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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 5:50 AM

December was a busy month in Barlaston, not just the normal busy-ness of getting ready for Christmas but with all our activities & events too! There was the first of our Coach Trips, this one to Liverpool at the beginning of the month which was a great success. Jenny Donovan took the lead in rustling up the numbers and spreading the word and there was a party atmosphere on the coach with some Christmas nibbles, mulled wine & sherry which helped lubricate our throats for singing the Beatles medleys on the return journey. It was great fun & we’re already thinking about a summer one – let us know if you have any suggestions!


The Golden Agers Christmas Tea Party went ahead on Sunday 9th December and everyone was in such a BRILLIANT mood! Around 66 residents enjoyed a sumptuous spread with entertainment being provided by the CK Community Choir. Sue & Ian Campbell-Kelly’s enthusiasm is infectious & within minutes the audience were tapping their feet, singing along & we spotted Stewart (the vicar) & Julie Jones as well as Bishop Geoff boogying away at the back of the hall too. Santa (aka Chis Hurst) arrived bearing chocolates which were distributed with no dodgy fumbling this year as Mrs Claus had sewn up the pockets on his tunic - thanks Marilyn! Huge thanks to everyone who came & to our many wonderful elf-helpers!

The Childrens Christmas party followed on the 15th December, when Santa visited once again this time bringing a number of elves to help with the party games whilst he distributed gifts from his grotto. All the children were so friendly & polite, it was a real pleasure to host! Thank you so much for coming and special thanks to Sara & her family & friends for organising the event, Sara truly is our ‘Children’s Champion’!

This year’s Chromble (Christmas Womble) went above & beyond the call of duty collecting over 20 bulging sacks mainly from the Meaford Road… All credit to Womblers Andrew M, Eric, Hilary, Sandie, Stan, Malcolm, Graham, John, Alan, Andrew B, Michala, Maggie & Tim – an intrepid bunch! The Apres was also the occasion to hear the results of the ‘Wombler of the Year’ award. This year the public votes had to be re-counted due to the late but impressive performance of a newcomer – yes, Stan will now share this prestigious award with Sandie who maintained a solid picking presence throughout the year. Congratulations to both Sandie & Stan, & to Team Tunstall who picked up the Outstanding Family Achievement award! We also take this opportunity to thank those guerilla Womblers who litter-pick regularly whilst fetching the paper, walking the dog or patrolling Hartwell Lane; unseen but not unnoticed – THANK YOU!!


Now it’s time for an apology – We’ve been bigging-up Bohemian Rhapsody for our Film Premiere on Saturday 2nd February but it appears that so has everyone else! The film has been so popular that the general release date has been extended until March. So, rather than put the Film Night back again, we will be launching with Mission Impossible – Fallout, on 2nd February. It’s an action film starring Tom Cruise & has been reviewed as having “a combination of thrilling stunts & insane daring providing a stunning piece of action cinema”, perfect ingredients for a Barlaston Premiere don’t you think?? Tickets £5, available from Kitson’s soon.


Equally (or possibly more?!) exciting is that the menu for the Burns Night Pop-up Supper at the Village Hall on Friday 25th January has been finalised and we are ready to take orders! Mark is supplying the Angus-burgers & a succulent breed of Haggis has been sourced from north of the border. This will be an evening of meeting, greetin’, smirtling & after-dinner reeling if you fancy it… and all for £16 per person! Hurry to Kitson’s to book your places now!

We wish you all a Happy New Year and thank you for helping us encourage community spirit and making Barlaston a happy & friendly place to live!!

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