November News


Isn`t this a wonderful village to live in, with such a great sense of community spirit. Thank you so much to everyone who donated lots for the Harvest Auction. Thank you to all those who bid so generously, £1500 is an amazing total to have reached. It makes our
job on the Stute committee so much more worthwhile knowing we have your support. A big pat on the back to Fred, Jenny, Ralph and Julie for setting the night up and for all the other things they do in and around the village.

There was a new stall at the market in October selling speciality cheese. One of our key aims for this event is to have a good number of food related products on offer, so we hope they will come again.

The Institute Café will be open as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.
Homemade soup will be on offer alongside the normal cake and refreshments see dates for your diary below. If anyone could donate a cake and drop it down on the morning that would be most helpful. Six of our regular stall holders will also be with us selling wares suitable for Christmas.

Coffee Morning Thursday 7 th Nov 10.30am to 12.30pm
Market and Café Saturday 16 th Nov 10.00am to 1.00pm
Festival Café and Sat 30 th Nov and Sun 1 st Dec 11am to 4pm

April News

April 2019
Special thanks yet again to Roy for his donation of spring plants for sale at the March Coffee Morning.

We have another music night on 6th April. The Flaky tarts are back with their own special blend of Folk, County, Blues and Rock. They are a two-pieceacoustic  band so the music will not be too loud. Bring our own snacks and refreshments. Doors open at 7.30pm the gig starts at 8.00pm. Tickets from Linda Kirtley £8.00 on 07854 718628 or email
Not much else to say except we are looking to buy some new round tables and our A.G.M. is in May.
Dates for your diary
Coffee Morning Thursday 4th
Flaky Tarts Saturday 6th
Market and Café Saturday 20th

Jeremy Jones committee member

March News


March 2019
There were no special events organised by The Stute last month but we keep on getting new faces at the Coffee Morning and the Village Market/Café. There were two new stalls in February, the comments from the stall holder were very positive `what a lovely venue, what friendly people, will there be room for us next month? `
The Tennis Club held a very successful music night in the hall which was a sell-out. It just goes to show that if the right event is offered and then properly marketed the people of Church Eaton will come out and support you.
As was said last month bookings are good. Jenny has done some research and bookings are well up on what they used to be before the renovations. There is still plenty of room for more community-based activities, so if anyone would like to organize something
maybe a Cinema or Quiz Night, we would be happy to help with publicity.
Most of the big jobs have now been done, so this year we are looking at a maintenance program, that includes looking at all the wood in the building and replacing any dodgy sections. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this does not reveal another major project.

Dates for your Diary Coffee Morning Thursday 7 th
Market and Café Saturday 16 th

February News

Just a couple of things left over from last year. Thank you to June for making the Christmas raffle cake, thanks to Pat for selling tickets and thanks to all of you for buying them, it raised £240 for stute funds. The Oompah Band Evening was a great success. We hope the Oak Fest group will do it again some time.
Bookings are going well for 2019, but we still have plenty of dates avaliable so if you are having a party or event please consider us. The Tennis Club have booked the hall and hired a band for a gig this month. Its good to see the Institute being used for live music on a regular basis.
The Market is now embedded as part of village life, many of our stall holders are old friends, but we are still offering soming new most months. If you forget the dates the Coffee morning is always the first Thursday of the month and the Market is the third Saturday.
The owners and customers at the Oak have been very generous in their support of the Stute over the years. It is great to see that the future of the Pub is now much more secure with new tenants in place. We wish them lots of success for the years ahead.
At the moment the future seems rather uncertain but rest assured you will still be able to go to the Village Institute drink coffee, eat cake and buy a bacon bap.

Dates for your diary
Coffee Morning 7th Feb

Village Market 16th feb
Jeremy Jones committee member

November News




November’s article is one full of thanks so let’s make a start

THANKS to the Oak Fest Committee for their donation to the Stute and for putting on such a great show. I know many people worked very hard to make it such a success.

THANKS to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning, Market, and live music in October

THANKS to John and Gwen for their very generous donation to our funds, and for sharing their 60th Wedding anniversary celebration with us.

THANKS to every body who made contributions to the Harvest Auction and to all those who put their hands up in the air and then in their pockets to buy all that lovely stuff.

THANKS to Fred, Jenny, Ralph and Julie for organizing the evening

We have the annual Live and Local Concert on Friday the 30th of November. A group called TANTZ will be on stage bringing us toe tapping foot stomping get up and dance gipsy Jazz music. They are a top rate act that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are £10 each to book phone Jenny on 01785 824882, There is no bar so bring your own food and refreshments. The fun starts at 7.30pm

There is an oom-pah band booked for 22nd of December so put that in your diary. Additional information will be given in the next mag. As you can see live music is really alive and kicking in Church Eaton.

The Crafty Lot has been relaunched meeting at the Royal Oak on the 2th Monday of the Month 7.00 start, we wish them every success in their new home

Dates for your Diary

Coffee Morning Thursday 1st November 10.30 am to 12.30pm

Village Market   Saturday 17th November 10am to 1.00 pm

Live and Local Concert Friday 30th November 7.30pm start

Jeremy Jones Committee member

October News




We had a packed house for the Coffee Morning in September, fresh ground coffee, homemade cakes and good company seem to be a winning combination. The coffee is still being provided free of charge by Councillor Steven Leighton, who is a Director of Has Bean Coffee Ltd, so we have to thank him again for his generous support.

As you all know we are always looking for ways to improve the facilities at the Stute, so last month we purchased replacements for the old card tables, which were full of woodworm and falling to pieces. We are now assessing the rest of the furniture to see what else needs updating or replacing

At the last two markets we have been selling strawberries from Lower Ruele farm they were freshly picked on the day and tasted great, no wonder they sold out in no time. Good to see Irene back at the Institute with a stall selling homemade preserves and chutney.

The Flaky Tarts are back performing on Saturday 27th October. Doors open 7.30pm music starts at 8.00pm, there is no bar so bring your own booze and snacks. Pre-booked Tickets are £8.00 each phone Linda on 07854 718628 or email  or £10.00 on the night.

Last but certainly not least, it is with great sadness we note the passing of Mick Beard. He was a good friend and supporter of the Stute over many years.  His performances in the village shows and pantomimes were legendary.


Dates for your diary

Coffee Morning Thursday 4th Oct      Village Market Saturday 20th Oct

The Flaky Tarts   Saturday 27th 0ct

Jeremy Jones committee member


September News



September 2018

After a hot and sultry summer, Christmas still seems a long way off but never the less after much discussion and heart searching we are making the following statement “The Institute Committee wishes to say that they will be breaking with tradition and regret that we will not be organizing the Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch this year. We know everyone appreciates the enormous effort that has been put in by the Committee over the years and we would like to thank you all for your help and support.

Good turnout at August`s Coffee morning, we now have a regular group of cyclists stop off for refreshments. The highlight of the morning was the stop over of a Palletways trucker who parked around the corner paid for coffee cake and six courgettes

The Market is still very popular, but we have lost about 6 stalls over the last 12 months. I know Jenny is now in contact with someone who may run a veg stall which would be great. We also need a stall

selling savoury pies and pasties, if there is anybody out there who could do this please contact us.

We are not putting on any events in September but the Flaky Tarts are here in the Autumn and Live and Local are back at the end of November


Dates for your Diary Coffee Morning Thursday 6th

Market and Café Saturday 15th

May and June News


MAY & JUNE 2018

The Chairman’s report at May`s A.G.M was very encouraging, informing the meeting of  a significant number of repairs refurbishments and projects that have been completed in the last financial year. The most significant being new windows in the kitchen. Future plans include upgrading the roof and central heating. Fred thanked all the officers, committee and friends of the stute for all their help and support.

The accounts showed that the finances are in good order. The reserves are only slightly down even though a number of improvements have been self-financed. Judy commented that day to day expenditure was being covered by income generated

Dawn outlined our new data protection policy and the committee thanked her and Phil for the work they had put into this project.

Irene is standing down this year,  her contribution will be missed, we would all like to thank her and wish her well. The rest of us are staying on for another year, so we must particularly thank Fred and the Officers for making this commitment.

Finally, we have to congratulate Josie Byford on completing the London Marathon in extremely hot and difficult conditions. She has raised over £5000 for Cancer Research.

Dates for your diary    Coffee Morning Thursday 7th June

                                       Market Saturday 16th June






December News


It’s been a great year for the Institute, bookings are up. The café and market are also doing well. Over a dozen improvements have been made to the building and fabric, some large, some small. We leave the old lady in a better state at the end of the year than she was at the beginning.
All the planned kitchen projects have now been completed and we have to thank Mick
Dainty ably assisted by Pat for fitting double-glazed units to the big back window. Well done guys.
Thanks to Jenny the stage is now looking very smart, she has spent many hours painting the new front and making fantastic crushed velvet long drop curtains.
The most interesting hire last month was an overnight stay by John and his Morris Men.
They danced their way round Mid Staffordshire, then came back to the Stute for a slap-up meal and just the odd glass of beer. We hope they all slept well.
The Pensioners Christmas Lunch is on Thursday the 14 th December 12.30 for 1pm. Places are limited to 50, this is a very popular event so book early to ensure a place. Contact Jenny on 01785824882
The Coffee Morning this month will have a Christmassy feel with Charles Butler teaching us how to sing and sign a few carols, the kids who go to ‘20 is Plenty’ love it so I’m sure we will too. We are now a little short staffed for this event. Is there anyone out there who could spare a couple for hours on a Thursday morning once a month to make and serve our wonderful fresh ground filter coffee?
Finally, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you all for your support throughout 2017.
Coffee Morning 7th December 10.30am to 12.30pm
Market 16th December 10.00am to 1.00pm
Jeremy Jones
Committee Member

November News



Lots of good news this month, especially from the Harvest Auction which raised over £1000. This is the best figure for over a decade so thank you to every one for your support. We are already spending our share of the money. A redesigned front has been fitted to the stage and new curtains are on order. Going forward, the main hall floor is going to be refinished and a new fence is planned for the back of the building.
The market is going strong, we now have more people wanting stalls than we can accommodate which indicates this event has a good future
The October Coffee Morning was really busy and by mid morning we had to set up a 5th table. Thank you all for coming and well done to the coffee morning team for keeping up with the demand.
The institute garden has looked particularly fine this year thanks to John. He has decided to hand over responsibility for maintaining the site at the end of this season. I know John and Gwens involvement at the stute goes back to the 1940`s. The commitee would like to thank them both for their contribution over many years
Moving forward with the garden we are planning to plant a Yew hedge arround the oil tank and plant some easy to care for perennials in the area to reduce the time it will take to look after things. If you are removing or dividing any plants this Autumn please let us know
After much soul searching and debate it has been decided to keep the Christmas Lunch in a similar format as previous years. Church Eaton Charities are going to fund half of the cost and the Institute will put in the rest as a way of saying thank you to the village for its support over the year
Now the days are getting shorter and the weather getting duller a good cuppa with friends is a pleasant way to lift the mood, so we look forward to seeing you at the coffee morning
Remember there are now only 2 more Village Markets before Christmas



Dates for your diary
Coffee Morning 2nd November Village Market 18th November
Jeremy Jones committee member