UNICORN FOLK CLUB: The Unicorn Folk Club can be found in the upstairs function room at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston, next to the A5, every Friday. Tomorrow is singers’ night. This is an open mic night where everyone is welcome to come and join in. To guarantee a slot, please telephone Vicky on 01952 810355. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
COACH TRIP: Today there is a coach trip to Webbs of Wychbold, leaving from by the village hall in Wheaton Aston at 9.15am and returning for 3.00pm. It costs £3.00 for Old People Welfare members and £5.00 for visitors/non-members. For more information, please contact Pat Horton on 01785 840675 or Doreen Wildman on 01785 850854.
WESTON PARK: The Kickass Endurance is a hardcore 10k outdoor physical event taking place in Weston Park's Capability Brown Parkland on Saturday. The KickAss Endurance team originate from Telford in Shropshire, and consist of staff with experience in the Fire and Rescue Service, ex Royal Marine physical training Instructors, personal trainers and gym instructors. Their expertise has been used to set up the course with man-made obstacles that compliment their natural surroundings that will push competitors to their limits but have fun as well.
There will be a woodland spring guided walk of three and a half miles showing the bluebells, avenues and azaleas and Capability Brown’s pleasure grounds, starting at 10.30am and again at 2.00pm on Sunday, which will be led by head gardener, Martin Gee, whose family have lived and worked on the estate for over 200 years, and who will talk about the gardens and spring blooms across the estate.
For further information, please telephone 01952 852100.
PIGEON RACING RESULTS: The third race for the Bell Flying Club held recently started from Taunton. One hundred and forty three racing birds were released into an east-south-easterly wind at 11.30am. The first bird home belonged to R. Lutner and Company, taking only two hours twenty five minutes and twenty one seconds to fly just over one hundred and twenty four miles.
Results (in yards per minute) for the first 6 places: R. Lutner and Company 1505.52; John Whittingham 1460.25, 1452.35; Dave Harris 1451.17; John Whittingham 1450.59; Dave Harris 1450.38.
ST MARY’S CHURCH: There will be a coach trip to Bristol on Saturday, leaving at 9.00am and returning from Bristol at 5.00pm. It costs £12.00 and to book, contact Dave and Barbara Sharratt on 01785 840725.
The PCC will meet in St Mary’s church at 7.30pm on Monday.
ZION CHAPEL: The Zion Chapel is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary and so is holding an open day on Saturday from 10.00am until 4.00pm in the Zion Chapel where coffee/tea will be served and there will be displays for everyone to look at. On Sunday, there will be a special anniversary thanksgiving service starting at 4.00pm when the preacher will be Rev. Mike Plant (the general secretary of EFCC) which will be followed by a buffet tea in the village hall.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The annual parish meeting took place just before the start of the monthly full parish council meeting recently. The chairman read out a report summarising the parish council’s activities of the past year and thanking various people, after which a copy of the annual return was distributed.
The parish council meeting started with the election of chairman and vice-chairman for the forth coming year; Barbara Cox was elected as chairman and Sharon Whittingham as vice-chairman. One of the parish councillors, Jacqui Squires, had sent in a letter of resignation, due to work commitments so it was agreed that the post would be advertised immediately. The signatories for the parish council’s bank and building society accounts were confirmed, representatives for the various committees and working groups were appointed and Roy Wright was re-elected as a trustee to the parish charities.
During the public participation session, a resident from Old School Court explained how the changes to the bus services was affecting everyone; there were now fewer bus being run; the route to Stafford had changed and now went through Marston and Church Eaton; there were no buses on Saturdays that went to Penkridge so she was unable to get to the market. Sue Whittingham from the parish action group said that they were applying for a £2000 grant from the district council which would be used towards the cost of providing a monthly bus to Telford which would cost users £2.50 each way. She said that there were many other groups applying for this money as well. She had also met with a representative from the Lichfield Diocese to discuss the lasting memorial; it had been suggested that a granite stone could be engraved and placed in a corner of the churchyard as a quiet place which residents could visit.
The parish council manager gave a report; the best kept village posters had been put up and the competition entries had been judged; the benches and tubs for Lapley had arrived; she had completed her work for the CiLCA exams and submitted it; a list of the deadlines for the next issues of the News & Views, future meetings and events, and her work priorities was given out.
No police attended the meeting and no report had been received.
Planning matters were discussed and there were no objections for the planning applications received. These were - an extension for the kitchen of 46 Marston Road; the resubmission of the plans for the farmhouse and buildings for Mr Swift on land opposite Starkey’s Lane (which now features one farmhouse instead of two and the rest of the application as before); an extension for Lapley Manor (change of use of outbuildings to a residential dwelling, a 2 story side extension and a one storey side extension); a 12 bedroom extension at Wheaton Aston Court. The planning application for 1 Caspian Way had been approved by the district council.
Parish maintenance was discussed. At Primrose Bank, the horizontal goal posts needed replacing and it was agreed that the village orderly could deal with this; the large tree by the green box needed attention and so would be looked at. On the Marston Road playing field, a kissing gate and farm gate had been vandalised and the village orderly would get these fixed. It was agreed that maintenance for the Broadholes Lane nature space would be needed so quotes for this were being sought; as there was too much water in the wetland area, the site would be temporarily closed until stone could be laid on the area to deal with this problem.
It was reported that grants for the bowling green at the sports and social club were being sought. A race night was planned for Saturday October 11 as a fund raiser for the First Responders. There was not going to be an evening event on the carnival day.
The next full meeting for the parish council will take place on Thursday June 5 in Wheaton Aston village hall starting at 7.30pm.
SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am service for all, St Mary’s. On Tuesday, the internet cafe drop-in session runs from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in St Mary’s church. On Wednesday in St Mary’s, there is a prayer meeting from 8.00am – 8.30am; the weekly drop-in takes place from 10.30am – 12.00 noon (and internet facilities will also be available); the Deanery synod will take place at 7.30pm.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: The Community Council of Staffordshire, in conjunction with Leavesley group on behalf of the National Memorial Arboretum, are holding an ‘In Remembrance’ competition for 11 – 16 young people. There is also to be a children’s ‘In Remembrance’ poetry competition sponsored by Mrs Jan Altham of Alrewas. There are two categories – one for 5 – 7 year olds and the other for 8 – 11 year olds. Schools and children who are interested in either competition should contact Elena.
COMMUNITY GROUP: At the recent meeting a whole host of new activities were suggested including book group and book exchange, wine tasting evening, coffee mornings, theatre visits and coach trips. It is hoped to start the walking group this month and film nights in September. The book group will start on Wednesday. There will be a trial week starting on Monday when the tea room in the community centre will be open to villagers to pop in and read the papers and have refreshments. It is also hoped to trial a vintage afternoon tea during May, June and July. The next get together meeting is on Tuesday at 11am. Further details on all activities from either Elena on 01785 713667 or Sue on 01785 713735.
WI: The next meeting for members is tonight at 7.45pm in the community centre when guest speaker Barbara Egerton will talk about Bees and Bee Keeping. Further details from Val Macaleenan on 01785 712676.
COMMUNITY CENTRE: An evening of murder mystery whodunnits is taking place at the centre on Saturday at 7.30pm. Food provided, bring your own drinks. Tickets are £10 each, for details call 01785 713722. A ‘messy church event’ will take place on Sunday, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Open to anyone, family fun with craft, songs, stories, celebration and food.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE: Tidy up sessions in May will be on Saturday May 17 10am to 12.30pm, Wednesday May 21 5pm to 7pm, Saturday May 31 10am to 12.30pm. Meet at the church.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Members are meeting next week on Tuesday in the Community Centre at 8pm. This is the last meeting until after the summer break and includes the Image of the Year Competition and a social evening. Further details from secretary John Sutton on 01785 713839.
GARDENING CLUB: Members are holding their annual plant sale on Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon. Refreshments and a raffle, plenty of free parking.
PCC: At the recent annual meeting Mrs Barbara Cantrill and Mr Robert Lawrence were elected as Church Wardens and Mrs Jacquelyn Farnworth and Mrs Gwyneth Hodges were elected as Lay Members of the Deanery Synod for St Lawrence’s church. There are vacancies for the post of church wardens (2) and a Lay Member of the Deanery Synod for St Leonard’s church. Anyone who would like further information should contact any PCC member.
ALL SAINTS SCHOOL: School will be closed to staff and pupils next Thursday due to the European Elections.
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WORKSHOP: In connection with Stafford College, Kath Willington from Chrysalis is holding a workshop at Brewood Middle School on Thursday May 15 from 6pm to 9pm for tuition in Perfect Manicure with Basic Nail Art. Cost is £16. Book on line at staffordcoll.ac.uk or telephone 01785 275439/275607.
Kath is holding a second workshop on May 22 entitled Hollywood Toes. Participants will learn about pedicure’s and the cost is £10.