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April Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Message from the Vicar........
Dear Parish News Readers,                         
I’m delighted to bring you some welcome news….as this third ‘national lockdown’ draws to a close, and after very careful consideration of local Covid data and the Bishop of Lichfield’s latest guidance, all three of our PCCs have decided in favour of resuming public worship as of EASTER SUNDAY, 4th April at Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor Churches! Further details of each Church’s service provision can be found as you continue to read this Extra edition.
We’re very aware that it’s been a considerable time since we’ve been able to offer in-person worship, and that some folks will be eager to have the opportunity to gather together to celebrate the NEW HOPE that Easter brings with the assurance of Jesus’ victory over death, and that others do not yet feel able to join in public activities – so, as we welcome back those who wish to attend in person (reassuring you of Covid-secure measures, and reminding us all of the continuing necessity of hand hygiene, wearing a face mask, and social distancing – including after services and outside the church – for everyone’s safety), we will also continue to offer on-line worship provision in various forms so that everyone is included!
So, dear Friends, in whichever way you feel able to join us to celebrate God’s love and new life this Easter, may we warmly wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter, a hope-filled spring, and looking forward to ‘being together in the Spirit of the Risen Lord’!
With our continuing prayers for everyone’s well-being, and every blessing to you -                                                            Vicar John

Here is Wednesdays service with Ashley's message for those who didn't get chance to see it. Please click on the link below to access the video:

Alrewas News

Services In April
       at All Saints 

We are delighted to announce that we are to be resuming public worship starting on Easter Sunday 4th April.
Please note that social distancing must be adhered to and face masks worn unless you have an exemption.

Sunday 4th April - Easter Sunday
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am - Said Communion Service

Wednesday 7th April - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 11th April
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Said Communion  Service

Wednesday 14th April- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 18th April
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Said Communion Service 

Wednesday 21st April - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 25th April
8am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Said Communion Service

Wednesday 28th April - 10am Holy Communion

Please follow the guidance of the wardens and notices upon your arrival.
All necessary precautions have been taken for your safety.

Weekly Online Services

Even though public worship is now being resumed from Sunday 4th April, we will still be offering our online services each week for those who prefer to stay away for the time being.  You can access these by going to our website.
Every Sunday at 10am ( half hour traditional service) Every Wednesday at 10am  (shorter video approx 15 minutes with worship by John and his guitar which will also be sent out via the Parish news each week to our whole Parish for those who haven't seen it.) These two services are being added to our website at the times that we used to hold our weekly services in church. 

Our next online service is our Palm Sunday Service - 28th March10am. We look forward to welcoming you!

You can access the services by clicking on this link:

All Saints Church is heavily dependent on voluntary donations and income from events in order to fulfil its ministry to the local and wider communities. The continuing pandemic is having a material impact on our income. If you feel able, and would like to support us at this time, donations can be made as detailed below. With our huge thanks and appreciation for your support!


To Donate


21ALREWAS followed by the amount

To 70085

e.g. to donate £10 text 21ALREWAS10


Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.

Alternatively go to our Just Giving page :

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 Surgery News

For the latest news from the surgery please click on the following link
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
The congregation at Alrewas Methodist Church
wishes everyone a very Happy Easter!

As we journey through Holy Week, there are a number of opportunities for us to worship at home using our online services.

Maundy Thursday – there will be a zoom service (gather online from 6.40 onwards – reflective worship from 7pm) 
Please email either Rev Jo ( or our Circuit administrator, Gill Woolf, for the zoom link (
All are welcome to join.

Good Friday – there will be a recorded “Walk of Witness” available on the Circuit Website    and on YouTube (search for “Lichfield Methodist Church”).  We suggest that we all try to watch it at 10am – but the recording will be available at any time after that.

Easter Sunday – our regular online service will be an Easter Celebration, which you can watch either on the website or on You Tube.

Unless things change – Sunday reflections in our church will restart on 2nd May at 10.30.  Look out for details – and please pray for each other as we find our way forward, following our risen Saviour.  God bless you!

Rev Jo Thornton 01543 253744
Services for Alrewas Methodist Church in April

Due to Covid, we will not be open for services at this time. This will be reviewed and we hope to be able to resume in May for Sunday reflections.
Meanwhile please visit our website to find details of online services:

Deadline for the May issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941 by 25th April.
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Fradley News
St. Stephen’s Church



Sunday 28th March

Link for Online worship

YouTube – St Stephen’s Church Fradley

A message from Elizabeth - 

The National Day of Reflection on Tuesday prompted acts of remembrance and words of lamentation, but also the expression of a desire for a better future, as thousands of candles were lit in memory those who had died as a result of Covid-19. As we tied yellow bows to the church gates and the bell tolled, it was a sombre day of memory. Much has changed and no doubt more will. We have embraced Zoom and Skype and IT in a way we would not have envisaged. Who had even heard of Zoom 12 months ago?!  Now I read that the boss of a city firm has banned workplace video calls on Fridays in an effort to stay the relentlessness of the blurring of lines between home and work. There is the temptation to put in more hours just because lockdown limits other possibilities!
We all need to recharge our batteries at some stage. Next Monday brings the next relaxation of rules in England with more restrictions to be lifted next month if targets on beating corona virus are met.
We now relish simple pleasures. Who would have thought that a coffee with a friend on a park bench in the drizzle and 8C would be something we would go out for? The last year has taught us what we value most and what is important to us. We travel on with hope; last year we were stunned to realise that we would be in lockdown for Easter. Now our church we will be open for public worship as well as private prayer. We echo the words illuminated on Lichfield Cathedral’s West Front on Tuesday –

A Prayer for Palm Sunday
True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Readings: Mark 11.1-11 and Isaiah 50.4-9a  Philippians 2. 5-11  Mark 15. 1-39[40-end]   

Dates for your diary
Wednesday 21st April 7pm Annual Parish Meeting  In Church
If you would like to support St Stephen’s in the role of Churchwarden or PCC Member please let Elizabeth or John know. If you would like an informal discussion on what the role entails please get in touch.

..and dates for your diary pending lockdown restrictions being lifted as planned


Saturday 24th April 10am – 12 noon Plant Sale held in the churchyard and with takeaway refreshments. Please see poster at the end of the Bulletin


Saturday 22nd May 2.30pm onwards Family Lockdown Challenge in Beacon Park, Lichfield and Picnic. More details nearer the time.

Public Worship
We are pleased to announce that public worship in the Church will resume on 4th April. Please see our website for more details. We have updated our risk assessment and feel that it is now appropriate to be able tor resume in-person public worship. Of course, we will still need to observe Covid-safe practices and currently no congregational singing is allowed.
However, we celebrate with Easter hope in these challenging times.

Calling all cooks and chefs! Last call for Recipes!
We thought it would be a good idea to put together a recipe book, as a fundraiser, but also to demonstrate the wonderful culinary talent of our congregation and community.  If you have any favourite recipes please send them in – sweet or savoury.
 Many recipes have been submitted but we would like a few more.
Please send recipes by email to Vanessa  by Easter day April 4th
as we will collate for printing shortly after that.
Are you help to support St Stephens Church?

St Stephens Church is heavily dependent on voluntary donations and income from events in order to fulfil its ministry to the local and wider communities. The continuing pandemic is having a material impact on our income.
If you feel able, and would like to support us at this time,
donations can be made via our Just Giving page or by text.
With our huge thanks and appreciation!

Text -  21FRADLEY to 70085

followed by an amount

e.g. to donate £10 –  text 21FRADLEY10

Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.


Food for a Queen                                           

At the start of spring queen bumblebees emerge from hibernation to feed on pollen and nectar from early flowering plants. Larger and hairier than other bees, bumblebees are better adapted to cold weather so the first spring bee you see if probably a queen bumblebee. She searches for a dry cavity to build a nest; a vole hole, the base of a grass tussock, gaps within a chest tomb or beneath graves kerbs. A thimble-sized waxen pot is filled with pollen, nectar and eggs and the summer cycle begins.
Bumblebees are social insects living in nests of up to 400 individuals. Unlike honeybees they do not swarm, only the queen can sting, and a nest only lasts one season. There are 24 species of bumblebee in the UK but only eight are common so if you want to try your hand at biological recording this is a good place to start and please send us your records.
Churchyards are great for bumblebees in the spring as so many have an array of spring bulbs and other flowers such as primroses and celendines. Take a wander on a warm day and see if you can see any.
Andrea Gilpin


Wychnor News
Services at St Leonard's during April
We are delighted to announce that St Leonard’s Church, Wychnor will reopen on Easter Sunday.
  We will hold a socially distanced  Eucharist Service, with no hymns, at 9.00am on Sunday 4th April. 

Thereafter we will continue to hold services at our usual time of 11.30am on the second and fourth Sunday of the month,
the next being on Sunday 25th April.

Everyone is very welcome!

10AM TO 5 PM
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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                       Rev'd Ashley Hines   Email:                   
 07733 595893

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01283 487831

Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive                                                    01283 790622 
                         Mr John Feathers,                                                                                   01283 791842
Assistant Warden:    Mr Edward Gould                                                                                    07896 929113
PCC Secretary:       Ms Laura Jacks,                                                                                      07904 774589
PCC Treasurer:       Mr Nick Kilford,  Email:
                   07912 359237
Organists:                 Mr David Hall and Mr Chris Greenhalgh
Captain of Ringers:  Mr David Hall                                                                                          01283 792464
Church Flowers:       Mrs Maureen Johnson,                                                                                        
Pastoral Care:          Mrs Julie Willis,                                                                                       01283 791719
Children's society:    Mr and Mrs Peter & Lynn Lerigo,                                                            01283 791544
St Stephen's, Fradley
Warden:                  Vacancy
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD   01543 263359
PCC Treasurer:      Mr Nick Kilford   Email:             07912 359237
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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