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Tree-mendous effort

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Logs are fed into the chopper

The committee of Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club would like to acknowledge the way in which Andy Humphries and Alvechurch Parish Council have gone about supporting the club in dealing with the problem caused by the infamous fallen black poplar tree

While it’s difficult to please all of the people all of the time, the end solution has been a really good example of a parish council working hard in the best interests of its parishioners and the community.

Despite the issue of who “owned” the tree not having been resolved, the cricket club and the council worked collaboratively to come up with a solution.
 
The cricket club also very much appreciates the work that the council put into garnering the support of Network Rail to remedy the issue of the bulk of the tree. 

It should be applauded that the parish council understood the issues the cricket club faced and rather than simply suggesting that the cricket club should put right the issue, it has actually worked very hard to ensure there has been as little financial impact on the cricket club as possible.

The parish council has also throughout this time protected the parish coffers and on behalf of the club and its members we would like to express our sincere thanks to Andy and Alvechurch Parish Council, Network Rail and LogCo.co of Alvechurch.

We hope that everyone noted the new wood-chip paths to lead everyone from The Meadows to the cricket club for a very enjoyable finale to the Picnic in the Park over the recent Bank Holiday weekend and we would like to thank those who came over to the club and enjoyed some live music and real ale.

There was good behaviour all round and we appreciate people’s understanding when we ran out of some drinks late in the evening. 

We’ve had a challenging winter, but are now off to a positive start, and we hope as many locals as possible come down to have a drink and watch some cricket on Saturday afternoons when the bar will be open from 2pm onwards.

Mike Gilmour
Chairman, Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club

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