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Rocester Village Hall

Village Hall Bookings

If you are interested in booking the Village Hall for any special events please contact Nigel on 07977-050509.

Best Kept Village Competition

We Need You

Rocester Parish Council are looking for volunteers to help to tidy up the village for this years Best Kept Village competition,
If you have some time to spare and would like to help please contact the clerk on

Ryecroft School Meeting

A public meeting to discuss issues regarding the new school in Rocester

A meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd March at 7pm at Ryecroft School to discuss highways issues surrounding the new school in Rocester.
Senior representatives from the Highways and Education departments of Staffordshire County Council will be in attendance to discuss any issues or questions you may have, especially walkways and drop off points.

Rocester Village News

Local News for March 2016

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The members evening at the beginning of February proved to be a very enjoyable and informal meeting. Members had brought in some of their old photography equipment which was the catalyst for many stories of pre-digital photography.
The open completion evening was judged by Alan Fernihough whose family had previously lived in Rocester.
The group have now purchased a large television screen which will enable them to get a better quality of pictures when they show their digital photos.
At the next meeting on the 1st March Alan Hartley will show and talk about photos from his travels. On March 16th there will be another evening where members have the opportunity to talk about a personal photographic topic or issue.

At February’s meeting the Breakaways had a talk about old folk remedies which prompted members to reminisce about their own family cures.
For March’s meeting the topic will be Juke Box music, presented by Sam from Rocester.

Rocester History Group
In February we continued to look at the later years of the Union Friendly Society. Even during the 2nd World War and in the early fifties the membership continued to increase. However with the introduction of the National Health Service and Private Company Pension Schemes, the need for the Society declined. The final blow to the Society came with the redevelopment of the village centre in the early 60’s. The compulsory purchase of many of the Societies properties had a huge impact on the Societies assets. So in 1981the Society, an organisation set up by local people for the benefit of local members, was finally dissolved.
The meeting then continued with a look at Rocester’s Utility services based on Information from the Societies minutes. Mains water didn’t come to the village until 1928 and the installation of electricity in 1934 was viewed with much suspicion.
As well as our monthly meetings the History Group also helps with family history enquiries. Recently we have been able to help a family tracing George Harper from WW1, and an evacuee from WW2, both of whom have made special visits to Rocester.
The next meeting will again take place as usual on the 2nd Tuesday of the month Feb 9th 7.30 at Yorke house Dove Lane.

Christmas 2015

Christmas Lights Switch On

Rocester Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Christmas Lights will be switched on, on Saturday, 5th December 2015 at 6pm.
Santa Claus will be there and there will also be a raffle.

November 2015 -Rocester Village News

Rocester Village News for November 2015

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The October meeting looking at and discussing winning entries from another competition once again proved a useful exercise to creating successful competition photos.
The next meeting on 3rd Nov is a practical session on monochrome photography while the meeting on Nov 17th should be very interesting with John Nash and Stuart Boyd giving an account of their trip to South Africa, titled ‘Our Kruger Odyssey’.

The Breakaways were treated to a presentation by Lindsay, assisted by Sarah from About Hair at their last meeting. Not only did they show and explain the latest range of natural beauty products by Tropic but gave us all the opportunity to sample the products.
A talk by Rupert Evans from the Denstone Farm shop is planned for the next meeting on November

Rocester History Group
It was an informal meeting in October but as usual provided plenty of opportunity for catching up with the latest information gathered about Rocester History interspersed as always with reminiscences and recollections.
The date of the building of Riversholme is still a puzzle though we believe that a Wheildon Baddely and family lived there in 1837, and it is recorded as New House in the 1841 census.
We have also been collecting information on the Rocester men who died in WW2, but we have to rely more on personal knowledge rather than public records as they are yet not freely available yet for this period.
As well discussion took place as how to make a start on compiling the Church History. It was agreed that including personal recollections was important so we will be looking to the Church community to help compile this aspect.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday November 10th 7.30 at Yorke House, Dove Lane.

July 2015- Village News

Village News

Rocester Parish Council
Traffic management in the village has been a perennial problem, and it will potentially become even more acute with the new school, expansion by the Academy and additional housing. The Parish Council is hoping to work with all the agencies to ensure that this seen as a whole village problem and not just a series of separate individual issues.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
Details of the Camera Club’s exhibition at the Village Hall on Sunday August 23rd, will be appearing on posters soon. The new programme starts on Sept with a Show and Tell with photos taken this summer, followed on Sept 15th with a practical evening – Water Drop Photography led by John Heppel.

At the June meeting the Breakaways planned their future meeting programme and this was followed by the ever popular quiz. On July 6th the group are going for a meal at the Dapple Grey with the summer outing to Ironbridge on Aug 10th.The September meeting topic on the 7th is to be confirmed.

As yet there is still no further news on the Churnet House development but it is scheduled to go to the June planning committee. The removal of the tiles from the barn were presumably for safety reasons but leaving the barns without even temporary roofing will only result in even more deterioration.
In the meantime it was good to note the detail archaeological watching brief that was put forward for the development site behind the garage. Hopefully it is now being recognised how important Rocester’s history and archaeology is not just locally but also county and country-wide.
A Roman cemetery has yet to be identified and these were usually situated near a road, so think twice if you come across bones in your garden, they might not be just old dog bones.

Rocester History Group
We held an informal meeting in June where we looked again at the Trentham family of the long demolished Rocester Hall. This topic was prompted by the recent publication of the book ‘Uttoxeter during the Civil War’ and a coincidental enquiry from an American who had come to Rocester Church in the hope of finding traces of her ancestors, an American branch of the Trenthams. We feel sure that there would have been elaborate monuments to the family but when they were destroyed or removed we do not know.
There are no meetings in July and August but on September 8th we are hoping to put on another presentation at JCB Club. but this has to be confirmed, when the topic will be Rocester during WW1, based on the research done for the WW1 weekend last summer.

Proposed development of land at Churnet Farm

Having made several formal representations both in writing and verbally to the Planning Committee, the Parish Council reconfirms its objections to the proposals.

The Parish Council objections are set out in detail in an eleven page document which you can view here - PDF icon Planning application response (68.5 Kb).

New School Development - Rocester

New School Development - Rocester

A display of the design of the new school development to be built in Rocester will be available to view on Thursday, 16th April 2015 from 2.30pm to 6.00pm in Rocester Village Hall.
During the display there will be representatives from Stafforshire County Council, the Design Team and the Contractor present to answer any questions or queries you may have.
If you cannot attend, the current designs will be available to view 0n-line between 17th and 30th April at

Rocester Annual Parish Meeting - 2015

Rocester Annual Parish Meeting - 2015

The Annual Parish Meeting for Rocester will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd April in the committee room at Rocester Village Hall. This meeting is for all local groups to attend and present their reports for the year.
All members of the parish are welcome.

Best Kept Village Competition - 2015

Best kept Village Competition 2015

Rocester are pleased to announce they will be entering the Best Kept Village Competition again this year. Rocester won third place in the large village category last year. So hopefully this is something we can improve on this year.

Rocester Village News - March 2015

A summary of village news for Rocester

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The meeting on 7th April will be a show of slides by Alan Hartley APRS and on the 21st April there is an Open Competition. The talk on contemporary photography was well received and as usual the practical evenings provided plenty of useful information.

The Craftea Group continue every Monday afternoon to produce a wide range of items to sell and the Breakaways meet on the second Monday of the month 7.30 in the Church.
Individual and regular events continue at the Village Hall as well as the private bookings.
The Lent Lunches at the Church not only provide a warm welcome but also the most delicious homemade soup.

Churnet House Farm was withdrawn from last month’s Planning Committee agenda so as yet we still have no final decision regarding the demolition of the Farmhouse.
The argument for retaining the old Farmhouse is that it forms an important part of the street scape and is one of the few remaining buildings which reflect Rocester’s rural heritage. It is very disappointing that the building is deteriorating from lack of maintenance.

Rocester History Group
Consultation on the conservation area, which has now ended (though comments can be view on line}, was the topic for the last meeting. It highlighted once again how Rocester’s historic past is not as widely known or appreciated as it deserves. This is partly due to the fact that although there has been quite a lot of documentation on the archaeological digs that have taken place these have only been published as rather academic reports. There certainly has been little published research on the post medieval period till the early 1800’s.
The history group has been invited to JCB club possibly in May (full details to be confirmed) so hopefully we shall take this opportunity to share some of Rocester’s remarkable past with a wider audience.
At the next meeting on April 14th we shall be looking at the agricultural economy of Rocester; as always everyone welcome.

Rocester Village News

A summary of local village news for March 2015

The Rocester and District Camera Club
Last month’s competition was well supported and demonstrated the progress that members were making.
The meetings in March are on the 3rd a talk on contemporary photograph by Geoff Hicks and on the 17tth a practical evening on aspects of printing. As always visitors are always welcome.

The Craftea group
Members are busy making things to sell at the Spring Fling on Saturday March 28th as well as knitted daffodil brooches in support of the Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The Breakaways
Once again because of the limited heating in the church, rather than cancel the meeting the Breakaways met in the Red Lion for another enjoyable social evening. It is hoped to have an illustrated talk by a representative from the Rottweilers Rescue for the March meeting.

The decision on the Churnet House Farm planning application was yet again deferred at the last Planning committee meeting for while there was agreement over the actual development there wasn’t agreement over the demolition of the farmhouse.

Conservation Area
It is the turn of Rocester to have its conservation area reviewed by ESBC and they have issued an appraisal document and a consultation questionnaire which can be found at These are also available Uttoxeter Library.
It is proposed to extend our two conservation area mainly to include the rest of the High Street up to and including the Red Lion and to extend the area to include the edge of the Mill Race and thus West View which is a fine example of Mill Housing. The closing date for comments is Friday March 13th and a representative from ESBC will be attending the next Parish Council meeting to answer any questions.
Again it is important that individuals who have strong views about trying to preserve the character of the village should respond to this consultation, so if you need any help accessing the documents then please get in touch with myself or the Parish Clerk.

Rocester History Group
The February meeting was cancelled to allow members to attend the licensing for our new Vicar. We shall be back to normal for the March meeting on the 10th.

Kate Yorke

Rocester Village News - Jan 2015

Rocester Village News

The Festive Season
The switching on of the village Christmas tree lights was just the start of a variety of seasonal events held in the village throughout the festive period.
Pictures of the church’s activities can be seen on Facebook, including the ever popular crib service on Christmas Eve and the annual pantomime trip.
On New Year’s Eve Rocester welcomed in the New Year with a Family Party at the Football Club and at the Red Lion the pub was transformed for their black tie event, a New Year’s Eve Ball.

Rocester Local History Group
As stated in the last magazine the history group were investigating the building of the now demolished Rookery. We have now been in contact with the Norwich Historical Buildings Society who were unaware that the firm Boulton and Paul also built large one off buildings. The firm was well known for smaller buildings, especially those known as ‘tin tabernacles’. Another of their large buildings has now been identified – an old sanatorium in Norwich – and the group hope they will be able to identify and research other such buildings.
The Rocester group continues to meet monthly for informal discussions at my house and the next meeting will be February 10th.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The calendars have proved to be a sell out with many being sent all over the world. The Christmas Social was hosted by two of the members and on the Saturday before Christmas some of the members met up to sample and photo the Victorian Market in Leek.
The first meeting of the New Year was discussing the comments outside judges had made about the completion entries. The first meeting on February 3rd is a competition ‘‘Scapes’ and then on Feb 17th there will be a practical session on layers.

The Breakaways
The January meeting was changed to a social at The Red Lion to avoid any disruption caused by the installation of the new heating system at the church. This gave everyone the chance to have a good chat and proved to be a very enjoyable evening. Next meeting to be confirmed.

The Craftea Group
The group had a proper Christmas party with quizzes and games followed by a fantastic tea on the Monday before Christmas. They too have also been on the move because of the heating work with a trip to ‘Knitting for Peace’ at Greatgate and the following week, a visit to Betty’s in Ashbourne.

The Churnet House Farm planning application for up to 90 houses and some small scale commercial units finally came before the Planning Committee in December after nearly 2 years. However a decision was postponed but it is on the agenda for the January meeting.

Rocester News is also put on the village website so if any other local groups, and there are quite a few, would like to be included, then please let me have your news.

Kate Yorke

Christmas 2014

Christmas Lights Switch On

Could you please note that the Christmas Lights will be switched on, on Saturday, 29th November 2014 at 6pm outside the Red Lion Public House and not the 6th December as published in the Parish magazine.

Oct 2014- Village news

Rocester Village News

Village Hall
At the Parish Council’s meeting last month to discuss the running of the village hall it was decided to investigate options for having a smaller management team to deal with the everyday running and maintenance. To ensure that the building remains an asset for the use of all villagers it was still felt that it was important to have representation from all village organisations even if they rarely used the hall. It would only be necessary to hold a few fund raising events a year, and as has been proved in the past Rocester is very good at putting on events.

The Village Christmas Tree Lights switch on is being planned for Sat 29th November.

Rocester Local History Group
We had a change of plan for our October meeting. On our regular meeting night there was a talk at the Staffordshire Records Office on Manorial Documents which I attended so the meeting was postponed till the following week. These documents can provide a wealth of information for local historians but so far very few have survived for Rocester.
Also I came across a recently published document Rocester EUS Report on the SCC website which not only identifies areas of historical interest in the village but also assesses their importance to the character and landscape of the local environment. In doing so the document gives a good account of the development of the village from Pre Roman times to the present day and is well worth looking at. This document formed the topic for discussion at the last meeting.
The WW1 information boards will be on display again in the Church for the Remembrance Day Service

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The Camera club are selling another calendar and this year the photos are all of Rocester. These will be on sale soon.
Following the practical evening on using a flash gun for portraiture, Nov 4th is a presentation of digital images from a photographic competition and on Nov 18th there will be a talk by Clive Rowley on monochrome photography.

The October meeting was a talk and film show about Old Movies and the November topic is to be confirmed.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Church’s Autumn Bash. Not only was it an enjoyable afternoon with plenty of people finding bargains on the stalls or enjoying tea and cake, but over £1000 was raised.

Rocester Village Hall

RVH Management Committee

If you are a regular user of Rocester Village Hall and would be interested in helping on the Management Committee please come along to a meeting to discuss this at Rocester Village Hall on Monday, 13th October at 7pm.

Parish Council Meeting -October 2014

Parish Council Meeting -October 2014

Could you please note that there will be no Public Participation at the next Parish Council Meeting which is to be held on Monday, 13th October. This is because of a meeting that is taking place before the council meeting about the Village Hall.

Rocester News - September 2014

Rocester Village News for September 2014

Village Hall

As reported last month the Village Hall has its regular users which cover the everyday running costs. However this regular income is not sufficient to cover the costs of further improvements.
There is money available but to access it, as with all public funding, there has to be a recognised committee.
To try and resolve this problem the Parish Council have called an open meeting at 7pm prior to the next council meeting on Monday October 13th. It is very important that all hall users and that includes the parents of all the children who attend the various activities in the hall, come to the meeting.

Rocester Local History Group
As our numbers remain the same despite recent publicity we shall continue to hold meetings at my house which also enables us to access the internet if necessary, but anyone is welcome to join us. We are still gathering WW1 information but for the next meeting October 14th we shall focus on Health Provision.
Ellastone managed to compile a very interesting booklet on their WW1 Convalescence Hospital from copies of their Parish Magazine. Rocester was also producing a Parish Magazine but it appears that no one thought to save these for the County Records. May be somewhere tucked away in someone’s attic there still are some copies remaining.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The next meeting Oct 7th is a talk on Architectural photography and on the 21st Oct it is a practical evening on portraiture using one flashgun. The group is also hoping, at the beginning of October, to have a trip to photograph Leek.

The September meeting was a Quiz and the topic for the next meeting is to be confirmed.

Rocester Village News - June 2014

Rocester Village News for June 2014


The deadline for submitting comments re the proposed housing development on Ashbourne Road will have long pasted when you read this, suffice to say that the proposal is outside of the village development boundary and well exceeds the new Local Plan’s original housing allocation for the village.

Rocester Local History Group
Much of the last meeting was spent discussing the historical background to the Ashbourne Rd development site and the reasons why the road regularly floods during periods of heavy rain – there used to be a large pond in the field which was just filled in!
Research for the WW1 Remembrance Weekend August 9th and 10th 10 - 4 continues with more people coming forward with information and links being made across the world. As well as the displays there will be refreshments available throughout the day with profits going to Help4Heroes, and the weekend will end with a special service at 4pm.
The group will now be taking a summer break and meetings will resume in September.

The heavy drilling equipment seen recently at the end of the allotments was not Rocester embarking on ‘fracking’ but to drill for a sustainable water supply for the allotments.

The Breakaways
A most informative and entertaining talk was given to the group by a retired Registrar from the Staffordshire Moorlands. We were given the background to the Registry Service and this was liberally illustrated with anecdotes from her own experiences and research. The July meeting will be a meal at the Dapple Grey.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The Camera Club are also taking their summer break but meetings will resume again on September 2nd with a Show and Tell of summer photos followed on 16th Sept when they will be choosing photos for the clubs calendar. The programme for 2014/15 is now available on the club’s website.

Kate Yorke

Rocester Village News - May 2014

Village News

I make no apologies for seemingly too often to repeat information about regular village groups and activities but may times today there is an assumption that everyone knows about them, but there is always someone new to the area that doesn’t.
Don’t forget also that it is free to list local events on the village website
So here is the latest news on those regular groups as always.

Village Hall
Although at the AGM no additional people stepped forward to join the remaining members of the previous committee, the village hall is still able to remain open for existing bookings and is available for hire. This is due to the fact that the previous committee has left the Village Hall in a stable financial position, but ultimately any village hall needs to hold fund raising events. There could be a separate fund raising group which didn’t have to be concerned with the day to day running of the hall.
St Michaels Church held their Afternoon Tea Party in the Village Hall early in May and this proved to be not only a very enjoyable occasion but also was a successful fund raising event.

The Breakaways
It is surprising how a simple game such as a Beetle Drive can cause such hilarity and fun, but that was how the Breakaways spent their May meeting.
In June there will be a speaker on Genealogy – Chasing paper skeletons.

Rocester Local History Group
The WW1 project has been successful in obtaining a grant from ESBC and also from Rocester Parish Council which will offset the costs involved in putting on the display in August.
The informal monthly meetings continue and there is always some new item from Rocester’s past to discuss. Last month we were looking at extracts from the memoirs of Alex Bates, a manager at the Mill. All are welcome to attend.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The last meeting was a competition on Flora and Fauna with a guest judge. There are now two categories in the competitions, one for the more experienced who submit prints and the other is for the less experienced and they can submit digital images. The AGM is on May 20th and then the new season will begin again in September.

Arts Festival
Although I was unable attend the Arts Festival at Ryecroft School I have heard that it was felt to be a successful first event by both organisers and participants.

Kate Yorke

Rocester Village News

Village News - April2014

Annual Parish Meeting
Reports from our County Council, Parish Council and main organisations in the village were all very positive.
• First Steps Preschool and The Dove First School both had a healthy number of pupils, and the Dove is now able to increase their teaching staff.
• The Village Hall will be holding their AGM on the 30th April, after the copy date for the magazine. Although some members of the committee will be stepping down, the next committee will inherit a healthy bank balance and set of accounts, as well as a substantially refurbished building.
• It is the county councils policy to support groups who wish to use the hall, thus helping to make the halls economically viable, so why not start a club or group and help keep our Village Hall thriving.
• Superfast Broadband is coming to Staffordshire. To find out when it is coming to Rocester visit and register an interest.

The Breakaways
Griffith’s mill provided a brilliant evening last month. The topic for May’s meeting is awaiting confirmation but in June the subject will be Genealogy. The venue and date of the summer outing will be finalised at the May meeting and at the moment Bury Market appears to be the favoured destination.

Rocester Local History Group
Continuing for a time with our informal meetings, the last one revealed yet more information regarding WW1.A document written by Bernard Atkins recoding many of the Rocester people and where they lived between 1903- 1914 also proved a good catalyst for reminiscing .

The Rocester and District Camera Club
Some members in April had an enjoyable day out photographing a historic car rally that was passing through the White Peak area.
The next meeting on May 6th is a competition on Flora and Fauna, and the last meeting of the season will be the AGM on May 20th. Don’t forget that many of the completion entries can be viewed on the clubs website . The new season will begin again in September.

Kate Yorke

RocesterAnnual Parish Meeting

Date of meeting

The Rocester Annual Parish meeting will take place at Rocester Village Hall on Wednesday, 23rd April 2014.

Please come along to discuss what you would like to see in your village.

Rocester WW1 Commemorations

If you are related to or know of anyone on the list of names that are on the Rocester War Memorial. Could you please let us know any information you have about them, as we are gathering information during this year.

List of names from WW1 Rocester War Memorial

Ault John Edward
Ball William James
Basnett George Eli
Bennett Thomas Archie
Bentley Thomas
Botham John Henry
Brindley.George William
Clarke Albert
Cope Colin
Gilbert Richard Arthur
Harper George.
Harrison Arthur Edward
Henshaw John
Henshaw William Charles
Hirst John Henry William
Kemp John Wilfred
Richardson John
Swanwick Frederick
Wheelock John Thomas
Wood Graham

Rocester Village News- March 2014

An update of village news

This coming month see two important meetings for the village – The Annual Parish Meeting 28th April (tbc) and the Village Hall Committee AGM 30th April. Both these meetings are the opportunity for residents to have their say about community facilities. If people feel that these meetings are of no relevance to them then there is the danger that Rocester will just become a commuter village with little or no community life. So please do support the people who are trying to prevent this happening and at least come along to the meetings.

I hope many of you managed to see the outline plan of the proposed Ryecroft and Dove combined new school.

Best Kept Village
Once again Rocester is entering the Best Kept Village Competition and this year not only is there the usual children’s poster completion, but also a poetry competition on the theme of Remembrance. The schools have been sent the details so please support your children if they wish to enter.

The Breakaways
It was the AGM in March and this was a well-supported meeting where members agree to increase the annual fee to £10, which is still excellent value, so that a wider range of speakers can be booked. In April Griffith’s Mill, Sudbury who specialise in processing wool fleeces will be coming to talk about their work and an outing n the summer is being planned.

Rocester Local History Group
We had a most fascinating account not only of the process of research into the Chancel repair liabilities but also were able to look at the tithe map of 1850 and other local documents. A copy of the report is available for viewing in the Church.
Research into Rocester in WW1 continues and will be presented in a display in the Church over the weekend, August 9th and 10th. We are still trying to identify any living relatives of the men who died to invite them to the weekend. Also there will be a display of artefacts from that period so if you have anything you could lend us for the event please let us know.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
Last month some of the member went to a talk by Chris Packham in Buxton about both his photography and ecology. The following evening John Nash gave a very interesting talk on insect photography in the Village Hall.
The subjects for the coming meetings are April 1st Preparing work for competitions - demonstrations and practical; April 15th a talk by Robert Brittle about the journey from being an amateur to a professional photographer and May 6th Competition on Flora and Fauna. The Club programme and other information can be found on the Club website at New members and visitors are always welcome.
Kate Yorke

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