Monthly Archives: November 2020

Avon Dassett is in Tier 3

The government has published new guidance on the restrictions for different areas after 2 December. Avon Dassett will be in Tier 3: Very High Alert.

This means the following:

This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.

In tier 3:

  • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
    • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
    • casinos
    • bingo halls
    • bowling alleys
    • skating rinks
    • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
    • laser quests and escape rooms
    • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
    • snooker halls
  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
    • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
    • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
    • model villages
    • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
    • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
    • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
    • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
    • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
  • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
  • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
  • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Carers Rights Day, 26 November 2020

Warwickshire County Council is supporting the Carers UK national campaign Carers Rights Day to raise awareness about the needs and rights of those who regularly care for family, friend, or neighbour. The theme for this year’s campaign is Know Your Rights.

An informal carer is anyone who looks after a family member, friend or neighbour who could not cope without help. Those needing care could be anyone with a physical or mental illness, injury or disability or someone who struggles with substance misuse. People with caring responsibilities not only provide personal care but can also provide emotional support. Those who care can be any age; a child helping a parent or sibling, parents looking after a child with a disability or illness or an adult looking after a parent, partner, friend or neighbour. Those who care are particularly strained this year with the current pandemic.

In Warwickshire there may be well over 108,000 carers according to GP data. It is also estimated that 4 out of 5 adults will care for someone at some point in their lives and 8 out of every 10 carers are working as well as caring.  Many people with caring responsibilities do not see themselves as carers but just helping family or friends. As a result, they may not seek help until it’s a crisis. Warwickshire County Council supports the rights of carers and wants to ensure that:

  • Carers are aware of their rights
  • Carers know where to get help and support
  • Everyone is aware of the needs of those who care.

Please see the following helpful resources:

Thefts of Rural Postboxes

A number of post boxes have been stolen from nearby villages:

Incident 144 of 13/11/20 – Bishops Itchington

Incident 186 of 13/11/20 – Chadshunt

Incident 158 of 15/11/20 – Moreton Morrell

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police by calling 101.

Bishops Itchington Postbox Stolen

Thefts Reported, Saturday 14/Sunday 15 November

A Landrover (see picture above) was stolen from Avon Dassett last night. It was used to tow away a stolen caravan (picture below). The vehicles (plus two vans) were spotted driving through Farnborough at around 3am Sunday morning. The Landrover is in distinctive red livery with many logos.

In addition another caravan was stolen from Kineton Saturday night/Sunday morning. It was towed through fields and fences which resulted in a horse being let loose on the roads. The caravan was found smashed up in a ditch in Gaydon this morning.

Please be vigilant and report any sightings to the police.

Avon Dassett Christmas Card for Sale

Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society have produced a special ‘Avon Dassett’ charity card for the village.

The cards are of high quality and all profits from the sale will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

There are two versions available with the wording ‘From our home to yours’ (pictured) or ‘Sending you the warmest of festive wishes from Avon Dassett’.

The cards are available for 75p per card, or 10 cards for £6.50. If you would like some cards please contact Sandra Sandiford (WhatsApp/mobile 07946 530923) and they will be delivered directly to your door.

Support for Carers in Warwickshire

There is support if you, or someone you know, cares for a loved one.


If you are an adult caring for a loved one who has a physical or mental illness/disability, including dementia and substance misuse, please contact the Warwickshire Carer Wellbeing Service on 02476 632972 (opt 2) or go to

Under 18s

A young carer is a child or young adult who cares for a loved one. If you are a young person or if you know of a young person who needs support please contact Warwickshire Young Carers on 024 7621 7740 or go to

Parent carers

If you’re a parent caring for your child aged 0-25 who has SEND, you can request a carer’s assessment. Warwickshire County Council on 01926 410410.
01926 410410

Remembrance Day – 8 November

Due to the government’s second national lockdown Remembrance Sunday this year is set to be a very different occasion as Services and Acts of Remembrance are changed but ‘we will remember them.’ There is no large gathering intended, but there will be a short commemoration at the Memorial at 1pm on Sunday where representatives from each organisation will lay their wreaths.
We appreciate that many residents will want to take part in an act of remembrance and we would ask you to do this by standing on your doorstep for the two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday 8th November and, or on Wednesday 11th November. Earlier in this extraordinary year, we stood on our doorsteps to clap for the NHS, so let us stand together again to show our thanks to those who died for us.
To allow members of our community to have their own act of remembrance the church service, which cannot be in the church due to the lockdown, will be held at 6pm on ZOOM. To access this go to the front page of the Burton Dassett Church website.
There are other ways we can remember and show our appreciation to those who gave their lives for us. Here are some ideas that others across the country will be doing.
Paint a poppy on a pebble and lay it at the war memorial anytime leading up to 11th November.
The Royal British Legion are encouraging people to download, print, colour and display a poppy in a window in return for a donation. It would be lovely to see lots of poppies displayed around the villages, if you are interested please follow the link to their website.

Avon Dassett Macmillan Coffee Morning 2020

As we enter another period of lockdown due to COVID19, please celebrate the selfless volunteers in our community like Deb Watts, who in spite of not being able to run her usual Macmillan coffee morning, nevertheless managed to raise an amazing amount for the charity. Avon Dassett salutes you Deb!

There was no coffee morning in The Reading Room, this year, due to Covid.  However, prior to lockdown in March, collections were made during each of our village coffee mornings and the sum of £50.79 was raised.  This, and other donations of £30, making a total of £80.79 has now been sent to Macmillan Cancer Support. 
Thank you all for your support.
Deb Watts
Debbie pouring tea
Debbie pouring tea