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By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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QUIZ NIGHT: Aston and Little Stoke Scout Group are hosting this on Friday April 4, in memory of Maureen Evans, former Beaver Leader at Aston and Little Stoke Beavers. The evening will start at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and tickets, price £5 to include food, are on sale from Ian Evans on evans.ian@gmail.com or 07771 895879 or Elizabeth Jarrett on elizabethjjarrett@gmail.com or 07534 915068. There will be a cash bar and a prize for the winning team. Teams can comprise 4-8 people, so you can bring your own team, or make one on the night. All proceed will be shared between the Stafford Hospital Critical Care Research Fund and the Scout Group.


BARLASTON FIRST SCHOOL: Have you got any of the following games? Picture bingo, Buckeroo, Tumbling Monkeys, Picture Snap/Playing Cards, Operation, K-Nex, Jenga, Guess Who, Snakes and Ladders or any children’s jigsaws. We are looking to set up a special room for playing such games, and if you have any of the above that you are able to donate, we would be extremely grateful.

GOLF CLUB: On Sunday, March 30, the club is hosting a Mothers' Day Lunch between 12 noon and 4:15pm. For further details, or to make a booking, contact Claire Downward or Kath Evans 01782 372867


RACE NIGHT: Don't forget this month's social event, tomorrow in the village hall from 7pm. Tickets, which include a cold buffet, are £5 for adults and £3 for children. To see if any are still available call 01889 502358 or 01889 270280.


FIRST SCHOOL: Letters have again been sent out about parking outside the school and the issue has been raised with the children in assembly. Teachers park at the Village Hall and parents are similarly encouraged with a “walking bus” for the children. Parking outside the school, on the bend, creates a single lane and blind spot, which makes it very dangerous for anyone, especially the children.

ST NICHOLAS' CHURCH: On Saturday, March 29 there will be a Fulford Young Talent concert at

7.30pm in the Church


JUMBLE SALE: This will take place on Saturday, in the Village Hall at 2pm. Start saving your unwanted clothes and odds and ends. They can be brought to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning between 10-11am, or dropped off with Sue Stubbs, 01889 505203. All proceeds will go towards the Village Christmas Party.

CHILDREN'S CLUB: Budding scientists of all ages are invited to watch the Fire and Ice show, then

Make their own Ooey Gooey Slime at the Mad Science Workshop! It's all happening on Sunday, March 23, in Hilderstone Village Hall, from 2-4pm. A suggested donation of £5 per family

Would be appreciated on the day to help us to continue running in future.


MEIR HEATH PRIMARY SCHOOL: We have had a great term so far. One of our favourite events was a whole school trip to The New Vic to see a performance of 101 Dalmatians. Every child (and adult) dressed up, either as a puppy, Cruella, or one of the baddies! We had great fun and were really impressed with such a superb performance on our doorstep.

WALKS ON THE COMMON: In conjunction with Stafford Borough Council's "Walking for Health" initiative and Stone Ramblers, a number of local routes offering a variety of challenges have been produced. A guided Meir Heath Walk will take place on the last Friday of every month at 2pm, meeting on Rough Close Common Car Park (top). Contact Gareth on 07411592408 for further de-tails about this walk, or contact Cllrs. Tony Holmes and Gareth Brunt for more details on the other walks.

ST FRANCIS' CHURCH: Parishioners will soon be enjoying a warmer welcome in Church, as a fac-ulty has now been granted to install underfloor heating at the Church.


COFFEE SHOP: This will be open in All Saints’ Village Hall on Wednesday, March 26 from 10.30-11.30am. Hot drinks always available, Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available. Change your library books at the Mobile Library from 10.45 – 11.25am.

GREEN MAN GOLFING SOCIETY: The next outing will take place next Thursday , at Leek Golf Club. Tee off time is around 1.30pm. Leek Golf Club has told us to just turn up and play on the winter rate of £18.00.

FRIENDS OF GREEN LEA SCHOOL: The next meeting of the friends will take place next Thursday in the School at 7pm. All parents are welcome to attend. New ideas and input are always welcome.


MOTHERS' UNION: At today's meeting we welcome Sue Kingman as our speaker. Sue will talk about Food Labelling and hopefully help us to understand what some of the terms mean. On Tuesday, which is Lady Day, the members will be attending the Lady Day service at Tittensor.


VILLAGE FETE: The members of the committee would be delighted to see as many as possible at the open meeting tomorrow in the Parish Room at 8pm. Help is always needed and the more me-bers we have in the team, the better we can manage the fete. If you feel able to lend a hand, ei-ther with setting up, helping with a stall, clearing up afterwards or being a part of the committee, you will eb made very welcome. For more details, or to offer your services if you cannot make the meeting, call the secretary on 01889 271894 or visit the website www.sandonfete.org.uk This year's fete will take place on August 9.

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