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FREE activities in Stone today for 8-17 year olds -Come and Say Hi 🙂

Your latest Smart Alert.

Come and join us for some free multi-sports in Stone today.

For ages 8-17 years old.

1-2pm at Westbridge park

2:15-3:15pm at the common plot (opposite Christchurch school).

There’s no need to pre book the sessions, just turn up and there will be coaches from freedom leisure on the grass areas.

See you soon 🙂

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Sarah Fordham
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: sarah.fordham


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Detectives urge residents to be vigilant following national rise in TV licensing

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

Detectives from Staffordshire Police are urging residents to remain vigilant following a national increase in TV licensing scams.

In seven months, residents across Staffordshire have been duped into losing money to a total of over £20,000.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have found that fraudsters are sending members of the public fake TV licensing emails to target their personal and financial information.

Since April 2018, 926 crime reports have been made to Action Fraud, with a total of loss of over £830,000. In Staffordshire, residents across the county have been tricked into losing money totalling over £20,000.

A total of 44 reports have been received by detectives, with individual losses ranging between £1,325 and £8,000.

Action Fraud has identified that victims receive a TV licensing phishing email with links to a convincing-looking website that steals personal and financial details.

Within a week or two, victims will receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the fraud department of the victim’s bank. The offenders are then able to convince victims they are genuine banking staff by providing some of the personal details that were received using the fake TV licensing emails and websites.

Detective Inspector Robert Harvmann, senior investigating officer in fraud and cyber crime said: “Fraudsters, will try to panic people into action. Always stop and think before sharing any personal data and don’t engage with ‘cold callers’.

“Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“Anyone in Staffordshire that feels vulnerable or is able to identify the person they believe is responsible can contact us on 101.”

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Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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The day and time for the visit of the Mobile Library to Milwich Village Hall has changed. The next visit will be Monday 8th April from 1:45 to 2:05pm.

Subsequent visits will be on alternate Mondays at the same time although there will be no visit if the scheduled day is a Bank Holiday. Therefore the next visit will not be until 20th May followed by the 3rd and 17th June.

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April News


Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council

Fradswell Annual Assembly

Wednesday 17th April  7.30pm at Fradswell Village Hall

followed by the monthly Parish Council meeting.

Milwich Annual Assembly

Wednesday 15th May  7.30pm at Milwich Village Hall

followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

Parish Council Elections  Thursday 2nd May


Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils

Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford

Wednesday 24th April / 22nd May / 19th June

From Milwich Village Hall 10.00am

Pickup at Pump Square on Hilderstone Road, Sandon 10.10am

Return from Stafford at 1.30pm

ÂŁ2.50 Return Fare

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and

to book a seat on the Mini-bus if you have not travelled on the service before.


Great British Spring Clean    Litter Picking around the villages

Saturday 6th April    Meet at Milwich Village Hall at 10.00am for a morning’s litter pick.

Milwich Village Hall COFFEE SHOP

Meeting in April

on Fridays 8th and 22nd from 10.30 – 11.30am

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your books at the Mobile Library from 11-11.40am


Good homes for young cats wanted

They are 6 months old and home reared. White or dark grey, male and female available, neutered.  Can be adopted in pairs or singly. Donation appreciated. If you are interested, please ring June on 01889 404505

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In January, we welcomed Judy Hubble, who gave us a fascinating talk on Shugborough Hall.  This was accompanied by photographs of the hall, including many of rooms and areas not now open to the public.

February was the Guild’s Hyacinth Bulb Show. This was another successful and enjoyable event. There were 42 exhibits, giving an excellent display in all the classes, which greatly impressed the judge, Gwen Johnson.

The BTJ Challenge Trophy for most points in the Show, was awarded to Brian and Sonia Boughey.

The Best Exhibit in Show was won by Frances Evans.  The trophy for the best exhibit by someone who had not previously won a prize, was won by Jenny Baggaley.

After the judging and presentations, we had our usual buffet supper and Social Evening.

On April 25th, we welcome Paul Woodward, who will give a talk entitled ‘The Maple Man-Acers”.

On 23rd May, we visit The Garth, at Milford.  Will members please meet at 7pm.  Cost is £5 each, including refreshments.

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, beginning at 8pm.

For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161, or e-mail m_baggaley@btinternet.com



Members met with Helen Mancy and Verity Conner, two County Executives, at the March meeting when it was agreed with sad hearts  to suspend Milwich W I, as a committee was unable to re-form.

Helen Hocknell, President, reported there have been many moments of joy and laughter over the years with celebratory meals, pantomimes, modelling fashion clothes and especially when the husbands brought the house down when they performed the “striptease” number!

Over the last nine months we have been to the Riverside Restaurant at Stafford College, had talks on Sweets, Healthy Living, Garderobes (that is Toilets) and the “Milwich Male Voice Choir” joined members to sing carols for our Christmas meeting. We attended the County Show and our local Duck Race when our W I advertised for more support.

Members have carried on by providing Green Lea School with a Christmas Lunch and each week teaching at the Craft Club, the numbers of children attending has risen to eighteen from the usual twelve.

Helen thanked Mary Allen as Joint Chairperson, May Yates as Secretary, Sonia Boughey as Treasurer and the members of the committee who have all supported her and helped her over the not so easy months.

She also thanked the past presidents, Elaine Hodson, Mary Bull, and Sue Lloyd as well as past committee members who have contributed so much over the years.

Helen said it had been an honour to be Milwich W I President but was sad that after the ninety two years, Milwich W I is suspended.

The evening closed after members enjoyed refreshments supplied by Members and a glass of wine.


Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall Hire – Please contact 07805 569014 for rates and booking. Email sharonlhodson@gmail.com



and to celebrate this milestone
they are holding an EXHIBITION AND SALE



Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

This month we will be focusing on Easter, we have lots of craft and cookery activities planned, from making Easter cards for our loved ones to learning the art of the chocolatiers and seeing if we can make our own chocolate Easter creations. We will also be looking at all the new life that surrounds us at Easter/Spring time, from the baby lambs we see in the fields around the school, to the new plants and leaves sprouting after their winter sleep. We are hoping to get into our garden and start some planting soon, fingers crossed Jack Frost has gone away and spring is on its way.

Miss Swingewood is back in the full swing of our Friday forest school sessions, we love having her back after maternity leave, and we have been having fun in the mud kitchen, making dens and also learning how to use the strikers correctly and safely. Miss Swingewood has lots of activities planned especially getting to use more tools, so we can learn how to use these items in a safe environment.

The Friends of Green Lea (FOGL) have organised a special Easter extravaganza for all the school and nursery children, it’s going to be a fantastic afternoon with crafts, Easter bonnet parade, and of course an Easter egg hunt.  A special thank you to Mrs Wilson (head teacher) and Kate Kite (FOGL chairperson) and all the FOGL committee members for organising this event for all the children to enjoy.

And finally nursery is now full on a Friday, and we only have very limited places on the other days, We would advise anybody who is interested in the nursery contact us as soon as possible to secure a place.

Green Lea Nursery offers the 30 hours funding (subject to criteria) we are also signed up to the tax free child care scheme, please see a member of staff for more information.

Green Lea Nursery runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm. Green Lea wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) for any further information please contact 07974719522 or 01889505309.

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Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by the Staffordshire Commissioner

Hello Mr Mark Burton,

Safer Neighbourhood Panels, set up by the Staffordshire Commissioner, are made up of local residents who meet regularly with their area’s local policing commander.

The panels shape local policing and community safety and shine the spotlight on the work done by police in their area to ensure greater transparency and help build public confidence. They examine the impact of policing, community resolutions and restorative justice, on their communities.

Panel members receive training to help them carry out their role so that they can be involved in innovative work such as examining body camera footage captured during “stop and searches” by local officers.

Panels are established in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth, East Staffordshire and the two local policing team areas of Stoke-on-Trent.

Safer Neighbourhood Panels give local people the opportunity to hold policing in their area to account.

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Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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Next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday April 16th

8.00 for 8.30pm start
Four players per team ÂŁ2.00 per player
Prizes for winning team
Light refreshments provided
Good evening’s entertainment


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Hello Mr Mark Burton,

We are appealing to the public to get in touch if they have seen, or have any information on the whereabouts of three men we want to speak to following a series of distraction burglaries.

John Purcell, aged 28, Michael Purcell, aged 31, and Johnny Delaney, aged 22, are wanted in connection with a series of distraction burglaries which occurred across Staffordshire and North Wales where vulnerable pensioners were targeted.

The men have connections to Staffordshire, Cheshire, West Midlands and North Wales.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 referring to incident number 413 of 4 March 2019.

We are making a series of appeals regarding this case on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw

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