Gaydon Parish Magazine July 2011

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This Month's Diary

Toddler Group          Thurs 7th 10am     Village Hall
Coffee Morning         Sat 9th 11am       Village Hall
Village Hall Committee Mon 11th 7.30pm    Village Hall
Church Barbecue        Sat 16th 6pm       Village Hall
Friendship Club        Tues 19th 2.30pm   Gaydon Hill Farm
Pilates                Tuesdays 6.30pm    Village Hall
Mobile Library         Thurs 21st      

Church Services in July

3rd      8.00   Holy Communion     Burton Dassett
        10.00   Family Communion   Fenny Compton
        11.15   Morning Service    Gaydon
        11.30   Holy Communion     Farnborough

10th     8.00   Holy Communion BCP Farnborough
        10.00   Family Communion   Fenny Compton
        10.30   Lay-led Service    Northend
        10.30   Morning Prayer     Gaydon
         6.00pm Evening Service    Burton Dassett
17th     8.00   Holy Communion BCP Gaydon
        10.30   Morning Prayer     Fenny Compton
        10.30   Family Communion   Northend
         6.00pm Evensong           Farnborough

24th     8.00   Holy Communion BCP Fenny Compton
        10.30   Family Communion   Farnborough                10.30   Family Service     Gaydon
        10.30   Morning Prayer     Northend

31st    11.00   Group Communion    Burton Dassett

New Pattern of Services in Gaydon
Please note the change to new service times beginning on 10 July.  This has been devised to maximise the time Mike has available to spend with congregations following the services he leads across the Dassett Magna group each week; and it will also make the pattern of services easier to remember!
From August onwards the pattern of services at St Giles' Church will be as follows:
     1st Sunday    10.30am     Family Communion
     2nd Sunday    10.30am     Morning Prayer
     3rd Sunday     8.00am     Holy Communion BCP
     4th Sunday    10.30am     Family Service
     5th Sunday    10.30am     Group service at all
                               Churches in rotation

                               Group PCC
 Fenny Compton school at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 July.

Nature Notes

from Sarawak in North Borneo

The local paper has a headline 'Crocodile Cull to be Decided'- and there are certainly plenty of them on the river banks here, making life difficult for the local fishermen! Some are over 4 metres long and have a disconcerting habit of swimming beside your boat after sliding in spectacular fashion from the muddy bank of the mangrove swamp!

The two most spectacular birds to be seen here are the great hornbill and argus pheasant, large with wonderful plumage. We saw some Irrawaddy estuarine dolphins today, too, quite a rare animal.

The local Dayak tribes tend to have modern stuff in their villages but love their traditions. Skulls from headhunting days nestle with TVs and stereo equipment. Only one tribe, the Pehangs, still live by hunting; by now most have become rice and pepper growers. The country is rich in oil and spices and even birds' nests, which are now produced in old dark buiildings, although still expensive.

Kuching, once the capital of Rajah Brookes area in the old days of empire, has many fine colonial buildings and the irridescent birdwing butterflies are named after him 'Brookiana'. At least 12 types of ginger grow in the jungle along with the famous ironwood trees and palms. We witnessed a dozen silver leaf monkeys mobbing a large python. Other snakes seen were Wagger's viper which is bright green and deadly; and whip snakes.

Most famous are of course the orang-utans and proboscis monkeys which are breathtaking sights swinging in the high trees. The proboscis have a technique of jumping into mid-air whereas the orang-utans tend to swing slowly from the creepers and flexible branches. Both have few enemies other than man and the odd leopard. I saw one of these in Burma and they are very difficult to find being reclusive and shy. They even have a few Sumatran rhinos here but many days' trecking to see even a trace.

Lastly, a huge beetle which actually keeps its wings open has settled near us: it pollinates orchids which are very diverse in colour and type and grow everywhere.

(to be continued... ) Bernard Price

Compton Verney

Exciting new exhibitions for the summer!

Stanley Spencer and the English Garden: his paintings of landscapes and gardens - 'private heavens'.

'Capability' Brown and the Landscapes of Middle England: showing the designs of parks like Croome, Charlecote and Compton Verney.

Mobile Library

The mobile library will be in Gaydon on Thursday 21st July.

Friendship Club

The July meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Janet Ewer, Number 2 Cottage, Gaydon Hill Farm.

Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy

Village Hall on Saturday 9 July 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!

Village Hall Welcome BBQ

16 July 6pm

A barbecue is being held at the village hall to welcome our new vicar, Mike Cadwallader, to Gaydon.

You are all warmly invited to come along and say 'Hello'.

Food, soft drinks and tea or coffee will be provided; you are welcome to bring your own wine if you wish to do so.

Please let us know if you intend to come so that we make sure there is sufficient food. Contact: Jo Hotchkiss 01926 642248

Car Boot Sale

Gaydon Inn at 11am on Sunday 10 July and Sunday 24 July.

Heritage Motor Centre Events

Gaydon Mini Festival 3 July

It's a wonderful family event for all Mini lovers and if you own a Mini then why not take part in our annual Mini run from the Cowley factory to the Heritage Motor Centre? Please see the website or call 01926 641188.

Sci-fi Weekend 9 and 10 July

Come and meet some of your favourite Sci-Fi and Superhero characters in a fun-filled family Sci-fi weekend.

Leyland Society Rally 17 July

For more information please visit or call John Bishop on 01926 645032.

Outdoor rides open this Summer

The Miniature Roadway electric ride on cars will be open daily during the Summer holiday period from 11am until 4pm. They are suitable for 3-8 year olds but as they are outside they are weather-dependent.

Land Rover Experience

A 20 minute taster session to experience the thrills and spills of off-road driving. These now run daily throughout the year with qualified instructors driving you around a challenging off-road course over rocky inclines, steep descents and some pretty impressive water sections. Not suitable for children under 5 years.

Stop Start Under 17 Driving Sessions.

Great for bored teenagers, learner driving experiences for 15+ yrs in our dual-controlled vehicles.

Summer Holiday Sci-Fi Fun

23 July - 5 September

A summer of Sci-Fi! Tying in with our Sci-Fi at the movies exhibition, we will have daily quizzes for families to enjoy with special craft activity days every Thursday throughout the summer holidays. These drop-in family craft activity days run from 11am till 3pm and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Old Ford Rally 24 July

This year the show will be celebrating 100 years of Ford in the UK. It's a real enthusiast's show for all things Ford plus the Transit Van Club's annual rally.

Barnfield Open Day

and 50th Birthday Celebrations on Sunday 14 August 11am-4pm. All are welcome for coffee, tea and cake.

Please feel free to bring along something delicious to help with our birthday celebrations....!!


Congratulations to Craig and Sara of St Marks Close who were married at the Church of St Giles on Saturday 4th June. We wish them every happiness!


The Flag on the Village Green was fluttering away busily in June to celebrate:
the Wedding of Sara and Craig on the 4th;
the 90th Birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the 10th;
and the Official Birthday of HM The Queen on the 11th.
      We are all grateful to Andy Thomas for raising the flag for us!


Mary Allen 1911-2011

It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Mrs Mary Allen on Saturday 18 June.

Mary would have been 100 years old in July but sadly she missed her birthday by a month and a day.

Mary had lived in Gaydon since 1966 when she moved to St Marks Close from the then RAF Gaydon with her husband Maurice, son Leslie and daughters Kathy and Lynda.

Maurice died some years ago but in her later years Mary had Les and, later, Kathy home from South Africa where they lived. Lynda, her youngest daughter, came over from the United States to be with her at the end.

We send our deepest sympathy to all the family.

Parish Council News

The following residents were elected as parish councillors on 16 June: Mary Fox, Helena McGrath, Bernard Price and John Rickman. Jonathan Crowe was elected on 5th May.

Could you please ensure that all overhanging branches and hedges are cut back from pavements and roads.

The date of the next meeting of the new Parish Council will be advertised on the notice board at the village hall.

St Giles' Toddler Group

The Toddler Group meet in Gaydon Village Hall on alternate Thursdays from 10-11.30am in term time. The next meeting will be 7 July. If you would like more information please ring Kelly on 07739 354043.

King James Bible 400th Anniversary

Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible at the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room,

Old Schools Quad, Catte Street, Oxford. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm until 4 September.

Coming Soon to The Gaydon Inn

Saturday 9th July

Live Music - Stone Cold Mary a blues band which is playing for The Gaydon Inn for the first time! Let's show them we support live bands! Join us from 8.30pm.

Sunday 10th, 24th July and 7th August

Car boot sale every other weekend running up to 4 September! Cars £5, Small Vans £10, Traders £15.

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

Saturday 30th July

Live Music - Ali Webb a very talented young musician playing covers from 8.30pm onwards. Don't miss out!

Saturday 6th August

Live Music - Inside Out are playing from 8.30pm - this is a big band so show them a big welcome!

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

The Malt Shovel Run

Hi! It's nearly that time of year again, so I will be doing another sponsored cycle for the Shakespeare Hospice on August 7th. If you can spare some cash for a very worthy cause it would be very much appreciated. Just go to my giving page on Alternatively, there are sponsor forms at the pub and the village shop. Thanks again for your support, Richard.

Village Hall News

The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Monday 11 July at 7.30pm.

July in the Garden

July is a great time in the garden, as so many things planted hopefully in the short, cold spring days start to come to fruition, and the feeding, mulching and pruning you made yourself do makes it all worthwhile.

I'm particularly excited about the apricots espaliered against a south-facing wall. Tomcot was planted three years ago and cut and shaped mercilessly in the first year; but only a few fruit, enjoyed far too early last year - did I think they wouldn't ripen if I left them to it?

This year will be the year of the apricot! Watering every few days the forty or so fruit should be blush-red by the time you read this and we will be enjoying them, warmed by the sun, straight off the tree. I'll be following the advice of the master, Geoff Hamilton, and pruning it back and tying it in by the end of August ready for another fantastic crop (I hope) next year. Sarah Nield

Seasonal Recipe

Elderflower cheesecake with Gooseberry purée

225g ginger nut biscuits
150g butter (melted)
50g caster sugar
75 ml elder flower cordial
700g cream cheese such as Philadelphia
rind of 1 lemon
350g gooseberries
50g caster sugar
2tbsps elderflower cordial


Crush the biscuits in a food processor. Transfer to a basin, add the melted butter and mix.

Press the mixture firmly into a greased, 20cm loose-based cake tin. Chill.

Beat the cream cheese, cordial, lemon rind and sugar until smooth and well-mixed. Pour into the biscuit-lined tin, cover with clingfilm and chill thoroughly.

To make the purée, place the gooseberries and sugar in a saucepan over a very gentle heat. Cover and allow to come to a simmer so that the gooseberries release their juices. Cook for 5 mins until soft.

Whizz in a food processor to purée, then chill and add the elderflower cordial when cold.