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Fradley is a vibrant Staffordshire village located just off the A38, ten minutes drive away from the historic cathedral city of Lichfield and twenty minutes from the premier shopping centre of Burton-upon-Trent. It is also conveniently located for access to the A5, M6, Tamworth and Birmingham.

Amenities

Hay End Lane
Hay End Lane

The residents of Fradley enjoy many local amenities, including a post office, a new shopping centre, a recently extended primary school, a spacious village hall and a parish church with a modern extension for small community gatherings. The Fradley Arms Hotel is on the opposite side of the A38 and a new public house is planned for a site close to the new shopping centre.

Local children are well catered for, with a multi-use games area in Hay End Lane and two new play parks on Fradley South.

Employment opportunities often become available on Fradley Park, an industrial centre which includes the well-known companies Tesco, Faurecia, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, NTN Bearings, Caterpillar Logistics, Swish UK and Zytek.

History

Fradley first appeared in 12th-century records as 'Frodeleye', or 'Frod's lea'. Historically it formed part of the parish of Alrewas until, in April 2009, Fradley and nearby Streethay split from Alrewas and Orgreave to form 'Fradley with Streethay' parish.

Prior to World War II the village comprised only St Stephen's church, St Stephen's school, a number of farms and smallholdings and a scattering of private dwellings. During the intervening years the village has seen momentous changes, starting with the construction in 1939 of the famous RAF Station Lichfield on Fradley Common.

In August 1940 the Royal Air Force moved in, along with Hurricanes, Oxford and Anson aircraft. Spitfires arrived in 1941 and Wellington Bombers followed in 1942. Alongside RAF personnel training in the Wellingtons, there were a large number of Australians and some Canadians and Czechs.

The RAF left in 1958 and the whole site was sold by the Air Ministry in 1962. In 2000 a memorial to all who served at RAF Lichfield was constructed opposite St Stephen's church, which is home to the war graves of the Australian aircrew and one German Luftwaffe pilot who lost their lives. Their graves continue to be treated with great reverence by the community.

Fradley has over recent years absorbed many changes, but parts of the village still retain much of their original charm and character.

St Stephen's Church, built in 1861, still stands proudly on the corner of Church Lane and Old Hall Lane. A quaint Victorian schoolhouse, which had stood beside it since 1875, was demolished in 2008 to make room for modern classrooms to accommodate Fradley's burgeoning child population.

Though no longer used as working farms, Bycars, Bridge, Hilliards Cross and Old Hall farms can still be seen. Old Hall Farm was built in the 1500s, when it was known as Frodley Hall. Also in Old Hall Lane stands Lodge Croft, a three-storey house dating back to the 1750s. The Old Smithy, where farmers used to bring their horses to be shod, has also survived at the Church Lane entrance to the old village.

Fradley is surrounded by canals and nearby Fradley Junction is where the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals merge. A well-known local beauty spot and hive of boating activity, it remains one of the Midland's most peaceful and picturesque waterside locations.

Recent developments

Canal at Fradley Junction
Canal at Fradley Junction

In 1998 major redevelopment started on the former airfield, with the construction of factories, warehouses and houses. Today Fradley Park, a 300-acre warehousing and distribution development, covers most of the airfield.

Various attractive housing developments have appeared around the village and the completion of Fradley South shopping centre in 2009, comprising retail units, offices and food outlets, has led to the formal re-categorising of Fradley as a 'key rural settlement'.

Walks in Fradley

The canals provide the basis for some interesting but relatively easy walks in the area. A "Guide to Fradley Junction Including Walks" leaflet is available free of charge (as well as lots of other tourist info) from Kingfisher Cafe at Fradley Junction

Notice Board

Fradley Neighbourhood Plan
The Fradley Neighbourhood Plan steering committee held a public meeting on 14th January 2015. It is estimated that 150 residents attended this meeting and we discussed the main aims and how residents could get involved with forming the Fradley NP.

The steering committee has five main task groups, listed below. If you are not currently helping with one of these groups, please get involved and call the co-ordinator to arrange getting onto the mailing list and attending meetings when possible.
  • Housing - Greg Jones – (01283) 792 069
  • Transport – Mark Edwards – (01283) 790 995
  • Facilities – Jo Spence – (01283) 791 492
  • Environment – Simon Roberts - (01543) 444 470
  • Communication – Linda Wild – (01283) 792 015

Why get involved?
Housing – have a say on size of future developments, types of housing, car parking, locations
Transport – interested in keeping the village safe and ensure other transport opportunities exist
Facilities – have a say in what facilities you want it the village, pub, doctors, schools, recreational
Environment – help keep our wildlife and habitats safe and thriving
Communication – help us publicise what the group is doing through delivering leaflets, putting up posters, updating our website, or social media.

FNP Steering Committee officers:
  • Neighbourhood Chairman – Simon Roberts – (01543) 444 470
  • Vice Chairman – Greg Jones – (01283) 792 069
  • Treasurer – Ben Walsh – 07970 779918
  • Secretary – Sandy Carruthers – (01283) 791 315

Best Kept Village Competition - 2015
We have entered the competition again this year after some very positive feedback from the judges last year. Judging takes place between May and July, so we need everyone to help keep the village looking perfect through these months.

The Parish Council contract the maintenance of the village to a private company who maintain the grassed areas, cut back shrubs and hedges, empty litter bins and tidy various areas through the village. But there is always more than can be done by ourselves to help keep our village standards high and hopefully to win the Best Kept Village Competition. This can easily be achieved if residents either help out at our monthly working groups or just ensure areas close to their house are tidy.

If you would like to get involved please contact either Mark on 07590 384115 or Simon on 07709 433493, or come to the next meeting of the BKV working group on Saturday 2nd May and every 1st Saturday of every month. Meeting at 9.30am on the Fradley Community Hall car park.

For people that cannot physically help out, there is always room for your help in deciding the future agenda of the working groups. ie. where to plant bulbs, trees or hedges through the village, extra signage or information boards and any other suggestions in making the village a better place to live.

Projects carried out so far in 2015:
Clearance of area in front of Fradley Community Hall and planting of mixed native hedging
Planting of approx. 60x trees on Watersmeet (green area directly over the road from the Community Hall)
Litter picking around village and along Common Lane
Clearance of path and road all along Bridge Farm Lane
Cutting back growths on trees along Worthington Road
Cutting back of hedge on Church Lane near Post Office

Fradley Communique

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