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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 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 www.radcc.org.uk. 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.

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

Carol Singing Led by Kesh

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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

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