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March Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Click here to view the message from John and Chris

Alrewas News

Women’s World Day of Prayer.

This year’s service has been prepared by Christian women in Suriname.
The theme is ‘All God’s Creation is very good.’
The service is at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd March
at Alrewas Methodist Church.
Please come along - Everyone is welcome.

News Release

Alrewas Royal British Legion Club Ltd
The Alrewas Royal British Legion Club is delighted to announce the commencement of building works for a new dis-abled persons toilet facility at it’s clubhouse in the village.
The Club Chairman, David MacNulty said “With the development of the National Memorial Arboretum barely a mile away the Club has been attracting more and more parties of visiting veterans and military personal, many of whom are elderly, who prefer the ‘club atmosphere’ rather than the very modern amenities offered at the National Memorial Arboretum. With more elderly visitors the Club Committee realised that it’s current ‘dis-abled persons toilet’ was totally unfit for purpose and a new one was required.”
The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund; Janet Eagland, Councillor and the Staffordshire Local Community Fund, the Alrewas & Fradley Charities and the Club’s Bridge Club who between them have provided all the necessary funding and without which the project could not have gone ahead. 
Alrewas bells in WW1 remembrance
Since the 2014 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, the bells of All Saints, Alrewas, have been rung to mark the centenary of the deaths of those serving men from the area who had either been killed in action or had subsequently died from wounds or illness during that war.  Assisted by ringers from neighbouring churches, the bell ringers at Alrewas have rung a quarter peal on, or near to, the centenary of the various deaths.
During March 1918, the following three men from this area died, all of whom are listed on the Alrewas Church Roll of Honour:
1.  George Causer (killed on 21 March 1918)
Born in 1895 in Mavesyn Ridware, George was the son of Thomas and Mary Causer.  His father was a foreman railway platelayer who moved to The Malvern, Fradley, after the death of his wife.  George joined the 2nd/6th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment as a private, but by the date of his death on 21 March 1918, he had been promoted to that of sergeant.  He died during the German Spring Offensive in the Bullecourt Area, but as he had no known grave, he is remembered on the addenda panels of the Arras Memorial in France.
2.  Thomas George Green (killed on 21 March 1918)
Thomas Green was born in Alrewas in 1892 and was the son of William and Emma Green.  William was retired and was living in Mill End Lane and in 1911, his son, Thomas, was in work as an undergardener.  Having enlisted as a private in the 2nd/5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment, Thomas was also killed during the aforementioned German Spring Offensive.  He also has no known grave, but is also remembered on the Arras Memorial.
3.  William John Lucas (died on 26 or 27 March 1918)
William Lucas, who was the son of William, a canal carpenter, and Bessie Lucas, of Fradley Junction, was born in Fradley in 1897.  He enlisted as a private in the 2nd/5th Battalion of the West Yorkshire regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) in 1916.  After training at Lichfield, Somerlayton and Cardiff, he was drafted to France on 29 October 1917.  He saw service at Ypres, Cambrai and Bourlon Wood.  However, he contracted pneumonia whilst in action and was taken to the hospital at Humbercamps near Calais where he died on 26 or 27 March 1918.  He is buried in the Humbercamps Communal Cemetery Extension.
At 6pm on Friday 23 March, the centenary of these three deaths will be commemorated with a quarter peal being rung on the bells of All Saints Church, Alrewas.  This ringing will last about an hour.                                                       
David Herschell 
Volunteer in Your Community and Make a Difference
You may think volunteering is only about helping in a charity shop, well you would be wrong.  Charity shops do use volunteers, but there are many more volunteering opportunities in Lichfield & District. These include befriending, working on a canal project, volunteering at museums and arboretums, supporting lunch clubs, assisting  in schools, mentoring young people, getting involved in festivals as well as opportunities to use your IT and office skills.
The Lichfield Volunteer Centre currently has over 150 exciting volunteering opportunities available to introduce you to lots of different possibilities –there really is something for everyone.
People volunteer for all sorts of reasons including the desire to help others and gaining work experience. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people
Rick Hill, Volunteer Officer at Support Staffordshire said “A volunteer working on a local gardening project commented that volunteering gave him the chance to meet new people and that was a lot better for his mental health than taking a tablet prescribed by his doctor.  He also found that his confidence had soared since he started volunteering.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering in Lichfield & District please call in to our Volunteer Centre at Mansell House, 22 Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LL or call 01543 303030 – you won’t regret it!
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
Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details
Alrewas Arts Festival
For the latest news and upcoming events visit:
Alrewas Show

For all the latest news on the Alrewas show visit:

Alrewas Surgery News

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

Alrewas WI

AGM and fish and chip supper and quiz night
(names for fish and chips in advance please)
7.30 Till 9:30
( first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday ) 


 Visitors always welcome at a cost of £3:00 to include refreshments. 
Enquiries to Helen 01283 790618


Alrewas Women’s Institute would like to invite the village community to join us as we celebrate 100 Years of inspiring women in Alrewas! 
        A service of Thanksgiving and Celebration at
         All Saints Church Sunday 15th April 3pm 
       To be followed by celebratory refreshments.
Please do join us on this very special occasion
The over 50's Club

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

This month we meet on 6th and 20th March 2 til 4pm. 
 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 recently updated their website to a more phone friendly version with villagers photos. It contains lots of information about the Parish Council as well as what’s going on in Alrewas, including the Village News (as it appears in the Lichfield Mercury), 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. Our dates are 1st,15th and 29th March commencing at 2pm. Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.

THE TRAVELLING LIBRARY comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 1.30pm on Fridays 9th and 23rd of March and is parked in Post Office Road


Alrewas Knit Club

We meet in the William IV to knit and natter every Wednesday at 1pm. We have yarn and knitting pins available for beginners or if you are working on something for yourself come along and join us. All crafters are welcome.

If anyone is holding a fund raising event and would like our support please get in touch.

To find out more you can reach me, Jane Pegg at:   or telephone 01283 791226.

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

Delyse's Yoga class
Each Monday in the Methodist hall
8 til 9pm - contact 01283 790832

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


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

Please note - Tickets for the candlelit supper go on sale mid march

Is your house insurance due for renewal?

Save money and give a gift to All Saints Church - To celebrate their 130th anniversary, Ecclesiastical Insurance are offering a very generous £130 to All Saints Church for every insurance policy taken out by our church members through to Oct 31st 2018.
They handle house and contents insurance and i've been informed that even flood risk areas such as Micklehome have managed to get insurance through this company!
When you renewal is due, why not ask them for a quote? or call them on 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130 and All Saints Alrewas.
It really would be a wonderful way to raise funds for our church!

Deadline for the April issue

If you would like anything included in the April issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 23rd March
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4th March            Helen Newman       Jenny Eastwood & Sarah
11th March          Norman Hunt          Jean & Mark Emly
18th March          Sheila Pennell        Christine & Ian Kirkland
25th March          Helen Newman       Elizabeth & Colin Cox
1st April               Norman Hunt         Roger Hailwood  & Pam Foster
Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        Coffee Rota
4th March     LENT  3                                                 Nikki Burns
11th March   LENT 4                                                  Barbara Stonehouse
18th March   LENT 5                                                  Kim Thomas
25th March   LENT 6   Palm Sunday                        Janet Goodwin
1st April       EASTER DAY - Mrs G Cogman           Jenny Eastwood
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
Afternoon Drop-in
Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments

Prayer Time
For Alrewas, it's people and the wider world
Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
5th and 19th  March at All Saints Church
12th  and 26th at the Methodist Church
Friday 9th March
5.00 to 7.00 pm
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.
 Methodist Church Services in March
4th March - 10.30 Morning Service led by Ms Anne Houghton
11th March - 10.30 Mothering Sunday Service led by Mrs Ann Seaton
18th March - 10.30 Communion service led by Revd Jo Thornton
25th March - 10.30 Palm Sunday service led by Mr Patrick Hughes
During Lent all our services will have a "Mission" theme as we prepare for our Church Without Walls event.
In Holy Week we will be meeting for a special "Last Supper" meal at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (29th March).  If you would like to come along, please let Revd Jo know (contact details above).

Alrewas Methodist Church is getting involved in a project called "Church Without Walls".  This is an initiative inviting and challenging churches across the Birmingham District to get outside our church walls and reach into the community with Good News.
On 21st April, there will be a "Bible Trail" starting near the CO-OP.  You will be able to follow a trail of artistic presentations of familiar Bible stories, which will take you through All Saints Church (where you will be able to focus on the life and ministry of Jesus) and bring you to the Methodist Church where you will be able to see our depictions of the Resurrection.  Refreshments will be available at the Methodist Church.  We would like to involve as many people as possible in the planning and on the day.  Please put the date in your diary and if you can help in any way, please get in touch with Revd Jo!

Fradley News
An Angel at My Bedside:  A Reflection On Hospital Chaplaincy

Allen Hudson

Have you ever been in hospital, perhaps lying in your bed wondering what was happening to you and hoping and praying for the least bad outcome? That was me some years ago.   Suddenly hit by an infection running rampant through my blood stream, doctors were puzzled about the cause, muttering darkly about my liver, and hastily organising urgent tests. Like many before me, apart from feeling very ill, I was scared and, as I lay in a side ward attached to drips and monitors, I was feeling very alone. I was alternately praying to God for help and angrily asking him ‘Why me?’ Medical staff were very caring about my physical needs but no-one was aware of the emotional and spiritual turmoil inside my head. Whilst grateful for the medical attention, I was at my lowest moment.
Unexpectedly, into my room came an angel. No, there was no flurry of wings, rustling of pure white garments or blinding light, but an angel nonetheless, in the form of a hospital chaplain. She smiled and we talked casually about anything but illness and nothing about God. After a few brief minutes she went but I felt touched by something deep in my inner being and altogether more hopeful. I was reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-40 that when, amongst other acts of kindness, we care for the sick, doing this for the least of our brothers and sisters, we are doing it to him.

After some excellent care from NHS staff I did eventually make a full recovery but in the aftermath of that epiphany moment I knew I had to do something. I had to answer that call from Christ. After selection, induction, interview and all necessary clearances I joined a hospital chaplaincy team as a volunteer, first in a large general hospital and for the past eight years with the team at our local community hospital. It is the most rewarding thing that I have ever done. For a long-time introvert like me, chaplaincy was initially a challenge. You do not know what you will meet with each patient you encounter and you have to make yourself open and vulnerable. Patients are sometimes in crisis, often in long term decline, and needing more than the assurance of good medical care. So I offer each visit up to God and know that I walk and talk in his love and strength each time. Like with the chaplain that visited me, the conversation with patients, visitors or staff will rarely touch on faith or God but wearing my crucifix prominently they know that I am there serving Christ.
At the end of each encounter I offer God’s blessing. Some will say that they are not ‘religious’ but they enjoy the gift of time and attentiveness that you can give and my prayer is always that they may be touched by God. Occasionally they will ask for your prayers, there and then, but more usually to be remembered in prayer. In the world of medicine, dominated by evidence-based science, chaplaincy is an imprecise art and gift. However the welcome back that I receive, the positive change in demeanour that I witness, the thanks for my time that I get, the bonds of friendship that form, all tell me that something ineffably healing is at work. Being asked by a family to lead a funeral on the basis of the bond built up through chaplaincy was a privilege but also a deeply humbling affirmation of its impact.
Three years ago, I received my first volunteer long service award from the hospital trust, which is lovely recognition, but it is those regular encounters that matter most. For all of them I give thanks but acknowledge that to God be the glory!
On Pancake Tuesday 21 people attended a pancake party in aid of St. Stephen’s Church at the home of Vanessa and David Wynn.  Both savoury pancakes (coronation chicken, cheese or bacon fillings) or sweet pancakes (fruit salad, bananas, raspberry fillings with lots of different sauces) were available along with wine and soft drinks.  Over 120 pancakes were consumed during the party from 6pm to 8.45pm and £95 was raised.  Well done!
St Stephen’s, Fradley
Services in March

Sunday 4th March
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age Worship

The Music Group will be leading music at this service

Sunday 11th March Mothering Sunday
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Family Worship for Mothering Sunday

Friday 16th March
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church

A time of craft, play, fun and celebration for children, 
with their parents, grandparents and carers.
A meal is provided for children.

Sunday 18th March
10.30am Family Communion

Friday 23rd March 
12.30pm ‘Touching the Sacred’ Reflective worship for Lent followed by Lent Lunch of Homemade soup, bread and cheese
Proceeds in aid of The Bishop’s Lent Appeal

Sunday 25th March Palm Sunday
10.30am Family Communion 
with dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel

Friday 30th March Good Friday
8.30am Early Communion 
from the reserved sacrament, followed by breakfast

10am-11am Messy Church Activities
Easter Egg hunt, simple crafts and building the Easter Garden
Hot Cross buns served at 11am

Sunday 1st April Easter Sunday
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Family Communion 

The Music Group will be leading music at this service
Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
St Stephen’s Church

PCC and Church Officers
It’s nearly time to elect our Churchwardens for 2018.
Churchwardens are an ancient office in the Church and take a lead in assisting the Vicar, and leading the Congregation.
As we move closer to our AGM in April, please give some prayerful thought to any gifts and talents you may have to offer as Churchwarden, PCC member, Safeguarding Officer, and Deanery Synod Rep.
We would be delighted to welcome you on board if you feel you could fulfil one of these roles.


Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in February
11th March           11.30am – Family Service MOTHERING SUNDAY
25th March         11.30am -  Holy Communion                                    

From the registers
It has been decided to put all of the details from the registers on the magazine quarterly. Please checkout next months edition to see which baptisms, weddings and funerals have taken place from Jan until March 2018.


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:                      Revd Chris Precious         Email: 
                                  23 Croft Close, Elford, Staffs  B79 9BU                                                  01827 383933

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448


Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive                  01283 790622 
                         Mr John Feathers,                                                                                  01283 791842
Assistant Warden:    Mr Colin Cox, 22 Micklehome Drive                                                       01283 790343
PCC Secretary:       Ms Laura Jacks,                                                                                      07904 774589
PCC Treasurer:       Mr Richard Newton,                                                                                01283 790281
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 Joan Lee, 12 Edwards Farm Road                                                   01283 790442
Deputy Warden:      Mr Chris Brown, 30 Edwards Farm Road                                                01283 792388
PCC Secretary:      Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD          01543 263359  
PCC Treasurer:      Mrs Jenny McKean, 31 Jackman Road                                                    01543 830146
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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