Monthly Archives: August 2019

Tour of Britain – Warwick to Burton Dassett on 13 September

The Ovo Men’s Tour of Britain will finish stage 7 at Burton Dassett Country Park on 13 September. The tour will be doing circuits from Burton Dassett, past Farnborough Hall and turning left at Avon Dassett village by the play park between c. 1445 and 1600.

Please consider the following information if you are planning to go to the race finish at Burton Dassett.


Johnsons Coaches, Warwickshire County Council and the British Motor Museum will put on a free park and ride shuttle service for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s stage finish at Burton Dassett Country Park.

Free parking will be available at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, approximately four miles from the finish, with a shuttle bus service provided by Johnsons free of charge.

Johnsons shuttles will depart from the British Motor Museum every 15 minutes between 10:30 and 14:00.

The spectator drop-off/pick-up point is approximately 200m from the finish line at Burton Dassett Country Park.

The shuttle service from Burton Dassett Country Park to the British Motor Museum will resume after the race’s podium ceremony (approximately 16:15).

Click here for full information


Please note that there is no public car parking within Burton Dassett Country Park or on nearby roads on the day of the race.

Some of the surrounding roads are very narrow and not suitable for parking – please do not impede the race route!

The B4100 is double yellow lines around Temple Herdewyke.


The 77/77A run by Johnsons serves Temple Herdewyke and Northend at the foot of the Burton Dassett climb from Royal Leamington Spa.

Details of the hourly service can be found here.


Road closures come into force at Burton Dassett from early morning on Friday 13 September from the Northend junction at the foot of the climb to the junction with the Avon Dassett Road.

Rolling road closures will be in place for most of the route, with temporary parking restrictions in operation to prevent obstructive parking along the event route.

Advanced warning signs will be in place along the route promoting the restrictions.


Don’t forget to visit the Tour Village in Burton Dassett, offering fans a big screen showing full live coverage of the stage, plus exhibits from race partners.


Please note that the team buses will be parked within MOD Kineton off the B4100 following the stage and there is strictly no public access to this area.


Due to its nature as a hill-top finish there are no permanent amenities on the climb itself, however temporary toilet facilities will be available for spectators.

The nearest location for food and drink is the Red Lion public house in Northend at the foot of the climb, or The Yew Tree public house in Avon Dassett on the far side of the climb.

Tiki Tonga will be retailing coffee and light refreshments from the Tour Village.

Recent Local Crime

Local crime continues to be an issue. These are some recent incidents (please call 101 and cite the incident number if you have any information):

  • 21/8/2019: Kineton – a blue van was seen offering meat from the vehicle. Incident 104 of 22/8/19 or email
  • 21/8/19: Moreton Morrell – van entered in Oak Close and tools taken. Incident 42 of 22/8/19
  • 20/8/19: Priors Marston – offenders broke into property on Shuckburgh Rd and stole keys which they used to take a BMW, registration ending GDH. Incident 47 of 21/8/19
  • 17/8/19: Napton – offenders forced entry to property on Southam Rd and stole garage keys taking two motorbikes, registrations ending FSF and WFH. Incident 324 of 17/8/19
  • 17/8/19: Farnborough – horse’s tail cut just below dock. Incident 258 of 17/8/19
  • 12/8/19: Priors Hardwick – Offenders entered secure outbuilding at farm. Incident 98 of 12/8/19


Avon Dassett Mini Lit Fest

This June saw the first of what is hoped to become an annual fixture.  A mini festival party to commemorate the birthday of Thomas Perry, the gentleman who gave the Reading Room to the village.  Many thanks to all those who contributed, and to those who came along to support this event.
With a literature theme, we enjoyed tea & cake and local authors were able to showcase their books. Angela Perry’s children’s book “The Adventures of Alfie” proved very popular, as well as books from Ian Mathie, Roy Jenkins, the Avon Dassett history book and a cookbook from Shutford.
There were many posts on the “Recommendations Board” which included:
  • Bill Bryson, “Notes From a Small Island”, non fiction, light, easy, humorous,
  • Khaled Hosseini ” A Thousand Splendid Suns”,
  • David Nicholls “Us”, fiction, excellent,
  • Santa Montefiore “The Temptation of Gracie”, A fab book, love it, love it, (P.S. it’s rude),
  • Antonio Iturbe “The Librarian of Auschwitz”
  • David Walliams, “Gangsta Granny”, a children’s book really but much enjoyed by an adult.
 The Banbury branch of Oxfam Books brought some of their wares, and made £127.50 from sales and donations.
Next year, 2020, marks the 200th Birthday Anniversary, so make a date in your diary to come along to The Reading Room on Saturday 13th June.

Mental Health Directory of Support Services for South Warwickshire

The South Warwickshire Mental Health Partnership, made up of professionals from the third and public sectors, aims to improve awareness of mental health support services in South Warwickshire. Each year the Partnership holds an annual event to bring organisations together to collaborate better around mental health.  This year the event was on the theme of ‘What’s working well with mental health’ with presentations from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Springfield Mind, Together for mental wellbeing, and Alcester Town Council.  The event showcased the importance of the voluntary and community sector in providing early intervention services, peer support and creative partnerships with statutory agencies in order to prevent mental health crisis.  The important role of creativity, ecotherapy, laughter and healthy living was also emphasised.

Each year, at the annual event the partnership launches an updated version of a Mental Health Directory of support services which cover the county.

The Directory contains information supplied by organisations, groups and agencies that provide services which support people affected by mental health issues. It has proved to be an invaluable resource for organisations that signpost to mental health services.  You can access the Directory through the Warwickshire Voluntary and Community Action website at

In order to create a comprehensive directory, we have endeavoured to invite contributions from all relevant groups.  If you are part of an organisation which you think should be included in the Directory, please contact Gill Jones on 01926 477

Avon Dassett to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of VE Day, 8-10 May 2020

Plans are well underway for events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on the weekend of 8-10 May 2020 along with towns and villages across the country. Councillor Darrell Muffitt is co-ordinating activities and more details will follow as the weekend gets closer.

Avon Dassett Local History group have started the research for their contribution and will be producing a commemorative ‘newspaper’ for every household in the village as well as an exhibition over the weekend of 8-10 May.

Following on from their successful WWI project that tracked a year in the life of the village from 1914-15, the newspaper will re-produce news from the village (and surrounding area) for WWII. It will draw on newspapers and archives such as the 1939 register, old photographs and parish council records. It will also include information on the two Avon Dassett men who died during the war (Pyers Worrall and James Kempley).

In addition, there will be a ‘roll of honour’ which will include information on what current villagers’ relatives did during the war with their names, service or occupation and relationship to current villager. This will help celebrate all current villagers’ connections with WWII as well as the past history of the village.

All are welcome to get involved in either the historical research or collecting information from current villagers. Please contact Sarah Richardson ( for further details.

Local Crime – Kineton

At around 17.00 hrs on 5th August 2019 unknown offender(s) forced entry to a farm house in Kineton. It is not known at this time if anything has been taken. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around this time or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to inc 350 of 5/8/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Avon Dassett Pop-Up Craft & Produce Market, 7 September

The Yew Tree, Avon Dassett, Saturday, 7 September 2019 from 0900 to 1130

Do you like to eat quality local, fresh and seasonal produce? Are you concerned about the environment and cutting down on the miles travelled to buy food? Do you want to avoid excess packaging? Are you a flower, fruit and vegetable gardener who has excess produce and would like to support a community initiative? Are you creative and would like an outlet to sell your handcrafted goods?

If so, then please support the very first Avon Dassett Pop-up Market on Saturday 7th September, 0900-1130 at the Yew Tree in Avon Dassett.

The market is an opportunity for us as a community to share our surplus produce (local vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs etc), either to sell or for a donation to charity. There will also be local craft stalls and refreshments will be served. For further information or to book a table, please contact Sarah Richardson (

There will be a second Christmas themed craft and produce market on 7 December.