It was good to see a wide variety of local talent on display over the ‘Arts and Crafts Festival’ weekend in the Church and encouraging to see the young people keen to have a go themselves.


The main Remembrance event is from the 26th Oct – 11th Nov and various village groups and organisations are already planning their contribution. We are intending to decorate the Buttercross, the Millennium Gardens, and outside the village hall. Other displays are being planned and it is intended that original photographic images from the early 1900’s will be displayed as well throughout the village centre.

Rocester Local History Group

We started our first session of the session by looking firstly at the history of bridge building and then at the River Churnet and its bridges. What is missing is an image of the old railway bridge across the Churnet – can anyone help?

The Churnet used to carry much pollution from the industrial process in its upper reaches through Rocester and people remembered it always as a black river. Thankfully it is now much improved.

Also while there was no dispute that the bridge over the Churnet had been in existence for many years (earliest known record 1244) and there is a record of it being rebuilt in the early 1600’s, how much of the original foundations remain is uncertain.

At the next session in October we shall be looking at the bridges across the Dove and at the other canal and railway ones.


It was a successful trip to Southport in August with some of our members even able to do some beachcombing. Luckily the seaweed samples were kept tightly sealed in a plastic bag until we arrived home.

Jan Gallier is coming to the September meeting to talk about the Rocester rock project, and in October it will be Judith Ward and card making.

Rocester and District Camera Club

There was a good turnout of members including some new ones for the start of the new programme at the beginning of September. For the Art and Crafts Festival the club put up an exhibition at St Michael’s but there was a change of plan and they were not represented at the Denstone show this year.

On October 2nd there will be a talk about Camera Maintenance by Lehmanns of Stoke on Trent, and on the 16th a talk by Darren Leeson on street photography.

Kate Yorke

Written by Rocester Parish Council