NALC has issued the following advice.

"There is an official period of mourning up to and including next Saturday 17 April (see Government Guidance). We understand that the period started last Friday 9th April. The period of mourning triggers the provisions of s243 of the 1972 Act.  As a result, these days should be excluded for calculation of time and any timescales that end in this period should be postponed until the first day after the period in accordance with section 243 of the 1972 Act."

It is with great sadness that the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and Warwickshire and West Midlands  Association of Local Councils (WALC) has learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Cllr Sue Baxter, NALC chairman, said

I know that those in the local (parish and town) council sector would join me in extending their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.

A 2020 Year Review from Stratford-on-Avon District Council. Also included, details of

Download the October 2020 issue of Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council:

Health and care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire are encouraging residents to help protect the NHS by having their flu vaccination on time this year to avoid an increase in serious preventable diseases. 

From Warwickshire County Council Communities and Partnerships Service

Remembrance Sunday is a significant date in our calendar where the nation unites to make sure that no-one is forgotten and to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. This year will feel very different. For the first time in history, the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph will be closed to members of the public, with people encouraged instead to join together for a national


Kim Slater, WRCC, reports on queries regarding dance classes since new government guidance issued on 24th September

“From 28th September singing in groups is restricted to 6 people and there should not be any dancing or loud music”

WDC Report – During the Covid-19 pandemic, the District Council has been helping retail and businesses get back into operation. Grants given to businesses in Shrewley total £200k including the Durham Ox. Pubs and pavement licences have raised some concerns for the spread of Covid-19 if the rules are not properly followed.

Anyone interested in supporting others during the pandemic is invited to join a new community training programme from Warwickshire County Council.

The short Covid-19 Community Champions course, developed by the council and delivered in partnership with other public and voluntary sector services, starts later this month.

Taken from the newsletter of the National Association of Civic Officers

For the majority of our members, now is the time of year to get into detailed planning for Remembrance Sunday.

Warwickshire County Council will open the second round of the Councillors' Grant Fund for 2020-21 on Tuesday 1st September and invites applications from voluntary and community organisations across the county. The Councillors’ Grant Fund is an annual allocation of £6000, distributed in two rounds, made available to each of the Council’s 57 elected members to support small-scale projects within their division.

To understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected residents, Warwickshire County Council is inviting people to complete a short survey. Responses will help the council to shape future support.

As the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) reaches its five-year milestone, NALC will be conducting a review of its criteria.

As part of the process, we are encouraging clerks, councillors, county associations and panel members to complete the survey.

NALC will use the results to make improvements to the scheme.

The survey will close on 14 September 2020.

For more information or enquiries, please contact NALC at .


Warwickshire County Council’s hotline on 0800 408 1447 remains open for people who need urgent help to access food and well-being support during these difficult times.  

Funding to help neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas develop local neighbourhood plans.

Bill Grimsey, author of the report Build, Back, Better, joins NALC's event series "Rebuilding Communities" on repairing the neglected social fabric of high streets, the need for a shift power away from government to local communities, and the importance of local leadership and the role Parish and Town Councils can play in developing high streets.

Local Council Review, NALC's flagship magazine, invite you to share your opinions on remote and hybrid meetings for the next issue.

The Centre for Progressive Policy thinktank predicts that Stratford-on-Avon District will face the fourth biggest economic hit of all local authority areas in the UK from coronavirus. As a result unemployment will be a significant problem within the District.

In response WCAVA would like to help charities, voluntary and community groups work up and apply for funding of between £5K and £20 K to help unemployed people back into employment, education or training.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Annual Assembly and May Parish Council AGM were unfortunately cancelled. The July PC meeting was held on Zoom and our next meeting in September will also be held on Zoom. Please contact the Parish Clerk if you would like to join the meeting.

Lockdown loo is a free website that encourages organisations and members of the public to provide information on which public loos are open. Do have a check of your local area and update or add information to help people find local facilities.