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Stafford and surrounds - week beginning April 17

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Greengate Street, Stafford

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ROTARY CLUB: The Stafford Youth Orchestra and choirs from Bishop Lonsdale and Anson Schools entertained an audience of 200 enthusiastic people in the hall of the Blessed William Howard School on Friday April 4. The event was arranged by the Rotary Club of Stafford in conjunction with Stafford Performing Arts and volunteers from the Friends of Staffordshire's Young Musicians.

The event was attended by the Chairman of the Staffordshire County Council Ian Lawson and his wife and the High Sheriff Susan Inge-Innes-Lillingston.

The club will be celebrating St George's Day with a roast beef lunch on Wednesday April 23 at the Con Club in Stafford.

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CHARITY RACE NIGHT: Stafford Support Group are holding this event at Stafford Rangers Sports and Social Club on Friday April 25. Doors open at 7.30pm, first race is at 8pm. Fully licenced and sponsored by Chips Away and supported by Stafford Lions. Tickets are £5 each to include 8 races, auction and supper and can be booked by contacting Nick Oldfield on 07976 342530 or Richard Davies on 07740 594036. All proceeds to Katharine House Hospice.

BLOOD DONATION: Donors can give blood at Stafford Rangers Football Club, Marston Road, ST16 3BX on Sunday between 10am – 12.15pm and 13.45pm – 15.30pm. Appointments recommended but not essential. For further information please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

CARERS' ASSOCIATION: The Health and Wellbeing Team have organised a ‘Digital Photography’ event to take place at The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust on Wednesday from 10am to 3pm. A packed lunch and camera will be required, participants can also bring their own laptop. Subject to interest an evening option may be available in lighter evenings. Further information or to book telephone Cynthia on 01785 222365.


NETWORK RAIL: Engineers and Public Relations people from Network Rail responsible for the imminent work on the railway system at Norton Bridge gave an update to the members of the Parish Council and residents at St Luke's Church room on Monday April 7. The Network Rail staff included the engineers responsible for the work being carried out.

A special public information event takes place at the Chebsey village hall, School Lane on Thursday April 24 from 4pm until 8pm and members of the public are invited to attend and speak to members of the project team.


WALTON MUSIC CIRCLE: Members are meeting on Tuesday in Walton Village Hall at 7.15pm. Bert Wilkinson (Newcastle) is the guest and his recital is entitled ‘My Music – and Yours’. New members and visitors are welcome. Further information from Chairman John Holt on 01785 665834 or the Secretary Mike Jones on 01785 661622.


CHURCH OF ST GILES: The children will be taking part in the next Sunday School meeting this Sunday at 11am. All children will listen to bible stories, try new craft, help with appropriate parts of the service and have the opportunity to present their work to the congregation.

A St George’s Day Lunch has been arranged for Sunday April 27 at 12.30pm in the village hall. Tickets are £10.50 for adults, £6 for children and can be purchased from John Stewart on 01785 780447. Patrons can bring their own drinks.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: The total money raised this year from box holders and donations amounted to £173.88 which has been forwarded onto the charity.

ST GILES PRIMARY SCHOOL: The Governing Body are looking for a Community Governor to join the team. Anyone who would like to know more about what the role entails should contact Mrs Tracey Cook, Head Teacher on 01785 780511, or e-mail headteacher@haughton.staffs.sch.uk .

COACH TRIP: Places need to be booked for Horace’s Outing on Wednesday June 4. This year the venue is Llandudno and the coach will leave the Shropshire Inn at 8.30am returning for dinner at the Inn at approximately 7pm. Cost of the trip is £5. Priority is given to Haughton residents and there are a limited number of seats. Any remaining places will be for adults on a first come first served basis at a cost of £20. To book a place please contact Peter Rowley on 01785 780550.


LIBRARY: The mobile library van will be in the area on Wednesday starting at St Matthew’s Drive at 1.50pm, Field Crescent/The Drive at 2.25pm, St Matthew’s Church at 2.50pm, a house call at Billington Lane at 3.25pm and finishes at Castle View at 3.40pm.


CHURCH OF ST LAWRENCE: The church will be open for personal prayer and reflection tomorrow between 12 noon and 1pm. Sunday’s Easter Service will be Holy Communion at 9.30am and there will be activities for children which include egg decorating and an egg hunt. Refreshments will also be served. A messy church event will take place in the village hall on Wednesday 10.30am to 12.30pm. It is open to all children aged between 3 – 11 years, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Chat, craft, celebrate and shared food.

STAFFORD KNOT SPINNERS: Members meet on Tuesday in the village hall from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Crafts covered are hand spinning, knitting, crochet, dyeing, weaving and textiles in general. For more details please contact Sharon Hartwell on 0175 248009.


VILLAGE HALL: emailwww.greatbridgefordvillagehall.org.uk; or telephone 01785 282582 to book

Classes closed for Easter; Judo, Painting for Pleasure, Pilates, Yoga for Pregnancy

Parent and Toddler group will meet as normal – Tuesday 10.00-12.00, in the small hall

Local weather forecast at www.greatbridgefordweather.com

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator – Stuart Mace, 01785 282357

Forward Notice – MP’s Surgery Friday 25th April 5.30 – 7.00 pm, in the small hall


VILLAGE HALL: To hire please contact Tony Cope, 01785 282426

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

THE HOLLYBUSH: Easter Sunday – April 20th – The Hollybush Easter Egg Hunt; Hunting begins at 11.00, lunch served from 12.00. Eggs for all hunters!01785 281644

Our Community owned pub (01785 281644) 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

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

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

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