Gaydon Parish Magazine April 2023

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Gaydon Gazette for April

   Parish Council      Tues 4th at 7.30pm     Village Hall
   Parish Council APM  Tues 18th at 7.30pm    Village Hall   
   Coffee Morning      Sat 8th at 11am        Village Hall
   Easter Sunday       Sun 9th at 9.30a,      Church
   Friendship Club     Tues 18th at 2.30pm    2 Anson Close
   Tai Chi             Weds at 7pm            Village Hall
   Mobile Library      Fri 14th at 2.40pm     Phone Box 

Parish Council News

Summary of minutes of Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 14 March:
The cemetery and future proposals were raised in the public forum. Councillor Ian Helps, Chair, committed to a wide consultation before anything happens, acknowledging that it would be a slow process but the right way to proceed. He committed that any decision would be make in conjunction with the villagers. Works to keep the cemetery safe and functioning are to be outside of any consultation.
The Parish Council were made aware of the review by the diocese for St Giles Church. F ollowing this review, the church will no longer be viable and will close as an active church. This is the beginning of a long-term process which will see the Church Parish of Gaydon merged with another. Future decisions about the Clock and War Memorial will need to be documented. It was widely acknowledged that the Parish Council and Parochial Church Council have always worked well together.
Next meeting: Tuesday 4th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.
Annual Parish Meeting: Tuesday 18 April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall - everyone welcome.

Local May 2023 Elections

Gaydon Parish Council needs HELP. The deadline for candidates to fill 7 vacancies on the PARISH COUNCIL is Tuesday, 4th April at 4pm.
At least 3 candidates are needed; otherwise the Parish Council will not be able to respond to the INDUSTRIAL UNITS PLANNING APPLICATION which is due shortly.
Contact the clerk urgently if you can help:

April Church Services

2nd               9.30am      Prayer & Praise      Gaydon
Holy Week
Monday 3rd        7pm      Holy Week Service   Gaydon
Tuesday 4th       7pm      Holy Week Service   Farnborough
Wednesday 5th     7pm      Holy Week Service   Northend
Thursday 6th      6.30pm   Maundy Thursday Meal   Northend
Friday 7th        7pm      Good Friday Service    Fenny Compton
Saturday 8th      7pm      Vigil Service      Burton Dassett
Easter Day               
                 7.30am    Holy Communion      Burton Dassett
                 8.30am    Holy Communion      Farnborough         
                 9.30am    Holy Communion      Gaydon 
                 10.30am   Morning Service         Northend
                 11.00am   Holy Communion      Fenny Compton
16th              9.30am   Agape Service             Gaydon
23rd              6.30pm   Songs of Praise      Gaydon
30th                       Group Service TBA   

Roman Catholic Church of St Francis, Kineton: Sunday Mass 11am

Coffee Morning

Saturday 8 April at 11am in the Village Hall: Bring & Buy, Books & Puzzles, Raffle, Tea & Coffee and Biscuits.

Friendship Club

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 18 April at 2.30pm at the home of Josie Liddington, 2 Anson Close, Wellesbourne.

Coronation Big Lunch

Sunday 7 May from Midday onwards at Gaydon Village Hall. Everyone is invited to lunch - just bring a dish to share! Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks provided - bring your own beer and wine. Contact Sue M or Julie R if you would like to help.

Tai Chi

The Tai Chi group meets every Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock in the Village Hall. Please text 07514 011406 so that we can look out for you. After a month, please donate a coin for the hire of the Hall.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will call at the Telephone Box at 2.40pm for half an hour on Friday 14th.

Website Reminder

The original Gaydon Village Website is a sort of museum with a few active pages and links: will give you information on the old photographs hanging in the Hall.
NB The Parish Council website is:

April Memorial Book

1991 2nd Mary Neal
1998 " Muriel Phillips
1993 3rd Roland Phillips
2014 7th Gabriella Talbot
2008 14th Iliana Hayes
1985 16th George Hayes
2004 24th Kathy Welsh
1995 29th Sybil Worrall
If there is a special entry that you would like to see, let me know and I will try to make sure that the Book is open on that day. Julie Rickman

Joan Swinburne

'Reading a report in your magazine 2008 I was horried to read that Joan Swinburne had died. If it is the right person, her father was in the R.A.F. at Gaydon and they lived on the main road in Gaydon. Joan and I used to work together in the 1960s at Moreton Morrrell Agricultural College and she used to give me a lift to work in her bright lime-green car. I have always wanted to get in touch with her all these years. Is there any way I could contact the family through your magazine? I only live in Harbury so haven't moved far.'
Regards Elizabeth Gardner email:
This e-mail was sent from a contact form on Gaydon Parish Council

Barnfield is Recruiting Support Workers

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You will be working in a small team
with adults with learning disabilities
It is extremely rewarding work and there are full or part-time contracts to suit all preferences
Send your CV to People in Action or call our Head Office on 02476 643776

Nature Notes for March

The saying that March 'comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb' certainly does not apply to this month! An early sign of Spring around Gaydon is always the groups of Rooks which this week have been gliding on the high winds above the trees containing last season's nests. There will indeed be no shortage of fallen branches to repair them. White Storks have recently returned to the UK but are better known for their huge nests: I was sent a picture from Morocco recently by an ex-villager!
Our rooks are not so creative. The local colony at the back of Birdhaven Close in Lighthorne Heath, along with others on the Banbury Road and Fosse Way are expanding. I am old enough to have sampled Rook pie in the fifties. The 'roost shoots' of rookeries were once widesread in Warwickshire and I can even remember an old Rook gun, loaded up with birdshot. The young rooks were shot out of the nest and served on a bed of boiled eggs - there is a scene of such an event in Pickwick Papers.
The tradition has mostly died out now and some landowners thought it unlucky to interfere with the colonies. Rooks have a fold of pale skin around their beaks which distinguishes them from Carrion Crows and they are largely beneficial to farmers, eating insect pests and weed seeds. They are highly intelligent and can even be taught to talk! The flocks you see this month in the skies are sorting out the pecking order or finding partners. The peaceful cawing is a feature of the English countryside in summer. Red Kites seem to have increased too; rarely a day passes that you do not spot one around the village, quartering the fields for carrion.
The snowdrops are ending now and the first Primroses are showing in Itchington Holt and Chesterton wood. You are sure to encounter large Bumble bees on a sunny day seeking sites for nests. My birdfeeders are still being used: long-tailed tits and a pair of Robins dominate these, whilst Dunnocks skulk underneath like little mice.
The loss of plants, due to the devastating frosts, is considerable; palms and Formiums - New Zealand Flax - and even Bay trees may not recover; whilst I am amazed that others like Strawberry trees have survived. Early migrants at Balscote Reservoir near here are Sand Martins returning from Africa to their nest site once again.
I hope that Swallows and Swifts will follow. BP


If you have something to commemorate or celebrate, contact Siobhan Hannan on 07780 689582.