See our history page for further information on the history of the village.
Harlaston Open Gardens
Harlaston open gardens is a biannual event. Many residents open their gardens to the general public. This year 2015 the Open Gardens Weekend was 20th and 21st June 12 noon until 6pm and raised £5,539.50 half for St.Matthew's Church and half for the Village Hall
Best kept Village Award
" The competition is not about the prettiest village but deciding which village has involved its residents - individuals, local organisations, all age groups - and with a large slice of community spirit and involvement, has made it the Best Kept Village in its area, perhaps even in the whole of Staffordshire!" (www.staffs.org.uk)
The focus of the competition is community spirit, residents working together to maintain and improve the appearance, amenities and overall environment. The preliminary rounds are in May and June. The finals take place in July.
In 2015 the results for the Lichfield / Cannock Small Village Category were as follows:
1st - Edingale (Trophy Winner)
Harlaston was highly recommended
Houses in Harlaston
A survey of houses in the inner village of Harlaston ( properties between the "Harlaston" village signs) shows that since 1938 the number of residences has risen by about 20% every 10 years. In that period we have lost our school but gained a village hall while maintaining our Public House, our Church and our Post Office/shop.
We have a regular bus service and good broadband reception. What else do we need?
We have regular Parish Council meetings when the public are allowed to ask questions and make comments and suggestions at the start and at the end of the meeting but not during the proceedings.
The actual number of houses in the "inner" village has been rising gradually vis:--
1938 1948 1958 1968 1978 1988 1998 2008 2018
32 39 44 64 74 76 98 115 ? An increase of 20% every 10 years
If you include Winterdyne and the outlying farms then the increase has been about 19% every 10 years