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Recent traveller incursion at Washbourne Field

Whitnash Town Council would like to thank residents living close to Washbbourne Field for their patience during the recent traveller incursion at the park.

Whilst there was a lot of trouble with the traveller incursion that happened last year, this time it involved a much smaller group, who by and large caused little or no trouble or anti social behaviour during the time they were there.

Because there were so few complaints about specific incidents, the Police did not invoke the Section 61 notice to move the travellers on at very short notice. The Police use this at their discretion if it is felt that incidents of anti social behaviour or criminality are at a level such that they need to act to move them on immediately. As these travellers caused no such issues, and the Police received so few reports of any trouble, they therefore did not have cause to use the Section 61.

The Town Council moved quickly on the Saturday morning to prepare the paperwork to serve to the travellers giving them 24 hours to vacate the site. However, they did not, at that point do so, and as the Police were not going to issue a Section 61 notice, the Town Council had to then go through the legal process followed by every council up and down the country that is faced with the same situation, and had to apply for a court order.

To get this required a slot in the court, and unfortunately, the slot given was several days away on the following Monday, by which time, the travellers would have occupied the park for around 10 days.

The travellers had all moved on by the Tuesday morning, but behind the scenes the council office staff, the Town Clerk, the Mayor, the chair of Hall & Playing Fields Committee, and several other town councillors, together with our Whitnash SNT Police team, were involved in trying to resolve the issue.

As a result, the defences at Chandlers Road and Washbourne Road have been significantly upgraded by the addition of soil mounds. These will be 'finessed' over time, and the intention would be to grass these over. The council would like to thank residents who helped councillors move some soil that had been delivered.

The Town Council will review security at the site, and consider more measures if necessary. Some measures are already under discussion.

Since the departure of the travellers, we engaged the clean up teams from Warwick District Council to remove rubbish and litter left behind by the travellers, and this was largely done within a day. There is some further clean up work to be done, but we hope this will be completed imminently.

Once again, many thanks to residents for their patience and understanding during this time. It must be stressed that both the council and the Police were in contact with these travellers throughout, and whilst their presence on the field was an irritation and inconvenience, they seemed to respect the park, and as a result, there has been no destruction of the field itself, or the play equipment, and the bulk of the rubbish was placed in the large wheelie bin that was provided (and which they requested).

Hopefully things will now return to normal, and residents can once more walk their dogs, let their children on the play equipment, or play football/basketball at Washbourne Field.

If you see anything that needs attention, please call the Town Council office to report it, or tell one of your councillors, and we will try to sort it as soon as we can.


The Whitnash fallen of World War 1 remembered

To commemorate the end of the 1st World War, and the Armistice signed on 11th November 1918, The Mayor of Whitnash, Cllr Terry Shepherd, instigated the provision of commemorative poppies to be placed on lamp posts along Whitnash Road and Heathcote Road, through the town.

Earlier in the summer, Cllr Shepherd commissioned the new flower bed on Chapel Green in the town, which was built for the centenary, and there he placed a commemorative plaque. The flower bed now continues the WW1 theme, being filled with red geraniums.

World War 1, otherwise referred to as “The Great War”, was described as the ‘war to end all wars’ – something that sadly proved not to be the case. To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the War, these poppies are intended to remember the casualties of the conflict, and especially those who were from the town of Whitnash, and who never returned.

Some of these poppies feature the names of all of our fallen, who were from the town, and who are also remembered on the Whitnash War Memorial.

The names of those include the following:

World War I
Private HENRY JAMES SIDNEY GREEN ALLIBONE 266607, 1st/7th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 28 on 30 October 1918. MONTECCHIO PRECALCINO COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.

Rifleman A T BATCHELOR Y/1251, 4th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps who died on 09 November 1918. GHISSIGNIES BRITISH CEMETERY.

E E BATCHELOR. Killed in action in the First World War.

Private SYDNEY RICHARD BIFFIN MM S/110309, 2nd Bn., Seaforth Highlanders who died age 28 on 02 November 1918 Son of John William Biffin of "Avondale," St. Margaret's Terrace, Whitnash, Leamington Spa. PRESEAU COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Private H BUTLER 25966, 20th Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died age 22 on 03 June 1917 Son of Alfred and Sarah Ann Butler, of Leamington Spa. DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION.

Corporal GEORGE DUDLEY WALTER CHIMES 33034, 6th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry who died age 34 on 07 October 1916 Son of Major G. M. Chimes, (R.E.), and Mrs. Chimes, of Gordon House, Whitnash, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private ARTHUR DUCKETT 28809, 11th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 25 on 09 October 1917 Son of John and Julia Duckett, of Southam, Rugby, Warwickshire. VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURES No.1 and No. 2

Private ALBERT GEORGE MANN 330771, 2nd/5th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 26 on 04 November 1917 Son of George and Harriett Mann; husband of Alice Mann, of Shutford, Banbury, Oxon. Born at Moreton Morrell, Warwick. SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, FAMPOUX

Corporal WILLIAM CHARLES OWEN MM 658, 1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 29 on 18 July 1918 Son of Thomas Owen, of Lillington, Warwickshire; husband of Mrs. V. M. George (formerly Owen), of 8, Barracks, Whitnash, Leamington Spa. LE VERTANNOY BRITISH CEMETERY, HINGES

Private FREDERICK PARKER 12460, 11th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died age 31 on 13 August 1916 Son of Thomas Morris Parker, of 9, Little Duke St., Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and the late Hannah Parker. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

A OSBORNE. Killed in action in the First World War.


"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

- Robert Laurence Binyon



Warning to South Warwickshire residents about vehicle crime

Using a new series of short videos, Warwickshire County Council community safety and key strategic partners are warning residents in South Warwickshire of the risk of thefts from vehicles this summer.

The new videos – presented from the point of view of a fictional car thief organization (Warwickshire Automobile Thieves Society) – will be supported by a poster campaign at car parks in the South of Warwickshire and show exactly what car thieves are looking for and just how easy valuables can fall prey to these criminals when they are left on display.

Follow the link below for more information.



Warwickshire Trading Standards Electric Blanket Safety Campaign 2018

Warwickshire residents are being urged to book their free electric blanket test now. Bookings are now open to all residents aged 50+.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards is launching its annual electric blanket safety testing campaign. Have your electric blanket safety tested FREE of charge this coming October.

In 2017, one in every three of the electric blankets tested failed and faulty electric blankets are a known cause of house fires.

For more information on the free tests, please click on the link below.



Sports Development Networking Event

Please see attached for advanced notice of a Sports Development Networking event at Warwick Trident College, Poseiden Way, in November.


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