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Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine

February 2007

This Month's Diary

Coffee Morning   Sat 10th 11am           Village Hall
Friendship Club  Tues 27th 2.30pm        Wellesbourne
Pilates          Tuesdays 8pm            Village Hall
Mobile Library   Thursdays 8th & 22nd
Toddler Group    Thursdays 10-11.30am    Village Hall

Warmington Playgroup

There is a vacancy for a child aged 3-5 years from 9.30am-1.15pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Nursery Grants Available
Tel. 641839


Tim Wells at Windy Ridge has found some Freelander keys on a local bridle path. Please contact him if you think they are yours.

Parish Council

A dog bin has been placed in the field behind Church Lane close to the footpath.
Repairs to the kerbstones on the roundabout will take place soon, we hope. Highways have confirmed that these repairs will be carried out but can not say when.
We have written to Aston Martin and Landrover to ask them if they could ask their employees not to park on the pavement or on both sides of Church Road when visiting Gaydon.
The charges for the cemetery have been reviewed and will not increase this year.

Friendship Club

Our meeting is to be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 27 February at Number 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.

Mobile Library

The van will be visiting the village on Thursdays 8th and 22nd this month.

Ironing Service

If you are fed up with looking at your ironing pile or just hate ironing, give me a ring!
I will collect and deliver. Competitive hourly rate.
Phone Julia Thomas on 01926 641839 or 641633.

Village Coffee Morning

Village Hall
Saturday 10 February at 11 o'clock
Homemade Cakes & Bring and Buy
Coffee, Tea and Biscuits
Come along to meet other villagers and help raise some cash
for the upkeep of the village church!

Neighbourhood Watch

Gaydon Report
Burglary in St Giles Road, Gaydon INC 419 of 10 January 2007.
At 6.15pm on 10 January the owner of a home on St Giles Road, Gaydon, saw an offender climbing into the kitchen of his home through an open rear window.
The owner shouted at the youth who ran off. The offender is described as a white male, aged approximately 18 years. He was about 6 feet tall, with light brown spiky hair and of skinny build. He was wearing a light grey hooded top. It is believed that he may be been in contact with a second youth who was not seen.
If you noticed anything suspicious at this time or you recognise the description of the offender please contact Stratford police quoting incident number 419 of 10 January 2007.
Community Policing Team 2007
Our Community Beat Officer is PC Chris Cuthbertson PC541;
working with Sgt Darren Fretwell Sgt.1740; PC Steve Brown PC 1557.
Contact details: based at Wellesbourne Police Station: Kineton Road, Wellesbourne, CV35 9NE
Telephone 01789 842114; Warwickshire Police Web Site:

Nature Notes

We must be wondering... will winter ever come?
A few days of slight frost and we are back in a mild spell once again. A walk in our local woodland shows a growth more reminiscent of March with Bluebells, Arums and dogs mercury pushing through; and at Chadshunt church a magnificent display of snowdrops in full bloom. Hazel Catkins are laden with pollen too.
Walking near our village sewer outlet, numbers of Common Snipe and Woodcock are a daily sighting. Badger sets, too, show evidence of frantic nightime diggings, though the one near the Banbury Road seems to have been abandoned.
The Woodcock seems particulary in evidence on recent walks. This rotund brown wader with wonderfully cryptic plumage will only fly when a dog or foot touches it, so perfect is the camouflage in leaf litter. An explosive "WHRRRR" and flitting bat-like flight that curls in an arc is a great experience. For such a beneficial species that feeds on slugs and worms and often migrates 500 miles, a "Fall" of woodcock face the hazard of being shot as they are reputedly good to eat. I beg to differ, having once had the traditional bird with its "Trail" soaked into toast: it has a slimy, earthy taste summed up by Noel Coward as "Too much wood not enough cock".
The "pin" feathers (on the wing joint) were once used as brushes by painters of miniatures and the courtship flight known as "Roding", which I once witnessed at dawn on the Polish Marshes, is an awesome spectacle of vertical take off. After its long journey it is sad and perhaps unnecessary to gun down this bird of legend and mystery. There are many other stories .. it is reputed to carry its young on its back in times of danger and has specialised nostrils in its beak to detect movement underground.
Hegehogs and Squirrels do not seem to have hibernated at all this year and like the early frog spawn will suffer if a cold snap does arrive. Climate has a habit of levelling out but it is taking a long time this year.
Bernard Price

Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine

Services for February 2007 AD

4      8.00    Eucharist         Burton Dassett
      11.15    Matins            Gaydon

11    10.00    Eucharist         Northend
      11.15    Growing Together  Gaydon
       6.00pm  Evening Prayer    Northend

18     9.00    Eucharist         Gaydon
      10.30    Village Communion Northend

25    10.00    Eucharist         Northend
      11.15    Family Eucharist  Gaydon
       6.00pm  Evening Prayer    Northend

Weekday Services

The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple or Candlemas will be celebrated with a Eucharist at Burton Dassett on Friday 2 February at 7.00pm.
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at St Giles' Church Gaydon at 11am on Ash Wednesday, 21 February.

Lenten Meetings

Over some of the Sundays of Lent, a reflective space and time for prayer will be made available in the parishes,
to enable people to draw their Sunday to a close and mark the season of preparation for Holy Week and Easter.
Notices of times and venues will appear in church.

The Vicar's Letter

This year sees a complete revision of the Church Electoral Roll, a register of church membership – not to be confused with the civil parish Electoral Roll. Why sign the Church Electoral Roll and enter your name? Well, it's one way of defining church membership and demonstrating your support of your local church community through regular worship and committed giving.
Another reason for signing the Roll is to meet new demands in maintaining the local church. As you are aware, parish reorganisation means that fewer priests are having to cover a greater area and minister to more congregations. This means that more responsibility will fall on the laity and people will be required to represent the local church at parish, deanery (the grouping of neighbouring parishes) and diocesan level; and engage with the issues that face the church in developing her mission, service and meet the financial needs of maintaining a local presence in a rural area like ours. It is those whose names appear on the Electoral Roll who can serve their church community in this particular way.
If you choose not to enter your name on the Church Electoral Roll, that'’s OK because it'’s not the only way membership or support of the local church is defined. We are always pleased to see people join us for worship and support the parish in whatever way possible. We recognise with gratitude the way people do support the life of the church in Gaydon with Chadshunt.
I would ask, please, that you continue to support your church in whatever way you can. At St Giles’ we like to think we are there to serve God and you: all we ask is that you are there to help us be a Christian presence in the villages, able to meet your needs and provide baptisms, weddings and funerals when the time arises.