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February Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Message from the Vicar.......
‘From Now On’ – An Exciting Opportunity this Lent
            In case you’ve not yet checked your diary, the 40-day observance of the season of Lent begins in February on Wednesday the 26th , which is historically known as Ash Wednesday  –  a special Holy Communion including the Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:30 pm in Alrewas Church,  for all interested persons from the communities of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor, and we do hope you will make time to participate!
            During the Lenten season, many people choose to ‘give up’ something they enjoy, as a means of appreciating the suffering and sacrifice Jesus made for us as he gave his life on the cross. Of course, that can be a very meaningful personal practice…..but, as Jesus also challenged us to ‘take up your cross and follow me’, another perfectly valid way of observing a Holy Lent is to ‘take up’ something that you might not normally do, as a way of entering more deeply into the joys and challenges of a Christian life-journey.
            For all who are willing to do so, I warmly
   invite you this Lent to ‘take up’ our mid-week
   Lent Discussion Group, offered jointly by All
   Saints Church and Alrewas Methodist Church.
   Together we will be exploring an internationally
   acclaimed film which has rapidly become a
   modern classic – The Greatest Showman
   which, through an engaging storyline and truly
   inspirational songs, depicts the story of P.T.
   Barnum as he follows his dream to become a
  ‘success’ and create a truly novel form of
   entertainment which is now commonly known
   as ‘the Big Top’,  referring to ‘the Circus’.
    To help us with our discussions, we will be using the short course from Rachel Mann entitled From Now On: A Lent Course on Hope and Redemption in ‘The Greatest Showman’.
In addition to showing the film prior to our first discussion session (in case you’ve never had the chance to see it, or you’d really like to see it again!), over five weekly evenings we’ll be exploring how faith, hope and redemption runs through each of our own lives as well, and how – like P.T. Barnum and members of his Circus – we too can face and overcome doubt, temptation and prejudice, and begin to live truly authentic lives.
       If you wish to join us for this unique adventure, we will be meeting at Alrewas Methodist Church on the Wednesday nights of March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th as well as 1st April (no fooling!),   7:30 to 9:00 pm. There is no fee to join in….free refreshments will be available…..and you will be warmly welcome to join in as many of the sessions as you can!
With every blessing for an inspiring Lenten journey,
                                                                                                your Vicar and friend,    John

Alrewas News

   Services In February
       at All Saints 

Sunday 2nd February
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am - All Age Praise - Candlemas

Wednesday 5th February - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 9th February
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 12th February- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 16th February
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 19th February - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd February
8am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Sung Communion

Wednesday 26th February - 10am Holy Communion


The story of Joseph
Joseph was Jacob’s second youngest and favourite son. His father gave him a coat of many colours as a symbol of his love and this made Joseph’s brothers hate him (Gen 37.3).  Like his father, Joseph had dreams and visions and when he reported having dreams of his brothers in which they bowed down to him, his brothers became very jealous.   The Bible tells how one day Joseph was sent to find his brothers, who were away from home grazing their flocks.  When he came upon them they planned to kill him.  Despite Reuben’s attempts to save Joseph, Judah and the other brothers sold him into slavery to a travelling caravan of Ishmaelites who were heading to Egypt and later sold Joseph to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.  The story is told how the brothers then dipped Joseph’s coat in blood and took it back to Jacob, making their father believe that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. 
In Egypt, “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered” (Gen 39.2). He lived in Potiphar’s house and was put in charge of the household but when he was falsely accused of trying to sleep with Potiphar’s wife, he was thrown in prison.  However, “the Lord was with him…and granted him favour in the eyes of the prison warder” (Gen 39.21) and he was put in charge of the other prisoners.  Whilst in prison he correctly interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and chief baker and later, a dream of Pharaoh’s which resulted in him being freed from prison and promoted to being “in charge of the whole land of Egypt” (Gen 41.41).    Pharaoh’s dream foretold of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine and Joseph made preparations to store the grain from the good years for use in the years of famine.
The famine was severe and shortage of food in Canaan forced Jacob to send his sons to buy grain from the Egyptians but Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, remained at home as Jacob feared losing him as he did Joseph.  The story of how Joseph is finally reconciled to his brothers and reunited with his father is told in Genesis chapters 42-46.  Joseph settled his brothers and father in Egypt and before Jacob died he gave his blessing (birthright) to Joseph’s son, Ephraim, even though his son Manasseh was the firstborn.  Again we see how God does not necessarily choose the rightful heir to carry on his covenant relationship.  When Joseph queries this, Jacob tells him that Manasseh “will become a people” and “become great” but “nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he” (Gen 48.19).
What does the story of Joseph tell us?
The story acts as a warning concerning Jacob’s favouritism and the effects that it can have on others as seen in Joseph’s youthful pride and his brothers’ envy and hatred.  It also illustrates that, by remaining faithful and accepting that God is ultimately in charge, as Joseph did, God will reward our faithfulness in the fullness of time.
Joseph’s story also gives us an insight into how God works to overcome evil and bring about his purpose.  After all his ordeals, Joseph was able to see God’s hand at work.  When he revealed himself to his brothers he said to them: “Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, for it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…it was not you who sent me here but God” (Gen 45.7-8).  Later Joseph again reassured his brothers, offering forgiveness and saying “You intended to harm me but God intended it for good” (Gen 50.20).  Man’s most evil intentions can never thwart God’s plans.
Genesis Chapter 38
This is the story of Judah and Tamar, seemingly an odd intrusion into the story of Joseph.  Judah, as we have seen, was chosen out of the twelve to be the ancestor of Jesus, although he was the ringleader in selling Joseph into slavery.  This story illustrates his personal development. Here, Judah is seen as offering payment to a prostitute (Tamar) and leaving tokens of identity as a pledge for that payment.  Years later he will offer himself as a pledge that his brothers would return to Egypt, progressing from selfishness to selflessness.

                                                                                                  Helen Mullins

The Bank Pop-In

Did you know that The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Pop-In on the first Wednesday of every month between 9 and 10.30am?  If you fancy some company and a chat, do come along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s fine to come on your own and is a great opportunity to share interests and experiences over a cuppa!  

This has been organised in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery's PPG (Patient Participation Group).



Sabine Baring Gould was born in 1834 and educated at Clare College, Cambridge.  He took Holy Orders in 1864 and after serving his curacy near Wakefield, where he met his wife-to-be, Grace Taylor, at that time aged 14.  They married in 1868 and had 15 children.  Baring Gould became the perpetual curate of Dalton, near Thirsk, in Yorkshire and he later became rector of East Mersea in Essex.  In 1872 his father died and he inherited the 3,000-acre family estate of Lew Trenchard in Devon, which included the living of Lew Trenchard parish.  In 1881 the living became vacant and he appointed himself rector.

Baring Gould was a collector of folk songs and published a book, “Songs and Ballads of the West”.  He also wrote several novels.  Two of his ancestors established the London merchant house of John and Francis Baring Company which later became Barings Bank.  His paternal grandfather, William Baring, had assumed by royal licence the additional surname and arms of Gould, in accordance with the terms of his inheritance of the manor of Lew Trenchard from his mother, Margaret Gould.
Baring Gould’s most well-known hymns are:

            Onward, Christian Soldiers
            Now the Day is Over

Alrewas Retired Men’s Lunch Club


The Alrewas Men’s Lunch Club is being set up for retired members of our local community to enjoy a monthly natter and a nice lunch.

Alrewas and Local surrounding villagers are most welcome.

Free to Join, Free to Leave. Please consider joining so that we can get it up and running ready to have our  first meeting/lunch this month.

Registered members will receive full details and regular communication.

I have had good interest so far and several have already joined.

First meeting  at George & Dragon. Date to be advised.

Use this link to Join:


World Day of Prayer

A Date For Your Diary
This year’s World Day of Prayer joint service with Alrewas Methodist Church is on
Friday 6th March at 7.30pm at All Saints Church.
The service has been prepared by Christian women in Zimbabwe
and its title is ‘Rise! Take Your Mat And Walk.’
Everyone is invited, hope to see you there!
Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details
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 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 at 2pm. Dates for February are the 13th and 27th.
Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.

 comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 12.30pm on Fridays 14th and 28th of February 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

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

Blissful Baby Massage
Alrewas Village Hall
Group sessions - ring Alice for details - 07579 764567
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

Afternoon Drop-in

Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)

Alrewas Methodist Hall
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments

Please feel free to come along to the Methodist Hall any Monday afternoon for a cuppa, fun and friendship .
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
Services in February
2nd February  - Morning worship led by Revd Crispian Acher

9th February - Communion service led by Revd Robert Bates

16th February - Together in Worship - led by Revd Jo Thornton

23rd February - Morning worship led by Ms Lesley Cox 

Prayer Time

Each Monday at 9.15am a small group of Christians from All Saints Parish Church and Alrewas Methodist Church come together for half an hour of prayer, alternating between the two churches. We believe that by praying together we can grow closer, and that our praying can become more meaningful and supportive.
We would be delighted if you could come and pray with us (even if only occasionally)

Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
Methodist Church 3rd and 17th February
All Saints 10th and 24th

Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

Messy Church is on Friday 14th February
All welcome. 5 - 7pm
Alrewas Methodist Church

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 for February are Wednesdays 5th, 12th, and 26th.
(we are closed on 19th for half term holidays)

Ring or text Helen on 07515 940060 to find out more
Deadline for the March issue

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

Services in February
Sunday 2nd February
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age Worship with the Music Group
Sunday 9th February
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 16th February
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 21st February
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church

A time of craft, play, fun and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents and carers
Sunday 23rd February
10.30am Family Communion
(LENT begins 26th February)


Find us on Fradley St.Stephen


Year of the Burial Ground 2020

At this time of year burial grounds can seem barren and empty at first glance. However, if you wrap up warm enough and spend a peaceful half an hour sitting, you may see a variety of winter visitors such as fieldfares and redwings. Both are types of thrush which migrate from colder climes. In addition, look out for song thrushes, mistle thrushes and blackbirds which also descend on yew trees to eat the berries.
Churchyards have acted as sanctuaries for yew trees over thousands of years. The most significant collection of old trees in Europe is to be found in the churchyards of England and Wales, where approximately 800 yews with an age above 500 years have been recorded. Churchyards are sometimes referred to as the ‘Noah’s Ark’ for yews. If you are wanting to find out how to look after your yew, we have an information sheet ‘Yews and Other Veteran Trees’ which is on our website, along with an informative short video by yew tree specialist Russel Ball.
If you do record any bird species – common or rare – we would love to hear from you. Your records could then go on our Beautiful Burial Ground map.
All the best
Andrea Gilpin

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in February
9th  February      11.30am – Holy Communion

23rd   February   11.30am – Family Service

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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

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01827 820218


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,                                                                                        07912 359237
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:      Mr Nick Kilford                                                                                          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

Parish News

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