Gaydon Parish Magazine October 2012

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This Month's Diary

Harvest Festival    Sun 7th 3pm        Chadshunt
Coffee Morning      Sat 13th 11am      Village Hall
Friendship Club     Tues 16th 2.30pm   Trevose
Entertainment       Sat 20th 7.30pm    Village Hall
Pilates             Tuesdays 6.30pm    Village Hall
Mobile Library      Thursday 11th

Church Services in October

7th   9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Burton Dassett
     10.30   Harvest Communion    Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Prayer       Fenny Compton
      3.00pm Harvest Festival     Chadshunt
      6.00pm Evensong             Farnborough
14th  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
21st  9.00   Holy Communion       Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Gaydon
     10.30   Family Service       Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion       Northend
28th  9.00   Holy Communion BCP   Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion       Farnborough
     10.30   Harvest Festival     Northend
     10.30   Prayer and Praise    Gaydon

An Evening of Entertainment with Supper

Saturday 20th October
7.30pm in Gaydon Village Hall
Fun, Music and Food with Gaydon Voices
Tickets will be available from Gaydon Village Store

Flu Clinics 2012

No appointment necessary for any of these clinics

Hastings House, Wellesbourne

Saturday 13th October 09.00 - 12.30

Thursday 18th October 14.00 - 18.00

Little Thatch, Kineton

Wednesday 24th October 11.00 - 14.00

Flu vaccination is recommended for the following:

Patients aged 65 and over; all pregnant women; people with Diabetes or a weakened immune system; registered Carers; people with chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, kidney or liver disease and various neurological illnesses; children in risk groups.

If you wish to check your need for vaccination, Kineton Surgery phone number is 640491; Wellesbourne Surgery is 01789 840245.

Temporary Closure of C31 Kineton Road and C31 Southam Road, Gaydon

Warwickshire County Council has made a Temporary Traffic Order closing C31 Kineton Road and C31 Southam Road, Gaydon, from the junction of B4100 Banbury Road to the entrance of D6767 Glosters Green to vehicular traffic. The closure is required for resurfacing works.

The Order will commence on 19 October 2012 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 6 November 2012.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: C31 Southam Street, B4086 Warwick Road, B4086 Pittern Hill, B4086 Combrook Road, B4086 Spring Hill, B4086 Compton Hill, B4455 Fosse Way, B4100 Banbury Road, B4100 Warwick Road (and in reverse order).

The Contractor dealing with this matter is Eddie Chapman, Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07837 319237).

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused. The person dealing with this matter at Warwickshire County Council is Mr Benjamin Hill, County Highways (Tel: 01926 412515).

A G Needham, Head of Law and Governance, Shire Hall, Warwick

Road Closure Clarification

The Parish Clerk has received the following letter from the engineer, Kevin Nugent:

'We will be resurfacing the Kineton Road under a road closure from 22 October to 2 November.

'During the first week we will be working on the Kineton side of Gaydon. This will allow access to Gaydon as normal from the Banbury Road.

'The school buses' pick-up should not be affected. The buses should then follow the diversion around.'

A map is available on or ring 738931.


The funeral of Richard William Ronson was held at Oakley Wood Crematorium on 12 September. The Reverend Mike Cadwallader officiated and mourners included Mr Byron Payne and old friends of Richard's from Nottingham and Gaydon. He will be sadly missed.

PCC News

The work to replace the sill of the West Window is now able to go ahead and we can look forward to the completion of the repairs. Following this, the plasterwork inside the church will have to be made good and painted.

Parish Council News

Jaguar Land Rover

Issues regarding alarms sounding on vehicles being transported, test cars being driven inappropriately late at night through Gaydon and the speed of employee vehicles being driven through our parish are all currently being investigated by JLR. 

If you have any related issues can you please note the registration number of the vehicle involved and log the time of the incident and then forward this information to the  Clerk.  JLR have assured us that they take these incidents seriously.

Light on Refuge

The County Council are aware that the light on the refuge island on the Banbury Road is on permanently.  They are awaiting a new switch.

Play Area

Since JLR have said that they are unable to help Gaydon with the refurbishment of the play area a group of residents have taken on the task.  They have dismantled the roundabout for shot-blasting and it is hoped that this will be rebuilt later this year.  Anyone wishing to join this team should contact the Clerk or John Rickman.  Orbit have been contacted on several occasions regarding the condition of the wall which borders the play area.  We hope that they will arrange for it to be repaired shortly.


May we remind residents to try and clear the drains outside their properties.  Highways are aware of the issue with the drain in Church Road and we are waiting for the work to commence.  Severn Trent have been contacted a number of times by Highways to deal with the water leak on the Warwick Road and also look at the leak in the Banbury Road lay-by.  We understand they have tried to locate the leak on the Warwick Road several times.

Street Lights

The County have confirmed that some street lights will be turned off from midnight until 5am.  This will not affect the lights which are funded by the parish (i.e. St. Giles Road, St. Marks Close, Kineton Road, Banbury Road (old lights), Church Road and Church Lane).

Next Meeting

Thursday, 1st November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Lighthorne Heath Primary School

We started the new year with a visit from the Ofsted inspectors.

We are very proud of the report which demonstrates how much the school has moved forward during the last few years.

We have been judged to be a good school with outstanding leadership and management. The full report can be found on the Ofsted website.

We have started the new term with new classes, new teachers and abundant energy! September has been filled with planning new topics and getting to know new routines.

In years 4, 5 and 6 they have been working together to plan a topic on rivers. Children will be learning about rivers around the world and all about the water cycle. They are also going to visit the river Thames in London.

Years 1, 2 and 3 have been working with their teachers to plan a topic on castles and knights. They have already begun finding out about how people lived in medieval times and are hoping to visit Warwick Castle sometime soon!

The reception and nursery class have begun the term with keeping fit and healthy, learning about unusual fruits and how they grow.

Juliette Westwood (Exec. Headteacher) and Michelle Cragg (Associate Headteacher)

Mobile Library

The Library will be in Gaydon on Thursday 11 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

The October meeting will be at the home of Mrs Pauline Layton, Trevose, Kineton Road, on Tuesday 16th at 2.30pm.

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 13 September at 11am. Home-made cakes, Produce, Bric-a-brac, Raffle.

In aid of church fabric fund.

Shipston Home Nursing

Early Christmas Gift Fair on Hallowe'en!!
Ettington Community Centre, CV37 7SX
Wednesday 31st October 6-9pm
and Thursday 1st November 9.30am-4.30pm

Forthcoming Events in Gaydon:

Christmas Lunch Sunday 9 December

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.

Remembrance Sunday 11 November

Act of Remembrance at St Giles' at 11am; service at All Saints' Burton Dassett at 9am.

Gaydon Church Gift Day

Father Christmas comes to the Village Hall on 1st December. Gifts for church upkeep can be hung on the Christmas Tree.

Gaydon Neighbourhood Watch

Be aware of and report any chalked symbols on or around your property as they may be linked to burglaries.

Several suspicious incidents have been reported in Warwickshire over recent days, where home owners have noticed symbols chalked onto the walls of their homes or onto surfaces nearby. There is evidence that these chalked symbols are used by thieves as a means to identify a property ripe for burglary.

If you spot chalked symbols around your own or other homes please contact the police immediately on 101 and describe the symbols to the operator. If possible please also take a photo of the symbol if you have a camera on your mobile phone.

Thankyou for your vigilance and your help. Ian Miller


Vanessa Wrighton and Adrian Managhan were married at the Church of St Giles on Saturday 1st September.

We congratulate them and wish them every happiness.

Nature Notes for September

It's late in the month now and the last few days have been a lot colder with an autumnal chill and evidence of a slight frost in the mornings. What is rather different this year is that there is little evidence as yet of colour changes or leaf fall, although Sloes and Blackberries are already well advanced.

The last groups of Swallows, sadly depleted this year, are gathering in agitated groups, with the prospect of warmer climes beckoning. Some species seem to have benefited however: very large numbers of field Grasshoppers in various states of maturity are disturbed in areas of rough grassland; and for some reason numbers of Red Admiral Butterflies have appeared of late, feeding on fallen fruit. The latter may be migrants or a late flush of home-bred species. Other butterflies are scarce; I have seen only the odd Comma and Small White.

Dragonflies gather above Brambles in the hope of insect prey, Midges and Mosquitoes are the main target. What species have been the winners and losers this season?

Insects have suffered greatly, being dependent on seasonal temperatures, and the scarcity of Wasps, Bees and Hornets is obvious. Winners - apart from rampant roadside weeds - will be hard to find!

I visited the food fayre in Stratford last weekend. Italy is some weeks ahead of the UK and I hope that the 'Carluccio wild Mushroom' stand was a forerunner of our own Fungi season which will start in early October.

Dry spells, cold snaps and some rain are catalysts for growth. It was great to be able to sample Chantarelles, Porcini, Blewitts, and my own favourite, Trompe de Morte. There was a brief spell when supermarkets stocked these in season but this no longer occurs. Perhaps they have been replaced by the artificially-grown Oyster and Shitaki species which are more uniform and available all year round.

The countryside around Gaydon has quite a wide variety of species but be sure to check anything you are uncertain about. There are some well-known areas for Boletus and Parasols and if you venture a few miles further, the slopes of Edgehill and Burton Dassett have numerous mushroom-collecting spots. Bernard Price

One Night in November

Burton Dassett Church
Saturday 27 October at 7.30pm
A powerful dramatisation of the events of 14 November 1940
with sound effects
Tickets £12 (including glass of wine) from Norma King 01295 770292

Upton House and Gardens

Upton House has joined the nationwide search by the National Trust to find the country's ten Greatest British Walks. Walkers from around the country are being encouraged to upload information about their favourite walk to the Great British Walk website at

By submitting details of their favourite walk, they will get the chance to win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage and have their walk scrutinised by a panel of judges as they decide the ten best walks.

"We all know that the Edge Hill area is famed for its natural beauty and histological significance: now is the chance for residents of the Warwickshire-Oxfordshire borders to prove just how much we have to offer," said Heather Aston, Head Gardener and keen walker. "Let's make sure Upton House gets it chance to shine."

The winning walks will be illustrated showing the route and places of interest along the way; they will be published online next year. The people who submitted the walks will keep the original artwork.

If you would like to experience the walks from Upton House simply collect your choice of three different walks; if you want to start before 11am we suggest you collect your walk note the day before. Upton House and gardens are now open 6 days a week, closed on Thursdays. The Gardens, shop and restaurant are open from 11am till 5pm; the House is open from 1pm, taster tours available from 11am.

For further details call Upton House and Gardens on 01295 670266

To enter the competition visit

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 4 November.

Seasonal Recipe

Pumpkin Soup
1 pumpkin, peeled and flesh diced               400g bacon, cut into small pieces
2 onions, chopped small                         400ml double cream
1 tbs curry powder                              1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and pepper                                 1 heaped tbs sugar
Put the pumpkin and onion in a large pot, cover with water and bring to the boil; simmer till soft.
Meanwhile, fry the bacon pieces and garlic together until browned.
Drain and mash (or process) the cooked pumpkin and onion; add the curry powder and salt and pepper to taste.
Slowly pour in the cream and add the bacon.
On a low heat, stir in the sugar and mix well.
The consistency should be thick.
Serve with hot crusty rolls at Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night!