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Village news from Helen Price - 19/7/18 part 1

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Kings Bromley WI July meeting

After the initial WI business presided over by the President – taking on roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer, the hot sultry evening’s entertainment followed in the village hall. Mr AW Woollett, stage name “Y-Not”, gave a most entertaining and visual journey through his life, career and ‘hobby’.

As a young man he became fascinated and interested in magic after being given a ‘box of tricks’. Following a varied early career as a radio and TV engineer and other activities, he joined the police service in North Derbyshire. During this period with the police he specialised in road safety and used his magical skills to reinforce his information about the Green Cross Code and road safety to many of the children he met in the Derbyshire schools. He was also presenting his magical skills and entertainment at a variety of events, birthday parties, dinners etc.

His proficiency got him access to the Belper and Derbyshire Magic Circles. Upon retirement he became a professional entertainer which gave him the opportunity to be employed by TV companies. He appeared in 6 episodes of Peak Practice and the Boon series.

Throughout this most amusing and interesting presentation he displayed his mastery of ‘prestidigitation’ by skilfully manipulating a variety of magical tricks and illusions, using playing cards, rope tricks etc., working with members of the audience. It was a most entertaining evening.

The President reminded members about the forthcoming village show and WI stall, looking forward to a successful day.

There is no meeting during August, but there will be Afternoon Tea at the Royal Oak, 9th August from 2-4 o’clock. Members were reminded to make sure their names were on the list.

The next meeting will be on 6th September, 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Village news from Helen Price - 19/7/18 part 2

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HS2, Phase 1 and Phase 2 Community Forum

HS2 have advised Kings Bromley Parish Council that they will be holding a Community Forum at Kings Bromley Village Hall on Tuesday 24th July between 4.30 – 6.30 pm.

The purpose of this forum is to make sure the residents of Kings Bromley are kept up-to-date on the latest developments in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 28th July 2018
This year we are ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’, with a special Staffordshire Bull Terrier category in the Dog Show, delicious freshly-baked Staffordshire oatcakes and a variety of entertainment from all around the County.
In the main arena Dangerous Steve and Pedal Power vs. Parkour are our big acts for the afternoon. Dangerous Steve provides a ‘non-stop, thrill-a-minute’ performance which includes knockabout comedy, crazy balancing, chainsaw juggling, blindfold motorcycle riding in an hilarious and dynamic act full of sensational stunts.
Pedal Power vs. Parkour display combines the incredible skill, balance and power of a trial rider and the finesse of a gymnast/parkour athlete. Both athletes will be putting it on the line in an attempt to become the crowd’s favourite.
Animals are always a popular feature with visitors, especially children, and there will be a wide range of wildlife and farm animals for everyone to enjoy. Children will also have plenty of fun on the fairground attractions and the Children’s races.
Paul Brown presents Magical Mayhem, and is a renowned children’s entertainer around the country, with awards from the Magic Circle. The Strolling Gardeners bring comedy to
all things horticultural.
Our competitive horticultural marquee includes nearly 200 categories, again representing the Staffordshire theme, so we expect budding local artists, photographers, flower arrangers, gardeners etc. to display friendly rivalry, paintbrushes and spades at the ready!
The Equestrian events, Dog shows and Vintage car display are regular favourites. Around the field will be an array of trade and craft stands, food fair, plus many food outlets offering a wide range of refreshment, including hog roast, Staffordshire oatcakes, a G&T stand plus a double decker bar bus serving real ale.
Once again, the popular Eureka Jazz Band will be playing jazz sessions near the Bar area throughout the afternoon. Great songs, catchy rhythms from the 1920s onwards create a relaxed and jolly atmosphere. Come along and join the fun!
As always, any help over the weekend would be very much appreciated.
For the full schedule, visit the website www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Village news from Helen Price - 12/7/18

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Gardening Guild

At the June meeting, the Chairman declared the Open Gardens weekend a great success and then introduced Brian Storer who had come to talk about "Growing for Showing". He is a familiar face at Kings Bromley Show each year, as his vegetables and flowers take many first prizes and he wins a good number of the gardening trophies. Brian's interest in gardening started at 12 years old when he started digging the local gardens and now is a major part of his life, showing at a number of national horticultural shows and opening his garden and giving talks to raise money for a children's ward at Burton Hospital and a myeloma charity. His passion for gardening was evident: in addition to his own extensive garden, he has 3 polytunnels, 3 allotments, works in more private gardens and on grounds belonging to a farm. Brian gave very useful tips on growing onions, carrots, parsnips, leeks, tomatoes, marrows, potatoes, beans and celery and finished by showing some wonderful cauliflowers he had sown from seed 8 weeks previously. Gardening Guild members are looking forward to visiting his garden on 14 July.

Kings Bromley Historians

Richard Stone, our speaker on June 29th, showed us an amazing map of the world, produced in 150 AD by Ptolomy using the principles of longitude and latitude. Given that he lived in Alexandria so long ago, the features were instantly recognisable as a map of the known world with the British Isles clearly visible.
It was a lot easier to understand than the slides of the later ‘Mappa Mundi’ maps centred on Jerusalem with East at the top of the map and the British Isles tucked away in the bottom of the left hand corner.
The Gough map of 1360 was a fairly detailed map of Great Britain, as it showed 600 settlements, 200 rivers and 3000 miles of routes.
The first ‘Road’ atlas was produced in 1697 by John Ogilvy. Prior to this, roads were always ‘highways’ and routes between towns were listed with particular landmarks to look for to ensure you were still on the right route.
Later still came the famous Ordnance Survey maps drawn for the army, firstly 1 inch:1 mile, the 6 inch:1 mile then 25”:1 mile. What a map that must have been!
We have no meeting in July as we have a stall at the Show. On August 11, we are visiting Melbourne Hall and our next meeting is on September 28th in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.00 am till 11.00am. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379

Temporary Closure of the village Post Office

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Rev. Ty retires

Rev. Ty Leyland has retired

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Open Gardens 2018

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Annabel Watkins Retires From Village Hall Post Office

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On Friday 28th June, Annabel opened the 'broom cupboard' for the last time as Postmistress. She has been running this village service since August 2004. Before then she ran the Post Office in the Alrewas Road shop.

As a mark of appreciation the Parish Council presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

The Parish Council has not yet heard from the Post Office when, or whether, a replacement will be found.

Allan Howard

Green Power Project

Richard Crosse School Motoring Ahead

Pupils at a Kings Bromley primary school are getting the opportunity to discover the world of engineering by building their very own Greenpower Formula Goblin electric kit car. In October 2017, the children at Richard Crosse C of E Primary School entered a competition held by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to become one of eight schools to win the competition and they luckily received good news. During December, the students received the kit car that they started building in January. It is now almost completely manufactured and will soon be ready to race at Rockingham Speedway during the month of July so they can take part in the Regional Greenpower IET Formula Goblin race. In order to enter the competition, the children had to design what they thought transport would be like in 2050.
On the 14th June, Class 5 will be attending a trip to Warwick University for the day so they can learn more about the Warwick Manufacturing Group. Paul Lovern, Executive Head Teacher at Richard Crosse said, “I think it’s a wonderful project as it gives my children an opportunity to practice their engineering skills in a real life context. I can’t wait to see their finished racing car and watch it on the race track.” The APC and Spokes including WMG will provide financial support and mentoring throughout the electric vehicle build along with driver training ahead of the race. Dr Antony Allen, Principal Teaching Fellow at WMG University of Warwick, said,” I’m delighted to be working with Class 5 on this exciting project. They are a brilliant team of highly capable engineers.”
Written by Edie Sadler and Ysabel Parkes, Year 6


Youtube: Search for “Richard Crosse Racing”.

RC School

Village news from Helen Price - 28/6/18

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Kings Bromley Open Gardens

Open Gardens last weekend was a fantastic success drawing in hundreds of visitors plus many excited children who came to spot the fairies scattered throughout the gardens. Eleven gardens were open to the public, the Ryknild Rabble Morris Dancers added spectacle throughout, plus the Lichfield Community Jazz Band played in one of the gardens on Sunday afternoon. The WI decorated the village with Yarn bombing and fairies, together with providing refreshments.

A grand total of over £2,600 was raised from entrance tickets, plant sales and refreshments and this makes a very welcome contribution to our Village Hall Refurbishment fund. Many thanks and congratulations go to all who put so much time and effort into making this such a successful event.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 28th July

We are now looking forward to ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’ at the village show on Saturday 28th July. Enjoy a great day out for all the family including funfair, craft fair with demonstrations, food fair, trade and non-commercial stands. The programme starts with an equestrian show at 9.30 a.m. From noon, there will be children’s races, companion dog show, a Magic Show, the Eureka Jazz Band and a parade of treasured vehicles. Displays of art, crafts, cookery, floral art, flowers, fruit and veg, photography, vegetables, woodworking and young crafts can all be view in the Horticultural marquee. A variety of refreshments will be available all day, including the Shardlow Real Ale bar bus plus G&T bar.

Main arena displays include the Toy Soldier Marching Band followed by Dangerous Steve and Pedal Power vs. Parkour which are our big acts for the afternoon, providing knockabout comedy, sensational blindfold motorcycle stunts, chainsaw juggling, trial riding and athletic stunts.

For further details of the Show, please see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Village news from Helen Price - 21/6/18

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Wednesday Club

Lin our Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and commented on the success of last month’s trip to Matlock Bath and the visit to the Garrick Theatre to see Avenue Q. Lin then informed members that the outing on Wednesday September 5th will be to Shrewsbury and that this will be followed on Tuesday September 25th with a visit to the Garrick Theatre to see “My Fair Lady.” The Cream Tea on August 1st will be held at Mabel’s, Curborough. The Chair then outlined the new data regulation requirements and a letter was distributed to all members.

Our speaker, John Colley, was introduced and entertained us with a compilation of film clips illustrating “The Good Old Days.” The clips included scenes from Busby Berkeley’s lavish musicals of the 1930’s including 42nd Street starring Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels. Other 30’s and 40’s stars featured in John’s film compilation included Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Shirley Temple. John’s film also included a miscellany of Pathe News clips featuring among others Bill Haley and his Comets, England Cricket Captain Colin Cowdrey, the Lions of Longleat and the Flying Scotsman. Another section entitled “50 Royal Years” took us from the end of the reign of Queen Victoria through to the reign of King George V1 and included footage of significant events during each reign. The film ended in the way that evenings at the cinema traditionally ended - with the National Anthem.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday July 4th at 2.30pm in the Village Hall. “Making Do” with Karen Atkin.

Kings Bromley WI

The WI held their latest meeting on 7th June in the village hall. Debbie Warner is a Tai Chi instructor with 12 years experience. Debbie started her interest in this gentle martial art for health reason, having suffered from arthritis for many years. After joining in with a class at Hoar Cross health spa, she found an instructor she liked at the Blue Dragon Martial Art centre and Tai Chi changed her health. Debbie gave us a short talk on the history and eastern philosophy behind it. We learnt about the many various styles and that some mirror a lot of breathing techniques used in yoga and meditation. Tai Chi is based on the shearling style of Kung Fu and was used by monks to help develop their fighting technique and spiritual development. The earliest style dates back to the 13th century but could have developed a lot earlier. Debbie then gave a demonstration and the ladies had the opportunity to take part in a few movements from the 37 forms making up the sun style Tai Chi.

The meeting was extremely enjoyable and Debbie holds several classes in Mavesyn Ridware Village hall on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings; her telephone number is 07885 248057. It was the WI national week for health and wellbeing and we all felt very relaxed after the demonstration.

There’s lots to keep us busy till the next meeting in July with the yarn bombing for the Open Gardens. The craft group have made some fabulous hanging crochet wreaths and Pom Pom bees to add to the fairies and garlands. There will be a cake and coffee event on the Saturday afternoon at the Open Gardens in the Village Hall. Show day will soon be here and we need items for the hampers and also remind members that we shall need cakes, jams and cookies for the stall on 28th July. We always have a splendid stall and really appreciate all the help so please volunteer just a few hours to help too. We have lots to look forward to, with afternoon tea in August at the Royal Oak and our trip to see The Girls at the theatre in November.

Our next meeting will be on 5th July in the village hall at 7.30pm.

Village news from Helen Price - 14/6/18

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Open Gardens, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is re-opening under new ownership. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plant stalls with plants at very competitive prices.

For children there will be ‘fairy finding’ and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing. Please support this event; all proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Ring Allan Howard on 472720 for more detail.

Kings Bromley Historians

We had the perfect weather for our May outing. Our first stop was Beamhurst Museum and was an experience that was! We were welcome with tea and cakes with 18 of us seated around a table for 30+. Beneath the glass top children’s annuals were displayed, while above and around us were all kinds of memorabilia reminding us of our age. Another barn was full of larger items including a barrel organ which set one of our members dancing.

We followed this with a pub lunch, then on for a visit to Izaak Walton’s cottage, where we were met by our guide from Staffs County Council, who gave us a short talk on his life. He was born in 1593 and was more than just a fisherman, having a linen drapers shop in Fleet Street and as well as writing ‘The Compleat Angler’ wrote ‘Waltons Lives’ in a biographical book and had two well-connected wives. His cottage at Shallowford was a tiny museum set in a large garden, where we sat in the sun with tea, biscuits and laughter. A lovely end to a relaxing day.

At our June meeting on 29th June, Richard Stone will be talking about The Story of Map Making. We have a stall at the Kings Bromley Show in July instead of a meeting.

Village news from Helen Price - 7/6/18

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Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

In May, Gardening Guild members and friends had a lovely evening in the garden belonging to one of the members. Dianne and Ray were very hospitable and everyone enjoyed walking around the garden, looking at the variety of plants, sharing gardening stories and making the most of a warm spring evening.
The meeting on 18 June in the Village Hall will welcome Brian Storer speaking about 'Growing for Showing'; as a winner of many prizes and trophies at Kings Bromley Show, he will be able to give some tips to those planning to compete in the Horticultural Section.

Card Sale, Saturday 9th June

There will be a card sale at the Village Hall on Saturday 9th June between 10.30 am and 12 noon.
All the usual items will be on sale:- Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy, Get Well cards etc. Wrapping paper, Notelets, Serviettes, Gift bags and much more. There will be a selection of home made cakes for sale – do come along and have a chat over a free cup of tea, coffee and biscuits.

Open Gardens, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is re-opening under new ownership. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plant stalls with plants at very competitive prices.

For children there will be ‘fairy finding’ and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing. Please support this event; all proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Ring Allan Howard on 472720 for more detail.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.00 am till 11.00 am. Please continue to support this activity which provides fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas. Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379.

Richard Crosse Admissions Policy

At the April meeting of the Parish Council

At the April meeting of the Parish Council concern was expressed that a family who had recently moved into the village were unable to get their children into the school. This proved not to be the case. Anyone wishing to see the admissions policy should look at this page:
on The Small Schhols Multi Academy Trust (tssmat) website.

A38 Diversion through Kings Bromley

Highways England have stated that they will shortly be carrying out work

Highways England have stated that they will shortly be carrying out work to upgrade the street lighting on the A38 central reserve near to Barton under Needwood. Once we have completed this work customers will benefit from better visibility and increased safety on this stretch of road, particularly at night. The upgrade means maintenance won’t be required as often, leading to less disruption in the future.

Traffic will be diverted onto the A513 through Kings Bromley and the A515 through Yoxall to the A50.

The work will take place between Tuesday, 29 May 2018 to Tuesday, 2 June 2018. To minimise disruption they will carry out the work overnight when there are fewer vehicles on the road, from 9pm to 5.30am, Monday to Friday. It will be for a maximum of three nights in one block, weather permitting.

Village news from Helen Price - 30/5/18

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Kings Bromley WI

The WI meeting on 3rd May was very full but enjoyable. The evening adopted a different format to the usual one. There was no speaker as the main purpose was to debate and vote on this year’s resolution “Mental Health Matters.”

The ordinary business issues for the month were discussed first. This was followed by a superb performance by the Village Harmony Choir. They managed to include within 45 minutes 11 songs, each very different in style, but all sung with wonderful enthusiasm and professionalism. The very last song was entirely appropriate, being a nod to the 100 year anniversary of the implementation of legislation that granted the right to vote for (some) women. The choir gave a spirited rendition of ‘Sister Suffragette’ which was originally sung by Glynis Johns in the film Mary Poppins. The lone male choir member, Allan Howard, was just as enthusiastic as his female choristers! Well done to all involved, it was very impressive and enjoyable.

Following refreshments the WI members split into groups to debate the resolution, ‘Mental Health Matters’. (Resolutions are member-led, i.e. they are written by members and voted onto the shortlist by members and each WI gets to cast a vote). Each year around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem and almost all will face some form of discrimination and stigma including from friends, family and at work. The experience can worsen someone’s mental health problems and impede their recovery. The strategy for the UK is now enshrined in law. There is a legislative requirement on the health service to address the disparity between mental and physical health. In January 2016 the government announced investment of £290 million in specialist care for new mums, £247 million in mental health services in hospital emergency departments and £400 million in community-based services. Since then a package of measures targeted at schools, the work place and local communities has been announced.

If the resolution is passed nationally, a full campaign would be developed by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes enabling pressure to be put on government and local authorities to ensure that all people with mental health problems have access to the support they need regardless of where they live.

After the debate and a quiz to test members’ understanding of some of the main points, consideration was given to how members wished their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6th June. Kings Bromley WI voted unanimously for the resolution to be passed.

A very busy evening was concluded by a presentation to Viv Leyland, who will be leaving us shortly, after her many years as a member, committee member and former president. Sue Penfold presented Viv with her gift and also vouchers to enable her to enjoy afternoon tea with a guest at Netherstowe House. In a departure from tradition, rather than at the beginning, members ended the evening by singing Jerusalem.

Notice of casual vacancy

There is now a vacancy on the parish council

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Village news from Helen Price - 24/5/18

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Wednesday Club

Standing at the end of The Grange as the heavens opened and a deluge descended was not the greatest of starts to our outing on May 2nd and it was a rather damp group of 29 who boarded the coach for a day out in Matlock Bath.

The rain continued to pour down as we travelled through the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire and Derbyshire to reach our first stop at Fairways Garden Centre near Ashbourne. After enjoying coffee and buttered teacakes there was time for browsing and - in some cases - purchasing a range of items from chocolates to clothing and plants to sun hats.

In contrast to the first part of our journey – the journey from Ashbourne to Matlock Bath was bathed in sunshine. On reaching Matlock Bath many of us went in search of lunch while the more intrepid amongst us ascended to the Heights of Abraham via cable car from where they enjoyed spectacular views across the Derwent valley towards Matlock. They also found time to eat, drink and shop!
Of those who chose to remain on terra firma – a group of us enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Fishpond before taking a walk along the river to the Cascades. This was followed by a stop at “Truly Scrumptious” for ice-cream. Other members having had lunch visited the Aquarium and then sat enjoying the sun in a sheltered spot by the river.
The warm sunshine continued as we made the return journey to Kings Bromley and I think everyone would agree that, after a dismal start, we all had a very enjoyable day.
Next Meeting: Wednesday June 6th in the Village Hall when John Colley will be talking about “The Good Old Days.”

HS2 - latest - part 1

Meeting with House of Commons HS2 Select Committee - 10th May

Following the Kings Bromley Parish Council Petition against certain aspects of the HS2 Hybrid Bill, Charles Cole from the Parish Council and John Sadler from the HS2 Joint Action Group were summoned to appear before the House of Commons Select Committee which had been set up to consider the Petitions. The major items covered were those that
had been brought up by Parishioners, landowners, businesses and Richard Crosse School. These include:
1. Closure of Common Lane
HS2 had already put forward a proposal to Staffordshire County Council and the Parish Council to keep Common Lane open. Although this went a long way to meeting the objections the Council had put forward, especially relating to safety concerns around the school, it appears that HS2 still want Common Lane to be closed for up to 4 years during
the Construction Phase. The Select Committee were told that this was totally unacceptable to the Parish Council and that further discussions must take place to resolve this.
2. Height of the Railway Embankment around Kings Bromley.
HS2 had already agreed with Staffordshire County Council that the height of the proposed embankment could be reduced by ‘up to’ 3 metres. Although this is a step in the right direction, concern was expressed at the Select Committee that good reasons should be given if the maximum height reduction was not achieved.
3. Borrow Pits.
It is proposed that 4 Borrow Pits would be dug in the Parish to provide aggregate for the construction of the railway. Although HS2 are in discussion with the National Farmers Union about these plans, the Parish Council raised concerns about the amount of good
agricultural land ear-marked for these pits when other sources may be available. Also previous experience has led the landowners to be concerned about the state of the land when the pits are restored for agricultural use. If the height of the embankment was lowered, HS2 were questioned whether it would be necessary to dig all 4 borrow pits.

HS2 latest - part 2

Part 2 of report

4. Traffic Management.
Although HS2 gave clear commitments about traffic management in the Village for their construction vehicles, strong arguments were put to the Select Committee that these should also include contractors vehicles. A request for ‘No HS2 Traffic Beyond This Point’ notices should be placed at each entrance to the Village. HS2’s proposal on this item were positive as far as they went, but it also included a caveat that in certain circumstances they could request opening up the A513 for construction traffic. The Select Committee were informed that further discussions were required with HS2 to be more specific on this item.
5. Burying Power Lines to the North of the Village.
Following the consultation Process the Parish Council carried out with residents last year, the issue was raised about the possibility of burying the power lines since HS2 had indicated that some work had to be carried out on them as part of the Construction Phase.

It would certainly give a lasting improvement to the village landscape. However, after taking independent advice it was agreed that it would be difficult to pursue this further. It was just not a matter of cost, although this in itself would be prohibitive, but also the amount of land required and disruption to the residents particularly affected would make
this very difficult to achieve satisfactorily.
6. Location of Satellite Compounds around the Pyford Brook area.
HS2 have proposed building satellite construction sites in the Pyford Brook area. Local landowners have argued strongly against the locations because of the detrimental impact it would have on their quality of life because of the disruption, traffic, noise and dust pollution etc. This would be particularly so for the owners of the Bromley Hayes Cattery.
Some of the local landowners and businesses have put in their own Petitions which the Parish Council have supported, and so further consideration will have to be given to these proposals.
In conclusion, in the lead up to the Select Committee appearance, HS2 have come up with some proposals which are a step in the right direction. However, there are still significant issues around each of the items raised that need developing further. Both the Parish Council and the Joint Action Group are totally committed to getting the best deal for the residents, landowners and businesses in the village.
If any resident hears anything that is relevant to what HS2 are proposing, I would be grateful if you would let me know by e-mailing me on charleswcole13@aol.com or phoning me on 01543 472423. Any ‘intelligence’ would be useful in progressing our cause to
achieve the best outcome we can.

Charles Cole

Village news from Helen Price - 10/5/18

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Helen Price
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KB Gardening Guild

Allan Howard expressed the hope that spring had arrived and reminded everyone about the Best Kept Village Competition, running from 1 May to the end of July and the Open Gardens event to be held in the village on 16-17 June.
The speaker for the evening was Ruth Williams who had come to talk about 'The Living Churchyard'. Her emphasis was on the beauty and vitality of churchyards, with their wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna. Firstly, she talked about the history of the churchyard, showing that they were not just places for burials but also for fairs, gambling, drinking, games, archery practice and markets. Many parts of the churchyard are a semi-natural habitat, with long grass and piles of logs, which are deliberately left undisturbed to attract wildlife. Foxes, moles, badgers, slow worms, hedgehogs, bats, frogs and toads may be found there and often bird boxes are put up to attract birds. The trees and flowers attract bees and butterflies and there are many varieties of lichens, ferns and fungi to be seen. Ruth had lovely photos to illustrate her talk and even showed a churchyard with its own flock of sheep!
The meeting on 21 May will be an evening in Dianne Barre and Ray Conningham's garden, starting at 7pm.

Kings Bromley Historians

At our April meeting, Allan shared with us the findings of his most recent research into the Lane family. It seems that John Lane had 6 illegitimate children by Melissa Mattingley whilst in London. He acknowledged these children and was witness at their marriages. Elizabeth Newton, a distant relative of the Lanes, left Jane Mattingley (who was 11 at the time) £1000 in her will to be paid on her 21st birthday.

John’s grandson, Cecil (born 1836), son of John Newton Lane, lived for a time on Paxos as an ‘aide de camp’. On his return to Kings Bromley, his brother, John Henry, had recently married and his mother Agnes, who had relied on him, began to rely on Cecil instead, as his father John Newton was described as ‘rather weak and fidgety’.

Cecil later married Adela Bertie, daughter of the Rev. Bertie and they moved to Whiston Hall in Shropshire. They had 4 children, Georgina, John Rowland, Percy (killed at Ypres in 1915) and Newton (killed at Messines Ridge in 1917). The latter two are commemorated by a plaque in Kings Bromley Church. Cecil died in 1897 and Adela in 1925. They are both buried in Kings Bromley churchyard.

Our next meeting will be on 29th June, when the speaker will be Richard Stone on “The Story of Map Making’. All are welcome in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

Open Gardens 2018

Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17th. 12 noon to 5pm.

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is reopening under new ownership. The WI will be 'yarn bombing' and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plants stalls with plants at very competitive prices.
For children there will be 'fairy finding' and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing.
Please support this event. All proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 3/5/18

As sent to The Mercury

Village Jumble Sale

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the Jumble Sale in the Village Hall on 14th April, whether donating items, sorting or helping in the afternoon. Particular thanks go to Peter Gee for organising the event. The excellent sum of £480 was raised for church funds.

Best Kept Village Competition

The Parish Council is entering the village into the Best Kept Village competition again. There will be a general clean up on Sunday 29th April and all volunteers will be welcomed. Please display your BKV flyer in your front window and keep your front garden as neat and litter free as possible. Thank you.

Open Gardens

Kings Bromley Open Gardens will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, from 12 noon to 5 pm. So far we have 9 confirmed gardens, including 4 which have never been opened before. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ again and providing teas in the Village Hall on the Saturday. There will be ‘fairy finding’ for the kids and there might be some musical entertainment – watch this space.
At a preliminary meeting, it was decided that the profits would again go to the Village Hall Refurbishment fund; so far the Open Gardens has contributed £4000 to this worthy cause.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday July 28th ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’

We have all the usual fun of the fair with children’s entertainment, a magician, animal shows, trade stalls and craft fair. The competitive marquee provides an ideal opportunity to display your favourite Staffordshire landscape, capture that local beauty spot on camera, show off your family’s special Staffordshire oatcake recipe - the scope is endless! The arena displays include daring cycle and motorbike stunt acts.

There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in the organisation of the Show and lots of fun to be had in the process. In particular, help is required to run the Young Crafts tent. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Kirsten Harber on 07766 316316. For further details please see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Village news from Helen Price - 26/4/18

As sent to The Mercury

Royal Oak Anniversary Celebration

Since re-opening a year ago, the Royal Oak has gone from strength to strength thanks to Gillian, Roger and their friendly team. On Saturday afternoon they treated their loyal customers to a BBQ, entertainment, and also a performance by Kings Bromley’s very own Village Harmony choir.

Also cause for celebration was recently being awarded the 5 Star Food Hygiene rating. Congratulations and well done to everyone!

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