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December News

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS’ MILWICH.

Young and Old welcome to dress up

Sunday December 9th at 4pm Nativity around the Village.

Meet at Church we then process to the INN

And with a bit of luck at least a horse for Mary

And a little Jesus at the Stable (Village Hall)

Punch and Mince pies after.

Sunday December 16th 4pm Carols with Greenlea School and Guests

A real tear jerking service this one with our Greenlea Children and

Guests but especially for you to sing carols and get really in the mood.

Monday evening December 24th at 11.30pm

Our Mid Night Christmas Service by Candlelight.

That special service which celebrates the birth of Jesus

Led this year by Reverend Geoff Smith.

and by candlelight it is epic.

2nd December Team Service 10am at Fradswell

30th December Team Service 10am at Gayton

We look forward to welcoming you.

Milwich W I Report                                                         November 2018

Milwich W I welcomed the Chartley Group to the meeting on October 29th when we were entertained by Maureen Taylor who was dressed in an authentic 16th Century outfit. Her talk was entitled “Garderobes, Grime and Leeches”, in other words toilets from the 16th Century and the disposing of their contents. Not a pleasant subject, however Maureen gave members many amusing anecdotes and it was unanimously agreed that life in the 21st Century is preferable in that everything is so much cleaner and more hygienic. Our lives now are greatly extended due to our health service and our general well-being,

Kath Reynolds delighted members with her talk “to Love and to Cherish”. She talked about weddings from the 1940’s to present day and how fashions have changed especially the dresses and bouquets. Many of the traditions and rhymes connected to the celebrations were compared and members giggled as memories were shared. Some of the celebrity photographs were very amusing and as members had brought their Wedding albums and photographs it was fun trying to recognise each other!

The December meeting on December 12th will be a Christmas celebration, friends and family being invited. There will be entertainment and refreshments being supplied by members.

January will also be in house with members organising the evening.

May I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas with very best wishes for the New Year.

For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717

All Saints’ Church

The members of Milwich Parochial Church Council would sincerely like to thank

Richard Jackson and Chris Lewis

for their continuing hard work in helping to maintain the grounds of All Saints’ Churchyard.

It is very much appreciated

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our AGM in October was well supported.  All 7 officers were re-elected, along with two other committee members.  After the business was concluded, we enjoyed our usual social evening.  Hyacinth bulbs were available (FOC), to encourage new exhibitors to the Hyacinth Show in February.

The Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall on December 13th.  Tickets are available from Celia on 01889 505783, at a special price of £10 each.  Marvellous value for such an entertaining evening.

On January 24th, we welcome Judy Hubble, who will talk on Shugborough Hall.

Members are reminded to keep checking their bulbs for the Hyacinth Show on February 28th.

Membership fees for the coming year are only £10, which works out at £1 per meeting, with free tea/coffee and biscuits included.  This is a one-off price, to encourage new members to join us for an exciting programme of speakers and outside visits planned for 2019.

Our meetings are usually held in All Saints’ 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

MILWICH POST OFFICE

Christmas is very near now, so we are all going to have many cards and gifts to post. So this is a reminder, that in Milwich and Fradswell, and in places all around, we are very lucky to have our very own Post Office:

MILWICH POST OFFICE at PROSPECT HOUSE,

COTON HILL, MILWICH, ST18 0EH, (01889 502 381).

There, Sue Maitland always greets us with a smile.

We know all the many POST OFFICE SERVICES that we may use.

However, also offered are:

PHONE TOP UPS – THE HEALTH LOTTERY

NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH TICKETS – PAPERS

I-TUNES – ONE FOR ALL GIFT VOUCHERS

and BANKING SERVICES

including

FREE CASH WITHDRAWALS

EURO CURRENCY (Other currencies by fast Pre-Order Service)

We may also buy a wide variety of

GIFT CARDS and GREETINGS CARDS,

SWEETS AND COLD DRINKS

So that we all know when our Milwich Post Office is open,

here are the 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!

Last posting dates before Christmas – 2nd class Tuesday 18th December and  1st class Thursday 20th December

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall Hire.

Please contact 07805 569014 for rates and booking or email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Milwich Village Hall – COFFEE SHOP

Opening on Fridays 7th & 28th December,

 18th January 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

Green lea Nursery and wraparound care

Firstly I would like to begin with a big heartfelt thank you to all the nursery, Green Lea pupils and their families for taking the time to decorate a pebble for remembrance, All the pebbles were on display at All Saints church, Milwich for the service on the 11th November. We had so, so many lovely compliments about our display, it made Claire and myself very proud to have been able to be a part of it.

As always December is a very busy month, we have lots of different crafts planned, and our cookery sessions will be taking on a Christmas theme. Forest schools will be continuing, but as the weather gets colder and wetter can I just remind you that warm clothing and waterproofs are needed. On Tuesday 11th December we will be attending Dick Whittington at the Gatehouse theatre in Stafford, Thursday 13th December we will be performing our lovely Nativity for our family and friends, this year we are holding this at 9.30am, then on 20th December we join the school for our annual Christmas lunch, Green Lea wraparound care will also be holding a disco which is open to the whole school and nursery, and then to top it all off our Christmas party, and if we are all really good, we might even get a special visitor!!

Our theme for next term is the rainforest and we are starting off by looking at the plants that grow there, especially the coco bean that is an ingredient in chocolate…Yummy. We will breaking up for our Christmas break on Friday 21st December which will be Christmas jumper day and everybody is encourage to wear a festive jumper/clothing we then return to school on Tuesday 8th January

So with all that said the staff would like to say a big thank you for all your fantastic support over the last 12 months, we really couldn’t ask for better parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and local community.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas period, have fun, stay safe and see you all ready for more fun in the New Year.

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

November News

Milwich WI Report, October 2018

Theresa Allen, one of our members, is a Specialist in Falls Prevention Service for North Staffordshire. She described her job which is within the North Staffordshire Trust.

When a patient has a fall with no apparent reason or has had a number of falls, he or she is referred to this team where they try to analyse the reason for the fall. Information regarding contributory risk factors, guidance on risk reduction measures and information on pathways for appropriate referrals to other services is given. There are many reasons for falling and some may be related to illnesses or conditions which need investigation. Patients are given guidance on how to prevent a fall by having low lighting or turning on lights before moving around at night and having clear pathways to prevent falling over something. Theresa also demonstrated the best ways of getting up from a fall and if unable to do so she explained the patient should be kept warm by using a coat, cushions and blankets. It was an extremely interesting and thought provoking talk.

Members now look forward to the Group Meeting which will be held on October 29th at All Saints Village Hall Milwich at 7.30pm when Maureen Taylor’s talk is entitled “Garderobes, Grime and Leeches”.

On November 14th Mrs Kath Reynolds will join us, her talk is entitled “To Love and to Cherish”

Visitors are always welcome, any further information please contact Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In September, we welcomed Mr. Bryon Lewis, from Lichfield Garden Centre, – a garden centre we’ve visited in the past.  His talk, entitled “Autumn Plant Showcase”, was supported by a selection of foliage plants.    Members were given information on siting, and planting, to get maximum benefit in the garden.

Mr. Lewis also stressed the importance of feeding our plants to promote healthy growth.  After many questions from the audience, members readily purchased his display plants.

On November 22nd, we welcome Gwen Johnson, who will talk on  “A Year in the Life of Stansby Wood,- a evening to look forward to.

Bulbs should now be planted for our Open Hyacinth Show, on February 28th 2019.  Schedules are available from Chris Bulman on 01889 505053.

Our Christmas Party this year is on December 13th.  Tickets will be available at the November meeting.

Our meetings are usually held in Milwich Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month.  We also arrange trips to interesting places during the summer months.  For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on

01889 270161, or   e-mail to     m_baggaley@btinternet.com

 

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

 

Well what a busy term we are having so far, we can’t quite believe it’s November already! Over October half term holiday the children have been making special message pebbles for the armed forces to commemorate remembrance day, these will be displayed for the remembrance service held at All Saints’ Church, Milwich on the 11th November along with a window which has been designed by staff members Andrea and Claire then made by the children of Green Lea nursery,

Our space theme is proving very popular with our space station role play area, alien in underpants clay figures we made and glittery out of this world play dough. Our cookery sessions with Claire have also taken on a space theme with cosmic crumble, space rocket fruit kebabs and space rock cakes to name but a few.

Forest schools will continue on a Tuesday with Cathryn, until Miss Swingewood returns from Maternity leave after Christmas. The nursery children will also continue to join the school reception class for Fun-trition and Yoga.

We are just in the process of sorting out dates for our Christmas activities. Our proposed dates so far are…

Tuesday 11th December, pantomime trip to the Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford, 10.30am performance.

Thursday 13th December, Nurseries’ nativity performance, starting at 9.30am.

Thursday 20th December, Christmas school lunch.

Friday 21st December, Christmas jumper day (last day of term)

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

Milwich Village Hall COFFEE SHOP

Opening Friday Nov 16th

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

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

COFFEE SHOP

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

 

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.

August News

HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE AT MILWICH CHURCH

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

for

“A Cuppa for Care”

To raise money for

Katharine House Hospice

On Wednesday August 15th

at 7.30pm at

All Saints’ Village Hall

Milwich

 

 

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.

COFFEE SHOP

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

 

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

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. 

COFFEE SHOP

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

May News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In May, there will be a visit to two gardens in St John’s Road, Stafford at the earlier time of 7pm. For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, starting at 8pm, visitors very welcome.

Pre-School Newsletter

Firstly on behalf of all the staff, can we say a big thank you for all the Easter gifts we received, we were overwhelmed by the generosity.

The Easter celebrations were well supported and everybody had fun decorating and hunting eggs as well as showing off some extremely impressive bonnets. Thank you to the W.I ladies who had the difficult task of judging the bonnets.

We are continuing with our “under the sea” theme this half term, and we have lots of activities planned from making bottle jelly fish, to finding sea creatures that will be hiding in the sea bed. As the weather starts to improve all the children will be helping to get our garden and flowerbeds  ready for the summer, we have lots of weeding, planting and tidying up to do, we are also hoping to get a sensory garden area for the children to be interactive with, and a wildlife area to attract the birds We are also starting to think of our graduation and making the transition from preschool to big school seamless.

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

Milwich W I Report                                                          April 2018            

Would you like to be a Ladies Maid in 1898?

Jo Golby described the role of not only the Ladies Maid but also the Ladies. Jo has worked for the National Trust for many years at Warwick Castle, Keddleston House and Cork Abbey.

Firstly, she described Mary Curzon who became Lady Warwick. She was born in America with a large family fortune, her main ambition was to come to England to find a titled husband – these ladies were called Million Dollar Heiresses. She stayed at several aristocratic homes and eventually met her husband George Nathanial Curzon, who was about to go on the Grand Tour for five years. Before leaving she made him promise that they would marry on his return. As she was single she did not have the means for a ladies’ maid so asked her father to finance one. The Americans were not as fashionable as the English ladies therefore Mary Curzon set out to find a dress maker of her own, despite having suggestions from other ladies. She met Violet in a back street who made her very elegant dresses and who was later engaged to be her hairdresser. Violet, coming from a poor area, spoke with a strong accent, so Mary sent her to a finishing school where she learnt to speak and behave properly. Violet then became Mary’s ladies’ maid when the Curzon’s married. (George came back to England after three years!) Ladies maids were paid well, had their own bedroom, a tea allowance and had a pudding once a week on Sunday. She would have half a day off once a month on a Sunday, but she would have to be up an hour before her Lady awoke and go to bed an hour after her Lady. Violet would oversee the laundry and sewing therefore being allowed bees wax candles. Violet stayed with Mary, Lady Warwick for the rest of Mary’s life – she died in her 30’s due to the smog in London having had three daughters. Violet was given her own cottage and allowed to find a new business or to marry.

Jo was an excellent speaker bringing with her many objects and photographs of the era. She also encouraged Mary Allen, one of our members, to try on corsets (staves) over some voluminous under ware for which she was congratulated.

Next month is the Annual Meeting when there will be Bring and Share refreshments and a sales table – May 9th Milwich 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

COFFEE SHOP

Opening Friday 11th 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

 

April News

All Saints’ Church Milwich Easter Service

Easter Sunday
April 1st at 11.15am
Led by Rev Duncan Leake.
Easter Egg hunt for children.
Special Day for us all.

Milwich WI

The speaker in April will be Jo Carter, her talk being entitled “My Life as a Ladies Maid”. The meeting is on April 11th at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Visitors are welcome.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

The Hyacinth Bulb Show was held in the village hall on 22nd February.

This was the second year that the Guild decided to concentrate the bulb show on hyacinths, and it proved a good move, as there were 48 entries, giving an excellent display in all classes.

Best exhibit in the show was a bowl of three hyacinths – any colour other than blue, white or pink – entered by Brian & Sonia Boughey, which won the Ivy Cotton Challenge Cup.

The BTJ Challenge Trophy for the most points in the show was also won by Brian & Sonia.  Second and third were Frances Evans and Mike Baggaley respectively.

Show secretary Chris Bulman thanked everyone for their support they had given, which had once again produced a wonderful display.

On 28th April, we welcome Dean Williams who will talk on Help for Heroes.  Dean spent 27 years in the Army, including 10 years in the Infantry.  He was also in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps Rehabilitation, in many recovery centres.

If you are interested in the work done by Help for Heroes, please come to this meeting, it starts at 8pm.  There is no charge, but there will be a raffle.

Our meetings are usually held in 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

Milwich Pre-School

We hope everybody has a lovely Easter break and enjoys some yummy chocolate? Our annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet parade were a great success again, and this year we were joined by the children of Green Lea, we must say a big thank you to all the children and parents who showed off their artistic skills and produced some amazing creations, and also to FOGL who volunteered to help run our Easter extravagance.

Due to the weather conditions, school closures and Easter, we have decided to continue our ‘under the sea’ theme throughout the next half term, and after our trip to the sea life centre Birmingham we are full of fishy facts to help us with our activities.

As part of our music and movement sessions preschool have join the reception class on a Friday morning for a yoga bears class, all the children have thoroughly enjoyed this activity and we must say thank you to Mrs Blaize our yoga teacher.

Preschool and Green Lea have had some wonderful news that Miss Swingewood our forest school teacher has given birth to a baby girl Dorothy, we were so glad to hear of the safe arrival, as Dorothy decided to make an appearance as the beast of the East hit!!! So on behalf of all the staff, parents and children huge congratulations to all the family.

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.

Milwich Village Hall

COFFEE SHOP

Meeting in April

on Friday 20th  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

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

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.

 

 

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