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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.

February News

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils

Community Shopper Bus Service to Stafford

Wednesday    5th February

Wednesday    4th March

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

In November, we welcomed Steve Booth who gave us a fascinating talk (with slides) on “The Staffordshire Hoards,” from 1831 to 2012. Members were told that in Staffordshire had been found many treasures which had been buried and never retrieved. They were found all over the county, not just in the Lichfield area. They had been found in such places as Lightwood,(who would have thought it?) and Cocknage. Places we’d known for years. If each county listed the number of treasures found, Staffordshire would be third from the top.

We started our new programme in December with our Christmas party in the village hall. With good food, good company and a few little games and diversions, we all had a great time.

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 – Feb 10th and 24th

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

Coffee/tea shop has had to be suspended for the time beingas 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

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year, it’s been lovely seeing everybody back after our Christmas break, and it seems everyone had been good as I believe Santa visited the whole school (including me!) It’s been great hearing all about the adventures everyone had and all the gifts they received.

On behalf of myself and Claire, I must say a huge thank you for all the beautiful, thoughtful gifts and cards we received, we truly are grateful.

We had a fantastic end of term, with a brilliant performance in school of Aladdin, Christmas lunch, Christmas party and disco. We must say a big thank you to the church community who provided yummy food for the party, to FOGL who made a donation to buy the food for the disco, Vaughan Hodson who gave up his time to provide the music and all the staff who stayed late to help out, the disco was a roaring success and everybody danced til their feet were sore (even the teachers!)

This term our theme is Inspector Gadget, and we will be looking at and learning  about all the inventions and gadgets that make our lives easier and more fun, we have lots of fun things planned which will hopefully be really engaging for the children.

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.

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 

December News

Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Wednesday 5th February

Wednesday 4th March

From Milwich Village Hall 10.00am

Pickup at Pump Square on Hilderstone Road, Sandon 10.10am

Return from The Gatehouse Theatre at 1.30pm

£2.50 Return Fare

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a seat on the Mini-bus.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

At our AGM, in October, the committee was re-elected, with Ruth Pett taking over from Frances Evans as programme secretary. After the official business, members enjoyed the usual social evening.

Tickets for the Christmas Party, (December 13th) are now available from Celia Vaughan on 01889 505783.

There will be no meeting in January 2020, but members are reminded to keep checking their bulbs in readiness for the Bulb Show on 27th February.

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

Mobile Library visits Milwich on Mondays – Dec 2nd, 16th and 30th and in Jan 2020 on 13th and 7th

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 Post Office opening times:

MONDAY & TUESDAY: 9.00 to 12.30 am and 1.00 to 4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY: CLOSED (Papers only)

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: 9.00 to 12.30 am and 1.00 to 4.00 pm

CLOSED SATURDAY & SUNDAY

All Post Offices are examined regularly. Our Post Office is open at the moment. However –

PLEASE REMEMBER –

(This is important)

PLEASE USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates for delivery in the UK in 2019 are:

  • Wednesday, December 18 for second class mail
  • Friday, December 20 for first class mail
  • Monday, December 23 for special delivery

November News

Mobile Library visiting on MONDAYS 4th and 18th November 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 and Sandon Parish Councils Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford.

Wednesdays 6th November and 4th December.

Leaving Milwich Village Hall at 10.00am returning from Stafford at 1.30pm.

Return Fare – £2.50

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757, to book a seat on the mini-bus if you have not used the service before.

News about the Play Area

Milwich Play Area has now been transferred from Stafford Borough Council to Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council.

If you have any issues with the Play Area or its boundaries then please contact the Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors.

Contact details can be found here

Milwich & District Produce Guild

On 26th September, we welcomed Darren Rudge who gave members a fascinating talk on ‘Tea-bags, Bras and Tights.’ We were told how everyday household products – ie, aspirin, Epsom salts, baking soda, lard, eggs etc. all have various benefits in the garden. We were also shown how to make marrow rum and given a small taste to enjoy.

On 28th November, Mr Steve Booth will talk on ‘Staffordshire Hoards’ 1831-2012. Steve is a retired history teacher and treasurer of Stone Historical Society and has written two books on Stone and the Great War. We look forward to welcoming him to Milwich.

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

Green Lea Nursery and Wraparound Care

We have had a very hectic first half term, putting our own mark on our new area, and even if I do say so myself, it’s looking great. The theme this term is Kings and Queens, and the children have loved our castle role play area, we have witnessed lots of imaginary play, everything from what you would expect like Queens, Kings, Princes and Princesses to Jack, his cow Daisy, his beanstalks and giants. It’s been a pleasure just watching and hearing the children bringing their castle area to life.

The staff are working hard to get the small room finished ready for next half term, we are hoping to have a calming, sensory area, where the children can go and relax, while still having their senses simulated. This is going to be a real asset to the nursery, especially for the younger children who do get tired and overwhelmed, but it will be able to be used by the whole school if needed.

We are very excited about our Christmas panto this year “oh no you’re not” “ohhhhhh yes we are” for nursery and reception. We are actually having the performance come to us at school, they will be performing Aladdin, doing it this way gives a very child friendly, interactive way of seeing a pantomime, where the children get to meet the characters, ask questions and see what it is like to be an actor.

We are also planning our Christmas party, and nativity, dates and information will be given to parents and guardians as soon as everything is finalised.

And finally I must say a big thank you to the nursery staff, who have been working extra hard to make our new area special, exciting and fun for the children, with it only being a temporary area, it has been challenging, but with all the hard work it’s feeling and looking fantastic.

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 01889 505309.

October News

Mobile Library visiting on MONDAYS 7th and 21st October 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 and Sandon Parish Councils Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford.

Wednesday 9th October, 6th November and 4th December. Leaving Milwich Village Hall at 10.00am returning from Stafford at 1.30pm.

Return Fare – £2.50

Please contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757, to book a seat on the mini-bus if you have not used the service before.

News about the Play Area

Milwich Play Area has now been transferred from Stafford Borough Council to Milwich with
Fradswell Parish Council.

If you have any issues with the Play Area or its boundaries then please contact the Clerk
or any of the Parish Councillors.

Contact details are on the Milwich Village Hall Notice Board.

Milwich & District Produce Guild 

Our July meeting was a visit to Idlerocks Farm at Spot Acre, where we all enjoyed the garden and shrubbery, filled with interesting plants  After our explorations, we all went indoors to enjoy tea, coffee and beautiful cakes, supplied by our hostess, Mrs Barbara Dixon.

In August, our speaker was unable to attend, so we had an informal meeting, consisting of early tea, coffee and biscuits, and a good gossip and lots of jokes and laughter.  It turned out to be a most enjoyable evening.

The October meeting will be the Annual General with cheese and wine.  If anyone feels able to join the committee, please let us know. The date is October 24th at 8pm.

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

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Firstly, I would like to welcome everybody back after the summer break; I hope everyone had an enjoyable time. All the staff at Green Lea Nursery would like to say a big thank you for all the gifts and cards we received at the end of last term, they were so beautiful and very much appreciated.

The staff have been working hard over summer to make lots of changes to the school set up, and as most of you are now aware we have moved classes for the time being, we are now operating alongside the reception class. It’s very early days, but we are definitely benefiting from having the experience and knowledge of Mrs Masters, a qualified teacher. It has also been lovely for us to see how our “old” nursery children have settled in and what they are all up to in their new class, and I have to say they are doing us proud. We now use the middle doors to gain entry, there is a door bell at this door for nursery and Green Lea wraparound care, can I please politely ask if you have any other business, or are a visitor to the school you use the main reception entrance where the office manager will be happy to help.

All the nursery children will still be doing forest schools on a Friday morning, and now the weather is becoming colder it is very important that all the children have warm clothing and wellies, waterproofs preferable if you have them. Miss Swingewood has lots of exciting things planned for our forest school lessons.

Our plans are well under way for our pantomime trip and our nativity, as well as our Christmas party, so watch this space for more information.

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 01889 505309.

August/September News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

On 27th June, we welcomed back Derek Higgott who talked on “Proper Pruning and Propagation”.  Derek brought a bucketful of live material, and showed members the correct procedure for pruning the many varieties of trees, shrubs, and climbing plants.  It was a fascinating and enjoyable talk, and there were many questions asked [especially about the wisteria].

On 22nd August, Geoff Smith will talk on Fuchsias.  On 28th September we welcome Darren Rudge, whose talk entitled “Tea Bags, Bras and Tights”  sounds very interesting.

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

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

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall

Mobile Library visiting on MONDAYS 12th August and 9th, 23rd Sept.

From 1.45 – 2.05pm

Why not call into the Village Hall for a chat when you have finished in the Library bus? You will be surprised to see who is there!

Green Lea Nursery and Wraparound care

Well can’t really believe that the school year is over, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and the local community for all the help and support they have given the nursery this year. I hope everybody enjoyed the graduation party, and found the church venue fitting for the occasion, I personally thought it was lovely, and very emotional.

It has been a year of change and challenges, going from a charitable, committee run preschool to a governor led nursery, which is fully integrated into the school. We all believe it’s been such a positive move for the nursery, we have a secure future, which in the economic climate is a huge bonus to both the children and staff, but more importantly we have access to a wealth of knowledge on the EYFS curriculum which is really enhancing the children’s early educational journey. A big thank you must go to all Green Lea staff, and especially Mrs Wilson the head teacher, whose hard work tends to be in the back ground, and goes unnoticed. We have more changes in the pipe line for the new school year, and all the staff are very excited about what the next academic year has in store, watch this space!

And finally on behalf of all the nursery staff, I would like to say a big thank you for all the gifts we received at the end of term, we are all most grateful and appreciate your thoughtfulness. All the staff hope the older children enjoy the next chapter in their educational journey, I am sure you will all fly at Green Lea, and remember “always dream big, and chase those dreams” and to the younger ones, we look forward to seeing you back in September. Have a great summer, have fun, stay safe and enjoy your holiday.

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 01889 505309.

The equestrian members of the Milwich community will find the only Bridleway in the Parish a little easier to use after the rotten gate post was replaced yesterday by the Milwich Footpath Maintenance Group. It should now be possible to open the gate on horseback. It was warm work in the heat though!

July News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our May meeting was a visit to The Garth, at Milford.  Twenty members enjoyed the hospitality of Anita and David Wright, who showed us their wonderful garden with its areas of rare trees, unusual shrubs, and many varieties of hostas and ferns, planted at different levels. There was a different view at each and every turn, and when we had thoroughly explored the garden, we moved into the house for tea, and a tableful of cakes.  Thank you Anita and David, it was a memorable visit.

We are out and about again for our July meeting, on the 25th.  This time we travel to Idlerocks Farm at Spot Acre.  Will members please meet at Idlerocks at 7pm.

Apart from visits, and trips out, 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 m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall

Mobile Library visits on MONDAYS 1st, 15th and 29th July from 1.45-2.05pm

Please note change of time and day.

Why not call into the Village Hall for a chat when you have finished in the Library bus? You will be surprised to see who is there!

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Well the end of term is fast approaching, and we have a very busy remaining few weeks. This year we have decided to follow in Green Lea school’s footsteps and hold our annual graduation in the church, we have pencilled in July 15th but this date is to be confirmed, letters will sent to all parents shortly to give details and running schedule.

This term we have been looking at our time in nursery, the friends we have made, memories we have, how we have all grown into the individuals we are today and onto our next step into school life. The hungry caterpillar book has been our base for lots of our learning this term, as he grows and changes into the beautiful butterfly. Claire with the help of the children has been working hard on a lovely hungry caterpillar display which incorporates a memory tree for all the children to share their memories of Green Lea nursery. We also have some real caterpillars that we are caring for, and fingers crossed we can see them turn into butterflies and released in our garden before the end of term.

All the staff at Green Lea nursery would like to say a big thank you to parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and the local community for all their support this academic year. This year has been a big year for the nursery, going from a charity, committee run pre-school to a governor led nursery that is fully incorporated into Green Lea first school. We have had a few niggles, but with the support of school and nursery staff, the change has gone well and we are now looking forward to more exciting new changes over the next school year. (watch this space)

And finally the biggest thank you must go to all the children, who make the nursery the vibrant, exciting, energetic and fun place to learn, on behalf of all the nursery staff. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to have been part of your early educational journey, and we are all exceptionally proud of the lovely, caring, kind, clever little people you are all growing into.

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 01889 505309.

The latest financial details from the Parish Council are available here.

June News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

On April 25th, we welcomed Carl Woodward, The Maple Man, who gave us an interesting talk on acers.  He brought several varieties of plants, and also lots of seeds. We all took some of the seeds to try and germinate ourselves.  It should be interesting to see how we go on.  We might have some interesting maple trees for sale one day!

June 27th sees a return visit from Derek Higgott, who will talk on Proper Pruning Practices, and Propagation.

July 25th  is the day we pay a visit to Idlerocks Farm, Spot Acre.  We’re meeting at 7pm at Idlerocks.

Our meetings are usually held in All Saints” Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, but in the summer, we go on outings, which are always advertised in Compass.

For further details, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161, or M_baggaley@btinternet.com

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils

Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford

Wednesday 19th June

From Milwich Village Hall 10.00am

Pickup at Pump Square on Hilderstone Road, Sandon 10.10am

Return from Stafford at 1.30pm

£2.50 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.

Milwich Village Hall

Next Mobile Library visit – MONDAYS 3rd and 17th June, from 1.45-2.05pm

Please note change of time and day.

Why not call into the Village Hall for a chat when you have finished in the Library bus? You will be surprised to see who is there!

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Well I really can’t believe we are now in our last half term of the academic year, and we are starting preparations on our annual leavers’ graduation (date to be confirmed) and this half term we are looking back at our leavers’ time in nursery, the friends everybody made, the fun we have all had and all the different things we have learnt. This half term our nursery leavers have been having  some learning and play sessions in class one, in readiness for September. We are hoping this will make the transition into school even easier, as we all know it can be a very unsettling and sometimes scary time, so the more familiar we can make the children with their new class the better.

This year we will be joining the reception class for our Summer trip, and we have various workshops booked at the potteries museum and art gallery (date to be confirmed); the children are thoroughly looking forward to the outing, as we have such a creative group this year.

We are continuing with lots of outdoor activities this half term, especially making sure our newly potted plants are fed and watered. In forest school we are looking at the ancient Japanese art form Hapa-Zome, Hapa-Zome translated means “leaf dye” and the children will be pounding different plants to release their natural pigment on to cloth.

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.

Now in their ninth year, the Footpath team is still going strong. So far this year they have replaced 3 finger posts and repaired 5 stile steps. Yesterday, they replaced their 42nd stile since starting. A dog gate was installed at the same time. Milwich are one of the few areas that install dog gates whenever they can.

The stile near the Red Lion was in a very poor state of repair. So on a lovely spring morning the team were out working.

After just a couple of hours work it was looking significantly better and should be good for a few years.

Well done to the team of Jeff, Peter and Richard, plus Paul who took the picture.

if anyone wants to join the team, they would be very welcome. Contact us at mac@milwich.com.