Temporary Closure of Nuttery Play Area

Please note that the under 5’s play area will be closed during Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December to enable minor repairs to be completed (weather permitting).

These repairs to the play surface are being carried out under guarantee following identification of some small areas that have subsided.

Abbots Bromley Parish Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Many thanks for your cooperation.

Village Garage to Close

The garage has been an important part of village life having provided a convenient, local and friendly service that included not only sales and servicing but also MOT’s, parts and body repairs.

Edwin Ferneyhough, the owner of Market Place Garage and a popular local figure, will be continuing in the motor trade just a few miles away in nearby Uttoxeter. He has taken the position of Sales Director with Angus Mackinnon Ltd, another well-respected local business, and this combination will provide a greater level of support for the community’s motoring needs.

Mackinnon’s are a family run business of over 30 years duration. Their relatively new premises on Derby Road has ample parking and provides a comprehensive service for all motorists. Apart from buying and selling both new and used vehicles of any make, there is a fully equipped insurance approved Accident Repair Centre, workshop and MOT bays. Additionally there is also a fast fit tyre and exhaust bay as well as a vehicle hire and valeting service.

Edwin says, “Closing Market Place Garage was a tough, but necessary business decision and being born and bred in Abbots Bromley I am very aware of how much a part of village life the garage has been. I would just like to reassure all of our customers that I will be able to provide the same personal service with much better facilities in the future”
The closure of the village garage marks the end of an era in Abbots Bromley, however you can still enjoy the same service using Edwin in his new role at Angus Mackinnon.

Contact Edwin on 07939 207232 or 01889 563448 for all your motoring needs in the future.

Finally Edwin and the staff of Market Place Garage would like to thank all of their customers for their support over the years.

Path re-construction – Invitation to Tender

The area to be reconstructed is the circular path around part of the circumference of the play area at the Millennium Green. This area is approximately 28 metres in length, and averages 1.1 metres in width. The area to be restored also includes the patch by the gates linking the path to the tarmac drive leading up to the village hall. (It does not include the sloping path that leads up to the picnic area.)

Since originally installed, this area has deteriorated due to the ingress of vegetation and partial erosion of the surface.

The Parish Council wishes the path to be restored to original condition by:

  • Removal of vegetation from existing path
  • Removal of existing surface to a depth of 50mm
  • Addition of new surface mechanically compacted to the level of the wood surrounds and tarmac drive to create an even footway that can be safely used by wheelchairs, prams and pushchairs

For a copy of the invitation to tender, contact the Parish Clerk on 01283-840153.

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

Abbots Bromley Parish Council is looking for a successor to the present Clerk, who is retiring at the start of 2008. The successful applicant will be a good communicator, have excellent organisational skills, and be a confident user of office technology (word processing, simple spreadsheets, and the internet). Candidates should be willing to update their skills through training which is funded by the Council. Someone interested in obtaining the CiLCA qualification, if not already held, would be an asset.

The position is home based with flexible working hours and requires a commitment of 42.5 hours each month with some evening work for Council meetings 12 evenings per year. The post holder will be entitled to all statutory holidays and a leave entitlement equivalent to 4 weeks.
The appointment will be made within salary scale LC1 (£7.85 to £10.52 per hour) of the nationally agreed rates for Local Council Clerks, depending on relevant experience and qualifications. Expenses and an allowance for the use of home as office are also payable.

For an application form, further information or an informal discussion, contact the present Parish Clerk (Eric Roy) on 840153.

Neighbourhood Watch Week

Monday, October 15th will be the start of National Neighbourhood Watch Week celebrating 25 years of Neighbourhood Watch across both England and Wales. This will also coincide with an initiative being run by the Home Office called “Not in my Neighbourhood”.

To celebrate this important week East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Watch will be out and about across the Borough raising awareness of Neighbourhood Watch on a recruitment drive for new Neighbourhood Watch members in our target areas.

On Tuesday, October 16th, 1.00pm to 4.00pm, Neighbourhood Watch Manager Emma Newlove will be at the Heart of Burton Advice Shop at the corner of Victoria Crescent and Horninglow Road, the kettle will be on so please pop in for a warm cuppa and a chat on Neighbourhood watch.

Wednesday 17th the team will be at Waterside Advice Shop in Short Street 1pm -3pm again offering a cup of Tea or Coffee in exchange for your views on Neighbourhood watch.

There will be a Neighbourhood Watch display desk at Burton Library all week for people to browse and pick up information, but Emma will also be down there in person on Thursday, October18th, 1.00pm to 3.00pm, to answer any questions.

Finally on Friday, October 19th we will be attending Uttoxeter Library from 1.00pm to 3.00pm supplying more freebies and advices so do pop in for a chat.

The week’s events will be rounded up by the Staffordshire Police’s Annual County Neighbourhood Watch Conference on the Saturday, October 20th to be held at Stafford University Beaconside.

Neighbourhood Watch Manager Emma Newlove said: “This is an ideal opportunity for us to celebrate Neighbourhood Watch and to get out into the community and spread the word of the good work that residents of the Borough get involved in as part of Neighbourhood Watch.”

She continues “We will be answering any questions people may have on Neighbourhood Watch and hoping to set up some new schemes, so it is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has ever shown an interest in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, but wasn’t too sure of what this entails to come along find out more and take that step to making their neighbourhood a safer place to be”.

There will be lots of leaflets and advice on crime prevention and personal safety, we will also be using these events to help launch this years “No Trick or Treat” door signs that always prove popular for Halloween.

So do please pop along to one of the events if you are available or call Emma or Simon Bullen for more information on Neighbourhood Watch Week on 01785 235938.

How Safe is your Electric Blanket?

During last year’s campaign almost half the blankets tested across Staffordshire were found to be unsafe. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire County Council are testing electric blankets free of charge in East Staffordshire in September. Electric blankets that fail the test will not be handed back. Everyone over the age of 60 years, who pays council tax in Staffordshire, will be offered a standard single or double under blanket as a replacement.

Testing will take place at:

Uttoxeter: Town Hall 9.30am-4.00pm on Wednesday 26th September
Burton: Cooper Square 9.30am-4.00pm on Thursday 27th September

Any queries please call Cath Wohloers on 01785 277835

Wind Farm proposal: Public exhibitions

Three exhibitions will be held as follows:

  • Friday, September 7 Uttoxeter Town Hall, High Street, Uttoxeter, 11am-4pm
  • Monday, September 10 Marchington Woodlands Village Hall, Tinkers Lane, 2pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, September 11 Abbots Bromley Village Hall, off Bagot Street, 2pm-8pm

Everyone is welcome to attend, at any time that is convenient.

Your opportunity for a reservoir walk

You are invited to join the Abbots Bromley Footpath Society when they take a walk around parts of the Blithfield Reservoir.

The circular walk will depart from the Butter Cross at 6:30pm and arrive back there by around 9pm.

Those wanting to join the walk, should be aware that there are several stiles on the route and that the distance will be 4 to 5 miles.

2007 Best Kept Village place

Abbots Bromley enters the Stafford Best Kept Village competition in the “large village” category for East Staffordshire. Within this group, Abbots Bromley has won third place in 2007.

For a number of reasons that will be obvious to residents, there was no expectation of winning this year – but the third place is appropriate recognition of the hard work put in by many households and businesses along the main street with their displays of window boxes and hanging baskets.

Fun Day Charity Fly-In Sunday 12th August

Highlights Include
Red Arrows Simulator
Classis Car Show
Classic Military Vehicles on Display
BBQ + Free Drinks
In aid of
Abbots Bromley First Responders
Fire Service Benevolent Fund

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