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Fradley Village News

Published: 17th May 2009 21:07

 St Stephen's Church. Fortunately the church was not vandalised during last week's break-in, but the burglars smashed a door frame and tried to break into a safe. They were unsuccessful, and ironically there was no cash in the safe anyway, but they left it too badly damaged to be opened.

There have been a string of raids on churches throughout the area, some of them more than once, including at Alrewas, Barton, Elford, Rolleston, Amington, Shenstone, Clifton Campville and Wall. Police believe that the same gang may be responsible for all of them.

Following their long-term fundraising towards repairs and refurbishment of the treasured building, the incident has understandably left St Stephen's Church PCC feeling more than a little disheartened.

On a happier note, their recent Bring and Buy Plant Sale was a great success, raising £260 in just over two hours to help with the maintenance of the church. People brought plants in their dozens and many participants also brought along their prized possessions to share with fellow villagers. Red sunflowers, white fragrant nicotiana, hellebores, euphorbias and kerria plants were very popular buys. There was a healthy trade in vegetables, including patio aubergines, courgettes, melons and various varieties of tomato, including ‘gardener's delight' and ‘shirley'. Indoor plants were available, including more exotic varieties, such as banana trees and Queen's tears.

Cakes, scones and buns were available in great abundance and there was plenty of chit-chat in the coffee area. Altogether it was a great community event. Thanks to everyone for their support and participation.

Another Bring and Buy Sale will be held on Saturday May 16 between 10.00-12.00 am, in the hope of attracting people from the Caravan Club, which will be in residence across the road at that time.

Neighbourhood Watch. If you would like to help prevent shocking break-ins like that at our church, perhaps you would be interested in joining the local Neighbourhood Watch, which is desperately in need of new members and organisers.

On Wednesday May 20, at 7.30 pm in Fradley Village Hall, Sergeant Holroyd and current Neighbourhood Watch members will be holding a meeting to help regenerate this very useful local group and encourage residents to work together to prevent crime in our village.

Threat to joggers. There have been two alarming accounts of a motorcyclist ‘stalking' local lady joggers.

In the first incident, a motorcyclist approached a woman in Wood End Lane, grabbed her hands and insisted that she went with him, but fortunately she managed to escape. The second incident took place in Long Lane, when a woman became aware that she was being followed but had the good sense to run back to the village before any approach was made.

The motorcyclist was said to be wearing a high visibility jacket and to have a machine of a not very high specification.

Until he is caught, lone ladies are being advised to stick to jogging along residential or busy roads rather than our uninhabited back lanes.

The above incidents have been reported to the police, and any future ones should also be reported on 0300 123 4455.

Scout Group News. On Sunday April 26, the 1st Fradley Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took part in Lichfield's annual St George's Day Parade.

The parade involves the whole of the Lichfield District Scout Movement, and creates quite a spectacle as it marches to and from Lichfield Cathedral, where a service is held to renew the Scouts' promise.

1st Fradley has had two reasons to celebrate this year. It was the first year that Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have marched together, due to the formation of the Scout section last September, and it was also 1st Fradley's turn to bear the standard of St. George; this is a special honour that only comes round about once every 12 years, and it meant that Fradley Scouts carried the St George Cross at the head of the parade.

Village Hall Committee. At their AGM on Thursday April 30, Chairman Mavis Whitehead reported on a particularly successful year. Various important projects had been undertaken, including improvements to the kitchen, upgrading of hall and stage lighting, and painting and refurbishment.

The Treasurer reported that capital expenditure had therefore been high, but the hiring of the premises for a children's daily Breakfast Club had helped to offset the expense of the improvements. Business had been good all year, though the committee needed to be aware that when the new Youth Hall was built there would inevitably be a dramatic reduction in trade.

Hiring the Village Hall for meetings and functions represents an excellent deal, with prices now being increased for non-residents but kept the same for Fradley residents until the start of the next financial year.

The tenth anniversary of the present Village Hall will occur during this year, and ideas for how the community can celebrate the event will be discussed at the next meeting.

The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were re-elected en bloc and non-committee member Glenys Schofield was reported to be willing to continue as Bookings Secretary. If you are interested in joining the committee and helping to run the Village Hall, contact Mavis Whitehead on 01283 792420.


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