All posts by Sarah Richardson

Avon Dassett Remembers – 11 November 2018

This year’s Remembrance Day Service, which coincides with the centenary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I, will take place at the War Memorial on Sunday 11 November at 1300 hours.
The service will be led by Revd Nicki Chatterton.  As well as the reading of the roll of honour, there will further details of the three men from the village who lost their lives in World War I and a reading of all the village men who fought in the war which was found in the Parish Council minutes for 1919 (research from Avon Dassett Local History group)

Dassett Country Show Raises over £4000 for Charity and Local Groups

£4,127 was raised by this year’s Dassett Country Show. £2,063.50 is split 50/50% between McMillan Cancer Support and Helen and Douglas House. The remainder is available for local projects and groups and village events.

Applications were received from the following organisations and the donations noted below were discussed:

  • Fenny Compton Scouts to help with the cost of buying and replacing
    equipment for the growing troupe – £600
  • The Explorers to help the with the cost of replacing tents in support of The Duke of Edinburgh Awards – £250
  • Fenny Compton Church towards the cost of repairs following the theft of lead from the church roof – £600
  • Avon Dassett Gardening club for speakers – £250
  • Avon Dassett Charities to replace the fete field gate posts – £200

Total £1,900 with £400 in reserve.

Full details maybe found in the minutes:

Next year’s show will be on 3rd August 2019.

Deadly Dog Disease in Area – Take Care

Kieran O’Halloran, clinical director at Avonvale Veterinary Centres is urging dog owners to be ‘alert and vigilant’ to the threat of seasonal canine illness (SCI). There have been seven identified cases of SCI across Warwickshire including Southam. The exact cause of SCI is unknown but dogs become ill with vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy within three days of being walked in woodland. It is a disease found in dogs in autumn and if untreated can be fatal.

If your dog is showing symptoms please contact your vet immediately as it can become severe very quickly and some dogs do not survive.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A message from Deb Watts – our awesome local fundraiser. Well done Deb and team!
Thanks to everyone who contributed, helped out, enjoyed coffee and cake, and especially to Jenny for letting us turn the regular village coffee morning into a fundraiser for Macmillan.  
The “Biscuits & Coffee Mugs Gift Set” prize was won by David Hicks who’s guess was the nearest on the “weight of the cake” game poster.
 A total of £93.89 was raised to go towards the great work done by Macmillan Cancer Support. 

Statement from Avon Dassett Community Benefit Society

News Bulletin – October 2018

Termination of Lease

There has been significant speculation around the community on the performance of the Yew Tree and the ability of our tenant, Steve Forrest, to remain trading with recent levels of business.

The purpose of this note is to advise you of our position, following the recent action that we have taken.

The Yew Tree has not been making enough money to allow Steve to meet his commitments to the Society and other creditors. Despite Steve’s best efforts to contain costs and the financial and physical help that the Society and the community have provided, Steve’s debts have increased.

Steve sought legal opinion, and was advised to cease trading. As a result we agreed that we needed to terminate the lease.

What happens next?

The Yew Tree will not be open for business until we either find a new tenant or make arrangements for the Society to run the pub. We are in advanced negotiations with a possible replacement tenant and, in parallel, we are considering the steps that we need to take to reopen the doors. It is possible that we may have to consider the short-term option of employing a temporary manager to operate the pub.

We aim to negotiate a mutually acceptable exit plan with Steve, to save both parties the cost, the time and difficulty of a protracted period of court proceedings.

Although our overriding aim is to retain a functioning pub at the centre of the community, we recognise our duty of care to investors and we will continue to protect all of our investments. At present, the Society has a healthy bank balance and is not in danger of being unable to meet its obligations for the foreseeable future.

Further updates

We will provide further updates as and when information becomes available and once we have a date for reopening the pub. In the meantime we will endeavour to negotiate with Steve to reach an amicable settlement.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in Avon Dassett

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Wednesday 3rd October – The Reading Room, Avon Dassett – 11am to 1pm
Our regular monthly coffee morning is having a Macmillan mini make-over.
Come and enjoy Coffee/tea and cake, and tombola, bric-a-brac/books and
Macmillan’s poster game “Guess the weight of the cake”.
Hope to see you there
Deb Watts
If you’re unable to come but would still like to support this worthy cause,
you can Text to donate – Visit for details..
(Texts cost £5 plus network rate)

Community Computers Scheme

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Computers Scheme for 2018!

There are a total of 120 recycled laptops to give away for FREE to community groups, voluntary organisations and Town & Parish Councils, across all of Warwickshire. The laptops available are the Toshiba Z Series Ultralight Laptops.

All laptops will come with a minimum 120GB hard drive, 4GB Ram, Windows 7 Operating System, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Free Open Office software and will include Anti-virus protection software. A 3-month warranty is provided with each laptop. Groups can apply for 1 laptop and, if successful, they will receive the model mentioned above.

Who can apply?

  • Locally based community or voluntary organisations. This includes Town and Parish Councils, but only for community focused projects (not for administration of the Town/Parish Council).
  • Small-scale groups who have little or no IT equipment, and can show how it will be used to grow their organisation.
  • Groups who do not have significant reserves or other resources

Before completing the application, you must consider the costs of running the equipment after the three-month warranty has expired, plus security, insurance, and additional software.

Conditions all applicants must agree to:

  • Sign a simple receipt indemnifying the Council against any claim arising from the future use of the equipment and confirming that the Council accepts no ongoing responsibility for the condition of the equipment beyond the three-month warranty provided, or its disposal.
  • To ensure validity of the three-month warranty, log-in must be completed within 3 months of receipt of the computer.
  • Complete a simple report form at the end of six months, to describe the use of the equipment and its impact on their work.
  • Ensure recognition of WCC in any publicity or communication relating to the equipment.
  • Collect the laptop from the WCC Office in Shire Hall, Warwick.

Please apply online by following this link. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018.

If you have any queries, please ring the relevant Area Office below:

  • Rugby: 01788 533 656
  • South Warwickshire (Stratford/Warwick): 01926 413 685
  • North Warwickshire and Nuneaton & Bedworth: 01926 737 767

Decision Process

Applications will be assessed and considered by the relevant Area Team and endorsed by a representative group of County Councillors. You will be contacted about your application within a few weeks of the closing date.

Southam & Feldon Community Forum

Thursday 26th September, 2018

Stockton Village Hall, 74 George Street, Stockton CV47 8JU

Police surgery 6.30pm, Community Forum starts at 7.00pm

Community Forums give YOU the opportunity to raise issues of local concern and keep you up to date with what is happening in YOUR community.

If you have a specific concern or problem then come along to the drop in surgery at 6.30pm where you will can speak informally to officers from your local Police Teams, Councillors and Officers from Warwickshire County and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils. Join us for a cup of tea.


  • Update from your local SNT
  • Save money on your gas and electricity – Switch and Save
  • Dementia Friendly Southam update
  • Silver Line – find out more about the work of this charity
  • HS2 update – and much more …….

PLUS Help set the Police Priorities for the next 3 months by attending the forum

If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting, or find out more, please contact Amanda Wilson-Patterson on 07780 995817 or email

Advice from Southam Safer Neighbourhood Team on Van Thefts

Please see Southam Safer Neighbourhood Team’s latest newsletter with information on all recent local incidents.

The team have been touring local villages giving out crime prevention advice and information packs on the recent spate of van break-ins and thefts.

They can be contacted on:

Phone: 101


Twitter: @SouthamCops