Successful CPR learning week

We had a hugely successful few days in the village hall in November, when over 40 people (including children) from Alstonefield and other villages attended free sessions to learn the basics of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), how to use a defibrillator and how the Village Emergency Telephone System works.

Big thanks are due to the VETS volunteers who helped organise and run the sessions, and especially to the session leaders Meg Handscombe, Rob Handscombe and Carrie Ross (who also made special heart-shaped biscuits for well-earned sustenance!).

If you weren’t able to attend but want an understanding of CPR (or need a refresher), you can watch the video we used for that part of the session on this link. For more information on CPR, defibrillators and VETS, click here and follow related links.

Village events – what’s coming up

  • Saturday 2 December Sally Barker – the voice that made Sir Tom Jones cry on BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ – buy tickets
  • Sunday 3 December – Wreath or advent ring Christmas Workshop – morning and afternoon sessions – pre-booking only on 01335 310458
  • Saturday 16 December – Christmas Special with Keith Donnelly & Anna Ryder – Enjoy an evening of songs and laughter (Keith was a script writer for Jasper Carrot) – buy tickets
  • Monday 18 December – Carol singing around the village (meet 6pm at the village hall)
  • Thursday 21/Friday 22 – Carol Suppers in the hall (tickets limited – call 01335 310453)
  • Saturday 30 December (10am until 2pm) – New Year’s Market with stalls selling all kinds of goods including vintage clothes, antique objet d’art, cards and prints, crafts, floral decorations, books, etc. Entrance only £1, children free.

More details of these and future concerts and any special events can be found on our events page here.

Successful charity concert

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A hugely enjoyable sell-out concert on 30th September raised nearly £2,000 for the Lisieux Trust. Here’s an extract from some comments received by email the day afterwards:

Last night we went to the charity concert at Alstonefield. I knew it would be good, but it went way beyond all expectations. There was a young lady [Selina Hawker] who gave us three operatic songs and what a stunning voice she had. Then Pete Shirley did a wonderful spot. In part two Pete Hopkins did a monologue about the chara trip to Sutton on Sea, I have heard it many times, but never as well as he performed it last night. Then it was Tom McConville, but the surprise here was that Robbie Sherratt was performing with him. Wow it nearly shook the plaster off the walls and certainly left us all shaking and wanting more. Part three was Martyn Wyndham-Read and Tom McConville, and Robbie joined them for the last number and the encore.  Add to that, that Martyn sang two Graeme Miles songs and the tears could not be held back.

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

Hunters slay Gargoyles in ‘grimm’ tale of revenge

Picture Perfect Setting for Saturday’s Tale

In a perfect world, all fairy tales have a happy ending. For Alstonefield Cricket Club, 2017 has been a remarkable series of fantasy fables where victory has been plucked from the wicked jaws of defeat, through acts of heroic derring-do.

On Saturday, a team of deceptively convivial, disconcertingly smiling folk from Hampshire, turned the season’s finale into a grimm reminder of  reality………

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Alstonefield CC victorious XI at Clifton – click on image to enlarge

Playing at the highest level cricket club in the area, one week before their 150th Anniversary celebrations and in front of their splendid new pavilion, could all have proven too much for the Gargoyles against Clifton CC. In fact, as with every other twist and turn of a remarkable season, the whole scene proved an inspiration for a team who simply believe they can win. To do so by 77 runs against a healthy blend of league experience and the promise of well coached youth, was one of the dominant performances of 2017. To be better on the day with both bat and with ball was what impressed here.



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