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Festive Window Display Competition

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Austrey Parish Council would like to invite you to take part in a competition to spread some holiday cheer around the village after a very challenging year. As we are unable to hold our annual Christmas tree lights event, how about creating a festive display in your window that others can enjoy?
There will be prizes for the best 3 displays, and if there is enough interest, a trail map will be created signposting all of the displays in the village.
Email to register your entry, or contact us via Austrey Updates/events. Closing date: 22nd December at midday

T&Cs available on to view on Facebook/Austrey Updates

New Planning Application - PAP/2020/0156

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Stables at Land South of Flavel Farm, Warton Lane, Austrey

Details of the application: Change of use of land to a mixed use site, to continue the equestrian use and add residential use for two Gypsy families. Site to contain two static caravans, two touring caravans, parking for four vehicles with associated hardstanding and water treatment plant

Click here to view the planning application and to make comments.

Austrey Easter Competitions

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We are holding two online Easter Craft competitions and there are prizes up for grabs for the winners!


Competition #1 - Decorate an Egg: Hard boil an egg and decorate it in any way you fancy. Paint it, collage it, turn it into your favourite character. If you can't get hold of a real egg, then decorate a picture of an egg! Then take a photo of it and post it on here with your first name & age.

Age categories are Under 7s and 8 -12.


Competition #2 - Easter colouring/collage: Grab an A4 sheet of paper and colour in an Easter picture, draw your own or create an Easter collage. Then take a photo of it and post it on here with your first name & age.

Age categories are Under 7s and 8 -12.


Go wild. Get creative. Use any art and craft materials you can get your hands on!


You can post your entries anytime between now and the closing date, which is Good Friday 10th April at noon. Prizes will be awarded to 1st and 2nd place in each age category in each competition.

Click here for terms & conditions.

Download an egg template here and colouring sheets here.

Coronavirus Support

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Austrey/North Warwickshire Neighbourhood Watch have set up a Facebook support group to allow residents to connect and try to help and support the elderly, vulnerable and isolated people during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a closed group for Austrey Village residents; click here to find it.

By coming together as a community we may have some people who are at low risk of infection and want to volunteer to help others in Austrey Village and show our community we can help if support is required.

The purpose of the group is to aid one another and ensure that nobody is left isolated or without what they need. We don’t ask for anything in return, we just believe in helping each other in a time of difficulty.

If you are interested in helping in your road, please message us or email us with your contact details and an area you could cover if help is requested: or .

We will link in with the Parish Council to ensure an organised approach so that anyone receiving help and support are not targeted by individuals who are out to target vulnerable people.

Residents are advised.

  • Never to hand over your cash, credit/debit card and pin number to anyone offering to do your shopping.

  • Do not answer the door to Cold Callers

The Parish Council have posted a green card through residents doors to advise them to contact Heather Hadley (Austrey Parish Councillor) if help is required – Text or Call 07545 177108.

How can you help:

  • Doing a bit of shopping for essentials

  • Picking up prescriptions

  • Popping by to check how you neighbours are (keeping the minimum 2m distance)

  • Help with gardening

  • Putting out the refuse bins

  • Dog walking

  • Donate food/household items

  • Posting letters & parcels

  • Collecting newspapers

Austrey Post Office & Stores are maintaining their opening hours to enable you to continue to buy local and avoid travel where possible.

Residents should try to wait outside if there are a couple of customers inside to ensure you maintain your 2m distance from other residents.

Please feel free to discuss with Paul or Emma any specific requirements you have and they will try to support you where possible. Maybe use a facility to pre-order bread. Call 01827 839021

Austrey village pub, The Bird in Hand can also deliver hot food to your door – Contact Gareth on 01827 830260 or 07823 330454.

Planning Application PAP/2020/0124

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Church Lane is a pretty public footpath running past St Nicholas Church and it appears on the earliest maps of the village.  The oldest house on the lane dates to the C17th.  The lane has a rural feel, with private allotments to one side and wildflowers in the summer. This relatively unchanged part of Austrey is special to many people. 


A planning application has recently been submitted for a 3 bedroom house on the allotment on the corner of the Church Lane public footpath, outside the village development boundary.  Please take the time to comment on this application and make your views known. We've had a lot of new-build houses in Austrey, do we need more?  Is this a good location?  Will it improve the village and its environment?  Is it the type of housing-stock we need?   


If you're not self-isolating then why not take your once-daily exercise on the Church Lane one-mile circular walk, which shows you how lovely this unspoilt part of our village is.  Stay safe folks and remember to keep your distance if you meet any other walkers.


There is more information about the planning application, and the walk and village history on the attached links.  

Planning Application:

Church Lane Circular Walk:

Update on Project Mercia

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Click on the image to the left for some facts and figures about Project Mercia, at J11 of the M42.

Big Spring Clean Postponed

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Our first priority is making sure that everyone stays safe and so following the lead of Keep Britain Tidy we have taken the decision to postpone Austrey's Great British Spring Clean until September.

Once a new date has been agreed, Austrey Parish Council will publicise it around the village and on social media.

Click on the image to the left for more information about the campaign. 

Council set to introduce charge for Garden Waste Collection

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From 1st June 2020 North Warwickshire Borough Council will no longer provide a free green bin collection service. A new opt-in charge of £40 per year per bin is being introduced.

The Garden Waste Collection Service is subject to approval at Full Council on Wednesday 26th February 2020.

Read more here :

Project Mercia at J11 of the M42

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Work has begun. Click on the image to the left for more information.

Join the Great British Spring Clean

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Council supports communities to clean up as part of country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign


Austrey Parish Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from March 20th to April 13th, will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show they love where they live and in 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities.

“We are delighted that Austrey Parish Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at Austrey Village Hall at 10.15 for a safety briefing and to collect litter bags. The event will run until 1.30pm, after which refreshments will be available at the village hall.

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into three bags: one for plastic bottles; one for aluminium cans and a third for the rest of the rubbish.

Austrey Parish Council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit and check Austrey Updates on Facebook for updates.

Latest Planning Application in Austrey

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The Parish Council will be objecting to Planning Application PAP/2019/0650 (Land Adjacent to 89-91 Main Road, Austrey) as they are concerned about the precedent that this may set for building on this part of the village. Our Neighbourhood Plan seeks to protect the old cricket pitch as green space to be enjoyed by residents using the footpaths.

Other areas of concern include:
*access will be via Flats Lane, an area of the village which
already gets congested and has poor visibility;
*the site is outside the village boundary line;
*access on to the site for construction traffic will be difficult;
*spoiling the protected views

The deadline for objections is 9th February. Have your say by clicking on the image to the left of this article, or by writing to NWBC using the reference quoted above.

Have your say on the proposed changes to stroke services in Coventry and Warwickshire.

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The three local clinical Commissioning groups that plan and buy services on behalf of local patients, NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG, NHS South Warwickshire CCG and NHS Warwickshire North CCG have launched a consultation on proposals for the future of local stroke services. The consultation deadline is 2nd February 2020.

Our nearest community event is being held on Tuesday 14 January 2020, 6pm-8pm at Atherstone Memorial Hall, Long Street, Atherstone, CV9 1AX

More details can be found here:

Men in General at Austrey Village Hall

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Tickets still available

HS2 Consultation Event

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Craig Tracey will be hosting a ‘How to consult effectively’ event for the HS2 realignment consultation at Austrey Village Hall, on Wednesday 31 July 2019. Please share.

HS2 Consultation Questionnaire

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By now, all Austrey residents should have received a HS2 consultation questionnaire. Completion is not limited to one per household, so if you need spare copies there are some in Austrey Stores, or alternatively you can email and a questionnaire can be emailed to you.

Don't forget the drop-in information session being hosted on 4th July by HS2 This will be held at Austrey Village Hall from 2pm - 8pm.

Mobile Library Dates 2019

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Warwickshire Libraries Mobile Library will visit Austrey on the following dates and times:

Austrey Main Road Layby - 10.20-10.50

Austrey Bird In Hand Pub - 11.05-11.20

January 8th & 29th

February 19th

March 12th

April 2nd & 23rd

May 14th

June 4th & 25th

July 16th

August 6th & 27th

September 17th

October 8th & 29th

November 19th

December 10th

For all enquiries or to renew books please call 01926 851031

or renew online at

Going Round The Bend

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Austrey Parish Council is interested in finding out if anyone has been involved in an accident or near miss on the corner by Flavel Farm. This is the sharp bend on Warton Lane as you leave/enter Austrey at the Warton exit, as per the photo to the left.

Any details would be greatly appreciated, especially dates of such incidents. Personal details can of course be omitted or kept anonymous if preferred.  

Please contact if you can help.

HS2 Drop-in session

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Austrey Parish Council is holding a drop in session on

MONDAY 17th DECEMBER 2018 from 6pm - 8pm at Austrey Baptist Church Hall

HS2 is happening and we need the best possible deal for Austrey in order to mitigate the damage that will be inflicted on our village over the 4/5 year construction period.

Prior to it being finalised in parliament in the spring (and at that point we can have no influence at all on the impact this will have on the village) there is a final consultation period which is due to close on 21/12/18.

WE need to complete as many consultation forms as possible and there will councillors at this drop-in session to support you in completing one - armed with tea & biscuits - so that you can make your views known to HS2.

If you can't attend but would like a copy of the consultation document, please let us know and we can arrange to get one dropped off to you, or alternatively, the consultation document can be completed online at

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Halloween Games Party at No Mans Heath Village Hall

Sunday 28th October from 1pm - 4pm

£3 per child to include refreshments & games

Booking required

Click on the pumpkins for more information!

Bonfire Night 2018

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Join us at Austrey Playing Fields for our annual fireworks & bonfire bonanza!

Tickets will be on sale from 10th October at Austrey Stores, The Bird in Hand, Maypole Stores and Four Shires Farm Shop
Prices are £7 per adult and £3 per child aged 12-16
Children under 12 go free

July 2018 Parish Council Meeting

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In a change to our usual PC meeting day, due to the number of councillors who are unable to attend a meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of July, this month's meeting will instead take place on Thursday 12th July. It will be held at the normal time of 7.30 at Austrey Village Hall.

As always, everyone is welcome to attend. 

Operation Snap - report poor driving and dangerous behaviour

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Road users across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire can report incidents using footage from dashcams or other devices

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can submit (via a secure online form) digital footage showing potential traffic offences. This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists. Your submission will be sent to Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of our road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed.

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Austrey Pre-school Open Day

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An Austrey Pre-School open day is to be held for all families within the local community on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30. This will provide interested parents/carers with the opportunity to meet with pre-school staff and committee members regarding pre-school places for their children.

Community Police Van in Austrey and Birchmoor

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On Monday 11th June, the Community Police van will be in Austrey and Birchmoor villages providing crime prevention information and the opportunity to speak to your local beat officer and rural crime officer about any issues or concerns.  There will also be the opportunity to have items property marked including power tools, bicycles, IT equipment, etc.  Also if you are a van owner please come and ask about our van packs.


Austrey, outside village shop - 5.30pm to 7pm

Birchmoor, on club car park - 7.15pm to 8.30pm

Austrey Village Hall Committee AGM - Thursday, 16th February

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Come along to Austrey Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 16th February for our Annual General Meeting. Everyone welcome! Click image left for further details.

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Warwickshire Trading Standards have entered into a partnership with "No Rogue Traders Here!" to put consumers in touch with local traders who have been fully vetted. If you are looking for a builder, plumber, electrician, decorator or just an odd job man and are worried about rogue traders, click the image on the "Rogue Traders" logo image for more details.

Temporary Closure of Warton Lane, Austrey

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Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing Warton Lane, Austrey from the junction with Cinders Lane to the Gas Compound, to vehicular traffic. The closure is required for carriageway resurfacing. The Order will commence on 27 February 2017 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier.  However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 17 March 2017. Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible. An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Austrey Road, Maypole Road, Little Warton Road, Orton Road, Norton Hill, Main Road, Bishop Cleeve and vice versa. The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.  The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is County Highways North (Tel: 01926 412515).  Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the Contractor dealing with this matter, Paul Kelly for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07837 319323).

WI Coffee Mornings

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Come along to Austrey Village Hall, from 10-12 on the last Tuesday of the month, and join members of the Austrey WI for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat! Everyone welcome.

Austrey Social Group Visits Chatsworth

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Austrey Social Group and friends visited Chatsworth House to see it in all its glory at Christmas.
Luckily the rain held off and we were able to sit outside drinking coffee before visiting over 100 stalls selling food, wine, beers, cheeses, clothing, novelty items, seasonal decorations and gifts - a cornucopia of delights!
After a lunch of locally produced food, we entered the house which, in conjunction with Birmingham Ballet, reflected the theme of The Nutcracker Suite! A Christmas tree made up from pink ballet points was one of the first delights; the dance around the huge Christmas tree in the hall was breathtaking. Each room presented us with another beautiful display. It was a wonderful sight and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Poor Broadband Service?

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Perhaps you feel that there is no chance of ever getting faster broadband speeds or a more reliable service? CSW Broadband may have good news coming for you! Click he image on the left for more information.

Austrey Village Bonfire & Fireworks 2016

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Click on the image to view the video.

Austrey Open Gardens, 2017

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Austrey Gardening Society has confirmed that its biennial Open Gardens weekend will take place on the 17th and 18th June, 2017. Residents of Austrey are invited to open their gardens to the public or to set up a "white elephant stall in their gardens, driveways or garages, selling home-made jams or chutneys, home-grown produce, crafts, books or unwanted "stuff" (no food please!). There will also be a sausage and ale festival at the Bird in Hand that weekend. We are looking for volunteers and any suggestions to help make this a success. The main beneficiaries will be Austrey Village Hall, St. Nicholas Church, Austrey Baptist Church and the Gardening Society itself.

For more information, to participate, or to advertise in the programme, please contact or call Jane Hodgkinson on 01827 830 164.

Christmas Lights 2016

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Join the Parish Council for carol singing, mince pies and mulled wine as we light up the Christmas tree on Main Road at 6pm on Thursday, 1st December. We may even have a surprise visitor from Lapland....

Warwickshire County Council launches Living in Warwickshire Survey

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WCC has launched the Living in Warwickshire survey, which gives Warwickshire residents the chance to have their say on a range of public services within Warwickshire. 

This is an opportunity for people to have their say on what living in Warwickshire is really like. The research will gather people’s views on a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, community safety, local neighbourhoods, transport, and public service provision. 

Austrey Scarecrow Competition 2016

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As part of the Austrey 2016 Festival, a Scarecrow Trail and Competition is being supported by Austrey  C of E Primary School in collaboration with Austrey Festival & Austrey Parish Council. Please join in the fun and make and display a scarecrow(s).  The Scarecrow Competition will take place over the weekend of 9th & 10th July 2016 and you can follow a Scarecrow Trail around the village. We also plan to have a Scarecrow Trail quiz to add more fun to the event.

Rural Business and Horse Owners

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Warwickshire Rural Watch are holding a meeting to discuss rural crime and other issues that affect you on Thursday 26th May 2016 from 7 to 9pm at Over Whitacre Village Hall, Nuneaton Road, Over Whitacre, B46 2NG.

Austrey Neighbourhood Watch Alert

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Please can you be aware of a recent spike of Burglaries in the area. We have had four house break in's during the past month. 

There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to deal with potential suspects but The Safer Neighbourhood Team are limited as to what they can tell us at this time as the cases are still on going. 

We have also had an incident of tools being stolen. If any resident would like to take up on the offer of free property marking then please get in touch with Beryl or Colin and we will ask the SNT to arrange the Property marking for you.

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