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Village news from Helen Price 23/6/17

As posted in the Mercury

Open Gardens Weekend

Last weekend Kings Bromley enjoyed a very successful Open Gardens event, raising nearly £1,500 towards the Village Hall restoration fund. Visitors from all over the Midlands and much further afield enjoyed browsing the 7 participating gardens and their comments were very positive indeed, making all the hard work of those involved worthwhile. All Saints church also featured a Historians display relating to its history.

Wednesday Club

The meeting opened with a moment's silence in memory of Nick Carter.

Chairman Anne Ashcroft thanked Lin for organising the May outing to the Cotswolds and informed members of 3 future events:- The Cream Tea in August to be held at Mabel's in Curborough; The September outing which this year will be to Barmouth and a theatre trip in November to see "South Pacific" at the Garrick Theatre.

Members were also reminded about our Bric-a-Brac stall at the Kings Bromley Show and the need for both items to sell and people willing to help on the day.

We were then entertained by Mrs. Patricia Wilson with a selection of poems, monologues and songs by Pam Ayres and Joyce Grenfell. These included "Oh I Wish I'd Looked After Me Teeth," "The Embarrassing Encounter With A Parrot" and "I Am Ready Mr. Prescott" by Pam Ayres and "The Woman On The Bus," "It’s Made All The Difference" and "Nursery School - Free Activity Period" by Joyce Grenfell. The latter involving some audience participation!!

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday July 5th when there will be a talk "Butcher, Baker and Bonnets" by Mrs. J. Pickeril.

Show Day, Saturday 22nd July

Kings Bromley Show is the highlight of the village year, nearly one hundred years after the original and brings together the whole village with a sense of community. It also attracts regular visitors from all over the Midlands who enjoy the wide variety of entertainment and refreshment available.

Horse Classes start the show at 9.30 am. All day amusements include funfair, craft fair with demonstrations, food fair, non-commercial stands. There are refreshment & trade stands plus Shardlow Real ale bus bar. From noon, there will be children’s races, companion dog show, Eureka Jazz Band, 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.

Themed entertainment includes hands-on, 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.

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.

News from your Parish Council chairman

This is a brief summary of news that came out of the latest parish council meeting.

Best Kept Village: All houses in the village will now have received a flyer advertising the BKV competition. Please display this in a prominent place which can be viewed from the road. Judging takes place in May, June and July. If we maintain our front gardens and public spaces and keep the roads litter and dog fouling free then maybe we can win the competition for a record sixth year in a row.
Annual Open Meeting – Village Hall Mon May 8th 8.00 pm: All parishioners are invited to this meeting where the Parish Council, and all Village Organisations, give a review of what they have done during the year and residents have the chance to listen and speak. The Parish Council is encouraging residents to become positively involved in the local community and local issues: this is an ideal opportunity to do just that.
A38 Road Closures: Following a meeting with Parish Councillors, Highways England have written to us with their proposals on how to mitigate the problems caused by diversions through Kings Bromley – see their letter on the website. In future the dates and times of closures will be sent in advance to the Parish Council and will be put on the website.
A515 Weight Limit Campaign. The indications are that the letter writing campaign is having an effect on convincing the County Council on the weight of opinion on this issue. Please keep writing to Mark Deaville (for contact details see website) to demand action.
Lichfield Mercury Village News: Parishioners will have noticed that the free Friday edition of The Mercury is not being distributed. Helen Price, who is in charge of the Village News section has agreed to send this now to the Parish Council website so that we do not lose this valuable source of information.
Defibrillator: As many of you will have seen, the defibrillator has been installed on the side wall of the Village Hall and is now fully operational. It has been registered with the Ambulance Service. Residents are reminded that if anybody has a critical medical condition, they should in the first instance dial 999. If it is thought the use of the defibrillator would be of assistance until the ambulance arrived, they will be given the code to access the equipment. The defibrillator is set up to guide the user how to use it in easy steps. Training sessions are being arranged in the village to familiarise residents with the equipment. Details will be announced shortly.

It is Best Kept Village time again!

Yes it's that time again. We are going for a sixth win on the bounce.

There will be a village clean up on 22nd April at 10am. Please do your best to attend. Contact parish chairman Allan Howard if you can make it. We shall soon have posters available for you to display in your front windows - these will be delivered to you soon. Make every effort to keep the village tidy and see if we can win again in 2017.
Allan's emails is alan.how8@btinternet.com

e Petition re funding for children's play areas

Budget cuts may affect funding

Council cuts nationally may affect funding to play areas. There is an e petition that you may wish to know about and sign up to. Copy and paste the link below into your browser. It asks that Premier league clubs have a levy imposed upon them to fund the play areas.
Note - Kings Bromley PC funds and maintains the play area at the rear of the village hall and this is not affected by any cuts.

HS2 Engagement Drop-In Event – Handsacre

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.
We would like to invite you along to the HS2 Engagement Drop-In Event being held on Thursday 13 April, 2017 between 3pm and 7pm at the Armitage Village Hall, 51 Shropshire Brook Rd, Armitage, Rugeley WS15 4UZ. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about HS2 and talk to our experts about engineering, construction, property, the environment, utilities and more.

Please contact us if you would like further information on HS2:
Email: HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7944 4908
Website: www.gov.uk/hs2

Open Parish Meeting

New date

This year's Open Parish Meeting will now be on Monday 8th May at 8pm

Cameron Homes donation presentation

Cameron homes kindly made a generous donation

Presentation Cameron Homes kindly made a very generous donation to the parish council of £5000 to go towards the village hall roof repairs and the purchase and installation of a defibrillator. The picture shows Sonya from Cameron homes with from left to right Cllr. Mary Gair, Charles Cole, Cllr. Steve Browne and parish chairman Cllr. Allan Howard.

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