History Group – visit to the National Memorial Museum at Alrewas
As the centenary of the end of the First World war approaches in November this year, the History Group will be focusing most of its efforts during 2018 on looking at the soldiers from the village who went to war, their lives, and what the village was like at the time. In November, we’ll be staging an exhibition in the church. As one of our events, we are arranging a bus trip to the National Memorial at Alrewas on Wednesday 18 April. For details, see the History Group page here.
Village events – what’s coming up
- Saturday 24 March – ROBINSON & ROHE
plus special guest: KATE ELLIS 8pm
A double-dose of genuine Americana – duo Liam Robinson (original US cast member of the award-winning play Warhorse) and honey-voiced US singer songwriter, Jean Robinson, joined by a very special guest, Lousiana born Kate Ellis, described by Americana UK as “…the arrival of a genuine talent”. Buy tickets.
- Saturday 28 April – AYNSLEY LISTER 8pm
Regarded as one of the UK’s finest proponents of rocking blues, this is a rare chance to see Aynsley Lister up close and personal in a stripped down, intimate setting. Buy tickets.
More details of future concerts and any special events can be found on our events page here.
For other information about current activities including church services in Alstonefield and the surrounding parishes, you can find the ‘Village Newsletter‘ (a PDF file) on this link.
The Leaden Boot on 20 May is now fully booked.
Clockwinders at the Carol Supper 22 December 2017
You can watch a video of this extraordinary event on the Clockwinders 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?
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.”
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.
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.
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: