Author Archives: brian_hawkins

Do you want the play area extended to provide for 7-14 year olds?

It has been suggested to the Parish Council that the play area is extended to cater for the 7-14 age group. Is there any interest in such an extension?  What are the issues?   What do you think?   Please use this forum to comment and also vote in the poll below, which will end on 30th September.

Would you welcome an extension to the play area to provide for 7-14 year olds?

  • Yes (71%, 5 Votes)
  • No (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Village Post Box (also: Road safety concerns throughout the village)

Following a plea from residents, we would like to ask that Parishioners cease the practice of mounting the pavement in vehicles to post letters without actually leaving the vehicle. This is outside Hambleton House and the Old Post Office. Apart from the fact that the pavement should not be used as a public highway, we are concerned about the safety issues, particularly when young children are regularly using the doorways and will be unaware of such dangers. Thank You.

(Admin:  Title changed from “Alstonefield Village Post Box” to “Village Post Box (also: Road safety concerns throughout the village)” on 30/8/09 11:20 to reflect the development of the thread. r.)

Lode Mill

Hi Folks, congratulations on a super website, just discovered it through ‘Park Life’. I will use this forum to let you know what is happening to Lode Mill, currently restoration of the interior is on hold until we resolve our bats issues, the valley is a home to Daubentons, Pipistrelles and Brown Long Eared, seemingly quite a thriving community, and one or two resident in the mill. According to the Midland Wind and Watermills Society Lode Mill is one of very few left in the country with a working interior, and to their knowledge the only one with a drying kiln in the middle section. This appears to have been added later as the centre door has been lowered sometime, you can see this from the riverbank path opposite as the lintel has been lowered.
We would be interested to have any information from residents about its history. I propose to invite people to an open day once the interior is made safe, which will be a while yet.
Jim Campbell

Village SOS – BBC & BIG Lottery Fund Initiative

Village SOS is a major new initiative from the BIG Lottery Fund and the BBC, which is searching for six UK villages with a great business idea that will help regenerate their community, and six enterprising individuals to become ‘Village Champions’ to work with the successful villages to help them achieve their ambitions of starting a successful rural business. The journey of the six successful villages will be documented by BBC One for a major prime time series in Winter 2010.  Any rural village community group can apply to the scheme, as can any business expert interested in becoming a Village Champion. The closing date is 14th August. For more information about the scheme, the application process and the grants available,  see the webpages at the BBC and Big Lottery Fund. Perhaps there are individuals/groups that may be interested in this?  Comments/ideas are welcome.

New Page – Services Directory

A Services Directory has been added to the website under ‘Village General’ which we hope will prove helpful to residents.  This directory lists organisations and individuals who provide useful services to the Alstonefield community.  It is not yet fully comprehensive and it is quite possible that there are names and/or services missing, so please help by sending your suggestions/recommendations to us by using the ‘contact us’ facility or leaving a comment.  Only parishioners may make recommendations for additions and removals to and from the directory. Many thanks.

Affordable Housing – Meeting the Needs of Local People

The results of the questionnaires from two Parish consultation days last year indicated that Affordable Housing was one of the topics of primary concern. Following on from a talk with representatives from Staffordshire Rural Housing Association at the Annual Parish Meeting, we now have an opportunity to carry out a full Housing Needs Survey for the Parish, with a view to actively addressing resultant requirements, including identifying suitable site(s) for development. Please vote on this issue below (the results will be taken into account in any decision taken).

Do you want such a survey to be conducted?

  • Yes (56%, 5 Votes)
  • No (44%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Only registered users may vote. Validity of votes can be checked.

News for Home Page

Do you have any news or items of interest to the community which should be published on the Home page of our website ?  If you are an individual or business in the Parish, please use the ‘contact us’ form to let us know.  If you belong to a Group or Club, ask the person who is administering your webpage to post the item. Thank you in anticipation…..

Lambs capers.

Early morning finds me gazing through the bedroom window, first cup of tea of the day in hand. In the field over the garden wall are sheep and their lambs. I watch with amusement as two tiddlers size each other up, small heads down, brow to brow; laughing to myself at the tentative head-butt. thought better of as tiny hooves struggle for purchase on dew-soaked grass. Point made, one mite calls pax with a shake of the head and a feeble spring from all fours before the pair of them go their separate ways to find mums and nourishment for a more spirited sparring.
No doubt a few more days will see them joining the gang that huddles in corners before racing pell-mell with the pack to the far reaches of emerald-green turf contained by limestone walls.
Battles posponed, rivalry forgotten; pals united out on a spree.

Best wishes from Parwich!

Having just taken a good look around the Alstonefield site, I’d just like to congratulate the web team on producing a such a well-designed and informative site.  Over in Parwich, our village blog has proved more popular and well-used than we could ever imagined when planning the site over 12 months ago.  I therefore have every confidence that Alstonefield is set to reap similar benefits!

With all best wishes for a successful launch,
Mike Atkinson from PARWICH.ORG