CHURCH NEWS: Parish diaries are available at the back of St John’s, and the Archdiocesan Directories for 2014 are available on request at £2.55 each.
There is a St Michael’s Home Group at 13, High Chase Rise at 8pm on Tuesday, 25th February, and Prayer and Bible Study at 9.15am on Wednesday, 26th.
NETWORK RAIL: The companies involved in the railway improvements at Norton Bridge and the resignalling around Stafford held an exhibition of the plans in the Stafford Gatehouse on Thursday, 6th February. The work on the railway itself will be along the line North of Shugborough Tunnel, through Stafford as far as Norton Bridge. The effect on the WCML as it passes through Colwich Parish, when all is completed by the end of 2017, will be that there will be two extra trains per hour (in each direction) between London and the north west of England, one extra fast train per hour (in each direction) between Manchester and Birmingham and one extra freight train per hour (in each direction) through Stafford.
PUB KNOCK OUT QUIZ: The eight pubs are divided into two pools. On 10th February, in pool A, Ye Olde Windmill beat Ye Olde Dun Cow, and the Saracen’s Head defeated the Bank House ‘B’. In pool B, the Bank House ‘A’ beat the Sports and Social Club and the Clifford Arms defeated the Lamb and Flag (by one point).
BKV: The committee enjoyed an excellent meeting on Tuesday, 11th February. We were delighted to welcome two new helpers, messrs McDermott and Hildreth. The multitude of tasks was apportioned out, with the result that the villages should be well prepared for the start of the BKV judging on 1st May. The first litter picking day will be on 25th April, and in the meantime, residents are asked to be as helpful as possible, particularly those with pets. A major source of concern is along the canal, with litter and dog fouling.
HAYWOOD SOCIETY: The Society will meet on Wednesday, 26th February in Tixall Village Hall. Dr Alan Bloor will be describing the work that has been completed about the beautiful Gothic Window that was a part of the now demolished Tixall Hall. This work is also the subject of a DVD which will be shown in St John’s Church on Shrove Tuesday, 4th March, at 7.30pm. Tixall was, of course, the original site of St John’s Church, before its removal, stone by stone, that started in 1845 and its re-building in Great Haywood.
WW1 COMMEMMORATION: The next meeting of the committee will be at 2.30pm on Thursday, 27th February in the Great Haywood Memorial Hall.
PATIENT PARTICIPATION: The rescheduled meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday, 27th February, in the Surgery.
LIBRARY: The mobile library will be in Hixon on Monday and in Great Haywood on Tuesday.
WILDLIFE TRUST: There are various activities for children over the coming half term. For details, ring 01889 880100.
There is a two hour Chocolate Course on Saturday, 22nd, between 10am and noon, for £40, for those who would like to make chocolate truffles. To book, call 01889 880100.
PARISH COUNCIL: The Environment sub-committee is meeting this evening.
HAYWOODS PERMANENT WAY: The railway enthusiasts’ society meets on Wednesday, 26th February. The title of Harry Madden’s talk is “Canadian Pacific through the Rockies”.
PLANNING: Two proposals have recently been sent in: the first is for a rear extension at 26, St Mary’s Road, and the second is an outline application for residential development around Shenley Cottage, Main Road, Little Haywood.