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 Belzebub will be performing. This is four talented musicians who will be singing songs accompanied by fiddle, mandolin, accordion, concertina, keyboard, bass and whistles. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND LAUGHTER: On Saturday, the parish action group will be presenting an evening of music and laughter in Wheaton Aston village hall, starring Miss Marie Lloyd. The doors will open at 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start. Tickets cost £5.00 and are available from Sue Whittingham, Sharon Whittingham, and Wheaton Aston post office.
PARISH COUNCIL: The next parish council meeting is tonight at 7.30pm in Wheaton Aston village hall. If anyone has anything that they wish to bring to the attention of the parish council, they are welcome to attend the public participation session that is held at the start of the meeting.
ST GEORGE’S NIGHT CELEBRATION: On Friday April 25, the St George’s Night Celebration will take place in Wheaton Aston village hall starting at 7.30pm. A two course meal will be served followed by community singing. Please bring your own drinks. Tickets cost £12.00 and are available from Joyce Albany on 01785 840554 or Dave and Anne Wright on 01785 840656. This is a popular event so book early.
MESSY CHURCH EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA EVENT: This is to be held on Good Friday April 18 in St Mary’s church from 9.45am – 11.45am. The theme will be the story of Easter and there will be lots of fun including Easter eggs, and activities, after which there will be a drink and a hot cross bun, and adults are invited to get involved in the activities along with the children. All children and young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book a place, contact Anne Wright on 01785 850656.
WESTON PARK: On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a two day printmaking workshop run by artist Jo McChesney. Participants will have the opportunity to carve and print their own woodblock, creating their own unique design to take home. To book or for more information, please telephone 01952 852130.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, head chef, Guy Day, will be hosting another cooking demonstration accompanied by a question and answer session from 11.00am – 12.00pm noon, where he will be giving hints and tips and demonstrating how to make the most of spring vegetables. The session starts with coffee and there will be tastings and recipe packs to take home. This is followed by a two-course lunch in the Granary Grill and Restaurant.
For further information, please telephone 01952 852100.
ST MARY’S CHURCH: The annual parochial church meeting for Lapley with Wheaton Aston will take place on Monday in St Mary’s church, Wheaton Aston, starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, there will be a service starting at 6.15pm. A warm welcome to all who come.
SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am Morning Praise 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).
BEST KEPT VILLAGE: To support the village’s entry a timetable of clean up sessions has been organised. The first two are on the next two Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Volunteers should meet at the churchyard where tea and cakes will be provided. Judging will be in May and June. Further details from Pom Fuller on 01785 712575 or Carole Baker on 01785 715628.
SHROVE TUESDAY LUNCH: On March 4 people from Bednall and Acton Trussell communities met for lunch. The hire of the hall and the food was funded by the churches and volunteers decorated the tables, acted as waiters and waitresses and organised transport for the less able. Donations amounted to £130 and the raffle raised another £147. It is proposed to send the money to the local food bank and another similar event will be planned soon.
DRAMA: The drama production of The Tell Tale Heart, written by Edgar Allan Poe and Philip Holyman, takes place on Saturday at the community centre in Acton Trussell from 7.30pm. Licensed bar, snacks available, suitable for ages twelve plus. Ticket hotline Carole Baker on 01785 715268 or Pom Fuller on 01785 712575.
ST JAMES’S CHURCH: South Staffs Councillor Len Bates has recently looked into the costs of lighting up the church spire. This was an idea suggested at a local meeting that residents may be willing to pay a small amount for a limited period of time as an act of remembrance for a loved one. The installation cost would be relatively inexpensive if LED lighting was used. Mr Bates would like anyone who has views on this to either e-mail him on Lenbates2002@aol.com or telephone him on 01785 714091.
GARDENING CLUB: The next meeting is on Tuesday in the community centre at 8pm. Guest speaker for the evening is Scott Petreck who will talk about Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve. Enquiries to Sue Searle on 01785 715640.
MEN’S SOCIETY: Members will be meeting next Thursday at 7.30pm at The Moat House Hotel. Guest for the evening Steve Booth will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘From Stafford to Australia to the Battle of the Somme’.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY: Members will be meeting on Wednesday next week at Lea Hall Social Club for the Area print Competition. Further details from secretary John Sutton on 01785 713839.
ST MARY’S RC CHURCH: A quiz night with fish and chip supper will be held in the church hall tomorrow. Entry fee is £5 per team of four and the supper is £3.50 each. Sign up list at the back of the church.
PARISH COUNCIL: Members of the council are meeting next Thursday for their Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm in the Council Chambers, 35 Stafford Street. Parishioners are welcome to attend.