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Village News 27th August 2020

• This week should have been Alrewas Arts Festival 2020 and to commemorate this Sally Stanton has coordinated lots of Festival friends, including Alrewas Knitwits, to create an installation for the War Memorial called 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.  Over this coming weekend there will be a small stall with some goods to sell as a fundraiser and there will be an opportunity for people to buy some of the items within the installation too.

On the website there will be a compilation of day by day films of previous Festivals. They are day and time specific so that you can watch snippets of, for example, every Festival Friday from 2006. After the week, all will be available to peruse at leisure. 

• Litter on Potters Meadow and on the fields by the second Bailey Bridge has been a real problem over the summer including canisters of Nitrous Oxide. Young people have been identified coming and going, some carrying bags back with their rubbish but many not. Councils have noticed the increase in litter dropping across the district and it seems to have become worse across the whole of the UK since lockdown. It is a crime and should be reported to the police but it is parents that can have the biggest impact. All parents are strongly urged to check where their youngsters are and talk to them about clearing up after themselves, even if they don’t think it is their child who is offending.

Many thanks to all the residents who have been clearing up after the youngsters.

• If you haven't got your copy of Alrewas & Fradley Charity’s "Summer of Covid" quiz sheet you still have a few days to take up the challenge. Pick up a copy at the Bank Coffeehouse or Coates Butchers for just £2. For those who have completed theirs don’t forget to drop them back to The Bank for a chance to win one of the great prizes donated by local businesses.

• At the Parish Council meeting Stuart Threlfall reported that HS2 had responded to the Mineral Group’s Freedom of Information request and indicated that Cemex were not approved partners.  This is contrary to what Cemex are stating in their application to build a concrete plant near Orgreave so is a strong reason for the application to be refused.  Staffordshire County Council has received over 600 objections to date. Disappointment was expressed at the poor quality of the Lichfield District Council submission which is now being redrafted with help from our District Councillors.

Concerns have been expressed about the drainage outflow from the Green Acres development which will discharge water into river at a point known locally as 'the beach'. This has been a feature in the village for many years and has been well used by generations of villagers. It will be permanently destroyed by this proposal. The Parish Council Chairman has contacted Crest Nicholson asking for an alternative solution to protect the amenity.

Objections have also been submitted in regard to landscaping issues around the development which will cause loss of hedgerows and trees.

• Alrewas Cricket Club are once again hosting their annual Ladies Charity Cricket tournament on Sunday 30th August. Spectators are very welcome but there won’t be the usual fundraising activities going on to raise money for their chosen charity which this year is Breast Cancer UK. They have therefore set up a Just Giving page in the hope they can still raise a good amount

The Orme Cup final will be held on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm when The Legion will take on The Bank at 2pm. Spectators are welcome, Covid safety measures in place.

• The mobile library will be recommencing its service in Alrewas from this Friday 28th August and will operate on a fortnightly basis 10 – 12.30pm and 1-3pm. There will be an ‘order and collect service’ similar to the branch libraries that are already open.
The first visit will be focused on customers returning their books and picking up an order form to complete and return in advance of the next visit.


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