The Great British Spring Clean – Saturday 4th April 2020


The Great British Spring Clean returns to Nether Heyford on Saturday 4th April 2020.

Following 2 successful annual spring clean-ups, the village is again gathering volunteers for a quick tidy up as part of the national Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean” campaign which runs from 20th March to 13th April 2020.



There are over 135,000 volunteers nationwide signed up to help in the 2020 Great British Spring Clean.

Everyone is welcome to volunteer and join the growing numbers of individuals and organisations who are already signed up to help this year, including regular contributors Nether Heyford Pre-School and new for 2020 a class from our Bliss Charity Primary School taking on the playing fields and the school “Eco Team” who taking on the village green.

On average the village spring clean collects between 30-50 bags of rubbish and helps our village look great ahead of the warmer months and the start of our annual village events.

If you would like to join us, please sign up and we can co-ordinate together the streets & areas with volunteers. Simply send us a message with your name and the street/area you would like to volunteer to clean up on Saturday 4th April between 9am and 5pm.

3 options to sign up:

EMAIL: Send an email to


FACEBOOK: Send a message to us via our Facebook community page The Prattler or join the private Facebook group Nether Heyford Tidy Villagers


ONLINE: Sign up on the Great British Spring Clean website








Letters: Heyford Entry-preneurs – July 2019

Message from the Entry-preneurs

Just thought it would be nice to say a massive thank you to Knights Engineering Services on Furnace Lane for mowing around the entry sign flower plot. They have done this off their own backs because they like looking at the flowers every morning when they arrive to work. How nice are they? Thank you guys. It’s really nice to know that people are keeping an eye on them and looking after them when they can.

Jill Cullen and Chris Cullen have been our ‘waterers’ during the warmer days which gave the flowers a really good start. Not to mention dead heading. So thank you too guys.

Thank you to anyone else who looks after them because without you all, and our lovely volunteers it would be super hard. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

Jill & Sue

If you are interested in joining us, please either speak to Jill Garratt or check in at our Facebook page:  Heyford Entry-preneurs  

Village Signs – June 2019

Village Signs

The planting is now finished and the signs are complete in Nether Heyford. We just need to now make sure that they are watered regularly. If you are passing, please give them a drink.

The Upper Heyford one will be done once the sign is replaced by the Council.

Thanks to Steve Corcoran, Anita Taylor, Rona & Ron Wade, The Foresters Arms and the Parish Council and also everyone that has donated bulbs and other items.

If you are interested in joining us, please either speak to Jill Garratt or check in at our Facebook page:  Heyford Entry-preneurs  

Jill & Sue

Village Signs – May 2019

Village Signs

This project has got off to a good start with volunteers and ideas coming forward. We have made a Facebook page where we are discussing ideas and the plants we think would be good to use.

The next stage will be putting these ideas into action.

If you are interested in joining us, please either speak to Jill Garratt or check in at our Facebook page:  Heyford Entry-preneurs  


Spring Clean – May 2019

Spring Clean 2019

Many thanks to everyone who took part in this years Spring Clean. Due to their efforts, an amazing total of 59 black sacks of litter were collected plus 2 sacks of cans for recycling.

Added to this were tyres, number plates, car parts, oil cans and even a carpet
which had been dumped into the ditches along the road to Upper Heyford.

The village is looking a lot cleaner and hopefully it will stay that way for the
foreseeable future.


Village Signs – April 2019 Update

Village Signs – April 2019
Sue and I have put ourselves forward to help get Heyford looking pretty. We are starting with planting bulbs and flowers on all the Nether Heyford signs on the entrances into our village. The first thing we need to do is find volunteers who would like to help set this up. We could possibly have volunteers to look after the entrance nearest to where they live within the village.

You can contact me on 07912 971799 or by email at if you have any interest, We can get together to discuss the way forward and work out costs etc.

We really hope to get a reasonable response in helping to make this a reality going forward. People have tried in the past and failed for various reasons, so let’s try to make this work for all of us.

Thank you
Jill and Sue 

Village Signs – February 2019
The signs into the village seem a bit drab and we would like to decorate them with containers and plants to make them more welcoming. If you have any ideas, suitable containers for the plant boxes, or any other items i.e. compost and plants, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Please contact either Jill Garratt, Sue Boutle or The Prattler


The Great British Spring Clean – Weekend March 30th & 31st 2019


The Great British Spring Clean is back!

Take part in Nether Heyford’s annual Clean-up on the weekend of 30th and 31st March 2019.

Last year, volunteers collected over 31 bags of rubbish, let’s see what  we can do this year. Let us just hope the weather is better!

If you would like to join us, please let us know so we can plan the event and arrange the locations

Join the dedicated Facebook group:

Email: or post a message on the Heyford Prattler Facebook page


Be part of the pick

30th and 31st March 2019

“We are calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep. We’re aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

So join us, as we prepare to stand together and declare that single-use plastic litter – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable.”