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Tidying away Christmas Decorations from  the Churchyard

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It has become a bit of a tradition that during February members of the TMF gather to clear away the Christmas themed decorations from the graves. It is surprising how much material is gathered during this task! The five wheelie bins located around the Church grounds are no match for all the plastic, holly, poinsettia, baubles and tinsel removed from the graves.


This year, probably due to the inclement weather, there were fewer members than usual available to carry out the clearance. However all went smoothly to leave a pristine church yard.


So much material was gathered that all the wheelie bins were filled and a huge pile of material was left at the side of the Parish Room. Ron cleared this away into the freshly emptied bins on Friday 23rd February.

10th February 2018

26th January 2018

AGM and talk in Parish Room

The Annual General Meeting took place this evening. The election of officers resulted  in the officers as shown on the Contact Us page.

Member Tony Pace  then gave an illuminating talk on the topic of Meteorites.

Talk on James Brindley by Shaun Farreley - Parish Room 7pm

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23rd February 2018

A good audience of members assembled in the Parish Room this evening for a talk on James Brindley, presented by Shaun Farreley. Peter, our Vice-Chairman  opened the meeting, standing in for our Chairman who was somewhere soaking up the sun. David said a prayer

and then Shaun presented

his talk. It was full of

interesting anecdotes

of this famous local

engineer.

Brindley statue at Etruria Junction

Peter and David addressing the meeting

Members of TMF help students from Stafford College.

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9th March 2018

Four members of TMF helped two students from Stafford College today.

The students were making a film about our little town of Eccleshall.  Our colleagues were talking about TMF: what we do, why and when.

We expect to see them at next year’s Oscars?

13th March 2018

Chairman helps out as Eccleshall suffers a major water main leak in Church Street

Peter, Brian and Warren armed with brushes trying to quell the flood

Water bubbling up through the road in Church Street, It was too much for the drains in the road and it was rushing down into the High Street.

Local residents had their water cut off.

The mason has finished work on the War Memorial, He has carved in the names of the 17 service men who were not on the Memorial  when it was first constructed. TMF have supported this project. The chairman can be seen “helping” the masons.

May 2018

27th April 2018 Walk in Seighford area and Lunch at The Hollybush



The “Long Walkers” Photograph by Chris Reynolds

The “Short Walkers” pause at the bridge over the Millian Brook

Stepping Stones over the Millian Brook

Walk in the Eccleshall Area followed by lunch at the Kings Arms

25th May - Walk and Lunch

TMF Bible Stories Exhibit


As part of the Festival this year there was an exhibition in Holy Trinity of Stories from the Bible.


The TMF displaywas most interesting. There was a spotting telescope and you had to find an object somewhere in the Church!


TMF members were to be seen all over Eccleshall, helping to make the day such a success in so many different ways.


The weather was brilliant and the crowds magnificent.


Well done to all involved.

TMF at the Eccleshall Festival 23rd June 2018

Friday 28th June 2018 Walk in Loggerheads Area.

You will notice that there is something missing from the title? The word Lunch! This is because we had the disappointment of being told that the chef at the Loggerheads Inn had left and therefore we would not be able to have the lunch we had ordered. However, the walkers gathered, in beautiful sunshine, at the Loggerheads carpark where coffee and biscuits were provided from the usual “boot of a car”.

We split into two groups, a group of five for the short walk and eighteen for the longer walk. Then off we went onto the Eccleshall Road and turned into Burnt Wood

The short walkers met up again with the long walkers at the top of Burnt Wood.

On exiting Burnt Wood we had some excellent views over the  surrounding land.

We moved through many narrow footpaths between the magnificent houses

Then we were all invited back to Peter and Ann’s home for refreshments which more than compensated for the earlier departure of the chef.

We gathered at the Parish Room ready for the walk. A briefing was given by our walk leader, Ray. Then we set off over Church street and into the footpath which opens up just to the right of Kerry Lane

As we made our way up quite a steep hill we avoided the many electric fences. At the top of the hill we turned left and went along the hedge bank until, after crossing a country lane we arrived at the public area at Elford Heath.

We gathered at the pond which was in a very sorry state. Almost dry and the water which was left did not look at all healthy.

After a walk along Shaws Lane we turned into town down Gaol Butts. On arriving back at the Parish Room we joined the “non-walkers” for an excellent buffet produced by Brenda. An excellent evening!

July Walk and Buffet with our wives/partners

Here you see the members girding their loins ready to unleash the ball down the alley. After much competition the results below were obtained.

David Haughton

Brian Davies

Stephen Freeman

Norman Howe

Keith Winstanley

Ken Cruxton

David Milner

Bob Marsh

Ron Biggs

109

109

105

102

89

87

85

64

42

Our thanks go out to Ron who organised the event, provided the photos and in the end LOST!

Friday 24th August. A new adventure for TMF!  Ten Pin Bowling. When a month has five Fridays in it, the members have an extra Friday during which they can try something “different”. This month was exceptional!








Above are photos of some members in the “Shed” (Royal Oak) on 10th August

These pictures feature the late Andrew Redhead, longstanding member, who sadly passed away on Sunday 26th August 2018 after a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow Sally and all his family.

 

TMF Friday activity “The Shed”

TMF success at the Eccleshall Show, 1st September 2018

Norman (Highly Commended) and Bob (First Prize)


Photo by Chairman

Photo by Chairman

Bob’s winning cake

Ron’s “Digestive Biscuit”

Friday 28th September 2018

A wonderful sunny day as we met up at the Fitzherbert Inn in Swynnerton.

There were two walks, a shorter walk an a longer one. We walked through some wonderful countryside with vistas as far away as the Wrekin.

Once we returned to the inn we were joined by those not walking and were ushered into a lovely “baronial” room which had the tables joined up to form one HUGE structure. The meal was very good with a varied selection on the menu. David B broke with his tradition of having fish and chips and had a CURRY!

To see all the photos from this activity click here

Friday 26th October 2018. Walk in Eccleshall Area, Lunch at The Royal Oak

We met up at the Little George for coffee and then set off on two walks as usual.


Up onto The Leys where we had magnificent views and many electric fences.

It was wonderful to see Fred being presented with the traditional “Special Birthday” bottle of whiskey. Excellent to see members taking part in the walks at the age of 90!

You can see more photos by clicking here.

Remembrance Day 11/11/2018. 100 years since the end of WWI

After a very moving service inside Holy Trinity, the congregation, estimated at 570, moved outside to the War Memorial where prayers were said, the last post played and the two minutes silence observed. The TMF wreath was placed by our Chairman, Peter.

On each seat in the church was a replica of the small Gospel according to Saint John. These were given to the troops during the Great War.

Christmas Tree Fest in Holy Trinity

A wonderful display of 48 decorated Christmas Trees in Holy Trinity. Congratulations to Ken for his work in the construction of the TMF tree.

Activities during 2018

At the Christmas Lunch, Norman was presented with a TMF Fleece as recognition of  his work, over many years, as secretary.

Members enjoying their meal and the company. More photos here.

The various groups on parade watched the proceedings from Church Street.

Jerry Stokes and Andy Schofield

pictured here with Peter gave an excellent talk on their participation  2017/18 Round the World Clipper Race.

At the November meeting in the Parish Room, Peter announced that the Eccleshall Historical Society had won the prestigious Judges Award at the 2018  Stafford Borough Community Awards, for it’s work on the Eccleshall Great War Project.

Several members of TMF were involved in this project including Keith and the two Peters shown above.