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Parish Council Street Lights

The Parish Council has entered into a contract with Eon Energy Solutions Ltd to refurbish the street lights it is responsible for within the parish, some 30 or so. This involves the replacement of existing SOX lanterns with dimming LED lanterns and the replacement of many of our deteriorated and contaminated pole fixings, including the replacement of 3 concrete columns with steel poles.

This is a significant investment by the Parish Council, costing in the region of £20,000 but is necessary to bring your lighting up to the required standard. In future savings in maintenance and repair costs are expected whilst less energy consumption will be achieved.

Because much of the work involves Eon working with Scottish Power our energy provider, the work is not expected to commence until December 2018 and is expected to continue into the new year. As a result some street lights which fail in the interim will not be repaired, as this would not be cost effective.

Should you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk.

Ruyton’s Roads – Public Meeting

What do you think about road safety in Ruyton? Does anything need doing to improve it? Come along and share your ideas, and listen to others at a public meeting in November.

Everyone in the community will have the opportunity to look at the suggestions being put forward by the Safer Roads Group and to put forward their own ideas.

The Safer Roads Group was formed by the Parish Council and includes Councillors and members from the community. They are actively looking at ways of making the village safer.

One of the possible improvements is the use of ‘build outs’ and/or marked parking areas to reduce the width of the road at key points and help to reduce traffic speed. If you like this idea then have a go at specifying a location using this online tool.

The meeting will take place at 2pm on Saturday 24 November at St John’s Primary School. Everybody is welcome  – the event will be child-friendly.

In the meantime, we can all contribute. The general messages to everyone in the community are:

  • Drive safely and lawfully within the speed limits
  • Cut back vegetation so that pavements are not obstructed and views along the road are not obscured
  • Do not drive or park on pavements because this forces pedestrians and child cyclists into the road and obscures views along the road. Instead park on the road because this will have the effect of slowing traffic down.


Ruyton Remembers

This year is the centenary of the end of World War One. There is special significance because Remembrance Sunday will be 11th November and therefore exactly 100 years since the ceasefire. Ruyton XI Towns is marking the occasion in several ways:

  • Large poppies have been attached to lamp posts throughout the village. You will see names on some of these poppies. They are the names of those from the parish who served and died in the conflict.
  • A special service of remembrance will be held in St John the Baptist Church on Sunday 11 November. It will start at 10:45 to allow people to gather prior to the two minutes silence. Pupils, staff and parents from Packwood School will be attending as will people from the surrounding parishes of Great Ness and Little Ness. Following the service there will be a procession to the war memorial to lay wreaths.
  • A beacon will be lit at 7:00pm on Sunday 11 November. This event is being fully supported by the Parish Council and is part of a nationwide initiative. More details about this event are available on the Parish Council website.

Beacon of Light

Ruyton XI Towns will be commemorating the Centenary of the end of the First World War by lighting a beacon as part of  a nationwide day of events. The huge 5 metre tall beacon will be lit at 7:00pm on Sunday 11th November after The Last Post which will be sounded by a pupil from Packwood School. Our local bell-ringers will ring out the peace at St John the Baptist Church and our town crier will join his voice with others throughout the world in an international Cry for Peace. At around 7:10 Wendy Lowdon will recite a World War One poem, and then a ‘Tribute to the Millions’ will be read by our vicar Lucinda. This will be followed by reading the names of the fallen and then a medley of songs.

The event is taking place at Rock House, SY4 1LR which is directly above the war memorial. Please note the restrictions/guidelines:

  • There is NO VEHICULAR ACCESS – parking at Rock House is for blue badge holders only – everyone else is encouraged to park at St John’s Primary School.
  • Assemble in the field at Rock House by 6:45pm
  • Please bring torches – it is dark on the approach to the driveway to Rock House
  • School children from St John’s School are advised to wear high visibility jackets – the school have some that can be borrowed for the weekend

The event is due to finish at 7:40 and then the Talbot Inn are providing a Hot Pot Supper but you must pre-book with them if you are intending to go.

For full details of the event you can download the programme here


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