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Gaydon Parish Magazine April 2010

This Month's Diary

Children's Easter Good Friday 10am St Giles' Church

Easter Day Service Sun 4th 11.15am St Giles' Church

Coffee Morning Sat 10th 11am Village Hall

APCM and Lunch Sun 11th 11.15am St Giles' Church

Men's Group Thurs 15th 7pm Village Hall

Friendship Club Tues 20th 2.30pm Corner Cottage

Pilates Tuesdays 8pm Village Hall

Toddler Group Thursdays 10-11.30am Village Hall

Mobile Library Thursday 8th, 29th

Heritage Motor Centre

Easter Holiday Activities

27 March - 11 April

Easter Quiz - Come and join our HMC kids characters on an Easter quiz around the museum! This activity is free of charge and available all week. Children must be accompanied by an adult and standard museum entrance fee applies.

Go Karting - The Easter holidays see the re-opening of our Go Karts and Miniature Roadway, (age and height restrictions apply).

These will be open daily from 11am until 4pm but are weather-dependent.

Stop Start Under 17 driving sessions

Great for bored teenagers, learner driving experiences for 15+yrs in our dual-controlled vehicles. These 1 hour sessions cost £30 and are available during the school holidays. Pre-booking is essential - Tel: 01926 645029 and the price includes entrance to the Museum for the driver. For more information about any of these events please visit or call 01926 641188.

1st and 8th April

Easter Activity Days: Painting racing cars

These free drop-in family activities will run on Thursdays the 1st and 8th of April in our Education Room from 11am to 3pm.

Normal museum admission prices apply and children will get to take home what they make. Children must be supervised at all times.

1st May

Range Rover 40th Anniversary

A day's celebration for Range Rovers 40th. Normal museum admission prices apply on the 1May. Weekend tickets and discounted advance tickets available online.

2 May

Heritage Land Rover Show

A gathering of Land Rover enthusiasts with many models on show plus the arrival of the annual Land Rover Heritage Run from Lode Lane, Solihull to the Heritage Motor Centre. Plus a special Heritage Run of Range Rovers to celebrate the marque's 40th anniversary. Please see the website for event details and ticket prices

Event prices apply on 2 May, weekend tickets and discounted advance tickets available online.

Compton Verney

Francis Bacon: in Camera. A new exhibition of one of the most important painters of the twentieth century. Show runs from April to 20 June: see or telephone 645500.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursdays 8th and 29th April.

Friendship Club

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th April at 2.30pm at Corner Cottage, Church Lane.

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 10 April at 11am. Home-made cakes and jam; Bring and Buy; Raffle.

Men's Group

Thursday 15 April at 7pm for 7.30 in Gaydon Village Hall: details appear on a later page.

Fish and Chip Van

Every Thursday evening THE CHIP VAN LIMITED visits Gaydon.

St Giles Road at 6pm

St Marks Close at 6.15pm

Church Road at 6.30pm

Bob Bolton, the Fish and Chip Man, sells excellent fish and chips plus the usual sausages, chicken, pies, mushy peas and tasty sauces. Put away your pots and pans on Thursday nights and dine on Bob's fast fish! Phone 01788 537348 / 07746 754724

St Giles' Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM will take place on Sunday 11 April after the morning service, followed by a light lunch in the Village Hall.

Good Friday

Children's Easter Time at 10am at St Giles' Church to explore what happened at Easter, with songs and activities.

Church Services for April AD MMX

Holy Week
Maundy Thursday       7.30pm     Easter Vigil                Gaydon
Good Friday          10.00am     Children's Activities       Gaydon
                      6.00pm     Liturgy of the Passion at Fenny Compton
Holy Saturday         6.00pm     Walk from Northend to Burton Dassett Church
                                         for Easter Vigil at 7pm
Easter Day
4                 8.00           Eucharist                          Burton Dassett
                 10.00           Eucharist                          Fenny Compton
                 11.15           Family Eucharist                   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           Family Service                     Fenny Compton
                 11.30           Family Eucharist                   Gaydon
                  6.00pm         Evening Service                    Farnborough

Parish Council News

Flood Defence

The Banbury Road Pipe scheme is on the reserve list for funding.

We understand that the County Council and the District Council have just instructed solicitors to contact 3 landowners who will be affected by this installation. We envisage that landowners will be contacted in the next 6 to 8 weeks. The planning application for the pipe has been prepared and can be with the Parish Council very quickly should funding become available.

Street Lighting

The County Council has stopped the night patrol to see if street lights are working. If a light is out can you please contact the Clerk.


There are now only 2 insecure headstones in the cemetery. Relatives have been written to or a note has been left on the grave. If these headstones are not secured in the next 28 days the Parish Council will have to lay them on the ground. We have been advised to take this action for health and safety reasons.


The engineer has told us that the photocopier is beyond economic repair. We do not have the funds to buy a new machine. At the moment Mrs. Rickman is kindly using her own facilities to print this magazine for us all. We are addressing this problem.

Warwick Road - Transporters on the pavement

We have received complaints about the car transporters, who use the facility at Swallowfields Farm, parking on the pavement outside Jaguar Land Rover. This has been drawn to Jaguar Land Rover's attention.

Bishops Itchington Road - Milestone

Jaguar Land Rover have volunteered to restore the milestone along the Bishops Road.

Heritage Centre

Following a complaint The Heritage Centre have cleared the path outside their building. The plants have been cut back to ensure that the walkway is clear. If any resident notices the path becoming overgrown please contact either The Heritage Centre or the Clerk.

Grit Bins

The Parish Council are considering whether we need grit bins. These bins would cost the Parish approximately £175 each.

Next Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday, 6th May at 7.30pm or, in the event of a General Election being called on this day, Thursday, 13th May at 7.30pm.

Men's Group

Thursday 15 April at 7pm for 7.30 in Gaydon Village Hall

We've tried to protect against it of course - previous management (Commander Goldsmith) worked hard to maintain the male aspect of a valuable evening. Sorry to report that this time there will be females in the room and, gents, I don't mean one or two, I mean thousands of them! Oh, they'll all be in a box of course, so you can see the queen and all of her cohorts serving her every whim (sound familiar chaps? - no, I didn't think so).

Beekeeping is increasingly popular so let's have a look at how they operate, how we keep them healthy, how honey is made (we can try some) and how we take some honey away. Together with exciting new culinary endeavours this promises to be an interesting evening: so get it in your diary, tell all chums to come along (keeps the odds down) and let me know if you're coming - by Mon 12th if possible. David Faulkner: or 01926 691191


Unfortunately due to low attendance we have decided to stop the Pebbles Sunday morning activity group with effect from April. We are continuing to consider provision for children on a Sunday morning and will publicise any future plans here.

In the meantime, children continue to be welcome in church on Sundays where activities are provided for them. Our services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in particular have a family focus. Jo Hotchkiss and Chris Corner

Village Fête 2010 - Street Party 2012?

Many thanks to all those who said they would help if there was a fête and to those who turned up at the meetings. Unfortunately there are not enough people who want to form a group/committee to run a fête and no-one wants to be the organiser.

Let's put it on hold for this year and try and run one in 2011 to raise money for a street party for the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

The first weekend in June 2012 is going to be a special extra Bank Holiday Weekend to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee so we could do a street party then. MH

Nature Notes

Spring, albeit slowly, is on its way. The Snowdrops in the village churchyard, which were transferred from Chadshunt a few years back, are the early harbingers. In patches of ancient woodland appear the white papery flowers of Wood Anemones and yellow Primroses: both these species take advantage of the lack of leaf cover to photo-synthesise and provide nectar for early pollinators.

These are either species like the bright yellow Brimstone butterfly and large queen Bumble bees that have emerged from hibernation; or the Bee Fly which you will often see around Primroses in Warwickshire. They resemble bees and are parasites of ground-nesting species. You may also have to release Peacock and Small Tortoishell butterflies from shed windows on sunny days.

Rooks are already building nests and at sunset they are often crowded into the best spots in the tree tops. The large flock of goldfinches and Siskins is still gathering around the meadow at the back of the church. The collective noun a "charm" describes them well. Goldfinches have brilliant plumage, being Crimson around the beak with bright yellow and black wings. Their rippling song is like running water whilst the rather coarser tones of accompanying Siskins is often confusing when they are perching.

We have probably lost quite a few birds this season, as only a few weeks ago they were scrabbling through frost-burnt foliage, a hard task for Wrens and Dunnocks! Long periods of frozen water will have cut off food sources for waterbirds and kingfishers.

I imagine that many tender plants sold confidently by garden centres after a succession of mild winters will not survive either. Plants such as Formium Tenax, Corduliniums and Globe artechokes seem to have suffered badly but should not be pulled up as they may yet sprout.

Deer are evident in the cemetery where they have broken through the hedge in places.

This is a great time to see Lichens and Mosses and there are many hundreds of species that live on dead wood, tree trunks and stone. The colours are often vivid and again lack of leaf cover is crucial to their growth, combined with extra moisture.

Gaydon seems be host to many roosting pheasants which can be seen heading towards our gardens at dusk without much traffic awareness - look out for them as you drive to and fro! Bernard Price

Why Not Visit the Gaydon Inn?

2nd April

Good Friday, Disco and Kareoke Disco.

Come along and sing your favourite song. This is a brilliant night to be had by all! Starts at 8pm

17th April

Live Music:- 'Uninvited' a Local Band are playing live - this should not be missed! Starts at 9.00pm

23rd April

St George's Day - Celebrate England''s National day with fantastic traditional ales and fish and chips in newspaper!

30th April

Seafood Platter Evening - Join us for an extravagant evening of seafood!

The Gaydon Inn has a lovely big Garden which has a children's recreational area - so join us on those warm days and nights in our Garden!

Telephone 640388 for Bookings


Dave and Betty Bennett would like to thank all their kind neighbours and friends for their offers of help during the recent cold weather.

Neighbourhood Watch

March was a quiet month for Gaydon except for the theft of an Isuzu Trooper car around noon on the 4th. Lock up your motors!

Gaydon Village Store

As you will probably have noticed the barn has now been fitted out, however it has yet to be stocked. We will begin the process of training our volunteers shortly and we hope to be open for trade in the next few weeks. We plan to trade for a few weeks before having an official launch party in June. More details of the launch party will follow in

due course.

We are looking for sponsors to help cover the cost of providing a shopping bag to every household in the village. We are happy for the sponsor to advertise on one side of the bag with the GVS logo on the other side. If you or your company would like to speak to me about that then please contact me via our website.

We were asked recently to take part in the television show Escape to the Country and you may have noticed the film crew around the village. The film crew were specifically interested in the shop as a community project and the sorts of benefits that it will bring back into the village.

We are holding our first AGM on Friday 9 April in the village hall at 7.30pm. Everyone is invited.

There will be an official agenda to deal with at the start and the shareholders will be asked to vote on some resolutions. However, I do not expect that this will take very long and everyone is invited to stay to sample some of the local produce that we shall be selling in the shop and to have a glass of wine with us. It will also be an opportunity to show the village the progress so far with the barn.

Volunteers - we do still need more volunteers to make this project a success. It is important to stress that if you volunteer just 2 hours per week, those hours can be made flexible and you are free to swap your place on the rota with another volunteer. I hope that with enough names on the rota, we can be in the position of having a 3 week rota system which would make things easier for everyone.

If you would like to volunteer and have not yet done so, please contact us via our website.

You can also use the website to make suggestions, buy shares and to buy tickets to our fundraising events.

Finally, please note that the date of the next fundraising event, the Murder Mystery, has changed to 24 April 2010 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Posters will be displayed around the village shortly with further details.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support with this project. Claire Hamm

Shipston Home Nursing

Fabulous Nearly-new Spring Clothes Sale on Wednesday 14 April at 10am-3pm at Townsend Hall, Shipston on Stour. Entrance £2 to include tea, coffee and biscuits.

If you would like a rail to sell your own clothes, please call Rebecca on 01608 674929.