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Warwickshire County Council recognises the importance of careers advice and employability skills, and has invested over a number of years in their Skills for Employment programme to support schools, colleges and employers to work more closely together. Following the publication of the National Careers Strategy in 2017, they identified the opportunity to develop a more localised Careers Strategy for Warwickshire, which is focussed on the key opportunities and challenges that exist within the county and which builds on the strong foundations they have laid with their partners over the past few years.

This is an all-age strategy, focussing on supporting both the adult population who may want or need to change careers during their working life, and young people as they prepare for the world of work. They also recognise that this world of work is changing rapidly as technology progresses at an exponential rate. Indeed, it is estimated that 65% of children entering education now will enter into jobs that currently do not exist. Given this rate of change, their draft Careers Strategy is also deliberately forward looking and promoting those key transferable skills and competencies that are increasingly being recognised as being foundational for future employment.

Finally, Warwickshire County Council is also committed to ensuring that they support the whole population to be safe, healthy, and independent and to be able to fulfil their potential. Through this Careers Strategy, they would like to place a particular focus on supporting more vulnerable residents (such as those with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) to move into employment.

Would you like to get involved? A draft Warwickshire Careers Strategy has been developed, working with the Warwickshire Employability and Skills Group. This group brings together a range of partners and stakeholders from education providers, public sector and key intermediary bodies. Warwickshire County Council are asking for feedback on this draft strategy to help inform a final version of the Careers Strategy 2019/20 - 2024/25. To provide feedback, please follow the link on the right hand side of this page (under 'External Links').


Update April 2019:

Seven homes for rent will become available in June of this year at the new housing development at Salter's Oaks Great Alne. The homes will be allocated using the system “Home Choice Plus" which will be administered by Stratford-on-Avon District Council. For more information, click here.

Update March 2019:

Plots 1 & 2 (the view home) were released for sale on 9th March 2019. These are the final two local market homes for sale and will be offered exclusively until Friday 31st May 2019 to people who have a local connection to the Parish of Great Alne.

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 December. Sales prices and information for all plots will be released in September prior to the commencement of the formal sales periods. Please also see the external link to Linfoot Country Homes Ltd on the right hand side of the page.

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:


Great Alne Parish Council held their Parish Assembly on Saturday 18th May 2019 at Great Alne & Kinwarton Memorial Hall. Thank you to everyone who attended. The Chair of the Parish Council gave his Annual Report and report on the accounts.

Minutes and four accompanying documents for the 2018 Parish Assembly can be downloaded as PDFs from the right hand side of the page.


Are you struggling to find money to buy fuel this winter, pay a utility bill, replace a broken washing machine or fridge, or perhaps to pay for an urgent household repair or a taxi trip for a hospital appointment, or for some gardening when someone is ill?

Great Alne Parochial Charity can provide cash quickly and with the minimum of fuss to meet all kinds of urgent needs of a one-off nature that would otherwise be unaffordable. There are no restrictions on what help can be given. The money would be a grant not a loan. There would be no need to pay it back.

If you or someone you know needs financial assistance the charity would very much like to hear from you. Please phone Adrian (764261), Geoff (488405), Ian (488492) or Judy (488501) and they will see what they can do to help. All calls will be treated in strictest confidence.


Stratford on Avon District Council have produced a Tree Management Protocol (see downloadable documents on right hand side of the page). This document is intended to act as a single point of reference to establish a clear, consistent and structured approach to issues affecting District Council owned trees. The Protocol has been designed for the following purposes:
*To establish the responsibility of the Council in relation to its tree stock;
*To ensure that resources are correctly allocated from a risk perspective and that the management of trees on any particular site is fulfilling what is considered to be reasonably practicable; and
*To provide advice and guidance in relation to requested remedial tree works.


Big Lottery Fund logoThe 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 hanging on a coat stand. A further defibrillator in the village is also being considered.


Village Manager, Tina Digby has provided the following update:

  • The Clubhouse opened in July. It has a swimming pool, gym and restaurant. They are now welcoming members and have a range of membership options available
  • For further information on this and/or classes available please call 01789 489 103 or email
  • It is very family-friendly and open for all to enjoy – Great Alne Park would love to be an integral part of the village and hope residents will support them
  • Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, they are hosting a falconry, music event for residents and the local community ·
  • ParkFest is booked for Saturday 20th July
  • They are open 7 days a week between 10.00am – 4.00pm

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.


Royal Mail are raising awareness about scam mail. You can report scam mail in the following ways:

  • Write to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any items of scam mail
  • Call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Hotline on 0800 0113 466
  • Email:


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.


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.


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.

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Regularly the Parish Council endeavours 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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Contact us
Great Alne Parish Council

Joanne Bullingham
Oakfield Cottage
B49 5DQ

tel: 0783 379 0375 |

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