Marton Village, Warwickshire

Marton Beer Festival 2016

beer_mug_beer_festivalWhen: Saturday, April 2nd 2016

Where: Marton Village Hall @ 7:30pm, free admission

A range of 5 different Real Ales and Cider ! All £2.50/pint


Gourmet Burger for £2.50

(Wine & Soft drinks available – over 18s only)

Local History Group: March 2016 Update

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Ann & Museum Victoriana

This month the Group packed the village hall to hear a talk by Wiz and Ann about Marton in the Victorian era. An overview of this talk can be found at this link.

The next Group meeting is the AGM on Monday April 25th at 7.30pm in the village hall. A short presentation about the history of Marton WI will follow the AGM. Do come along and share your thoughts on how this season’s programme went and help shape the programme for next season.

Easter morning at St Esprit Church

st esprit springPlease join our Easter celebrations at St Esprit, Marton!  Meet outside the church at 9.30am on Easter Sunday morning (27th March 2016) for a ‘sunrise’ start, followed by our family communion service and a late breakfast!  There will also be an Easter Egg hunt after the service.

Keeping our village church looking its best


We hope that you, like us, consider St Esprit Church to be the heart of our village and much loved by us all. For many years we have been, and continue to be, exceedingly grateful to our band of grass cutters and general maintenance folk, but the burden has become just too onerous and we have decided to supplement volunteer activity with, for example, a contract fortnightly mow / strim.  The annual costs for maintenance, including mowing and floodlighting, will be approximately £1800 and we are seeking pledges from village households to help us continue to keep our village church looking its best.

A pledge of £10 a month from 15 households would cover the costs, would you be willing to consider donating regularly or as a one off?   Please contact any member of the PCC for further information, or Jenny Walsh (Treasurer) for a gift aid form / church bank details

2016 Marton Pigs Arrival

4466654845_19f2945b7dThe Pig Club’s new herd will arrive at 1pm this Saturday at the farm field track between Marton and Eathorpe (next to Eathorpe Park).

Anyone (not just Pig Club members) is more than welcome to witness their arrival, which is always fun.

If you need a lift to the field, please get in touch (admin -at- and arrangements can be made.

Hopefully see many of you there!

Pig Club Year Nine

By April Marton will once again be home to a small herd of pigs, as the Pig Club starts its ninth consecutive year of community pig-rearing. On 13 March Andrew Cooke led a team of about 20 volunteers, fuelled by bright sunshine and sugary donuts, to get the pigs’ accommodation into shape followed by field topping by Andy Liggins.

Pig Club 2016 work party
Marton Pig Club 2016 work party

This time the club is made up of 17 households sharing the care of 13 pigs. The Oxford sandy and black breed was chosen again as the best all-rounder for having a pleasant temperament that suits the involvement of families in the club and ultimately results in tasty pork (appreciated by all except the club’s two vegetarian members!).

Everyone is more than welcome to visit the pigs any time as they love company. For anyone new to the village, they can be found at the top of the hill between Marton and Eathorpe (up the road and bridle path starting opposite the Shepherd Street/High Street crossroads).

We expect the herd to be with us until July, looked after by all members in a rota prepared by Karen Creswell and with funds managed by Joe Walsh (taking over from long-serving former treasurer Nick Webb).

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




Upcoming Fixtures 2016

Marton Village  Cricket Club Communication 

Marton Village Cricket Club Home Fixture Dates 2016
Date Start Time Marton Verses Venue
17-Apr-16  1.30pm 1st X1  Dunchurch
24-Apr-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Barford
08-May-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Snitterfield
15-May-16  2.00pm 1st X1 Warwick Uni Staff Home
05-Jun-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Bishops Tachbrook Home
26 Jun-16  2.00pm  !st X1 Lapworth CC Home
10–Jul-16  2.00pm 1st X1 Hunningham
17-Jul-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Cemex
31 Jul-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Boughton  & Frankton Home
07-Aug-16 2.00pm 1st X1 Ashorne

The above fixture dates are all home fixtures at Marton Playing fields, do come along enjoy an afternoon tea with your friends and family and support your local village cricket club, you will be made most welcome, look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about the club visit our website

Local History Group: February 2016 Update

Slide 7The February leap year meeting of the Group welcomed  Henry Marriott, the great grandson of the Thornley-Kelsey Brewery at Radford Semele founder,  H E Thornley. He farmed around Radford in the late 1800s. He also brewed ale on the farm premises for his workers – a common practice at the time. However, Henry’s great grandfather proved to be a talented brewer and decided to develop this side of the business.

In 1911 the specialist brewery buildings were built on Thornley farm land by the road leading into Leamington, where there was also potential access to the nearby canal and railway. It was also the site of a natural spring that would be perfect for brewing (so it was thought!). The first batch of beer brewed turned out to be awful and the water was considered too hard. A deep borehole still did not find a suitable supply, so all future beer was brewed with water brought by lorry from Leamington’s Campion Hills.

The Brewery thrived and its pubs were established all over Warwickshire. Its beers were good enough to win numerous prizes and it was considered sufficiently competent to also brew Guinness and M&B beers, under licence.

Unfortunately the days of the samller brewer were numbered in the post-war period and the Radford Brewery closed in January 1969.

The site has undergone several changes of use since the unfortunate demolition of the artfully designed buildings.There have been a number of subsequent occupiers of the site and today it is the home of Ricardo which is at the forefront of automotive and defence vehicle technology.

The next Group meeting is on Monday 21 March (a week earlier than normal) at 7.30pm in the village hall, when a talk on Victorian Marton will be given by Group members. All welcome, entrance fee £3 includes a glass of wine.