Gaydon Parish Magazine June 2024

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Gaydon Gazette for June

 Big Lunch              Sat 1st at noon          Village Hall
 Village Store AGM      Mon 3rd at 7pm           Village Hall
 Parish Council         Tues 4th at 7.30pm       Village Hall   
 Mobile Library         Fri 7th at 2.40pm        Phone Box
 Coffee Morning         Sat 15th at 11am         Village Hall
 Tai Chi                Wednesdays at 7pm        Village Hall
 Clubbercise            Thursdays at 7pm         Village Hall
Something to Look Forward to
 Election               Thurs 4 July             Village Hall   
 Book Club              Mon 9 July  at 7pm       Village Hall

Parish Council News

The date of the next meeting of Gaydon Parish Council is Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The Agenda is on the Village Hall notice board and can also be seen on the website together with the Minutes of the previous meeting.

Gaydon Development

No updates to be reported on this month. At the time of writing, the SDC e-planning site is only available intermittently (undergoing development and maintenance), but no new 'Determination Date' has been posted.
However, if any reader of the magazine does hear of any fresh information or speculation regarding the proposed development, please contact me via the magazine or the Parish Council meeting on
Tuesday 4th June. Tony Hughes

June Church Services

2nd      9.30am      Gaydon service cancelled owing to illness           
        10.00am      Holy Communion      Burton Dassett

9th      9.30am      Prayer and Praise      Gaydon
        10.00am      Morning Prayer         Northend

16th     9.30am      Agapë Service          Gaydon
        10.00am      Holy Communion         Northend

23rd     9.30am      Songs of Praise        Gaydon              
        10.00am      Morning Prayer         Northend

30th      Joint Service time and venue to be arranged

Roman Catholic Church of St Francis, Kineton

Sunday Mass 11am

Re-dedication of Bells

On Sunday 9 June the bells at All Saints will be re-dedicated following the work carried out. This service will be at 3pm led by Bishop Ruth, the Acting Bishop of Coventry.

June Memorial Book

         2012      2nd       Jane Goldsmith
         2012      11th      Peggy Shiner
         1979      17th      Richard Welsh
         2012      21st      Jean Phillips
         1995      27th      Scott Lightowler
         2012      30th      Jean Checkley

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


Saturday 1st June at 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 and you can bring any drinks you like. All villagers welcome - please come!


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

Coffee Morning 15 June*

The June Coffee Morning is on Saturday 15th at 11am in the Village Hall. Books, Bric-a-brac, Raffle, Coffee and Biscuits. Bring and Buy Plants still Welcome! All money raised is for Church funds. *NB Change of date!

Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will call at the Telephone Box at 2.25pm for half an hour on Friday 7 June.

BMM Events in June

   Metro and Mini Show              Sunday 2nd
   Classic and Vintage Commercial   Weekend 8/9th   
   Gaydon Gathering                 Tuesday 11th 
   Banbury Run                      Sunday 16th
   Ford National                    Sunday 23rd
   Morris Minor National Rally      Weekend 29/30th

Information and tickets at
Fireworks Alert: BMM will hold a 10-minute fireworks display at 10pm on Sunday 7 July for a Wedding.

Gaydon Village Store Annual General Meeting

The GVS AGM will be held on Monday 3rd June at 7pm. All villagers are invited to attend and find out more about the running of our excellent convenience store.

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.

Gaydon Book Club

Next meeting is on Tuesday 9 July at 7pm. 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


The Union flag flew on 25 May to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of John and Julie Rickman.
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.

Swan Singers Concert

Swan Singers present Sounds of Summer, a seasonal, summery selection of songs, both old and new, on Saturday 13 July at 7.30pm at Kineton Sports & Social Club. All welcome, drinks from the bar; free entry with a retiring collection.
Further details from:
Gaydon songsters are cordially invited to join the Swan Singers at their weekly sessions in the Methodist Church Hall in Kineton on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. If you are interested, website is self-explanatory and describes what they do. Any queries can be sent to Denise Hart-Dobbie

Information from your Stratford District Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs)

The police encourage all residents to report any policing issues directly to us, as a direct report from a resident is logged onto our database and builds evidence for resources to be applied to issues.
We would like to signpost and encourage the below ways to best contact us:
Points of contact
This is the number to ring if there is an emergency incident happening right now that needs an immediate police presence - if life is at risk, people are injured, offenders are nearby or a crime is in progress.
Reporting online
This is the preferred method to contact police and report any non-emergency issues that do not require an immediate response. This also includes reporting non-emergency collisions and anti-social behaviour. Online reporting is available 24/7 and can be accessed at
Just reporting
If you simply want to provide information without speaking to anyone,
go to
Operation Snap
You can report digital footage showing potential moving traffic offences online at
If you are unable to report an issue online but have concerns that do not need an emergency response, this is the number you can use. Please be aware that you may have to wait if the lines are busy, but make sure you have (or receive) an incident number.
Police Station
Stratford Police Station front counter is now back open seven days a week.
Opening times are:
09.00 to 17.00 – Monday - Friday
09.00 to 16.00 – Saturday
11.30 to 14.00 - Sunday
This information is also available on the Warwickshire Police website and is updated regularly at
0800 555 111
If you want to report something anonymously, you can contact Crimestoppers. They are an independent charity working to help communities and your anonymity is guaranteed. Search for them
online or visit their website at
Contacting your Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT)
If you have information or intelligence and you would rather speak to someone in person, you can speak to any of our SNT while out and about, during one of our station surgeries or public engagements or by emailing your team directly:

Warwickshire Open Studios

Brookside Art Shed is a new venue opening in June to coincide with Warwickshire Open Studios! We will be holding a group exhibition of 12 artists' work including painting, ceramics, print, photography and film-making.
Over the course of the two weeks we will be hosting a range of exciting workshops, demonstrations and collaborations, including Raku and pit-firings, workshops for children and Pop-up surprise events. There is a strong existing ethos at the farm for it to be a centre for well-being.
Our aim is to establish a thriving and well-loved art school catering to the needs of the local community, a welcoming space for mixed generations to create and learn together.
Access to high-quality experiences:
Art classes, pottery workshops, after school clubs, and open-access drop-in sessions.
Our cafe will be open on the weekends during Open Studios, providing a warm welcome, refreshments and delicious homemade cake! We hope you can come and join us. Pippa Prosser
To see more about what's on offer, please take a look at our website

Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society

The Society raises money to support seafarers and their families who are facing hardship and distress. The maritime community is a vulnerable and often forgotten sector of society and during the last year the Charity received over 700 new applications for assistance. It paid out about £1.3 million in over 1700 cases of need.
Please visit the website to see more about the Society and how to support its work. JR

Shipston Home Nursing

Sunday 23 June - Oxhill, from 10am - 2pm, you will find an assortment of garage sales in the village with each stall donating £10 to Shipston Home Nursing.
Sunday 30 June - Tour d'Ilmington Cycle Ride
This fantastic annual cycle ride, organised by Shipston Rotary, is back! We're so grateful to be one of their supported charities. For further details go to
If you are able to marshal at the event, we would love to hear from you at
We hope you'll come along!
For further information on any of the events, please email Allison or Kate at

Nature Notes for May

The Swifts are settling in well after their long journey from Africa.
It still amazes me how they retain the memory of their nesting sites in Gaydon and are sure to be last year's brood and parents. Also good news about the House Martins which have arrived at the Spitfire houses once again, favouring the overhanging eaves as nesting sites. There still remain the nest boxes on their old sites in the village for any overspill. Sadly, no sign of the Swallows as yet.
Last week in Corfu there were multitudes of them splashing in Puddles to get mud for nest-building. The small villages were full of half-completed nests and they are very popular with all because they feed on Mosquitoes and biting flies.
I had spent a great week observing Butterflies with the help of the Corfu Butterfly Society. There are many exciting species there that have sadly disappeared from the UK in the past few years, notably the Wall butterfly and Large Tortoiseshell and three species of Swallowtail. My favourite though is the 'aristocrat' - the two-tailed Pasha or Strawberry tree Emperor, which is only found in Southern Europe. It is a fast flier with lovely markings and settles to feed on a variety of foods like spilt wine and human sweat! The beautiful Southern Admiral is another spectacular species that glides amongst thousand-year-old olive tree groves.
Most visitors stay on the coast but beyond are spectacular mountains and forests. We often had to 'rescue' Wild Hermans Tortoises from the winding tracks. It was a great trip and arranged by our own Gaydon Travel Agent!
One species of Butterfly, the Peacock is often found on the allotments after winter hibernationI. I can recommend the free bird app. called Merlin which is easy to set up and records all bird song over a wide area. I set it up for the dawn chorus in my own Garden and there were quite a few surprises on the list: Black caps, chiff-chaffs, Mistle Thrushes, Green Finches and Eurasian Jay which I have never seen around the village.
The crowing of a few roosters was mistakenly recorded, rather amusingly, as 'red jungle fowl' though! I recorded over 14 species in the garden one morning, even picking up the aerial combat of Raven and Buzzard.
This is a good time to spot early Purple and Bee Orchids. Mowing often destroys these, so the recently-introduced 'No mow May' should benefit them. The leaving of wild areas uncut is having a huge impact on the rise in insect numbers, so please do consider a leaving small patch. Bernard Price