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Stafford and surrounds - week beginning May 1

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 01, 2014


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ROTARY CLUBS: The combined Rotary Clubs of Stafford will be taking part in a Health Awareness Day in the Guild Hall Centre on Saturday.

BLOOD DONATION: Donors can give blood at the Stafford and District Polish Association, White Eagle Club, Riverway on Tuesday between 13.30pm – 15.30pm and 16.30 – 19.30. Appointments recommended but not essential. For further information please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.


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ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH: The next Parochial Church Council meeting is next Thursday evening.


ALZHEIMER’S: A support evening for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia sufferers, their families and carers will be helddnext Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the village hall. Free advice and refreshments and an opportunity to socialise with others in a similar situation. For more information contact Daphne on 01785 211140 or Elaine on 01785 823110.

VILLAGE HALL: The Management Committee is holding the annual meeting tomorrow at 7.30pm in the hall. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

ST GILES’S CHURCH: The monthly Men’s Breakfast is at 8.30am on Saturday after the 8am morning prayers and will be followed by an ethical discussion. The topic this month is Environment and Sea Defences.

SPONSORED KNIT: Church members will be ‘knitting together’ on Saturday May 10 to raise money for St Giles’s church. The event will take place in the village hall from 2pm to 4.15pm with a fifteen break. Participants will need to bring a pair of size 4mm (size 8 ) needles and any brightly coloured double knitting wool. The knitted pieces will be made into blankets for charity. Sponsor forms and further details from Laurie Worthington on 01785 780496.


VILLAGE HALL: The Opus Theatre Company are returning to the village on Saturday May 10 with a production entitled ‘Beside The Seaside’ by Leslie Sands and by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger Limited. Starting time is 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 from Gary Hall on 01785 289136 or Jonathan Sturgess on 01785 282302.

For more information visit www.greatbridgefordvillagehall.org.uk or telephone 01785 282582 to book.

There is no Village Hall Committee meeting in May – next meeting is June 2

Local weather information/forecast www.greatbridgefordweather.com

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator – Stuart Mace, 01785 282 357


VILLAGE HALL: To hire - please contact Tony Cope, 01785 282 426

SHALLOWFORD HOUSE: Open Day – Saturday 10am - 4.30pm.

Free entry – many stalls; arts and crafts; entertainment – dog shows, bands; bouncy castle; archery

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator – Robert and Sue Eld, 01785 282 246

THE HOLLYBUSH: Our Community owned pub offers locally brewed Titanic, and guest, beers. There’s always a warm welcome, good food and great beer, plus a range of other occasional attractions – a monthly quiz, live music, themed events, and tours of the brewery!

For details of the full menu, please visit www.titanicbrewery.co.uk then follow the link for The Hollybush via the 'Our Pubs' tab. 01785 281 644

Special offers – Tuesday 2 Steak or 2 gammon for £15.00

Wednesday Pie and a pint/125ml drink/soft drink £9.95


ART GROUP: The group are holding an exhibition of original watercolours on Saturday May 10 in the village hall from 11am to 4pm. There will be demonstrations and visitors will be able to meet the artists. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be on sale. Further details from Sue on 07714 100921.


METHODIST CHURCH: Sunday services this week start at 8.30am with the Communion service with The Reverend Nathan Falla, followed by breakfast at 9am, 10am service with Mrs J Winnington followed by coffee and the 6.30pm service is with Mrs Di Turner. The church walking group meet on Saturday at the church car park at 9.30am. The walk is a five mile walk around Blithbury with lunch at The Bull and Spectacles. More details from John and Margaret on 01785 251926. Christian Aid week is May 11 – 17 any volunteers should contact John or Lyn Stubbs on 01785 242229. The Church Annual General Meeting is on Sunday May 18 following the morning service. Pam Powell, John Stubbs and Ian Mason are retiring this year from the Church Council as they have completed the maximum allowed six years. Nominations for new members should be sent to Margaret Hale or to Reverend Nathan Falla by May 11. Reports and last year’s AGM minutes will be available from this Sunday.

WI: Members are meeting on Wednesday at 7.15pm in Walton on the Hill village hall. This year’s Resolution will be discussed and the guest speaker will be giving a talk on The Women’s Land Army. The monthly competition is for a bunch of flowers from the hedgerow and the winner will receive the Horticultural Cup at the next AGM. Visitors welcome. Please ring Secretary on 01785 603646 or check our website for more details – www.Berkswichwi@btck.co.uk.

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