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Stafford Directory



March 2018

Including Wildwood, Rowley, Haughton, Baswich, Derrington, Brocton, Walton, Western Downs, Moss Pit & more

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Offer available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Authentic Thai Restaurant & Bar in the heart of Stafford Open Tuesday 4pm-11pm, Wednesday - Sunday 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-11pm (Closed Monday)

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Find us at: No5 Gaol Mews, Gaol Road, Stafford, ST16 3AN

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Contents Thai Heritage Stafford Maple Hayes Dyslexia School to host free workshop Bad Dog Designs Nixie Clocks Poptastic Stafford - FREE entry Brooklands House Opening Soon Simple crossword puzzle Chantuese Chamber Choir Cake and bake: Hot Cross Buns Penkridge Market Easter Bank Holiday Market Stafford Christadelphians - Join us for Easter Weeping Cross Fish Bar Bowman’s Antiques Fair - WIN tickets! What’s On

Advertising enquiries Lisa Cuthbert - Sales Manager Tel: 01785 318704 Email:

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Stafford Camera Club A new look for your home Carers Afternoon Tea Party Grasses by Diarmuid Gavin Fun Quiz: City rivers Students perform Wizard of Oz Staffordshire Police - Keyless car theft Mayor Unveils School’s New Website Sudoku puzzle Stafford Flower Club Stafford Folk Club National Trust Staffordshire - Upcoming talks

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Thai Heritage

Introducing Stafford’s best kept secret We would like to share with you one of our new favourite local eateries, Thai Heritage.

Located at Gaol Mews on Gaol Road in Stafford, this authentic Thai Restaurant and Bar has soon

become one of Stafford’s best kept secrets since opening back in October last year.

The restaurant was formerly known as ‘Restaurant No.5’. Following closure of the restaurant, it was taken over by new owners Pranisa Thananchai

Keep up to date with the latest news and offers at

an extensive refurb and offers a warm and cosy,

Stafford. You can also view the menu online at

and Doug Fotheringham. It has since undergone

over on their Facebook page - Thai Heritage

welcoming atmosphere.

Parking is free after 5pm at Gaol Road Car Park, Gaol Road, Stafford.

Their varied menu boasts a range of dishes from Thai soups, spicy salads and Thai curry to

a variety of vegetable, seafood and meat dishes.

All freshly made using the finest ingredients. If you

Weekends at Thai Heritage tend to be busy so

cater any dish to suit your requirements, just speak

reservation call one of friendly the team on

have any food allergies, the chef is always happy to

booking in advance is advised. To make a

to a member of staff upon booking.

01785 229900.

Takeaway is also now available during the week for collection only. The restaurant offer 10% OFF on all takeaway orders, available Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Thai Heritage is the perfect venue for all special

occasions. Private hire is available for christenings, birthdays, and corporate events.

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Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School to host free SEN workshop for parents Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School is

hosting a free workshop for parents of primary

school children with Special Educational Needs. The event, in March, will give parents who are

struggling to obtain appropriate provision for their children’s special educational needs access to

free legal advice from one of the Midlands’ leading education lawyers.

Andrew Barrowclough, Head of the Education Law Department at HCB Solicitors, and his team will

host the dedicated SEN workshop at the specialist school, which caters for students aged seven to 17, on Saturday, March 3.

Parents of children with learning difficulties or

suspected SEN will be able to learn more about

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), which enable them to request or take control of the

All pupils who attend Maple Hayes Dyslexia

School, which was judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted after its latest inspection in October 2017, have

EHCP plans and are placed by 16 Midlands LEAs,

including Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Derbyshire. The Abnalls Lane

school specialises in a unique approach to literacy

learning for those who cannot progress adequately with conventional phonics.

special provision and extra help they think would benefit their child.

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes

Dyslexia School, said: “Applying for plans such as these are often daunting for parents, so it’s

imperative that they receive clear guidance on the processes so they can obtain the best possible support for their children. We’re delighted that

HCB Solicitors will be joining us again this year to provide parents with its expertise in this complex matter.”

The SEN workshop starts at 11.30am on

Saturday, March 3. To reserve a place, email or call 02920 444 106.

Mr Barrowclough and his colleagues will also offer advice to parents who believe their children may

have dyslexia or other learning difficulties on what the Education Health and Care Plans involve and how they can get access to them.

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Bad Dog Designs Nixie Clocks By Paul Parry

It’s not everyday you come across Nixie clocks – most people have never even heard of them, let alone seen one.


Paul Parry started making these clocks as a hobby in his spare bedroom back in 2014. The Nixie Tubes were invented in the 1950’s as numerical indicators in early computers and other equipment, their popularity died overnight as soon as the LED was invented and then production worldwide ceased in the 1980’s. They do however have a wonderful warm orange glow due to the neon gas inside and a great retro look and feel.

and brass with gears and pipework on display.

What started as a hobby has now grown into a full time business, Paul retired from his day job at the end of 2017 to become the UK’s only full time Nixie Clock maker. Each clock is different and made from upcycled or redundant bits of equipment that would otherwise have been thrown into landfill. A lot of the clocks are made in the Steampunk style, a retro futuristic genre, think HG Wells and Jules Verne all made from wood

The clocks are sought after by clock and art collectors all over the world, the majority of Pauls pieces are commissioned and end up in the USA or the far East. Some have appeared on TV and many magazines have featured Pauls designs. Paul also won the international Arts & Crafts design award in 2016 for his work, along with the Theo Paphitis Small business award.

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Our skilled craftsmen can create any type of design, from ultra-modern to classically traditional As an alternative if you cannot part with your existing suite, we offer an exceptional re-upholstery service that goes above and beyond recovering your choice of fabrics and leathers.

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Poptastic Stafford

Free Entry Every Friday and Saturday Poptastic Stafford is one of Staffordshire’s premier 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s party bars playing top hits every Friday and Saturday night. The retro themed bar also have themed nights throughout the month here are just a few of the forthcoming events for your diary: March 17th - St Patricks Day Party March 31st - Look who's coming to Poptastic Jake Wood “Max Branning” from Eastenders April 1st- Neon 90’s Easter Sunday April 27th - Zanzibar reunion Enjoy a great evening with a great atmosphere with drinks promotions running every weekend. Why not book one of VIP booths for your special occassion? Various booth and drink packages are available, call for details.

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Poptastic Stafford is open every Friday and Saturday night, 10:30pm until 3am. Available for private hire on all othe nights. ‘Like’ their page over on Facebook to find out the latest drinks offers and booth packages available at Visit Poptastic, 139 Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 2EZ.


Brooklands House Opening Soon Brooklands House on Eccleshall Road, Stafford will soon be welcoming its first homeowners,

just in time for spring. Opening in just a matter of weeks, the luxury retirement development, will comprise 55 one, two and three bedroom apartments exclusively for the over 65s.

Luxury accommodation: Downsizing from your family home doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style, each of the

spacious private apartments offer contemporary, fully-fitted kitchens and generous living areas.

Many feature en-suite shower rooms and separate bathrooms and most have walk on balconies or a

patio area overlooking the Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve or beautifully landscaped gardens.

Stylish communal areas: Although the apartments are private, there are plenty of opportunities for socialising, with

community hubs that homeowners can be as involved in as little or as much as they like.

Offering an independent, yet sociable way of life, Brooklands House prides itself on its sense of

community with a table-service restaurant offering breakfast and a three-course lunch daily, a

stylish hairdressing salon, a spa and therapy suite, activities and crafts room, as well as a beautifully appointed lounge with outdoor patio area. A twin

bedded guest suite with en-suite and kitchenette is also available for any visiting friends or family.

Support should it be needed: Adlington also offers round the clock, 24-hour on site support, should it ever be needed, provided

by Methodist Homes’ (MHA) discreet care team.

emergency call system that is directly linked to the on site team, for guaranteed peace of mind and

immediate assistance in case of any eventuality.

Help with the move: Support is on hand through each step of your move from help with de-cluttering and liaising with estate agents, if you have a property to sell, to a personal clerk who can assist you with your move and a

complimentary 8 - hour handyman service to help

you get your new apartment exactly how you would like it.

The Brooklands House development is quickly taking shape with over 75% of the apartments

already reserved by eager purchasers wanting to begin their retirement adventure in a new home. A selection of beautifully furnished show

apartments and communal areas are now available to view between 10am and 5pm daily.

Prices range from £105,000 to £355,000. For more information or to book an

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Chanteuse Chamber Choir Singing for Success Staffordshire’s award winning Chanteuse Chamber Choir has been accepted to compete at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff during the Easter weekend and they couldn’t be more proud. The festival will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre’s Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay over the Easter weekend (March 30th – April 1st, 2018). The International Choral Festival Wales, born out of a passion for music promises to be a musical experience to remember for both the choir and spectators alike. Eilir Owen Griffiths, former Music Director of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, will launch the International Choral Festival Wales (ICFW). It is supported by Sir Karl Jenkins, Paul Mealor and Christopher Tin in partnership with the University of Wales and will be a mix of competitions, concerts, informal performances and social gatherings. If you would like to hear these amazing ladies sing, you have will have an opportunity to do so at their future events. Don’t miss these opportunities!


Chanteuse with Volya* at Stafford Rangers Football Club Saturday 12th May 2018 at 7pm Tickets: £10 adults, £8 under 16’s. Contact us via email on to pre-order tickets. *We are delighted to be performing with Volya, the UK No.1 Ukrainian Male Voice Choir. A treat not to be missed!

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Penkridge Market

Easter Bank Holiday Market If you’re looking for somewhere to go this Easter Bank Holiday, then why not pop along to Penkridge Market, where they will be holding a Bank Holiday Market and Car Boot Sale, on Monday the 2nd April. The event will run from 9am to 3pm and with free admission and free parking, it’s a great free day out for all the family. Around 100 market stall holders will be selling everything from bread, olives and pickles, to plants, handbags and hardware. There’s an indoor market as well as a hard standing area, so it’s a fantastic day out, whatever the weather. There will also be plenty to keep the children entertained, with a bouncy castle on site, as well as toy stalls, sweets and ice-creams.

Matt Williams, Manager of Penkridge Market said: “Our Bank Holiday Markets are always very popular, but our Easter one always seems to be the busiest. I think people are keen to get out and about after the Winter and love hunting out a bargain. Our Car Boot is always busy too, with people having a good ‘Spring Clean’ and wanting to turn their unwanted possessions into cash. Our hard standing area also means there’s no muddy fields, so it’s a brilliant day out whatever the weather.” There will be plenty of refreshments available too, from Jacket Potatoes, Burgers and Ice-cream to delicious fish and chips at The Old Deanery Farm Café.

If you fancy a bargain then don’t miss the Car Boot Sale, with approximately 50 ‘car booters’ expected. You’ll be amazed at what you can find - everything from tools and toys, to books, CD’s, clothes, and even the odd antique. If you want to take part yourself and turn some of your unwanted possessions into cash, then simply turn up on the day from 6am. The site is all hard standing (so no muddy fields) and with a fee of just £8 per car, you’re bound to make a great profit.


Penkridge Market is situated in the centre of Penkridge, and is signposted off the A449. It is easily accessible from Junction 12 of the M6 and is only 6 miles from Stafford; 7 miles from Cannock and 10 miles from Wolverhampton (ST19 5AP). For further information please telephone 01785 714221 or log onto the website, | 01785 318704

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Stafford Christadelphians Join us for Easter Weekend The Christadelphians were formed about 150 years ago and came to Stafford in the late 1800’s. They take the Bible as the foundation of their beliefs. Their main hope is the resurrection of Jesus to return to the earth to set up a kingdom with him as king. A time when the world will change: there will be no more war, suffering or illness. It is hard to imagine a time of peace when we are faced with all the problems in the world today. Over the Easter weekend we would love to share with you these, and more ideas from the Bible, and listen to your thoughts on the world today. The Sheridan Hall will be open on Easter Saturday and Monday afternoons for you to drop in and enjoy coffee, a cake and a chat. There will be a display of Bibles in different languages as well as displays which highlight some Bible topics e.g. the Bible and aromatherapy oils. Did you know there are over 6500 languages in the world but only 355 have a Bible translated into their language? We are privileged to have this opportunity to learn about God and the promise he has given about the world. There will also be a bric-a-brac stall, a cake stall and activities for children including face painting.

think about the cruel death of Jesus and also the hope there is in his resurrection. Come along and sing with us. On Sunday afternoon we are presenting a very moving live presentation of The Inquest at Golgotha portraying events leading up to the crucifixion and examining whether Jesus could have survived the cross. There will be a trailer in the Market Square in Stafford on Thursday, Saturday and Monday. Please go and have a look at the leaflets there. If you haven’t got a Bible there will be some on the trailer for you to help yourself. If you have time stop for a chat. At the Sheridan Hall we hold a Bible hour every Sunday at 2 p.m. where a Bible topic is presented. On Wednesday at 8 p.m. a Bible class takes place where a subject is talked about and discussed in more detail. On alternate Fridays at 7pm we have a Youth club for year 5 and up, here we have Bible stories followed by games.

On Saturday evening we look forward to sharing with you an evening of Easter Praise where we can

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Weeping Cross Fish Bar

WIN free Fish and Chips for a year! Be in with a chance of winning FREE fish and chips for a whole year from the county famous Weeping Cross Fish Bar! All you have to do is sponsor John Evans, owner of the Fish Bar for taking part in this year’s Stafford Half Marathon. The fish bar has become increasingly popular since opening in 1999. Founders John and Maria Charalambous have been serving delicious fish and chips for over 40 years. After taking a back seat to spend quality time with their grandchildren, the fish bar has since been taken over by new owner John Evans. Home of quality, award-winning fish and chips, the shop prides itself on ensuring only the best fresh fish (delivered from the docks daily), homemade mushy peas and quality chipping potatoes make it on to the menu. Since taking over the business, owner John Evans, manager Charlotte and all the wonderful staff have been great supporters of Katharine House Hospice. They are often fundraising for the local charity, including collecting 10p for their blue plastic forks with all proceeds going to Katharine House Hospice.

John has run the half marathon in previous years, but this is the first time he is running for charity and hopes that customers will show their support. John says he enjoys the event and considers it an asset to the town. He enjoys the support from customers and even recognises customers from the other side of town. John will be undergoing his training and running the race in his green “Sponsor Me” t-shirt, as pictured above. Sponsorship forms are available from Weeping Cross fish bar. Open Monday - Saturday 11:30am-2pm and 4:30pm-10pm, closed Sunday. 39 Bodmin Avenue, Weeping Cross Shopping Centre, Stafford ST170EF. Tel: 01785 660500.

More than £7,000 has been raised for the hospice so far, owner John will be running the Stafford Half Marathon in March for the hospice and is currently seeking sponsors. All sponsors can submit a predicted finish time, to the second. The sponsor closest to predicting John’s finish time will win free fish and chips every Friday for a whole year.


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Bowmans Antiques Fair

WIN TICKETS to the next event 40 years ago, a Newcastle under Lyme woman, living in exile in Yorkshire had a bold and exciting vision. A lively entrepreneur and antiques enthusiast who was rapidly making a name and her business for herself by running first an antiques shop and then a growing antique fair circuit across Yorkshire and then further afield from Malvern to Darlington via Lincoln, Harrogate, Leeds, Doncaster and Barnsley. It was on a trip back to her roots in Staffordshire that Elizabeth Bowman discovered the newly built Stafford Bingley Hall - all 6000 square metres of it and had the tremendous courage to begin to build the Bowman Antiques Fairs flagship event. The Bingley Hall was at that time the largest commercial indoor space available for rent outside of London and predated the NEC. The Potential was recognised and the decision taken, the Bowman Antiques Fair at Stafford Bingley Hall had its first outing in October 1978 and was popular and well supported from its inception growing steadily to its millennium peak of 424 stands. The Fair contained a wide and attractive range of antiques of all types at a wide range of prices, with a particular emphasis on antique furniture and as you might expect being in the potteries a very good showing of ceramics. Those of you of a certain vintage may also remember The Bingley Hall as a major concert venue in the 1970s and 1980s. The Bingley Hall was also an important agricultural


centre and held many livestock related events. When the hall was full of antique pottery and porcelain we had more than one local wag tell us that what we had done was put “china in a bull shop” particularly when the Bowman Fairs followed on closely behind a prime stock or Cattle show. So after 40 years, Bowman Fairs still run a 3 day antiques fair at the Bingley Hall and Helen Bowman, the daughter of the founder of the fair now manages the fair with her husband and after 300 plus events and some 4500 different exhibitors who have stood with us selling

about a million antiques and collectables over four decades, it is a testament to the vision and boldness of Elizabeth (Betty) Bowman who sadly passed away in November 2017. We are proud of her achievement. We share her vision and her passion for the old, the rare, the beautiful and the historic. The legacy we feel most profoundly is Betty’s unshakeable belief in the benefits of small business and her unstinting support for all the small local businesses she supported in her life and work.

WIN TICKETS TO BOWMANS ANTIQUES FAIR Bowmans Antiques have 10 tickets to give away for their next event being held at Bingley Hall on 23rd, 24th and 25th March. Answer the question below and send in on a postcard to 89 Kirkgate, Shipley, Yorkshire, BD18 3LR or via email to before Monday 19th March to be in with a chance of winning.

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What’s on? Monday - Closed Tuesday 11am - Meditation Group Tuesday 7:30pm - Psychic/Mediumistic Event & Buffet Wednesday - CLOSED Thursday 7:30pm - Psychic Exploration Group Friday 7:30pm - Mediumship Event Night Saturday 10am - Coffee Club & Private Sittings Sunday 10am - Workshops From 16th February there will also be a knit and natter group each Friday 2pm-4pm. Private psychic parties or events can be booked by prior arrangement at Angel Attic or your own premises, and private 1 to 1 readings are available by appointment at Angel Attic.

Tel: 01785 600994 or 07504 126336 Email: Gainsborough Works, St Patricks Place (off St Patricks Street), Stafford, ST16 2PN

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What’s On... Regular Events STAFFORD RECORDED MUSIC SOCIETY WEDNESDAYS (usually fortnightly) We present programmes of music (mainly classical) at The Meeting Room, St Anne’s RC Church Hall, Lynton Avenue, Stafford. Our meetings are held fortnightly for the most part, from September to May and from 7.15 pm to 9.45 pm including a refreshment break. Our new season normally begins on the first Wednesday of September each year. New members are always welcome. For further information contact Geoff Ogram on 01785 663423 or email

grown ups. Followed by tea/coffee/squash, vchat and play. Everyone welcome, just come along.

Staffordshire Corps of Drums EVERY Monday 7pm -9pm at TS Superb - the Sea Cadet HQ, River Way, Stafford ST16 3TH. Recruiting (15 yrs and upwards) new members (with or without experience) for our drum, flute, bugle and fanfare sections. Contact 01902 850536.

Meditation Stafford, Every Wednesday (except 15th Feb) 7:30pm-9pm, at The Hub, 17 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ, 07594 791103/01283 732338. For more information visit

haughton women’s institute first monday of every month 7:30pm at Haughton Village Hall. We have speakers on a variety of topics, followed by tea/coffees and cakes. Visitors are very welcome. For more information call 07850 254855. WEEPING CROSS TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH 7-15pm at Leasowes School, Porlock Avenue, Weeping Cross Stafford. We have a monthly speaker on a variety of topics followed by tea/coffee.Outings to interesting places. We are a friendly group and visitors are always made welcome. Contact Mary Burton (Chairman) on 01785 663340.


Stafford Living Well with Dementia First Wednesday of the month 11am-1pm at St Bertelins Church Hall, Stafford. CASS welcomes Carers supporting someone who lives with dementia to access support, entertainment and friendship at our support group. Carers welcome, with or without the cared-for. Call 01785 222365 for details.

GERMAN INTERMEDIATE AND CONVERSATION CLASSES every wednesday & thursday Wednesdays 7-9pm or Thursday mornings 10am -12pm during term-time at the Northfield Centre, Stafford, ST16 3DU. New starters always welcome. Building on your existing knowledge of German these classes will aim to get you speaking the language accurately in a relaxed setting. Please contact Alison Kirsch 07970 878218 for more information. Chair Based Exercise for Older Adults Every Wednesday & Thursday Wednesdays at 2pm (as from 5th October) and every Thursday at 4pm at Wildwood Community Centre, Stafford. Only £2.50. No booking necessary. For more info contact Helen Hyland 07947 251129.

brocton toddlers every wednesday 10am-11.30am at Brocton Village Hall. A chance for the ‘under fives’ and their carers to meet for friendship, toys, snacks and songs. No need to book, just turn up. £2.50pp - extra children 50p each. For info email:

Chair Based Exercise for Older Adults Every Wednesday & Thursday 2pm at the Wildwood Community Centre, Wildwood Gate, Stafford, ST17 4RA. Only £2.50. No booking necessary. For more info contact Helen Hyland 07947 251129.

praise and play Every Wednesday 10:30am-11:30am at St Mary’s Church, Stafford. 20 minutes of story, song and worship for pre-school children and their

stafford folk dance club every thursday 8pm-10.15pm at Walton Village Hall, Stafford. We are a friendly club & always welcome new people. Come along! For further information call 01785 661076.

French Conversation Every Thursday 10am–11am at Baswich Community Hall, Stafford. Get more out of your French holidays & enjoy learning, with this relaxed, friendly group. New faces always welcome! For details, call Jan on 01785 606343. CHASESIDE FLOWER CLUB 2nd FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Walton on the Hill, Stafford. Flower Demonstrations each month and arrangements are raffled. Open to anyone and a warm welcome awaits. Further details Di Hinton 01785 620938. Monthly FunFolk Nights Last Friday of every month 8pm at County Staff Club (77 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2NG). FREE Entry - FREE Refreshments - FREE Entertainment - Late bar. Open to anyone to attend - just sit and listen, tap your feet - or join in with your party piece (so long as it’s FUN) - singing, playing musical instruments, poems - anything goes. Raffle - proceeds to local charity. For more info contact Andy Clapham on 07973 179454.

March STAFFORD FLOWER CLUB Wednesday 28th March A demonstration by Judi Cripps. Her title is “Variation on a Theme”. We meet at the Methodist Church Rising Brook at 2:15pm every 4th Wednesday of the month. Everybody is welcome. For further information, contact our Secretary on 01785 212094. Stafford Half Marathon sunday 18th March 2018 10am, starting in Stafford Town Centre. The 2018 Stafford Half Marathon will start in Stafford Street (town centre) at 10am. The route will head off from the town centre on traffic-controlled roads, incorporating two steady climbs before returning to the Market Square via the iconic Victoria Park. For more information visit | 01785 318704

Stafford Camera Club

Welcome Harish Chavda MPAGB ARPS Internationally renown sports photographer On 6 March 2018 Harish Chavda will be

presenting his talk - ‘Sporting Images’ at 8 pm at Stafford Camera Club. Harish has taken

Alliance of Great Britain again, on his first submission.

photos at top sporting meetings including

In 2014 Harish covered Glasgow Commonwealth

fencing, rugby, table tennis, tennis, water sports

Coast, Australia 2018 Commonwealth Games.

athletics, badminton, boxing, equestrian, and weight lifting. His prints will feature

international athletes such as Usain Bolt, Mo

Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Greg Rutherford.

Games and has been accredited for the Gold

Whilst giving his talk, Harish will give hints, tips

and share his knowledge and experience about equipment, technique and getting the perfect shot.

Members and guests will be able to see all the images that achieved Harish his MPAGB.

Harish will talk about his personal journey in

photography and his passion for all sports. His

big break came in 2012 with athletic meetings and men’s rugby as he won several awards at national and international salons, including a major prize

Stafford Camera Club are a friendly club and

and was granted an ARPS on first attempt. He also

are complete beginners or more experienced in

in the UAE. Harish’s work was recognised by RPS

welcome new members regardless of whether they

obtained DPAGB and MPAGB of the Photographic


The Camera Club meets Tuesday evenings, from 8pm, at County Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2NG.

For more details or to view their upcoming events, see the website,

Alternatively, keep up to date with the latest news and events on their Facebook page - Stafford Camera Club. March 2018


A New Look For Your Home by Helen Taylor

It’s the perfect time of year to transform your home into the stylish living space you’ve always wanted. Winter is almost over, so there’s no reason to put off redecorating, restyling and redesigning the rooms in your home for a totally inspired new look. Whether you are planning on making small improvements or a radical change, any alterations are sure to lift tired spaces and provide a new

lease of life for dated décor. Decide on the overall style

you want to achieve. If your house is a period property and all rooms boast character features, then work with history by emphasising those unique points, but add your own modern twist by choosing up-to-date accessories and colour schemes. Past and present combined will create a truly chic look.

Take notice of current trends, but be sure that the items you chose will have enough longevity to last until you want to re-design your room again. Bold, bright shades and statement wallpapers work well as accents in larger rooms, but if you’re lacking space, a softer scheme will be far more appropriate.

For the modern home, try out

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to plain rooms and maximise space with sleek lines and light colours. When considering a drastic change in colour scheme, be sure to plan for how your current furnishings will look. If you haven’t got the budget to purchase all new items, think about choosing a colour that will compliment what you’ve already got.


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As part of our service to the community programme,


every year Stafford Lions club are organising a

Springtime Afternoon Tea Party at Stafford Rangers Football Club, inviting Carers from Stafford and its surrounding districts.

To recognise the devotion of Carers to their loved ones Stafford Lions like to say “Thank You and come along

This will be a free event so there is no charge!

This year there is entertainment from Stafford Steppers,

The Healing Voices Choir, music, dancing and of course, Afternoon tea.

The event will be held on 25th March 2018 at Stafford Rangers Football Club from 1pm-4pm.

If you would like to join us - you can get more

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By Diarmuid Gavin Grasses have long been a favourite among

sheaves of oat-like

and gardens to the groundbreaking garden

sheaves burst open,

gardeners, planted everywhere from our parks designs that can be seen at all the RHS flower shows and with good reason. Grasses create

great volume, form and shape and complement other herbaceous perennials. They have a very

long season of interest surviving well after their

sheaf-like flowers have gone over in the summer. As the plant goes into hibernation, they lose their pigment as they dry out, but will continue to bring volume to the borders in the winter season. The frost glistens in the white winter sunshine as it settles on the fine grass leaves so that they become

flowers. When these the plant has the appearance of a huge fountain that glows golden in the mid summer sun. It creates a semi transparent screen through which other perennials and shrubs can be viewed. They can therefore be just as effective at the front of the border as at the back or as a single focal point in a lawn. Strong colours look fabulous with Stipa - Verbena bonariensis has tall stems with

sculptural when most of the garden is bare.

translucent purple flowers that will intertwine

The natural habit of grasses, the way that they

look great.

sprout into great tufts and their unique ability to move and rustle in the most gentle of breeze goes a long way to ensuring their popularity. So what grasses are good for the suburban garden? Deschampsia is a fine textured delicate grass which grows in perfect circular mounds and produces delicate tassle flowers that turn from silver to purple to gold. Stipa arundinancea, Pheasant’s tail grass, is an evergreen grass with beautiful orange and coppery tones that shimmer in the sunshine. The taller Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ creates pockets of lush green colour and contrasts well with Carex testacea, another evergreen, deep bronze grass. As the demand for grass species has increased, the garden centres have responded well and have a lot to offer in grasses. Nurseries have been highly successful in producing new and exciting cultivars. Stipa gigantea is the graceful giant in the grass world, achieving heights of over 2.5 metres. A huge evergreen clump of arching leaves produces

beautifully with it. Salvias and Alliums will also

The Pennisetum family is full of fantastic fountain-like forms. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’ has delicate bottlebrush flowers in pink while Pennisetum setaceum has the darkest burgundy sword-like leaves that give rise to huge plumes of deep purple flower heads. They both will be happy in a mixed border or in patio pots. For a medium sized grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ is dramatic and will be fascinating for children if they share your garden. Once established, the long green upright leaves will display golden yellow horizontal stripes at regular intervals along their whole 1.5m length. They manage to be striking without looking gaudy. I love planting masses of grasses in waves, using different species to form patterns and contrasts. All of my front garden is planted in this fashion, interspersed with daffodils, bluebells, alliums and aquilegia and I never tire of watching their seasonal shows.

extremely long flowering stems that end in huge

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Blessed William Howard Students Perform Wizard of Oz A cast of over 50 student performers supported by a band of almost 20 student musicians performed ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Blessed William Howard Catholic High School last week.

The first performance was to an audience of almost 200 children from invited primary schools with two further evening performances for parents / carers and friends of the school. The production was the result of many months of hard work demonstrating how well the different departments of the school can work together, including Drama, Music, dance/choreography (PE Department), costume design (Textiles) and scenery design by the Art Department. “To produce a show that involves such a large part of the school community, staff and students working together, is no easy undertaking. However, as with all things that require a great deal of effort, the end result was truly amazing and I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved.” commented Headteacher, Mr Phil Smith.

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The audiences were also delighted with the final result, with many parents commenting on the high quality of the production. The Parent Teacher and Friends Association also supported the school by providing refreshments during the intervals. Head of Drama, Miss Nicola Tildesley commented, “I am so proud of all the students who took part, their talent, dedication and support of each other has been second to none. They really were a great team and produced an outstanding and professional show which will be remembered by the audience and the participants for years to come.”


Keyless Car Theft (Relay Theft) Staffordshire Police Offenders are using ‘relay boxes’ to gain

• Purchase an aftermarket security device such

work by picking up signals from a car’s key

post, or even a wheel clamp. Even if the thieves

access to keyless entry vehicles. Relay boxes fob and transmitting them to a second box

held near the car. The relayed signal fools the

car’s systems into thinking that the actual key is present and allows the thieves to open and start the car.

There has been a recent rise in cars being stolen

as a steering wheel lock, a driveway parking are able to access and start your car, these

should prevent them from driving away – and

many criminals will consider bypassing these for being too much hassle. Do not keep the key for the steering wheel lock/wheel clamp/driveway parking post with your car keys.

without keys in the Staffordshire area. Below is a

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this issue:

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list of simple steps that can be taken to combat

• Take standard security measures, ensuring your car is properly locked and keeping keys far away from doors and windows. This will minimise the chances an offender may have to find and

amplify the key’s signal and is general good practice, as it’ll prevent thieves from easily

breaking in and swiping them. Owners can also

keep their car keys in a metal tin in an attempt to block signals.

• Owners can also investigate whether it’s

possible to switch their key’s signal off, as some offer this function – though it’s not always

obvious, requiring a double button press or a

combination of pushes on the key. Check your

your car key in. These pouches contain

transmitting its code, preventing crooks from

being able to detect and amplify the signal. Be sure to test pouch after purchase to ensure the product works. Some faraday pouches

purchased over the internet may have been

manufactured to a different frequency – please remember to do your research.

• Other steps you can take to keep your car

safe include checking if there are any software

updates for the car itself, remaining vigilant for unusual activity in your area and having an aftermarket immobiliser or tracker fitted.

Remember to call 101 to report anything

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manual or speak to your dealer to find out if your key has this function.

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Mayor Unveils School’s New Website At Charity Coffee Morning To coincide with a very special visit from the Mayor of Stafford on Monday 12th February, Church Eaton Primary School invited local residents to a charity coffee morning.

The event was also an opportunity to show off some very exciting technological developments at the school, by formally launching the school’s new improved website -demonstrated on the school’s new IPads, which were funded by the school PTA. The IPads are a fantastic new resource for pupils and were presented to the children by members of the PTA. The Mayor had a tour of the school with the Head Girl and Head Boy. The pupils then had the opportunity to have an interesting Q&A session with the Mayor and to hear about the fascinating history of the mace and the Mayor’s role. The coffee morning was then held in the school hall. Not only was it very enjoyable, it helped raise £150 for ‘House Of Bread’. This gathering was another demonstration of how valued the school is to the local community, with the children (and Mayor)

Left to right from top: Head Teacher: Simon Shaw, Chair of School Governors: Ruth Wharton, The Mayor of Stafford: Aidan Godfrey, PTA Members: Janet Jadwani-Hickinbottom and Tracy Harris, pictured with pupils showing off some of the new iPads.

interacting with local residents. Members of the community were able to enjoy light refreshments, including tantalizing homemade cakes, as well as having the opportunity to listen to the pupils’ beautiful singing. Church Eaton Primary School is classed as ‘GOOD’ by OFSTED. Pre-reception and Reception places are available at this nurturing, rural school where pupils thrive in a caring environment with strong family values. The school offers the option of wrap-around care for Pre-Reception pupils. There is also a before and after school club on-site which is invaluable for working parents. Church Eaton Primary School enjoys excellent facilities including an expansive, well maintained playing field and a beautiful dipping pond. With an adventure playground to keep the older children busy recreationally, for the younger children, there is a modern multi-surface playground.

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Stafford Flower Club

Upcoming meeting Our new season begins

on Wednesday 28th March 2018. The first session will be a demonstration by Judi Cripps. Her title

is “Variation on a Theme”. We meet at the Methodist Church Rising Brook at 2:15pm every 4th Wednesday of the month.

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National Trust Staffordshire Centre Upcoming Talks Programme Charles Darwin

Walled Gardens: A Brief History

Tuesday 13th March

Tuesday 10th April

Charles Darwin naturalist, geologist and biologist was one of Britain’s most famous and influential scientists. He was born and received his early education in Shrewsbury. At first his father wanted him to become a doctor then that having failed sent him to Cambridge in the hope he would enter the church. That also failed. Darwin obtained an excellent degree and was immediately invited, on a self funding basis, to join HMS Beagle. So began his life’s work. Derek Holloway our speaker will explore aspects of Darwin’s life.

Helen Johnson, Museum Development officer from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service will take us on a gardening ramble through the history of the walled garden from its origins in medieval Britain to the technological innovations of the nineteenth century when the pineapple was king! The talk will look at how the use and design of walled gardens developed over time as changes in fashion and horticulture influenced new ideas. This talk will take place after a brief AGM.

All talks are held at 2:30pm at Walton Village Hall, Stafford. All welcome. There is a small entry fee to cover expenses.

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