Eccleshall Guide

Updated on 24th October 2021

Eccleshall Guide

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Eccleshall  News

The Eccleshall column is supplied to the Stafford and Stone Newsletters and Market Drayton / Newport Advertisers each week

Items for publication in the local newspapers and magazines can be sent to Peter Jones,

email: or by post to 25 Wheelwright Drive, Eccleshall,
ST21 6LB or telephone 01785 851381.

Posters for the town notice board and items for publication can also be left at the I Tech shop in Stafford Street, Eccleshall courtesy of Tom Court. You can also send posters on email and I will print them.

For the edition dated 13th October 2021

PLANNING COMMITTEE: At the meeting of the Parish Council planning committee chaired by Councillor Bryan Delanchy three applications were considered. Internal and external alterations at 23 Church Street, Proposed overhead training facility at Morgan Sindall Plant, Cold Meece, additional floor space, roof and other exterior alterations to the clubhouse at Baden Hall, Sturbridge. The planning committee had no objections to any of the applications.
The next meeting of the planning committee follows the full council meeting taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 20 at the Offley Hay Village Hall.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: The Holy Trinity Church has announced the date for its restarted Christmas Tree Festival on November Friday 26 - Sunday 28, following the pause during the Covid restrictions. Individuals, businesses or organisations are invited to take part and obtain an application form from Chris or Nancy Reynolds on 01785 282281 or email: Volunteers will also be required to help serve the refreshments during the event. Fuller details will be available in the November edition of the Trinity magazine.

CIVIC SERVICE: The annual civic church service was held at the Holy Trinity Church on Sunday October 10 and attending by parishioners, invited representatives of local organisations and members of the parish council. It was a service of thanksgiving for the life of Eccleshall Parish. The service was led by the reverend Stephen Habgood and readings were read by Council Chairman Peter Jones and Deputy Chairman Libby Dale.

COMMUNITY BAND: The Eccleshall band is holding a concert at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday October 13 between 8.15pm and 9pm, doors open at 8pm. No admission charge but donations would be welcome and will go to the band and Holy Trinity Church.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT: The chairman of the council Peter Jones took the start of the meeting for the election of chairman and vice chairman of the committee. Libby Dale was re-elected as chairman and John Leather as deputy chairman. The meeting of the committee held on Wednesday October 6 at the community centre was chaired by Councillor Libby Dale with sixteen items on the agenda.
The proposal to install ‘Kids at play’ signs in cul-de-sacs in the parish to encourage safe local play was agreed and the clerk would make the necessary enquiries about cost etc.
Enquiries regarding additional parking space was reported, the Cherry Tree Close gas site now operated by Cadent was not available since it was a working site.
The committee had been supplied with the Borough Council’s response to the problem of installing electric charging points in the Borough emphasising the need for private, business and local authorities to take a share in their installation. It was suggested that such charging points might be able to connect to streetlamp posts who had suitable power supply, where no car parks were available. It was pointed out that Eccleshall had a shortage of available car parks for the installation of power charging points.
A joint parish council effort on the vacant spaces on school busses was considered the right way forward, following suggestions from councillors.
Six items of correspondence were received and considered at the meeting. The amount of hgv’s using Shaws Lane, a request for a footpath from Swynnerton Road along the A519 to footpath 3, the poor condition of the footpath on Newport Road, the ’20’s plenty for us’ volunteer group to increase the number of 20 speed limits in the parish, a ring road for the town centre and the removal of High Street cobbles and the permanent placement of the speed cameras on the Newport Road. The committee agreed to contact the Highways Department with many of the items.

COFFEE & FELLOWSHIP: Two more events in the Holy Trinity parish room take place on Wednesday October 13 and 27 between 10am and 12 noon. Coffee and fellowship with coffee and biscuits for a £1 do pop along and meet old friends.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Borough Councillor Peter Jones for Eccleshall Ward held his regular monthly surgery at the High Street library on Saturday October 9. His next surgery will take place at the library on Saturday November 6th.

CHARITABLE TRUST: The Slindon Hall Charitable Trusts would like to bring to your attention an educational and vocational grant that is available to all young people up to the age of 22 years living in the ward of Slindon. For further details and application form please contact the secretary Lorna Sant, Eastfield Farm, Slindon 01785 850678.

ALL SOULS SERVICE: The date is set for the All-Souls service to be held at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday October 31 starting at 6.30pm. To pray for those, we have lost over the past 12 months. Should you wish to add the names of loved ones to the remembrance list it will be available in the church between October 17 and 29. All are welcome to attend.

ECCLESHALL W.I.: The members will remember remembrance at their meeting on Thursday October 14 with a craft evening starting at the usual time 7.30pm in the Holy Trinity parish room.

ECCLESHALL FESTIVAL: Plans are in hand for the Festival and street market on Saturday June 25 2022 and details can be found on the website

COMMUNITY CINEMA: The organisers were delighted to successfully reopen Eccleshall Community Cinema last month showing the feel-good movie Dream Horse. The recently refurbished Function Room at The Royal Oak drew many favourable comments and thanks to Dean and his team who also opened the upstairs bar throughout the performance. Efforts to make the room as COVID secure as possible included reducing seating capacity to sixty, providing a hand sanitising station, making an ECC QR code available for those using the NHS app, and improved fresh air circulation/ventilation. In line with Government guidance, masks are optional but are recommended in large groups in indoor settings and spare masks are available for those more comfortable wearing face coverings. All these measures will remain in place for the October movie. Their next film will be The Gentlemen, on Thursday 21st October at 8.00pm. The Gentlemen (Cert 18) is an action-comedy film written, directed and produced by the English director Guy Ritchie. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell (The North Water – TV series), Michelle Dockery (Downton’s Lady Mary Crawley) and Hugh Grant (Four Weddings, Notting Hill, Love Actually). It follows an American marijuana kingpin in England who is looking to sell his business, setting off a chain of blackmail and schemes to undermine him. Tickets (still only £5.00) go on sale from Perry’s the butcher, James du Pavey and The Royal Oak on Friday 1st October.

HOSPICE FUND RAISER: Katharine House Hospice, Eccleshall Support Group have held their first fundraising event in 18 months.  Thank you to all who joined them at ‘An Evening of Music with Supper‘ at The Royal Oak, Eccleshall.

 Friends and Supporters were treated to a 2-course supper followed by wonderful music played by the fabulous Ken and Tim Warrillow, joined by the equally talented John Dougill.

 The support group is grateful to Dean and his staff at The Royal Oak, who provided great food and service in their refurbished function room.  The room really has been transformed and looked amazing.

A fantastic £1,090 was raised for Katharine House Hospice, it will make such a difference to their patients and families.

The next event is a Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday 20th November 10am till 12 noon at Eccleshall Cricket Club.  Father Christmas will also be in attendance.

THANKS, ECCLESHALL CARES: Part of a letter posted on Facebook …. It is with a mixture of sadness and smiles that the Eccleshall Cares committee have decided that it is time for Eccleshall Cares to wind-down in its current form from the 1st of October.

Over the last 18 months local volunteers have done over 1,500 jobs to support local vulnerable people during the challenges of the pandemic. We want to thank everybody for the amazing support you've offered, it has been truly wonderful to see how a community can come together when the going gets tough.

Here's how we reached this conclusion: Reviewing the jobs we have done over the past couple of months indicate that: -

Volunteers: Most volunteers are now back at work, and we sometimes struggle to find people to carry out requests. We have never turned anyone away, but it's clear that life is returning to normal for the time being. ……….

………I think this time has shown everybody in town how lovely it is to pull together as a community and look out for each other, and it has been one of my own life's great pleasures to be a part of it. Eccleshall is such a great place to live. Thank you again to everybody who has been involved.

Joe Cheetham-Wilkinson, Chair, Eccleshall Cares.
Complete text on Eccleshall Today.

Congratulations to all of you for being there for so many members of our community at a time when help was needed.

PETER BERTRAM: The funeral of Peter Bertram, was held on Wednesday September 22 at the Holy Trinity Church, a long-time community man who was a central figure in many of the parish’s activities for many years, Ecclian Society, Open Gardens, Festival, and the activities of keeping the town centre looking at its best among just a few of his endeavours.
Our picture shows Peter and Phil receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from Ian Dudsen the Staffs Lord Lieutenant on behalf of the Ecclian Society.

Pic: Peter Bertram, Ian Dudsen Lord Lieutenant and Phil Baskerville

NOISE LEVELS: We can expect increased noise levels from the direction of Swynnerton Training Area from now until the middle of December 2021. Increased traffic movement and at some time in the next few weeks and the first two weeks in November the use of explosives.

ADULT BALLET: An adult ballet class started at the community centre on Saturday September 25 at 10am. Do pop along if you would like details or to join them. More details can be found at

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP WALK: On Friday September 24, the members of the Trinity men’s Fellowship group walked around the Loggerheads area and enjoyed a lunch at the Loggerheads pub afterwards. The group meets monthly with a monthly walk in different areas. The group is open to men in the Eccleshall area. The length and difficulty of the walks varies to suit all taste and abilities. For further details contact the club’s secretary Rob Hughes on 01785 851372.

ECCLESHALL GUIDE: Adverts are now being sought for the 24th edition of the annual Eccleshall Guide. Businesses and organisations that support the Eccleshall community are welcome. Contact Editor Peter Jones on 01785 851381 / 07815 419166 or email The Guide is due to be distributed in December / January.