Gaydon Parish Magazine August 2014

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This Month's Diary

     First World War Vigil         Sun 3rd 6pm           Burton Dassett Church
     Barbecue & Boules             Sat 23rd 6pm          The Old House
     Pilates                       Tuesdays 6.30pm       Village Hall
     Library                       Thurs 4th             Telephone Box
                              GAYDON  CALENDAR
  HARVEST FESTIVAL             SUN  5th OCT          CHADSHUNT
  REMEMBRANCE DAY              SUN  9th NOV          ST GILES' CHURCH
  CHRISTMAS FAIR               SAT 29th NOV          VILLAGE HALL
  CHRISTMAS LUNCH              SUN 7th  DEC          VILLAGE HALL
  BURNS' NIGHT                 SAT 24  JAN           VILLAGE HALL
  VILLAGE BARBECUE             SAT  7  JUN           VENUE TBA

Parish Council News

Draft Core Strategy

We objected to the draft submission document based on the fact that the information was not up-to-date. The Office of National Statistics released projected population figures on 29th May 2014 and the plan was not updated to show these revised figures. The revised numbers for Stratford District show a significant reduction (around 29%) in the numbers used by the District Council in determining the housing figures. We have requested that the plan be updated and that the GLH housing development be removed as it is no longer required. We also supported FORSE with regard to sustainability, transport and ecology. Our response will be put on the Gaydon website shortly.

M40 Motorway Junction

We have commented to the Secretary of State for Transport on the fact that there is no provision for cyclists or horse riders. The specification clearly states that this junction should be for all road users and it is clearly not. We have requested a cycleway across the motorway as well as a footway. A copy of our letter will be put on the Gaydon website shortly.

New Dual Carriageway

The County has requested that the excess subsoil be spread across the land next to this road. The Parish Council have objected and said that they would like it made into a bund to protect the village from noise and light pollution. Our original letter of November 2013 stated that we would like a bund. Let us hope that we are listened to this time.

Flood Prevention Measures

Confirmation has been received from Highways that the ditch along the Warwick Road from the Heritage Centre to the properties requires clearing. County Highways have accepted that it is their responsibility but we have not yet been given a date as to when it will be done.

County Highways have agreed to look at the ditch along the Banbury Road to see whether that requires clearing.


We are still waiting for JLR to let us know whether they have a team willing to tackle the vegetation in the cemetery.


Could all residents please keep their plants, hedges and shrubs cut back from the footways and roads especially at junctions.

Village Green

To try and stop people from parking on the village green we have installed posts. These posts will be reduced in height soon.

Next Meeting will be Thursday 4 September at 8pm.

Church Services in August

Sunday 3rd
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Gaydon
     6.00pm  WWI Vigil Service     Burton Dassett
Sunday 10th
     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 Prayer        Burton Dassett
Sunday 17th
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Worship       Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
Sunday 24th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
    10.30    Family Service        Farnborough
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Northend
    10.30    Prayer and Praise     Gaydon
Sunday 31st
    10.30    Communion             Burton Dassett

Nature Notes

July continues to be very hot with blue skies and the odd thunder storm. Humidity is very high encouraging a rush of plant growth. Most plants are quite advanced and insects seem to have emerged several weeks early. In my garden the Buddleia bushes are heavy with butterflies like Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells. These species hibernate in autumn so are rather early on the wing, possibly a second brood can be fitted in.

You will also with luck see less common species like the Painted Lady and Red Admiral who are part of a large African migration spreading up from Europe. The Comma with its jagged wings and the bright yellow Brimstone (males) our longest-living species, along with the greenish cream females. There has been a large emergence in the past day or two. The larvae feed on Alder buckthorn and the adults are partial to Purple flowers. In Itchington Holt you may see woodland species like the fast flying Silver-washed Fritillary and graceful gliding White Admiral, both attracted to Bramble flowers.

One cannot fail to mention the the flock of Jackdaws which has arrived in the village. This is a clever, aggressive and noisy species are not welcome at bird tables as they drive away other more timid birds. The discordant cackling is not to everyone's taste either. My grandfather had one as a pet and there were often tame ones kept a few years ago owing to their agility, intelligence and ability to learn tricks (ours was taught to whistle!).

Some of your garden plants may also receive the attentions of hordes of Jewel Beetles: these bright green iridescent beetles may settle on glaucous or hairy leaved plants although they are benign; unlike the bright red Lily Beetles, a related species which is a garden pest. Black Storm beetles like yellow flowers and sometimes washing and are reputed to predict storms - so expect maybe these too. Bernard Price

Help Yourself to Hay

Please continue to help yourselves to hay from the churchyard. It makes excellent bedding for small pets and fodder for bigger ones. Just bring a large bag and fill it up. Please tidy up after yourself.

Coffee in the Garden at Lighthorne Heath

Thursday 21st August from 9.45am to 12.15pm. Please come and join us in Bitham Road. All donations in aid of the Air Ambulance. Martin Phillips

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursday 4 August from 1.30-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Friendship Club

There will be no meeting in August owing to the holidays.

Gaydon Village Store has two new cats!

GVS are very pleased to announce that from Wednesday 16th July they will be stocking Cat Brewing Co Beers. Continuing the theme of stocking local produce, Cats Brewing Co are based in Shennington. The two beers, Tabby and Mog are "bottle conditioned" beers, i.e., they are never filtered or pasteurised.

This means that instead of 'artificially' carbonating the beer, the yeast is allowed to 'naturally' carbonate the beer. This active yeast continues to develop and age the beer over time and will mature, much like a fine wine. It's the closest thing you'll get to a pint in the pub! Go on: give a Cat a home!


Saturday 23rd August at 6pm
Inter-village Boules Competition
Tickets £10 per person in aid of FORSE
Telephone 640444

Your Village Green

Now that we have lost the spreading Horse Chestnut Tree from the Village Green, the Parish Council is asking for ideas of something to replace it. It does not have to be another tree: it could be a commemorative plaque or another bench seat, for example. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Big Lunch at Gaydon Village Hall

About forty villagers assembled at the Hall on Sunday 20 July to enjoy the sunshine, each other's company and a jolly bouncy castle. Delicious food was provided and shared by the guests and there was a thrilling raffle, held in aid of the church.

Thanks are due to the Faulconbridge family who kindly provided the bouncy castle, to Sue Wilkshire for donating a lovely food hamper to the raffle; and, not least, to everyone who came to support this

village event which also celebrates the start of the school holidays.

Concert at All Saints' Church, Burton Dassett

Friday 19th September

The well-known Shipston Choir, Cantamus, was founded in 1997 and specialises in unaccompanied music of a wide variety, from traditional English madrigals to more modern-day songs from composers such as Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart. Included in their programme are readings by very talented local actors from sources as diverse as Thomas Hardy and Joyce Grenfell.

Tickets will be £10 to include a glass of wine and canapés during the interval. We will be sending out invitations nearer the time, but hope that you can keep this date free in your diaries. I have been to a couple of their concerts, and can promise you that this will be a very enjoyable evening! PAC

Tracing Steps

Tap and Modern Dance Lessons with Tracey at Lighthorne Heath Village Hall on Monday Evenings starting in September.

Tap for Tots, Primary and Grade I; Modern Grades 1 and 2. Lessons cost £37.50 for a 10-week block. First class is always FREE! Also available on Sundays for Parties. Phone 07766 517961 or email:

Tysoe Flower Show and Fête

Saturday 16th August at 1.00pm

A warm welcome awaits you at our traditional village show which takes place at the Recreation Ground off Main Street. For Sat-nav users the post code is CV35 0SR.

Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display team
The SWWWC Gun Dog Display Team
Children's Face Painting
Circus Skills - fancy a go?
Children's Races - always a winner (under 5's; 5-7's & 8-11's)
Bouncy Castle & Inflatable Slide
Petticoat Lane - local trade stalls
Vintage Machinery & Classic Car displays
Side-shows - including old favourites like skittles & coconut shy
Aunt Sally - never played? - give it a go!
Traditional Morris dancing
Teas, Barbecue & Bar
Dog Show
Car Boot Sale....and many more!
Then of course there's THE MARQUEE where you will find entries from astonishingly talented people, all hoping to win a prize in their class.
Admission: Adults £3.00; Children and Concessions £1.00; Under 5's Free and Free Parking!  Car Boots: £10 per pitch; arrive between
10am and 1pm.    For further info and schedules contact:
Samantha Littlewood on 01295 688 137.


We would like to welcome Daniele and Toby Faulconbridge and their three children. They have recently joined forces with Jane, Toby's mother, whose house is in Kineton Road. Toby lived there as a boy and is returning to his old home and village. We hope that they will all be very happy here.

Junior Holiday Quiz

How much do you know about Gaydon?

1 In which year was the Church built?

2 The Village Hall was given to the village in 1938. When was it built?

3 How many faces has the village War Memorial?

4 How many walls has the Parish Office? 6,7 or 8?

5 What sort of energy heats the black radiators in the Village Hall?

6 Who is the Patron Saint of the Parish Church?

7 How many people live in Gaydon? 280, 300, 340, 380, or 400?

8 Who is the Vicar of Gaydon?

9 Who is the Parish Clerk?

10 Where did the Village Shop once stand?

Answers on a postcard, by 1st September, to the Old Bakehouse. Please state your name, age and phone number. Age limit 11 years. Prize for best completed quiz. In case of a tie, winner will be drawn from a hat!


Friends of a Rural and Sustainable Environment

I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who filled in the consent forms that were delivered to you. We had a fabulous response of over 650 forms returned from the four parishes and the surrounding area. These forms were submitted to Stratford District Council on the 17th of July along with the FORSE submission which was drawn up by Ian Dove QC, one of the country's top planning barristers; and technical reports that we have had commissioned from various consultants, specialists in their fields.

The submission and the reports are available to view on our website.

What happens next? The submissions will now go to the Government's Planning inspector for review; where our QC will have the opportunity to present our case in person. We will keep you appraised of developments as they happen.

Of course, all this professional advice doesn't come for free: this is where we are going to need your help.

We need to raise in the region of £13,000 to see the fight through to the end. There will be various fundraising events happening in the weeks to come but we would be appreciative of any donations you can make to the cause. These can be made through Paypal via our web site:, you can drop off cheques made payable to FORSE at Briar Cottage, Church Rd, Gaydon or post to: FORSE fundraising team, The Gallery, Church Hill Court, Church Lane, Lighthorne CV35 0AR.

Harvest Festival and Lunch

The Harvest Festival at St Giles' Church will be held on Sunday 7 September. It will start at 10.30am with a service of thanksgiving for the harvest.

There will also be the baptism of Sebastian Russell.

Following the service we shall go to the village hall for Harvest Lunch. If you would like to come, just let us know by contacting Julie Rickman on 640349 at the Old Bakehouse or Alastair Hotchkiss on 642248.

World War I Commemoration Service

A vigil will be held at the Church of All Saints, Burton Dassett, to remember the Centenary of the start of the First World War. The service will be on Sunday 3 August, starting at 6pm. The Vicar, the Reverend Mike Cadwallader, will be conducting the service.