CAROLS ROUND THE TREE: Over two hundred people took part in the Parish Council’s ‘carols around the tree’ event in Eccleshall town centre on Monday December 19 and the weather was kind. Carols were sung at various points along the High-Street culminating in the Holy Trinity Church where the Ecclian Society served hot mulled wine. The music was provided along the way Stafford Brigades Youth Marking band.

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Pic: The band members at the crossroads and in the church.

CAN YOU HELP: Eccleshall’s Elverra Pony Rescue is a non-profit organisation set up to aid the large number of surplus equines. They take in ponies and horses for many different reasons and offer them a safe home for life to all equines, rehabilitating and re-homing those that we can. Their aim is to re-home as many ponies as they can, which they do through a long-term loan agreement with clauses and conditions agreed by both parties.  They do not sell the ponies as they do not want them to end up in the same situation that brought them to Elverra under any circumstances, Although the pony still belongs to us there is a re-homing fee.  This is not a set figure as each pony is different, and is purely to cover our costs and allow us to continue taking in ponies that need our help.  As a non-profit organisation, they rely heavily on their hard working volunteers, fund raising and donations. Elverra recently  had to take their Gypsy Cob, Tiger,  to the vets for a scan, unfortunately he needs an operation and with the vets quoting £1,000 they need some help reaching this amount. They have their shows, Christmas Fairs and sales, but would appreciate any donations to help them reach their target. If readers feel able to donate feed, haylage, straw or even some valuable time to help us look after these deserving ponies then please do not hesitate to contact: Yard Manager – 07790 592611  Secretary – 07583 944678. For more information about all the ponies looking for their forever home you can find us on Facebook at Elverra Pony Rescue – Sturbridge.”

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Pic: tiger – the horse

SHAWS LANE DEVELOPMENT: Concerns about the housing development by Taylor Wimpey on the site at the rear of the community centre have resulted in visits to the site several times by officers from the Borough Council’s planning and enforcement departments. The Parish Council has registered its concerns about the way materials are being transported onto the site using the St Chads; entrance instead of the Shaws Lane works entrance and a number of other concerns which have now been brought forcefully to the attention of the Borough Council officers and especially the Taylor Wimpey site manager and senior management.

UNITED CAROL CONCERT: A full church took part in the annual United Carol Concert at the Holy Trinity Church on the evening of Sunday December 18. The Handbell Ringers Group welcomed everyone to the church and the church choir accompanied by Steve Enock. The Bishop Lonsdale Academy Choir performed two songs accompanied by Martin Jones from the Croxton Community Choir. There were nine readings from members from the various churches. There was a retiring collection for Young Minds.

BRIDGE CLUB REVIEW: Eccleshall Bridge Club has had a successful year. The Club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union and meets on Tuesday at Offley Hay Village Hall and the Eccleshall Parish Room on Wednesday. They sponsored one of the floral baskets in the High Street and took part in a competition supporting  BBC ‘Children in Need’, raising £96. The club hold several competitions throughout the year and in 2016 the winners were:-Presidents Salver:-  Valerie Prentice & Audrey Durrant, Lady’s Pairs:- Mollie Joseph & Libby Dale,  Gentlemen’s Pairs:-Tony Whatmore & Charles Mellor, Frances Bird Trophy:- Mollie Joseph & Nick Cheadle, ‘Children in Need’:- (local heat) Geoff Williams & Valerie Prentice,  County Pairs:- (local heat) Ruth Timmis & Rob Stevenson, Anyone wishing further information should ring Margaret Atkins (01785 796201) or the Club website (www.bridgewebs.com/eccleshall)

SCRAP COLLECTIONS: The neighbourhood watch have noticed a number of reports posted on Facebook about a white transit van seen cruising around our area and the driver asking for scrap.  The registration, Y332 GDR, is false and does not appear on the DVLA computer so if you see this vehicle again in this area then please report it to 101 immediately. The police do know of its existence but require further sightings so they can intercept it asap.

ACOUSTIC NIGHT: The first of the new year takes place on Thursday January 5 starting at 8pm in the upper room of the Royal Oak.

SANTA AND BABY BOUNCE: Santa was the surprise guest for the babies in the special Christmas baby bounce group in the library on the morning of Friday December 16. He joined the babies, children and parents in a number of seasonal songs and songs that they enjoyed at the regular baby bounce sessions. Each child received a small gift of a book of favourite rhymes.

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Pic; Santa and some of the children and parents.

MEN’S LUNCHEON: Members and friends of the Trinity Men’s Fellowship enjoyed a belated Christmas lunch at The Swan of Forton on Thursday December 29.

TREES DOWN: The Ecclian Society would appreciate any help we can give when they take down the over 60 Christmas trees in the town centre on Sunday January 8 starting at 10am. If you can assist them call at the 72 High Street for the starts of the work.

POETRY GROUP: The groups suggested these for the poems at the their next meeting on Thursday January 5 will be Colours. The session starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm and visitors who enjoy poetry are always welcome.

CRICKET PRACTICE: Winter might be here but preparations are already underway for next season. In January Eccleshall Cricket Club will be beginning their Junior Winter Academy at Alleyne’s Sports Centre in Stone, run by ex-Staffs & Worcestershire Academy player Myles Coughlan. In advance of this, the club would like to invite you to their development evening at the club on Friday January 13 at 7pm. This will be an opportunity for you to register and meet the coaches who will discuss the content of the academy, and will be available to answer any questions that you may have. The academy is open to kids in year 5 and above, and the club would love to see as many there as possible in readiness for the new season. It is the perfect opportunity for the young players to develop their skills and be able to hit the ground running come the 2017 season.

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RECYCLE CHRISTMAS CARDS: If you care to drop off your Christmas cards at the Broughton Parish room before the middle of January they will be taken away and recycled. Star the new year off well.

TWO MAN ONE-MAN-BAND: Peter Wilshaw and Martin Jones will provide the musical entertainment for members of the Broughton W.I. on Thursday January 12 starting at 7.30pm. It will be an opportunity to raffle off all that Christmas excess.

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SPEED WATCH: If you would be interested in helping to spread the word of slower speeds in the Croxton area or just wish to know more about the work of the Croxton group please get in touch with Peter Davies on 01630 620202.

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KATHARINE HOUSE: During his Mayoral year Councillor Peter Jones donated funds from his Mayoral Charity to several organisations including the Katharine House Hospice. The donation part funded two public access defibrillators for the use of visitors to the hospice. Councillor Jones was present to celebrate the installation of the hospice main site defibrillator.

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Pic: Peter Jones

MP VISITS ROTARY: Jeremy Lefroy MP was the special guest at the Rotary Club of Stafford on Wednesday December 21 at the Constitutional Club in Stafford. There was no club meeting on December 28.

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CHRISTMAS QUIZ: There was a Christmas themed quiz at the Holly Bush Seighford on Sunday evening December 18 when 15 teams took part. There were small prizes for the best decorated table and most original seasonal hat in addition to the prizes for the quiz rounds.

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Pic: most of the people taking part in the quiz

 

Councillor Peter  Jones

Borough Councillor Eccleshall Ward

28 The Burgage, Eccleshall, Staffs, ST21 6DR
01785 851381 / 07815 419166