Elford Village

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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 to 2 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

 

 

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.

 

Village Hall Report

Please see our Landmarks section for the Annual Report on the Village Hall.

Bus shelter relocation

 As there is currently a planning application at Lichfield District Council for the land at the former Sports and Social Club to be redeveloped for housing, the developer and planners will require the Parish Council’s bus shelter to be moved from the site. Councillors are hoping to meet a representative of the developer soon to discuss how and when this will happen, along with other matters about the site redevelopment.

Although there is no longer a bus service the Councillors have decided to keep the shelter in the village so that it can continue to be used by older school pupils while they are waiting for their coach. The Parish Council has considered various sites to relocate the shelter and has decided that the most suitable place would be a little further along The Beck, at the rear of the pavement to the left of the Croft Close junction when approaching from the Club.

The School Transport team have now told us that this relocation may not be possible, and the matter will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.

 

 

 

Village Voice report June - July 2020

St Peter’s Church

We currently have a vacancy for a Church Warden at St Peter's, Elford. Anyone interested in the role please contact the Parochial Church Council or anyone at the church.  Bringing the love of God to our village

If you know anyone who would welcome a pastoral visit, please contact your Focal Minister, Jackie Tyler (373248).

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.

St Peter’s Church

St. Peter's church Elford has opened its doors for the first time today since the lockdown. We are open for individual prayers and quiet contemplation. (Not for services yet I'm afraid).  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

Elford Walled Gardens

April is the time when ‘Friends of the Walled Garden pay their annual membership of £20. This year, with ‘lockdown’, ‘Friends’ contributions to the upkeep of the walled garden is even more urgent as the temporary closure of the garden has inevitably cut the garden income stream from visitor donations and from sales at the produce stall. It is worth noting that the Walled Garden, a registered charity, is private land which has to be leased by the project. Right of access to the garden – which is currently free to all – is at the discretion of the Trustees. The Trustees want to keep it this way. Many villagers will have appreciated the value of the Walled Garden, particularly during this strange period of lockdown and self-isolation brought about by the Coronavirus. We are aware that many regular users of the walled garden site are neither volunteers nor ‘Friends of the Walled Garden’ and this is by way of an appeal to those of you who benefit from and appreciate the walled garden to give something back and to make your contribution to help keep the project going forward. The small income we receive from ‘Friends’ memberships helps to support the garden and secure its future. You can show your appreciation and support of the walled garden by becoming a ‘Friend’ and thus contributing towards the upkeep of the garden by your £20 financial contribution.

Membership Application Forms can be downloaded from the website www.elfordhallgarden.org. You can also show your appreciation and support of the walled garden by becoming a volunteer once lockdown is ended. Thanks for reading this. Roger Thompson Trustee

Playground

Just a reminder that the playground and fitness equipment remains closed until July 4th. In the meantime our handyman is painting the play equipment so it will be in good condition when we can reopen it.  Please continue to observe social distancing in the Sportsfield and to clear up after your pets to keep our open spaces safe for everyone.

Parish Council

Although we can’t hold our meetings at the Village Hall 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

 

Scarecrow Festival (2019)

 

As we have not been able to hold the Annual Parish Assembly we are posting the following report below:

Scarecrow Festival 2019

The event was held again last year over the 2 days of August Bank Holiday.  We welcomed in excess of 5000 visitors over the very hot and sunny 2 days, which helped us to raise in excess of £24,000!

The majority of the funds were distributed to The Village Hall and St Peter’s Church, with donations also made to Midlands Air Ambulance and Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A gesture was also made to The Police Cadets, whom without their help with parking, the event would have been very difficult to run.   Plus a contribution was made to the PTA of The Howard School who also opened their gates to visitors.    

For the first time, Elford Hall Gardens had active participation in the event and saw record numbers of visitors, all stopping for ice cream which had been arranged by the committee.

It truly was a full village event, and thanks need to be made to many groups, including The Cricket Club for their cooperation in relocating the cricket match which should have been on the Saturday of the event.

This event takes a lot of organisation and we presently have a 50 Page plan demonstrating the extent and organisation of the festival.  We are pleased to report, however, there were no incidences to report of, other than the need of our reliable onsite Paramedic to treat a wasp sting to the Chairman’s ankle on day one….

The event is completely run by volunteers, last year seeing a record high of over 60 to support the event over the 2 days, plus the set-up and clear-up. We thank all who helped make this event, the huge success that it was!    

The Festival is run entirely for good causes; total donations made have reached far more than the organisers could ever have thought possible- in excess of £90,000 since the event started.                                                   

The plan is to hold an event in 2021, after taking 2020 as a year off. 

 

Fertiliser Spreading

To all Residents,

Following some very constructive conversations between the Parish Council and Will Bridgen, the plan for spreading fertiliser on the land surrounding Elford village is as follows:

Points to consider as residents:

  • Spreading of fertiliser is only 4 weeks out of a 52 week year (less than 10% of the year)
  • Spreading is only within the months of March, April, May and September or October, subject to some flexibility regarding weather conditions and crop requirements
  • Spreading is normally only 5 days at a time.

Additional compromises by the Bridgen family:

  • Spreading will now cease 2 days prior to any bank holiday
  • Where possible spreading will only be during week days, minimising the effect of the smell on residents during any weekend
  • As before Will Bridgen will post on the Elford News Facebook page in advance of when spreading will commence

Should residents have any further questions or issues with the plan, please can they contact the Parish Council via clerk@elfordparish.co.uk

The Parish Council would also like to thank the Bridgen family for their help during the recent floods in the village when they helped by providing and operating their own irrigation pump which pumped water closer to the pumping station when it was impeded by blocked flow in the culvert and blocked gullies. This extra pumping capacity made all the difference during the flood events of November 2019 and February 2020 until the Environment Agency were able to operate the pumping station effectively.

We as the Parish Council thanks Will, Ben and the Bridgen family for their help to the community during the floods.

The Bridgen family have also indicated that they are willing to help with providing parking for the Scarecrow Festival 2021 and the Parish Council are grateful for this offer.

 

News from the June Parish Council meeting

News from June’s Parish Council meeting

The Parish Council held a video meeting on June 9th on zoom. Members of the public are welcome to view these meetings online until we can resume meetings at the Village Hall, and just need to contact the Clerk first to be sent a link.

As a planning application is being considered for the land at the Social Club, the bus shelter will need to be moved, and the most appropriate site is near to the Croft Close junction, at the back of the pavement. The school pupils will then be able to shelter while waiting for the coach. It was agreed to inform nearby residents and Bromford Homes about this proposal. It is hoped to discuss the route of the right of way across the site at a meeting with a representative of the developer.

The Annual Governance and Audit Report was approved, the Parish Council was able to self-certify that the Audit had been completed and the documents would be published according to regulations.

The Parish Council had recently worked with a resident and Home Farm to publish information on the website and Facebook about fertiliser spreading to keep residents informed. The Council is grateful to Home Farm for offering to provide a field for parking at the next Scarecrow Festival.

The village is looking neat and tidy and those who had helped with mowing, planting flowers, painting at the playground and maintenance would be thanked for their hard work. Any help from residents with watering the plant tubs near their homes will be appreciated.

Councillors commented on issues such as fly tipping, rights of way, hedges and the help provided by the Coronacrew volunteers, and Cllr Leytham updated everyone on recent news from Lichfield District Council.

For more details of the meeting please see the minutes on our website.

 

Awoingt report

As we have not had the chance to meet for the Annual Assembly yet various groups in Elford are invited to send information to the Clerk for inclusion on the website.

The report on activities relating to the Elford/Awoingt group can be found under the Village Information section on Twinning.