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Mlwich Post Office

Remember, we still have a Post Office in Milwich under new ownership, but this is always under review so please make sure you use it. The page giving details of the Post Office services has been updated and can be seen here.

Banking services for most major banks can be done here in Milwich. Very useful as banks like HSBC and NatWest have closed in Stone. For more information give Caroline a call, phone number on the information page 

If you wish to hire the Village Hall – Please contact Sharon on 07805 569014 for rates and booking. Email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Walking around Milwich

Whilst we are still in the current lockdown, I know many people are enjoying the footpaths around Milwich and surrounding Parish’s. As well as a published book, all the local walks can be found on the website by clicking here.

When we are allowed to travel further there are a lot more walks on the Walking in Staffordshire website.

The Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council Meeting is CANCELLED

The draft Agenda for the meeting can be seen by clicking here

Notes of the Cancelled January meeting can be seen by clicking here

A full list of all our councillors (updated July 2019) can be seen by clicking here. Contact them if you wish to raise issues relating to the Parish. Dr. Malcolm Calhaem and Mr. Fergus Cameron represent Fradswell, the remaining Councillors represent Milwich parishioners.

If you want to find out more about the role and responsibilities of the Parish Council and its Councillors then click on this link to take you to the Communities, Parishes and Local Councils website.

Please watch out for a text message claiming to be from the NHS, which says you are eligible to apply for a vaccine and includes a link asking you to click through to apply. 

The link takes you to a fake NHS website and asks you for payment and other personal details.

Please be vigilant, and remember that the NHS will never ask for payment for the vaccine. 

If you receive this message please do not respond or click the link. You can report any suspect texts or emails to Action Fraud through their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Please share this warning with elderly and vulnerable friends and family members so we can prevent as many people as possible from falling victim to this scam.

Message Sent By
Emma Ray (Staffordshire Police, Community Engagement Assistant, Staffordshire)

The Parish Council have asked us to advise all residents about the charge that will be introduced by Stafford Borough Council. From January 1st 2021.

From that date, if you want your Brown Bin emptied it will cost £36 per year. All residents will receive a letter with information shortly.

The Borough Council said:

“You may be aware that around 65% of local authorities across the country already charge their residents for this. Collecting garden waste is not a statutory service – and last year we announced that unfortunately we would have to introduce a £36 annual charge for those households who wanted to continue with the brown bin service.

Our council has been commended for the way it has managed its finances. But there is no escaping the very real financial pressures that local authorities are facing – and this has now been amplified as we respond to, and recover from, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The money raised from the collection of garden waste will help with these budgetary pressures and therefore protect other essential services to our residents.

We will be sending all residents information directly about this change but please can you also circulate this website address within your parish www.staffordbc.gov.uk/brownbin

There is a new weekly Children’s dance class in Hilderstone Village Hall from 3rd November. It’s good to see some new events taking place. See details below.

Please see the attached update by clicking here

The Parish Council Annual Accounts are now available on the website at this page

Please contact the Clerk if you have problem accessing these documents.

ADW Milk – The Local Milkman

New villages added to my route.

*Hilderstone
*Milwich
*Gayton
*Fradswell

~Deliveries will commence Monday 15th June~

You can now receive a fresh locally produced milk & produce delivery 3 mornings per week. 😆
Thanks for your patience! Arran 🥛 🍞 🧈 🧀

Please Register Now

https://thelocalmilkman.yourmoo.co.uk/yourmoo/v2/register.php

Sandon Village Stores

Sandon Village Stores is an ideal place to buy household essentials during (and after) the current crisis. It is our closest convenience store, just a couple of miles down the road.

Liann took over the shop shortly before the crisis took hold and is now open 7 days a week to serve the local community so make sure you support her in her new venture!

Full details of opening hours etc. can be found on the website or by clicking here

Good Luck Liann.

Milwich Post Office

The latest announcement on business closures excludes Post Offices and banks. Therefore Milwich Post Office is not affected.

The wet and stormy weather so far this year has prevented any footpath work. It has also created additional work.

The team had a new and somewhat more technical challenge this week. The footbridge over the Brook below the Church has been inundated during the rains. This has resulted in the foundation on the south side of the bridge to be severely eroded. Fortunately the bridge is still secure and is sitting on the sleepers that support the bank.

So on a dry Sunday morning a group of volunteers set out to repair the damage and prevent a worse situation in the future. Unfortunately, vehicular access was out of the question so we had to carry our tools and materials from the Church car park.

Four men and a dog cleared the debris off the bridge, jacked up the bridge 12cm (5 inches in our language, none of us were born after 1953 except the dog) and inserted an additional sleeper under the end of the bridge. The hole was then filled with gravel from the bed of the Brook.

The finished job should keep the bridge safe for a while, at least until the next bad storm.

Also as a result of the storms, there is a dead tree blocking the Bridleway at the Coton end.

This is a job that the volunteers are not qualified or insured to undertake and so it has been reported to the Council and it is hoped that they will be able to remove it soon although they are inundated at present following the storms.

We could do with some new younger members of the group if anyone feels like helping out occasionally. Please advise us if there are other problems with the Rights of Way network in or around the Parish. We can be contacted at mac@milwich.com.

March News

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils  Community Shopper Bus Service to Stafford on Wednesdays –  

4th March,

1st April

29th April 

27th May

Starting from Milwich Village Hall 10.00am.

Picking up in Sandon and Burston from 10.10am.

Returning from Stafford at 1.30pm.

Return Fare  £2.50.

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a place on the minibus if you have not travelled on the service before.

The route could be extended to Fradswell should anyone be interested.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our meeting on February 27th is the Annual Bulb Show and Social Evening. Members are reminded to stage their exhibits at 7pm, ready for the judging at 7.30pm

On March 26th, we welcome back Ruth Williams who will talk on “Living Churchyards.”

Our programme has changed a little, and we have visits planned for June and July: to Tanglewood in Colwich in June, and The Beeches at Rocester in July.

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

The Mobile Library visits Milwich on Mondays – March 9th and 23rd

Change your library books at the library from 1.45 – 2.05pm

Coffee/tea shop has had to be suspended for the time being as Mondays are not ideal for many people to visit the Library.

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

Greenlea Nursery and wraparound care

Children and staff have had a very busy start to the year. This half term we have been looking at gadgets that make our life easier in the kitchen. We have been investigating what people used before, and who invented the various kitchen gadgets. We have also been using some of the gadgets we looked at in our cookery sessions, in our play dough area, our water tray and also in the outdoor area. Our role play area has been set up as a kitchen, again filled with lots of gadgets we might have in our kitchen at home.

We had a visit from Staffordshire County Council quality assessor. The early years’ assessor was extremely pleased with the provision we offer in our nursery. She made a point of praising the hard work and dedication of our early years’ staff and department, who, and I quote: “work tirelessly for the benefit of the children.” So with this visit a success I must take this opportunity to thank all the staff on their hard work, not only on this particular day, but every day. They really do go above and beyond to give the children a fantastic, fun start to their educational journey.

Our theme next term will continue to be Inspector Gadget, but we are looking at the  gadgets we might find in a workshop, or outside. We are also going to be celebrating the important ladies in our lives, like our Mums, Grannies and Aunties. We also have lots of Easter activities planned, so it will be another busy, fun filled half term J.

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 01889505309.