Alrewas Arts Festival

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Alrewas Arts Festival News Archive

Nov 19, 2020

Below is the news feed from our old website going all the way back to 2016.

Auction 21st March Alrewas Village Hall - items as promised!

Peter Coates voucher
Specsavers voucher
Headliners voucher
George and Dragon meal for 2
William IV voucher
Co-op voucher
Chippy voucher
Elegant Hands voucher
Bank Coffeehouse lunch and goodies
Sweet Love Chocolates
Beekeeping experience
Food experience
Crystal glasses
Baby alarm
Ellenhammer back pack
Wine rack
Cat carrier
Cricket bag
Handmade wooden bowl
Wooden towel rail
Concept picnic backpack
Green handbag - new
Table lamp
Magasine rack
Calligraphy set
........and more............!

August 2020
Ha!   Where were we ?  Wasn't there any news?  Of course there was, we just got a bit sidetracked, can't imagine why.
Head to the home page and virtual 2020 for fun
Auction 21st March Alrewas Village Hall - items as promised!

Peter Coates voucher
Specsavers voucher
Headliners voucher


Festival News
 Festival Blue and White Craft sessions.
These are continuing monthly in the village hall from 2 until 4.  The next is tomorrow!   Tea, coffee, good company and all things Blue and White - do pop along to say hello

Festival Fun Auction. Saturday 21st March. Bar and nibbles. 
No need to pre-book. £1 a paddle.
Come at 7pm to view, find a table, get a drink, and prepare to do battle for the rather fab items, experiences and vouchers.  Thank you so much for the donations by the way!

Bidding starts at 7:30
Items include: Chocolate or Pasta Making experience. Vouchers for Bank Coffeehouse, Coates Butchers, Village pub meals.  Beekeeping experience, Hairdressers vouchers, Sweet Love chocolates and lots more besides.

Village News

​A message from Helen at Little Fishes
‘We need caring volunteers urgently please

Little Fishes is an amazingly welcoming, friendly and supportive toddler group run completely by volunteers. It’s a partnership between the Methodist and Anglican Churches but it is open to people of any faith or none. But it is a victim of its own success as now we have had to introduce a waiting list because we are oversubscribed.

Please could you assist with this group which runs term time only, from 9.15-11.15 every Wednesday morning in the Methodist Church, in order to provide a much valued and appreciated service to young families in our village and surrounding area?

It’s fine if only an occasional Wednesday is possible.

We need:
1)    1-2 more people to come from 8.15-9.15 to help with the busy task of setting up, these people need to be in good health as lifting/bending is involved
2)    1-2 more people to come from 11.00-11.45 to help with putting away, again these people need to be in good health to help with lifting etc
3)    2-3 more people to come from 9.15-11.15 to chat to parents/carers and make them feel welcome, help with crafts, play with toddlers and cuddle babies etc

Volunteers need to be DBS checked and do safeguarding training (which can be done at home online, with our assistance if necessary)

If you can help please urgently ring or text Helen Cocks on 07515 940060 or email

Thank you so much for considering this very important opportunity, I look forward to hearing from you, Helen 

Open Gardens are 28 this year! Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June. 1 until 6.
 Help them celebrate by opening YOUR garden. It’s not a competition and the team welcome all garden, new old, small or large, in development or established.
 Contact Brian for a chat if you think you might be interested.
Brian Goodwin. 01283 790916


This Wednesday morning from 9 until 10:30. Do nip along to The Bank Coffeehouse to say hi.  There are always a few members of the PPG (patient participation group - Alrewas Surgery). They will also be drawing the raffle prizes following the Flu Clinic yesterday.
So far 230 people over 65 are now a bit less likely to be poorly with flu this season. Huge thanks to the PPG for hosting the clinic, it was a hoot!  Is that actually possible?  Yes it is!
 A fabulous opportunity to see this ‘found’ and re-mastered footage . Screening this Friday in Alrewas Village Hall. Doors open 7:15 for 7:45.More opportunities to chat and check out past Festival Short Films to inspire you to submit to NEXT years Short Film Festival.Free screening, donations very welcome indeed to cover costs. Small plate (£2) Bar and raffle, oh, and jolly good company too!  Contact me to book your place

Festival Halloween Quiz with Chippy supper£8 per person. Alrewas village Hall. October 26th. Tickets from The Bank Coffeehouse and by contacting me. Fish or alternative to compliment your chips  - let us know when booking please.
Alrewas Village Hall Friday 15th November.The band is the Mucky Duck Ceilidh band, a 5 piece line -up with melodeons, hurdy gurdy, fiddle, double bass, guitar and dance caller. The event has been organised to support a Girl Guide international project in the Cayman Islands. Tickets will be ready in a couple of weeks time and the Alrewas outlet is through Hector on 01283 791 671 or via e-mail address:
A message from Del in Elford."The James Taylor Story"  by Dan Clews on Saturday 5 October at Elford Village Hall.  
This is no cheesy covers show but a highly talented musician paying his homage to the James Taylor songbook through his ‘show-umentary’ format. Dan Clews is an acclaimed artist who delivers hauntingly accurate versions of the James Taylor classics such as Carolina In My Mind, You’ve Got A Friend, Fire & Rain, Sweet Baby James and many more.Some tickets left at  £15 if bought direct or with a booking fee if bought via the Skiddle website:
Doors will open 6.30pm and there will be a licensed bar. Ticket price also includes a cheese board supper! What more could you ask for?!   e: garydelderfield@gmail   t: 07826 918202

Bonfire Radicles.  ‘Raucous and eclectic’. Oo, err!   Sound s great!
Sunday 24th November Alrewas Village Hall. Tickets from Alrewas  Pharmacy, Bank Coffeehouse or Lorna Lewis 01283 790079  £10.50
Alrewas Dramatic Society. Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January. The cast is set, the set is cast…..Intrigued? Keep an eye open for further details!
Alrewas in Blue and White Open afternoon on 15th was fabulous by the way. Very exciting things to come and weekly we are receiving new and frankly glorious ideas for the Festival next year. THANK YOU! Next Village Hall Drop in dates for Blue and White are: October 27th, November 24th . If you would like to chat about Alrewas In Blue and White project contact Sally.
Festival Music. Early I know but… I’m starting to draw together some of the music and concert plans for Fest20. I’m planning to include a Choir day, and music infusing other events etc. I’m looking at a project that might involve bespoke music so do get in touch if you think you might like to know more or might be interested to take part.

ESCAPE ROOM. New dates are May 7th, 25th & 26th and June 7th, 11th, 15th & 21st

IT'S HERE!! An evening with Robin Hood. A Festival Fundraiser with the emphasis on fun. Saturday May 25th. Tickets from Gerald Harrison phone detail on poster on front page. Available from this very afternoon. Exciting! 
Another chance to try the Festival Escape room - or to improve your time! 
Brought to you by Laura Jacks and Jana Zielinski
Fri 1st March - 7pm
Sat 9th March - 11:15am, 1pm, 2:15pm, 7pm & 8:15pm
Fri 22nd March - 7pm
Sat 20th April - 2pm, 3:15pm, 7pm & 8:15pm
Sun 28th April - 2pm & 3:15pm

Last weekend we held a ‘Teams’ meeting. What’s that I hear you cry?!
The meeting was for all of the people who expressed an interest (at the BGM, in reply to my email request or through FB as well as word of mouth) in being part of the Teams that help plan and implement aspects of the Festival, up front and behind the scenes.   Being part of a Team doesn't commit people to any more than they feel willing and able to contribute in terms of time. It will keep them up to date with ins and out as we move towards the Festival; probably in a bit more detail than within normal Festival communications. 
The meeting went really well! 
We discussed and agreed the dates of the next Festival and there were lots of good and new ideas for the Festival itself.
Here is a précis:
We agreed on Festival 20 dates: 22nd to 29th August. This, if you check your diaries will not include the Bank Holiday week which in 2020 has the schools go back mid week. I'll be contacting venues to book this very soon. Do block the week in your diaries!
Sally introduced our main Festival Arts Project: ‘Blue and White’. She has 3 sheets of ideas already. Please see Sally for details in terms of the Art side of the Project.  If you have ideas, we'd love to hear them!
I explained that there are various aspects of the Festival that members of the committee 'oversee'.  We broke out into groups (with people moving between groups where necessary) for discussions. Ideas were flowing!  
Once these have been collated the various teams can start working. Some of these will be starting soon and some won't need to start work until 2020.
If we come across an item that we (at committee) feel we need additional help with that didn't come up at the Teams meeting. I'll be in touch for volunteers.  Thanks too to the committee for making the meeting happen. Karen and Elaine, thank you for the refreshment. 

Happy New Festival Planning Year!  JAN 2019
We’ve had our first meeting of 2019 and a good one it was too. 
We discussed possible dates for Festival20, what themes we might develop and who might help organise the many areas of the Festival.  Speaking of which, all of you lovely generous people who expressed an interest in organising events - thank you!  We are holding a Welcome Meeting for you on Sunday 17th February at 10am in the Village Hall.  I’ll contact you separately with details. If you are keen to be involved and don’t get the email, please contact me or just come along, you’ll be most welcome.
Whilst certain areas of the Festival are predictable in terms of admin’, others can evolve over the 2 years. Sometimes ideas pop up in the last few months so we like to factor in some flexibility, as these last minute ideas are often sparkling and exciting. So…don’t think that not getting involved now precludes you from coming forward next year!
We have, too, certain ideas that have been pondered on over the last few years.  Though not felt quite right at the time, these ideas are still around, waiting for the perfect time.  I love it when ideas seem to fit serendipitously!  Last Festival the Alderways fitted beautifully with Alrewas Archives.
‘Less talk more dates Paula’ I hear you cry!
I’ve included other events in and around the village. (Festival Events = AAF)
For Film details check your emails/posters/Fradley Players website
Fradley  Take 3. Monday 28th January . Fradley V Hall
Alrewas Dramatic Society. Thurs 14th to Sat 16th Feb. Mr Wonderful. Alrewas V Hall
Fradley  Take 3. Friday 15th February . Fradley V Hall
AAF.  Friends Teams Welcome Meeting 10am Sunday 17th February. Alrewas V Hall
Live and Local. Sunday 17th Feb. 8pm. Kit Holmes. Tickets: pharmacy or 790799. Alrewas V Hall
AAF.   Flea Pit. 22nd February.    Alrewas V Hall (last few seats)
Fradley  Take 3  8th March  .  Fradley V Hall
AAF.   Flea Pit. 22nd March  .  Alrewas V Hall (Fully booked)
AAF .   Flea Pit. 12th April  . Alrewas V Hall
AAF.    Fashion Show.  Monday 18th March.  7 to 9. Tickets £5 from any committee member or email
Festival Events coming soon:
An evening of woodland fun and frolics with Robin Hood.
An evening of music with optional jigging.   
Festival Auction
23rd October 2018
BGM  Alrewas Arts Festival Biennial General Meeting on 23rd November at 6:30 at Alrewas Village Hall. This will be a short meeting with reports from the officers and the election officers and of committee. There may be a couple of places on the committee. If you are interested in finding out more contact me for details.  The committee is a hard working small group of people who are able to commit to monthly meetings, organising and attending fundraising events and taking on important and time consuming roles, building to almost daily tasks in the months or so before the Festival.
A rather less time consuming and fun way to be involved is to join one of our sub groups wherein you can dip in and out, organise or help with events pre and during the Festival. These might well be include admin’ roles and practical help with community projects. These groups will meet every few months to catch up and plan. It’s a great way to be part of the Festival team.  If you are interested to know more about the committee and sub groups please contact me prior to the BGM. 
ESCAPE!  Laura and Jana’s wonderful Escape Room will return soon!  Watch this space for details of how to book.
ALREWAS DRAMATIC SOCIETY  Murder Mystery evening this coming Friday 26th October.
ALREWAS VILLAGE HALL  7.15 doors open  7.45 curtain up
Tickets available from Alrewas Pharmacy. £10 to include fish and chip supperFLEA PIT  Next Pit is on Friday 16th November.
Doors bar and small plate from 7:15 for screening at 7:45. Places going fast. Contact me to book.CHRISTMAS TREES
Christmas Tree Weekend. In the Church, first weekend of December - catch the online Parish News for details, or ask around!

Stand by details of the Festival Finale. A lovely Party in the Park. 
The stage is being erected tomorrow, and by Saturday afternoon everything will be in place. You can bring a picnic or partake of burgers from the Scouts and fluffy candy floss from Stepping Stones. Gazebo's welcome - we'll mark an area behind which you can pitch these from mid afternoon. Sound checks on Saturday will start from 11:30 am. We need to get it right! All very exciting eh?
Wear warm clothes, bring the family and some dancing shoes. More on the line up tomorrow!

The Festival is here!
Come and join us in the Crown Carpark in Alrewas at 11am for the opening.
The Craft Market starts at about 10 and runs until 5.
30+ stall and rather lovely food available from these, the pubs and of course the Arts Cafe!
Our very first event will be at 3pm in the Methodist Church - Life as a Lego video games animator with Robert Markland. Tickets from the box office.
It's all very wonderful and life affirming, valuable stuff. Free but of incalculable worth!
30 workshops have between 1 and 10 spaces and 10 have a few more
2 escape rooms left with a further 2 with just one space.
Tickets still available for some of the lunch-time concerts, talks and the and a few of the evening performance.
Helpful tips
If you are picking your tickets up from the box Office in Festival week - remember the opening hours are 10 -4
Please contact us if you need to cancel any seats or places we can reallocate them
Keep a eye on the website for updates on venue changes
Any special access needs? Contact us to let us know - when we print attendee lists we can annotate
Have a wonderful Festival!

FESTIVAL FOCUS on :   WORDS! We love words!  Here are a few workshops and talks with spaces where words are the key feature.
Reading Café for parents and youngsters between 5 and 7. Aside from proving lots of love and fun, what’s the thing that makes a difference to a childs development? Reading!  Come and find out more!
Book Clubs - 3 great sessions where you can join in some lively debates about each book. A great opportunity to see how a book club works.
Classic Novel. Poet Bert Flitcroft examines the every popular Arnold Bennett Novel - get reading and book in.
Why do we love Art? How do we engage with art? Great questions!   A rare opportunity to listen to and discuss art with Philosopher Nils Stear. Q+A lead by Jim Ralley
Life as a Lego video games animator…Rob Markland is a superlative animator. Hear about his world
Alrewas. Talk. A fabulous insight into Alrewas by local guide Lynn Ingram. Lucky us! - check out the programme and give Jean a ring to book

NEWS FLASH!.....NEW DROP-IN. Archaeology drop-in.Susheela moved into the village last year. She’s Finds Liaison Officer for Staffordshire and the West Midland. What a find for us!She’ll be in the Arts Café on Wednesday morning of Festival week, 10ish. (29th Aug). Come along and see some archaeological finds from the past 2000 years from our region. If you have any small finds that you want identifying please bring them along too. Will Alrewas bring forth another local hoard?! Here are a couple of links: twitter is @StaffsWMFLO

NEWSFLASH!...Deb Holmes has kindly agreed to run another workshop on Thursday morning at 10am. Contact Jean 07984 869080 to book

FESTIVAL FOCUS ON : Lunchtime concert with Joanne Mayling Soprano
Joanne has sung with the chorus of English National Opera, British Youth Opera & Welsh National Youth Opera and is no stranger to the concert platform, having performed as a soloist with many Orchestras, including the British Police Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire.
On Tuesday 28th she will perform a programme full of classics from 1910's-1940's including songs such as A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square, The Man I love & We'll Gather Lilacs. She will be joined by Peter Livesey at the Piano.
See Joanne perform at 11am on Tuesday 28th August at Alrewas Methodist Church, or with The Operettes on Monday 27th August at 12.30pm at All Saints
Waterways magazine article above.  Thanks Harry!

​The Festival is getting closer!

We have unprecedented booking numbers already and have some waiting list for workshops and performances. Really pleased to see that lots of places left to book. Out of about 2,600 tickets in total we have around 600 left.

It's all very wonderful and life affirming, valuable stuff. Free but worth a lot!

40 workshops have between 1 and 10 spaces and 10 have a few more
2 escape rooms left with a further 2 with just one space.
Tickets still available for the lunch time concerts, talks and the and a few of the evening performance.

Helpful tips
If you are picking your tickets up from the box Office in Festival week - remember the opening hours are 10 -4
Please contact us if you need to cancel any seats or places we can reallocate them
Keep a eye on the website for updates on venue changes
Any special access needs? Contact us to let us know - when we print attendee lists we can annotate

It's not too late to help out. Contact me for information. We highly value our Festival friends. We simply couldn't do it without you!

Lovely afternoon of Booking. Day 2 done! Thanks to all.
55 workshops with lots places still to book. For those of you who can't have time off work, some evening and weekend workshops.
22 performances with spaces. Lunch concerts, evening gigs and a couple of Escape rooms left.
Remember all of the drop-ins and events that you don't need tickets for. Alderways Fair on Bank Holiday Monday, Party in the Park on Walkfield. If the weather is rainy, in All Saints Church. Gosh, how lucky are we to have an alternative. Thank you so much!
Day 1 of booking done.
Looking at those pie charts - impressive. But what do they actually represent?!  It could mean that 50% of just 4 workshops are  booked. Well, no. 
Here are the stats: There are 96 workshops with 1087 places. There are 45 performances with 1581 placed.
Today we issued at total of 1367 tickets. That a lot of tickets! 
Take a look at Festival 18 tab. Here you'll see a list of workshops and performance that are already fully booked. 35 workshops and 21 performance. Wow! The tickets may be free but they have value!   Please contact us to cancel if you can't attend. We already have waiting lists. We may contact some you nearer the Festival to check that you are coming.  
Come along tomorrow it you couldn't make today - lots left to book. 2 until 4 pm Alrewas Village Hall. 
If you see one of our newly decorated Festival buckets - they are there to help pay for your glorious week long Festival.
Please see booking page for information...on booking!
​Pom Pom time!  Why I hear you cry - why indeed!

​Very exciting NewsNote!
The Festival programme has gone to print - 32 pages of loveliness! 
  It’ll be available on the website from the end of next week.
  Booking starts on 28th July in person, in the village hall - 10 till 4
  Then Sunday 29th from 2-4
  Thereafter by phone from about 10 until 6 each day, depending entirely upon Jean’s good will - she has a lot of it - until the end of Festival week. During Festival week the box Office will be in the Methodist Hall as usual.  The Festival phone number is: 07984 869080. It will be active from Sunday 30th July
  If you have mobility problems and don’t have anyone who can come along to the booking weekend for you, please contact me.

Open Gardens Weekend
  Festival fun at the Bank Coffeehouse Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Wonder by to say hi and take a peak at some of the activities planned for the Alderways Fair in Festival week.
  Julia’s pre-loved art sale, the profits of which she is very kindly donating to the Festival will take place in Swallow Court off Fox Lane both days (this is a change of venue - previously the Village Hall)

Blind date with a book  Don’t judge a book by its cover! 
A Festival book swop with a difference.  Starting around Sat 7th July. Venue: Bank Coffeehouse. Thank you Jane for hosting this and thank you Joe for the great idea!
How it works
  Read your book
  Take it along to The Bank Coffeehouse
  Wrap your book in the brown paper on the shelf
  On the cover, describe your book in around 5 lines or less 
  Make the descriptions enticing / honest / act as a teaser
  Browse the shelf for your next read
  Pop a donation in the Festival pot
Art work and Photographs for the Festival Exhibitions
Start selecting or creating your artwork and you photographs for submission into the Festival Exhibitions.
  The Art Exhibition will be in the Methodist Hall as previously. This will be curated by Sally Stanton. It will be possible to buy some of the artwork after the Festival.  Contact Sally : 01283 791670  in July /August to submit. Details of how to submit will be on the Festival website in a week or so.
  The Photo Exhibition will be in All Saints Church. Thank you so much for hosting! Again, for details of how and what to submit, check out the website in a week or so. Contact Sue Williams 01283 790270  if you need to chat.

Buckle up folks, we are now just 73 days until Festival 2018. Very exciting indeed!  
The programme is almost completed and this will be available online in a few weeks. We have around 90 workshops with lots of new opportunities to try arts and crafts. We have music, theatre, words, films, art and photo exhibitions, a Escape room (yes!), guided walks, the Party in the Park and of course the Alderways Fair.  What’s that I hear you cry?  Well it’s a gentle, delightful project that you can get involved with now (see Gathering below) and during Festival week. I’ll be sending out, (and posting on Alrewas FB page) regular updates and information on things coming your way. Sally Stanton is leading this project.
Ellie Westbrook of the SHE Choir will be leading the Festival Choir this year. Hoorah!! Key facts: No singing experience needed. Everyone welcome. It’s a Community Choir so you have a say in what you do. You don’t need to know how to read music.  It’s fun!!  First meeting is Tuesday 19th at 7:30 to 8:30 in the Village Hall (Tarmac Suite). If you can’t make the first meeting - come to the second on 26th, same time, same venue
The next Gathering is June 24th in Alrewas Village Hall from 2 until 4 pm.  Come and see what’s going on. Old crafts and new ideas.  More detail to follow and on FB. Refreshments as per.
Box Office
The Box Office opens during the last weekend of July.  Sat 28th July at 10 till 4 and Sunday 29th From 2 till 4.  Alrewas Village Hall.
During this first weekend of booking we (as always) restrict the number of Workshops that you can book. This is so that more people have a chance of booking their choice of workshops.  They fill quickly! Last Festival about 60% of workshop places was booked during the first 2 days of booking.  This means that the booking weekend is busy and that there will be queues. This was always the case. Even back in 2006, our first Festival, the queue to book snaked from the Methodist Hall down to the Post Office!  Our electronic booking system and having 4 booking terminals makes this much quicker. We’ve also tweaked the system again this year so it should be further improved.    After the first booking weekend you can book as many places as you like.
The Festival phone will be active from Sunday 29th.  Number to follow.
 The programme will be available online from about 20th July and if you live in Alrewas you’ll get your copy through your letter box then too. People outside of Alrewas can pick up a copy of the programme from various village places  - I’ll let you know where when I’ve confirmed.
Flea Pit
The next screening on Friday 22nd June in Alrewas Village Hall.  Places going fast - contact me to book.  Small plate and bar.
During Festival week we will be showing 2 Children’s films. Both screening at 9:30 in the morning.  Be ready to book.
We’ll also be screening a wine focussed film with some fun wine tasting during the film.  Can’t wait for that one!
Open Gardens
We are going to be outside the Bank Coffeehouse during Open Gardens (3th June 1st July). Thank you Jane. There will be some Alderways activities and copies of the booking form for the Booking weekend to collect - These will be on the website too.
Your Data
We hold your email address (clearly - as you are reading this news note), and for many of you, the contact detail you offered us at the last and previous Festivals. We never share your details with any other organisation. The workshop leaders receive a list of participants just prior to the workshop, they need this so that they know who to expect. Our ticketing database is not web based and is secure. You can opt out of newsletters and Festival contact at any time.  Just let me know. Out data protection policy is here on our website for perusal.
Pre-Loved Pictures
Julia is holding a sale of Pre-Loved pictures over Open Gardens Weekend.  She is very kindly donating any profits to the Festival. Picture of any sort - don’t need to be old masters! Please contact Julia for details: 07740 177 170


Come one come all!
Our open meeting for Workshop Leaders and Friends is tomorrow, Sunday 29th in Alrewas Village Hall from 2 until 4pm. 
Do come along to find out more!

Festival and other news as at 14/4/18
Spring has sprung - just!
What’s coming up?
Next Friday, 20th April, The Flea Pit, is  directed with joy by Andy Sirkis.  Check your Festival email for details.
 Contact me to book your places
Sunday 29th April. Open meeting for Workshop leaders and Friends. Most of you will have been contacted, but if not, or you would like to know more - come along to Village Hall between 2 and 4.

In the next month or so we will be contacting in line with the updated data protection act to check that we can contact you. You will need to opt in. It won’t make any difference practically to the information you receive but we need to gather your permission. I’ll endeavour to make it all as easy as possible!   More news soon.
Alrewas Live and Local present:
‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’
When? Sunday 20 May at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm
Where? Alrewas Village Hall
Three brilliant fiddle players bring the rich and distinctive folk traditions of their native Norway, Sweden and Shetland alive in a unique and invigorating collaboration, interspersing outstanding musicianship with some first class craic. This is a shimmering display of endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful music. 
Book now: Tickets available from Alrewas Pharmacy or, if you are unable to get there, from Lorna Lewis 01283 790799. Ticket price: £9:50 
Festival dates for your diary and more!
March 30th    contact me to book - film on application
April 20th     contact me to book - film on application
May 25th      
June 22nd   
July 13th     
Friday 2nd March Alrewas Village Hall. Tickets available now from Susie: 01283 2951010  £5.    Bar available.  An annual opportunity to buy high street fashion at very good prices!   Look out for Posters in the village too.
Saturday 17th March Alrewas Village Hall
Yeah!!!!   It’s back!   You know you love it!  Pop it in your diary - more detail soon.  Any lovely Auction items?  Contact Jean: 01283 790766.
FESTIVAL BURNS NIGHT - This is fully booked
A message from Sally.
The next Alderways Fair Gathering will be on Sunday 28th January
2pm - 4pm in the Village Hall. Drop in to see what is happening or come and stay for a while; there are so many things to try.  If you have already made something, please bring it along with you!
This session will include whittling, tin can lid jewellery, lots of different forms of weaving including "team weaving", hula-hoop weaving, making gods eyes and dream-catchers.
Tea and cake available. Alrewas Arts Festival activities are free but we do need to raise money to make this possible so any donations to cover costs of hall hire, refreshments and materials are much appreciated.  There will be donation buckets out on the day. 
PS. We are running out of wool so any donations would be very welcome. Please give to any of committee or drop at 16 Fox Lane.
A public meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 18 January 2018. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Members of the Steering Group and the Parish Council will be available to discuss the details of the Plan.
The Plan can be found at:
Thanks to a great team and new equipment in Fradley Village Hall, the Take 2 Movie Nights got off to a fabulous start last week.  A full house, bar, snacks and food.  Run through Fradley Players with Parish Council support Take 2 aim to screen once a month. We went along and had a great evening.
Margy and I are coordinating screenings so as not to screen on the same day or repeat films.
Take 2 will run with the same licence as the Flea Pit so all screenings are free and funded by your kind donations.
Coming up for Take 2:
16th Feb: Contact Fradley Players for film details
16th March: Contact Fradley Players for film details
27th April: Contact Fradley Players for film details
This years Fuse Festival, takes place between 13th-15th July in Beacon Park. You may be familiar with it. Free music and arts festival. They need people to volunteer to help as well as go along and enjoy.  Get it in your diary and get in touch with them if you’d like to know more. It’s a great weekend!
(subject to Arts Council funding!)
Thanks for the heads up Val.
The questionnaire helps to give background information

People good at Figures in Fairs, Sing and Save lives!
Flea Pit
The next Flea Pit Screening is on Friday 17th November
It IS rocket science!
Doors open at 7:14 for 7:45 Screening. Bar and Small Plate (£2)
A dramatic and funny and life affirming film based on the real story of how a group of very bright women helped to send astronaut John Glenn into space in 1962.
Contact me or check your email newsletter/posters for details
October screening now no longer happening
Ready to start Christmas Shopping?
Come along to Alrewas Village Hall on Saturday 21st October and support the Alrewas Show Autumn Fair, raising funds to support local charities. 
Browse through the many and varied stalls with some great gift ideas for Christmas. Refreshments and cake also on sale.
Co-hosted by the Alrewas Show and Alrewas Tennis Club
Alrewas Dramatic Society
Acclaimed Alan Bennett play
Alrewas Village Hall
Thursday 23th Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November
Tickets from Alrewas Pharmacy  £7:50 and concessions £6.
Doors open 7:15 curtain up 7:45
Adult humour and language. Chances of Classic Allan Bennett repartee? High!
Joanne Mayling of Alrewas runs a ladies choir on Thursday mornings in Mavesyn Ridware Church. For more details please contact her on
Concert coming up on December 7th at St Nicholas Church, Abbots Bromley.
The Birchwood Choir Festive Concert. Joanne Mayling: Soprano Dellal McDonald:  Piano
‘Learn to Save a Life!’ Emergency First Aid Training
The PPG have organised another emergency first aid training workshop in Alrewas. As before, this will cover how to use a defibrillator, CPR and emergency first aid. It will be delivered by Keith Dawson of the West Midlands Ambulance Service and is open to anyone over 11 years old.
Venue: Village Hall
Date: 7 December 2017
Time: 7-9 pm 
Cost: £3 per person
If you couldn’t make any of the previous sessions, or would like a refresher, book a place by:
Phoning    Alrewas Surgery on 01283 790316 (after midday)
Please let us know by 24 November if you would like to attend.
If there are no places available, we will put you on a waiting list for the next workshop in 2018.
Public access defibrillators save lives
23rd September 2017
Sunday 1st October Alrewas Methodist Hall between 2 and 4
If you can’t make this, watch the website, check Fest18 emails, look for posters and flyers or contact Sally Stanton,
Our main Community Art’s Project for Fest18 will be ‘The Alderways Fair’. This will be a meeting of tribes and clans for discussions, trading, sharing of skills and ideas, celebration and entertainment.
We will be working with a selection of materials all of which were available to early settlers; willow, wood, clay, wool and fabric.
You will help with planning and making installations, creating items to use and display around the village and sell at the Fair during Festival week.
Fancy a bit of Whittling?  Who doesn’t ! We’ll be setting up a whittling and weaving group this year to get things moving for people of all ages and experience. Don’t fancy a group?  Contact us for information and how to start at home.
Saturday 28th October  Family film with fab soundtrack and ghosts!
Tea Time Flea Pit. Doors open 5pm for 5:30 screening. Bar, soft drinks, complimentary hot dogs! Contact me to book.
Fradley Players announce that tickets for their Autumn production of David Tristam’s hilarious comedy “Forget me knot” are now on sale at Fradley Post Office. The dates are 26th  27th and 28th October at Fradley Village Hall 
Prices are Thursday 26th  £5
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th £10 which includes a Fish and Chip supper
All performances start at 7.30 pm with the bar opening at 7.00pm   
Are playing at The British Legion Club, Alrewas, on Saturday 14th October from 8pm, Rykneld Street  DE13 7AX 
For details on booking and prices contact Chris on 07974 570289, Donna on 07966 342103, Dave on 07850 701266, or Bill on 07909 531514, or email us at
The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent.
BOX OFFICE: 01289 508 100
Talk. Saturday 30th September  2 p.m.  £5  "Flickering Stories." Maria explores how the ancient art of storytelling filters through the sieve of time and settles steadfastly in contemporary cinema.
"Once Upon a Wednesday" performances + home made cakes, coffee and a warm welcome. Tickets in advance £6, and £8 on the door
Wednesday 11th October Cat Weatherill  7.30 p.m. "The King of Denmark's Son"
Wednesday 8th November Liz Weir  7.30 p.m.   Tales from Ireland
Wednesday 13th December  7.30 p.m. Sarah Matthews and Maria Whatton  "Winter Wassail"
Kate Dimbleby at the Village Hall: An early heads-up to the next Live and Local gig.
The Alrewas Live and Local team is very excited to announce their next event at Alrewas Village Hall on Sunday 26 November. It’s the critically acclaimed Kate Dimbleby in her new live show ‘Songbirds’ which tells a personal story about finding her own voice through singing the stories of others. She’s released six albums, sold out the Festival Hall, toured internationally and appeared regularly on national radio. Her live stage show has gained a 4* review from The Times. As she’s established quite a following, and our events have been known to sell out, make sure you get your tickets early from Alrewas Pharmacy. Ticket price is £9.50.
If you can’t get to the pharmacy, phone Lorna on 01283 790799. Once payment has been received, tickets can be posted to you or collected at the door.
“A voice of pure velvet, she has a magnetic stage presence and captivates her audience” Glasgow Herald
“Fresh, subtle and starting” The Guardian

​Flea Pit
July Flea Pit  will be an Iconic, subtle, funny and  poignant film. It was made  - unbelievably - 50 years ago.
Friday July 7th Alrewas Village Hall Doors open 7:15 for 7:45 screening.   Small plate (£2) and bar from 7:15.
Contact me for film details and to book your place.
 ‘Mike Nichols’ coming-of-age epic is a masterpiece from beginning to end, and while nearly every scene in the film has inspired actors, directors and writers since, it’s the film’s iconic, uncertain final scene that’s left audiences walking away from the movie speechless for nearly 50 years.  It was released in 1967, was adapted from the book of the same name by little-known author Charles Webb. 
Alrewas All Saints Church
A message from All Saints
‘We shall be having a Strawberry Tea in church at 3.00pm on Sunday 9th July, the tickets cost £5.00. There will be gentle music during the afternoon provided by the Fradley Five recorder group. 
Tickets are available from the vicarage or the church wardens’.
The Bailey Bridge
A message from Val and Sally
‘In May the artist Julia Jowett hung twenty-two hearts from the tree in her front garden in Armitage as 'a little plot of love and smiles to send home to Manchester'. She invited people to add their own hearts and the tree blossomed into an explosion of colour.  Having contributed to that tree we wanted to bring something similar to Alrewas, so with Julia's blessing, here is our version. 
The hearts are intended as a quiet and gentle show of support for everyone touched by recent events in Manchester, London and elsewhere.
If you would like to add your own hearts to the project then please do.  You can make them any size and out of anything you like.  Bear in mind it will be outside in the British summer (!) for several weeks so will need to be reasonably weatherproof.  We will take everything down on 24th July so if you would like yours back please take them down by then.  If you would like to contribute but would find it difficult to hang them yourself you can deliver them to 16 Fox Lane.  Please make sure there is a way to attach them with holes or strings.
Alrewas Show
Saturday July 15th   A great day!  Come along; get involved.
Details on the website:
Eating disorders
Do you have one or suspect a friend or relative dose?
Here’s a link to NHS Choices information and a lovely little film which includes our very own local lad Dave Chawner, a comedian who has based shows around his own life with anorexia.

We shall be having a Strawberry Tea in church at 3.00pm on Sunday 10th July, the tickets cost £5.00. there will gentle music during the afternoon provided by the Fradley Five recorder group. 
Tickets are available from the vicarage or the church wardens.
Comedy Night  Sat 17th June 8pm     £10
‘Join us for a giggle at Alrewas Village Hall on Saturday 17th June. Bar opens at 8pm. Fab compere Lenny Sherman kicks the evening off at 8:30. Acts include Smurf Docker, Sean Percival and...well, you'll just have to join us to find out!’
Contact Becky for tickets: 07576 590 846 All proceeds to Stepping Stones Pre-School, Alrewas. Charity No: 1026412
A message from Peter
‘I am working with All Saints Church PCC to submit a small bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the visitor experience at the church. In order to be successful we need support from the community. I have set up an online questionnaire that gives more detail about the proposed project and should only take a few minutes to complete. Your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance. Here's the link... ‘

Hello all
Happy Sunny Sunday!
May Flea Pit, Friday 19th  film has changed!
Sign up for newsletter for film information and to book.  The next screening will be Friday June 16th.
Let me know if you would like to book for either/both
Looking forward to seeing you there

What a great community rich month March has been!
To name but a few events…..
The pudding club evening was packed. Pearl and Joe provided a sublime selection of all things pudding. Thank you!
The Festival fashion show, again pack and a great fundraiser for the next Festival. Thanks Susie!
The Flea Pit - what a wonderful evening and atmosphere. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was funny, charming and moving. 
The Nearly New Sale, a fundraiser for the Festival and Village Hall yesterday raised more funds for both and a good amount of sales of goods as well as a showcase for local businesses.
Edingale Village Hall hosted a beer and wine tasting evening - great fun. I scored an impressive 1/18!
Next screening at the Flea Pit has about 10 seats left so do get in touch with me if you would like to book Friday 28th April. 7:15 for 7:45 screening.  Small plate £2. Bar. 
Following the barnstorming success of the Budapest Cafe Orchestra last weekend, here's some news about the next Live and Local event brought to you by Live and Local. 
The Oxford Concert Party Sunday 14 May.  
‘Three hundred years of music from around the world by an unstuffy bunch of superb musicians. Rich and vibrant sounds ranging from Vivaldi to Piazzolla, via Argentinian Tango, French cafe music and music from Eastern Europe, Ireland and Scotland. Should be an unforgettable show!
Tickets: Available from Saturday 1st April from Alrewas Pharmacy or Lorna Lewis 01283 790799.   I’ve got mine!
Alrewas Tennis Club has been awarded a grant of £27,453 from the Landfill Communities Fund, to go towards the cost of painting the tennis court surfaces and installing floodlighting. This marks the final phase of the original development plan for the Tennis Club, and will give Alrewas a great all-year sports facility. With floodlighting installed, the courts will be available for play up to 9pm all year round – and will also be available for use by other sports and community groups in the village. The lighting has been carefully chosen, with low-rise posts and box lighting to minimise the overspill of light outside the courts. To secure the grant, the Tennis Club needs to raise £6,000 during 2017, so will be running some  fundraising events – the first of which is a Curry & Quiz night at the Delhi Divan on Thursday 6th April.Teams of up to 4 are invited to come along, price is £15.00 per head including the cost of the meal.
To book up for the Curry and Quiz night on 6th April, call Nicky Franks on 07711 746346 or Emma Marticorena on 07957 231914, or visit – where you can also found out more about the club and our plans for 2017.
Richard and Janneke Evans have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the people of Alrewas and friends.  ‘When Kath suggested we hold a coffee morning to raise some money for Joseph's sterile food pouches, we hoped to make around £400, knowing our cakes were good!  Never in our wildest dreams did we expect to raise £1788!  The closed bid painting sold for £200.  Our warmest thanks to everyone who donated money, tombola prizes, their time and to all our coffee morning supporters.’
Need a small change collection box to support our own very special Charity? Contact our chair, Rob Horton ( There will be a number of fundraising events later this year, they sell out, so be quick when you see the notices! We welcome applications for grants.
A Message from Mike On Saturday 6 May the Needwood Singers have a concert at St. John's Church, Horninglow, Burton upon Trent DE13 0XQ. 7.30pm. The programme consists of two short Bach Cantatas, #51 for soprano and orchestra and #106, ("God's own time is best") for orchestra, choir and four soloists.  The main item will be the very well loved "Requiem" by Mozart.  We have a twenty-piece orchestra and four professional soloists. Tickets are £15.00 per person but the cost will only be £12.00 if the tickets are bought before 17 April.  If you would like an early purchase please send a cheque for the appropriate amount and a stamped addressed envelope to;- Mike Estall, 71 Admiral Parker Drive, Shenstone, Lichfield, Staffs., WS14 0NS. Phone 01543 483321, and I shall post them to you. This is a concert not to be missed and I hope to hear from you soon. Best wishes, Mike Estall’
ALREWAS SHOW - July 15th
A message from Mandy. We have decided to move the time of the parade forward by half an hour and will now start at 12:30 from the school. This is because we have a packed timetable of events in the Show ring. I hope this doesn't present a problem and we will advertise this nearer the time so we can have the support of the crowd through the village. I hope you this years theme has given you lots of scope! This year's theme is 'It's all a game'. We thought this would be an excellent theme for all the local groups and gives you a wide scope. This could be hoops and skipping ropes, snakes and l adders or even Pokémon (especially as there are two pokestops en route). Last year was excellent and we received fantastic feedback about the quality of the groups and it was our biggest carnival. I hope we can build on that success this year. One area of positive feedback was a request for the parade to be led by a the band; the Show Council have agreed they want this to continue. This year we will be led by 'Someone at the door Samba band'. They love participating in parades and will be leading you all through Alrewas. Be warned they like noise! Mandy’

What a great community rich month so far!
The pudding club evening was packed. Pearl and Joe provided a sublime selection of all things pudding. Thank you!
The Festival fashion show, again pack and a great fundraiser for the next Festival. Thanks Susie!
The Flea Pit on Friday - what a wonderful evening and atmosphere. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was funny, and moving. 
The Nearly New Sale, a fundraiser for the Festival and Village Hall yesterday raised more funds for both and a good amount of sales of goods as well as a showcase for local businesses.
Last night, Edingale Village Hall hosted a beer and wine tasting evening - great fun. I scored an impressive 1/18!

​Next Flea Pit: Friday 28th April.  Contact me for film information and to sign up for newsletters.

Flea Pit
Friday 17th February
Doors open at 7:15 with bar and small plate. Screening at 7:45
Peter Bradshaw gave our February film a whopping 5 stars!  ‘What audacity, what elegance! Here is a hilariously self-aware period comedy polished to a brilliant sheen.
Friday 17th March
Doors open at 7:15 with bar and small plate. Screening at 7:45
Mark Kermode is ‘Boiling Hot’ about this fun New Zealand based film.
The Flea Pit screenings are free. We very much welcome your donations, of course, in our Festival bucket to cover costs and to add to our pot in preparation for Festival 18. Sign up for Festival newsletters ( or join Alrewas Telegraph for film information and to book seats. 
Alrewas Village Hall
The 2nd Alrewas Pudding Night at the Village Hall
Saturday 11th March 7.00 p.m for 7.30 p.m. 
‘All proceeds will go to the Village Hall for the purchase of a new industrial dishwasher/white china. This is an opportunity to see our new village hall in all its glory, full of people enjoying themselves’
Tickets are £8.00. Bar available. ‘Entertainment will be by the very talented Go Ukulele Crazy Group formed in Alrewas as a result of the Arts festival’.
You will receive a wide choice of puddings, lots of good company and a little something to take home.  To book your ticket either email me ( Pearl ) on or telephone on 01283 791328
 Friday 24th February 10am – 12.30 at 40 Post Office Road .
‘Brave little Joseph Kenobi (the 5 year-old grandson of Richard and Janneke Evans, of Alrewas) is currently undergoing chemotherapy after having a large brain tumour removed. He is making good progress but still cannot swallow and is being fed through a tube.  To aid his recovery he needs expensive, sterile food pouches not available on the NHS. We are holding this event to raise funds to purchase these pouches. Do come along and enjoy coffee/tea and cake (lots of cake!) as well as tombola and a chance to purchase some artwork at knock-down prices
Curry and Quiz Night
Fundraising for the Kandersteg trip
Wednesday 8th March 7pm
Adults £15 Children £10
Tickets from Jo 07718865315 or Chris 07818605892
Bilash Restaurant Fradley
Festival Fashion Show
Our annual fundraiser with catwalk high street clothing at impressive prices.
Alrewas Village Hall Friday 3rd March. Doors open at 7pm for 7:30 start.
Tickets £5 from Alrewas Pharmacy or 10283 295101
Nearly New Sale
Joint fundraiser for Alrewas Village Hall and Festival 18
Nearly New Sale on Saturday 18th March in the Village Hall. This popular annual event sells adult clothes, shoes and accessories in almost new condition at bargain prices. If you have any unwanted items that you have never or hardly worn you can register as a seller by calling Jane 01283 791470 or You will keep 50% of any sales and the rest goes towards the Village Hall upkeep and Alrewas Arts Festival 2018 fundraising.
Cricket Club
On Saturday 11th March Alrewas Cricket Club are hosting an evening with England and Glamorgan cricket legend Robert Croft MBE. Tickets are £30 and include a three course meal. Proceeds will go towards a major upgrade of the kitchen and catering facilities. All are welcome. Contact Tim Aston for tickets 0n 01283 791519
Alrewas Dramatic Society
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Basket Cases
Fun times for all the family!
Alrewas Village Hall on Thursday 23rd Feb to Saturday 25th Feb
Matinee on Saturday. Tickets -£7 and £5  from Alrewas Pharmacy
Live and Local
Budapest Café Orchestra
‘Powerful driving folk-based music, Eastern Europe inspired by the music of European gypsies. Think vivid images of fiddle maestros Budapest café life and gypsy campfires!’
Alrewas Village Hall Sunday 26th March 8pm - doors open 7:15
Tickets (£9) from Lorna 01283 790799 or from Alrewas Pharmacy

Festival News
We had our first meeting of 2017 and I’m delighted to announce the date of the next Festival…in a bit - read on!
We usually meet in  Alrewas Village Hall. Last Tuesday it was buzzing with activity. So great to know that simultaneously there was Festival meeting, Tap classes for youngsters and adults, Alrewas Dramatic Society rehearsing Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Basket Cases (more below), and I know the Show committee were meeting too, in the Church. Busy village!  Do you know about Pearls Craft Club? Want to know more? Contact me.
Keep forgetting to thank….Knitwits! Fabulous Christmas displays around the village.  Loved it all. So many great comments, a lot of people smiling. Surgery bollards - fun! Was so hoping for snow around the war memorial to further set the penguins!
Flea Pit
Start of a great film watching year.  As you know, a music documentary in a couple of weeks, Friday 27th. Contact me for a seat.   
Dates for the following films we’ll be screening soon:
o    A funny, FUNNY,  Jane Austin take
o   An acclaimed and touching life affirming true story of a marriage across boundries
o   A Kiwi comedy drama ‘buddy movie/charmingly off-beat / understated moments of magic’,
o   A film with amazing animals - you know all about that one!
o   ‘What makes the pain of this film bearable is his unquenchable decency, courage and perseverance’ This exceptional 5/5 * moving film will resonate with you. We’ll have tissues, time to chat after the film and and a box for you to drop food bank donations. Don’t forget, All Saints Church is a food bank collection point right now.
Alrewas Surgery
Monday 16th January.  Information Drop-in from 6:30 to 8pm
All welcome to come and browse and chat! 
• Information on pharmacy services, carers support, health checks, online booking and more. Drop in for these.
• A few appointments left for speedy medication reviews and Flu jabs too. Make an appointment for these. 
How to find help support and information about pretty much everything to do with health: ‘NHS Choices’ is a great first port of call when wondering what to do - self treat, ask a pharmacy, phone or see a nurse or doctor, contact 111 or visit A+E.
Alrewas Dramatic Society
ADS presents a Dave Crump special:
Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Basket Cases.
Sounds ruddy great doesn’t it!?
Benefit Cummerbund eat your heart out! This is the play of the book Sir Rather Colon-Boil MEANT to write.
Alrewas Village Hall (where else!)
Thursday 23rd Friday 24th Saturday 25th February. 2 performances on Sat 25th (2:30 and 7:45) Tickets £6.50 and concessions £5.
Alrewas Unites Charities or should I now say…..
Here’s a newsletter from Rob Horton, Chair of the Trustee’s
‘When our ancient Charities were amalgamated into AUC in 1934, Fradley was within the Parish of Alrewas and much much smaller, so a name change was overdue to reflect the growing size and significance of Fradley.
Tim Aston, who is now an expert at liaising with the Charities Commission, has completed all the paperwork, and our bank account, website and domain name are being changed too, with help from Kevin Wilkinson.
Wendy Walker organised a very successful evening at her home last month, raising £2000, and our Delhi Divan Banquet evening this week was another sell-out, raising £1100. A big thank you to all of you for supporting these events, and to our trustees for their hard work.
In 2016 we have supported local individuals and organisations with donations of over £5000, most recently giving grants to adapt the home of a young disabled resident, to a student needing help with University course books, and to improve the security lighting on Walkfield.
Over the centuries, residents have left money to the villages they love by donations, regular giving and legacies. Just in case you would like to continue this great tradition, we attach a standing order form! 
And one more thing - we desperately need a volunteer to co-ordinate, count and cash our small change and collecting boxes, do let us know if you are interested, it is  proving more of a challenge than we anticipated.
With all the very best for 2017.

Almost forgot!
Date of Festival 2108
August 25th to 1st September  - Get that in your diary RIGHT NOW!
Dear all
Happy New Year from the Festival team.
We are really looking forward to planning the next Festival in 2018. In fact, we have so many ideas already!  We’ll keep you informed and may be asking you to take part in pre-festival planning and activities.  It’s all very exciting!
This, although our interim year, will feature regular Festival events.  Our monthly Flea Pit screening continues with Ron Howards film  about the Beatles (more below).  These lovely relaxed evenings usually start at about 7:15 with a bar and small plate food. We often have a