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On a beautiful sunny, autumn morning, a group of supporters and friends gathered at the entrance to Cornmill Meadows with Ian Jelley, a director of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, to declare the official opening of the Meadows.

The Meadows were donated by a local family to the Town Council, for the enjoyment of Shipstonians and visitors.

The area has been declared a Local Wildlife Site, and, over time, we hope to develop a wildflower meadow, a community orchard, a bug hotel and a new area of woodland, amongst other activities which will increase the biodiversity of the area.

Afterwards, people gathered in New Clark House for refreshments and an opportunity to see a display of photographs showing some of the activities that have been taking place at Cornmill Meadows.

Many thanks to all our supporters who are helping care for the Meadows. In order to progress our plans, lots of help will be needed. If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact John Dinnie or Hilary Kelly at Shipston Town Council.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday is 12th November. The Royal British Legion (RBL) has been working closely with the Town Council, Police, Lions, St Edmund’s and the Town Band and Bellringers and plans are being finalised for the Remembrance Sunday parade and service at St Edmunds.

Parade participants and spectators are invited to assemble in the High Street from 10am in preparation for the parade, led by the Town Band, moving off promptly at 10.45am.

Following continued positive feedback about the recent changes in format, we will again be laying the wreaths, reading the names of the Fallen and undertaking the Two Minute Silence in Church Street in front of the War Memorial.

The members of the parade and those members of the public wishing to, will enter St Edmunds for the remainder of the Service. For those who are unable to attend in person we will be streaming the indoor Service online and will share details in advance.

At the end of the Church service the parade will reform, and, led by the Town Band, return to Church Street, which is closed for the duration. Following fall out, all are welcome to join the RBL in The George.

Please watch out for more details on social media and also on the Noticeboard in The Bury. Please do also share this information with friends who are not on social media.

Armistice Day will be observed on Saturday 11th November with to-minutes silence in the High Street outside The George at 11.00am.

Each December the Tree of Life stands proudly in the centre of Shipston, its white lights glowing symbols of love and hope in memory of loved ones who will not be with us at this special time of the year.

If you would like a friend or relative to be remembered, you can sponsor a light by making a donation (£5 min), knowing that every name will be entered into the Book of Remembrance.

Every contribution will be donated to Rotary charities and good causes.

The Tree of Life will be illuminated at the Rotary Victorian Evening on 1st December.

Sponsor forms are available in local shops, banks, library, and post office or from Avryl Thompson Tel 01789 740047.

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.

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.