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By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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ST MICHAEL’S FIRST SCHOOL

The school has recently been awarded the title of ‘Loo of the Year for 2014’ for their cleanliness and high standards of their facilities. The award is a National Award, introduced in 1987, which helps focus on ‘away from home’ toilets. The awards are run independently and promoted by The British Toilet Association. The school was nominated to enter by Entrust services at Staffordshire County Council for the Education Centre category.

Pictured are Head Teacher Mrs Jayne Grundy (centre) with the two service staff responsible for keeping the area ‘spick and span’.

FLOWER WORKSHOP: A Spring Designs Flower Workshop is being held at the International School of Flowers at the South Staffs College on Saturday March 29 from 10am to 2pm. Cost is £55. Contact The Community Department on 01827 304337 or 0300 456 2424 to book a place.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY: The annual party is being held on Saturday April 26 at The Peace Memorial Hall from 3pm to 6pm. Details and acceptance forms to book a place are at the Post Office and The Haling Dene Centre and need to be returned by the end of March. There will be no transport available for this event.

CHURCHES TOGETHER: The Penkridge churches together prayer meeting for this month is on Tuesday from 6.30pm – 7.15pm in St. Michael’s church.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Sunday services start at 8am Holy Communion BCP followed by the 10.30am Family Communion. Holy Communion will also be held at Levedale Mission at 8.30am. The Men’s Group meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the church hall for a quiz night. Tickets are £5 to include a baked potato supper. Ladies welcome. The Leisurely Ladies Group are meeting at church on Monday at 10am and will be participating in a ramble across Cannock Chase.

Saturday coffee and cake from 10am and the Youth Club is open in the church hall on Thursdays from 6.30pm for youngsters aged 9 – 13 years. Bell ringing practice is on a Tuesday at 7.30pm. Lighting up the church during March is in memory of Ronald Ball, Cyril Green, Keith Price, Stan Chatwin and Eric Harper.

CARER’S ASSOCIATION: The Health and Wellbeing Team have organised a Spring Energy Workshop for carers and the people they care for to be held tomorrow at The Haling Dene Centre from 10am to 3pm. The event includes affirmations, meditation and guided relaxation. Packed lunch required. For more details or to book telephone Cynthia on 01785 222365.

ST MICHAEL’S FIRST SCHOOL: Next week the school will be supporting Road Safety Week. The school has registered thirty four children with Care International in order to take part in the ‘Sponsored Walk in Her Shoes Week’, but have only received one pedometer. Anyone who can supply the school with more pedometers for the week should contact the school office. The before and after school club which operates from the school has restricted the sessions and included a breakfast club from this week. Contact staff on 07758 155699 to book a free taster session. Two new parent governors are joining the governing body – Ms Lisa Bryan and Mr Rob Ball. Tomorrow the school will be supporting the charity Water Aid and can come to school dressed in blue in exchange for some loose change. There will be a well in school where the children can put the change.

PRINCEFIELD FIRST SCHOOL: The school is supporting Sports Relief tomorrow and the pupils are asked to come in non-uniform and wear suitable footwear to participate in a walk around the school. Each pupil will receive a sticker and is being asked to bring in a £1 donation for the charity.

PACE 2000: Weekly get together for the over 50’s, topics covered are exercise, healthy lifestyle and relaxation. Haling Dene Centre on Friday’s at 1.15pm to 4pm. Contact for details Ann Marston on 01785 713407 or Howard Stemp on 01785 713961.

PIPE ORGAN APPEAL: Tickets are still available for the concert evening with The Wednesday Singers and their MD Derek Langford on Saturday at 7.30pm at St Michael and All Angels Church. Tickets are £5 each to include refreshments or you can pay on the door.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: The monthly meeting is on Wednesday at the Haling Dene Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The group organises speakers from all walks of life, annual outings and social evenings for members and offers friendship and support. For further information or a confidential discussion please telephone Jenny Richardson on 01785 712008 or Pam McGauley on 01785 840874

WOLGARSTON HIGH SCHOOL: Mock examinations are taking place this week for sixth form students and the sixth forms Physicists are participating in a trip to Cern from Sunday to Wednesday next week. Mock GCSE examinations for Year 11 pupils stare on Monday March 24.

CRICKET CLUB: Adult practice begins on Saturday March 22 at 2.30pm at the ground and a Casino evening is being planned for Saturday March 29 from 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

ROUND TABLE: The Barns at Cannock is the venue when members have organised an evening of food and entertainment, as a token of appreciation for the ladies support throughout the year. Singer songwriter Paul Hand will provide the entertainment and the evening will have an aviation theme. Dress code posh frocks and black tie.

BEDNALL

DRAMA: In conjunction with Live and Local, a performance of The Tell Tale Heart, written by Edgar Allan Poe and Philip Holyman, will be taking place on Saturday April 5 at the community centre in Acton Trussell from 7.30pm. Licensed bar, snacks available, suitable for ages twelve plus. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door from Carole Baker on 01785 715268 or Pom Fuller on 01785 712575.

DUNSTON

ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: The fish and chip music night held in February was a sell-out and raised £506 for church funds.

ACTON TRUSSEL

WI: The ladies are holding their annual meeting next Thursday. For further details contact Val McAleenan on 01785 712676.

ST JAMES’S CHURCH: The Sunday morning service is at 9.30am with Reverend Delphine Howarth and is Morning Prayer with Baptisms. A ‘clean up’ day in the churchyard is on Saturday April 5 from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers will be tidying graves, laying chippings o paths, maintaining the Garden of Remembrance and weeding paths. Children welcome.

ACTIVITIES GROUP: Members have organised a coffee and cake event to take place tomorrow from 10.30am to 12 noon and a cheese and wine event tomorrow night 7pm to 8.30pm, both in the community centre. Further details from Sue on 01785 713735 or Elena on 01785 713667.

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