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Shirland Parish Association

The Shirland Parish Association abbreviated to SPA was formed to arrange an event for the whole of Shirland & Higham Parish residents to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

This event was a huge success and so the committee decided to carry on arranging different events for all the residents of this Parish several times each year.

These have consisted of a huge variety of things:- Family Discos, Fun Days, Fun Dog Shows, Carnivals and Summer Festivals, live entertainment evenings, Talent shows, Scarecrow Festivals.

Some of these have proved very popular and are repeated annually at Shirland Village Hall mainly the Fun Dog Show and now the Scarecrow Festival.  The present committee are looking at some new events for 2014 keep checking the Parish Council website and local shops for further information. 

New members are always welcome to the SPA committee from any village in the Shirland and Higham Parish, new members introduce new ideas and this is always good.

Committee meetings are held locally in one of the Public Houses on a regular basis, if you would like to join or would like to know more about us please contact Councillor Anne Brown on 01773 831749 or email her via the Parish Council website.


Five Pits Horsewatch and Countryside Access Group

This local group meets once a month in Stonebroom. The Chairperson is Ros Sowerby. The objectives of the group are to report and discuss crime related issues in order to keep local horse/land owners informed. We also give crime prevention advice and support those whose property or horse has been involved in a criminal incident.

Horsewatch is a nation wide organization supported by police headquarters particularly to prevent growing equine crime.

During the year we hold events. This year we have dressage training, social rides and an annual Christmas meal arranged.

We are a group affiliated to the British Horse Society who supports us in our campaigning work to maintain and create safer off road riding places which as a group we are passionate about as our roads are becoming unsafe for pleasure riding.

Links are maintained with the Rights of Way officers at DCC in order to protect and maintain our network of footpaths and lanes for the enjoyment and exercise of our parishioners whether on foot, horse, cycle or wherever possible wheelchair.

For info or advice please contact Ros.

Tel: 07772801150

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