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Village events – what’s coming up

  • Monday 18 December – Carol singing around the village (meet 6pm at the village hall)
  • Thursday 21/Friday 22 – Carol Suppers in the hall
    Friday tickets sold out; some tickets left for Thursday – call 01335 310453
  • Saturday 30 December (10am until 2pm) – Annual Indoor (New Year) 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.  Live Festive Music by Cantiga, violin and accordion duo. Refreshments on sale. There is still an opportunity to run your own stall Please contact Margaret on 01335 310381 email: margaret@alstonefield.com  as soon as possible
  • Saturday 20 January – LIVE & LOCAL EVENT:
    Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman        8pm
    One of the most popular and respected acts on the UK acoustic music scene, with a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands – buy tickets.

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

GARGOYLES REVEL IN STAR STUDDED NIGHT

How do you do justice to the most extraordinarily successful season in Alstonefield Cricket Club’s history?

The magnificent Coach House setting – Click on image to enlarge …..

It helps if you can hold the Annual Awards Dinner in the superb surroundings of the George Coach House with every club member and honoured guests in attendance. Add sumptuous food and free flowing ale and the scene was set for a celebration of achievement, but with an eye on yet more improvement.

The post-prandial entertainment consisted of a brutal expose of every player’s batting and bowling technique in the form of a masterfully compiled 57 minute video dossier of the season. Dave Singleton, the film’s producer and director wanted the footage “to hold the mirror of reality up to every player and inspire self-improvement.”

Once club captain Andy Bray had shared his unique and lyrical perspective of the season in his key note speech, a season in which the Gargoyles won thirteen of their fifteen matches, the club’s new Head of Performance, Liam Duffy, explored the subject of achievement and the importance of each individual wanting to contribute to team success.

In a stirring virtuoso performance, he not only paid homage to the individual brilliance of the awards winners, but left everyone in no doubt that the most powerful influence on results is “concentration and super team spirit and these were characteristics the Gargoyles had shown in impressive abundance in 2017.”

Liam Duffy enthralling the members

 

 

The club was delighted to have Honorary Life Member Peter Leason to present the awards, culminating in the prestigious Clubman of the Year Award, which this year was awarded to Richard Allen for his selfless and outstanding contribution to the club’s future development.

Richard Allen receiving adulation

 

 click here to see all the award winners … 

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.

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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 NO BIG STAGE NERVES FOR GARGOYLES

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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