Gaydon Parish Magazine June 2011

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This Month's Diary

Toddler Group          Thurs 9th 10am       Village Hall

Coffee Morning         Sat 11th 11am        Village Hall

Election               Thurs 16th 7am-10pm  Village Hall

Friendship Club        Tues 21st 2.30pm     Corner Cottage

Toddler Group          Thurs 30th 10am      Village Hall

Pilates                Tuesdays 6.30pm      Village Hall

Mobile Library         Thurs 9th and 30th

Church Services in June

4th      8.00   Holy Communion     Burton Dassett

        10.00   Family Communion   Fenny Compton

        11.15   Morning Service    Gaydon

11th     9.00   Holy Communion BCP Fenny Compton

        10.00   Holy Communion     Northend

        10.00   Morning Service    Farnborough

        11.15   Growing Together   Gaydon

         6.00pm Evening Service    Burton Dassett

18th     8.00   Holy Communion     Farnborough

         9.00   Holy Communion BCP Gaydon

        10.30   Morning Service    Fenny Compton

        10.30   Village Communion  Northend

25th    10.00   Holy Communion     Northend

        10.30   Family Service     Fenny Compton

        11.30   Family Communion   Gaydon

         6.00pm Evensong           Farnborough

Ascension Day

2nd      7.00pm Holy Communion     Northend

New Pattern of Services in Gaydon from July

     1st Sunday    10.30am     Family Communion

     2nd Sunday    10.30am     Morning Prayer

     3rd Sunday     8.00am     Holy Communion BCP

     4th Sunday    10.30am     Morning Prayer

All services throughout the Dassett Magna Group of Parishes will be taken at the new times:

8am for Prayer Book Communions; 10.30am for Family Services, Communions and Morning Prayer; and 6pm for Evensong and Evening Prayer.

Heritage Motor Centre Events

11-12 June Classic and Vintage Commercial Show

A colourful two-day show, featuring a diverse selection of classic and vintage vehicles, pre-1985. This event is a real step back in time and fascinating for families. Camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights.

19 June Banbury Run

The Vintage Motor Cycle Club's 'Banbury Run' returns to the Heritage Motor Centre for its fourth year. With over 600 vintage motorcycles on show, it is a fantastic event, with Club Stands, Autojumble and special interest displays. You'll be able to see the bikes in all their glory as they set off for their annual ride around the nearby countryside.

26 June Supercar Sunday and Superbikes Show

This is a supercharged event with an opportunity to view some of the finest supercars and superbikes all in one place. You can see our new sci-fi at the movies exhibition and meet some sci-fi superheroes. Please see the website or call 01926 641188.

Superfast Broadband

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with Coventry City Council, Solihull Borough Council and the CW Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) want to bid for government funding to see high-speed broadband delivered to every part of the sub-region. But, to do this, evidence is needed to show how current broadband provision is working, or not working, for business and individuals locally.  The bid will only be successful if it demonstrates that families, businesses and communities in all areas of the sub-region areas want and need faster broadband.

For more information on how you can register your details now and be a part of better broadband for Warwickshire, please use the following link:

Your information can be submitted until the end of June.

Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team

Some useful numbers for contacting our local police:

PC541 Chris Cuthbertson -             07785 571398      

PCSO6182 Michelle Suddaby -      07920 021138      

PCSO6240 Anna Samuel -             07920 021138 

Station telephone number -             01789 444600      

Team E-mail: 

Gaydon Village Store - price comparison

2 litre semi skimmed milk               Tesco £1.69 / GVS £1.30

Half dozen large free range eggs        Tesco £1.68 / GVS £1.50

Heinz baked beans (415g tin)            Tesco 64p per tin / GVS £1.19 for 2

Anchor butter                           Tesco £1.60 / GVS £1.50

Frozen Birds Eye Petit Pois 700g        Tesco £2.15 / GVS £1.95

Plus petrol journey to Tesco Southam cost £1.94 (12.95 miles round trip from CV35 0ET and back). *

*all information taken from Tesco and RAC websites and correct as at 11.5.11. Claire Hamm

Warwickshire's Community Awards

Reminder from the Warwickshire Rural Community Council that the deadline for entries for Warwickshire's Community Awards 2011 is 30th June. Entry forms and further information are available at Alternatively, please call 01789 472612 and speak to Kim Slater.


ON THURSDAY 16 JUNE Election of Parish Councillors GAYDON VILLAGE HALL 7am-10pm

Parish Council News

Election of Parish Councillors

Following the receipt of 5 candidates for 4 vacancies, Stratford District Council have called an election on Thursday, 16th June. The candidates are: Mary Fox, Helena McGrath, Tony McGrath, Bernard Price and John Rickman. PLEASE VOTE - voting takes place in the Village Hall from 7am-10pm.

Royal Wedding Street Party

Many thanks to everyone for coming to the street party on 29 April, it was a great success. As on previous occasions lots of people turned up to help on the day and everyone brought plates of lovely food so there was more than enough to eat!

A special thank you to all who helped; Julie Mason who designed and organised the leaflets and the T-shirts; Steve Mason, Tim Jones and Jonathan Crowe for doing the bunting and the barbecue; Sue Middle-ditch and Sue Wilkshire who did the teas; and all the organisers in-cluding Liz Thomas, Mary Fox, Julie Rickman, Mary Johnson, Anna Perry, Debi Morisot, Bev Pirie and everyone else who came to the meetings. A special thank you to our very own Gaydon Band: Dave Faulkner, Dave Pirie, Martin Hamm and Alastair Hodgkiss who made the party really rock! Many thanks, too, to Gaydon Village Shop who provided all the food for the barbecue etc at cost price - thanks to

Gerry and Sian for that.

Gaydon Souvenir T-shirts

We still have a few T-shirts left if you missed your chance on the day! They are £7.00 each and we have 1 x medium, 3 x 4 year olds, and 3 x extra large. Please call Madeleine on 640636 if you want one.

2012 Street Party

Is anyone interested in fundraising for another street party for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics double bank holiday weekend next June? Please contact Madeleine on 640636. The idea is to raise awareness and funds so that once again everything can be free to villagers on the day, making it a great free day out for everyone.

Can You Help St Giles' Toddler Group?

The Toddler Group meet in Gaydon Village Hall on alternate Thursdays from 10-11.30am in term time. The next meetings will be on 9th and 30th June. Help with setting up the equipment would mean that the group could meet more often. If you can spare the time and are interested in helping, please ring Kelly on 07739 354043 for more information.


Have a fun day with the scarecrows and enjoy the gardens!

SATURDAY 18  JUNE  and SUNDAY 19 JUNE 11am - 5pm



Free Car Park

Entrance £1.50 Children Free

Proceeds for St Lawrence's Church Funds and supporting Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and our own local First Responders; Crafts and Table-top Sale in The Old Chapel. Oxhill is situated off the A422

between Banbury and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Nature Notes

The return of the Cuckoo!

I heard my first Cuckoo on the 30th April. Whilst I was delighted to hear the familiar call, as it was quite loud and close, I did not anticipate that a pair of newly-arrived birds would be feet from me in an adjacent Ash tree!

In the UK they are not often seen " in the feather" so to speak (one of my neighbours does have a stuffed specimen though!). Incredibly, we encountered another larger bird calling as we walked through a small copse, again a great sighting: you could even see its throat vibrating as it responded to the previous pair. I imagine that there are Dunnocks (Hedge Pippits) nesting in the thickets as Cuckoos predate this species by sneaking their own larger

speckled eggs into the nest.

There are many species of wildflowers that seem this season to be flowering a month early. Cow parsley, Speedwell and Knapweed are all well advanced; Dogwood and Briony are even in bud. Besides the usual insects attracted to the "nectar fest", I have seen several species of rare Bumble Bees, Spider-hunting wasps and

Speckled Wood Butteflies.

The first Swifts and Swallows are circling the village skies in the evenings and there seems to be a population explosion of Collared Doves and Wood Pigeon. The latter, once a very shy country bird, now ignores me in the garden and they have invaded many urban parks in the last few years.

As yet, Ring-necked Parrakeets, seen a few years back in New Farm, have not returned. I was walking in Hyde Park (London!) last week and many were nesting there: one is reminded of India as they streak past in a blur of electric green. I expect they will reach the Midlands very soon.

Alien species are always controversial - some are benign whilst others like the Mink and the Grey Squirrel are a menace to native wildlife. Some species never seen a few years ago are a common sight today whilst the sound of Corncrakes, so familiar in my childhood, will never return, I fear; so it's a relief that the Cuckoo and Skylarks are holding their own in our area and we can still enjoy the sound of their familiar vocals. Bernard Price

The Cuckoo was also doing his rounds down in deepest Sussex when I was there at Easter and just a month later in May, too. I regret that I have not heard him in my garden in Gaydon, though, for many years now. Ed.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in Gaydon on Thursdays 9 and 30 June.

Friendship Club

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 21 June at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Mary Fox, Corner Cottage, Church Lane.

Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy

Village Hall on Saturday 11 June at 11am.

Donations of home-made, home-baked and home-grown produce will be gratefully received for church funds. All are welcome for coffee, tea and good company!

Car Boot Sale

Gaydon Inn at 11am Sunday 12 June and Sunday 26 June.


Election of Parish Councillors: Following the receipt of 5 candidates for 4 vacancies, Stratford District Council have called an election on Thursday, 16th June. The candidates are: Mary Fox, Helena McGrath, Tony McGrath, Bernard Price and John Rickman.

Voting will take place in the Village Hall from 7am till 10pm. PLEASE VOTE.

Gaydon Village Store

The AGM which was held on 20 May in the village hall was a very enjoyable occasion attended by about thirty shareholders, volunteers and well-wishers. The meeting was short and businesslike. Sue Roberts was elected to

be the new chairperson; Claire Hamm took over as secretary and Gerry Scott continued as treasurer.

Claire was presented with a bouquet in recognition of her efforts in making the shop such a successful venture.

Then the really important part of the evening began with the distribution of chocolate cake and pink champagne to celebrate the village shop's first year of trading!

Shipston Home Nursing

at Cheltenham Racecourse
Saturday 11th June 6.30 - 11.30pm
Champagne,Canapes,Hog Roast,Salads,Dessert,Dancing
£75 per head (Adults) CHILDREN FREE UNDER 16

Midsummer Shopping At Whichford House, Whichford
Tuesday 28th June 10 am - 4pm
£3.50 per head entrance, coffee/home-made biscuits
Please CallRebecca on 01608 674929 for more details and tickets.

Neighbourhood Watch

May has been quiet but we as we are approaching summer the possibility of a burglary taking place in Gaydon and the surrounding villages during the next three months statistically increases. The problem is the easy access the motorway provides to Gaydon and the difficulty in avoiding a random opportunistic break-in.

The thieves (usually - but not always - three males in a car) drive into the area and look around for any house that may appear empty or unoccupied.  If they identify a "suitable" property they will park nearby and one thief will remain in the car with a mobile phone to act as a lookout. The other two will approach the house and ring the bell or

knock. They always have a story to explain why they are there in case the door is answered.  If there is no response they will walk around to the back to look for a window or door to force open.

If going on holiday please consider the following deterrent measures:

Ask neighbours to park a car on your driveway whenever possible. Prevent an overfull letterbox - ask a neighbour to empty it regularly. Close all windows and doors and hide all keys and spare keys. Remove ladders and garden tools and have plants and grass tended. Don't leave spare keys under mats or flowerpots. Don't mention that you are on holiday on voicemail or Facebook.

Most importantly, if anyone sees two or three strangers behaving suspiciously in the village during working hours especially between the hours of 11.00am and 3.00pm please call the Police and tell them what you have seen.  They say that they will respond.  Noting registrations of suspicious vehicles will also help.

New Policing Model

We have noticed with concern a reduction of numbers at our Wellesbourne Safer Neighbourhood Police team. The police have issued the following statement which confirms this state of affairs:

Monday, May 9th 2011 sees the start of a new era for Warwickshire Police as a new policing model comes in to operation. Designed to provide maximum protection from harm for the people of Warwickshire, the new model sees a radical change to the way the county is policed. This is to help the force to reduce its spending by £22.9m by March 31st 2015 in order to continue to operate within a balanced budget.

Moving away from the existing district based management the focus will be on local policing with countywide support.

Coming Soon to The Gaydon Inn

Saturday 18th June

  Live Music - Join The Coffin Dodgers: this group should not be

  missed; they are highly recommended and you may need some

  dancing shoes!

  Join them from 8.30pm

Saturday 25th June

  Live Music - Lou James, a fantastic singer, will be here to entertain

  you from 8.30pm onwards!

Sunday 12th June

Car boot sale - every other weekend running up to 4th September!

  Cars £5, Small Vans £10, Traders £15

  Car Boot Starts at 10.00 am for sellers & 11.00 am for buyers

Take away Pizza is available any day, prices start from £5.95!