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


7:00 Wes Ewing, Packington Neighbourhood

Introduction & Update
7:10 Tony Gallagher, NW Leicestershire Police
Keeping yourself safe in your home;
measures you can take, and how to report
7:20 Samantha Hancock, NW Leicestershire
– 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


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

Friday 10th May 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Whitwick Park Hall, off North Street,
Whitwick, Leics LE67 5HB
Friday 14th June 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
Kegworth Village Hall, Nottingham Rd, Kegworth, Derby DE74 2FH
Friday 12th July 2019 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH
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

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.

Parish Council Election 2nd May 2019 – Ian Dring

Being a Parish Councillor is as much about working together as about the individual. Each councillor contributes their experience and skills. Having been in business all my life until retirement I have a reasonable understanding of financial matters, a dislike of red tape and box ticking, and a willingness to challenge issues if I believe them to be against the interests of the Parish. With others I have attended many meetings with NWLDC and the County Council to argue the case for Packington. Planning has presented its challenges; you win some and you lose some.

Over the years I have particularly supported community activities via the Parish Council and personally, E.g. the Annual Bonfire event, Party in the Park, Carnivals and Royal Celebrations. Involvement with other charities has helped being a trustee of the Recreation Ground and Huntingdon charities.

Looking to the future I would like to see a link to Hicks Wood for cyclists which avoids Measham Road, and a footpath to Normandy Wood which could be used by all including wheelchairs.

Packington is a great village. It has given a lot to me and my family. Together we can keep it that way.

This publication is published and promoted by me, Ian Dring, of 19 Babelake Street, Packington, LE65 1WD