All posts by Sarah Richardson

Equine Flu Outbreak

Please could all walkers and dog walkers stay away from horses during this equine flu epidemic. The flu virus is airborne and can survive for several days. The danger is if you pet a horse that is infected and then another you could inadvertently pass the virus on. The flu virus is a rogue strain which is affecting even vaccinated horses. For those horses that are unvaccinated, young, old or pregnant the illness may be fatal.

Avon Dassett Defibrillator

Just to publicise the fact that Avon Dassett has a defibrillator, accessible from outside the Reading Room.

If you come across someone who has collapsed and you suspect cardiac arrest:

  1. Call 999
  2. Start CPR
  3. There are 12 residents trained in the use of the defibrillator and their details including contact numbers are fully registered with Warwickshire Ambulance service and also with Numbers Plus who administer the call out process on their behalf.
  4. When a call to 999 is placed the ambulance service decide if the defibrillator is required and if so then they will contact the trained residents in order until they find a qualified person to answer the call
  5. The resident will then go and collect the machine. The cabinet is code protected but ten trained residents have the code. The code can also be obtained from the call out process.
  6. The trained resident will then go to the address given by the ambulance service and attend to the patient, under their supervision. 

    The parish council ask that residents don’t try to contact any trained staff direct; residents don’t have to act and deploy the defibrillator, without support, in an emergency.

    There is a short video published by the British Heart Foundation on how to use a defibrillator you can watch here.

See this page for further details:

Burglary at Napton Post Office

Detectives are appealing for information after a burglary at a Post Office in Napton.

At 7.44pm on Saturday 26 January, police were called to reports of the burglary in progress at the Post Office in New Street.

A group of men got out of a dark blue Volkswagen Golf (partial registration KP64) and used a metal bar to force entry to the premises. They fled the scene with cash.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for the public’s help to trace the men responsible.

Detective Sergeant Steve Flavell said: “There were people in the area at the time so I would appeal to anyone with any information that could help us to identify the offenders to contact us and help us bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 328 of 26 January 2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

4 x 4 Drivers Wanted to Help Local Hospitals in Bad Weather

South Warwickshire Hospitals (CERU, Warwick, Ellen Badger) are seeking 4 x 4 owner/drivers to volunteer to help transport essential personnel in times of adverse weather. Winter is coming and snow is threatened. You will be allocated to your “local” hospital near to where you live. They would love to hear from any 4 x 4 owners who wish to help their local hospital operate during adverse weather. Please email:

Xmas Wreath Making Evening at The Yew Tree

Date: Thursday 6th December

Time: 7.30-9.30ish (can’t rush creativity!)

Cost: £15 per person

Place: The Yew Tree, Avon Dassett

A fun-filled evening, lots of laughing, creating and a time to relax before the Christmas madness sets in!

You will be given all the materials you need to create your own door wreath. The only thing you need to bring with you are your own scissors/secateurs.

The bar will be open for drinks.

Please call or text Becky on 07445842466 to book a place.

Wanted – Calendar/Events Writer for the Compton Chronicle

Georgina Stubbs has done a fantastic job running the monthly calendar and events items for the Compton Chronicle, the monthly magazine which is distributed in Avon Dassett, Fenny Compton and Farnborough. Unfortunately she is now moving away from the village and so a volunteer is needed to take her place. Please contact the Chronicle on to find out more. We wish Georgina all the best for the future and thank her for her work on the Chronicle.