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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

COFFEE SHOP

 

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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March News

Milwich W I  Report                                 February 2018

Paramedic Katie Hill had always wanted to work with people who needed help with health issues and with care. As a youngster she joined the Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade, so after school she became a student paramedic going to University to take a 30 week intensive course after which she went on placement to have her skills signed off. She qualified in 2017 and now is a full time paramedic based in Stafford, however she may be called to Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Cannock or New Cross Hospitals. She has many duties, from taking patients to hospital for appointments, taking patients after they are discharged, to driving at 90mph on the motor way to help at an accident. Her shifts are usually 12 hours long during the day and night which may be extended if a situation needs more time. Katie answered many questions and members were all very proud of a young person who is so enthusiastic about her career and hoping to remain with the service until she retires.

Doug Bradbury will be telling members “Tales of a Master Farrier” on March 14th at 7.30pm at All Saints Village Hall.

Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month. For further information please ring Sue Lloyd on 01889 505470 or May Yates on 01889 505518

 

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In January we welcomed back Ruth Williams, who gave us an interesting talk, with slides, on the Hidden Gems of Staffordshire (part two).  She took us across the county, showing us some historical, and colourful places of interest.

On March 20th, Geoff Smith will take us Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Flower Show,- an area we don’t normally get to see.  Sounds interesting.

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village hall, beginning at 8pm.  Visitors always welcome.  For further information, please contact Michael Baggaley on 01889 270161. Or –          m_baggaley@btinternet.com

 

Milwich Pre-School Newsletter

We have had a fantastic start to the new year, the first half-term has flown by. A big thank you must go to our preschool/local community who came into school to tell us all about their jobs, and how they help us, so with that thought in mind we turn our attention to our mummies, we all know how much our mummies help us everyday, so we will be surprising them on Mothering Sunday, with hand made cards and gifts.

This half-term our theme is “under the sea” we will be exploring lots of different sea activities, as well as seeing how we can help to keep the sea waters clean and pollution free, fingers crossed we can fit in a trip to the aquarium.

As well as all our under water activities, we will be celebrating Easter, we have lots of crafts planned, and our annual Easter egg hunt, we will also be asking the parents and children to get crafty at home for our bonnet parade, which has become something of a preschool tradition.

Next half term we will be joining the Green Lea reception class for yoga, this activity will take place on a Friday morning as part of our music and movement session, we already have very excited children.

And finally we would like to wish Miss Swingewood our forest school teacher all the best as she goes on maternity leave, we are looking forward to meeting the new arrival.

Preschool 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 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 07974719522.

 

 

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February News

Milwich W I  Report                                                              January 2018

Christmas preparations began at the December meeting when Lynn Eaton once again encouraged members to create a Christmas decoration, a “Snowman”.  Everyone completed the task very successfully and were very pleased with the result. Refreshments were “bring and share” which were enjoyed with a glass of mulled wine! We all wished each other season’s greetings and a safe journey home, however when we left the Village Hall we found at least 4” of snow! Everyone did arrive home safely if somewhat slowly.

January is traditionally a members’ evening, and certainly we were not disappointed. There were a number of anecdotes – some a little bit naughty, one recalling school life in the 1950’s which brought back many  memories(how life has changed), another describing the W I – known then as the “Institute” – during the World War 1 and how members could help the war effort, one suggestion being that ladies should skin rabbits and use the skins to make gloves. One of the members brought her beautiful quilts which she had made, and the evening finished with four members singing to the tune “All things Bright and Beautiful” a song called “Four Girls, Bright and Beautiful, looking for a Man”. Members enjoyed a good laugh in a very relaxed atmosphere.

Members look forward to welcoming Katie Hill, who will talk about the work of a Paramedic on February 14th at 7.30pm at All Saints Village Hall.

Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month. For further information please ring Sue Lloyd on 01889 505470 or May Yates on 01889 505518

Milwich & District Produce Guild

February’s meeting is on 22nd when it is the annual hyacinth show and social evening. For more information, please contact the Chairman, Mike Baggaley  on 01889 270161. Meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, beginning at 8pm.  Visitors always welcome.

Milwich Pre-School Newsletter

All at preschool would like to welcome our two new children that started with us at the beginning of term, and have settled in fantastically, as have all our returning children after the Christmas break, we have had lots of lovely Christmas memories shared at circle time.

This term we have been looking at “people who help us” we have lots of activities planned as well as visitors from our local and preschool community, We have a parent who will be visiting us to tell us all about her work at the dentist, an Aunt who will be telling us what its like to be a paramedic and how they can help us, and what we can do in an emergency.  Our hairdressers role play area is proving very popular, and we must say a big thank you to our local hairstylist  Lynne Pamment who donated lots of equipment for our preschool salon. if there are any other members of the local community that would like to come and tell us how they help us and others, please get in touch to arrange a visit.

We have lots of fun and exciting plans to fill the coming year, and preschool will be sharing these with you all through the Compass magazine every month, so keep checking back throughout the year to see what we are all up to.

Preschool 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 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.

Milwich Village Hall

COFFEE SHOP

Meeting in February

on Friday 16th February from 11-11.40am

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

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

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June News

Milwich WI

On 10th May, Milwich WI welcomed Helen Mancy and Verity Connor (County W I Advisors) to the 90th Annual Meeting.

After singing Jerusalem, annual reports were given by the Treasurer, Secretary and President. Milwich W I had, as usual, a very busy and successful year with many interesting speakers and were able to support a chosen charity. The committee will remain as it was and Sue Lloyd will be President for a further year.

Verity Connor took the opportunity to discuss the two proposed Resolutions with the members. After every W I nationally has voted on the Resolutions they are then discussed at the National Annual meeting which takes place in June. Milwich agreed that the representative will have discretional votes for both resolutions.

Members now look forward to the 90th Birthday Meal Celebration at The Parks, Uttoxeter which the County President, Helen Newman, is attending.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

On April 27th, we welcomed Sheligh Teahan, who gave us a very interesting talk, with slides, on the History of Sugnall Walled Gardens, which gave members an insight on what to expect when we pay a visit to the Garden in July.

On June 22nd, our speaker, Ron Rock, will encourage us to get our gardens “Fit For Bees”, an essential part of pollination and food production, as we all know.

Show Schedules for the Show on September 2nd are now available from the Green Man, and any committee member.

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

Milwich Village Hall

COFFEE SHOP

Opening Fridays 9th and 30th 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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May News

Milwich W I Report

There were many surprises when Ruth Williams came to Milwich W I to tell us the many Gems to be found in Staffordshire. Ruth bought herself a simple camera having tried to use a more complicated one left to her by her late husband, and has used it in the best conceivable way.

The slides were amazing, showing members over forty areas of interest – historic and naturalist. Ruth started in the South of the County and finished in the North, featuring Churches, Graveyards, cemeteries, Canals, Rivers, Meadows, Marshes, Museums and a number of famous faces from the past to the present. The cuckoo can still be heard at Mottey Meadows and Kingfishers seen at Wolseley Centre. Well dressing can also be seen at Endon, Newborough and Croxton with Morris Men performing at Abbots Bromley. Staffordshire is definitely an interesting and beautiful county.

The Annual Meeting takes place on May 10th when Members will welcome the County President, Helen Mancy.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our March speaker, Ruth Williams, gave a fascinating talk, with slides, on “The Hidden Gems of Staffordshire”.  She covered the whole area, from the Roaches to Kinver, highlighting places many of us knew nothing about.

On June 22nd, we welcome Ron Rock, who will talk on “A Garden Fit For Bees”.  We all know how much the bee population is struggling, and this talk should interest most of our members.

Our July meeting will be a visit to Sugnall Walled Garden- travel details later.

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, starting at 8pm.  For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Pre-School Newsletter

Firstly Milwich Pre-School would like to apologise for their error in grammar/spelling that was pointed out by ‘The Grumpy Old Man’ (his words not ours) in the last edition of the Compass. After working a 10 hour day, with children as young as 2 years old, and all staff having our their own families to care for on top of that, we hope you understand that sometimes mistakes creep in. Normally the editor of the Compass picks these errors up and corrects them for us, and we thank them for that, but we would presume he also has other commitments in his own time, and is also only human and this one “slipped through the net” as they say. So please accept our heartfelt apologises.

This half term we are looking at numbers and how we use numbers in our daily routine. We will also be looking at different mathematical vocabulary. We have lots of activities planned form measuring sand to weighing ingredients for baking. This half term our role play will be changed each week from shops with tills, to cafes with menus, all helping with our number skills.

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 07974 719522.

Milwich Village Hall

COFFEE SHOP

Opening Friday 19th May

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

Please note change of time for library availability.

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