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.
- Councillors’ Corner Autumn Dates 22 September 2022 - Councillors' Corner will be held in Bibilo's Cafe in Harbury Library, from 10.00 to 11.00am on the following dates: Saturday… (more)
- New 123 Bin Collections 1 August 2022 - We understand that the correct collection day for Harbury is Thursday not Wednesday as stated in the paperwork that was… (more)
Other Recent Notices
- Unsafe Memorials at Harbury Cemetery During a recent inspection, we have identified some unsafe memorials which we have cordoned off until they can be made… (more)
- Harbury Cemetery Memorial Safety Inspection A full safety inspection of all memorials in the cemetery is to be carried out on or after 21 March… (more)
New Things on our Web…
- 23 Sep 22: Council Meetings – Agenda for Parish Council Meeting on 29 September 2022.
- 13 Aug 22: Council Meetings – Draft minutes from July’s Parish Council meetings.
- 13 Aug 22: Council Meetings – Approved minutes from June’s Parish Council meetings.
- 10 Aug 22: Finance – Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Certified AGAR for 2021/22.
- 05 Aug 22: Finance – Updated Community Infrastructure Levy Report for 2021/22.
- 03 Aug 22: Policies – Protocol for Pre-Planning Application Discussions.
- 01 Aug 22: Notice – New 123 bin collections.
- Previous Updates
Our web was last updated on 23 September 2022