Elford Village

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