Clerk’s Report September 2019


Community Comes Together for Children

The opening of the new Village Hall Playground was a huge success.  On what was one of the hottest days of the year, a great turnout saw Aston Villa legend and Lapworth resident Stilliyan Petrov cut the ribbon to officially open the facility for local families.

A BBQ, an Ice Cream Van and a showcase of local activities including the cricket team and Rugby Tots entertained children and adults alike.

The new playground, features a birds nest swing, a ‘you and me’ swing for two and an agility trail.  A ‘supernova’ roundabout and ‘sky carousel’ for older children is a real feature.  Climbing frames and traditional swings for babies, toddlers and older children create a fun new space for youngsters to explore.

A huge thanks has to be extended to Clare Shales for her vision, perseverance and fundraising.  Securing over £65,000 from the from the National Lottery, Tescos, Warwick District Council, the Rural West Community Fund, Lapworth Parish Council and local charities such as the Lapworth Charity and Dorridge Fun Run she has secured a play area for Lapworth that is providing pleasure to children and their families and will do for a long time to come.

Further thanks to the Punchbowl, the Boot and the Navigation for their generous raffle prizes as well as Lorraine Hobbs Pilates – £300 was raised for Lapworth Primary School.

Throughout the summer the new equipment has been well used and further improvements are planned for the fencing.

The Parish Council welcomed a suggestion from the Lapworth WI and has agreed to fund improvements to the Village Green by The Oaks on the corner of Station Lane.  The shrubs are to be removed and the tree pruned after which the WI will fund replanting with a succession of Spring bulbs, and aubretia to tumble over the walls. We can look forward to a much improved village centre.

Following complaints regarding motorists exceeding the 30 mph speed limit on the Old Warwick Road, particularly by The Boot, a new highways scheme has been identified for some improved wood effect gateway features, dragons teeth and ‘Slow’ markings to help emphasise the change in speed limit and give the visual impact drivers are entering into a more built up area; helping persons to exit the pub access.  As there is no money left in the County minor improvement budget, County Councillor John Cooke has agreed to fund this improvement from his ‘minor repairs budget’. The Parish Council expressed their support to Councillor Cooke for his endeavours.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council is scheduled to take place on Monday 14thOctober at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of Lapworth Village Hall. Meetings are held at the same time the second Monday of each month.

Minutes and Agendas for meetings are on the Parish Council website

Clerk Contact details – phone 01676 533258 or email