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Parish Council Newsletter, August ’17

Clifton Campville with Thorpe Constantine Parish Council Newsletter

AUGUST 2017                                                                         ISSUE 35

Welcome to the thirty-fifth 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


Telephone Kiosks

For those who are not aware the Parish Council has adopted the telephone kiosks in Clifton Campville and Haunton. You may have noticed refurbishment has started on the kiosks.  Thanks to the volunteers who are involved in this work. Does anybody have any ideas of what the kiosks can be used for other than moving the defibrillator?


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.


Neighbourhood Watch

There has been an increase in crime in the parish recently. Please report anything suspicious to the police and ensure vehicles and properties are left secure and without valuables on display.  Performance cars and tools have been particularly targeted.

You can register on the Staffordshire Smart Alert web site for emails detailing local incidents on

Matthew Ellis Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire attended the Parish Council meeting on 11th July to hear our concerns regarding rural policing.

Matthew is seeking volunteers for the Safer Neighbourhood Panel if you are interested please look at


Police and Fire Consultation 10 July – 4 September 2017

Matthew also promoted the following link urging parishioners to have their say on shaping the future of the police and fire service.

Have your say

The parish council are currently working in conjunction with Matthew Ellis to tackle speeding motorists in our parish and hope to report some positive steps in our next newsletter.


Bromford Housing Main Street/Lullington Road – Regeneration

The parish council raised the concerns of parishioners to Bromford housing about their proposed development on Main Street/ Lullington Road junction. No formal planning application has been made at this time and we await their response


Community Volunteers

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


Coneyberry Millennium Green Trust

The background to the Green…

In 1997 the Parish Council took out a loan to purchase land adjacent to Chestnut Lane in Clifton Campville in anticipation of receiving funding to create a millennium green. Grants were secured from the Millennium Commission, the Countryside Commission and several other providers to repay the Parish Council and to carry out groundwork on the site. The whole project cost in excess of £70,000.

In 1998 the Coneyberry Millennium Green Trust, a registered charity, was formed to assume ownership and management of the Green. The founder Trustees were: Beverley Field, Marilyn Davis, Tony Jones, Ray Brisco and Bob Patchett.

The Millennium Greens initiative set out to provide new areas of public open space close to people’s homes that could be enjoyed permanently by the local community, in time to mark the start of the third millennium. They were to be breathing spaces – places for relaxation, play and enjoyment of nature and pleasant surroundings. They could be small or large, and in urban or rural locations.

Whilst the object of the creation was for the Greens to last in perpetuity, the Greens are   reliant on local volunteers to keep going and not all volunteer-run trusts survived.

Our Green

Our Coneyberry Millennium Green has, over the years, gone from strength to strength –   something that should make the whole community proud.

There are many ways in which people can help – you can become a Trustee and have a say in the overall development and direction of the Green. The Trustees are currently finalising plans to create a new Fruit and Nut Grove this autumn and are looking at ways of improving the main entrance – both in terms of secure access and visibility splays.

You can join our ‘Friends of the Green’ – receiving a couple of newsletters per year and helping out where you can on Working Parties and maintenance tasks. Four working parties are planned each year – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The focus of each is different – as an example last winter we worked on the woodland area coppicing some of the hazels, removing low branches, clearing cherry suckers and removing some of the unwanted saplings.

Some of our volunteers prefer to take responsibility for one particular area – like regularly mowing the playground area, or strimming a specific area.

If you can spare the odd hour or so we have a job for you – you don’t have to have specialist knowledge or to have any specialist tools or equipment.

The Green takes a lot of upkeep – to help please contact Liz on 373735 or Clive on 373352

The Parish Council provide some funding each year but we are heavily reliant on other fund raising activities. The main fund-raising event is the Country Fair, which is run in conjunction with the Village Hall Management Committee. You can help by supporting the fair – lots of roles for volunteers both in the planning and on the days running up to the fair. Next year’s fair will be on Saturday 9th June 2018. If you have any ideas or suggestions for next year or if you would like to be a member of the Organizing Committee please contact Sue Wadham on 373814.

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.

The current Trustees are:

Clive Boydell (Treasurer), Steve Bradley, Liz Ellis (Chairman), Debbie Fulbrook (Vice Chairman), David Lodge, Bob Patchett (Communications Officer), Lorna Robinson, Sue Wadham (Secretary)


2017 Country Fair

The final figures are now confirmed – we made over £6,700 profit of which just over £800 has been reinvested in the purchase of a new marquee and some tables. The money is shared equally by the Millennium Green Trust and the Village Hall and both organisations have agreed to donate £300 each from their share towards the Church’s current fund raising efforts.

A huge effort on the part of everyone involved – thank you to all who helped and supported the event.

The introduction this year of the ‘Live on the Green’ event in the evening was welcomed by everyone … with many suggesting not only that this should be repeated next year but that we could run more evening family events like this during the year. We are currently looking at that suggestion but it is very dependent on having volunteers to help out.

Next year’s fair will be on Saturday 9th June 2018. If you have any ideas or suggestions for next year or if you would like to be a member of the Organizing Committee please contact Sue Wadham on 373814.


News from St Andrew’s Church

Future events

Ride and Stride September 9th – Annual event where walkers/cyclists and riders visit local churches. Sponsorship forms are available for participants, supporting local churches. This year includes a Guided walk from Whittington via Elford, Edingale, Harlaston, and Haunton to Clifton led by Staffs Historic Churches Trust.  Mease Valley churches will be open for tea/coffee/biscuits and Clifton will provide tea/cake and lifts back to Whittington late afternoon.  Volunteers please!

Harvest Festival and Lunch – Sunday 1 October, following Family Service and Auction of produce for Water Aid. Volunteers needed to cook and serve tasty lunches.  Charge of £10 (children/family concessions).

Volunteers needed to help keep the Church and churchyard clean and tidy – contact Martin on 01827 373533 if you can offer any help.

St Andrew’s Advent Festival – Discovering Angels and Saints: 1-3 December.

Enjoy Angel Trail displays with make-an-angel workshop activities, and also featuring St Andrew, S Chad etc. plus Queen and Duke’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary.
The weekend will include something for all ages, with St Andrew’s Church Café lunches; workshops, Special evening opening with wine/food/music to include St. Andrew’s Grand Christmas Draw on Saturday 2nd, and on Sunday 3rd – a special patronal family service; plus late afternoon concert to end the Festival.
Following the copper theft, our church is now in very urgent need of financial help, from people to suggest/undertake fund-raising events in 2017/18, and from regular giving. We also welcome more contributions to the Tower Project Fund (we are almost halfway there!).  However the known costs of repair to the Lady Chapel Roof, which was stripped of copper, pose a serious challenge, which the church’s insurer will only meet in part.

Mease Valley Parish News

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Potholes around the ParishContact 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)

Dates of Visits 2017 – 2018

Green Man Clifton Campville 11.30 – 12.30

2017 – 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


Parish Councillors and contact details 2017

Phillip Bennion         373274                  Nick Ingram           01827 373721

Matthew Bingham    07881 271783         Robert Leedham        830240

Pam Bostock           373272                  Robert Pugh            63968

Douglas Clarke        373737                  Tim Starkey           07740 840635

Debbie Fulbrook      07463 702847


The Parish Council meeting dates are 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



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Live on the Green, Clifton Campville 10th June


WHERE: Clifton Campville (Millennium Green)

WHEN: Saturday 10th June

The line-up has been confirmed for the evening of live music following Clifton Campville’s Country Fair. Focusing on local talent the organisers have announced that Brindley-Hunt, the popular and talented acoustic rock/pop duo will be playing.

With good acoustic modern music played live by local musicians being the order of the night  the organisers are delighted to confirm that another local singer song writer Kirsty Clarke will also be performing with her band The Beating Hearts.

Bryan Brindley and Barry Hunt have recently released their first CD of original songs ‘Find My Way ..’. It has received considerable music industry approval including glowing words from Jeffry Foskett of the Beach Boys. All the songs on the CD have been written, performed, arranged and mixed by Bryan and Barry. Copies will be available on the night.

Brindley-Hunt formed their acoustic music duo in September 2015 after becoming aware of each other’s ability earlier in the same year. They enjoy singing harmonies in the style of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Crowded House and other great vocal bands, while adding acoustic guitars with flair and imagination. They perform covers of the very best songs from the last 5 decades that range from gentle ballads to gigantic anthems and are adding original songs into their sets.

Bryan Brindley has been playing guitar since he was a teenager and has performed as a soloist for nearly 10 years, playing in a variety of venues including festivals, Premiership football clubs, theatres, and charity events of all sizes. He has also recorded a CD of his own songs which has received considerable attention and positive music industry feedback. Bryan is a professional firefighter and lives in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Barry Hunt has many decades experience as a solo performer and as part of bands as a singer/guitarist. He has performed at festivals, clubs and theatres all over the UK and parts of Europe, and has enjoyed playing at Ronnie Scott’s Club, The Cavern and many castles and stately homes in a long musical career. He has released 3 CDs of his own material and has received lots of radio airplay for his songs on BBC radio and overseas internet radio. Barry runs his own business as a guitar and songwriting teacher, has a masters degree in songwriting, and lives in Elford, Staffordshire.

Kirsty Clarke and the Beating Hearts are an acoustic trio who formed in April of this year and are already booked for gigs and festival dates across the summer. Kirsty has been performing solo for the past 5 years and has had her music featured both television and local radio stations. She was joined by Dean Clinton and Dave Monks early this year and as an acoustic trio they perform finely crafted original songs, together with carefully chosen covers that vary from Queen, Sinead O’Connor, Chris Isaac, Nirvana and Radio head. Kirsty’s latest album ‘Confession’s of a Music Addict’ will be available on the night.

Other supporting acts include Clifton’s very own Ian Peters with his band the Reprobates – many will have heard them play in other local venues with songs by The Beatles, Oasis, The Eagles, Van Morrison, The Faces, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, the Who .. and many more.

This evening of live music is an exciting extension to the ever popular Clifton Campville Country Fair, commencing at 11am. Instruments are being polished, dogs are being groomed, cakes are being baked, ducks – yes ducks, come and find out – are being trained, and an aircraft is being fuelled.  Licensed bar and barbeque. Adults £3, Children 50p, Under 5’s free. Free parking available. Live music after 5.30pm.

For further details see or contact 01827 373471


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Haunton enters the Best Kept Village Competition – BKV 2017



Haunton first entered the BKV competition in 1997 and we have consistently done well.  You can see our plaques on the pole on the green, with 2016 still to be added. It would be lovely to get as many people as possible involved in this community event again…

To make this year a success, the judges are looking for a display of BKV posters, so pop yours in your window when it arrives through your door. We have volunteers to keep the bus shelters and telephone box tidy and to look after the planters and benches around the village. We are judged on the tidiness of our gardens and frontages too, so that’s down to you, and the church surrounds and car park are also judged. Any help there with weeding and tidying would be much appreciated.

Judges visit in May and June and the shortlisted villages are then visited again in July.

While we all do our bit to keep our own patches looking good, a little extra effort will ensure the rest of the village is tidy and free of dog fouling and litter. Any children’s posters created to cover these themes and decorate our bus shelters, would be super. These will be entered into the BKV poster competition. Please deliver colour photocopies of any children’s posters, with age and name, to St Mary’s Cottage.

For further information, please contact Ena Grieveson tel. 373514 or Jo Clarke tel. 373737.

Best wishes,

Ena & Jo

In addition we are now raising funds for smart new village signs. If we all chip in, we can make them happen!

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