Updated on 22nd November 2020
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Due to the Corona Virus local news is disrupted and events and clubs have been closed for the duration
For the edition dated 18th November 2020
LOCAL BUSINESSES: As always during these difficult times please try to support our local businesses, many will be offering take out and even home delivery which we should attempt to make use of. When we return to what we like to call ‘normal times’ our community will need our local businesses to have survived and be there for the future.
BEECH ROAD: The play area at Beech Road is one of many dozens currently owned and operated by the Stafford Borough Council but one which the Eccleshall Parish Council hopes to take over and invents in the site. It is one of the projects that the council has been involved in for some month now and they are awaiting approval from the borough Council. Funds will be put on one side in the budget for 2021/2022.
BELL RINGING: Even our own tower bell ringers at Holy Trinity Church have been affected by the Covid-
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE: The maintenance of the various sites which the Parish Council is responsible for will be asking for quotations from local providers. The grass cutting etc on Parish Council land is usually carried out by local companies and they will be asked to make to bids for the work.
COUNCILLORS SURGERY: The regular surgeries usual held monthly have been curtailed due to the safety consideration during the Covid 19 emergency however your local Borough and County councillors are still available by phone or email. County and borough Councillor Jeremy Pert can be reached at 07740 924659 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.jeremypert.co.uk and Borough Councillor Peter Jones can be reached at 01785 85`1381, 07815 419166, email email@example.com, www.peterwjones.co.uk
LOCKDOWN EFFECT: The various community rooms in the parish had been seeing a rise in occupation until the four-
LICENCES NEEDED: Permission to install Christmas trees on or over County Owned footpaths or highways it needed each year and permission for the Eccleshall ones has been applied for. On October 21 twenty tree brackets were safety checked as part of the ongoing checks carried out by the Ecclian Society. The erection of the trees will be done over several days this year as opposed to the one day which it usually takes.
BRING SMILES IN DECEMBER: Sylvia Keris from Eccleshall, an ambassador for the Biddy bag Foundation charity -
Now, with the Christmas season approaching amidst Covid restrictions, preventing many families festive events – let alone children experiencing abuse – Sylvia knows some may be feeling a bit sad at this time. So she has decided to bring a smile to people’s faces by dressing up as an elf every day in December up to Christmas!
Sylvia will be going about in her everyday tasks, whether doing her food shopping, taking a daily walk or essential volunteering work for Buddy bags – but dressed as a n elf….
So if you see a happy elf in the community, just smile and please continue to support the biddy bag Foundation by knitting teddies; or perhaps considering a donation to their Christmas campaign, to fund the increased need for Buddy Backpacks at this time, by visiting their website at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/elf2020, where you can also leave a festive message for family and friends. For knitted teddy deliveries please contact Sylvia on 01785 851005.
Pic: Sylvia with the latest delivery of knitted teddies