On 11th November 2018, the community of Warmington paid its respect to the people of the village who have lost their lives to war.
As it was the commemoration of 100 years since the Armistice of World War I, there was particular focus on the sons of the village who were killed during that conflict. The day was a culmination of the past few month's events, which included the restoration of the war memorial in the churchyard, facilitated by Warmington Parish Council and overseen by Dr Paul Stamper. St Marys Church has been the focus of a huge amount of work put into a project called Every Man Remembered, which details the part played by all the men on the roll of honour. It's taken two years to bring together the histories of these brave men together in one publication which has been shared widely by visitors to the church. The stories of loss, injury and recovery have been humbling and at times very difficult for the small committee of researchers to read, so horrific were some of the stories. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the team of researchers who have brought these men's stories to life.
You can see Every Man Remembered commemorations HERE on the church's webpages.
The end of Armistice Day saw a number of people gathered near the war memorial to witness the lighting of the beacon, as Warmington played its part in the national 'Battles Over' celebration of the end of WWI, hosted by the parish council in conjunction with the Royal British Legion.
This is the video of the short ceremony:
Warmington Parish Council currently has two 'Casual Vacancies' to fill. We are looking for enthusiastic team players who can work within a structured environment to help bring the council's exciting plans to fruition, conjure ideas to improve local life and help bring positive changes whilst building a resilient community. Selection will be done by co-option, rather than election. In effect, this means that the current councillors choose the new councillors. (Northants isn't holding local elections this year because of the reorganisation of the whole county's local government).
It's an exciting time to be involved in this grassroots level of local government as parish & town councils will be important as the 'local voice' as we move to being a unitary authority.
What we need now are candidates for the role!
There is a wide ranging and hugely informative website HERE which gives a good insight into the role of a parish councillor and the remit within which councils and councillors must operate.
THIS booklet from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is also helpful.
For local councils in Northamptonshire, this is a truly challenging and exciting time - with the reorganisation of the county into a unitary authority, vibrant, robust and effective Town and Parish Councils - the local councils - will be more important than ever in representing the needs of the people in the parishes and leading on the well-being of our communities.
Warmington Council has been preparing for this turn of events for many years and is confident in its ability to face these challenges and take on devolved services, as well as continuing to work on projects such as the emerging Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, improvements to recreational facilities and enhanced access to leisure pursuits.
Please consider this role – as long as you are over 18, you should fit the bill. The eligibility criteria and application forms are on this page: Parish Council Documents
This diary will show recurring and one off events taking place locally.