COMMUNITY DANCE: This Saturday May 17 2014 at Eccleshall Community Centre, dancing to Bobby Jones, admission £5.00, 8.00pm start, Bring your own drinks.
COUNCIL'S AGM: The annual meeting of the Eccleshall Parish Council takes place on Wednesday May 21 at the community centre starting at 7.30pm. At the meeting the chairman and vice chairman will be elected from nominations provided prior to the meeting. Currently Gordon Dale is the chairman and David Pimble is the vice chairman.
Members of the public are invited to attend and observe. The meeting will be followed by a meeting of the planning committee.
At this time in 2015 the entire Parish Council will be up for election or re-election and anyone considering standing may wish to obtain further information from the clerk Mrs Christine Heelis at 01785 850989 or email her at email@example.com. Attending meetings as an observer would be useful in gaining insights into the working of the council. It is a voluntary post and persons applying must live in Eccleshall.
SHOW LOTTERY: The 15 Week Lottery Draw run by the Horticultural and Craft Section of the Eccleshall Show is due to start on Thursday May 22. The last few tickets are to be sold on the morning of this Saturday May 17, outside the library
CHORAL EVENSONG: On Sunday May 18 there will be a special act of worship in Holy Trinity Church starting at 6.30pm. A more intimate service with the choir sitting on the platform beside the lectern and choir master Steve Enoch playing the piano. A sensitive choice of hymns and special chants together with a moving anthem was song by the choir at the first such service in March and it is hoped to continue every other month.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: Every year a special week is arranged for collections to benefit Christian Aid and this year the week runs from May 11 to 17. Collection envelopes will be delivered to our homes and hopefully a donation made.
On Saturday May 17 Eccleshall Churches Together will have a stall in the Co-op arches making a collection.
THIRD AGE GROUP: meets in the Methodist Church rooms on Monday May 19 starting at 2pm.
FELLOWSHIP GROUP: Meet in the Methodist church room on Tuesday May 20 starting at 2pm when the reverend N Falla will speak on the theme of Strangely Warmed: Wesley and Methodism.
COUNCILLOR'S SURGERY: Borough Councillor Peter Jones is holding a surgery in the library today Thursday May 15 between 10am and 12 noon.
MONSTER FESTIVAL: One of the attractions at the Eccleshall Festival Street market on Saturday 21st June will be a Monster truck courtesy of Springfield's Day Nursery. The truck will be on static display in the car park of the Crown Surgery all day during the street market. Thanks to the surgery team for permission once again to use the car park.
There will also be WW1 displays and talks in the library during Festival week arranged by the Historical Society. Stephen Edwards a life long WW! memorabilia collector will be mounting a table top display on Saturday June 14 also in the library.
SHOP CLOSURE: The pet shop in High Street Eccleshall have announced that they will be closing their doors on Friday May 16 for the last time. They thank all of their customers past and present. This is an unusual event in Eccleshall, shops usually don't close and when they do they are very quickly filled with other businesses.
GUIDE PRESENTATION: The outgoing Mayor of Stafford Borough Angela Loughran was presented with the traditional signed copy of the Eccleshall Guide by its editor Councillor peter Jones last week at a meeting.
Each Mayor for the last few years has received a signed copy of the Guide which is now in its 16th year.
STORY WRITING COMPETITION: Local author Harriet Goodwin will again be the judge of the children's story writing competition run as part of the festival celebrations. Three age groups from 7 years of age to 16. Entrants need to write the opening of a story of your choice so that you quickly gain the interest of the reader. More details from the library. Entries must be handed in to the Eccleshall library before closing date June 3. Entries can be typed or hand written
CRAFT & FOOD FAIR: This Sunday May 18 at the Sugnall walled garden and in a marquee there will be a fair between 10.30am and 4pm. Entry if free and the tea room is open for refreshments.
LUNCH CLUB: The Ecclian Lunch Club next meets at Tillington Hall on Wednesday May 21 arriving at 12 noon for 12.30pm. Bookings must be made with organiser David not later than Midday May 13.
FESTIVAL BELL TOWER: There will once again be tours of the Holy Trinity Bell Tower as part of the Festival street markets entertainment on Saturday June 21. Always a popular event and one looked forward to by visitors.
INDIAN MEAL: Following the great success of last year's Midsummer Madness Supper, Eccleshall Conservative Branch has again organised to take over the London House Indian Restaurant in Eccleshall on the night of Monday June 2, 7.00 for 7.30pm.
The quality two course meal to include tea or coffee is superb value at just £15 per person and as places are limited be sure to book early by calling Susie Guild on 01785 850473.
EMMA JOUSTRA: The centre piece of the Eccleshall Festival printed programme will be a town painting by Emma who is renowned for her artwork. Copies of the original drawing will be available at a modest cost.
FASHION SHOW MODELS: As part of the Katharine House Hospice Fashion Show in June a number of local people have 'volunteered' to act as models. They will be wearing charity shop stock which will be available for sale. Your columnist Peter Jones and Peter Wilshaw are amongst the 'volunteered' demonstrating the wide range of styles and sizes available at the shop.
DISTRICT GIRLGUIDING: The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are taking up the Staffordshire Girlguiding “Reach for the Stars Challenge”. This challenge has been developed to run alongside the preparations for the Unity 2014 International Camp at Shugborough this year.
It has many different parts to the Challenge which are:
Guiding Friendship, with activities like make swaps, learn how to tie a friendship knot in a neckerchief, holding joint events with other units, setting up pen pals.
International, that includes trying different foods from other countries, learning different languages, find out about guiding in other countries.
Going Away with Guiding, challenges include cooking meals on a camp stove, fire or BBQ, practice campfire songs with other units, design a dream tent.
Guiding Star, where we can design our own star sign, hold a star party, fundraise for Make a Wish Foundation. Making edible campfires (the Guides have enjoyed this!)
These are just a few of the challenges they are all taking part in. At the end of this term they will be able to award the challenge badge to all who have taken part.
This is, as well as being a fun challenge, to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation which is the charity being supported by the Unity International Camp that some of our Guides are going to in July.
The Guides will be having a stall at the Festival Street Market to raise money for this camp we will also be holding their Bag tombola stall so if anybody has any unwanted gifts they would like to donate to Eccleshall and Woodseaves District Guiding then please contact me or Sheila Slaney.
Eccleshall Trefoil Guild said a sad farewell to our Chair Person, Irene will be fondly missed by all Trefoil Guild Members and Guide Leaders in Eccleshall and Woodseaves District. We are thinking of Irene’s family at this time.
If any of their followers have any talents that you think might be of interest or you would like bring to their units please contact Sheila (Sheila.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Myself (email@example.com) and come along, join the fun and experience of helping the young Girls of Eccleshall.
If you are interested in joining any of their Units please contact Sheila Slaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online at www.girlguidng.org.uk and follow the links to Join Them.
MUSIC CONCERT: Lawrence Perkins the principal bassoonist from the Manchester Camerata is the guest musician at the Adbaston Community Concert Society's concert on Sunday June 1. Tickets are available from 01785 280490 at price £6 each. The concert starts at 5.30pm in the Saint Michael and All Angels Church, Adbaston, ST20 0QE. For future concerts visit the website at www.adbastonccs.org.uk.