This weeks local news

Copy for issue dated Wednesday 12th April 2017

EASTER SERVICES: The parish has many services for the season and we are welcome to attend all of them. Starting on Maundy Thursday April 13 with Holy Communion at Holy Trinity starting at 7pm. On Goof Friday April 14 with a Devotional service with Hot Cross buns at Holy Trinity starting at 11am followed by a march along the High Street to the crossroads to meet with members of the St Chad's, Methodist and Sacred Heart churches at 12 noon. On Easter Day Sunday April 16 with Holy Communion 8am, A Parish Eucharist at 10am and an Evensong with the service of light at Holy Trinity. At 9.15am an Easter Mass at Sacred Heart Church, At the Methodist Church an Easter breakfast at 9.30am, a Communion Service at 10.30am and tea, coffee and Easter Egg fellowship in the schoolroom at 11.30am.

POTTERIES INSPECTOR: On Wednesday April 12 Jean Monares will give a one of talk which will not be available to other groups about a career as a potteries inspector to the members of the Historical Society. The talk will take place at the community centre starting at 7.30pm.

PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH: The Eccleshall Trust ploughman's lunch held at the cricket hub on Saturday April 1 drew a large gathering of local people who enjoyed a lavish lunch and raised funds for the many activities of the Trust.

Pic: tea ladies helping out

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE: The members meet at the parish room on Thursday April 13 at 7.30pm.

EASTER DONATIONS: Donations are sought for the Eastertide Coffee Morning being held in the parish room on Saturday April22. If you would like to donate raffle prizes, cakes and plants please get in touch with Kate Griffiths on 850948.

CRICKET TRAINING: After the success of the 10 weeks of indoor training for the juniors by Myles and the team everyone will be itching to start the new season. The first junior training session is on Friday April 14 starting at 6pm. Junior registration will be at 5.30pm on the 14th at the club. Junior matches starts week commencing April 17.

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP: The next meeting is on Tuesday April 18 in the Methodist church room starting at 2pm.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Each year a meeting is held when chairmen of committee give reports on the activities of their committee to the public at the community centre. This year the meeting takes place on Wednesday April 26. This will also be one of the last meeting attended by outgoing Parish Clerk Christine Heelis and residents may wish to bid her a long and happy retirement after 22 years in the post serving the community.

A CAT NAMED BOB: The next film in the community cinema programme is "A street cat named Bob" in the Royal Oak on Thursday April 20 starting at 8pm. Tickets available from the newsagents, The Oak, Sean Hirst Florist and James Du Pavey price £5.

EASTER CONCERT: The Ann Wetton Singers will be in a concert of celebration at the St Mary's Church, on Friday April 14 starting at 7pm. Admission is free.

PARISH PLANNING: The committee met on Wednesday April 5 and considered five applications. The committee had no concerns about four of them but objected to 17/25922/PAR at Redgreet Farm.

FLOOD FORUM: The meeting of the forum planned for Wednesday April 12 has been cancelled and will be re-arranged.

EASTER COLOURING: Eccleshall library offers children a wide range of Easter activities during 11th to 22nd April. An Easter hunt, can you find the pictures hiding in the library, make an Easter hot or a basket on Thursday April 13 between 2.15 and 3.45pm. Book your place £1 and places are limited.

SWYNNERTON

SWYNNERTON CHURCH: Stafford DFAS Recently presented their Nadfas Church Record for "Our Lady of the Assumption" to Father Paul Chavasse, together with Lord Stafford and Morag Lady Stafford. The record which took two years to compile, such records have been described by the Bishop of London Rt.Rev & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, as "ensuring that the identities of skillful and imaginative craftsmen are preserved for future generations. The Record is significant not only to Church Members and scholars but to the community at large "

Pic: church record team

BEST KEPT VILLAGE: Swynnerton & Yarnfield W.I. are the lead organisation for the Swynnerton Best Kept Village competition entry. They arranged action days to litter pick and tidy the village on April 1 and 29. They are also having a poster competition for ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 11. Judging will take place during May.

BROUGHTON

SAUSAGE MAKING: Broughton Women's Institute is all about food on Thursday April 13 at the Broughton parish room starting at 7.30pm. Sausage making and hot dog supper are on the programme for the evening.