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 July 18th 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 June meeting of The Ridwares W.I. opened with a report from Kate Beechey, delegate, on the National Federation Annual General Meeting held in Cardiff. The Women’s Institute had been started in Wales 103 years ago and to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage the W.I. Officers all wore purple, green and white corsages. The previous year had seen 63 new W.I.’s starting up, the organisation proving ever more popular. The Resolution ‘Mental Health Matters as Much as Physical Health’ was discussed and passed with a large majority. The first speaker was Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of M.I.5. and the afternoon speaker was Huw Edwards, Journalist, Presenter and Newsreader.

The Ridwares W.I. President, Karen Wakefield, was presented with the Huxley Cup, a magnificent trophy, for winning the national competition in flower arranging. Karen with her prize-winning arrangement:-
Yvonne Vigers, was welcomed to the monthly meeting. Together with her brother, Yvonne owns and manages Buzzards Valley Vineyard and Fishery. There is also a Bistro on site. Yvonne’s father applied to the Council for a farm in the early sixties after his grandparents left him money for a deposit. Her father worked extremely hard but after the first outbreak of foot and mouth he gave up the dairy business to grow potatoes. After giving up nursing, Yvonne worked in a fruit and vegetable shop and eventually owned her own flower shop. She added a delicatessen to the shop and made her own chutneys and quiches. Her father asked her to move back to the farm, where she nursed him when he became terminally ill. She has stayed there since, developing the business with her brother. Yvonne brought wine for the ladies to taste and beautiful flowers for a raffle prize. She then judged the monthly competition  ‘Decorate a Wine Bottle’ which was won by Karen Wakefield.

The next Community Coffee Morning will be on Tuesday, 7th August, 10.30-12.00 at the village hall. Everyone welcome.

The next meeting of The Ridwares W.I. will be held on Tuesday, 21st August, when actress, Audrey Hall, will speak on ‘Shirley Valentine’.

New members are always welcome. Just come along or telephone

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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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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

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, 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;

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.

  • Don’t assume it’s authentic; Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands/individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
  • Don’t be rushed/pressured into making a decision; A genuine bank/financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that
    sound too good to be true.
  • Stay in control; avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. Always get impartial advice if considering investments.

Paula James, Community Engagement Officer , Neighbourhood Watch



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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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New Play Area

Plans for the new play area at the village hall will be on show in the small lounge on Monday July 16th between 2.0pm and 4.0pm.

A group of mums have worked hard over the last 12  months on this project.

The parish council have supported them and obtained funding for the project.

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Take A Break Cafe

The first Tuesday in the month at the Village Hall

10.30 – 12 noon

Coffee, tea, biscuits and cakes plus a friendly chat – all for 60p

Don’t forget the WI trade table with home made jams, pickles, books, gifts.

492136 for further information.


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Help Rosie help kids in Ecuador

Village teenager Rose Taylor is raising money to pay for a expedition to Ecuador in 2019. While there she will spend time helping the people and working on environmental projects.

To help raise the money she is planning to walk 11,000 steps every day during August – approximately the number of miles to and from Ecuador.

If anyone would like to sponsor Rosie or help her reach her goal, please call 493554 or email



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Special United Benefice Service July 29

Sunday July 29 at 6.30pm

All three churches will join for a special celebration of Holy Communion. We will renew our Baptismal vows and pledge to work together in our parishes. This will be the only service on July 29th.

Come and enjoy specially chosen uplifting hymns and anthems inspiring worship and friendship among the three parishes.


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Weekday Services at Mavesyn

During the Vacancy the weekday Holy Communion service will be cancelled until the new service rotas are finalised. Communion will be celebrated at Yoxall on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month and you are very welcome to attend.

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CHADS events

Butterfly Insects walk and talk

Saturday July 15th

The Four Seasons Nature Centre, Kings Bromley Lane, Handsacre

August 3rd

Beetle Drive at the Four Seasons Nature Centre

Details 01543 491077


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Tombstones at St James’s Church, Pipe Ridware

With the sale of St James’s Pipe Ridware, official notification has been posted in Mavesyn village hall and in our church porch that six tombstones on the south side of St James church are to be relocated to the perimeter of the churchyard to allow disabled access to a side door.  Any personal representative or relative of any deceased person so commemorated who wishes to remove their tombstone may do so by giving notice in writing to the Commissioners at the address in the notices by Friday 29 June 2018.

The identifiable names on the affected tombstones are: Joseph, Margaret and Elizabeth Alldritt – 1805/1811/1780; Sarah and William Alldritt – 1848/1843; Mary Ball -1818; Robert and Elizabeth Bradbury – 1850/1853 and Sarah Overton – 1828.

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myStaffs App

Did you know you can report a fault online on the MyStaffs app? These include road damage, fly tipping, etc. It’s really quick and easy to use and if enough people report a pothole it may just help to speed up its repair


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Mavesyn Parish – The Future

Dear Friends

As you will know, the plan for the future is that  a new  Benefice will be formed of the parishes of Hamstall Ridware, Kings Bromley, Mavesyn Ridware and Yoxall. If this goes ahead we will all be enriched by sharing with each other our gifts and experience.

Our first opportunity to benefit from this new closer relationship will be in July after Ty has retired. We are very grateful to the clergy at Yoxall for covering Sunday services at Kings Bromley, Mavesyn Ridware and Hamstall Ridware for  three weeks in July while I will be away due to work and holiday  commitments. We all look forward to getting to know the clergy  at Yoxall: Revd Preb Marilyn Peters, the Interim Minister at Yoxall, Revd Mike Binsley, Ordained Local Minister, and Revd Frank Finch, retired priest, whom many of you will already know. Our Lay Minister (Reader) Mrs Kate Beechey will also  be leading services at Mavesyn Ridware.

Together with the Wardens of our three churches Kate and I are working out our service plans for the following months, ensuring that the worship continues regularly in all three churches. It will be a priority for all decision-making to be as transparent as possible. In this area of church life, as in all others  during this time of Vacancy in the post of Rector, no decisions will be made without the full agreement of the Church Wardens and representatives of the churches.

With  our prayers and best wishes

Deborah and Kate

Revd Preb Deborah Sheridan        Mrs Kate Beechey


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Urgent HS2 update

Here is a letter from HS2 apologising for the rather clumsy communication of a few weeks ago to some residents over possible land take in Hill Ridware.

Our ref: 02097/G44 (23/03/2018)
Re: High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill
9 May 2018
I am writing further to our letter dated 23rd March which advised you about proposed design changes in relation to your property.
I am sorry to hear that this letter has caused you some concern and I hope that the following advice provides reassurance and clarity about these changes:
As the Phase 2a Scheme design continues to be progressed, in consultation with the local community, it has been identified that there is a need to reduce the volume of construction traffic passing through Hill Ridware to alleviate the impact on the village from the construction of HS2. As I understand you are aware, for this reduction in traffic to happen, we are proposing to make changes to the Proposed Scheme through the Additional Provision to introduce a new site haul route and a maintenance access route with associated highway modifications to Common Lane and Pipe Lane.
As a result of this proposed new haul route, the temporary modifications along the B5014 Ridware Road/Uttoxeter Road, which were the subject of local community concern and which were included in the hybrid Bill scheme, will no longer be required. As such, there will be no impact here as powers to acquire land in this area are no longer being sought. The red cloud referred to on inset 2 of CT-06-250 in the Supplementary Environmental Statement (SES) and Additional Provision Environmental Statement (AP ES) Volume 2, CA1 Map Book is actually highlighting the removal of these works and as such does not indicate any land is required in this location. I am sorry that this was not made clearer in your letter.
It might also help for me to clarify that as design Option 2 is being taken forward into the scheme it is only that option which is shown on the maps. We have however described the alternative option in the text of the CA1 report and this is a consistent approach with all scheme alternatives described in the Environmental Statement. Further detailed information on this amendment, including the alternatives considered, can be found in the SES and AP ES, Volume 2, CA1 Report, Section 5.3.

Once again, I apologise for any concern that arose from the letter and I hope this advice provides you with the reassurance you were seeking.
If you have any further concerns or would like to discuss these changes further, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours sincerely,
Liz Davis
Community Engagement Manager, Phase 2a High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

And another thing…….

HS2 Ltd have announced a phase 1 – 2A “drop-in surgery” on 24 July 2018 at Kings Bromley village hall between 5 and 7 PM

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