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Stone District - week beginning April 17

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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GOLF CLUB: Sunday Lunch is available at the club on Easter day between noon and 4.15pm. For further details, or to make a booking please contact Claire Downward or Kath Evans, on 01782 372867.

BOWLS AND TENNIS CLUB. Following an Extraordinary Meeting, Gareth Jones has been elected as Chairman, following Bill Boswell's resignation. A new toilet has been installed on the site and is now fully functional. Meanwhile, the club's season has begun, with fixtures coming through thick and fast , with the Oakhill team winning their first fixture by a wide margin.

EASTER ACTIVITIES: These will take place in St John's Church, tomorrow, Good Friday from 10am-noon. Aimed at families activities on offer include an Easter Egg hunt; making an Easter Garden and various craft activities associated with Easter. Afterwards there will be a short, informal Easter Service.

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ATTENTION, ALL MEN OVER 65: Councillor Tony Holmes is encouraging all men over 65 in the Parish to be checked for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, a non-symptom problem that can kill without warning. Being checked takes about ten minutes and the results are given to you straight away. An ultrasound examination of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body, is made to check for any abnormalities. Call 01782 674356 to make an appointment, or if you want to know more about the process, call Tony on 01782 395250 and he will tell you all about his.

VILLAGE HALL: The Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 30 at 8.15pm. All village residents are invited, and new members and ideas will be warmly welcomed.


SCARECROW FESTIVAL: This will take place over the weekend of June 7-8. So that we can get an idea of how many scarecrows there will be on display please let Roy Clark know your name and address, as soon as possible, either on 01889 505676 or clark.roy2@yahoo.co.uk. It will then be possible to draw up a map and programme for the event. .

ROEBUCK REOPENS: The Roebuck reopened on Monday, April 7. The new landlords are Darrell Dobson & Dominic Walker and hopefully this will be a new beginning for the Roebuck. The plan is to have food available in the very near future and the pub will be open all day, 7 days a week. In the week before its reopening there were a number of people in the village helping to make some immediate improvements to the pub's appearance in readiness for the big day. It is good to see the community spirit so much in evidence.


PRODUCE GUILD: On Thursday, April 24, we welcome Mr Bryan Lewis, who will give a talk on the Spring Plant Showcase. The Annual Show this year will be on Saturday, September, 6 and will include the popular Classic Car Display which we were unable to stage in 2013. The schedules are now being finalized, and will be out soon. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month, in the Village Hall, starting at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome. For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 505209, or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

GREEN MAN GOLFING SOCIETY: The next outing is on Thursday, April 24, - to Market Drayton Golf Club with two tee times booked, 1.30pm and 1.39pm. The cost will be £20 with the County Card' If you haven't got one, you'll need to beg, steal or borrow one. After the round we'll return to the Green Man for a bite to eat.

DARTS, CRIB AND DOMINOES TEAMS: If you are interested in joining one of the teams, please let Rod know and he will be able to give you more details of meeting nights and times.


1,000,000 POPPIES: The BKV Group and the Village Hall committee invite you to sponsor one of the eleven panel widths of the new wild flower bed in the Village Hall Car Park for £10. All contributions will go towards the cost of the seed and the newly purchased organic soil. Sponsors will have their name fixed to 'their panel' Please support this Special WW1 100th. Anniversary Year, 'We will remember them'. Please contact Martin Robinson, 16, Kibblestone Road, Oulton. Tel 01785 812438 or email: martin@oultonrobinson.co.uk

WOMEN'S CIRCLE: At their recent meeting, the group heard from William Morris from the 'House of Bread'. He had been booked for the February meeting, but there was a mix-up over the venue, so was booked again for this month. If anyone would like to join the group contact Ruth Wilson (01785 815275) or Janet Thorne (01782 372324). Transport can be arranged if necessary.


BELL RINGERS: Much progress has been made recently, with some newer members making their first visit to another tower and longer-standing members perfecting the method 'Plain Hunt'. Practise nights are Mondays for Beginners and Thursdays for those who have 'graduated' to ringing for service on Sundays. The sounds of the bells has brought many people up the tower to see how it's all done. If you want to have a go please speak to Paul Stringer or Mike Capper after a service, or come along to a Monday practice night.

WI: Last night the members heard from Hilary Godfrey who gave a talk entitled 'Hooked on Rag Rugs', explaining how they were made and why the original ones had a dark or black border, with colours brighter and lighter at the centre. If you're wondering, it's so they didn't show the dirt from the coal dust or mud tramped into the house!


WI: The next meeting will take place on Monday, April 21 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Our speaker will be Mr John Butterworth who will tell us all about 'A Hotel with a Famous Guest List'. The competition is a commemorative souvenir. Non-member visitors are welcome to any meeting for a small charge of £3.50. For more details contact the Secretary, Jean Powell, on 01782 796639.

REFUSE VEHICLE: This will be parked on the Village Hall car park, on Saturday, April 26, between 10am and noon.

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