WEDDING WEEKEND: From tomorrow until Sunday there will be a Wedding Weekend at St Lawrence Church. The exhibition will include wedding bells, photographs, wedding registers from 1572, organ music and refreshments on Friday 12 noon until 4pm, Saturday 10am until 4pm and a special service on Sunday at 4pm. All are welcome and entry is free.
CREDIT UNION: The Staffordshire credit union is interested in offering its services in the village; they would provide a surgery in the village probably at the church with a permanent office in Stafford. Initially they will assess whether there is a demand for services in the area. A credit union is a form of community bank that takes savings from its members and offers affordable repayment loans, members pay into their savings account regularly and after 12 weeks they can apply for a loan. For more information contact John Bridge at email@example.com
CATHOLIC NEWS: This Sunday’s 8.45am service at St Lawrence’s church will be led by Eucharistic minister Rupert Lister with readings and intercessions from Cathy Lister.
PHOENIX CLUB: Today from 1.45pm until 3pm there will be Tai Chi in the main hall at the Grosvenor Centre. The Phoenix Club meets tomorrow for its usual Friday morning meeting from 10am until 12 noon.
GNOSALL VOLUNTARY CAR SCHEME: On Tuesday the AGM of the Gnosall and District Voluntary Car Scheme will take place at Moreton Millennium Centre at 11am. Everyone is welcome, particularly new volunteers, for more info contact Martin Watkins on 01785 824005.
U3A: On Tuesday the annual AGM will be held at the Royal British Legion Club, Audley Avenue, Newport at 1.30pm. Coffee, tea and cakes, all members welcome and no admission charge. For more info contact John and Iris Waite on 01952 820376 or visit http://u3asites.org.uk/newport.
BOWLING: Today at 3pm and 7pm and Monday at 3pm there will be bowling at Gnosall Village Hall.
ST EDITHA'S CHURCH: On Sunday there is a family service at 9.30am with the worship group. The twenty is plenty service for children and their parents is on Tuesday at 3.30pm.
CHURCH and VILLAGE: The May edition of the parish magazine is published this week. It is 30p a copy or £3 annually.
INSTITUTE: The next coffee morning is on Thursday 8th May with Hilary Sedgley's lingerie stall.
Zumba fitness classes continue on Tuesday 6pm until 7pm. More information from Liz on 07817728815.
On Wednesday the Church Eaton and District Dog Society has its classes at 7pm. Contact Doug or Sandra on 823317.
To hire the hall contact Jenny on 824882.
SCHOOL: As part of their community development, the whole school came to the recent coffee and sang Easter songs. [photo attached]
The lucky winners of the Easter egg competition were Stacey Nicholas, Owen Rogers, Joben Corcoran, Molly Grew, Matilda Massie and Rosa Bellamy.
The school is closed on Monday for May day.
PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the parish council is on Tuesday at 7.30p.m. in the institute. The clerk is Diane Key on 822723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of the agenda and the minutes of the previous meeting are on the village notice board and web site.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION: The village has entered this year's competition. Children at the school are already preparing posters for display at both ends of the village and the parish council has arranged its hanging basket competition. Organiser Trevor Houghton has reminded villagers that the BKV competition is all about community effort. He said, 'We need to pay attention to
those little things so easily overlooked – disposing of litter sensibly; moving wheeled bins away after collection and ensuring dog fouling is NEVER left in public areas but disposed of in the proper way'. Judges will visit the village twice between 1st May and early July with a possible further visit if the competition is close. Church Eaton last won the BKV competition outright in 1981.
NEIGHBOURHOOD and RURAL WATCH: Catalytic converters have been stolen from several vehicles at a business premises in Bradley. The thefts occurred sometime overnight between Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April. Anyone in the area at the time who saw anything suspicious is asked to contact the police quoting incident number 121 of 21st April.
VILLAGE WEBSITE: For village news and photographs click Justin's Jottings on the Church Eaton website at www.churcheaton.org.uk.