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Covid-19

Not much change this week though a slight reduction in cases in Alsager. Rolling rate (cases/100,000 population) is still over 200 (Alsager East 260, Alsager West 211) for week ending 14 November. See map here.

Christmas appeals

The Alsager Community Support Centre has launched its annual Christmas toy appeal with gifts being given to a child in the local area whose family is going through a difficult time.

Wrapping paper, tags, and nearly new toys are also accepted. All children, 0-16, are given gifts, but they are often short of presents for children 8-11. If you would like to donate please take your unwrapped gifts to ACSC between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm on Friday 4, Monday 7, Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 December. They can also be left at the Guide Hall between 9.00 and 11.00 am on Friday 11 December. Cash donations are also accepted at ACSC. If you would like to make alternative arrangements please call 01270 884461 or email alsagerchristmastoysappeal@gmail.com.

Separately, Katie Grocott is organising the collection of donations for shoe boxes for the elderly and isolated. Donations can be puzzle books, tasty treats, toiletries, gloves, socks, anything to bring a smile. Please take any donations to ACSC at the times above or to Well Pharmacy by 11 December. If you know someone who will be alone this Christmas contact Katie at katiegrocott@live.co.uk or the ACSC.

Alsager Train Services

This was posted in Facebook.

It's a few weeks now since the East Midlands Railways service reduction. (We now only have one train an hour each way stopping at Alsager, not two.) Admittedly we are in unusual times, with public transport use much less than usual. But EMR would like to hear from people who've been affected by the change, and what train-users' experiences are. Please post on here if you have any personal experience to share, or contact EMR directly.

You can email EMR by using contact@eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk or write to them at Customer Service Centre, East Midlands Railway, Hudson Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8HS.

Alsager Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights are now switched on. Alsager Partnership understands that quite a lot of residents have decided to have their own street lights switch on. I have heard of two dates, 28 November and 6 December, for different streets. To help with the celebrations Alsager Partnership are launching a best Christmas decorated house competition. More information will become available.

Milton Park

As reported by Alsager Nub News

On Saturday, three hardy Rotarians dug numerous holes in the ground above the Sensory (Sunken) Garden in Milton Park and planted around 3,000 purple crocus corms. The plants will hopefully flower in the park around the end of February 2021 and for the years to come afterwards. A further 1,000 corms were planted by Tim Smith later on Saturday in Milton Park.
These crocus flowers are there to represent the Rotary International project of End Polio Now, where Alsager Rotary, in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with various governments around the world, are working towards making the world Polio free as soon as possible.

Alsager Partnership

As reported by Alsager Nub News

On Monday 16 November the Alsager Partnership Review Panel of the Town Council met to consider the Partnership’s funding for the rest of this financial year. Yet again there is a dispute over the format of the audited accounts and the nature of the reports provided by the Partnership, and a decision by the Review Panel to provide no more funding. John Poulson, Chair of the Partnership, told the meeting: "We do not spend money frivolously, it is all done through the committee, so all our payments are authorised. . . . I feel upset by the comments that you are making and I do wonder whether the partnership will survive if you go along this route of saying 'we're not going to fund you'. I feel very disappointed."

Since the March lockdown the Partnership has covered VE Day celebrations, created a business directory, had their first virtual Italian Festival and are currently working on plans for an alternative Christmas.

There will be another meeting of the review committee on Monday 24 November to consider the matters further.

No Christmas tree recycling

Unfortunately, due to Covid, this year the scouts will not be able to collect Christmas trees for recycling. This is mainly because they do not know what restrictions will be in place in the new year. Heigh ho.

Sarah Anderson

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