The Strettons fairtrade fortnight, birthday celebrations, The Crucible, cancer care, wives and friends, quiz nights and much more

THE CRUCIBLE - The final showing of The Crucible by Arthur Miller will be presented by Church Stretton School pupils tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.

Ticket enquiries to the school.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - Church Stretton Senior Citizens Club will be celebrating its 90th Birthday tomorrow (Friday) at 2.30pm in the URC Hall with a visit from the Shropshire Strummers. This is also the date of the annual general meeting.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT - Fairtrade Fortnight comes to an end this week-end and is rounded off with a Churches Together coffee morning at the URC Hall and a Fairtrade Quiz at Mayfair from 7.30pm. A Gilbert and Sullivan evening is also on the same evening at Church Stretton School at 7.30pm. The three events take place this Saturday. Tickets are on sale through John Thomas Florists or on the door. This Sunday there will be a Churches Together Service in Celebration of Fairtrade. The Fairtrade Fortnight is a joint venture between Church Stretton Community Group and Mid-Counties Co-Op.

CANCER CARE - Stretton and Shropshire Cancer Care Group will meet as usual at Mayfair at 2.30pm next Monday, and are using the occasion to meet socially and get to know each other better, so there will be no speaker on this occasion to allow an opportunity for everyone to share experiences whether as a patient or carer.

WIVES and FRIENDS - Methodist Wives and Friends will be meeting at the Methodist Hall next Tuesday at 8pm when there will be a practical evening on the Art of Handmade Books led by Viv Potter and visitors are always welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE - The Stroke Group will be holding a table top sale next Wednesday from 1pm at Mayfair, selling.

bric-a-brac, books and home produce.

QUIZ NIGHTS - Friday, March 16, is the date for a quiz evening at the Parish Centre starting at 7.30pm in aid of Save the Children Fund. You are invited to take you own drinks, glasses and nibbles.

Entry is £5. On the following evening , Saturday, March 17, a quiz evening at the District Club will raise funds for the Longmynd Adventure Camp. Ken Willis will be Question Master and the entry fee is £3.

WORKSHOP - Buttons and Brooches is the theme of a workshop at Mayfair on Saturday, March 17, from 10am-1pm. Fee is £10 including materials. Booking is essential, ring Mayfair on 01694-722077 or pop in to book.

SCHOOL NEWS - At St. Lawrence’s Primary School a number of pupils have gained their 20m swimming badges.

During this week there is a visit to Blists Hill and the Wenlock Festival.

At Church Stretton School a recent assembly supported the British Heart Foundation , and there was another Head’s Afternoon Tea to celebrate achievements of some more of the students.

LUCKY NUMBERS - Lucky numbers in the Mayfair lottery for February were 49, 83, 461 and 519 winning £100, £50, £20 and £10 respectively.

CAMERA CLUB - The next Club Competition No.4 is on the subject of Close Up and will be judged by John Swannick LRPS at the meeting next Wednesday at 7.30pm in the URC Hall.

Results for prints saw Dorothy Robinson in first place, second place was shared jointly by Norman Axtel, Fred J.Watkins, and David Wraith, and third places went jointly to Dorothy Robinson and Richard Clements.

In the Digital Images section Dorothy Robinson took first place, and two second places went to Norman Axtel.

There was no third place awarded.

DANCING - Several dance opportunities arise next week, with The Melomanics on hand for a Ceilidh at All Stretton Village Hall on Saturday, March 17. Tickets £7.50 reserved by ringing 01694 724094. This is also the date for the monthly Folk Dance Evening at Ticklerton Village Hall , ring 01694 722418. Then on Thursday, March 22, there is a tea dance for the RNLI at the Silvester Horne Institute at 2.30pm admission £5 ring 01694 771744, and another Ceilidh at 7pm on Saturday, March 24, at the Silvester Horne for Amnesty International , admission £10, £5 for U/16, to include a hot supper and fruit punch. Tickets sales 01694 722525, and John Thomas Florists.

APPEALS - Rose Cottage Cat Rescue welcomes donations of bric-a-brac, DVD’s ,CD’s, books, toys, clean clothing, bedding and curtains, garden equipment and tools, small items of furniture and unwanted gifts. Local Collection available for large quantities of items in readiness for a jumble sale on Saturday, March 17.

At the Parish Centre at 2pm. Ring 01694 781433 or drop items in on the morning of the sale.

The RSPCA at Gonsal Farm Animal Centre welcomes donations of bedding, blankets, and towels for use with the animals. Ring 01694 722896 if collection is required.

EVE Appeal - Little Stretton Village Hall is the venue for a talk on Peru this Saturday at 2.30pm in aid of the EVE Appeal.

Admission £5 including tea, coffee and cake. Tickets are on sale at Keenan’s Stores in the Village or ring 01694 720132.

The event supports a charity which helps women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

GARAGE PRAISE - Garage Praise will be held at Burway Garage at 7pm this Saturday.

COUNTRY MARKET - Re-opens at Mayfair on Friday, March 16, from 9.15am-11.30pm selling cakes, produce and crafts. New suppliers welcome.

CHARITY FASHION SHOW- A reminder that Appleby and Shaw will present a fashion show at Housman’s at 7pm, next Monday in aid of Wooden Spoon and Shropshire Breast Cancer Unit. Tickets from Appleby and Shaw or Housmans.

Ring 01694 724441.

OUT AND ABOUT - This Sunday a sung Eucharist will take place at Acton Scott Church at 11am. Next Tuesday, The Help will be screened at Hope Bowdler Village Hall at 7.30pm. On Friday, March 16, Longnor Village Hall will be the venue for a talk by Graham Phillips on King Arthur in Shropshire, from 6.30pm. Admission is £3.50, £1.50 for children or £7.50 for a family. Refreshments will be available.

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