Gaydon Parish Magazine November 2012

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This Month's Diary

Parish Council             Thurs 1st 7.30pm         Village Hall
Bishop and Lunch           Sun 4th 10.30am          St Giles' Church
Coffee Morning             Sat 10th 11am            Village Hall
Remembrance Sunday         Sun 11th 11am            St Giles' Church
Village Hall Committee     Mon 12th 7.30pm          Village Hall
Friendship Club            Tues 20th 2.30pm         No 1 Cottage
Parish Plan                Weds 21st 8pm            Village Hall
Pilates                    Tuesdays 6.30pm          Village Hall
Mobile Library             Thursdays 1st and 22nd

Church Services in November

4th  9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Group Service with Bishop at Gaydon
     6.00pm  Evensong              Farnborough

11th 9.00    Remembrance Service   Burton Dassett
    10.30    Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
    11.00    Act of Remembrance    Gaydon
     6.00pm  Evening Service       Burton Dassett

18th 9.00    Holy Communion        Farnborough
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
    10.30    Family Service        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Northend

25th 9.00    Holy Communion  BCP   Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Farnborough
    10.30    Prayer and Praise     Gaydon
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Northend 

Parish Council News


We have asked Highways if they will cut the foliage back around the various road signs in the village.


The County Council and Highways have been made aware of the overgrown entrance to the footpath along Pimple Lane (close to Northend boundary).

Water leaks

The Parish Council is continuing to liaise with Highways and Severn Trent regarding the 2 water leaks in our parish; Warwick Road and Banbury Lay-by.

Overgrown Vegetation

Just a reminder, could you please ensure that plants/shrubs/hedges are cut back to allow residents to walk along the footways and for visibility when exiting junctions.


If you are planning to have fireworks could you please make local residents who have animals aware. The Heritage Centre given notice of a 10-minute firework display at 10.30am on Friday 7 December.

Next Meeting

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

Dassett Magna Group Service with Bishop

On Sunday 4 November at 10.30am there will be a service of Holy Communion given by Bishop Christopher of Coventry. Afterwards, lunch will be provided in the Village Hall for those attending the service.

Everyone is welcome to come along to St Giles to hear the Bishop preach and meet him at the lunch.

Friendship Club

We will meet at No1 Cottage, Gaydon Hill Farm, by kind invitation of Mrs Jan Ewer, on Tuesday, 20 November at 2.30pm.


Upwards of thirty people gathered in the Village Hall on Saturday 20 October for an evening of 'Musical Entertainment'. We were not disappointed. There were items by the Gaydon Voices from a wide and varied repertoire; duets by Philippa Young and Andrew Corner; and much amusing audience participation.

The Hotchkiss family showed their musical talents, with solo instrumental and vocal items from three generations; all being ably arranged, conducted and accompanied by Alastair. Our own family von Trapp?!

With a delicious sausage supper served during the interval, it was a very enjoyable and rewarding evening. Many thanks to all. MF


The Union Flag on the Village Green was raised to commemorate Trafalgar Day, 21st October.

Mobile Library

The Library will be in Gaydon on Thursdays 1st and 22nd November. The van will be at the Telephone Box at 1.50-2.10pm and in St Marks Close at 2.15-2.35pm.

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 10 November at 11am. Home-made cakes, bring and buy, raffle. In aid of church fabric fund.

Kineton Primary School Bonfire and Firework Display

Saturday 10th November at 6pm. Tickets from the school reception or contact Alastair Hotchkiss on 642248. Advance tickets £4 adults, £3 children; higher charges will apply at the gate on the night.

Remembrance Sunday 11 November

There will be an Act of Remembrance in St Giles' churchyard at the War Memorial at 11am followed by prayers in the church.

A service will also be held at All Saints' Church Burton Dassett at 9am.

Church Gift Day

Please come along to support your village Church on Saturday 1st December, with doors opening at 2pm.

We all take the presence of the Church for granted; however, in order to maintain and develop its presence in the village for weddings and christenings, as well as for regular weekly worship and the celebration of Easter and Christmas, we need to raise funds continually.

If anyone is available to help on the day, or provide cakes, mince pies or other seasonal produce for sale, please contact Jo Hotchkiss on 642248.

Father Christmas will be paying a visit, and seasonal refreshments will be served alongside the usual items for sale and some fun activities. Keep an eye out for more information on the Church noticeboards. Please put the date in your diary and we would love to see you there !


The election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Warwickshire Police area will be held on Thursday 15 November in Gaydon Village Hall.

Kineton Wildlife Group

'In Kineton, we have recently started up a wildlife group, and this month we have our first talk with a speaker. We would like to invite people living in Gaydon to come along to the talk too.'  Di Napier

Farmland Birds

Are you interested in our local birds and how farmers are looking after them? Matt Willmott, finalist for the Farm Adviser of the Year award, is giving an illustrated talk at Kineton Primary School on Thursday,

8 November, at 7.30pm. £2 entry, to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Matt is an outstanding ornithologist and farmland bird specialist, and he advises South Warwickshire farmers on 1,000 hectares of farmland bird habitat. He will show us how farmers are improving habitats for birds such as skylarks, yellowhammers, corn buntings and linnets.

For more information, contact or see our website:

Gaydon Village Hall News

The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will take place on Monday, 12 November, at 7.30pm.

Over 60s Christmas Lunch

The lunch will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 9 December and invitations will be sent out this month. If you are eligible but have not received one by mid-November and would like to come, please contact me, Julie Rickman, Old Bakehouse; or ring 640349.

Parish Plan

Gaydon now has a parish plan in draft format. The document is on the website at

If you are unable to see it and need a printed copy please telephone Sue Roberts on 01926 641270 or email:

There will be a meeting in the village Hall on 21 November 2012 at 8pm at which villagers will be able to discuss the plan and make corrections, identify omissions and suggest amendments.

New Housing in Kineton

Dwellers in Gaydon may not know that there is a proposal to build up to 90 new homes in Kineton.

If the plans were accepted the estate would be built on 17.5 acres in Southam Road, across the disused railway line and adjacent to the village burial ground. The proposed new housing goes outside the boundaries of Kineton village as identified in the original parish plan.

There would be some commercial office and light industrial units established in converted farm buildings. The housing element would add more than 200 adults and children to the community's population.

Villagers interviewed by the press thought that the infrastructure of Kineton was not capable of sustaining the expected increase in population: schools, sewers, doctors' surgeries and places to park by the shops.

Gaydon villagers would be affected by the same problems when using Kineton's amenities and would also experience increased traffic along the Kineton Road in the village. Cars regularly break the speed limit and there is already heavy traffic from with JLR and Aston Martin.

There is a website, about the proposals and it has a feedback area where views from the public are invited.


It is with great sadness that we record the death of Chris Wrighton on 13 October. We extend our sympathy to Liz, Vanessa and James.

Compton Verney

Tapestry: Weaving the Century at Dovecot Studios 1920-2012

An exhibition of outstanding and rarely-seen tapestries, rugs and designs spanning over 100 years at Edinburgh's Dovecot Studios is open at Compton Verney until 16 December.

It includes works by Sutherland, Hockney and Gaugin.

Textile Fair: Saturday 10 November 11am-5pm in the Adam Hall.

Works by local artists are on sale - textiles and Christmas gifts - and vintage clothes.

Visit or phone 645500 for further details.

Nature Notes

Village Hall Visitations

An early morning ring at my door a few days ago and I am presented with a bowl containing a large bat found clinging to the Village Hall curtains. What is perhaps remarkable is its large size compared to the tiny Pipistrelles that dart about our gardens. It's an amazing creature close up, with huge ears. It is out in a flash and clings to my sleeve!

These days there are many issues relating to bats so I ring the local Bat Rescue volunteer - I had the number from way back.

Whilst I was waiting, however, it flew off and hid somewhere in my hallway. I was fascinated by how it darted around using sonar to navigate. When the Bat Man came it was discovered again and identified as a Long-eared bat and that evening I left the door open and it departed into the gathering dusk.

I was put in mind of past visitors to the hall that had also arrived without booking. One evening, I remember a Parish Council meeting interrupted when a sizeable frog hopped through the front door. I have been called twice to remove large Grass snakes too, one arriving during a playgroup session.

Bees, Hornets and Wasps often seem to like the woodwork there. In fact, an active Wasps' nest is over the front door at present, a rare thing this year as the cold wet weather has cut down their numbers. The Wasp plague years of fruit gluts and jam-jar traps seem a distant memory. I know that being stung is most unpleasant but they are a beneficial species who predate Mosquitoes, Flies and Caterpillars; so perhaps this year it is a matter of "live and let live". Grass snakes and even the formidable Hornet are mild-mannered visitors in comparison.

The bat found in the Hall is but one of many creatures who will be searching for a winter hibernation place this autumn; it must have entered through the roof. Swifts also nest in the crevices there.

Large Red Admiral butterflies can still be seen around the fallen fruit on sunny days. This species usually migrates south but in recent years has been known to hibernate here. You may also notice the arrival of Pied Wagtails; I have seen huge flocks of them in the sky. They are hardy souls in spite of their frail appearance and will stay all winter.

The "BK" sign in logs above the doorway of the hall has been preserved during restoration of the rustic walls and has the old tarred straw backing which is so attractive to some social insects!

Bolton King, the inspired Victorian philanthropist would, I think, be glad to see them.

This has been a hard year for many species of birds and insects so a helping hand with winter board and lodging is in order. Bernard Price

Stir-up Sunday

Sunday 25 November, the Sunday before Advent, is the traditional day for making our Christmas Cakes. It is called 'Stir-up Sunday' because of the prayer for that day - the Collect in the Book of Common Prayer - that says:

'Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

Villagers are cordially invited to come to the 10.30am service at St Giles' and help mix the cake that will be shared out on Christmas Eve.

Gaydon Village Store

Good news! Boo's tastings and lovely food will be in the shop on Saturdays again, so drop in and have a taste.

We also have new local chutneys from Maggie Sorensen of "Homemade in Oxfordshire'. Maggie makes her delicious chutneys in Sibford Ferris, 6 miles west of Banbury.

Try our new apple juice and cider from The Little Orchard Company. They have an orchard in Warmington and make their cider in Shennington - scrumptious!

It's nearly Winter - let's get the loft insulation done!

With Winter just around the corner and gas and electric fuel bills about to rise again - typically by 7% - we all ought to get the loft insulation done; and if there is already some loft insulation, let's top it up to the new standard 270mm. Oh, and let's do it for free!

There is another reason for doing it now - the funding available under the Governments' CERT scheme is scheduled to conclude by the year end and while you may have heard of the 'Green Deal' as a new funding alternative it's not here yet and whenever it does materialise it will cost money.

Give us a call to fix an appointment - once we're at the house it only takes about two hours.

David Faulkner; HOMEWORKS: 01926 831851 or 07766 656905

All Souls' Day

On All Souls' Day, it is traditional for the church to pause to remember those we love who have died. Whether you have been recently bereaved or simply would like the time and space to remember someone you loved, everyone is welcome to join us for a quiet service of remembrance on Friday 2nd November at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Northend. If you cannot be there, but would like us to remember that person in our prayers, then please email or add a name to the list available in your parish church.

Midweek Communion Services during Advent

As part of our Advent preparations for Christmas across the Dassett

Magna Group of Parishes there will be short said Communion Service at 8.30 a.m. on the following Thursday mornings:

22 November - The Chapel of Ease, Northend

29 November - St Botolph, Farnborough

6 December - St Giles, Gaydon

13 December - St Peter & St Clare, Fenny Compton

20 December - All Saints, Burton Dassett

This will be a time of being still and coming before our Creator who sent his Son to draw us to himself, die on the cross and rise again that we might have eternal life. A time of: confession, reflecting on God's word and receiving the bread and wine.

Messy Church

On Sunday 11 November Messy Church will be in Farnborough Village Hall at 3.30pm. On Sunday 9 December it will be held in Temple Heredwyke Community Centre.


Open Tues-Fri 9-5   Sat 9-2.30
Closed Sunday and Monday

Friday 30 November 6-8pm
We shall be fundraising for
Cancer Research UK