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:
It's parish Council election time. 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.
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 become part of a unitary authority.
What we need now are candidates for the role!
Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council, the village, or the parish? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it?
If this is you, then we need you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.
There is a wide-ranging and informative website HERE that 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. The new CEO of North Northamptonshire Council knows how important local councils are as partners in delivering services to the residents we serve and will be helping to steer the council to that end.
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 fulfilling the aspirations that came about as part of the Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, improvements to recreational facilities and enhanced access to leisure pursuits. We aim to work closely with businesses in the parish to enhance our micro-economy and to act as a "critical friend" to those involved in significant developments, so that any transgressions are monitored and problems addressed.
Please consider this role – as long as you are over 18 and on the electoral register (or have lived or worked in the parish, or within 3 miles of it for 12 months) you should fit the bill.
Download the necessary form here: images/Files/WPC_Docs/Nomination_pack_parish_council_election.doc
There is lots of helpful information here: https://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/elections2021
This diary will show recurring and one off events taking place locally.