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February 2020


Kate Hart


Tom Castle


Rhoda Castle


Please be in touch with any news, articles or updates on your club or

organisation by email to Kate. No more than 425 words in length, please.

Advertisements, both for businesses and for village events, should be

sent to Tom. These will attract a small charge and a special deal for

repeat adverts by businesses is available. Please contact Tom for details.

is distributed by volunteers in the parishes of St John’s, Marchington Woodlands

and St Peter’s, Marchington. If you wish to receive a regular copy please contact our Head of

Distribution, Mike Williamson (01283 820407). Newcomers to the village are welcome to

have a complimentary copy, so if someone has moved in near to you please let Mike know.

St Peter’s Contacts

Rev Margaret Sherwin, Rector, Tel: 01889 560234

Maggie Hatchard, 1 Church Close Tel: 01283 820207

Thelma Brassington, Maggie Hatchard, Fiona Needs,

Liz Morgan, Ginny Odey.

Lynda Nicholson, Rose Cottage, Church Lane. Tel: 01283 821374

Sandy Halcrow, Coverdale, Allens Lane. Tel: 01283 820346

Tom Castle, 27 Woodland Views. Tel: 01283 820486

Amanda Shaw, Netherleigh, Church Lane.

Kate Hart

: www.stpetersmarchington.org.uk


Time to Look Forward

Rev John Lander writes that although we can learn from the past,

nostalgia is not always helpful in forwarding our Christian mission.

I don’t know how many of you remember

the dairy in Uttoxeter, but it was as

a fresh- faced school leaver that I started

my working career there in 1973.

Amongst all the other memories I have,

I clearly remember being invited to join

the company pension scheme pretty

much as soon as I had crossed the

threshold. Well, of course, I agreed and

when I saw that my then retirement

date would be 2020 it seemed to be

something out of science fiction. For

me 2020 was the year that would never


The trouble now is that, if I’m not careful,

I will keep thinking back to those

earlier times with that wonderful gift

‘nostalgia’. A gift that allows us to look

back with fondness and a desire to return

to all those great times we experienced.

When life was simpler, less

complicated, all together happier, and

we wish it were so today. That’s how it

can seem, but life was just as complex

and every bit as challenging (albeit

different challenges).

Yes, we can learn from the past but we

cannot live in it, neither can we expect

time to stand still. Look how quickly

Christmas had all but disappeared by

the 27th of December. And it’s not

only in our secular lives that we are

confronted by these emotions, which

influence our views on life today, but

also within the context of our faith and

its expression in our lives and within


Within this Uttoxeter Area, we celebrate

our differences and similarities,

our strengths and opportunities, the

contexts in which we each minister

and, hopefully, support one another

through challenging times and change.

Having recently completed the ‘Statistics

for Mission’ there is one section

that looks at mission in local context

and that brought into sharp focus for

me, what much of our calling is about.

When I left school I had a sense of one

stage of my life finishing with the rest

full of excitement and hope – maybe

because schooling had helped to prepare

me. As we approach the season

of Lent, perhaps we could use this as a

time of preparation, of seeking forgiveness

for the accrued cynicisms and


bitterness acquired over the years, and

of letting go all those nostalgic things

which are not helpful in forwarding


May the Holy Spirit continue to

strengthen our unity and open our

hearts and minds to the possibilities

God has for this Area.



Our Christmas services were well attended and the collections more than we

expected. Thank you! Christmas is a very special time and we were delighted to

see so many old and new faces. We hope you all enjoyed our services and will

join us again in the future.

The church post day and bazaar was again very successful. The PCC would like

to thank all who bought raffle tickets or came along and supported us on the

day. The event was not only enjoyable but raised £1 775 for church funds which

is a much-needed help in meeting our commitments.

Each year we must fund our Parish Share (2020 £20 707) to the diocese to cover

clergy costs etc and our total annual expenditure is a little short of £30 000 which

for a small church like ours is not easy to find.

Gordon Marjoract St. Peter's Treasurer

A Happy New Year to you all.

Love and Peace from all at St. Peter’s


The funeral of Deborah Anderson took place on December 23rd. May

Deborah rest in Peace.



St Peter’s Edward Bear Club

For birth to nursery aged children and mums, dads or carers.

We meet on Wednesdays at 9.00 am during term time to enjoy

coffee and a chat while the children play. This is followed by

craft activities and stories, ending with a short prayer.

This year as most of the children are tiny, we decided to go along to the Big

Top play area in Uttoxeter. We arrived at 10.00am and after a warm welcome

we settled in. We think the children enjoyed themselves as did some of the

parents who even played on the slides! The adults enjoyed very good bacon

sandwiches and tea whilst the children had plates of toast. It certainly got

Christmas off to a good start.

Thelma Brassington

Saturday February 15th

4.00 - 6.00 pm

St Peter’s Church

Bring a friend

Theme: St Valentine

Thought for

the Month

American poet, singer,writer ,and rights activist



Our short walk through Dimmingsdale in January was enjoyed by 9 walkers with wonderful

scenery and great views for all. And no rain!! All followed by a delicious lunch for 13

at the Rambler’s Retreat. A great day out!

Our next walk will take place on

starting from Hulme End at the top

of the Manifold Trail which follows the route of the Leek and Manifold Light Railway

which closed in 1935. We walk down the trail alongside the River Manifold as far as

Wetton Mill, walking in the lee of Ecton Hill, also known as the ‘Hollow Hill’ because of

the large amount of copper ore extracted from this small mountain which is now designated

a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the late 18th century it was the deepest

mine in England with over 400 people employed there. In contrast it is now a place of

quiet and great beauty. After visiting Wetton Mill, a pretty spot popular for picnicking and

paddling in the summer, we return via ‘Back of Ecton’, an unusual name for another very

attractive area. Then maybe we’ll be visiting the ‘Tea Junction’ cafe at Hulme End for tea

and cake before returning home.

This is a great walk, about 5 to 6 miles long with a small number of stiles and few gradients.

Remember to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch. Our

walks are open to everyone, you don’t have to be a church member, just come along and

enjoy yourself!

to share lifts, aiming to

return home by about 3.30pm. You are welcome to call one of us if you have any

questions, or just turn up on the day.


Marchington Village Hall

Tickets £10. Purchase from Lynda Nicholson 821374 or Village Shop

Bar will be available


Marchington Village Hall News February 2020

Exciting news to start with: for those of you seeking drastic solutions to a 2020 fitness

crisis – a 30-minute (how bad can that be?!) boot camp class will be run at 9.30 am,

7.30 pm and 8 pm on a Thursday. Carla Long from Balance Fitness and wellbeing

(balance.fitnesswellbeing@gmail.com) is your trainer. Tania Sketchley continues

with Flexercise on a Tuesday morning at 11am and Gill Hughes runs her very popular

Zumba class on Wednesday evenings at 6pm.

We are all set to install new doors between the kitchen and hall early this year. And

we are frantically saving our pennies (if only!) to resurface the car park in March.

To find out what else is going on in Marchington Village Hall, look at our calendar

on https://www.marchingtonvillagehall.org/calendar.html or Google us and click on

the Calendar tab. To book the hall, check availability as above and email or phone

Gill Williamson on 820407 or marchingtonvillagehallbookings@hotmail.com.

Geraldine Flavell

Saturday March 14th at Marchington Village Hall

7.30pm start. Doors open from 7.00pm

This 60 strong choir sings gospel to pop,

blues to musical theatre

Licensed bar

The concert will be supporting LATCH,

a charity supporting children undergoing

cancer treatment and their family.

Tickets £8 (£5 for under 16s)

Available from Community Shop

or from Phil Hodges 820583

Organised by Marchington Village Hall Development Committee

For a flavour follow the link



Uttoxeter Cricket Club – Winter Training

We would like to wish everyone in Marchington a very happy and prosperous

New Year!

Below are the details of our junior and senior winter training sessions. New

members are most welcome and all sessions will take place in the Sports Hall at

Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter, ST14 8DU.

● Friday Evenings

● Starting Friday 17th January

● Ending Friday 3rd April

● 5:30pm to 6:30pm Year 5 and below

● 6:30pm to 7:30pm Year 6 and above

● £3 per session

● Wednesday Evenings

● Starting Wednesday 29th January

● Ending Wednesday 1st April

● 6:00pm to 7:30pm

● £3 per session

If you have any questions about Uttoxeter Cricket Club, please contact James

Burton on 07961208354 or info@uttoxetercc.co.uk..

Winners of recent draws were:

December January

£5 - Jeannie Crow £5 - Louise Richardson

£10 - Mike Marrison £10 - Jeanniw Crow

£15 - Ian Morgan £15 - Kath Wood

£25 - Carolyn Blakemore

Thank you to all our members for your support.



From 5.30 pm

2 nd Feb: Sue Warren, singer/songwriter, ukulelist

9 th Feb: Junction, classic rockers

16 th Feb: Highball Devils, latest project from Cajon legend

Chris Hall

23 rd Feb: Emma Buckley, outstanding vocals


For more details visit


The Dog & Partridge will be closed for food on Mondays and

Tuesdays. .


GAS - gas escapes - 0800 111999

ELECTRICITY supply emergencies - 0800 6783105 or call 105

SOUTH STAFFS WATER supply enquiries - 0800 389 1011

SEVERN TRENT WATER - for sewerage problems 0800 7834444

DOCTORS’ SURGERIES - Dove River Practice (Sudbury) 01283 585215

Northgate Surgery (Uttoxeter) 01889 562010

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POLICE - non-emergency - 101, or textphone 18001 101

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For the new decade, we have decided to make more effort to be more sustainable

in the way we run the shop and what we have on offer to customers.

So, there are a few things that we will be doing, starting this month:

We will be trialing selling glass bottles of milk, alongside our

plastic cartons, and from the same supplier. We will have a

crate for empties to be returned. Of course, the plastic cartons

are recyclable, in the blue bins that ESBC provide, but

some customers may prefer the complete reusability of


We will be charging customers 10p for both plastic and paper bags, to try to

encourage even more of you to bring your own reusable bags, or even buy a

Marchington Shop bag for £1, and to reuse that. The bag charges will be donated

to the Marchington Almshouses, a charity which runs the three houses in

Marchington Square.

In the shop itself, we will be briefing our volunteers about waste; what goes into

the blue bin, which we collect separately, and what goes into the blue ‘newspaper’


Other items that may be of interest for the winter and early spring:

We have a great selection of good value bird food, both peanuts and sunflower

seeds which are sourced by one of our volunteers so that we can help you feed

the birds.

And, thinking of dry cleaning, we have a superb service from local family

business, Cherringtons, who pick up and drop off every Tuesday and Friday. They

will also do minor repairs and take up hems of trousers and sleeves. For prices,

please ask in the shop.

We will be getting new card designs in over the next months, including for

Valentine’s Day on the 14th of this month, so please think of us first when you

have a card to send. There are some great designs to suit all tastes and ages and

our cards are great value for money compared to the chain stores in Uttoxeter.



Do you love to sing?

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Dear Parishioners



Happy New year to you all, if it isn’t too late to keep saying it (at least now we

are in February!). By the time you read this we will have held our Flooding

Meeting with the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water at Marchington

village hall which I hope you will have found useful. Precept Grants have also

been decided at January’s meeting and the recipients will have been notified.

We have received several complaints from Residents concerned with the Jack’s

Lane development and have forwarded these on to the developers directly to try

to resolve those issues. The weather has not helped the state of the road in recent

months but Chevin Homes are working with those concerned homeowners to try

to address issues.

We have also had correspondence from concerned residents regarding the

Industrial Estate and the noise/ lighting issues as well as vans and lorries ending

up in the village due to Sat Nav problems. We are booking a meeting with the

Estate owners to try to resolve these so we will keep you posted.

As many of you will have noticed we are experiencing flooding issues now at

Birch Cross just before the Smallwood Manor turning. This has been reported to

highways but if more residents wish to complain, this will only add strength to

our concerns about getting this situation resolved.

On a sad note, our Clerk Catherine Thompson has decided to leave Marchington

Parish Council and is moving on to a new job role elsewhere. Although she will

be with us until March, I would like to take the opportunity of thanking her for

all her hard work over the last few years. It has been greatly appreciated and she

will be missed. This now means that we have a job vacancy for Parish Clerk and

if you are interested or know someone who might be, could you please contact

Catherine on marchingtonpc@gmail.com with your CV.

Until next month!

Julia Hayhurst - Chair


Applications are invited for this part-time post, 40 hours per month. Starting

salary depending on qualifications and experience will be on Scale LC1 within

the range SCP 12 (currently £11.22 per hour). You will be working from home

but with attendance at council and committee meetings as required.

This is an active council serving a population of just over 1,000 residents in the

communities of Marchington and Marchington Woodlands

The Clerk plays an important role in the administration of the Council’s

business, both advising the Council, and ensuring that its statutory and

governance requirements are met. As such, the Council is seeking to appoint

an enthusiastic individual, who has the flexibility, knowledge and skills to

manage a substantial and varied workload, including preparing agenda, minutes,

handling correspondence, planning responses, upkeep of website and social

media, payment of accounts, prepare financial records for audit purposes and

VAT, submitting and payment to HMRC.

The successful candidate will also have experience of successfully working to

deadlines and of organising a varied workload, have excellent written and oral

communication and good IT skills.

On appointment, the new Clerk will be required, with the support of the Parish

Council, to undertake relevant training, which may involve some daytime

commitment, and obtain the CiLCA qualification if not already held.

If you are would like further information and or a job description please contact

Catherine Thompson marchingtonpc@gmail.com

Or if you are interested in applying for this position, please provide a written

application and/or C.V. with the name, address and telephone number of two

referees to: Catherine Thompson - marchingtonpc@gmail.com




What’s on in February?

- Wednesdays, 7.30 pm, Marchington Village

meets at Kingstone Village Hall on Thursday 10am-12noon. See page

- Wednesdays 6.00 pm at Marchington Village Hall.

- Tuesdays 8.00 pm.

will be run at 9.30am, 7.30pm and 8pm at Marchington Village Hall.

- Tuesday mornings at 11am , Marchington Village Hall.

- Fridays 5.30 pm for year 5 & below;

6.30 pm for year 6 and above. At Thomas Alleynes High School. See page 9.

- Wednesdays 6.00 to 7.30 pm. At Thomas

Alleynes High School. See page 9.

- every Sunday from 5.30 pm

onwards. See page 20 for programme.

- for pre-school children and parents / carers, every Wednesday,

9.00 am during term time at St Peter’s Church.

- first Thursday of each month, 10.30 in

the vestry.

February ………

Saturday 1 st “The Dead Secrets” and “Nathan & Ida” - a double-bill of

shows at Marchington Village Hall, 7.30 pm. Fundraiser for

Birmingham NHS Liver Unit and St Peter’s Church. See

page 7.

Tuesday 4 th

Singing for Fun group. 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Church

Kingstone. See pages 30 and 13.

Wednesday 5th Gathering Threads Textile Group, Marchington Village Hall.

4th Birthday Celebration. Activity- Modern twist on Broderie

Perse. Show and tell of Members work 10.00- 12.00 noon.

Contact Caroline Lindsay 01889 56920

Tuesday 11 th

Thursday 13 th

Friday 14th

Bible Study at 1 Church Close, 7.30 pm. For information

please contact Maggie Hatchard 01283 820207.

Woodlands WI, 7.00 pm, Marchington Woodlands Village

Hall. See page 26-27.

Valentines Party, Marchington Village Hall, 7.30pm.


Saturday 15 th

Monday 17 th

Tuesday 18 th

Tuesday 25 th

Messy Church, 4.00 to 6.00 pm at St Peter’s Church.

Marchington WI meet in Village Hall, 7.30 p.m.

Demonstration of napkin folding by Chris Bamford.

Competition “event shoes”.

Further details from Sheila Jones 01283 820576.

Singing for Fun group. 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Church

Kingstone. See pages 30 and 13.

Coffee Morning, 10.30 - 12.00, Woodlands Village

Hall. Includes short talk given by Gillian and Alan Talbot

about their new book. See page 29.

Bible Study at 1 Church Close, 7.30 pm. For information

please contact Maggie Hatchard 01283 820207.

7.00 pm Pre-AGM Meeting at St John’s Church.

Tuesday 3 rd

Friday 6 th

Saturday 14 th

Singing for Fun group. 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Church

Kingstone. See pages 30 and 13.

7.00 pm Women’s Day of Prayer at St Lawrence’s Church,

Bramshall. See page 31.

Gospel Choir Concert, Marchington Village Hall, 7.30pm. See

page 8.

Spring Supper, Woodlands Village Hall, 7.30pm. See page 28.

Tuesday 18 th

Singing for Fun group. 7.30 pm at St John the Baptist Church

Kingstone. See pages 30 and 13.

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February is the month when the gardener needs to prepare the garden and

greenhouse for the coming growing season. Here are just a few things to

concentrate on:

Cut back stems of herbaceous perennials

and compost/ mulch around the plants.

Mulch or compost wherever possible. It

is cheaper in the long run if you compost

for yourself. Leaves make great compost.

Fill black plastic bags with leaves, tie

them up and leave for a year. You will

have great leaf mould for free.

Plan for the vegetable garden, with a seed

sowing plan. Chit potatoes in egg boxes.

Sow sweet peas in deep pots ready for

flowering in July. Sow hardy annuals in

seed trays. If you are overwintering patio

pot plants in the greenhouse, water

regularly but sparingly. Dahlia tubers in

compost in the greenhouse should be

watered now and then, just to keep some

moisture present.

Outside, plan a crop rotation. It is not too

late to plant garlic and onion sets.

If you have herbs in the ground or in pots,

scrape off the surface compost and add

new fresh compost. Incorporate grit into

the compost, as most herbs are from the

Mediterranean and do not like to have

water around their roots for too long.

Protect early fruit tree or bush blossom

from overnight frosts with hessian,

netting or fleece. Remove any old,

unpicked fruit and remove any wind

damaged twigs or branches with sharp

secateurs or loppers to make a clean cut.



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A comedy evening, a concert, and various exercise classes to help us shed the

pounds we gained over Christmas! And just a quick look at the diary on page 16

shows how many village organisations meet at the Village Hall. How would we

manage without it? And what does the Hall say about us as a village?

John Ellwood, who was editor of Parish News in the 1980s, addressed this when

he described his first memory of the Hall as a newcomer to the village:

“We were walking quietly down the road when we were

approached by an attractive young lady whom we didn’t know

then from Eve, and asked if we were going to the dance in the

Village Hall that night!

This has ever since summed up for me the Village Hall, the village

and its people.”

His words are taken from a special supplement to Parish News dating from 1985,

celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hall. Many thanks to Sheila Allen for

providing this.

But where did the people of Marchington get together we had a village hall?

This is the part of the story that we are covering this month, and the late John Gilbert

told us all about it in the 1985 magazine. We have reprinted his account below.

“In the Beginning

When I was young stories began with ‘A long time ago …… ‘, and it

does seem a long time ago since I was young in the 1920s, when one

of the ways my brother and I could earn a few coppers was when we

‘inherited’ from two older boys the job of collecting chairs for a village

whist drive. All social functions in those days took place in the school.


Lessons took place at long school desks which I think held five pupils,

but the number of chairs in school could be counted on one hand! So

it was our job to gather the chairs from certain good-natured

householders, which augmented the meagre dozen of so ‘village’ chairs

which were stored with some card tables across the road in the Malt

House. I suppose it was by ‘prior arrangement’, but we had to ask Mr

Tom Wainwright at the yard if we could borrow the handcart and we’d

fetch them after school on a Friday and take them back on Saturday


At that time a village with a village hall was certainly very lucky. Hanbury

was one, and they ………… had a reputation for very good dances.

Dancing in Marchington School was very much more down to earth,

or rather down to some very rough boarding. The floor was made a

little more acceptable by scraping candles all over it (no electricity then,

so plenty of candle ends!) Later I think we improved on that by

sprinkling Lux Soap Flakes about - the floor then getting something

like passable towards knocking off time at 2.00 am.

The limited accommodation in the School restricted our dances to no

more than a 3-piece band. Later, with the coming of electricity, we

moved into the radio era and along came the Radiogram. Other

changes too took place as dances like The Lancers and The Maxina

faded out and the Palais Glide, Quickstep and Foxtrot became more


The next stage of the story is told by the late Freddie Williams and John

Gilbert, and describes the formation of the Marchington Men’s Club in

the old Malt House building.

“The Men’s Club

This was the brain-child of the then vicar, Rev L.. M. Charles-Edwardes

(later to become Bishop of Worcester) in 1934. He was anxious that

both youngsters and older people should have somewhere to go and

something with which to occupy themselves, particularly during the

winter months.

It was thought that the old Malt House building, adjacent to the house

now known as the Malt House and opposite the school, might prove


suitable, and the owner, the village tailor Mr George Wainwright (also

for 40 years the church organist) indicated that he was willing to let

the premises at a peppercorn rent: one shilling a year.

A committee was formed and an enthusiastic labour force recruited,

and the top floor was made useable. (The Secretary / Treasurer was Mr

Herbert Porter.)

The Malt House had originally been used in the last century for malting

grain, presumably for the local pubs which at that time would brew

their own beer….…….. The building consisted of an upper floor and a

basement, and for the first few years the upper floor was the one used

for club premises, with a half size billiards table and table tennis

table……… ‘The Club’ became a very popular venue and it was decided

to take out the upper floor and give more height and room. Again, this

was carried out by the locals. When ‘The Club’ was used by the Dramatic

Society for its many successful productions the stage was formed

(courtesy of ‘The Yard’) by boarding carried on trestles fitted above the

billiard table! One very popular event was the club supper, always well

attended up to the outbreak of war.

No-one at the time had visualised the war was only a few years away,

and when it came the old Malt House was pressed into service right

away as a school room. Evacuees from Manchester arrived on the Friday

night before war was declared on the Sunday.

After the War, the school itself became unsafe [due to the Fauld

explosion], and the Malt House was again used for a while to house the

school children. It was not, however, considered fit by the Education

Authorities and there were growing doubts about its safety. The

children were moved to the former officers’ mess at the Camp at Silver

Lane, pending the construction of a new (the present) school.

Whist drives, film shows, ‘hops’ and drama productions all reestablished

themselves, like swallows returning to an old nest after the

winter has passed. But then the blow fell.”

So what was this ‘blow’ that fell after the War, and how did the village get

its present Hall? All will be revealed in next month’s Parish News!



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‘On Yer Bike’ at Woodlands WI

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What was this? A Yamaha FJR

1300 parked up outside Woodlands

village hall! Were we all going on

a motorbike ride? Unfortunately,

no, however splendid the beast

was, it was not for us. It was

merely a tantalising look at our

speaker’s mode of transport.

Getting out of our, by now,

seemingly boring cars, we went

inside to find a welcome sight of

the room ready for our January

meeting and the speaker setting up

for his talk.

Helen, the President, welcomed us

back after our Christmas and New

Year festivities and reminded us

that it was time for our renewal of

WI subscriptions. Apologies from

those members going on holiday or

otherwise engaged were read out.

Then Joyce told us of news from

County and the Homes and Garden

Day on April 21st with Diarmuid

Gavin, the TV presenter and Garden

designer as the main speaker.

Liz sold us the idea of supporting the

Staffs WI by buying a share in the 100

club but more importantly thanked us

for the subscription money we had

already given her, very promptly she

said! Good value the annual

subscription, £43 pounds a year

includes a monthly national WI

magazine and free entry to all our

meetings! What a bargain!

An important part of the WI has

always been its willingness to make

the Government aware of issues that

need their attention and this is done

through the Annual Resolution voted

for by each member, each year. So we

talked about the 5 proposed

resolutions sent by the National

Committee and secretly made our

minds up, giving Joyce the voting


slips so she could pass the result onto

the Federation Office. We wait to see

what will be the result of it nationally.

Patiently waiting in the gloom

behind us was the speaker in his full

riding gear, sadly not leathers but the

modern equivalent of safety wear.

How many times have

we seen them on the roads, speeding

somewhere but not actually realising

what a vital role they play! They are

the 4th unofficial emergency service

ferrying urgently needed supplies,

tissue samples, bone marrow,

donated breast milk and of course

donated blood around the hospitals

and other sites in Staffordshire,

Shropshire and Cheshire. No funding

is received from any official sources,

they rely purely on donations to keep

the service operating. A dedicated

group of people with the riders as the

seen volunteers but a huge backstage

team who man phones 24/7, organise

24/7 rotas, control the system to keep

it working smoothly and the

fundraisers who raise the money to

allow the deliveries to happen. An

inspiring group of volunteers that

provide an essential service and

deserve full support from the

community. It left us all thinking of

what we could do to help them.

Sitting down for our supper may

have seemed a let down after the talk

but no, it gave us all a chance to talk

more about it and wonder what we

could do to support them. Great

supper of homemade soup, cheese

and French

b r e a d ,

followed of

course by


Thanks, Helen, Geraldine and May.

Time to wash up, clear the hall and

depart for home. But not before we

were able to have another look at that

Bike sitting patiently outside the

village hall before the speaker rode

off to start his shift as a Blood Biker.

Now that’s dedication for you, going

on shift after doing a talk with

Woodlands WI.

If you fancy joining our group then

come along to our next meeting on

Thursday Feb,13th at 7pm. You’re

always welcome.

Grace Hodges


Marchington Woodlands Village Hall


invites you to a

“Spring Supper”

Main Course and Dessert

Saturday 14 th March

7.30 pm


Tickets £14

For tickets call Brian Greensmith 01283 820416,

Karen Perrins 01889 568314, Pete Smith 01889

567447, Judy Slaney 01283 820306,

Isabel Wilson 01889 569411



Marchington Woodlands Village Hall

Woodlands Resolutions

Most people must surely be happy that 2019 is behind us. A huge amount of

valuable time was spent on Brexit and political argument and little was achieved.

But 2020 is here now and we should look to make the most of this new year and

new decade.

Indeed, the Committee is setting out with great purpose to raise the profile of the

Woodlands Village Hall, to keep the building and land well- maintained and to

encourage increased use of this lovely community facility.

The regular monthly coffee morning (3rd Tuesday) is

a very pleasant way to both support the hall and

socialise. At the coffee morning on 18 February,

Gillian and Alan Talbot will be giving a short talk on

their recently launched book –

As well as detailing the

stories of the men from our locality who died for their

country, the book also sheds light on community life

for those who were at home during this dark time.

Please come along to hear how Gillian and Alan went about completing this

interesting and challenging project and take a look at the work that has gone into

the book.

The Committee has decided to host a supper evening for the first main community

event of the year. A hot main course and delicious dessert are on the menu for

Saturday 14 March. It will be a relaxed occasion and an opportunity for plenty of

chat. Rather than cooking at home on that Saturday evening, why not make the

short trip to the village hall and enjoy supper there?

Last thing to mention in this update is that the Committee meets in the village

hall on the first Monday evening of every month at 8pm (with only occasional

change). If you are interested in hearing about the Committee’s future event and

hall upgrade plans first-hand, you are very welcome to attend.


Monthly coffee morning, everyone welcome 10.30 – 12.00

noon, with short talk given by Gillian and Alan Talbot about their new book.

‘Spring Supper’ evening, see Hall Update and separate poster

on page 28.

It is the ideal time to start organising that social event for 2020. To request

information about hiring the hall or to make a booking, please contact the

Bookings Secretary Joyce Salmon. Booking information and hall details are

available via Marchington Parish Council website (Woodlands Village Hall page).


There is an

which meets at Kingstone Village Hall on Thursday

10am-12noon. If you would like more details, please speak to Peter Vaflin 01889

500547 or Maggie Hatchard 01283 820207.


meets at St John’s Kingstone 7.30pm-8.30pm . Dates

are Feb 4th and 18th,, March 3rd and 17th March. If interested just turn up or email

or phone Mary Minor maryminor@hotmail.co.uk. Isabel Wilson 01889 569411 or

Louise Taylor 01889 500687


Contacts for St John’s Church, Marchington Woodlands

Rev Margaret Sherwin, Rector, Tel: 01889 560234

Maggie Hatchard, 1 Church Close, Marchington, Tel. 01283

Graham Salt, Cherry Tree Cottage, Greaves Lane,

Draycott in the Clay, tel.01283 821587; Victor Read, Loxlie Garth, Bramshall

Road, Uttoxeter, Staffs, tel.01889 560860;

tel. 01889 562404.

John Bostock, The School House, Marchington Woodlands,

Robert Parkes, John & Pat Bostock, Graham & Pat

Salt, Victor Read, Anna Cadamy, Mike Cleaver, Derek Avery, Linda Beech and

Isabel Wilson.

John and Pat Bostock, Victor Read, Linda Beech

(01283 820209), Isabel Wilson (01889 569411) and Graham Salt


St John’s Church, Marchington Woodlands

Saturday 8 th February

Sunday 9th February

Sunday 16th February

Sunday 23rd February

Tuesday 25th February

Friday 6th March

Flowers: Carol Nixon

4.00 pm Ecumenical Service with St Peter’s Marchington

and Draycott Methodist Church

Readers: Linda Beech & John Bostock.

9.30 am BCP Communion

Reader: Victor Read

4.00 pm Celtic Communion

Readers: Pat Salt & Nigel Harman

7.00 pm Pre-AGM Meeting at St John’s Church

7.00 pm Women’s Day of Prayer

Two readers from Marchington

Woodlands will be required. Please speak to Isabel

Wilson if you wish to be involved. This year the

service is all about Zimbabwe.

There is a rota on the church noticeboard: if you

would like to choose a date convenient to you please complete or let Isabel Wilson

or Linda Beech know. Thank you for your continuing support.

is telling bible stories to first school children in local schools during

school term time. If anyone would like to help with this valuable work , please speak

to Valarie Laflin on 01889 500547 www.openthebook.net.

100 club winners:

November: George Potts, Pat Salt, G. Birkin & C Birkin.

December: Jean Smith, Marianne Backhouse, Karen Purcell, Joe Heath, & Maria





23 February

9.30 am

Morning Worship

Exodus 24:12-18

2 Peter 1:16-21






Rhoda Castle

Pat Wilson




Halcrow Wendy


16 February

9.30 am

Sung Eucharist



1 Corinthians 3:







Tim Scott

Thelma Brassington



Lynda Pat

Nicholson Wilson

Isaiah 58:

9 February 1-9a[9b-12]

9.30 am

Celtic Communion 1 Corinthians 2:

1-12 [13-16]






Liz Morgan

Wendy Scott







2 February

9.30 am

Sung Eucharist

Malachi 3: 1-4

Hebrews 2:14-18 Maggie Sheila




Tony Butler

Mandy Shaw







Service Readings Leader


Intercessions Readers Organist Flowers Coffee


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