WEDDING COUPLES: The annual get together of wedding couples due to be wed at the Holy Trinity Church took place on Saturday February 15. Eleven couples were able to attend the special session to enable them to meet the Holy Trinity team who will be making sure that their weddings are truly a day to remember.
BINGO NIGHT: The Bingo Evening organised by Katharine House Hospice Eccleshall Support Group on Wednesday February 19 at Eccleshall Community Centre raised £215. Very many thanks to George Simkin our popular caller, and the members of the Support Group who made a delicious butty supper and manned a bumper raffle. There was a lovely atmosphere but it was disappointing that only 40 folk attended and they are warmly thanked.
The group's next planned event is a Fashion Show at K.H.H. Eccleshall Shop during Eccleshall Festival in June - details later.
TOURISM BUREAU: Peter Jones attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Stafford Tourism Bureau meeting held at the White Eagle Club in Stafford as the Parish Council's representative. The main speaker was from the Stafford Jazz Society which meets every Sunday lunchtime at the Stafford Rangers Club.
CHATTERING FOR CHARITY: Pre-schoolers get chattering to raise money for I CAN, the children’s communication charity. Children from Eccleshall Pre School came together on Tuesday February 11 to participate in I CAN’S chatterbox challenge, the annual sponsored sing-along from I CAN, the children’s communication charity. Children aged 2 to 5 years at different ability levels learnt songs and rhymes on the theme ‘Sounds like fun with Humf’ which they performed at an inclusive sponsored Chatterbox Challenge performance in front of families and carers.
Sally Rowen, from Eccleshall Pre-School, said; “We were very excited about taking part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. We had great fun completing crafts and activities based around the songs. For Hickory Dickory Dock we made a clock and mouse, and we made bunny ears for Sleeping Bunnies. Happy and sad face puppets represented ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, and we used water play to look at things that are and aren’t absorbent, for ‘I hear thunder’.
BORING OLD FRIENDS: A number of the members of the former Rotary Club of Eccleshall meet every few months for a meal and a chat and the latest took place at the Royal Oak on Monday February 24. The BOF's has been in operation now for over three years and the numbers vary at each get together but the members still remain good friend and always look forward to the meetings. The members take it in turn to arrange the get togethers but often return to the Oak which used to be the club's main venue.
CHOIR MEAL: Members of the Holy Trinity Church choir will be meeting for their annual meal at the Royal Oak tomorrow Friday February 28.
BUSINESS AGM: Members of the Business Focus Group will be holding their annual general meeting in the grand room at the Royal Oak on Monday March 3. They meet for drinks at 5.30pm and the meeting starts at 6pm and finishes at 7pm.
PLANNING MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Parish Planning Committee on Wednesday March 5 at the community centre starting at 7.30pm and followed by a meeting of the Traffic Management Committee.
ACOUSTIC NIGHT: The next session takes place in the upstairs room at the Royal Oak on Thursday March 6 starting at 8pm. All acoustic musicians and singers are invited to perform. Admission is free and there will be a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance.
QUIZ NIGHT: there will be a quiz night at the Bishop Lonsdale School on Saturday March 8 starting at 7pm. Admission is £2.50 with a team maximum of 6. Bring your own nibbles and drinks, hot food will be available and there will be a raffle. The event is being staged in aid of Eccleshall Scouts and the PTFA for the School. Tickets are available from the school office and the Scout Hut on Friday evenings.
TAYLOR WIMPEY: There was a presentation session at the community centre some week ago by the builders Taylor Wimpey for the development behind the Bishop Lonsdale school and community centre. The developers for the County Council were given outline consent two years ago for 82 homes and although the Borough Planning Committee approved the scheme it was on a 7/6 vote of the committee.
The builders will still need permission for the details of the plan the 'reserved matter'. The concerns then as now is the flooding which happens now and residents of adjoining roads believe that the matter should be well and truly fixed prior to homes being built.
0VER 60'S CLUB: A move from Offley Hay village hall to the Holy Trinity Parish Room have paid dividends for the club. Twelve new members are now able to attend the club's meetings because of the more central location of the new venue. As the name implies the members of made up of our senior citizens.
ROTARY CLUB: With the George changing its layout and opening the restaurant as a café the local Rotary Club may need to look for another venue. The club has been at the George for a few years now since leaving the Kings Arms its original venue.
COFFEE MORNING: The Methodist Church room monthly coffee mornings re-start on Saturday March 1 from 10.30am to 12 midday. Do pop in for coffee and a biscuit (you don't have to be a Methodist to enjoy a cup of tea).
BADGERS CROFT: Residents will have seen people measuring the field behind the Badgers Croft and may have wondered what was going on. A developer is looking at that field for possible homes. No application has been made or any preliminary talks with planning officers - But!.
ORANGE PROBLEMS: Residents have reported problems getting a signal on their 'Orange' phones. Eccleshall has never been a great place for phone signals but something is obviously going on as signal strength or any signal is definitely poor. Some residents claim they have received a payment because of the poor signal.
DON'T FORGET: Our post office will be closing on Wednesday March 5 at 5.30pm for refurbishment and will not open again until 1pm on Friday March 21.
NINE YEARS IN ECCLESHALL: PCSO Dianne Lutwyche has been serving the Eccleshall community for nine years as a PCSO and whilst others have come and gone Dianne has stayed here. Thank you Dianne.
STORM DAMAGE: The Eccleshall area has had its fair share of storm damage and trees have become uprooted and roof slates have fallen causing damage to property and vehicles. A tree fell in the Holy Trinity churchyards and luckily missed every gravestone, it has been removed.