ROTARY SANTA’S TOUR: Santa concludes his tour of the area with a two day visit to the various parts of Eccleshall. On Friday December 23 he moves to the Eccleshall West area and finishes on Christmas eve starting at 4.30pm in the central section of the town. Funds raised will benefit Rotary charities and other local charities. The Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia do the tour each year and bring a little seasonal cheer to the younger members of our community.
RACE NIGHT SUCCESS: Saturday December 12 saw the latest in a series of Race Nights at the Eagle Inn. This time the proceeds went to the Eccleshall Scouts. A wonderful sum of £337 was raised with prizes kindly supplied by the following:- Francesco, Staffordshire Gliding Club, Wines etc, London House, The Artisan, Eagle Inn, Star pizza, Merckx, Mr Simms, Bethan Ward, Eccleshall Chippy, The Royal Oak, The Bell Inn, BBs florist, Keith Hill, Daru Chini Thanks to all who donated prizes and all those who took part in the race night.
SCOUTS POST: Members of the 1st Eccleshall Scout group and friends have been busy over the last three weekends collecting a delivering Christmas cards within the town. This has become a traditional event much welcomed by folks at 30p per card. Money raised goes to Scout funds.
Pic: Olivia Silvester, Tony Eveleigh and Mike Spearman
SOCIETY BUSY: During the festive period the members of the Ecclian Society and friends are busy making sure that the town centre looks at its best for the period. The Society installed over 60 small trees on the buildings in the centre after checking and installing Christmas lights on them. The lights-on event at the lych gate of the church is arranged each year by the Society for the children of the area and at the conclusion of the ‘carols under the Christmas tree’ evening they will be providing mulled wine for the carolers inside the Holy Trinity Church.
STONE ROAD OPENS: The normal road to Stone from Eccleshall was re-opened last week and allows easy access to businesses along the way.
HOSPICE MORNING: The Eccleshall Support group of the Katharine House Hospice were busy again on Saturday December 10 with a coffee and mince pie morning at the cricket club between 10am and 12 noon.
Pic: Joy Jones, Edith Adamson, Judith Roberts, Georgina Worth, Sally Ann Adamson, Vilma Hickman, David Milner and Pat Milner.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Members and friends of the Trinity Men’s fellowship will be enjoying a late Christmas dinner at the Swan at Forton on Thursday December 29.
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH: On Christmas Eve ‘blessing the crib’ a special service for families takes place at 3pm and the Midnight Eucharist begins at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day there are two services the first taking place at 8am and the evening service starting at 10am At Slindon St Chad’s there is a Christmas Communion service at 11.30am on Christmas Day. There is no service in the church on New Year’s Day January 1 but the vicar Reverend James Graham will be in the church at 10am for prayers.
LIBRARY OPENING TIMES: The library will be closing early on Christmas Eve December 24 at 1pm and will be closed December 25, 26 and 27.
CHURCH SERVICES: There is a Christmas Day Mass at 9.15am at the Sacred Heart Church on December 25. There is a Carols by Candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 7.30pm and a Family Service at 9.30am both at the Methodist Church.
INTER CHURCH QUIZ: On Saturday January 14, a special inter church quiz takes place in the parish room of Holy trinity Church starting at 7pm. Teams of no more than six people, booking teams through David Beswick 01785 850622 £5 per person with a fish and chips supper. Bring your own drinks and there is a raffle.
ACOUSTIC NIGHT: The special Christmas Acoustic Night at the Royal Oak on Thursday December 1 was an amazing ‘full house’ affair, with over 80 people in the audience and 17 solo or group performers. The organisers would like to thank all the supporters of their monthly raffles they have raised £537 during 2016 for local charities. The first Acoustic Night of the new year will be on Thursday 5th January 2017.
TRUST LUNCH: Senior Citizens from the parish were treated to a Christmas lunch at the North Staffs Hotel, Stoke on Wednesday December 7. Although numbers were down slightly on last year the food and entertainment were well received. The guest of honour was the Mayor of Stafford Borough Councillor Geoff Collier and the Mayoress Cathy Collier.
NEW YEAR’S DAY WALK: Starting from The Rudge at 10am this annual walk is enjoyed by many who wish to blow the seasonal cobwebs away. It will end at The Rudge with a warming cup of homemade soup and mince pies.
TEA DANCE: The last of 2016 the tea dance takes place at the community centre for dancers of all levels on Wednesday December 28 starting at 2pm.
A merry Christmas!
HOLLY BUSH QUIZ: The regular Sunday evening quiz takes a seasonal break on New Year’s Day and Sally Bell an alternative quiz mistress takes over for one day on Sunday January 8 starting at 8.30pm. Peter & Joy Jones the resident quizmaster and scorer return on Sunday January 15.
BUCKET COLLECTING: Members of the Stafford Rotary Club were collecting courtesy of ASDA in Stafford on Saturday December 10 for their charity account all day. Many thanks to the customers who were generous in their giving.
Pic: Syd Birkin, Karen Milligan, Club President Brian Westerman and David Slee.