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Welford-on-Avon is a picturesque village set in the heart of South Warwickshire. It lies on the Avon River about four miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon, four miles south of Alcester and four miles east of Bidford-on-Avon.

The centre of the village is designated as a conservation area and contains quite a number of attractive thatched houses including what is believed to be the original “chocolate box cottage” in Boat Lane, reputedly the most photographed street in Warwickshire. The village is mainly residential, but contains a number of small businesses, the largest of which are horticultural. In total there are approximately 750 houses and about 1600 residents.

The Village has three public houses, two shops, a garage, a primary school, a bowls club, a sports club, an 18 hole Golf Course, a children’s play area, allotments and two Churches (the Parish Church of St Peter’s and the Methodist Church).

Welford-on-Avon has been County Winner or Runner Up in the Warwickshire “Best Kept Village Competition” on twelve occasions since 1991. The competition was discontinued in 2007 and as from 2008 has been replaced with a more broadly based competition.

The village boasts one of the tallest Maypoles in England and the annual Maypole dancing festival is performed by the pupils of Welford Primary School every June.

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Can You Help?

During the pandemic, VASA continued working non-stop across south Warwickshire and Rugby district offering its transport services and has provided transport for over 1,000 Covid vaccine appointments. Plus, ferrying prescriptions to people’s homes and being involved with delivering food parcels in collaboration with the Food Bank.

Our amazing volunteers stepped forwards to help vulnerable members of our society, but they are now returning to work. And understandably want to meet up with their own family and friends again, so we find ourselves with a shortfall of volunteers as the demand grows for VASA’s services.

The NHS is catching up with the backlog of appointments and we are experiencing a huge rise in the number of people needing affordable, accessible transport. Our volunteers are truly amazing, but we need more!

Please contact Emma, our Communications Officer at: emma@vasa.org.uk if you are able to offer any help or require further information.

 

Proposed South Warwickshire Council – Reminder

Locals urged to have their say on South Warwickshire Council proposal

With less than a fortnight to go until the end of the public consultation, the Leaders of Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are urging all sectors of the community to have their say whether the two Councils should formally merge.

Through an online survey, residents and businesses are invited to share their views on the creation of a single South Warwickshire Council to carry out services such as waste collection, local planning, housing, management of parks and sports facilities, licensing, business support and environmental health, currently delivered separately by the two district authorities.

Cllr Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council says: “Council services touch all our lives in many ways, so it matters that we get them right. These are challenging times that offer an opportunity to renew and update local government across South Warwickshire. We are focused on meeting the changing needs of communities today, to take practical steps to address the local impact of climate change and to foster new business growth.

“To do this effectively, we need to hear from our residents, community groups and businesses so we know what’s really important.”

Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “The world is changing rapidly, and we cannot stand aside from that. With both Councils facing financial challenges, we need to find solutions. This is an extremely important consultation that relates to vital local services and the future our local democracy.”

“This decision on whether to merge needs to be the made with the backing and consideration of the views of the wider community, it is therefore vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get involved.”

The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at: https://www.southwarwickshire.org.uk until midnight on Sunday 24 October.

How to take part

The consultation document and online questionnaire can be viewed and completed at www.southwarwickshire.org.uk