Monthly Archives: June 2021

Free Writing Workshop for 16-29 Year Olds

Dan Simpson(https://www.dansimpsonpoet.co.uk/workshops) is an artist who has been engaged by Warwickshire Public Health to encourage young people to have the vaccine against COVID-19. He is offering FREE writing workshops for those aged 16-29 to take part in. Dan creates fun, accessible, and safe spaces for anyone to express themselves through poetry and spoken word – no experience is required!

 

The workshop will be via Teams on the 23rd of June at 12 o’ clock, for 30-60 minutes to create a crowdsourced poem from the age groups 16-29.  It will be made up of words collected from this group, and specifically from those who are not vaccine-hesitant. The video output would be a ‘cut-up’ of people from this demographic performing lines to form the poem. Written versions of the poems will also be produced and turned into a series of social media posts and as one-page posters, to be shared and printed out.

If you would like to attend these empowering, reflective, and creative sessions, please contact communityengagementwcc@warwickshire.gov.uk and you will be sent a link for the workshop.

Avon Dassett walkers help to raise £7,600 for Plunkett Foundation

Sulgrave Village Shop, Westbury Community Shop and Café and The Yew Tree community pub in Avon Dassett volunteers welcomed James Alcock, head of the Plunkett Foundation as he and other community-spirited walkers raised £7,600 for Plunkett’s work to support rural businesses.

Mr Alcock walked 30 miles from Oxfordshire, across Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and ending in Warwickshire as part of the #WalkforPlunkett walking challenge.

The challenge covered over 1,000 miles and raised money for community groups to save their local, shop, pub, post office, farm, woodland or essential services through community ownership. Along Mr Alcock’s walk he visited the three community businesses including The Yew Tree to showcase their amazing work for their local communities – especially throughout the pandemic.

Read the full story in the Banbury Guardian: https://www.banburyguardian.co.uk/news/people/banburyshire-walkers-help-raise-ps7600-to-provide-support-for-vital-community-shops-pubs-and-services-3271985

Warwickshire’s COVID Community Pledge

Warwickshire County Council has launched a new countywide Community Pledge, an extension of the positively received Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Business Pledge, to include community venues not covered by the Business Pledge.

Over the course of the pandemic, organisations have been required to undertake a number of actions to operate safely. The Community Pledge brings these together and provides an opportunity for settings across Warwickshire, such as communal halls or places of worship, to make a positive commitment to ensuring COVID secure best practice is observed by staff and visitors in their facilities. The pledge covers key guidance including social distancing, face coverings, ventilation, vaccinations, testing and isolating, staff health and well-being and risk assessments.

Warwickshire community groups can sign-up to the Community Pledge and find out more about how to be COVID secure at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/covidcommunitypledge. Once signed-up they will also have access to a Community Pledge poster to promote the venue as a safe space to be enjoyed responsibly by the local community.

For more information visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/community/warwickshire-covid-secure-community-pledge

A news release about Warwickshire’s Community Pledge has been shared with the media has also gone live today on the WCC website:

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/2138/warwickshire-community-groups-invited-to-pledge-support-to-offer-covid-secure-environments

Please share this information with any community contacts, groups, or venues you are aware of that would like to publicly commit to implementing COVID safe best practice within their facilities.

National Scams Awareness Fortnight 14th-28th June

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“In 2019-20, UK fraud victims reported losing over £2.3bn to scams. These ranged from bogus investments to romance and computer ‘fix’ scams. This year we’ve seen many COVID related frauds as well.”

“Fraudsters are very clever and are quick to take advantage of new technology and national and global situations, such as the pandemic.”

“It almost feels like there is a different scam for everyday of the year, but whilst scams come and go, the underlying reasons we fall for them doesn’t change. Recognising these can help us all avoid becoming scam victims.”

Please help us to spread information about this national campaign by forwarding this message on, featuring the information on a website or in a newsletter, or posting a link on social media.

For more information, visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/2171/scams-awareness-fortnight-2021-launched

 

Broadband in Avon Dassett

Lucy Brown, Editor of Choose has put together this helpful information on broadband in the village.

Broadband in Avon Dassett

Thanks to the CSW Broadband project, superfast fibre broadband has been available to most homes in Avon Dassett since 2016/17. That means most properties can access fibre broadband speeds of up to around 66Mb from mainstream providers like BT and TalkTalk.

Coverage isn’t absolutely complete though, so some homes in and around the village may only be able to receive speeds of around 10Mb because they’re stuck on old copper broadband lines.

Using a broadband checker tool, like this one from Choose.co.uk, allows customers to enter their postcode to see how fast the broadband line to their property is. Bear in mind that other factors affect how fast broadband will actually be, especially in villages like Avon Dassett where the distance to the exchange can be lengthy and so the signal can degrade over that distance.

As an example, the distance between houses in the CV47 2AW postcode and the local exchange at Farnborough is 1.35 miles, but the good news is broadband connections are usually routed through street cabinets on their way from the exchange so the speed loss along the line will be less pronounced.

Which broadband providers are available?

Avon Dassett superfast broadband runs on the Openreach broadband network, so customers able to receive superfast speeds will have their pick of the following providers: BT, EE, Direct Save Telecom, iTalk, John Lewis Broadband, Now, Origin Broadband, Plusnet, Shell Energy Broadband, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen.

If customers can only access 10Mb broadband (or they don’t want superfast fibre) then Shell, Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone are removed from the list because they’re only focused on fibre deals.

There’s also an issue any customers looking at Plusnet should be aware of – geographical pricing.

Plusnet class Avon Dassett as an “out of area” location, also known as a Market 1 location. This means customers won’t pay the headline prices they see advertised by Plusnet on TV or elsewhere but will pay a premium for being in a difficult area to reach.

Disappointed customers can access a workaround though thanks to John Lewis Broadband. As they’re a reseller of Plusnet services and they use Plusnet customer service teams too, signing up to John Lewis Broadband is actually cheaper than signing up to Plusnet in Avon Dassett.

Other connection options

If a property still hasn’t been connected to the superfast broadband network, looking to the 4G network might be the way to boost home internet speeds.

Mobile broadband coverage across Avon Dassett varies depending on network and location so consulting a mobile coverage checker can give customers an indication of which network is best in their area, although remember these are only indications.

EE, O2 and Vodafone all claim to have good coverage in the Avon Dassett area, although Three have a bit of a not-spot north of the village.

Having a decent 4G signal means customers can sign up to mobile broadband deals or, if they’d prefer a more traditional and reliable broadband experience, they could consider 4G Internet instead. They use the mobile signal of either O2 or Vodafone’s network to deliver a home broadband solution using 4G on a 12-month contract.