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Bin Stickers

Bin stickers to promote better recycling habits

Stickers to remind local households that black bin liners should not be used in blue bins.
Through the Lichfield and Tamworth Joint Waste Service, Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council are busy putting stickers on all blue bins across Lichfield, Burntwood, Tamworth and the surrounding areas.
The stickers warn local households that black bin bags should not be used in blue bins, and that bins will not be emptied if they are.
This comes after five truck-loads of recycling were recently turned away from the recycling sorting plant due to recycling being contaminated with black bin liners.
If a load of recycling is rejected, unfortunately it ends up being sent to landfill, which costs more, wastes other people’s recycling efforts, and is bad for the environment.
Councillor David Leytham, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Leisure & Waste, said: “To reduce the chance of recycling being rejected by our sorting plant, we need to make sure our residents know what can and can’t go in blue bins.
“This is why we’re putting stickers on blue bin lids, so everyone is aware that we won’t empty the bin if it contains recycling in black bin bags.
“Our preference is for recycling to be loose in your blue bin. However, if you want to bag it, please use a clear bag or simply empty the bag of recycling into your blue bin and then reuse the plastic bag.”
For more advice about how to recycle and what to recycle, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/wasteless where you can download the Waste Less guide.

Village news from Helen Price - 13th December

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley December meeting

The evening being our last meeting before Christmas, provided a good excuse to make merry, enjoy good food, drink and company. It was a pleasure to welcome guests from members of Colton, Hoar Cross and The Ridwares WI branches to join us in the evening’s festivities.

Our speaker for the evening was Helen Chambers and her topic was ‘A Victorian Christmas’. Helen delved into the background of many of our traditional Christmas activities, their importance to the celebrations and why we continue to enjoy them today. Helen particularly focused on the more significant aspects of the season, including stories which we all know from childhood, an example being ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens – the Victorians loved ghost stories. The rich food was mentioned as was the origin of Christmas cards, which tended to be religious or portray snowy scenes with a robin and children playing – similar to today’s cards. The traditional Christmas tree owes much to Prince Albert, who imported the fir from Germany. Importantly though, the Victorians reminded those who were better off that there were many who were less fortunate and they should use the Christmas period to be generous to the poor and needy. A message that is just as important today. Finally, we all sang a couple of well known carols, accompanied by Helen on the piano.

The evening concluded with a splendid buffet and raffle.

Our next meeting will be 3rd January 2019. Guests welcome.

Kings Bromley Whist Drives

Tuesday afternoon whist drives in the Village Hall will restart after Christmas on 8th January at the usual time, 1.30 for a prompt 2.00 pm start. They will continue weekly due to popular demand. If you have not been before how about giving it a try, we play friendly whist with a break for tea and coffee.
Entrance is £1.50 to cover the cost of hiring the Village Hall.

Village Hall Refurbishment latest

HS2 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT FUND AWARD

The Kings Bromley Parish Council and Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contribution of £50,000 towards the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment project, from the Phase One HS2 Community and Environment Fund.
The Fund supports local communities and that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of the brand new high speed railway which is being built between London and the West Midlands.
This means that, with the generous donations already received from village organisations and residents, we are now able to go ahead with the tendering process.
Following earlier consultation with members of the local community, the plans have been amended to incorporate suggested improvements.
The project will include a major upgrade of the kitchen and toilet facilities together with improvements to the lobby area.
We hope that you will all be as pleased as we are that we can finally give the Village Hall the “face lift” it badly needs and we shall continue with our fund-raising activities through the sale of bricks and approaches to other funding sources, so that we can hopefully also make some improvements to the main hall area.
We hope that we will be able to create a really fine Village Hall of which we can all be proud and which will attract more members of the community and surrounding area to use its facilities in the future.

Village news from Helen Price - 6th Dec 2018

As sent to The Mercury

Bowling Club Whist Drive

We hold a whist drive every Tuesday afternoon in Kings Bromley Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. All are welcome.

Christingle Service, December 9th, 4.00 pm

Our family service at Kings Bromley All Saints Church looks forward to Christmas and the collection will support the work of the Children’s Society.

Christmas Fete, Saturday 15th December

There will be a Christmas Fete at Kings Bromley Care Home, Manor Park on Saturday 15th December from 3.00 until 5.00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Tombola, cake stall, hot food, craft stalls, raffle

Village news from Helen Price - 29th Nov 2018

As sent to The Mercury

Quiz Night and Grand Draw

There was a full village hall for this event on Saturday 10th November. Unfortunately, Marguerite, who has hosted our quizzes for over 20 years, had been admitted to hospital with pneumonia only two days before but, luckily, Glen was able to provide a replacement quiz. The ladies supplied their usual excellent refreshments.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event and the Grand Draw, whether donating prizes or buying and selling tickets. A list of prize winners is displayed on the church porch noticeboard. Altogether, £2170 was raised for church funds which is an excellent result.

Kings Bromley Harmony Choir

The Village choir will be giving a concert in All Saints church on Saturday 8th December at 4.00 pm consisting of carols and a variety of Christmas and non-seasonal songs. There will be an interval halfway through when cups of tea and mince pies will be served. There will not be any entry charge but there will be a retirement collection.

Everyone is very welcome to come along and support the choir on this first anniversary of their first public performance.

Kings Bromley Art Group

When the group started at the beginning of September, there were only 3 participants and the future of the group did not appear too bright. However, we were soon joined by another three and quickly increased to nine, so the future is now looking rosy.
We are a varied group, both in terms of experience and preferred types of media . Acrylics, water colour, pencil, collage, pastel, felt tip and charcoal are all in evidence and by taking inspiration from others we are encouraged to have a go at a type of art we have perhaps not tried before.
If you are interested in art and would like to join our friendly group please call me on 01543 472477 or 07840 873339 and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Village news from Helen Price - 22nd Nov

As sent to The Mercury

KINGS BROMLEY WI

The evening’s formal business included congratulations to our Staffordshire Federation WI doubles bowling team competition winners, Margaret Smith and Florence Coxon. Their trophy which was on display looked splendid and will be engraved in due course. Hopefully, the ladies will bring it back again in 2019.

Members were reminded that it is our eagerly anticipated visit to the theatre in Stoke on Trent, on Thursday 15th November to see The Calendar Girls – The Musical, which will be preceded by lunch.

There was a display in the village hall of poppy wreaths made by members to commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War I. The camouflage netting with crocheted and knitted poppies attached made by our members will be on display covering the village Jubilee seat on Sunday 11th November.

Our speaker for the evening was John Price. John’s topic was ‘Memories are Made of This’. He began by giving us a test, containing a list of 20 items and a couple of minutes to memorise them. One or two WI members did extremely well, while most of us less so. John pointed out though that it was not a true reflection of our ability to remember things. Memories, if we are healthy, are generally retentive. Often we cannot recall things because they have ceased to be of particular interest, or maybe we didn’t pay attention to what was being said. It is possible to remember more by using our imagination, sensations such as music and scent and association. We were assured that there is plenty of room in our brains and that there is no physiological reason why brains struggle to remember. We do need to ‘use it or lose it’. We all forget. His advice was to keep our brains busy and there are many ways to do this. Comforting words!

Social time concluded our evening. Our next meeting will be 6th December in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Wednesday Club

Our November meeting began with a talk by Ruth Williams entitled Staffordshire Gems. Illustrated with photographs and with a mix of historical facts and fables Ruth’s talk led us from North to South of our beautiful county highlighting both well-known landmarks and lesser known gems.
Our whistle stop tour began in The Roaches and nearby Lud’s church - a deep chasm in the woods - and ended in Mucklestone where, it is said, Margaret of Anjou watched the Battle of Blore from the church tower. En route we visited Croxden and the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey; Dilhorne with its octagonal church; Maer Hall where Charles Darwin married Emma Wedgwood; Chartley Moss the largest floating peat bog in Britain; Fauld Crater site of an explosion in 1944 at an RAF underground storage facility: Gnosall with its square lock up; Lichfield Cathedral; Tamworth Castle; Wall - site of a Roman outpost on Watling Street; Kinver and its Rock Houses and many, many other fascinating places.
After a break for tea and biscuits we held our AGM and the Treasurer and Chair presented their reports. In her review of the year the Chair recalled the range of topics covered by our speakers, our outings to Matlock Bath and Shrewsbury, the Cream tea at Mabel’s and Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak. Our new programme for 2019 will be available to members next month.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday December 12th – Christmas Lunch at the Royal Oak.

Helpers wanted

It is time to site the Christmas tree

If you can spare an hour or so then help is required to site this year's Christmas tree.
Please come along on Saturday 1st December at 10am. Gather near the War Memorial where Cllr. Ian Pritchard will be present.
Thank you

Village news from Helen Price - 15th November

A sent to The Mercury

In October, Diane Clement came to talk about Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation. Diane described three walks in the Alps up to different heights, showing the variety of scenery and flowers en route and then she explained how to grow similar alpines back home in the UK. The first walk started in the village, climbing through woodland to the alpine meadows. Plants such as doronicum and aconite grow well lower down and in the alpine meadows there are fantastic floral displays of aquilegia, dianthus, cornflower and gentian. The second walk went up to 8000ft, where the stony soil is poorer and suits plants which like to have cool roots, but their heads in the sun. The third walk reached heights of 11000ft, with some permanent snow and glaciers; plants here, such as saxifrage and ranunculus, are small and in the UK grow best in an alpine house. The quality of Diane's photos of the flowers was outstanding, often zooming in to show the detail and usually with a backdrop of the mountains - an excellent talk.
On 19th November, Michael Jones will be talking about 'Mistletoe - Fact, Myth and Legend'.

Bowling Club Whist Drive

Whist drives takes place on Tuesdays in Kings Bromley Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. All are welcome.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

The group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 till 11.30 a.m. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
£1 per child and 50p for the raffle. Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379

Card Sale

The next card sale will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday morning, 17th 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 will all be for sale, plus 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.

Village news from Helen Price - 8th Nov

As sent to The Mercury

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 10th November

The Quiz Night and Grand Draw is on Saturday 10th November at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall. This is the church’s biggest fund-raiser of the year and we have a splendid array of prizes which have been generously donated, including a first prize of £100 cash.
Tables are reserved for teams of 4 and tickets priced at £5 per person to include light refreshments. Please contact Gill or Glen Wright on 472622.

Kings Bromley Tuesday Afternoon Whist Drives

Whist Drives are now being held every Tuesday afternoon in Kings Bromley Village Hall. New members are always welcome, just come along on the day.
1.30 pm for a prompt 2.00 pm start. Entrance fee £1.50 includes a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit at half time.

Service of Remembrance, All Saints Church

We will commemorate the end of the First World War with the traditional Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 11the November at 10.45 am. This will be followed by the procession to the war memorial, headed by the Branch Standard, where representatives of village organisations will lay their wreaths.

Card Sale

The next card sale will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday morning, 17th 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 will all be for sale, plus 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.

Richard Crosse School Admissions Arrangements 2020/21

The Richard Crosse C of E Primary School has an open Consultation

Consultation on Admissions Arrangements 2020/21 for The Richard Crosse Church of England Primary School, (860/3440), Crawley Lane, Kings Bromley, Burton on Trent, DE13 7JE

The Richard Crosse C of E Primary School has an open Consultation for its Admissions Arrangements for 2020/21. The documents can be found at www.tssmat.staffs.sch.uk/policies or via www.richardcrosse.staffs.sch.uk
If you would like a paper copy of the documents sent to you, please contact Jacqui Bowman on 01543 472 245 or j.bowman@tssmat.staffs.sch.uk
To comment on the Admissions Arrangements, please contact the Chief Executive Officer, Paul Lovern, on 01543 472 245 or via ceo@tssmat.staffs.sch.uk
The Consultation is open from 9am on 5th November 2018 until 3pm on 14th December 2018.

Village news from Helen Price - 25th Oct

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Tuesday Afternoon Whist Drives

From 2nd October, the Whist Drives are being held every Tuesday afternoon in Kings Bromley Village Hall. New members are always welcome, just come along on the day.
1.30 pm for a prompt 2.00 pm start. Entrance fee £1.50 includes a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit at half time.

Service of Remembrance, All Saints Church

We will commemorate the end of the First World War with the traditional Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 11the November at 10.45 am. This will be followed by the procession to the war memorial, headed by the Branch Standard. Representatives of village organisations will there lay their wreaths.

More A38 closures

Below find information on these closures

When will the closures take place?
Overnight from 8pm to 6am when there are fewer vehicles on the road.
22/10/18 – Closure of the southbound A38 from Hillards Cross to Swinfen including Cappers Lane southbound on slip.
23/10/18 – A38 northbound Lane 1 leading to a closure of Catholme exit slip
24/10/18 – A38 northbound Lane 1 leading to closure of Barton exit and entry slips
25/10/18 – Same as 22/10/18
26/10/18 – Closure of A38 northbound from Alrewas to Barton including Dogshead Lane and Wychnor bridges
Please note that the precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Village news from Helen Price - 18th Oct

As sent to The Mercury

KINGS BROMLEY WI OCTOBER MEETING

Our guest speaker for the evening was Kath Reynolds and her topic was ‘Gymslips and Chalkboards’. Kath evoked many memories for older members and she took us on a very entertaining journey back in time.

Kath began with what girls wore to school fifty or so years ago, including the gymslip and other items that were certainly not designed for comfort!

The school playground was the place where children congregated while waiting for the bell at the appropriate time. Formation of orderly queues was the norm, as pupils made their way into the hall for assembly, hymns and prayers. No talking on that occasion. Later in the morning we were reminded of the milk in small bottles which pupils drank warm in summer and freezing in winter.

The classrooms were far more austere than those enjoyed by children today. No fountain pens or biros in those early school days – inkwells and basic pens with broad nibs. Punishment was also somewhat different too. Some of us recalled ‘the ruler’, as well as the cane, although none of us present ever received that particular form of punishment! Lines were clearly remembered though, some of them being particularly long winded.

Kath brought a selection of reading books which many of us recognised. Ladybird books were commonly found for a number of years and of course Enid Blyton books. We fondly remembered comics of the time, the Beano, the Dandy, Bunty, Twinkle. The boys had their own comics, such as The Eagle and Hotspur.

The teaching of mathematics in those days brought its own challenges. Tables were learned and recited until they were second nature. As you progressed through the system you were introduced to logarithms, slide rules – and of course no calculators. History required you to learn famous dates off by heart, many of which members were able to recall today. PT lessons were often held in the playground, whatever the weather.

At the end of your school day, you placed your chair on top of your desk and walked what was often a couple of miles home. Those were the days!

Social time concluded our evening.

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 10th November

The Quiz Night and Grand Draw is on Saturday 10th November at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall. Tables are reserved for teams of 4 and tickets priced at £5 per person to include light refreshments. Please contact Gill or Glen Wright on 472622.

Kings Bromley Voluntary Car Share Scheme

Parishioners may not know that there is a scheme in place

Kings Bromley Voluntary Car Share Scheme
Parishioners may not know that there is a scheme in place in the village whereby those without transport can ring a volunteer to see if they are able to transport them to the doctors, dentist, hospital etc. If you would like to know more about this please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance by calling 07751603031. He will then put you in touch with the local coordinator.
Call for more volunteers.
At present there are around 8 volunteers with a further 3 recruits recently offering their services. More drivers are required. If you feel you have a few hours spare on the odd day then please put you name forward. To give you some idea the service was used last month on around 17 occasions so this is not a large commitment. Again contact the clerk on the number above.

Village news from Helen Price - 11th Oct

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Tuesday Afternoon Whist Drives

From 2nd October, the Whist Drive will be held every Tuesday afternoon in Kings Bromley Village Hall. New members are always welcome, just come along on the day.
1.30 pm for a prompt 2.00 pm start. Entrance fee £1.50 includes a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit at half time.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members enjoyed a return visit by speaker Jeff Bates who came to give advice on Seasonal Gardening, hosting a question and answer session on jobs to do in the garden. Everyone agreed that it had been a difficult year, with a long winter and baking-hot summer, so there were many questions for Jeff to answer!
He arranged his talk under various headings - Trees and shrubs, Perennials, Bedding, baskets and containers, Fruit, Vegetables, the Greenhouse and Lawns - and had lots of good ideas for autumnal planting, cuttings, pruning and dealing with pests and diseases. Members left the meeting with lots of gardening jobs to do!
The next meeting on 15th October will welcome Diane Clement to talk about 'Alpines in the Wild and Cultivation'.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

The group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 till 11.30 a.m. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
£1 per child and 50p for the raffle. Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379

Closure of Town Hill B5016

There has been much concern over this

There has been much concern over this and the closure of the 812 bus route. The Parish Council has asked Cllr. Julia Jessel, the County Councillor for the Barton Area to see what can be done. This is her reply:

Dear Alan,

Richard Rayson (County Highways Dept.) is meeting with Amey to see if the 6 month period can be shortened and also if at times single file traffic can be allowed with traffic light control. In my temporary absence I have asked him the let the Parish Councils know if any improvements can be achieved.

Also I am waiting to hear back from the MD at Midland Classic regarding possible diversions to the bus route rather than stopping altogether.

Kind regards,

Julia

A38 road closures

For next 4 nights

Apologies for the lateness in getting this notification to you.
We (Kier) will be having closures on the A38 southbound for the next 4 nights, which will involve using the A515 as the diversion route. Hours of work will be 9pm to 6am and this will be for the signage work that has been taking place along the A38.



Village news from Helen Price - 27/9/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Village Hall Diary dates
Whist Drive Tuesday 2 nd October, 1.30 pm
Wednesday Club Wednesday 3 rd , 2.30 pm
WI Meeting Thursday 4 th , 7.30 pm
Harvest Lunch Saturday 6 th , 1.00 pm
Protection of the Village Hall Play Area
A dedication service, attended by Angela Lewis of the Fields in Trust organisation, took place
on Saturday 11 th September at 11.00 am on the Village Hall car park.
Centenary Fields, in partnership with the Royal British Legion, secures recreational spaces
throughout the UK in perpetuity to honour the memory of the millions of people who lost
their lives in World War I. Kings Bromley Parish Council, along with the Lichfield Diocesan
Trust and the National Playing Fields Association, has drawn up a Deed of Dedication to
agree that the playing field behind the Village Hall be secured as such a Centenary Field in
Trust – which can now never be used for any other purposes.
Tuesday Afternoon Whist Drives
For a trial period until Christmas it has been decided to hold these Whist Drives every week
instead of fortnightly. From 2 nd October, the Whist Drive will be held in Kings Bromley
Village Hall. New members are always welcome, just come along on the day.
Time 1.30 pm for a prompt 2.00 pm start. Entrance fee £1.50 includes a cup of tea/coffee
and biscuit at half time.
Kings Bromley Art Group
This new group meets in the Village Hall on alternate Mondays from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. New
members very welcome, advanced or beginners. Bring your own project in any medium to
work on. This is not a taught class but we aim to share ideas and support one another in a
friendly way.
Next meeting 1 st October and fortnightly thereafter. For more information please ring Joy
Hutchings on 01543 472477 or 07840 873339 or just turn up.
Live and Local Theatre, Thursday 11 th October
Live and Local theatre group will perform their latest production ‘Honey” at the Village Hall
at 8.00 pm on Thursday 11 th October. An intimate, thoughtful, atmospheric evocation of
fragile family and community allegiances within a remote Welsh village.
Ticket prices £10, students and over 65 £8, available from Julie Bamber-Cook, 01543 473339

Village news from Helen Price - 20/9/18

As sent to The Mercury

Wednesday Club

On September 5th we set out on our summer outing to Shrewsbury and our trip was a great success. The weather was good, our first stop was at Dobbies Garden Centre for morning coffee and we then continued to Shrewsbury. We alighted our coach by the river and went to book a trip on the Sabrina for later in the day. Maps of the town and attractions were readily available, there were plenty of places to eat and a super Market Hall open 6 days a week. Some headed to town, others visited the castle and museum or Quarry Park to see The Dingle Garden - a project of the late Percy Thrower when he was head gardener. A very pleasant day was had by all.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday October 3rd at 2.30pm when our speaker Marion Baldwin will talk about “Hats.”

Kings Bromley WI

The meeting in September saw the WI enjoy hearing all about "The Living Churchyard", a talk and slideshow by Ruth Williams.

Ruth enjoys looking around churchyards and doesn't find them morbid. She told us how she joined a historical group and within several years became a judge for the Lichfield Diocese. This role led her to visit a huge area of the district judging churchyards and take some very professional photographs. These she shared with us in the form of a slideshow when we learned about the eco systems and habitats found in a churchyard. Centuries ago the churchyard would have been a social hub for the parish, holding fairs and festivals . The north side of a churchyard was seen as being inhabited by the devil and some would even have a brewhouse and make their own beer to sell at these fairs and festivals. The ladies heard all about the flora and fauna and wildlife to be found in a churchyard.

The ladies congratulated our members Florence Coxon and Margaret Smith for winning the County doubles bowls tournament. They played at Little Stone, and won with a terrific 22-18 for those in the know. Well done ladies, we look forward to seeing the rose bowl trophy . We have the coach booked for our trip in November to see the Calendar Girls play by Gary Barlow " The Girls", and lunch has been arranged at an Italian restaurant before the show. The meeting closed with a raffle and social time and we meet again on 4th October.


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