Monthly Archives: March 2022

FREE Bushcraft Course

Please find below details of a FREE-8-week bushcraft course for adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, isolation, or just poor wellbeing.  It is a great opportunity to connect people with nature for wellbeing.

The course is in partnership with Recovery Academy and starts on Friday 1 April 2022 at Brandon Marsh, Coventry, CV3 3GW.

To find out more see: (Course name: The Environment and Me) or call 024 7622 9988

Avon Dassett’s Experiences of the Civil War

An exciting project has transcribed the loss accounts from the Civil War which took place in England between 1642 and 1646. Parishes like Avon Dassett were called upon to quarter and provision troops and horses from both sides, as well as supply money, goods and even arms. The village was also taxed to support the garrison at Warwick castle. After the war, parishes were encouraged to submit details of the losses they had suffered during the conflict and the compensation claimed. There is no evidence if this was ever paid or not.

The only local person named in the Avon Dassett accounts is Richard Woodward, described as a gentleman but he does name the officers and regiments who passed through the village and the support that was given.

The records give a fascinating insight into this troubled period of British history and shed light on how it affected ordinary communities.

The Avon Dassett accounts may be viewed on the Warwickshire County Record Office website. The transcriptions were done by volunteers led by Dr Maureen Harris.

Funding available to support jubilee celebrations

With the Jubilee weekend approaching fast funds are changing regularly-apply ASAP

Government web site

The National Lottery Community Fund are making available grants of up to £10,000 from the Awards For All programme for community-led events throughout 2022.

Deadline 31st March 2022

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Sport England have opened their Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, focusing on the role of sport and physical activity in tackling inequalities and building stronger communities

The Arts Council has also announced £175,000 to help libraries celebrate. The funding will be distributed by Libraries Connected, and will provide £1,000 for each library service

Throughout the year community organisations will also be able to apply for grants from the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants programme, which has been refreshed with new guidance to better support a broader range of ambitious cultural projects

Non-Jubilee branded but worth a look

Heart of England Community Foundation

Magic Little Grants will be awarding £500 grants to 2,650 charitable organisations

Land South of Bitham Hall

Dear Residents

The recent Parish Plan identified that Avon Dassett’s natural beauty and unspoilt nature was overwhelmingly the main reason why people enjoyed living in the village. It also recorded that the main improvements that residents wanted were for increased amenities, for example, the most requested was for allotments followed by a dog walking field as well as improved play activities, wild areas and village orchard.

A once in a lifetime opportunity has arisen for the community to purchase land in the centre of the village which would ensure the survival of the natural landscape as well as providing many opportunities to increase village amenities. The land is currently regularly  used by the village for walking and exercising dogs, so therefore there is proven evidence of heavy usage.

A steering group has been established to take this forward. The Parish Council have designed a questionnaire which will help provide evidence and input from residents for any community purchase. A Parish Council meeting on 7th March was well attended and encouraged the Parish Council to assist in taking this forward. As the auction is time tabled to go ahead before the end of the month, there is very little time. The Parish Council and steering group are exploring ways in which they can gain more time.

Please complete the questionnaire that has been delivered to you and add your support to safeguard the village environment.

Many Thanks

Trevor Gill

Michael Blakeman

Liz Hirst

Phil Baxter

Darrell Muffitt


Pharmacy survey

             Public Health is currently working on a survey about local pharmacies to try and understand resident’s needs from their pharmacy service. The survey is open to everyone and only takes a couple of minutes to do.  If you would be able to complete it or circulate it, it would be very much appreciated.

Last chance to have your say on local pharmacy services.

Warwickshire and Coventry councils are asking residents to share their thoughts on their local pharmacy services.

The survey is open now and closes on 13th March – have your say here.

Whether you use a pharmacy or not, your opinion is important to help us understand and deliver a service that meets local needs.

Your feedback will support the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment which will shape pharmacy services across both Coventry and Warwickshire.

The survey is available online, however, if you need a printed version please email your name and address to or call 08085 834333

To find out more about the PNA, click here.

New ward proposed for Avon Dassett

The Local Government Boundary Commission is proposing that  Stratford on Avon District Council be represented by 41 councillors in 37 wards. Avon Dassett would join a new 2 member ward: Bishops Itchington, Fenny Compton and Napton which will represent a projected electorate of 5,800. The government now need to approve the recommendations which will come into force for the local elections of 2023.