Monthly Archives: May 2021

Councillors Grants for Local Projects

This email is to inform you that the County Councillors Grant Fund for 2021/22 is now live and open for applications.

The Fund is aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides each of the County’s 57 Councillors with a pot of £6000 to support small-scale projects within their division that support the following outcomes:

  • Warwickshire’s communities and individuals are supported to be safe, healthy and independent
  • Warwickshire’s economy is vibrant and supported by the right jobs, training, skills and infrastructure

All applications should aim to build community capacity and improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Warwickshire.

  • Improve community assets and their sustainability
  • Improve access to services
  • Improve financial capability
  • Reduce loneliness and isolation
  • Improve physical and/or mental health and wellbeing
  • Promote equalities and inclusivity
  • Improve the physical environment or reduce the environmental impact

Projects that continue to support Covid-19 and the wider impacts of the pandemic will also be considered.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes carefully before submitting your application

Applications will need to be submitted using our online application form. Please note that you cannot save this form and you will have to complete it in one go. Applications cannot be edited once you have submitted, so please ensure you prepare your answers before submission.

You will get an email with a copy of your responses after the closing date.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 11 July 2021 5pm.

For more information and to complete an online application form please go to 

Nominate an Unsung Volunteer!

Nominations are now open!

During an exceptionally challenging year, people from all walks of life from across Warwickshire have taken the time to make a huge difference to people and their communities. People have come forward to help one another in a variety of ways, from delivering food parcels to vulnerable people, collecting essential medication for those who were shielding, fundraising for local charities, to making scrubs for NHS staff. When possible, volunteers helped to keep community centres, or charity shops open, or worked remotely to support charities and community groups. This list is by no means comprehensive!

Every year in Warwickshire, CAVA celebrates the phenomenal achievements of volunteers across the County through Volunteer Awards events. Sadly, due to the COVID emergency situation, we were unable to celebrate in 2020. This year, we will be holding a series of events across the county – a virtual celebration of volunteering during the pandemic. We are asking for nominations from organisations, and the community, for outstanding individual volunteer achievements and outstanding volunteer team achievements.

We would like you to use this form to nominate an individual or group of volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution during the pandemic. The deadline for nominations is by 9am on Monday 7th June 2021.

2021 Nomination Form

All nominations will be reviewed by local panels for the following areas: North Warwickshire and Nuneaton, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford Districts. The most outstanding stories of individuals and groups will be selected to be showcased at events happening across the county: Nuneaton and North Warwickshire (7th July), South Warwickshire (13th July) and Rugby (14th July). All nominated individuals and groups will receive a limited design card to celebrate their achievement.

In Memoriam requests: We would also like to recognize those who are sadly no longer with us and who we remember because of their outstanding contribution. If you would like us to celebrate an individual, please email us directly and include the name of the person, their year of birth (if you have this), the date they passed away, the area in which they volunteered, a description of the individual and their achievements (no more than 500 words). Where possible, please provide a few images – by providing the images you are giving us permission to use them on our website and during volunteering celebration events.

Thank you in anticipation for your nominations. We look forward to celebrating with you – the absolutely amazing contribution of volunteering, during the pandemic, in Warwickshire.

Councillor Chris Williams

It is with great sadness that the death has been announced of Councillor Chris Williams. Chris had been both District and County Councillor for Avon Dassett for over two decades, retiring only at the recent election.

Recently, past chairs, vice-chairs and clerk to Avon Dassett Parish Council paid this tribute to Chris.

Condolences are sent from Avon Dassett to Carole and Chris’s family and friends.

Charity walk ends at the Yew Tree

The Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation was joined by members of Avon Dassett Walking Club on the first phase of his 3 day charity walk to raise money for the foundation which supports local community businesses including The Yew Tree. The walkers were met with chequered flags and banners provided by Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby team.

The charity walk has raised nearly £7000. For more information see:

Well done to all the walkers!

Scam Warnings

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Free Gift Pop Ups Warning

Warwickshire residents have been caught out by scam computer pop ups offering free gifts. To receive their free gift, consumers are asked to input their credit or debit card details to pay for postage and packaging. £1 is usually taken immediately. However, what consumers don’t realise to that they may have unwittingly signed up to a subscription service (for example for face creams or health supplements) and authorised a continuous payment authority. Later on larger amounts of money, usually close to £100 is taken and this continues on a monthly basis until the continuous payment authority is cancelled.

More about continuous payment authority:

Continuous payment authority and subscription scams:

Recycling Banks – Know the Difference!

Recycling banks for clothing and shoes etc. often located in car parks or other public places are a common site and many people use them in the belief that their donations will always benefit charitable causes.

However, not all charity recycling banks are genuine. Scammers sometimes place bogus charity banks amongst genuine ones! These often appear to look like genuine charity recycling banks.

Residents are advised that if you want to ensure that your unwanted items will benefit a charity, read the information on the recycling bins first. Genuine charity bins will usually carry the name and registered number of the charity. You can look up a charity here:

Recycling banks are also operated by private businesses that collect for profit. These are usually marked with a business name and sometimes a limited company number. Some may be signed ‘commercial recycling’.

Scammers Turn from National Insurance Numbers to NHS Numbers in Telephone Scam

Scammers are now cold calling Warwickshire residents to tell them that their NHS number has been suspended, Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning. Recipients of these bogus recorded phone calls are encouraged to press a number to speak to someone to ‘resolve the problem’. Victims are pressured in to handing over personal and financial information in order to obtain a new NHS number. The more a fraudster knows about you, the easier it is for them to commit identity theft and other frauds.

Never provide cold callers with any personal or financial information.

Help and advice on identity theft:

‘Met Police’ Scam

Warwickshire residents have reported receiving bogus phone calls from people claiming to be from the Met (or Metropolitan) Police. The callers claim that the resident’s debit card has been used recently. These bogus callers then attempt to get the call recipient to reveal personal and financial information and may ask them to move their money to a ‘safe’ account that is really controlled by the scammer.

Bank transfer scams:

Census 21 Text Scam

Despite the Census having been completed, some people are still receiving bogus Census text messages. One reads: ‘CENSUS: There is missing information from your Census application.  Failure to update your details may result in a £1000 penalty’. A link then directs the recipient to a scam website.

Another text message states that the recipient has not completed and returned their CENSUS form. Again it threatens the recipient with a £1000 fine and directs them to click on a link in the text message to resolve the matter.

Always treat text messages with caution. Avoid clicking on links in text messages where at all possible. If you think a text message is genuine, visit the organisation or business website by typing the genuine web address in to the web browser.

The Government state on their website that now Census Day has passed, they are sending letters to everyone who hasn’t returned their census. If you receive any sort of communication purporting to be from the census and are not sure if the letter, email or text is genuine or not, you can contact the census to check.

Census has advisers available to help you at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 1pm

Telephone free: 0800 141 2021 (England)


Safety Campaign Information

Register my Appliance ‘Safer in Seconds’ Campaign

Register my appliance is a public information safety campaign which encourages people to register their domestic appliances so manufacturers know where the products are in case a safety repair is ever needed.

  • Never miss out on appliance recalls
  • Be the first to know of any safety repairs or recalls
  • Improve your after sales service
  • Keep in touch with upgrade news

People can register 60+ brands of appliances of up to 12 years old at

New Blind Cord Safety Campaign

The Government is reminding people of the potential dangers of blind cords and loops to children and the steps they can take to reduce the risks.


Looped blind cords and chains can strangle children and young people. Although changes to standards for blinds in 2014 have led to improved product safety, products installed earlier may not have these safety features and millions of households could be affected.

New blinds with looped cords must have child safety devices installed at the point of manufacture or be sold with the blind.

Safety tips below to help make homes safer

1) Fit a tidy, tensioner or a cleat

Tidies and tensioner should be firmly fixed to an adjoining surface to ensure that the cord or chain is permanently held tight. Cleats should be positioned out of children’s reach on an adjacent surface that is at least 1.5 metres from the floor. After blind use, cords should be fastened up in a figure of eight making sure all the spare cord is secured on the cleat.

2) Move furniture away from windows

Children love to climb so keep furniture away from blinds. This includes cots, beds, highchairs, and play pens.

More help and advice:

To make a consumer complaint or for consumer help and advice, please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

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South Warwickshire Local Plan Consultation

Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are working together to produce a new South Warwickshire Local Plan to cover our combined geographic area.

Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils are currently undertaking a Scoping and Call for Sites consultation, which runs from Monday 10 May until Monday 21 June 2021. This is the first stage in a long process and we want to hear your views. The consultation asks a series of questions about what issues the new Local Plan should cover, and seeks your views on how we should tackle these issues. In particular, it seeks your views on where in South Warwickshire new development should be located and how best we should accommodate growth. At the same time, we are also running a ‘Call for Sites’ inviting suggestions for potential sites to be allocated for a variety of land uses.

Please consider completing the consultation if you have views on housing and development in South Warwickshire. Visit to complete the consultation

Tribute to Chris Williams

Chris Williams retired from his position as County Councillor for Kineton which includes Avon Dassett. Chris has represented Avon Dassett in various roles for over 20 years.

Former Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Clerk to Avon Dassett Parish Council gave this tribute to Chris:

My best recall is how very supportive he was of little AD and attended our meetings almost every month for years. When I was Chair he even rang me within minutes of getting home to add another issue or make a comment.  Felt he was always approachable.

[Lily Hope Frost, former Chair and Vice-Chair]

Chris was fundamental in helping us gain grant funding for a huge number of projects including actions from the parish plan, the first iteration of the community website, the playground and upkeep of the village. He was a huge supporter of the village.

[Jill Burgess, former Chair and Vice-Chair]

Hearing of Chris Williams stepping back I felt I could not let that event take place without my taking this opportunity to thank him for his great contribution and support to the Avon Dassett Parish Council during my time as Chair.

Always well informed Chris had a valuable ability to present his news from Stratford District Council in an  interesting, informative and engaging manner. He also demonstrated excellent diplomacy. On the odd occasion when I needed to contact him for guidance or support on a local council matter his response was always wise and took all parties in the matter into consideration.

Thank you Chris.

[David Hutt, former Chair]

Chris was always quick to provide answers to questions I had relating to District Council matters and share details of his many contacts in District Council departments.  His position on the Planning Committee made him a useful source of information when dealing with the many planning applications that came through the Parish Council during my time as clerk.

However my fondest memory is rather a comical one:

It was a very hot summer’s evening and we had both doors open to enable fresh air to circulate in the Reading Room during the Parish Council meeting.  At that time the chairs that were used by visitors to the Reading Room were lined up in a row and of the sort that used to be found in office receptions, padded, with deep chair backs.

We were well into the meeting when Rose – my little black cat – slowly ambled into the room, jumped onto the back of the chairs and proceeded to walk back and forth along the chair-backs directly behind the head of Cllr Williams while he was, if memory serves, presenting his District Council report.  I was busy trying to continue taking the minutes and Chris continued with his presentation without missing a beat, even though he must have been well aware of the purring creature behind his head!  Once Chris had completed his report, I lifted Rose off the chairs and she spent the remainder of the meeting curled up on the lap of Cllr Deborah Brangwyn, who was more than happy to look after her while I continued minute-taking.

A silly story, but I couldn’t help but be impressed by the way that Chris carried on unperturbed by our uninvited guest – most professional.

[Margaret Maughan, former clerk]

So on behalf of past chairs, vice chairs and clerk we would like to express our immense thanks to Chris for his decades of service. We hope villagers the next time they consult the website, look at the PC noticeboard or sit on benches in the playpark and around the village will remember Chris’s input with great thanks.

[Sarah Richardson, former Vice-Chair]

Welcome to Avon Dassett’s new representative on the County Council: Chris Mills

In the May election of 2020, Chris Mills was elected as the new county councillor for Kineton & Red Horse which includes Avon Dassett. Please read Chris’s welcome message to Avon Dassett here.

Chris replaces Chris Williams who retired at the election. Chris Williams represented Avon Dassett at District and County Councillor for over two decades. You can read a tribute to Chris from former Chairs, Vice Chairs and Clerk of Avon Dassett parish council here.