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Produced by publishers of The Popular Village Monthly


Letters &


Colourful start to the year For the New Year, we have made changes to the GPN and from this month are introducing full colour reproduction throughout the magazine.

The new format allows us to better display editorial reports and photographs of Gnosall events. The typeface should be easier to read and advertisements more eye-catching for local trades and businesses.

The GPN’s management committee has decided against any increase in the cover price – 50p a copy at local shops or £5 annual subscription for 12 delivered copies. No change from last year. 

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank our volunteers who deliver to 900+ homes around the village. And to remind our subscribers that the £5 subscription for 2020 is due this month. We hope you like the new look magazine.

The GPN Team


Family History

My own family on my Mother's side comes from Gnosall and Church Eaton, several lines of which I have traced directly back to the early 1500s. The family Surnames that are related to me are:

Bancroft (bakers in Gnosall until the 1950s/60s. George Herbert Bancroft’s line. B: 1875

Poulson, Elizabeth May - (George Herbert’s wife B: 1876) Stone/s.

Robinson. Lockley (mainly from Church Eaton).


If any readers have a direct connection to these lines (possibly through the Bancroft side) I would be grateful if they could contact me at: edismobile@aol.com Many thanks,

Maggie Hughes. 823526.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course

Members of Beacon Baptist Church in Stafford wanted to help their local community - Gnosall and surrounding villages - to best handle the economic climate so underwent specialised training

from UK Charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

CAP are offering a FREE short course aimed at putting the joy back into money by teaching people how to chart their household income and take control of their expenditure.

Money Coach Peter Thompson, who will be leading the sessions called the CAP Money Course, said: "With households feeling the squeeze on their disposable income, we've all got to get a bit more

savvy about our money to get through these tough times. If you know how to save and budget effectively, it can have a hugely positive impact on the whole family."

Beacon Church is one of more than 1000 churches of different Christian traditions across the UK who are regularly offering the course, as they work together to positively impact the communities around


The CAP Money Course has been found to be most useful for newly retired people, soon-to-be students, mums dealing with mounting bills, families saving for a wedding and everyone in between.

Peter added: "We hope that we can help people, quietly and confidentially, take control rather than relying on guess work so they can plan for the future and weather the storm."

The next course will take place in the Vestry at St. Lawrence Church at the beginning of February 2020.

To find out more about the CAP Money Course and book a place call or message:-

Peter Thompson on 0781 482386


Children’s Society

On behalf of The Children's Society can I thank everyone for the generous donations from the box holders who raised the amazing sum of £1,288 this year. The box collections really do change children’s lives every day by providing funding to maintain the Society’s vital services, including helping thousands of children who are being exploited on the streets.

Can I also thank the box collectors whose help I greatly appreciated.

Yvonne Cannell (Coordinator)

Somethings missing



The apostrophe is the punctuation mark which causes the most debate; it drives otherwise mild-natured people into creating a fuss in cafés when it’s been misused. Some of us just can’t let sandwich’s go. In 2017, a self-proclaimed grammar vigilante even made the national news, as he went out at night correcting punctuation.The trouble is that there has never been a time when we have reached final agreement on how apostrophes should be used, so it’s no wonder that this small punctuation mark causes such chaos and confusion. 

The first apostrophes were marks of omission, indicating that something has been taken out of the word. For example, in modern English, it is can be written as it’s. However, humans have a tendency to learn a rule and then apply it everywhere, and the liberal use of apostrophes is no exception.

Apostrophes were initially used to indicate the removal of a letter, usually a vowel, which was not pronounced, such as the e in walk’d. But sometimes people would simply put an apostrophe in the middle of a word for no obvious reason, as the 17th century poet Robert Herrick did when he wrote “What fate decreed, time now ha’s made us see”. 

In modern times, we have settled on a rule that words never need to use an apostrophe to make them into a plural in English. However, the use of an apostrophe in a plural remains a common mistake, known as the grocer’s apostrophe, as often seen signs in grocers’ shops advertising apple’s, banana’s and pear’s.If you don’t want to upset those of an otherwise mild nature, be vigilant in your use of apostrophes, but maybe don’t go as far as being a vigilante. 

By Andrea Lacy


Anonymous Donor

Someone has very kindly given an extremely generous donation for the Over 84’s Teas. I was just told that he or she wished to remain anonymous. We are very grateful and would love to entertain him or her as our guests at the Easter Tea to say thank you. It would be lovely if this person could contact me.

Maggie Hughes. 823526.


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