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 Wolston Neighbourhood Plan
Notice of Designation

Rugby Borough Council have now formally approved the designation of Wolston Parish as a Neighbourhood Plan area. The approval was given on 16th November 2015. A copy of the notice of designation is here, and the RBC page with details of responses to the consultation is here.

The lights on the village Christmas tree will turned on at 6pm on Friday 27th November.

Help - If you able to lend a hand to help erect the tree at midday on Monday 23rd it would be greatly appreciated !  

Anti Social Behaviour
At the last Parish Council meeting on 6th November a spirited discussion took place about the continued problems with anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Wolston. A number of residents gave examples of the problems they were experiencing and felt fervently that the situation could not continue.The Chairman advised that the Police are being made aware of the problems as they arise but the issue they have is catching people in the act and gaining enough evidence about who is causing the problems.

ASB in Wolston is one the priority aspects for the Police due to the ongoing problems, but residents were asked to continue reporting incidents to the Police on 101, because even if the Police don’t turn up the report will still be logged on their system, and if people stop reporting incidents then the Police will assume the situation has improved.

The Chairman and Councillors agreed with the strong opinions voiced by residents that the problem in the village is adversely affecting the quality of life of many residents in the village, including the fact that people should be able to have a peaceful nights sleep in their own home.

Borough Cllr. Derek Poole said that it appears to be the same group of people causing problems around the village and, on hearing the views of residents, agreed to invite the appropriate Police ‘Safer Neighbourhood’ Inspector to the next Parish Council meeting on 3rd December to listen to the concerns of residents.

Since the meeting we have confirmation that (emergencies excepted) both Inspector Karl Faulkner and Sergeant Sarah Masters will be at the Wolston Parish Council meeting of Thursday 3rd December, in the Village Hall, to hear your concerns about ASB in Wolston. The public for
um starts at 7.15pm, but if you want to chat to Inspector Faulkner or Sergeant Masters then it is recommended that you arrive a little earlier.

Wolston - Remembrance Sunday

The road through Wolston from Main Street to Meadow Road was closed to through traffic on Sunday morning, from 10:30 a.m., to allow preparations for the annual Remembrance service at the War Memorial.

Under leaden skies, villagers stood awaiting the arrival of the uniformed organisations who walk in procession down from the Baptist Church. The united Churches service started at 10.45 a.m.led by Reverend Kevin Flanagan and Reverend Neil Moore-Smith, and they welcomed everyone.

The simple, dignified service, in the sheltered setting away from the hustle and bustle of the village centre, is always a very moving occasion. The choice of hymn, “Our God, our help in ages past” seemed to bridge the generations and was well sung, without the aid of music. It is always very poignant, as part of the Act of Remembrance, to hear the reading of the roll-call of those from the village who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts from the First World War to the war in Afghanistan.

The Last Post sounded out and the members of the uniformed organisations lowered their standards in silent tribute as a hush fell over Main Street. After Reveille was sounded, to mark the end of the silence, the laying of wreaths was led by Major Ann Cartwright from Brandon on behalf of both churches in Wolston. Colour Sergeant Billy Henry laid a wreath on behalf of “A” Company in memory of Colour Sergeant Phillip Newman from Wolston, who lost his life in 2007 on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Sergeant Daniel Bilclough, who was born in the village and serves in the RAF, laid a wreath remembering the courageous men from the village whose sacrifice is recorded on the memorial.

Cllr. Graham Fewkes laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council. Graham has assumed the responsibility for ensuring that the memorial is prepared each year for the service by removing and disposing of the old wreaths and making sure that access to the memorial and the stone steps are clean. After the service he ensures the wreaths are secured. Mrs Marion Fewkes, laid a wreath on behalf of the village. She is one of the ladies responsible for transforming the war memorial garden and securing a Gold Award for its entry in the “Rugby in Bloom” competition this year.
Tony Hardy-King laid a wreath commemorating the old servicemen and women of Wolston. Tony has maintained the flagpole adjacent to the memorial for a number of years and ensured that there is always a pristine flag flying to recognise the sacrifice of those who gave everything for their village and country. The final wreath was laid by one of the younger members of the village, Ben Mulley, on behalf of the youth uniformed organisations. The outdoor service drew to a close and the uniformed organisations led the way to St Margaret’s Church where the final part of the service took place.

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Act of Remembrance in Wolston and made it such a special event.


Wolston Neighbourhood Plan
Our Wolston - Our Choice

Wolston is creating a Neighbourhood Plan which will enable us to shape how our community develops in the future. Our Plan, when adopted, will be a binding part of the Rugby BC Local Plan, valid for the Local Plan period to 2031. The Neighbourhood Plan will enable us to identify and protect important local green spaces, choose (not be told !) where any new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built, influence what any new buildings should look like, identify shared aspirations for the future of Wolston and develop a common vision for our neighbourhood.

As a first step we will shortly distribute a simple questionnaire to all houses in Wolston, the responses to which will help with development of an initial more detailed community wide questionnaire. We will keep you updated, and seek your input, at approximately six weekly intervals during development of the Neighbourhood Plan, and would also welcome any support or skill you are able to offer.
For more info email: ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk

Wolston Parish Council - Annual Audit
The Parish Council Audit 2015 has recently been completed.
The auditor's report is here.


Rugby in Bloom - Gold Award for Wolston Garden
Congratulations to Marion Fewkes & Caroline Payne, War Memorial garden volunteers, for achieving a Gold Award in this year's Rugby in Bloom competition for their 'Edible Planting' entry.
More details here

Help stamp out fly tipping !



Local photographs needed !
Are you an amateur photographer ? Do you have any
images that capture the look, feel or natural world of Wolston ? The Wolston Village website is having a major refresh with new operating software and as part of this new look we want to include (about 16, but could be more) images that capture the essence of where we live. If you have an image that you would like included then please contact the webmaster@wolston.me.uk with details - no need to send the images yet ! The pictures will be used as small headers for the main pages with (if you wish) a click through to a higher resolution image and full credits.
If you would like to discuss please call 024 7654 4015.

Do you want an allotment ?
Only a few spaces left so if you have ever considered
growing your own fruit and veg but don't have the space
at home call Tony Howes now on 024 7654 3690
to reserve your plot !

 Community Speed Watch – Volunteers needed !
Are you fed up with the sometimes insane speed that cars travel through Wolston and Brandon ? Did you know that there is a group of volunteers that operate a Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme in both villages that monitors vehicles speed with a police approved speed monitoring device ?
Read more ...
Silver Surfers
Are you over 50 and would like to be able to use the internet or send an email? Wolston Library have just the thing for you on Monday afternoons between 3-5 PM. Look here for details.
Report that pothole!
Have you seen a fault in the road or a pothole that needs fixing? If it's in Wolston just click here and enter the details. For potholes anywhere else click here.
Become a Blood Donor
The next visit of the National Blood Service donation team to Wolston is on Saturday 9th May 2015,
from 0945 - 1530.
Call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment. ... more

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Secure your shed !
Our local police have advised of a spate of burglaries in the rural villages, largely targeted at garden sheds, garages and cars. In many cases these have not been properly secured and the police have requested that all residents please make sure that your property is fully secured to make this theft more difficult. If you do see suspicious activity please call the police non-emergency number 101 to report it.

Police 101
You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require a 999 emergency response. For example, call 101 if:
X Your car has been stolen;
X You observe anti-social behaviour;
X Your property has been damaged;
X You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood.
Also call 101 to report a minor traffic collision, give the police information about crime in your area or to speak to the police about a general enquiry. All calls to 101 are logged and given a reference number, and by calling 101 you help our local police to understand how and where to target their resources. All calls to 101 cost 15p.

Alternatively, for absolute anonymity, call
Warwickshire Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
X Crimestoppers does not ask information givers to go to court;
X Calls to Crimestoppers do not appear on your bill;
X Crimestoppers is independent of the police. 

Highspeed Broadband Connection
Voucher Scheme

A new scheme has been launched in Warwickshire to enable eligible businesses and voluntary organisations to claim grants of up to £3000 towards the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is now available to any business, charity or voluntary organisation and can cover both fixed solutions, usually fibre connections, or wireless solutions such as satellite or microwave broadband where fibre is not available.
Look here for details

Tollbar Island
Work to open the new bridges that form part of the new larger roundabout at Tollbar Island has been delayed due to the contractors finding some problems with the bridge supports. Repair and strengthening work is underway and GallifordTry advise that the bridges will open as soon as this new work is complete.

DVLA Tax Checker
Did you know that it is now easy to check whether a vehicle is fully taxed and has a valid MoT certificate ? The DVLA have recently added a new feature to their website which makes it very easy to check, so if you want to know about your own vehicle, or are suspicious about another vehicle you may see. Search for ‘DVLA Tax Check’ or go to www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk and enter the registration number and make to receive an immediate response. If a suspicious vehicle does not have valid tax or MoT then you can report it on the police non-emergency number 101.