Grand National winner could be celebrated on new sign for Claines

The first draft of the sign

The first draft of the sign

First published in News

THIS could be the new sign which greets people entering the village of Claines.

The small village to the north of Worcester has been earmarked by Worcestershire County Council for a sign welcoming people to the area and also highlighting it as the home of Grand National winner Pineau De Re.

Claines became the focus of national attention after the 11-year-old horse romped home to victory at Aintree on Saturday, April 5.

Councillor John Smith, from Worcestershire County Council, said: "We are thrilled to be able to provide a welcome sign for Claines promoting the recent win of Pineau De Re at the Grand National 2014.

"This is a real positive for the area and we will be consulting locally about the look of the finished sign."

The draft image will be subject to consultation with the parish and councillors.

Rev Jo Musson, vicar at St John Baptist Church, said the addition of a sign would be great news for Claines.

"Claines is a strange mixture because it isn't quite a village and it isn't a suburb either and most people don't know they are entering it so it will be great to have a sign.

"I have only lived here for a year because I am quite new but I think people like living here because it is such an ancient place and has such deep rooted history.

"A new sign will let people know that this very ancient place is here but is also very contemporary too.

"Claines has lots of things on offer, there are so many different things going on and we have a lot of people coming from all over Worcester and Droitwich and all around to the church hall and for the services, the weddings and baptisms we hold.

"We have uniformed groups that meet here, the Legion, The Mug House, the school - there's lots of things going on."

A location for the sign has not been announced yet but Rev Musson said she would like to see it on the A449 Claines roundabout or on the Ombersley Road.

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6:16pm Tue 15 Apr 14

CJH says...

"Claines became the focus of national attention..." Really? Did it?
"Claines became the focus of national attention..." Really? Did it? CJH
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9:03pm Tue 15 Apr 14

voledog says...

No need to advertise the fact that we're a one horse town.
No need to advertise the fact that we're a one horse town. voledog
  • Score: 4

11:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

brooksider says...

Quick enough to put a sign up for a horse but slow to repair the roads.
Aren't our Highways Dept wonderful.
Quick enough to put a sign up for a horse but slow to repair the roads. Aren't our Highways Dept wonderful. brooksider
  • Score: 2

8:58am Wed 16 Apr 14

Redhillman says...

Anyone see councillor John Smith on BBC Midlands Today yesterday evening regarding this sign? He couldn't confirm exactly what the sign would look like and he couldn't quite confirm when the signs would be installed. So, despite being the highways cabinet member, he appears not to know much, Just like the highways department in general really.

And it's funny that as soon as the media get involved, the highways department suddenly do something. Perhaps this is the tact we should follow to ensure they do what we pay them handsomely to do.
Anyone see councillor John Smith on BBC Midlands Today yesterday evening regarding this sign? He couldn't confirm exactly what the sign would look like and he couldn't quite confirm when the signs would be installed. So, despite being the highways cabinet member, he appears not to know much, Just like the highways department in general really. And it's funny that as soon as the media get involved, the highways department suddenly do something. Perhaps this is the tact we should follow to ensure they do what we pay them handsomely to do. Redhillman
  • Score: 3

1:01am Thu 17 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Perhaps they could include a NO NORTHERN BYPASS FOR CLAINES as well?
Perhaps they could include a NO NORTHERN BYPASS FOR CLAINES as well? Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

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