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Welcome to our summer edition of The Stafford Directory. This month we have teamed up with The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to bring you an exciting competition. You have the chance to win two tickets to see the famous show, Rising Damp! To enter the competition is simple, see details on how to enter on page 4. Three lucky winners will be chosen and announced in our September issue. Good luck! This month, our What’s On section is jam packed with events taking place in our local area over the summer months. See pages 26 & 27 for info. Have a great summer!
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Win tickets to see Rising Damp at The Grand Theatre
Restaurant Review: The Bridge House, Penkridge
Children’s fun week at the Guildhall Shopping Centre
Salter Street Toys and Models
Walton High School go green & get national eco-award
It’s non-stop fun at Lower Drayton Farm this summer
Secure your home
The Drive Cleaners
Summer is the way at Pillaton Hall Farm
Travel feature: India
Index of Advertisers
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Win tickets to see
ITV’s top comedy of all time, RISING DAMP, comes to the Grand Theatre stage from Monday 30 September to Saturday 5 October in a brand-new production from the Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the stage versions of Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and BBC TV’s Birds of A Feather. An unnamed northern university town is home to Rupert Rigsby, landlord of arguably the seediest, most run-down boarding house that England has to offer. His unlucky tenants include Ruth Jones, an administrator at the university; Alan, a medical student; and Philip, who is studying town and country planning.
Between them, Alan and Philip are the focus and foil of the majority of Rigsby’s many prejudices, usually at the expense of his dignity and standing in the eyes of Miss Jones, with whom he is hopelessly and pathetically in love. “The stage version of ITV’s best and certainlymost highly respected sitcom to date, RISING DAMP shines as a masterwork and is a realhighlight. Writer Eric Chappell’s fabulous dialogue sparkles to this day...a fantastic night all round” - British Comedy Guide Call the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre Box Office for more information on 01902 42 92 12.
This month we have teamed up with The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to bring you an exciting competition! We are offering you the chance to win tickets to see the show RISING DAMP! The show will take place on Monday 30th September 2013 at 7:30pm. You have the chance to win 2 tickets for you and a guest to go and see this fantastic show! Three lucky winners will be allocated 2 tickets each. TO WIN TICKETS FOR YOU & A GUEST OF YOUR CHOICE SIMPLY ANSWER THE QUESTION BELOW:
What was the name of Rigsby’s love interest? a) Mrs Brown
b) Mrs Jones
c) Mrs Johnson
Answers must be submitted by 10th August 2013. Please submit your answer via email/post to: email@example.com or 9 Chestnut Grove, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5LX.
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An exciting recent business acquisition has meant that one local plumbing and heating engineer has expanded his presence across the region. Pete Long of Aquajoin Ltd has taken on Mick French’s successful plumbing and heating business, and is determined to ensure customers continue to receive the high levels of service they’ve come to expect. “Mick’s business has grown from strength to strength over the last 12 years looking after local Staffordshire residents for their annual boiler and fire servicing and breakdowns” Pete explained, “and I’m committed to continue to take good care of his valued customers – past and present – in the same way”. Customers will be able to benefit from additional services too though, with Pete a registered gas safe engineer. “I carry out landlords’ gas safety certificates for private landlords and am really proud of the great relationship I’ve developed with many of the local letting agents and their own landlords. I’m also able to install or upgrade new boilers and heating systems and have a number of local suppliers making my prices very competitive” he added. In addition to carrying out boiler and fire servicing and breakdowns, and landlords’ gas safety certificates, Pete can also offer all aspects of plumbing services ranging from fixing a leaking tap to full bathroom suites or shower adaptations. He can also advise on the dangers of carbon monoxide and install a carbon monoxide detector for your safety or the safety of your tenants if you are a landlord. For further information, contact Pete on 01785 664344 or 07905 902609.
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I opted for the latter as I sat down with my partner in the modern and spacious dining room. The atmosphere was bright and relaxed and the menu boasted a wide choice from the classic… We received a warm and friendly welcome from our server who was attentive and efficient throughout the evening. I opted for a glass of house rose priced at £4.10 whilst my partner had lager which was also reasonably priced. To start we decided to have bread and oils and the pate, both were well received and I would recommend them- although there were a number of starters that tempted us. If you’re looking to venture out for good pub grub at a reasonable price, then you won’t be disappointed by the Bridgehouse in Penkridge.
And so to the mains, I went for a spaghetti bolognese which was accompanied with garlic bread. I was also presented with grated cheese to add my rather indulgent sized meal.
It offers a great example of balance- it’s large, yet still quite intimate, busy yet the food looks and tastes although care and attention has been paid, as well as high quality, yet fairly cheap- especially if you go for one of the special menus they frequently offer.
My partner went for the enviable choice of the duck- I can vouch that this was an equally good choice as I was permitted a taste… after a bit persuasion.
The old ‘Tudoresque’ building is the perfect setting for dining with the girls, or lads for that matter, a family get together or a romantic meal.
There are no pretentious portions to be found at the Bridge. I can safely say we were both adequately full by this point but not to be out done, we opted for a look at the desert menu. The deserts proved to be too tempting so we decided upon a Belgium waﬄe and a
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blueberry crème brulee. After thinking I was too full for desert, I realised I was hugely mistaken as the crème brulee went down a treat. It really was delicious and priced at just £3.95, I justified it to myself as a bargain! Once finishing our meal we retired to the lounge where we were presented with a range of coffees, teas and hot chocolate. This relaxing end to the meal topped it off perfectly and I would definitely recommend it as a Penkridge dining hotspot.
For those interested in more than just the a la carte offerings, the Bridgehouse also offers two meals for £10 at lunch times, a Sunday carvery and Planty’s fish and chip night every last Thursday of the month. The beer garden has also been refurbished- just in time for some summer sun. As well as this, the Bridge’s summer menu is being launched this month to tantalise your taste buds, whilst soaking up the rays in the beer garden. By Rosamond Evans
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SALTER STREET TOYS and MODELS Salter Street Toys and Models is an independent family run toy shop owned by Dee and Trev Mellor, situated in the heart of Stafford Town Centre. Since opening in October 2011, the shop now offers a huge variety of stock including Lego, Hornby, Moshi Monsters, Airfix, Playmobil, Scalextric, Sylvanian Families, Skylanders, Subbuteo, Barbie and lots more. Salter Street Toys and Models ensure they stock a great mix of new and old favourites. If you want anything from modern toys and games, right the way through to jigsaws and wooden train sets, Salter Street Toys and Models is ideal. Their newest arrrival is WOW Toy Range, aimed at children between 18 months and 5 years. From the 1st July 2013 until 27th July 2013, Salter Street Toys and Models are running a prize draw with a chance to win £250 worth of WOW Toys! All you have to do to take part is purchase any WOW Toy from Salter Street Toys and Models between the dates stated and you will be automatically entered into the draw. (Terms and conditions apply). Salter Street Toys and Models is open Monday - Saturday from 9:30am until 5:00pm and is located at 4-5 Salter Street, just off the main high street in Stafford Town Centre. You can ‘like’ Salter Street Toys and Models on facebook via www.facebook.com/SalterStreetToysAndModels. Visit Salter Street Toys and Models at: 4-5 Salter Street, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 2JU Tel: 01785 245959 Email: email@example.com Website: www.salterstreettoysandmodels.weebly.com
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Walton Go Green and get national Eco-award! June saw the Green Schools Revolution campaign awarding Walton with £1000 for their green thinking initiatives. 6000 schools nationwide were involved showcasing work achieved. Walton was the only secondary school in the region to win and share the £18,000 prize fund. Judges were impressed with the fruit and veg grown within school, composting food waste, creating a wildflower meadow and educating children to live more sustainably. The prize money will be spent extending the school’s orchard and setting up an annual vegetable growing competition. Simon Plunkett, Regional Secretary for the Co-operative in the North West and North Midlands who run the competition said, “We had some very strong entries, so Walton High School should be very proud of the work it is doing and I hope by winning this competition it can take its eco plans to the next level. The school is a shining example of sustainability in action that will no doubt inspire others”.
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It’s non-stop fun at Lower Drayton Farm this summer... In addition to its usual ‘family farm adventure’ to keep the kids busy during the school holidays, Penkridge’s Lower Drayton Farm has a host of exciting events lined up for summer 2013 to keep all ages entertained...
Take on the Maize Maze challenge
Experienced?’ on Friday night, with Stones act ‘The Rolling Stones Now’ topping the bill on Saturday night. With a diverse range of bands in supporting slots, fair rides and zorbing available on Saturday and Sunday enjoying a distinct ‘Chill Out’ vibe, this is a music festival suitable for the whole family. Weekend Tickets (Inc. Camping) - £30 or £39 on gate; day tickets (1 day, no camping) - £15 or £19 on gate. Tickets are available for advance purchase, along with full list of bands, at www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
Transport Festival & Fayre
With a few more sunny days and some gentle rainfall, the farm looks all set to launch its Maze Maize challenge in time for the school summer holidays on Saturday, 20th July. In addition to the chance to solve the maize puzzle, families will enjoy a host of other attractions; including lots of friendly animals to look at, an educational farm trailer ride, the woodland walk, toddler and adventure play areas and - new for this year - pony rides on the farm’s resident Welsh Mountain Ponies. Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? The fun farm adventure will be open every weekend until late October, and from Weds – Sun during school summer holidays. For further details, times and admission visit www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
Great live music in the ‘Middle of Nowhere’ Live music fans will want to flock to Staffordshire’s very own ‘Middle of Nowhere’ music festival, which is set to take place at Lower Drayton Farm for the second year running. Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July will see the farm given over to a weekend packed with great live bands and family fun, with licensed bar and camping available on site. Headliners include Hendrix Tribute ‘Are You
On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of September 2013 hundreds of classic, vintage, modern and modified cars, commercials, motorbikes, military vehicles, fire engines, steam engines – and many more – will descend on Lower Drayton Farm, as it plays host to a festival in celebration of transport. The show will also feature a funfair, bouncing castles, tractor pulling, firework display, evening entertainment, licensed beer tent, trade stalls, autojumble, arena events, aero engines displays, and lots of other attractions to ensure that it’s not just transport lovers who’ll have a great time. Day admission: £5.00 Adults; £2.50 children; £3.00 OAP concessions. For further details visit www.chasetransportevents.co.uk or call 01543 500926. To keep up to date the exciting calendar of year-round events at Lower Drayton Farm, visit www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
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Tel: 07817 691352 www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk Lower Drayton Lane, Near Penkridge, Staﬀord, ST19 5RE
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE BANDS
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BANDS
DURING THE DAY SATURDAY
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
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FAIR RIDES ZORBING OTHER ATTRACTIONS
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The Drive Cleaners Ltd was set up in 2005 and we are a local multi-award winning high pressure cleaning company. We specialise in restoring all types of exterior surfaces including block paving, tarmac, concrete and natural stone restoring them back to nearly new by removing all weeds, moss and algae. We only use the very best machinery and products on the market to tackle the toughest of jobs. We also offer FREE weed kill treatment throughout the year if you hire us.
Our awards: Ranked as the UK’s number 1 driveway company for the past 4 years Cannock Chase Business Awards Winner 2012 (customer service) Most loved Business in Cannock 2013
We offer both commercial and domestic cleaning services, so whether you have a driveway, patio, car park or a forecourt, we can restore it and bring it back to life for the fraction of the cost of having a new surface re-laid, even if it’s 30 years old. You will be surprised by the results we can achieve! Our commercial clients include Audi, Ford, Honda, KIA, Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen. We have also gained over 400 genuine testimonials, which can be viewed on our website.
Please contact Craig on 0800 118 5454 or visit www.thedrivecleaners.co.uk for further information or to arrange a FREE quote.
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Puzzle Page HIDATO
Starting at 1 and finishing at 34, track your way from one hexagon to another (touching) hexagon, placing consecutive numbers into the empty shapes as you go. Some numbers are already given.
Change one letter at a time (but not the position of any letter) to make a new word - and move from the word at the top of the ladder to the word at the bottom, using the exact number of rungs provided.
N E A P
E I N N S T
3 letters: 12 4 letters: 14 5 letters: 5 6 letters: 1
You have two minutes to find all the words of three or more letters that can be made from the letters above. Plurals are allowed, proper nouns are not. The 6 letter word will always be just a normal everyday word.
T I D E
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MOT - SERVICE - REPAIRS DIAGNOSTICS - AIR CONDITIONING MODERN & CLASSIC CAR RESTORATION ]
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Summer is on the way...
Check in at our lovely campsite reception/shop
We have a peaceful part of the campsite for couples looking for a romantic weekend away.
Take a look at our map and pick where you would like to stay
Enjoying breathtaking views Cannock Chase, Pillaton Hall Farm provides the perfect backdrop for camping and fishing in Staffordshire. In addition to a 10 acre site dedicated to hosting fantastic weekends for all the family the farm has four established coarse fishing pools, well stocked with quality fish and a family-friendly campsite. Given its peaceful location, it’s hard to believe that Pillaton Hall Farm lies just a mile from the amenities of the historic Staffordshire village of Penkridge and a few miles from junction 13 of the M6 – well placed for guests and delegates travelling from further afield. Pillaton Hall Farm is home to four well-stocked coarse fishing pools, all enjoying far reaching views over Cannock Chase. Built by the Pearce family in the late 1990’s the pools have been regularly stocked with good quality fish, sourced from some of the oldest lakes in the UK.
1 inch skimmer bream to 20lb monster carp. All are welcome at Pillaton Pools, young and old; although all children under-16 must be accompanied by an adult for their own safety. Pillaton Pools’ facilities for disabled fishermen, including purpose-built pathways and fishing platforms combined with its enviable location means that it draws fishermen looking for a good day’s coarse fishing from across Staffordshire including Penkridge and Stafford as well as from Wolverhampton, Stoke-onTrent and the West Midlands.
Call us now on: 01785 715 177 or book online at:
The pools are all stocked with a variety of species ranging from
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India The Golden Temple of Amritsar By Solange Hando Sparkling gold leaf, glistening water, cloisters, domes and shrines, the Golden Temple is as stunning as the Taj Mahal but it is no mere mausoleum. Set in Amritsar, in north-west India, ‘Harmandir Sahib’ is a living place, beautifully mirrored in a sacred lake, a once in a lifetime pilgrimage for most Sikhs though everyone is welcome, regardless of creed. Step through the gate and the temple takes your breath away, rising at the far end of a marble pathway followed by myriads of pilgrims from dawn to dusk. Women in colourful saris, gurus in bright blue turbans, young men with orange headscarves symbolising the Sikh flag, barefoot visitors, it’s a hive of activity yet an oasis of peace at the heart of town, just a few miles from the Pakistan border. Some meditate at the water’s edge, others sprinkle rose petals around the holy trees, men take a ritual bath in the designated area, holding on to dangling chains for safety. Then all make their way along the causeway to the inner sanctum, quietly joining the queues clutching prayer books. Beyond the silver gates, the holy
scriptures are read aloud throughout the day before being returned ceremoniously at night to the safety of the Akal Takhat. Holy men had gathered on this spot long before Guru Nanak founded Sikhism around 1499 but Amritsar, the ‘pool of nectar’ which gave the town its name, was later extended and a temple was built on land donated by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. Centuries later, the upper floors were covered in gold leaf by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ‘Lion of Punjab’ and founder of the Sikh Empire.
When the sun sets, the Golden Temple comes into its own But despite a troubled past at times, Sikhism remains true to the gurus’ teachings, a way of life based on worship, equality between all human beings and volunteering in the service of others, three principles which shine in Amritsar as brightly as the dazzling layers of gold leaf. Here, in the world’s largest communal kitchen, up to 100,000 visitors a day receive free meals prepared by volunteers. Chopping,
cooking, serving or cleaning, everyone can help, though there is no pressure, and in the dining hall, people of all castes, men, women and children, sit together to eat in silence. Beggar or Head of State, all are equal and even the great Akbar pushed aside the rich rugs laid out for him to sit on the floor like everyone else. Food is donated and volunteers may be visitors or locals happy to give a few hours of their time, the latter often on a daily basis. Outside, the midday sun blazes down on the steps, the shrines, the lake, a flock of parakeets screeches high up in the sky while half way along the path, volunteers hand out cold water to the never ending flow of pilgrims. Many come to celebrate a special occasion, birthday, wedding or the birth of a child, hoping for auspicious times, but festivals draw the largest crowds, be it a Guru’s birthday, Diwali or the anniversary of the Holy Book. There are prayers and prostrations, tinsel garlands and marigolds and when the sun sets, the Golden Temple comes into its own, garlanded in festive lights, resplendent in the moonlight.
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Boys Street Dance Classes Every Monday at Dunston Village Hall
Ages 7-10, 4.45pm-5.15pm. £3.50.Ages 11+, 5.15pm-6pm. £4 each. Various styles covered such as Hip Hop, Street Dance and Break Dance. Teachers are UKA GTPD qualified and fully CRB checked & first aid trained. For more info call Katy on 07584 030520.
AT Health Keep Fit Mondays, 11am-12pm at Berkswich Parish Hall, Baswich Lane. A range of gentle aerobic based exercise mixed with fundamental and muscular exercises to help daily activity. £3.50 per class.
Tuesdays Belly Dance Classes Tuesday evenings, 8.30pm-9.30pm at Castle Church Hall, Newport Road, Stafford
For information on this class, contact Shirley on 01785 664289.
Baby Massage Drop In Course Tuesdays, 9.30am-10.30am/10.45am-11.45am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford
BERKSWICH WI. Meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.15.p.m at The Village Hall, Walton on the Hill. Interesting speakers & activities. A thriving craft group who meet fortnightly. July 3rd Barbara Egerton talking about “Bees”. August 7th Summer Fair- An evening of good old fashioned fun - not forgetting the usual WI cake stall. September 4th A speaker from Blue Watch and their talk is called “Fire Safety in the Home”. Why not come along to one of our meetings and see if it is for you. Visitors will be made very welcome. Please ring Secretary Shirley Benn on 01785 603646 for more details or try the website www. berkswichwi.btck.co.uk.
A session of baby massage & multi sensory experience. £2 per child, fee payable per session. No need to book just drop into any session.
AT Health Pilates/Yoga Thursdays 10am-11am at Walton Village Hall, Walton on the Hill.
Little Stars Stay & Play Tuesdays, 2pm-3pm at Holmcroft North End Community Centre
Combined with tai chi and yoga to improve core stability and flexibility, relieve aches and pains and give a relaxing workout. £3.50 per class.
Lots of stories, ryhmes & singing activites. After seeing your health visitor why not stay and join in the fun. Clinic starts at 1.30pm
Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 10am-12pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook For more info please call 01785 240 641.
Wednesdays Konnektiv Drama Group Every Wednesday, 6.30pm-9pm at Staffordshire Performing Arts, Stafford.
A theatre & arts for health group. Information on the group can be found on the website Konnektiv.co.uk or its blog Konnektive.blogspot.co.uk . For more information contact Nicky Barron on 07832 133844 or Mervyn Price on 01785 604917.
Brocton Toddlers Wednesdays 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 more info email: broctonplaygroup@tiscali. co.uk
Belly Dance Classes Wednesday evenings, 8.30pm-9.30pm at Little Haywood Village Hall.
For info on this class, contact Shirley on 01785 664289.
Adult Dancercise Classes Every Thursday, 6.30pm-7.15pm at The Hatherton Health Club, Penkridge
Incorporating many various styles of dance. £4 each. Contact Katy for more information on 07584 030 520.
Stafford Folk Dance Club Thursday evenings, 8pm-10.15pm at Walton Village Hall, Stafford.
We are a friendly club & always welcome new people. Classes are run throughout July however are not on during August. Come along! For further information call 01785 661076.
Peter’s Pals Toddler Group Tuesdays 1pm-3pm at Stafford Sports College, Rising Brook For more info please call 01785 240 641.
Fridays Snack and Chat Friday mornings, 10am-11.30am at Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford
Mums, Dads, Nans, Grandads and carers welcome! Come along & play, there is always an exciting range of activities for children 0-7 years. Free refreshments.
AT Health Pilates/Yoga - Fridays, 6pm-7pm at Berkswich Parish Hall, Baswich Lane. Combined with tai chi and yoga to improve core stability and flexibility, relieve aches and pains and give a relaxing workout. £3.50 per class.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stafford Castle
Thursday 27th June to Saturday 13th July at Stafford Festival Shakespeare One of Shakespeare’s best-known farcical comedies, exploring the balance between reality and fantasy, staged in the beautiful surroundings of Stafford Castle, with all-weather covered grandst and seating.Tickets available from Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Box Office 01785 254 653 or book online.
Farmers Market 13th July, Stafford Town Centre Goods for sale include bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate, and many more items. Open for trading from 9am, until around 4pm. To book a stall at the Farmers Market please contact the Markets Office on 01785 245935. Salter Street Toys & Models Charity Fun Day Salter Street Toys & Models, Stafford13th July Charity tombola. All proceeds go to County Air Ambulance.
Anglo Saxon Stafford Town Tour at Ancient High House
Saturday 13th July, 11am - 2pm Join us for a one hour town tour taking in sites dating back to the birth of the burh in 913. Free tour - meet at the
Ancient High House.
children’s games, quizzes and activities. Classic, vintage and collectors cars on display, with trophies awarded for best car in class. Including classic tractors display. Free admission. Car Park £2.
Farmers Market 10th August in Stafford Town Centre Goods for sale include bread and cakes, oatcakes, plants and flowers, wines, jams and preserves, fresh meat, sausages, bacon, black pudding chicken, eggs and scotch eggs, fruit and vegetables, fish, pastries, jewellery, chocolate, and many more items. Open for trading from 9am, until around 4pm. To book a stall at the Farmers Market please contact the Markets Office on 01785 245935. Theatre Ingestre presents Camelot in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support 14th - 17th August at Ingestre Stables
An open air production at Ingestre Stables. 8pm start. All tickets £14, proceeds to go to Macmillan Cancer Support. For details & tickets call 01889 271165 or see www.ingestre.com
Children’s Fun Week 19th - 23rd August at the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
FREE workshops at 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. Suitable for children 4-11 years. Monday- Chinese Lantern & Mask Making. Tuesday- Pirates (Design a treasure chest). Wednesday- Punch & Judy Thursday- Balloon Modelling Friday- Magic Workshop.
‘Middle of Nowhere’ Music Festival 19th - 21st July at Lower Drayton Farm
Book in advance by calling 01785 223107.
A weekend packed full of live bands & family fun. Licensed bar and camping avilable. Weekend tickets (inc. camping) £30 in advance or £39 on the gate and day tickets are £15 in advance or £19 on the gate. For a full list of bands and more info see www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
Bank Holiday Market and Car Boot Sale 26th August, 9am-3pm at Penkridge Market.
Maize Maze Challenge at Lower Drayton Farm
Les Miserables 27th - 31st August at the Repertory Theatre
Saturday 20th July 2013, open from 11am-4pm. The launch of Lower Drayton Farms Maize Maze! There will also be lots of other attractions for the family to enjoy including an educational farm trailer ride, woodland walks, toddler and adventure play areas and new this year are the pony rides on the farm’s resident Welsh Mountain ponies. Open every weekend from 20th July until late October. Also open Wednesday- Sunday during school holidays. For more details see www..lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
August Classic Car Show at Stafford Castle
4th August 2013 A classic car treat and vintage fun for all the family with
All on hard standing, some under cover. Market stalls available. £8 per car, £12 for car and trailer. Free parking. www.penkridgemarket.co.uk. Pinfold Lane, Staffs, ST19 5AP.
TDA productions proudly present Les Miserables. Tickets £12. All proceeds go to Joe Gilligan Trust. To book call 01782 619167 or online at www.tdaproductions.com/tickets
September Transport Festival & Fayre 7th & 8th September at Lower Drayton Farm
Hundreds of classic, vintage, modern & modified cars, motorbikes, commercials, military vehicles, fire engines, steam engines & many more will descend on Lower Drayton Farm. Lots of other attractions for all the family to enjoy. Day admission: adults £5, children £2.50 and OAP concessions £3. For more info see www.chasetransportevents.co.uk or call 01543 500926.
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useful numbers Emergency Services
Police station (Non-emergencys)
National Gas Emergency
National Grid Electrical Emergency 0800 404090 Severn Trent Water Emergency
Rising Brook High School
King Edward VI High School
Sir Graham Balfour School
Stafford Grammar School
Weston Road Academy
Chase Grammar School
St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School 01785 663128
Barnfields Primary School
Leasowes Primary School
Staffordshire Music Centre
Stafford General Hospital
North Staffordshire Hospital
New Cross Hospital
Rowley Hall Hospital
Rising Brook Surgery
Mill Bank Surgery
Wolverhampton Road Surgery
Councils South Staffordshire Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stafford Borough Council
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School 01785 244236
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
0800 100 900
0808 800 5000
0800 169 6565
Rethink Mental Illness
0300 5000 927
0808 802 5544
Rising Brook Library
0845 769 7555
01785 253 908
0845 30 30 900
Walton Village Hall
0845 748 4950
0800 77 66 00
Derrington Village Hall
Crimestoppers Charity (Non-Emergency) 0800 555 111
Places of Worship
St Mary’s Church
National Rail Enquiries
The Parish of Berkswich
Stafford Baptist Church
Stafford Railway Station
0845 748 4950
Trinity Church, Stafford
The Evangelical Church
Rising Brook Baptist Church
Schools Walton High School
Stafford Grammar School
Weston Road High School
Berkswich Parish, Walton On The Hill
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Cleaning/Launderers AF Systems
Charitable Organisations British Heart Foundation
Food & Drink The Bridgehouse
Home Improvement C. Bird Plastering Help 2 Hand M & H Kitchen Design P.A Plastering Stafford Tile Centre The Drive Cleaners Turners Construction
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I.T Services Millentech
Landscaping/Garden Centres CJ Tree & Garden Services Garden Angels J.V Watson Lawnkeeper M.Bissell Willowbrook
12 11 25 6 29 21
Chips Away Randles Motor Group RK Motors
32 2 21
Seasonal, Leisure & Occasions Guildhall Shopping Centre Lower Drayton Farm Pillaton Hall Farm Salter Street Toys & Models
10 16-17 1 13
Plumbing Aquajoin DP Plumbing D’s Plumbing Mark Bailey
7 15 30 29
Property Maintenance & Security AJG Property Maintenance Ashcroft Flooring ASJ Security Central Drives K Cortin Heating Solutions
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Pet Services Penkridge Cattery
Travel Services Caravan Service Centre Countywide Caravan Services John Henry Travel of Stafford Wings Airport Transfers
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BOILER INSTALL / SERVICE
GAS COOKER REPAIRS
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