How To

On this page you can find details of how to apply for a grant for your local community or sports association, information about Big Meadow (including parking passes and holding events), and details of how to report a crime. Scroll down or use the buttons below to move to the relevant section.

Grant Applications

The Parish Council is committed to improve, maintain, strengthen and support the many local community/sports associations and groups that help to make a positive difference in Bidford-on-Avon. The Grant Scheme has been set up to assist community/sports organisations, groups and individuals to get started and to continue contributing to the local community.

In special circumstances, this may include assisting with the running costs. The Parish Council is looking to enable local community/sports associations and groups to benefit the local community and improve the quality of life of some or all residents.

Its aim is to involve the community and make a difference, not only through its grant process, but also by exploring other ways in which they can grow and develop. Its vision to work with all local community/sports groups and enable them to work in partnership for their benefit and the benefit of those around them.

Applications can be completed and sent to the Parish Council at any time but will only be considered, by the Amenities Working Group, at its next meeting after receipt of the application. The Amenities WG will then make its recommendation to full council which will make the final decision. Applicants will be advised of the date of the Parish Council meeting when the decision will be made.

Grants will be considered for:

• Start up groups subject to a satisfactory business plan

• Specific projects

• Purchase of specific equipment

• Identified issues that require funding

• Funding of outside groups that benefit the local community suchas CAB and other UK based charities or organisations

• In special circumstances, grants to assist the running costs of an organisation, for an agreed limited time, when it is deemed that lack of funding may result in the closure or scaling down of the organisation with the consequent harm to the local community.

You can download a copy of our Grants Application Policy form using the link below, as well as the Grants Application Form itself.

Grants Application Policy (pdf)
Grants Application Form (pdf)

The Big Meadow - Parking Pass Information

A view of Bidford Bridge through trees
Canal boats on the Avon at Bidford
A tractor mowing grass on the Big Meadow

Bidford's main attraction is the 26 acre riverside meadow known as The Big Meadow, to the south of the River Avon, which has been a tourist centre for many years, when Birmingham residents would come and spend the day enjoying the delights of the river. And this attraction continues today, since every year, from 1 April to 30 September, the gates are open allowing visitors to drive in, park their cars for a reasonable fee of £3.00 per day, and enjoy a whole day by the river.

If you live in the Bidford-on-Avon Parish, you can obtain a free parking pass for The Big Meadow.

Details of how to apply can be found below:

Car Pass Application for Bidford Residents (pdf)

Apply to hold an event on the Big Meadow

The Parish Council is keen to encourage use of The Big Meadow as a summer venue for events.

See the guide and booking form below for more information on the available sites, any applicable charges, and special conditions of use.

Big Meadow Guide and Event Application Form (pdf)

Wathcing the Duck Race Loading The Ducks
Tipping the rubber ducks into the Avon
Visitors at the Steam Rally Children watching the ducks float by
Girls using a climbing wall at Big Meadow
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Bidford Parish Council recommends Love Clean Streets, an app that makes it easy to submit environmental issues automatically to your local authority. If you see a problem in or around Bidford, you can contact us easily via the app, which enables us to act quickly in response. Watch the video for a quick summary of how Love Clean Streets work, and use the icons below to download the app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. And there's more information at
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Report a Crime

If you've witnessed or been the victim of crime, the link below will take you to the Warwickshire Police website, where you can contact Warwickshire Police directly. Please remember, if you feel that there is an immediate danger either to yourself or others, call 999. (opens external link)

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Latest Road Closures

If you’re looking for information relating to current planned roadworks and road closures in and around Bidford, Warwickshire County Council have an interactive map that you can use to find out. Click the link below and you will open the map on the Warwickshire County Council website, then simply zoom in and drag the map to where you wish to check. You can choose to view items from today, the next two weeks, six months or twelve months.

Advertising Gates

The Parish Council has installed a number of Advertising Gates at various entrances to the village, to help local groups advertise their event(s) free of charge.

When not in use, business will be able to book the gates at a cost of £25 per week per gate

These Advertising gates are located at:

  • B439 Stratford Road (entry from Stratford)
  • B439 Tower Hill (opposite Waterloo Road)
  • B439 Salford Road (entry from Salford Priors)
  • Waterloo Road
  • Honeybourne Road

To book the Advertising Gates for your event(s) please download and complete the relevant form below and send to

Advertising Gates Form for Local Groups

Advertising Gates Form for Businesses

Burial Charges


Purchased Grave - £280.00
Burial - £190.00
Grave re-opening - £190.00

Garden of Remembrance
Purchased plot - £185.00
Interment of Ashes - £130.00
Re-opening of plot - £130.00

N.B. All the above charges will be doubled for non-residents

All soil to be removed from site. Failure to do so may result in your company being invoiced by the Parish Council for the cost of removing it.

Headstone - £185.00
Headstone- second inscription - £100.00
Plaque - £100.00

Please note that the Parish Council does not permit the scattering of ashes in the cemetery - kindly advise your clients accordingly.

It would also be appreciated if you could draw the following regulations, which apply to the Garden of Remembrance, Salford Road Cemetery, to the attention of your clients:

  • No pre-booking
  • Ashes in wooden caskets only, or loose – no plastic.
  • Bronze plaques only: 7” long x 5” deep
  • No memorials of any kind other that NABRASINA vases – maximum size 6” x 6”

Also, please note that the Parish Council reserves the right to remove dead flowers and anything not in accordance with these rules.

Any vase or plaque placed in the Garden of Remembrance is placed there ENTIRELY AT THE OWNER’S RISK.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk on 01789 778653/07718628925.