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Trinity Men’s Fellowship Eccleshall - Staffordshire

Trinity Men's Fellowship (TMF) was established in 1996 to promote fellowship among the men of the parishes of

Holy Trinity Eccleshall and St Chad's Slindon.

What is Trinity Men’s Fellowship Events

Friday 28th June 2019

Walk in Swynnerton Area

(Lunch at the Fitzherbert Arms)

Thursday 6th Jume at 2:30pm

Committee Meeting

David’s Home (2 Sheriff’s Way)

Friday 31st May 2019

Walk at The Wrekin

Please note that special

arrangements are involved for this walk and lunch. Please be sure to read any emails sent by Ray and other members of the committee!

Friday 26th April 2019

Walk from Norbury Junction

Friday 29th March 2019

Note change of Location!

Walk in Eccleshall area

Meet at 10 am Little George

Lunch at The Royal Oak

Thursday 20th March 2019

Committee Meeting

2:30 at Treasurer’s home.

Saturday 16th Feb. 2019 10am

Clearing the Church Yard

Please come along to Holy Trinity at 10 am to help to clear away any Christmas decorations, dead flowers,etc. from the graves. If you can bring your wheel barrow that would be useful.

15th Feb 2019  Parish Room

Shaun Farrelly 'The Americans in Stone During the War'

NOTE Date Change!

25th Jan 2019  Parish Room


Lester Stuart  'Life for a Jewish Family in Nazi Germany'

Thursday 27th December 2018

12.30hrs for 1pm.

Christmas Lunch at the

Hollybush, Seighford.

1st December. 2018

Holy Trinity Christmas Fayre

10 am until Noon

TMF Tombola stall in the Church.

All members are invited to help out at this fun and worthwhile activity.

Friday 30th November 2018

Setting up from 3pm on.Tombola prizes are required. Please bring prizes on Friday afternoon or prior to that give to a committee member

Thursday 29th November 2018

Christmas Tree Festival

Holy Trinity

Do come along and look at the TMF Tree which has been created under the leadership of Ken.

23rd Nov  2018  Parish Room

Jerry Stokes and Andy Schofield.  'From the Mersey to the River Plate, with an unscheduled diversion!'

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Committee Meeting,

14:30 Treasurer’s House

Friday 26th October 2018

Walk In Eccleshall Area

Meet at Little George 10 am

Lunch at Royal Oak

 Friday 28th September 2018

Due to ongoing roadworks the location for this walk is now at Fitzherbert, Swinnerton 10am

Thursday 6th September 2018

Visit to Chester.

A very successful trip

 Friday 31st August 2018

 Greyhound at Burston

09.45hrs for coffee, walking at 10.15hrs, as usual lunch from 12.30hrs.

Thursday 23rd August 2018 2:30

Committee Meeting.

(David’s House)

Friday 27th July - wives invited

Evening walk in Eccleshall area

Followed by buffet supper.

Friday 28th June 2018

Walk/Lunch in the Loggerheads Area

24th June Special Service of

 Remembrance  to unveil, bless and reconsecrate  the War Memorial after the addition of the 17 names of Eccleshall servicemen who died in the Great War but whose sacrifice was not recorded on the memorial.

Saturday/Sunday 23rd/24th June

Eccleshall Festival

TMF “Display” in Holy Trinity.

Friday 25th May 2018 2:30

Walk in Eccleshall area from The King’s Arms,  

Contact the Chairman about a new TMF Polo or Sweat shirt complete with Logo and your name!

Sweatshirts and Polo shirts with the TMF logo (and your name if requested)

The TMF Grace

Lord, through Your mercy we enjoy food and friendship. We walk, we talk, sometimes we grieve, but always we are bound by our fellowship and Your grace.

David Milner 2018

Katharine House acknowledge the receipt of  our donation

Special Breakfast

On Friday 16th November 2018 there was a special meal at the monthly TMF Breakfast Club.

The Star cafe presented TMF member Fred Douce with

a special breakfast, with

a candle.

On Saturday 16th February, a small group of members gathered, in wonderful sunshine, at Holy Trinity, to clear the churchyard of Christmas and Remembrance Day wreaths. However, this year there were also a large number of broken branches, blown down during the windy winter. After a briefing by Ron we set off on our tasks.

Eccleshall Library

As you will be aware, Eccleshall Library is due to become a Community Run Library. In order that we do not lose our library it is important that we can obtain enough volunteers to staff it. If you can give up a couple of hours a week to help in this project please contact Helen Farr at :-

Staffordshire Libraries and Art Service

Her email is:- helen.farr@staffordshire.gov.uk or she can be contacted on 01785278328. Her mobile number is 07773791115. Once you have contacted her, she will send you a proforma to fill out, sign and return.

Please help?

 Gareth Hughes, who runs the “Furniture Project”, has asked for our help. This project collects unwanted furniture from any home in the area and delivers it to families and individuals who need it. If you have anything available contact Gareth on 07521 917194.

Can TMF Help those in need?

Great Honour to our First Chairman and Life Member David Beswick.

On Maundy Thursday 2019, David attended St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he was presented with two leather purses containing Maundy Money, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  We are all so proud of David and his achievement.

After the meal, following our monthly walk, David gave a moving talk about his visit to Windsor and the presentation itself. He brought along the two purses, one red and one white, containing the specially minted Maundy Money.

We gathered for the expedition, in the carpark of the Junction Inn at Norbury, where coffee was served from the boot of Ed's car. The weather seemed a little threatening so waterproofs were donned and we set off in good heart along the canal towpath.

There were many more canal boats present than I would have expected from previous visits, but we found out that they were arriving for the Norbury Canal Boat Festival next weekend.

After a walk of about 3/4 mile, we came across the famous bridge which carried the road over the canal. Perched on a lower arch was what was possibly the shortest telegraph pole in the country ....... unless you know better? It is no longer used by the telephone companies but has been left there as a curiosity. We climbed up quite a steep incline at this point to cross over the canal using the road bridge. It came as quite a shock after the leisurely stroll along the level towpath.

We turned to the right just after crossing the bridge. Here there was field after field of newly planted trees and one striking feature which we did not expect to find..... a WW2 Pill Box. One wag suggested that it was to prevent the German U-Boats attacking from the canal system.

As we made our way along the route we were still amazed at the number of young trees. Then we came to more mature woodland. Here the bluebells made a magnificent sight. Vast swathes of light blue covered the ground beneath the subtle greens of the opening tree leaves.

A little distance along this road we came to a most confusing structure. A large rectangular plot surrounded by water. A little way up there was a notice which told us that it was all that was left of Norbury Manor. It was Built early in the 14th century and demolished in 1838. A little way on we saw into the garden of a cute bungalow. The whole area had interesting displays arranged in a delightful manner, including this attractive milk cart. We approached some more woodland and spotted a strange structure in the trees. Apparently, this is designed to change the carbon dioxide concentration round different clumps of trees. The project is being run by Birmingham University. If you wish to find out some more about this project just click here

As we moved through the woodland it became apparent why there were so many young trees earlier. This area was being well managed and we had reached the felling area. The mature trees had been cut down and they were sorting out the land. This digger was creating/restoring a stream. As a result of the logging vast piles of timber lined much of the next part of the track.

We crossed the canal again, this time going under the water. After another steep climb, we were back on the towpath. So peaceful as we made our way along this famous part of the canal, the mile long Shelmore Embankment. While the contractors tried to complete the mighty task, the bank slipped and collapsed many times. By early 1834 this section was the only uncompleted part of the whole canal. It took five and a half years' continuous work and was finally finished in 1835, many months after Telford's death. There are flood gates at each end to close the channel in case of a breach. Throughout its existence there have always been stability problems, which still exist today. The whole length is lined with mature trees now, and their roots do help. This was not the case in the canal's early years.

Soon we arrived back at the Junction and headed for lunch. The food was good if a little slow to be served. I had finished mine before some had even received theirs!

Norbury Junction April 2019