ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Ecumenical house groups for Lent start shortly and volunteer hosts and leaders are needed. There will be evening groups Monday – Thursday and an afternoon group on Thursdays. Anyone who wishes to join in should sign the list in the church lobby as soon as possible and any volunteers should contact Esther or Jonathan Burd. Lighting up the church in February is in memory of Anne Bastone, Harry Clarke, George Horton, Joan Thacker, Edith Hayes, Irene Saunders and Kate Clarke.
A letter of thanks has been received from the Salvation Army for the donation of £262.06 received from their Christmas church service, and a total of £466 was raised on behalf of the Organ Restoration Committee at last week’s coffee morning at The Cross Keys.
The Leisurely Ladies are meeting for lunch at The Chetwynd Arms on Wednesday.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: The charity is holding its annual book fair on Saturday at The Peace Memorial Hall from 10am until 4pm. Admission is 30p and accompanied children are free. Light refreshments will be on sale. Books can be purchased from the donated books or from the specialist dealers displays. Please contact Dinah on 01785 712682 for further information.
CIVIC SOCIETY: Members will be meeting tonight in The Heritage Centre, formerly The Old Gaol, Bellbrook. The evening’s speakers are Mike and Anne Smith, who are Society members, and their topic will be An American Adventure. Doors open at 7.30pm, refreshments available, entrance fee for visitors is £2.
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.
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: The Sussed Programme for children aged five years and upwards at the Leisure Centre continues today and tomorrow with go-karting, parachute games, football frenzy, animal craft and a visit from the Animal Man. Lunchtime supervision available, contact reception for details on 01785 714152.
CHARITY STALL: Volunteers from St Mary’s Roman Catholic church in Brewood will be manning a stall on the market on Saturday and Wednesday. They are aiming to raise money for the Handicapped Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, the children’s charity which organises trips to Lourdes for a week each year for children and youngsters with special needs. Donations for the stall welcome.
NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORK: Members of the group meet on Monday at 6.30pm at The Haling Dene Centre to discuss local issues such as antisocial behaviour, road safety or no-drinking zones. New members are welcome as is any contribution concerning community related issues. The meetings are also attended by local residents, councillors and representatives from the police and the Civic Society. For more information please contact the chairperson Gordon Files at firstname.lastname@example.org , Secretary Barry Chisnall email@example.com or PCSO Andy Poxon on 07815 966910.
TAI CHI: Adult classes are now held at Princefield First School, Saxon Road on a Monday evening. Telephone 01785 275607 or 275439 for further details
CHURCHES TOGETHER: The Penkridge churches together prayer meeting for this month is on Tuesday from 6.30pm – 7.15pm in St. Michael’s church.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE: PCSO Andy Poxon will be at St Michael’s and All Angels church on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. He will be available to discuss local issues and can be contacted on 0300 123 2345 then dial 16762.
BABY MASSAGE: This popular baby massage course starts again on Monday February 24 at the Children’s Centre in the grounds of Princefield First School, Saxon Road. Session time is 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Oils and towels supplied. One to one home sessions can be arranged. Contact Karen Krstic on 07814 599216 for further deails.
EDUCATION: A consultation meeting has been held by The Rural Enterprise Academy, which is based on the Rodbaston campus of the South Staffordshire College, to get agreement to lower their minimum admission age to thirteen years, academic year nine, from the existing age of fourteen years currently pupils in academic year ten. This would then make it a 13 – 18 years Academy. There is now an opportunity until February 28 for anyone to express their views about the proposal – visit www.ruralenterpriseacademy.com and follow the consultation link.
CASS CARER’S CAFE: The support group run in conjunction with South Staffs Council is meeting on Monday at the Haling Dene Centre from 10.30am to 1pm. The meeting is a monthly get to together where carers have the opportunity to chat with other carers, swap tips on caring, make new friends and find out about other avenues of support. Professional Carers Association staff will be in attendance to give advice and help. One to one appointments available. Carers must bring along the person they care for as long as they can support the person’s needs. For more information telephone the helpline on 01785 606675 or 07740 418643.
INLAND WATERWAYS: Members of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals restoration Trust are holding a Jumble Sale at the Peace Memorial Hall on Saturday March 15 from 10am to 12 noon and are asking for donations of clothes, household goods, books, CD’s, small furniture, crockery and glassware. Admission is 30p and refreshments will be available. It is hoped the donations can be bought to the hall on the day from 8.30am, but if anyone needs a collection please contact Helen on 01543 491161 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Also any offer of temporary storage facilities would be appreciated.
PRINCEFIELD FIRST SCHOOL: A family Country and Western Disco night is being held on Friday February 28 at The Peace Memorial Hall from 6.30pm to 10pm. There will be prizes for the best dressed cowboy and cowgirl. Tickets, which include a raffle ticket, can be purchased by telephoning 07908 211103 after 6pm. Admission is by ticket only.
PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting of representatives from each of the clubs and societies who regularly use the Haling Dene Centre is being held today at 10am and was not on Tuesday as stated in last week’s Newsletter. The meeting has been arranged to ensure the process for feedback is still in place and therefore to ensure that any suggestions or problems are known to Centre staff and the Council.
CRICKET CLUB: On Saturday a Mexican Buffet and Family Disco is being held in the clubhouse starting at 6pm. Cost per family is £10.