BRIAN RETIRES: Brian Seddon, pictured, has retired as landlord of the Kings Arms in Stafford Street, Eccleshall after thirteen years as the licensee.
Brian came to this part of the world to Haughton in 1979 and then opened the Country Butcher in High Street, Eccleshall in 1982.
He took over the Kings Arms in 2000. Wife Jenny has been at his side all of this time and retires with him to their place in Woodseaves. They have received many cards wishing them well and we hope that they enjoy a long and happy retirement.
NEW ECCLESHALL WEBSITE: The publisher of the Eccleshall guide have created an additional website www.theillustratedeccleshallguide.co.uk which comprises photographs of the area combined with news items from the early past. Many of the photographs have not been published before and the news items are from local newspapers and magazines. The first major part of the site is a review of 2013 in pictures and news items.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN: Members of the neighbourhood plan group are currently analysing the questionnaire returns from members of the public.
ECCLIAN TREE FELLERS: On Sunday 5th January thirty members of the Ecclian Society gathered at the home of Eccleshall in Bloom chairman Phil Baskerville for the annual removal of the sixty Christmas trees erected by the society to brighten up Eccleshall's town centre.
Luck was with them as far as the weather was concerned keeping dry during the removal of the trees from the businesses and houses within the town centre.
They will be erecting sixty hanging baskets in the town ready for the summer and brightening up the town centre for residents and shoppers alike.
For details of membership of the Society contact Richard Egan 01785 850824.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: On Wednesday January 22 the parish council meets at the community centre in Shaw's Lane starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting and there is a public session at the beginning of the meeting which allows members of the public to raise points of concern.
HIGHFIELDS APPLICATION: Members of the Borough planning committee visited an application site at Highfields , Chiltern Lane, Eccleshall on Tuesday January 7 to view the proposed venue for a new house build. Ward members Peter Jones and Jeremy Pert would later speak on the application in the meeting. The committee decided unanimously to reject the application which the parish council had already objected to at an earlier meeting.
NEW LOCATION: Rolf Rehnert's Vital Clinic for Complementary therapy has moved from castle Street to the former dentists premises in Small Lane. He held an open day on Saturday January 11 for residents to view the new premises.
HOSPICE QUIZ: Tickets for the quiz are available from the Pharmacy, News Express, the charity shop all in Eccleshall and Mary Boden on 01785 850525 priced £5 including the ploughman's buffet. Team size is limited to 6 and participants will need to bring their own drinks.
PLANNING COMMITTEE: At the meeting held on Wednesday January 8 only two applications were considered the erection of a new dwelling on land adjacent to 4 Gaol Butts. The committee endorsed the actions of the vice chairman which was made during the holiday period. They considered the application for the minor material change to the pavilion for the football pitches near Drake Hall and had no objections.
Councillor Apps stated that the quality of the plans shown on the Borough Council's website were of a poor standard and made consideration difficult.
The committee will be expressing their concern regarding the short notice and poor handling of the subsidised bus routes questionnaire. The library had made copies the forms which had been available from the library. A letter would be sent to the County Council.
Members of the parish council will be meeting with representatives from the preferred bidder for the land behind the community centre.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: It was standing room only at the Holy Trinity parish room on Thursday January 9 for the lunchtime concert with music from Barry Brewer and Peter Wilshaw. the next concert is on Thursday February 13 starting at 12.30pm come early to avoid disappointment.
WIVES DINNER: The annual dinner of the Eccleshall Wives will take place on Thursday January 30 at The Old Smithy starting at 7pm.
GIANT PANDAS: An illustrated talk on giant pandas by Dr Michael
Leech is the subject of the Staffs Wildlife Trust meeting tomorrow Friday January 17 starting at 7.30pm in the Holy Trinity Parish Room. The event is sponsored by the Eccleshall Chip Shop.
HOUSING PRESENTATION: Representatives from the Linford C Zero developers gave an hour long presentation on Wednesday January 8 to members of the parish councils from the area held at the community centre in Eccleshall. The presentation outlined a proposal for the development of the old MOD site at Mill Meece with environmental housing. They stressed that they were not like other developers and had a history of providing good quality homes that blended in with the community. They hope that parish councils in the area will include it in their neighbourhood plans since it is not in the Borough Local Plan.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: At the meeting of the NHW held at the Royal Oak on January 5 the police report was given by PCSO Dianne Lutwyche. The chairman John Baldry gave a report on the NHW conference which was addressed by Chief Superintendent John Drake and Pauline Hedley from Crime Stoppers.
It was reported that the police are continuing their checks on scrap metal collectors and dealers in a effort to combat metal theft.
THE BADGER: With all sorts of rumours circulating it is nice to be able to report that Neale Chandler the former manager at the Royal Oak is planning to turn The Badger into his home and move back into the town. Once his plans are formulated he will be applying for the relevant permissions. It will be nice to have you and the family back in town.
CHANGE OF MEETING PLACE: From Tuesday February 4 the Offley hay Over 60's Club will be meeting in the Holy Trinity Parish Room. The club meets fortnightly from 2pm to 4pm.
TREFOIL GUILD: The next meeting of the Guild will be at the community centre tonight Thursday January 16 starting at 8pm.
GARDEN GUILDS ANNUAL DINNER: members of the Croxton & Broughton Garden Guild will be meeting for their annual dinner at the Old Smithy on Wednesday January 22 7pm for 7.30pm.
EVENT DIARY: There is a diary in the library for local organisations to enter any event that they are planning or have arranged. This will help to make sure that we don't have events clashing and spoiling each others chances of success.
WI: Offley Hay Women’s Institute is to be reformed. The first meeting will take place in Offley Hay Village Hall on Wednesday, January 22 at 7.30 pm. Come and join us and get involved from the start.
For more information contact Jennifer Perks on 01785 280295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.