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New fund for community minibuses launched


£2million is available for community minibuses and is open to community transport operators who provide a service to their local community which may not be otherwise run by commercial bus operators. The fund is not open to Local Authorities and closes on 2 December 2016. For more information see:

Difference in life expectancy across Warwickshire


Public Health England (PHE) ‘Health Profiles’ shows the ‘gap’ in life expectancy which exists between the least deprived and most deprived areas across Warwickshire is at it’s smallest in a decade.

On average, life expectancy in Warwickshire for males (80.1 years) and females (83.9 years) is higher than both the national and regional rates. The rates within Warwickshire vary significantly, with those living in the most deprived areas having significantly lower life expectancy compared to the least deprived areas.

The difference between these areas is now the smallest it has been since 2004-06 for females and 2003-05 for males. This is a significant achievement for the county. Reducing the difference in life expectancy is a key to reducing health inequalities which exist across Warwickshire.

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Core Strategy Update

An interesting presentation on the Core Strategy- efhra-agm-2016-core-strategy-update

If you have any comments or queries  please contact Ewen Cunningham on 01564 702617 or and he will endeavour to give you a full answer.


Broadband project update October 2016

Latest newsletter from the Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project newsletter-16-10-wave-4

Community right to bid for “Assets of Community Value”

Part 5 Chapter 3 of the Localism Act 2011 provides for a scheme called ‘assets of community value’. Under this Act Stratford-on-Avon District Council is required to maintain a list of ‘community assets’. The list of Assets of Community Value and the list of land nominated by unsuccessful community nominations within the Stratford-on-Avon District Council area is published by SDC.

This right means that communities can ask the council to list certain assets as being of value to the community. If an asset is listed and then comes up for sale, the new right will give communities that want it six months to put together a bid to buy it. This gives communities an increased chance to save much loved shops, pubs or other local facilities.

Parish councils or local community groups can nominate both privately and publicly owned assets which meet the definition of community value.

A building or land can be listed as an asset of community value if:

  • Current primary use of the building/land or use of the building/land in the recent past furthers the social well-being or social interests (cultural, recreational, or sporting interests) of the local community
  • It is realistic to think that now or in the next five years there could continue to be primary use of the building/land which will further the social well-being or social interests of the local community (whether or not in the same way as before)

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Community Buildings Capital Grant Fund

Warwickshire County Council is making available a one-off grant fund of £60,000 to promote the delivery of localised services from community buildings.

The Fund will provide grants of between £6,000 and £12,000 for capital projects to help local organisations to improve community buildings so that the services delivered from them reach more people.

The grants will be used to help or enable community groups to fund

  • The purchase of a building or piece of land;
  • The replacement of structurally integral parts of a building;
  • The replacement or significant repair of water, heating, and security systems;
  • The replacement or significant resurfacing of a car park or play area;
  • The installation of accessibility equipment/modifications;
  • The installation of a new suite of equipment e.g. kitchen, ICT hardware
  • The purchase of a vehicle, furniture or IT system.

The closing date for the Community Buildings Capital Grant Fund is midday on 16 December 2016. Continue reading Community Buildings Capital Grant Fund launches…

Broadband Project Update September 2016

Latest newsletter from the Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project – newsletter-16-09

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership Newsletter No 23

The latest newsletter from the Earlswood Wildlife Partnership includes articles on the Earlswood Springwatch Day, the Dragonfly Survey and the all day Birdwatch in Earlswood. There is also list of forthcoming events. See earlswood-wildlife-partnership-newsletter-23

Messy Church at St Patrick's

 The next Messy Church at St Patrick’s Salter Street will be on  the 1st October in St Patrick’s School Hall from 10am until 12 noon.

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Celebrate 200 years of St Patrick's School Salter Street

There will be a service in St Patrick’s Church  at 2pm on the 17th September to celebrate 200 years of St. Patrick’s School. Our new Bishop, Anne Hollinghurst, is leading this with past and present pupils taking part.  This will be followed by a  cream tea for the adults and a bring and share street party for the children in the school grounds. All are welcome.