CHURCH NEWS: The Right Revd Bishop David McGough conferred the Ministry of Lector upon Michael Lennon and three other men (Messrs Michael Horsnall, Kevin O’Connor and Paul O’Connor) at the evening Mass in St John’s on 1st December. This is part of their journey to ordination as Permanent Deacons.
There will be an Advent Penitential Service in St John’s at 7.30pm this evening.
On Saturday, there will be a “Cob webbing Marathon” in St John’s, starting after Mass. This is a big clean up of the Church, and refreshments will be provided in the Presbytery afterwards.
Candles for Christmas are being put up in St Stephen’s on Monday, 16th December.
The Great Haywood Mothers’ Union meets in St Stephen’s at 2.15pm on 17th December. Kathy Coe from the Pathway Project will bring members up to date with the work going on at the hostels and at Hope House. Kathy Coe will also receive the comfort bags that have been donated for the ladies.
It has been announced that the Churchyards at St Michael’s were awarded a silver award in the Lichfield Diocesan Churchyard awards competition for 2013. There is an article from the churchwardens in the current edition of Contact, congratulating, thanking and naming the hardworking team of volunteers who have transformed the churchyards.
On Sunday, 15th December, starting at 4pm, there will be a special “Not Quite Christmas” service in St Michael’s. School Choirs will be taking part.
HANDEL’S MESSIAH”: The annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece is in St Michael’s on Monday, 16th December, at 7.15pm. Charlotte Pearson is performing as the Soprano soloist. The sole source of tickets, at £12.50 each, is from 01889 881636. The doors open at 6.45pm.
CONTACT MAGAZINE: The December and January edition of the Church magazine has been published. Items for the February edition should be with the editors no later than 10th January 2014. Readers are asked to mention “Contact” whenever they patronize any of the advertisers.
There is an article by Mr. David Robbie about his plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War. Anyone who might have any items connected with the War or who would like to serve on his committee, helping to organize an exhibition, is asked to contact him on 01889 881794 or at email@example.com
TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The secretary, Mrs Christine Hill, has circulated to all members information about the New Year Dinner at Marsh Farm on Tuesday, 21st January 2014. Choices should be returned to her by 20th December.
There is also information about the forthcoming trip to Rimbach in 2014. The German Committee has suggested that a springtime visit might be preferable. Mrs Hill has asked that those who intend to go to Germany next year should send back to her the slip, stating whether they would prefer to go next May or in October. Again, the slips should be returned by 20th December.
PUB QUIZ: On 25th November, the Bank House “B” beat Ye Olde Dun Cow; the Clifford Arms beat the Bank House “A”; the Sports and Social Club beat the Lamb and Flag, and the Saracen’s Head beat Ye Olde Windmill. There is now a Christmas break until 6th January 2014.
SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB: There is a Christmas Raffle at the Club. Volunteers would be welcome to help re-decorate the Snooker Room. If anyone would like to help, please contact any member of the Committee. On 19th December, there is a Christmas Bingo session. The start is 7.30pm for 8. On 14th December, There will be entertainment by Scott David.
COLWICH SCHOOL FAIR: The School is hosting a Christmas Fair tomorrow evening, between 6.30 and 8.30pm.
CRISTMAS FUN QUIZ: This is on Saturday, 14th December, starting at 7.30pm, in the Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall. Teams of six, at £6 per person, with refreshments provided. (Bring your own drinks). The proceeds are in aid of Anson School PTFA. For details, contact 07710 388056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREAT HAYWOOD W.I.: Mr. Brian Morris is giving a Victorian Magic Lantern Show at the meeting tonight.
OWL: The online crime warning system has issued advice that some residents may have been sent Christmas cards containing racial comments. The Police are asking that recipients should contact them on the 101 system.
Three men caught baiting badgers last May were each given an eight month suspended sentence for 18 months, fined £400 and ordered to complete 120 hours community service recently at Cannock Magistrates Court.
There have been several instances of poaching lately throughout the County. A Fallow fawn was killed in the Trentham area, found on 21st November.
Poaching often increases at this time of the year, and residents are asked to report anything suspicious at once, as people active in this type of criminal activity are often active in other sorts of crime.
LIBRARY VAN: The mobile library is due in Colwich and Little Haywood on Tuesday.
WILDLIFE TRUST: The Wolseley Centre is hosting a coffee morning tomorrow, between 10am and noon.
PLANNING: Latest submissions include an application for a lawful development certificate at Steel Service Centre, New Road, Hixon, and an application to work on trees in the Shugborough and Great Haywood Conservation Areas.
COLUMN DEADLINE: The Christmas edition of the newspaper is due to be published on 24th December. Therefore, the deadline for the Community News section is 11am on Thursday, 19th December.