Welcome to the website for the Cubbington community which has been developed through Cubbington Parish Council.
Whilst it contains information about the Parish Council, which we hope will be of interest, the website is intended to include a wide range of information about community organisations and details of activities taking place. A variety of links to other websites are shown which we hope will be of use; these are displayed down the left hand side of this page and along the bottom.
Please let us have your views and comments by contacting Jackie Chapman, the Clerk to the Parish Council, by emailing email@example.com
In your community
Cubbington Pear in European Tree of the Year Competition 2016 + Guided Walks
As Cubbington’s ancient Wild Pear tree comes into bloom this chilly wet springtime – possibly its last as it stands on the track of HS2 – the results of the European Tree of the Year competition were announced on 20th April. After its win for England last year, the Cubbington Pear achieved a respectable 8th place out of 15 countries, gaining 7858 votes, beating our near neighbours in Europe [Germany, France, Belgium] by a significant margin. East European countries, instigators of the competition promoting the preservation of ancient trees, galloped away and Hungary won with 72,653 votes.*
Commenting on the results, Peter Delow, Chairman of Cubbington Action Group against HS2, said: “It was always going to be difficult for our tree to match the huge number of votes that the eastern European entries are able to muster – after all the competition is organised from the Czech Republic and is much more established in the eastern part of Europe. However, I feel that our mid-table placing represents a creditable showing, and wish to thank all who supported the Cubbington veteran pear tree.”
Campaigns to save the tree and woodland:
The Cubbington Pear has become a national icon in the campaigns to save our dwindling ancient woodlands from destruction by the high speed railway. By summer 2015, all attempts to save the Cubbington Pear and nearby ancient woodland had come to nothing: a Tree Preservation Order, a proposal to HS2 Ltd for a bored tunnel under the tree and wood, and petitions by three Parish Councils, Cubbington and Offchurch Action Groups and individuals to the House of Commons Select Committee. Cubbington Parish Council has just submitted a petition to the House of Lords Select Committee, concentrating on the issues of South Cubbington Wood, the pear tree and the impact of construction traffic.
Events: Spring Walks
This year may be the last chance to see the Cubbington Pear in bloom and the magical carpets of bluebells and anemones in the wood. The Action Group will lead easy two mile walks on Monday May 2nd at 10.30 am [contact 336838] and Tuesday May 10th at 10.30 am [contact 425283], starting outside Cubbington’s King’s Head on Church Hill, lasting about an hour and half. Donations welcomed. Boots or wellingtons are essential in the muddy woodland.
Photo: One of the Action Group’s guided walks in the wood among bluebells and anemones, 24 April 2016. Photo taken and supplied by Frances Wilmot.
Frances Wilmot, Cubbington Action Group Publicity Officer
Local Plan proposals
Warwick District Council is consulting on the latest proposals for the new Local Plan. This will have a major impact on Cubbington and comments have to be submitted by no later than Friday, 22nd April. Cubbington Parish Council is encouraging local residents to view the proposals and submit comments. Further information can be read here Local Plan
Cubbington Spring Flower and Pear Tree Walks, April-May 2016
Volunteers in Cubbington Action Group Against HS2 will be leading four free and easy guided walks in South Cubbington Wood to see anemones, bluebells and the famous Wild Pear tree (England’s Tree of the Year in 2015). This is probably the last year that the public can see them as HS2 is scheduled to start construction in 1917, cutting through the much-loved ancient woodland and pear tree. Walks last about an hour and half. Strong shoes or wellies are essential as the wood may be muddy. Meet outside the King’s Head on Church Hill in Cubbington; dogs on leads allowed. Donations welcomed. The popular notelets with photographs of flowers, pear tree and woodland will be on sale.
Dates: April walks: Saturday April 16th at 10.30 am and Sunday 24th April at 2.30 pm [contact: Rosemary 01926 425283)
May walks: Monday 2 May at 10.30 am and Tuesday 10th May at 10.30 am [contact: Peter 01926 336838].
See www.hs2-cubbington.net for information on HS2 in Cubbington area.
Frances Wilmot – Cubbington Action Group Publicity Officer.
Cubbington’s wild pear tree won the 2015 England’s Tree of the Year competition and was a contender for the European Tree of the Year 2016 award.
The competition highlights the preservation of trees and the environment and their importance to people and communities. Voting by the public was online from February 1st to 29th and the vote of everyone was crucial as there were 14 other trees in the competition.
Warwick Health Transport Service – providing friendly, personal, low cost transport to and from health related appointments. Available to you as a resident of Cubbington if you are an older person, have difficulty getting to and from your medical appointments, and can walk unaided. To make a booking call 01789 472615 – lines are open between 10 am and 1 pm.
Cubbington Action Group Against HS2 – details of events being held by the Action Group can be found in the Village Diary.
The Action Group is selling a series of handy notelets, showing South Cubbington Wood and the Leam valley. Photographs of our beautiful local countryside include bluebells, wood anemones, butterflies and the Champion Wild Pear tree which will be destroyed by the building of the railway. Blank inside, ideal for birthdays or presents or just to keep. Sales will help them to continue the campaign. Please help to save our countryside and our national heritage!
Buy them from Frances Wilmot in Lillington (tel. 01926 426597) or Rosemary Guiot in Cubbington (tel. 01926 425283). The cost is £4 per pack of 8 different designs.
Cubbington and District O.A.P. Association – details of forthcoming events and activities are shown in the Village Diary.
Cubbington – past and present
The village of Cubbington lies almost in the centre of the county of Warwickshire, 2.5 miles north-east of Royal Leamington Spa. Unlike most rural parishes, Cubbington has experienced an almost continuous increase in population from 1801 to the present day, and is one of the few villages in Warwickshire to have more than 1,000 inhabitants (3,909 according to the 2011 National Census).
There are two suggested origins for the name Cubbington, the first being Cobynton , meaning “town of the descendants of Coba.” The second is from the name used for a time after the Domesday Book of 1086, Cumbynton. Cumbe was a medieval word recording that there was a settlement in a low or deep hollow. The fact that the village lies in a shallow valley supports the second theory.
In November 1605 a group of men, including Robert Catesby, who were involved in the Gunpowder plot, travelled through the village after the arrest of Guy Fawkes. It is said that they were on route to Wales after meeting at Dunchurch, near Rugby.
Welsh Road, which runs through the village, was an old sheep drovers’ route connecting London and Wales.
Within the Cubbington boundary there are three shopping areas, three pubs (one with a restaurant), two garages (one including a petrol station), two churches (Church of England and Methodist), two schools, a Village Hall and a Community Pavilion. The village is also served by a bus route operating to and from the nearby town centre of Royal Leamington Spa.
The Parish Council has 12 Councillors and meets in the Village Hall on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm except in April and August when there are no meetings.
The Member of Parliament for the village is Mr Jeremy Wright MP who is the member for the Kenilworth and Southam Constituency having first been elected in May 2010.