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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.

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.

Milwich website is run and maintained solely by volunteers. We rely on information being supplied by others. We need your help!

Please let us have news of events or reports of activities so we can keep the site current. Please supply any information to info@milwich.com.

The more information we have, the more relevant the site can be for the people of Milwich and visitors.

Some ofthe dates for the Parish Council Meetings in 2020 have been changed to the second Wednesday of the month to avoid a clash with previous hall bookings.

A full list can be seen here

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 

This coming New Year, All Saints’ Church are looking for volunteers to assist with two new ventures.

Number one will be a family breakfast on a Sunday morning, probably held at All Saints’ Village Hall. If you can help with setting up, cooking, clearing or want to just come along, please let Stuart (505414) or Gordon (505493) know.

Number two. The Church is looking in 2020 to putting together a pilot of doing what’s called “Open the Book” with Greenlea School. Don’t know what it is but want to know more contact Stuart or Gordon who will point you in the right direction.

Just an extra, would you like to help cleaning church, probably once a month or 6 weeks, then ring Tessa on 505493. Would you like to join the church flower rota and dedicate your arrangements to a loved one, then again ring Elaine on 505414

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

Milwich Toddlers

Come and join us every Tuesday Morning (term time only) 10am to 12pm at All Saints’ Village Hall, Milwich.

Tea, Coffee and hot chocolate available for parents/carers

Juice/water and toast for children.

For details contact: Heather 07817 660881, Helen 07814 311604, Niki 07855 016419

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.