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GPN February 2020


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Letters &


Katharine House Hospice -

Danceathon 2020

After a successful but tiring Danceathon in 2018, I've dusted off my dancing shoes and am ready to do another six-hour Danceathon on 23rd February 2020 in aidof Katharine House  Hospice. I'll be doing Bollywood, 80s Clubbercise, Zumba and Burlesque among others so watch out for Strictly Amanda!

If you would like to sponsor me, please visit my Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/a manda-morrell1

Every little helps - if all participants raise just £50 each, then the total raised from the event would cover the costs of the Wellbeing Day Services for an entire 3 months. This means that patients coping with the challenges of a progressive illness will have free access to a programme offering support and practical advice in the management of their symptoms. Thank you.

Amanda Morrell



The manager of Gingercroft (Faye Reynolds) is skydiving to raise money for our residents. We deliver residential care for the elderly and elderly with early onset dementia. I have worked at the home for almost ten years and worked from care assistant up to the homes manager. Over the past ten years residents express different wishes but one wish is the same throughout - a visit to the seaside as they did when they were small children. We have three residents at the grand age of 100+ so let’s help make their wishes come true.

We are a private care home and do not charge extra for activities or trips out, we do this solely by raising money via holding events at the home. Our goal is to take all 20 residents somewhere such as Blackpool for the day. We have a Just Giving page setup to raise funds to help us so if you feel you could help us then please visit our page at:



Mrs J Timmis

sends her grateful thanks to all the

friends and neighbours who helped her

after her recent knee operation.

Thank You

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 them.

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 07814 823867


Villages Changes

In response to the Village Voice article regarding retail changes in Gnosall, independent businesses that have disappeared over the past 20 years that I have lived here are :

2 Post Offices, 2 Butchers, Fruit & Vegetable shop, Hard ware store, Florist Haberdashery store, Newsagent/sweets /toy shop, Delicatessen, Photography shop, Tattoo parlour, Betting shop, Barber and Police office.

We have gained the Co-op, a travel agent and a laundry. So I consider that the changes in the village are somewhat more than ‘disappointing’.

H. Sumpter

New Chairs For The Village hall

New chairs have been purchased using donated funds from the GPN as well as some other benefactors. 

I don't know if you've used them yet, but we had them for our AGM in November and they are very much more comfortable than the plastic ones. So please pass on thanks to the GPN team for their help.



Many Thanks Mags Yeo.( Village hall Secretary )


Commonwealth Stamps

Are there any keen philatelists in the village who would like a small collection of Commonwealth Stamps? My American pen pal has recently sent me 22 commonwealth stamps mainly from 1939-1951. I don’t want any money for them but a small donation to Katharine House Hospice would be much appreciated. If you are interested, please contact me, Amanda Morrell on 01785 749110 or e-mail mrs.gr8girl@outlook.com.

The full list of stamps is as follows:

England:1948 Olympic Games 2½d and 1948 Olympic Games 6d.

South Africa:1948 South Africa 3d

(two joined).

India: 9 pies no date.

Australia:1945 Australia Peace 2½d,

1945 Australia 2½d and

Centenary of Mitchell’s exploration of

Central Queensland 2½d.

New Zealand: New Zealand triangular

1d ½d no date, New Zealand triangular

2d no date,1940 New Zealand centennial

1d and New Zealand square 2d no date

Canada: 1939 2 cents (two),1939 3 cents

(two),1935 3 cents, 1939 1 cent,

1948 4 cents, 1951 4 cents,

undated 7 cents and undated 10 cents

Amanda Morrell

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