Jump to it for Sports Relief

Jump to it for Sports Relief

WHEN it comes to a fundraising opportunity, staff at a trampoline park in Warwick are always keen to jump into action – but this time they need your help!

Visitors to Jump In, in Hermes Close, will need to have a real spring in their step when they link up with fundraisers at the company’s nine trampoline parks across the country to take part in a sponsored national 24-hour Jumpathon relay.

Jump In Warwick, Summer Pass

Jumpers of all ages are invited to join in the jump session in aid of Sports Relief, between 9am-12pm on Saturday, March 14th.

The full relay will kick off at 9am on Friday, 13th March at Jump In Elstree and continue through the sites at Enfield, Tonbridge, Camberley, Slough, then, on Saturday, 14th, at Warwick, Edinburgh, Shrewsbury and concluding at Aberdeen at 6-8pm.

Fun-filled attractions on the day will include face painting and a host of other surprises.

Schools and groups are being particularly encouraged to get behind the fundraising initiative.

Sammy Burgess, Regional Manager for Jump In Tonbridge, said: “Is your school all ready for Sport Relief? If not we have a great offer for you. With Sport Relief only two weeks away we wanted to help get as many children active as we can. We know here at Jump In an active mind is a learning mind. That’s why we have a very special slots, from Monday 9th March to Thursday 12th March between 1.30pm-3.30pm, that we are giving to schools for only £3 per pupil across all of our sites.

“Join us for an hour of school challenges, from a dodgeball tournament, to a superhero battle beam, and much more.”

Jump In Trampoline Park, Warwick, Summer Pass

Email: hello@gojumpin.com to register an interest. Further details are available at: https://www.gojumpin.com/news/sport-relief-jumaptahon-2020

Each site will also be hosting a group sleepover event on both nights with some proceeds going straight to Sport Relief.

Sports Relief 2020, Jump In, trampoline park, Warwick

Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Further information is available at: www.sportrelief.com

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

Hatton Arms reopens following refurbishment

THE Hatton Arms pub in Warwick reopened its doors this week with a fresh look and menu to greet visitors old and new.

The popular country pub, which enjoys sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, is back in business after closing on January 20th for refurbishment.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

It hopes to further build on its established reputation locally for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Diners will be able to enjoy an enhanced modern look inside and out, including a new porch creating a more welcoming entrance area and rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace during the warmer months.

A new lighter, brighter and contemporary interior also awaits, including new booth seating, while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

A team of 35 full and part-time staff are headed up by general manager Stephanie Ward and deputy manager deputy manager Shaney Ayre.

Stephanie said: “It’s an exciting time for the pub, which has been a favourite with locals for many years.

“We never rest on our laurels and the improvements to the aesthetics, atmosphere and menu will enhance the guests’ experience even more and we look forward to welcoming familiar – and new – faces to the new-look Hatton Arms. Come and see what we’ve done to the place and let us know what you think.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

The Hatton Arms’ new day and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients, serving the best of Britain’s seasonal treats from the farms, shores and artisan producers, including award-winning Oxfordshire beef from Rowleys Butchers in Warwick; venison from Wellesbourne Estates; free range eggs from Chadwick End and breads from Le Petit Croissant in Stratford-upon-Avon.

There is a good selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes plus daily Specials and new bar snacks menu are being introduced.

It’s all prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, who returns to the Hatton Arms after five years.

He said: “We hope to excite you with the new delicious food amongst the reliable pub classics, showcasing amazing ingredients and, wherever possible, local produce.

“These winter into spring months see the end of the venison season, with vegetables, cauliflower, leeks, sweet potatoes and parsnips being at their peak. Our seasonal menu also brings the best of British crab and sea trout to your plate.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

An extensive Drinks Menu celebrates local brewers with Alcester’s UBU, Harry’s Heifer from Church Farm Brewery and Hooky ales available, as well as The Philosopher’s Daughter, from Warwickshire Gin Company and Hatton Country World’s Moore’s of Warwick.

The former 18th-century coaching inn is part of the 900-acre Hatton Estate owned by Johnnie and Arabella Arkwright.

Johnnie said: “The Hatton Arms has been a part of our family for about 180 years and is already a popular destination for so many of us who live nearby .

“We want to thank everyone for their patience while these exciting new changes have been taking place behind the scenes – and are proud to show it all off to customers both old and new – marking the latest chapter in its rich history.”

Hatton Arms, Warwick, dining, menu

New extended dining times are Monday-Thursday 12-9pm; Friday and Saturday 12-9.30pm and Sunday 12-8pm. And bar hours are now extended until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit: www.hattonarms.com

Third round in battle against homes

Third round in battle against homes

TENACIOUS residents are gearing up for another David and Goliath-style battle with housing developers who have re-submitted controversial plans for 75 homes on neighbouring land – for the third time.

Bellway Homes’ latest attempt at securing planning permission for the housing estate on The Longshoot in Nuneaton, comes just a few months after the developers lost an appeal against the decision by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

 

Nuneaton, Bellway Homes

At the government inspector’s appeal hearing in June, it was concluded that NBBC planning committee had been right not to pass the development despite it being supported by council officers.

The report read: “The development would make inadequate provision for infrastructure and other provisions. As a result, it would not achieve the environmental and social objectives of sustainable development identified in paragraph 8 of the Framework.”

Despite this, exactly the same plans have been resubmitted by Bellway.

St Nicolas Park resident and one of the campaign leaders, Jo Johnson, said: “Residents are appalled that the building developers can submit yet another application with very similar design and no further amendment back to the local authority for third time.

“I am so disappointed that this can be allowed to happen. The inspector’s inquest was very difficult as Bellway tried to claim costs against our residents. We still went ahead and shared our local knowledge but felt very intimidated by the level of questioning and cross-examination by Bellway’s legal team.”

She added: “To have gone through all of that stress, but be successful in our quest to have sustainable development, and then only to be back to square one, is just absurd, and I fully expect our planning committee and council planning officers to pay heed to the Secretary of State’s conclusions.”

Residents are also angered by the threat posed by these plans for a country park on the land – something which had been welcomed by the community.

There are also fears of inadequate infrastructure and negative impacts on local wildlife and the environment including, according to residents, developers’ ‘misleading claims’ that there would be zero impact on the town’s pollution.

Mrs Johnson said: “This is the main road into Nuneaton town from the development so there will be an impact on the environment. The developers seem to be spouting data which couldn’t be substantiated.”

She added: “Plus there is evidence of families being moved onto phase 1 & 2 with no access to school places in primary school, leaving children having to rely on a local authority taxi service to get to schools miles away.

Another local resident said: “It is ridiculous that a developer can just keep submitting applications without significant changes when previous applications have been turned down twice and this decision is supported by a building inspector. I am particularly concerned about the local bat population which is regularly seen nesting and feeding in the area of the development.”

Councillor Keith Kondakor said: “This application has been rejected twice by the borough planning committee and once by a government planning inspector. Bellway has refused to meet with residents. They could at least adjust the proposals to widen the green spaces, add proper sustainable drainage to defend the existing properties and keep the ground levels close to that of the existing fields.

“I hope the wider community will support those most impacted and ask planners to reject this poorly designed application for a third time.“

The initial application for Phase 3 came in May 2018 and is part of a larger development which started in 2011.

Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones failed to comment.

The plans can be viewed on NBBC website at: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk (Planning reference number 036873) or by visiting the Town Hall in Nuneaton.

Comments must be sent to: Planning@nuneatonandbedwroth.gov.uk before Feb 13th 2020.

New look and menu for popular pub

New look and menu for popular pub

THERE are exciting changes afoot at The Hatton Arms in Warwick, which is set to re-open its doors following a refurbishment this month.

With sweeping views of the idyllic Hatton Locks, the country pub has established a reputation among locals for authentic dining and classic British cuisine made with the finest ingredients, often sourced direct from the Hatton Estate.

Hatton Arms, Warwick
Manager Stephanie Ward

Reopening on February 24th the exterior of the pub will adopt a fresh modern look inside and out, including a new porch to enhance the entrance area and create an even more welcoming feel as well as new rear bi-fold doors to open up the terrace area during the summer months.

A new lighter and brighter and contemporary interior also will greet visitors while still staying true to the traditional pub vibe the locals have come to love.

The Hatton Arm’s new lunch and dinner menu will also reflect the pub’s provenance with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh seasonal ingredients. Plus a daily Specials menu and new bar snacks menu are being introduced.

It’s all prepared under the expert eye of head chef Jakub Fijak, who returns to the Hatton Arms after five years.

Hatton Arms, Warwick, Hatton Locks
The rear of the pub affords views of the scenic Hatton Locks

Jakub, from Poland, said: “This is classic British cuisine with a little bit of a modern twist, cooked with fresh seasonal ingredients to order. No nonsense, just great food.”

The Hatton Arms on Birmingham Road is celebrating its re-opening at an exclusive Launch Night party on February 29th, including a selection of food and drinks from the new spring menu. BBC CWR presenter Kirsty Leahy will be laying on the evening’s tunes with her DJ set of funk, soul, disco, house classics and party music.

Look out for your chance to win tickets for the launch Night Party in next week’s Warwick Observer.

Comedy keeps fundraising close to home

Comedy keeps fundraising close to home

NEW Year spirits – and charity coffers – will be raised thanks to a comedy event coming to Hatton Park in Warwick.

Comedy at Work are bringing their latest gig to the estate’s community centre on Saturday, February 8th, in aid of a charity close to the community’s heart – Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Comedy at Work, Molly Olly's Wishes, Anne Docherty, Mark Hinds, Hatton Park
Elliot Powell and Rachel Ollerenshaw. Photo by David Fawbert Photography.

Anne Docherty from Stratford-upon-Avon and Mark Hinds from Warwick are the creative minds behind Comedy at Work, an innovative new business that brings stand-up to venues across the country in support of local charities.

Helping to lay on the laughs this time around will be comedians Adam Beardsmore from Stratford, Matt Trimble from Worcester and Lovell Smith from Birmingham. While keeping the comedy flowing – as well as keeping it local – will be compere and Hatton Park resident, Elliot Powell.

It’s been a journey of self-discovery for the history graduate and long-time frustrated funnyman who previously worked as a Coconut Water salesman – and musician!

Elliot, 28, said: “One day I had the sudden realisation that I didn’t want to be the King of Coconuts and, much to my parents’ dismay, gave up my sales job in London and moved back home at Hatton.

“I realised pretty quickly that record labels would not be queuing up to sign us so, as I’d done a few gigs and a comedy course in London, I decided it was time to pick that back up again.

He added: I love the creative freedom of comedy. I really enjoy the process of taking the idea and working on it until it is in a form that will make people laugh – the same way a carpenter would take a piece of wood and turn it into a chair!

“The only downside of comedy is those nights when you test new material and it doesn’t work. The drive home is awful.”

Comedy at Work, Molly Olly's Wishes, Anne Docherty, Mark Hinds, Hatton Park
Comedian Adam Beardsmore

Volunteers from Molly Olly’s Wishes will run the bar and take home a percentage of the evening’s proceeds.

The charity, which is run from the Hatton Park home of Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, was established in 2011 following the death of their eight-year-old daughter Molly from a rare kidney cancer and supports children with terminal or life-limiting illness and their families.

Mascot of the charity is a therapeutic toy lion called Olly The Brave who has his own Hickman line and a detachable mane which helps to explain and normalise the effects of chemotherapy. These form part of an Olly The Brave pack that has now been handed out to more than 40 hospitals, along with a book from the charity’s exclusive Olly The Brave series.

Further information about Molly Olly’s Wishes or how to donate can be found at: www.mollyolly.co.uk

For details of Comedy At Work’s next gigs, including Hartwell, Shilton, Bishampton, Kineton and Norton Lindsey, visit: www.comedyatwork.com