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: ridwaresagainsths2@gmail.com

Petitions against the phase 2a plans are soon to be heard, 188 were submitted.  They can all be seen at http://committeebusiness.parliament.uk/committee-business/1/high-speed-rail.

There is an official “HS2 in Staffordshire” website: https://hs2instaffs.commonplace.is/

And if anyone wishes, here is a link: https://tinyurl.com/ycy8n9gz 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 ridwaresagainsths2@gmail.com.  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 HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk ; Freephone 08081 434 434


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Fighting Crime in The Ridwares

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Scam alert from your Digital PCSO
Fraudsters are targeting auction selling sites. When the item has sold the seller has received a false email portraying to be from Paypal stating the money has been held. Seller then sends the item without receiving funds. Don’t trust the email, use the trusted method via the app or website.

Matthew Hough-Clewes  matthew.hough-clewes@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Digital PCSO, Staffordshire Police

Fraud Alert: Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments & Fake Endorsements

Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.

The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent “company”. Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.

Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying “I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam”. The full article can be found here; https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/03/13/martin-lewis-spread-word-dont-believe-scam-bitcoin-code-bitcoin-trading-ads/

Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.

Paula James, Community Engagement Officer , Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw@staffordshire.pnn.police.uknw@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.

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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News from Henry Chadwick School

Contact information:

Pauline Livesey Headteacher

Tel: 01543 490354

Email: office@henrychadwick.staffs.sch.uk

http:// www.henrychadwick.staffs.sch.uk

It has been a busy start to the new Academic Year with Henry Chadwick welcoming new pupils into school.  It is lovely to be able to say that everyone is settling in nicely as we begin the new term.

We are excited to have begun preparations for the school choir to take part in Young Voices 2019, which is being held at the Genting Arena.  This is an amazing experience for the children and something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

We’ve also got the annual PFA Christmas Fair to look forward to and we hope that everyone will be able to join us at this special event in school.  Not only is it a great opportunity for family, friends and members of our wider community to get together it also a great way of raising funds which will benefit all the children in our school.

Rather scarily the process has begun for 2019 admissions!  As usual Reception and High School admissions are being dealt with by Staffordshire County Council Admissions Team but there has been a change in how Nursery admissions will be handled for next September’s intake.  Nursery admissions are now being handled by each individual setting, which means that Henry Chadwick Community Primary School will be dealing with its own nursery intake. Further details will be available on the school’s website shortly www.henrychadwick.staffs.sch.uk and any applications/ enquiries should be emailed to  admissions@henrychadwick.staffs.sch.uk.  Whilst we welcome parental visits at any time we will be holding an open morning specifically for parents, who are interested in applying for a place at our school. This will give parents an opportunity to come along and see the setting for themselves and meet key staff. The date for your diaries is Saturday, 20th October 2018.  We look forward to welcoming anyone who is interested in sending their child to Henry Chadwick.

Pauline Livesey


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Playground Update

On Thursday 20th September, the Parish Council held a meeting and one of the points on the agenda was the proposed new playground behind the Mavesyn Ridware Village Hall. We are in the final phase of negotiation on pricing for phase one.

In previous minutes we had discussed a phase two to include a zip wire, but this was only an initial discussion.
As the Parish Council agreed with interested stake holders to keep the new playground within the boundary fence of the existing playground (the zip wire would run along the far hedgerow by the footpath to the left of the village hall), before we do any further investigation into the possibility of installing a new zip wire, we would like to have feedback from the village community on your thoughts. Some members of the public attended the Parish Council Meeting on the 20th, and we have committed as a Parish Council to:-

a. Get hold of video footage of a zip wire in operation so that we can have an informed view on noise generation. See link below:-

b. Try to find examples of zip wires in neighbouring villages for individuals to have a look at. We have not found a zip wire in the area manufactured by Schoolscapes, one of the proposed suppliers of the playground, but there is a similar one at the play area in Draycott in the Clay (Behind the Swan pub on the A515) that you can have a look at/have a go.

If you would like to offer feedback on the zip wire please e-mail the Clerk – mavesynparish@btinternet.com and we will collate your responses for review at the next Parish Council Meeting.

Kind Regards

Roy Edwards
Chairman Mavesyn Ridware Parish Council

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Tinsel and Trimmings Evening

Thursday November 29th 2018

Mavesyn Ridware Village Hall


Stalls, cakes, crafts, tombola and the Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7pm

Come and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies and sing carols accompanied by the Lea Hall Brass Band

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Tommy Silhouette

Saturday November 3rd, 2018 outside the Village Hall

There will be a short dedication service of the Tommy Silhouette followed by tea, coffee and cakes in the Village Hall.

This is because 2018 marks the end of  the First World War and 70 years since the WI started meeting in the village.

The WI has donated a Tommy Silhouette as a permanent commemoration of the fallen.

The Tommy comes from a project supporting charities such as Help for Heroes and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

A memorial to the village fallen is in St Nicholas Church

WvEveryo welcome

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Christmas Fair

The Parents and Friends Association of Henry Chadwick School

Christmas Fair

Friday November 30th, 2018 from 5 – 7pm

Christmas gifts, Santa’s grotto, raffle, tombola, games, home-made cakes, refreshments and fun for all the family.

All welcome

Profits to Henry Chadwick School

More information from Kate 07740 093063 or Any 07501 067864


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Christmas Afternoon Tea

With homemade Scones and Christmas decorations

Saturday December 8th, 2018

4 Wade Close, Hill Ridware

This is to help Rosie raise money for an expedition to Ecuador in 2019 where she will be working on environmental and community projects

Find out more on 01543 493554 or email: rosieegtaylor@gmail.com


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Remembrance Service

November 11th, 2018

at 6.30pm

This will be a special service of remembrance at St Nicholas Church, Mavesyn Ridware

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New United Benefice

Following the retirement of Ty Leyland as our vicar, the church commissioners decided to put forward a new scheme to bring Yoxall into the benefice.

These proposals were accepted earlier in September and the new arrangement begins in October.

It means while each parish will operate independently, there will eventually be one vicar in overall charge assisted by a part time member of the clergy.

It is proposed that the new incumbent lives at the Vicarage in Kings Bromley and the assistant lives at the Vicarage in Yoxall.

The reverend Deborah Sheridan and the reverend Mike Binsley will form part of the Benefice leadership team

This is a new beginning and there will inevitably be changes but we hope everyone will be able to learn and work together and offer each other the help needed to promote a vibrant future for our new United Benefice.

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All Saints Day/ All Souls Day

Sunday November 4th

Come and remember the Saints and find out how we become Saints.

This is also a memorial service during which we remember loved ones who have died. During this quiet and reflective service there will be an opportunity to light a candle and write a prayer card.

Everyone is welcome at the service.

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Harvest Festival – update

Doesn’t the church look lovely!

It really is the most impressive display of flowers and art for miles around.

Have a look on the video below or pip in to the church over the next couple of weeks and see for yourself.


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