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Village News 15th October 2020

• The Phase 2 Gym in Orgreave, Alrewas, have entered a relay team comprising of both staff and members who will attempt to swim the English Channel in June 2021 to raise money for their two chosen charities The Rifles: Care for Casualties and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The idea came from the gym’s owner, Jenny Berry and reflects the gyms diversity perfectly with team members ages ranging from 20’s to 60’s and with a wide range of ability levels, some even having to learn how to do front crawl!

Although the past 12 months have been challenging for each individual's training, in particular with lockdown forcing all swimming venues to close, the team has made the most of rivers, lakes and the now infamous ‘cold tank’ located on site, where they tether themselves to the wall and swim for up to an hour in temperatures of around 11-12 degrees. Wet suits are not permitted by the CSA (Channel Swimming Association) for fully ratified crossings, therefore all members must wear basic swimming costumes or trunks. In September this year, all team members passed their two hour cold water qualifying swim for the CSA and are now entering the winter phase of their training program. Once again, this will consist of multiple cold water swimming sessions every week.

The team are hoping to raise £10,000 to split equally between these two very worthy causes. They are currently seeking a co sponsor for the pilot boat. Locally owned company NTS Communications have very kindly come forward to sponsor half but by having the boat fully sponsored it will enable 100% of the money raised to go to the chosen charities. Anyone wishing to help this campaign by becoming the second sponsor should contact Jenny at The Phase 2 Gym on 01543 473662.

• The village walking group has recently restarted. They depart from the war memorial at 10:45 every Tuesday and walk for 5-6 miles, returning around 1pm. Up to 30 walkers can take part each week and Ramblers Association Covid guidance will be strictly adhered to. Walkers must not walk with any Covid symptoms, must give their contact details to the walk leader, and must undertake to notify the leader should they subsequently develop Covid-19. New members are very welcome, just turn up.

• Further to the Parish Council’s request to lower the weight limit on the old bridge by Bagnall’s Lock, the Canal and River Trust’s Principle Engineer has reviewed the loading assessment which was carried out in 2014 and confirmed an 18t limit is appropriate for this bridge, which is only a 7ft span and due to the profile of the arch, very strong. He states that having been historically used as access to a farm for tractors & trailers typically of 18T the bridge is probably capable of withstanding much larger loads and is satisfied this limit will not cause any damage to the bridge. The Parish Council have requested Staffordshire County Council do an additional survey as they still have serious concerns for the longevity of this ancient and valuable bridge.

• Free foreign language classes in German and Italian are starting at the Bank Coffeehouse on Wednesdays, offering the opportunity to practise your preferred language in a relaxed way.  Whether you’d like to learn the basics for holidaying abroad, to have the chance to practise speaking or to cover a particular grammar point, the sessions can be adapted to suit your needs. Classes will run every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30, German fortnightly from 21st October, Italian the alternate weeks. Contact Philippa Hinz at for more detail or just turn up. Classes will be limited to five students to adhere with Covid rules


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