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Eccleshall - week beginning February 13

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

By Peter Jones

Eccleshall - week beginning February 13

AVID READERS . . . Alice Schofield and Mary Busby

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POST OFFICE MODERNISATION: As part of a national modernisation o Post Offices on Wednesday March 5 the Stafford Street Post Office will be closed for refurbishment. It will mean a newly refurbished branch providing modern open plan environment for customers with the same product range and the Saturday opening hours will be extended to 9am until 5.30pm..

The new look Post Office is die to re-open on Friday March 21 at 1pm. Posters showing other Post Offices in the area during the refurbishment will be on display,

LET'S TALK: Local people are being asked to fill in a form asking for their opinions on the library service to help change and shape its future. Readers can get a copy of the leaflet from the library and we are all encouraged to participate. With the number of people visiting libraries declining and the increase in online searching etc the future of libraries may be in doubt.

The support for the National libraries Day in Eccleshall was good with readers talking to staff at the library about their favourite books.

THE COLD WAR: Retired RAF officer David Pownall gave the Trinity Men's Fellowship an interesting talk with slides on Friday January 31 about his time in the air during the cold war and beyond. During the Cold War era David flew the famous V Bomber and although he never flew with a nuclear weapon on board he was trained to do so.

According to David the aircraft was a tribute to British engineering and contained a five man crew. A video of the aircraft showed the impressive take off that the it was capable of. David's memory and memorabilia of those days ensured that the members will remember his talk for some time.

WEDDING COUPLES: A special introductory session for wedding couples who will be getting married at the Holy Trinity Church in 2014 will take place at the Parish Room on Saturday February 15. The aim is for couples to meet the church team who will make their weddings be days to remember. This will be the fourth such events which have proven to be well supported by the couples in the past.

PARISH COUNCIL: The monthly meeting of the Parish Council takes place in the community centre on Wednesday February 19 starting at 7.30pm and followed by a meeting of the planning committee.

FELLOWSHIP AGM: The annual meeting of the club took place in the parish room on Friday January 31 and was chaired by David Beswick. In his report he concluded that it had been another successful year for the club. The treasurer Colin Perry reported that the club had a healthy balance. The election of officers resulted in Chairman David Beswick although he did say that this would be his last time in the chair, deputy chairman David Milner, secretary Norman Howe, treasurer Colin Perry, walks organisers John Allen, Ed Ranson and Ray Gillibrand. The clubs independent auditor was John Bradshaw.

Subscriptions were to stay at the present level of £6 per year. The members agreed to three donations £100 to the organ fund at Holy Trinity, £100 to the parish room and £50 to the Eccleshall First Responders.

SCARECROW EVENT: The Holy Trinity Church is organising a scarecrow event to take place during Festival week June 14 - 22 in the church. Local business and residents are being asked to sponsor and make a scarecrow all o which will be on display during the week. For details contact Chris and Nancy Reynolds on 01785 282281. The church will also be providing Teas to Please again in the parish room on Festival Saturday June 21 which always is a crowd pleaser with loads of home made produce and proceeds going into church funds.

BISHOP LONSDALE HOMES: The company which hopes to build 82 homes on the ground behind the community centre and school Taylor Wimpey held a public presentation on Wednesday February 5 giving local people the opportunity to see plans for themselves.

The Borough Planning committee still has to approve the final details of layout and materials following the approval of the outline planning application two years ago when the committee approved the application by 7 votes to 6 against.

The main concern then and now of local neighbours is the flooding issue and many will have been asking Taylor Wimpey representative how they have solved the problem of ground water clearance. Local Borough councillors were split on the application.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Stephen Cooke will be providing the music at today's February 13 concert in the parish room from 12.30pm to 2pm. Admission £5 including light lunch.

BINGO EVENING: The Eccleshall Support Group of the Katharine House Hospice presents a bingo evening at the community centre on Wednesday February 19.

TREFOIL GUILD: Next Thursday February 20 members of the Guild will gather at the community centre for an evening entitled "Craft with a difference". The evening starts at 8pm.

ECCLIAN LUNCHEON: The members of the club will be meeting at the Royal Oak in Eccleshall on Wednesday February 19 at 12 for 12.30pm. Due to the inclement nature of our weather the organiser David Pownall thought 'better safe than sorry' with his choice of venue for this month.

The Society has also arranged an evening meal at the Old Smithy on Sunday February 23 7.30 for 8pm. Members interested should contact organisation Peter Bertram on 01785 850824.

ROTARY ART FESTIVAL: As part of the June Eccleshall Festival the Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercian is arranging an art competition which will take place in the Grand Room of the Royal Oak during Festival week. Further details will be announced as they are formulated.

The club has also agreed to arrange a walking treasure hunt on Monday June 16 in the evening around the town centre. The event proved a popular event at the last Festival.

ECCLESHALL GUIDE: The 16th edition of the Eccleshall Guide is currently being distributed around the area and additional copies will be available from News Express and the library. The publishers would like to thank the advertisers for their customary support. Readers are encouraged to visit the new site produced by the Guide folk at www.theillustratedeccleshallguide.co.uk which including photos and news items from the recent past.

POETRY GROUP: The group meets in the library on Thursday February 20 between 2pm and 4pm and the theme will be Wild Flowers.

BROUGHTON WI: To celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the Institute they have a murder mystery from Broughton Players planned for their meeting tonight Thursday February 13 starting at 7.30pm in the Broughton parish room.

TENNIS CLUB: Eccleshall Tennis Club are holding their annual club Supper at the "Kings Arms " Eccleshall on Friday March 7 at 7pm Tickets £12.50 per person

They also announce that the AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Thursday March 27 at 8pm.

New Members always very welcome see club website eccitennis.co.uk, or ring Mark Embrey on01785 859475

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