Gaydon Parish Magazine October 2016

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This Month's Diary

Parish Council Meeting            Tues 4th 7.45pm               Village Hall
Coffee Morning                    Sat 8th 11am                  Village Hall
Harvest Festival                  Sun 9th 10.30am               St Giles' Church
Friendship Club                   Tues 18th 2.30pm              No 2 The Cottages
Harvest Supper                    Sat 22nd 7pm                  Village Hall
Library                           Mondays 10th & 31st           Telephone Box
Pilates                           Tuesdays 6.30pm               Village Hall


Parish Council News

Old Warwick Road Signs

County Cllr Williams agreed at our last meeting to arrange for additional signage for the old Warwick Road. The signage will say 'access to frontages only'. He has also given us a postcode for the lane near the new pond by the new road, which has seen overnight parking, fly tipping, etc.

The postcode which should be used when reporting to the enforcement team is CV35 0ES, telephone number 0333 999 3332. The road markings indicating that you can access the old Warwick Road will also be removed. The Police are fully aware of the anti-social issues we are experiencing and have requested that residents report them to 101.


Police number one priority for the next few months is going to be speeding on the B4100 again. Thanks to all residents who voted for this. Community speedwatch volunteers have received speed camera training.


We have been assured by County Cllr Williams that lorries accessing the JLR site for the construction of the new buildings will not be travelling through Gaydon. If you see any, please report to the Clerk.

The Fire Station near Aston Martin is now operative.

Parking on the Green

Could we remind residents that parking is not permitted on the

village green. This is a registered green which means it is protected by law. Please ensure that your visitors do not park there. Many thanks for your help with this.

Report Direct to County Council

The County Council website permits residents to report defective lights, blocked drains, pot holes, footpaths and footways (pavements) and any other highway matter. Could we ask residents to use this system as it is probably quicker than contacting the clerk. If the matter is reported and is not dealt with within 2 weeks, then please pass it on to the Clerk or attend one of our meetings and bring it to the attention of County Cllr Williams.


JLR are going to be asked if they could kindly help with the maintenance of our cemetery again. They did a wonderful job last time so we are hoping they say yes.

Petrol Station Planning

We are continuing to liaise with the District Council regarding the unauthorised planning that is taking place at the petrol station.

Agreement has just been reached for the blue light on the cash machine to be removed as it is not suitable for a rural location. The retrospective planning application for the extension has now been received without information relating to the removal of parking spaces including the disabled space. The agent has been asked to supply this information. This application does not include the signage on the building nor the flags supporting the new businesses. We understand that we can comment on the flags as they relate to the new business in the extension. However, the signage will have to await for the next application although we could request no signage on the building but reasons would need to be supplied. Residents are able to comment on this application which is on the District Council website.


The church clock will be removed next month for repairs. It is likely to be away for at least 3 weeks.

Repairs and Flowers

Thanks to the resident who has repaired our benches and bus shelter seat and also to the residents who planted flowers at the bottom of the flag pole and the resident who is watering them (when required).

Next meeting is on Tuesday, 4th October 2016 at 7.45pm in the village hall. All residents are welcome to attend.

NB New email address for the Clerk and Parish Council:

Church Services in October

Sunday 2nd
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Burton Dassett
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Gaydon
      6.00pm Harvest Evensong      Farnborough
Sunday 9th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Farnborough
     10.30   Holy Communion        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
     10.30   Harvest Festival      Gaydon   Evening Prayer        Burton Dassett
Sunday 16th
      9.00   Holy Communion        Farnborough
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon
     10.30   Family Service        Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Northend
Sunday 23rd
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend
     10.30   Prayer & Praise       Gaydon
Sunday 30th
     10.30   Group Service         Gaydon

Harvest Supper

Gaydon Village Hall on Saturday 22 October at 7pm
Fish & Chip Harvest Supper with Parlour Games & Quiz
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 call at the Old Bakehouse in Church Road.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards the upkeep of the Church.

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.

Messy Church

Fenny Compton Village Hall will be welcoming all children in the parishes on Sunday 9 October at 3.30pm for games and stories followed by tea. On Sunday 30th at 3.30pm there will be Messy Church and Café Church at Temple Herdewyke community centre.

Nature Notes for September

I'm writing this account earlier in the month than usual because I'm abroad at the end of the month exploring the Mountain area of Northern Greece for large carnivores (Wolves, Bears and Lynx), species which are most visible at this time. However, returning to Gaydon: the high temperatures we have experienced have diminished now to a more autumnal level. Butterflies have been rather scarce this autumn. I still see the odd Red Admiral and Comma, even a solitary Small Tortoishell, which have transferred their attentions from the extinct Buddleias to the Ice Plants and Michaelmas Daisies for nectar.

A number of harbingers of the season, notably large Garden Spiders and Crane Flies, have appeared in the hedgerows which have a huge crop of Blackberries and Sloes.

The last Swallows seem to have gone about seven days ago - perhaps the scarcity of insects, even Wasps, has prompted an early departure southwards. Figs are ripening well on my tree and there are plenty of windfalls which I'm feeding to my hens, though I always leave some lying on the ground for the birds to feed on in winter. I notice that several Robins are rivals for my garden franchise, a lot of chasing and fluttering in the trees. Goldcrests, our smallest bird species, are also cheeping and Dunnocks (Hedge Sparrows) flit like discreet large moths and often enter gardens at this time. They are not Sparrows in fact but an insectivorous Pippit species.

The large Dragonflies will also hang on until the frosts. We seem to have some of the spectacular Emperor species around the village "hawking" for flies. They are spectacular insects, although they rarely settle long enough for you to marvel at their beauty. The name Dragon comes from Romanian and is close to the old name 'Devils Darning Needle'. They need to spend three years in water as a voraceous nymph. The additional ponds being constructed by the new Junction 12 should make good habitats. One of our key species, The Great Crested Newt, has even turned up whilst I was weeding the garden. They, too, only need water to develop as tadpoles because they spend most of their time, like true amphibians, on land.

Many inexperienced birds fall prey to cars at this time: pigeons seem very inept at judging speeds whilst the more intelligent Carrion Crows are rarely hit. Muntjack deer are often seen on the edge of the Itchington Holt and seem to have become accustomed to the recent noise and construction vehicles. We have to hope that the wildflower areas dug up on many verges will return and that the huge number of hedging plants and trees will be managed until they can grow to a decent size.

Many semi-tame pheasant poults will have been released this month for shooting. They are rather obvious food for local foxes and Buzzards, many being rather sickly or not yet become wild enough to escape. The idea is that they will fly fast and high, which they may achieve by November; ironically, these get shot as "sporting birds" whilst the wiser birds just run away like their wild ancestors. It's a good idea to start filling bird feeders now, not that I'm predicting a long hard winter, which is the pessimistic prediction of some people. Bernard Price

Mobile Library

The Library will visit Gaydon on Mondays 10th and 31st October from 1.30pm-2pm at the Telephone Box.

Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday 8 October at 11am in the village hall. There will be the usual raffle, bookstall and bring-and-buy. Any profits go to church funds. Do come along!

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 18 October at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Jan Ewers, No 2 The Cottages, Gaydon Hill Farm.

St Giles' Harvest Festival Service

Sunday 9 October at 10.30am. Gifts of flowers, fruit and produce will be most welcome, particularly foodstuffs suitable for the Food Bank Box that is always kept in church. Please put your gifts in the church on Saturday or bring them with you to the service.

Lighthorne Heath and District Children's Centre

Activities and sessions for you and your child under 5; Baby massage; Parentng courses; Family support; Messy play; Speech and Language drop-in; Nurture Nursery daily from 9.15am-12.15pm.

For more information please contact us on 01926 691105 or drop in to Stratford Road, Lighthorne Heath, next to the Primary School. email: - also on Facebook.

Gaydon Village Store

The recent opening of Subway and Greggs is having a serious detrimental effect on Gaydon Village Store and business has declined significantly. This will eat into our reserves and will ultimately result in the shop closing.

This will be a huge loss for our village. Many elderly residents rely totally on the shop and without this service they will need to depend on relatives and friends.

All estate agents now include the community shop in their details as an asset to Gaydon, and many believe having a shop helps to sell properties here. It is also a focal point for residents to meet and just have a 'chat'.

So, this is a plea really to save our community shop. Maybe everyone could always purchase at least one item a week and this could make all the difference.

Why not buy your fresh eggs from us, or all of your milk or bread? Yes, you may be able to get these cheaper in the supermarket, but you don't have to go far to buy them from us. We would welcome feedback if there is anything you would like us to stock.

Don't forget that we have fresh bread each day, meat from Carpenters (including pre-orders) and veg. boxes. We never set out to provide a total weekly shop, it is merely for local produce and staple items when you run out of anything.

Our volunteers and committee work very hard to keep it going, so let's not lose it!

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.

Shipston Home Nursing

Designer and Quality Second Hand Clothing Sale on Saturday 1st October from 9.30am till 12 noon

Free entry at Sheldon Bosley Hub, Shipston on Stour, CV36 4DQ

Details: Rebecca Mawle, Fundraising Co-ordinator, 01608 674929.

Avon Valley Indoor Bowls Club

Have you thought about playing bowls?

Avon Valley Indoor Bowls Club is less than a mile from your village. We cater for all ages: 12years to 90years. We have disabled bowlers, wheelchair-users and blind and partially-sighted bowlers - yes, blind bowlers!

We have a top-notch coaching programme at a cost of only £7.50 for a 6 weeks' course. We also have a 'turn up and play' on a Wednesday evening: all you need is flat-soled shoes (your slippers are ideal).

So come along!

The club opens every day from 9am and our coaching course starts on Saturday 22 October at 9.30am.

Flu Clinics

Little Thatch, Kineton: Thursday 6 October - Morning drop-in session

Hastings House, Wellesbourne: Thursday 6 October - Afternoon drop-in session

Mad Science

Children's Birthday Party entertainment with a difference! Vortex generator; Slippery slime; Candy floss; Bubbling potions;Rocket launches. To enjoy the Mad Science Experience, just ring 01926 429875

Church of All Saints, Chadshunt, Harvest Festival

All Saints' Church is pictured on the front of this month's Parish Magazine which serves the joint parishes of Gaydon with Chadshunt. The Harvest Festival evening service by candlelight took place on Sunday 18 September and the church was beautifullly decorated with apples, wild flowers and hop garlands. A congregation of over forty people attended.


We are saddened to have to record the death of Philippa Francis on September 28th. Philippa was well-known in Gaydon as the wife of the vicar and also as a lecturer at the local college. She was loved and respected by all and was greatly missed when she left the area some years ago. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.

Christmas Lunch

I shall be contacting all the Christmas Cooks and Helpers quite soon to make plans for the lunch for the over-65s on 4th December. If anyone new to the village would like an invitation to the lunch, please ring me on 640349 or call at the Old Bakehouse. Invitations are usually sent out in November. Julie Rickman