Local Community Services
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is based at a purpose-built airbase at Henstridge airfield. The air ambulance is deployed on average 3-4 times a day and can reach anywhere in the two counties within 19 minutes of the emergency call. Their website contains some great photos, details of events, a shop and arrangements for joining their lottery.
Henstridge Explorers Pre School. Our local pre-school can care for up to 16 children aged two to under five years at any one time. It usually accepts children from the age of two years six months.
Henstridge Parish Council. The parish council's site, with agendas and minutes of council meetings, and other useful local information.
Our Lady's & St Benedict's, Dorset. Our local Catholic Church's very informative website.
St Nicholas, CofE Primary School. The school's own informative website.
The Anne Harris Children's Fund. Locally based registered charity set up to improve the education and relieve financial hardship of children and young people suffering from any form of poverty, illness or disability.
Aircraft Coverings Ltd. Based at the airfield, this family run business started in 1989 and is the European distributor for Poly-Fiber aircraft coatings.
Angela Warden. Angela is a local artist based at her studio in the village. She studied art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art at Oxford and art and geography at training college and taught both for many years. She now paints more or less full time, is active in Dorset Visual Arts and hosts occasional open studio days.
Blackmore Vale Butchery. Based just outside the village they offer professional meat cutting services for residents, smallholders and farmers. From sausages to hog roasts - give them a try!
Bouncing Buddies Pet Services. A small locally based family run business, providing pet care services.
Celeste Nourse Photography. After graduating in Photomedia from Bournemouth University I have been specialising in Weddings and contemporary Portraiture as a professional photographer for over 17 years, for which I have won several awards.
I am an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photographers (ABIPP) and an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). I also have an interest in Social Documentary, Landscape and Travel photography.
All of my work has a basic common thread of light and composition which comes from my time at Art College at Shelley Park (BPCAD). I am available for weddings, portraiture and special events, and have my own studio.
Crimson Guitars. Website for Ben Crowe, our very talented local luthier, maker of stringed instruments. Check out Ben's workshop diary!
David Plimmer Relationship Coaching. Local practitioner in relationship coaching/counselling, anger management and anger management training, NLP training and training for CPD aimed at health care professionals and anyone who is interested in self improvement and self development and/or wanting to gain a greater understanding of why, for example, someone would self harm and more.
dcenet website design. Derek Etherington is a local designer of small to medium size websites. His website has links to the various sites he has designed. He also sets up and maintains home and office networks, PC & Mac computers, Tablets & iPads. Tuition is also available at reasonable rates.
Dorset Aquatics. A family run company now based in Henstridge which supplies a range of aquatic services such as pond design and installation, fish stocking and water landscaping. Not just Dorset!
Gartell Light Railway. Operates on a short narrow gauge section of the old Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway track between Henstridge and Templecombe. Has regular open days where you can travel behind diesel and steam hauled trains. They also host other events including an annual model railway exhibition and the Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions.
Guggleton Gallery. Gallery based in Stalbridge which houses regular exhibitions from a variety of artists.
Henstridge Airfield. Website for our local airfield, with a noticeboard for users and details of events.
Henstridge Golf & Leisure. This nine-hole course was opened in Spring 2010. It is part of a new sports and leisure development at Henstridge, and has a fully licensed clubhouse, buggy hire and driving range.
Hilary Cholo. Website for yet another talented artist based in our village. Works in Paper Sculptures, Illustrations and Cabinet Making, especially in Marquetry. Has exhibited widely, including Glastonbury, London, Mexico and Japan.
Kingfisher Landscape and Design. A landscape and driveway specialist based in the village.
March House Books. Based in Henstridge, March House Books has been established for over 14 years and carries a large stock of children's and illustrated books plus a small general stock. Check the website for used, out of print, rare, children's and illustrated books, as well as ephemera and vintage toys and games.
O&O Vehicle Engineering. This is a specialist Land Rover vehicle engineering and parts business based in the Marsh Lane trading estate. We can confirm that they are really friendly bunch of people to deal with.
Oasis Overland. Situated in a Marsh Lane office, we can personally assure you that these are a friendly bunch of people. According to their website, if you dream of travelling through Africa, South America or the Middle East, but without the routine and expense that accompanies some package holidays, they're the ones to talk to. Worth a try!
Pestwright pest prevention and control. Based in Stalbridge, Jim can help you with problems with wasps, fleas, flies, ants, carpet beetles, bee swarms, rats, mice, squirrels, moles, foxes, rabbits, seagulls and pigeons. Friendly, local and discreet.
Member of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA)
Razzle Dazzle Cleaning Services. Village based domestic and commercial cleaning services. You'll often see their vans around while the friendly team clean windows.
Rocket Race. Obstacle course racing (OCR) facility at Toomer Farm.
Rocket World (Facebook page). Motocross course based at Henstridge Airfield
Stew Little Ltd. Somerset County Council approved Contractor based in Henstridge. Work includes domestic projects such as decking, car ports, garages, sheds, greenhouses, conservatories, garden design, driveways etc through to larger civil engineering, groundworks and landscaping contracts throughout the South West region.
Terry Fisher Photography. A local professional photographer specialising in weddings, children, sport, portraits, pets, wildlife and events. Check out his website for some great photography.
The English Florist. The English Florist is a boutique, independent florist in Stalbridge run by Oonagh from Henstridge. She can send bouquets anywhere in the UK. Check out their great website or call on 01963 362262 or 07958 968798.
Tony Layard, Painter and Decorator. Over 35 years experience. Glebe Cottage
11 Waverley Farm Court, Furge Lane, Henstridge BA8 0RS Tel: 07941 759297
Unicorn Motors. Based in nearby Stalbridge, Unicorn Motors undertakes high quality body repairs to all types of vehicles. Brian Chant, who established the firm, also founded Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions (DVCA). Brian is highly experienced in this field, and you can read about his background on his informative website.
Vale Coaches Tours & Private Hire. Based in The Marsh, this firm offers day trips, short breaks and private hire. They have vehicles ranging from 8 & 16 seater mini buses to luxury coaches with reclining seats, W/C and hostess service.
General Henstridge Interest
Barrie Pictures. Commercial site with interesting historic scenes of Henstridge available to purchase.
British History Online. An informative history of Henstridge provided by the University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Comprises an extract from 'A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 7' by C R J Currie, R W Dunning (Editors), A P Baggs and M C Siraut.
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. This is the St Nicholas Church page of the online version of Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, the definitive source for information about rings of bells.
Henstridge and the First World War. Local historian Caroline Rowland has written a fascinating and informative history of Henstridge, "Lest We Forget: Henstridge, a Somerset Village and the First World War". Focussing on World War I, the book describes changes in the village in the context of the overall War campaign and the resulting social changes in rural England. It is sobering to read that when enlistment became law, very nearly all of the entire male population of the parish over 18 and under 50 were fighting overseas - by 1916 more than 220 men from the parish had gone to war.
As a keen local historian, Caroline is eager to hear about your memories of this time, and can be contacted via her website. Read her book and you may also be able to provide missing information, such as the location of the Dirty Duck, and the unknown delivery boy pictured by one of Percy Dewfall's Bull nose Morris vans. You'll read of the Henstridge men who failed to return, and lighter anecdotes such as why 6 tons of desparately needed seed potatoes were dumped at Henstridge station, and arguments over the siting of the war memorial and the captured German gun that faced it.
West Country Genealogy - Henstridge. Useful site for family tree researchers, containing transcriptions prepared by voluntary contributors.
Somerset Art Works (SAW). A non-profit making organisation promoting the Visual Arts. Their website provides details of the annual Somerset Art Weeks events.
Visit Somerset. The official tourism website for Somerset. Includes details of accommodation, attractions, events and conference venues
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