Community Safety, General, News

Clifton upon Dunmore Conservation Group

img_20160924_121921Firstly, a big thank you to all those residents that volunteered to be part of the Conservation Group and the contribution made since its launch early 2016.  Due to work commitments however, the number of volunteers has reduced and, to achieve the ambitious targets we agreed at the launch, we need more people to help.

This is a sociable group that has been known to stop work for bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea!  So, if you are able to volunteer we need people that would be willing to restore conservation-group-1Noticeboards, clear weeds, paint, plant bulbs and anything else that will enhance the Parish of Clifton upon Dunsmore.

Contact Councillor Lesley Edwards on 07973849335 or email for more information.

General, News

Home to School Transport – consultation

Warwickshire County Council is undertaking a consultation on some proposed changes to its Home to School Transport Policy. The changes may affect people living in the parish.

Full details of the consultation can be found at

Warwickshire County Council is keen to hear the views on our proposals. There are a number of different ways you can tell us what you think.

Our preferred option is for you to complete the online survey at:

If you are unable to complete the survey online, you can request a paper copy of the survey by using the email address below or by calling 01926 412929 (Option 1).

You can also contact us in one of the following ways:

In Writing – send your views to:

In Person – You can also attend one of the drop-in sessions  detailed below in order to ask questions about the proposals.

School Transport Consultation Poster A4

General, News

Rugby Evreux Twinning Success


This year’s twinning weekend in Evreux was a great success, with around 60 French and English people, of all ages, taking part. The English visitors were welcomed at a reception in Evreux Town Hall on Friday evening by Medhat Samwil, the president of the Evreux twinning association. The English families then went to the homes of their respective French friends to enjoy drinks and dinner.

On Saturday the whole group visited the small seaside resort of Etratat, the location for one of Monet’s paintings. After an excellent lunch in a local restaurant, the highlight of the day was to be a guided tour of the Benedictine Monastery in Fecamp. Unfortunately, the tour was interrupted by a fire alarm and everyone was evacuated from the monastery and spent the remainder of the visit watching the local firemen. Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm, but it was then too late to continue the tour and the group returned to Evreux.

On Sunday the English families enjoyed free time with their French hosts at home or visiting local places of interest.

The Rugby Evreux Twinning Association has several families living in Clifton and has been exchanging with French families in Evreux for nearly fifty years. Each year the visits alternate between visiting Evreux and hosting in Rugby.

If you are interested in joining this friendly group which meets regularly throughout the year for social events please contact the chairman Steve Woodford on 01788 561996 who would be pleased to give you more information about the organisation.

General, News, Parish Council

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.

General, News, Parish Council

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.

General, News

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.