Monthly Archives: April 2017

Stratford Ambulance Association are Looking for Volunteers!

Stratford On Avon Ambulance Association was formed in 1945 to provide first aid and ambulance services to the district of Stratford On Avon and over time have evolved into the present organisation, delivering first aid training and event first aid cover to the local community.

They are always looking for motivated, and determined individuals to join them who want to give something back to their community; they provide first aid to the community at local events such as the Stratford-upon-Avon River Festival. Volunteers are required in either a first aid or support role.

For more information see their website:

Shelswell History Festival

Running for 3 days from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July, the Shelswell History Festival celebrates local history and rural heritage. From Saxon invasions and Civil War battles, hidden histories of the 10 Shelswell villages, WW2 Home Guard and Special Operations, to “lost villages” and country crafts, there’s something for everyone. Created by a team of local residents, the event offers talks and workshops, demonstrations and displays, historical re-enactors, a play, a barn dance and activities for all the family, complete with BBQ, bar and Tea Tent.

The event is being held in Shelswell Park, in the countryside setting of Victorian author Flora Thompson’s novel “Lark Rise to Candleford”

Shelswell Estate, Fringford, Bicester, OX27 8EF

The charity will raise awareness of local history and benefit local causes in the Shelswell area.

(Charity Number 1171846)

For more information and ticket details go to

The Cinnamon Trust

What is the Cinnamon Trust?

Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering. The Trust was founded in 1985 by Mrs Averil Jarvis whose determination and dedication has ensured that the manifest need is fully addressed.

What does the Cinnamon Trust do?

The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem – for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner. See their leaflet for details:

A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital – volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.

The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.


To find out more or to volunteer please see the Cinnamon Trust Website.

Latest Edition of Armed Forces Covenant (Community) News Out Now!

The latest edition of AFCC News 3 is out now!  This is the third newsletter of the Armed Forces Covenant (Community) partnership across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.  It will be of interest to all those connected with the Armed Forces and/or who support our Armed Forces.  This edition provides information on events, activities, successes and the progress of partner organisations in delivering the Armed Forces Covenant locally.

Super Spring Offers on Food Waste and Garden Waste Products

Food Waste

A recent survey in Warwickshire showed that people who used compostable caddy liners found recycling food waste a much more pleasant and less messy experience and were more likely to keep recycling.

Through Warwickshire County Council’s new partner, Biobag, you can order a pack of 150 liners for just £7.95 including postage and packing. The 6-roll / 150 bag pack is a year’s supply for most households.

Other pack sizes available – from 2 to 10 rolls.

This unbeatable deal is 50-60% cheaper than typical supermarket prices!

The one-size-fits-all 10-Litre bags will fit all sizes of caddies issued by participating Warwickshire districts and boroughs:

  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
  • Stratford on Avon District Council
  • Warwick District Council

These compostable caddy liners meet the EN 13432 standard and can be placed in your green wheeled bin. To find out more, visit

To order your caddy liners, visit or phone 01772 641348. Lines are open Monday – Friday: 10.00am – 4.00pm

To get your free kitchen caddy, please contact your local district / borough council.

Garden Waste

Traditional Compost Bins from just £5 each!

Low, low prices on ‘low-tech’

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.
  • £12.99 + delivery if ordered online or by phone. 220 Litre bins also available at just £9.99 + delivery.

T&Cs apply.

Help Record Wild Flowers and Wild Life in Avon Dassett Churchyards and Cemetery

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust are calling for help to record wild flowers and wildlife in local churchyards and cemeteries.

These are often rich in wild flowers but they have not been recorded since 1984 when the Women’s Institutes ran a nationwide survey.

Can you repeat this survey for us in 2017?

You can download a Churchyard & Cemetery Flowers and Wildlife Survey Form
from the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust website. At the end of October either post to the Warwickshire Biological Record Centre, Ecological Services, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Warwick, CV34 4SX, or scan and email to

You could record butterflies at the same time, using Butterfly Conservation’s
Churchyard Butterfly Monitoring form.

For more information see this flyer:

Avon Dassett Open Gardens

Old Mill Cottage, Avon Dassett
Old Mill Cottage, Avon Dassett

Ten local gardens will open this year featuring a wide variety of formats including kitchen gardens, gravel and tropical gardens. The range of plants on display range from alpines, herbaceous, perennials and roses to climbers and shrubs.

There will be a book sale, plant sales, tombola, home made teas and the historic church of St John the Baptist will be open.

 This year’s Open Gardens will take place on Sunday 2 July (1 – 5pm). Combined admission to all gardens is £5.00, children free.
Refreshments in aid of Avon Dassett Parish Council to support replanting of the village tubs (30%).

Statement of Persons Nominated for Kineton and Red Horse Ward, Warwickshire County Council

Please see below the statement of persons nominated for the forthcoming Warwickshire County Council Elections for Kineton and Red Horse Ward (which includes Avon Dassett):

BALLANTYNE, Rob; 17 Glosters Green, Kineton, Warwick, CV35 0LT; Green Party

FILA, Edward Leslie; Primrose Cottage, Back Lane, Oxhill, CV35 0QN; UK Independence Party (UKIP)

JENKINS, Patrick Thomas; 41 Millholme Close, Southam, CV47 1FQ; Labour Party Candidate

STEELE, Laura Catherine; Forest Lodge, Bishops Hill, Lighthorne, Warwickshire, CV35 0BA; Liberal Democrats

WILLIAMS, Chris; 23 Meadow Way, Fenny Compton, Southam, CV47 2WD; The Conservative Party Candidate