The Village & Community Magazine for July is available on this link. There will also be some printed copies available in south entrance porch at the Village Hall, courtesy of Tractor Spare Parts Ltd.

What’s happening…

New cafe – now open!Frank cafe

Sample delights include coffee cake, deluxe chocolate cake, lemon drizzle, Bakewell, brownies, fruit slice, white chocolate and cranberry slice, gluten free carrot cake and also gluten free banana and pistachio cake, millionaires shortbread, fruit scones with jam and cream and fluffy cheese scones with butter…

The George

The George

After closing towards the end of last year, The George has re-opened with a new tenant. Good quality food available (booking not essential). Dog and people friendly. Closed Mondays; open from midday on other days; closed 2.30pm-5.30pm and after 9pm Tues-Thurs; Fridays/Saturdays open midday – 2.30pm, then 5.30pm til late; Sundays midday – 7pm. Check out its new website here (or its Facebook page here).

NOTE: The pub has been registered as an “Asset of Community Value”. As such, the owners need to inform the community if they intend to dispose of the property. We need help – find out more on the new website here

The Watts Russell ArmsWATTS RUSSELL

Just down the hill at Hopedale, the Watts Russell (01335 310126) is open 12 – 9pm at weekends, and from 5 – 9pm weekdays except Thursday (closed all day). Live music is regularly hosted here, sometimes on its outside stage. For more details, please phone or go to the Watts Russell website or its Facebook page

Village Hall – new hire charges 

hall interior

The village hall has updated its hire charges, applicable to new bookings from 1 July 2024. Rates are now particularly competitive for exclusive-use bookings for weddings and similar events. For more information, go to the village hall page or see the new Hire Charge Notice (a pdf file). 

You can view a copy of the latest Village Hall AGM here.

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 (or at least those who use Facebook) 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