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May Issue.

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Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
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Alrewas News
Many thanks to Doug Sanders for sending us this amazing picture of All Saints Church taken at the beginning of April. 


A recent survey of the churchyard shows that a number of Tombs and Headstones are, due to deterioration of the stonework or other damage, liable to cause safety concerns to users of the churchyard and the PCC wishes to take appropriate action to eliminate these concerns.


There is a standard procedure which we must follow which starts with a public notification of our intentions coupled with an attempt to identify and make contact with any living descendants of those interred in the graves. Descendants of the deceased remain owners of these memorials in perpetuity and are responsible for the upkeep of the memorials. We are therefore keen to identify any such descendants.


This will be followed by a Faculty application for permission to carry out the work to an agreed specification and cost.


The public notice below will be displayed both inside and outside the church and at various other public places in the village for a period of two months from 1 May 2018. If no contact information is received by this date the PCC reserves the right to take necessary action without further notice.


Public Notice


Notice is hereby given that the PCC of All Saints, Alrewas is seeking to identify any living descendants of those whose names are inscribed on the Tombs and Headstones in Alrewas churchyard and as listed below.


This information is needed to enable the PCC to take any action necessary to ensure the safety to persons using the churchyard from these memorials falling and causing personal harm.


Triple Tombs dedicated to the Whitehouse family dated 1859/1881 lying to the SW of the church.


Single Headstone Slabs – one dedicated to the Yeld family, the other unidentifiable but possibly also the Yeld family lying to the SW of the church.


Single Tomb with all engraving completely erased lying to the NE of the church.


Double Tombs dedicated to the Smith family of Orgreave dated 1861/1868 lying to the NE of the church adjacent to the footpath from Church Road.

Three Modern Headstones dedicated to George Coleclough, Iris Jefferson, and Alfred and Constance Dolman all lying in the new graves section of the churchyard.


All relative information should be addressed to the Vicar, Wardens and PCC and forwarded to The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas DE13 7BS no later than 12 noon on Sunday 1 July 2018.


1 May 2018

Alrewas bells in WW1 remembrance
Herbert James Hines, who went by his second Christian name of James, was killed in action on 27 May 1918.  He had been taking part in the first day of the Battle for the Aisne, when he had been killed.  This battle, which lasted four days, was one of a series of offensives, known as the Kaiserschlacht (the Kaiser’s Battle) launched by the Germans during that spring of 1918.  James was one of 20,000 British troops who were lost over those four days. 
Although James had been born in Alsager in 1897, he enlisted in Lichfield initially into the North Staffordshire Regiment on 28 May 1917.  However, a month later he was transferred as Private 66531 into the 22nd Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.
The 22nd Battalion was a service battalion and as such its men were pioneers, which are similar to sappers, as they were engaged in duties such as engineering and construction tasks.  However, for the Battle of the Aisne on the Western Front, this battalion was used as infantry.
There is no known grave for James as his body was never found.  His mother did, though, write to James’ commanding officer asking if there had been any news regarding finding his body or whether he had left a will.  The reply she received from the Battalion informed her that neither had been found.  James is now remembered on the Soissons Memorial, which is located on the left bank of the River Aisne in the town of Soissons, being about 100 kilometres (approximately 62 miles) north-east of Paris.  It is not known what the connection James had with Alrewas, but he is listed on the Alrewas Church Roll of Honour.  He was posthumously awarded the British and Victory Medals.
During the afternoon of Saturday 26 May 2018, the Alrewas bell ringers will commemorate the centenary of James’ death by ringing a quarter peal on the bells of All Saints Church.  This ringing will last about an hour.
David Herschell 
Marie Curie Used Stamp Collection
Many thanks to everyone who contributes their used stamps to Marie Curie Cancer Research by dropping them off in the box at the back of church.  
Following the Christmas donations, we have sent almost 3 kg of stamps (it was about 20,000 used stamps) to Marie Curie, who are very grateful for our support.
Thank you once again for continuing to donate your used stamps for this worthwhile cause.
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

Selena Evangeline will be appearing at The Crown in Alrewas on June 1st from 8pm.

 Selena has shared the stage with some huge stars and also has album and singles success.

Get in touch with Dan at the Crown on 01283 791217 for more info.

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

Is your house insurance due for renewal?

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.

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.

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
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 1st, 15th and 29th May 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 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.

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.
Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall. Our dates are 10th and 24th May 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 4th and 18th of May 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 June issue

If you would like anything included in the June issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 25th May
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6th May            Helen Newman         Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
13th May           Norman Hunt           Jeanette Hodgkinson
20th May          Sheila Pennell          Jenny Eastwood & Sarah
27th May           Helen Newman        Jean & Mark Emly
3rd June           Norman Hunt           Christine & Ian Kirkland

Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        Coffee Rota
6th May                                                                    Jane Jacks
13th May     Mrs M Allen                                         Sassi Ward
20th May     PENTECOST - Mrs C Kirkland           Helen Cocks
27th May     Mrs M Jaques                                      Margrit & Pauline
3rd June     Mrs B Newall                                       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
7th and 21st May at All Saints Church
14th  and 28th at the Methodist Church
Friday 11th May
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 May 
Wed 2nd, 9th,16th and 23rd
(not meeting on 30th due to being half term)

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Services in May at the Methodist Church:
6th - 10.30am Morning Worship led by Mr John Bowman

13th - 10.30am Holy Communion led by Revd Roger Cresswell

20th - 10.30am - our first "Together in Worship" service which will be an informal service aimed at families and children of all ages - Pentecost!

27th - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Ms Anne Houghton

Bible Fun Trail

If you were wandering through the village on Saturday 21st April you may have been surprised to see an apple suspended from a tree on Main Street, Noah's Ark, Joseph wearing his amazing technicolour dreamcoat , Miriam (sister of Moses) guarding the burning bush, women at the cross........  And if you had wandered into All Saints church that day you would have seen all sorts of depictions of events in the life of Jesus.   Many people helped to create the scenes:  our Messy Church families helped to make models of Jesus' baptism and temptation, and also made palm branches.  Little Fishes children made lots of colourful fish caught up in a net, to remind us of how Jesus called the fishermen - and there were some beautiful art works, banners - and a stunning flower arrangement too.   The Methodist church was decorated with yellow flowers and with several Easter gardens made by year 3 and 4 children from the village school.  There was an empty tomb for children to peer into - and plenty of hot cross buns and mini Easter eggs to eat as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus.  
The Bible Fun Trail was a joint venture between the Methodist church and All Saints, and was part of a Methodist initiative across the wider Birmingham area, encouraging us to think about being "Churches Without Walls".    The team who organised and brought the trail to life included Methodist and Anglicans, reminding us of our essential unity in Jesus - and although we would have liked to have seen more people coming round the trail, we all enjoyed ourselves greatly, and there were many conversations along the route sparked by the presence of people dressed up in costume!  As the Methodist minister I would very much like to thank John and the PCC at All Saints for coming together with us in this project and for helping us to reach out to the village - and massive thanks to everyone who got involved.
   Jo Thornton
"Together in Worship" - 20th May - 10.30am - Methodist Church

Following on from the Bible Fun Trail, we are trying to find ways of making our services at the Methodist Church more accessible for those with young families.  On Sunday 20th May (which happens to be Pentecost!) - we will be having a very informal service, suitable for children of all ages.  Come and join us if you're available!  We are hoping to make this a regular, monthly feature of church life from September onwards.

Fradley News

Messy Church 
St Stephens Fradley 
Good Friday 
First visit to Messy Church as grandparents and have to say what an amazing turnout, so well attended. 
From a personal point of view our 3 grandchildren absolutely loved it; everything from the Easter Egg Hunt to a visit from Brandy the pony. The main theme of course was building the Easter Garden - the manpower supplied by Bob and Graham. 
The children participated by collecting stones and plants and moss to complete the garden. 3 crosses framed the tomb, which was sealed with a "rock". 
My grandchildren, including the 3-year-old were quick to point out which cross was the one Jesus died on; in fact the following day he took his mom back to the churchyard to show her what he had done at 'Messy Church'. 
Inside there were well thought out craft activities suitable for all ages, Hot Cross buns and other goodies to eat. (Hot drinks for the adults to warm us up) 
Finally the guitar came out and led by Graham and Carole there were several rousing verses of 'Thank you Lord'. The aisle soon became filled with children dancing and making up their own verses, thoroughly enjoying themselves. 
Great to see the church so full and the children so engaged. 
Well done! 
PS My grandchildren wanted to stay at church rather than return home afterwards, but having done so made a point of telling their parents everything they had done. 
                                             Vanessa and David
Easter at St. Stephen’s Church 2018
Easter proved to be a most enjoyable and successful time at St. Stephens Church.  The period started with a reflective service called ‘Touching the Sacred’ before Holy Week on Friday 23 March at 12.30pm to which approximately 24 persons from the Benefice attended.  Afterwards soup and bread was served and donations given in aid of The Bishop’s Lent Appeal ‘Supporting Families’. 
On Good Friday there was a Holy Communion service at 8.30am followed by a bacon breakfast for all 17 attendees and then Messy Church at 10am so the children could create the churchyard Easter Garden. 
On Easter Sunday a small select group attended the 9am BCP Holy Communion. The Family Communion at 10.30am proved very popular as the church was full. Children were able to hunt for eggs pre-service and the Easter Garden was blessed. Music during the service was provided by the Church Music Group and Fradley Community Choir who sang ‘He is Risen’ by Cecil Cope who was born in Lichfield in 1909.  After the service refreshments were available and Brandy the Shetland pony dressed in his Easter bonnet handed out (well, his handler actually) mini chocolate eggs to the delight of the children.
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in May
Sunday 6th May
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Family Communion
The Music Group will be leading music at this service
Sunday 13th May
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 18th May
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 20th May 
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 27th May
Trinity Sunday
10.30am Family Communion
Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in May
13th May             11.30am – Holy Communion
27th May             11.30am – Family Service
St. Leonard’s Church, Wychnor - 2018
The PCC of St. Leonard’s Church, Wychnor continues to maintain the beautiful church and churchyard. We hope that many of you have had chance to visit and to enjoy its tranquil beauty.
This year we are opening the church every weekend May, June, July and September. 
During the month of August, it will be open every day.
Opening time are 10am -5pm
A huge thank you to the ladies on the church cleaning rota. It is always a pleasure to attend a service at St. Leonards and our visitors book always has lovely comments on how beautifully kept it is.    
The Churchyard is tended by Tom Raybould, who does an excellent job.  Tom’s job is not as easy one as we are plagued by rabbits; all seem to make the churchyard their home.  A problem that is getting more severe with each passing year, but unfortunately, we are unable to solve.  A drawback of being a country church surrounded by fields full of rabbits!
Thank you, Tom.
A Special thank you
Revd John Allan, we are certainly truly blessed to have such a wonderful vicar.
Karen Smith, who plays the organ so beautifully at each of our services.  We certainly miss you when we sing unaccompanied!
An update on our finances for 2017
The expenses were £6,581.
Fortunately, there were no major expenses this year and our costs were at a minimum.
The receipts were £6,986.00.
We have very few people who contribute on a regularly basis to St. Leonard’s.  Without the constant, generous and unstinting support of these people we would have severe financial problems. A sincere thanks to all who give so generously.
Sadly, we are now finding, that other than the dedicated few, we are receiving little regular on-going support for St Leonard’s (financially, attendance at church, or supporting our events) this is a huge concern and worry to us all. It saddens us greatly to think that our beautiful church that has stood since the 12th century, no longer seems to be of importance or needed by the community.  No matter how we try and address this problem we seem unable to increase our numbers.  It is very heartening at Christmas services and special occasions when we have a large congregation but unfortunately, we regularly only have 3 –7 at a service. 
We always try to email out to everyone, on our mailing list, all the events that are happening at St. Leonard’s.  If you wish to be on the mailing list, please get in touch with Karen Mercer
The Rev’d John Allan and the PCC will always do their best to look after our beautiful church and I would like to end by thanking all of those who do support St. Leonard’s.  You all know who you are, and we certainly appreciate all that you do.  We all hope that you will continue to support St. Leonard’s, in the years ahead, we need you and appreciate all that you do. Thank you.
Should you wish to help support St. Leonard’s or have any ideas or views regarding St. Leonard’s please do get in touch with
Rev’d John Allan  01283 790486
Frances Mayes 
01283 713058
Karen Mercer. 
01283 791515
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:                  TBA                                                  
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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