First World War Vigil Sun 3rd 6pm Burton Dassett Church Barbecue & Boules Sat 23rd 6pm The Old House Pilates Tuesdays 6.30pm Village Hall Library Thurs 4th Telephone Box GAYDON CALENDAR HARVEST FESTIVAL & LUNCH SUN 7th SEPT CHURCH & HALL HARVEST FESTIVAL SUN 5th OCT CHADSHUNT REMEMBRANCE DAY SUN 9th NOV ST GILES' CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAIR SAT 29th NOV VILLAGE HALL CHRISTMAS LUNCH SUN 7th DEC VILLAGE HALL BURNS' NIGHT SAT 24 JAN VILLAGE HALL VILLAGE BARBECUE SAT 7 JUN VENUE TBA
Parish Council News
Draft Core Strategy
We objected to the draft submission document based on the fact that the information was not up-to-date. The Office of National Statistics released projected population figures on 29th May 2014 and the plan was not updated to show these revised figures. The revised numbers for Stratford District show a significant reduction (around 29%) in the numbers used by the District Council in determining the housing figures. We have requested that the plan be updated and that the GLH housing development be removed as it is no longer required. We also supported FORSE with regard to sustainability, transport and ecology. Our response will be put on the Gaydon website shortly.
M40 Motorway Junction
We have commented to the Secretary of State for Transport on the fact that there is no provision for cyclists or horse riders. The specification clearly states that this junction should be for all road users and it is clearly not. We have requested a cycleway across the motorway as well as a footway. A copy of our letter will be put on the Gaydon website shortly.
New Dual Carriageway
The County has requested that the excess subsoil be spread across the land next to this road. The Parish Council have objected and said that they would like it made into a bund to protect the village from noise and light pollution. Our original letter of November 2013 stated that we would like a bund. Let us hope that we are listened to this time.
Flood Prevention Measures
Confirmation has been received from Highways that the ditch along the Warwick Road from the Heritage Centre to the properties requires clearing. County Highways have accepted that it is their responsibility but we have not yet been given a date as to when it will be done.
County Highways have agreed to look at the ditch along the Banbury Road to see whether that requires clearing.
We are still waiting for JLR to let us know whether they have a team willing to tackle the vegetation in the cemetery.
Could all residents please keep their plants, hedges and shrubs cut back from the footways and roads especially at junctions.
To try and stop people from parking on the village green we have installed posts. These posts will be reduced in height soon.
Next Meeting will be Thursday 4 September at 8pm.
Sunday 3rd 9.00 Holy Communion BCP Burton Dassett 10.30 Morning Prayer Fenny Compton 10.30 Holy Communion Gaydon 6.00pm WWI Vigil Service Burton Dassett Sunday 10th 9.00 Holy Communion BCP Farnborough 9.00 Holy Communion Gaydon 10.30 Holy Communion Fenny Compton 10.30 Communion by extension at Northend 6.00pm Evening Prayer Burton Dassett Sunday 17th 9.00 Holy Communion Farnborough 9.00 Holy Communion BCP Gaydon 10.30 Morning Worship Fenny Compton 10.30 Holy Communion Northend Sunday 24th 9.00 Holy Communion BCP Fenny Compton 10.30 Family Service Farnborough 10.30 Morning Prayer Northend 10.30 Prayer and Praise Gaydon Sunday 31st 10.30 Communion Burton Dassett
July continues to be very hot with blue skies and the odd thunder storm. Humidity is very high encouraging a rush of plant growth. Most plants are quite advanced and insects seem to have emerged several weeks early. In my garden the Buddleia bushes are heavy with butterflies like Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells. These species hibernate in autumn so are rather early on the wing, possibly a second brood can be fitted in.
You will also with luck see less common species like the Painted Lady and Red Admiral who are part of a large African migration spreading up from Europe. The Comma with its jagged wings and the bright yellow Brimstone (males) our longest-living species, along with the greenish cream females. There has been a large emergence in the past day or two. The larvae feed on Alder buckthorn and the adults are partial to Purple flowers. In Itchington Holt you may see woodland species like the fast flying Silver-washed Fritillary and graceful gliding White Admiral, both attracted to Bramble flowers.
One cannot fail to mention the the flock of Jackdaws which has arrived in the village. This is a clever, aggressive and noisy species are not welcome at bird tables as they drive away other more timid birds. The discordant cackling is not to everyone's taste either. My grandfather had one as a pet and there were often tame ones kept a few years ago owing to their agility, intelligence and ability to learn tricks (ours was taught to whistle!).
Some of your garden plants may also receive the attentions of hordes of Jewel Beetles: these bright green iridescent beetles may settle on glaucous or hairy leaved plants although they are benign; unlike the bright red Lily Beetles, a related species which is a garden pest. Black Storm beetles like yellow flowers and sometimes washing and are reputed to predict storms - so expect maybe these too. Bernard Price
Please continue to help yourselves to hay from the churchyard. It makes excellent bedding for small pets and fodder for bigger ones. Just bring a large bag and fill it up. Please tidy up after yourself.
Thursday 21st August from 9.45am to 12.15pm. Please come and join us in Bitham Road. All donations in aid of the Air Ambulance. Martin Phillips
The Library will visit Gaydon on Thursday 4 August from 1.30-2pm at the Telephone Box.
There will be no meeting in August owing to the holidays.
GVS are very pleased to announce that from Wednesday 16th July they will be stocking Cat Brewing Co Beers. Continuing the theme of stocking local produce, Cats Brewing Co are based in Shennington. The two beers, Tabby and Mog are "bottle conditioned" beers, i.e., they are never filtered or pasteurised.
This means that instead of 'artificially' carbonating the beer, the yeast is allowed to 'naturally' carbonate the beer. This active yeast continues to develop and age the beer over time and will mature, much like a fine wine. It's the closest thing you'll get to a pint in the pub! Go on: give a Cat a home!
Saturday 23rd August at 6pm AT THE OLD HOUSE, CHURCH ROAD, GAYDON Inter-village Boules Competition Tickets £10 per person in aid of FORSE Telephone 640444
Now that we have lost the spreading Horse Chestnut Tree from the Village Green, the Parish Council is asking for ideas of something to replace it. It does not have to be another tree: it could be a commemorative plaque or another bench seat, for example. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Parish Clerk.
About forty villagers assembled at the Hall on Sunday 20 July to enjoy the sunshine, each other's company and a jolly bouncy castle. Delicious food was provided and shared by the guests and there was a thrilling raffle, held in aid of the church.
Thanks are due to the Faulconbridge family who kindly provided the bouncy castle, to Sue Wilkshire for donating a lovely food hamper to the raffle; and, not least, to everyone who came to support this
village event which also celebrates the start of the school holidays.
Friday 19th September
The well-known Shipston Choir, Cantamus, was founded in 1997 and specialises in unaccompanied music of a wide variety, from traditional English madrigals to more modern-day songs from composers such as Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart. Included in their programme are readings by very talented local actors from sources as diverse as Thomas Hardy and Joyce Grenfell.
Tickets will be £10 to include a glass of wine and canapés during the interval. We will be sending out invitations nearer the time, but hope that you can keep this date free in your diaries. I have been to a couple of their concerts, and can promise you that this will be a very enjoyable evening! PAC
Tap and Modern Dance Lessons with Tracey at Lighthorne Heath Village Hall on Monday Evenings starting in September.
Tap for Tots, Primary and Grade I; Modern Grades 1 and 2. Lessons cost £37.50 for a 10-week block. First class is always FREE! Also available on Sundays for Parties. Phone 07766 517961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 16th August at 1.00pm
A warm welcome awaits you at our traditional village show which takes place at the Recreation Ground off Main Street. For Sat-nav users the post code is CV35 0SR.
Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display team The SWWWC Gun Dog Display Team Children's Face Painting Circus Skills - fancy a go? Children's Races - always a winner (under 5's; 5-7's & 8-11's) Bouncy Castle & Inflatable Slide Petticoat Lane - local trade stalls Vintage Machinery & Classic Car displays Side-shows - including old favourites like skittles & coconut shy Aunt Sally - never played? - give it a go! Traditional Morris dancing Teas, Barbecue & Bar Dog Show Car Boot Sale....and many more! Then of course there's THE MARQUEE where you will find entries from astonishingly talented people, all hoping to win a prize in their class. Admission: Adults £3.00; Children and Concessions £1.00; Under 5's Free and Free Parking! Car Boots: £10 per pitch; arrive between 10am and 1pm. For further info and schedules contact: Samantha Littlewood on 01295 688 137.
We would like to welcome Daniele and Toby Faulconbridge and their three children. They have recently joined forces with Jane, Toby's mother, whose house is in Kineton Road. Toby lived there as a boy and is returning to his old home and village. We hope that they will all be very happy here.
How much do you know about Gaydon?
1 In which year was the Church built?
2 The Village Hall was given to the village in 1938. When was it built?
3 How many faces has the village War Memorial?
4 How many walls has the Parish Office? 6,7 or 8?
5 What sort of energy heats the black radiators in the Village Hall?
6 Who is the Patron Saint of the Parish Church?
7 How many people live in Gaydon? 280, 300, 340, 380, or 400?
8 Who is the Vicar of Gaydon?
9 Who is the Parish Clerk?
10 Where did the Village Shop once stand?
Answers on a postcard, by 1st September, to the Old Bakehouse. Please state your name, age and phone number. Age limit 11 years. Prize for best completed quiz. In case of a tie, winner will be drawn from a hat!
Friends of a Rural and Sustainable Environment
I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who filled in the consent forms that were delivered to you. We had a fabulous response of over 650 forms returned from the four parishes and the surrounding area. These forms were submitted to Stratford District Council on the 17th of July along with the FORSE submission which was drawn up by Ian Dove QC, one of the country's top planning barristers; and technical reports that we have had commissioned from various consultants, specialists in their fields.
The submission and the reports are available to view on our website.
What happens next? The submissions will now go to the Government's Planning inspector for review; where our QC will have the opportunity to present our case in person. We will keep you appraised of developments as they happen.
Of course, all this professional advice doesn't come for free: this is where we are going to need your help.
We need to raise in the region of £13,000 to see the fight through to the end. There will be various fundraising events happening in the weeks to come but we would be appreciative of any donations you can make to the cause. These can be made through Paypal via our web site: www.forse.org.uk, you can drop off cheques made payable to FORSE at Briar Cottage, Church Rd, Gaydon or post to: FORSE fundraising team, The Gallery, Church Hill Court, Church Lane, Lighthorne CV35 0AR.
The Harvest Festival at St Giles' Church will be held on Sunday 7 September. It will start at 10.30am with a service of thanksgiving for the harvest.
There will also be the baptism of Sebastian Russell.
Following the service we shall go to the village hall for Harvest Lunch. If you would like to come, just let us know by contacting Julie Rickman on 640349 at the Old Bakehouse or Alastair Hotchkiss on 642248.
A vigil will be held at the Church of All Saints, Burton Dassett, to remember the Centenary of the start of the First World War. The service will be on Sunday 3 August, starting at 6pm. The Vicar, the Reverend Mike Cadwallader, will be conducting the service.