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Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter APRIL 2017, ISSUE 34

Parish Councillors and contact details 2017

Nick Ingram

07841 426354

Matthew Bingham

07881 271783

Robert Leedham


Douglas Clarke


Robert  Pugh


Debbie Fulbrook

07463 702847

Tim Starkey

07740 84063

Pam Bostock



The Parish Council meeting dates are 9th May, 11th July, 12th September & 14th November 2017 starting at 8pm at Clifton Campville Village Hall.  Full details are always on the parish notice boards in the week before the meetings.  Members of the public are very welcome to attend and a part of each meeting is set aside for you to have your say and ask questions.  We welcome your feedback and comments about this newsletter or any other matter you wish to raise. Anyone that has any parish information/news to go in the newsletter can contact the parish clerk.

Please address them to: Clerk to Parish Council, Helen Elliott, 85 Main Street, Clifton Campville, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 0AX Tel: 373697



Mobile Library (Tuesdays)

Dates of Visits 2017 – 2018

Green Man Clifton Campville 11.30 – 12.30

2017 – 4 April, 25 April, 16 May, 6 June, 27 June, 18 July, 8 August, 29 August, 19 September, 10 October, 31 October, 21 November, 12 December

2018 – 2 January, 23 January, 13 February, 6 March, 27 March

Mease Valley Parish News

To order your copy delivered directly to your door for only £8 per year, to submit an article for publication or to place an advert in the magazine email

Potholes around the Parish – Contact the Highways Team – The easiest way to report an issue on the roads is to use the online reporting system…

Phone: 0300 111 8000 Mon – Thurs 8am – 8pm, Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 5pm Calls charged at a local rate.  Email:

Scrap Metal

A note of caution to residents, please do not leave any unwanted items outside your property in hope that the scrap man will come and collect it.  This looks untidy and encourages scrap metal dealers to visit the parish who may not be registered or have a licence to do this.

Welcome to the thirty-fourth edition of the Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter. 

The newsletter is now available on the websites, and on the Parish Council notice boards.  Alternatively if you wish to receive the newsletter electronically please send an email quoting your email address and house address to

Parish Councillor Vacancy

There is currently one vacancy for a parish councilor, if you are interested please contact Helen Elliott – details on back page.

Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting is the AGM held at 7.30pm on 9th May 2017 all are very welcome to attend.  The normal parish council meeting is held afterwards when we will be happy to answer any questions anybody has.

Welcome to the New Rector

The Parish Council would like to extend their welcome to Rev John, Gemma and their three Children, Joshua, Evie and Leo to the community, we hope they have settled in to village life.

Council Tax

Some of you may have noticed that the Parish Council share of your Council Tax has increased this year.  With Lichfield District Council funds becoming tighter and tighter we have increased or percentage so that money can be put towards more village assets.

We are currently acquiring quotes for the acquisition of speed awareness signs in the villages.  We are also being encouraged to fund more minor works throughout the community e.g. cleaning grips out.

Telephone Kiosks

We have recently finalised the acquisition of the two telephone kiosks in the community.  We will be looking to have any glass repaired, any offers of volunteers wishing to help paint the kiosks would be gratefully received.

Does anybody have any ideas of what the kiosks can be used for other than moving the defibrillator?

Litter Pick

The Parish Council wish to thank all who helped on the day or other days in keeping the community clean with our annual litter pick.

Dog Fouling

A polite reminder to all dog owners to please pick up after your dogs, the dog waste bags can go into any black bin in the village if you are not in the vicinity of a proper dog waste bin. Thank you.

Church News

A warm welcome awaits villagers to join in St Andrew’s Easter Day celebrations at 10.15 am.

Many of us are fortunate enough to remember the fantastic views of the surrounding countryside from the church tower parapet level.  In more recent times, as Churchwarden, I have lost count of the number of times I have been approached by people asking to be allowed to climb the church tower steps only to be told no. Sadly the answer has had to be no, on health and safety grounds because of the parlous state of the steps above the ringing chamber, of the 112 steps to the top, over 60 have become badly worn and unsafe.

Happily, the PCC have agreed that the Tower stairs and leaking parapet gutter, identified as urgent in the most recent architects Quinquennial Report, have become a number one priority. The architect has prepared detailed requirements for the repair work and has requested tenders from suitably qualified specialists. We have already received some generous donations, but we urgently seek publicly minded and generous folks to come forward with further contributions to contribute towards the cost of the project. Contact details for further information can be obtained from Martin on 01827 373533 or email:

Millennium Green Trust

Wednesday 31st May 2017 at 7.30pm – Annual General Meeting of the Coneyberry Mllennium Green Trust in the Village Hall.

Come along and learn about what the Trustees have been doing, tell us your views, ask questions and make suggestions.

John Bainbridge, who has served as a Trustee for over 12 years, will be standing down as Chair and bidding farewell to the Trust at the Annual General Meeting. He has selflessly devoted much of his time and effort to developing and maintaining the Green during his period of office and now feels the moment has come to spend more time on other projects.

There will therefore be a vacancy for a Trustee.  For more information about the Trust and its work please speak to one of the Millennium Green Trustees. If you are interested and would like more specific information about the role of a Trustee please contact the secretary, Sue Wadham, on 373814.

A lot of work has been undertaken by Trustees and volunteers over the winter, particularly within the woodland area of the Green.  Hazels have been coppiced, unwanted low branches removed and cherry suckers cleared.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us in this task, particularly the guys from D C Tree Care in the village who have given their time to assist us with chipping the debris.  The Green takes a lot of upkeep – if you can spare an hour or so to help please contact Clive on 373352.

The current Trustees are:

John Bainbridge (Chair), Clive Boydell (Treasurer), Steve Bradley, Liz Ellis, Debbie Fulbrook, David Lodge, Bob Patchett, Steve Plimmer, Lorna Robinson, Sue Wadham (Secretary).

Your Country Fairneeds you

Needs You!


The success of the fair is very much dependent on volunteers. All the proceeds go towards the local community (especially the upkeep of the Millennium Green and the Village Hall).

Join our team and give an hour or two on the day – or on the days before to help with preparations.

  • Setting up and taking down marquees/tents
    • Car Parking stewards & stewards on the field
    • Entrance gates
    • Helping on stalls – Ice cream, cake stall, and others.
    • Making cakes for the refreshment tent
    • Helping with the hot food and drinks.
    • Selling raffle tickets before the event and on the day

Please contact Sue Wadham who co-ordinates the volunteers for the event on 01827 373814 or e mail

and…LOCAL MUSICIANS wanted …to fill the evening with music and fun

This is not a karaoke or a talent contest – we want live, performed music.

The evening will run from 6pm until 11pm but as time is limited performance slots will be allocated. If you are interested in performing please contact: Ian Peters 373471 or email

and … donations of chocolate and drinks for the special tombola and for raffle prizes much appreciated – contact Lorna 373318 or email