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Village News 28th January 2021

• At the recent meeting of Alrewas and Fradley Charities, the Trustees agreed a further grant of £500 to each of the village helplines in Alrewas and Fradley, making a total of £3000 donated to the excellent work done by both organisations since the start of the pandemic. In Alrewas this has included providing food boxes during the first lockdown to people in the village who were unable to get food supplies or whose financial circumstances were affected, and since then supporting people in isolation. Other initiatives have included giving out treats and activities to children being home schooled and more recently treat bags and support to those suffering from loneliness and stress caused by the ongoing restrictions. They have also given grants to help groups providing support to the vulnerable and to All Saint’s Primary School and village youth groups to help with children’s online learning and keeping them safe.

They are always looking to support good causes in the villages and if you know of any individual, family or group who would benefit from financial help, please contact them in confidence through the website alrewasandfradleycharities.org.uk or Facebook page.

And if you would like to support the Charity in the vital work they do in the community you could join the Monthly Magic Numbers club for just £20 a year. This has already contributed £1100 since it was set up 12 months ago.

• At the Parish Council meeting it was reported that Lichfield District Council had failed to take enforcement action on the Green Acres site despite recommendations from

the Flood Officer and Staffordshire Highways arising from concerns about Crest Nicholson’s drainage plans. The Parish Council will continue to address this.  

The lights on the War Memorial illuminate this historic monument beautifully all year round and thanks must go to Alrewas Civic Society for funding them. However they produce a disappointing display at Christmas, therefore ways to enhance the lighting in the Oak tree this year will be investigated.

The increase in parked cars outside the Bromford houses on Fox Lane are now causing traffic problems, particularly for buses, but the Parish Council have been advised by Bromford Homes that they plan to install dropped kerbs and create parking spaces on the driveways of the homes there in the near future.

• The mill stream has now been dredged by the Coltech Foundation, three blockages have been removed, a 20 foot log blockage has been pulled out from below the quarter mile bridge and the River Trent is now free flowing as it should be. The river banks have been made up on Alrewas Island, the ridges from the grass meadow taken out and used to infill the indentations. Once the water has gone down and the ground resettles the meadow will be rolled and seeded with meadow grass with wild flowers in the woods and the natural habitat with thrive again.

• Following Coronavirus guidance and to protect patients and staff, Alrewas Surgery are suspending all appointments for pre-booking until further notice. Appointments will be on the day and will be telephone calls only so residents are requested not to queue outside the surgery at 8:15am, but to call the surgery instead. Prescription requests and letters can be put in their letterbox and prescriptions collected from Alrewas Pharmacy.

They are working through their lists of patients to book vaccination appointments in the order stipulated by the government and hope to vaccinate housebound patients aged 70 and over at home very soon. If you get an official letter from the NHS offering you an appointment at one of the national vaccination centres you are urged to take it up if you can travel as they want to get as many patients vaccinated as quickly as possible. However do be aware of scam emails and text messages.

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