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Remember Together – British Legion Event

All are invited to an event held by the Royal British Legion at their pop in centre in Birmingham (87 New Street, B2 4BA) on Thursday 22nd August from 1500-1700.  The event is to launch their Remembrance theme for 2019 which is “Remember Together”.

They would be very pleased for local groups to attend to find out more and to talk them about how organisations can get involved.

Please RSVP to by Monday 19th August 2019″.

Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby Raises Over £1400!

Avon Dassett Soap Box Derby took place on 22 June 2019. There were a record number of entries in both junior and senior classes. The senior races saw the return of the head-to-head racing with a number of close finishes. The race raised £777.32 for Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice in Coventry, £500 for Fenny Compton Explorers, and £200 for Fenny Compton Church Roof Fund. All costs were covered by entry fees, sponsorship and grants with all donations from the public going directly to the charities and local groups.

Junior Winners

  1. Megan Taplin, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)
  2. Jamie Welford, Red Lion Racing (Northend)
  3. Frank Whatcott, Jim Clark Special (Bishops Itchington)

Senior Lead Driver Winners

  1. Richard Burton, Acceleramus (London)
  2. Ben Gascoigne, Project Nein (Coventry)
  3. Phil Baxter, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)

Senior Second Driver Winners

  1. Gareth Woolford, Project Nein (Coventry)
  2. Ben Weir, BDS Bullet (Avon Dassett)
  3. Andy Whyman, Red Lion Racing (Northend)

Summary of Accounts


  • Driver Entry Fees: £815
  • Sponsorship/Donations: £2,312.50
  • Bucket Collection: £482.32
  • Raffle at Yew Tree Pub: £300
  • Yew Tree Donation: £150
  • Stratford District Council Grant (towards toilets): £300

Total: £4359.82


  • CJ Events (marshalling and road closure): £1168.50
  • Dassett Charities (Car Park): £500
  • Programme/Marketing: £239
  • Paramedics: £100
  • Merchandise/Medals: £95
  • Toilets: £780

Total: £2882.50

Funds Raised for Charity and Local Groups

  • Zoe’s Baby Place Hospice, Coventry: £777.32
  • Fenny Compton Explorers: £500
  • Fenny Compton Church Roof: £200

Total: £1,477.32


Open Gardens raises over £3,000 for the National Gardens Scheme

This year’s Open Gardens took place last Sunday, 7th July. The organisers were lucky with the weather and visitor numbers were up on last year-335 compared to 240 in 2018.

£3,033.53 was raised for National Gardens Scheme and £212.65 for the Parish Council towards the upkeep of the tubs in the village. This compares to £2,230 and £158 in 2018. A breakdown of this year and previous years results are below.

The organisers were pleased to receive a note from NGS this morning complimenting them on their organisation of the day, including the shuttle service which was introduced this year.

The organisers would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed by opening their garden, helping with getting things ready, or helping on the day. And certainly not forgetting everyone who donated the lovely cakes, which had a lot of compliments!



This event will provide an opportunity for local farmers and land owners to come along and see how Rural Crime can be tackled and how they can help in the prevention and detection of crime.

There will be an opportunity to network with Stratford on Avon District Council’s Rural Crime Advisor, Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Wildlife Crime Officers, NFU, NFU Mutual, and various other exhibitors who will be showcasing and demonstrating new and innovative crime prevention products.

Refreshments will be available.

Stratford Livestock Market

Agri Park

Campden Road

Lower Quinton


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Kindly hosted by, Vicki, Andrew and Philip Cook

Local Crime Update

There has been a worrying increase in local crime – particularly thefts. Recent incidents include:

  • 14 Rhea chicks stolen from Avon Dassett, overnight 29-30 June 2019. Male Rhea killed and female escaped (incident 170 of 1 July 2019)
  • ATM stolen from Fenny Compton Co-op on 25 June 2019  (incident 38 of 25 June 2019)
  • Horse tack and trailer stolen from Radway, overnight 28-29 June 2019 (incident 106 of 30 June 2019)
  • Burglary at the Post Office, Main Street, Tysoe at 0015 hours on 29 June 2019 (incident 7 of 29 June)
  • Swift Hi-Style caravan stolen from Ladbrooke, overnight 29-30 June 2019 (incident 83 of 30 June 2019)
  • Theft from van Long Itchington,  overnight 1-2 July 2019 (incident 61 of 2 July)
  • Diesel stolen from Stockton, overnight 29-30 June 2019 (incident 105 of 30 June 2019)
  • Tools stolen from Business Park in Southam, overnight 25-26 June 2019 (incident WK-20190625-0120)
  • Tools stolen from van in Southam, overnight 25-26 June 2019 (incident WK-20190626-0043)

Local Authors Support Avon Dassett Mini Literature Festival

Come along to Avon Dassett Mini Literature Festival on Saturday 15 June 11-5 pm.

There’s lots going on including  works by two local authors: Ian Mathie and Angela Perry.

Wild Child – Growing up a nomad by local author Ian Mathie

A brand new book is being introduced at the Mini Literature Festival: “Wild Child” from local author and traveller Ian Mathie.  It is the last manuscript he wrote and is about his early life. It has been described by book reviews website the Bookbag as “the missing link” to earlier  books about his adventures living and working all over Africa for some 30 years.

Ian’s first book “The Man of Passage” was launched in Avon Dassett in 2006.  Another five followed.

Ian was based in South Warwickshire for 26 years, longer than he had ever lived anywhere before.  He became involved in many local initiatives and was well known throughout the area. Ian “joined the ancestors” in May 2017.

The Adventures of Alfie the Malamute by local author Angela Perry
Local author, Angela Perry, has donated a limited number of signed copies of her wonderful children’s book, “The Adventures of Alfie The Malamute”.  Do come along to pick up a copy while stocks last.

Coventry and Warwickshire Radio – Interview about Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby

Sarah Richardson of the Avon Dassett Soapbox Derby team was interviewed by Phil Upton on Coventry and Warwickshire radio’s Breakfast Show on 31st May 2019. Phil, who is a keen cyclist, knows the hill in Avon Dassett well and was keen to hear about the race. The Soapbox Derby is rapidly becoming legendary in the county.

To hear the interview on listen again (during the newspaper review at 0740) please go to:

Sarah also recorded an interview with Keith Wedgbury who presents Wedge’s Raw and Rural on Saturday mornings.