Gaydon Parish Magazine August 2012

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Christmas Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall at 11am on Saturday 11 August
Bring and Buy    Produce   Home-made Cakes
Books      Bric-a-brac      Raffle
Fund-raising event for Over-60s Christmas Lunch.

Please join us for coffee and biscuits!

Lighthorne Heath Primary School

We are looking forward to welcoming our new reception class in September and they recently spent the day with their new class. They enjoyed it so much that lots of them were disappointed to go back to nursery the next day and not to be starting school right now!

It is exciting to be welcoming in a new cohort of children but also a little sad to be saying goodbye to our wonderful year 6s. We would like to wish all of them the very best of luck at their new schools.

We wish everyone in the area a very happy summer. We hope you enjoy the holidays and that we have at least a little bit of sunshine to warm us up!

Juliette Westwood (Exec. Headteacher) and Michelle Cragg (Assoc. Head.)


Jean Checkley 1938-2012

Jean and John moved into The Villa, Gaydon, on the 21st February 1959, their wedding day. Jean was immediately involved in village life and became a member of the Women's Institute in Gaydon. She had a reputation for fantastic baking and often entered cakes into competitions at the Gaydon Flower Show. Jean held various part-time jobs in and around the village, including working the petrol pumps at Gaydon Garage for Mr and Mrs Garratt and later, when they took over Grimes Hardware store in Kineton, she worked behind the counter there. Jean then developed her love of flowers as she trained as a florist at Rouses Garden Store in Kineton.

After having her second daughter, Jean had great fun in setting up a new Mothers and Toddlers group with the other mums in Gaydon village hall, friends who she knew for the rest of her life. In recent years, Jean spent her 70th birthday surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party at the Gaydon Inn: over 70 guests enjoyed the evening.

Unfortunately in recent months Jean's mobility had declined but her spirits were kept up with visits from her good friends in the village. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Sandra and Sophie wish to thank all friends and neighbours for their kindness and support over their sad loss of Jean. Thank you also to so many who attended the funeral and for the wonderful floral tributes at Gaydon Church. Very many thanks to Reverend Mike Cadwallader for his lovely Service and to the Gaydon Inn for providing a super venue for her wake.


Sue and Martin would like to say a special Thank You to all who attended their late Mum, Jean Phillips's, funeral on July 5th and for all the cards, kind messages, flowers and donations. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful singing from the congregation which was conducted by the Organist. The sun shining above made it a wonderful thanksgiving service.

Mobile Library

The Library will be in Gaydon on Thursdays 9th and 30th. 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 21st at Corner Cottage in Church Lane by kind invitation of Mrs Mary Fox.

Gaydon Village Store

Since the shop opened in May 2010 it has traded successfully thanks solely to the generosity of willing volunteers who give up their time on a regular basis.

The aim of the shop is to provide a service to the local community whilst at the same time putting money back into local projects. This year Gaydon Village Store has been promoting local food producers and suppliers.

However, the number of volunteers is now dwindling and this means that an ever-increasing burden is falling on a few hardy individuals. Gaydon Village Store urgently needs to find more volunteers if it is going to continue to trade in the future.

Help is needed, not just behind the counter, but also with stock control, cleaning and ordering. The committee now consists of just four members, three of whom have been with the project since 2009 when planning for the shop first began.

Anyone who thinks that they could offer a spare hour a week on a reasonably regular basis would receive a very warm welcome. Previous retail experience is not necessary, just a desire to help support a community project.

It is only by finding more volunteers that the shop will continue to trade into 2013 and beyond.

All enquiries to the Chairman, Sue Roberts on 01926 641270.

Parish Council News

The Parish Council had been hoping to have the JaguarLandrover volunteer team to renovate the playground but they are unable to help after all. This means a return to Plan A, i.e. getting Gaydon people to do it! Please contact John Rickman if you can help: 640349.

Church Services in August

5th     9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Burton Dassett
       10.30   Holy Communion       Gaydon
       10.30   Morning Prayer       Fenny Compton
        6.00pm Evensong             Farnborough
12th    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
19th    9.00   Holy Communion       Farnborough
        9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Gaydon
       10.30   Family Service       Fenny Compton
       10.30   Holy Communion       Northend
26th    9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Fenny Compton
       10.30   Holy Communion       Farnborough
       10.30   Morning Prayer       Northend
       10.30   Prayer and Praise    Gaydon

Followed by an Open Meeting to discuss the Future of St Giles' Church in Gaydon and Chadshunt

Jean Phillips 1927-2012

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Jean Phillips was held in St Giles' Church on 5 July. The burial took place in Gaydon Cemetery and was followed by refreshments in the village hall for family and friends.

Jean Checkley 1938-2012

On 11 July a service of thanksgiving was conducted in St Giles' Church by the Reverend Mike Cadwallader for the life of Jean Checkley. The Committal took place at Oakley Wood and there were refreshments at the Gaydon Inn.

Village Hall News

The Village Hall Committee is collecting archive material concerning the village which it will store in the Parish Office. Please contact Eirwen Hughes at the Old House Cottage or on 641889 if you have any photographs or documents that you think should be preserved for posterity. Does anyone know the whereabouts of an album of old photos that seems to have disappeared?

This Month's Diary

Coffee Morning      Sat 11th 11am     Village Hall
Friendship Club     Tues 21st 2.30pm  Corner Cottage
Pilates             Tuesdays 6.30pm   Village Hall
Mobile Library      Thursdays 9th and 30th

Neighbourhood Watch

Gaydon has had problems in July.

Police report offenders forced the padlock and bolt off a shed in a front garden in Church Road and stole a lawnmower. 

A handbag containing cash, credit cards and a mobile phone was stolen from another house. In Warwick Road unknown offenders attempted to gain access by forcing the door handle of a property.

Similar reports have been notified for Kineton, Lighthorne and other surrounding villages. The most likely times for offences are in the afternoons. If you see anyone suspicious and perhaps accompanied by one or two others please call 101 immediately.

NB Warwickshire Probation service are not involved in, nor support, the selling of domestic items door to door. Please inform the Police of any such callers.

Nature Notes

'Hard Times': it is difficult to believe that July this year was high summer. The cool wet weather is relentless it seems and spells disaster for many of our species. Few insects on the wing to feed the remaining housemartins and swallows around the village. The cold and lack of sunshine make it even worse for butterflies and moths: I have wonderful cabbages on my allotment because I have never seen a white butterfly this year. On a recent trip to Oversley Wood I saw not one Purple Emperor when two years ago I

saw twenty.

I have seen several Hedgehogs hit by cars in the village this week, encouraged perhaps to quest for slugs on the damp road surfaces with fatal results. A second brood may save the day for these beleaguered creatures we take for granted. Bumble bees have their own built-in heating system which may help them, at least.

This is the first time in my memory that I have not closed down my Aga for the summer. The other 'close down' - that of many villagers' telephone and broadband lines - is into its second week, while the damage inflicted by copper thieves is repaired. We are free (so far) from flooding.

I stay in London from time to time and note that the House Sparrow has become extinct in many parts; at least we still have plenty of these in Gaydon. As a child, though, I listened to Corncrakes in nearby fields and they are now long gone: we ignore climate change at our peril! Bernard Price

Bishops Cross Car Care

Gaydon Road, Bishops Itchington CV47 2QW 01926 614445

Mon-Fri 8.30-5.30 Sat 8.30-12.30

Darren and Adam have been running the Garage behind Bishops Cross Car Sales for about a year and are now Gaydon's closest repair garage.