Blithfield news

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.

Uttoxeter Rural Report from Councillor Philip Atkins

Uttoxeter Rural Report 2023 (2) (1)

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


Police Report 04.05.2023

Blithfield – 04.05.2023 (1)

Defibrillator Training parish news briefing 23/2

Blithfield briefing 23/2

Defibrillator Training

Blithfield Parish Council and Admaston Village Hall Committee have arranged a free defibrillator training sessions on Friday, April 14 and if any parishioner wishes to attend they should send an expression of interest to council clerk Fiona Shipley at, with names, address, phone numbers and email address as soon as possible. It would also be helpful if applicants could state if they have any knowledge, no matter how limited, of defibrillators or have none.

There will be two trainers in attendance led by Abbots Bromley’s lead First Responder Rob Stevenson to whom the parish council and hall committee are very grateful for volunteering time and expertise.

The training will start at 7.30pm and each participant will be issued with an easy to follow paper guide, compiled in conjunction with the manufacturers, on completion of the training.

We have had two defibrillators in the parish for a number of years, one on the wall at Admaston Village Hall and the other in the old red telephone kiosk at the top of |Manor Lane in Newton. Both are checked regularly by our parish defibrillator co-ordinator Paul Riley.

Applications to participate will be treated on a first come first served basis and if we are oversubscribed we will try to arrange another session.

Next Parish Council meeting: The next meeting will be at Admaston Village Hall on Thursday, May18 at 7pm. All are welcome and if you have any matters to raise please contact a Parish Councillor or the Parish Council Clerk.

Local elections: There will be local elections, including for the parish council (depending on the number of candidates) on Thursday, May 4. All voters will have to produce photo ID to vote.

Coronation celebration: Please make a diary note of the parish celebrations of the coronation of King Charles 111 at Admaston Village Hall on Monday, May 8. Children’s sports and competitions, starting at 3pm will be followed by a hog roast and entertainment by Lola Lamour starting at 5.30pm. Further details of where to get your tickets will be circulated shortly.

Parish Council Contacts: Chairman: Cllr Peter Atkins, MBE, OStJ, , Vice Chairman: Cllr Anthony Vernon,     Cllr Phyllis Massey,  Cllr Stan Hulme,  Cllr Kevin Massey, Parish Council clerk Fiona Shipley,







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Your local (parish and town) council has overall responsibility for the wellbeing of your local community. Their work falls into three main categories:


  • Delivery of services
  • Improve quality of life for residents
  • Give communities a democratic voice


Local councils run numerous services, depending on the size of the council. Many you will see day-to-day, but some are less known. These include introducing solar panels, setting up dementia-friendly groups, organising community buses, creating neighbourhood plans, implementing suitable housing, establishing youth projects, managing allotments and open spaces, maintaining footpaths, public seating and litter bins.



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Local councillors attend to local needs of residents, local groups and businesses, make decisions on local services, collaborate with district and borough councils to adhere to local needs, and progress vital projects to invest in the future of the community.



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Blithfield Police Report 02.03.2023


New Method to Contact Police

This message has recently been received from

PCSO 27951 Timothy Leathers

Barton and Needwood PCSO, East Staffordshire Neighbourhood Policing Team – Shift 3  Uttoxeter, Tel 101


From 07.00 Monday 7th January, we’re changing the way the public and businesses can contact us as part of our commitment to ensure we help people as quickly, and in the best way we can from he moment they get in touch with us. The change will mean that the public and businesses will no longer be able to report crime on Facebook or Twitter, but will be able to speak to a Force Control Room Operator 24/7 via a new ‘LiveChat’ option via our website ( They will also be able to continue to report crime directly on our website. It has been brought in as we continue to look at better ways of responding to the public and businesses, while also ensuring that what they tell us is communicated to who needs to know within the organisation as quickly and efficiently as possible. It will mean that, from the moment a LiveChat is starter with us, a dedicated Force Control Room Operator will be across that case and will be responsible for making sure what the public and businesses are talking to us about is dealt with in the most appropriate and proportionate way. The LiveChat function also enables those with hearing and physical impairments to be able to report a crime or incident directly to a Force Control Room Operator. It is hoped that this change will enable us to reduce waiting times on our non-emergency 101 service, as well as provide clear instructions on how best people can get in touch with us. We will also be able to signpost to other agencies more efficiently as Force Control Room Operators can direct people to the best person to speak to about their concerns straight away.

Please can you distribute this change to as many people as possible if they ask how best to contact Staffordshire Police. I will update a number of our repeat callers with this information so they are prepared for this change on the 7th. Once again if you receive any information from the Public that needs to be passed to the Police, can you advise them that the best and most direct approach to finding a resolution is to contact us directly via this new system. 101 will still be available should people be unable to access the internet or feel more comfortable on the phone.

East Staffordshire Residents Require Photo ID to Vote in May Elections

For the first time, residents in East Staffordshire will need to show photographic ID to vote in this year’s elections. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.


The following is a list of accepted forms of ID in the UK:

  • A UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • A UK, EEA, or Commonwealth driver’s license
  • Some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass


Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at or by completing a paper form.


The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for free ID, at


Andy O’Brien, Returning Officer at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “With elections taking place in East Staffordshire on 4 May 2023, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.


“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending it to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s electoral services team. If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team on 01283 508376.”


Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.


The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time this May.  



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If you’re trying to get an appointment at your local GP surgery, remember, it might be better to see another member of the qualified team members within your practice – seeing your GP isn’t necessarily always the best option, and might mean you waiting longer. If your practice does not have any appointments available, ask about Enhanced Access appointments. You may be able to visit another practice within a few miles of your own surgery, much sooner.

In life-threatening emergencies, you should always dial 999 immediately.

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