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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

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Helen Price
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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!

War Memorial work

War Memorial

Parishioners may have noticed that 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.

Parish Council

Village news from Helen Price - 16/11/17

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Helen Price
01543 472203
Kings Bromley WI Meeting November 2017
This month’s meeting saw the ladies of the WI learn all about meditation and relaxation.
Our speaker, Bernadette Woodward is a holistic therapist with over 20 years experience in
these fields as well as crystal and colour therapy and is also a reiki master teacher. We were
told a little about the history of mindfulness which is very much in vogue now and was first
documented by the Egyptians.
We looked at how our stressful lives in the 21 st century can have a huge impact on mental
health and our physical wellbeing. Our ancestors would have slept more hours and had
more time to reflect on their day, spending time sitting and thinking without worrying or
feeling rushed. Bernadette helped us to use our senses to bring some relaxation elements
into every day activities, using our sense of smell, hearing and taste.
We then enjoyed purchasing from the Bring and Buy stalls and would like to thank the ladies
for the lovely items of jewellery, handbags, plants, scarves and other accessories. Carol won
the raffle prize.
Our next meeting is the American supper, so can members please bring a dish for the buffet;
we have the Yoxall Strummers to entertain us on 7 th December.

Gardening Guild meeting, Monday 20th
The speaker at the next meeting, 7.45 pm in the Village Hall, will be David Tideswell talking
on "Seasonal Garden Birds". The Christmas Dinner will be held at The Boars Head, Sudbury,
on Monday 27th November.
Whist Drive, Tuesday 21st
Come along and join the whist drive at the village hall, alternate Tuesday afternoons
throughout the winter, 1.30 for a prompt 2.00 pm start.
Wednesday Club
41 members attended the AGM on November 1 st . Anne Ashcroft, retiring President/Chair,
began her report by reflecting on the sad loss of 6 of our members during the past 12
months. After reviewing the year’s programme, Anne thanked all committee members, past
and present, for their help and support over the last 3 years. A vote of thanks to Anne was
proposed and she was presented with a gift from members in appreciation of all she has
done for the Wednesday Club.

Members were then entertained to a Christmas Miscellany from our guest speaker Audrey
Hall. The miscellany covered all aspects of Christmas – nativity plays, carols, food, drink and
gifts – in the form of anecdotes, songs, poems, letters and even recipes. Items ranged from
the humorous: - the young boy who argued vehemently with the vicar that the baby born at
Christmas was not Jesus but Wayne! He’d heard about him – sung about him – “A Wayne in
a manger.”!! To the poignant: - the letter from an officer of the 1 st Division North
Staffordshire Regiment written from the trenches on Christmas Eve 1914. The letter
described an unofficial truce during which the guns on both sides were silent, greetings
exchanged, hands shaken and carols sung. All this in the knowledge that in a few short hours
the guns and the killing would begin again.
Next Meeting: December 13 th Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak (12.30. for 1.00.)
NB. A committee meeting held at the end of the afternoon confirmed Lin Allen as our new
President/Chair. Congratulations Lin!!

Village news from Helen Price - 7/11/17

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

At the October meeting the speaker for the evening was Kathryn Robey, curator at the Dorothy Clive Garden. Members had enjoyed a visit to the garden in July and now could appreciate the story of the history and present development of the garden.
The garden was created by Colonel Clive in the early 1940s for his wife Dorothy who had Parkinson's Disease and was being advised to walk as much as possible. Originally a sandstone quarry and fields, the 12-acre garden was planted with azaleas, rhododendrons, flower borders and trees but now is being developed to provide year-round interest with a new glasshouse and plans for an Arboretum and improved disabled access. Kathryn showed slides of the garden through the year, with camellias, magnolias, azaleas, rhododendrons, the daffodil walk, laburnum arch, rose border and summer bedding.
The speaker at the next meeting on 20th November will be David Tideswell talking on "Seasonal Garden Birds". The Christmas Dinner will be held at The Boars Head, Sudbury, on Monday 27th November.

Card Sale

The next card sale will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday morning, 18th November from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon.
Christmas cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift tags, bottle bags, advent candles, money notelets and much more all at bargain prices. There will also be a new supply of All Saints Christmas puddings and Gill’s mini Christmas cakes and mince pies.
Entry is free and everyone is very welcome. Do come along and have a free cup of tea or coffee and mince pie and enjoy a chat after you browse.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

The group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 till 11.30 am. 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 Teresa on 07739672912

Village news from Helen Price - 2/11/17

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Helen Price
01543 472203

Whist drive

The whist drive will be held at Kings Bromley Village Hall, on Tuesday 7th November. Anyone is welcome to join us at 1.30 for a 2.00 pm prompt start.

WI Craft afternoon at Royal Oak, Thursday 9th November

The WI craft group meet once a month over coffee and a chat. Please come along and join in, everyone is welcome.

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 11th November

Tickets are available for this event on Saturday 11th November at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall, priced £5 each, including light refreshments. Teams strictly limited to a maximum of four players. Anyone willing to donate a prize for the Grand Draw, please ring Gill or Glen Wright on 472622.

Kings Bromley Best Kept Village Award

At a ceremony held by the Jubilee Seat on Friday 20th October, Kings Bromley were presented with the Best Kept Village Trophy for the Lichfield and Cannock District for the sixth year in a row. Parish Council Chairman Allan Howard welcomed villagers, guests and representatives from the Council.

Allan thanked the Councils for their continued support for the Best Kept Village competition in the current climate of cutbacks. John Perry, Chairman of the BKV Working Group, then gave his remarks on behalf of the Group and the judges; once again praise was given for the way the Church and its surrounds were maintained, the quality of the posters produced by the children of the Richard Crosse School which were displayed in the Village Hall and the general state of the public spaces and private house fronts.

Following the ceremony, everyone was welcomed back to the Chairman’s house for refreshments.

Ivy Butcher’s Book Launch, Saturday 14th October

Ivy Butcher, local historian and author, signed copies of her seventh book, On Being A Hundred, at The Royal Oak. The book features highlights of Ivy’s special centenary year with stories and photos throughout and sold very well on the day. A few copies still available on request.

Morrisons store in Lichfield also invited Ivy, one of their regular customers, to cut the ribbon at the opening of their refurbished store last week.

Village news from Helen Price - 19/10/17

As sent to The Mercury

Helen Price
Kings Bromley
01543 472203
Kings Bromley WI
This month’s meeting saw the ladies of the WI learn all about the art of silversmithing and the different stages of making jewellery. Gaynor Woodward isn’t a professional but has a true passion for the craft, learning the art from attending adult education classes at Lichfield and Stafford colleges. Gaynor spoke about the history of jewellery from painting bodies, to tattoos and piercing. Gaynor’s jewellery is made from silver.
We were shown all the different tools used and how each process can take many hours to produce the finished article. Gaynor brought along different samples of each stage and had an array of beautiful hand-crafted unique jewellery for us to look at and purchase.
At the end of September the ladies met up with other local institutions at Hill Ridware village hall for a group meeting. We had the pleasure of being entertained by Judith Hibbert who is an actress and after dinner speaker, and the mother to Eleanor Tomlinson of Poldark fame. Judith has worked in TV, theatre and cabaret. Judith performed “Around the Wireless” with her portrayal and tribute to Julie Andrews, Joyce Grenfell, Gracie Fields and more. The hall was lit up with laughter as Judith is an extremely funny and talented lady. The ladies of the Ridware WI provided us with a beautiful buffet and refreshments.
We are supporting the Pop Up for Poppies campaign and hoping to produce knitted poppies to be displayed throughout 2018 commemorating the centenary of the end of WW1. We meet up for a knit and natter craft group on a monthly basis in the Royal Oak on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 2.30pm , if you would like to join us for a cup of tea and a chance to take part in making some poppies please feel free to join us , it’s open to all.
Our next meeting on 2nd November will be all about Relaxation and Meditation with Bernadette Woodward plus we shall be holding a Bring and Buy Sale on that evening too.
Whist Drive, Tuesday 24th October
The whist drive takes place fortnightly at the Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm.

Open Gardens 2018

KIngs Bromley open gardens

Kings Bromley Open Gardens will be on the 16th and 17th June 2018. Would anybody who would like to open their garden or be involved in any way please contact Allan Howard on 472720.
This event has raised £4000 over the last few years which has been given to the Village Hall Renovation Fund.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 14/10/17

As sent to The Mercury

Ivy Butcher’s Book Launch Saturday 14th October

Now in her 102nd year, Ivy Butcher is launching her new book “On Being a Hundred”. Please come along to the Royal Oak and purchase your signed copy between 2.00 – 4.00 p.m, Saturday 14th October.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

In September, members of the Gardening Guild enjoyed an evening visit to The Plant Plot in Lichfield, with members of staff giving a tour around the garden centre and grounds, which were more extensive than expected. This was followed by refreshments - delicious sandwiches, cake and drinks were provided - and an opportunity to purchase plants and garden items.
The next meeting will take place in the Village Hall on 16th October when there will be a talk on 'Seasonal Changes at the Dorothy Clive Garden'.

Historians Meeting September 29th

We heard a moving account of the Fauld Explosion from a 1983 radio programme, in which various survivors of the day spoke of their memories. 27th November 1944 dawned bright and clear in Hanbury and the war seemed reasonably remote. However in the gypsum mine the previous day a Safety Officer was so concerned by what he saw he returned with a superior officer on the 27th. The mines were huge with ¾ mile of railtrack connecting the various areas where 14,000 tons of ammunition were stored and the work being carried out was not isolated from the ammunition. However, the Safety Officers did not have the authority to halt the work.

At lunchtime that day came the explosion which was the largest in the world until Hiroshima. Railtracks, rocks, trees and soil were thrown thousands of feet into the air taking with them houses, animals, people and the dam, which resulted in a great wave of mud, obliterating everything in its path. 68 people died that day but mercifully none of the 50 children in the school.

Our next meeting on Friday 27th October is an outing to Breedon on the Hill. Anyone wishing to join us please ring Allan on 472720 or Val on 472941.

Wednesday Club Meeting, 4th October

After welcoming members to the meeting Anne asked for a short time of reflection in memory of Elma Mellor who had served on the committee and had been a very loyal member of the Club.
Our Christmas Lunch this year has been booked at the Royal Oak on 13th December. Menus were distributed to members and it would be appreciated if choices and money could be received at the November meeting.
Our speaker for the afternoon was Mr D. Tamea with his portraits of the Rich and Famous. He had had a photographic shop and when he sold up on his retirement he decided to concentrate on taking portraits. He said as he was deaf he would show us two photographs of deaf people, the first was Evelyn Glennie, Scottish percussionist, and Eric Sykes, comedian, who was not only deaf but was also almost blind. His spectacles had no glass in them but they were fitted with hearing aids!!! He showed us so many beautiful photographs including Bobby George, Norman Tebbit, Kriss Akabusi and Jack Straw. He had also photographed two very prestigious women – the first was the Chief Constable of Staffordshire, Jane Sawyers and the second the first woman Chief Fire Officer for Stafford County, Becci Bryant. He had also photographed Simon West, Ken Dodd and Harry Secombe, the list was endless. Among his portfolio was a photograph of Jill Dando whom the BBC described as this extraordinary, ordinary girl. He said how moved he was on hearing of her tragic death.
Our next meeting is the AGM on 1st November in the Village Hall at 2.30p.m. The speaker for the afternoon will be Mrs. Audrey Hall with a Christmas Miscellany.

Village news from Helen Price - 5/10/17

As sent to The Mecury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Whist drive

The first whist drive of the season will be held at Kings Bromley Village Hall, on Tuesday 10th October, 1.30 for a 2.00 prompt start. Please ring Kate on 07710 119039 for further information.

WI Craft afternoon at Royal Oak, Thursday 12th October

The WI craft group meet once a month over coffee and a chat. Please come along and join us.

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 11th November

Tickets will soon be available for this event on Saturday 11th November at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall, priced £5 each, including light refreshments. Teams strictly limited to a maximum of four players. Anyone willing to donate a prize for the Grand Draw, please ring Gill or Glen Wright on 472622.

Kings Bromley Show 2018, Saturday 28th July

Please come and join us at the Royal Oak on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30 pm for an informal meeting to discuss next year’s show. We would very much welcome any fresh blood with new ideas/talents/enthusiasm. If you feel you can help in any way and would like to get more involved in village life, do come along and give us a try. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested, please ring Kirsten Harber on 07766 316316.

Next year’s theme is Staffordshire Life.

Parish Council response to the latest HS2 consultation

The parish council response to this consultation can be seen here

Click here PDF icon HS2 Phase 2 Parish Council response to their consultation (72.7 Kb)

Village news from Helen Price - 28/9/17

As sent to The Mercury

Whist Drive:

Kings Bromley Whist Drives commence again in the Village Hall, 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 please contact Kate on 07710119039.

The dates are 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.

Harvest Lunch

This year’s Harvest lunch will commence at 1.00 p.m. on Saturday 7th October in the Village Hall. Tickets cost £7 or £4 for under 13s.
Numbers are limited, please contact Gill or Glen Wright on 472622 to reserve your seat.

Kings Bromley Historians

The Historians next meeting will be in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm on Friday 29th September when we will hear an account of the Fauld explosion and, as usual, would welcome any new members or visitors.

Freight group presses ahead with measures to reduce HCV impact

A group formed to reduce the impact heavy commercial vehicles

A group formed to reduce the impact heavy commercial vehicles on Staffordshire’s roads is set to deliver a package of measures to benefit communities along one of the county’s main routes.

The Staffordshire Freight and Communities Forum met on Friday with a specific focus on reducing HCV impact along the A515, affecting the villages of Draycott-in-the-Clay, Yoxall and Kings Bromley. The group, which includes parish council representatives, the county council, Highways England, police and the fire service, agreed to deliver the measures as soon as possible.

Options being considered include new signs to advise HCV drivers that the route is unsuitable for them, engineering improvements such as build-outs on parts of the route and looking at restricting HVC movements onto the A515, such as from the A513.

The forum also agreed to write to all Staffordshire MPs to ask for their support in lobbying the Government to address issues resulting from national freight policy. It will continue to look for solutions to issues in other parts of the county at future meetings.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for highways and transport Mark Deaville said: “Friday’s meeting was hugely positive and enabled us to make great progress towards delivering measures which we hope will make a real difference. Our highways officers drew up a highly detailed report with a number of options, with considerable input from the parish councils to which we are very grateful. It means we will be in a position to take action as soon as possible to begin to address some of the community concerns. There has been a great deal of necessary process to get to this stage, so we’re pleased now to get things started. We will of course monitor the impact of everything we do. We know these measures won’t fix everything, but we’re certainly moving in the right direction.”


For more news from Staffordshire County Council visit www.staffordshirenewsroom.co.uk

A515/A513 Heavy Goods Traffic

Latest info is here

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)

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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