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October Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Please click on the link below to hear this weeks video as John gives thanks for all who work so hard to provide us with food

Please note - There will be no Parish News 'Extra' for the next two weeks.
The next edition will be on Saturday 17th October

Alrewas News

Services In October
       at All Saints 

Sunday 4th October
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am - Said Communion Service

Wednesday 7th October - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 11th October
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Said Communion  Service

Wednesday 14th October- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 18th October
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Said Communion Service 

Wednesday 21st October - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 25th October
8am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Said Communion Service

Wednesday 28th October - 10am Holy Communion

Please follow the guidance of the wardens upon your arrival, and please note that a face mask must be worn unless you have an exemption. All necessary precautions have been taken for your safety.

Alrewas Parish Council
The Parish Council have updated their website to a more phone friendly version. It contains lots of information about the Parish Council as well as what’s going on in Alrewas, including the Village News and the Village Directory where you can get links to all the village organisations and businesses as well as add your own.

Click on the link below to go to the website

Alrewas Surgery News

For the latest news from the surgery please click on the following link
Family Announcements


Since the news rules for GDPR and data protection came into force, the Parish News have been unable to publish any details of baptisms, weddings and funerals that have been held at our parish churches to protect privacy.
 I know that this has saddened some people as it was an important source of information for many.
So we have decided to trial a new service for our Parish Mag readers!
We will have a section for family announcements to give you an opportuntity to inform our communities of any Births, Engagements, Marriages, Deaths or Funeral arrangements, which we will include in our monthly edition. 

We hope that you will find this new service useful, and if you have any announcements please contact the editor with the wording you would like to use.


Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR  email:  
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016
Services for Alrewas Methodist Church in October
Sunday 4th Oct  10.30 am- Service led by Dawn Turton

Sunday 11th Oct  10.30 am- Service led by Revd Roger Cresswell

Sunday 18th Oct  10.30 am- Service led by Revd Jo Thornton

Sunday 25th Oct  10.30 am - Service led by Ann Seaton
Deadline for the November issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941 by 25th October.
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Fradley News
St Stephen’s Church, Fradley


Services in October
Sunday 4th October
10.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

(No 9am service)
3pm Baptism Service
Sunday 11th October
10.30am Family Communion (said)
Sunday 18th October
10.30am Family Communion (said)
Sunday 25th October
10.30am Family Communion (said)

Every care has been taken to ensure safety and hygiene regulations.

Please follow the advice and guidance in church upon arrival

Online Worship will be available
for Sundays 11th, 18th, 25th October

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen


St. Stephen’s Church

Harvest Celebrations
10.30am Harvest Communion (in Church)

Join us Online at

(live at 10.30am)


  Sunday 27th September

On the Wing          

October is changeover month. The last of our summer visitors leave, (although occasionally house martins may still be feeding young); and by the end of October our winter visitors are here. Look out for Redwing and Fieldfare feeding on yew berries in your burial ground. If you see several Mistle thrushes amongst them they may have arrived from northern Europe and Russia, adding to the numbers of resident thrushes found over the summer, some of whom in turn may have migrated south.

We think of Robins as a permanent feature of our gardens and churchyards, often believing we have got to know a particular individual. Actually, many winter Robins have migrated here from colder climes and the average life span of a Robin is only 9 months, so this is unlikely to be true.

Some birds are ‘true migrants’, swallow for example always travels to Africa regardless of weather. Other birds such as chiffchaffs and blackcaps will respond to the weather, going south ahead of cold spells. As a result of climate change, these less programmed migrants may now stay with us all winter.

Migrating, birds need places to rest and feed and burial grounds can be excellent for this. Many bird species are in trouble with populations declining steeply. Providing food and shelter for birds on the move and those wintering here can make all the difference. Bird boxes are used for sheltering as well as nesting. Dense ivy and hedges give shelter from the weather and berry-bearing shrubs provide a rich food source. Consider pruning hedges and shrubs later in the winter so that birds can feed on the berries for as long as possible. As well as next boxes could you have water in a simple bird bath? From a bird’s perspective, your site can offer a warm welcome for its weary wings – a bit like a transport café or a cosy pub for birds!

All the best
Andrea Gilpin,  

Churchyard Clear Up

Thanks to the sixteen volunteers who helped with the clear up of the churchyard on Saturday 12th September. This is an annual event organised by Julia Waring and supported by people including members of the Best Kept Village team, the Open Gardens team and members of the congregation. Julia had organised the churchyard into zones to ensure compliance with social distancing and other Covid 19 restrictions. Despite this the group showed their usual enthusiasm and comradery, and made a noticeable difference that was commented on after the Battle of Britain commemorative service on the Sunday.
St. Stephen’s has participated in the Lichfield Diocese Churchyard Award Scheme for the last three years, gaining Gold in 2018 and Silver in 2019.  The scheme has been cancelled this year due to Covid 19, but judges did make an informal, advisory visit. They commented on how well kept the churchyard was, with the grass cut, and the trees which are a feature very well maintained, cut and shaped to provide an attractive addition to the churchyard. The burial areas were maintained to a very high standard and  the ‘ area by the seating created a restful, peaceful atmosphere, a place for quiet reflection and remembrance’. Thanks to Fradley Parish Council which pays for the grass to be cut regularly and Jackie Campbell who maintains the nature area and others who pop in to help weed and keep the graves tidy and remembered. Thanks also to those who take such loving care of the graves of their family and friends throughout the year. It’s their regular care that really makes the churchyard look so lovely.
For those of you who haven’t spent much time in the churchyard Elizabeth has designed a Prayer Trail which highlights different features . Leaflets are in the porch area and it’s a good introduction to the churchyard. Please feel free to visit the churchyard for quiet prayer and contemplation. The church is open everyday from to are welcome.



Thanks to a team of twelve volunteers, St. Stephen’s church was able to welcome over fifteen cyclists and walkers, as part of the Historic Churches Trust, ‘Ride and Stride’ event on Saturday 12th September. The ‘Ride and Stride’ event is the single largest income for the Trust which supports Christian places of worship with grants to help with projects, and repairs. Each church has a volunteer who is sponsored to visit as many churches as possible between and 6pm. Half of the money raised goes to the Trust and half goes directly to the church. Despite widespread restrictions due to Covid 19, which meant fewer churches were open, the event went ahead and was a great success.     
St. Stephen’s was fortunate in having David Anderton (person nearest the porch on photo) who cycled and visited ten churches, six of which were open. He covered 54 kilometres and raised around £350. Thanks to David for being our volunteer and to all who sponsored him. St. Stephen’s welcomed over fifteen Ride and Striders throughout the day. They were welcomed and registered for Track and Trace before enjoying refreshments and a welcome chat-keeping social distancing- of course.   

Wychnor News
Services at St Leonard's during October
11th October  11.30  Harvest Festival  - members of the congregation may bring non-perishable goods for the food bank if desired 

25th October 11.30  Holy Communion 
GDPR and the Parish News

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Please check out our church website to see details of our data privacy notice.
Church Contacts

Vicar:                        Revd Preb John W Allan.  Email:
                                 The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent DE13 7BT        01283 790486

Associate Minister:   Revd Elizabeth Wall          Email:
                                 Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW                                01543 254891

Curate                       Rev'd Ashley Hines   Email:                   
 07733 595893

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01283 487831

Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive                  01283 790622 
                         Mr John Feathers,                                                                                  01283 791842
Assistant Warden:    Mr Edward Gould                                                                                    07896 929113
PCC Secretary:       Ms Laura Jacks,                                                                                      07904 774589
PCC Treasurer:       Mr Nick Kilford,                                                                                        07912 359237
Organists:                 Mr David Hall and Mr Chris Greenhalgh
Captain of Ringers:  Mr David Hall                                                                                          01283 792464
Church Flowers:       Mrs Maureen Johnson,                                                                                        
Pastoral Care:          Mrs Julie Willis,                                                                                       01283 791719
Children's society:    Mr and Mrs Peter & Lynn Lerigo,                                                            01283 791544

St Stephen's, Fradley
Warden:                  Mrs Cindy Davies 85 Church Lane                                                          01283 790317 
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD   01543 263359
PCC Treasurer:      Mr Nick Kilford                                                                                          07912 359237
Altar Flowers:         Mrs Elaine Lloyd, 34 Long Lane                                                               01283 790655

St Leonard's, Wychnor
Warden:                  Mrs Frances Mayes, Blackenhall Lodge,
                               The Green, Barton under needwood                                                        01283 713058
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jackie Coates, Keeper's House, Wychnor                                        01543 473173
PCC Treasurer:     Mrs Karen Mercer, Hill Farm, Wychnor                                                     01283 791515

Parish News

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