BUTTERFLY SIGHTINGS: On March 7 our intrepid spotter Thomas Knowles reported " saw two Small Tortoiseshells in Eccleshall.
However today I have seen no less than 16 Small Tortoiseshells, 4 of them simultaneously in our relatively small garden, and 2 Peacocks. 18 butterflies is remarkable for this area in the second week of March I would suggest. The remaining 14 were seen at various urban locations whilst I took my dog for a road walk round the area".
ROTARY ARTS: The Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia is organising an ‘Art Awards Competition’ for the Eccleshall Festival, 14 June to 22 June 2014.
The competition is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia together with Eccleshall Players, Gallery @ 12, High Street, Eccleshall and the Eccleshall Art Group.
The theme for the competition is Eccleshall. It is open to all ages divided into 5 groups. The media for the competition is any eg. Painting, Drawing, Photography, Textile, Print, Sculpture, Ceramics, Wood/metal/plastic, Glass Jewellery, Mixed media
Some entries may be considered for the 2015 Eccleshall Calendar.
Participants should submit up to 2 entries, each with its own entry form, to James du Pavey, High Street Eccleshall by May 31 2014
Winning entries will be exhibited in Gallery@12, High Street, Eccleshall from Saturday 14 June until Friday 21 June from which date all entries will be on display in the Function Room of The Royal Oak, High Street, Eccleshall. All entrants will be given a certificate of Participation in the event.
Entry forms are available at the Library, Gallery@12 and on the Eccleshall Festival website www.eccleshallfestival.co.uk and the Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia website www.eccleshallrotary.com
DANCE CLASSES: Dance classes for children of all age groups are held on Saturday morning's at Eccleshall community centre
To register your interest phone: 07717214486 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH CONCERT: Mary Scott our own local harpist entertained a goodly crowd at the March lunchtime concert which took place at the Parish Room on Thursday March 13. The concerts attract a good attendance and the simple fayre of soup and sandwiches together with musical entertainment has proved popular with local folk. This is the last in this season of concerts but next month their will be a Spring Coffee Morning on April 12.
MOTHERING SUNDAY: Special services will be held on Sunday March 30 to celebrate motherhood at Eccleshall churches. The Holy Trinity service usually ends with mother receiving a bunch of daffodils. Mothers everywhere are invited to join the celebration starting at 10am. The St Chad's service begins at 11.30am. There is an old Jewish saying "God could not be everywhere so he made Mothers".
Greenery is needed for the special poses for the day and you have something suitable please drop it into the church on Friday or Saturday March 28 or 29, many thanks.
The service at St Peter's Broughton and the united service at St Paul's and Independent Methodists start at 11am
CIVIC AMENITY: The special collection lorry will be opposite the Methodist Church in Stone Road this Saturday March 22 between 9am and 11am for any extra household rubbish. The larger items are also welcome. The service is paid for by the Parish Council.
TRINITY MAGAZINE: Ron Biggs the distribution person for the Holy Trinity Church's magazine is having to pass on the task to someone else and is looking for a replacement for himself. If you would be able to help out please get in touch with him on 01785 850512.
SCARECROW FEST: As on of their contributions to the June Festival the Holy Trinity Church is arranging a festival of scarecrows and invites people, businesses and clubs to create their own scarecrow for exhibit during the festival. If you would like further information please contact Chris and Nancy Reynolds on 01785 282281 0r 079292 48731.
OPEN GARDENS: the Ecclian Society are inviting local folks with gardens to enter the open gardens weekend as part of the Festival this year. the event kicks off the festival on Saturday and Sunday June 14 and 15. If you are proud of your garden and happy to share it with other garden lovers please get in touch with Peter Bertram on 01785 850824 for further details. each year 13 or so gardens are open to the public and the proceeds helps to support the work that the society does.
CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY: The maintenance work on the Holy Trinity churchyard continues this Saturday March 22 between 9.30am and 12 noon. If you are able to give an hour or so the mowing and weeding please pop along and support the team. Coffee and biscuits will be provided.
FARMERS MARKET: The March town centre farmers market takes place under the arches of the Royal Oak this Saturday 22 between 9am and 1pm.
OFFLEY ALL STARS: The new style Women's Institute had its first official meeting on 26th February at Offley Hay Village Hall. This new style W.I. has a vibrant and young membership who are planning an exciting programme over the next 12 months. The next meeting will be on March 26 at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start and will have a guest speaker from Perry's - the Eccleshall butcher - who will be demonstrating the finer points of sausage making. Any ladies from the area are welcome to attend and to bring any interesting spices or fruits that they may wish to add to the sausage meat ! The resulting sausages will be raffled off at the end of the evening, so do come and try your luck. Further details from President Jennifer Perks on 0797 327368 or Secretary Wendy Wiggins on 0777 1664473
GAMESMAKERS: Eccleshall Wives will be entertained with a talk from Nigel and Stella Chew on Thursday March 27 in the parish room starting at 8pm.
OSPREY'S RETURN: Lizzie lemon will be giving an illustrated talk on the return of the Rutland Osprey tomorrow Friday March 21 at the Parish room (ST21 6BY) starting at 7.30pm. The talk is part of a year long programme of talks arranged by the North West Group of the Staffs Wildlife Trust. Admission is £2.50 including refreshments.
TENNIS CLUB: The annual general meeting of the tennis club takes place in the clubhouse on Thursday March 27 starting at 8pm.
ACOUSTIC NIGHTS: 'The Eccleshall Acoustic nights are blazing a trail for new and aspiring musicians, giving an opportunity to perform on stage to a large, appreciative audience. It's beauty is that there are no microphones and, helped by the brilliant acoustics in the Grand Room at the Royal Oak, everyone listens and can hear and enjoy every performer. As well as established acts the night is proving a super venue for those stepping out for the first time. The March audience was treated to a fabulous set from 11 year old singer/songwriter Megan and a lovely debut from 14 year old singer/guitarist Emma. A fabulous finale was given by new band The Eccoustics fronted by brilliant, dynamic vocalist Janine White. The raffle raised over £80 for Air Ambulance. The next Acoustic Night is on Thursday April 3 from 8 till 11.
FASHION SHOW: The Katharine House support group is planning a fashion show in the hospice shop as part of the festival on Wednesday June 18 with stock from the store and models from the local area.
POETRY GROUP: Today's poetry group session has expectation as the theme for the poetry in the library starting at 2pm.
FELLOWSHIP GROUP: Jenny Timmis is the guest speaker at the meeting of the Methodist Fellowship group on Tuesday March 25 in the Methodist schoolroom starting at 2pm.
POST OFFICE: After the refurbishment the Eccleshall post office is due to re-open tomorrow Friday March 21 at 1pm. Fingers crossed that the work will be finished.
GARDEN GUILD: The next meeting of the Croxton and Broughton garden guild is on Wednesday March 26 at the Broughton parish rooms starting at 8pm. The guest speaker is Simon Irvin on the topic of "Bees in the garden".