Letters: Rain, Rain, Go Away – Tony Clewett

Rain, Rain, Go Away
What a last three month’s weather we’ve had! In the first FIVE months of the year we had a total of 180mm of rain (7 inches) – that’s about 100mm (4 inches) less than average and for the next five months we’ve already had 440mm (17.2 inches). That’s nearly 2 and a half times as much! No wonder the roads were flooded and the Nene burst its banks for the first time this year. It was the intensity of the rainfall that was so remarkable: we had a huge downpour in the afternoon of 11th August when 32.6mm (1.25 inches) fell in a little over 2 hours and then again on 1st October when 26.5mm (just over an inch) fell during a thunderstorm in 2 hours again flooding the M1.

People are warning of a hard winter because of all the berries in the hedgerows –
well, we’ve certainly got off to a wet Autumn but with no frosts……yet!

Tony Clewett

Published November Edition 2019

Letters: RNLI Thank You – Sandy Davis

Thank you for your Support

After donating the £100 personally by Sandy at the Lifeboat Station in Yarmouth, the following thank-you letter was received.

“On behalf of the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston branch of the RNLI thank you for your generous donation of £100 in memory of your dear husband and thank you again for choosing us to benefit.

This is the second donation and we do appreciate the donation. We thank you again for your kindness and our thoughts are with you at this sad time and we hope you draw strength from your family and friends.

June R Fuller, Hon Treasurer”

It is good news to report that Sandy has already received further donations. The RNLI is a wonderful organisation where people are prepared to risk their lives to save others.

Anyone who would like to donate please contact Sandy on 07759 007 279.

Sandy Davis

Published November Edition 2019

Letters: Thank you – Jane Harvey

Thank you

Jane and family would like to Thank you all for your messages of sympathy, support, kind gestures and flowers.

We deeply appreciate it at this sad time.

Howard would be very touched to see all the special messages that you have sent.

Sent on behalf of:

Jane Harvey
8 Hillside Rd
Nether Heyford

Lynda Eales (sister in law)

Published November Edition 2019

The Prattler – November 2019

The Prattler

The Prattler is run by an active voluntary committee comprising of Sue Boutle, Christine Watts, Vicki Hamblin, Jez Wilson, Nick Essex, Richard Musson and Mary Rice. If you would like to submit articles or have any suggestions for future issues, please get in touch.

The Newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Garden Club, Heyford Singers and Heyford Picturedrome as well as the advertisers.

Thanks are also due to the volunteers who distribute it every month.

Resident Profile: Jodie Caller

jodiecallerrisingstarssports-1Jodie Caller is 22 years old and is a Great Britain Judo athlete from Nether Heyford. Her judo career started when she was 8 years old. She has been part of the Great Britain squad and competing internationally since she was 14 years old.  In 2016, she unfortunately tore her ACL at the European University Games in Croatia.  Jodie had an operation and 2 years of recovery to get back to competitive judo. Jodie is now back to competing at the level she was before the injury and is continuing her judo career. Jodie has also been competing alongside studying and is now pleased to have graduated with a first class degree in Sports Coaching Practice from the University of Wolverhampton. She will now be dedicating the next 12 months to her judo career.

Her previous judo results include: 7 x British Champion | European University Games Champion | Cadet European Championships – Bronze medal | Several times European Cup Medallist

Jodie has funded her way through these competitions over the last year to get herself into the top 3 in the country, but the next goal is to medal at The Commonwealth Games in 2022.  Each trip cost approximately £300 for her to attend. In order to qualify for the big tournaments, Jodie has to compete at various events around the world in order to gain enough points to be eligible for selection. Jodie receives no funding support from UK sport or the British judo association. Jodie is looking for any donations to help her to self-fund to these events to continue her extensive judo career. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. For more information visit:



Rising Stars Sports are running sports camps at The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford during the school holidays with lead coach Jodie Caller October Half-Term Camps.

Monday 28th October: Gymnastics day | Thursday 31st October: Football day

Ages: 4-11 years old | Start: 9:30 am | Finish: 4:00 pm

Price: £18 per day (Early drop off is available at 8:30 am for an additional £2 per day)

Book early to avoid disappointment: risingstarssports@hotmail.com | 07428 411384


Letters: Thank You from Sandy Davis – October 2019

A thank you from Sandy Davis

My husband Norman was a great supporter of the RNLI and at the time of the September Prattler £140 had already been raised. It is a pleasure to announce another £100 of donations has now been given bringing the total to £240. This has been donated in person by Sandy to the ‘GREAT YARMOUTH LIFE BOAT’.

Letter received from RNLI – “Dear Mrs Davis, on behalf of the YARMOUTH and GORLESTONE branch of the RNLI I thank you for your very generous donation of £140 in memory of your dear husband. We do appreciate all donations; we have three boats to maintain which service the ‘NORTH SEA’, the ‘NIVEL’ and ‘BREYDON WATER’, also the southern broads and also we have life guards on our beach to safeguard families. We offer our deepest sympathy at this very sad time and hope you drew strength from family and friends. Kind regards, June Fuller, Hon Treasurer.”

The further £100 has also been donated in person by Sandy at RNLI headquarters in Great Yarmouth. A thank you letter is expected and will be published in the November Prattler.

Sandy is still hoping to raise more funds for the RNLI and any future donations, at any time, will be gratefully appreciated. If anyone would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact Sandy on 07759 007 279.