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November Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Message from the Vicar.......

  ‘November – a Month of Remembering…..’

    While recently talking with my sister, Kathie (who lives in California), in an extended ‘catching up with each other’ telephone call, we found ourselves recalling childhood memories of growing up together in Arizona. ‘Do you remember when….’ was the phrase each of us kept saying to each other, as wonderful, sometimes silly, and often poignant memories were re-offered to each other, helping us to appreciate afresh what we shared together as older brother, younger sister, and as the Allan family as a whole. That lovely conversation concluded with Kathie’s timely reminder that our Dad, who died six years ago, would have been celebrating his 90th birthday on 13th November.
          As I joyfully recollected so many wonderful memories of my Dad during my lifetime, it dawned on me how the month of November, perhaps more than some other months in the calendar year, offers ALL of us several special opportunities to engage in the gift and task of ‘remembering’.
In addition to the annual observance of ‘bonfire night’ on 5th November, when we remember as a nation the successful foiling of the terrorist plotting of Guy Fawkes (amongst others) to overthrow the King and Parliament in 1605, and the vital importance of our democracy and freedom, I remind you of two other important opportunities to engage in ‘remembering’ during this month:
  •  On Sunday 3rd November, 3:00 pm at All Saints Church Alrewas, we shall be holding the Annual All Souls Service Commemorating the Faithful Departed . This service is, first and foremost, for every person in the communities of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor who, during the past twelve months, has lost a loved one and has had to deal with the challenges of grief and bereavement; at the same time, this service warmly welcomes each and every person who would like to come and remember afresh the lives of their loved ones who are no longer with us, and to recall and take comfort once more in the promises of God, whose life and love are stronger than death itself. One of the most touching and special moments of this whole service is when the names of the faithful departed are respectfully read aloud, giving each of us the opportunity to remember their continuing presence in God’s perpetual care.
     Following the service, free refreshments will be available, and everyone is warmly welcome to share fellowship together.

  •  On Sunday 10th November, we come together in each of our three communities to   commemorate Remembrance Sunday, as we take time to remember and give   thanks for all who have served our country in the cause of peace and justice, and   especially to recall, with genuine appreciation, those whose lives were lost in the   fight for freedom.
         Please come with your family to one of these very special services of remembrance
        (10:45 am in Alrewas, followed by the parade to the war memorial; 4:00 pm at Wychnor Church, and 6:30 pm at Fradley Church), and let’s use the freedom we’ve been given to remember and give thanks for those whose sacrifice has made our lives possible.
Your Vicar and friend,
   John Allan


Alrewas News

   Services In November
       at All Saints 


     Sunday 3rd November  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise
3pm - All Souls Service

Wednesday 6th November - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 10th November
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10.45  The Service of Remembrance

Wednesday 13th November - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 17th November
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 20th November - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th November
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 27th November - 10am Holy Communion




The story of Isaac is told mainly in Genesis Chapters 24-27.  He was the son of Abraham and Sarah and, as a symbol of the covenant made between God and Abraham and his descendants, was circumcised when he was eight days old.  When Isaac was 40, Abraham sent his servant from Canaan back to Nahor where Abraham’s family still lived in order to find Isaac a wife from among his own people.  Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel and sister of Laban, was chosen and she willingly agreed to go back with Abraham’s servant and become Isaac’s wife. 

Isaac was a digger of wells and planter of crops and became very wealthy “because the Lord had blessed him” (Gen 26.12).  When he was 60, Rebekah gave birth to twin sons, Esau and Jacob.  She had a difficult pregnancy as the babies jostled each other in her womb.  She enquired of God why this was and the reply came that “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the elder will serve the younger” (Gen 25.23).  The first born was Esau – red and hairy – and his brother Jacob quickly followed “his hand grasping at Esau’s heel” (Gen 25.26). 

Esau grew up to be a hunter while Jacob was content to stay at home.  It is recorded that Isaac loved Esau and Rebekah loved Jacob.  The story of how Esau, as the elder, sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew, is well-known.  When the time came for Isaac, by now with failing sight, to give his blessing to his elder son, Rebekah and Jacob tricked him into believing he was blessing Esau.  Rebekah gave Jacob Esau’s clothes to wear and then put goatskins on his hands and neck so that when Isaac embraced his son, he would think it was Esau.  When Esau found out what Jacob had done, he threatened to kill Jacob and so Rebekah sent her favourite son away to live with his Uncle Laban.

The importance of a birthright

The birthright was the privilege of the firstborn son who, on the death of his father, would receive a double portion of the inheritance, although with this came responsibilities.  He would become head of the family and would have charge of the family, including the family property.  He would be responsible for the welfare of the younger sons, the widow and any unmarried daughters.  The blessing that he received would also place him in a special covenant relationship with God which had started with Abraham and would continue through Abraham’s descendants.  The blessing given by the father to his firstborn was very important and considered to be an oral contract, which was just as binding as a written contract.

Why did God choose Jacob?

God’s decision to bless Jacob is made before the children’s birth (Gen 25.23) and thus prior to their ability to commit a sinful act.  This is an early example of how God chooses or elects certain people to carry out his work, sometimes for reasons which we cannot understand.  Jacob was a deceiver but throughout his life his actions, though often at times deceitful, showed that he wanted God’s favour and blessing. Esau seems not to have cared about this.  He married Hittite women, despite Abraham’s injunction not to take wives from among the Canaanite population, and he was also shown to put little value on the privilege of the first-born.  The Bible succinctly explains “So Esau despised his birthright” (Gen 25.34).  He deemed earthly wants to be more important and sold his birthright for a bowl of stew. By his actions he demonstrated that he did not deserve to be the one who continued Abraham’s responsibilities and rewards under God’s covenant.

Esau became the ancestor of the Edomite peoples (Edom meaning “red”) who were to become an enemy of Israel and whom God later destroyed, saying of Esau: “…I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals”  (Malachi 1.3).

                                                              Helen Mullins

The Bank Pop-In

Did you know that The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Pop-In on the first Wednesday of every month between 9 and 10.30am?  If you fancy some company and a chat, do come along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s fine to come on your own and is a great opportunity to share interests and experiences over a cuppa!  

This has been organised in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery's PPG (Patient Participation Group).

All Saints Church Choir

Would you like to join our church choir?
Our choir, involving children and adults, help to support the singing at our Sunday 10:00am Communion services and helps to lead special services such as Christmas.

We meet for practise in Church on Friday nights from 7.00 pm till 8.00 pm. New singers warmly welcomed.

For further details, please contact David Butcher on 01283 791032.



Henry Francis Lyte was born near Kelso in Scotland in 1793.   He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1814, having won the Chancellor’s prize for English verse on three occasions.  At one time he had intended to study medicine but instead chose Theology and took Holy Orders in 1815.  He remained in Ireland for the duration of his first curacy, which was near Wexford, but then moved to Marazion in Cornwall.  There he met and married Anne Maxwell who was very supportive of her husband, although apparently a “keen Methodist”!  His last parish was Brixham in Devon, where he was minister for 23 years, and he took a great interest in the welfare of his parishioners, who were mostly fishermen and their families.  Throughout his life he suffered from poor health and respiratory illnesses and in his later years he spent much time abroad in the warmer climates of France and Italy.  He died in Nice in November 1847 and was buried there in the English cemetery.
Lyte’s most well-known hymns are:
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Abide with Me.
               November         8am                                
3rd      Sheila Pennell
10th     Helen Newman 
17th     Norman Hunt 
24th     Sheila Pennell
               November         10 am                                
3rd       Peter & Lynn Lerigo
10th    Roger Hailwood & Pam Foster
17th    Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
24th     Jenny Eastwood & Sarah

Alrewas Altar Flowers November                                    
3rd         Mrs L Lerigo   
10th    Remembrance Mrs S Ward
17th       Mrs S Ward
24th      Mrs H Ranford 
Coffee Rota - November

3rd        Gail Cogman
10th       NO COFFEE     
17th      Liz and Christine
24th     Jean Emly 


Alrewas in Blue and White Open afternoon on 15th September was fabulous by the way. Very exciting things to come and weekly we are receiving new and frankly glorious ideas for the Festival next year. THANK YOU! Next Village Hall Next drop-in date for Blue and White is November 24th If you would like to chat about Alrewas In Blue and White project contact Sally.

Festival Music. Early I know but… I’m starting to draw together some of the music and concert plans for Fest20. I’m planning to include a Choir day, and music infusing other events etc. I’m looking at a project that might involve bespoke music so do get in touch if you think you might like to know more or might be interested to take part.


First Wednesday morning from 9 until 10:30 of every month. In November - its 6th. Do nip along to The Bank Coffeehouse to say hi.  There are always a few members of the PPG (patient participation group - Alrewas Surgery).



Rocket Man. Screening Friday 22nd November in Alrewas Village Hall. Doors open 7:15 for 7:45.

More opportunities to chat and check out past Festival Short Films to inspire you to submit to NEXT years Short Film Festival.

Free screening, donations very welcome indeed to cover costs. Small plate (£2) Bar and raffle, oh, and jolly good company too!  Contact me to book your place


Alrewas Village Hall Friday 15th November.

The band is the Mucky Duck Ceilidh band, a 5 piece line -up with melodeons, hurdy gurdy, fiddle, double bass, guitar and dance caller. The event has been organised to support a Girl Guide international project in the Cayman Islands. Tickets will be ready in a couple of weeks time and the Alrewas outlet is through Hector on 01283 791 671 or via e-mail address:


Bonfire Radicles.  ‘Raucous and eclectic’. Oo, err!   Sound s great!

Sunday 24th November Alrewas Village Hall. Tickets from Alrewas  Pharmacy, Bank Coffeehouse or Lorna Lewis 01283 790079  £10.50


Alrewas Dramatic Society. Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January. The cast is set, the set is cast…..Intrigued? Keep an eye open for further details!

Paula. 790054

Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details
A warm welcome awaits you. Come and join us to share tea and biscuits, fellowship and fun!
Bring along whatever craft project you are working on or come along to be inspired by other people's handiwork!
Call Sally on 01283 790486 for more information.

All Saints Pastoral Care Team

Are you, or is someone you know facing difficulties? Would you like someone to talk to? Our Pastoral Care team can offer a listening ear and support. For more information please contact Rev. John Allan 01283 790486 or Julie Willis 01283 791719 or see the church website for more details

Dementia Friendly Coffee Mornings

Please come and join us at our coffee mornings for anyone with Dementia or related illnesses and their carers.
A very warm welcome will be given to all.                                                                    
It is a chance for you to relax and to talk and to get support
It’s at The British Legion, Rykneld St
on the first and third Tuesday of each month,
10-30 am to 12-30 pm.

Ring Maureen on 01283 790381 for more information
The Year Out - Christian gap year
Connor shares his journey as part of 'The Sense' touring band

On the road - Amplify (13th - 15th September)

After our busy training conference in Kidderminster, we were out on the road straight away! First stop... Whitemoor Lakes for a weekend event called Amplify. This event is for 11-17 year-olds who have been hand picked by their churches as future evangelists.

With the event being so close to where I live in Alrewas, our hosts for the first couple of days were none other than my parents, and Helen, my former Alpha group leader and also a close friend of mine. It was really nice to be able to see everyone again so soon after leaving!

The Sense worship led a number of sessions over the course of the weekend and it was amazing to see young people really engage with this, showing a passion for Jesus that I wish I had discovered at their age!!!

Switch (20th - 22nd September)

After leaving Whitemoor Lakes and with only one week until our next event, Switch, it was another busy week full of rehearals. We continued to focus on our worship songs but also managed to practice a couple of 'The Sense' songs which had been written by previous years teams.

Switch is a Youth For Christ ran event, also aimed at 11-17 year olds, although the young people attending were not all 'churched' or Christian, unlike the week before at Amplify. The Sense were also on the team to help run the event, and it saw us return to the Pioneer Center in Kidderminster where our training conference had been held at the start of the month.

From a worship perspective, it was initially difficult to get engagement from the young people, as some of them would have not experienced worship before. However on the Saturday evening following a day of activites incuding a giant inflatable assault course (on which I beat our drummer Nathan 3-0!!!), there was a real breakthrough and a number of the young people gave their lives to Jesus.

Battle (3rd October - 7th October)

We made the four hour journey to Battle, East Sussex on Thursday 3rd October for a weekend retreat at Battle Baptist Church. Battle is a beautiful little town and is the actual location of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. This weekend saw us perform 'The Sense' songs for the first time, as well as lead youth work with a great bunch of young people.

Following a day of setting up and settling in on the Thursday, the Friday night saw us perform to around 50 young people as part of the churches Friday night youth group. The vast majority of the young people attending were non-believers so it was a great opportunity to spread the love of Jesus through our music. It was also great to see around a dozen of them put their hands up following a talk by one of my leaders, Andy, showing their interest in knowing more!

On Saturday we led 15 young people in a day of youth work, including team games, teaching and worship. It was great to be able to lead one of the small groups with Nathan and get to know the young people. I also learned a lot about myself from the young people, including some new dance moves!!! I was also given the opportunity to share a little more about my story of coming to faith in an interview with Pastor Ed Jones.
Sunday saw us lead one last group activity with the young people, in which we played a game which allowed myself and Nathan as group leaders to have some great conversations about faith and also pray for the people in our group. The Sense also had the opportunity to worship lead the Sunday evening service where the congregation was encouraged to share testimonies from the weekend.
Thank you to everyone for your on-going support and prayers!!!

Next to Scotland!

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Alrewas Surgery News

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The over 50's Club

Do come and join us at our Club which is held at the British Legion on alternative Tuesdays.

 A friendly welcome will be given to all over a cuppa and a chat. Phone Yvonne on 791623 for more details

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
Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall at 2pm. Dates for November are the 7th and 21st.
Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.


 comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 12.30pm on Fridays 8th and 22nd of November and is parked in Post Office Road

Keeping fit in Alrewas

Barrie's Fitness class
Each Monday (except bank holidays)
From 10 to 11am in the Methodist Hall cost £3 contact Barrie on 01543 418242

Extend Class
Each Thursday from 10.00 to 11.00 am in the Methodist Hall
organised by Marilyn Feathers
Contact her on - 01283 791842

Otogo Class
Each Thursday from 11.15 to 12.15 in the Methodist Hall
organised by Marilyn Feathers

Move it or lose it
Exercise for the over 60's
All exercises are seated or standing
Every Tuesday 1pm til 2pm  in the Methodist hall followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. £4
Contact Cat Stuart 07973 819629

Blissful Baby Massage
Alrewas Village Hall
Group sessions - ring Alice for details - 07579 764567

Art in Alrewas

Sylvia's Art Group meet each Wednesday at  10.30 til 12.30 and also 1.30pm til 3.30 at 30 Wellfield Road (except school holidays)
Check out Sylvia's workshops at:

Delyse's Art Group meets each Wednesday at 2.00pm in the Alrewas Scout Hut
William IV Road contact her on 01283 790832


Afternoon Drop-in

Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)

Alrewas Methodist Hall
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments

Please feel free to come along to the Methodist Hall any Monday afternoon for a cuppa, fun and friendship .
A reminder - Don't forget to book for the outing on 18th November and the Lunch on 9th December.
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 in November
3rd November - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Deacon Gill Judge

10th November - we join together at All Saints for the village Remembrance Sunday commemorations

17th November - 10.30am - Together in Worship - our family friendly service - led by Rev Jo Thornton

24th November - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mrs Dawn Turton

Prayer Time
Each Monday at 9.15am a small group of Christians from All Saints Parish Church and Alrewas Methodist Church come together for half an hour of prayer, alternating between the two churches. We believe that by praying together we can grow closer, and that our praying can become more meaningful and supportive.
We would be delighted if you could come and pray with us (even if only occasionally)

Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
All Saints 4th and 18th November

Methodist Church 11th and 25th 

Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

Messy Church is on Friday 8th November
All welcome. 5 - 7pm
Alrewas Methodist Church

Crafts - Celebration - Food
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Alrewas Messy Church and Little Fishes toddler group are joint ventures between All Saints Church and Alrewas Methodist Church as we seek to share God's love with our village.

Come and join us at Alrewas Methodist Church on Wednesdays during term time. 
9.15-11.15 am

Dates for November are Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th  

Ring or text Helen on 07515 940060 to find out more
Deadline for the December issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by 27th November.
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Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in November

Sunday 3rd November
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age Worship with The Music Group
Sunday 10th November
10.30am Family Communion with Act of Remembrance
6.30pm Remembrance Service
Friday 15th November
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church

A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents,
grandparents and carers.
Sunday 17th November
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 24th November
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
Selwyn Lecture 2019

The speaker at this year’s annual Selwyn Lecture at Lichfield Cathedral 
on Thursday 14 November 
will be the
Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Pete Wilcox.
The title of his lecture is
 ‘Human beings in time and space: Genesis 1-2 and the challenge of climate change’.
Pete was Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral until 2012, before becoming Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, and has been Bishop of Sheffield since 2017.
The Lecture begins at 10am 
and finishes with lunch at 1.15pm.

 Everyone is welcome.

Ride and Stride September 2019

This year we decided to use the car more so that
we could visit churches we didn't know
& then walk between churches in an area.
We started by driving to Rugeley,
calling at Longdon on the way
then visiting the five churches in & around Rugeley.
After Rugeley we called at the churches of
Colton, Hanstall Ridware & Yoxall.
Barton was our next stop where we walked
the four churches before progressing to Dunstall & Tatenhill.
Next it was the turn for Alrewas & of course Fradley.
Our last, & most tiring were the five spread out
churches in Lichfield. We parked at St. Chads & walked to
the Cathedral, Christchurch, St Johns, St Michaels &
finally, just in time, got to St Chads.
A rewarding day. We drove 50miles,
walked approx 7miles & visited lots of churches
We were sponsored for £331, with a number of people Gift aiding.
Half will go to The Historic Churches Trust
& half to St Stephens Fradley

Carole & Graham Griffiths
St Stephen’s Church Harvest Supper 2019

There was a great evening of wining, dining and dancing last Saturday 12 October to celebrate harvest time in Fradley.  Over 80 people tucked into a homemade three course meal of carrot and coriander soup, cold meats, baked potatoes, coleslaw and salad kindly donated by Florette plus yummy desserts with cream kindly supplied by the Co-op.  They were magnificently entertained by the Sapphires Dance Band and were able to dance by the light of a silvery stage. Finally there was an auction which included prizes of a trip to Midlands Today and vouchers for Saxon Penny Pub, Arthur Price, Fradley Fryer, Smith and Ellis butchers.  Approximately £1000 was raised for the upkeep of St. Stephen’s Church. Thanks must go to the auction prize givers but especially to Marian Derry and her hard working team for such an enjoyable evening.

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in November
  10th November      4.00pm -   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - Evensong

  24th November     11.30am –  Holy Communion
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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

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01827 820218


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 E Newton,                                                                                        01283 790281
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

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