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Electric Piano for Kings Bromley Harmony Choir/ Next Event - Motherhood and Loss in WW1

The Kings Bromley Harmony Choir is looking for an electric piano

Is anyone is thinking of getting rid of theirs/putting it up for sale in the spring clear-out?

Ideally it would be a full size keyboard, with 88 keys, light weight and portable, touch sensitive, with an attachment to put a pedal on, with no extra effects or buttons.

If you can help please contact our Choir Leader Kathryn Hopson on villageharmonychoir@gmail.com.

The choir goes from strength to strength. Our next event will be at the Village Hall on Sat. 2nd March at 2pm to celebrate the Parish Council's obtaining a grant from the Motherhood and Loss in WW1 organisation which commemorates the plight of families, especially mothers, who lost sons in the First World War. The grant is going towards play equipment for younger children on the Village Hall playarea.

At this event the Historians will also put on a display commemorating the 14 men from Kings Bromley who died in WW1, with an emphasis on those families who lost only sons or multiple sons. There will be poetry readings from pupils from Richard Crosse school and the WI will be providing teas.

Village news from Helen Price - 17th January 2019

As sent to The Mercury

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday 16th February in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until noon. If you have any items suitable for raffle or tombola prices, they would be very welcome. Please deliver them to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. Thank you.

Gardening Guild

The annual Christmas lunch at the Boar's Head at Sudbury was enjoyed by everyone who attended on 3rd December.
The first meeting of the New Year will be on Monday 21st January at the Village Hall when Zdenek Valkoun Walker will be talking about 'Orchids Unravelled'. New members welcome!

Kings Bromley Whist Drives

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

Village news from Helen Price - 10th January 2019

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley WI

The Kings Bromley WI will be celebrating their 90th Birthday this year so we have lots to look forward to, including a village bake off and a big Birthday bash. We had some new members to greet from the neighbouring Alrewas WI who sadly closed after 100 years.

We started our meeting with the usual business and then had a visual presentation from Norman Rubines, a photographer with over 40 years experience. He owns and runs the Ruby Studios in Tamworth. He told us about how he started out as a newspaper photographer and now has his own studio. He had a fabulous display of photos to exhibit and showed us lots of images from photo shoots, alongside a little history and some funny stories. It was very engaging and easy to see how he was a prize-winning photographer. We saw a recent series of photos raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, called Men in Black (and white).

We held a raffle and then enjoyed some social time. The next meeting will be held at the Royal Oak with a meal on 7th February from 7pm.

Village news from Helen Price - 3rd Jan 19

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Whist Drives

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

HS2 Community and Environment Fund Award

The Kings Bromley Parish Council and Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contribution of £50,000 towards the Kings Bromley Village Hall Refurbishment project from the Phase One HS2 Community and Environment Fund.

The Fund supports local communities that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Phase One of the brand new high-speed railway which is being built between London and the West Midlands.

This means that, with the generous donations already received from village organisations and residents, we are now able to go ahead with the tendering process.

Following earlier consultation with members of the local community, the plans have been amended to incorporate suggested improvements. The project will include a major upgrade of the kitchen and toilet facilities together with improvements to the lobby area.

We hope you will all be as pleased as we are that we can finally give the Village Hall the ‘facelift’ badly needed and we shall continue with our fund-raising activities through the sale of bricks and approaches to other funding sources, so that we can hopefully also make some improvements to the main hall area.

Village news from Helen Price - 20th December

As sent to The Mercury

Kings Bromley Harmony Choir

The village choir gave a splendid concert in church on Saturday 8th December consisting of carols and a variety of songs, both Christmassy and non-seasonal. It was almost a year to the day since the choir gave their first public performance, also in church, and the number of choir members has grown substantially since then.

Despite very wet weather, there was a very good attendance to enjoy the afternoon. Kathryn, choir leader, had also brought two of her pupils along and they gave excellent solo performances. Tea and mince pies were served during the interval.

Thanks to Kathryn and the choir for an excellent concert and also to everyone who came to support them.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Kings Bromley’s local appeal, including collection boxes from businesses in the district and donations from village organisations, is so far £3,573.54, an amazing achievement, believed to be a record for the village. The house-to-house collections raised £776.09 of the above total so thanks to all the collectors.

Kings Bromley Historians

Our first taste of ‘Christmas Past and Present’ was a view of Stonehenge. Mary Bodfish, our speaker, explained that not only was it a sacred site for the summer but also the winter solstice. The sun was fading in the sky and to ensure its return, evergreens and berries were used to represent returning life.

The Roman sun god was Saturn, hence their winter festival Saturnalia. For the Persians it was Mithras who was celebrated on December 25th, the shortest day according to the Julian calendar. When finally Christianity reached Rome, the Emperor Constantine decreed that Christians could worship openly and that the date of Christ’s birth be fixed as December 25th. In the orthodox church it is 6th January.

The tradition of the Christmas tree began with Queen Charlotte. It was also mentioned in the diary of the 13 year old future Queen Victoria “after dinner two trees hung with lights and ornaments”. Martin Luther decorated a fir tree with candles, a tradition carried on until 1903, when EverReady produced a string of electric tree lights. Much safer!

Father Christmas began life as Captain Christmas in a play by Ben Johnson. Also he appeared in early mummers plays together with the characters Mince Pie, Carol and Wassail. December 6th is the feast day of St Nicholas , whose name became Santa Claus.

Mary was a great theatrical orator and we all enjoyed her presentation.

The following day was Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak, where we all enjoyed an excellent meal. Allan Howard spoke of the highlights of last year and Lynne outlined considerable progress made in the Archive.

Following our Christmas walk on 30th December, our next meeting will be in the Village Hall on January 25th at 8.00 pm when Allan will talk about Major General Sir Ronald Bertram Lane. All are welcome.

Bin Stickers

Bin stickers to promote better recycling habits

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

Village Hall Refurbishment latest

HS2 COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT FUND AWARD

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

Helpers wanted

It is time to site the Christmas tree

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

Richard Crosse School Admissions Arrangements 2020/21

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

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

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


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