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Stafford and surrounds - week beginning February 6

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

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ROTARY CLUB: The Reverend Graham Fowell was the guest speaker at the Stafford Rotary Club on Wednesday January 29. He talked about how priests were called and the process they go though to be ordained. Many of his stories raised laughs amongst the members. He retires after 35 years in the priesthood on Friday January 31. Members enjoyed a fish and chip lunch brought in from a local chippie.

JEREMY LEFROY: The MP is holding an advice surgery on Saturday from 11am to 1pm at the Trinity Church, Mount Street. It will be on a first come first served basis with no appointment necessary.


METHODIST CHURCH: Services on Sunday start at 10am Family Holy Communion with Reverend Nathan Falla, Messy Church is at 4pm and Mrs Jean Harrison will preside over the 6.30pm evening service. Next Thursday members of the Women’s Fellowship are meeting at the home of Joan Machin in Bodmin Avenue.


COFFEE MORNING: The Coppenhall Pastoral Care Team will be meeting on Wednesday at Hyde Lea village hall from 11am to 12 noon. There will be a theme of ‘bring a friend’ and a bring and buy sale in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Last month’s fund raising coffee morning raised £360 which has donated to the appeal. Anyone needing transport please contact Judith Lawrence on 01785 251293 or Barbara Cantrill on 01785 256210.

VILLAGE HALL: The village committee have arranged for The Creative Arts Theatre to perform a Murder Mystery Night on Saturday starting at 7.45pm. Tickets are £5 each. Telephone John Eaves on 01785 245028 for availability. Patrons can bring their own food and drink.

BRIDGE DRIVE: The next drive is on Tuesday in the village hall. Coffee from 10.30am, play starts at 11am until 3pm. Cost is £2 per player, a reduced cost this month as no food will be provided, patrons are welcome to bring their own. Drinks will be available. Raffle, proceeds to the village hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: The meeting in January was attended by Parish Councillors J Eaves, R Edwards, R Pitt, W Mason and J Wilkes and Borough Councillor R Sutherland. Matters on the agenda for discussion were again the trees on Hyde Lea Bank, speed indicator device, parish precept, civic waste collection service and mobile library visits. Full minutes of the meeting are available from the clerk, Mr D Jones on 01785 780229 or on the website www.hydeleapc.org.uk . The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 12.

WI: The January meeting was host to Steve Booth, a change to the planned guest, who spoke about Stone’s Priory Seal’, which refers to a historical find of The Seal of the Church of Saint Mary and Saint Wulfade Martyr of Stone. The institute is trialling a new interest for members. Members can meet on a Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall to chat and share hobbies and skills. This year is the 95th anniversary of the Staffordshire Federation. To celebrate this there will be a concert at The County Showground with the Shropshire Military Wives Choir, Musical Youth Theatre an classical guitarist Brian Perkins. The next monthly meeting is on Tuesday when the evening’s guest is Audrey Hall who will talk about ‘Taking Shirley Valentine to Greece’.


ALZHEIMER’S: A support evening for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia sufferers, their families and carers, will be held next 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: Monday – The Monday Club – alternate weeks, over 60s; 1.30 – 3.30 pm. Contact Beryl Lockitt on 01785 282 453

Junior Judo 6.00-7.00 Contact Craig Fallon on 07875 685 343

Garden Guild 2nd Monday in the month at 8.00pm. Contact Margaret Gaywood 01785 255 982

Tuesday – Parent and Toddlers 10.00 – 12.00am. Contact Joan Blake 01785 282 722

Seighford Singers 7.30 – 9.30 Contact Geoff Cashmore on 01785 282 328

Wednesday – Coffee Morning 10.30-12.00am – homemade cakes, including gluten free

Kick Boxing 7.00-8.00pm. Contact Mark Slaymaker on 07932 408 382

Miltary Whist – alternate weeks 7.30 – 9.30pm Contact Ivan Walker on 01785 607 897

Thursday – Painting for Pleasure 10.-12.00, contact Vanessa Timmis – 01785 813 314

Pilates 6.45 – 9.30pm. Contact Helen Yeomanson 07747 036 422

Yoga for pregnancy 7.00 – 8.30 Ante-natal relaxation. Contact Su Guest 07707 668 710

Friday – Life painting &drawing 9.30-12.45, and 1.00-4.00 Contact Stafford College on 01785 275 607

Puppy School 6.30 – 8.30 Contact Cara Wilson on 07870 300 432

Saturday – Drawing and Painting – 3rd Saturday in the month; 10.00-4.00pm. Contact Stafford College on 01785 275 607

Tennis Club – Contact Brendan Sullivan 01785 616 311

For more information visit www.greatbridgefordvillagehall.org.uk or email bookings@greatbridgefordvillagehall.org.uk


ST CHAD'S CHURCH: Advance notice – 23rd February – Valentine’s service, details to follow


To hire the hall for your event, contact Tony Cope, 01785 282 426

Friday 7th, Saturday 8th February - Seighford Amateur Dramatics present ‘The Seighford Fringe’– contact Rob Johns, 07773 14 99 55

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, Ladies Darts and tours of the brewery!

Special offer - Order 2 main meals from either the Main Menu or the Specials Board and get the cheapest free.

Offer applies 27th January to 27th February Monday - Thursday

Food served 12.00 - 2.30pm and 5.30 - 9.00pm,

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

February 10th at 7.30, meeting of the Chernobyl Children’s Project, at the pub. For information please contact Margie Haslop;


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