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Tales from the Tower

The regular ringers at St. John’s were pleased to be able to ring before the special Christmas services. We also remembered one of our former ringers, Cliff Bowen by including 120 changes of “Clifford’s Delight” amongst the ringing during the Christmas period. Many people were interested and heartened to follow the news story of a painting owned by Canon Jamie MacLeod. This was confirmed as being the work of van Dyck, and the priest intends to sell the painting and use some of the proceeds to buy new church bells which he hopes will be installed in time to commemorate the end of the First World War in 1918.


Two young ladies, 10 year old Amiee Ogden and 11 year old Alice Ogden, have been learning to ring church bells On Saturday 27th December they rang their first quarter peal. This was 1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles, which took 40 minutes without stopping. This was really well rung and was a brilliant achievement by two young ladies of this young age. From left to right in the photo, Lance Hill, Dawn Grundy Amiee Ogden, Andrew Ogden, Alice Ogden, and Anne Ogden.




Armitage with Handsacre Strollers

Our walking group continues to meet on Mondays at 9:30am outside St. John’s Church, Armitage, to stroll for about an hour and then to have a hot drink before going our separate ways. It seems to set the week off to a good start and is a companionable and healthy break. Eleven of us enjoyed a celebratory meal together on “twixtmas Monday”, December 30th, at The Rag at Rawnsley; those who were unable to join us to eat together are looking forward to joining us next time!

We were able to continue our walks every Monday (so far) during this winter. We vary the routes according to the weather, (and mud!) and recently enjoyed the open space of a stroll on public footpaths in the grounds of the Dunstall Park Estate. This is quite a favourite walk, and we plan to return in the spring at lambing time. We welcome anyone who cares to join us and our wanderings also provide an opportunity to chat about news and events and to glean practical advice on a wide range of subjects- gardening, travel, cooking etc from others.




New PCSO To Join Team

On 2nd January 2014, a new Police Community Support Officer will be joining our team.

His name is Ash Bennett and his collar number is 22573. Ash can be contacted on the following mobile number 07800 764691.

There is also a ‘meet your local officer’ and crime reduction meeting being held on Saturday 25th January 2014 between 10am and 1pm held at the Police Post.

We will be making people aware of ‘Immobilise’ which is a register for any item that has a serial number, ‘smartwater’ which is the forensic marking kit and neighbourhood watch/Owl.
There will be tea and coffee available and also anyone who signs up to receive information from Owl will have a free gift!!!

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a great 2014!

PC 5377 Alison Lewis
Lichfield Rural Area Officer

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