Gaydon Parish Magazine August 2010

index of magazines

This Month's Diary

Friendship Club         Tues 17th 2.30pm            Corner Cottage
Pilates                 Tuesdays 8pm                Village Hall
Toddler Group           Thursdays 10-11.30am        Village Hall
Mobile Library          Thursday 12th

                     More Dates for your Diary
Parish Council                Thurs 2nd Sept 8pm      Village Hall
Harvest Festival and Lunch    Sun 3rd Oct 11.15am     St Giles' Church
Chadshunt Harvest Festival    Sun 10th Oct 3pm        All Saints' Church

Church Services for August AD MMX

1                 8.00           Eucharist                          Burton Dassett
                 10.00           Eucharist                          Fenny Compton
                 11.15           Morning Service                    Gaydon
                 11.30           Eucharist                          Farnborough

8                 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

15                8.00           Eucharist                         Farnborough
                  9.00           Holy Communion BCP                Gaydon
                 10.30           Joint Service                     Fenny Compton
                 10.30           Eucharist                         Northend

22               10.00           Eucharist                         Northend                            10.30           Family Service                    Fenny Compton
                 11.30           Family Eucharist                  Gaydon
                   6.00pm        Evening Service                   Farnborough

29               11.00           Group Eucharist and Lunch at Gaydon

Parish Council News


You will have noticed that due to the resignation of a councillor, ten residents have requested that we have an election for a new councillor. The elected councillor will serve until next May when he or she will have to seek re-election. The initial cost to the Parish is £100 but this could extend to over £1000 if more than one candidate comes forward. Please keep an eye on the notice board for more information.


The Parish Council agreed on behalf of The Allotment Group to send letters to residents who may have land available, asking if they are willing to rent land to The Group for allotments. These letters will be sent this month.


We are waiting to hear from SDC re. funding for a consultant to look at the Kineton Road ditches and the planning application for the Banbury Road pipe.

Paths and Footpaths

The Councillors are busy trying to keep footpaths clear but it is difficult with everything growing so fast. Please try to keep hedges and plants trimmed which overhang paths.

Next Meeting

Thursday, 2nd September, 2010 at 7.30pm in The Village Hall.


Villagers may have noticed that the memorial bench in Church Road that was vandalised earlier in the year has now been mended. This is thanks to one of our handy parish councillors. Let's hope that it will remain intact for many years to come!

Holiday Recipe: Lemon and Violet Drizzle Cake


For the cake

100g/4oz butter, softened

175g/6oz self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

175g/6oz golden caster sugar

2 large eggs

6 tbsp milk

finely grated rind of 1 large lemon

For the icing and decoration

juice of 1 large lemon (3 tbsp)

100g/4oz golden caster sugar

crystallized violets


Pre-heat oven to 180°C/Gas 4/fan oven 160°C.

Butter and line the base of a shallow oblong tin (18x26cm/7x11in) with greaseproof paper.

Put all the cake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat for 2-3 minutes (or you can use your usual electric cake mixer method) until the mixture drops easily off the spoon.

Spoon the mix into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.

Meanwhile, make the icing by beating together the lemon juice and sugar. Pour the mixture evenly over the cake while it is still hot, then leave to cool in the tin.

Cut the cake into 15 squares and top each with a crystallized violet.

Heritage Motor Centre

1 August

MGF 15th Anniversary

15 August

BMW Festival

28 August

Auto Italia Autumn Car Day

Event prices apply to all the above.

Discounted advance tickets available online at or telephone us on 01926 641118.

Gaydon Village Store Update

The store is progressing well and our takings increase week on week which is encouraging. The committee are now thinking about appointing a Manager and further details will follow soon. We welcome constructive suggestions from everyone and, as ever, we continue to appeal for more volunteers to join our existing army

of volunteers. A big thank you to all our customers and volunteers for your continued support. The shop has a land line telephone number now which is 01926 641805 should you wish to ring the shop at any time.

Claire Hamm

Shipston Home Nursing

To celebrate the opening of the Meg Rivers Café and the arrival of the Lapstone Autumn Clothing Collection

we invite you to a Fashion Show in aid of Maggie's Cotswolds and Shipston Home Nursing on Thursday 23rd September 2010 6.30pm for 7.30pm at Lapstone, Westington Hill, Chipping Campden, GL55 6EG.

Tickets £20 to include Champagne & Canapes and 20% discount on the Lapstone Autumn Clothing Collection.

For tickets please call Lapstone on 01386 841611 or email Lee Cox

Reminder about Overhanging Plants and Hedges

Parishioners are asked to try to keep their hedges and front gardens trimmed so that paths and pavements are not overgrown.

Wimbledon has come to Warwickshire!

For anyone who would like a lovely day out playing tennis and having a delicious lunch there are two tennis tournaments being organised at the end of August and the beginning of September.

Sunday August 22nd

Christine Archer is kindly hosting tennis and a hog roast at Upper St Dennis Farm, Honington. If you would like to play contact Christine on 01608 661930.

Sunday September 5th

Joanne Perry is hosting a tennis lunch at her home in Radway. If you would like to play please contact Joanne on 01789 678392.

Rebecca Mawle, Fundraising Co-ordinator, Shipston Home Nursing, Telephone: 01608 674929.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursday 12 August.

Friendship Club

Our meeting this month will be on Tuesday 17th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Mary Fox, Corner Cottage, Church Lane. If anyone is interested in joining our monthly tea party, please give Mary a ring on 641834 to find out more about it.

Coffee Morning

In August we take a holiday from the coffee morning and meet again on Saturday 11 September at 11am in the Village Hall.

St Giles' Toddler Group

The Toddler Group that meets in the Village Hall on Thursday mornings is also taking a holiday in August.

It hopes to start up again on Thursday 16 September at the usual time of 10-11.30am. £1 is charged for the first child and 50p for brothers or sisters.

All parents, grandparents and carers who are looking after babies or toddlers will be made very welcome, so if you think you would like to come along in September, please contact Kelly who runs the Group.

Kelly Hilditch 07739 354043.

Nature Notes

Greetings from Hokkaido!

I thought I might send some nature notes from Hokkaido where I'm working at present on a conservation project. This is the North Island of Japan and by contrast to the South Island it has a very sparse population. Only 5% of this large area is populated and 70% is forested with ancient woodlands or Mountain Pine forests (as opposed to Warwickshire which has 1%). It is colder than the UK and late Spring at present, with trees coming into leaf.

The Cuckoo is the commonest bird. It lays its eggs in the nests of Stonechats and Reed Warblers and I can hear and see at least three from the farmhouse terrace when I venture out. A walk here needs a few essential pieces of equipment: most important is a bell, as large brown Bears are very common but they wander off growling if you meet them and ring the bell, as they hate the noise. Although they can be over seven feet tall, they are mostly vegetarian; and they hibernate from October to April. Tame Red foxes follow you for food if you stop by a clearing and huge herds of Sika deer are very common. The main problem is the unpleasant ticks which attach themselves to your flesh on any wood-land walk and are difficult to remove. Yesterday, thousands of Cicadas emerged and the noise is deafening. These insects are quite large and spend years underground.

I have been beach-combing today on the Pacific coast and waded up a River full of young Salmon. I stopped for several hours to watch White-tailed Eagles fishing from a cliff face and returning to their favourite nest site in the Forest. This is a very exciting place and the most spectacular bird is the Japanese Crane which is now well established on Hokkaido's wetlands. They pair for life and are nearly six feet tall. I was entranced by this spectacular species which comes here in hundreds during the winter to be fed by local people. Two other huge birds are Blenkison's Fish Owl and Stellar's Sea Eagle, some of the largest birds in the world and native to Japan.

The Ainu people who live here regard the Owls as gods, though they are no less exotic themselves with their European features and blue eyes. They have a fascinating culture with clothing made from fish skin and elm bark worn on special occasions and a tradition as hunter-gatherers.

This region truly the "end of the earth". There is even a Rhubarb Festival in town next week, as these plants grow everywhere and are eaten in diverse ways with fish and venison. It's a long way from the UK but well worth the journey! Bernard Price (June)

August Bank Holiday at the Gaydon Inn

Saturday 28th August

Live Music: 'Inside Out' are playing from 8.30pm. Join us and party like a rock star!

Sunday 29th August

Steak Night: -Join us from 6pm till 9pm for a variety of different Steaks; we also have a veggie option.

Monday 30th August

Bank Holiday Monday: Enjoy a lavish evening at The Gaydon Inn!

Future Events:

Saturday 4th September - Live Music,- 'Jolly Rogers' - a must-see band from Northend!

Thursday 9th September - Look out for our wine tasting and nibbles - booking only!

Sunday 10th October - Clairvoyant evening - booking only.

Telephone 01926 640388 or email the

Fly Ball Team for Dogs who love tennis balls: if you wish to join, please come along on a Wednesday Evening

and speak to Douglas or Gareth.

Shipston Fun-Run & Cycle Ride - Sunday 26th September

Starting from Shipston High School

10.00am Bikes - 25 or 10 miles

10.30am Runners/Walkers - 3 miles

To enter, purchase tickets a or contact Pennyann Scholes via the link on the web page.

Churchyard Clear-up

The PCC will be holding a Working Party in the autumn to tidy up the churchyard when all the foliage has died down. Please be ready to respond to your invitation to help. Watch this space!