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.
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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
A new, Family-oriented music festival with Christmas market and entertainment, featuring live bands, Oktoberfest bar, food stalls and entertainment for children comes to Stalbridge this December. The event runs from 4.00pm till midnight on Friday 8th December at Stalbridge Playing Fields. There will be Five live bands, acoustic stage, DJs, children's area, Father Christmas, themed food stalls, Christmas traders and more. Tickets on sale 1st October. To keep informed visit the facebook page by clicking on the button below.
Oakland Collectibles are opening their new Brocante Vintage French Collectibles shop at Spire Hill in Stalbridge. The official opening takes place on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Regular opening days and times will be announced thereafter.
They are very excited about this new venture and look forward to providing some very special one off items. For updates please visit their facebook page by clicking on the button below.
Oakland Collectibles is an expanding family company specialising in authentic French vintage Collectibles sourced in the brocantes and markets of France.
Claire Clayton brings her expert dance tuition back to Stalbridge with new cheerleading classes.
Every Tuesday at Stalbridge Village Hall
Mini's (under 8's) 5 - 5.30pm
Juniors: 5.30 - 6pm
Squad training - 5.30 - 6.45pm (by invitation only)
For more details please contact 07850591757 or email email@example.com
Following the launch of the White Hart Link project in April this year, arrangements have now been completed for the walk for the first section of the route between Stalbridge and Henstridge, on Saturday September 2nd at 2.00 pm.
We are meeting at the bottom of Woodmill Close (CLICK HERE FOR MAP), then proceeding north to Henstridge, cross-country using public rights of way. The distance is 2½ miles; there are several stiles, some uneven ground, probably some mud, and possibly cattle. On arrival in Henstridge, we will proceed to the Virginia Ash, for refreshments (tea/coffee and cake £2.95).
You are welcome to join us, but please contact Jan Wardell in advance on 01963 362162 To let her know:
If you plan to come on the walk (and number of walkers)
If you will be having refreshments (to advise the Ash of numbers)
If you plan on walking both ways, or would prefer to drive to Stalbridge (for either start of walk, or back from walk), so that we can sort out a ‘shuttle’.
PLEASE NOTE: we cannot accept dogs on this walk, and anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please take water, wear sturdy footwear, and a waterproof might be useful.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jan Wardell.
Jan Wardell- Secretary/project officer, White Hart Link 01963 362162
Table Tennis Coaching at Stalbridge Hall
Wednesdays: 6.30pm to 7.30pm and 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 01258 471976
Stuart Angell - email@example.com 07970 979432
Stalbridge Table Tennis Club are members of the Blackmore Vale and The Yeovil and District Table Tennis Leagues.
Stalbridge Library now has its own website - www.stalbridgelibrary.org
Here you will be able to renew your books online and find out what is happening in the library.
There is also a News Items page, which will be keeping you up to date with Local and National library related items, like National Poetry day, The Summer Reading Challenge, World Book Day and much more. So why not have a look at the new website by clicking on the button below.
Stalbridge Community Library invite all young children to join in the Summer Reading Challenge 2017...
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
Every year, thousands of families all over the country take part in the UK’s biggest reading event for children in libraries, the Summer Reading Challenge, run by the charity The Reading Agency.
The aim of the challenge is to get children to read any six books of their choice from their library during the summer holidays.
Every year there’s a different theme; this year it’s Animal Agents, illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross.
Enrolling your child
The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at children aged four to eleven. It is run in almost all libraries in the UK and it is completely free.
Go to your local library during the summer holidays – the sooner you go the longer your child will have to read six books. Staff will enrol your child and give them some fun materials to get them started on the Challenge.
Most libraries in England and Wales will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July 2017.
Regional variations will apply, and your local library will be able to confirm when the Challenge will begin in your area.
There is not an official end date for the Challenge. Each library authority will set their own finish date. Please check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will finish in your area.
The Summer Reading Challenge website
The Summer Reading Challenge website allows your child to log the books they have read during the summer – and beyond. They can also find new books to read, recommended by other children, watch exclusive author videos, take part in competitions and play games.
Please note: as the Summer Reading Challenge is a library-based scheme, children must enrol in the Challenge at a UK library to be eligible for any rewards.
Stalbridge Community Library Opening times are:
Monday: 2.00 to 5.00
Tuesday: 10.00 to 12.30 and 2.00 to 5.00
Wednesday: 12.00 to 2.30
Thursday: 3.30 to 6.30
Friday: 2.00 to 5.00
Saturday: 9.30 to 12.30
The Old Rectory Care Home in Stalbridge are hosting a Garden Fete on Saturday 29th July in aid of The Brownies. Our fete will start at 2 pm and this year all monies made by the home will go to the Brownies who will be with us on the day running various fun games. We will also have Glitter Tattoos, Ice creams, Cream teas, Crafts and Confectionery (to name but a few) and live music from 2 pm.
It would be really great to see as many children as possible this year and for our residents to really feel they are part of this community, so please put this one in your diary and make a special effort to visit us on the day. Many thanks in advance.
Local university student Eloise Harris is offering a children's theatre workshop at the Youth Club in Stalbridge for 7 to 12 year olds this summer. Running from Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August the week long workshop will provide over 40 hours of tuition and guidance, with children learning Confidence boosting Skills, Reading aloud, Talking in front of a small audience, writing your own script, Acting, Setting up your own performance space and many more skills...
Click on the button below for more info and booking details...
Papadopoulos and Sons
Showing at Stalbridge Village Hall
on Thursday 19th October 2017
Big business or family values?
Following his ruin in the latest banking crisis, a self-made millionaire reluctantly re-unites with his estranged freewheeling brother to re-open the abandoned fish and chip shop they shared in their youth.
2012 Cert PG - Dir Marcus Marcou - 105 minutes English
(This is part of the 2017 Screenbites Food and Film Festival - dubbed "The Bakers Dozen")
book now on their website by clicking the button below
And booking is now open for the Fanny and Johnny Cradock cook the Great American Songbook evening at Orchard Park in Gillingham on Friday 13th October, our opening event for the Baker’s Dozen 2017 Festival.
There are only 113 places available, and booking is essential, as you will be served a deliciously colourful three course meal during the performance of songs, stories and a chance to talk to television’s first celebrity chef …. from the other side.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org (not the no-longer-functioning Screenbites email address) or telephone 01963 32525 to reserve your tickets.
The renowned Stalbridge Singers will be holding a concert in support of Dorset Women's Refuge on Sunday 16th July at Stalbridge Primary School. Entitled "Something Inside, So Strong", the concert starts at 2.00pm in the School Hall.
Exit by donation.
They also have some wonderful prizes on offer in their raffle, due entirely to the fantastic generosity of our lovely local businesses -
2 Dike and Son vouchers worth £10 and £5 to spend in the shop or cafe.
A Thomas J Fudge hat box of biscuit selections
£30 voucher from My Devine Canine (dog groomer)
£10 voucher from Oceania Beauty
£10 voucher towards a workshop from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Make-up/Washbag and purse from Gray’s of Stalbridge
Voucher from Carol Thorneycroft of Ametrine lodge worth £40
Sparkling wine from Virginia Ash (Henstridge)
Red wine and Mulled wine from The Bird in Hand (Henstridge)
Voucher from Liberty Belles for Neck and Back massage or facial worth at least £20.
A beautiful indoor plant from Williams Florists
A Hosta, a hand held gardening fork and a marble egg from Grassroots Garden Centre (Henstridge)
A gift bag from Olives et Al (Sturminster Newton)
A bottle of wine from the Swan Hotel
£10 voucher from Geoff's hairdresser
A pretty Cushion from Forge Fabrics
A beautiful Vase from Guggleton Farm
A gift from Sue Whitmarsh
Gray's of Stalbidge will be doing several summer evening workshops over the next few weeks and this will be their first one....
Wet felting with Debbie
making a set of 2 table mats. These can be your own choice, colour and design. No need to worry if you have not tried wet felting before, Debbie will guide you step by step.
All materials are provided along with a glass of pimms.
This workshop is £28 per person and to book please either pop in, send us a message on here or call us on 01963 365800.
Please keep an eye out for more evening workshops.
Pictured above, the new Stalbridge flag hangs as a pennant, rather than the traditional rectangular flag shape. This shows off more of the design of the flag, which depicts the ancient market cross in Stalbridge High Street.
The design of the Stalbridge Flag is based on an original watercolour painting, pictured above and painted by local Stalbridge artist Tony Wood.