Gaydon Parish Magazine December 2014

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This Month's Diary

             Parish Council Meeting         Thurs 4th 8pm         Village Hall
             Gaydon Carols                  Mon 22nd 7pm          Village Hall
             Crib Service                   Weds 24th 6pm         St Giles' Church
             Christmas Day Service          Thurs 25th 9am        St Giles' Church
             Library                       Mondays 8th & 19th     Telephone Box
             Pilates                        Tuesdays 6.30pm         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

It is with regret that we report that Councillor Mrs Mary Fox has resigned from the Parish Council. As most of you know, Mary has been a councillor for many years and given a great deal of her time and support to this community. We thank her for the enormous contribution she has made to our parish. We are pleased to say that John Brine has agreed to replace her on the Council.

Village Green: Next year the Parish Council will discuss the type of tree to be planted on the Green. Ellis Machinery has kindly donated £200 towards this. We are very grateful for their support.

We would like to remind residents that the Village Green is registered and it is the duty of the Parish Council to protect it. Recently a photograph was taken of a blue van parked with 2 wheels on the Green on the Kineton Road opposite the 3 cottages. We request that you help us protect the Green by asking your visitors not to park on it. Thank you.

Footpaths: Councillor Price has cut back the vegetation on the footpaths. Any resident wishing to assist is very welcome.

Temporary Traffic Lights: Please email Graeme Fitton, County Councillor for Highways, on if you have any issues with the lights. Please copy the Clerk and we will discuss it at the next meeting.

Gaydon Lighthorne Heath Development: Councillors have been given a draft Supplementary Planning Document for this site. A copy is available on the website under "New Settlement Gaydon/Lighthorne Heath" and then under the heading "Stratford District Council Documents". Councillors will be providing feedback at the 4th December PC meeting so do come along.

Repairs on the Clock: We may be eligible for a War Memorial Grant.

Next meeting: Thursday, 4th December at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Church Services in December

Sunday 7th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Gaydon
     6.00pm  Evensong              Farnborough
Sunday 14th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     9.00    Holy Communion        Gaydon
    10.30    Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Communion by ext.     Northend
     6.00pm  Evening Prayer        Burton Dassett
Sunday 21st
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Morning Worship       Fenny Compton
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
      3.30pm Carols by Candle Light at B Dassett
Christmas Eve 24th
      6.00pm Crib Service          Gaydon
     11.30pm Midnight Mass         Burton Dassett
Christmas Day 25th
      9.00   Communion & Carols    Farnborough
     10.30   Communion & Carols    Fenny Compton
      9.00   Communion & Carols    Gaydon
     10.30   Carol Service         Northend
Sunday 28th  10.30 Group Communion at Northend

Nature Notes

Nouns of collectivity

November continues to be a mild frost-free month. Many of the trees still have their autumn colours: the golden Hornbeams and red Spindle trees blaze in the hedgerows. In other counties the strong winds have stripped the foliage but so far we have been spared!

This is the time to see large numbers of birds gathering in the skies around the village. Food and protection are the main reasons. A walk along the hedges often flushes a large crowd of chattering Redwings or Fieldfares newly arrived from Northern Europe to feed on the berry crop. Sea gulls gather on the newly ploughed fields in search of leatherjackets. In my garden I have already seen the families of Long-tailed tits which are in constant communication with each other by loud cheeping, as they scour the stems for dormant insects.

Traditionally, there were words that referred specifically to a species known as "nouns of collectivity". Hence, we have a "Charm of Goldfinches" - you may know some others. Magpies get special verses as well: "One for sadness, two for joy etc.". Starlings, once the curse of industrial towns like Birmingham, are now filmed as "Murmurations" as they form in thousands with incredible synchrony, turning at sharp speed. So look out for a 'band' of Jays, a 'screech' of Gulls or a 'covey' of most game birds.

The 'Skein' of geese over the village as they head towards Chadshunt at dusk is a frequent sighting. It's still possible to spot a Grey Partridge or a Hare in local fields, although, like the odd Bullfinch, they are much in decline due to intensive farming methods. The excuse that there is a demand to grow cheap food by the NFU is rather outdated now. We can import everything we need, in fact better quality produce; and a more attractive environment is quite achievable, hence the rise in farmers' markets and organic produce. It's not so long ago that Free range eggs were dismissed as uneconomical.

Once again, I would urge villagers to rescue any hibernating butterflies they find fluttering on windows when the heating is turned up - tumbler and piece of card - and to check piles of leaves for Hedgehogs. You can still find circles of wild mushrooms like the purple-stemmed Morrels and large Parasols in sheltered woodland patches: remarkable this late in the year.

If you fill up the birdfeeders now, the local species will familiarise themselves and come again; I have frequent visits from a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Goldfinches. Bernard Price


The Diston family would like to thank everyone for the kindness, cards and most of all for attending Margaret's funeral on Friday 14 November. Special thanks to Mike Cadwallader and R. Locke & Son. The collection at the Church for Victoria Ward was £108. With grateful thanks, Georgina and Alf Diston.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Mondays 8th and 29th December from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Christmas Lunch 2014

The Over Sixties' Christmas Lunch will be held in the Village Hall on Sunday 7 December at 12.45 for 1pm. Ring me on 640349 or call at the Old Bakehouse if you need to get in touch. Julie Rickman

Sunday Closure for Village Shop

It is with regret that the committee has had to make the hard decision to close the village shop on Sunday mornings. This will take effect from Sunday, 7th December. At present our average Sunday takings do not cover the costs of opening the shop.

We regret that because of the closure we will no longer be able to offer any newspaper service for ordered papers but luckily papers can be purchased from the garage. Should takings increase significantly over the next few months we can review the situation.

We still need a new Treasurer to join the committee in January, so please help as we cannot operate without one.

Christmas opening times will be displayed at the shop during December. The shop is selling Christmas cards for the Shakespeare Hospice again this year. All proceeds go to the charity. You will be able to order Christmas hampers as usual too.

On behalf of the committee I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and customers for their support throughout the year and to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Sue Roberts

Shipston Home Nursing

Hospice at Home in Shipston Wellesbourne and Kineton

I would like to thank you all for your support, generosity and help over the last year, raising funds for the Charity. Without you, this wonderful local Charity would not function and be the success it is. The Trustees and I are extremely grateful for your continual support; thank you so much. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy New Year, with very best wishes from Rebecca Mawle.

Gaydon Carols

Monday 22 December in Gaydon Village Hall at 7pm with Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.

Messy Church

Messy Church will take place at Fenny Compton Village Hall on Sunday 14 December at 3.30pm. Contact Lesley on 01295 771171 for details.

A Fosse Deanery Quiet Morning

Saturday 13 December 9.30am -12.30pm at The House of Bread @ The Mill, Shipston on Stour CV36 5AF. The cost is £8 including refreshments; contact Kate Distin at or 01295 770118.

Passion Play 2015

Initial Meeting at Kineton High School on Wednesday 10 December at 7.30pm.

During Holy Week we are putting on a fantastic new Passion Play and you can get involved as: Actor, Set Designer, Technical Crew, Musician, Singer, etc.

Come along and find out more: Contact Dawn 640385 or Barry 640248 or email or

Broadband Update

Highspeed broadband is now available in Gaydon at speeds of up to 80M bits p s. You should contact your ISP if you wish to be connected. JR


The Flag was raised on 15 November for the Birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales; and on the 20th for the 67th Wedding Anniversary of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.