Village events – what’s coming up

  • Saturday 11 November Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe (with Hugh Bradley on double bass) – award-winning singer songwriters in rare duo concert – buy tickets
  • Saturday 2 December Sally Barker – the voice that made Sir Tom Jones cry on BBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ – buy tickets
  • 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
  • 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.

November CPR learning days

Every year in the UK over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest.  Sadly only 1 in 10 of them survive.  In Norway, where CPR is taught in all schools, 1 in 4 survive.  That’s 5,000 more people saved.   Would you know what to do?

The AVETS team (Alstonefield Village Emergency Telephone System) are fortunate to have been given training equipment by the British Heart Foundation. So, in November, we will be holding a week of short sessions in the village hall for anyone to learn and practise CPR, on the following dates:

  • Monday 13th November at 7:30pm
  • Tuesday 14th November ay 10:00am
  • Thursday 16th November at 2:30pm
  • Saturday 18th November at 10:00 am and  2:30pm (These are family sessions suitable for children 9 years and above, accompanied by an adult.)

Sessions are free and will be approximately 1.5 hours long and for a maximum of 10 people. Please book – someone you know might depend on you. Phone Carrie Ross on 013335 310009 or email carrie@brianandcarrie.co.uk.

More information on CPR, defibrillators and AVETS, click here and follow related links.

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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