The Eccleshall column is supplied to the Stafford Newsletter and Market Drayton / Newport Advertisers each week
For edition dated 17th July 2019
WELL DRESSING: Despite a rainy morning, the fifth Croxton Community Well Dressing Festival on Saturday July 6 attracted many visitors to see the six beautiful Well Dressings that had been created by a team of over 30 people. The theme of the 2019 Festival was ‘Celebrating’.
The largest Well Dressing celebrated well-known features of the North West of Staffordshire.... which from Anglo-Saxon times until 1894 was the administrative region known as the Pirehill Hundred. Included in the design and encompassed in a Stafford Knot were the bottle kilns of the Potteries, Joules Brewery, canals, bridges and watermills. Also included was a spitfire invented by S-o-T born Reginald Mitchell, the Stone Pirehill beacon and Izaak Walton (author of the ‘Compleat Angler’) whose shoes represented the shoe-making trade of Stafford and Stone.
The five other Well Dressings celebrated the Centenary of Staffordshire Federation W.I.; the Centenary of the National Farmers Union in Stafford; the fiftieth anniversary of the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and 50 years since man first set foot on the moon in 1969. The Eccleshall Girl Guides had also learnt how to create a Well Dressing and their design depicted the World Guide badge. The designs are all created using natural materials.
Most Well Dressings take place in the Peak District, and the Croxton event is the furthest west of any Well Dressing in the U.K. The first visitors were from Australia, and as well as local people, there were many people visiting from other parts of the country and abroad.
The event was officially opened by Mrs Jean Beasley and the traditional Blessing of the Well conducted by Rev. Sara Humphries. There was a BBQ and stalls and displays in the Croxton Millennium Wood and St Paul’s Church, and the event was concluded with an afternoon poetry and music concert showcasing a wealth of local talent. Huge thanks to the sponsors of the event and to the organising committee, - drawn from members of all the local community groups, who had worked very hard for over twelve months to ensure the event was a success.
Pic: the main well dressing
MOBILE POLICE POST: On Saturday July 20 a mobile police post will be on the police post grounds from 9.30am to 12.30pm. It is expected that other services will have representatives present.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: A dozen people attended the recent meeting of the Eccleshall Neighbourhood Watch at the Royal Oak on Monday July 8. Also present was Gareth Higgins representing the local constabulary armed with statistics and advice about recent crimes and crime prevention. The meeting was chaired by John Baldry. The next meeting will take place on Monday September 30 starting at 7.30pm.
LIBRARY TRAINING: The training sessions for the library volunteers get underway this week with sessions being held at the library for the many people who volunteered to help to operate the library when it is handed over from County Council control to local control. It is one of many of the libraries in the county which have switched to local management from the County Council. A date for the library to become community managed is expected to be announced very soon.
PARISH COUNCIL: The next full meeting of the Eccleshall Parish Council takes place on Wednesday July 17 in the Broughton parish room starting at 7.30pm. The planning committee meeting follows this meeting. Members of the public are invited to attend and observe the meeting. There is a public session at the beginning of the meeting for residents to raise matters to the council. There is no council meeting in August so the next meeting will be in September.
AFTERNOON TEA: The Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Peter Jones and Councillor Mrs Jones will be attending the Mayor’s Afternoon Tea fund raising event at the Upper House Barlaston on Thursday July 18.
CIVIC AMENITY VISIT: The special refuse truck will be in the Stone Road, opposite the Methodist Church on Saturday July 20 between 9am and 11am for household large items of waste, furniture carpets etc. The service is sponsored by the Parish Council.
SHOW MEETING: There will be a meeting of the Eccleshall Show committee at the community centre on Saturday July 20 starting at 10am.
ECCLIAN BARBECUE: The Ecclian Society will be holding a barbecue in the gardens of the Society’s chairman Brian Freeman on Saturday July 20 starting at 7pm.
VALUATION DAY: The Eccleshall Support Group of the Katharine House Hospice have arranged a valuation day at the community centre on Saturday July 20 between 11.30am and 3pm. Two experienced staff from Hanson’s Auctioneers will be carrying out the valuations of our prized possessions and heirlooms at £1 per valuation. Maximum three valuations per person. Admission is £2 which includes tea/coffee. Cakes will be on sale to sustain us during the proceedings and there will be a raffle. The support group hope for your support.
PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL: There will be a meeting of the Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity Church in the parish room on Thursday July 25 starting at 7.15pm.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: The annual memorial service to commemorate those buried in St Peter’s Church yard, Broughton will be held on Sunday July 21 starting at 11am. All are most welcome.
OPEN GARDEN: As part of the National Garden Scheme the gardens at the home of Wendy Johnson at Pershall Farm Cottage are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21 between 1pm and 5pm. Admission is £3and cream teas are available. Private visits can also be arranged, contact Wendy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAR SCHEME: The Eccleshall Voluntary Car Scheme was pleased to welcome a new voluntary driver recently who lives in the Great Bridgeford area. The scheme has several clients who live in Bridgeford but need transport to the Crown Surgery, so this is a big plus. The scheme still needs more drivers especially in the Croxton area. Do get in touch if you think you can help. email@example.com or ring 01785 851381.
COUNCIL NEWSLETTER: The Summer edition of the Parish Council’s newsletter is currently being delivered to the homes in the area. The ten page booklet contains useful telephone numbers, how to report things etc, details of all the parish councillors, and item on Elford Heath, smaller items, profiles of each of the four new councillors, and a page explaining what the parish council is responsible for and what it has done over the past twelve months. Copies will also be available in the library in the next week or two.
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: the Methodist Women’s Fellowship meets every other week in the school room with guest speakers and demonstrations. The next meeting is on Tuesday July 20 starting at 2pm.
QUEEN’S FIELD: The Plaque marking the Bishop Curt public open space at Queen Elizabeth 2nd Field in Trust has now been located and fixed in place thanks to Parish Councillor Pete Edwards for his DIY skills.
Items for publication in the local newspapers and magazines can be sent to Peter Jones, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to 25 Wheelwright Drive, Eccleshall, ST21 6LB or telephone 01785 851381.
Posters for the town notice board and items for publication can also be left at the I Tech shop in Stafford Street, Eccleshall courtesy of Tom Court