A NEW book has been launched featuring Onecote and the surrounding area.
The book, entitled Around Onecote, has been compiled by Sheila Hine, of Meerbrook, and covers the parish of Onecote from the moors around The Mermaid down to Ford. Mrs Hine launched the book at the communities annual plant sale which was held in the village hall.
The event, which was well attended, included the sale of a large range of vegetables, herbs, bedding, plants for hanging baskets and tubs along with perennials all grown locally by the staff and patrons of the Kniveden Project in Leek and members of Onecote Gardening Club and its supporters. The author was in attendance at the sale to sign copies of the book.
The new book contains 160 pages and has personal recollections from more than 40 contributors and contains many old pictures from the area.
Mrs Hine said: "Four ladies from the area had the idea to complete a book for the parish in 2005. They completed a few interviews at the time with some residents in the village.
"They asked me about four years ago if I would take it on.
"I am now relieved that it has been completed. Already a lot of people have said how much they have enjoyed it which is very encouraging.
"This is my seventh book which I have completed that features different villages and areas in the Moorlands. I am now working on another which I hope will be out later in the year. This features the area around the River Dane and Bosley.
"Working on the books enables you to meet many lovely people and also a lot of village characters."
Proceeds from the plant sale, which raised £750, will be divided between Onecote Village Hall Trust and Onecote Bloomers Gardening Club.
A spokesman for the event said: "We would like to thank Wendy from Leek College and Guy and the service users who attend Kniveden NHS occupational therapy garden in Leek and also the Onecote Bloomers Gardening Club members who provided the plants.
"Thanks also go to people who made cakes for the day and to everyone who helped to make the event such a success."
The new book, priced £12.95, is available at Picture Book in Stanley Street, Leek.