The Future of the Bell

“Following the resignation of the postmaster and the withdrawal of the premises for Post Office use” the Post Office says the Bell will be closing ‘temporarily’ on Thursday 18 August at 1700.

The Post Office says it is “investigating the options available which will enable us to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. In exploring this, it is important that any future service is sustainable for the person operating the service, and for Post Office Limited.”

The owners of the Bell, the Stonegate Pub Group, claim to be the largest pub group in the UK with over 4,500 sites. They have submitted a planning application for internal re-furbishment and a wooden structure in the car park and should make their plans for the pub clear soon.

(Source: Post Office Limited)

Refuse Collection from 1 August

The new arrangements for Refuse Collection by Stratford District Council begin on Monday 1 August.

What follows only applies to properties that have a collection on MONDAYS.

Residents should by now have received two new small green caddies.  If you buy compostable bin liners they have capacities of 7 and 23 litres.

The smaller caddy is for use in the kitchen only.  Food waste should be emptied into the larger caddy and left outside your property every Monday.  There are separate arrangements over Christmas and New Year.

The existing wheeled Green bin is only to be used in future for garden waste.  From 1 August food must go in the larger caddy.

The collection arrangements are a bit complex and difficult to explain.

The larger Food caddy goes out weekly.

The existing Blue wheeled bin will continue to take items that can be recycled like glass and paper:  the Grey one for items that cannot be recycled as before.  Food cannot go in either.

The Green Garden Waste wheelie goes out fortnightly as before and should be on the same pattern as before.  You will need to pay extra – currently £42 a year.

The Blue recycling wheeled bin should be collected fortnightly on the same Monday as the Green Garden waste wheelie.

The Grey wheeled bin will only be collected every three weeks.  One week it will be with your Blue and Green bins – then three weeks later with your food caddy. The pattern then repeats.

Good luck with getting your head round that pattern!

Leaflets have been delivered to each household explaining all this and there is a helpful calendar up to and including Christmas.

Any queries should be addressed to Stratford District Council on 01789 260123 or

(Source: Stratford District Council)

New County Councillor

Ian Shenton has been elected as our new County Councillor.

Councillor Shenton, who is also a Conservative District Councillor, says:

“I am very pleased to have been successful in the recent by-
election and can promise you that I will work hard to continue the
good work that the late Cllr John Horner did for his communities.
He is a hard act to follow.

I can be contacted on 07971 343074 at any time so feel free to get in touch and if I can help I will.”

(Source: Ian Shenton)

Green Waste Charges

Stratford District Council has increased the charge for the collection of green waste to £42 from 1 April 2022.

Details of how to purchase a 2022/3 sticker for your Green Bin can be found on the District Council website.


(Source: Stratford District Council)

Earlswood Stores and Post Office Open for Business

Earlswood Stores, including the Post Office, re-opened for business on 18 February after a major refit by Nisa.


(Source: Nisa)

Council to ‘adopt’ Phone Box

Tanworth-in-Arden Parish Council is seeking to adopt the old phone box on The Green in order to preserve it for the community.

As part of the consultation process it is a requirement that Stratford-on-Avon District Council consults with the local community to obtain their view.

The consultation is now open and finishes on Thursday 23 December 2021.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council)

Construction Traffic through the Village

A number of residents have reported that heavy lorries going to the Cank Farm site are continuing to travel through the village. This is despite the matter being reported to Spitfire Homes.

To be fair Spitfire’s contractor has put up signs on Vicarage Hill advising the drivers of lorries not to go through the village. However, to the best of my knowledge there are none on Tom Hill or Bates Lane. Also, there are no contact details, either phone or email, to allow residents to report such journeys.

When approached by the Association Spitfire refused at first to provide such details, but eventually – and reluctantly – they suggest their general email address:

Stratford District Council has confirmed to us that it was a condition of the original outline planning permission that construction traffic should not travel through the village. It is therefore an matter for SDC’s Enforcement team.

Any residents who wish to complain about such traffic should note details of the time the violation occurred, a registration number if possible, any vehicle company name and a photograph again if possible.

These details should be passed to the Parish Council on 703200 or

(Source: Tom Ross)

Residents 2021 AGM Cancelled

The Association regrets that it has decided not to hold an Annual General Meeting this year because of the continuing Covid crisis.

Let us hope the news is better next year.

(Source:  Tom Ross)

Whatsapp Group to Help Fight Crime

Fly tipping and car crime have increased in Tanworth during the lockdown. 

Local residents have formed a a Whatsapp group to help improve communications within the Tanworth area.  The group is open to all residents so long as they abide by the rules.

You may have seen some of their new signs around the village.

The Crime and Suspicious Activity Group aims to help the police by sharing any unusual or criminal behaviour as quickly as possible.

This group will operate alongside Neighbourhood Watch.

For more details about how to join the group contact:

Jamie Doyle –  07860887562

(Source: Jamie Doyle)

Housing Needs Survey

Tanworth Parish Council has just commissioned a second Housing Needs Survey in conjunction with Warwickshire Rural Community Council. This is part of the ongoing process towards a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish.

The survey was designed to establish how many residents had a need for alternative housing within the parish – either for their children or for themselves if they wished to downsize.

1406 forms were distributed to every household, but, unfortunately, only 31 replies were received and of these 6 were discounted for various reasons.

So, the Parish Council has, in effect, received the views of 25 households.

(Source: Tanworth Parish Council)