Marton Village, Warwickshire

Right Royal Party

Village hall lunchA buffet fit for royalty was enjoyed by about 70 people at the village hall on 12 June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. The hall was beautifully decorated with Union Jacks and red, white and blue balloons over tables set out for a feast. There were also make-your-own crown kits for children to supplement the tiaras, princess costumes and flags worn by the most enthusiastic party goers.

Village hall lunchVillage hall lunchLong rows of seats bought neighbours and friends together to share the delicious food brought and shared by all, followed by the live screening of the patron’s parade in London. Everyone stood for the National Anthem (some a little tongue in cheek) and enjoyed the excuse to recharge glasses at the bar.

Whilst many were marvelling at how well the Queen looked at 90 most were unaware we had our very own soon-to-be-89-year-old diligently working away in the kitchen. Phyllis washed up cheerfully as three generations of the Cresswell family joined the many other volunteers who made the party such a great success.

Village hall lunchThe plan to play rounders after lunch was unfortunately postponed until 23 July, as heavy rain had made the playing field hazardously slippery. A back-up plan to play boules/petanque was also shelved when rain returned mid-afternoon. However, after an extended time at the bar a few families couldn’t resist ‘testing’ the prepared rounders pitch and an unofficial game went ahead after all, about two hours later than scheduled.

The dangers of slippery grass were soon outweighed by an impressive storm, though, which created a dramatic end to a very fun day as revellers sheltered from thunder and lightning on the playing field. Don’t miss the chance to make another memorable village event on 23 July when, whatever the weather, we’re guaranteed to enjoy great Marton company at the rescheduled rounders game.09crop

Marton Village Sports Day (Now postponed until Saturday 17 September) – It’s a Knockout, Sat 2nd July 2016 – 1pm

SportsDay_raceThis years sports day fundraiser is an It’s a Knock Out style team event, as well as the annual individual fun races so everyone can get involved. Come and support the MPFA and enjoy an afternoon of sporting family fun including a hog roast, homemade cakes, bar, tombola, bric-a-brac and much, much more for you all to enjoy.

Supporting your MPFA
SportsDay_roastOver the coming year, the MPFA are attempting to drastically renovate the village pavilion. Adding a disabled toilets, upgrading the changing rooms and adding a deck, along with upgrading the sporting equipment available for use by the village. Sports day is our main fundraiser for the year so your support is much appreciated as always.

What are the team requirements?
Teams should ideally be mixed abilities and ages and made up of between 4 and 6 people. The games for the Sports Day have been designed so that all abilities can enjoy them and no one is forced to take part in games if they do not wish to. A towel and change of clothes is recommended, as you will get wet – it’s all part of the fun!

We ask that one of you take on the role of ‘Team Captain’ as this makes it easier for us to contact you if required.  We also need you to come up with a team name – it can be as simple or as wacky as you like!  There will also be prize for the best-dressed team!

How to registerSportsDay_drinks To register please complete this registration form and return to Helen Keeves – 6 The Orchard including your registration fee by Wednesday 29th June.

Click here for the link to Registration Form


See you all on July 2nd !

Marton Museum inspires young authors

Museum objects in school Mrs Amos-Simpson with young authorsBook launch puppet showMayor of Rugby & David Fry with young authors











Children from Knightlow School have published a book of short stories and poems inspired by local heritage, including many curious objects from Marton Museum of Country Bygones. Working together as authors and illustrators, pupils aged between 4 and 11 made the pocket-sized book to send to children in some of the poorest regions of the world.

Objects from the museum were loaned to the school to help children use local stories and history as a basis for their creative writing. The results include time travel adventures, unexpected discoveries in old suitcases and even marriage thanks to a dusty hat.

The paperback is being sold – at £6 per book – to pay for copies to be gifted to children globally, with an emphasis on sending them to under-resourced schools in developing nations. Appropriately titled ‘Knightlow to the World’, it has already been sent to schools in four continents.

This is the fifth year in a row Knightlow pupils have worked with the charity STORIES4SCHOOLS but is the first time every child in the school has contributed to one book. To celebrate this achievement, the whole school organised a special book launch, attended by Cllr Sally Bragg, Mayor of Rugby, and representatives from Marton Museum.

Copies of ‘Knightlow to the World’ are available from or from Faye at 13 North Street. Profits from each £6 sale will support the charity’s work to promote reading, creative writing and global education.

School display

Local History Group: June 2016 Update

Group at Green Man
Group at Green Man

In May the Group went for a walking tour of the historic buildings in Dunchurch. This walk was researched and led, as usual for the “May history walk”, by Mike Johnson (photo shows group starting out on the walk). A brief summary of the buildings seen on the walk is given below.

The Group now has a summer break and the next meeting will be in the village hall on Monday October 31st. More details about this and the rest of the new programme will be publicised nearer the time.

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Marton Post Office is Closing after more than 160 years

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Zena at work

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, Marton is losing its post office—a facility that was established in the village more than 160 years ago. Zena Richards, the current postmistress, is giving up running the facility after more than 26 years. Her last day will be Friday 10 June.
After much publicity was given to find another site in the village, there was nobody prepared to give over part of their house and commit to the hours and poor remuneration as Zena has. These days, to be viable, village post offices need to be part of a broader business. Fortunately the Princethorpe Service Station has taken on the responsibility and they will open their post office on Monday 13 June. Although this will mean a journey of a mile outside the village, the alternatives would even further afield now that Long Itchington Post Office has closed
There is no doubt that many villagers will miss the friendship and support that has been offered by Zena over the years. It has gone above and beyond what was required and the post office offered a daily social hub. Many will hope that Zena will enjoy the freedom that not being tied to the post office will offer. However, it should not be forgotten than she will continue to provide newspapers for her customers in the village.

Local History Group: May 2016 Update

Joan_0969This month the Group had its AGM at which the past year was reviewed and possible talks for next season were discussed. The notes of this meeting have been circulated to Group members. Joan Sherratt (pictured) also gave a talk about the history of Marton WI. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

The next Group meeting is a walk around the historic points of Dunchurch, led by Mike Johnson. This is on Monday May 16th meeting at The Green Man for a prompt 6:45 pm start.

The Group will then have its summer recess and start again at the end of October.