Entitled ‘The Littleton’s of Teddesley Hall’ the book retraces the lives and times of this local Staffordshire family from 1740 to the 1930’s. It is family biography based on the diaries of three generations of the family, especially that of the First Lord Hatherton (1797 – 1863 ) who wrote the most extraordinary diaries containing witty social and political observations and poignant and melodramatic parts of his private life. The book costs £15 and can be purchased from Penkridge Hardware Store, Stone Cross, Penkridge.
WALKING FESTIVAL: The next walk takes place in Penkridge on Tuesday. Meeting at The Haling Dene Centre at 10am it is a walk along canal towpaths, The Staffordshire Way and local roads for about one hour’s duration. Any enquiries to George on 07921 855714.
FLOWER CLUB: The next meeting is on Monday at 7.30pm in the Peace Memorial Hall, Pinfold Lane. The evening’s guest is NAFAS National Demonstrator Nick grounds who will be preparing five floral arrangements to the theme of ‘Inflorescence’ His arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the evening. Visitors are welcome at a cost of £4. Light refreshments. For any other details please contact the Secretary, Marie Rowe on 01785 715445 or the Chairman, Margaret Smallman on 01785 712113.
GRANDPARENTS: Following the success of the first Grandparent and Toddler group, Age UK have set up a second group which will meet on a Wednesday 1pm to 3pm at Penkridge Children’s Centre. The Centre is in the grounds of Princefield First School in Saxon Road. The sessions will be run by Age UK volunteers who are DBS checked and fully trained. Each week the session has a different topic and is an opportunity for grandparents to meet others who look after their young grandchildren. Further information from the Tim Together team on 01785 788484.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH: Services on Sunday will be 8am Holy Communion BCP, 9am Roman Catholic Mass, 10.30am Holy Communion All Age Service and 12.30pm Baptisms. Holy Communion will also be held at St John’s church at Stretton at 10.30am.
Fellowship lunch is on Wednesday 12 noon to 2pm followed by the Mother’s Union meeting at 2.15pm when guest speaker Debra Tudor will talk about the work of Mother’s Union overseas. Reverend Irene will be contacting the people who normally take part in the Parish Prayer Walking shortly to arrange this year’s event.
Lighting up the church during June is in memory of Joan Carey, John Caine and Keith Price.
Dates for practices for the singing group have been agreed for the of this year – a sheet is available in the foyer. They will be on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and also the fifth where there is one, with the next practice being on Monday. Enquiries to David Knaggs.
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.
CHURCH FETE: The fete this year is being held on Saturday June 21 from 1pm at The Haling Dene Centre. The chosen fete queen is from Penkridge Middle School and is Isabella Price. Her attendants are Lexi Hayward from Marshbrook First School, Ellie Brown from Princefield First School and Ruby Davis from St Michael’s First School.
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.
LIBRARY: As part of Adult Learner’s Week the library are hosting three events. The first is a two hour craft taster event for Jewellery Making on Wednesday from 9.30am. The session is free, open to adults only and all equipment and materials are provided. Booking is essential, the library can be contacted on 01785 712916. Lisa from Authentic Life Coaching will be at the library next Thursday for a free Life Coaching taster session from 2pm to 3.30pm and a new monthly drop in group, Staffordshire Shakespeare, is starting on Tuesday 17.30pm to 18.30pm for anyone who is interested in the life and work of Shakespeare.
There will also be a Police Surgery on Tuesday which will feature a Crime Reduction workshop. This session will run from 2pm to 4pm and is also free.
Penkridge & South Staffs Runners meet outside the library every Saturday morning 9am. After the run refreshments are provided free in the library at around 10am. New members welcome.
NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE: PCSO Andy Poxon will be at Whitehouse Chemists in Market Street on Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon. He will be available to discuss local issues and can be contacted on 0300 123 2345 then dial 16762.
COFFEE MORNING: Staff at the Katharine House Hospice shop in Market Street are hosting a Big Cuppa to celebrate their Silver Jubilee on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The event will include a guess the teddy name competition, face painting, guess the weight of the cake competition and music by local church musicians. Homemade cakes by volunteers will be on sale. Further information from 01785 270808.
CARER’S ASSOCIATION: The Health and Wellbeing team have organised a Self-Awareness and Moving Forward event to be held on Tuesday 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. For more details or to book contact Cynthia on 01785 222365.
PINFOLD PINK: The next meeting of the breast cancer support group is on Tuesday at the Pinfold Lane Medical Practice at 4.30pm and is open to people from any area. Anyone interested in any aspect of breast cancer is welcome to attend. For more details contact Jan on 01785 711124.
CIVIC SOCIETY: The Heritage Centre at The Old Gaol, Bellbrook, is open to the public for the annual exhibition each Saturday until the end of September from 10 am to 1 pm, plus Wednesdays during school holidays from 10 am to 1 pm. This year’s exhibition is to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
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.
PIPE ORGAN RESTORATION: The next fundraising event is on Tuesday June 24 when the Lichfield Cathedral Choir will be performing in church from 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at £10 each which includes a glass of wine and light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased from Whitehouse Pharmacy or Alan’s Pet Store in Market Street, by telephoning 01785 712236 or pay on the door. All proceeds to Pipe Organ Restoration Appeal.
GARDENING CLUB: Members will be meeting next Wednesday in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. The evening’s guests are David Orton and Mike Wilkins who will be talking about Fuchsias Cultivation and Training. There will be a bring and buy sale and the flower of the month competition for one stem in a vase. New members welcome, contact Mrs Anne Smith on 01785 712580 for membership details.
TEA DANCE: Age UK sequence tea dance held on a Tuesday afternoon at the Peace Memorial Hall 2pm – 4pm. Details can be obtained from Eileen Harper on 01785 712797 or Barbara Cook on 01785 712979. New members welcome. Admission is £1.50 to include tea and biscuits.
ROUND TABLE: This year’s annual Fun Run is on Sunday June 29 and will follow the usual two and a half mile circular village route. Open to all, those wishing to sport fancy dress are most welcome to. The event will be marshalled throughout and medical support provided by St John’s Ambulance.
The race starts at 11am and all times will be recorded and trophies awarded to winners and runner-up in each category. Pre-registration on the day closes at 10.15am.
The event is enhanced by the Penkridge Fun Day including side stalls hosted by various village groups and organisations, a fairground ride, licensed bar and the now infamous Round Table ‘Mega barbecue’.
Entry forms can be downloaded on the website www.penkridge.roundtable.co.uk , or Heather Stern estate agents.
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 .