June 2017 Village News

Summary of notices and news from Stretton-on-Dunsmore Parish Council for June 2017. Further details and documents concerning some of the points mentioned below are available on the Parish Council Documents & Notices page or on the village Events page.

Roadworks & Road Closures
The B4455 Fosse Way will be closed for re-surfacing between 12th-26th June 2017 near to the memorial Island. The entrance to Meadow close will also be affected and there will be limited access to properties on these roads between 9.00am and 3.00pm.

Community Speed Watch
Some of the volunteers have gone out for their first session with the Police Speed Gun on Fosse Way. While they didn’t capture the details of any speeding vehicles they did have a dramatic impact on the traffic travelling through the village for the period they were there. Lots of drivers spotted the trap therefore reducing their speed to pass through the village, which is of course the desired effect.

Doorstep Crime
PCSO Kamila Shilton has been in contact with the Parish Council to make it aware of the recent spate of distraction burglaries taking place in the surrounding villages. She has asked all residents to be vigilant and report (by dialling 101 in non-emergency) any concerning or suspicious activity or visitors.

Also please be aware that there a few security companies who are high pressure doorstep selling and cold calling people in the Warwickshire area trying to sell them house alarms. The companies are legitimate but they are not working with or endorsed by the Police, as they have claimed.

Warwickshire County Council has announced that Public Bus services 539 & 580 will be changing from Monday 5th September 2017, they have published revised timetables and are inviting comments from members of the public.

Coventry Airport is considering redefined flight paths and has drawn up proposals in consultation with a wide range of aviation users to take account of their varied needs. They are now consulting formally on the proposals.

Parish Council Annual General Meeting
Thanks to all the villagers who attended the Parish Social and AGM on 8th May 2017. The Parish Social gave the Parish Councillors an opportunity to engage with members of the village on an informal level while enjoying a drink and a few nibbles. The AGM followed this event, during which Cllr John Simmonds shared his Chairman’s report for the last twelve months. The Parish Council would like to extend its thanks to Vicky Deasley, Chair of Knightlow Governing Body, Rev Ali Massey, on behalf of All Saints Church and Mike Cooper, Chairman of the Village Hall Trustees Board, all of whom delivered very informative reports on their organisations.

The Parish Council would like to welcome Cllr Paul Gordon as its Chair for the forthcoming twelve months and to extend its warmest thanks to Cllr John Simmonds for the past twelve months. John has been chair for a number of years and remains an integral part of the Parish Council. His experience, professional contacts and local knowledge is highly valued and the council would like to pay tribute to the many years of service as a Councillor whilst looking forward to many more. Next meeting is Monday 12th June at 7.30pm in Knighlow School.

Village Fete
Don’t forget, the annual Village Fete takes place on Saturday 17th June, start time is 2.30pm.

Knightlow Primary School
The children are hosting a stories4schools book launch event at the school from 9.30am-11.00am on Friday 16th June.

Coming up: Duck Race – Saturday 6th May

Duck Race preparations have been underway to get Stretton’s brook running well for this years Annual Charity Duck Race. A team supporting the 1st Stretton-on-Dunsmore Scout Group, which organises the event, have been clearing muck and weeds from the short stretch of the brook in the village centre.

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Splash off is 4pm on Saturday 6th May, but other events will be taking place before hand with children’s face-painting, tattoos and a BBQ running at the Oak and Black Dog. Tickets can be bought in advance from the Brookside Stores or on the green prior to the race – there’s over 30 prizes including £100 cash for the first duck past the post!

New Village Website Launched

Stretton-on-Dunsmore Parish Council have created a new website. The site, launched in May 2017, aims to make it easier to find out about the village itself, events and activities going on. It also enables up-to-date information from the Parish Council as well as other organisations to be easily accessible for all.

The highly graphical design of the site showcases many magnificent views from around the village which have been provided by residents. The new site is also optimized for cross-platform viewing so works well on PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones.