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Vintage Park Up

There was an amazing turnout for the first vintage park up run by Lee Walters of Avon Dassett and Dave Fletcher of Fenny Compton. A host of standing engines, vintage buses, cars, tractors, motorcycles and military vehicles were on display plus attractions for all the family. A great day out raising money for local charities!

Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby Charity Donations

Phil Baxter doing the Liverpool Nightrider cycle challenge – a 100k cycle ride around Liverpool and the Wirral on the night of the 14th July!

We know many people who attended the Soapbox Derby wanted to leave donations to our worth charity Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice (a unique charity offering end of life care for terminally ill children up to the age of 5 years in Coventry). We are sorry that we did not have enough volunteers on the day to collect these but you can still donate! Phil Baxter, Avon Dassett resident has set up a JustGiving page to cover donations to the charity from the Soapbox Derby and other events he is taking part in across the summer. Please donate!

So this is your chance! If you enjoyed the Soapbox Derby and want to support the sponsored charity please dontate via the JustGiving page. All money will go direct to Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice.

Avon Dassett Open Gardens

This year’s Open Gardens took place last Sunday, 1st July. Unfortunately, visitor numbers were down on last year, which the organisers believe was due to the extremely hot weather and the World Cup.  The entrance fee was increased to £7 this year, so, overall the total entrance amount raised was similar to last year.  Teas took around £300 less than last year.  However, Open Gardens still raised a respectable £2,230 for National Garden Schemes and £158 towards the upkeep of the tubs in the village.

The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed by opening their garden, helped with getting things ready, helped on the day or donated cakes.

Local Crime Roundup

Bishops Itchington

Between 1055 and 1300 on 12 June offenders broke into a home on Knightcite Road, Bishops Itchington. The offenders smashed the lock off the rear door of the house and entered the premises. It is not clear if anything was stolen.


At some point before 1115 on 13 June, offenders travelled across fields to access the grounds of a rural home in Camp Lane, Warmington. They then stole a Laporte pigeon trap which they attempted to carry back over fields to a waiting vehicle but abandoned the item in a field and made off.


At some point between 8 and 16 June, offenders entered the grounds of a farm premises in Farnborough and cut the padlocks off two farm buildings. Once inside the offenders stole a small quantity of hand tools, crowbars and hammers.

Operation Snap! To Report Road Traffic Offences

As part of Operation Snap, members of the public can submit (via a secure online form) digital footage showing potential traffic offences. This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

The submission will be sent to Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by a road traffic officer, who will enforce against any offences committed.

Road Closure for Soapbox Derby

The main road through Avon Dassett will be closed to all traffic between 9 am and 6 pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018 for Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby. Diversions will be via Burton Dassett and Farnborough. The road will be closed from Lower End junction with Fanborough Lane and the crossroads to Burton Dassett and Farnborough.

Voucher Scheme for Superfast Broadband

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small and medium-sized businesses and the local communities surrounding them, to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme as part of a group project, which also includes businesses, and can claim for a voucher of up to a value of £500.

Vouchers can be aggregated so that if, for example, a village or wanted to upgrade its connectivity then as long as there are businesses involved the vouchers can be pooled together to form one project covering the entire area. This would ensure best value for all concerned and would reduce costs overall. To set up a local project it would be necessary to go through a supplier (as with single user vouchers). It is expected that the combined value of vouchers claimed by businesses in a project will be greater than the combined value of the residential vouchers.

For full details about whether you are eligible for a voucher and to connect you to a full fibre broadband supplier, go to:

Road Closure 18th June 2018




Warwickshire County Council made a Temporary Traffic Order closing C113 Dassett Road, Avon Dassett from its junction with Lower End to a point east of the junction with Farnborough Road to vehicular traffic.

The closure was required to facilitate carriageway resurfacing works.

The Order commenced on 22 March 2018 for a period of 18 months, or until the works were completed, whichever was the earlier.  Unfortunately the works were not completed due to inclement weather. However, the work has now been rescheduled for completion on Monday 18 June 2018.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Lower End, Church Hill, Avon Dassett Road, Bridge Street, Memorial Road, High Street, Station Road A423 Banbury Road, Ducketts Lane, Main Street, Mollington Lane, Dassett Road and vice versa.

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.  The team dealing with this Temporary Traffic Order at Warwickshire County Council is County Highways South (Tel: 01926 412515).

Any enquiries relating to the works being undertaken may be directed to the contractor dealing with this matter, Paul Kelly for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07837 319323 / 01675).

S Duxbury, Head of Law & Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick, 14 June 2018

Soapbox Derby Update

Avon Dassett is gearing up for the return of the popular Soapbox Derby on 23rd June.

The road through the village (from the Burton Dassett/Farnborough crossroads to Lower End) will be closed from 9 am to 6 pm. All residents are asked to move cars, caravans and bins off the road by 9 am on 23rd. Parking is available at the Cemetery car park.

Racing starts with the Junior’s practice run at 0930. The Senior practice run and races will be from midday.

The Yew Tree Pub will be open all day and there will be a BBQ, ice cream stall and bouncy castle with live music following the racing.