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Stone District - week beginning May 1

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 30, 2014


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WI: Next year is the 90th birthday of the group and a programme of events and commemorative items is planned. In order to raise some money for this, Jenny Brockton asked members to bring items for a Bring and Buy at the May meeting. She also requested small amounts of cotton fabric to be used to make an appliqué table cloth. Our speaker for the April meeting was Marion Baldwin and the title of her talk was “Hats”. By wearing the relevant hat and reciting poetry she took us on a very funny and interesting journey through her life. Among the hats that she wore were a riding hat, a funeral hat and a wedding hat. Refreshments were served by Linda Scotton and friends. The competition, a flower arrangement in a cup and saucer, was won by Joan Jones. The raffle was won by Hazel Moulson.


REFUSE VEHICLE: A refuse vehicle with operator will be parked in Ivyhouse Drive, Barlaston Park adjacent to the shop on Saturday, May 10 from 10am-12noon

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GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME: Come and join us to celebrate the launch of the scheme with complimentary tea and cake on Saturday, May 10 from 11am-1pm at Barlaston Village Hall.

Find out how the scheme can help you and how you can help your neighbours. For more information contact Michelle Reynolds on 01785 242525, or email michelle.reynolds@staffs.org.uk

PARISH COUNCIL: After several nominations were received, the Council has decided to make the following awards to villagers. The Golden Jubilee Award is to be awarded to Irene Moran for her work with the WI over many years and her help in establishing a second group in the village. Certificates of Commendation are awarded to Margaret Collis, Margaret Wade, Shirley Sharp and Jean Finney, who work closely as a team, providing spiritual and pastoral support to the residents of the four residential homes in the village.


VILLAGE HALL SHOWCASE EVENING: This takes place next Thursday from 7pm, in the Village Hall. This is your chance to find out all the latest updates on the new village hall project whilst enjoying a free drink and some nibbles!


HANDYPERSON REQUIRED: The Parish Council wishes to appoint an Individual/Contractor to assume responsibility for a number of routine tasks across the Parish. This includes the regular repair and maintenance of: wooden and metal seats within the Parish; various Bus Shelters within the Parish; Noticeboards; of a range of planters within the Parish, plus the strimming of certain public footpaths within the Parish and any similar work of repair or minor maintenance. It is expected that the work will average 37 hours per month during the months April to October and 6 hours per month during the months of November to March. The Contract is worth £2688 per annum and most equipment will be provided. For further information contact Stephen Beck, Clerk to the Council, on 01782 398090 or email stephen_beck@btconnect.com.

DAWN CHORUS WALK: This takes place on Sunday, starting from the Village Green at 4.15am. We shall return by 6.30am for a cooked breakfast.


ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR: Several issues have been raised by residents in the village, both on the questionnaire and by direct complaints to the Parish Council. These continue to be an ongoing problem, and we would prefer villagers not to indulge in any of these practices, so we can keep our village pleasant to look at and live in.

The following items detail the sort of behaviour we would not wish to see: dog fouling and barking dogs, damage to grass verges, blocked pavements owing to cars being parked on them, speeding by villagers through residential areas and overgrown hedges which block pavements and look unsightly.

VILLAGE MARKET: This new enterprise for the village, will start on Saturday, May 31 and will continue on the last Saturday of the month thereafter, between 10am - 12.30pm in the Village Hall. So far we have a meat stall, a cake stall, an egg stall, a plant stall, antique jewellery and Victorian clothes, jewellery to make and buy, Neal’s Yard skin care products, personalized craft gifts. We are hoping that there will also be a vegetarian produce stall and a village produce stall for all those green fingered bods amongst the villagers who grow far more than they can eat (tomatoes, runner beans, flowers etc). If there is anything else you make, or would like to see on sale (craft items, knitted products, wooden handmade items etc) please contact Jennifer Green on 01889 505000 and come and be part of the market. The more different stalls the more interesting the market will be and the more people will come. All suggestions gratefully received.

OAK TREE FARM: Members are busily preparing for their largest fund-raising event of the year, 'Plant Day' which will take place on Saturday May 10 from 10am-4pm. As well as a range of plants and potted plants, visitors will be able to try some delicious cakes in the restaurant.


NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Residents in the Stafford Borough area are receiving phone calls purporting to be from the police, saying that they have a man in custody who was using their credit cards and could they confirm their bank details. These calls are bogus calls made by people trying to pass themselves off as police officers. Please be advised not to converse with these callers or give out any bank details. Simply put the phone down and end the call.

WI: The meeting on Wednesday, May 14 will be the Annual Meeting and will take the form of a very short business meeting followed by a social time with bring & share refreshments. Visitors are always welcome at our very friendly WI. Our meetings start at 7.30pm on the second

Wednesday in the month and are held at Milwich Village Hall. We have a wide range of Speakers throughout the year. See our Website for more details www.milwichwi or call May on 01889 505518.


BLUEBELL WALK: This will take place on Monday, leaving the parish Room car park at 2pm. Robert Selby will lead the walk over to Enson and back, returning to the Parish Room for Afternoon Tea. Adults, £5, children free. Dogs must be on leads. All proceeds will go to the Parish Room building fund.


COUNTRY AND WESTERN EVENING: Dig out your stetsons, jeans, boots and waistcoats. Peak Folk will be playing for this event in the Village Hall on Saturday, May 10, starting at 8pm. Tickets, which include supper, cost £10 and are available from Brian, 01785 760701 or Kay, 01785 761628 There will also be a licensed bar.

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