Monthly Archives: March 2023

Nominate your local community hero for a Coronation Champions Award

To celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation in May, Warwickshire County Council is encouraging residents to nominate their local voluntary heroes for the Coronation Champions Awards, an official Coronation project launched this year by Royal Voluntary Service in partnership with The Queen Consort.

The purpose of the Awards is to celebrate a diverse group of exceptional volunteers from across the country who have contributed their time and good nature to help local communities and causes.

Nominees for the Awards must be over 14 years old and have overcome adversity or discovered creative ways to make a significant contribution to their local communities within the last five years.

Volunteers can be nominated in one of nine categories: supporting older people, supporting young people and children, crisis and welfare, community, sports, culture and heritage, health and care, sustainability and the environment, and animal welfare.

Anyone can nominate a volunteer hero who they believe deserves recognition, and the deadline to submit nominations is Sunday 2 April 2023.

Read more here:

Avon Dassett Gardening Club Meeting 21 March

Next meeting – “The Gardens of Kent” a talk by Anna Prosser 

Where – Avon Dassett Reading Room 
When – Tuesday 21st March – 7:30pm 

We start off our club year with a change of venue – AD Reading Room. We’re going to give it a trial run to see if it will be suitable for all our future meetings.

ADGC member Anna is going to give us a talk inspired by her visits to gardens in Kent.  She will show slides and give details of many gardens within Kent, and I’m sure we’ll want to visit them ourselves when the weather improves.

There will also be a collection for the charity that is very close to Anna, “Dogs For Good”. If you missed our Seed Swap in January, we’ll still have some seeds available. Seeds can either be swapped or a small donation can be put into the box for club funds.

Our usual raffle will be there too.

If you’ve not yet paid for this year, come along with your membership fee (£15) and pick up your membership programme.

Our gardening club meets monthly throughout the year and annual membership for 2023 is only £15 each. This includes four talk/demonstrations at The Reading Room in Avon Dassett followed by tea and biscuits. We also have four wonderful garden visits (additional charges apply), and four social events too.

Membership also gives 10% discount for Harefurlong Nurseries (Farnborough) and The Herb Centre (Warmington).
If you wish to join us for 2023, come along to one of the meetings or contact a committee member.
We look forward to welcoming you.

For more details contact Gill Lewis (Chair) Tel 01789 638843 or Michele Gill (membership secretary) Tel 01295 690987.
Guests/non-members are welcome to come along to the meetings for £2 each

Because I Can & Let’s Play Together Dance Show

The Remarkable Dance Company is putting on a contemporary dance show at The Mill in Banbury on 30 March. For more details see:

This is The Mill’s resident dance company for the over 50s. With the skills of professional choreographer and director, Luca Braccia, they will be performing two contemporary dance shows. We are delighted to say that Avon Dassett’s own Deb Watts is part of the dance company and will be performing on 30 March.

Key Dates for the Forthcoming Parish Council Elections

The key dates have been announced for Avon Dassett Parish Council Election:

Nomination papers must be completed and submitted to Stratford District Council by 4pm on Tuesday 4th April.

Should the election be contested a notice of poll will be sent to the Clerk for display on the Parish Council notice board no later than 25th April 2023.

If contested the election will take place on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Candidates elected at either an uncontested or contested election will serve as members of the Parish Council from 9th May 2023.

If you would like to stand for election to the parish council, then further information maybe obtained from Stratford District Council or the Electoral Commission. Nomination papers maybe downloaded from their websites and below:

You can also contact, Jo Jarman, clerk to Avon Dassett parish council for more information.

Event to Uncover the Past History of Southend, Burton Dassett

What do you know about the community of Southend in Burton Dassett parish?

Southend was one of five medieval settlements in Burton Dassett parish, Warwickshire and was the site of a market promoted by the manorial lord Bartholomew de Sudeley, with a charter being obtained in 1267. The settlement prospered, becoming known as Chipping Dassett, and approached urban status, but then declined throughout the 15th century. It was subjected to depopulation in 1497. The site survived as earthworks in pasture until construction of the M40 motorway provided an opportunity for archaeological exacavation. The only building to survive was the 13th-century chapel of St James, reduced, along with an adjacent post-medieval priest’s house, to a cow-shed.

Open area excavations at Southend investigated parts of ten medieval properties. There was some prehistoric and Romano-British activity, with evidence for woodland regeneration and subsequent clearance in the post-Roman period, despite the Feldon area being one often considered to have little in the way of tree-cover since the Roman period. The main period of occupation lasted from the mid-13th century to the late 15th century, reflecting the rise and decline of Chipping Dassett. Over 20 complete plans of houses and outbuildings were recorded, exhibiting a range of building techniques. The remains were well preserved, the surviving stratigraphy protected by demolition rubble. In most houses successive building phases were revealed and many internal features survived. A door jamb inscribed with the name of a tenant family ‘Gormand’ suggests a degree of functional literacy. One of the properties was recognised as a smithy during the excavation and a pioneering sampling and analysis of the ironworking evidence was carried out. The site was also sampled extensively for charred plant remains and, unusually for Warwickshire with its slightly acid soils, a large assemblage of animal bone was collected. Work on these provides direct evidence of medieval agricultural practice, to be compared with the local historical evidence. The large quantities of finds recovered, probably the largest assemblage from a medieval rural settlement in the West Midlands, enable the reconstruction of the material culture of a late medieval Warwickshire Feldon village.

A book launch and event to celebrate the work that has been done on Southend is taking place at St John’s House, Warwick, on the evening of 27 March 2023.
Doors will open from 6pm for drinks, nibbles and to view a display of some of the finds and speeches will ensue from 7pm.
The local community have been invited to attend. If you would like to come please contact by 10 March.