Road Works in Ashby for 6 weeks from Saturday 24th March

They’re going to fix the Gas Mains near Royal Hotel in Ashby

For 6 weeks from next Saturday 24th March,  the red bit on the map – Station Road and Tamworth Road (just from Avenue Road) – will be ONE-WAY INTO ASHBY ONLY, so we won’t be able to drive to Lower Packington Road from Ashby Market Street. The green bit on the map – last bit of Lower Packington Road – will be ONE-WAY OUT OF ASHBY ONLY.

Most of us will choose to drive home up Market Street and turn right at the traffic lights into Old Leicester Road, then turn right down Upper Packington Road back to our village.

The 6 weeks ends on 4th May 2018. Here’s the official notice: Continue reading ‘Road Works in Ashby for 6 weeks from Saturday 24th March’ »

Cancelled! Ashby 20 – not this year, Alas – due Severe Weather.

Cancelled! due Severe Weather Warning

Race HQ, Friday Afternoon:  Due to the SEVERE WEATHER WARNING, the Aldi “Ashby 20“, a 20-mile road running race organised by our local Ivanhoe Runners, will not now be held this Sunday 18th March 2018.

About 1,500 runners were due to take part, and there were to be road closures for safety, but these will not now take place.

Aldi Ashby 20 – Road race through Packington Sunday 18 March 2018 – Road Closures

The Aldi “Ashby 20“, a 20-mile road running race organised by our local Ivanhoe Runners, will be held on Sunday 18th March 2018, 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, but possibly until 5pm.

Full information is on the Ashby 20 website here:

Runners come from Ashby at 10 am, go down Mill Street by 10:20, then do two anti-clockwise laps of the roughly-circular loop course shown on the map below. The anti-clockwise left side of all roads of the loop are CLOSED during the race. Roads are open in the opposite clockwise direction. In Heather village, traffic may flow alternately in both directions using Stop / Go boards.

At the Bull & Lion, an ideal viewing point,  on their second lap the runners turn up High Street, Packington and on to their finish at Ashby. The first runner will do this before noon.

There is a full schedule of Road Closure details in the table below the map:Ashby 20 road map
Ashby 20 table of road closures

BIG Packington Charity Breakfast – Saturday 3rd March 2018

Big Breakfast 2018 – Major Village Event

Saturday 3rd March 2018 – 9am to 1pm

Come along to Venue 175 – the new name for the main Packington Memorial Hall Venue – and enjoy the “Packington Breakfast”.

  • Choice of all your favourite ingredients £ 7
  • Children’s version, and filled baps, also available  £ 3.50.

This event would not take place without the many willing volunteers. Amazing camaraderie is on offer, not to mention banter and joy.  You can join the team by offering a one- or two-hour slot.

There are many jobs where you can take part in this village event for an hour or two:breakfast

  • cooking
  • making toast
  • serving tea
  • washing up
  • administration

– to mention just a few.

Let me know please, I will be delighted to hear from you. 

This year the proceeds will be split between:

  • Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, and
  • Harry’s Fund.

[email protected] or 560430. Continue reading ‘BIG Packington Charity Breakfast – Saturday 3rd March 2018’ »

First Wednesday Coffee Morning 7th February 2018 – Just £1 !!

First Wednesday Coffee Morning

at Memorial Hall Venue 35 – the Meeting Room – 10am to noon this coming Wednesday 7th February 2018

  • Everyone welcome to join us for this highly-praised hot-drink and biscuit monthly event!
  • Choice of tea, coffee, cappuccino or hot chocolate and a biscuit, all for just £1
  • FREE seating and chat!

Hosted by Mike and Sylvia Coke on behalf of the Memorial Hall Committee

Note: the entrance to the Venue 35 – Meeting Room is half-way down on the left (North) side of the building, as shown at the extreme left of the photo.  Do Come!


PVHG Packington Village History Group – General Meeting Tuesday 30th January 2018

Our History is taking place NOW – Join us to help record it ! Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm Tuesday 30th January – Come and help steer Packington’s History Group Forward!

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

PVHG is re-launching itself, to record the history of the coming years of our village, as well as to continue safeguarding our past history, and perhaps to indulge in history in general. 

PLEASE come to our Village Meeting at the Memorial Hall Meeting Room (“Venue 35”) on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 7:30pm, to be part of, and to help plan for, these important tasks. The Agenda will include a short, formal AGM:

  • Welcome and apologies for absence
  • Minutes of meeting held on 1st February 2017
  • Acting Chairman’s report on the year 2017
  • Treasurer’s report for the year 2017
  • Election of officers for 2018:
    • Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee members
  • Setting of membership fee for 2018
  • Any other business:
    • Priorities for 2018;  and
    • Dates of meetings 2018
    • discussion of PVHG’s future use of information technology.

Please bring YOUR ideas, on exploiting our village history into the next century, so that perhaps in the year 2118 Packington City-dwellers may see how far-sighted we were.. You can contact: Robin Boucher, Acting Chair, on 411638.

Meanwhile,  some village facts you may not have heard yet, from PVHG records.

1)  Did you know that “Mill Street” used to be called “Babelake Street”? See the map, above

2)  Did you know our pub was called “The Bull’s Head and Lion” ?Ditto!

3)  Did you know we used to have a Baptist Church?  Where was it? See the map above!

Youth Club 2018 H1 Calendar for Packington here!

Packington Youth Club Calendar for First-half 2018:

We meet on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm in the Meeting Room of Packington Memorial Hall – a charge of £1 per session, payable weekly, or as one payment of £20 to cover the entire Spring and Summer term and to SECURE YOUR PLACE

15th Jan TV Game Show Night
22nd Jan Fire Station Visit—Coalville
29th Jan Puzzle Night
5th Feb Electronics Night
19th Feb Circuit Training
26th Feb DodgeBall Skittles & Air Pong
5th Mar Mothers Day (gift making activity)
19th Mar Easter Egg Hunt
9th April Family ‘Pub Quiz’ Fundraiser
16th April Awareness Activity—TBC
23rd April Beetle Drive!
30th April Talent Night / Karaoke
14th May Packington Cup Final
21st May Could YOU be a Slum Survivor?
4th June Rounders @ the park
11th June Fathers Day Activity
18th June DodgeBall Skittles & Air Pong
25th June Crackers Night
2nd July Bucket Netball Tournament

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Daybreak Services looks to provide More and Better for 2018

“If we haven’t got it, we’ll get it..”  – Peter Swift of Daybreak Services

Peter Swift,  Packington’s favourite provider of almost anything and everything at Daybreak Services,  asked Packington Post to pass on his thanks and his Christmas message that next year he will aim to provide an EVEN BETTER service for the village:

Christmas 2017
Dear Valued Customers,
As we approach the time of the year where we all get to take stock and be with our loved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for continuing to support Daybreak Services throughout 2017. In a digital age where convenience is king, we continue to face many challenges and have made changes to our business to reflect these.

2017 has been a great year for Daybreak Services. We continue to supply many of the local pubs and restaurants, and the retail business has continued to expand. Our partnership with many other local growers, butchers and producers means we always have the freshest produce and as always “if we don’t have it, we’ll get it”. This year also saw the introduction of our new contactless payment systems making it easier than ever to pay for your goods (you can now use ApplePay to Pay for your Apples!).

So what does 2018 have in store? I plan to continue making small changes to improve the lines that we offer through the shop and am always on the look out for new products that we can stock. I’m very excited that in early 2018 there will be a coffee shop opening next door, which I hope will provide a relaxed environment for villagers to meet and chat.

Thank you once again for your continued support. I’m increasingly aware that shopping local sometimes means that you have to go out of your way and I am grateful that you continue to make the effort. Have a great Christmas break, whether you are far or near, and we are looking forward to greeting and serving you in Daybreak Services in 2018.

Best Regards

Pete and team

Major Village Event – Starlight Carols

Starlight Carols at the Bull & LionBull & Lion new paint Job mid 2013
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Salvation Army brass band is coming on Thursday 21st December 2017 at 7 pm to hold a Starlight Carols evening outside the Bull and Lion.


The village pub and the village church invite you to wrap up warm, bring a torch or lantern and join in festive fun with the charity that has some of the very best of brass bands. .

FREE Entry, Mince Pies, and mulled wine. Bring family and friends, for a night to remember?

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Village Calendar 2018 – Nice Photos! Support Party in the Park!

Purchase a beautiful 2018 Calendar of Packington

This beautiful 12-page Calendar of Packington has been produced by local residents to raise funds for Party In The Park on Saturday 7 July 2018.

This wall-hanging Calendar is in A5 format, opening to A4, with a page for each month.

The Calendar would make an ideal Christmas gift to friends and relatives. Each page shows a different picture of Packington, and highlights just how pretty our village is.

The Party in the Park committee is asking for a donation of just £5.  Please Order quickly! by contacting Terry on 415764, or purchase one from Daybreak Services or from the Bull and Lion.