Harry’s Fund: Christmas Fair at Memorial Hall this Saturday 9th December 2017

Village Event: Family Fun, with Tea Room, cakes, craft stalls and a raffle!

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Please come and help us – at Harry’s fund-raising event this Saturday from 10am to 1pm – in Packington’s Memorial Hall

We are trying to raise money – £17,000 – for stem cell treatment abroad. There will be a tea room, cakes, raffle, craft stalls & fun for the whole family 🎄🍪🍩🎁☃️😘😘

Read more about Harry’s Fund and why it exists on his Facebook Page here

Ashby Food Gusto Festival – this weekend 2nd & 3rd December 10:30-17:00

Ashby’s best food and drink festival – Market Street

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Don’t miss out! FREE parking available!

Great Food and Drink at the Ashby Food Gusto Christmas Fair – Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December

The Market Street in Ashby de la Zouch will come to life with the sights, smells and tastes of Christmas this year as the perfect setting for Food Gusto’s largest Food & Drink Christmas Fair yet.

Event organisers, Food Gusto, will be bringing their unique festively-themed food, drink and artisan fair to the town on December 2nd and 3rd following successful events in the town. Continue reading ‘Ashby Food Gusto Festival – this weekend 2nd & 3rd December 10:30-17:00’ »

Village History Group Re-Launch Tuesday 28th November 2017

Our History is taking place NOW – Join us to help record it !

Packington Village History Group (PVHG) invites you to an Open Meeting to discuss its forthcoming activities and encourage you to join us as a new member.

PVHG needs to re-launch itself,  to record the history of the coming years of our village, as well as to continue safeguarding our past history.

PLEASE come to our Village Meeting at the Memorial Hall Meeting Room on Tuesday 28th November 2017 at 7:30pm, to be part of, and to help plan for, these important tasks.

Please bring YOUR ideas, on exploiting our village history into the next century, so that perhaps in 2117 Packington City-dwellers may see how far-sighted we were.. Contact: Yvonne Eaton, 412269.

Meanwhile, here’s some village news you may not have heard yet, from PVHG records:

RAF Aircraft Force-lands near Packington

An Avro 504K biplane aircraft was forced to land in a Packington field on 18th September 1918 due to fuel shortage.

Tesco Roundabout Night Closures 20 Nov – 1 Dec 2017

Ashby Tesco Roundabout Night Closures

A511 JUNCTION with NOTTINGHAM ROAD and ASHBY BYPASS (TESCO ROUNDABOUT)

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Highways has agreed to a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order:

A temporary weekday overnight road closure at the Tesco roundabout on the A511 and Nottingham Road, Ashby de la Zouch from the Monday 20th November to Friday 1st December 2017  between the hours of 20:00 to 06:00.

The Order will be for LCC to carry out resurfacing works on the roundabout at the junctions with the Ashby by-pass (A511) and Nottingham Road.

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Dingy Social Bike Ride – 10am Sat 11th November 2017 Hicks Lodge

Biking and the outdoors as medicine for mental illness ? – a new local initiative by Packington resident Marc Stapleford – FREE to join in.
Dingy Bike Ride Advert imageMarc writes:

Join me in a new monthly ride initiative, which will focus on connecting people with the outdoors, using biking and the great outdoors as medicine in the management of mental illness. The project is called dingy.life  

I held a social ride on World Mental Illness Day, at Hicks Lodge on Sat 14th October, and plan a monthly ride for the foreseeable future supporting the charity MIND.  We raised £45 which was never my intention, but riders donated, so I thought what a great idea. A link to our next event is here – you can register there so I know how many are coming, or just turn up. Please meet at Hicks Lodge  LE65 2UP at 10am on Saturday 11th November 2017. 

You can contact me, Marc Stapleford, on 07506 938536

Big Quiz Night at Memorial Hall – Saturday 18th November 2017

Packington Cricket Club

Quiz Night

Saturday 18th November 2017- Doors Open 7:15pm

Packington Memorial Hall, 3 High Street, Packington, LE65 1WJ

Bar available

1st Prize – £60

2nd Prize – 6 bottles of wine

3rd Prize – Chocolate hamper

Raffle and Games during the interval

£15 per team of 4,  Max 25 teams –  to reserve your place

call: Gary Downing 07429 152147; or

email: garydowning@ymail.com

Quiz starts @ 7.45pm

Finish @ 10.15pm

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Report on Village HS2 Meeting Friday 29th September 2017

This village meeting, organised by the Packington HS2 Response Team in the Memorial Hall, was attended by approximately 60 residents.

The aim of the meeting was to give villagers a better understanding of what the Team have being doing on their behalf in respect of HS2, since the public meetings in January and February, and to explain the implications of the confirmed route. The meeting was given a brief background to HS2 in this area, a summary of the formal consultation response, and information on further lobbying of HS2, Government and local councils since the formal submission.

Residents were thanked for responding individually, as this had contributed significantly to overturning the November 2016 route proposal, which would have been by far the worst option for Packington. Of seven proposed route changes to HS2 Phase 2 being consulted on, our section was the only one where the November 2016 proposal was thrown out. Sadly, our attempts to promote an example route that missed Packington completely, and eliminated impact on 90% more homes, as well as schools and businesses, was not given serious consideration.

The implications for Packington of the confirmed route were explained. Our community will still suffer noise and dust pollution during construction, there will be serious visual impacts, transport links will be disrupted over a lengthy period, and the train will be heard and seen once work is completed, causing permanent blight on the village. Continue reading ‘Report on Village HS2 Meeting Friday 29th September 2017’ »

FREE Tree Scheme – just order by 27 October 2017

Free trees banner Grab a Tree for Free 2017

In the National Forest and beyond

The overwhelmingly popular Free Tree Scheme is back again, and you can help to continue the success of the scheme by supporting it this year. The scheme has already seen thousands of trees planted across the district and the District Council is once again teaming up with The National Forest Company to make our district even greener.

There are four trees to choose from: Holly; Cherry Plum; Hazel; Whitebeam. Again this year we have the Hedge Fund with residents able to order up to 30 metres of hedging of Hawthorn and Hazel.

You can order online at: www.nwleics.gov.uk/freetreescheme2017

Trees will be available for collection on Sunday 19 November. Place your order to receive your free trees now, and by Friday 27 October 2017.

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Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire – Monday 28th August 2017

GarenView_CIMG3673w160_4kPackington Village Gardens Open Day – Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire  – Major Village Event on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2017 from 2pm to 7pm. Admission is by passport to 12+ gardens, Adults £3.50, Accompanied children FREE.

Passports available on the day from Packington village Car Park on Measham Road – LE65 1WP for your SatNav – or at participating gardens.

Refreshments including afternoon teas Continue reading ‘Probably the BEST Open Gardens in Leicestershire – Monday 28th August 2017’ »