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SmartWater Initiative

Residents will be aware that the Parish Council is behind an initiative to combat crime throughout the parish. One such idea is SmartWater. Leaflets have been distributed. You are urged to complete these as soon as possible and return to Cllr. Pritchard by 11th September please. If you wish to be involved and take up the offer, you can contact Ian on 01543 472732 or 07831 384334 or by email at ian.pritchard1@btinternet.com

A38 roadworks delayed

See below - Kier statement

I just wanted to make you all aware that we have had to defer the upcoming work on the A38 signs. Our previous start date of Monday, 6 August has now moved. We’re currently looking at starting this work Monday, 20 August 2018.
Start of works: Monday, 20 August 2018*
End of works: Friday, 22 September 2018*
Hours of work: 9pm to 6am Monday to Friday
*Please note that all our planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Detail of works
We’ll be replacing signs that have reached the end of their serviceable life. The new signs will comply with current standards and will improve visibility of the signs, especially at night and in poor weather conditions. Those sign that require illumination will also have new LED lighting units installed, which use less electricity. Replacing the signs will improve this section of the A38 with clearer signing, which will be easier to read.
Traffic restrictions
Work will be done in 3 phases. We’ll be working mainly using lane closures. However road closures will be required on either the northbound or southbound carriageway. The map below shows the 3 diversions that will be in place, as agreed with Staffordshire County Council.
Phase 1
A38 northbound and southbound from Swinfen roundabout to Wood End Lane. This will require 1 northbound road closure and 2 southbound road closures as well as lane closures.
Phase 2
A38 northbound and southbound between Wood End Lane and Alrewas junction. This will require 2 northbound road closures and 1 southbound road closure as well as lane closures.
Phase 3
A38 northbound and southbound between Alrewas junction and Toyota Island. This will require 2 northbound road closures and 2 southbound road closures as well as lane closures.

Village news from Helen Price - 9/8/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Show

The annual village show on Saturday 28th July was a huge success attracting visitors from all over the county and beyond. Despite some challenging weather conditions later in the day, everyone had a fabulous day. Funds raised will go to support various village organisations.

Many thanks go to all who helped at the Show, or during the week setting up and clearing up afterwards. Particular thanks go to Kirsten Harber who co-ordinated the whole team throughout the year. And thanks to all who came along to support us!

Reverend Ty Leyland Retirement

Reverend Ty Leyland retires as Rector of Kings Bromley and the Ridwares and on Saturday 23rd June a party was given in the Village Hall for Ty and his wife Viv. They were collected from the Rectory by Roger Price in a vintage open-top Morris car and driven in style to the village hall. They were greeted by about 150 villagers who shared afternoon tea with them.

The church choir sang a humorous song about the couple, written especially for the occasion and then Glen Wright, Churchwarden, gave a short tribute thanking Ty for his 19 year’s ministry in the parish. Viv was given a basket of flowers and the couple were presented with a very generous cheque from the parishioners in recognition of his service. Rev Ty then gave a speech of thanks.

Bowling Club Coffee Morning

Kings Bromley Bowling Club extends a very warm welcome to all on Saturday 1st September between 10.00 am and 12 noon. Admission £1 to include coffee and light refreshments. There will be a raffle, cake stall and other side stalls.
For those who may be interested in joining the Bowling Club there will be an opportunity to try it out. We look forward to seeing you at Manor Park, next to the Nursing Home (postcode DE13 7JA) on 1st September.

Postmistress Retires

On Friday 28th June, Annabel Watkins opened the ‘broom cupboard’ in the Village Hall for the last time as Postmistress. She has been running this village service since August 2004 and formerly ran the Post Office in the Alrewas Road shop.

As a mark of appreciation the Parish Council presented her with a bouquet of flowers. We have yet to hear from the Post Office when, or whether, a replacement will be found.

Help fund raise for the village hall refurbishment

You can help by purchasing a brick !

To help towards the funds required to refurbish the village hall you can now 'purchase' a brick - full details on the link here PDF icon Brick leaflet and application (4.0 Mb)

Village Choir

Kings Bromley Village Harmony Choir - 1st Anniversary

More details here PDF icon choir (450.5 Kb)

A38 roadworks

Roadworks will take place on the A38 in August and Sept affecting the parish

Full details are here
PDF icon A38 Diversions - Aug to Sept 2018 (214.6 Kb)

Village news from Helen Price - 26/7/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 28th July

Come and enjoy our village show on Saturday 28th July when we will be ‘Celebrating Staffordshire.’ It promises to be a great day out for all the family with funfair, craft fair, demonstrations, food fair, trade and non-commercial stands.

The programme starts with an equestrian show at 9.30 a.m. From noon, there will be children’s races, companion dog show, Magic Show, the Eureka Jazz Band and a parade of treasured vehicles. Displays of art, crafts, cookery, floral art, flowers, fruit and veg, photography, vegetables, woodworking and young crafts can all be view in the Horticultural marquee. A variety of refreshments will be available all day, including hog roast, Shardlow Real Ale bar bus plus G&T bar.

Main arena displays include the Toy Soldier Marching Band followed by Dangerous Steve and Pedal Power vs. Parkour which are our big acts for the afternoon, providing knockabout comedy, sensational blindfold motorcycle stunts, chainsaw juggling, trial riding and athletic stunts. The Strolling Gardeners will bring some light relief.

For further details of the Show, please see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Church Bell Ringers

We are in search of volunteer bell ringers to continue the time-honoured tradition of bell ringing before Sunday morning church services. If anyone would like to help out, please contact Glen Wright on 01543 472622 or email hello@gillandglen.co.uk for more information.


Adoption of parish milestones

The council has now 'adopted' local milestones

Click link to see details and a map
PDF icon Milestones (2.2 Mb)

Centenary Fields - dedication

In partnership with the Royal British Legion

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 never been used for any other purpose .
The dedication ceremony, and unveiling of the plaque, will take place on Saturday 11th September at 11 a.m. on the Village Hall car park. All villagers are invited to attend this ceremony.

Replacement benches

Replacement benches for the show field

The two benches on the Show Field have been damaged and removed for safety reasons. One was erected by the Show Society (then the Horticultural Society) in remembrance of Henry Fox; the other was erected by the Parish Council with the inscription:
KINGS BROMLEY PARISH COUNCIL
QUEEN ELIZABETH GOLDEN JUBILLEE
1952 - 2002

The Show Society and the Parish Council have both agreed to purchase replacement teak benches at a cost of £350 each from a company which will be displaying at the Show. The inscription plaques will be re-attached.

Village news from Helen Price - 19/7/18 part 1

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley WI July meeting

After the initial WI business presided over by the President – taking on roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer, the hot sultry evening’s entertainment followed in the village hall. Mr AW Woollett, stage name “Y-Not”, gave a most entertaining and visual journey through his life, career and ‘hobby’.

As a young man he became fascinated and interested in magic after being given a ‘box of tricks’. Following a varied early career as a radio and TV engineer and other activities, he joined the police service in North Derbyshire. During this period with the police he specialised in road safety and used his magical skills to reinforce his information about the Green Cross Code and road safety to many of the children he met in the Derbyshire schools. He was also presenting his magical skills and entertainment at a variety of events, birthday parties, dinners etc.

His proficiency got him access to the Belper and Derbyshire Magic Circles. Upon retirement he became a professional entertainer which gave him the opportunity to be employed by TV companies. He appeared in 6 episodes of Peak Practice and the Boon series.

Throughout this most amusing and interesting presentation he displayed his mastery of ‘prestidigitation’ by skilfully manipulating a variety of magical tricks and illusions, using playing cards, rope tricks etc., working with members of the audience. It was a most entertaining evening.

The President reminded members about the forthcoming village show and WI stall, looking forward to a successful day.

There is no meeting during August, but there will be Afternoon Tea at the Royal Oak, 9th August from 2-4 o’clock. Members were reminded to make sure their names were on the list.

The next meeting will be on 6th September, 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Village news from Helen Price - 19/7/18 part 2

As sent to The Mecury

HS2, Phase 1 and Phase 2 Community Forum

HS2 have advised Kings Bromley Parish Council that they will be holding a Community Forum at Kings Bromley Village Hall on Tuesday 24th July between 4.30 – 6.30 pm.

The purpose of this forum is to make sure the residents of Kings Bromley are kept up-to-date on the latest developments in Phase 1 and Phase 2.
Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 28th July 2018
This year we are ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’, with a special Staffordshire Bull Terrier category in the Dog Show, delicious freshly-baked Staffordshire oatcakes and a variety of entertainment from all around the County.
In the main arena Dangerous Steve and Pedal Power vs. Parkour are our big acts for the afternoon. Dangerous Steve provides a ‘non-stop, thrill-a-minute’ performance which includes knockabout comedy, crazy balancing, chainsaw juggling, blindfold motorcycle riding in an hilarious and dynamic act full of sensational stunts.
Pedal Power vs. Parkour display combines the incredible skill, balance and power of a trial rider and the finesse of a gymnast/parkour athlete. Both athletes will be putting it on the line in an attempt to become the crowd’s favourite.
Animals are always a popular feature with visitors, especially children, and there will be a wide range of wildlife and farm animals for everyone to enjoy. Children will also have plenty of fun on the fairground attractions and the Children’s races.
Paul Brown presents Magical Mayhem, and is a renowned children’s entertainer around the country, with awards from the Magic Circle. The Strolling Gardeners bring comedy to
all things horticultural.
Our competitive horticultural marquee includes nearly 200 categories, again representing the Staffordshire theme, so we expect budding local artists, photographers, flower arrangers, gardeners etc. to display friendly rivalry, paintbrushes and spades at the ready!
The Equestrian events, Dog shows and Vintage car display are regular favourites. Around the field will be an array of trade and craft stands, food fair, plus many food outlets offering a wide range of refreshment, including hog roast, Staffordshire oatcakes, a G&T stand plus a double decker bar bus serving real ale.
Once again, the popular Eureka Jazz Band will be playing jazz sessions near the Bar area throughout the afternoon. Great songs, catchy rhythms from the 1920s onwards create a relaxed and jolly atmosphere. Come along and join the fun!
As always, any help over the weekend would be very much appreciated.
For the full schedule, visit the website www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Village news from Helen Price - 12/7/18

As sent to The Mercury

Gardening Guild

At the June meeting, the Chairman declared the Open Gardens weekend a great success and then introduced Brian Storer who had come to talk about "Growing for Showing". He is a familiar face at Kings Bromley Show each year, as his vegetables and flowers take many first prizes and he wins a good number of the gardening trophies. Brian's interest in gardening started at 12 years old when he started digging the local gardens and now is a major part of his life, showing at a number of national horticultural shows and opening his garden and giving talks to raise money for a children's ward at Burton Hospital and a myeloma charity. His passion for gardening was evident: in addition to his own extensive garden, he has 3 polytunnels, 3 allotments, works in more private gardens and on grounds belonging to a farm. Brian gave very useful tips on growing onions, carrots, parsnips, leeks, tomatoes, marrows, potatoes, beans and celery and finished by showing some wonderful cauliflowers he had sown from seed 8 weeks previously. Gardening Guild members are looking forward to visiting his garden on 14 July.

Kings Bromley Historians

Richard Stone, our speaker on June 29th, showed us an amazing map of the world, produced in 150 AD by Ptolomy using the principles of longitude and latitude. Given that he lived in Alexandria so long ago, the features were instantly recognisable as a map of the known world with the British Isles clearly visible.
It was a lot easier to understand than the slides of the later ‘Mappa Mundi’ maps centred on Jerusalem with East at the top of the map and the British Isles tucked away in the bottom of the left hand corner.
The Gough map of 1360 was a fairly detailed map of Great Britain, as it showed 600 settlements, 200 rivers and 3000 miles of routes.
The first ‘Road’ atlas was produced in 1697 by John Ogilvy. Prior to this, roads were always ‘highways’ and routes between towns were listed with particular landmarks to look for to ensure you were still on the right route.
Later still came the famous Ordnance Survey maps drawn for the army, firstly 1 inch:1 mile, the 6 inch:1 mile then 25”:1 mile. What a map that must have been!
We have no meeting in July as we have a stall at the Show. On August 11, we are visiting Melbourne Hall and our next meeting is on September 28th in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.00 am till 11.00am. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379

Temporary Closure of the village Post Office

More here

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Rev. Ty retires

Rev. Ty Leyland has retired

PDF icon Ty Leylands retirement (151.5 Kb)

Open Gardens 2018

A full report is here

PDF icon Open Gardens report (229.1 Kb)

Annabel Watkins Retires From Village Hall Post Office

Read more here

On Friday 28th June, Annabel opened the 'broom cupboard' for the last time as Postmistress. She has been running this village service since August 2004. Before then she ran the Post Office in the Alrewas Road shop.

As a mark of appreciation the Parish Council presented her with a bouquet of flowers.

The Parish Council has not yet heard from the Post Office when, or whether, a replacement will be found.

Allan Howard

Green Power Project

Richard Crosse School Motoring Ahead

Pupils at a Kings Bromley primary school are getting the opportunity to discover the world of engineering by building their very own Greenpower Formula Goblin electric kit car. In October 2017, the children at Richard Crosse C of E Primary School entered a competition held by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to become one of eight schools to win the competition and they luckily received good news. During December, the students received the kit car that they started building in January. It is now almost completely manufactured and will soon be ready to race at Rockingham Speedway during the month of July so they can take part in the Regional Greenpower IET Formula Goblin race. In order to enter the competition, the children had to design what they thought transport would be like in 2050.
On the 14th June, Class 5 will be attending a trip to Warwick University for the day so they can learn more about the Warwick Manufacturing Group. Paul Lovern, Executive Head Teacher at Richard Crosse said, “I think it’s a wonderful project as it gives my children an opportunity to practice their engineering skills in a real life context. I can’t wait to see their finished racing car and watch it on the race track.” The APC and Spokes including WMG will provide financial support and mentoring throughout the electric vehicle build along with driver training ahead of the race. Dr Antony Allen, Principal Teaching Fellow at WMG University of Warwick, said,” I’m delighted to be working with Class 5 on this exciting project. They are a brilliant team of highly capable engineers.”
Written by Edie Sadler and Ysabel Parkes, Year 6

http://www.Twitter.com/RCRacing2018

Youtube: Search for “Richard Crosse Racing”.

RC School

Village news from Helen Price - 28/6/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Open Gardens

Open Gardens last weekend was a fantastic success drawing in hundreds of visitors plus many excited children who came to spot the fairies scattered throughout the gardens. Eleven gardens were open to the public, the Ryknild Rabble Morris Dancers added spectacle throughout, plus the Lichfield Community Jazz Band played in one of the gardens on Sunday afternoon. The WI decorated the village with Yarn bombing and fairies, together with providing refreshments.

A grand total of over £2,600 was raised from entrance tickets, plant sales and refreshments and this makes a very welcome contribution to our Village Hall Refurbishment fund. Many thanks and congratulations go to all who put so much time and effort into making this such a successful event.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 28th July

We are now looking forward to ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’ at the village show on Saturday 28th July. Enjoy 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 an equestrian show at 9.30 a.m. From noon, there will be children’s races, companion dog show, a Magic Show, the Eureka Jazz Band and a parade of treasured vehicles. Displays of art, crafts, cookery, floral art, flowers, fruit and veg, photography, 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 plus G&T bar.

Main arena displays include the Toy Soldier Marching Band followed by Dangerous Steve and Pedal Power vs. Parkour which are our big acts for the afternoon, providing knockabout comedy, sensational blindfold motorcycle stunts, chainsaw juggling, trial riding and athletic stunts.

For further details of the Show, please see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.


Village news from Helen Price - 21/6/18

As sent to The Mercury


Wednesday Club

Lin our Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and commented on the success of last month’s trip to Matlock Bath and the visit to the Garrick Theatre to see Avenue Q. Lin then informed members that the outing on Wednesday September 5th will be to Shrewsbury and that this will be followed on Tuesday September 25th with a visit to the Garrick Theatre to see “My Fair Lady.” The Cream Tea on August 1st will be held at Mabel’s, Curborough. The Chair then outlined the new data regulation requirements and a letter was distributed to all members.

Our speaker, John Colley, was introduced and entertained us with a compilation of film clips illustrating “The Good Old Days.” The clips included scenes from Busby Berkeley’s lavish musicals of the 1930’s including 42nd Street starring Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels. Other 30’s and 40’s stars featured in John’s film compilation included Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Shirley Temple. John’s film also included a miscellany of Pathe News clips featuring among others Bill Haley and his Comets, England Cricket Captain Colin Cowdrey, the Lions of Longleat and the Flying Scotsman. Another section entitled “50 Royal Years” took us from the end of the reign of Queen Victoria through to the reign of King George V1 and included footage of significant events during each reign. The film ended in the way that evenings at the cinema traditionally ended - with the National Anthem.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday July 4th at 2.30pm in the Village Hall. “Making Do” with Karen Atkin.

Kings Bromley WI

The WI held their latest meeting on 7th June in the village hall. Debbie Warner is a Tai Chi instructor with 12 years experience. Debbie started her interest in this gentle martial art for health reason, having suffered from arthritis for many years. After joining in with a class at Hoar Cross health spa, she found an instructor she liked at the Blue Dragon Martial Art centre and Tai Chi changed her health. Debbie gave us a short talk on the history and eastern philosophy behind it. We learnt about the many various styles and that some mirror a lot of breathing techniques used in yoga and meditation. Tai Chi is based on the shearling style of Kung Fu and was used by monks to help develop their fighting technique and spiritual development. The earliest style dates back to the 13th century but could have developed a lot earlier. Debbie then gave a demonstration and the ladies had the opportunity to take part in a few movements from the 37 forms making up the sun style Tai Chi.

The meeting was extremely enjoyable and Debbie holds several classes in Mavesyn Ridware Village hall on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings; her telephone number is 07885 248057. It was the WI national week for health and wellbeing and we all felt very relaxed after the demonstration.

There’s lots to keep us busy till the next meeting in July with the yarn bombing for the Open Gardens. The craft group have made some fabulous hanging crochet wreaths and Pom Pom bees to add to the fairies and garlands. There will be a cake and coffee event on the Saturday afternoon at the Open Gardens in the Village Hall. Show day will soon be here and we need items for the hampers and also remind members that we shall need cakes, jams and cookies for the stall on 28th July. We always have a splendid stall and really appreciate all the help so please volunteer just a few hours to help too. We have lots to look forward to, with afternoon tea in August at the Royal Oak and our trip to see The Girls at the theatre in November.

Our next meeting will be on 5th July in the village hall at 7.30pm.

Village news from Helen Price - 14/6/18

As sent to The Mercury

Open Gardens, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is re-opening under new ownership. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plant stalls with plants at very competitive prices.

For children there will be ‘fairy finding’ and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing. Please support this event; all proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Ring Allan Howard on 472720 for more detail.


Kings Bromley Historians

We had the perfect weather for our May outing. Our first stop was Beamhurst Museum and was an experience that was! We were welcome with tea and cakes with 18 of us seated around a table for 30+. Beneath the glass top children’s annuals were displayed, while above and around us were all kinds of memorabilia reminding us of our age. Another barn was full of larger items including a barrel organ which set one of our members dancing.

We followed this with a pub lunch, then on for a visit to Izaak Walton’s cottage, where we were met by our guide from Staffs County Council, who gave us a short talk on his life. He was born in 1593 and was more than just a fisherman, having a linen drapers shop in Fleet Street and as well as writing ‘The Compleat Angler’ wrote ‘Waltons Lives’ in a biographical book and had two well-connected wives. His cottage at Shallowford was a tiny museum set in a large garden, where we sat in the sun with tea, biscuits and laughter. A lovely end to a relaxing day.

At our June meeting on 29th June, Richard Stone will be talking about The Story of Map Making. We have a stall at the Kings Bromley Show in July instead of a meeting.

Village news from Helen Price - 7/6/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

In May, Gardening Guild members and friends had a lovely evening in the garden belonging to one of the members. Dianne and Ray were very hospitable and everyone enjoyed walking around the garden, looking at the variety of plants, sharing gardening stories and making the most of a warm spring evening.
The meeting on 18 June in the Village Hall will welcome Brian Storer speaking about 'Growing for Showing'; as a winner of many prizes and trophies at Kings Bromley Show, he will be able to give some tips to those planning to compete in the Horticultural Section.

Card Sale, Saturday 9th June

There will be a card sale at the Village Hall on Saturday 9th June between 10.30 am and 12 noon.
All the usual items will be on sale:- Birthday, Anniversary, Sympathy, Get Well cards etc. Wrapping paper, Notelets, Serviettes, Gift bags and much more. There will be a selection of home made cakes for sale – do come along and have a chat over a free cup of tea, coffee and biscuits.

Open Gardens, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is re-opening under new ownership. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plant stalls with plants at very competitive prices.

For children there will be ‘fairy finding’ and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing. Please support this event; all proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund. Ring Allan Howard on 472720 for more detail.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.00 am till 11.00 am. Please continue to support this activity which provides fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas. Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379.

Richard Crosse Admissions Policy

At the April meeting of the Parish Council

At the April meeting of the Parish Council concern was expressed that a family who had recently moved into the village were unable to get their children into the school. This proved not to be the case. Anyone wishing to see the admissions policy should look at this page:
http://www.tssmat.staffs.sch.uk/admin/ckfinder/userfiles/files/RC%20Admissions%20Policy%202019-2020.pdf
on The Small Schhols Multi Academy Trust (tssmat) website.

A38 Diversion through Kings Bromley

Highways England have stated that they will shortly be carrying out work

Highways England have stated that they will shortly be carrying out work to upgrade the street lighting on the A38 central reserve near to Barton under Needwood. Once we have completed this work customers will benefit from better visibility and increased safety on this stretch of road, particularly at night. The upgrade means maintenance won’t be required as often, leading to less disruption in the future.

Traffic will be diverted onto the A513 through Kings Bromley and the A515 through Yoxall to the A50.

The work will take place between Tuesday, 29 May 2018 to Tuesday, 2 June 2018. To minimise disruption they will carry out the work overnight when there are fewer vehicles on the road, from 9pm to 5.30am, Monday to Friday. It will be for a maximum of three nights in one block, weather permitting.

Village news from Helen Price - 30/5/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley WI

The WI meeting on 3rd May was very full but enjoyable. The evening adopted a different format to the usual one. There was no speaker as the main purpose was to debate and vote on this year’s resolution “Mental Health Matters.”

The ordinary business issues for the month were discussed first. This was followed by a superb performance by the Village Harmony Choir. They managed to include within 45 minutes 11 songs, each very different in style, but all sung with wonderful enthusiasm and professionalism. The very last song was entirely appropriate, being a nod to the 100 year anniversary of the implementation of legislation that granted the right to vote for (some) women. The choir gave a spirited rendition of ‘Sister Suffragette’ which was originally sung by Glynis Johns in the film Mary Poppins. The lone male choir member, Allan Howard, was just as enthusiastic as his female choristers! Well done to all involved, it was very impressive and enjoyable.

Following refreshments the WI members split into groups to debate the resolution, ‘Mental Health Matters’. (Resolutions are member-led, i.e. they are written by members and voted onto the shortlist by members and each WI gets to cast a vote). Each year around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem and almost all will face some form of discrimination and stigma including from friends, family and at work. The experience can worsen someone’s mental health problems and impede their recovery. The strategy for the UK is now enshrined in law. There is a legislative requirement on the health service to address the disparity between mental and physical health. In January 2016 the government announced investment of £290 million in specialist care for new mums, £247 million in mental health services in hospital emergency departments and £400 million in community-based services. Since then a package of measures targeted at schools, the work place and local communities has been announced.

If the resolution is passed nationally, a full campaign would be developed by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes enabling pressure to be put on government and local authorities to ensure that all people with mental health problems have access to the support they need regardless of where they live.

After the debate and a quiz to test members’ understanding of some of the main points, consideration was given to how members wished their delegate to vote at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6th June. Kings Bromley WI voted unanimously for the resolution to be passed.

A very busy evening was concluded by a presentation to Viv Leyland, who will be leaving us shortly, after her many years as a member, committee member and former president. Sue Penfold presented Viv with her gift and also vouchers to enable her to enjoy afternoon tea with a guest at Netherstowe House. In a departure from tradition, rather than at the beginning, members ended the evening by singing Jerusalem.

Notice of casual vacancy

There is now a vacancy on the parish council

See notice for details PDF icon vacancy notice (250.2 Kb)

Village news from Helen Price - 24/5/18

As sent to The Mercury

Wednesday Club

Standing at the end of The Grange as the heavens opened and a deluge descended was not the greatest of starts to our outing on May 2nd and it was a rather damp group of 29 who boarded the coach for a day out in Matlock Bath.

The rain continued to pour down as we travelled through the beautiful countryside of Staffordshire and Derbyshire to reach our first stop at Fairways Garden Centre near Ashbourne. After enjoying coffee and buttered teacakes there was time for browsing and - in some cases - purchasing a range of items from chocolates to clothing and plants to sun hats.

In contrast to the first part of our journey – the journey from Ashbourne to Matlock Bath was bathed in sunshine. On reaching Matlock Bath many of us went in search of lunch while the more intrepid amongst us ascended to the Heights of Abraham via cable car from where they enjoyed spectacular views across the Derwent valley towards Matlock. They also found time to eat, drink and shop!
Of those who chose to remain on terra firma – a group of us enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Fishpond before taking a walk along the river to the Cascades. This was followed by a stop at “Truly Scrumptious” for ice-cream. Other members having had lunch visited the Aquarium and then sat enjoying the sun in a sheltered spot by the river.
The warm sunshine continued as we made the return journey to Kings Bromley and I think everyone would agree that, after a dismal start, we all had a very enjoyable day.
Next Meeting: Wednesday June 6th in the Village Hall when John Colley will be talking about “The Good Old Days.”

HS2 - latest - part 1

Meeting with House of Commons HS2 Select Committee - 10th May

Following the Kings Bromley Parish Council Petition against certain aspects of the HS2 Hybrid Bill, Charles Cole from the Parish Council and John Sadler from the HS2 Joint Action Group were summoned to appear before the House of Commons Select Committee which had been set up to consider the Petitions. The major items covered were those that
had been brought up by Parishioners, landowners, businesses and Richard Crosse School. These include:
1. Closure of Common Lane
HS2 had already put forward a proposal to Staffordshire County Council and the Parish Council to keep Common Lane open. Although this went a long way to meeting the objections the Council had put forward, especially relating to safety concerns around the school, it appears that HS2 still want Common Lane to be closed for up to 4 years during
the Construction Phase. The Select Committee were told that this was totally unacceptable to the Parish Council and that further discussions must take place to resolve this.
2. Height of the Railway Embankment around Kings Bromley.
HS2 had already agreed with Staffordshire County Council that the height of the proposed embankment could be reduced by ‘up to’ 3 metres. Although this is a step in the right direction, concern was expressed at the Select Committee that good reasons should be given if the maximum height reduction was not achieved.
3. Borrow Pits.
It is proposed that 4 Borrow Pits would be dug in the Parish to provide aggregate for the construction of the railway. Although HS2 are in discussion with the National Farmers Union about these plans, the Parish Council raised concerns about the amount of good
agricultural land ear-marked for these pits when other sources may be available. Also previous experience has led the landowners to be concerned about the state of the land when the pits are restored for agricultural use. If the height of the embankment was lowered, HS2 were questioned whether it would be necessary to dig all 4 borrow pits.

HS2 latest - part 2

Part 2 of report

4. Traffic Management.
Although HS2 gave clear commitments about traffic management in the Village for their construction vehicles, strong arguments were put to the Select Committee that these should also include contractors vehicles. A request for ‘No HS2 Traffic Beyond This Point’ notices should be placed at each entrance to the Village. HS2’s proposal on this item were positive as far as they went, but it also included a caveat that in certain circumstances they could request opening up the A513 for construction traffic. The Select Committee were informed that further discussions were required with HS2 to be more specific on this item.
5. Burying Power Lines to the North of the Village.
Following the consultation Process the Parish Council carried out with residents last year, the issue was raised about the possibility of burying the power lines since HS2 had indicated that some work had to be carried out on them as part of the Construction Phase.

It would certainly give a lasting improvement to the village landscape. However, after taking independent advice it was agreed that it would be difficult to pursue this further. It was just not a matter of cost, although this in itself would be prohibitive, but also the amount of land required and disruption to the residents particularly affected would make
this very difficult to achieve satisfactorily.
6. Location of Satellite Compounds around the Pyford Brook area.
HS2 have proposed building satellite construction sites in the Pyford Brook area. Local landowners have argued strongly against the locations because of the detrimental impact it would have on their quality of life because of the disruption, traffic, noise and dust pollution etc. This would be particularly so for the owners of the Bromley Hayes Cattery.
Some of the local landowners and businesses have put in their own Petitions which the Parish Council have supported, and so further consideration will have to be given to these proposals.
In conclusion, in the lead up to the Select Committee appearance, HS2 have come up with some proposals which are a step in the right direction. However, there are still significant issues around each of the items raised that need developing further. Both the Parish Council and the Joint Action Group are totally committed to getting the best deal for the residents, landowners and businesses in the village.
If any resident hears anything that is relevant to what HS2 are proposing, I would be grateful if you would let me know by e-mailing me on charleswcole13@aol.com or phoning me on 01543 472423. Any ‘intelligence’ would be useful in progressing our cause to
achieve the best outcome we can.

Charles Cole

Village news from Helen Price - 10/5/18

As sent to The Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

KB Gardening Guild

Allan Howard expressed the hope that spring had arrived and reminded everyone about the Best Kept Village Competition, running from 1 May to the end of July and the Open Gardens event to be held in the village on 16-17 June.
The speaker for the evening was Ruth Williams who had come to talk about 'The Living Churchyard'. Her emphasis was on the beauty and vitality of churchyards, with their wealth of wildlife, flora and fauna. Firstly, she talked about the history of the churchyard, showing that they were not just places for burials but also for fairs, gambling, drinking, games, archery practice and markets. Many parts of the churchyard are a semi-natural habitat, with long grass and piles of logs, which are deliberately left undisturbed to attract wildlife. Foxes, moles, badgers, slow worms, hedgehogs, bats, frogs and toads may be found there and often bird boxes are put up to attract birds. The trees and flowers attract bees and butterflies and there are many varieties of lichens, ferns and fungi to be seen. Ruth had lovely photos to illustrate her talk and even showed a churchyard with its own flock of sheep!
The meeting on 21 May will be an evening in Dianne Barre and Ray Conningham's garden, starting at 7pm.


Kings Bromley Historians

At our April meeting, Allan shared with us the findings of his most recent research into the Lane family. It seems that John Lane had 6 illegitimate children by Melissa Mattingley whilst in London. He acknowledged these children and was witness at their marriages. Elizabeth Newton, a distant relative of the Lanes, left Jane Mattingley (who was 11 at the time) £1000 in her will to be paid on her 21st birthday.

John’s grandson, Cecil (born 1836), son of John Newton Lane, lived for a time on Paxos as an ‘aide de camp’. On his return to Kings Bromley, his brother, John Henry, had recently married and his mother Agnes, who had relied on him, began to rely on Cecil instead, as his father John Newton was described as ‘rather weak and fidgety’.

Cecil later married Adela Bertie, daughter of the Rev. Bertie and they moved to Whiston Hall in Shropshire. They had 4 children, Georgina, John Rowland, Percy (killed at Ypres in 1915) and Newton (killed at Messines Ridge in 1917). The latter two are commemorated by a plaque in Kings Bromley Church. Cecil died in 1897 and Adela in 1925. They are both buried in Kings Bromley churchyard.

Our next meeting will be on 29th June, when the speaker will be Richard Stone on “The Story of Map Making’. All are welcome in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m.

Open Gardens 2018

Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17th. 12 noon to 5pm.

We now have a final total of eleven gardens, including four which have never been open before and one which is reopening under new ownership. The WI will be 'yarn bombing' and providing teas on the Saturday. Other gardens will be providing refreshments and plants stalls with plants at very competitive prices.
For children there will be 'fairy finding' and at one of the gardens there will be a band playing.
Please support this event. All proceeds will again be given to the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 3/5/18

As sent to The Mercury

Village Jumble Sale

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the Jumble Sale in the Village Hall on 14th April, whether donating items, sorting or helping in the afternoon. Particular thanks go to Peter Gee for organising the event. The excellent sum of £480 was raised for church funds.

Best Kept Village Competition

The Parish Council is entering the village into the Best Kept Village competition again. There will be a general clean up on Sunday 29th April and all volunteers will be welcomed. Please display your BKV flyer in your front window and keep your front garden as neat and litter free as possible. Thank you.

Open Gardens

Kings Bromley Open Gardens will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June, from 12 noon to 5 pm. So far we have 9 confirmed gardens, including 4 which have never been opened before. The WI will be ‘yarn bombing’ again and providing teas in the Village Hall on the Saturday. There will be ‘fairy finding’ for the kids and there might be some musical entertainment – watch this space.
At a preliminary meeting, it was decided that the profits would again go to the Village Hall Refurbishment fund; so far the Open Gardens has contributed £4000 to this worthy cause.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday July 28th ‘Celebrating Staffordshire’

We have all the usual fun of the fair with children’s entertainment, a magician, animal shows, trade stalls and craft fair. The competitive marquee provides an ideal opportunity to display your favourite Staffordshire landscape, capture that local beauty spot on camera, show off your family’s special Staffordshire oatcake recipe - the scope is endless! The arena displays include daring cycle and motorbike stunt acts.

There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in the organisation of the Show and lots of fun to be had in the process. In particular, help is required to run the Young Crafts tent. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Kirsten Harber on 07766 316316. For further details please see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk.

Village news from Helen Price - 26/4/18

As sent to The Mercury

Royal Oak Anniversary Celebration

Since re-opening a year ago, the Royal Oak has gone from strength to strength thanks to Gillian, Roger and their friendly team. On Saturday afternoon they treated their loyal customers to a BBQ, entertainment, and also a performance by Kings Bromley’s very own Village Harmony choir.

Also cause for celebration was recently being awarded the 5 Star Food Hygiene rating. Congratulations and well done to everyone!

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2Wednesday Club

“Chasing Paper Skeletons” was the subject of April’s talk given by Marion Armstrong a genealogist and former registrar for North Staffordshire.
Marion introduced us to the basics of beginning the search for our ancestors. Most people know the names of their parents and possibly their grandparents but very little besides. Marion explained the importance of birth and marriage certificates as the starting point for any search. Birth certificates provide not only a child’s name and date of birth but the name of the father, his occupation and the mother’s maiden name. Marriage certificates - in addition to the names of the couple being married - provide their ages, date and place of the marriage, their address and the names and occupations of both fathers. The birth certificate of your father will therefore provide your paternal grandfather’s name and occupation and your paternal grandmother’s maiden name. The marriage certificate of your grandparents will then provide the names and occupations of both great grandfathers and so on. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837 for earlier dates parish registers are required. Once you have the necessary information – name, date of birth and area in which your ancestor lived it is possible to search the census returns. The census is taken every 10 years and returns are available from 1841 – 1911. There is a one hundred years rule on the disclosure of census information and the next census - the census of 1921 - will be available in 2021. The census return provides names, ages, marital status and occupation of everyone within a particular household on the date of the census. Marion provided some humorous examples from the 1911 census – the first to be completed by the actual householder. The father who gave his 3-year-old year son’s occupation as - “running about” while another gave the name of the family servant as “Peter Tabby” occupation “Mouser” and a farmer who under the section headed “Infirmity” added “short of cash.” Additional sources of information providing an insight into the lives of our ancestors include newspaper archives, wills, passenger lists and prison records many of which are available online.
To conclude her talk Marion shared with us the weird and wonderful names children have been given over the centuries. It seems that this is not just a modern trend! Examples included: A girl born in 1892 surname Waters – Christian name Mineral. A girl born in 1883 with 25 Christian names one for each letter of the alphabet apart from P - her surname was Pepper. Boys fared no better. One boy “Timeof” was named after his father and grandfather before him - their surname - Day. Most unfortunate of all perhaps was young master Goldstone whose parents gave him the name “Onetoomany” Goldstone. Poor child!
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday May 2nd when we will be visiting Matlock Bath.

Village news from Helen Price - 9/4/18

As sent to The Mercury - part 1

Kings Bromley WI
Our postponed AGM was held in April and we also had a fascinating speaker in Rowena Lovatt, who gave us an entertaining talk on the life of a lingerie designer. Rowena wasn't really sure what she wanted to do when she left boarding school but her father had other ideas and arranged an interview at a mill in Leek. The company was called Lux Lux and they designed and made items of nightwear and lingerie. She was sent to Art school and attended a day release scheme to gain a City and Guilds qualification in dressmaking. The company was very keen for their staff to gain lots of experience and Rowena was allowed to visit relatives in America as long as she brought samples back with her and was able to stay for two months.
On her return she made her way to the Design room, which was where her creative flare and skills at pattern making came into play. The company had large accounts with Debenhams and Littlewoods. Rowena’s talk was entertaining and funny and we could all see how proud she was of her achievements.
We continued the meeting with a cheese and wine buffet and then the formal business of the AGM. Sue Penfold shared her memories as President during the year and Pauline Greatrex read out the Annual Report highlighting the year’s events and achievements. The financial report was read and the accounts look to be in a healthy position. The committee were all given a gift of a bottle of wine from Sue as appreciation of their hard work and a raffle was held. Sue is in office for another year and the ladies are grateful for her commitment to our Institution. A unique rag doll of a WI lady was presented to her and also to Viv Leyland who has supported us for many years as president and on the committee.
Our next meeting will be in the village hall on 3rd May when we will look at the National Federation’s resolution on Mental Heath Matters which needs to be discussed and voted on for the National AGM in June.


Village news from Helen Price - 5/4/18

As sent to the Mercury

Manor Park Sailing Club
RYA Push the Boat Out 2018 is getting the nation on the water!
This national event will see hundreds of sailing clubs and training centres up and down the country offering free or low cost ‘have a go’ sailing taster sessions and open days. RYA Push the Boat Out is all about getting people out on the water locally and giving them the chance to find out just how easy it is to get involved in sailing. So, if learning to sail is on your ‘to do’ list this is your chance.

Your local sailing club, Manor Park Sailing Club will be hosting their Push the Boat Out event on Saturday 12th May 2016 as part of their spring open day.

Come along to the club between 10 a.m. and 4p.m., and weather-permitting we will get you out dinghy sailing with experienced members, explore the 3 lakes in a powerboat and experience the club facilities. Bring a waterproof coat, old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet, towel and a change of clothes.

We can’t guarantee to turn you into the next Ben Ainslie or Ellen Macarthur, but we can guarantee that whether you’re looking to simply relax on our lakeside patio, potter around with the family on our three lakes, or live out your Olympic fantasies in our weekly racing events, Manor Park Sailing Club is the best place to be for great days out on the water. We offer junior (from 7 years old) and adult training and can take you from complete novice to confident sailor over the course of the year.
Visit the club website for more details: https://www.manorparksc.co.uk/ or contacttraining@mpsc.co.uk or 017814 541942 for more information.
You’ll find us on the A513 halfway between King’s Bromley and Armitage.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

The meeting of the Gardening Guild on 19 March started with the AGM. There was a review of another successful year, followed by the re-election of committee members for the coming year. Additional members are always welcome to join the committee! Once the AGM was completed, Paul Woolley gave a short talk on looking after the lawn in spring, then members enjoyed a glass of wine with nibbles and a gardening quiz. We now know what a tayberry is, that Chantenay red cored is a carrot and that all parts of lily of the valley are highly poisonous.
The next meeting will be on 16 April, when Ruth Williams will be talking about "The Living Churchyard".

Historians, Friday 30th March

Elizabeth Marsh (born 1748) was an extraordinary woman. She married William Hervey in 1774 and was widowed 9 years later with two young sons, Thomas and William.

After her husband’s death, she travelled extensively but in 1792 she began to write a journal every day until the day before she died in 1820. She not only kept a record of her daily life but commented on the wider affairs of the time; the French Revolution and Wars, statesmen, persons of note and gossip all contribute to reveal a contemporary view of historical events.

These journals amount to 77 books each about 90 pages. They are kept in the Record Office in London and one of our members showed us what fascinating reading they make.

Allan then related the connection to the Lane family of Kings Bromley when Susan Ann Vincent (William Hervey’s granddaughter) married John Henry Bagot Lane. A very enjoyable “in house” meeting.

On Saturday 19th May we will be visiting Beamhurst Museum in the morning and after a pub lunch, Izaak Walton’s cottage. Please contact Allan or Val if you would like to join us.

Traffic weight restriction update

This is the latest statement

Update on A515 and associated schemes

· A515 minor roads experimental Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) - £100,000 has been allocated in the 2018/19 financial year to design and deliver an experimental TRO for weight restrictions/weight restricted turning bans on Wood End Lane, A513 Alrewas Road (between Kings Bromley and Alrewas) and the B5016 Yoxall Road (between Yoxall and Barton-under-Needwood). Amey, Staffordshire County Council’s strategic partner, has already begun preparing the design and seeking the necessary approvals to implement a scheme. The Council is looking to implement the experimental TRO before the end of the June 2018, dependant on any approvals required by from the Department for Transport.
· Yoxall Village Gateway Enhancement - £60,000 has been allocated in 2018/19 to design and deliver improvements in Yoxall, such as:
o 40mph buffer zones on the A515 approaches into Yoxall
o A possible extension of the 30mph speed limit on the southern end of Yoxall
o Gateway features on the entrance to Yoxall to slow traffic
o A possible Zebra crossing in Yoxall on the A515
· Draycott-in-the-clay speed limit review - £20,000 has been allocated towards recommendations arising from the speed limit review report completed by Amey in March 2018.
· B5017 between A515 and Burton upon Trent – there is approximately £200,000 from developer contributions in the local area that could potentially be utilised towards improving the B5017 corridor and discouraging it’s use by HGV through traffic. The Council is currently exploring its options on this.

Steve Brown & Allan Howard, the Parish Councillors who have been attending the Transport Forum and The Transport Forum Working Group meetings add: The County Council estimate that these measures will reduce the heavy goods traffic on the A513 through Kings Bromley by nearly 100% and that on the A515 by 70%. 'Nearly' because HCVs making deliveries/pickups in the restricted areas and farm vehicles are exempted and the A513/A515 will continue to be the diversion route when there are problems on the A38. These measures will only be effective if they are properly enforced, and we will press for the police to do this and will be doing monitoring ourselves and through the local Speedwatch group. The Parish Council remain committed to the ultimate aim of getting a weight limit on the A515. However, we recognise that because this is designated as on the Primary Route Network this could be difficult to achieve. Therefore we welcome these short term measures which the County Council are able to implement without lengthy National consultations and/or enquiries.

Village Hall refurbishment launch day

The launch was held on Saturday 24th March

Images from the launch are here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ztibLm6li5HQ4m1BJQpW4nArIItocmrE?usp=sharinge here

Village news from Helen Price - 29/3/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment

The Parish Council displayed draft plans for the refurbishment of the Village Hall at an open morning in the Village Hall on Saturday. Villagers were invited to provide feedback on all aspects of the plans and suggest ideas for future fundraising. There was plenty of interest and many ideas proffered.

The ladies of the WI kindly provided refreshments and, as an added bonus, everyone was treated to two excellent performances from Kings Bromley’s very own Village Harmony Choir.

Church Jumble Sale, Saturday 14th April

The jumble sale will be held at the Village Hall at 2.00 p.m. on Saturday 14th April. Any clothes, small bric-a-brac and books in good condition would be very welcome. Please bring offerings to the hall on the Saturday morning between 10.00 and 11.30 am or ring Peter Gee on 472157 to arrange transport. Offers to help sort and sell the goods would be most welcome; again, please contact Peter Gee.


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

Best kept village competition and open gardens 2018

Details of these two events below

Best Kept Village Competition
The Parish Council are entering the village into the Best Kept Village Competition again. Please help us to win yet again. The judges like no litter, neat front gardens and the BKV flyers displayed in front windows. These flyers will be distributed to all houses towards the end of April.
Judging takes place during May, June and July. There will be a general clean up on Sun. 29th April at 11a.m. Please turn up with a plastic bag, we usually manage to fill quite a few.

Allan Howard

Open Gardens
Kings Bromley Open Gardens will take place on Sat. 16th and Sun 17th June, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. So far we have 9 confirmed gardens, including 4 that have never opened before.
The WI will be 'yarn bombing' again and providing teas in the village hall on the Saturday.There will be 'fairy finding' for the kids and there might be some musical entertainments - watch this space!
At a preliminary meeting it was decided that the profits would again go to the Village Hall Refurbishment Fund; so far the Open Gardens has contributed £4,000 to this worthy effort.
If you would like to open your garden, please contact Alison Howard before the end of April.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 22/3/18

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Project

A campaign has commenced to raise funds for a major refurbishment of the lobby, toilets and kitchen areas in the village hall. Donations have already been received from a number of local organisations, for which we are very grateful. However, a substantial amount of money is still required before we can commence work. A small team comprising members of the Parish Council, assisted by the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, will be exploring funding opportunities and any funding ideas will be welcome. Alternatively, if anyone has skills they feel they may be able to offer to the project, we would be pleased to hear from you. One idea already proposed is the sale of a limited number of bricks inscribed with the names of individuals and organisations who are willing to offer a donation. All funds raised will be lodged in a separate account to be used solely for the refurbishment project.

Plans and representational images have been drawn up to show the improvements we wish to make and these plans will be on display in the Lobby of the Village Hall on Saturday 24th March, when they will be “launched” between 10.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. Everyone will be welcome and refreshments will be provided. In the meantime, if anyone would like to discuss the project with us, please contact one of the members of the team:-
Mary Gair 473544, Charles Cole 472423, Julie Bamber 473339, Steve Browne 472931, Jan Higgins 07912 855626 or Nigel Lee at mrnigellee@gmail.com.
Refreshments will be provided by Kings Bromley WI with entertainment by Kings Bromley choir.

Wednesday Club

This month’s speaker, Colin Bagshaw, a geologist and lecturer, took us back in time to 1896 and the beginning of one of the greatest gold rushes in history.

The Alaska Gold Rush began on August 16th 1896 when an American prospector George Carmack, his brother-in-law Skookum Jim and his nephew Dawson Charlie struck gold in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike. News of the find spread quickly to other mining camps in the Yukon Valley and very soon the whole of Rabbit Creek, renamed Bonanza Creek, was staked out with claims. Richer sources of gold were then found in Eldorado Creek and claims quickly registered there too. The outside world, however, remained largely unaware of the news and it wasn’t until Spring 1897 when the “Portland”, docked in Seattle laden with gold that what became known as “the stampede” began. It is estimated that between 1896 and 1899 100,000 prospectors began making their way to the Klondike of whom 30,000 arrived.

Many of these prospectors travelled via Skagway where they were required to buy one year’s worth of equipment and supplies which then had to be transported over mountains to the lakes and from there down the Yukon River to the gold fields. Queues formed to join the mountain trails each man trudging hundreds of miles back and forth moving their gear from cache to cache. Once at the lakes they built boats to float their equipment down river to Dawson City and the Klondike. Sadly, after all their efforts to reach the Klondike, many thousands started for home within months - penniless. Although mining continued in the Klondike the “stampede” was over almost as quickly as it had begun and while some became wealthy the majority journeyed in vain.

Next Meeting: April 4th at 2.30pm in the Village Hall when we will be “Tracing Paper Skeletons” with Marion Armstrong.
NB. May 2nd. Outing to Matlock Bath. £12.00 per person.

Village Hall refurbishment - launch date

A campaign has commenced to raise funds for a major refurbishment of parts of the village hall. Your help is required. 24th March from 10am - all welcome

A campaign has commenced to raise funds for a major refurbishment of the Lobby, Toilets and Kitchen areas in the village hall. Donations have already been received from a number of local organisations, for which we are very grateful. However a substantial amount of money is still required before we can commence work. A small team comprising members of the Parish Council, assisted by the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, will be exploring funding opportunities and any funding ideas will be welcome. Alternatively, if anyone has skills they feel they may be able to offer to the project, we would be pleased to hear from you. One idea already proposed is the sale of a limited number of bricks inscribed with the names of individuals and organisations who are willing to offer a donation.
All funds raised will be lodged in a separate account to be used solely for the refurbishment project.
Plans and representational images have been drawn up to show the improvements we wish to make and these plans will be on display in the Lobby of the Village Hall from Saturday 24th. March, when they will be “launched” between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Everyone will be welcome and refreshments will be provided. In the meantime, if anyone would like to discuss the project with us, please contact one of the members of the team:
Mary Gair 01543 473544
Steve Browne 01543 472931
Charles Cole 01543 472423
Jan Higgins 07912 855626
Nigel Lee
Julie Bamber 01543 473339

Village news from Helen Price - 15/3/18

As sent to the Mercury

Bowling Club Whist Drive

Whist drive takes place on Tuesday 20th March in the Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. All are very welcome.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Our speaker for February unfortunately had to cancel, so Allan Howard stepped into the breach to give his talk planned for the August meeting on 'Serendipity in the Garden'. Serendipity was voted the nation's favourite word and could be defined as 'Happy accidents'; in the garden, Allan defined it as plants which appear without being specifically planted by the gardener.

Allan showed pictures of many examples of flowers which can appear in the garden, such as different varieties of poppy, honesty, foxgloves, aquilegia, teasel, cornflower and of course the well-named forget-me-nots. He wanted to encourage gardeners to be more tolerant of serendipitous plants, as they are often very good for wildlife. There was discussion at the end of the talk on the problems of plants which become too widespread, such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, buddleia and Rosebay Willow herb.

The next meeting of the Gardening Guild to be held on 19th March will be the AGM, with wine and cheese, followed by tips for preparing the lawn in spring and a light-hearted gardening quiz.

Village news from Helen Price - 8/3/18

As sent to The Mercury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Kings Bromley Open Gardens, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th 2018
If anyone from the village would like to open their garden this summer to raise funds for much needed village causes, please contact Alison and Allan Howard on 01543 472720. We will be meeting at 36 Alrewas Road on Tuesday 13th March at 8.00 pm to discuss plans.

Kings Bromley Historians
The Lichfield to Hatherton Canal
1954 could have gone down in history as marking the closure of the Lichfield Canal (opened in 1794) and Hatherton Canal (1841). That it didn’t has been the result of the continuing innovative and ingenious work of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT).

The double-hander presentation by Bob Williams (Director - Finance) and Peter Buck (Director - Engineering), showed how much work has already been completed. "There are still major projects to undertake. Our latest appeal ‘Tunnel Vision’ has a target of £1million. It’s another 'Suchet Appeal' and will see the Lichfield Canal run under major crossings, like the new Southern Bypass on the A461 and the railway”.

Restoration of the Lichfield Canal began 20 years ago, combining work by volunteers and by contractors for the more difficult sections under roads and railway lines. Importantly, the two canals are at the centre of what leading canal engineer, James Brindley, called the centre of The Cross linking the four main estuaries of the country - Liverpool, Hull, London and Bristol.

Like the original navvies, the Charity continues to show real grit and determination assisted by all its volunteers, and donors to re-establish what in its heyday was a commercial success. Huge amounts of coal from the Cannock Coal Mines were transported. A single slide during the presentation amply illustrated the significance of this one cargo.

The Charity's aims of reclaiming derelict land, job creation and economic regeneration, recreating a living waterway for leisure and wildlife, and promoting tourism have remained its core values. "Donors make a real contribution to restoring our canals by helping to fund these major, essential tunnels". Significant progress has already been made by the charity's volunteers, in completing the rebuilding and renovation of many of the derelict or destroyed sections of the two canals.

Major fund-raising spearheaded by actor and canal champion David Suchet CBE, Vice President of LHCRT, has enabled the completion of major construction works enabling the 'new' canals to be reconstructed. Already new sections are passing under and over major obstacles that cut through and destroyed the original routes

The latest restoration works now include a Heritage Tow Path Trail with sections already opened and attracting increasing numbers of visitors.

More information on the work of the Trust can be found at lhcrt.co.uk and @LHCRT

Drop-in cancelled

This evenings HS2 drop-in surgery cancelled

The drop-in surgery scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to the bad weather and will be re arranged for April.

Village news from Helen Price - 1/3/18

As sent to The Mercury

Card sale, Saturday 10th March

The card sale on Saturday 10th March in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12 noon will be raising funds for the church. The usual cards will be on sale plus Easter cards, wrapping paper, notelets, serviettes, gift bags and much more. All excellent quality at bargain prices!

Come along and have a chat over a free cup of coffee or tea and biscuits - everyone is welcome.

Mothering Sunday Service

A family service will be held at 10.45 am on Sunday 11th March at All Saints Church, Kings Bromley.

Bowling Club Whist Drive

Whist drive takes place on Tuesday 6th March in the Village Hall, 1.30 for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. All are very welcome.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday July 28, 2018

Celebrating Staffordshire is this year’s theme and plans are well underway to organise one of the best shows ever. There’ll be all the usual attractions in the form of a funfair, children’s entertainment, animals, trade stalls and craft fair. The competitive marquee provides an ideal opportunity to display your favourite Staffordshire landscape, capture that special beauty spot on camera, show off your family’s special Staffordshire oatcake recipe - the scope is endless!

There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved in the organization of the Show and lots of fun to be had in the process. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Kirsten Harber on 07766 316316. For further details see our website: www.kingsbromleyshow.co.uk

Recent criminal activity around the parish

Many will be aware of the break-in at the Co Op store.

Many will be aware of the recent break-ins at the local Co Op, public house and village hall. The parish council is concerned and will be discussing options at its next full parish council meeting on 14th March. We hope to have a member of the local policing team present.

HS2 Phase 2 Petition

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Village news from Helen Price - 22/2/18

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Kings Bromley Parish Council - HS2 Phase 1 and 2 Meeting

On Thursday 1st March between 4.30 and 6.30 pm the HS2 Team will be at the Village Hall to provide residents with an update of any developments affecting Kings Bromley.

Wednesday Club

The Chair opened the meeting by welcoming two new members to the club and outlining the programme for the year.

The Treasurer then proposed, on behalf of the committee, that the Wednesday Club, as regular users of the village hall, make a donation towards the refurbishment fund. This was unanimously agreed. Members were informed of an event being held on March 24th from 10am – 1pm when plans for the refurbishment will be on display in the village hall. Tea and cakes will be available and the Village Harmony Choir will be performing. Members were also informed of a planned visit to the Garrick Theatre on May 9th to see “Avenue Q.”

Lin then welcomed our guest speaker, Kath Reynolds, who gave an amusing talk entitled “Goose Grease and Brown Paper” in which she described the many old-fashioned remedies used to cure all manner of ills in the days before the NHS. The talk was illustrated with a display of weird and wonderful lotions, potions and pills. Some of the more unusual remedies included placing onion in the ear to cure earache; soaking the feet in a chamber pot to ease chilblains; tying a sweaty sock around the neck to soothe a sore throat; swallowing an onion and brown sugar linctus for a chesty cough; rubbing pipe tobacco on to an aching tooth and treating boils with carbolic soap and sugar!

Of the late 19thC, early 20thC manufactured remedies one in particular stood out - Dr William’s Pink Pills for Pale People. A product so versatile it was able to ease a range of maladies from a fear of going out to chronic headaches - from pale and sallow complexions to St Vitus Dance – from palpitations to rheumatism! In fact, “all forms of weakness in male and female.”

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday March 7th at 2.30pm in the Village Hall when Colin Bagshaw will be talking about the Alaskan Goldrush.

Kings Bromley WI

The ladies of the WI celebrated with a post Christmas meal at the Royal Oak and enjoyed a lovely three course meal with good company. We had a fantastic time and would like to thank the Oak's staff for making it an enjoyable evening .

Our February meeting was held in the Village Hall; we had a lovely talk on Shugborough Hall from our speaker Judy Hubble. Judy worked at Shugborough Hall for over 7 years until she was made redundant and then volunteered at the museum. She would give talks about the Hall’s history and the life and times of Lord Lichfield plus talks about the lives of the servants called " A Servant’s Lot".

We learnt all about the Hall from medieval times, with the building of the Essex bridge and how the Hall wasn't originally on its present site but probably where the Chinese house is today. .Judy was able to give us a tour of the estate using slides , and her talk ended with the 2nd Earl of Lichfield, Thomas George Anson and his 13 children. He was left with debts of over £600,000 by his father and was determined to pay back all the money, which he was able to achieve before his death.

We closed our meeting with the traditional social time, however we didn't find our raffle winner!

We have booked to see the musical "The Girls " by Gary Barlow in Stoke on Trent on 15th November and will be taking a coach. Could members please give your names if interested ASAP. We also have a trip planned in the summer to either Liverpool, David Austin roses or Powis Castle, so lots to look forward to.

Our next meeting will be our AGM together with Cheese and Wine on 1st March.

Phone Box

The Parish Council have purchased the phone box

The Parish Council have purchased the phone box opposite the War Memorial and it is the intention to convert it into a small village library run by the Royal Oak Book Club. The box has been steam cleaned and all the ivy cleared from it. The next step is to seal the window units and villager Kevin Masefield of JMI Windows has kindly offered to do this for us. Following this the box will need to be sanded down and repainted and fitted with appropriate shelving and a small notice board. Again a local carpenter has offered to do the work for free and floor tiles have been also offered. Any offers of help with the sanding and painting will be appreciated: please contact Nigel Lee on 01543 472935

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Open Gardens 2018

This year we are having Open Gardens on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th

This year we are having Open Gardens on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June. If you would like to open your garden this year please get in touch with Allan & Alison Howard on 472720. There will be a meeting of all openers at 36 Alrewas Road on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm. The Open Gardens is an opportunity to meet other villagers, to showcase the village and to make a bit of money for a good cause. The event has so far raised £4000 for the Village Hall Renovation Fund.

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 8/2/18

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Coffee morning, Saturday 17th February

A coffee morning will be held at the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12 noon to raise Church funds.

There will be raffle, tombola, cake and produce stalls. We would welcome donations for the raffle and tombola of good quality items, including bottles of wine etc. and also cakes and produce for that stall. Please deliver raffle prizes and produce to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. If possible please bring cakes to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning. Thank you.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members and guests enjoyed a fascinating talk by Danny Wells on 'Joseph Paxton' at the January meeting. It covered both gardening and historical aspects of the work of Paxton, called the "Busiest man in England" by Charles Dickens - and he certainly lived up to this title. Aged 23 years old in 1826, Paxton came to work as a gardener for the sixth Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. He built an enormous Palm House which was much admired by Queen Victorian and the Duke of Wellington when they visited Chatsworth in 1843. In 1844, the world's highest fountain, the Emperor's Fountain, was built for the visit of the Emperor of Russia. Paxton became involved in house-building, public parks, railways and a national newspaper, but he is probably best known for building "The Crystal Palace" for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. He received a Knighthood and later became a Liberal MP for Coventry. The "man of genius" died in 1865 and was buried near the Duke of Devonshire. This was an excellent talk, full of interesting information on a very busy man!

Our next meeting is on 19th February, when there will be a change in the programme and Allan Howard will be talking on "Serendipity in the Garden".

Community Speed Watch

Latest news sheet from Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership

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Village news from Helen Price - 1/2/18

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Helen Price
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Bowling Club Whist Drive

Whist drive takes place on Tuesday 6th February in the 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

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday 17th February in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12.00 noon to raise church funds. There will be a Raffle, Tombola and Cake and Produce stalls. We would welcome donations for the raffle and tombola of good quality items, including bottles of wine etc. and also cakes and produce for that stall.
Please deliver raffle prizes and produce to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. If possible, please bring cakes to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning. Thank you.

Kings Bromley Historians

During the years following the Roman occupation the population consisted of many tribes including Saxons, Angles, Jutes and Frisians. They all spoke with different dialects but eventually the language evolved into what we now call “Old English” which was unintelligible to all.
These early Anglo-Saxon settlements were mostly known by their geographical characteristics which were timeless. The most common place names were taken from the four compass points, e.g. Sutton, Weston, Norton, Easton and their derivatives.
Anthony Poulton-Smith gave us all this fascinating information (and lots more besides) at our January meeting – a very enjoyable evening!
Our next meeting on February 23rd is a talk on the History and Restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal, starting at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

Highways England update

Road works report

Latest report is here PDF icon HE update re A38 road works (104.3 Kb)

Kings Bromley Historians - News

New web site

Historians

New Web Site: The Historians have a new website - http://kbhistorians.btck.co.uk or Google it. This will soon have a comprehensive catalogue of everything we have in the archive both digital and physical (documents, photos and maps). We thank Ian Martin for setting up the previous site and maintaining it free of charge for many years. Not many months go by without us getting enquiries from people all over the world who have a family connection with Kings Bromley and seek information.

What's in Your Loft? We have recently received a set of documents found in a villager's loft, which is of historical importance. These will now be stored away safely in the Archive in the Village Hall. If anyone has anything that they think may be of interest to the Historians, please get in contact our archivist Lynne O'Dea or go through the website 'contact us' page.

Decorating the Lottery Room. You may have noticed that there is a set of new pictures on the wall of the upper room in the Village Hall. These were donated to the Historians, and, with the agreement of the Village Hall Committee, have been securely attached to the wall by Roger & Val Price.

Allan Howard, Leader, Kings Bromley Historians

HS2 Drop-in Surgery

HS2 Ltd will be holding several drop-in surgeries with the phase 1 engagement team

These will be held locally at Fradley Village Hall on 22nd Feb 5pm to 7pm
Kings Bromley Village Hall on 1st March 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Armitage Village Hall on 29th March from 5pm to 7pm

Village news from Helen Price - 25/1/18

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Kings Bromley
Helen Price
01543 472203
Kings Bromley Historians, Friday 26th January
The first meeting of the year will be at 8.00 pm on Friday 26th in the Village Hall, when Anthony Poulton Smith will talk about the History of Place Names. Visitors are always welcome.
Village Hall Refurbishment Fund
This week the fund was boosted with a generous donation of £10,000 from the Kings Bromley Show Society. Judith Berry, President of the Society, presented the cheque to the PC (Village Hall) Working Group members Mary Gair, Steve Browne, Charles Cole and Jan Higgins at the Parish Council meeting this week. Plans showing the refurbishment proposals were on display and include new male and female toilets, disabled toilet, kitchen and storage facility.
The donation was a welcome addition to the fund that still has some way to go to meet its initial target of £50,000.

Village news from Helen Price - 18/1/18

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Helen Price
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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.
ian.colclough@gmail.com

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

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

War Memorial work

War Memorial

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

Parish Council

Village news from Helen Price - 16/11/17

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

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

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

Village news from Helen Price - 7/11/17

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Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

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

Card Sale

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

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

The group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 till 11.30 am. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
£1 per child and 50p for the raffle. Contact Teresa on 07739672912

Village news from Helen Price - 2/11/17

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Helen Price
01543 472203

Whist drive

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

WI Craft afternoon at Royal Oak, Thursday 9th November

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

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 11th November

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

Kings Bromley Best Kept Village Award

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

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

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

Ivy Butcher’s Book Launch, Saturday 14th October

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

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

Village news from Helen Price - 19/10/17

As sent to The Mercury

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

Open Gardens 2018

KIngs Bromley open gardens


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

Allan Howard

Village news from Helen Price - 14/10/17

As sent to The Mercury

Ivy Butcher’s Book Launch Saturday 14th October

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

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

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

Historians Meeting September 29th

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

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

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

Wednesday Club Meeting, 4th October

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

Village news from Helen Price - 5/10/17

As sent to The Mecury

Helen Price
01543 472203

Whist drive

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

WI Craft afternoon at Royal Oak, Thursday 12th October

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

Quiz Night and Grand Draw, Saturday 11th November

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

Kings Bromley Show 2018, Saturday 28th July

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

Next year’s theme is Staffordshire Life.

Parish Council response to the latest HS2 consultation

The parish council response to this consultation can be seen here

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

Village news from Helen Price - 28/9/17

As sent to The Mercury

Whist Drive:

Kings Bromley Whist Drives commence again in the Village Hall, 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm prompt start. These are friendly whist drives with a break for a cup of tea/coffee, a biscuit and a chat. Any information you require please contact Kate on 07710119039.

The dates are 10th October, 24th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December, 19th December 2018, 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 20th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Boogie Bounce

Boogie Bounce is a fun, friendly and fat burning exercise class on individual trampolines, suitable for all ages and abilities. Classes take place at the Village Hall every Monday 6.15 – 7.15 pm and every Wednesday 7.30 - 8.30 pm.
To find out more information or book, please text Gemma on 07711408601.

Harvest Lunch

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

Kings Bromley Historians

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

Freight group presses ahead with measures to reduce HCV impact

A group formed to reduce the impact heavy commercial vehicles

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

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

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

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

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

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A515/A513 Heavy Goods Traffic

Latest info is here

A515/A513 Heavy Goods Traffic
Parish Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard attended a meeting of the Staffordshire County Council’s Freight Forum on 15th September. We were encouraged by the positive response of the County Councillors and Officers to the concerns we, and parishioners, have raised about the size and quantity of the heavy traffic passing through Kings Bromley, Yoxall and Draycott in the Clay. We believe that positive action will soon be taken by the County Council to restrict this traffic.

Village Hall Refurbishment Fund

The Parish Council has set up a separate bank account

Village Hall Refurbishment Fund
The Parish Council has set up a separate bank account for all funds related to the renovation of the Village Hall in order that donors can be confident that donations will be used for that purpose only. The signatories are Glen Wright (as Church Warden), Ian Colclough (as Parish Council Clerk) and Allan Howard (as Parish Council Chairman); if any of these leave those roles then the new incumbent will replace the existing signatory. The name of the account is ‘Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment Fund’. If any organisation wishes to contribute by bank transfer please contact Allan Howard for the sort code and account number.

We already have a balance of £5,200 - £4,000 from the Gardening Guild representing the profits from the Open Gardens and £1,200 from our County Councillor Martyn Tittley, whose donation is specifically targeted towards the creation of plans of the proposed work. An architect has been chosen to draw up the plans based on the design devised by a Parish Council working group. Once we receive the plans and drawings they will be displayed in the Village Hall so that villagers can comment on them.

The Parish Council funded the work on the roof and chimney out of its own funds. The new project, which is intended to renovate the lobby, kitchen and toilet areas, will be largely funded by donations and grants. The final cost will depend on the exact nature of the final agreed plan, but is likely to be in the region of £40,000 to £50,000.

The Village Hall is owned by Lichfield Diocese and leased on a long-term lease to the Parish Council at a peppercorn rent. The upkeep of the fabric of the hall is the responsibility of the Parish Council. The responsibility for the day to day running of the Hall lies with the Village Hall Committee acting on behalf of the Parish Council.

Allan Howard

Final HS2 drop-in session

Last chance to

A final drop-in session will be held on Sat 16th Sept between 10am and 1pm at the village hall (upstairs room)

A message from Yoxall Practice

Info on repeat prescriptions

THE YOXALL PRACTICE

To all patients
From 1 st September 2017, as per Care Quality Commission regulations, the answer phone service for the dispensary will be discontinued.
Alternate ways to order are:
 Registering for online access. (Please contact reception staff regarding how to register)
 Returning the repeat slip ticking items required, returning either by post or by leaving in the post box situated outside the front door of the health centre or the post box adjacent to the dispensary window.
If you require any further assistance please contact reception or dispensary staff.

Yours sincerely,
Drs Gunn, Winchurch & Clarke

Village news from Helen Price - 5/9/17

As sent to The Mercury

Gardening Guild

At the August meeting, Allan congratulated everyone on Kings Bromley winning the Best Kept Village competition again for the sixth year in a row and said that people's front gardens help to contribute to the winning formula.
The speaker for the evening was Mike Byford who came to talk about Hellebores. He has been breeding and studying hellebores for 38 years and holds a National Collection of wild and hybrid species of the plant which is a member of the buttercup family. Mike showed pictures of a number of varieties with flowers of different colours, shapes and markings and gave ideas for propagation and growing in the garden.
Members are visiting the Plant Plot for an evening visit on 4 September, so the next meeting in the Village Hall will take place on 16 October.

Card Sale

The next Card Sale will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday morning, 16th September from
10.30 am until 12.00 noon. The usual range of items will be available; birthday cards, cards for many other occasions, wrapping paper, gifts, serviettes, postcards, bottle bags, notelets, hand-crafted cards and much more, all at bargain prices. A variety of Christmas cards will also be available.

Entry is free, everyone welcome. Do come along and have a free cup of coffee and biscuits and a chat with friends after you browse.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parents and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.30 – 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 50 p for the raffle. Contact Teresa on 07739672912

EGM

There will be an EGM

There will be an EGM of the parish council on 12th September at 6pm to hold further discussions with representatives of HS2 Ltd. Upstairs room at he village hall.

Village News from Helen Price 31 Aug

As supplied to the Mercury

HS2 Consultation Process

Drop-in sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall from 10.00am to 1.00pm on the following Saturdays:
2nd September
9th September
16th September

These sessions have been arranged by the Parish Council primarily to

- view the plans, relevant documents and maps to assess the impact of the Project on residents

- assist with filling in the Response Form for comments on the 'Consultation on the Environment Statement'.
Residents are reminded that this consultation will close at 23.45hrs on 30th September 2017.

- assist residents who may feel their property values are affected by HS2. Relevant paperwork will be available at the meeting.

Whist Drive: - Dates for the Kings Bromley Whist Drives held in the Village Hall are as follows. Time 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm prompt start. These are friendly whist drives with a break for a cup of tea/coffee, a biscuit and a chat. Any information you require contact Kate on 07710119039.

10th October, 24th October, 7th November, 21st November, 5th December, 19th December 2018, 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 20th February, 6th March and 20th March.

Boogie Bounce

Boogie Bounce is a fun, friendly and fat burning exercise class on individual trampolines, suitable for all ages and abilities. Classes take place at the Village Hall every Monday 6.15 – 7.15 pm and every Wednesday 7.30-8.30 pm.
To find out more information or book, please text Gemma on 07711408601.

Kings Bromley Historians

Despite the rain and thunder a group of us enjoyed a visit to Kirby Muxloe castle on Saturday 5th August, followed by lunch at the local Castle hotel.
Our next meeting will be 29th September in the Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. when we will hear an account of the Fauld explosion. On Friday 27th October there will be another outing, details of which are still to be finalised. New members are welcome at either of these meetings.





MP3 of the recent EGM with HS2

An MP3 version of the meeting

An MP3 version of the meeting is now available through this link (uses Google DRIVE)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-_OTMVlZjmeVkhtQmQ2NnZYR3c/view?usp=sharing

Village news 17 August

As sent to the Mercury

Best Kept Village winner x 6

Kings Bromley have been awarded the small Village award for the sixth year running in the Lichfield District!!
Our thanks go to all those conscientious people who make this possible, in particular or the sixth year running, Kings Bromley has been awarded Best Kept Small Village award in the Lichfield/Cannock area. Credit goes to those conscientious people who made this possible, in particular, Mr Dennis O’Dea and also The Churchyard Team. Well done and congratulations!!

Kings Bromley WI

The WI do not hold a meeting during the month of August; however that’s not to say we haven’t been busy.

The village show stall was looking splendid with the array of homemade cakes, chutneys and jams, all donated by our members and friends. The show stall is our main fundraiser, making £390 towards the cost of speakers and events for the coming year. The WI held a raffle on show day and these are the winning prizes and tickets:- Tracey Green 261, cheese and wine basket, D Smith Green 340, grocery set, Elaine Pink 250, Avon set, Viv Leyland Pink 105, Crown Derby, Joan Penfold Pink 578, Monty Don, Mary Simmons White 784, picnic hamper and Bev White 703 bathroom basket. A BIG THANK YOU to our members for their donations and time volunteering at the stall another successful show day.

The WI held an afternoon tea at the Royal Oak Pub on Thursday 10th August to show appreciation to our members and to enhance the resolution passed in June on Alleviating Loneliness. We shared our friendship and enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, jam and cream plus large quantities of tea were consumed. We have a Facebook page with lots of photos to view of the splendid afternoon.

We meet regularly at the Royal Oak on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 2.30pm; we hold a monthly craft group. If you are interested just turn up with your own projects for an informal get together and enjoy a chat and a cuppa too.

The next members meeting shall be held at the village hall on 7TH September on the “life of a lingerie designer” from 7.30pm.

HS2 Consultation - drop-in sessions

A series of drop-in sessions have been arranged

Drop-in sessions have been arranged in the Village Hall from 10.00am to 1.00pm on the following Saturdays:
2nd September
9th September
16th September

These sessions have been arranged by the Parish Council primarily to:

- view the plans, relevant documents and maps to assess the impact of the Project on residents

- assist with filling in the Response Form for comments on the 'Consultation on the Environment Statement'.
Residents are reminded that this consultation will close at 23.45hrs on 30th September 2017.

- assist residents who may feel their property values are affected by HS2. Relevant paperwork will be
available at the meeting.

HS2 On-line response form

Many parishioners have asked about how they can respond to HS2

Many parishioners have asked about how they can respond to HS2. This is the link.https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2a-west-midlands-crewe-hybrid-bill-environmental-statement
Full DRAFT minutes from the EGM of 7th August can now been seen under the parish council section of this site.
An MP3 copy of the meeting will be made available soon.

Village news from Helen Price 18 Aug 2017

As sent to the Mercury

Wednesday Club:

On 2nd August 39 members of the Wednesday Club sat down for their annual Cream Tea held this year at Mabel’s, Curborough. After welcoming everyone Anne thanked all those who had helped with our stall at the Kings Bromley Show. The amount raised this year was £366.17. A very good result considering the weather. Anne then announced that Vera Wilson had decided to step down from the committee and thanked Vera for her many years as committee member, secretary and chair. Finally, members were reminded about the outing to Barmouth on 6th September and informed of the new departure time – 8.30am from The Grange.
Judging by the volume of chatter and laughter everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon. The Cream Tea was delicious and the staff at Mabel’s very attentive frequently re-filling teapots and providing additional jam. Only one member it seems was disappointed – disappointed that there was nothing to complain about!! A great afternoon!

Reminder:
September 6th: Outing to Barmouth. Non- members welcome.
October 4th: “Encounters of the Rich and Famous” A talk by Mr. D. Tamea.


Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members enjoyed a visit to the Dorothy Clive Garden in July; the weather was perfect for walking around the extensive grounds and members who already knew the garden appreciated seeing the changes which had taken place, including a glasshouse with exotic species and an area with edible plants. Everyone enjoyed sitting in the sunshine enjoying refreshments in the cafe at the end of the visit.
At the next meeting in the Village Hall on Monday 21 August, Mike Byford will be talking about 'Hellebores, the National Collection'.

Kings Bromley Co-op

In the early hours of Wednesday morning there was an unsuccessful ram-raid by masked thieves in an attempt to steal the cash machine at the Co-op. While still in shock, the Co-op staff rallied to quickly clear up the mess and organise the reconstruction of the demolished wall, following its inspection by a structural engineer. Amazingly, 24 hours later, the shop opened again as usual at 7.00 am. Well done to all the staff for their resilience and let’s hope the perpetrators get caught as soon as possible.

Best Kept Village Result

Kings Bromley Wins Best Kept Village for Sixth Year in a Row

At the award ceremony, on 7th August in Eccleshall Community Centre, Dennis O'Dea accepted, on behalf of Kings Bromley, the Best Kept Village award for the Lichfield and Cannock Chase Area. Forty six villages spread over five areas entered the competition this year; there were 12 in our area. Villages are divided into small and large villages; we won best small village, Norton Canes won best large village. We were then judged against Norton Canes and won the overall trophy, which we won - thereby getting to retain the 'totem pole'. The competition is run by the Community Council of Staffordshire and in the Lichfield/Cannock Chase area is sponsored by the Leavesley Group on behalf of the National Memorial Arboretum.

Thanks to all who in the village who have kept their front gardens so neat and who have kept the streets so clean. I have been particularly impressed this year with the hanging baskets and the effort made by the Co-op and Royal Oak. The churchyard continues to impress, thanks to the Churchyard Team, as do the public areas: the Showfield, thanks to the Show Committee, the War Memorial and the Jubilee seat area and Village Hall, thanks to the Gardening Guild . Thanks also to the Richard Crosse School whose pupils' posters have been displayed in the Village Hall windows. The Parish Council organises the event.

It was fitting that Dennis accepted the award on our behalf as he works tirelessly around the village.

Allan Howard for Kings Bromley Parish Council.

Village news from Helen Price

As sent to Mercury 3/8/17

Kings Bromley Show

The annual village show on Saturday 22nd July was a huge success attracting over 2,500 visitors. Despite a poor forecast, the weather remained mainly fine and everyone had a fabulous day. Funds raised will go to support various village organisations.

Many thanks go to all who helped at the Show, or during the week setting up and clearing up afterwards. Particular thanks go to Kirsten Harber who tirelessly co-ordinated the whole team throughout the year. And thanks you to all who came along to support us!


Dates for the diary:-

Wednesday 2nd, 3.30 Wednesday Club Cream Tea at Mabel’s Tearoom
Thursday 3rd, 2.30 WI outing to Mabel’s Tearoom
Thursday 10th WI Afternoon tea at the Royal Oak
Saturday 12th, 3.00 G
arden Party at the Woodlands

2016/17 Audit of Parish Accounts

The audit of the

The audit of the parish council accounts is now completed. You can see the documents in full by going to the parish council page on this web site - look under transparency documents.
PDF icon Notice of conclusion of audit (445.6 Kb)

Poor road drainage on Alrewas Road

Response from SCC

Recently a report was made to the parish council about the poor drainage along parts of Alrewas Road. The channels are full of detritus and some road grids blocked. This was reported to Staffordshire Highways (Amey their contractor) and this is their reply:

Highways Issue Inspected - Fault Report 4087463

Dear Ian Colclough

This is an update to your enquiry dated 27/07/2017 in relation to Alrewas Road .
A highways inspector has now visited the site and added the following notes to the report:

Full inspection of the gullys along Alrewas road, there is some weed growth and small amount of surface water in places but all gullys are clear and accepting water, the gullys are routinely cleaned and emptied, no actionable defects therefore at time of inspection.

If you have any queries regarding this report please contact highways@staffordshire.gov.uk quoting your enquiry number

Kind regards
The Highways Team

If any parishioner feels that they too would like to report this issue please use the email link in the message above.

HS2 Information Events and PC EGM

There will be

There will be a HS2 Information event at the village hall on 2nd August from 2pm to 8pm. This is another chance to hear first hand how this project will affect your village.
There will be an EGM of the Parish Council in the Village Hall on Monday 7th August at 7.30pm. This will take the form of representatives of HS2 answering a set of previously notified questions on their recently published plans for HS2 (2a). The public can attend as at any Parish Council meeting and ask questions of the Parish Council at the public forum which lasts for 5 minutes at the start of the meeting - extendable at the Chairman's discretion. After that the public can listen to proceedings.
The set of questions that we have prepared, after having met with the HS2 action group and listened to the concerns of parishioners, is listed below. As can be seen these are aimed at trying to understand what the plans mean and how the impact of the works can be minimized. We still retain the hope that, once the financial and environmental cost of HS2 and its meagre benefits are appreciated by our politicians, it will be scrapped. But in the meantime we are working on mitigating its effects.
The answers that we receive to these questions from HS2 will be published on this site. Questions here PDF icon HS2 questions (83.2 Kb)

Latest Village News from Helen Price

As sent to The Mercury

Garden Party

On Saturday 12th August there will be a Garden Party at Woodlands, Manor Park, by kind permission of Graham and Florence Coxon. We would be pleased to receive contributions for the tombola, raffle, plant and bric-a-brac stalls.

The opener will be Mrs Sue Hannam, Headteacher of the Cathedral School, Lichfield. Everyone is welcome and we are hoping for a fine afternoon. Admission by ticket, £5 each, to include a cream tea (children 12 and under free), available from Gill and Glen Wright, tel. 472622.

Kings Bromley Show

Another very successful show took place on Saturday and the crowds turned out despite the dubious weather forecast. The day turned out mostly dry and bright, and a brief downpour did not dampen visitors’ spirits. A wide range of entertainment was provided by The Company of Horsemen, the Blackrock Llamas, Sheep Roadshow and a wildlife display including birds of prey. Old favourites included the treasured vehicle parade, horse and dog shows with funfair and races for the children.
The Eureka Jazz band entertained customers of the Shardlow bus bar, as if any encouragement were needed!

The fun continued into the evening with a Barn Dance held in the marquee on the showfield, which was held in aid of the Foresters Scout group.

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

Click file for latest update on road works affecting the village

Click file PDF icon HE roadworks report April / May 2017 (123.8 Kb)

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.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/185162
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

New Co-Op open

The Kings Bromley Co-Op now open

The Kings Bromley Co Op is now open. The manager Christine Steward is keen to get the shop involved in the local community and has already committed to providing fruit to the Parent and Toddler Group which meets on a Thursday morning in the Village Hall. The Coop will have 16 staff, most of whom are Kings Bromley residents. If you would like to contact Christine her email address is Christine.Steward@coop.co.uk. '

Latest letter to SCC regarding A515 traffic issues

This is latest letter sent to Mark Deaville at SCC by the Parish Council...

Dear Mr. Deaville,
Re: A515 No Longer Fit for Purpose.
PDF icon SCC letter re A515 (64.4 Kb)

Highways fault reporting

Bad pothole or sunken ironwork ....

You can report highway defects directly to Staffordshire Highways through this link https://apps2.staffordshire.gov.uk/web/reportfault/#top or ring them on 0300 111 8000

A515 Weight Restriction latest

Parishioners may wish to know what has happened .....

A515 Weight Restriction

Parishioners may wish to know what has happened as a result of the petition for a weight restriction on the A515 which nearly all of you signed. Our supportive County Councillor, Martyn Tittley, had previously commissioned a report on the effects of a A515 weight restriction which he, and others, felt did not fully consider the impact of heavy vehicles on residents in Kings Bromley, Yoxall and Draycott. As a result a working group of the Staffordshire Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee was set up to address the general issue of the impact of heavy goods/commercial vehicles on roads in Staffordshire. The case study of the impact of a weight restriction on the A515 was to be considered and evidence was to be taken from the affected communities, as well as all other interested parties. At the working group held on the 20th October, attended by Councillors Steve Brown and Allan Howard, Steve presented the case for the weight restriction based on the results of the petition and a document compiled and presented on behalf of Kings Bromley Parish Council. Other presentations were made by the Executive Head of Richard Crosse School, Paul Lovern, Yoxall Action Group and Yoxall and Draycott Parish Councils. The document and the minutes of the working party are available on the Parish website: www.kingsbromley.com. We attended a second meeting of the working group on 10th November for which we will soon have minutes. It is hoped that the working party will present its findings quickly and that a decision on the issue will be made by Staffordshire County Council Cabinet before Christmas. Parishioners will be kept informed.

Allan Howard, Chairman, Kings Bromley Parish Council

More can be found by clicking this link http://moderngov.staffordshire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=868&MId=6335&Ver=4

Kings Bromley - another win !

The Best Kept Village results are out

Kings Bromley wins Best Kept Village Again

Kings Bromley has won the Best Kept Village Competition, organised by the Community Council of
Staffordshire, for the Lichfield and Cannock Chase area. This is the fourth year in a row that we have won,
and we will retain the ‘totem pole’. The Parish Council sponsors and co-ordinates the effort, but our success
is due to the efforts of a large number of organisations and individuals. The Churchyard Team keep the church grounds immaculate; the Gardening Guild maintains the Village Hall surrounds, the War Memorial and the Jubilee Seat; the Horticultural Society maintains the Show Field; the trustees of the KB United Charities maintain the Alms Houses and gardens and the Richard Crosse School provide the posters which are displayed in the Village Hall by kind permission of the Village Hall Committee.

Thanks to the street reps who deliver the posters to each house in the village and keep an eye on litter, to all those who keep their front gardens so well and to a number of individuals who take it on themselves to pick up litter. Please put the BKV poster in your windows next year - only a small proportion of the delivered posters are displayed.

Allan Howard

HS2 - the battle continues

Kings Bromley District Councillor Tom Marshall had this letter published in The Times yesterday, let us hope it has some effect:


"It's ironic that as the tax burden reaches levels not seen for thirty years, we are now facing the prospect of a scheme which will drain the public purse in a way rarely seen, in modern times at least.

Taxpayers are about to be funding a project which only a minority want, to which only a smaller minority will have proper access and even fewer will be able to afford.

HS2, the first phase is simply waiting for the starting pistol to be fired, and once it commences it will bleed the public for decades to come. It has been lambasted by all sorts of well-informed, august committees and institutions, not to mention thousands of very concerned members of the public. Still, in the face of all this resistance it goes ahead. If the economy is currently so badly compromised that essential services are facing severe cuts whilst simultaneously our taxes are set to rise to an extreme, it can only be common sense to suggest that this project must not be allowed to squander money which we do not have."

Cllr Tom Marshall
Ward Member: Armitage with Handsacre.
Lichfield District Council
Planning Committee: Vice chairman"

A message from Highways England

Highways England had this to say about future diversions on the A38 ......

These road closures on the A38 are to enable inspections of the electrical cables which run underneath the road surface. These cannot be done while traffic is using the A38, due to the high safety risk associated with the way in which the inspections are carried out. Our contractors, Kier Highways, are aware of the concerns which have been raised regarding traffic on the diversion routes, and have liaised with Staffordshire County Council to minimise disruption as much as possible.

I apologise that you have not received prior notification of these closures. Our contractors have informed me that we endeavour to keep the parish councils informed as much as possible, but it appears that this hasn’t happened in this case.

Whilst I have this opportunity, I would like to make you aware that there will be further works on the A38 over the next few months. These are to enable repairs to the lighting at Branston and resurfacing works between Alrewas to Claymills. The lighting scheme started earlier in January, but is being done under individual lane closures in order to minimise the impacts on road users and residents on the diversion routes. However, some of this work cannot be carried out safely without closing the A38 carriageway, and there will be some use of the diversion routes during February and March. I am liaising with the project team, and will ask them to ensure that the parish council is kept up to date regarding the number and timing of closures, so that you can keep your parishioners informed.

Regards
Letty Askew, Asset Manager
Highways England | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Tel: +44 (0) 300 4702799 | Mobile: + 44 (0) 7809 101084
Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk

Traffic issues latest

- your input required

Parish Council A515 Weight Limit Campaign
The result of our 18 month campaign to get the County Council to impose a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the A515 between Draycott in the Clay and Woodend Lane has resulted in no action from the County Council. This is despite the fact that the overwhelming number of residents of Kings Bromley, Yoxall and Draycott signed the petition and that the Action Group proved that it is not possible for two HCVs to pass each other in Yoxall without going on the pavement, that the A515/A513 junction in Kings Bromley cannot cope with two turning HCVs and that noise levels suffered by residents on the A515 in Draycott breach industrial safety levels. On top of this, given that the proper route for HCVs - the A38 and A50 is just as short in terms of time and fuel usage, the weight restriction would have no economic impact on business. This campaign was supported by the Parish Council, our District Councillors and County Councillor and our MP. We feel that the impact of HCVs on the quality of life in the three villages is unacceptable and that sooner or later serious accidents are inevitable.
These arguments were not refuted by County. Their response has been delay and prevarication. The Parish Council feel that the Councillor responsible, Mr. Mark Deaville, will now only take action if residents let him know their feelings in person. If you feel strongly on this issue please contact:
Mr Mark Deaville
Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport
2 Staffordshire Place
Tipping Street
Stafford ST16 2DH
Telephone: (01785) 854661
E-mail: mark.deaville@staffordshire.gov.uk
Website: www.staffordshire.gov.uk

If you do respond it would be useful for the Parish Council to be informed, through the website, so that we can judge the strength of feeling.

Weight Restriction Campaign

An update from the parish chairman

Weight Restriction on A515
On 14th November a meeting of the A515 Action Group was held at Kings Bromley Village Hall. The County Council Member for Transport, Mr. Mark Deaville declined to attend. This meeting was the culmination of an 18 month campaign to try to get the County Council to impose a 7.5 tonne weight limit on the A515 between Draycott in the Clay and Wood End Lane. The case, as far as we can see, is irrefutable and was supported by the vast majority of residents in Draycott, Yoxall and Kings Bromley whose petition was presented to the Council.
To listen to a recording of the meeting, in which the arguments for the weight limit are set out, please click here. MP3 icon Sound bite (17.0 Mb)
The response of the County to our representations was that they have no plan to impose a weight limit. The campaign will now move into a new phase, which may include direct action. For this reason Councillors Howard and Browne have stepped down from the Action Group as some such actions may not be appropriate for Parish Councillors to be involved in. Councillor Browne however is representing Kings Bromley Parish Council on a ‘Transport Forum’, which Mr. Deaville has set up. However we believe that this is little more than a talking shop.

New Councillor

Mr Charles Cole of Alrewas Road

At its meeting on 10th August the Parish Council co-opted Mr. Charles Cole of Sunningdale, Alrewas Road. Charles has recently moved to the village and is keen to get involved in the many local issues that are currently affecting our community such as quarrying, HS2 and traffic. His contact details can be found under the Parish Council section on this web site.

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.

Best Kept Village - another win

We have again ......

At a ceremony held by the Jubilee Seat at 6pm on 30th September, Kings Bromley were presented with the Best Kept Village Trophy for the Lichfield and Cannock District for the fifth year in a row. Parish Council Chairman Allan Howard welcomed villagers and guests including Janet Eagland, Chair of Staffordshire County Council, Cllr David Salter, Chair of Lichfield District Council and his wife Pam and Chris Welch, Chief Executive of the Community Council of Staffordshire. 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. Janet Eagland then presented the 2016 winners’ plaque before all retired to the Chairman’s house for tea and cakes.
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Churchyard Group

The award winning churchyard group

The award winning churchyard group needs more members. If you have the time to spare on a Wednesday morning starting at 9.30, and can handle a mower, please consider joining.

40 MPH limit

Villagers will have noticed that

Villagers will have noticed that forty mile an hour speed limits have been set up on the entrances to the village on the A515 and A513. The intention is that this will slow traffic before it gets to the 30 mph limit areas. The Parish Council would like to thank our County Councillor Martyn Tittley whose efforts made this possible. The Parish Council continues to make the case to County for a weight restriction on the A515 and is reminding transport companies who have agreed not to use the A515 & A513 to honour their commitments; it is our contention that there is no reason for heavy goods vehicles to use the A515, which is not fit for purpose, when the proper route of the A38 & A50 is available.

Best Kept Village

Its BKV time again, and this year we are going

Its BKV time again, and this year we are going for our fourth win in a row. In a few weeks time street reps will be posting A5 posters through your doors. Please put these up in your front windows.

Please be vigilant about litter. If anyone sees any dog fouling our paths or verges, please remind the owners of their responsibilities.

We will be having a village clean up on Sunday 24th at 11am. Please congregate in front of the Village Hall, where black plastic bin bags will be available.

Judging takes place throughout May, June and July.

Allan Howard

Open Gardens, Fairies & Pirates, Yarn Bombing

Kings Bromley will be holding its annual Open Gardens on June 11th and June 12th from 12pm to 5pm.

Kings Bromley will be holding its annual Open Gardens on June 11th and June 12th from 12pm to 5pm. This year it will be combined with a 'Fairies and Pirates' and 'Yarn Bombing' event run by the Pre-School and WI (details from Teresa da Costa and WI). Proceeds from the Open Gardens will go towards the fund for renovating the Village Hall, held by the Gardening Guild. We could do with some more gardens, if you are prepared to help in any way please contact Allan Howard on 01543 472720.

On the Sunday why not combine cheering on the Iron Men competitors in the morning with garden visiting in the afternoon - or combine taking your children or grandchildren to the Fairies and Pirates and Saturday afternoon with some garden visits - they will need to search for hidden fairies.

Allan Howard

HM Queen 90th Birthday

As most of you will know

.. it is Her Majesty's 90th birthday soon. The parish council understands that no specific plans have been made to commemorate this in the parish. However should individuals or groups wish to make their own arrangements then they are obviously free to do so.

Mobile Library Service

Staffordshire County Council announce changes to the mobile library service

Staffordshire County Council announce changes to the mobile library service.
From 1st April 2016 the mobile library will be at Kings Bromley every three weeks on a Wednesday, from 2.15pm to 4.15pm at Richard Crosse School.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Kings Bromley - can you help?

Your Parish Council is considering compiling

Your Parish Council is considering compiling a Neighbourhood Plan (was known as a Parish Plan). Having such a plan will help map the way the parish is developed and managed in future. Much work is required to gather all the information that is required before the plan is submitted to the District for approval. Such plans should be community led and as such the parish council is seeking a number of volunteers with expertise in planning, statistic, mapping, design and IT. Input is also welcome from anyone with a general interest in the village and parish as a whole. If you feel you have the time to become involved and want to make a real difference to your community please get in touch in the first instance with the parish clerk - email is parish.council@kingsbromley.com
More info is here PDF icon Neighbourhood plan information (61.1 Kb)

Annual Open Parish Meeting

This years Annual

This years Annual Open Parish Meeting will be held at the village hall on Wednesday 20th April at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.
This is your chance to come along and hear what has been going on in the village and parish. Many local organisations will be present along with Councillors. Many initiatives are affecting the village at present from HS2 to quarrying so come along and express your concerns.

Emergency aid may not be too far away

Emergency aid may be on your doorstep if the parish council can raise the funds.

The parish council is considering 'adopting' the red BT phone box by the War Memorial. It is hoped that funding can then be found to have installed a defibrillator. Watch this space for progress.

Dog Fouling

There has been an increase in the number of dog fouling incidents

Unfortunately an increase in the number of dog fouling incidents has been reported to the Parish Council. This is unacceptable behaviour by a minority of dog owners. It is surprising that these incidents take place under the cover of darkness. If any resident does witness this unsavoury behaviour please take a note and report the individual to the parish clerk who will in turn inform Lichfield District Councils' wardens.

Blocked drains in the village

Severn Trent have recently

Severn Trent have recently been called out to unblock mains drains in the village. Parishioners are reminded that, even with modern pumped systems, drains can and will become blocked if cooking fats/oils and sanitary products/wipes are flushed.

Flood Risks as of 4th January 2016

Latest information from the Parish Council's flood officer ....

Blithfield reservoir started to over flow at 04:00 this morning 4th Jan and therefore a greater amount of water will be entering the Trent at Nethertown intersection today to the tune of 250 million litres a day (Ml/d). Whilst this sounds quite dramatic we have seen overflow levels above 1000 Ml/d.
I will inspect the banks later on today (In Kings Bromley) but as of yesterday the levels didn’t pose a risk to the village and I don’t anticipate a change over the coming 48hrs.

I will be in touch with the EA today for further info.

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to all our parishioners from Kings Bromley Parish Council.

Happy Christmas to all our parishioners from Kings Bromley Parish Council.
The tree was obtained from an anonymous donor and cut, transported and put up by Cllr. Pritchard and his team of helpers.
Electrician Geoff Sutton, although no longer a Kings Bromley resident put up the lights. Hearty thanks to all those that helped out!

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Book launch

Ivy Butcher and Kings Bromley Historians' Book Lauch

On Saturday 19th September at the Village Hall, 2:30- 4:30. Ivy Butcher and the Kings Bromley Historians will be launching their new publication 'Hark Back'. This book consists of transcriptions of taped interviews that Ivy and David Butcher had around 1980 with surviving members of the Lane family and with various villagers. Their memories stretched back to before the First World War. The book provides a unique insight into life at the manor, before it was abandoned in the 1920s, and what it was like to live in a village before electric light and mains water and where horses and carts were more common than motors.

There will be an exhibition of photographs from the Historians' archive which will illustrate extracts from the book. Ivy's previous books and other Historian's publications will also be available for purchase, including the recent 'The Life and Times of Agnes, The Little Queen of Kings Bromley'. This tells the story of Agnes Lane, 1809-1885, within the context of the social history of the village and the nation. She had 14 children, of which 8 survived, and 'reigned' at a time when her class also ruled the country that ruled the world.

Teas and refreshments will be available

Traffic Diversion Through Kings Bromley

See email off Highways England re this

Dear Mr Howard
I am writing to you from EM Highway Services. We manage and maintain motorways and trunk roads on behalf of Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency) within the West Midlands.
Thank you for your enquiry regarding A38 Roadworks on 30.7.15.
From Mon 03/08 to Mon 10/08, overnight only from 20:00 hrs excluding weekends, the southbound carriageway will be closed from the Barton junction (B5016) . Traffic will be diverted up the A38 Northbound to the A50 to travel West bound to the A515, then south to the A51 and A5192 at Lichfield to re-join the A38.
From Tues 11/08 until Mon 17/08 again overnight only excluding weekends, the southbound carriageway will be closed from Alrewas junction. Traffic will be diverted on the A513 West Bound to the A515 Southbound to the A51 and A5192 at Lichfield to re-join the A38.
On Tues 18/08 for I night only the Northbound carriageway will be closed from northbound at Alrewas, with the traffic diverted West along the A513, then North on the A515 then East on the A50 to Toyota Island.
To confirm, all works overnight from 20:00 hrs excluding weekends
I hope you find this response satisfactory; however, should you require further information, please contact the Highways England Information Line quoting the above HAIL reference number. Or call 0300 123 5000.

Minerals Local Plan latest

Parish Council response is here

KB Parish Response to the Minerals Plan
In June 2011, in response to the 'Gravel Group' campaign to oppose plans to extract sand and gravel at the Wychnor North, Wychnor South, Alrewas West and Bancroft Farm sites, Catherine Raines, then Deputy Chief Executive of SCC wrote to campaign organiser Anne Anderson "... it is not possible for me to say that SCC will never support planning applications to extract sand and gravel from sites west of the A38 between Alrewas and Kings Bromley ... However, I can say that we do not now support planning applications from these sites and I can say that we will not include sites west of the A38 between Alrewas and Kings Bromley in the MCS currently being prepared."
Arguments about semantics aside, SCC has gone back on this commitment, those sites are in the ‘area of search’.
The SCC policy, as put forward in the ‘New Minerals Local Plan for Staffordshire 2015 to 2030’ is to excavate sand and gravel to the east of the A38 until such time as reserves are exhausted. Kings Bromley PC notes that plans are based on an annual rate of extraction of 5mtpy whereas we believe the current rate of extraction is only 3.9 mtpy. When reserves are exhausted east of the A38 consideration will be given to sites on the west of the A38 in the ‘area of search’.
We note that the 'Gravel Group' campaign in 2011 estimated that there was a landbank giving 27 years extraction at current rates if extension to existing sites were to be granted east of the A38. When, at some unspecified time in the future, planning applications are made west of the A38 the Minerals Plan states that they must conform to the environmental standards outlined in Policy 4. We have doubts about the ability of SCC to enforce on quarrying companies suitable standards of restoration of sites given that the worked out Manor Park quarry is essentially derelict and is an eyesore rather than an amenity which could be enjoyed by the community.
We also note that not enough consideration has been given to recycling as a means of reduction of the need for new quarrying.

Many places within the ‘area of search’ contains areas which would clearly, according to Policy 4, be ruled out. For instance those near the Orgreave gas pipelines and those contiguous to existing housing – to name but a few. The inclusion of the area directly north of Kings Bromley is a case in point. If this area continues to be included in the area of search, houses there would be effectively blighted.

Kings Bromley Parish Council look to the County Council to reaffirm Catherine Raines’ commitment.

If, at some time in the future, sites west of the A38 have to be considered in an area of search, we wish to have it confirmed that no sites close to existing housing are considered. We therefore wish to see SCC issue a modified ‘area of search’ which removes the area contiguous to the housing on the north of Kings Bromley which would be blighted by the current proposals. It is not necessary to perform a full environmental impact analysis for the entire area - that would clearly need to take place when detailed proposals for specific sites are being considered. However, the Council should be aware of the consternation it has caused by the policy of issuing a map of the area of search which does not conform to its own stated environmental policies.

Speeding issues through the village

This is one of the most discussed items at parish meetings.

One item that continually comes to the council attention is that of speeding vehicles through the village. It is a matter that the Parish Council takes seriously. We are informed that the local police are also taking a stance and that the camera van is in the village twice a month and that action is taken against offenders. The speedwatch initiative has been restarted and serious offenders are contacted by the police. We have made a request of SCC to try to obtain the numbers of these offenders. It is an offence to warn on-coming vehicles of the presence of the camera van and fines have been issued to those that break this law. Watch this space for updates.

New Transparency code documents added

"The Smaller Authorities (Transparency) Requirements Regulations 2015". These documents give parishioners and other interested parties an opportunity to see how their parish council operates. See under Parish Council - Other Parish Council documents.

Documents now in the public domain include;
1. Items of expenditure above £100 excluding vat-inc date incurred, summary of purpose, amount, and vat recoverable
2. End of year accounts as per annual return
3. Annual governance statement
4. Bank reconciliation statement
5. Internal audit report
6. List if Councillors and their responsibilities
7. Details of public land and building assets
8. Draft minutes of last meeting
9. Agenda 3 days before next meeting is due

Minerals Plan

Many parishioners are concerned by the flyer that they have received about the County Council's Draft Mineral Plan .....

Many parishioners are concerned by the flyer that they have received about the County Council's Draft Mineral Plan, where it appears that Kings Bromley has been engulfed in a sea of pink. The new plan is, I believe, a considerable improvement on the previous plan which identified several sites west of the A38 for development. The Parish Council's response to that was to urge the County Council to only consider sand and gravel extraction west of the A38 once all alternatives east of the A38 had been exhausted. This appears to be the strategy that has been adopted. The County Council is, however, keeping its options open by identifying the pink 'area of search' where future extraction may take place - subject to the environmental guidelines outlined in the plan. There is no date given for when the area of search will be searched - that depends on demand and capacity.

The issue will be debated at the next Parish Council meeting on 8th July, which all parishioners can of course, attend and at which we hope to have our District and County Councillors. Parishioners can speak at the beginning of Parish Council meetings, and also during the meeting at the discretion of the Chairman.It will be decided there how the Parish Council needs to respond to the new plan, and whether it will do so on its own or in conjunction with the other affected parishes - Alrewas, Fradley and Yoxall.

This note has been prepared by the Chairman of the Parish Council and contains his personal opinions. It does not represent the opinion or policy of the Kings Bromley Parish Council which, as stated, has yet to discuss the new plan.

Allan Howard, Chairman, Kings Bromley Parish Council.

Kings Bromley Open Gardens.

Saturday 13th June, Sunday 14th June 12noon- 5pm.

Proceeds in aid of Village Hall restoration fund.

Read the Results of the traffic survey and petition.

The document is now available - go to the Parish Council section and click on 'other parish council documents'.

Cllr. Steve Brown is grateful to all those who helped collect the information, images and who signed the petition.

'New' Village Web Site

Welcome to the 'new' village web site. We trust you think it is an improvement on the old one. We would like to hear your comments on its content, so if you think improvements can be made let us know

Any organisations wishing to update their details or add their meeting dates to the diary please get in touch with the Parish Clerk

Local bus services

Cllr. Steve Browne has the latest

Contact him on 01543 472 931

Kings Bromley United Charity (Charity Number 1020119)

The Charity is an amalgamation of a number ....

Kings Bromley United Charity (Charity Number 1020119)
The Charity is an amalgamation of a number of bequests left in wills
or gifts given in people's lifetime over the years. The Charity's main
purpose now is to maintain three almshouses in Manor Road, Kings
Bromley, and supports the residents of these houses.
For further information, please contact Alison Howard, the Secretary
to the Trustees, on 01543 472720.

Bridge and Stiles Repaired

SCC have completed works to repair stiles and a bridge on a local footpath.

When preparing for the Historians ten yearly Parish Boundary walk, held on Saturday 20th September last year, section leader Keith Day noticed that a bridge on the path Kings Bromley 9 - between Trent Bridge A515 going east towards Alrewas at OSGR 414476 316689 was dangerous and could only really take one person at a time. Kings Bromley Parish Council were informed and the Clerk contacted the head ranger at Staffordshire County Council. We have heard that the County Works Unit have replaced three stiles, two stile steps and repaired the bridge on this section of the path along the south bank of the Trent.

Good news on local bus services

It looks as if our bus service will remain !

This is what SCC had to say
Staffordshire County Council recently received notification from Arriva confirming that they had taken a commercial decision to reduce the current Service 7 from 13th April 2015. Their decision was to implement a revised timetable for this service between Burton and Lichfield. The revised timetable results in a reduced daytime service to several of the villages on the route.

I am pleased to confirm that following negotiations between Midland Classic and Staffordshire County Council there will be an introduction of a new service, which will be named the 810. This new service will cover the reduction on the Arriva service, meaning a continuation of the service for the villages on this route. This new Service 810 will commence on 13th April 2015.

Best Kept Village Competition 2015

It's that time again! Judging starts on the 1st of May.

It's that time again! Judging starts on the 1st of May, and continues on and off throughout the months of May, June & July. Street reps will be putting the posters for display in your front windows through your doors soon, if they have not already done so. Judges are keen on lack of litter, the tidiness of the public areas, the look of front gardens, the children's posters in the village hall and the amount of advertising of the BKV that they see around the village.

Kings Bromley has won the district title four times in the last five years, and three times in succession. Lets put on a good display again this year. The judges are rotated, so we will have to impress a different set of judges this year. We will be having a tidy up starting at 11am on Sunday 26th April starting at the village hall: if you could help with picking up litter then, or at any other time, it would be appreciated.

Allan Howard

Best Kept Village Presentation for 2014

Kings Bromley Parish Council was presented with a plaque to commemorate their winning the award for the Best Kept Village.

BKV presentation On Sunday 2nd November at a ceremony by the pinfold, Kings Bromley Parish Council was presented with a plaque to commemorate their winning the Staffordshire Community Council Lichfield and Cannock Chase District award for the Best Kept Village.

The Chair of the Judges, John Perry gave a speech commending Kings Bromley on its Community spirit. He also noted that because he had noticed that Kings Bromley had been in the competition for 50 years, he had decided to give all those villages in Staffordshire with such a 'long service record' an extra award.

Cllr. Steve Brown replied on behalf of the Parish Council, then John Leavesley handed over plaque to Cllr. Allan Howard, BKV organiser. This plaque will be attached to the 'totem pole', which will now have been a fixture on the pinfold for three years in a row.

Centenary of Village Hall

On 11th October a joint event organised by the Village Hall Committee, The Snooker Club and the Historians was held to commemorate the centenary of the Village Hall.

Centenary of Village Hall - 1 Centenary of Village Hall - 2 On October 15th, 1914, the Hall, then known as the Dean Lane Institute, was formally dedicated by the Bishop of Lichfield and opened by the Bishop of Rochester.

Tea and cakes were provided by the Village Hall Committee, while the Snooker Club and Historians provided displays on the one hundred year history of the club and the Hall.

It was through the efforts of the then vicar, the Rev. Chilwell, that the Institute was created so it was thought that a framed photograph of him should be on permanent display in the Hall. This was unveiled by Sue Hannam, chair of the Village Hall Committee after which Allan Howard, leader of the Historians, explained why this recognition of The Rev.Chilwell was appropriate at this time.


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