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Stafford and surrounds - week beginning June 19 by Peter Jones, Debbie Cooper and Leslie Longstaff

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 19, 2014


Comments (0) RAFA Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club, Eastgate Street. It will be followed by a quiz and buffet.

ROTARY CLUB Eccleshall's Peter Jones will be inducted as the 91st President of the Stafford Rotary Club at the Con Club on Wednesday.

BLOOD DONATION: Donors can give blood at the Stafford and District Polish Association, White Eagle Club, Riverway on Tuesday 1.30pm – 3.30pm and 4.30pm – 7.30pm or at Stafford Rangers Football Club, Marston Road, ST16 3BX on Monday between 1.30pm – 3.30pm and 4.30pm – 7.30pm. Appointments recommended but not essential. For further information please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk .

CARERS' ASSOCIATION: The monthly meeting for information, advice and support with talks and activities takes place today at Friars Mill from 10am to 1pm. No booking required – just turn up. 


WOODTURNING The club’s next meeting is on Monday at Hopton Village Hall at 7.30pm and the demonstrator will be Steve Heeley. All welcome.

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FETE Hopton Village Hall hosts the fete on Sunday 2pm - 5pm. There will be a car boot sale, medieval re-enactment, crafts and competitions.


METHODIST CHURCH: Services on Sunday are at 10am with Ann Donaldson and 6.30pm with Mark Timothy.

HISTORY SOCIETY: For the June meeting members are visiting The William Salt Library in Stafford. Own transport is required. Two new books have recently been published by the society entitled Memories – Berkswich in the Great War and Letters of an English Boy. The books can be ordered through the society’s website, collected from Beryl Holt or Bob Morton (telephone numbers on the website), from Bridle Road Post Office or Martin Mottershead, Butcher at Weeping Cross.


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, house call at Billington Lane at 3.25pm and finishes at Castle View at 3.40pm.

SUMMER SPECIAL: This annual event is taking place on Saturday June 28 on the playing field and starts at around 12 noon with the choosing of Derrington’s Rose Princess. This is open to girls aged between 5 and 12 years. During the afternoon here will be duck racing, pony rides, children’s sports, maypole dancing and various stalls and games. Free admission. Further information from Cheryl on 01785 251762.

ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH: There will be a special service at 3pm on Sunday as a celebration of the love and joy that pets bring their owners. All welcome, including the pets. Dogs should be restrained on leads.


VILLAGE HALL: A strawberry tea and exhibition of local craft work is taking place in the hall on Saturday June 28 from 3.30pm to 5pm. Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children available from John Stewart on 01785 780447.

PCC: The recent St George’s Day lunch raised £320.58 for church funds from tickets sales and the raffle. The sponsored knit which was attended by fourteen knitters produced enough squares for a blanket which will be donated to charity once sewn together. Also over £200 was raised for church funds.


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 bruthwaite@hotmail.co.uk .

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: www.greatbridgefordvillagehall.org.uk or telephone 01785 282582 to book.

A new class starts shortly at Great Bridgeford Village Hall called Canine Partners – for more information contact Ronnie on 01530 224442.

On Saturday at the village hall, from 9.30am onwards, construction of the raised bed takes place. All offers of help will be greatly appreciated; just turn up with your gardening gloves.

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 282426

ST CHAD'S CHURCH: Help is needed cutting the churchyard grass, if you can help out here please ring Andrew on 282829. On Tuesday the Alpha Course runs in the vicarage at 7.30pm.

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator – Robert and Sue Eld, 01785 282246.

THE HOLLYBUSH: Call 01785 281 644. New menu - come and sample! Includes fish finger sandwiches. On Monday at 7.30pm there is an Open Gardens in Bridgeford meeting; those interested please contact Chris on 01785 282507, or Leslie 01785 282582.

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, ladies darts team, 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. Special offers – Tuesday two Steak or two gammon for £15, Wednesday pie and a pint/125ml drink/soft drink £9.95.

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