October 2023

Shipston Warm Hub

Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership in conjunction with the Medical Centre are hosting a dementia bus aimed at promoting awareness and support for people affected by Dementia and their carers.

The bus will be at the Warm Hub on the 19th October from 10am –12 noon and we welcome anyone who feels that they would like to participate. We are also lucky enough to have the frailty nurse from the medical centre attending. In fact, they will be running a drop-in clinic every third Thursday of the month so if you have any questions or concerns about your health or mobility, please come along and speak to the expert.

The Warm Hub is located at the Scout Hut, New St, Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4EW and runs each Thursday from 10am-12 noon. Alongside tea and coffee and a social space, each week we aim to have a workshop or organisation there to help with your health and wellbeing. The first Thursday, the focus will be on digital health, so if you have any questions relating to technology, someone will be on hand to help. The second Thursday, we have a cooking group where you can cook with Wendy. Places are limited so come early as it’s a first come first served basis. Lastly, on the fourth Thursday Shipston Home Nurses are kind enough to come and offer soup and bereavement support.

We are also very lucky to have Kate Henderson from Coventry and Warwickshire CDA who will be running a workshop on the 26th October focused on money matters. There will be three workshops in total, and if you are able to attend all three, CWCDA are offering a £25 Argos Voucher to you.

We would love to see some new faces to the Hub, it is available for all and is an amazing community initiative and a fun sociable atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you there.

New Town Maps

Look out for new maps that are being installed around the town. All the maps have information about Shipston on Stour and each has a small history of that particular area of the town.

The new maps are being installed at High Street, Bridge car park, Mill Street car park, West Street car park, and Telegraph Street car park. There will also eventually be a new map at the Black Horse.

The project to replace the town maps was led by the Heritage Amenities and Leisure Projects Working Group who would like to thank Martin Russell and his team for putting them together.


Foodie Favourites

The Shipston Food Festival brought a market-day buzz to Shipston town centre in September. Organised by the Stour Valley Lions, the event was a resounding success, with around 30 stalls providing quality food and drink for the hundreds of visitors who attended across the day.

Trading was brisk, from the time of opening by your Town Crier Marion Lowe and Councillor Jo Barker, to the drawing of the raffle. Some stalls even sold out before the end, and the occasional warm shower failed to diminish the festival mood!

Around £4,500 was raised which will be donated to local good causes, and thanks to the generosity of the people of Shipston, the £522 from the targeted bucket collection will go straight to the Lions Club of Morocco to support victims of the recent Moroccan earthquake.

The Food Festival couldn't have happened without help from a number of supporters. The Stour Valley Lions would like to thank Stratford on Avon District Council for the Covid Recovery Grant which enabled them to get started on the seven month planning process; local businesses who supported us with raffle prizes - the Coop, The Bower House, The George Townhouse, The Cotswold Distillery, The Lazy Pug and Shipston Tesco; all the businesses who had faith in and committed to sign up for a stall; all local businesses who opened up on the day and made the event even better and finally the people of Shipston who flocked to the town centre to support the event!