Gaydon Parish Magazine July 2012

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This Month's Diary

Art Show            Sun/Mon 1st/2nd   Village Hall
Craft Fair          Fri 6th 6.30pm    Village Hall
Coffee Morning      Sat 14th 11am     Village Hall
Garden Party        Sat 14th 1-4pm    Barnfield
Friendship Club     Tues 17th 2.30pm  Trevose
Pilates             Tuesdays 6.30pm   Village Hall
Mobile Library      Thursday 19th

Seasonal Recipe

Rose Petal Couscous - serves 4
Couscous for 4; Vegetable stock; 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 tin of chickpeas, drained; 6 dried apricots, diced; Handful of raisins
10 cm piece of cucumber - halved, deseeded and diced
4 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced
Rose petals, to taste              Rose buds, to decorate (optional)
Cook the couscous as per the instructions of the packaging, replacing water with the vegetable stock.  Add the mint and chickpeas and heat through (I do this in the bottom of the aga for 10 minutes).  Once the couscous is cooked, fluff it up with a fork, add the remaining ingredients and stir well.  Serve in individual bowls or on a large communal plate.  Decorate with some rose buds if liked.      Sarah Nield

Holidays in Portugal

To let in the Algarve at Tavira: a spacious and superior 2 bedroom apartment with balcony, lounge and 2 bathrooms; within the delightful Monte da Eira, Quinta do Morgado resort.

Excellent facilities: pools, restaurant, bar and shops; Excellent location: Tavira is unspoilt, ideal for couples and families; Excellent rates.

Contact Angela Geer on 641117 or email

Neighbourhood Watch

Another quiet month in Gaydon.

Police and Trading Standards Officers have again warned about bagmen selling household goods and purporting to be reformed ex-offenders. They rely on kind-hearted residents who feel they are helping. They usually carry false ID badges. There have been a number of burglaries that seem to coincide with these visits the last of which took place in Kineton earlier this month. Police are not aware of any authorised hawkers tied in with offender reform. If they come to the door please call the Police on 101 to register the visit.

Twitter Our local policing team - Wellesbourne Police Safer Neighbourhood Team is now on Twitter.

To follow them and to keep up-to-date on information, events and activities of the SNT go to!/SNT_Wellesbourne

Farewell to Jane Goldsmith

We bid a sad farewell to Jane Goldsmith who died on 2 June 2012.

Jane and John came to live in Gaydon in 1995 and quickly became involved in village life. Jane was a regular Church-goer and a great supporter of village events. She was involved in local charity work including collecting the money boxes for the Children's Society and assisting John with the Poppy Appeal every year. Jane also founded and ran the Para Dressage Training Trust - a charity to help disabled riders.

Many people in the village did not realise that Jane, always modest about her achievements, was extremely well-known in the equestrian world. When she was younger she was a top show jumper and competed successfully as an eventer and dressage rider. Later she became involved in training and travelled the world as a coach; she was a mentor and inspiration to many young riders over the years.

In more recent times she was a renowned and highly respected para dressage judge and coach and was expected to judge at London 2012. Jane, a Fellow of The British Horse Society, had the great honour of being awarded The Queen's Award for Equestrianism for outstanding service last year. She was one of the leading forces in the development of para-dressage in this country, and was known around the world for her dedication to the sport and for making the British team the best to this day.

Her funeral filled St Giles Church with family, villagers and local people as well as many well-known people from the horse world. Trond Asmyr, the International Equestrian Federation's Director of Dressage, flew in specially. Many top para athletes also came including: Lee Pearson MBE and OBE, Sophie Christiansen MBE, Anne Dunham MBE, Sophie Wells, Natasha Baker, and Debbie Criddle to name but a few; as well as the head of British Eventing, Mike Etherington Smith; the head of the British Equestrian Federation, Andrew Finding; also from the BEF Jane Holderness-Rodham; British Dressage's chief executive, Amanda Bond; and former British Dressage Chairman,

Desi Dillingham MBE. The service was led by the Rev. Mike Cadwallader, and tributes, including the Ode To The Horse, were read by members of Jane's family. MH


It is with sadness that we record the death of Mrs Peggy Shiner on 11 June. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.

Church Services in July

1st     9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Burton Dassett
       10.30   Holy Communion       Gaydon
       10.30   Morning Prayer       Fenny Compton
        6.00pm Evensong             Farnborough

8th     9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Farnborough
        9.00   Holy Communion       Gaydon
       10.30   Holy Communion       Fenny Compton
       10.30   Communion by extension at Northend
        6.00pm Evening Service      Burton Dassett

15th    9.00   Holy Communion       Farnborough
        9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Gaydon
       10.30   Family Service       Fenny Compton
       10.30   Holy Communion       Northend

22nd    9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Fenny Compton
       10.30   Holy Communion       Farnborough
       10.30   Prayer and Praise    Gaydon
       10.30   Morning Prayer       Northend
29th   10.30   Group Service        Burton Dassett

PCC News

The next PCC meeting will take place on Wednesday 25 July in St Giles' Church at 7.30pm.

Messy Church in the Hills

There will be a Messy Church Big Picnic at Magpie Hill in the Dassett Country Park on Sunday 8th July from 3.30pm. The picnic theme will be the feeding of the five thousand, with games followed by a short piece of worship and a picnic tea. Everyone is welcome but all the children must be accompanied by an adult. If you have any questions, please contact Lesley Bosman 01295 771171.

Warwickshire Open Studios

Gaydon Village Hall
Sunday 1st July and Monday 2nd July 11am - 4.30pm
Warwickshire Renaissance Art Group
invite you to view their work
Originals Prints Cards
Refreshments Available

Parish Council News


If you see any drains blocked please let the Parish Clerk know on 641220 or

Bishops Road (between M40 and Gaydon)

We understand from Highways that funding has not yet been secured for turning this road into a dual-carriageway and rebuilding the Gaydon roundabout. When Highways are in a position to take this further they have assured us that there will be a public consultation.


Could you please keep an eye on your hedges, plants and bushes so that they do not spread to the public highway or make it difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs to use the footways.

Help Your Shop!

Would you like to support your shop by becoming a Shareholder? Shares have a value £10 and an individual may hold one share. If you are interested in becoming a shareholder or helping the shop in some other way please leave message at the shop or ring Sue on 01926 641270.

Try Fabulous Local Summer Time Ice Cream and Sorbets made by Geoff and Jane Ridgway at their Epwell farm. Individual and family sized tubs in a range of flavours stocked in store.

Come and see us at Avon Dassett Fete on Saturday 4th August. You will be able to sample and buy some of our foods, especially local ones, made within 30 miles or in the county of Warwickshire.

Sue Roberts

Jubilee Celebrations

Gaydon's Jubilee street party, games, quiz, barbecue and concert drew in crowds of merrymakers in spite of dubious weather and a last-minute change of venue. We are grateful to the organisers for putting on such a varied and entertaining event.


A flurry of flag-flying on the Village Green this June: for the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen on the 2nd; for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh's 91st birthday on the 10th; for Her Majesty's official birthday on the 16th; and for Waterloo Day on the 18th.


My grateful thanks go to those who sent me a message of condolence, those who came to Jane's funeral on June 11th and especially those who assisted to ensure that everthing went smoothly both inside and outside the church. John Goldsmith

Lighthorne Heath Primary School

May and June have been action-packed here at Lighthorne Heath Primary with a focus on the Queen's Jubilee and sport. We had a fantastic Jubilee Lunch attended by all the pupils, parents and staff. The children and staff decorated the hall in spectacular fashion and all of the children paraded in, wearing their specially made hats. Parents also joined us for a special Jubilee Craft morning and in the afternoons each class took part in a range of Royal and Jubilee themed workshops.

Year 4 have recently been on their annual residential trip to Stratford. We were lucky to have lovely weather as we toured Stratford and the Butterfly Farm. After a night in the Youth Hostel, children took part in orienteering and a drama workshop. It was a wonderful trip, enjoyed by all.

This month, we are focusing our attentions on the Olympics and keeping healthy. We shared a special Olympics day with our friends at Sydenham and learned all about the history, organisation and different sports involved in the modern Olympics. This week we will be having an Olympic-themed sports day too so we're hoping for a break in the clouds! Juliette Westwood (Exec. Headteacher) and Michelle Cragg (Assoc. Headteacher)

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall at 11am on Saturday 14 July. Bring and Buy produce and home-made cakes. There will be a raffle as usual and we look forward to seeing everyone!

Mobile Library

The Library will be in Gaydon on Thursday 19th July. The van will be at the Telephone Box at 1.50-2.10pm and in

St Marks Close at 2.15-2.35pm.

Friendship Club

This month we meet on Tuesday 17th at Trevose, Kineton Road, the home of Mrs Pauline Layton.

'Habitat for Humanity' Craft Fair

Gaydon Village Hall Friday 6 July from 6:30-10:00pm

This event is open to all at a small donation of £2 entry per person. With many local talented stall holders, it is set to be a fabulous evening to get to know your community and make some money for charity.

For more details contact Laura Pettit on 07921 079894.


We record with sadness the death on June 20th of Mrs Jean Phillips. Our thoughts are with her family and friends in their loss.

July In the Garden

I've been pondering a rather difficult brief from a client with a very small front garden, and a request that everything should be edible, but it mustn't look like an allotment. It's also north facing. Oh, and no maintenance and no annuals. After several attempts with too many fruit bushes in I think I have the answer, which has set me off surfing the web for edible flowers, and wandering around the garden munching petals and creating interesting petal-strewn salads. I thought I'd share some of the best gems with you.

There are of course elderflowers, which make not only fabulous cordial and champagne but also lovely battered fritters which can be dredged in icing sugar for a summer treat. Heartsease, violets and pansies can be crystallised in sugar, or the leaves used like baby spinach in salads. Good thing they'll take shade; they're definitely in this little front garden. But one of my favourites is peonia lactiflora. Apparently, in China, the fallen petals of this beautiful plant are parboiled and steeped in sugar as a delicacy. I've just tried some petals off 'Festiva Maxima' raw and found the flavour more garlicky than sweet, so may be it's all in the cooking.

Another good one is the day lily Hemerocallis. Hemerocallis minor supposedly has the best flavour, and if you have a spare couple of days to mess about, you can stuff the flowers like little trumpets; although personally I think my life may be too short for this. You can also stuff nasturtium flowers but I prefer the seeds pickled like capers. And roses - the ultimate super food: rose hip syrup, rose petal jam, rose petal cakes, rose petal tea. The list is endless. I understand the darker roses have the best flavour, with Rosa rugosa and Rosa gallica being the best of all - you may have seen me out on the road, sampling our hedge! Just don't eat the white heels of the petals as these have a bitter after taste. I'm waiting for the flowers on our jasminum officinale to open, then they will be mixed with china tea for that lovely delicacy, jasmine tea. There even seem to be companies on the web that will provide mail order petals if you don't have enough of your own to turn into a feast. So back to the drawing board for my client, and lots of lovely flowers!

Nature Notes

Will this year catch up I wonder? Now that dire predictions of hosepipe bans have been lifted and it is confirmed by growers that crops are 3 weeks behind, one can but speculate.

I had a nest of blackbird fledglings up to yesterday being fed inside, rather ironically, an old bird cage; whilst close by, a Wren's nest has just been vacated. You feel rather protective of these families that have chosen your garden. I found myself leaning out of the window to scare off a Magpie lest he spot the nests; though his main interest is in any left-over dog biscuits in one of the feeding bowls!

You tense at any alarm calls: it's usually caused by my old cat whose bird catching days are behind him now, though the odd mouse turns up sometimes thanks to stealth rather than speed.

However, this morning the noise was frantic. The cause a large Sparrowhawk which made off over the Village Hall carrying an unfortunate starling in her talons - she too may be feeding nestlings. No time to stop and pluck into a neat pile of feathers.

Yes, everything is late so far. I notice very young Hares and Badgers on the verges of Kineton Road only recently born. The rains have brought about a dense growth of nettles and Cow parsley which enjoy the nitrogen that has leeched from the arable fields.

A large number of Swifts in the village skies now but few insects around. They swarm over the rape fields for flies, unusual behaviour for them.

I continue to hear the Cuckoo near the testing ground and of course, the Skylarks and Yellowhammers which we are fortunate to still have in the locality. The hope is for a long spell of hot weather or a long "Indian Summer" but this is sheer wishful thinking. Bernard Price

Kineton Primary School Summer Show

Saturday 7th July from 12 noon until 4pm

Displays from the Sealed Knot, various stalls, local bands, dancers, BBQ and lots more. See you there !

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Barnfield Summer Garden Party

Saturday 14 July 2012
Spanish Guitar Music
Vintage Cars
Ice Cream, Drinks, Cakes and Sanwiches
All Welcome

Please inform us if you are attending and how many on or before 7 July on 640521.