The cricket season is not that far away – not that you’d believe it with the current weather – and the Gargoyles are enjoying net practice ahead of the first fixture on 3rd May. New players are always welcome, of all standards, experienced or never played before! The next net practice sessions are booked at Ashbourne Leisure Centre on 1st, 15th and 29th March, from 10.00 to 11.00. If you’d like to come along then contact any of the club officers – details on the club page on this website
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Title: Incredible Indian Moments
Location: Alstonefield Memorial Hall
Description: Sights and stories of the Rajasthani sunshine, with Brian’s photos and Rob’s anecdotes.
Tickets £5 each, include some tasty treats, from Carrie 310009 or Meg 310488
The ‘Forum’ on this website has been little used over the past 12 months and after recent inappropriate user registrations from outside the UK and subsequent posts, the Parish Council is reviewing its usefulness to the community. Please make your views known by posting or commenting here. If the Forum continues to be under-utilised, it will be removed from the website at the end of 2013. However, should anyone wish to volunteer to manage and/or promote this facility, please get in touch with Cathy Reavy or ‘contact us’
Thank you to all those involved who helped to organise and create a truly lovely Wakes weekend. It was great to see people come together to celebrate not only the Christian festival of the Wakes but also the family type community in which we live. Like all families, we need time to laugh, banter and be together in joint camaraderie so as to grow a strong sense of belonging. It is communities like Alstonefield which, if maintained by its citizens, will carry on old traditions (however quirky) into the next generation. Time old events, like marching behind a brass band and singing hymns, will not be lost to our ever decreasing cultural identity but be an upheld occasion to be proud of if, we join together and not shy away in front of a T.V screen. Days soon pass and blur into another without special occasions to mark them. So with this in mind I would like to say how much I appreciate the time and effort it takes from a team of dedicated people to make these events work so well, you keep our community and our heritage strong. The memories of these days will last a lifetime and I’m sure my children will also remember these childhood days with a great fondness.
The Farming Life Centre http://www.thefarminglifecentre.org.uk/ is running a series of free drop in clinics for farmers during Spring 2013, whose aim will be to show farmers the benefits of online services and provide an overview of how to use them. Sessions will be one-to-one or one to a few and places must be booked by phoning the Centre on 01298 85162 or Jonathan Charlesworth, Farm Business Development Officer on 07410 550616.
Also, for more information about agriculture online, see the Farming Online page
Message from Neighbourhood Watch:
Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 3rd February a Citroen Zsara parked on a car park off Lode Lane in Alstonfield was entered by smashing a rear nearside window. Stolen was a black leather shoulder bag containing spectacles and store cards. Please be aware that this may be the start of further vehicle crime on car parks at Moorlands beauty spots. The police at Cheadle and Leek ask that you keep a watching brief when in these areas for any suspicious person or vehicle in and around parked vehicles and report it immediately.
Neighbourhood Watch Manager
Tel: 01785 232938
From Neighbourhood Watch:
House burglary in Wetton
Dear Watch Member,
Between 6am and 8pm on Wednesday 26th December a burglary was committed at a dwelling in Wetton. Entry was gained through an insecure rear door. Stolen were cash and a HDMI lead for a T.V. Please make your neighbours aware remind them to be extra vigilant and security conscious and to report any suspicious person or incident to the police immediately.
We have received the following information from Neighbourhood Watch:-
“At 9.40pm on Tuesday 6th November a resident of Gateham Grange in Alstonefield saw a male driving away from his property riding his quad bike that had just been stolen from a shed. He gave chase and stopped the offender who is described as a 35 year old white male, 5ft 10″ tall, stocky build with short dark hair. He recovered his quad bike and the offender is believed to have left towards Hulme End in a red Transit type van with the word ‘Action’ on the side. The registration number was not taken. Please pass this information onto your neighbours and ask them to be extra vigilant and security conscious.”
Some of you may have noticed that a pattern has emerged! Every time there’s a Saturday concert in the village hall, the “survivors” meet in the Oak at Wetton the following day for lunch. Unfortunately, due to the current dietary restrictions I’m not allowed chips or beer (sob). Survivors usually consist of members of FCB (Festival Ceilidh Band) together with any other local musicians we can drag along. It’s all very informal. This time we will be joined by Mr Arnie Rainbow (Songwriter, guitarist and banjo player) from Mappleton. Last time we had Vicar Annie playing fiddle with us and Mr John Clarke demonstrating his ukelele talents! You don’t have to play or sing (unless you want to) just bring your ears! We start at noonish and have, on occasion, gone on ’til 4pm. The bar staff start dancing at around 3pm. Come and join in the fun, you’ll enjoy it. Mine’s a fizzy water! 🙁