Nether Heyford Tennis Club – April/May 2021

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Would you like to come and try our new courts ?

Mondays 4pm to 6pm: Junior coaching 

Monday evenings: Men’s night

Wednesday evenings: Social tennis for all

Friday mornings: Ladies morning

Saturday mornings: Adult coaching

Sunday mornings: Club level play

 

For further information and to book a space please contact Jo on 01327 349094 / 07749 822016 or find us on Facebook 

Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Heyford Cricket Club – April/May 2021

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It’s been the most unusual 12 months for everyone, and the club is optimistic that 2021 will be a year where we can return to some sort of normality and enjoy a full season of cricket at Heyford CC starting on Saturday 1st May. If we cast our mind back to last summer, we were actually very lucky to get half of a cricket season, albeit in slightly different circumstances. Nevertheless, we are delighted to look back on the 2020 with a number of positive steps forward, even in the face of the global pandemic.

Firstly, the club launched a 3rd XI in 2020, this means Heyford CC have gone from a club that has one team playing league cricket, to a club that has three teams – all within 15 years. The trend is that local village cricket is a declining pastime, and many clubs have sought mergers or reduced the number of teams in that period. This is a great testament to the committees and membership over these years to truly make Heyford
CC the special club it is. The 3rd XI is a platform to develop younger cricketers, and is key in providing a transition from junior cricket to adult cricket, whilst allowing more senior players to continue to enjoy competitive cricket in the ‘autumn of the years’. To see pictures of ‘Dads and Lads’ playing 3rd XI cricket gives the club great pride.

In addition to the mini-season for the senior teams, we were able to run Junior cricket on Friday nights, and make some great improvements at the ground thanks to the amazing efforts of our Grounds Team complementing some new sight screens. We’ve also treated the Grounds Team to a brand new roller, due to arrive before the 2021 season commences.

When heading into a cricket season, we normally hope for good weather, a few wins of the toss and some good teas, but this year we have fingers and toes crossed that we can just play a full summer of cricket. Whether we are 6 or 66, it’s all about getting out there and having fun. We’ll be taking to the field with three senior teams, so if you fancy pulling some whites on there is an opportunity to play cricket at all
levels.

In the all-important Junior section, we are delighted to offer the All Stars cricket format again (Ages 5-8), new Dynamos format (Ages 8-11) as introductions to the game, as well as Under 10, Under 11 and Under 12 teams. We welcome all ages from the village and surrounding areas.

We’d love to tell you about the events coming up, but we staying cautious with regard to our Golf Day, Fun Day and any other events. However, what we do know is that the sound of leather on willow will be heard at the Playing Fields from May. Feel free to pop down and support us and follow us on Facebook for updates.

We always welcome new members, be that players or volunteers – so if you want to play, umpire, coach, sponsor or volunteer in any way, please do get in touch. The club’s contact details are below.

One final message must go to the previous Chairman Matt Baker, who led the club wonderfully over the last 5 years. The club have nothing but thanks for his effort and hard work, truly taking the club forward over his tenure.

Rob Pardon – Chairman

heyfordcricket@hotmail.co.uk

07894 865194

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Heyford Bowls Club – April/May 2021

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Is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel? Heyford Bowls Club certainly think so. At a Zoom Committee Meeting the other day we started laying plans to have some sort of bowls season.

According to Boris’ roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor sports can commence at the end of March, which is well before the start of the outdoor bowling season. We therefore plan to open the green on Monday 19th April. Initial play will be restricted to roll ups, with limited numbers, on rinks 1/3/5 or 2/4/6. If all goes to plan, we shall be back to some form of normality by the middle of June, which means we might be back playing matches against other clubs, but we will have another copy of The Prattler by then and we can tell you for sure.

We also need to arrange our AGM when greater numbers can gather together, and this will be on the agenda of our next Committee Meeting which we hope to hold out of doors in the week commencing 12th April. Our Chairman will be scanning the skies and consulting his seaweed before deciding on the actual date and time.

Otherwise, it will be on Zoom again.

And I should have had my second vaccination by then.

Happy days

Geoff Allen 01327 349909

For more bowls club information please visit our website:

www.heyfordbowlsclub.co.uk

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – February/March 2021

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2020 was the year we can remember for something positive down at the tennis club. After successfully fundraising for many years, we had all the three courts refurbished.

Like all sports our play has stopped, restarted and stopped again over this difficult year and we have had to change our rules and regulations as required. We would like to say thank you to all our members for following all the government and LTA guidelines to enable everyone to play tennis safely. We will continue to offer “Free Fridays” during school holidays. These are for anyone to come along and play – we can also lend kit.

We would like to congratulate Linda Miller – one of our longstanding members – who was given “Volunteer of the Year – 2020” award by Northamptonshire Lawn Tennis Club for many years of contribution to Northants tennis. Well done from us all.

When restrictions allow, we will restart our new “Walking Tennis” sessions. This is a slowed down version of the traditional game. Who is it for? Anyone! No membership or tennis skills required. Equipment will be provided and there will be no charge.

Mondays 10.30 -11.30 am at Nether Heyford Tennis Courts

Benefits – Playing walking tennis can bring real benefits, aside from the physical health gains, players benefit from the boost of being outdoors with the mental health benefits of exercise, interaction with others, and a sense of achievement of developing new skills.

For further information and to book a space please contact Jo on 01327 349094 / 07749 822016 or find us on Facebook 

Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – December 2020

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NEW to the tennis club in December – WALKING TENNIS

This is a slowed down version of the traditional game. Who is it for – anyone! No membership or tennis skills required.

Benefits:  Playing walking tennis can bring real benefits, aside from the physical health gains, players benefit from the boost of being outdoors with the mental health benefits of exercise, interaction with others, and a sense of achievement of developing new skills.

Starting ASAP Mondays – 10.30 am to 11.30 am at Nether Heyford Tennis Courts. Equipment will be provided and there will be no charge.

For further information and to book a space please contact Jo on 01327 349094 / 07749 822016 or find us on Facebook 

Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – November 2020

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Nether Heyford Tennis Club – 2020 Tournament results

Mixed Doubles – Frances Dickson and Andy Lawrence
Men’s Doubles – Gavin Wright and Ian Brodie
Ladies Doubles – Jo Ellison and Lynne Adams

Would you like to come and try out our new courts?

Please get in touch if you would like to come along and play.

Coaching – Adults – Saturday mornings
Beginners 9.00 am
Improvers 10.00 am

Free Friday Tennis – half term – 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

NEW to the tennis club in November – WALKING TENNIS

This is a slowed down version of the traditional game. Who is it for – anyone! No membership or tennis skills required.

Benefits:  Playing walking tennis can bring real benefits, aside from the physical health gains, players benefit from the boost of being outdoors with the mental health benefits of exercise, interaction with others, and a sense of achievement of developing new skills.

Starting Monday 16th November – 10.30 am to 11.30 am and then the three following Mondays at Nether Heyford Tennis Courts. Sessions will continue after this if there is demand. Equipment will be provided and there will be no charge for these 4 sessions.

For further information and to book a space please contact Jo using the details below.

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094 / 07749 822016

Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – October 2020

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Would you like to come and try out our new courts ?

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Throughout the last difficult months, we have continued to offer as much tennis as we can legally and safely to do so.

Monday evenings – men’s night

Wednesday evenings – social tennis for all

Friday mornings – ladies morning

Please message if you would like to join any of these sessions or if you would like to come and visit the courts at another time.

If you have never tried tennis before – come and have a go – we can lend you equipment !!

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094

Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Nether Heyford Tennis Club – September 2020

Our Court Refurbishment Project is finished !

Have you seen our three very smart and upgraded courts ? Throughout the last difficult months, we have continued to offer as much tennis as we can legally and safely to do so.

We offer:

  • 4 social sessions each week – ladies, men’s, league level, mixed abilities
  • Coaching – adults, beginners and improvers, juniors
  • “Free Friday Tennis” during school holidays
  • Opportunity for league play
  • New member discount

We would love to welcome new players of any age and any ability – please contact us or just come along and see what our Tennis Club has to offer.

For further information – please find us on Facebook or contact Jo on 01327 349094 Email: jodickson@btinternet.com

Website: clubspark.lta.org.uk/NetherHeyfordTennisClub

Full facilities and location details can be found on our Nether Heyford Tennis Club page.

Heyford Athletic FC – Sponsorship Opportunities

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Heyford Athletic are entering the 2020/2021 season with fresh optimism and we are very excited about what the future holds.

With 7 teams across all age ranges there are numerous sponsorship opportunities to promote your local business available with the club including:

  • Pitch side banners
  • Website advertising
  • Social media platforms
  • Event sponsorship

Feel free to get in touch with Gary McMahon on 07801 276488 or Brian Edgington on 07743 494738 to discuss opportunities.

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Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/heyfordathleticfootballclub
Mobile App: www.pitchero.com/clubs/heyfordathleticfc2
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeyfordAthletic
Twitter:
@HeyfordAthletic

Address:

Heyford Athletic Football Club, The Playing Fields, Middle Street, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire NN7 3NL

Location:

If you are approaching Heyford from the M1 (Junction 16), on the roundabout take the 1st local exit towards Upper Heyford. After about 600 metres as you enter Upper Heyford turn left (signposted Nether Heyford and Bugbrooke) Follow this narrow country lane for about 0.5 miles, until you cross a small bridge over the river. The entrance track to the Playing Fields is on your left about 30 yards past this bridge, just before you enter the village.

Established: 1908

The Story of Heyford (Extra): The Playing Fields

Nether Heyford Playing Fields – ‘A community asset to be proud of’

The Playing Fields are a fantastic local asset and the facilities have only been in existence for 34 years – which makes what has been achieved in that period a truly outstanding achievement. With that in mind, here is a brief history of the Playing Fields and our future plans…

In the mid-1980s, the Parish Council realised that with the growing population, the village green which had always been suitable for community sporting activities, was sadly no longer fit for purpose.

Consequently, the decision was made to purchase 14.47 acres of land to be used for sport from Mr Spokes at a cost of £39,500 which is now Nether Heyford Playing Fields.

The acquisition was funded by the sale of allotments on Furnace Lane and the Purchase Agreement was signed on behalf of the Parish Council by Mrs Sally Foulkes and Mrs Joan Kirkbride on the 1st August 1986.

There were several conditions to the sale, the main ones being that no building could be constructed on the site without the written permission of the vendor, although this would not be refused if the request was in pursuance of sport.

Also, if the land ceased to be used for sport and was to be disposed of, it must initially be offered for sale back to the vendor at the current agricultural price of land.

Once purchased the Parish Council set up by a Declaration of Trust, the Nether Heyford Playing Fields Association Committee to administer, manage and financially indemnify the Parish Council from any costs and with the remit to support sport and leisure for the local and outlying community. The Parish Council remain the Trustees.

The formation of the Playing Fields in the early years required the movement of the old portacabin changing rooms from the Village Hall to the Playing Fields to form the  existing pavilion. The following seasons saw the setting up of football and cricket teams at the new location, together with the construction of tennis courts, then later in 1996 a Bowls Club was formed with the grant of £72,000 from the Sports Lottery and South Northants Council.

Over the years the Playing Fields continued to develop with the increase of participation in the four main sports clubs. These four clubs form the Playing Fields Association. They are all independently run with their own committees and finances.

The cost of running the Playing Fields – and excluding the running costs of individual clubs – is in excess of £10k per year (e.g. utilities, maintenance and insurance) and is met mainly from Member Club annual fees, a grant of £400 annually from the Parish Council (although the Parish Council has contributed to specific projects), the 300 Club, and percentage of the Bar profits.

The Football Club now has two Saturday senior teams and various age groups including U7, U9, U12, U15, and U18s teams and an enjoyable ‘Thursday evening of walking football’. They also hire out their facilities to two Sunday teams.

The Cricket Club field three senior Saturday teams and they also enthusiastically promote youth sport with competitive cricket for U11s and All-Star cricket for younger children and have recently completely renovated their nets.

The Tennis and Bowls Clubs also have strong membership of about 60 members each.

The Tennis Club are currently refurbishing their Tennis Courts with new surfaces and fencing.

Also, in recent history (in 2017) an additional 2.35 acres of land was purchased from Northamptonshire County Council with a grant of £45,000 from South Northants District Council, and with further funding from SNC (£10,000) and the London Marathon Charitable Trust (£20,000), a brand-new Netball and Basketball court has been constructed.

The Playing Fields have also established close ties with the village Scouts and Bliss Charity School – with the procurement of a storage container so that they can safely store their own equipment and make use of the facilities.

Along with the Parish Council , the  Playing Fields also supported the creation of the Community Orchard at the allotments by planting the hedge that includes several varieties of fruit trees.

The Nether Heyford Playing Fields Committee has been lucky in gratefully securing grants over the years which have been used to construct Bowls Club Changing Rooms, Basketball/Netball Court, Land purchase and other minor projects, and the committee are continuously working tirelessly to improve the facilities… we have plans for the construction of a new building with new changing rooms, storage facilities, kitchen and toilets. It has been designed by Ellis Architectural Design and Planning Permission has been approved. The provision of this building will be extremely challenging as the cost is estimated at approximately £450,000. It is hoped to raise the money by matched grants from South Northants District Council, Sport England and the Football Foundation.

Over the years the Playing Fields have been supported by the Parish, Local and District Councils, local farmers, grant bodies, professionals and numerous individuals all of whom are too many to mention.

The Committee and Clubs are lucky to have so many enthusiastic individuals serve on their respective committees and give their time for coaching and ground maintenance.

The 17 acres of Playing Fields are now a valuable and much prized community asset of which we should all be rightly proud. We encourage and welcome everyone to enjoy all it has to offer and thank you for your ongoing support.

Published in The Prattler – July & August 2020

Thanks to The Nether Heyford Playing Fields Committee