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Eccleshall and surrounds - week beginning December 12

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

By Peter Jones and Joanne Jones

Eccleshall and surrounds - week beginning December 12

Mary Jones and Joyce Dale, two of the home bakers for the Holy Trinity Church fair.

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SANTA TURNS ON LIGHTS: Santa Clause helped Parish Council chairman Gordon Dale give the signal to turn on the town centre tree lights on Monday December 2 from outside the holy trinity Church. Around 150 children came to speak to Santa and receive a little piece of chocolate.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: This lunchtime Thursday December 12 there is a lunchtime concert in the Holy Trinity Church parish room starting at 12.30pm. It includes a light hot lunch followed by seasonal entertainment. Admission is £5 on the door all are welcome.

DRAKE HALL LENDS A HAND: The Parish Council is liaising with the Governor of Drake Hall Prison regarding viable projects that could be carried out in the community by the women of the prison. They have already been helping out to clear weeds from the town making a huge improvement in the appearance of the High Street and the area around the Co-op supermarket.

THIRD AGE: The group next meets in the Methodist school room on Monday December 16 starting at 2pm.

ECCLIAN AGM: The officers of the Society were re-elected without change at the annual meeting held at the Kings Arms on Wednesday November 27. One notable item concerned Chairman Peter Bertram who made it clear that this would be his last year and the Society would need to find a replacement for 2014 / 2015. Peter has held the post for 16 years.

CHURCH FAIR: The Christmas Fair held in the Holy trinity Church on Saturday November 30 raised over £1600 for church funds. The event was well attended and visitors were treated to a Wright's mince pie and hot drink.

SCHOOL CAROLS: On Thursday December 19 the children of key Stage 2 from Bishop Lonsdale School are holding a carol service at Holy Trinity Church starting at 6pm.

PARTY NIGHT: Tickets are available for a New Year Party Night at the community centre on December 31 from 8pm to midnight priced at £10 each ring 850152 or 850843 for details. The entertainment will be provided by Arizona Wes.

ADVERNTY CALENDAR GROWS: the regular outdoor giant advent calendar is in place once again outside the Methodist Church in Stone Road. On Tuesday December 17 there will be a nursery School nativity in the school room starting at 1pm and including a sandwich lunch.

TRUST LUNCH: Over 250 senior citizens enjoyed a lunch at the North Staffs Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday December 12 organised and sponsored by the Eccleshall Trust.

TOTALLY LOCALLY TIMES: Issue three of the newsletter hit the businesses last week and is available to collect from town centre stores. It contains details of local businesses offering something special for the seasonal period.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ: The Cricket club are staging a quiz especially for Christmas on Friday December 20 in the new pavilion. Teams of four and £6 per head. Lots of fun with Santa asking the questions.

COUNCIL NEWSLETTER: The Parish Councils December newsletter is wending its way to our doorsteps and copies are available from the News Express shop and the library. The first prize winner in the neighbourhood plan prize draw was Mrs J Fox of Poplar Close which won a Sunday lunch for two at the Old Smithy. Over 420 questionnaires were completed and handed in giving the Parish Council much useful information about our thoughts on the future of Eccleshall.

CHRISTMAS POST: Last day for handing in your local Christmas post for the Scouts to deliver is on Saturday December 14 between 9am and 12 noon outside the library. Cards to be delivered to addresses within the 30mph boundary will be delivered. Funds raised will benefit the Scout Group.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Our town's one and only charity shop the Katharine House one needs volunteers to work in the store. If you would like further details of how you can assist please give Bev or Chris a ring on 850844.

ECCLESHALL WIVES: Eric Newton is the musical entertainment at the Wives December meeting on Thursday 19th at the parish Room starting at 8pm.

SANTA'S SLEIGH: Rotary will be around with Santa on his sleigh on Friday December 13 at Gnosall from 6pm, Sunday December 15 in Swynnerton and Tittensor from 6pm, Monday 16 at Woodseaves and Wednesday 18 at Yarnfield at 6pm.

CHURCH OPEN DAY: Why not pop along to the Holy Trinity Church this Saturday December 14 between 1pm and 4pm if you would like to find out more about the Christian Faith, have a cup of tea and a chat with people who attend the church already.

ECCLIAN LUNCH: The Christmas lunch for the Ecclian Lunch club members takes place at the Stone House Hotel on Wednesday December 18 12 noon for 12.30pm. members who wish to attend should contact David Pownall

FLY TIPPING: Changes to the restrictions at recycling centres mean that scrap collectors no longer find it easy to legally dispose of the remains of refrigerators and freezers, and Environmental Health Officers warn that there has been a significant increase in the fly tipping of the scrap carcasses of old fridges and freezers once the valuable metal outer case has been removed.

Please help to reduce this problem, and do not leave refrigerators or freezers out for scrap collectors. Where possible, householders can take such items to recycling centres themselves or contact the council to remove them. If you are replacing items, many shops will take away the old fridge or freezer when they deliver your new one.


CHRISTMAS QUIZ: To help the Christmas celebrations along and back (yet again) by popular demand, Chebsey Village Hall is pleased to announce that once again it will be holding its Christmas Pub Quiz Night on Sunday December 15 next.

The quiz itself starts at 8pm but the bar will be open from 7.30pm onwards.

If you've been before, then you'll remember it's a great evening - if you haven't, then it really will be something to remember.

So do put it in your Advent calendar and come along - everyone is welcome (and this time there will be mince pies and mulled wine in addition to the bar)


ALL SAINTS' FIRST SCHOOL: During the final week of this term the pupils will hold a Carol Concert in All Saints' Church on Monday at 6.00pm, experience a puppet show of TheMusicians of Bremen, and enjoy a Christmas dinner and party. The school will close on December 20 and re-open on January 7.

VILLAGE HALL: Pub Night on December 20 will include music and a free buffet. Children will be able to visit Santa for £2.00. Doors open at 6.30pm till late.

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