Community News


Oh dear, it’s not good news, this much loved and long awaited festival is NOT going to take place in 2019 


Birmingham Heritage Week

12th September – 22nd September 2019

Birmingham Heritage Week returns in September for its fifth year! With many of us having links to the Birmingham area, this popular festival showcasing Birmingham’s rich history is a great chance to visit our favourite places and see them from a new perspective or indeed it is a fantastic opportunity to visit parts of Birmingham that you may never have seen before.

Visit the Birmingham Heritage website here to browse over 100+ events.  You can browse events by Date or by Category.  Choose from Walks, Talks, Workshops, Tours, Open Days, Exhibitions, Concerts  and much much more.

Many of the events are free of charge but it is advisable to check prior to visiting and also to check whether pre-booking is required.


 South Warwickshire Citizens Academy

Warwickshire Police are holding its next Citizens Academy at their Police Head Quarters in Leek Wootton in September this year and it is open to all residents in South Warwickshire.  They are asking for members of the community to sign up to attend the ten week course.

Applicants/students will then spend ten weeks meeting and receiving inputs from many different departments, there is no home work or course work, they simply ask that students engage and participate in the sessions with an open and inquisitive mind.

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get to know more about their local Police Force and about how and why they police in the way that they do.  At the end of the course you graduate at a ceremony attended by Chief Constable Martin Jelley and Police and Crime Commissioner Phillip Seccombe.

The course will run every Tuesday evening 6.30pm-8.30pm from 10th September until 20th November 2019.

The closing date for applications will be 27th August 2019 and to request an application form please email

New . . . Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Advice App to Support Officers

Warwickshire Police is currently rolling out a unique Rural Crime Advice app to help support officers and staff in engaging and dealing with rural and wildlife crime incidents.

The app provides contacts – external and internal, at the touch of a button – advice, information and crime prevention support, location mapping, rural updates and a report form that goes straight through to the rural crime team.

The app provides easy access to advice and guidance on a wide range of information relating to livestock, wildlife crime, fishing, agricultural vehicles and plant, firearms, dangerous dogs, poisons and heritage crime.


The X20 is coming back . . . with some new and improved alterations

From 2nd September 2019, Johnsons Service 20 will be renumbered back to X20 and will operate between Stratford upon Avon and Solihull, on an hourly basis, and operating as on the current route as far as Morrisons in Shirley, where it will turn right via Solihull Road, Sharmans Cross Road and Streetsbrook Road to Solihull.

Johnsons Service 82 will also be renumbered as the X20 and will operate on its current route via Solihull Touchwood Shopping Centre to Coventry, providing a through service between Stratford upon Avon and Coventry, again on an hourly basis.

This new X20 Solihull to Coventry service will have some timing alterations in the afternoon peak times to provide one additional journey in each direction, providing later links between Solihull and Coventry than are currently available.

Home to School travel services that are provided within the service will be unaffected, and will still operate as normal.  Johnsons can also confirm that seniors will still continue to receive free bus travel.

Provisional timetables are available to view online now and paper copies will be available in September. If you have any questions or queries, please contact Johnsons Excelbus on 01564 797040 or email .




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