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August Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Vicar:
Dear Friends,
     As I write this, just after the schools completed their academic year
    and the outstanding Alrewas Show is also over for another year, a great
    many of you are either presently on – or just preparing to go on – your
    summer holiday……and rightly so!
     In Genesis (the first book in the Bible), God works ‘flat out’ over six
     days (in God’s timing, not ours!) to create everything that exists, and
     in Genesis 2 it says: So the creation of the heavens and the earth and
     everything in them was completed. On the seventh day, having finished
     his task, God rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day
     and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from his work of creation.
   God’s command that we should observe ‘sabbath time’ and take it seriously should not be an ‘optional extra’ for anyone, for we all need regular and adequate time to refuel and refresh, rest and rejuvenate. This is wonderfully captured in the delightful children’s book pictured above, in which Jesus is so busy doing miracles and healings and meeting people’s needs that he wakes up one day totally exhausted, and is told to take a day off…..he has a fun and liberating day of cartwheeling, donkey-riding through the desert, a superb and relaxing picnic – but at the end of the day he suddenly feels very sad, because he feels guilty that hasn’t helped anyone! But God shows him how, by doing a variety of things he enjoyed himself, he had unwittingly also brought a huge blessing to many other people’s day, and he was able to return to his ministry truly refreshed, re-fueled, and ready to serve effectively once more. Nicholas Allan’s book is an excellent one for children as well as adults alike to read regularly, as a poignant reminder of our need for quality ‘sabbath-time’ – and in the Alrewas 10am All Age Praise Service on 5th August, we will be exploring the theme of being ‘On Holiday With God’ (see poster below), which will give us opportunity to reflect upon the various ways each of us prefer to ‘recharge our batteries’, not just physically, but spiritually too.
The word ‘sabbatical’ derives from ‘sabbath’, and refers to a planned break from one’s regular work in order to find refreshment and renewal, through greater space and time, to experience different opportunities. Having served continuously for 27 years as a parish priest in the Church of England, I’m delighted to have the privilege of my first ‘Extended Study Leave’ (aka, sabbatical!) this year from 20th August to 10th November, during which time I will be looking into how we can more effectively train prospective clergy and lay leaders for authorised ministry in their local parish contexts, and also having much appreciated quality time to visit with family members in my native USA. This opportunity simply would not be possible without the wonderful support not only of committed lay leaders in all three churches, but especially that of my ordained colleagues, Chris Precious (01827-383933) and Elizabeth Wall (01543-254891), who between them will be organising and running the church services and dealing with ministry requests during my extended leave… I invite you to be in touch with them for any matters connected with the ministry of All Saints Alrewas, St. Stephen’s Fradley, and St. Leonard’s Wychnor during the above time-frame, I offer them my deepest appreciation and gratitude for this very special opportunity, and I look forward to returning to my parish duties in November with fresh insights and renewed energy!
With heart-felt wishes for true refreshment and renewal for everyone this summer,  Vicar John

Alrewas News
Alrewas bells in WW1 remembrance
Bells to commemorate Alrewas bell ringer killed in the First World War
A name that is recorded on the village War Memorial is that of John Bean.  He was just 18 years old when he was killed during the last few months of World War 1.
Born in Alrewas during the first quarter of 1900, John was the son of John and Lucy Bean who were the proprietors of the Co-op Stores in Main Street, Alrewas.  He was baptised on 13 March 1900 at All Saints church and, as at the 1911 census, was one of five surviving children of his parents.  John Jnr was much involved with All Saints church as he was not only a chorister, but also a Boy Scout and a bell ringer.
Having had to wait until he was 17 years old to enlist, initially John Bean Jnr enlisted in Walsall in the Leicestershire Regiment.  However, by the time of his training in Aldershot, he was serving as Private 44920 in the 9th Battalion of the Essex Regiment.  It is not known the reason as to why he came to transfer to a non-Midland based regiment.
By 1918 John Jnr had joined his regiment in France and was involved in the Third Battle of Albert (21st to 23rd August 1918), which involved pushing across the wilderness of the old Somme battlefield.  This Battle of Albert was the opening thrust that was to lead to the Second Battle of the Somme.  Unfortunately, though, on 22nd August, John Jnr was killed in action, being one of the 126 men of the regiment who lost their lives in this action.  He was subsequently buried immediately south of Albert in the Meaulte Military Cemetery, which was a cemetery designed by Sir Edwyn Lutyens.  There are 293 identified casualties lying in this cemetery that is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  The inscription on John Bean Jnr’s headstone is “A BOY SCOUT NEVER FORGOTTEN”.  He was posthumously awarded the British and Victory medals, which were sent to his parents.
To commemorate the centenary of John Bean Jnr’s sacrifice at such a young age, the bells of All Saints, Alrewas, will be rung to a quarter peal during the evening of 23 August 2018.  This ringing will last about an hour.

David Herschell                            
The Needwood Singers
Summer Time

A collection of songs including spirituals, folk songs, madrigals
and songs from the shows on
Saturday 18th August 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in St. James Church,
Barton under Needwood, DE13 8HU.
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
Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details

Welcome to Alrewas Arts Festival 2018!

It's 2018 and blimey, what global and national changes we have seen since Festival 2016!? Luckily for us, our beautiful village and our surroundings remain, if not untouched, relatively unharmed. Not only are all of the annual village events and groups still thriving, we've welcomed new families and businesses. Have you seen the lovely Bank coffeehouse?
Festival 18 aims to celebrate all that is great about our village and it's people, past and present, with local people sharing their skills in over 100 workshops, some familiar and some new. We are excited to welcome back the Festival Choir and to see some new speakers and performers.
Our community arts project this festival is led by Sally Stanton and is called The Alderways Fair. For the last six months, many of you have been learning news skills and teaching others in our monthly 'Gatherings'. The beautiful crafts created during these sessions will feature during Festival week as part of this project.
We are delighted to have supported the 'All Saints Church - the heart of the community' project led by Peter Ralley and John Allan. The two projects fit together very nicely.
We are indebted to all of our village venues, our friends who help with the workshops and the Arts Cafe, local individuals and busineeses, all of the performers, exhibitors and workshop leaders, and for my part i thank the Festival committee for their commitment to bringing this glorious Festival to you this year.

Have a wonderful time!

For news and details about all events and workshops and how to book visit:
All Saints Church Trail

As part of the Alrewas Arts Festival, a prayer Trail has been devised to allow both locals and visitors to the village a chance to explore some special places in a spiritual way. It’s non-prescriptive and it’s conception was all about taking time to reflect as well as to enjoy the beauty of Alrewas. 

The leaflet detailing the trail, which includes a map, can be collected from the Church as well as the Arts Festival Box Office. We do hope you come along and explore the trail and find something unique and special in it for your faith.

Alrewas Surgery News

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

Is your house insurance due for renewal?

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.

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.

Alrewas WI

Next meeting
(first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday)
Monday 6th August 7:30 to 9:30
Alrewas Village Hall. 
Guest speaker 

Cas Bailey “ From Handcuffs to Hot Glass “ a very humorous and unusual talk by an excellent speaker!

Visitors always welcome. £3:00. Including refreshments.
any queries contact Helen 01283 790618. 

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

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.

On Sunday, 4 August 1918, the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war, King George V and Queen Mary joined members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords for a special service at the Church of Saint Margaret, Westminster. The King had asked that 4 August 1918 should be observed as a National Day of Prayer: 100 days later the war ended.

On 4 August until 11th November 2018 churches across the country, across the spectrum of denominations, start 100 days of prayer, peace and reconciliation. We are calling this Remembrance 100.
If you would like to join in with this the link to daily prayers and Bible readings is below:

Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall. Our dates are 2nd, 16th and 30th August 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 10th and 24th of August 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

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

Deadline for the September issue

If you would like anything included in the September issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 27th August
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5th August               Norman Hunt            Jenny Eastwood & Sarah
12th August            Sheila Pennell            Jean & Mark Emly
19th August             Helen Newman          Christine & Ian Kirkland
26th August             Norman Hunt             Elizabeth & Colin Cox
2nd September         Sheila Pennell           Vivien Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
5th August         Mrs S Billington 
12th August       Mrs T Longstaff         
19th August       Mrs B Walker              
26th August       Miss P Foster
2nd September  Mrs G Cogman                                
Coffee Rota

5th August      Nikki Burns
12th August  Barbara Stonehouse
19th August    Kim Thomas
26th August    Liz and Christine
2nd September  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
13th and 27th August at All Saints Church
6th and 20th at the Methodist Church

 We are holding a special Messy Church in the Arts Festival Week in August!
Not one but two sessions on Friday 31st August.
See the Alrewas Arts Festival programme for more details.

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.
Services in August
5th August - Communion Service led by Revd Jo Thornton

12th August - Morning worship led by Revd Elizabeth Cresswell

19th August - Morning Worship led by Revd Warren Bardsley

26th August - Morning Worship led by Ms Anne Houghton

Look out for the special Messy Church sessions on Friday 31st August - part of the Arts Festival!  See the Arts Festival programme for details - and book your space!

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

We are not meeting during the summer holidays but will meet again on September 12th (due to there being a polling day the week before)

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in August

Sunday 5th August
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship
with The Music Group
Beginning 100 days of Prayer, Peace and Reconciliation
Sunday 12th August
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 19th August
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 26th  August
10.30am Family Communion
Messy Church takes a break during July and August
and begins again in September!
Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

RAF 100 Baton Relay Team visit Fradley

To mark 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force a Centenary Baton has been specially made to be relayed around the country. It started its journey at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 April and will end 100 days later on 10 July on Horseguards Parade.  The baton is to COMMEMORATE, CELEBRATE and INSPIRE.  The relay team plus Flight Lieutenant Chris Kelly Commanding Officer of 1209 (City of Lichfield) Squadron ATC recently paid their respects at Fradley War Memorial and the War Graves in St. Stephen’s Church.  The old RAF ensign that flew at RAF Lichfield was raised at the War Memorial and photographs were taken in the churchyard.  One of the most poignant photographs of the nationwide 100 day relay was taken of the graves of two young Second World War airmen who fought on opposite sides but now lie side by side – Oberleutnant Joachim Schwarz and AC2 G H Rumbold.   
Oberleutnant Joachim Schwarz was a Heinkel 111H pilot serving with 111 Gruppe/Kampfgeschwader 4 based at Leeuwarden Holland. At 02.30 on 25 Jun 1941 his Heinkel was attacked by a Beaufighter of 25 Sqn from RAF Catterick somewhere between the Wash and Liverpool. The Heinkel’s starboard engine was put out of action, and eventually the undercarriage dropped down increasing the aircraft’s drag. At 300 metres ObLt Schwarz gave the order to bail out, but by the time he bailed out the aircraft was too low for his parachute to open and he was killed.
AC2 Rumbold died when a Bristol Beaufighter crashed on take-off into an accommodation hut occupied by aircraftmen. Rumbold and another aircraftman died, and many others were seriously injured. Rumbold was serving with 51 MU at RAF Lichfield. 
Julia Usher
Daisy looking as young as ever!

Daisy’s Birthday Party

It’s not everyone who wants to celebrate their birthday by raising money for Church Funds. Daisy Williams reached a milestone birthday in June and celebrated by inviting all her friends, family and anyone who wanted to come along to an afternoon tea in St. Stephen’s Church. Her lovely daughters catered for the event and between 80 and 90 people ‘dropped in’! Daisy didn’t want any presents but asked for a donation on the plate. She raised over £230 for Church Funds.
A great time was had by all!
5*   We did it!

St. Stephen’s Church provides regular food and refreshments for various functions, including our regular monthly Messy Church.
We needed to have our Kitchen/Meeting Room inspected by Environmental Health and fulfil their criteria for catering with appropriate Policies and Procedures.
This was checked recently by the Environmental Health Officer and we have maintained our FIVE * rating.
Joan & Simon Lee

Now that Joan & Simon Lee have settled into their new home in Somerset, I thought it appropriate that we should thank them for all they have done for St. Stephen’s Church.
Even before she became Church warden, Joan did an incredible amount for the church in so many ways. Some that were obvious & others without anyone knowing or realising what she actually did. Simon always supported Joan in what she did, often quietly working away in the background, doing a variety of jobs. They are both missed by the church & wider community.
  It was great to see them a couple of weeks ago. They are really happy and excited to show us round. They are getting to know people in the area & making new friends in Waterrow.
  The house is in an idyllic situation with a very inviting stream running through the garden. Work on the house is progressing but, as with all large projects, it will take a long time to get it as they all want it to be although Joan & Simon's apartment is nearly ready.
Love to them both as they continue to travel a new chapter of their journey together.



Fradley Heritage Group
In spite of hot weather and World Cup distractions well over 50 people visited the ‘Wing and a Prayer’ free exhibition in St. Stephen's  Church. The exhibition gave a fascinating insight into the importance of RAF Lichfield during WW2 with old maps, photographs and stories of the personnel who served there.  In addition people brought old photographs of the village, family trees and other interesting historical experiences of the village.  There was a beautifully written ledger from 1891 of the day to day workings of Old Hall Farm and magnificent models of Lancaster and B17 bombers signed by famous pilots of WW2.  Approximately £80 was donated to help cover costs which was gratefully received.  Thank you to everyone for attending.  If you have any historical information that relates to the village and could be added to our archive please contact 07718 077868.      

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in July
12th August         11.30am – Holy Communion
26th August         11.30am – Family Service
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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

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
Assistant Warden:    Mr Edward Gould                                                                                    07896 929113
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 Cindy Davies 85 Church Lane                                                          01283 790317 
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD   01543 263359
PCC Treasurer:      Mrs Jenny McKean, 31 Jackman Road                                                    
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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