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A515/A513 Heavy Goods Traffic

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A515/A513 Heavy Goods Traffic
Parish Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard attended a meeting of the Staffordshire County Council’s Freight Forum on 15th September. We were encouraged by the positive response of the County Councillors and Officers to the concerns we, and parishioners, have raised about the size and quantity of the heavy traffic passing through Kings Bromley, Yoxall and Draycott in the Clay. We believe that positive action will soon be taken by the County Council to restrict this traffic.

Village Hall Refurbishment Fund

The Parish Council has set up a separate bank account

Village Hall Refurbishment Fund
The Parish Council has set up a separate bank account for all funds related to the renovation of the Village Hall in order that donors can be confident that donations will be used for that purpose only. The signatories are Glen Wright (as Church Warden), Ian Colclough (as Parish Council Clerk) and Allan Howard (as Parish Council Chairman); if any of these leave those roles then the new incumbent will replace the existing signatory. The name of the account is ‘Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund’. If any organisation wishes to contribute by bank transfer please contact Allan Howard for the sort code and account number.

We already have a balance of £5,200 - £4,000 from the Gardening Guild representing the profits from the Open Gardens and £1,200 from our County Councillor Martyn Tittley, whose donation is specifically targeted towards the creation of plans of the proposed work. An architect has been chosen to draw up the plans based on the design devised by a Parish Council working group. Once we receive the plans and drawings they will be displayed in the Village Hall so that villagers can comment on them.

The Parish Council funded the work on the roof and chimney out of its own funds. The new project, which is intended to renovate the lobby, kitchen and toilet areas, will be largely funded by donations and grants. The final cost will depend on the exact nature of the final agreed plan, but is likely to be in the region of £40,000 to £50,000.

The Village Hall is owned by Lichfield Diocese and leased on a long-term lease to the Parish Council at a peppercorn rent. The upkeep of the fabric of the hall is the responsibility of the Parish Council. The responsibility for the day to day running of the Hall lies with the Village Hall Committee acting on behalf of the Parish Council.

Allan Howard

Final HS2 drop-in session

Last chance to

A final drop-in session will be held on Sat 16th Sept between 10am and 1pm at the village hall (upstairs room)

A message from Yoxall Practice

Info on repeat prescriptions


To all patients
From 1 st September 2017, as per Care Quality Commission regulations, the answer phone service for the dispensary will be discontinued.
Alternate ways to order are:
 Registering for online access. (Please contact reception staff regarding how to register)
 Returning the repeat slip ticking items required, returning either by post or by leaving in the post box situated outside the front door of the health centre or the post box adjacent to the dispensary window.
If you require any further assistance please contact reception or dispensary staff.

Yours sincerely,
Drs Gunn, Winchurch & Clarke

Village news from Helen Price - 5/9/17

As sent to The Mercury

Gardening Guild

At the August meeting, Allan congratulated everyone on Kings Bromley winning the Best Kept Village competition again for the sixth year in a row and said that people's front gardens help to contribute to the winning formula.
The speaker for the evening was Mike Byford who came to talk about Hellebores. He has been breeding and studying hellebores for 38 years and holds a National Collection of wild and hybrid species of the plant which is a member of the buttercup family. Mike showed pictures of a number of varieties with flowers of different colours, shapes and markings and gave ideas for propagation and growing in the garden.
Members are visiting the Plant Plot for an evening visit on 4 September, so the next meeting in the Village Hall will take place on 16 October.

Card Sale

The next Card Sale will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday morning, 16th September from
10.30 am until 12.00 noon. The usual range of items will be available; birthday cards, cards for many other occasions, wrapping paper, gifts, serviettes, postcards, bottle bags, notelets, hand-crafted cards and much more, all at bargain prices. A variety of Christmas cards will also be available.

Entry is free, everyone welcome. Do come along and have a free cup of coffee and biscuits and a chat with friends after you browse.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parents and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 – 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 50 p for the raffle. Contact Teresa on 07739672912


There will be an EGM

There will be an EGM of the parish council on 12th September at 6pm to hold further discussions with representatives of HS2 Ltd. Upstairs room at he village hall.

Village News from Helen Price 31 Aug

As supplied to the Mercury

HS2 Consultation Process

Drop-in sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall from 10.00am to 1.00pm on the following Saturdays:
2nd September
9th September
16th September

These sessions have been arranged by the Parish Council primarily to

- view the plans, relevant documents and maps to assess the impact of the Project on residents

- assist with filling in the Response Form for comments on the 'Consultation on the Environment Statement'.
Residents are reminded that this consultation will close at 23.45hrs on 30th September 2017.

- assist residents who may feel their property values are affected by HS2. Relevant paperwork will be available at the meeting.

Whist Drive: - Dates for the Kings Bromley Whist Drives held in the Village Hall are as follows. Time 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm prompt start. These are friendly whist drives with a break for a cup of tea/coffee, a biscuit and a chat. Any information you require contact Kate on 07710119039.

10th October, 24th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December, 19th December 2018, 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 20th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Boogie Bounce

Boogie Bounce is a fun, friendly and fat burning exercise class on individual trampolines, suitable for all ages and abilities. Classes take place at the Village Hall every Monday 6.15 – 7.15 pm and every Wednesday 7.30-8.30 pm.
To find out more information or book, please text Gemma on 07711408601.

Kings Bromley Historians

Despite the rain and thunder a group of us enjoyed a visit to Kirby Muxloe castle on Saturday 5th August, followed by lunch at the local Castle hotel.
Our next meeting will be 29th September in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. when we will hear an account of the Fauld explosion. On Friday 27th October there will be another outing, details of which are still to be finalised. New members are welcome at either of these meetings.

MP3 of the recent EGM with HS2

An MP3 version of the meeting

An MP3 version of the meeting is now available through this link (uses Google DRIVE)

Village news 17 August

As sent to the Mercury

Best Kept Village winner x 6

Kings Bromley have been awarded the small Village award for the sixth year running in the Lichfield District!!
Our thanks go to all those conscientious people who make this possible, in particular or the sixth year running, Kings Bromley has been awarded Best Kept Small Village award in the Lichfield/Cannock area. Credit goes to those conscientious people who made this possible, in particular, Mr Dennis O’Dea and also The Churchyard Team. Well done and congratulations!!

Kings Bromley WI

The WI do not hold a meeting during the month of August; however that’s not to say we haven’t been busy.

The village show stall was looking splendid with the array of homemade cakes, chutneys and jams, all donated by our members and friends. The show stall is our main fundraiser, making £390 towards the cost of speakers and events for the coming year. The WI held a raffle on show day and these are the winning prizes and tickets:- Tracey Green 261, cheese and wine basket, D Smith Green 340, grocery set, Elaine Pink 250, Avon set, Viv Leyland Pink 105, Crown Derby, Joan Penfold Pink 578, Monty Don, Mary Simmons White 784, picnic hamper and Bev White 703 bathroom basket. A BIG THANK YOU to our members for their donations and time volunteering at the stall another successful show day.

The WI held an afternoon tea at the Royal Oak Pub on Thursday 10th August to show appreciation to our members and to enhance the resolution passed in June on Alleviating Loneliness. We shared our friendship and enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, jam and cream plus large quantities of tea were consumed. We have a Facebook page with lots of photos to view of the splendid afternoon.

We meet regularly at the Royal Oak on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 2.30pm; we hold a monthly craft group. If you are interested just turn up with your own projects for an informal get together and enjoy a chat and a cuppa too.

The next members meeting shall be held at the village hall on 7TH September on the “life of a lingerie designer” from 7.30pm.

HS2 Consultation - drop-in sessions

A series of drop-in sessions have been arranged

Drop-in sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall from 10.00am to 1.00pm on the following Saturdays:
2nd September
9th September
16th September

These sessions have been arranged by the Parish Council primarily to:

- view the plans, relevant documents and maps to assess the impact of the Project on residents

- assist with filling in the Response Form for comments on the 'Consultation on the Environment Statement'.
Residents are reminded that this consultation will close at 23.45hrs on 30th September 2017.

- assist residents who may feel their property values are affected by HS2. Relevant paperwork will be
available at the meeting.

HS2 On-line response form

Many parishioners have asked about how they can respond to HS2

Many parishioners have asked about how they can respond to HS2. This is the link.https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2a-west-midlands-crewe-hybrid-bill-environmental-statement
Full DRAFT minutes from the EGM of 7th August can now been seen under the parish council section of this site.
An MP3 copy of the meeting will be made available soon.

Village news from Helen Price 18 Aug 2017

As sent to the Mercury

Wednesday Club:

On 2nd August 39 members of the Wednesday Club sat down for their annual Cream Tea held this year at Mabel’s, Curborough. After welcoming everyone Anne thanked all those who had helped with our stall at the Kings Bromley Show. The amount raised this year was £366.17. A very good result considering the weather. Anne then announced that Vera Wilson had decided to step down from the committee and thanked Vera for her many years as committee member, secretary and chair. Finally, members were reminded about the outing to Barmouth on 6th September and informed of the new departure time – 8.30am from The Grange.
Judging by the volume of chatter and laughter everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon. The Cream Tea was delicious and the staff at Mabel’s very attentive frequently re-filling teapots and providing additional jam. Only one member it seems was disappointed – disappointed that there was nothing to complain about!! A great afternoon!

September 6th: Outing to Barmouth. Non- members welcome.
October 4th: “Encounters of the Rich and Famous” A talk by Mr. D. Tamea.

Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members enjoyed a visit to the Dorothy Clive Garden in July; the weather was perfect for walking around the extensive grounds and members who already knew the garden appreciated seeing the changes which had taken place, including a glasshouse with exotic species and an area with edible plants. Everyone enjoyed sitting in the sunshine enjoying refreshments in the cafe at the end of the visit.
At the next meeting in the Village Hall on Monday 21 August, Mike Byford will be talking about 'Hellebores, the National Collection'.

Kings Bromley Co-op

In the early hours of Wednesday morning there was an unsuccessful ram-raid by masked thieves in an attempt to steal the cash machine at the Co-op. While still in shock, the Co-op staff rallied to quickly clear up the mess and organise the reconstruction of the demolished wall, following its inspection by a structural engineer. Amazingly, 24 hours later, the shop opened again as usual at 7.00 am. Well done to all the staff for their resilience and let’s hope the perpetrators get caught as soon as possible.

Best Kept Village Result

Kings Bromley Wins Best Kept Village for Sixth Year in a Row

At the award ceremony, on 7th August in Eccleshall Community Centre, Dennis O'Dea accepted, on behalf of Kings Bromley, the Best Kept Village award for the Lichfield and Cannock Chase Area. Forty six villages spread over five areas entered the competition this year; there were 12 in our area. Villages are divided into small and large villages; we won best small village, Norton Canes won best large village. We were then judged against Norton Canes and won the overall trophy, which we won - thereby getting to retain the 'totem pole'. The competition is run by the Community Council of Staffordshire and in the Lichfield/Cannock Chase area is sponsored by the Leavesley Group on behalf of the National Memorial Arboretum.

Thanks to all who in the village who have kept their front gardens so neat and who have kept the streets so clean. I have been particularly impressed this year with the hanging baskets and the effort made by the Co-op and Royal Oak. The churchyard continues to impress, thanks to the Churchyard Team, as do the public areas: the Showfield, thanks to the Show Committee, the War Memorial and the Jubilee seat area and Village Hall, thanks to the Gardening Guild . Thanks also to the Richard Crosse School whose pupils' posters have been displayed in the Village Hall windows. The Parish Council organises the event.

It was fitting that Dennis accepted the award on our behalf as he works tirelessly around the village.

Allan Howard for Kings Bromley Parish Council.

Village news from Helen Price

As sent to Mercury 3/8/17

Kings Bromley Show

The annual village show on Saturday 22nd July was a huge success attracting over 2,500 visitors. Despite a poor forecast, the weather remained mainly fine and everyone had a fabulous day. Funds raised will go to support various village organisations.

Many thanks go to all who helped at the Show, or during the week setting up and clearing up afterwards. Particular thanks go to Kirsten Harber who tirelessly co-ordinated the whole team throughout the year. And thanks you to all who came along to support us!

Dates for the diary:-

Wednesday 2nd, 3.30 Wednesday Club Cream Tea at Mabel’s Tearoom
Thursday 3rd, 2.30 WI outing to Mabel’s Tearoom
Thursday 10th WI Afternoon tea at the Royal Oak
Saturday 12th, 3.00 G
arden Party at the Woodlands

2016/17 Audit of Parish Accounts

The audit of the

The audit of the parish council accounts is now completed. You can see the documents in full by going to the parish council page on this web site - look under transparency documents.
PDF icon Notice of conclusion of audit (445.6 Kb)

Poor road drainage on Alrewas Road

Response from SCC

Recently a report was made to the parish council about the poor drainage along parts of Alrewas Road. The channels are full of detritus and some road grids blocked. This was reported to Staffordshire Highways (Amey their contractor) and this is their reply:

Highways Issue Inspected - Fault Report 4087463

Dear Ian Colclough

This is an update to your enquiry dated 27/07/2017 in relation to Alrewas Road .
A highways inspector has now visited the site and added the following notes to the report:

Full inspection of the gullys along Alrewas road, there is some weed growth and small amount of surface water in places but all gullys are clear and accepting water, the gullys are routinely cleaned and emptied, no actionable defects therefore at time of inspection.

If you have any queries regarding this report please contact highways@staffordshire.gov.uk quoting your enquiry number

Kind regards
The Highways Team

If any parishioner feels that they too would like to report this issue please use the email link in the message above.

HS2 Information Events and PC EGM

There will be

There will be a HS2 Information event at the village hall on 2nd August from 2pm to 8pm. This is another chance to hear first hand how this project will affect your village.
There will be an EGM of the Parish Council in the Village Hall on Monday 7th August at 7.30pm. This will take the form of representatives of HS2 answering a set of previously notified questions on their recently published plans for HS2 (2a). The public can attend as at any Parish Council meeting and ask questions of the Parish Council at the public forum which lasts for 5 minutes at the start of the meeting - extendable at the Chairman's discretion. After that the public can listen to proceedings.
The set of questions that we have prepared, after having met with the HS2 action group and listened to the concerns of parishioners, is listed below. As can be seen these are aimed at trying to understand what the plans mean and how the impact of the works can be minimized. We still retain the hope that, once the financial and environmental cost of HS2 and its meagre benefits are appreciated by our politicians, it will be scrapped. But in the meantime we are working on mitigating its effects.
The answers that we receive to these questions from HS2 will be published on this site. Questions here PDF icon HS2 questions (83.2 Kb)

Latest Village News from Helen Price

As sent to The Mercury

Garden Party

On Saturday 12th August there will be a Garden Party at Woodlands, Manor Park, by kind permission of Graham and Florence Coxon. We would be pleased to receive contributions for the tombola, raffle, plant and bric-a-brac stalls.

The opener will be Mrs Sue Hannam, Headteacher of the Cathedral School, Lichfield. Everyone is welcome and we are hoping for a fine afternoon. Admission by ticket, £5 each, to include a cream tea (children 12 and under free), available from Gill and Glen Wright, tel. 472622.

Kings Bromley Show

Another very successful show took place on Saturday and the crowds turned out despite the dubious weather forecast. The day turned out mostly dry and bright, and a brief downpour did not dampen visitors’ spirits. A wide range of entertainment was provided by The Company of Horsemen, the Blackrock Llamas, Sheep Roadshow and a wildlife display including birds of prey. Old favourites included the treasured vehicle parade, horse and dog shows with funfair and races for the children.
The Eureka Jazz band entertained customers of the Shardlow bus bar, as if any encouragement were needed!

The fun continued into the evening with a Barn Dance held in the marquee on the showfield, which was held in aid of the Foresters Scout group.

Village news 22/7/17

Village news from Helen Price as sent to the Mercury

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 22nd July

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 the horse show at 9.30 a.m. From noon, there will be children’s races, companion dog show, the Eureka Jazz Band and a parade of treasured vehicles. Displays of art, crafts, cookery, floral art, flowers, fruit and veg, photography, treasured vehicles, 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.

Entertainment includes interactive Wildlife displays, The Sheep Roadshow, Teddy and Otto, the funny Woodland creatures, birds of prey, pony rides and The Blackrock llamas, as featured on TV’s Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies.

For more information please see the website www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Wednesday Club.

A chance meeting in a greengrocer’s shop, a diary of unknown origin and a fascination for local history was the starting point of a talk based on her book “Butchers, Bakers & Bonnet Makers” by Mrs June Pickerill, a local historian and author.
Our speaker – using information from the diary and the 1841 census – concluded the author of the diary to be 12-year-old Mary Lindop, daughter of Thomas Lindop butcher and farmer of Cannock. The main part of the diary covers a 2 year period beginning December 4th 1839 and records the day to day events in the life of the family with references to many of their relatives, neighbours and customers. Many of the entries consist of single sentences – “Father went to Stafford Fair.”, “Mrs Witehed died in the Churchyard, came in well, and died in one Minet.”
Key local events are similarly recorded. “Mr Davinson was thrown out of a spring cart and killed.”, “The balloon passed through yesterday – droped not far from the crosses – came from wesbromage.” In February 1840 Mary noted that her father was dining at the Crown to honour the Queen’s wedding.
Our speaker, by cross referencing these and other events recorded in the diary with reports in the Staffordshire Advertiser, had been able to discover the full story behind many of Mary’s one-line diary entries.
Next meeting: Cream Tea at Mabel’s – August 2nd at 3.30pm.
NB: September 6th. Outing to Barmouth. Non-members welcome.

Kings Bromley WI

The Women’s Institute had a lot to discuss at their meeting in July, plus a workshop on entertaining the grandchildren.
Teresa Dacosta was the speaker but first we heard all about the National Federation’s AGM in Liverpool at which Teresa was a delegate in June. Two resolutions were passed; the first supporting research into plastic soup destroying the environment. The second was on alleviating loneliness and Jan Higgins talked about her role as care navigator, working for Age UK. Part of her job is to alleviate loneliness, as well as coordinate care packages for elderly people in the community. Age UK offer places to go to break down social isolation and also offer a befriending services run by volunteers.
The meeting continued with Teresa’s workshop on fun ideas to entertain young children with household items. We heard a brief introduction about her antics as a private Nanny in the 1980s and then we were shown how to make lots of different games from milk cartons, sock balls, a treasure hunt with cereal boxes and slime from shaving foam. The ladies then had the opportunity to make gingerbread playdough, which we hope to sell on the Kings Bromley show stall. The ingredients for this were kindly donated by the Coop and what was left given to the Tweenies toddler group.
There will be no meeting until September, but we will be meeting at the Royal Oak on 10th August for afternoon tea, £2 deposit; if members are interested please see Sue or Pauline.

HS2 latest

The Phase 2a Bill has now been deposited in Parliament ...

The Phase 2a Bill has now been deposited in Parliament and the material relating to the Bill has been delivered to your nominated deposit location. We would be grateful if you could inform parishioners of this.
Your nominated deposit location is:
Lichfield Library
The Friary
WS13 6QG

In addition, an electronic version of the Bill material is available for your parish. This is lodged with the parish clerk.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.

HS2 Phase 2a Disruption of Kings Bromley Parish

An indication of part of the likely disruption to the Parish caused by the construction of HS2 Phase 2a is given by their publication of the plans for 'Borrow Pits'.

'Borrow Pits' are quarries that will be used to provide the sand and gravel to be used in the embankments and viaducts.

These pits will destroy farmland and farms.

Borrow Pits Map 4 Borrow Pits Map 1 While we have been repeatedly assured that no HS2 traffic will pass through Kings Bromley during the construction, we need to continue to lobby to make sure this is the case.

Also, there seems to be no provision for a tunnel through the Kings Bromley viaduct, so Common Lane would be blocked and apparently there will be no way to get from Crawley Lane to the A515 except through the village.

We have written to HS2 to ask them exactly what is meant by 'Consolidated Construction Boundary'.

(NOTE: You can click on the map images to see a larger version)

Highways England update

Road works report


I am pleased to be able to provide Highways England’s monthly update for July 2017.

Planned works
There have been no changes to the dates provided in last month’s update.

I am now able to provide more detailed information regarding the diversion routes and community impacts for the A38 Swinfen roundabout scheme, which is currently planned to begin on 5th September 2017. This information is set out in the appendix to this letter, below.

Due to the recent hot weather, the grass adjacent to the A38 has grown more quickly than had been expected. As a result, the grass is now obscuring visibility at some of the A38 entry and exit slip roads, posing a safety risk to motorists. We will need to close the slip roads for a few nights this week to cut the grass back. Where possible, the diverted traffic will be sent along the A38 to the next junction, then back along the opposite carriageway.

The proposed closures are as follows:

Barton southbound entry slip road
Closed overnight between 9am and 6am from 3rd July to 7th July.

Catholme southbound entry and exit slip roads
Closed overnight between 8pm and 6am from 3rd July to 4th July.

Alrewas southbound entry and exit slip roads
Closed overnight between 10pm and 6am from 4th July to 6th July.

Please note: all dates may be subject to change, for example if the road condition deteriorates more quickly than expected or as a result of bad weather. Where possible, changes to dates will be included in future monthly updated. This list does not include emergency or unplanned closures.

As always, should residents wish to raise any queries or make suggestions regarding the contents of these updates, we ask that they refer these to us through the parish councils. This will enable us to work more closely with the councils and take a co-ordinated approach.

Open gardens

The Open Gardens held on the weekend 10th and 11th of June raised

The Open Gardens held on the weekend 10th and 11th of June raised over £1500 for the Village Hall Renovation Fund and was much enjoyed. Thanks to all those who supported the event, especially those who opened their gardens, the WI for their 'yarn bombing', the Show for letting us use the field for parking and the Church for letting The Historians put up their display. As new gardens are always welcome, please consider whether you would like to open yours next year.

Allan Howard

Charges from 2018 for your garden waste bin coillection

LDC will be making a small charge from 1st January 2018 for the collection of your garden waste bins.

The charge will be just £36 per year. More info on the LDC web site here http://lichfielddc.gov.uk/Residents/Environment/Recycling-bins-and-waste/Recycling-bins-and-waste.aspx

Lorries parking in lay by

Lorries should not be parking over night

Lorries should not be parking overnight in the Yoxall Road lay bys north of the village. If you witness any overnight parking please report this to Staffordshire Police by dialing 101 ideally with the registration number and any supporting photograph / images.

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