The Spring Tea for residents of the village aged over 85 was held in April. The first of these Teas was held by the Parish Council to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday and proved so popular that it was decided to continue them three or four times a year. They were first funded by the Parish Council, Gnosall Lions and Cllr. Mark Winnington’s County Fund.
Sponsorship has now been taken over by United Charities which is a village charity that provides in various ways for the elderly of the village, although Parish Councillors still provide most of the help on the day.
About 20 people aged over 85, plus their guests, gathered in the Grosvenor Centre. Following a lovely selection of old songs by the Gnosall Singers, everyone partook of sandwiches, cakes and scones provided by the helpers. The most important aspect of these teas, however, is not the food but the chance to meet old friends. Gnosall is unusual in this transient age in that so many of the residents grew up together, but with a lot having some degree of mobility difficulties they cannot get out to see each other as they used to and these teas give everyone a wonderful opportunity to get together again and reminisce.
If there is anyone in the village who is over 85 and has not been receiving invitations to the teas, or will be over 85 by July, please let the Parish Council Office know so that you are on our list for the next one, which will be on the 11th August.
Gnosall & District Voluntary Car Scheme
The scheme has now been in operation for 25 years, with support from Staffordshire County Council and Gnosall United Charities and covers the wider community surrounding Gnosall. Over the last 12 months volunteer drivers have covered 5649 miles, taking clients mainly to hospitals and surgeries from Gnosall, Ranton, Adbaston, Woodseaves, Haughton, Bradley and Derrington.
Due to increased demand for our services we URGENTLY need to recruit more voluntary drivers for the scheme to transport members of our community to medical appointments in Cannock, Stafford, Stoke, Telford & Wolverhampton, plus local visits for shopping etc. A driver’s mileage allowance is payable to cover fuel costs & clients pay for their journeys from a pre-set mileage chart.
Brian Perkins, a founder member and driver with the scheme for 25 years, recently retired from his driving duties. His many clients over the years wanted to extend their thanks for his services and a presentation was made to Brian and flowers given to his wife Mo at the recent Annual General Meeting.
For further details and to register an interest please contact either Martin Watkins 01785 824005 or Tony Innamorati 01952 691222