The wonderful Thyme after Time Cafe in Stalbridge are running the best Christmas Competition ever! They have got together with some of their amazing local suppliers to contribute to a Hamper prize worth £165, packed full of local foodie products, including some items from their own range, all presented in a beautiful hand made willow basket worth £65 on its own. All you have to do is click on the button at the bottom of this blog to get to their facebook page and follow the instructions on the Thyme after Time Facebook page to enter. It's a "Like", "Share" and "Tag" competition so not a lot of effort for the chance to win a beautiful hand crafted basket full of sumptuous local food treats! Have a look at the prizes featured below, then head off to the Thyme after Time facebook page to enter the competition! Good Luck!
For a full description of the prizes shown above and for a chance to win this fabulous prize click on the button below to visit the Thyme after Time Facebook page and enter the competition!
Morocco is coming to Stalbridge for Christmas! Join us at Grays of Stalbridge in the High Street from 10th to 24th December for a mint tea and peruse our stocking fillers, gifts, handmade crafts, berber silver, and carpets. This Pop-up Moroccan Shop is run by Lalla Mimouna Boutique. Their facebook site says.. "We are a Moroccan-British company based in Essaouira, Morocco. Passionate about the traditional, beautiful, and intricate work of the artisans of Mogador".
There's a New Shop in town! 365 Vintage Interiors has arrived in Stalbridge High Street. An eclectic mix of antique, vintage & contemporary finds for the home and garden, from Country Rustic to Downton Shabby - its the brainchild of Lynne Bundy, who has brought her beautiful, ever changing collection to Stalbridge High Street! It's a 'must browse' shopping experience! Open from 9.30am to 5pm from Wednesday to Saturday this new shop is a welcome addition to the independent shopping experience of Stalbridge. Pop in and see!
Stalbridge Table Tennis Club are offering Table Tennis Coaching at Stalbridge Hall for school years 6 to 12, starting on Monday 9th September 2019 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Have Fun and Get better at Table Tennis !
Table tennis is an inexpensive and sociable sport where skill and co-ordination, rather than physical strength are key. It is a game of brain rather than brawn. It is a sport where girls and boys can compete on an equal footing.
At Stalbridge Table Tennis Club our players have over 20 years of coaching experience between them, including leading the Wiltshire junior county side for several seasons. Members of Stalbridge Club's Yeovil and District League and Cup treble winning side will lead the coaching, ensuring that every participant gets the individual attention they need.
We are so confident that each young person will enjoy their experience that the first session they come to is FREE, and then sessions are only £2 per person thereafter.
Whether you want to aim towards playing competitively or just want some tips to be able to beat your friends/parents, we are confident you will find what you are looking for at Stalbridge.
Parents and guardians are welcome to stay and watch or leave and come back at the end of the session.
Bats and balls will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own bat if you prefer.
For more information please contact either Chris Watkins (parent governor at SNHS, with children both at SNHS and WIlliam Barnes) or Stuart Angell (Stalbridge CLub Captain (with children both at Stalbridge Primary and Gillingham schools) on:
Chris Watkins - email@example.com. Stuart Angell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stalbridge Table Tennis Club are members of the Blackmore Vale and The Yeovil and District Table Tennis Leagues.
Julie Belcher brings a new venture for Stalbridge. Hoping to make your event flutter she hires out hand made bunting for all sorts of functions. A few examples are pictured below to show you. available in 10 meter lengths, and 40 or 50 meters in each design. Their are 10 designs so far to choose from. Please contact Julie for photos and pricing on 07526 177 756 or email her at the address below...
Stalbridge Striders is a new SOCIAL Running Group set up by John Willis to accomodate all abilities of runners from 1st timers to people that have been running for some time. The plan is for no one to feel left out and for everyone to enjoy themselves whilst supporting others. This will be a social, friendly, meet up (NOT a CLUB) where YOU RUN AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The first meeting will be on the 5th February 2019 starting at the library car park in Station Road, Stalbridge at 7pm. PLEASE WEAR HI VIZ.
The sessions will be roughly 30 mins long.
For more information, or if you have any questions for John Willis you can visit the Stalbridge Striders Facebook Page.
Stalbridge Petanque & Croquet Club are having a meeting on Thursday 15th November in the Youth Club at Stalbridge Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Existing members are encouraged to attend as "we have a few things to discuss". This is also an opportunity for non-members to attend and possibly sign up to become a member.
Vale Picture Frames provides a bespoke picture and photo framing service to Stalbridge and the wider Blackmore Vale area. Proprietor Malcom Stobart offers 'No Obligation' quotes and home visits.
For more information or to arrange a 'No Obligation' home visit please telephone:
01963 363 380 or 07775 805 859
or email: email@example.com
A meeting of Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme will be held on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 7pm in The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge to Recruit Drivers to, and explain how, the Car Scheme will work.
With the imminent closure of our Surgery, we need Volunteer Drivers to come forward and join the scheme so that we do not have a situation where people without access to transport are unable to get to a Doctor or Hospital appointments.
If you have a car, can drive and have some free time then please can we have your support?
If you are interested in coming, would you please ring
Mary Moore on 01963 365848 beforehand.
Fran Drake is expanding her Sturminster based dog walking service to include Stalbridge!
The service offers interesting and exciting path and woodland walks for your dog, from a 30 minute 2.5km walk to a 3 hour Adventure Hike! Find out more about this service by clicking on the button below...
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!