Elford Village

Village News

Have your say on leisure across the District

Lichfield District Council is seeking the views of everyone, young and old, about how and where they keep fit and for their thoughts on local leisure facilities.

This February and March Lichfield District Council is consulting with residents about leisure across the district, to assess how it can encourage more people to take part in regular exercise.

Max Associates, supported by Leisure-Net Solutions, will be conducting the public consultation on the council’s behalf, which will include an online survey, carrying out face-to-face surveys on the street, and holding focus groups.

The short survey asks local people to set out how much exercise they take, and for their thoughts about local leisure centres and facilities, and what would encourage them to get more active. 

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said:“We all know how important it is to take part in regular physical exercise. Not only does it help us to keep fit, it boosts mental health and wellbeing, weight management and our overall health.

“It’s important that we get lots of responses to our survey, as we need to know what is stopping many of our residents from taking part in structured exercise.

“This is your chance to tell us your views about leisure across the district, and help shape our priorities.”

To complete the survey online, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/leisureviewsbetween 19 February and 14 March 2020.

Flooding Event 16/02/2020 by Dave Hill

There was a moderate flooding event in Elford as storm Dennis hit the country. The problem began with a blockage at the inlet end of the culvert under The Beck forcing water out of the brook course called the Green Brook and onto the road adjacent to No 61 The Beck. This flow gradually increased as less and less water appeared to be flowing though the eastern end of the culvert.

There were signs that water was re-entering the culvert via the gullies once past No 55 The Beck but the flows exceeded the capacity of the first gulley draining the road and water continued to build up. Due to a significant number of blocked gullies particularly on the south side of The Beck the displaced water continued to flow along The Beck and beyond the closed Working Men’s Club. The depth continued to increase as the flows exceeded the capacity of the operational  gullies to return the water from the road to the culvert.

The Environment Agency was notified at about 8.30am and were on site within the hour with a team to assess the blockage problem and engineers to assess the pump situation. The Pumping Station was operational at all times but due to the impeded flow of the water it was unable to run continually without further manual intervention by the EA. The issue related to the inability of displaced storm water to get to the pump. As time passed the flooding situation got significantly worse as a result of an increasing flow on the Green Brook.

At the start of the event the Green Brook was discharging to the river by gravity with the penstock at the PS open. As the event developed the rising river levels dictated that the penstock closed and we were dependent on the pumping capacity of the PS and a support 6” pump that had arrived on site to keep the village clear of flood water from the Green Brook. It was clear that the operation of the PS was impeded by the blocked flow in the culvert and the blocked gullies preventing the water on the road returning to the culvert in sufficient quantity to allow the PS to run efficiently. The PS is difficult to run at the best of times due to its constrained size and depth but with the added restraint to the quantity of feed water it required great skill and sound judgement to keep the pump from switching itself off due to lack of water.  Once the more easily controlled support pump was connected the flooding was slowed significantly but over all flood levels were still increasing very gradually.

An irrigation pump provided by Ben Bridgen was also installed to pump water closer to the PS and then the increase in flooding was stopped and reversed albeit also very slowly. A second 8” support pump arrived on site from the EA depot but was not used. It was retained on site as a precaution but by 6.00pm the flood was clearly under control and falling. The EA staff stayed on site until the late evening some still working at 10.00pm cleaning gullies and tidying up.

As a precaution flood guards had been fitted to the bungalows but in the event were not tested. The situation was under control once the PS and the support pump were in place and operating although if the first support pump had been an 8”pump things may have stabilized earlier. That said we are still very happy with the support we got once again from the EA which was exemplary being both timely and professional. Given the fact that the whole country was under stress, the local roads made moving around difficult and there was significant pressure on resources Elford again was well served by the EA. Thanks also to Ben Bridgen for providing extra pumping capacity a facility also offered back at the last flood event in November 2019. It is good to see a community pull together and use all resources available to it.

As with all events there were lessons to learn and in this case a new and important one related to blockage management on the culvert and the gullies on The Beck. The gullies are far more than just road gullies they are a fundamental part of the mechanism related to successful operation of the Pumping Station once water is above ground and on the road. A review of the lessons learned will be undertaken and the Flood Plan updated and while we did not have to call on the Auxiliary Flood Wardens this time it was good to see them appearing offering help in any case and their company was welcome.

We hope to be getting the Highways people to ensure that all gullies on The Beck are clean and operational in future and we will attempt to ensure that all possibility of future blockages to the culvert are minimised. Thanks go to all involved particularly the EA staff, Ben Bridgen for his irrigation pump and the supervision of it and Gary Delderfield who controlled traffic and was present throughout the event to help as necessary.

We hope that as these events seem to be becoming a more regular feature of our changing weather patterns that we can continue to refine and develop a plan of action to ensure that we are as safe as we can be when these hiccups occur.

Dave Hill

Elford Post Office reopening

We have been informed by the Post Office that a postmaster is now available to run the service at the Village Hall which closed in 2018.

It will reopen on Tuesday 25th February and will be open between 10 and 12 iin the Shakespeare Room. 

Extra services including travel money, car tax, travel isurance and National lottery wil be offered.

If you have any questions or comments please contact Scott Lacey on comments@postoffice.co.uk or FREEPOST Your Comments

 

News from February’s Parish Council meeting

Residents came to Open Forum to ask for trees at the end of The Beck to be cut back and the footway on the A513 to be cleared.

The planning application at the Social Club was also discussed. Residents should send their views to Planning at Lichfield District Council. The Parish Council’s comments will be sent shortly.

The bus shelter will need to be moved, but no decision has yet been made on where it can be relocated.

The notice board outside the Village Hall is to be replaced, as it will be more cost effective in the long run than repairs.

Councillors suggested various ideas that the Parish Council will look into for the future and to improve how it communicates with residents.

A canoe access platform is to be installed next to the River Tame by the picnic area.

Best Kept Village Community competition is to be revamped and villagers are encouraged to take part in telling the organisers about community events that have taken place in Elford over the past year. Anyone wishing to join a group to help organise Elford’s entry please contact the Clerk on 01827 50230 or clerk@elfordparish.co.uk.

For more details please see the draft Minutes on the Parish Council section of the website.

 

Best Kept Village 2020

The Parish Council has decided that Elford will enter the Best Kept Village competition this year after a couple of year's break.

Entry takes place in February and we will post more information then about what is involved and what everyone can do to help Elford win.

Climbing frame fixed

The  climbing frame at the playground has been repaired and is now open for use again

Events and info February/March 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.

 

Village Post Office

We have been informed by the Post Office that a postmaster is now available to run the service at the Village Hall which closed in 2018.It will reopen on Tuesday 25th February and will be open between 10 and 12 in the Shakespeare Room. Extra services including travel money, car tax, travel insurance and National lottery will be offered. If you have any questions or comments please contact Scott Lacey on comments@postoffice.co.uk or FREEPOST Your Comments

 

Best Kept Village Community competition

The Best Kept Village Community competition is to be revamped and villagers are encouraged to take part in telling the organisers about community events that have taken place in Elford over the past year. Anyone wishing to join a group to help organise Elford’s entry please contact the Clerk on 01827 50230 or clerk@elfordparish.co.uk.

 

Elford Village Hall

Elton John Rocketman tribute at Elford Village Hall on 14th march.  Tickets £22 per person including a 2 course supper.  For more information call: 01827 383076 or email: tickets@elfordvillagehall.co.uk

 

Walled Gardens

Over the next couple of weeks, there will be small pots of snowdrops and miniature blue iris on the produce table at the walled garden.   Plant them in the garden now or after they have flowered in the house.   Available for a donation.

 

Taxi service

Twice weekly Taxi from Elford to Tamworth. A Taxi leaves every Tuesday from the village hall at 10.45am returning at 1.30pm Every Friday from The Beck, leaving at 9.30am returning at 1.30pm.

To book your place or more information please contact Barbara on 383659

 

Mobile Library

Did you know that the Mobile Library Service visits Elford once a fortnight? It calls at the Village Hall from 1.15 to 1.35.
Dates of visits in early 2020 are:  February 28th, March 13th and 27th
Please use the service if you can to keep it running!

 

Coffee Shop

Coffee shop continues to be a popular meeting place for those who live in the village and many more for neighbouring villages. It’s on every Tuesday from 9-12 in the village hall.  We alternate our breakfast from bacon sandwiches, sausage baps, salmon bagels and warm pastries! There is always tea cakes and homemade cakes and specialty coffees! Please join us! 

 

Elford Parish Council - Open Forum – Open to all residents

2nd Monday of every month, next meeting is on Monday 10th February.  You could come along between 7pm and 7.30pm to the Open Forum part of the Parish Council Meetings and have your say.  You will be greeted and made to feel welcome.

 

Elford Art Group– meet in The Studio 9.30am – 11.30am Contact Sue Thomson 383592

 

 

Ursula Middlemore 07970099141

 

Planning Application for the Social Club

A planning application has been made for the former Sports and Social Club land.
Plans for the building of 8 homes after the demolition of the club building have been submitted to Lichfield District Council under reference 19/01707/FUL. Please see their website to look at the plans and for details of how to comment: https://planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple
Amended plans have now been submitted as of end of January.
The Parish Council will discuss the application at the next meeting on February 10th and will consider their comments to send to the planning department.

 

Security advice

At last week's Parish Council meeting recent thefts from a car and van were discussed along with other recent rural crimes. CCTV is one solution but there are others:

Residents should take action to improve home and vehicle security .  Costas has advised people to extend their own security to their property boundaries.  For example external motion sensors, which alert home owners when someone is on their property or garden, can be very effective.  Contact Costas on 07890 317765 for more advice or talk to him or his colleague Maggie Griffiths when you see them around the village.

The usual advice of not leaving valuables in vehicles, reversing vans up to garage doors or simply using a steering lock can deter thieves. The idea is not to be an easy target. See the attached for advice on preventing thefts from keyless vehicles. files/Preventing_thefts_from_keyless_vehicles.pdf

If you would like to opt into the new Staffordshire Smart Alert to receive  informative and important messages, including Neighbourhood Watch alerts, please follow the link  https://www.staffordshiresmartalert.co.uk/register  and fill in the details.