The Eccleshall column is supplied to the Stafford Newsletter and Market Drayton / Newport Advertisers each week
For the edition dated 15th May 2019
SPEED CAMERAS: The Parish Council has engaged on the project of installing speed devices throughout the parish to show motorists the speed they are doing. To site the devices the council needed the guidance and approval of the County Council’s Highways department and on a tour of the sites which took place on Tuesday May 7 Councillor Peter Jones Chairman of the parish’s traffic management committee, parish councillor Libby Dale, County Councillor Jeremy Pert were joined by Highways engineer Tim Buxton. A number of sites were agreed. There were to have thirteen sites across the parish but following the advice of the County Highways department this has been reduced but should still provide the coverage that the parish wanted. Safety was an issue along with underground cabling etc which could have been damaged if placed in the wrong spot.
Pic: Libby Dale, Peter Jones, Tim Buxton and Jeremy Pert
SPECIAL VISITOR: Nick Stafford best known for writing the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse, called into Eccleshall library today Wednesday May 1 to meet with Marge Eglington, Pauline Hardy and Ann Scantlebury, who have been compiling the Eccleshall Players archive. Nick used to live in Eccleshall and his parents where members of Eccleshall Players and he shared his memories with us.
Pic: Pauline Hardy, Nick’s sister Jane, Marg Eglington, Nick and Ann Scantlebury.
ECCLESHALL SINGERS: The Choral group held its annual general meeting on Tuesday May 7 and elected its officers for the forthcoming year. Chris Howe was elected as chairman, Robin Cole as vice chairman, Joy Jones as treasurer and Peter Jones as secretary. The meeting was held in the Methodist Church and a rehearsal for concerts followed the meeting. The Singers meet every week on Tuesdays starting at 7.30pm. New members always welcome.
PARISH COUNCIL: The Eccleshall Parish Council holds its annual meeting in the community centre on Wednesday May 15 starting at 7.30pm. Committees will be chosen, and a new chairman and deputy chairman will be elected.
PLANNING COMMITTEE: At its meeting on May 1 the Parish planning committee did not object to any of the applications received. The Borough planners agreed with the parish committee to reject application 19/30114/hou at Fairoak Bank which was considered by both councils to be much too large an extension.
GARDEN VILLAGE: The initial thoughts on the 10,000 homes planned for Mill Meece seem to be proceeding cautiously with Borough Council staff and all relevant authorities and suppliers are being consulted. Councillor Peter Jones had a meeting with the Borough Chief Executive as part of a ward councillor’s consultation. Also present were Councillor Roy James and Councillor Brian Price from Swynnerton as adjoining ward members. Councillor Jones gave a brief presentation on the results of the meeting.
HANGING BASKETS:The council agreed to support the Ecclian Society with its usual purchase of four hanging baskets for the town centre display. Local organisations and people are being asked to sponsor a basket.
POLICE TEAM: The police team for the Eccleshall area now consist of Sergeant Daniel Ferguson, PCSO Gareth Higgins, PCSO Luke Peckitt and PC Jane Gabriel. PCSO Patrick Wright has returned to light duties following a serious injury at work.
CIVIC AMENITY VISITS: The Parish Council provided special waste collections every other month for residents to dispose of items both large and small. The next twelve months visits have been approved. The next visit will take place opposite the Methodist Church in Stone Toad on Saturday May 18 between 9am and 11am.
WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP: The reverend Jules Walker is the guest speaker at the meeting of the fellowship group in the Methodist Church room on Tuesday May 14 starting at 2pm.
EAGLE SITING: Due to health and safety concerns the Eagle statue hoped to be sited on the ‘Bovis’ island, consultations have taken place and alterative sites discuss. It seems likely that the Eagle will eventually be sited on Bovis Land near Stafford Road. The company made a healthy contribution to the cost of the statue.
SPEED WATCH: The Speed Watch group have noticed that motorcycle groups and some cars continue to use the Loggerheads road past the church as an opportunity to test their acceleration capabilities.
POETRY GROUP: The group meets in the High Street library on the first and third Thursdays in the month to read and listen to poetry. The next meeting will e on May 16 between 2pm and 4pm.
LIVE MUSIC: Bobby Jones is providing the music for the regular live music events in the community centre on Saturday May 11 starting at 8pm.
LLANDUDNO OUTING: The Eccleshall Trust group has planned its regular annual outing to Llandudno to take place on Thursday June 6. The trip if for able bodied senior citizens. If you are registered with the group, please be ready to confirm that you wish to join the trip. If you are new to the area or are not usually contacted about such trips, get in touch with Sharon Lynch the Trust’s secretary on 07870 133027 or 012785 851046 after 7pm.
OVER 60’S BIRTHDAY: The leader of the Over 60’s group in Eccleshall, Fran Veck celebrated her own 60th birthday at a special party in the parish room on Tuesday May 7. Club members were in attendance in large numbers celebrating with this popular leader of their group. There were tears. As she pointed out she can now legally be a member of the group!
Pic: Tall Fran Veck in the middle with some members
MAYOR MAKING: The annual Borough Council meeting for the installation of the new mayor takes place at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford on Saturday May 18. Barlaston Councillor Gareth Jones is to be the new Mayor for 2019-2020. Following the installation of the new mayor and deputy mayor the past Mayor and deputy mayor will be presented with jewels marking their service to the borough. The proceedings will be attended by civic heads from across the county and the enthroning will be followed by a parade through the town centre and a march past by local organisations and a buffet in the County Council building in Martin Street..
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