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Village News 3rd December 2020

•  The Alrewas Elves, Elaine Dolman, Jayne Grundy and Jen Matthewman, three slightly batty open water swimmers, took a dunk in the River Trent on Wednesday to search for new jokes for Santa’s crackers, overseen by their Elf n Safety officer John Brown. They would really like families in the village to help them out by joining their Elf Trail to find more jokes. These will be available for £1 from Thursday 3rd until Saturday 5th from Elf HQ, the Bank Coffeehouse.

The three Elves have already raised over £1000 in donations for the Alzheimer’s Society Elf Day and hope money from the trails will add to this. They’re also hoping to find new homes for the Elves and raise a little extra from the Knitwits stall which will be outside the Bank on Saturday. Alternatively you can donate directly by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dosthillducks

• At the Alrewas Cricket Club AGM Vice Chairman Gareth Moss began the meeting with a touching tribute to Chairman Andie Oliver who sadly passed away on 8th November after a two year battle with cancer. Andie had written his Chair’s report a few days before he died in which he summarised the season as being challenging but also very successful.

The 1st XI were almost undefeated, the 3rd XI finished runners up in their league and the 2nd XI won not only their division but also the Championship play off. The Club fielded a record number of junior teams this year and the women’s section has gone from strength to strength, both making very good use of the new nursery ground. He gave credit to all those who worked so hard maintaining the ground and setting up training so it was ready when the go ahead to resume cricket was given in July, to all those who interpreted and implemented the new protocol for the clubhouse, and to the sponsors who continued their support. As a result of all this, Alrewas Cricket Club will be remembered as a vibrant part of the community during a difficult year.

• The Quarry Working Group has been trawling through the hundreds of pages of new and revised documents from Cemex, who have resubmitted their application to try and counter the 670 resident objections to the original application. These include a letter from Balfour Beatty Vinci, the contractor for HS2, supporting the application, a revised plant layout which still means we can see 16m tall buildings, moving the sand and gravel by dumper truck rather than conveyor, transplanting existing hedging to the north to try and overcome complaints at the absence of pre planting, leaving the water as lakes for wildlife rather than agriculture reservoirs, have a dust handling strategy, albeit it is not a proactive one, and minimising reverse beeping. The amount of concrete to be produced will be more than originally quoted and an extra year has been added to carry out production bringing it to six including the restoration period.

The Parish Council are producing a document to object again and, although all existing objections are still valid, urge residents to send another one in too, even if it’s just an e-mail reinforcing your previous objection. The more received the less we can be ignored.

• Alrewas tennis courts have re-opened for play. If you wish to play simply go to www.alrewastennis.net to become a member so that you can book a court. There is no membership or joining fee, you just have to purchase a minimum of £25.00 court time each year. There is no hire charge for the courts before 12 noon Monday-Friday, between 12 and 4pm Monday-Friday the fee is just £2.50 per hour, and evenings and weekends is just £5.00 per hour.

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