- Monday 17 December – Carol singing around the village
Meet at 6pm at the Village Hall, finish at The George around 8.30pm – all welcome
- Friday 21/Saturday 22 December – Carol Suppers
(Village hall) Our annual pre-Christmas village get together with food, entertainment and surprises! Proceeds to Cancer Research UK. Tickets £9 (£5 children) tel. 01335 310453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve)
– 4pm – Candlelit Carol Service at Milldale Chapel
– 6pm – Carols by Candlelight at St Peter’s Church
(For details of December & Christmas services across the benefice, please click here.)
- Saturday 5 January 10am-3pm New Year Indoor Market
Stalls with vintage clothes, jewellery, antique objets d’art, hand-made cards, crafts, flowers, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, tombola and much more! Cakes and refreshments, with live music from Cantigua (violin and accordion). £1 only entrance, children free.
- Saturday 12 January – IOTA (SAlly Barker, Anna Ryder & Marion Fleetwood)
(Village Hall) All three write, sing and sway in perfect harmony and each is a seasoned performer of the UK folk/rock scene. More information and tickets available on or events page here or call 01335 310322.
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.
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 recent visitor to the village thinks he may have left his spectacles somewhere in the village. If anyone finds a pair of specs, please leave a message with your name and phone number at http://www.alstonefield.org/contact-us/ and we will forward details.
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: