Meet The Management Committee
Darrell Muffitt; has lived in Avon Dassett since 2014. Now retired he is a qualified accountant and management consultant. Darrell has demonstrated a willingness to volunteer for activities which benefit the community including: being a member of the Parish Council, involved with the Save the Avon Group (The Avon being the former name of the Yew Tree Pub) throughout its existence and the currently Chair of the Management Committee. He recognises The Yew Tree as a major community asset and is prepared to spend time and effort and use expertise to secure its future as part of the community.
Mike Blakeman; has lived in Avon Dassett since 2012. Now a retired Architect and Business Consultant, has consistently and actively supported community activities. Has also demonstrated a willingness to volunteer for activities which benefit the community including: being a member of the Parish Council, involved with the Save the Avon Group throughout its existence and the currently Vice Chair of the Management Committee of the Society. Mike recognises The Yew Tree as the only major community asset and is prepared use his expertise to secure its future as the hub of the community.
Trevor Gill: has lived in the village since 2011. Before retiring he worked in banking as a business project manager. Currently the Chair of the Parish Council, he has been involved with the Save The Avon Group throughout it’s existence. Currently the secretary of the Society. Always willing to help with any village projects which benefit the village and wider community and has played an active part in the organisation of The Dassett Country Show. Trevor is determined that the project to secure The Avon (now The Yew Tree) as a community asset will succeed and will help in any way to ensure The Avon is a successful business venture.
Dr Sally Crompton: Sally has lived in the village for 2002. She worked for the Open University and was responsible for public engagement through the OU/BBC partnership TV programmes and learning materials. She believes in using every means possible to inspire and open doors to learning for everyone. She will do everything she can to ensure The Avon is inclusive, and offers a community asset for everyone in the village.
Graham Fewster; moved to Avon Carrow in spring 2016 and was soon a regular in the pub. Having grown up in a village of a similar size in South Wales, Avon Dassett felt like home straight away. When the pub closed he was keen to work to secure its future and has been involved ever since. Graham works in the pharmaceutical industry and his areas of expertise are budgeting, project planning and contract negotiations. He works from home and can often be found walking his young cocker spaniel round the village.
Siobhan Wooley; moved back to Avon Dassett from Priors Marston, in 2018. Siobhan works for Jagular Land Rover Design. A first time volunteer to village community activities, she is keen to ensure that the Yew Tree remains a destination and a place of focus for the community.
Janet Ferris; has lived in the village since 1997. A qualified marketing and communications professional, with experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors.
Janet has previously been involved in the fete committee and was a member of the group who worked to raise funding for the children's playground. Janet has joined the community benefit society as she believes it is important to retain rural pubs as they play a vital role in bringing the local community together.
Liz Hirst; has lived in the village since 2002. She is a self-employed woman,
having set up her first business (a beauty salon) in 1984. She now has three successful salons, including Skin & Tonique, which is situated on the first floor of the Yew Tree.
Liz is a member of Avon Dassett Parish Council and is passionate about protecting the beauty of this historic village for years to come. She also wants to ensure that we embrace the future by championing and promoting local businessses and attracting visitors into the area which will boost our rural economy.
We are a small group of local residents dedicated to deliver our aim and to ensure that in doing so we make our village and other local communities a better place to live, visit and to undertake business activities.
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