- Good Friday, 19 April – LIVE MUSIC (Village Hall)
Gigspanner 10 Year Anniversary Tour
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. More information here (PDF file) Tickets available on this link.
- Saturday 11 May – LIVE MUSIC (Village Hall)
Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Brooks Williams is a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. He was also nominated for Best Male Vocalist by Spiral Earth, one of the UK’s most respected roots music publications. Tickets available 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. A current listing for the rest of 2019 and can be found as a PDF file here, or on our Events page.
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”
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: