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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Draft Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting (July 15th 2021)

 The meeting was held virtually via Zoom because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Present
Andy Gibbs; Helen Hehir; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.

1 Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting (May 13th 2021)

Apologies had been received from Dianne Adams; Paddy Deeley; and Bron Putnam.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Set up fund-raising page for Children in Need rambleDianne
Ask PC about noticeboard for Burrow HillRona
Who has responsibility for the footpath next to the Hales on Red Lane?Rona
Signs about dog mess on GreenwayHilary
Check if Chris Langton able to update footpath route mapsRona
Note of thanks to Pauline and Mervyn HarveyRona
Formation of a working group to progress application to HS2 Community and Environment FundJudi
Raise question at PC meeting about process of communication with HS2Rona
Further planning for Children in Need walkMary
October 10th litter pick – check not clashing with other eventsMary
Distribute information via the village loop and the banner etc regarding format of the AGM 2021All


Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See May 13th 2021 meeting.

Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Set up fund-raising page for Children in Need ramble. Dianne had investigated costs which worked out at 39p for a £10 donation.  It was agreed to go ahead with this. Action: Dianne
  • Turfing bare patches on Jubilee Verge – local contact to be approached – now sorted.
  • Contact Parish Council suggesting noticeboard on Cala Estate – Rona would progress this.
  • Approach local businesses to sponsor 2021 Christmas card – Mary had this in hand.
  • Query local sculptor for wooden installations – Paddy had notified about progress with this. HS2 were liaising with Charlie Hubbard who might also be prepared to construct simple benches. HS2 were sourcing another chainsaw sculptor.
  • Investigate route for Children in Need ramble – agenda item.
  • Speak to Deirdre about art installations and a proposal to HS2 Community Fund – agenda item.
  • July agenda item to look in detail at proposals for HS2 Community Fund and precept spending - agenda item.
  • Update Welcome leaflet - completed.
  • Create diary of annual events for discussion at meetings - completed.

The minutes of the May meeting were approved.


2 Village Hall 

Cheryl, Chair of the Village Hall trustees, had kindly joined the meeting. She said there was still no date for starting the building work. Problems remained regarding foul drainage and the siting of a septic tank. A percolation test had been carried out by the contractors.


3 Treasurer’s Report

A report had been circulated as follows:

BGRA Accounts as of 12 July 2021
Current Account net balance: £ 3459.74
Deposit Account net balance: £1006.14
Total Funds (A): £4465.88
Ring Fenced Funds (Balance remaining of monies donated/allocated for specific purposes but not yet spent): -
Defibrillator: £ 149.56
Freely available/unallocated Funds (A – B): £4316.32
For Information: Major Expenditure Since Last Meeting
Printing June Bugle - £250
Condolence gift for J Whitehouse - £17.79 

Income Since Last Meeting None
Outstanding Parish Funds to be used by 31 March 2022 - £1,728.52.

Thanks were given to Dianne. 


4 Residents’ views/concerns

  • Access to and use of Greenway – the path from Red Lane next to the Hales was reported as overgrown and Rona agreed to find out who had responsibility for this footpath. Action: Rona
  • Dog mess being left on the Greenway. Hilary would ask the Greenway Trust to erect more signs. Action: Hilary
  • Publication of new circular walking routes in BG – Chris Langton would be approached to see if he would update his earlier work on village footpaths now that so many of them had been closed by HS2 work.  Action: Rona
  • It was agreed to thank Pauline and Mervyn Harvey of Red Lane for their verge improvements to add to the safety of the often-flooded bend on Red Lane. Rona would send a note of thanks.
  • It was established that the term “Burrow Hill” be used in future rather than “Cala Homes.”
  • Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues:
  • HS2 Community and Environment Fund details – Judi
  • Judi had circulated a document about the HS2 Community and Environment Fund. She went through the document emphasising the key steps necessary before a bid could be submitted.  These included:

  • Reading a great deal of information
  • Considering the need for whatever is proposed
  • Looking at what disruption HS2 has caused (!)
  • The legacy of the project and how this ties in with HS2’s legacy.
  • In light of the complexity of the process, Judi would invite participants to a working group which would report back on progress at the next meeting. Action: Judi
Judi was thanked for all her research so far.
  • HS2 fund- what should we ask for? (Linked to above)

  • Entrance gates
  • Trees around the village
  • Ironwork sculpture
  • School project
  • Benches
  • Top of the tunnel ideas
  • Village hall signage recycling
  • Car park where VH car park was
  • Mosaic to be developed with children from the village school – discussions had begun on this.
  • Metal sculpture to reflect the history of the village. Deirdre and Thea would be asked to develop their idea and a costed proposal could then be given to HS2
  • HS2 issues
Communication/consultation regarding progress of HS2 work remained poor.  Rona would ask about this at the Parish Council meeting.  Action: Rona
  • Children in Need walk September
A date had been set for September 19th starting at the Village Hall with the route established. Mary was finding the marshals’ vests and had obtained material to make sashes to be bought by participants on the day for a small donation. Action: Mary
  • The verge
It was considered this was now sorted as grass had now grown and Bill had kindly mown.
  • Litter Pick
A litter pick would take place on Sunday October 10th at 11a.m. Mary would check this date did not clash with any other events in the village.
Action: Mary
  • Beacon
The Residents ‘Association was already in possession of a portable beacon and so would hope to use this in 2022 for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Rona had signed up for further information.
A suggestion was made that the beacon might be able to be placed on the new sports field on Burrow Hill.
  • AGM – Zoom or live on Sep 27th
It was hoped that this year’s AGM could be a face-to-face event. Government guidance at the time would be followed, such as increased ventilation. The Village Hall trustees had suggested that the formalities of the AGM should be followed by a selection of stalls explaining the different activities on offer in the village hall with the hope of attracting new residents and especially residents from Burrow Hill and Broadwells Wood. The VH committee would also plan to offer a second event to attract families with children.  It was agreed that this was a good idea although some members of the committee were still hesitant about the possibility of a “live” event.  Plan B would be to hold the event by Zoom as in 2020. Information would be distributed via the usual channels nearer to the time.
  • Bugle
Mary reported that volunteers had come forward to deliver the Bugle on Burrow Hill.
  • Priorities for precept money- ideas so far
Bugle funding
Spring bulbs
Jubilee verge maintenance

 

6 Greenway Trust Update

Hilary reported that the Trust had purchased 6 oak saplings to be grown on the Greenway in memory of John Whitehouse. Very sadly, John had recently died and he was acknowledged as a great friend and supporter of Burton Green.


7 Parish Councillor's Report

Cllr Gibbs said that the bridge in Cromwell Lane was to be closed from July 21st to 24th to move some services. 

A meeting with BBV had been held with little outcome.


8 Any Other Business

Rona had delivered a card and plant to John Whitehouse’s widow as a mark of thanks for all his work with the Residents’ Association.

Rona had visited the new owners of the Water Tower and had received their approval for the continued use of the water tower logo by the Residents’ Association.

Thanks were extended to Jonathan Hehir for designing seasonal header images for the Bugle.


9 Date of next Meeting

All meetings would be held via Zoom until further notice.

The next committee meeting was scheduled for September 9th.

Further meetings
Monday September 27th AGM
November 25th

Thanks were given to Judi for arranging the Zoom call and to committee members for attending.

Saturday, 5 June 2021

Bugle - June 2021

The June 2021 edition of the Bugle has been published.

Just below are thumbnails of the page images. To enlarge any page image, click on the thumbnail below. Once you have the individual page, you may also need to click on the magnifying glass in your browser, where you can view the page at its original size...










The text of the Chair's Report has also been added to the Residents' Association page.

The archive of back issues of the Bugle is here: Bugle Archive.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting May 13th 2021

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Present

Dianne Adams; Paddy Deeley; Helen Hehir; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.


1 Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting (March 11th 2021)

Apologies had been received from Bron Putnam and Andy Gibbs. 

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Set up fund-raising page for Children in Need rambleDianne
Turfing bare patches on Jubilee Verge – local contact to be approachedRona
Contact Parish Council suggesting noticeboard on Cala EstateHilary
Approach local businesses to sponsor 2021 Christmas cardMary
Query local sculptor for wooden installationsHilary and others
Investigate route for Children in Need rambleMary
Speak to Deirdre about art installations and a proposal to HS2 Community FundRona
July agenda item to look in detail at proposals for HS2 Community Fund and precept spendingJudi
Update Welcome leafletJudi
Create diary of annual events for discussion at meetingsJudi and Mary


Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See March 11th 2021 meeting

Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Find out about emptying of bins (Paddy)- Bins were to be emptied each Monday. Discussions were ongoing.
  • Purchase long-handled litter grabbers (Mary)- Completed
  • Set up fund-raising page for Children in Need ramble (Dianne)- Carried forward
  • Ask LM about turfing the Jubilee Verge (Rona)- It was agreed Rona would ask a local contact to carry out this work.
  • Contact Parish Council suggesting noticeboard on Cala Estate (Hilary)- Carried forward

The minutes of the March meeting were approved.


2 Village Hall

Paddy said there was little to report. Discussions were still ongoing and no start date had yet been agreed.


3 Treasurer’s Report

A report had been circulated as follows:

Current Account net balance: £3727.53
Deposit Account net balance: £1006.12
Total Funds (A): £4733.65
Ring Fenced Funds (Balance remaining of monies donated/allocated for specific purposes but not yet spent): -
Defibrillator: £ 149.56
Freely available/unallocated Funds (A – B): £4584.09
For Information: Major expenditure since last meeting:
Litter picker and flowers for Mr and Mrs Doyle £32.48 Printing March Bugle £450 BGRA Public Liability Insurance £196.48
Income since last meeting:
Funding from Parish Council £2625
Outstanding Parish Funds to be used by 31 March 2022 - £1978.52

Thanks were given to Dianne. 

4  Residents’ views/concerns

  • Access to and use of Greenway – compounds were gradually starting to be established.
  • Indoor bowls at the new village hall – this had been suggested by a new resident and was a matter for the Village Hall trustees. It was mentioned that a petanque pitch had been considered outdoors as part of the Village Hall design but matters about access and usage would need to be considered.
  • Publication of new circular walking routes in BG – Chris Langton had been approached to see if he would update his earlier work on village footpaths now that so many of them had been closed by HS2 work. 
  • Rona reported problems with the 233 bus service to Kenilworth. She had received conflicting information about whether the service had been axed and was now told it was no longer running on a Thursday. The only remaining service was the 10.56 to Kenilworth on a Monday. A demand response service was not available on this route. Rona would add information to the Bugle and asked WCC to ensure it consulted residents and kept us informed of changes to bus services.
  • A complaint had been received about the noise from a machine thought to be a stone crusher on the HS2 route.
  • Post meeting note: Paddy had investigated and this was not a stone crusher but a stump grinder /woodchipper removing the trees that were cut down at the end of last year.


5  Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues

  • Sponsor for Christmas cards – a number of local businesses were suggested to approach. It was agreed if one business could not fund in entirety, smaller donations from a number of businesses would be welcome. Action: Mary
  • Wooden sculptures – discussions were still taking place. A number of sculptures plus some benches had been promised along with wood for use by a local sculptor.  As the Hickinbottoms had agreed to receive some of the wood for the latter, Janet asked if a local sculptor had been sourced but the answer was negative. Further requests would be made, including by Hilary. Other wood was to be stored by the Hubbards on Waste Lane but details of all this had been delayed.
  • Sandstone blocks from the Greenway bridges to be saved for plant troughs – it was reported that a verbal agreement had been reached to save and store coping stones as bridges were demolished.
  • Children in Need Ramble – the date for this fund-raising event was set for June 27th at 11a.m. Mary would work with her contacts to investigate a suitable route. Action: Mary
  • HS2 fund- what should we ask for?
Entrance gates
Trees around the village
Top of the tunnel ideas
Village hall signage recycling
Car park where VH car park was
Mosaic to be developed with children from the village school – discussions had begun on this.
Metal sculpture to reflect the history of the village. Deirdre and Thea would be asked to develop their idea and a costed proposal could then be given to HS2 
  • Priorities for precept money- ideas so far

Bugle funding
Lots of Spring bulbs
Jubilee verge maintenance
It was agreed to look in more detail at proposals for HS2 Community Fund and precept at the July meeting. Judi would add this to the agenda.
  • Bugle
Thanks were given to Mary for her work on the Bugle. The next edition would be published early in June with a deadline for articles of May 24th.

 

6  Greenway Trust Update

There was no report.


7  Parish Councillor's Report

The Parish Council had been discussing building matters, especially the development on Westwood Heath Road considering recent national reports that population growth figures, including those from Coventry, had been inflated. There were concerns about increased traffic and pressure on local schools.


8  Any Other Business

  • Thanks were extended to the local police force who had been in evidence in the village, for example putting fixed penalty notice on cars parked across pavements.
  • A question was asked about the progress of a planning application for a house on land adjacent to Broadwells Park on Red Lane but no further information was available.
  • If anyone is interested in joining the Westwood Heath History Group for a whistle stop tour of the history of the area please email westwoodheathhistory@gmail.com and they will send you the Zoom link - Tuesday 18th May at 7:30pm 
  • Judi volunteered to update the Welcome Leaflet. Action: Judi
  • It was agreed to create a diary of annual events and the appropriate meetings at which to discuss each of these. Action: Judi and Mary
  • Ditch clearing in Red Lane had resulted in piles of debris left on the verges but Hilary had been told this would be removed the following day.


9  Date of next Meeting

All meetings would be held via Zoom until further notice.

The next committee meeting was scheduled for July 15th.
Further meetings:
September 9th
Monday September 27th AGM
November 25th

Thanks were given to Judi for arranging the Zoom call and to committee members for attending.


Thursday, 18 March 2021

Lettice Floyd

The Floyd family were wealthy local landowners who owned several local farms including Arnold Farm in Cromwell Lane. They were social reformers and philanthropists and had a long association with Burton Green School.

Education in Burton Green can be traced back to the 1840s, when local children were educated by Mrs Chatterway in her cottage which was very near to Moat Farm, in Hob Lane. She was supported by Ann Floyd (1813-1884). 


In 1842 Ann Floyd's father, William Floyd (b1771) put up the money to build a purpose-build school, which was built on land donated by Lord Claverdon.  

This was the large brick-built building that we know today. The building was intended to be used as a school and also as a place of worship on Sundays.

This figure shows part of the Floyd family tree. 

Ann's brother, William (1807-1879), married Alison Clapperton who was the sister of Jane Hume Clapperton, the philosopher and social reformer.  

The Floyd family owned many farms and other properties in the area including Beanit Farm in Hob Lane, Arnold's Farm in Cromwell Lane, Beechwood House Farm in Tanners Lane, and Home Farm in Spencers Lane, plus several cottages around the district. 





In the 1800s the large field just behind Arnold Farm was known as Floyd's Close. 


The Burton Green School Log Book and Miss Floyd

There is a Burton Green School Log Book, which is effectively a diary of school activities written by the head teacher. The log book is now kept in the archives of the Warwick Records Office. 

The log book includes numerous references to a 'Miss Floyd'. One or other of the Floyd sisters visited the school occasionally, over a period of 36 years, the first visit being in 1875 and the last visit in 1910. 

Most of the entries simply say 'Miss Floyd visited', but there are a few more informative entries. These are some examples...


12 February 1881
"Miss Floyd and a lady-friend came in on Thursday and heard the children sing.
 Miss Floyd spoke to the children after school about the 'Missionaries'"



20 January 1883
"Miss Floyd came in today and heard the 1st Class read, 
she afterwards promised the children a Tea for Monday"



25 November 1887
"Miss Floyd visited the school on Friday morning and gave the children some apples"



20 December 1889 (Christmas)
"Miss Floyd and a lady friend visited on Friday morning & heard the children sing. Afterwards each child received a prize from Miss Floyd who also gave them a Christmas Card and an orange."



17 July 1908
"Miss Floyd invited all the children to tea at her house today"




William Floyd (1807-1879) had two daughters - Lettice Floyd and Mary Floyd. Most of the entries in the school log book simply refer to 'Miss Floyd' and it is not clear whether this refers to Lettice Floyd or Mary Floyd. A very small number of entries do include an initial - L Floyd or M Floyd, and on a few occasions both women visited the school together. There are some periods when we know that Lettice Floyd was working away from home but, in general, we do not know which sister each of the entries in the school log refers to.

An article about the Floyd family, written by Jean Musgrove, which was published by the Berkswell Local History Group, includes a paragraph about Lettice Floyd and states that she was an active supporter of the suffragette movement and that visiting Burton Green school was one of her activities:




Social Activism

Jean Musgrove's article does not give any further details about Lettice Floyd's activities in the suffragette movement.

In 1888 Lettice Floyd went to work as a nurse a children's hospital, and we know that from September 1895 to September 1898 she was working as a sister (in charge of a ward) at the Nottingham Children's hospital. Her time spent working in the children's hospital motivated her to become an active social justice campaigner.

In 1907 Lettice Floyd returned to Berkswell, and together with her sister, founded a local branch of the non-militant Women's Suffrage Society. But shortly afterwards, in 1908, the Berkswell branch was dissolved and its members joined the militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).

The first significant reference to Lettice Floyd in a national newspaper occurs in October 1908. This would have been three months after the Floyd sisters had entertained all of the school children at their house...




At their trial the accused were ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months, otherwise they would be sent to prison. None of them would agree to be bound over to be of good behaviour...



After they had served their sentences...



This is from the women's suffrage newspaper 'Votes For Women'...



Lettice took part in a further demonstration and was arrested a second time, but not charged, a year later, on 'Black Friday', 13 November 1910. This occasion was notable for the violence which the Police used against the suffragettes. This is from Lettice Floyd's entry in the National Biography
She was arrested for a second time the following November after travelling to London to take part in the mass protest organized against the loss of the women's suffrage 'Conciliation Bill'. The demonstrators encountered considerable violence, the day becoming notorious as ‘Black Friday’, but no charges were brought, the government realizing that to do so would be to incur adverse publicity.

Lettice travelled to London again in March 1912 to take part in a further protest...



Lettice Floyd was one of those arrested and subsequently sentenced to two months hard labour...



According to her entry in the National Biography, on this occasion, in prison she went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed. 

Being forcibly fed was a very unpleasant experience, and came to be regarded as the hallmark of the suffragette martyr. 




After their release from prison, suffragettes who had been force fed or received other exceptionally harsh treatment were given a personalised Certificate of Thanks showing their name in a bold script and signed by Emmeline Pankhurst. This image of such a certificate is a screenshot from a BBC documentary (The Suffragettes).


Click to enlarge





This image is not original. but it is a reasonably accurate reconstruction of a Certificate of Thanks. 

The suffragette campaign was suspended at the outset of WWI. Women's suffrage was eventually granted, at the end of the World War, in 1918



Disposal of the Estate - Legacy - Margaret McMillan House

After the deaths of her brothers William (d1895) and George (d1922), and her elder sister, Mary (d1918), the entire estate, of Beanit Farm, Arnold Farm, Home Farm and other properties, was inherited by Lettice Floyd (1922). 

Lettice Floyd maintained ownership of the entire estate until her own death in 1934.

After her death the estate was divided into lots and sold at a public auction. Arnold Farm was sold for £1,600. The two cottages adjacent to Arnold's Farm which had also been part of the estate were sold for £450 for the pair. The sale of the estate fetched £13,810. 

Lettice Floyd's total assets amounted to £51,660.

As directed in her will, various bequests of sums of money were made to friends and acquaintances, but the majority was gifted to the Rachel McMillan Centre, a children's charity, and was subsequently used to build the Margaret McMillan House at Wrotham, Kent. This is a country retreat outside London where children from deprived backgrounds can go to experience adventure holidays and other activities.

Rachel McMillan (1857-1917) was a social reformer with a particular interest in children's welfare. Rachel McMillan had taught at a girls' school in Coventry for 3 years c1874-1876.

The Margaret McMillan House at Wrotham was opened by the Duke of York  (shortly to become King George VI) in May 1936 ...






The Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Margaret McMillan House at Wrotham, 12th June 2012.

For most of these children it was the first time they had seen the countryside. 


Talk by the Royal College of Nursing 



Lettice Floyd was featured in a talk given by the RCN Library and Archive Service, on 11 March 2021, and which was presented over the internet during the pandemic. 






The section about Lettice Floyd begins at 15 minutes into the talk..




Biography

There is a complete biography of Lettice Floyd here:




That biography is a verbatim copy of the biography of Lettice Floyd which appears in the book The Women's Suffrage Movement, A Reference Guide, 1866-1928, written by Elizabeth Crawford.




Sunday, 14 March 2021

Minutes of Residents' Association Committee Meeting March 11th 2021

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Present

Dianne Adams; Paddy Deeley; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.


1  Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting (January 21st 2021)

Apologies had been received from Bron Putnam, Hilary Cox and Helen Hehir. Cheryl Wall, Chair of the Village Hal committee had also sent apologies.

Summary of actions following the meetingResponsible
Find out about emptying of binsPaddy
Purchase long-handles litter grabbersMary
Set up fund-raising page for Children in Need rambleDianne
Ask LM about turfing the Jubilee VergeRona
Contact Parish Council suggesting noticeboard on Cala Estate Hilary 

     

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See January 21st 2021 meeting


Matters Arising from the previous minutes

  • Community Fund item to remain on agenda - ongoing
  • Maintain list of suggestions for funding requests – ongoing
  • Arrangements for next year’s end of year accounts – Sally Keys who had been recommended by Marlene Hills had carried out the inspection in 2020 and had agreed to do the same this year. 
  • List of suggestions for HS2 funding - maintained
  • List of priorities for precept money - maintained
  • Funding required via Parish Council grant – request submitted
  • Locate defibrillator notices – new notices would be ordered to be placed in the Parish Council noticeboard and suggestions requested for other places. The locations would be explained in a future edition of the Bugle.
  • Ask LM about facilitating plugging Christmas tree lights into lamppost 2021. Reply received from Melanie Ryan, Community Engagement Officer, LM:
 LM has put this to HS2, and we or HS2 will also put it to Warwickshire County Council. From what I understand about maintenance arrangements going forward, HS2 will be coordinating/covering management of the temporary Greenway infrastructure – but WCC will be the local authority for that particular lamppost. We’re hoping we can get everyone’s agreement and sign-off on this so Christmas lights could be plugged in, in December 2021.
  • Plan for re-use of materials for British Legion centenary in Nov 2021- to be included in future meetings.
  • Contact WCC regarding blocked drain on Red Lane. Completed. Potholes still to be dealt with.
  • Send flowers to Betty Woodward – completed.

The minutes of the January meeting were approved.


2 Village Hall

Paddy reported that there was still no start date for the commencement of the Village Hall building. Discussions were still taking place regarding drainage issues. The field was currently being levelled.


3 Treasurer’s Report

A report had been circulated as follows:
Current Account net balance: £1781.49
Deposit Account net balance: £1006.09
Total Funds (A): £2787.58
Ring Fenced Funds (B) (Balance remaining of monies donated/allocated for specific purposes but not yet spent):- Defibrillator: £ 149.56
Freely available/unallocated Funds (A – B): £2638.02 

For Information: Major Expenditure Since Last Meeting:
Book tokens for Snowman Competition - £10
Litter Pickers – 38.98
Income Since Last Meeting - None
Outstanding Parish Funds to be used by 31 March 2021 - £240.88.
These would be used for the next edition of the Bugle.

Thanks were given to Dianne for her efficient handling of the accounts. 


4 Residents’ views/concerns

  • HS2 issues
Access to and use of Greenway - 
LM had been asked about signage on the Greenway. A response had been received as follows:
There are various types of signs for the Greenway diversion being installed, and we will also be putting up information boards showing the diversion route and giving HS2 Helpdesk details. We’ve had several requests from Burton Green residents to add more signs with specific instructions, e.g. ‘must keep dogs on a lead’, ‘cycle slowly’, etc. Some of these, we won’t be able to accommodate/install – because they would go against local authority guidelines for country parks. However, we’ll install as much information as we can (without making it too cluttered) and we’ll make sure the information boards carry general messages about using the temporary Greenway in a safe and responsible manner – covering dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders, and all types of users with messages about being careful and considerate.

Questions were asked about who had been consulted about signage. It was agreed a watching brief should be kept on the erection of further signs. Was the Greenway Trust involved? It was thought this was not the case. The bin at the top of the closed-off ramp had still not been moved. It appeared a plethora of bins was now in existence. Who would be responsible for the emptying of the bins? Paddy agreed to ask. Action: Paddy
A discussion took place with reference to the new temporary Greenway with mixed views expressed. There remained concerns about its width and the Parish Council was pursuing this matter. Waste materials continued to be left by the contractors but it was hoped all these would be removed in a final clear up of the area as LM completed its work. 
Parking for those visiting the Greenway was a problem which would be exacerbated once the roadworks on Cromwell Lane took place. This issue was also being addressed by the Parish Council.
  • A resident was pursuing the difficulties caused by parking on pavements by leaving notices showing vehicles parked in a similar way having parking tickets.


5 Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues

  • Approach council re plugging in lights on lamppost on the verge for Christmas 2021. Already discussed under Matters Arising.
  • Wooden sculptures – Discussions had taken place and it had been agreed that Burton Green community would receive two benches and two sculptures of a fox and an owl made from felled trees along the Greenway.  These would be placed in the grounds of the new Village Hall at an appropriate time.  Receipt and storage of other timber was being discussed. Charlie Hubbard was being very helpful in this matter.
  • Sandstone blocks from the Greenway bridges to be saved for plant troughs –Demolition of the bridges along the Greenway (between Cromwell Lane and Waste Lane) was imminent. Paddy had not received replies from any questions. It was hoped that BBV would be amenable to creating the troughs at the entrances to the village.
  • March 21st litter pick – volunteers should meet in the Village Hall car park at 11a.m. Nigel and Faith Ward would book a slot at Kenilworth recycling centre and Nigel would be asked to collect up the bags of rubbish gathered by volunteers. Mary would investigate the purchase of long-handles grabbers to add to the ones already owned by the Residents’ Association. Action: Mary
  • Children in Need Ramble – the date for this fund-raising event would need to be flexible to meet government guidelines. It would be announced in the June edition of the Bugle. It was planned to sell yellow sashes for people to wear on the ramble and Dianne agreed to investigate setting up a fund-raising page. Action: Dianne

  • HS2 fund- what should we ask for?
Entrance gates
Trees around the village
Top of the tunnel ideas
Village hall signage recycling
Car park where VH car park was
  • Priorities for precept money- ideas so far
Bugle funding
Lots of Spring bulbs
  • Bugle
    Thanks were given to Mary for her work on the Bugle.


6 Greenway Trust Update

There was no report.


7 Parish Councillor's Report

An interview had taken place for the vacancy for a Parish Clerk and it was hoped to fill the role soon.

Matters recently discussed by the Parish Council included ongoing complaints to LM; arranging a meeting with BBV for when the tunnel work begins; submitting a response to the Phase 2 Relief Road; traffic calming; and Westwood Heath housing developments which now seemed to involve revamping of some housing models and the purchase of the land. 

8  Any Other Business

  • A resident had queried the muddy state of the Jubilee Verge following all the works at the junction of Red Lane/Cromwell Lane. Rona would ask if LM would be prepared to turf the area. Action: Rona
  • Hilary had offered to write to the Parish Council suggesting a noticeboard on the Cala Estate. Action: Hilary
  • Having received a copy of the Warwick University newsletter, Rona had written to say residents were pleased to hear the Coventry City football club would be returning to the Ricoh Arena and assumed this meant the university would no longer be pursuing its plans for a stadium .  The following response was received:

News of the agreement for Coventry City Football Club to return to Coventry at the Ricoh Arena is great news for the supporters, the community and the city of Coventry as a whole, and of course the Football Club.

Coventry City Football Club and the University of Warwick are actively continuing their discussions regarding a long-term collaboration to provide a new home for the Sky Blues.

Those discussions are progressing positively and further details will be announced when both the club and the University are able to do so.

We will engage with our neighbours on this when we are able to do so, and of course Burton Green are some of our closest neighbours and your views are important to us.

Post meeting note: Burton Green speed monitoring was top of the police priority vote. Thank you to all residents who voted. There will be a number of police speed monitoring sessions over the next 3 months


9 Date of next Meeting

All meetings would be held via Zoom until further notice.

The next committee meeting was scheduled for May 13th
July 15th
September 9th
Monday September 27th AGM
November 25th

Thanks were given to Judi for arranging the Zoom call and to committee members for attending.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Bugle - March 2021

The March 2021 edition of the Bugle has been published.

Just below are thumbnails of the page images. To enlarge any page image, click on the thumbnail below. Once you have the individual page, you may also need to click on the magnifying glass in your browser, where you can view the page at its original size...













The text of the Chair's Report has also been added to the Residents' Association page.

The archive of back issues of the Bugle is here: Bugle Archive.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Kenilworth Community Forum Policing Priorities March 2021

KENILWORTH COMMUNITY FORUM POLICING PRIORITIES ONLINE VOTE

Priority options to choose from are:

  • Burglary Prevention Patrols
  • Crime Reduction Patrols - Kenilworth Town Centre
  • School Road Safety Patrols - Burton Green Primary
  • School Road Safety Patrols - St. John's Primary
  • Speed Checks/Monitoring - Burton Green
  • Speed Checks/Monitoring - Farmer Ward Road

Please visit https://app.sli.do/event/ovytti9a/live/polls to cast your vote online.

Voting closes 1pm Tuesday 9th March. 

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Regards

Kenilworth Safer Neighbourhood Team

Thursday, 11 February 2021

The Stoneleigh Estate Sale 1928



The entire area of Burton Green on the East side of Cromwell Lane and Red Lane used to be part of the Stoneleigh Estate. 

In 1928 that area was divided into lots and offered for sale at an auction open to the public. 

The sale included 7 working farms, 20 cottages, and 80 plots of land for building. 

The sale documentation claimed "a large portion of the frontage land is ripe for immediate development."

Some of the lots being offered for sale are shown in detail in the map at the left. 

Historical Background

In 1154 Henry II (1133-1189) granted land in the Forest of Arden, which would have included part of what would become Burton Green, to a group of Cistercian monks (a Catholic religious order) who built an abbey at Stoneleigh. 

Henry's descendant Henry VIII (1491-1547) appointed himself as head of the church and dissolved the monasteries (1536-1541). 

Stoneleigh Abbey and the Stoneleigh Estate were subsequently purchased (1561) on behalf of Sir Thomas Leigh who was a wealthy London trader.  Sir Thomas Leigh had been Lord Mayor of London (1558-1559). 

The area of the Stoneleigh Estate corresponded approximately with the boundaries of Stoneleigh and Ashow Parishes, marked with a bold black line on this map.

With some additional land purchases the Leigh family eventually became the largest land owner in Warwickshire. 

A house built on the site of the original monastery, Stoneleigh Abbey, was the home of the Leigh family from 1561 to 1993. 

The significance of the areas shaded red and shaded green (which includes Burton Green) is explained below.


Sale of the Estate

During the 1920s large areas of the Stoneleigh Estate were sold, possibly to meet punitive death duties. 

In 1920 properties owned by the Estate in various outlying areas elsewhere in Warwickshire were sold including farms at Cubbington, Weston, Hunningham, Long Itchington, Fillongley and Maxstoke.


Sale to Coventry Corporation 1926 - Plans for Westwood

In 1926 2,334 acres in the North of the main estate were sold to Coventry Corporation for £114,000. This included Allesley, Tile Hill and Westwood. This is the area shaded red on the map above.  

This is an extract from a report in the Midland Daily Telegraph (12 August 1926):

Westwood Heath A New Townlet - Between Westwood Heath and the Coventry-Birmingham railway line it is intended there should be raised one of a number of garden colonies around Coventry, possibly each with its own shopping and civic centre. It would be satellite to but more or less independent or autonomous of Coventry, but linked socially to the city and it neighbours. For such a purpose Westwood is admirably adapted: situated on high land, it is healthy and can be made easily accessible by road and rail besides having a naturally beautiful setting in which ts ultimate purpose of producing a garden colony can be attained.


Stoneleigh Estate Sale 1928 - Burton Green and Crackley

Most of the land in Burton Green which lies to the East of Cromwell Lane, plus a small strip on the West side of Cromwell Lane near the Peeping Tom, belonged to the Stoneleigh Estate. 

In 1928 all of that land, comprising 1,300 acres, partitioned into 133 lots, was put up for auction to members of the public. This is the area shaded green on the map above. 

Click to enlarge
The image at the right shows a page from the sale catalogue. You can click on the image to enlarge it to read all of the details.

The sale included:

  • 7 complete farms, including Bockenden Grange Farm, Cryfield House Farm, Lodge Farm, Hurst Farm and South Hurst Farm
  • The Hollies (the house on the right at the top of Red lane)
  • Westwood Cottages (near Westwood Church)
  • 5 woods - Black Waste Wood, Broadwells Wood, Crackley Wood, Rough Knowles Wood and Whitefield Coppice
  • 9 plots of building land in Cromwell Lane
  • numerous plots of building land in Red Lane
  • 5 plots of building land in Westwood Heath Road
  • plus numerous other properties.

Just below are the sale details for Lot 13 (the right hand cottage of The Hollies) which subsequently became Seaton's Field.


Lot 13 was sold for £530, which is typical. Potential building land was selling for about £100 per acre. 

We don't know who purchased Lot 13. In the 1939 survey, 10 years later, the property was occupied by Patrick Hession, with his wife and daughter Hilda, who were running a Post Office and sweet shop from the premises. 



Plots of building land in Cromwell Lane near Westwood corner were sold for £75 each. 

A row of building plots in Cromwell Lane backing onto Black Waste Wood (lots 5-9) were sold together with Black Waste Wood (34 acres) and Broadwells Wood (42 acres) for a total of £3,250. 

The Hollies (lot 12) was sold together with Bockendon Farm (177 acres) for a total £4,825.

Plots of building land along Red Lane were sold for between £75 and £115 each.


Sunday, 24 January 2021

Minutes of Residents’ Association Committee Meeting January 21st 2021

The meeting was held virtually via Zoom because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Present

Dianne Adams; Hilary Cox; Paddy Deeley; Andy Gibbs; Judi Hibberd; Janet Hickinbottom; Rona Taylor; Faith Ward; Mary Webb.

In attendance: Cheryl Wall (Chair of Village Hall committee) joined for part of the meeting.


1. Apologies and Minutes of the last meeting (November 25th 2020)

Apologies had been received from Bron Putnam.

Summary of actions following the September meetingResponsible
Community Fund item to remain on agenda Judi
Maintain list of suggestions for funding requests Judi 
Arrangements for next year’s end of year accounts – approach recommended person Mary and Hilary
List of suggestions for HS2 funding  Judi
Tree planting – suggestions for sites – Bugle article   Mary
List of priorities for precept money Judi  
Work out funding required via Parish Council grant and submit request   Judi
Locate defibrillator notices Paddy  Rona
Ask LM about facilitating plugging Christmas tree lights into lamppost 2021 (currently lamp post still owned by LM)   Rona
Plan for re-use of materials for British Legion centenary in May 2021  Mary
Contact WCC regarding blocked drain on Red Lane Hilary
Send flowers to Betty Woodward Rona

  

Minutes of the last meeting and Matters Arising

See Minutes of November 25th 2020 meeting

Matters Arising from the previous minutes:

  • Community Fund item to remain on agenda - ongoing
  • Maintain list of suggestions for funding requests – ongoing
  • Arrangements for next year’s end of year accounts – The person recommended by Marlene Hills who had carried out the inspection in 2020 would be approached again. Action: Mary and Hilary
  • Investigation of blocked drains in Cromwell Lane – completed and actioned by WCC
  • Suggestions for HS2 funding
  • Tree planting bid
  • Priorities for precept money
  • Query to Greenway Trust about preventing motorbike access – nothing in place
  • Dates for future meetings and inclusion on agenda of Zoom details - completed

The minutes of the November meeting were approved.


2. Village Hall 

The Chair of the Village Hall committee, Cheryl Wall, reported that contract signing was to take place soon. Solicitors were finalising scrutiny of three necessary contracts. It was doubtful the site would be cleared before March but once contracts were signed, the land transfer could take place. It was hoped the new Village Hall build would be completed before the end of 2021.

Discussions were taking place about using some of the felled timber for benches and sculptures.

Thanks were given to Cheryl and to all the trustees for the immense effort involved in progressing the build.


4. Treasurer’s Report

A report had been circulated as follows:

BGRA Accounts as at 13 January 2021
Current Account net balance: £1852.47
Deposit Account net balance: £1006.08 Total Funds (A): £2858.55
Ring Fenced Funds (Balance remaining of monies donated/allocated for specific purposes but not yet spent):- Defibrillator: £ 149.56
Freely available/unallocated Funds (A – B): £2708.99

For Information: Major Expenditure Since Last Meeting Zoom subscription - £143.86 Book tokens for School Xmas card competition - £45
Xmas Tree for green - £85
Payment for Electricity used for Xmas Tree to Cornerways - £10
Income Since Last Meeting None Outstanding
Parish Funds to be used by 31 March 2021 - £281.86 NB – need to reapply to Parish for funds for 2021/2022

Thanks were given to Dianne for her efficient handling of the accounts. 

Diane reminded everyone that £281 remained of the Parish Council grant and this needed to be spent prior to the end of March.  This would not be a problem as there was still an edition of the Bugle to produce during that period.

A new bid needed to be submitted. It was agreed that the increase in the number of households in the village necessitated a greater cost for publication of the Bugles. There was an increase of approximately 25% which meant we should apply for the same increase in the amount of the grant (from £2100 to 2625) There was also the cost of the tree and plaque to mark VE Day. Action: Judi


4. Residents’ views/concerns

HS2 issues

  • Access to and use of Greenway- this was an ongoing problem.  Muddy paths had caused a lot of disquiet but after much intervention, chippings had been laid in parts to help alleviate the problem. This was not a surface recommended by the British Horse Society.  Double fencing of the temporary Greenway had also resulted in a narrowing of the path. Parish Councils in both Burton Green and Berkswell were continuing the dialogue.

  • Relocation of the bin that was sited at the top of the ramp on Cromwell Lane bridge was being considered. It was pointed out this needed to be adjacent to the road to allow for ease of emptying.

  • Q. What had happened to the notices informing of the location of defibrillators in the village? Paddy would enquire. Action: Paddy

  • Litter – Faith was thanked for her sterling work in patrolling the lower part of Red Lane to remove litter. The committee was aware of other residents carrying out a similar task in other parts of the village and extended thanks to them too.

  • State of Hob Lane – there had been a lot of mud on the road along with churning up of the verges.  The Parish Council was following this up.

  • Slow Ways – a resident had pointed to this initiative to survey local routes as part of a nation-wide project. Anyone interested in involvement should contact mailto:hello@slowways.uk or can access a Zoom briefing here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slow-ways-zoom-briefing-tickets-128976769991

  • An incorrect web address had been included in the last edition of the Bugle. To report illegal pavement parking to the police, residents should contact mailto:anna.brown@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk


5. Update on and discussion of Residents’ Association initiatives and issues

  • Christmas tree – this was deemed a great success and thanks were given to the Hibberds and the Hickinbottoms for obtaining, erecting, decorating and removing the tree. The residents of Cornerways were thanked for allowing use of their electricity for which they had been compensated.

  • Approach council re plugging in lights on lamppost on the verge for Christmas 2021 – Rona would approach Cllr.George Illingworth about the feasibility of this. Action: Rona
    (Post-meeting note: Rona was advised lamppost still owned by LM so she would ask them to arrange a socket to be fixed as part of their community engagement.)

  • Bulb planting – Children from the school had been involved in bulb planting at the top of Red Lane.

  • Food Bank – a tremendously successful collection of items had taken place for the Trussell Trust Food Bank. Thanks were given to all residents who had donated and to collectors and to the Hibberds for transporting to the Trussell Trust in Coventry. Consideration would be given to making this an annual event.

  • Wooden sculptures – Discussions had taken place with Diana Dean, (Community Engagement LMS) and it had been agreed that Burton Green community would receive two benches and two sculptures made from felled trees along the Greenway.  These would be placed in the grounds of the new Village Hall at an appropriate time.  Receipt of other timber was being discussed.

  • Sandstone blocks from the Greenway bridges to be saved for plant troughs – this idea needed to be progressed with details such as how the blocks would be moved and where stored. Demolition of the bridges along the Greenway (between Cromwell Lane and Waste Lane) was scheduled to take place in February. There was the added complication of the transfer of responsibility from LM to BBV and because the bridges lay within Solihull, not Warwickshire. 

  • Road closure/oak tree – further road closures had been highlighted in Hob Lane the following week between 9.30 and 2.30. There was also the possibility of Cromwell Lane bridge being closed w/c February 22nd for bore holes to be drilled. 

  • HS2 fund- what should we ask for? (Further suggestions welcome) Action: all
Entrance gates
Trees around the village
Top of the tunnel ideas
Village hall signage recycling 
Q. What will happen to the land where the current Village Hall stands? Could it be a car park for the Greenway? 
Priorities for precept money- ideas so far (Further suggestions welcome) Action: all 
Bugle funding


6. Bugle 

The next edition was to be distributed on the first weekend of March.

It would include thanks to all key workers in the village.

A note was made that May 2021 would see the centenary of the British Legion and some of our materials from previous commemorations should be reused. Action: Mary


7. Greenway Trust Update

There was no update.


8. Parish Councillor's Report

Several matters had already been covered.

Discussions about the A46 link road were continuing with concerns about increased traffic in Burton Green should Phase 3 take place.

The Neighbourhood Plan was nearing completion.

Crest Nicholson were still planning to build in Westwood Heath Road and had submitted minor changes to their planning application.


9.  Any Other Business

Q. Why had part of the land between the Park Homes site and the Plymouth Brethren Hall been cleared? The land, which is in the Green Belt, was owned by three parties and at least one of these was hoping to obtain planning permission to build houses, which the Parish Council would oppose.

A blocked drain on the bend in Red Lane near The Orchard was causing concern. Hilary agreed to contact WCC. Action: Hilary

Mary explained that, by request, she sends some Bugle copies to former residents and had received £5 towards postage from one person.

It was agreed to send flowers to Betty Woodward who had been ill in hospital. Action: Rona
(Post-meeting note – Rona delivered on January 23rd).


10. Date of next Meeting

All meetings would be held via Zoom until further notice.

The next committee meeting was scheduled for March 11th 2021
May 13th
July 15th
September 9th
Monday September 27th AGM
November 25th