Press Release from Staffordshire County Council

Published 25 January 2019

Experimental traffic orders which could reduce HGV traffic movement along sections of a main rural road in Staffordshire are set to come into force next month.

Communities living along the A515 have expressed concerns about increased use of the road by HGVs, rather than using the A38 and A50 trunk roads.

Local parish councils and residents took these concerns to the Staffordshire Freight and Communities Forum – which is made of a range or organisations aiming to address issues related to HGV impact on communities. The forum investigated how their concerns could be addressed in a practical and achievable way.

The issues mainly affect the villages of Draycott in the Clay, Yoxall and Kings Bromley and the experimental order scheme will be community-driven.

Phase one of the experimental orders scheme will see left and right turn bans for HGVs will introduced at three junctions on the A515 on roads which lead to the A38.

These are the junctions with the B5016 in Yoxall, the A513 in Kings Bromley and the C0183 Wood End Lane north of Lichfield. Signs have been installed to inform drivers of the new orders and businesses from across the area have been informed. Regular traffic flow reviews will be carried out to assess the impact of the orders.

These will be experimental orders lasting for a temporary period of 18 months. They will come into force in late February.

Phase two will see local roads reclassified. The county council is making the case for Wood End Lane to be improved through the HS2 construction programme, after which it can be reclassified as an A or B road. The A513 and B5016 can then be reclassified to lower status roads so that weight restrictions could be applied.

On the A515 speed limit buffer zones and gateways are being introduced in Yoxall and Draycott-in-the-Clay.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “We are pleased that the experimental traffic orders will finally come into force in February.

“We have worked closely with parish councils and other organisations through the freight forum to find practical and achievable ways to address some of the concerns raised by HGV traffic on the A515.

“It was important to everyone that we were able put forward measures that could be delivered promptly and with a relative ease. Experimental traffic orders do just that and mean that we can monitor their effectiveness during the temporary period. We can then make decisions on longer term measures or possible alternatives. If successful we can then look to reclassify some local roads to make the measures even more effective.

“It is also important to note that this is a community-led scheme and has been implemented in response to community concerns.

“We are confident these measures can make a difference and that we have managed to get to this stage as a result of our work with the parish councils and communities.”

The scheme is supported by the police who will carry out enforcement of the orders.

Village news from Helen Price – 24/1/19

Published 21 January 2019

Kings Bromley Wednesday Club

Our final meeting of 2018 was a very enjoyable Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak. Our thanks to Gillian and the team for all their hard work.
Continuing on a similar theme (food!) – our first meeting of the New Year was a “Bring and Share” Tea and Quiz. Welcoming everyone our Chair, Lin, briefly outlined the programme for 2019 which will include days out to Stratford upon Avon in May and the Anderton Boat Lift – one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ – in September.
The “Bring and Share” tea and quiz then got underway. Papers were distributed and four teams competed against each other attempting to recall facts such as the number of Oliver Cromwell’s children – the only US President to resign from office and the identity of the historical figure known as Braveheart! Congratulations to the winning team who answered all but one question correctly and our thanks to Pauline for, once again, organizing the quiz. The afternoon was a great success.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th February at 2.30pm in the Village Hall when chocolatier Jacqueline Smith will talk about Luxury Handmade Chocolates. Samples unfortunately not guaranteed! If you would like to join us please come along – you will be very welcome.


Published 17 January 2019

The Kings Bromley Harmony Choir is looking for an electric piano

Is anyone is thinking of getting rid of theirs/putting it up for sale in the spring clear-out?

Ideally it would be a full size keyboard, with 88 keys, light weight and portable, touch sensitive, with an attachment to put a pedal on, with no extra effects or buttons.

If you can help please contact our Choir Leader Kathryn Hopson on

The choir goes from strength to strength. Our next event will be at the Village Hall on Sat. 2nd March at 2pm to celebrate the Parish Council’s obtaining a grant from the Motherhood and Loss in WW1 organisation which commemorates the plight of families, especially mothers, who lost sons in the First World War. The grant is going towards play equipment for younger children on the Village Hall playarea.

At this event the Historians will also put on a display commemorating the 14 men from Kings Bromley who died in WW1, with an emphasis on those families who lost only sons or multiple sons. There will be poetry readings from pupils from Richard Crosse school and the WI will be providing teas.

Village news from Helen Price – 17th January 2019

Published 13 January 2019

Coffee morning

A coffee morning will be held on Saturday 16th February in the Village Hall from 10.30 am until noon. If you have any items suitable for raffle or tombola prices, they would be very welcome. Please deliver them to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. Thank you.

Gardening Guild

The annual Christmas lunch at the Boar’s Head at Sudbury was enjoyed by everyone who attended on 3rd December.
The first meeting of the New Year will be on Monday 21st January at the Village Hall when Zdenek Valkoun Walker will be talking about ‘Orchids Unravelled’. New members welcome!

Kings Bromley Whist Drives

Tuesday afternoon whist drives in the Village Hall begin at 1.30 for a prompt 2.00 pm start. They continue weekly due to popular demand. If you have not been before how about giving it a try, we play friendly whist with a break for tea and coffee.
Entrance is £1.50 to cover the cost of hiring the Village Hall.

Village news from Helen Price – 10th January 2019

Published 7 January 2019

Kings Bromley WI

The Kings Bromley WI will be celebrating their 90th Birthday this year so we have lots to look forward to, including a village bake off and a big Birthday bash. We had some new members to greet from the neighbouring Alrewas WI who sadly closed after 100 years.

We started our meeting with the usual business and then had a visual presentation from Norman Rubines, a photographer with over 40 years experience. He owns and runs the Ruby Studios in Tamworth. He told us about how he started out as a newspaper photographer and now has his own studio. He had a fabulous display of photos to exhibit and showed us lots of images from photo shoots, alongside a little history and some funny stories. It was very engaging and easy to see how he was a prize-winning photographer. We saw a recent series of photos raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, called Men in Black (and white).

We held a raffle and then enjoyed some social time. The next meeting will be held at the Royal Oak with a meal on 7th February from 7pm.