Gaydon Parish Magazine October 2014

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This Month's Diary

     Parish Council Meeting          Thurs 2nd 8pm           Village Hall
     Harvest Festival                Sun 5th 3pm             Chadshunt Church
     Coffee Morning                  Sat 11th 11am           Village Hall
     Men's Group                     Weds 22nd 7.30pm        Village Hall
     Library                         Mon 6th & 27th          Telephone Box                 Pilates                         Tuesdays 6.30pm         Village Hall
                              GAYDON  CALENDAR
  REMEMBRANCE DAY         SUN  9th NOV at 10.45am  ST GILES' CHURCH
  CHRISTMAS FAIR          SAT 29th NOV             VILLAGE HALL
  CHRISTMAS LUNCH         SUN  7th DEC             VILLAGE HALL
  BURNS' NIGHT            SAT 24th JAN             VILLAGE HALL
  VILLAGE BARBECUE        SAT  7th  JUNE           VENUE TBA
  BIG LUNCH               SUN 19th  JULY           VILLAGE HALL

Parish Council News

New Dual Carriageway

Residents are repeatedly expressing concern regarding the roads that will be 'stopped up' once the dual carriageway is complete. This relates to the Warwick Road and Bishop's Itchington Road. They are concerned that lorries and other commercial vehicles will use these areas for overnight stays or for trading purposes.

County Cllr Chris Williams has said that he will make County Highways aware again of the concerns and ask them to reassure the Parish that measures will be put in place to control parking in these areas.


Landowners: please would you reinstate footpaths after ploughing.

Gaydon Inn car park

The Clerk has contacted the owners of the Gaydon Inn requesting that the litter be collected and the site secured. They have assured her that this will happen.

Traffic and Parking

Jaguar Land Rover have been asked by the Police and County Council Officers not to operate car transporters between 6.30am and 8.30am as this causes safety issues on the M40.

We have noticed that cars are parking on the grass verges outside Aston Martin. If the footways become blocked then the Police will be notified.

Village Green

The posts on the Village Green will be shortened, widened and increased in number to stop parking on the green.

Tree on Village Green

Any suggestions of type of tree to be planted on the Green to replace the Horse Chestnut Tree would be welcome.

Temporary Traffic Scheme

M40 Junction 12 - Southbound Slip Road/Gaydon Road

* It is proposed to install part-time traffic signals at the above location

* These traffic signals will be operational between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

* Once vehicles start queueing on the southbound to a given point, then this approach will start receiving a longer green period, thus avoiding queueing on to the motorway.

Gaydon Roundabout - B4100/B4451/Kineton Road

* It is proposed to install indirect part-time traffic signals on two of the approaches to the roundabout to control the vehicle flow rate entering the roundabout, the traffic signal heads will be positioned approximately 40m before the give way line and will control the B4451 (west side) and B4100 (north side). Therefore, the drivers will still use the roundabout in the normal way i.e. giveway to vehicles from their right.

* These traffic signals will be operational between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am.

* When vehicles start queuing on the B4451 towards the motorway to a given point, the traffic signals on the B4451 and B4100 approaches will receive a red signal for 30 seconds, thus allowing the vehicles from the motorway to exit the roundabout.

The proposal should reduce the queueing on the M40 and limit it to the extent of the slip road, thus significantly reducing the risk of accidents at this location. However, there is likely to be an impact on County roads in terms of queueing and delay, this will be most notable on the B4451 southbound towards junction 12, the B4100 and Kineton Road approaches to Gaydon roundabout.

If the scheme is agreed, it could be operational by mid-October.

Next Meeting: Thursday, 2nd October, at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Church Services in October

Sunday 5th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Gaydon
     3.00    Harvest               Chadshunt
     6.00pm  Harvest Evensong      Farnborough
Sunday 12th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     9.00    Holy Communion        Gaydon
    10.30    Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Harvest Festival      Northend
     6.00pm  Evening Prayer        Burton Dassett
Sunday 19th
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Worship       Fenny Compton
      3.30pm Pets' Service         Burton Dassett
Sunday 26th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Prayer and Praise     Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend

Nature Notes

Mellow Autumn Fruitfulness

The dry conditions after harvest have prompted ploughing to start early. We are perhaps familiar with the scent of agricultural fertilisers which often linger in the atmosphere: the more pleasant aromas of new mown hay have been replaced by the rather sickly nitrates or pig unit waste. However, there was a slight panic early in the month when the village was engulfed in strong odours of what smelled like Petrol fumes. When I investigated this, it was found to be an agricultural accident on the large field of beans nearby. A gas drier which was being used to dry out beans had been left unattended and caused a leakage. Modern farming methods are now often called an "industry" rather than a "way of life" in these days of intensive cropping; and a tractor or combine will mostly be that of a contractor.

It is a very early season this year. Sloes and Hawthorn berries are fully developed. There is a huge crop of Blackberries and Hazelnuts and some trees are already shedding their leaves. Swallows left the village a few days ago; I witnessed them mobbing a Sparrow hawk as a final gesture. One intrepid villager spotted a flock of Waxwings (a winter migrant from Siberia) on some telephone wires! They will certainly have a good crop of berries to feed on.

Rabbits seem to be on the increase on the verges after dark, even seen in some village gardens. There are often Woodpeckers around too, you'll hear their very discordant piping cries as they flick across the tops of trees but it is a real treat to see them close up. The vivid plumage matches that of any tropical bird.

The most high-profile butterfly, the Red Admiral, will often feed on windfalls well into November and there is a third brood of Speckled Woods, a woodland species which is spreading into gardens. I've seen the now scarcer Small Copper on Ragwort flowers by Itchington Holt. The Brambles there are alive with Darter dragonflies and you may also encounter the very large Green and Brown Aeshna Hawkers questing after insects. They are a long way from the pond in which they spent four years in the larval stage as a fierce aquatic predator.

No frost as yet and large crops of Figs and Quinces on my trees; so "fingers crossed" for an Indian summer!

Bernard Price

FORSE Barbecue

The barbecue held at the Old House on 23 August raised over £400 for FORSE funds. Everyone had a splendid evening in spite of the chilly weather. Many thanks to Annette and Hugh for their hospitality.


The flag was raised on 15 September to commemorate the Battle of Britain which was fought in 1940.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Mondays 6th and 27th October from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Friendship Club

The next meeting wll be on Tuesday 21st October at 2.30pm at an as yet unknown venue. All will be revealed in due course!

Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 11October at 11am. Bring-and-buy stall, second-hand books and a raffle.

Coffee and a biscuit is 50p. Do come along to meet other villagers and exchange news and views! Proceeds are in aid of St Giles' Church.

Harvest Festival at All Saints' Church Chadshunt

Sunday 5 October at 3pm. Candle-lit Evening Service.

Attention all Men in Gaydon and Beyond!

The Gaydon Men's Group starts a New Chapter on Wednesday 22nd October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Come and share in an evening of fun, food and friendship over some sausage and mash and apple pudding with custard, all washed down with a glass (or two) of wine. Our local historical expert (Martin Phelps) will then give us

a short talk on the history of our village from his own extensive research over the last few years.

There is no up front charge, but a donation would be gratefully received to cover our costs. The most important thing is having an opportunity to get together and share some time over supper. To gauge numbers, please register your interest with Alastair Hotchkiss on 642248 or

Please encourage any men who may be interested, whether from our village or beyond. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Come and Sing!

A new Community Choir for everyone of all ages at Kineton School on Tuesdays, 7.30-9.30pm, beginning 7 October Contact: Jane 613403 or Gill 338205 or email and

Heritage Motor Centre

Aston Martin and RAF Gaydon Lectures Headlining The Heritage Motor Centre Autumn Lecture and Workshop Programme.

Starting off the season we have our popular RAF Gaydon Lecture on Saturday 27 September, a packed day of all things aviation. Anthony Hooper MBE also gives a talk about Moths, Queen Bees and Bugs in Aviation.

Motoring photographer Lara Platman will help you take the perfect photograph of your favourite cars with our Cars through the Lens workshop on Saturday 4 October. You will learn when and how to use the different settings on your camera so that you can create stunning car photographs.

Next is our Drawing from Automotive History workshop on Saturday, 18 October. A one day pencil drawing with artist Richard Cook.

To close the autumn season on Sunday 19 October, our lecture '100 Years of Engineering at Aston Martin' explores the power, beauty and soul of these quintessentially British cars, in a lively and information-packed lecture. To find out more and to book your slot for this year's programme, visit our website Booking essential!

Books at Home

Are you an avid reader but unable to visit your local Library or Mobile Library due to long term ill-health or infirmity?

Are you a full-time carer and unable to access a Library? If you fit these criteria you may benefit from this Service.

The Home Library Delivery Service offers a service directly to your door using Age UK volunteers in all areas of the County. We can supply books in both ordinary print and Large Print; books on cassette or cd; and jigsaws.

If you would be interested in receiving this service, please contact Debbie Bennett on (01926) 851031.

Christmas Lunch 2014

Sunday 7 December has been chosen for the Christmas Lunch this year. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help with cooking or serving. Please ring me on 640349 or call at the Old Bakehouse. Invitations to the lunch will be sent out in November. Julie Rickman

Shipston Home Nursing

Hospice Care at Home
October Fund-raising Events:
Vintage and 2nd Hand Clothes Sale, Saturday 11th, 9am-12 noon,
Sheldon Bosley Hub, Shipston on Stour.  Please ring 01608 674929.
Armscote Manor Lecture Series at Whichford Pottery
Tuesday 14th October, The New English Garden.
The Garden: A Natural History Paradise on Wednesday 15th October.
A Potters Crusade on Thursday 16th October.
Wyatts Tree and Plant Auction
Saturday 18th  October, 10.30am at Wyatts Garden Centre, Hill Barn
Farm, Gt Rollright OX7 5SH.  For more details ring 01608 684 835.
Wine Tasting - Sheldon's Friday 24th October 7pm-9pm
Pot Luck: Saturday 25th October 12.00-3.00pm, Newbold Village Hall
Local Potters generously donate their bowls for you to choose.
Home-made soup with artisan bread and a hand-made bowl to keep! or 0778 845 318.

Rural Crime Co-ordinator

Stratford District Council has launched a new role this month in the form of a Rural Crime Co-ordinator to help address concerns raised by residents within the Stratford District about crime in their rural communities.

Although overall crime levels have reduced, the Council is taking a proactive approach towards crime and its effects on those living in rural communities. The aim is to increase crime prevention awareness across the District, engage with rural communities and provide bespoke advice to victims of crime. Funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who has made rural crime a priority, the post holder will be working closely with Partnership Agencies in particular with the Police Safer Neighbourhoods Teams and Watch Schemes, to ensure the best possible level of service is provided to its residents.

* You can contact the Rural Crime Co-ordinator if you are a victim of crime, or are concerned you may be at risk and would benefit from Crime Prevention Advice;

* If you would like to arrange a Crime Prevention Talk in your village;

* If you would be interested in arranging a village crime prevention 'marking' day, where property such as bicycles, lawn mowers, power tools can be securely marked.

If you wish to speak to the Rural Crime Co-ordinator, Lucy Lambert, then contact her on 01789 260200 or 07970 588 518 or email:

Appeal for Volunteers - Gaydon Village Store

The shop committee have identified a requirement to install an EPOS system in the shop. This is a scanning till just like the bigger shops have. It will allow the committee to monitor stock levels quickly and easily. However, it will require someone with an IT background to install it and maintain it on a long term basis. The committee does not have the specialist knowledge or time to manage such a system on its own. Do you have an IT background? Would you be willing to oversee this project to help the shop?

As ever, the shop still needs volunteers to help behind the counter. However, there are other roles which need to be filled. The shop needs help with marketing, general administration, ordering of stock and leafleting local villages. Are you able to offer any time to help the shop?

Finally, it is with great regret that we have to say goodbye to Geraldine Scott, our Treasurer, at the end of the year. Geraldine has worked tirelessly to keep us in financial good order for the past five years but due to increasing work and family demands feels she can no longer continue to act as Treasurer. The committee are immensely grateful to Geraldine for all her hard work and support. The shop will need a replacement Treasurer. Are you able to offer any time to support the shop as Treasurer?

If you wish to discuss any of the potential roles above, please contact either Sue Roberts or Claire Hamm via the shop.

Thank you for your continued support.

Flu Jabs

Drop into the surgery if you are over 65, pregnant, registered carers, or patients with serious medical conditions.

Hastings House Wellesbourne on Saturday 4 October 9am-12.30pm; Little Thatch Kineton on Wednesday 8 October 11am-2pm.

Children's Nasal Flu Immunisation (no injection)

This is available for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds; all year 7 and 8 children; and also for children aged 5 to 17 years in 'at risk' categories.

Walk-in Clinics at Hastings House: Thursday October 23 4-6pm; Thursday October 30 4-6pm

No Appointment needed for any of the above.

Harvest Festival and Lunch

Church members and guests enjoyed a delicious Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall 7 September. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make it such an enjoyable occasion.

Messy Church

Messy Church will take place at Fenny Compton Village Hall on Sunday 12 October at 3.30pm. Contact Lesley on 01295 771171 for further details. At Temple Herdewyke Community Centre on Sunday 26th at 3.30pm there will be Messy Church for children and a café church for adults.

Churchyard Clear-up

Please come and help tidy up the village churchyard for the autumn. We hope to start work at about 10 o'clock on Saturday 11 October.

Last Vulcan at Gaydon

The last flying Vulcan XH558 bomber flew over former RAF Gaydon on Thursday 25 September in the mid-afternoon. It was a thrilling sight and sound. She tipped her wings over the village to honour the dead servicemen who lie in Gaydon's cemetery.

From 1942-1974 RAF Gaydon, now the site of the Heritage Motor Centre, was home to Wellingtons in the second world war; V Bombers during the cold war; and Varsities and Valettas when it was a navigation school.