Toddler Group Thurs 7th 10am Village Hall Coffee Morning Sat 9th 11am Village Hall Village Hall Committee Mon 11th 7.30pm Village Hall Church Barbecue Sat 16th 6pm Village Hall Friendship Club Tues 19th 2.30pm Gaydon Hill Farm Pilates Tuesdays 6.30pm Village Hall Mobile Library Thurs 21st
3rd 8.00 Holy Communion Burton Dassett 10.00 Family Communion Fenny Compton 11.15 Morning Service Gaydon 11.30 Holy Communion Farnborough 10th 8.00 Holy Communion BCP Farnborough 10.00 Family Communion Fenny Compton 10.30 Lay-led Service Northend 10.30 Morning Prayer Gaydon 6.00pm Evening Service Burton Dassett 17th 8.00 Holy Communion BCP Gaydon 10.30 Morning Prayer Fenny Compton 10.30 Family Communion Northend 6.00pm Evensong Farnborough 24th 8.00 Holy Communion BCP Fenny Compton 10.30 Family Communion Farnborough 10.30 Family Service Gaydon 10.30 Morning Prayer Northend 31st 11.00 Group Communion Burton Dassett New Pattern of Services in Gaydon Please note the change to new service times beginning on 10 July. This has been devised to maximise the time Mike has available to spend with congregations following the services he leads across the Dassett Magna group each week; and it will also make the pattern of services easier to remember! From August onwards the pattern of services at St Giles' Church will be as follows: 1st Sunday 10.30am Family Communion 2nd Sunday 10.30am Morning Prayer 3rd Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion BCP 4th Sunday 10.30am Family Service 5th Sunday 10.30am Group service at all Churches in rotation Group PCC Fenny Compton school at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 July.
from Sarawak in North Borneo
The local paper has a headline 'Crocodile Cull to be Decided'- and there are certainly plenty of them on the river banks here, making life difficult for the local fishermen! Some are over 4 metres long and have a disconcerting habit of swimming beside your boat after sliding in spectacular fashion from the muddy bank of the mangrove swamp!
The two most spectacular birds to be seen here are the great hornbill and argus pheasant, large with wonderful plumage. We saw some Irrawaddy estuarine dolphins today, too, quite a rare animal.
The local Dayak tribes tend to have modern stuff in their villages but love their traditions. Skulls from headhunting days nestle with TVs and stereo equipment. Only one tribe, the Pehangs, still live by hunting; by now most have become rice and pepper growers. The country is rich in oil and spices and even birds' nests, which are now produced in old dark buiildings, although still expensive.
Kuching, once the capital of Rajah Brookes area in the old days of empire, has many fine colonial buildings and the irridescent birdwing butterflies are named after him 'Brookiana'. At least 12 types of ginger grow in the jungle along with the famous ironwood trees and palms. We witnessed a dozen silver leaf monkeys mobbing a large python. Other snakes seen were Wagger's viper which is bright green and deadly; and whip snakes.
Most famous are of course the orang-utans and proboscis monkeys which are breathtaking sights swinging in the high trees. The proboscis have a technique of jumping into mid-air whereas the orang-utans tend to swing slowly from the creepers and flexible branches. Both have few enemies other than man and the odd leopard. I saw one of these in Burma and they are very difficult to find being reclusive and shy. They even have a few Sumatran rhinos here but many days' trecking to see even a trace.
Lastly, a huge beetle which actually keeps its wings open has settled near us: it pollinates orchids which are very diverse in colour and type and grow everywhere.
(to be continued... ) Bernard Price
Exciting new exhibitions for the summer!
Stanley Spencer and the English Garden: his paintings of landscapes and gardens - 'private heavens'.
'Capability' Brown and the Landscapes of Middle England: showing the designs of parks like Croome, Charlecote and Compton Verney.
The mobile library will be in Gaydon on Thursday 21st July.
The July meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th at 2.30pm at the home of Mrs Janet Ewer, Number 2 Cottage, Gaydon Hill Farm.
Village Hall on Saturday 9 July at 11am. Donations of home-made, home-baked and home-grown produce
will be gratefully received for church funds. All are welcome for coffee, tea and good company!
16 July 6pm
A barbecue is being held at the village hall to welcome our new vicar, Mike Cadwallader, to Gaydon.
You are all warmly invited to come along and say 'Hello'.
Food, soft drinks and tea or coffee will be provided; you are welcome to bring your own wine if you wish to do so.
Please let us know if you intend to come so that we make sure there is sufficient food. Contact: Jo Hotchkiss 01926 642248
Gaydon Inn at 11am on Sunday 10 July and Sunday 24 July.
Gaydon Mini Festival 3 July
It's a wonderful family event for all Mini lovers and if you own a Mini then why not take part in our annual Mini run from the Cowley factory to the Heritage Motor Centre? Please see the website www.minifestival.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
Sci-fi Weekend 9 and 10 July
Come and meet some of your favourite Sci-Fi and Superhero characters in a fun-filled family Sci-fi weekend.
Leyland Society Rally 17 July
For more information please visit www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or call John Bishop on 01926 645032.
Outdoor rides open this Summer
The Miniature Roadway electric ride on cars will be open daily during the Summer holiday period from 11am until 4pm. They are suitable for 3-8 year olds but as they are outside they are weather-dependent.
Land Rover Experience
A 20 minute taster session to experience the thrills and spills of off-road driving. These now run daily throughout the year with qualified instructors driving you around a challenging off-road course over rocky inclines, steep descents and some pretty impressive water sections. Not suitable for children under 5 years.
Stop Start Under 17 Driving Sessions.
Great for bored teenagers, learner driving experiences for 15+ yrs in our dual-controlled vehicles.
Summer Holiday Sci-Fi Fun
23 July - 5 September
A summer of Sci-Fi! Tying in with our Sci-Fi at the movies exhibition, we will have daily quizzes for families to enjoy with special craft activity days every Thursday throughout the summer holidays. These drop-in family craft activity days run from 11am till 3pm and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Old Ford Rally 24 July
This year the show will be celebrating 100 years of Ford in the UK. It's a real enthusiast's show for all things Ford plus the Transit Van Club's annual rally.
and 50th Birthday Celebrations on Sunday 14 August 11am-4pm. All are welcome for coffee, tea and cake.
Please feel free to bring along something delicious to help with our birthday celebrations....!!
Congratulations to Craig and Sara of St Marks Close who were married at the Church of St Giles on Saturday 4th June. We wish them every happiness!
The Flag on the Village Green was fluttering away busily in June to celebrate: the Wedding of Sara and Craig on the 4th; the 90th Birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the 10th; and the Official Birthday of HM The Queen on the 11th. We are all grateful to Andy Thomas for raising the flag for us!
Mary Allen 1911-2011
It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Mrs Mary Allen on Saturday 18 June.
Mary would have been 100 years old in July but sadly she missed her birthday by a month and a day.
Mary had lived in Gaydon since 1966 when she moved to St Marks Close from the then RAF Gaydon with her husband Maurice, son Leslie and daughters Kathy and Lynda.
Maurice died some years ago but in her later years Mary had Les and, later, Kathy home from South Africa where they lived. Lynda, her youngest daughter, came over from the United States to be with her at the end.
We send our deepest sympathy to all the family.
The following residents were elected as parish councillors on 16 June: Mary Fox, Helena McGrath, Bernard Price and John Rickman. Jonathan Crowe was elected on 5th May.
Could you please ensure that all overhanging branches and hedges are cut back from pavements and roads.
The date of the next meeting of the new Parish Council will be advertised on the notice board at the village hall.
The Toddler Group meet in Gaydon Village Hall on alternate Thursdays from 10-11.30am in term time. The next meeting will be 7 July. If you would like more information please ring Kelly on 07739 354043.
Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible at the Bodleian Library Exhibition Room,
Old Schools Quad, Catte Street, Oxford. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat 9am-4.30pm; Sun 11am-5pm until 4 September.
Saturday 9th July
Live Music - Stone Cold Mary a blues band which is playing for The Gaydon Inn for the first time! Let's show them we support live bands! Join us from 8.30pm.
Sunday 10th, 24th July and 7th August
Car boot sale every other weekend running up to 4 September! Cars £5, Small Vans £10, Traders £15.
Car Boot Starts at 10.00 am for sellers & 11.00 am for buyers.
Saturday 30th July
Live Music - Ali Webb a very talented young musician playing covers from 8.30pm onwards. Don't miss out!
Saturday 6th August
Live Music - Inside Out are playing from 8.30pm - this is a big band so show them a big welcome!
Take away Pizza is available any day, prices start from £5.95!
Hi! It's nearly that time of year again, so I will be doing another sponsored cycle for the Shakespeare Hospice on August 7th. If you can spare some cash for a very worthy cause it would be very much appreciated. Just go to my giving page on http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RichardMorisot. Alternatively, there are sponsor forms at the pub and the village shop. Thanks again for your support, Richard.
The next meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held on Monday 11 July at 7.30pm.
July is a great time in the garden, as so many things planted hopefully in the short, cold spring days start to come to fruition, and the feeding, mulching and pruning you made yourself do makes it all worthwhile.
I'm particularly excited about the apricots espaliered against a south-facing wall. Tomcot was planted three years ago and cut and shaped mercilessly in the first year; but only a few fruit, enjoyed far too early last year - did I think they wouldn't ripen if I left them to it?
This year will be the year of the apricot! Watering every few days the forty or so fruit should be blush-red by the time you read this and we will be enjoying them, warmed by the sun, straight off the tree. I'll be following the advice of the master, Geoff Hamilton, and pruning it back and tying it in by the end of August ready for another fantastic crop (I hope) next year. Sarah Nield
Elderflower cheesecake with Gooseberry purée
Ingredients 225g ginger nut biscuits 150g butter (melted) 50g caster sugar 75 ml elder flower cordial 700g cream cheese such as Philadelphia rind of 1 lemon 350g gooseberries 50g caster sugar 2tbsps elderflower cordial
Crush the biscuits in a food processor. Transfer to a basin, add the melted butter and mix.
Press the mixture firmly into a greased, 20cm loose-based cake tin. Chill.
Beat the cream cheese, cordial, lemon rind and sugar until smooth and well-mixed. Pour into the biscuit-lined tin, cover with clingfilm and chill thoroughly.
To make the purée, place the gooseberries and sugar in a saucepan over a very gentle heat. Cover and allow to come to a simmer so that the gooseberries release their juices. Cook for 5 mins until soft.
Whizz in a food processor to purée, then chill and add the elderflower cordial when cold.