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Festival of Sport – 11th June – an Olympic Games themed event

Festival of Sport, on June 11th is an Olympic Games themed event organised by charity Kids Run Free, and aims to get Leamington active!

As summer and the Rio Olympic Games approach Kids Run Free invites youngsters and their families to join the KRF Festival of Sport that showcases the best sports activity providers in Leamington and surrounding areas at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington on Saturday 11th June between 10am and 2pm.

Kids Run Free is a national children’s charity based in Leamington Spa with a mission to create fun, sustainable running opportunities for 0-16 year olds, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity and allowing them to become healthier, happier, more confident children. To achieve this, the charity organises free running regular events in parks and green spaces in towns and cities around the UK. They are also the organisers of the popular Kids’ Marathon initiative that runs in primary schools.
The charity’s newest venture, the Festival of Sport, will be packed with displays and activities delivered by local sports and activity providers, which are designed to inspire children to ‘get active’. In addition Kids Run Free is now inviting various sports groups, schools, scouts, brownies as well as families to create teams of 12 children to enter their Kids’ Marathon challenge. All children taking part in this challenge will receive a goodie bag and the much coveted Kids Run Free medal.
2012 London Olympic Torchbearer Peter Frazier who made history in 1981 by becoming the first transplant survivor in the world to run a marathon and who has represented Great Britain 6 times at the World Transplant Games, winning various medals including gold at Athens in 1982 and again at Sidney in 1997; and Owusu Dako GB Sprinter who competed in the 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics are two sport personalities that the charity has engaged to attend the event and award the children their medals. Other local personalities have been invited, such as the Mayor of Leamington and Chris White MP.
As Kids Run Free is based in Leamington Spa and it has received much needed support from the town during its 4 years of existence, allowing it to gain national recognition, the Pump Room Gardens was the obvious choice to hold this magnificent event. Various local personalities and businesses have financially and otherwise supported this initiative; amongst these are Chris White MP, Love Leamington, Leamington Round Table, 29th May 1961 Trust, Heart of England Community Fund, Warwickshire Town Council, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs and Wright Hassall.
Sarah Perry, Wright Hassall’s Managing Partner, said “We were proud to be the only
Midlands law firm to be on The London 2012 Pro Bono Legal Advice and Representation
Service which provided legal advice to accredited athletes, coaches and team officials
participating in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We can’t believe that it is
four years since London and we’re delighted to support Kids Run Free with their legacy
Chris White MP stated: “The Festival of Sport will be an excellent showcase of what is on
offer locally and a great family event. Promoting sport and healthy lifestyles is important and
I pay tribute to Kids Run Free for their work in this area.”
The charity’s Founder CEO, Martine Verweij added “We are so grateful for the support
Leamington businesses and the local community have shown for this event and we know
this will be a day to remember with the support of sportsmen Peter Frazier and Owusu Dako”
The event is open to all ages and the charity is expecting 500 children and their families to
join the festivities. Children will receive a goodie bag and the chance to be part of a unique
experience in the heart of Leamington Spa. To enter a team for the Kids’ Marathon
challenge please email Sam Young on sam@kidsrunfree.co.uk or call 07711349592/ 01926

Kids Run Free A3 Poster
Notes to Editor:
Kids Run Free is a charity based in Leamington Spa with the mission to create fun,
sustainable running opportunities for 0-16 year olds, igniting their passion for sport and
physical activity and allowing them to become healthier, happier, more confident children.
Kids’ Marathon is an exciting project from children’s charity Kids Run Free. The project aims
to give school children the opportunity to complete a marathon throughout the course of the
school year by running laps of a course once or twice a week during their lunch break. The
concept is based on personal achievement rather than competition - this encourages all
children, regardless of fitness ability to take part by running as much or as little as they
For further PR and Marketing contact Carmen Old on carmen@kidsrunfree.co.uk, mob: 07711
For interviews please contact the Project Manager, Samantha Young on sam@kidsrunfree.co.uk


Warwickshire Trading Standards Newsletter

For the latest information on scams to watch out for, please follow the link below to the Warwickshire Trading Standards newsletter.

Warwickshire Trading Standards newsletter


Whitnash War Memorial – search for surviving family members

Whitnash War Memorial Appeal

Whitnash Town Council are appealing for surviving family members of a Whitnash man, who fought and died in the First World War, to come forward. As someone who was a resident of the town, the Town Council is keen to find out if his family would like his name to be added to the War Memorial on the green in front of St Margaret’s Church, Whitnash Road.

Private William Franklin Biddle, of the 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, 5th Brigade, 2nd British Infantry Division, was killed in action on 2nd November 1914, aged 30. Significant research has been carried out to try to find out more about Mr Biddle, in order to help try to trace any of his living relatives

William was born on 31st March 1884 in Whitnash, and was the eldest son of ten children. His father was Mr William Biddle (born 14th July 1851, Harbury, died October 1914, Leamington aged 63), and his mother was Mrs Rosa Ann (nee: Franklin) Biddle (born 2nd January 1853, Harbury, married 26th February 1872, Harbury, died 1897, Warwick, aged 44) of Earl Street, Leamington

William was married to Mrs Miriam Ethel (nee: Burd) Biddle (born January 1885, Kensington, London, married 3rd March 1908, Fulham, London, died September 1946, Staines, Middlesex, aged 61) of No 26 Rectory Road, Parsons Green, London

They had three children: Ruth Marguerite Rosa Biddle (1908-1992), Samuel Willie Biddle (1909-?), and Robert Harry Biddle (1914-1990).

By 1891, the family were residing at No 41 St Johns Road, Leamington, after having moved from Harbury, Whitnash and Emscote, and where William’s father was employed locally as a gardener, and his sister Florence as a domestic servant.

By 1901, the family had moved to No 93 Queen Street after their mother Rosa died in 1897. William, then aged 18, was employed as a domestic groom. Of his sisters, Florence had left home, Emma, who was 18, was a domestic servant, and Mary, aged 20, was employed as a dressmaker.

Sadly, William was killed in action on 2nd November 1914 near Nantes, aged 30. William’s body was never recovered, or his grave was lost, and he is now commemorated on Panel 38 on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

In the UK Army Registers of Soldier’s Effects, 1901-1929, William is recorded as No 142264, leaving Miriam £3.12s.3d.

On the 27th July 1920 Miriam and their youngest Robert embarked at Liverpool on-board the “Melita” bound for Quebec, Canada, where they arrived on the 21st August to join her brother Bruce Benjamin (1894-1964).

In 1921 Miriam and Robert are recorded as living with Mr John & Mrs Elizabeth Cowan (Scotland) in Lambton, West Ontario, with Miriam employed as a domestic servant. However, Miriam’s stay was short lived and both returned to England on the 2nd May 1922, arriving at Southampton on-board the “Empress of Scotland” with her home address recorded as being No 1058 Harrow Road, Willesden, NW 10.

William’s Medal entitlement is recorded as;

Victory Medal: D/104.B6.374

British War Medal: D/104.B6.374

1914 Star: D/2/6.8

If you have any more information on the whereabouts of any surviving family of Mr Biddle, Whitnash Town Council would like to hear from you. Mr Biddle has been put forward as someone deserving of having his name added to the Whitnash War Memorial, in gratitude for his service to his country, and his ultimate sacrifice.

You can contact the contact the Town Clerk:

By telephone

01926 470394

By post:

Whitnash Town Council,

Franklin Road,

Whitnash, Warwickshire

CV31 2JH

By email:



Dobson Lane Allotment – disabled access plots available

The Dobson Lane Allotment Association have available an area that is set aside for disabled access.

To give some idea of size - the largest round tub and the "shaped" brown "potting" table stand at about 26inches high, whilst the large rectangular troughs are about 35inches high. See pictures below.

Tables and Pots available

Tables, pots and troughs available

Tables available

Tables available

Organisations such as care homes etc, have utilised these facilities in the past, but they are not currently being used. Therefore, they are being made available to individuals who may be interested instead. There might be a need to modify the beds, tables or even the ground surface, depending on the level of disability.

If you have any queries, or wish to get further information on how to apply for some of these plots, in the first instance please contact:

Rosemary Brookman

Tel: 07789 993479

Email: rosemary.brookman@gmail.com



Entrust Care Partnership – Holiday Opportunities

The Town Council have received an email from Entrust about the services that they offer. They are delighted to be able to offer families and disabled adults a new Holiday Break Service with opportunities to stay in Burnham, Skegness or Wicksteed Park at reasonable cost. Accommodation can sleep up to 6 people, and is specially adapted for disabled use, if necessary. Bookings are now being taken, and more information can be found by clicking the link to their website below:


In addition, please see the information leaflet below:

Entrust Care Holiday Leaflet 2

Further information about specific sites, and the accommodation on offer, or to book, click on the following links:

Short Breaks Accommodation and Site Information Feb 2015

Entrust Booking Request Form