Elford Village

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Covid Support Fund

See the following County Council site for details of funding for community groups

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/I-can-help/COVID-19-Support-Fund/COVID-19-support-fund.aspx

Funding available

Each County Councillor has funding available to support community organisations affected by Covid-19.

Please see the link for details

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/I-can-help/COVID-19-Support-Fund/COVID-19-support-fund.aspx

Safety advice from Staffs Police

 

Village Voice August

Coffee Shop

Dear coffee shop customers and helpers!
I do hope you are all well and are at last able to have some freedom!
We have so missed being together at coffee shop and for the foreseeable future we will remain closed. Hopefully by September we will have a plan to open our doors.
The running of the morning will be slightly different with us adhering to the government guidelines. We will let you know nearer the time.
We just wanted to say we miss you and please stay well until we can all be together again to share friendship and of course CAKE!!

Elford Corona Task Force

Are you worried about Corona Virus, do you need someone to chat to, or someone to go out to the shops for you, walk your dog or maybe pick up a prescription?  If the answer is yes to any of these then we have a team of volunteers who can help.  Just contact either Irene on 07870201323, Becky on 07447450254 or Clare on 07891785820.

Elford Hall Gardens

Boules nights have started again! On a fine evening, it is so lovely in our Walled Garden, to bring a drink or two and meet up for a very informal game and a chat.  Please add the following dates to your diary; 7th and 21st August, 4th and 18th of September and 2nd October.

St Peter’s Church

St. Peter's Church Elford has opened its doorsn. We are open for individual prayers and quiet contemplation. (Not for services yet ).  We will be opening on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.  Social distancing must be observed and hand sanitizer used on entry and exit too.  There are posters on site and instructions to help guide people safely.

Village Hall

After reviewing current government guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided that Elford Village Hall will remain closed in the short term.  This is something that we will review again from September. We have also regrettably, decided to postpone our ‘Events’ program until next year.  We are hoping that the ‘Silent Disco’, Skittles and Fish & Chips’ and ‘Murder Mystery Evening’ events will all be back on course for next year. We are still taking enquiries and bookings for future events, so please get in touch. Enquiries@elfordvillagehall.co.uk

Playground

Parents in Elford will be pleased to know that the playground reopened on Saturday 4th July. Following government guidelines the Parish Council requests that parents supervise their children, clean their hands and handles etc before and after using the playground equipment, and don't let them eat and drink there. Please observe social distancing guidelines with no more than 6 using the playground at any time. Obviously don't use the playground if showing symptoms of Covid. We will be putting up reminder signs at the playground and on the fitness equipment.

Parish Council

Although we can’t hold our meetings as usual the government has now allowed local councils to hold remote meetings.  As usual if there are any issues you’d like us to deal with, please contact clerk@elfordparish.co.uk or phone 01827 50230.

Ursula Middlemore 07970099141

Bus shelter proposal

The Parish Council has now shelved this proposal.  The bus company and School Transport team had safety concerns and it would have been too near to parked vehicles. It has been decided that there is no suitable alternative site for a shelter for school pupils waiting for their coach. There is a possibility that it may be possible to locate it as a seat elsewhere in the village, and local organisations will be approached to see if they would like to have it.

Recycling advice

Council encourages residents to recycle right

 

Through its shared waste service with Tamworth Borough Council, Lichfield District Council is once again urging its residents to ‘recycle right’ and waste less.

 

After a recent increase in loads being rejected by the recycling centre, the council is reminding householders across the district to follow its advice about what can and can’t go in blue bins.

 

To support this, the council will be putting stickers on blue bins to outline the materials that can be recycled and to ask residents not to bag up recycling.

 

In the past the council has accepted recycling in clear bags, but from now on the council will not collect any bagged up waste in blue bins. This is because it has been finding too much contaminated waste in bags once opened.

 

The stickers also remind households that only the following items can go in blue bins:

 

·         Paper, including newspaper, writing paper, envelopes and magazines

 

·         Cardboard

 

·         Plastic bottles, tubs and trays

 

·         Glass jars and bottles

 

·         Cans and tins

 

·         Aerosols

 

They also remind residents that recycling crews will continue to check blue bins, and cannot empty them if they contain materials that cannot be recycled or any bagged waste.

 

Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks & Waste, said: “We’re asking everyone to be extra careful about what they put in their recycling bins and not to bag up their blue bin waste.

 

“Our high recycling rates reflect residents’ hard work sorting their rubbish, but recently we’ve had a number of loads rejected by the recycling centre.

 

“The environmental impact of one contaminated bin can be huge, as it can cause an entire truckload to be rejected, meaning it all ends up in landfill or being incinerated. It’s also expensive - if the recent pattern continues it could cost us around £250,000 extra a year.

 

“Most residents are great at recycling, remembering to rinse out food and drink containers and not to bag up recycling. If you do want to use a bin liner in the home, simply tip out the recycling into your blue bin and re-use the bag.

 

“I hope we can bring our recycling efforts back up to previous standards. It will help our waste and recycling crews, save resources, and help the environment.”

 

To check what can and can’t go in your blue bin, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bluebins.

Lichfield Parking offer

Park for £1 at Lichfield city centre car parks from Monday

Lichfield District Council is launching a special offer across its Lichfield city car parks, and from Monday 6 July it will only cost £1 to park all day, any day of the week in council-run city centre car parks. 

The special offer, which is running from 6 July through August 2020, will apply to most district council managed car parks in Lichfield city centre, including short and long-stay facilities.

However, there are some exceptions to the £1 offer. Due to the operating arrangement covering Backcester Lane and Gresley Row car parks, the special offer won’t be available at these car parks.

Arrangements will also be slightly different for the car parks that serve Beacon Park on Shaw Lane, Greenhough Road and Bunkers Hill. These three car parks are charged at a different, lower rate. So, customers can choose to pay the minimum 50p for a shorter period or pay the £1 rate for the full day.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development, said:“We’re really pleased to be introducing the £1 parking offer across our car parks, to support the city centre in these challenging times.

“We are encouraging all our residents to #LoveLocal and visit their high streets, while following social distancing rules, and we hope this special offer will also help boost footfall to our city centre.”   

The council is working with its partners at Pay by Phone to update the system to reflect the new £1 charge. In the meantime, customers should select the car park code 59562 (normally for Bird Street only), and pay the minimum £1 amount which will be honoured for the full day.

So as not to disadvantage anyone who has already bought a parking season ticket, all permits already in circulation as of 6 July 2020 will automatically roll over for a free extra month after the expiry date.

The £1 parking special offer means the council’s free car parking for NHS, health care staff and key workers, which has been running since lockdown began in March, will come to an end after Sunday 5 July. However, everyone will be able to benefit from the £1 parking all day across the city from Monday.

For more information, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/parkingoffer

 

 

Free summer SPACE activities in Lichfield District’s parks

From cricket and football, to basketball and tennis, there are lots of outdoor sessions available for young people this summer holidays.

Lichfield District Council is running a series of SPACE sessions this summer, thanks to funding from the Staffordshire Police & Fire Commissioner.

The sessions, which are free and aimed at 8 to 17 year olds, are running at parks in Lichfield and Burntwood, including Beacon Park, Shortbutts Park, Chase Terrace Park, Redwood Park and Cherry Close.

The council has released the first two weeks of activities online at www.activelichfield.co.uk/holidayfun and will release the remainder of the summer holiday programme soon

Free activities on offer include: cricket skills, foot and disc golf, penalty shootout, tennis skills, outdoor fitness, and basketball skills.

Councillor Richard Cox, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks & Waste, said: “After so much time cooped up at home, it’s wonderful to see activities for young people taking place this summer holiday. They offer great opportunities to burn off some energy and socialise in a safe environment.

“The sessions are outdoors to allow for social distancing and all the equipment will be cleaned before and after use. On top of a drink, we’re asking participants to bring hand gel with them so they can sanitise their hands after using equipment.

“There are limited numbers at the sessions, so make sure you book in your child’s slot to avoid disappointment!”

All the sessions need to be booked in advance and a SPACE declaration form and Getin2it medical form also need to be completed before attending any of the activities.  

The programme and booking details are available at www.activelichfield.co.uk/holidayfun

Playground re-opening

Re-opening of the Playground and Fitness Equipment

The playground and fitness equipment will be open from the morning of Saturday 4th July.

The Parish Council are pleased that local children will be able to use this again, but please do so sensibly and continue to follow government guidelines.

To help everyone stay safe:

Parents must supervise their children, please don’t let them play on their own.

No more than 6 people should use the play area at a time, so if others are waiting don’t stay too long. Remember social distancing, stay at least a metre from other people who are not from your household.

Please wash your hands before and after visiting, take sanitiser or wipes to clean handles and other places you touch - but then put them in the bin. We are unable to clean the equipment regularly so it is up to you to keep safe.

The play equipment has been checked and painted ready for use, please keep our playground tidy and keep everyone safe! If there are any problems we may have to close it again.