Gaydon Parish Magazine September 2016

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This Month's Diary

Parish Council Meeting            Tues 5th 7.45pm               Village Hall
Coffee Morning                    Sat 10th 11am                 Village Hall
Chadshunt Harvest Festival        Sun 18th 3pm                  All Saints' Church
Friendship Club                   Tues 20th 2.30pm              Corner Cottage
Library                           Monday 19th                   Telephone Box
Pilates                           Tuesdays 6.30pm               Village Hall


  GAYDON HARVEST            SUN 9th OCT          ST GILES' CHURCH
  HARVEST SUPPER            SUN 22nd OCT         VILLAGE HALL
  CHRISTMAS LUNCH           SUN 4th DEC          VILLAGE HALL 

Parish Council News

More Councillors

Stratford District Council has given permission for the number of parish councillors to be increased from 5 to 7 which is very good news. The bad news is that this won't happen until May 2017.


The Church clock will be taken away for repairs in the next 4 to 6 weeks. It will be away for about 3 weeks. We are hoping that it will be back for Remembrance Day.

Inn Sign

Spitfire Properties have given us the old Gaydon Inn sign. It is in need of tender loving care which it will indeed get. If any resident has any ideas on where it should be placed please let us know.

Dual Carriageway Scheme

The post-completion Road Safety Audit for the new dual carriageway scheme has been completed and County Highways are in the process of responding to it. There are two recommendations relating to the Old Warwick Road which they agree with. The first is the re-marking of the advisory lane-destination arrows on the approach to the Gaydon roundabout, so as not to positively advise traffic that it can turn into Old Warwick Road. The second is the erection of a No Through Road sign on the entrance to the Old Warwick Road. It is the County Council's intention to implement all works together or in practical 'chunks'.

Double Yellow Lines

There have been a number of complaints regarding the parking of vehicles on the double yellow lines. If you see a vehicle parked on the lines please call 0333 999 3332 to inform NSL who are the Civil Enforcement officers. You will need registration number, time and day.

Parking on Village Green

Residents are reminded that our Village Green is registered, which means that parking on the green is prohibited and will be reported to the Police.

Next meeting on 6th September at 7.45pm.

Church Services in September

Sunday 4th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Gaydon
      6.00pm Evensong              Farnborough
Sunday 11th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     10.30   Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Burton Dassett
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Gaydon
      3.30pm Pet Service           Burton Dassett
Sunday 18th
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Family Service        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Morning Service       Burton Dassett
      3.00pm Harvest Festival      Chadshunt
Sunday 25th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend
     10.30   Prayer & Praise       Gaydon
      6.00   Harvest Evening Prayer Fenny Compton

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.

Gaydon War Memorial Roll of Honour: H. R. Boffin

Henry Richard Boffin, or 'Harry' as I understand he was called, was born in 1890 to Robert and Elizabeth Boffin (née Raven). My connection to him is through his elder brother, Charles Arthur, my great-grandfather. Charles married Amelia Oaten in 1914, and they had three daughters, Elizabeth (known as Ethel), Dorothy and Amelia. It was Ethel's daughter, Mary, who made me aware of the connection to my Great-great Uncle Harry. Dorothy was my Grandmother, who died very recently, at the age of 97.

I lived in Coventry for thirty-three years, and three years ago moved to Bishops Itchington; so I am literally just up the road and was fascinated to discover the connection. I would be interested to hear about or from any other family that has remained nearby or returned like me. Adam Dugmore, email:

Our cover picture this month is of the wreath Adam placed at the War Memorial in August to honour his long-lost relative. Ed.

Flu Clinics: it's that time of year again...

Thursday 6 October - Morning drop-in session
Saturday 17 September - Drop-in session
Thursday  6 October - Afternoon drop-in session

Friday 30 September - 10am-3pm: Health, Wellbeing and Caring Information Event organised by Hastings House Medical Centre supporting the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Representatives from various organisations will be providing help and guidance on health and social care in the local area. We will also be offering flu vaccinations and refreshments - please drop in and join us!

Both Kineton and Wellesbourne practices are taking on new patients.

Gaydon Neighbourhood Watch

Burglary at a house in Kineton Road in July. Forced entry by smashing bedroom window. Entire upstairs and downstairs subjected to an untidy search with drawers and cupboards pulled out. Exit made through kitchen window. We need to look out for and take note of any strangers behaving suspiciously in the Village.

Village Shop

A sum of money was deceptively stolen from the Village shop by a man and woman. Luckily, the shop has CCTV recording cameras and the video file has been handed to the Police. Ian Miller

Wellesbourne and Kineton Community Forum

The next meeting will take place on Thursday, 15 September, at Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Village Hall.

In preparation for this, please let me have any items for the agenda by Friday 26th August.

Amanda Wilson-Patterson, Localities and Communities Officer, Warwickshire County Council. Telephone: 01926 413642; Website:

Church of All Saints, Chadshunt, Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival evening service by candlelight takes place this year on Sunday 18 September at 3pm. It is a rare treat to be able to worship at All Saints and hear the bells ringing out over the countryside. This beautiful and historic building is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Do come and thank God for the harvest!

Messy Church

Fenny Compton Village Hall will be welcoming all children in the parishes on Sunday 11 September at 9.15am. On Sunday 25th at 3.30pm there will be Messy Church and Café Church at Temple Herdewyke community centre.

Historic Churches Trust of Warwickshire and Coventry

Ride & Stride 2016: Saturday 10 September

St Giles' church will be open with refreshments available for cyclists taking part in this fund-raising event.

See the website at

if you are interested in getting together a group of bike riders for this good cause.

Pet Service

The annual service for the blessing of pet animals will take place at All Saints' Church, Burton Dassett on Sunday 11 September at 3.30pm.

Nature Notes for August

Some very hot days of late and a spectacular thunderstorm with forked lightening. Luckily, most harvesting has been done in time to avoid the latter on most of the fields surrounding the village. Rabbits and flocks of Rooks and Jackdaws are are feeding on the chaff that remains; but modern combines are so efficient now that little "gleaning grain" is left behind. The retention of stubble and minimal tillage does at least give the land a chance where previously straw-burning and constant deep ploughing was too industrial.

The new junction twelve to the M40 is nearing completion. Many natural hedges have been planted along with clumps of trees and a couple of ponds (with obligatory Lifebelt). There are quite a few largish areas of land which will be wildflower areas if a sensible management policy is adopted. A Heron has already adopted the largest pond and Buzzards are using the tall lamp posts as viewing masts.

I'm still rather concerned about the lack of butterflies on our Buddleia bushes. One day I had five Red Admirals and later a Painted Lady. I have seen single Holly Blues, Green-veined White and Comma. One would expect many more at this time of year but maybe they will arrive late this season. The Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells are notably absent. It was good news that the Large Blue butterfly has been brought back from extinction. I remember this species was once found in the Cotswolds and maybe it will return.

It is now realised that many species have symbiotic relationships (in this case with the Red ants and Rabbits). Orchids need a special fungus to grow, which is only on undisturbed soils - so digging them up never worked in the bad old days but led to their rarity in many places. Tulips and Gentians have suffered a similar fate in Europe. It's a long time since the last Black Grouse died out on Cannock Chase but ironically they are still on the Game list along with Capercaillie.

It is best to retain some bird-nuts as even now I have visits from whole families of Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits which are a delight to observe. I notice that a number of young birds are falling prey to cars, especially Pigeons and even Magpies. The best method is to warn them of your approach by a blast of the of your horn.

I shall be in the Mountains of Northern Greece next month hoping to encounter some large carnivores: watch this space! Bernard Price

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Monday 19 September from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 10 September at 11am in the village hall. There will be the usual raffle and bring-and-buy. Any profits go to church funds. Do come along!

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 20 September at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Pauline Layton, Trevose, Kineton Road.

Harvest Supper Advance Warning!

Gaydon Village Hall
Saturday 22 October at 7pm
Fish & Chip Harvest Supper with Parlour Games
Wine and soft drinks will be available; Tickets on sale now at £7.50.
Buy your tickets from Alastair or Julie: ring 642248 or 640349;
email  or drop a note into the Old Bakehouse.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards the upkeep of the Church.

St Giles' Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday 9 October at 10.30am.

Gifts of flowers, fruit and produce will be most welcome - please put them in the church on Saturday or bring them with you to the service.

Gaydon Village Shop

We have a vacancy for someone to work two afternoons a week, up to £7.50 an hour depending on age and experience. Get details from the shop or Sue Roberts

As a newcomer to the village I was thrilled to find there was a village shop so I eagerly became involved. I wanted to help firstly to support a community-based venture but also because I believe it plays an essential part in our local community.

It has been interesting getting to know the workings of the shop. The shop is only sustainable if everyone supports it. The new road to Jaguar Land Rover has brought in a number of customers but the expansion of the garage is now having a negative impact on the shop. The Committee are constantly trying to look at new ways to keep the shop sustainable but the bottom line is that it needs everyone in Gaydon and the surrounding villages to support it.

I love the fact that the shop provides daily fresh bread that beats the quality that you can buy at the supermarkets. The cakes from Fathersons certainly beat my homemade efforts and my colleagues at work always appreciate the taste and quality of these cakes.

As to the local meat from Carpenters, again, fresh and tasty and I guarantee the bacon provides the best bacon sandwiches you could have! On Fridays 'Boo' from the Loft Kitchen delivers fresh pastries, cakes and savouries. I could go on... but I am sure some of you may have ideas of what else we could do to improve the shop and the Committee would welcome your opinions. Jane French

Facebook and Website

We will be using Gaydon Village Store Facebook page to highlight new produce and offers.

The Gaydon Village Store website page gives you all a place to feedback any ideas, suggestions or requests. Please give us your views: or call 01926 641805.

Snow Warden Scheme

To assist your community as Snow Wardens, you can either enlist help from your neighbours to clear pavements, drives and cul-de-sacs; or just simply spread salt on steep inclines or areas of high footfall.

This will let the council focus on the primary gritted routes used by 90% of the county's traffic. We will still grit the main routes - that's obviously our responsibility - but this is a practical way of getting resources to areas that are more isolated and will be based on your local knowledge.

Contact the Parish Clerk if you can help in Gaydon.

Please refer to for self-help and how to clear snow and ice safely.

Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm
All Saints Church
Leamington Spa
An evening of musical fantasy not to be missed:
Overture Romeo & Juliet: Tchaikovsky
Scherzo Fantastique: Suk
Scheherazade: Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor - Roger Coull
To book tickets T: 01926 850385 or buy online at

Diamond Wedding Congratulations

John and Sylvia Hall of Jensen House, Claylands, celebrated their Diamond Wedding on 11 August this year.

Their marriage took place at the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy in London.

After their honeymoon in Switzerland they moved, in the Colonial Service, to the Gold Coast immediately prior to Independence; and were involved in the management and transfer of Crown Lands to the new state of Ghana.


We would like to welcome to the village Catherine and Paul who have come to live in one of the cottages on Church Walk. We hope they will be very happy in Gaydon.

Shipston Home Nursing

NGS Open Gardens
Sunday 11th September 2pm onwards at Burmington Grange
Kindly hosted by Patrick and Fudge Ramsay; Teas served by SHN.
Saturday 17 September, 9am-9pm.  Our Annual bake up for our stall at the Shipston Food Festival, Shipston Sports Club.
Shipston Food Festival
Sunday 18 September, 10am-4pm, Shipston-on-Stour, Market Square.
Details: Rebecca Mawle, Fundraising Co-ordinator, 01608 674929.