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Village News

October 2018 update

Posted on November 4, 2018 at 8:10 AM

We seemed to have been waiting a long time for Mamma Mia 2, but we were not disappointed - what a FUN film – totally predictable but that in itself added to the enjoyment. There were laugh-out-loud lines and plenty of songs to sing along to, by the time Cher appeared the whole hall was ready to join in with ‘Fernando’ which we did with gusto! Everyone needs more singing and laughter in their lives and Mamma Mia 2 had it all!

Still on the subject of films, you may have already seen that our application to the Big Lottery Fund was successful – The Barlaston Cinema should be up and running from next weekend - WHOOP!! We have been thinking of all sorts of exciting things we can do like hold more sing-alongs, ‘old movie’ nights, nature and history talks/films, as well as produce a program so everyone knows what’s coming up well in advance. We’ve had a few volunteers already since the press release a couple of weeks ago but it would be great to build up a bank of people to fill the various roles so that we can share the duties around a bit. If this is something you might be interested in then we’d love to hear from you!

More good news is that we have responded to a resident’s request to resurrect a BBT (Barlaston Bus Trip) providing excursions for Barlaston residents and have booked a coach for a Christmas shopping trip to Liverpool on Tuesday 4th December. The coach will pick up from St. Johns Parish Church, Station Road at 9.30am, return at 4.30pm. Why go to Germany for the Christmas Markets when you can jump on a coach with friends and neighbours and sample the same delights without the hassle?! Tickets are £14 each and include a mince pie and a cheeky tipple for the return journey! Tickets are limited though and selling fast – get yours from Sean at Premier Village Stores, Orchard Place ASAP. Contact Jenny Donovan on 01782 373334 or email us if you have a question or need more information.

The Barlaston Womblers have been out and about again this month and new recruit Stan has already adopted Meaford Road as his patch and has been out picking several times since we last got together. He’s now got his own litterpick, tabard and supply of bags, so please look out for him and give him a beep and a wave if you see him! (And if you’re walking I’m sure he’d appreciate a ‘thank you’ and a quick chat). The October Womble was great and we concentrated on the top of the village this time, tackling Blurton Road (always a Grot Spot!), Longton Rd and Hartwell Lane and then back to the Village Hall for a cuppa and a cake obvs. HUGE thanks to the crew – Tim, Renee, Andrew B, Gill, Andrew M, Eric, Hilary, Maggie, Graham and Stan!

We are getting excited about the Golden Agers Christmas Party on the 9th December - Santa has confirmed that he will be making a guest appearance and will also be at the Childrens Christmas Party in the Village Hall on the 15th. Unfortunately we haven’t been able fit in a Pop-up Supper but have reserved the Village Hall on the 25th January 2019 (Burns Night) with a totally new plan for a Burger & Burns-ish Supper, watch this space!

Thank you to all the knitters – we’ve had a great response to our appeal for poppies and can’t wait to see what the Barlaston Yarn Bombers have in store for us at the centenary commemoration of the end of WW1 next Sunday!

‘Waterways’ was the theme for this month’s Facebook photo competition and there were some stunning entries. Have a look at these and Jon Kelso’s winning entry on our Facebook page. Jon is well known throughout the Midlands due to his photos being shown regularly on the BBC, TV, FB & Twitter, but we know and love him for the many fabulous pics of Barlaston he posts on our Facebook page - thanks Jon!

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