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My Life in a Freezer – Mark Wood

An inspirational evening My Life in a Freezer

Neighbourhood Plan

The Steering Group recently engaged Avon Planning Serviceshttp://www.avonplanning.co.uk/ to provide support in advancing the Neighbourhood Plan.  Neal Pearce of APS attended the Steering Group of 24 February and presented the Project Plan Ettington NDP Master Spreadsheet – v2 which outlines stages and timescales.  APS are very experienced in Neighbourhood Planning and are currently supporting 14 Parish Councils at various stages in development of their plans.


Lighten Up Campaign
Crime prevention advice for the darker nights.
Traditionally there is an increase in burglary dwellings as the clocks go back and the dark nights draw in. Specific dates in winter see spikes in criminal activity, such as Halloween, Bonfire night and the run up to Christmas. Over these days, more people are spending time away from home, meeting up with friends and family or attending festive events.
There will be several proactive activities running during this period across the district. These activities will take place using a variety of resources. An ANPR led proactive operation will take place, supported by the cross border team and Proactive CID. This activity will be followed by high profile reassurance patrols and engagement conducted by SNT/Specials/Cadets and a press release in the relevant area.
Below are listed some examples of crime prevention advice to consider –
Windows and doors
Don’t give burglars an opportunity. Lock doors and windows #beattheburglar
Lock windows and doors and keep gates and side entrances well secured
A third of burglars get in through a window. If you are replacing windows consider using laminated glass this is much harder to break
Whatever you store in your garage make sure it is secure. Make sure windows & doors are kept secure and locked and consider fitting an alarm
Gates should be at least 6ft high and kept locked with a built in lock or a padlock
If your front and back doors are not secure, neither is your home. Two thirds of burglars gain entry through a door.
Many burglars will think twice about breaking into a property with an alarm.
Use a UV pen to mark your valuables with your postcode #beattheburglar
If your valuables are stolen, maximise the chance of return by registering all at www.immobilise.com #beattheburglar
Protect your property. If you’re going out leave a television or radio on to create the impression that someone is in #beattheburglar
Don’t leave car keys or valuables near windows, doors or letterboxes, where burglars can reach through to steal them
Do not hide spare keys; leave them with someone you trust. Burglars know where to look #beattheburglar
A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in #beattheburglar
Use timer switches to turn lights on when you are out #beattheburglar
Good lighting can put off or draw attention to a thief. Use high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch
Invest in external lighting, it will welcome genuine visitors and deter the criminal who wishes to work undetected #beattheburglar

Parish Council Grants

The Parish Council recently purchased children’s tables for the community centre which will bring benefit to events such as private parties (see picture below of a rather gory Halloween event!)  and the Village Breakfast and private parties

tables for community centre

Speed Check – Volunteers Needed – find out more speed check volunteers needed

Ettington Parish Fund

Ettington Parish Fund is a registered Charity (Registered Charity Number 254957) “for the general benefit of the inhabitants of Ettington for which provision is not made out of rates, taxes or other public funds”.

The Parish Council, as Trustee of the Charity, resolved that the fund should be made available for the benefit of individuals resident in the Parish and more specifically for:

  • Educational expenditure, for example course fees, additional school activities, uniforms, educational books and equipment;
  • Membership fees and/or uniform costs for attending recognised organisations such as Cub Scouts, Brownies etc;
  • Training or associated costs to be incurred by an individual in support of work with voluntary organisations or charities, especially those benefiting the local community.

If you would be interested in applying for a grant then contact Sarah Furniss, Clerk to the Parish Council on 01789 295827, 07786938072 or epc.clerk@yahoo.com who will provide you with guidelines and an application form.

Sign Up For E-Mail Notifications

You can now sign up for e-mail updates on specific issues including planning, events and news.  We will shortly be adding neighbourhood plan to the list.  Just go to the relevant tab and on the right hand side of the screen you will see a box in which to put your e-mail address.  Once submitted you will receive an e-mail from which you can activate the process.


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Assisted Waste Collection

An assisted waste collection service is provided to elderly and disabled residents and those with a medical condition who cannot take their waste and recycling receptacles (wheeled bins or sacks / recycling boxes) to the edge of the property boundary.

If a member of the houshold can move the receptables to the normal collection point then the property does not qualify for an assisted collection.

If an assisted collection is appropriate, receptacles will be collected from an agreed point on the property. Please note: access must be granted to collection crews to ensure this service can be carried out effectively.

We routinely review the assisted collection service list to establish if circumstances have changed and whether households still qualify for the service.

If you feel that you qualify and would benefit from this service, please contact us.

Contact us

If you would like more information or wish to speak to a member of the Council’s Streetscene team, please contact us:

Telephone: 01789 260616

Fax on 01789 260607, or

Email streetscene@stratford-dc.gov.uk


The Parish Council is concerned regarding dog fouling through the village and are considering what could be done to ensure that owners clear up after their dogs.  As a first step the Stratford upon Avon Dog Warden has been asked to include the playing field on her rota of “patrols”.  Below is information which the Dog Warden has supplied and we would ask for cooperation from residents to combat this problem.

SAFER STRATFORD – Tackling Dog Fouling

 One of the biggest environmental issues for residents in the district is dog fouling. Sadly, a number of dog-owners continue to let us all down. Parish Councils are now working in partnership with Stratford District Council Dog Warden Services in a bid to tackle the issue and clamp down on culprits.

THE LAW Failure to clean up after your dog is a criminal offence and could result in a £75 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice. Non-payment could lead to a court fine of £1,000. There is no defence to claim ignorance of your dog’s actions and only registered blind owners of guide dogs are exempt.

Dog fouling carries a RISK TO PUBLIC HEALTH and the environment. Dog faeces carry harmful infections, the most widely known being Toxocariasis. This potentially serious infection is usually transmitted via hands, but can also be spread through the dogs themselves, along with belongings such as pushchair wheels and soles of shoes.

TOXOCARIASIS is mainly found in children between the age of 18 months and five years and can cause aches, dizziness, nausea, asthma and epileptic fits. Toxocariasis can even trigger blindness. There are about 120 recorded cases per year within the UK, very few of which are serious. Nevertheless, just one case is one case too many and is easily preventable.

There is a SIMPLE SOLUTION. Dog mess only contaminates the soil when left on the ground for around 2-3 weeks, as this is when the Toxocara eggs mature and become infectious. By ‘scooping the poop’ immediately, the threat of Toxocariasis is eliminated.

DOG FOULING STINKS! Not only is it a health hazard, but dog mess is an eyesore and a blight on our local environment. Footpaths, school playing fields, parks and other recreational areas are all compromised. By following these SIMPLE STEPS we can all work together to turn the tide on dog fouling. 

  • Where possible, set aside a designated area within your garden for your dog to use before you go out
  • Carry disposable bags to pick up after your dog
  • Avoid places where children play
  • Worm your dog at least every six months


Please leave only pawprints; obey the law and pick that dog poo off the floor.

If you see somebody failing to pick up after their dog and you know who they are or where they live, you can report it to the District Council  (01789 267575 lisaparkes@stratford-dc.gov.uk)  so that they can take enforcement action. We need the eyes and ears of local residents to help us tackle this problem.


Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan team have now received the analysis of the recently conducted village questionniare. At the latest meeting of the team it was decided to request that Stratford District Council conduct further in depth analysis of the responses of three of the main salient questions. The team have now begun to shape the format of the draft Neighbourhood Plan and individual members have been tasked with drafting their allocated section(s) by the end of June.

Our small team certainly doesn’t have all the expertise and knowledge necessary to produce the final Plan and when we have finished the draft there are bound to be gaps.  At that point we will have to call upon other villagers to help fill those gaps with their own local knowledge.  We will be flagging up topics where we need help on this website and hope we will be able to count on you to help out.

We will keep you informed of progress.

NP Team

See previous updates by clicking on “Neighbourhood Plan” tab and then the “Updates”.   Other information can be found – for instance the results of the Questionnaire can be found under “Evidence”.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have commissioned a Biodiversity Survey which can be found by clicking on the Evidence tab under Neighbourhood Plan.  The Plan will be funded from a grant from “Groundworks” which has recently been granted to the Parish Council for the purpose of advancing the Neighbourhood Plan.  The Grant, of £999 will also be used to fund publicity materials.


One man’s lazy, hazy, crazy early morning

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Our photographer was up early: a rare event. The cry went up: “Hold the front page!”

So we did. Find more pictures here.

Laurence brings out the beauty of the landscape 

If you missed the annual Ettington exhibition of paintings by Laurence Dingley, don’t worry: console yourself by reading our feature about the work of this acclaimed artist, and his quest to bring out the beauty of the south Warwickshire countryside. He’s even taken to paddling a canoe down the River Stour in search of inspiration.

Laurence’s studio in the village is always open to visitors. Read more


Rovers are red…

A dedicated band of supporters turns out for home matches on the ground near Ettington Chase.

It must have one of the best views of any in Warwickshire, but the players might have other things on their minds.

Click here for a gallery of pictures of the team in action against Bubbenhall. For details of fixtures, visit the Ettington Rovers website.

And today’s reading is on the web

screen grab of the banner of stourdene.orgEttington’s parish church has gone live on the web, along with the other five parishes that make up the Stourdene Benefice. Click on our news page for a piece by webmaster Neil Clarke on all the riches to be found on the new benefice website, www.stourdene.org.

Neil has kindly agreed to look after the church pages on ettington.org as well.

You can sign up at twitter.com, the micro-blogging website, for concise pearls of wisdom from our vicar, Cath. Follow @stourdene. Cath also has a blog on the benefice website, which includes a recent post on an animal service.

And also…

If the website is to continue growing, we need help from more people. One enjoyable job would be to go through the village archives to pluck out insights into Ettington’s recent past – and perhaps even gather the stories of people who remember what went on in decades gone by. We already have a page on Ettington’s more distant history, here.

Picture of cakes decorated with cutouts of the Queen and Buckingham Palace

Hundreds of villagers enjoyed cakes and novelty sports at Ettington’s Diamond Jubilee party

Help from photographers is welcome too. If you haven’t seen the photographs of Ettington’s brilliant Jubilee celebrations, you’re missing out. Find them here.

This website is published by Ettington Parish Council with National Lottery funding. It has started modestly, but the hope is that it will grow to become an important part of community life. If you’d like to help in any way, please get in touch. You don’t need great technical or literary skills.