ROUND TABLE: The winners of the 2013 Photography Competition have now been announced. The junior section was won by Joe Bate for his photograph of Swan Lake. The adult section winner was Douglass Cresswell who took a photograph in St Michael’s church looking through an arch and second place was awarded to Diane Griffiths for her photograph of the viaduct entitled ‘Penkridge Under Snow’. Third place went also to Douglass Cresswell for his photograph of an outside view of St Michael’s church. All the winner’s photographs can be viewed on the Round Table’s website or their Facebook page.
BLOOD DONATION: Donors can give blood at the Peace Memorial Hall on Tuesday between 10.15am and 14.15pm. Appointments
recommended but not essential. For further information please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE: PCSO Andy Poxon will be at the library today from 2pm to 4pm. He will be available to discuss local issues and can be contacted on 0300 123 2345 then dial 16762.
MARKETS: The monthly Fine Food and Craft Market is on Saturday and include stalls selling locally produced meat, eggs, pies and cakes and foods from around the world. This month also includes a range of Christmas gifts and trees. There will be carol singing from local schools and music from the Salvation Army Band. Refreshments are available from the Old Deanery Farm Cafe. Free admission and parking. New stallholders enquiries to Liz or Matt Williams on 01785 714221.
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.
HISTORY SOCIETY: Members of the group recently held a book launch for their Great Marsh Publications company. The book, entitled A History of St Michael’s School 1927 – 1950 was partly written by Mr Phil Gollings. Mr Gollings, who was a regular visitor to the school and a staunch member of The Royal British Legion sadly died before he could finish the book. His son, Graham Gollings, took over the task and along with Mr Phil Byron, the brother of Mr Gollings senior presented a copy of the book to Mrs J Grundy, Head Teacher of the school. A cheque for £100 was also donated to the school from the first sales of the book. Also attending the presentation was the school’s Chair of Governors, Mrs Esther Bird, and pupils Darci Dobson, Izzy Austin, Jacob Hodgkinson and William Mackrory. The book is volume two, volume one which covers the history of the school from 1536 to 1926 is still available at a cost of £10. Contact Penkridge Hardware Shop at Crown bridge. Other village publications are also available.
LEISURE CENTRE: The Centre will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on Saturday December 28 from 9am to 2pm. These hours also apply to Sunday December 29 and Monday December 30. The centre will re-open again for normal hours on Thursday January 2.
ST MICHAEL’S AND ALL ANGELS CHURCH: The Christmas performances of ‘Stargazers’ will be on Saturday at 7pm and on Sunday morning at 10.30am, and tells the tale of the first Christmas through the eyes of the Wise Men. Anyone who would like to make a donation towards Christmas flowers should see any Church Warden or Mrs Margaret Williams. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the Noah’s Ark on a Thursday morning 10am to 12 noon term time, please speak to Sue Moore, Mary Maiden or Liz Hobbis. Gift Crib services will be held on Christmas Eve at 3pm and 5pm. Gifts from the first service will be given to The Women’s Refuge and from the second to International Aid. The Ladies Christmas Meal is tonight where the Men’s Group members play host. Information regarding the trip to Walsingham in September next year is now in the church foyer. Lighting up the church during December is in memory of Ronald Ball, Gordon Kitchen, Eleanor J Winslow, John and Millie Stanford, Susan Boyd, Alan and Shaun Molineux, Daniel Marsh, Martyn Fox, Helen Wardle, David Wynn and Edwin (Ted) Hartshorne.
CRAFT CLUB: The craft club which is run by members of the village WI is at the Haling Dene Centre on Friday’s at 7.30pm. Cost £2. More details from Margaret Smallman on 01785 712113 or Sandra Bailey on 01785 712468 or just turn up.
LOWER DRAYTON FARM: The Christmas Winter Wonderland will be open for an additional day on Monday from 10am to 4pm. (last admission) Entry is £5 for children which includes a meet with Santa in his grotto. Further details please contact Val on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07817 691352.
VICTIM SUPPORT: Drop –in sessions held at the Haling Dene Centre room 30 every Monday 10am to 12 noon. More details from 01785 715666.
DOBBIES: Father Christmas is in his grotto for visits until December 24. This is also the last week children can have breakfast or supper with Santa – booking advised. Contact staff on 01902 791555 for times and prices.
WOLGARSTON HIGH SCHOOL: A group of eight 16 – 17 year old entrepreneurial business students are involved in the educational charity Young Enterprise and have designed a product – Dynastand – a portable stand for tablet products designed using acrylic sheets in different colours. The stand costs £10 and they will be selling it on the market on Saturday. Alternatively delivery can be arranged. The students have formed a company through Young Enterprise and can be contacted at http://yedynamic.wix.com/yedynamic where you can contact them through email or find links to the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Year twelve student Oliver Haseler has won the Christmas card competition with his image of a robin in the snow.
The students and parents of Wolgarston have been showing their generosity and supporting charity this term. The recent poppy appeal in November raised £172.21, Children in Need raised £112.23 and Movember raised £497 with the on-line and in school appeal. The Year twelve BTEC Sport group also organised a Children in Need Football Tournament and raised £30.
ST MICHAEL’S FIRST SCHOOL: All pupils have had the option of a Christmas dinner this week and today is party day with Jimbo’s magic show and a visit from Santa. Sales and donations at the recent Christmas coffee morning raised £425 which will go towards presents for the children and today’s party entertainment.
School will re-open after the holiday on Monday January 6.
HALING DENE CENTRE: The Centre will close at lunchtime on Christmas Eve whilst the public bar will be closed after Saturday December 21. Both will re-open on Thursday January 2.
CHURCH HOLIDAY CLUB: The Christmas Holiday Club will be held on Friday January 3 from 10am- 12.30pm at St. Michael’s School and is open to all children from Reception to Year 8. For more information or to book your place please e-mail email@example.com or contact Esther on 712083.
PRINCEFIELD FIRST SCHOOL: Christmas celebrations include Chaplin’s Pantomime this morning and party time this afternoon. Christmas raffle tickets are on sale at £1 a strip for the food and booze hampers and the draw will be made later today. Pupils can bring in their favourite toy tomorrow.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Two pupils have earned success in their chosen sports. Hannah Birch recently competed in the National ASA Synchronised Swimming Competition and along with her team was awarded second place. Connor Heath has competed in the British Tae Kwon-Do Championships in Cardiff and achieved a silver medal in his Tag Team Sparring. The Christmas assembly take place today at 9.30am. Families are welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards.
ROUND TABLE: Santa’s Sleigh tours continue tonight when the sleigh will visit the north area of the village which includes Teddersley Road, Haling Road and the Marsh Lane estate. Penkridge and District Round Table have over 30 members (aged under 45 years) and are the second largest Round Table in the country. In addition to community events like the Santa dash, the annual fun run and the Penkridge Beer festival, they meet socially at least twice monthly undertaking a range of activities that have recently included: fire breathing, indoor-climbing, wheelchair basketball, brewery tour, watching speedway, zorbing and geocaching. Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Peter Machin on 07710 109007 to find out more.