Community Involvement


Community Involvement

Published 25 November 2021


War Memorial

The Parish Council would like to thank Paul Maddox for donating ‘The Unknown Tommy’ notice boards on the village hall car park which was erected on the war memorial during the remembrance weeks. Thanks also to the WI, in particular Sue Penfold and Pauline Greatrex, for decorating the jubilee seat and yarn bombing the war memorial posts. Also, we would like to thank David Crockett for donating pansies and violas for the war memorial garden. The Christmas tree will be put up on Sat. 4th December morning: the Village Harmony Choir will sing at the lighting up ceremony from 5pm.

Promoting Wildlife.

The Parish Council owns some areas of land in the village. One area is the grassland area around the path between Lanes Close and the Alrewas Road. Grass growing here tends to crowd out wild flowers, so for the last few years all strimmings have been removed in an attempt to reduce the fertility of the soil and make it more suitable for wild flowers. Now, as an experiment, a triangular section is having the grass removed ready for sowing with wild flowers in the spring. If this is successful, more areas will be treated in this way. This work is being carried out for the Parish Council by the Gardening Guild, under the guidance of Paul Woolley. Projects under way in other Council owned land will be reported on soon.

Parishioners can help to ‘green’ the village by feeding birds, putting up bird and bat boxes, making holes in the bottom of their fences to allow hedgehogs to move around and by planting nectar-rich plants in their gardens. The Parish Council is keen to promote green projects, and this will be part of the Neighbourhood Plan – if anyone has ideas on what can be done, please contact us.Parishioners will also have noticed that the Parish Council noticeboards and benches have been revarnished by Graham Bancroft, the Parish Council handyman. Now Kevin Price has taken on the job of highlighting the lettering on the noticeboards with gold paint.

Thanks also to Dennis O’Dea for helping to take down and re-erect the shed on the village hall car park and also helping put in the new fruit trees in the Leofric Close Public Open Space.

The experimental wildflower area in the Lane’s Close grassland area is being tried out under the guidance of Paul Wooley. Thanks also to Alison Howard who has been very active in working on this project, the war memorial garden and the village hall car park planters. Thanks also to Janine Nickells who looks after the Jubilee seat garden area.

The Christmas tree will be erected on the morning of Saturday 4th December. Any help doing this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to Mike Colton who decorates the war memorial surround with lights every year.

Thanks also to Joy Hutchings’ medical transport drivers, Pauline Greatrex’s speedwatch team and the Churchyard Gang, those parishioners who have been seen regularly picking up litter and ,of course, the 60 or so volunteers who helped their neighbours during the lockdown. The efforts of the general community, usually un-noticed and unrewarded, makes the work of the Parish Councillors far easier.