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.
Stalbridge History Society and Dorset Diggers Community Archaeology Group need volunteers to help with geophys on their archaeology site at Stalbridge Park. The work will be focussing on the site of the old Stalbridge House, which was demolished in the early nineteenth century. The work is being carried out with the kind permission of Mr de Pelet. Volunteers are needed for 14th and 15th April and the 21st and 22nd April. For more information please email Jacqui on firstname.lastname@example.org
Those of you who are used to reading the Spirehill Parishes monthly magazine might be interested to read this one from February 1902... As well as a being a little bit of Stalbridge history it offers an insight into the relationship with the rector at the time and his flock. Readers might be able to help us with one query to do with the text... It mentions "This year, we in Stalbridge, have done a little better than in former years, owing to the Bicentenary Celebration being kept in June". Does anyone know which bicentennial is being referred to here?
ST. MARY'S CHURCH, STALBRIDGE,
PARISH MAGAZINE FOR FEBRUARY 1902.
Our February Magazine always contains the financial statement of our tiny little auxiliary to the cause of the Foreign Missions, and usually your Rector has, however reluctantly, felt it a duty to say things, not like the " smooth things" and the "deceits" of the false teachers, whom Isaiah speaks of, but things which, however true, were not pleasant either to write or to read. The fact is, that with regard to hundreds of Parishes, if one has not to say it of our Church as a whole, and even of the Church Universal, real keenness and interest in the imperial progress of the Master's cause, and in thy continual annexation of fresh provinces to His Dominions has not yet been widely reached. We can all be alert and thrilled with feeling, when the question is one relating to the spread of our Country's Flag, and anxious to promote to our utmost her imperial destinies, but somehow are not stirred as we should be by determination that nothing we can do shall be undone, which may tend to put the whole earth under the Banner of the Cross, to make the kingdoms of the world to " become the Kingdom of Our LORD and of HIS Christ."
This year, we in Stalbridge, have done a little better than in former years, owing to the Bicentenary Celebration being kept in June, but I should be sorry to say that the result, even now, is what it ought to be, or that our Master .can be satisfied with it. All the same, £15 10s. (which the following figures, when added to the £6 13s. 7d. forwarded in the middle of the year, amount to) is better than the £8 8s. 10d. of last year, so let us "thank God and take courage," and determine each to do something towards keeping up, or passing this amount in years to come. Our first need towards this end is more box-holders. Who will volunteer?
FOREIGN MISSIONS. £ s d.
Offertories, Nov. 10th, 1901 ....... 2 14 8
Meeting, Nov. 13th, 1901 .......... 1 0 6 ½
Master Gordon Alexander .......... 1 0 0
Mrs. Burge, 1900, 9s. 4d., 1901, 10s. 7d. 0 19 11
Miss E. Burge. 1900 and 1901 ... 0 7 0
Mrs. C. Brown ......................... . 0 4 11 ½
Girls' Sunday School ................. 0 17 2 ½
Rectory Children....................... . 0 4 1
Miss Warner ........................... 0 7 1 ½
Rev. C. E. Seaman, subscription 1 1 0
£ 8 16 6
On January 8th, we held our annual gathering of the Ringers, and had, I think, a pleasant time to all. The collection was believed to have exceeded any of the past, and the division, so far as it affected the new Ringers, which is, according to the rules, decided by the votes of the old members of the team, seemed to me to be very just and proportionate. Next year (D.V.), all will rank alike as Old Ringers. Mr. Henry, senior, was re-elected Captain, all feeling that better could not be done, and that we are fortunate indeed in having one so suited to the office. One or two little additions to the rules were passed, and will be, I think, improvements.
The Church Ceiling Improvement, as far as Mr. R. S. Brown's kind donation would carry it, has been effected by Mr. H. Habershon, and undeniably makes that part of our Church look brighter and cleaner. All thanks again to the good donor.
Lent is early this year. We shall hope to have the help of divers kind brother Clergy of your Rector to appeal to Stalbridge Church people at Even-song, on some of the Sundays, and on some of the Wednesdays. More reality in making Lent a sincere spiritual stock-taking is what the Church at large needs, and not least the Church in Stalbridge. On Wednesdays, the subjects will be, I hope, as follows, on the "Condition!" of our Blessed Lord:--
1 The New Birth. "Except a man be born again." S. John iii. 3.
2 Conversion. "Except ye be converted," S. Matt, xviii. 3.
3 Repentance. "Except ye repent,'' S. Luke xiii. 5.
4 Sacramental Union. "Except ye eat," S. John vi. 53.
5 Righteousness. "Except your righteousness," S. Matt. v. 20.
May it do us all good to ponder these solemn utterances of Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Whose promises and gentler words ordinary Christian people are apt to appropriate, even when ignoring His sterner declarations.
The arrangements for binding sets of the Magazines will be as in former years. The more we can send, the less is the amount charged for each. All wishing to have this arranged for them, are asked to send their numbers to the Rectory before February 20th, when the parcel will be despatched.
New subscribers to the Magazine will still be welcome.
I have with many apologies to put right some omissions made in the names of kind donors to the Church Bells Rehanging Fund. The totals and the figures were quite correct, but from the list of contributors of 10s., the name of Dr. Alexander slipped, and also that of Mr. Jacob Brown (placed elsewhere), and from the list of donors of 5s., the names of S. Morrish. Mr. Harry Harris, and Mr. Broadway. I trust that all these gentlemen will, of their goodness, kindly forgive the culprit, whether he be parson or printer.
PARISH REGISTERS. BAPTISMS.
1902. Jan. 5—Margaret May, of William and Lily Mant.
5—Robert Charles, of Joseph and Amelia Ashford.
1901. Jan. 4—William Ralph, aged 69 years.
1902. Dec. 28—Lavinia Mogg. aged 60 years.
8—Robert Curtis, aged 86 years.
14—George Bollen, aged 71 years.
We are indebted to Philip and Flavia Stainer, who donated the original copy of The Stalbridge Magazine 1902 - 1905. We hope you enjoy reading these extracts. Look out on the homepage soon for more extracts from the Stalbridge Parish Magazine of 1902-5...
You can read the current 21st Century version of the magazine by clicking below...
The idea for the ‘Silent Soldier Campaign’ came from Peter Wakeham from the Surrey Branch of The Royal British Legion and was realised in 2017, supporting the poppy appeal to remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces during WWI.
The Silent Soldiers are near life-size silhouettes of a First World War ‘Tommy’ cut from black dibond, which is both tough and weatherproof: they are supplied with bolts and angle iron posts for free-standing display, can be fixed to a wall or attached to an upright pole in either public or private spaces.
Businesses, local authorities and individuals across the UK were invited to sponsor and display the silhouettes to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War. Royal British Legion Branches and businesses in Surrey, Beds & Herts, Dorset and the Vale of Glamorgan signed up to this campaign last year....
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Armistice Day on 11th November.
The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
The main purpose of the Legion was straightforward: to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the war, whether through their own service or through that of a husband, father or son. The suffering took many forms: the effect of a war wound on a man's ability to earn a living and support his family, or a war widow's struggle to give her children an education.
Even those who had come through the war relatively unscathed struggled with employment. As a result of the war, Britain's economy plummeted and in 1921 there were two million unemployed. Over six million men had served in the war - 725,000 never returned. Of those who came back, 1.75 million had suffered some kind of disability and half of these were permanently disabled. Added to this figure were the families who depended on those who had gone to war - the wives and children, widows and orphans as well as the parents who had lost sons in the war, who often contributed to the household income.
The situation so moved Lancastrian Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, that he decided that if the government was either unable or unwilling to do anything to improve the lives of ex-Servicemen, he would do something about it himself. This eventually led to the formation of The British Legion.
When the Legion's leaders looked around them, they saw the gigantic task of looking after those who had suffered in the recent war and also the need to prevent further sacrifice by reminding the nation of the human cost of war and to work actively for peace.
By the time of the Legion's formation in 1921, the tradition of an annual Two Minute Silence in memory of the dead had been established. The first ever Poppy Appeal was held that year, with the first Poppy Day on 11 November 1921.
We were granted ‘Royal’ status in 1971, and extended our membership to serving members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, as well as ex-Service personnel, in 1981. Now, anyone can become a member of The Royal British Legion. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not, to continue the work that was begun nearly 100 years ago.
Assuming The Stalbridge Class of 1958 left school aged 11, they would be turning 70 next year. Can you spot who they are when they were at the school?
We are indebted to Chris Hughes for sending us this photograph. Many names have been filled in by Chris already, but do you know who the others are?
You can view the full photo and see the names by clicking on the button below
Can you recognise this Stalbridge Cricket Team? The dream team pictured here from 1956 contained some very well known members of the community. To find out who they are just click on the button below to visit the "Teams" section of our "Old photos of Stalbridge" pages.
We would like to thank Mr. Chris Hughes from Shropshirefor kindly sending this photo to Stalbridge Info Community website.
Cricket has been played in Stalbridge Park for about 190 years - in fact, there must be a bi-centennial coming up in the next 10 years or so for this well respected Dorset club. Find out more about the history of the 'Anglesey' men by clicking on the button below...