Tuesday May 18 2021



In Full . . .

A place for childhood

Posted on March 20 2007 at 2:40:39

When I read an extract from the February issue of The Village magazine I was very dismayed to learn of the state of The Meadows, and the fear that it may become worse.

I grew up in Alvechurch and, in common with many school friends, spent hours and hours of free time in The Meadows, known to us in those days as the Playing Fields.

We played the usual childhood games quite safely, and even “helped” Mr Holmes to look after the area, particularly at haymaking time.

At one time he fashioned a grasstrack for us, so that we could hold speedway races on our pushbikes, often against other local teams. There were usually enough boys and girls around to play impromptu cricket or football matches.

Alvechurch Football Club played all their home matches at The Meadows, and I cannot remember any match having to be postponed because of underfoot conditions.

I used to walk all round the touchline at each match with a collecting box! In later years my family and I often re-visited The Meadows, and for our twins’ birthday one year, instead of a conventional party, we hired a minibus and took them and all their friends there for the afternoon and evening, all dressed ready for playing games, together with bats, balls, racquets and towels. It was voted the best party for years.

Please let children continue to enjoy The Meadows, by making sure that the drainage problems are sorted out.

Mrs R Higgitt, Alcester

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