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Village News 14th January 2021

• With another lockdown upon us please remember volunteers from the Alrewas Coronavirus Help Team, now organised by Alrewas Surgery PPG, continue to provide support to those in the community who need it through this difficult time. You can call the helpline 0330 133 2160 if you, or someone you know, needs help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to chat to on the phone, help finding services that might be useful and to get books through the Library service.

Alrewas and Fradley Charities can supply food vouchers or give financial help. You can apply direct to them in the strictest confidence through the website www.alrewasandfradleycharities.org.uk

• Hopefully all our lovely village events will be on again this year including the 8th Alrewas Arts Festival at the end of August. In the meantime they have a new website www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk where you peruse all of the Festivals past in the Archive going right back to the first one in 2006. News will be added as things happen

• The Alrewas litter picks organised by KAT have been put on hold during the lockdown. However if any individual, whilst out taking their daily exercise, would like to pick up litter as they go, please contact Councillor Mike Wilcox on 07732 750401 or wilcox4@hotmail.co.uk who can provide you with a litter picker and waste bag and will happily drop off the equipment and collect including the litter once you have completed your walk.

The Bank Coffeehouse has offered a complementary coffee to anyone who volunteers.

• Alrewas Civic Society has funded the lights on Alrewas Island and residents have enjoyed  “Lights in the Willows” every night from Christmas Eve to the 3rd January. The display will return at Easter.

The Civic Society are leaving the lights in situ on their Christmas tree at the Fox Lane entrance to the village until Ascension day, 2nd February, as suggested on Radio 4. It is an older tradition than 12th night and would cheer the community during yet another lockdown. Some residents have also followed suit to brighten the village at night during this dreary time of year.

• Lichfield District Council has noted a reduction in dog fouling across the district since more enforcement has been put in place. Residents are encouraged to report dog fouling offence at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/report. If Alrewas becomes a ‘hotspot’ area Officers will come and drop off reporting cards to local homes in order to gather intelligence on offenders.

• You will have noticed that the village’s historic Home Farm is being renovated at last. If you  are interested in its history there is a description and pictures of the substantial changes that have happened at the site over the years on the Alrewas Archives website including the much more recently added boundary wall on Main Street https://homefarm-alrewas.weebly.com. This was semi engineered and of no heritage significance, hence it’s removal. It will be replaced with iron fencing but in the meantime site hoarding has had to be erected for security. Developers wish to reassure people that the renovation and conservation of this site is to a high-quality standard in line with Council and local heritage requirements and befitting its location and its own well-deserved Listed status.

• Although communal worship is still permitted, in light of the current situation, All Saint’s Church has taken the decision to suspend all services with immediate effect, apart from weddings and funerals, and to continue offering on-line worship provision for the whole benefice. They have also decided to keep the building closed for the time being, but will happily offer the opportunity of private prayer for anyone wishing it, just contact Vicar John.

• Every household should now have received a copy of the Parish Council newsletter which contains lots of useful information on past and ongoing developments in the village and useful contacts if you have any issues

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