Gaydon Parish Magazine May 2015

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This Month's Diary

     Election Day                  Thurs 7th              Village Hall
     Coffee Morning                Sat 9th 11am           Village Hall
     Parish Council Meeting        Thurs 14th 8pm         Village Hall
     Friendship Club               Tues 19th 2.30pm       Almeley Chase
     Library                       Tuesday 5th            Telephone Box
     Pilates                       Tuesdays 6.30pm        Village Hall

    QUIZ                    FRI   17th  JULY         MALT SHOVEL
    BIG LUNCH               SUN  19th  JULY          VILLAGE HALL
    FRENCH EVENING          SAT  12th  SEPT          VILLAGE HALL
    CHRISTMAS FAIR          SAT  28th  NOV           VILLAGE HALL
    CHRISTMAS LUNCH         SUN  6th  DEC            VILLAGE HALL
    BURNS' NIGHT REPEAT!    JAN  2016                VILLAGE HALL  

Parish Council News

As you are probably aware, we have a parish election on May 7th with

6 candidates for 5 vacancies. Our Chairman, Cllr John Rickman, has decided not to stand and we thank him for the enormous contribution he has made to this parish in the many years he has been a councillor. We also thank Cllr Bernard Price who has also given many hours to the community and served for nearly as many years as John. Cllr Dave Pirie has also decided not to stand and although a newcomer to the Parish Council, compared to Bernard and John, Dave has brought fresh ideas and assisted with the huge amount of paperwork we must read, digest and comment on. Thank you all very much.

Gaydon's district boundary has been changed and this is the first District Council election where we are joined to Bishops Itchington ward and not Kineton. We thank Cllrs Chris Mills (who will be standing in Kineton ward) and Alan Scorer (who has decided not to stand) for their advice and guidance.

This account has been kept short to give parish candidates an opportunity to tell you a little bit about themselves in this magazine. We hope that this might help you decide who to vote for on May 7th see pages 2-3. Please vote in all three elections.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday, 14th May at 8pm in the Village Hall.

Church Services in May

Sunday 3rd
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Gaydon
     6.00pm  Evensong              Burton Dassett
Sunday 10th
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     9.00    Holy Communion        Gaydon
    10.30    Joint Holy Communion  Fenny Compton
    10.30    Communion by ext.     Northend
     6.00pm  Evening Prayer        Burton Dassett
Ascension Day Thursday 14th
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      7.00pm Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
Sunday 17th
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Worship       Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
      6.00pm Reflections & Praise  Gaydon        Sunday 24th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Prayer & Praise       Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend
Sunday 31st
     10.30   Group Holy Communion  Burton Dassett

Gaydon Village Store

First of all, a big thank you to all those who attended the recent public meeting to discuss the future of the shop. It was a very positive evening with lots of useful ideas and offers of help. Keep them coming! We have since distributed fliers to all the homes in Gaydon, explaining some of the benefits of the village shop and how you can help to keep it open by spending just £5 a week. Consequently, we have seen an upturn in custom and some new faces, so thank you again to all those who have made the effort.

In an attempt to do our bit for the environment and save on costs, we are now charging 5p for carrier bags. Hopefully this will encourage people to recycle and bring their own. We are also carrying out a postcode survey of our customers, so please participate when you visit the shop.

In addition to the new website we have also released a youtube video for the shop, which is worth a view, you may be able to spot some familiar faces. Direct links to the video are given below.

Shipston Home Nursing

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!
Summer shopping day on Thursday, 4 June, 10am-4pm
Lots of Fabulous New Summer Stalls:-  Louise Pocock Millinery, Pippa Brook Sunglasses, Willow & Honey (Candles) Dice (Holster Summer Shoes & Scarves) plus Amanda Flowers, Fiona Clothes, Jewellery, Stratford Food Co, Fino Oils, PT Jamie Francis. Phoenix Cards.
What excitement !
£4 entry includes coffee & biscuit; Rolls to buy at Lunchtime!
All set in a beautiful Vicarage garden at Aston Magna, GL56 9QN
Plant and Home Produce Sale
Saturday, 9 May, 10am-noon at Sheldon Bosley Hub
Plants and produce wanted please!  Deliver them on the 8th.
For more info call Fudge on 01608 680000 or Caroline on 663508;
or Rebecca Mawle, Fundraising Co-ordinator, on 01608 674929 and 07940 716345.

Parish Councillors' Manifestos

John Brine

I was very honoured to be co-opted as a Parish Councillor in November 2014 following the resignation of Mary Fox and I would very much like to continue as a Parish Councillor to serve the local community.

I moved to our house on the edge of Gaydon March 2002 with my wife Tracey and we've been fortunate enough to have a beautiful daughter. I've enjoyed eight years of headship at St Lawrence CE Primary School in Napton. I am a member of the Kineton Art Group, play the guitar on occasions at St Francis Church in Kineton and have relished the opportunity to assist Gaydon PC with its responses to the proposed new town and other developments in our area. These proposals rekindled my love of geography (as studied in Plymouth), town planning and architecture.

With these experiences and interests, I do hope that I'll be able to bring a fresh perspective and make a positive contribution to local affairs. I will make every effort as Parish Councillor to ensure that the interests of Gaydon are expressed clearly and objectively in these times of change and challenge.

Steven Alder

Hello Gaydon residents!

I have put myself forward for election for Gaydon parish council.

My wife, Karen, and I have lived in Gaydon for the past 21 months, having moved to here after getting married. I am nearly 50 years old, and work as a Manufacturing manager in a tier 1 supplier within the automotive industry based in Banbury. My wife is a community midwife based at Warwick hospital and we have four grown-up children between us. We both love village life and I would like to give time to the local community to support the future of this lovely village we live in.

Tom Hughes

Hi, I am 23 years old and I have lived in Gaydon all my life. I am standing for election to the Parish Council this May because I truly believe that I have the village's best interests at heart. I believe that my calm and measured approach to the issues that are facing the village today (and the issues that will face it in the years to come) will prove valuable to the community as a whole.

My core intents are as follows: to ensure that any development of land in and around the village is friendly to both the aesthetics and infrastructure currently in place; to make sure that the village has a viable flood defence system; and to see that our footpaths are kept well-maintained so that the countryside remains freely accessible to all that live here.

Adrian Claxton

I'm an engineer currently working as a handyman: you may have seen me around the village doing odd jobs, or met me in the village shop where I volunteer as part of the shop committee. I have owned my house in Gaydon since 1999.

Since the threat of the new settlement at GLH I have been Gaydon's representative on the FORSE committee and I vehemently objected to the current route of the bypass.

As a parish councillor I would see it as my role to represent you in maintaining the village as a desirable place to live both in fabric and character, while promoting sensible and appropriate improvement.

Annette Conway

Having lived in the village for over 30 years and seen it evolve into the community it is today, I would like to be able to continue the work I commenced in 2013 when I was co-opted onto the Parish Council.

My professional background is in nursing, most recently working as a Health Visitor in Stratford and Leamington.

I was part of the team which launched the Youth Club in Gaydon in the 1980s and more recently the Village Shop.

Since joining the Parish Council I have been active representing Gaydon at Planning Meetings. I hope to continue to work on behalf of our community to ensure that Gaydon is fairly represented and our voice heard in any development which impacts upon it.

If elected, I will continue to work for Gaydon to retain and enhance the community in which we all live.

Debi Morisot

Hello to all the residents of Gaydon!

Firstly, thank you to Sue Wilkshire and Dave Pirie for nominating and

seconding me as a candidate for the Parish Council.

I was born in Northamptonshire and attended Northampton High School for Girls and Leeds Polytechnic, leaving with a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance.

I met my husband, Richard, in France where we ran hotel bar-restaurants until moving back to the UK in 1995. We bought the lease of The Malt Shovel in 2000, where we created a family home for our daughter, Laura.

Since living in Gaydon, the dynamics of the village have changed

dramatically - for the good. The village shop has created many new and lasting friendships, galvanised residents into fund-raising activities and provided a lifeline to the elderly and people without transport.

I am very proud to have been involved with the setting up of the shop and continue to volunteer.

Messy Church

Messy Church will take place at Fenny Compton Village Hall on Sunday 10 May at 3.30pm. Contact Lesley on 01295 771171 for details.

An Open Evening with Bishop Christopher

The evening starts at 7.15 for 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 May at St Peter's Church, Wellesbourne. 'Encountering Christ: The Journey to Emmaus and the Pattern of Christian Worship'.

Ascension Day Services

On Thursday 14 May there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.30am at Farnborough; and at 7pm there will be Holy Communion at Fenny Compton.

Nature Notes

Several days of very hot daytime weather and freezing night-time temperatures. This has been enough to encourage several hardy butterfly species out of hibernation, such as Commas, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells. These are the same individuals you admired on your Buddleia bushes last autumn. The hardiest and longest-lived, though, is the Saffron Yellow Brimstone which you are sure to see around the village. The female is actually pale green and less vivid. Their food plant is Elder Buckthorne which is part of many field hedges round Gaydon and they travel to gardens to take nectar from

early flowers.

People visiting the shop may have noticed that solitary Carder Bees have burrowed into the old mortar. There seem to be a large number this year but they are solitary bees and each burrow is lined with saliva for only one larva. It is fascinating to watch them diving down the crevices. They are quite harmless and do not sting and will be gone in a few weeks - so quite a rare sight. Another red-coated species makes holes in garden lawns but does little harm. Bees are a vital part of the food chain and need protection.

The first Swallows arrived in the village yesterday, more than last year, I hope. There are fewer places left for the "Barn Swallow" to nest in these days, fewer insects and draughts in Africa, plus shooting over Malta and Cyprus. The Turtle Dove and Cuckoo have been seriously affected too, once familiar birds in this area. Grey Partridges have paired up and I'm sure many of us will have blackbirds nesting in our gardens. I was able to see a Heron from my neighbour's back window today, surveying potential ponds from the top of a tree. It had probably flown here from Chesterton Woods where there are several nests; they cover a large area. (See this month's cover pic, ed.)

I return to butterflies: true "Harbingers of Spring". The attractive Orange-tip, Green Veined White, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue have spent the winter as pupae and are now on the wing. These were once exclusively woodland species which now seem to have adapted to gardens.

I shall be in Sicily this week (end of April) to see the Spring migration from Africa of many birds that will, I hope, arrive in the UK. We shall also be setting up a Moth trap: some very large hawk moths like the Deaths-head, Convolvulous and Silver-Striped Hawk moth are also capable of a long migration north. They are large, exciting creatures which are often attracted to a light and they can truly be described as "Awesome"! Bernard Price

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Tuesday 5 May from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning

Village Hall
Saturday 9 May at 11am
Bring and Buy and Raffle
We raise funds for the up-keep of the Parish Church
Everyone welcome! 

Friendship Club

The Friendship Club will meet on Tuesday 19 May at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Olive Richards, Almeley Chase, Kineton Road.


The flag was raised on 21st April for the birthday of HM The Queen; and on the 23rd for St Georges Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare. We are grateful as ever to Andy Thomas for keeping the flag flying!


Gabriella Talbot 1922-2015

The funeral service for Gay Talbot was held on 22 April in the Parish Church of St Giles, Gaydon. The Vicar, the Reverend Mike Cadwallader, took the service and the organist was Dr Alastair Hotchkiss. The committal took place at Banbury Crematorium and afterwards tea and cakes were served at the Malt Shovel Inn.

Gay will be sadly missed by her friends in Gaydon where she was a regular worshipper at St Giles' Church. We offer our deepest sympathy to Meriel and her family.

Village Barbecue

Sunday 7 June

Village Hall at 12.30pm

Barbecue Lunch

Preceded by a Guest Service in Church at 11.30am

Do come along and join other villagers at a

Spring Barbecue Lunch to be prepared in the garden

in front of the Village Hall.

There is no charge for the lunch but we would like to know if

you are coming so that we can order enough sausages etc.

Invitations and reminders will be coming through your doors! Please contact Julie Rickman on 640349 or Alastair Hotchkiss on 642248

or any member of the PCC if you would like to come.







Please make cheques payable to Burton Dassett PCC

Please send ticket requests and payment to

Mrs Norma King, 1 Leys Close, Northend, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 2TD.




Local Blacksmith in the News

Adam Blockley featured in news articles this month owing to his success in providing reproduction armour for a new Civil War Centre

in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which opens on 3rd May.