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Village News 12th December 2019

• A stalwort Alrewasian has purchased the neglected area of scrubland that runs alongside Statfold Lane between the Bailey bridges and plans to restore it back to how it was in the 1960’s. Nick Collins has formed The Coltech Foundation and is working with groups and individuals in the village to regenerate the land to create a community space for use by scout groups and other organisations, Alrewas Arts Festival activities, village events, environmental projects for the local schools, as well as form new clubs, such as radio controlled boat club for young people, adult and junior fishing clubs and canoe club. It will involve a lot of work including removing scrub, re-cultivating the main meadow, restoring willows and other existing trees, and dredging, rebuilding and making safe the embankment on the Millstream

The project will create much needed community space in the village following the major loss of meadowland to the new housing development and has been welcomed by village groups. The Foundation would welcome volunteers to help with the physical work needed as well as donations through sponsorship. Go to www.alrewasisland.co.uk for more information and to contact Nick.

• A Staffordshire County Council officer was recently in the village and was horrified to see so many motorists mounting our valuable ancient kerb stones down Main Street, either to park or to let oncoming traffic through. She said very few villages had these but we were in a conservation area and the Parish Council has always insisted on preserving them. However they damage easily if vehicles mount them continuously and if they ever have to be replaced we will get the standard concrete curbing as the County Council no longer has the budget to lay this type. 

• Alrewas Civic Society request that posters for community events put up on Telegraph posts around the village be taken down immediately after the event. Members of the society have been taking down a lot recently as they make the village look messy. Groups are urged to use the village notice boards to advertise their events instead. For the Civic Society board by the War Memorial post into 1 Post office road, for the Village Hall post into 57 Furlong Lane, for the Bank’s and outside the Co-op take into the Bank Coffeehouse, A5 only, and there is also the Pharmacy notice board. 

• The Tier Hairdressing host a Winter Wonderland Shopping and Beauty Evening this Thursday 12th 7-9pm. There will be a lovely array of stalls with Christmas wreaths and lots of stocking filler ideas as well as free hair and beauty demonstrations. The bar will be open downstairs with live pianist Mai Mulvey. Entry is free. Coates will be open with a hog/roast and Jo Raybould Interiors up the road is also hosting a Christmas open evening the same night.

• Alrewas resident Elizabeth Brown has just had her debut novel published. ‘Mother Love’ has had 5* reviews on Amazon and Elizabeth is hosting a ‘Meet the Author’ and Book Signing session at the Bank Coffeehouse this Saturday 14th at 2.30pm. Drop in for a chat about the book and her experience as an author. Copies will be available to purchase if you’d like a signed copy as a gift for Christmas

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