Village News and Events

The West Stafford Annual Parish Meeting was held on Friday 21st April 2023 at the West Stafford Village Hall 


West Stafford Parish Meeting Clerk  - Vacancy
Would you like to help your fellow villagers by organising the bi-annual West Stafford Parish meetings? Dr Paul Thompson, the current clerk, will be retiring after this April's meeting. No experience required and Paul will be on hand to help and advise. Please contact Paul for more information:, 

Chestnut Tree in the village hall grounds 

 The works to remove the diseased tree in the village hall grounds will take place on 18 th/19 th May.

 During a recent survey, it was noted that the fruiting bodies of the fungus Rigidoporus ulmarius were present near the base. This is a perennial bracket fungus which causes a brown cubical rot and extensive decay, often leading to stem fracture.

Also present were a number of decay cavities which were also inspected and strength loss calculations were carried out. A number of these cavities were over the threshold where trees have been known to fail and several of them were very close to this threshold.

The option of reducing the size of the tree was investigated however due to the location of the defects and the stress this pruning would put the tree it was deemed not a viable option so the only realistic option in view of the safety of the village hall and adjacent road users, was to remove this tree.



Needle Felting workshops at Dorset Falconry Park

 Needle Felting (or Dry Felting) is easy to learn and it’s surprisingly quick to complete projects. It involves a stabbing technique to sculpt wool into forms – it’s amazing what can be achieved!


In these workshops, you will learn how wool from different sheep breeds can be used to make shapes, provide colour and give texture, all from using a thin barbed needle and your imagination.


All materials are provided for you, and you will take away a basic kit of needles and a sponge pad, so you can start your next project quickly – it’s an infectious hobby!

26th May – Owl Theme

23rd June – Owls / woodland Theme

14th July – Farm Theme

 27th October – Christmas Theme


The cost is £60 per person, a sandwich lunch and entrance for the day is included.  

Please contact Cogs on 07971923396, or for more info, or book directly at Beyonk | Needle Felting at Dorset Falconry Park

BDHA Summer Show 

The show will be held on Saturday 19th August 2023 in the Village Hall and all are welcome to admire the entries, enjoy tea & home-made cake, and to celebrate the presentation of trophies to the winners. 

Entry to classes in the Show is restricted to paid-up members only. However, the BDHA will accept membership fees with show entries, so contact Linda Kemp if you wish to join.

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