Grand Annual Plant Sale – Saturday 11th May 2019

Grand Annual Plant Sale

Saturday 11th May 2019  

9 am to 1 pm

The Nether Heyford Grand Annual Plant Sale takes place in front of the Baptist Chapel overlooking the village green.

Quality plants from local Northamptonshire suppliers at very reasonable prices.

Opening times extended for 2019 – Open: 9am – Close: 1pm

Very popular event so arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Refreshments:  Tea & Coffee | Bacon Butties | Toasted Teacakes

Stalls:   Books | Cards | Cake | Gifts

Chapel:   Light a candle | Memory Tree | Music | Flowers

Nether Heyford Baptist Chapel

All proceeds for the continuing upkeep of the Chapel buildings for the ongoing use by the village and community.

Thank you for your continued support.

Nether Heyford Baptist Chapel – About Us

Welcome to our Chapel as we celebrate 220 years of its existence. In 1799, a small group of Heyford people first met together regularly for worship in a building belonging to Mr Richard Adams and before that time they attended Castle Hill Chapel in Northampton. Later it seems in 1805, when a Baptist Chapel opened at Bugbrooke the Heyford folks walked or rode on horseback to attend services there.

In 1826 however in an era of industrial development in the village between the opening of the canal (1790’s) and the construction of the railway (1830’s) Baptists were able to establish a presence in Heyford and opened the Chapel here although the link with Bugbrooke remained and the Minister there had charge of both Chapels.

By 1839 there were 76 adults in membership. There were also 24 children and therefore a Sunday school was started. The growth continued and when the Jubilee was celebrated in 1876 over 120 children assembled for a hot dinner in Bliss School. Games were organised for the children in Mr Adam’s Orchard at the rear of the School and later an open air service was held on the Green.

In 1922 Mr Oliver Adams was instrumental in the building of the Schoolroom. The Cost was £838 whereas the Chapel in 1826 had cost £178.

Partly with the benefit of a legacy from Mr A T Cosford in 1962 the Heyford Chapel was able to consider a measure of rebuilding and, in calling a Part time Minister, became independent.

This was the beginning of the ministry of the Rev Harry Whittaker, better known for his work as the Founder Director of the Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs. Between then and 2003 there have only been three other ministers; Revd. Frank Lawes, Revd. Michael Jones and Revd. Roy Cave.

In 1963 the Methodist Chapel having opened in 1838, was suffering from dwindling numbers and had to close with its remaining few members transferring to the Baptist Chapel. The two stained glass windows which are at the front of our building were also moved from the Methodist Chapel along with a number of the pews and some panelling which was used to create a vestibule.

Serious Dry rot problems were found in 1984 in the Chapel which it seems were simultaneously affecting the Parish Church. This led to a number of united events in money raising activities.

In the absence of a Minister we are fortunate to have the services of a number of visiting preachers but in particular we are indebted to Mr Martin Buckby for his Ministerial and Pastoral help and his spiritual guidance which has been an inspiration to us all.

We remember with gratitude those who had the faith and vision to build this Chapel and those hundreds of faithful men and women who have kept our doors open for all these years.

2019

Nether Heyford Baptist Chapel – Services – April 2019

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As we enter the time of Lent and Easter we are reminded that this time of the year in the Christian calendar is synonymous with “giving up, going without and giving back – about sacrifice”. The shops of course have their Easter eggs and we are reminded by the TV advertisement that we can go on “an Easter egg hunt – to search, to find and to enjoy” – but we have to do something, go somewhere, give something up in order to potentially and possibly discover something.

Lent and Easter means different things to different people and last evening, as I watched Songs of Praise I was again reminded by an old hymn that lent and Easter is about giving and getting, about failure and forgiveness. That hymn “When I survey the wondrous cross” is special to me as it reminds me of time spent with a very dear friend who I journeyed with for a good number of years and who died in 2010. I was privileged to visit him often (a privilege I still value today) and up until his journey drew to a close. I recall the last time I was with him and he was so poorly. Just before leaving him I prayed with him and for him and in that prayer I quoted the first verse of that hymn.

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

To my absolute amazement, knowing that he was so poorly, after I had finished speaking he then spoke the words from last two verses:-

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

A few hours later I received the call to say that he had left us. Whenever I hear and sing that hymn I am reminded of my friend and also of Lent and Easter – giving up and giving back, of failure and forgiveness and of restoration and resting on the great and precious promises of God.

We may not find the hidden Easter eggs even if we look for them but we will find the Easter message if we take the time to look and discover – it is there for our taking.

Details of services in the Chapel are above and may I please say again – you will be made so welcome.

Bye for now and thank you.

Martin Buckby

For and on behalf of The Chapel on the Green

For more information visit the Nether Heyford Baptist Chapel page.