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January Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Click here to watch John's video

Alrewas News
The Christmas Tree Festival was a great success, starting with the wonderful hog roast preview on Friday night through the weekend to the closing on Sunday afternoon.  Thank you to all the 41 organisations that provided the trees and decorated them so beautifully and individually, as well as the two lovely big trees provided by Alrewas PCC.  The winner was Alrewas Arts Festival with their innovative plank tree.  The event was very well attended and we had very positive feedback from our visitors.  In all about £2,800 was raised, including the proceeds of the Grand Draw, which is a very good result.  

Our next event is on Thursday January 11th 2018
7.30pm. £15pp
If you would like tickets please phone Rob Horton on 01283 790085 or email 
We are always looking for worthwhile causes to support in our villages, and further donations, for more information go to:
Registered Charity number 220600
Bell Ringing
On Friday 12th January a team of expert bell ringers will be visiting All Saints to ring a full peal of over 5000 changes. It will begin at 10.00 and is expected to finish at about 1300.
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

All Saints Heritage Lottery Funded Project 2017-18
“All Saints-The Heart of the Community” 
We were delighted, in October 2017, to learn that our submission to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had been successful. This had been as the result of six months hard work in completing the application. HLF money is public money so it is not given lightly. In addition to a very long application form we sought support from local organisations and the community, which included over 150 online responses to our questionnaire. It is important that HLF fund projects that are wanted by the community and that they will gain by involvement in and from the outcomes of, the project aims. HLF will not fund work on a building without there being a benefit to the community.
HLF guiding principals:
  1. Difference the project will make to heritage
  2. Outcomes for people
  3. Outcomes for communities
We ensured that our project covered all these areas. Part of this included a very detailed action plan covering the duration of the project. Details of this plan and our aims can be found on our website. Through the website we will keep you up to date with how the project is progressing.
So how is it progressing?
We are pleased that at the time of writing we have 33 volunteers who will be helping us with four major areas of the work; the churchyard survey, learning resources, research and giving guided tours. There is no expectation that any volunteer will give a specific amount of their time. All time is very welcome and you can still volunteer!
To date we have begun work on updating the churchyard survey. In 1973 the Civic Society mapped all of the gravestones (950 of them!) prior to many of them being moved to the perimeter. This data is being matched with two other documents, a record of the inscriptions completed by an organisation called ‘Midland Ancestors’ and a recently-come-to-light document completed by the WI which has all of the inscriptions prior to the headstones being moved. I have a small team of volunteers who are beavering away building our spreadsheet, which will form the basis of the online database.
We have records of burials going back to 1547. None of these graves are marked, but are still there! The first recorded burial was Elizabeth Selvester on October 4th 1547, 470 years ago. There are no doubts many more, older, burials exist, which were not recorded.
In addition to the website I have set up a closed Facebook page where I will post items from Alrewas Archives and images from the All Saints project. It will also give you the chance to pass any photographs that you may wish to share. The archive has a lot, but I know there are more out there! To find it type ‘Alrewas Archives’ in the Facebook search bar and click ‘Join
Peter Ralley
Project Manager
Alrewas Bridge Club

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

As we are approaching New Year the Alrewas Youth Club - otherwise known as #YouthSquad - would like to thank all of the local organisations and individuals who have supported us this year. 


We aim to provide a fun and informal meeting place for young people in school years 7 to 11, getting together once a week with a range of indoor and outdoor activities including ball games, craft activities, board games, darts, pool and Wii games. We've enjoyed participating in community activities, such as the Carnival Procession at the beginning of the Alrewas Show and the Christmas Tree Festival, and early in 2018 we are looking forward to a Parkour session and a drumming workshop. We always appreciate offers of help from people who are interested in being regular or occasional volunteers and full support and free external training is offered to people joining our team. We also enjoy the support of a 'Young Leader' or two and were delighted when 17 year old Tom was able to head off to Russia on a funded trip as a result of the voluntary work he has undertaken helping us out every fortnight. In order to ensure we are inclusive and able to welcome young people from every background we charge just £1 per session. This does mean we have to be conscious of our budget and we have gratefully received donations from a number of village organisations this year including the Knit Wits, Arts Festival team, the Civic Society, Alrewas Show and the Alrewas and Fradley Charities.


Finally we would like to thank the team at the Alrewas Royal British Legion Club who have provided a warm, tolerant and flexible space for us each Wednesday evening.


Anyone wishing to know more can ring Alison Wright on 07792 994494 for more information about membership for young people or volunteering and committee opportunities for young people or adults.

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

7.30 Till 9:30
( first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday )

We will be hearing about and voting on which resolutions to take forward nationally to lobby parliament. The WI work on many resolutions remember ' keep Britain tidy'?  The WI initiated that resolution.
We will also be hearing from speaker Christine Hill, Federation Treasurer,  who will be telling us about the many charitable projects federation support to enhance the lives of women in underprivileged countries, ( ACWW) what we can do locally and the real impact this has to enhance women’s lives.
Come and join us for an interesting and sociable evening; visitors always welcome at a cost of £3:00 to include refreshments. 

For more information please contact Helen on 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.

This month we meet on 9th and 23rd January 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.
The January Parish Council meeting is on Monday 15th. All are welcome. Councillors are available for a chat from 7pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm. There is a public participation session at the beginning of each meeting for members of the public to speak briefly on any item on the agenda. The Clerk must be notified in advance.

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 4th and 18th January 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 12th and 26th of January and is parked in Post Office Road


Alrewas Knit Club

We meet in the William IV for a 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.
In the New Year we will be involved in several exciting new projects supporting the WI Centenary, Alrewas Show and the Arts Festival.
Donations of yarn are always welcome for recycling.
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


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 January issue

If you would like anything included in the February issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 22nd January

If you would like to subscribe and have this Parish News delivered straight to your inbox then please click on link below and enter your details.
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
8th and 22nd January at All Saints Church
15th  and 29th at the Methodist Church
Friday 5th January
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.

"Many thanks to all those who knitted angels!  Every child in the school was given one - and they were also given out at Stepping Stones and Little Fishes.  On 16th December they were given to shoppers in the COOP - and we hope they brought a smile to people's faces as they were hung on Christmas trees around the village."

 Methodist Church Services in January

Sunday Jan 7th 10.30 am – Morning Worship led by Patrick Hughes

Sunday Jan 14th 10.30 am – Covenant Service led by Revd Jo Thornton (this is a special service where we re-commit to living God's way)

Sunday Jan 21st  10.30 am – Unity Service. We welcome the All Saints' congregation to the Methodist Church for a celebration of all we have in common. Service will be led by Revd Jo Thornton and preacher will be Revd Chris Precious

Sunday Jan 28th 10.30 am – Morning Worship  led by Revd Tim Flowers from Tamworth


Fradley News

Fradley Christmas Fair 

The annual village Christmas Fair in aid of St. Stephen’s Church took place on Saturday 25 November in the Village Hall.  There were some wonderful stalls to buy presents from including Forever Living and Neal’s Yard products. Lovely home crafted items such as bottle bags, hair ribbons, Christmas cushions, cards, decorations and beautiful photographs of local wildlife although he was lacking a pheasant in the snow which was requested! There were also several children’s activities stalls to enjoy. The attendance was disappointing but over thirty children visited Santa in his grotto.  One small Fradley boy had been determined to visit Santa again this year to thank him with a mince pie ‘from home’.  Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it such an enjoyable event but especially to Gill who organised it.
Next year it will be the last Saturday in November 24th 
so don’t miss it!

Fradley Community Choir 

It was a rousing way to celebrate Christmas!  Well over 80 people packed into St. Stephen’s Church to listen to Fradley Community Choir’s ‘Carols from around the World’.  As well as being able to sing the traditional favourite carols of O Little Town of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Joy to the World the congregation was able to listen to unusual carols ranging from Mongolia, Puerto Rica, Ireland, Holland and the USA. The Spanish carol Fum,Fum,Fum  and Botswanan carol Tsaba, Tsaba! proved particularly popular.
Henry Metcalfe played an accomplished rendition of J S Bach’s ‘Fantasia on In Dulci Jubilo’ and Freddie Metcalfe and Reverend Elizabeth Wall entertained the audience with readings of What Kind of Messiah, Modus Operandi, What the Donkey Saw by U.A.Fanthorpe and Christmas by Betjeman. The assembled gathering was then able to enjoy beverages with mince pies and biscuits courtesy of the Co-op and Tesco.  The service was free but donations were collected to support the charity ‘Shelter’. Thank you for helping homeless people this Christmas.  

Fradley Community Choir also sponsored a Christmas tree at the Lichfield Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival  this year and wishes to thank everyone who voted for their tree.

Wednesday Welcome

On 6 December in addition to the usual neighbourly chat over a cup of tea with homemade cake and biscuits, 20+ Wednesday Welcomers were able to participate in a short Christmas Carol service ably led by Dorothy Giles.  There was much joyful singing of carols with even the odd impromptu descant thrown in to start the festive season.  

St Stephen’s News
St Stephen’s Messy Church
Messy Church did the Nativity! St Stephen’s experienced an amazing spectacle in which 28 wonderful children dressed as the characters in the story of the Nativity acted out the tale with a modern twist. Mary and Joseph played their part. Shepherds had made their own costumes....and sheep! The kings travelled with map, compass and a thermos flask, and the stars and angels looked impressive in their appropriate headwear. The scene was magical, and parents, grandparents and carers who accompanied them experienced their own little bit of the Christmas story told in the way only young people can.
Thanks to the Messy Church Team who made it all possible.
Do join us at Messy Church – every 3rd Friday in term time- 3.30-5.30pm
A time of craft, play, fun and celebration for children, with their parents, grandparents and carers.
A meal is provided for children.
St Stephen’s, Fradley
Church services in January

Sunday 7th January
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age Worship
The music group will be leading music at this service
Sunday 14th January
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 19th January
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church
Sunday 21st January
We join with Alrewas Methodist Church for a service of Christian Unity
Time to be announced
Sunday 28th January
10.30am Family Communion
Other events
2018  Friday January 12th at 7pm. Candlelit Dinner in Church
£25 for 2 or £13 per head, incl. a glass of wine. Tickets available from 31st December.
Tickets limited to 24— do get yours early!

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in January
 Sunday 14th  - 11.30 Holy Communion
Sunday 28th - 11.30 Family Service

From the registers
Baptisms: Go therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

1st October:  Freddie Edwards

22 October:  Luisa Brigid Stanley

29 October:  Natalie Burford (ADULT), and Emilie Jennifer Burford

Weddings: God is love and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.


21 October:  William Evans and Hannah Kitchen

Funerals: Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.


23 October:  Cyril Harcombe

14 November:  Charles Elliott

24 November:  Ruth Hall



21 November:  Joan Green

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

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