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Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine September 2009

Parish Council News

Flood Defence Plan

We are still hoping that the Banbury Road pipe will be installed in October. Talks are on-going with Highways.

Lights/Litter/Street Furniture

SDC have a new litter bin for us for outside the bus shelter but they have a shortage of staff to fit it. They have said that it will be fitted as soon as possible.

2nd green bins, which have been requested by residents, are to be delivered in the next 4 weeks. If you haven't received your bin by the end of September please contact the Clerk.


The pot holes in St. Giles Road have been reported to Highways and should be repaired soon.

Village Green

Balfour Beatty, Severn Trent's contractor, have contacted the Parish Council regarding the damage they caused to the Village Green. We hope that a meeting will take place shortly and the green rectified.

Community Transport Guide

There is a leaflet in the office for anyone wanting more information.

Proposed Starbold Windfarm

We are sure most people are aware by now of the proposal to build a windfarm to the South East of Bishops Itchington, on the edge of Knightcote. Details of the environmental consultation are on Stratford District Council's website. The proposers have also set up their own website The Parish Council will be discussing their approach to this at the next meeting and are in the process of contacting the neighbouring Parish Councils to see if there is a consensus for consolidated representation on this proposal. If you have concerns or objections then please communicate these to the Parish Council; but it will also have an impact if you contact Stratford District directly as an individual.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 1st September 2009, 8pm in the Village Hall.

Gaydon Village Hall Committee

The next meeting will take place on Monday 14 September at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursdays 3rd and 24th of September.

Friendship Club

We meet this month on Tuesday 22nd at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Mary Fox, Corner Cottage, Church Lane.

Allotment Gardens

Would anyone in Gaydon like to rent an allotment garden?

Dave Marks is a keen gardener and he has been in touch with Corinne Hill, the Parish Clerk, to find the best way of getting some village allotments again.

If six or more people are interested, the Parish Council is obliged by law to try to provide allotments for them and Dave is willing to co-ordinate the applications.

You can get in touch with him at the address below and if there are enough people he will write to the Parish Council on your behalf.

Think how you can save the planet and your cash, improve your diet and your fitness - all in one fell swoop! Join the Gaydon Gardeners!

Dave Marks: 1, Gaydon Hill Farm Cottages, Gaydon, CV35 0HQ Telephone 079 39 19 59 49

Village Coffee Morning

Our monthly coffee mornings resume after the holidays on Saturday12 September at 11am in the Village Hall.

Bring and buy home-made cakes and other produce; try your luck in a small raffle and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with other villagers!

Coming Soon at the Gaydon Inn

Saturday 12th September


We have many a tipple available - Jura, Chivas Regal, Famous Grouse, Jameson's, Jack Daniels and more ....

Wednesday 16th September

MEXICAN NIGHT ~ It's Mexican Independence Day on this date so why not join us for a Mexican Night: Mexican Food 6.30pm - 9pm and a little Mexican Music!

Saturday 26th September

LIVE MUSIC ~ played by 'Inside Out' - don't miss this opportunity for a great Evening out 8.30pm onwards.

Sunday 27th September

QUIZ NIGHT ~ We've missed them have you?

Starts at 7.30pm maximum teams of four. ££2.00 per person, which includes a cheese supper!

Friday 2nd October

RACE NIGHT ~ Charity Race Night - to be confirmed - for the Village Shop. Look out for further details at the Inn.

The Gaydon Inn, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0HA Tel: 01926 640388

This Month's Diary

Parish Council Tues 1st 8pm Village Hall Coffee Morning Sat 12th 11am Village Hall Pebbles Sun 13th 10.30am Village Hall Village Hall Committee Mon 14th 8pm Village Hall Friendship Club Tues 22nd 2.30pm Corner Cottage Old Time Music Hall Sat 26th 7.30pm Village Hall Pebbles Sun 27th 10.30am Village Hall Pilates Tuesdays 8pm Village Hall Toddler Group Thursdays 10-11.30am Village Hall Mobile Library Thursdays 3rd and 24th Next Month's Diary Men's Group Thurs 8th 7pm Village Hall

Nature Notes

In spite of some recent torrential rain the ground around the village quickly absorbed the deluges and, much to the relief of some householders, there has been no flooding! There are large cracks in the field paths; the crops and hay seem to be drying out well, with harvesting and cutting commencing in the last few days.

Butterflies again to defy prediction: swarms of the Green-veined and Large White are everywhere. Peacocks and Painted Ladies are less numerous but even the occasional Brimstone (bright yellow) has emerged early.

The Cemetery has scores of Common Blue butterflies, Skippers and the odd Marbled White. It is, in fact, a good example of a flower-rich meadow and gets a mention in "Butterflies of Warwickshire". The Small Tortoiseshell, once very common and now less so, appears like the Speckled Wood as a welcome visitor to my garden.

My most exciting Warwickshire walk was at Oversley Wood near Alcester where I saw the elusive large Purple Emperor and Silver-washed Fritillary which are spectacular woodland species.

On my recent walk by the church, in the space of a few minutes I saw a female Sparrow Hawk glide into some trees, a Kestrel was hovering over the newly-cut stubble a few fields away and two Buzzards were circling above Gaydon Wood. Raptors, at least, seem to have increased in numbers.

Swallows are beginning to gather in small family groups preparing for migration and the few House Martins are more visible now the Swifts have departed.

I think there will be a "glut" of plums this year: we no longer bother to collect many windfalls and these are eaten by creatures as diverse as flies and Badgers - who often leave scratch marks as they shake and push the tree! A branch from my tree has actually broken under the weight of fruit!

Lastly, there is a national shortage of Allotments throughout England. Gaydon once had many of these and also a Horticultural Society, as older residents will tell you. Will there be a revival of this? There is nothing better than eating your own produce and collecting eggs from your own flock of hens. I will be interested to see if local people can bring this back in Gaydon. Bernard Price.

Lighthorne Heath Post Office

will re-open in Lighthorne Heath Village Hall From 11 September 2009 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 2pm

St Giles' Church, Gaydon

Services for September AD MMIX

6                 8.00            Eucharist                   Burton Dassett
                 10.00            Eucharist                   Fenny Compton
                 11.15            Morning Service             Gaydon
                 11.30            Eucharist                   Farnborough
                   6.00pm         Songs of Praise             Burton Dassett

13                9.00           Eucharist                    Fenny Compton
                 10.00           Morning Service              Farnborough
                 10.00           Eucharist                    Northend
                 11.15           Growing Together             Gaydon
                 6.00pm        Evening Service              Burton Dassett

20                8.00           Eucharist                    Farnborough
                  9.00           Eucharist                    Gaydon
                 10.30           Morning Service              Fenny Compton
                 11.00           Harvest Service and Lunch    Northend

27               9.30            Eucharist                    Northend
                10.30            Harvest Festival             Fenny Compton
                11.30            Harvest Festival             Gaydon
                  3.00pm         Harvest Festival             Chadshunt
                  6.00pm         Harvest Festival             Farnborough


Alexander and Philip Mitroi were welcomed into the family of Christ's Church at St Giles', Gaydon, on Sunday 2nd of August.

Harvest Festival at All Saints' Church Chadshunt

We do not often have the opportunity to worship in the lovely old church at Chadshunt, so do travel the short mile from Gaydon and experience the candle-lit service on Sunday 27 September at 3pm!

Gaydon with Chadshunt Roll of Honour

The names of the fallen who are commemorated on the tablet and by the clock on St Giles' Church can now be seen on the on the Roll of Honour Website. A link can be found on the Gaydon Village Website


The Vicar's Letter

With news about continuing deaths in Afghanistan, I return to minister in the group of parishes, rested and refreshed after my tour of duty but with thoughts, prayers and concerns still with the soldiers I ministered to in Helmand.

Thank you for the cards and letters and parcels for the troops you sent me. The gifts found their way to the forward operation bases and were very much appreciated and I was able to share with a great number of individuals your prayers and good wishes for them.

Please pray for our soldiers still serving in Afghanistan: for the elections and for the establishment of peace in the country and region. Having seen a more normal style of life in Kabul, with children - especially girls - going to school, I very much believe that our involvement there is essential in both overcoming evil and establishing peace in Afghanistan and at home.


Alice Mary Gladwish 1923 - 2009

Miss Mary Gladwish came to Gaydon over fifty years ago from the Sussex coast and worked at the Kineton army depot as head of the typing pool until her retirement. She drove a jaunty scooter for many years until she decided to take the plunge and learn to drive a car. Miss Gladwish was very involved in village life, a stalwart deliverer of Meals on Wheels and always ready to help those in need.

Her friends missed her greatly when she and Miss Elsie White moved away to Banbury. However, she kept up her little cottage in Gaydon and maintained contact with the village even when she finally moved to a nursing home near Banbury. She died on the 8th of August and was buried at Hardwick Hill Cemetery on the 18th August.

'With Christ which is far better' Phillippians I v 23

Shipston Home Nursing

Country Car Boot Sale 6th September 2009 Gates Open 9am at Honington Estate Public Entry fee £2 per head max £5 per car Car Booters by Application Only Please Call Rebecca on 01608 674929 for further Details

Food & Refreshments available.

Summer and Autumn Events at the Heritage Motor Centre

Go-Karting 18 July - 6 September

Get behind the wheel and have some fun! Go-Karts (8yrs+ and 1.35m tall), Miniature Roadway and 4x4 Experience (5yrs+) going on daily throughout the summer holidays 11am - 4.30pm (weather permitting). Open to non-museum visitors. Prices per ride: £6.00 for adults, £4.00 for children and concessions. Miniature Roadway, £3.00.

Mini Madness 23 July - 3 September - every Thursday

Through out the summer holidays we have mountains of mini-themed fun going on with quizzes, trails and our new '50 Years of the Mini' Exhibition. Plus taking place every Thursday between 11am - 3pm will be free drop-in mini-themed activities. For more information visit or call 01926 641188. Children must be accompanied by an adult and standard entrance fees apply.

Stop Start under 17 Driver Sessions 20 July - 4 September

Great for bored teenagers, learner driving experiences for 15+yrs in our dual-controlled vehicles. These 1 hour sessions cost £30 and are available weekdays during the school holidays. Pre-booking is essential and the price includes entrance to the Museum for the driver. Tel: 01926 645029.

Gaydon Autumn Classic

27 September Cream Tea Run and Austin J40 Pedal Car Club Rally

Three events in one day with something for everyone.

See T: 01926 641188

October Half-term Holiday Activities - Sunday 25 Oct/1st Nov

Come and join in our free drop-in family activities in our Education Room on both Sundays of half term 11am - 3pm.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and standard Museum entrance fees apply. T:01926 641188 for information.

Gaydon Men's Club

The next supper with speaker is planned for Thursday 8th October at 7.15pm for 7.30 in Gaydon Village Hall.

The speaker is Mr John Scott-Scott who worked in the space industry for many years and has entitled his talk 'The Rocket Man'.

If you would like to attend please telephone John Goldsmith on 01926 642571. A donation of £6.50 towards the costs would be appreciated.

Gaydon Voices Present an Old Time Music Hall

of Songs and Monologues in the Village Hall on Saturday 26th September 2009 at 7.30pm sharp with carriages required by 10.00pm.

Ploughman's Supper and Beverages from the Bar. The admission price is a mere £6.50 per person. Box Office 01926 647854 Victorian or Edwardian dress.