Marton Village, Warwickshire

A brighter January

As announced in the last newsletter, Marton’s been very lucky to have secured a small Rugby Arts Grant so we can host some workshops and a party free of charge to brighten up the New Year. Aimed at all ages, the programme is:

6 Jan – Bush Craft Skills 2-4pm Marton Playing Fields
For teens and children, organised by an experienced Scout leader
The session will include a nature scavenger hunt, camp fire cooking (popcorn, s’mores and potatoes), natural art and paracord keyrings (for older participants).
Please dress for the weather and expect to get mucky. All activities and refreshments are free of charge.
Book via

7 Jan – Willow Lantern Workshop 2-4pm village hall
For all ages, led by Marton artist Faye Claridge
Use willow, translucent paper, decorations and (battery) tealights to make your own unique lantern
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Book via

11 Jan – Lantern Making & History Talk 2-4pm village hall
Retiree’s tea special, combined with the history group
Be inspired by Twelfth Night traditions and make a unique willow lantern with a (battery) tealight
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
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13 Jan – Parade and Party! Meet 5pm village hall
5pm drop ‘bring and share’ food into the village hall
Parade from the hall to the Pig Field (by Eathorpe Hall)
Drag your tree or have it collected beforehand (on
6pm bonfire, treats & Twelfth Night traditions with PRIZES for the best dressed in glowing/neon
7pm village hall open for bar, games & sharing supper

So start planning your fabulous glowing outfits now and please make sure you book your place on the workshops because – although free – it’s important we have an accurate idea of numbers for materials. Book through

Local History Group: May 2017 Update

This 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 will be circulated to Group members. David Fry (pictured) also gave a talk about building developments in Marton in the first half of the 20th century. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

Next meeting: 22nd May, Harbury High Street in carpark behind the library, for a prompt 6:45pm start to a guided walk around that village.

The May meeting is the last of the season. The new season will start in October 2017.

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

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.

Marton Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 8 March: Agenda


 Ms S Turner                                                                                      9 Drummond Road

Clerk to the Parish Council                                                          Cawston

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Email:                                         CV22 7TN


To approve the Minutes of previous Meeting held on Tuesday 12 January  2016

  2. Crime Report – From Rugby Borough Council
  3. Any other police issue 
  1. R15/1270, Wybeech 22 Birdingbury Road, Erection of a part first floor part two storey side extension, single storey rear and front extensions and a detached garage. No Decision.
  1. R16/0376, Land North of Marton Road Marton Road Birdingbury Warwickshire, Proposed farm welfare unit. (Comes under Birdingbury Parish)
  2. Flood Alleviation – Cllr Fry
    • Update on Planned Assessment
    • Feedback on £5,000 Grant
  3. Traffic Issues
  • A423 any additional developments
  • Birdingbury Road, Traffic Calming – Cllr Hitchman
  1. Good Neighbour Scheme – Cllr Koch
  • Updates
  1. Parish Plan – Cllr Fry
  • Report
  1. Dog Warden Role
  2. Progress on state of A423 – Cllr Hitchman
  • Surface
  • Drains
  • Hedges
  1. Village Grass Cutting – Cllr Hitchman
  2. Salt Box, Church Street
  3. Playing Field Committee issues – Cllr Hitchman
  • General issues
  • Pavilion renovation update and grant application
  1. Village Notice Boards
  2. Village Website Issue – Cllr Fry/Koch
  3. Street Lighting –
  • New LED lamppost – Progress – Cllr Hitchman
  1. Telephone Box Maintenance
  • On waiting list – work due between March – October 2016
  1. Litter Pick
  • Next meeting, Wednesday 9 March 2016, from 7pm at Dunchurch Village Hall.
  1. As of Bank statement dated 15th February 2016

Current Account            £15,057.89

Deposit Account            £0.00

Total                                £15,057.89

(Includes 819.00 grant money for table and chairs for the Pavilion and £3,257.11 of payments made but not cleared) 

  1. To ratify that the following bills were paid between meetings:


16/01/16 1068 C A Mills  £      140.00
27/01/16 1069 WCC – Street Lighting  £      261.19
27/01/16 1070 RBC – Election Costs  £      848.30
31/01/16 1071 Clerk – Jan 2016  £      122.54
31/01/16 1072 HM Revenue and Customs (Jan 16)  £        30.60
14/02/16 1073 JBA Consulting (Flood Assessment)  £   1,440.00
14/02/16 1074 Eon – Pavillion  £        55.88
14/02/16 1075 Noticeboard – Greenbarnes  £   1,497.49
25/02/16 1076 MGS – Barrie Mitchell  £        80.00
29/0216 1077 Clerk Feb16  £      122.54
29/02/16 1078 HM Revenue and Customs Feb16  £        30.60


 To pay

Any bills that arrive between now and the meeting 


12 April 2016

10 May 2016