Month: March 2017


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.


News, Parish Council

Chairs Annual Report – 2016-17


I am further encouraged by the progress that we have made this year. I would again like to thank all of the parish councillors who, despite their full-time jobs and voluntary commitments, give their time freely and work hard for the benefit of the village throughout the year. I would also like to thank our Borough Councillor Leigh Hunt and County Councillor Philip Morris-Jones for the support they continue to show for the village. The Parish Council has achieved a great deal over the past 12 months:


  • Elections in May – 6 Members were elected unopposed – The Parish was divided into 2 Parish Wards: Clifton upon Dunsmore and Radio Station (which has 1 Member at present).
  • Sale of Air Raid Shelter – the proceeds from which will contribute towards the refurbishment of the playground and enhance other assets of the village

Policies created by the parish council to further strengthen accountability

  • Adoption of the General Power of Competence for the term of the council
  • Development of Community Grants policy and application process for local groups

Additional savings made this year

  • Significant financial savings made by the re-negotiation of a new 3 year insurance policy
  • Purchase of new Laptop, external hard drive and Printer (via successful grant application £565)
  • Defibrillator (via successful grant application £1700)

Increased communication – delivered to each household

  • Development of a 5-year plan
  • Regular Parish Council newsletters to inform residents of upcoming actions and events

Community engagement

  • Litter Picks November 2016 and March 2017 (Great British Spring Clean)
  • Creation of the parish Conservation Group. Activities included: flower festival / churchyard improvements/bulb planting etc
  • Christmas festivities – Tree and Community Carol singing
  • Training sessions for the defibrillator was made available to all residents


  • Created formal lines of communication with Newton Parish Council
  • Invitations accepted by speakers to attend meetings: Urban & Civic, RBC Local Plan Team, Traffic Calming, WCC Ground Based Solar Farm, Travellers policing team

Caring for our community

  • Resolution to refurbish play equipment (grant funding application in progress)
  • Commenced development of a Community Emergency Plan for the parish
  • Refurbishment of the car park
  • Defibrillator training day
  • Traffic Calming scheme – any day now!
  • Bi-annual Village walks to identify and rectify local issues
  • Strengthening playing fields security
  • Strengthening safeguarding of pavilion

Challenges met this year

  • Travellers were negotiated off the playing field, at no cost to the parish
  • Vandalism at the Pavilion over the summer – extra security installed
  • Reduction in the amount of Council Tax Support Grant paid to parishes
  • Old street lighting in need of updating/renewal – strategy still in planning stage

A reminder that we are currently in the process of putting together the makings of a summer fair which we plan to take place on Saturday 9 September. We are interested in collaborating with residents to help make this event as successful as possible and welcome any offers of help.

The parish council thanks those villagers who are attending parish council meetings, providing written feedback, and responding to questionnaires in increasing numbers to inform the thinking of the work that the councillors undertake. We sincerely hope that this trend continues so that we are able to address the many varied local concerns that arise.

Financial report 2016-17

The Annual Parish Meeting is held just prior to the end of the financial year. It has therefore not been possible to submit the final accounts for the year 2016-17 to support the Annual Report.

I anticipate that this will have taken place by the next parish council meeting on 3 April 2017 in the meantime; I shall present an overview of the accounts as we currently understand them. I should confirm that the accounts will be subject to the Annual Return Internal and External Audit process in June 2017, and will be available to anyone who wishes to see them during the period of public inspection.

In the meantime; the parish council began the year with £21,202 in the bank; of which around £2,570 is earmarked for the replacement of play equipment.

For the financial year 2016-17 the parish council received £23,252 in precept from the Borough Council. We also received monies from the football clubs’ use of the playing fields, from the allotments and grazing fields and we have received around £2,265 in grant funding.

The sale of the site of the former Air Raid Shelter in Church Street in April 2016 has provided the Parish Council with £64,950.  The Members agreed that 10% of the net sale will go into the Councils General Reserve to increase financial resilience and the remainder (£58,455) earmarked for the improvement of existing community facilities or purchase new facilities for the benefit of the community.

Significant outgoings this year are for the usual costs of running the parish council meetings, street lighting costs, insurance and maintenance costs associated with the pavilion, playing fields and street lighting. The cost of the refurbishment of the car park in Lilbourne Road amounted to around £8.2k.

Having started the year with funds available of £21,202 we are likely to have finished the year with a bank balance of around £81, 534.

Marion Nash
Chair – Clifton upon Dunsmore Parish Council
27 March 2017

General, News

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.

Community Safety, General, News, Parish Council, Uncategorized

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.

General, News, Parish Council

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.

News, Traffic

M1 Overnight closures

M1 Overnight closures 
uk-motorway-signOverhead gantries are being installed on the M1 between J16 and 19 and for safety reasons the motorway will be closed on the following dates: 3rd-5th April (Northbound), 10th April (Southbound), 15th-16th May (Southbound), 17th May (Northbound) 23rd May (Southbound).

The M1 is also being resurfaced between J19 and J16 –  11th-12th March J18-19 (northbound), 13th-16th March J19-18 (southbound), 18th-19th March J18-19 (northbound), 20th-23rd March J18-16 (southbound), 25-26th March J18 -19 (northbound), 1st-2nd April J19-18 (southbound).

During these times traffic will be diverted on to the A5 so please allow extra time to travel of find an alternative route.

General, News

Twinning Group Quiz

Following the very successful Film Night our next social/fundraising event is the Quiz on Saturday 25th March at the Townsend Memorial Hall (Clifton Village Hall), opposite the church and The Bull, Lilbourne Rd., Clifton. Doors open around 7.00 pm ready for the first question at 7.15 pm.

We aim to attract between 50 and 60 people so please come along and encourage your friends and family to join you.

The entry fee is £3 per person with a maximum of six people in each team. Penny will provide the nibbles; crisps, pork pie, sausage rolls etc. but please bring your own drinks and glasses. There will be questions to suit everyone and, although the quiz is intended to be fun, there will be prizes for the top teams.

Please let me know if you would like to take part as soon as you can, and if so how many people will be in your team so we can cater for the right number. Don’t worry if you can’t make up a full team, we will match you up with others in the same position.

Steve Woodford (Chairman, Rugby Evreux Twinning Association



01788 561996

General, News, Parish Council

Survey on a proposed Joint Village Event

Proposed joint Cliftonupon Dunsmore and Newton village event

Clifton upon Dunsmore and Newton are both vibrant communities with lots to offer their residents. However, the resources required to organise events and activities are limited in both villages.

The Parish Councils representing both villages would like to work together to organise a joint event which all of the community can enjoy later this year – most likely in early September, and held at the playing field; but to know a little more about what our residents would like would be very useful.

You can let us know what you think by completing our short survey, available through the link shown here . The survey will be open until 31 March 2017.

Thank you for your help.