From the Bridgnorth Journal 8th February 2008
Village aiming for golden debut
CLAVERLEY hopes to follow in the footsteps of Bridgnorth by going for gold for the first time in this year's Heart of England in Bloom competition.
Bridgnorth Town Council is already making arrangements for the town category this year as it bids to add to its impressive list of successes.
And now Claverley is taking a 'leaf’ out of their book by entering the village category.
Rod Parr, chairman of the Claverley In Bloom group, called for the whole community to get involved and said they faced a hectic time preparing for judging in July.
The group, formed two years ago, is headed by a committee of nine active members and was set up to enhance the local environment through planting schemes and other community-based projects.
Bloom member Paul Pickerill said that they had always worked to Heart of England in Bloom criteria, with the ultimate objective of entering the competition itself.
"The competition is not just about ornate planting beds and hanging baskets," he said. "A high value is placed on sustainable environmental initiatives that have long-term benefits for the community as a whole.
"We have made good progress so far and have some interesting initiatives in the pipeline that we can include in our 2008 programme and beyond."
With the help and sponsorship of local residents and businesses the group has already completed several projects including planting beds at Claverley School and clearance of overgrown land surrounding the Plough pub car park.
The group also led planting initiatives at Griffiths Green and Danford Heath where local residents became actively involved and took ownership of the projects.
Seasonal planting schemes around the cross in the Bull Ring have brightened up the heart of the village and more recently the group has liaised with Shropshire County Council's highways department to renovate 19 dilapidated signposts.
Rod Parr, chair of the Clayerley in Bloom group, praised the support given by the local community. "It is likely that we will "tweak" the planting schemes in the Bull Ring but we have no intention of creating a chocolate box setting as this would be totally out of character with the village as we know it.
"The village is already very attractive and one of the main features is the colourful flower displays provided by local householders and businesses. If everyone can do the same this year it will get us off to a flying start in the competition.
"Community involvement will be essential if we are to make a good showing in the competition.
"We will be looking for support in all sorts of ways and we want to organise a social event in the very near future to showcase current achievements and future plans.
"Claverley has a strong community spirit and has the potential to do really well in the competition."
From the Bridgnorth Journal 1st February 2008
Council rejects building scheme
by Melvyn Morgan
CLAVERLEY councillors have overwhelmingly voted against controversial plans for major development off Aston Lane.
More than 50 people crowded into the village hall for a special parish council meeting on Monday to see the package rejected.
The proposals — put forward by landowners the Ham family and by South Shropshire Housing Association — included 'affordable' homes, relocating the doctor's surgery from Spicers Close, moving the tennis club and providing parking facilities.
Parish council clerk Gill Price said a proposal that the development was contrary to the aims of the parish plan and Green Belt policy, was supported by a 10-1 vote.
"The large attendance at the meeting demonstrated the amount of interest," she said.
"A lot of questions were asked by parish councillors and members of the public."
Questions included the ratio of' affordable' homes to the amount of open market housing.
"There didn't appear to be any leeway to reduce the amount of open market housing," said Mrs Price.
"There had previously been more affordable homes in the plan, but this time it was the other way around,"
Councillor Sally Dawes, chairman of the parish plan group, reminded members of the importance of 'protecting the integrity and spirit' of the plan.
Council chairman Peter Collings said after the meeting that members had thoroughly assessed the proposals, which had followed presentations given by Mark Ham for the landowners and by Paul Sutton from the housing association.
"The views of parishioners were also considered at the meeting.
"Councillors recognise the need for affordable homes, but do not support these proposals," he said
Service of thanks for Betty
CLAVERLEY'S All Saints Church was filled with the family and many friends of Betty Brain for a service of thanksgiving last Thursday.
Mrs Brain was a popular and well-known figure in and around the parish, who died peacefully at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, at the age of 87 on January 15, following a short illness.
"Betty and her husband Roger moved to The Castle, Gatacre in 1972, joining Roger's brother Peter, a local farmer, her sister Kathleen and their families, who lived at Farmcote," said her daughter, Sally Fallon.
"She was a very sociable person, enjoyed entertaining her friends and taking part in many of the village activities," she added.
She is survived by her daughter, son Stephen, grandson Henry and great-grandson Charlie.
Last Thursday's service included a celebration of Holy Communion and was led by the Rev Simon Cawdell, assisted by Betty's godson, the Rev Robert Carter, who also gave the address.
The service was followed by tea at Davenport House, Worfield.
Bags of support!
LOCAL people are being invited to support a Claverley Primary School initiative to help needy people living in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania.
A previous Bag2School day raised more than £1,000 through a collection of quality second-hand clothes.
Now the exercise is being repeated on Monday when the clothes will be received to sell on to wholesalers in the three countries who pay £300 a ton (30p a kilo).
Organisers are appealing for ladies', mens' and children's clothing, bedding, curtains, soft toys, shoes, belts and handbags.
Bags are being distributed throughout the village, but if anyone else is having a clear-out they can feel free to use any bags and drop them off at the school. A sack filled to the brim weighs about 10kg.
From the Bridgnorth Journal 25th January 2008
Massive 'no' to club move
CLAVERLEY Tennis Club's opposition to moving to a new headquarters off Aston Lane was overwhelming, its chairman has revealed. Dan Price said that only four members had voted in favour of a switch to Aston Lane, while 47 people were against it. The vote to stay at the Church Street courts was taken at a recent club EGM.
"We have a membership of 67 and so the turnout was very good," said Mr Price. "We play in a beautiful setting that cannot be replicated and a move to Aston Lane could mean extreme difficulty in getting floodlighting, as it would be seen across open land," he explained.
Landowner Mark Ham, working in conjunction with the South Shropshire Housing Association, has put forward outline proposals which included a tennis club, affordable homes, car parking and relocation of the doctor's surgery.
A revised package is now being drawn up, which will now be considered at a special parish council meeting on Monday in the village hall (7.30pm)
Richard has stars in eyes
A Claverley man is organising a visit by celebrity chef Keith Floyd to Wolverhampton Cricket Club on March 1. "I have always dreamed of mixing it with the stars and now a new business venture enables me to do exactly that," said Richard Perkins, of Heathton Road, who attends college in Wolverhampton.
Floyd's latest show, 'Floyd Uncorked', will be the highlight of an evening that includes a table buffet and free welcoming drinks. Richard is organising the show with Caroline Richardson, of Finchfield, Wplverhampton and believes it will be a huge success.
Tickets cost £27.50 each from Richard by phoning 07816 591 130 or (01902) 758013.
There will be additional 45 minutes of questions and answers and Floyd will sign books after the finish.
Doors will open at 6.30pm and the event will start at 7.30pm
'AN evening of popular music' with the Tettenhall Singers on Saturday was a big success. Kay White, a member of the village hall committee who organised the event, said: "They are pencilled in again for next year."
CLAVERLEY PTA is inviting anyone who arrives at a Burns Night in a kilt at the village hall tonight to enjoy a free nip of whisky. Tickets cost £12.50 each from the school, post office, or Rudge Heath Stores.
From the Bridgnorth Journal 18th January 2008
Tennis club 'no' to venue switch
by Melvyn Morgan
CLAVERLEY Tennis Club players have voted against moving their headquarters to a site off Aston Lane. The proposal was part of a package for new development in the village, which would also include affordable homes and relocating the doctor's surgery, as well as parking facilities.
The club's decision to stay at the two Church Street courts was reached at an emergency meeting at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the proposals for the Aston Lane site will be hammered put at a special parish council meeting on Monday January 28 (7.30pm) in the village hall.
The public are invited to attend and council clerk GUI Price said she expected they would be given the chance to comment. "It has been decided to hold the special meeting because of the importance of this and the time needed to fully deal with it," she said.
The tennis club vote was reported to this week's monthly council meeting which was packed with residents. "There is a lot of interest in the village and the views appear to be mixed," explained Mrs Price.
It was attended by Mark Ham, representing the landowners, and Paul Sutton, of the South Shropshire Housing Association, who are working with Mr Ham on the scheme. Mrs Price said that Mr Ham and Mr Sutton had been asked to come to the special meeting with a detailed set of proposals and full costings.
She added that the number of affordable homes envisaged for the land had now been reduced from 25 to 18. Residents have been circulated with outline plans for the development, but no planning application has so far been sent to Bridgnorth District Council.