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Alrewas Arts Festival


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2013

5th January 2014



Hello, Happy Sunday and a heres to a splendid 2014! Its Festival yeardid I mention that?

A great big thank you from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to the hundreds of people
who filled in their questionnaires. A Very impressive response. Ill pass on results / information /
analysis or how to get this as soon as it becomes available.

Busy month folks:

ALREWAS DRAMATIC SOCIETY

The Railway Children. Just a few weeks to go before this all-time family favorite classic. Tickets for
ADSs production are available at ALREWAS PHARMACY. Youll laugh, youll smile, you might even
shed a tear youll certainly not fall asleep! Saturday matinee doors open at 2pm for 2:30
performance. Evening performances, doors open at 7:15 for 7:45 curtain-up. Thursday
30th January to Saturday 1stFebruary.


FLEA PIT CLASSIC

A Room with a View
Friday 24th January . 7:30 doors open, 7:45 film starts. Tickets from me by email phone 790054 or
on the door. Bar and usual smiling faces!


CHILDRENS LIBRARY

A Message from Sue about a lovely sounding fundraising event. Fancy something to brighten up a
dark January evening? Come along to a Nepalese Evening at the Village Hall, Alrewas, on
Saturday, January 18, in aid of the Nepal Japan Children's Library in Kathmandu.

Doors at 7.30pm with dancing to Alrewas' very own The Imposters from 8pm. Tickets are 12 and
include a Nepalese curry with a non-spicy or vegetarian option. Bar and raffle. Tickets from Jenny
Stewart on 01283 790139. Do support this very worthy cause

WEA

A message from Jenny.

The English Country House: Above Stairs and Below

For generations the upper classes managed their estates like family businesses and the country
house was corporate HQ. The people who made them run below stairs are an equally important

part of the story as their owners. This course explores life in the English Country House past and
present.

Start Date: Tuesday January 7th 2014 7:30pm. Alrewas All Saints School
Cost: 40 for 10 weeks
Contact Jenny Stewart: 01283 790139 jenny.stewart@fsmail.net for more information or to book
your place

The course covers:
Life in the medieval noble household, prodigy houses, and the emergence of the English Country
House. Formality and informality above stairs. Roles and structure below stairs . Entertaining and
visiting. Links between land ownership and political power. Representations of the country house in
literature. Lost country houses. Social change, estate duties, and conservation bodies.

18th January 2014



Alrewas Festival

Happy New Year! Did I already say that? Well, it still stands!

All things Festival coming along very nicely. Well be in touch with our fabulous volunteers soon
and youll be invited to a meeting in May, probably one of the Sundays in early in the month. Well
have a draft Festival Week plan and the workshop leaders may be coming along too, to finalise
their slots. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer during Festival week, please do contact
me.

Men folk. Remember raft building for the village raft races? Well, were not doing thatbut we
ARE going to have an event during Festival week that will involve you getting the power tools out
and constructing something that floats.intrigued? Goodo! Ladies with power tools very
welcome to be involved too OF COURSE!

Coming up:

Flea Pit. Next Friday 24th January. A Room With a View. Doors open at 7:15 for 7:45
screening. Free screening. Drop me an email or just turn up! Bar as per.

Flea Pit in February: Rush (cert15) . Friday 21st.
Mark Kermode says of Rush: A true story of chalk-and-cheese Formula One drivers one hotheaded, the other coolly calculating. Ron Howard's multiplex-friendly account of the friction-filled
relationship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda is well oiled, excitingly noisy and machine-tooled
for maximum popcorn appeal. Howard's roaring drama depicts men risking life and limb in
insanely dangerous circumstances. Despite the fact that (most) audiences know how that
particular adventure ends, Howard does a brilliant job of keeping the crackling tension alive by
concentrating on the relationships; his dexterity with both the mechanics of action cinema and the
nuances of dialogue paying dramatic dividends. It's a winning combination.
Heres a trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/
Gosh, I remember being chatting up by Nigel Mansell in the 80s, look what I missed! Phew, lucky
escape!
Reserve tickets by email now.

Flea Pit in March: Blue Jasmine (cert12a).Friday 28th.
Peter Bradshaw says of Blue Jasmine: Here it is: the real deal, an actual Woody Allen film, the kind
we once looked forward to, took for granted, then despaired of ever seeing again. After all those
false dawns, non-comebacks and semi-successful Euro jeux d'esprit, Allen has produced an
outstanding movie, immensely satisfying and absorbing, and set squarely on American turf: that is,
partly in San Francisco and partly in New York.

Fashion Show. Friday 21st March. The usual format. Details to follow

Grand Auction. Yes, be VERY excited! Saturday 29th March. Jim on the Gavel ad the usual Festival
Team supporting.

Museum of the 21st Century. www.MO21C.co.uk


Open meeting. Wed 22nd Jan. Alrewas Village Hall.
Interested in helping to capture events in the village for the archive? Call in to the hall at 7:30 to
find out more. Check out the website too. Got a camera, involved in a group? Be involved!

Poetry Collection
Our very own Poet Bert Flitcrofts collection, 'Singing Puccini at the kitchen sink' is now available as
a Kindle eBook. 2.98. A great opportunity to add to your collection.
Bert now has a Facebook page to spread the poetry word. Take a
look! www.facebook.com/bflitcroft

Alrewas Tennis Club

have now leased the site for the new tennis Courts from the Parish Council. This is the piece of
land between the MUGA and the Cricketers on Walkfield. Work has started on preparing the land
for the building of the courts, so for the next few days the land will be closed to the public for
safety reasons while drainage trenches are excavated. The Tennis Club apologise for any
inconvenience. The site will be re-opened on completion of this phase of the work, and it is hoped
that the courts will be built in the Autumn of this year. This depends on a successful fundraising
campaign, which will be starting very soon. If you would like to find out more about the project
visit www.alrewastennis.net

21st January 2014



Dear all

This was going to be a short one but

Delighted to pass on the following:

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Many thanks to everyone who completed the recent survey. The response was impressive. The
Neigbourhood Plan Steering Group will be hosting an open evening in the Methodist Church on
Monday 3rd February 2014 at 8pm to share the survey result with residents. There will also be an
opportunity to chat with members of the Steering Group about the next steps towards completing
the Neighbourhood Plan.

You can contact them at planning@alrewasplan.co.uk or 01283 792229

FUNDRAISER THANKS
Jenny Stewart's Nepalese evening raised a whopping 1000 for her charity!
She will be sending the money to the Nepalese Children's Trust to support the library in
Kathmandu, which acts as an educational and care centre for orphaned children.

Jenny is absolutely delighted that the event raised so much and wants to thank all those who
worked so hard to make the evening a success, including The Imposters band, her family and
friends and members of the Arts Festival Committee.

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - WHY NO CURE AFTER 100 YEARS OF RESEARCH"
8:00 pm on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 in the Main Theatre of the Lichfield Garrick, Castle
Dyke, Lichfield. LSES

The lecture this week, "Alzheimer's Disease - Why no cure after 100 years of research" is a rare
opportunity to hear about research into the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's from an
eminent worker in the field, Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy from the University of Birmingham's School of
Clinical and Experimental Medicine.
Our lecture this week, "Alzheimer's Disease - Why no cure after 100 years of research" is a rare
opportunity to hear about research into the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's from an
eminent worker in the field, Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy from the University of Birmingham's School of
Clinical and Experimental Medicine.

Since it is in the Main Theatre, with more than four times the capacity of their regular Studio
venue, they will be able to welcome many more visitors than usual, so if you have, or if someone
you know has, a particular interest in the disease, or if you are a Health Care professional please
go along.

For further information, please see our website at www.LSES.org.uk

Admission: Visitors 5.00, Students and Members free but please sign in. Tickets are not issued in
advance: visitors please pay at the auditorium door. This lecture is expected to finish by 10.00 pm

THE RAILWAY CHILDREN


Just a week to go before this lovely family Show from ADS. Tickets from the Pharmacy.

AND FINALLY.

Nigel Moss reminds us of The Third Warwick Fuse Concert, taking place in Butterworth Hall
Warwick .
It's on Tuesday 4th of March, and will be exciting mix of music from all round the world with
Warwick Symphony Orchestra.
Last year those that came will never forget Chinese orchestra, guitar solo, African voices etc .

9th February 2014



Hello folks

Warm welcome to new recipients of this news-note.

Festival News first then village news.

Flea Pit. Friday 21st February. RUSH. Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 screening. Free Screening as usual.
Book your seats online through the Festival website: www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk, email me or
phone 01283 790054. Bar and nibbles.


Fashion Show. Friday, 21st March at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall.
Tickets for the Fashion Show are available now from Susie Lane.
Telephone 01283 295101 or drop a note in at 2 Lock Cottages, Kings Bromley Road, Alrewas. 5

Flea Pit. Friday 28th. BLUE JASMINE. Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 screening. Alrewas Village Hall. Free
Screening as usual. Book your seats online through the Festival websitewww.alrewasartsfest.co.uk email me or phone 01283 790054. Bar and Nibbles.

Grand Auction. Saturday 29th March. You know you love it!
Adrenaline pumping opportunity to bid for lots of services, goods donated by local businesses as
well as a cornucopia of other donated items including furniture and..ooohh, loads of
stuff! Fancy an activity day at Whitemoor Lakes for 12 people? Come along and bid for it! Posters
and website for details, my email newsletter or Jean on 01283 790766 . 1 a paddle when you
arrive. Viewing from 7:15 with 8pm start. Bar and nibbles available.

Mobile Library Service
Library times. Fridays in Alrewas.
Starting from 7th Feb.
01283 239556 www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries
Somerville Road: 11:15 to 12:05
Mill End Lane: 12:10 to 12:30
Main Street: 1:45 to 4:45
Fox Lane: 4:50 to 5:10
Oakfield Road: 5:15 to 5:40


Scouts
The Scout group is collecting the Sainsbury active kids vouchers. If you have any that youd like to
donate please put them in the post box at the scout hut.

Live and Local
Hot Fingers. Alrewas Village Hall, Thursday 20th March. Doors and bar 7.30pm. Band
8pm. Suitable adults and children 14+. Tickets 7.50 from Carol Ruttley on 01283 209949 and
Alrewas Pharmacy. This professional, highly acclaimed show is brought to you by Alrewas Arts and
Live and Local.

Never slinked into a speakeasy? Nows your chance. For one night only, fronted by showman
Thomas 'Spats' Langham, Hot Fingers promise to shimmy you into the glamorous world of 1920s
New York jazz and 1930s sophisticated swing.
Prepare for a quality evening of vintage music from the French Coffee House sound of gypsy
swing king Django Reinhardt and the syncopated Latin rhythms of Oscar Aleman, to the early blues
of Lonnie Johnson and the jazz and swing of Eddie Lang.
Remember King Louie in The Jungle Book? His jump jive vocal style will feature alongside earthy
blues, sentimental ballads and some novelty crooning.
Irrepressible showman Langham is joined by Malcom Sked and Danny Blyth. All three have toured
the world with the likes of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, playing between them three guitars, a
double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a ukulele, a clarinet, a sousaphone, a bass clarinet and a pair of
castanets! Their CD, The Hottest Man In Town, features regularly on BBC Radio 2.
Get your tickets early. Hot Fingers are burning to entertain you.

15th March 2014



Dear all

Happy Spring!

A warm welcome to our new email recipients.

Whats coming up?

March 21st Fashion Show. Knock down high prices for street fashions. Alrewas Village Hall.
Tickets from Susie 01283 295101.

March 28th Flea Pit. Blue Jasmine. Contact me to reserve or just turn up between 7:15 and
7:45. The Flea Pit, apart from being a lovely thing to do, acts as a month fundraising support for
the Festival. It usually runs a small profit, which last year we shared with the Village Hall
refurbishment fund. The Flea Pit is free as you know, but does rely on your support in terms of
donations to hire the village hall and pay for the films. Do throw some spare change and notes
into the bucket and help to support the Festival this year.

March 29th The Auction. Stand by for a list of some of the wonderful things on offer and an
explanation of how it all works! No tickets to pre-book, just pay 1 for your paddle on the night.

April 6th Nearly New Sale. Sunday afternoon browse though some rather nice pre-owned
clothes. There are some designer gems this year.

General Festival Information.

Festival week is Saturday 23th August until Saturday 30th August.
There will be around 70 workshops for you to choose from. These will include, Childrens poetry
and Junk art, adult crafts in paper, upholstery, singing, woodcraft and the ever equally popular Art
of Butchery from our own Peter and Anthony Coates.

The Arts Caf will serve hot and cold drinks cakes and snacks every day during Festival week. A
place to meet, chat and read relax and catch up with all things Festival.

Well be offering events such as the Street Market in Post office Road (would you like a stall?
contact Sue Williams 790270) on opening day 23rd August and the finale on Walkfield on Saturday
3th. Lantern making for you and your families will be in late July.

Well be dropping a leaflet through Alrewas letterboxes with dates of box office opening, a list of
workshops and things for you to get involved with before the Festival. Keep some time free, you
are going to need it!

Wed love to have your art work and photographs in our exhibitions. Dig them out or start work on
new ones now. The flyer, website and these emails will tell you how to submit them in the next
month or so.

Have you been exercising you tonsils as instructed?


What else? Evenings of entertainment; blokey stuff, literary stuff, singy stuff, dancey stuff, all
sorts of stuff including a fun literary quiz during Friday lunchtime in Festival week in one of the
pubs.
Well have the Archive film and an opportunity to chat to contributors, some Childrens films in the
old School and some of your own short films screening daily.
Do you have a favourite poem? Well be asking you about that too.

Other Village News

Open Gardens The last week in June. A village must.
On the Saturday evening, 28th June, Harvey Andrews.
From 1964, Andrews supported his nascent career as a singer/songwriter by working as a
schoolteacher, before becoming a full-time professional musician in 1966.
Harvey Andrews has produced 17 successful albums singing his own songs, many of which have
also been recorded by other artists. He wrote and sang the theme songs for the TV series Golden
Pennies and The Haunted School and sang the theme song in the British movie Psychomania. He
has hosted BBC Radio Twos Folk on Two and a Radio Four Kaleidoscope special was devoted to his
work. Since 2013 Harvey has kindly performed his "Glad to be Grey" concert in aid of charities, but
only within easy reach of his Shropshire home
http://www.facebook.com/harveyandrewsmusic
http://www.harveyandrews.com/

Alrewas Show Saturday 19th July. They hope to an after Show dance again too. Bands, Bar and
dancing. Entrance by ticket only. Information soon. Keep the evening free!

23rd March 2014



APPY SPRING!

As I half listen to the Archers, waiting with great anticipation for Ian to punch Rob (about time
too!), half listening to son Jim feet up, grown up, explaining his tax returns to me (look sage,
pretend to understand, I should know what hes talking about, Im grown up, I dont), with the
sound of Peter doing something with a lump hammer outside, the coffee maker burbling away, I
realise; in every moment theres a lot going on and lots to distract us from our task in hand for
me, this newsnote!

Festival Auction

Saturday 29th March. Alrewas Village Hall. Viewing a 7pm, Auction starts at 8pm.
So much on offer! Come along, buy for paddle for a princely pound and bid Jim will be wielding
the gavel and Jean will be in overall control in the event that will give Sothebys a run for its
money. Hyperbole? We LOVE hyperbole!
Ill send out a list of some of the items very soon to whet your appetite, but theres lots of items
you WILL want. I did get a bit over excited when I told you White Lakes activity for 12 was a whole
daysorry, its a session. Still a wonderful donation and Ill be bidding for that!

Festival Flea Pit

Friday 28th March Alrewas Village Hall. Blue Jasmine. Doors Open at 7:15 for 7:45 screening.
Donations welcome. Bar of course. Ohh, dont forget the book exchange.
An opportunity for you to chat to any of the Festival crew about all things Festival. Looking for
some more musicians..any one out there.?

OTHER THINGS

Lost Cat
A lovely new cat in Post Office road has gone walkabout. Hes a male tabby age 2-3 years. He
escaped sometime between 11:30 PM on 11 March and 8:30am on 12 March. You may have seen
some notices? He is chipped so identification is easy. Please contact the owner on 01283792122
or 07940041159


Fabulous Choirs coming to Alrewas
The first of these:
ALL SAINTS CHURCH, ALREWAS
The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir
On Saturday 5 April at 7.45pm Ticket price 7.00 to include a glass of wine or soft drink with
nibbles. Accompanied children under 16 free

The Lunar Men
Sarah Matthews and Maria Whatton are doing a special performance of their show "The Lunar
Men" in the space where the Lunar Society met at Erasmus Darwin House Lichfield on 4th April at
7.00 p.m. Tickets are 10.00. Space is limited so book Phone: 01543 306 260

Winner of 2013 BASE (British Award for Storytelling Excellence) award for Outstanding
Collaboration, The Lunar Men is an interactive performance piece centred around the
extraordinary characters of the Lunar Society, a group of dynamic inventors, experimenters, and
philosophers of the Eighteenth Century. Their story is interwoven with exquisite and comic folk
tales, combining Marias rich and eloquent storytelling and Sarahs responsive musicianship and
singing.

Sarah and Maria are excellent performers in their own right and their combined styles
complement each other beautifully. Their infectious enthusiasm for the subject is obvious as is their
enjoyment of working together. Ali Betteridge, Literature Development Officer, Derbyshire
County Council

Ive watched and listened to storytelling all my life, and it doesnt get any better than this!
Keith Kendrick, Folk Musician

4th April 2014




FESTIVAL

Coming next.

Nearly New Sale Sunday 6th April 2-4pm in the Village Hall.

Some fantastic bargains to be had at this annual event. Come along and browse the huge range of
nearly new, quality and designer clothes, shoes and accessories for sale from as little 2. Refresh
yourself whilst shopping with delicious tea and cakes. Proceeds towards the 2014 Alrewas Arts
Festival

Flea Pit

Philomena 25th April Contact me for ticket reservations

Nebraska 23rd May Contact me for ticket reservations

Frozen Date to be confirmed. We are thinking a singalonga for youngsters (and oldsters of
course!) Earlier start time. Sounds like fun!

BIG Thanks
To Jenny and Peter for helping in the Pit.
To everyone attending recent Festival events. This has very greatly helped swell the coffers
in preparation for this years Festival and its been great fun.
To everyone who helped Jean with donations of goods for the Auction and who helped
during the evening.


LICHFIELD ARTS
Wanted: Musicians to Blast Off

Lichfield Arts is looking for musicians to join Blast Off a new community band playing an
explosive mix of funky riffs, catchy tunes and groovy beats.

Whatever your age or ability, and whether you are playing currently or have an instrument
gathering dust in your wardrobe, this is your chance to play in what will be the funkiest, grooviest
big band in Lichfield.

This exciting community project is led by former Netherstowe School student Nick Dewhurst, who
graduated recently from Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st class honours degree.

Lichfield Arts Director Dave Simcox says: Blast Off will play a groovy, fun and accessible
repertoire. Lichfield has a concert band and number of school and classical orchestras, but nothing
quite like Blast Off
Lichfield Arts has experience in running outreach projects that create and nurture new groups, its
most notable success being Wildfire Folk.


Nick Dewhurst comments: The music for Blast Off will be specially arranged to include easier
music for the less experienced, with more challenging parts for advanced players. This will be a
truly inclusive community band

If you like the sound of playing groovy tunes with a splash of New Orleans and a touch of
Hollywood topped with British finesse and Mediterranean sun, contact Nick Dewhurst
on nick.dewhurst@live.co.uk
Blast Off makes its debut at Fuse on Sunday July 13th and rehearsals start after Easter.

Lichfield Arts is seeking sponsorship for Blast Off and Fuse. Please contact Dave Simcox:
dave.simcox@lichfieldarts.org.uk
01543 262223

6th April 2014



A very good morning to you all.

Lots of lovely stuff for you below to peruse over your relaxed Sunday brunch.

AAF 2014

Nearly New Sale TODAY

Yes, today pop along, rain or shinebut looking mostly like rain 2-4pm in the Village Hall.

Some fantastic bargains to be had at this annual event. Come along and browse the huge range of
nearly new, quality and designer clothes, shoes and accessories for sale from as little 2. Refresh
yourself whilst shopping with delicious tea and cakes. Proceeds towards the 2014 Alrewas Arts
Festival

Festival Art Exhibition
More in next newsletter get you brush out!

Festival Photo Exhibition
The photographs can be of whatever, or whoever, the class title suggests to you.

The Classes
1. Art Sweet Art
2. The Art of Science
3. Art at an Angle
4. Art for Arts Sake
Let us see your photographs of our lovely village, its surroundings, its characters, their activities,
the art within our lives .
The Rules
There is no rule on the number of photographs which can be entered
Black and White or Colour photographs are both welcomed.
There is no maximum photograph size, but a minimum of 6 by 4 is preferred
All photographs should be mounted on a thin piece of card which provides at least a inch
border all around the photograph
Please put your name and address on the back of each photograph
Photographs to be left with Elaine, 5 Furlong Lane, Alrewas by Friday 8th August

Alrewas Village Hall

An Evening of Puddings
Come and experience favourite homemade puddings, including; Summer Pudding, Roly Poly (with
lashings of custard!) and many more. A real treat and a surprise to take home.

Saturday May 3rd 8pm Alrewas Village Hall. 6 per spoon.

Price includes puddings and entertainment.
Contact Pearl 01283 791329

Bar availabile.

Scouts fundraiser

Popular local band The Imposters are putting on a fundraising performance for Alrewas Scouts
at the Village Hall on Friday 16th May.
Theyll be performing a selection from their wide repertoire of music from down the decades to
suit all tastes.
Proceeds will go to Alrewas Scout Group and to the Staffordshire Scouts Kenya fund, which the
scout group has been supporting for the last three years.
There will be a licensed bar, refreshments and light snacks.

Tickets cost 5.00, doors open 7:30pm and the concert ends at 11:00pm.
There are only a limited number of tickets available, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Tickets are available from Alrewas Scouts (email treasurer@alrewasscouts.org or call Kevin
Wilkinson on 07976 822369/01283 792131)

13th April 2014



Good morning

A trio of Alrewas events for you. Coming soon....notice of the next visiting Choir in All Saints
Church, don't miss it, it'll be a good one!

Alrewas Womens Institute
Spring Table Top Sale.
Saturday 26th April from 1-4pm. Alrewas Village Hall. Tables include: Antiques & Collectables,
Hand Made Gifts, Jewellery & Scarves, Executive Gifts, Phoenix Cards, quality Second Hand
Clothing and much more. Refreshments are available. Try their slice of cake and tea or coffee for
1.50!

Alrewas Village Hall
An Evening of Puddings
Saturday May 3rd 8pm Alrewas Village Hall. 6 per spoon. Bar. Come and experience favourite
homemade puddings, including; Summer Pudding, Roly Poly (with lashings of custard!) and many
more. A real treat and a surprise to take home.
Price includes puddings and entertainment.
Contact Pearl 01283 791328

Alrewas Dramatic Society
Race Night. Friday 9th May. Alrewas Village Hall
Want to sponsor a race? If you company / organisation would like to sponsor a race, they will get
an advert in our programme and a race named after them. Sponsorship will be 30 (quarter page)
or 50 (half page)
Starters orders 7.30pm 2.50 entry per person, payable on the Door
Everyone is welcome. Doors & Bar open from 7.15pm
Name a horse - 5 per horse
Have you always wanted to name a racehorse? Well now you can! If your horse wins then you win
too!
Owners prize is a bottle of quality wine!
Horses will also be available to buy on the night. To buy your horse in advance please contact:
Michelle - shell@bryshell.com / 07976878259, or ADS members
This is a great opportunity to be involved if you cant attend on the evening.

21st April 2014



Alrewas Festival News

4 months to go!

We already have week full of workshops for you and during the next month well be firming up the
evening performances, concerts and kids breakfast film selection.

For Art Exhibition queries contact: Sally 791670

For Photo Exhibition queries: Elaine 790227

For Short Film submission queries contact: Peter 790054

For Workshop queries contact: Jean 790766

For Music and Performance queries contact: Paula 790054

For Street Market queries contact: Sue 790270

For Volunteer queries contact: Kathryn 790878

For addition to e-Newsletter contact: Paula 790054 chair@alrewas-artsfest.co.uk

The website will become much more active from now on so watch for information!


Flea Pit. Philomena This Friday, 7:15 doors and bar open. Film starts 7:45.
Alrewas Village Hall. Reply to me for tickets. Free Screening. Donations very welcome.

Slight change in Flea Pit Schedule at time of writing no date for May screening. This was going to
be Nebraska please watch for email newsletter.

If you are a workshop leader or a volunteer, do come along during the afternoon of Sunday
11th May, Alrewas Village Hall. 3pm. Well be asking for and offering you important information
that about the Festival and your important role in it. If you cant make the afternoon meeting
please contact Jean or Kathryn to let them know.

Newsletter through all Alrewas letterboxes soon.

Box Office opens on Saturday 26th July put that date in your diary folks!


Cake, Coffee and Cards in aid of MIND
Saturday 10th May 1.00am - 2.00pm. Venue: The Old School House, 170 Main St. Alrewas

* Delicious home-baked cakes (also gluten and dairy free)
* Exhibition and sale of paintings by the Arty-Set

* Sale of 'arty cards' for all occasions



Further info from Janneke on 790403

Concert
In All Saints Church on 10 may 2014 starting at 7.30pm

Introducing The Rolls-Royce Ladies Choir to perform a concert of mixed music for all tastes.
The ticket price is 7.00 to include a glass of wine of soft drink with nibbles.
Accompanied children under 16 are free.

Alrewas Cricket Club proudly presents CrikFest!

Friday 23 May
Six o'clock club
with the ubercool Jake Henry Duo
5.30pm - 9.00pm

Saturday 24 May
Strictly Garbage Garage
Jimmy Needle & The Drugpushers
World Tour
8.00pm - 11.00pm
with Champions League footy live on the big screen

Sunday 25 May
The Alrewas Food & Drink Show
Browse - Buy - Consume
Olives, meats, beers, pizzas, cheese, wine, ice cream, cakes, teas, etc
Contact Jane Reilly reilly-jane@sky.com for more details
2.00pm - 6.00pm
Quiz Night
Whit Sunday Special Edition
Teams of 4 welcome. Contact Andie Oliver Andie Oliver andieo@btinternet.com to book a table
8.00pm - 11.00pm

Monday 23 May
International Cricket
Staffordshire Women v Ireland Women
11.00am start
The Great Alrewas Bake Off
Please bake us a cake to celebrate the official opening of the refurbished pavilion
Contact Jane Reilly reilly-jane@sky.com or Jeanette
Hodgkinson p.hodgkinson1@btinternet.com for more details
Judging from 3.30pm

A free festival with real ales and plenty of cricket

23rd April 2014



Dear all

Mid week briefing all too good to miss! Never been to a Parish Assembly? Make this year
your first come and chat to some of the organisations and hear whats going on in sunny (ok
in my HEAD its sunny!) Alrewas.


SPRING TABLE TOP SALE.
SATURDAY 26TH APRIL FROM 1-4PM. ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL. Tables include: Antiques &
Collectables, Hand Made Gifts, Jewellery & Scarves, Executive Gifts, Phoenix Cards, quality Second
Hand Clothing and much more. Refreshments are available. Try their slice of cake and tea or
coffee for 1.50!


ALREWAS PARISH ASSEMBLY
TUESDAY 29 APRIL 2014 FROM 7 PM. ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL
Programme
7.30 pm Introduction: review of the year and future plans.
Cllr John Pegg Chairman. Alrewas Parish Council
7.45 pm Neighbourhood Watch
7.50 pm Alrewas Knit Club
7.55 pm Alrewas Cricket Club
8.00 pm Alrewas Tennis Club
8.05 pm Alrewas Allotments Association
8.10 pm Alrewas Arts Festival and Archive
8.15 pm Alrewas Neighbourhood Plan Steering group presentation of draft Neighbourhood
Plan
8.45 pm Alrewas Parish Council meeting

CONCERT
IN ALL SAINTS CHURCH ON 10 MAY 2014 STARTING AT 7.30PM
Introducing The Rolls-Royce Ladies Choir to perform a concert of mixed music for all tastes. The
ticket price is 7.00 to include a glass of wine of soft drink with nibbles. These are available from
the Alrewas Pharmacy, from John:email@john1947.plus.com, or from the vicarage.
Accompanied children under 16 are free.


AN EVENING OF PUDDINGS
SATURDAY MAY 3RD 8PM ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL. 6 per spoon. Bar. Come and experience
favourite homemade puddings, including; Summer Pudding, Roly Poly (with lashings of custard!)
and many more. A real treat and a surprise to take home. Price includes puddings and
entertainment.
Contact Pearl 01283 791328

27th April 2014



Happy Sunday!

What about the ducks then? If they don't get squished in Post Office Road it'll be miracle!
Sauntering up down, bold as you like, dozing on drives - 2 chaps and a chapess - where will they
nest...THAT'S the question!

Scouts Fundraiser
Alrewas Scouts at the Village Hall on Friday 16th May.

Just a reminder that fab local band The Imposters are putting on a fundraising performance for
Alrewas Scouts.
Theyll be performing a selection from their wide repertoire of music from down the decades to
suit all tastes.
Proceeds will go to Alrewas Scout Group and to the Staffordshire Scouts Kenya fund. There will be
a licensed bar, refreshments and light snacks.
Tickets cost 5.00, doors open 7:30pm and the concert ends at 11:00pm.
There are only a limited number of tickets available, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Tickets are available from Alrewas Scouts, email treasurer@alrewasscouts.org or call Kevin
Wilkinson on 07976 822369/01283 792131


Alrewas Dramatic Society
Race Night. Friday 9th May. Alrewas Village Hall
Come along Itd GREAT fun!
Want to sponsor a race? If you company / organisation would like to sponsor a race, they will get
an advert in our programme and a race named after them. Sponsorship will be 30 (quarter page)
or 50 (half page)
Starters orders - 7.30pm 2.50 entry per person, payable on the Door.
Everyone is welcome. Doors & Bar open from 7.15pm
Name a horse - 5 per horse
Have you always wanted to name a racehorse? Well now you can! If your horse wins then you win
too!
Owners prize is a bottle of quality wine!
Horses will also be available to buy on the night. To buy your horse in advance please
contact: Michelle -shell@bryshell.com / 07976878259, or ADS members
This is a great opportunity to be involved if you cant attend on the evening.


ALREWAS PARISH ASSEMBLY
TUESDAY 29 APRIL 2014 FROM 7 PM. ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL

This is a great opportunity to find out whats going on in the village including new tennis courts,
the new village hall build and in particular, in light of the application for the housing development
north of Dark Lane, the draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be presented for the first
time.

Cake, Coffee and Cards in aid of MIND


Saturday 10th May 11.00am - 2.00pm
Venue: The Old School House, 170 Main St, Alrewas
* Delicious home-baked cakes (also gluten and dairy free)
* Exhibition and sale of paintings by the Arty-Set
* Sale of 'arty cards' for all occasions

Further info from Janneke on 790403

Alrewas Village Hall
An Evening of Puddings
Saturday May 3rd 8pm Alrewas Village Hall. 6 per spoon. Bar. Come and experience favourite
homemade puddings, including; Summer Pudding, Roly Poly (with lashings of custard!) and many
more. A real treat and a surprise to take home.
Price includes puddings and entertainment.
Contact Pearl 01283 791328


Lichfield Garrick
News in from a readerwho tells me that on Tues, tickets for the Scarlet Pimpernell at the
Lichfield Garrick are 10.http://www.lichfieldgarrick.com/

19th May 2014



Alrewas Arts Festival 2014

A great Sunday afternoon meeting for Workshop leaders and Volunteers last week. Thanks for
coming along. Wasnt it lovely to see the films of the last Festival?
Really great to be reminded what its all about.

The Flea Pit
Friday June 6th. Nebraska. A lovely film about relationships, aging, coming to terms with family
and ultimately a heart-warming watch. Doors open at 7:15 for 7:45 screening. Bar and nibbles.
To book seats contact me (or any committee member).

Art Exhibition

The exhibition will be in the Methodist Hall on Post Office Road during the week of the festival
23rd to 30th August.

There are no charges or commissions but donations to the festival would be appreciated.
The exhibition will be manned at all times but we cannot take responsibility for any loss or
damage, so you may wish to insure your own work.

A maximum of 3 items per exhibitor, in any medium. We will display as many as space allows.

Please label your work clearly on the back with the following information:

Title
Medium
Price, if not for sale please label NFS (not for sale)
Your name
Address
Telephone number

Paintings are hung using picture rail hooks so they must have suitable cord securely attached from
two eyelets or we will not be able to hang them.
Your work should be brought to The Methodist Hall on Friday 22nd August between 10am -11am
You will need to unpack your work and take away any packaging.
If your work is sold we will indicate this with a red sticker and you will be given the buyer's details
to arrange collection and payment after the exhibition.
Please let us know if the buyer is collecting.
Your work will be available for collection from The Methodist Hall on Sunday 31st August between
10-11.30am

If you are not able to deliver or collect your work at these times, or need any other information
contact Sally Stanton 01283 791670 sally@alrewas-artsfest.co.uk


Photography Exhibition

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing
nothing. George Bernard Shaw

The photographs can be of whatever, or whoever, the class title suggests to you.
The Classes:

1. Art Sweet Art

2. The Art of Science

3. Art at an Angle

4. Art for Arts Sake

Let us see your photographs of our lovely village, its surroundings, its characters, their activities,
the art within our lives .
The Rules

There is no rule on the number of photographs which can be entered
Black and White or Colour photographs are both welcomed.
There is no maximum photograph size, but a minimum of 6 by 4 is preferred
All photographs should be mounted on a thin piece of card which provides at least a inch
border all around the photograph
Please put your name and address on the back of each photograph
Photographs to be left with Elaine, 790227, 5 Furlong Lane, Alrewas by Friday 8th August

Short Films

Make one! Contact me when you have

The Villages Favourite Poem

Prior to the Festival, (thats now!) we ask you to let us know your favourite poem. Entries from all
ages please. Anything from The Waste Land by TS Elliot, through If by Rudyard Kipling to
Halfway Down, by AA Milne whatever it is, we want to know about it.

Well announce the wining poem at the opening of the Festival, print them up and display then
during Festival week. It would be great to have some of them read out too.

Contact me by phone (790054) note (9.Post Office Rd) or email (chair@alrewas-artsfest.co.uk)
with your poem. It would be great to know if youd be happy to read it out during the week too
please.

The Classic Novel

This year our classic novel is A Room With A View EM Forster. What a great book!
Get reading / re-reading, watch the film version (its great!) and be ready to book into one of Bert
Flitcrofts 2 Classic Novel sessions.

Music

Bank Holiday will be Music Monday.
Its looking like a great mix with some exciting and different events to catch your imagination.
More news soon. Keep the day free!

Words on Wednesday

On Wednesday of Festival week we are very excited to be welcoming some of you onto our
Festival stage in the Methodist Church to read you short stories and give us a talk onsomething
interesting that you feel passionate about!

Contact me to chat if you fancy this. Its nothing highfalutin; only us in village so no pressure at all,
and theres tea and cake (or fruit!) in to for you - how could you say no!

Beer Bangers and Beards

On Friday 29th August, this great evening of entertainment will feature all things B.
Beer, Bangers, Bottle (think 3 meaning of the word bottle) Bread, Bees, Bobbies and some
anatomical Bs that delicacy forbids me to type! Tickets will be ready when the Box Office opens
in July.

Lantern Making Workshops
2nd and 3rd August in the Methodist Hall.
Contact me to book in please

Box Office
26th 27th July in person at Methodist Hall
2nd 3rd July - in person at Methodist Hall
By phone number to follow.

So much more to tell you but enough for now!

Paula

And so to other village news and events.


CRICKFEST

BEER AND FOOD SHOW Sunday afternoon at the Cricket Club will have a great range of beers
provided by Quartz Brewing in Kings Bromley as well as some good ciders. There will be a variety
of food stands selling food for people to eat there with a beer or providing taster samples and
selling food to take away including pizzas, olives, cakes, chutneys and Indian food. There will also
be activities for the kids provided by Alrewas Tennis Club and Candy Floss.

GREAT ALREWAS BAKE OFF Monday 26th May at the Cricket Club Prize and special award
presented for BEST CAKE IN ALREWAS to be tasted and judged at 3.30pm by MP Michael
Fabricant, official guests at the opening of the newly refurbished cricket pavilion and anyone else

whos around. All welcome to take part - 1 large or 6 small cakes of any variety - to be in pavilion
by 3pm with name and telephone under plate. This event follows the Staffordshire Women v
Ireland Women match and concludes Crikfest! For more details email reilly-jane@sky.com
There is plenty of evening entertainment over the whole weekend too, see the Alrewas Cricket
Club website for details.


JAMES BOND CASINO NIGHT
Alrewas Tennis Club Presents...
CASINO TABLES FOR ROULETTE & CARD GAMES COCKTAIL BAR
PRIZES FOR THE TOP MONEY MAKERS
PRIZE DRAWS THROUGH THE EVENING
AUCTION FINAL
15 A TICKET - INCLUDES WELCOME DRINK, CANAPS & A DAY PASS TO A VIRGIN HEALTH CLUB
FOR TICKETS PLEASE CALL: 01283 790260
SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS WWW.ALREWASTENNIS.NET
Rights of admission reserved. Entry strictly ticket only - All proceeds will go towards the building of
our new community tennis courts

HARVEY ANDREWS
ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL FUND RAISER, Saturday 28th JUNE ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL

Tickets from Tony Jones: 01283 790039 or from Headliners Hairdressers in Alrewas.

Over forty three years, Harvey Andrews has produced fifteen albums and written songs recorded
by more than fifty artists, ranging from Christy Moore and Max Boyce to Mary Hopkin. His
numerous television appearances include The Old Grey Whistle Test, Rhythm on Two and
specials, The Camera and the Song and The Same Old Smile. On BBC Radio 2 he has hostedFolk on
Two and on Radio 4 a Kaleidoscope special was devoted to his work. He also performed sessions
for John Peel.

As well as appearing at virtually every folk venue throughout the country over decades on the
road, Harvey has performed at five Cambridge Folk Festivals and many abroad including Denmark
and Canada. He has appeared in North America and throughout Europe and given a solo concert
at Londons Queen Elizabeth Hall.

He wrote and sang the theme tune for the TV series Golden Pennies and The Haunted School and
the songs for the musical depicting life growing up in Birmingham in the 1940s and 1950s, Go and
Play up your own End which enjoyed sold-out runs at Birminghams Rep, Hippodrome and
Alexandra Theatres.

After his first appearance at the Cambridge Festival in 1970, his reputation grew with his wellreceived follow-up Writer of Songs in 1972. This landmark album contained a strong selection of
tuneful melodies in varying styles with perceptive lyrics that were to become his trademark. Many
star musicians are credited on the album including Ralph Mc Tell and Rick Wakeman.
From Harveys website I have a one man show Im calling Glad to be Grey, an entertainment
of self-written songs, monologues and stories for baby boomers and beyond in other words, my
own generation.I wont be performing greatest hits, but I will be setting out to entertain with

humour, nostalgia and a very occasional rant. The idea is to entertain people who dont really
know my general body of work.


Show Dance

The Alrewas Show Dance takes place on the evening of the Alrewas Show and provides the
perfect finale to a great day out. Over 200 people attended the inaugural dance in 2013, and all
agreed it was a great evening. An amazing way to round off a wonderful day at the show on July
19th.

The 2014 Show Dance features:

Live music from The Imposters, playing classics from down the decades
Disco
Bar stocked with Real Ales, Draught Lager and a selection of wines and soft drinks
Hog Roast
Barbecue
Tickets on Sale Now: 7.50 Each

Doors open 7:30pm and the event runs till midnight.

The Show Dance is being organised jointly by the Alrewas Show, Alrewas Village Hall appeal,
Alrewas Scouts and Alrewas Arts Festival, who will all share in the proceeds.

Entry is strictly ticket only, and no tickets will be available for sale on the night, so book early to
avoid disappointment.

http://www.alrewasshow.co.uk/events/show-dance

30th May 2014



Festival News

Happy Friday folks. Busy times for Alrewas and surrounding villages as you can see below.

Busy for the Festival crew too!

We have to date:
75 free workshops (requiring booking)
19 performances (requiring booking)
22 Events and ongoing activities/exhibitions (no booking needed)
All this is from 23rd to 30th August. Is it in your diary yet?

A reminder that all Alrewas homes will receive a free copy of the Festival Brochure, it will be
available on-line and Ill be sending out a prcis of it all in some easy to print off sheets well
before the box office opens so that you can plan your week.

Its not too late to be involved. Musicians, artists, photographers, film makers, writers, actors,
comedians? Do drop me a note!


Flea Pit next week. Friday 6th June. Nebraska. Alrewas Village Hall. Doors open at 7:15 for 7:45
screening. Bar as usual and for this screening we are having a Small Plate. Cheese, bread and
pickles. Itll be in the Hall, just help yourself - 2. We now have some lovely cold Prosecco in the
bar and a non-alcoholic equivalent both sold by the bottle.

OTHER EVENTS

Folk and country singalong

June 3rd in the Royal British Legion. Martin Ryan (ex of the Crown on Tuesdays)
8pm. Free entry. Phone 790777 for information or just turn up!


Church Events
Vicarage Garden Party on 7 June, entry is free and it all starts at 12.00. It's a great family day out,
there will be the vicars famous bottle stall, a BBQ, a flower stall, book and plant stalls, refreshment
tent, cards and craft stall, A Treasure Trove stall, Alrewas Knit club stall and children's games. Last
but not least will be the Grand Draw with a 1st prize of 100.00 and many other prizes too.

We also have another concert on 14 June with the excellent Shelfield Male Voice Choir, the
concert stats at 7.30 pm, tickets are 7.00 with accompanied children under 16 free. Tickets are
available from the chemist, the vicarage or from me on 01283 791842. The choir is a large and
very good well known choir and I hope you two will accept a couple of tickets as a thank you.

Sam Baker in Elford
Elford Village Hall. Saturday 31 May. Doors Open 7.30
Buy tickets: http://www.hotburrito.co.uk/nextgig.html


Following an amazing Elford show in 2012 we are delighted that Austin-based Sam Baker has
agreed to return to Elford as part of his 2014 European Tour.

Sams 4th album Say Grace has been getting the best reviews of his career so far making Rolling
Stone magazines Top 5 Country Albums of 2013 and Top 100 Songs of 2013 - as well as a raft of
other great reviews:

"Austin's Sam Baker isn't the only grizzled outlier to make a wise, sly, and excellent set of countryfolk this year; see Terry Allen's Bottom Of The World and Guy Clark's My Favorite Picture of You.
But he's the only one who wrote "Ditch," a song about a pipe-layer with a "crazy-ass wife and a
baby on the way" which is hilarious, tragic, and by any worthwhile standards, one of the best
country songs of the year."
And thats right he is playing Elford Village Hall!! This will be a really special night with Sam playing
the smallest and most intimate venue of the tour in Elford.

Sam grew up in the Texas prairie town of Itasca. He is a man of few words. Always beautifully
chosen, and fully thought. Sam turned inward to relearn the use of his body and brain after a
Peruvian train bombing almost killed him in 1986. Its taken years to heal. Time to reconnect. The
road back was arduous, but it opened up new vistas in painting, poetry and music.

Sams first album Mercy was released in 2004, the first in a trilogy of compelling albums with
sparse instrumentation and poetic delivery. It was followed by Pretty World in 2007 and Cotton in
2009. Each album carries its own theme, mercy, beauty and forgiveness. 20133s Say Grace is
another step forward. There is not a song on this record that wont move you in the way all his
great story telling does.

Some tickets left.
Del and Becky. 01827 383533

Alrewas Tennis Club have started their main fundraising campaign - you may have seen the
posters for their Casino Night on 7th June.

As part of their grant application to Sport England, the Tennis Club need to demonstrate as much
support from the local community as they can.

They are asking everyone in the village who supports the project to fill in a questionnaire on their
website you dont have to make a donation or volunteer to do anything, just let them know you
are interested in the project and will be using the facilities once they are built.

To fill in the questionnaire, go to http://www.alrewastennis.net/questionnaire.

Dont forget to tick the box if you want to receive email updates about the project.

Please do take time to register your support it will make a real difference to our village.

Tamworth arts club
are searching for more people for our October production of FOOTLOOSE!

This is an energetic, fast paced show and we are looking for new people of any age and any ability
who would be very welcome additions to our cast.
Footloose will run from 15th to 18thOctober at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms. Performing with
Tamworth Arts Club provides the opportunity to act, dance, and of course sing with a live
orchestra. It is also a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and feel part of a society. If you
would like to learn new skills, or show off the ones you already have please come down to one of
our rehearsals to see what were all about we would make you very welcome.
Rehearsals will take place at 7.30pm at St Johns Ambulance Headquarters, B79 7QY on
Wednesdays andat 7.30pm Wilnecote High School, Tinkers Green Lane, Tamworth, B77 5LF on
Fridays.
Please contact Laura Whitehouse email: laura_freestyle@hotmail.com or Jamie Pitts-Lewis
email:jamiemichellepitts@hotmail.co.uk tel: 07854398603/ 02476326567 who will be happy to
provide you with more information.
If you would like to find out what Arts Club is all about and the shows we have done in the past
visit our website.
http://www.tamworthartsclub.org.uk/

11th June 2014



FRADLEY PLAYERS

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th two comedy plays with Fish and Chip Supper for 8.50, bar opens at
7pm.

Comedies from the Capitol By John Mortimer

Knightsbridge & Mill Hill

Tickets from Fradley Post Office or reserved at the door via this e-mail address.

Further information from Mary Bennett 01283 790219 or www.fradleyplayers.co.uk


ALREWAS DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Murder Mystery HAND OF FATE

Friday 4th and Sat 5th July. 7:30 for 7:45start. Village Hall

Fish and Chip supper - 10. Contact Siobhan 01283 791510 / 07881 584825

MARATHON MAN
Simon Hegarty is attempting to run ten half marathons in ten consecutive days to raise much
needed funds for our local school. Today is day seven! The link to the site
is http://alrewastolondon.weebly.com/index.html

3rd July 2014



FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE

Folks, its nearly here!

Your very own free copy of our beautiful programme will be dropping through Alrewas letter
boxes in a couple of weeks time. Youll have 5 or 6 days to scan through to select your workshops
and performances. Jot them down in order of preference and then get yourself over the
Methodist Hall between 10 and 3pm on Saturday 26th July; between 3 and 5:30pm on Sunday
27th July, and both Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd August between 10 and 3pm during the
Lantern making workshops. The phone line opens on Saturday 26th during the afternoon.

For our friends in Fradley and further afield youll see copies for sale for all of 50p in local shops
and the Lichfield Tourist Office. Ill let you know exact locations soon. Festival committee will
also have copies.

Just to make sure no one misses out, Ill be sending out an email with a link to the programme
pages on the website.

If you are coming to the Box Office on 26th be ready with your selections, it may be a busy
morning. We will be taking names for reserve lists in case places are fully booked and become
available at a later.

If you are a workshop leader or helper and have pre-booked some places, youll be hearing from
us in a week or so to confirm and to let you know of any changes in the programme.

Our fabulous helpers
Youll be hearing from Kathryn in the next few weeks about days and times of where wed love
you to be during Festival week. Without you there would be no Festival so we value your
support. Thank you!

Willow Lanterns
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 10 -4pm. Alrewas Methodist Hall.

Contact me to book your places to make your beautiful willow lantern for the finale on Saturday
30th August.

Heres a link to the films Saturday 1st Part 2 about 5 minutes in will show you how beautiful
they are!

http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk/2012-festival-films--photos.html


AND OTHER VILLAGE EVENTS

Murder Mystery

ALREWAS DRAMATIC SOCIETY HAND OF FATE



Friday 4th and Sat 5th July. 7:30 for 7:45start. Alrewas Village Hall

Fish and Chip supper - 10. Contact Siobhan 01283 791510 / 07881 584825

This is a fab interactive evening where you the audience get to be detectives and to solve a crime

Coffee Morning

Thursday 10th July 10 12:30
Coffee Morning for NSPCC
156 Main Street Alrewas
Bring and Buy, Plants, Raffle, Teddy Bears Plants and Produce, Cakes.
2.50 (coffee/tea and biscuits)

Elford Hall Garden and Real Ale Family Day
Saturday 5th July
The gates open at 1.00pm for a great family day. The whole event is designed around a relaxed
family atmosphere. There is access to all the garden and the lovely sensory garden. All pathways
are wheelchair friendly. The event is set in the orchard next to the gardeners cottage. The stage
tent faces the audience who can enjoy the entertainment whilst relaxing amongst the young fruit
trees.

There is free parking. There is also disabled parking at the gardens in a paddock.

MUSIC. The music starts at 2.00pm and continues until 23.00. There is undoubtedly something
here for everyone.

As the light fades away the atmosphere is tremendous. Finishing off are our very own "Walled
Garden Wailers". Volunteers who have come together to lead a closing sing along

BEER FESTIVAL. This really is a proper beer festival featuring at least 20 different REAL ALES as
well as ciders and Lager. Wines will also be available as well as soft drinks. The beer tent is set
slightly behind the stage so there is no disturbance to interrupt the music. Also people can enjoy
the beer and still chat while listening to the music.


CREAM TEAS / TEA AND COFFEE The day would not be complete without cream teas in the
wonderful rose garden. You can see video of the rose garden on July 6th 2013 on the artist video
page under the ukulele band.

BBQ AND EVENING HOG ROAST / CHIPS Local butcher Peter Coates supplies the burgers sausage
and pig for the BBQ. His meat is of the finest quality and produces mouth watering burgers, hot
dogs and hot pork rolls.

ART DISPLAY The wall of the garden alongside the beer tent is a great place to display local
artwork which will be displayed and for sale. Come early and pick up a bargain.

CHILDREN'S GAMES Inside the garden are children's games . They are free and this should take
some pressure off mums and dads who do not constantly have to dip in their pockets. The "CUBE"
game is back by popular demand. Anyone can try their skill. There is also the chance to try croquet
and boules.

Tickets available from Tamworth and Lichfield Tourist Information Offices and Whittington Post
Office. Adults 6.00 and under 14 3.00.
FULL DETAILS www.elfordbeerfestival.org Dick Cowley 07986 804 289

18th July 2014



Happy Friday!

Guess what.the programmes have arrived yes they have! Thank you Alan for your usual very
efficient service.

As soon as weve divided them up, you Alrewas folk will be getting your copy through your letter
box. If youve not received it by Wednesday let me know and you can pick it up from me or one of
the other organisers.

Remember, its all on the website too, although there will be a few tweaks do please do keep
checking.

www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk

Therell be more details there soon on Drama Shorts, the BBB evening, One Love and the concerts
so, again, keep looking! In fact, just book your seats anyway, its guaranteed fun all round and
might be a nice surprise not to know whats coming up.

Need to say although we have 80 workshops, many of these hold small numbers so they will fill
very quickly. Please dont be disappointed if you cant get in to your first choices, be ready with
second and third. The performance venues hold more people so not quite such an issue.

More about the booking system soon.

Radio. Alrewas Radio is streaming live tomorrow! All day during the Alrewas Show. Get used to
it we have 8 days of wonderful Radio Alrewas during Festival week. You can tweet, email or text
your requests. To listen go to website, click on Fest14, then Radio page thats it!
Well be amplifying Radio Alrewas during Festival week in some of our venues so you wont even
need to be near your phone or computer come sit in the Arts caf!


The Civic Society have asked me to pass on the following:

If you don't approve of the proposed development of 140 houses on the green fields north of Dark
Lane adjacent to the canal, you need to come to the Lichfield council offices in Frog Lane on
Monday 21st July at 5.30 to show your opposition. You can park for free after 5 in the bus station
car park and enter the council building from there. If you need transport please phone Nigel on
790088 or Alison on 07792 994494.The coach leaves from outside the old Post Office at 5pm on
Monday

21st July 2014



August is nearly here !

So, a reminder. We run from Saturday 23th to Saturday 30th; a whole 8 days packed full of lots
and lots of things to do, try and see.

Skim to bottom for booking information

Festival reminder
Alrewas Arts Festival is your free Festival and it exists to celebrate the skills and talents of the
people of Alrewas who so generously share these with the rest of us. It features exhibitions,
workshops, events and performances. It happens every 2 years and includes drama, dance, film,
poetry, storytelling, music, crafts, community activities, our very own village cinema and a comfy
pop up Arts Cafe set amid the paintings in the Art Exhibition. Theres a street market on Saturday
23th in Post Office Road, so yes, the road will be closed. The official opening will be at 11am on
the Crown decking to a wonderful Festival peal courtesy of Alrewas Bell Ringers. How lovely!
During the week therell be Art and Archive Trails and an opportunity to see Short Films submitted
for the Short Film Festival. The Finale concert will be on Walkfield, do come! Local bands, local
food and you! During the afternoon on 30th pop along to our Alderwashee Jamboree from
2:30. Fun for kids and families and youll be able to see the Graffiti project finished under the
Bridge crossing the A513.

Youll have your programme now or very soon, and hopefully you have started to select your
choices of workshops and performances. I KNOW some of the workshops will be full almost
immediately, how great is that? If you missed the ones you were hoping for, please see it as an
opportunity to try something new. Some of our workshop leaders and performers have never
experienced our Festival so its a giant leap of faith for them, and we thank them for it! Lets make
them feel very welcome.

The box office phone number is: 07434 281241 and Jean will be on the end of this for most of the
run up to the Festival from 26th July. She will arrange with you collection of your tickets. If she
doesnt pick up the phone, shes eating or asleep even Jean needs a break!

ALREWAS ARCHIVE PHASE 2
Phase 2 of Alrewas Archives will soon be complete. Alrewas dwellers can pick up their free copies
of the book and DVD from the Festival Box Office during Festival week. The balance will delivered
or can be picked up after the Festival. Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding this
wonderful project. Dont forget to check out the Archive website and look for the Archive trail
details in the Box Office. Copies of the book and DVD will be on sale in the Box Office during
Festival week.

TEXTILES
Lots and lots of lovely patchwork! Visit the church and just look around you when wandering
around the village. Pick a trail guide from the Box Office or check on the website.

LANTERNS
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 10 - 4pm. Alrewas Methodist Hall.
Contact me to book your places to make your beautiful willow lantern for the finale on Saturday

30th August. 01283 790054 or email me


Heres a link to the films from the last Festival to show you how beautiful they are.
Saturday 1st Part 2 about 5 minutes in http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk/2012-festival-films-photos.html

GRAFFITI
The Graffiti workshop to start designing for A513 bridge is on 19th August in the Scout Hut. If you
are a teen or you have children or grandchildren who are teens book them in - its going to be
fabulous. We have artist David Brown coming along to teach the youngsters how it works. The
surface has already been cleaned and prepared by the highways department and its ready to
go! Contact Sue Williams on 01283 790270 to book places and chat

THE PROGRAMME
Thank you Alan for your usual very efficient printing service for the Festival programmes and
flyers. They look great dont they?

If you live in Alrewas and youve not received your programme by Thursday let me know and you
can pick one up from me or one of the other organisers. For our friends in Fradley and further
afield, youll see copies of the programme for sale for all of 50p in local shops and the Lichfield
Tourist Office.

Remember, the whole programme is on the website too, with any changes, updates on Workshop
and details of performance places still available. Newsletters will drop into your inbox every few
days in the run up to Festival week and will detail changes and have information on lots of events;
particularly those evenings such as Drama Shorts, the BBB evening, One Love and the lunchtime
concerts, so do keep looking. Well post these on the usual village notice boards too for those with
no internet access. Apropos evening entertainment, Id say, just book your seats anyway, they are
guaranteed fun all round and it might be a nice surprise not to know whats in store!

Again, although we have 80 workshops, many of these hold small numbers so they will fill very
quickly. Please dont be disappointed if you cant get in to your first choices, be ready with second
and third.

Ive appended a booking wish list for you to print out and fill in when you come into the box
office. We will have copies of this at the hall too.

How this weekend will work.
Well have some laptops and a printer for your Workshops and Performance tickets. If you have
your choices and alternate choices ready itll make life earlier.
The process is always takes a while so bring you big smiles and some chocolate buttons the
brave souls on the booking desks, theyll need a treat!
Well have a flip chart with details of Workshops already booked at the front of the hall
(remember its the Methodist Hall) so that you can re-jig your list.
Hells Bells it does sound organised doesnt it! IT IS! However, printers dont work as fast as
brains so there may be a delay with this, it you are on a tight schedule, you can pick up your
tickets at a later date.

Bring your wallet if you are wanting Fish and Chips at the Ceilidh, these need to be pre-paid on
ticket issue please.


Radio Alrewas
Well be plugging Radio Alrewas into some of our venues during Festival week so you wont even
need to be near your phone or computer to listen in. Come sit and relax in the Arts caf and offer
your requests to Tom and the team in person!

ART
Contact Sally Stanton to chat about submitting your art. 01283 791670, or see website.

PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Elaine Dolman to chat about submitting your photographs. 01283 790227, or see
website.

FILMS
Contact Peter Ralley to chat about submitting your short film. 01283 790054, or see website.

OUR FABULOUS HELPERS
What can I say but THANK YOU! Without you there would be no Festival so we value your support
greatly. Folks, be lovely to them, they are volunteering and they care!



ALREWAS ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 IS SUPPORTED BY: Carol Ruttley, Mr and Mrs Callaghan, The Flea
Pit, David Thomas, Alrewas Show, Alrewas Womens Institute, Alrewas Parish Council, Alrewas
Civic Society, Staffordshire Community Trust, Mrs J Hadley, Janet Eagland: Staffs Community Trust,
Alrewas Methodist Church, Shakespeare in the Park, RJ Kirkland, Simon Lee, Sue and Patrick
Hughes, Peter and Anthony Coates Butchers, All Saints School, Alrewas Village Hall, Alrewas
Scouts, The George and Dragon, Polly Dixon, The Guides, Tangent, Derbyshire Environmental
Trust, All Saints Church, Peter RALi Studios, Pearl and Joe Mulholland, AES Radionics, Tom Lewis,
Jeff Jacks, Adam Wright, Lorna Lewis, The Cricket Club, The Seigel Family, Jo Raybould, Pat Curran

Back to you soon!

Paula

Ohh, PS. Weve found the body for the body painting in Science and art on Sunday 24thyou
know him!

30th July 2014



August is nearly here !

So, a reminder. We run from Saturday 23th to Saturday 30th; a whole 8 days packed full of lots
and lots of things to do, try and see.

Skim to bottom for booking information

Festival reminder
Alrewas Arts Festival is your free Festival and it exists to celebrate the skills and talents of the
people of Alrewas who so generously share these with the rest of us. It features exhibitions,
workshops, events and performances. It happens every 2 years and includes drama, dance, film,
poetry, storytelling, music, crafts, community activities, our very own village cinema and a comfy
pop up Arts Cafe set amid the paintings in the Art Exhibition. Theres a street market on Saturday
23th in Post Office Road, so yes, the road will be closed. The official opening will be at 11am on
the Crown decking to a wonderful Festival peal courtesy of Alrewas Bell Ringers. How lovely!
During the week therell be Art and Archive Trails and an opportunity to see Short Films submitted
for the Short Film Festival. The Finale concert will be on Walkfield, do come! Local bands, local
food and you! During the afternoon on 30th pop along to our Alderwashee Jamboree from
2:30. Fun for kids and families and youll be able to see the Graffiti project finished under the
Bridge crossing the A513.

Youll have your programme now or very soon, and hopefully you have started to select your
choices of workshops and performances. I KNOW some of the workshops will be full almost
immediately, how great is that? If you missed the ones you were hoping for, please see it as an
opportunity to try something new. Some of our workshop leaders and performers have never
experienced our Festival so its a giant leap of faith for them, and we thank them for it! Lets make
them feel very welcome.

The box office phone number is: 07434 281241 and Jean will be on the end of this for most of the
run up to the Festival from 26th July. She will arrange with you collection of your tickets. If she
doesnt pick up the phone, shes eating or asleep even Jean needs a break!

ALREWAS ARCHIVE PHASE 2
Phase 2 of Alrewas Archives will soon be complete. Alrewas dwellers can pick up their free copies
of the book and DVD from the Festival Box Office during Festival week. The balance will delivered
or can be picked up after the Festival. Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding this
wonderful project. Dont forget to check out the Archive website and look for the Archive trail
details in the Box Office. Copies of the book and DVD will be on sale in the Box Office during
Festival week.

TEXTILES
Lots and lots of lovely patchwork! Visit the church and just look around you when wandering
around the village. Pick a trail guide from the Box Office or check on the website.

LANTERNS
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 10 - 4pm. Alrewas Methodist Hall.
Contact me to book your places to make your beautiful willow lantern for the finale on Saturday

30th August. 01283 790054 or email me


Heres a link to the films from the last Festival to show you how beautiful they are.
Saturday 1st Part 2 about 5 minutes in http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk/2012-festival-films-photos.html

GRAFFITI
The Graffiti workshop to start designing for A513 bridge is on 19th August in the Scout Hut. If you
are a teen or you have children or grandchildren who are teens book them in - its going to be
fabulous. We have artist David Brown coming along to teach the youngsters how it works. The
surface has already been cleaned and prepared by the highways department and its ready to
go! Contact Sue Williams on 01283 790270 to book places and chat

THE PROGRAMME
Thank you Alan for your usual very efficient printing service for the Festival programmes and
flyers. They look great dont they?

If you live in Alrewas and youve not received your programme by Thursday let me know and you
can pick one up from me or one of the other organisers. For our friends in Fradley and further
afield, youll see copies of the programme for sale for all of 50p in local shops and the Lichfield
Tourist Office.

Remember, the whole programme is on the website too, with any changes, updates on Workshop
and details of performance places still available. Newsletters will drop into your inbox every few
days in the run up to Festival week and will detail changes and have information on lots of events;
particularly those evenings such as Drama Shorts, the BBB evening, One Love and the lunchtime
concerts, so do keep looking. Well post these on the usual village notice boards too for those with
no internet access. Apropos evening entertainment, Id say, just book your seats anyway, they are
guaranteed fun all round and it might be a nice surprise not to know whats in store!

Again, although we have 80 workshops, many of these hold small numbers so they will fill very
quickly. Please dont be disappointed if you cant get in to your first choices, be ready with second
and third.

Ive appended a booking wish list for you to print out and fill in when you come into the box
office. We will have copies of this at the hall too.

How this weekend will work.
Well have some laptops and a printer for your Workshops and Performance tickets. If you have
your choices and alternate choices ready itll make life earlier.
The process is always takes a while so bring you big smiles and some chocolate buttons the
brave souls on the booking desks, theyll need a treat!
Well have a flip chart with details of Workshops already booked at the front of the hall
(remember its the Methodist Hall) so that you can re-jig your list.
Hells Bells it does sound organised doesnt it! IT IS! However, printers dont work as fast as
brains so there may be a delay with this, it you are on a tight schedule, you can pick up your
tickets at a later date.

Bring your wallet if you are wanting Fish and Chips at the Ceilidh, these need to be pre-paid on
ticket issue please.


Radio Alrewas
Well be plugging Radio Alrewas into some of our venues during Festival week so you wont even
need to be near your phone or computer to listen in. Come sit and relax in the Arts caf and offer
your requests to Tom and the team in person!

ART
Contact Sally Stanton to chat about submitting your art. 01283 791670, or see website.

PHOTOGRAPHS
Contact Elaine Dolman to chat about submitting your photographs. 01283 790227, or see
website.

FILMS
Contact Peter Ralley to chat about submitting your short film. 01283 790054, or see website.

OUR FABULOUS HELPERS
What can I say but THANK YOU! Without you there would be no Festival so we value your support
greatly. Folks, be lovely to them, they are volunteering and they care!



ALREWAS ARTS FESTIVAL 2014 IS SUPPORTED BY: Carol Ruttley, Mr and Mrs Callaghan, The Flea
Pit, David Thomas, Alrewas Show, Alrewas Womens Institute, Alrewas Parish Council, Alrewas
Civic Society, Staffordshire Community Trust, Mrs J Hadley, Janet Eagland: Staffs Community Trust,
Alrewas Methodist Church, Shakespeare in the Park, RJ Kirkland, Simon Lee, Sue and Patrick
Hughes, Peter and Anthony Coates Butchers, All Saints School, Alrewas Village Hall, Alrewas
Scouts, The George and Dragon, Polly Dixon, The Guides, Tangent, Derbyshire Environmental
Trust, All Saints Church, Peter RALi Studios, Pearl and Joe Mulholland, AES Radionics, Tom Lewis,
Jeff Jacks, Adam Wright, Lorna Lewis, The Cricket Club, The Seigel Family, Jo Raybould, Pat Curran

Back to you soon!

Paula

Ohh, PS. Weve found the body for the body painting in Science and art on Sunday 24thyou
know him!

3rd August 2014



PROGRAMME CHANGE

Lunch Time Concerts

Tuesday 26th August Organ recital in All Saints Church

Thursday 28th August - in Methodist Church. This will be a mixed concert with adults
performing. We will be posting the programme on the website soon.

What you need to do:

If you have tickets for Tuesday Lunch concert you can use these for the Organ recital at All Saints
Church

If you would like a ticket for the concert now on Thursday in the Methodist Church contact the
box office.

Both of these concerts will have enough seats to accommodate many people so there wont be a
problem getting a seat.

LANTERNS

A lovely weekend of Willow lantern making and box office in the Methodist Hall.

If you didnt make a lantern, you can still take part in the Lantern parade on 30th August. Just
bring something bright and shiny to carry and join in the parade. There may even be a few spare
lanterns! If you made a lanternwell done, they are lovely! We have a cup cake, assorted
marine creatures, a top hat, a duo of bumble bees, a revival of a six year lantern, oh, and a
car! NowI know theres a few chaps out there itching to build a Lancaster bomber you know
who you are!

We welcome willow lanterns lit with candles or light sticks, for the parade, however, there
will not be any Chinese lanterns (the kind you buy, light and let go). These are not safe in our
village and the local area (thatch roofs, crops) .Please dont bring them. The willow lanterns lit
with candles need to be watched carefully, keep them upright after the parade.

WORKSHOPS

40 workshops now full. Keep checking for places some lovely opportunities for children to
experience new things, get them booked in soon!

MESSAGE FROM 14-18 NOW

Lights Out tribute. Folks are turning off lights from 10 to 11pm on 4th Aug and leaving a single
candle lit to share a moment of reflection to mark the centenary of the start of the first world war.

12th August 2014



Dear all

Just 2 weeks to go until our lovely Festival is underway!

Ill be dropping you a note as often as I can between now and then and Ill update the News page
on the website. This is the best way for you to see the latest festival information, whos doing
what, whats full and what workshops have spaces as well as performance information.

Ill post the full programme for the Lunchtime Concerts, Drama Shorts, The BBB evening, One love,
and Words on Wednesday event over the next few days.

Shorts and BBB are presently full, as it the Ceilidh. Watch for returns.

On Love, which is taking place in the church, by atmospheric candlelight will be a delight! Not
gooey and sentimental but feisty enigmatic and real. Intrigued? Book your tickets
now!! Everyones available on Sunday evening arent they!

The lunchtime Concerts are going to be great!
On Tuesday lunchtime in the Church, Chris Greenhalgh will be playing a number of beautiful pieces
and may even take requests but give him a week to prepare please!
On Thursday of Festival week the mixed concert in the Methodist Church will feature voice and
music, from Cello to Saxophone, from expert musicians of all ages.

If you like folk and sea shanties, the folk breakfast and the Did Elvis gigs are for you.

Got youngsters who want to try something new? Check out the workshops available for them.

On Wednesday, its Words on Wednesday. An amazing opportunity to see and even take part if
you like, in 5 hours of words with a bit of music thrown in at lunchtime!
You dont need to be there for the whole 5 hours of course ; although you are very welcome to
settle in of course! Tickets are separate for each of the 3 parts. If suddenly find you are free , just
turn up at appointed time, the Methodist Church accommodates quite a lot of people.
From 12:30 to 1:30 Emma Purhouse performance poet will be performing supported by Rachel
Woods recorder quartet.
From 2 to 3pm we are child focused with young folk reading their own and other poems and
stories and some adults reading stories for children.
From 3:30 to 5:30 We have for you an exciting programme suitable from 14 plus (ish!) This will
be in two parts, and features the villages favorite poems, some sage advice on husbands, how Bill
and Ben came into being, engaging readers, the Border Collie Trust, Thurnam Hall, Berts
recommended poems and Im hoping for a special interview.Watch the website for more
information!
Book up now!

Quiz time! Join us in the George and dragon for the Lunchtime fun literary quiz if theres not a
question about a Jane Austin novel, Ill eat my lacy bonnet!

All Saints Church A message from John Allan

On Sunday 31 August, everyone is warmly welcome to a special 10 am service in which we shall be


celebrating the Alrewas Arts Festival, with music led by our band (Festival instrumentalists also
welcome to join in!), and an opportunity to share things youve made, and experiences youve
gained over the Festival week. Please bring along your family and friends, as well as special
memories and any artistic achievements!

So, check out the website www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk contact the box office 07434281241 as
soon as you like!

14th September 2014



A hearty mid September hello!

Thanks for your Archive and Festival comments. If you are starting or joining a new group or
have been inspired to take up something new, please let me know its great for our evaluation.

Archive Books and DVDs. Quite a number of you (Alrewas dwellers) picked your copies during
Festival week. Ill be letting you know how you can pick up your copy if you dont have it yet, soon.
You can buy copies too more news re outlets soon.

Website and Radio. Ill keep the website up to date and post theses news notes in the news
section. Watch for the podcast from Radio Alrewas and news of Flea Pit and Pop-up Caf and chat
time.

Some village News

Comedy Night
In Fradley Village Hall Saturday October 18th. Tickets 10 each, bring your own food and drinks.
Same format as the Alrewas comedy nights with some top notch comedians from the UK comedy
circuit. Proceeds to the Violets in Bloom charity. Contact Debbie Masters (via me for now) for
tickets asap please or drop in to Fradley pharmacy or contact info@violetsinbloom.

Choir
Details of concert from Mike Estall

Saturday 27th Sept. Needwood Singers. 7.30pm. St James' Church, Barton under
Needwood. 'The Four Seasons' - Music inspired by the seasons of the year. Tickets 8.00,
(concessions 6.00). Children 12 or under, free. Cheque payable to 'The Needwood Singers', sent
with S.A.E., please, to: Mike Estall, 71 Admiral Parker Drive, Shenstone, Lichfield, Staffs., WS14
0NS.

Gigs
Summer is nearly over but dont worry because we have some great gigs to brighten those dark
autumn nights! Del sends on some information.
Rod Picott Sat 11 Oct - Return of rockin Rod Picott at a new venue The George IV in Lichfield city
centre - need we say any more?? A great night always guaranteed with Rod or your money back
(not really). Also by popular demand the return of the Hot Burrito chilli supper!
www.rodpicott.com

Stephen Simmons Fri 31 Oct - The stunning Stephen Simmons at Holy Cross Parish Hall, Lichfield -
a hidden gem on the Americana scene based out of Nashville. A superb singer songwriter, this guy
is the real deal. Fans of Ryan Adams, Todd Snider, Springsteen, Jackson Browne - you will not be
disappointed. Bob Harris is huge fan. He played an incredible house gig for last year and we had to
get him back for a full show. Check him out
www.stephensimmonsmusic.com

Wild Ponies Sat 15 Nov - The wonderful Wild Ponies at George IV in Lichfield city centre - following

rave reviews supporting Rod Picott in 2013 we are delighted to get Doug & Telisha Williams back
from Nashville for their own tour. Wild Ponies put on an awesome live show. Not to be missed.
www.wildponies.net

Full details for all shows are on the website www.hotburrito.co.uk You can now buy tickets direct
from the website via Paypal or we still take old fashioned cash or cheques to:
Gary Delderfield
59-61 The Beck
Elford
Tamworth
Staffs B79 9BT
Tel: 01827 383533

18th September 2014



Folks, hi!

Festival and Archive news soon - where IS the time going!!!!

Umm, pottery clocks now with me - contact me if you made one - i have a list.They are LOVELY!

FLU JABS - Book in to the Surgery for your jab if you qualify - Saturday 28th Sept!


The Imposters next gig ?

Saturday (20th) at the Legion in Alrewas.


'The Ben Holder Quartet'

featuring Ben on violin, keyboard and vocals, with guitar, bass and drums.

Saturday October 18th.

Abbots Bromley School for Girls
High Street
Abbots Bromley

Doors and licensed bar open at 7pm for 7.45 start
(real ales, wine and soft drinks available throughout the evening).

Tickets 10 (child 5)

In aid of St. Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley

Please send cheque payable to Peter Livesey
4 Preedys Close
Abbots Bromley
WS15 3EE

enclosing your address, and tickets will be forwarded by return.

Or contact Peter Livesey on 07972 571893 or e-mail Liveseypj@aol.com
to reserve tickets for collection on the night, or to reserve a table for 8 or more people.'

21st September 2014



Helloooo

What a great weather day!

Great news - Flea Pit is back!

Friday 17th October. Saving Mr Banks. Alrewas Village Hall. Doors open at 7:15 for 7:45
screening. Small plate Cheese n stuff 2. Email me or phone to book your seat please. 790054

Saving Mr Banks is a lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account of the making of Mary
Poppins that traces the roots of PL Travers's most famous creation to the author's personal
paternal past.

Alrewas Archives Open Afternoon - 2nd November Village Hall

Many of you picked your Alrewas A Time of Change DVDs and books up during the arts Festival
week and by now many more will have received your copies. If you havent got yours yet please
bear with us. There are a lot to give out and we are slowly getting round to it.
As part of the requirements for the HLF Grant we need to give some feedback on how the project
was received. There are three ways of doing this:

1. Go to our website at www.alrewas-archives.co.uk and follow the link on the home page to the
online version of the feedback form. It will only take a few minutes to complete.
2. Again at the website, download a paper version of the form, complete it and pop it into 9 Post
Office Rd.
3. Come along to our

Alrewas Archives Open Afternoon
Alrewas Village Hall
Sunday November 2nd
2pm to 4pm
Come and have a chat with us and with other members of the community.
Pick up your book and film.
Contribute to our table-top evaluation and help us to make the archive even better.
If you have any pictures for us to scan bring those along toowe wont keep them, just borrow
them for a short while.
In return we will provide snacks and a drink to say thank you for supporting the archive.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Peter on 01283 790054 or
email peter@rali.org.uk


Pilates classes.
Fiona currently run a class on Saturday in the village hall from 9.15am which is presently full with a
waiting list. She will be starting a new early bird class on Saturday mornings in the village hall
starting at 8.15am from the beginning of November. The Pilates class will be a mixed ability class
so suitable for complete beginners to those who have done Pilates before. Fiona is also a

physiotherapist so she can modify the exercises to suit most people, so age and ability is open to
all.

Fionas website is: www.physioflowpilates.co.uk and this details all of her class details on it. It is
currently being improved to provide more in-depth details of the classes and these updates should
be available very soon. The webpage has all the basic details on
it. Contact: fiona@physioflowpilates.co.uk or mobile number 07841457588.

Concert

The church have a concert coming up on 18 October, The Watershed Theatre Group will be
performing songs from the shows, the concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are charged at 7.00
to include a free drink and nibbles.
Tickets are available from Alrewas Pharmacy, the vicarage on 01283 790486 or Barbara
Stonehouse on 10283 791153.
The Watershed Theatre Group have performed on a number of occasions at the Lichfield Festival
and be ready for a very lively show!

Fit for Life!

Coming soon details of a new gentle village walking group. The walks will take place on Fridays.
Back to you soon!

24th September 2014



FLU CLINIC

This Saturday morning - if you qualify - book in!

FIT FOR LIFE!

Friday 26 September launch of Fit for Life weekly walks

A message from Jane Howarth:
If you feel you have health problems, or are just feeling in need of some motivation to change, you
may benefit from a little guidance and caring support, some gentle exercise, fresh air, a little
attention and companionship. Gentle exercise can be beneficial in improving lots of conditions. Did
you know that exercise stimulates the body to provide us with natural pain killers and natural
anti-depressants? Our bodies are marvellous but they do need our support!
I encourage you to join a beginners gentle walking group that I have set up.
We meet in the car park of William IV Pub @ 11.30am on Friday mornings.
To minimise injury from unaccustomed exercise, I shall first demonstrate a few loosening up
movements and stretches for those interested. We will then take a gentle stroll together,
preferably followed by a few more gentle stretches.
In the past, I have worked as a GP referral Instructor and would like to share with you [in a nonprofessional capacity as I am now retired] some of that motivational experience. Would you like to
come and join me? If so, do first check with your GP or Nursing Team and then, if you are given the
all clear come along on a Friday morning.
Please wear comfortable supportive walking shoes and suitable clothing for our changeable
weather conditions.
After our walk, we can share a drink and/or lunch, and chat which, you must agree, is as equally
beneficial as the exercise! Well-behaved dogs are welcome both on the walk and [apart from the
dedicated dining area] in the pub.
Do come and join me. If you need to chat about this, you may contact me via
email: howarthjane1@gmail.com
Jane Howarth [Fit for Life Motivator]

SCOUTS BONFIRE

A message from James Roddick,1st Alrewas Cub Scout Leader
The Scouts Bonfire will be on Sat 8thNovember and the guy theme will be Halloween!

BEST KEPT VILLAGE

Jan Altham has formed an enthusiastic group of people within the village who are keen to enter
next years Best Kept Village competition. Watch for information! Do join them! Contact Jan
on: jmalt217@btinternet.com

OPEN MIC

A press release from Barry

Wednesday 1st October sees the launch of a new Open Mic with a difference.
This new event is hosted by professional performer and guitar/songwriting teacher Barry Hunt and
will specialise in a blend of new burgeoning local talent with Barry's personal musical friends from
his huge network of associates over a life-time of being prominent in the local music scene.

Barry has performed all over the UK and parts of Europe in a variety of bands and as a solo
performer and is known locally, for both his energetic charismatic style with his fairly unique
'upside-down playing technique', and also to hundreds of students who have studied with him to
improve their guitar playing and songwriting skills.

His new enterprise will be based at the William IV pub in Alrewas on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
the month at 8pm till 11pm and he will be welcoming anyone who is enthusiastic to get out and
perform before a keen friendly audience with the full use of an excellent sound and lighting system
operated by Barry himself.

The venue for this evening of acoustic based entertainment is the lovely traditional village inn, The
William IV, William IV Road, Alrewas, DE13 7AN and for further information about the event,
contact Barry directly on 07773 482906 or email him on barrryhunt@me.com

7th October 2014



FLU CLINIC

This Saturday morning - if you qualify - book in!

FIT FOR LIFE!

Friday 26 September launch of Fit for Life weekly walks

A message from Jane Howarth:
If you feel you have health problems, or are just feeling in need of some motivation to change, you
may benefit from a little guidance and caring support, some gentle exercise, fresh air, a little
attention and companionship. Gentle exercise can be beneficial in improving lots of conditions. Did
you know that exercise stimulates the body to provide us with natural pain killers and natural
anti-depressants? Our bodies are marvellous but they do need our support!
I encourage you to join a beginners gentle walking group that I have set up.
We meet in the car park of William IV Pub @ 11.30am on Friday mornings.
To minimise injury from unaccustomed exercise, I shall first demonstrate a few loosening up
movements and stretches for those interested. We will then take a gentle stroll together,
preferably followed by a few more gentle stretches.
In the past, I have worked as a GP referral Instructor and would like to share with you [in a nonprofessional capacity as I am now retired] some of that motivational experience. Would you like to
come and join me? If so, do first check with your GP or Nursing Team and then, if you are given the
all clear come along on a Friday morning.
Please wear comfortable supportive walking shoes and suitable clothing for our changeable
weather conditions.
After our walk, we can share a drink and/or lunch, and chat which, you must agree, is as equally
beneficial as the exercise! Well-behaved dogs are welcome both on the walk and [apart from the
dedicated dining area] in the pub.
Do come and join me. If you need to chat about this, you may contact me via
email: howarthjane1@gmail.com
Jane Howarth [Fit for Life Motivator]

SCOUTS BONFIRE

A message from James Roddick,1st Alrewas Cub Scout Leader
The Scouts Bonfire will be on Sat 8thNovember and the guy theme will be Halloween!

BEST KEPT VILLAGE

Jan Altham has formed an enthusiastic group of people within the village who are keen to enter
next years Best Kept Village competition. Watch for information! Do join them! Contact Jan
on: jmalt217@btinternet.com

OPEN MIC

A press release from Barry

Wednesday 1st October sees the launch of a new Open Mic with a difference.
This new event is hosted by professional performer and guitar/songwriting teacher Barry Hunt and
will specialise in a blend of new burgeoning local talent with Barry's personal musical friends from
his huge network of associates over a life-time of being prominent in the local music scene.

Barry has performed all over the UK and parts of Europe in a variety of bands and as a solo
performer and is known locally, for both his energetic charismatic style with his fairly unique
'upside-down playing technique', and also to hundreds of students who have studied with him to
improve their guitar playing and songwriting skills.

His new enterprise will be based at the William IV pub in Alrewas on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
the month at 8pm till 11pm and he will be welcoming anyone who is enthusiastic to get out and
perform before a keen friendly audience with the full use of an excellent sound and lighting system
operated by Barry himself.

The venue for this evening of acoustic based entertainment is the lovely traditional village inn, The
William IV, William IV Road, Alrewas, DE13 7AN and for further information about the event,
contact Barry directly on 07773 482906 or email him on barrryhunt@me.com

26th October 2014



Dear all

Couple of dates for your diary:

Sunday 2nd November 2-4pm. Alrewas Village Hall

Archive phase 2 round up. Come and have a cuppa, chat, bring some more village archive
information.

If you've not had your free Archive book and DVD and live in Alrewas come along or contact Peter
790054.

Many thanks to all of you who very kindly delivered them.

Tuesday 25th November 7:30pm. Alrewas Methodist Church

Alrewas Arts Festival BGM

Contact me for information, interest. There's lots of ways to get involved with the next
Festival. The organising group is relatively small, however we look forward to welcoming ideas
and taking those of you who are interested in running workshops or helping with key aspects of
the Festival. You don't necessarily need to be on the committee to do this of course. Many thanks
to those of you who have already volunteered. Fabulous!!

I've said it be before....Thank you....to all helpers, workshop leaders, performers,cake makers,
sponsors and committee for their commitment and support of this years Festival.

Best

8th November 2014



Dear all

Further to our last meeting, pondering on constitutional issues and subsequently chatting with
officers Sally Jean and Susie, I'd like to propose a constitution tweak that might make the flow of
the BGM easier

To change our constitution we need 2/3 of the group to agree. I'll put a proposal together over
the weekend and send on. Nothing particularly contentious

After this weekend we'll also send out the plan for the evening as discussed at the meeting and
prepare the supporting documentation.

I'm hoping the following will be about to prepare a short report (5 mins max?):

Peter - Archive
Susie - Finance
Roger - H+S
Me - Chair

News out this morning below

Cheers all - rain....thanks but stop now!

Paula

FESTIVAL NEWS

FLEA PIT
Next Friday, 14th. Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 screening

About Time.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194499/
Bill Nighy et al in this popular Richard Curtis time travel/romance/drama oohh errr!
Small plate Cheese, figs, bread, maybe a bit of pate..tempted? Contact to let me know if you are
coming along.

BGM. Tues 25th Nov Alrewas Methodist Church. 7:30. Contact me if you fancy finding out how to
get involved

A MESSAGE FROM PAM BEALE

I am involved in Lichfields Got Talent and wondered if it is something you could mention in a
newsletter, to help promote it in the community? All money raised goes to charity. Entries from
all ages, within 15 miles of Lichfield. Auditions are in November and January with a grand final at
the Garrick on 22nd March.
Application process is explained on the website: www.lichfieldsgottalent.co.uk


A MESSAGE FROM MIKE ESTALL

Details of a concert by the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir.
6pm, Sunday 16th November.
St. Lukes Church, Caversham Road, Kingstanding, B44 0LW.
A concert of English, French and American choral music.
Some early, some modern, some serious, some jazz.
Tickets 5.00 available at the door.

A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN WILKINSON

Great news for Alrewas Tennis Club Sport England have approved an Inspired! Facilities grant of
50,000 towards the cost of building two all-weather tennis courts on Walkfield.
This means the Club is now in a position to move forward with building the courts, and
preparations are already under way so they can be ready for use by the Spring of 2015.
The Tennis Club committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the
local community who have supported our initial fundraising and the application to Sport England.
Once built, the courts will be free for use at off-peak times, with a fee of 5.00 per hour at
evenings and weekends.
To find out more, visit Alrewas Tennis Club website

I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO MENTION

Alrewas Parish Council Meeting Monday 10 November 2014 to be held at 7.30pm in Alrewas
Methodist Church. I understand that the discussions will include information on the proposed
Dark Lane development. Check out the PC website for details

29th November 2014



A FEW MORE MESSAGE FOR YOU FOLKS

FROM JULIA
FRADLEY CHRISTMAS FAYRE TODAY..!

In aid of St. Stephen's Church on Saturday 29th November from 1-4pm in Fradley Village
Hall. There will be a Santa's Grotto, festive stalls and Christmas refreshments. Admission in free

FRADLEY COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT

Sunday 7th December 5pm in St. Stephen's Church, Fradley. It will consist of a 'Miscellany of
Christmas Carols, Songs and Readings'. Admission is free but donations to the church roof fund
will be gratefully received.


FROM JO
GO UKULELE CRAZY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Friday 12th December. 8 p.m. at the Village Hall
Tickets are 10.00 each all proceeds to the Parish Council
Price includes mulled wine and mince pies.
Tickets available from Joanna Stevenson 01283 790109

FROM ALAN AND TANIA
CHRISTMAS TREES

Fom 28th Nov Willow Warf Farm Daisy Lane Alrewas (off A513)
UK grown trees. Free local delivery
Follow signs for glass mulled wine and mince pie while you choose tree
Phone: 077729 77759 07815 936491
Alan and Tania Spooner

FROM JANE
WALKING IN ALREWAS

We now have 3 levels of walks meeting regularly in the village.
Our new FIT FOR LIFE group has been introduced for those of you who have been inactive for
some time and would like to aim towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. This beginners group
meets on Fridays @ 11.30am in the car park of William IV and we share a gentle stroll together.
This is followed afterwards with chat [and optional lunch and/or drinks] in William IV for those of
you who would enjoy that additional time of companionship.
The VILLAGE WALKERS, which has been established for some years now, meets on Tuesdays @
10.45am in the car park of the George & Dragon. We divide into two groups, with one group
taking a 5-7 mile fairly vigorous walk across fields and over styles, and the other group taking a
more gentle walk along the flat towpath towards Fradley Junction and back. Most of us return to
the George & Dragon to share lunch, drinks and that invaluable post-exercise conversation and
companionship.

The FIT FOR LIFE group will have a short Christmas break and will not be meeting on Friday 19 or
26 December, but will resume on Friday 2 January a great day to launch a New Years resolution
towards fitness and fun!
The VILLAGE WALKERS will continue to meet every Tuesday throughout the Christmas and New
Year period.
Do come and join us!
Jane Howarth: howarthjane1@gmail.com