ASTON BY STONE
NEW EXPLORER UNIT: Calling all young ladies and gentlemen between 13½ and 18 looking for adventure - a new Explorer Unit opens in Aston Village Hall (on the A34 from Stone to Stafford) on Monday, May 12. Our mission is to help young people develop in many ways by means of the Scout Association Method and The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. (We hike, camp, climb, canoe, go on expeditions, and learn and consolidate Scouting skills, amongst other stuff)
We will meet every other Monday evening from 8.15pm-10pm, along with any other evening/weekend activities that you can plan in. Interested? Contact Ian or Mark (ExplorerLeaders.Aston@stonescouts.org.uk ) or turn up PROMPT at 8.15pm on May 12.
WI: Our next meeting is on May 14. We will be discussing the Resolution for the NFWI Annual Meeting and having some fun. On July 28 our Federation visit to the races at Uttoxeter will take place. Friends and family are welcome and the £16.00 entry fee (normally £25.00) will cover entrance to the Premier Enclosure, a Tipster to give you betting advice, a tour of the race course, a glass of wine and nibbles. There will be 7 races starting at 5.50pm and ending with the 8.50pm race and the gates are open from 4PM.
BUS SERVICES: Some of the journeys on the 23/23A bus service from Hanley to Blurton/Newstead have been extended to include Barlaston, Stone, Eccleshall & Newport. A temporary timetable is available here http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/new_service_updates/attach_1397645949_23311_23ttnewport.pdf
CANAL WORKING PARTY: A group of local residents turned out to tidy the stretch of the Trent & Mersey Canal that runs through the parish of Barlaston. Darren Green, Area Manager for the Canal & River Trust presented John Russell with a certificate, confirming the adoption of the stretch of canal. Barlaston is the first parish in the Central Shires Area to have adopted a stretch of canal. The working party achieved a good deal, clearing litter and debris, painting mooring rings and removing overgrown vegetation.
SCOUTS: A party of Barlaston Scouts and Explorers attended the District Camp at Kibblestone over the Bank Holiday Weekend. The theme of the camp was 'All the Fun of the Circus'.
PROSCENIUM PLAYERS: The next production will be 'One O’Clock from the House', a comedy by Frank Vickery. It will be performed in the Village Hall from Wednesday May 14 to Saturday May 17, at 7.30pm. For further details and to pre-book tickets see the website barlastonplayers.webspace.virginmedia.com, or find them on Facebook.
POP-UP BAR AND BEETLE DRIVE: This will take place on Friday, May 16 at 6.30pm in the Village Hall. Tickets, which include pizza cost £5 adult, £3 u12's, family £15.
RACE NIGHT: The amazingly successful Race Night has raised at least £1,750 to be used for projects in the village. The final total will be confirmed once all monies have been collected. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this fund raising evening so successful, and to Rotary for sharing their guidance, equipment and expertise, for which they will receive a donation of circa £750.
DEFIBRILLATOR: Blythe Bridge Rotary Club has very kindly donated £600 towards the purchase of a defibrillator for the village. More details to follow.
THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON: The next Live Music session at the Shoulder will feature Sarah Miller on May 24, but with events being booked on a regular basis keep an eye on the notice boards at
The Shoulder or visit the website www.theshoulderofmuttonfulford.co.uk for further information.
The Wednesday evening quiz continues to be a fantastic fund raiser for the First Responders. The quiz costs £2 per person to take part but with free sandwiches and chips supplied by Steve, the landlord and £15 for the winning team and £5 for the runners up it is a great value and fun night out. Be there at 8.30pm for the 8.45pm start. Thank you to Steve for his continuing support for the Church with the book sales raising an amazing £670 so far. All books cost £1, with all funds raised going to St Nicholas’ Church.
VIDE GRENIER: Hilderstone's take on spring cleaning French style takes place this Saturday, at numerous stalls around the village, as 15 stallholders sell the unwanted contents of their attics, cellars, outhouses and garages, between 2 and 5pm. Come and enjoy our picturesque village and grab your own bargain. Enjoy a Cream Tea in the Roebuck pub and visit the Open Church with cake stall and homemade goodies. Now featuring Art and Handmade Fair in Village Hall (10am-5pm).
MEIR HEATH: & ROUGH CLOSE
BRIGADE: The Brigade are holding a Fayre on Saturday from 10am-1pm in St Francis' Church Hall
Volunteers still needed to help with The Brigade. Please see Tony or Sue if you can help. Thank you!
WI: The meeting on Wednesday, May 14 will be our 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 – more details from our Website www.milwichwi or Mary on 01889 505678.
GREEN LEA SCHOOL: The Friends of the School will be holding their Spring Draw and Film Night on Saturday, May 17.
GREEN MAN GOLFING SOCIETY: The next outing will take place on Thursday, May 15. We shall be visiting Astbury golf club at 1pm. Use of the county card will keep the cost down to £20.
NATIONAL MILLS DAY: On Sunday, Mosty Lea Water Mill, a 17th century flint and bone grinding mill, recently featured on Channel 4 TV's The Restoration Man, will be working and open to visitors 2pm - 4pm. The mill is located within the grounds of Kibblestone Scout Camp, Kibblestone Rd, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8DR. Entrance and parking is via camp reception. Visitors are given a guided tour of the mill and explanation of the processes. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT: Following a successful event in March, Lynne Collier and friends have organised a follow-up tomorrow in Oulton Village Hall at 6.30pm. The evening will feature singing sensation Rob Black and a Table Quiz to raise funds for Age Concern Stone, who are completely independent from the shops in the High Street and Age UK. They rely totally on fundraising, volunteer help and grants. Tickets are available now from Lynne on 01785 813473 at only £10 and will include a chicken and chips supper and dessert. A bar will be provided by The Brushmakers.