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Village news from Helen Price - 18/1/18

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

Parish Precept 2018/19

The parish precept will have to increase.

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

Speeding traffic

Speed Watch initiative

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

A38 road works and how it may affect the village

See document below from Highways England

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

Grant received

County Councillor Martyn Tittley

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

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

Cllr. Tittley

Village news from Helen Price - 11/1/18

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Kings Bromley

Helen Price
01543 472203

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

Bowls Club Whist Drives

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

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

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

Parish Council - trying to reduce traffic speed

The Parish Council is looking at ways

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

Restriction of HCV Traffic Through Kings Bromley

Parish Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard attended meetings

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

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

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

Allan Howard, Chairman, Kings Bromley Parish Council

Village news from Helen Price - 14/12/17

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Helen Price
01543 472203

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

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

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

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

Kings Bromley WI December Meeting

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

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

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

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

Village news from Helen Price - 7/12/17

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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
01543 472203

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

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

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

As sent to The Mercury

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

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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

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