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South Staffordshire - week beginning December 19

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Doreen Wildman and Debbie Cooper

South Staffordshire - week beginning December 19
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UNICORN FOLK CLUB: The Unicorn Folk Club has can be found in the upstairs function room at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston, next to the A5, every Friday. Tomorrow come and celebrate the club’s 28th Christmas with the Deacons who have performed at the Unicorn Folk Club many times over the years and who will be playing all the old favourites in their own irrepressible style. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: At the recent parish council meeting, during the public participation session, it was pointed out that next year would be the centenary of the First World War and that the carnival committee wanted to recognise this event along with all the wars that have taken place since, by putting up a lasting memorial in the church grounds in Wheaton Aston; the parish action group woul¬d also help to raise funds for this event. The Wheaton Aston youth club had made some wreaths which were then presented to representatives of the village hall management committee, the doctors’ surgery, and Old School Court; they said that they were trying to integrate the senior members back into the club, and that they would be holding a coffee morning during the half term week in the youth services offices in the spring.

The parish council manager gave a report; she said that the pension scheme operated by the county council was changing significantly and would require alterations to the administration procedures; the district council would shortly be informing the parish council what the tax base would be for the parish and what grant we would receive, so a meeting of the forward planning and finance working group was arranged for before Christmas to set the budget for 2014/15; the parish council’s News & Views leaflet would be delivered by the second week in December; a list of future meetings and her work priorities was distributed.

The police statistics report for October was discussed; 5 incidents of anti-social behaviour had occurred; it was reported that several acts of mindless vandalism had taken place during the last month within Wheaton Aston e.g. damage to a tree within the church grounds, the holly around the Christmas tree had been pulled down, a wooden post had been removed from the dog walk, some live electric cable from a lamp post near to the Spar had been pulled out (but this had been quickly dealt with otherwise a nasty accident could have occurred), an ornamental ball of concrete had been pushed out of its base, etc. It was stressed that the public should report all incidents to the police so that they would be aware of the situation in the area. Roy Wright said that the police would be resuming their parking duties next year, along with the district council.

A request had been made by a resident that the parish council should consider supporting a SpeedWatch scheme in the area. The start up cost would be £1000. It was decided that an assessment of the speed problem would be arranged before any commitment could be made and then the police would be approached for their views. It was said that finding volunteers to run such a scheme may prove difficult and the scheme could cause discord within the area.

Mark Sutton from the county council, said that he had given £1000 to the carnival committee for next year’s carnival funds and £500 to St Mary’s church for the broadband used at the drop-in, from his local community fund.

Roy Wright said that there was now a citizens’ advice bureau person operating at the district council offices for one day a week.

Planning matters were discussed. No objections were raised for the planning applications received in the last month; these were for Grey House Farm, 12 High Street – 9 new houses sited next to the farm house but there was some concern about the access problem with Burford Road opposite, 7 High Street – a new conservatory and garage, Mrs Massey in Marston Road – second renewal of planning permission, and Park View – two air source heat pumps.

The parish council manager had been to a meeting to assess the future maintenance requirements of the Broadholes Lane playing area. It was agreed that the area would be closed over the winter as this would enable some of the plants to get really established and currently there was water in the wetland area which would have to be removed if the site was left open but the situation would be reassessed in the spring. It was agreed that an extra lock and a sigh saying about the closure would be needed but the WAPSWG would see if they could pay for this. The post at the dog walk had been ordered; the kissing gates at Leeke Way had been padlocked by the landowner when sheep were in the field as the gates had been vandalised; these were now open but the gate at the far end of the field now rendered the fence non-cattle proof – this would be looked into by the parish council manager. A resident from Lapley had asked about a Christmas tree for the green; it was agreed that an acer tree growing there could be removed subject to approval from the district council, as it was very tall and interfered with cables sited above, and that a bare rooted fir tree could be purchased and planted in it’s place. It was agreed to see if any grant funding could be obtained to have the area behind the church cobbled to improve the appearance.

The Christmas lights switch event was discussed. It had been a successful event and thanks had been sent to the relevant parties; it was estimated that about 500 people came; St Mary’s church had made about £1700. A de-brief meeting was planned for the new year.

The renovation work on the village hall was now complete and there was to be a public opening on Saturday December 14, which would be attended by Mr. Jeremy Lefroy, the local MP.

The next parish council meeting will take place in Wheaton Aston village hall on Thursday January 9, starting at 7.30pm.

ST MARY’S CHURCH: The Christmas party is on Saturday starting at 7.00pm, in Wheaton Aston village hall. Tickets cost £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for children under 12s, which includes a full two course buffet, and are available from Anne on 01785 840656, Trish on 01785 841962 and Joyce on 01785 840554. It helps the catering team if you can book. Please bring your own drinks plus a wrapped gift (value up to £3.00) for Santa’s sack.

ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, there will be a service of lessons and carols, starting at 6.15pm. On Christmas Day, there will be a service starting at 11.00am with Holy Communion.

Everyone welcome to come and share in the celebrations.

SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; there will be a service for all at 10.30am at St Mary’s; at 6.30pm, there will be carols by candlelight in All Saints’ church. On Tuesday, at 3.30pm, the Christingle service will take place in St Mary’s; there will be carols on the green at 6.30pm; at 11.30pm, the Midnight Mass service will take place in All Saints’ church. On Wednesday, Christmas Day, there will be a family communion service at 10.00am in St Mary’s church.


STRICTLY COME DANCING FINAL: The final of this popular television dance contest will be shown live on the big screen in the village hall on Saturday evening. For more information, contact any committee member.


ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: Pupils from St Leonard’s school will be attending a school Christmas service tomorrow at 9.45am. A Nine Lessons and Carols service is taking place on Sunday at 4pm.

The PCC are looking for more people to join the Reading Rota and the Flower Rota. Anyone who would like to help should speak to a church warden.


ST JAMES’S CHURCH: This week’s services include a Carol Service on Sunday at 6.30pm and a Christingle service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. Midnight Mass starts at 11.30pm. There will be no services on Christmas day or on Sunday December 29. Jigsaw sales at the recent Harvest Supper raised £32.50.

TRAFFIC SPEEDING: A while ago the Parish Council were able to obtain a speed gun along with all the necessary equipment through the then County Councillor, Veronica Downes. A volunteer has also organised a team and had training to use the equipment and undertaken some initial speed tests. However another Team Leader is now required as villagers are still concerned with speeding and the police are willing to train volunteers again. Anyone willing to be part of the exercise should ring 01785 716325.


ALL SAINTS CHURCH: A Carol Service will be held on Christmas Eve at 6pm and Holy Communion is on Christmas Day at 9.30am. There will be no services on Sunday December 29. Carol singing ‘around the tree’ outside church is taking place on Saturday at 5pm. Carol sheets will be provided. A small Christmas tree has also been planted in memory of Rod Hammerton who was a long serving church member.

CRAFT FAYRE: The recent craft fayre held in All Saints church raised £400 for church funds.


NEW YEARS EVE: Live entertainment by organist virtuoso David Ingley has been arranged for December 31 at 7.30pm. Hot meal included but participants need to bring their own drinks, plates, glasses and cutlery. Admission by advance ticket only costing £20 which can be purchased from Brocton Post Office.


ST MARY & ST CHAD’S CHURCH: Parishioners are invited to join in the Christmas Pageant taking place during the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 4pm. Adults and children can come dressed as Mary, Joseph, angels, the wise men or any of the nativity animals. A Carol Service will be held on Sunday at 6pm.

ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST: The Christingle and Crib Service is on Saturday at 4pm and a Carol Service is on Sunday at 10am

FIRE FIGHTERS: The service is holding a recruitment drive for retained fire fighters for the station at Bargate Lane to work on a part time basis providing emergency response cover from either home or work base as long as it is within five minutes of the station. Successful applicants need to have a high level of fitness and be able to attend a weekly drill night. More information contact Watch Manager Paul Danby on 01785 898240 or Retained Support Officer Damian Armstrong on 01785 898723.

BREWOOD SINGERS: Members are performing a Christmas Carol service on Thursday December 19 at St Mary & St Chad’s church. The concert is the final celebration to mark the fortieth birthday of the formation of the singers and they are inviting any past singers or accompanists to get in touch and join them at the concert. Further information from the Secretary Pat Mumford on 01902 850377 or visit www.brewoodsingers.co.uk .

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