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 If you believe that we have overlooked something important, or that existing information is out of date, then please send a message to the webmaster.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. The Club will play in the First Division of the Needwood Over 55 Bowls League in the 2012 season after winning the Second Division at the third attempt.

We play home and away matches against other village clubs in both Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

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.

Contact Dave Wharton:
Telephone: (01283) 840793

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.

More details about the scheme, including the training undertaken, can be found on the First Responders own web site.

For more information contact Colin Palmer:
Telephone: (01283) 840667
Email: publicity@abcfr.co.uk
Web pages: ABCFR web site

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.

Class times on Saturdays are as follow:
  • 09:00 - 09:45: Ages 3 - 5 Ballet, tap and modern
  • 09:45 - 10:45: Ages 6 - 8 Ballet, tap and modern
  • 10:45 - 11:05: Ages 8 - 9 Ballet
  • 11:05 - 12:05: Ages 8 - 12 Tap and modern
  • 12:05 - 12:30: Ages 10 - 12 Ballet
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Teens - Tap and modern
  • 13.30 - 14.00: Teens - Ballet

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 at the village hall on a Monday and Thursday delivering a variety of group exercise sessions. The group exercise class times (during term-time):

Mondays
  • 9.20am - Village Hall - Body conditioning - Booking essential
  • 1.00pm - Village Hall - Fitness Pilates - Booking essential

Thursdays
  • 9.20am - Village Hall - Body-Blitz - Booking essential

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 Joint Scout and Guide Group

In Abbots Bromley we have seven units that meet on a regular basis and use the Scout and Guide 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.

As a young person, the Abbots Bromley Scout and Guide group is 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:
  • Rainbows: Jenny Simmonds 01283 840887
  • Brownies: Alice Kitson 07807 224420
  • Guides: Tracey Davies 01889 577423
  • Beavers: Debbie Greenwood 01283 841740
  • Cub Scouts: Simon Wilson 01283 840224
  • Scouts: Andy Knipe 01283 840621
  • Explorers: Steve Lucas


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

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