Jude from Gray's of Stalbridge invites you to join her and friends for a Drop-in Coffee Morning from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Thursday 24th January. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided so why not pop along and have a natter? The regular charity pot will be there in case you want to make a small donation. For more information the charity we support regularly - Retina UK, just click on the button below.
MONDAY 28TH JANUARY 2019 AT 8.00PM
Join Andy and Alison at The Swan Pub in Stalbridge on the last Monday of every month at 8pm for their QUIZ NIGHT!
Get your thinking heads on 💡
£2 per person. teams of maximum of 4 people
Existing teams more than welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you for a night of laughter and competitive enjoyment -
Andy and Alison
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.
Every month the Benefice of Spirehill produces a monthly magazine. In addition to church news (from all the local churches), there is news from local societies in Stalbridge (Women's Institute, the Garden Society and the Community Office).
The monthly benefice magazine is available in each of the parish churches, and in these retail outlets in Stalbridge: Dikes, the Post Office and Stalbridge Pharmacy. You can also download it by clicking on the button below...
Stalbridge Garden Society produce a monthly newsletter. Here is the December 2018 edition...
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed all the members to our Christmas meeting, and gave out any notices. He mentioned that we still needed a hall representative for the Garden Society, Dennis Ketcher very kindly stepped forward, thank you Dennis.
We are also looking for a person to act as show manager. This will include logging all of the entries on the computer, completing the entry cards, and prize cards, helping Carolyn and Michelle on the stage at our Annual August Show. If anyone is interested or knows someone who could help with this, it is just for the show and producing posters and the annual membership cards, please contact Tony Moore our Chairman for more info.
This evenings meeting was ‘bring and share’ kindly organised by Anne Brown. Members helped her with arranging the tables putting on cloths, thank you to Anne and Michelle for arranging the festive table decorations.
The food and drink looked fit for a banquet, with a wonderful array of refreshments. Geoff kindly sorted the drink and distributed along with Tony.
Thank you to all who brought food.
The evening was a quiz night organised by Martin Young a welcomed favourite. We all had a glass of some Christmas cheer, and settled down for lots of fun, it was interesting, informative and funny. Thank you to Martin for this, we all enjoyed it very much.
This was then followed by the lovely spread of food, and Marigold's raffle, with nice traditional prizes, thank you.
Not forgetting Anne, Mary, Ann and all the kitchen helpers, doing the washing up and making tea and coffee, as they do every meeting, thank you!
Thank you to all of our members for keeping the Garden Society going, as this year we lost some long term members. We especially hope Brian can enjoy Christmas with his family.
Next month our meeting is on Thursday 10th January, 7.30 p.m. at the Hall. The topic is ‘SPACE & CLIMATE CHANGE’ with speaker Ian Davies
Do come and join us if only as a visitor to see what we do and enjoy!
Enjoy this festive season, and on behalf of the Garden Society I wish you all a Happy New Year.
The Hub at Stalbridge invite you to join them for a Cuppa at Christmas on Christmas Day between 10.00am and 12 noon.
"Come and join us on Christmas Day at The Hub for a cuppa and a chat! Everyone is welcome, whether on your own or as a family or maybe you just need 5 minutes away from the chaos of Christmas! There may even be mince pies!"
The Blackmore Vale Lions have been friends of Santa Claus for years, so who better to ask if your children want to meet him at Christmas in Stalbridge? Yes, The great man himself will be driving through the Streets of Stalbridge in the next few days! On Saturday 22nd December Santa will be in the East side of Stalbridge from 4.30pm onwards and on Sunday 23rd December he will be visiting the West side of Stalbridge. Now, if you're not sure which side is East and which is West then have a look at our handy map below. And don't forget to get your change jar out! Santa needs donations to buy the carrots for his reindeer and to give money to very worthy causes that Santa and his friends from the Blackmore Vale Lions love to support. Merry Christmas!
Thursday 20th December Grays of Stalbridge "Pop in for coffee"
Our usual get together with donations going to Retinitis Pigmentosa. our latest contribution £117.50 thank you to every one.
We are looking forward to Carole bringing along something delicious to share, for this months cake club. Please wear something festive, a jumper, earrings or your Christmas socks.
At The Stalbridge Arms we have carefully put together our range of available wines after our exhausting wine tasting evening! So whether you're popping in to sit by the bar with a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon and a plate of Feta, Olives & Dipping Breads or you want a lovely wine to go with your meal you'll find something extremely tasty on our wine list!
To see our Rose wines, Sparkling and Champagne visit the website by clicking on the button below...
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
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed the members to our meeting, gave out the notices, there was a good turnout of members this evening which was nice to see.
Anne reminded members to bring food for our next meeting, when we have “bring and share” and also a quiz, we will look forward to that.
This evening speaker was Malcolm from Castle Gardens, his talk was entitled “Looking at Hedges and barriers”. He told us that if you plant a hedge and it is 6ft tall it will give your garden 50% shelter, likewise if you plant a hedge that is 8ft tall it will give you 80% protection, so a hedge is a really useful thing to plant. It gives lots of benefits, as well as shelter, it is good for lots of wildlife, colour sometimes all year round, and not forgetting screening!
An evergreen hedge will keep animals out and also pets in, it is a good filter for noise, especially if you are on a main road of near a motorway.
Planting a formal hedge:
Plants to use are privet, laurel, yew, box, mainly evergreen, but also plants like prunus and berberis can make good deciduous hedges.
Plants that vary in height to keep it softer, field hedge plants like, maple, hawthorn, elder and guelder rose all make a nice wildlife friendly hedge.
It is possible to plant something different like an edible hedge, with fruit bushes and trees, in filling with plants like raspberries and Logan berries.
Malcolm then gave us step by step on how to plant a hedge.
1. Remove the annual weeds.
2. Add compost, bought, homemade of organic matter.
3. Then put down landscape fabric, or weed suppressant membrane.
4. Add root grow.
5. Add a seep hose for watering of water the area well.
6. Feed the plants with vitax q4, or bold fish and bone meal in April and July.
This is the secret for your new hedge growing successfully. We hope!
This was a very interesting talk once again by Malcolm, who always entertains us well.
Next month is the quiz night and nibbles, so do and join us on Thursday 13th December 7.30pm in the hall.
Enjoy the last of the autumn colour whilst you can, it is still quite mild, so lots of the garden plants are still flowering including roses.
Lots of the National Trusts houses and garden are open again in December for Christmas, with rooms decorated with festive Christmas trees, and the gardens lit up with beautiful coloured lighting. So Stourhead, Monticute, Motisfont, Max Gate and many more are well worth a visit to put you in a festive mood. Quite often you also get a free small drink and festive food to sample.
On Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm there will be An Evening of Christmas Music and Readings at St. Mary's Church in Stalbridge, featuring HMS Heron Volunteer Band, The Stalbridge Singers and principally yourselves. With Mulled wine and refreshments.
Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Stalbridge Post Office, Williams Florists, or by telephoning 01963 362945
Christmas Tree Festival at The Stalbridge Congregational Church in Stalbridge, with crafts, childrens presentation, The Stalbridge Singers, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.
Saturday 1st December from 10.00am till 12 noon at The Congregational Church in Stalbridge, Just off The High Street in Station Road.
David Beaton’s talk, Dorset Heroines, covers over 350 years of colourful Dorset history, ranging from the Civil War to the Second World War, and is devoted to around ten out of the dozen women in Dorset’s Forgotten Heroes, published in 2005 by The Dovecote Press.
We meet ‘Brave Dame Mary’, who held out in Corfe Castle for twenty months before being betrayed by one of her own group, and, on the other side of the fence, the brave Women of Lyme, who held out against the Royalists.
There are women from all strata of society: the daughter of a cabinet maker who became famous throughout Europe for her fossil finds; a philanthropist of noble birth; another high born philanthropist who married into the same family and was, incidentally, Winston Churchill’s aunt; a palaeobotanist who took the nation by storm with the publication of her controversial book, Married Love; a courageous nurse who served in both World Wars; a WW2 heroine who lived with the Maquis and was awarded the Croix de Guerre; and a dancer who decided to form a concert party to entertain the troops and who by D-Day had given over 1,000 performances in army camps, air force bases and on naval ships.
It is an extraordinary catalogue of women of courage and dedication whose actions have helped shape the history of this remarkable county.
Come and pick up a bargain at the Stalbridge Hall Car Boot and Table Top Sale this Sunday 2nd December. Whatever the weather we'll be there and we have tables indoors in the cozy, warm main hall. The Sale runs from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Table Top Inside Tables £5
Car Boot Outside £3.50
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
As well as our new 'core' menu of Country Pub Classics and 'Hot from the Grill' freshly cooked steaks and Gammon we will be offering Daily Specials...but these are no ordinary specials...This is a chance for our talented chefs to create new menu items on a daily basis, using fresh and seasonal ingredients, so you will always find something new and exciting to try at The New Stalbridge Arms!
We present Our Specials Menu for Tonight...Friday 23rd November 2018!
To have a look at our new 'core' menu of Country Pub Classics and 'Hot from the Grill' freshly cooked steaks and Gammon just click on the button below to visit our menu page. We are open from tonight onwards, seven days a week! The Stalbidge Arms is now Open!
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...