Councillor Vacancies

Atherstone Town Council currently have two Councillor vacancies one in the Central Ward and one in the South Ward please see attachments for related notices.

Christmas 2020 Atherstone

The Christmas Lights switch on 2020 were just a little different this year !!

Traditionally the lights are switched on during the ‘Dickens Event’ being the last Saturday in November, but owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic and in line with government guidelines the event could not take place this year.

But thanks to all the hard work by Atherstone Partnership and the talents of Cllr Gary Chamberlain and his son Tom, they put together a short film for the people of Atherstone to watch in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

It would have been the 35th Dickens Event and to celebrate that Santa came along all the way from the North Pole and met up (socially distanced of course) with Cllr Denise Clews the Town Council Mayor.

The switching on event was in memory of a very special lady that recently sadly passed away, Atherstone Town Councillor Lorna Dirveiks.

Lorna was a dedicated Town Councillor and former long serving North Warwickshire Borough Councillor who cared deeply about the local people and community of Atherstone.

We really hope you enjoy watching the film which anyone can watch on YouTube on the Stone Channel.

Next Saturday 5th December Santa will be making a live broadcast at 7pm.



Remembrance Sunday 2020

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and in light of the risks posed, the Annual Atherstone Remembrance Parade could not take place this year.

This was deeply disappointing for all who proudly take part year after year and it is not a step that has been taken lightly but in line with Government guidelines based on expert advice to protect the health and well-being of everyone who would have participated in the event.

We are however delighted to be able to share some photos and with you that were taken socially distanced courtesy of Graham Beale Photography and two videos kindly shared with us by the Stone Channel.

Our Mayor Cllr Denise Clews laid a wreath on behalf of the Town Council and Cllr Ray Jarvis as NWBC Deputy Mayor on behalf of North Warwickshire Borough Council, plus Craig Tracey MP and Karen Tracey, Rev Michael Brandsma the Vicar of St Marys Church, Eddie Stephenson on behalf of North Warwickshire First Responders, Cllr Gary Chamberlain Chairman of Atherstone Partnership (all whilst observing social distancing and Covid protocols) and we also had a wonderful Bugler.

Mayor and High Sheriff meet Hockey Heroes


Local sporting heroes Atherstone Adders Men’s First XI were honoured with a Civic visit for their fantastic achievement of winning the England Hockey Tier 3 Cup Final 2020.

The Mayor of Atherstone Cllr Denise Clews (whilst observing social distancing and Covid protocols) met representatives of

the team, in advance of a recent match, along with her Consort Cllr Tony Clews. The Mayor congratulated not only the team, but also acknowledged the whole Adders Hockey Club and its family friendly approach to delivering hockey at all levels of age and ability.

The Mayor was delighted that on the day the High Sheriff of Warwickshire Joe Greenwell CBE DL and his wife Anne also joined the Civic party to celebrate such an historic and important win for Atherstone.

For more information contact:

Sally Oldham on 01827 720829 Atherstone Town Council.

or Paul Negus on 07802 217363 Secretary of Atherstone Adders Hockey Club.

Photograph Courtesy of Graham Beale Photography


Play Areas Re-open

St Marys Road and Westwood Road Play Areas in Atherstone have now re-opened with clear signage on both play areas to remind people to social distance.


What we need from you please:

↔️ Please maintain social distancing from other people not from your household
✋ Avoid entering a play area if there are already a number of other families in there
💦 Sanitise yours and your children’s hands before you enter and after you leave the play area
🧼 If you have wipes with you, wipe down touch points such as swing seats before and after use

We really appreciate your support and hope you can enjoy a safe trip to the play areas

May 2020 Newsletter


Newsletter May 2020 PDF (1)
Atherstone Support Team in partnership with local Pharmacy to deliver prescriptions

Atherstone Community Support Team

Atherstone Town Council in conjunction with the Atherstone Partnership have announced that, following a remarkable response to a call for volunteers to help their neighbours and fellow residents, support is now in place for every street and road throughout Atherstone.
Chairman of Atherstone Town Council, Councillor David Wright, on behalf of all fellow members sends a resounding “Thank you to Atherstone” on behalf of everyone involved in co-ordinating the scheme in a matter of days.
Over 60 Volunteers are registered, between them covering over 4,300 households and help is being offered with essential shopping, collecting prescriptions, walking dogs or just a friendly phone call for those who are unable to leave their homes during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Cllr Wright added “This is part of our ongoing plan to support the most vulnerable in our local community and despite the hard work our volunteers are going to face over the coming weeks I have no doubt they will provide an invaluable service and we are all very proud they have come forward at such a time of need”

Gary Chamberlain of the Atherstone Partnership adds “I would also like to offer thanks, on behalf of the Atherstone Partnership, to all those who have come forward to volunteer.

It is truly humbling to see how our community can pull together to offer such support to the people in most need.

I’d also like to offer our thanks and praise to the officers and Councillors of Atherstone Town Council who have worked tirelessly to ensure this project gets the support it needs. The Town Clerks Odette and Sally truly have done a fantastic job behind the scenes. Finally, a thank you to our local social media community forums who have put up with our many posts.

I realise that we may have bombarded you with more posts than you expected but you have played a crucial part in getting this message out and ultimately gaining the support we need for this project to work.

The Atherstone Community Support Team have dedicated drivers delivering prescriptions  and Shawn Brotherhood of Lloyds Pharmacy suggested a “big round of applause is due to this happy group of responsible volunteers and pharmacy staff.

As pharmacist manager at Lloyd’s in Atherstone I couldn’t have done it without any of them.

The volunteers are selfless, caring and practical in delivering to vulnerable and shielding patients without fuss on request, and for that I am forever grateful.”


Atherstone Matters- a Covid-19 Support Service for Atherstone Residents

This is new separate support service for the people of Atherstone who are feeling the financial effects of Covid-19 or who are working long hours and are unable to access shops, delivered its first boxes on the weekend of May 2nd

The scheme is funded by the grants given to Borough Councillors to be used to support residents.

Borough Councillors Neil Dirveiks and Councillor Dawn Downes were delighted when ex Town Councillor Chris Clark and his volunteers asked if they could use some of their funds to run this enterprise on their behalf.

Cllr Dawn Downes works full time at George Eliot hospital and Cllr Neil Dirveiks  has been in lockdown for many weeks now safeguarding his wife, Cllr Lorna Dirveiks, who is at the highest level of vulnerability.

Last week volunteers prepared 15 boxes, not knowing what the demand would be, but they were soon allocated ready to be delivered over the weekend.
Amongst the recipients were elderly people, lone parents and families with young children who were all delighted with the service.

Already the group are taking orders for next week when they hope to customise the boxes.

Goods are part bought and part from donations and the group were encouraged that over a third of the costs were recouped in donations on the principal of “have what you need, pay what you can”.

If you know of anyone who needs this assistance please tell them to get in touch details below

Mobile  07936 887194

Atherstone Cemetery

Atherstone Cemetery is open to members of the public but social distancing must be observed at all times.

This is an amendment (announced by the government on 18th April 2020) to the  Government Regulation Statutory Instruments 2020 No. 350 Public Health England

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 Requirement to close premises and businesses during the emergency.




Volunteers Needed

Atherstone Community Support Team are urgently looking for volunteers to offer support to the most vulnerable and needy in this time of crisis.


To join as a volunteer or to find out more, please contact Atherstone Town Council on:

07928 974576 or 07541 946062, or by email at

Stay Alert | Control The Virus | Save lives

Atherstone Town Council are following Government directives by adopting the Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives rule.

The Town Council office is closed but don’t worry you can still contact us on 07928 974576 or 07541 946062 or email 

Please see links to services here.

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