Parish Council Election 2nd May 2019 – Clare Beynon

I have lived in Packington for a number of years, with my husband and 2 daughters. As a family we have fully integrated into the village community, involved in various clubs and social activities. I’m a Talent Development Manager for a global brand. This role requires dynamic leadership and upmost Integrity.

I’m passionate about our village and believe I would continue to bring huge value as a voice of the community with a fresh perspective.
INCLUSIVE – More events for young families and other demographic groups. Reaching out via traditional channels and social media
SAFE– I’m passionate we do as much as possible to keep our community safe, ensure transparency with communication of village activity and ensure we identify all effective deterrents.
COMMUNITY VOICE—I’m here to represent YOU. I easily network and connect with many members of the village and will ensure your opinions are heard, from building development, planning applications, use of the recreation ground and, of course, HS2 plans.

Village Open Evening at our Memorial Hall – Friday 26th April 7pm – FREE glass of Prosecco or hot drink..

Friday 26th April 2019 – 7 pm – Major Event:

Village Open Evening at our Memorial Hall

FREE hot drink or glass of Prosecco.. Pop in for 5 minutes, or stay for longer.

Information on Village Groups, Clubs, Societies, events, and activities will be on display at Memorial Hall Venue 175 starting at 7pm on Friday.  Plus you can MEET PEOPLE!

We haven’t staged an event of this size since 2009, when the new Hall had just been opened; back then the evening was a major success, with many village people commenting on how they “..just didn’t know..” about all the different activities and societies that take place in Packington.

Ten years on, there are many thriving village Groups that YOU might enjoy being part of, and which would welcome YOU to come and see what they are and what they do. This is YOUR chance to look around with zero commitment needed. 

Also ten years on from 2009, we estimate one-third of the village population were not here in 2009.  New to Packington? So were we, once. Please come along and say hello, or just observe. We’d LOVE to see you, and offer you that FREE drink!

Organised by Packington Memorial Hall Venues Management Committee in conjunction with our village Groups and Societies..

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

Filed under HS2

Drop-in for FREE – meet and talk to our councillors on Tuesday

What’s it like to be a councillor?

What’s it like being a parish councillor? There’s a special chance to informally drop-in and talk to our 6 councillors on Tuesday at 6:30 pm, for half-an-hour before their formal Parish Council meeting starts at 7 pm. Chris, Ian, Jacquie, Clare, Alan and Bob can tell you why YOU should have a go at taking their job at the elections of 2nd May 2019. Rumour has it that they won’t all stand again this year – but all 6 positions are up for election. You might even get in unopposed.

Tuesday 5th February 2019 6:30pm at Venue 35 (Memorial Hall meeting room)

Look, Packington needs YOU to take up one of these 6 vacancies for our Parish Council for the next 4 years. This open chat session could give YOU the confidence to GO FOR IT and stand for election. Please come and talk to them!

They can tell you the inside story of what it’s like to do their volunteer rôle. These are REAL people with REAL lives in our village, and their work really benefits our village. Yes, it’s one meeting a month, with some stuff to read in between, plus some papers to push and some village projects to help with. But, these are the guys and gals who sponsored our Party in the Park, and our WW1 Centenary celebration, that’s just two recent things. They also sponsor our village magazine and lots of your favourite events, they run the recreation ground and the bonfire night. They also have inputs to formal stuff like planning permissions and roads and highways and all sorts of things that Local Government does in our area.

They WANT to talk to YOU. PLEASE will you come on Tuesday 5th February at 6:30, and then resolve to make a difference for us all in May? If you want, stay on past 7pm Tuesday at the formal meeting to hear the police report and other fascinating bits of local news. Then – Please STAND for ELECTION – here’s the timetable and details

Our Oldest Resident has passed away, age 98

Eric Carter recently

Eric Carter, the oldest person in Packington, has died, aged 98.

Eric was a journalist all his working life. Born in December 1920, he started as a reporter on his home town paper, the Bideford Gazette, before being called up during the Second World War, serving in India and Burma.

Upon demobilisation, he picked up his journalistic career working for local weekly and daily papers in Kent and Devon before heading to Fleet Street. In London, he worked on various national papers including the Daily Express, Daily Sketch and Sunday Pictorial as well as for a number of magazines such as London Life and the Telegraph Magazine. He was assistant editor of TV Times when he decided to return to Devon and run his own newspaper.

He bought the Dawlish Gazette in 1972, and he and wife Betty – with reporting help from son Nick – ran the paper for ten years before selling up and moving to Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Here both worked on the Kent and Sussex Courier, the paper where they met in 1946 before marrying in 1948: the couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last July.

Upon retirement Betty and Eric moved to Packington to be near Nick and his family. Eric died in his Hall Lane home on 15th January of heart failure.

The funeral will be held at Holy Rood Church, Packington, LE65 1UZ on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at noon. Family flowers only but donations can be made to Blind Veterans UK, c/o Lee Cooper Funeral Directors, The Old Courthouse, Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3PN.