Gaydon Parish Magazine May 2016

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This Month's Diary

Parish Council Meeting           Tues 3rd 7.45pm               Village Hall
Village Hall AGM                 Mon 9th 8pm                   Village Hall
Coffee Morning & Plant Sale      Sat 14th 11am                 Village Hall
Pilgrimage Walk                  Sat 14th 10am                 Parish Church
Friendship Club                  Tues 24th 2.30pm              2 Anson Close
Library                          Monday 16th                   Telephone Box
Pilates                          Tuesdays 6.30pm               Village Hall
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY W/E          11/12th  JUNE             TBA
BIG LUNCH                     SUN 17th JULY             VILLAGE HALL
CHRISTMAS LUNCH               SUN 4th DEC               VILLAGE HALL

Parish Council News

Village Green

Thanks to Balfour Beatty the stump on the Village Green has been removed and reseeded. We will now be looking at planting a tree with the donation given to us by Ellis Machinery.


Talks are on-going with County Highways and Osborne's regarding improvements to the Banbury Road lay-by.

Road Names

Nineteen names were passed to the Clerk for the Gaydon Inn development. At our April meeting, residents and councillors chose two names anonymously. The most votes won.... Valiant Close for the Inn plus two houses and Victor Close for the paddock. Thanks to all residents who submitted names.

Extra Councillors

The petition for increasing the number of councillors from 5 to 7 has been submitted to the District Council and will be discussed at a full meeting of the District Council. If approved, a consultation will be needed before a recommendation can be made to the District Council.

JLR Meeting

Councillors are hoping Jaguar Land Rover will meet them to answer concerns raised on flooding, traffic, lighting and planting in connection with their four latest planning applications.

Diversion Routes

County Highways were notified of the many concerns expressed by residents, visitors to the area and councillors regarding the temporary diversion routes on the new dual carriageway. They were told that people were unsure where to drive.


This has become such a problem that the Council has purchased spray paint specifically designed to deter dog-fouling and to alert the owner to the problem. If your dog fouls on public land, whether a footway or footpath, please clear up: otherwise it could be sprayed. If any resident sees a dog fouling and the owner making no attempt to clear up, please report them to a councillor, the clerk or the Dog Warden. The Dog Warden has assured us that fines will be imposed if there is sufficient evidence.

Date of Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3 May at 7.45pm in the Village Hall, where we will be electing our Chair for the coming year. Just a reminder that meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.45pm. All residents are welcome to attend.

Church Services in May

Sunday 1st
     9.00    Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
    10.30    Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
    10.30    Holy Communion        Gaydon
     6.00pm  Evensong              Farnborough
Thursday 5th Ascension Day
     7.30pm  Holy Communion        Northend
Sunday 8th
      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 15th Whitsun
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Family Service        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
      6.00pm Reflection & Praise   Farnborough
Sunday 22nd
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Morning Service       Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend
Sunday 29th
     10.30   Group Communion       Burton Dassett

Election on 5 May

Don't forget to cast your vote for the new Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 5 May. Your polling station is Gaydon Village Hall and it will be open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election. For more information about voting look at the website

Ascension Day Service

The Reverend Heather Turner will be leading an evening service at Northend at 7.30 on Thursday 5 May to celebrate Ascension Day.

Messy Church for Children

Sunday 1st May at 3.30pm at Temple Herdewyke Community Centre Taste and See, Café and Messy Church. Sunday 8 May at 3.30pm at Fenny Compton Village Hall, there is Messy Church with games, crafts, stories, songs and tea.

Bank Holiday at All Saints' Church Burton Dassett

You are invited to join us on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, 11am-5pm. We will be serving tea and coffee with delicious home-made cakes and icecreams throughout the day. Craft stalls; tombola; and pre-loved paintings for sale, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the sales will go towards the ongoing upkeep of our beautiful church.

Burton Dassett Restoration Committee

Pilgrimage of Prayer

The Bishop's Pilgrimage of Prayer for the days between Ascension and Pentecost (or Whitsun) will take the form of a walk around the parishes of our local group of churches. It will start at 10am on Saturday 14 May at St Giles' Church with a short service of prayer;

and will then move on to Northend and the other churches, finishing at All Saints', Burton Dassett in the afternoon. Further information and timetable will be on Church Notice Boards.

Nature Notes


There has been quite a drop in temperature in the last few days. Previously, the sunny days had brought many butterflies out of hibernation: whilst digging my allotment I encountered Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks - and even some early Orange Tips and Green-Veined Whites. All were nectaring (feeding) from the Dandelion Flowers and Daffodils. I saw a huge queen Hornet looking for potential nest sites and, of course, Large Queen Bumble bees which have their own inbuilt heating system.

Early nest-building begins with the new Rook colonies beyond the M40 roadworks, though the dawn chorus tells us that territories are still being established. The old wall by the Village shop is again being used by the rather scarce Carder Bees. These dark red solitary bees burrow into the mortar or soft Blue limestone and line the small tunnels with leaves. A large grub is then carefully fed from a few Honey cells. They do not sting and so are safe

to observe.

I am pleased to report that I heard one (possibly two) Cuckoos calling in Watery Lane. This is quite an early arrival and I am hoping they will stay in spite of the low temperatures at present. This is a good year for Cowslips: there are huge colonies in the verges of some roads; and also the less obvious Primroses on Warmington Hill and in Chesterton Wood. In Chadshunt there are even reddish ones that have cross-pollinated with cultivars.

We are fortunate to have Skylarks and Woodpeckers that are heard so often that we tend not to notice. The clear skies often have Buzzards and Ravens circling high on the thermals right over my garden. The lack of leaf cover often reveals herds of deer grazing and multiple tracks on the field verges around the village boundaries. Rabbits seem to have returned in small numbers.

Last year we had a male Sparrow Hawk plucking a Starling in front of the Old Bakehouse and I noticed that a pair had returned to Church Road a few weeks ago. Last week, I thought that one of my hens had escaped onto the lawn but was amazed to see a very large female Sparrow Hawk plucking a dove and covering the kill with its wings.

The following day the same bird brought down a full-grown Wood pigeon. My next door neighbour also saw a smaller Male Hawk kill a sparrow and quickly took a picture on her phone. I can possibly conclude that this is a pair of hawks that must be feeding young. A few years ago they had a nest in my Leyland Conifer Trees and if you see a pile of feathers, this is a clue.

I got my artificial House Martins' nests delivered and am still waiting to see if Orvis/Parish Council will authorise their installation in St Marks Close. If not, I have checked the location and as it corresponds to one side of my house, will try them there. I actually saw a couple of martins over the village. My window cleaner has seen several around Stratford and has volunteered his ladders to put the nests up. Last year's birds should arrive here in a few weeks. Bernard Price

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Monday 16 May from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning and Plant Sale

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 14 May at 11am in the village hall. Please bring surplus bedding or vegetable plants; or anything you have dug up out of your flowerbeds and would like someone else to enjoy. There will be the usual bookstall, raffle and bring-and-buy. Funds raised are in aid of the church.

Everyone welcome!

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 24 May at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Josie Liddington, 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.

Concert by Warwick University Brass Ensemble

All Saints' Church, Burton Dassett, Friday, 24 June at 7.30pm. Tickets at £12 will include a glass of wine, strawberries and cream. Please apply to Norma King Phone: 01295 770292 Or Email:

Weekday Walkers?

If anyone is interested in forming a walking group for a morning's ramble from Gaydon or within the surrounding area, please contact Karen Johnson on 691113 or 07539014028.

Village Hall Committee

The next meeting of the village hall committee will be held at 8pm on Monday 9 May and will be the AGM. Villagers are welcome to attend.

Shipston Home Nursing

May's Restaurant Scheme is at The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote CV37 8DD.

Please contact Annabelle Lyall on 01608 682635 to book a table. If you would like to support this fund-raising idea, when you receive your bill there is an optional charge of £1 which goes to SHN. Further details from Rebecca Mawle, 01608 674929.


The flag on the village green was raised on 21 April for the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. The flag of St George was flown on the 23rd for St George's Day and for the 400th anniversary of old Will Shakespeare's death.

Pilates Group

The pilates group meets on a Tuesday evening in the village hall from 6.30-7.30. We have no teacher and use DVDs to work from. However, we now have a teacher on the first Tuesday of every month. If you wish to join us on the first Tuesday of May, the cost will be £5 for the session. You will need to wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat to lie on. SR

HM The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

The official date for celebrating the royal birthday is the weekend of the 11th and 12th of June 2016. The Village Hall Committee have booked the Village Hall on behalf of the village for the whole of that weekend.

If you are planning a public event and would like to use the Hall, please get in touch with Eirwen Hughes, the bookings manager, at the Old House Cottage or ring 641889.

"Made in Combroke"

Cream Teas, Arts and Crafts
Sunday 1st May 2016
2 00 - 5.00pm
Combroke Village hall CV35 9HP
Arts and crafts, cakes and plants for sale
The Combroke Flower Festival
2.00 - 5.00pm
Combrooke Church

Gaydon Neighbourhood Watch in April

Gaydon has luckily experienced a remarkably long burglary-free period. In a report from our local Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team for the Wellesbourne area: "It is pleasing to state that there have been no significant incidents to note for the period between 09.04.16 and 18.04.16, apart from some reported anti-social behaviour in Wellesbourne and the Burton Dassett Park".

This is all good news for us but we need to be aware that with the Summer come open doors and windows. Please report anything suspicious. Special thanks to PC Catherine Morgan and her team for her work in Gaydon. Ian Miller

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM was held in St Giles' Church at 8.30pm with the Reverend Kate Mier taking the chair in the absence of the Vicar who is on sabbatical leave. Apologies for absence were received from Parish Roll members who were unable to attend. Claire Hamm, PCC secretary for the past seven years, resigned and was thanked for her services to the church. She also resigned from the PCC. Churchwardens Alastair Hotchkiss and Julie Rickman were re-elected to their positions, as was the Treasurer, Martin Phelps. The new Secretary to the PCC will be Jo Hotchkiss, with help from Margaret Phelps. All members of the PCC were thanked by the chair for their support of the church in Gaydon and the meeting closed with prayer.

WRCC Cheap Heating Oil

WRCC is a registered charity helping residents to save money on their heating oil. By buying in bulk we are able to achieve very competitive prices for our members. For further details please visit or phone 01789 472419. Recent Kerosene prices were: March 24.93ppl; April 24.48ppl. Registered charity 1081017.

WCC Survey

Warwickshire County Council has launched the Living in Warwickshire survey which gives residents the chance to have their say on a range of public services within the county.

Complete the survey online at:

The survey is an opportunity for people to have their say on what living in Warwickshire is really like. The research will gather people's views on a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, community safety, local neighbourhoods, transport and public service provision.

Results from the survey will highlight key issues experienced by people on a day-to-day basis, including information on how they live, needs and challenges. This will inform council work programmes to address these local needs and shape services for the future.

The survey can be completed online only. All respondents must be aged over 18 years old and will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to a win.

First prize: Warwick Castle Family Annual Pass (for four people);

further prizes: 10 pairs of Warwick Castle day tickets.

On completion of the survey, residents will be signposted to a variety of services which are available to provide help and support within their local area. They will also have the opportunity to participate in focus groups to provide further detail and understanding.

The survey will close on Tuesday 31 May and WCC staff who live in Warwickshire are encouraged not only to complete the survey if they live in the county but spread the word to customers, family and friends.

Thank you in advance for your support, Amanda Wilson-Patterson, Localities and Communities Officer, Warwickshire County Council. Telephone: 01926 413642 (internal 3642)