Monthly Archives: October 2018

Xmas Gathering Preparations!

Avon Dassett Xmas Celebration, St Joseph’s 16 December

We’re looking for singers and young musicians to take part again this year. We’ll have some rehearsals in The Reading Room and circulate details and You Tube links etc if you can’t make it to all the meetings. We’ve got a few instruments to share if you haven’t got your own. We’d also like some adults to have a go at The Coventry Carol.. interested?.. ring Sue 07766259497 or drop into the Yew Tree on Wednesday 7th November at 6pm

What’s On at the Yew Tree

The Yew Tree pub is currently open on Mondays to Saturdays, 5-11 pm and on Sundays 12-8 pm. No food is being served at present.

On Fridays and Saturdays, Happy Hour is from 5-7 pm with ale and Carling at £3.20 per pint and a glass of house wine £4.

On Sunday 4th November there will be sparklers, mulled wine and mince pies to celebrate Bonfire Night.

On Sunday 11th November join the village at the war memorial for a special Remembrance Day service commemorating especially the end of WWI, followed by drinks and an exhibition in the Yew Tree.

Avon Dassett Remembers – 11 November 2018

This year’s Remembrance Day Service, which coincides with the centenary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I, will take place at the War Memorial on Sunday 11 November at 1300 hours.
The service will be led by Revd Nicki Chatterton.  As well as the reading of the roll of honour, there will further details of the three men from the village who lost their lives in World War I and a reading of all the village men who fought in the war which was found in the Parish Council minutes for 1919 (research from Avon Dassett Local History group)

Dassett Country Show Raises over £4000 for Charity and Local Groups

£4,127 was raised by this year’s Dassett Country Show. £2,063.50 is split 50/50% between McMillan Cancer Support and Helen and Douglas House. The remainder is available for local projects and groups and village events.

Applications were received from the following organisations and the donations noted below were discussed:

  • Fenny Compton Scouts to help with the cost of buying and replacing
    equipment for the growing troupe – £600
  • The Explorers to help the with the cost of replacing tents in support of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards – £250
  • Fenny Compton Church towards the cost of repairs following the theft of lead from the church roof – £600
  • Avon Dassett Gardening club for speakers – £250
  • Avon Dassett Charities to replace the fete field gate posts – £200

Total £1,900 with £400 in reserve.

Full details maybe found in the minutes:

Next year’s show will be on 3rd August 2019.

Deadly Dog Disease in Area – Take Care

Kieran O’Halloran, clinical director at Avonvale Veterinary Centres is urging dog owners to be ‘alert and vigilant’ to the threat of seasonal canine illness (SCI). There have been seven identified cases of SCI across Warwickshire including Southam. The exact cause of SCI is unknown but dogs become ill with vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy within three days of being walked in woodland. It is a disease found in dogs in autumn and if untreated can be fatal.

If your dog is showing symptoms please contact your vet immediately as it can become severe very quickly and some dogs do not survive.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A message from Deb Watts – our awesome local fundraiser. Well done Deb and team!
Thanks to everyone who contributed, helped out, enjoyed coffee and cake, and especially to Jenny for letting us turn the regular village coffee morning into a fundraiser for Macmillan.  
The “Biscuits & Coffee Mugs Gift Set” prize was won by David Hicks who’s guess was the nearest on the “weight of the cake” game poster.
 A total of £93.89 was raised to go towards the great work done by Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Statement from Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society

News Bulletin – October 2018

Termination of Lease

There has been significant speculation around the community on the performance of the Yew Tree and the ability of our tenant, Steve Forrest, to remain trading with recent levels of business.

The purpose of this note is to advise you of our position, following the recent action that we have taken.

The Yew Tree has not been making enough money to allow Steve to meet his commitments to the Society and other creditors. Despite Steve’s best efforts to contain costs and the financial and physical help that the Society and the community have provided, Steve’s debts have increased.

Steve sought legal opinion, and was advised to cease trading. As a result we agreed that we needed to terminate the lease.

What happens next?

The Yew Tree will not be open for business until we either find a new tenant or make arrangements for the Society to run the pub. We are in advanced negotiations with a possible replacement tenant and, in parallel, we are considering the steps that we need to take to reopen the doors. It is possible that we may have to consider the short-term option of employing a temporary manager to operate the pub.

We aim to negotiate a mutually acceptable exit plan with Steve, to save both parties the cost, the time and difficulty of a protracted period of court proceedings.

Although our overriding aim is to retain a functioning pub at the centre of the community, we recognise our duty of care to investors and we will continue to protect all of our investments. At present, the Society has a healthy bank balance and is not in danger of being unable to meet its obligations for the foreseeable future.

Further updates

We will provide further updates as and when information becomes available and once we have a date for reopening the pub. In the meantime we will endeavour to negotiate with Steve to reach an amicable settlement.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Avon Dassett

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Wednesday 3rd October – The Reading Room, Avon Dassett – 11am to 1pm
Our regular monthly coffee morning is having a Macmillan mini make-over.
Come and enjoy Coffee/tea and cake, and tombola, bric-a-brac/books and
Macmillan’s poster game “Guess the weight of the cake”.
Hope to see you there
Deb Watts
If you’re unable to come but would still like to support this worthy cause,
you can Text to donate – Visit for details..
(Texts cost £5 plus network rate)