St Nicholas’ Men’s Supper Club

wine cheeseThe supper club is aimed at raising money for St Nicholas Church and meets once a month in the Village Hall for a chat, glass or two of wine, some fine cheese and a pudding. It's a great way to meet friends and make friends. Lets face it chaps, we go to work, we come home, walk the dog, see to things around the house, play taxi driver to the kids but we don't get out and relax in the company of mates. The next supper will be held on ?? February, 2018 starting at 7,30pm. Venue to be advised. All are welcome. Call Robin 490983 or David 491579 to find out more  
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We now have a Village Defibrillator

defibThanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service and Village Hall Committee, there is now a public defibrillator in the village. It is positioned at the front of the hall by the main entrance.  
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Ridware WI

RIDWARES W.I. DECEMBER 2017 Joyce Hopkins, long-standing W.I. Member, born and bred in Hill Ridware, celebrated her 90th Birthday with fellow members at the village hall. A week later, The Ridwares W.I. held a very successful Tinsel and Trimmings Evening. Mulled wine, mince pies, tea and coffee were served, cake and craft stalls did a roaring trade, together with tombola and a grand raffle. Joyce did the honour of switching on the lights and carols were sung. Grateful thanks must go, once again, to Geoff Gould for supplying the superb Christmas tree. The W.I. presented cheques, from their fund-raising efforts in 2017, to Abbie and Ellie for Children in Need, Rosie Taylor for her hard work towards her charity trip to Ecuador and the Village Hall to enable new tables to be bought. A splendid W.I. Year was rounded off by the Christmas Party at Beaudesert Golf Club, when the ladies enjoyed a three-course meal and entertainment from Rich Parsons. The next Community Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday, 6th February, 2018, 10.30-12.00. Everyone welcome. The next meeting of The Ridwares W.I. will be on Tuesday, 20th February. Jane Dayus-Hinch will talk on 'Wedding S.O.S.' New members always welcome. Just come along or telephone 01543 492136 for details.
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Fighting Crime in The Ridwares

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Thefts from vehicles As you may be aware a number of vehicles have been broken into and items taken. There is no pattern to what is being taken with anything of value being targeted. Please can you remove ALL items of value from your vehicles overnight. Don't give thieves an easy target! Liam Kelly Neighbourhood Watch Email: liam.kelly@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk Distraction Burglaries. We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard as we continue to receive reports of bogus officials and distraction burglaries across the County. Never allow any unsolicited visitors into your home, however convincing they may sound. Always check the identity of callers first and, if you are unsure, or suspicious about their intent, please contact us immediately on 999. Also known as distraction burglars, bogus callers trick their way into people's homes to steal money and valuables. They make themselves seem genuine and plausible while your attention is elsewhere. Examples of this would include bogus officials, people claiming to come from the council, water-board or tradesmen/workmen claiming that the property or garden needs essential/urgent maintenance. They often work in pairs; one to keep you talking at the front door while the other tries to access your house from a back door or window. Some might even plead for help, such as asking for a glass of water. These types of criminals often target the elderly and vulnerable so we ask that you also remind your relatives, friends and neighbours of the need to be wary of these types of callers. Lydia Hooley Neighbourhood Watch Email: lydia.hooley@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

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100 Club in aid of St Nicholas’ Church

St Nicholas Church from the Churchyard

St Nicholas Church from the Churchyard

To raise money for St Nicholas Church, Mavesyn Ridware a 100 Club is run once a month. It means those who sign up pay £20 for the year pick numbers and pay for each one - either quarterly, every six months or the whole amount in advance. Each month the draw will take place at the start of each month and the winners will be notified and listed in The Messenger. The profit helps with the day to day running of the church. It will soon be the end of the year for the club with a new year starting in April which means you have a chance to change your numbers or buy new ones. Due to people leaving the village there are a fair few numbers up for grabs. The Prizes will be 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10 Application forms are available from PCC members. There is no restriction on how many numbers you can buy. For further details call Kate on 493556.
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First for local news in the Ridwares and Blithbury

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St Nicholas Churchyard

Please put only garden waste into the Brown bins. NO paper, plastic, wire, old wreaths, dog poo or anything else Also NO wreaths, pots, dog poo or soil in the Black bin (The Council will not take them if you do) It would really help if you took home anything you no longer need and dispose of it there.  
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Ash Wednesday

Everyone is invited to this special service at St Nicholas Church.

February 14th at 7.30pm

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Community Coffee Morning

Tuesday February 6th

At the Village Hall

10.30 - 12noon Continue reading

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Community Garden Group

Can you spare two hours three or four times a year? Would you be willing to volunteer to join a community gardening group? Don'y worry if you haven't got any tools, we can supply them on the day. Anyone interested please email royedwards@mac.com
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Big Breakfast at Henry Chadwick School

Sunday February 4th, 2018 between 9am and 11am A chance to catch up with friends and enjoy a lazy Sunday morning while someone else does the cooking, All money raised will go to the Parents and Friends Association to support the work of the school
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Ridware WI Braskets

Ridware WI will be collecting your unwanted bras.

Please give generously.

Donated bras will be distributed by charities working with people in the developing world where wearing a bra is not only of practical support but gives women status.

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month

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Village Variety Show

An extravaganza of music, dance, song and comedy starring talent from Mavesyn Ridware

Saturday Februry 10th at the Village Hall

7.30pm

Tickets £5 from Keith Vernon 492171

Proceeds to the Village Hall

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Spare Wool plea

The Ridwares WI need any spare wool for a special project they are planning next year to celebrate their 70th anniversary. Please pass on any spare wool to any member of the committee or leave it with them at the next Take a Break cafe on the first Tuesday of each month at the Village Hall.
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Whats On in Abbots Bromley

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Ladies Choir

Join the Ridwares Ladies Choir No audition, free taster Hill Ridware Village Hall 9.15-10.30am on Thursday mornings in term time. £6 per session Call Joanne 07740 470976 or Della 07973 550409
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