Updated on 4th August 2020
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For the edition dated 5th August 2020
GALLERY OPENING: Well today we have exciting news that Staffordshire Artists Cooperative are at last ready to re-
Members have worked hard to prepare the gallery for re-
For the time being our new opening hours are to be 10am till 5pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with the possibility of adding extra days as we see how things go. They have a large selection of original art and crafts, cards and prints for sale as well as providing a framing service. If customers are travelling any distance, it may be advisable to telephone first to check they are open (01785 850757).
Of course, following Government guidelines on COVID-
NO TIPI FOR ECCLESHALL: The applicants for planning permission to erect Tipi wedding accommodation on the Horsley Road has withdrawn their application. Following over 100 objections to the application it is hoped that the level of strength in neighbours’ objections played a part in the withdrawal. Perhaps People Power can be used to good effect sometimes, even in planning matters.
SPEEDWATCH RETURNS: The volunteer speedwatch team were back in action in the town recording the speeds of passing vehicles. They have been operating twice on some days in an effort to let motorist know that they are back in business. but time will tell. There has been some comments on where the Parish Council’s speed indication devices have been sited, however the Parish council was governed by the County Highways Department whose advice, as the experts in highway matters, had to be followed on siting.
COVID LITTER: A modern addition to the town’s litter is the recent appearance of discarded face masks. A very topical litter item and perhaps they should have been disposed of more thoughtfully.
ECCLESHALL ROTARIANS: The Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia may not be having its usual meetings during lockdown restrictions but was determined to still support local community groups and charities – especially organisations helping to keep vulnerable people and the general public safe from the virus.
Rotarians paid for the cost of the PVC till-
The club also donated £800 to Eccleshall group ‘scrubs’, the Corner Patch which bought the material that local sewing volunteers made into scrubs and other essential PPE for key workers in local NHS hospitals, care homes and other support workers that were suffering shortages. A £200 donation was given to community care group Eccleshall cares – which is assisting vulnerable residents in need, including those shielding in Eccleshall and surrounding rural areas.
To find out about other organisations Eccleshall Rotarians are supporting an urgent appeal for knitted teddies for the ‘Buddy Bags foundation – a local charity helping children taken to safety from domestic violence. Please visit their website at Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia. Rotarian Sylvia Keris can also be contacted on 01785 851005 regarding the Teddy Appeal and collection of bears.
Pic: Sarah Hanks Deputy manager, James Gwilt KHH, David Hall shop manager, front row Sylvia Keris, Brian Price and Brian Eyre Eccleshall Rotarians.
VIRTUAL CHURCH SERVICE: We know that technology might not be everyone’s thing, but Holy Trinity Church would love as many people as possible to have the opportunity to come along to our regular virtual services on Sundays at 10am. It’s really quite straightforward once you get the hang of it! please let Emily or Rev. Jules know if you’d like help and someone will be in touch.
They are using same order of service each week, with different people reading the bible passages, saying the prayers and helping us to reflect on the message. The link to zoom is as follows (please assume this is a recurring link for each week):
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 4216 0010 Password: 660173 If you need help getting connected please contact the parish administrator Emily on 07522 713459 or Reverend Jules on 850351.
DEPUTY MAYOR: Borough Councillor for Eccleshall Peter Jones will remain in place as the deputy Mayor along with the Mayor Councillor Gareth Jones from Barlaston until May 2021.
Because of the lockdown measures the Borough Council has been unable to hold its usual meetings which would have included Mayor making in May 2020 and so it has been decided that the people in position including committee members an chairmen.
This means that Councillor Jones will have been the deputy Mayor for four years since he will also be the deputy mayor supporting Mayor Councillor Tony Nixon from May 2021. No deputy Mayor has ever served back to back terms in the history of the council, although some have served as deputy mayor more than once.
Pic: Mayor Gareth Jones receives his copy of the Eccleshall Guide from
Councillor Peter Jones the editor.
FOOTPATH LICENCE: To allow businesses that serve drinks or food to place seats and tables in front of their premises the government is arranging a special temporary legislation that such businesses can apply for a Pavement Licence to help them to build trade after the lockdown and closures. The application for such a licence will be accompanied by a planned layout of the tables and chairs for approval. In the past such tables and chairs have caused problems when they block the pavement for pedestrians.
Pic: High Street Eccleshall benches and tables
LIBRARY OPENING: At long last the library in Eccleshall might be able to open on or about the 25th August. This will depend on a Health and Safety assessment of the building which should take place on 4th August. There is another stumbling block however, the lift due to its age is going to be upgraded. This will mean that the front door and the entrance area will be out of bounds whilst the work is being done. The upgrade is due to start at the beginning of September and will take 2 weeks to complete. During this time, we could use the back door for clients which has to be agreed by the SCC Health and Safety personnel. Watch this space!
CRICKET KITCHEN: Work is proceeding on the new kitchen for the Eccleshall Cricket Club pavilion with funds supported by Biffa.
VIRTUAL SHOW: Just a quick email to say the Virtual Eccleshall Show schedule is live on the website, if you have not already seen it. Here is a link below. Have you ever thought you might like to enter on the show day, but haven't had time, well have a look, there may be a class that you could enter. https://www.eccleshallshow.co.uk/home-
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