I've been getting regular reports on the sort of thing you've been searching on, so I'll try and fill in any pointers here that you may not have found while searching. There are around 200 links on the “More...” pages, so have a look there for local links. With on-site searches tailing off a bit of late, I've started including search arguments from Google Analytics from Sep'13. Note that the Wellesbourne and Walton News no longer appears on this site, so you will have to search the new site (see link, left) to find which month the item appears in, then search that month's News for the item. Some links on this site to News for Mar-May 2012 have not yet been adjusted: please bear with me and use the W&W link, left, in the meantime. Up until May 2013, link checking on this page has been somewhat haphazard. Now I'm using W3C Link Checker which automates the bulk of the process, but there are some links that have to be checked by hand, and e-mail addresses can't be checked. Old material there is not room for on this site is on one of my computers and is tagged [ask]. These links usually generate an e-mail asking me for it. Feel free. Your favourite topics recently have been:
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Accommodation: There's loads of accommodation around Warwickshire, and plenty of specialist sites to find it on. I know of two B&Bs in the village – Apothecary's (The Old Dispensary) and Meadow Cottage.
Advertisements: this site used not to carry advertising, but as of February 2012 is showing the advertising pages from the Wellesbourne and Walton News (see Local Services, left), but this is time-consuming to update and has not been maintained for a while; the News site has started showing the advertising pages, but as images so the links are not there. To advertise, contact Michael or Linda Dane, 470491, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Ambulance, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire: this link is in More... – www.wnaa.co.uk.
Allotments: Brian Jones is the Lettings Secretary of the Wellesbourne Allotment Association – tel. 842117. Pete Smith is Chairman, tel. 842187 mob. 07806 415424. Rosemary Ottaway runs St Peter's Allotment in memory of her late husband Lionel, a keen allotment holder. She would like anyone interested in joining the project to please contact her on 471107. Wellesbourne Allotments Association has a website: wellesbourneallotments.co.uk . There are quite often articles about allotments in the WWN.
Amethyst Group operates shared user distribution centres providing warehousing, distribution and internet fulfilment to the fashion and beauty industries, part of the Itochu Corporation, which has operations in over 80 countries around the world, including warehousing on the Wellesbourne Distribution Park on Fletcher's Way CV35 9HD. Amethyst Group Fashion and Beauty is a division of the Amethyst Group.
Archives: The Parish Council and Library probably have lots of archives. If you're looking for past material from this website, look at Back Numbers to go back up to 3 years or try the Wayback Machine; beyond that you'll have to ask me and I can dig out material going back to 2001, soon after we started up.
Audrey Sibert is Secretary, Wellesbourne Art Group, tel. 840146. Watercolours are involved. Group meets on Wednesdays 7-9pm at the Fire Station.
Banks: Before WWII there were 3 banks in Wellesbourne. Now there's only one: Barclays. They're in Kineton Road. Tel. 03457 345 345.
Bee Swarms: see More.../ Links. Bee Keeping: Shipston Beekeepers hold “Introduction to Beekeeping” days from time to time in Brailes and Oxhill, including Sat 9 March 2013, see Bee Course and Mar'13 p8; contact Douglas Nethercleft on 07850 352905 or email@example.com. There was another bee keeping course in Stoneleigh on Tue 7 Jan 2014 (further details: www.warleambees.com). Douglas held another one on Sat 29 Mar 2014 in Oxhill – details .
Bennett, A.E. & Sons: Funeral Directors, 34 Sheep St, Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 6EE, tel. 01789 267035;
Bible Festival & Art Competition: In July 2011 St Peter's Church, Wellesbourne held a festival to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible, including a Bible-themed art competition and a reading summarising the Bible in 20 minutes. See Aug'11 p7. In 2010 parishioners were invited to summarise the Bible in 100 words. The winning entry was published on Nov'10 p8.
Bolton, Peter and Rosalind: Rosalind is a Parish Councillor, former Chairman and now Vice-Chair. They have lived in Wellesbourne a long time and are very knowledgeable about the village. Between them they have written a number of books (see Books, left), notably “The Naples of the Midlands: Wellesbourne 1800-1939”. Rosalind heads up the Working Party which produced a new Index in February 2014. If you haven't got yours yet, or your enterprise wants an entry or advert, please contact the Parish Clerk .
Boyse Educational Foundation, Bursaries: The Boyse Educational Foundation was founded in the 18th Century by the Rev'd Richard Boyse to aid young people to further their education (in its widest sense) and also to promote children's physical health. To qualify for a grant you should be under 18, in full time education and resident in Wellesbourne. Grants have been made in the past for various trips abroad, for play school equipment and other special educational trips including a Tall Ships sailing adventure. You will have read of many more in the WWN because people going on these trips are invited to share their experiences. You can make an application at any time to either the Vicar or Churchwardens.
Bridge Club: Mondays – see Monthly News page 2.
Buses, Bus stops: The WCC site shows bus times (latest timetable 01 Aug 2014). [This link has been shifting by a few places every so often, but now seems a little more stable, and should always point to Wellesbourne.] From Sunday 11th January 2015 some fares in Coventry will be revised. See bus service changes for 2014-5 changes (none affecting Wellesbourne at present, though some Stratford and Leamington). On Yahoo Answers, courtesy of Dabidah, I found: “Contact Traveline on 0870 608 2 608, or Stagecoach (they run buses out of Leamington Spa and Stratford regularly). Call Bus Line on 01788 545555 for more information.” Up My Street was even more helpful with 49 bus and coach companies within 40 miles of Wellesbourne, courtesy of Thomson business directory:
Bus Stops: There are lots around Wellesbourne. The bus shelter in Chestnut Square has a plaque commemorating Joseph Arch and the speech which started the Agricultural Labourers' Union (see History).
The shelter has been abused of late, and the PC are debating whether to step up cleaning arrangements or replace the shelter entirely.
Bypass, when built: The Wellesbourne Bypass was constructed in
1989-90 and opened on 20 June 1990 – Don and Joan Lambton danced the length of the bypass on the opening day, and John Grantham's mum held the scissors for the Councillor who cut the ribbon. (Pam's Bypass site is no longer supported by BT).
Camping/ Caravanning, Newlands et al: see entry in More...
Car Boot and Jumble Sales: Shipston Home Nursing fundraisers run Car Boot sales from time to time. In Sep 2008 the ground was waterlogged so it had to be called off. A Jumble Sale was held on 10 Mar 2012 in the Church Centre: see Mar'12 p3 . The Ingleby Foundation (now renamed the Innovative Foundation) had a Car Boot & Family Dog Show at the Watermill Barn Café and Arts & Craft Centre on 30 Sep'12. Further sales were held monthly during the summer, and in the autumn tabletop sales, including Sat 16 and Sun 17 Nov 2013 at the Watermill Barn, but they have now ceased operations at the Watermill. See Innovative Foundation .
Catherine Jackson used to edit the WWN. for Catherine's Guide to Eating Out in Wellesbourne.
Cemeteries/ Burial Grounds: St Peter's Churchyard is full and, following discussions between the Diocese and Parish Council, another piece of land was purchased, prepared and consecrated on 18 Sep 2011 by the bishop of Coventry. Its first burial was Jenny Davies in April 2013, followed by Brian Tooth and Rev'd Ralph Watkins.
Charity shop: There's the Myton Hamlet Hospice shop in Warwick Road CV35 9ND, open Mon-Sat 9.00am – 4.30pm, tel. 842284. More on the Myton Hospices site and Clubs/ Fundraising/ Myton page. Since 9th March 2013, the Wellesbourne Shakespeare Hospice Shop at 3 The Precinct CV35 9NL, tel. 470027, stocks ladies' clothing, bags, shoes and accessories, jewellery, home decoration, paperbacks and wool. There was an open day at Wellesbourne Village Hall on 13th February.
Charlecote is one of over 45 towns and villages across Warwickshire, featured in More... / “Meet Our Neighbours”.
Hiorn's Bridge is on the old B4088 crossing the River Dene near Charlecote Park, and is Grade II Listed: see
Chedham’s Yard: Most of us were excited when Chedham's Yard won the BBC's Restoration Village competition. After years of hard work to restore the Yard and clean the artefacts, as these show, it opened in 2013. The site is in Church Walk, off Chestnut Square, and parking is in the old Ettington Road spur by the rec ground. It is open on Saturdays from May to Sep + 18 Oct and 13 Dec'14, and entry is normally by online booking. (I say 'most' – some people were dead against the project, or wanted it moved: see this in the Stratford Herald). The web site www.chedhamsyard.org.uk replaced 2 earlier ones.
Choral Society: meets on Tuesdays – see Diary on page 2 of Monthly News. Other choirs and singers feature regularly on pages 8-9 of the News.
Christmas is not ignored in Wellesbourne: shops are festively decorated, churches put on extra services and displays, including the Christmas Tree Festival, and Fairs in Wellesbourne and Walton, then of course, there are the lights:
Christmas Lights: The Parish Council has a subcommittee to organise Christmas Lights, and arranged a good display in 2008, when Mr Jack McDonaugh, 100, switched them on, (pics: ) and 2009, when the actor David Bradley did the honours (see ). In 2010 Lady Hamilton switched them on – pictures Jan'11 p6. In 2011 it might have been Sir Andrew Hamilton, but I wasn't there so am not sure. The 2012 switch-on is on YouTube. On 30 Nov 2013 in the Precinct Father Christmas switched on the brand new lights and there were lots of market stalls giving it a carnival atmosphere. The 2014 event on 29 Nov was even bigger and better!
Churches: Up to date information on what's going on at St Peter's C of E, Roman Catholic and Methodist churches in Wellesbourne, and St James's C of E church in Walton, including contact details for clergy, appear each month on the Churches page – see W&W News, left, and follow the links. There is also fixed information on the Amenities page, left. St Peter's Church has its own website with comprehensive information on most aspects of the C of E churches in Wellesbourne and Walton including the vicar, Rev Kate Mier, and churchwardens (until early 2011 and again from 2012 Lynn Darby et al). The Church Centre, including the Carr Room, can be hired – again the St Peter's Church Centre page has comprehensive information. There are pictures of St Peter's Church on various sites – use a search engine such as Google to find them. I'm assuming “Green Church Walk” refers to a walkway constructed in summer 2011 in the woods leading to St Peter's Church car park. It has posts inscribed with sensory messages, and holes providing a “bug motel”. See the Wildlife Project item on Wellesbourne in Bloom's News 2011 page. St Peter's Memorial Wall has its own website www.wellmem.plus.com . The churches hold regular events, advertised in the W&W News, including Christmas fairs and carol services.
Church Lane/ Street/ Walk: There's no Church Lane or Church Road; Church Street leads from the gyratory system to, guess what, the Church! (St Peter's). Church Walk leads from Chestnut Square, past Chedham’s Yard, arriving at the Church from the opposite direction. As the name suggests, you can't do this journey by car, but you can just about get there in a wheelchair. Just to confuse matters still further, there's also a Chapel Street, leading south-east from Chestnut Square. The chapel is not in use, having been replaced by a larger one in Bridge Street. Chapel Street was badly flooded in 2007.
Community Cinema: Nearly every month at 4.30pm on the 4th Monday William Howard puts on a film showing in St Peter's Church Rooms. Doors open at 4.10pm and the cost is £4.00. Details of which film is being shown, together with a brief synopsis, certificate and running time are published well in advance on this site, in the U3A Newsletter and other places, including brief details in the Wellesbourne and Walton News. There was no showing in December 2014.
Citizens Advice Bureau: see link in More...
Clubs and Hobbies: There are lots of clubs etc. listed in 8 categories on the Clubs page. Fill in the Submission form if you want to add or update one. See also Groups on the Parish Council site.
Coffee Mornings: There's one near the end of every month in the Carr Room at St Peter's; Macmillans do “The Biggest Coffee Morning in the World” in September each year, raising over £500 each time. See the Diary on page 2 in the monthly news for details. See also Rev. Heather Turner .
Conservative Club: “The Connie“ at 14 Church Street CV35 9LS tel. 840451 is home to a number of groups, and can be hired. See page 28 of the 2014 Index .
Contact: most websites have a menu item called “Contact Us”; I was running this for some time before realising this, so we don't have one as such. My contact details are on the “Who, What...” page; contact details for Wellesbourne and Walton News are on their site (see W&W News, left) and on Jul'12 ToC .
Councillors, District & County: David Johnston et al There's a nifty link in Amenities for contacting any political representative from District up to European Parliament, as well as a link to details of the current Councillors.
The two Davids used to hold surgeries on Fridays from time to time – see
Sep'11 p3 .
District Councillors are currently elected for 4 years on a 4-year cycle, and in May 2014
Roger Wright retired. His place was taken by Anne Parry, Conservative.
(Sue Main is not currently a District Councillor, but does sterling work in nearby Hampton Lucy.)
County Shows: see lists of agricultural shows, county shows and county fairs, including Thame and Moreton-in-Marsh, both in September. Stoneleigh Park (formerly NAC, National Agricultural Centre) was host to the Royal Show from 1968 to 2009.
Crematorium: full address is Mid Warwickshire Crematorium, Oakley Wood, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa CV33 9QP Tel: 01926 651418, Fax: 01926 651332, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.warwickdc. gov.uk/info/20645/oakley_wood_crematorium, also maintained in "More...". Nearest pubs are The Cottage Tavern, Ashorne, Warwick CV35 9DR, Tel: 01926 6651410, cottagetavern.co.uk and the Leopard, Oakley Wood Rd, Bishop's Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9RN Tel: 01926 426466, www.leopardinn.co.uk.
Crocker: there are several unrelated Crockers in Wellesbourne -
Dambusters: The History Group laid on a very successful Dambusters Evening in October 2009 – and raised a lot of money for the Memorial Appeal. Report: . The History Group did a 70th Anniversary Day and Evening at St Peter's Church on Saturday 27th April 2013 – see WWN Apr'13 p8 .
Dance Classes: see Berry Dance under Clubs/Social and Sarah Cooke and V. Osborne in the Index of shops and amenities
Dene Valley Sports and Leisure Centre (DVSLC, formerly DVSC): a sports and leisure centre for Wellesbourne and the surrounding area. In October 2008 Stratford District Council withdrew their promised financial support, citing the “current economic climate”, but Roger Wright did not give up, and vowed to pursue all possible options to get the project completed. Roger has now left the Parish council, and was a District Councillor for Wellesbourne until May 2014. [Ask me] for files from Oct/ Nov'08 including a Press Release. There is now a plan (12/00486/FUL) to convert the Football Club building into a new Sports Centre (WSCC, Wellesbourne Sports and Community Centre) to be run not-for-profit by an external contractor. Unfortunately the chosen contractor got into financial difficulties had to pull out, but there is apparently a Plan B. Follow progress in Minutes and WWPC Meetings. The Wellesbourne Sports Association (see Index) has sections and contacts for various sports, including Bowls (K. Simmonds 840098), Cricket (Phil Rothwell, 470618)... A plan (13/01450/FUL, Permission with conditions) to improve facilities at the Bowls Club especially making access for the disabled was accepted by parish councillors on 3 Sep'13. Jeremy Wright MP held an Open Surgery at the Bowls Club on Saturday 14th September 2013.
Dentists: Langman & Associates, 2 Willow Drive CV35 9SB, tel. 840786, open for new patients.
Doctors: There's a link to Hastings House Medical Centre in More... In case the site goes down again (it went down in 2008) I've posted a link to an NHS site with the main details of the practice, but the NHS site is a bit slow at keeping details up to date (Dr & Mrs Desborough have retired; he was profiled in July'11). People had concerns over the arrangements for getting an appointment to see their GP. Warwickshire LINk gathered their views, and issued a Patient Questionnaire in 2012; results. More on My Wellesbourne. In late 2014 Walton Estates offered land on Dog Close for a new surgery funded by Section 106 money from building a further 350 houses straddling the Ettington Road next to the Redhill Park development. No plans have been submitted as at 1 Jan 2015.
Domestic/ Home/ Garden: The 2014 Index has 7 entries under Building Repairs etc, one each under Cleaning and Domestic Services, 10 under Garden and Landscape, 5 under Painting and Decorating, 7 under Plumbing and Heating and 3 under Window Cleaning. “Man With Van” probably fits into most of these. This site now carries the advertising pages from the WWN which includes all manner of Local Services. Additionally there's Home & Garden: Gareth Williams of 7 Gloster Gardens CV35 9TQ, tel. 01789 470096, 07966 554510, email@example.com .
Dry Cleaners: in School Road CV35 9NH, tel. 470704 “Your Local Dry Cleaners & Specialist Launderers”, also doing shoe repairs; closed in 2013 and replaced by Razors II Gents' Barbers - see Hairdresser/ Barber.
Events, Diary of / What's On: See page 2 of the monthly news. On page 3 are details of who to send info about forthcoming events. Other events are advertised on later pages, usually 8 & 9. There's also a “hotspot” panel on the Home Page of this site listing a series of Charity Events in aid of Shipston Home Nursing, as well as other pointers to important events. My Wellesbourne has details of the next 7 days' events.
Exercise Class: see article on Zumba in Feb'12 WWN and advert in Mar'12 Local Services . See also Weekly (Wednesdays) Exercises for Elderly and Disabled People and Fortnightly (Thursdays) Mobility Plus Exercise Class on page 2 of WWN each month .
Fast Food, Takeaway, Chip Shop, McDonald's: Wellesbourne has a Chinese takeaway (Golden Bamboo, 4 Newbold Road t.842988, closed Tues), Fish and Chips (Warwick Road t.840386) and Shah's Indian/ Bangladeshi (Warwick Road t.471111). The nearest McDonald's is at 3 Bridge Street/6 Waterside, Stratford t.298645. See also Pubs/ Hotels/ Restaurants, Shops, Walk Leaflet Sponsors.
Flooding: Stratford District Council produced a detailed database collating reports and post-flood data. An Emergency Plan was available on disc, but neither WWPC nor SDC knows where it is now - if anyone finds it please let me know and I'll update this article. You can find a great deal on the internet by searching "flooding in Warwickshire", including an
article (2.16mb PDF) by Andrew Savage of WCC detailing the history of flooding in Warwickshire and plans for a forum to tackle future flooding.
Flower Shop: Wellesbourne Florists are at 2 Newbold Road, Wellesbourne CV35 9NZ, Tel. 840376 www.wellesbourneflorists.co.uk . They are in the Teleflorist Relay System.
Flu Jabs 2014-5: Although the main walk-in day has passed, there were further walk-in sessions on 23 & 30 October for children, and you can still get your free vaccination by making an appointment at the Hastings House surgery on 840245. The Department of Health recommend a flu vaccination every year for everyone aged 65 and over, carers and people with certain conditions. See Hastings House for details.
Frankie Stuart is Chair of the Wellesbourne branch of Neighbourhood Watch, and writes regular bulletins in the Wellesbourne and Walton News about keeping safe and secure (national site: www.neighbourhood watch.net). She works in the Control Tower at the Airfield . Until her marriage she was Frankie Spray.
Freeman, Geoff and Shiela: Geoff retired in 2002 after 20 years on the Parish and District Councils. He still works behind the scenes, including handing out passes to Charlecote. He is (or was) a trustee of the Boyse Educational Foundation.
Shiela (one such who obeys the 'i' before 'e' rule) was Parish Clerk for quite a while.
She's also a dab hand at cookery, having won the Granville Cup at the Horticulture show and the Chutney class at the WFWI in Leamington. Geoff and Shiela were profiled in September 2008: [ask me] for the files.
Fresh ’n’ Fruity: Greengrocer and Fruiterer, 6 The Precinct CV35 9NL, tel. 840744, has closed. Ann retired and Chris re-opened as Chris's Floral Gallery but has now closed that and retired. The new tenants, R Locke and Son, Funeral Directors, have taken over the phone no. Their website, www.rlocke andson.co.uk showed details of their Upper Brailes branch when I first looked, but has been unavailable for some time.
Galleries: Walton Gallery is closed. Val is dreaming up a scheme involving furniture – I'll put up the latest info when I have it. If anyone else knows anything about any other gallery of interest, please let me know . Meanwhile there's Compton Verney not far away.
Garages/ Car Sales/ Servicing: up until March 2011 there were six in Wellesbourne: 2 selling cars; 1 selling petrol, and most doing repairs, as well as 2 car repairers, but 3 have closed:
Garden Centres: there's Duncan's Pet and Garden Centre in Warwick Road CV35 9ND, tel. 841847 (closed Thursdays). Further afield there is one in Charlecote (tel. 841842), and still further there's Stratford Upon Avon Garden Centre (former Wyevale) at Black Hill. There are 10 entries for Gardening/ Landscaping in the Index.
Ginny Davis: Our own home-grown talent regularly regales us with witty observational plays. Find out more at www.ginnydavis.com .
Hairdresser/ Barber: there are 5 in the Index (see Shops & Amenities). Since August 2013 there is Razors II Gents' Barbers, in School Road where the Dry Cleaners used to be. Hours: Mon-Wed 09:30-17:30, Thu-Fri 09:30-18:00, Sat 08:30-14:30, tel. 471063.
Halls, hire of: Details at the foot of page 2 of the monthly news. Comprehensive details of Church Centre rooms here. U3A started a room hire database which could be completed if there is any interest in it. See Village Hall .
Heather Turner, Rev: 2012 found her celebrating her fiftieth anniversary of starting nursing training at King's College in London. 28 years later she was ordained Deacon in the Church of England, being amongst the first women to become ordained priests in 1994. Currently she has permission to officiate in the Coventry Diocese. She is married, with two grown up married children, and blessed with 3 adorable grandchildren. Her interests are numerous and diverse, currently finishing an M.A. Dissertation in Christian Spirituality; deemed 'a late developer' at school, she is keeping up her reputation! Heather completed her B.A in Theology and Ministry in 2008. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Coffee Morning: On 6th Oct 2012 at 10 Pembroke Gardens CV35 9PX, Heather held a coffee morning to raise funds for a school in Grahamstown S.Africa. The street children are encouraged to attend for their education ... But it is a well known fact that everyone benefits from their learning if they are physically nourished as well. School dinners were introduced in this country for that very reason. Monies raised help fund their daily food provision. Amasango sandwiches were served.
History Society: Wellesbourne is steeped in History, and naturally has a Society to pursue it. Check it out under Clubs/ Social, or just click on History, left, to read a potted history of Wellesbourne and Walton from the Iron Age through to present day.
Horticultural Society, Wellesbourne and Walton: Spring show in April, Autumn show in September, Entry Form here from March and August, aka Village Show, Flower Show; see May'10 p6, Oct'10 p4, May'11 p6, Oct'11 p7, May'12 p8, Oct'12 p8, Jun'13 p5, Oct'13 p5, May'14 p11, Oct'14 p5 for reports on shows; see also Clubs/ Hobbies. Contact is Paula Kerr 07710 198552.
Houses for rent/sale: This is another area where you need to do a more specialised search. There are 2 Estate Agents in Wellesbourne:
Peter Clarke, www.PeterClarke.co.uk,
and Connells (formerly Malcolm Hawkesford), www.connells.co.uk;
Prime Location, www.primelocation.com is useful for finding property.
If you're thinking of selling or renting, you'll need an EPC: Neatwell Inspections used to do them, but Peter has now retired: find your nearest DEA here .
See also Accommodation / B&Bs.
Up to date details of these plans are available on the Parish Council Latest News page, particularly October 2014.
HS2 (High Speed Rail 2) – the following is a selection of pages on the matter:
Industrial Estates: There's quite a bit of light industry on the Airfield, between Loxley Lane CV35 9EN, Loxley Road CV35 9JY and the Dene Park IE on Stratford Road CV35 9RY. I didn't find anything for Wellesbourne Industrial Estates on Google, but these post codes cover quite a few companies. The estate has becopme a little run-down in recent years with companies ceasing trading or moving away, so Barwood Developments Ltd are redeveloping part of the site to provide new industrial units as well as a Sainsbury's and 99 houses. There is a Facebook group oppposing the development, which has the working title “Loxley Park”.
Jennifer Davies: see her Profile Apr'09 p4 [ask] and Obit May'13 p7. Following work in a Day Care Centre and 10 years as a Social Worker, Jenny volunteered for the church, hospital Sep'09 p6 [ask] and school. She was married to webmaster Peter Davies and also leaves a son, Tim. She passed away on Good Friday 29 Mar 2013.
Jen Fennell: worked for some time at the chemists, and later at the One Stop in Bridge Street. A trawl of this site would highlight her life and the sponsored walk held in her memory with proceeds going to Myton Hamlet and Macmillan Cancer Support in Jul'07 [ask] .
Jobs: There's a link in More... to a website listing Jobs in the Stratford upon Avon area. It was nearly ready in Nov'11, so could launch any year now.
Juliette Gordon Low, born Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon in Savannah, Georgia, 31 October 1860 17 January 1927, was an American youth leader and the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. With a mission of providing healthy activities for girls while instilling a sense of good citizenship, the Girls Scouts has grown to include millions of members in troops across the country. At the age of 26, she married William Mackay Low. There is a Wellesbourne connection, kindly provided by Liz Walker: Juliette's husband William Low, a plantation owner in Savannah, at one time lived in Wellesbourne House. The Boltons' book A Wellesbourne Guide gives the following information: “The house was further enlarged for its most famous occupant, William Low (1860-1905). Coming to the village in 1892 from Savannah Georgia, as one of Warwickshire's colony of rich American Émigrés he recreated here something of the atmosphere of a plantation mansion with a social whirl of nobility and occasionally royalty at the house.” A blue plaque has been requested. See Liz's article in Feb'11 WWN, Lady Hamilton's in May'12 WWN and Juliette's Wikipedia entry.
Ken Wood was profiled in March 2006 when he was described as a Pattern Maker and Hockey Umpire, but he was much more, doing sterling work for St Peter's Church. He died in April 2009 at 83.
Kineton Art Group: regularly feature in the News; see www.kinetonartgroup.co.uk .
Larry: People called Larry in Wellesbourne and Walton include Larry Granelly, Chair of Governors of Wellesbourne School, who was profiled in Jul'09 p7 [ask] .
Library: see link in More... – now open again after rebuilding to add a Sure Start children's centre. See current opening times, since 1 April 2012 reduced from 29 per week to 20. The people of Wellesbourne were consulted and chose option A. See all new opening times (449kb pdf).
Lions, Wellesbourne and District: News of their activities appears each month in the WWN. They hold various events to raise money for charitable causes, including a Raft Race and a Barn Dance. At Christmas they run the Lions Santa Float, singing carols, giving presents to small children and raising even more money for good causes. The Itinerary is always published in the December WWN. See also Lions Blogspot. They have their own web sites, www.wellesbourne-lions.org.uk and www.raftrace.org.uk and are on Facebook. Max Down is currently Secretary .
Lunch Clubs: there are various, meeting once a week at the Methodist Hall, Lawrence Mackie House and other venues. Ask at venues. Dene Valley U3A has one – it's one of over 40 interest groups.
Lynda Scriven: By far the most searched for argument when I first put the search engine in place was Lynda Scriven. Lynda Scriven (there, that should get this page to the top!) is our hard-working Parish Clerk. You can usually find her at the Parish Council Office in office hours, listed in Amenities: PC Office, as are details of Meetings. She was off sick much of 2010, but has been back since mid-2011. Lynda was on Facebook as “Lou Scriv”, but no longer contributes except to correct serious factual errors, though the PC are now looking into the use of Social Media in order to reach out in particular to younger people. Find Council business and information on www.wellesbournepc.org.
Map of Wellesbourne, Post Codes: I had a request for a map with hotspots showing local features, but could not decide which site to use. There are now several mapping facilities, notably Street Map, (this link shows Chestnut Square CV35 9QR, the heart of Wellesbourne Mountford), which is based on the Ordnance Survey, and Google, whose Paris registered car, complete with roof mounted camera, was spotted in Gloster Gardens in April 2009 – we are on Street View as of early 2010. There have also been searches for Post Codes. All references on this site to places in Wellesbourne show postcodes wherever possible, e.g. CV35 9LW (Oxford Way) so that you can input them into mapping facilities, and you can look up up to 50 postcodes per day on the Royal Mail site; postcodes are CV35 9 with 2 letters allocated rather randomly – old codes follow something of a pattern, sometimes, but new codes are allocated irrespective of where they are in the village. Post codes are not featured in the Index, as they are thought to be too complicated, so I created a list, initially as a Word Document so you could sort it by any of the columns to suit your requirements, but Serafina wasn't looking at Word Docs so I did an html Index of Roads (updated Oct'14 with 2 new roads + Prayer Zones, and Nov'14 with the rest of the Redhill roads) to make sure it got indexed. As of 22 Aug'09 she has been indexing docs and pdfs. [Ask me] for the Word version. St Peter's Church has divided the village into 12 zones, and prays for the people in each zone in rotation each month, so, for example, if you live in Hastings North-West, comprising Warwick Road, Daniell Road, et al, you will be prayed for every September. Some of the houses in Redhill Park are now occupied and the Royal Mail have issued post codes, mopping up some in the J, L, Q and S ranges, starting with Joseph Arch Road CV35 9JH and Grantham Road CV35 9JJ. (Most of the J codes are already allocated in Loxley or the Dovehouse/ Airfield area). See also Roads .
Market, Wellesbourne Airfield: overtaking Lynda is “Market”. I'm assuming people are looking for the one on the Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield. I know very little about it except that it's held every Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday and closes at 4 p.m. (when the A429 northbound is jammed with hot dog vans and punters leaving for home). Their numbers are: 020 8950 9509 and 07833 258325. Much has been written about Wellesbourne being a Market Town older than Kineton and other settlements hereabouts, and moves to turn Wellesbourne into a Town. You'll find references in the Parish Council Minutes for early 2006, but this has been shelved while there are more important things to discuss, like the Wellesbourne Sports and Community Centre and Chedham's Yard. Directions – from the north: M40 J15; take A429(S) towards Stow/ Cirencester; continue for c.5 miles; follow market signs; from the south: take A429(N) towards Wellesbourne; follow market signs. By Train: to Leamington Spa then cross the road to catch X18 bus at 6 mins past each hour. (Bank Holidays it's the 18A at 28 past from Warwick Station), but see Bus Times to confirm. The market, part of the Platt Group, has its own website: http://wellesbournemarket.co.uk. The Airfield has a link in More... which somehow comes in ahead of this site in Search Engine ratings unless you add “village” to the argument. If you have a complaint, it depends on the nature of the complaint. If you can read a plane's registration then it is flying too low – get on to the Control Tower on 842000. For more on the Airfield, in particular RAF history, see the Wikipedia article on the Airfield. Also on the airfield is the Wellesbourne Distribution Park .
Mark Heaton wrote an article for the April 2011 WWN about the inscriptions at Chedham's Yard.
M-Build: see advert at foot of page 11 of Local Services .
Mick Stallard was involved in this site in the early days – we used to piggy-back onto www.wellesbourne.co.uk , a site he set up to address businesses in Wellesbourne and Walton; it was relaunched in summer 2011 to give residents a convenient listing of local business and services at a click of a button. All Wellesbourne based businesses are entitled to a free listing, as well as advertising at a very reasonable rate. Mick's main site is www.mickstallard.co.uk , showcasing a selection of his work.
Miscarriage: see More.../ Charities
Moon Daisies: I don't recall seeing anything about them on the site, so I Googled them and found www.growingnative.co.uk/flower_month.htm . As they were Flower of the Month for June 2007, they may well disappear (still there, May'14!). Digging around on Pam's sites I've found some on her Bypass site (closed).
More About...: This is a page linked to from the foot of both the new-style menus and all the old-style pages. It started by just giving some background on Wellesbourne's geology and related matters, with a few links to other useful sites, but has now grown into a valuable resource consisting of around 190 links in four categories to a variety of information your webmaster considers could be of benefit to both the casual visitor and the dedicated student of Wellesbourne and the surrounding area. Links are checked from time to time and any failing links flagged, researched and eventually removed if no suitable replacement can be found. Many of the items on this page are to be found in these links. More... got so big I decided early in 2009 to split it into 2.
Moreton Morrell: is a village a few miles east of Wellesbourne. See “Meet our Neighbours” in More... The website contains a wealth of information, but has not been maintained for a while.
Mothers’ Union: see link in Clubs/ Social, and Diary entries, page 2 of the News.
News Items: this site does not generally carry news as such. Best place for that is the WWN or local and national newspapers. The item on drugs at the Global Gathering was in the Stratford Herald around 11 Mar 2013 ; The Second crash in two weeks also featured in the Stratford Herald around 11 Mar 2013 . And sorry, we don't carry recipes either (afaik), though they sometimes appear in Horticulture Show specifications.
Norman Howes, Rev Canon: Rev Howes was vicar of Wellesbourne for some time (20 years, he tells me), retiring in February 2003. After 4 years in Northend he has returned to Wellesbourne. His wife Roni still does some catering. His son Simon took lots of photos of the retirement party which you can see here, along with some pictures of old Wellesbourne and Indonesia.
Noticeboards: There are at least eight dotted around Wellesbourne and Walton. Please be considerate when posting notices, do not use staples, and do not use the surround, only the main part of the board. They are located: outside the Village Hall in School Road; in Bridge Street (dual) opposite Justina's/ Connell's; on Hammond Green; in Frost Road; by the Co-op (dual); on Dovehouse Drive opposite Farrington Close (dual) and near the south end of Hammerton Way by the bus stop; and in Walton between the Green and the sharp bend. Those marked "dual" feature separate boards for Council and personal notices: they are being rolled out to other sites.
Obituaries: this site does not carry full obituaries, rather a 2-3 line resume. Full obits often appear in the WWN or in local or national newspapers. See WWN May'13 p7 for Jenny Davies, WWPC Jun'13 Archive for John Grantham. Nothing on Maurice Charles, though I made inquiries. I have a picture of him manning the door at the Horticulture Society's Spring Show in 2011 (qv). His funeral was 2 Dec 2011, aged 81. Julie Wassall died in Sep'13 and was buried at St Peter's on 17 Oct'13 aged 44.
Oldest Building In Wellesbourne: this was identified in Village Voices as the block on the corner of Bridge Street and School Road, which includes the Council Offices, Connell's and Justina's, dating back to the early 15th century.
Pam Copson was one of the founders of the Wellesbourne Web, doing her share of putting the pages together, and contributing line drawings of the local flora and fauna for the Wellesbourne and Walton News; she was the county registrar for local wildlife and took a keen interest in bell ringing and churches (her husband Ted still rings in Sherborne): see the teaching aids for church bell ringers site (now on a new site – thanks, Ted) and the St Peter's history site linking from More... Pam died in November 2006 after a long illness.
Parish Council, Councillors: Details of the Parish Council are on the Amenities page, with links to the
PC's own site www.wellesbournepc.org.
The Council was without a webmaster from May to August 2012, but now updates should be done weekly.
In 2012 a temporary site, WPC Unravelled, set out possible shortcomings of the Parish Council, and urged the public to stand in the election and bring new blood into the organisation, and had the desired result –
The Parish Council is made up as follows:
May'12 Election results; Addresses + colour pictures Jul'12 p5 (Alan Joy Apr'13 p4); Ian Rutherford resigned; Alan Joy co-opted Jan 2013; John Grantham died 12 May'13: Obituary; Mike Podbury resigned Aug'13; Peter Quinn and Sarah Thompson co-opted Sep'13. Sarah Thompson resigned Feb'14 (moving away); Sue Hodgkinson co-opted May'14; Alan Joy resigned May'14 (ill health); Geoff Rose resigned Jun'14 (ill health). Kevin Hateley and Bob Heaton co-opted Sep'14. Kevin Hateley resigned Nov'14 (family). This close to a full election (May) the Council deemed it not worth mounting an election to replace him.
Parish Council Meetings: are held on the 1st Tuesday of every month (except New Year's Day and 1 May), with sub-committee meetings on other dates, usually Tuesdays. These are detailed at the foot of the Parish Council News each month. All meetings are at 7.30pm, main meetings at the Methodist Hall in Bridge Street, others at the Council Office in School Road, and the public are free to attend, and raise points near the start.
Parish Council Minutes & Agendas: 2011-13 are linkable from www.wellesbournepc.org/page43.html; 2014 ones are now put up within a few days; previous Agenda and Minutes are available in the Parish Office. If you want to see them sooner, there are some in the Library. I have some from 2003-4; a good way to get hold of Minutes is to attend the following month's meeting.
Parking: With the increasing population of Wellesbourne the availability of places to park cars has become an issue in recent years. A report on the subject was presented to the Amenities and Highways Committee of the Parish Council on 11 Feb'14 by Lionel Davis. Cars are being left in the village centre while owners car-share or catch buses to work or coaches for all-day outings, and this is clogging spaces needed by shoppers.
Peter Stevens Book Keeping: offers the usual services at reasonable rates, t.01789 470129 m.07971 089952.
Photographs, pictures: The Pictures link in the main and monthly menus points to a set of links back to pictures we have featured in the past. Unfortunately, because we have reached our 25mb free space quota, many of these links have not been restored, such as the feature on Czech Patriots. See the Back Numbers page to see which months' pictures are available. I'm looking at alternative space. On the More... page you will find links to Avon photographic studio (Andrew Sheppard) and a site displaying old pictures of anywhere you care to name. The Parish Council photo gallery with lots of pictures of Wellesbourne and Walton is now part of Geoff Blundall's Picasa collection.
Pilates: There's nothing in Wellesbourne itself unless you're in the U3A (3 groups, waiting list), but there are classes in Walton, Stratford, Warwick and elsewhere. Best just Google Pilates Wellesbourne and you'll get 8 - 26 places and a map where you can filter on type of Pilates (anything from Antenatal to Yogalates), day and time.
Planning: While there are references to Planning on this site, you're best off looking at the District Council site:
http://apps.stratford. gov.uk/eplanning; there you can search in various ways, including by property, e.g. 3 Valletta Way, but if the house number is 3, 5 or 9 it will be found in the postcode, so the whole road will show up! In these cases it's better to include the house number with the street.
It is unavailable from 00:00 – 06:00 due to daily maintenance. You can look at
Weekly Lists of applications received.
How to make your voice heard on the decisions that shape your environment: CPRE planning website
Play Areas/ Children: The main Play Area for Children is at the north eastern corner of the Mountford Sports Field, next to Constance Harris Close CV35 9PZ, where there are the usual array of swings, climbing structures etc. There is another smaller recreation area on the former waste ground (“wastie”), now known as Dovehouse Community Land, on Dovehouse Drive (between Lysander Close CV35 9TD and Farrington Close CV35 9TL). Hammond Green CV35 9EY has swings as well.
Political Parties: We don't do politics on this site. See constituency sites for
K&S Conservatives and
K&S Liberal Democrats
(if you're in Hammond Green or Ramsay Green, you'll want Stratford Conservatives
or Stratford Liberal Democrats),
and Green Party (national site).
Another up and coming party is the UK Independence Party:
Oh, and there's another party which tried to run the country for a while, but we don't have anything to do with them around here.
Population: "How many residents in Wellesbourne?" Wellesbourne has a population around 6,500, which puts it at the large end for a village (though some are larger, notably Kidlington, Oxfordshire, at 17,500, which resolutely refuses to become a town). Wellesbourne's population at the 2001 Census was 5,691 (including Walton); by comparison, Southam (a town) had 6,509, Kineton 2,278 and Harbury 2,485. These figures come from Wikipedia (see More...). WCC figures for 2001 show 6773 – see WCC stats for Wellesbourne Parish (PDF – get free Reader). Population is now estimated to be around 7,000: the first release of statistics from the 2011 Census was on 16 July 2012. The statistics, accompanied by a statistical bulletin, will gradually be made available via the ONS website .
Prayers: see the back page of the W&W News for three prayer schemes: Prayer for the Village, in which St Peter's prays for one twelfth of the village in turn each month (see list for which roads when), St Peter's Prayer Chain, some numbers to ring for a week's prayers to help you through a need, and the 1st Friday Prayer for St Peter's, a group which meets at the Vicarage and goes on to a pub.
Pre-school: There are several Pre-school and Play groups – see page 2 of the Monthly News: Daily Activities (Pre-school), Weekly Activities (Toddlers). Ask me for the Aug'07 p6 feature on St Peter's Tiddlers and the Nov/Dec'06 p1 one on Wellesbourne Pre-school. Muddy Puddles (details, poster) replaced Bumps and Daisies in March 2010. See Tiddlers articles on Feb'11 p5 and Jun'12 p7 ; the OFSTED report under the old registration number 200773 in 2009 rated the facility as Outstanding. Under the new number EY423296 the report on 25 Oct 2011 rates it mostly Good to Outstanding.
Pubs, Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés etc.: There are 2 pubs in Wellesbourne:
The King's Head
(run by Innkeepers Lodge, part of Mitchells & Butlers) and the
Stag's Head. There used to be several more, including the
Talbot, but they all closed some years ago.
Further afield, there are nearly 20 food outlets listed on the Walks around Wellesbourne
Sponsors page. (Find your nearest by looking at the
map and clicking on a letter).
The nearest pub to the Oakley Woods Crematorium is the Cottage Tavern at Ashorne; as for a pick-up bar, I wouldn't know!.
There are eating guides including
Ask me for Catherine's excellent Guide to Eating Out in Wellesbourne including:
Reflexology: There's Sutoni in Warwick Road CV35 9ND, offering holistic health & beauty treatments including Reflexology, Aromatherapy and various forms of Massage. See www.sutoni.co.uk.
Refuse Collection, Recycling: See several entries in More... To find out what day your rubbish is collected, ring 260616 with your post code, or enter it in the Waste section of the Stratford District Council Home Page . You can view/download your own Refuse Collection calendar, currently showing just Christmas'14 & NewYear'15. See also Amenities, left, for Tip etc.
Registers: Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals: these are recorded on the Church page each month. Usually funerals are held for people who have led a full life, but sometimes a life is cut short, as in the case of Colin Phazey, at 28. Find him on Google/ Facebook.
Roads in Wellesbourne and Walton: Queries about specific roads in Wellesbourne will find what they find; there are some good mapping services out there such as Street Map where you can put in a road name or post code and get a map of the area with your target highlighted. The Dovehouse Estate was once a farm. In 1975 work started on the estate, opposite the airfield. Most of the roads are named after WWII bombers or places connected with the RAF, such as Gloster Gardens (hence the strange spelling) and Hammerton Way. David P Howard has been taking lots of photos of Wellesbourne and elsewhere, and has come up with a list of road names on Dovehouse, e.g. Blenheim, a bomber, but has had to guess at some of them. Any he's got wrong, please contact him with correction(s) (using the envelope icon on the right half-way down). Many roads in Wellesbourne, such as Daniell Road, are named in tribute to prominent members of the community, and indeed many of the roads under construction in the new Redhill Park commemorate recent Wellesbourne people. See also Church Lane/ Street/ Walk and Map/ Postcodes .
Road Surface Dressing: The entry in More... shows the calendar for 2014-15 including 1 road in Wellesbourne, which has been done.
Scarecrows: There have been displays of scarecrows in Walton in the summer; in 2007 the organiser had to pull out, and there are no plans to revive the feature, but the committee could do so if it is thought worthwhile. Meanwhile scarecrows were on display in nearby Barford over August Bank Holiday 2007, 2008 and 2010 (not 2009); the pictures are up on the Barford website (Galleries 39, 43 – see More/ Neighbours/ Barford/ Picture Gallery). They are there most years. Lapworth had Scarecrow Festivals in September 2013 and 2014.
School, Wellesbourne C of E Primary: Wellesbourne has its own thriving primary school.
Mr Burgess has moved on, and a new head,
Aug'09 p5 [ask]
Mrs Lindsey Oscroft is in place.
On Friday 8 October 2010 the school buried a time capsule in front of the pool room to mark its 50th birthday celebrations. It contains School and Parish Newsletters, photographs, the School Prayer and messages from children.
Scouts/Cubs/Beavers: after many years with nothing for boys (Guides never went away – see Index) there is now an oversubscribed Cub pack. The organisers have now expanded to Scouts and Beavers, but are short of leaders. See Clubs/ Youth and www.1stwellesbourne.co.uk .
Shipston Brass Band: As of March 2012 the Band has an Official Site; I also found Pershore Midsummer Brass . I love the story about winning a bet. Just google "shipston brass band" and you'll get lots of stuff including a You Tube performance. Full competition results at the Brass Band Results Site .
Shops & Amenities: We have a wealth of shops in Wellesbourne, excellently summarised by Pam Copson in her Fanfare series of articles in 2004 (ask me for details). I don't know about a bridal shop, but you might try Justina in Bridge St, tel. 841562. If you live in Wellesbourne or Walton you should have a paper copy of the Index of Shops and Amenities. Download the 2014 edition (white with colour pictures on the front again) at www.wellesbournepc.org/Index of shops and amenities 2014.pdf (4.5mb). Contact the Parish Clerk if you don't have yours). A competition to identify the cover pictures was won by Sheila Parry and Pat McDonaugh.
Corrections & Updates to 2014 Index:
West's Bakery, Warwick Road tel. 840252 Mon 8.30-3.00, Tue-Thu 8.30-3.30, Fri 8.00-3.30, Sat 8.00-3.00
Singing Lessons: Lizzie started singing lessons in April 2012. See Mar'12 p9.
Social Media: Youtube/ Facebook etc. Wellesbourne has a very active Facebook group, over 1400 strong, commenting about various aspects of life in this great village. In September 2014 YPI, led by Pete and Rachel Davis, made a 5½ minute video of Wellesbourne businesses, groups and individuals dancing to a popular tune about being happy. The video is available on Youtube. The Parish Council, after some time sitting on the sidelines and only venturing onto Facebook to correct major inaccuracies, has acknowledged the role Social Media have, particularly with younger people, in disseminating information about what is going on, and has detailed Cllr Hodgkinson to look into the idea of WWPC having a proper presence. Initial findings are positive - watch this space.
Speeding: is something many people in the villages would like to see reduced. The Community Fora often bring it up as a police priority, and in Wellesbourne we briefly had Community Speed Watch – see Oct'11 p4 .
Stella Cox was very active in the village until her death at 83 in 2006. Ask me for files from May'06.
Stephen Nightingale has been a churchwarden (see Mar'11 p1) and is still involved with St Peter's Church.
Street Fair/ Fayre/ Village Fête: The Fayre on Saturday 5th June 2010, building on the successes and failures of earlier years, promised to be the usual jolly round of bouncy castle, fire engine, tombola and general entertainment (all but the fire engine turned up). The weather was good that year, unlike some years. One event was tagged “outdoors if fine” in recognition of the less than average record for good weather in the past. John, Becky and the team worked hard canvassing businesses and getting things organised, so a splendid time was had by all. The BBC came in 2009: in 2010 it was Touch Radio. It's held in Church Street (CV35 9LS for you SatNav users) which is closed off to traffic between the Conservative Club (“The Connie”) and the King's Head for the event. See July'09 p6 [ask] and July'10 p6 for reports on recent Fayres. The 2011 Fayre was cancelled due to an unforeseen clash (apologies from the Committee), but on 29 April the royal wedding was celebrated in style with street parties in Garden Terrace/ Chapel Street and elsewhere – see Jun'11 p7, and the Royal British Legion celebrated their 90th birthday with a Great Poppy Party Weekend on 10-12 June 2011. In 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee there was no big street fayre in Church Street, but lots of smaller ones, with a round-up of events including cream tea, barbecue and beacon lighting advertised on p8 of the June WWN and reported on on July'12 p6 and Jul'12 p7 . There is a picture of the Beacon on Jul'12 p1 and Aug'12 p1 . The Street Fair on 8th June 2013 was themed on “Coronation” as the Queen’s Coronation happened 60 years ago on 2nd June 1953. The money raised was donated to Shipston Home Nursing. There was street entertainment during the afternoon and a programme of events around all the offers received. Photographs of the Coronation, parties etc. in 1953 were featured in a display. An entertaining afternoon was had by all – it was a great day! See Jul'13 p5 . Chair of the organising committee is Anne Prior 842103. 2014 was just as good – see WWPC Mar 2014 News and Jul'14 pp8-9 . There was a photographic competition.
Street Lights: There are links in Amenities, left, for reporting faulty street lights by text or web form. 80% of street lights are switched off from midnight to 05.30: see www.warwickshire.gov.uk/partnightlighting .
Tai Chi: 11-12noon on Fridays at the Fire Station and 9-10am on Wednesdays at Hampton Lucy Village Hall – tel Debbie 07773 318830
Talbot Court CV35 9HB: used to be a pub on the Kineton Road, now around a dozen houses. The Talbot was a breed of hunting dog. There was a picture of said dog on the pub sign, but that got lost, and a plaque was set in the grass nearby. Some people thought a real dog had been buried there, but this is not the case.
Taxi Services: there are 3 in the Index (4 if you count Runabout twice). Paul Harris's e-mail is email@example.com and his website www.runabout.me.uk . You may also be eligible for Community Links [ask] , now renamed U-Bus.
Tennis: Thu and Sun at Kineton and District Tennis Club, Kineton High School. See Clubs/ Sport/ Tennis. Charlecote Park are also bringing sport for all into the parkland with Sports Boxes available from July 2014 to set up a simple game of cricket or rounders, play tennis or chase frisbees. See Charlecote Park Activities .
Thanks: We're a polite community. If we're asking for something, we say 'please', and if someone's done us a good turn, we say 'thank you'. Thanks often appear on page 3 of the News.
Tony Copeland: Cancer has robbed us of a very active and committed enthusiast as chair of the Horticulture Society and latterly as Parish Councillor. Councillors paid tribute at the August meeting which is summarised in an article published in the Stratford Herald of 4 Aug 2011. An avenue is named after him on Redhill Park.
U3A (University of the Third Age) The Dene Valley U3A was formed in September 2009. See Dene Valley U3A in Clubs/ Social, and the Dene Valley U3A website . It has a talk each month as well as over 40 interest groups ranging from Art to Watercolour, including Spanish with Joyce Weeks. On 10 Sep 2013 DVU3A celebrated their 4th anniversary with "Songs from the Musicals", and on 9 Sep 2014 it was their 5th, commemorating the First World War. There are other branches of U3A all around, including 3 in Stratford, and now one in Shipston. See Links on the DVU3A site.
Village Hall: School Road CV35 9NH: can be hired – see News, page 2 . Chairman of the Management Committee is Mr Chris Cole, 1 School Road, Wellesbourne, CV35 9NH. A meeting was held on 21 February 2012 to discuss the future of the Hall. Courier Report 1 Mar '12 Discussions are still ongoing, but now Walton Estates dont't want to sell.
Villages in Warwickshire: We have links to over 45 towns and villages across Warwickshire, such as Barford, Ettington, Newbold Pacey etc., each with their own website, plus generic sites with descriptions and further links. See “Meet Our Neighbours” in More...
Village Liaison Officer: This was Geoff Blundall back in 2006, but by 2008 funds had dried up, so there were no central paid administrators, so not much information to distribute.
No village or town can be a static environment – it is constantly evolving, and Wellesbourne and Walton like anywhere else need a constant supply of new ideas to keep up with changing circumstances, and this means consulting the people of the 2 villages. This is repeated every few years to ensure that their needs and aspirations are met in a timely manner.
Volunteering: see Voluntary Action under Charities in More... Wellesbourne is currently quite short of drivers to take patients to medical and similar appointments. Call 262886 or 296344 if you can spare an hour or more.
WAG – Wellesbourne Action Group: A group set up to get things done in Wellesbourne and Walton. WAG no longer report to the police as the latter's boundaries have changed, but attend the quarterly Wellesbourne and Kineton Community Forum as observers. WAG's site wellesbourneaction.weebly.com covers the early days when WAG gathered the top issues of concern to the parish and got them largely resolved, and a gallery of walks. At the WAG AGM in October 2012 it was decided that, as WAG's main remit was being ably covered by various single issue action groups, WAG would no longer be such a focus, and would concentrate on its other main activity, walking.
Walks/ Footpaths/ Joseph Arch/ Barford: The WAG (see above) meets every Wednesday (2pm outside the Conservative Club, Church Street CV35 9LS) to go for a walk around the village and surrounding area. One of the walks they do regularly is one from Joseph Arch's cottage in Barford to the Stag's Head in Wellesbourne, known as the Joseph Arch Way. WAG got a stile put in next to a padlocked gate near Barford; they put the walk on twice in 2009, on 12 February (90th anniversary of Joseph's death) and 9 June (137th anniversary of the Chestnut Square meeting), and did it again in June 2010 and June 2011, and again in June 2013, meeting at Joseph Arch's Cottage Barford at 10.30 for a 2 hr walk, with lunch at The Stag's Head, Wellesbourne. Follow their early history on the WAG website (see above). They also check footpaths around the villages, referring any in a poor state to the Parish Council for remedial work. Saturday walks finished, but there are now many more Walking Groups, particularly with the advent of the Dene Valley U3A: follow news of their Walking group in the latest DVU3A Newsletter (You'll need to join the U3A to take part). Another walking group is The Ramblers. Stratford District Council also have a programme of Walking for Health, including one starting by the Village Hall at 9.45am every Friday. Contact Peter Davies 01789 841755, 07973 908249 or just turn up. For anyone based near Shipston, there is now another group who start at a pub within a few miles of Shipston, walk for an hour or so and end up back at the pub for a meal. If interested, see “20 Walks”, left, and contact Ian. WCC have sponsored a leaflet which has been produced and distributed, showing six walks in Wellesbourne and the surrounding villages. A web version is available on this site. Dogs are not generally allowed on WAG or WfH walks, but they are welcome on the Joseph Arch Walk and the Shipston ones. Most of the walks we do are easy to do with dogs, and I have a repertoire of 40+ walks, so [ask] and I'll send you details.
Walton Hall & Hotel: The timeshare operation has wound down; for tenants, formerly Puma Hotels/ Barceló, see Jun'12 p6, Sep'12 p8 (disregard old links) and More... There are now 2 venues, the Hall and a Hotel. Puma Hotels underwent a complete re-brand in 2014 and they are now known as the ‘The Hotel Collection‘ – see www.thehotelcollection.co.uk/waltonhallhotel . Post code is CV35 9HU, but SatNav users should key in CV35 9HG in order to come in by the correct entrance on Jubilee Drive.
Walton Village, Amenities, Fête, Estate, Bath House...: The village of Walton is about 3 miles east of Wellesbourne, and is included in the parish of Wellesbourne. Amenities appear in the Index and on the Amenities page. Lady Elizabeth Hamilton writes up news of Walton happenings every month in the News. Each year a fête is held on the lawn between Walton Hall and St James's Church, and as Lady H will attest, the weather is nearly always glorious. The Walton Fête and Dog Show were held on Sundays 8 Aug 2010 (see Sep'10 p5 for a report), 14 Aug 2011 (see Oct'11 p5), 29 Jul 2012 (Sep'12 p8) and 11 Aug 2013 (Sep'13 p5). In 2014 the weather wasn't brilliant, so the main event was held indoors in the Hall (Sep'14 pp8-9), while the dog show went ahead as normal. I understand there was to be another Dog Show near the Watermill, but that was rained off. Her son Sir Andrew Hamilton is a school governor and has written a book about the WWI Christmas Truce. Walton Estate owns a fair amount of land in the 2 villages, so there is often discussion of leases, development etc: see the Village Plan. Laugh's Buildings (pronounced “Laws”, I believe) are on Walton Road: there was a mention in August 2006, and the Bath House is a feature – Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society had in their Gallery (recently reconstructed) a picture which often appears at the head of WWN despatches from Walton. I can't find it on the new site, and have asked about it. Meanwhile it's on the Landmark Trust site. See Nov'09 page 7 [ask] for a report on its restoration.
Water Mill: Again, there's an entry in More... It's shut until further notice and the website has been suspended, though a clause in possible lease agreements specifies that the Mill could be operational on up to 10 days a year. Tenants were in for a year setting it up, but terms could not be agreed and the lease was withdrawn. In Jan'11 the Ingleby Foundation (now called the Innovative Foundation) submitted 11/00041/ADV to put up 2 signs, and in Feb'11 11/00050/FUL to create a sensory play area for disabled children. They reopened the café and created a ceramic pottery painting studio called The Crafty Barn (site closed, now using Facebook), but have now pulled out of the site and the café is closed at at 17 Jan 2014. The Crafty Barn has also left the barn and is now by appointment. The barn is now for sale, so who knows what will happen - watch this space! The Post Code is CV35 9HG: 5 properties share this code, and Google points to Jubilee Lodge. Meanwhile there's another water mill at Charlecote – see site for opening dates and times and flour prices. There's also a windmill at Chesterton a few miles away.
Weather: There's a weather station at the Airfield – see More.../ Links. Stratford District Council publish an advice page during periods of severe adverse weather.
Webmaster: that's me, Peter Davies. More about me in Who, What...
Weddings: If you are planning one in Wellesbourne or Walton, go to the Church page in the monthly news and contact the minister at the relevant church. If you're looking for details of recent weddings, go to the same page and check out “From the Registers”. For St Peter's/ St James's, see also the wedding info page on the church site. Wedding planners are springing up all over the place: www.confetti.co.uk looks quite comprehensive; www.weddingmapper.com does it with Google Maps.
Weight Limit: As a possible solution to the problem of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) using the Newbold Road, which is not a Lorry Route (see Lorry Routes in More...), a Weight Limit was applied for on this road, but not granted.
Wellesbourne Air Museum: See More.../ Links.
Wellesbourne in Bloom: see More.../ Links.
Wellesbourne and Kineton Community Forum meets from 6.30pm on Thursdays at various locations. It met on:
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wellesbournekinetonforum (not well maintained, but some useful info).
Wellesbourne Mountford: Wellesbourne used to be 2 villages, called Wellesbourne Hastings and Wellesbourne Mountford after local land owners until 1947 when they were merged. The airfield still has Mountford in its name, and confusingly Mountford Close is in the old Wellesbourne Hastings. The boundary is the River Dene.
Wellesbourne and Walton News: this is a free A4 magazine (“the parish magazine”) full of news and articles published every month and pushed through every door in Wellesbourne and Walton by a dedicated team of volunteers. Until February 2012 it was also reproduced on this site for people outside the parish (see “News” on menu left, or below), then appeared on the WPC website with links from a Table of Contents page, but now appears on its own site provided by St Peter's Church. Back numbers are available on this site for 3 years (see Back Nos, left). Beyond that, ask me. Mac Parry is the Editor; he also does sculpture et al as well as writing humorous books (site part-archived – contact Mac for more details); details of the publishing and distribution team are at the foot of page 3.
Wellesbourne Wood: Some years ago people used to walk in Wellesbourne Wood, between the Dovehouse and Loxley, but then it was sold, and is now private, with no access.
Wendy Bryan was a Parish Councillor from 1978 until she retired in 2008; she still comes to many of the meetings, but now concentrates on gardening and other things. She is president of the Wellesbourne and Walton Horticultural Society, a member of the Women's Institute, and married to Harry. Courier Report 20 Mar'08 She is featured in an article on the WI on page 7 of the Mar'14 WWN .
Willow Drive is in the Hastings (north-eastern) part of the village. It is part of an estate that was added around 1968; the Dentists are at the western end. Willow Drive forms a crescent, giving onto School Road in the west and Kineton Road in the east near the allotments.
Women’s Institute (WI): See their entry under Clubs/ Social. In September 2010 a group of Wellesbourne ladies (not identified as WI members) produced a decade-on version of the Women's Institute calendar of the year 2000. The Wellesbourne Blooms, spanning five decades themselves, modestly bared various bits and pieces to raise money for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer. We featured two of the pictures in our January '11 round-up: The Year in Pictures .
Yoga: Yoga for Life is run on Tuesdays 7.30-9.00pm and Thursdays 1.30-3.00pm at St Peter's Church Centre by Mrs Calladene (01926 423697). This is one of hundreds of entries in the Index of Shops and Amenities. For reasons of Data Protection the Index is maintained on the PC's website, not here.
Young Firefighters: The link to their WCC pages in More... should be www.warwickshire.gov.uk/yfa . YFA is under threat of closure due to budgetary cuts: a petition to save the service at https://democratic.warwick shire.gov.uk/cmis5/Petitions/tabid/90/ID/51/PETITION-TO-SAVE-WARWICKSHIRE-YOUNG-FIREFIGHTERS.aspx/ closed on 20 June 2014 with 244 signatures.
Youth Club: Funding was cut back to the point that the Youth Club was not viable in its old form, but moves are afoot to ensure its continued future. It is regularly discussed by Parish Council and the WKCF (qv). St Peter's Church runs a youth service, including the Youth Bus, and is in talks with WCC to take over some of their provision - see St Peter's Children and Youth page. A group setting up a Youth facility met at the Stag's Head on 21 February 2013. See Youth Programme on Facebook. Wellesbourne PC at its APM in March 2013 reported on the situation and has recruited Youth Worker Cherie Prior - see Report (pdf) and May'13 p5 . Wellesbourne Youth Services on Facebook / Wellesbourne Youth Services on Twitter
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