Councillor Eric Payne (1940 – 2018)

With much sadness, Alcester Town Council announces the death of Councillor Eric Payne on 10th October 2018 after a short illness.

Eric was born in Bleachfield Street in 1940, the third of seven children and attended the National School on School Road.  He lived in Alcester for his entire life.

He was married to Maggie and had two children Nick and Charlotte.  During his working life he worked in local light industry and food distribution.

He was elected as an Alcester Town Councillor in May 1999 and was Town Mayor in 2000 and 2006.  He continued to serve on the Council until his death, almost 20 years in total.

He was elected as Alcester Ward Councillor for Stratford-on-Avon District Council in 2007 and was elected Chairman of the Council in 2011-12.  He continued to serve on the District Council until his death.

In 2017, Eric was given the Citizen of the Year Award by the Mayor of Alcester for his life long commitment to the town.  He said at the time “I’ve always said that if I can help people in any way then I will do so and that’s why I serve on the District Council and Alcester Town Council.  I think it’s a privilege to be part of the Alcester community”.

Eric was involved in numerous groups and societies in the town and generally considered to be “Mr Alcester”.  He was a bell ringer for 65 years at St Nicholas Church and latterly Tower Master.  He was a church choir member for over 60 years and for the past four years, a member of the Alcester Male Voice Choir.

He was Chairman of St Nicholas Church Garden Committee, an active and enthusiastic member of the Jubilee Centre Management Group and a trustee of the Alcester Heritage Trust.  With his wife Maggie as Chairman, he was involved in Alcester in Bloom for over 35 years.

Eric’s funeral will be held at St Nicholas Church, Alcester at 12 noon on Friday 26th October 2018 with refreshments afterwards at the Jubilee Centre.

Family flowers only please.  Donations in lieu of flowers to R. Locke & Son, Funeral Directors, in aid of the Jubilee Centre and St Nicholas Church Garden Fund.


Defibrillators in Alcester- Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is? Speed is essential! Defibrillators are available at the following locations.

Initiative for reporting traffic offences

Residents in Warwickshire can now report traffic offences using digital evidence from dash cams. Follow the link for further details.

Child Burial Fees

At the Town Council meeting on 5 June 2018, Councillors unanimously agreed to waive burial fees for all children under the age of 18 who are resident in Alcester.

The Government has indicated that it intends to set up a Children’s Funeral Fund later in the year to cover such fees but the Town Council has agreed to implement this change immediately.

The Mayor of Alcester, Cllr Andrew Foster, said “As a parent myself, I can think of nothing worse than losing a child.  With this small gesture, we hope to lessen the financial burden on bereaved parents at what must be a devastating time for them.”

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UBUS Community Transport is three years old! UBUS is a ring and ride community transport service operating within Stratford District and is available to anyone in the district who struggles to access public transport due to mobility issues, health problems or who lives in an area with no, or infrequent, public transport.

Did you know….There is a Flexibus bus service that runs to Stratford Tesco and The Maybird twice a week- Tuesday & Fridays. In addition to the Alcester Police Station stop, there is a stop outside the Alcester Inn (formerly Alcester Trades & Labour Club). The service is free for anyone with a bus pass, otherwise it is £5.50 return.