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October Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from Reverend Elizabeth
Dear Friends

After such a lovely summer, it is hard to accept the shorter days and colder temperatures. Autumn has a bonus, though and we are usually blessed with lovely golden colours, as the leaves turn delicate shades of brown, rust, red and gold. It is harvest time and we celebrate in the ‘Season of Creation’ all that is dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.

Creationtide is originally an Eastern Orthodox initiative, but has now spread widely among Anglican, Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations, bringing people together to pray and work for the protection of the environment that sustains everyone.

Last year, on a different ‘harvest’ note, one of the churches in our Benefice held an  ‘Auction of Talents’ – harvesting the gifts and talents that each and every one of us has. Talents were shared and offered and it was amazing just how many hidden gifts people had!  Some had certainly been hiding their light under a bushel!
Harvest time sees the ordination of priests (as well as at the traditional Petertide at the end of June) - those whose vocation is to serve in ordained ministry. They offer their gifts and talents to serve in a specific way.

More and more people choose not to get ordained but put themselves through formal training to allow them to use their gifts as ministers in a different way. These are people who may follow a local ministry track, such as Pastoral Care Minister or Reader. The Diocese of Lichfield authorizes a range of lay ministries. Many people are involved in ministry in their own parish, workplace or community and do not need to be authorized to do this. However, there are certain roles in the church and the community that benefit from both training and authorization.

All Saints Church has had a Reader licensed for some time, and we congratulate Carole Ellis on 25 years of service in this role. Bishop Michael formally congratulated Carole on this commitment in Lichfield Cathedral at a special Eucharist in September.
Another vocation is to be formally authorized for St. Stephen’s Church. Dorothy Giles, who had been a Reader over 25 years ago, is to renew her License specifically to serve in this place. Congratulations to them both!
Harvesting of gifts and talents is what we are all about. Are you hiding your gifts and talents? It is harvest time and there is something truly special about sharing your gifts with others in the service of God.

                  All best wishes Elizabeth


Alrewas News

Introducing 'Inclusive Church'

As a church we strive to make everyone feel welcome.
We've recently joined an organisation called 'inclusive church' which lists us in a directory of churches who welcome all. This is the statement taken from their website

'We believe in inclusive Church - church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability,
race or sexuality.

We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of
Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation, and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.'

All Saints Alrewas Christmas Tree Festival
30 November - 2 December 2018
Our second Christmas Tree Festival will be held over the weekend of Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2018 in All Saints Church. 
The weekend will commence with a ticketed preview evening on Friday 1st at 7 p.m.  This will include a hog roast supper, mulled wine and mince pies.  Refreshments will be available to purchase during the weekend. Tickets cost £10
Once again we would like to invite all village organisations to consider providing a decorated tree, either real or artificial, 3 feet to 6 feet in height, with battery operated lights only, to highlight your particular organisation.  So come on everyone, get your thinking caps on again and stun us with a fabulously decorated tree which is unique to you and help make this another truly magical experience.
At the moment it is planned that the trees can be installed in church and decorated on either Wednesday 28 November or Thursday 29 November between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite tree by a token system and the winning organisation will receive a prize.
Letters will be going out next week to organisations who took part last year, but if you don't receive one and you want to take part please contact either of the following:
            John Feathers                      791842
            Barbara Stonehouse           791153
            Elizabeth Newton                790281          

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

Alrewas Surgery News

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


Alrewas WI

Next meeting
(first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday)
Monday 1st October 7:30 to 9:30
Alrewas Village Hall. 

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.
To find out more you can reach me, Jane Pegg at:  
or telephone 01283 791226.
Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall. Our dates are 11th and 25th October 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 5th and 19th of October 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 November issue

If you would like anything included in the November issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 26th October
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                                         ALREWAS SIDEPERSONS
                                     8am                                 10am                                              

7th October          Norman Hunt            Jeannette Hodgkinson
14th October        Sheila Pennell          Jenny Eastwood and Sarah
21st October        Helen Newman          Jean and Mark Emly
28th October        Norman Hunt            Christine and Ian Kirkland

Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
7th October     Mrs H Bacon
14th October  Mrs J Hodgkinson   
21st October      Mrs J Tams 
28th October     Mrs J Aston
Coffee Rota

7th October    Gail Cogman
14th October   Jane Jacks
21st October   Sassi Ward
28th October     Helen Cocks
4th November  Julie Willis

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

 Messy church is on Friday 12th October 
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.
Services in October

7th:  10.30am - Communion service led by Revd Jo Thornton

14th:  10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mrs Dawn Turton

21st:  10.30am - Together in Worship - our special service for everyone to enjoy - especially young families!  Led by Revd Jo Thornton

28th:  10.30am  - Morning Worship led by Mr Kevin Barry

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

We are meeting on the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th in October ( We are not meeting on 31st due to it being half term)

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Rev'd Jo is delighted to announce that following various consultations and meetings, it has been agreed that she will be staying here as the minister at Alrewas for another 5 years.
(in the Methodist Church ministers are stationed in a particular church for an initial 5 year period, after which an "extension" must be sought. This is the process that happened over the summer - and Jo's extension was granted!) 
Jo and family are very happy to be around for a few more years because they have fallen in love with Alrewas and its gorgeous people! 
Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support.
 36 people enjoyed a wonderful roast dinner following the Harvest Service on Sunday 16th September.  (Many thanks to the cooks!)  It was a lovely time of fellowship, following an exciting "Together in Worship" service.

 "Together in Worship" is now part of our monthly routine at the Methodist Church - at 10.30 every 3rd Sunday in the month.  Please come and join us!  Young children and their families are particularly welcome.   The service is shorter than normal (around 45 minutes) - and is followed by tea/ coffee/ squash and biscuits.  

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in October

Sunday 7th October Harvest
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group 

Sunday 14th October 
10.30am Family Communion

Friday 19th October
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church 

Sunday 21st October 
10.30am Family Communion

Sunday 28th October 
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

On Saturday 8 September 13 intrepid volunteers turned up to do battle with the churchyard and 'that hedge'.  Fortified by homemade cakes and coffee plus chats to Riders and Striders who were visiting the church they cut that hedge, weeded graves, attacked elder trees which were invading the yews, scythed the wildlife area and built a hedgehog shelter, edged and swept paths and generally tidied up.  Thank you so much.  We hope to enter the Lichfield Diocese Best Kept Churchyard Competition next year.
Ride & Stride

Carole & Graham wish to thank everyone who sponsored them on the Ride & Stride on 8th September.
We visited 17 churches & walked approximately 10 miles.
Once we have all the money collected, we hope to send £350 to the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust, half of which will be returned to St. Stephen’s Fradley.
Thanks again for your support

Carole & Graham Griffiths
Many thanks to Helen Mullins for contributing this article on Lasting Power of Attorney. If you need further information or advice
you can go to  or speak to your own solicitor

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. There are two types of LPA:
  • Property and financial affairs
  • Health and welfare
You can choose to make one type or both.  This article will concentrate on the first type and is based on the law applying in England and Wales. 
Why make one?
Making and registering your LPA ensures that you have control over what happens to your financial affairs if you can’t make your own decisions (known as “lacking mental capacity”).  This could arise from accident or illness and can affect any one of us at any time and at any age.  As long as you are over the age of 18 and have mental capacity, you can make your LPA.  Once you have lost mental capacity it is too late and matters will need to be dealt with through the Court of Protection.
What does it do?
It covers decisions about your finances and property. This can include running your bank and savings accounts, making and selling your investments, paying your bills, collecting your income and benefits, or selling your house. However, if you want to, you can limit the decisions they are allowed to make, or place conditions on what they can do. Once registered, a property and affairs LPA can be used even if you are still able to deal with these things yourself.

How to make it?
You can either get your solicitor to prepare your LPA or you can do it yourself using the online forms and guidance notes.  The LPA needs to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. The cost of registering the LPA is currently £82 but in certain circumstances a reduced fee is payable.
Who should be your attorneys?
You can choose one or more people to be your attorney. If you appoint more than one, you must decide whether they’ll make decisions separately or together.  Your attorney could be a relative, a friend whom you trust or a professional, for example a solicitor. Any attorney needs to be aged 18 or over. 
Are the attorneys accountable for what they do?
Your attorney must keep accounts and make sure their money is kept separate from yours. You can ask for regular details of how much is spent and how much money you have. These details can be sent to your solicitor or a family member if you lose mental capacity. This offers an extra layer of protection.
Can the LPA be changed once it is registered?
As long as you still have mental capacity, you can make changes to your LPA.  All changes made to an existing power of attorney must go through the Office of the Public Guardian.
Battle of Britain Weekend
‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ was the message that pervaded the commemorations of the ‘Battle of Britain’ and 100 years of the RAF during the weekend of 15/16 September.  On the Saturday evening over 75 people attended a concert to listen to WW2 songs sung by Julia Usher with accompanist Coral Gould.  The church roof struggled to cope with the audience who were ‘In The Mood’ to sing a medley of songs including ‘Roll out the Barrel’ and ‘Bless ‘Em All’.  They even heard a world premiere rendition of ‘Tail End Albert’ recounting the antics of Albert Ramsbottom in a Halifax bomber over Cologne.
On the Sunday there was a bring and share luncheon attended by the Alrewas branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), Fradley Parish and Lichfield District Council representatives, Lichfield Air Cadets and village residents with wine kindly donated by RBL.  They were able to view a wonderful exhibition of RAF Lichfield during WW2 produced by Fradley Heritage Group.  Everyone then attended a poignant Battle of Britain service in St. Stephen’s Church with memories of Fradley during WW2 recounted by Colin Russell and Terry Finn. The service concluded outside among the 33 War Graves where a bugler sounded the Last Post and then on to the War Memorial where wreaths were laid.  It was an amazing weekend. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in October
14th October         11.30am -   HARVEST FESTIVAL - Family Service         
28th October         11.30am -   Holy Communion
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Church Contacts

Vicar:                        Revd Preb John W Allan.  Email:
                                 The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent DE13 7BT        01283 790486
Please note - John is away on sabbatical until November 10th.
Please contact RevdChris Precious or Revd Elizabeth Wall during this time. Thank you.

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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