Napton Show – Saturday 27th May 2017

Support the Napton Show in its 62nd year!!!

This year will host the 62nd annual Napton Horse, Pony and Novelty Dog Show commencing at 9.00 am at the show ground at Holt Farm, Welsh Road East, Southam, Warwickshire CV47 1NB.

It is not all about horses and ponies – it is about the countryside and fun and there will be a lot to keep you entertained all day, whatever your age and interest.

There will be, amongst other things, novelty events for dogs and handlers (including children), a shopping village and entertaining displays in the main ring.

Come along and enjoy a real rural village event, we are sure that you will have a memorable day out.

If you want more information or a stand at the event get in touch.

And bring your dog along to show off – the kids love it (and the dog will too).

Novelty Dog Show
Kindly Sponsored by James Wellbeloved
In association with Southam Country Stores
Judge: Mr P Darby
Ring Steward: Miss R Moxon
1. Any Variety Puppy Dog or Bitch (< 12 months)
2. Any Variety Gundog Dog or Bitch
3. Any Variety Hound and Lurcher Dog or Bitch
4. Any Variety Terrier Dog or Bitch
5. Any Variety Utility or Toy Dog or Bitch
6. Any Variety Working / Pastoral Dog or Bitch
7. Best Veteran Dog or Bitch (8+ years)
8. Best Young Handler – obedience (under 14 years)
9. Best 6 Legs
10. Waggiest tail
11. Judges favourite
12. Dog in Fancy Dress
13. Winners Parade and Best in Show – the President’s Choice.
(1st place winners from classes 1-11 above)
Entry fee for all Classes – £2.00. Entries made with the steward at ringside
Rosettes 1st – 8th
Judging to commence at 2.00pm
Dogs MUST be kept on a lead at all times. For safety reasons any dog
deemed unruly will be asked to leave the showground.

If you would like more information or a schedule please contact the secretary on 07899 916332 or email to

Offchurch KnittiGraffiti during Warwickshire Open Studios (18 June to 3 July, 2016)


The craft group have plans to yarn bomb part of Offchurch village this year. This will be during Warwickshire Open Studios (18 June to 3 July, 2016). We are hoping that during these two weeks much of the village field (trees, swings, railings, etc) will be festooned with colour, along with various other little projects.

We hope this will encourage people to stay in the village a while longer when they visit Open Studios in St. Gregory’s church, and we plan to do tea, coffee and cakes in one of the gardens on the three weekends to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice and St. Gregory’s Kitchen Fund.

Obviously, the more help we can get, the more we can do!  So we are asking for villagers’ help by knitting and/or crocheting squares and strips.  5” squares are a good size to be sewn together for the swings and railings along with any length of strips, but we also need much larger squares (any size) to decorate the trees.

We need birds, animals, flowers, insects and butterflies (any type, any size).  Also knitted bunting.

Once the exhibition is finished we dont intend to scrap all the hard work and will be washing and re-sewing many of the squares and strips into blankets and scarves to donate to charity

The two things we need to remember are Cheerful and Chunky.  The larger the needles or hook and the thicker the wool, the quicker it will grow.  The brighter the wool, the more it will stand out.

We think it might get quite addictive!  Children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces will hopefully all get involved – finger knitting and pom poms will be needed – and it would be a good opportunity to learn a new skill.  Just think how exciting it will be for them to find their own piece of work once it’s in place!

We hope you will visit us – and enjoy!
Offchurch Craft Group

Offchurch History Book

Offchurch 1820 – 1980: 160 years of life in a Warwickshire village


  • What have Pocahontas, a dragon from Lyme Regis and Edward the Prince of Wales got in common with Offchurch?
  • What is a pibble and a pinner?
  • Take a trip around the village with Lord and Lady Guernsey in 1848
  • Read the stories behind the headstones
  • Make sense of the censuses




This book is a light-hearted look at the social history of the village of Offchurch, mainly focussing on events and the people involved in them. It has been written chronologically.

Material has been gathered from school log books, vestry minutes, local newspaper archives, the internet, word of mouth, books and old village magazines. It has been a joy to research and write and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading it.

St. Gregory’s church went through a massive period of restoration between the years 1863 to 1871 and this has been documented in the book.

There were eight censuses taken between 1841 and 1911 and I had a lot of fun picking them apart and number-crunching. Which were the most popular names in the village? How many people were born in the village? Who was living in The Bury? Who was the oldest resident?

From a scandal connected to the Lord of the Manor that rocked the Royal family, to how the village was run by the vestry committee.

From details about the many vicars through the years, to weddings and funerals held at St. Gregory’s church.

From the building of the first school, to the closing of the last.

Material has been gathered from school log books, vestry minutes, local newspaper archives, the internet, word of mouth, books and old village magazines.  It has been a joy to research and write and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading it.”

Sue Lyne (Author)

For more information about the book, the book launch or to buy the book please visit the book website:

Warwickshire Avon Partnership public workshops

The Warwickshire Avon Partnership is hosting some public workshops about the Warwickshire Avon Catchment. Do you live, work or play within the catchment? We want to explore how we can work together locally to better understand:

  • Why is the Warwickshire Avon important for wildlife, people and the local economy?
  • What can be improved to benefit local people, visitors, wildlife, water and business?
  • What can we do together to make the Warwickshire Avon better?

TWO events are being held:

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 (Day)
Henley College Coventry
Henley Road
Bell Green
Coventry, CV2 1ED
From 10am to 3pm
Tea and Coffee and lunch will be provided

Tuesday 30th September 2014 (Evening)
Evesham United Football Club
Cheltenham Road
WR11 1DQ
From 5pm to 9pm
Tea and Coffee and buffet dinner will be provided

Kind Regards

Melissa Hoskings Bsc(Hons), MSc(Dist), MCIEEM
Catchment Officer – Severn Rivers Trust

Tel:07584 569429

“Four Eyes” live music duo

Dear all,

My name is Anthony Harris. I am part of a duo with my Father called “Four Eyes” Over the last 15 years we have played music at various pubs & clubs in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. Currently, we charge £100 for 2 & 1/2 hrs entertainment. Typically, this consists of 1hr acoustic guitar/harmonica & 1 & 1/2 hrs of electric guitar songs played over a drum/bass backing. We can do an all acoustic/harmonica evening If required. All songs played are well known. Nothing obscure.

Should you need a reference please contact Steve & Louise at The Hope & Anchor, Hill Street, Leamington Spa. We have done New Years Eve there for the past three years. Alternatively, I can send you a home recorded disc If you let me know.

Thank you for your time.

Anthony James Harris “Four Eyes”
Tel Anthony MOB 07734526999
Tel John (01926)745064

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