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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
This month we meet on Tuesday 18th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Josie Liddington, 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.
Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 8 September at 11am. Home-made cakes, Produce, Bric-a-brac, Raffle.
In aid of church fabric fund.
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
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 http://ww.cswbroadband.org.uk/
If you would like to see who has already responded, click on the Downloads and Resources button on that page.
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
Sunday 30th September at Shipston Leisure Centre 9.00 and 9.30am. For more details call Rebecca 01608 674929 or www.shipstonhomenursing.co.uk
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 www.theredlionnorthend.co.uk for more information or, better still, set your compass for CV47 2JT and head for Northend!
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
There will be a meeting in Gaydon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5 September. Everyone welcome!
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.
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.
Thursday, 6th September at 7.30pm. All residents are welcome.