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Gaydon Parish Magazine April 2006

This Month's Diary

APCM               Sun 2nd 11.15am       St Giles' Church
Coffee & Market    Sat 8th 11am          Village Hall
Parish Plan        Tues 11th 8pm         Village Hall
Friendship Club    Tues 18th 2.30pm      Verney House
Mobile Library     Thurs 6th & 20th 

Gaydon Neighbourhood Watch

March was a quiet month for Gaydon.

Surrounding Villages

One burglary in Kineton and thefts from vehicles reported from Shotteswell, Kineton and Bishops Itchington but otherwise a relatively quiet month.

Sat Nav Systems

Police in Warwickshire are reminding motorists not to leave satellite navigation systems in their vehicles following a number of recent incidents in the county.

Detective Sergeant Martyn Stephens, from the Northern Area Community Safety Unit said "Thieves are getting increasingly skilled at spotting the tell tale signs that indicate a vehicle has a sat nav system installed. Motorists need to learn to take their sat nav and all related equipment with them to help deter thieves from breaking in."

The "Sat Nav" devices, often costing hundreds of pounds, affix to the inside of the car windscreen by a suction pad and are highly visible.

They are also very easily removable, both by their rightful owners, and by thieves if the equipment is left unattended and on view in a parked car.

Police in North Warwickshire are also aware that thieves are using hi-tech equipment such as Blue Tooth technology which scans parked cars and is able to identify whether electronic equipment such as lap top computers have been left in a vehicle.

Motorists are also advised to make sure they make a note of the serial number of their Sat Nav device and any other portable equipment they have and to keep the information in a safe place in case the device is stolen. Devices can also be security marked with SmartWater, or ultraviolet markers. Use of these systems will help to increase your chances of being re-united with your equipment if you are unfortunate enough to have it stolen and it is recovered by the police.

In car devices such as Sat Navs can also be registered with tracking agencies such as, a free service which enables your equipment to be registered nationally. The company is supported by all the major police forces and helps to reunite owners with their property if it is stolen and then recovered.

Village Meeting

Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm

How does the Church work for you in your village?

There will be an open meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm where you may have your say as to what the Church can do for you and how you can take part in this aspect of village life.

In order that the Church can continue to exist in Gaydon - including the provision of baptisms, weddings and funerals - villagers must get together and support it.

There is to be a re-organisation in neighbouring parishes owing to the retirement of two vicars. Details of the ensuing changes in our own church and other local churches will be explained at the meeting. MP

Parish Plan

There will be another meeting about the Parish Plan on Tuesday 11th April in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. Please contact Jonathan Crowe on 640394 if you want to contribute but are unable to attend.

Friendship Club

The April meeting will be held at the home of Mrs Talbot, Verney House, Kineton Road, on Tuesday 18th at 2.30pm.

Coffee Morning & Market

The Village Hall will be open for coffee, tea and biscuits and for the sale of other produce on Saturday 8 April at 11am. All proceeds go to the Church Fabric Fund.


A reminder to all who are on the Church Electoral Roll: The AGM will be held on Sunday 2 April at 11.15am.

The meeting and service will be followed by a simple lunch in the Village Hall. If you are not able to attend please telephone 640559 or 641384 to give your apologies; otherwise we will prepare lunch for you.

Gaydon Meadow

We are still pursuing the purchase of the field behind Church Lane. A great many people have pledged donations but we still need more. We intend to canvass further donations with a leaflet drop in the near future, and are still exploring other funding opportunities. Please contact Jonathan Crowe on 640394 if you want more information.

Fruity Easter Gâteau

Butter 150g(5oz)          Natural yogurt   200ml(7fl oz)
Plain flour 250g(9oz)     Mascarpone cheese 250g(9oz)
Caster sugar 275g(10oz)   Lemon curd 150g (5oz)
2 Large eggs lightly beaten   Fresh raspberries400g (14oz)
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda1    tsp finely grated zest of lemon
2 tsp baking powder           Pinch of salt

Icing sugar to dust          Bag of small chocolate eggs

1   Heat oven to Gas 4/180°C/350°F.  Butter three 18cm (7")
   sandwich tins and dust with flour.
2   Sift together flour, bicarb, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
3   Cream together butter and sugar, add eggs a little at a time and
   beat well.
4   Add flour and yogurt alternately, starting and ending with flour.
   Stir in lemon zest.
5   Divide mixture between the 3 tins and bake for 20-25mins until
   firm.  Cool for 10mins and remove from tins.
6   Beat together mascarpone and lemon curd.
7   Assemble cake when completely cooled, spreading mascarpone
   mixture and raspberries between layers.  Save a little of the
   mascarpone mixture for the top of the cake and decorate with a
   few raspberries and the chocolate eggs.  Dust with icing sugar.

Nature Notes

Though today is officially the first day of Spring the winter weather is persisting. I'm told that when it breaks there will be a "rush" of growth, nest-building and birdsong. In fact, there is a dawn chorus of the more resilient species like Blackbirds and Robins already.

I was in Northern Spain last week: Swallows are already nesting there. The recent UK introductions, Red Kite and Great Bustard, could be seen in huge numbers on the Stepp-land. Every village had several pairs of Storks nesting on the roofs and towers of churches.

This region in the Cantabrians is the last stronghold of the wolf, too, and villagers always leave the fallen stock out for them. Not much work there except Sheep and cattle farming and few young people to be seen. Villages are being abandoned in some places - rural decline here too! (Though not matched by the property prices in Gaydon) There's a species of Cuckoo there that parasitises Magpies which is unfortunately not found in the UK!

I noticed recently that bare branches are often the habitat of attractive mosses and lichens. They seem to have only Latin names but can be seen in many hedgerows around the village.

Many birds are still coming to my feeders, including Long-tailed Tits, a really attractive species that is normaly found in Woods. This present cold spell drives many species to use garden feeders which are a vital source of food. Bernard Price

Compton Verney 2006 Season

Van Gogh and Britain: Pioneer Collectors is a show that features works from public galleries all over the world, alongside rarely seen paintings from private collections.

These masterpieces have been brought together with archival material such as photographs, correspondence, newspaper reviews and catalogues relating to British collectors of the artist's work.

Collectively this reveals important new research on British interest in the work of Van Gogh.

Alongside this exhibition runs a display of works by Francis Bacon and Franz Xaver Messerschmidt which reflect elements of Van Gogh's later paintings.

Many other events, talks, tours, family activities and workshops are also taking place this spring.

Visit the website for more detailed information: or telephone 01926 645500.

Warmington Playschool

The Old School, Warmington, Tel. no. 07814 969182

A warm and friendly playschool, established over 30 years ago, offering lots of indoor and outdoor activities in safe, enclosed areas. We also introduce basic computer skills to under-5s. Telephone or just call in from 9.30am to 1.20pm; we are approximately 5 miles from Gaydon on the B4100. Liz Wrighton

Gaydon Fête 2006

This year's fête is on Saturday July 8th.

The plan is to hold it in the pony field at the back of Church Lane. Although money is still being raised for the purchase of this field, the Parish Council has said that the owner says we can go ahead with the fête. So far we are planning to run a fête with stalls and a dog show, as well as a car boot sale and a tug of war competition.

Barnfield are keen to work alongside this year's fête and they will be running stalls and teas. It has also been suggested that we could run a barbecue and some music in the early evening. As usual we are keen to hear ideas from anyone and everyone; the only thing we are short of every year is helpers!

If you have any ideas or want to run a stall or event at the fête please contact one of the committee:

Anna Perry 641971, Heather Golding 640953, Madeleine Hill 640636 or Sue Simmonds at Barnfield on 640521.

It has also been suggested that this year's fête should be run to raise money towards the fund for buying the field for the village.

Mobile Library

The van will call at Gaydon during April on Thursdays 6th and 20th.

Village Hall News

The kitchen door and window have been replaced and will be painted later this year along with the rest of the doors and windows. The committee also plan to redecorate and repair the parish office. New folding tables have been bought to replace the brown metal-framed tables which are now worn out. They have done good service over the years since their donation by the erstwhile social committee. Some of them are still usable and will be sold for £1 each.

Heartstart News

Good news for Gaydon!

Two of the four members of the Gaydon Heartstart team have been elevated by the Ambulance Service to First Responder 2 (FR2) status. This increases the scope of immediate emergency treatment available before a paramedic can get here from Leamington.

Church Services for April 2006 AD

2    11.15  Service, APCM & Lunch       Gaydon
9    11.15   Palm Sunday Family Service  Gaydon
16   11.30   Easter Day Eucharist        Gaydon
23   11.15   Family EucharistGaydon
30   10.30   Service at St Georges Church DM Kineton Station & Station Tour
Holy Week
Sunday    9th     11.15am Blessing of Palms and Family Service

Monday    10th     7.00pm Eucharist      Northend

Tuesday   11th     7.00pm Eucharist       Gaydon

Wednesday 12th    11.00am  Eucharist        Gaydon

Thursday  13th     7.00pm  Eucharist of the Lord's Last Supperand short Watch  Gaydon
Friday    14th     10.30am  Children's Good Friday Service      Gaydon
                    6.00pm Liturgy of the Passion               Northend

Saturday 15th     Easter Eve walk from Northend at 6.30pm to Burton Dassett
                7.30pm Easter Vigil Service                 Burton Dassett

Supporting Each Other

As villagers, you may know that in the church is a notice board on which can be put short requests for prayer about things that concern you. It might be thanks for something joyful or a plea for help in a difficult situation; people don't have to be named - it can be completely anonymous if you wish. The Church family can then be alongside you, praying with you, joining with you in bringing your concerns to God: the God who loves us all and wants us to let Him be part of our lives.

The Vicar's Letter

Easter is more than chocolates, bunnies and daffodils! The events of Holy Week and Easter lie at the heart of the Christian faith and speak to us about God's love revealed for all people in Jesus's dying and rising to new life. What we celebrate is that God in brokenness and death cannot be contained but breaks out to bring us new life in Christ.

Sydney Carter's hymn 'Lord of the Dance' conveys this idea:

   I danced on a Friday and the sky turned black;
   It's hard to dance with the devil on your back;
   They buried my body and they thought I'd gone,
   But I am the dance and I still go on.

   They cut me down and I leapt up high,
   I am the life that'll never, never die;
   I'll live in you if you'll live in me;
   I am the Lord of the Dance, said he.

In our own brokenness, sadness and fear, in our joy and celebration, God in Christ is drawing us into a movement of life and if we have the eyes of faith, we can see the signs of that new life all around us!


The flag was raised on 21 March for the Birthday of Owen Perry.

The present Village Flag Officer, George Hayward, is retiring this month and we are very grateful to him for all the flags he has raised for the villagers of Gaydon over the past two years; and for the money he has raised for the Church by flying the flag.

The flag will continue to be at the service of the village to celebrate special events and the new flag officer will be announced next month.

Small Ad


Ex-Village Hall formica-topped, metal-framed tables £1 each. Please apply to Debbie Price, Sue Middleditch or Julie Rickman