COUNCIL VACANCY: Notice has been given by The Parish Council that there will be an election to fill the vacancy that has arisen in the Penkridge South East Ward. Nomination papers or further information can be obtained from Electoral Services Manager, South Staffs Council, telephone 01902 696000. Any person wishing to be considered for the vacancy should send a written application to the Clerk of the Council giving brief biological details and qualifications to Mrs Lynn Haimes to arrive not later than June 30, 2014. In the absence of any applications the vacancy will be filled by co-option at a meeting of the Parish Council to be held on July 10, 2014.
WI: The next meeting for members is on Monday at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. Enquiries to Sandra Bailey on 01785 712468.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: An Ascension Day Communion Service is taking place this evening 7.30pm to 8.30pm and ‘Friday Night Live’ praise and fellowship is tomorrow from 7pm. Refreshments and share of food. There is a meeting of The Historic Churches Trust on Monday at 2pm and Bell Ringing practice on Tuesday at 8pm. Fellowship Lunches are on Wednesday 12 noon to 2pm in church, church office to arrange baptisms, funerals or weddings is at 5.30pm and choir practice is at 7.30pm. New Companions drop-in is also on Wednesday at the Church Hall from 1.30pm.
The Ordination Service of Craig Shaw, who is to become the Curate in the Parish, will take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday June 29. A few tickets are still available, anyone wishing to go should speak to Reverend Greg Yerbury as soon as possible.
CARERS' ASSOCIATION: The Self-Awareness and Moving Forward event is taking place again tomorrow at The Haling Dene Centre from 10am to 12 noon. Objects are to identify strengths, goals and positive ways to move forward in life using journaling and meditation. Details from Cynthia on 01785 222365.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: The half term sussed programme runs today the Leisure Centre with a princess, dragons and knights themed morning of activities and tomorrow with a variety of sports including pool activities. Lunch time supervision available. Contact reception for further details on 01785 714152.
RSPCA OPEN DAY: Stafford and Wolverhampton District Branch are holding an open day at a cattery near Penkridge on Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm. The branch is independent of the National RSPCA and is run by volunteers. If you can consider giving a cat a forever home or would like to volunteer call in at Penkridge Cattery, Mere Farm Lane, Gailey, Penkridge. ST19 5PJ.
AGE UK: A chair-based exercise class runs on a Thursday morning from 10am to 11am at The Methodist Church Hall, Clay Street. First class free of charge then £2 per session. For more details contact Susan Blower on 01785 788472.
LITTLE SEEDLINGS GARDENING CLUB: The monthly club for children aged 4 – 10 years is at Dobbies Garden Centre, Gailey on Sunday starting at 11am. This month’s workshop is entitled ‘Munchin’ on your Greens’. Contact reception staff on 01902 791555 for more details. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and the workshop is free.
CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU: Representatives from the South Staffs branch are at the Haling Dene Centre every Thursday 9.30am to 12.30pm to offer free, confidential and impartial advice. Appointments not necessary.
CRICKET CLUB: The next social event in the club’s calendar is a Race Night being held in the clubhouse tomorrow.
AIR TRAINING CORPS: New members always welcome at 2415 Squadron who meet on a Monday and a Thursday evening from 7pm at Grange Road. Young people aged 13 years and over can work for gliding scholarships, take part in adventure training, sports, shooting and undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Contact the leaders on firstname.lastname@example.org .
JEREMY LEFROY MP: A surgery is being held at The Haling Dene Centre next Friday (June 6), 5.30pm and 7pm. Due to high demand it is preferable that anyone who has issues they would like to discuss should book an appointment. Home visits can also be arranged. Contact the constituency office on 01785 252477 for more information.
CHARITY WALK: Keith Burton is now over half way through this year’s walk to raise funds for the cancer charity Macmillan. He began on May 14 and his route to date has taken him via Dufton, Middleton, Middlesbrough, Robin Hoods Bay and Scarborough. Many owners have afforded him free B & B and he has amassed many donations during the walk, which presently stands at around 145 miles. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so by logging onto his just giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/keithburton. Keith’s daily updates can be found on the village website.