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.
The Stalbridge Arms presents its new childrens menu. "It's called Stalbridge Pups because we have two lovely resident pooches at The Stalbridge Arms, Dobbie and Loki"
The price for our New Childrens "Stalbridge Pups" Menu is
£4.50 for a main or £5.50 for a main and ice cream.
Something For Our Smaller Guests!!
First...Pick the main bit!!
Macaroni and Cheese
Now pick what you want it with!
And Now Some Veggies....
Corn on the cob
Crunchy Carrot and Cucumber Sticks
Now for the best bit - PUDDING!!!
Rich Chocolate Ice Cream
Creamy Vanilla Ice cream
Sweet Strawberry Ice cream
The Stalbridge Arms FreeHouse Pub, Restaurant and Rooms | Ring Street, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF
I trust you are keeping cosily inside today- isn't it grim outside?
It has been a rather crazy November here which is not usual, normally its our preparation time for the December onslaught so we are here and we are paddling- fast! We have catered two large events in the Exchange during November and then had smaller events we have been catering also which left us void of free dates to do a November evening event.
We thought we should crack on and tell you about festive evening on Saturday, 15th December in our Cafe.
Something completely new-
A Festive Evening of Food, Yarns and Risque Ramblings with Stuart Waite, Saturday, 15th December @ 7pm
We will of course be making sure you won't be going hungry, we have a delicious Christmas Festive menu planned (see below) which will be pre chosen on your part. The food will be fully served at your table on this event not a buffet like it often is on our evenings.
Rumour has it that Stuart might be dressing Dicken's style!!
We have just a few tables left for this so if you would like to come along then do get in touch nice and quick.
Here is the delicious menu we will be cooking up-
Christmas Party Menu 2018
please choose one of the following
Parsnip, apple and chestnut soup with our homemade garlic bread
Dressed crispy duck with mint, lime and chilli and hoi sin sauce
Warm salad of Dorset blue vinny, sautéed mushrooms with crispy bacon and pickled walnuts
(bacon optional to make vegetarian if required).
please choose one of the following
Roast West Country turkey breast with pig in blanket, homemade stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, roast potatoes and served with seasonal vegetables
West country mixed Game Pie with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes
Fresh salmon fillet with a fennel, white wine and Blackmore Vale crème fraiche creamy sauce
Vegetarian option of buckwheat pancake stack, layered with roasted ratatouille and a Somerset cheddar cheese sauce
(all the above will be served with seasonal vegetables)
please choose one of the following
Traditional homemade Christmas Pudding with Dorset Golden Cap whisky custard and Blackmore Vale clotted cream
Vanilla cheesecake topped with pink gin and strawberry kissell
Warm rich chocolate brownie served with salted caramel icecream and butterscotch sauce
Homemade apricot, peach and mandarin trifle laced with Archers peach Schnapps and topped with crushed Amaretti biscuits and toasted almonds
Fresh coffee from our espresso machine
Price per head - £29.50
We look forward to hearing from you and if we don't see you for this, our next and in fact last monthly evening event for 2018 then we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and new year. Thankyou for your continued support to our business, we cannot express how much it means to us and just how important it is that you choose to support an independent local business.
We will be in touch soon with our next evening event.... if you have anything specific you would like us to do for our next one, then we are open to ideas??
Margot, Steve and the Thymers x
Thyme after Time | Event Catering, Online Foodstore & Café in the heart of rural Dorset
At The New Stalbridge Arms we've been finalising our menu and prices, as well as testing out our new menu on friends and family.
The first 'Specials of the Day' will be announced tomorrow, Friday 23rd November (our opening night!), but in the meantime, why not have a look at our NEW Main Menu. We have been listening to our potential guests over the last few days and not only do we now have prices on the website, but some new tasty dishes suitable for guests who like vegetarian food. Have a look at the couple of new items below and then view our New Menu on the website by clicking on the button below. We hope to see you soon at The New Stalbridge Arms, opening tomorrow, Friday November 23rd at 5pm!
You've been waiting on us and now it's time for us to wait on you! Yes, The New Stalbridge Arms will open at 5pm on Friday 23rd November 2018! And we can't wait! We know you've heard this all before and been disappointed when the Arms has 'Folded' after a short space of time, but this time there is a difference....We own the premises outright! No brewery or big boss company to have to deal with, just the joy of bringing to Stalbridge what you've been wanting for ages...A Home from Home, friendly and comforting Local Pub, serving simple, but delicious, freshly made, Home-cooked pub favourites at a reasonable price, using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The Stalbridge Arms will be somewhere you'll be proud to bring your family, friends, children and even your dog to! For more info visit our new website by clicking on the button below...
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org