Gaydon Parish Magazine March 2015

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This Month's Diary Parish Council Meeting Thurs 5th 8pm Village Hall Coffee Morning Sat 14th 11am Old Bakehouse Mothering Sunday Sun 15th 10.30am Parish Church Friendship Club Tues 17th 2.30pm Trevose Village Shop Meeting Weds 25th 7.30pm Village Hall Library Mondays 2nd & 23rd Telephone Box Pilates Tuesdays 6.30pm Village Hall GAYDON CALENDAR EASTER DAY EGG HUNT SUN 5th APRIL CHURCH VILLAGE BARBECUE SAT 7th JUNE VENUE TBA BIG LUNCH SUN 19th JULY VILLAGE HALL BURNS' NIGHT REPEAT! JAN 2016 VILLAGE HALL

Parish Council News

Gaydon Inn Field

Andy Wilkins and Scott Marshall represented Spitfire Properties at our February Parish Council meeting. They talked about the housing development on the field and answered residents' questions.

Mr Wilkins explained that the planning application would be amended to show one less property. The Parish Council is hoping to receive the amendment in time for the March meeting. Residents who have been notified of this development should receive a notification of the amendment with a new date for submitting comments.

Draft Supplementary Planning Document

Stratford District Council have advised that the consultation period for this document is from 16 February until 5pm on Monday, 30 March. This document will accompany the Core Strategy and will be the Framework Masterplan to guide developers and the local planning authority in respect of environmental, social, design and economic objectives as they seek to create a new community at Gaydon/Lighthorne. The Parish Council met the District Council, represent-atives from JLR, and Commercial Estates/Bird Group to discuss this document at the end of November. Notes from that meeting are available on the Gaydon Village website. This document covers the housing (from Gaydon Coppice towards the Chesterton gated road) and the JLR site from Gaydon Coppice to the new dual carriageway. It is 89 pages long with the JLR draft acceptable land uses listed on pages 78-80.

The District Council plans to arrange a 'drop in' session for Gaydon residents after 9th March on a week day from 3pm until 8pm. We assume that this will be held in the Village Hall. As soon as we have a date it will be put on the noticeboard and in the shop.

This document is available on-line A copy will be left in the shop but if you borrow it please return it as we have only been given 5 copies. A copy will be left in the parish office. The Clerk will have a copy and you can contact her to borrow that copy. Responses can be made on-line by downloading a form and emailing to or by paper and sending to FREEPOST RSLH - ZYKJ - TYAZ, Stratford on Avon DC, PO Box 5341, Stratford upon Avon, CV47 1LE. Forms can be downloaded from the District Council website (see above for details). Paper copies can be obtained from the Clerk. Paper copies will also be left in the shop. If you need any more information please contact the Clerk.

Temporary JLR Traffic Lights

The Parish Council understands that JLR has started to operate a later start-time for some employees in order to reduce the traffic jams in the morning. County Highways have been meeting JLR regarding the traffic lights and we believe that the lights on the Kineton Road

have been turned off. We are continuing to monitor the situation. We also understand that these lights have resulted from studies carried out by consultants WSP working for JLR and have been funded by JLR, with the County Council's Traffic Control and Information Systems Team supervising their installation and operation by Siemens on behalf of JLR.

Lights on the Construction Site

Following complaints from residents regarding the 24-hour lights on the construction site these now appear to be minimal in the evenings. We have been assured by the County Council that the contractors are registered in the Considerate Contractors Scheme and will try to work with us.

Land between New Dual Carriageway and Gaydon Village

The Parish Council would like this land to be protected and used by the community. Our County Councillor has said that he would support the use of the land by the community. We have now found out that the County Council bought this land by compulsory purchase with a condition that the original landowner can buy the land back if he wishes. Once the dual carriageway has been completed we understand that this land will be landscaped.

Core Strategy Hearing

The inspector has said that he will produce an interim report by the end of March.

Pimple Lane Bridleway

We are pleased to report that this has now been cleared.

Church Clock

We have applied for a grant to repair the Church clock.

May Parish Council Elections

Several residents have expressed interest in standing in May for the Parish Council. When I receive the application packs I will pass them to residents who have expressed an interest. I am assuming that the packs will arrive end of March/beginning of April. If you would like one please let me know.

Alternatively you can obtain one from the District Council. Notices will be placed on the board.

Next Meeting

Thursday, 5th March at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Church Services in March

Sunday 1st Lent II

9.00 Holy Communion BCP Northend

10.30 Morning Prayer Fenny Compton

10.30 Holy Communion Gaydon

6.00pm Evensong Farnborough

Sunday 8th Lent III

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 Northend

Sunday 15th Mothering Sunday

9.00 Holy Communion Farnborough

10.30 Morning Service Gaydon

10.30 Morning Worship Fenny Compton

10.30 Holy Communion Northend

6.00pm Songs of Praise with Methodists

Fenny Compton

Sunday 22nd Lent V

9.00 Holy Communion BCP Fenny Compton

10.30 Holy Communion Farnborough

10.30 Prayer & Praise Gaydon

10.30 Morning Prayer Northend

Sunday 29th Palm Sunday

9.30 Holy Communion Fenny Compton

10.30 Family Service Fenny Compton

Nature Notes


Once described as "the meanest month", the temperatures over this past few weeks have been uncharacteristically gentle and mild. Warm winters seem to be common now but older villagers will recall the village cut off with high snowdrifts. The tops of leafless trees on the Kineton Road are the lookout posts for Kestrels, whilst larger Buzzards favour the lower branches. You may even see the odd Red Kite soaring over the fields though they tend to draw the attention of persistent mobbing by crows. The quest of these raptors is for small rodents and even roadkill during these lean times.

A sure sign of longer days is the dawn chorus, dominated by Song Thrushes who have a very loud but melodic series of warbling calls. Robins, Goldfinches and Great tits also are establishing territories and as these songs are the opening gambit to potential nesting sites, you are likely to hear increasing birdsong in your gardens this month. Barn Owls are already nesting in some old agricultural buildings in the Chadshunt area where there is a magnificent display of Snowdrops in the old churchyard.

Other early blooms in our area are Violets, Coltsfoot and Hellibores; whist Hazel catkins are a great source of nectar for the first emerging bees. Frosts could still return though: you may be scraping ice off windscreens for some time yet. Winter migrants like Redwings will be flocking up for a return to Northern Europe and will be replaced by opportunistic Pied Wagtails, a most attractive bird that often is quite tame. I saw several hundred on a supermarket car park this week.

The smaller and more reclusive Grey Partridges and Golden Plovers may be flushed on a field walk through low-growing crops but you have to be fast to see them. Easier to encounter - having first heard their loud calls at dusk - are Canadian Geese, often in pairs, commuting to any area of open water. You will have the dubious pleasure of Warwickshire mud (dark and clinging) wherever you venture! Bernard Price

Compton Verney

Our local Art Gallery re-opens on Saturday 14 March with an exhibition of works by Canaletto entitled Canaletto: Celebrating Britain. This collection of paintings and drawings documents the artist's nine-year stay in this country in the mid-eighteenth century. To complement the exhibition, A Regatta on the Grand Canal will be on loan from the National Gallery from 9 May to 21 June - don't miss it!

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Mondays 2nd and 23rd March from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning at the Old Bakehouse

Our March coffee morning will be on Saturday 14th at 11am at the Old Bakehouse instead of the Village Hall

Usual Bring and Buy and Raffle We raise funds for the up-keep of the Parish Church. Please come along and swell the throng - everyone welcome!

Friendship Club

The Friendship Club will meet on St Patrick's Day: Tuesday 17 March at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Pauline Layton, Trevose, Kineton Road.

Mothering Sunday

Sunday 15 March at 10.30am at the Parish Church of St Giles. Service with Refreshments.

Gaydon Village Store

Check out Gaydon Store's new website: Our new website is now up and running. Visit us now on for useful information on products, suppliers, ordering and volunteering.

Profit Warning: The shop had a poor year in 2014 and made a financial loss. This is obviously unsustainable going forward, and in order to discuss viable options for the future, we are holding a public meeting at 7.30pm on 25th March in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see as many people as possible. SR

Neighbourhood Watch

Gaydon News

Three burglaries took place on the 11th of February during working hours: one in Gaydon and two in Lighthorne Heath. All three were by forced entry to rear doors or windows and involved the theft of small items only (money, jewellery, laptops and mobiles). It is likely that the burglars took advantage of all the construction

activity on the main road. Please be aware that during construction works people walking around in hi-viz jackets become less noticeable. However, there is no reason for there to be any "construction" workers walking around in Gaydon. A burglar alarm is a proven deterrent.

'Nottingham Knockers' are once again selling door-to-door. The Local Police Team advises that you politely decline to buy anything from them and ring the police on 101 or 999.

Temple Herdewyke Nursery

At Temple Herdewyke Primary School, Falkland Place, Temple Herdewyke CV47 2UD; providing a safe, stimulating and caring environment for children to learn and build confidence ready for school. Open from Monday to Friday 9am-3pm for children from 2-4 years old. Childcare vouchers are accepted.

Enquiries: 01926 641316 or


Gaydon Mexican Chilli Evening

Approximately fifty people sat down to a supper which proved to be great fun. A Mexican menu was followed by a raffle, the main prizes being provided by Mad Molly and Shukurs Restaurant in Kineton. We were pleased to welcome people from other communities, including Richard Dickson and his wife. Richard is the Lib-Dem Party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the coming General Election.

Next came a piñata session and entertainment provided by Alastair Hotchkiss who managed to get us all singing!

The raffle tickets were sold by Isabella Jones and Molly and Madeleine Turner who also presided over a one-armed bandit game.

Our thanks are due to Mary Johnson, Pam and Terry Furnivall, Adrian Claxton and Sue Roberts for all their hard work. FORSE are very pleased to receive the proceeds from the evening.


The Flag on the Viilage Green was raised on 19 February for the birthday of HRH The Duke of York.

Village Hall News

The next meeting will be on Monday 9 March at 8pm.

Shipston Home Nursing

Friday 6th March: Sportmans Dinner at Townsend Hall 7-7.30pm
Gareth Chilcott Guest Speaker.  For tickets email:
Saturday 7th March: Whichford Marmalade Festival meet Tom Jaine
St Michael's Church Whichford at 10am;     Contact: Julia Melvin
Saturday 14th March: Therapies Day hosted by Jonathan and Jess at
Burmington House, Shipston on Stour, CV36 5AF at 10.30am.
Contact: 07806 941 374 email:
Saturday 28th March: Vintage and Second Hand Clothes Sale
FREE ENTRY at Sheldon Bosley Hub 10.30am-12.30pm.
More info': Rebecca Mawle, Fundraising Co-ordinator, 01608 674929

Children's Society Boxes

Grateful thanks to all the box-holders of Gaydon who so generously collected throughout 2014 in aid of the Society. We raised a total of £145.25. Your boxes will be returned shortly so that you can start again for this year's collection! If anyone new would like to have a Box (very useful for those heavy tuppenny bits) please contact me on 640349 or at the Old Bakehouse. Julie Rickman

Wellesbourne/Kineton Community Forum

Next meeting: Thursday 19 March in Kineton village hall at 6.30pm. Contact:Amanda Wilson-Patterson, Localities and Communities Officer, Warwickshire County Council; Telephone: 1926 413642 (internal 3642) Email:


FORSE Update

Look out for our yellow flier giving residents help with responding to the Supplementary Planning Document Consultation. Please be sure to send in your comments! Next fundraiser is a Pop-up Lunch on Sunday 22 March at 1pm at Rosemary Cottage, Lighthorne. Tickets £12.50 from Jane Stroud on 651200. St Georges Day Quiz to come!

Messy Church

Messy Church will take place at Fenny Compton Village Hall on Sunday 8 March at 3.30pm. Contact Lesley on 01295 771171 for details. Café and Messy Church take place at Temple Herdewyke community centre on Sunday 22nd at 3.30pm.

Burton Dassett Restoration Committee

Thanks to your support we were able to donate £17,000 towards the cost of the new roof of All Saints' Church Burton Dassett and the alarm system. Now the old roof is leaking which means that repairs will have to continue; and we have agreed to fund the annual alarm costs. We are therefore planning this year's fund-raising events, starting with a Coffee Morning at Lynn Pearson's house, Penn House, Malthouse Lane, Northend, on Wednesday 4 March at 10.30am. Entrance is £2 including refreshments and there will also be a Raffle. Pauline Carr

The Vicar's Letter

Something to ponder: How Long, O Lord?

How often, like me, have you cried out: How long, O Lord, how long?

During our lives we all face times of incredible struggle and disappointment of one sort or another; times when we feel that God has forgotten or deserted us.

In fact, at the beginning of Psalm 13 King David cries out:

How long Lord? And the rest of the Psalm shows us what we should do in such times.

First, we are to keep praying. David pours out his heart to God even when God seems to be far from him.

Secondly, we are to keep trusting God. David says: Despite it all I will trust in your unfailing love.

Next, we are to keep rejoicing. David did not rejoice in his trials but rather he rejoiced in God's salvation.

And then lastly, we are to keep worshipping. David declares that he will 'sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.' He remembers all that God has done for him. It is so amazing that as we praise and worship God it brings a new perspective to our struggles and disappointments.

This need to persevere in prayer and trust in God is underscored in Matthew chapter 15; for here we see the Canaanite woman crying out to Jesus: 'Lord, help me!' And as a result of her persistence and her faith Jesus brings about a total transformation for her.

Try and find time today to read Psalm 13 and Matthew 15:21-29 and praise the Lord. Revd Mike Cadwallader