Monthly Archives: November 2016

Abacus Pre-School Annual Duck Race!


Abacus Pre-school are holding their annual duck race on Sunday 8th January 2017

The Duck Race is held in the field behind the Co-op in Fenny Compton.  Tickets are now on sale to buy a duck for £2.50. The ducks are launched into the stream in three heats, and then there is a winner’s race and loser’s race.  It’s a chance to win the much-coveted duck trophy, as well as supporting the local pre-school.  You don’t have to be able to attend on the day to buy a duck and have the chance to win.

Bacon sandwiches, hot dogs, hot drinks, cakes etc are all available on the day.

If anyone would like to buy a ticket, they can be bought from Abacus.  Or drop the money in a sealed envelope into Spinney Bank, Avon Dassett marked ‘Duck Race’, together with your name, address and contact telephone number. The tickets will then be popped through your door in readiness for the big day.

Number 75 Bus Service to be Discontinued

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The 75 Public Bus service operating from The Parade in Leamington, down the Tachbrook Road and out to Bishops Tachbrook that was introduced in June has carried very few passengers and consequently will cease operation from Monday 19th December 2016.

However, a New 76 service will be introduced by Stagecoach to replace some of the route currently served by the 75.

The service will run every hour during the day from Leamington Upper Parade via Old Warwick Road (for the Railway Station and Morrisons), Shires Retail Park, Queensway (providing a new off peak facility to this area), Tachbrook Road, Heathcote Lane, Othello Avenue, Tachbrook Road, Harbury Lane towards Warwick Gates, Heathcote Lane and turning at Hawkes Drive roundabout to stop at the new stop to be put up just past the junction to Nightingale Avenue (new David Wilson site) before returning back to Leamington.

Following negotiations, the current 77 service operated by Johnsons Coaches will be revised and re-routed around Bishops Tachbrook village with a route to Leamington to cover parts of the 75 service and to serve the new development on Oakley Wood Road. Both the new 76 and revised 77 services will start operating from Monday 19th December 2016.

The 76 and 77 timetables are here:

Vote for Abacus Pre-School to Receive an Aviva Community Grant


Abacus Pre-School in Fenny Compton is raising money to create a new interactive outdoor learning area.

They have successfully raised over £3000 last year alone and plan to raise even more this year through local events and community fundraising. They are applying for an Aviva Community grant to fund a new outdoor learning area to complete their new building.

Please vote for them at:

Apply for Funding from Comic Relief



The Comic Relief Local Communities Programme, which offers grants of up to £5,000 for Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull, has had very little take up from groups applying for funding.

The programme seeks to empower local people to create lasting change in their communities, and priority will be given to small, locally based organisations in areas of disadvantage.

The closing date is 30th November so there is still time to apply for a grant, if you meet the criteria.

You can find out more about this programme, and how to apply, here: