Haughton Village News

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NHS Covid-19 app

NHS Covid-19 app: England and Wales get smartphone contact tracing for over-16s

People living in England and Wales are being urged to download the government's official contact-tracing app following its official release.
NHS Covid-19 instructs users to self-isolate for 14 days if it detects they were nearby someone who has the virus.
It also has a check-in scanner to alert owners if a venue they have visited is found to be an outbreak hotspot.
Anyone aged 16 and over is being asked to install the app onto their smartphone.

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Gas BBQ - For Sale

We have a Gas BBQ in our shed looking for a new home.  
Hardly Used £30

Please contact Sue Edwards 780921

or email: sje46(at)hotmail.com replace (at) with @

Halloween in Haughton

Bell Ringing 23rd September

Sorry, we couldn't all make tonight's practice and so we had to cancel.

There's a private prayer meeting on Sunday (27th September)  in the Church at 10am, the bells will begin to ring at 9.30am.

Bell Ringing Practice - Wednesday 16th September 2020

The practice was attended by our 6 resident (non-self-isolating) ringers.  We spent some more time on our raising and lowering skills and progress is being made.

We then rang rounds and these are starting to get quite steady, our listening skills are starting to improve. 

Our last part of the practice was dedicated to Ann Hodgkins as we had learned she sadly passed away earlier in the week (see our previous post).

Next week we will still be concentrating on our bell handling, listening, and hopefully be looking towards making a few changes.

We would like to Thank Rosemarie from Gnosall who came and rang with us last Sunday morning making us a full team.  After discussing who could make this Sunday, we were unsure, as it depends on other commitments of our ringers if they are cancelled or not due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If a ringer from another tower would like a rope and we do get 7 then I would be happy to stand out and allow for social distancing.

Ann Hodgkins - 1937 to 2020

It's with sadness we learnt Ann Hodkins passed away a few days ago.  Ann was Tower Captain at Seighford for many years, and although she wasn't a regular visitor to St. Giles Haughton she would always make an effort to come and say hello and have a ring with us when she did.

I never knew Ann particularly well, however, one of the last times I spoke with her, she telephoned me to ask me something (I can't even remember what!) but an hour later I was still on the telephone with her 'putting the world to rights!'  

Many of you would have known Ann through her long career of a Midwife.

During our practice on Wednesday 16th September we rang 83 whole pulls of Queens, and finished them with a diminishing stand.

Rest in Peace Ann.

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Bell Ringing - Wednesday 9th September 2020

We just had 4 ringers this evening and so we spent the time learning and practicing raising and lowering our bells. This should help us to gain better bell to control when we are ringing with the rest of the band.  Our subs for the North Staffs Association are becoming due at the end of the month and these have now been paid by each renewing member.

Help raise funds for Bell Restoration Project across Staffordshire
The North Staffs Association have been raising funds for bell restoration project for a number of years, they contributed to Haughton'sproject in 1998 and are doing the same to Stafford's major restoration.  You can now help them raise funds simply by shopping online with major retailers such as Amazon and eBay, simply sign up to the Easy Fundraiser and the North Staffs will receive a small donation every time you make a purchase.  Just use the link below to sign up.

Sunday 13th September, there will be a private prayer meeting at St. Giles starting 10 am, and we will ring between 9.30 and 10 am, we now have 6 bell ringers who said they can come.

Haughton WI Report - September 2020

 Haughton WI Report

Just to update all Members on the ‘behind the scenes’ functioning of the WI.  Since our AGM on March 2nd we were forced to go into ‘lockdown’, but this has not meant that your Committee has had no function.  Our very able President, Laurie, has spent many hours working on the archives, also updating, together with PamWillis, all member’s details to enable the WI to, where possible, circulate any news by email. 

I can now confirm that Haughton WI held its first, socially distancing, Committee meeting on Monday 7th September, in the Village Hall, with everyone following the stringent rules provided by the Village Hall Committee to conform to the present Covid restrictions.

The meeting began with the sad announcement of the loss of two of our Members, Doreen Wheatcroft and Trina Busby, both having been stalwart Members of the WI over many years.  We now have 49 Members. The election of all officers took place and all Committee members were allocated specific jobs. Lynne Bowering was welcomed as a new Committee member.

Monday 7th September 2020 was a very special day, it being the 100th Birthday of Haughton WI.  Any celebrations planned for this are, obviously, postponed, but the Village WI sign is in the process of being renovated and will carry the new inscription Haughton WI 1920 -2020 Our very full programme of guest speakers for 2020/21 have, generally, all been transferred to the 2021/22 year, with grateful thanks to Trina Ritchie for arranging this.  Our Christmas meal, scheduled for 28th November 2020, is being re-scheduled for Saturday 27th November 2021.  On a lighter note, the annual WI subscriptions, normally due on the first meeting in January, will now not be due until April 2021!! 

Finally, a very big thank you to Peter Skelson and the Village Hall Committee for all the tremendous amount of work they have all put in, and continue to do after each use, to make the Village Hall so very able to cater for attendees during these very difficult Covid times.

Jenny Mincher-Lockett

Lost Keys

Has anyone found any Keys in a Brown Leather Pouch?  It is thought they could have been lost last weekend around the Haughton area.  If you have found them or do find them please contact me (Trevor) and I will contact their owner.

Many Thanks

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Experienced Ringer Required for the next 2 Sunday's

One of our team members will be away for the next two Sunday's, so if there are any experienced ringers who would like their rope you'll be most welcome to join us for Sunday Service ringing.  The ringing will be just rounds and call changes.

The ringing times for both Sunday's (13th and the 20th) are 9.30am until 10am. 

Social distancing will be maintained throughout each session, masks and gloves will be worn and can be provided.

Please let me know if you are interested.

October half term holiday club


Details of the September Services and Bell Ringing at St Giles

        Sunday, 6th September, at 10.00a.m. Morning Prayer led by the Worship Group.

        Sunday, 13th September, 10.00a.m. -11.00a.m. Private Prayer
        Sunday, 20th September, 10.00a.m., Holy Communion with Revd. Cath Brumfitt
        Sunday, 27th September., 10.00a.m.-11.00a.m. Private Prayer.

From October 2020 there will be a new regular pattern of Services and further details will be published nearer the time. Please note that members of the congregation are required to wear masks and use the hand sanitizer provided. In addition to the Rector, Organist, Choir members, and Bell ringers, we are allowed 27 Members in the congregation.

The Sunday Service ringing will commence at 9,30am each Sunday.  Our practices will continue being held on Wednesday evening throughout September from 8pm until 9pm.  If you wish to join us for Service Ringing or Practice please let us know beforehand so we can comply with the current Covid-19 restrictions. 

BKV - August 2020

I am writing this on a very windy day, truly unseasonal.  This time normally we would have had the results, had a prize giving and a glass of wine either in celebration or in conciliation. Alas, not this year.

In another month or so we will be preparing for autumn planting but in the meantime some pictures from village gardens.

Thank you to all those people who submitted photos.

Remember let's make Haughton Shine again. Once its safe of course

Ian Sunley
Haughton BKV Coordinator 2020
iansunley(at)icloud.com  (at)= @