Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
The Eccleshall Festival takes place every other year, with the next Festival taking place for the week Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th June. The Festival appears to have been part of the parish’s activities for many years, certainly before the War, and an estimate of ‘modern Festivals’ would suggest this year’s is the 36th, although the organisers are not able to confirm this. It has long been an opportunity for businesses, organisations and clubs to promote themselves to the general public and also to the local residents.
The organisers ask local groups to arrange Open events where the public can visit them and see what they do and possibly become members of that group. With several thousand visitors during the week of events local businesses are able to put on a show and promote themselves whether it be a restaurant of which we have many, a pub, of which we also have many, or perhaps a ladies fashion shop.
The Festival begins on Saturday 16th June with day one of the Ecclian Open Gardens weekend, when local domestic gardens will be open for garden lovers to visit and enjoy. Admission and directions to the various gardens is available in the form of a programme which will be available at Eccleshall Library, in the High Street, between 9am and 4pm on the days of the event for £5. The proceeds of the event will help to fund the work of the the Ecclian Society for the community work that they carry out each year including the hanging baskets and Christmas Trees. The second day of the Open Gardens weekend is on Sunday 17th June.
Monday 18th June
Eccleshall Hand Bell Ringers
On Monday 18th June the Eccleshall Hand Bell Ringers group will throw open their doors to invite members of the public to see what they get up to. They will be open to the public from 7:45 to 8:45. Why not have a go? or call in to just to have a listen. It all takes place in the parish room in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. There is no admission charge and visitors may come and go as they please.
Tuesday 19th June
Eccleshall Singers sing a long
On Tuesday 19th June Eccleshall Singers are staging a ‘Sing a long’ evening in the Methodist Church on Stone Road between 7.30am and 9.30pm. Musical Director Gail Gee invites members of the public to come along for a sing song with the choir’s regular members. If you enjoy singing or if you might consider joining the group do come along. The Singers meet every Tuesday evening, and perform concerts around and about. Visit their website at www.eccleshallsingers.org
Wednesday 20th June
Hospice Support Group Strawberry Tea
Starting at 2pm on Wednesday 20th June there will be a Strawberry Tea at the Eccleshall Cricket Club in aid of Katharine House Hospice Support Group. In the pleasant surroundings of the Cricket Club pavilion enjoy afternoon tea and help to fund the valuable work that the hospice does.
Eccleshall Guided Historical Walk
Eccleshall is a unique historical country town, with many features dating back centuries, and with a wonderful guide in the form of Jan Baker, from Eccleshall Historical Society, you need not miss any of them. Starting at 7pm on Wednesday 20th June a Guided Historical Walk takes place around the town centre led by Jan Baker. Starting at the clock in the High Street, the walk will be approximately an hour and a quarter and a charge of £2 per person will be made. Participants should wear suitable shoes and, as places are limited, they should book in advance on 01785 850826, leaving a name and number if they get the answer machine.
Thursday 21st June
Community Cinema, presents “Murder on the Orient Express”
On Thursday 21st June the Eccleshall Community Cinema, presents “Murder on the Orient Express” at the Royal Oak, High Street, Eccleshall starting at 8.00pm Admission £5. See the website for full programme details www.eccleshallcommunitycinema.co.uk
Festival Quiz Night at The Bell
The Weekly Quiz Night at The Bell in the High Street takes place on Thursday 21st June starting at 9.30pm. All levels of quizzers are invited to join in the fun.
Bowls Club Open Night
The Weekly The Eccleshall Indoor Bowls Club, has an Open Night, come along and try your hand and if you enjoy it you may wish to join them weekly. The evening starts at 7.30pm in the community centre, Shaw’s Lane, in the High Street, takes place on Thursday 21st June starting at 9.30pm. All levels of quizzers are invited to join in the fun.
Friday 22nd June
Eccleshall Trust Bingo Evening
On Friday 22nd June the Eccleshall Trust has a Bingo Evening at the community centre, in Shaw’s Lane starting at 7 for 8pm. Tickets are available from various town centre venues. The Trust raises funds to provided our town’s senior citizens with outing and a Christmas lunch.
Saturday 23rd June
Eccleshall Victorian Street Market
Saturday 23rd June between 10am-4pm the town’s 36th bi-ennial Victorian Street Market takes place in Eccleshall Town Centre.
The market will be opened at 10am by the Mayor of Stafford, Borough Councillor Ray Barron, and the chairman of the Eccleshall Parish Council Councillor Graham Garner.
Up to 80 stalls of all types and sizes offering a wide range of products services and fund raising from local groups.Many of the town’s clubs and organisations will be represented with stalls.
Live music all day, hot and cold foods, an animatronic T Rex will be making several appearances throughout the day, a dance group, Austin Seven vehicles, Gentleshaw Animal centre, bouncy castle and special events staged by the various pubs in the town centre.
Holy Trinity Church will be staging a full day of activities including depictions of biblical characters and events and local choirs will be providing music all day. There is no charge for admission but there is a collection box for donations.Visits to the Holy Trinity Church bell tower are also available during the day. It gives visitors an opportunity to visit the 13th century church.
The celebrated ‘Teas to Please’ tea room will be open between 10am-5pm in the Church Parish Room. Always a popular venue on the day with good value home-made produce products on sale, the perfect place to pause and enjoy the day. The proceeds benefit the Holy Trinity Church.
Sunday 24th June
Special War Memorial Service
On Sunday 24th June a very Special War Memorial Service will take place in the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church. Beginning at 10am. The rededication of the Eccleshall War memorial following the addition of 17 names of fallen following extensive work done by a group anxious to ensure that all of Eccleshall’s fallen are shown on the memorial. The Bishop and Lord Lieutenant and other V.I.P.’S will be attending this ceremony which is open to members of the public.
Eccleshall Festival Contacts
The Eccleshall Festival website at www.eccleshallfestival.co.uk contains up to date information about all the Festival activities along with contact details.
The Festival coordinator is Peter Jones, who can be reached at email: email@example.com or 01785 851381 or mobile 07815 419166 for general Festival enquiries.
For Victorian Street Market space bookings please contact Libby Dale on 01785 850124 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org