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Rocester Christmas Lights

Come and See Santa and the Chrstmas Light Switch On.

ROCESTER
Christmas
LIGHTS

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER
Light switch on at 6:00pm

Carol Singing Led by Kesh

SANTA CLAUS WILL BE HERE

RAFFLE

Rocester Village News

A summary of news from around the village.



The Village Hall
The Denstone College Swing Band proved again to be a great success with around £600 being raised for the Church and the Village Hall.
The next major event to be organised by the Village Hall Committee on 16th November is of course ‘Rocester’s Got Talent’ which has proved so popular and successful in the past.
The hall is now being used regularly by local groups for their fund raising events

Parish Council
The new roundabout construction on the B5030 is due to start on the 11th Nov for 7 months. They are hoping to keep traffic flowing with the use of temporary traffic lights but this will inevitably mean delays so plan your journeys accordingly.

Christmas Celebrations
Rocester will be celebrating Christmas in style on December 7th starting with the Christmas Market at the Church between 10 and 4 followed by the switching on of the Christmas lights and finishing off with the Christmas Party at the Village Hall. Further details will be displayed throughout the village.

The Breakaways
At the next meeting on Monday November 11th 7.30 in the Church there will be an illustrated talk by members of the Local History Group, highlighting important people and events from Rocester’s past.

Rocester Local History Group
At its October meeting it was decided that now was the time to change the format of the meetings. Over the last three and a half years we have been having a monthly illustrated topic which has always prompted a lot of reminiscing. It was decided that over the winter we should keep meeting monthly but it would be more informal and this would give the opportunity for more detailed research to be pursued from original sources.
The next meeting will be on November 12th 7.30 at my house, Yorke House, Dove Lane and as always anyone is welcome to come.

The Rocester and District Camera Club
The last meeting of the Camera Club was a practical session on table top still life photographs and it is the meeting on 5th November that will be about Storm Chasing with Chris Sargent. The 19th Nov is a completion with the theme October in England. Check the website for the latest information.

All the above groups welcome new members/ visitors.

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Kate Yorke

Rocester Village News

Village News for August 2013



The village events and celebrations held in July were well supported and a great success all round.

Community participation has continued throughout the summer especially at the Village Hall. Work parties of people from all our community groups prepared the premises so contractors could make a swift start on the first phase of the renovation- renewing the heating. lighting and electrics, as well as installing a new ceiling. However a significant amount of the rest of the refurbishment in this first phase has been done by volunteers. The hall has had to be closed while the main work is done and work parties will again be needed to get it ready to reopen.
The cycle event refreshment stop will still take place on September 1st even though the hall will not have reopened fully.
Sponsorship of chairs for the Village hall continues to be sort from either individuals or groups.

The Craftea Club at the Church has continued meeting throughout the summer and the range of craft skills being done continues to grow. There will be a demonstration of patchwork and quilting at the meeting on September 2nd.

A meal out was arranged for the August meeting of the Breakaways and the next meeting on September 9th will now be at the Church , topic to be confirmed, and not an outing.

The Local History Group meet will September 10th at the Village Hall where we will be following up work done on the school records during the summer break. Having recently reorganised my information about the Mill I realised how few memories and recollections of the people who worked there are recorded. It is these anecdotes that bring local history alive and it is something that needs addressing.

The Rocester and District Camera Club start their new season again in September and will be meeting fortnightly on the first and third Tuesday’s of the month. The topic for the meeting on September 3rd is ‘Show and Tell – Summer photos and on the 17th Basic Photo Manipulation. More details can be found on the club website http://www.radcc.org.uk


Changes Health and Well Being

Free Mutual Support Meeting



Every Monday

Time: 10.30 – 12.30 pm

The Children’s Centre High Street, Rocester



For adults in mental distress, where you can meet with people with similar issues, and
receive the guidance and support necessary to recover and manage
your mental health.


So please come along and join our friendly and enjoyable
meeting (no need to book a place)

FREE Refreshments available

For more information please contact: Lisa/Sharon
Tel: 01889 567 436


Change your Mind, Change your Life

Rocester and District Camera Club

Dates of meetings

ROCESTER AND DISTRICT CAMERA CLUB
Indoor meetings will start again on 3rd September in The Red Lion Inn, Rocester.
The club meets at 8.00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month from September to May. All levels of experience are welcome.
The programme of meetings is available on the club web-site: www.radcc.org.uk
Membership is £25 per annum, under 18’s £12.50. Visitors £3 per meeting.

Rocester Village News

Rocester Village News


As usual there are some significant village events soon to take place as I write this edition of Rocester News.
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Firstly June 27th Community Showcase Event and AGM at the Village Hall
There has been a good response from local groups, services and organisations both voluntary and commercial, wanting to publicise what they do and what they can offer to the residents.
Secondly June 29th The Centenary Celebrations at the Dove First School, with learning activities, performances and their School Summer Fair all based on school life in the village a century ago.
And thirdly 5th – 7th July The Flower Festival and July 6th Summer Fete at St Michael’s Church - again with contributions from local organisations and businesses - on the theme of ‘ A World of Flowers’.

Parish Council
As you will have seen in the local paper the money for the proposed new roundabout has been secured.

Rocester Camera Club
The club doesn’t meet again till September, but some of the members enjoyed a day out in the Derbyshire Dales photographing a Historic Rally Car event.

History Group
At the last meeting we returned to probably the earliest permanent settlement in Rocester, the Romans. As there is little written evidence, only archaeology can inform us about this period in Britain. However we are lucky that the archaeological research and finds in Rocester are some of the best in the county for showing how settlements developed around a fort.
The group is also continuing with its research on the School log books, the results of which will be on display for the School Centenary Celebrations. There will be no meeting in July or August, the next date will be Sept 9th,topic to be confirmed.

Breakaways
Last month the group had a visit from the Cats Protection League, and in July it will be a ‘Pamper Session’ 7.30 at the Church. An outing is being arranged for August and in September there will be a trip to Trentham Gardens.
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Village Hall
There will be the Pre School Graduation on Friday 12th July and an 80’s and 90’s disco on Saturday 13th July.
The Village Hall Committee has been very active in organising fundraising events for the much needed improvements to Hall. Already there are many noticeable differences, such as the new kitchen, which have been done without disrupting regular activities. However the next phase will mean the Hall is out of action for a short time but there will be plenty of information notices with details about this.
Whilst the committee needs to concentrate on the management of the refurbishment, it is now vital that other groups or individuals continue to contribute to the fundraising and every day running costs by organising more events and hiring the hall.
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Kate Yorke

Rocester News

Rocester News June 2013



Parish Council
At the May meeting Councillor Atkins was elected Chairman and Councillor Hollis Vice-Chairman.
If you didn’t managed to make a comment re the proposed roundabouts there is still an opportunity when the proposal goes to planning.

Rocester Camera Club
At the first AGM of the Camera Club officers were elected, and it was proposed that the Camera Club should meet fortnightly starting in September. During the summer months outings are to be arranged so that members can enjoy their photography together. Visit their website http://www.radcc.org.uk

History Group
Continuing on the Education theme in May we looked at the Ashbourne Rd School site.
Gas for lighting was installed in 1869 but it wasn’t until 1967 that flushing toilets were put in. It is hard to imagine now how they managed without them for so long and it is no wonder that there were regular outbreaks of sickness, with 150 children on the roll in 1966.
The new information board in the centre of the village is primarily for newcomers, tourists and walkers as hopefully most local residents are already aware of the historically important areas of the village.
At the next meeting on June 11th we shall be going right back to the Romans in Rocester.

Breakaways
The Fire Service came in May to talk about Fire Prevention and safety in the home and was a useful a reminder to us all. The home safety check and installation of alarms is free and some of our members arranged to have this done. I am sure I was not the only one who came home and immediately checked my smoke alarms.
The next meeting is Monday 10th June at St Michael’s Church, topic to be confirmed.

Village Hall
The planned refurbishments have taken a step forward thanks to a DIY SOS. To maximize funds raised the village hall committee plan to undertake as much work as they can themselves. One area needing attention was the removal of the wood cladding in the main hall. Following a brief appeal for volunteers, on Sunday 12th May around 25 people came along and in no time at all helped to kick start the transformation. A big thank you to everyone who wielded a paint brush or kept everyone going with teas and snacks – there will be more projects over the coming weeks and months so anyone wishing to help please contact us on 07976 784439.

Fund raising is still needed so another Barn Dance will be held on Saturday 22nd June. With a return visit from the Gaelic band and callers ‘Gan Anim’ it is sure to be another fun event. Tickets are £5.00 per head including supper and a licensed bar. Remember numbers are limited so don’t miss out - Contact Rachael: 07831 490139 or Jenny: 07976 784439.
To coincide with their 2nd AGM on Thursday 27th June there will be a Community Festival showcasing the various groups in the village – any groups wishing to take part please contact: Jenny 07976 784439 or Kate 590379

Kate Yorke

Rocester News

A summary of village news for April2013



Parish Council
• On May 8th there will be a consultation presentation on the proposed new roundabout on the B5030 at the Village Hall 3.30pm – 7pm.
• At the last Parish Council meeting it was agreed to change the day of the monthly council meeting to the second Monday of the month. This new date will avoid the clashes with bank holidays, and enable our Borough Councillor to attend our meetings which had previously clashed with the Borough council meeting in Burton.
• As from this month I will no longer be a Parish Councillor due to increased family commitments. I will however still be representing Rocester at the Strategic Village Alliance meetings, and continue to take an active interest in the Rocester community.
• This opens up an opportunity for someone else to take on a very rewarding role within their community. So if you think you may be interested why not come along to the next meeting Parish Council meeting or contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

Rocester Camera Club
At the last meeting members brought along a selection of mounted prints and digital images and these were judged by the president of the Midlands photographic association who thought the entries were of a high standard.
Next month it is the AGM.

History Group
• Using the information from the old school log books the April meeting focused on infant education in Rocester, but discussion during the evening has led to even more research on early schooling and on May we will look at the juniors and seniors in the Ashbourne Road School.
• I did note from the log books that in 1889 Rocester experienced exactly the same bad weather patterns as we have had during the early part of this year.

Breakaways
Unfortunately I had to miss the last meeting but members were not only given an informative talk on tapestry but also the opportunity to try a sample for themselves.

Village Hall
Congratulations to the Village Hall for securing funding from JCB, but they still need to continue with the fund raising to achieve all the planned improvements needed. So it is very important that they continue to get the support of the community.

Kate Yorke


B5030 Junction Improvements

Public Consultation Meeting

A Public Consultation will take place on Wednesday, 8th May 2013 between 15:30 hrs and 19:00 hrs to exhibit and discuss the plans for the two roundabouts that are proposed for the junction of Churnet Row and the B5030. All members of the public are very welcome to attend.

Rocester News March 2013

Rocester News




Parish Council
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday April 22nd 7.30 in the Committee Room at the Village Hall.
This is not a council meeting, although usually chaired by the Chairman of the Parish Council. This meeting receives reports from the local community groups, but it is also an opportunity to debate current issues in the community.
The next Parish Council Meeting will now be Monday April 8th because of Easter.

Rocester Camera Club
The club, who meet at the Red Lion on the first Tuesday of the month, continues flourish. Last month members learnt the best way of mounting and presenting their work in preparation for a local competition to be held on 2nd April. I hope the rest of the community will get a chance to see their work sometime. All levels of experience are welcomed.

History Group
I write this prior to helping with the Family Learning event at the Dove School. One activity planned is to have a short walk around the village to focus on its history, but even a walk around ‘the block’ will cover over 2,000 years of history!
At the last group meeting we were looking at some of the old school log books. In the early days the school employed the monitor system of teaching where some of the older pupils taught the younger ones, and the incidence of illness amongst both the pupils and the staff was well recorded.
The next meeting Tuesday 9th April will be a follow up on Rocester School days.

Breakaways
After a warm welcome and an enjoyable social at the Red Lion on a bitterly cold evening, the next meeting will be back at the Church April 8th 7.30 , but the topic has to be confirmed.


Kate Yorke

Rocester Village News

Rocester Village News


Village Hall.
The December meeting with ESBC’s Neighbourhood Working Team left us very hopeful of a getting funding support towards the improvements to the Village Hall, so please keep all your fingers and toes crossed for a successful outcome. We should know more by this Spring.
The Village Hall Committee must again be congratulated on their sell out Christmas Party – a fantastic evening of family entertainment.
It was good to see that New Year too was celebrated in style at the Village Hall with an event that wasn’t organised by the Village Hall Committee.
The Village Hall Committee have organised events and raised funds to improve the facilities at the Village Hall for the benefit of all the community, so it is up to the community now to book the hall and organise more events that will use and support this village facility.

ChristmasTree Festival
It is not only at the Village Hall that the community has come together but also at the Church. The organisers of the Christmas Tree festival and the Christmas Market must be congratulated on their event with representations from the commercial and voluntary sectors of the village.

Best Kept Village
This year the marking criteria have changed to reflect current trends. The emphasis, though as always will be to show community involvement but community measures to deal with Dog Fouling and its prevention is seen as an important issue and will be awarded more points. Irresponsible dog owners, wet weather and dark nights have recently caused an increase in the amount of dog fouling on the pavements of Rocester.

History Group
There was no January meeting, giving more time to research next month’s subject ‘The changing names of Rocester’s highways’. Not only is this of interest to family historians, but the research is also showing how families moved around within the village. May be you would like to know more about your road; then come and join us in the committee room of the Village Hall on Tuesday February 12th 7.30pm.

Neighbourhood Watch
Interest has been expressed to raise awareness of and increase membership of Rocester’s Neighbourhood Watch. Posters will be distributed around the village noticeboards with more details but in the meantime further information can be obtained from David Jones, Community Engagement Officer, 01785 23 8243 Email: david.jones11219@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Finally the Parish Council would like to thank all who contributed to the Christmas tree lights raffle which raised £120 for St Michael’s Church.

Kate Yorke

Rocester News

Rocester Village News



Parish Council
In December Councillors, along with other representatives from community groups, will be attending a presentation by the East Staffs Borough Council on the latest criteria needed for community projects to qualify for help by the Neighbourhood Working team. Last year Rocester Allotments Association benefitted from this scheme.
There is no Parish Council meeting in January; however the Councillors do meet to set the Precept (Budget), for 2012 – 2013.

Best Kept Village
January is also the month when papers for the Best Kept Village are sent out by the Staffordshire Community Council. If you would like to contribute in any small way towards our entry, then please get in touch with either myself or the Parish Clerk. Again the main purpose of this competition is to show how members of the community work to maintain and improve our village environment.

History Group
The November meeting was an appropriate time to start researching the backgrounds to the names from the First World War. A lot of information is available on the internet – even for some, their height and chest measurement. However personal family stories and photos are of more informative, so please let myself or Roy know if you have anything of interest.
Throughout the coming year the group will be looking at local surnames and their origins.
The December meeting will be a social evening.

Breakaways
Wendy Darker, a well know local artist gave the group not only a demonstration of her considerable painting skill, but also recounted many interesting tales associated with her work with animal portraits. The December meeting is the Christmas meal, and in January there will be the usual enjoyable quiz night, but the venue has yet to be confirmed

Village Hall
The Barn Dance in Novembers was a resounding success for both participants and onlookers The Quiz Night on Friday Nov 30th and the Christmas Party on Saturday Dec 8th are the next two events planned by the Village Hall Committee, but the hall has also been booked for other events so check local publicity for these.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Kate Yorke

Rocester News

Rocester Village news



As often happens with Rocester Village News events take place just after the copy date, and this month it is been written even earlier due to holidays.

Parish Council
At the September meeting we met Sara Botham who is the new ESBC Neighbourhood co-ordinator for the Rural districts. It was this group that supported the setting up of the Allotment Society. ESBC are now putting together their next programme and are collecting ideas for new Community led projects, so if you have any ideas please get in touch with any of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk.
Better still why not come along to the next Parish Council meeting and put your ideas forward.
John Gregory was thanked for his time as a Parish Councillor, but at the time of writing, we have not found a replacement.

History Group
In September we were once again looking at local footage of Rocester from the 1960’s and comparing it with the same image today. There certainly has been a lot of changes in the centre
The October Meeting will continue with revisiting the local country houses, by looking at Abbotsholme and Clowneholme.

Breakaways
The September meeting was a sharing of craft ideas and techniques which proved most informative. The Church is also starting a craft group on a Monday afternoon initially to make crafts for the Christmas market. All level of skills welcome.
Paul Fox, a local poet, will be the speaker at the October meeting of the Breakaways.

Rocester and District Camera Club
The first meeting was a huge success and well attended with John Nash encouraging everyone to be more adventurous and not just use their automatic settings. The next meeting will be on Tuesday October 2nd at the Red Lion.

Kate Yorke

Local teacher gains national recognition.

Local teacher gains national recognition from
O2 Learn for video gem.

Local teacher gains national recognition from
O2 Learn for video gem.

Jon Tyler, Head of History at Denstone College, has become the latest winner of an O2 Learn Best Lesson Award and will receive £2000 for him and his school department for his video Murder Mystery in Victorian England: https://www.o2learn.co.uk/o2_video.php?vid=1655

O2 Learn is a free, moderated video sharing website that invites teachers to upload videos of their best lessons. It celebrates the UK’s teaching and is part of O2’s wider Think Big initiative.

Jon’s winning video invites students to solve the actual murder of Lieutenant Bennett, who died in the service of Queen Victoria in 1838. The film provides information about the crime and students use this to select from three potential suspects and identify the murderer.

Jon explained how the video helps students: “A grisly Victorian murder really helps to engage students in history and structuring it as a CSI style crime scene makes it entertaining and fun. Students get drawn into solving the crime and forget that they’re actually learning at the same time.”

Jon taught himself how to make videos and is an enthusiast. He added: “Making video based resources is quite straightforward once you get the hang of it.
You don’t even need a video camera you can create a film just using images and text. More teachers should give it a go!”

Jon has tried out the video on his headmaster who managed to solve the crime and also his students including Tom Phillips, 14, who gave his views on the video: “I think it was really good because I was just trying to work out who the killer was at first, but after it had finished I found I had learnt lots without even trying’.

O2 Learn aims to create Britain’s biggest classroom by helping to connect all secondary students with great teaching. Teachers from across the country upload short videos of their best lesson and students can then watch and rate the lessons that are useful to them.

Each week the three videos that have been rated highest by students are shortlisted. A panel of experts review the shortlist and select a winner to receive the O2 Learn Best Lesson Award.

Gav Thompson, Head of O2 Brand Innovation and creator of O2 Learn said: “Jon’s video is a testament to the high quality, creative and innovative teaching that takes place in classrooms daily. O2 Learn helps to connect as many secondary students as possible to great teaching like this. Teenagers are growing up in a digital world so there’s real value in teachers engaging with them online in a way that is relevant and fun.”

Jon and Denstone College now have the chance to win one of the Annual O2 Learn Best Lesson awards with £80,000 of prize money up for grabs. The winner of these awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the end of December 2012.

As a thank you for uploading a lesson O2 Learn gives each teacher a mobile broadband pack. They also have a chance to win £2000 for themselves and their school department every week.


Bamfords Rally

Bamfords Rally Details

BAMFORDS of UTTOXETER
Bamfords Vintage Rally
By Kind permission of Ken Halden
At Nabb Lane,ROCESTER
ST14 5JB
Saturday&Sunday the 1 st / 2 st SEPTEMBER 2012
10 am-until-4pm
Food and refreshment on site
Admission : £3.00 Children FREE
CONTACT

phillip on 01889 591248

ROCESTER VILLAGE NEWS

THIS ITEM IS AN UPDATE OF NEWS AND EVENTS IN ROCESTER.



Jubilee celebrations around the village may not have been on the scale of the
Coronation celebrations in the village sixty years ago,(of course there were very few TV’s then), but never the less those that participated had a good time.

Village Hall
The Supper Quiz was a great success with a good selection of questions to suit all participants, and left everyone asking when the next one would be.
The decorations of the hall and gardens made a very positive contribution to the village’s Jubilee celebrations, and the attendance at the Jubilee Family Bingo on the bank holiday Monday exceeded expectations. The evening finished off with the lighting of the Parish beacon, which even more people came to see, and a rousing chorus of the National Anthem.

Jubilee Mugs
The Parish Council having presented commemorative mugs to the 13 years old and younger residents through the schools, still have some mugs for sale at £5 which are available from the Parish clerk, the Spar shop or the Village Hall.

History Group
The History group put together a small display of Rocester in the Fifties which was on display at the Village Hall, which prompted a good deal of interest and recollections, and we continued this theme at the June meeting. All those who said they had photo’s which might be of interest to us please don’t forget to let us see them.
It also made the group realise that now is the time to start putting together a collections for the future, so at the next meeting on July 10th we shall consider how best to do this. We shall also tie up some other loose ends from previous topics, and plan future topics.

The Breakaways
The group celebrated the Jubilee with a Royal Family themed Quiz and a sharing of Commemorative memento’s. The next meeting will be a social.
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Rocester Village News - May 2012

This Rocester village news will be appearing in the next Parish Magazine and provides updates on Allotments, History Group, Village Hall, Jubilee, Housing and these web pages

Allotments


After a delayed start to the growing season, not helped by the weather, the allotments were a hive of activity last Sunday with everyone busy preparing their plots.

History Group


Looking at the early Fifties prompted many recollections at the last meeting. We were reminded not only of local events but also what was happening both internationally, and nationally as well as the cultural trends of the time.
In Rocester it was a time of Carnivals, Shows and Rose Queens, so we have lots of phots of people in costumes but very little of anyone in ordinary clothes. Can you help?
The next meeting on Tuesday 12th June 7.30 will look at the second half of the Fifties.

Village Hall


The Village Hall’s AGM not only dealt very efficiently with the business side of the meeting, with excellent reports from the officers, but was also an enjoyable social event. The interval for refreshments was the opportunity to view a range of displays showing recent events and to view the improvements in the hall especially the newly refurbished kitchen. The committee were deservedly congratulated on all their achievements, but it was recognised that there was still more work to be done. Any offers of occasional help would be most welcomed.
The next two events are a Supper Quiz on Friday 25th May and a Tabletop Sale on Sunday 27th May.

Jubilee


On Monday June 4th there will be Jubilee themed Family Bingo at the Village Hall followed by the lighting of a beacon on the playing fields. Keep a lookout for posters with more details.
The Parish Council are presenting Jubilee Mugs to the younger Rocester school children, but also have some to sell to Rocester residents. Again details of purchasing opportunities will be displayed around the village and on the Village Website.

Housing


Awaiting notification from ESBC as to when the Housing application for Churnet Farm is to come to the Planning Committee.

Rocester.net


The Parish Clerk has now taken over as editor and will be bringing the site up- to-date.

Kate Yorke

Proposed demolition of farmhouse and buildings

To demolish the farmhouse and threshing barn and replace it with buildings set further back would totally change this approach to the village.

1. The buildings that are being proposed to be demolished form an important part of the streetscape, both visually and historically, on one of the main approaches into the centre of the village. The farmhouse and the mill houses opposite at the moment form a visual framework to the wider space beyond created by the Millennium Gardens and the wall of Riversholme.
To demolish the farmhouse and threshing barn and replace it with buildings set further back would totally change this approach to the village. This view is supported by p18 of the University of Leicester Archaeological Service report no 2011-164,
The positioning of the two farm buildings of note, namely the farmhouse and threshing barn, on the High Street frontage, means that they contribute significantly to this streetscape in terms of character, style, date and sheer physical mass. Consequently their loss could be deemed detrimental to the character of the conservation area.
2. The fabric of the Farmhouse has been recently been left to deteriorate to such an extent that restoration will be costly. There has not been an internal survey done on the building to determinate the historical structure of this building yet there is in the University of Leicester Archaeological Service report no 2011-164 p10,speculation that an earlier timber structure might exist,
An inspection of the rear of the building further suggests that the eastern and southern parts of the structure (Figure 13 & Figure 14) post-date an earlier, possibly timber structure.
Our information and knowledge of the whole of the village history supports the theory that a building has stood on this site for a very long period. To have the farmhouse building demolished without an internal survey being done could result in an important part of our village history being lost forever.
3. The need for demolition of these buildings is to enable access to be achieved to develop the site behind. This site has not yet even got outline approval for development therefore we feel that to permit demolition of buildings which are a key aspect of the conservation area, would be totally wrong and undermine the relevance of conservation areas not only within Rocester but also within the whole of East Staffordshire.

ROCESTER VILLAGE NEWS

APPLICATION TO DEMOLISH CHURNET FARMHOUSE. E MAILS DEADLINE IS TODAY!!!!

Housing
At the last Parish Council meeting we had a presentation from ESBC about compiling an emergency planning register for the village, and were informed that in East Staffordshire flooding was considered to be the most likely emergency. Two or three items later on the agenda we had to consider the application to demolish Churnet Farm house and buildings, although even outline planning for the site has not yet been applied for.
It is important that more people from the village respond in writing to these planning applications.

Village Hall
I’m sure most of you are aware by now of how successful and enjoyable was the evening with the Denstone College Swing Band. Well done to the organisers.

Other events also take place in the village and if anyone would like to submit a few comments about them I would be happy to include them in Rocester News.

History Group
Thank you to all the members of the group who attended the presentation on the Rookery last month for their understanding when my upgraded computer wouldn’t talk to the projector. Hopefully next month on Tuesday April 10th this problem will be resolved when we look at Doveleys.

The Breakaways
There was a good turnout for a very enjoyable social evening in March held at the Red Lion. The April meeting, a quiz, has brought forward to Monday April 2nd due to Easter, and will be held back again in the Church.

BKV
Again a reminder for Children’s posters supporting the Best Kept Village completion, which will be displayed around the village. The judging period is between the May 1st and July 22nd. Judges visit the village once in May and again in June with the best large and small village in each district going forward to the county finals which are judged in July. There is a completion for the best posters (5-7 and 8-11 age groups) and also a competition for the 11-16 age group to submit a poem, painting or essay on the theme of Remembrance.

DEMOLITION OF FARMHOUSE AND ASSOCIATED FARM BUILDINGS

CHURNET FARM
HIGH STREET
ROCESTER

AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED FOR THE ABOVE PROPOSAL. DETAILS AVAILABLE AT www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

PLEASE FORWARD COMMENTS BY EMAILOR IN WRITING BY 20TH MARCHOR RING THE PLANNING OFFICER ON 01283 508695
EMAIL JOHNATHAN.IMBER@EASTSTAFFSBC.GOV.UK

Does anyone have any information about the Copes?

Family history

Hello to all in Rocester. I am researching my mother's family name which was Cope. They most recently lived in Kidderminster but seem to have come from Rocester. My 2 x Gt. Grandfather was Samuel Cope christened 16 Oct 1803. His parents Samuel and Ann, but unable to find a marriage for them or any details further back. Any Copes still in Rocester who can shed any light on them or further back? I would be so pleased to hear from you.

Best wishes Anne

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