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April Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Click here to see the message from Elizabeth, John and Chris

Alrewas News

Come and experience the Alrewas Bible Fun Trail!

The Fun Trail will start outside the COOP, and end at the Methodist Church in Post Office Road – taking you via exhibits representing familiar Bible stories.  Along the route you will see art work created by village residents of all ages, including depictions of the life and ministry of Jesus in All Saints Church.  At the Methodist Church you will have the chance to see Easter Gardens made by local children – and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as you enjoy hot cross buns and a hot drink. 
More details will be available nearer the time – please keep looking out for information – and join us on the day for this exciting event!

There will be no charge for the event, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Christingle Candle Collection

During the First Sunday service in December, we gave out Christingle Collection Candles to the congregation.
We would like to say a big. big thank you to everyone who collected all their loose change over Christmas and returned the candles to us. We have raised almost £80  for The Children's Society, just by this little act of kindness.
Once again, thank you to all who helped and if anyone would like a Children's Society collection box, to save change throughout the year, then please let us know.
Lynn & Peter Lerigo
Alrewas bells in WW1 remembrance
John Roberts, who was the son of William and Hannah Roberts, was born in 1878 in Barton-under-Needwood.  After his marriage in 1909 to Elizabeth Musto, he and his wife came first to live at Lupin Bank, Orgreave, and then to Overley Cottage, Orgreave.  They had two children: Edith Dorothy, born on 21 September 1909 and Ernest John, born on 10 April 1914.
John, who was a postman, enlisted in Lichfield as a Private in one of the North Staffordshire Regiment’s battalions.  Subsequently he transferred to another North Staffordshire battalion in June 1916 and was again transferred in October of that year to the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment.  Whereas the battalions of the North Staffordshire, in which he had initially served, were home defence or reserve battalions, the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment was posted to the Western Front.
By 1917, the Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment was on the Flanders Coast and, consequently, was involved in many battles.  One such battle in October of that year was the Battle of Poelcappelle (today spelt as Poelkapelle), which is a village in Flanders about 5 miles north-east of Ypres.
The following year of 1918 opened with the action at Estaires, France, as well as the Battle of Messines in Belgium.  Both these battles took place near to the French/Belgium border.  It was during the Battle of Messines that John sustained wounds to his head and chest from which he died on 12 April 1918 in the casualty clearing station.  He was buried in the Godwaersvelde British Cemetery, which is close to the town of Poperinge, Belgium.
John’s widow was awarded a pension of 25 shillings and 5 pence a week for herself and the two children.  She also received the British and Victory Medals on 14 August 1921.
At 7pm on Thursday 12 April 2018, the Alrewas bell ringers will commemorate the centenary of John Roberts’ death by ringing a quarter peal on the bells of All Saints Church.  This ringing will last about an hour.

David Herschell 
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.

Please note that craft club will be in the vicarage on the 4th and 11th April due to services being held in the church.

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 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

Alrewas Women’s Institute is pleased to announce a special guest speaker - Ruth Lowe - an expert on 1960s fashions and Iconic designer Mary Quant , Ruth is also bringing with her from her collection many examples of 1960s fashion and accessories including pieces by BIBA. 

Monday 14th May (first Monday of the month unless a bank holiday)
Alrewas Village Hall ,Wellfield Road. 
7:30 Till 9:30. 

Everyone is welcome £3:00 for none members to include refreshments. 
It promises to be an interesting evening with some reminiscing. 
Queries to Helen 01283 790618


Alrewas Women’s Institute would like to invite the village community to join us as we celebrate 100 Years of inspiring women in Alrewas! 
        A service of Thanksgiving and Celebration at
         All Saints Church Sunday 15th April 3pm 
       To be followed by celebratory refreshments.
Please do join us on this very special occasion
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 3rd and 17th April 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.

Click on the link below to go to the website

Is your house insurance due for renewal?

Save money and give a gift to All Saints Church - To celebrate their 130th anniversary, Ecclesiastical Insurance are offering a very generous £130 to All Saints Church for every insurance policy taken out by our church members through to Oct 31st 2018.
They handle house and contents insurance and i've been informed that even flood risk areas such as Micklehome have managed to get insurance through this company!
When you renewal is due, why not ask them for a quote? or call them on 0800 783 0130 and quote TRUST130 and All Saints Alrewas.
It really would be a wonderful way to raise funds for our church!

Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall. Our dates are 12th and 26th April 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 6th and 20th of April 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


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.

If anyone is holding a fund raising event and would like our support please get in touch.

To find out more you can reach me, Jane Pegg at:   or telephone 01283 791226.

Deadline for the May issue

If you would like anything included in the May issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 23rd April
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.
                                     8am                                 10am                                              

1st April            Norman Hunt        Roger Hailwood & Pam Foster
8th April           Sheila Pennell           Nick & Pauline Kilford
15th April          Helen Newman        Frank Parker & Jeff Jacks
22nd April         Norman Hunt        Vivien Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
29th April          Sheila Pennell          Peter & Lynn Lerigo
6th May             Helen Newman         Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        Coffee Rota
1st April      EASTER DAY - Mrs G Cogman          Jenny Eastwood
8th April      Mrs J Butcher **(Tues 10th)               Viv Wilmer
15th April    Mrs E Newton                                      Maureen & Ann
22nd April   Miss P Foster                                      Mary- Lou Goodbody
29th April    Mrs M Johnson                                   Gail Cogman
6th May                                                                    Jane Jacks
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
9th and 23rd April at All Saints Church
16th  and 30th at the Methodist Church
Friday 13th April
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.

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

Dates in April 
Wed 18th and 25th

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Services in April at the Methodist Church:
1st  April     11am Easter Sunday celebration, led by Rev Jo Thornton

8th April      10.30am Morning worship led by Lesley Cox

15th April    10.30am Morning service incorporating our General Church Meeting.  The service will last a bit longer than usual and will include conversations and discussions about the life and mission of the church

22nd April    10.30am Morning worship led by Rev Roger Cresswell
Sunday 20th May at 10.30am we will have our first  “All Together” Sunday morning service, which will be informal, and appropriate to adults and children of all ages.  We hope you can join us!

Fradley News

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Churchyard Clearup or participated in the Cancer Research coffee morning last Saturday 10 March.  Over 15 persons brought their gardening utensils and cut back holly, raked up leaves, cleared away Christmas wreaths and weeded graves, filled subsided ground with soil, cut down dead trees, cleared drains and gutters and brushed paths in anticipation of Easter. They were also able to share a chat over a cup of coffee and piece of cake with people attending the coffee morning.  Well over £130 was raised for Cancer Research from the sale of coffee, cake and the beautiful craft items by Knitwits.  In addition congratulations to Cindy Davies who completed the Florette 10K on Mothering Sunday 11 March for Cancer Research in memory of her mother and raised in excess of £750.  It was a most successful weekend of community effort and spirit.
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in April

Sunday 1st April Easter Sunday
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Family Communion
The Music Group will be leading music at this service
Sunday 8th April
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 15th April
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 20th April
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church
A time of craft, play, fun and celebration for children,
with their parents, grandparents and carers.
A meal is provided for children.
Sunday 22nd April
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 29th April
10.30am Family Communion
Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
St Stephen’s Church

PCC and Church Officers
It’s nearly time to elect our Churchwardens for 2018.
Churchwardens are an ancient office in the Church and take a lead in assisting the Vicar, and leading the Congregation.
As we move closer to our AGM in April, please give some prayerful thought to any gifts and talents you may have to offer as Churchwarden, PCC member, Safeguarding Officer, and Deanery Synod Rep.
We would be delighted to welcome you on board if you feel you could fulfil one of these roles.


Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in February
1st April                9.00am-  Holy Communion EASTER SUNDAY
22nd April            4.00pm – Easter Season Songs of Praise
From the registers
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.

Alrewas:                             14 January – Sofia Giovanna Valente
                                             21 January – Oliver Raymond Eddie Tranter
                                             18 February – Isaac Allen Cragg
                                             18 February – Edward Andrew Brookshaw
                                             18 February – Dylan James Brookshaw
                                             17 March – Frederick George Llewellen White

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

Alrewas-                            27 February  - Steve Buckland and Kerry Buxton
                                            10 March -  Andrew Kittridge and Serena Warren
                                            24 March  - Joshua Vedder and Emma Chaddock

Fradley -                            17 March – Malcolm Atkinson and Kalee Moulding


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

Alrewas  -                          30 January  - Doreen Harcombe
                                            16 March  - Christopher Love

Fradley -                            12 February – Mary Bennett

                                             6 March  - Dorothy Brough


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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