Upcoming diary dates:
Weekend of 21st/22nd April - Village Tidy-up. A list of jobs will be posted on the village hall door. NB there is no access to the village hall on the Saturday (event on at hall all day). Feel free to help as and when you can.
Monday 23rd April -7.30pm Greenfingers Gardening Club AGM, Home Farm, all welcome.
Friday 27th April - Comedy Night at the village hall in aid of Ilmington School PTA, to book contact Lucy: firstname.lastname@example.org or 077790 940079
Saturday 28th April - in Village Hall, Bridge Afternoon contact Rod Case 01608 662226
Sunday 6th May - Village May Day – keep the afternoon free! If you would like to be involved: contact Lucy: email@example.com
Wednesday 9th May - 7.30pm Parish Council meeting (AGM)
Saturday 19th May - 2pm Royal Wedding Tea Party, details to follow
Saturday 26th May Plant Swap 10am to noon, opposite Plough at The Furrows
Friday 6th July - Strettfest 2018 with an evening of food treats, entertainment, raffle, fun, frivolity and live music including 'River Deep' and 'The Feckless Ruckers'. This is a fundraising event for the village and park refurbishment.
Stretton has a Facebook account:
Join our Facebook group 'Stretton-on-Fosse Online'. We have an account so that Strettonites and friends can use it for comments about the village and events, advertise events, sell or re-cycle or ask to buy items, lost and found, start conversations about what interests you about the village, suggestions for the village hall and parish council, fund-raising, post photos etc.
The Portabello Crossroads safety improvements:
The work on improving this is due to start now in early summer. The work has apparently been delayed (again) by the fact that utilities (pipes etc) have to be moved and that some trees have to be removed to allow a good line of sight for the traffic lights planned.
The Village Playground:
We have a great play area for the children in this village. In 1999 we managed to raise enough money to install all the wooden equipment and the fencing and bark surface. An outside body checks the safety of the playground for the parish council every year and it seems that all the wooden equipment is gradually coming to the end of its life. Over the next 2-3 years we will have to replace everything except the swings, large slide, horse and igloo and 2 picnic tables. This means we will have to raise a significant amount of money, as well as applying for grants.
A playground committee is meeting to start fund-raising! For more details go to our Playground Fundraising page.
Crime and Neighbourhood Watch:
Contact Penny White on 01608 663811 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to be kept informed. Do report anything suspicious to her or directly to the police (101 for non-emergency).
The parish council gets regular reports of suspicious activity and crimes from the Shipston police which can be passed on if Penny has your email address. NB you do have to send your email address to Penny – being on the parish council newsletter list is not the same thing!
You can also sign up to the Shipston Rural Watch for reports from the police e.g. suspicious vehicles etc at: Shipston.Rural.Watch@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk
The mobile library:
There is a Warwickshire mobile library service which visits the car park of the village hall at 10.10 till 10.30 every third Friday. The next visits are on: 4/5, 25/5, 15/6, 6/7.
Each mobile service has:
large and small print titles
books for young children
no fines or charges and free book requests
information on the Internet
local, library and County Council information screens
Access and comfort:
low entrance with two small steps
ramp at the rear for wheelchair users
There is also a Home Library Service. This service delivers library books to people who can’t get to the mobile library due to ill health or disability. Contact: 01926 851031. There is additional information up on notice-boards or phone Izzi (661816) and she will bring you the information.