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Lapworth Parish Council

Vacancy  for Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer 

£23,080- £25,481 pro-rata (dependent on experience and qualifications)

Hourly rate  £11.96 to £13.21 Part-time 13 hours per week (SCP 14-19)


Following the resignation of the current Clerk, Lapworth Parish Council are looking to recruit a new Parish Clerk and we are looking for someone who is:
• self-confident in managing their relationships with people at all levels
• able to work independently and effectively
• a good administrator
• able to manage a diverse and at times complex range of work
• keen to be involved in community projects
• able to attend evening meetings of the council on the second Monday of each month.
• have good IT skills, ability to maintain website and social media presence
• holds, is working towards or willing to work towards the CiLCA qualification

Specific responsibilities will include:
• Ensuring the parish council conducts its business lawfully;
• Administering the council’s financial affairs and keeping proper records;
• Attending all council meetings (the second Monday evening of each month);
• Ensuring that meeting papers are promptly prepared;
• Working on all parish council projects
• Managing communications with other councils and other organisations, and
• Managing communications between councillors, Members of the Public & circulation of correspondence received.

The post is part-time, mainly working from home. Working hours are flexible but the post holder must be able to attend the monthly council meetings, held in the evening of the second Monday of each month. We offer excellent terms and conditions of employment. Annual salary is paid in accordance with the National Association of Local Councils and Society of Local Council (NALC/SLCC) salary scales plus a 3% pension contribution and £18 per month home working allowance.

You will be required to be able to store Parish Council records and documents securely.

Full details and application process at

If you would like an informal chat please contact the Chairman Clive Henderson by emailing or phoning 01564 783672

Application is by CV and covering letter demonstrating how you meet the points listed in the person specification. The Closing date is 18th July 2021.  Interviews will be held w/c 19th – probably Thursday 22nd July. Planned start date Wednesday 1st September 2021.

Applications should be sent to


Lapworth Parish Council

The Parish Council has vacancies for two Councillors

The Parish Council meets once a month and as a Parish Councillor you are involved in:

Representing the local community

Helping to deliver services to meet local needs

Working to improve quality of life in the parish

Want to know more?

If you are a resident in the Parish or have worked in the Parish for more than 12 months and would be interested in joining the Council, please contact or speak to any Parish Councillor whose details can be found on .  Further details are also available on the website.

Closing dates for expressions of interest to Parish Clerk by 18th July 2021.

Clerk to Lapworth Parish Council Tel: 01676 533258 Email:



Lapworth Cricket Club



The season so far . . . .

After our first round of league games played the first weekend in May the rain arrived with a vengeance, and we then had three consecutive weekends where all of league games throughout our three teams were cancelled firstly due to torrential rain and then towards the end of the monsoon season due to the waterlogged state of the ground.

We have checked the club records – we can go back as far as the fifties and we cannot find another occasion when we have had three blank weekends in a season so definitely unprecedented for us at The Melson – in fact as I write these notes eight weeks into the league season our 1st XI has played just one game at home this season.

That said the weather has now changed dramatically, summer is here and the groundsman has already started watering the cricket square – thinks do change very quickly!!    . . . . read more



Mobile Library Service returns



The Mobile Library vehicle will be back on the road for customers to visit from the end of June.

The Mobile Library vehicle will be visiting Lapworth on Thursdays, stopping at three locations.  Please visit the What’s On page for dates, location stop names, along with arrival and departure times.

The Railway Inn is reopening again very soon



The much loved Railway Inn, located on the Dorridge/Packwood/Lapworth border, has recently changed hands and will be reopening again very, very soon after undergoing internal refurbishment.

The Inn will retain its old school British pub looks and will be serving good ‘pub classic’ food.  It will remain a family pub complete with outdoor children’s play area, and dogs (on a lead) will be allowed in the bar and in the garden.

Booking details will be available once an opening date has been confirmed.

The Railway Inn is also recruiting for front of house and chefs. For these positions you will have experience in a similar establishment.  Please send CV’s to




Temporary Road Closure of Lapworth Street, Lapworth


5th July 2021 to 7th July 2021


Please see proposed diversion route shown between Bredon House and Windward House for the above road closure,  to enable essential utility works to take place.

An alternative route will be signed via Lapworth Street, Old Warwick Road, Finwood Road, Mill Lane and vice versa.

Vehicular access and egress will be maintained where possible.





Weekly Update from the Leader and Chief Executive

18th June 2021

We doubt anyone was surprised by the government’s decision to postpone the final stage of the roadmap until 19 July.  Nonetheless, the impact of the delay is significant, and we’re continuing to do all that we can to support local hospitality and tourism enterprises over this extended period.

We’ve also been working to reschedule our much-loved festivals and events; please update your calendar so when the time comes for us to safely gather, we can give these key community activities our full support.

Thankfully, our 18-year-olds are now receiving vaccination invitations, which means that we’re just weeks away from seeing the risk of a covid hospital admission being cut by 75% for our entire adult population (see our vaccination rates).  As the programme roll-out continues, remember too that the vaccination offer is ‘ever green’, so if you’ve not yet been vaccinated and you’d like to be, then please can come forward and book an appointment.

This week, 89 new local Covid cases were reported, at a rate of 61.9 cases per 100,000 people, almost tripling the figure from last week, and above the average rate for the West Midlands region.  It’s important that with increasing social interaction, we take regular tests.  There are a number of options for free testing, which can be ordered free of charge and delivered to our homes, or we can make an appointment at our local test centre or collect a test from a participating pharmacy.

Progress with the local Recovery Plan continues this week at:

  • University of Warwick, which has announced plans for an enormous 48+ hectare eco-park (equivalent of 120 football pitches) around the campus, as part of the South Warwickshire Local Plan. The new scheme will provide recreational space for students, staff and the public, with pedestrian and cycle routes linking with the planned transport infrastructure, nature reserves supporting wildlife and space for renewable energy generation.  This proposal for exciting community infrastructure would bring forward significant and long-term benefits for us all.
  • Racing Club Warwick, which has teamed-up with local charity ILEAP to provide football sessions to all those with additional needs, adults and children alike. The attendance at sessions has been doubling each week, with the new all-weather pitch, completed at the ground earlier this year, being put to good use for the benefit of our community.
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games, which launched the full event schedule, including dates for the Lawn Bowls and Para Bowls (Victoria Park) and Cycle road races (St Nicholas Park). To start making plans for this once in a generation opportunity to witness 11 days of unmissable sports action, we can register now to create an official ticketing account allowing entry to the ballot for tickets.

Finally, we’d like to thank the retiring Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police Martin Jelley for his outstanding service to our community, particularly the strong leadership he has given throughout the pandemic.  We also congratulate incoming Chief Constable Debbie Tedds (a Leamingtonian no less) and look forward to continuing our close partnership working, whatever challenges the future may bring.

Keep smiling and stay safe.


Andrew Day   Leader                                  Chris Elliott    Chief Executive



Local groups encouraged to apply for capital grants improvements scheme

12th May 2021


Local not-for-profit community organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £30,000 from Warwick District Council’s Rural and Urban Capital Investment Scheme (RUCIS).

Following a brief pause last year as the Council focussed on administering much-needed funds for local voluntary and community organisations involved in supporting residents during the pandemic, the scheme is now open and organisations looking for grants to support capital improvement projects are urged to apply.

Consideration is given to organisations looking to purchase or upgrade their property or equipment in order to provide their services to the community, such as:

  • Energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy technology
  • Providing disabled access or facilities
  • Resurfacing of car parks, sports courts and play areas
  • Essential building repairs
  • New facilities such as kitchens or toilets

In previous schemes, Leamington Cricket Club received £4,496 towards the refurbishment of their toilet facilities; and Hill Close Gardens received £30,000 towards an extension to their existing visitor centre.

Councillor Mary Noone, Portfolio Holder for Resources, commented: “We’ve seen first-hand this past year how important local community organisations are to our residents, and I am delighted that Warwick District Council is in a position to be able to award this funding to ensure that the vital facilities they use to support the community are the best they can be.

“New funding is available for the 2021/22 financial year and I would like to encourage not-for-profit groups located within Warwick District to come forward with their projects as we may be able to help.”

To find out more about the RUCIS scheme, visit