Dunstall Parish Council Spring Newsletter (2018)





Your Councillors are as follows:

Chairperson – Mr A Brown, The Orchard, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 711472              email:


Vice ChairMr S Clarke – Old Hall Farm, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 711123              email:


Mr J. Moffat – Fir Tree Cottage, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 713735              email:


Mrs M Ward – 270 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood

Tel:                                        email:


Mr B Scattergood – Yew Tree Farm, Forest Road, Dunstall

Tel: 07921 127769              email:


Mrs J Gill, Yew Tree House, Dunstall.

Tel: 01283 712097             email:

Mrs L Pilkington – 250 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood


County Councillor

Mrs J. Jessell, 9 Meadow Rise, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01543 473671              email:


Borough Councillors –

Mrs J. Jessell, 9 Meadow Rise, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01543 473671              email:


Mrs J. Jones, Walcot Grange, The Green, Barton under Needwood

Tel: 01283 711343              email:


Clerk – Mrs K Jackson – 716871 email:


If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to contact any of the Councillors or the clerk, who will be happy to bring it to the attention of the next meeting.



These are held on the third Thursday of every other month


The next meeting is THE ANNUAL PARISH and ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm in Dunstall Church Hall.


Parishioners are invited to attend the APM and fifteen minutes is set aside at the beginning of each normal meeting for any concerns to be raised. Agendas, dates and times of forth-coming meetings and approved minutes are posted on the web site.


If anyone has any additional content to contribute to the website then please contact Councillor Brown.


Subsequent meetings are as listed below: –


Thursday 19th July at the Oakmoor Cafe, Lichfield Road

Thursday 20th September at Dunstall Church Hall

Thursday 15th November at the Oakmoor Cafe, Lichfield Road



The Parish Council and the Parochial Church Council have installed new matching notice boards to replace those presently sited either side of the pathway up to the church. The Dunstall PC one features a village logo of four horseshoes. There is also a notice board located in the bus shelter and adjacent to the footpath along Lichfield Road.



The Parish Council and particularly our chairman Cllr Brown has worked very hard to secure funding to provide “gates” at the boundaries of the village are of Dunstall to give traffic the sense they are entering a residential area which will hopefully encourage drivers to slow down.There are still signs and raised beds for shrubs to be constructed on the C18 ( Forest Road) which together with the speed warning signs should improve the traffic calming affect.

Funding was provide from the following:-

Councillors Community Fund

East Staffs Neighbourhood Community Fund

Barton and Dunstall Key Trust

Dunstall Parish Council



A little bit of history on the event – the competition is organised by the Best Kept Village (BKV) Working Group on behalf of the Community Council of Staffordshire and has been going since 1956. It encourages residents of all ages, village groups and organisations to get involved in caring for the appearance of their village. It has generated community spirit and pride in villages for many years, there were 46 entries in 2017. first and second round judging takes place from 1st may to 18th June;the are finals take place between 25th June and 8th July; and the County finals judged form 16th to 22nd July.


Dunstall has had many previous success and has received the following certificates-


1968, 1971 & 1978 – qualified for the final

1989 – 3rd place over all in small village category

1991 – 2nd place over all in small village category

1995 – 2nd place over all in small village category

1994 – 3rd place over all in small village category

2012 – High Commended in the finals

2017 – High Commended in the finals

Dunstall Village has again entered the Best Kept Village Competition in the small villages category and is eager to ensure the village looks neat and tidy and hope that parishioners will help in ensuring the village looks its best. This year the competition runs from 1st May to 22nd July, the judges look at the Church and Church Hall, features of the village, such as the Lions Well, greens, public open space, the notice boards and litter bins as well as the general attractiveness of the village and points are warded for each. Any efforts you can make with the removal of litter and rubbish would be most appreciated, parishioners are asked if they could make an effort to keep wheelie bins out of sight and hedges neat and tidy, Thank You.



The Dunstall pop up pub is a fairly new event organised by village residents every few months so that as a community we can get together. Following two highly successful events, the next is due to take place at village hall on 6th July (7pm – 10 pm). The details are being worked on but the general format is that attendees bring their own ‘refreshments’ and nibbles. There is a small payment for entry, which goes towards paying for the hall. Details will be sent out nearer the time and will be posted on the PC website. Everyone in the parish is welcome to come along. Please note that this is an event organised by residents but has the full support of the Parish Council.



Many parishioners may remember the old style red telephone box on the corner in the village, this was sadly replaced by BT some years ago by the more modern less attractive box, despite Dunstall PC trying hard to retain the original. In recent years the current box has been vandalised and the phone stopped working. Every effort was made by the PC to get the line retired and despite assurances from BT of repairs the line has been out of order for over 2 years. The PC received written communication that the box was to be removed and as it had become somewhat of an eyesore and clearly was not used it was taken away.



Every year the Parish Council receives a sum of money from the Henry Warford Charity. The money was originally intended to buy necessities for the children of the village. In more recent times it has been divided amongst the deserving pensioners of the village, in the form of a small sum of money at Christmas. If you know of anyone who is eligible, please contact the clerk or speak to Councillors Moffat and Clarke who represent Dunstall PC on the charity committee.


The council also has a reserve of charity money, which can be allocated to deserving cases. In previous years money has been used to install a stair lift for an elderly parishioner, provide a computer for a disabled child and help fund transport for children living rurally to get to school.

If anyone knows of someone locally who may benefit from this fund or has any suggestions, please contact the clerk or voice your opinions at the Annual Parish Meeting. This could range from paying for respite care to providing a wheelchair for a parishioner.










Established in 2007 this replaced and encompassed the William Key, Eleemosynary and Pinners Patch charities. The area of benefit is the Barton under Needwood Civil Parishes and all applicants must reside there in. Grants may be made to individuals of any age, in need through illness, disability, bereavement or accident. Also awards may be made to individual young people to support extra-curricular activities, including sport.

One-off individual awards are limited to £500.

Organisations can also be supported with awards up to £10,000 for projects, which benefit the general community.


For more information visit (the link is on our parish website also)



Parish Clerk


Karen Jackson

                        Chase View

                        Scotch Hills Lane

                        Barton under Needwood

                        Burton on Trent

                        Staffs DE13 8BP


                        Tel:01283 716871