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How to Book Community Transport for a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment

Transport booked through VASA is currently free to patients in the priority groups.
Funded by Warwickshire County Council

This is for anyone who needs help with transport who lives in Rugby or South Warwickshire (including the towns and villages around Kenilworth, Leamington, Stratford on Avon and Warwick)

Bookings can be made by the patients, their family or a referrer such as their GP surgery.

1. You can call our central booking line 01789 262889
2. You can email
Please include a contact number so we can call the patient or their representative back.
3. You can complete an electronic form by clicking the link here

Additional Information:
• Patients must wear a face covering for their journey. Please let us know if a patient is exempt from wearing a face covering as we will need to arrange a safe form of transport for them. A community car is unable to carry passengers and/or carers not wearing a face mask.
• Patients must confirm that they have not had a positive Covid-19 test in the 14 days prior to travelling.
• Patients must inform us if they, or a member of their household or social bubble experiences any symptoms of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to their appointment.
• There is currently no charge for this service.

CBE awarded to Long Marston resident


Just after Christmas one of our village neighbours had a lovely surprise. Pia Wilkes was made an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by her Majesty the Queen for services to Motor Transport.

Pia has worked in in the automotive industry since arriving in the UK from Denmark more than 25 years ago. She is the CEO at the VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency), an executive agency of the Department for Transport, where she works to ensure vehicles meet the required safety and environmental standards before they are produced and sold.

A qualified automotive engineer, Pia has held a number of senior positions in both the private and public sectors and across a range of functions, including engineering, technical sales and business development. Her career started in the vehicle engineering group at Lotus Engineering, where she was a part of the team approving the very first Lotus Elise. She moved to Tom Walkinshaw Racing and Prodrive before joining the civil service and DfT for the first time in 2004. She led the Test Engineering and Certification product groups at Horiba MIRA before re-joining VCA as the CEO in 2016.

Pia is passionate about inspiring more woman to pursue a career in engineering and helping them to realise their full potential, both professionally and personally. In addition, she is championing diversity and inclusion, with particular focus on Neurodiversity and embracing the value that individuals with conditions such as autism can bring to the workplace and the wider societal impact this can have.

(Cake by Sally McCluskey, Cake Vision. Sally can be reached through The Bakers Dozens FB page)

COVID 19 Testing available

COVID 19 testing centre is now available for anyone without symptoms

Stratford-on-Avon District

Rear of The Other Place Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, 22 Southern Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BH

  • Pay and display car parking is available in Church Street Car Park, Church Street, Stratford CV37 6HB. There is a walkway to the test centre at the rear of the car park.
  • If you park on the street, please ensure that you park safely and are respectful of local residents. Do not park on double yellow lines or in such a way to obstruct emergency vehicles.
  • You may also wish to walk or cycle to the site.
  • We would advise against public transport if possible, in case you later test positive.
  • A small amount of Blue Badge parking is available on site.

To book please visit: Stratford-upon-Avon COVID Community Testing Events | Eventbrite

For more information please visit: Coronavirus – Community testing – Warwickshire County Council

Garden waste subscription service opens – residents encouraged to take advantage of early bird offer

Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s ‘Clip and Collect’, garden waste subscription service opens on Monday 11 January 2021.

For garden-loving residents who are interested in signing up to the scheme, there is an early bird offer of £35 for each green bin for a 12 month subscription starting on 1 April 2021.

The annual charge is £40 for each green bin, but if residents sign up between 11 January and 28 February 2021, they can take advantage of this early bird offer.

Cllr Ian Shenton, Operations Portfolio says: “I would encourage anyone who would like to subscribe to our garden waste service, to take advantage of this early bird offer and sign up now before the service starts in April.

“It will give you peace of mind that you will still have your garden waste collected for 
12 months and at the same time save you money be signing up early for a weekly fee of 67p.

“Over 3,000 residents have already shown an interest in the service last year and they will be sent text reminders about the service.

“It’s an entirely optional service and this is not a compulsory charge, but from April our garden waste collection will only be available to residents that register and subscribe. If you do not have a garden or do not want to pay for the collections you do not need to do anything.

“The collection of garden waste is a discretionary service – i.e. one that we do not have to provide.  Given our budget pressures last year and this year we had a choice to charge for the service or possibly stop it completely.  We felt it would be fairer for residents to have a choice to pay for a service or not, rather than not having a service at all.”

To subscribe and find out more about this service, please visit:

From April 2021, the District Council will be introducing a charge for the collection of garden waste.

The current cost of providing the service free for all 61,386 properties in the district is £1,152,525 a year.

The introduction of a charge is part of a package of measures to offset a cut in funding from central Government. 

Householders who pay to have their garden waste taken away will be issued with a non-transferable permit to attach to their green bin. 

Householders who choose not to take part in the scheme have the choice of home composting or taking their garden waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Warwickshire County Council offer discounted home composting bins on their website: Composting – Warwickshire County Council

Food waste will still be collected on recycling collection weeks, even if you don’t subscribe to the garden waste service using a food waste caddy.  Free food waste caddies are available on request by calling 01789 260628 or emailing:

Police Warn of Data Theft from Post Boxes in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police have reported a number of village post boxes stolen or damaged presumably with the intention of data theft. It would seem prudent to not post items today which won’t be collected until tomorrow or even the following day e.g. after Saturday collection and not collected before Monday. Why? You maybe sending information useful to those stealing identity – name, address, bank card information…. They are taking the post boxes for a reason.


We are now entering our second lockdown. We are mindful of the impact that this can impose upon some of our community, possibly resulting in dramatic changes to personal circumstances – be it health and/or financial difficulties. As a community, we shall continue to pull together, offering support and assistance.

We have the following support systems in place:
Community Care – collection and delivery of prescriptions/shopping to vulnerable or isolating households. Please contact Simon Hanagarth (07955885529) or Matt Neville (07753904304).

Community Food Share – Operated by a small team of volunteers who distribute food to those who require extra help during this pandemic. Please contact Stephenie Hillier (07720975023) or Debbie Woodliffe (07845437702). All inquiries and conversations are strictly confidential.

If you would like to donate food towards The Community Food Share there will be a collection box outside The Poppin, Long Marston and Londis, Meon Vale.

Thank you.

20/02569/REM – Development of 38 residential dwellings

Address: Long Marston Storage Depot Campden Road Lower Quinton

Proposal: Development of 38 residential dwellings (C3 Use Class) on eastern part of Phase 4B including associated works comprising earthworks, vehicular access from Station Road, internal access roads and footpaths, parking, open space, hard and soft landscaping including boundary treatment and drainage infrastructure. The outline planning application qualified as EIA development and an Environmental Statement was submitted at that time 

20/02315/FUL – Proposed development of 124 dwellings

Address: Phase 1A Long Marston Airfield Campden Road, Lower Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8LL

Proposal: Proposed development of 124 dwellings, including 43 Affordable Homes and all ancillary enabling works including associated highway, drainage and landscape works and associated amendments to the area of public open space as approved under application 17/03258/REM for 400 dwellings at Long Marston Airfield. 

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA18)

SDC has to have a reserve of available land for further housing development in case of a shortfall in the 5 year land supply.
The SHLAA is a study of available parcels of land which they have identified. Some are unlikely to be suitable, some are more likely to be used.

The overview is here 2018.cfm?frmAlias=/shlaa18/

You can view the map of Long Marston, showing the areas under consideration here

You need to scroll down to page 22 for the map and the following 4 pages for the details.
We have until 14th September to submit comments. A comments form is provided on the above website.



CALL AND CHECK – Check on neighbours and loved ones. Consider WhatsApp to keep up to date.

THINKING OF OTHERS – Don’t bulk buy. If you have surplus supplies of essential items consider donating these to people in need

STAY IN TOUCH – Being is self-isolation doesn’t mean cutting yourself off from others. Use the computer for emails & social media.

BRING STRUCTURE TO YOUR DAY – Time at home can also be time for ideas and creativity. Crafts, books, finishing projects, starting new ones, keeping fit. Sharing ideas with friends and neighbours.

If you are in need of provisions or require medication, please contact Long Marston Voluntary Group on either 01789 721375 or 07753904304

Emotional and Mental Wellbeing

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgerypharmacy or hospital.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’reunable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance
Click here to go to the NHS COVID-19 overview page Click here to go to the government's COVID-19 overview page