The Prattler – A-Z of Heyford in 2020

Nether Heyford A-Z 2020

People, organisations, events and village news in 2020

A: Astronomy on The Green / A5 Road Closed / Advent Windows

Remembering: Mr Hugh Adams

B: New Basketball court, Bliss Charity School

C: Community Larder & Foodbank, CLASP (Community Landscape Archaeology Survey Project) Urgent Appeal for new Field Centre premises

Remembering: Mrs Sue Corner / Mr Jason Crouch

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F: Foodbank & Community Larder, Floods

G: Great community spirit

Remembering: Mr Joe Garratt

H: Halloween Trail – “Track & Treat”

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J:

K: Keyworkers. Clapping for the NHS and thanking local keyworkers for their hard work during the pandemic.

L: Last orders….village pubs closed due to restrictions

M: Mick Parker –  Village photographer

N: The River Nene flooded just before Christmas and Heyford ford was back. / New Netball court / New Netball Club  

O: One Stop Shop 

P: The village Playground was due to be replaced and delayed.

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R:

S: Shops/Service’s that kept running all through it all.

Remembering: Mrs Smallbone

T: Teddy Bears of Lockdown – daily garden displays

U:

V:  The Village Hall celebrated 60 years old. / V.E. Day street celebrations / Village Volunteers

W: The Women’s Institute (W.I.) celebrated 90 years old. / Walking Football

Remembering: Mr Alan Watson

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Y: Youth Club 

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Compiled December 2020 – via Facebook 

The Prattler has just published its 439th village newspaper edition in it’s 43rd year of printing and distributing through the village.

Thank you to all the people who have helped The Prattler this year, in 2020.

  • Newspaper delivery people – Street by street volunteering to deliver the news each month
  • Contributors with letters, articles, information, history & events   
  • Our Advertisers – Thanks our local business and tradespeople that pay to advertise
  • Our sponsors and organisations that provide financial grants.

Sue Boutle – Ed. & Jez Wilson – Dig. Ed – December 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.

The newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Gardening Club, Heyford Singers, the Bowls Club, the Village Hall and Heyford Picturedrome as well as our advertisers.

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

 

Letters: Hugh Adams

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of our oldest residents of Nether Heyford. Sadly recently, Mr Hugh Adams passed away.

One of our most long-standing Nether Heyford residents from one of Heyford’s most longest-standing families. A family that has farmed the surrounding area for a very long time.

This year Hugh provided The Prattler and the county news teams with a wealth of information, particularly around VE Day and his experience of VE Day in 1945.

The Prattler has been very fortunate to obtain the interview from BBC Radio Northampton from Martin Heath who interviewed Hugh in May this year in regards to VE Day.

“Hugh Adams (96) from Nether Heyford has been telling me about driving a jeep into Copenhagen in May 1945 as part of the Allied Liberation Force. He also collected guns off German soldiers and sold them to buy a car!”

Martin Heath: https://twitter.com/heathm50
https://twitter.com/heathm50/status/1259578931251941377

Some Nether Heyford history articles connected to Hugh:

The Story of Heyford (Extra): Nether Heyford WW2 veteran Hugh Adams recalls VE day in 1945
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/06/29/the-story-of-heyford-extra-nether-heyford-wwii-veteran-who-was-involved-in-liberating-denmark-recalls-celebrations-in-the-street-on-ve-day/

The Story of Heyford (Extra): Heyford Residents who served in WW2
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/06/29/the-story-of-heyford-extra-heyford-residents-who-served-in-ww2/

The Story of Heyford (Extra): VH 60th Grand Opening: 7th May 1960
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/04/30/the-story-of-heyford-extra-vh-60th-grand-opening-7th-may-1960/

The Story of Heyford (Extra): Sheep Dipping in the early days at Whitehall Farm – Hugh Adams
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/03/08/the-story-of-heyford-extra-sheep-dipping-in-the-early-days-at-whitehall-farm/

The Story of Heyford: Nether Heyford Women’s Institute V4C1
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/03/31/the-story-of-heyford-nether-heyford-womens-institute-v4c1/

The Story of Heyford (Extra): The Baptist Chapel
https://heyfordprattler.org/2020/01/29/the-story-of-heyford-extra-the-baptist-chapel/

Hugh will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and neighbours.

The Prattler team

The Story of Heyford (Extra): Americans put Northants village on the tourist map

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Who is this and What was it all About??
Sally Smith MBE (formerly Sally Foulkes)
Students from the USA visit Nether Heyford May 1979

Recently there was a photo posted on the Heyford Facebook page, with a question “Who is this?” Several people had answered before I saw it and there is a story behind the photo.

The picture was of me taken by the Chronicle and Echo, then a much read daily local paper. There was an article on the front page in the edition printed on Tuesday May 15th 1979, 42 years ago. Margaret Thatcher had just become Prime Minister, the shop that is now Restore was the Post Office run by Mrs Blaney and the Eales family was running the “VG” store just visible in the picture, which was much smaller and their living room has now become part of the shop. There was a bus shelter since removed because of vandalism. It was a very hot early summer, hence the sun dress! Unfortunately my copy of the paper despite being in a plastic box has been attacked by a mouse, but gives the details of why I was looking quizzical.

”I was then Parish Clerk, and a letter arrived at the Post Office addressed to the “City of Nether Heyford Tourist Information Office.” Mrs Blaney gave it to me. It was a request for details of hotels or other accommodation in Nether Heyford from a Professor at Concordia College Minnesota USA. I wrote back to say we were a very small village without any hotels. They wrote back saying they really wanted to stay in Nether Heyford and after discussion with the Parish Council and other people in the village it was decided we could offer ‘B and B’ in local homes.

The students from Concordia were going to be visiting the UK and Europe on a cycling tour using backways and byeways. Their tour would start from London and take them via Bath and Stratford upon Avon en route to Cambridge, Denmark and Paris. We told them about Sulgrave Manor which would be on their route from Banbury to here so that was added to their itinerary and they arrived here in mid May, assembling on the village green to meet their hosts. We organised a tour of the Church with the Rector Alan Horsley, before everyone went off for a wash and change and evening meal with their host families. Later we all met in the games room at the Foresters Arms where local historian Ron Greenall of Leicester University gave them a lecture about Heyford and Northamptonshire, with slides, followed by games of skittles and darts, shove ha’penny and plenty of local beer. After a good “Full English” the next day the group set off for Cambridge and the rest of their European Tour. Concordia students came back to Nether Heyford several more times as they had enjoyed their visit so much.

And why did they want to come here… our village is half way between Stratford upon Avon and Cambridge, it was as simple as that!

Sally Smith MBE (formerly Sally Foulkes)

Letter published in The Prattler – December edition 2020

Letters: Joe Garratt

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of one of our oldest residents of Nether Heyford

Joe Garratt passed away on the 18th November aged 97

A former member of Heyford Home Guard, during WW2. Joe married his wife Joan in Nether Heyford and they recently celebrated over 70 years of married life living in the village. They married 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 then settled into a house in Close Road and brought up a family and continued to enjoy village life.

He will be sadly missed by wife Joan, daughters Linda and Eunice and all his family and friends

The Prattler team

The Prattler – December 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.

The newspaper is supported by donations from the Parish Council, the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, Heyford W.I., Heyford Gardening Club, Heyford Singers, the Bowls Club, the Village Hall and Heyford Picturedrome as well as our advertisers.

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

Letters: Food bank – Get Help or Give Help

Towcester-Food-Bank

Website: www.towcester.foodbank.org.uk

GetHelp

Get Help:

Don’t go hungry – if you are in need of help, please contact Towcester Food Bank 07724 832043 (24 hours). Leave a message and they will phone you back. They can issue vouchers for food as well as a delivery or collection service. Alternatively contact South Northamptonshire Council Money Advice Team on 01327 322275 email: moneyadvice@southnorthants.gov.uk

GiveHelp

Give Help:

Alternatively if you wish to help, you may donate food:

Towcester Food Bank:

St. John Ambulance garage, Islington Road, Towcester during the following times: Tuesdays 12:00 to 14:00 & Fridays 10:30 to 12:30

www.towcester.foodbank.org.uk

Daventry & Weedon Food Banks:

In the box outside the door of 15 Middle Street, Nether Heyford (they are then delivered twice a week)

www.daventryfoodbank.org.uk

The Story of Heyford (Extra): A Gypsy Caravan Tale – John Butcher & David Banner

Many years ago (approx 1951) a lady arrived in the village with a horse drawn gypsy caravan which she parked in John Smiths field between the river and Crow Lane. She stayed there for many months during which time her horse died and she was enquiring about a replacement.

My grandfather had a very large shire horse for sale and i suggested to the lady that we should bike over to Caldecote near Towcester for her to inspect the horse. A price was agreed and I offered to ride the horse bareback via Tiffield, Dalscote, Birds Hill and Bugbrooke to Heyford, a very painful journey.

Next day I helped to harness the horse to the caravan which had sunk into the wet ground, the horse heaved and broke all the chains attaching it to the caravan, John Smiths tractor was required to move it.

After some further months the lady, horse and caravan left Heyford and never returned. She was writing a book about her journey but I do not know whether it was ever published. Have any of your older readers any knowledge as to who the lady was and whether a book was ever published?

W John Butcher

Published November Edition 2020

John Butchers article in the November Prattler

The lady mentioned was known to us as Roma Far. In 1951, I was a 7-year-old who walked every day from Upper Heyford to Bliss School. We would stop and feed the goat and stroke the dogs. She camped in the field known as the Pykle next to Crow Lane, before the entrance to the lane was filled in by the council, it was a nice open space often used by gypsies.

Many years later having become an avid book collector, I discovered that Roma Far was really Rowena Farre, the best selling authoress of ‘Seal Morning’, a wild life book published in 1957. This was followed by ‘A time from the World’ published in 1962. This is the story of her roaming life, living with gypsies and tinkers, her stay in Upper Heyford was part of this journey. 

David Banner

Published December Edition 2020

Rowena Farre

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