The Eccleshall column is supplied to the Stafford Newsletter and Market Drayton / Newport Advertisers each week
For the edition dated 6th November 2019
TREES CONCERN: Holy Trinity Church do not own the land that was at the centre of the recent controversy regarding trees on the site off Shaw’s Lane, The land is partly owned by the Diocese and our local church have no say in its future. Diocesan statement: "Part of the land in question is owned by Lichfield Diocese, not the local parish or Holy Trinity Church. Though the diocese is working with a developer on long-term plans for new housing provision in the area, there is no prospect of imminent development. Any future proposals will obviously go through the local planning process and involve full consultation with residents and others. Any final decision will ultimately rest with the Local Planning Authority. The Diocese can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or St Mary's House, The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD or 01543 306030"
FREEDOM OF PARISH: Five residents of the parish were awarded the Freedom of the Parish awards on Sunday October 27 at the Holy trinity Church as part of the annual Civic Service arranged by the Parish Council in conjunction with the church. They were the first recipients of this award in the parish and the council hope that there will be others nominated by the public to recognise service to the community. The awards were made by Peter Jones the Chairman of the Eccleshall Parish Council and the service was attended by regular congregation members, parish councillors, Sir Bill Cash MP, representatives of community organisations and families and friends of the recipients. The service was led by Rev. Jules Walker and Rev. Steven Habgood, the lessons were read by Peter Jones and deputy chairman of the council Libby Dale.
Pic: Martin Watson, Bev Thompson, Graham Garner, Gordon Dale and Phil Baskerville.
PARISH PLANNING: The next meeting of the Parish Planning committee takes place at the community centre on Wednesday November 6 starting at 7.30pm.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT: The first of the new season of Lunchtime Concerts takes place in the parish room on Thursday November 7 starting at 12.30pm. Admission is £5 and includes a light lunch of soup and sandwiches, a hot drink and live musical entertainment provide by Peter Wilshaw and Di Talbott.
BIKING BIRDER: On Friday November 8 starting at 7.30pm Gary Prescott the biking birder will be the guest speaker at the parish room in Eccleshall for the North West Group of the Staffs Wildlife Trust monthly talk. Gary is aiming to visit every RSPB site in the UK and will be speaking about British wildlife. Admission is £3 which includes refreshments and children have free entry, non-members always welcome.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE: The annual service of Remembrance will take place in the Holy Trinity Church on Sunday November 10 starting at 10am. A parade will form up in Stone Road opposite the Police Post to move off at 9.45am. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial following the service in the church. The service of Remembrance and reflection at St Chad’s Church will take place at 6.30pm, there is no 11.30am service on that Sunday.
ACOUSTIC NIGHT: On Thursday November 7 from 8pm upstairs at The Royal Oak there will be a special tribute night to Acoustic Night founder Derek Aldred who died in September. All acoustic singers and players, and anyone who knew Derek and just wants to listen and sing along to great music, will be made very welcome. There is no charge. Derek also ran Eccleshall Folk Club for many years and was a key member of the Walton Hall Performing Arts section. Countless performers are where they are now thanks to Derek’s generosity with his time, his skill and patience. Hope to see you all there and to giving Derek a rousing send off.
FIREWORK FESTIVAL: The 1st Eccleshall Scouts join forces with the Eccleshall Cricket Club to provide the town with a firework fest at the cricket club on Friday November 8. Gates open 6pm display begins at 7pm. No sparklers for safety reasons please.
SHOPPING TRIP: The Eccleshall Trust has arranged a shopping trip to Chester on Thursday November 7 leaving The Burgage, Eccleshall at 9.30am and returning from Chester at 5pm. Tickets are £12 each available from Margaret on 01785 850797.
Philip Swann has been appointed the Interim Minister to work in the benefice for six months. He will be working with the Ministry team to prepare for the appointment of a new incumbent.
WW1 & BEYOND: The Friends of Norton Bridge and Chebsey Parish Local History Society have arranged a series of talks on the subject of ‘WW1 and beyond’. The programme of events begins on Saturday October 12 with a MacMillan Coffee morning at St Luke’s, Norton Bridge.
CHEBSEY HISTORY: Local historian Trevor Harvey is giving a talk on the history of Chebsey in the Chebsey parish hall on Friday September 20 starting at 7.30pm for 8pm. Admission is £10 including cheese and wine. Tickets are available from Thelma 760017, Roger 761430, Rod 761201 or Derek 07776 295010.
YOGA CLASSES: Many of you will have heard that the introductory class that Jenny held recently was a great success and so Jenny is now about to start a regular class at 10 am every Tuesday morning it started on Tuesday 17th September. There are still some spaces left so if you didn't book at the introductory class, or couldn't make it then but would still like to join the classes, please contact Jenny at email: email@example.com.
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