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Play Area refurbished and Trim Trail installed

Play area openingThe Parish Council has completed the refurbishment the play area, replacing 4 pieces of ageing play equipment with new more inclusive pieces with improved safety surfacing; a new adult trim trail has also been installed at the South Road site
At a gathering to celebrate these exciting changes and to mark the completion of the works on Saturday 22 July, local residents Barbara Spiby and Jane Suddens were asked to officially declare the new play equipment ready for use. Barbara and Jane played a key part in raising funds to improve the play area.

The photograph shows the Barbara Spiby and Jane Suddens cutting the ribbon on the new Multispinner; accompanied by Marion Nash Chair of the Parish Council, the Vice Chair Alastair Robinson, and local parents and their children using the new equipment in the play area.

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Clifton Village Fete – help needed

The preparation for the first Village Fete for several years are well underway.  The Fete is being planned for Saturday 16 September.  We hope that there will be something for everyone, including a local produce show, live music, stalls and a main ring programme, and that this can be a regular feature of village life in the year to come.

However, to make the day a success we do need more people to get involved and help both before the day and on the day, itself. At the moment, we still have a small group of people involved, so even if you can just offer a couple of hours on the day to help set up the marquee any help would be greatly appreciated, and we would love to hear from you.

If you feel you can help out in some way please contact Alastair Robinson on 07771 945290 or drop an email to  The next meeting of the organising group is due to take place in The Bull on Tuesday 13 June at 7.00pm, why not come along and find out more.

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Warwickshire Local Welfare Summer Scheme

The Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis.

It provides basic and essential help for food and energy. This is provided either in emergency food parcels or with credit for energy. It is not a cash benefit­.

The Scheme also provides help to those whose needs are more long term, who are vulnerable through an ongoing set of circumstances rather than an immediate crisis.

This includes people that are care leavers, victims of domestic violence, former armed forces personnel, or those resettling in a community after a custodial term. Help might take the form of help in furnishing accommodation with basic furniture and appliances.

The Local Welfare Scheme will also signpost customers in the direction of other agencies and organisations who can offer help and support.

We also recognise that some families who are struggling financially and are eligible for free school meals have difficulty covering the 6 or 7 week period when their children are off school in the summer.

This Scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need this summer, by supporting families with the cost of food for their children over the summer holidays.

The eligibility criterion for this offer over the summer holidays is that parents are registered for free school meals (not universal FSM) before 14th July 2017.

All partners are being asked to identify any parents who meet the eligibility criteria and refer them to the Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme.

The telephone contact number is 0800 408 1448 or 01926 359182. Applications can be made by yourself or the customer. When calling, please make reference to the eligibility for free school meals and explain how the customer is struggling financially. If you are asking the customer to call and apply themselves, could you please ask that they also provide the above information.

In the meantime, if you have any questions on any of the above please contact Leanne Silverwood on either of the above numbers of via email


Home Compost Bins – special offers from Warwickshire County Council

Food and garden waste should be kept out of the residual grey bin where possible for environmental and financial reasons.  However, there is some food waste that is unavoidable such as vegetable peelings.  Here are some ways to recycle the unavoidable food waste at home depending on the amount of food waste you think you create at home.

Mainly food waste

Green coneGreen cones are the best way to compost your food waste if you don’t have much garden waste to mix it with.  They can take all food waste including meat, dairy and fish.


Green cones are available to buy from WCC for £20.00.


50% food waste, 50% garden waste

Green Johanna If you produce an equal amount of food and garden waste, we would recommend a hot bin such as the Green Johanna.  It will safely compost all food and garden waste including meat, dairy and fish.  It does require an equal mix of garden and food waste to produce good compost.

Green Johannas are available to buy from WCC for £30.00


Mainly garden waste with a small amount of food waste

If you produce a lot of garden waste and only a small amount of food waste a cold compost bin is the best option. Composter You can’t compost meat, dairy or fish but the cold compost will be able to cope better with a higher mix of garden waste.

Cold compost bins are available to buy from WCC for £10.00.

For more information on how to purchase any of the compost bins please visit or call us on 01926 412593.


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Clifton Tennis Club – Fees for new members slashed

Tennis ClubThe weather is improving, the nights getting lighter and the tennis season is about to start. If you would like to try your hand at tennis then Clifton Tennis Club is offering some great deals this year so don’t miss out. The Club has slashed its annual membership for new members; Junior £10, Intermediate (16 to 20 years) £10, Adult £35 and Family £60.

Social tennis is available on Thursdays evenings from 6.00 pm, contact Steve Woodford on 01788 561996. If you do not want to commit to joining the club before you have tried our social tennis then just come along on Thursday evening and have a couple of weeks for free before deciding.

Club sessions are also held on Tuesdays from 5.30 pm where there are opportunities to play league standard tennis and to be selected for the Club’s teams. Contact James Waghorn on 01788 570794.

Sue Robinson will be running junior tennis coaching again this year. Please contact Sue on 01788 567222 or Steve Woodford on 01788 561996 if you are interested.

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Come along and learn how to save a life.

Rugby First Responders 2017 Logo Hi-ResThe Parish Council is organising 2 awareness sessions, to be run by Rugby First Responders at the Townend Memorial Hall in Clifton upon Dunsmore on Saturday 25 March 2017.

The sessions will demonstrate life saving skills such as CPR, choking, recovery position etc and  show residents how the new Community Defibrillator works. dEFIB

The sessions will run at 10am and 11.15am. Please book a place to avoid disappointment by contacted the Clerk here or by telephoning 07786 102789.

Refreshments will be served between 10.45 and 11.15am, with an opportunity to complete the residents surveys on the proposed Joint Village Event and the proposed Adult Trim Trail.

Please note that the sessions are considered suitable for people aged 12 years and over.

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Would you use a ‘Trim Trail’?

The Parish Council is considering the purchase of some pieces of outdoor gym equipment (usually know as a Trim Trail’) for adults to use at the playing fields, using a developer funding contribution of around £7k.Trim Trail
This type of equipment which usually consists of several different pieces to exercise different parts of the body; has proved popular in many locations around the country, and can be used to improve fitness by those who do not want, or cannot afford to use a formal gym. Some of the equipment is accessible for use by people with disabilities.

Trim Trail woodenPlease help us to find out whether the purchase of the Trim Trail equipment will be viable, by completing the survey here.

Thank you for your help.