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Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine September 2006

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 26 September at 2.30pm at Trevose, Kineton Road.

We are sorry that Gay Talbot, one of our long-standing members, is leaving the village; we wish her happiness in her new home.

Mobile Library

The van will call at Gaydon this month on Thursdays 7th and 21st. It will be in Church Road at 1.10pm and St Marks Close at 1.30pm.

St Giles' Parent, Baby & Toddler Group

The Toddler Group meets every Thursday in Gaydon Village Hall from 10am to 11.30am and anyone looking after a baby or toddler is very welcome to join in.

Village Coffee Morning

On Saturday 9 September the Village Hall will be open at 11am for coffee, tea and biscuits.

Cakes and other home-made items will be on sale and we are always grateful for any contributions of goods, garden produce and plants etc that we can sell.

This is an excellent opportunity for people to meet neighbours - new and old - and we hope very much to welcome

'new customers' as we start up again after the summer holidays.

Please do no Park on the Pavement

The Parish Council has a duty to keep the pavements clear for the use of pedestrians.

We have several wheelchair users in the village as well as parents with pushchairs and even if car wheels are only on the kerb they can cause obstruction.

If possible, park on the same side of the road as other cars already parked; if you have to park on the opposite side, you should leave room on the road for a bus or fire-engine to pass.

Thank you for your co-operation. J. Crowe, Chairman of the Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Tuesday 5 September at 8pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Parochial Church Council

The next meeting of the PCC will be in St Giles' Church

on Wednesday 6 September at 7.30pm.


It is with sorrow that we report the death of Sharon Livingston whose funeral took place at Oakley Wood on 21 August. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.


We welcome to the village Julie, Steve and family who have come to live in the Kineton Road. We hope that you will enjoy living in Gaydon.

Village Hall

The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Tuesday 12 September at 8pm.

Nature Notes

Several sad incidents with wildlife this month.

Pimple Lane was the location in both cases where a Roe Deer Stag and a Fox were injured by cars. Thanks to this being reported by concerned villagers the RSPCA were able to

attend to them, though unfortunately both animals had to be

put down.

Local Badgers seem to be casualties too, being unable to adapt to the speed of cars and even running towards headlights.

August continues to be a great month for butterflies, with even more Red Admirals and Humming-bird Hawk moths in our gardens.

The recent rain has also brought out many small frogs and toads. Red kites again seem to be frequenting Watery Lane and House Martins have fledged their first broods.

The ground is still pretty dry underfoot and field boundaries are good places to collect Blackberries and Sloes which seem exceptionally early this year.

In my own garden I have been watching a Bumble bees' nest in one of my flowerbeds. It is well located in the roots of a Cranesbill clump and I disturbed it recently whilst weeding; but the bees soon repaired the entrances. Bumble bees are in decline nationally so need our support as they are vital to the pollination of many species of plants. Large queens will hibernate in the autumn to start new colonies and often use old nest sites, so if you see one you can mark the place to leave without digging or disturbance.

Some fruit is already ripening and much will be left to rot on the ground whilst many people continue to buy blisterpacked apples and plums from halfway around the globe in the Supermarkets and never pick their own varieties. Birds and wasps will of course benefit but such neglect has a certain irony.

It was reported recently that thousands of tons of fresh food is tipped into landfills all over the UK whilst a few thousand miles south people are starving.

A lot, perhaps too much, is taken for granted these days. Bernard Price

Parish Council

Gaydon Website

There is now a 'skeleton' Gaydon Website on and the Parish Council would welcome your views on how it should be used by the village.

At present there are some photos of Gaydon and District on the site and a copy of the Parish Magazine.

Bring your ideas along to the weekly Parish Council meeting which takes place at 10.30am on Saturdays in the Parish Office.

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

The Parish will shortly be requiring a new Parish Clerk.

Work is interesting and varied taking an average of three hours per week. Remuneration is in the region of £10 per hour.

If you would like more information please contact

Corinne Hill on 641220.

Restaurant Review

'Gourmand' writes:

In August I took my wife, two daughters and their husbands out to dinner in Leamington to celebrate a birthday with a zero at the end. We had heard that there was a new Italian place on Regent Grove called Prezzo's and thought this would be a good occasion to try it out.

It was a Thursday at eight and we easily found a parking space nearby. We were welcomed as soon as we entered and shown to an interesting raised section at the back with a series of booths seating six. The tables below in the main restaurant were filling up with smartly-dressed diners. The decor was in sophisticated oak and chrome and limestone.

Our waiters were attentive and helpful and happy to cater for our individual requirements. We chose from a good range of Italian dishes: the fried squid and other starters were tasty, the pizzas and pastas excellent and the tirami su the best we had ever tasted. The wine list was short and well thought-out to go with the food. The only wine missing for us was a Prosecco which we always rather like with an Italian meal. The prices were very fair and we shall certainly go again.


Stoneleigh Male Voice Choir

Saturday 14th October

in St Giles Church

at 7.30pm

Wine and Cheese will be available in the Interval

Tickets £5 each

from John & Jane Goldsmith

4 St Giles Road or Telephone 642571

Gaydon Photo Exhibition

in the Village Hall

Sunday 24 September from 3pm till 5pm

If you have any interesting pictures of Gaydon bring them along!

Followed at 7pm by

a Cheese & Wine party

to celebrate the success of the Feête

This is for all villagers so please come

Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine

Services for September 2006 AD

3 8.00 Holy Eucharist Burton Dassett

11.15 Matins Gaydon

10 10.00 Holy Eucharist Northend

11.15 Family Service & Baptism Gaydon

17 9.00 Holy Eucharist Gaydon

10.30 Village Communion Northend

24 11.15 Family Eucharist Gaydon

3.30 Harvest Service Burton Dassett

Open Door

Probably most people will have heard about the vandalism in the church last month when a children's book, a hymn book and a service book were destroyed. As a result we felt the need to close the church for several days.

This incident was very sad - the books help in our worship of God and teach us a lot about him. The other sad thing is that people who appreciate coming into the church, to put their prayer requests on the board, or sit quietly and talk to God, or listen to Him in the stillness, were unable to do so.

We don't want that to happen again.

If you were involved in the vandalism, or know who was, why not come to a service and see how the books are meant to be used?

Everybody is always welcome to come.

Young people, or those with children, might find the second Sunday in the month helpful, when we have the Family Service and, as adults and children (of all ages!) we think how we can grow together as we learn about our Father God and the human family we all belong to; and to know Him and respect each other.

The Vicar's Letter

Did you know that prostate cancer kills one man every hour of the day, every day of the year? Does anyone know what prostate cancer is? Do men know what symptoms to look for, or whom to ask for advice or information? Prostate Cancer is as big a killer as breast cancer. The purpose of National Prostate Cancer Day on Sunday 3 September 2006 is to raise awareness of the disease and how widespread it is. Sponsored Dawn Walks are being organised throughout the Country.

Locally, there is a walk through the Burton Dassett Hills starting behind the Red Lion pub in Northend at 6.15am on 3 September. Currently there are at least 35 walkers taking part and bacon rolls will be served in Northend Village Hall for walkers from about 8 am. There is also a coffee morning at the Village Hall from 10am until 12 noon with stalls for bring-and-buy, sumptuous cakes and a raffle: all proceeds will go to the Prostate Cancer Charity.

The event is being organised by Ronald and Geraldine Carter, with support from the village. Ronald is a fireman who, after a routine medical check, was told he had prostate cancer and is, so far, successfully being treated for the disease. Many of the other walkers are either sufferers or have close relatives who are being treated for the disease. This is a significant issue that will be recognised by many local families who will think they are the only ones affected by the disease. It is an opportunity to show that they are not alone.

Ronald and Geraldine would welcome more walkers with sponsorship, or even sponsorship from the community, to raise funds for research. Further details are available from Ronald and Geraldine on 01295 770625 or from Chris (contact details below). For those who are interested, more information can be found on the Prostate Cancer Charity web site at or by phoning 0845 300 8383.