Gaydon Parish Magazine August 2018

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This Month's Diary

Coffee Morning plus Sat 11th 11am Village Hall

Playground Presentation Sat 11th 11am Village Hall

Friendship Club Tues 14th 2.30pm 2 Anson Close

Library Monday 6th Telephone Box

Pilates Tuesdays 6.15pm Village Hall

Tai Chi Wednesdays 7.30pm Village Hall

Cake & Crafting Circle 2nd & 4th Suns 5pm Parish Church

Gaydon Calendar

Parish Council Meeting Mon 3rd Sept 7.45pm Village Hall

Harvest Festival Chadshunt Sun 9th Sept 3pm All Saints' Church

Harvest Supper Sat 6th Oct 7pm Village Hall

Harvest Festival Sun 7th Oct 10.30am St Giles' Church

Christmas Fair Sat 24th Nov 2pm Village Hall

Christmas Lunch Sun 2nd Dec 1pm Village Hall

Parish Council News

Community Group Funding

At our last meeting Mrs Lisa Andersson very kindly presented to us on the aims and views of Kids of Gaydon. A copy of the presentation and supporting document is available on our website. We explained that we have a small pot of money which we can use to support community groups. Any community group is able to apply to the Parish Council for funding. Please contact the Clerk for details. We also explained that County Councillor Williams has funding which he has said he prefers to give to community groups. The application form for this funding is on the County Council website.


Councillors and residents were shown ideas for the refurbishment of the existing play area. All plans will be produced in the coming weeks and these will be displayed at the consultation event on Saturday, 11th August, from 10am to 12pm in the Village Hall. Please do come along and, if you can, bring children and grandchildren as we would love to hear from everyone.

St Giles Road

The verges and path are being reinstated in St Giles Road after the recent works. Severn Trent has agreed to revisit this area in the autumn to ensure that the grass has grown. If not, more work will take place. Thanks to Cllr John Davies for liaising with the contractors.

Traffic calming

Details of a traffic calming scheme is available on our website. Please have a look and feed back comments. Councillor Fowle attended the Gaydon Liaison Meeting on Monday 16 July at the British Motor Museum where he raised the issue of traffic calming in the village.

Despite a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), JLR have respectfully declined to make a financial contribution towards the Gateway Project in Gaydon due to cost cutting initiatives currently in place within the organisation. There was also a general feeling that the recent traffic survey and Community Speed Watch data failed to directly link the speed of traffic through the village to JLR. If he remains a Parish Councillor, he will raise the question again in the new financial year 2019/20. JLR did say, however, that they would add CSW along with maintenance of the cemetery to their list of volunteering activities. I will email all relevant details to April, their CSR representative

Kineton Road

We thanked County Cllr Williams at our last meeting for ensuring that the large signage was removed from the Kineton Road and the trees pruned and not cut down. We are very grateful to him for listening to us.

Road Lighting

A high percentage of the street lighting on the new dual carriageway should be dimmed and turned off at 12am. This isn't happening and we have alerted County Highways. They are in the process of producing a map showing which lights need to remain lit all night for safety reasons. Once we have this map it will be placed on our website. This will enable residents to see whether the system is working and if not you can call 410410 and report

any discrepancies.


County Highways has removed most of the ragwort in our parish. JLR and BMM we understand are in the process of arranging for the ragwort on their land to be removed. The Banbury Road layby has ragwort and County Highways has been notified.


If any footpaths become closed please call 410410 or access the County Council website to report them. It is the responsibility of the County Council to ensure that our footpaths remain open.


Following concerns and confusion regarding the use of the logs in the recreational field they have been removed.


Dog fouling remains a huge problem in the recreational field. If you see dog waste not being picked up please report to either the dog warden who will visit the owner of the dog and explain the issues; or the clerk. We must all work together to stop the few offenders.

We have received a complaint regarding dogs roaming free in the cemetery. All dogs should be kept on leads when in the cemetery.

Insurance for Events

It has been brought to our attention recently that whilst the Parish Council has public liability insurance for the land which it owns, this cover does not extend to events being organised by community groups. It is advisable for any community groups wishing to hold events on Parish Council land to seek advice regarding insurance.


Additional work has just been undertaken in our cemetery on the graves that are no longer looked after, the child graves at the bottom of the cemetery and the path which required weeding. It is hoped that JLR will assist by sending a working party to help us. The party they sent several years ago did a magnificent job.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be on Monday 3 September at 7.45pm.

Church Services in August

Sunday 5th*
     10.30   Group Communion and Confirmation    
                                   at Burton Dassett  Sunday 12th      
      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 19th      
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Gaydon      
     10.30   Holy Communion        Burton Dassett
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Farnborough
     10.30   Family Service        Fenny Compton      
Sunday 26th
      9.00   Holy Communion BCP    Fenny Compton
     10.30   Holy Communion        Farnborough        
     10.30   Prayer & Praise       Gaydon
     10.30   Morning Prayer        Northend 

*Service of Confirmation at Burton Dassett

The Bishop of Warwick will be confirming eight confirmation candidates and blessing the Vicar's continued ministry in the Dassett Magna Group. The service will be at All Saints' Church at 10.30am on Sunday, 5 August and everyone in the parishes is invited to this celebration of faith.

Messy Church

The next Messy Church will take place on Sunday 16 September Fenny Compton village hall at 3.30pm.

Additional Village Website

The website is now fully established and has lots of information, news, events, parish council updates and general things happening in and around the village. Why don't you join lots of other residents who have now registered on the website and are getting regular updates? Register your email address today to make sure you don't miss out! We also need someone who is interested in keeping the website up to date. If you would like to get involved please email Cliff Rendell

New homes for People with Local Connections

I am sure villagers will have seen that our new development, Edgehill View as it will be called (opposite Ellis Machinery on the Kineton Road), is steadily taking shape and we are hoping to start marketing the properties shortly.

The development comprises 15 houses ranging in size from two to five bedrooms, with 5 of the properties (Plots 6 to 10) exclusively available to people with a local connection to Gaydon, for a period of 6 weeks from when they are first released.

I think this is a great opportunity for people locally as the houses, a terrace of three 2 bedroom units and two 3 bedroom semi-detached are, under the terms of our planning approval, to be sold at 60% of their market value with the Government's 'Help to Buy Scheme' also available.

With the discount applied, the houses will be going on the market from £162,000 freehold for the 2 bedroom units and £181,500 freehold for the 3 bedroom units. The same discount must be applied when the properties are resold, based on their market value then, but this is a real opportunity for people with local connections to get onto the housing ladder.

For the initially 6 week period these 'Fixed Equity Units' as they are called must be marketed through Stratford District Council's 'Home Choice Plus' system and there are certain qualification criteria which interested parties will need to meet, namely:

*Were born in the Parish of Gaydon or whose parent(s) were ordinarily

resident in that Parish at the time of birth or

*Currently live in The Parish of Gaydon and have done so for at least the past 12 months or

*Used to live in the Parish of Gaydon and did so for a continuous period of not less than three years or

*Currently work in the Parish of Gaydon and have done so for at least the past 12 months for an average of not less than 16 hours per week

*or Currently have a close family member (limited to mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) living in the Parish of Gaydon and who has done so for a continuous period of not less than three years.

If no one is found to qualify under the above conditions then the criteria will widen until the end of the 6 week period when the properties can be sold to anyone, so please don't delay if they are of interest.

Contact details:

If you would like more information, wish to register your interest or would like to arrange a viewing, please do not hesitate to contact me, Martin Hayward, at The Old School, Kineton Road, telephone 01926 642963, mobile 07768 007821 or email

Mobile Library

The Library will visit the Telephone Box at Gaydon from 1.35-2.05pm on Monday 6 August.

Friendship Club

The meeting in August will, as usual, be a picnic at 2 Anson Close, the home of Mrs Josie Liddington. It will be held at noon on Tuesday, 14 August.

Playground Presentation and Coffee Morning

Gaydon Village Hall
Saturday 11 August at 10am
Our village Coffee Morning this month will be sharing the Hall
with the Parish Council's presentation on Play Area equipment
Coffee and Biscuits (50p) will be on sale and contributions to the bring-and-buy stall will be most welcome.  There will also be a book stall and a raffle. 
Money raised goes to our parish church.

Nature Notes: High Summer in Gaydon

The hot dry spell continues, without even a rain cloud in the sky. The standing crops are already ripe for harvest; there are large settlement cracks in the surfaces and pathways of the fields. Some plant life responds well in my garden: sub-tropical climbers like Campsis and Morning Glory Convolvulous are already in flower and others, like tree ferns, need constant watering; whilst chickens often 'go broody' in hot spells and I have had several hatchings of chicks recently.

Insect life is a great beneficiary of such warm weather and although the mason bees have gone from the shop wall, I have yet another interesting species, the leaf cutter bee. Look out for a bee carrying a rolled up leaf - a very strange sight. I watched as they brought their burdens to some potted succulents on my patio and disappeared inside, forcing the rolled up leaf inside to line a passage. If you notice some neat eliptical cut-outs in your Rose leaves, then you have some Leaf-cutter Bees!

Moths are very high profile now and some like the Silver Y cannot wait until dusk like the Large Yellow underwing which often hides in undergrowth. It is quite a big moth with bright yellow colours when it flies after disturbance. Another spectacular moth that has appeared this year is the exotic Scarlet Tigermoth and also the bright red Cinnabar moth.

The first brood of Small Tortoishell butterflies are early this season, though still enter houses through windows and can be gently evicted. I have also seen early Red Admirals and Painted Ladies, so hopefully there will be lots on our Buddleia bushes in a few weeks. In the hedgerows round the village bright orange Gatekeepers and Speckled Woods have recently emerged.

The Swifts all have mature broods now and you can witness their amazing acrobatic flights in the skies over the village. Water sources are increasingly important for all wildlife: make sure it is in a shallow dish though, with a branch for perching laid across it. Bernard Price

Local Crime

Theft from Church

The wall box in Burton Dassett Church was broken into on 23 July after Kineton Art Group had left at 3.30pm. The theft was discovered when the church was locked at 7pm. The box is emptied daily but unfortunately the donations of the Art Group members had been stolen and it is likely that the thief will be tempted back. A new lock has now been fitted and the police have been told.

Gaydon Shop

The Village Community Shop has suffered a number of thefts. The criminal actions involved have been identified and the matter is now in the hands of the Police.

Big Lunch

Many thanks to the villagers who supported the Big Lunch at Gaydon Village Hall in July. As ever, there was copious food and drink and delightful company. The raffle raised £35.50 towards the Christmas Lunch for the 'Over-Sixties'.

The Christmas Lunch is due to be held on Sunday, 2nd December, in the village hall at 12.45 for 1pm. Please let us know if you would like to be invited, especially if you are new to the village. Julie Rickman 640349.

Burton Dassett Restoration Fund

Our next major event is on the 1st September at 7.30 p.m. when Roderick Williams and Lynn Arnold will be performing at Burton Dassett Church. Roderick Williams is an internationally acclaimed baritone, with a wide repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. He has sung with the Philharmonia, the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and is particularly associated with the baritone roles of Mozart.

Lynn Arnold is a very talented and renowned pianist in both solo and chamber music. Concerto performances include those by Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.

We are very lucky, and indeed honoured, that Lynn and Roderick have agreed to perform for us in the wonderful surroundings of All Saints' Church, and we can promise you an evening of truly wonderful musical entertainment.

This is an event not to be missed by music lovers and tickets are selling out fast. Tickets cost £25 and can be obtained by calling Gill Roache on 01295 680309 or email

Don't Forget!

Monday 27 August Bank Holiday Teas and Craft Sale in All Saints' Church, Burton Dassett.

Gaydon Village Store

Gaydon Village Store Membership Scheme is pleased to announce that Mrs P Miller receives a beauty treatment from Sharon Pettit at Head 2 Toe Beauty Room, Gaydon; and Pete Jones a meal for two at The Falcon. Good luck for the next draw! SR

Burton Dassett Restoration Fund

Our tea in the garden at the Manor yesterday was a huge success, thanks to all of you who came, to Linda and Paul who kindly gave us the use of their lovely garden, and the beautiful sunny day. I am pleased to tell you that we raised £520, all of which will go towards our Toilets & Taps project. Pauline Carr

Boules and Barbecue at The Old House

The 7th July was unbelievably hot and there were many rival outside

attractions but those who attended enjoyed themselves. Thanks are due to Peter Reading, who was both instructor and umpire, and the Winter and Andersson families. Never mind, Andersson girls, you could win next time! St Giles' funds received something over £200 for which we thank all who attended. Annette Conway

Summer Holiday Family Activities at the British Motor Museum

Throughout August - 2 September

This summer the British Motor Museum is celebrating Land Rover's 70th Birthdaywith some great themed family activities!

Every day, follow our Land Rover Explorer Trail and discover some of the many Land Rovers in our collection.

Get creative with colouring and unleash your design skills to make your own model Land Rover.

Join a family Explorer Tour with our costumed guides and hear about some of the amazing adventures our cars have survived, through wilderness, jungles and deserts.

How did they do it? ... come and find out!

Then every Wednesday, discover the wonderful world of science with AutoScienceLIVE - a 25 minute show full of cool interactive demonstrations with ourown 'mad scientists' Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin!

All activities are included in Museum admission. Family ticket £39. Buy 1 day and get 12 months free when you Gift Aid your entrance.

For moredetails visit or call 01926 641188.