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Eccleshall - week beginning April 17

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

By Peter Jones

Eccleshall High Street

Eccleshall High Street

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EASTER AT LIBRARY: Children can pop into Eccleshall Library during the Easter holidays to follow an Easter Trail. Apart from being closed on Good Friday, the library is open for normal opening hours over the Easter period.

DOG FOULING: John Baldrey from neighbourhood Watch has spoken to Dave Allen the dog warden who informed hi, that his team are continuing to patrol Eccleshall and are looking at different ways of tackling the problem. Anyone wishing to report offenders can do so at:- dogs@staffordbc/gov.uk

There is also a reward scheme in place for anyone whose report ends in a prosecution. The dog warden has also informed him that the official signs he erected have subsequently been removed by some kind individual.

BEER FESTIVAL: Organisers of a Beer Festival are hoping that the sun shines over the Easter Weekend, allowing Real Ale Lovers to descend on The Bell in Eccleshall when they open their doors at the start of their Easter Beer Festival, today Thursday April 17.

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The Festival, which runs until Easter Monday, April 21, promises a ‘Few Good Ales’ from a number of Independent UK Brewers, and Cider & Perry fans are not forgotten with a selection of Traditional Cider and Perry to suit all tastes.

Licensee Gary Lawrence said of the Festival said: "The Easter Beer Festival has very much become an annual event here at The Bell and we are looking forward to a great weekend welcoming not just our regulars, but visitors from farther afield who make a point in coming to Eccleshall over Easter for the Beer Festival"

The pub also plans to hold the usual Thursday night quiz on the 17th and making their first appearance at The Bell on Saturday 19th April are Tony & Martin...aka “Magpie’ who bring their own twist on hits from the likes of The Eagles, Beatles, REM, Van Morrison, Steve Miller, The Stones and a few more.

BUSINESS GROUP: Members of the Eccleshall Business Group met at the premises of Rolf Lehnert on Monday April 7 for their regular monthly meeting. members were able to view the facilities and enjoy a drink and social chat.

The group meets monthly and tries to visit the various premises of members.

EASTER EGG HUNT: The Eccleshall Pre-School have arranged an Easter Egg Hunt for everyone in the town centre. Entry forms are available from little Monsters and the school price £1 each. 12 eggs are hiding in shop windows or notice boards pn the High Street and Stafford Street. Completed entry forms need to be handed in to the special box in the library prior to the deadline 1pm on April 22.

BISHOP LONSDALE: Members of the PTFA at the school are appealing for donations towards the raffle which will be a part of the school fete being held at the school on July 12. If business would care to donate please contact Rachel Greenway on 07811 285770.

ACOUSTIC AFTERNOON: There will be a special Bank Holiday music session at the Royal Oak on Monday May 5 between 2pm and 4pm to celebrate the holiday. Musicians who regularly appear at the monthly events could well be performing. A free session for acoustic music lovers providing entertainment for a bank Holiday weekend.

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: The Offley All Stars club meets on Wednesday April 23 when the guest speaker is Sean Hirst who will be speaking about interior design. The meeting is at Offley Hall village hall and starts at 7.15 for 7.30pm. This recently formed club seems to have taken off in a big way with membership booming, perhaps it is something that you might like to try.

TEAS TO PLEASE: Will be opening the doors of the parish room for business on Festival street market day June 21 and volunteers are required both for baking and working in the café. They are looking for support ion providing time and talent during this one day event. Please contact Brenda Howe on 850046 if you can help for a couple of hours on the day. On Festival Street Market Day this is a popular venue for a break between entertainment and reasonably priced snacks and hot drinks.

PROSPECTIVE COUNCILLORS: Have you ever considered being a Parish Councillor? In May 2015 the elections for all 15 places on the Eccleshall Parish Council will take place. If you are interested why not pop along to one of the council meetings before that date to see how it works. Visit the council's website for full details of meetings etc www.eccleshallparishcouncil.org. For more information about becoming a councillor contact Parish Clerk Christine Heelis on 850989.

LES BAVARDS: A French conversational group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the library between 10am and 11am. The next meeting is on May 7. If you would like to join Les Bavards (The chatterboxes) to brush up your French why not come along for a chat, a coffee and a croissant.

TREFOIL GUILD: Jewellery is the theme for this evenings Guild meeting in the community centre starting at 8pm.

HOT CROSS BUN SERVICE: Holy Trinity Church holds its annual Good friday Service tomorrow April 18 starting at 11am. The service is followed by a service at the crossroads with Christians from across the parish at 12pm.

ECCLESHALL WIVES: The Legend of the Standing Stones are the theme of the talk by the guest speaker Shaun Fannalay on April 24 in the parish room starting at 8pm. If you are a wife and live in Eccleshall this club would like to hear from you.

EASTER DEVOTIONS: The theme of the fellowship group at the Methodist Church room on Tuesday April 22 is Easter Devotions and we are welcome to join them.

CHURCHYARD MAINTENANCE: The next session in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church takes place on Saturday April 19. If you have a couple of hours to spare please pop along and assist them with the general gardening duties, mowing the lawns etc. A dedicated band of volunteers works throughout the spring and summer to keep the grounds in peak conditions and your pair of hands would make all the difference.

CRIME WATCH: There have been numerous incidents of theft from vehicles across Stafford Borough and the South of the County over the weekend and into Monday.

Offenders are looking for things like sat navs and mobile phones etc. and in many of the incidents the vehicles targeted have been left insecure.

Could you please warn your neighbours to be on their guard and to make sure their vehicles are parked as securely as possible at all times, and where possible in a garage.

GREAT WAR PROJECT: The Eccleshall Great War Project was inaugurated during the summer of 2013 to participate in the commemoration of the start of The Great War. The objectives were to research the family and military history of the 46 names on the War Memorial in Holy Trinity Churchyard and to create a more detailed and lasting epitaph.

A web site was created for this project inviting volunteers to participate in this demanding task. Within a few short weeks several volunteers had come forward, some with experience in genealogy, some with interest in military history, and some who just wanted to get involved. This mix of experience and interests were shared amongst the team to achieve what can only be described as amazing results.

By the spring of 2014, all 46 names had been identified and substantial family and military history, including some old photographs had been researched and documented on the WEB site.

The criteria (or reason) why any of those names were eligible to have been included may never be known as the Parish records of the time have long since been lost. It is not quite as simple as they lived in the Parish and marched off and never returned. They all had some connection to Eccleshall, not always obvious, but some are also commemorated on other War Memorials, one as far as Downham Market in Norfolk.

By the spring of 2014, it was decided that there may not be much more information that could be researched and it would be fitting to use what was available to create a commemorative book that would be available for the centenary of the start of the Great War on the 4th August 1914. This should be available free for download but it is hoped that about one-half dozen good quality copies will be printed for distribution to suitable sites in Eccleshall, such as the Church, Library and School. Currently we are looking for funding to cover the substantial printing costs.

The Eccleshall Great War Project still remains open so that if any further information comes to light, the WEB site will be updated accordingly: www.eccleshallguide.com/egwp

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