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October News

Church and Church Yard Working Party

Bring your own tools on Saturday October 20th  10am to 2pm.

Date for your Diary.

1st December at All Saints’ Village Hall

Christmas Fayre 2pm onwards.

Raffle, Cakes, Christmas Stall, Wood Turner.

Nativity around the Village.

Would you like to take part or join us on Sunday 9th December 4pm onwards?

Tell Paul, Sharon or Elaine.

Children must have parents’ approval.

Let’s put Jesus back into Christmas.


Milwich WI Report, September 2018

Mr Martin Peet was an excellent speaker, telling us about the manufacture and the history of sweets.  He was born up the road in Hopton in 1962.  After working for some years as a window cleaner, he joined the family business started by his grandfather 50 years ago and remains passionate about sweet-making the traditional way. He set up his own business in Leek 10 years ago and had 10 shops in the locality trading as “Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppes” He gave us all a “goody-bag” so we could sample as he spoke! Many of the sweets took us back to the days of our childhood. Most were developed in the U.K. and the very first ones were pure liquorice, later modified to become Pontefract cakes with the addition of sugar and wheat.  Aniseed balls were invented in 1450 and were used for stomach ailments and for preventing nightmares. Jelly babies were developed in 1899 but only called as such in 1953.  Liquorice allsorts were developed by Bassetts in 1899. Pear drops were first made in Nottingham in 1891 heating sugar and glucose in a copper pan to 160 degrees first by coal and then changing to gas. The higher the temperature, the harder the sweet.  They were dusted in sugar to prevent sticking together.

Over the years, medicines have sometimes been included – for instance, the Chinese used to put analgesics in flying saucers and Greys Herbal tablets are sold as sweets but were developed by wives of miners in the Midlands so they could give them to their husbands to take down the mines to soothe their throats from irritation caused by coal dust.

The confectionery industry has had to move with the times – coconut used in coconut mushrooms has become very expensive so production will cease this year. Fairy satins are now known as satin pillows to be politically correct! However, a high proportion of sweets remain hand crafted.

All in all we enjoyed an entertaining and informative evening

Do come and join us for an evening at our friendly W.I.  Visitors are always most welcome

At our next meeting Mrs Theresa Allen will be talking on “Healthy Living”

For more information contact Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717

Cuppa for Care” – was the theme for the August meeting, to support Katharine Hospice for all their care to terminally ill patients.

Many guests, families and friends were welcomed and the social evening enjoyed by everyone. Members brought delicious cakes and those left were offered for donations. £264.25 was raised and has been taken to Katharine House. A “Big Thank You” to all those who supported the event and donated so generously.

Theresa Allen, one of our own members, will be speaking on October 10th, the talk is entitled “Healthy Living”.

Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month.

For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our July meeting was a visit to The Secret Garden at Little Haywood.  This is a truly magical place.  We enjoyed exploring the winding paths, and hideaways.  We finished the evening with tea and beautiful home-made cake (large slices, just as we like it).  An evening to remember.

In August we welcomed Mrs. Margaret Bullock, who gave a fascinating talk, with slides, entitled  “The Great Wall of China for Parkinsons”.   She described an arduous trek along parts of the wall not open to tourists.  It looked like hard work, and in places, downright dangerous.  The money raised by sponsorships  was donated by the intrepid hikers to the Parkinson’s charity.

Our next meeting will be on October 25th, and will be our AGM.

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


Milwich Village Hall


Opening Friday Oct 12th from 10.30 – 11.30am                       

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your library books at the Mobile Library 11 – 11.40am


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Update on Play Area

It has been some considerable time since meetings took place to determine the future of the Play Area in Milwich. During this time a considerable sum has been raised to help with the refurbishment and these funds are held by the Parish Council. This, however, is not sufficient to carry out refurbishment and significant grant funding is required.

When the Parish Council looked in to applying for grant funding it became apparent that they would not get this unless they owned the land or had a long term lease on the land. Currently the land and play equipment are owned by Stafford Borough Council who were approached about a possible Community Asset transfer or lease. At the time this was considered to be a good option by the Borough Council officers.

Unfortunately, due to reorganisation this decision has been delayed for a very long time. This however now appears to be back on the agenda and Stafford Borough Council are now considering a transfer of ownership of the Milwich Play Area to the Parish Council or offering a long term lease.

All we can do is wait, the wheels of local government grind extremely slowly. Once ownership is transferred, the Parish Council can then they can reopen negotiations with possible grant agencies.

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At present, all new notices on the Milwich Website are automatically posted on the Milwich Facebook page.

As from 1st August, Facebook are turning off the facility which allows this to happen. Some information will still be posted manually to the Facebook page but as this will increase the workload, it cannot be guaranteed that everything will get copied.

If you are one of the many who only follow Milwich on Facebook, we would suggest that you subscribe to the Milwich Website so that you do not miss any important information. This can be done easily by going to the Milwich website http://www.milwich.com and clicking the Email Subscription “Sign me up” button, you will only receive emails from Milwich.com when new information is posted on the site. You will not receive spam as a result of this subscription due to our strict privacy policy.

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August News


Is on Sunday 23rd September led by

Rev’d Pauline Salter. At 11.15am.

Please come and join us, enjoy the Harvest displays

Light refreshments to follow.


Monday 24th September at 7pm for 7.15pm

Our fun night Harvest Supper and Auction.

First Class Meal- Lots of Bargains to be had

And fun, fun, fun.

Book your tickets early with Elaine 01889 505414


Thank You from All Saints’ Milwich

A good number braved the very hot weather at our Church and Church Yard Tidy and more have been since or are doing gutter cleaning etc. and some go every week

We really appreciate your help.


Join Milwich W I


“A Cuppa for Care”

To raise money for

Katharine House Hospice

On Wednesday August 15th

at 7.30pm at

All Saints’ Village Hall




Milwich W I Report                                                      July 2018                                                               

Beautiful Faberge Eggs were created by members under the guidance of Stella Heritage. During the evening Stella also showed the method of folding old books into hedgehogs, little houses and even angels. Everyone was delighted to take their eggs home.

Milwich W I will be supporting the Duck Race on Saturday July 21st during the afternoon with a Tombola and Stall. Look forward to seeing you there.

Please note

The August meeting will now take place on Wednesday August 15th at 7.30pm  at the All Saints Village Hall when everyone – members, partners and friends will be welcomed to an evening for a “Cuppa for Care” – this is to support Katherine Hospice for all their care – there will also be cakes and a raffle. Please support us!

September is for those with an interest in “Sweets” as Mr Simms from Eccleshall will be talking on the subject when there will be tasty treats for all.

Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month. For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In June, we welcomed Mr. Geoff Bates, who gave us a brilliant slide show and talk on “Herbaceous Plants and Borders”.  We visited, on screen, several well known national gardens, showing the splendour of their colourful borders and gardens.

Our August meeting on the 23rd will be a talk on “The Great Wall of China for Parkinsons,” by Mrs. Margaret Bullock.  –  Sounds intriguing.

On September 27th, we welcome Mr. Bryon Lewis, whose talk is entitled   “Autumn Plant Showcase”. – An evening to look forward to.

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, beginning at 8pm.  Visitors always welcome, there is no charge, but we do have a raffle.

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

Pre-School Newsletter

WOW, can’t quite believe we are already at the end of another school year, and how time flies when you’re having fun. We have had a very busy year and the last half term definitely hasn’t been an exception. Everybody that attended the summer trip this year to the Emma Bridgewater factory had a wonderful day. We all learnt about the history of pottery at the factory and saw how it was made, before designing and painting our own plates, and what wonderful plates we produced. Both staff and Visitors to the factory complimented all the children on their behaviour, which again was impeccable, it really does make the staff proud when we can pass compliments like this on the children’s parents.

Preschool graduation was again an emotional time for pupils, parents and staff, it never gets any easier saying goodbye, but it’s also a day to celebrate the closing of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. We hope you all enjoyed the day, Good luck and best wishes to all the children who will be moving on to big school in September, you will all be fantastic.

It is also a new chapter in preschool and Lollipops wraparound care’s history, as in September we become fully integrated in the school and go from being a charity run preschool to a governor led preschool. This is a great step forward for the future of the preschool giving us more stability and security, as well as being able access lots of new and different sources to enhance the curriculum. A big thank you must go to Mrs Wilson who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

Last but by no means least a HUGE thank you must go to all the Green Lea staff, preschool/Lollipops parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friend and the wider local community for all their unwavering support again this year, we really do appreciate everything you do for preschool and Lollipops wraparound care. Thank you to the staff whose dedication and commitment makes preschool the wonderful, caring and fun place it is. They always go above and beyond and I know that preschool and Lollipops means more to them than just a job, which was shown recently when staff Claire and Andrea took on the 3 preschool challenge (Stone raft race, climbed up and down Snowdon and the fastest zip wire in Europe) and I am delighted to say they completed it, raising at the moment nearly £600. Well done ladies, preschool is so proud of you, if you haven’t already sponsored them, there is still time – please see a member of staff to do so. Keep your eyes peeled for the next challenge!! And finally a BIG thank you to all the children who attend preschool, you really are all fabulous.

Which just leaves me to say have a wonderful summer break, stay safe, have fun and see you in September. (Tuesday 4th 2018 term starts)

Pre-school will be offering the 30 hours funding from September (subject to criteria). Please see a member of staff for more details.

Milwich Pre-school is now open 5 days a week (subject to numbers), Monday – Friday. Sessions are 9:00am – 1:30pm or 9:00am – 3:00pm. Also available lollipops wraparound care. Sessions from 7:30am – 9:00am and/or 3:00pm – 5:45pm (term time only). For any further information please contact  07974719522.


Opening Fridays Aug 3rd and 24th and Sept 14th in the Village Hall

from 10.30 – 11.30am                          

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your library books at the Mobile Library 11 – 11.40am


Cleaner required, 10 hrs per week at Green Lea School

Please contact Mrs Daryl Hodson 01889 505309 for details


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July News

Milwich W I Report       June 2018

91st Birthday Meal

Delicious evening meals were enjoyed by members, husbands and friends at Riverside Restaurant, Stafford College. There was a choice for each course and the students, under the guidance of their Restaurant Manager, cooked, presented and served excellent meals. As it was the  last evening service of the year for the students, everyone was happy and members wished them well.

Stella Heritage will be demonstrating Crafts and presumably members will take part at the meeting on July 11th 2018 being held at All Saints Village Hall, Milwich at 7.30pm.

On July 21st at the Milwich Music Festival and Duck Race the Milwich WI will be joining in the fun with a Tombola and Stall.

For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717 or May Yates on 01889 505518.

Milwich & District Produce Guild.

Our May meeting was a visit to the gardens of Fiona Horwath and Carol Shanahan, at 22 & 29 St John’s Road, Stafford.  Thirteen members spent a very enjoyable evening admiring the two beautiful gardens and afterwards, enjoying the very welcome tea and cakes.

Our next trip will be on July 26th, when we meet up with Derek Higgott at the Secret Garden, in Little Haywood.

On 23rd August, we welcome Mrs. Margaret Bullock, whose talk entitled “The Great Wall of China for Parkinsons”  sounds fascinating.

Our meetings are usually held at Milwich village hall on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning at 8.00pm.  For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com


Pre-School Newsletter

Wow, cannot quite believe we are into our last half-term of the school year. We have had a busy, but amazing year and the last half-term will be no different. The Pre-School children joined Green Lea children for the annual sports day. All the children tried their hardest and the sportsmanship that was showed by everybody was incredible. Everybody cheered and supported each other, and all the children were extremely well behaved. Both School and Pre-School staff were very proud, well done everyone.

The Pre-School children who attended the annual summer trip to Emma Bridgewater thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a tour of the factory to see how the pottery is made. We then got creative painting our plates before enjoying a lovely afternoon lunch. We cannot wait to collect our finished pieces and see the results. The staff at Emma Bridgewater were very complimentary on the behaviour of all the children considering their ages, so again well done all.

Preparations for the Pre-School graduation are underway. This year’s graduation ceremony will be held at Green Lea School on the 13th of July 2018, starting at 2 p.m. prompt. We are all looking forward to giving our older children a great send-off as they take on their next adventure at big school. It is always an emotional time, but all the staff and children want to wish all of them the very best of luck as they continue their educational journey.

This year’s Green Lea Summer Fair will be a little bit different as we are having the premier showing of Green Lea School’s very own film. This is a ticket only event, please contact the school for details regarding tickets etc. The summer fair is open to all, starting at 5 p.m. on the 6th of July 2018. So please come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair.

And finally, Claire and Andrea have challenged themselves to what they are calling ‘The Three Pre-School Challenge’. The ladies have already completed the first challenge which was competing in the Stone Carnival Raft Race where they came a commendable 6th place. However, the next two challenges are going to really push the ladies out of their comfort zone as they are climbing Mt. Snowdon and doing the fastest zip-line in the world. And as both are not great with heights, it could be interesting! But please if you could spare a few pennies and support the girls by donating it would be very much appreciated. Donations can be made direct to Green Lea, Pre-School or the ladies personally. It is also possible to donate via the go-fund me page ‘The Three Pre-School Challenge’. All money raised will be going to Pre-School and Lollipops Wrap-around Care to provide much needed equipment, especially more in the forest school area.

Pre-School is offering 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 much information.

Pre-School runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. or 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. Lollipops Wrap-around care sessions are 7.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. and/or 3.00 p.m. 5.45 p.m. (term time only). For any further information please contact 07974 719522

Milwich Village Hall



Opening Friday 13th July

from 10.30 – 11.30am                     

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your library books at the Mobile Library 11 – 11.40am

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June News

Milwich and District Produce Guild

On April 26th, we welcomed Dean Williams, who gave members an insight into the work involved in Help for Heroes.

Dean spent 27 years in the Army and highlighted the many problems many injured military personnel face when trying to adjust to normal everyday life.

He stressed how important the fund-raising events were, to provide help and assistance in many forms, such as specialised training and equipment, financial help, and everyday care.

On June 28th, we have a return visit from Geoff Bates, who will talk on Herbaceous Plants and Borders.

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

Further information may be obtained from Mike Baggaley, on 01889 270161, or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Milwich W I Report       May 2018

“Come and Join us” was the theme of our Annual meeting. Milwich WI has been part of the Community for 91 years, members have encouraged children at Green Lea School in “old fashioned” craft such as knitting, embroidering, lace making and weaving over the last 15 years. Every Christmas, since 1927, the WI has provided a lunch for the children and teachers before their party. There have been Pantomimes (not always professional but great fun), evenings out at restaurants and even a display of Calendar Girls! The WI evenings are fun with good speakers, a friendly atmosphere and plenty of chat. More members are needed with enthusiasm to carry on the tradition.

A few changes for the Committee took place, Sue Lloyd was thanked for all her hard work as President as she stood down, her position being taken over jointly by Helen Hocknell and Mary Allen. Elaine Hodson has stepped down as Treasurer, after many years of keeping the finance in order and doing a wonderful job, Sonia Boughey is now the new Treasurer and Theresa Allen has offered to be Minute Secretary.

Helen Mancy, W I advisor, joined us to explain the Resolution which is to be discussed at the National Annual Meeting – this year being the Mental Health issues and how the Government can further help. Members decided to give a discretionary vote to the representative, as this is a difficult issue.

On June 13th members are meeting at Stafford College for a Birthday Meal.

Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month. For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717 or May Yates, who remains as secretary and doing a wonderful job, on 01889 505518.

Pre-School Newsletter

All at preschool had a lovely time celebrating the royal wedding, we made crowns from flowers and leaves for our forest school activity and had a royal tea party for snack, all the children really got into the spirit and came dressed in red, white and blue or as princes and princesses. This half term our theme will be “friendships” we will be looking back at the wonderful friends we have made at preschool, and how we can build new positive relationships, especially with the older children who will be going into school in September. We will also be touching on how we can be a good friend and help people who are struggling, also how important being kind to others is. Our plans are in full swing for both the annual summer trip, which is looking mostly likely be to paint a pot at Emma Bridgewater and also our fantastic graduation ceremony.

As most of our community know preschool staff Claire and Andrea have competed in the Stone carnival raft race for the last 3 years to help raise must needed funds for the charity run preschool, and this year the girls have decided to go BIGGER!!! They will be doing what they are calling “The 3 Preschool Challenge” which will consist of the raft race, climbing Snowdon and then doing the “Longest Zip Wire in Wales.” Please support the girls and sponsor them, even pennies make a massive difference.

Milwich preschool 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.

Preschool runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm.  Lollipops wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) For any further information please contact 07974 719522. 


Opening Fridays 1st and 22nd June

from 10.30 – 11.30am        

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your library books at the Mobile Library 11 – 11.40am

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