Monthly Archives: April 2023

Local Elections – Presiding Officers Required

The returning officer for Stratford as put out a call for presiding officers for the elections:

“We have an urgent need for more Presiding Officers for the forthcoming elections on 4 May. If you, or someone you know, has undertaken this role before and are willing to do this again, please email Olivia Quinn asap at or call her on 01789 260203

If you, or someone you know, are an experienced Poll Clerk and wish to “step up” to be a Presiding Officer, then again please let Olivia know.

The rates of pay are

£250 Presiding Officer Fee

£30 Training Fee

Mileage @ 40p per mile”

Coronation Celebrations in Avon Dassett

Sunday 7th May

  • 1.30pm street party at Sinclair Drive (drive next to the reading room) with a children’s & adult’s bouncy castle
  • free food, tea & coffee.
  • 6pm evening do a bring and share event, bbq cooking facilities will also be available.
  • the king’s concert, taking place at windsor castle, will be shown live during the evening event
  • please note: soft or alcoholic drinks are permitted but not provided.
  • the organising committee (see below) will hold a list of food items required for the evening event to ensure there is something for evereyone.
  • we are also looking for donations of cakes, please let us know if you are able to bake or provide one.

Monday 8th May
The Yew Tree Pub is hosting a coronation-themed quiz sing-a-long starting at 3pm with music from Sally and her band

Committee members: Liz Hirst, Caroline Hutt, Marveen Randerson, Sandra Sandiford, Lisa Sergiew

New Phone Numbers for Warwickshire’s Citizens Advice Bureau

If you need advice or if you’re worried about the cost of living, we’re here to help.

Across Warwickshire, from Monday 3rd April 2023, our new service will be operating Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm, through our Freephone number:

  • 0808 250 5715

Our out-of-hours service will continue on Monday evenings from 5pm-7pm, for people who are unable to contact us during the day, through our Freephone number:

  • 0800 995 6047

For more information see:

Voting in the Parish and District Council Elections on 4 May

Jo Jarman, clerk to Avon Dassett Parish Council has put out the following statement regarding the upcoming election on 4 May:

“Following the receipt of a few queries from residents, I would like to advise that there are 5 seats on the Parish Council.  Given that there are 8 nominations, the election to the Parish Council will take place on 4th May 2023, along with the elections to the District Council.  I can confirm that you are able to vote for up to 5 candidates to be elected the Parish Council.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that when voting in person at the local Polling Station, voters will require one of the following accepted forms of identification:

International travel

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

Driving and Parking

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Oyster 60+ Card funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

Voters who have applied to vote by post will receive their form in the next few days; these can be returned by post or returned to the Polling Station on election day.”

There are seven nominations for the District Council and each elector has up to two votes.

A full list of the candidates for both elections may be found here.


Candidates for the Parish Council and District Council Election on 4 May

The statement of persons nominated for election as a parish councillor for Avon Dassett:

  • Phil Baxter
  • Mike Blakeman
  • Trevor Barrie Gill
  • Liz Hirst
  • Caroline Jane Hutt
  • Alex Jackson
  • Doug McLaren
  • Darrell John Muffitt

The official notice from the returning officer is here:

The statement of persons nominated for election as a district councillor for Bishops Itchington, Fenny Compton and Napton ward of Stratford District Council:

  • Keith Alan Bushnell (Local Conservatives)
  • Seth Jason Colton (Green Party Candidate)
  • Natalie Jean Gist (Liberal Democrats)
  • Christopher John Michael Kettle (Local Conservatives)
  • Judith Caroline Ruth Leask (The Labour Party Candidate)
  • Matthew Robert North (Green Party Candidate)
  • Nigel Ian Christopher Rock (Liberal Democrats)

The official notice from the returning officer is here:

For more information on the local elections which will be on Thursday 4 May 2023 with the polling station in the Reading Room open from 0700 to 2200 please see Stratford District Council’s website.