SWIMMING SCHOOL: There are weekly lessons and sessions at St Lawrence pool in the village with Smart Strokes swim school. Lesson take place on; Monday from 4pm until 6.30pm, Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Thursdays from 4pm until 6.30pm and Fridays from 4pm until 7pm catering for all abilities. Swimming sessions take place on Mondays 7-8pm for a ladies only swim and 8pm until 9pm for an adult fitness swim. On Tuesdays there is an adult swim from 6pm to 7pm and on Fridays there is an adult only swim from 9am until 10am and a parent and toddler swim from 10am until 10.45am. For more info contact Steve or Ann on 01785 823331 or 07779 742660.
MILITARY WHIST: The results from last Wednesday’s meeting are as follows 1st Sweden V Mothershaw 45, 2nd Luxemburg K Gasch 43, 3rd Scotland P Holt 378, Low France P Yeomans 18 and 1st Raffle J Goosey. The last whist of the year will be on Wednesday and will be a Xmas Special at 7:45pm in the Grosvenor centre and £2 entry will include delicious refreshments. The first whist of the New Year will be a New Year Special on Wednesday January 8 2014.
CHEESE AND WINE EVENING: The Royal British legion are hosting a cheese and wine evening tonight from 7.30pm in the Grosvenor centre.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Gingercroft Residential Home are holding a mini Christmas craft fair tomorrow at the Grosvenor centre from 12.30 until 3pm including Christmas gifts, a cake stall and tombola.
ST LAWRENCE CHURCH: This Sunday services include Holy Communion at 7.45am, a Christingle and gift service at 10.30am (Christingle gifts are given to local need families, people are invited to bring gifts indicating whether they are for a boy or girl and the age range) the service focuses on Elizabeth mother of John the Baptist, Baptisms at 12.15pm and evening worship at 6.30pm.
METHODIST NEWS: This Sunday’s service will be Holy Communion led by Rev N. Falla at 10.30am.
CATHOLIC NEWS: Today there will be an Advent House Mass at Silver Birches Broad Hill Road at 2.30pm. This Sunday the Eucharistic Minister for the service will be Bryan Shackleton with Readings and Intercessions from Maggie Braun.
PHOENIX CLUB: Tomorrow there will be a wine tasting morning entitled “Drinking my Garden” from 10am until 12pm in the Grosvenor centre. The board games group will meet on Monday in the Brearley room from 2pm until 4pm, on Tuesday there will be a walk around Tong and the book reading book reading group will meet on Wednesday from 10am until 12 noon in the Brearley room.
VICTORIAN DAY: The Friends of St. Lawrence church are organising a Victorian Christmas Fayre on Saturday at the church from 9am until 4-15pm with 38 different stalls. Entry is £2 for adults including refreshments and accompanied children enter for free.
WINDFARM CONSULTATION: REG Wind power, a British renewable energy developer, is currently investigating the potential for wind energy at Knightley Hall, (Knightley Dale) north-west of Gnosall. People are invited to see the proposals and meet the project team at three information sessions. The sessions will take place today from 4pm until 8pm at Woodseaves village hall, tomorrow 4pm to 7pm at Norbury village hall and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm at the Grosvenor centre. If this project is given permission by Stafford Borough Council, local people will be able to share in the benefits of clean energy production by investing in the wind farm via our partners Abundance Generation. A community fund for local good causes will also be created. For more info visit www.knightleyhallwindfarm.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0800 458 6976.
ST EDITHA'S CHURCH: Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent and there is parish communion at 9.30am with the rector, Rev Sue Symons.
VILLAGE INSTITUTE: Bowjangles in Concert is at 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets are £8 (£6 for under 16's) and available from Justin on 01785 824788 or any member of the institute committee. Licensed bar open from 7pm and during the interval.
To hire the hall contact Jenny on 824882.
SCHOOL: Congratulations to Varun Sockalingam, Shauna Edwards, Connor Fletcher, Douglas Hughes, Darcy Groves-Ward and Owen
Neish who gained last week’s headteacher award for Honesty.
The school's nativity play, Off to Bethlehem, will be performed in St Editha's Church at 2pm on Tuesday and at 6pm on Wednesday.
COFFEE MORNING: There is a Christmas coffee morning today from 10.30am until 12.30pm when pupils from class 3 will be singing carols. Donations of cakes and raffle prizes gratefully received.
CAROL CONCERT: This year's carol concert at Little Onn Hall is on Wednesday 18th December at 7.45pm. Tickets £5 adults/£2 children from Daphne 823958 or Michael 822586.
SENIOR CITIZENS' CHRISTMAS LUNCH: The seniors' annual Christmas lunch is next Thursday at 12.30pm in the institute.
OTHER VILLAGE EVENTS: Meetings of the youth club, the dog club, the choir, the bell ringers and the toddlers' group continue this week and are all detailed on the main page of the village website at www.churcheaton.org.uk