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Parish Council Meeting - 25 January 2017

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 January 2017

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. Standing Orders, Risk Assessment and Financial Regulations
11. HS2
12. Jubilee Cup
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice and draft minutes of the last meeting are available on these pages

Parish Council Meeting - 04 January 2017

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 04 January 2017

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Planning
5. Financial Matters
6. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 25th January, 2017, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Abbots Bromley School Open Art Exhibition 2017

Submissions Deadline Friday January 6th
Open View Friday January 13th, from 3:45pm

Submissions are now being taken, deliverable to Reception, Abbots Bromley School. Any size, any medium, £3 per entry. Please supply flat work ready to hang.

We would be delighted to see our neighbours from the village and surrounding areas at our Open View on 13/01/17, but the exhibition will also be open by appointment only during weekdays until 26/01/17.

For further information please email ngandy@abbotsbromleyschool.com

Road Closures on Monday 12th September 2016

There is the potential for temporary road closures on Horn Dance day

A formal notice has been issues allowing for road closures in connection with the Horn Dance on Monday 12th September 2016.

Details are contained in this document: PDF icon Horn Dance day road closure (79.5 Kb)

Parish Council Meeting - 30 November 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 30 November 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. HS2
11. Christmas Tree
12. Agenda items for the next meeting
13. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 4th January 2017 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall
Wednesday, 25th January 2017 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice and draft minutes of the last meeting are available on these pages

Local Housing Needs Assessment - 1st December 2016

The Neighbourhood Plan group will be presenting the results of the recent Housing Needs Assessment including displays of the key statistics and an update of our work on Thursday 1st December - 19:00, Church House

We will also be introducing our emerging criteria for assessing future housing sites and there will be an opportunity for you to comment on this process. Displays will be open from 18:30, presentation from the group begins promptly at 19:00.

Refreshments will be available.

See PDF icon Housing Needs Assessment notice (101.3 Kb) for more details.

Contact us:
Email: abbots.bromleyndp@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABPNDP/
Webpage: http://www.abbotsbromley.com/neighbourhood_plan

Parish Council Meeting - 26 October 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 26 October 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Vacancies on Parish Council - co-option
3. Public session
4. Declarations of Interests
5. Minutes of Previous Meetings
6. Matters of report
7. Planning
8. Financial Matters
9. Group Reports
10. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
11. 2017 Meeting and Surgery dates
12. HS2
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice and draft minutes of the last meeting are available on these pages

Parish Council Meeting - 28 September 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 28 September 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. HS2
11. Agenda items for the next meeting
12. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice and draft minutes of the last meeting are available on these pages

Vacancy for two Parish Councillors

Are you interested in serving the community of Abbots Bromley? Would you like to help with local government in Abbots Bromley?
Do you have one evening a month, plus some other spare time?

If so, following the recent resignation of two Councillors, there are presently vacancies on Abbots Bromley Parish Council. A formal notice of the vacancies is available.

For more information, contact:-
Mrs S Meads, Clerk to the Parish Council
Marsh Farm, Uttoxeter Road, Abbots Bromley, Staffs,
WS15 3EJ, Tel : 01283 840891
Email: parish.council@abbotsbromley.com

In the event of there being no nominations, co-options may be made at the Parish Council meeting in October.


New Phone Number (105) to report power cuts

When the power goes out, it can leave people feeling unsure about what to do, with many wrongly thinking they should call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to.

In order to solve this problem, a new phone number is being launched by electricity networks. From 6th September 2016, dialling 105 will connect callers to their local electricity network operator.

105 is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales. The number can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from - anyone can call 105.

The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, the emergency services should be called too.

Further details are available in the this presentation: PDF icon Telephone 105 for power cuts (355.5 Kb)

Finfest Event 16-17th September 2016

The Finfest 2016 event is taking place in the Abbots Bromley area on the 16th & 17th September

The event is in memory of Chris Findley, an off duty police officer who died from injuries sustained after an unprovoked attack when walking home after a night out with friends in Wolverhampton in February 2013 and all profits are donated to the Brain and Spine Foundation.

For full details see the poster - PDF icon Finfest 2016 poster (181.6 Kb)

ABNDP Newsletter and Housing Needs Analysis

The Abbots Bromley Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group has issued a newsletter and is carrying out a local housing needs survey.

The Abbots Bromley Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group is carrying out a local housing needs survey to build on what you told us in our first consultation. It is clear that housing and the future provision of housing is important to the community and therefore we need to understand more about this to inform the plan making process.

Local housing need is about getting to grips with what we as a Parish wish to see in terms of provision and therefore it is very important that we receive as many of these surveys back as possible. It has been devised to be as simple and quick to complete as possible. (Download the questionnaire)

We appreciate you taking the time to help us. Full details about how to return the form can be found at the end.

If you wish to find out more about Neighbourhood Plans and housing need then please visit the link below, or come and find us on the Neighbourhood Plan stall on the Village Green on Horn Dance Day (Mon 12th Sept).

The August newsletter is now available to read.

ABPNDP News and Events - Summer 2016

The Neighbourhood Development Plan Group has provided a brief update on key events and activities in the coming weeks.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Group will be producing a news bulletin and conducting a Local Housing Needs Survey.

These will be posted out to all households in August/September. In addition, survey forms will be available on the website and from businesses within the village (see news bulletin for full details).

Some new displays to provide information about our recent work will be available shortly so please keep a look out for them. These will be in the Village Hall, Church House and display cabinets next to the Butter Cross.

The NDP group will have a stall on Horn Dance Day (Monday 12th September 2016) so please pop along to meet us, see some new displays, ask any questions about the plan and let us have your views.

Thank you.

Parish Council Meeting - 27 July 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 July 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report (War Memorial, Goat’s Head Car Park, Public Space Protection Orders, Parish Surgery)
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. HS2
11. Horn Dance
12. Agenda items for the next meeting
13. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 28th September 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Parish Council Meeting - 29 June 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report (War Memorial, Goat’s Head Car Park, Public Space Protection Orders)
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. HS2
11. Horn Dance
12. Agenda items for the next meeting
13. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Notice of Audit - period ending 31 March 2016

The Parish Council has issued the statutory notice about the annual audit.

The notice can be viewed on these pages

Parish Council Meeting - 25 May 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 May 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Working Groups
7. Declarations of Interests
8. Minutes of Previous Meetings
9. Matters of report (Parish Assembly, Parish Surgery, Village Planters, War Memorial)
10. Planning
11. Financial Matters
12. Group Reports
13. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
14. HS2
15. Horn Dance
16. Agenda items for the next meeting
17. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Annual Parish Assembly - 18 May 2016

Will take place at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley

The formal business will commence at 7.00pm, tea and coffee will be available from 6.30pm.

The agenda is:
1. Apologies
2. Chairman’s Report – Cllr Roger Jarman
3. Presentation of certificate to 2015 Jubilee Cup holders
4. Presentation of Jubilee Cup for 2016
5. Receive the accounts from United Charities
6. Update on the Abbots Bromley Neighbourhood Plan
7. Open Forum
8. Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Councillors will be present if you would like to discuss any issues with them informally beforehand.

There will also be visual displays by the Nostalgia Team and the Abbots Bromley Neighbourhood Plan Group.

2016 Parish Assembly: 7pm Wednesday 18th May 2016

The Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group will be presenting the results of the recent consultation at the Parish Assembly being held in the Village Hall.

ABNDP logo We will also be joined by a Planning Officer from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Please come along to have a look at the displays and talk to us about the work of the group and the next steps in the plan making process.

Your views are important and need to be taken into consideration at all stages of the work.

Email: abbots.bromleyndp@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABPNDP/
Website: http://www.abbotsbromley.com/neighbourhood_plan

Contact the Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group

One of the key results of the recent consultation was that the community asked to be kept up to date and given the option of engaging directly with the Neighbourhood Plan Process in a variety of ways.

ABNDP logo We have therefore set up a number of online options to supplement our continued use of leaflet drops, updates through the Bromley Bulletin and events around the village.

Email: abbots.bromleyndp@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABPNDP/
Website: http://www.abbotsbromley.com/neighbourhood_plan

Help tidy our village - Saturday 30 April 2016

Judging for the Best Kept Village competition begins on 1st May

If you would like to lend a hand and help in the efforts to win the Best Kept Village competition then please come along to a village tidy on Saturday, 30th April starting at 10.00am at the Buttercross.

Equipment will be provided. Judging for BKV will start on the 1st May and continues throughout the Summer

So let’s try to get the village looking great.

Parish Council Meeting - 27 April 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 April 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters to report (War Memorial, Wild Flower Planting, Dog Fouling)
6. Planning (incuding Neighbourhood Plan, Gapstile Application)
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports (Recreation; Village Property; Traffic, parking & Highways; Competitions; Newsletter; Village Hall)
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. Jubilee Cup
11. Parish Assembly
12. HS2
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Staffordshire Day - 1st May 2016

You already know how great Staffordshire is - but you may not have realised that there is a plan to celebrate that!

Staffordshire Day logo On Sunday 1st May 2016, Staffordshire Day will celebrate all our county has to offer, like the stunning scenery of the Staffordshire Peak District, the thrills of the UK's top theme parks, and the mouth-watering masterpieces from our best restaurants.

Read all about it at http://www.enjoystaffordshire.com/StaffordshireDay.aspx

How to report highways issues

Staffordshire County Council has recently changed the way that you can report highways issues

As you may be aware the highways call centre will no longer be accepting emails as a way of reporting defects. They are encouraging the public to use the new reporting systems in place as well as the 0300 111 8000 number.

The first link below is to the ‘report it’ page on the website and the second link goes to the ‘Mystaffs’ app page which has separate links to download the app through Google Play store or iTunes.



It is hoped that you find this useful, the report it system is easy to use and if you want to attach photos you can. Once reported this goes straight in to the system ready to be directed to the correct team without having to go through the call centre.

Goose Lane closure - February/March 2016

To enable sewer repairs, it is proposed to close part of Goose Lane from 29th February 2016

NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Goose Lane, Abbots Bromley between its junctions with Lintake Drive and St.Nicholas Way unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road or is being used for police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

The preferred alternative route for traffic will be available via Goose Lane, St.Nicholas Way, Miresbrook Lane, Bagot Street, Goose Lane and vice versa.

The Order will come into operation on 29th February 2016 at 8am, and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 11th March 2016 at 5pm.

The full text can be viewed - PDF icon Goose Lane closure - February/March 2016 (10.7 Kb)

Parish Council Meeting - 30 March 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 30 March 2016

Summary agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters to report (Parish Surgery, War Memorial, Staffordshire Day, Wild Flower Planting)
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters (including Parish Council Grants for Village Organisations)
8. Group Reports (Recreation; Village Property; Traffic, parking & Highways; Competitions; Newsletter; Village Hall)
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. Jubilee Cup
11. Parish Assembly
12. HS2
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

The deadline of 31st March is very close!

Just a reminder that there is still time to complete and return the questionnaires as sent out in the February issue of the Parish Council Newsletter (Bromley Bulletin) on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

They can be returned to The Parish Council Clerk (parish.council@abbotsbromley.com)

They can also be dropped off at Wilson’s the Butchers, On the Green or Cash Stores (Top Shop) where collection buckets are provided.

If you require additional copies of the questionnaire then blank forms are available at the three posting points around the village.

Make sure your voice is heard by the 31st March deadline! For more information visit:
http://www.abbotsbromley.com/neighbourhood_plan where a blank form can be downloaded and information about the Neighbourhood Development Plan process can be found.

Parish Council Meeting - 06 January 2016

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 06 January 2016

Agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
To receive and, if appropriate, accept apologies for absence.

2. Public session

3. Declarations of Interests

4. Planning
• Applications: To agree responses to recently received planning applications:
• Decisions: To receive details of planning decisions
• Other planning matters

5. Financial Matters
• Report on payments made since last meeting
• Payments to be made
• Receipts
• Budget 2016/17

6. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 27th January, 2016, Village Hall


The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Open Art Exhibition - January 2016

Abbots Bromley School are inviting submissions to their open art exhibition

Abbots Bromley School's Open Art Exhibition is taking submissions of artwork in any medium up until Wednesday January 6th (delivered to reception and made ready to hang if two dimensional) - £3 per entry, maximum two pieces per person.

The exhibition will run 15/01/16-28/01/16 with an open viewing on Friday January 15th from 3:30-6pm.

Village Meeting - Neighbourhood Plan - 18 November 2015

At the Parish Council meeting in July the decision was taken to begin the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Abbots Bromley.

The next step will be to agree an Abbots Bromley Neighbourhood Plan working group that will work on drafting and consulting on the plan.

The working group will be made up of Parish Councillors and hopefully interested residents, businesses and local service providers. The plan is only likely to be successful if we can get together a range of different people from across the community.

Corinne O’Hare who is a Planning Officer from East Staffordshire Borough Council has kindly agreed to come along to a meeting to set out the Neighbourhood Plan process more fully and hopefully answer any questions that you might have. This
meeting will be on the 18th November 2015 in the Village Hall, starting at 7:30pm.

Road Closures - Sunday 12th June 2016

This is an early warning of probable road closures in our area on Sunday 12th June 2016

Village organisations planning their own events should be aware that "Ironman" triathlon is again taking place in Staffordshire and will result in numerous road closures in our area.

Further information will be distributed nearer the time but you can also visit the Ironman web pages.

Neighbourhood Plan - First step

As the first step towards developing a Neighbourhood Plan, a notice of designation of a neighbourhood area has been published for comment

Abbots Bromley Parish Council has recently applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council to become a designated Neighbourhood Area as required by section 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

See the full details on the ESBC web pages

ESBC are now officially publicising the designation application as required by section 6 of the regulations. The publicity period for designation runs from Wednesday 9th September 2015 to Wednesday 7th October at 12noon.

If you would like to comment, please send an email to: neighbourhoodplanning@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or write to:
Neighbourhood Planning
East Staffordshire Borough Council
The Maltsters
Wetmore Road
Burton upon Trent, DE14 1LS
By the closing date, as above.

Libraries Consultations end 2nd September 2015

Staffordshire County Council is presently running two public consultations that will allow residents to have their say on the future of library services in the County.

Two consultations about the library services are ending on 2nd September and you may want to make your opinion known about the proposals.

Find out more about the mobile and travelling libraries consultation (This is highly relevant to Abbots Bromley)

Find out more about the proposed changes to libraries opening hours consultation (This will only be of interest to those who visit the libraries in Burton or Lichfield)

Road Closures - Monday 7th September 2015

There will be short temporary closures of Bagot Street and High Street on Horn Dance Day

To allow safe passage of dancers and spectators parts of Bagot Street and High Street will be temporarily closed for a short time on the morning and the afternoon of Monday 7th September 2015.

The order permits closure between 0800-0900 and 1500-1700 and the full details of the closure notice may be read using the link below.

PDF icon Road Closure Notice - Horn Dance Day 2015 (105.3 Kb)

Temporary Recycling Facility at Uttoxeter

There is an update from County Councillor Atkins on the plans for an interim recycling centre at Uttoxeter while a new permanent site is built

After much work by both county and borough councils we have come to a solution for Uttoxeter HWRC.

If you recall ESBC need the Pennycroft site to progress development works funded by a Local Growth Fund grant from the government via GBSLEP to develop this and another site in Burton at Bargates. This funding has to be spent this financial year.

SCC will fund and build a new HWRC site adjacent to the A50 and sewage works on land currently owned by ESBC after planning is granted and as the site access roads are built. In the interim SCC will provide a temporary HWRC site at the old Hockley crossing highways site in Uttoxeter, subject to planning permission being granted which is in progress.

Unfortunately there will be short period between the old one closing on August 31st and the temporary one opening, when ESBC will collect bagged ‘side’ green waste in addition to its normal green waste collections and place a number of its lorries in council car parks on Saturdays and Sundays.

I have to thank everyone involved in the work they have done since the election in May to achieve this solution. I know we all would have preferred no period of closure at all between the sites but this is the best we can do in a tight timescale with some of the issues such as funding out of our direct control.

Regards, Philip Atkins

Temporary Closure of Goose Lane - Saturday 11th July 2015

A section of Goose Lane will be closed on Saturday 11th July on the occasion of an open day at the Fire Station

Goose Lane will be closed from Uttoxeter Road to the junction with St Nicholas Way on Saturday 11th July 2015. The closure is expected to come into effect by 9am and end by 4pm.

Those residents directly affected should have already been informed but further details are available in this notice.

Ironman road closures - Sunday 14 June 2015

There will be considerable disruption to local traffic on Sunday 14 June 2015 when the "Ironman" event takes place in our area.

The road closures will be begin from 7am and continue into the early afternoon. For further information see the following:


Warning of home security scam

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.

The warning comes after members of the public from Lichfield and Stoke-on-Trent reported incidents in the past two days.

This is a scam where a legitimate company specifically sells to vulnerable people, particularly the elderly, and overcharge for products. They claim that crime is rising in the victims’ neighbourhoods and the alarms they were offering to install ensured a swift police response. Such businesses will provide misleading and false information to get into homes.

In one incident, a man in his late 60s was targeted with repeat phone calls from a company offering a security system for a ‘limited time offer price’ and once agreed and fitted he was charged almost £3,300 more. In another incident a woman was highly overcharged for a basic security system.

Neighbourhood Watch advice is:

  • always be extremely careful of businesses which ‘cold call’ you, either by telephone or at your door. If someone contacts you out of the blue or turns up at your home unexpectedly, DO NOT agree to their business and DO NOT let them into your home. NEVER give them personal or card details
  • if you are thinking of having an alarm fitted, obtain three separate quotes from different businesses. Also, check what you will be paying a year for monitoring, as these costs and services vary
  • if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is
  • be alert and ring police if in doubt.


Regards,
Ronnie Turner
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: ronnie.turner@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Ironman crossing points - 14 June 2015

There are some unpublicised crossing points that may help if you need to travel on Sunday

Peter Male has been able to find out details of some points where it is possible to cross the Ironman route and enable some journeys that would otherwise be very difficult, if not impossible.

These are marked on a map and will be of particular help to anyone wishing to travel between Abbots Bromley and Uttoxeter.

Ashbrook Lane development - Public meeting Wednesday 3 June

There will be an opportunity to discuss the planning application for new homes off Ashbrook Lane with the planners on 3rd June.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council will be hosting a meeting to be held on Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 7.00 pm in the Memorial Room, The Village Hall, Abbots Bromley.

The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to discuss the proposed development on Ashbrook Lane with representatives from ESBC’s planning department.

All members of the public are welcome. The meeting will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Uttoxeter Household Waste Recycling Site - an update

Couny Councillor Philip Atkins has provided an update regarding the situation with the household waste recycling centre in Uttoxeter.

In January of this year the landowner, East Staffordshire Borough Council, gave the operator, Staffordshire County Council, six months’ notice to leave the site in Pennycroft Lane.

The County Council has committed to spending up to £1 million to provide a new facility on a brownfield site off Dove Way within 18 months.

However, following recent talks with East Staffordshire Borough Council, the position has changed: now Pennycroft Lane will remain open until September and both councils will use the time to work together to explore options for a temporary solution until the new site opens.

Parish Council Meeting - 20 May 2015

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Working Groups
7. Declarations of Interests
8. Minutes of Previous Meetings
9. Matters of report
10. Planning
11. Financial Matters
12. Group Reports
13. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
14. HS2
15. Horn Dance
16. Agenda items for the next meeting
17. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 24th June 2015, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Guitar Concerts in Abbots Bromley - 6/8th April 2015

The National Youth Guitar Ensemble are taking residency at Abbots Bromley School and putting on a concert series. There is a free lunchtime concert on the 6th April. On 8th April the Ensemble are performing.

National Youth Guitar Ensemble While the Ensemble is in Abbots Bromley, there will be two concerts. To promote live music to the younger generation the Wednesday concert is free for under 18s. Click on the poster image below to view full details.



Monday 6th April - 1.30pm
Abbots Bromley School - Chapel

Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo


Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey are former members of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble, who are building a reputation as one of the most exciting young duos in the UK. They are currently studying for a Joint Masters in Guitar Duo at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
FREE Admission
Retiring collection


Wednesday 8th April - 6.30pm
Abbots Bromley School - Thompson Hall

National Youth Guitar Ensemble (NYGE)


Musical Director: Gerald Garcia
The NYGE, comprising the UK’s most talented young guitarists, will be performing an enthralling and colourful programme of original chamber and orchestral music written for the guitar.

Music by composers including Gerald Garcia, Leo Brouwer, Gary Ryan, Shingo Fujii, Carlo Domeniconi and Celso Machado.
Tickets: £10 (£5 Concessions), Free for under 18s.


NYGE poster image
BOX OFFICE
NYGE Co-ordinator
Tel. 07761 425405

Email: info@nyge.org.uk

Website: http://www.nyge.org.uk


Election updates for May 2015

The details of the nominated candidates are now available for the Parish Council, Borough Council and Parliamentary Elections due to take place on Thursday 7th May 2015

Click on the relevant link to view the notice:



2015 Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly for 2015 will take place on Wednesday 22 April and all residents are invited to attend

The formal business will commence at 6.30pm, tea and coffee will be available from 6.00pm and the councillors will be present if you would like to discuss any issues with them informally beforehand. There will also be information to view on the plans and progress with the Lichfield Road sports field.

See the full agenda here: PDF icon Agenda for Parish Assembly 2015 (21.7 Kb)

Marsh Farm Tea Room Gardens open to public

Every Saturday from 2nd May through to 26th September Marsh Farm Tea Room gardens will be open to the general public.

Marsh Farm gardens Everyone is welcome to wander around the award winning gardens between 2.30pm to 5.30pm and any donations received will be given to St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

The tea room will also be open if anyone fancies a cup of tea or a delicious home-made scone or cake.

For more information please call 01283 840323.

Post Election opportunity

With only six nominations having been received for the nine vacancies on the Parish Council, an opportunity exists for those wishing to serve their community in this way

Following the election on Thursday 7th May, the six new Parish Councillors will have an opoprtunity to co-opt willing members of the public to serve on the new Council.

Anyone who thinks that they might be able and willing to serve in this way can contact the Parish Clerk to make her aware of their interest.

The principal qualifications for you to become a Parish Councilor are:
- over 18 and a British or Europena citizen
- lived or worked in the parish for at least 12 months
- you are not an undischarged bankrupt
- been convicted of an imprisonable offence in the last 5 years

For more information, see http://www.cpalc.org.uk/becoming-a-parish-councillor



Parish Council Meeting - 25 March 2015

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 25 March 2015

Agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Presentation from ESBC regarding Conservation Area Review
3. Public session
4. Declarations of Interests
5. Minutes of Previous Meetings
6. Matters of report
7. Planning
8. Financial Matters
9. Group Reports
10. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
11. Parish Assembly/Jubilee Cup
12. Election Planning
13. HS2
14. Horn Dance
15. Agenda items for the next meeting
16. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 29th April 2015, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Conservation Area: Open forum - Wedesday 18 March 2015

The Parish Council will host an open forum to allow discussions of the Conservation Area Review For Abbots Bromley in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Conservation Area Appraisal The Parish Council is inviting all residents of Abbots Bromley to come along and share their thoughts and provide input into the Parish Council’s response to East Staffordshire Borough Council review of the Conservation Area in Abbots Bromley.

The 48-page January 2015 Abbots Bromley Conservation Area Appraisal document can be found on the ESBC web pages from where it can be viewed or downloaded.

There is also a form for you to use in contributing your personal comments.

2015 Election Notices

Details of the dates and procedures for nominating candidates are now available

On 7th May 2015 we will have the opportunity to elect new Borough and Parish Councillors as well as our Member of Parliament.

The staff of East Staffordshire Borough Council oversee the election process for Parish and Borough and have issued key information in these notices:


Are you aware of these scams?

Neighbourhood Watch have recently released an updated copy of their "scambook"

Neighbourhood Watch logo We have been advised by Neighbourhood Watch that telephone scams are particularly prevalent at the moment. Numbers 5 and 20 in the list linked to below are especially common.

Apart from keeping yourself aware, are there elderly or vulnerable people you know who could you could keep informed?

Please follow the link to download the updated Scambook from the OWL website, listing scams targeting residents and businesses.

SCAMBOOK February 2015 (403 KB)

Will you have your say?

The Abbots Bromley Conservation Area is in the process of being reviewed and at present there is an opportunity for residents to comment on proposed changes up to 13 March 2015.

Conservation Area Appraisal The 48-page January 2015 Abbots Bromley Conservation Area Appraisal document can be found on the ESBC web pages from where it can be viewed or downloaded.

There is also a form for you to use in making your comments.

The document includes maps and photographs of the village along with extensive narrative covering the historical development of the village, assessments of the townscape and landscape along with future management recommendations.

It could be you

In May this year, a new Parish Council is due to be elected and this provides an opportunity for anyone interested in serving their community in this way to stand as a candidate.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council has nine members elected to serve for four years. No special qualifications are required to be a Councillor and the majority of those over the age of 18 are eligible to stand.

Councillors must live, work or own land in the parish to qualify and will need to follow a formal process of nomination that will be posted nearer the date of the election.

Acting as a Parish Councillor is unpaid, and requires a commitment of a few hours a month to attend meetings and review documents. Those who are elected to the Council will receive any training required to help them function effectively.

Parish Councils hold a unique place in local government with few duties that they must perform but many powers that they can exercise. The extent to which they are sucessful in promoting and building their own community depends on the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the Councillors and it is an opportunity to to do much - or virtually nothing!

Candidate nomination papers will be available from the Parish Clerk (or from the Town Hall in Burton) towards the end of February.

Completed nomination papers should be delivered in person to the Town Hall, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB from Monday 23 March to Friday 27 March inclusive. Election staff will be on hand in the Weaver Room which is situated to the left of the reception desk (in the Town Hall) between 10am and 3pm.

If there are fewer than ten nominations, then those candidates will be elected without a poll.

Join a walk round Abbots Bromley

The second walk in the 2015 programme will take place starting from the Butter Cross at 0930 on Sunday 1st February.

Each year the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society plans a programme of twelve monthly walks in the surrounding countryside. The walks usually start and end at the Butter Cross and typically cover 4 to 6 miles. They cover a mixture of terrain including stiles and those intending to joint the walks are advised to come with suitable footwear.

These walks are open to anyone to join in and more details can be found in the 2015 programme.

Parish Council Meeting - 28 January 2015

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Agenda:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meetings
5. Matters of report
6. Planning
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. HS2
11. Election Planning
12. Horn Dance
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
Wednesday, 25th February 2015, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Waste Collection Dates for 2015

If your home has not received the new calendar of waste collection dates from December 2014, it is available on-line.

This year the information is particularly hard to find on the ESBC web pages, so we are including a link here to make life easier. PDF icon Waste Collection dates for 2015 (658.0 Kb)

For the majority of properties in Abbots Bromley, the collection normally takes place on a Wednesday unless alternate dates have been advised - such as for the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

Christmas waste collection

The East Staffordshire Borough Council web pages advise that over the Christmas and New Year period, the council will continue providing your alternate weekly waste and recycling scheme. However there will be changes to three days.

However there will be changes to three days as follows:-

Normal collection date (Rescheduled collection date)

Thursday 25th December (Saturday 20th December)
Friday 26th December (Saturday 27th December)
Thursday 1st January (Saturday 3rd January)

Up to 3 additional bags of the appropriate waste type will be collected with your blue and grey bins during the period 27th December up to and including the 9th January on your collection day. Flattened cardboard will also be collected at the side of your blue bin.

PLEASE NOTE: the brown bins will NOT BE suspended this year. Brown bin collections will be continuing through the Christmas and New Year period to enable residents to recycle any leftover food waste.

If you have excess recyclables they can be taken to one of the recycling sites located throughout the borough. Excess waste can be taken to the household waste site on Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent or Pennycroft Lane, Uttoxeter.

Christmas card and Christmas tree reycling

After the Christmas period, residents in East Staffordshire can recycle Christmas cards in their blue wheeled bins.

Residents can also recycle their real Christmas trees through the brown bin scheme. Place your real Christmas tree inside your brown bin ensuring that the lid is fully closed or place it at the side of the bin and it will be collected on your collection day.

If you need clarification on when your recycling and waste is to be collected please download a copy of your collection calendar from the waste and recycling pages of our website or contact Customer Services on 0800 269098.

See this information on the ESBC web pages

Superfast Broadband for Abbots Bromley?

Superfast Staffordshire aims to bring fibre based broadband to 97% of premises in the county by spring 2016 with the intention of giving our County a competitive edge.

SFBB Newsletter sep14 More information about the project can be found on the Superfast Staffordshire web pages. Amongst the detailed information about the project there is a list of suppliers for the superfast broadband services so that you can see who offers this service in your area.


At the time of writing this news item, the latest newsletter from the project is September 2014 and newsletters are added to the site several times a year.

A recent to addition to the project web pages is an interactive map showing the planned roll out of superfast broadband across Staffordshire.

Staffordshire bus information

Staffordshire County Council have brought together information about local bus services so that you can access it more easily

The following two links to the Staffordshire County Council web pages provide useful details about bus routes and timetables for our county.

Maps of Staffordshire bus routes (Abbots Bromley comes in the area described as "Uttoxeter and Cheadle")
Timetables for Staffordshire bus routes

Ben Holder Jazz Quartet, Saturday October 18th

The recent concert held at the Girl's school, Ben Holder Jazz Quartet, was a fantastic night of live music and a great success!

No fewer than 169 adults and 5 childs attended to witness raw, brilliant talent from Ben and his band.

We raised a total of £1481.50 on the night for St. Nicholas Church and my thanks go to Peter Livesey who organised the event on my behalf, and the fund raising committee.

And guess what!? It was soooooo good that we will probably do it again next year!!!

This takes the St. Nicholas Church Fund Raising to £7554 for 2014.

Another great effort by the few for the many.

Martin Godfrey

Bonfire Night 2014

The Scouts & Guides Hut Committee present "Bonfire 2014"

Taking place on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at the Village Hall.

6.30pm Gates Open
Fireworks at 7pm

Come and join us for fun and fireworks at the Village Hall £2.50 per person, Family £10, Preschool - Free.

Hot dogs, burgers and refreshments available

See the PDF icon Bonfire Night 2014 (62.3 Kb) poster for full details.

Jazz in Abbots Bromley

The latest fund raising event in aid of St. Nicholas Church
sees the team hiring the Girls’ school in Abbots Bromley.

Guests will be entertained by The Ben Holder Quartet (Jazz violin, guitar, bass and drums) on Saturday 18th October in The Thompson Hall, Abbots Bromley School.

There will be a licensed bar, with real ale, wine and soft drinks throughout the evening.

Doors open at 7.00 for 7.45 start. Tickets £10 (child £5). For reservations and tickets contact:
Peter Livesey
07972 571893 Liveseypj@aol.com
4 Preedys Close, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3EE

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK.
Brought up in Burton on Trent and taught classical violin from the age of 6, Ben
has been a professional jazz musician since leaving the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Ben, who also performs on keyboard and vocals, will be joined by Oxford's amazing Jez Cook on guitar, Dave Wilkes on drums and Paul Jeffries, the founder of the Oxford Jazz Festival, on double bass.

We look forward to welcoming one and all.
Martin Godfrey

Funds for local projects - October 2014

Have you got a local project for Abbots Bromley that would benefit from an injection of funds? If so, act now so that your bid can be considered.

Numerous new and improved facilities within Abbots Bromley have been made possible by the provision of financial grants. Examples like the Village Hall, playgrounds and sports facilities spring to mind.

While there are always oportunities to seek funds, at the present time there are two specific examples each with a local focus that could help any project you are considering.

Firstly, the East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Forum will be meeting in November and there is an opportunity to put forward projects to be considered for delivery in the 2015/2016 financial year.

Secondly, the Parish Council will be starting work on preparation of a budget for the 2015/2016 and would like to hear of any village projects that should be considered for inclusion.

To make a proposal in either context, you need to provide information to the Parish Council (via the Parish Clerk parish.council@abbotsbromley.com) in time for it to be discussed at the October meeting. That is by Wednesday 23rd October 2014.

Abbots Bromley - Best Kept Village winner for 2014

Abbots Bromley wins again in the Stafordshire "Best Kept Village" competition

Abbots Bromley is one of the few villages in the county that has consistently participated in the Best Kept Village competition for the fifty-plus years it has been running.

Over the years Abbots Bromley has been a winner on many occasions and various trees around the village, including the Red Oak and Western Red Cedar on the village green, commemorate these successes.

In 2014 Abbots Bromley achieved the honour of Best Kept Large Village in East Staffordshire but the overall prize of Best Kept Village in the area eluded us.

A big "thank you" to all those who contributed to the win by their consistent efforts to keep the village clean and tidy.

St Nicholas Church - Update

Raising the awareness of the need to fund raise for St. Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley, started in earnest in August 2012. Two years on and we have passed £19,000 and counting!

Abbots Bromley is a thriving community of many sorts. Local villagers, newcomers, retirees, youth, commuters and local businesses. At the heart of the village beats the grand building of St. Nicholas Church. And as is the case with many ancient buildings, maintenance is a hungry mouth to feed....

In August 2012 we set about our first fund raising event under my direction. We held a BBQ at The Bagot Arms and promptly raised £1060 via good food, raffles, auctions and putting on a fun filled evening. We had a blueprint to replicate as many times as we could without becoming repetitive, boring or burdensome. The village locals and those from nearby responded magnificently to our endeavors and by the end of the year, from events such as a Gift Aid weekend, Quiz Night hosted by the Coach & Horses, book sales from Cash Stores, Penny Jar from The Crown, Bouncy Castle from The Goats Head, Bell Ringing at all pubs, a donation from The Ruchi and culminating in a Christmas Tree Festival, we raised £5692.69.

With a full year ahead of us in 2013, we repeated the above but added a Ceilidh Evening, Indoor Picnic, Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Teas in Church House, donations from The Ladies Club and Royal British Legion, Open Gardens, Mini Music Festival and a star turn day with the famed Horn Dancers of Abbots Bromley. We raised £8431.38.

And so to 2014, where much of the above successes have been repeated, and new events added such as The Lichfield Gospel Choir in St. Nicholas Church. Our planned forthcoming events include a BBQ at The Bagot Arms on Friday 29th August (tickets £6), a Jazz Violin Concert on Saturday October 18th and the Fun Quiz Night at the Coach & Horses Wednesday November 12th. All welcome!! So far in 2014, we have raised £4945.54.

Come and join in the fun with us!! Eat, drink and be entertained!

We have our plans for 2015 too which will be much of the same (as above) with some new additions. We try to have something for someone, somewhere.

So how do we spend the monies raised. We have made a huge contribution to such projects as resurfacing the outer perimeter making it safe for walking and wheelchair friendly. Windows at the west entrance have been repaired and cleaned. Tiles at the Alter and Chancel area have been replaced, repaired and polished. The Church is very well maintained overall.

Winter heating bills are huge!

Our overriding aim has always been to try to make a difference.....

Martin Godfrey
01283 840771

ABSA Fundraising Dinner and Auction

Abbots Bromley Sports Association are hosting a fundraising Dinner and Auction at the Hilton St. Georges Park this November. We hope you will join us.

ABSA logo In celebration of the beautiful game; our special guest speakers are Footballing legends Viv Anderson and Norman Whiteside.

Under the care of the Hilton and with Charlie Dagnall as master of ceremonies, the evening is set to be one to remember!

- 3 course meal at the Hilton
- Q&A with Viv Anderson
- Talk by Norman Whiteside
- Auction
- Tours of St Georges Park are available at an additional cost of £9 pp
- Discounted room rates are available
- 19:00 pm arrival for 19:30 pm start
- Dress code: Lounge Suit & Cocktail Dress

Prices: £65 per ticket or £600 for a Table of 10

Visit www.absasport.co.uk to see the menu and download the booking form. Alternatively request it via email from events@absasport.co.uk

Full details of the event - including how to book - are available on this flyer and more information about ABSA can be found here.

Finfest 2014

Finfest is a small charitable music festival featuring 90's Britpop legends, which is coming to Abbots Bromley in September!

Finfest image February 2013 Chris 'Fin' Findley was killed whist trying to do the right thing - break up a fight between a male and two females. He was struck from behind and kicked whilst on the floor he sustained life threatening Brain injuries and died a week later after spending the time in an induced coma. Fin was a serving Police Officer and only 33 years old. Finfest is a celebration of Fin's life and we are raising money for the Brain and Spine Foundation who support people who's lives are affected by injuries such as those Fin sustained.

Finfest has some fantastic bands including 90's legend: Dodgy, John Power from Cast and The La's, Mark Morriss from the Bluetones, Luke Concannon from Nizlopi and many many more. There are over fifty bands across three stages and two days, Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th September. Weekend camping tickets are only £30 for adults!

There will be a mobile climbing wall and bouncy castle for the kids and a little festival village supplying all your festival needs!

It promises to be a fanastic event and we are delighted to be hosting it in Abbots Bromley!

For more details visit the website http://www.finfest.co.uk or via our Facebook page or via twitter @finfest2014

See you down the front! X

Open Gardens - Sunday 6th July 2014

Several gardens in and around Abbots Bromley are again opening, including Church House for Teas/Coffees and cakes. There will also be refreshments available at some of the open gardens.

Last year was a huge success and so popular for locals and visitors to the village, that we had to do it again! We were blessed with a beautiful, calm and sunny day last year and we hope for a repeat of the same.

The gardens will be open from approx. 2 pm to 5 pm and tickets can be bought from local businesses, and from Anthea, Gill and Maureen by phoning (01283) 840624, 840208 and 840936 respectively.

Tickets cost £2.50 each.

We hope to see you in the gardens and the village!

Martin Godfrey

High Speed Broadband Update - May 2014

A newsletter from the Superfast Staffordshire team is now available reporting the rollout to Yoxall and Kings Bromley

The Superfast Staffordshire initiative has the aim of achieving one of the best broadband infrastructures in the world for our county.

The May 2014 Newsletter is now available.

Revised bus service from 28th April 2014

Following a review of local transport, the bus service between Uttoxeter, Burton and Queen's Hospital is being increased to an hourly service and the Lichfield service withdrawn

Abbots Bromley will gain some benefit from the service changes which will allow return journeys to Burton station, shops and town centre Monday to Saturday each week.

Details of the new services which commence on Monday 28th April are contained in a new timetable. See the PDF icon 402 and 403 bus timetable (1.9 Mb) which also has information on the fares.

The original information about this change failed to explain that the previous 428 service to Lichfield would be withdrawn. There seems to have been no local consultation about the proposed changes and the Parish Council has made strong representations about the way that this has been managed.

Parish Council Meeting - 21 May 2014

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 21 May 2014

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Working Groups
7. Declarations of Interests
8. Minutes of Previous Meetings
9. Matters of report
10. Planning
11. Financial Matters
12. Group Reports
13. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
14. HS2
15. Horn Dance
16. Agenda items for the next meeting
17. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 25th June 2014, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Annual report for 2014

The annual report for the year ending 31 March 2014 is now available

Each year the Clerk to the Parish Council compiles a report for the Annual Parish Assembly bringing together key information.

You can now access the first issue of the 2014 report.

Road safety campaign reminds drivers that “20 is Plenty”

With children heading back to school after the Easter holidays, drivers are being reminded that 20 is Plenty in a bid to keep pupils safe.

The high profile road safety scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council to encourage drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 20mph outside schools.

Each term 16 Staffordshire schools benefit from the scheme, which is in operation when pupils are arriving in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) which display the speed of a vehicle as it passes by are used to urge drivers to slow down.

Cllr Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county with Staffordshire County Council said: “The 20 is Plenty scheme aims to remind drivers not to put pupils lives at risk by driving above 20 miles an hour.

“Staffordshire is now amongst the top three counties for road safety in the country and it is down to innovative schemes like this which are helping to keep our roads even safer.

“It is important to remind drivers to be aware not just of their speed but also to be more vigilant around schools, because children can be preoccupied by their friends, technology and other distractions especially when they are leaving school.

“We also hope that the scheme will increase the number of children walking and cycling to school which in turn, will improve health and wellbeing, save parents’ money on petrol costs, whilst easing congestion around schools.”


The scheme was first launched in 2010 and has now been rolled out to over 160 schools across the county.

2014 Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly for 2014 will take place on Wednesday 14 May and all residents are invited to attend

The formal business will commence at 6.30pm, tea and coffee will be available from 6.00pm and the councillors will be present if you would like to discuss any issues with them informally beforehand. There will also be information to view on the plans and progress with the Lichfield Road sports field.

See the full agenda for PDF icon Annual Parish Assembly 2014 (21.8 Kb)

Bagot Arms Indoor Picnic – Friday 11th April 2014

Abbots Bromley locals and visitors turned out in force to support another village initiative to raise funds for St. Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

We did it again!! What a Friday Night!?

We packed out Lisa and Dave’s pub with 55 people all enjoying their own individual picnic hamper.

It was good fun from the start. Plenty of banter and generous donations to the raffle and auctions. This event has become a must do annual event and hopefully we will return in 2015.

And now the very important news..... We raised £645 for our Church, St. Nicholas.

My thanks to all those people who made it happen.

Martin Godfrey

Gospel Choir Evening – Success!!!

The Lichfield Gospel Choir comes to Abbots Bromley

This was very much a new type of event for us and the first time we have used St Nicholas Church itself.

And what a night?! We had 60 members of the Choir singing for us and the congregation in excess of 150.
Almost a full house!! They came from far and wide. Great atmosphere and the aisles rocked! For sure, we will have St. Nicholas church as a venue again, probably next year.

Importantly, we raised £1440 for our Church.

My thanks to the small team who worked so hard behind the scenes to make this event such a success.

Martin Godfrey

High Speed Broadband Update - March 2014

The third newsletter from the Superfast Staffordshire team is now available

The Superfast Staffordshire initiative has the aim of achieving one of the best broadband infrastructures in the world for our county.

The March 2014 Newsletter is now available.

If anyone has any information specific to Abbots Bromley, or suggestions as to how we should campaign, then please send details to the webmaster.

St Nicholas Church Fund Raising

The latest fund raising event was the Fun Quiz Night held at the Coach & Horses. Despite a power cut affecting the whole village, we were set up and ready to go by candle light! As if by magic, the light came on again just before our 8pm start time.

We raised £660 on the evening – thank you.

We are rapidly approaching the end of our first full year of dedicated fund raising for St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

We have held many varied events this year from an Indoor Picnic, BBQ, Ceilidh Evening, Quiz Night and Open Gardens through to our very own Mini Music Festival and a day with the Horn Dancers.

There’s more to come with our Christmas Tree Festival on December 22nd and the A B Bell Ringers on Friday December 20th visiting all the local pubs.

In 2013, so far and counting, we have raised a fantastic £7837.38!! An update of the final total will be in the January 2014 Parish Magazine.

So many thank you’s are extended to ALL who have helped us by giving generously their time, raffle/lot prizes, premises, and general all-round good will and support/attendance. It’s been a pleasure.

Onwards to 2014..... First event February 8th 2014 – Village Hall, Ceilidh Evening!

My sincere thanks, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Martin Godfrey

St. Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley

I am proud, pleased and privileged to announce the total amount of money raised from our first, full, dedicated year to fund raising. We raised £8431.38!

No fewer than 19 events were organised in and around the village, taking full advantage of local businesses opening the doors and giving us freedom to put on “an event”. Outdoor events such as open gardens and a day with the Horn Dancers proved popular too. So many people attended our events, many donating raffle/auction prizes and hospitality to help boost the funds raised. We brought the Abbots Bromley community together many, many times. Great!!

And so we head out to 2014, and a full programme of events again. We start off with a Ceilidh Evening on Saturday, February 8th at the local village hall. A great success last year, we had to do it again!! The same format as last year, tickets £15 to include hog roast supper.

Call me on 01283 840771 or Gill on 01283 840208 and join us for the evening. We sold out last year, so don’t hold back!!

Hope we see you there!
Martin Godfrey

St Nicholas Church – Abbots Bromley

The fund raising effort kicks off in style with the first
of several planned events for 2014

On Saturday February 8th, at the Village Hall, we held a Ceilidh Evening to raise funds for St. Nicholas Church.

No fewer that 107 people attended the fund raiser and were entertained, fed and watered for 5 hours!

We had raffles and auctions to help keep the funds rising and never have I seen so many happy, smiling faces willing to give so generously. It was a truly GREAT night!!

We raised £1255.............. FANTASTIC!!

My sincerest thanks to ALL.
Martin Godfrey

Christmas and New Year waste collections 2013/14

Since Christmas and New Year both fall on a Wednesday, both Abbots Bromley waste collections are re-scheduled!

Details of the revised schedule were included on the bulletin posted through doors earlier in the year. For those who have forgotten where they put it, the key details are:

Saturday 21st December 2013: Grey bin collection replacing Christmas Day

Saturday 4th January 2013: Blue/Brown bin collection replacing New Year's day

For full information see the East Staffordshire Borough Council web page

Time is running out for Abbots Bromley

The East Staffordshire pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation ends soon. This is a quite boring title for a rather important document that will affect all our lives.

Between 18th October and 29th November 2013 there is an opportunity to comment as part of the consultation on the Local Plan for East Staffordshire.

Details of the consultation and the full text of the document are available on the ESBC web pages.

In particular this plan defines two areas for housing development that would extend the settlement boundary for Abbots Bromley. The map of Abbots Bromley shows the two proposed areas but needs to be looked at in conjunction with the explanatory text of the main documents.

The friendliest village?

A possible future TV series might search for the best village in Britain. If you or your group would be interested in putting Abbots Bromley forward, then the details are included here.

I am a researcher at Studio Lambert, a television production company based in London. We are currently developing a new series for C4 to uncover Britain's best villages.

We're looking for Britain's friendliest village, who will welcome our judges and convince them that they are Britain's best. Our series would be a new way of celebrating Britain's villages and rural communities, showcasing their friendliness, community spirit and local amenities. The general tone of the series will be light, entertaining, character driven and heart-warming.

As this is still in the development stage (so not for broadcast), we're just looking to speak to a few villages who may be interested in taking part in this type of series (should it be commissioned). Looking at Abbots Bromley's website, it seems that you are an exceptionally vibrant village, so I'd love to speak to someone in the village about village life.

In keeping with the rest of Studio Lambert's output (like the Secret Millionaire, Undercover Boss and Gogglebox) we
really want this to be a positive and entertaining series.

If you can think of anyone in the village who may be happy to chat to me about Abbots Bromley - particularly if they're involved with local groups I'd love to speak to them. You can call me on 0207 534 2012.

Ellie

Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

This is a quite boring title for a rather important document that will affect all our lives.

Between 18th October and 29th November 2013 there is an opportunity to comment as part of the consultation on the Local Plan for East Staffordshire.

Details of the consultation and the full text of the document are available on the ESBC web pages.

Rogue Trader Alert

Trading Standards have recently been altered about rogue trader activity in the Tamworth area. Rogue traders claiming to be ‘roofers’ have suggested to residents that there is a problem with their roof and that they could fix it for a fee.

Neighbourhood Watch have reported that a local resident has recently received such a call.

The vulnerable victim wasn’t fully aware of the situation occurring but luckily the victim’s neighbour spotted that the roofers were carrying out work and contacted family relatives to attend. The roofers claimed that the victim owed £350.00 but the family relatives denied paying this as there had been no work carried out.

The roofers were warned off and came back the next day to frighten the victim by sawing a fridge freezer in half and left it on the victim’s drive way and then days later came back
again and poured oil across the driveway.

These scams take advantage of people who are vulnerable and can easily be talked in to thinking there is a problem.
If you think you may have been a victim of this type of scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud

If you are suspicious of any callers, please inform the Police right away. Staffordshire Police non emergency number is 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

Produced: 28th August 2013 by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards

UK at risk of ‘Vishing’

Trading Standards have recently been alerted by Financial Fraud Action UK that there is a phone scam in which fraudsters target individuals to deceive them into revealing personal and financial information - or make payments into the fraudster’s account.

‘Vishing’ involves a fraudster making a phone call to a potential victim, posing as someone from a bank or building society fraud investigation team, the police or another legitimate organisation such as a telephone or internet provider. They attempt to obtain financial information which often includes credit/debit card details (including PIN), bank account details and personal information such as full name, date of birth or address. This information is then used by the fraudster to gain access to their victim’s finances.

Trading Standards is warning people to not be afraid of putting the phone down to fraudsters but be wary of those cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters will keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end. Remember that it takes two people to terminate a call so try and use a different phone line if you are asked to ring back.

If you think you may have been a victim of this type of scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud

Produced: 2nd September 2013 by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards

Ridware Young Farmers - Joining up night

Held at The Crown pub (Abbots Bromley) on Wednesday 25th September at 7.30pm

Ridware Young Farmers are a friendly bunch of 12-26 year olds who meet every wednesday at 7.30pm. Being a young farmers member you can meet knew like-minded people, enter competitions such as Tug-of-War and Flower aranging, go to amazing balls and discos and even see the odd cow. Please come and join in the fun at our Joining up night, its going to be brilliant!

For more information please visit our Facebook page or contact:
Chairman - George Goodwin on 07974 730604, or
Secretary - Emma Smith on 07935 860427

Bagot Arms BBQ - 30th August 2013 - a report

Fund raising for St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

Well, people. We did it again.

We started at the Bagot’s in 2012, and one year later we returned.

And yes, the fund raising efforts for St Nicholas Church were met by the same generosity as always. My thanks to Lisa & Dave for the kind donation of all the food and handing there pub over to me for the evening.

A great night had by all!! More than 80 people turned out. Fantastic!
Our funds were boosted by an incredible £950 on the night. A kind donation of porcelain plates were auctioned for £90 and many kind donations for raffle prizes. A HUGE thank you to all concerned.

Martin Godfrey
PS. We always need raffle prizes/auction lots. Thanks!! in advance.

Road Closure on Horn Dance Day - Monday 9th September 2013

A temporary road closure notice for Horn Dance Day 2013 has been issued.

The proposed road closure affects Bagot Street and High Street between 0800-0900 and 1500-2000.

you can read the full text of the road closure notice in the Adobe file on these web pages.

NHS111 Update for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Following the announcement in the press last week that NHS Direct is withdrawing as the provider of the NHS 111 service, we want to reassure you that we have firm plans in place for the future of NHS 111 locally.

NHS call 111 logo In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent we have taken a proactive decision to develop an interim solution for the provision of NHS 111 service, and after engaging with other out-of-hours service providers, we have appointed Staffordshire Doctors Urgent Care (SDUC) to work up plans for implementation of the 111 service locally.

SDUC are part of the Vocare Group which currently provides services to over 1.5 million people, including people in Stoke-on-Trent and parts of Staffordshire as the Out of Hours provider. They have a history of providing urgent care services dating back 17 years and are a partner in the North East England NHS 111 service which is one of the best performing in the country.

Patient safety is of upmost importance to us and we will not announce a date for this interim solution to “go-live” until we are satisfied it is totally safe and robust. It will then be introduced in stages, so that we can get the service absolutely right for each local community.

NHS 111 remains a statutory requirement for each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide to their patients and where it is working well, the benefits of the urgent care system are really being highlighted (including in the North East where the service is going from strength to strength0.

In the meantime Staffordshire people who require support outside GP opening hours should continue to call their regular GP number. (This system is currently working well. Calls are currently being answered in the required timeframe, and there has been no significant increase in attendances at Accident & Emergency or in ambulance despatches.)

We appreciate that local communications about NHS 111 have been limited in recent months - this has been regionally and nationally driven due to commercial sensitivities. However, we can now look forward to keeping you fully informed about developments with the service locally.

Open Gardens - Sunday 14th July: Abbots Bromley Village

A fantastic day, a fantastic turnout and fantastic gardens! No fewer than 8 gardens were opened to the public on Sunday in aid of St Nicholas Church fund raising effort.

What more could we hope for to bring the village together on another fund raising event? A truly surreal sight to see
so many people walking the village with a green pamphlet grasped in their hand. Refreshments served to aid the
coffers on a very hot Sunday afternoon. Wonderful.... We really are some village!!

And the Grand Total raised for St Nicholas Church was £935!! WOW!!!

On behalf of the fund raising committee.....THANK YOU!!
Martin Godfrey

Bagot Arms Annual BBQ 2013

Last August saw the first of many fund raising efforts towards the upkeep of St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley. I can’t quite believe how quickly the year has gone, and now we are back for our “annual” event.

Last August saw the first of many fund raising efforts towards the upkeep of St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley. I can’t quite believe how quickly the year has gone, and now we are back for our “annual” event.

  • Friday August 30th. 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Tickets £6 each.
  • Burger or Hot Dog, plus piece of chicken, plus salad.
  • Night time music courtesy of D J Dave!!
  • Raffle Prizes!! AND a GREAT Village Evening Of Fun!!
  • All proceeds to St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley

Everybody is welcome and tickets are available on the door. We had a sell out evening last year and looking for more of the same this year.
Martin Godfrey

Schools transport consultation - update

Staffordshire County Council has abandoned proposals to phase in a change to its discretionary catchment school transport policy for children attending mainstream schools from September 2014.

Parents with children who may be affected by the proposals should have been notified of the consultation but the documents can be viewed at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transportconsultation.

Under the proposals, parents would have been asked to contribute £380 per year towards the cost of their child using catchment school transport in some circumstances.

A petition was started for those who wished to record their opposition at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/say-no-to-school-transport-costs

However, on Monday 1st July the County Council announced that the consultation was being ended and the proposals abandoned.

Horn Dance Sunday Special 2nd June 2013

The Horn Dance Troup were busy on the morning of June 2nd with a photographer and participating in a photo shoot. But what about the afternoon?

All dressed up and nowhere to go!

What an opportunity for a fund raiser like me!! We put on a village event, a one off special, appearing at each local pub/restaurant for an hour......

Horn Dance special event June 2013 Abbots Bromley villagers and visitors turned out in force to support this unique event – a one off special by the Horn Dancers – to help raise funds for St Nicholas Church, AB.

The weather turned kind and we had sunshine all the way. The crowds came. Local businesses helped with raffles and donations, church teas and cakes had great success, the Mayor was impressed! The village was united in fun and friendship.

My thanks to all of you for your support, for those who helped behind the scenes, and of course to the Horn Dancers themselves.

Brilliant Day!!! AND.......we raised £1301.38 for St Nicholas Church.

Huge thanks to all.

Martin Godfrey

Parish Council Meeting - 15 May 2013

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Working Groups
7. Declarations of Interests
8. Minutes of Previous Meetings
9. Matters of report
- Parish Assembly
- Parish Surgery
- Councillor Vacancy
10. Planning
- Applications
- Decisions
11. Financial Matters
- Report on payments and receipts
- Finance Report to 30th April 2013
- Annual Audit Return
- Clerk’s Salary Review
12. Group Reports
13. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
14. HS2
15. Horn Dance
16. Agenda items for the next meeting
17. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 26th June 2013, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Best Kept Village Poster Competition

Over 140 entries were submitted to the Abbots Bromley Best Kept Village Competition providing the judges with a major challenge.

The winners of the 2013 poster competition were announced at the Abbots Bromley Parish Council meeting on 24th April:

3-4 years:
* Harriet French (Roch House)

5-7 years:
* 1st prize - Oscar Green (Richard Clarke)
* 2nd prize - Susie Catterall (Rchard Clarke)
* Highly Commended - Isabel Stevenson (Roch House)

8-11 years:
* 1st prize - Ruby Kumar (Roch House)
* 2nd prize - Matthew Jackson (Richard Clarke)
* Highly Commended: - Hattie Lulzeman (Roch House)

The posters will be on display at various points around the village over the period of the "Best Kept Village" competition.

Horn Dance Sunday Special

An unprecedented event is taking place in Abbots Bromley on Sunday 2nd June 2013.

The famed Horn Dancers are supporting the St Nicholas Church Fund Raising efforts by performing from 1pm to 6.15pm calling at all four pubs and The Ruchi during the afternoon.

PLEASE COME AND SHARE IN THIS UNIQUE EVENT

Bring your family, tell your friends to come too. We want to fill the village on this day. Enjoy Sunday lunch. You will be able to dance with the Horn Dancers! YES!! Become a Horn Dancer yourself for just £5 per dance. All proceeds going to St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

Times may vary...1-1.15 pm The Crown, then The Coach and Horses, followed by The Goat, The Bagot Arms and The Ruchi, returning to The Crown for 6.15pm approx. An hour at each venue.

Eat, drink, dance and have a good fun time.

Please spread the word and we’ll see you on Sunday June 2nd.
Martin Godfrey

Thank you Abbots Bromley

The fund raising efforts within the Abbots Bromley community continue to be a success, and it is great to be able to spread more good news.

Dear Abbots Bromley and Surrounding Areas

We started in August 2012 with an idea or two to raise funds for St Nicholas Church. To coin a phrase, “If we build it, they will come” and you did! Thank you.

We have tried to entertain you, feed you, ply you with drink....(only joking), and we asked
for your support. And support you did! And it is just good news that I want to convey.

St Nicholas Church is an expensive “old dear” to keep. But, I can tell you our church wants for nothing. St Nicholas is well maintained and in good order throughout. Keeping the Church open all year, with our own resident Vicar, including all services is a very costly mouth to feed.

No doubt, without your recent efforts over the past 8 months, the financial state of affairs for our church would be dire. Yes, that bad. BUT.........together we made a difference, and that was always my objective when we formed a fund raising committee..........To Make A Difference.

I am so happy and pleased to announce that in 8 short months we have raised more than
....................£8000. And there’s more! We have a full programme of events for the
remainder of 2013 and I am sure, together, we will move into £5figures raised.

So, on behalf of Abbots Bromley PCC, we THANK YOU!

Martin Godfrey

Parish Council Meeting - 24 April 2013

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 24 April 2013

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Updates on Village Hall Field and Lichfield Road Sports Field
4. Declarations of Interests
5. Minutes of Previous Meetings
6. Matters of report
- Parish Assembly
- Councillor Vacancy
7. Planning
- Applications
- Decisions
8. Financial Matters
- Report on payments and receipts
- Finance Report to 31st March 2013
9. Group Reports
10. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
11. HS2
12. Mini bus
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meetings
- Parish Assembly 6.30pm Wed, 8th May 2013 - Village Hall
- May Parish Council Meeting 7.00pm Wed, 15th May 2013 - Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter - April 2013

The April issue of the Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter is now available

Neighbourhood Watch logo The latest issue of the newsletter is now available (see link below) and contains useful advice on bogus callers and protecting your mobile phone.

PDF icon Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter: April 2013 (85.2 Kb)

Regards,
Dave Jones
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: david.jones11219@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 01785 238243

The Bagot Arms Indoor Picnic, Abbots Bromley

The village again came out in their numbers to support the fund raising efforts for St Nicholas church, Abbots Bromley. This time an indoor picnic – no reliance on the weather!

Indoor picnic at Bagot Arms We packed the local pub and our thanks go to Lisa & Dave for giving us the opportunity to “take over” and turn the pub into a country picnic. Everyone received a picnic basket filled to overflow with sausage rolls, pork pie, sandwiches, chicken, wraps, cheese slices – I could go on!

Finishing with trifle and cream cakes of all and every variety.
All washed down with lashings of ginger beer, cloudy lemonade and the old favourite dandelion and burdock (although some of us did have a pint!)

A calorie count was not a good idea!

We had 15 raffle prizes and 3 auctions as part of the evening too.

People gave very generously and we raised a total of £818 on the night.

A massive thank you to all those people who gave so generously towards the evening with donations of prizes and foods for the hamper and also to those who helped in the
background to the make the event as good as it was. Thank you!!

Martin Godfrey

Bad weather information - roads and schools

Information about Staffordshire school closures and roads affected by weather or roadworks is available on-line

Staffordshire County Council has a page on their website where information about schools closures is available - Schools closures (You might want to select just "East Staffordshire" from the "Area" drop-down list)

The Highways Agency provides an on-line map of traffic conditions for the West Midlands - Traffic map (Note that this is sometimes slow to load and that you need to select additional items for display from the list on the right of the map. You might also want to zoom in)

Police Warning Motorists Of Scam

Motorists are being warned to beware of fraudsters who have struck numerous times in Staffordshire in recent days.

The offenders usually park in laybys off main commuter roads and pretend that their car has broken down. They flag passing vehicles down and then ask for money in exchange for jewellery or gold that turns out to be fake.

Since the start of this year, the conmen have struck in various places throughout the county and the wider region. Crimes have taken place in areas including Lichfield, Blythe Bridge, Leek, Hixon, Brereton and Wolseley Bridges, near Rugeley.

The offenders are described as being Asian or Eastern European in appearance and one of them had a distinctive scar on his nose. They have used a variety of cars including a Mercedes, a Fiat Punto and a Volkswagon estate.

Detective Superintendent Julie Prince, from Staffordshire Police, said: "The offenders sound plausible and have already persuaded several victims to part with money. "We would urge people to be vigilant and if they are approached to contact police immediately with as much information as possible about the vehicle or person that approached them."

Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The original notice and others are available for viewing from the OWL web pages:


Theft of motor vehicle in Bagot Street, Abbots Bromley

At around 22:40 on Thursday 7th March, a Land rover Defender was stolen from the car-park of a public house in Bagot Street, Abbots Bromley.

The vehicle has since been found abandoned in the West Midlands area. If anybody saw anything suspicious in the area, or can offer any information please contact the police on 101 quoting incident 720 of the 7th March, or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information provided by Dave Jones
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch

"Lock Snapping" burglaries advice

In a number of burglaries which have occurred in the East Staffordshire area recently, access has been gained to properties by forcing the lock on a UPVC door.

This is more commonly known as 'lock snapping' where an object is used to snap the lock cylinder. Unless your doors are quite new it is likely that the locks on your doors can be forced in this way.

You might wish to look at upgrading your locks to a new 'anti-snap cylinder lock' which will overcome the problem. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.securedbydesign.com or by contacting a reputable locksmith.

In addition to this advice, the majority of these burglaries have occurred at the rear of properties via patio and kitchen doors. Please take a minute to review the security at the rear of your property and make any amendments if necessary.

Information supplied by Dave Jones
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: david.jones11219@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 01785 238243

The Bagot Arms Indoor Picnic

With the Ceilidh Evening such a success, we are hoping to repeat the community fun and fellowship by announcing our next event. An indoor picnic, with drinks and who cares about the weather!

Friday 12th April 2013, 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets £6 per head. Reserve NOW!!!

Enjoy English Springtime whatever the weather!
A proper picnic and drinks.
Raffle First Prize.... Hamper stuffed full to bursting!!
To include hamper basket and rug. (value £100+)
There will be other raffle prizes too.
Tickets £1 each from the Bagot Arms or Martin
Raffle Tickets: On Sale NOW!!
We hope to see you for another fun filled evening!

On behalf of fund raising for St Nicholas Church, A B.
Martin Godfrey. 01283 840771

Ceilidh Evening Huge Success

The Ceilidh evening held at the village hall on Saturday evening 2nd February was a huge fund raising success for St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

No fewer than 102 people turned out to be entertained by Bill’s Mother’s Ceilidh Band and fed by way of a delicious hog roast.

With a full bar in operation too, it was a fun filled happy place to be. The dance floor was packed for each dance and everyone enjoyed a proper good fun knees up. Oh, what a night!!

And, most important too, we raised £1192 for St Nicholas Church. This was the first planned fund raising event for 2013 and with several more to follow throughout the year, we are hoping to continue to fulfil our objective of making a difference within the community.

My thanks to all who helped and donated to the evening.

Martin Godfrey

Community bulk oil buying scheme

The Community Council of Staffordshire has been running a community bulk oil scheme since October 2012. The purpose of the scheme is to utilise the purchasing power of buying in bulk.

They have had three successful orders and have just placed another one. The scheme currently has just over 170 members across the whole county.

People join the scheme as either domestic (£20), community building (£30) or business(£100) members. This is an annual membership. Every month we then invite the members to place their heating order with us. The orders are then collated together and passed to a negotiating team, who will then negotiate the cheapest price that they can get. Once the order has been placed we will then contact members letting them know the price and supplier details and any information about delivery. Payment is made to the suppliers and delivery will be within 3-10 days.

The more people that join the scheme the stronger their negotiating power will be helping to bring the prices down further.

For more information and to look at past prices please visit their website http://www.staffs.org.uk

HS2 Phase 2 route maps

The initial proposed route of the West Midlands to Manchester high speed rail link maps are now available on-line

The maps published on Monday 28th January 2013 show an "initial preferred route" which passes close to the southern edge of Stockwell Heath.

An overview of the section HSM03 shows the local section of route with seven supporting drawings expanding the detail.

Link to the maps

Find out more about NHS 111 Service

People interested in health services and local community group representatives are being invited to attend one of a series of events taking place in February/March to find out more about a new NHS urgent care telephone service.

NHS call 111 logo Ten events are taking place across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent to inform people about and gain feedback on the new NHS 111 service, which aims to offer a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.

People should use the NHS 111 service if they urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation/999 emergency.

The service, which will be staffed by a team of fully trained advisers and supported by experienced nurses, will ask people questions to assess their symptoms, then give them the healthcare advice they need or direct them straightaway to the local service that can help them best. That could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, a walk-in centre or urgent care centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist. (If an ambulance is needed, one will be sent just as quickly as if someone had dialled 999.)

NHS111 is expected to be available across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent from March 2013, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls will be free from landlines and mobile phones.

See the leaflet for dates and locations of the events you can attend.

Neightbourhood Watch: Step up security warning

Police are reminding residents to take simple crime prevention measures this winter to protect their homes against burglars. The timely reminder comes following two incidents in the Kingstone area of Uttoxeter at the end of December.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire Local Policing Team Commander, said: "We are urging residents to look at their property through the eyes of a burglar and make adjustments if there are weak security spots. Keep burglars out by shutting windows and locking doors, even when you are in the house or the garden. Residents are asked to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activity or vehicles immediately by ringing 999."

To keep burglars at bay:

  • secure passageways and side entrances, make sure sheds and garages are fitted with proper security locks, and put tools away so they can't be used to break in to your home
  • if you have to leave ladders outside, make sure they're on their side and securely fixed to a wall or permanent fixture
  • keep wheelie bins secure and away from your property to stop thieves using them to get through first floor windows, or setting fire to them
  • when darkness falls close curtains and blinds to stop would-be intruders window shopping
  • mark items with your postcode and house number using an 'invisible' pen available from DIY stores. This makes stolen property easier to identify
  • ensure valuable items are not left in plain view and keep them away from windows and doors
  • fit mortise locks to all front and back doors and locks to windows that are in easy reach
  • keep house and car keys safe and away from doors, windows and letterboxes - NEVER leave your car running while it's defrosting
  • keep garages and sheds secure
  • fit low cost security lighting as a deterrent.

For further information, visit the 'advice zone' section of Staffordshire Police's website www.staffordshire.police.uk, or ring the non emergency number 101.

St Nicholas Church - Fund Raising

The fund raising efforts, commencing 31st August 2012, developed into a much appreciated social gathering for villagers and those from surrounding areas.

From just three main events, Bar B Q, Quiz Night and Gift Aid weekend, plus numerous smaller activities such as penny jars, raffles and bell ringing at Christmas, culminating in a Christmas Tree Festival held inside St Nicholas Church, the funds raised were quite impressive.

The sum raised from August 31st - December 31st 2012 was £5692.69

So much were the events welcomed within the village, that a plan of social events has been put together for 2013, starting with a Ceilidh Evening to be held at the village hall on Saturday 2nd February.

We look forward to a full year of fun and fellowship, making a difference and ensuring our Church benefits from us as we do from it.

Martin Godfrey

Parish Council Meeting - 02 January 2013

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 2 January 2013

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place at Church House, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Planning
- Applications
- Decisions
5. Lengthsman's Contract
6. Financial Matters
- Report on payments made since last meeting
- Payments to be made
- Receipts
- Finance Report to 30th November, 2012
- Budget 2013/14 Enclosed
7. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 30th January, 2013, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter - December 2012

Issue 3 of the Uttoxeter Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter is now available

The latest issue of the newsletter is now available (see link below) and contains some timely advice on how to protect your property over the holiday season.

PDF icon Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter - December 2012 (463.4 Kb)

Christmas 2012 waste and recycling collection dates

Details of the Christmas collection dates are available on the East Staffordshire Borough Council web pages

Information about the collections over the Christmas period is available on the ESBC web pages at http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Services/WasteandRecycling/Refuse/Pages/BinCollection.aspx.

Of interest to residents of Abbots Bromley, is that there will be no collection on Boxing Day, but there will be a collection instead on Saturday 29th December.

Some other relevant information from the ESBC web pages is, "Up to 3 additional bags of the appropriate waste type will be collected with your blue and grey bins during the period 24th December up to and including the 5th January on your collection day. Flattened cardboard will also be collected at the side of your blue bin.

PLEASE NOTE: the brown bins will NOT BE suspended this year. Brown bin collections will be continuing through the Christmas and New Year period to enable residents to recycle any leftover food waste."

Waste and recycling collection dates

Details of the collection dates are available on the East Staffordshire Borough Council web pages

A variety of information is available on the ESBC web pages about the bin collections at http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Services/WasteandRecycling/Refuse/Pages/BinCollection.aspx.

Collections for Abbots Bromley are on Wednesday and the schedule of which bins are collected which week can be downloaded here or from the ESBC pages.

Village Grass Cutting: Invitation to Tender

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is inviting tenders for grass cutting and related maintenance in the village during the period April 2013 - October 2015

If you would like to receive the full Invitation to Tender Document, please contact the clerk.

Sealed Tenders must be submitted to the Clerk using the enclosed forms and envelopes and arrive no later than midday on Wednesday 18th November 2009. To verify receipt, those submitting tenders may wish to make use of the "Signed for" delivery service offered by Royal Mail.

Tenders will be opened and considered and considered at the Parish Council meeting on 2nd January 2013, with the outcome communicated in writing to all those who tendered as soon as possible thereafter.

In reviewing the tenders, the Parish Council will not be constrained to accepting the lowest quote but will take into account the principles of "best value".

Community Spirit Making A Difference

The emergence of a new team of fund raisers for St Nicholas Church, has seen the Abbots Bromley community come together in a wave of support, friendship and generous giving's/donations in 2012.

In May 2012, a team headed by Martin Godfrey, including Rev. Lynda Farrington, Gill Grundy, Anthea Blower, Maureen Allaker and Lesley Purden, decided on a plan of action to raise awareness for the need to support St Nicholas Church.

Aware that the weekly cost, circa £800, is a large mouth to feed, the team set about trying to "make a difference". Local events were thought through, to invite the community as a whole to join in, have fun, socialise and to get out of the house for the day/evening.

The first event was quickly put to bed, advertised and what a success!! The Bagot Arms hosted a BBQ evening, attended by more than 100 people and £1060 raised.

We were now up and running and the secret was out - we had a fund raising social event agenda! October came and went with a fund raising Gift Aid Weekend. Another success for the team!

We have raised £2663 to date, and we know we can look forward to a healthy tax return in 2013 which should boost the total by another £500 approx. In November we held a Fun Quiz Night, hosted by the Coach & Horses, again supported by some 100 people and £700 raised.

The Crown supported with a Penny Jar collection and Cash Stores sold second hand books to help boost the overall total. Another £200 (ish) for the cause. We look forward to a full agenda of perhaps 6 events in 2013 and to full support from the community and others to help us "make a difference".

Details of events to follow.........

Martin Godfrey

Abbots Bromley Village Post Boxes

The Parish Council is aware that many people are not happy with the post boxes in the village since the removal of the large post box from the old Post Office.

The small boxes that we now have are often full and do not take any mail larger than A5.

The Parish Council is still working to try to resolve this situation but if you feel strongly about this and have a bit of free time then we feel it may help if as many people as possible write to Royal Mail to express their concerns.

If you wish to do this then please contact the Parish Clerk and she will pass on the contact details for Royal Mail.

In the meantime the Parish Council will continue to request that a large box is installed.

(Item from Bromley Bulletin 49 - November 2012)

Best Kept Village Competition 2012

As usual, at this time of year, we have received the Best Kept Village judges comments. These set out the areas which were a credit to us and also point out where we lost valuable marks.

The final judgement was finely balanced between ourselves and Yoxall. We lost the trophy and first place because in May there was DOG MESS and cigarette ends on the village green. It seems the old problem has reared its head again!
The judges were delighted with the children's posters all laminated and displayed round the village "a credit to the schools".

Special praise was given for the areas around the Village Hall, Scout Hut, Buttercross and children's playgrounds. The War Memorial was deemed immaculate with beautiful planters and no litter or weeds. The cricket pitch was in  excellent condition and the Millennium Playground had the "best and most varied equipment seen for many years". The pubs were also in excellent shape, particularly The Bagot Arms, and the bus shelters were deemed well maintained.

The Parish Council would like to congratulate everyone who cleaned and spruced their properties for this years effort it is much appreciated. A big thank you to all who worked so hard.

See you next year!

Thank you, Roger Mills

(Item from Bromley Bulletin 49 - November 2012)

PCC Election on 15th November 2012

Eligible village residents will be able to vote for their choice of Police and Crime Commissioner

Details of those persons nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election on November 15th 2012 are now formally published and can be viewed here.

Burning desire to try something new?

There are presently opportunities to become a Retained Firefighter as part of the team at Abbots Bromley Fire Station

Retained Firefighter poster If you are over 18 and live within five minutes drive of Abbots Bromley Fire Station, then you could be eligible to become a Retained Firefighter with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

For further information, contact:
Toby Wilson
Tel: 01785 898692 (EXT 8692)
Mob: 07967 573567
Email - t.wilson@staffordshirefire.gov.uk

Road Closure on Horn Dance Day

On Monday 10th September 2012 the main road through Abbots Bromley may be subject to temporary closure

The annual Horn Dance will be taking place in Abbots Bromley on Monday 10th September 2012.

For the safety of dancers and onlookers, the Police may invoke temporary road closures during the following periods:
- 8am to 9am
- 3pm to 5pm

The full road closure order (PDF document) may be viewed: PDF icon Road Closure Notice - September 2012 (448.8 Kb)

Abbots Bromley Road Closure - Sunday 3rd June 2012

On Sunday 3rd June, the main street in Abbots Bromley will be closed for the Diamond Jubilee

From 11am to 5pm on Sunday 3rd June 2012 Bagot Street, the Market Place and High Street will all be closed to traffic. This will have the effect of preventing access to Church Lane, Schoolhouse Lane, Bagots View, Swan Lane, Clarks Crescent and Hall Hill Lane.

From 11am to 1pm, Paget Rise will be closed also preventing access to Alfred Lyons Close, Cecil Peyton Close and Salter Grange.

During the period of closure, access will be restricted to emergency service vehicles only.

Best Kept Village Competition - winning posters

Abbots Bromley is a regular entrant to the Staffordshire "Best Kept Village" competition and has won the Best Kept Village trophy for large villages in East Staffordshire in 2010 and 2011

BKV Poster 1 thumbnail BKV Poster 2 thumbnail
A local BKV poster competition for younger members of the community is a frequent component of the Abbots Bromley village participation in the annual event run by the Community Council of Staffordshire.


During May and June 2012 many of the posters entered in the competition will be on display along the main street of the village.

Here we are including the two winning posters from the competition this year. On the left by Timothy Hensman aged 7 and in the 5-7 group and on the right by Oscar Haywood aged 9 for the 8-11 years age group.

Click on either of the pictures to see an enlarged image of the poster.

Parish Council Meeting - 23 May 2012

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in Church House, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Working Groups
7. Declarations of Interests
8. Minutes of Previous Meetings
9. Matters of report
- Parish Assembly
- Parish Surgery
- Village Mini Bus
10. Planning
- Applications
- Decision
11. Financial Matters
- Report on payments and receipts
- Finance Report to 30th April 2012
12. Group Reports
13. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
14. Agenda items for the next meeting
15. Date and time of next meetings
- June Parish Council Meeting 7.00pm Wed, 27th June 2012 Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Annual Parish Assembly - 16 May 2012

The Abbots Bromley Annual Parish Assembly will be held on Wednesday, 16th May 2012 at 7.00 pm in Church House

The formal business will commence at 7.00 pm, tea and coffee will be available from 6.30 pm and the councillors will be present if you would like to discuss any issues with them informally beforehand.

At 7.00pm there will be a short presentation from Abbots Bromley Cricket & Football Club on the progress being made on the new Sports Ground on Lichfield Road and also the Scout & Guide Group on the Community Mini Bus.

1. Apologies
2. Chairman's Report - Cllr Roger Jarman
3. Presentation of certificate to 2011 Jubilee Cup holders
4. Presentation of Jubilee Cup for 2012
5. Receive the accounts from United Charities
6. Open Forum
7. Chairman's Closing Remarks

Village Hall bookings forms available on-line

Those wishing to book the Village Hall can now download the forms they need

With immediate effect, the hire charges, terms and conditions and all booking forms needed to make a booking for Abbots Bromley Village Hall are available on-line.

The documents can be downloaded from these pages ready for printing and completion. As well as the mandatory booking information, supplementary forms are available for those requiring a bar at their event.

Driver Urgently Needed (Full Time Job)

We seek an experienced, cheerful driver to join our friendly team to undertake UK wide collections.

Krizevac Project is an Abbots Bromley/Rugeley based charity. We seek an experienced, cheerful driver to join our friendly team to undertake UK wide collections. Must be an expert trailer driver with full clean licence and capable of lifting large quantities of bicycles. You'll also help load containers for our projects in Africa and undertake general handyman and gardening duties.

37 hours per week. 3 month contract. £7.85 per hour.
Because of our vehicle insurance, candidates must be aged over 25 years.

To apply call 0845 0036004 for an initial chat.

Walks leaflets updated

The walks leaflets on these webpages have recently been updated to take account of stile replacement

There are a number of downloadable local Abbots Bromley walks leaflets on these pages which each contain a circular walk starting and ending at the Butter Cross.

From time to time these are updated with information supplied by the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society. Typically this will be with minor revisions such as the replacement of stiles with kissing gates or other changes that affect the route directions.

Neighbourhood Watch: Catalytic converter thefts warning

Over the past few weeks there has been a large number of thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles in East Staffordshire

Converters are being stolen from underneath vehicles overnight due to their current high scrap metal value. The majority of vehicles targeted are larger vehicles, such as vans and 4x4s possibly due to them having higher ground clearance & ease of access. A tell-tale sign of a stolen converter is a louder than usual exhaust noise.

Please warn your neighbours and advise them to store vehicles in a secure garage where possible. If anybody can offer any information please contact the police on 101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Information supplied by Dave Jones, Watch Liaison Officer, Neighbourhood Watch

1914 - 1918 Remembered

With the centenary of the 1st World War fast approaching what would be appropriate ways for our Parish to commemorate it?

Tom Wheeldon writes, "With the centenary of the 1st World War fast approaching I have considered ways in which it may be commemorated locally within our Parish.

For generations we have paid our respects to the fallen of both World Wars of the 20th Century. The names of those killed have been a continual reminder of the horrors of those times, and those men of Abbots Bromley have been as much a part of our lives as many of the other memorable events that form our heritage.

With the enthusiasm of a group of local amateur historians we have commenced a review of the names that appear on our war memorial; the aim being to give a greater insight into who they actually were, and more importantly the history that links them to us all.

The scope of this work is limitless and it could develop in to something quite interesting for all us.

To assist in our endeavour I would ask all residents of Abbots Bromley, and more specifically those with long family associations within the community, to help by providing any individual evidence (eg pictures, documentation etc) associated with the names involved, or even anecdotal stories passed on through the generations.

The links may be direct or indirect. Any information will allow us to develop a clearer picture of the era.

If you can provide any evidence specific to the above, no matter how small, please contact me as indicated below.

The request is being made with great awareness for the human and emotional element that lies at the heart of this project, and all assistance will be treated respectfully.

Thank you

Tom Wheeldon (Telephone: 01283840096)
Callander House, Bagot Street, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3DA

20 is plenty

You may have seen the "20 is plenty" signs at other locations around Staffordshire, now they are coming to Abbots Bromley

The "20 is plenty" scheme is operating at key points around Staffordshire to help motorists remember their obligation to drive at safe speeds for the conditions at the time. When children are on the move, this may be considerably slower than the posted speed limit.

Signs are coming to Abbots Bromley and new sign posts for this scheme are already in place on the pavement near to the Bagots and another by Ruchi. At the other end of the village signs will go on an existing post at the zebra crossing and a new post outside Ivy House. In recognition of the conservation area, Highways have provided black posts rather than the silver coloured ones as these are less considered less intrusive. The posts will not be a permanent feature and will be removed when the scheme has come to an end.

Information about a national campaign to promote 20mph in areas where people live can be found on the 20 is plenty web pages.

Work on Butter Cross

During November 2011 some remedial work will be carried out on the Butter Cross following an inspection of recent repairs.

The Parish Council has been advised by Staffordshire County Council that some remedial work is needed on the repairs to the Butter Cross carried out during 2010.

Working in conjunction with English Heritage, the County Council maintenance consultants have decided that some of the applied panels have shrunk excessively. These will be replaced by new air-dried oak to improve the appearance of the Butter Cross.

New contact number for Village Hall

The telephone number for enquiries and bookings for the Village Hall has changed

With immediate effect, enquiries about Abbots Bromley Village Hall should be made using 07794-422996 between 9am and 9pm.

Use this number to check details of an existing booking or to ask about availability for future dates.

Blow for wind farm plan

A request for a scoping opinion about a single wind turbine development at Bagots Park has received a response from the Secretary of State.

The response from the Department of Local Communities and Government requires that any application for such a development would require a full environmental impact assessment. In making this decision, the proximity of the heronry at Goat's Lodge was a contributory factor.

This decision is considered good news by those who consider the site unsuitable for a wind farm. This is because it increases the level of scrutiny of any application and helps in ensuring that all environmental matters are fully addressed.

The first proposals for wind farm development on the site were discussed as long ago as 2001 and a series of potential developers have been involved in the ensuing period. An application for nine turbines was refused by the local planning authority earlier in 2011.

Planned closure of Glass Lane from 3rd January 2012

The County Council has advised that essential work on a bridge will require closure of Glass Lane from 3rd Jan to 24th March 2012.

Staffordshire County Council is currently planning to replace the highway bridge over Ash Brook on Glass Lane / Orange Lane in Bromley Hurst as the existing masonry arch bridge is now in a very poor condition.

The works are now provisionally programmed to commence on the 3rd January 2012 until 24th March 2012. A road closure to vehicles is necessary on Glass Lane, at the bridge, to enable the construction works to take place. This road closure is anticipated to last for 12 weeks, the first 4 weeks of which is programmed for South Staffordshire Water to replace a length of water main in order for our works to progress.

It is understand that this will cause some local disruption and inconvenience, but it is unfortunately unavoidable. The duration will be kept as short as possible. A signed vehicle diversion route, for traffic to follow, will be in place during the road closure.

Charity Zumba Night - Friday 16th December 2011

Charity Zumba Night at The Crown Pub, Abbots Bromley
Friday 16th December 7.30-10pm, £5 per person

Raising money for two charities: The Stroke Association and Therapies Unite (Therapies unite help disabled children and adults living in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico with musculoskeletal and neurological contitions to imporove their mobility).

Why not come along for a fun night out and help a good cause at the same time?

Get out and about with Ridware YFC

Ridware YFC is a group of young people between 14 and 26 from the area, who currently meet on Wednesday nights.

December proved to be a busy time for Ridware YFC with the programme kicking off with County Mixed Volleyball competition. This was followed by a General Meeting and a sale of reduced priced Joules clothing - so if you were looking for an early start to your Christmas shopping this was the place to be. Next on the agenda was a trip to Marston's brewery, which included a few free samples - no wonder this was a popular event! To celebrate Christmas a traditional Christmas Meal was held at the Three Horseshoes at Tatenhill. Rounding off the festivities was a County 'Christmas Down Under' Disco where members were invited to wear their shorts!!

On behalf of all our members we would like to wish future members a very happy Christmas and hope to see you in 2012!

January 2012 programme
Wed 4th - Ten Pin Bowling @Uttoxeter, 8pm (to practice in readiness for the County Competition on 12th Jan)
Wed 11th - General Meeting & Social @ The Meynell 8pm
Thurs 12th - Ten pin bowling competition @ Tenpin Stafford,
Sat 14th - New Year Ball "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" £15 members £18 non members
Wed 18th - Film night, Smokey and the Bandit @ New Inn (Five Lane Ends) 8pm
Wed 25th - Watch "Lambing Live" @ Tom Taberner's (Bell House Lane, Anslow) 8pm

You don't need to be a farmer, live on a farm, or even own a pair of wellies to join our Club. There are opportunities to travel the world, learn new skills, build your confidence, work as part of a team and most importantly, make new friends and have lots of fun.

If you are fed up of staying in during the dark winter nights then contact Secretary Sam Teece on 07799126976 or Chairman Tom Taberner on 07762586916 for more information on how to join Ridware YFC.

Call 101 for police

From Tuesday 8th November 2011, the new easy-to-remember way to make non-emergency calls to the Police is to dial 101.

Staffordshire Police has followed other forces, including Derbyshire, in replacing their non-emergency telephone number with the much simpler "101".

Although the existing number (0300 123 4455) will continue to be answered during a transition period, residents are advised to start using the new number immediately and to update their records accordingly.

New number for Highways Hotline

There is a new number for reporting Highways issues to Staffordshire County Council. It is 0300 111 8000.

The Highways Hotline can be contacted between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday on 0300 111 8000 (calls charged at local rates) and at any time by emailing highways@staffordshire.gov.uk.

You can use this to report issues with roads, pavements, signs and streetlights.

Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council - 12 October 2011

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 12 October 2011

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Planning
- Applications
- ESBC Core Strategy
- Response to Core Strategy
5. Agenda items for the next meeting
6. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 26th October, 7.00pm Memorial Room, Village Hall

The full meeting notice is available on these pages

Road works in Radmore Lane - starting 10th October 2011

Staffordshire County Council will shortly be carrying out major resurfacing works along Radmore Lane as part of a £170,000 investment in the local area. They will also be replacing some footway, kerbing and drainage

The County Council says:

"The works will start around 10th October 2011 and will take approximately 4 weeks to complete, however it is estimated that the carriageway resurfacing will take only 1 week to complete.

We take care to make sure that work is completed with the minimum of disturbance to the local community but as with any major works, delays may occur.

Although some works can be carried out without restrictions to traffic, it will be necessary to temporarily close Radmore Lane whilst the road resurfacing takes place. We understand that many residents and businesses have no other means of access to their property and as such we will gladly work with those affected in order to maintain access whilst these essential works take place.

We will aim to speak in person with all those affected, but if you would like to discuss any specific issues in advance of the works, please contact us via the telephone number above.

You can help us to get the job done with the minimum of delay by following this advice; please keep children away from the works to ensure their safety, please drive appropriately through the works as there may be temporary surfaces in place, please check your shoes before entering your property or car to make sure there is no bitumen from the works and please wherever possible avoid parking vehicles on the roadside when working in these areas.

If you have any questions about the work or, concerns about how the work is being carried out, please do not hesitate to call our Highways Hotline on 0300 111 8000 (calls will be charged at a local rate) or email highways@staffordshire.gov.uk

You can also keep up to date with the scheme progress and future programmed work in your area by logging onto our web pages at: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/staffshighways/schemeinfo

Rural entrepreneurs sought to boost county farms profile

Rural entrepreneurs with a passion for agriculture but also aspiration to develop an accompanying business on site are being sought by Staffordshire County Council.

With prosperity and economic regeneration at its heart, the county council is looking for highly motivated and ambitious prospective tenants for two of its farm holdings.

Staffordshire County Council values its farm holdings and has developed its portfolio to help regenerate the local economy when many other local authorities have disposed of theirs. It is recognised as a national leader in terms of running county farms.

The county council is now seeking tenants for two holdings where business cases can suitably demonstrate an ability to diversify. This could mean opening a bed and breakfast, tea rooms, farm shop or even something more innovative. With competitive tenancy rates, county farms demonstrate real value for money for those looking to set up a rural business. In addition they're an asset to the wider taxpayer as they'll create great returns for the county.

Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for assets and the environment Mark Winnington said: "Staffordshire's rural economy is a vital part of our prosperity agenda and county farms are an integral part of enhancing it.
"We value the hard work and commitment of our tenants, many of whom have established thriving enterprises and developed successful careers.
"With our latest tenancies we are really looking for ambitious people with agricultural experience, but who are looking to diversify and build up another business on site.
"They will need to demonstrate their capability to do this, but we know there are many people with the skills and drive to be a success."

County farms tenants need to have had five years' agricultural experience which can include three in agricultural training or education. They must be able to provide a detailed business plan which includes two years' cash flow and budgets. There is no age restriction for tenants. Holdings include a house, buildings and land. For the two advertised tenancies, prospective tenants will need to have sufficient capital to finance their suggested enterprise.

Anyone who would like further information should contact the county farms team on 01785 277721 or email county.farms@staffordshire.gov.uk

Young Farmers Joining Up Night - 28th September 2011

Come and Join us at 8pm on Wednesday 28th Sep 2011

Ridware YFC and holding a New Members Joining Up Night at the Meynell at Hoar Cross

Join in the Fun and Games, Enjoy a Chip Supper and Make New Friends!! You don't have to be a farmer (or even own a pair of wellies)!!



For additional information contact Alex Mackellar on 07813 478166

Car Boot Sale Sunday 11th September 2011

An opportunity to support the Stroke Association at a Car Boot Sale in Abbots Bromley

Sian Gillham is raising money for The Stroke Association by running several fundraising events.

The next event is a Car Boot Sale:
- Sunday 11th September
- 9am (seller start)
- 10am (buyer start)
Just outside Abbots Bromley village on Uttoxeter road (look out for signs)

Seller fee of £5 (car) £8 (large van) goes to The Stroke Association

Thanks go to Nick Phillips for the use of the field.

Wind farm plans dropped

The Burton Mail reports that SSE Renewables has dropped plans to develop a wind farm at Bagot's Park

In April 2011 East Staffordshire Borough Council refused permission for the development of a wind farm at Bagot's Park in Abbots Bromley.

The proposed development was of considerable concern to many residents in Abbots Bromley and Marchington Woodlands. However, several other Parish Councils in the area also opposed plans due to the effect on the landscape of the proposed 360 foot high turbines.

The Burton Mail reports a spokesperson for SSE Renewables confirming that they have no plans to appeal against the refusal and that they do not now consider the site large enough for viable development in their current operating context.

Get out and about with Ridware YFC

Ridware YFC is a group of young people aged between 14 and 26 from the surrounding area, who currently meet on Wednesday nights.

Remember, you don't need to be a farmer, live on a farm, or even own a pair of wellies to join our Club.

Ridware YFC have had an exciting and diverse couple of months starting with building a raft in order to take part in the County Raft Race on the River Dove. A Curry Night was held at the Red Lion Inn at Newborough and also a very interesting and informative tour was taken round Freedom Brewery at Abbots Bromley. The next event was a Royal Visit. Princess Anne visited the County Office in Staffordshire and each club within Staffordshire was invited to demonstrate one of their skills. These ranged from flower arranging to butchery to stock judging to Tug of War. Ridware's demonstration was their club display and cattle preparation and the Princess showed a real interest in all that she was shown. Each member felt privileged to have had the opportunity to chat to the Princess Royal and it was an excellent day for Staffordshire Young Farmers.

Details of next month's meetings are as follows:

Wed 21st September Annual General Meeting 8pm at The Meynell Inn, Hoar Cross
Friday 17th September - County Disco - "Hookers and Haymakers" Ivy House Farm, Acton Trussell, ST17 0RE
Wed 28th September New Members Joining Up Night 8pm at The Meynell Inn, Hoar Cross
Friday 30th September - Joules Sale in aid of YFC, at the County Showground.

If you would like to know more, then please contact for Alex Mackellar (Secretary) 07813478133 for a weekly text update. To check out more about being part of the best rural youth organisation in the Country, please take a look at our website, www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk and click on the Ridware page

Abbots Bromley wins Best Kept Village

Abbots Bromley has again won the Best Kept Village in our category which is large villages in East Staffordshire. This repeats the victory in 2010.

When the results of the 2011 Staffordshire Best Kept Village Competition were announced at Rodbaston on 1st August, Abbots Bromley was declared the best kept large village in East Staffordshire. The runners up in our group were Yoxall and Branston.

Across the whole of Staffordshire, Haughton was the best kept large village.

In commenting on the win, Chairman of the Parish Council Roger Jarman said, "A superb effort from the whole village, particularly Roger Mills and Philip Charles who championed the cause from the Parish Council."

2011 Annual Report available

The 2011 annual report is available

The first issue of the annual report is now available and contains updates from the Parish Council and various village organisations. The document can be viewed on-line.

A final version of the report will be issued after the Parish Assembly and will be announced in a Parish Council newsletter.

Parish Council Meeting - 22June 2011

Members of the public are welcome to attend an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 22 May 2011

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in Church House, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Vacancies on the Parish Council - co-option
3. Public session
4. Declaration of interests
5. Planning
6. Agenda items for next meeting
7. Date, time and place of future meetings
- 7.00 pm on Wednesday, 29th June 2011, in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall

Parish Council Meeting - 18 May 2011

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 18 May 2011

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Election of Chairman
4. Election of Vice Chairman
5. Authority to Act Between Meetings
6. Declarations of Interests
7. Minutes of Previous Meetings
8. Matters of report
- Insurance Renewal
- The Election
- Devolved Maintenance
- Meeting with Cllr Atkins
9. Planning
- Applications
- Decisions
- Other planning matters
10. Financial Matters
- Report on payments and receipts
- Finance Report to 30th April 2011
11. Group Reports
12. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
13. British Legion 90th Anniversary
14. Parish Surgery
15. Agenda items for the next meeting
16. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 29th June 2011, 7.00pm Village Hall

Ridware YFC news

Ridware YFC is a group of young people aged between fourteen and twenty six from surrounding areas who meet in the local area weekly on a Wednesday night.

The last couple of months have been busy for the members of Ridware as they have had a diverse programme of events - ranging from a tour of the Meynell Hunt Kennels, kindly organised by members John and Sam, to a Curry Evening held at the Red Lion at Newborough. Following this the members were tutored in the skills of Dairy Stock Judging, in readiness for the county stock judging competition, and they were also given an opportunity to see a robotic milking system in action in Harlaston, kindly hosted by the Hill family. There was also a trip to the Snowdome for an evening of ice skating and fun. Regular business meetings are also held and we would like to thank the Meynell Inn at Hoar Cross for allowing us to use their room for these gatherings.

However, if you think that was a busy time then it gets even more hectic as the preparation for the County Rally gets under way. This is a day of competitions that range from cookery to tractor handling to flower arranging to sheep shearing and much, much more so if it is diversity that you are looking for then Young Farmers is the club for you! It is a great opportunity for anyone with a yearning to learn new skills and put them into practice and if you already have a talent for something then why not show others how it can be done!

Another popular event on the horizon is of course the County Show in which the Float Parade in the Main Ring is a big draw on visitors to the show. This is an opportunity for the members to build their float to depict a TV advert. Ridware has chosen Country Life Butter so expect to see a few 'cows' and see if you can spot Johnny Rotten! If you have any artistic skills then the float building meetings will appeal to you as many hands and paintbrushes will be required to turn a rusty old farm trailer into a scenic country landscape.

MAY 2011

  • Wed 11th: Business Meeting, Rally Collection and Confirmation Night. Please bring all entries tonight to ensure we have everything entered. Meet at The Meynell Inn, Hoar Cross at 7.45pm
  • Sat 14th: Annual County Rally by kind permission of Sargeants at Gayton 10am start
  • Sat 14th: Rally Dance, Same Venue 9pm till 1am
  • Wed 18th: Float Building, Venue and Time TBC
  • Wed 25th: Float Building, Venue and Time TBC
  • Tues 31st: Pre Show Reception, County Showground

JUNE 2011
  • Wed 1st: Staffordshire County Show - YFC Tug of war
  • Thurs 2nd: Staffordshire County Show - Float
  • Wed 8th: Business Meeting at The Meynell Inn at Hoar Cross 7.45pm

Wind Farm planning application refused

The application by SSE Renewables to build a wind farm on land at Bagot Park, Abbots Bromley has been turned down

At a special meeting of the East Staffordshire Borough Council Planning Committee on Thursday 31 March 2011, the application for a wind farm was rejected by a majority decision.

A report is available on the Burton Mail web pages.

SSE Renewables has the right to appeal the decision with the Secretary of State.

Additional information about the history of this application is available on our windfarm pages.

Revised surgey opening hours

From the 1st April 2011 Abbots Bromley Surgery will be introducing new opening hours

These changes will bring the practice in line with national guidelines and will enable patients to access general information and advice from a receptionist from 8am to 6.30pm by phone or in person, Monday to Friday.

As a result, evening surgeries will be starting earlier to allow for prompt finishing. This will not affect any other services held at Abbots Bromley, including provision of medical or nursing care. If you need to speak to a Doctor or a Nurse please contact the surgery in the usual way.

Doors open: 0800 Mon-Fri
Booking for morning surgery: 0830-1030 Mon-Fri
Booking for evening surgery: 1630-1730 Mon, Tue, Thu
Doors close: 1830 Mon-Fri

Your chance to win up to £50 each month

The Village Hall committee are now selling membership of the 200 Club for the year from April 2011. This year there are a few numbers available to new members.

Each year the 200 Club generates much needed funds to help meet the running costs of the Village Hall, while also providing local people with an opportunity to win three prizes of £25 and one of £50, in the monthly draw.

Membership of the 200 Club for twelve monthly draws from April 2011 to March 2012 costs £12. Contact any Village Hall committee member for further details.

Abbots Bromley Hospital looks for new trustee

An Abbots Bromley Charity is advertising for a new trustee for the first time in its 309 year history.

Abbots Bromley Hospital is responsible for nine Almshouses in the village and is looking for a suitably qualified local person, preferably with accountancy skills, to fill a vacancy left by the departure of a long-standing trustee who has moved away.

Trustees are appointed from both the community and the parish council and in a concerted effort to gain interest from a broad and diverse range of people, the Trust is advertising to fill a position for the first time in its history.

Mithra Tonking, chair of the Abbots Bromley Hospital Trustees, said:
"The Trust has a long and distinguished history of helping individuals in need of housing in Abbots Bromley and being a trustee is an important and rewarding role. The ideal person will have an interest in the local community in or around Abbots Bromley and is a qualified accountant or possesses strong financial acumen."

The role of trustee involves attending four meetings of the trustees each year. Interested individuals should contact the Trust Administrator, Mrs Christine Jones, on 01283 840420.

Painter/Handyman required to paint village playground

Abbots Bromley Parish Council are currently looking for tenders for the re-painting of the Nuttery playground in the village.

For more details on the work to be undertaken and tender requirements please contact Sarah Meads on 01283 840891, or email parish.council@abbotsbromley.com.

Ridware YFC news

Membership numbers are rising and 2011 looks like it could be a good year for Ridware YFC

Unfortunately the bad weather prior to Christmas meant that a couple of meetings had to be cancelled but hopefully they are back on track. There have been visits to Uttoxeter for Ten Pin Bowling in preparation for the County Ten Pin Bowling competition and a Darts and Pool Night is planned in the near future to prepare for the Darts Competition. There will also be a County Public Speaking Day early in February which is when the members of Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs really show what they are made of with Call My Bluff Competitions and Junior and Senior Public Speaking Competitions plus Junior and Senior Ambassadors. Meetings in the future include a Discovery Talk which is the Travel Programme run by the National Federation of YFC enabling members to have the opportunity to travel the world to such places as New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Europe and within the UK. Recent results have been good with Ridware coming 1st - Volleyball, 2nd - Pool, 2nd - Silage Judging, 2nd - County Quiz.

On the social side there will be the New Year Ball and Spring Ball - both great opportunities to put on the glamour and dance off the winter blues.

Once again due to changes in meeting places if you are interested in attending any of the meetings then contact Treasurer, Gary Norman on 07837255595 who sends out a weekly text with details of meeting times and venues. Alternatively contact Alex (Secretary) on 07813478133 or check out the Ridware page at http://www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk

February

Tues 1st - Club Social Nights in the County Office, with Leek and Chase. Please attend. This is an ideal opportunity to meet other members from other clubs
Sun 6th - Public Speaking Day at the County Showground.
Wed 9th - Business Meeting and Float and Rally Discussion, Coach and Horses. 8pm. Please attend to discuss the ideas for the float, the theme is adverts
Wed 16th - Cinema Trip, Uttoxeter Cinebowl, 8pm
Thurs 17th - Semi Finals, County Darts Competition, Moddershall Cricket Club. Time TBC, Contact Matt If You Would Like To Play
Sun 20th - County Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition, Doveridge. Please Contact Alex If You Would Like To Take Part
Wed 23rd - Club Bingo, Irish Bingo and Beetle Drive. Prizes to be won, and surprises in store. Venue TBC

Parish Council Meeting - 23 February 2011

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 23 February 2011

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Minutes of Previous Meeting
5. Matters of report
- Parish Surgery
- Grit Bins/Community Gritting
- Highways/Footpaths
- Postbox
6. Planning
- Applications
- Decisions
- Other planning matters
7. Financial Matters
8. Group Reports
9. Correspondence, bulletins & reports
10. Annual Parish Meeting
11. MIND
12. The Election
13. Agenda items for the next meeting
14. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 30th March, 2011, 7.00pm Village Hall

U3A is coming to Burton!

The launch of the Burton U3A will be at 2pm on Friday 18 March 2011 at Meadowside Leisure Centre.

U3A stands for University of the 3rd Age. The Third Age refers to the period of time after the First Age of childhood dependency and the Second Age of full time employment and parental responsibility.

Anyone can join, there are no age limits. No qualifications are necessary, and none are given. It is open to anyone who is no longer in full time employment.

U3A is a self-funded and self-managed organisation providing a full range of activities for men and women at minimal cost. They draw upon the knowledge, experience and skills of their members to organise interest groups in accordance with the wishes of their membership. Between them the U3As offer over 300 subjects in diverse fields such as:
art, music, history, walking, poetry, gardening, theatre & outings, philosophy, crafts, bowls, archaeology, holidays, computing, creative writing and bridge.

If you cannot attend but would like to register your interest please email u3aburton@gmail.com or phone 0795 1477 943.

Your Village Hall AGM - 13th April 2011

You are invited to come attend the Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall at 7:30pm on Wednesday 13th April 2011

All those clubs and organisations who have made use of the village hall facilities in the last 12 months have been invited to send a representative to the Village Hall AGM.

Additionally, members of the public interested in knowing more about the operation of the hall, or who are willing to be involved in the future management, are invited to come along to find out more.

Accolade for AB Junior Football Club

Abbots Bromley Junior Football Club have recently been awarded the F.A. "Charter Standard" which is the Football Association's official seal of approval for amateur clubs.

The FA Charter Standard assures players that they can enjoy training and matches in a well run and safe environment under the supervision of F.A. qualified coaches for all age groups.

ABJFC has their own Code of Conduct with volunteers CRB checked and trained in Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children.

Congratulations to all who have worked hard to make this happen!

Web site problems

We are aware of some problems with these web pages and working to restore full service as soon as possible

A failure early on 20th January resulted in a loss of service on these web pages. We are presently replacing a number of missing files and expect to have a full service back in operation by the end of the day.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Parish Council Meeting - 5 January 2011

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 5 January 2011

Note that the meeting will start at 7:00pm and will take place at Church House, Abbots Bromley. Agenda items are:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Public session
3. Declarations of Interests
4. Planning
5. Financial Matters
- Report on payments and receipts
- Finance Report to 31 December 2010
- Budget 2011/2012
6. Date and time of next meeting
- Wednesday, 26th January, 2011, Village Hall

Burn off some of those Christmas calories

If the prospect of wandering round the sales to spend even more money does not appeal, why not enjoy some walks in the Abbots Bromley area as a way of burning off the extra calories from Christmas?

There are plenty of opportunities for self-guided walks using some of the many published routes or joining an established group for one of their scheduled outings.

Here on the Abbots Bromley web pages we have a range of local walks varying from 2 to 6 miles which you can download and use whenever is convenient to you.

The local Abbots Bromley Footpath Society has a list of planned walks for 2011 which you would be welcome to join - the first of these is taking place on Sunday 9th January.

Slightly further afield, the East Staffordshire Ramblers have serval outings planned for the start of the year and you can find more information on the Ramblers web pages.

If after all this you have still failed to find something that appeals, some other options to explore are:


Latest travel and weather information

Keep in touch with the latest on travel during the bad weather with these links to key web sites.

Sun and cloud (90 * 90) Up-to-date information on hold-ups around Staffordshire can be found on the BBC Stoke Travel News page.

If you are planning a journey further afield, then the Highways Agency map of disruptions will be helpful.

For the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands (and any severe weather warnings see the Met Office web site. Forecasts for the next 30 days are available.

Get out and about with Ridware YFC

Ridware YFC are holding a New Members Night on 27th October 2010 At 8.00pm. Bring a friend! Fun & games and an opportunity to get to know the members.

Ridware YFC is a group of young people aged between 14-26 from the surrounding area, who meet at The New Inn, Five Lane Ends, Needwood on Wednesday nights. Our Club Programme is decided and organised by the members, for the members and we are one of the 10 clubs across the County, affiliated to the Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs, which currently has 690 members.

We hold a wide range of activities including Scavenger Hunts, Craft Workshops, Quiz Nights, Guest Speakers, Tug of War, Sports and Trips out.

Our members all enjoy attending the many Discos and Balls that are held by the County Federation, at various venues across Staffordshire and we also like to get very competitive at the many County Competitions throughout the year. The competitions range from Sports and Public Speaking, to Jazz Dancing and Tractor Handling.

There are opportunities to travel the world, learn new skills, build your confidence, work as part of a team and most importantly, make new friends and have lots of fun.

Public meeting about proposed Wind Farm on 6 October 2010

An opportunity for residents to have their say

The Parish Council will be holding a meeting at The Village Hall on Wednesday, 6th October starting at 7.00pm.

The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to have their say about the proposed Wind Farm in Bagots Park.

Everyone welcome.

Abbots Bromley walks update

The older style leaflets of circular walks are still available following the closure of the Post Office and one of the more recent on-line versions has been updated

The Post Office used to sell a wallet of circular walks starting and ending at the Butter Cross in Abbots Bromley. Since the closure of the Post Office, these are available directly from the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society. Five walks in a wallet for £1 - ring Roger Rooke on 01283-840516 for further details.

An updated version of the walks is available for free download from our walks page. Walk 5 has been updated in July 2010 to reflect recent changes to the disposition of gates and stiles.

Annual Parish Assembly - 19 May 2010

You are warmly invited to attend the Annual Parish Assembly taking place in the Village Hall on Wednesday 19th May at 6.30pm

There will be an opportunity to meet Councillors over a cup of tea or coffee from 6pm and the formal agenda will commence at 6.30 as follows:
1. Apologies
2. Chairman's Report - Cllr Roger Jarman
3. Presentation of Jubilee Cup for 2010
4. Receive the accounts from United Charities
5. Report from Alex Fox MBE, former Borough Councillor for Bagots Ward
6. Open Forum
7. Chairman's Closing Remarks

Free trial swimming lessons in Abbots Bromley

There is an opportunity to try out some swimming lessons at Abbots Bromley School for Girls

4Strokes Swimming Academy Uk ltd are now providing swimming lessons at Abbots Bromley school pool.

They are offering FREE TRIALS for ALL age groups and currently have spaces on a Sunday between 11am-1pm.

Please call 0845 0942855 for more information or see http://www.4strokes.co.uk.

Abbots Bromley Hospital Almshouse Vacancy

A vacancy exists for a new resident of Abbots Bromley Hospital (also known as Abbots Bromley Almshouses)

The residence available consists of a living room/kitchenette and toilet on the ground floor, with stairs to a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.

Applicants should be single and capable of independent living; preference will be given to people with local connections and of limited means, as intended by the governing Trust document.

Contact the Administrator for more details, an application form and to view the accommodation available.

Mrs Christine Jones, Administrator
01283 840420

Winning Ways to Support Your Village Hall

As another year of draws for the Village Hall 200 Club gets under way, there is an opportunity for new members to put themselves in line for a jackpot.

The "200 Club" provides an opportunity every month for the members to win a prize in the draw. Each month there is a main prize of £50 and three runners up of £25 each. The surplus from the 200 Club makes a valuable contribution to the running costs of the Village Hall.

For information on how to join the 200 Club, contact any member of the Village Hall committee or Alan Burrows (01283-840058).

Village Grass Cutting: Invitation to Tender

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is inviting tenders for grass cutting and related maintenance in the village during the period April 2010 - October 2012

If you would like to receive the full Invitation to Tender Document, please contact the clerk.

Sealed Tenders must be submitted to the Clerk using the enclosed forms and envelopes and arrive no later than midday on Wednesday 18th November 2009. To verify receipt, those submitting tenders may wish to make use of the "Signed for" delivery service offered by Royal Mail.

Tenders will be opened and considered by the clerk and a councillor and report to the meeting on 25 November 2009, with the outcome communicated in writing to all those who tendered as soon as possible thereafter.

In reviewing the tenders, the Parish Council will not be constrained to accepting the lowest quote but will take into account the principles of "best value".

Vacancy for Clerk to Parish Council

Would you like an interesting and rewarding part-time job serving the local community?

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is looking for a successor to the present Clerk from 1st January, 2010.

The successful applicant will be a good communicator, have
excellent organisational skills, and be a confident user of office technology.

Further details about the post are available here.

News for young people in Abbots Bromley

There is a new development that will be of interest to anyone in the village between the ages of 12 and 19.

Youth poster Watch out for posters around the village and further updates to each house and young person planned for the coming weeks.


An Abbots Bromley Youth Club has only become possible through the work of a dedicated team working very closely with Staffs County Council on this project.


The County are supplying 2 paid youth workers each week - one of whom will be paid for by the parish council and
the village will supply a further 2 volunteers each week from a pool of 13 people.













Watch out for further details.

Autumn fitness

Alison Jones has announced her programme of fitness classes for the Autumn months with options for all levels of ability

Several of the exercise classes run by Alison will be changing to different days for the Autumn 2009 programme.

Details of the new weekly schedule are available on the exercise class web page.

Abbots Bromley Circular Walks

Revised and updated leaflets describing the circular walks from Abbots Bromley are now available on these web pages

Abbots Bromley Parish Council and the Abbots Bromley and District Footpath Society have arranged for the local walks leaflets originally produced in the 1990s to be updated.

Now in full colour, the leaflets can be downloaded from the Abbots Bromley walks page.

Sets of the original walks descriptions will continue to be available for purchase from the Post Office for the time being.

2009 Annual Report available

The 2009 annual report is available

The first issue of the annual report is now available and contains updates from the Parish Council and various village organisations. The document can be viewed on-line.

A final version of the report will be issued after the Parish Assembly and will be announced in a Parish Council newsletter.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor - May 2009

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF ABBOTS BROMLEY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

That a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If, by 14 days* after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Town Hall, Burton Upon Trent, Staffs, DE14 2EB by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place within 60 days from the date of this Notice.

DAVID DUCKITT - Returning Officer
11th May, 2009

Abbots Bromley's own taxi service

Abbots Bromley now has it's own taxi service available to serve your needs

Bromley Cars based in Bromley Wood provides a fast and friendly fully licensed taxi service for the whole Abbots Bromley area.

Contact them on 07854 135519, or see their entry on our business web pages for further information.

Walk from the Butter Cross on Sunday 19th April 2009

There will be a four mile walk starting and ending at the Butter Cross on Sunday afternoon.

As part of the programme of organised walks by the Abbots Bromley and District Footpath Society, on Sunday 19th April there will be a walk starting from the Butter Cross at 2:30pm.

The four mile route will include a mixture of roads, paths and fields including several stiles. Anyone able to cope with this is invited to join the walk which should take around two hours depending on numbers.

March 2009 Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 25th March at 7:30pm in the Village Hall

The meeting agenda is available to view/print from these pages.

Opus Theatre Company "Bride or Groom" on 7th March 200

"Bride or Groom" is a new comedy by Bill Cashmore and Andy Powrie which will be presented by the Opus Theatre Company at Abbots Bromley Village Hall on Saturday 7th March 2009. All tickets are priced £6 and can be purchased from village shops.

Bride or Groom?


By Bill Cashmore and Andy Powrie
`Bride or Groom?' tells the story of the struggle to get to and then attend a wedding reception. The first act concerns two very different couples who are thrown together in the race to be on time for a friends wedding. Disaster after
hysterical disaster happens, with the cars breaking down, trains being missed, fights, and a slow motion race to the bus stop to get the only available seats!!

They do get there, but all is not quite what it seems!!!
The second act is a set of people who play not only the 'top table' but guests at `table F' who are at the very far end of the reception. The action switches back and forth between the tables and the actors play all of the roles from the drunken bride's mother to the annoying third rate actor who bores everyone with his stories of off set antics!

Clever and extremely funny, as well as being poignant and touching, 'Bride or Groom?' will have audiences laughing with tears of pleasure and pain as the characters unravel the hysterical plot.

...'If you've ever been to a wedding then you'll know disaster is just around the corner!...'

For further information see the Opus Theatre Company web pages or telephone Mike King on 01889-500660.

Recycling Developments in 2009

ESBC are making changes to their collection and recycling services and these are being explained in a series of roadshows

ESBC are to introduce blue bins in the borough for residents to use alongside the current recycling box/bag.

This will allow additional recyclable materials to be taken through the blue bin - which will be used ofr mixed glass, cans, plastic, cardboard and waxed cartons(tetra paks).

The recycling box will then be used for newspapers.

In addition, from April there will be alternate weekly collections.

To promote these changes and the scheme there are a series of road shows for residents to visit. The local ones are as follows:-
Tue 6 Jan: 13.00 - 14.15 AB Village Hall
Wed 7 Jan: 9 - 10.30 Draycott in the Clay Village Hall
Wed 7 Jan: 10.45 - 12 Marchington Village Hall
Thu 8 Jan: 9.15 - 10.30 Kingstone Village Hall
Thu 8 Jan: 11.00 - 12.15 Rocester Village Hall
Fri 9 Jan: 10.00 - 11.30 Bramshall Park, Uttoxeter
Sat 10 Jan: 10.00 - 15.00 Uttoxeter precinct
Wed 14 Jan: 10.00 - 15.00 Uttoxeter precinct

(Information supplied by AB Parish Council)

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following a recent resignation, there is a vacancy on Abbots Bromley Parish Council

A formal notice of the vacancy was published on 8th December 2008 and electors have until 31st December to request an election. If no election is requested, the Parish Council is free to co-opt an additional member - see the notice on local notice boards for further details.

Update on street lighting

An extra parish council meeting was held on 22nd October, 2008 to discuss the streetlighting project.

Mr Steve Bradbury - Lighting Manager from Staffordshire County Council and Mr Martin Beavis - Project Manager from Eon (formerly ABB) attended along with County Cllr Philip Atkins, Borough Cllr Alex Fox, all parish councillors and 24 members of the public.

After an extended public session, the parish council met and agreed the following:-.

SCC and Eon be requested to investigate or provide the following and report back on progress to the parish council meeting on 26th November, 2008:-
(1) Review whether any of the wall mounted lights can be replaced with lower wattage fittings and what the cost would be
(2) Look at shielding any wall mounted lights which shine into bedrooms and where the wattage cannot be reduced and what the cost would be
(3) Switch off the two back lights on the twin headed lamp stands on Crown Bank from tomorrow and the parish council will review this at their meeting on 29th October, 2008 to see if this experiment can continue if no complaints have been received
(4) Look at alternative lighting designs for Crown Bank included a fully wall mounted scheme so that it can be shown through the presentation of such a scheme that a wall mounted scheme is not feasible
(5) Request technical specifications and costs for all proposals to be discussed

The clerk will forward details of everyone who has complained to her about light pollution from wall mounted lights through their windows to Steve Bradbury and he will review all complaints made to SCC so that all wall lights which have been the subject of a complaint regarding light pollution are looked at with a view to reducing the wattage.

If there is anyone else affected by light pollution in the bedroom windows from wall mounted lights, please let the clerk know as quickly as possible via the parish council email address (above) and the offending lights can be included in the above investigation.

Delivery of Bulletins
The parish council would like to apologise to any residents living in Cecil Payton Close, Alfred Lyons Close, Salter Grange, Longlands Place and Pagets Rise who did not receive their bulletins until after the meeting on 22nd October, 2008, this was due to unforeseen circumstances. There were several notices around the village about the meeting.

Mrs Sue Buxton
Clerk to the Parish Council
24th October, 2008

November 2008 Parish Council Meeting

The November meeting of the Parisch Council will be held on Wednesday 26th November at 7:30pm in the Village Hall

The meeting agenda is available to view/print from these pages.

Extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council

An extra Parish Council meeting has been organised to take place on Wednesday 22nd October 2008

This additional meeting will provide members of the public with an oppportunity to hear from, and discuss with, County and District Councillors, matters such as the new lighting. The meeting agenda is available on these web pages.

Baby Sensory coming to Abbots Bromley

A free taster session for "Baby Sensory" is being held in the village hall on Tuesday 14th October.

Baby Sensory is a unique baby development class, focusing on all your baby's senses. It includes baby signing, whispering, massage, instruments, amazing light shows, bubbles, bells, tickly feathers and much more. There are different activities every week. It is an ideal way to meet other parents. It is for every baby age birth to 13 months.

See http://www.babysensory.co.uk for more details.

Free taster session on Tuesday 14th October 10am-11am in Abbots Bromley Village Hall.

Classes begin Tue 28th October 10am-11am in the village hall.

Contact Gemma on 01543 425 071 or email Lichfield@babysensory.co.uk

Your Village Hall needs YOU

There are two opportunities to get involved in the community helping keep this valuable village facility available

From the Annual General Meeting in April 2009, the present Chairman and Treasurer of the Village Hall will be standing down. They fill key roles on the managament committee which meets each month.

The are therefore at least two opportunities for new volunteers to become involved in the management of this high quality village facility.

For further information, or to express your interest, please contact the present chairman, Mike King, on 01889-500660.

Exercise Classes in Abbots Bromley

With the start of the autumn term, there have been changes to the prograame of exercise classes run each week at the Village Hall.

Alison Jones provides a range of fitness classes at Abbots Bromley Village Hall (and in other nearby villages) and full details of these are available on our club web pages.

FITNESS PILATES and DANCE FITNESS classes for 9 - 15 year olds are being planned - contact Alison for further details or to register your interest.

Wednesday evening reservoir walk

On Wednesday 6th August there is an opportunity to join a guided walk round part of the the Blithfield reservoir

The walk, with the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society, will leave from the Butter Cross in the centre of the village at 6:30pm.

Everyone is welcome to join the walk which will include crossing some stiles and uneven ground.

Jelly Babies and Jelly Tots on-line

Information about these two groups, catering for younger residents of the village, is now available on these web pages.

Two new entries have recently been added to the "Clubs and Classes" section of these web pages to provide details about the Jelly Babies and Jelly Tots groups in the village.

These are two among many village groups that are publicising their existence on the web pages.

If you are a member of a club not yet listed, why not fill in the form let everyone else know about it?

PACT meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22nd July, 2008

The next PACT meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22nd July, 2008, at 7.30 pm at Admaston Village Hall and is an opportunity for local people in and around Abbots Bromley and Admaston to raise issues which affect their daily lives.

The meeting will be attended by the Police, the Parish Council, the County Council and the Borough Council.

At the end of each meeting a vote is taken on the most important issues which are then allocated to the appropriate body/person to be followed up prior to the next meeting.

This really is your chance to have your say, get things done and make a difference in your community.

Dig out your photo albums, and start snapping

The BBC is trying to create a picture of life in Staffordshire 2008 by accepting as many photos as possible from the county's residents. And they need those photos as quickly as possible.

The photos can be as simple as ones of your back garden or your front room - and you can be in them, or not. You can send in a photo of your local bus-stop, or favourite corner of your neighbourhood pub† or even your pets† or sights on your walks round the area. One man from Newcastle under Lyme submitted 5000 pictures!

All photos are welcome, and there is no cost involved as all you have to do is post them on a website. All is explained on the BBC Staffordshire web site. It also shows you how to submit your photos.

But - and this is the thing - you need to do it quickly, because the Big Picture project must finish on June 30th!
Okay - get snapping - it's your chance to make your garden/area/street famous!

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Councillor Eatough, there is a vacancy on Abbots Bromley Parish Council for a new member to serve until the next elections in May 2011

When a vacancy comes up on the Parish Council, it can be filled either with a by-election or by the existing members of the Council co-opting a new member.

As the cost of a by-election has to be borne by the Council tax payers of the village, the new member is most often co-opted to save this expense. However, if ten or more electors request an election, one will be held. Such requests must reach the Electoral Officer at East Staffordshire Borough Council before 20th June.

Anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should contact the Clerk to Council, Mrs Sue Buxton, on 01543-472346.

2008 Annual Report available

The provisional version of the 2008 annual report is available

The first issue of the annual report is now available and contains updates from the Parish Council and varius village organisations. The document can be viewed on-line.

A final version of the report will be issued after the Parish Assembly and will be announced in a Parish Council newsletter.

Parish Assembly at 8pm on Wednesday 21st May 2008

The Chairman of Abbots Bromley Parish Council - Cllr David Eatough - invites all residents to come and meet your parish councillors, ask questions, hear what is going on in your village and meet other residents

Taking place in the village hall, this year there will be an opportunity to hear speakers on topics of current relevance to the community:

  • Staffordshire Police will be speaking about policing issues in Abbots Bromley
  • Staffordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services will be speaking about the Youth Initiative which has just begun in Abbots Bromley

Coffee and biscuits will be served from 7.45pm.

Youth meeting on Monday 12th May

There is a an initial meeting of a group to work on new facilities taking place at 7:30pm on Monday 12th May in the village hall.

The group is to focus on providing facilities for teenagers in the community. Anyone wishing to participate in or able to support the group (Adults or teenagers) is welcome to attend.

Prior to the meeting at 7.00 pm, there will be an opportunity to make contact with the County Youth Forums, serving the wider community. This is an opportunity to raise local issues, such as facilities, transport, support, funding etc. affecting teenagers

Growing Old Disgracefully - 22nd March 2008

Coming to the Village Hall on Saturday 22nd March, OPUS theatre company present a hilarious look at the more mature, and how they enjoy themselves, at our expense!

Moving and touchingly funny, this will remind us that getting older doesn't mean that life gets more boring!

In Act One, Michael (a classical actor) and Tommy (a 2nd rate song and dance man) both now live in an actor's retirement home. Their 'love/hate' relationship makes for some hilarious situations and caustic 'one-liners'. The arrival of a new, female, resident throws their world upside down when Michael realizes that she is a lost love from his earlier career. The new guest sadly now suffers from Alzhiemers disease, but, does she still recognize Michael?

In Act Two, Amber and her brother Gerald spend every Summer at their beach hut in Southwold, Suffolk. Amber is unfulfilled and now almost happy to play the 'delicate spinster' along side her doting but rather dull and obsessive brother. However, one day, Bob, from Nottingham, arrives on the beach, along with his metal detector and life for Amber is never quite the same again!!!

All tickets cost £5 and are available from the Post Office, pubs and members of the Village Hall committee.

Planning application submitted for wind farm

An application to develop a wind farm at Bagot's Park has been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council by Airtricity

The application to construct eight 110 metre (361 feet) high wind turbines has been received by East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The application reference is PA/26905/010/AG and details can be viewed on-line through the Planning Explorer by entering the application number, or at Uttoxeter Library.

Note that the files of forms and drawings are quite large - 36Mb and 9Mb respectively.

Due to the size of the proposed development, this will be subjected to an extended consultation period.

Responses to the consultation need to reach the planning office before 6th March 2008. They should quote the application number, and be sent to Mrs A Garfield, ESBC Planning, Midland Grain Warehouse, Derby Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2JJ.

Additional information about wind farms can be found on our wind farm pages.

Wind farm consultation

The Parish Council is providing opportunities for residents to participate in the consultation on this proposed development

A special edition of the Bromley Bulletin will be delivered in the next few days to draw attention to the wind farm application for those who are as yet unaware of it.

With the Bulletin will be a short questionnaire that will help inform the Parish Council about local opinions. It also has space to draw attention to any key facts that the Council may wish to take into account in preparing a response to the consultation.

On Saturday 16th February the Environment Statement and plans will be available for inspection from 0930 to 1230 in Church House. Some of the Councillors may also be present for part of this time.

An extra meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Friday 22nd February in the village hall at 7:30pm. This is an extra meeting that will be dedicated to the wind farm proposal. It will provide residents of Abbots Bromley with an opportunity to express their own views and listen to those of others.

(There are ordinary meetings of the Parish Council scheduled for 30th January and 27th February. Due to other business on the agenda, there may be little or no opportunity to discuss the wind farm on those occasions but the meeting on 22nd will not be similarly constrained.)

Note that Parish Councils in other villages are also being included in the consultation. Residents of those villages should make their contributions to the consultation via their own Parish Council.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

A vacancy on the Parish Council will be filled by co-opting a new member unless ten or more residents request an election. Anyone wishing to be co-opted can contact the Parish Clerk for additional information. The official notice of the vacancy follows.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972
EAST STAFFORDSHIRE BOROUGH COUNCIL
PARISH OF ABBOTS BROMLEY

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87 (2) of the Local Government Act, 1972 that a vacancy has arisen in the office of Councillor for the said Parish.

Unless notice in writing of a request for an election to fill the vacancy, signed by ten electors for the said Parish, is received by the Chief Executive of the East Staffordshire Borough Council, Town Hall, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2EB by not later than the twenty-ninth day of January 2008, the vacancy shall be filled by the Parish within sixty days of the date of this Notice.

DATED this ninth day of January 2008.

Eric Roy
Clerk of the Parish Council

Telephone: 01283-840153

Temporary Closure of Nuttery Play Area

The under 5s play area at the Nuttery in Schoolhouse Lane will be closed on Friday and Saturday for essential maintenance

Please note that the under 5's play area will be closed during Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December to enable minor repairs to be completed (weather permitting).

These repairs to the play surface are being carried out under guarantee following identification of some small areas that have subsided.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Village Garage to Close

After many years serving Abbots Bromley and the surrounding area Market Place Garage is closing its doors for business at the end of November 2007.

The garage has been an important part of village life having provided a convenient, local and friendly service that included not only sales and servicing but also MOT's, parts and body repairs.

Edwin Ferneyhough, the owner of Market Place Garage and a popular local figure, will be continuing in the motor trade just a few miles away in nearby Uttoxeter. He has taken the position of Sales Director with Angus Mackinnon Ltd, another well-respected local business, and this combination will provide a greater level of support for the community's motoring needs.

Mackinnon's are a family run business of over 30 years duration. Their relatively new premises on Derby Road has ample parking and provides a comprehensive service for all motorists. Apart from buying and selling both new and used vehicles of any make, there is a fully equipped insurance approved Accident Repair Centre, workshop and MOT bays. Additionally there is also a fast fit tyre and exhaust bay as well as a vehicle hire and valeting service.

Edwin says, "Closing Market Place Garage was a tough, but necessary business decision and being born and bred in Abbots Bromley I am very aware of how much a part of village life the garage has been. I would just like to reassure all of our customers that I will be able to provide the same personal service with much better facilities in the future"
The closure of the village garage marks the end of an era in Abbots Bromley, however you can still enjoy the same service using Edwin in his new role at Angus Mackinnon.

Contact Edwin on 07939 207232 or 01889 563448 for all your motoring needs in the future.

Finally Edwin and the staff of Market Place Garage would like to thank all of their customers for their support over the years.

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

Would you like an interesting and rewarding part-time job serving the local community?

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is looking for a successor to the present Clerk, who is retiring at the start of 2008. The successful applicant will be a good communicator, have excellent organisational skills, and be a confident user of office technology (word processing, simple spreadsheets, and the internet). Candidates should be willing to update their skills through training which is funded by the Council. Someone interested in obtaining the CiLCA qualification, if not already held, would be an asset.

The position is home based with flexible working hours and requires a commitment of 42.5 hours each month with some evening work for Council meetings 12 evenings per year. The post holder will be entitled to all statutory holidays and a leave entitlement equivalent to 4 weeks.
The appointment will be made within salary scale LC1 (£7.85 to £10.52 per hour) of the nationally agreed rates for Local Council Clerks, depending on relevant experience and qualifications. Expenses and an allowance for the use of home as office are also payable.

For an application form, further information or an informal discussion, contact the present Parish Clerk (Eric Roy) on 840153.

Path re-construction - Invitation to Tender

The Parish Council is seeking tenders from contractors for the re-construction of the perimeter path at the Millenium Green play area.

The area to be reconstructed is the circular path around part of the circumference of the play area at the Millennium Green. This area is approximately 28 metres in length, and averages 1.1 metres in width. The area to be restored also includes the patch by the gates linking the path to the tarmac drive leading up to the village hall. (It does not include the sloping path that leads up to the picnic area.)

Since originally installed, this area has deteriorated due to the ingress of vegetation and partial erosion of the surface.

The Parish Council wishes the path to be restored to original condition by:

  • Removal of vegetation from existing path
  • Removal of existing surface to a depth of 50mm
  • Addition of new surface mechanically compacted to the level of the wood surrounds and tarmac drive to create an even footway that can be safely used by wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs


For a copy of the invitation to tender, contact the Parish Clerk on 01283-840153.

County Council Statement of Accounts

The County Council have recently published on-line the 2006/2007 statement of accounts.

The 2006/2007 statement of accounts for Staffordshire County Council can be found at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/yourcouncil/counciltaxandfinance/publicservices/statementofaccounts/.

Neighbourhood Watch Week

A week long programme of events is being planned to celebrate the work of Neighbourhood Watch across East Staffordshire.

Monday, October 15th will be the start of National Neighbourhood Watch Week celebrating 25 years of Neighbourhood Watch across both England and Wales. This will also coincide with an initiative being run by the Home Office called "Not in my Neighbourhood".

To celebrate this important week East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Watch will be out and about across the Borough raising awareness of Neighbourhood Watch on a recruitment drive for new Neighbourhood Watch members in our target areas.

On Tuesday, October 16th, 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Neighbourhood Watch Manager Emma Newlove will be at the Heart of Burton Advice Shop at the corner of Victoria Crescent and Horninglow Road, the kettle will be on so please pop in for a warm cuppa and a chat on Neighbourhood watch.

Wednesday 17th the team will be at Waterside Advice Shop in Short Street 1pm -3pm again offering a cup of Tea or Coffee in exchange for your views on Neighbourhood watch.

There will be a Neighbourhood Watch display desk at Burton Library all week for people to browse and pick up information, but Emma will also be down there in person on Thursday, October18th, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, to answer any questions.

Finally on Friday, October 19th we will be attending Uttoxeter Library from 1.00pm to 3.00pm supplying more freebies and advices so do pop in for a chat.

The week's events will be rounded up by the Staffordshire Police's Annual County Neighbourhood Watch Conference on the Saturday, October 20th to be held at Stafford University Beaconside.

Neighbourhood Watch Manager Emma Newlove said: "This is an ideal opportunity for us to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch and to get out into the community and spread the word of the good work that residents of the Borough get involved in as part of Neighbourhood Watch."

She continues "We will be answering any questions people may have on Neighbourhood Watch and hoping to set up some new schemes, so it is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has ever shown an interest in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, but wasn't too sure of what this entails to come along find out more and take that step to making their neighbourhood a safer place to be".

There will be lots of leaflets and advice on crime prevention and personal safety, we will also be using these events to help launch this years "No Trick or Treat" door signs that always prove popular for Halloween.

So do please pop along to one of the events if you are available or call Emma or Simon Bullen for more information on Neighbourhood Watch Week on 01785 235938.

How Safe is your Electric Blanket?

The winter nights are drawing in and it's time to dig out your electric blanket.......but just how safe is it?

During last year's campaign almost half the blankets tested across Staffordshire were found to be unsafe. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council are testing electric blankets free of charge in East Staffordshire in September. Electric blankets that fail the test will not be handed back. Everyone over the age of 60 years, who pays council tax in Staffordshire, will be offered a standard single or double under blanket as a replacement.

Testing will take place at:

Uttoxeter: Town Hall 9.30am-4.00pm on Wednesday 26th September
and
Burton: Cooper Square 9.30am-4.00pm on Thursday 27th September

Any queries please call Cath Wohloers on 01785 277835

Wind Farm proposal: Public exhibitions

Airtricity has announced proposals to submit a planning application for a wind farm of up to eight turbines on the Bagot's Park Estate north of Abbots Bromley, and has organised a consultation programme for the local communities.

Three exhibitions will be held as follows:

  • Friday, September 7 Uttoxeter Town Hall, High Street, Uttoxeter, 11am-4pm
  • Monday, September 10 Marchington Woodlands Village Hall, Tinkers Lane, 2pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, September 11 Abbots Bromley Village Hall, off Bagot Street, 2pm-8pm

Everyone is welcome to attend, at any time that is convenient.

Pages elsewhere on this website provide additional reading and links for those who wish to find out more about wind farms and the possible implications of this proposal.

Your opportunity for a reservoir walk

On the evening of Wednesday 8th August there is an opportunity to walk around parts of the reservoir not normally open to the public.

You are invited to join the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society when they take a walk around parts of the Blithfield Reservoir.

The circular walk will depart from the Butter Cross at 6:30pm and arrive back there by around 9pm.

Those wanting to join the walk, should be aware that there are several stiles on the route and that the distance will be 4 to 5 miles.

2007 Best Kept Village place

Abbots Bromley has won third place in the 2007 Best Kept Village competition

Abbots Bromley enters the Stafford Best Kept Village competition in the "large village" category for East Staffordshire. Within this group, Abbots Bromley has won third place in 2007.

For a number of reasons that will be obvious to residents, there was no expectation of winning this year - but the third place is appropriate recognition of the hard work put in by many households and businesses along the main street with their displays of window boxes and hanging baskets.

Fun Day Charity Fly-In Sunday 12th August

Sunday 12th August 2007
9.00am-4.30pm
Abbots Bromley Airstrip,
Yeatsall Farm, Abbots Bromley

Highlights Include
Red Arrows Simulator
Classis Car Show
Classic Military Vehicles on Display
BBQ + Free Drinks
NON FLYERS WELCOME
In aid of
Abbots Bromley First Responders
and
Fire Service Benevolent Fund

Closure of B5014 between Abbots Bromley and Blithbury

The B5014 will be closed for seven weeks from Monday 16th July for the replacement of Blithford Flood Bridge No. 2 Culvert on the B5014 Uttoxeter Road, Nr. Blithbury.

Staffordshire County Council is proposing to replace Blithford Flood Bridge No. 2 Culvert on the B5014 Uttoxeter Road, Nr. Blithbury. The works are planned to commence on 9th July 2007 and are expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

Unfortunately, it will be necessary for the B5014 to be closed to vehicles, at the culvert, for seven weeks from 16th July to 31st August. A signed diversion route, for the affected traffic, will be provided for the duration of the road closure. Provision will be made to provide through access for pedestrians, cyclists and horses for the duration of the closure.

(Information supplied by Development Services Directorate of Staffordshire County Council)

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Staffordshire County Council has published a draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan. This aims to establish a framework for managing the rights of way network over the next 10 years and sets out priorities for improving it to meet the needs of today's users.

There are over 4400 kilometres of public rights of way within the county of Staffordshire and this 160-page draft document outlines how it is proposed to improve management of these.

Comments on the draft document are being sought now, and you have until the end of August 2007 to respond. The plan itself is scheduled for publication in November 2007.

You can find the document on-line at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/e-land/RightsofWay/plan/.

Drop it and you'll cop it, No Excuses!!

Did you know that it is an offence to drop litter, AND from 30th April 2007, it will cost you £75 if you are caught.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is now issuing fixed penalty notices for littering offences. This means, if you drop litter anywhere, you could face an on the spot fine of £75. This not only includes if you drop litter when on foot, but if you throw it from your vehicle, you may also incur the fine.

Just consider the impact on the environment littering has. It not only causes the local environment to look untidy, it has a negative impact on the overall visual appearance of the area, discouraging people to want to live, work and visit our Borough. And, discarded cans and other food packages can cause serious harm to wildlife.

Litter can be anything that is thrown down, dropped or deposited on land open to the air including chewing gum and cigarette butts.
Think before you drop it and use a litter bin, the contents of which are recycled. By not leaving litter behind, you are not only helping to keep East Staffordshire tidy, but also doing your bit to protect our environment by recycling your waste.

Andrew Bird, Head of Environment Services, said "It is our primary aim to encourage people not to drop litter in the first instance, however, we are also prepared to take formal action if necessary. An awareness campaign, which will be backed up by positive enforcement, will help reduce littering offences. We are currently visiting schools, and our community wardens are advising people in hot spot areas caught dropping litter that in future, they could face a fine."

So remember, to avoid the fine, use a bin, and help East Staffordshire become litter free.

For further information, you can talk the Enforcement Team on 01283 508576 or email us at fpnenquiry@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Temporary Closure of Goose Lane

Staffordshire County Council have given notice of a temporary closure of part of Goose Lane for electrical works between 12st and 25th May 2007.

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED)
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991

GOOSE LANE, ABBOTS BROMLEY
DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Staffordshire County Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Goose Lane, Abbots Bromley between its junctions with Friary Avenue and Yeatsall Road unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works.

The alternative route for traffic will be available via Yeatsall Road, Uttoxeter Road B5013, Uttoxeter Road B5014, Goose Lane and vice versa.

THE ORDER WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON 21ST MAY 2007. HOWEVER IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN 9.00 HOURS AND 15.30 HOURS DAILY AND BE OPEN AT ALL OTHER TIMES, WITH COMPLETION BY 25TH MAY 2007

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months or until the trench excavation and electric cable installation works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road, have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

In the unlikely event that the works are not completed within eighteen months the Order may be extended for a further period by the Secretary of State.

John Tradewell, Director of Law and Governance
Date: 9th May 2007
County Buildings, Martin Street, Stafford. ST162LH

Enquiries: Mr. S. Denny
Tel: 0800 232323

Lifestyle choice or necessity?

At the Abbots Bromley Annual Parish Assembly held on 18th April, Shirley Mann gave an informative but provocative presentation on sustainability.

What do you believe about climate change? Or are you just too lazy to even think about the possibility and consequences?

This year the theme for the Assembly was "sustainability" and it aimed to create an opportunity both to provide information and to engage people who do care about the future of their community in some thought-provoking discussions.

A copy of the presentation slides and some links to additional web resources are available on our new sustainability page - read it if you dare!

The Annual Parish Assembly is a meeting for all electors in the the village. Each year it provides an opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with their elected representatives.

This year, in addition to the more formal part of the evening, there was also an opportunity to view various displays and engage in informal discussion with Councillors and recycling experts from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Jubilee Cup winners 2007

At the Parish Assembly on 18th April, the 2007 Jubilee Cup was awarded to Colin Palmer and Helen Wilson in recognition of the work of Abbots Bromley Community First Responders and their own contribution in particular.

In making the award Council Chairman Philip Charles paid tribute to the group of nine active members which has maintained a virtually continuous 24 x 7 cover since it went 'live'.

He went on to say, "This is a tremendous achievement and an extremely valuable service to our community. It is important to remember that it is a totally voluntary activity. All the volunteers give whatever time they can to the rota and we must acknowledge that, in this day and age, time is a very precious commodity to give to others.

"As a Parish Council, and on behalf of the community, we sincerely thank all the volunteers for their contribution."

This one is for you

Again this year, the reports that were previously given verbally at the Annual Paraish Assembly, are published so that you can read, digest and come along with your questions.

Although each of the reports given at the Annual Parish Assembly contains useful information, not everyone likes to sit and listen to them all at one session.

Their publication in written form makes them more widely available, and allows us to use the time at the assembly for more interactive content. You can download your own copy of the annual report and come along on 18th April to ask any questions you have on the contents.

Improved bus service: Use it or lose it!

As from Wednesday 19th March 2007, we have a weekly Uttoxeter Cinema bus route - LET’S NOT LOSE IT!

By courtesy of Staffordshire County Council and D & G Coach & Bus, the Wednesday 428 bus service will depart Abbots Bromley at 13.43 (1.43 pm) arriving at Tesco/Cinema 14.09 (2.09 pm) in time for the 14.30 (2.30 pm) matinee.

You will have time to shop after the Matinee, at Tesco. The return bus to Abbots Bromley leaves Tesco/Cinema at 17.12 (5.12 pm) arriving back at Abbots Bromley at 17.40 (5.40 pm)

GET ENJOYMENT OUT OF IT WITH BUS PASSES AND A SPECIAL WEDNESDAY 2.30PM MATINEE SILVER SCREEN FOR OVER 50+ AT £3.75.

However, as it is Market Day if you wanted to shop in Uttoxeter first, the last bus from the Bus Station to Tesco/Cinema for the 1430 (2.30 pm) performance is the Service 402 (Uttoxeter-Burton) from Uttoxeter Bus Station at 1400 (2.00 pm), arriving at 14.02 (2.02 pm) at Tesco/Cinema.

Could you be the Parish Councillor your community needs?

The term of office for the present nine Parish Councillors ends this year and the process to elect a new Parish Council is starting. Prospective candidates have until 4th April to complete their nomination forms.

Although any poll for the local elections will not take place until 3rd May, NOW is the time that prospective candidates need to complete their nomination forms and return them to the elections office at Burton Town Hall.

If there are nine or fewer nominations, then the election will be uncontested and no poll will be required.

There is a short leaflet from our Parish Council with local information and more information from the National Association of Local Councils about what it means to be a Parish Councillor that should provide any additional information you need.

Council Tax 2007/2008

At a meeting on 26th February 2007, East Staffordshire Borough Council set the Council Tax for the year commencing 1st April 2007.

The costs for different property bands for 2007/2008 will be:
* Band A: £904.67
* Band B: £1,055.45
* Band C: £1,206.22
* Band D: £1,357.00
* Band E: £1,658.55
* Band F: £1,960.12
* Band G: £2,261.67
* Band H: £2,714.00

This includes County, Borough and Parish Council as well as Police, Fire and Rescue Service contributions.

“My Kingdom for a Horse”

The Committee of Abbots Bromley Village Hall invite you to the above production to be held on Saturday 10th March 07 at 7:30pm.

This is a remarkable theatrical tour de force, with actor Richard Derrington playing ALL the characters. Richard is an accomplished RSC actor with both radio and TV roles, who has written and directed this unusual view of the famous King Richard III. The play is packed with humour, intrigue and is pure entertainment which sheds light on a mysterious piece of English history.

This play will be a top class, professional performance not to be missed. The evening also offers a bar and refreshments. Tickets are available from committee members, by calling 01283 840122 or 10889 500660, or can be obtained from the village Post Office, Wilson’s butchers or ‘Top Shop’.

Tickets are priced at £6.00 per adult (£4.00 for under 16’s and Senior Citizens).

“This is a Live & Local performance supported by East Staffordshire Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council and The Arts Council (England).”

Further details are on the Village Hall web pages.

It could be you

In May this year, a new Parish Council is due to be elected and this provides an opportunity for anyone interested in serving their community in this way to stand.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council has nine members elected to serve for four years. No special qualifications are required to be a Councillor and, for the first time this year, those under 21 but over the age of 18, are eligible to stand.

Councillors must live, work or own land in the parish to qualify and will need to follow a formal process of nomination that will be posted nearer the date of the election.

Acting as a Parish Councillor is unpaid, and requires a commitment of a few hours a month to attend meetings and review documents. Those who are elected to the Council will receive any training required to help them function effectively.

Parish Councils hold a unique place in local government with few duties that they must perform but many powers that they can exercise. The extent to which they are sucessful in promoting and building their own community depends on the level of commitment and enthusiasm of the Councillors and it is an opportunity to to do much - or virtually nothing!

Ambulance Services to merge under false pretences

This is the claim made by Michael Fabricant MP on his web pages, in response to the announcement by the West Midlands and Staffordshire Ambulance Services.

Full details of the reasons why our MP believes this proposal does a great disservice to the people of Staffordshire can found on his web pages.

Local people who value the high level of service provided by their Ambulance Service may wish to register their protests by writing to the Chief Executives of the ambulance services concerned.

Rural Access to Services Partnership "Wheels to Work"

Advantage West Midlands is providing £1M over three years to reduce rural isolation and improve access for people. The first project addresses the need to access education, employment or training.

The Rural Access to Services Partnership (RASP) has been set up to look at the issues faced in rural areas of Staffordshire in accessing services.

Although longer term this will consider many other aspects of rural access, the initial emphasis will be a "Wheels to Work" scheme. This is designed to help those who want to take up education, employment or training opportunities but are currently prevented from doing so by lack of transport.

If you know of some specific needs in our village that might be helped by this programme, please discuss it with one of the Parish Councillors.

Council receives newsletter grant

The Parish Council has received a grant from a fund designated for "Quality Councils" that will enable improvements in the Bromley Bulletin newsletter

Towards the end of 2006, the Parish Council applied for a grant that would enable it to make some improvements to the Bromley Bulletin.

As a result of this the Council has been awarded a grant of over £1100 pounds to enable the purchase of an A3 laser printer. The main improvements this will bring are the ability to include photographs and to change the format to a folded A4 presentation.

The grant was awarded from funds provided by central government and administered in our county by the Staffordshire Parish Councils' Association. These funds are only available to the still relatively small number of Councils that have met the "Quality Council" benchmark criteria. Abbots Bromley Parish Council is one of the handful of Councils in Staffordshire that has achieved that distinction.

The Bromley Bulletin is published four times a year and is the main means by which the Council is able to provide information for local people. Past issues are available on-line in the Parish Council section of these web pages. The next issue, due in February 2007, will be in the new format.

Parish Council sets budget for next year

The Parish Council has set a budget for 2007/2008 that will result in a rise of just under 5% for the parish component of Council Tax

When the Council met to consider the budget for 2007/2008, they had to allow for the possible cost of an election in May 2007. Since the costs will only be incurred if there is a poll, and the Returning Officer is currently unable to predict the exact cost, a provision for around half part of the likely cost has been included in the precept (Council Tax) and the balance will be taken from reserves. This approach has enabled the Council to keep the cost of the increase to less than 5%.

The precept for 2007/2008 will be £19,500 compared to £18,800 in the current year. Changes in the number of taxable properties in the parish also affect the cost to individual tax payers.

As the Parish Council element of Council Tax (which also includes Borough and County COuncils, Fire Service and Police) is typically around 2% of the total, this change is very minor in overall effect.

For a Band D Council Tax payer, the Parish Council rate for next year will equate to 7p a day.

Walk off the Christmas Corpulence

Start to undo the effects of Christmas excesses with some exercise in the countryside with the help of two organised walks starting from the village.

Have you enjoyed your Christmas food just a little more than you should have? One of the healthiest ways to undo some of the damage is with some fresh air and exercise. Even if you did not over-indulge, you can still enjoy these great country walks with us.

New Year's Day: Starting from the Butter Cross at 10:00am on Monday 1st January, this 5-6 mile walk is being led by John Perkin. Bring a picnic lunch and start the New Year with some invigorating exercise, views and company.

Saturday 6th January: Also starting from the Butter Cross at 1000am, this walk of 6-7 miles led by Ron Sayers will take in Radmore Wood and Bagots Park. Bring a picnic lunch and make the most of this opportunity for a guided walk around local footpaths.

The Abbots Bromley Footpath Society have a programme of walks throughout the year which are open to all to come and enjoy.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

What would you do with 46,000 second-hand Christmas trees?

If every household in East Staffordshire has areal Christmas tree this year, then approximately 46,000 will need to be disposed of!

They can be successfully recycled into wood chips and compost. You can help by taking your used tree to:

Strawberry Garden Centre
ramshall Road
Uttoxeter

or:

Byrkley Garden Centre
Brykley Drive
Burton upon Trent

between 2nd and 26th January.

Golfers Light up the Village

New Christmas lights on Abbots Bromley village green have come courtesey of local golfers.

Although the Christmas tree on Abbots Bromley village green has been lit up in the past, this year sees a significant improvement following a grant from local golfers. The rather limited string of large bulbs used in recent years has been retired in favour of more contemporary strings of LEDs in different colours.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council were delighted to accept a kind offer from "Abbots Bromley Challenge" to help fund replacement lights. Abbots Bromley Challenge is a group of golfers from the village and surrounding area who organise a golf day each year to raise funds for local causes.

Temporary Closure of Goose and Seedcroft Lanes

The following traffic regulatory notice has been issued by Staffordshire County Council in connection with the water main replacement works

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991
GOOSE LANE/SEEDCROFT LANE, ABBOTS BROMLEY
DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Staffordshire County Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Goose Lane/Seedcroft Lane, Abbots Bromley between its junctions with B5014 Lichfield Road and Uttoxeter Road unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works. Access for frontagers and emergency services will be available from either end of the site dependent on the location of works.

The alternative route for traffic will be available via B5014 Lichfield Road, High Street, Bagot Street, Uttoxeter Road and vice versa.

The Order will come into operation on the 29th August 2006 and will remain in force for a period of 18 months or until the water mains renewal works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road, have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED BY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2006.

In the unlikely event that the works are not completed within eighteen months the Order may be extended for a further period by the Secretary of State.

Olwen Dutton
Corporate Director (Resources)

Date: 10th August 2006

County Buildings,
Martin Street,
Stafford. ST162LH

Enquiries: Mr. R. Carr
Telephone: 0800 232323

Parish Council opposes merger of Ambulance Trusts

After considering the implications, Abbots Bromley Parish Council has come out strongly against the proposed merger of Staffordshire Ambulance Trust with neighbouring trusts.

The following letter has been sent to the Strategic Health Authority:

Dear Sirs

Re-organisation of the Ambulance Service

The Parish Council opposes the proposed merger of the Staffordshire Ambulance Trust with adjoining trusts for a number of reasons:

    The Council believes that the rationale of cost saving is illusory and any potential gains will be swallowed up by the costs of implementing the merger. The medium term integration costs for equipment, information technology and communications alone will have major capital and operational budget implications, wiping out any potential savings while also disrupting service delivery during the transition period.

    The Council believes that in the longer term there will be a migration towards the creation of fewer larger call centres. This we believe would be a dangerous option that makes the overall service not only less resilient in the face of terrorist threats, but, more significantly loses the local knowledge so vital in the delivery of a service where seconds wasted mean lives lost.

    The Council believes one immediate area of concern to be the drugs policy of the merged body – particularly as it affects the First Responder groups. We believe that it is highly likely that this will be more restrictive than the current Staffordshire policy with a consequential detrimental effect on service delivery leading to unnecessary loss of life.
In summary we do not believe any of the stated benefits of these proposals will be delivered in practice. Furthermore, the changes themselves will result in loss of lives in Staffordshire that could otherwise have been saved.

Yours sincerely

Council Tax 2005/6

East Staffordshire Borough Council set Council Tax rates

At a meeting on 28th February, ESBC set the Council Tax rate for the Financial Year beginning 1st April 2005.

For Abbots Bromley, the rates are:
BAND A: £827.55
BAND B: £965.49
BAND C: £1103.41
BAND D: £1241.34
BAND E: £1517.19
BAND F: £1793.05
BAND G: £2068.89
BAND H: £2482.68

Proposed Modifications to the Local Plan

Comments on the proposed modifications to the Borough Wide Local Plan are required by 9th May 2006.

ESBC has issued a document containing proposed modifications to the local plan. This is in response to the report from the inspector who conducted the public inquiry into the draft plan from January to November 2005.

The report from the inspector was 485 pages and contained 397 recommendations which ESBC have chosen to adopt in their entirety.

These proposed modifications contain changes to the development boundary at Bromley House and the rear of Richard Clarke School.

All related documents are available on line at http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or can be consulted in Burton and Uttoxeter libraries.

Parish Council Supports First Responders

The Parish Council has written to the Ambulance Services seeking assurances that vital drugs previously available for First Responders to use, will again be included in their repertoire of treatments. A copy of the letter is reproduced here and copies have been sent to MPs, Country and District Councillors.

Dear Mr Catling and Mr Marsh

Withdrawal of Drugs from Community First Responder Portfolio

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is greatly disturbed by the recent announcement of the withdrawal of a number of key drugs from the Community First Responder (CFR) portfolio. The Council seeks reassurance from you both, as the current and future controllers of policy and operations, that this dilution in the quality of service to our community will be swiftly overcome and the previous levels of capability will be re-instated and maintained.

Yours sincerely

Abbots Bromley is a rural parish that can be anything through 15mins up to half an hour between a ‘999’ call and the arrival of an ambulance. We were therefore immensely impressed by the CFR proposition. Supported by the Council, two of the Councillors worked with the community and the Staffordshire Ambulance Service (SAS), leading to the successful implementation of the Abbot Bromley CFR group in February 2005.

Since its inception the Abbots Bromley CFR group has provided 24/7 cover for virtually every day and has attended over 600 calls across a wide range of situations. It is now respected and implicitly relied on by our community.

The withdrawal of key drugs is self-evidently a major reduction in the quality of service and, we believe, an un-necessary one. In our understanding Responders are trained in drug administration to the same level as ambulance technicians by the same trainers. Therefore this cannot be an issue of training or competence.

We are deeply concerned by the apparent lack of swift, positive retrieval action to this issue. We understand that there seems to be more effort being spent in defending why the drugs were withdrawn than in developing solutions for their re-instatement. Given this situation we are most uneasy that this implies potential long term issues for the CFR group that supports our community.


Abbots Bromley Parish Council is therefore seeking re-assurance
1. from the current management (Staffordshire Ambulance Service) that the problem is being urgently and positively addressed
2. from the prospective management (West Midlands Ambulance Service) that the CFR support that is crucial to the response time and patient care in our rural community will be maintained at or above the original Staffordshire Ambulance Service levels and capabilities.

Yours sincerely

Keep Your Post Office

The Countryside Alliance is campaiging to save rural Post Offices, which it believes are under threat from changes in Government policy.

In a letter to Parish Councils, the Countryside Alliance urges local communities to recgnise the importance of the services that are provided by their Post Office. They write:

"As you will know, rural services are the lifeblood of rural communities, especially in the more remote areas of the country. This is borne out by research which has shown that 91% of people feel that Post Offices play an important role in their communities. Facts like this are particularly poignant when set against the bleak reality of our times: seven out of 10 villages in England no longer have a shop; rural Britain has lost over a quarter of bank branches since 1995 and 20 traditional pubs are closing every month across Britain.

So when the Government announced in February its decision not to renew the Post Office Card Account (POCA) beyond 2010 and failed to make a decision on the subsidy given to rural Post Offices, it became clear that these threats to the future of rural Post Offices have the potential to devastate the communities they serve.

The Government needs to understand that the real value of a Post Office cannot be measured simply by turnover, and it must recognise that the benefit to the community goes far beyond the 'doorstep' of the Post Office.

If you feel the same as we do about your local Post Office then please help us to help save them. We have been asking our members to write urgently to Jim Fitzpatrick MP, the minister responsible for Post Offices, to let him know what their local Post Offices mean to them and what the loss would mean to their communities. If Mr Fitzpatrick's postbag tells him how communities feel he will hopefully recognise the importance of this issue, and if every community in the countryside is displaying cards saying 'love the Post Office, love the countryside', the message will be clearer still."

Now you see them, now you don't

The High Street lighting is turning on and off as it should, and we are no longer using unnecessary electricity during daylight hours.

Following cable damage reported in an earlier news item, normal operation of the street lights in the High Street has now been restored following work by Central Networks and ABB to install new timers.

Any further problems with the street lights can be reported using the normal route which is to ring Clarence on 0800 23 23 23 and give details of the light location and reference number.

Invitation to tender: Village grass cutting

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is inviting tenders for grass cutting at various village locations for the period April 2007 to October 2009

Sealed tenders must reach the Council by 29 November 2006 and will be considered at the Council meeting that evening.

Anyone interested in tendering for this contract should contact the Parish Clerk to receive full details of the work to be carried out and the tender process.

Write to:
Abbots Bromley Parish Council
31 Goose Lane
Abbots Bromley
Staffordshire
WS15 3DE

Or email:
parish dot council at abbotsbromley.com

Street lights on in the daytime?

At present the wall mounted lights along the main street in the village are on 24 hours a day.

As a result of recent damage to cables during work in the main street, the timer control of the wall-mounted lights is no longer operating. Keeping the lights on continuously is the short term solution.

This type of control is now obsolete and instead of expensive repairs to an out-dated system, it is proposed to replace the damaged circuit with floor-mounted control units that can form the basis for the next generation of street lighting.

Adopting this approach will avoid an extensive loss of supply for the village while the old circuit was repaired and will help ensure that the money spent has long term benefits.

Work is in progress to specify and commission the work required but the lights will be on continuously until this is carried out.

Burglary Near You?

There have recently been three burglaries in the village - would you like to find out how you can help protect your home and property?

HOME SECURITY GUIDES
The ESBC Neighbourhood Wardens have home security guides available. These contain UV security markers for your possessions and leaflets giving advice on home security. Please ring 01283-508526 and leave your name and address to have a pack delivered to your home.

EAST STAFFS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Watch could help you. There are over 1,000 co-ordinators in East Staffordshire - it is free to join and may even reduce your insurance premium. To find out more, contact Emma Newlove or Simon Bullen at the Neighbourhood Watch Office on 01785-253938.

Village Design Statement adopted

The Abbots Bromley Village Design Statement has been formally adopted by East Staffordshire Borough Council as development control guidance at a meeting of the cabinet on 11th September.

Following nearly a year of work by a small group of volunteers, the Abbots Bromley Village Design Statement was submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council in March 2006.

The document (available elsewhere on this website) was created using a series of consultations and reviews that allowed any interested villager to have their say on matters relating to the future development.

Now that the Design Statement has been formally adopted, copies will be printed for use by all those proposing development in the village - whether new build or changes to existing property. The team also hope to be able to provide a copy for each household in the parish.

New steward appointed for Village Hall

The Management Committee of the Village Hall is pleased to announce the appointment of Rose Maidstone as the new steward of the Village Hall.

With effect from 1st September 2006, Rose Maidstone has taken over the role previously held by Geraldine Sweeting and will work with the Management Committee in overseeing the operation and maintenance of Abbots Bromley Village Hall. This includes acting as bookings secretary. Rose can be contacted by telephone on 01283-840517.

The Management Committee would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Geraldine for the way in which she has cared for the building and helped maintain it to a very high standard.

Sustainablity Roadshow in Stafford

Sustainable Staffordshire has organised a second 'Sustainability Roadshow' in Stafford Market Square on Tuesday 22 August 2006.

As part of their current Development Plan, Sustainable Staffordshire has organised a second 'Sustainability Roadshow.' This event will take place on Tuesday 22 August 2006 in Stafford Market Square from 10am to 3.30pm.

The exhibitors are:

    Sustainable Travel Team; Back 2 Bikes; Staffordshire Wildlife Trust; Staffordshire County Council Recycling Team.

Free information and friendly advice will be available covering bio-diesel, organic gardening, energy efficiency, micro - generation schemes, grants, green transport, eco-paint, local food, water saving, community action, composting, recycling, rural issues, parish plans, nature conservation and lots more.

Another boost for fitness in Abbots Bromley

Two new exercise classes are starting in September and these will provide further opportunities for those wishing to gain, or maintain, physical fitness.

When the survey for the Abbots Bromley village action plan was carried out, there were requests for exercise/fitness classes to be held in the village.

With the start of new exercises classes on Friday mornings in the village hall, those living in the Abbots Bromley area have more choice than ever. The new classes will be run by Alison Jones and cater for different ability levels.

These new classes will complement the existing fitness sessions already run by Barrie Taylor on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons in the village hall.

Abbots Bromley news feed now available

As part of the redesign of the welcome page on the Abbots Bromley web site, the opportunity has been taken to provide an RSS feed of local news.

An August 2006 update to the welcome page on the Abbots Bromley village web site has seen the addition of two new features.

Firstly, the local news items, previously not very obvious on these pages, have now been brought onto the front page. The five most recently updated news items are summarised on the right of the screen with links to the full text of each of the news items.

Secondly, an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed of the news items is now available allowing those who use feed readers to consolidate local news from Abbots Bromley into their daily reading. The icon on the top of the news panel provides the link required for your reader. RSS is an increasingly popular way of keeping track of changes across many different web sites without having to keep visiting them. There are many free RSS readers that can be downloaded and used to organise multiple feeds. Also, the new version 7 of Microsoft Explorer will include an RSS reading capability.

2006 Best Kept Village Competition Results

Abbots Bromley again does well in the Best Kept Village competition

Although not repeating the outright win of 2005, Abbots Bromley has been judged second in the large village section of East Staffordshire.

The best large village, and overall best kept village in East Staffordshire, was Barton Under Needwood. Barton will become the new home for the trophy totem that has been on our village green for the last year.

Congratulations are also due our neighbouring village of Newborough which was judged the best kept small village in East Staffordshire.

Renewal of Water Mains

Work is currently in progress to renew 80 year old water mains through the centre of Abbots Bromley.

The mains to be replaced were installed in 1921 and replacement is necessary due both to degradation of the existing main and, in some areas, to increase capacity. In addition to a number of leaks and bursts in recent years, some properties also suffer from poor water quality due to iron from corrosion of the pipes.

Replacement will be taking place from the Rugeley turn, along Uttoxeter Road, Bagot Street, High Street, Lichfield Road, Cow Lane and back onto Lichfield Road. Also, from the junction with Bagot Street, along Goose Lane then Seedcroft Lane past Waters Road to the general area of Seedcroft Farm.

For the main road, most of the work will be carried out on the verges and footways rather than on the road, although lane closure will be necessary to provide a safe working environment and enough space to operate equipment and store materials. Each section is expected to take about 3 days to complete – so the direct impact on specific parts of the village should therefore be relatively short term.

In the case of Goose and Seedcroft Lanes, total closures of the road will be necessary with diversions set up.

Staffordshire Local Transport Plan

The Local Transport Plan sets out objectives and targets for transport in the county over the period April 2006 to March 2011.

A selection of documents relating to the Staffordshire Local Transport Plan (including progress reports on the previous plan) are now available online for viewing or printing.

Successful year for Bowls Club

Abbots Bromley Bowls Club is a very active and successful village organisation. Currently there are 37 members, all of whom take part in the matches, friendly roll-ups and social events.

In the 2005 season Abbots Bromley Bowls Club played 32 matches, at home and away, against neighbouring villages and travelling as far as Willington.

The main achievement has been the erection of a much needed new clubhouse. East Staffs. Borough Council awarded £4,500 towards the cost and, thanks to Roy Aitkenhead, several fund raising events were held e.g. a canal trip and a skittles evening. A very large part of the project was carried out by the members, such as the plumbing, wiring, drainage, painting etc.

On Sunday, May 7th there was an Official Opening of the new clubhouse.

Our thanks go to our Chairman, Dave Clements, who has worked so hard in the past year as the driving force behind the building of the new clubhouse. He has dealt with all the necessary application forms for grants, planning permission, building regulations and red tape with fortitude.

For the forthcoming season there are 36 fixtures arranged including matches against the Tennis Club and the Fire Service so members are looking forward to a few months of enjoyable bowling.

Sustainability Event

Details of an awareness event in Stafford on Tuesday 13th June 2006

As part of our Development Plan for 2006, Sustainable Staffordshire has organised an informal awareness raising event covering all aspects of sustainability, which will be held in Stafford Market Square on Tuesday 13 June from 10am to 3.30pm. We are inviting you to 'drop in' and discuss any aspect of sustainability that interests you or to have any specific enquiries addressed.

This event will feature a marquee from Low Impact Living, a non-profit making Built Environmental organisation whose mission is to help people reduce their impact on the environment, improve quality of life and live in a healthier, more satisfying way. We are also receiving support from Schott UK Ltd, Staffordshire TravelWise, Marches Energy Agency, British Wind Energy Association, and the Energy Saving Trust.

Free information and advice will be available covering all aspect of sustainability including bio-diesel, organic gardening, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green transport, eco-paint and much more.

The Importance of Being Earnest

AB Players are producing Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" on 17th-20th May (directed by Dave Towell).

Mr Worthing is Jack in the country, but Ernest in town, where he is wooing the delectable Gwendolen. His best friend Algy is a rake and womaniser, who on learning that Jack has an excessively pretty ward called Cecily, sets out on a bunburying adventure to win her hand. Meanwhile, Cecily has already decided that she wants to marry Ernest. None of this will happen if the formidable Lady Bracknell gets her way. Confused? You should be.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a witty comedy of mistaken identity, liberally sprinkled with quips and one liners from Oscar Wilde's famously acid pen.

What is does bunburying involve? who gets handbagged? Come and find out for yourself

Working on your own in the village?

Join up with others for a Christmas lunch

You’re not on your own..there are quite a few of us and every year, we hold a Home Workers’ Christmas Lunch so we can all meet, have fun and not miss out on the Christmas office bash! It’s very informal and the only criteria to join us is that you have to want to have a nice Christmas do!

Why not join us on 22nd December at the Goat’s Head?

Contact Shirley Mann: shirleym@harvestpr.net or 01283 840628 as soon as possible and definitely before 16th Dec.

Parish Assembly 2006 - but not as you know it...

This year the Parish Asembly will take a different form as a trial. Depending on feedback, this change may be adopted for future years.

The 2006 annual parish assembly for all electors is to take place in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 10th May.

In a departure from previous practice, reports are being issued ahead of the event instead of being given verbally at the assembly. The reports are now available on line and there is a link to them on our home page.

This will make space for a guest speaker - this year the managing director of South Staffordshire Water - who is expected to talk about their plans for the future of the reservoir.

Vacancy for diasbled person

Disabled persons of good character, capable of caring for themselves are invited to apply for this fully equipped bungalow.

We have a vacant bungalow suitable for a disabled person of good character and who is capable of caring for themselves

This residence consists of a large lounge, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, all fully equipped to the standards required for disabled persons. Applicants must be registered disabled.

The administrator will show the premises and provide more detailed information on request.

If you are interested please contact Mrs Christine Jones, the Hospital Administrator
8 Hillside
Abbots Bromley
Staffordshire WS15 3DP

Telephone: 01283 840312 or 01283 840420

Are the Players Going to Pot?

Abbots Bromley Players next production will be 17th-20th May 2006, at the Village Hall.

They will be producing a comedy double bill of The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard - a comedy/whodunnit/thriller and Take your Medicine like a Man by Georges Feydeau - a farce about a chamber pot manufacturer - hence the headline.

Casting takes place at the village hall on Thursday 19th Jan at 7:30. Anyone interested will always be welcome, whether novice or experienced.

The player would also like to borrow a number of chamber pots for this production, so if anyone can help.........

Further details from Dave Towell on 01283 840 849

Close the Curtains on Burglars

Neighbourhood Watch are urging people to check their home security in a bid to thwart would-be thieves.

For Crime Prevention Advice or a Home Security check please contact Emma or Simon at Neighbourhood Watch on 01785 23598. Some top tips for home security include:

Burglars prefer to operate where they won't be seen, so consider fitting low dusk-to-dawn lighting around the outside of your home; it's cheap to run and can make thieves feel more vulnerable. Use 9watt lighting to the front of the house and 11 or 1 Swatt at the side and rear.
If you feel vulnerable, don't answer the door to uninvited callers.
Stay safe when out and about in dark nights avoid unlit back streets or aiiey ways. Do not walk down the street with a brightly lit mobile phone that may attract would be robbers.
[*]Consider purchasing a personal attack alarm to carry on your person, this will act as reassurance for yourself and will scare off anyone who approaches you. You can purchase personal attack alarms from your local DIY shops for a small price.

Staffordshire Police request your on-line feedback

An opportunity for you to make your priorities for policing known by completing this simple on-line survey

Staffordshire Police is arranging itself to enhance delivery of local neighbourhood policing services.

They would like those who are residents of the area to help them develop their services by completing a short questionnaire about your policing needs.

The questionnaire is very short (five pages), but will provide them with some valuable information about the type and focus of policing that should be developed for your area.

Click on this link to access the short questionnaire which can be completed and sent on line.

Minerals and Waste Development Framework (MWDF)

Staffordshire County Council is engaged in a major review of the way minerals are extracted, and waste disposed of, which will set policy for the next 10-15 years. You have an opportunity to comment on the proposals.

The Government has introduced major changes to the plan-making system through the introduction of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The new Act requires local planning authorities to prepare and produce a new generation of planning policy documents termed 'Local Development Frameworks' (LDFs) which are to eventually replace existing Local Plans. These new documents, along with other changes to the planning system are intended to make the planning system much more streamlined and promote a positive approach to managing development.

For more information and access to the consultation documents visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/developmentcontrol/planning/mineralsandwastedevelopmentframework/

21st year - New Production - New Directors

Directed by Charlie Parker and Tom Powis, Abbots Bromley Players are presenting 'Family Planning' by Frank Vickery at the Abbots Bomley Millennium Hall from November 23rd to 26th.

This comedy based on timeless themes of family and personal relationships will set audiences laughing and thinking. Tracy is not sure how to tell her parents, her boyfriend, or her indomitable, though bedridden, grandmother that she is pregnant. Hypochondriac Idris, her father jumps to wrong conclusions and feeds the neighbours' misunderstandings.

Charlie and Tom, experienced actors with the Players, are making their directing debut with this production. Sixth Formers at Thomas Alleynes, Uttoxeter, we expect to hear much more from this talented pair in the future.

Performances are at 7.30pm each night, with doors and a licenced bar opening at 7.00pm. Tickets are available from the Abbots Bromley Post Office or from 01283 840247.

Climate Change and Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council is undertaking a consultion on climate change and invites participation from all residents of the county

In July Staffordshire County Council Members passed a resolution on climate change, in which they agreed that a County-wide public consultation should be undertaken to gauge what the people of Staffordshire think the Council should be doing about this global problem.

We want everyone to know that they can have their say about what actions we take here in Staffordshire to tackle climate change and its effects. We are particularly keen to reach people who might not ordinarily consider responding and those with limited opportunities perhaps because of health, lifestyle or geography.

The consultation was launched on Tuesday, 18 October and will run until Thursday, 12 January so there is plenty of time to take part.

Visit http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/ to read more and fill in a brief on-line questionnaire.

Homebuy Scheme

Assistance to buy a home of your own on the open market

The Homebuy Scheme is available to those living in or wishing to live in Staffordshire & Shropshire and provides the opportunity to tenants of Local Authorities or Registered Social Landlords (eg. Housing Association) to move on and acquire a property of their own.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce housing waiting lists and those who are registered on the Local Authority housing list may also be considered. Those who are in receipt of housing benefit will be considered but you must be able to fund (with a mortgage, if required) your contribution, being 75% of the purchase price.

The Scheme helps people to buy a home on the open market by allowing The Association to provide a loan of 25% of the purchase price. There are no monthly payments and instead the loan may be repaid when you sell the property. Alternatively, the loan may be repaid sooner and one option would be to increase your mortgage when your financial circumstances have improved.

This provides a brief guide to the Scheme and other considerations will be taken into account. Funding is limited and is not guaranteed to everyone who applies.

Please note, that whilst The Association is still accepting Homebuy applications, funding for this scheme for this year has now been spent. Any new applications received will, therefore, be held on file and processed as soon as possible in the new financial year, being April 2006. Please also note that the Homebuy Scheme is undergoing a review at the moment and some changes to the terms and conditions may be introduced in April 2006.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION, AN APPLICATION PACK OR WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES FURTHER PLEASE CONTACT
Mandy Riley, sales assistant or
Gill McGovern, senior sales officer
Tel: 01782 203570 / 69
Email: Ariley@BJHG.co.uk / GmcGovern@BJHG.co.uk

Uttoxeter Road roadworks

Is someone stealing our traffic calming?

Uttoxeter Road is due for resurfacing. To make this possible, temporary removal of the traffic calming build-outs is required.

The work was started on Monday 24 october 2005 and is expected to be completed within two weeks.

The traffic calming will be restored after the resurfacing has been completed.

Abbots Bromley Show Committee

No response to appeals for new commmittee members - so funds released

The appeals for new Show Committee members following the 2004 show did not result in any new volunteers. Consequently there were insufficient people to organise a show for this year and there are no current plans for next year. It has therefore been decided to make further donations out of the funds held. These donations are as follows:

Village Hall as contribution to renovation of driveway - £500
First Responders - £100
Under 5’s play area - £100
Children’s Christmas Party – c£300 (TBC). (The party is to be held at the village hall on Saturday 17th December. Watch for further details.)

This will leave some £300 remaining which it is proposed to retain as a basis of funding for when hopefully at some time in the future another show will be organised.

Bob Heaver
Mike King
Tina Scanlan

Abbots Bromley Village Show 2004

Report provided by Tina Scanlan

Despite the deluge that threatened to drown the 'Fun Runners' on the eve of the show, the run was very well supported and the whole evening set the tone nicely for Saturday's festivities.

As ever, there was an enthusiastic response from the children to the Fancy Dress competition, and The Horn Dancers, the British Legion, local owners of Classic Cars and the Firemen all gave their support to the venture making a colourful and entertaining spectacle as the parade made its way to the Village Hall. Added interest was provided by the marching band and the vintage brewery vehicles kindly provided by Coors.

Reverend Simon Davis opened the Show and, once again, the sun shone on our annual event. There were a number of new attractions this year; Punch & Judy and Quad Bikes for the children with the excellent Burbage Brass Band providing a musical interlude, but the variety of stalls offered something for everyone. Most interest seemed to centre around the Fat Club's 'Guess the Weight' competition. Negotiations are currently underway for a 2005 Calendar!

Most village clubs and societies were well represented with stalls and services ranging from refreshments provided by the scouts, guides, cubs and brownies to face painting by the Jelly Tots. The generous donations from their takings helped us on the way to the £1,000 plus profit, which will go towards providing a Christmas party for the children and support for the Evergreens' outings.

Following last year's show, we were also able to support the new First Responders Unit and the Under 5's Play Scheme Project. We ask that any suggestions as to how the rest of the profit should be used this year, or requests for donations should be passed, in writing, to a member of the committee by 10th October.

The committee would like to thank all those who supported the show this year in whatever capacity. We look forward to your continued support in the future.

Diary dates

    Show Day 2005 - 11th June

Charity Fun Day - 27th August

The Bagot Arms is hosting a Charity Fun day on Saturday 27th August

There will be a Charity Fun day at the Bagot Arms on Saturday 27th August starting at 12 midday.

The day will include various stalls such as splat the rat, golf challenge, name the teddy etc plus any further stalls that people would like to hire either as a charity based fund raiser - or a commercial stalls.

There will be a barbeque, bouncy castle, bucking bull and live music for an hour mid afternoon from a local group made up of very talented teenagers.

The Community First Responders and the Fire Service have also been invited to get involved.

All funds raised will be divided between nominated village charities.

Winner Best Kept Village

Abbots Bromley wins first prize in the Best Kept Village Competition

In the fiftieth year of the Best Kept Village competition, Abbots Bromley has not only achieved first place in the large village category in East Staffordshire, but also overall winner in the area. Neighbouring village Newborough was awarded first place in the small villages section.

A number of small improvements around the village have been made in the last year. This result is a fitting tribute to the work put in by many individuals in the village who work to improve the place where we live.

While there are no great monetary rewards for winning the competition, the focus that it gives on our environment is a helpful way of ensuring that we continue to improve and value our village.

Councillor Elkington prepared the competition entry paperwork this year, and with Councillor Needham, forms the "competitions" group on the Parish Council. Sixty eight villages took part in this 50th year of the competition.

Tarmac Trophy comes to Abbots Bromley

Tarmac, who sponsor the Best Kept Village competition in East Staffordshire, today issued a press release congratulating Abbots Bromley on their success.

The village has scooped the Tarmac East Staffordshire district trophy after winning the large village category, and going head to head with the districts small village winner Newborough.

It is the 50th year of Staffordshire’s annual Best Kept Village (BKV) competition, and with an impressive 68 entries in total, competition was fierce.

Villages were judged in three rigorous rounds that ran from February 2005 until the end of July. They were viewed by the expert eyes of the judging team, who not only marked them on appearance, quality of amenities and environmental awareness but also on their level of community spirit and involvement.

Peter Jackson, Chairman of the BKV Working Group said: ”68 villages took part in the Best Kept Village 2005 competition. The competition has come to a successful conclusion with villages maintaining very high standards with much evidence of community involvement. This is reflected in the way they are working together to improve the environment and taking pride in their village”.

Eric Roy, resident of Abbot’s Bromley and representative for the parish council said: “Winning the title this year has been an extremely pleasant surprise. We haven’t made any significant changes to our village this year, but we have been concentrating on a number of smaller improvements made by dedicated villagers – and it’s paid off! This is the 25th year we have entered the BKV competition, and each year the bar is raised. We’re so proud to have won, and the fact that our win comes in the 50th year of the competition makes it even more special.”

Quality Council Certificate Presented

On Wednesday evening 27th July, Abbots Bromley Parish Council celebrated the end of a two year journey when they were presented with the certificate that confirmed their achievement of Quality Council status.

In presenting the certificate, Mr Steve Hopkins of the County Accreditation Panel, explained the significance of the award as an independent assessment across a broad set of criteria. In a national context, it was a key component in ensuring that local government aimed for the highest standards in serving their communities.

Abbots Bromley is the eighth Quality Council in Staffordshire, the first in the Borough of East Staffordshire, and the 162nd in the country. By acquiring Quality status, Parish and Town Councils – the first tier of government - can demonstrate that they are representative, in touch with their communities, competent and capable of taking on an enhanced role. The other seven Quality Councils in Staffordshire are: Brewood and Coven Parish Council, Colwich Parish Council, Eccleshall Parish Council, Lichfield City Council, Penkridge Parish Council, Shenstone Parish Council, and Stowe by Chartley Parish Council.

Abbots Bromley committed itself to achieving Quality Council status when the scheme was introduced in 2003. Since then it has worked steadily towards the goal with a process of self-assessment, making changes as necessary. The end result was the successful submission of a detailed application for Quality Status.

Clerk, Eric Roy, obtained a distinction in the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) - the specific qualification for Clerks – in order to satisfy one of the many tests for Quality status.

The Quality Council programme in Staffordshire has been initiated and supported by the Staffordshire Parish Councils’ Association. SPCA has actively promoted the scheme by encouraging local councils to participate and by administering the County Accreditation Panel.

Mary Booth, Chief Executive of SPCA and Secretary of the Quality Status County Accreditation Panel, said:
“The County Accreditation Panel is very pleased to announce that Abbots Bromley Parish Council has been awarded Quality Parish Status. The Council clearly demonstrated in their submission to the Panel that they are properly managed and actively involved with the whole community.”

Speaking on behalf of the Parish Council, Chairman Councillor Philip Charles said:
“We are delighted to receive this independent recognition of the quality of our work and we believe that it reflects the dedication and hard work put in by both Clerk and Councillors. The process of preparing our application helped challenge our thinking about how the Council should operate and required us to make some positive changes to the way we work, including the introduction of regular surgeries. However, we have no reason to be complacent, and recognise that there will always be further opportunities to improve the way that we communicate and consult with the electorate. We therefore hope to build on this success rather than rest on our laurels.”

Rural Enterprise Support Grant II

East Staffordshire Borough Council have announced details of a support grant for new and fledgling businesses

The new RESG II grant is now open for applications from rural businesses.

The RESG II aims to provide financial support to new or fledgling businesses or enterprises up to 18 months old either to start their business idea, further develop their existing enterprise or start a new enterprise. We have a grant pot of £25,000 and will look to support applications from £250.00 to £2500.00.

Business Enterprise Support Ltd will, as last year, provide the administrative function and business advice service and will act as the point of contact for applicants and for those that require an application form.

Further information and application forms are available from:

G Sage
Rural Policy Officer
gary.sage@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Town Hall, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. DEI4 2EB
Telephone: 01283 508000 Fax: 01283 535412

Notice of WaterVoice meeting for Severn Trent Region

A meeting of the WaterVoice Central Committee will be held on Thursday 21 July 2005 at 2.00 pm at The Three Swans Hotel, High Street Market Harborough

Representatives from Severn Trent Water, South Staffordshire Water, The Drinking Water Inspectorate and The Environment Agency will be present. The main items on the agenda will include a presentation from Severn Trent's new Managing Director and the Drinking Water Inspectorate will present the findings from their Annual Report on drinking water quality over the past year.

In accordance with the provision of the Water Industry Act 1991 and the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the meeting will be open to the public. A copy of the agenda will be available at the meeting or in advance from the address above.

WaterVoice Central has been established by the Director General of Water Services to represent the interests of customers receiving water and/or sewerage services from the following companies: Severn Trent Water Limited and South Staffordshire Water Pic.

Lee Newman
Regional Manager

First Floor. Chanelle House. 86 New Street. Birmingham B2 4BA
Telephone - Office: 0121 644 5252. Fax: 0121 644 5256 Local): 08457 023953. Minicom: 0121 625 1422 Email: central@watervoice.org.uk

Closure of Ashbrook Lane

Staffordshire County Council have issued a notice advising of the closure of Ashbrook Lane for essential works at the start of August.

STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED)
ROAD TRAFFIC (TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS) ACT 1991

ASHBROOK LANE, ABBOTS BROMLEY DIVERSION OF VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Staffordshire County Council intend, not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, to make an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Ashbrook Lane, Abbots Bromley between Hillside to Blounts Hollow Road unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works.

The alternative route for traffic will be available via Lichfield Road B5014, Uttoxeter Road B5014, Kings Bromley Lane A513, Rugeley Road A513, Lichfield Road A513, Yoxall Road A515, SudburyRoad A515, Duffield Lane B5234, Bromley Wood A515 and vice versa.

The Order will come into operation on the 1st August 2005 and will remain in force for a period of 18 months or until the carriageway resurfacing works, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road, have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED BY 7™ AUGUST 2005.

In the unlikely event that the works are not completed within eighteen months the Order may be extended for a further period by the Secretary of State.

Olwen Dutton
Corporate Director (Resources)

Date: 20th July 2005
County Buildings, Martin Street,
Stafford. ST162LH

Closure of Ashbrook Lane

Notice of works in Ashbrook Lane that involve traffic management and temporary closure have been received from the Highways Department of Staffordshire County Council

Area Highways Office
Development Services Directorate
Midland Grain Warehouse
Derby Street
Burton-upon-Trent, DE14 2JJ
E-mail: area1maintenance@staffordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01283-508528

I am shortly to begin works on a footway resurfacing scheme at the above location. The work will involve laying a new kerb line along each side of the carriageway then resurfacing the whole length also a small drainage scheme will be constructed to remove isolated flooding.

The Contractor for the works is Staffordshire Highways. The works are planned to begin approximately the week commencing 27th June 2005 and last for approximately 7 weeks. Due to the width of the carriageway it will be necessary to work under temporary traffic control to satisfy the Health and Safety Regulations and on the 1st August the road known as Ashbrook Lane will be closed to all through traffic during the evenings approx times 6pm to 6am during these times the carriageway will be resurfaced.

During the operation a wide range of construction machinery will be in use directly outside of residential properties. I would like to take this opportunity to advise you to exercise caution when exiting properties directly onto the construction area

I apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the works may cause and ask for your co-operation. If I can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me on the above telephone number or ask for my assistant engineer, Roy Carr, who will be supervising the works.

Richard Rayson
Divisional Engineer, Burton

Abbots Bromley Hot Shots

On the hottest weekend of the year so far, residents of Abbots Bromley took to the streets with cameras and notebooks.

They were there to record the aspects of the village which they consider most characteristic of the place they live.

Known around the world for the annual Horn Dance, Abbots Bromley is admired by many as a typical English village captivating visitors and inspiring loyalty amongst those who live there. Despite centuries of change to adapt to the evolving needs of those who live and work there, it somehow retains a unique charm. The challenge is to guide future changes so that it remains a desirable place to live and work without sacrificing the essential character.

Villagers are invited to come and see the results of the photo session in Church House on Saturday 25th June between 10 and 2. They will have the opportunity to add their comments to form the basis of a “Village Design Statement” that will be adopted as supplementary planning guidance reflecting community views into future development.

Mineral and Waste Planning: Have your say

Do you want to have your say in where quarrying and waste treatment takes place in Staffordshire? If so, read on.
Staffordshire County Council is changing the way it plans for future quarries and waste treatment sites and we want you to get involved!

Staffordshire County Council is changing the way it plans for future quarries and waste treatment sites and we want you to get involved!

We are going to produce a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which will set out the opportunities for people to get information and how you can make your voice heard.

We want to get as many people as possible involved. We need to reach the right people and use the best and most convenient ways to reach you.

If you want to find out more about the SCI or would like to register your interest in the consultation process now is your chance!

To find out more please visit our website at http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/planning or send us your name, address, e-mail and telephone details to:
Statement of Community Involvement Staffordshire County Council Riverway Stafford. ST16 3TJ.
Tel: 01785 277275 or 277271 or
e-mail us at: planning@staffordshire.gov.uk

Parish Council achieves Quality Parish status

Abbots Bromley Parish Council has become the 8th Council in Staffordshire to achieve recongnition as a "Quality Parish Council"

Out of more than 170 parish and town councils in the county of Staffordshire, Abbots Bromley is the eighth to achieve accreditation as a "Quality Council".

The status was introduced by the government in an attempt to promote best practice in the first tier of local government. To achieve the award a Council must meet each of seven separate criteria that are considered to reflect good practice.

One of the key tests is having a qualified Clerk and the work needed to achieve this certification is the most time consuming element of the preparations for most Councils.

Across the UK, Abbots Bromley is the 162nd Quality Council - out of more than 10,000 local councils eligible to qualify for that status.

Speaking on behalf of the Parish Council, Chairman Philip Charles said, "We are delighted to receive this independent recognition of the quality of our work and we believe that it reflects the dedication and hard work put in by both Clerk and Councillors. The process of preparing our application helped challenge our thinking about how the Council should operate, and required us to make some positive changes to the way we work, including the introduction of regular surgeries. However, we have no reason to be complacent, and recognise that there will always be further opportunities to improve the way that we communicate and consult with the electorate. We therefore hope to build on this success rather than rest on our laurels."

Wind farm application withdrawn

Those who wrote in support of, or against, the proposed wind farm have been informed that AB Energy has withdrawn their application. A resubmission by the end of June is expected.

The following press release was issued by East Staffordshire Borough Council on 27 April 2005:

East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has been considering an application for planning permission, submitted by ABEnergy Ltd, in November 2004, to build seven wind turbines at Bagot’s Park near Abbots Bromley in East Staffordshire. The target timescale for the process of reaching a decision on the application, set by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, is 16 weeks from the date the submission is formally registered.

In assessing the Environmental Statement, which supports the planning application, the Local Planning Authority will require further information and clarification from ABEnergy on a number of issues. This means that it will not be possible to determine the application within the permitted timescale.

As a result, ABEnergy has agreed to withdraw the application in order to clarify some of the points raised by ESBC and supply the additional information required.

Alan Wood, Head of Development Services at ESBC says: “The Council did not have the information necessary to properly process this application within the statutory timescale. It has therefore been agreed that the applicants withdraw the application in order to provide the additional information we require to make a full and detailed assessment of the proposed development.

“The applicant’s co-operation is helpful as this allows more time for the consideration of the proposals. We anticipate that the applicants will resubmit a further application in due course to enable the Council to reach a decision within the statutory timescale.”

Keith Albrow of ABEnergy added: “I am not aware of a planning authority in the country that has determined an application for a wind farm within the statutory timescales. When Mr Wood explained the Council’s position it was clear that the only way forward was for us to respond positively to the Council’s request for a withdrawal at this stage. We have set ourselves a timescale of two months, the middle of June, for re-submitting a fresh application.”

Saturday Teas in Church House

Now tea and cakes are also available on Saturday afternoons in addition to the Sunday afternoon

On Saturday afternoons in April and May 2005 tea, coffee and home made cakes will be served in Church House from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

Different village organisations are serving each week and monies raised will help support their projects.

Come and enjoy a brief break in pleasant surroundings while supporting these worthwhile causes.

Those serving are:

    16 April: Local Artist Sheila Godfrey will exhibit and sell her work 30 April: tba [*]7-28 May: Abbots Bromley Scouts, Guides, Rainbows, Cubs and Brownies

Bulk waste collection dates for Abbots Bromley

Details of the dates and times when bulk waste can be disposed of are published

East Staffordshire Borough Council will be providing a refuse vehicle which can take bulk waste on four dates in 2005.

11 June (10:30 to 14:00)
6 August (11:00 to 14:00)
3 September (10:15 to 14:00)
22 October (11:00 to 14:00)

The vehicle will be parked in the Crown Car Park in Schoolhouse Lane at the times shown but cannot accept fridges/freezers, paints, oils, liquid waste, asbestos, tyres or hazardous materials.

East Staffordshire Rural Strategy Consultation

East Staffordshire Borough Council has two documents on-line for consultation and invites comments to Gary Sage, Rural Policy Officer, by the end of March 2005.

The East Staffordshire Rural Strategy 2005-2007 is available as an Acrobat file here (280Kb) and the 2005-2006 Framework and Action Plan here (87Kb).

Calling businesses in Abbots Bromley

There will be an action plan meeting to work on the "promote village businesses" theme in the Abbots Bromley Action Plan

All those interested in the support and promotion of local businesses are invited to attend an open meeting in the Memorial Room at the Village Hall on Tuesday 15th March 2005.

Starting at 7:30pm, the meeting will aim to identify those who are interested in forming an action group to develop this aspect of the Action Plan.

Parish Council opposes proposed wind farm

When the Parish Council met to consider the application for 7 wind turbines, they agreed unanimously to oppose the application after listening to views of those for and against the development and taking into account their own researches on the subject. This is their response -

The Parish Council unanimously opposes this scheme, believing it is inappropriate for the proposed location for a number of reasons:

(1) There is totally inadequate recognition in the application of the way that neighbouring properties are entirely dependent on groundwater from the area to which they have a legal right in perpetuity. The information that is included on this subject acknowledges the risks of short-term contamination and long-term disruption. Livelihoods depend on these water sources and the potential damage is quite unacceptable.

(2) The application considerably understates the impact on visual amenity for neighbouring properties and the damage to the landscape which extends over a wide area. The special status of the area was identified in the Staffordshire County Council document “Planning for Landscape Change” and denoted on map 7 as a preferred area for woodland planting initiatives. The proposed scheme would also be in conflict with “Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Structure Plan” polices NC1 and NC2.

(3) A large number of residents have voiced concerns over the impact of noise and are not reassured by the data supplied in the Environmental Statement which appear to overlook at least one of the neighbouring properties. The fact that the proposed wind turbines are no longer available seems to invalidate even the simulations that are included. Experiences from existing wind farms indicate that the impact on neighbouring residents is consistently far more severe than the predictions made before construction. The proposed location is a tranquil area where quiet is enjoyed by residents and walkers - both from the locality and tourists - walking the Staffordshire Way. Destroying the peacefulness of this environment is at odds with PPG 24 para 5 which recognises the need to protect areas with high recreational amenity value from noise generating development.

(4) Section 10 relegates deer to “Other species” and seems oblivious to the potential risks to the deer population of this development. Deer are easily startled by noise and, during pregnancy, this can cause spontaneous abortion of the foetus with consequential risk of infection in the mother. In the wild such infection is undetected, untreated and can lead to mortality. The variety of sounds emanating from the turbines as they adapt to changing conditions throughout 24 hours every day of the year cannot fail to affect the deer. Given the historic significance of deer to the area, and the related heritage and tourism generated by the Horn Dance, it would be difficult to imagine any aspect of the local wildlife more intrinsic to the character of this parish. The potential impact on buzzards also seems to have been overlooked.

(5) The proposed development will generate no long-term employment in the area and so does not make a major contribution in the context of agricultural diversity. The Parish Council does not find the suggested benefits for electrical power generated and reduced CO2 convincing. Firstly, significant errors in the calculation of the CO2 saving have been identified which affect the forecast by orders of magnitude. Also, no account is taken of CO2 generated by the construction and removal. Significant amounts will be generated from the manufacture of the large quantity of cement required and the turbines themselves. Similarly, the large number of HGV movements throughout the period of construction will also create CO2. Without a full life-cycle model and accurate calculations, any prediction of CO2 must be treated with extreme caution. Secondly, the predicted power outputs are gross and take no account of the power consumed in construction, transmission losses and turbine efficiency. Additionally, the quoted power factor is way in excess of that typically achieved elsewhere, and the combination of these issues irretrievably undermines the credibility of the forecast power generated.

In summary, the Parish Council believes that the application understates or overlooks significant aspects of the impact on the locality while exaggerating the minimal benefits that might accrue. Were the application to be approved, this would represent an extremely high cost to be paid locally for no proven benefit either in this area or to the national drive for renewable energy.

Public and Patient Involvement Forums

Help improve the quality of NHS services by bringing your views and experiences of being a patient, carer or those of your family

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Forums have been set up for each local NHS Trust across the country. PPI Forums are made up of groups of volunteers who are enthusiastic about helping patients and the public influence the way local health care is organised and delivered. In the words of the Department of Health they will help "to improve the quality of NHS services by bringing to trusts and PCTs the views and experiences of patients, their carers and families", and they are "part of a much wider Government drive to improve patient experiences across the NHS". All trusts must listen to their PPI Forum and must respond to them. The Forums have powers to carry out inspections of facilities. They can also look at how wider issues in the local community such as social care, transport or housing affect health.

Membership of Forums is by application. In Staffordshire the Forums are coordinated through 'PPI Forums Staffordshire' and they are at 28 Salter Street, Stafford. ST16 2JU. 01785 600617. Email address: info@ppihstaffs.orq.uk. More general information about Forums can be obtained from the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health, 7th Floor, 120 Edmund Street, Birmingham. B3 2ES. 0845 120 7111, or www.cppih.org

Voices 2005

The BBC is launching a major study, to last right across 2005, into the ways we speak, and it wants help at the grassroots from each and every one of us.

The BBC is launching a huge, nation-wide study into the ways that we speak - the dialects, the regional languages, the accents, and the special words of our locality. Do you know words like ronk? Or nesh? Or blarting? If so, you can help.
Ways of speaking in Staffordshire are said to be those that closest relate to Old English, so the input of people in Staffordshire is especially valued!

What the BBC would like is that everyone who has access to an internet computer logs on to its website and fills out a short questionnaire about the words you know and use. It takes hardly any time at all, but the contribution will add greatly to our knowledge of our fast-disappearing regional dialects. All the results will be passed on to academics who will analyse and publish the results in one of the biggest surveys of English and other UK languages ever undertaken.

Please help if you can - or it may be too late.

Log on to http://www.bbc.co.uk/staffordshire/voices2005 and find out more.

New lighting in Goose Lane

Parish Council intiative to provide additional lighting in Goose Lane that will improve safety

Abbots Bromley Parish Council, in cooperation with Staffordshire County Council, has initiated the provision of additional lighting in Goose Lane that will make the daily visits to the nursery safer for both parents and children.

By part-funding the project, the Parish Council has made possible this extension of the existing lighting in the hope that it will considerably improve the safety along this stretch of Goose Lane during the winter months.

Installation of the lighting columns at the end of November was carried out by ABB. This work was followed up in the new year by Central Networks completing the supply connections to make the new lights operational.

A request is now being made to extend the 30mph limit to the end of the new lighting.

Brown bins for Abbots Bromley

A brown bin collection service is coming to Abbots Bromley soon

In a leaflet drop to homes in the village, East Staffordshire Borough Council have advised that they are about to implement a brown bin collection service for compostable garden waste.

The leaflet gives details of the collection service, explaining what can and cannot be deposited and when collections will be made.

It is expected that delivery of the bins will start in the week beginning Monday 14th February 2005.

Anyone concerned about their ability to store the extra bin, can ring freephone number 0800 269098 to discuss their issues.

Wind farm application

An application has been formally lodged for the development of a wind farm at Bagots Park

A planning application from AB Energy has been received and accepted by the local planning authority (East Staffordshire Borough Council). It was issued for consultation on 31 January 2005. Comments have been requested by 7th March 2005.

The planning application is accompanied by extensive documentation and is listed in an unofficial overview for anyone wishing to plan what they want to read, before visiting Burton or Uttoxeter to view the application.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council will have their copy of the application available at Church House between 10 and 4 on Saturday 19th February for residents of Abbots Bromley.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is also planning public meetings on Tuesday 1st March (see separate news item).

Public meetings - wind farm application

East Staffordshire Borough Council has arranged two public meetings in March

Details of the meetings are announced in a letter from Alan Wood, Head of Development Services at East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Erection of 7 wind turbines, upgrade existing access tracks from the site access off B5013, extraction of stone from borrow pits, construction of site access tracks and passing places, temporary hardstanding and site office facilities and sub station, Bagots Park Estate, Abbots Bromley

The Council has organised two public consultation meetings on 1st March 2005 at Uttoxeter Town Hall, High Street, Uttoxeter between 2.00pm and 4.00pm and Abbots Bromley Village Hall, Bagot Street, Abbots Bromley between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. The purpose of the two meetings is to enable Council Officers to explain the details of the planning application and answer any questions by way of clarification.

The meetings will not provide a forum for debate, it is simply an opportunity for interested persons to be better informed should they wish to make representations to the Council. Any views expressed at the meeting will be recorded and taken into consideration when dealing with the application. Both meetings will follow exactly the same format so it will not be necessary to attend both meetings.

Could you contact my secretary Doreen Smith on 01283 508519 to confirm your attendance at one of the two meetings.

Yours faithfully


A Wood
Head of Development Services

Unwanted Vehicles Amnesty

Get rid of unwanted vehicles FREE for a limited period

During the period 18th February to 11th March, residents of East Staffordshire will have the opportunity to get rid of an unwanted vehicle free of charge.

The service will be limited to the first 100 people who return a signed declaration to the Enforcement Team.

For more information - contact Debbie Griffin on 01283-508576.

More Magistrates needed in Staffordshire

Could you help provide justice for people appearing in Court?

The search is on for people who are interested in giving something back to their communities by becoming magistrates. The position of magistrate dates back to the 14th century and is a respected and responsible position. Magistrates are there to provide local justice for local people.

You will need to possess integrity rather than paper qualifications and have the ability to make fair and reasonable decisions.

You should be able to listen to all sides of an argument and have a good knowledge of people and different aspects of human behaviour.

Personal qualities and experience of life are vita! and new magistrates will receive all necessary legal and other training to enable them to carry out their duties.

Applicants should be under the age of 65 years and be prepared to sit for at least 26 half days per year.

There are three Benches of magistrates in the county. The Central and South West Staffordshire Bench covers Stafford, Cannock, and South Staffordshire and court sittings are held in Stafford and Cannock. The North Staffordshire Bench covers Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands with courts at Fenton and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The South East Staffordshire Bench covers East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth with courts sitting at Burton upon Trent and Tamworth. There are currently vacancies on all three Benches.

There are certain occupations which would preclude appointment as a magistrate. These include applicants holding some posts within the Police, Probation and Crown Prosecution Services or their spouse or partner. There are also a few other occupations details of which, together with helpful advice, guidance and application forms, can be obtained from:

Mr Nigel Pursey
Secretary,
Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Staffordshire,
County Buildings,
Stafford,
ST162LH

E-mail: nigel.pursey@staffordshire.gov.uk

Railway line through Abbots Bromley?

Plans have been recently announced to construct a railway line through Abbots Bromley

Promoters have indicated that the route could link the Stoke – Derby line from a junction near Uttoxeter to the Birmingham –Derby line at junction near the remote Fal Vale farm between Lichfield and Burton. The line is being promoted to facilitate the movement of China Clay from Cornwall to the Stoke on Trent Potteries, avoiding the busy bottleneck at Birmingham New Street Station. The promoters, ABP have also been keen to stress the potential value of the line to bring tourists to the area. They state that it is their intention to construct a station for the village at the site of the village hall and if things go according to plan, a start could be made in early December.

“Rumours that ghost trains are already running on the line are completely unfounded” said Abbots Bromley Players director Joan Machin. “It is completely untrue. We have only just started rehearsals and the special effects for our play are still in the development stage. Nevertheless, producing the impression of an express train crossing the stage for our production of Arnold Ridley’s play “The Ghost Train” will tax our production team to the utmost, though we have every faith that they can achieve it.”

Villagers shouldn't be alarmed however. This is Abbots Bromley Players forthcoming production of the classic railway thriller,"The Ghost Train".

The play, about a haunted railway station, was written by Arnold Ridley (who played Private Godfrey in Dad’s Army) and is set in the 1920s, when a group of passengers are stranded at a remote Cornish railway station for the night. Unfortunately for them however, the stationmaster informs them that they cannot stay on the station all night because regulations of the Great Western Railway do not permit and anyway, the station is haunted. He then regales them - in lurid detail – of the railway accident 20 years previously that occurred at the station and which is re-enacted each month by the Ghost Train that thunders through in the dead of night – and tonight’s the night!

Will it run?

Is everything really what it seems?

How can Abbots Bromley Players possibly run a railway train through the village hall?????


The play is being performed in Abbots Bromley Village Hall from 8th to 11th December.

Tickets are £5 from members, the village Post Office or Maggie Hoskisson on 01283 840828.

Local Plan Review - 2nd Deposit

NOTICE OF DEPOSIT OF A UNITARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN, LOCAL PLAN, MINERALS LOCAL PLAN OR WASTE LOCAL PLAN, OR OF PROPOSALS FOR THE ALTERATION OR REPLACEMENT OF SUCH A PLAN

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990

NOTICE OF DEPOSIT OF REVISED PROPOSALS FOR THE ALTERATION OF A LOCAL PLAN EAST STAFFORDSHIRE LOCAL PLAN

East Staffordshire Borough Council has revised the proposals for the alteration of the above plan. If, and when, these revised proposals are adopted it will form part of the development plan for the area of East Staffordshire Borough Council. The development plan forms the basis for decisions on land use planning affecting that area.

Copies of the revised proposals are available for public inspection, free of charge, at:

    Midland Grain Warehouse Reception, Derby St, Burton on Trent between 8.45am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Uttoxeter Library, High Street, Uttoxeter between 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am and 7.00pm Friday and 9.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday. [*]Barton under Needwood Library, Dunstall Rd, Barton under Needwood, between 10.00am and 5.00pm on Monday and Wednesday, 10.00am and 8.00pm on Thursday, 10.00am and 2.00pm on Friday and 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday.

Objections to, and representations in respect of, the revised proposals should be sent in writing to Philip Somerfield, Principal Policy Officer, Policy and Corporate Affairs, East Staffordshire Borough Council, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2EB before 5.00 pm Monday 4th October 2004. Objections and representations should specify the matter to which they relate and the grounds on which they are made. They may also be accompanied by a request to be notified at a specified address of the withdrawal, adoption, approval or rejection of the plan. Objections may only be made in respect of those parts of the plan which have been revised since the original proposals were made available on Wednesday 5th April 2001.

Only objectors whose objections arrive at the address specified above within the 6 week period beginning on Monday 23rd August 2004 and ending on Monday 4th October 2004, will have a right to have their objections considered at a local inquiry or other hearing.

Further information is available from the Town Hall at the address given above or on the council's website.

Abbots Bromley Action Group - 2nd November

A first meeting of the Action Group is open to anyone to attend

There will be a meeting of the Abbots Bromley Action Group (and anyone else who wishes to attend!) on November 2nd at the Village Hall at 7.30 to initiate work on some of the actions proposed in the recently distributed Abbots Bromley Action Plan.

Walk to the wind farm

An opportunity to see for yourself the proposed site of the wind farm

On Sunday 17th October, the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society will be leading a walk up the Staffordshire Way to the site of the proposed wind farm in Bagot's Park.

Anyone interested is invited to join the walk which will leave the Butter Cross at 2pm.

Additional information on the wind farm proposal can be found on our windfarm pages.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council Surgeries

Saturday mornings in Church House

At the Annual Parish Assembly earlier this month, Philip Charles, Chairman of Abbots Bromley Parish Council, announced the introduction of Saturday morning Parish Council Surgeries.

Taking place in Church House once a month from 9-10 on Saturday mornings, a 6-month trial will start on Saturday 29th May. Providing there is a good response, the surgeries will continue throughout the year after a break in the month of August.

Councillor Charles said, "We hope that this initiative by the Parish Council will help those who prefer to raise their concerns in an informal setting, rather than by addressing a formal meeting of the Council and we encourage them to come and make their view about parish matters known."

Dates for the first three surgeries are:

    26th June 2004 [*]31st July 2004

Abbots Bromley Village Show

Saturday 12th June 2004

A number of village organisations benefited from the success of last year's show. This success was, in no small way, due to the excellent weather, but more importantly, to the terrific support from everyone involved on the day, in whatever capacity. The committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event a memorable one.

Planning for this year's show is well under way and, once again, there are a number of pre-show activities before the main event on the 12th June. Dates for your diary are:-

    Tuesday 11th May - Dine in Italian style at the Goat's Head Sunday 30th May - Listen to live music courtesy of 'Rock of Ages' at the Royal Oak Saturday 5th June - Sports Day at Richard Clarke First School Saturday 12th June - To round off the fun on Show Day, the Cricket Club is holding a dance at the Village Hall (Ticket only).

From 29th May to 11th June, a 'Village 'Photo Quiz' will be available from the village shops and Post Office for the under 16's to enter.

The theme for the Fancy Dress Parade this year is 'advertising'. All entrants should assemble at the 'lowers' from 12 p.m. in order for judging to take place before the parade at 12.30.


Margaret Sanderson has, once again, generously offered to sell plants from The Old Blacksmith's Shop at Bromley Wood. Margaret would like to thank all those who donated to last year's effort, which raised £100 for charity. She would be happy to receive any redundant plant pots (tel. 840535).

In addition to the market stalls, other attractions this year include, a brass band, Punch & Judy, spinning demonstrations, the ever popular Horn Dancers and much, much more. Entry on Show Day will be by programme only, price £2 for adults and 50p for children. Programmes will be on sale at all the pre-show events and from Jill Crooks, price £1 - make sure you get yours early and take advantage of the discounted price.

Parish Council Annual Report

Year ending 31 March 2004

For the first time this year the Parish Council has produced an Annual Report to supplement the summary information issued with the Bromley Bulletin.

Printed copies of the report are beng placed in the Post Office, Church House and the Village Hall for reference. The report is also available on-line for viewing and printing and can be found on the Parish Council pages of this web site.


The report includes a full copy of notes from the Annual Parish Assembly for the benefit of those who were uanable to attend, but would like to know what village organisations have been up to in the last year.

Burton CAB has the answers to your questions

Have you ever wondered�?

Q: Why is Burton CAB so busy and why can I never get though on the phone?
A: Because lots of people want our help. Last year we advised over 5,000 people. More volunteers are always needed so that we can help even more people. We can�t always see people as quickly as we would like but we always see everyone who needs our advice as soon as we can.

Q: Could I volunteer?
A: Yes. At Burton CAB we are always looking for new people to join our team. You don�t have to have formal qualifications and many volunteers find that the CAB experience can provide a route into paid work.

Q: How do I find out more?

    ring the national recruitment line on 08451 264 264. [*]www.citizensadvice.org.uk has lots of useful information about volunteering at a CAB.

Consultation on Clean Neighbourhoods

DEFRA are inviting feedback on a consultation document called Clean Neighbourhoods.

Alun Michael has recently advised that the time limit on the Clean Neighbourhoods consultation has been extended and suggests that this is a key element in the Government's drive for cleaner, safer, greener communities.

The consultation document is available on-line.

New telephone number for Police

From 4 October 2004, Staffordshire Police will have a single non-emergency telephone number.

In a major change to the way Staffordshire Police can be contacted, 08453 30 20 10 will be used as the single non-emergency number with effect from 4 october 2004.

The new easy-to-remember number is intended to improve access to the force and reduce the incorrect and unnecessary use of 999 calls.

Afternoon tea in Abbots Bromley

On Sunday afternoons from April through to September 2004, Church House will be the place to enjoy a good cup of tea and home made cakes.

As well as providing a service that many have asked for, the funds raised will help to preserve our fine church building.

A sales table will be available each week so that other village organisations may also raise funds and/or promote their activities. Tables must be booked in advance by contacting one of the following:

    Mithra Tonking - 840262 Anthea Blower - 840624