All posts by Sarah Richardson

Stratford-on-Avon District Council Climate Assembly Event – 5th July 2024

The Climate Change Panel are organising a SDC facilitated Climate assembly on Friday 5th July at the Council offices, from 10am to 5pm.

If any community group would like to have a stall, or you are a speaker who could contribute to the workshops please contact Cllr Natalie Gist on

Once the programme has been finalised, both the event and workshops will be publicised.


Midlands Action against Fox Hunting

Midlands Action against Fox Hunting have sent the following message to residents of Avon Dassett and the local area.

“You will no doubt be aware of the current situation regarding the
Warwickshire Hunt. At present they are being allowed to conduct
anti-social behaviour and are putting local residents at risk. They have
and continue to trespass without any regard for the community. We are
looking for like-minded individuals who want to take action against this
behaviour and who are willing to make a stand against illegal hunting
and the anti-social behaviour that comes with it.
If this is you and you’d like to get involved please email (All details given will be treated
with the utmost confidence).”

GP Surgery to open in Upper Lighthorne

On 9th April 2024 Stratford District Council confirmed that a contract has been offered to a GP practice to run a permanent facility at Upper Lighthorne, subject to ratification by the ICB Procurement Panel and Finance & Performance Committee, which is due to happen on 1st May.

More details on the campaign for primary healthcare at Upper Lighthorne may be found here.

Dassett Country Show Charities announced

The Dassett Country Show is very happy to announce their two chosen charities for 2024. This year the show will be supporting BARKS – Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service and also Farm Safety Foundation – Yellow Wellies . Both of these charities are so deserving so we hope to see as many people out on the day, supporting them and helping to raise as much money as possible!

Prostate Screening at Stratford Leisure Centre

On Sunday 28 April 2024 Stratford Leisure Centre will host a prostate screening event.

The event is being subsidised by Stratford-on-Avon District Council in partnership with The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust (GFCT) and Everyone Active.

The event will run from 10am until 4pm and people are able to book at a discounted rate of £12.50. Spaces are limited, so make sure to book using the following link:

The aim of the event is to make the local community aware of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and to offer free prostrate PSA screening blood tests.

The statistics show that 1 in 8 men show positive signs of having prostate cancer but if caught and treated early, the results of treatment are extremely good.

Cllr Chris Mills says: “Prostate cancer is curable, but it can also be an invisible killer. So, I would urge others to be tested for prostate cancer at the screening event at Stratford Leisure Centre. Following my diagnosis and subsequent treatment, I am thankful that the District Council has agreed to help fund and support this screening event.”

Annual Parish Meeting, 29 April

The annual parish meeting is a chance for the village to get together for some drinks and light refreshments and learn about recent initiatives and village groups in an informal setting. This year it will take place on Monday 29 April at 7 pm in the Reading Room.

  • Concerned about planning, crime, parking, the play park, street lights etc? Meet the parish councillors who will be able to chat on their areas of responsibility
  • Wondering what has happened since the Parish Plan was adopted in 2022? There will be updates on the Parish Plan actions.
  • Village groups will provide information on how you can support the many activities that take place
  • Energy efficiency is becoming more and more important with government targets and the rising costs of utilities. Napton Environmental Action Team will be present to demonstrate their thermal imaging camera which shows where heat is lost from buildings (and what to do about it!)
  • Do you know where the most energy-efficient houses in the village are? And what makes them so efficient?
  • Plus lots of tips and advice on how to save money and energy