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November Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from Reverend Chris
From the Curate,

Dear friends in Alrewas, Fradley & Wychnor,

As we enter the month of November, my time of ‘holding the fort’ in Revd John’s absence is coming to an end. I’d like to thank all of you for your prayers and support during this time, and to publicly thank Revd Elizabeth, Carole and Dot for their camaraderie as a ministry team. October has been an exciting time in the Benefice as we have celebrated Harvest with wonderful suppers in Alrewas and Fradley, and with refreshments amongst dear friends at Wychnor. We have also welcomed three new Confirmation candidates into the benefice with a wonderful service at St Anne’s Church, Chasetown. 

This looking back is entirely appropriate as we look ahead to our revamped All Souls Service on November 4th at 3pm, and to Remembrance Sunday, the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, on November 11th at 10:45am.  Remembrance is a time of great poignancy and emotion for many of us, as we remember family members who served, those who were lost in war, and those who came back changed for ever.  As church and community together, it is vital for us to re-member those lost in the horrors of war, living up to our promises that we will remember them. 
As Christians, we are called to strive for justice and peace through prayer and action.  Our remembrance, of those who lost their lives serving Queen and country, must never become a celebration of war; instead it should remind us of the price they paid, their sacrifice, and their camaraderie in the face of such horrors should spur us on as together we strive to be peacemakers in our time.   
Love and blessings                                               

Revd Chris

Alrewas News
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 bell ringers will commemorate the Centenary of
the Armistice of the First World War

This year, on Sunday 11 November, it will be exactly 100 years since the Armistice of the First World War.  During that war it is estimated that there were between 744,000 and 887,858 military deaths from the British Isles.  These figures include those who were declared as missing in action.
Over the past four years, the Alrewas bell ringers have been ringing the bells of All Saints on the centenary date of those service personnel connected to the village and surrounding area who had lost their lives, or who were missing in action, from 1914 onwards.  These commemorations have amounted to remembering to date 26 servicemen.
Furthermore, during the war a total of 1,400 bell ringers from across the British Isles, included in these total deaths, lost their lives in the service of their country.  One of those deaths had been that of John Bean who had been an Alrewas bell ringer.  He was one of those 26 servicemen from the area who had lost their lives, and his sacrifice was commemorated on All Saints’ bells last August.
In November 2017 an exciting campaign was launched by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers to honour those ringers who had lost their lives during the conflict.  This campaign, which goes under the description of “Ringing Remembers”, will also include the ringing of church bells throughout the British Isles on Sunday 11 November to commemorate this centenary of the 1918 Armistice.  The aim is that those new ringers who have sufficiently mastered the art of bell ringing will be able to join the established ringers at their local towers by ringing on that day.  The campaign has officially been endorsed and sponsored by HM Government and is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
We are, therefore, pleased to report that during the summer, three youngsters started to learn to ring at All Saints as part of this campaign.  They have been working hard over the ensuing months in learning the technique of handling a church bell and will now be able to ring on Remembrance Sunday with the other All Saints’ ringers.
Bell ringing is a British tradition, which dates back over 400 to 500 years.  There are about 5,500 towers in the British Isles that ring changes as is carried out on the bells of All Saints.  As part of the national commemoration and the Ringing Remembers campaign that is to take place on Remembrance Sunday, it is planned that the bells of All Saints, Alrewas, will be rung at the following times:
  • 10:15 until 10:45 – bells to be rung half-muffled (*see Note below) for the 11:00 Act of Remembrance;
  • 12:30 (approximately) for 20 to 30 minutes – bells to be rung with the muffles having been removed;
  • 15:00 – a quarter peal lasting about an hour to be rung to celebrate the end of the First World War.
(NOTE: - when bells are rung half-muffled, the sound is such that one change is rung at the same normal loud level, with the following change sounding like a muffled mournful echo, with this procedure then being repeated continuously)

Alrewas WI

Next meeting
(first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday)
Monday 5th November 7:30 to 9:30
Alrewas Village Hall. 

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

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

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. Our dates are 8th and 22nd November 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 2nd, 16th and 30th of November 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 December issue

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

4th November         Sheila Pennell           Elizabeth & Colin Cox
11th November      Helen Newman          Vivien Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
18th November        Norman Hunt           Nick & Pauline Kilford
25th November        Sheila Pennell            Roger Hailwood & Pam Foster
Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
4th November      Mrs L Lerigo
11th November    Mrs S Ward   
18th November     Mrs S Ward
25th November     Mrs H Ranford
Coffee Rota

4th November    Julie Willis
11th November   No Coffee
18th November   Margrit & Pauline
25th November   Jan Tams

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 9th November 
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 November

4th - Communion service led by Revd Roger Cresswell

11th - United service for Remembrance at All Saints

18th - Together in Worship led by Revd Jo Thornton (suitable for all ages!)

25th - Morning worship led by Mrs Ann Hazell - Smith

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

We are meeting on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th in November 

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Sunday 4th November    All Saints Sunday
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Friday 9th November 
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church Remembrance
Sunday 11th November   Remembrance Sunday

10.30am Family Communion
with Act of Remembrance
6.30pm Remembrance Service
Sunday 18th November
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 25th November
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
Sunday 30th September St Stephen’s Church Fradley held a service of celebration for ‘one of their own’ Dorothy Giles.
A special guest speaker Revd Dr. Jeanette Hartwell, Director of Reader Training, presented her with her Readers Licence. By all accounts this marks the first time St Stephens has had its own Reader.  Dot was originally a Reader over 25 years ago and decided to renew this ministry recently as she has felt increasingly that it is a way to serve both church and community here in our village.

After a lovely service we continued the celebrations over Proseco and fruit cake!
Friends and congregation wish her well and pray for God’s continued blessings in her ministry and look forward to all she’s going to bring!
Many thanks to Helen Mullins for this informative article on making a will:


It has been suggested that at least half the population hasn’t made a will.  Surveys show that people put off making a will, often until they’re in their 50s. Approximately only three-quarters of the population have a will in place by the time they are 65. 
Why you should make a Will
If you die without making a Will you are deemed to die “intestate”. The whole of your money, property and possessions, known as your “estate” is then subject to the intestacy rules and means that it may not go to the people you would have chosen.  A Will lets you leave clear instructions about how your estate is to be distributed and who should deal with the administration of your estate (your “executors”).  It also allows you to appoint guardians to look after your children if they are under the age of 18 years.  If you and your partner aren’t married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not have any right to inherit if you don’t have a Will.
What you need to consider when making your Will
Choose your Executors
 You can appoint one or more Executors.  Usually they will be people who benefit from the Will, such as your family, but they do not have to be.  Before you appoint Executors, check with them that they are happy to act in this capacity.

Decide how you want to leave your estate
Think about who you wish to benefit from your Will.  You may want to leave specific gifts or gifts of money to particular people. Then consider where you want the remainder of your estate to go – this is any property or money left over after paying funeral and administrative expenses and any taxes.  If you plan to leave a gift to charity, make sure you include the charity’s full name, address and registered charity number.  You should also consider what you would want to happen if any of your beneficiaries die before you.
How to make a Will
It is usually best to get advice from a solicitor who can then draw up your Will for you.  You can draw up your own Will but you must ensure that it is legally valid and properly signed and witnessed.  For more information the website at is useful
After you have made your Will
You should review you Will regularly and certainly after any major change in your life for example getting separated or divorced.  If you get married (or re-married) this automatically revokes your existing Will.  If you have a child you may need to alter provisions in your Will.  Also ensure that your named executors are still willing and able to act and still have mental capacity. 
Tickets are available from Fradley Post Office, or Cindy Davies 07530 505506 email:
For further information please contact Cindy Davies as above.
Family and friends gathered at St Anne’s Church, Chasetown on Friday evening 19th October for the confirmation of Marian Derry of St Stephen’s church Fradley
and Louise Wright and Emily Cragg of All Saint’s Alrewas. 
There were fourteen people confirmed in their faith by Bishop Michael, in a service of dedication, celebration and fellowship. St Anne’s hosted the event offering refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes after the service’

In my dreams I see a happy land
Where flowers grow and Jesus takes my hand
He leads me where my loved one waits for me
And I see them just like they used to be
We walk together through the soft green hills
The pure clean air my total senses fills
They pick some flowers and give them me to hold
A sign of hope and love that won’t grow cold
Then I awake and all the flowers are gone
I’m here on earth and my life must go on
But I know now that there’s another place
One day I’ll go when I have run my race
And there my loved one waits for me ‘til then
And I will see and hold them once again
I know it’s true that Jesus lives for me
And that one day His lovely face I’ll see
                                         by Helen Mullins
This year the annual Christmas Fayre will be on Saturday 24 November in Fradley Village Hall from 12.30 to 4pm with a Victorian flavour. As the reindeer have a previous commitment Santa will be arriving on his vintage tractor so there will be a chance for a photoshoot. There is also a Christmas Card design competition for children with a prize of an advent calendar for each age group category winner and a free family ticket for Lichfield Cathedral Christmas Illuminations plus fish supper for the overall winner.  In addition there will be lots of festive stalls to buy Christmas presents and refreshments including jacket potatoes with fillings and cakes so you can have your lunch and shop for gifts.  For more information and the Christmas Card Entry form please contact 01283 790743.      
Harvest Supper
While numbers were down on previous years over 60 people were able to sit and enjoy a homemade meal of spicy root vegetable soup, cold meats with mixed salad, baked potato and coleslaw followed by a delicious selection of desserts accompanied by a free glass of wine. They were then entertained to a number of songs including Any Dream Will Do and Get Me To The Church on Time plus monologues such as Magna Charter and The Return of Albert which produced much hilarity. With an auction and raffle over £800 was raised for upkeep of the church. Thank you to everyone who supported this traditional Fradley event by attending or donating prizes but particularly to those who cooked, served, washed and cleared up.
It was a wonderful community event.    
St Stephen’s church is still raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind by collecting stamps, coins and keys. We aim to be able to name a dog ‘Fradley’, so want as many people from the local community to become involved. Any postage stamps used or collected, old and foreign coins including those no longer accepted currency and new and old keys. So when  cleaning and clearing out drawers, cupboards and bags ready for Christmas, don’t throw the stamps, keys and coins away they can change a life. Collection points are Fradley Post Office, St Stephen’s School and St Stephen’s Church. Further information from Jenny Watts at

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in November
11th November      4.00pm -   REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY - Evensong
25th November     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

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