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1st Whitnash Scout Group – looking for new recruits!

1st Whitnash Scout Group

The 1st Whitnash Scouts is a successful group within the town, having awarded 4 Chief Scouts Gold Awards in the last 6 months. In the last Warwickshire Scout competition camp, our teams came 1st and 2nd.

We championed the use of LED street lighting rather than sodium, and presented to Whitnash Town Council. Cllr Bernard Kirton raised this with Warwickshire County Council, who then took it to central Government to seek extra funding to convert the whole County, with massive savings possible.

Our activities include 2 or 3 camps a year (featuring archery, air rifle shooting, climbing, abseiling etc.) Our Scouts have learned DIY skills such as changing tap and cistern washers, painting, and bike maintenance. We have even stripped and rebuilt a computer!!

1st Whitnash had a large input of recruits 4 years ago, and 10 of these have now reached the age of 14, and moved on to Explorers. Therefore, we now have vacancies for girls and boys, between 10.5 and 14 years of age, who wish to join in the adventure.

The Group meets on Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9pm at the Methodist Church Hall. For details of how to join, please contact the Scout leader, John McMahon, telephone 01926 775942, or email: first.whitnash@ntlworld.com


The Impact of Care-giving on Loneliness and Isolation

In partnership with Public Health Warwickshire, Age UK Warwickshire is undertaking a countywide study into the unmet needs of carers, specifically those who are experiencing social isolation and loneliness as a direct result of their care-giving role.  They aim to involve carers fully in the study by ascertaining their needs, via group sessions and individual interviews, with the intention to inform our Public Health partners of any gaps in provision, which can then influence the design of future services.

Attached is a leaflet, and a copy of their invitation, which explains in a little more detail about the study.

If you, or anyone you know would like to be involved in the study, or if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Alice Maher at Age UK Warwickshire, Tel 01788 552 545      Email: Research@ageukwarks.org.uk


Invitation to carers AM

AUKW PH Caring for Carers leaflet


Whitnash Christmas Lights – Winner’s Presentation

At the January Whitnash Town Council meeting, Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Christmas Lights Committee, Cllr Simon Button, presented the awards to those residents of the town whose displays of lights on their properties and businesses were judged to be outstanding.

The winners and highly commended of the Whitnash Christmas Lights displays were as follows:

Residential -

Winner = Rob Ripley,

2nd = Mr & Mrs Parkin,

3rd = Mr & Mrs Gougeon

Highly Commended = Baz & Mrs McGuire, Mr & Mrs Abbott, Mr & Mrs Baker, Mrs Austin, Mrs Eales and Valerie & Laura Lloyd.

Business category -

Winner = Whitnash Homes & Garden. However, Dave Herbert was unable to attend on the night

2nd = Plough & Harrow, represented by Sigourney Gowlett

3rd = Whitnash Sports & Social Club, represented by Ian Billington.

Thank you to all of you for taking part and joining us at the presentation ceremony on Thursday 21st January.


Police Precept Consultation results back proposals for 1.99% rise

Police Precept Consultation results back proposals for 1.99% rise

Proposals for a 1.99% increase in the 2016/17 Police Precept – the smaller portion of Council Tax which goes towards the police budget – have received overwhelming backing in a public consultation organised by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball.

The survey, which was available online, by email or by post, asked the public the simple question: “Are you willing to spend an extra 31p per month for an average Band D property in order to maintain frontline policing levels?” The consultation was promoted online, through the local media and via social media throughout December until its closing on Monday (January 18).

A total of 1,026 people responded, with 1,013 identifying that they lived within Warwickshire.  Among the Warwickshire residents, 839 (82.82%) were in favour of the proposed increase, with 174 (17.18) voting against the rise.

The 1.99% increase, if approved, would only apply to the police precept element of the council tax bill.  The overall council tax bill includes council and fire precepts, which are decided separately by their relevant authorities.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said:

“I have always been keen to take account of public feedback on issues such as this – I don’t make proposals for tax increases (even relatively modest ones) lightly, so it is good to hear that there is public support for what I am seeking to achieve.

“With the confirmation from the Home Office that the overall police budget would decrease by 1.3% in real terms over the next four years unless PCCs increase their precepts by the maximum amount permitted (rises are capped at 2% by the Government), this is in my view a sensible course of action.

“While the effect in the taxpayer’s individual pockets is modest – a Band D taxpayer, for example, would see a rise of around a penny a day – the impact for Warwickshire Police’s budget is much more significant. If the current police precept rate was frozen, Warwickshire Police would lose around £7000,000 next year and in each subsequent year, resulting in a financial gap of around £2.8 million by 2020.

“I inherited a sound financial platform from the former Police Authority when I became Commissioner, which prepared the force well for the funding cuts that were then ahead.  With increased investment being needed in a number of areas such as child protection, counter-terrorism, firearms policing and cybercrime, there will still be pressure on force budgets and continued innovative thinking will be needed. I am determined, therefore, to leave my successor – whoever that might be – with a similarly strong platform to build on for the future.

“It is on this basis that I will be making my recommendations to the Police and Crime Panel next month.”

The Commissioner’s proposed increase will be presented to the Police and Crime Panel on 3 February.  The Panel can approve the proposed rise or use their power of veto and ask the Commissioner to come back with an alternative proposal.  Any subsequent proposal made by the Commissioner will be binding.


Link to this story on the Police Commissioners website:



Singing for The Brain, Leamington – Alzheimer’s Society

Please see email below from the Alzheimer's Society to Whitnash Mayor, Cllr Judy Falp, about their regular 'Singing for The Brain' sessions in Leamington.


Hi Judy

My name is Tony Refson and I am the Services Manager for Warwickshire

We run a Singing for the Brain in Leamington every other Tuesday  from 10.15am, at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, and I wondered if you would be able to promote the service through your channels.

The benefit of singing for people affected by Dementia is well documented, and we want to extend the reach of this service to support more people.

Sharon Donnelly co-ordinates the service and will be your contact point should you require further information.

Many thanks,


Tony Refson

Services Manager

Alzheimer's Society

10 Wise Street

Leamington Spa

CV31 3AP


Tel: 01926 888899

Mob: 07889604655

e.mail: tony.refson@alzheimers.org.uk


Leading the fight against dementia