ROTARY CLUB: Assistant District Governor John Sayer was the guest at the Rotary Club of Stafford's Club Assembly on Wednesday June 11 at the Con Club. Incoming President Peter Jones and his committee team gave a presentation of what was to be expected in the forthcoming year.
METHODIST CHURCH: Services on Sunday start at 10am with a service taken by Mr Chris Nuttall and his house group team and at 6.30pm Holy Communion which will be taken by Reverend Nathan Falla. The next Church Council meeting is on Tuesday at 7.45pm in church. Agenda items to Margaret Hale at email@example.com . The first of the Ladies Group summer coffee evenings is on Tuesday courtesy of Joyce Bearne and the Women’s Fellowship meet next Thursday at 2.30pm for a bring and buy in support of the Heart Foundation. The total amount raised this year for the Christian Aid charity is £2737.60 including gift aid.
WI: The WI walking group members are to join in two walks in the summer, one on Cannock Chase and the other at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Centre at Wolsey Gardens. At the May meeting members Euna Deakin and Amanda Robinson joined in with the evening’s guest Aileen Welch to learn the art of belly dancing and members Patricia Booth, Margaret Merrick and Jill Mould have been notified that their photographs have been accepted for the 2015 WI calendar. Proceeds from this week’s coffee morning will be donated to Katherine House Hospice. Members are also manning a stall at the summer event on June 28 and will be baking cakes to sell. There is no meeting this month, instead members are participating in a trip to Llangollen for a steam train ride.
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PARISH COUNCIL: The May meeting was a combined Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Parish Council meeting. Present were J Eaves, R Pitt, W Mason and J Wilkes. Apologies were received from Parish Councillor R Edwards and Borough Councillor R Sutherland. Four residents and a reporter from The Staffordshire Newsletter also attended. Issues discussed included litter picking, the work on the trees along Hyde Lea Bank, fly tipping and an incident in Burton Bank Lane, the Speed Indication Device, and a planning application for work on Barn Bank Manor reference 14/20261/FUL. It was also confirmed that The Crown Public House has been listed as a community asset by the council. The accounts were presented and agreed by the council. The next meeting will be on Wednesday July 9.
SCARECROWS: This year’s competition is now running and will finish on the day of the fete Saturday July 5. Scarecrows can be displayed in the garden, drive or gateway and the winner will be determined by village votes. A voting slip is in this month’s edition of Contact magazine, additional slips are available at the village hall or The Crown pub. Completed slips should be posted through the village hall post box. The winner will be announced at the fete and the sum of £50 will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.
AIR CRASH: Six Australian airmen lost their lives on July 30 1944 when their Wellington bomber crashed in a field at Doxey Wood Farm. Reverend Kareen Lowther has agreed to include a tribute to these young men during a service at St Lawrence’s church in August. Bruce Braithwaite is preparing a display to mark this 70th anniversary of the accident and would appreciate any information local people may have. Bruce can be contacted on 01785 612645 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
BEST KEPT VILLAGE: Tidy up sessions for June are on Wednesday June 18 and Friday June 27. Volunteers should meet at the village hall car park at 6.30pm.
MUSIC CLUB: The Silver Stetson Country Music Club is a new venture which kicks off at the village hall on Saturday. The music is for lovers of Country and Weston and the first guest is Jim Tracey. Line and Partner dancing, bar facilities. Admission on the door is £4 per person. Enquiries call 07804 884899.