My Village Voice - July/August 2022

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Issue Number Sixty Five - July & August 2022


The Good News... • Meet your new Mayor • Clifford Arms Classics Show returns • Acton Tree planted for Jubilee • Church Eaton Comedy Night • Haughton Plant Sale is back • New Great Haywood Village Market • National Trust Talks • Locals receive Queen’s Honours

Your environment - simple steps that can make a difference... What a busy couple of months it’s been! Are you all partied out yet? May seemed to fly by as people busied themselves in preparation for the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee. June arrived and it started with Beacons being lit all across the land, here too in Stafford and Brocton. The lighting of the beacons marked the start of a what became a weeks long celebration, with events and street parties taking place everywhere, marking Liz’s 70 year reign. See inside for photos from the Jubilee celebrations that took place in Haughton, Bednall, Colwich and the Haywoods, Brocton and Bradley. It was great to see everyone enjoying all of the celebrations together, even the non royalists raised a glass or two I reckon. Congratulations go to Cllr. Philip Leason MBE, who was made Mayor of Stafford, and also to Cllr. Peter Jones, who was made Deputy Mayor, for the 5th year in a row, a record! There’s loads taking place in the

villages over the next couple of months, there’s a comedy night in Church Eaton (if you’ve never been, you should, the last one was brilliant!). A music, and a quiz night are planned in Bednall, a new Village Market has started in Great Haywood, it’s a great place to grab some local fresh produce, as well as beautifully made crafts, it’s on every Thursday between 3 & 4.30 p.m. Haughton’s annual plant sale is coming up in September, and the National trust monthly talks continue at Walton Village hall, something for everyone! Cllr. Tom Kelt has submitted an article about the Environment, and what we can all do to help our planet, just some simple steps, to make changes in our daily behaviour, that can really make a difference when done collectively. Finally I wish you all a great Summer, my favourite season, fingers crossed for the weather. If you’re lucky enough to be going away on holiday somewhere, I hope you all have a fantastic break, until next time, adiós! Dan Mitchell 7/7/22

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BEDNALL NEWS Bednall Foodbank Once again, another incredible Bednall effort! £775 was raised in order to deliver 336.65kgs of food for the month of May. As stock has run very low, there was a Cannock Food bank event at Tesco, Hednesford last weekend. Customers were asked if they would donate one food item from a list. Both Delphine and I did a two hour session and were encouraged by the response. It is hoped, that with your generosity, we can do another Foodbank run later in July, providing items that are still needed. Thank you, Grete

Bednall Music Night

Planting Trees and Wildflower Meadows

Friends of Bednall would like you to join them for an inspirational evening of acoustic folk music, performed by Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer, to be held in All Saints Church, on Saturday 26th November. Paul and Karen have a wide repertoire, they tour internationally. (See Tickets will be £10 and will include refreshments. Reserve your tickets early with any of the Friends of Bednall Committee members, Alex Thompson, David Primrose, Joan Hammerton, Katie Holmes, Neil Homer, Penny Whitehouse or Terry Jones. Places will be limited so book your tickets early. All proceeds to re-ordering of All Saints Church, Bednall.

Staffordshire Centre Contributes to Garden Projects

All Saints Church Plant Sale All Saints Church plant sale was held on Saturday 28th May, and it was a huge success! £500 was raised for Church funds. (Ed: an impressive amount, well done everyone). The weather remained fine allowing a steady trade in plants, but also in true Bednall style... homemade cakes and coffee! Many thanks to everyone who supported this event. There are still plants available for sale. Please just put your donation into the cart box.

Friends of Bednall Quiz Night Friends of Bednall are organising a Quiz night on 7th October, at the Community Centre, after a 2 year gap due to the pandemic. Tickets will be priced at £12 each and will include a Fish & Chip Supper, there will also be a Raffle. We would be most grateful to receive any raffle prizes you would like to donate, either your unwanted gifts or anything you would be prepared to give. Many thanks. Tickets will be sold in advance, through any of the Friends of Bednall Committee. All money raised will go towards the re-ordering of All Saints Church.


The Staffordshire Centre is a group of National Trust members who fundraise to support local Trust properties – specifically Shugborough - and have donated funds to Shugborough over the last few years. Last year we donated £3,000 to the Shugborough Estate to fund the planting of trees. This was complemented by some funding from Plant-A-Tree which has topped up the budget meaning more planting could be done than was originally thought. This was used to do a mixture of tree planting works over the winter including planting a mix of trees in the parkland at Great Haywood cliffs, planting some water-tolerant species in one of the floodplain meadows and replacing the trees which had not survived from previous years plantings. This year “we are larger” trees were bought. This, together with the tree maintenance volunteer team that has been set up will mean the trees get off to a better start and will avoid plantings failing again. This year we have followed this up by funding the purchase of seeds for a wildflower meadow. Shugborough Head Gardener, Caroline Beacall, said “Your donation will mean we’re able to buy the wildflower seed to sow and establish the meadow areas along Lady Walk. This is 3 acres of garden within the Pleasure Grounds and is a blank canvas after we removed the Rhododendron ponticum following a plant disease outbreak of phytopthora. The vision is to create a horticultural showground with unusual, interesting and flowering ornamental plants providing year-round interest. As well as the meadows and trees, the Lady Walk will see bulbs, shrubs and other plants planted underneath the tree canopies to provide colour and texture. It’s a great project and one that is being created through donations from your support, other grants and supporter donations.” To keep up with our future events in support of the Trust watch out for us in these pages or check out our Events pages at


Staffordshire Kitchens recognised as the ‘West Midlands’

BEST KITCHEN DESIGN & FITTING COMPANY in Architectural Awards Programme

A Staffordshire kitchen specialist has won recognition for the high quality of its design and fitting work. Staffordshire Kitchens has been crowned as the Best Kitchen Design and Fitting Company in the West Midlands following a survey of subscribers to Build magazine. The award in the Build magazine architectural awards follows similar recognition from the magazine in the publication’s Homes and Gardens Awards scheme. Sandra Johnson, Managing Director of Stafford-based Staffordshire Kitchens told My Village Voice: “Winning awards is fantastic but it’s particularly pleasing when it’s as a result of comments and votes from readers. The magazine is read by property professionals, including designers, developers and architects and awards are based on nominations from Build magazine subscribers, readers and social media followers.” Launched in 2019 by Sandra, herself an award winning interior designer, Staffordshire Kitchens provides a full design and build service. “We supply a bespoke service to all customers,” said Sandra.

“Our initial home visits assess what the customers are looking to achieve and we then come up with options. Because I am an interior designer, I can assess how a client’s kitchen works and how it utilises space within a home. “There may be options to reconfigure space that the home owner hasn’t considered, so we come up with options and recommendations and don’t simply fit a kitchen into a space. “We only work with experienced fitters and trades, such as time-served electricians, builders and plasterers. It’s important that we see through every project from conception to completion.” Staffordshire Kitchens, which has a showroom in North Walls, Stafford, offers products from companies specially sourced by Sandra. The company has an exclusive contract with a high quality German kitchen manufacturer and works with a range of suppliers including Charles Yorke, a luxury handmade kitchen supplier from Nottinghamshire, British kitchen brand 1909. Appliance suppliers include Miele, Smeg, Sub-Zero & Wolf, Liebherr and Fisher & Paykel.

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PA R I S H P U M P (ACCS) forthcoming concerts Adbaston Community Concert Society (ACCS) have a series of concerts ahead. On Sunday 4th September there will be a Flute and Piano duet; with Dr Noemi Gyori and Prof Dinara Klinton. Then Sunday 6th November they are holding a Guitar Recital, with Laura Snowden. All concerts take place at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Adbaston, Staffs. ST20 0QE Starting at 5.30 pm. Tickets are £10. For more details take a look at their website at

Moreton Scarecrow Festival & Trail Following two very successful Scarecrow events in 2015 and 2019 there’s a third Scarecrow weekend planned, full of fun and events for all the family, to be held in thevillages of Moreton, Outwoods & Bromstead, between 10am-4pm on Saturday, Sunday 13th, 14th August. Villagers are creating Scarecrows representing characters from children’s films, cartoons and books. There will be a trail, and quiz for children and adults around the villages, to see 50 plus scarecrows. Make your way to the Millennium Community Hall, Church Lane, Moreton TF10 9DS to collect a trail and quiz sheet in order to win prizes. Military tanks also will be on display. Light refreshments on sale in Millennium Community Hall on Saturday all day together with Craft Stalls. On Sunday refreshments will be available during the afternoon whilst listening to live music. Further details from or

"Keep Dancing" with us! Sequence Dancing takes place on Wednesday Evenings at 7.45 pm, with professional dance teachers Alan & Pauline Jones (NATD). Get yourself along to Rugeley Dancing Club, at Lea Hall Social Club, Sandy Lane Rugeley. For information on membership and to book a date for your first of 2 free dances, Contact: Paul & Sandra on 01543 304253 or e-mail If you have little or no experience but you would still like to join us, we can recommend local professional teachers, who give private lessons to get you started.

Access Group Seeking Volunteers Do you have problems with access to public places in Stafford Borough; do you know someone who does? Do you struggle to use “accessible” toilets? We have been helping to improve access for parents and children, elderly and those with all types of disability since 1999. Could you come and help us with this? Do you have relevant experience or expertise? We need new users, helpers, and experts to keep going - having lost some from COVID and infirmity. We have Four meetings a year at the Borough Offices. We can pay for taxis, parking, deaf signing and interpreters. Fieldwork - visiting sites as you are able. If you wish to volunteer, make enquiries or raise issues phone 01785 600260, email or visit our website


Councillor Philip Leason MBE

Meet your new Mayor Philip Leason MBE The new mayor of Stafford Borough was sworn in when the traditional ceremony returned to the town. Councillor Philip Leason MBE, received the chains of office at the Annual Meeting of Stafford Borough Council on Saturday 14th May. The ceremony returned to the town’s Gatehouse Theatre following an absence due to the pandemic. In 2021 the traditional ‘Mayor Making’ was held virtually for the first time in its more than 400-year history. Councillor Leason succeeded out-going mayor, Councillor Tony Nixon, for the 2022/23 civic year. The new Mayor was born and bred in Stone and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for his services to the Royal Mail and community of Stone. He is also a former magistrate of 36 years and well-known local historian. Councillor Leason represents the St Michael’s and Stonefield Ward on the borough council and served as Deputy Mayor in 2011/12. He will be raising money for Staffordshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team along with other charities during his mayoral year. His wife Edith is the new Mayoress. Philip said he was looking forward to representing and promoting Stafford Borough during his time as Mayor. Councillor Peter Jones, who represents the Eccleshall Ward, continues in the role of Deputy Mayor. A parade through the town centre followed the investiture and included members of the Stafford based 22-Signal Regiment and Tactical Supply Wing of the RAF as well as the Mercian Corps of Drums and locally-based Royal British Legion. You can read more about the new Mayor and Mayoress from ED: Congratulations Philip from all here at My Village Voice


Pupils created a thousand paper cranes for a display at a children’s peace monument in Japan.

One thousand paper cranes and a wish for peace A thousand paper birds made by a group of pupils will be displayed at a children’s peace monument in Hiroshima in memory of a Japanese child who died through atomic radiation. The story of Sadako, a 12-year-old girl who suffered from leukaemia because of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, captured the imagination of a Year 11 class at Stafford Grammar School. The group of youngsters, aged between 15 and 16, decided to embark on a mammoth origami project called ‘Paper Cranes for Peace.’ It took more than two months to cut and fold the paper birds, which they then threaded into chains ready to send to Japan. “We had to learn how to do them, but once we got the hang of it we began making loads and it was really enjoyable,” said 16-year-old Priya Mahal. Students at the Hiroshima International School took “They represent a strong symbolic message. charge of the consignment of origami birds from SGS. This little girl wanted to make paper cranes for world peace and it’s our way of supporting what she did. across the world contribute cranes to Sadako’s memorial Of course, when we thought about her story we hadn’t as a tribute to peace. Models made by the SGS students expected the war in Ukraine, but in a way it’s all connected. are being draped next to the monument and the school It makes you realise that virtually all of us want peace. is added to an official database there. Their involvement in the venture was prompted by Nobody deserves what’s happening to those people right now, so the very least we can do is show we’re thinking of SGS teacher Sam Sheehy, who taught English at the Hiroshima International School for two years. them.” “My former school has a club that organises lots of events Sadako developed acute leukaemia 10 years after being exposed to radiation when the bomb was related to world peace, such as folding cranes, visiting dropped. In Japanese tradition, folding one thousand ‘hibakusha’ (atomic-bomb survivors), and attending origami paper cranes is said to make a wish come true, so memorials. I reached out to the club and they were really while she was in hospital she began creating little birds pleased to get involved and to spread the message of peace to the UK,” said Sam. alongside her vision of a more peaceful world. They also made the project a charity fund raiser and After her death in 1955 a monument, funded by Japanese children, was built in her honour in Peace Park collected £350 in sponsorship for Staffordshire Women’s and each year schools, individuals and organisations Aid.



Stafford women recreate 100 year old footy pic Stafford based women’s team Stafford Soccer Mums were selected to take part in recreating the first ever recorded photograph of a women’s football team, as part of a photo series from The National Lottery to celebrate the upcoming 2022 Women’s Euro’s. The Soccer Mums, who train at Stafford FC’s Evans Park, was started in 2016 by a group of friends after watching their sons and daughters take part in the sport and wanted to get involved themselves. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength with over 50 active members competing in over 30s leagues, and to celebrate the incredible impact the club has made giving everyone an opportunity to play football, players were invited to join footballer and singer-songwriter Chelcee Grimes for a team photo paying homage to 1895 Historic British Ladies Football Club the trailblazers of the women’s game. The original image features one of the first known women’s teams, The British Ladies’ FC, which was formed by captain Nettie Honeyball, who is widely considered a pioneer of women’s football and the early feminist movement. Their first game was played in Crouch End, North London, in front of a crowd of 10,000 people. In the original match, the players wore buttoned-up blouses and billowing bloomers, in line with the Radical Dress Movement for reforming the dress standards of women. Players would have only owned one pair of boots, which had to be heeled to ensure they weren’t considered to be breaking the Victorian standards of decency. Fast forward over 125 years and the women’s game couldn’t look more different. Over the last ten years alone, National Lottery players have helped invest over £50 2022 Group shot ft Chelcee Grimes and up-and-coming footballers Jan Kruger . Getty Images for The National Lottery Vintage million into football in ways which benefit the women and girls’ game. This investment includes funding specific programmes as part of the difference to all our lives. It’s a stress release, and we have a Women’s Euros legacy, as well as supporting the sport’s one big football family thanks to the support we’ve received. return after Covid-19 and other initiatives to inspire I can’t wait for the Euros to start, I’ve got tickets for the games – the tournament is a great promotion for women’s females to play the game. In all, across the last 25 years, more than £5.7 billion football and the way the game has progressed is fantastic.” of National Lottery funding has been invested into Chelcee Grimes, who has played for Liverpool, Fulham grassroots sports. Kerry Meekings, one of the Soccer Mums who took part and Mersyside Ladies said: in the photo recreation, reflected on what football means “Hopefully these images will capture people’s imagination for her, and why it’s so important to celebrate the legacy ahead of the Euros and make them interested in the individuals who helped tackle prejudice and progress the of women’s football in the UK: “It was so enjoyable to take part in recreating this iconic sport. Nettie Honeyball and her team were true trailblazers image – outfits aside perhaps! As a grassroots team, to be of their time. I’ve been playing for a team since I was a involved in the Women’s Euros is amazing for us, we’re so young girl and even in my short tenure, the game has come happy about the progression the game has made which is on a very long way indeed. “I’m really passionate about why it is all the more important to remember and look pack getting more women & girls paying the game so it’s great to see on where it all started. The National Lottery is investing at the grassroots level to “Stafford Soccer Mums was started a few years ago, just from a group of like-minded mums who wanted to play support the next generation of players. Sport really has the football after watching our sons and daughters play week power to bring people together and grass-roots clubs and in and week out. Thanks to funding from The National organisations play such a vital role in giving young people Lottery, we’ve been able to progress and grow our club with the time and space to realise their full potential. I can’t wait for the Women’s Euros to start and I hope the momentum more and more ladies. “The opportunity to play football makes a massive and excitement will encourage more women to give it a go at their local club!”


Haughton’s Jubilee Picnic In spite of it being a rather damp and gloomy afternoon Haughton’s residents gathered together in fine spirits at the Village Hall at 1pm on Sunday 5th June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a Jubilee Picnic, games, entertainment and much more. Damp grass and drizzle meant that the picnic was held inside the hall, and the planned outdoor display of classic cars, spanning many years of the queen’s reign, had to be cancelled. Prior to the event residents were invited to spot fourteen crowns displayed around the village and to make a Jubilee-themed planter, which would be judged at the event. There was something for everyone, including a bubble show for the children, activity sheets and face-painting for all ages, and a nostalgic display of photographs from past royal landmark occasions. Everyone entered into the spirit, dressing in red, white and blue. The hall was decorated inside and out with bunting and flags. Refreshments of tea, coffee, juice, biscuits and home-made cakes were available. Master of Ceremonies Peter Rowley announced the events and the competition winners, the Reverend Cath Brumfitt led a cheery Hymns and Pimm’s, and the celebrations concluded with a toast to the Queen and a singing of the National Anthem. The event was initiated by Haughton Parish Council, with a committee being formed from representatives of organisations from within the parish, including Brownies, Church, Garden Guild, Village Hall and Women’s Institute. The event was coordinated by Suzanne Potts, Clerk to the Council. Haughton Bellringers opened the Jubilee celebrations at midday on Thursday 2nd June and ended the Jubilee Picnic with a peal at 6pm on Sunday 5th June. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped with preparations and to those who worked tirelessly on the big day to make the event so special and memorable. Words and pictures by Gill Anslow

The weather improves enough for the bubble show to be held outside

Event coordinator Suzanne Potts and Master of Ceremonies Peter Rowley test the photo frame before the event begins

Beatrice Palmer (right) wins the children’s plant competition, with sister Florence taking second place

Reverend Cath Brumfitt leads the Hymns and Pimm’s at the end of the afternoon


What a great turn-out on a wet day

Clifford Arms Classics Show The Clifford Arms in Great Haywood is holding its very successful annual Classic Vehicle Show on Sunday 11th September, from 11am till 3pm. As with previous years, entry for exhibiting your vehicle, or entry to the show is by donation. All proceeds are for the Air Ambulance and Blood Bikes Charities. The Crohn's and Colitis charity will be supplying tea, coffee and biscuits. The Norton Owners Club is just one of many clubs attending, this picture is from the pre covid show. If you would like to display your vehicle contact Barry Owen at

New store opens in Sandon After restoring a historic building in Sandon, Rustique Living has taken over The Old Smithy, which is part of the Sandon Estate. This early 19th-century building is full of character and a perfect match for the business - that specialises in the retail of rustic homewares and furnishings. Director, Joel Paxton (23) told My Village Voice “The Old Smithy had not been occupied for many years and to be given the opportunity to restore such a historic building has been a genuine honour. I originally set up the company in my first year of Keele University. I am finishing off my Masters, but my passion for this venture has seen me take the leap to make this my full-time job.”


Tree planted for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee St James’ Church in Acton Trussell planted a Rowan Tree in the churchyard to mark the occasion of the Queen’s Jubilee. The photo (taken in the rain!) shows Church Warden, Rev Delphine, Councillor Len Bates (with spade) and some of the congregation. Let’s hope the tree flourishes for many years to come. Janet packing run gear bags before the event

Supporting the Ironmen

Cuttlestones’ MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble

Penkridge’s fortnightly auctions to switch from Wednesday to Thursdays Cuttlestones’ Auctioneers & Valuers is set to switch the regular fortnightly Home & Antiques sales at its Pinfold Lane sale rooms from Wednesdays to Thursdays from mid-August. The move will mean auctions no longer take place on the same day at the popular Penkridge Market, which shares the site, and will make parking and collection easier for bidders. MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, told My Village Voice: “This is a move we’ve had in mind for a while now. Historically, the auction and market used to take place on the same day and worked well – however, as the market has got busier and more people arrive at both events in cars it’s become increasingly tricky logistically for both parties to run on the same day. We believe this move will be mutually beneficial allowing both the auction and the market the space they need to run effectively. “Our Home and Garden auctions have seen a renaissance in the past 10 years and now see a quality and diverse range of lots pass through – from brand new and pre-loved modern furniture to vintage and classic pieces, garden furniture and ornaments and even white goods, so the new date will allow us to accommodate the increasing number of bidders.” For more details of buying and selling at Cuttlestones, visit


Members of Stafford Knot, along with Stone and District Rotary Club and Rugeley Rotary Clubs have worked hard behind the scenes to help make the recent Ironman competition a great success. The team was led by Janet Stubbs of Stafford Knot Rotary Club. Together, they packed and prepared “run gear bags” for over one thousand competitors. Members from Stone, Stafford, Blythe Bridge and Cannock Rotary Clubs then provided on-course support at a bike feed station on Cannock Chase for the cycling leg. Janet said: “Our Rotary Clubs are delighted to have been involved in this amazing competition for many years now. It’s wonderful to have our Rotary Clubs working together to support the event in every way that we can.”

Deputy Again, Again... Councillor Peter Jones, from Eccleshall, was installed as the Deputy Mayor of Stafford Borough for the fifth year in succession on Saturday May 14 in a ceremony at the Gatehouse Theatre Stafford. The ceremony was first held on the 7th May in 1640 when the first Mayor, Matthew Craddock was installed. The 269th Mayor of Stafford, Councillor Philip Leeson, from Stone, was installed on Saturday May 14 and his wife Edith was Councillor Peter Jones installed as the Mayoress. There was a parade through Stafford town centre and a service at St Mary’s Church. In this Borough a councillor may only serve once as the mayor whereas councillors may serve unlimited times as Deputy Mayor, Councillor Peter Jones holds the record for the number of consecutive terms, five.


Bednall Jubilee Party On Sunday 5th June the village of Bednall celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with kind permission of David and Anne Rees, in the glorious setting of their garden at Long Meadow Common Lane. Although the event was organised by Anne Rees, Carole Allen and Carol Bloxham, it was truly a joint village effort. Everyone who attended the party contributed in some way. Whether it was buying items to use on the day, turning up to erect the Bednall marquees, the loaning of tables and chairs and various other items, moving equipment from houses to venue, loaning gazebos and an extra marquee, putting up bunting, decorating the marquees, blowing up balloons and laying tables, preparing wonderful food for the buffet, providing a TV and sound system and entertaining everyone with music on the day, arranging flowers for the tables, being a waiter/waitress, clearing up at the end and dismantling the marquees the next day, and generally being VILLAGE SUPERSTARS As always, Bednall village came together to achieve a fabulous memorable afternoon. The buffet was amazing, people were very generous and we had so much lovely food to share. Several people took picnics home so all the food was eaten and enjoyed. We had music, singing, dancing and flag waving and a wonderful time was had by all. It was a Right Royal Bednall get together and so lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves with their friends and neighbours once again. From Carole Allen

Steve Allen with Liz Lloyd


L-R - Val Peach, Anne Rees, Penny Myers, Ali Webb, Pat Whiston

Val Barrow and Katie Holmes

Penny and Trevor Whitehouse

Penny Myers and Angela Hughes


Colwich and Haywood Platinum Jubilee Fete The day dawned as the sun rose over an empty Jubilee Playing Field in Little Haywood. By 1pm the field was a colourful display of stalls with bunting and flags. There was lots of laughter on the inflatable assault course and lots of proud archers as they tried their hand at archery. There were various food stalls including Fish’n’chips, burgers and hot dogs, Mexican food and Vegan Indian curry as well as tea and coffee and of course ice-creams. There was a bar supplied by a local brewery and a cocktail in the evening. It was a joy to walk around and overhear friends meet up and enjoy family time. Many enjoyed the local business stalls and made some lovely purchases. Others appreciated some time to talk with the local voluntary groups and take an opportunity to find out more about the groups and signed up for membership. The cake stall sold out, the raffle tickets sold well and lots of money was raised for charities. As the afternoon moved into the evening, more food was enjoyed and the entertainment was the fabulous Jason Grey who got the crowd warmed up for the local celebrity, Tom Vaughan who sang all the favourite songs from the past 20 years. Everyone gathered round to watch the Beacon lit with a heartfelt rendition of the National Anthem. Tom brought the evening to a close with the crowd up on their feet dancing as he entertained us with more favourite hits. As weary Fete goers wandered home, with folding chairs under their arms and tired children, all agreed it had been a great day. As the working party proceeded to clean up the next morning, it was a joy to see how little litter had been left behind. A credit to our Community. It leaves me, as Chair of the Parish Council, to close by thanking all those who contributed with their stall, by donating a raffle prize and especially the Fete committee who worked so hard in the months leading up to the event, and on the day. Thank you and finally: Congratulations your Majesty. From Wendy Plant Chair Colwich Parish Council The Colwich Platinum Jubilee Fete held on 4 June 2022 would like to clarify that the evening entertainment included Tom Vaughan appearing as himself not as a Tribute Act. Apologies for any misunderstanding caused.

The Colwich Parish Council Raffle Stall


The Best Waistcoat Winner

The Hardy Plants Stall

Church Eaton Comedy Night

The archery was popular with all ages

Shoes off - in you go! Inflatable fun

Food time...

We are excited to bring another night of comedy to Church Eaton Village Hall on Saturday 24th September. Headlining the night will be the fantastic Eddy Brimson "The crowd loved him" The Guardian. Eddy Brimson is one of the UK circuits most in demand headline acts working regularly with all the leading promoters. Eddy is equally at home internationally having taken to the stage from Norway to China with just about everywhere in between. He was one of the first ever comics to perform in Myanmar and invitations to perform at the Altitude Festival in the French Alps, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and both the Melbourne and Perth Comedy Festivals in Australia have secured his place in the comedy industry. He is also a regular at the Edinburgh Festival where he once even played a gig naked! Thankfully no cameras were allowed into the venue. Opening the evening will be the unique Peter Brush. A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion. Peter has provided the tour support for Alexei Sayle’s 2020 show as well as Jonathan Pie, Jason Manford, Arthur Smith and Paul Sinha. Supporting Eddy & Peter is the fabulous Tal Davies. Tal is an emerging comedian and writer who was crowned Best Breakthrough Act at the 2021 Midlands Comedy Awards. Since starting out in 2019, Tal’s performed at comedy clubs and festivals all over the UK, and was a Funny Women semi-finalist as well as being shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award. Her comedy writing has been recognised by BBC Writers Room, who invited her to be part of the 2021 Coventry Voices programme, and the strength of her writing can also be seen on stage, as she balances toe-curling anecdotes with dry observational humour, delivered with a warm, likeable stage presence and a deadpan Brummie accent. Guiding you through this stunning line-up of professional comedians will be 2021 Midlands Comedy MC of the Year Jon Pearson. Jon is regularly found at the biggest and best comedy clubs across the UK including The Glee Club, The Comedy Store and Jongleurs, both as an act and a compere. His 2015 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival show, Jon Pearson: Tall Order, sold out at Melton Theatre within 2 weeks of the tickets going on sale. Jon's laid back storytelling has audiences hanging on his every word. With tales based around his own life experiences, his anecdotes are relatable and certain to have people in hysterics. Tickets are £15 and are available from or Fully licensed bar and hot food available. Doors – 7pm, Start time – 8pm. Over 18’s only.


Brocton’s Jubilation for the Platinum Jubilee Brocton enjoyed a full weekend of celebrations over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday! Bringing all generations of the village together, Brocton Parish Council and Brocton Village Hall’s Committee planned celebrations, across the weekend, which mirrored events taking place in London to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne! The weekend started with a Beacon Lighting at the Playpark. The event included a BBQ, a wonderful performance of “Majesty” (a piece of music written specially to fanfare the lighting of the Beacon) on a Euphonium by Billy from Walton High School and a speech by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Robin Bates. A very special event (once in a lifetime for most attendees!), the Beacon Lighting brought the community “back together” after being apart for the last couple of years. Celebrations continued with a coffee morning (there was so much cake we went on all day!) at the Village Hall on Friday with a showcasing of Memory Boards created by memories submitted by parishioners! On Saturday we celebrated with a children’s party which included a Royal Fancy Dress competition, a Crown competition, face painting, crafts, games and LOTS of brilliant dancing! The children’s party was followed by a showing of the Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace at the Village Hall! Parishioners enjoyed lots of flag waving and dancing (along with bacon sandwiches!) while watching the Party! We wrapped up the celebrations with the BIG JUBILEE LUNCH on Sunday! Sites around the village celebrated together with their own picnics and afternoon teas! The Village Hall was also used as a BIG JUBILEE LINCH site with music provided by Walton High School and cakes served by a local cake maker! It was a wonderful finale to a fantastic weekend! Photos and words from Emma at Brocton Parish Council


Jocelyne Lock and Garden Guild Chairperson Sue Edwards pose just before the opening of the fair

Haughton Plant Sale returns After a two year absence, Haughton and District Garden and Countryside Guild held its traditional spring Plant and Garden Accessories Sale on Saturday 21st May at Haughton Village Hall. The plant tables were once again overflowing with trays of bedding plants and an array of hardy perennials nurtured and donated by members and friends. As well as plants, items on sale included a range of tools, books and magazines, and other useful items for in and around our gardens such as ready to fill hanging baskets and pots. There were many bargains to be had and refreshments were available for visitors to enjoy after making their purchases. Haughton Garden Guild meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month (except December) at Haughton Village Hall. Annual membership is £8. New members are welcome. The Annual Show takes place on the first Saturday in September at Haughton Village Hall.

Great Haywood Village Market A new village market has arrived in Great Haywood. Every Thursday between 3 and 4.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall,Great Haywood. (Free parking to the rear). Please support local businesses by buying local. Remember, not all stall holders take card payments. Pre-orders for food can be made in advance to avoid disappointment. Stalls include,Fresh fruit, veg and eggs Homemade pies, Bread, cakes, Jams, Cards, Pens, Jewellery and Craft stalls. See the Facebook page for updates


All systems go for Space 2022

National Trust Talks The Staffordshire Centre’s Autumn programme of talks at Walton Village Hall, Green Gore Lane in Stafford starts up again in September with

Life In the Fifties - on September 13th A Talk by Bill Durose Do you remember what it was like in the fifties? When TV was B&W and Radio Luxembourg was the radio station of choice if you wanted to listen to music recorded less than twenty years ago? When we rock ’n rolled to the music of Elvis Presley and the Everley Brothers. And who could forget Harry Rodger Webb? People were just starting to enjoy free health care with the introduction of the newly launched National Health Service. Kids were going to school in their new school uniforms - to experience the benefits (or otherwise) of the 11 plus exams, yearning for the day when they could wear drainpipes, brothel creepers or winklepickers. Bill Durose gives a talk illustrated with live music and song about home life, education, health and historical events in the nineteen fifties. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up at the door and pay as you go in. However, it would help the organisers if you book your place(s) on our website go to Events-Book a Talk. All talks start at 2.30 pm and you do not have to be a member of the Centre to attend. Admission is £4.50 for non-members of the Centre and talks are followed by tea and biscuits. To keep up with our future events watch out for us in these pages or check out our Events page at


Space 2022 is getting ready to blast off – with all finishing touches being finalised ahead of the launch of the summer programme. The Space summer programme brings together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to provide enjoyable positive activities for young people that increase their skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create opportunities, while also aiming to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour during the school summer holidays. In 2021, over 6,000 young people, aged between 8 and 17, enjoyed over 1,400 activities funded by the Staffordshire Commissioner as part of the Space programme. There were over 17,600 attendances at events, equating to over 35,333 hours. Space 2022 will begin on 25 July and end on 26 August, and will offer a variety of activities including swimming and gym passes, multi sports and park events, trips out and arts and crafts. Space was relaunched in 2015 and has since gone from strength to strength, with a 77% reduction in youth ASB during the summer period since 2016. When the programme began in 2016, 1,395 reports of youth-related ASB were recorded compared to 320 in 2021. Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: ‘Space clearly makes a difference, providing memorable experiences for many while diverting some away from potential involvement in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. ‘The activities provide an opportunity for Staffordshire Police and partners to engage with young people who may be going through a difficult time to help nurture, support and develop them and this is why I have committed to Space running for a further three years.’ Details of activities including how to book will be available on the Space website in July. Please keep checking to see what activities are being added for your area and sign up for the Space newsletter to receive notifications. See more at : www.staffordshire

Stafford Flower Club Meetings Diana Scott is celebrating the Queens’ Platinum Jubilee with us with an afternoon of flower arrangements on Wednesday 27th July 2022 starting at 2.15 pm. Diana will be showing us different shapes and sizes for many celebratory occasions with her demonstration. We are asking our members to bring any surplus produce or baking they can bring which we can sell on our stall. Our usual raffle of the flowers that have been arranged will be run during the meeting. The popular “In it to Win it” will also be returning along with a Summer Quiz - with lots of lovely prizes on offer. There will be the normal interval part way through Diana’s demonstration when everyone will get a chance to catch up with friends for a chat over our light refreshments before Diana does her final arrangement and we announce the winners of the competitions. For the month of August we will give everyone a break from Flower Arranging, even the Committee! We will then re-commence our meetings on Wednesday 28th September 2022 at 2.15 pm, when Sue Dix will be bringing us her Seasonal Favourites during her demonstration in flowers for our Meeting. Our usual raffle of the flowers that have been arranged will be run at the end of the meeting. You will also be able to participate in the popular “In it to Win it” competition. Again there will be a refreshment break part way through the demonstration before Sue does her final arrangement and we announce the winners of the raffle and the Summer Quiz. Do come and join us, all members, friends and visitors welcome. We meet at Rising Brook Methodist Church, ST17 9DH starting at 2.15 pm. There are lots of parking spaces so you won’t have far to walk. For more information contact: or ring Mrs M. Keast on 07708 025255.


Woman fined after rubbish dumped in Seighford A woman has been ordered to pay more than £300 after a pile of rubbish was dumped in countryside in a village near Stafford. The waste (pictured), including a suitcase, several black bags, sofa cushions and a hoover, was found on land between Clanford Road and Moor Lane in Seighford. The 21-year-old woman explained that the rubbish had been left in a van that she had sold - with the buyer saying he would get rid of the waste for her. The woman from Bridgnorth, who appeared at court via video link, admitted not ensuring the waste was disposed of properly and was fined £120 and ordered to pay court costs of £185 and a victim surcharge of £34. She was told to pay the fine and costs at £20 per month. The Magistrates Court in Cannock heard on Tuesday (3 May) that people have a duty to ensure their household waste is transferred to an authorised person. In mitigation the court was told the woman was ‘naïve’ - having been assured the rubbish was going to be disposed of at a tip. Incidents of fly-tipping cost Stafford Borough Council taxpayers’ tens of thousands of pounds each year to clean-up. Last month two women were fined by the court for separate fly tipping related incidents in Stafford and Stone. After the case, Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment at the borough council, said he hoped recent prosecutions sent a warning to people who thought they could get away with environmental crimes. He said: “We take all environmental crimes seriously and will not hesitate to issue fines or take people to court where necessary. “But we need help from our residents and businesses to ensure we can catch and deal with the offenders - and any details of these types of crime will be treated in confidence.” Councillor Price added: “I’m grateful for those who get in touch with us to report incidents such as this. Fly tipping is a blight on our communities and can often lead to further anti-social offences. They are also expensive to clean up and can put people off coming to our wonderful borough - and that is not good for our economy.” The local authority has a dedicated webpage - to highlight illegal rubbish dumps. You can contact the council in confidence or 01785 619402.


Wolfie saves the day at All Saints’ Sports Day All Saints School’s Sports day in Bednall got off to a flying, if a little soggy, start this year, with a penalty shoot out against the Wolverhampton Wanderers mascot! Children were sponsored by friends and family to try and score against Wolfie, with half the money raised going to the Wolves foundation, and the other half going to All Saints PTA. Wolverhampton Wanderers will be hosting a special assembly at the school within the next few weeks to hand out some prizes, and goody bags for all children who took part. Words and pictures by Jane Travers

Lola wows the Haywood crowds The Colwich & Haywoods Support Group of Katharine House Hospice recently welcomed the glamorous Lola Lamour to the Great Haywood Memorial Hall. She started by singing “I wanna be loved by you”. Moving around the individual tables in the hall, looking provocatively glamorous in a beautiful turquoise gown, (I don’t think the gentlemen present knew what to expect!) Lola entertained us by performing and singing 1930/1940/1950 and 1960s numbers which included Carmen Miranda’s “I-I-I-I like you very much”, Vera Lynn’s “We’ll meet again”, and a Betty Hutton number, including the provocative wriggly bottom! After the interval Lola appeared wearing a lovely black and white sequinned gown and sang “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, and more Doris Day numbers. Lola ended her performance by inviting members of the audience to ask for requests, resulting in a rousing of rendition of Tom Jones’ ”Delilah” by everyone, to bring the evening to its close. I, together with all the rest of the audience went home feeling happy and contented, remembering old songs and films which we had been to and seen in our youth. But a good old song never dies in one’s memory. Lola Lamour gave us a lovely performance and we thank her very much. From Anne Clendon BEM PS: We can now tell you that the evening raised a wonderful surplus of just over £600, an excellent amount all in aid of Katharine House Hospice.


Stafford Folk Dance club After all the disruption caused by Covid, we are now looking forward to welcoming new members again. We are celebrating 70 years of Folk dancing at Stafford Folk Dance club this year, and are hoping to continue for many years into the future. If you have been to a Barn dance and enjoyed yourselves, then joining us at Stafford Folk Dance Club might be something you should try. If you have never danced that is no problem. Dancing experience is not necessary. You don’t need to bring a partner as the group is made up of couples and ‘singles. You don’t need any dancing experience - just the wish to have a good time with others. Anyone age of 18, and over – why not come and have a go? All dances are walked through before dancing, and called throughout, so you have a continuous prompt while dancing. We do a mixture of styles – English, Scottish, Contra, Squares etc. We meet weekly on a Thursday evening and dance from 8pm – 10pm with a short coffee break during the session to give us a rest and to chat to others. Your first evening is FREE, so you can come and join us without it costing you anything, and see if it is something you would like to add to your existing hobbies. You can sit and watch and just enjoy the atmosphere for as much or as little time as you wish. If you have little knowledge of Folk dances, regulars will help you to better understand the moves and figures involved. It is not difficult, and we are all there to support each other with the main aim of enjoying ourselves. We are there to have a good time, and any mistakes made, are treated as a source of fun and not criticism. We meet at Walton Village Hall on the A513 main road ST 17 0LD every Thursday at 8pm. We have different callers each week to lead the dancing. Once a month we have Musicians’ workshops for anyone who plays an instrument. Members of this group are invited to play for our dancing on ‘Band nights ‘ at Club on a monthly basis. They are all amateurs too, with different levels of expertise playing a variety of instruments. You do not have to be an expert musician, music is provided. All welcome. Contact Maggie 0797 464 9311 If you would like to join that group, they meet in Walton Village Hall in the afternoon of the first Sunday of each month at 2.30pm – 4.30pm If either dancing or playing interests you, why not have a go?First visits for dancing and Music workshops are completely FREE so it will cost you nothing! For further information see our website www.stafford or contact Linda on 07960 1676 88


Bradley Celebrations Many of Bradleys flower arrangers made superb arrangements in St. Mary’s Church over the four days of the Jubilee. Many thanks to everyone who gave their time making such a glorious display. Instead of holding our Jubilee Picnic outside, many of us went into the Village Hall and a wonderful party took place in the dry. Great fun was had by several generations. The following week we held our postponed Wheely Pageant round the village with an amazing array of ‘vehicles’ with the ingenuity and creativity being greatly admired. We noted last time that the number of knitted poppies for our Remembrance Day display had reached 300. Now the needles have been clicking and we are up to 800, so watch this space. Kindly sent by Judith Manners

Catherine Mann, of Staffordshire County Council, awarded an MBE for services to public libraries.

Locals receive Queen’s Birthday Honours A helper of the homeless, a first aider and pandemic community volunteer are among the Staffordshire residents recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours. Other honours have been awarded to those working in specialist occupational health, supporting charity and developing conservation of historic gardens. Also awarded an MBE is Catherine Mann, Staffordshire’s County Council’s interim Assistant Director for Culture, Rural & Safer Communities, for her national work promoting a literate, kinder society, as well as being the head of the county’s library service for more than a decade. As well as leading on the highly successful creation of 27 Community Managed Libraries, Catherine was also heavily involved in the relocation of three large libraries in Lichfield, Stafford and Newcastle-under-Lyme to bespoke new premises. The honours include an OBE for author Dr David Jacques, who was the first Inspector of Historic Parks and Gardens at English Heritage; an MBE for Consultant Occupational Therapist Pamela Bostock who is an authority on the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and an OBE for Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal, and who was already an MBE, for her work delivering the counter-terrorism strategy across universities, colleges and private education providers in the West Midlands. Also recognised with an MBE is Glenn Parkes, a member of the Temple Street Methodist Church, in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, for his work helping the homeless and rough sleepers, and a BEM for parish council chairman Daniel Kinsey for his work during the pandemic in his community of Wombourne. Local residents who have received an honour included: OBE for Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal MBE DL, of Brocton, Regional Prevent Coordinator at the Department for Education, for services to social cohesion; OBE for Dr David Lawson Jacques, of Stafford, for services to garden history and conservation; MBE for Catherine Mann, of Bramshall, interim Assistant Director for Culture, Rural & Safer Communities at Staffordshire County Council, for services to public libraries;


Webcam plan for recycling sites

BKVC Project Manager Jo Cooper from The Community Foundation for Staffordshire with Geoff Barton of Canalside.

Haywoods business sponsors Best Kept Village Competition Organisers of the Best Kept Village Community have announced that The Canalside Farm Shop, Plant Centre, and Cafe in Great Haywood, near Stafford, has become a sponsor of the event. The award-winning family-owned destination wants to support and celebrate the competition’s belief in the positivity of community spirit and its benefits to society. Jo Cooper, BKVC Project Manager at The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, who organise the competition said, “I’m delighted with the support from Canalside Farm who totally understand our desire to celebrate community spirit across the County. We are currently in round two of the 2022 competition and the new Community Spirit entries will be judged this month too. This is a new additional element to the BKVC Competition for entrants to showcase their strong, supportive community spirit by demonstrating inclusivity, year-round events, clubs, and community cohesion. The competition runs during the Spring and Summer, but potential sponsors can contact me at any time to discuss opportunities. There are area-based sponsorships giving companies the opportunity to give back to their immediate patch. Or competition specific sponsorship packages. The best thing is to contact me for an informal chat.” The Best Kept Village Community competition aims to develop and highlight a sense of pride amongst local people throughout Staffordshire. It illustrates and emphasises how much voluntary work is undertaken to keep the county beautiful and how communities work together. A village will be judged on its maintenance, appearance, and the community spirit amongst its residents. Judges will take into consideration where a village does not have a certain feature, e.g., a bus shelter, war memorial, large open space, etc. this will be considered in marking and villages will certainly NOT be at a disadvantage because they do not have BKVC features. The Community Foundation for Staffordshire took over running the Best Kept Village competition in 2018 and are now proud to be the custodians of a competition steeped in tradition, dating back to 1956. The competition was originally started to encourage village residents to take pride in their communities and whilst that aim continues to date, the competition now has an increased focus on community cohesion within the villages hence the rename of the 'Best Kept Village Community' competition. For more information contact The Community Foundation on 01785 339540, or visit


Cameras will be introduced this year at Staffordshire’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres so users can see how busy they are before setting off. By seeing whether there is a wait, users can stagger their journeys and reduce queueing at peak times. The initiative is part of an updating and improvement programme by Staffordshire County Council after it ended a management contract with contractors and took over running the sites directly. Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, told the Gazette: “This is a large, complex operation which only closes three days a year and I am delighted by the smoothness of the return in-house. This will ensure we maintain the best service for residents and it also allows us to be sustainable and innovative at the same time. Improvements such as the installation of cameras that residents can view on their phone or on their laptop are all part of the process to encourage recycling.” A report to be considered by the County Council’s Cabinet in July will hear that there are almost 1.6 million visits per year to the HWRCs, with 42 different types of material accepted and an average recycling rate of 71 per cent over five years. Since returning the service to county council control, the number of lorries removing recycling from sites has increased from four to seven – allowing more material to be accepted at individual HWRCs. Simon Tagg added: “Later this year we will be detailing investment for a significant improvement and maintenance plan for the years ahead. We want to make the HWRCs sustainable for the future, encourage greater use now and able to deal with future demand from a growing population.”

Determination pays off for local young author Sixteen year old Kayleigh Richardson is a local author who wrote her debut novel during the lockdown in 2020. After receiving two rejections, she is now having her debut released in Waterstones, Amazon, Book Depository and more. You can purchase it for £8.99 from these online stores. Kayleigh’s debut “Remember Me”, which is a dystopian thriller centred around the trials of a woman and her family in the 1800’s, where everything around them is far from reality. Through her accomplishment, Kayleigh wants to show other young people that they can achieve their goals, despite any knockbacks. If at first you don’t succeed... Kayleigh will be attending an upcoming book signing at Waterstones in Lichfield, towards the end of July.

Curborough Charity Day Returns in August If you love your vintage cars, then this is a day out for you! With a Speed demonstration of 100 classic and vintage cars and motorcycles on Curborough’s figure-of-eight course, a static car display with Food and craft stalls and Fun for all the family 29th August price £7 per adult £3 per child (under 18) Free for children under 5. Visit www.staffscyp. for more information. (Staffs CYP) are a registered charity that works with young people aged 5 to 18 throughout some of Staffordshire’s most deprived areas.Their aim is to provide subsidised and accessible youth clubs, sports projects, holiday activities and holiday clubs for young people, to keep them engaged in positive activities that promote their personal and social development as well as having fun. For any more information go to or @staffscyp

Bus changes from 24 July • Service 7 (Select Bus, Stafford - Moss Pit) will have a revised timetable. • Service 8 (Select Bus, Stafford - Parkside) will have a revised timetable. • Service 875 (Select Bus, Stafford - Cannock) will have a minor revision to the timetable to serve Rodbaston College in the afternoon, to replace the cancelled 817 journey.


Haywoods Flower and Vegetable Show 2022 Hang out the flags for more than the Jubilee this year – the Haywoods Flower and Vegetable Show is back to full strength again! The Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall has been booked for Sunday 11th September so we are all systems go for a full Show with some interesting new classes. The biggest development is the new trophy for those who have not entered before. If you are a new exhibitor to the Show, you are of course free to enter any and every class you like. The new entrant gaining the most points (out of all the new entrants) will be awarded The Francis Hill Cup. So why not come along and give it a whirl! As usual the schedules will then be available in local shops and will be distributed to previous entrants. You can also view and print it from our website at www.haywoods along with all the information on how to enter, and some useful hints and tips. Please also find us on facebook at Haywoods Flower and Vegetable Show for all the latest news. If you enjoy growing, making, baking and creating there will be a class for you, and we’d love you to join in. See you soon!

Colwich & Haywoods In Bloom Good day to all the Colwich and Haywoods In Bloom and the mini Bloomers, I hope you are all well and are enjoying looking at all the wonderful, colourful floral displays you have put in our Parish. Thank you for all your hard work, I am very proud to be very President. It seems a strange thing to say, but a garden is never finished, because you can always find some corner that needs attention! I went down my garden yesterday and saw a splendid yellow dandelion - it was beautiful, so, when is a weed not a weed? and to continue in the same frame of mind, when I last visited a Flower Show recently the only thing I brought back was a gardeners nail brush! I thought everyone needs to know how lucky we have been to be awarded £500 in the Colwich and Little Haywoods Community Awards. A big THANK YOU, because we certainly cannot buy our beautiful plants without money. We will soon be enjoying the time when the Open Gardens are open, practically all the proceeds from the day go to Katharine House Hospice, so I am sure we all work all the harder to make our gardens and villages look extra special. Our lives are made up of so many memories, and the older we get I am so amazed we can recall them. One useful memory is the date of my Aunty Hilda's birthday, April 17th, for planting dahlias outside in the garden! However.... IN BLOOMERS, never give up gardening, it is so good for our mental health, and now summer has eventually arrived we can glory in the flowers and their colour. One of my geraniums is called Fairy Orchid and is beautiful. Until the next time. be good, keep busy and be kind. Anne Clendon B.E.M. President Colwich Parish in Bloom


Council intervenes to protect school transport services Staffordshire County Council is intervening to protect school transport contracts in the face of soaring fuel costs. Currently the authority spends £18.3 million a year on transporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and also commissions services for 970 routes for pupils entitled to free Home-to-School transport. Now to ensure services continue the authority has set aside up to £1.89 million for a one-off payment for March and adjusted new contracts from April to reflect higher costs for operators. Jonathan Price, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Education and SEND, said: “Fuel costs have been increasing for some time but the war in Ukraine, plus inflation, has seen a sharp rise in overheads for operators. “Increasingly we are seeing contracts being handed back and that leaves the council searching for new providers to take over a contract at short notice in a market with limited capacity. “If we can support existing providers, they can continue maintaining services that ensure pupils get to school and we keep costs down in the long run.” While the one-off payment for March was set at 5.4 per cent, contracts renewed from April have been set up so that the price will reduce if the cost of fuel falls in future. In the last four months, operators have handed back 47 contracts as they face driver shortages, increasing costs of maintaining vehicles and steadily increasing fuel costs. Fuel costs for operators have risen by almost a fifth in the last six months to around £1.76 per litre in April and this week the average price of diesel hit a new UK high at 180.29 pence. Jonathan Price added: “Every day of term in Staffordshire we move 8,000 children entitled to free Home-to-School transport. “It’s a huge operation involving hundreds of vehicles and drivers, as well as the support staff who accompany SEND children. “The Council doesn’t run its own fleet of vehicles so relies entirely on the private sector. If we don’t act action now to recognise the changing situation, there is a real danger that we will be left unable to fulfil our legal obligation to transport entitled children to school.” While the bulk of the money will support SEND and mainstream Home-to-School services, some will be also be spent helping the small number of supported mainstream bus routes that the council backs to provide socially necessary services. Separately, the county council has already warned that the region’s bus operators are facing difficult times and may close routes as user numbers have still not returned to pre-pandemic numbers. With Government subsidies continuing until the end of September, Staffordshire County Council has also agreed to pay operators for pre-pandemic levels of concessionary bus pass use – even though real numbers are lower. The support is conditional on operators showing that they are promoting services for when subsidies end in October.


Queen’s Commonwealth Baton Relay to visit Stafford! The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Stafford and Stone during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of showstopping sport nears ever closer. The Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel the length and breadth of England for a total of 29 days, before culminating at the Opening Ceremony for Birmingham 2022 on 28 July 2022. Kicking off on Thursday 2 June, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

Sydney, Australia The Baton will then resume the international journey and return to England on Monday 4 July to commence a 25-day tour of the regions. On the afternoon of Tuesday 19 July, Stafford and Stone will officially welcome the Baton. A busy schedule of activities and events are planned for the Queen’s Baton Relay, with opportunities to highlight untold stories from Batonbearers who are striving for change in their community. During its time in the borough, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Stone’s Westbridge Park and town centre, and the award-winning Victoria Park in Stafford - where a number of activities are being lined up. The schedule of activity for the Baton’s time in Stafford includes it


being taken on a route from Stafford Castle to Victoria Park. It will then be transported via vehicle to Stone - with the baton relay leaving Westbridge Park, into the town centre, before finishing at the Canoe Club. Members of the public are encouraged to get involved with the celebrations and embrace the arrival of the Baton, taking the opportunity to experience the buzz of Birmingham 2022 in their community. The Birmingham 2022 website will be updated with information over the coming months, with detail on the events and where to line the route. Councillor Carolyn Kadeena Cox receiving the Baton from Trowbridge, Cabinet Member Her Majesty The Queen for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said: “There has been a lot amazing platinum jubilee year as Her of work behind Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll, Head of the scenes by the the Commonwealth, marks an historic council, our partners seven decades on the throne. We are liaising with the ‘relay’ Freedom Leisure, and committee and will be able to the QBR organisers announce more of what to expect on to ensure Stafford and Stone were the day in the coming weeks.” Thousands of Batonbearers, each chosen as venues on with inspiring backgrounds and the route of this stories, will have the honour of fantastic journey of the baton - and now carrying the Baton during the we can’t wait to see it journey through England, including arriving in our those nominated in recognition of their contributions to their local borough. I hope people will community, whether that be in sport, join us in cheering education, the arts, culture or charity. on our worthy Between 40 and 130 Batonbearers batonbearers, and will carry the Baton each day, and the the celebration of the Commonwealth Relay will reach hundreds of villages, Games coming to the Midlands, in this towns and cities during its tour of the country.

Batonbearers in The Cook Islands

Travelling via land, air and sea, more than 180 communities in England will experience the Queen’s Baton on a route spanning 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres). From energetic cities and historic market towns, to rolling countryside and rugged coastline, the Baton will head as far south as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland. Since its inaugural appearance at the Cardiff 1958 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay has been a tradition for the Commonwealth Games. The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay began at Buckingham Palace on 7 October 2021, when The Queen placed Her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton and passed it to four-time Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox, who had the honour of being the first of thousands of Batonbearers to carry the Baton. Since then, the Baton has visited Commonwealth nations and territories in Europe, Africa, Oceania. It still has further destinations in the Caribbean, the Americas, and more countries in Europe, including the Home Nations consisting of five days in Scotland, four in Northern Ireland and five in Wales, where it will finish on Sunday 3 July, before returning to England in summer for the final countdown to the Commonwealth Games. Throughout May and June, the Queen’s Baton Relay continued its journey through the Caribbean and the Americas, with visits to St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda and Canada, amongst others. The Queen’s Baton for Birmingham 2022 was created in a West Midlands collaboration that fused art, technology and science. Made from copper, aluminium and steel, the Baton also features a platinum strand in homage to The Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology; 360-degree camera, heart rate monitor, atmospheric sensors and LED lighting. For more information on the Queen’s Baton Relay, visit




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Environment Matters What is the environment? It is where we live and what surrounds us, the air that we breathe, the weather we enjoy, the rivers, the countryside, the buildings and the animals and plants in our neighbourhood. Our activities are constantly changing and degrading the environment. The population of the country is increasing and people need houses and jobs, to be provided where they live, requiring constant residential and commercial development, and infrastructure like roads and towns and provision of heating and power and food to our homes. Typically, this involves replacement of natural green space with buildings; it involves converting fuel into energy; it requires supply of materials and services to where we live and work and agriculture to grow our food; and it requires transport to move us around. Climate change - It is clear that the climate is gradually changing. Depending on our age, we can remember past weather patterns being different from those we are currently experiencing. We are now having warmer and wetter winters, hotter and drier summers, floods and drought and wildfires, earlier springs and summers, and more violent storms happening more frequently. Most experts agree that these changes are due to human activity. It is estimated that a 1.5 degree average temperature increase from preindustrial levels is the tipping point between survivable and catastrophic change and we are currently 1.1 degrees above those levels and forecast to hit 2.7 degrees by the end of the century at current rates *. The drivers for climate change are the emission of “greenhouse gasses” (CO2, methane and others), into the atmosphere and this comes from internal- combustion-based transport, many manufacturing processes and from burning fossil fuel to generate heat and power for our homes. Meat production and consumption is also a major producer of methane.

Dumped trolleys despoiling a local stream Pollution – We would all like to breathe clean air and to have clean open water nearby and to have a clean area to live. Unfortunately, our love of the motor car and convenient travel poisons the air with the products of combustion. Manufacturing processes generate smoke and other noxious gases. Rivers and lakes have become convenient places to dump unwanted materials – “out of sight is out of mind”. The water companies are responsible not only to provide us with clean water but also to remove our waste water comprising overruns from taps, used sink, bath and shower water and the contents of our toilets. Sewage is treated and removed from the natural environment. However, in extreme circumstances companies are allowed to dump untreated sewage into the river system and the sea affecting, even killing, the animals that live there but also ruining open water as a leisure asset. We are also personally responsible for water pollution through cleaning and cosmetic products that are washed away from our sinks and which contain harmful products for wildlife. Food production requires use of artificial and natural fertilizer to increase yields and herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pests. These pollute the land and run off into the rivers polluting the water. Biodiversity – There is growing concern over the adverse effects of our activities on the flora and fauna of the world in reducing biodiversity (see David Attenborough and others). This has a knock-on effect on food supply, competition for water, physical and mental health, and culture. We are reliant on plants for nourishment and clean air and healthy food chains are vital to supply our needs. But development, climate change, and use of pesticides destroys habitats and kills key pollinators and the other species that rely on them.

Flooding due to heavy rainfall Waste – Modern living creates waste. Our lifestyle has become more disposable so we buy cheap and often and when we no longer have use for things, we throw them away. Most of the items we purchase, including food, is wrapped and a lot of packaging is plastic based and this also goes for the items themselves. Often, we dispose cleanly in our bins, which are collected regularly by the Borough Council. Often, we use the correct dedicated bin: green for general waste, brown for garden waste and blue for recyclable, e.g. glass and plastic. But sometimes we just throw litter on the wayside, or misuse the council bins. This means the town and, more visibly, the countryside is blighted with unsightly litter, and the possibility of reusing waste is reduced. Litter-picks are all well and good after the event but do not address the key issue. The collected waste could be recycled into new product, or it could be burnt to generate energy which is useful but can emit CO2 or it could be buried in landfill which is not good because the burial site becomes noxious and unfit for any other purpose.


Green space - Open fields, meadows and woodland are a valuable resource for leisure and health. The requirements of an increasing population with increasing housing needs, and the demand for more commerce and profit, leads to more building and developers find it easier to build on green space than to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. Natural countryside is a great regenerator of good environment and provides habitats for wildlife and protection against some of the worst effects of climate change like flooding. Covering over land with tarmac and concrete exacerbates these issues by destroying green space and the ability of the land to cope with extreme climate. What can be done? – The issues described above may seem too big for individuals, and small towns and parishes to even think aboutaddressing. You may think that it is the sort of thing that governments, major companies and international bodies should deal with. But when it comes down to it, many of these problems are caused by individuals directly, or by activities required to maintain their lifestyle or to generate business profit.

Smoke and other particulates pumped into the atmosphere

There are ways that we can help, for instance by: · Encouraging manufacturers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to introduce carbon capture where possible and to off-set where necessary through such measures as tree-planting. · Reducing our reliance on fossil fuel by using cars less, moving to other forms of transport and walking and cycling more. · Moving away from internal combustion of fossil fuels for transport. · Reducing the ambient temperatures of our homes, and moving away from fossil fuels for heating and power by introducing technology like heat pumps. · Using low and efficient energy products such as LED lighting and energy efficient white goods. · Using the planning system to require that new housing aims for net zero in energy use and waste production through insulation, solar panels and waste management systems. · Encouraging businesses to offer a working from home option to reduce the harmful effects of commuting; homes will require wi-fi access to enable this. · Reducing our meat consumption. · Encouraging manufacturers and distributors to reduce unnecessary packaging of goods. · Avoiding single use plastics for packaging and food containers. · Encouraging manufacturers to clean up their processes to reduce CO2 and particulate emissions and to ensure that their used products and waste can be disposed of without damaging the environment. · Making our possessions last longer and attempting to reuse or recycle and disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly way. · Providing recycling and disposal facilities and clamping down on illegal dumping. · Influencing Water Companies to avoid discharging untreated sewage into rivers. · Encouraging agriculture to reduce use of artificial fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides and to ensure that they do not pollute waterways. · Requesting stricter legal protection from illegal pollution activities and stricter enforcement of breaches. · Protecting green spaces and trees, including roadsides verges and hedgerows. · Directing new development towards brownfield in preference to green field sites wherever possible. · Making our houses and gardens wildlife friendly to encourage diversity and encourage pollinating insects. By acting together, we can put economic and political pressure on organisations to do their bit. From Cllr. Tom Kelt