Christmas and New Year waste collections 2013/14

Details of the revised schedule were included on the bulletin posted through doors earlier in the year. For those who have forgotten where they put it, the key details are:

Saturday 21st December 2013: Grey bin collection replacing Christmas Day

Saturday 4th January 2013: Blue/Brown bin collection replacing New Year’s day

For full information see the (link expired)

Time is running out for Abbots Bromley

Between 18th October and 29th November 2013 there is an opportunity to comment as part of the consultation on the Local Plan for East Staffordshire.

Details of the consultation and the full text of the document are available on the (link expired).

In particular this plan defines two areas for housing development that would extend the settlement boundary for Abbots Bromley. The (link expired) shows the two proposed areas but needs to be looked at in conjunction with the explanatory text of the main documents.

St Nicholas Church Fund Raising

We raised £660 on the evening – thank you.

We are rapidly approaching the end of our first full year of dedicated fund raising for St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.

We have held many varied events this year from an Indoor Picnic, BBQ, Ceilidh Evening, Quiz Night and Open Gardens through to our very own Mini Music Festival and a day with the Horn Dancers.

There’s more to come with our Christmas Tree Festival on December 22nd and the A B Bell Ringers on Friday December 20th visiting all the local pubs.

In 2013, so far and counting, we have raised a fantastic £7837.38!! An update of the final total will be in the January 2014 Parish Magazine.

So many thank you’s are extended to ALL who have helped us by giving generously their time, raffle/lot prizes, premises, and general all-round good will and support/attendance. It’s been a pleasure.

Onwards to 2014….. First event February 8th 2014 – Village Hall, Ceilidh Evening!

My sincere thanks, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Martin Godfrey

The friendliest village?

I am a researcher at Studio Lambert, a television production company based in London. We are currently developing a new series for C4 to uncover Britain’s best villages.

We’re looking for Britain’s friendliest village, who will welcome our judges and convince them that they are Britain’s best. Our series would be a new way of celebrating Britain’s villages and rural communities, showcasing their friendliness, community spirit and local amenities. The general tone of the series will be light, entertaining, character driven and heart-warming.

As this is still in the development stage (so not for broadcast), we’re just looking to speak to a few villages who may be interested in taking part in this type of series (should it be commissioned). Looking at Abbots Bromley’s website, it seems that you are an exceptionally vibrant village, so I’d love to speak to someone in the village about village life.

In keeping with the rest of Studio Lambert’s output (like the Secret Millionaire, Undercover Boss and Gogglebox) we
really want this to be a positive and entertaining series.

If you can think of anyone in the village who may be happy to chat to me about Abbots Bromley – particularly if they’re involved with local groups I’d love to speak to them. You can call me on 0207 534 2012.


Pre-Submission Local Plan Consultation

Between 18th October and 29th November 2013 there is an opportunity to comment as part of the consultation on the Local Plan for East Staffordshire.

Details of the consultation and the full text of the document are available on the (link expired).

UK at risk of ‘Vishing’

‘Vishing’ involves a fraudster making a phone call to a potential victim, posing as someone from a bank or building society fraud investigation team, the police or another legitimate organisation such as a telephone or internet provider. They attempt to obtain financial information which often includes credit/debit card details (including PIN), bank account details and personal information such as full name, date of birth or address. This information is then used by the fraudster to gain access to their victim’s finances.

Trading Standards is warning people to not be afraid of putting the phone down to fraudsters but be wary of those cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters will keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end. Remember that it takes two people to terminate a call so try and use a different phone line if you are asked to ring back.

If you think you may have been a victim of this type of scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

Produced: 2nd September 2013 by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards

Rogue Trader Alert

Neighbourhood Watch have reported that a local resident has recently received such a call.

The vulnerable victim wasn’t fully aware of the situation occurring but luckily the victim’s neighbour spotted that the roofers were carrying out work and contacted family relatives to attend. The roofers claimed that the victim owed £350.00 but the family relatives denied paying this as there had been no work carried out.

The roofers were warned off and came back the next day to frighten the victim by sawing a fridge freezer in half and left it on the victim’s drive way and then days later came back
again and poured oil across the driveway.

These scams take advantage of people who are vulnerable and can easily be talked in to thinking there is a problem.
If you think you may have been a victim of this type of scam, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

If you are suspicious of any callers, please inform the Police right away. Staffordshire Police non emergency number is 101 or in an emergency dial 999.

Produced: 28th August 2013 by Staffordshire County Council Trading Standards

Ridware Young Farmers – Joining up night

Ridware Young Farmers are a friendly bunch of 12-26 year olds who meet every wednesday at 7.30pm. Being a young farmers member you can meet knew like-minded people, enter competitions such as Tug-of-War and Flower aranging, go to amazing balls and discos and even see the odd cow. Please come and join in the fun at our Joining up night, its going to be brilliant!

For more information please visit our Facebook page or contact:
Chairman – George Goodwin on 07974 730604, or
Secretary – Emma Smith on 07935 860427

Road Closure on Horn Dance Day – Monday 9th September 2013

The proposed road closure affects Bagot Street and High Street between 0800-0900 and 1500-2000.

you can read the full text of the road closure notice in the Adobe file on these web pages.

Bagot Arms BBQ – 30th August 2013 – a report

Well, people. We did it again.

We started at the Bagot’s in 2012, and one year later we returned.

And yes, the fund raising efforts for St Nicholas Church were met by the same generosity as always. My thanks to Lisa & Dave for the kind donation of all the food and handing there pub over to me for the evening.

A great night had by all!! More than 80 people turned out. Fantastic!
Our funds were boosted by an incredible £950 on the night. A kind donation of porcelain plates were auctioned for £90 and many kind donations for raffle prizes. A HUGE thank you to all concerned.

Martin Godfrey
PS. We always need raffle prizes/auction lots. Thanks!! in advance.

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