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Meals on Wheels

WRVS members have been delivering Meals on Wheels in Staffordshire for over fifty years and have a long and distinguished history of providing a reliable and caring service. This success was due entirely to the dedicated band of volunteers who have delivered the meals.

It was with dismay that members heard earlier in the year that the County Council, in the name of "Best Value", was putting the service out to contract and that WRVS, Social Services and Private Contractors were likely to be submitting bids. There was great disappointment when the news broke that the whole service (provision, cooking and delivery) had been given to Flow Foods, a private contractor from 1st November 2001.

Staffordshire will probably never again see such a large number of volunteers, over 1,300, all working on the same project. In Rolleston, we had about 20 volunteers and at a recent ceremony, WRVS members were presented with certificates in recognition of their faithful service.

Many of the recipients of Meals on Wheels have expressed their concern at the changes taking place fearing that they will miss the friendly visitors they have become accustomed to. We will have to wait and see how the new arrangements work out.

In Local government, we have become accustomed to the term "Best Value", but this is one service that it is difficult to believe could be so radically changed. <News>

Cupped Hands

Cupped HandsDavid Staples, of Rolleston Road, entered 'Cupped Hands' in a competition for a Great East Midlands Landmark. His design, was one of nine picked by judges to be in the finals. It could have been the Midlands answer to the Angel of the North but was pipped to the post by a three strong team of architects from Nottingham. 

He was presented with a certificate by Lord Attenborough in recognition of his achievement at a ceremony held at Leicester University in November 2001.  <News>

Horticultural & Handicraft Show

The Rolleston on Dove Horticultural & Handicraft show was held on Saturday 1st September at Rolleston Club, Burnside. I am pleased to report that, due to a much improved attendance, this year's show was the best to date. There were entries to suit all ages and it was difficult to choose winners. Eventually the judges: Mr Bates, Mrs Toon, Mr Holden, Mrs Morrison, Mrs Gamble and Mrs Bush decided the Best Exhibits were as follows:-

Vegetables - Mr Ken Doxey. Collection of Vegetables - Mr Phil Cadd. Flowers - Mr John Hill. Plants/Containers etc - Mrs Jean Cadd. Cookery - Mrs Zilla Hurd. Handicrafts - Mrs Leigh. Photography - Mrs Carol Hill. Painting - Mrs G. Tunstall. Wines - Mr Mick Rodgers. Fruit - Sam Key. Best Exhibit by a Girl - Miss Emily Norris. Best Exhibit by a Boy - Mr Anthony Gibbs.

The Ladies DRH Shield for the lady with the most points in the show was again won by Mrs Joan Clarke. The Bass Brewers' Gents Shield for the Gent with the most points was won by Mr Graham Smith of Tutbury.

The evening Raffle and Auction of the remaining produce to raise money for the children's Christmas Party was also very successful raising over £100.

The Horticultural Show is part of village tradition and if anyone has any ideas or would like to help or sponsor in any way for next year's show (provisionally 31st August) please let me know. My personal thanks to Jean Cadd, Sonia Besley, all the Judges and Committee and Bar Staff at Rolleston Club. Without their help and support the day would not have been possible. Linda Yates, Organiser. 

Brighter Borough Gardening Competition

After losing last year, the village has regained the Burtotex Cup for the parish with the best six gardens and overall appearance. Our thanks to the following for allowing us to enter their gardens:-
Mrs H Taylor, The Old Hall, Hall Grounds
Mrs J Mousley, 10, Hall Road
Mrs A Howard, 40, The Lawns
Mr J Cawser, 11, Beacon Drive
Mr P Gould, 10, Marston Lane
Mr M Heywood, 62, Station Road

Congratulations to the following winners in the Rolleston Parish section:-
Front Garden Winner - Mr P Gould, Runner-up Mr J Cawser
Rear Garden Winner - Mrs J Mousley <News>

Breweries Cup

Rolleston CC celebrate victory Congratulations to Rolleston Cricket Club for retaining the Burton Breweries Cup (Sunday 29 July 2001) having beaten old rivals Alrewas CC by 72 runs!! <News>

Garden Sunday

Judy Tillett in her gardenGarden Sunday was held on 24th June 2001 from 1 to 6 pm.  Eleven gardens were open to the public, some for the first time.  Attractions included a plant stall, teas, a cake stall, a raffle and (new this year) a garden book stall.  Rolleston Gallery, above the Post Office, was also open.

The event proved very popular with people visiting from far and wide. Money raised will go towards making the church more accessible for people with disabilities. <News>

Amy in the garden of Grace Cottage

Royal British Legion

On Trinity Sunday, 10 June, St. Mary's Church played host to the Royal British Legion's Annual Church Parade.  Led by the band of the Territorial Army, the parade of eighteen Standard Bearers and many other members marched from the Rolleston Scout Headquarters to the Church, where they were greeted by the Chaplain, Rev. Ian Whitehead.  In the presence of the Staffordshire RBL President, Rev. Blake Harrop and civic dignitaries, the large congregation took part in a very moving service of rededication and remembrance, at the end of which the parade reformed for the march to the Commemoration Club.  The salute was taken from beside the lychgate which is Rolleston's War Memorial. <News>

Rolleston Scouts Carnival

Rolleston Carnival

Rolleston Scouts held their biggest event of the year, the annual Carnival on 20 May 2001, which this year had a "mediaeval" theme, with a procession of decorated floats, musical entertainments, tug-of-war contests, bouncy castle, giant slide and many other entertainments, stalls and demonstrations.  As usual, the Chairman, Margaret Smedley, had chosen a fine day, and a large crowd enjoyed a wonderful afternoon. <News>

De Ferrers High School Duck Race

Duck race

More than 2,500 entrants took part in the annual duck race along the Alderbrook in Rolleston. This exciting event started at 1.00p.m. (12 May) with the first heat of 330 plastic ducks swimming off down towards the bridge. Headteacher Michael York and his deputies were at the end of the course in their wellies ready to catch the ducks as they crossed the line. After several heats the finalists were coaxed back into the water for their swim of a lifetime. The prize for the winning ticket was £75 with a £50 second prize and a family ticket to the American Adventure Park for third prize. It was a fun afternoon out for the family with side shows, homemade cake stall and of course the ‘Spread Eagle' was open for food and drinks. <News>

Award winning school

John of Rolleston Primary School has won first prize in a Staffordshire County Council competition for National Science Week. They used a traffic cone as a mould to create a 63.5 cm jelly tower. <News>

Tony Blair visits Rolleston

Tony Blair at Dovecliff Hall

Prime Minister, Tony Blair, visited farms in Marston on Dove, an area devastated by the national foot and mouth epidemic, on 26 April and in the evening met representatives of MAFF and farmers at Dovecliff Hall. 

The last known case of the disease in Staffordshire was 10 April, and many of the areas closed to the public are now being reopened - the prohibition on any person entering or leaving Brook Hollows, Rolleston ceased to have effect at 5.00 pm on 24 April 2001. <News>

Civic Trust Millennium Awards

Webmaster receiving his award from Tom MartinFor the Millennium Year Rolleston Civic Trust decided to make two awards to people who had made significant contributions to the promotion of the village and the community activity during the year. At their AGM held on 21 March 2001 one of the awards was presented to Ann and Arnold Burston for their organisation of the highly successful Millennium History Exhibition and the other to Richard Bush for setting up and maintaining the village website. <News>

End of an era

David Woolley The middle of March 2001 saw the forecourt of Rolleston Service Station being dug up to remove the petrol storage containers - the pumps had already gone - all that remains is the cover. Partner in the business Maureen Gates said "It is the end of an era; we have been here 40 years". It is a sad loss to the village.

The station which is owned by Mrs Gates and her business partner David Woolley (pictured) will continue to do MoTs, services and repairs. <News>

Foot and mouth

Foot and mouth disease, part of a national epidemic, has struck at Beck Green Farm, a small holding off Station Road near the Jinny Trail. Following tests on the one sheep and seven goats kept on the farm a D-Notice was served on the land on 12 March and the area was closed off. Land owner Beryl Beck, who kept the animals more like pets, was said to be devastated. <News>

Pancake Races 2001

The 13th annual pancake races were held on Saturday 3 March - a beautiful sunny afternoon. Six adult, eight junior and six infant teams competed.

Unfortunately, due to the state of Brookside (gas pipeline works) the races had to be held between the Spread Eagle Island and the Dove Clinic entrance but, with the helpful and genial presence of P.C. Bird, all went off very smoothly. The adult event (and cup) was won by Civic Trust A. Pancake Rockets (John of Rolleston School) won the junior and Civic Trust Infants the infant sections. Several flying pancakes landed in the dust but only one was eaten by a passing dog.

A collection for the church fabric fund raised over £90, and a very enjoyable occasion was rounded off by the serving of much more edible pancakes in the church room by the parents of Rolleston playgroup, adding a further £90 for Church funds.  <News>

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