What's on in Stoke

Clubs & Groups

Bowls Club

Contact: Sylvia Warry

Phone: 01935 822044

Venue: Stoke Memorial Hall.

Weekly – Friday 6.30 – 9.00 P.M.

The club was formed in 1994 and at present has 15 members. Club days are on Fridays and mats are put down from 6.30 P.M.
It’s a great way of keeping fit and enjoying the company of fellow bowlers with NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME. The club has all the equipment available to get you started, so just turn up and away you go.

The club is also involved in village activities such as May Fayre and Triangle Trust.

Bridge Club

Venue: The Working Men’s Club

Weekly – Monday starting at 8.30pm

Gardening Club

Contact: Ruth St John-Murphy

Phone: 01935 829408

Email: ruthstjohn1@btinternet.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StokeGardeningClub

Venue: The Memorial Hall

Monthly fourth Wednesday 7.30pm

Whether you are you an experienced gardener and like to talk to others about plants and vegetable growing, or you are new to gardening and keen to learn… come and join our friendly group.

Our meetings are held in the Memorial Hall, Stoke sub Hamdon, every fourth Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise announced) and comprise:

  • A talk from a visiting speaker on a range of subjects related to gardening
  • Gardening hints and tips for the month
  • Plant and produce stall (dependent on members having surplus to requirements)
  • Recipe of the month – using seasonal ingredients from the garden and hedgerows
  • Competitions and raffles
  • Refreshments and time to get to know others who have a passion for gardens

Additional benefits of club membership include seasonal discount vouchers from Brimsmore garden centre, group outings to places of interest, liaison with neighboring gardening clubs, and learning/workshop opportunities.

The gardening club organises the annual flower, produce and craft show (usually held in August but not in 2020 owing to Corvid-19 restrictions), where members and villagers get the chance to impress with their growing, preserving, and handiwork skills. The club also joins in with other village activities and runs a very popular plant stall at the May Fayre.

All of this for a very reasonable annual membership fee of £10 and a donation for refreshments at the meeting – subject to annual review. Try us out – first meeting free.

History Group

Contact: Carol Parker

Phone: 01935 825393

A group first formed to collate historical information for a Millennium exhibition held in November 2000, hosted by the Working Men’s Club. Over 1000 people from all over the world attended this event, which was hailed as a great success. The only criticism was that two days was not enough. Since 2000, four more exhibitions have been organised, all equally popular and bringing pleasure to many people as they were able to sift through photographs and historical information concerning the village.

In November 2003, the Group launched their book titled Photographic Memories of Stoke sub Hamdon. This is a collection of photographs relating to the village and covers the last 150 years. Profits from the book will go towards historical and local projects. Although still collecting local information and photographs the group only meets when an historical project needs organising.

Loto Club

(Ladies On Their Own Club)

Contact: Dru Perry

Phone: 01935 822703

Venue: The Lighthouse Coffee Shop

2nd Monday of the month from 10am – 12:30pm for coffee or lunch.

Quirky Quilters

Contact: Heather Kelloway

Phone: 01460 240792

Venue: The Memorial Hall

Alternate Tuesdays 12.00 – 4.00pm (First meeting in 2013 january 15th)

Quirky Quilters is a group of 40 mixed ability Patchworkers and Quilters and was formed in the late 1990s by Antiquonie Prentice and some of her students. They moved from Crewkerne to the Memorial Hall in Stoke sub Hamdon in 2004. The group meets every other Tuesday from 12.00am – 4.00pm, with tea served at 1.00 and 3.00pm. Members come and go as they please – some arrive early and go early, others arrive late and go late.

The group holds an exhibition of work every two years in the Town Hall in Crewkerne for which a group Quilt is made and raffled for charity. The group owns and rents out 24 Quilt Stands and sells wadding and rotary blades to members. Several Quilting and Patchwork magazines are subscribed to and the group owns and runs its own library of books and resources. One member sells recycled Fat Quarters. Traders regularly attend to sell fabrics (eg Alexandra’s Attic, The Lilac Bus and Doubties). The group also has regular invited speakers as well as Show and Tells when a member can show off a piece of work and tell how and why they made it. There is a small annual Membership fee and attendance charge. New members are most welcome as are visitors.

Stoke and District Angling Association

Contact: Derek Goad
Phone: 01935 824337
Website: www.stoke-sub-hamdonaa.co.uk

Stoke Performing Arts Group (SPAG)

Contact: Brian Evans (Crash)
Email: brianevans64@live.co.uk
Website: www.stokeperformingartsgroup.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StokePerformingArtsGroup

Stoke Sub Hamdon Band

Stoke sub Hamdon Band

Established 1945

For contact details see the website below.

Website: www.stokesubhamdonband.org.uk

The band practices on Mondays and Thursdays in the vestry of the United Reform Church, North Street, Stoke sub Hamdon between 8:00pm and 10:00pm.

The band is always looking for new players. So do you play? or would you like to learn?

Stoke sub Hamdon has a banding tradition going back to 1891, which continued to around 1930. The present band was reformed during VE celebrations in 1945 under its former name Stoke Military Band. In the fifties a traditional brass band formation was adopted, with all woodwind instruments being phased out.

The history of the band may best be characterised as being colourful and chequered; certainly never dull! The 50th anniversary, in 2005, proved to be something of a watershed for this small village band, which culminated in a gradual process of rebuilding with a shift of emphasis away from the contest arena to concentrate on bringing an entertaining programme of light, popular music to the general public.

The band relies entirely on public donation through a busy schedule of engagements throughout the county, with regular concert performances in the village, and attendance at local fetes, street fayres, carnivals and carol concerts. Large investments have been made in new instruments, dress uniforms, waistcoats and concert stands. A book chronicling the history of the band has been produced in an amusing and witty style by one of its founder members, Alan Richards.

At a time when many of our traditional grass roots bands are sadly struggling, Stoke sub Hamdon Band continues to prosper, and is always pleased to welcome new players and the opportunity of performing at new venues. If you would like to make any enquiries about the band, come along for a blow, or book them for a concert, then please contact us.
See our website for more information including our list of engagements.

Village Artists’ Group

Secretary: Diana Bailey 01935 881647, email bd13corners@hotmail.com
Chairman: Gerry Witcher 01935 862602

Venue: The Memorial Hall

Monday 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Thursday 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday 10.00am – 12.00 noon

Since their formation in 1996 The Village Artists’ Group has flourished as a warm and friendly group of people from beginners to professional artists. Whatever their standard or abilities all members support each other with ideas and encouragement. Once or twice a year we have the opportunity to display our work at The Village Artists’ Exhibitions where we can not only share the results of our labours with the general public but also have the chance to sell our masterpieces.

Occasionally we have guest demonstrations at our meetings giving us the benefit of practical advice from experts, for a nominal extra fee.

Saturday Workshops are offered once a term where members can take advantage of professional tuition for a whole day.

Above all we share a common enjoyment of art in our shared efforts in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Fees per term (3 terms per year) are currently £20.00 – you can attend any or all of the weekly sessions for this amount. Fees are, of course, subject to review if circumstances demand; for example increased hire charges for the hall.

Members pay for and provide their own materials. We do also have a small stock of materials so that members can try an unfamiliar medium before going to the expense of buying materials. They are for use in the meetings only.

Every week we explore a particular subject matter as scheduled in our published programme, the subjects covered are wide and varied, for example Still life, Landscapes, Styles of Painting, etc. Others bring their own work to do.

If you are interested in possibly joining The Village Artists Group why not come along to one or two sessions and see what you think before formally joining the group. You will be made very welcome.