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Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter – April 2019

APRIL 2019                                                                                 ISSUE 40

Welcome to the fortieth 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 to

Parish Council Vacancies

We currently have a number of vacancies for enthusiastic individuals to join the Parish Council in May 2019.  Would you like to make a difference and be involved in decisions that affect your community?  A Parish Councillor is required to attend six meetings per year in the village hall and have input to projects and matters that affect the community.  For more information see the Good Councillors Guide:


If you would like to express an interest please contact and be prepared to attend the next meeting on May 14th 2019, 8pm at Clifton Campville village hall.

Speed Awareness Signs

We hope you have all noticed the new solar powered speed signs in Haunton and Clifton Campville.  This project has been a long-term goal of the Parish Council and we are delighted to finally have them in place.  Thanks to all those involved in the delivery of the project and fund raising.  We hope you are all as pleased as we are with the results.  Keep your eyes peeled for the signs as we move them around the various locations within the parish.

Thank you to Staffordshire Local Community Fund for their contribution towards the project.

Community Speedwatch

The Community Speed Watch are still looking for volunteers to join them if you are interested please contact or 01827 373882

Community Volunteers

A special thank you to David Williamson for all his hard work around St Andrews Church grounds.  We are sure you will have noticed the difference within the churchyard especially the revealing of the gated crypt, which has remained overgrown for many years.

Do you know that a lot of voluntary work is carried out in the community?  In recognition of this we would like to offer our thanks to people who give up their time to improve our community.  Who are they?  If you know someone who deserves a mention in our newsletter please send a short email to 

Mease Valley Parish News

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Dog Fouling

We have been asked to mention this again; there has been an increase in dog fouling around the parish.  Please pick up after your dog and make sure you dispose of it in the bins provided either on the Millennium Green or in the general waste bins.  Also please ensure your dogs are under control and remain on designated footpaths when crossing fields containing crops to ensure crops are not damaged and food chains are not contaminated. Thank you.

Forthcoming Dates
Saturday 20th April 2019 – St George’s Themed Supper Night, Clifton Campville Village
May 10th – 12thThanksgiving Weekend.  A special weekend of activities to celebrate the Tower project and the repairs to the Lady Chapel roof and Organ at St Andrews Church,
Clifton Campville.  Visitors will again be able to safely ascend the Tower and enjoy the
wonderful views across the Mease Valley. May 11thGarage Sale, Clifton Campville
Saturday 8th June 2019 – Country Fair and ‘Live on the Green’ on the Millennium Green, Clifton Campville

Village Hall – Yes, it’s that time of year when our thoughts start to turn to the Country Fair and a ‘Call to Arms’ shouted from the marquee roofs.  

This year the village Community Coffee Shop, is running the Cake Stall at the Country Fair. In the main, our Star Bakers for the Coffee Shop, plus a few others, have already volunteered to make & donate a wide selection of cakes, which is marvellous and we thank you all.  

If anyone else wants to make a cake it will be gratefully received – ideally Pat Moore would love to know ahead of the day so that she can plan (see contact details below).

We also want to ensure that all of the servers of crepes, drinks, ice creams, cakes and sandwiches have enough time to enjoy the Country Fair too. We already have a good number of volunteers but do need more.   Ideally for 2 hour slots. However, if you can only give 1 hour of your time that would be greatly appreciated too. It would also be great to see some younger people (over 14) help in some way -so please volunteer and get involved in your village Country Fair, you won’t regret it!

If we all pitch in and share the load we can all help to make it a fantastic day.  If you can help please either call or text Pat on 07914 377234 or email her at ‘’. She’s waiting for your call – so come on, become a member of our Country Fair Gang & contact her now!

Village Hall Management Committee

Chair                            Pat Moore, Pye Barn, Clifton Park                                373924

Vice Chair                    David Lodge, 89 Main Street                                       373205

Secretary                    Linda Fletcher, 22 St David’s Road                              373142

Communications           Julie Smale, 6 Tudor Rise                                            373524

Treasurer/Bookings    Pat Green, 10 St David’s Road                                      373357

Historical Society

The ‘Historical Society’ has been resurrected (covering, Clifton Campville & Haunton).   Any old photos, or family history, relating to these villages greatly appreciated.  The society has been asked to copy the material for inclusion of an exhibition at the Church during Open Tower weekend.  See Facebook page, or contact Helen Pugh (Chairperson) for more details about the society.

Coneyberry Millennium Green Trust

Annual General Meeting Wednesday 22nd May 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Come along and hear about what the Trustees, all of whom are volunteers giving up their time to maintain and develop the Green, have been up to … and what the plans are for the coming year. The Green belongs to the community – so pop in, meet the Trustees and make your views known. Drinks and light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

IMPORTANT:  We are working on reinstating a wild flower meadow around the newly established Fruit and Nut Grove … it will involve killing off the grass and scraping away the top soil … watch out for any notices warning of any spraying in progress.

Managing an amenity such as the Green is hard work and we rely heavily on the generosity of people who turn out to help. Our Spring Working Party is to be held on Saturday 13th April, starting at 10.00am. Please, if you value the Green, come and give us a hand if only for an hour. We will have a variety of light work, the exercise will do you and the family good, you will be with friendly people, and of course will be making a useful contribution to the life of the community. You don’t have to have specialist knowledge or to have any specialist tools or equipment. (More information from:  Liz on 373735 or Clive on 373352)

The current Trustees are:

Clive Boydell (Treasurer), Steve Bradley, Jason Chandler, Liz Ellis (Chairman), David Lodge, Bob Morecock, Bob Patchett (Communications Officer), Sue Wadham (Secretary) and Christine Warburton.

2019 Country Fair

  Don’t forget …. Saturday 8th June 2019 – make sure the date is in your diary now!!!

  All the proceeds go to our local charities – including St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s School Association, the Village Hall and the Millennium Green. 

  There are several new arena acts …not to mention the involvement of the army and the air force!  Watch out           for the mascot from the Mercian Regiment … and this year not only are we hoping for the usual fly past we also have the ‘death defying’ Red Barrows (not a spelling mistake.. it really is ‘Red Barrows’) … come along and you’ll         find out what they are up to for us.

  The Four Shires Bloodhounds will be there with their pups … the birds of prey will be spreading their wings         and       the baby farm animals are waiting for their hugs and cuddles … and back by popular demand are our         Circus Skills     entertainers not to mention our traditional Morris dancers etc.

  There’ll be something for everyone in the family – and this year it includes a weapons and information stand           along with air soft paint balling from the Mercian Regiment based at Whittington Barracks.

There are lots of ways to get involved … the more help we get, the more successful the fair.

Specifically you can help by:

  • Donating chocolates and drink for the tombola (drop them into the Community Coffee Shop on a Monday morning or contact Helen Paton on 07736 534754 or email
  • Making cakes for the refreshment tent (let them know in the Community Coffee Shop on a Monday morning or contact Pat Moore on 373924 or 07914 377234 or email
  • Donating some plants or cuttings for the Plant Stall (contact Rev John Grice 373257 or 07815 817095)

Or 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.
  • Helping with the hot food and drinks.
  • Selling raffle tickets before the event and on the day

If you can give us some of your time, even just an hour on the day, please contact Sue Wadham who co-ordinates the volunteers for the event on 01827 373814 or e mail You will be most welcome and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to the success of the event.

  If you would like to book a stall please contact Lorna Robinson on 07977125959 or 01827 373318 or 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:

Mobile Library (Tuesdays)

Green Man Clifton Campville 1.55 – 2.45

Dates of Visits 2019 – 12, 26 April; 10, 24 May; 7, 21 June; 5, 19 July; 2, 16, 30 August; 13, 27 September; 11, 25 October; 8, 22 November; 6, 20 December

2020 – 3, 17, 31 January; 14, 28 February; 13, 27 March

Parish Councillors and contact details 2019 

Phillip Bennion              373274      Debbie Fulbrook    07463 702847   Robert Leedham     830240

Pam Bostock                373272      Nick Ingram          373721              Roger Nicholls        373169 

Sarah Dawson             373399      Naomi Light           373159              Robert Pugh            63968

The Parish Council meeting dates are 14th May, 9th July 10th September and 12th November 2019 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, B79 0AX Tel: 01827 373697 or Email: