Appleby Food Gusto Food & Drink Festival

Saturday 26th August – 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Appleby Magna Food Gusto Festival is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend, with a wide range of great food, drink, music and activities for all the family and is a great way to end the holidays.

Where is it held?

The festival is held on Saturday 26th of August from 10:30 – 16:30 on the beautiful grounds of the Sir John Moore Foundation, Top Street, Appleby Magna, just of junction 11 of the M42.

Use the postcode DE12 7AH to find us on a sat nav or use the google maps link here. Entrance is £2, with children under 12 going free. Parking is available opposite the site.

What To Expect

The Food-Producers will be selling meats, cheese, wine, beer, artisan breads, vegetables, jams, pickles, pates, herbs, charcuterie, crepes and more.

The Drink – Enjoy a glass of wine, prosecco, champagne, farm produced cider, barista coffee

The Music – The Headhunters, The Old Dogs, The Paul Morrel Band, Coriel, Andy Fern, Mark John, The Acoustic Fellas, Mick Smith, David Gray, Roger Woodard, Green Fortune …

For The Children – Childrens rides, heritage tours, face painting

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Sunday 3rd September 2017 – Cycle race through Packington

Coming through Packington: – Manchester to London 220 mile cycle race

“.. there will be a cycling event which will be passing through North West Leicestershire at certain points on Sunday 3 September. There should be minimal impact and Police Operations are aware and in liaison with the event organisers. Please see the attached map of proceedings. Kind Regards,
Alex Branford
Stronger and Safer Communities Administration Officer

Telephone: 01530 454627


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Our HS2 Response Team’s View of the newly-confirmed Route

“Good News – but Impact Lessened, not Removed”

Conservation Area – Mill Street from Proposed HS2 Route, not now to proceed.

Residents will already be aware that this week the Government announced its decision not to adopt the change of route for HS2 to the east of Measham, first proposed in November 2016. This is good news for the village, as that revised route was the worst of all options, not only for Packington but also for neighbouring villages. Many of the objections that we included in our response on behalf of the village are referred to in the analysis of responses supplied to the Secretary of State.

Since the 9th March, when the consultation period closed, the Response Team has continued to lobby Ministers, and indeed the Prime Minister, seeking a less harmful route.

We have been told by HS2 Ltd that they were surprised by both the number and the quality of the responses to the consultation about the route change in this area. SLC Rail, who are consultants to the District Council, have said that we should be proud of our achievement in overturning the route change proposal, as it is rare for this to happen.

We would like to thank the many residents of Packington, and their friends and family outside the village, who made the effort to submit individual responses to the consultation. Without your involvement we probably would not have achieved this outcome. The weight of objections really does seem to have made a difference.

Map showing Confirmed HS2 Route and A42 past 5-ways Junction, Packington, and Ashby. Tap or click the map for full Government details

Sadly Packington will still be faced with the constructional and operational impacts of a high speed rail line close to the village. The impact has been lessened, not removed. Consequently the Response Team will continue to lobby HS2 Ltd during the design stage, in order to minimise the adverse effects on Packington and its residents as far as is possible.

We look forward to the continued support of the people of Packington.

Richard Jones
Chairman, Packington HS2 Response Team

Filed under HS2

HS2 Route Decision – Monday 17th July 2017 – Packington gain?

HS2 News – Packington Route Decision

Good News for Packington?  Monday 17th July 2017

“The Secretary of State has decided not to proceed with the proposed change of route at Measham, which would have seen the alignment move to the east of Measham, away from the A42. Instead, the Secretary of State is confirming a modified version of the 2013 Preferred Route to the west of Measham. In Measham itself, the route is moved approximately 80m further east from the 2013 Preferred Route and viaduct extended from 145m to 600m to mitigate commercial property impacts.”

Andrew Bridgen MP – Local Surgeries, July to October 2017


Upcoming Surgeries: Please book an appointment

Ashby de la Zouch

Friday 7th July 2017 1.00-3.00pm

Ashby de la Zouch Town Council, Legion House, South Street, Ashby, Leics LE65 1BQ


Thursday 3rd August 2017 11.30am-1.30pm

Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leics LE67 3EA

Castle Donington

Thursday 31st August 2017 1.00-3.00pm

Castle Donington Parish Council, Parish Rooms Hillside, Castle Donington DE74 2NH


Friday 6th October 2017 11.30am-1.30pm

Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leics LE67 3EA


Call: 01530 417736


House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA


Packington Girl Guides re-starts – Thursday Evenings in term-time

1st Packington Guides have reopened

They had their first meeting on Thursday 11th May 2017.

The Unit meets Thursdays in term time at Packington Memorial Hall from 18:30-20:00 (unless we are out and about!).

There are currently spaces for girls aged 10-14.

The unit has already started working on a Denmark Challenge badge – if you notice the smell of freshly baked Danish pastries it could be Packington Guides.
The following are planned for the rest of the term:

  • Ashby Spa and Ivanhoe District’s Dress up and Dance Evening in aid of MacMillan and Smalls for All;
  • Weekend camp, and
  • Ashby Division Swimming and BBQ evening.
  • We also hope to walk some of the Leicestershire Round, try out some crafts and start working on the Leicestershire Centenary Challenge.

Leicestershire Girlguiding are supporting the Smalls for All Charity ( so we are collecting:

  • New ladies pants size 8-16
  • New children’s pants age 5-15
  • New or gently-worn bras

Interested in Girlguiding? You would be welcome to join as a Unit Helper or Leader. Feel free to come for a taster meeting!

Please contact:

Allison Buswell – Unit Leader
Tel: 01530 224240
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PNHW Village Meeting

Packington Neighbourhood Watch (PNHW) Meeting

Standing Room Only at 6th May 2017 Meeting to discuss village CCTV proposal

View of packed village hall with people standing at rear

The proposal circulated to all village residences by PNHW was described in a presentation to the village meeting by our current PNHW Co-Ordinator, Wesley Ewing, on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 10am in the Memorial Hall.

A full description of regulatory and Data-Protection aspects was also given.

A description of likely Police use of active data came from one of our neighbourhood police team, PCSO 6679 Jason Harriman.

Questions were asked for, and responded to.  Objections were sought, but none were forthcoming from the meeting.

Did you miss the meeting? Do you have an objection or comment to make about the proposed scheme?  PNHW is keen to learn and wants YOUR point of view.  Please make your objection or comment known to the PNHW Co-Ordinator, Wesley Ewing. You can use either

  • email to: nhw at or
  • letter to 53 Mill Street

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Packington Parish Council Election Decided – Letter of Thanks

Packington Post has received the following letter from Jacqueline Bridgen:

Dear Residents,

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that came out to vote on Thursday.

I look forward to working hard as your Parish councillor and to represent all members of our community.

To be effective, I need you to share your ideas, your concerns and your aspirations for our village with me, and look forward to meeting with and listening to you to discuss these.

You can contact me by email at:   or in writing at 21 Spring Lane, Packington, LE65 1WU

Many thanks once again

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Bridgen