Heyford Singers – Carols of the Green – Friday 20th December



If you would like to find out more, visit the Heyford Singers page or our website:


 alternatively come along to one of our rehearsals in Nether Heyford Village Hall.


Heyford Singers – November 2019


This article is devoted to one man, someone I like to think of as the “Father of the Choir, which is more familiarly known as Heyford Singers” – Hugh Adams. I use the term “devoted” in the widest possible sense for Hugh is a much loved and highly respected member of our local community. I have known Hugh Adams as a friend for many years, and was privileged to teach at Bliss Charity School whilst he was Chairman of the governing body. He not only shared his desire to see every child reach their full potential, to extend their learning and embrace as many opportunities as possible, but also to experience the great outdoors. And it was over numerous plans and discussions about the use of the conservation area behind the school playground that the seeds of the Outdoor Classroom were sown!

But what of the man and music, what was his journey through life to become such a mainstay of the basses in our choir?

Hugh came from a musical family; his brothers sang in choirs and his sisters were keen pianists. As a young child Hugh left for boarding school, Bishop Stortford College, and it was during those formative years that he found his voice and his love of singing, first as a treble, then an alto, and finally a tenor when his voice broke. As is so often the case it was one particular teacher who recognised Hugh’s musical talent as this early age. A revered music teacher, Mr Tidmarsh who himself had a deep bass singing voice, claimed that young Hugh had the perfect size hand to play the cello. He subsequently offered to give Hugh free cello lessons for a term, such was his belief in the music potential of his young pupil! Sadly Hugh declined, believing that the cello wasn’t necessarily a very good solo instrument. However he did learn to play the piano, although when grades and exams beckoned, to mark achievement and progress, he gave up piano lessons, a move that he regrets to this very day!

After leaving school Hugh returned to the farming traditions of his family, but also became a member of the Home Guard. In 1942 he joined the army, serving on active service in the Royal Dragoons. He was amongst those soldiers who, two days before D Day, drove into Copenhagen and a liberated Denmark, to be greeted by millions of grateful people on the streets. Fifty years later, to mark the anniversary of the liberation, Hugh and many of his army colleagues, were honoured to be invited by the Danish government to take part in the commemorations.

The love of music remained and whilst living and farming in Nether Heyford; Hugh and his wife joined Bugbrooke Choral Society, which was at that time conducted and directed by Michael Latham, The piano accompanist was one of the French teachers, Derek, a great character who regularly entertained the choir members with his amusing anecdotes. The Choral Society sang at numerous venues around the county.

And so onto the Heyford Singers. When it was formed in 2002 Hugh was a founder member of the male bass section, where he has loyally remained ever since. With his rich deep bass voice Hugh has been a much valued contributor to this male voice part. I’m sure he will agree if I say that there are some songs that he finds more straightforward, others more complex in their rhythms or words. When the men sing their numerous repeats of “H’rum pum, h’rum pum, h’rum pum” (The Little Drummer Boy) or “By the rivers of Babylon” from song of the same name, Hugh’s wry comments can have the choir in stitches!

The musical legacy of the Adams family has reached far down the generations. Hugh’s daughter and son-in-law sing in two choirs, and his son Nick sings baritone in three choirs. A tenor grandson is a member of the Phoenix choir, whilst a great grandson has recently achieved a distinction for singing at his school. How proud Hugh must be of such a musical tradition in his family!

Hugh continues to enjoy music, especially classical music and light opera, and listening to the radio is a great joy. Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” (quoted above) is one of Hugh favourites. Each variation is a musical sketch of one of the composer’s close acquaintances, a distinct idea based on a particular personality or an incident known only to two people. It is a beautiful piece of music, and perhaps reflects High’s own varied life, his experiences and his wide circle of friends and family.

Thank you Hugh, for letting us tiptoe through your past and your love of music.

Jill Langrish


If you would like to find out more, visit the Heyford Singers page or our website:


 alternatively come along to one of our rehearsals in Nether Heyford Village Hall.


Flower Society – November 2019

Bugbrooke and District Flower Society

You are warmly invited to our Christmas demonstration on Monday 25th November when we shall welcome Mark Entwistle with his demonstration ‘Deep and Crisp and Even’. The Christmas demonstrations are always extra special so please come along for what promises to be a most entertaining evening – 7.45 pm in Nether Heyford Village Hall.

This is followed by refreshments and the opportunity to win one of the arrangements in our raffle.

For more information please follow us on Facebook or contact Dianne on 01604 830063 or Simone on 01327 342167.


The Bugbrooke and District Flower Society meet every fourth Monday in the month in the Village Hall. Our meetings start at 7.45pm and usually take the form of a Demonstration when a qualified demonstrator will create several floral designs which are raffled at the end of the evening and lucky members take home the beautiful flowers.

Flower Society affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) promoting Floral Art. www.nafas.org.uk

Heyford Picturedrome – November 2019

The November film to be shown on 21st November in the Village Hall will be ‘Green
Book’, a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama inspired by the true story of a
tour of the deep South by classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley. Co-authored &
directed by Peter Farrelly, it stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

At the 91st Academy Awards this picture won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original
Screenplay, and for Best Supporting Actor.

Doors open at 7.15pm for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7.45pm. The
admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee. A licensed
bar will be serving wine and soft drinks before the film and during the interval.

The December film, Swimming with Men, will be shown at the Picturedrome
Christmas Supper evening on 19th December and which is ALL-TICKET. Tickets will
be on sale at the November film evening.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Nether Heyford W.I. – November 2019


After sorting the business agenda of our AGM in October we ended the evening with an hour of playing board games, old and new. As expected, there was much laughter followed by the usual delicious refreshments for which Nether Heyford W.I. is well known.

Laughter was again very much to the fore on the following Wednesday when a few of us went to see the musical version of ‘Calendar Girls’ at the Derngate Theatre. There were a few gentlemen present but the majority of the audience were ladies (probably WI members). It was a fantastic show and anyone who thinks that the WI is an old and stuffy organisation should have been in that auditorium!!

We would like to thank everyone who supported us by coming to our Quiz Night. It was a very successful evening and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. At our meeting in November we will be welcoming Helen Frost who is coming to talk to us about the often forgotten, largely overlooked and unknown Woman’s Land Army of the First World War. This was the time when women’s lives began to change and it has had a lasting effect on us all. The meeting will be in the Village Hall on Thursday November 7th at 7.30pm. Any ladies who would like to join us are very welcome and the cost for the evening, including refreshments, is £5.

There will be no meeting in December as WI members will be ending the year by
meeting for our Christmas meal.

Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101

Heyford Patchwork Group – November 2019

Heyford Patchwork Group

This active group is run by Carole Wood and Jane Rimell who are both very experienced patchwork and quilting tutors.

They run classes Tuesday mornings 10am to 12:45pm and Tuesday afternoons 1:15pm to 4pm although many people stay all day and bring a packed lunch. The cost is £10 per session and you can either work on a project of your choice with help from Carole and Jane or you can request tuition on a particular technique, the choice is yours.

We meet every Tuesday except June, July, August and December when we meet only on one Tuesday each month.

We would be delighted to welcome new members so if you are interested in joining and learning how to do patchwork or wish to learn some new techniques then please feel free to call in one Tuesday and have a look at what goes on or contact Carole on 07940 256400 or carole@churchstowemanor.com for more information.