OPEN GARDENS SUCCESS: The Ecclian Society Open Gardens Weekend enjoyed superb weather and a record attendance. 438 programmes were sold over the two days and the feedback has been positive. The weekend is one of the society’s main fund raisers for the work that they do during the year.
A barbeque is planned for July 15.
ROTARY CLUB: Sylvia Keris will be walking the entire length of the canal towpaths of the Four Counties Ring – a distance of roughly 120 miles on foot, including the diversion over Harecastle Tunnel. The Four Counties of the ring are Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and West Midlands, and she will be walking anti-clockwise along the route, beginning and ending in Stone in Staffordshire. The route takes in the Trent and Mersey canal, the Middlewich canal branch, the Shropshire Union canal and the Staffs and Worcester Canal.
The full details of the walk can be found on the club’s website at rotary club of Eccleshall Mercia.
The walk is to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio campaign, and a webgiving page for sponsorship donations has been set up. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SylviaKerisWalk
HOSPICE APPEAL: The Katharine House Hospice is in urgent need of donations for the shop, good quality clothing, homewares, linen, books are always welcome. Free furniture collections at 01785 760715.
STAGE COACHING: Eccleshall Wives will be discovering all about the history of stage coaching at their meeting on Thursday June 29 starting at 8pm in the parish room. The guest speaker is Steve Booth.
ECCLESHALL R.U.F.C: During the Summer, the Junior Rugby Club will be holding a stall at several school fayres to spread the word on how good the club is. They will be at the Bishop Lonsdale School on Friday June 30 from 3.30pm.
OPEN GARDEN: The gardens at the home of Warren and Kate Griffiths 82 High Street ST21 6BZ will be open to the public on Sunday July 2 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. The event is part of the National Gardens Scheme and the proceeds will also benefit the Holy Trinity Church. Homemade teas will be served in the parish room during the event. Admission is £3.
SCHOOL FAIR: The Bishop Lonsdale School fair takes place at the school on Friday June 30 between 3.30 and 5.30pm.
UNSUITABLE GIRL: Eccleshall Book Group will be hosting the launch of a debut novel from Jeannie Mehta, Unsuitable Girl on Wednesday July 12 at 11am on the library. There will be readings, questions, discussion and free refreshments. An opportunity to purchase the novel at a reduced price with any proceeds going to Katharine House.
PARISH COUNCIL: There will be a meeting of the parish planning committee on Wednesday July 5 starting at 7.30pm and followed by a meeting of the traffic management committee in the community centre.
COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: The next Borough councillor’s surgery will be held in the library on Thursday July 6 between 10am and 12 noon when Peter Jones will be available for residents to chat and bring problems to him.
INCOMING PRESIDENT: Sylvia Keris the globetrotting member of the Eccleshall Mercia Rotary Club will be inducted as the new president of the club on Monday July 3 at the Royal Oak starting at 7.30pm.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The next meeting is due to be held in the Royal Oak on Monday July 3 starting at 7.30pm.
MENS FELLOWSHIP WALK: Members of the TMF will be walking in the Doxey Marsh area and dining at the Holly Bush in Seighford on Friday June 30.
COLOUR OF FEELINGS: Author Mel Woodend will be at the library on Friday June 30 for an afternoon of her poetry starting at 2.30pm. Free refreshments, poetry readings and the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Mel’s most recently published poetry collection Natural Colours as well as her previous works.
CROXTON WELL DRESSING: On Saturday July 1, the Croxton Well Dressing takes place with this year theme being “Supporting the community”. It is open to the public between 10.30am and 1.30pm with the official opening at 11.45am with the traditional well blessing. There is music and poetry between 2pm and 4pm. There is free car parking at ST21 6PF by the B5026 in the centre of Croxton village 4 miles west of Eccleshall. The event includes, folk music, crafts and produce, community groups displays, Photography exhibition, Eccleshall Scouts barbeque, and refreshments in St Pauls Church. Visit the website for full details at www.croxtonwelldressing.weebly.com.
GARDEN FETE: The High Offley & Knightley churches garden fete takes place on Saturday July 1 between 2pm and 4pm in the garden of the Old School House, High Offley. Free entrance, free parking. Tractor & trailer rides from Woodseaves village to the fete wills start at 1.30pm. Cream teas, bottle and bag tombola, skittles, plants, homemade cakes, preserves and more. Special stalls for children including teddy tombola, teddy bear parachute from High Offley church tower, frog in a bag, hook a duck and treasure chest game.
ROTARY CLUB: Rotarian Karen Milligan was inducted as the President of the Stafford Rotary club at the club’s meeting at the Constitutional Club on Wednesday June 28. She has selected three main charity to benefit from the club’s fund raising this Rotary year and they are Katharine House Hospice, Oak Tree Farm and Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffs.
The Club’s Presidents day will take place on Sunday July 2 with a service at the Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall and a buffet lunch at the community centre Eccleshall. It is a combined day with Stafford Inner Wheel.
Pic: Wendy and Phil Baskerville the chairman of Eccleshall in Bloom in their garden in the High Street during the open gardens.