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292 people compete in the 8th Leaden Boot Challenge on Sunday 20 May

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Amazingly, over 250 of these people, not forgetting several dogs, completed the challenge of walking or running a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under 12 hours.  It was a hot day for those taking part but the views were amazing with bluebells, garlic and mayblossom in full bloom.  The first person home, Kurt Fitch of Nottingham, was twenty minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

Over 50 local people helped to make the event possible by organising refreshments for the competitors, marking the route and manning the checkpoints.  Enough funds were raised to support St Peter’s Church, Alstonefield and Wetton Village Halls and Wetton and Alstonefield Community First Responders.

Results can be found on the Leaden Boot Challenge page.

Village events – what’s coming up

  • Saturday 16th June 7 for 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church
    Churchyard Lichens, a story of Sanctuary, Resurrection and Hope – An entertaining illustrated talk by lichenologist Ivan Pedley. Part of the Ann Green Festival – more details here.
  • Saturday 23 June – An evening with NATALIE DUNCAN    8pm
    plus Box & Hounds wood-fired pizzas from 6.30pm
    Soul and  jazz influenced singer-songwriter and pianist who has been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys and Nina Simone.
    Pizzas from 6pm (all welcome), concert £11 admission – more details on our Events page here. Buy tickets here.
    “An incandescent star is born” Sunday Times

More details of future concerts  can be found on our events page here.  Please do book early as our concerts often sell out early (Jon Allen on 26 May and Amy Wadge on 20 October have both sold out already).

For other information about current activities including church services in Alstonefield and the surrounding parishes, you can find the ‘Village Newsletter‘ (a PDF file) on this link.

GARGOYLES PLAY FOR TIME TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

A match at Sutton on the Hill in glorious sunshine has to be the epitome of the village cricket idyll. The whole bucolic scene is one of time stood still. It is also the only fixture where a draw is a legitimate result. On Sunday, Alstonefield CC availed themselves of this third option, by stubbornly hanging on to their last two wickets, having been outplayed by their purposeful hosts for most of the afternoon.

Sutton-on-the-Hill, a bucolic scene providing the perfect setting for Alstonefield Cricket Club

St. Peter’s Church

Christian Aid Week 13th -19th May  – For details of May and June services, please click here

The Annual Report and Accounts are also available via the same link

 GARGOYLES PASS STERNEST OF TESTS

Alstonefield’s winning team against Ashbourne

To say this was an outstanding team effort does not do justice to the invaluable contributions made by each and every member of the team. Up against one of the strongest Ashbourne CC Sunday XIs, this was always going to be one of the more challenging matches of the season and it didn’t disappoint. To emerge victorious has to be one of the most satisfying results in Alstonefield CC’s short history, simply because it meant everyone was at the top of their game. If the Man of the Match award could be awarded to groups it would have gone to all six Gargoyle bowlers, who did not falter in applying wicket inducing pressure to the Ashbourne batsmen. In fact the award deservedly went to Harry Jones for his resolute and priceless 42 runs on an unpredictable, slow wicket, which, it turned out, was roughly the winning margin.

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Staffordshire Farm Watch.

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We’re all aware of the rise in rural crime, particularly within the farming sector.

Staffordshire Police are working with local communities in the Moorlands area to tackle these issues and have set up a Facebook page to keep everyone up to date.

Please visit and ‘like’ their page at: https://www.facebook.com/StaffsFarmWatch/

If you see or hear anything suspicious, please call the police non-emergency number: 101.

You can also sign up to receive communications from the police by downloading this form:

Moorlands Farm Watch