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Village News 2nd April 2020

• Despite the worrying circumstances a wonderful community spirit in Alrewas has emerged from Coronavirus part lock down.

The Alrewas Coronavirus Help Group was launched a week ago. Managed by 15 village people, it is already helping many residents who need food, help and support. Over 50 volunteers have been picking up prescriptions, doing bits of shopping, walking dogs and helping people to access urgent funds due to having to leave work. The number to call is 0330 1332 106, active from 10am until 7pm and on answer machine outside of this time.

There is now also an Alrewas Coronavirus Support website alrewas-covid.weebly.com which will be kept up to date with contact numbers and information on local food suppliers and other help available. Please download the information and offer to friends and neighbours if they are not on the internet.

The help line is for anyone in the village who needs help as a result of self-isolating. It’s not a medical service, please call Alrewas Surgery, 111 or 999 for health problems. Check out the surgery website and keep up to date with advice on the government website.

The group also links with Alrewas and Fradley Charities who have offered funds to help people in urgent need. This is mostly to purchase food or help with utility bills. If you would like to donate to Alrewas and Fradley Charities' appeal, to help those facing hardship or distress in Alrewas and Fradley as a result of the Coronavirus, please contact Kim Brookes via Facebook or via her email kimbrookes5062@gmail.com. In the last few days they have received donations totalling £3000.

If you run a group and are willing to have a named person to disseminate the information and support available to your members please contact the Help Group.

Village businesses are helping all they can. The Bank Coffeehouse is delivering food boxes and essential items, Coates Butchers is offering a delivery service and donating eggs and meat, and Mike from the Alrewas Fryer donated 65 fish and chip suppers last week which were distributed around the village by volunteers.

There are lots of information and ideas on the Alrewas Telegraph Facebook page including brightening the village with rainbows, where to get a takaway locally and even a Virtual Quiz hosted by the Stepping Stones Quizmaster. There is also lots of support and suggested activities for parents having to home school their children at this time

• Some of you may have noticed that the church clock has been intentionally stopped at 12:00. The clock is wound by hand every three days by a committed group of winders who each take a month in turn to complete this task. Following the lock down the winding rota has been suspended. A huge thank you to all those who have given up their time in the past to keep our historical clock ticking and the chimes ringing and we look forward to the time when that integral part of our village will be heard again.

• Open Gardens has now regretfully been cancelled. I’m sure everyone is very much hoping the Alrewas Show on 18th July and the Alrewas Arts Festival at the end of August may still go ahead.

• At last month’s Parish Council meeting deep concerns were expressed about the impact of the proposal for quarrying to the West of Alrewas including the huge number of extra lorries on the A513 and 4.2 million miles of lorry movement with associated Co2 emissions at a time when Staffordshire County Council have declared a climate emergency.

Councillors and residents have also submitted strong objections to the addition of four more houses at Manor Fields, including the loss of more open space with the removal of trees, spoiling a historic site, traffic issues caused with cars having to reverse onto the main road, and the massing of development in the village.

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