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Village News

April 2018 Update

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 8:40 AM

The Pop-up Pie & Prosecco night was a great success – Masterchef Andrew Black & Sous-chef Olivia served up a delicious 3-course supper ably assisted by their front of house team Sandie, Margaret, Michala, Jess, Lucy and James. There was a great atmosphere in the hall, we met some lovely people and there was even some after-dinner impromptu dancing! Huge thanks to helpers and customers alike!

The build up to our Open Gardens event on the 14th & 15th July has already started with a good turn-out for the open meeting at the Upper House last week. Thank you to those that attended and for all your ideas and suggestions. We have recruited quite a few new gardens, including Barlaston First School which was donated by Wedgwood for the Millennium and we are still keen to hear from anyone who might like to participate this year, particularly in the Barlaston Park & Wedgwood Park areas. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please let us know – the more the merrier!

We are also working closely with the Halls of Barlaston Hall, and along with the WIs and the Church, will be providing refreshments when they open their garden under the ‘Yellow Book’ scheme for the NGS on the 11th and 12th May. Carol and James Hall have made a specific request for all profits from the sale of refreshments to go to local charities and the Volunteers Car Scheme and children’s uniformed groups, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Scouts etc., have been selected. Put the date in your diaries folks and we are expecting it to inspire residents and visitors to come back in July for more!

Still on the Gardening theme we are very excited to announce that we have secured Malcolm and Tom Dickson of Hooks Green Herbs to make up a panel for our version of Barlaston Gardeners Question Time at the Village Hall on Tuesday 29th May. I’m sure they need no introduction being regular exhibitors at all major UK shows. They have been awarded numerous RHS Gold & Silver Gilt medals through the years, have featured on BBC TV and radio and we are very fortunate in having been able to book them in what is their busiest season…. In fact rumour has it that they turned down The Chelsea Flower show this year when they heard about the BGQT! There will be a short talk on ‘Showing & Growing Herbs’ followed by a Question & Answer session and the opportunity to buy plants and have a drink and a chat. Entry will be FREE – Barlaston Village Hall, 7.45pm Tues 29th May. Another date for the diary!

Last but not least there are a few tickets left for Film Night - The Greatest Showman at the Barlaston Village Hall on Saturday 5th May. Doors open at 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm. The film is still showing in cinemas and its appeal is cross-generational with a ‘feel-good’ factor. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the friendly team at Kitson’s Chemist as usual.

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