WI SCARECROW: Members of the Eccleshall WI were busy preparing items for their Festival Scarecrow in the library on Friday May 16. All kinds of accessories to make their entry in the competition a winner.
PARISH COUNCIL: Gordon Dale and David Pimble were re-elected unopposed as chairman and vice chairman respectively at the agm held on Wednesday May 22.
LOCAL WRITER'S AWARD: Barbara Mitchelhill the local children's author has received the Lennox Award in Scotland in a competition judged by children who were asked to select a favourite author. The competition was devised to stimulate a love o reading in young children.
HOSPICE SUPPORT GROUP: The group have plans for a number of events in the year including an open garden at Ashcroft, Stafford Road on Sunday June 8. They will also be staging a fashion show on Wednesday June 18 at the hospice shop in Eccleshall, a band concert in October and their annual coffee morning on November 8 at the cricket club.
CLAIRE HUBBARD FUND RAISER: Friends and Family of Claire Hubbard have launched an appeal to raise £13,000 to send Claire to America for life saving treatment. Claire, 47, mother of two daughters and wife of Paul has a condition known as Postural Intracranial Hypotension. A concert is to be held at the Cotes Heath village hall on Friday June 6. The concert will be music from the shows old and new with a special section to reflect 70 years since D Day. For further details contact Malcolm Gray on 01785 851015.
KNIGHTS OF THE DAMNED: Will be the main arena attraction at the Eccleshall showground on Saturday August 30. Jousting and foot fights will fill the arena with excitement and thrills.
METHODIST CHURCH: On Tuesday June 3 the fellowship group meet in the schoolroom with a talk entitled "A typical day on my ward" by Julie Rich starting at 2pm. On Saturday June 7 the coffee morning takes place from 10.30am to 12 Noon.
BOWLS EVENING: A social evening is planned for the next meeting of the Business Group in Eccleshall on Monday.
ROTARY CLUB: On Saturday June 7 members will be fund raising at the Yarnfield village fete with hook-a-duck.
ACOUSTIC NIGHT: On Thursday June 5 starting at 8pm the regular monthly acoustic night begins in the upstairs room at the Royal Oak. Acoustic musicians are invited to take to the stage and lovers of good music are welcome to come along and listen. Admission is free.
OPEN GARDEN: The Sugnall Walled gardens will be open to the public in aid of Katharine House Hospice on Sunday June 8 between 11.30am and 4.30pm. Admission is £2.50 all proceeds to the Hospice.
GAS AND GAITERS: On Thursday June 5 the them for the poetry group is gas and gaiters in the upper room of the Eccleshall library between 2pm and 4pm.
HEDGEHOGS NEW HOME: Karen and David Jacques, the owners of Sugnall Hall (near Eccleshall), have taken in 4 young, orphaned hedgehogs.
The one-year-old hedgehogs recently arrived from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre at Amerton Farm in Stowe-by-Chartley and the 4 siblings will now have purpose-built accommodation within Sugnall’s restored 2-acre walled garden.
Commenting on Sugnall’s new residents, Karen Jacques said: “We have made our new guests a lovely hedgehog house and hopefully they will settle down in what will be a very safe environment, free from traffic and predators. We also hope that they will eat the beetles, caterpillars, slugs and snails that threaten every garden and in-keeping with our healthy horticulture mantra they are a very eco-friendly form of pest control.”
The number of hedgehogs across the UK are in decline, which has been attributed to several causes including a loss of natural habitat (fewer hedgerows, new roads and smaller, tidier gardens) and badgers encroaching into hedgehogs’ territories, as well as increased use of pesticides by farmers and gardeners, alike.
The hedgehogs join the walled garden’s growing list of wildlife, including a small flock of Indian Runner Ducks, which are also ideal for helping to naturally control unwanted garden pests.
YOUTH CLUB: Eccleshall Youth Club are looking for volunteers to help on clubs nights. If you could possibly spare a couple of hours a month, or are looking for some accreditation for DoE, please contact Emma Austin on 07734370078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Chebsey Parish Council takes place on Monday at St Luke's Church, Norton Bridge. It will be the annual parish meeting and members of the public are invited to attend.