Gaydon Parish Magazine August 2016

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This Month's Diary

Coffee Morning                    Sat 13th 11am                 Village Hall
Friendship Club                   Weds 10th                     Anson Close
Library                           Monday 8th                    Telephone Box
Pilates                           Tuesdays 6.30pm               Village Hall


HARVEST SUPPER - date to be decided





Parish Council News


It has not been possible to arrange for Osbornes to tidy up the lay-by. Councillors John Brine, Adrian Claxton and Debi Morisot met with the County Council to discuss a plan for making it more visible to reduce anti-social behaviour. Debi liaised with Osbornes but, we believe, the rules imposed by the owners (Warwickshire County Council) were too much for Osbornes to cope with in their timeframe. This lay-by has now been brought to the attention of JLR and AML . They use it and so perhaps they will assist in getting it maintained.


The County Council has confirmed that it does own the pond on the Kineton Road. They have inspected the pond and said that it does not need any maintenance work at the moment but they will be regularly reviewing this.


The grass-cutting in the parish, which is the responsibility of the District Council, has been reported to the District Council following the numerous complaints received.


The paperwork for the grant towards the repairs to the church clock has been finalised. We have been given the go-ahead by the War Memorial Trust Fund. At the moment it looks as if the clock will be removed in September and will be away for at least 3 weeks. We will keep you updated.


JLR have been as good as their word and carried out a full topographical survey of fields west of Gaydon Farm Barns with a view to minimising surface water flow to Gaydon and Chadshunt following representations by Gaydon PC.


Gaydon PC has continued to question the retrospective nature of planning applications associated with the Garage.

Next meeting on 6th September at 7.45pm.

Church Services in August

Sunday 7th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Communion & Baptism   Gaydon
      6.00pm Evensong              Farnborough
Sunday 14th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     10.30   Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Gaydon
      6.00pm Evening Prayer        Burton Dassett
Sunday 21st
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Family Service        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
Sunday 28th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Prayer & Praise       Gaydon
     10.30   United Service at Chapel Northend

Nature Notes for July

Some of the hottest days of the year recently. Hay is being cut and crops in the fields around the village are ripening. These high temperatures are good for butterflies. I notice the bright orange Comma butterflies have an early first brood; and colonies of Blues and vivid red-and-black Burnet day-flying moths.

July is a good time to check out "The Purple Empire" in local woodlands. This is a group who monitor the Purple Emperor butterfly numbers. This rather rare large butterfly feeds on carrion but can be tempted down from the tops of Oak trees by rotting bananas and strong Thai fish paste. The White Admiral, a related species, can be seen locally in Itchington Holt along with the graceful Silver Washed Fritillary. This year all these species are in good numbers and now is the right time to observe them. The clear blue skies and the thermal currents also encourage the local Buzzards to circle over the village, joined by the odd Red Kite or Raven. They are all very large birds that enjoy gliding motionless. A pair of binoculars is good for identifying them.

Old meadows are attractive at this time, too. The mauve Scabious, yellow Corn Marigold and Red Poppies are but a few of the numerous species that are in flower. The Cow Parsley, Wild Carrot and Knapweed are great sources of nectar for the nests of wild Bumble Bees. You may notice a nest in your back garden - under slabs, in my case. The very Large Hawker dragonflies also patrol hedges and flower beds in search of flies and other prey. They have distinct territories and will return time and time again to favoured spots. We have a large population of Swifts this year. Sadly, the House Martin numbers are down this year with no nests occupied as yet; and a few failures with mud structures dropping off walls. It's still early in the year though...

I notice that families of Long-tailed Tits are visiting our gardens on a daily basis, feeding on Aphids and caterpillars.

Listen for the loud cheeping as they communicate with each other! Bernard Price

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Monday 8 August from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 August at 11am in the village hall. There will be the usual bookstall, raffle and bring-and-buy. Any profits go to church funds. Do come along!

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10 August at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Josie Liddington, 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.

Road Closure

The B4100 near the Hanwell Chase development in Banbury will be closed for 8 weeks from 10 August to 6 October. A new sewer pipe is to be laid. There will be a diversion from the Warwick Road to take traffic into the centre of Banbury.

Burton Dassett Restoration Committee

August Bank Holiday, Monday, 29th August

In addition to the usual teas, which will be served in the church from 11-5pm, there will be a selection of craft stalls and a tombola, following on from the success of the last event in May. Please come along and support this important fund-raiser for the lovely old church of All Saints on the Burton Dassett hills.

Gaydon Village Store

Are you looking for a few hours of paid work?

Gaydon Village Store is looking for someone (must be over 18) to work two afternoons a week, for 3 hours on each afternoon. If you are interested, please leave a message at the shop for Sue.

Village Calendar and Cards

The shop committee would also like to produce some Christmas cards and a village calendar for 2017. To do this we need 12 photographs of the village or surrounding area. The photographs can be traditional photographs or digital images, but they need to be of good quality for reproduction. Each photograph needs a caption and your name. If you have photos you would be happy for us to use, you can drop them in at the shop or email them to

We look forward to celebrating our village - and they'll make great Christmas gifts! Sue Roberts

New Baby

Congratulations to Gemma and Barri Ferati on the birth of Flori May on 8 July; a sister for Abën. The family live at Gaydon Hill Farm Cottages and all are doing well.

Aviva Women's Cycling Tour 2016

On the 16 June, a very damp day, the second stage of the tour came through Gaydon. A group of residents gathered on the village green to speed them on their way. Others lined the route up the Burton Dassett hills, along with the pupils of Temple Herdwyke School, hugging their lunch-boxes.

One could only marvel at the logistical operation: police monitoring the road closures, back-up vehicles and the competitors jostling for position - and all over in five minutes. What a five minutes though! Let us hope that they return soon. AC


Olive, Jo, Alastair and Gemma Hotchkiss would like to say thank you to all who sent cards and messages or attended Ron Richard's funeral on 28th July.

Composting Workshops

Warwickshire County Council is helping residents to start composting at home with the offer of a 330 litre compost bin for just £5, for anyone attending a one-hour workshop where you will be shown how to get started with your new bin. To book a place on one of our Autumn Workshops please choose from the venues below:

Warwick Methodist Church, Barrack Street, Warwick, CV34 4TH:
Monday 12 September at 6pm;
Stratford-upon-Avon Methodist Church, Old Town, CV37 6BG: Wednesday 14 September at 6pm;
Lower House Farm Recycling Centre, Atherstone, CV9 1QA;
Saturday 17 September at 10.30am;
Nuneaton 2nd Chance Furniture Re-use, Weddington Terr. CV10 0AG: Monday 19 September at 6pm;
Rugby Library, Little Elborow Street, Rugby, CV21 3BZ:
Saturday 8 October at 10am.

Offer open to Warwickshire residents only. Compost bins must be collected from one of the following recycling centres or the 2nd Chance Re-use shop in Nuneaton, where payment will also be taken:

Burton Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon; Cherry Orchard, Kenilworth; Hunters Lane, Rugby; Lower House Farm, Dordon, Atherstone; Princes Drive, Leamington Spa; Stockton (Mon, Sat, Sun only); Shipston-on-Stour; Wellesbourne.

Katey Stoneman, Waste Management, Warwickshire County Council

01926 412724 or


Following the Government Inspector's final report on the Core Strategy Stratford District Council voted to adopt the plan on Monday 11th July. The 3000 houses at Gaydon Lighthorne Heath will be part of that plan.

Two Conservative Councillors, Chris Mills and Molly Giles, registered their disquiet about different aspects of the strategy by bucking the party line and voting against its adoption. Chris Mills (Kineton local ward member) has consistently opposed the GLH development.

The four local Parish Councils - Gaydon, Lighthorne, Lighthorne Heath and Chesterton - have sent a notice to SDC demanding that they overturn the decision to grant outline planning permission for the first 2,000 houses at GLH as their decision was unlawful. We are waiting to hear from SDC's legal department, but are ready and willing to file with the High Court and Judicially Review the decision!

FORSE will continue to support the local Parish Councils.

July is Scams Awareness Month 2016

In Scams Awareness Month 2016, Warwickshire Trading Standards will be raising awareness of the ways criminal gangs seek to part Warwickshire people from their hard-earned cash and answering the question, 'What is a Scam Artist?'

Whether it's a bogus phone call from 'HMRC', a fake lottery win, a virus-infected email or a rogue trader on the doorstep, fraudsters are becoming ever more resourceful, manipulative and enterprising!

What is a scam artist?
Scam artists use researched telephone scripts to make them sound legitimate.
Scam artists are only after your money, so watch out for requests for money up front.
Scam artists want to be your best friend and share in your 'good luck'.
Scam artists don't know you and they don't want you to know who they are.
Scam artists try to rush you into a decision.
Scam artists will steal your trust as well as your money.
Scam artists will steal your personal information and use your details for fraud.
Scam artists target everyone.
For scams advice and to subscribe to a free scam alert service, visit:

Have Your Say...on anything!

'Dear Editor,

'In the July edition of the Parish Magazine you asked for views about the article titled, Have Your Say....on the Referendum. 'I am very disappointed with some of the content and how this represents Gaydon Village. This article is in my opinion not appropriate in a village magazine as it is highly politically motivated. Secondly, in the same article a remark is made about Adele that is unwelcome in a Parish publication.

'I request that a full apology is published in the August issue and that an assurance is given that the Parish Magazine will not be used in future for political propaganda or to poke fun at individuals.

'Yours a disappointed resident of Gaydon village. Jerome Fisher House'

The magazine committee regret any offence caused by the article referred to above. Ed.

Big Lunch

Many thanks to the select band of villagers who supported the Big Lunch on 17 July. It was a wonderfully sunny day and the new garden chairs and tables were christened. There was a delicious array of food to share and iced drinks were in demand. The Village Store was a great help in kindly ordering drinks, snacks and prizes on behalf of the hall committee.


Ron Richards 26 July 1928 - 21 July 2016

Ron was born in Hereford, where he grew up, met and married Olive and had a career in local government. He retired in 1988 and was able to spend more time enjoying his main hobby: gardening. In 2006 Ron and Olive moved to Gaydon to join Alastair, Jo and Gemma at Almeley Chase on Kineton Road. His love of gardening continued with the establishment of new rosebeds and he soon made friends through becoming involved in both church life and Gaydon Voices.

Although suffering reduced mobility over the past couple of years, he continued to enjoy being a part of village events whenever he could. Sadly, after a rapid further deterioration in health and mobility over the past few weeks, Ron spent a week in Warwick Hospital and he was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer. He moved to Eversleigh Nursing Home in Leamington Spa where he spent his remaining six days being extremely well cared for. Ron passed away on 21st July, five days short of his 88th birthday. He will be greatly missed.

Pastoral Ministry

To arrange baptisms, marriages, visits at home or in hospital, or for any other pastoral matter, please speak to one of the churchwardens.


UBUS is a service for people of any age, wherever they are in the district, who are stuck for transport between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

The UBUS service is for you if you struggle to access public transport due to mobility issues or other health problems; or if you live in an isolated location with no, or infrequent, public transport.

UBUS can be used to visit friends, attend social groups, get to leisure activities or go shopping. It cannot be used to attend medical appointments.

Vehicles are fitted with low-floor stops or tail-lifts to ensure that everyone can access them.

A single journey costs from £2.10 to £3.40 depending on where you live. Return journeys are twice the price. Travel on Magic Monday and pay only one way for a return!

To register with the service or for more information, ring Stratford District Council on 01789 264491.