- Saturday 2 March, 8pm – LIVE MUSIC – Kevin Dempsey & Joe Broughton
(Village Hall) Two seasoned musicians whose experience in jazz, soul, folk, classical, pop and rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory. More information and tickets here.
Please note do book early for concerts because the hall has limited capacity and we often sell out weeks or even months in advance (the concert on 23 March next year is one example). A current listing for the whole of 2019 is already available and can be found as a PDF file here. More events in Alstonefield and surrounding villages can be found in the Community/Parish Newsletter, a link to which can be found on the home page of the Butterton website here.
Gargoyles Celebrate Glorious Summer
Annual Awards Dinner Evokes Memories of Bygone Age
Forget deepest, darkest November. Enter the glowing atmosphere of The George’s Coach House, be seduced by the log fire and candlelight welcome, succumb to a barrel of Burton’s finest, indulge in three courses of gastronomic delectation, marvel at the impeccable, yet discreet service, be enthralled by the lucidity of the after-dinner speakers, be entranced by the ethereal wonders of slow motion replays. And yet, retain the humility to honour those who trod closer to the cricketing gods in another memorable season.
This year’s post prandial stimulation was the world premiere of “The Lost Youth of Alstonefield,” a dark comedy, filmed at half speed as an allegorical commemoration of the centenary of Armistice Day, dealing with the devastating impact on village life of having no-one under the age of 45. Dave Singleton, the film’s producer and director, wanted the film “to bring the reality of human frailty into our complacent lives – but in a comedic genre.”
Once club captain Andy Bray had warned of Z list celebrities posing as club members, he shared his unique perspective of the season in his key note address, a season in which the Gargoyles won nine of their sixteen matches. The club’s Head of Performance, Liam Duffy, explored the mental toughness required to perform consistently. Of particular note, in a moving insight into his own demons, was his revelation into the father and son batting relationship and his contention that for the relationship to survive, the father has to be twice as good as the son. But, the audience was left in no doubt that the most powerful influence on results is “concentration and super team spirit and these were characteristics the Gargoyles had again shown in impressive abundance in 2018.”
The club was honoured to have Maestro Graham Johnson of The George to present the awards, dressed in another sparkling reminder of the tropical summer, culminating in the previously unheralded Ben King receiving three trophies and via the wonders of satellite links, Will Siddons spoke in philosophical terms about his batting award.
Shakespeare concluded the evening at precisely midnight: “What’s won is done. Joy’s soul lies in the doing”
A big thank you to the people in Alstonefield…
who signed the petition to support a traffic restriction order on the lane linking the Manifold Valley and Back of Ecton.
Susan Reiblein has told us that as a result of all the support gained, on 7th September, the Peak Park Planning Committee supported the proposal to put a permanent restriction on motorised traffic including 4*4 and scramble bikes travelling on this green lane.
Hopefully this beautiful valley will be able to restore itself to its former tranquil glory.
Staffordshire Farm Watch
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: