CHURCH NEWS: Welcome to the Revd Adrian Low, who has joined the Clergy serving the Benefice. The Revd Low is training to be a full time vicar, and his placement in the Benefice is designed to give him the necessary experience. The majority of his time will be devoted to Colton and Great Haywood. We also extend a special welcome to his wife Joanna and their family.
The results of the elections to the Parochial Church Council of St Stephen’s held at the annual meetings in April were: Churchwardens, Bryan Symes and Claire Hunt; Deanery Synod Representatives, (for three years), Jenny Pearce, Angela Powner and Claire Hunt; and PCC members are Pam Dyble, Janice Rivers, Harry Lloyd, Andy Cooper, Rose Lambert, Mark Oliver and Sally Butlin, with John Heath as a co-opted member.
There will be a visit by the St John’s (Burton-on-Trent) Men’s Group to St Michael’s at 7.30pm on Monday, 16th June.
Planning is underway for a Christmas Tree Festival in St Stephen’s over the weekend of 28th, 29th and 30th November. There will be a flower arranging demonstration on the Friday evening.
CHILDREN’S POSTERS: here are the results of the BKV Children’s Posters Competition:
Pre-School Category: (Their theme was a single poppy.) 1st was James and 2nd was Eloise Moore, both from Anson School, and 3rd was Zachariah Sproston, from Great Haywood Pre-School.
Highly commended were Chloe from Anson; Misha, Katy, Charlotte and Orla from St John’s, and Raphaela and Scarlett from Great Haywood Pre-School.
Infants Category: (The theme was a single poppy.) 1st was Peter Park, 2nd was Millie Challinor and 3rd was Joey Hough, all from St Bede’s.
Highly commended were Alice and Aurora from St John’s; Kitty, Arabella and Reggie from St Bede’s; Joseph and Tracey from Anson, and Jenny and Abbie from Colwich.
Years 3 & 4 Category: (Their theme was a Flower Meadow.) 1st was Freya from Colwich; 2nd was Eve from St Bede’s, and 3rd was Lilly Hurley from Colwich.
Highly commended were Isobel Preston and Sophie Beddow from Colwich; Charlotte Hurst, Lydia Jones and Katie Docherty from St John’s, and Polly Farrow from Anson.
The BKV Committee would like to thank most warmly all those who encouraged the children to take part. The judges had a most difficult task, as there were 266 posters to be judged. Most of the posters are on display all around the Parish for the public to admire. The children deserve to be congratulated for their efforts.
TWINNING ASSOCIATION: The following were elected at the agm on 14th May as Officers of the committee for the ensuing year, 2014/2015:
Chairman, Keith Butler; Vice-Chairman and Press Officer, Clive Dewsnap; Secretary, Christine Hill; Treasurer, Lloyd Dulson; Hospitality, Jill Powell; Auditor, S. Heathcote. Committee members are Bruce Bateman, Annette Bloor and Amyas Stafford Northcote.
The Association enjoyed a successful fundraising evening of skittles at the Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall on Saturday, 31st May. The fish and chips were very good. The profit was over £300.
CONTACT MAGAZINE: The June edition has been published. Items for the next edition, which will cover both July and August, should have been with the editors by 10th June.
OPEN GARDENS: Preparations are being made for the annual Open Gardens Day on 13th July. The event is in aid of Katharine House Hospice, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The Parish is very well known for its variety of most interesting gardens, and further details can be got from 01889 882634. Programmes and maps will be available from local shops, or from any participating garden on the day itself. There will be plenty of signs on 13th July.
GREAT HAYWOOD W.I.: The W.I. meets this evening, when Sheila Yard will talk about Stafford Hospital Radio.
THE HAYWOOD SOCIETY: The Society is visiting the Ingestre Orangery on 18th June.
NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME: The next open day for two of the participating gardens, Coley Cottage in Coley Lane and The Secret Garden off Back Lane, is Sunday, 22nd June. Tanglewood, Crossheads, will next be open on 26th July.
COLWICH SCHOOL SUMMER FETE: The School is holding a fete on Saturday, June 21, between 11am and 2pm.
ANSON SCHOOL SUMMER FAYRE: This is on Saturday 28th June. Anyone who would like to help in anyway is asked to contact the school.
SUMMER FUN QUIZ: The Anson School PTFA is holding a fundraising quiz in the Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall on Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Each team can have 4, 5 or 6 members. Tickets cost £6 per person, and refreshments are included. Drinks should be brought. For details, contact 07710 388056.
HIXON SUMMER FETE: The fete will be held on Sunday, starting at 2pm. It will be on the Millennium Green.
WILDLIFE TRUST: There is a coffee morning at the Wolseley Centre tomorrow, between 10am and noon. In the latest events programme, there is notification that a charity fundraising evening is planned for Friday 20th June. Further details can be found on 01889 880100.
OWL: The online crime warning service has advised that offenders purporting to be police officers have successfully operated the courier scam at an address in Stafford last week. They managed to trick a householder into handing over bankcards and pin number.
PLANNING: Recent applications include a two storey front extension at 18, Hazeldene, Great Haywood; the change of use of the former runway at Hixon Airfield for commercial vehicle auctions at fixed times of the year, and the residential development of 60 to 65 dwellings on land adjacent to Shenley Cottage and the Butts.