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Penkridge - week beginning February 6

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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FAREWELL WENDY: A “VILLAGE treasure” who has cared for a community venue for more than 20 years has hung up her keys.

Users of Penkridge’s Haling Dene Centre, including Penkridge Parish Council, bid farewell to caretaker Wendy Price with a celebration of her work on Friday.

Over the years she has served many organisations that use the hall, from children’s dance clubs to senior citizen meetings, as well as making sure the annual church fete goes smoothly.  Parish council chairman Sandra Chambers described her as a “village treasure”.

At Friday’s event Wendy was presented with gifts from the Parish Council, staff and organisations which use the hall. The lifelong Liverpool FC supporter also received a signed certificate from the football team.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: A memorial service is being held on Sunday at 6.30pm when a candle can be lit in remembrance of a relative or friend and Fellowship Lunch is on Wednesday in church 12 noon until 2pm. A family quiz is taking place tomorrow at 7.30pm in church. No entrance fee but donations for the food banks will be welcome. Participants can bring their own drinks and snacks. The evening will be broadcast live on radio station Stafford FM.

LIFE SAVING: Another AED Defibrillator is now located on the A449 at Hodson’s Garage. The unit is now live and can accessed by dialling 999, the operator will give the code for the box and send help. The defibrillator at the Monckton Recreational Centre is now situated outside in an outside cabinet.

ADULT EDUCATION: New flower arranging courses are now on offer on a Wednesday evening at Wolgarston High School and on a Thursday at Brewood Middle School. Course guides are available from the library or the Haling Dene Centre or contact Stafford College on 01785 275439.

WOLGARSTON HIGH SCHOOL: Pupils in the year nine History groups are visiting the Staffordshire Regiment Museum and the National War Memorial Arboretum this week. Year nine student Anna King has been selected to play football for the England Schools Under 15 squad. Anna is the captain of the Staffordshire County under 14’s team, and was nominated by county officials. She had to take part in two trials at Belper FC and Stafford Town with about 120 other girls from all over the country. As part of the team she will be going to Spain for five days to attend a training camp and play against the Spanish team. Anna plays in the full back position is hoping to be selected for future international fixtures throughout the year. Ex-student Tyler Lyttle has also been selected for the Under 18 England Schools squad.

PIPE ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL: Tickets can still be purchased for the concert evening taking place at St Michael’s and All Angels Church on Saturday with Jean Martyn. Start time is 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each to include cheese and wine and can be purchased from Whitehouse Pharmacy or Alan’s Pet Store in Market Street or by telephoning 01785 712236.

RECORDER GROUP: The South Staffs Society of Recorder Players will be meeting on Saturday at the Haling Dene Centre from 2.30pm to 5pm for a playing session. Meetings are for anyone who can read music and play at least one size of recorder. More details from Secretary Trudie Davies-Findell on 01543 505282 or the Musical Director Alyson Lewin on 01785 716957.

VICTIM SUPPORT: Drop –in sessions held at the Haling Dene Centre room 30 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. More details from 01785 715666.

LIBRARY: Staff are hosting an hour long costume talk tomorrow entitled Tudor and Stuart Medicine at 2.30pm. Cost is £2 for library members and £2.50 for non-members. To promote National Libraries Day on Saturday there will be a coffee morning from 10am to 12 noon with the unveiling of the JRR Tolkien Mosaic Project. Further details from the library on 01785 712916.

PRINCEFIELD FIRST SCHOOL: Pupils in year Four will be attending a residential trip to The Pioneer Centre from Monday to Wednesday next week.

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