QUEEN'S SCOUT ALEX: County Scout Commissioner Paula Evans presented Eccleshall's Alex Penniston with only the second such honour in seven years. The presentation took place at the Scout Headquarters in Eccleshall on Thursday March 27 in the presence of her fellow Explorer scouts, friends and family.
The awards are rare and the last time that Eccleshall Scouts won an award was seven years ago when Tom Mason earned it. Tom was also present to congratulate Alex on her achievement.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Has already begun for the proposed housing development on land at the rear of Badgers Croft by the Richborough Estates company consisting of 130 homes. Residents in the area will have received consultation cards with details of the plan and gave the opportunity for their comments. There was a public exhibition held at the Methodist Church room yesterday April 2. The closing date for comments on the plan is Sunday April 13. Details can also be found at the website www.staffordroadeccleshall.co.uk
The land is owned by the uncle of Rupert Fletcher (coincidentally also Rupert Fletcher) and not the owner the Fletchers garden centre who has no connection or financial interest with the land.
RESPONDERS WALK: During May First Responder secretary Jan Watson along with her neighbour Dennis will be walking the 192 miles of the Wainwright walk. St Bees to Robin Hood Bay. The walk is in aid of the Eccleshall First Responders and they are appealing for your support. If you would like to support them please make a donation at http://www.justgiving.com/jancoast2coast or www.justgiving.com/denniscoast2coast.
HEART START COURSE: Would you know what to do if a loved one was Unconscious, Bleeding, Choking or having a Heart Attack?
Heart Start is a free, 2 hour course giving people from the age of 10 the skills that may help them save a life.
The next public Heart Star course in Eccleshall will be held on Saturday April 5 from 10:00am at Eccleshall Cricket Club.
If you would like to book a place on the course or just find out more information, please contact Martin Watson on 01785 851336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN SUNDAYS: The Artisan coffee shop will be open on Sundays starting on Sunday April 13 between 10am and 3pm. The Katharine House shop is already open on Sundays and visitors to the town will now have somewhere to get coffee.
ACOUSTIC TONIGHT: the acoustic music night is tonight Thursday April 3 in the upstairs room at the Royal Oak starting at 8pm. Admission is free and the proceeds of the raffle will support the Katharine House Hospice.
BUSINESS GROUP: The next meeting of Eccleshall businesses will be held in the premises of Rolf Lehnert Vital in Small Lane on Monday April 7 starting at 6pm.
COFFEE MORNING: The regular monthly coffee morning at the Methodist school room takes place this Saturday April 5 between 10.30am and 12 noon. Do pop along.
On Tuesday April 8 the fellowship Group meet starting at 2pm when Jean Beasley will be the guest speaker on the topic of "A Potteries Childhood".
COMMUNITY ENTERTAINMENT: On Saturday April 12 the entertainment committee at the community centre present an evening with Mick Denver providing the music starting at 8pm.
DISPELLING THE MYTHS: Kevin Reynolds is the guest speaker tomorrow Friday April 4 at the Maer village hall (ST5 6BY) starting at 7.30pm. He will be speaking on an introduction to bats. Admission is £2.50 including refreshments.
EASTER COFFEE MORNING: On Saturday April 12 between 10am and 12 noon there will be a coffee morning in the parish room at Holy Trinity Church. It will include an Easter Bonnet Competition, an Easter egg hunt, plant sale and homemade cake stall and a raffle. For further details contact Chris Reynolds on 01785 282281.
WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: The Donna Louise Trust is the subject of the guest speaker on Thursday April 10 at the parish room starting at 7.30pm. The competition subject is a home made toy.
CHURCHYARD MAINTENANCE: The next gathering for volunteers for the grounds maintenance at Holy Trinity Church takes place this Saturday April 5 between 9.30am and 12 noon. If you can spare some time do pop along and your reward will be a biscuit and a hot drink.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The members will be out and about at the Stafford Records Office on Wednesday April 9. Transport will be organised.
CHURCH MEETING: the annual Parochial church meeting at Holy trinity will be held at the church on Sunday April 13 starting at 4pm when everyone is welcome.
STAINER'S CRUCIFIXION: The High Offley Singers will be performing The Crucifixion at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday April 11 starting at 7pm. A retiring collection will contribute to the organ repair fund.
MOTHER'S REUNION: A meeting of the group will be held in the parish room today Thursday April 3 at 2.30pm.
PAUL GIBSON AT BROUGHTON: On Saturday April 12 a live music event takes place at the Broughton parish room starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 each including a buffet from Paul 0774 9996372 or Caroline 0794 0508556.
IN BLOOM: The Ecclian Society has announced that in addition to the wonderful display of hanging baskets and mangers this summer they will be hanging the Union flags throughout the town centre. they will be erected on Sunday June 8 in time for the festival attractions including the open gardens weekend on 14th and 15th June. Local people are urged to open their gardens for the weekend and allow garden lovers to see them.