‘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.

Source: https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/lifestyle/family/three-northamptonshire-sisters-all-diagnosed-brain-tumours-inspire-walk-hope-2978888

Charity Website: https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/walks-of-hope

JustGiving main donation page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WalksOfHope

The Prattler – September 2020

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 contact us.

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Letters: Heyford Entrypreneurs

Villagers, we are looking for help watering our flowerbeds at the entrances into our lovely village. If you live near one of the signs, it would be fabulous if you could water it a few days each week. Or if you are passing one, could you stop on the way and throw some much-needed water onto them, it will help them keep looking great. We are desperate for volunteers especially during this hot spell. If YOU can help us to keep these signs pretty, then please call me on 07912 971799. If you feel you want to take on a sign on your own as a little project, then also let me know. We are also looking for much needed plant donations. If any of you lovely villagers are thinning any plants in your garden or have bulb/seeds going spare then please let me know. I can collect.

I want to also thank our helpers who are already playing a big part at the moment, watering, planting, weeding and flattening those pesky mole hills, you are all amazing. We would not have come this far without you. However, we still need more people to make it easier all round.

Thank you all so much.


Letters: Daventry Food Bank

Food Banks are and will be a vital helping hand for so many people and families. Referrals are rising each week and sadly will continue.

As a church family we regularly collect for the Food Banks with drop off boxes in our churches. However, towards the end of February this year, it was becoming increasingly difficult to source dried and tinned goods from the shops and once sourced, items were restricted. This made it more difficult to support the Food Banks with suitable goods. When we had to close our churches, owing to the pandemic, we set up drop off points for donations in Upper Stowe, Heyford and two points in Flore.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has and continues to support the Food Banks. I have been overwhelmed by such generosity. In conjunction with food donations we have also raised over £200.00 which has been donated to Daventry Food Bank so far, by various fund raisers, which included a “Back to School” quiz organised by our church secretary and sewn items for a golf tournament to name but a few.

Daventry Food Bank acts as a hub and supplies Weedon and other local Food Banks in Daventry District. They are always grateful for tinned, dried goods, cereals, toiletries, toilet rolls and fresh produce. Their web site www.daventryfoodbank.org.uk has a list of stock shortages for ideas. Deliveries from Nether Heyford are made twice a week. Donations can be dropped off in the box outside 15 Middle Street, or I can arrange to collect donations if you would like to phone me 01327 349754.

Whatever we can give, no matter how small will help. Matthew 7:12 puts this beautifully “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”.

Thank you once again.

Maxine Edgington

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Letters: Congratulations Joe & Joan Garrett


Joseph (Joe) and Joan Garrett received a card from the Queen recently congratulating them on their 74th Wedding Anniversary.

They married on the 8th June 1936 at Nether Heyford Church and they lived in a cottage in Labrams Yard in Church Street when Joe returned from Army service in the Sudan and Joan worked in the war effort making aircraft parts for the Lancaster Bombers in the St James area of Northampton.

They settled in the village then brought up a family and were moved to the new Council Houses after about 5 years and continued to work and enjoy village life. Unfortunately Joe had a recent fall and was hospitalised with a damaged hip – the first time apart in all those years.

Joan says her family, friends and neighbours are a great support and thanks them all.

Jean Spokes

The Prattler team send them warmest congratulations on this special anniversary and wish Joe a speedy recovery. (Update 28/08/2020 Joe is now back at home)

The Story of Heyford (Extra): Dear Diary – September 1956

September 1956

Dear Diary,

Well, that’s it. I’ve left Bliss Charity School and am preparing for the next stage of my learning at Duston Secondary Modern School. I didn’t pass the 11+ but that’s fine because all my friends are joining me on the daily bus trip to Duston. The few that passed the exam will bike to Upper Heyford, leave their bike in somebody’s garden and catch a bus to the Grammar School in Daventry. I’ve got my new school uniform, navy skirt and white blouse with school tie and a blazer with a badge for winter. For the summer we are to have a green striped dress made from Butterick Pattern No. 7741 available at Adnitts. Duston Secondary Modern School opens its doors this month and I am in Form 1A. A bus will leave Heyford at 8:20 am and bring us home after 4 o’clock. I’m looking forward to the next stage of my education.

I’ve enjoyed the school holidays, mostly outdoors. It was great not having to get up so early. By the time I opened my curtains nearly all the ladies in Furnace Lane had their washing out. They all have a line stretching from top to bottom, and they all seem to wash on a Monday, so it’s lovely to see rows of sheets blowing on a sunny summer’s day.

The other day I had a “butcher’s basket” on Sue’s bike and I jumped off when she started going too fast and ripped my knickers. I told dad I’d fallen down a tree because he knows I climb and he’d be really annoyed if he knew I’d been on somebody’s bike. He thinks they’re dangerous. Mind you that could be because he can’t afford to buy me one. It all started after we’d been scrumping down Ben’s Orchard and had to make a quick getaway because somebody shouted “Ben’s coming”. I have no idea who Ben is and don’t know of anybody who’s ever seen him but he has some lovely apples. I really don’t need to go scrumping because we have apples galore at home but I like to join in the fun.

I’m spending the morning with Nan while mum goes fruit picking up at Beck’s farm by the A5. They say that Mr. Beck was a pilot in WW1. He is a very kind man. Children are allowed in the school holidays but I like to help my Nan pod her peas and pick her gooseberries ready for Pap’s dinner and she lets me help make pastry in the kitchen sometimes. Having said that she’s not quite as bright as she used to be and doesn’t mind if I find a caterpillar in the peas, “adds a bit of meat” she says. I love her 3 cats which she has to keep the mice away. She falls asleep easily but she’s over 60 and she brought up 7 children, so it’s understandable. I might go off and play for a bit if she nods off.

Last Sunday my dad and uncle cut the hedge round pap’s garden & orchard. It’s a very long hedge and takes hours. Backing onto the orchard is Mr. Humphrey’s ladder making yard and you can hear the saws during the week in the woodshed but it’s quiet on Sunday because they all go to chapel.

The morning was spent with the men hedge trimming and mum cooking our meal. After dinner the men were clearing the hedge cuttings and making a bonfire at the top of the orchard, Nan and Pap were asleep in the living room, and me and mum washing up. All of a sudden mum gasped. “Oh blimey, they’ve set the hedge on fire. Go and sit with the oldies, and if Pap wakes up play dominoes with him, but make sure he doesn’t come into the kitchen, he’ll have a fit. What, miss all the fun,
again! Of course, I did as she asked and Pap didn’t wake up until the men came in, all black, saying the work had been done. Mum was grinning.


Letter published in The Prattler – September edition 2020