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Village News 18th November 2021

• At the Parish Council meeting the new Environmental Support and Climate working group requested support for the new schemes they are proposing, including creating a Jubilee Garden on the land by Deepmoor Close, other planting schemes in partnership with Alrewas Civic Society, to undertake a tree survey to ensure all special and vulnerable trees in the village are protected and to investigate a hydro project on the River Trent weir. The group also asked Cllr Eagland to talk to SCC Highways about less frequent verge mowing schedule to improve wildlife habitat.

Cllr Mike Wilcox reported that LDC is working on an action plan to reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and has adopted emergency powers to support this and Staffordshire County Council also has climate change high on its agenda. 

Chairman of the Quarry working group, Stuart Threlfall, reported that a local resident had not received a response from Staffordshire County Council to her request for a judicial review over the decision to approve the Orgreave quarry application. The Clerk will write to SCC asking for a copy of documentation as well as clarification on how planning conditions would be monitored and enforced. It was noted that no land transfer to Cemex appeared to have taken place and it appeared that no lease on the land had been granted by the owners.

Members agreed to a grant for the Alrewas Arts Festival 2022, originally requested for the cancelled 2020 Festival and to allocate £1000 for a Platinum Jubilee event for the community. This project was referred to the Walkfield working group and input from residents and village groups will be invited 

A meeting of the Development group would be held shortly to look at other developments in the village, with increased reference to the Neighbourhood Plan. Infill building in gardens was a particular concern.

• The war memorial was beautifully lit over Remembrance, provided by Alrewas Civic Society, with thanks to Richard Kirkland for switching the lights on for special times of the year. 

Thanks should be given also to John Cahoon who maintains the garden around the memorial on a voluntary basis, and we look forward to another wonderful display at Christmas by Alrewas Knit Wits

• Alrewas Civic Society are encouraging residents to help give our village a boost of colour in the Spring by planting Daffodil bulbs in public spaces. You can pick up a pack from the Bank Coffeehouse and plant somewhere for everyone to enjoy next Spring. Just leave a note of which area you are planting so that we get a good distribution, or email Alrewascs@aol.com if you have a big planting area in mind and they we will drop off a sack!

The Civic Society own and maintain the the Mill Stream in Church Road and volunteers have recently given it an Autumn tidy up. They wish to thank Antony Coates for all his help with transporting the leaves and cut off branches to Alrewas Island for recycling.

• There are lots of Christmas shopping opportunities coming up in the village in December. On Friday 3rd Alrewas Knit Wits will be selling their delightful knitted creations at the Bank Coffeehouse’s Winter Wonderland evening where there will also be a range of gifts stalls, hair products and stocking fillers accompanied by hog roast, mulled wine and music

There is a Christmas Market in the village hall on the Sunday 5th between 11am and 3pm with over 20 stalls and refreshments. Then on Sunday 12th there is a Christmas fete 10am till 3pm at the bottom of Fox Lane across from the dog walking field with another 20 stalls from local small businesses

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