East Farndon Village


VILLAGE NEWS


LEAD THEFT

On Saturday 4th August (or early Sunday?) lead was taken from the roof of the church porch. East Farndon joins a long list of churches targeted in this way.


JOHN HYDE

Sadly, the death has occurred of John Hyde, a long-term resident of the village, former churchwarden and parish councillor. He spent the last few years in Oxendon House, with his wife Brenda. John was a chartered mechanical engineer. His particular expertise was in gas turbines, on which he spent most of his working life. He died on 10th August, just two days short of his 87th birthday.


BUS SERVICE LATEST NEWS

The County Connect service no longer operates, but Daventry District Council have stepped with a £30,000 grant to keep a bus service running till the end of March 2019. It is the 59 service which will pick up in East Farndon each weekday (not Sat or Sun) at 10.57 to go into Harborough and set off back from Harborough bus station at 12.55. So a service has been saved - for the moment.


FETE ACCOMPLISHED

 A very successful village fete on 23rd June raised £1947 and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Well done to all involved in the organisation of the event. Next year's date: 15th June. Make a note of the fete date!


CALENDARS 2019 and 2020

The current 2018 village calendar was a team effort, but the team has now had nearly a year off! Too late now for a seasonal 2019 calendar, but in September this year work needs to start on the 2020 calendar, ready for publication in the autumn of 2019. Any volunteers to take photos should contact Alan Langley. Should there be a theme this time? Previous themes have been gardens, agriculture and footpaths. The 2019 calendar will feature old photos of the village as it once was.


WAR MEMORIAL

The centenary of the end of the First World War will fall in November this year, so there will be a commemoration ceremony at the village War Memorial at 11 a.m. on the 11th of that month. Information about the men whose names appear on the memorial, as having died in service or survived, will appear on this website (go to War Memorial page) in due course. Anyone with information on any of those whose names appear is urged to get in touch. The intention is to have a cascade of poppies from the memorial on that date. Anyone willing to crochet a poppy for this occasion should consult the help given on the village facebook page.


FUNDS RAISED

£228 was raised for the insurance and maintenance of Marriott Green at Alan Langley's history evening on 23rd March.


MARGARET BOWMAN

Marg (as she was generally known) died on 11th March in Kettering Hospital. Before that she had been living in Peaker Park Care Home. But she had lived on the Lubenham Road part of The Lealand for several decades, right back to the 1950s, when she and her husband Fred first moved in. Fred died some years ago but Marg lived on to reach the age of 97. Residents who have lived in the village for some time will know that Marg was a Wintersgill, sister of Kit and Jack. The Wintersgills have been part of village life for a hundred years, but now the last of them has gone with Marg's death. She was a cheerful and friendly person, despite suffering in later years from poor eyesight and impaired mobility.


ESTATE APPROACH ROAD - LATEST

Various proposals have been put forward by Avant Homes for an approach road for construction vehicles to the Farndon Fields estate, in response to The Residents' Group on the estate who understandably didn't want the vehicles passing their houses and this is the developer's response. One proposal to use the Lubenham Road and then make a new road at right angles to it into the estate was been turned down by Northamptonshire County Council. Another proposal was for a new road just inside Farndon parish, alongside the hedge just in front of the existing estate houses. However at the HDC meeting on 6th March, approval was given for construction traffic to go through the existing estate roads, which means that there will NOT be a new road in Farndon parish after all. Fortunate for the village but spare a thought for some of the estate residents who will have heavy vehicles passing by for maybe three or four years.


ANOTHER BIN?

Daventry District Council are going to change our recycling system later this year. Instead of the blue and red boxes we shall have a blue bin. All items for recycling - paper, glass, cans - will go in the blue bin and sorting will be done elsewhere. How long have we had those boxes? Many a year, but not for much longer.


SHEILA BUTTERISS

Sheila, who had spent her last three months in Kettering Hospital, died on 15th February. She was 74 and is survived by her husband Trevor and two daughters. Sheila and her family had lived in the same house in The Lealand for over 50 years. Although she had not attended village events in recent years, she used to be in the W.I. and showed her craft skills to great effect producing costumes for village revues and plays, including 'Grease', in the 1980s. The photo below shows her on the right in a revue sketch in the old village hall.

 



POTHOLES

It’s that pot-hole time of year again - if you see one that needs filling in please contact the Street Doctor on this
link:
http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Transport/roads/StreetDoctor/Pages/Step1.aspx


ERNIE PIGGIN

Ernie, who had lived in Oxendon House for the last few years, has died at the age of 100. For many years after the second world war he worked for Major Cowen at the Hall. He was responsible for the gardens and built a swimming-pool there for the Cowens, using some of the stone from Papillion Hall, the house in Lubenham which was demolished. He was a kind and generous man, always ready with a humorous comment. In the 1920s he and his family lived in the Lodge, an isolated house out in the fields by the bridleway that runs between the Lubenham Road and the Marston Road. They were the last people to live there. The house was abandoned and eventually demolished, so that little trace of it remains. One thing people who knew him will definitely remember is the regular sight of Ernie driving up and down the village in his three-wheeled Reliant Robin.


DENIS TEBBUTT

Denis, who was in his 80s, died in the early hours of December 20th in Kettering Hospital. He had been ill for several weeks. Denis was a real Farndon man -  the Tebbutts have lived in the village for more than a hundred years and Denis was the third generation to make Farndon their home. He will be greatly missed by his three children and all those who valued his constant and dependable presence in The Lealand.


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!



BARRY MARCH


Anyone who has lived in Farndon for a few decades will be saddened to hear of the death of Barry March, at the age of 81. His parents kept the village shop and post office (now the Old Post Office) till 1980. Barry, who never married, moved out of the village then but always remained in touch with his old community and attended many village events. In recent years he has been living at Oxendon House Care Home. The March family have been part of the village fabric over many years; his sister Jean is still in Farndon W.I. and his nephew David lives in the village.;  .




POLICING POLICY

If you go to the Police page, you'll find a message from Northants Police about how they intend to do more with less, better. Find out why STCs are being rebranded as NPTs. We wish them well as they attempt to spread their dwindling resources round the county. Also go to the same page if you want to know how and when to contact the police.


DAISY HAYNES

It' s not easy to accept that Daisy Haynes has died. She has been an integral part of village life for a long time. The Haynes family have been with us since the nineteenth century and it's sad to report the end of another generation. She was Daisy Hurn until she married Bill Haynes. She was 86 and lived to enjoy seeing her great-grandchildren.


TELL 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, Sharon Dunkley, Sheila Fox, Jim Grant, Sue Grant, Marlene Hook, Stephanie Hook, Jan Cooper, Bob Osborn and Jean Westwood. 

    
UNHOLY MESS IN CHURCHYARD 

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.


PLEASE VOLUNTEER!

The cleaning of the hall is done by volunteers, to keep costs down. Anyone prepared to help should contact any Village Hall Trustee. The more volunteers, the less often their services are required!     

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 when he was in better health.

 

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

Please note that the minutes of meetings are now on a separate page.
 
Council Members. Who are they? Richard Green, Jan Cooper, Carla Crifo, Paul Hodgetts, Russell Burton, Richard West (chair). The clerk is Rosie Warne. There is a vacancy now as Ivor has stood down after his second stint in the chair.

Precept 2018/19 - this was discussed at the January meeting; the Precept is the budget the Council agrees is needed for the next nancial year. An amount has been included to make improvements to the area around the spring.

Planning - permission has been granted to build two affordable homes on the site of the garages just off the Harborough Road.

War Memorial - a working party will be getting together in 2018 to make sure the memorial is a good state to mark
the centenary of the end of World War 1.

Street Lighting. Efforts continue to be made to get the light at Horseshoe Cottage working; fingers crossed this will happen soon.

Heavy Vehicles on Lubenham Road. Damage is being caused by these vehicles and there are safety issues as well. The County Council seems unmoved by the problem, so our County Councillor will see what she can achieve.

Neighbourhood Watch - the main issue at the moment is theft from unsecured premises such as sheds and garages; you can sign up for alerts if you contact Bob Osborn.

Superfast Broadband - for those wanting superfast speeds Gigaclear will be laying cables in the village during 2018.

Defibrillator. Steps are to be taken to acquire a defibrillator for the village, probably to be sited at the Village Hall.

 

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
This website is largely dependent on the Parish Magazine for information - so please supply anything of interest!







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