General village news from Helen Price

Published 24 April 2017

Open Parish meeting

Monday 8th May, 8.00 pm in the Village Hall. This is your chance to hear what has been happening around the parish and gives you an opportunity to raise your concerns about the many factors that influence parish life.

KB Gardening Guild

The Chairman, Allan Howard, reminded everyone about the Best Kept Village Competition, running from 1 May to 23 July and the Open Gardens event to be held in the village 10-11 June.

Allan was also the speaker for the evening, the theme for his talk being ‘British Gardeners in the Mediterranean’. Allan showed slides of five gardens, two in Menton (one developed by Laurence Johnson, creator of Hidcote garden) and three in Italy: Ravello, Ventimiglia and Taormina in Sicily, with interesting bits of history about their often eccentric creators. Under a Mediterranean sun, plants such as Bougainvillea, Yuccas, Olive, Umbrella Pine, Lotus and Pencil Cypresses thrived (but roses did not!).

The meeting on 15 May will be an evening in Mr and Mrs Dunning’s garden, starting at 7pm.

Voluntary Car Scheme

We are looking for new volunteer drivers for the village voluntary transport scheme. If you would like to know more about the scheme and what volunteering would mean, please contact Jane Pollard on 01543 473151.

Kings Bromley Show, Saturday 22nd July

This year’s theme is All Creatures Great and Small. Entertainment includes a hands-on, interactive Wildlife display, birds of prey, sheep shearing display, the Company of Horsemen and the ever popular dog show. One of the highlights will be the Blackrock llamas, as featured on ITV’s Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davies, described on the show as a “Top Attraction” and rated highly on Trip Advisor. The llamas will be competing in a fast-paced obstacle race, set to music with an amusing commentary.

In the Competitive marquee, the categories will reflect the theme. Try your hand at baking a Zebra cake or producing a photo or watercolour representing arachnophobia! There are over 200 classes to compete in, including art, photography, cookery, floral art, young crafts, horticulture and crafts, with many under 18 categories.

There will also be plenty of trade stands and craft stalls to browse, together with treasured vintage cars to admire. Horse riding events take place in the morning.

Apart from all the animals to keep the children happy, there will also be a funfair, pony rides, games and races. There will be a choice of refreshments with a real ale bar, and the accompaniment of the Eureka Jazz Band, back by popular demand, playing familiar melodies from the Jazz era. A great value fun-filled day for all the family – for more details please visit our website

The Royal Oak Re-opens

After a long ‘dry’ period, many from the village celebrated the re-opening of the Royal Oak on Saturday, and there was a great atmosphere in the bar. It has been completely and tastefully refurbished by the new management and will be serving food again from Saturday 29thApril.

News from your Parish Council chairman

Published 14 April 2017

Best Kept Village: All houses in the village will now have received a flyer advertising the BKV competition. Please display this in a prominent place which can be viewed from the road. Judging takes place in May, June and July. If we maintain our front gardens and public spaces and keep the roads litter and dog fouling free then maybe we can win the competition for a record sixth year in a row.
Annual Open Meeting – Village Hall Mon May 8th 8.00 pm: All parishioners are invited to this meeting where the Parish Council, and all Village Organisations, give a review of what they have done during the year and residents have the chance to listen and speak. The Parish Council is encouraging residents to become positively involved in the local community and local issues: this is an ideal opportunity to do just that.
A38 Road Closures: Following a meeting with Parish Councillors, Highways England have written to us with their proposals on how to mitigate the problems caused by diversions through Kings Bromley – see their letter on the website. In future the dates and times of closures will be sent in advance to the Parish Council and will be put on the website.
A515 Weight Limit Campaign. The indications are that the letter writing campaign is having an effect on convincing the County Council on the weight of opinion on this issue. Please keep writing to Mark Deaville (for contact details see website) to demand action.
Lichfield Mercury Village News: Parishioners will have noticed that the free Friday edition of The Mercury is not being distributed. Helen Price, who is in charge of the Village News section has agreed to send this now to the Parish Council website so that we do not lose this valuable source of information.
Defibrillator: As many of you will have seen, the defibrillator has been installed on the side wall of the Village Hall and is now fully operational. It has been registered with the Ambulance Service. Residents are reminded that if anybody has a critical medical condition, they should in the first instance dial 999. If it is thought the use of the defibrillator would be of assistance until the ambulance arrived, they will be given the code to access the equipment. The defibrillator is set up to guide the user how to use it in easy steps. Training sessions are being arranged in the village to familiarise residents with the equipment. Details will be announced shortly.

It is Best Kept Village time again!

Published 13 April 2017

There will be a village clean up on 22nd April at 10am. Please do your best to attend. Contact parish chairman Allan Howard if you can make it. We shall soon have posters available for you to display in your front windows – these will be delivered to you soon. Make every effort to keep the village tidy and see if we can win again in 2017.
Allan’s emails is

e Petition re funding for children’s play areas

Published 13 April 2017

Council cuts nationally may affect funding to play areas. There is an e petition that you may wish to know about and sign up to. Copy and paste the link below into your browser. It asks that Premier league clubs have a levy imposed upon them to fund the play areas.
Note – Kings Bromley PC funds and maintains the play area at the rear of the village hall and this is not affected by any cuts.

HS2 Engagement Drop-In Event – Handsacre

Published 8 April 2017

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain.
We would like to invite you along to the HS2 Engagement Drop-In Event being held on Thursday 13 April, 2017 between 3pm and 7pm at the Armitage Village Hall, 51 Shropshire Brook Rd, Armitage, Rugeley WS15 4UZ. This will be an opportunity for you to learn more about HS2 and talk to our experts about engineering, construction, property, the environment, utilities and more.

Please contact us if you would like further information on HS2:
Telephone: 020 7944 4908

Open Parish Meeting

Published 7 April 2017

This year’s Open Parish Meeting will now be on Monday 8th May at 8pm