Barlestone Parish Council

Serving the people of Barlestone

Clerk: Marilyn Symonds
126 Newbold Road, Barlestone
Nuneaton CV13 0DT


Early records show

John Jordan 1683

John Abeson Clerk to 1721

John Jordaine buried in 1754

George Ford buried in 1809 Clerk for 51 years

Francis Kendrick buried in 1826 Clerk for 14 years

Thomas Starbuck buried in 1864 Clerk for 28 years, this could possibly be 32 years as in 1838 there had been a new Clerk was appointed in 1832

William Starbuck 1895 – 1908

Walter Henry Bell 1908 – 1909

George Orton 1909 – 1911

Arthur Cave 1911 – 1949

Harold Heap 1949 – 1978

Mary Goddard 1978 – 2000

Marilyn Symonds 2001


This is awarded each year to a resident of Barlestone who has made a contribution to the community of Barlestone.

2000 Mrs. Joyce Wass Was a voluntary music teacher for many years

2001 Mrs. Jackie Roberts For her dedication to work at the Barlestone Community Centre including BOCA and Her work with the 'Village Pump' magazine

2002 Mr. Keith Hextall and Mr. Gary Williams Keith was the author of the Barlestone Book and Gary edited and arranged the printing.

2003 Mrs. Sylvia Bailey Work for and dedication to Barlestone Village Hall

2004 Mrs. Joy Crane Recognition of her work over many years for Barlestone and also the 28 years' work with the Poppy Appeal.

2005 Mr. Wally Branson Owner of the corner shop serving the community for many years. (The shop has since become the Moda hairdressers)

2006 Mrs. Julie Weston Work with FOBS, BOCA, Millennium Celebration and Parish Plan

2007 Mr. Ronnie Enston Work as a Parish Councillor over many years, including the lighting of the Christmas Tree and other work as needed.

2008 Mrs. Mary Richardson The late Mrs Mary Richardson was awarded the title for 2008 following her death. Mary's contribution to the village and the charities for which she made collections is well known. Mary also voluntarily spent time/hours at the school helping the children with their reading. Street collections on behalf of the Poppy Appeal and Acorn's Children Hospice were also undertaken by Mary. Her commitment to the Parish Council and countless leaflet drops to the houses of Barlestone along with her involvement with the Remembrance Day services are also noted. Mary was also one of the founder members of the Bosworth Area Crime & Safety Forum. She along with her caring nature will be sadly missed by the village.

2009 Mrs. Heather Ball Many years of work in Barlestone Post Office for the benefit of the community. She came through the difficult and upsetting times when it was decided that the Post Office should close

2010 Mr. Derek Windybank This is awarded for Derek's commitment to work with the Community First Responders in the village and also his other involvements in helping local residents.

2011 Ms Christine Gibson This was awarded for Christine's personal courage in adversity over a period of time.

2012 Mrs. Ann Downs For the years spent working with Children and also the community via the school and Brownies.

2013 Mr. Neville Kilworth Services to the community via music. Organising fundraising concerts, playing for carols at the tree lighting and services at the Baptist Church. Neville is always ready to help where he can.

2014 Mr. Kenny Haywood In recognition of his work over the years with the St. John's Ambulance and his commitment to the community of Barlestone.

2015 Mrs. Cathie Watkins This recognises the work of Cathie over the past few years to the community of Barlestone.

2016 Revd. John Downs Recognising John's work over the years with and for the community of Barlestone and for reviving St. Giles Church with his own style of ministry.

2017 Mrs. Irene Robinson for her help serving the community for many years as Manager at the Co-op store in Barlestone

2018 Mr. Glyn Bowen for his work over many years with 'The Old School Hall' He has been a dedicated worker for this charity

2019 Mrs Lynne Eveson Brought the Elohim Church to Barlestone and worked tirelessly as Pastor to get the church up and running, although now retired continues to work for the good of the church and the village.

2020 David Burchell – awarded posthumously following his death in August 2020. David had worked tirelessly for the village as a Parish Councillor over a great number of years, the last few years as Chairman and it was felt appropriate that his name should go on the board so he is honoured with all the other recipients.