Gaydon Parish Magazine May 2024

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Gaydon Gazette for May

 Parish Council       Tues 7th at 7.30pm      Village Hall 
 Plants & Coffee      Sat 11th at 11am        Village Hall 
 Mobile Library       Fri 10th at 2.40pm      Phone Box
 Book Club            Mondays  at 7pm         Village Hall   
 Tai Chi              Wednesdays at 7pm       Village Hall
 Clubbercise          Thursdays at 7pm        Village Hall   

May Church Services

5th         9.30am   Holy Communion       Gaydon           
        10.00am   Holy Communion      Burton Dassett
9th Ascension Day
         7.00pm   Holy Communion      Northend
12th         9.30am   Prayer and Praise      Gaydon
        10.00am  Morning Prayer      Northend
19th         9.30am   Agapë Service      Gaydon
         10.00am  Holy Communion      Northend
26th         9.30am   Songs of Praise      Gaydon              
         10.00am  Morning Prayer        Northend

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

Ascension Day

There will be a service of Communion on Thursday 9th May at 7pm at the Chapel of Ease, Northend.

May Memorial Book

         2016      4th         Alfred Diston
         2001      11th      Violet Simmonds
         2022      13th      Geoffrey Gordon Pinches
         2002      15th      Jack Talbot
         2003      23rd      Mabel Middleditch
         1999      26th      Joyce Povey

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

Parish Council News

The meeting held on 2nd April was attended by Parish Councillors John Davies, Mark Ashton, Stuart Richardson, Karen Ward; County and District Councillors Chris Mills and Alan Scorer; and five members of the public.
Access to Play Area
Cllr Mills undertook to enquire at WCC about the creation of better access for residents of Barnfield to the Play Area.
Playground Repairs
The higher of two quotes was agreed upon as it provided the longer term solution. Pathways were approved to be cut through the wild flower area in the cemetery.
Planning Applications
There was no objection to the extension at Braid House, Kineton Road, because it was in keeping with the neighbouring properties.
The Council decided to object to the application for a further 7 houses in addition to the 16 already applied for at Edgehill View.
Next Meeting will be on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm.
Parish Clerk email: 07841 010791
Parish Village website:
County Councillor's Report
Domestic Abuse: For help and support go to
Student Mental Health: There is help available to students at
Bird Flu: In order to protect the poultry industry all bird-keepers must register their birds and update records annually, regardless of the size of their flocks. Go to:
Measles: Two doses of the MMR vaccine offer protection for life against measles, mumps and rebella. Are you and your family protected? If you are not sure, contact your GP about getting catch-up jabs. Look at for more information.
Whooping Cough
Pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated to protect their babies from birth; and parents should ensure that infants receive their vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.
Whooping cough affects all ages, but for unvaccinated babies and very young children it can cause serious complications.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2nd May

Make sure that you are registered to vote at this important election and don't forget to take your Proof of Identity to the Polling Station at Gaydon Village Hall.

Date for your Diary

Saturday 1st June
Gaydon Village Hall from 12 noon
This is a country-wide event and we hold a BIg Lunch every year at the Hall. It will be an American Buffet i.e. we all bring a plate of food to share. There will be free tea, coffee and squash but you can bring any drinks you like. All villagers welcome - please come!

Coffee Morning and Plant Sale

Saturday 11th May at 11am in the Village Hall. Raffle, Book Stall, Bric-a-brac, Coffee and Biscuits. Bring and Buy Plant Sale. Please donate your surplus plants! All money raised is for Church funds.

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will call at the Telephone Box at 2.25pm for half an hour on Friday 10 May.


Village Hall onThursdays 7pm-7.45pm. £6 per session, PAYG - pay-as-you-go

Gaydon Village Store

Did you know that Gaydon Village Store is a community shop run by volunteers? Our volunteers are essential to our staying open.
Can you help by giving an hour or two of your time every week to serve in the shop?
Or help by undertaking some of the background tasks that need doing?
Or maybe join our shop committee and help us shape the future of the shop?
If you think this could be for you, please leave your details and we will be in touch to give your more information about what is involved.
Or email: gaydonvillage store@
Thank you!

GVS AGM Monday 3rd June at 7pm.

Gaydon Parish Council AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 6 May at 7.30pm.

Village Hall News

The AGM of the Village Hall Committee will take place on Monday 20 May at 8pm.

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.

Nature Notes for April

I am still a bit limited due to post-illness fatigue this month, though it does give me time to observe some of the Spring butterflies that have ventured into the early, albeit rather chilly, temperatures. The first sighting from my window was the hardy Brimstone. This is the longest- lived butterfly in the UK and may have been on the wing since last July, having hibernated over winter. If you plant Alder buckthorn in your garden you are sure to attract them. The male is bright yellow whilst the female is a pale greenish-white.
The other hibernators seen are the Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell, both feeding on nettles and most familiar, as they have several broods a year. An early Orange-tip was seen in my garden last week. This delicate species overwinter as pupae and only the male has the distinctive Orange wing-tips. Other early hardy species are the Speckled Wood and Holly Blue; not yet observed but expected to be around very soon.
Spring is always a colourful time in Warwickshire: the early Blackthorn Blossom is on the turn but will be replaced very soon by Hawthorn and crab apple blossoms and golden Gorse.
The remarkable sight, on many of the banks of the M40 in both directions, are huge areas of yellow Cowslips which have been spreading on the motorway banks for several years and are at their best now. This was a scarce plant only fifteen years ago, having been wiped out by pesticides and invasive Rye Grass. There are also. areas of them at Chadshunt churchyard and smaller clumps in Gaydon churchyard, too.
Once upon a time, the meadow behind the church was also full of cowslips. Mrs Watts, the Churchwarden's wife, who lived at The Forge used to collect bunches of the flowers to make a potent and delicious wine. I tasted it a few times! There are still a few plants there today which I hope will be carefully mown around so that they may increase. Bernard Price

Gaydon Book Club

Please bring a pound towards the Hire of the Hall - and whatever drink and nibbles you fancy. Anyone wishing to join us, please message me on 07917 873856 and I will add you to our WhatsApp group; or you can find us on Facebook by searching Gaydon Village Book Club. Holly

BMM Events in May

   Gaydon Landrover Show           Weekend 4-5th  
   UK Slot Car Festival         Weekend 11-12th  
   Young Driver Lessons         Saturday 11th
   Young Driver Classic Cars      Saturday 11th 
   Young Drive Fire Engine      Saturday 11th
   Gaydon Gathering            Tuesday 14th 
   Jaguar Breakfast Meet         Saturday 18th
   Mini MotoristsMondays         Monday 20th
   Ultimate German Car Meet      Sunday 26th
Half-term Special:  25 May - 2nd June:  Taking shape, Patterns in the Museum.
Information and tickets at

Gaydon Development - May Update

On 16 April the United Arab Emirates - and the cities of Dubai and Sharjah in particular - suffered catastrophic flooding as the equivalent of 18 months of rain fell in 24 hours. A week before, on 11 April, it was reported that UK farms had experienced unprecedented flooding and a consequent loss of crops (with its knock-on effect on food prices) during the 18 months period from October 2022 to March 2024. The phrases ‘extreme weather event’ and the more ominous ‘since records began’ were used in both cases. So, what has this to do with Gaydon and the proposed industrial/commercial development?
The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) is an international organisation which provides authoritative information about the past, present and future climate in Europe and the rest of the world and their latest report (22nd April): makes for sobering reading which cannot be ignored by any community in the process of land being proposed for development for commercial (as in Gaydon) or housing purposes in teThank you!rms of the risk of extreme weather intensifying flood risk. We, in Gaydon, have not had the luxury of debating the theoretical possibility of being flooded. It has happened. It was real. Most notoriously in 2007. The provision of ‘bunds’ (protective clay flood barriers) have helped to mitigate the flood threat from then until now. However, with the above forecast of extreme weather events and enhanced flooding risk, we have to consider the ‘the elephant in the room’: do we, in Gaydon, have adequate drainage to cope with this future threat?
You may have noticed that UK water companies do not have the best record when it comes to drainage and sewage elimination. You may also be aware of the ways those companies have used their gilt-edged assets (clean water and sewage disposal are an obvious necessity for civilised societies) to borrow money against and pay eye-watering sums to their private owners following the companies’ removal from (debt-free) public ownership by the government of the 1980s. Unfortunately, too little of the money created found its way into improving the drainage and sewage infrastructure that was required to keep up with current needs - let alone future demands! It seems that OFWAT and the government have taken their ‘eye off the ball’ over the past 14 years and the crisis was further intensified by the UK leaving the EU, which meant that UK water, drainage and sewage were no longer covered by the stricter European standards. We all know the consequences and we are struggling to live with them now: massive water bills, flooding, increased insurance premiums and the filthiest rivers and seas in Europe.
It is against these contexts of the increased likelihood of extreme weather and flooding affecting a totally inadequate drainage and sewage infrastructure which must be urgently considered when any development which plans to concrete over the elevated area above the village of Gaydon is proposed. At the moment, the fields create a natural soakaway which helps to absorb rainfall and takes the pressure off the roads, drains and culverts which carry the water away. To introduce what effectively would be an impervious ‘seal’ of concrete over several elevated acres would be a prospective disaster in any ‘extreme weather event’ as storm water, in much greater volume, makes its inevitable way down the sloping roads of Gaydon threatening our homes with flooding…again.
The news came too late for the April Update, but the Banbury Guardian (27 March) reported that Cherwell District Council have rejected a similar warehousing scheme which was going to be imposed north of Banbury: (“Developing the area would have a hugely detrimental impact on our local landscape and heritage”). The full report is here:
Every argument that we have made against the Gaydon development is matched in the opposition to the Banbury development, but with one important difference: the topography of the two sites. Unlike the Banbury site, the Gaydon development’s elevated position makes it vulnerable to all of the issues and ominous possibilities, outlined above. And so, along with the precedent of the Banbury decision, Gaydon has even more justification in preventing this development. Flooding and pollution issues must be among the most prominent reasons for rejecting this scheme: in the light of this, it is hoped that CEG (Malta) Ltd. will do the honourable thing and graciously withdraw their proposal and find a more environmentally suitable and practical location. Tony Hughes


It is with sorrow that we record the death of Sue Povey, at home in St Giles Road, on Saturday 20 April. We offer our condolences to all her family and friends.


The funeral of my Mother, Mrs Susan Povey, will be held at the natural burial site, Sunrising, at Lower Tysoe, CV35 0DG. The funeral is on 9th May, arriving at 10.15am for the ceremony at 11am.
If you would like to attend, please telephone me, Darren Povey, on 07925 875180 so that I can let Sunrising know roughly how many people might attend; the maximum is 80.

Annual Parish Meeting

St Giles' Church Gaydon
The APM was held in church at 7pm on 25 April. The Annual Report and Accounts were presented by Martin Phelps. Those attending were the members of the Parochial Church Council and two members of
the congregation.
The report made clear that of nineteen people on the Electoral Roll of the church, only ten ever attend a Sunday service and congregations are usually made up of six to eight people.
In the light of this dwindling attendance, St Giles's is unlikely to attract the grants required to carry out the essential repairs identified by the Quinquennial report in 2021, amounting to half a million pounds.
Therefore, the PCC have to start a process of investigation into the closure of our church building. This will involve consultation with interested members of the community at an early stage in the process.
We are grateful to those who help keep the church clean and presentable throughout the year.


The Union flag flew on 9th April to celebrate the Wedding of the King and Queen. The flag of St George was raised on 23 April in honour of the Patron Saint of England; and to commemorate the birth and death of our beloved William Shakespeare, Bard of Avon. If you have something to celebrate or commemorate, contact
Siobhan Hannan on 07780 689582, and she will raise the flag for you in return for a £5 contribution to Church funds.

All Saints' Church, Burton Dassett: Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra

A concert is being given in All Saints' Church on Friday 7th June by the excellent Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) playing Big Band Music with a 40s theme. Weather permitting, you might like to bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance begins at 7.30pm.
There will be a bar, opening at 6pm, and again in the interval; and a raffle. We hope you will take the opportunity to support these young people who have played on radio and television, and in many jazz festivals all over the world. To book call Norma King or Chris Compton on01295 770292 on 770355; or email