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Alrewas Road

Lichfield Road junction with Alrewas Road

A38 Roadworks w/c 6 July

Published 4 July 2020

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Virtual Open Gardens

Published 2 July 2020

The ‘Virtual Open Gardens’ attracted 21 entries, all of high quality.
Thank you to all involved.
The winners, who will receive £10 garden tokens from the Gardening Guild were:
Best Garden – Gillian & Roger Pitchford
Best Plant – Val & Roger Price
Best Feature – Josephine Mainwaring & Steve Wilson
Best Miniature Garden – Reggie Pitchford
Let us hope that next year we can return to real Open Gardens.
When we return to normality the Gardening Guild will have a meeting displaying all of the entries. All will be welcome.

Restoration of Milestones

Published 1 July 2020

Kevin Price has completed the repainting of the milestones in the Parish.
The Parish Council has taken on responsibility for the 6 milestones on the A515 & A513 from Staffordshire County Council Highways Dept.
Advice was taken from the ‘Milestones Society’ on the correct treatment and paints to be used.
The undergrowth around the ancient stone turnpike milestone in Manor Park has been cleared by Kings Bromley Historians.
Information on the milestones can be found on the Historians’ website: kbhistorians.btck.co.uk
I think we can all agree that Kev has done a great job, even with a splint on his hand.
Attached is a ‘before and ‘after’ picture of one of the milestones.

Brian Lomas’s Bench

Published 1 July 2020

As a tribute to Brian Lomas a bench has been positioned in the churchyard. This has been paid for by public subscription.
Brian ran the Churchyard Gang for years and was a Church Warden, a Trustee of Richard Crosse School and one time President of the Horticultural Society. He was heavily involved in all aspects of village life.
Thanks to Carl Easter whose firm installed the base and to Roger Price for attaching the bench.
Michael Lomas has generously agreed that excess funds from the subscription should be passed on to the All Saints Church Restoration fund. Any further contributions should be given to Glen Wright.
The plaque records one of Brian’s favourite expressions when looking over the churchyard “Where else would you want to be but here”
The attached photo shows Michael and Pat on the new bench.

A38 Roadworks – w/c 29 June

Published 26 June 2020

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No weekend bus service – 812

Published 25 June 2020

The 812 service on Saturdays is being temporarily suspended due to staff shortages, so there will be no weekend bus service until further notice.

The Parish Council has received the following information from the Government:

Published 24 June 2020

We interpret this as saying that the Village Hall playground will be able to open able to open after July 4th if social distancing rules are followed, and the Royal Oak and the Church will be able to open if  they adhere to ‘COVID secure guidelines’. Social distancing means keeping two metres apart if possible, but if not at least one metre plus ‘mitigations’ such as wearing a face mask.”

Prime Minister’s statement on the easement of the lockdown

The Prime Minister today (23 June) provided an update on the easement of the lockdown in England.

The two-metre social distancing rule will change from the 04 July. The public will be advised to keep two metres apart where possible, but where it is not, people will be advised to keep a social distance of at least one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

From 04 July, two households of any size will be able to meet in any setting, inside or out. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will also be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

The government will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers.

From 04 July, provided that no more than two households stay together, people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites, as long as shared facilities are kept clean.

Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will be allowed to reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres.

“Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, water parks and spas will remain closed for now.

The government will also work with the arts industry on specific guidance to enable choirs, orchestras and theatres to resume live performances as soon as possible.

Places of worship will be also be able to reopen for prayer and services, including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.

Shielding Latest

Published 24 June 2020

Plans to ease guidance for those shielding

The Health and Social Care Secretary has today (22 June) announced that those shielding from coronavirus will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July.

From Monday 6 July, clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing. Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household of any size, following the same rules already in place for the wider population.

From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will then be relaxed so clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be advised to shield. They will continue to have access to priority supermarket delivery slots if they have registered online before 17 July for a priority delivery slot. NHS Volunteer Responders will also continue to offer support to those who need it, including collecting and delivering food and medicines. The food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies.

To register and access a priority delivery slot: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

From 1 August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home will be able to return to work as long as their workplace is coronavirus secure.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people should continue to follow strict social distancing measures, taking particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household and practise good, frequent handwashing.

The government will be writing to all individuals on the Shielded Patient List with updated information on shielding advice and the ongoing support that will be available to them.

The updated guidance for those classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable will be published on 6 July and 1 August as these measures come into force.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-to-ease-guidance-for-over-2-million-shielding

Virtual Open Gardens

Published 23 June 2020

The cut off date for entering and ‘liking’ the gardens will be noon on the 30th June. To date 22 people have entered, which is great response.

You can ‘visit’ the gardens by clicking this link

A38 Roadworks news w/c 22 June

Published 20 June 2020

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