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Village News 2nd May 2019

• At the Parish Assembly in April a number of village groups gave informative talks on their activities. Jane Pegg from Alrewas Knit Wits gave a brief summary of what they do, the events they support in the village and the money they have raised for charities by selling what they knit, this year £1144. They meet in the William IV every Wednesday at 1pm and new knitters are always welcome.

Maureen Johnson explained about the Dementia Support Group she set up a couple of years ago which welcomes anyone affected by Dementia. They meet at 10.30am every first and third Tuesday of the month at the British Legion Club.

Paula Dumolo, Chair of the Arts Festival Committee, gave a condensed version of what the week long Festival is all about and what to expect at the next one which starts 22nd August 2020 and paid tribute to the 100 or so volunteers who make the festival so successful. It is a free event, the funding comes from donations, the monthly Fleapit screenings at the village hall and fundraising events, the next one of which is a Robin Hood evening on 25th May. Many village clubs have been founded from previous festivals, including Knit Wits, the Ukelele Group, the Crochet Club and two new book clubs.

Ann Tasker, Chair of the Alrewas Civic Society, then described their role which includes keeping an eye on planning applications and enhancing the village. The lovely spring bulbs everywhere and many of the benches are thanks to the Civic Society. It was founded 50 years ago when a Parish Councillor watched some farm houses in the village being demolished and decided a group should be formed to protect other buildings.

Tony Jones, Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee gave an update on the hall, which since refurbishment has increased bookings but maintained hire rates. He also spoke as Chairman of one of the main hall users, Alrewas Dramatic Society, who would welcome new members either acting or back of house. Their next production is end of June and there is a pantomime planned for December. Support at their productions is always appreciated as it costs around £400 to lay each one on.

Alrewas Cricket Club Vice Chair Gareth Moss gave an overview of the Club. Founded in 1879 they pride themselves on being a friendly village cricket club providing social and sporting opportunities for all ages including an extensive clubmark accredited junior section with player pathways for both boys and girls. They play every weekend and most evenings when the bar is always open and a warm welcome extended to villagers to join them. The main challenge this year is dealing with an overrun rabbit population that is ruining the pitch and County Councillor Janet Eagland was thanked for her support with this.

Lorna Lewis concluded the presentations by highlighting the work of Alrewas Surgery Patient Participation Group. Their main focus at the moment is getting patient feedback and promoting health messages, including work with John Taylor students. Another project is tackling loneliness and they have set up a Drop-in at The Bank Coffeehouse the first Wednesday of every month for anyone to come along for a drink and a chat at the designated tables.

• The Civic Society AGM will be held on Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm. The speaker is expert bee keeper Bob Gilbert who will be talking on ‘The Importance of Bees’. This is a pleasant social evening with coffee and homemade cake provided and the bar will be open. The Alrewas Civic Society Annual Award for outstanding contributions to the village will also be presented.

• Alrewas Cricket Club’s very popular General Knowledge Quiz will be held this Sunday, 5th May, 7.30pm in the pavilion. Entry is £10 per team of four including a light buffet. Please contact Andie on 07866 730687 or to book a team.


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