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Open Gardens 2018

This year we are having Open Gardens on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th

This year we are having Open Gardens on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June. If you would like to open your garden this year please get in touch with Allan & Alison Howard on 472720. There will be a meeting of all openers at 36 Alrewas Road on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm. The Open Gardens is an opportunity to meet other villagers, to showcase the village and to make a bit of money for a good cause. The event has so far raised £4000 for the Village Hall Renovation Fund.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 8/2/18

As sent to the Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Coffee morning, Saturday 17th February

A coffee morning will be held at the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12 noon to raise Church funds.

There will be raffle, tombola, cake and produce stalls. We would welcome donations for the raffle and tombola of good quality items, including bottles of wine etc. and also cakes and produce for that stall. Please deliver raffle prizes and produce to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. If possible please bring cakes to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning. Thank you.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members and guests enjoyed a fascinating talk by Danny Wells on 'Joseph Paxton' at the January meeting. It covered both gardening and historical aspects of the work of Paxton, called the "Busiest man in England" by Charles Dickens - and he certainly lived up to this title. Aged 23 years old in 1826, Paxton came to work as a gardener for the sixth Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. He built an enormous Palm House which was much admired by Queen Victorian and the Duke of Wellington when they visited Chatsworth in 1843. In 1844, the world's highest fountain, the Emperor's Fountain, was built for the visit of the Emperor of Russia. Paxton became involved in house-building, public parks, railways and a national newspaper, but he is probably best known for building "The Crystal Palace" for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. He received a Knighthood and later became a Liberal MP for Coventry. The "man of genius" died in 1865 and was buried near the Duke of Devonshire. This was an excellent talk, full of interesting information on a very busy man!

Our next meeting is on 19th February, when there will be a change in the programme and Allan Howard will be talking on "Serendipity in the Garden".


A campaign has commenced to raise funds for a major refurbishment of parts of the village hall. Your help is required.

A campaign has commenced to raise funds for a major refurbishment of the Lobby, Toilets and Kitchen areas in the village hall. Donations have already been received from a number of local organisations, for which we are very grateful. However a substantial amount of money is still required before we can commence work. A small team comprising members of the Parish Council, assisted by the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, will be exploring funding opportunities and any funding ideas will be welcome. Alternatively, if anyone has skills they feel they may be able to offer to the project, we would be pleased to hear from you. One idea already proposed is the sale of a limited number of bricks inscribed with the names of individuals and organisations who are willing to offer a donation.
All funds raised will be lodged in a separate account to be used solely for the refurbishment project.
Plans and representational images have been drawn up to show the improvements we wish to make and these plans will be on display in the Lobby of the Village Hall from Saturday 24th. March, when they will be “launched” between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone will be welcome and refreshments will be provided. In the meantime, if anyone would like to discuss the project with us, please contact one of the members of the team:
Mary Gair 01543 473544
Steve Browne 01543 472931
Charles Cole 01543 472423
Jan Higgins 07912 855626
Nigel Lee
Julie Bamber 01543 473339

Community Speed Watch

Latest news sheet from Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership

Click here for newsletter PDF icon CSW news - Feb18 (546.8 Kb)

Village news from Helen Price - 1/2/18

As sent to the Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Bowling Club Whist Drive

Whist drive takes place on Tuesday 6th February in the Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. All are welcome

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

The group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 till 11.30 a.m. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
£1 per child and 50p for the raffle. Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday 17th February in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon to raise church funds. There will be a Raffle, Tombola and Cake and Produce stalls. We would welcome donations for the raffle and tombola of good quality items, including bottles of wine etc. and also cakes and produce for that stall.
Please deliver raffle prizes and produce to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. If possible, please bring cakes to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning. Thank you.

Kings Bromley Historians

During the years following the Roman occupation the population consisted of many tribes including Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Frisians. They all spoke with different dialects but eventually the language evolved into what we now call “Old English” which was unintelligible to all.
These early Anglo-Saxon settlements were mostly known by their geographical characteristics which were timeless. The most common place names were taken from the four compass points, e.g. Sutton, Weston, Norton, Easton and their derivatives.
Anthony Poulton-Smith gave us all this fascinating information (and lots more besides) at our January meeting – a very enjoyable evening!
Our next meeting on February 23rd is a talk on the History and Restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal, starting at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

Highways England update

Road works report

Latest report is here PDF icon HE update re A38 road works (104.3 Kb)

Kings Bromley Historians - News

New web site


New Web Site: The Historians have a new website - http://kbhistorians.btck.co.uk or Google it. This will soon have a comprehensive catalogue of everything we have in the archive both digital and physical (documents, photos and maps). We thank Ian Martin for setting up the previous site and maintaining it free of charge for many years. Not many months go by without us getting enquiries from people all over the world who have a family connection with Kings Bromley and seek information.

What's in Your Loft? We have recently received a set of documents found in a villager's loft, which is of historical importance. These will now be stored away safely in the Archive in the Village Hall. If anyone has anything that they think may be of interest to the Historians, please get in contact our archivist Lynne O'Dea or go through the website 'contact us' page.

Decorating the Lottery Room. You may have noticed that there is a set of new pictures on the wall of the upper room in the Village Hall. These were donated to the Historians, and, with the agreement of the Village Hall Committee, have been securely attached to the wall by Roger & Val Price.

Allan Howard, Leader, Kings Bromley Historians

HS2 Drop-in Surgery

HS2 Ltd will be holding several drop-in surgeries with the phase 1 engagement team

These will be held locally at Fradley Village Hall on 22nd Feb 5pm to 7pm
Kings Bromley Village Hall on 1st March 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Armitage Village Hall on 29th March from 5pm to 7pm

Village news from Helen Price - 25/1/18

AS sent to the Mercury

Kings Bromley
Helen Price
01543 472203
Kings Bromley Historians, Friday 26th January
The first meeting of the year will be at 8.00 pm on Friday 26th in the Village Hall, when Anthony Poulton Smith will talk about the History of Place Names. Visitors are always welcome.
Village Hall Refurbishment Fund
This week the fund was boosted with a generous donation of £10,000 from the Kings Bromley Show Society. Judith Berry, President of the Society, presented the cheque to the PC (Village Hall) Working Group members Mary Gair, Steve Browne, Charles Cole and Jan Higgins at the Parish Council meeting this week. Plans showing the refurbishment proposals were on display and include new male and female toilets, disabled toilet, kitchen and storage facility.
The donation was a welcome addition to the fund that still has some way to go to meet its initial target of £50,000.

Village news from Helen Price - 18/1/18

As sent to the Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203
Kings Bromley WI January Meeting
The WI has an incredible history of campaigning for some very worthwhile causes especially around the environment. We initiated the Keep Britain Tidy campaign in the 1970’s. Last year members voted for a resolution regarding “plastic soup”, asking the government to spend more time and resource on research into more environmentally friendly alternatives to the plastic microfibres found in our oceans. These microfibres are toxic and mutating marine life.
Our speaker this month was Helen Leve, a local lady who has recently qualified as a nutritional and life style therapist. Helen has a true passion for her profession and not only feels ‘we are what we eat’ but has researched how the chemicals that we use in our homes can have a deadly effect on our health. We haven’t been using chemicals for cleaning our homes for a very long time, really only since World War 2, when it was believed that ALL germs were bad for us and when a great profitable industry was formed. In many cases the chemicals in the products that we buy actually mutate the bacteria making it more dangerous, less effective and in some cases the chemicals are potentially carcinogenic.
Helen gave us some great ideas for alternatives to clean our homes using only natural products like baking soda, lemon juice, olive oil, tea tree oil to name a few. Gradually over time you can switch to the natural products and will find that your home smells fresher and looks brighter, giving us a happier healthy home.
We ended our first meeting of the year with some social time and reminded our ladies that we have a meal at the Royal Oak on 18th January. Our next meeting will be on the 1st February when we shall hear all about Shugborough Hall from Judy Hubble .
Kings Bromley Wednesday Club.
Our first meeting of the New Year was a “Pot Luck” Afternoon Tea and Quiz. After welcoming everyone our new Chair, Lin, commented on the success of our Christmas lunch held on December 13th at the Royal Oak. Forty-four members attended and feedback had been very positive. (The Bailey’s Crème Brulee is to be highly recommended!) Our thanks to Gillian and the team for all their hard work.
The “Pot Luck” tea and quiz then got underway – the latter certainly providing food for thought! Three teams of eight competed against each other answering questions as diverse as naming the longest river in Africa; identifying the city of “dreaming spires” and naming the metal which is liquid at room temperature. Congratulations to the winning team who answered every question correctly and our thanks to Pauline for, once again, organizing the quiz.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th February at 2.30pm in the Village Hall when there will be a talk entitled “Goose Grease and Brown Paper!” New members always welcome.
Bowling Club Whist Drive
The whist drive will take place on Tuesday 23rd January at the Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt 2.00 pm start. Please feel free to join us.

Parish Precept 2018/19

The parish precept will have to increase.

From what has been in the press lately parishioners will know that local services are coming under even more financial pressure. Grants from central Government to the first and second tier local councils are being cut or halted completely. The County Council is struggling to meets its obligations in the care sector and this means even less funding for services such as highways. The District Council is also under similar pressures and have from this year stopped paying grants to Parishes.
Many of the services that were provided by these top tier authorities are now being 'offered' to Parish Council's, for example highway grass cutting or footpath maintenance.
In order for the parish to meet these additional challenges and to make up for last year's underclaim, your parish Councillors, at a recent parish meeting, made a decision to increase the parish precept element of the council tax by 25% on a Band D property. This in effect means that anyone who's property is classed as Band D will pay an additional £5.72 in 2018/19. Higher banded properties will pay more.
This bid will, if approved by the District Council, generate a parish precept of £15,663.
If any residents wish to know how their parish precept is spent then the information can be found on this web site under Parish Council - Transparency or contact Ian Colclough the Parish Clerk.
Allan Howard - Parish Council Chairman.

Speeding traffic

Speed Watch initiative

The Parish Council is constantly pressing Staffordshire County Council over traffic issues as they affect the parish and in particular Kings Bromley centre. Speeding traffic is one of the major concerns and the council is looking at options to reduce speeds in a cost effective manner. (See minutes of recent parish council meetings to see all the options being pursued). Some residents will recall that an initiative know as 'Speed Watch' was used sometime ago. This was dependent upon local volunteers using speed guns issued by the Safer Roads Partnership in conjunction with Staffordshire Police. The parish council is now keen to re start this programme and is looking for volunteers to come forward. It is usual to have a pool of around 7/8 people that can give up their time at varies times during the week. Full training in the use of the equipment will be given. Motorists who are recorded as breaking the speed limits will have their number plates noted and this data is passed to the police for processing with serious offenders receiving warnings. It may be worth noting that records across the country indicate that in a high percentage of cases those found to be speeding reside in the local area.
If you are interested in joining this initiative please contact the clerk in the first instance.

A38 road works and how it may affect the village

See document below from Highways England

PDF icon Highways England update re roadworks on A38 (110.7 Kb)

Grant received

County Councillor Martyn Tittley

County Councillor Martyn Tittley shown beside the recently produced plan of the proposed internal layout of the village hall lobby, kitchen and toilets.
Cllr. Tittley kindly donated £1,200 towards the cost of preparing and checking of the drawings.

To date over £17,000 has already been pledged to the refurbishment fund.
More pictures of donors will follow shortly.
If you wish to get involved in the first instance please contact the Parish Clerk.

Cllr. Tittley

Village news from Helen Price - 11/1/18

As sent to the Mercury

Kings Bromley

Helen Price
01543 472203

Happy New Year to all residents of Kings Bromley and surrounding villages!

Bowls Club Whist Drives

Commence in the New Year on Tuesday 9th January at the Village Hall, 1.30 pm for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. They will continue fortnightly until the Bowls Season commences.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Commences Monday 15th January, 7.45 pm at the Village Hall. Danny Wells will be talking about Joseph Paxton, gardener and engineer plus designer of the Crystal Palace. All are welcome.

Parish Council - trying to reduce traffic speed

The Parish Council is looking at ways

.. to combat traffic speeds throughout the village. You will be aware that a mobile speed camera van visits the village from time to time and that we also have a demountable speed indication device (SID) for a few days each month. The parish council has been looking in to purchasing its own SID and a working group came up with this report. PDF icon SID Working Group Report (35.9 Kb)
Cost and maintenance is a major issue and it has been suggested that the parish council considers joining forces with other parishes to share this burden. More will follow.

Restriction of HCV Traffic Through Kings Bromley

Parish Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard attended meetings

Parish Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard attended meetings of the Staffordshire County Council's Transport Forum's Working Group on 30th November and the full Transport Forum on 12th December. Staffordshire County Council have resolved to put temporary restriction orders on Woodend Lane and the A513 between Kings Bromley and Alrewas, and on Shobnall Lane and the B5016 (Yoxall to Barton road). SCC believe that these measures will reduce HCV traffic on the A515 by 70%.

The temporary orders, which will be in force for a maximum of 18 months, will most probably be a ban on HCVs travelling south on the A515 from turning left into Woodend Lane and a ban on HCVs turning north from Woodend Lane onto the A515; the other roads having 7.5 tonne weight limits imposed on them. These orders will, according to SCC officers, be in place in the first quarter of the 2018 financial year, although Kings Bromley County Councillor Martyn Tittley stated at our last Parish Council meeting that he expects them to be in place by February 2018. These orders will be enforced by the Police and the Parish Councils will also help with monitoring their effectiveness. Local hauliers who currently use these routes, particularly those operating in and out of Fradley Industrial Estate, will be informed of the changes in advance. SCC will review whether to make the temporary orders permanent in due course.

Kings Bromley Parish Council welcomes this initiative. However, it is the policy of Kings Bromley, Yoxall and Draycott Parish Councils to continue to press for a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the A515 between Stubby Lane, Draycott and Woodend Lane. We consider the A515 not to be fit for HCVs, particularly through Yoxall where two HCVs cannot pass at several pinch points without mounting the pavements. The proper route on the A50 and A38 should be used. Since the A515 is currently on the Primary Route Network a weight restriction cannot be imposed on it and taking it off the PRN could be a long and expensive process - possibly involving a Public Enquiry. SCC's approach is first to judge the effectiveness of the temporary orders on the A515 feeder roads before considering doing this.

Allan Howard, Chairman, Kings Bromley Parish Council

Village news from Helen Price - 14/12/17

As sent to The Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

In November a large number of members came to hear David Tideswell talk about "Seasonal Garden Birds". He gave a very entertaining talk, combining useful information about gardening for and looking after birds with humorous asides. David also proved to be an expert on collective nouns for birds and imitating bird song! The talk, with slides of a great variety of birds in his garden, covered home-made feeders and nest boxes and ideas for plants to grow to attract the birds.

Members enjoyed their Christmas meal at The Boar's Head in Sudbury towards the end of November.

The first meeting of the New Year will be on Monday 15th January at the Village Hall when Danny Wells will be coming to talk about Joseph Paxton (gardener and engineer, designer of Crystal Palace) - gardeners, historians and anyone else interested in the topic are all welcome to come along.

Kings Bromley WI December Meeting

The wine was flowing and festivities went well for the WI Christmas meeting. The Yoxall Strummers Ukulele folk band came to entertain us with a selection of songs we could all sing along to. They introduce themselves as NOT “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”; although they did play a few Beatles numbers and some good old Seventies folk tunes too. It was a really jolly meeting with members not only joining in but hand jiving too.

We had the pleasure of presenting Charles Cole, one of our parish councillors, with a cheque for £1000. The ladies have been fundraising towards the renovation of the village hall from previous events and coffee mornings. Charles was very pleased to receive a promotional large cheque too, which can be used to support the ongoing fundraising towards refurbishment costs.

The members did us all proud with a beautiful American supper, with lots of festive cheer, homemade goodies and even more wine. The village hall was in a real festive mood; we are not sure what our guests from other local WIs might have thought but we ended the night with a fake snowball fight - nothing better than ending our meeting on a giggle!

We wish to remind ladies to bring along their subscriptions and deposit of £5 for the post Christmas meal on 8th January at the Royal Oak. Our next meeting is on 4TH January in the village hall where Helen Leve will be our speaker with a presentation on “Living a Low Tox life.” Please could members bring along a small glass jar, as we shall get the opportunity to take away some of the products made during the evening.
The Women’s Institute wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Village news from Helen Price - 7/12/17

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Historians

Did you know that in 1888 the city of Lichfield was home to sixty-six public houses and eight beer houses? This was just one of the interesting facts given to us by Linzi Cooke in her talk on Prostitution in Victorian Lichfield at our November meeting.

We started December with our Christmas meal at the Royal Oak (for the first time) which was superb. At the end of the month, we will have our traditional Christmas walk followed by seasonal refreshments.

Our first meeting of the New Year will be at 8.00 pm on January 26th in the Village Hall when Anthony Poulton Smith will enlighten us on ‘The History of Place Names’:- all are welcome.

Gardening Guild

The Gardening Guild enjoyed an excellent Christmas dinner at the Boar’s Head, Sudbury last Monday. Thanks go to Steve Browne for arranging this very enjoyable and sociable event.

Next year’s programme begins with Danny Wells talking about Joseph Paxton on Monday January 15th. All meetings are held on the third Monday of the month in the village hall at 7.45 pm and everyone is welcome.

All Saints Church

The recently formed Kings Bromley Harmony choir will be giving their first public performance in the church on Saturday 9th December at 3.00 p.m. Their programme will consist of carols and a variety of songs both Christmas and non-festive. Cups of tea and mince pies will be served at the half time interval. There will be no entry charge but a collection will be divided between the choir and the church. Everyone is welcome to come along and support the choir.

Christmas Services
10th Dec:
9.15 am Holy Communion BCP
4.00 pm Christingle service - bring the whole family
17th Dec:
10.45 am Holy Communion CW
4.00 pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols – bring the family
19th Dec:
9.30 am School Carol Service and Nativity – please come and support our children
24th Dec:
4.00 pm Crib Service – a special service for young children and families
10.00 pm Communion Service CW
25TH Dec:
9.15 am Holy Communion BCP
31ST Dec:
10.45 United Benefice Service

Village Hall Refurbishment Fund

At its AGM on the 22nd November, the Show Society

At its AGM on the 22nd November, the Show Society generously voted overwhelmingly to donate £10,000 to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. It became clear at the meeting just how well the Village Hall was used and how highly members valued it. The fund now stands at £14,000. A Parish Council working group is actively into ways of obtaining grants. It is clear that some grant giving bodies require match funding, so it is important that we get as much 'no strings attached' money in the fund as possible. Our County Councillor Martyn Tittley gave the Parish Council money to draw up the first draft of plans for the proposed work which will renovate the lobby, kitchen and toilet areas and which will be displayed in the Village Hall Lobby.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 23/11/17

AS sent to The Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Kings Bromley Parish Council
The granite faces on the War Memorial have been renovated. Local firm Cannell Memorials of Curborough cleaned the faces, refixed and repainted the lettering in time for the Armistice service on Sunday 12th November. The Parish Council has also purchased oak posts which will be used to replace the existing ones as necessary.
Kings Bromley Historians

Following an interesting trip last month to the lovely and historical church at Breedon-on-the-Hill, this month’s meeting will be held at the village hall on Friday 24th November at 8.00 pm. It promises to be an interesting talk by Linzi Cooke on Victorian Prostitution in Lichfield!

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