Dr Marshall and Dr Sharples have asked that all patients attending either Fenny Compton or Shenington surgeries for an appointment to please ensure they are wearing a face covering. Once patients have notified staff that they have arrived for an appointment, a GP or someone from the Nursing team will come to them outside and lead them into the surgery where they will have their temperature checked and be given hand sanitizer.
It is with great sadness that I inform you that the churches in the Dassett Magna Group of Parishes will remain closed. They are at Burton Dassett, Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Gaydon and Northend. We have been looking forward to being able to re-opening our church buildings for worship and prayer. The Government has now advised that places of worship are permitted to open for individual prayer. This move recognises the spiritual and mental health benefits for people of being able to pray in a place of worship, and the significant growth in the numbers of people in our society that have been turning to prayer and attending online and digital services during this unsettling time.
Although the opening of our churches is now permitted, this is subject to a host of conditions being met. These include thorough cleaning of shared spaces, hand cleansing at entry and exit, social distancing and asking those coming to pray to bring their own items such as prayer books or bibles instead of using the ones in the church. Under government guidance someone from the church is not required to be present when the church building is open for private prayer. However, this would prevent us from identifying the church furniture, furnishings and structure touched by those visiting. Therefore whist attending for private prayer people may touch items (furniture etc.) that others have touched before them without it being cleaned in between. Thus possibly passing on the COVID19. We would therefore need a rota of willing helpers to supervise and clean the church when open. However, the Government guidance still advises those over 70 and those in the vulnerable health groups to minimise contact outside the home. It is strongly advise that people in those groups are not used to ‘staff’ church buildings as they open.
Whilst this is really hard for those over 70 who are fit and healthy we do need to abide by government guidance as age is still a major risk factor with this disease. And since our congregation is predominantly made up of this age group we are unable to open the church for private prayer. We are aware that many members of the community are missing the usual free access to the church building, and we are as keen as you are to have the door open again, but our first priority has to be safety. We will continue to review the guidelines so that when we are able to open again there will be measures in place to safeguard us all. In the meantime we continue to meet and worship together at our twice daily DIGITAL CHURCH. We have been greatly encouraged by the large numbers of people who have been joining our various online services and look forward to being able to welcome you all back to worship together in the church building when it is properly safe to do so.
If you would like to ask any further questions please contact Rev’d Nicki Chatterton email: email@example.com mobile: 07769871237
Thomas Aloysius Perry (1820-1907) inherited the Bitham House estate from Joseph Knight having married Joseph’s neice and heiress, Helen in 1840. He was a leading member of the Warwickshire gentry, a magistrate and Lord Lieutenant of the county. He was a philanthropist and established an orphanage in Avon Dassett as well as donating land and buildings to the village including the Reading Room.
Thomas and Helen had eight children, two sons who died in infancy and six daughters. The youngest daughter, Pauline, inherited the estate from her father on his death in 1907.
In 2019, a local resident Deb Watts established an annual literary festival to take place around the date of Perry’s birth. This year major celebrations were planned to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth but unfortunately these had to be postponed because of COVID-19.
More information on Thomas Perry and the village may be found on the local history pages.
Following the success of its first Virtual Jobs Fair in May, with over 1000 jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities promoted, the National Careers Service is hosting its second fair in the West Midlands on June 11 to promote local vacancies and support citizens to get back into work.
As before, the Virtual Jobs Fair will give employers the chance to post current opportunities on their social media which the National Careers Service will promote on their channels during #JobsHour.
Follow the social media channels @NationalCareers and NationalCareersService as more details are throughout the week. If you have any questions or would like to get involved contact the helpline on 0800 100 900 which is open 7 days a week from 8am until 10pm.
Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby has been postponed until Saturday 17 October 2020.
However, there will be a virtual/online event via their Facebook Page @AvonDassettSoapboxDerby on the original date of 20 June.
Post up your memories, photos and videos of past Soapbox Derbies and drivers entered for October will share their plans!
Due to the continuing situation with lots of cancelled events, the Compton Chronicle team would like to continue to invite anyone with an article (historical, poem, or information) that would be of interest to the local community to submit it for publication in the July edition which will once again be an online PDF version.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th June.
Also, for July/August we usually only issue one edition but as we are not paying for printing at the moment, there will be one issue for July and one for August. As everything is changing so fast we don’t want things being too far out of date.
The Chronicle Editorial Team.
It is national volunteers week, so let’s do a shout out for all the volunteers in Avon Dassett!
- Bridge Club
- Coffee Morning
- Community Benefit Society
- Country Show
- COVID-19 Support
- Gardening Club
- Lit Fest
- Local History
- Neighbourhood Watch
- Open Gardens
- Parish Council
- Popup Market
- Soapbox Derby
- VE/VJ Day
- Vintage Teas
- Walking Club
And the individuals who:
- Bake cakes
- Deliver the Chronicle and other material
- Keep an eye out
- Lend equipment
- Pick up litter
- Play the piano and lead singalongs
- Post information on social media
- Remove fallen trees
- Rescue stray sheep
- Run the community website
- Sweep pavements
- Store equipment
- Tidy up
- Wind the church clock