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CPRE Hedge Planting 12 March 2024

Hedge-planting volunteers needed!

Blithfield Parish Council, could you help us plant a hedge on Tuesday 12th March?

As part of our Hedgerow Heroes project, we’ll be planting about 175m of new hedgerow on farmland near Weston Hall, near the A5 and Weston-under-Lizard.Planting will take place between 10am and 2pm, but we also appreciate volunteers who are only able to come for part of the day. We love it when the local community gets involved in their area, and also welcome guests from further away.

Full details of where to park and meet will be sent out before the event, including the exact address and meeting place.

What do I need?

No previous experience of tree-planting is necessary. We’ll show you what to do and provide all the necessary equipment. Please come dressed for the weather.

Please bring a packed lunch and snacks, and a flask with a hot drink.

What happens if we need to cancel?

Bad weather is difficult to plan for. In general, we will continue to plant if it’s raining, but if it’s looking dangerous or the ground is frozen we will have to cancel an event. If this happens, we will try and notify you as soon as we possibly can.

If you need to cancel, please send us an email to let us know.

How do I confirm I’d like to go?

It’s free to attend the day! Just sign up here on Eventbrite so we know who is coming.
If you have any queries, please drop us an email.

We hope to see you there!

Blithfeld News Spring 2024


Welcome to the first news briefing from Blithfield Parish Council in 2024.


Action on Reservoir Causeway Racers: The S59 signs erected close to the Blithfield Reservoir Causeway have improved the situation regarding the anti-social behaviour in the area.  Unfortunately the issue has partially moved to the Admaston lay-by which is not encompassed by the signs.  The parish council continues to apply pressure to the various partners in the hope, further action can be taken.

New PCSO   The Needwood ward of which Blithfield is a part, has a new PCSO, PCSO 30170 Chris Edwards, he can be contacted by email  We are grateful for the help we received from PCSO Tim Leathers who has now moved on. You can find lots of information regarding crime and also report it on Staffordshire Police’s website

There has been a spate of farm and rural related crime in the area. PCSO 16930 Lucy Hadfield email, is the Rural and Wildlife coordinator.  She will carry out free security checks and offer advice to farms and small holdings if requested.

Admaston lay-by and telephone box:   The telephone box has now been repaired following vandalism and is looking very smart.  Councillor Kevin Massey spent many hours on this and we thank him for his pain staking efforts.  He will tidy up the Newton telephone box, over the summer when the weather is better and time permits.

White lines have been repainted on the road at the end of the lay-by, we have not however, managed to get ‘Giveway’ signs erected.

Superfast Fibre Broadband:   Since Newton and Dapple Heath were upgraded to superfast Broadband, the government have removed the voucher scheme which was in place.  There are a number of hurdles, which have stood in the way of Admaston being upgraded so far.  Contact has been maintained with Openreach and Staffordshire County Council and some news is expected in April 2024.  It is unlikely anything is going to happen quickly, but we will continue to maintain pressure and communication as appropriate, and hope we have some good news soon.  We are very grateful to Jon Wood, who continues to assist us with this matter.

Defibrillators:  To register your interest in a training session during summer 2024, please email the parish clerk. Remember the defibrillators can be found in the phone box at Newton and outside the village hall in Admaston.

Potholes:  The poor state of the roads in the parish has been noted by the parish council.  Although this is a national problem, we are trying to open a dialogue with the Highways division of the County Council in the hope we can apply pressure to get some of the worst problems repaired.  The parish clerk regularly reports pothole and highways issues to the Council.  You can also do this yourselves by using the link, click on ‘Highways’ and then ‘Report’.

Litter Picking:   It is hoped to arrange a litter picking event across the parish during the Spring, with the support of East Staffordshire Borough Council who will supply the necessary equipment.  We will need volunteers, please.  Further details to follow.

Dog Fouling:   You are reminded that dog fouling is an offence.  We urge you to please clean up after your dog not only around houses but when using public footpaths on farmland too.  Dog poo can be a danger to farm animals too.

Next Parish Council meeting: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be at Admaston Village Hall on Thursday, 7 March at 7pm. All are welcome and if parishioners have any matters to raise please contact a member of the Parish Council or the Parish Council Clerk.


Visit our Parish Council Website:  The website has agendas, meeting minutes, details of planning applications, news and much more for you to read.                                                                                        

Contacts: Chairman: Cllr Peter Atkins, MBE, OStJ.                                                                 

Vice Chairman: Cllr Anthony Vernon

Cllr Phyllis Massey

Cllr Stan Hulme

Cllr Kevin Massey

Parish Clerk Fiona Shipley:

 Parish Email Address List:   The parish council would like to build a more complete list of parish residents’ email addresses, so that we can reach more of you this way.  It is the most quick and cost effective method of sharing news and notices.   Data protection rules mean we cannot share emails that are held by the PCC or Neighbourhood Watch with each other or anyone else. This newsletter will be displayed on the notice boards and emailed to the addresses we hold but we would be very pleased, if anyone who’s email address we do not have, could let the parish clerk  have it, so she can add you to our list.


Healthwatch Staffordshire – HAVE YOU CALLED AN AMBULANCE

New 24/7 advice line to access hospice care


A new telephone line has been launched in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to make it easier for patients, relatives and health care professionals to access palliative and end of life care advice.

The new number is now live and is 0300 561 2900 and is supported by specialist clinicians.


Specialist palliative care services are provided across the area by four organisations: Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent; Katharine House Hospice in Stafford; St Giles Hospice near Lichfield, and Compton Care in Wolverhampton. They currently have four different adviceline numbers which operate at different times of the day and night.


The new number will allow patients and healthcare professionals to obtain help and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Moreton Brook Solar Farm Proposal


Proposed Moreton Brook Solar Farm

Community Consultation Events

Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal on land to the south of
Newton. They are offering an online public consultation event as well as an
in-person public exhibition to present their plans to the wider community
and listen to feedback. Both events provide a platform to learn more about
the proposal and ask questions direct to the project team.

Details of these events can be found below:

Online event: Tuesday 24th October at 6pm
To register to attend the online event please visit:

In-person exhibition: Wednesday 25th October 4-7pm
Admaston Village Hall, School Lane, Admaston, WP15 3PE
No need to register, just turn up

The webinar will be recorded and the exhibition boards will also be made
available on the project website after the events have taken place.
If you would like to speak to the team either in person or over the phone,
please do not hesitate to get in touch using the contact details below.

Moreton Brook Solar Farm – Community Flyer (1)

Moreton Brook Solar Farm – Parish Poster (1)

Concessionary Travel

Staffordshire County Council in partnership  with the Department of Transport are promoting Concessionary Bus Travel for older and disabled people who live in Staffordshire.

Sadly we have no buses stopping in the parish at present, but this information may be useful to you if you are travelling outside the parish.

However if you are interested to know more, please click on the link below

Concessionary Bus Travel

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CPRE’s Hedgerow Hero’s Project

CPRE Staffordshire, the countryside charity, has recently received funding from national CPRE’s Hedgerow Heroes project. We have ambitious plans to plant up to 4km of hedgerow around Staffordshire over the autumn and winter.

We are now on the look-out for suitable sites where we could organise volunteer planting events. If your parish council is aware of any land that might be suitable for hedge-planting, please do get in touch. Our funding would cover the cost of whips, tree guards, stakes, and tools. We would provide risk assessments and landowner partnership agreements and would be able to help with publicity and social media.

Further details can be found on the website


Sarah Burgess

Office & Publicity Manager

CPRE Staffordshire

2 Staffordshire Place


ST16 2DH

01785 278230

Registered Charity Number 219443


Lea Lane Road Closure

Lea Lane
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Staffordshire County Council being the highway authority responsible for the repair and
maintenance of Lea Lane in Newton are satisfied that it is necessary to close to all vehicular traffic that length of Lea Lane from
the junction of Newton Lane to the junction of Newbuildings Farm for a period of 21 days from the date of this Notice
because of the likelihood of danger to the public during repairs on leaking water main being undertaken by South Staffs Water.
Access will be available for pedestrians and for vehicles being used in connection with the works and for emergency services
vehicles or for vehicles requiring access to properties on the length of road which is closed.
An alternative route for traffic is available and will be signed on site.
13th July 2023 AND 23:59HOURS ON 19th July 2023.
The restriction may if necessary be extended for one further period of up to 21 days by the publication of a second Notice.
John Tradewell
Director of Corporate Services

The Coronation of King Charles III – Blithfield Parish Celebration

On the afternoon of Monday 8 May 2023, around 140 members of our parish along with their friends and families came together at Admaston village hall to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

The hall and marquee were decorated with bunting and looked fantastic.

Unfortunately the weather was a little damp, so the children’s games we had planned to hold outside in a garden, on School Lane, were swiftly re-organised and held inside the hall, along side a very popular craft table and Best Crown competition.  There were some wonderful creations and the children all had a great time.

All the children of the parish have received Coronation mugs since the event..

Once the children’s activities were complete, the hall and the marquee, erected in front began to fill up.  Drinks and chat were enjoyed followed by a hog roast and beautiful homemade cupcakes decorated with Coronation motifs.

As the we finished eating, Lola Lamour started to sing, she worked hard to keep us entertained, in the marquee and the hall, and as always she did a wonderful job and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The parish council would like to extend their thanks to the many people who helped make this event such a success.  In particular we are very grateful to Cawarden Brick and Tile Company for their support.

East Staffordshire Borough Council Bagots and Needwood Ward

East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) –   Bagots and Needwood Ward

ESBC councillors Bev Ashcroft, Vicki Gould and Jacqui Jones are very grateful for the support we received from our electorate on 4th May and will do our absolute best to represent all the residents of this new ward, Bagots and Needwood.

In this area it was a very positive result but obviously we are incredibly disappointed that the Conservatives group have lost control of the Borough Council.  This will make some aspects of our role much more difficult but we can do our best to help with planning or licensing issues, fly tipping, dog fouling, bin collection, open spaces and the other services provided by ESBC

Whether you live in Abbots Bromley, Barton under Needwood, Blithfield, Dunstall, Tatenhill and Rangemore, Wychnor or Yoxall (and all the areas in between) do not hesitate to contact us if we can help with anything at ESBC. Contact us to let us know what you think and what the local issues are for you in your area

Bev Ashcroft

Tel: 01283 712369Mobile: 07876 151860  Tel: 01283 712369

Vicki Gould

Mob: 07812729826

Jacqui Jones

Tel: 01283 711343   Mob: 07786384614


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