Are these your new Councillors? You only need to choose ONE.. or up to 6.. but PLEASE VOTE

Postal Votes are here, ready to vote NOW! Physical election is on Thursday 2nd May 2019

You can vote for up to 6 of the 7 who have so generously volunteered to be Parish Councillors on our village Parish Council. Please support them by voting for AT LEAST ONE of them.

Because a Postal Vote was distributed on 12th April, Packington Post had asked each candidate by email on 8th April to provide their details by Saturday 13th April for our readers. We have received 3 replies, and these are published here, below:

Parish Council Election 2nd May 2019 – Robert Martin

Firstly may I introduce myself. My name is Robert Martin, I live at 20 Ashby Road, have lived in Packington for 52 years, married to Jean, we have two sons, Richard and Edward.
I have served for 12 years on the Parish Council and would like to serve the village for a further term to help provide key services for the village and the interests of the local community and look after and improve facilities in our Parish. Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy.
I am retired having previously worked in housing management for the North West Leicestershire District Council for 32 years. In addition I was a member of the Council’s Emergency Planning Committee which dealt with emergencies in the community 24 hours.
I was chairman of the North West Leicestershire Homeless Project, a registered charity formed in 1989, based at the Marlene Reid Centre which assisted homeless people in North West Leicestershire to secure appropriate accommodation. This project was a valued and much needed service within the community. The project had to close after 25 years.
For many years I have been a member of the well organised Packington Neighbourhood Watch committed to crime and anti-social behaviour prevention.
There are several issues for the village such as speeding, street lighting and footpaths but the next years will be very important for our village. The proposed construction of HS2, if it goes ahead, and the amount of disruption cannot be pictured.
If HS2 goes ahead one of the major issues will be the closure of Ashby Road which HS2 are proposing to close for 19 months. All the village rely on doctors, chemists and schools in Ashby. Limiting the impact of HS2 construction work on residents not just from a highway perspective but on a wider context from a public health and education point of view is vital and we need to be involved in the process. We have a very much appreciated Residents Action Group which are working hard for the best interests of the village.
The Parish Council should actively encourage impact from residents on what the community needs. We make decisions on behalf of the people in the Parish. Residents can bring to the attention of the Parish Council anything that concerns them. We should be the first place you can go to with concerns or ideas.
Being an effective Parish Councillor requires both commitment and hard work and I offer my services for another term.
T: 01530 413030 M: 07950 705884 E:

Parish Council Election 2nd May 2019 – Chris Miles

I am Chris Miles and I am pictured here with my wife of fifty-one years, Pauline.

We have lived in Packington all our married lives and love belonging to a small rural community. We were both teachers and I taught at Granville School in South Derbyshire for nearly forty years becoming the Head of Physical Education and Music Departments.

My current interests are; my family: the Packington Memorial Hall where I have been Chairman of the Management Committee for a considerable number of years: Testify Choir for which I accompany on piano and compose tunes: Parish Council and their associated Charities the Recreation Ground Charity and the Earl of Huntingdon Charity: I have also been active in Stop HS2.

During my time in Packington I have helped in organising; the Memorial Hall’s refurbishment, Packington Play Area Facilities, Carnivals, Concerts, Royal Celebration Days, Commemorative events; Bonfire Parties on the Recreation Ground; Duck Races on the Gilwhiskaw and have been involved in sing-alongs in the Pub at Christmas and on St George’s Day.

I have enjoyed being involved in community events and have met and become friends with a great many dedicated volunteer helpers from the village.

If elected for a further four-year term I will do my utmost to keep the spirit of Packington alive and to work tirelessly for the good of all residents.

This publication is promoted by me, Christopher Miles of 14 Babelake St Packington Leicestershire LE65 1WD and displayed by Packington Post electronically on my behalf.

Parish Council Election 2nd May 2019 – Ian Peterson

My name is Ian Peterson and I have put my name forward to represent you as a Parish Councillor.

I have lived on High Street for almost 20 years and want to contribute to the general wellbeing of Packington. Fellow dog walkers will recognise me as the man with the boisterous whippet. I am also a regular participant in the pub quiz in the Bull & Lion on a Tuesday evening. I am 67 years old and retired in 2014 from the Commercial Manager role within a major UK construction company.

Areas where, if elected, I would hope to have an influence are:

Safety: I will actively support any initiative to address the issue of speeding through/around the village.

Security: I believe that the CCTV regime needs to be maintained and coverage extended if possible.

HS2: I believe HS2, particularly the phase which affects our village, to be unjustifiable on any basis and continually needs to be challenged.

This publication is promoted by me Ian Peterson of Packington and is displayed by Packington Post electronically on my behalf.

Aldi Ashby 20 – Sunday 24th March 2019 – Roads Closed

The Aldi “Ashby 20” is a 20-mile road running race through Packington on Sunday 24th March 2019, starting at 10am.  About 1,500 runners will take part, and there are road closures for safety, for a likely maximum period from about 8am to about 3pm. Full details can be found here on the Ashby 20 website

Mill Street will be CLOSED from 9:05 to 10:15 am

Runners come from Ashby, go down Packington’s Mill Street, then do two anti-clockwise laps of the roughly-circular course shown on the map below.  The anti-clockwise left side of all roads of the circle are CLOSED during the race. Roads are open only in the opposite clockwise direction.  In Heather village, traffic may flow alternately in both directions using Stop / Go boards:

At the Bull & Lion on their second lap runners turn up High Street, Packington and on up Ashby Road to their finish at Ashby. There is a full schedule of Road Closure details in this table from the website, below:

Local MP Surgeries Spring 2019 in Swannington – Whitwick


Upcoming Surgeries – Please note – You must book an appointment

Friday 5th April 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Swannington Village Hall, Main Street, Swannington, Leics LE67 8QL

Friday 10th May 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Whitwick Park Hall, off North Street, Whitwick, Leics LE67 5HB

Call: 01530 417736
Snail Mail: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Going East? Road closures to Heather 27 Feb to 1 Mar and 4 Mar to 6 Mar 2019

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) for Heather Lane, Normanton Le Heath; and Normanton Lane, Heather (see plan below) will allow Leicestershire County Council to patch the road West of Normanton. Expect temporary road closures; not anticipated to exceed four days starting Wednesday 27th February 2019.

Next, a second TTRO for Ashby Road, Normanton Le Heath (see plan below) will allow LCC to patch the road East of Normanton. Expect temporary road closures & parking restrictions. This is not anticipated to exceed two days starting on Monday 4th March 2019.

Many of your fellow Packington villagers might think a different diversion route to be preferable to the one LCC has shown – from our village going East, you can take Coleorton Lane and Old Leicester Road to Ravenstone, turning right for Heather.

Big Charity Breakfast – Major Village Event – Saturday 2nd March 2019

This is THE village event, where we all have the chance to be part of something REALLY SPECIAL – just come along and eat a top-level Packington Breakfast, AND / OR help by joining the team of villagers for just one hour.

Quality produce supplied by: Taylors Butcher of Ashby de la Zouch; and our own Daybreak Services of Packington

Not from Packington? We welcome you as honorary villagers while you enjoy a full Packington Breakfast. Just turn up! All proceeds to charity!

Full English Breakfast £7
Children’s Portion £3.50

  • Sausages x 2
  • Bacon x 2
  • Black Pudding
  • Fried Egg
  • Tomato
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Toast, Butter, Marmalade,
  • Orange Juice
  • Tea or Coffee

Vegetarian Full Breakfast £7

  • Omelette
  • Tomato
  • Mushroom
  • Beans

Breakfast Bap £3.50

  • Sausage or Bacon
  • Orange Juice
  • Tea or Coffee

Join us? You can take orders, lay tables, make tea, make toast, cook, warm plates, serve meals, serve hot drinks, serve orange juice, clear plates, wipe tables and re-lay, use the commercial high-speed dishwasher, use the low-speed glass washer, smile at all the happy eaters – call Mike on 560430 to book your chance to star for an hour in this amazing event where we all get to say hello to other village residents, and where volunteering camaraderie can make a major boost to YOUR seratonin level!

Job Vacancy – Parish Council Clerk – please apply by 1st March

Packington Parish Council

Has a vacancy for Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

9 hours per week (days/times flexible when required)
Salary : NJC Salary Point 11 - £21,166 (from April 2019) pro rata
Actual Pay - £5,148 p.a equivalent to £11 per hour (from April 2019)

We are a friendly enthusiastic Council, keen to make a positive difference to our Parish. We have lots of ideas and are looking for a Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer to support in the efficient running of the Parish Council.

We are looking for someone who is friendly, enthusiastic, well-organised and calm, and who:

  • has excellent people skills, including the ability to work with Councillors, members of the public and third party organisations
  • is proficient with the use of email, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • is an accurate record keeper, well-organised and able to meet deadlines
  • will, with appropriate training, be able to deal with the day to day management of the Parish Council, including updating the website at
  • can identify funding opportunities and help prepare bids for grants funding
  • with training and support, ensure the smooth running of the Parish Council, and suggest new ideas or working practices
  • will undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time, and which may involve additional evening or daytime meetings

The job is carried out from home and the successful candidate may be expected to start working towards obtaining CiLCA (Certificate in Local Council Administration) if it is felt to be necessary in the future and once they have completed the initial 6 month training period.

Please contact Karen Edwards, via phone or email (see below) if you would like to know more about Packington Parish Council, the job, or would like an application pack.

The closing date for return of applications is Friday 1st March 2019. Interviews to be held in the evening of Tuesday 12th March 2019.

Please send applications to:

Karen Edwards, Clerk to Packington Parish Council, 
23 Brittany Avenue, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 2QY
Tel: 07936 359949 or email to

New Management at our Bull and Lion

Debbie’s cheerful smile awaits you at Packington’s Bull and Lion Pub

There have been some recent changes at the Packington Bull and Lion – but villagers can now hope for a period of friendly stability at the pub, with the help of new manager Debbie Robinson.

No stranger to the Bull and Lion, Debbie has already been a regular customer for six years, even though living twenty minutes away in Gresley. Appointed to manage by lease-holders Phil and Emma as from 4th February 2019, Debbie has her heart set on fully maintaining the happy atmosphere she has previously enjoyed here:

  • YES! Family- and dog- friendly
  • YES! Same enthusiastic village staff
  • YES! Quiz nights on Tuesdays, starting at 9 pm, £1 per person
  • YES! Classic Cars on the first Monday each month – April through September – starting at 6 pm
  • YES! O’Regan’s Pop-up Pizza nights on those Mondays, too!
  • YES! Egg throwing event!

A new chef is still needed to restore the food service, and Debbie is then keen to move on from the present temporarily-restricted opening hours:

  • Mondays 4pm – 10 pm
  • Tuesdays – Thursdays 4 pm to 11 pm
  • Fridays – 3 pm to midnight
  • Saturdays – noon to midnight
  • Sundays – noon to 11 pm
February 2019 – opening hours temporarily restricted – Sorry!

HS2 – “The Great Train Robbery” – Monday 11th 8pm

Parish Council recommends all to watch Channel 4 at 8pm Monday 11th February

Packington Parish Council has asked Packington Post to alert villagers to a new TV documentary on HS2 and it’s escalating costs:

‘We encourage everyone to watch and record the programme below and alert as many people as possible. Especially those around the Country who know little of this project, IE, those not affected by the route. We need to spread the word regarding the escalating cost.’
CHANNEL 4  at 8pm on Monday 11th February “HS2 The Great Train Robbery”

from Chris Miles, chair of Packington Parish Council
Artist’s impression of an HS2 train

Airing at 8pm on Monday 11th February 2019, “HS2 – The Great Train Robbery” – Channel 4 Dispatches will be a 30-minute look at the controversy surrounding the project.

More details here on Birmingham Live

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