Monthly Archives: February 2021

Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby 2021 – Cancelled

soapbox derby
It is with great regret that we are unable to go ahead with Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby in 2021. This is due to government restrictions on events. Although they have set out a roadmap to recovery, it is by no means clear that all restrictions will be removed by June. This does not give us enough time to plan the event and ensure legal requirements, such as the road closure will be in place.
The Soapbox Derby will be back next year on Saturday 25 June 2022, so please make a note in your diary!

Trading Standards Scams Alert

All these scams have been recently reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards by Warwickshire residents.

Copycat Driving Licence Renewal Website Charged Consumer Nearly £100 

Warwickshire residents wishing to renew their driving licences are warned to beware of ‘copycat’ websites that are charging consumers nearly £100 for a process that should cost £14.

Copycat scams often involve unscrupulous people setting up websites which closely mimic Government or other official sites and charge people a fee to use them that is much higher than the fee charged by the official website. In some cases, residents have been charged to renew documents that should be free of charge.

These ‘copycat’ websites may appear above genuine websites in a web search.

Official UK renew your driving licence website:

The website is the best place to begin your search for any Government document renewal service.

More advice on copycat websites from Get Safe Online:

Bogus Banking Texts  

More Warwickshire residents have reported receiving scam bank text messages. The messages include:

  • ‘an unusual payment has been made from this device’
  • ‘a new payee has been authorised on 03/02/2021 at 13:03. If you do not recognise this, please visit…’
  • ‘unverified access reported. You must confirm your client details at… to prevent card limitations’

The recipients are directed to a bogus bank website via a link. Some text messages may also carry a fake bank helpline telephone number. These text messages may sometimes appear amongst genuine text messages you have received from your bank.

Never click on a link in a text message from your bank. Always log into your account via your bank’s official app or via the web browser. If you wish to phone your bank, use the telephone number publicised on the bank’s website or that printed on the back of your bank card.

More advice on blocking nuisance calls and texts from the CAB:

Scam NHS COVID Vaccination Emails 

Warwickshire residents have reported receiving very genuine looking NHS COVID19 vaccination booking emails. The emails direct recipients to a ‘booking website’ at which time they are asked for a £5 fee!

  • The vaccine will always be free on the NHS  
  • NHS staff will never ask for, or accept, cash or other payment methods for vaccines
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details, your PIN or bank password
  • NHS staff will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

More advice from NHS England:

Arrest Warrant!

More Warwickshire residents have reported receiving scam automated telephone calls stating that a warrant has been issued for their arrest and they must press 1 to deal with the matter.

Never respond to scam telephone messages. Always try and block the telephone number.

More advice on blocking nuisance calls and texts from the CAB:

Online Trader Warning  

The popularity of online share trading and cryptocurrency trading during the COVID lockdown has led to increasing numbers of fraudsters contacting would be investors via social media, offering them the opportunity to open a ‘trading account’. The fraudsters then ask for money up front to open the account (often £1000 or more) and pretend to begin trading on behalf of the consumer before disappearing with the money. No account is ever opened, nor any investments made. Some fraudsters may send small amounts of money back to the investor for a short time, falsely claiming that the money is the return on their investment, as a precursor to asking for more funds.

If you are interested in investing, do your homework. These websites all contain advice and information you might find useful:

NHS Volunteer Responders

As part of the national embed and evaluate programme for the NHS Volunteer Responders (GoodSam) scheme, we are undertaking some local evaluation across Warwickshire and Coventry of how people have accessed community support either as a volunteer or a recipient.

To help with this, please could I ask you to distribute the attached survey link through your local contacts and networks.

The survey is aimed at individuals… whether they have used the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme or not.  The survey link has gone live today and has a deadline of March 9th.

Q&A Session on Health & Wellbeing Strategy, Keeping Safe and Black History

You are invited to join us and ask the panel of experts about health and wellbeing strategy, keeping safe and Black History in the County including;

Gemma McKinnon – Health and Wellbeing Delivery Manager, Warwickshire County Council.

  • Discussion around the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Warwickshire

Imran Dean – Equality Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service

  • Awareness around Smoke hoods, a lifesaving equipment which firefighters are currently using as a recommendation agreed in the phase one for Grenfell.

Sharon Forman – Archive Assistant, Records Office, Warwickshire County Council.

  • Warwickshire records office and Black History

To book a ticket please follow this link:



New scheme to make solar panels and home battery storage accessible to all

A new scheme from Warwickshire County Council and IChoosr aims to make solar panels and home battery storage accessible to all.

Solar Together Warwickshire is an innovative new scheme offering the procurement and installation of high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. It is a group-buying scheme, which brings Warwickshire households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price helping residents through the process and keeping them informed at every stage.

The Scheme is provided in partnership with expert provider, IChoosr, who have already had great success in Warwickshire helping residents to get the best deal on their gas and electricity bills with the Switch and Save Warwickshire collective energy buying scheme.

For those residents who already have Solar panels installed on their homes, Solar Together Warwickshire can also help with the procurement and installation of innovative battery storage technology.

How does Solar Together Warwickshire work?

Step 1 – Registration: Residents can register before 23 March 2021 for free and without any obligation at:

Step 2 – The Auction: A supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 23 March, when all approved solar suppliers will bid for the work in Warwickshire. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household. The auction is a reverse auction, meaning the lowest bid wins and so do residents!

Step 3 – Personal Recommendation: After the auction, from 12 April, residents will be contacted with a personal recommendation, based on the specifications of their roof.

Step 4 – Residents’ decide: The decision is then residents’ as to whether they want to accept their recommendation. There is no obligation to continue. Residents will have until 21 May to decide and will be invited to an online information session where they can hear more from the winning installer.

Step 5 – Installation: If residents’ decide to accept their personal recommendations and are happy to proceed following their personal information session, arrangements will be made for installation.

Find out whether Solar is right for your home and how affordable it can be by registering today:

Cllr Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture, said: “Many people may assume that solar power is not right for them or that it is too expensive. At Warwickshire County Council we are keen to see as many homeowners as possible join the solar evolution and embrace solar power and home battery storage solutions. Solar Together Warwickshire is here to ensure the process of deciding on Solar is as easy and, most importantly, as cheap as possible.

“There is already lots of fantastic work going on within Warwickshire County Council and our communities across the county to help reduce Carbon footprints and minimise the effects we all have on our fast-changing climate. Solar Together Warwickshire is a shining example of how we are helping our residents to make Warwickshire the best it can be, sustainable now and for future generations.”

For more information about the scheme and to sign-up visit:

For more information about how Warwickshire County Council is facing the challenges of the climate change emergency, visit:

Avon Dassett Coronavirus Support Group Community Equipment

Warwickshire County Council are requesting  that any unused community medical equipment be returned. For full details including drop-off points, please see: The nearest drop-off point to Avon Dassett is Fenny Compton Fire Station.

However, if residents would like to drop off any equipment they wish to return to The Thatches, Avon Dassett the Parish Council Covid Support Group will arrange for items to be delivered to a local drop off point.

However, if you have any equipment you would like to return but are unable to or are uncomfortable with dropping it off at The Thatches, please contact the Covid Support Group helpline on 07860 702749 or by email at and they will arrange for collection.

Community Equipment Needed – Drop off at Fenny Compton Fire Station

Warwickshire is looking for any spare community equipment that you may have had from hospital or your GP. Nationally there appears to be shortage of this equipment – so we just want to ensure we have enough to go to those people who need it.

It could be anything from walking frames through to crutches. The complete list of equipment we are looking for includes:

·       Wheeled trollies

·       Wheeled or mobile tables

·       Perching stools

·       Crutches

·       Walking Frames (with or without wheels)

What to do

If you have had any of the above then we are asking that you or a friend or family member bring them to one of the local drop off points below.

Health and Social Care staff

If you are a key worker who visits people in their own homes – then please check to see if they have any unused equipment that they no longer need.

Where to take equipment

The unused equipment can be dropped off at any Fire and Rescue Service station in Warwickshire.
Location Drop-off days and opening times

Location  Drop off Day  Drop off time 
Polesworth Fire Station Monday nights 7pm to 9pm 
Atherstone Fire Station 7 days a week
Monday night 
8am to 6pm 
7pm to 9pm 
Coleshill Fire Station 7 days a week
Monday night 
8am to 6pm 
7pm to 9pm 
Nuneaton Fie Station 7 days a week 8am to 6pm 
Bedworth Fire Station Monday night  7pm to 9pm 
Rugby Fire Station 7 days a week 8am to 6pm 
Southam Fire Station Thursdays nights 7pm to 9pm 
Kenilworth Fire Station Thursdays nights 7pm to 9pm 
Leamington Spa Fire Station 7 days a week 8am to 6pm 
Fenny Compton Fire Station Thursdays nights 7pm to 9pm 
Bidford Upon Avon Fire Station Tuesday nights 7pm to 9pm
Shipston Upon Stour Fire Station Tuesday nights 7pm to 9pm
Henley in Arden Fire Station Tuesday nights 7pm to 9pm
Gaydon Fire Station 7 days a week 8am to 6pm 
Wellesbourne Fire Station Tuesday nights 7pm to 9pm
Alcester Fire Station 7 days a week 7am to 7pm 
Important information to remember:
  • These drop off points will be out-doors
  • A friendly Fire fighter will show you where to place the items
  • You will not have to book any appointments
  • Please clean the equipment with an antibacterial cleaning product prior to drop off
  • Please remember to maintain a safe distance from the member of the Fire and Rescue Service when dropping off equipment.

Large or multiple items for drop off

If you have multiple, or large items of equipment you wish to be returned e.g. hoists, beds or mattresses, you can arrange a date to have these collected from your home. Please contact Millbrook Healthcare on 0333 321 8986.
As always we ask you to remember the

Stay Safe – handling equipment

Friends and Family

Wash or sanitise hands after handling equipment.

Key Worker

Usual PPE guidance for home visits as well as hand washing protocol after handling equipment.

Local crime update

Unfortunately there have been two local incidents reported overnight (2/3 Feb 2021). Please take care and report anything suspicious to the police on telephone number 101.

Puppy poisoned on Burton Dassett Hills

Please see this statement from a local dog owner:

“Evening all, just thought I’d let you know that after walking the dogs on the hills this morning the puppy is now in the vets after eating something toxic. She’s poorly but hopefully will be ok, they’re keeping her in overnight until she is back to her normal self. They think she may have eaten cannabis. Anyway just letting you know so you can be vigilant with your dogs if you’re walking up there – clearly doesn’t agree with animals!”

Attempted break-in at Avon Dassett

There was an attempted break-in at a property in Avon Dassett. Although unsuccessful, it is a reminder that there have been a number of thefts in the village recently, so please do be vigilant.

Latest Coronavius Information


This weekly pack has been produced for community engagement partners to share key messages over the to help people protect themselves against COVID-19.

The pack includes:

  • A review of current data and intelligence to inform the key focus for communications and community engagement.
  • News release: Businesses urged to review risk assessments
  • Communications resources: shareable content e.g. social media messages, news articles and newsletter content

Community engagement partners are encouraged to use and adapt the contents of this pack across your communication channels to your audiences. This will ensure important messages can reach or be amplified to as many local groups and individuals as possible. To ensure a coordinated flow of information, to enable the recording of reach, and early identification of any issues, feedback is welcomed. Partners can email or make a report at the engagement meeting to advise what action has been taken, the groups reached, how well the information been received, or to make requests or suggestions for alternate formats or messaging.

Local COVID-19 dashboard

For the latest COVID-19 positive cases across Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, click here. You can also view data by each district and borough.

In focus

  • Mental health information and services – separate pack attached to email
  • NHS vaccine update and links to materials
  • Stay at home guidance
  • Guidance on testing
  • Self-isolation and support available
Communications Resources
NHS vaccine 

Update on the current position – sent on 25th January

To date 20 local vaccination centres have opened and official figures released week show that 64,000 vaccinations have been delivered in seven weeks.  Today (25th January) will see the opening to patients of the Large Vaccination Centre at Stoneleigh NAEC. Patients who are 70 and over will be invited to this site, please note that this is an option, like the offer to have a vaccination at Millennium Point in Birmingham – this is a choice and people can wait to be called for a vaccination more locally.

Our roving teams have now vaccinated care home residents and their efforts will now turn to vaccinating patients who are housebound. These patients will be contacted by their GP surgery or by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust.

Hospital Hubs at University Hospital, Coventry, George Eliot Hospital and Warwick Hospital are continuing at pace to vaccine their staff as well as health and social care from throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.

Finally, as stakeholders you have an important role to play in helping this the vaccination programme, please encourage people not to attend or to contact a vaccination centre without an invitation. Our teams are working hard to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in history, and your help and support will be invaluable especially as it gathers pace.

Vaccine Information Leaflets
Materials available in alternative formats
COVID-19 vaccination guides for older adults are available in a range of languages, including Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog and Turkish.
Please click here to view them
And below is an easy read guide to the vaccine, produced by Mencap.
Here is an easy read guide
Below is a British Islamic Medical Association video.

Please click on the Twitter link below.

Please click on the link below for a full list of leaflets available about the COVID-19 vaccine
Full list of leaflets available about the COVID-19 vaccine
Trouble accessing NHS number for vaccine bookings
There is a new Find your NHS number service available on the NHS website, which can help people when booking their vaccine, if they do not know their NHS number.
It requires users to enter their name, DOB and Post Code to receive a copy of their NHS number, the number is then sent by text.
Click here to find your NHS number
Topic – Lockdown – stay at home

We must only leave home for essential reason. If you do go out for an essential reason, it’s important to remember

  • To regularly wash or sanitise your hands
  • Cover your face
  • Stay at least 2 metres apart from other

If you have any COVID19 symptoms, then you must self-isolate and only leave to get a test. Book a test at or call 119

This is available on Facebook.

Topic – Lockdown – stay at home

We all must stay at home, unless for essential reasons.

Bending the rules can spread the virus and ultimately cost lives.

#StayHome #StaySafe #SaveLives

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.

Topic – Lockdown – stay at home

The new variant of COVID-19 spreads very fast.

Stay safe at home and help to save lives.

You must only leave the house for essential reasons.

#StayHome #StaySafe #SaveLives

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.
Topic – Lockdown – stay at home – 1 in 3

Around one in three people with #COVID19 don’t have symptoms but can still pass it on. #StayHome

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.

Topic – Symptoms and testing

You MUST self-isolate and book a test immediately if you have any symptoms of #COVID19

  • High temperate
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

To book a test visit or call 119

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.
Topic – Symptoms, testing and isolation

Anyone can get #COVID19 and anyone can spread it. If you are displaying these symptoms
  • High temperature or
  • New, continuous cough or
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
You must self-isolate immediately and get a test or call 119
This is available on Facebook.
Topic – When to isolate

You must self-isolate immediately if you:

  • Have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Have received a positive test
  • Have been identified as a close contact of a positive case

You must self-isolate and stay at home for the full 10 day isolation period.

For more advice visit

This is available on Facebook.

Topic – Isolation – close contact

If you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 then you need to isolate for 10 full days even if you feel well.

If you get symptoms during isolation then you must book a test at or call 119. A positive result means that your 10-day isolation period must start again from the first day of your symptoms.

This is available on Facebook.
Topic – Isolation Support

District and Borough Councils in Warwickshire can provide Self Isolation Payments to some residents who are self-isolating because of Coronavirus and need financial assistance. If this affects you, contact your local council to find out more
This is available on Facebook.
Please click here for Isolation Support information
Topic – Isolation – support

If you are struggling to feed your family or make ends meet as a result of the pandemic there is help for you, go to or call 0800 408 1448

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.

Topic – Isolation Support

Are you isolated without support from family, friends or neighbours? We will do our best to help you get the support you need at this time. For more information go to or call 0800 408 1447

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.

Topic – CEV

Anyone clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 is strongly advised not to attend a place of work and to work from home if possible. Please speak to your employer and do not put yourself at risk. For information and support to stay at home go to or call 0800 408 1447.

This is available on Facebook.

Topic – CEV

Are you clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19? Please follow Government shielding guidance and stay at home as much as possible to stay safe. If you are isolated without support please call 0800 408 1447 or go to

This is available on Facebook and Twitter.

Topic – Stay safe – face covering

Do you know when and how to wear a face covering?

  • Wash your hands before and after using a face covering
  • Place the covering over your mouth and nose
  • Remove face coverings from your ears, do not touch the front
  • Wash your face covering regularly

More information