Abbots Bromley Organisations

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On this page we provide basic details of some local organisations for residents of Abbots Bromley. If you believe that we have overlooked something important, or that existing information is out of date, then please send a message to the webmaster.

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Abbots Bromley Art Class

Art Class exhibition
Art Class exhibition

A friendly, recreational painting class, held in Church House, Abbots Bromley every Thursday afternoon during term time from 2 to 4 pm.

The class is limited to 12 students. This allows the tutor to advise, demonstrate and encourage individualism, development and an understanding of composition, colour and technique.

Art Class
exhibition
Art Class exhibition

For further information please ring Pat Clare on 01889-270139 or call in one Thursday afternoon and have a chat.

The pictures show a selection of the Art Class paintings on show in the church on Horn Dance day. (Click on picture for enlarged version)

Abbots Bromley Bellringers

Bellringers 1 We are a friendly team of volunteers who manage the ringing of the church bells at St Nicholas’ church. There are eight bells in the church tower ranging in weight from 200kg to 575kg (that’s over half a ton.) There have been bells in our church for at least 500 years and we endeavour to keep this village tradition alive as well as enjoying the social side too!

We ring for church services on Sunday mornings and also for weddings and we practice weekly on a Tuesday evening from 8pm. Afterwards we can usually be found in The Bagot Arms.

We are always keen to recruit and train new bellringers of all ages from 10 years old upwards. Learning to handle a bell safely can take about 6 lessons and we often run dedicated learners practices to speed this process up. Once you can handle a bell you will be welcome in any of the 5000+ churches with bells in this country and overseas.

Bellringers 2 We also maintain the bells and bell frame in good working order. This involves painting the iron bellframe, lubricating clappers, splicing ropes, winding the church clock, and lots of other smaller jobs.

As a hobby, bellringing has a lot going for it, including:
  • It’s good for you - gentle exercise, or more energetic if you want to ring the tenor bell (weighing about half a ton!)
  • It’s challenging - need a good sense of rhythm rather than to be able to read music
  • It’s something a bit different
  • It's a team activity and so you get to meet lots of people. We get a lot of visitors as our bells are considered among the best in the area
  • We visit other towers and so you get to visit lots of places both UK and even abroad
  • Get to see behind the scenes of the church

If you would like to know more about ringing, are a visitor and would like to join in one of our practice nights, or are interested in learning to ring, you'll be made very welcome.

Contact Stuart Hutchieson:
Telephone: 01283 840360
Email: shutchieson@btinternet.com
Web pages: http://sites.google.com/site/abbotsbromleybellringers/home
Or just come along at 8pm on most Tuesday nights. Our ringing schedule is given on the "Calendar" page of our website.

Abbots Bromley Bowls Club

Abbots Bromley Bowls Club is a friendly bowls club open to all villagers and those from the surrounding area.

If you are interested in playing crown green bowls and would like to join a bowling club you would be most welcome at Abbots Bromley Bowls Club.

We play friendly fixtures against other local villages and hold "roll up" games on Saturday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and some evenings. As members you would be able to play any time the green is available.

The club is Crown Green and has been in existence since 1922.

During winter it also has an associate indoor short mat bowls club that plays in the Village Hall on Friday and Sunday evenings from 7 - 9pm.

If you require further information please contact the club secretary, Dave Wharton:
Telephone: 07974 623083

Abbots Bromley Community First Responders

We are a group of currently fifteen volunteers who are in training to act as lay medics in the local area. Our role will be to respond to emergencies, and to arrive first on the scene to complement - NOT REPLACE - the statutory
ambulance service response.

For more information contact Colin Palmer:
Telephone: (01283) 840667

Abbots Bromley Cricket Club

Founded in 1881, the Abbots Bromley Cricket Club now has their home at the Anglesey Ground off Swan Lane (by kind permission of the Abbots Bromley School for Girls).

The club provides opportunities for all ages to play and watch through a variety of teams.
  • Kwik Cricket (under 12's): Practice on Saturday mornings with matches on Friday evenings.
  • Under 15's: Practice on Monday evenings and play matches on Thursday evenings.

From over 15's to 50+'s there are opportunities on:
  • Saturdays: First XI play in the Derbyshire and District Cricket League Division 7 South and Friendly XI play local "friendly" fixtures
  • Sundays: 1st XI: Lichfield League Division 2

...and occasional mid-week matches.


Occasional friendly matches are arranged when the need arises. A new innovation in 2001 was the limited-over intra village competition.

New players, spectators and social members are always welcome, please contact one of the officers below.

Cricket Club contacts:
  • Club Chairman: Chris Wood - (01283) 840680
  • Vice Chairman: John Haley - (01283) 841007
  • Secretary: Dave Jones - (01283) 841041
  • Treasurer: Sarah Roberts - (01283) 840975


Web pages: Abbots Bromley Cricket Club

Abbots Bromley Dance Classes

A dancing school is operating in Abbots Bromley catering for all ages, levels and abilities in a fun and friendly atmosphere at the Village Hall, Bagot Street.

Ballet, tap and modern classes are held every week. If required there is also the opportunity to take exams in each of the subjects and participate in shows and competitions.

Angelina is a qualified member of the Midland Independent Dance Arts Association (which is recognised by the Stage Dance Council).

She has appeared in professional productions with performers such as Danny La Rue, Les Dawson, Cannon and Ball and Russ Abbott. Angelina has also appeared in television programmes including Boon with Michael Elphick, Pebble Mill at One, Crossroads and various TV commercials.

For further information please visit her web site or contact her by email.

Abbots Bromley Exercise Classes

Alison is currently at the village hall on a Thursday morning. Further classes may be added during the year so please check the website for up to date information.

Thursdays
10.30am - Village Hall – The Ladies Fitness Hour
This class is suitable for the mature, active adult wishing to maintain or improve their fitness level. All areas of fitness are incorporated into the hours class, for example: stamina, strength, balance, co-ordination, flexibility, posture along with some fun too! If you would like to come along and try the session please give Alison a call first.

Contact:
Please contact Alison on either 07813 508773 or e-mail: Alison, alternatively have a look at www.aljfitness.vpweb.co.uk for further information.

Abbots Bromley Footpath Society

Formed in 1971, the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society exists to promote the use of Rights of Way in Abbots Bromley and the surrounding parishes.

Since then the Society has been responsible for the re-opening of many paths in the area by clearing undergrowth and erecting stiles and bridges.

The Society holds regular walks which are informal and open to everyone to attend. Details appear in the on-line diary, monthly Parish Magazine and on posters around the village. Download the 2017 walks programme.

Annual membership is £1 per household and members are provided with a copy of the annual programme. For further details contact Roger Rooke on 01283-840516.

Abbots Bromley Joint Scout and Guide Group

In Abbots Bromley we have seven units that meet on a regular basis and use the Scout Hut to organise and take part in fun activities.

Anyone between the ages of 5 and 18 years can be involved. We have over 100 young members in the group, supported by leaders, young leaders and parent helpers.

For a young person, the Abbots Bromley Scout Group and Guiding units are a place to have fun, make new friends, learn new skills and have the kind of adventures that you can't have anywhere else.

Whether you're a young person who wants a taste of adventure, a parent who's looking for a new interest for their child, or an adult who wants to volunteer or help out in some way, we want to hear from you.

Contacts:
  • 1st A.B. Rainbows: Jenny Simmonds (01283 840887)
  • 1st A.B. Brownies: Lesley Griggs (07800 824732)
  • 3rd A.B. Guides: Emma Catterall (01283 840358)
  • 1st A.B. Beaver Scouts: Hannah Love (07807 102162)
  • 1st A.B. Cub Scouts: Simon Wilson (01283 840224)
  • 1st A.B. Scouts: Rebecca Male (07913 355072 or abbotsbromleyscouts@gmail.com)
  • 1st A.B. Explorer Scouts: Ed Bayliss (07768 046582)


Abbots Bromley Ladies Club

Abbots Bromley Ladies Club is a long established village club and currently has members from Abbots Bromley and a small number from local outlying villages. We have an elected committee (which oversees the general running of the club) although we are an informal organisation.

We are a very friendly club, offering meetings (with speakers) or social events every month, except August. In addition there are occasional social events and we generally support a local charity or two during the year.

We meet on the third Thursday of the month, in Church House, Abbots Bromley at 7.30 pm and membership costs just £10 per year. We look forward to meeting you…a warm welcome awaits!

If you would like further information, please call Karen Hill on 01889 586379 or email mksm.hill@googlemail.com

Abbots Bromley Netball Club

Abbots Bromley Netball Club is open to anyone who would like to get fit or have fun.

We train on Wednesday from 1830 - 2000 at Abbots Bromley Girls School.

Find us on Facebook as "Abbots Bromley Netball Club"

Netball Club contacts
Chair: Niki Evans - 07854-288096
Secretary: Claire Collier - 07966-637044
Treasurer: Claire Gould - 07967-885554

Abbots Bromley Sports Association

ABSA logo Abbots Bromley Sports Association brings together the Cricket Club, the Football Club and the Junior Football Club to work towards a new sports ground for the village that may well in time incorporate other sports.

The availability of a site on Lichfield Road and the approval of an initial planning application has created the opportunity to raise funding to see the project realised.

ABSA is always looking for others to be involved and more information can be found on their web pages at www.absasport.co.uk.

Here is an overview of the proposed development:
ABSA plans

Abbots Bromley Tennis Club

The Tennis Club is situated next to the Village Hall where we have two macadam courts with floodlighting.
We are a small friendly club and we are always on the look out for new members - no experience necessary! The club is LTA affiliated.

Wednesday evenings from 6.00 is the club night session, a good time for new members to come along and join in. (All abilities are welcome).

Tuesday evenings are reserved for coaching and juniors.

We currently run 2 teams in the Burton area leagues.

For membership enquiries email p.maidstone@btinternet.com or contact@abtennis.co.uk for the attention of Membership Secretary, Wendy Perrett.

For general enquiries email p.maidstone@btinternet.com or contact@abtennis.co.uk for the attention of club Secretary, Richard Blower.

Web pages: Abbots Bromley Tennis Club

Abbots Bromley Women's Institute

WI logo Abbots Bromley WI meets in Church House on the second Monday of each month at 7.30 pm.

We are affiliated to the Staffordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (SFWI) and celebrated our 95th birthday in June 2017. Our institute offers fun and friendship, with a wide range of interesting and diverse speakers, who give talks on subjects such as Shetland and Orkney, Living with MS and Making Wine from Hedgerows.

We also organise many social events including birthday teas, quizzes, group meetings, often attend meetings and parties of other WI’s, go on organised walks, and regularly enjoy afternoon tea.

We raise funds for charity at Horn Dance Day, and organise St Nicholas Church Christmas Tree Festival. We participate in the activities of other local organisations including knitting sensory bands for the local day centre and helping at the village nursery school. Visits are made to house-bound people in their homes, which is part of the National Federation’s campaign to alleviate loneliness.

Special events are organised by the SFWI, including meetings with well-known speakers, lunches, visits to specialist gardens and craft shows. Every year members have the opportunity to attend courses at Denman College in Oxfordshire, which is the home of WI learning and provides educational courses in many different subjects. Recently our members have attended courses on gardening, bridge, jewellery making and Shakespeare.

Our members are a bright and lively group of ladies, who will give a very warm welcome to all visitors and new members.

WI motto – Inspiring Women!

Contact: Christine Gilchrist
Telephone: 01283 840523
Email: christinegilchrist20@gmail.com

Blithfield Sailing Club

Sailing on the Blithfield Reservoir
Blithfield Sailing Club is based on Blithfield Reservoir. New members are welcome and beginners training courses are run for both juniors and adults throughout year.

The main sailing day is Sunday, although Wednesday evenings and Saturdays are also busy during the summer.

If you want to bring home Olympic Gold, one of the best places to practice is on your doorstep!

More information is available on the club web pages (see link below).

For more information contact Tim Male:
Telephone: (01283)-840429
Email: Tim.male@blithfield.org.uk
Web pages: Blithfield Sailing Club