Monthly Archives: July 2016

Lily and Kerry Hope-Frost Recognised for Their Commitment to the National Open Garden Charity


Lily and Kerry Hope-Frost have been opening the gardens of the Old Rectory annually for thirty consecutive years. In recognition of this tremendous achievement they received a commemorative compass from National Gardens Scheme County Organiser Julia Sewell.   The charity raises money for cancer and palliative care beneficiaries. This year, Avon Dassett Open Gardens raised over £3,000 for the scheme.

Read the full story of Lily and Kerry’s achievement in the Banbury Guardian:

Survey for Parents with Children Under 19

Dods Research has launched a new study exploring the problems faced by parents in receipt of any government benefits for their child.

They are interested in speaking to parents with children under the age of 19. The survey should take less than five minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is still relevant for parents who are no longer in receipt of payments, but have done so previously.

By completing the survey, there will also be the opportunity to enter the Dods prize draw to win £100 worth of shopping vouchers for Argos or John Lewis.

To take part in the survey, please click here.

The research will be open for two weeks.

About Dods Research

Dods Research is a part of Dods Parliamentary Communications Ltd, which publishes Civil Service World and PoliticsHome, and produces Civil Service Live, Civil Service Awards and numerous other events for the public sector.
All surveys have been commissioned by a third party. All responses are anonymous. The results are used for our own publications (such as reports, Civil Service World or, for inclusion within a thought leadership report or to gain a greater understanding of the public sector.

Free Home Composting Workshops and Compost Bins for £5!


Warwickshire County Council is helping residents to start composting at home with the offer of a 330 litre compost bin for just £5 for anyone attending a one hour workshop where you will be shown how to get started with your new bin.

To book a place on one of our Autumn workshops please click here and select from one of the dates listed below:

  • Warwick Methodist Church, Barrack Street, Warwick, CV34 4TH – Monday 12th September 2016 – 6pm
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Methodist Church, Old Town, CV37 6BG – Wednesday 14th september 2016 – 6pm
  • Lower House Farm Recycling Centre, Nr Atherstone , CV9 1QA – Saturday 17th September 2016 – 10.30am
  • Nuneaton – 2nd Chance Furniture Reuse, Weddington Terrace, Nuneaton, CV10 0AG – Monday 19th September 2016 – 6pm
  • Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ – Saturday 8th October – 10am

Offer open to Warwickshire residents only. Workshops will last for no longer than 1 hour. One £5 compost bin per household, an additional bin may be purchased for £10 each (maximum of 2 bins).  Compost bins must be collected from one of the following recycling centres or the 2nd Chance re-use shop in Nuneaton, where payment will also be taken:

  • Burton Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Cherry Orchard, Kenilworth
  • Hunters Lane, Rugby
  • Lower House Farm, Dordon, Nr Atherstone
  • Princes Drive, Leamington Spa
  • Stockton (open Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Shipston-on-Stour
  • Wellesbourne
  • 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use Shop, Weddington Terrace, Nuneaton, CV10 0AG

Open Gardens Raises over £3000

Floral Tubs

As I’m sure you noticed if you were in the village on Sunday 3 July,  there was a very busy Open Gardens this year. The lovely weather brought just over 400 people along, double the number who came last year.

The day raised  £2,830.76 for National Garden Schemes and£230 for the Parish Council towards the upkeep of the tubs in the village.

Thank you to everyone who contributed by opening their garden, tidying the village, printing maps, putting up signs, taking entrance money, manning the Reading Room, selling plants, and helping with the teas.  And not forgetting everyone who helped by providing all the lovely cakes we had for sale.


Paying Visitors £ 2,125.00
Tombola etc at Reading Room £    111.76
Teas £    542.00
Plant Sales £      25.00
Donations £      27.00
Percentage of Teas £    230.00
TOTAL RAISED £ 3,060.76


Stratford District Council Adopt Core Strategy

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Stratford-on-Avon District Core Strategy – Adoption Statement

In accordance with Regulation 26 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that at a meeting held on 11 July 2016 Stratford-on-Avon District Council resolved to adopt the Stratford-on-Avon District Core Strategy (SDCS).

The SDCS was subject to an Examination in Public by Pete Drew, an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  In his report on the examination, issued on 20 June 2016, the Inspector concluded that the modifications set out in Appendix 2 to that report make the SDCS capable of adoption, satisfying the requirements of Section 20(5) of the 2004 Act and meeting the criteria for soundness set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.  In resolving to adopt the Core Strategy the Council agreed to incorporate all changes recommended in the Appendix 2 Schedule.

The SDCS sets out a spatial vision for the District and establishes the strategic context for development decisions in the period up to 2031.  It replaces the saved policies of the Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan Review 1996-2011.

In addition to the main modifications set out in the Schedule recommended by the Inspector, the adopted SDCS incorporates some minor modifications of a consequential or factual nature proposed by Stratford-on-Avon District Council. A schedule setting out these minor modifications is available to view on the Council’s website.

Any person who is aggrieved by the decision taken to adopt the SDCS may challenge it by making an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on either of the following grounds:

  • The Stratford-on-Avon District Core Strategy is not within the powers conferred by Part 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;
  • A procedural requirement of the Act or its associated Regulations has not been complied with.

Any such application must be made promptly and in any event no later than six weeks starting with the date on which the SDCS was adopted.

Copies of the Submission Core Strategy with the Main Modifications, the Policies Map as proposed to be modified, the Inspector’s Report, the Strategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement and this Statement of Adoption are available for inspection free of charge at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6HX (Monday to Friday during normal office hours), at all public libraries across the District during normal opening hours and may be viewed on the Council’s website at: