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  Gnosall Library News

Like all Staffordshire libraries, Gnosall Library is still closed due to the pandemic restrictions. Fines for overdue books etc have been suspended. Please keep these items safe until you can return them. All events and activities have also been cancelled till further notice.

Staffordshire’s library service is expanding its online eBooks service to meet rising demand caused by the Coronavirus. Demand for the eBook service has risen sharply since people were told to stay at home. Existing library members who haven’t signed up online can download the BorrowBox app or visit www.borrowbox.com and use their membership number and PIN to access what’s on offer.

New library service members can register online by going to www.staffordshire.gov.uk searching for  ‘join library’ and following the instructions.

Enquiries about Gnosall Library to info@gleanhub.org or the website http://www.gleanhub.org/ Gnosall Parish Council has a special telephone hotline set up 07947 104411 for people who need help due to self-isolation or would just like to find someone to have a chat with. This is for residents of the Parish of Gnosall, including Moreton and Knightley.

Gnosall Library News


 Mincher-Lockett Opticians

At Mincher-Lockett Opticians we are open, but not for routine eye examinations, we are available for eye emergencies, contact lens supply, and spectacle repairs etc. The best way for people to contact us is by leaving a message on our answer phone or ringing the number that is in our message.

Mincher-Lockett Opticians

Tel: 01785 823790



We are now opening again on the 8th of June. However initially you will find the way we are operating will be different. We need to phase in new infection control and patient-distancing measures. At first we cannot allow any walk-ins and you will find the practice door shut. However if you can phone the practice first for details on how we will be able to see you, that will be appreciated. 

At first we will be seeing patients requiring priority treatment from the lockdown phase and then phasing in routine treatment. Our staff will be contacting patients requiring urgent treatment accordingly. We should then be able to start rebooking the routine treatment from the lockdown phase. 

With the new infection control and patient- distancing measures, it will take a longer time to see one patient but as further control measures are lifted we will be able to process more patients at the practice.

When we book you in, we will inform you of the new procedures and what to expect when entering the practice.

We appreciate your patience and support so far, but please bear with us a little longer as we hope to return to a normal service as quickly as possible.

For further updates please check to Gnosall Dental Practice Facebook page.


Channa Herath

 Eddie Wilkinson

Denise and family would like to thank all friends and neighbours for their support, kindness and help in the past weeks before and after Eddie’s passing.

We are also extremely grateful and thankful to all friends/neighbours of Deer Park and The Seesalls who stood outside to pay their respects on 6th April and give Eddie a lovely send-off, it was a very heartwarming gesture on a tearful & emotional day. Thank you all

Denise xx


 Gnosall Carnival 2020–Cancelled

The Carnival team has had to take the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Carnival. The decision is taken in line with a growing number of community events that have also been cancelled for the months of May & June, as we all see the current lockdown situation prolonging.

The Carnival team has a top priority that all volunteers and organisations that support the Carnival are safe and follow the Government guidelines so that we can all return to normality as soon as possible. This is the first time in 36 years that a Carnival has had to be cancelled, we usually only have to deal with downpours of rain and on some years very hot Saturdays. This year, we all have to adapt to the effect of the COVID 19 virus for all our safety.

As you all know the Carnival generates much needed monies to support St Lawrence’s Church and each year this money is used to keep this beautiful building in the condition we see today. The Carnival team may look to do some activities later in 2020 when we are back to normality but at this point it is too early to plan.

At this moment in time, I wish that you all “stay safe” and follow the isolation guidelines. Gnosall Carnival Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GnosallCarnival

Mark Smith – Chairman


01785 824643

Mark Smith

 Advice From Gnosall Dental

Firstly all of us at Gnosall dental hope you are well and keeping safe and apologise for the restrictions we have had to adhere to in terms of treatment for you all. We are hoping to hear by the end of the week changes to Dental restrictions from our dental governing board but in the meantime we are still restricted but if you have any issues please still call me at the practice. You may wonder why we can't do any treatment but the main issue is that our drills cause an aerosol which can spread the virus around the surgery and in turn pass it on to other patients and the team. Also with our work and where we operate the risk is high for transmission. In addition the extra PPE we will require is still in short supply at the moment. When we return there will probably still be restrictions in what we can do until the virus has completely passed, but hopefully we are getting to that point. We look forward to seeing you all soon and keep safe.

Channa Herath


 June Smith

June Smith formerly of Middlefield, passed away peacefully on 17th April. She finally surrendered in her battle with dementia at Rylands Nursing Home. A collection has been held for MASE and over £650 has been collected.

Steve, Pam, Anthony and Becci Smith


For the past two months, we have had to halt door-to-door deliveries of the Gnosall Parish News. The magazine’s management committee reluctantly took the view that we could not deliver during the pandemic without breaching the Government’s ‘Stay Home’ instructions.

The committee also felt deliveries would have presented an unnecessary risk to both our volunteer distributors and our subscribers.

Now Government advice has changed to ‘Stay Alert’ and the Covid 19 infection rate is reducing, we have resumed printing the magazine and are hoping home deliveries can start to get back to normal … though we fully understand why some of our volunteers are unable to resume their usual ‘paper round.’

This issue contains some of the reports from last month’s GPN which was only available on-line.

GPN Team

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