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Eccleshall - week beginning January 30

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

By Peter Jones

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HOSPICE QUIZ: Twelve teams took part in the quiz at the community centre on Wednesday January 22 organised by the Eccleshall Support Group for the Katharine House Hospice.

POLICY FORUM: Members of the local Conservative Association held another of their policy forums at the Royal Oak on Thursday January 23.

HOLOCAUST SERVICE: Borough Councillor Peter Jones an his wife Joy attended the special Holocaust service held at St Mary's Church, Stafford on Monday January 27 Holocaust Memorial Day.

MEN'S FELLOWSHIP: members will be meeting in the parish room on Friday January 31 for their annual general meeting followed by a guest speaker. The meeting starts at 7 for 7.30pm.

PARISH FORUM: members of the Parish Council will be attending a Borough Parish Forum at the Civic Centre on Wednesday February 5 starting at 7pm with a presentation on the various planning concerns and the position of the current local plan.

PLANNING MEETING: There will be a meeting of the planning committee on Wednesday February 5 at the community centre starting at 7.30pm.

BUSINESS GROUP: The members of the Business Group will be meeting at the Artisan in the High Street for their next monthly meeting on Monday February 3 starting at 6pm when the guest speaker will be David Wiggins.

COMMUNITY DANCE: The next dance at the community centre will take place on Saturday February 8 dancing to Alan Herbert between 8pm and 11.30pm. Admission is £5 per person bring your own drinks.

SUGNALL FARMERS MARKET: The next market at Sugnall takes place on Sunday February 9 between 10am and 2pm. For information contact Clare Roberts on 01782 372028 email: chroberts@hotmail.co.uk.

IN AND OUT OF LOVE: The theme for the next Poetry group which takes place on Thursday February 6 in the library between 2pm and 4pm.

ACOUSTIC NIGHT: On Thursday February 6 the musicians will be gathering for another evening of acoustic music in the grand room at the Royal Oak starting at 8pm. Admission is free and there will be a raffle in support of the Eccleshall First Responders.

YOUTH ACTIVITY HUB: The YOYO group are looking for more volunteers to help out on a Thursday evening and during school holidays. From March onwards they would like to open on a Tuesday as well, for a trial period. Are you brilliant on the xbox, a perfectionist at pool, terrific at table tennis, then they would like to hear from you! Can you help out once every 6 to 8 weeks? A free training evening will take place at 6.30pm on Friday January 31 at the Cricket Club. Contact Emma Austin on 07734370078 or email at ssmurf007@gmail.com.

YOYO has been involved in some amazing activities during the last two years from building a community garden, decorating a local village hall, doing a night walk, funding raising, taking part in bowling, pool and football competitions in the Borough, completed a pyjama walk for a homeless charity, took part in a residential at Stanley Head with a group of teens from Finland, organised a day trip, run supper evenings and knitted a couple of blankets for young care leavers. None of this would be possible without the support of the local adults. Can you help?

INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES: The Eccleshall Totally Locally group are promoting the independence of many of the town's many businesses and encouraging local folk to support them. Many of the businesses will be displaying the Independent banner. To find out more visit the website at www.totallylocallyeccleshall.co.uk.

BOOK EVENT: On Saturday February 8 between 10.30am and 11.30am author and illustrator Lin Phillips invites young people to join in the fun with a reading from 'Jungle Tails' and a book signing, craft activity and finger puppets. Book your place at the library on 850452.

SAMARITAN VOLUNTEERS: The Samaritans at Stafford who cover Stafford, Stone, Eccleshall, Uttoxeter, Rugeley, Penkridge and Cannock. are looking to recruit from the Eccleshall area. People phone , Email and visit the local branch in times of need and worry in addition to those who are suicidal where Volunteers are on hand to speak to them . Open evenings are held regularly and free training is given so if you'd like to know more please visit the SAMARITANS web site and type in Stafford to find out if being a volunteer might be for you..

Volunteers also visit Schools and Prisons in the area so if you can spare a few hours a week on a regular basis they'd love to hear from you.

CRICKET AGM: Eccleshall Cricket Club held their Annual General Meeting on Friday January 3 in the New Pavilion. Chairman, Chris Marshall reflected on a hugely successful year for the Club in his report. All of the Club's Officers were re-elected and Myles Coughlan is 1st XI Captain for a second year. After 9 years in the role, Tony Mansfield stood down as 2nd XI Captain and the "dream" team of Paul Cox and Jake Derry were elected as Captain and Vice-Captain respectively.

Extract from Chairman's report

"2013 was an important year in the Club’s history. On the field the Club fielded probably its strongest 1st XI ever and this led to winning Div 3a and being the only side to remain unbeaten throughout the NSSCPL. The 2nd XI was strengthened and finished 3rd their division; the 2s most creditable performance for some years. The Club took the decision to enter a Sunday XI into the Stone League and after a couple of early setbacks finished mid table. It was a great year to watch cricket and I was very proud of all the players that represented ECC in 2013.

Off the field, the Club built a new pavilion. c£300,000 has been spent on delivering the most modern pavilion in the League. Steve Lightfoot and Chris Marshall project managed the fundraising and building of the pavilion and have been very pleased with the reaction of everyone who has now seen the building. A number of functions have been held at the Club including wakes, parties, christenings and , recently, the Young Farmers Xmas Dinner"

Indoor Cricket Nets start on Sunday February 9 1pm-3pm and run through to March 30 and are to be held at Sandon Business & Enterprise College, Sandon Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent. This is the first time that the Club has had 8 weeks of indoor nets but it is important that we prepare properly for the 2014 Season.

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