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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

Rocester Village Hall

A summary of the latest Rocester Village Hall news.

After a busy year ending with a very successful and entertaining Christmas Party 2014 is already gearing up to be a busy year for the Hall. Thursday 16th January sees Carol Bradbury coming to us with one of her very popular Tea Dances – if you would be interested in this type of activity in the future then please let us know. We also have a new group coming to the hall on Wednesday afternoons from 29th January – Ellie Mallinson will be running ‘FITSTEPS’ a new way exercise class created by Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing – you don’t need a partner or any dance experience, just be ready to have lots of fun and get fit at the same time. Contact Ellie on 07818 672265 for more details. Tuesday mornings see Alison continuing to run Pilates classes and she still has a few places left for details ring her on 591747. ‘Romans Kick Boxing is as popular as ever each Tuesday evening and has sessions for both children and adults and the new Youth Group is growing in both popularity and has a widening range of activities – details for both of these can be seen in the hall. The Village Hall Management Committee is continuing with their planned improvements with the refurbishment of the toilets and committee room being the next projects o the agenda. They will also be organizing a Quiz Night in early March so get your teams together for a fun night. The committee continues to run the popular Grocery/Cash Bingo on Monday evenings (No Bingo on Wednesdays). A date for the AGM in will be announced soon if you are interested in seeing our Village Hall continuing to thrive and be a real village asset then why not consider getting involved you only need to give a few spare hours each month to make a real difference For further information ring: 07976 784439 or 07908 553613 for Bookings

Rocester Christmas Lights

Come and See Santa and the Chrstmas Light Switch On.


Light switch on at 6:00pm

Carol Singing Led by Kesh



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.

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

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

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:
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.
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.

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.
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.
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

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.

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.

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.

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