East Farndon Village


VILLAGE NEWS


SPRINGING BACK TO LIFE

Work has begun on restoring the spring (on main Street next to Spring Cottage). It was the source of water for people living in the lower part of the village up till 1950.


REGULAR FISH

The fish merchant from the market will be selling his fish in the Village Hall car park every Tuesday from 10.00 to 10.30 a.m. (Please note that he will be unable to be there on 11th August - just a one-off). 


VILLAGE HALL CLOSURE

The Village Hall will be closed until further notice, as no gatherings are possible.


HELP IN THESE CORONAVIRUS TIMES

Everyone should have had a notice through the door to say that help is available for anyone who needs it (with shopping, etc.), with numbers to ring. Thanks to all those offering to lend a helping hand.


CHURCH ROOF REPAIRS

The church roof repairs are now complete and paid for. Several grants were obtained, there were donations from individuals and a very generous bequest. Much relief and pleasure to know the work is finally done.


HELP! CHURCH CLEANERS REQUIRED

Volunteers are needed to fill some gaps in the rota for cleaning the church and doing the flowers. Contact Judy Weeks if you can help for these weeks: May 10, 17 and 24; November 15, 22 and 29.


ROGER FOX

Anyone who knew Roger Fox will be sad to learn of his death on 31st January. He was 92. His profession was as a vet and he was a partner in a practice in Market Harborough. After retirement he and his wife Sheila moved to East Farndon in the early 1980s and have lived here ever since.  Roger took a keen interest in village affairs and spent several years on the Parish Council, where his contributions were always carefully considered. He was also for many years a member of the Burial Board, which looks after the Parish Burial Ground. He was a well-known and well-loved character in village life, courteous and interesting to talk to, and ready to deploy his dry humour in conversation. The village will be poorer for his absence. A memory below: Roger in conversation at the 2016 village fete.




BUS SERVICE (OR NOT)

The current bus service for East Farndon ends on 26th October 2019 due to a change of provider (Centrebus to Uno), and the fact that Uno’s vehicles are not suitable for the route/junctions (particularly the Back Lane- Marston Road junction) . Whilst this is disappointing, Northamptonshire Highways Dept have pointed out that the service has only been used in East Farndon 4 times in 6 months.


COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

More volunteers are required for Community Speedwatch, scheduled for later this year. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk. parishclerk.eastfarndon@gmail.com


FARNDON PEOPLE IN WORLD WAR 2

Sadly, the commemoration of VE-day on the 75th anniversary has had to be cancelled becuase of the Coronavirus outbreak. Do you know the names of those men and women who lived in the village and served in the war? There were 4 who died and it appears there were 36 others who were given a grant by the 'Welcome Home Committee' with money raised by donations and events in the village. The aim is to discover the names of as many of those 36 as possible. Contact Judy Hodgetts, Jessica Oakden or Alan Langley if you can help. Click here to find out about the men who died while serving during World War 2. And click here to find what has been discovered so far about the other 36 people who served. 

BRENDA HYDE

Brenda Hyde has died at the age of 87. This is a sad moment for the village, particularly after the death of her husband John last year, because they had been stalwarts of village life since the 1960s. Although they had lived at Oxendon House care home the last few years, School House at the top of the village was their home during their time here. Brenda regularly ran a stall at the village fete. Many people now in their 40s and 50s will remember going to School House to Brenda's Play School when they were young. The village will miss her cheerful and friendly personality. The photo below shows her (on the left) at the 1994 fete. Brenda's funeral will be held in East Farndon parish church at 2 p.m. on Friday May 3rd. Please dress brightly if you attend, as she wanted. No flowers, but donations to MIND would be appreciated. Donations may be sent directly in Brenda's memory by using this link https://www.memorygiving.com/brendahyde




FIX MY STREET - AS YOU WERE - IT'S STREET DOCTOR AGAIN

Northamptonshire County Council, having said it was closing down Street Doctor and moving everything over to a new system called Fix My Street, has now in its own curious and inscrutable way, told us to go back to StreetDoctor. Got that?  Post your complaints (unless they change their minds again) on Street Doctor at https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/roads-and-streets/Pages/report-highway-problem.aspx


PARKING ON PAVEMENTS

The Parish Council have contacted the police to resolve the issue of parking on pavements which obstructs pedestrians in particular for buggies and mobile scooters.  The police advise that Main Street has no parking restrictions so vehicles can park on the road, but in any event a space a metre wide on the pavement should be left so people can get past safely. We don’t want to be in a position where police start issuing tickets in the village so please can everyone park considerately.


WAR MEMORIAL

Information on those who fought and died as well as those who fought and survived can now be found on the War Memorial page.


TRAFFIC CALMING (PLEASE!)


The Parish Council have been investigating ways of reducing traffic speeds in conjunction with NCC, particularly along Main Street which is prone to fast speeds and selfish driving, causing nuisance at least and real danger at worst.  So watch this space … and watch your speed!


TELL THE POLICE!

A message from the police: "Over recent weeks, the increase of theft from outbuildings, garden machinery, suspicious circumstances around vehicles and persons has increased around this area.  On a positive note, it is great that people are reporting these incidents to us. .  On a not so positive note, it saddened me to hear that incidents are happening and not getting reported to us, because in the people's words, “Nothing gets done”, or that people have been on hold for 20 minutes calling 101.Rather than not report an incident at all, obviously calling 101 is the main way of contacting us, but are you aware that you can report crimes via the force website?

Without being told about incidents, we, the police can't assess the incident, link it to other crimes and then conduct patrols accordingly.  The biggest message from your local police today is, please please please, follow your gut feeling.  If it doesn’t feel right, it most probably isn’t so report it."


YOUR VILLAGE HALL

The trustees of the Village Hall are Lynn Deacon (chair), David Deacon, Sheila Fox, Jim Grant, Sue Grant, Stephanie Hook, Jan Cooper, Bob Osborn and Judy Hodgetts. 

    
UNHOLY MESS IN CHURCHYARD (AND ELSEWHERE)

Whoever it is who lets their dog(s) foul the churchyard, please stop it and clear up the mess! People visiting their family graves should not have to tiptoe through unsavoury piles. Fouling anywhere in the village is unacceptable and illegal. Details of how to report this nuisance are on the Daventry District Council website.

VILLAGE CHARITY

Everyone should realise that the village's United Charities are there for the benefit of village residents. Don't be put off by the word 'charity'! Grants are available for school leavers for help in the purchase of books, equipment and computers for work or further study. Also for those still at school, especially those going on from Primary to Secondary school, grants can be given for educational trips, uniforms and purchase of computers. Those going on from Clipston school can usually be contacted, but if your child is moving from another primary school, he/she might be overlooked, so do get in touch. Contact the clerk to the trustees, Pam Haynes. 


THE LAND NEXT TO THE CHURCH

The land is administered as a charity with three trustees - the Rector and the two churchwardens.

Finally this piece of land has a name - 'Marriott Green' - in honour of the late Charles Marriott who did so much towards the purchase, restoration and maintenance of the land. 


PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Please note that the minutes of meetings are now on a separate page. Go there for the latest information.

 

PARISH MAGAZINE CONTACT  
If you have items of news or information for inclusion in the Parish Magazine (or Village Newsletter, call it what you will), then Mandy Dargie is the person to contact at a_dargie@sky.com
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