Gaydon Parish Magazine July 2010

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This Month's Diary

Coffee Morning          Sat 10th 11am                Village Hall
Village Hall Committee  Mon 12th 8pm                 Village Hall
Friendship Club         Tues 20th 2.30pm             2 Anson Close
Pilates                 Tuesdays 8pm                 Village Hall
Toddler Group           Thursdays 10-11.30am         Village Hall
Mobile Library          Thursdays 1st and 22nd

Church Services for July AD MMX

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

11                9.00           BCP 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           Holy Communion BCP                 Gaydon
                 10.30           Morning Service                    Fenny Compton
                 10.30           Eucharist                          Northend

25               10.00           Eucharist                          Northend
                 10.30           Family Service                     Fenny Compton
                 11.30           Family Eucharist and baptism       Gaydon
                  6.00pm         Evening Service                    Farnborough

'The State of the District Debate'

Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon on Friday 2 July at 10am.

Stratford District Council and partners want to engage local residents' interest in the big issues that affect them and the whole area. To register your interest in the event and to find out more, please contact Tina Brain at Stratford District Council on 01789 260802 or email

Parish Council News

Councillor Price

After many years of devoting hours to helping our community Bernard Price has decided to leave the Parish Council. He has been responsible for ensuring that the footpaths are kept clear; an active member of the Gaydon Liaison Committee; advising on maintenance within the cemetery and protecting our milestones: these are just a few of the areas where Bernard has helped this village. His knowledge of the area, expertise and experience will be sorely missed. We wish to thank him for helping us for so long and wish him well.

This creates a vacancy on the Parish Council. Details have been posted on the notice board.

Flood Defence

We are continuing to work with solicitors and residents in trying to move forward the installation of the Banbury Road pipe.

Highways have been asked if they will ensure that the outlet pipes from the pond are cleared. They have also been asked to check again the pipe from the Warwick Road towards the roundabout on the Claylands side of the road.

Play Area

We are going to apply for another grant for play equipment.

Church Road Bench

Thanks to Andy Thomas who has again very kindly mended the Church Road bench.

Plants and overhanging branches

Could you please all ensure that your plants are kept clear of the roads and footways. At this time of year we know that plants grow quickly and sometimes it is easy to overlook a bush which is blocking the footway or causing visibility issues on the road. We have asked Highways to ensure that all signs are visible and the trees along Pimple Lane are trimmed back. Thank you for your co-operation.


We have had a few comments about overgrown footpaths. As above, plants grow very quickly at this time of year and we are doing our best to keep them clear. Please keep letting us know if you have any problems.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday, 2nd September, at 7.30pm.

Neighbourhood Watch

Gaydon Report

Last month we reported on a break-in and burglary at a property in Church Lane; unfortunately, we have to report on two further events in Gaydon.

Just before 11am on 8 June the resident of a house in Kineton Road disturbed a male offender who had entered the house via a ground floor window and then made his way to a bedroom where the resident was sleeping. This was in the middle of the day. The offender picked up an iPod and the resident woke up. The offender said 'sorry' and then ran out of the house towards a waiting vehicle. The offender is described as a white male with a tanned complexion and a goatee beard. He is bald and was wearing a light blue shirt and a brown tool belt.

The vehicle used was a small white new campervan type with a stripe down the side. Nine other break-ins or burglaries were reported in the surrounding villages on the same day, most likely the work of the same offenders.

A few days later, a very observant resident in St Giles noticed three men behaving suspiciously. One was sitting in a Blue Vauxhall whilst the other two (one of whom was wearing gloves) were trying to enter a property. When the person who had remained in the Vauxhall noticed our resident he suddenly started keying his mobile phone (probably an SMS warning) and the two males in the property returned hurriedly to the Vauxhall and all three drove off. Luckily our resident had noted the registration number of the Vauxhall which was relayed to the Police and a further break-in was almost certainly avoided.

Police forces in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire were also interested in this trio of thieves. In addition, the same vehicle had been noted in other instances including a petrol station drive-off. We have just heard from the police that in the past week Hampshire Police have made arrests of three males in the same vehicle.

The Kineton Road incident may not be linked to the St Giles and Church Lane incidents which means that the bald man in the campervan may still be at large.

Again we must stress that these events are highly unusual and run contrary to the falling Crime Rate in our area. Please report any unusual or strange activity to the Police.

How Safe are You?

FREE - Home Fire-safety Check will cover areas of high risk:

kitchens, candles, heaters, electric blankets, smoking materials etc. We will give you advice on how to stay safe and avoid having a fire in your home. We will advise you on how to make an Escape Plan so that you are prepared, should you have a fire.

This will include fitting FREE smoke alarms where necessary.

Call Stratford Fire Station on 01789 262139 or 293271 if you are interested.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursdays 1st and 22nd July.

Friendship Club

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20 July at 2.30pm at 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne, home of Mrs Josie Liddington.

Coffee Morning

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

Gaydon Village Shop

Saturday 19 June 2010 saw the official launch party of Gaydon Village Store. It was a very successful event and was attended by approximately 100 people. We were even lucky with the weather! News about the shop is spreading fast and we have noticed a steady increase in our turnover week on week.

Our opening hours remain at 8am-12 noon and 3pm-7pm weekdays, with 8am-12 noon opening at weekends. We will look to increase our opening hours but this is dependent upon more volunteers coming forward. We currently have a small but growing army of volunteers and if you think you can spare even 1 hour per week please call in the shop and let us know.

I am pleased to announce that we have recently received a further £20,000 in funding from ViRSA and the Plunkett Foundation. This will enable us to employ a part time manager who can take over some of the responsibilities that are being carried out by the committee. More details will follow shortly.

Thank you to everyone who came to the launch party or who helped with the organisation of it all. laire

Village Hall News

The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Monday 12 July at 8pmin the Village Hall.


Joan and Bill Morgan would like to thank family and friends for all the beautiful cards and presents; and also for coming to the party to celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.


The Residents and staff at Barnfield would like to thank all who came to the open day in June. A great time was had by all! Helen Thornton