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Hello and welcome to the 10th Anniversary Celebratory Issue of ‘Village Life.’ It has been quite a journey reaching this point but an enjoyable, if sometimes fraught, experience. Everyone who works on the ‘Village Life’ team are all volunteers giving freely of their time and talents so I would like to thank them all and you, the readers, for all your support. I’d like to give a special mention to Margaret, our design and production volunteer, who is taking a well-earned break from the Spring issue. I couldn’t have done it without you all. May I wish everyone a very Happy Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. (Oh yes! Turn to page 4 to see who I am kissing under the mistletoe.) Jean Fryer, Editor

This is Jiffy Bear. He’s hiding somewhere in the pages of ‘Village Life’. Can you find him? Articles for the Spring edition of ‘Village Life’ should reach the editor by 27th January for distribution from the beginning of April. Please bear in mind that ‘Village Life’ distribution dates cannot be guaranteed. Community News Brought to you by ‘Village Life’ this new service has proved to be a big success. We contact you by e-mail to up-date you and to tell you about special events. The service is free to all readers. Just e-mail and ask to be put on the list. We are aware that some people did not receive Autumn ‘Village Life’, due to circumstances beyond our control. We are sorry for any disappointment. If you are aware of someone who hasn’t received the Winter edition please contact our distributor, Ian Thirlwall on 01782 392355. Thank you. Editor Jean Fryer (304890 Design & Production Margaret Harriden (302914 Display Advertising & Photography David Shaw (302019 Administration Jocelyn Morrison (303192 Group Co-ordinator Barbara Hughes (07504147468) Distribution Manager Ian Thirlwall of ‘leafletsltd’ (01782 392355 Printed on FSC certified paper derived from forests that meet internationally recognised FSC Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship. ‘’Village Life’’ is published by the Werrington Community Volunteers Group, 5 Weston Close, Ash Bank, Werrington, ST2 9QN Whilst every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this magazine the publishers, authors and printers cannot accept liability for errors, omissions or any claims/accuracy of any advert or advertiser. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the publisher. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher.



DATES FOR PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS All residents are welcome to attend these meetings, which take place on Mondays at 7.30pm in the Johnstone Room at Werrington Village Hall. Dates for the next few months are: 13th January, 10th February, 10th March, 14th April 2014. ‘VILLAGE LIFE’ RADIO SHOW TAKES TO THE AIRWAVES! We have ‘Village Life’ magazine . . . . . . .‘Village Life’ Community News E-Service . . . and now folks the ‘Village Life’ Radio Show! Following a successful debut the producers at Moorland Radio have arranged with your Editor, Jean Fryer, to broadcast a regular monthly news programme covering everything that goes on in the area. So how's about that then! Fame at last! Make a date now for 11.00am on the third Thursday in every month. If you have anything you would like including e-mail Jean with the info at or call 01782 304890. Our picture shows Jean with Dave Fuller during the broadcast. STRICTLY COME WERRINGTON Werrington Village Hall is proud to announce the launch of a new dance class organised by the Gill Harvey School of Dance who is a Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher. The first lesson is free and it’s on every Saturday from 2 – 3.20pm for 3 to 5 year olds and from 3.30 to 4.30pm for 6 to 8 year olds. Ballet, Tap, and Disco are just some of the dances on offer, and you don’t have to live in Werrington to take part as all are welcome. The newly re-furbished Werrington Village Hall is in the centre of the village next to St. Philips Church on the Washerwall Lane crossroads and there is ample free parking at the rear. For more information just turn up or contact Gill on 01782 303822. 1. SUM THING Use the appropriate symbols (+ - x =) in the spaces below to correct the equation. (Solve it left to right) 123456 Answers on page 8 2. ANAGRAM BRAIN NAUGHT (Clue: TV competition) 3. MISSING BEGINNINGS Each of these words has the two initial letters removed. The six missing letters, in order, form the surname of an author of note. BURN ALL LISTS 4


GARDENERS OVERCOME WEATHER WITH RECORD SHOW ENTRIES The Cellarhead and District Horticultural Society 2013 Annual Flower Show proved to be a great success which was noted as a tribute to the gardeners who overcame the vagaries of the British weather with a record number of entries. The judges remarked on the wonderful flower displays and were greatly impressed with the remarkable variety of vegetables on show. It was the unanimous decision of the judges that "Best in Show" was awarded to Dave Johnson for his stunning display of Dahlias which also won the coveted Dahlia Society's bronze and silver medals. Joe Smith of Radio Stoke fame won most points overall. President, Councillor Mahfooz Ahmad congratulated all entrants and thanked everyone for their hard work in making the show such a success which has now become an important event in Wetley Rocks Village Hall. The Society meets the first Tuesday of every month at Wetley Rocks Village Hall. Entry is free Victoria Poole Qrt_Quarter Page 23/03/2012 11:50 Page 1 and all are welcome. Contact Chairman Joe Smith on 01782 551609.

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BEST EVER SHOW FOR WERRINGTON TALENT Playing to a capacity audience in the Village Hall the 5th annual Werrington's got Talent show was voted the best ever. Organised by the Werrington Young Persons Support Group the show had a sparking line-up of eleven acts including singers and dancers and ran for over two and a half hours with an extra encore for the winner as a grand finale. The high quality of the performers did not make the judges' task easy but the resounding winner was singer Rhys Gregory. In second place was Jessica Burke, with third place being taken by Anna Hercock who all received specially inscribed trophies but every entrant got a memento in the form of a commemorative certificate. Chairman of the Judges, Councillor Gill Burton, the portfolio holder for Communities at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said that she had really enjoyed the evening and commented that she was most impressed with the high standard of the acts. In addition to providing an excellent evening's entertainment the show is a fundraiser for the Young Persons Group and raised nearly £400 on the night. The show was sponsored by Wrights Pies and the Washerwall Lane Co-operative Food Store who received a round of applause for their help and support. The Werrington Young Person's Support Group uses its funds to provide a wide variety of activities, as reported on page 28. You can get more information on the group from 01782 302019 or Our photographs show Cllr. Gillian Burton presenting the winner with his trophy and Rhys in action during his winner’s encore.

NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 - FAMILY NIGHT OUT WITH BUFFET AND DISCO At Werrington Village Hall From 7.30 pm to 12.30 am Everyone Welcome • Bring your own drinks Ample free parking at rear and disabled parking at front TICKETS: ADULTS £12.50 • CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE For tickets contact Jim on 07513730851 No ticket : No entry or Mick on 07982430210 or 01782 869153 7




The Werrington Community Volunteers Group celebrated the first draw of their popular lottery at a special evening put on at the Red Cow Inn who are sponsors of the group. Mine Host Craig Latham drew winning ticket Number 69. (See Photo below) Later a delighted Jean Whiston welcomed a visit from some of the Werrington Community Volunteer Group when she was presented with Lottery winner Jean Whiston with Lottery the first winner’s cheque. To celebrate Administrator Jocelyn Morrison (centre) and Jean Fryer ‘Village Life’ Editor (right) the occasion Jean was also presented with a bottle of bubbly to mark the first draw. The surprise was made complete when the visitors discovered that Jean and her husband Christopher are big supporters of ‘Village Life’ magazine which is produced by the group as they operate Whiston Executive Travel, which offers a chauffeur driven service using the latest Mercedes cars covering the whole of the UK, which has been a continuous advertiser in the magazine. Jean said that it was great to be the first winner and commented that “she was pleased to help the community through ‘Village Life’ and wished the group well in the future and that it was good that the funds from the lottery would be used to develop Werrington in Bloom which had been a wonderful success, adding colour to the village”. The Werrington Lottery rolls on and the more people who join the bigger the cash prizes will be. Application Forms are available from local shops and restaurants or from 01782 303192. To contact Whiston Travel ring 01782 304698 or 07845 471611. The second draw took place on 21st October at Just Jeffs and the winning number was 23. The third draw took place on 18th November at The Windmill Public House and the winning number was 109. ANSWERS 1. 3.



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Just ‘F’ Kids - 21 years of trading in Werrington! Many of you will have noticed an abbreviation of our name on the new sign above the shop, which now reads JFK. When we first opened we were a children’s shop, hence the name, but these days we are here for everyone and not Just for the Kids. We now sell an extensive range of greeting cards, helium balloons, party accessories, gifts, jewellery and lots more, yet not forgetting our roots with Orchard Toys jigsaw and games and our school wear range. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support over the years by ‘shopping local’ and to extend a friendly welcome to all our new customers in the future. Barb & Mike You can view ‘Village Life’ online at THAT’S CHRISTMAS! Well I suppose at this time of the year our thoughts are focused on children and Santa. Goodness knows why we all love Christmas. I can remember a mum and dad with their son, who was having his Christmas hair cut, "What is Santa going to bring you?" I asked. Mum & Dad: "Go on tell Jeff!" Little boy: "A RED bicycle." Panicking parents "But you asked Santa for a BLUE bicycle!!" How familiar is this? It doesn't seem to matter, on the day most children are so pleased with their lovely presents. Another client telephoned to cancel her appointment as a relative, whom she rarely saw had turned up with a present for her; thinking quickly she removed the tag from a present for her friend and attached a new tag , proudly presenting it to the prodigal relative. She now had to have a Christmas Eve excursion to "Hanley Duck" to rebuy a present!! Tradition: I have it on very good authority that in, limited parts of Cheshire they throw horse manure on the lawn to simulate Rudolph's "droppings" Hmm! Sure I'd be chuffed if I woke on Christmas morning with horse poo scattered across my lawn. Ah well that's Cheshire for you! Have a lovely Christmas everyone! Just Jeff


FULL HOUSE FOR WERRINGTON PATIENTS GROUP MEETING Now one of the most progressive and best attended in North Staffordshire the Werrington Patients Participation Group have held their Autumn meeting. One of the highlights was Dr Bennett's talk on a day in his life at the surgery, which proved to be quite an eye-opener and clearly showed just how involved and how long a Doctor’s day is. Two NHS visitors were welcomed to give an up-date on the Salters Lane Clinic which is now getting back to a normal service and is something that the group monitors in the interests of local residents. Improvements in appointment access were noted although we are still one doctor down and due to a national shortage it is taking longer to fill the post and patients are asked to bear this in mind. The next survey on patient satisfaction was discussed and following suggestions the draft was amended. In general, the group provided considerable constructive input to help guide the surgery into the future and both Dr Bennett and Chairman David Shaw thanked everyone for their valued assistance. The next meeting will discuss the findings of the last survey, which covered the local pharmacy service. Dates for 2014 meetings are 30th January with Dr Roach, 13th March with Dr Turnidge, 3rd July with Dr Bradley and 16th October with Dr Bennett. The meetings start at 1.30 at Werrington Village Surgery. All are welcome. More information from David on 01782 302019 or POPPIES As reported in the last issue of ‘Village Life’ next year the Werrington Community Volunteers Group are going to plant and fund the planting of poppies around the area to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1. Mrs. Mary Beckett has volunteered to spear head this and hopes as many people as possible will become involved by planting poppy seeds in their own gardens. Various venues have been identified as planting sites but if anyone has any ideas please contact Mary on 01782 302377 or if you would like to plant seeds in your own garden please contact B & Q who are selling packets of seeds for £2 with £1 being donated to The British Legion. Seeds need to be planted in early spring. WCVG hope to raise funds for this from the attached Poppies painting done by the editor. More information on this later. Please get on board to help Werrington become a 'sea of poppies'......'lest we forget'. 10


Mrs Gwen Turvey recently celebrated her 90th birthday and she is pictured here with flowers she received from Werrington Parish Council and family. Gwen, a widow for 18 years, has lived in Werrington for 46 years. She has one son and two grandsons, the eldest is an electrical engineer in Manchester, the other is a musician in Liverpool with his own studio. Know of anyone who is having a 90th Birthday? Please contact the editor. A small extract from WISDOM DOWN THE YEARS ‘Sensibility’ by Hannah Since trifles make the sum of human things, More 1745 - 1833, And half our misery from these trifles springs, written by H. Kelford on 13/10/1921 in the Oh! let the ungentle spirit learn from thence, autograph book of Mrs A small unkindness is a great offence; Elsie Hood, who lived So give rich gifts, perhaps we wish in vain, in Werrington until But all may shun the guilt of giving pain. her death in 2000. A SAD FAREWELL TO WERRINGTON It is with great sadness that ‘Village Life’ announces that Werrington Darby and Joan Club will be no more after its final meeting on 19th December 2013. Membership has dwindled from 90+ in its heyday to about 18 today with regular attendance being down to 12. The club was started in 1950 and for the Millennium all members were given a Celebratory Mug to celebrate 50 years since its inauguration. So Mazel with her Special Mug after '63 Glorious Years' Werrington will no longer boast a Derby and Joan Club. This is such a shame but as with all things it is.....USE IT OR LOSE IT! .....and Werrington has lost an institution. ‘Village Life’ would like to wish all the members well for the future. 11 11

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I can’t believe we’re heading into the winter months already and that means all sorts of hazards. We thought last year about visibility and I’m going to stay on the clothing theme this year, but this time it’s about staying warm. Being cold and wet can easily lead to loss of concentration and daydreaming of a lovely warm bath! There is plenty of good thermal clothing on the market and if you opt for separate trousers and jacket, make sure there’s a good overlap to keep out the draughts. This is fine for short journeys but if you’re doing some serious distances, what about investing in some heat? There are heated gloves, jackets and socks available which run off the bike electrical system. The difference is amazing and makes a huge difference to keeping your mind on the most important job, the road and traffic ahead! If money is an issue, at least invest in some good quality gloves and keep the old ones as spares. If you get really cold and wet, a change to a pair of comfortable dry gloves will be very welcome. Ride safe!

FROM OUR MP … Karen Bradley

I am sure many of you will have seen reports about the consultation on the future for Stafford hospital and the possible impact any changes may have on our local acute hospital, University Hospital of North Staffordshire. I have discussed the issues for the Moorlands in many meetings with the management at UHNS over the last few months, including one with the Chief Executive, Mark Hackett. I understand and share the concerns of so many of you about any dilution of services that may result from services from Stafford being absorbed into the existing ones at UHNS. But it is also clear that nobody working at or using UHNS can ignore what happens at Stafford since it will inevitably have a knock-on effect. I am working with the other North Staffordshire MPs, from all political parties, to ensure that whatever is finally decided, local services for Werrington residents are protected. The more that Moorlanders can be treated in the Moorlands, and ideally at home, the better. Through my regular meetings with the teams at UHNS, the local Clinical Commissioning group and the Combined Healthcare trust, which runs our community hospitals and, of course, with Ministers who will make the final decisions, I am determined that the end result will be the best it can be for you.

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All our Yesterdays By Tony McNicol Both the Anglican and Methodist traditions have been represented in Werrington for nearly two hundred years and there has been a church in Werrington since the early nineteenth century. We’ll look into the history of the Methodist Church in the next issue of ‘Village Life’. St Philips Church There was a resident clergyman in the area from around 1878, but in the 1890’s a Lay Reader was appointed, a Mr Hopkins who carried on until he was ordained as a priest. During that time the idea of building a church was formed, and a working party set up to raise money for it. The land that the church stands on was a gift from a Mr W. M. Meigh of Ash Hall. The committee applied for a grant of £200 to the ‘Bishop’s Million Shilling Fund’ but it was later withdrawn when it became known that the church was to be dedicated instead of consecrated, so the vicar of Wetley Rocks the Rev. E. H. Nash stepped in and provided the £200. The foundation stone was laid by the Countess of Harrowby on the 6th September 1906. The following June the church was dedicated by the Bishop of Lichfield. There was a debt of £700, and a Mr. W. E. Bowers of Caverswall Castle offered to give the last £100 to encourage the efforts to raise the money. The church was built from stone from the local quarries, except the stone for the windows which is Hollington stone. Messrs Godwin built it and Messrs Scrivener & Sons were the architects. The services were taken using a small harmonium at first, but once the church was free from debts, plans were put in place to acquire an organ, which was helped by a grant from the Carnegie Trust of half the cost towards the organ. It required special efforts from such a small community to build, and equip such a large church. The whole cost was raised by sales of work, and subscriptions, except for the sums already mentioned, and some small gifts. The church at Caverswall gave the altar, and the lectern and pulpit were provided by the Industrial School staff and boys. The Industrial School used to give £100 a year to the church on condition that there was a resident curate there. A white marble memorial tablet was placed in the church in 1921 in memory of the local men that died in the First World War.

THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER AT 7.00PM AT MOORSIDE HIGH SCHOOL Free Tickets available from local churches or Werrington Library. (Tickets for parents of participating pupils available from schools)




For the past 3 years Werrington Methodist Church has been working tirelessly to raise funds for the refurbishment of a new kitchen and disabled toilet. Now at last we have completed the work and this is thanks to not only the congregation, but also to you, the members of the community that this has been made possible. Your support and encouragement at fundraising events has meant that we have managed to do the work to a high standard and we are now looking forward to showing it off to you. On Saturday 14th December we are having an Open Day so that you can see what we have done and join us in Celebrating the Christmas Season. There will be refreshments between 10 – 12 noon including mince pies, 12 to 1.30pm we will be having hot soup and a roll, and in the afternoon we will be having a film show. And just to say thank you all this will be FREE, yes, FREE. Please come and join us and see what working together as church and community can achieve. On behalf of everyone at Werrington Methodist Church I wish you and your families a happy, blessed and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Sister Barbara

Christmas Open Day: 14th December 10am – 4pm Carol Service: 15th December 6pm Adult Nativity Service 22nd December 10.40am 24th December 11.30pm Midnight Service (Why not join us at 10.45 for mince pies and refreshments first?) Christmas Day 25th December 10.30am ANNUAL COVENANT SERVICE 12th January 10.40am

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O HAPPY DAY The Girls' Brigade North Staffs District met together on 12th September at Werrington Methodist Church to celebrate 120 years of the Girls' Brigade movement. Girls and Leaders from Stafford, Kidsgrove, Longton and Werrington took part in games, a puppet workshop, craft and a music workshop which was led by the Girls' and Boys’ Brigades Band from Stafford. The girls really enjoyed playing the drums, bell lyres and trumpets. These activities were followed by a PRAISE SERVICE led by Sister Barbara Crockett, the service incorporated a puppet sketch and the band. The music for the songs was played by two guitarists and a trumpet player. All the girls played tambourines and shook bells, there was so much noise we could hardly hear ourselves singing, but what a JOYFUL noise. We were also joined for the service by members from both the churches in Werrington. We finished off the day with a BBQ and because the sun came out in the afternoon we were able to hold this outside. A fabulous day was enjoyed by everyone and they all went home very tired but happy. 15


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A big thank you to everyone who made me, my wife, Sue and our two boys feel so welcomed at the service on September 1st. It was great to see some familiar faces from Wetley Rocks and Werrington; having lived in and around the area all my life there is a real sense of being called by God to serve on home ground. I grew up in Bucknall where my parents still live and have spent most of my married life (22 years this month!) in the Moorlands. I have a real love for the area and its people and I’m looking forward to serving in the two churches over the next three years. Having just left a busy job in education which I have absolutely loved, its been a real wrench to move into the new post, but one which I just felt that I needed to explore given that I have sensed a call to ordained ministry from the age of 12 or 13. Its been interesting to talk to people and get a real sense of just how many people have had links with the churches in the area over the years and although not all of them are regulars in church at the moment, it would be lovely to get to know more folk and share in their faith journey. Come and say hello one Sunday morning, or over a coffee and cake at the Cross Roads Café. God Bless. Darren HOPE 2014 Do you want to know more about Christianity or learn new ways to connect with God? Perhaps you might like to explore further during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday 5th March 2014. Do contact Darren Edge on 07940555540 if you’d like to know more!!

The Church Mouse What a wonderful autumn we have had. I am so round and fat with all the berries and nuts I’ve eaten that I really am looking forward to the short days and long nights when I can cuddle up with my family, keep warm and cosy and sleep and dream. All I have to do is wake up long enough to enjoy the Christmas carols and lots more lovely food ~ bliss! Church mice are very blessed with little to worry about but sometimes I have disturbing dreams that make me sit up and ponder what God may be saying to me. (And they are not the dreams I get from eating too much cheese). God spoke to Joseph in his dreams when he was worried about Mary and the new baby on its way. How cool is that! So don’t be surprised if God speaks to you in dreams too. (By the way I gather our Vicar can help us understand our dreams too if you ask her). Happy dreamy Christmas everyone! Rev Sue Goodwin Tel: 01782 302418; 07989673530. For Wedding and Baptism enquiries at St. Philip’s or St. John’s please contact Jim Hansell Tel: 01782 302201 16


Put CHRIST first this Christmas and come and celebrate His birth in one of your local Churches where a WARM WELCOME awaits you. (See page 15 for Services at Werrington Methodist Church)

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6.00pm Carols in a cowshed at Farfields Farm, Main Road, Wetleyy Rocks (parking available in the Methodist Church car park.) park..) 11.15pm Midnight Mass with carols and candlelight.

Christmas Day Wednesday 25th December 10.15am Family Communion

Community Carol Service Thurs. 19th Dec. 7pm at Moorside High School START THE NEW YEAR WITH NEW RESOLVE!! Come to the United Covenant Service at Wetley Rocks Methodist Church at 6.30pm on Sunday 5th January 2014 as we renew our commitment to Jesus. WETLEY ROCKS METHODIST CHURCH Rev. Michael Etheridge Tel: 01538 360252; 07791450972 PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS: Advent group meetings in church on Wednesday evenings in December at 7.30pm.

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New ‘Support Staffordshire’ service Voluntary and community organisations will soon notice ‘Support Staffordshire’ branches open in their area as seven Councils for Voluntary Service join forces to form the largest independent sector support body in the county. Staffordshire Moorlands CVS is one of the first Support Staffordshire branches to rebrand. Chief Officer, Jill Norman said: “Like many charities, support bodies have been hit hard by spending cuts and this has instigated a radical shake-up of how we use resources. CVS organisations, coming together and working as one, will bring many benefits to our combined membership of 700 organisations across Staffordshire.” Through its network of local branches, Support Staffordshire will offer advice on funding, volunteering, training and organisational development services. There is also a new central helpline for all enquiries – 0300 777 1207 – although you can still phone the Staffordshire Moorlands branch on the existing numbers – 01538 381356 for funding, training and development and 01538 398240 for volunteering. Jill said, “I want to reassure our local community and strategic partners that our commitment to Staffordshire Moorlands remains unchanged and you will continue to be served by our team of professionally qualified and highly experienced community experts. This transformation enables us to bring you all the benefits of a countywide organisation whilst maintaining our local focus. We hope you will continue your journey with us, we’re excited about the opportunities for us all." 18


DECEMBER, A TIME OF REFLECTION, PLANNING AND ACTION Just because the garden seems to have gone to sleep does not mean the gardener can too. By this I mean that as a place of enjoyment the garden is a dynamic system and to neglect essential works can lead to an unnecessary build up of jobs in the New Year. Firstly let's take a look at the reflective bit because having experienced the previous growing season you'll know which plants, particularly annuals have succeeded and which haven't. An example from my garden relates to the humble Courgette, I grew two types, trialling a new variety under glass which grew vertically and needed a cane and tying, but the yield was so good that I'm now abandoning the traditional type for future years. Likewise one has failures too I tried a Coreopsis which in my growing circumstances didn't work so I won't grow it again! Get cosy with your seed catalogues, make your decisions based on the solid fact of the year's experience and order early to make sure you get the varieties that you want. Winter pruning can take a number of forms, from just simple cutting back in order to allow access where you need it, to an extra late trim to a hedge to shape it up in order that it can stand snow load, (here for preference a hedge should not be square topped but slightly conical). Summer flowering shrubs such as Wiegellas benefit from the removal of a branch or two to the base of the plant to encourage the shrub to "stool" or renew itself. Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses should be cut back by 30% to reduce the effect of "wind rock" damaging root systems in winter. In the garden at this time of year cleanliness is next to godliness. Make sure that all diseased crop/plant material is removed and not composted to leave a residue of infection for next year, but put in the green waste bin. As far as possible clear up debris which will provide overwintering sites for slugs and snails. Also if the lawn has grown a little long, don't be afraid to cut it in December rather than leave it to spring when the first cut will be more like haymaking. Finally, enjoy those plants which do flower during December, whether they are in your, garden or at a garden centre, and take the opportunity to expand your plant knowledge at no cost. Hope 2013 has been successful and all the best for 2014 in your garden. By Joe Smith WERRINGTON YOUNG PERSONS SUPPORT GROUP would like to thank the Co-op on Washerwall Lane for a donation of ÂŁ186 generated by a 'Bonfire Night' g raffle of a hamper. This will help to swell the fund for the campaign (explained on page 29). Thanks must also go to the residents of Werrington for supporting this venture and showing, once again, how generous you all are. MANY THANKS! 19


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surgery on 01782 304611. Not had your Flu Jab yet? Don’t worry its not too late. If you are over 65 or an adult with an underlying health condition – particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease. Phone the surgery and book your jab now! A self testing blood pressure monitor has been installed in the waiting room. The initiative was backed by the very active Patient Participation Group. The group discussed the benefits of the monitor at the last PPG meeting in July and voted to install the monitor. The equipment enables patients to quickly and easily monitor their own blood pressure whenever they are passing the surgery. The self testing blood pressure monitor is simple to use , with the push of a button the patient receives a print out of their reading. There is a simple guide on how to interpret the results and what to do next. Dr. Bennett said ‘ the self testing blood pressure

monitor will help to identify people with undiagnosed high blood pressure ensuring patients receive timely and appropriate medical care .’ Just a reminder The surgery and library car park is for the use of patients and visitors to the Library. Please do not use the car park to drop off/ pick up children from the Primary school. Thank you.

WERRINGTON VILLAGE HALL IS A JEWEL IN OUR CROWN A Ballet and Tap Dancing class that joined the Village Hall a few months ago on Saturday afternoons between 2:30 and 5:00 is proving popular amongst tots to teenagers. Another addition to the V H this year is an extreme fitness class that began on Monday evenings between 6:00 and 7:00 and has now been extended into Friday evenings, also between 6:00 and 7:00. Further information about these two classes and our Art classes, Badminton, Craft, Jujitsu, Kick Boxing, Preschool, Senior Citizens, Sequence Dancing, Slimming World, Table Tennis, Weight Watchers, W I and Zumba can be obtained from Derek Fielding on 01782 303093. Despite being extremely well used, there are still a few spaces left for adult and children’s parties and for regular hirers. 20


The ladies of Wetley Rocks WI all started their Autumn with a traditional Pie Supper or a Chicken Curry at their October Meeting in the Village Hall. President, June Sherratt welcomed Guest of honour ,Jenny Krump an Executive Member of the Staffordshire Office, who told us about her role as editor of the Cornerstone News. Members were given details of forthcoming events, our outing to Lichfield Cathedral for the Carol Service, the Christmas Meal at the Queens when a free coach will be provided on December 10th. Next year we are having a Social Evening in January and on Tuesday 11th February the special guest, Paula White from Radio Stoke will be talking to us Anyone who would like to join us at one of the above events would be made very welcome and can contact Pat, on 01782 303684 for further details. CROSS ROADS CAFÉ - Mondays 8.30am - 12noon at St Philip’s TEACAKES • TOAST • CHEESY OATCAKES • HOMEMADE CAKES Wiston Travel_Layout 1 23/03/2012 11:51 Page 1

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KEEP SAFE THIS CHRISTMAS Police are urging you to take simple measures: In your car:  remove your sat nav and and wipe away the tell-tale suction marks from windscreen.  don’t advertise what you’ve bought by leaving shopping on view - use the boot. At home:  lock doors/windows even if ‘just popping out’  keep presents out of view. Nets, curtains or blinds can be used to block out prying eyes.  take packaging of expensive items to the tip rather than leaving them out with the dustbin to avoid advertising your new TV, Bike etc. Out and about: keep wallets, purses and phones safe and out of sight  always shield your pin from prying eyes. HAVE A SAFE AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

SCHOOL RUN PARKING: In the Winter 2011 edition of Village Life we ran an article 'Remember the School Run Code' written by Vicky Ellis the Community Projects Officer for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. This highlighted safety and parking problems on the streets around Werrington Primary School. Unfortunately these problems have increased putting children at greater risk. National statistics show that more than 1,000 children A MONTH are injured on roads around schools and cases of 'lollipop rage' outside schools rose to 7,000 in 2011 up from 1,400 in 2008. More responsible, considerate parking would help to make sure none of our children become one of these statistics. So, parents, PLEASE think of others during the school run and let's keep everyone safe.

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GUIDE DOGS – STREETS AHEAD aims to help blind and partially sighted people stay safe by urging individuals and communities to consider the following: The specific needs of blind and partially sighted people. The use of obstructive street furniture such as A boards, tables and chairs on pavements. Change the behaviour of inconsiderate motorists who park on pavements causing damage to surfaces, which can lead to injuries as well as impeding the safe walking of people with sight problems. This applies to disabled people also. Make householders aware that overhanging tree branches can be a danger to blind and partially sighted people and encourage them to maintain hedges and trim overhead branches. Also, to consider where wheelie bins are positioned. These simple points can help to make pavements and footpaths easier and safer for blind and partially sighted people and all of us. So we should ask ourselves…are WE doing OUR bit towards this. If you are interested in becoming a ‘Streets Ahead’ campaigner and how you can help e-mail

Wishing All Our Readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year




The Fiction Bit

In January 1996, for the third time in its history, La Fenice Opera house in Venice was gutted by fire. It wasn’t until 2001, using photographs from the 1950’s and even more ancient plans, refurbishment began. In 2003 the five tiered, Rococo interior decorated in pink, blue, red and gold opened its doors again to the public. Then an American firm got in on the act and produced a wall covering of the interior in panels of 6ft x 9ft at about £400 a time. I sported £1,200 and now I can sit in my music room at home, with lights down low and listen to my music in the ambience of the opera house’s auditorium. At the end of the opening night of my personal theatre I removed the CD from the player and switched on the lights. Suddenly a soprano voice filled the room. I checked that the CD was out and unplugged the player from the wall socket, but still she sang. It sounded like one of Wagner’s laments, but as I’m not a Wagnerian I couldn’t swear to it. It was baffling. So far as I know there had been no fatalities when La Fenice burned so it shouldn’t be a voice from the past. When I turned the lights off the singing stopped. Lights on again and off she went. I switched off the lights and went to bed. It was a mystery for the morrow. At 5a.m. when the full light of day hit my windows the singing started again. I buried my head in the pillows but the noise was incessant, impossible to ignore. I went downstairs and pulled the heavy drapes across the French Windows. The gloom halted her noise. It seemed that bright lights were the catalyst that set her off. I could strip the walls, but that was a waste. The alternative was to buy drapes heavy enough and long enough to cover the whole wall. Until then my personal opera house could be used only in low light in the evenings. It cost me another £900 for the curtains, but at least I would have some peace from her intrusive trilling. Then, catastrophe! As I was pulling the drapes across, the plugs pulled out of the wall on one side and in the middle. The curtains collapsed, hanging from one side. I put on the lights and off she went. This time she sounded angry. Probably another piece of Wagner that I didn’t recognise, but she was having a right go at somebody. It was too late to get my tools out so I set about fashioning a ‘Heath Robinson’ effort to support the curtain rail. She sang on while I bound my line props to pieces of old timber. It seemed her anger was being directed at me. Ridiculous! I didn’t even know who she was. Why would I be the object of her ire? I propped up the curtain rail and my contraption held the drapes in place. The voice was silenced. I didn’t feel like any more music so I went upstairs. I was awakened in the middle of the night by the fire alarm. I dashed downstairs to find the drapes ablaze. 24


When the fire brigade arrived, as the blaze was localised, they used foam instead of water, so the mess was minimalized. I was left with £900 worth of piles of mouldering ash and a scorched ceiling. The wall covering destroyed, burnt through to the plaster in places and hanging in tattered strips from the wall in others. A right mess. The fire investigators could find no causes or seat of fire. Spontaneous combustion, they said. My own opinion, she must have been really annoyed with me to cause such damage. So it seems that because of a demented, temperamental Diva, La Fenice had burned again. Theo Racle

Come to Werrington Library this Winter and take advantage of some of the exciting services that we offer. Did you know that you can download FREE e-books and e -audio from the library? To use this service you must be a Staffordshire Library member and have a PIN. Titles are usually downloaded onto your own computer before being transferred to your ereader. Unfortunately you will not be able to download onto a Kindle. Did you know that you can download free e-Magazines? A free service giving unlimited access to a range of popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, Classic & Sports Car, .Net, BBC Easycook and many more. You will need to be a member of Staffordshire Libraries to use this service. Take up a new hobby this winter and start to research your family history in the library. The library offers FREE access to Ancestry – Library Edition. This service can be accessed through any library computer. Groups for our younger members We have a friendly Baby Bounce and Rhyme session on a Tuesday morning 9.30-10.00 for pre school children and their parents/carers. Don’t forget children are never too young to join the library and we have books for all ages. Our Reading Group for children 8-11 years runs every second Friday after school 3.45-4.45. New members are always welcome. If you would like information about any of the services that Werrington Library offers please contact the library on Tel: 01782 302706. ‘VILLAGE LIFE’ AVAILABLE BY POST For £10 per year you, or a friend, can have 4 issues posted, which makes a great gift for those living away. Cheques should be made payable to "Werrington Community Volunteers Group" and be sent to: -

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Christmas Critter Calamities

Every Christmas season we see recurring problems in pets, often caused by over-indulgence! People like to treat their pet to a sample of Christmas dinner, which lots of dogs will tolerate well, but in some dogs a meal with a higher fat content than their usual diet will bring on pancreatitis - an inflammation of the pancreas, which is very painful and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and can be very severe in some dogs. Other dogs will have nasty diarrhoea after a turkey dinner, which although not life threatening, can certainly put a dampener on seasonal plans! Most people are aware that chocolate can be toxic to dogs. It can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, but also can cause a very fast heart rate, which can be dangerous. The usual culprit for severe signs is dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage, but it’s wise to avoid chocolate of all types in pets. We don’t see many problems with cats from Christmas over-indulgence, but we often see urinary problems. Cats are sensitive souls and a change in the house such as visitors or relocating the cat litter tray can be enough to cause a case of cystitis in a cat. It’s important to familiarise yourself with your veterinary practice’s out of hours emergency arrangements, but hopefully our pets can enjoy a healthy and relaxing festive season. Victoria Poole MA VetMB GPCert(EM&S, FelP) MRCVS

‘Village Life’ would like to congratulate Vicky on her recent marriage. WETLEY ROCKS VILLAGE HALL

Do you need a venue for your function, meeting or group? Wetley Rocks Village Hall is available for hire

for one off functions such as Christening Party, Birthday Parties, Fund Raising and Funerals etc. If you need a venue for weekly groups such as Slimming Clubs or Dancing we can take block bookings on a weekly or monthly basis. Our Hall has central heating and is 43ft x 30ft plus a stage area 18ft x 10ft. It has a recently refurbished sprung floor (ideal for dancing) and the ceiling is high enough to accommodate a bouncy castle. We also have a fully equipped kitchen and a small room available for committee meetings etc up to around 16 people. The toilets include baby changing facilities and a separate designated disabled toilet. Outside we have a car park for approximately 40 cars plus disabled spaces and a safely fenced off lawned play area. To see the full facilities please visit our website where you can check our bookings availability, make an enquiry and download a booking form. If you prefer to talk in person please call our Bookings Clerk 07532 363976 or our Treasurer on 01782 551739 (mob 07967 660882). Charges start from £4.50 per hour for the committee room and £7.50 per hour for the hall & kitchen. 27 27

Over the next few issues of ‘Village Life’ we will try to include, for your information and convenience, the various Community Groups and their members who work to improve the area in which we live, in so many different ways, starting with the Werrington Community Volunteers Group (formally named the Parish Plan Steering Group.) This group was set up in 2008 and has grown steadily and introduced many initiatives in our village. What the WCVG has achieved so far: Organised a Road Safety Campaign in partnership with SMDC, set up an Edible Garden at Werrington Primary School, introduced the free ‘Village Life’ Magazine and website which gets over 1,500 hits per week, for the local communities of Werrington, Cellarhead and Wetley Rocks, built the Jubilee Garden, complete with seats, installed and planted Planters around the village, both of which we continue to maintain, introduced Christmas Trees at various venues and illuminated them in 2012 and started the Community Lottery. The group works hard to raise funds to keep these projects running. The group has been approached by the police to restart our Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. If you are interested in joining or supporting the Werrington Community Volunteers please contact one of the members below. New members would be most welcome. Active Members: David Shaw, chairman, 01782 302019,, Jean Fryer, vice chairman, 01782 304890,, Betty Johnson, secretary, 01782 303576,, Jocelyn Morrison, treasurer, 01782 303192,, (please contact any of above for information) Barbara Hughes, Tony McNicol, Jean McNicol, Wendy Sandbrook, Christopher Lewis, Maisie McCrossan, Deanna Baker. Mention must also be made of Margaret Harriden who, although not a group member, works tirelessly on the design and production of ‘Village Life’, as well as being responsible for the churches’ pages. The Werrington Young Persons Support Group was started in T 2009 at the request of our local Community Police to give the young people of Werrington something to do and somewhere to go. To date it has started the Friday Youth Group for 9-15 9 year olds which meets at the Methodist Church each week, organises intergenerational trips, reintroduced the Pancake Race on Washerwall Lane in conjunction with the Primary School, started Werrington’s Got Talent now in its 4th year, organises the Annual Play Day on Meigh Rd Playing Fields (5th one next year) set up the Silver Surfers Courses and was involved in Challenge Days in conjunction with Moorside High School, and organises Christmas parties for Primary School Children. The group wants to help disadvantaged children who will not receive any Christmas gifts so set up 28 WHO’S WHO? PART 1


where members of the youth group will raise funds to facilitate this. If you would like to help or support the WYPSG please contact any of the members below. Active Members: David Shaw, chairman (details as p.28), Rev. Steve Parker, vice chairman 01782 851933 Jean Fryer, secretary (details as p.28), Jean Shaw, treasurer 01782 302019. (Please contact any of the above for information.) Barbara Hughes, Jocelyn Morrison, Tony McNicol, Jean McNicol, Deanna Baker, David Hill, Sheila Hill, Gemma Lambe, Carol Ashley, John Ashley, Dan Bainbridge (Youth Worker.) WYPSG acknowledges the help given to the Friday Club by other volunteers. Thank you If you would like your group featured in ‘Village Life’ to help build up our community profile please contact the Editor with details and it will be included in future issues. THE INAUGURATION OF THE RED COW GOLF COMPETITION This competition sponsored by The Red Cow and organised by Tony Simpson, assisted by Martin Massey, Steve Moran and Phil Owen took place at Whiston Golf Club on Saturday 19 October. The event was blessed with good weather and everyone involved said they had enjoyed a ‘great day’ and asked ‘when’s the next one?’ Tony said Craig and Michael of The Red Cow had supported him 110% in so many different ways From left: Jean Fryer, David Shaw, Ian Pollendine, Craig, Jean Shaw, Michael, Tony Simpson to ensure their first charity event was a huge success. One of the players, Philip Hawkseworth nominated Werrington Young Persons Support Group to receive the magnificent sum of £1,000 which was raised on the day, as the golfers wanted the money to go to the young people of Werrington. When thanked by a WYPSG member Philip simply said… “you look after my kids!”…The winner of the golf competition was Dave ‘SHED’ second was Tony Simpson and third was Chris Finch. A special mention and thanks must go to Tony Comerford, who photographed the event throughout the day. Congratulations to them and everyone who took part. After the presentations everyone enjoyed a superb buffet supplied by The Red Cow. Look out for details of the next Golf Day!!! David Shaw,

chairman of WYPSG thanked everyone involved for such a fantastic donation to enable them to continue helping the young people of Werrington and for the warm welcome they were given at the presentation evening.

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Truly Scrumptious CHICKEN, LEEK AND HAM PIE FILLING 3 chicken breasts, skinned 2 leeks, trimmed cut in thin strips ¾ pint chicken stock 3oz butter PASTRY 2oz plain flour 12oz plain flour 7 fl oz milk 7oz butter 3 fl oz cream (double) 1egg beaten with 1 tbsp cold water 5oz thick carved ham cut into small 1 egg to glaze pieces Use a large pie dish, buttered Freshly ground black pepper METHOD 1. Heat chicken stock in a lidded saucepan, add chicken, bring to a low simmer. Cover with lid and cook for 10mins. Remove chicken from pan with tongs and place on a plate. Pour stock into a large jug. 2. Melt 1oz butter in pan over a low heat. Stir in leeks and fry for 2 mins. occasionally stir until just softened. Remove from pan and put on a plate. Add remaining butter to pan, gently heat. Add flour as soon as butter has melted, cook for 30 secs. stirring constantly. 3. Slowly pour the milk into pan, stirring well, a little at a time. Gradually add 10 fl. oz. of stock, stirring until sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. 4. Season the mixture with salt and pepper if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cream. Pour into a large bowl and cover the surface of sauce with cling film. Leave to one side to cool. 5. Preheat oven to200C/400F/6Gas. Put baking tray in the oven to heat. 6. FOR PASTRY: Put flour and butter in food processor and blend on pulse setting until mixture resembles bread crumbs. With motor running slowly add beaten egg and water until mixture forms a ball. Set aside 1/3 of pastry for lid, 2/3 for the lining of pie dish. Roll out on floured surface until ¼¼“ thick. Lift into pie dish, make sure there are no air bubbles. Press firmly up the sides of the dish. Leave excess pastry overhanging the sides. 7. Cut chicken into small bite-size pieces, stir into sauce with leeks and ham. Pour all mixture into pie dish. Roll out remaining pastry for lid. Cover the pie with pastry lid. Press edges together firmly. Cut away any excess pastry. Make a hole in centre of pie with a knife. Glaze top of pie with beaten egg. Bake on the preheated tray in centre of oven for 35-40 mins. or until pastry is golden brown and filling piping hot. Kate, at Bucknall Post Office PLEASE SEND Recipes, articles, photographs, anecdotes, short stories etc. for inclusion in ‘Village Life’ to the Editor Jean Fryer (304890

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