Welcome to the parish of Harbury and Deppers Bridge, which has a population of approximately 2,500 residents and is situated about five miles south-east of Leamington Spa and three miles south-west of Southam.
The village is a thriving and busy community which boasts a Church of England primary school, doctor’s surgery, three public houses, a Post Office, two general stores, a chemist and a hairdresser. A number of other successful businesses operate within the centre of the village or on the small industrial estate on the site of the former water tower.
There is a well used village hall, an active church community, a community-run library and cafe, and a large number of vibrant and successful community groups. Village events such as the Carnival and the Bonfire all contribute to the sense of living in a real community.
Although at Deppers Bridge, the height above sea level is only 260ft, the main village of Harbury stands on a hill of over 400ft, where people have been living for more than 3,000 years. The village is also mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086.
The village grew substantially in the 19th century due to extensive quarrying in the surrounding area and the construction of the nearby railway. The former GWR line to Birmingham was, at the time, the deepest man-made cutting in the world at more than 100ft deep and is a significant engineering achievement. In the 1960’s the village saw a further period of rapid expansion with the building of a large number of new homes and it is this mix of old and new within the buildings of the village which give it an eclectic and interesting feel.
Amongst the issues facing the village today are the provision of affordable housing and the building of new homes generally, the future of established village businesses, traffic and improving local facilities particularly for the young and the elderly.
In 2003 Harbury won both the Warwickshire and Central Region rounds of the Village of the Year Competition and went on to represent the Central Region in the national competition – one of only six villages in England and Wales to do so. Since then the village has maintained its reputation as being one of the best communities in Warwickshire and continues to bring the concept of community spirit up-to-date into the 21st century.
- Proposed Solar Farm, Deppers Bridge 2 June 2021 - We have recently been made aware of the proposal for a solar farm on land at Eastfields Farm. The developer… (more)
- Help for Elderly and Vulnerable People 12 November 2020 - The parish council would like to do what it can to help elderly and/or vulnerable people during any lockdown. If… (more)
Other Recent Notices
- Annual Parish Meeting Our Annual Parish Meeting this year will be held virtually, by Zoom, on Thursday 22 April 2021. This is not… (more)
- High Sheriff of Warwickshire Award Harbury Parish Council was delighted to receive an award from the High Sheriff of Warwickshire in recognition of ‘great and… (more)
- Seasonal Light Trail At the end of what has been a difficult year for all of us, the Parish Council has decided to… (more)
New Things on our Web…
- 17 Jun 21: Council Meetings – Agenda for Annual Parish Meeting on 24 June 2021.
- 11 Jun 21: Finance – Notice of Conclusion of Audit, Annual Return and CIL Report for 2020/21.
- 10 Jun 21: History – Harbury Heritage Centre produced Village Guide.
- 05 Jun 21: Harbury Diary for June/July on our home page.
- 05 Jun 21: Bins Collection – Refuse collection dates for June/July.
- 02 Jun 21: Notice: Proposed solar farm at Eastfields Farm, Deppers Bridge.
- 14 May 21: Council Meetings – Draft minutes from May’s Annual and ordinary Parish Council meetings.
- 14 May 21: Council Meetings – Approved minutes from March’s Parish Council meeting.
- 14 May 21: Councillors – Cllr Stacey Boyd added to the list of Parish Councillors.
- Previous Updates
Our web was last updated on 17 June 2021