Gaydon Parish Magazine July 2017

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This Month's Diary Coffee Morning Sat 8th 11am Village Hall BIG LUNCH Sun 16th 1pm Village Hall Friendship Club Tues 18th Trevose Library Monday 17th Telephone Box Pilates Tuesdays 6.15pm Village Hall

Church Services in July

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

Parish Council News

Church Lane Field: Unfortunately, contracts have still not been exchanged. Spitfire's solicitor was on holiday, which delayed matters by several weeks, but we are not quite sure what the problem is now. Our solicitor is pursuing this. Every resident should have received a questionnaire; if not, please contact the clerk. If your questionnaire hasn't been collected please leave in the shop or The Malt Shovel Pub; or if you are unable to, contact the clerk who will arrange collection.

Gaydon Inn development wildlife corridor: We understand that the wildlife corridor has been obstructed. This matter is in the hands of the enforcement officer (Roger Thatcher) at the District Council. District

Cllr Chris Kettle is also pursuing this so if you have any questions please contact Roger or Chris.

Warwick Road: We are pleased to note that work has started on the island by the roundabout. We understand that the County Council is trying to make drivers realised that this is a 'no through road'. Recently we have had funeral corteges, ambulances, HGVs and all sorts of vehicles accessing it in error. HGVs create a safety issue as they then have to either try to turn around on someone's driveway or reverse on to the roundabout. A video of this dangerous manoeuvre was passed to the County Council. These roadworks should rectify this problem.

Parking on the footways and blocking Church Road: Unfortunately this is still a problem. Recently, a car was parked blocking the footway and the road outside the village hall. This resulted in the bus not being able to get through. Fortunately the owner of the car heard the bus and came along the street and moved the car. Please ask your visitors to park considerately. JLR and the Police have been passed photographs of two vehicles blocking the Kineton Road footway and we have received assurances that they will try follow up on this information.

Speeding lorries: We thank the resident who noted the speeding lorries on the Kineton Road. The resident phoned the company and received assurances that they would speak to their drivers.

Community Governance: Cllrs John Brine and Tom Hughes have been representing the parish at these meetings. It has been made quite clear that Gaydon Parish wishes to remain independent and keep village status. Lighthorne and Chesterton Parishes also wish to remain independent. Lighthorne Heath Parish is willing to include the new town within its boundary.

Annual Accounts: 2016/17 accounts have been finalised. Anyone wishing to view them can contact the Clerk.

Nature Notes for June

Gaydon is like much of the UK experiencing exceptionally warm temperatures which may be the highest recorded since the seventies. The hot air blowing from the continent has brought some unexpected migrants to the village: look out for some African species like the Humming Bird Hawk moth which has already been seen hovering over one of its favourite flowers the Valerian, probably the hallmark species found everywhere in Gaydon in every shade

of pink.

This moth is a very fast flier and can easily make hundreds of miles on the thermals to get here. It resembles an actual humming bird very closely and the large caterpillar stage is found only in North African and Mediterranean regions. You may also see, as I have, some very worn specimens of the Painted Lady butterfly which will have also made the long journey here. They will lay eggs here, though, and I expect the fresh generation to emerge in late August or September. Some of these even fly back to the continent when it gets

colder here.

I hope that we shall see a better selection of butterflies this year. White Admirals and Silver Washed Fritillaries often appear in Itchington Holt - even a Black Hairstreak might emerge on the Blackthorn bushes.

Water is, as we know, important for plants in the garden; but birds too would appreciate a bowl in an open area, as puddles are drying up rapidly in this warm spell.

This is a good time to look out for Orchids and the Yellow Rattle

(a grass parasite) which appear in old meadows along with the more familiar Birdsfoot trefoil.

There is a good group of Swifts around the village; they are the first to arrive and first to go back. Swallows and House Martins are few, reflecting their continual decline. This is probably due to the lack of insects too. At the same time, Buzzards and Red Kites seem to be increasing, along with Ravens which can often be observed in groups of four circling over the village. We also seem to have become the chosen roosting spot for flocks of Jackdaws and Goldfinches, two very contrasting species - the latter being more colourful and more welcome in our gardens.

It will be interesting to see if the growth spurt in vegetation that has been prompted by the high temperature will continue when inevitably lower temperatures return. I've been mowing my lawn several times in the past weeks instead of just once! Bernard Price

British Flowers Week

Our front cover shows how Gaydon celebrated British Flowers Week by decorating our newly-adopted Phonebox with garden flowers. There was a pretty stall on the Green selling homemade cakes, cooling drinks and, of course, flowers. We are grateful to Lois for having such a brilliant idea and wish her every success with her floral enterprise Little Garden Flowers.

Mobile Library

The Library will visit the Telephone Box at Gaydon from 1.35-2.05pm on Monday 17th July.

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning at 11am on Saturday 8 July. Books, bring-and-buy and raffle. Please come!

Village Hall News

Big Lunch

Villagers are reminded that the Big Lunch will be held this year on Sunday, 16 July, at 1pm. Please bring food to share or barbecue. Drinks will be provided by the Hall. Ring 640349 if you have any questions.

Friendship Club

Members will meet this month on the Tuesday 18th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Pauline Layton, Trevose, Kineton Road.


There was the usual flurry of flags on the village green in June:
2nd    Coronation Day
10th   96th Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
11th   Official Birthday of HM the Queen
18th   Waterloo Day
21st   Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge

Northend Village Hall, Top Street

Table Sale on Sunday 2nd July at 11am-2pm. Free entry, Refreshments available. We are raising money to update our tired old village hall! Please help!!

Garden Cottage and Walled Kitchen Garden in Upper Tysoe

For National Garden Scheme on Saturday and Sunday 22 & 23 July, 2 - 6 pm. Plants propagated from those in the garden are for sale; and you can enjoy the views in the garden and the windmill beyond, with a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake.

Children's Church

Messy Church will take place at Fenny Compton at 9.15am on Sunday 16 July. Contact Lesley on 01295 771177 for more details.

Burton Dassett Country Park Fosse Deanery Family Picnic

Let's Go Fly a Kite! on Saturday 8 July 12 noon - 4.30pm. Bring a picnic; make your own kite with everything provided; short service in All Saints' Church afterwards, with tea and cakes.

Vicarage Barbecue

On Sunday, 6 August, there will be a service at 10.30am at Northend for the Burton Dassett group of churches, followed by a barbecue at the vicarage. Nicki, our vicar, would be delighted to welcome you.

      CHRISTMAS FAIR               SAT 25 NOVEMBER            VILLAGE HALL
      CHRISTMAS LUNCH              SUN 3 DECEMBER             VILLAGE HALL