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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
Lichfield
Staffordshire
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)

Village news from Helen Price - 13/7/17

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley

Helen Price
01543 472203

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 22nd July

A full day of entertainment for all the family includes a 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.

The theme this year is All Creatures Great and Small and 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.

Highways England update

Road works report

HIGHWAYS ENGLAND MONTHLY UPDATE: July 2017

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.

Village news from Helen Price - 6/7/17

As sent to Lichfield Mercury

Gardening Guild

The speaker for the June meeting on a very warm evening was Byron Lewis from the Lichfield Garden Centre at Curborough. His topic was 'Patio and Basket Plants' and he had brought along a magnificent display of plants suitable for hanging baskets and containers. Byron talked about some of the familiar and more unfamiliar plants, giving tips on growing them on, feeding and deterring pests.

Familiar plants included geraniums and petunias, while more unusual ones included a plant to deter cats, the Lotus or Parrot's Beak , Salvia Hot Lips and a hardy Nemesia. New introductions were one plug plants of Million Bells or Verbena which were in fact a number of different coloured plants of the variety in the plug which filled the basket. Members enjoyed making purchases afterwards and Byron reminded them that persons of a certain age would get a 10% discount in the garden centre on Tuesdays!

There will be no meeting in the Village Hall in July as members will be taking their own cars to the Dorothy Clive Garden on 15 July, meeting at 1.30pm.

WI Craft group, Thursday 13th July

The WI craft group meet monthly at the Royal Oak at 2.30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month. It is open to anyone who has an interest in craft or just fancy coffee and a chat.

Tweenies Parents and Toddler Group

This group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 am till 11.30. Please continue to support this activity which provides fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas. £1 per child and 50p for the raffle. Contact Teresa on 07739 672912

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.

Village news from Helen Price 12/6/17

As supplied to Lichfield Mercury

Women’s Institute meeting 1st June

‘Food Glorious food’ was the talk from speaker Kath Reynolds. We were taken back in time to the days of the first convenience food. Kath gave us a witty and entertaining look back at our eating habits during the times of rationing, and how we used Be-ro books on basic cooking from the Bells Royal Flour Company. We were shown an array of items, some still eaten today. Spam and Old Oak ham were introduced in 1937, but became a household favourite in the 1970’s. We remembered the days of the Bird’s instant trifle, with sponge and dream topping. Mr Bird developed his instant custard in 1837 because his wife was allergic to eggs but loved custard.

We had the wonderful opportunity to look at those old favourite TV adverts from the Smash potatoes robot aliens, we sung along to the New Seekers and the Nimble bread advert. We were shown how our portion sizes have increased and how daily staples like ketchup and salad cream were not given in large quantities because they were expensive and seen as a luxury item. By the end of the talk we all felt extremely hungry for a spam fritter or a Bernie Inn prawn cocktail, steak and chips, and black forest gateaux!

Ann Wilkes, one of our members, has completed a 64.62 mile bike ride from Windsor to central London for the charity “Women V Cancer” on the Ride a Night bike ride on Saturday 27TH May. Ann has already raised £575 with a donation from us too at the WI, in aid of 3 women’s cancer charities. Ann has a Just Giving fundraising page if people wish to donate. Congratulations and well done Ann.

We would like to remind our members that we need £4 for the Blyth group meeting in September at the meeting in July. We still need items for the show hamper; maybe we could add a few retro vintage packets of Angel Delight, tinned Spam, and Fray Bentos pie too. Please bring an apron, and a chubby jam jar to next month’s meeting on 6th July ‘Entertaining your grandchildren ‘.

Village news from Helen Price - 10/6/17

As supplied to the Lichfield Mercury

Gardening Guild

Members enjoyed an evening visit to Mr and Mrs Dunning's garden in May. Although it was a rather wet evening, members had a lovely time walking round the beautiful garden, followed by refreshments (indoors!).

The next meeting of the Gardening Guild will be on 19th June when Byron Lewis will be talking about 'Patio and Basket Plants', bringing along many examples to buy. Kings Bromley is looking forwards to the Open Gardens weekend on 10th and 11th June when 7 gardens will be open from midday to 5pm. Entry will be £5 per adult, free for children who will be able to look for fairies in the gardens. Refreshments and plant sales will be available. All profits will go towards the Village Hall renovation fund. There will also be a history display in the church.

Kings Bromley Historians

Southwell in Nottinghamshire has a varied and fascinating history as revealed by Dr Chris King from Nottinghamshire University who talked at our May meeting about the Landscape History Research project he oversees in that area. Test pits were dug in 200 gardens scattered about the town to give an overall picture of the early settlement. Some pits revealed objects that would have been contained within the manure and
rubbish compost spread on the fields. Taking core samples from the soil and geophysics revealed organic matter and hidden structures. The findings, together with the geography of the village built along the River Greet, all help to form its past history. Southwell Minster was built in the late 950s on a site given to the Archbishop of York by King Eadwig. Excavations around Southwell Minster revealed 200 Saxon burials believed to be Christian, along with some Roman mosaics. Also on site are the remains of the Bishops Palace where Cardinal Wolsey stayed en route to his execution. Amongst the interesting findings was pottery from several ages, including ‘grass’ pottery (the clay contained grass which burnt away when fired, leaving small holes). A 13th century ‘versica’ seal was also found, indicating the spread of literacy and a Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee brick unearthed in 2012, the year of our Queen’s Jubilee. Dr King then turned his talk to timber-framed buildings, with slides of scorch marks, witch marks and carpenters marks and their meaning. The oldest timber-framed building in Southwell is the Saracens Head built around 1332-40, where Charles I fled after his defeat at Oxford and subsequent surrender to the Scottish Army. In an upstairs bedroom there is a medieval wall painting which retains amazing colour detail even now.

It was a fascinating and memorable evening; a real treat! Our next meeting will be on 23rd September, a trip to Kirby Muxloe Castle.

Open gardens

The Open Gardens event will be held on Sat 10th and Sun 11th of June,

The Open Gardens event will be held on Sat 10th and Sun 11th of June, from noon until five pm. Entrance will cost £5, with children under 16 free. All proceeds will go to the Village Hall refurbishment fund. There will be seven gardens open. The WI will be 'yarn bombing' again and the fairies will be back!

Highways England roadworks update

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Village news

News as sent to The Lichfield Mercury is here.

Open Parish meeting

Monday 8th May, 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. This is your chance to hear what has been happening around the parish and gives you an opportunity to raise your concerns about the many factors that influence parish life.

Kings Bromley Historians

Kings Bromley Historians were entertained at their April meeting by Mo, in the persona of a travelling artist/pedlar circa 1100-1700. After witnessing a Sealed Knot Event at Harvington Hall, Mo made the decision to dress in character when selling her handmade cards and stationery at events. To achieve an authentic effect, her wool dress was daubed with dirt and has not been washed since; perhaps a welcome alternative to boiling with dye and urine which might have proved a little pungent for her audiences.

Her talk was full of titbits relating to the life of a peasant throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. Peasantry had its own hierarchy; if you tried to dress above your station by using a richer fabric or style of clothing than allowed, punishment would mean a spell in the stocks. Urine featured regularly in Mo’s talk; it apparently cured chilblains, was used to whiten togas etc., and was also a component in gunpowder and make-up. It was also used to smear on the face to cure wrinkles.

Allan Howard, leader of the Historians, thanked Mo for an entertaining and unusual talk. The next meeting will be in the Village Hall on Friday 26th May at 8.00 pm when the talk will be by Chris King on Medieval Timber Framed Buildings. Visitors always welcome.

Tweenies Parents and Toddler Group

This group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 am till 11.30. Please continue to support this activity which provides fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.

General village news from Helen Price

News as sent to The Lichfield Mercury is here.

Open Parish meeting

Monday 8th May, 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. This is your chance to hear what has been happening around the parish and gives you an opportunity to raise your concerns about the many factors that influence parish life.

KB Gardening Guild

The Chairman, Allan Howard, reminded everyone about the Best Kept Village Competition, running from 1 May to 23 July and the Open Gardens event to be held in the village 10-11 June.

Allan was also the speaker for the evening, the theme for his talk being 'British Gardeners in the Mediterranean'. Allan showed slides of five gardens, two in Menton (one developed by Laurence Johnson, creator of Hidcote garden) and three in Italy: Ravello, Ventimiglia and Taormina in Sicily, with interesting bits of history about their often eccentric creators. Under a Mediterranean sun, plants such as Bougainvillea, Yuccas, Olive, Umbrella Pine, Lotus and Pencil Cypresses thrived (but roses did not!).

The meeting on 15 May will be an evening in Mr and Mrs Dunning's garden, starting at 7pm.

Voluntary Car Scheme

We are looking for new volunteer drivers for the village voluntary transport scheme. If you would like to know more about the scheme and what volunteering would mean, please contact Jane Pollard on 01543 473151.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 22nd July

This year’s theme is All Creatures Great and Small. Entertainment includes a hands-on, interactive Wildlife display, birds of prey, sheep shearing display, the Company of Horsemen and the ever popular dog show. One of the highlights will be the Blackrock llamas, as featured on ITV’s Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies, described on the show as a “Top Attraction” and rated highly on Trip Advisor. The llamas will be competing in a fast-paced obstacle race, set to music with an amusing commentary.

In the Competitive marquee, the categories will reflect the theme. Try your hand at baking a Zebra cake or producing a photo or watercolour representing arachnophobia! There are over 200 classes to compete in, including art, photography, cookery, floral art, young crafts, horticulture and crafts, with many under 18 categories.

There will also be plenty of trade stands and craft stalls to browse, together with treasured vintage cars to admire. Horse riding events take place in the morning.

Apart from all the animals to keep the children happy, there will also be a funfair, pony rides, games and races. There will be a choice of refreshments with a real ale bar, and the accompaniment of the Eureka Jazz Band, back by popular demand, playing familiar melodies from the Jazz era. A great value fun-filled day for all the family - for more details please visit our website www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

The Royal Oak Re-opens

After a long ‘dry’ period, many from the village celebrated the re-opening of the Royal Oak on Saturday, and there was a great atmosphere in the bar. It has been completely and tastefully refurbished by the new management and will be serving food again from Saturday 29thApril.


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