Northamptonshire Carers – New virtual online meetings via zoom

Northamptonshire Carers were running Carer support groups in Towcester and Brackley. As things have changed they have now moved to hosting online group meetings via the popular platform Zoom in order to support and help carers during these challenging times.

The Drop in Zooms will entail having a cuppa and a chat, having some fun doing a quiz and also learning some useful relaxation techniques.

Carers Enquiry Line: 01933 677837 | Carers Support Line: 01933 677907

Northamptonshire Carers. Registered Charity No 1061417. For further information on Northamptonshire Carers or to donate, please visit our website:

Hayley Brown – Group Worker at Northamptonshire Carers

Heyford Role of Honour – WW2 – Charles Leslie Foster

Charles Leslie Foster – Killed in Action 23.05.1944

Flight Sergeant [Air Gunner] 624078.

100 Squadron, Royal Air Force.

Killed in action 23.05.1944, aged 24.

Buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium, Plot 4A Row E Grave 8.

Son of Charlie and Emma Jane Foster of Lower Heyford.

Northampton Mercury & Herald 13.04.1945 [Photograph].

“Presumed Killed. News that their youngest son, Flight Sergt. Leslie Foster, R.A.F. reported missing in May of last year, is now presumed to have been killed, has been received by Mr. and Mrs. C. Foster, Stonebank, Lower Heyford. Sergt. Foster, who was 24, joined the R.A.F. in October, 1938, and had been in many flights over Germany when he was reported missing. He had seen service in North Africa. He was a former pupil of Lower Heyford School and was employed by the Miller Last Co. Ltd., before joining the R.A.F. He was also a former member of Bugbrooke Boys‘ Brigade.”

Heyford & Stowe Roll of Honour – Celia & Brian Caucutt – 1993

Remembered by: Caroline Elliott: “He was my Dad’s cousin, Charlie Foster of Hillside Road, Nether Heyford”

Updated Jez Wilson 2020

Heyford Role of Honour – WW2 – John Bennett Whiting

John Bennett Whiting – Killed in Action 01.09.1942

Lieutenant 189068.

The Nottinghamshire Yeomanly, Royal Armoured Corps.

Killed in action 01.09.1942, aged 25.

No known grave, Commemorated on The Alamein Memorial, Egypt, Column 29.

Son of John Bennett and Charlotte Sophia Whiting of Heyford Grange.

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 16.09.1942, and Northampton Mercury & Herald 18.09.1942 [Photograph].

“Death of Northants Officer. News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. J. Bennett Whiting, of Heyford Grange, Weedon, of the death on Sept 1, while on active service, of their elder son Lieut. John [Jack] Bennett Whiting. Lieut. Whiting who was 25, was an old boy of Eaglehurst College, Northampton, and of Amersham Grammar School. He joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry in the spring of 1939, later going abroad. On receiving his commission in 1940, he was transferred to the Nottinghamshire
Yeomanry. A keen sportsman and a fine rider, Lieut. Whiting hunted regularly with the Grafton and Pytchley Hounds, and was frequently a competitor at local point-to-points. When he left school he was apprenticed at the racing stables of Mr. C. Beechener, and later joined the stables of Mr. J Hall, of
Penny Compton, Warwickshire, and Marlborough, Wiltshire. He then went into business at Heyford with his brother-in-law, Mr Leslie Wienholt, and together they ran a hunting stable. His father formerly farmed at Willen House, Willen, Newport Pagnell, where Lieut. Whiting was born. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett Whiting, in addition to another son, have four daughters.”

Northampton Independent 25.09.1942.

“Killed, Lieutenant J. B. Whiting. News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. J. Bennett Whiting, of Heyford Grange, Weedon, of the death on September 1st, while on active service, of their elder son, Lieutenant John [Jack] Bennett Whiting. Lieutenant Whiting, who was 25, was an old boy of Eaglehurst College, Northampton, and of Amersham Grammar School. A keen sportsman and a fine
rider, Lieutenant Whiting hunted regularly with the Grafton and Pytchley Hounds, and was frequently a competitor at local point-to-points.”

Heyford & Stowe Roll of Honour – Celia & Brian Caucutt – 1993

Updated Jez Wilson 2020

Heyford Role of Honour – WW2 – Frederick Watson

Frederick Watson – Killed in Action 10.10.1944

Sapper 2157010.

270th Field Company, Royal Engineers.

Killed in action 10.10.1944, aged 22.

Buried in Assisi War Cemetery, Italy, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 4.

Son of William and Annie Watson of Lower Heyford, husband of Winifred May Watson of 26, Little Brington.

Northampton Mercury & Herald 27.10.44 [Photograph].

“Sapper Frederick Watson, R.E., of Lower Heyford, has been killed in action while serving with the Central Mediterranean Forces. His wife lives at 26, Little Brington. Sapper Watson, who was 22, joined the forces in February 1942. He went abroad in August 1943. The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Watson of Lower Heyford, he married Miss Winifred Cannon in April 1943. After attending Lower Heyford School, he was employed by Messrs. Bosworth and Wakeford, builders, of Daventry.

Heyford & Stowe Roll of Honour – Celia & Brian Caucutt – 1993

Updated Jez Wilson 2020

Heyford Role of Honour – WW2 – Frederick Heeler

Frederick Heeler – Killed in Action 24.07.1944

Lance Corporal 5343373.

2nd Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Killed in action 24.07.1944, aged 28.

Buried in Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, near Caen, France,
Plot 9, Row A, Grave 17.

Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Heeler, husband of Eva Bertha Heeler of Lower Heyford

Northampton Chronicle & Echo 09.08.1944 [Photograph], and Northampton Mercury & Herald 11.08.1944 [Photograph].

Killed in Normandy. Mrs. E. Heeler, of The Green, Lower Heyford, has received news that her husband, Lance Corporal Frederick Heeler, has been killed in Normandy. Lance Corporal Heeler joined the forces in April 1940. He attended Pattishall School, and played football for Kislingbury Football Club. He worked at Towcester. He leaves 17 months – old baby.

Northampton Independent 25.08.1944 [Photograph].

Killed. Lance Corporal F. Heeler. Mrs. E. Heeler of The Green, Lower Heyford has received news that her husband, Lance Corporal Frederick Heeler, has been killed in Normandy. He joined the Forces in April 1940. He attended Pattishall School and worked at Towcester. He played football for Kislingbury. He leaves a 17 months – old baby.

Heyford & Stowe Roll of Honour – Celia & Brian Caucutt – 1993

Updated Jez Wilson 2020

‘Walk of Hope’ for the charity Brain Tumour Research – Saturday 26th September

Three Northamptonshire sisters all diagnosed with brain tumours inspire Walk of Hope

A woman from Nether Heyford is organising a Walk of Hope to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease which has affected her mother and two aunts.

Sisters pictured left to right: Lesley Bushell, Janet Haynes and Diana Holland.

Sally Stroman, 51, a town planner in Northampton, has organised a charity walk after her aunt Lesley passed away in May this year with a brain tumour.

Sally will take on the challenge with her mum Janet Haynes, 81, and her daughter Emily, 16, a student at Campion School in Bugbrooke.

Like Janet, her two other sisters, Lesley and Diana, were also diagnosed as adults with meningioma brain tumours.

Janet Haynes, Emily and Sally Stroman

Lesley, who lived in Northampton and was diagnosed in 2017 at 69 years old, suffered a stroke during an operation to remove her tumour but in May this year Lesley passed away with pneumonia and infection due to the tumour.

Sally said: “Mum was the first of the sisters to be diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour back in January 2008, aged 68. A GP thought she was starting to suffer with dementia because she was doing things like leaving the gas on and letting a saucepan boil dry. Eventually she was sent for an MRI scan and we were all shocked to learn she had a brain tumour.

“Since then mum has had three operations because of regrowth. She has a scan each year and every time she does we cross our fingers the brain tumour remains stable. Mum is one in a million. She is so caring, strong and has such an amazing sense of humour – I am sure it’s that which keeps her going, along with dad.

“With losing Lesley, and my auntie Diana also having a meningioma and knowing that so little funding goes into research of the disease, made us decide it would be a lovely idea to do a Walk of Hope.”

The walk on Saturday, 26 September, is one of dozens of similar events taking place across the UK for the charity Brain Tumour Research.

The trio will walk from Nether Heyford, where they all live, to Weedon where Janet grew up, along with her two sisters, and back.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically just 1 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are very grateful to Sally and Janet and all the family for their support and wish them all the very best for their Walk of Hope.”

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours in order to speed up new treatments for patients and, ultimately, to find a cure.

The charity is calling for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia and is also campaigning for greater repurposing of drugs.


Charity Website:

JustGiving main donation page:

Nether Heyford British Legion – Poppy Appeal 2020

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion, is a British charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Nether Heyford British Legion

The Nether Heyford British Legion are not able to order poppies this year from the British Legion (individual branches cannot order them this year). Poppies are normally sold door to door throughout the village and in the village pubs and shops to raise funds for the Nether Heyford branch of The British Legion.

A coffee morning is also usually held to raise funds but is not possible this year either.

The funds raised in the village go directly to the local village branch and helps to pay for the wreaths that are laid on the war memorial on Remembrance Day in November.

Upon hearing about this situation in early September, a crowdfunding page was set up on the JustGiving website:

to simply raise £80 to order some wreaths for November.

With amazing speed and generosity £290 was quickly raised – combining that with some cash and cheque donations sent through the post, a grand total of £405 was raised for the local village British Legion branch helping towards remembrance day 2020 and beyond.

Many thanks for all those that donated which included :

Gary Richmond | Aly & Rich | Joan & Alex | Trev Clarkey | Marie Hanlon | Sarah Hawkins | Birkett family | Jadine | Simon & Debbie | Heyford Athletic FC | Brian and Maxine Edgington | Stu and Emma | Sue Boutle | Jez Wilson | Gary McMahon | Lesely Faulkner | Jill Garratt | The Gilkes Family | The Wray’s

& many more donors who chose to remain anonymous

Jez Wilson – September 2020

Do you need help? Grants available from the Arnold’s Charity


Need Help Box

The Arnold’s Charity is able to offer grants to residents of Nether Heyford and Upper Heyford who find themselves in need of help financially.

The grants which can be applied for are varied and include two categories.

Social Grants: All ages

The social grants are available to help residents who may be struggling financially. This could be an unexpected expense i.e. new glasses, dental treatment, a larger than anticipated bill, the need to travel to hospital appointments, heating, clothing, medical costs etc.

Eligibility: Resident of Nether Heyford or Upper Heyford

Educational Grants: Persons under 18 & Persons 18-24

Cash grants for Apprenticing and Education are available to or on behalf of persons who have not attained the age of 25.  This could be for learning purposes i.e. books, equipment, tools, etc.

Eligibility: 1. Under 25 years old. 2. Lived in Nether Heyford or Upper Heyford for over one year OR have been educated in the parish for over one year. 3. In need of financial assistance for educational purposes, subject to the terms of the scheme and approval of the trustees

The applications are considered by the Trustees at their meetings twice a year, in April and November. Deadlines for completed application forms are March 31st and October 31st.

Next deadline for application forms:

October 31st 2020

Application forms are available from:

Rev Stephen Burrow (Parish Church) – Trustee | 01327 344436 | 07511 544375

Jez Wilson (The Prattler) | 07761 672376

Nick Adams – Trustee | 07812 032509

Marina Eaton (Clerk to the Trustees at Wilson Browne Solicitors) | 01604 876697

Alternatively – Download, Print, Complete and Return:

Charity History:

The Arnold’s Charity was founded by the will of Edmund Arnold, in or about 1689. The Charity was set up to help five Parishes in the County of Northamptonshire – Stony Stratford, Nether and Upper Heyford, the Ancient Parish of St. Giles -Northampton, Stowe-IX-Churches and Weedon Bec and also Merton College, Oxford.

Edmund Arnold:

Born: Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire

Baptised: Stowe-Nine-Churches, Northamptonshire, 1607

Graduated: Merton College Oxford, 10th October 1661

Career: Lawyer – Doctors’ Commons, Knightrider Street, London (Described in ‘David Copperfield’ and referred to by Sherlock Holmes)

Died: Kensington, London, 27th March 1676

Buried: Beneath the chancel in St Bartholomew’s Church, Furtho, Northamptonshire

Edmund Arnold’s Charity – Registered Charity number 260589

Arnold’s Education Foundation – Registered Charity number 310590

Road Closures – A5 between Towcester Roundabout and Weedon 2020 – Update 3rd September


Customer Contact Centre: 0300 123 5000

A5 Road Closure Notifications 2020 – Latest News Bulletin of Essential Maintenance Works

03/09/2020: Key point summary – A5 road closed Towcester to Weedon

  • Overnight weekday closures:  8pm until 6am Monday to Friday:
    • Phases 5 & 6 (Furnace Lane to Weedon Crossroads)
    • Phases 1-4 when required (Towcester to Furnace Lane).
  • Full Weekend closure planned: 8am Saturday 5th September and 6am Monday 7th September 2020.
  • Completion date for all A5 roadworks Towcester to Weedon is now set as Friday September 11th
  • To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, the A5 will be closed to through traffic between the Towcester Roundabout (A43) and Weedon crossroads during our working hours.

03/09/2020:  Update News Bulletin #11:

For full details of the exact locations and work details download the News Bulletin.


TM Phase Plan:

Main Diversion Route:

Non – Motorway Diversion Route:

Mike Healy
Public Liaison Officer – Working on behalf of Highways England
Mobile: 07964 114 623

A5 Road Closures 2020- Phasing plan

A5 Road Closures 2020- Phasing plan

A5 Road Closures 2020- Main Diversion drawing

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A5 Road Closures 2020- Non motorway diversion drawing

A5 Road Closures 2020- Non motorway diversion drawing