Village Community Litter Pick – THIS Sunday 8th March 2020

Meet at Memorial Hall at 10 am

This was last year – we hope it won’t be foggy this year !

Expect a short brief and choice of areas

Hi-Vis and bin bags provided

Please wear suitable footwear and gloves

Just 2 hours at most – when it’s done, it’s DONE

Complimentary hot drinks (and chatting !) at the Hall when we finish

As well as our village centre, we’ll tidy the lanes that lead into our beautiful village

Here’s what we achieved last time..

Packington Litter Pick 2020 is led by village resident Martin Bassett of Mill Street, who feels like most of us that we want OUR village to look nice! Spot the hideous litter on this video of Coleorton Lane, coming down into OUR village:

Litter Pick ReminderLitter Pick – This Sunday Can your family spare just 2 hours ?Many hands will make light workEveryone welcome to join me to try and tidy up all the lanes into the village as well as the village centre. Meet at the village hall 10am Sunday 8th March Complimentary tea & coffee in the hall once we finish.😁This video doesn’t really display how bad the litter is but gives you an idea if you haven’t driven along Colorton Lane recently 😞😡

Posted by Packington Post on Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Video of Coleorton Lane coming down into our village

Big Breakfast – Major Village Charity Event – Saturday 7th March 2020

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

This year Highly Topical Special: Packington Neighbourhood Watch table with display and information on our village defence posture. Meet some of our NHW team and learn about YOUR street representative.

This year we are supporting a special charity – Dementia UK

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 £8
Children’s Portion £4

  • 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
  • Mushrooms
  • Beans

Breakfast Bap £4

  • Sausage or Bacon
  • Orange Juice
  • Tea or Coffee

Join us? For just one hour (more if you want) YOU could 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!

Aldi Ashby 20 – Sunday 15th March 2020 – Road Closures

The Aldi “Ashby 20” is a 20-mile road running race through Packington on Sunday 15th March 2020, 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 a table here on the Ashby 20 website

You’ll be able to drive FROM the 5-ways Junction, along Measham Road to Packington, but NOT the other way, due to 1,500 runners coming that way

100 issues of Packington Post

No wonder the small Packington Communications Group (PCG) were in celebration mode in the photo above – since 2003, the Group has produced ONE HUNDRED issues of Packington Post, our village bi-monthly magazine. Issue 100, distributed during the weekend of 18th / 19th January 2020, is another bumper 16-page edition.

The 9 “core” members of PCG want to pay tribute to the extensive help received from the village:

  • We would be nothing without the wonderful distribution team, who brave the dark and the cold to deliver hot-off-the-press copies to EVERY VILLAGE DWELLING in EVERY VILLAGE ROAD OR LANE.
  • We would have little to print without those involved in village activities, who take the time and effort needed to report on their club or group events and happenings.
  • WE are so grateful to our advertisers, whose contributions are informative and valuable – we know our village supports them, too.
  • We rely on our dedicated volunteer Parish Council for funding – it was they back in 2002 who highlighted the need for communication within our village, and today it is they who continue to provide much of our funding.
  • We are so grateful for the support of YOU OUR READERS, who in survey after survey have backed us so fully, and who write in to let us have your thoughts on aspects of our village.

PCG want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all in the village who have helped to make the Packington Post such a success.

Packington Bonfire and Fireworks Tuesday 5th November 2019

We hope to repeat the success of previous Bonfire Parties, again on the traditional date : Remember, Remember, the 5th November..

Tuesday 5th November 2019 .. something like this

There is a need to build a safe bonfire. If you can bring material to burn, check the contents before you take it to the site with Chris Miles. He can be contacted on 01530 414378 or 07856 179485. Recent bonfires have been terrific because we have used pallets and fencing – smoke was limited with no green material or toxic waste. If you bring a shed roof, please remove the bitumen felt and put in in the black bin at home. Last year everyone who contacted us was helpful in this regard.

Anyone who has any easily combustible wood such as old fence panels, pallets and old sheds, can bring them to the bonfire site, or make arrangements for collection by calling the contact numbers below. We are now accepting wood, with just one week to go.

The Bonfire Party will be run on similar lines to previous years. Entry will be via the top entrance to the play-area, in Vicarage Lane. If you park in the Recreation Ground car park, please walk up Vicarage Lane to this entrance, it is a safer access in the dark. The event itself is free but we shall ask you for a donation, which can be gift-aided, and will help the charity to pursue its aims.

The bonfire will be lit as near to 7pm as possible and there will be two sessions of display fireworks. In the interval there will be a sparkler session for youngsters accompa­nied by an adult, this will be free of charge.

Hot dogs, burgers, punch and drinks can be pur­chased, and we hope you all have an enjoyable time. Please come and support this event no matter what the weather. There will be over £750 of display fire­ works – the charity had to pay a hefty £400 insurance premium to stage this bonfire, so we need to see the whole of Packington on the Recreation Ground.

Last year’s bonfire..

Please Do Not bring any of your own fireworks to this event. This includes sparklers. It is a condition of the insurance that only authorised fireworks are displayed, in a safe and secure environment.

We always require more volunteers to run this event. We need to help set up before; then help on the night; then help to pack away afterwards. Anyone PLEASE contact me prior to the event so that we can be organised, as soon as you can – just ring Chris 01530 414378 or Mob 07856 179485

The money raised at last year’s bonfire night has been spent on a new eight-seater picnic table, and on repairs to the fencing and the posts surrounding the play area. See you on the 5th?

Packington Village Crime Awareness seminar 7 pm Thursday 7th November 2019

You are invited to three short talks on crime awareness and deterrence. Thursday 7 November 2019 – 7 pm
at Packington Primary School

Learn from Police and Bank experts. The talks will focus on:

home security & safety


social media, phone and text scams
banking fraud, common scams

Speakers:

7:00 Wes Ewing, Packington Neighbourhood
Watch

Introduction & Update
7:10 Tony Gallagher, NW Leicestershire Police
Keeping yourself safe in your home;
measures you can take, and how to report
crime
7:20 Samantha Hancock, NW Leicestershire
Police
– Cybercrime
Computer use and social media, phone and
text scams, how to report scams
8:00 Santander Bank
The rise of bank fraud; most common
scams, how to protect yourself and what are
your rights
8:30 Q&A
9:00 Close

Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire – Monday 26th August 2019 2pm – 7pm

Packington Village Open Gardens Day – Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire

Visitors are welcomed with Passports on sale at the village car park, Measham Road, LE65 1WP

Major Village Event on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019 from 2pm to 7pm. Admission is by passport to 12 gardens, Adults £4.00, accompanied children FREE. Passports available on the day from:

  • Measham Road Car Park, LE65 1WP
  • Memorial Hall, High Street, LE65 1WJ, or
  • Participating gardens.
Enjoy a gentle stroll around 12 village gardens..
  • Gardening stall
  • plants
  • second-hand books
  • Displays and live musical entertainment

Also:

Refreshments, including Ice-creams and afternoon teas, at:

  • Memorial Hall, High Street;
  • Barn Farm, Babelake Street; and
  • Village church, Vicarage Lane

Sponsored by David Granger Architectural Design Limited www.davidgrangerdesign.com telephone: 01530 560939

Duck race contestants ready..

Duck race and BBQ on Mill Street from 6pm !

Major Village Event – Party in the Park – THIS Saturday 6th July 2019

Just 4 days to go to Party in the Park! Saturday 6th July 2019!

Join with friends and neighbours to party in our fabulous village park. Bring your own foody feasts – Barbecues permitted if they are off the ground and extinguished before you leave. Join in with the Best Decorated Gazebo competition (choose your own theme). We will be having Fun, Games, superb live music, and a bit of magic.

Come and browse in our Market Place area where we have our sweet stall, tombola, glitter tattoos as well as a ‘grown up’ drinks truck, ice cream vendor and hand-made garden accessories for sale. Our donation buckets will be going round to enable us to continue this great event into 2020!

The gates open at 1 pm on Saturday for you to set up your own gazebo, the party begins at 6 pm.

We are still looking for tombola prizes, so please either drop off at Barkers Cafe or bring along on the day.
Volunteers also needed to help with setting up the site on Saturday morning at 10am, and for clearing up on Sunday morning, again at 10 am

We also ask that everyone clears their own gazebos off the park Sunday morning, to get the park and play areas clear to use safely.

See you all Next Saturday!

Local MP Surgeries Spring – Summer 2019 in Whitwick Kegworth Coalville & Ashby

Whitwick
Friday 10th May 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Whitwick Park Hall, off North Street,
Whitwick, Leics LE67 5HB
Kegworth
Friday 14th June 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Kegworth Village Hall, Nottingham Rd, Kegworth, Derby DE74 2FH
Coalville
Friday 12th July 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH
Ashby
Friday 9th August 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, Legion House, South Street, Ashby, Leics LE65 1BQ


Please note: You MUST book an appointment. To book:

Are these your new Councillors? You only need to choose ONE.. or up to 6 of these 7.. but PLEASE VOTE

Please Scroll down to read these details on following pages:

You can vote for up to 6 of the 7 who have so generously volunteered to be Parish Councillors on our village Parish Council. and whose details you can scroll down to read in following posts on this Packington Post village website. Please support them by voting for AT LEAST ONE of them. You don’t have to vote for more than one..

The Polling Station is open from 7am until 10 pm, that’s 07-22 hours, on Thursday 2nd May 2019. It’s in Venue 35 at our Memorial Hall Venues:

For the Polling Station, use the LEFT SIDE entrance to Venue 35 in our Packington Memorial Hall Venues

We hope to bring you the results on Friday 3rd May 2019.

The new council will convene for the Annual Meeting of Packington Parish Council on Tuesday 14th May at 7 pm in Venue 35. All are welcome.

Now, scroll down to read their details..

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: robertmartin20@btinternet.com