Ray Crowther

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Ray Crowther is here Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am with the mid-morning show – Stafford‘s community hub, a daily mix of consumer advice, topical local discussion, current affairs and good music.

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OPEN MEETING: Over fifty residents attended the open meeting in the Bishop Lonsdale School on Thursday January 5 arranged between the Parish Council and Taylor Wimpey. The meeting was addressed by Production Manager Ian Wood who seemed to spend at least half of the meeting apologising for the mistakes made at the site and the other half explaining how he did not know the answers to the questions he was being asked. He agreed to take the questions back to the office and find out the answers and hold a further meeting with a technical TW person attending. He gave his business cards out and asked anyone who had questions to email him at [email protected] or ring at 01543 496700. The meeting was also attended by Parish Councillors Graham Garner, John Leather, Tina Price, Eileen Amos and Borough Councillor Peter Jones.

Pic: Ian Wood addressing the meeting

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: The concert planned for Thursday January 12 has been cancelled, the next will be held on February 9.

ECCLESHALL SINGERS: Rehearsals have started for the Singers next series of summer concerts and new members are always welcome to join them. The group meets at the Methodist church on Stone Road every Tuesday evening between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. If you enjoy singing at whatever standard you are get in touch with the secretary Margaret White on 01952 550567 or visit the website at www.eccleshallsingers.org.

CHURCH QUIZ: An inter church quiz takes place at the parish room of the Holy Trinity Church on Saturday January 14 starting at 7pm. Teams of six maximum, entry fee is £5 per head and includes a fish and chip supper. Bring your own drinks. Book your team in with David Beswick on 01785 850622

ONE MAN BAND: The entertainment for the next meeting of the Broughton W.I. is provided by Martin Jones and Peter Wilshaw, a two man one man band at the Broughton parish room on Thursday January 12 starting at 7.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: The next meeting of the Eccleshall Parish Council takes place on Wednesday January 18 at the community centre starting at 7.30pm and followed by a meeting of the planning committee. There will be a meeting of the Enhancement Committee at the community centre on Wednesday January 11 starting at 7.30pm.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: John Mottram is the guest speaker at the meeting being held in the parish room on Thursday January 12 when an auction of members’ donated gifts will be held starting at 7.30pm.

TRINITY MAGAZINE: There is a discount if we order the delivery of the Holy Trinity magazine this month at a cost of 50p per month. The 36-page magazine contains all the latest times and dates of cervices and activities along with contact details for church and town organisations. Contact Charles Taylor on 01782 658832 if you are interested.

ROTARY DINNER: Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia will be partaking of a Christmas dinner at the Cricket Club on Wednesday January 18 at the cricket Club starting at 7.15.
They meet on Mondays at 7:30pm (Regular meetings held on 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at the Royal Oak.

EVENTS DIARY: The library in the High Street keep a diary for events in Eccleshall and they hope that organisations and clubs etc will check with the diary before fixing a date for their event. We are encouraged to enter details of our events once set so that others can check and stop events from clashing.

WINDOW SMASHED: The window of the Merckx Belgian beer bar was smashed during the seasonal holiday.

TEA DANCES: Heather Roberts (school of dance) is holding weekly Tea Dances at Eccleshall  Community Centre every Thursday between 1-30pm to 3-30pm.

£3 a session. Everyone welcome.

For more information contact Heather at  [email protected]

Peter Jones, 28 The Burgage, Eccleshall, ST21 6DR

01785 851381   07815 419166

Calling all Stafford Half Marathon runners


Katharine House Hospice are encouraging Stafford Half Marathon runners to join the hospice team which has already had 10 local supporters come forward to be part of #TeamKHH.

2016 saw 50 local runners come together to run Stafford Half Marathon for the hospice and together they raised a fantastic £14,000.  This money has gone a long way towards paying for free hospice care.

Katharine House Hospice are encouraging local supporters who have already obtained a place in the 2017 Stafford Half Marathon and wish to raise funds for the hospice to contact the Fundraising Team on 01785 270808 or email [email protected].

Events fundraiser Lisa Carson said “We always encourage supporters to run for the hospice at this fantastic event and in 2017 I hope to get a team of around 80 local people together.  I know that the race is already sold out, which is brilliant for the County.  We are offering fundraising support, #TeamKHH running tops and we will have a Katharine House marquee in Market Square on the day of the race for our team to meet up in before and after the race. 2016 was a record year for #TeamKHH but I’m certain we can smash that record again in 2017 and raise even more money.  Let’s help keep the hospice running by putting on our running shoes for the Stafford Half Marathon.”

If you would like to join #TeamKHH and run in support of your local hospice please contact Lisa Carson in the fundraising team on 01785 270808 or email [email protected]

Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families across Mid-Staffordshire coping with a progressive illness. It relies upon the generosity of the local community to help generate 75% of funds needed to run its range of vital services.

For further information about running for Katharine House Hospice and other events contact fundraising on 01785 270808 or [email protected].


Staffordians urged to recycle Christmas trees


Residents in Stafford have been urged to recycle their real Christmas trees when this year’s festivities come to an end.

If residents don’t want to chop them up and put them in their brown bins, trees can be taken to these sites between Tuesday 3 and Tuesday 10 January:-

• Fletcher’s Garden Centre, Eccleshall
• The Allotments Car Park, Gnosall
• The Green Recycling Centre, Barlaston
• The Jubilee Playing Fields Recycling Centre, Little Haywood
• Wyevale Garden Centre, Wolseley Bridge

They can also be taken to Staffordshire County Council’s waste and recycling centres in St Albans Road in Stafford, and Beacon Road, Stone. There is more information at www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Meanwhile, residents have also been urged by Stafford Borough Council to check their bin collection calendars to make sure they put their bins out on the right days over the festive period.

There will be revised collection dates for green, blue and brown bins across Stafford Borough from Christmas Eve to Saturday 7 January. Changes to the collection dates are clearly marked on the calendar and residents can also check online by entering their postcode at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/collectiondays

Council £200k success in rough sleeper bid


Stafford Borough Council has been successful in securing more than £200,000 to help those sleeping rough.

The funding is part of a Government pot of money which was set aside for new initiatives to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness.

The Council has identified two projects which the money will support – with more details being released in the New Year.

The announcement of the winning bids was made last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government with Stafford awarded £211,629.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities at the Borough Council, said it was great news to have secured such a large amount of funding:  “We have been successful in preventing hundreds of people from our Borough becoming homeless using a range of initiatives, and this money will help enhance that work.

“This successful award from central government demonstrates the confidence in our plans – not only to tackle rough sleeping, but to ensure that some of our most vulnerable people have the proper help and support available from the appropriate agencies.”

He added: “We will receive more details in the New Year concerning the awards but we will be working with our partners to ensure the funding is used quickly to help those sleeping rough in the Borough.”

The successful bids can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/homelessness-prevention-programme


Top tips to stay well this festive season


People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take a few simple steps to stay well this festive season.

Health bosses at Staffordshire County Council are supporting people to stay well, and where necessary get well as quickly as possible in an effort to ease pressure on A&E departments during the winter months.

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:  “Christmas and New Year is traditionally a very busy time for A&E departments up and down the country.  This is why we want to support people in their communities to be well, keep well and where necessary get well as quickly as possible.”

The top tips are:

–       Get the flu jab.  Older people, children in school years 3 and 4, and people with some long-term conditions are eligible for a free flu inoculation, so it is advisable to book as soon as possible.

–       If you have prescription medicine, make sure you always pick up your prescription, and that you have enough to last you over the holiday period.  Also, make sure you take any medication as directed.

–       If you are feeling unwell, your local pharmacist or GP may be a better port of call.  The NHS 111 service or your local NHS walk-in centre may also be able to help.

–       Keep an eye on frail friends, neighbours and relatives in cold weather – make sure they are safe and well.

–       Keep your home warm – at least 18 degrees C (65f)

Alan continued:  “There are plenty of things people can do to help stay well this winter, and lots of ways they can help friends and family do the same.  Nobody wants to be in hospital unless they really have to, so it is important that we support people in their own homes and communities as much as possible.


“Prevention really is the key here, which is where our top tips come in.  The most important thing is that we all keep safe and well throughout the winter, and while we all tend to over-indulge a little during the festive season, we need to make sure we look after ourselves and others.”


The University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) have also launched a ‘What’s your emergency?” campaign, which gives advice on being prepared for winter, what people can do for others, and the range of services that on offer.  Visit:  www.uhnm.nhs.uk for more information.