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Village News 3rd June 2021

• At the Alrewas Civic Society AGM the Chair reported that over the last year four Alexander Rose park benches to match those at the war memorial have now been installed, three on Walkfield and one on Fox Lane by the White Beam trees which are now well established.  In addition, the lovely Italian style bench facing the flower tubs on Main Street dedicated to the Village Volunteers of 2020 has been well received by residents

As well as the usual bulb planting the Civic Society this year have funded the tree lighting on Alrewas Island which is switched on at Christmas, New Year, Easter, Midsummer’s night and by request for special occasions. Alrewas Island is being  restored to the original old meadow and will be made available for community activities.

The Society has also made a start on the George and Dragon alleyway, paying to clear most of the overgrowth. If you enjoy a bit of gardening, please get in touch alrewascs@aol.com or just go ahead and plant. Suitable plants can be provided or, if you have spare, any hardy ground cover would help.

The village sign at the entrance to the village on Kings Bromley Road was given to the Civic Society by Norman Stubbs and forged in 1998. A committee member has done an excellent paint job to make it look new again.

Plans for an extensive village wide tree planting project was interrupted by the pandemic but will resume this year. The project is to acquire saplings from the Woodland Trust and attempt to fill suitable open spaces around the village with copses and trees, as well as distribute saplings free or at cost for private gardens via the Bank Coffeehouse in the Autumn.

• The Andie Oliver memorial match was held on Sunday at Alrewas Cricket Club in glorious sunshine in memory of their Chairman who died last year. Andie left a lasting impression during his 15 years at the club and the new junior cricket training academy will be named after him

The Orme Cup starts next week. This friendly cricket competition between village clubs and establishments was first established in 1946 and has been a great village institution ever since. The first match is on Tuesday 8th June between Chapel and The Bank starting at 6.30pm, then Fradley play Thorns the next Tuesday evening 15th June. Spectators are very welcome and all proceeds are donated to Alrewas & Fradley Charities

• The Sheep have been drafted in to get the grass under control and preparations are well under way for the 140th Alrewas Show to be held on Saturday 17th July. 

This traditional country show reflecting the rural heritage of our village is a great day out for the family.

Competition details are now available on the website www.alrewasshow.co.uk

There are still number of spaces for trade stands available so if you would like to exhibit at this year's show just contact them via the web site

• Plans for a permanent living memorial to all those who dies in the Coronavirus outbreak are being developed by the National Memorial Arboretum in partnership with the National Forest.  Work on the 25 acre woodland will begin early 2022 and should be open to the public later that year.

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