Welcome » News

Kings Bromley archived news

Quick links

Current news

You are presently looking at older news items retained on our archive page. You can use the following link to read current news. View current news

Alrewas Road

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.”


For more news from Staffordshire County Council visit www.staffordshirenewsroom.co.uk

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


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


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)

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!

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
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


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.
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.

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.
bkv pic

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!


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.

Go to top of page