Community News

Warwickshire smokers are being urged to ‘Quit4Good’ on National No Smoking Day this Wednesday (14 March 2018) to benefit their health – and their wallet.

Warwickshire’s stop smoking support service, ‘Quit4Good’ is a free 12 week programme providing regular support from expert Stop Smoking Advisors and stop smoking medication (prescription payable) available at a number of Pharmacies and GPs across the county. Alternatively smokers can choose to quit online with the support of a Stop Smoking Advisor through the national smokefree online service.

For more details on Stop Smoking Services in Warwickshire go to or call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044



There will be a vacancy at the Pound Close Almshouses, which we expect to be available from the end of April 2018.  The accommodation  consists of a ground floor bungalow comprising a living/dining room, kitchen, bathroom (wetroom) and one bedroom, designed for single occupancy, but couples may be accepted.

Applicants are usually resident in the Parish of Lapworth at the time of appointment, normally retired and have limited financial resources.  Residents must be able to live independently, since no care or other services are provided.  Pets are not allowed at Pound Close.

Further information and application forms can be obtained from the Secretary/Administrator to the Lapworth Charity by contacting:

Mrs Helen Wollerton
The Braids
Rising Lane
B94 6JE
(Tel: 01564 784193)
or by emailing

The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd March 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews are expected to be held in April 2018.

New Specialist Benefits Advice Service

A new specialist benefits advice service for vulnerable residents funded by Warwickshire County Council will be delivered by Citizens Advice Warwickshire from 1 April 2018.

The service will provide high quality advice, support, advocacy and representation to Warwickshire residents regarding the following:

    • Applying for benefits.
    • Completing forms.
    • Accessing Digital by Default Government services.
    • Interpreting official forms and letters.
    • Providing evidence to make successful benefit claims.
    • Preparing requests for mandatory reconsiderations
    • Appearance at appeals and tribunals.

For more information please visit:

New Policing priorities for Warwick Rural West

Every community in Warwickshire has a local policing  Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).  Teams work with communities and partner organisations to identify and address local concerns.  Teams tackle crimes and work to make communities safer places.

The following will be a priority for your SNT until March.

      1. Burglary patrols of Lapworth/Rowington/Lowsonford area
      2. School parking patrols to deter nuisance and inconsiderate parking
      3. Foot patrols to be approachable in the community and chat with locals about any concerns they may have

Make the Right Call

Warwickshire Police have also launched a series of help and advice pages and downloadable leaflets on their website.

This information is there to support members of the public in “making the right call” in the event of something happening and to make the right call to the right service, first time.

Please go to the following link to see the information – Make the Right Call

Livestock worrying

Important information for dog owners

There have already been reports of dogs chasing sheep over the last few days (Warwickshire and West Mercia Police).

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence.  The Act considers sheep worrying to include . . . attacking, chasing, injuring, causing suffering and/or loss . . .

When you take your dog out, keep your dog on a lead or under very close control at all times.  Always ensure your dog does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people.

A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner.

It’s always good practice to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals.  However, should cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog go, don’t risk getting hurt trying to protect the dog.

Please go to the What’s On page for a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) list of forthcoming events in Lapworth