Armed Robbery, Kings Bromley

This is getting a really awful problem and something needs to be done about it. Kings Bromley used to be such a peaceful place.

Armed Robbery Co-op in Kings Bromley­

We are appealing for witnesses following a armed robbery in Kings Bromley yesterday evening 23rd March.  We were called just before 10pm yesterday after three offenders wearing face coverings and armed with a knife forced their way into the Co-op store on Manor Road.

We are looking for three suspects and a dark 4×4 type vehicle in connection with the robbery. During the robbery one suspect had a knife and forced staff to empty safe of cash and charity money, whilst the other two suspects stole a large amount of cigarettes from the display. The offenders were wearing dark clothing and with one described as having a Birmingham type accent. 

This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff and we would urge witnesses to come forward and speak to us. We are continuing with the investigation this morning and heightened the police presence in the area following this incident. 

Anyone with any information should call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident log 886 of 23/03/2018.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:

Tracy Horton
Neighbourhood Watch

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St Nicholas’ Men’s Supper Club

wine cheeseThe supper club is aimed at raising money for St Nicholas Church and meets once a month 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 May ?? 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

The W.I. first met in Hill Ridware in February 1948 and the ladies of The Ridwares W.I. came together for their February meeting to celebrate 70 years of friendship and community. In keeping with those bygone days, everyone wore a hat which was also appropriate as the speaker that month was Wedding Planner, Jane Dayus-Hinch.
As a top U.K. Wedding Planner, Jane has helped couples for over 25 years have the perfect wedding. To Canadians she is best known for her reality T.V. Show ‘Wedding SOS’ which often features an overwhelmed and sometimes clueless couple in need of professional help. Enter Jane, who in a short time skillfully transforms confusion and chaos into an amazing Wedding Ceremony. Jane is also a female Toast Master and President of the Townswomen’s Guild which raises large sums for charity. The competition this month was ‘A Wedding Memento’ which Jane was pleased to judge, won by Cynthia Stock with her mother’s wedding cake topper.  The 70th Birthday was toasted with wine and delicious cakes were consumed.
Despite the snow, the Welsh Tea went ahead and, although down on the usual numbers, everyone had a pleasant afternoon. A St. George’s Day Tea will be held on Thursday, 26th April, at the village hall. Tea, coffee, sandwiches, scone with jam and cream will be served. Everyone welcome 3pm-5pm.
The next Community Coffee Morning will be held on Tuesday, 3rd April, 10.30-12.00 at the village hall. Come along for tea/coffee, biscuits, tea cakes, bacon rolls and a chat.
The next meeting of The Ridwares W.I. will be held on Tuesday, 17th April, when the subject is ‘Barking Mad’ addressed by Chrissy Whereat.
New members are always welcome. Just come along or telephone 01543 492136 for details.

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Ridwares Against HS2

Joint action group against HS2 now meets on Tuesdays at a different local pub at 7.30 for 8:00pm.  The next is set for Tuesday 12th September but may be brought forward in view of the recent plans.  To find the venue of meetings contact:

Petitions against the phase 2a plans are soon to be heard, 188 were submitted.  They can all be seen at

There is an official “HS2 in Staffordshire” website:

And if anyone wishes, here is a link: to the Parliament TV on the select committee dealing with HS2 petitions.

HS2 have just (23 March) announced some “Additional Provisions” which are detailed in more large documents, but are relevant to us.  People who are thought by HS2 Ltd to be directly affected in any way by the construction of HS2 should have received notification of these Additional Provisions.  They are amendments which HS2 Ltd proposes to the Bill currently progressing through the House of Commons.

The principal Additional Provision which affects us is the proposed construction of a new road to by-pass Pipe Ridware. The proposed route for construction traffic will be to turn right on the existing road off the Handsacre/Hill Ridware road (B 5014) and then on a completely new road leading straight ahead to then re-join Pipe Lane between Pipe itself and Woodhouse Farm.

Whilst this should ease the burden of heavy traffic passing through Pipe itself, it will require the compulsory acquisition of more land, and would seem to suggest HS2 Ltd are not committed to using haul roads by the track for its construction.  For more information search for HS2 Phase 2a Additional Provisions or contact  The fact that you have not been sent any information about these changes does not mean you cannot respond to them.

You can order a set of Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES) and Additional Provision Environmental Statement (AP ES) documents free of charge for our local area, Fradley to Colton.  These free documents comprise:

1 x Non Technical Summary (NTS)

1 x Volume 1 Introduction and Methodology & Community Area (CA) Report

1 x CA Map Book

1 x Guide to the SES and AP

When contacting the HS2 helpdesk to order the above documents please identify the community area you are interested in (Fradley to Colton), and give your full current postal address, including post code.

HS2 helpdesk, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, Birmingham  B4 6GA

Or Email ; Freephone 08081 434 434


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Fighting Crime in The Ridwares

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Safeguarding – Be activity wise – Advice for parents

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. It’s important that parents know of the checks they can make to help keep children safe when taking part in a range of activities outside of school and home..

It’s okay to C.H.E.C.K. with the people leading the activity:

  • Are you confident they are qualified to lead the activity?
  • Do you have a history of leading activities?
  • Do you have experience of working with children and teens?
  • Have you undergone any necessary police checks?
  • Do you have knowledge of your safeguarding responsibilities?

It’s also useful to ask:

  • Do you have a photography/social media policy? (such as getting parental

consent before taking any photos, posting on social media etc)

  • Do you have a safeguarding policy?
  • Have you done any safeguarding training?
  • Are you, or any of the adults involved, first aid trained?
  • Are you insured to run this activity?

For more advice or help, see the updated list of phone numbers on the contacts and information page of this magazine

Paula James, Community Engagement Officer

Neighbourhood Watch


THINK! Mobile Phone Campaign

Officers across Staffordshire have been putting extra emphasis into stopping people for using their mobile phones.

In 2016 32 people were killed in road traffic collisions where the driver of the vehicle was using their mobile phone.

FACT: If you glance at a mobile phone for even 2.3 seconds whilst you are driving at 30pmh you miss 100ft of the road. This is equivalent to the length of a Boeing 737 Aircraft.

If you are caught using your mobile phone whilst driving you will receive 6 Points and a £200 fine. If you are a new driver on the road and receive 6 points in the first two years of passing your test then you will lose your licence.

“THINK! Make the Glove compartment your phone compartment”


Alex Trusler, PCSO



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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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Staffordshire County Show

May 30th & 31st

Stafford County Showground

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News from CHADS

Plant Sale: Sat/ Sun May 12th and May 13th.

Lots of home grown plants, perennials, annuals and herbs at competitive prices.

Flower Walk: Sunday May 27th.

Meet at the Four Seasons Nature Centre from 2 – 4pm. Strong footwear advised. A good opportunity to take some photos. Light refreshments available afterwards.

Annual Garden Party: Saturday June 30th

Good old fashioned fete with games, stalls, refreshments, raffle and tombola

All events held at the Four Seasons Nature Centre, Kings Bromley Lane WS15 4EB

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Big Breakfast

Henry Chadwick School PFA

After the success of the last Big Breakfast the PFA are cooking again on

Sunday May 13th

From 9 – 11am

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Children’s Fashion Show

Kids on the catwalk

An evening of fashions for children aged 2 to 15 with clothes available to purchase after the show.

Friday April 20th at Henry Chadwick School

Show start at 6.30pm

Tickets on sale in advance and on the night. Doors open at 6.15pm.

Refreshments available including tea, coffee, soft drinks, tuck shop.

Organised by the PFA with all profits going to the school.

Further details from Kate, 07740 093063 or Amy, 07501 067864

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St George’s Day Tea

Thursday April 26


The Village Hall

3pm – 5pm

Menu: Salmon and Cucumber sandwich and a Scone with jam and cream

Cost: £4

Details: 492136

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Village Hall AGM

Mavesyn Ridware Village Hall AGM

April 23rd, 2018 at 7.30pm

Everyone is welcome

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News from Henry Chadwick School

Pauline Livesey Headteacher

Tel: 01543 490354




It has been another busy term with the children enjoying a visit from Saltmine Theatre who delivered a production “In Our Shoes” for the whole school, followed by workshops for the older children.  The visit enhanced the British Values curriculum and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  We will be celebrating the Royal Wedding in May with a “street party” – fingers crossed the weather is kind to us!

Older children continue to take part in local sporting events, arranged by The Hart School and involving other primary schools in the area, and have been able to experience competitions such as netball, football and cross country.  These links are really important to us as a small village school and we always appreciate everyone’s support at these events.  Within school we have links with Burton Albion and the FA at St George’s Park with coaches coming into school to work with the children.  The Year 5 and 6 children had the opportunity to visit The Friary School to take part in an ICT morning – by working with High Schools in this way our children are able to use equipment which we, as a small school, are unable to provide.

Some of the children sang at the Mothering Sunday Service at the Church which, as always, was a lovely occasion for everyone who attended.  The children will be singing at the Village Fete in June and are practicing regularly as part of our singing assemblies.

On World Maths Day the children were able to dress up as their favourite Rock Star as we launched TT Rock Stars, an exciting, new maths package we are using in school.  Parents were able to come into school at the start of the day and share some of the maths activities on offer.  There was a fantastic buzz around school as the children enjoyed being active as they completed the maths challenges.

The children dressed up for World Book Day and again parents were able to come into school to share a favourite book with their children.  This day is now a firm favourite in everyone’s calendar.

As part of the class topic work we have had a speaker talking about the Galapagos Islands, which was really interesting.   We’ve also had a visit by a lamb which the younger children loved.  There have been Easter Egg hunts, decorating boiled eggs and making an Easter Egg tree as part of the Easter celebrations.  Providing an enriched Creative Curriculum is really important to us and we try to ensure that the children have as much opportunity as possible to engage in different activities.

Our next International Day features Sweden – can we think beyond Abba and flat pack furniture?  We think so!  There are plans in hand for a whole range of activities on that day.

And I know it seems a long way away but plans are already in hand for the school’s Summer Fair – Saturday, 30th June – everyone welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Pauline Livesey, Headteacher

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Village Playground

A group of Mum’s from the village have got together with the aim of revamping and updating the village playground. We need to raise money! If you have time to spare and would like to get involved with fundraising/grant applications or put forward ideas contact,  Sarah or Kate 07968 101469

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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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