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Latest: CANASTA - change of venue on Monday 10th - please go to The Top House, Church Lane at 2.30. Everyone welcome, especially beginners.
On Friday 7 June at 7.30pm a beetle drive will be held in Ellastone Parish Hall to raise funds for the bell tower. The band of ringers ring before each church service and practice on Monday afternoons. There has not been a band in Ellastone for many years, so there is some essential maintenance to be carried out. A beetle drive is great fun and no prior knowledge is required! Please come along, bring your friends and something to drink and enjoy yourselves.
Cost £2.50 per person. Light refreshments will be provided, so please contact Hilary on 01335 324350 or Rose on 01335 324653 to help with catering.
We look forward to seeing you there.
TALK – Thanks (Monday 3 June)
Local History: ‘People of Wootton’s Past’.
Many thanks to James Gallimore who came and talked about his family, who were blacksmiths in Wootton for generations (up to 1905). James’ great-grandmother was of the Walker family who were wheelwrights, carpenters and coffin makers at the Lane Farm, Wootton. Accounts books of both families are now held by the Staffordshire Record Office within a Gallimore archive which contains other material which may be of interest to anyone interested in Ellastone, or in particular, Wootton history.James has researched his family history extensively, he says that there are stories to tell – e.g. of the circumstances of the suicide of Samuel Gallimore in 1750, and how he is linked to the early history of the Shire horse, or of John Jacques Rousseau observing Mr. Gallimore the blacksmith at work in the 1760s!
The Church would welcome more volunteers to donate and display altar flowers, as we have some gaps on the rota. This is on display in the Church porch, so anyone can look to see if a particular date might be suitable, perhaps to remember someone or just as a gift.
Christian Aid Week
To find out more about what happens to the money, look online – a search for ‘CAWeek.org‘ will get you straight there.
Please get in touch if you were out when we called and would still like us to pick up your envelope. Thanks. Nick & Margaret Taylor Tel. 324656
The next date will be Monday 10th June at 2.30 at Jim and Carole’s House – The Top House, Church Lane.
Cost is £2 per person and includes tea and biscuits. This club is open to beginners, improvers and hardened experts! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01335 324979.
You can now access all your council services on the move by downloading the ‘My Staffs App’, free and available on Apple devices, android and Google platforms from the Apple App store and Google Play.
What is the MyStaffs app? If you need to report an issue, make a transaction, or request information, with the free app you access key services anytime, anywhere.
You can even specify your location so that you receive information about the services which just apply in your area.
What’s more is that the app doesn’t just feature key county services but some at district and borough level too, which means you can access everything all in one place, at the touch of a button.
What’s available on the app?
Services available through the app include:
•School Term Date Information
•Advice and information for parents of under 5s
•Local Venues and Attractions
•School Meal Menus and Pricing
•Council Tax Information
•Roads and Highways
What’s happened to the red telephone box?
Some residents will have noticed with regret the old red telephone box being removed from the Main Road. The Parish Council did look into acquiring it and adapting it for community use, as has been done so effectively elsewhere in the locality. However, as it was on private land, this was not possible.
Ellastone Church Bells
Ellastone now have a bell-ringing band again!
A group of 6-8 locals are currently learning to ring the church bells under expert tutelage via the North Staffordshire Association of Change Ringers. Perhaps you have heard them practising Monday afternoons 2.00 to 4.00 pm – !!? They are also ringing Wednesday afternoons with the bells tied (no noise), until they feel more competent.
More ringers are needed to insure cover. The practice time is negotiable if an afternoon is unsuitable. If you are interested contact: email@example.com using bell ringing as the subject.
Here are just some of the clubs available in Ellastone – to view the full list press HERE
Ellastone Art & Craft Group
We are a small friendly group that meet on Tuesdays 1.30pm to 4pm at Ellastone Village Hall, much in line with school terms. The group is mostly artists, but welcomes other crafts. We are always open to new members. If interested please contact Lynn on 01335 418573 or 07958 363112
YOGA for Health in the Parish Hall – Mondays 10.15 (for a 10.30 start) until 12.00, including 10 minutes warm-down session. Further Reading: Click on the the titles: Why is Yoga so Good for You? and NHS a Guide to Yoga. See the webpage for details.
The Book Club – Do you like reading? Like some company or want to meet new friends? How about joining our book club where members can meet up on a regular basis for a chat with coffee/wine and nibbles? Maybe meeting at members houses to discuss books and meet each other—all welcome! Interested ? Call Julie on 01335 324692 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellastone Running Club
The running club is a casual affair and open to absolutely anyone, beginners or experienced runners. We have had runners aged 5 to 60 so far, and number 25 members already! There is no joining fee, and we meet three times a week outside Ellastone Village Hall at the following times: Tuesday 6.30 pm, Friday 9.00 am, Saturday 9.00 am. You can attend as many or as few runs as you like.
We normally start with a short slower loop for those just starting out, and then continue on for a longer more vigorous run for the more experienced runners.
We also have a Whatsapp group, where members can chat and set up runs etc.
If you would like to join please either Txt/Tel. Duncan on 07850 210524 or e-mail: email@example.com
Ellastone Parish Hall
If you would like to hire our beautiful old Parish Hall for meetings or social occasions please press the link. The hall is fitted with wireless Internet.
The Parish Hall is a building with a special history including, of course, its time as a hospital during the First World War. There is a project ongoing to document the history and there is a lot of information available up to the end of the Second World War, but little after this. It may be that there is an old minute book (or books) of meetings languishing in someone’s attic. If anyone has any information or old photos would you please let us know. Thank you.
Ellastone Reading Room
Snooker and Billiards are available in Ellastone at the “Reading Room”. Situated adjacent to the Parish Hall on Church Lane and built in 1897, the Reading Room has a fullsize table available for Snooker and Billiards.
Membership is just £10 per year for adults, £6 for juniors (under16s) and £20 for Family
Membership. It costs only 50p per 20 minutes play. The room is also ideal for meetings and events and costs £10 for a meeting or £20 for an all day booking. If you want further information, please contact Arthur or Hilda Tideswell on 01335 324203.
Neibourhood Watch: Please can you help? – Some parts of Ellastone no longer have a neighbourhood watch coordinator. The duties are not onerous, simply consisting of receiving e mails from the Police and forwarding them on to neighbours. The e mails are alerts on criminal activity, items to watch for, scams either on e mail or phone calls (from very nice-sounding people) etc. If you would like to volunteer as a coordinator for your part of the village, please email: Julie Sadler, our Parish Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that Ellastone is able to access fast broadband. To find out if you are able to receive the enhanced service, you can put your postcode into the linecheck. If your address is listed as receiving the faster broadband then you should speak to your service provider about signing up for the fibre service. Many thanks to everyone who has fought to get this facility and especially to our MP Andrew Griffiths for his assistance in this matter.
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|Ellastone Weekly Events|
|1st Mon/mth||14.30||Monday Club||Parish Hall|
|Tue||13.30||Painting Group||Parish Hall|
|Tue||18.15||Circuit Training||Parish Hall|
|Fri||19.00||Winter Indoor Bowls||Parish Hall|
|Have a look at what’s on in Staffordshire & Derbyshire this week …|
|Also consult the websites in the margin above on the right|
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