kinect plus game.
Director Adam Vincent says he hopes that once customers try a local product, such as Lavender Blue cakes or Lagan Farm pork sausages, they might be tempted to switch to buying more local goods in future.
Dike’s stocks produce from over 150 Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire growers, makers and bakers, as well as every day groceries, fresh butchery and fish counters and a hot take away counter.
They also offer online shopping with local delivery within a 15-mile radius of Stalbridge. For more information visit our website.
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
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. "
Stalbridge Cancer and Recovery Support (SCARS) present a "once in a blue moon opportunity" to be part of their Charity Evening of Mediumship with Mitch Garlington at Stalbridge Hall on Sunday 18th March 2018 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are £7 to include a glass of Prosecco. Available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This evening is in aid of the SCARS organisation. SCARS 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. Please click on the button below for more information about this worthy cause.
Mitch is a Spiritual Medium Tarot Reader who uses his gifts to connect the two worlds together. Mitch’s readings leave people feeling at peace knowing their loved ones are still with them. Mitch works in love & light. He also works with Tarot as a way to give insight on areas that need guidance. Past, Present and Future. Please click on the button below for more information about Mitch Garlington.
Gray's of Stalbridge is an Aladdin's Cave of beautiful gifts
Gray's is always full of wonderful little surprises...I really enjoy going on buying trips to stock the shop with all the gifts and homeware- there are many different styles, materials and colours of the items that are on offer, so there's always something nice to buy, and I try to source items that are reasonably priced - you don't need to spend a fortune getting beautiful gifts for your friends and family! - Jude Newport
All about Gray's...
Gray's of Stalbridge opened in November of 2015 after the Family shop became vacant at the same time as I became redundant from my work - So I thought I'd have a go at running my own shop!
The premises in Stalbridge High Street have been in my family for over 70 years. It started out as a butchers shop, run by my parents and I first worked there when I was 14 years old. When my parents retired the shop was rented out and has been used for many things, including a Hairdressers.
Now it is my turn! I really enjoy going on buying trips to stock the shop with all the gifts and homeware- there are many different styles, materials and colours of the items that are on offer, so there's always something nice to buy, and I try to source items that are reasonably priced - you don't need to spend a fortune getting beautiful gifts for your friends and family!
Since the shop has been open I have really enjoyed the social side of running the business- meeting and chatting to regular and new customers and the community spirit that flows from this. I now run regular craft workshops at Gray's, getting people together to learn something new and fun, always accompanied by Tea and my homemade cakes!
And new for this year we will be having a 'Drop-in' coffee, tea and cake day, one Thursday a month from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Do come and join us for this and perhaps pop a few coins in the collection box for the charity we support - Retinitis Pigmentosa. You can find out more about this very worthwhile charity by clicking on the button below. I do hope to see you soon... Jude Newport
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
After consulting with the public to choose between proposed options the new Jubilee play area at Stalbridge Playing Fields has been commissioned, and is due for completion by this spring. Have a look at the photo mock up of the new area. This equipment will replace the old play structures which had lasted for a long time, but were in need of replacement.
Andy and Alison invite you to The Swan Meat Raffle (not the Swanmeat Raffle) tonight (Thursday 18th Jan 2018) at (believe it or not) The Swan Pub in Stalbridge! A great chance to meat the new landlords and win some great meat! (no swan). Join them every Thursday evening at 8.00pm. £1 for 5 tickets, which are available at the bar on the night and throughout the week leading up to the next raffle.
I'm very happy to announce that Grow & Learn Together will be running Let's Make Music Together at Stalbridge Hub every Wednesday from 15th November starting at 1.15pm.
We will be singing, dancing, playing instruments and some games. If you have an under five to bring along or you are expecting your first baby it would be lovely to see you. First time expecting mums please come along for free until your baby arrives!
Please message, phone or email me to reserve your place or if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon!
THE WHITE HART LINK is an exciting and wide-ranging project which has been set up to create a 50 mile circular walking route linking the five towns of North Dorset. The link uses existing rights of way and quiet lanes, has the support of the Dorset County Council Countryside Rangers, will promote this route as a uniting and sustainable focus for the enjoyment, enhancement and protection of the area and will involve local communities, landowners and enterprises along the route in creating and promoting it.
The first link between Stalbridge and Gillingham was “opened” in September 2017. It has been route-marked and is walkable and further improvements are being planned. Work has also started on the next link between Sturminster Newton and Stourpaine which will be “opened” in November 2017. It is intended that the full 50 mile route, linking Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Gillingham will be completed to a high standard by September 2019.
Over the next two years, the White Hart Link will be fully route-marked. Route improvements will be undertaken and a website and social media presence will be developed, allowing the project to engage with local communities and businesses and encourage projects involved with health, education, heritage, art and tourism to be associated with the route.
The project is a Community Group, led by a committee of volunteers and supported by The Three Rivers Community Partnership which is Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.
One key aspect of developing the route is to provide top quality signs and information. Placing route-markers is just the first step. Now we need to provide walkers with good information to encourage them to use a part or all of the route and to add to their enjoyment.
1. People are encouraged to use an unfamiliar path when they know something about it. Showing the next place on the route and how far away it is acts as an invitation. For the first link volunteers will erect twelve fingerposts at key points along the route. These will show the White Hart Link logo and the name and distance to next town or village or to a place of interest off the route.
2. We want to encourage walkers on the route to explore and enjoy the area through which they are passing. At each town and village we will erect an illustrative map board showing points of interest and local information. These will be A1 Lectern style. Four are needed on the first link. We have an outline design which will be used for all of these. The detailed designs will be developed from information collected by local groups and drawn up by a local volunteer artist.
The White Hart Link Team are a dedicated team of walking enthusiasts who are working incredibly hard to realise this unique project, bringing together many community groups to participate in making their dream a reality - a major new opportunity for improving health and well-being through walking in North Dorset.
for further information email email@example.com
Wriggle Valley Brewery, the small brewery making 'BIG BEER' has moved its microbrewery to Stalbridge! They have a passion for making 'big tasting beer' and always have something interesting in stock.
As well as supplying pubs, farm shops and off licences, they also sell direct to the public from their premises, or deliver within a 20 mile radius. You can buy beer direct from their brewery in Station Road or from one of their stockists.
As their website explains..."We are proud of the beer we make. We currently brew 3 regular beers and 4 seasonal brews, but we like to experiment so watch this space". You can watch their space by clicking on the button below...
THE WHITE HART LINK is an exciting and wide-ranging project which has been set up to create a 50 mile circular walking route linking the five towns of North Dorset.
THE WHITE HART LINK project has entered the Aviva Community Fund hoping to win funds for signposting and interpretation boards. Find out more and vote for us by clicking on the button below. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists. Show your support by voting White Hart Link and make a real difference. It only takes a couple of minutes.
Why vote for this project?
A team of talented and enthusiastic volunteers is ready and waiting to complete the detailed design of information boards and to erect both them and the fingerposts. This will help to make the first link a top notch path and set a high standard for the rest of the project.
It might be a bit late for them to be advertising this but it's a very worth while cause...The brave folks from Sandhills Care Home & the Stalbridge Cub Scout Group are undertaking a 24 hour relay walk around the Sandhills garden on Friday 27 October commencing at 8am.
Raising funds for Sandhills & the Stalbridge Cub Scouts. If you would like to sponsor their marathon effort please contact the team on 01963 362247. Sponsor forms are also located at Dikes counter and Ring Street filling station, thank you!
Stalbridge YuleFest have sold over 100 tickets to their Christmas Extravaganza. It looks like it's going to be a special evening for Stalbridge on Friday December 8th. As the YuleFest website explains: "There's plenty to do in Dorset over the summer but relatively little over the winter. We've created an event that 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.
For adults there's live music from a variety of bands plus an Oktoberfest style bar offering a variety of 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 a variety of stall holders will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, food and drink.
There are a limited number of tickets due to site and licensing restrictions so don't leave it until the day, book your tickets online and we look forward to seeing you there!"
A family ticket is £25 and under 5s are free. All profit from the event will be split between the primary school in Stalbridge and a children's cancer charity - so your ticket money goes a long way. And just in case you are thinking "Isn't it going to be a wash out if it rains?" The organisers have arranged 15,000 square feet of covered, HEATED marquees and tipis for the event and there will be ground protection mats between the marquees.
So book the date in your diary, then buy your tickets, either from Candys Newsagent in Stalbridge or from the YuleFest website, where you can find out more info on the event itself.
Oakland Collectibles launch their new shop this Saturday 21st October from 9am to 1pm at Spire Hill Farm in Stalbridge. Oakland Collectibles is an expanding family company specialising in authentic French vintage Collectibles sourced in the brocantes and markets of France.
"To say we are excited about our shop opening would be an understatement... the amount of interest we have in our products is just amazing...thank you. We will reveal all on the launch and we only source interesting and unique items..."
And while you're there you could pop in to Thyme After Time Cafe where Margot and the team serve from their Saturday breakfast/brunch menu only from 8am-2.30pm.
Have a look at the map below to see how to get to Oakland Collectibles and Thyme After Time Cafe.
Oonagh Langrishe from The English Florist at Spirehill in Stalbridge invites you to her
Willow Wreath Workshop on Friday 10th November at 10:00–13.00 at The English Florist, Spire Hill, Cooks Lane, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG (Next to Thyme after time Cafe and Catering)
Spend a relaxed morning learning how to weave a willow wreath. I will show you step by step how to make the wreath base out of willow and then how to decorate it using a selection of dried seed heads, berries and foliage. When finished the wreath can be hung on your front door or used as an internal decoration over the Christmas period. The willow base can be kept and re-decorated each year in a different style.
No experience necessary! All materials included. £35.00 per person. Free tea, coffee and cake!
Phone 01963 362262 or book online below
Oonagh Langrishe from The English Florist at Spirehill in Stalbridge invites you to her
Halloween Floristry Workshop on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 1pm at The English Florist, Spire Hill, Cooks Lane, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG (Next to Thyme after time Cafe and Catering)
Come and spend a fun morning learning how to make a floral table centre which can be used for your Halloween celebrations. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! All of the skills you will be taught can be transferred for future use to create further table centres and other floral arrangements.
All tools, flowers and foliage will be provided for you... including pumpkins!
Parking, toilets and cafe on site.
£28 per person, including free tea and coffee throughout the morning.
Book online, or drop the money and your contact details into our studio (or through the letter box) at Spire Hill.
Children's Half Term Craft Workshop at Forge Fabrics in Stalbridge on Friday 27 October from 10.00am–2.00pm
This is a Christmas craft workshop where children will make a felt Christmas decoration, to do do this they will learn hand sewing skills and have an enjoyable day crafting.
We recommend this is best for over 7's but this is flexible.
A packed lunch will be required.
All materials will be included in the price.
The cost is £20 and a £5 deposit is required to secure a place.
FORGE FABRICS, RING STREET STALBRIDGE DT10 2LZ
SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017
Oonagh Langrishe from The English Florist at Spirehill in Stalbridge invites you to her
Autumn Wreath Workshop
This Sunday, 15th October
10.30am to 1.30pm
At The English Florist, Spire Hill, Cooks Lane, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG
(Next to Thyme after time Cafe and Catering)
Come and spend a fun morning being creative and make a stunning Autumn door wreath. No experience necessary! All materials included. £35.00 per person. Free tea, coffee and cake!
Phone 01963 362262 or book online below