Welcome to our newly-formed Leamington Hastings Parish Community Website.
Leamington Hastings Open Gardens event
The recent Leamington
Hastings Open Gardens event at the beginning of June was a great success.
The weather was perfect. Eight gardens were available to look
around and there was a chance to relax in one of the gardens where refreshments
were being served. Thank you to all who contributed, whether it be opening your
garden for the afternoon, attending the event or those involved in the planning
and organisation. We raised a fantastic sum of just over £1,700 and the
profits from the day have been divided between the Warwickshire Air Ambulance
and the Leamington Hastings Parish Hall.
The Parish of Leamington Hastings:
The Parish comprises the villages/hamlets of Leamington Hastings, Hill, Broadwell
and Kites Hardwick and has approximately 400 residents. The closest large towns are Rugby (7 miles) and Leamington Spa (10 miles) with the smaller communities of Dunchurch (4 miles) and Southam (3 miles) offering local shops and doctors’ surgeries.
There is an excellent infant school in Leamington Hastings serving the local community
for children up to the age of 7. There is a wide choice of Junior schools, which the children move on to at the age of 7-plus, including those at Long Itchington, Southam, Dunchurch,
Napton and Stretton on Dunsmore.
Although a small Parish we offer a variety of activities and facilities as you will see
from the menu bar. The well-maintained tennis courts are available to hire. The
Bowls Club is very popular and there are many organisations that hire the Parish Hall on a weekly basis. These include the Silver Surfers, Pilates classes and Keep Fit classes. The over 60s Club use the Hall on a regular basis and the Parish Council and other organisations use it for their meetings.
The Parish of Leamington Hastings
Glimpses into the History of the Parish of Leamington Hastings by Felicity
four small settlements of Leamington Hastings, Hill, Kites Hardwick and
Broadwell are all of Saxon or Medieval origin and all are thriving today.
Tradition gives Kites Hardwick a Saxon origin since there was reputed to have
been a skirmish between the Danes and the Saxons just below Draycote Water in a
field now known as Dane Meadow. In documents Leamington Hastings and Hill are
the oldest, both being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
thirteenth century both Hill and Leamington Hastings were held by the Hastang
family from whom the Hastings part of the village name is derived. Robert
Hastang took the part of the Barons against Henry III at the Siege of
Kenilworth in 1265, and the family's lands were confiscated. The estates were
restored only after a large fine was paid to the King!
In 1375, on
the death of John Hastang, being without a male heir, the lands of Leamington
Hastings and Hill passed to his eldest daughter Maud and her husband Ralph
Stafford. The Staffords owned Leamington Hastings Manor until 1630, then it
changed hands several times until being inherited by Sir Charles Wheeler whose
family initiated repairs to the church on the south side and south porch.
In 1796 the Wheeler estates were divided and
Leamington Hastings was given to Lucy Wheeler and her husband Edward Sitwell.
Some members of the family become vicars of the parish. The family were
benefactors, initiating extensive repairs to the chancel and nave in 1873,
being instrumental in the building of the elementary school and donating land
on which to build the parish hall. The manor remained in their family until the
Leamington Hasting Neighbourhood Watch. -
Kate Marsden - Co-ordinator - email@example.com
Jane Creswell - Deputy Co-ordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org