Updated on 3rd February 2020
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For the edition dated 5th February 2020
FESTIVAL EVENTS: The organisers of the 2020 Eccleshall Festival invite you and your clubs and organisations to be involved with the events that form the programme for the nine days of activities which promote everything Eccleshall. The Festival takes place every other year and is a wonderful opportunity to bring to the fore Eccleshall and its clubs and associations to residents and visitors alike during the period Saturday June 13 to Sunday June 21.
This year the Ecclian Society start the Festival with the Open gardens weekend on Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14 which draws hundreds of garden lovers from all over, not just from Eccleshall.
The organisers hope that the pubs in the town will take part with events of their own, a quiz, music event, something to promote their food and drink etc. The Little George is already on board with what promises to be some wonderful activities. If you would like to be involved please contact Peter Jones 01785 851381 / 07815 419166 email: email@example.com for general Festival enquiries or for Victorian Street Market stall bookings Libby Dale 01785 850124 email: libbydale@Tiscali.co.uk.
The 2020 Festival will be the 36th of its kind in modern times and hopes to have you all taking part. Visit the website at www.eccleshallfestival.co.uk or see them on Facebook.
21 YEARS OF POETRY: Some current members of the Eccleshall Poetry Group with their display in the library foyer celebrating 21 years of reading and enjoying poetry as a group. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month between 2pm and 4pm to read, listen to and enjoy poetry in the High Street library. A theme for each meeting is suggested and encompasses a huge range of themes.
Pic: Ann Scantlebury, Mary King, Trevor Harvey, Marion Philips, Margaret Saunders, Josie Welsh, Elizabeth leaper, Alan Sanday, Hilda Jones and Lesley Mackness
PANTOMIME SUCCESS: It was a sell-
Pic: of the cast and crew
ECCLESHALL GUIDE: The distribution of the 2020 Guide is well under way thanks to the 1st Eccleshall Scouts and friends and additional copies are available from the library and in the entrance hall to the arcade in the High Street.
NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME: The programme of open gardens available to visitors arranged annually by the NGS is currently available for 2020 from the library and includes a number of Eccleshall area gardens. The scheme raises money for national charities and in 2019 raised £3 million.
MAYOR’S PARLOUR: The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress have arranged a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour on Thursday February 27 and invite Eccleshall folk who have not been able to attend one of the previous talks and buffet suppers to contact Peter Jones on 01785 851381 / 07815 419166 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for any available places.
CONSERVATION IN CHINA: On Friday February 7 at the Maer village hall the SWT have arranged an illustrated talk on the work of conservation in China given by Huw Lloyd starting at 7.30pm. Guests are welcome to join the session.
OWL EXPERIENCE: Andy Campbell is the guest speaker at the meeting of the Eccleshall Women’s Institute on Thursday February 13 starting at 7.30pm in the parish room.
MALCOLM SMITH: After over 30 years of careful stewardship Malcolm has retired as the Trinity Magazine subscription treasurer. He has quietly collected the subscriptions from over 30 distributors every year. His administrative skills have ensured that the financial well-
The Parochial Church Council wish to record a huge expression of thanks to Malcolm for his many years of service which he performed with such care and diligence.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: Rev. Stephen Cooke will be at the pianoforte on Thursday February 13 for the lunchtime concert entertainment. A simple lunch of soup and sandwiches is provided for the princely sum of £5 admission. The lunch begins at 12.30pm in the parish room. Everyone is welcome.
BUTTERFLY REPORT: There is a report of the butterflies in Eccleshall for the year of 2019 produced by Thomas Knowles who provides such a detailed report every year in the February edition of the Trinity magazine. He reports “That despite the extremes of success and failure for different species 2019 will go down as a bumper year in this area, especially for the numbers of butterflies seen in the late summer”
BOOK GROUP: The next meeting of the Book Group will take place in the library on February 12 between 10am and 11.15am.
TONY WHITTALL: Anthony St Clair Whittall died peacefully at home on December 5, 2019. He served Holy trinity Church for over 60 years ringing the bells, flying the flag and winding the clock twice a week, by hand for much of the time. He liked to keep it accurate to a few seconds. He stopped ringing in 2009 through failing health and for most of his life he rarely attended church services. On December 23 a memorial service was held with half muffled ringing before and after the service.
PARISH COUNCIL: There are meetings of the Parish Enhancements committee starting at 7pm and the planning committee starting at 7.30pm in the community centre on Wednesday February 5. Members of the council will be attending a Parish Forum at the Borough Council Civic Suite on Monday February 10.
HIGHWAYS MEETING: In the past members of the Parish Traffic management Committee have met four times a year with officers from the County Council’s Highways Department, following the meeting on January 28 the members were told that this would now only happen once a year.
The members of the council who attended the meeting at the Stone Highways depot were Libby Dale, Peter Jones, Chris Wilkins, Philip Stenning, John Leather and the parish clerk Stacey Worden . The officers that they met were Paula Lees the community engagement officer, Tom Underwood community Highways support officer and Tim Buxton community traffic management officer. There was an eleven-
HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Erasmus Darwin is the theme for the speaker Sean Farrelly at the community centre on Wednesday February 12 starting at 7.30pm. The meeting is also open to non-
LOVE LIFE & LAUGHTER: The Eccleshall Poetry Group will be hearing poems on the theme of love, life and laughter at their meeting in the library on Thursday February 6 between 2pm and 4pm. The theme is intended as a stimulus to readers not a restriction.
AROUND THE AREA
99TH BIRTHDAY: The Women’s Institute of Broughton celebrate their 99th birthday on February 13 at the Broughton parish room starting at 7.30pm. The members are promised a musical evening with Peter Wilshaw.
ROTARY CLUB: Stafford Rotary Club celebrates its 96th anniversary on Sunday February 16 with a lunch at the Chase Golf Club in Penkridge. Special guests include Donna Wallbank the President of the Rotary in Britain and Ireland, the district Governor of 1210 Brian Reilly and the Mayor and Mayoress of Stafford Councillor Gareth Jones and the Mayoress Rene Robinson.
The High Sheriff of Staffordshire is the guest speaker at the Stafford Rotary Club’s meeting on Wednesday February 12 starting at 12.30pm at the Tillington Hall Hotel.
OFFICIAL SECRETS: Stafford Film Theatre Spring Season starts with Official Secrets starring Keira Knightley as Iraq War whistle-
This film will be shown at The Gatehouse Theatre