2018 Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

We "Knit and Natter" on the Wednesday of the week following meeting night at the Upper House in Barlaston so why not join us between 7:30pm and 9pm
This evening is open to all types of crafters, not just knitting! Bring your stitchery, crocheting or anything else portable!!

January 16th

Fun & ?


February 20th

Take your partners

March 20th

Parkinsons, better lives together


April 17th 

Quiz Night - AGM


May 15th 

Paper flowers from the kitchen

June 19th 

Laughter Yoga


July 17th

Share and Tell

August 21st 

Upcycle your T-shirt

September 18th
An evening with Guide Dogs


October 16th

Spooktacular murder mystery


November 20th

Christmas Crafts


December 18th

Christmas Party

County and National Events you may be interested in...

There are many events for you to attend. There are 'Staffordshire Federation' events as well as the ones we run ourselves within the herons. If you require more information about booking any of these, please contact a member of the committee.

Staffordshire County Show

Class 1: Co-operative Produce — Farmhouse Kitchen

Three items of produce using three different methods. May include wine making, confectionary and preservation. (Please see guidelines 3 and 4).

Class 2: Co-operative Handicraft — 'On the Farm'

Three items of craft to be staged on a base board not more than 76cm/30" wide and 61cm/24" deep; height unlimited. All items will be removed for judging.


Maximum number of entries is two per person per class.

Novice classes are open to members who have not won a first prize in that class at a previous County Show.


Class 3 Produce: A homemade Farmhouse Loaf

Class 4 Preserves: A Jar of Chutney

Class 5 Novice Produce: A Farmhouse Fruit Cake to a given recipe (see below)


Class 6 A Fabric Cushion for the Parlour – 46cm/18” maximum size

Class 7 A pair of Knitted/Crochet Socks for an adult

Class 8 A Farm Animal in any medium – 305/12” Maximum size


Class 9 ‘A Cottage Garden’

Front facing space allowed 61/24” square height unlimited. Table covered and backed with green fabric.

Class 10 An all foliage exhibit in a boot. Space allowed 61cm/24” square. height unlimited (No flowers or berries).


Class 11 ‘Farmhouse Kitchen’

An exhibit in a milk jug. Space allowed 61cm/24” square. Height unlimited.


Class 12 A miniature Farmyard on a plate 25.5cm/10”

This class is in two sections, up to 7 years of age and 8-12 years of age.

All entrants will receive a small prize.


Class 13 ‘Out in the Field’

A photograph, to be presented on a plain white mount, measuring 22.5cm/8” x 25.5cm/10” including mount. Please note oversized, unmounted or framed photographs will not be judged.

Must not have been entered in a previous County Show. Please provide own stand.


Class 14 ‘In the Farmyard’

This is an open class – a picture of your choice, suitable for hanging. Any edium. All work on paper should be framed and glazed. The organisers can take no responsibility for damage. No entry should have a side more than 61cm/24” when framed. A table easel should be provided.

Recipe for Class 5



85g/3oz Butter

150ml/ 1/4 pint Water

115g/4oz Granulated Sugar 225g/8oz Mixed Dried Fruit 1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg 

1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda 1 teaspoon Vinegar

1 large Egg

225g/8oz Self-raising Flour

2 teaspoons Demerara Sugar


Line a 15cm/6" deep cake tin. Heat oven to 180 oC fan, 350 oF. gas mark 4.

Put the water, butter and sugar in a large saucepan. Heat gently until the butter has melted, then add the dried fruit and bring to the boil. Stir in the nutmeg, bicarb and vinegar, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Leave to cool, but not go cold. Put the egg and flour into a mixing bowl, stir in the fruit mixture until well combined. Pour into the prepared tin, level the top and sprinkle with the demerara sugar. Bake in the centre of the oven for approx. 45 minutes until well risen and just firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.