We all need something to brighten the darkness at the moment and I have something that will gladden the souls of the children. I've had a call from one of Santa's helpers today to tell me that Santa will be visiting Haughton from around 7.30p on Saturday 5th December. He will travel down Station Road then onto Meadow Drive, Moathouse Drive, Rectory Lane past the school, and onto Prince Avenue turning right onto Newport Road and back up Station Road. Unfortunately, as he is so busy this year with the Lockdown and COVID he won't be able to stop and will not be collecting donations but he would love to see as many people outside to wave to him as possible.
Earlier this year Lisa Horrit signed the North Staffordshire BRF (Bell Restoration Fund) to receive donations from an app called easyfundraising.co.uk. It simply connects the fund to thousands of online retailers who will donate a percentage of any purchase made with them through the app, and it doesn’t cost ‘you’ the customer any extra money.
Simply visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk or the search ‘Easyfundrasing’ on the App Store (iPhone, ipad or iMac) or Google Play for Androids, sign up, selecting the North Staffs BRF as your chosen charity.
I have used it for a few months, so here are some useful tips that I have found along the way to maximise my donations.
Download the ‘Donation Reminder’ app. If you use Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox to browse the internet you can download the Donation Reminder app, this will ‘Pop up’ and remind you to activate the donation.
The Donation reminder may not work with all browsers so you will have to remember to go to www.easyfundraising.org.uk when making your purchases, you could make this web address your home page.
I have downloaded the easyfundraising app to my mobile and if I use my mobile for shopping I just use the app as a shopping browser. This always captures the donation.
Sometimes if you spend a long time browsing for the right product the donation activation can ‘time out’, to get around this problem I add my chosen product to the online basket and then pick the basket upon the easy fundraising app.
I will always be grateful for the donation made by the BRF to Haughton’s re-hanging in 1998, and I have rung at numerous towers that have benefited from the fund, without these much-needed funds our bells of Staffordshire wouldn’t be in the condition they are today.
If you run another Charitable Organisation and would like to join them up to receive donations from EasyFundraising then please visit the link below:
Village life has really been put on hold this year with the cancellations of many usual events, clubs and activities. However, if you do have any Village News that you would like sharing then please feel free to email us.
It was really good news to hear the Church and Village Magazine is starting again, and although I initially set this site up to 'bridge' the gap it left behind hopefully the two can now complement one another.
As we are unable to ring the church bells normally due to the Covid-19 restrictions, One bell will ring at 11:02 am 'half-muffled' 102 times to commemorate the 102nd Remembrance Sunday.
The Remembrance Services will be conducted online by our Vicar Revd. Cath Brumfitt details as below:
The United Benefice of Haughton, Bradley, Church Eaton and Derrington are launching a new Parish magazine in January. It will cover all four parishes and will cost £5 per year for 10 copies. It will be A4 size and in addition to the church notices, there will be 3 pages for each village. If anyone wants to contribute articles etc the deadline will be the 15th of each month and items should be emailed in word format to Ralph Howarth who will be editing the magazine at the following email address stedithas(at)gmail.com. Replace (at) with @.
As we had moved into Tier 2 of Lockdown and with a full National Lockdown looming on Thursday it was not possible for us to practice this week, and 'real' bell practice doesn't seem likely for several weeks to come. However, we have been busy setting up a 'remote tower' on www.ringingroom.com, and our hope is to continue with our learning and theory.
We are now looking at how we can commemorate Remembrance Sunday this year. Obviously, our usual performance of ringing 'half-muffled' as the congregation walks from the Centoph won't be possible. Watch this space!
Unfortunately, we have come to the decision to close our restaurant until after the lockdown has ended, due to having so many cancelations we feel it is the right thing to do.Therefore we will no longer be serving food or offering our takeaway service.
The bar will still be open on Tuesday & Wednesday from 5pm until 10pm, so we hope to see you all then!
We would like to thank you all for your support during these very difficult times, keep safe everybody and we will see you all very soon.
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Stuart, Janet, Michael & The Shropshire Inn Team.
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