Gaydon Parish Magazine September 2012

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This Month's Diary

Parish Council      Thurs 6th 7.30pm  Parish Office
Coffee Morning      Sat 8th 11am      Village Hall
Messy Church        Sun 9th 3pm       Village Hall
Village Hall C'tee  Mon 10th 7.30pm   Village Hall
Friendship Club     Tues 18th 2.30pm  2 Anson Close
Pilates             Tuesdays 6.30pm   Village Hall
Mobile Library      Thursday 20th

Next Month's Diary
Harvest Festival   Sun 7th 10.30am St Giles' Gaydon
Candlelit Harvest
Festival  Sun 7th 3pm All Saints' Chadshunt

Church Services in September

2nd  9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Burton Dassett
    10.30   Holy Communion       Gaydon
    10.30   Morning Prayer       Fenny Compton
     6.00pm Evensong             Farnborough

9th  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

16th 9.00   Holy Communion       Farnborough
     9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Gaydon
    10.30   Family Service       Fenny Compton
    10.30   Holy Communion       Northend
     4.00pm Open Air Songs of Praise
                                 Burton Dassett
23rd 9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Fenny Compton
    10.30   Holy Communion       Farnborough
    10.30   Morning Prayer       Northend
    10.30   Prayer and Praise    Gaydon

30th   10.30   Group Communion      Northend

Have you heard about Community Forums?

Your Community Forum's next meeting is scheduled to take place at 7pm on Thursday 13 September at Ashorne Village Hall, (Ashorne CV35 9DR) where the main topic for discussion will be "Keeping Warm and Well this Winter" and where you can find out how to keep warm, save money and keep healthy!

You will also hear about the "Warwickshire Directory of Services" and what it means to you; you can help set your Local Police priorities for the next three months and find out about progress on your locality plan.

If you have a specific concern or problem, then drop in to the local surgery from 6.30pm - 7.00pm where you will be able to speak to your Neighbourhood Policing Team, Councillors and Officers from Warwickshire County and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils.

Why not join us at this time for a cup of tea and a chat?

If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting, or find out more, please contact:

Amanda Wilson-Patterson on 01789 260135 email:

Seasonal Recipe

Creamy Mushroom Soup
8oz/250g finely chopped chestnut mushrooms
1 large onion chopped                1 crushed garlic clove
1oz/25g butter                            1tbs olive oil
1oz/25g plain flour                      ¾ pt/450ml milk
1 pint/600ml hot stock           salt, pepper, nutmeg to season

Sauté the chopped onion in the butter and oil until softened and add the garlic.

Add mushrooms to the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes before adding the flour and stirring well. Stir in the hot stock and then the milk, stirring continuously. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Blitz briefly with blender and season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Mobile Library

The Library will be in Gaydon on Thursday 20 September. 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 18th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Josie Liddington, 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 8 September at 11am. Home-made cakes, Produce, Bric-a-brac, Raffle.

In aid of church fabric fund.

Gaydon Village Store

Exciting tastings every Saturday morning in September! Come to our shop to try - and buy - food made by Boo of Kineton. Boo uses high quality ingredients and local produce to make a variety of savoury pastries, muffins, jams and chutneys. Sue Roberts

Village Hall News

The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Monday 10 September at 7.30pm.


So far about 20 people in Gaydon have responded to the Broadband Survey. This represents only 10% of the village. The likelihood of getting better broadband is proportionate to the number of responses. There is still time to fill it in at

If you would like to see who has already responded, click on the Downloads and Resources button on that page.

Shipston Home Nursing Autumn Events

Coffee Morning and Sale
Thursday 20 September from 10am-12.30pm
at 1, Manor Lane, Shipston on Stour
In aid of SHN, Macmillan Nurses and Katherine House Hospice

Shipston Cycle Challenge

Sunday 30th September at Shipston Leisure Centre 9.00 and 9.30am. For more details call Rebecca 01608 674929 or

The Red Lion Redux

The Red Lion Public House at Northend re-opened in August under new management. There are home-cooked meals and real ales. Coffee and cakes are served all day - just what walkers on the Dassett Hills require after a strenuous stroll! Visit the Red Lion's website at for more information or, better still, set your compass for CV47 2JT and head for Northend!

Forthcoming Events in Gaydon

Christmas Lunch

This annual event for the Over 60s is being planned for Sunday 9 December. As usual, we shall be appealing to the Gaydon Volunteers to help cook and serve this jolly seasonal meal. Please contact Julie Rickman - 640349 - if you would like to help in any way. Invitations to lunch will be sent out in November.

Gaydon Neighbourhood Watch

August has been a quiet month except for the following report:

At approximately one in the morning on 14 August at the Gaydon Inn, two unknown male offenders drove up in a transit van, jumped over a little fence and stole two 6ft wooden benches.

Warwickshire Police are very keen to hear from anyone who has seen or knows the current whereabouts of a black Ford Focus vehicle with the registration number WF59 0LP. The vehicle is believed to possibly be in the Southam or Stockton area. If you spot the vehicle, please do not approach the occupants but call 999 and report its location immediately.

Nature Notes

At last some very warm days, though I fear that the insect population will not recover now. The absence of bees on the Bramble blossoms and flies on many flower heads is exceptional.

Swifts have already gathered over the village and headed for warmer climes a month early. Today I noted the few House Martins gathering in like fashion. In some years they are with us until October but there are very few nests in the village this year and I don't think think that many young have been reared successfully, again due to lack of insects for food.

So far I have seen only one Brimstone, a solitary Peacock and a well-worn Comma around my Buddleia bush, which is usually covered with butterflies at this time. My observations are no doubt replicated throughout the district.

The large Woodpigeons seem very numerous, though. A second brood is being reared in my garden on a flimsy structure of branches. Although good flyers, they crash clumsily into trees and waddle around my lawn in a matronly fashion. They are also difficult to avoid when driving, narrowly missing cars. This once wild and shy bird is changing its ecology as it adapts to proximity with people.

I have been told that this is the wettest and coldest August for thirty years in Warwickshire. One can only hope that things will recover next year. With poor crop yields probable, grain prices will no doubt rise in anticipation.

My hens are still laying quite well and my cabbage plants now have the familiar butterfly caterpillars: almost a relief but, of course, unwanted really! Though we no longer have to depend on seasons or seasonal produce, this autumn and winter will be crucial times.

Last week I read that an injured Cuckoo was nursed back to health and airfreighted to catch up with the other migrating birds; a truly English gesture acknowledging the value of our migrant species. Bernard Price


It is with sorrow that we record the sudden death of Richard Ronson on 27 August. Richard was the son of the late Mrs Audrey Payne. We offer our condolences to his step-father, Mr Byron Payne, his family and friends.

Electric Blankets

Electric Blanket Safety Tests from Warwickshire County Council

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service will provide electric blanket tests free of charge, for people aged 50 or over, between Monday 1st October 2012 and Friday 5th October 2012. Don't miss this opportunity!

Old or damaged electric blankets cause a number of fires each year, which can result in injury or death. These can be avoided by simply getting your electric blanket checked. Testing, by appointment only, will take place at the following venues:

Leamington Town Hall, Monday 1st October
Nuneaton Fire Station, Tuesday 2nd October
Rugby Library, Wednesday 3rd October
Kenilworth Library, Thursday 4th October
Stratford Fire Station, Friday 5th October

Electric blanket tests are available to Warwickshire residents only. To book an appointment, call the Trading Standards Service on: 01926 414016 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm) or

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Many will have seen a Community Response Ambulance vehicle in Gaydon. This is a First Response vehicle and is based in Gaydon. It serves Gaydon and the surrounding area and is operated by John Davies who not only responds to emergency calls but also trains other Community First Responders for the Ambulance Service.

Gaydon has one other trained and equipped First Responder.

First Responders are retained on a voluntary basis by the West Midlands Ambulance Service and are dispatched when people have suffered trauma or a sudden life-threatening illness.

They are trained to a nationally accredited qualification to give Emergency Life Saving treatment until the Emergency ambulance resource arrives on scene. A First Responder does not replace the Ambulance Service resource but bridges the gap between the 999 call and the arrival of the Ambulance Service.

The types of Emergency the Community First Responder is trained to attend are: Cardiac arrest; Heart attack; Strokes; Choking; Diabetic emergencies; Traumatic emergencies.

Each First Responder carries a kit which contains life-saving equipment such as a defibrillator, oxygen and various other items of equipment to help and assist with the treatment of the patient.


A team of Gaydon Volunteers has dismantled the roundabout in the children's playground prior to renovating and restoring it to mint condition. This had become necessary as it was declared to be at the end of its useful life by a county council report. Thanks are due to Andy Thomas, Tim Wells, David Whiteley and John Rickman. The team hopes to have the roundabout working again before the winter starts.

Messy Church

The next Messy Church will be at Gaydon Village Hall on September 9th starting at 3pm. The first part of the afternoon is craft activities, followed by short, child friendly worship and then tea. Everyone is welcome but all children must be accompanied by an adult. L Bosman


We are very grateful to everyone who came along to the August Coffee Morning to help raise money for the Christmas Lunch for the 'over 59s'. There is now enough money in the bank to fund this year's lunch. Watch this space for further details!

Parish Plan

The first draft is nearing completion. The Action Plans have been drawn up and to round out the document the team needs short articles on the Flora and Fauna of Gaydon and Gaydon Past and Present.


The flag on the village green was raised on 15 August in honour of the birthday of HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Mission and Ministry Group

There will be a meeting in Gaydon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 September. Everyone welcome!

Healing Prayer

There will be meetings to discuss Healing Prayer on Wednesdays 12th and 26th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Parish Council News

Loss of Telephone Lines

British Telecom have apologised for the amount of time it took to restore the lines to the village following the cable theft. They have assured the Clerk that they are addressing various communication issues that arose. If any residents still have problems with their telephone lines can they please contact the Clerk who will provide them with an alternative BT telephone number and a contact.

Overgrown plants and shrubs

Could residents please ensure that their plants and shrubs are trimmed sufficiently to ensure that the footways outside their properties allow disabled and pushchair users to walk without having to step into the road.


The annual auditing process for the parish accounts has been finalised. If any resident would like to look at the annual return or accounts, please contact the clerk.

Next Meeting

Thursday, 6th September at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome.