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FULKE GREVILLE FESTIVAL- 28- 30 September 2018

Fulke Greville Festival, Alcester. A new festival to celebrate the life and achievements of the town's most famous Elizabethan, Sir Fulke Greville….Talk, walks, concert….For more info please see


Warwickshire County Council's Public Health department is running a consultation for the School Health and Wellbeing Service from 3 September- 12 October 2018. People can share their views by completing a short survey online at

The School Health & Wellbeing Service is a confidential service available to all school-aged children and young people from 5-19 years old (up to 25 years old for people with special educational needs) and their families and carers. Healthcare professionals and support teams deliver preventative and universal public health programmes in schools across the county, as well as in youth centres, children's centres, homes and other locations in the community. The team comprises Qualified School Nurses, Community Staff Nurses, Healthcare Support Workers and Administrators, who operate out of three administrative hubs in the North, East and South of the county. These teams work flexibly to best meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

The consultation provides an opportunity to share your views and experiences of the service and comment on possible future provision. The findings will be used to shape the new service which will be implemented in Autumn 2019.


Residents in Warwickshire can now report Traffic Offences using digital evidence from dash cams.
Follow the link on the right of the page for further details.


Great Alne Parish Council is looking to co-opt another councillor. If you would be interested in getting more involved with the community please contact the Chair, Cllr Mr Lynn Bowring, for an informal chat.

ALCESTER'S FIRST INFORMATION DAY– Engage Alcester- Monday 1 October – Jubilee Centre 11am- 2pm off St Faiths Road Alcester. An event celebrating United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Exhibitors also welcome. Please get in touch with Wendy on 01789 766084! See the PDF poster on the right hand side of the page.


Come along to a Barn Dance on Friday 5 October 2018 at Great Alne Memorial Hall at Barn Dance from 7- 10pm with the amazing Cat's Whiskers Barn Dance Band. Tickets £10 to include a delicious fish ‘n chips supper. The Barn Dance is part of the Engage 50+ Festival- Making the most of life from 50-100+. (Info on the right hand side of the page- downloadable PDF file).


Linfoot Country Homes Ltd are now onsite (May 2018) at Salter's Oak. Please see the downloadable site services layout on the right hand side of the page.

The new homes are proposed to meet the housing needs of Great Alne parish, as identified through Housing Needs Surveys from 2010 and 2014. Occupancy of the new homes would be restricted to local people by way of a Planning Agreement.

It is anticipated that the affordable homes will be started in June and completed in summer 2019. The formal 12 weeks sales period for the first plots will commence on 6 October 2018. The formal 12 week sales period for the remaining plots will start following the opening of the viewhome in November. Sales prices and information for all plots will be released in September prior to the commencement of the formal sales periods.

It should be noted that the affordable homes (ie not local market homes) will be allocated using the system “Home Choice Plus" which will be administered by Stratford on Avon District Council. You must have a local connection with Great Alne to be eligible and you must also be registered in advance on the Stratford District Council Housing list in order to be able to bid for one of the new homes. For the definition of a “local connection", please contact Philippa Osborne on 0300 1234 009.

You can register on the housing list by visiting OR e-mailing OR by telephoning Stratford District Council on 01789-260861 OR by visiting Stratford District Council at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon CV47 6HX.

In addition to the above, if you would like Warwickshire Rural Housing Association to inform you when the properties are going to be advertised please complete one of their Register of Interest forms. You can request a form from Philippa Osborne by emailing her at:


A Charity Auction will be held on 30 November to help raise money for the Church Roof appeal. As you may have already read, the Church roof of St Mary Magdalen is in a critical state and, as a key part of the history of this village for over 800 years, it now needs our help to secure its future. The organisers are not asking for money from you personally but would like your help in securing items for auction on the above date. They will be announcing more information about what they believe will be a great evening nearer the time but it can only be a success with your help.

So- What can I do???? Everyone can help in some way- either by providing a promise that someone else will value OR using your contacts to persuade your employer/or someone you know to help with this. Just some of the examples are:

* A meal at a local restaurant/pub * ½ days DIY/Gardening or similar * Sporting Events * Taxi Journey * Catering/Cooking- from a Birthday Cake to a 4 course meal? * Tickets to a local attraction * Artwork or promise to paint something bespoke....

These are just examples so please, please think of who you know, what you/they can do and if we all just help a little bit by using our skills and contacts we can make a real difference to helping with these essential repairs. Please don't wait to donate, the event will only go ahead if there are plenty of donations. And of course- just one more thing- put that date in your diary and watch out for more news about the event itself!

If you are not sure how you can help feel free to call Ian or Sue Millard on 01789 488492. Watch the noticeboards for the confirmed date of the event!


The Lifeline View defibrillator is in an unlocked Rotaid cabinet In the telephone kiosk on School Road. You will need to twist and turn the circular lid to release. There is also an emergency phone. The defibrillator has been adopted by the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT), is maintained by them but is regularly inspected by the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for awarding a grant to purchase the defibrillator.

Please see the downloadable advice guide from CHT following awareness sessions on the right hand side of this page- 'What to do if someone collapses'.

A defibrillator is also located at Great Alne Park (formerly Maudslay Park) in the Reception Area of Maudslay House (the main clubhouse) by the left hand side of the entrance door. A further defibrillator in the village is also being considered.


Just a quick reminder of the following bus services in Great Alne:

  • X19 operated mainly by Stagecoach with some peak journeys by Diamond Bus- 6 days a week including Bank Holidays (not Sundays)
  • Flexibus 212 operated by A & M Group - One journey a day on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Flexibus 512 operated by A & M Group - One journey a day on Mondays
  • The UBUS community transport service can be used for a wide range of individual travel needs in the district, such as visiting friends, attending social groups, leisure activities, lifelong learning and, of course, shopping. Please note it cannot be used to attend medical appointments (please use the Volunteer Drivers scheme operated through VASA). The service operates from 9.30am-2.30pm Monday- Friday. Requires registration, please telephone 01789 264491 (See below for full details)


UBUS is 3 years old!

The UBUS community transport service has been running for 3 years now. Previously known as Community Links, UBUS came into effect in June 2014 and since then an amazing 30,000 journeys have been made across the district by over 800 registered users.

UBUS is a ring and ride community transport service operating within Stratford District.

UBUS is available to anyone in the district who struggles to access public transport due to mobility issues, health problems or who lives in an area with no, or infrequent, public transport.

Passengers can travel between 9:30am and 2:30pm.

UBUS will collect passengers from their door, drop them off at their destination, pick up again at the agreed point and drop off back at home. Drivers can assist passengers to get on & off the bus and will help with up to 3 shopping bags or a trolley if necessary.

All UBUS vehicles can accommodate a wheelchair.

Depending on where residents live in the district, a single journey costs £2.10, £2.70 or £3.40. Return journeys £4.20, £5.40 or £6.80. Great Alne residents would fall in the £2.70/£5.40 price range.

Residents living in an Orbit property are eligible for a £0.60 discount on their journey.

Journeys need to be booked in advance. Passengers can book up to seven days in advance.

UBUS provides transport in different parts of the district on specific days.

• West of Stratford - Operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays (includes Great Alne)

• East of Stratford – Operates on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

• South of Stratford – Operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

• Stratford Town - Operates on Mondays to Fridays

• Southam & Surrounding area – Operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

UBUS can be used to visit friends, attend social groups, leisure activities or go shopping. It cannot be used to attend medical appointments. Residents interested in registering with the service should ring 01789 264491. For further information contact Marie Darwen at Stratford District Council on 01789 260108.


Ms M Higginson, Village Manager, Inspired Villages Group recently reported as follows:

Now under the ownership of the Inspired Villages Group (IVG), the development at Mausdaly Park has been rebranded as Great Alne Park. The central facilities building, Maudslay House, was recently completed and a VIP launch was held in July with 100 guests invited. Parkfest was held the following day featuring various prestigious artists. The Clubhouse now forms the epicentre of the village, complete with spa, swimming pool and wellness centre, games room, bar, restaurant, library and even a luxurious, art deco themed, in-house cinema. There is now a post box onsite. Great Alne Park will be recruiting staff shortly.

There is a site layout plan available as a downloadable PDF on the right hand side of the page. If you have any concerns about Great Alne Park please contact the Clerk or Cllr Marie Holding.


Great Alne Parish Council held their Parish Assembly on Thursday 24 May 2018 at 7pm at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall. There was an opportunity during the evening for local clubs/organisations to showcase their activities to both new residents and those more familiar with village activities. The Chair of the Parish Council gave his Annual Report and reported on the accounts.

Minutes and three accompanying documents for the 2017 Parish Assembly can be downloaded as PDFs from the right hand side of the page.


Whilst the the Community Speed Watch programme is now up and running....the Parish Council is still looking for two more volunteers to assist with this initiative. Could you be one of them?!


There is a small group of Neighbourhood Watch in the Spernal Lane area. The work of the Neighbourhood Watch (NW) scheme and NW groups is to try to raise awareness about crime- what can happen and what can be done about it. For example, tamper proof number plate screws are available free of charge from the Police. It is intended that the Alcester model of communication, weekly reports and a monthly summary of incidents and advice by email, will be rolled out across the district. Current topical crimes are distraction burglaries- often in supermarket car parks and domestic fuel tank/oil thefts.

If you would be interested in rekindling the Neighbourhood Watch group in Great Alne then please get in touch with the Parish Clerk.


Great Alne has a Film Club with screenings usually on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

For other information about what's going on at the Memorial Hall please click here for further details.


Please let the Parish Council know of any local issue that is causing you concern. You can use the Contact Us form in the Information section of this website, or ring the Parish Clerk on 07833 790375 or alternatively email

If you have something you would like to report to Stratford on Avon District Council you can do this using their on-line forms. Anything from abandoned vehicles, unruly dogs to fly tipping can be reported.

For fly tipping please just click on the link on the right of this page (External Links).


Each month a Community Newsletter is produced by the Alcester South Safer Neighbourhood Team that includes details of crime in the area (including Great Alne) and an incident overview. Please see the website for further details and a contact list for the team.


Regularly the Parish Council endevours to compile a newsletter containing relevant and up to date information about events and issues within the parish. It is the intention of the Parish Council that every home within the parish boundary receives a copy of this newsletter, however, things can go wrong and if you have not been receiving your newsletter then please let us know, or download a copy from the list on the right hand side of the page. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email then please let us know by contacting

If you wish to suggest material to be included in the newsletter then please feel free to contact the Clerk, or make your suggestion known at the next Parish Council meeting - a full list of meeting dates can be found on the home page.


Great Alne is closely associated with the beautiful market town of Alcester and a link to the town council website is on the right hand side of the page (External links).

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Great Alne Parish Council

Sarah Duran
2 Flax Close
B49 5DQ

tel: 0783 379 0375 |

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