Monthly Archives: December 2011

First snow

Blue-black skies alive with winter’s fire-flies
caught in street-lamps’ glow,
floating blobs feigning bog-cotton blooms.
Gentle as a mother’s first kiss,
touching, resting, on skeletal branches,chimney pots, roof-tops, ivy-clad walls;
nudging, gathering,
silently weaving downy layers
turning emerald grass, grey asphalt
as a virgin canvas.
Still, serene,
for waking eyes to wonder at a crystal-dusted world.


Festival of Angels Thanks

A big thank you from Jani & I and the Alstonefield Arts & Craft Group to everyone who contributed in a whole ‘host’ of ways to make our Festival a great success and a hugely enjoyable experience for the community and visitors alike. You helped to hang banners in Church, put up road signs, organised the kitchen, baked & made cakes & soup, made sandwiches, washed up, did the food shopping, donated produce for the hampers, sold the produce for us, lit candles at night along the Church path, cleared up the Village Hall & Church afterwards, and many other little tasks too numerous to mention.  Our gross takings from Donations, Craft & Produce Sales and Refreshments were almost £5500, leaving a net profit of £4500 after food shopping and craft material expenses.  £1500 will be donated to each of the following: Katharine House Hospice, Stafford; Village Hall Extension Project; St. Peter’s Church Water Project. Thank you again!

Leek Police Drop-In Session

Following a recent reorganisation Inspector Claire Francis and Sergeant Lee Crowther have organised a drop-in session at St. Peter’s Church from 3.00 pm. to 6.00 pm. on Monday 5th December. They would like to hear what we think of the Police and any issues that individuals have. They will tell us about their new structure and how it can support our community. Tea & coffee will be available.