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Eccleshall and surrounds - week beginning December 5

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

By Peter Jones

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LATE NIGHT OPENING: If you fancy a spot of late night Totally Locally festive shopping, then just pop into Eccleshall on Thursday December 5

Most of the shops are staying open until 8pm.

This is so much more relaxing than going into Stafford or Telford. Free parking, great pubs and restaurants abound to enjoy a drink or meal after all that shopping!

Why not make a night of it with your friends?

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS: A special party was held in the Holy Trinity Church parish room on Friday November 22.to celebrate Malcolm Gray Associates providing Eccleshall with an optometrist’s service for over40 years.

ECCLESHALL BURGLARIES: This is a warning to commercial premises in the Eccleshall area.

Between Friday 22 and Monday 25 November there has been one burglary at commercial premises in Stone Road, Eccleshall where the offender has forced a rear fire door and stolen small electrical items. During the same weekend offenders have stolen a quantity of plywood from the site of business premises at Raleigh Industrial Estate, and between midnight and 7.40 am on Monday 25 November, offenders have forced the front door to licensed premises in Castle Street and stolen a large quantity of cash from an office.

If you know anything about any of these incidents please ring the police on 101 or Crimestoppers for a confidential conversation on 0800 555 111.

TOWN LIT UP: Santa Claus with the help of Eccleshall Parish Council chairman Gordon Dale gave the signal for town centre premises lights to be turned on on Monday December 2 outside the Holy Trinity Church. The 25 foot tree in the churchyard lit up and over 60 smaller trees on businesses in the town were turned on at the signal from the chairman.

The trees are installed by the Ecclian Society each year and they help to brighten up the town centre during the season of goodwill.

KEEP CALM: An Eccleshall Pub is hoping that its latest Beer Festival will be a welcome distraction of the pre-Christmas build up.

The Bell in Eccleshall is hoping that customers will ‘Keep Calm and Drink Real Ale, Cider and Perry’ at their Beer Festival which runs from Friday December 6 to Monday December 9.

The festival will showcase 12 Real Ales from a number of UK based independent Brewers, along with a small selection of Cider and Perry.

To complement the festival there will be live music courtesy of Meyrick and Wain on Sunday evening, December 8.

Following on from the Beer Festival the Pub is planning to make a donation to the Trentham based Children’s Charity The Donna Louise Trust.

TRUST LUNCH: Dozens of senior citizens from Eccleshall enjoyed their Christmas lunch courtesy of the Eccleshall Trust group which fund raises throughout the year to provide this lunch. The lunch took place at the North Staffs Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent and guests were coached into the hotel.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Eccleshall Singers present a Christmas Concert of popular songs in the Holy Trinity Church this coming Saturday December 7 starting at 7.30pm. Admission on the door is £6 and includes light refreshments. The Singers are under the baton of musical director Gail Gee and accompanist Josephine Hughes. The Singers will be entertaining the guests at the Cheswardine Hall for their annual Christmas visit on Tuesday December 10.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: The December lunch takes place in the Holy Trinity Church parish room on Thursday December 12 starting at 12.30pm. Admission is £5 which includes lunch and entertainment.

SANTA AT THE LIBRARY: On Friday morning December 13 Santa Claus will be popping into the library to see the children and perhaps read them a story.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Alan Rawlings is the guest speaker at the community centre on Wednesday December 11 with a talk on Master Henry of Little Morton Hall 'Yuletide'. The talk starts at 7.30pm and non members are invited to attend.

MOTHERS REUNION: the group meet in the Holy Trinity Church parish room this afternoon at 2.30pm.

POETRY GROUP: 'A time and place for everything' is the theme for poems this afternoon Thursday December 5 at the library when the poetry group meets at 2pm.

ACOUSTIC NIGHT: The Royal Oak grand room is the regular monthly venue for the gathering of acoustic musicians and appreciators tonight December 5 from 8.30pm. Admission is free and you also receive a mince pie. There will be a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance. All singers and players welcome.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: A hands on crafty Christmas is the theme for the December meeting of the Institute at the Holy Trinity Church parish room on December 12. The competition will be the best item made that evening.

FELLOWSHIP GROUP: The next meeting of the Methodist Church fellowship group will be held today December 5 in the school room of the church starting at 2pm. Bring along your own entertainment, bingo, comic verse, music.

FIGHT THE FAKE: An anonymous hot line has been set up by Trading Standards for the general public to report incidents of fake alcohol and cigarettes the number if 01785 330 356.

SUGNALL FARMERS MARKET: The market takes place at the Home farm Sugnall on Sunday December 8 between 10am and 2pm.

SANTA'S TOUR STARTS: The Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia makes its first stop with Santa's sleigh in Gnosall on Monday December 9 starting at the medical centre at 6pm and then on Wednesday December 11 again at Gnosall this time starting from the Fire Station at 6pm.

ECCLESHALL SCOUTS: The Eccleshall Scouts have their Christmas fair in the scout headquarters off High Street this Saturday December 7 between 11am and 3pm. The Scout Christmas post also starts on Saturday when we can hand in our cards for posting within the 30mph border at the library between 9am and 12 noon. They can also be handed in on Saturday December 14.


COMMUNITY CHOIR: Broughton Community Choir presents their Christmas Concert called a ‘ Christmas Kerfuffle’ at 7pm on Sunday December 15 at Broughton Parish Room.

Free entry and everyone welcome to join in a fun evening of Christmas musical entertainment to include community acts, audience sing-along and refreshments.

Put the date in your diary and come early to get the best seats!


QUIZ NIGHT: The quiz arranged by Ann Wetton from High Offley Singers which took place in the Woodseaves village hall on Saturday November 24 raised over £300 for the villages local churches. The quiz master was Peter Jones assisted by his wife Joy and Derek Aldred as scorers.


STAFFS WILDLIFE: An illustrated talk by Jeff Simms on the natural History of the Roaches takes place at the maer village hall (ST5 5EF) tomorrow Friday December 6 starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 including refreshments.


CAROL CONCERT: The High Offley Singers Christmas carol concert takes place in St Mary's Church, High Offley on Sunday December 8 starting at 7.30pm. It is a Benjamin Britten ceremony of carols. It also includes a performance from Mary Scott on the harp. Admission is £7 on the door.

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