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Its membership consists of both experts and interested lay people, including literary scholars, historians, classicists, archaeologists, biblical scholars, bibliographers, editors, writers and translators, besides of course general readers of his books. To find out more, visit our website at www. The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust Henry Graham Greene , novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, and critic.

Greeene combined serious literary acclaim with wide popularity. The Trust aims to promote the appreciation and study of the works of Graham Greene, and is based in Berkhampsted, his birthplace. More detail from www. It arranges regular events throughout the year, as well as a biennial conference and festival, and publishes three journals each year. Born in Bolenowe, near Troon, he had 15 volumes of poems and an autobiography published. He was largely self-taught and used discarded wrappers to write with the aid of Blackberry juice and a nail. While working at Dolcoath, he read Shakespeare, Milton and Byron.

The Society publishes a regular newsletter, and organises walks and tours where they read his poems. The aims of the society are to ensure legacy of F W Harvey is remembered through events, publications, research and by developing and maintaining an archive of his life and work. Learn more about the Society at www. Members receive an annual newsletter and The Hazlitt Review. For more information, visit their website at www. Eight of his novels were made into films. The aims of the Society are to promote interest in the life and works of James Hilton.

We publish a quarterly newsletter and an annual scholarly journal, and organise conferences and meetings. The Historical Novel Society Founded in , the Society promotes all aspects of historical fiction. They provide support and opportunities for new writers, information for students, booksellers and librarians; and a community for authors, readers, agents and publishers. They publish a quarterly magazine, Historical Novels Review, and a twice yearly mazine Solander. It is a literary and social Society, publishing a scholarly Journal and occasional papers, and holding meetings, dinners and excursions.

The Hopkins Society Gerard Manley Hopkins, priest and poet — was a Victorian poet but his work is emphatically not confined by his era. He loved the beauty of nature, which he saw as directly related to the glory of God. In his poetry he piles metaphors, consonants and sprung rhythms together to produce uniquely beautiful, disturbing and often painful poetry. The Hopkins Society has been studying and celebrating Hopkins for more than 20 years.

They welcome all those who love his poetry — whether or not it is understood! The Society holds workshops on the history, context, structure and performance of his poetry, visits to places connected to Hopkins and an annual lecture. The Housman Society Alfred Edward Housman was a poet of great popularity and widespread influence. He was a Latin scholar of the front rank and his influence is still felt today. Founded in , the Society aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of the lives and works of A E Housman and other members of his family.

It produces two newsletters and one journal per year, and sponsors an annual lecture at Hay on Wye. The Imaginative Book Illustration Society IBIS IBIS was established in to encourage research into, and to facilitate the exchange of information on, book and periodical illustrations, the artists and their publishers.

It has a worldwide membership, including artists, collectors, bibliographers, writers and general enthusiasts. Whilst IBIS embraces all aspects of illustrative art, the main emphasis is on the illustration of texts in English since the s. The Richard Jefferies Society Richard Jefferies , was an authority on agriculture and rural life. Best known for his nature writing, he was also an essayist, novelist and mystic.

The Richard Jefferies Society was founded in and has members around the world. There are winter meetings, outings, a study day and a Birthday Lecture. Publications include winter and summer Journals, spring and autumn newsletters, and an annual report along with leaflets and books by Jefferies. More information on RichardJefferiesSociety.

He produced a typically off-beat autobiography My Life and Times. The magazine, Idle thoughts , is produced twice a year. To find out more, visit www. The Johnson Society aims to encourage the study of the life, works and times of Samuel Johnson and also to cooperate in preserving the memorials, associations, manuscripts and letters of Johnson and his contemporaries.

The annual publication Transactions is published in January and circulated to members. It holds seven meetings each year with speakers. He fought at the Battle of the Somme, and, on returning to England, met Eric Gill and continued to paint. He subsequently started to write, publishing long poems with illustrations. The Society aims to promote and encourage knowledge about the painter-poet. Annual conferences are organised, as well as visits to sites of interest where he lived, worked, fought in the Great War, and art galleries containing his visual art.

It also publishes an annual journal. The website provides accurate information about her life and writing, and news of Kavan-related events and publications. The Society hopes to create a forum for information exchange and research collaboration, and is currently planning an academic symposium and a public event celebrating her work. Visit www. In Italy, they run a continuous programme of outreach to schools and other interested groups as well as individual tourists. They publish an annual review of scholarship and new writing on the Romantics.

His Diaries are considered to be classics, and also of historical importance for the study of remote rural life and Victorian society. They meet several times a year — based in Hereford. A journal is published three times a year. Details from The Kilvert Society at www. The Kipling Society A prolific writer, Rudyard Kipling was born in India at the height of the British Empire and as its unofficial poet laureate became the most famous Englishman of his time.

He was author of over 1, poems, short stories, 4 novels and letters of trvel, but is best known for Kim , The Jungle Books and the Just So Stories for children. Founded in , the Kipling Society promotes and celebrates the life and work of Rudyard Kipling and holds an annual luncheon and 5 meetings each year, in London, with guest speakers. The Charles Lamb Society works to educate the public in the life and work of Lamb and his circle.

They also maintain a collection of Eliana and publish the CLB four times a year. Born in Coventry, worked as a librarian at the University of Hull until his death. In his comparatively short life he travelled widely and established an international reputation as a novelist, poet and short story writer.

He also completed work in many other literary forms — drama, philosophy, history, essays, travel books and literary criticism. In addition, he was a prolific letter writer and an artist of no mean ability. The Society was founded in by a group of enthusiasts in the Eastwood ara who wish to encourage knowledge and understanding of the life and work of D H Lawrence. It aims to bring together people interested in Lawrence and to encourage study of his work; to provide information and guides for individuals and groups visiting the area; to make links with those interested in Lawrence in other countries; and to assist in the protection of sites associated with Lawrence and of the countryside in general.

To this end, they engage 10 professional speakers each year and occasionally host a nationally well known literary figure for an extended audience. For more information about the Society, contact trevor. For information on the Society visit its website at www. The Katherine Mansfield Society Katherine Mansfield , modernist short story writer, diarist and letter writer.

An international literary figure who continues to influence fictional techniques. For further details on the Society, visit their website at www. The Marlowe Society Christopher Marlowe , dramatist, poet, and translator of the Elizabethan era. They produce two newsletters annually, and hold various events. The Martineau Society The Society was established to foster the collection, preservation, study and publication in the pubic interest of material relating to the Martineau family of Norwich in the 19th c.

The main activities of the Society are an annual meeting in July which includes the presentation of papers, local trails related to the Martineau family, social events and exchanges of information. There is an interest also in collaborating with other literary societies which have connections to the Martineau family — e. More information on the Society can be found at martineausociety.

Its aim is to promote the appreciation and study of the life, times and works of an author best known as the writer of Moonfleet. An annual journal, three newsletters and support for buildings associated with Meade Falkner are the main activities. The Melrose Literary Society The Society offers stimulating twice-monthly evening events in a friendly atmosphere in the Ormiston Institute, Melrose, when there is an opportunity to hear published authors and other speakers give talks on a wide variety of literary topics.

For more detail, visit w ww. The John Moore Society The Society was formed in and aims to perpetuate the memory of John Moore and foster interest in his life and work. The Trust was set up in to purchase her and secure her continued preservation, following a rescue and restoration. They offer sailing experiences aboard her, and, in various ways, promote interest in Ransome and his works. She wrote or collaborated on over 60 works of fiction for children. The Newport and Gwent Literary Club Probably the oldest literary club in Wales, they run monthly talks in addition to other activities.

They meet at the Holiday Inn, Coldra, Newport. The Norman Nicholson Society Norman Nicholson was born in Millom, Cumbria, in and lived there until his death in , with the exception of two years in his late teens when he was sent to a sanatorium in Hampshire to recover from tuberculosis — an event which shaped his subsequent life. His writing career lasted from until his death and embraced plays, poetry, novels, criticism and essays. The Society was formed in with the aim of educating the public in, and promoting the works of, Norman Nicholson.

It is based in Millom, in the shadow of Black Combe, and has a worldwide membership. The Society produces a newsletter-journal, Comet , published twice a year, and also keeps in touch with its membership by means of regular e-newsletters. There are different categories of membership, including youth membership, and the Society is proactive in establishing links with schools and universities.

More information can be found on the website at www. The Orwell Society George Orwell — was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His works include the world renowned Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four but also many other novels and essays. The Orwell Society is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of George Orwell the pen-name of Eric Blair. The Orwell Society aims to bring together all who admire his writings, whatever their politics and wherever they are.

For more information, visit their website at orwellsociety. The Association promotes the poetry of Wilfred Owen, organises occasional lectures, and publishes the Wilfred Owen Journal. For more detail of the Association, visit www. It is very active, with meetings in the UK five times a year, including a biennial Study Conference, and gatherings and events at other times and in other countries. For more information contact info beatrixpottersociety.

The Anthony Powell Society Anthony Dymoke Powell is best known for his twelve-volume novel A Dance to the Music of Time , which many scholars and readers consider to be one of the greatest works of the 20th century; it may also be the longest English language novel written to date. A prolific liteary critic and book reviewer, Powell worked for a number of periodicals, including the Daily Telegraph for which he reviewed for almost 50 yers.

Times Literary Supplement , Punch where he was Literary Editor in the s and The Spectator , he published three volumes the last, posthumously of his erudite and incisive literary criticism selected from his work as a reviewer and critic. In addition to a biennial conference, the Society oranises events for members, publishes a quarterly Newsletter, the academic journal Secret Harmonies , conference proceedings, and Powell-related monographs.

It also maintains the Anthony Powell resources website and an email discussion list. The Society publishes a journal and three newsletters a year. In addition, it organises an annual conference and holds other occasional meetings. It has also launched a publications programme. The Society was formed in to celebrate and promote the life and works of Arthur Ransome.

Its membership is international. It has a regional structure in the UK, supporting local gatherings and events. There is also a biennial literary weekend. It aims to keep alive, in his home locality, the memory of this internationally renowned writer, informing visitors to the countryside which he evokes so well. They encourage and honour writers, engage people in appreciating literature and act as a voice for the value of literature.

Membership of the RSL is open to all. His writing ranged over a vast number of subjects from art and architecture, through political economy and social reform, to geology, botany and ecology. His influence reached around the world, with William Morris and the founders of the welfare state, Tolstoy, Proust and Gandhi all acknowledging a debt to him. The Ruskin Society seeks to raise awareness of the life, work and times of the great art critic and social reformer, John Ruskin. For information on the Society, visit their website at www.

The Russian Poetic Crew — in Manchester They are a society dedicated to the reading of Russian poetry and open to anyone who is interested in Russian culture, art and poetry. Based in Sale, Manchester. The Society aims to unite all those who appreciate his work; encourage publishers to make all the Rutherford novels and other writings available in print, produce a scholarly journal, and hold conferences. For more information on the Society visit www. He became known as a writer of satirical anit-war verse during World War I.

The Fellowship organises events, produces a biannual journal and ebulletins, and offers book discounts. For information on the Fellowship visit www. His principal works involved The Lone Pine Club — a group of children who form a secret society in wartime Shropshire. The Malcolm Saville Society was formed in and exists to remember the author and to promote awareness of his work. They organise a number of walking weekends each year plus their Annual Gathering in April. They have published several books, a dvd of the two films made from his stories as well as their quarterly magazine Acksherley!.

Formed in , the Society encourages the performance of her plays and the publication of texts by her about her work and life. It also maintains an extensive archive, preserving original material, providing information and assistance for researchers and devotees. The Society organises events throughout the year. Members come from all walks of life and from across the globe. There is an annual convention and its proceedings are published, along with its journal, as well as a bi-monthly Bulletin, occasional papers and other texts.

An ardent socialist, Shaw wrote brochures and speeches for the Fabian society, became a journalist writing music and literary criticism, and went on to write more than sixty plays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in and won an Oscar in for the filmed version of his play Pygmalion , later transformed into the musical My Fair Lady. The Shaw Society was established in to discuss and celebrate the life and works of George Bernard Shaw. The Shavian is published three times a year, and a playreading group meets on the first Friday of the month — details from Malcolm Wroe Please visit their website at www.

Their members are not necessarily academics, just people who enjoy literature in all its various forms. They hold six lectures per year on a wide variety of topics and an annual visit to somewhere with a literary connection. To find out more, contact Helen Marshall at helebird live.

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The Society was founded in as a hub of modernist scholars and readers with an interest in Sinclair. You can find out more at maysinclairsociety. The Club does this today by organising events, outings, talks and other occasions, issuing its quarterly newsletter and holding an annual lunch. One of his most famous works was Idylls of the King. He was poet laureate. The Society promotes the study and understanding of the life and work of Tennyson.

It holds events, lectures, visits, etc. Granddaughter of Burne-Jones, cousin of Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, between and she wrote 29 Barsetshire novels, regarded at the time as popular fiction, but revealing to the modern reader an extraordinary range of references and allusions, from the classics of the ancient world through English literature to topical events of her time, so that they have now become a valuable source of social history. Wickedly witty, with a range of idiosyncratic characters in the manner of her beloved Dickens, she wrote with impeccable style about a world which in some ways still resembled that of Jane Austen, and has ceased to exist today.

Based in the UK, with a thriving North American branch and members in Australia, where Mrs Thirkell lived in the s, various European countries, notably Ireland, where the Society was formed in To find out more contact Hilary Temple Chairman at templehilary gmail. Monthly meetings, lectures, readings, performances, and publications. Wrote biographies, histories, geographical books, and essays. One book of complete poems, which has never been out of publication since it was first published in Married Helen Nobel.

Died Arras, Easter Monday The Fellowship works to perpetuate the memory of Edward Thomas and to foster interest in his life and work. It supports the conservation of places and things known to Edward Thomas and keeps members abreast of relevant literary matters. It also arranges events which extend fellowship.

For information on the Fellowship, please visit their website at www. This is a newly formed society. The AGM is in November. To learn more about the Society, visit www. The Tolkien Society works to encourage and further interest in the life and works of Tolkien. Most details of the early social history of the parish are contained in the Parish accounts of the Overseers of the Poor, but as this short account is dealing with the Church, space will only allow the quotation of some of the more interesting extracts from the Parish Register, many being translations from the Latin.

The original spellings are maintained. The beginning of Wychnor Hall The 10th daye of October, William Tunnall of Orgreve, being suspected of felony, and having not God in mind, did cutte his owne throte with a knyfe and died the 13th daye of October. And the Crowner coroner gave order he should be buried neare to the Church pale without ringing and service. The 16th July the fundation began to be layed. And the firste day of February next, after he was founde and layed in the grave and covered with a borde.

And by commandment of the coroner was buried after a vewe of the bodye being taken by honest neighbours the 3rd day of February The Gunpowder Plot. Tending of the Towne Beastes in the Hermans Walke there after Stony furlonge sie about three of the cloke in the afternoon of the same daye, their was a mightie great Tempest of Rayne Lyghtning and Thunder. And the father and some standing under an oke tree to save themselves from the rayne weare both of them stricken to death, the barke of the oke tree rent a great length, the leaves of the oke tree smitten and blowen away the moste parte of them.

This poore woman was not knowen from whence she came nor her name, and as it was enformed by some that sawe her over night was druncken and layd in the Common Field called Estington in the highway and died that night. She left her husband a short time previously in bed. His body was recovered in the Mill waters at Alrewas on the 24th December. God give us grace hereby to amend our lives. These soldiers were part of those forces under the command of the late Lord Brook who was killed by Dumb Dyott in his assaulting the Cathedral by a shot into aye.

J Edmonds, who was curate made copious notes on the events of his day, which would be too long for inclusion in this work, but some are worthy of selecting. Inclosed land acres Waste and Common Land acres. Total acres of land in the Parish of Alrewas.

Robert Wyatt of Burton on Trent Surveyor. All the meadows are included above.

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The rivers Trent and Tame were frozen over and the corn mills unable to grind. Great part of the spring planks washed away. The Staffordshire Cavalry were sent for and by their timely arrival, tranquillity was restored. And so the long tale goes on, battle, murder and sudden death, but interesting though these records may be, neither time nor space will permit any further quotations, what can we glean from these delvings into the past?

These people about whom we have been reading, their lives spent, their hopes and aspirations gone, have certainly contributed something to the forging of the link in life in which we find ourselves. Their view of life was narrow, work and worship and independence made up their existence, and their physical outlook stretched no farther than the Parish boundary in which they lived, tied as they were to the piece of land from which their existence was wrung. With a physical outlook embracing the whole world, with ease and freedom of movement, with a lighter burden of labour and pain and hunger to carry, we can of today not look back down the hill and perhaps find there something worthy of contemplation.

Our imaginations can picture the kneeling serfs of nearly a thousand years ago, in their earthy wet rags, with unkempt heads bowed to the drone of the high mass, or the merry feast of the smocked harvesters as they celebrate the harvest home, or again the dark lonely figures of the bereaved pouring out their empty loneliness. To conclude, this work has been merely a shallow dip into very deep water, but perhaps someone with more understanding and with an abler pen will really plunge in deep, and tie up this sketch of the church with a long story of the village itself.

Norman Stubbs did in fact write the long story of the village in A History of Alrewas published in and republished in If a greater body such as the cathedral had annexed the benefice, then the Lesser Tithes went to the Vicar who was appointed by them to administer the parish. The last tithes were abolished in and a vicar is now appointed to all new livings. On one of the pillars of the church hangs a framed list of the Vicars of Alrewas.

However the list is not quite complete and it does not list the curates who also served in the parish. Until the beginning of the twentieth century the pathway into the church was usually by way of either Oxford or Cambridge universities as can be seen from the list below. On the restoration of the monarchy Thomas Bladen was ejected from the parish. Curate Albion Shrigley went on to be vicar of Shackerstone, in Leicestershire. William Otter was also rector of Chetwynd in Shropshire at the same time as being vicar in Alrewas. He was also an author and a musician.

William Horatio Walsh resigned to become vicar of Penn in Buckinghamshire. See more below. In Rev. Dyer made a generous gift of great historical value to the Church. Dyer, himself an expert on British Ferns, bought it from an antiquarian bookshop in London. Selwyn was a splendid oarsman, having rowed for his Cambridge College, and he taught boys to swim and row on the River Trent. He became Bishop of Melanesia, in the province of New Zealand, in the year his wife Clara died; a brass tablet in Alrewas Church commemorates her. He became Chaplain to Queen Victoria in , a post he held for three years.

It is a place where retired soldiers, known as fencibles, came to settle in the middle of the 19th Century, and were given a acre of land in return for providing protection for Auckland against some of the Maori tribes from Northland. There was a row of their original homes left and also a little wooden church, made of weatherboard planks, which was founded by Bishop Selwyn.

It was set in the middle of what was the village, with a small English style graveyard, somewhat unusual for New Zealand. The church stopped being used a few years ago when a parishioner left a large amount of money for the building of a new church with more permanent materials, this was constructed close by. Even more coincidental is the fact that John Selwyn was for a time curate at Alrewas Church where I was for a time head chorister. Later while a registrar at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, I discovered the original site of the hospital was not far from Selwyn College, where John Selwyn became Master on his return from Melanesia, the college set up by public subscription in memory of Bishop Selwyn his father.

What a small world we live in. The Church Bells The first mention of bells in the church tower occurs in The present eight bells of the tower together with their fittings weigh more than ten tons. All of the bells carry their original inscriptions, with their date of casting.

Treble Bell W. Webb, Vicar, H. Kent, Clerk nd 2. Brierly, G. Lord, Churchwardens Recast 6. Tenor Bell J.


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Taylor and Co. Tenor bell recast by consent of next of kin A. Byrne, his niece. From the Parish records:- This yeare, the 6th July , the seconde bell, and the greatest bell weare cast at Nottingham by Henry Oldfield, Bellfounder. The same bell now newly cast, wayeth 3cwts 2qtrs 7lbs. The little bell had lost 5lb or 2. In a letter, by H. Hawes incumbent of St James, Marylebone to the editor of the Times of 14th November regarding the Bells of St Pauls, where there had been some controversy about the advisability of the wedging of bell frames to make them more stable, he quoted a letter he had received from the church warden at Alrewas, stating that the wegery of the bell frame in the tower by Messrs.

Taylor of Loughborough had caused the church tower to split. Bell Ringing Since there have been 95 occasions when visiting teams of ringers have rung peals in the Alrewas tower. With 6 bells changes can be rung, with 7 bells changes and if all eight bells are in use 40, changes are possible. Most of the recent visitors have rung quarter peals, which involve about changes and lasts about three quarters of an hour. The last full peal of Grandsire Triples was rung in , and with changes took three hours to ring.

Two flowering cherries have been planted beside the path leading to the canal, a horse chestnut near the big gate leading to Church Road, and an Acer in the open space in the old churchyard opposite the Mill entrance. Our thanks to Murray and Val Stevenson for undertaking the purchase and planting of the trees.

Lime trees line the pathways in the churchyard. From time to time these are pollarded to reduce their height and to maintain their health. There are also Yew trees of an indeterminate age, which from time to time have been cut back to clear pathways, and a few holly trees. Earliest Church memorials Prior to many burials would have taken place inside the church with memorial slabs set into the floor.

With the relaying of the wooden floor of the church in many of these slabs were probably either destroyed or covered up. The earliest memorial is the Turton memorial on the south wall remembering the death of Elianor Turton in What happened to them? This is a matter of conjecture, but examining the tiling of the floor around the altar suggests that the marble inserts, which are reminiscent of material used for memorials, may have been recycled when the chancel was refurbished in In the porch there is a memorial to Mathias Langley, late vicar On the outside of the south wall George Kirkland , in the churchyard itself a stone marked but whose name is indecipherable.

The earliest decipherable memorial is to Mary Allen of Fradley who died The Alrewas Charities As you enter the Parish Church, immediately on the west wall can be seen the Benefactions board recording past gifts left to the poor of Alrewas, which were to be distributed yearly.


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In the early days the vicar and churchwardens were the trustees who managed the benefactions. These were as follows:- Left by an unknown donor; the rent of half a close of land six acres called Great Busale, distributed at the discretion of the Trustees. This land is on the opposite side of the A 38 to the village and is now part of the National Memorial Arboretum Left by John Kirkland in ; ten shillings in bread or corn money to be paid for from the land in Furlong in the possession of Richard Gray. Left by William Wright; six shillings in bread to be paid for from the land in Mickleholm in the possession of William Simmonds.

This land is now the lake left after quarrying behind Willow Brook Farm Left by John Yeld; five shillings in bread on the Sunday next before Easter to poor widows and fatherless children, to be paid from land in Burway Meadow in the possession of Thomas Yeld.

The footpath from the end of Mill End Lane following the river crosses the Burway Meadow Left by Thomas Shemmonds; five shillings to be paid for from a close of land called the Leens. From investments the following gifts were to be made. Also from to , a sum of money to be paid out of Highlands Park, a part of the estate of the Duchy of Lancaster, lately held by Lady Evelyn a descendent of the donor. At the present time these sums do not seem large, but at the time they were given they represented a considerable amount of money, corresponding to thousands of pounds today.

Over the years some of the other benefactions lapsed, and the needs met by the charities changed, so that grants were made to residents of Alrewas and Fradley who required help towards medical expenses, and to provide temporary assistance in cases of sickness, special distress or unexpected loss. The Chairman and trustees meet twice a year to consider requests made to the charity, and in recent years as well as making cash grants, have purchased two wheel chairs, one located at the Surgery and the other in the Post Office in Fradley, for short term loan.

As well as being the village postmaster for many years Mr. Fisher was Church warden for some time, a bell ringer, and is still singing in the choir and worshiping regularly after 60 years. Screen was paid for and dedicated to the Bond Family. Dear Sir, There is some objection to the moving of the chancel screen in the Church. I have lived in the village for 65 years, and I always considered the screen to be one of the most beautiful parts of the Church furniture. For some time now, I have, however, considered it to be in the wrong place.

It hides much of the chancel from the congregation, together with what goes on therein at the Celebrations. If the objections are solely on the grounds of nostalgia it has always been there in my lifetime, so why move it , may it be said that for a thousand years there was no screen, from eight hundred to eighteen hundred and something.

Let us remember that the future has a life as well as the past, and if the screen is allowed to stay where it is, just because it was wrongly placed at first, that would mean that future generations as well as the present, will be denied the fuller participation in the services, which would result from the moving of the screen. The screen would lose nothing of its beauty, nor would the probability that it may be a memorial to someone be in any way interfered with, if the screen were moved as has been suggested, to be the background of the small altar at the east end of the south aisle.

At present the screen divides the church in two. To move the screen would maintain its beauty, enhance its usefulness, and remove the division. The screen was moved, after the completion of the rebuilding of the organ, from the entrance to the chancel to its present position. The War Memorial In January of a War Memorial Committee was inaugurated in the village, and they decided to erect a grey granite cross on the village green. It was decided that the names of all soldiers belonging to the Parish, including Fradley, Orgreave and Fradley Junction, who have made the supreme sacrifice, would be engraved on the cross.

These to be collected as soon as possible to enable the work to proceed, there was also some talk of fencing the memorial and beautifying the village green, if the funds were available. Six prominent people in the village were nominated as collectors; Mr. D Cartwright, Mrs. J E May, Mr. F Fisher, Mr. J W Williams and Mr. R S Nettleton. They obviously were successful, as the war memorial at the end of Post Office Road was dedicated later in June of It has become a tradition, each year on Remembrance Sunday, for villagers to process from the Church to the War Memorial and there take part in an act of remembrance, where the vicar solemnly reads out the names of those who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Who were these men? After his mothers death, when he was nine, he moved to Barton under Needwood to live with his sister and Brother in Law. There is no indication of his service record. His elder brother George also served but survived. He was very active in the church as a cross bearer, chorister and Sunday school teacher, and was a scoutmaster in the early days of the Alrewas Troop. North Staffordshire Regiment on 2nd November as Private Involved in action as a bomb thrower at Gommecourt Wood in the first battle of the Somme, he was reported missing presumed dead, 1st July He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

In the church he was a chorister and bell ringer. He joined the 9th Bn. He was killed on 22nd August at Morlancourt in the 2nd Battle of the Somme, one of the men of the regiment killed that day. His father was a railway platelayer who moved to The Malvern, Fradley after the death of his wife. He is remembered on the Addenda Panels of the Arras Memorial. Later they lived in Newton Solney.

When he joined the 6th Bn. He acted as a cook for the officers and on one occasion, owing to German snipers, it took him five hours to cover one mile with a supply of food. He gave his trade as a Waggoner. He died 28th July , having been accidentally drowned, and is buried in the Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension, an extension to a civilian cemetery close to a casualty clearing station, some miles from the front. He also had a younger brother Joe who was also in the Army.

Laura was the sister of Edwin Chandler mentioned above. William joined the Volunteer Training Corps for home defence, but volunteered to do telegraphic work with the Army Ordnance Corps. As Private he was sent to Woolwich Arsenal and subsequently to Queenstown, and then in September of to Salonika, in Greece to join 25th Coy. While he was there he contracted an illness, probably malaria, which proved fatal, and died 9th January , he is buried in the Salonika Lembet Road Military Cemetery.

Arthur, who was born in Derby, the son of William Eyre, was working as an apprentice blacksmith. Sherwood Foresters Notts. The regiment was sent to France in February of , he disappeared and was later assumed to have died 15th October at the Hoenzolleran Redoubt, at the end of what was known as the battle of Loos.

He is commemorated on the Loos memorial. As Private he was killed on 21st March He is remembered on the Arras Memorial. He enlisted as Private into the 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters on 2nd Dec At that time he gave his address as West Hallam, Nr. Ilkeston, and his occupation as a farm labourer. He was part of the landing force at Sulva Bay in Gallipoli on 7th August and was killed on 9th August in an action at Hetman Char.

Very few bodies were recovered after the action. He is remembered on the Hellas Memorial. Sherwood Foresters as Private and was wounded and gassed in the battles for Arras in August of , he died in the casualty clearing station 23rd August He was wounded while attending to the wounded on the field of battle; he had considerable ability in First Aid work and had won several certificates for ambulance studies.

He is buried in the Duisans British Cemetery at Etrun. He survived till after the Armistice and then lived with his parents in Wolverhampton where he died of war wounds 16 December and is buried in Wolverhampton Cemetery. At the time of his enlistment he gave his occupation as Railway Porter at Alrewas, possibly living in Alrewas, though his parents were living at 24 Vicarage Road, Leomansly, Lichfield.

Durham Light Infantry as Private The 22nd Bn. Here he was killed in action, and like others who were killed in the battle but have no known grave, he is remembered on the Soissons memorial. He was born in Pelsall in , moving to Fradley on the retirement of his father. He went into the cattle business in Repton with his elder brother Ralph. He enlisted in Derby on 11th Dec into 3rd Bn.

Sherwood Foresters as Private , but later transferred to 8th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment with the number , rising to the rank of Lance Corporal. During the Battle for the Menin Road he was killed in action on 20th September He has no known grave but is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Quentin Canal in France. He is buried in the Bellincourt Military Cemetery. He was one of the first to enter the enemy trenches bayoneting a German as he did so. Single-handed he took 16 prisoners from one dugout and throughout the night and until midday next day was of great assistance in repelling enemy attacks. His cheerfulness and courage were a fine example of soldierly conduct to his company. He was born in and enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment on 18th March as Private He contracted pneumonia whilst in action and taken to Humbercamps, Calais where he died 26th March He is buried in the Humbercamps Communal Cemetery Extension.

On 17 November he enlisted as Private in the 7th Bn. North th Staffordshire Regiment giving his occupation as a labourer. At the time of his death the regiment were in Iraq fighting against the Turkish forces, which were allied to the Germans. He was wounded in the shoulder in January of but returned to duty in March. He died on 5th April , three weeks after the unopposed capture of Baghdad, in the hospital at Amara as a result of the severe wound to his head.

He is buried in the Amara War cemetery in Iraq. At the time of his death his mother, a widow, had moved to Main Street. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. His father was a blacksmith. He enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment on 11th December but transferred to the 14th Bn. He was wounded in the head and chest during the Battle of Messines near the Belgian Border and died in the casualty clearing station on 12th April Edward C Spearman Born in London in , he came to live in Burntwood with his widowed mother where she was sub postmistress.

He enlisted as Sapper No with the Royal Engineers. In he was one of the first to enlist as Private in the 8th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment. After a winter in the trenches he was sent to England and spent eight months in hospital. After his return to the front line he was killed on 12th October in the battle of Passchendaele. Along with the thousands of others who disappeared without trace, he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

He joined the 1st Bn.


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At that time his regiment were involved in the siege of Imphal in Burma. He is buried in the Imphal War Cemetery. Born in he joined the army and at the time of his capture by the Japanese was Sergeant of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Born in he died 28th July , presumably of war wounds and is buried in St. The 2nd Airborne Bn. He and his family were billeted in Alrewas for short while. He died as a prisoner of war, age 35 on 25th September He was the husband of Eva M Johnson of Streethay.

Edwin Matthews Private with the 5th Bn of the Dorsetshire Regiment was killed, age 21 on 10th July on hill in the battle for Caen, after the D-day landings in Normandy. He is buried in the St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheu, in France. Royal Welch Fusiliers. After taking part in the landings on the Normandy beaches on 23rd June as part of the Infantry Brigade a fortnight after D-day, and taking part in battles across France, he was killed in action crossing the River Rhine on 28th March aged He is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery. The first official Legion Poppy Day was held in Britain on 11th November , and since then has become one of the nations largest member organisations.

It provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served, or are currently serving, in the Armed Forces or their dependents; about 1 in 6 of our population. When the men were coming home to the village from the First World War, quite a few were mentally and physically disabled. Their able bodied friends arranged for help from the local community, with food and money. It allowed them to apply to the Earl Haig Fund for help with money for the disabled in Alrewas.

Also in they raised, with the help of local organisations, the money to provide a granite cross to be put on the village green inscribed with the names of the men who never made it back. In June a Remembrance service was held on the village green, when the vicar, the Reverend W. Webb, dedicated the cross as a memorial to all those who gave their lives for freedom. About this time there was a move to establish a national body to coordinate all the small groups, who had helped the disabled, into one body.

That group was registered in London on July 21st , and all the groups were allowed to register their group as a branch in the British Legion. So the Alrewas Branch was registered at the same time as the national group. Hence the Alrewas Branch was founded in at the outset of the history of the Legion and is one of the oldest branches in the country.

In the Alrewas group dedicated their first standard, the standard bearer being Sam Povey. After the Second World War, the servicemen returning home were invited to join the British Legion by George Thomas the Legion secretary, sadly quite a few never kept their commitments. Initially we used the George and Dragon as a meeting place, but in we were unable to continue meeting there, so twelve of us moved to the William IV, under the Chairmanship of Tom Bennett, and when he retired Charlie Wood became chairman and poppy organiser, and Frank Kent became vice chairman, service secretary, sports secretary and delegate.

They carried out all the duties of the Branch and ran sports meetings with other branches in the Burton Area; they also helped with the village carnival. The original standard was laid up in and was replaced by a new one. At about that time the Legion purchased the field off Wellfield Road known as the Pony Field, and called together a meeting of all ex service men to form a building party. When they had got themselves organised, the helpers laid down a concrete base, ordered a large shed and erected our first headquarters.

As the Legion did not have a license to sell beer and spirits they approached Bass, and they transferred the licence from the defunct Paul Pry to the Legion Club. The headquarters was opened in ; but by they had to have an extension as the membership had grown to Bass was approached for a loan and with it they built a concert room that would seat This enabled the Alrewas headquarters to be a venue for county conferences and branch dinners.

In the British Legion celebrated their 50th anniversary by a gathering of standards at Wellington Barracks in London, members from Alrewas attended. From there they marched down the Mall to Horse Guards Parade, where they were reviewed by Prince Charles, then they marched back to the barracks, from where they were bussed to Windsor Castle to be reviewed by the Queen and Prince Phillip. Finally they returned back to Wellington Barracks and then caught transport back home. The Queen conferred the Royal prefix to the British Legion in honour of its 50th year.

As time went on the Club went into decline and they had to find new premises. In the land on which the club was built was sold to developers and the Legion moved to the junction of Wellfield Road and Ryknield Street. In the Alrewas Branch celebrated their 75th Anniversary and was allowed to fly a gold pennant with the standard. The Alrewas Branch organises the local poppy appeal each year and the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade, with the Service in the Parish Church and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.

The annual Battle of Britain Service at Fradley in September is also organised by the Branch, as is the laying of wreaths on the war graves in the St. Stephens churchyard. In addition its caseworkers support local ex-service personnel and families who find that they need help with the challenges of life after leaving the service. The club itself is a small friendly one, open to all, with a wide range of social activities. If it was frosty the school master, Mr. They used to teach gardening and the girls had cookery that was all it was.

When the war was on there was an air raid shelter there, a feller called Mr. Payne, he broke his leg there, he fell over and broke his leg while they were building the air raid shelter. Before that we used to stand in a trench round the outside and he used to give us a stick of barley sugar when the air raids were on. There were bombs fell at the top of Daisy Lane, there were two or three bombs fell there, and us lads we went up there to try and find the shrapnel at that time.

Margaret Stanhope When I started at the primary school, which has now been closed down and converted into domestic dwellings, one of the first recollections I suppose was during the war when we were compelled to have evacuees who came from West Bromwich, and I suppose that was a bit of a shock to country children, having children from the conurbation, from West Bromwich with completely different ideas, and dare I say, rather unruly compared with village children who were perhaps disciplined more, they were certainly more streetwise than the village children. I suppose to a child it was rather exciting to have people living in the family.

The wartime recollections come back to me quite vividly. I can remember with my parents, looking from the front of the house towards Coventry the night Coventry was bombed so very badly, and you could see the glow in the sky all that way away. All my spare time I spent in the farmyard and the rickyard, playing and that was something I was allowed to do. I would pump water for the trough for the cattle.

All the agriculture has changed with all the set aside and that sort of thing, it is not as green and lush as it used to be. The gravel people came in and the area got used, but I think it is becoming a little better now.

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Peggy Anderson The war changed daily life, we were in great fear, always seeing that there were no chinks of light coming from your house at night time, seeing that the blackout was perfect, seeing that everything was alright in the air raid shelter. We lived next door to a doctor, he his wife and family and my family all used to go at night time when there were air raids, go and collect in this shelter.

There would be three of the Russians the doctors family and five of us and so there would be eight or ten of us. You used to grab your handbag or something like that, no one was allowed to bring extra clothes, you kept things down there in the air raid shelter. About four hours was the longest I ever remember being down there, it was horrible, it was quite a big shelter father had built, but I get claustrophobia.

The doctor always used to bring something to calm Peggy down, she used to panic the others, which was wrong I know. War had been declared with Germany a few days earlier and everyone was on high alert. It had been decided to evacuate the children as quickly as possible and on the 6th September we were all assembled outside the school then shepherded on to several special buses, complete with labels, gas masks and food for the journey.

Parents were watching from the pavement as we settled down in our seats and I noticed several of the mothers were weeping. The billeting officers then took us to the house, which had been allocated to us, which was situated on the outskirts of the village. The people who lived there, Mr. They had a large garden and we soon noticed that there was a damson tree the other side of the fence. Reg helped himself to some damsons much to the annoyance of the neighbour, so that was a good start. Later, we had a mooch round to see how the other evacuees had fared.

Another friend from school named Ray had really struck lucky; he had been billeted at a farm Mr. Dolman , in Fox Lane. It was more of a small holding than a farm really, they had a dairy cow and an old sheep, some geese and ducks, but they also owned several fields around the farm in which we would roam and play to our to hearts content in the months to come. I am ashamed to say I cried bitterly, blundering around the dark bedroom. But nobody came. Reg, who was obviously made of sterner stuff than I, settled down O. The next morning we were all taken to the village school. For the first week we were to have our own teachers who had travelled up from West Bromwich, so that we did not feel too strange with the rest of the school.

I noticed Ray one day with blood pouring from his nose after being picked on. After school one day, news got around that there was to be a fight between one of the evacuees named Geof and a local lad, and a crowd of us made our way after school to the sports field which was to be the venue of the event. Geof was by far the smaller of the two but was winning hands down and I found it rather strange that all the local girls were shouting for him rather than the local boy.

When the fight was in full swing one of the lady teachers, on her way home and attracted by the din, intervened and broke it up telling us that we ought to be ashamed of ourselves etc. I think we could claim a moral victory. After our own teachers had returned to West Bromwich we were integrated with the rest of the school. The headmaster Mr. It was probably a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I will always remember strolling across the fields in the Autumn sunshine with skylarks singing above, and the sound of the bells from the distant Alrewas church drifting across the fields, rising and falling on the warm evening air, calling the villagers to evensong. It is difficult to describe the feeling of profound peace and tranquillity of that moment.

Although Alrewas was not a great distance from West Bromwich, there was quite a difference between the dialects. The locals often used to take the micky out of us with our Black Country twang, whilst they had a North Country accent, which at times, we found difficult to understand.

The winter of was a particularly bad one with heavy snow and hard frosts. The canal, which ran next to the school, was frozen solid and we were allowed to go sliding on it after school. About this time some workers arrived and dug trenches at the back of the school, these were about 6 feet deep and there was great excitement in the class when we had the practice air raid alerts signalled by a couple of rings on the school bell. We were told to file out in an orderly manner with our gas masks and jump into these trenches, which were deeper than we were tall.

Mind you it was better than having lessons. Our parents visited us every few weeks arriving by various modes of transport. Parents were not encouraged to come into the house, so we usually spent the time going walks with them, or playing football in one of the fields. We had a rare treat one day, when Mrs.

One of the sights I always remember as we were walking around the town was a squadron of Spitfires banking round the Cathedral spire. It was awe-inspiring and I remember thinking this country must be safe with those around. One day when he was out, we thought we would try to sharpen our penknives on his strop. Needless to say, he went bananas when he found out but, all credit to him, we got away with a severe telling off.

As Christmas approached most of the evacuees returned home for the holidays. It was the first time we had been home since September and we were excited by all the barrage balloons in the skies as we approached Birmingham. Apart from this little had changed and things seemed more or less normal. After the Christmas holidays we returned to Alrewas, taking as many of our Christmas presents as we could carry. In the late spring of , we were informed by Mrs. This turned out to be a small cottage a short distance away owned by Mr.

The cottage had only two bedrooms and there were already three more evacuees living there, two girls, Mary and her young sister Gladys, who we used to call Googie , and a young boy, Frank aged about 7, so it was a case of the boys in one room, the girls in the other. I think Mr. We had a great time moving, Ray had borrowed a handcart from the farm, and Reg and I loaded our belongings on the cart and Ray trundled it down the road with us sitting on top, much to the amusement of locals.

She allotted jobs to do, like weeding the garden and such, and we had to do these before we were allowed to go out and play on Saturday mornings. On another occasion, the ceiling collapsed over the kitchen table and when Reg and I came downstairs she was sitting at the table covered in plaster. Poor Reg got the blame this time being accused of dropping his case in the bedroom and loosening the plaster. Another time she had been telling Reg and I off for something or other when she went to spend a penny in the toilet and broke wind rather audibly.

Reg and I, waiting outside, looked at each other and fell about giggling. Frank had the misfortune of wetting the bed once or twice, as did a number of the younger evacuees, and on each occasion Mrs. On Saturday mornings when we could get away, we used to walk down Fox Lane to a little stream, and fish for sticklebacks and red butchers with our nets and jam jars. At the end of Fox Lane was what was known as the marl hole which was used as a refuse tip, and was full of water and what we loved to do was to pick up some stones, then quietly creep to the edge where dozens of rats would scuttle down the bank into the water which we then pelted with our stones.

One day we heard a sort of squeaking sound coming from the grass verge, and being curious, pulled the grass away and digging down into the soil, we found a nest of baby field mice. They were only about one inch long with no fur. We then hid them in Mrs. A week or so later there was a terrible smell in the shed and Mrs. T demanded to know what we had got in there. We later found the skeletal remains of the field mice and hurriedly disposed of them before she learned the truth. There was quite a bit of excitement in the village one day; people were flocking down to the village square, so we joined them eager to find out what was going on.

It turned out to be a dozen or so of the older local men being paraded by an army drill sergeant. We got told off afterwards for watching them and had to promise not to do it again. We had a bit of a scare one night when I was awakened by the sound of an air raid siren. It was the first time I had experienced an air raid warning and was a little scared and not sure what to do. I woke up Reg and the girls and came down stairs. We were totally unprepared and nobody knew what to do, including Mr.

She seemed more concerned about her canary than anything else and kept trying to calm the bird down, which was doing his nut. We all finished up sitting on the floor shivering. Fortunately the all-clear siren sounded after about half an hour. I think it was probably a false alarm. So began the first experience of what was to become the norm in the next few months. Dolman was a lovely old man, and at times let me accompany him with his shotgun to shoot a rabbit or two for the pot. He usually missed. At other times I would spend hours with him in his shed chatting away while he made baskets with the osiers he had collected.

On the farm there was a metal plate sunk in the ground where they used to smash bits of crockery with a cast iron hammer for the chickens, this apparently being necessary in their diet to help them to make the shells for their eggs. One was a bit slow getting out of the way one day and the hammer smashed its upper beak, making it impossible for it to pick up corn from the ground.

Most farmers would have wrung its neck and had it for dinner. Not so Mr. Dolman, he used to sit the disabled chicken in a sack of corn where it managed to feed itself quite happily. Our parents still used to visit regularly, but we used to get a bit cross sometimes when they turned up, as it interrupted our games. The local girls from the village started taking an interest in us during the holidays and we used to have fun swapping dirty jokes with them. About this time, work started on the construction of a large airfield at Fradley for the American 8th air force and the people round about were a bit concerned about it becoming a target for German bombers.

In the late summer, the local farmers began collecting the hay and we had a real exciting time helping to load the hay onto the carts. When the carts were fully loaded it was quite high to the top and we helped each other to scramble up on top of the hay for the journey back to the farm.

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We all felt very proud as we passed through the village, waving to all the people who came out of the houses to watch. I came back home during the August holidays little realising that I would not be going back again to Alrewas. My parents were not too happy about certain things there and had already decided that I should remain at home.

A few nights later, we had our first air raid, the sirens had already sounded and shortly afterwards we heard the unmistakable sound of German planes overhead. Then the anti aircraft guns opened up, making the hell of a racket. My uncle dashed to the front door to see if he could see anything and shouted to us to come and have a look. Hanging in the sky were two flares, apparently from a German plane, slowly dropping down a short distance away.

It was an eerie sight and one that I shall never forget, although it was nothing compared with what was to come in the following months. But that is another story. Because of his views he was often barred from preaching in churches, so he preached in the open air, often to very large gatherings. He was fiercely loyal to the established church and never intended that a separate church should be created; never the less, with a significant number of Anglican clergy following in his footsteps they became known as Methodists.

The movement did not become a separate denomination in Britain until after the death of John Wesley in Methodism seems to have arrived in Alrewas around , and the first Wesleyan Chapel and Sunday School was built in , down the alley leading from Main Street to Walkfield. The established church still had a great deal of influence over when and where Nonconformist places of worship could be built.

They could only be built if the parish church did not have enough space for at least half the population of the village, and since Alrewas Parish Church only had seating for between and , the Anglicans could not object to one being built, but they could require that it be built inconspicuously, hence hidden down an alley. Primitive Methodism was the outcome of what were known as camp meetings in Staffordshire at Mow Cop, where the evangelicals Hugh Bourne and William Clowes created a great following. Bourne and Clowes had been expelled from the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion because they held some beliefs that were found unacceptable.

The Primitive Methodists as an organisation dates from ; by there was a sufficient following in Alrewas for the society to build their own meeting place, again they were constrained to build inconspicuously and found themselves hidden behind the King William beer house in Old School Lane, Now William IV Road. In the Wesleyans extended their chapel to accommodate increased congregations. The Methodist worshippers tended to have distinct differences at this time in that the Wesleyans could be found among the businessmen, the farmers and clerks; whereas the Primitive Methodists tended to come from the farm workers and the labouring workers.

Another Methodist chapel was erected in for the Reform Wesleyans, a breakaway group who in decided not to join the United Methodist Free Church grouping. This particular branch was quite active in the Derbyshire area. These were later converted to living accommodation in , and are now No. On 22nd May the Trustees of the Wesleyan Chapel found themselves in a dilemma. The trustees took the advice of the architect and decided to erect a new church; they then approached the Earl of Lichfield, who gave them the site in Post Office Road.

By this time the influence of the established church had waned and the new chapel was not to be hidden away. The foundation stones for the new building were laid on 11th March , with the building contract stipulating that the work was to be completed by 1st July After the completion of the chapel it was issued with a certificate in , licensing the chapel for the solemnisation of marriages.

The Methodist Church operated on a Circuit system, and still does, whereby there was a central church in a major town and there were separate chapels in surrounding villages. The central church for Alrewas was in Lichfield, where the Ministers lived, and they would visit Alrewas to take services in rotation with other chapels in the circuit. On occasions when the minister was not available a lay preacher took the preaching appointments. When Methodist Union took place in , the Wesleyan and Primitive congregations joined together for worship in the present building.

In an extension was added to the schoolroom, providing a new kitchen and toilets. In it became necessary to renew the entire roof. Two months after the work was complete, it was discovered that wet rot had spread among the joists below the church floor. This necessitated a complete new floor, involving the removal of pews and organ. Since this was going to be a great upheaval, the members were invited to take a fresh look at the worship area.

After many consultations with the members who come to worship, it was a decided to enlarge the sanctuary and refurbish it, at the same time altering the entrance to make a central door into the church. In recent years the Lichfield Circuit has become combined with Tamworth. It served the village well for some years, having several additions to the main building as the number of children it catered for increased. Eventually a new building was seen to be necessary and the present Primary School was built in Furlong Close, the first phase being built in , and since then there have been several additions to accommodate increasing numbers and the developments of a modern curriculum.

Most head teachers continued, after their appointment, until the time of their retirement so that continuous service of 20 years or more was a common occurrence. The list of Alrewas School Head Teachers is as follows. Edwin Sellick - Mr. H W Brierley - Mr. Tillett - Mr. J H Job — Mr. Albert Hayton Sept Aug Mrs. Bernadette Hunter Jan - Mr. Jeffrey Gray Jan With a few exceptions many of the assistant masters and mistresses served for shorter periods of time than the Head Teachers. Some of the ladies left to marry or have families, though quite a few of them were called back as supply teachers from time to time, to cover the absences of teachers who were ill.

Some having completed time as pupil teachers and probationary teachers, then moved on to posts in other schools as a matter of career development. The names are generally in chronological order, with the names of the Head Teachers in brackets, also the change of names by marriage of some of the ladies. In the s ancillary assistants were employed to help class teachers, often supporting children with learning difficulties. In the s quite a few teachers were employed on a part time basis, some to fit in with home commitments.

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