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 the Brenig Folk Band will be performing. This is a Welsh folk band, made up of Daniel, Mandy and Mary. They perform original songs of love, Welsh folklore and history. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
LUNCH AT THE CASTLE: On Sunday, there will be a three course lunch served at the Castle at Lapley, courtesy of Ian and Isobel Bebb, from 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from Margaret Holmes on 01785 840241, Margaret Kelly on 01785 840562, or Janet Fox on 01785 840334. All proceeds are for the Lapley Restoration Funds.
WHEATON ASTON AND LAPLEY WOMES’ INSTITUTE: On Monday, the annual general meeting is taking place, starting at 8.00pm in Wheaton Aston village hall which is a social evening followed by refreshments and there will also be a small ‘bring and buy’ stall.. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come. For further details, please telephone Pearl Thorley on 01785 840602.
PIGEON RACING RESULTS: For the second race of the season, ninety five racing pigeons from the Bell Flying Club took part in a race from Frome. They were released at 9.45am into a south-easterly wind. The first four birds home were to the loft of John Whittingham, with the leading bird taking 1 hour and 28 minutes exactly to fly just over 105 miles.
Results (in yards per minute) for the first six places: John Whittingham 2111.46, 2102.70, 2086.17, 2032.55; J. Edwards 2022.00; Pete Carr 1993.24.
WHEATON ASTON WIVES’ GROUP: Today there will be a meeting for the Wives Group at Wheaton Aston village hall starting at 8.00pm, where there will be a talk given by Paul Bowman entitled ‘Costumes’. For further details please telephone Jean Roberts on 01785 840556.
TUESDAY WALK: The next informal walk will take place on Tuesday, leaving St Mary’s church at 10.00am, and returning to the church afterwards for coffee and cake. Everyone is welcome to come. Walking boots/stout shoes are needed and walkers walk at their own risk. For further details, telephone Brian and Mary Littleford on 01785 840552.
ST MARY’S CHURCH: On Saturday, there will be a Benefice meeting held in St Mary’s starting at 9.30am when coffee and Danish pastries will be served and finishing at 12.00 noon. This meeting is to plan for the future of the four churches individually and for the Benefice as a whole. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, there will be a service starting at 6.15pm when preacher will be Mrs. Ruth Crook from Cheslyn Hay. A warm welcome to all who come.
SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am Family Communion 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, there is a prayer meeting from 8.00am – 8.30am in St Mary’s; at 9.00am, there will be a bible study session in St Mary’s; the weekly drop-in takes place in St Mary’s church from 10.30am – 12.00 noon (and internet facilities will also be available); the J Team will meet at St Mary’s First School at 3.15pm; 7.30pm service of healing and wholeness St Mary’s.
FILM NIGHT: Tonight, the film ‘The Railway Man’ will be shown in the village hall, starting at 7.30pm. Based on his best-selling memoir, the film tells the extraordinary and epic true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labour camp during World War II. Decades later, Lomax discovers that the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him, and his haunting past. Tickets cost £4.00 and the bar will be open. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact Di Dabbs on 07407680206.
ST JAMES’S CHURCH: This week’s Sunday service at 11am will be the Annual Men’s Service with Reverend Paul Carter. Members of Acton & Bednall Men’s Society will take an active part in the service.
MEN’S SOCIETY: The next meeting is tonight at St James’s church at 7.30pm. The guest speaker is Richard Bifield who will give an illustrated talk entitled The Birth of the Industrial Revolution in Coalbrookdale.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE: Judging has now started for this year’s competition and villagers are being asked to check outside their property and remove any litter. It is hoped to organise a hanging basket and scarecrow competition. Anyone interested should contact either Sue Calvert on 01785 713735 or Elena Round on 01785 713667. 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 May 21. There will be a trial week starting on Monday May 19 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. Further details on all activities from either Elena on 01785 713667 or Sue on 01785 713735.
WI: The next meeting for members is next Thursday 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.
CRAFT CLUB: The Ladies Craft and Chat Club is open on Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm at the village hall. This is a self-help group who have many skills to share – scrapbooking, patchwork, tapestry or water colour painting for example. For more details telephone Julie Bagnall on 01785 716888.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH: This coming week is Christian Aid week and the usual house to house collections will be taking place. Last year a record £868 was collected with the usual additional help from All Saints School and a Christian Aid Lunch. Anyone who can spare some time this year to help with collections should telephone Delphine on 01785 714527.
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ROTARY CLUB: Members have organised a Bluebell Walk to take place in the grounds of Chillington Hall, by kind permission of John Gifford of The Chillington Estate, on Sunday May 11 between 10am and 12 noon. Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for children. All proceeds to the support of Brewood and District Community First Responders. For tickets please contact John Pegg on 01785 840404 or John Taylor on 01902 851913.
WALKING FESTIVAL: The first walk is tomorrow and is the Memorial Walk which incorporates the Memorial Stained Glass window and Portland Stone Memorial in Brewood churches incorporating a variety of canals, countryside and the village. Duration is approximately two hours. Meet at the library in Newport Street at 10am. Contact Sue by e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or Jean – email@example.com.
BEAUTY: 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 online 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 pedicures and the cost is £10.