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Gaydon with Chadshunt Parish Magazine October 2009

This Month's Diary

Race Night               Fri 2nd 7.30pm               Gaydon Inn
Men's Group              Thurs 8th 7pm                Village Hall
Coffee Morning           Sat 10th 11am                Village Hall
Pebbles                  Sun 11th 10.30am             Village Hall
Windfarm Outing          Tues 13th 2pm             ?  Village Hall
Friendship Club          Tues 20th 2.30pm             Almeley Chase
Pebbles                  Sun 25th 10.30am             Village Hall
Pilates                 Tuesdays 8pm                  Village Hall
Toddler Group              Thursdays 10-11.30am          Village Hall
Mobile Library           Thursday 15th

Village Coffee Morning

Our monthly coffee morning will be

on Saturday 10 October 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!

Gaydon Village Store

Our next fundraising event will be a re-run of the highly successful Race Night. This time it will be held at The Gaydon Inn on Friday 2 October and will start at 7.30pm. All bets are £1 each and entry is free.

Why not come along, have fun and see if you can beat the bookie?

Although GVS has raised approximately £7500 towards this project, we still need to raise another £10,000 or so, if our building quotes are anything to go by. All donations to the GVS fund are gratefully received.

We have over 70 shareholders now and if you haven't already got a share then please contact us on telephone 647854 or

Thanks to all those who have so far put their names down as volunteer shop assistants - we will contact you shortly, but we do still need more names. If you have a couple of hours a week to spare, please let us know. This is a great way of getting to know your community better and helping to support it in the future. Claire Hamm

Nature Notes

The season of "mellow fruitfulness" has arrived early this year. The pleasant dry spell has a distinct chill in the air and the hedgerows are again filled with large crops of blackberries, sloes and wild plums. This is a startling contrast to last year when fruit was scarce.

Red Admirals feed on my fallen plums: this attractive butterfly was once a migrant but has begun to hibernate along with its fellow Nymphalidae the Small Tortoishell and the Peacock. I have also seen what is possibly a third brood of Common Blues and Specked Woods in the village hedgerows.

Let's hope that the mild spell will hold off the frost for few weeks yet. Swallows seem to have departed this week and House Martins are flocking up for a later departure. My Tortoise, in a bid to find a place to hibernate, escaped from my garden and was found - much to my relief - in the Village Hall Cottage garden! Another more intrepid one actually managed to cross a five-lane motorway and was featured on the "Today" programme!

The smell of new-mown hay and the crunch of stubble underfoot are a feature of walks over parched ground. No longer is there a ritual of straw burning, so the chaff thrown up by the combine provides food for coveys of partridge and collared doves already feeding on the fields. Would that it was left till spring but most will be ploughed up for another crop in a few weeks, such are the demands of modern agriculture.

One unusual fruit I have collected this year is the Medlar. Like the Quince, it has fallen out of fashion and I have to store the fruit for weeks until it "melts" almost to a state of putrification; but it is then considered the most delicious taste.... we shall see! Bernard Price


Debbie and Bernard would like to thank everyone who helped in the search for the lost tortoise. He was missing for ten days, a long time when you haven't been parted for thirty years!


Whilst hunting for the tortoise, Debbie discovered Harry the Hedgehog trapped in one of the village hall drains. Once released, he quickly resumed his normal activities and appeared unharmed. Harry would like to thank Peter the tortoise for organising his rescue.

St Giles' Church, Gaydon Services for October AD MMIX

4                 8.00            Eucharist                          Burton Dassett
                 10.00            Eucharist                          Fenny Compton
                 11.15            Morning Service                    Gaydon
                 11.30            Eucharist                          Farnborough

11                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

18                8.00           Eucharist                           Farnborough
                  9.00           Eucharist                           Gaydon
                 10.30           Morning Service                     Fenny Compton
                 10.30           Eucharist                           Northend

25               9.30            Eucharist                          Northend
                10.30            Morning Service                    Fenny Compton
                11.30            Family Eucharist                   Gaydon
                 6.00pm          Evening Service                    Farnborough


Activities for children take place in the Village Hall on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 10.30am. There are refreshments before they go over to the church to join in the family service.

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.

The Vicar's Letter

In October we keep the feast of St Francis of Assisi, known in the west as the patron saint of animals but also as the saint who keeps us thinking about the creation and our part in the created order.

One thing that really annoys me is to see lanes, roads and motorways littered with rubbish! We have become a filthy nation and despite green studies at schools and any amount of environmental awareness, some people seem to think that they can drop their litter or fly tip rubbish anywhere - especially in the countryside.

The creation - planet earth - is a fragile eco system and as human beings we do not have a good track record of preserving the planet. God calls man to work with him as a steward of creation, not to exploit it; to help care for the earth and the life God has blessed us with.

In the offertory prayers, every time we celebrate the eucharist, we thank God for providing us with the stuff of life: bread and wine - 'fruit of the earth and work of human hands' - which become vehicles for the Divine Gifts of Christ's Body and Blood.

As we reverently approach the altar to receive these Gifts, so we ought to reverently respect the creation and challenge those who would pollute and damage the earth by their thoughtless actions.

Autumn Events at the Heritage Motor Centre

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. Tel: 01926 641188 for information.

Neighbourhood Watch


Overnight between 8th and 9th September, unknown offenders gained entry though the front gates of a property in Warwick Road, Gaydon. They stole laptops, desktop computers and plasma TV's; then entered three vehicles at the site, smashing windows and causing damage to two vehicles, stealing wheels from the third.

If anyone has information about this crime please call: 01926 415000 and quote Incident: 68 09/09/09.

Sometime during the night, 6th and 7th September, offenders entered a garage at a home in Church Road, Gaydon and then entered the house via an integral door. Once inside the house the offenders stole a computer, a purse and the keys to two vehicles. A Ford Focus and a Peugeot van were then stolen from the property.

If you have information that you believe may be connected to this incident please contact Wellesbourne Police quoting incident number 86 of 7th September.

10 year Driving Licences

Thousands of motorists are at risk of being fined up to £1,000 because they are unwittingly driving without a valid licence. They risk prosecution after failing to spot the extremely small print on their photo card licence which says it automatically expires after 10 years and has to be renewed - even though drivers are licensed to drive until the age of 70. This has come to light a decade after the first batch of photo licences was issued in July 1998, just as they start to expire.

At the heart of the confusion is the small print on the tiny credit-card-size photo licence, which is used in conjunction with the paper version. Just below the driver's name on the front of the photo card licence is a series of dates and details - each one numbered. Number 4b features a date in tiny writing, but no explicit explanation as to what it means. The date's significance is only explained if the driver turns over the card and reads the key on the back which states that '4b' means 'licence valid to'. Even more confusingly, an adjacent table on the back of the card sets out how long the driver is registered to hold a licence - that is, until his or her 70th birthday. A total of 25 million new-style licences have been issued but - motoring experts say - drivers were never sufficiently warned they would expire after 10 years.

The DVLA said failure to update the photo card after 10 years fell into the same category as failing to inform them of a change of address. PLEASE CHECK YOUR LICENCE EXPIRY DATE!

Why not visit the Gaydon Inn?

2nd October

Charity Race Night - Come along & support the village shop

9th October

Seafood Platter Evening

Book now to guarantee a table!

16th October

Game Season - Join us in the evening from 6pm for our Game menu ranging from rabbit to venison

26th October

Now British summertime is over it's time to try out our new autumn-winter Menu

30th October

Pie Night -- Not to be missed, short crust pastry pies with a large choice of filling from 6pm

31st October - Halloween Night with fancy dress and a good traditional live Irish Band from 8pm

5th November

Bonfire Night -- Our Annual Bonfire Night is nearly here. This years theme is Sci Fi, we will be in fancy dress, will you? Half of your entrance fee will go towards this year's charity which is 'Help for Heroes'. £2.50 for adults; £1.00 for children 5-12 years children under 5 years free. Don''t miss this fantastic Night of Fireworks, Bonfire, BBQ and most of all fun!

Christmas Menu now available also serving food Christmas Day!

The Gaydon Inn, Banbury Road, Gaydon. CV350HA

Save Fenny Compton Fire Station

Paul Whinmill has set up a petition against closure of the station.

Visit the website and sign up if you feel you would like to help to save Fenny Compton Fire Station from closure: You can also visit for more information and you can email Colleagues in the Fire and Rescue Service have organised a series of consultation meetings for members of the public across the County. There will be a meeting at 7pm (presentation starts at 7.30pm) on Thursday, 8th October at The Dassett Primary School, Fenny Compton, which will consist of a presentation by the Acting Chief Fire Officer or his Deputy and a chance for the public to have their say.

Parish Council News

Flood Defence Plan

Issues have arisen for all Parishes regarding flood defence plans and we are hoping that the County can resolve this problem quickly and let us have plans, agreements and dates for the installation of the Banbury Road pipe. The Parish Council is actively pursuing this.

The grips along the Kineton Road should have been cleared and we are waiting to hear whether the pond will be partially cleared.

Lights/Litter/Street Furniture

We have reports of an increase in litter in some areas of the village. This is being investigated and will also be monitored.


Highways have asked the Parish Council to consider whether railings are necessary along the Banbury Road. If you have any views on this could you please contact the clerk.

Fire Service

We have received information regarding the closure of Fenny Compton Fire Station. Information is available on Details of the venues for the public consultation events will be circulated when they are finalised. Keep an eye on the Village Hall notice board. In the meantime, should you have any questions then please forward them to Balbir Singh on 01926 423231 or via email to

*Proposed Starbold Windfarm

A planning application has now been submitted for the erection of a 60m meteorological mast for a temporary period for two years.

The application number is 09/01578/FUL and can be viewed on the District Council website or by contacting the Clerk and making arrangements to visit the parish office. The comments due date is 5th October 2009. If you have concerns about this application please ensure that they are with the District Council by 5th October.

Next Meeting

Tuesday, 3rd November 2009, 8pm in the Village Hall.

*Outing to Visit a Windfarm - see separate article

Windfarm Visit

A trip is being organised by Broadview Energy Ltd for residents to visit a working windfarm.

This will take place on Tuesday, 13th October. Coaches will be arranged to pick up residents from Knightcote and Bishops Itchington at 2pm, returning approximately 6.30pm.

Depending on numbers, the Parish Council will try and arrange for the coach to pick up from Gaydon as well.

The trip is to Westmill Windfarm (Watchfield, Swindon) and it is to provide residents with a first hand experience of a working windfarm.

If you would like to go please contact the clerk for a booking form or pop into the Parish Office on a Saturday morning.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursday, 15 October.

To renew books between mobile visits, please phone

01926 851031; or go on-line at

Friendship Club

We meet this month on Tuesday 20th at 2.30pm at the home of

Mrs Olive Richards, Almeley Lodge, Kineton Road.