STONE AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB: There was an excellent attendance at the Spring Ladies’ Lunch at Slater’s Restaurant, Baldwin’s Gate, on Monday April 7. Entertainment was provided by Jonathan Baddeley, who spoke about the life and music of George Formby, illustrated by familiar George Formby songs played on his ukulele.
JOB SUPPORT CLUB. On the first Tuesday every month from 12 noon to 3pm there is a free Job Support Club in Stone Library; the next one is Tuesday May 6. Laura Allen, from National Careers Service, will offer job-search advice including, CVs, covering letters and interviews. Shaun Geraghty, from Jobcentreplus, will provide help to set up and use the Universal Jobmatch job search application. Julie Priestnall, from Groundwork Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, will offer support in training and development qualifications, CSCS cards/security badges and FLT licensing.
STONE LIBRARY: Provides a bus-pass service. Young people aged 11-19 can travel in Staffordshire on any bus for £1 and, with the Older Persons' Pass, people of pensionable age can travel any time in Staffordshire for free. Also people entitled to a disability pass can travel any time in Staffordshire for free. Telephone 01785 354135 to ensure you take the correct forms of identification with you to apply for a pass.
The library will be closed on Monday May 5 for the Bank holiday.
STONE WI: the next meeting is the Annual Meeting on Wednesday May 7. The Women’s Institute meet in Christchurch Centre at 2pm
FARMERS’ MARKET: is on Saturday in Stone High Street from 9am onwards.
ST MICHAEL’S AND ST WULFAD’S CHURCH: On Sunday at 4pm, a healing service will take place. Everyone is welcome.
SOCIAL DANCE: is on Saturday in St Dominic’s Social Club from 8pm to 11pm. The type of dancing is Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence. A cash bar is available. This will be the last one of this season until after the summer. Contact Patrick, 01785 714787.
CAR BOOT: The last car boot of the season is on Sunday May 11 from 8.30am until 12 noon. Tea, coffee and light refreshments are available. An inside table costs £5 (table provided); an outside space is £4 (please provide your own table). Contact Andrea, 01785 813461.
STONE RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY: The group meets in the building behind Walton Community Centre at 7.30pm. The next meeting is Friday May 9 and Janet Stewart will narrate the evening programme, Keep It In The Family. Prospective members are welcome.
AGE CONCERN, STONE AND DISTRICT: hold coffee mornings in the coffee lounge in Station Road on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.45am until 11.15am. The Lunch Club is held at Bromfield Court on Thursdays from 11.45am until 1.30pm. Every fortnight there is a Tuesday Lunch Club which visits various local pubs. To book either lunch contact 01785 817906.
MESSY CHURCH: this is a church for families who find it hard to go to church on a Sunday. The next meeting is at St Michael’s Hall from 3pm until 5pm and is for parents, grandparents, carers and accompanying children. It’s fun, friendly and free. There are crafts, celebration and food. The adults are asked to stay for the whole session with the children so that it is fun for all the family.
SIGNPOST CENTRE: this is held in the Frank Jordan Community Centre, Lichfield Street, on every weekday except Thursday from 9.30am until 1pm. This is a drop-in centre offering tea, coffee and toast, hospitality, and information or advice. Contact 01785 812417.
STONE RAMBLERS’ GROUP: Sunday May 4, Up and Over Shutlingsloe, leaving Westbridge Park 0930, contact 07914357864. Thursday May 8, Longstone Moor, leaving Westbridge Park 0830am, contact 01782 644182. Also Crakemarsh, leaving Westbridge Park, 0930, 01785 814444.
THE ROEBUCK COMMUNITY PUB: On Wednesday evening the Roebuck now offers pies from 5pm until 8pm followed by a quiz night.
LE VIDE GRENIER: This is a garage, attic and table-top sale throughout the village. The Church will be open and cream teas will be available in the Village Hall. All this takes place on Saturday May 10 from 2pm until 5pm.