LOCAL historian and Post & Time columnist Bill Cawley, who has been taking parties on ghost walks around Leek since 2005, will be taking residents around the town on Halloween and also on his usual Friday night tour. Meet at the Nicholson War Memorial at 7.30pm. Adults £4, Children £2. Contact 01538 382563/07972749312.
THERE is a car boot sale at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, on Sunday, November 3. It costs £6 for an indoor pitch and £5 for outdoor pitch. Booking on 01538 398655, or feel free to turn up on the day. Indoor pitches to be set up the day before between 2pm to 4 pm. Setting up time on the day from 8am. Selling to the public from 9am. All pitch fees will be donated to Horton Lodge School to buy specialist equipment and resources for the children.
BALL Haye Green Sports and Social Club is holding two events this coming weekend. The first on Saturday, November 2, is Shadtones a popular male four piece group. On Sunday, November 3, is Shawn Dean, a top male artist. All weekend entertainment is free of charge and visitors are very welcome.
TOMORROW, Thursday, October 31, at 6pm, will be the Haregate Community Centre Fireworks Display and Halloween night of fun and activities. The event includes Trick or Treating for the kids, fairground rides and a full hog roast, and fancy dress is encouraged this year. To enter the Zombie Pumpkin competition, bring your carved pumpkin to the centre by midday on October 31. All the pumpkins will be lit and displayed around the event to be judged by a panel. Prizes will be given to the best pumpkin and awards to the scariest, funniest and most original.
PREPARATIONS are already in hand for one of the longest running traditions in the Moorlands, Endon well-dressing. Next May the three-day festival will be enacted for the 170th time, but the organisers need some new helping hands. Some of the longer-serving committee members are about to retire, including some who have been taking part for up to 40 years. In addition two of the younger members are now away at university. So when the well-dressing committee meets next Monday, November 4, they hope some new volunteers will turn up to support the many jobs that have to be done. The meeting will be held in the rear room of the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Anyone who is willing to help will be welcome.
THERE will be apple pressing at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek, on Sunday, November 3, 11am to 2pm. The last apple pressing a the Foxlowe produced 37 bottles of pasteurised juice from over 100kg of apples. Transition Leek would like to surpass the earlier pressing as there should be many more apples available now.
A FAIRTRADE event is to take place in Waterhouses this Saturday, November 2. The event will been held at the Methodist Church in Leek Road between 10am and 2pm. Gifts, cakes, fairtrade food and refreshments will be available for visitors to purchase during the day.
AUTHOR Lindsey Porter is to present a talk on the 5th Duke of Devonshire and his wife Georgiana, in Grindon. The event will be held on Thursday, November 14, at Grindon Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £5, are now available by calling 01538 304155 or 304172. Proceed are in aid of Grindon Village Hall.
THE season of History Live in Hollinsclough continues on Wednesday, November 6, in the Chapel Hall with Alan Weeks on ‘Courtney Brocklehurst the Other Brother’. He was the younger brother of Sir Philip, a cavalry officer in the First World War, served in Burma in the Second World War, and was then a game warden in Sudan. For more details contact Victoria on 01298 83721.
THE Prince Of Wales In Fernwood Drive, Leek, Is Holdings Its Halloween Party On Friday, November 1, Starting At 7.30pm. Fancy Dress Optional.