A Census is a survey taken once every 10 years and it is important that everyone completes their questionnaires. The census captures information about households across England and Wales, which is then used to plan and fund public services such as health, education, housing and social care.

This will be a 'digital first' census, where people are encouraged to respond online if they can. Every household will be sent a letter with an access code. If you or anyone you know needs help, a wide range of support services will be available.

Please share this information with friends and family. Due to Covid restrictions and in the absence of communal gatherings, census completion will have to rely on 'on-the-ground' contacts - trusted individuals - to support those who might not be able to complete the census without help.

To find out more visit https://census.gov.uk/.

'Early bird’ discount offer, of £35 per bin, runs until 28th February 2021.

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

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

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 offers discounted home composting bins on their website.

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

Covid testing for people without coronavirus symptoms is now available in Stratford.

The new covid test centre, which is being delivered in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, and a network including volunteers, aims to help us work towards returning life to as normal as possible.

The tests will be available for those without symptoms of Covid-19 from Tuesday 12 January 2021 at The Other Place (the Royal Shakespeare Company's studio theatre), Southern Lane, CV37 6BH.

Tests can be booked between 8.15am and 8pm, Monday to Friday and 10.15am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. The service uses the fast turnaround lateral flow test kits supplied by NHS Test and Trace, which can deliver results in around an hour and can help prevent people from unwittingly spreading the virus.

Tests can be booked online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/stratford-upon-avon-covid-community-testing-32080684767.

Please note, only people without Covid-19 symptoms should book a test. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, that is a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to their sense of taste or smell – must self-isolate and book a test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 as usual.

Residents are permitted to leave home for testing. The County Council is urging those working on the frontline or in places such as shops, early years settings or distribution centres to take advantage of the new service to get tested weekly.

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust have been working with Shipston Medical Centre to develop a facility that integrates healthcare for the residents of Shipston and the surrounding villages. Healthwatch Warwickshire is asking local people and patients what services they would like to see in the new centre.

You can respond to the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7RZXBXZ

Alternatively, if you need help to complete the survey or would prefer to have a telephone interview, then please contact Health Warwickshire on 01926 422823 and they can arrange a suitable time to call you back.

Healthwatch Warwickshire is a local independent organisation that works to collect patient and public experiences of health and care.

The footpath linking Middle St and Back St that runs past Mabel's Farmhouse has been closed for safety reasons due to the recent heavy rainfalls causing concern with regard to ongoing construction work at Mabel's Farmhouse. The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with the property's owners with a view to re-opening the footpath as soon as it is safe to do so

The audit of accounts for Ilmington Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit for Year Ending 31 March 2020

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR)


Ilmington Parish Council invites candidates to apply for the office of parish councillor.

A parish council is the tier of democracy closest to the community that it serves and makes decisions on issues affecting its local area. Make a difference to your parish:

• Get involved in your community
• Have a say about the local issues that people care about
• Influence local service delivery
• Decide how local money is spent to improve your community.

Ilmington parish council meets monthly except in December, usually on the last Thursday of the month. Owing to coronavirus restrictions, parish council meetings are currently held remotely by video conference, so access and ability to use email and internet technology is essential to be able to fully participate in the council’s activities at this time.

The role is unpaid, but can be extremely rewarding.

To apply to become a councillor, please write to the clerk at briefly describing what skills and experience you could bring to the role.You will be asked to confirm that you are eligible to hold the office of councillor. Please see below for details on the qualification criteria. If you have any questions about this, please contact the clerk.

Applications will be considered by the council at its next meeting on 25 November 2020.

If you would to discuss what it is like to be a councillor and the work of the parish council, please contact the Chairman, Gerald Osborne on 01608 682472.

Warwickshire Local Welfare Scheme helps the most vulnerable residents at times of unavoidable crisis by providing basic and essential help. It is recognised within the Scheme that some families who are struggling financially, and are eligible for free school meals, have difficulty covering the period when their children are off school during the school holidays. This scheme is therefore an opportunity to reach and help those most in need by supporting eligible families with the cost of food for their children over the school holiday periods.

Further information on the Scheme can be found at:

NOTICE is hereby given, in accordance with Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that a vacancy exists in the office of parish councillor for the parish of Ilmington, by reason of the resignation of Councillor Wilf Buck on 27 August 2020.

Following “Lock-down” at the end of March, the Council was required to close the Playing Fields and Children’s Playground. Some weeks ago, the Playing Fields were re-opened for exercise purposes and the first competitive cricket match took place last week. There has also been limited use of the Bowling Green. After a Risk Assessment and completion of the identified actions, the Council re-opened the Children’s Playground from 31st July.

The Parish Council has recently completed actions arising from its risk assessment and is pleased to re-open the Children’s Playground from 31st July 2020.

The Council urges all users of the playground and its equipment to follow Government advice with respect to social distancing and hygiene.

In particular, users are advised to:

  • Remain 2 metres apart from others or where this is not viable, 1 metre with risk mitigation measures in place
  • Bring hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean hands
  • Sanitise hands more often than usual using approved gel and foam sanitiser, particularly at the beginning and end of play

With regard to the public toilets at the Playing Fields, the Council has recommenced its cleaning programme. However, it is not practicable for this cleaning to be undertaken at the frequency necessary to reduce the risk of cross-contamination of the coronavirus. Accordingly, the Council is maintaining its advice on the signage affixed to the door of each toilet that the public is advised NOT to enter or use them.



Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order details as indicated below:

Description of road to be closed

Back Street closed to vehicular traffic from the junction of Mickleton Road to a point outside Folly Farm.

Reason for Order

To facilitate works for the undergrounding of overhead cables.

Order Effective from: 10 August 2020 for up to 18 months or until the works are completed, whichever is the sooner.

Anticipated Completion Date: 28 August 2020.

Access & Diversion:

An alternative route will be signed and is available via Mickleton Road, Front Street, Back Street and vice versa.

Vehicular access & egress will be maintained where possible.

Contractor: For Western Power Distribution, Kier Services Tel: 07395 600 330.

To report any problems with these works or for further details of our current & planned roadworks visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadworksmap or call us 01926 412515. 

S Duxbury, Assistant Director of Governance & Policy,
Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL.

6 August 2020

The Council is pleased to advise that its public meetings resumed from 28 May 2020.  Until further notice, in order to comply with Government guidance, these meetings will take place via the web using the app Zoom.  This can be accessed on-line by downloading the Zoom App to your device, desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone. Alternatively, both Members and the public may join the meeting by telephone (landline or mobile).  A meeting ID (on-line) or telephone number (for those phoning in – phone charges are at the local rate) will be required and these will be on the meeting Agenda which is published on the Parish Council Notice Boards and website (www.ilmington.org.uk). 

If you require further information please contact Sarah Furniss, Clerk to the Council on 07786938072 or .