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March Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Vicar....

Alrewas News

   Services In March
       at All Saints 


Sunday 3rd March  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 6th March - 10am Holy Communion
7.30 pm Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday 10th March   
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 13th March - 10am Holy Communion

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

Wednesday 20th March - 10am Holy Communion

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

Wednesday 27th March  - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 31st March
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am Family Mothers day Service


3rd March    Norman Hunt
10th March   Sheila Pennell
17th March   Helen Newman
24th March   Norman Hunt
31st March
  Sheila Pennell      
               March         10 am                                
3rd             Jean & Mark Emly
10th           Chris & Ian Kirkland
17th           Elizabeth & Colin Cox 
24th      Viv Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
31st           Nick & Pauline Kilford
Alrewas        Altar Flowers March                                        
3rd          Mrs P Foster       
10th        LENT 1   
17th        LENT 2  
24th        LENT 3
        LENT 4 
Coffee Rota - March

3rd          Kim Thomas
10th        Janet Goodwin      
17th        Jenny Eastwood   
24th        Viv Wilmer
31st        Maureen Johnson

Women’s World Day of Prayer

The service this year, written by Christian women in Slovenia, will be held at Alrewas Methodist Church on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend and if you would like to take part in the service rather than just attend, please phone either Jane Jacks 01273790116 or Pat Winter 01283790534. We would love to have more people involved.

For tickets contact : The Bank Coffee House or Susie on 01283 295101
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.


It is often thought that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament are two completely separate characters.  The Old Testament God has been described as “a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; … infanticidal, genocidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic…”, albeit by the noted atheist Richard Dawkins. Indeed there are aspects of God’s character in the Old Testament that can seem to us at first glance to contrast greatly with the loving, caring and inclusive God of the New Testament, revealed through his son Jesus Christ. However, despite this superficial assessment, upon reading the Bible it becomes evident that God remains consistent throughout and both his love and his wrath are revealed in both testaments. 

The Loving God of the Old Testament
The Old Testament writings frequently tell us that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy (for example Psalm 103.8).  He shows his patience when dealing with the Israelites whom Moses led out of Egypt and who wandered for 40 years in the wilderness.   Despite their grumblings and their frequent turning away from God, (for example the making of the golden calf in Exodus 32), God did not desert them. He wanted the best for them and worship of idols (false gods) was not good for them.  The prophets also frequently speak of God’s desire that Israel will repent of its sinful ways and again become his people.  They also tell of his patience in not bringing down his judgment in order to give them time to repent. (Hosea 11.8-11 is one of many such examples). God sends prophet after prophet with the message to repent of sins and to follow him.

The Wrathful God of the New Testament
Similarly, although the God of the New Testament is a God of love (1 John 4.8) we also hear the words of Jesus in Luke 12.5 – “But I will show you whom you should fear: fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him”.  Likewise, the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5 1-11) reveals a God who shows his anger when displeased. The author of Hebrews affirms that “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10.31) because “our ‘God is a consuming fire”. (Hebrews 12.29). King Herod Agrippa I died when “immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died”. (Acts 12.23).  Elymas was struck blind by the hand of the Lord because of his deceit and fraud (Acts 13:10-11).

A Progressive Revelation
The whole Bible from beginning to end is the story of the development of God’s relationship with his chosen people of Israel.  God’s revelation of himself to human beings has been a progressive relationship and over the centuries the people who have encountered God in the Bible have come to increasingly deeper understandings of who he is and what he is like.  As God has gradually revealed himself, humanity has become more and more responsible to God for its actions. As with a child, certain behaviour may be permitted because the child doesn’t know better but later, as the child grows up and becomes more responsible, higher standards are imposed. Thus things tolerated in the Old Testament (for example polygamy) are later shown as no longer part of God’s plan for his people. Hebrews 13.8 tells us that Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, today and forever”. God has not changed, but human perception of him has gradually evolved. The truth of God has been with us from the beginning and remains with us for all eternity.

                                                      Helen Mullins
Be part of the history of the village…….clock winder needed

Hearing the church clock chime every quarter of hour is one of the traditional sounds of our village and has been the case for many decades. What you may not realise is that the church clock has a mechanism that actually needs physically winding to keep it going. We therefore have a small group of 12 winders who for a month each take a turn to wind the clock. It only takes approximately 15 minutes every 3 days and is very straightforward.
One of group has now left the village and we are therefore looking for a new member to join the winders to take on the responsibility for winding the clock for one month every year.
If you are interested or would like to find out more, Mark Emly, who co-ordinates the list of winders, would be delighted to hear from you on either 791446 or 07946565425.
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

The Alrewas Escape Room, which launched during the 2018 Arts Festival, has some new dates!
The popular DOOMSDAY themed room will be running during March and April. It’s £20 for 4 people to play and the money will be donated to the Arts Festival to help fund 2020’s activities as well as creating new rooms in the future. The room is relatively challenging, so we do recommend over 16’s. Please dress for cold weather and don’t forget your reading glasses!
So head on over to the Arts Festival website (below) and book your date and time. We’ll be waiting to see you.


Alrewas Surgery News

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

Commemoration of the centenary of the death of Frederick Lakin following the ending of World War 1
Although the guns of World War 1 had fallen silent at the 11th hour on 11 November 1918 following the Armistice, a few men associated with Alrewas and the surrounding area subsequently died during 1919.  One of these deaths was that of Frederick John Lakin, which had occurred over four months later on 28 March 1919.
Frederick Lakin had been born in Alrewas in 1876 being the son of Alfred and Eliza Lakin.  By 1911, Frederick’s father, Alfred, was recorded in the census as being retired but had previously been the inn keeper at the Crown Inn in Post Office Road.
It is not known when Frederick enlisted, but it seems that it was sometime during the early years of the war.  This was as a private in the 23rd Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment), which was based in Prescott.  Subsequently during 1917, when he was aged 40 or 41 years in age and after the Labour Corps had been introduced two years earlier, he was transferred as a private to the 307th Home Service Company for the rest of the war.
The Labour Corps had been raised in 1915 and was disbanded in 1921.  Today their roles are undertaken by the Royal Logistics Corps.  During the First World War the Corps grew to some 389,900 men being 10% of the total size of the army by the time of the Armistice.  Of this total, around 175,000 were working in the United Kingdom and the rest in theatres of war.  The Corps had been manned by officers and other ranks who had been medically rated below “A1” condition that was needed for front line service.  However, it seems that Frederick remained at home during the war and was, as a consequence, he was not awarded any campaign medals after the war.
Having sustained some kind of injury during his service, shortly after being discharged from the army he died at home on 28 March 1919.  He is buried in the churchyard of St Stephen’s church in Fradley, being the only First World War grave among the more numerous Second World War graves in that churchyard.
To commemorate the centenary of Frederick’s death, the bells of All Saints, Alrewas, will be rung to a quarter peal during the evening of 28 March 2019.  This ringing will last about an hour.

                                                             David Herschell                            
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 March are the 14th and 28th.
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 1.30pm on Fridays 8th and 22nd of March 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

This is a meeting for christians of any denominations with a view to encourage renewal, encouragement and a focus on rural communities. There are meetings across the UK , Ireland, France and other locations abroad.
The nearest one locally is Barton-under-Needwood. It is not a new independent church movement but an opportunity for existing church members to work together. Over the past year christians from many local areas have met for worship and to listen to inspirational speaker. (Barton, Yoxall, Lichfield, Burntwood, Tamworth, Fradley, Alrewas, Burton and Uttoxeter to name a few)
Meetings are at 7:30 on the 3rd Wednesday in each month. There is no charge! Fellowship, food and refreshments are always available.
More information:
Deadline for the April issue

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by Monday 25th March.
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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 March
3rd March - 10.30 Communion service led by Rev Jo Thornton

10th March - 10.30 Morning Worship led by Rev Tim Flowers (the Methodist minister from Tamworth)

17th March - 10.30 Together in Worship - family friendly worship led by Rev Jo Thornton

24th March - 10.30 Morning Worship led by Mr Patrick Hughes

31st March - 10.30 Morning Worship led by Mrs Dawn Turton - Mothering Sunday

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
 Alternates between All Saints Church &
Alrewas Methodist Church.
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

 Messy Church is on Friday 8th March 
All welcome.  5 - 7pm

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

We are meeting on the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th in March.

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Lichfield Emergency Night Shelter

Supporters and Friends

The Lichfield Emergency Night Shelter went 'live' on Saturday 2nd February. This was an amazing feat for everyone involved.

The first meeting to discuss the Night Shelter was held in mid-December. Since then, 5 church venues have been secured enabling us to operate 7 nights per week, 4 staff have been employed in various roles, a HMRC payroll operation has been found and over 110 people have signed up as volunteers. During the training week in January, 150 potential volunteers attended.

The support from Eastern Eye and Dimbles Fish Bar has been fantastic – the provision of a cooked take-away has been wonderful.

On average, we have had between 3 and 4 guests each night. They have all valued the welcome, food and comfort offered to them. Volunteers have been so nice and supportive to make each venue warm and comfortable in all sorts of ways. 

 The number of volunteers wanting to help has been amazing and overwhelming – it would have been good to have had a longer lead in time after the training, but the nights were cold and the guests needed to come first.

There are still things we need to sort out and pin down:

- We want to ensure that as many volunteers do get a meaningful experience of helping at the night shelter. Please bear with us on this, we do want to involve you. Unfortunately, there still may be some people who have volunteered that we simply won’t be able to call upon to help.

- We need to look at the medium and longer term; what support can we get in place to help make rough sleeping just a distant memory? Before this happens, do we need to plan for a night shelter later in the year?

- How can we make better use of the kind offers of donations of goods?

- Do we need to fund raise in the very near future?

The Steering Group have been absolutely amazed by the generosity of time, spirit and donations by so many people and businesses. The Office Holders of Churches Together Lichfield took a 'punt' on the project (forgive the gambling analogy) and it has proved to be a winner in all sorts of ways. It costs about £150 per day to run the night shelter – the grant from the Lichfield District Council, Government and other donors cover this. The value of volunteers, free use of premises and free food has been calculated as being about £500 per day - without your support, the night shelter would be just a 'figment of imagination'.

Thank you so much

Rick Hill, Roger Baker, Mark Taylor, Patrick Kearney, Diana Shore, Richard Henshaw and Tim Mann

Lichfield Emergency Night Shelter Steering Group

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley


Services in March

Sunday 3rd March
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 10th March
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 15th March
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church

A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents and carers
Sunday 17th March
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 24th March
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 31st March
Mothering Sunday – A Service for all the family  

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

The next season in the Christian Year
We will shortly move into the season of Lent. Lent (the ‘lengthening’ of the days) is an old English word meaning Spring. In earliest times it was observed by those who were preparing for their Baptism at Easter. Later, the 40 days of Lent were identified with the 40 days when Jesus was tested in the wilderness. It is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. This time of Lent is an opportunity for Christians humbly to re-examine their lives and through prayer, study and self-denial, to renew their love for God.

Prayer and fasting
Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is more common these days for believers to surrender something they enjoy such as a favourite food or smoking. Whatever the sacrifice it is a reflection of Jesus' deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.
Why 40 days?
40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian scripture:
•       In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain.
•       The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.
•       Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai.
•       Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry.

The colour purple
Purple is the symbolic colour used in some churches throughout Lent, for drapes and altar frontals. Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.
Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion by Rome. This is believed to have taken place in Roman occupied Jerusalem. The Christian churches that observe Lent in the 21st century (and not all do significantly) use it as a time for prayer and penance.

EAW March 2019

       Weʼre raising £2,000 to help fund Ongoing                       Alternative Cancer Therapies for Linda


Many of you will know Linda and her family. She and Derek have long been involved in many areas of the Fradley Village Community.

What you may not know is that in early January Linda received a diagnosis telling her she has Pancreatic Cancer with lung and liver metastases. More devastating, is that she has been told by the NHS that it is untreatable.

Linda is trying to remain positive and has investigated alternative therapies, and medical treatment that could help improve her life expectancy.

A hospital in Mexico that specialises in Alternative Cancer Treatment has agreed to treat Linda, and she will soon be travelling there. The cost of this treatment is significant at around £30,000. However because of the NHS prognosis, Linda is able to access her pension money to pay for this.

When she returns Linda will need to maintain as many regular therapies as she can to give herself and her family the best outlook at a return to health. To this end any assistance with ongoing additional costs will help give them one less thing to think about.

If you are able, and would like to help give Linda and her family the chance to spend more time together, they would be very grateful.  


The address for the fundraising page is shown below:

Alternatively, donations may be given to Gaynor and Ralph at the Post Office

Thank you.

Fradley Community Choir Quiz

On Saturday 2 February 85 people braved sub zero temperatures to pit their wits in the Fradley Community Choir quiz at Fradley Village Hall.
There was a marvellous karaoke section as people sang along to the music section to disguise the fact they didn’t know the answers.  There were queries as to why Unilever had elected to stockpile Magnum ice creams in the event of a No Brexit deal and who were the clever clogs who realised it was Groundhog Day?  
The delicious fish and chips were provided by Fradley Fryer, Beryl Bull did an excellent job in the bar and the raffle made over £110. Thank you to Trevor Bishop and his team for an excellent quiz and everyone who helped and supported us.   The money raised will pay for more sheet music for the choir and heating the church each weekly practice evening.  Our next concert will be on Saturday 11 May in St. Stephen’s Church.

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in March
10th March     11.30am – Holy Communion

24th March     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

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01827 820218


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

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