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May 2018 Update

Posted on June 2, 2018 at 11:35 AM


For those that missed it on Facebook we are thrilled to announce that further to the opening of Barlaston Hall on the 12th and 13th May, a whopping £1,305.00 was raised for the Barlaston Volunteers’ Car Scheme and the 1st Barlaston Guides. Members of the WI, the Church, the BCG plus super Guide helpers Penny, Scarlett & Millie coordinated efforts to run a Plant Stall and provide refreshments for over 600 visitors. It was a fabulous weekend with lots of home-made cake being enjoyed and many stories being shared about the Hall’s past.

The BGQT (Barlaston Gardeners Question Time) event on Tuesday was a great success with Malcolm & Tom Dickson of Hooks Green Herbs keeping an audience of around 50 entertained with the history of HGHs’ formation. It was a story of family, celebrity, dogs, weather, construction…. and oh yes, Herbs! It was a fun & informative evening with lots of carrot cake, courgette loaf & beetroot chocolate brownies being consumed, washed down with plenty of Pimms. Huge thanks to HGH (who’s next Open Days are 23rd & 24th June), Andrew Hollywood master-baker, Lucy & James the DoE helpers, the BVH team, and of course to all our VIGs (Very Import Gardeners!) for supporting the event – Open Gardens is going to be MASSIVE this year!


The Barlaston Womblers supported the Great Plastic Pick Up this month and cleared Meaford Road again. After a haul of 10+ bags we had our post-pick cuppa in the bluebell woods – beautiful! We realised on our return that by complete coincidence we had picnicked in exactly the spot that Jon Kelso’s photo, shown on the BBC national news that morning, had been taken!

Film Night was again a great success with many returning to see The Greatest Showman for the 5th & 6th time! It was a full house and there was a great atmosphere in the hall – thank you to our customers and to Jessica, who is clocking up those community hours for her Duke of Edinburgh award! The next film will be Finding Your Feet and the trailer showed us a clip of Joanna Lumley, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall attempting a foxtrot on the dance floor – looks like just our sort of film! Keep Saturday 7th July free.

And finally, another example of the strength of community spirit we have in Barlaston was demonstrated when a vulnerable resident went missing. Using the power of Facebook, news spread rapidly and people came out to help all over the village. Thankfully, we received notification from the Police the following day that the person had been found safe and well and we take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone for sharing information and getting involved.

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