East Farndon Village



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

KEN WARD 1925-2019

News has been received of the death of Ken Ward in Australia at the age of 93. The Ward family lived at Farrer Farm and that is where Ken grew up, with his brothers Norman and Eric and sister Kathleen. Ken moved to Hillview on Back Lane with his wife Joan. They had four children - Barry, Robert, Leslie and Jayne. Next they built a new house - Springfield, on Main Street.They left there in 1970 for a new life in South Australia. Many of the village's longer-term residents will remember Ken and his family.


Northamptonshire County Council is closing down Street Doctor and moving everything over to a new system called Fix My Street.  Street Doctor will be unavailable from around 5:00pm on Monday 25th March and the new system will go live on Tuesday 26th.  Current reports will be moved over so they shouldn’t have to be resubmitted and the old report reference numbers should still work.  Fix My Street is simpler to use and mobile responsive and it allows photos to be attached to reports.  The new system will be available here.


Daventry District Council is reviewing the places used for voting in elections. You are invited to comment on their suitability. Click here for information.


Thanks to all who attended or helped in any way. Approximately £130 each was donated to Rainbows Children's Hospice and the Children's Society as a result.


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.


For details of an extra collection at Christmas, click here


After several months of a combination of cancer and dementia, Win Shellard has died at the age of 90. She left London as an evacuee during the Second World War and found herself in East Farndon. By the early 1950s she was still here and married Ray Shellard. They moved into what were then new houses in The Lealand and she lived there for the rest of her life, staying there after Ray's death. She was a cheerful and friendly person and did much over the years to keep village life alive. The picture below from the 1970s shows her on the extreme left, washing up after an event in the old village hall.


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.


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.


 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!


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


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.


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, 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.



It’s that pot-hole time of year again - if you see one that needs filling in please contact the Street Doctor on this


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, 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.


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!


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.;  .


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.


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."


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. 


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.


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!   


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 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.



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


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