Waste Collection Dates for 2015

This year the information is particularly hard to find on the ESBC web pages, so we are including a link here to make life easier. Waste Collection dates for 2015 (658.0 Kb)

For the majority of properties in Abbots Bromley, the collection normally takes place on a Wednesday unless alternate dates have been advised – such as for the Christmas and New Year holiday periods.

Christmas waste collection

However there will be changes to three days as follows:-

Normal collection date (Rescheduled collection date)

Thursday 25th December (Saturday 20th December)
Friday 26th December (Saturday 27th December)
Thursday 1st January (Saturday 3rd January)

Up to 3 additional bags of the appropriate waste type will be collected with your blue and grey bins during the period 27th December up to and including the 9th January on your collection day. Flattened cardboard will also be collected at the side of your blue bin.

PLEASE NOTE: the brown bins will NOT BE suspended this year. Brown bin collections will be continuing through the Christmas and New Year period to enable residents to recycle any leftover food waste.

If you have excess recyclables they can be taken to one of the recycling sites located throughout the borough. Excess waste can be taken to the household waste site on Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent or Pennycroft Lane, Uttoxeter.

Christmas card and Christmas tree reycling

After the Christmas period, residents in East Staffordshire can recycle Christmas cards in their blue wheeled bins.

Residents can also recycle their real Christmas trees through the brown bin scheme. Place your real Christmas tree inside your brown bin ensuring that the lid is fully closed or place it at the side of the bin and it will be collected on your collection day.

If you need clarification on when your recycling and waste is to be collected please download a copy of your collection calendar from the waste and recycling pages of our website or contact Customer Services on 0800 269098.

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Superfast Broadband for Abbots Bromley?

SFBB Newsletter sep14 More information about the project can be found on the Superfast Staffordshire web pages. Amongst the detailed information about the project there is a list of suppliers for the superfast broadband services so that you can see who offers this service in your area.

At the time of writing this news item, the latest newsletter from the project is September 2014 and newsletters are added to the site several times a year.

A recent to addition to the project web pages is an interactive map showing the planned roll out of superfast broadband across Staffordshire.

Ben Holder Jazz Quartet, Saturday October 18th

No fewer than 169 adults and 5 childs attended to witness raw, brilliant talent from Ben and his band.

We raised a total of £1481.50 on the night for St. Nicholas Church and my thanks go to Peter Livesey who organised the event on my behalf, and the fund raising committee.

And guess what!? It was soooooo good that we will probably do it again next year!!!

This takes the St. Nicholas Church Fund Raising to £7554 for 2014.

Another great effort by the few for the many.

Martin Godfrey

Bonfire Night 2014

Taking place on Wednesday 5th November 2014 at the Village Hall.

6.30pm Gates Open
Fireworks at 7pm

Come and join us for fun and fireworks at the Village Hall £2.50 per person, Family £10, Preschool – Free.

Hot dogs, burgers and refreshments available

See the Bonfire Night 2014 (62.3 Kb) poster for full details.

Jazz in Abbots Bromley

Guests will be entertained by The Ben Holder Quartet (Jazz violin, guitar, bass and drums) on Saturday 18th October in The Thompson Hall, Abbots Bromley School.

There will be a licensed bar, with real ale, wine and soft drinks throughout the evening.

Doors open at 7.00 for 7.45 start. Tickets £10 (child £5). For reservations and tickets contact:
Peter Livesey
07972 571893 Liveseypj@aol.com
4 Preedys Close, Abbots Bromley, WS15 3EE

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK.
Brought up in Burton on Trent and taught classical violin from the age of 6, Ben
has been a professional jazz musician since leaving the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Ben, who also performs on keyboard and vocals, will be joined by Oxford’s amazing Jez Cook on guitar, Dave Wilkes on drums and Paul Jeffries, the founder of the Oxford Jazz Festival, on double bass.

We look forward to welcoming one and all.
Martin Godfrey

Funds for local projects – October 2014

Numerous new and improved facilities within Abbots Bromley have been made possible by the provision of financial grants. Examples like the Village Hall, playgrounds and sports facilities spring to mind.

While there are always oportunities to seek funds, at the present time there are two specific examples each with a local focus that could help any project you are considering.

Firstly, the East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Forum will be meeting in November and there is an opportunity to put forward projects to be considered for delivery in the 2015/2016 financial year.

Secondly, the Parish Council will be starting work on preparation of a budget for the 2015/2016 and would like to hear of any village projects that should be considered for inclusion.

To make a proposal in either context, you need to provide information to the Parish Council (via the Parish Clerk parish.council@abbotsbromley.com) in time for it to be discussed at the October meeting. That is by Wednesday 23rd October 2014.

Abbots Bromley – Best Kept Village winner for 2014

Abbots Bromley is one of the few villages in the county that has consistently participated in the Best Kept Village competition for the fifty-plus years it has been running.

Over the years Abbots Bromley has been a winner on many occasions and various trees around the village, including the Red Oak and Western Red Cedar on the village green, commemorate these successes.

In 2014 Abbots Bromley achieved the honour of Best Kept Large Village in East Staffordshire but the overall prize of Best Kept Village in the area eluded us.

A big “thank you” to all those who contributed to the win by their consistent efforts to keep the village clean and tidy.

St Nicholas Church – Update

Abbots Bromley is a thriving community of many sorts. Local villagers, newcomers, retirees, youth, commuters and local businesses. At the heart of the village beats the grand building of St. Nicholas Church. And as is the case with many ancient buildings, maintenance is a hungry mouth to feed….

In August 2012 we set about our first fund raising event under my direction. We held a BBQ at The Bagot Arms and promptly raised £1060 via good food, raffles, auctions and putting on a fun filled evening. We had a blueprint to replicate as many times as we could without becoming repetitive, boring or burdensome. The village locals and those from nearby responded magnificently to our endeavors and by the end of the year, from events such as a Gift Aid weekend, Quiz Night hosted by the Coach & Horses, book sales from Cash Stores, Penny Jar from The Crown, Bouncy Castle from The Goats Head, Bell Ringing at all pubs, a donation from The Ruchi and culminating in a Christmas Tree Festival, we raised £5692.69.

With a full year ahead of us in 2013, we repeated the above but added a Ceilidh Evening, Indoor Picnic, Sunday Lunches and Afternoon Teas in Church House, donations from The Ladies Club and Royal British Legion, Open Gardens, Mini Music Festival and a star turn day with the famed Horn Dancers of Abbots Bromley. We raised £8431.38.

And so to 2014, where much of the above successes have been repeated, and new events added such as The Lichfield Gospel Choir in St. Nicholas Church. Our planned forthcoming events include a BBQ at The Bagot Arms on Friday 29th August (tickets £6), a Jazz Violin Concert on Saturday October 18th and the Fun Quiz Night at the Coach & Horses Wednesday November 12th. All welcome!! So far in 2014, we have raised £4945.54.

Come and join in the fun with us!! Eat, drink and be entertained!

We have our plans for 2015 too which will be much of the same (as above) with some new additions. We try to have something for someone, somewhere.

So how do we spend the monies raised. We have made a huge contribution to such projects as resurfacing the outer perimeter making it safe for walking and wheelchair friendly. Windows at the west entrance have been repaired and cleaned. Tiles at the Alter and Chancel area have been replaced, repaired and polished. The Church is very well maintained overall.

Winter heating bills are huge!

Our overriding aim has always been to try to make a difference…..

Martin Godfrey
01283 840771

ABSA Fundraising Dinner and Auction

ABSA logo In celebration of the beautiful game; our special guest speakers are Footballing legends Viv Anderson and Norman Whiteside.

Under the care of the Hilton and with Charlie Dagnall as master of ceremonies, the evening is set to be one to remember!

– 3 course meal at the Hilton
– Q&A with Viv Anderson
– Talk by Norman Whiteside
– Auction
– Tours of St Georges Park are available at an additional cost of £9 pp
– Discounted room rates are available
– 19:00 pm arrival for 19:30 pm start
– Dress code: Lounge Suit & Cocktail Dress

Prices: £65 per ticket or £600 for a Table of 10

Visit www.absasport.co.uk to see the menu and download the booking form. Alternatively request it via email from events@absasport.co.uk

Full details of the event – including how to book – are available on here.

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