Village Fete Home Brew Competition

Home Brew competition to be held during the evening street party. At the start of the evening there will be an announcement for entrants to submit their entries. All home brews welcome – beer, cider, sloe gin etc.

Just £2 per person allows over 18’s to have a taste of all the entries and cast a vote for their favourite. Trophy for the winner and all proceeds go towards the village hall!


Village Fete – 16th June

The village fete is always lots of fun for all ages, with the usual cake and craft stalls, tombolas, cream teas, BBQ, a bouncy castle, a treasure hunt, egg throwing competition and other fun games.

2.30pm Opening of the Fete & the Children’s Summer Bonnet Parade
2.40pm Bilton Silver Band
3.15pm Novelty Dog Show
4.00pm Bilton Silver Band
4.30pm Egg Throwing Competition

There really is something for everyone including our canine friends! This year the novelty dog show will be judged by Trisha Shaw of Rugby Paw Prints, and sponsored by Dunsmore Kennels. Register your dog on the day for one or more of the following categories (£1 each):

1. Most Handsome Boy Dog
2. Prettiest Girl Dog
3. Musical Sits
4. Most Appealing Eyes
5. Championships

There will also be a dog agility course for your pooch to burn off some of that excess energy!


Duck Race 2018 – Winners!

All the prizes have been distributed, and the Duck Race Team have raised a whopping £1900 for 1st Stretton-on-Dunsmore Scouts Group.

Huge thanks to:

• Michelle & David Morris at the Oak for hosting Guess the Name of the Duck for selling tickets, promoting the event and donating prizes. The pizza van (arranged by The Oak) was so popular it sold out by 7pm!
• Vanessa & John Braithwaite for selling the tickets in Brookside Stores.
• Gillian Key-Vice for giving access to her property all afternoon.
• Brian Roberts for livening up the race with his commentary!
• Millie-Beth Green, Abbi Hoyle and Elena Ridges for giving up their Saturday afternoon to paint faces and tattoo arms. The girls worked so hard and efficiently together, and raised £125 on the day.
• Optera for sponsoring Guess the Name of the Duck which raised an incredible £85 this year. (The Duck name was selected randomly on the day ‘Jerry’ and won by Izzy Hoyle)
• Everyone who sold tickets, bought tickets, or manned a stall.

The prize list this year was incredible and donated mostly by local people without whom the duck race wouldn’t be able to go ahead.

We hope you agree it was a delight to see so many families lining our beautiful brook. and cheering along their little yellow ducks.

See you again next year!

Brook lining



Drinks and Nibbles

Come along to the Parish Social chat to Parish Councillors, and peruse the displays prepared by village community groups while enjoying drinks and nibbles. The Parish Social starts at 6.30pm on 14th May 2018 in Knightlow School Hall and is followed by the Parish Council AGM at 7.30pm, and the ordinary monthly meeting at 8pm. During the AGM, the current chairman of the Parish Council will deliver his annual report, and the clerk will give an overview of the accounts. The Chair and Vice-Chair for the next 12 months, will also be elected. Reports will also be received from, the Village Hall Trustees, All Saints Church, Knightlow School Governing Body and Stretton Charities. The ordinary monthly meeting follows straight after, and includes a public forum at the beginning which is an opportunity for members of the public in attendance to comment on any business which has been raised in previous meetings, or raise matters for future consideration at subsequent meetings. Everyone is welcome at all three events, but you are not obliged to stay all evening, however all meetings will be concluded by 9.30pm. For catering purposes, please RSVP to the Parish Clerk.

Become a Parish Councillor

There are currently two vacancies on Stretton-on-Dunsmore Parish Council which need to be filled.

Anyone can be a Parish Councillor provided they are over the age of 18, are registered on the electoral for the parish, and have for the last twelve months been resident in Stretton, or owns land within the parish. Training is available on request, and some expenses can be claimed.

Your opportunity to make a real difference to your community.

Click here for further information.

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 organizes 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!