Bull and Lion – New Team from Monday 28th April 2014

Derek&Emma-Bull_and_Lion_introductionWe would like to introduce ourselves, as the new landlord and landlady of the Bull and Lion, from 28th April 2014. My name is Derek Tookey, and my partner in business and life is Emma Talbot. That’s us in the photo alongside.

Our vision for the Bull and Lion.
We plan to run the Bull and Lion as a traditional village pub with quality fresh food and top quality Cask Ales with a first class service. We are both passionate about customer service, and we are looking forward to becoming an integral part of Packington as we will be living in the Pub full time.

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Village Defibrillator – Here, Now!

Our new Automatic External Defibrillator – AED – is a life-saving device MemorialHallDefibrillator-Road-Side-20140413_exIMG_7584w400h692_40kwhich gives anyone, trained or untrained, the ability to deliver a life saving shock of electricity to a victim of cardiac arrest, restoring their heart’s normal rhythm.

While we all hope this never has to be used, the ability to restart a faltering heart is very re-assuring in our village, where trained medical help is usually some distance away, and when mere minutes can make the difference between life and death. Continue reading ‘Village Defibrillator – Here, Now!’ »

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Bull and Lion update – 24th March 2014

New-B&L-logo-Jul13_exIMG_1348w500h267_8kAs at Saturday 22nd March the Bull & Lion is without a chef and there is no food until further notice.

There is still no direct telephone number

Liam Parsons is no longer at the pub and Angie with her 2 sons are opening as follows:
Open for drinks only:

Monday, Tuesday 5-11pm

Wednesday, Thursday noon-11pm

Friday, Saturday noon-midnight

Sunday noon-11pm

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Hendrix the cat has gone missing again.  He was last seen around lunchtime on Wednesday 12th March near his home in School Lane, Normanton le Heath.

Please keep an eye open for him and check whether he could he be in a garage or out-house.  He is a large tabby with brown colouring and a distinctive bushy tail.

If you see him, please call: 07785 591082

UPDATE:  There have been possible sightings in the last few days – near Ashby Road and the chicken farm on 26th March and, more recently, gardens on the Spring Lane side of Normanton Road.  Please keep looking and take a photo if you can!

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Packington Beavers need Adult help – Please Volunteer!

Can you help?

Beaver Scouting is open to boys and girls aged 6-8. We would dearly love to open a Cub Pack and Scout Troop in Packington, but we need adult help and a suitable meeting place.  Can YOU help. please? Please contact Jonathan Bloor, Group Scout Leader, Tel: (H)01530 888579 / (M)07588 869882
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Major Running Race comes to Packington Sunday 9th March

Over 1200 Runners to pass through the village, 3 times!

Sunday March 9th 2014

Aldi Ashby 20 road race at Packington

Ashby 20 Road Race leaders 2013

Full race details here

The 1,247 runners in this 20-mile race come from Ashby at 10am, down Mill Street into Measham Lane about 7 minutes later, and loop round twice via Swepstone, Heather and Normanton to run through our village again, first at about 10:55 am, then the leading runner comes inbound past the Bull and Lion and up High Street in Packington towards Ashby, after 18+miles, at around 11:45am.  Go Cheer! Finish is at Bath Grounds, Ashby, after 20 whole miles, with the first finisher likely to be there in under two hours, minutes before noon.

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Over a hundred at our Bull & Lion Meeting 26 February

Open again within a week? Over a hundred at meeting.

Update since the meeting – received today Monday 3rd March

We are informed that the Bull & Lion will be open this Wednesday evening 5th March from 5pm.

An experienced couple, Liam & Angela Parsons will be opening on Wednesday evening. They will initially be on a temporary contract, but are one of several applicants interested in a permanent tenancy being considered by Marstons. Their intention is to live at the pub.

We are told that one is an experienced Chef and, as soon as they have settled in, details of food availability will be publicised, hopefully by the weekend

Marstons have a number of applicants they are considering, but in view of the uncertainty of the last few months they will be undertaking the due diligence and review of the applicants business plans very carefully, and cannot commit to a time scale for the final decision. Continue reading ‘Over a hundred at our Bull & Lion Meeting 26 February’ »

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Race Night

Charity Race Night

Packington Memorial Hall on Saturday 22nd March 2014. First race 7pm. Hot pot supper included. Raising funds for ‘Kids Out’ and local charities. Entrance fee £10. Bar available. For tickets please call Paul Bertenshaw 01530 560807.

Why not come and enjoy the fun and excitement of horse racing in the warmth and comfort of Packington Memorial Hall ?

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Keiradance – Live Traditional Irish Dance in Packington

Shamrock pictureSaturday 8th March 2014 Live traditional Irish music – Song & dance with Keiradance in Packington Memorial Hall, from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm, Tickets £8 adult, £4 child (suitable for ages 10+)

A dazzling mix of Irish and Contemporary dance, accompanied by live traditional Irish music and song, exploring the fierce emotions experienced when longing for home. Following the show, the live music continues when the dancers join the audience to lead a ‘mini ceilidh‘, encouraging people up on their feet by demonstrating a few dance steps. A performance and ceilidh in one, this is a wonderfully uplifting show, and an opportunity to dust off your dancing shoes!
The organising committee  hope to provide an Irish flavour to refreshments at the interval, and are looking forward to a successful evening.
Suitable for ages 10+ At Packington Memorial Hall 8.00pm start.
Further information, and to book tickets, telephone 01530 564613 or 414378.

Part of the Centre Stage Touring Season – more details here: http://www.keiradance.com/

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Bull & Lion – Marstons Meeting Wednesday Eve

Interested in your Bull and Lion? Marstons have offered to meet village residents and customers this Wednesday Evening 26th February 2014 at 7:30pm.


The meeting is expected to be hosted by Ben Robinson, Operations Manager, together with his Area Operations Manager Chris Reed.
At the Bull & Lion, of course.


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British Heart Foundation to help fund our Defibrillator

BHF_logo_w252h318Great News!

Mike Coke, of the Packington Memorial Hall Committee, writes:

I am delighted to have heard today from the British Heart Foundation, BHF, who have approved our application for a grant of additional funding towards a Defibrillator for Packington.

BHF will help pay for some of the cost of this vital but expensive piece of equipment, which is soon to be made available right here in our village.

Our main fund-raising event for this expensive Defibrillator is to be the Big Charity Breakfast on Saturday 1st March 2014 here at the Packington Memorial Hall, after which we should be able to send our residual payment to the BHF;  we hope the whole village will come together for a celebration breakfast to help both fund and celebrate this important success.

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