CHURCH NEWS: The Parish of St Joseph’s in Rugeley is organizing a fundraising walk from the Church to the Sports and Social Club, Great Haywood on Sunday 18th May.
The annual Colwich Parish Rogation Sunday Walk will be during the afternoon of 25th May, starting at 2.30pm. Further details will be posted on the Parish Council notice boards and from the village churches nearer the time. This event harks back to the traditional walks that were held in medieval times to mark the boundaries of parishes and to ensure that there had been no encroachments by neighbouring parishes. There is an ancient story, almost certainly mythical, that in some parts of the country, choirboys were held upside down and their heads were tapped on the boundary stones as part of the event.
The May meeting of the Great Haywood Mothers’ Union will be the Deanery meeting at Admaston Village Hall on 20th, hosted by Blithfield Mothers’ Union. Haywoods members will leave the villages at 1.30pm. The meeting on 17th June will be at Tong Church near Perton, and it would help if those who wish to go could sign the list, which is in St Stephen’s as soon as possible.
Tomorrow, at 10.30am, children from Colwich School will lay flowers on the grave of Miss Charlotte Sparrow, the foundress of the school. At 2pm, parents are invited into the school to be entertained by dancing.
There is a Julian Prayer Group at 8pm at St Michaels’ on Tuesday 20th May. For confirmation of the venue, ring 01889 882710.
LESLIE SMITH: It was announced in last week’s Newsletter that Leslie Smith has decided to retire as Director of Music of the Stafford and District Choral Society. His final concert was last Saturday, when he conducted the Society at the opening concert of the 2014 Stafford Music Festival at Rising Brook Baptist Church. Residents of Colwich Parish know him well, as he has conducted the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah at Christmas time for many years in St Michael’s. He is also an accomplished photographer, and an album of his superb photographs of notable features of Colwich Parish was compiled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of twinning between Rimbach and Colwich. Copies of this album were given to every visitor who came to Colwich from Rimbach last October. The list of musical credits that Leslie has performed with the Society is extensive and there is no doubt that, in the words of the old cliché, he will be a hard act to follow.
TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS: The County Council has issued notices advising that there will be considerable changes to traffic over the weekends of 30th May to 2nd June and 6th June to 9th June along the A518, Tixall Road, Weston Road and Blackheath Lane. The diversion routes are extensive and motorists will need to be vigilant. The order comes into effect on 30th May.
HAYWOOD SOCIETY: The Society is visiting Clifton Campville Church on 21st May. For details, ring 01889 881368.
HARDY PLANTS: The Hardy Plant Society is holding a sale between 10am and 2pm in the Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall on Sunday 18th May. Entry is free.
LIBRARY VAN: The mobile library is due in Hixon on Monday and in Great Haywood on Tuesday.
WILDLIFE CENTRE: There is an evening watercolour course every Thursday between 7pm and 9pm from 8th May until 19th June. There is also a photographers’ course on Saturday, 24th May. The session lasts for four hours. Booking for both courses is essential, on 01889 880100.