Plans are well advanced for a weekeend of celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee.Queens Jubilee

On Saturday 4th June there's a BBQ on the Village Playing Field from 5.00pm. Two BBQs will be ready and available but please bring your own food, drink, cutlery and glasses. Paper plates and napkins will be provided. Those attending can play boules, as well as badminton, table football and “Splat the Rat”, or just sit and chat.

On Sunday 5th June there's to be a village street party on the village green at 1.00pm.  Bring your own food and drink and maybe a little extra to share. There will be a toast to the Queen at 3.00pm. If you haven’t replied to your invitation please contact Immie as soon as possible as we need to know numbers for seating arrangements.

The organisers of both events would be grateful if those attending would ensure that all rubbish is taken home.

IndieGo RugbyWarwickshire County Council, in partnership with the charity Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC), have launched a brand-new demand-responsive minibus service to assist those of all ages who are unable to access public transport in Rugby and its borough for whatever reason. It’s being operated under the Council’s ‘IndieGo’ brand.

The wheelchair-accessible vehicles will make a number of set journeys into and out of Rugby at key times from villages in the borough surrounding the town, and outside of these times it can be booked for journeys to work and back, GP/Hospital visits and for shopping and leisure.  Wherever possible, it’ll pick up and set down at points chosen by the passengers within Rugby or one of the three zones it operates from.  Registration is required and all bookings are made by phone to a dedicated call centre.  An online booking facility is also currently in development.

It’ll operate Monday to Friday from 7am until late and in most cases it can be booked on the same day.  Fares are just £4.00 single, £6 return and Concessionary Passes are accepted in-line with the current terms and conditions.  Child fares are also available.

Withybrook French Evening 2019The village hall's 2019 season continued on 16th February with a French Evening.  Expertly cooked and directed by Dinah Gillias, and assisted by other villagers, around 30 villagers and friends sat down to chicken chasseur with vegetables, followed by a selection of traditional french puddings cooked by a number of villagers.  It was a wonderfull opportunity for friends to enjoy a spendid meal with good company and plenty of wine, and of course a good natter.  There was also a French table quiz to answer, set by Fiona Moore, and that certainly had some heads being scratched, with furtive conversations between those on each table, to find the right answers.

Withybrook Skittles Jan 2019The village hall's 2019 season got off to a flying start on 19th January with one of their ever popular skittles evenings.  Around 60 villagers and their friends took part, split into six teams to play long alley skittles, bar skittles and devil among the taylors, with three games each before breaking for a fish and chips supper.  Feeling replenished, and refreshed from the bar, the games continued with another three games each, then the winning team being declared and awarded their traditional prize of a bar of chocolate each.

Withybrook Parliament VisitA group of villagers had a fascinating day out at the House of Commons on October 15th as guests of our MP Mark Pawsey.  The day started with a tour of the Palace of Westminster.  The group were taken through the corridors of power including both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, as well as the robing room used by the Queen ahead of her annual address to Parliament.

After their tour, Mark was able to arrange for the group to sit in the public gallery of the House of Commons, where they were able to watch both questions to Government Ministers and a statement by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on the progress of the Brexit negotiations.