FESTIVAL AT THE CHURCH: Burton Borough School Big Band. This super Swing Jazz Band will be performing in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday June 14 at 7.30pm.Tickets priced £5 available now from Kate Griffiths on 01785 850948 or from Eccleshall Pharmacy.
There is still time to enter a Scarecrow in Holy Trinity's Scarecrow Fest which will take place in and around the church over Eccleshall Festival weekend 20th-22nd June. Our aim is to involve a varied cross section of local organisations, clubs, businesses and individuals in Eccleshall. For further information and reservation forms, contact Chris/Nancy Reynolds on 01785 282281.All entry forms to be received by Monday June 2 at the latest. Do join in the fun. Prizes will be awarded for the most enterprising exhibits.
Eccleshall Festival Teas to Please. The Catering Team are looking for helpers to serve their delicious Home Bakes to visitors to the Festival on Saturday June 21, in the Parish Room. If you are available to give a couple of hours of your time on that day, please contact Brenda Howe on 01785 850046.
CHURCHES TOGETHER: Members of the three churches which forms Eccleshall Churches Together were under the arches of the Co-op supermarket in Stafford Street spreading the word about Christian Aid week which ended last Saturday May 17.
CHOIR AT FESTIVAL: The Broughton Community Choir will be 'dropping in' at the street market on June 21 to serenade the visitors with songs. This makes this years Festival market the most musical ever with the Blackwell Concert Band, Uttoxeter Morris Men and the Eccy Factor.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMNET: At the meeting of the parish council's traffic management committee held at the community centre on Wednesday May 7 a number of reports were received.
The County Council had reported that the extension to the Raleigh Hall estate had been reduced to 4 hectares and would probably include the formation of a new access road layout to connect to the A519 at cats Hill Cross.
The parish council had asked if waiting restrictions could be included in the plans for the land at the rear of the community centre and the Highways department said that this was not possible.
The possible use of an access road off the proposed development at Stafford Road to use Badgers Croft had been removed and had an emergency vehicles access only with bollards to which on those services had the key. It suggested a roundabout on the Stafford Road at the site entrance on the A5013 with an extension of the 30mph limit to reduce speeds.
The neighbourhood highway team is due to visit the parish on June 6 to undertake minor works on the highway.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: The Eccleshall team consists of 4 parish councillors and 14 representatives of various local organisations who have an interest in how Eccleshall develops. they will be putting together the plan which will eventually be distributed to the community for consideration.
It is hoped that the Borough Plan will be approved sometime in June.
NO NEW BURGAGE HOMES: The land at the rear of The Burgage which it was hoped could be used for affordable homes had been withdraw from the market and Stafford & Rural Homes would be looking at alternative sites.
FIRE TENDER: The Parish Council have been negotiating with the Co-op for over 12 month to house the vintage fire tender, currently in the new fire station on Newport Road, somewhere on the Co-op, possible under the arches but not in the open. The Co-op board were considering the proposal.
WATERING CONTRACT: the contract for the watering of the hanging baskets in the town centre was awarded to the Borough Council at a cost of £4470 for four days a week watering for 15 weeks.
BASKETS AND FLAGS: The Ecclian Society will be erecting hanging baskets and union flags on Sunday June 8 in good time for the Eccleshall Festival. Extra help is always welcome since over 100 baskets will be erected.
Membership of the Society of a family is £5. If you are able to help with the task please get in touch with Phil Baskerville on 01785 850764.
MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTION: Ron Biggs has been responsible for the distribution of the Trinity magazine to onward distributors since 1999 and ill health has caused him to have to give up. A new distributor has come forward in the name of Charles Taylor. He can be reached at 01785 814115. Well done for all the many hours you have spent on the task and good luck to Charles.
BUSINESS GROUP: On Monday June 2 the members will gather for a bowls social evening.
ECCLESHALL WIVES: On Thursday May 29 the wives will receive a talk on Women's wills in the 16th and 17th centuries by Ray keeling. The meeting takes place in the parish room starting at 8pm.
TEA TASTING EVENING: David Wiggins will be giving a presentation on tea and tasting at the Sugnall Walled gardens on Wednesday June 4. David is a local tea and coffee merchant with over 45 years experience in the industry. The event will cover history, cultivation and lots more. The evening starts at 7pm tickets are £5 each with a cup of your favourite and of course a biscuit. Details available from Joy Wason 01785 850820 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAME CHANGE: The Eccleshall Mother's Union changed its name some months ago to a temporary name 'Mother's Reunion'. It has now decided to adopt a non gender specific title and use Thursday Fellowship in future. The group is open to all Christians at their first Thursday in the month meetings at the parish room starting at 2.30pm.
TOTALLY LOCALLY: For full information about the Eccleshall Totally Locally project visit www.totallylocallyeccleshall.co.uk.
ROTARY CLUB: The club restarts back on Monday June 2 at the Royal Oak starting at 7.30pm.
TRUST SUMMER OUTING: The summer outing for the senior citizens of the parish takes place on Thursday June 5 to Llandudno. A contribution of £6 per person is required. It may not be to late to book your place with the organisers. Contact Sharon Lynch on 07870 133271. A half day outing is planned in September for those less able and those who did not go to the Llandudno trip.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A trip to port Sunlight in the Wirral has been arranged for Wednesday June 4 at a cost of £14 per person. The village will be toured by coach and a guide will accompany the travellers.
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.
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.
GARDENS IN ITALY: The guest speaker at the Broughton and Croxton Garden Guild meeting on Wednesday May 28 will be speaking on the topic of Gardens in Italy. The group meet in the Broughton parish room starting at 8pm. Visitors admission is £2.