Bidford Fire Station Statements
BIDFORD-ON-AVON PARISH COUNCIL SURGERIES
The Parish Council will be holding surgeries at Bidford Fire Station between 10.00 – 12.00 on the following Saturdays:
- Saturday 13th and 27th January 2024
- Saturday 10th and 24th February 2024
- Saturday 2nd March 2024
There will be at least 2 Councillors present as well as representatives from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to assist and answer any queries regarding the current proposed changes to their delivery service. It is also the ideal opportunity for residents, unable to attend Parish Council Meetings, to come and discuss issues with Councillors in a more informal environment.
FIRE SERVICE CONSULTATION – BIDFORD
At the December 2023 Parish Council Meeting, the Parish Council considered the implications of the current WFRS Consultation and proposals and agreed these priorities:
- For residents to feel safe and BE safe. The proposals leave us vulnerable, especially at night, and we need to do all we can to save (and ideally improve) Bidford's fire and safety cover, whatever that entails.
- To keep Bidford Fire Station active.
- Not to lose our loyal on-call firefighters.
The Parish Council is already working on its response and is keen to hear from residents. It is holding 5 x surgeries (in January, February and March – dates are published) at the Fire Station, with a view to finding an alternative option that will address the above points.
Council requested some hard copies of the surveys which are available at Bidford Community Library and the Parish Council Office at Bramley Way.
Want the Parish Council to know your views? Please email them to email@example.com
The Chairman of the Parish Council, Penny Taylor, and Elisabeth Uggerloese, the Clerk, attended the Warwickshire County Council Cabinet Meeting on the 9th November 2023 at Shire Hall.
Both spoke at the meeting and you can see and hear what was said on the webcast available at https://warwickshire.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/806509 (The Parish Council appeals follow those of residents.)
After the meeting we also had a lengthy conversation with Cllr Crump, Portfolio Holder, and Ben Brook, Chief Fire Officer, and expressed the Parish Council's serious concerns about the potential effect of the proposals on Bidford and the rest of Stratford on Avon District.
The Parish Council is now waiting to see the details of the Consultation, which will run for 13 weeks (December 2023 to March 2024) and looks forward to welcoming to Bidford both Cllr Crump and Chief Officer Brooks as assured by the Leader during the Cabinet Meeting.
WFRS Meeting Monday 4th December 7pm at the Parish Council Meeting Room
Update Thursday 14th December:
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue (WFRS) is inviting feedback on a proposed change to its service delivery model as part of its Resourcing to Risk approach. Please click the link below to view the article in full (opens external website).
Update Wednesday 27th December:
The Parish Council
Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council
Bidford is a Saxon village in South Warwickshire that sits on the River Avon. It has grown quite considerably during the last years and now has a population of approximately 7000.
The village is blessed with a a number of Public Open Spaces, the largest of this being the Big Meadow, a 26 acre recreational park by the River Avon. There are other play areas scattered round the village as well as a sports field which became a Field in Trust during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It also has a Conservation Area. The village still retains a Fire Station, which is a great community asset; Bidford Primary School; Bidford Community Library (saved from closure and managed by volunteers); Crawford Memorial Hall (Bidford Village Hall) and has Anglican, Roman Catholic & Baptist churches. Bidford’s Parish Church, St Laurence, dates back to 1276. Bidford Bridge, which crosses the River Avon and links Bidford with Barton and Marcliff is considered a Historic Monument.
Bidford is represented by Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council, which also represents the village of Broom, which has its own Village Hall, and the hamlets of Barton and Marlcliff. They are all riverside villages with Bidford, Barton and Marlcliff being built on the Avon Riverside and Broom by the River Arrow. Both Bidford and Broom are mentioned in the well-known Shakespeare drinking rhyme where they are referred to as Drunken Bidford and Beggarly Broom
More details of the amenities on offer in the parish can be found by clicking ‘Around Bidford’ above.
Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council has been in existence since 1895 and belongs to Stratford-on-Avon District. Its 10 Councillors are elected every 4 years (the latest election year being 2023) and, as the third tier of local government, it is the one closest to its community.
Agendas for meetings will be available below a few days prior to each meeting. Press the button to view (opens PDF):
"Bidford rocks!" was a regular comment during lockdown as Bidford's Facebook pages filled with gratitude for so many volunteers in the village.
- 2,500 shopping deliveries for vulnerable and elderly people
- Hundreds of face masks and laundry bags made
- Pharmacy pick-ups
- Surprise hampers sent to the vulnerable and to care workers,
- Dementia café’s weekly phone calls to members
- Free ice-creams for children of the village and many, many hundreds of other individual acts of kindness by residents of Bidford, Broom, Barton and Marlcliff.
How many of us know about the many regular enthusiastic volunteers we have in our villages such as our Fire-fighters, Dementia Friends, Rubbish Friends, Brownies, Bidford Banners and the Jolly Teapot? Then there’s the Youth Club, Christmas Lights, St John’s ambulance, the Library, the Derby & Joan Club, the Senior Citizens Party Group, Barton Village Fund, the Rotary club and Church groups. Added to that are all those who give their time and enthusiasm to make all the sports and social clubs so successful and inclusive. There are so many people in our community to be thankful for – not all of them known about.
So, after the months of lockdown the Parish Council has decided to celebrate and tap into this community spirit by setting aside a special fund for the village. The £25,000 "Brighter Bidford” fund has been created as a positive way of demonstrating pride in our parish as well as encouraging visitors to come back to support our businesses when they can.
We’re looking for ideas that will have real impact!
Early suggestions have included improving the look of roads into the village with planters and the sowing of wild flower 'bombs'. The roundabout is already having a general tidy up and we’re working with Warwickshire Highways to try to improve the chevrons.
Residents of Bidford, Broom, Barton and Marlcliff are encouraged to come up with ideas which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Bidford Parish Council
c/o Post Office,