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South Staffordshire - week beginning April 17

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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UNICORN FOLK CLUB: The Unicorn Folk Club can be found in the upstairs function room at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston, next to the A5, every Friday. Tomorrow is Good Friday so the club will be closed but will be open as usual next week.

FRITILLARY WALK: The annual spring walks around Mottey Meadaow’s national nature reserve led by the reserves manager, Mel Brown, to see our nationally rare plant, the snake’s head fritillary (the folfalarum) and other spring flowers, are on Saturday April 26 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm and Monday April 28 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm. The walks are open to anyone who wishes to come and are suitable for all the family and are free for members of the Friends of Mottey Meadows group or £3.00 per person for everyone else. Booking is recommended. For further details or to book, please contact Mel Brown on 01952 812111.

LUNCH AT THE CASTLE: On Sunday May 11, there will be a three course lunch served at the Castle at Lapley, courtesy of Ian and Isobel Bebb, from 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from Margaret Holmes on 01785 840241, Margaret Kelly on 01785 840562, or Janet Fox on 01785 840334. All proceeds are for the Lapley Restoration Funds.

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WESTON PARK: The transport show runs over Sunday and Monday, where there will be a vast array of vehicles of all types and ages of classic cars and vehicles on display, as well as arena activities, fun fair, food and drink stalls, children’s play and trade stands featuring all kinds of automobilia and collectibles.

Craft making activities will take place in the Granary Art Gallery today, and from Tuesday to Thursday, where children and adults can have a go at decorating Easter themed gifts, including painting a wooden egg cup, or adding a design to an egg shaped candle to take home.

For further information, please telephone 01952 852100.

MESSY CHURCH EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA EVENT: This is to be held on Good Friday in St Mary’s church from 9.45am – 11.45am. The theme will be the story of Easter and there will be lots of fun including Easter eggs, and activities, after which there will be a drink and a hot cross bun, and adults are invited to get involved in the activities along with the children. All children and young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book a place, contact Anne Wright on 01785 850656.

PARISH COUNCIL REPORT: The parish council members met early before the full parish council meeting to discuss the recent housing allocation consultation that had taken place in the village hall so that the local residents that attended could listen in. The various sites that had been put forward as possible future housing developments were considered; a minimum of 32 properties is required to be built to meet the site allocation up to 2028; permission had already been granted for 11 properties so 21 remaining homes are still required. The parish council members agreed to recommend the following sites:- 439 (land off Greyhouse farm) , 426 (land off Bridge farm), 422 (Trevitt House) – this would give a potential number of 33 homes and these sites are all within the village boundary so the target would be met. They agreed that if sites outside of the village boundary were to be considered, they would then recommend 089 (land off Badgers End) and 379 (land off Back Lane/Ivetsey Road). The sites that would not be recommended were 092 (Back Lane/Mill Lane), 094 (land off Primrose Close), and 378 (land off Broadholes Lane/Badgers End).

During the public participation session, two residents from Mill Lane pointed out the problems that had occurred previously when the road had been used as access to Old School Court when a big extension had been built and felt that the road had never properly recovered. They said that these problems would happen again if houses were built on any of the housing allocation sites at the end of Mill Lane. The parish council members had remembered the problems that took place and had voted against recommending any development there.

Members were reminded of the few reasons when apologies for not attending the meeting were acceptable and a list of attendance over the last 12 months by members was studied. If any member does not attend a meeting for 6 months, he/she would automatically cease to be a councillor.

The parish council manager gave a report on her activities. She had met with Blanchere to discuss the issues that had occurred at the Christmas lights switch on event; as a result, they have agreed to halve the fee for this year’s event. Year end accounts work had been started. The entries for BKV had been sent in. The benches and tubs from Oakwood prison were to be installed this month in Lapley. The telephone and internet provider changeover had taken place. Various documents from 7 years ago have been placed at Staffordshire records office. She was working to complete CiLCA which was to be admitted before the end of April. A list of future meeting dates and work priorities was circulated.

No members of the police attended and a report had not been received. Some obscene graffiti had been scratched into the wood of the ramps on the skate park and the village orderly was attempting to remove this.

Mark Sutton from the county council was present. He said Lapley was not included in the superfast broadband scheme for financial reasons but that by the spring of 2016, it would be rolled out to all other areas. As part of the city deal partnership, the heat generated by the waste-to-energy site at Four Ashes would be used as a heat supply. The Ofsted report for children’s services had been marked as good (whereas previously it had been ‘needs improvement’). Extra money had been received from the government for dealing with pot holes/roads works.

Roy Wright gave a report from the district council. He said that the collection rate for council tax was 97.4% and for business rates was 96.4%. There were only 4 industrial units out of 151 that were empty. The leisure centres were paying their way. Funds from the government had been used to help 296 people who needed help with paying their rent. There were 535 people on the housing register. The speed of the staff on customer services dealing with the public had improved.

A discussion concerning the future of the Staffordshire Youth Services took place as if this ceased to exist, there would potentially be a large empty space in St Mary’s school. Mark Sutton said that a decision would be reached by April 15 but that the best use of the building would be considered and nothing detrimental would happen as a consequence. It was stressed that the school would not be affected and that numbers of children attending had increased which would make it more viable and that there was no suggestion that it would close.

The forward planning and finance group had met and their recommendations were accepted. The parish council members would withdraw from the Our Villages Our Plan so that it would be truly community led – any members that took part in the future would be as private individuals. The parish council manager would write to all neighbouring properties to the footpath in Bellhurst Lane enquiring about land ownership; if no-one comes forward, a notice would be put up giving the parish council’s intention to clear the land in 28 days; arrangements concerning clearance would be made; all forms and evidence would be reviewed and a letter sent to the county council again regarding adding the footpath to the definite path; if the waiting time was unreasonable, a formal complaint would be made. A letter would be sent to Mr and Mrs Bullock asking that they submit a quotation for rectifying the problems with the wall next to the car park as the parish council is responsible for 50% of the costs for repairs.

No planning applications or planning decisions by the district council had been received this month.

More keys are to be cut for the Broadholes Lane nature area gate which would be paid for by WAPSWG. The site is to be inspected and then it would possibly be open by Easter. Mr Cadman had submitted a quote for dealing with the tubs and planters in the area which was accepted by all. It was reported that the tubs in Stretton would again be planted by residents at no cost to the parish council.

A meeting of the village hall management had taken place; more cupboard space was to be provided in the main hall so that the small tables and cleaning equipment could be stored there which would leave more space for the big tables in the existing cupboard making it easier to access them. The stage area was being considered for improvement, along with the connecting back room.

The next parish council meeting will take place on Thursday May 1 in Wheaton Aston village hall. The annual parish meeting will take place at 7.00pm followed by the full parish council meeting at 7.30pm.

ZION CHAPEL: On Good Friday, there will be a service of Meditation and Holy Communion, starting at 7.30pm. On Easter day, the service will start at 6.15 pm when speaker will be Mr. Gerry Denston. A warm welcome to all who come.

SERVICES: Today is Maundy Thursday and there will be a foot washing and Last Supper service at 7.30pm in St Mary’s. Tomorrow, on Good Friday, there is a Stations of the Cross service at 2.00pm at St Mary’s. On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am Holy Communion St Mary’s. On Tuesday, the internet cafe drop-in session runs from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in St Mary’s church. On Wednesday, there is a prayer meeting from 8.00am – 8.30am in St Mary’s; at 9.00am, there will be a bible study session in St Mary’s; the weekly drop-in takes place in St Mary’s church from 10.30am – 12.00 noon (and internet facilities will also be available).


MP SURGERY: Jeremy Lefroy will be holding an advice surgery at the village hall in Old Acre Lane on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm. This is a drop in session – no appointments necessary.

VILLAGE HALL: A Rummage Sale is being held on Saturday morning, proceeds to the hall.


ALL SAINTS CHURCH: The Easter services and events start tonight with Agape at 6.30pm and tomorrow the church will be open from 2pm to 3pm for a service with reflection.


ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: The church will be open tomorrow between 2pm and 3pm for personal prayer and reflection. Easter will be celebrated on Sunday at the 11am Holy Communion Service.


BOWLS CLUB: The club re-opens on Wednesday after the winter break. The sessions run from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. New members welcome, please contact Derek Cook on 01785 712377 for details.

POLICE SURGERY: South Staffs Councillor Len Bates has recently contacted Staffordshire Police to raise a number of concerns that parishioners have regarding household security, speeding traffic and car parking. As a result he has been able to arrange for PCSO Andrew Poxon to hold a Police Surgery in the Chase Suite at The Moat House Hotel on Saturday April 26 from 10am to 12 noon. Complimentary coffee will be available from the machine.


BINGO: Sessions held at the Brewood British Legion Club, Shop Lane on a Thursday afternoon 1pm to 3pm. Seven games for less than £5, refreshments served.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION: The results have been announced for the Competition in 2013. In the adult section first prize was awarded to Patrick Westbrook for his photograph entitled ‘All Safely Gathered In’, second prize Bill Caffrey for his photograph ‘Taylors Field’ and in third place was David Peters for his photograph ‘Country Clouds’. The junior section prizes were first prize to Darcie Smith for her ‘View from Canal Bridge’, second place was Harry Fellows ‘Water of Life’ and the third place was awarded to Tabitha Nevill for her photograph ‘Walk to School’. The judging was by Tettenhall Wood photography Club.

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