June 2015

Welcome to my first Mayors Blog of the new Alcester Town Council, I am Professor Cllr Clive Neal-Sturgess and I will be supported by Elle my wife and Consort, together with my lifelong friend and Deputy Mayor Professor Cllr Chris Brannigan with his consort Jennifer.
By way of an introduction, my background is that after 8 years in industry I went to the University of Birmingham to do a PhD, and stayed. I eventually became the Jaguar Professor of Automobile Technology, a post which I held for 23 years; and became Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University. For the last 15 years I was in full time employment ( I am now an Emeritus Professor and part time) I was the Director of the Automotive Safety Centre, where we investigated 7500 real world car crashes, and fed the results on to the National Database.

As I said in the newsletter, all years are important years for a Council, but this year may be very important. The epic of the Greig continues after incredible efforts by many Councillors and the Clerk. As I write this ownership of the site has still not been transferred from the Trustees to SDC.

Until that happens we cannot gain access to the site and determine the condition, with the potential financial circumstances.

Globe House is a saga that has finally been resolved, again after many years of engagement of the Clerk and Councillors, and we can now look forward to a permanent home. The Council will relocate upstairs with the voluntary services, while the ground floor will become the Library and Museum; so Globe House will be a true Community Hub. This will all happen during 2015.

Some two years ago the government introduced the Health and Wellbeing Act, with considerable implications for County, District and Parish Councils nationwide. A small project group is developing a Flagship Project with WCC to devise a sustainable strategy for Alcester. At the Full Council meeting in June we adopted the overall policy direction of becoming a “Health and Well Being Town” for the next four years. This has also involved the adoption of a new committee structure for the Council, which we are currently implementing, and on which I will have more to say in the future.

We have been working on the Neighbourhood Developmental Plan and Our Alcester, including the Innovation Park, for three years now and we still have some way to go. Due to the ongoing changes to SDC Core Strategy and possible further significant increases in housing numbers, over and above what we have already had; the NHDP is unlikely to be adopted before late 2016,

In conclusion, you can see we have a challenging time ahead of us, and we hope to keep Alcester developing in a positive direction. I will be keeping you up to date through the ATC website (http://www.alcester-tc.gov.uk/) and the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Alcester).
Prof Cllr Clive Neal-Sturgess
Mayor of Alcester.

May 2015

I would like to thank everyone for all their support in the past year, it has been a great honour being mayor of such a great town.

The town council is a wonderful organization to be part of and I wish  councillors new and previous all the best for the next 4 yrs.

April 2015

Well what lovely spring weather we are all enjoying at the moment long may it last.

I recently attended numerous civic events representing Alcester at both District and County level.

We also held Alcester Town Councils civic dinner this was well attended.

Also this month we held our annual parish meeting but as a change from our usual format we invited representatives from all Town organisations this was a very informative evening, nineteen people spoke we hope this will increase next year.

Yvonne Hine,
Mayor of Alcester

February 2015

27th Feb 2015

It has been a busy month I held a charity music evening with the Racketts at the Jubilee Centre and raised £450, which I am donation toward inclusive play springy for the Jubilee fields play area. Many thanks to the Racketts for making this evening such a success.


I have represented the town at several functions this month, most notably, the Alcester Community Wassailing event, which was very informative and enjoyable.

Yvonne Hine

Mayor of Alcester

January 2015

I would like to thank everyone who supported my quiz night both by attending and donations. It was a very good evening and Chas set some really good questions.
The money that we raised £250 pounds, is to be used to improve yet further the Jubilee centre . The centre is proving to be very popular with a variety of groups .

My next charity evening is a night with the Racketts funds raised from this event will be used to help purchase inclusive play equipment .

Thank you the Mayor Yvonne

Charity music poster racketts2

October 2014

Mayor’s October blog

October has been an interesting month I have visited the Guide dogs for the blind training Centre in Leamington spa. This was an amazing day and also a very humbling experience here you see volunteering at its best.

Last Saturday I was one of the judges for the food festivals winter cake competition this was very enjoyable eating wise but not easy to judge every entry was good no sunken fruit to be seen.

Cllr Yvonne Hine, Mayor of Alcester

September 2014

Last Saturday I attended an afternoon tea hosted by the Mayor of Leamington Spa prior to this we all went on a historic walk of the old town. This was very interesting but it only confirmed my opinion that it is basically a new town compared to Alcester.

It is the Alcester Mayors civic service on Sunday and I would like to take this opportunity to invite all residents to the service and refreshments in the town hall afterwards.

Best regards
Cllr Yvonne Hine
Mayor of Alcester


June 2014

Mayors Blog
I was very upset to hear about the recent acts of vandalism in Alcester.
The damage to the hanging baskets particularly saddened me.
These baskets are sponsored by people in memory of their loved ones and as such should be treated with respect.
On a lighter note I hope you all had a lovely time at the Street market.
It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves and the weather was kind too.
This week I am attending the afternoon tea party at The Cherry Trees, a civic service for the mayor of Warwick on Sunday and hopefully will be back in time to attend another afternoon tea being held by Alcester branch of the British legion.

May 2014

My first Mayoral blog
Such a lot has happened in Alcester since the 6th of May that I do not know where to begin.
I have had the pleasure of judging apple pies at the food festival (this task must be as difficult as judging baby competitions), judging prams at the pram race and yesterday I presented the football club awards. We should be very proud of the ATFC oganisation as they do such a lot for the youth of Alcester.
Obviously as a Town Council this is a busy time, the Clerk and Councillors are busy with the Alcester Neighbourhood plan, attending parish council meetings and showing how necessary it is to have this plan in place. Please do attend any presentations we hold as resident’s and business’s input is vital to the success of this document.
Thank you to all the kind wishes I have received since becoming Mayor.
Yvonne Hine.

2 May 2014

Mayor’s blog 40

This is my final blog of my Mayoral year. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have writing it.
One of the many things I love about our town is the community spirit. I was told a lovely story yesterday about a pensioner who was in Waitrose who accidentally dropped a £10 note. The staff recognised the person, put the money into an envelope with the details on it and then informed the pensioner’s granddaughter who returned the money. That takes local knowledge and is what defines Alcester to me. Long may it last.
We are rapidly approaching the end of the civic year. On the 6th May there will be the annual council meeting at Globe House where the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor are sworn in. If you can make it please do come.
Coming up on May 22nd are the local district council elections, on the 13th of May a senior fire office will attending the Full Council meeting and if anyone has any questions the Fire Service are holding a roadshow on Saturday the 17th in Bull Head Yard car park. Please put those in your diaries as well.
I will mention at my final council meeting as Mayor how we, as a council, work so well together. I am sure it could be improved upon but reality is that in comparison to many other councils we do work very efficiently. This is due to an apolitical stance adopted many years ago and carried on today. This spirit of putting the community first has paid dividends over the years.
I am now aware that the draft Core Strategy is being presented to SDC cabinet for approval. This is a highly contentious document as it means, for one community at least, significant building will occur. The good news for Alcester is that we are not in that frame. Yes, of course, we will have our developments and those will be contentious enough, but we are being spared the large scale developments proposed for Gaydon and Wellesbourne. Although I am not yet fully convinced of the overall national figures, it is a fact that we need more housing in the UK. A growing number of households are single occupancy and this inevitably means more building is needed to keep up with demand. We also have an ageing population and suitable accommodation is needed for them as well. This is a sign of changing times and we have to adapt to it like it or not.
Finally, thank you very much for your support over the past year. Kathryn, Lyndsey and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time. I feel proud to have represented our town this year and have learnt a tremendous amount about our town in the process. I wish the incoming Mayor all the best for the coming year.

Mark Cargill, Mayor of Alcester