General, News

TMH Trustee (Treasurer) vacancy

Townsend Memorial Hall

      Vacancy Invite applications for the position       



Applicants should preferably have knowledge of charity operation
and have previous experience of dealing with accounts.

    Apply, by email to our Chairperson ,

                  Mr David Glover


    By 12noon on Friday 24thAugust 2018

Community Safety, General, News

Clifton Neighbourhood Watch update – July 2018

At the time of writing there have been no reported crimes during the last period.

The police have been active checking the speed of vehicles in the village. Of 1672 vehicles checked 51 were speeding (approximately 3%). Most were between 30 and 40 mph, but 5 were doing 42mph, 2 – 43mph, 1 – 44mph and 2 – 46mph.

Please remember to keep vehicles, houses, garages, sheds etc. secure at all times.

You can receive details of crimes in Clifton by joining the police Community Messaging Service. You will receive eMails from the police from time to time to make you aware of crimes in Clifton, details of local scams and fraudulent activity, crime prevention advice etc. To join this service go to;

Please remember the MOBILE POLICE STATION is available for you in Lilbourne Rd from 11.00am to 12.00 noon on specific dates. The next one will be in September and notices will be placed on the village notice boards.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Chairman David Glover on 01788 535574

Community Safety, News

Warwickshire residents warning around cowboy gardeners

Warwickshire householders are being ripped off by doorstep cowboy gardeners who charge thousands for poor quality work and then illegally dump the garden rubbish they create.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards is advising residents not to accept offers of gardening services from unexpected doorstep callers and thoroughly check anyone they are considering employing, for example those who advertise by flyers and cards dropped through the letterbox.

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“Rogue gardeners know little or nothing about trees and plants and will often just attempt to cut down anything they see before illegally dumping the garden waste, leaving your garden in a worse state than before!”

“You can’t tell a good gardener from a bad one on the doorstep, so consider following our five top tips to achieve a beautiful garden.”

1)Rogue gardeners hide behind false names and addresses. Never buy from the door and always ensure you know where a trader is based before you employ them.

2) Legitimate traders should have public liability insurance to cover any damage they might cause to your property (or your neighbours). This is especially important if you are employing a gardener/landscaper/tree surgeon to trim branches or remove trees.

3) Look for a gardener with a professional qualification. There are many different schemes available, such as NVQ, HND, NPTC and RHS.

4) Seek written quotes from a number of gardening/landscaping businesses before you choose a service.

5) If you’re not sure who to turn to, consider ‘No Rogue Traders Here’, Warwickshire Trading Standards Service’s trusted trader scheme (phone 0800 233 5000), or other recognised schemes.

Warwickshire residents wishing to make a complaint about goods or services they have purchased can do so by contacting Warwickshire Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

More information about the work of Warwickshire trading standards service is available on the Warwickshire website:

General, News, Traffic

Good news about the traffic calming scheme!

At long last the traffic calming in Clifton is about to become a reality! After several months/years of work the following update was received this morning from a senior Warwickshire County Council officer: “The works to install these measures will take place during the Warwickshire Schools 6 week holiday period, the contractor has given us a date of Monday 24th July for the start of works and this will be confirmed once the Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TTROs) have been agreed. Furthermore, the construction working day will be restricted to off-peak hours (09.00 to 15.00 or 09.30 to 15.30), at this stage there are no proposals to undertake work outside of these times.

The contractor, Balfour Beatty, is currently working with the WCC street works team to refine their delivery works programme, ensuring that the relevant works permits and TTROs are in place and that our associated diversion routes do not affect orders/works/diversion routes for major projects in the area that have a prior booking in place. Through these discussion there will be various aspects of how and when the contractor will deliver the works to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

“We are currently compiling a letter that provides information regarding the imminent works, this will be hand delivered to the residents, businesses and stakeholders of Clifton upon Dunsmore.”

This is great news, and a huge relief after what has not been an easy process. Yes, there will be some disruption whilst the works take place, but the inconvenience will be minimised as far as possible and at the end of it residents will have what they have been demanding for years: a 20Mph zone through the centre of the village; a comprehensive speed reduction plan; a 7.5 tonne weight limit; improved village entrances and (hopefully) less traffic and certainly slower traffic.

News, Parish Council

Results of the Village Fete charity donations survey

The results of the residents survey on which local charity should benefit from any profits from the 2018 Village Fete have now been collated.

They are are follows:

Warwickshire Air Ambulance 42.31% total votes 22
Hope4 Rugby 25.00% total votes 13
Rugby Myton Hospice 21.15% total votes 11
Rugby First Responders 19.23% total votes 10
Rugby Pawprints 15.38% total votes 8

Total Respondents: 52

General, News

Have you say on health needs in your area

A survey has been launched to find out more about the unique health and wellbeing needs of Warwickshire’s various local communities.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) and its partners recognise that the needs of different communities throughout the county will differ greatly depending on a range of factors such as population demographics, infrastructure, community safety and many more.

As part of a larger project to gain more insight into life in Warwickshire’s communities, a survey has opened for residents to let the county council know what, in their opinion, the current health and wellbeing needs of their area are and any ideas they have for improvement.

The responses to this survey will form part of the 2018-2020 Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and will help inform service delivery and development.

Councillor Les Caborn, WCC Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Understanding people’s needs on a local level and improving our knowledge of existing community and third sector provision in local areas will enable us to ensure the right service is delivered in the right place at the right time to the right people. There is no-one better placed to tell us about the needs of a community than the people who live there – whether you have a lot to say or there’s just a couple of things you want us to know, we want to hear from you.”

The survey will close on Sunday 15 July and takes about ten minutes to complete. To have your say, go to

General, News, Rugby Borough

Summer consultation for Local Plan changes

THE LEADER of Rugby Borough Council, Cllr Michael Stokes, has announced that there is to be a formal consultation on changes to the document that sets out where in the borough should be allocated for housing and employment.

The consultation on changes to the Local Plan is likely to take place over the summer, and will be for eight weeks instead of the statutory six to allow additional time during the holiday period.

It will seek the views of residents, businesses, developers, parish councils and any other interested parties on changes that were proposed during the public examination of the plan, held earlier this year.

Changes include suggested amendments put forward by the independent inspector responsible for the public examination, Mr Mike Hayden, as well as the many others that were discussed during the examination sessions.

Cllr Stokes said: “The council welcomes the initial feedback from the Local Plan Inspector and officers are currently working with the Inspector to agree the detailed modifications necessary.

“It should be noted that the vast majority of Local Plans submitted to the Secretary of State experience a similar level of modification through the Examination process and that our plan is not unusual in this regard. The vast majority of the Plan and the Development Strategy for the Borough remain as agreed by the Council.

“On this basis, Cabinet are minded to accept the modifications proposed by the Inspector as outlined in his letter, and to progress our corporate objective of adopting an up to date plan as soon as possible.

“Because the Inspector’s modifications and the other modifications proposed during the examination must be subject to public consultation, it is currently anticipated that Council could be recommended to adopt the plan in its modified state by December 2018.”

Cllr Stokes has asked council officers to arrange a special meeting of the council’s Cabinet, which will deal with the democratic and constitutional process to allow the consultation to take place. As of 25 June 2018, it is anticipated that this meeting will take place in early August 2018.

More information on the Local Plan can be found at

Community Safety, News

Clifton Neighbourhood Watch – June 2018

At the time of writing there have been no reported crimes since the numerous thefts from vehicles last month. The police have asked everyone in the village not to leave their cars unlocked when unattended, even for a short period of time. It is very easy for a criminal to walk around the village checking car doors until he finds one that is open and then he can help himself to anything that is in it. The same goes for open garage doors.

Those of you that signed up for the police Community Messaging Service will have received eMails from the police advising you of current police activity, scams, fraudulent activity etc. To join this service go to; The police have been using their HGV spotter vehicle to identify driving offences. There has been an increase in criminal activity using texts and eMails. Criminals have been active in the area offering a drive/block paving cleaning service quoting £100, but once they have started the work the cost trebles and they will not back down, they are persistent and aggressive; don’t ask callers to do the work, find a professional.

Please remember the MOBILE POLICE STATION is available for you in Lilbourne Rd. from 11.00am to 12.00 noon on the dates displayed on the village notice boards.

All households in the village are covered by Clifton NHW so there is no need to apply for membership. However, if you would like to know more or take an active part in Clifton NHW please contact Chairman David Glover on 01788 535574

General, News

Provider Marketplace and Jobs Fair coming to Benn Hall

Why not come along to this great event and find out about the range of support available across Rugby. Over 30 organisations will be in attendance plus a range of employers who are currently recruiting in your area! Employers include Tesco, 24/7, Pertemps, Eden Futures, and Lotus Care.

Date: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Time: 10am to 12.30pm
Venue: Benn Hall (Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN)

There will be a range of advice on offer from saving money on your water bills with the Severn Trent Big Difference Scheme to support available through Act On Energy.

Do you know about the help available from the Veterans Contact Point or Royal British Legion?

Are you aware of the Work Routes programme available through Reed in Partnership or support with self employment through Inclusive Partnerships or Standguide with the New Enterprise Allowance Programme?

Maybe you would like to find out about the support offered by MIND through the Recovery Colleges?

Or the vast range of support available through the Benn Partnership!