In memoriam: Carol Baker – July 2019

On behalf of myself, Matthew and Jade, Kate and Mark and my beautiful granddaughters, I wanted to pass on our gratitude for the support and friendship we have received during Carol’s illness, and on her death.

Carol loved her family and friends selflessly. Her focus was always on the happiness of those she cared about. The last weeks have demonstrated how many of you had also been touched by her friendship. She loved Heyford, and especially Heyford Singers where she had so much fun.

Thank you to everyone who managed to join us to say goodbye. I think it was the send off Carol would have wanted.

Many thanks too for those who have made donations to Cynthia Spencer Hospice in memory of Carol. I am particularly indebted to the contribution from Heyford Cricket Club members who have raised more than a staggering £1000.

Graham Baker

Heyford Singers – June 2019


The Heyford Singers spring concerts are over for another year, music scores have been returned to folders, storage cupboards or libraries, but the words and the music live on in our hearts and minds. The concerts were lovely and the choir really enjoyed singing the selection of songs chosen by Mary for this programme. Comments from our capacity audiences were warm and appreciative, not least for our new style and colour of concert dress. Thank you.

But it was also a sad occasion, for during the days leading up to the concerts we learnt that Isabel Brown and Carol Baker had died. Both were loyal and committed members of the choir, and true friends to us all. To this sadness was also the loss of family members, and friends in the village. However the coming together to sing gave everyone the chance to share our grief and sadness at the loss of these very special people in our lives. Like a gathering after a funeral, “a wake”, there is something very cathartic in being with others to link our own sadness, our tears, our loss and our wonderful memories, with those of our friends. Whether it be through singing, listening to music or just talking, the long process of healing begins.

I have on several occasions written about the value of music in our lives, and likewise of being part of a choir or similar organisation. The contribution it makes to our emotional, social, mental and physical health is inestimable. And to this I would add that of experiencing grief and loss in our lives. The tears may fall but being together “helps to ease the pain”.

Thank you to Graham and Kate, and Kath for coming to the concert. It was very brave of you. It allowed us to pay our special tribute in song to those we have lost.

Jill Langrish


If you would like to find out more, visit the Heyford Singers page or our website:

 alternatively come along to one of our rehearsals in Nether Heyford Village Hall.


Jill Langrish

Heyford Cricket Club – March 2019

The 2019 season is fast approaching. Winter nets at the County Ground are underway (every Thursday, 9-10pm all newcomers welcome!) and Darren Bastin and his team have already started pre-season work on the square.

This season the 1st XI will be competing in NCL Division 3. Captain Jimmy Edwards will have high hopes of mounting a promotion challenge after a strong finish to the 2018 season, and Rob Pardon will be cautiously optimistic about the 2nd XI’s chances in Division 8 after a memorable first season as captain.

We will also be entering the T20 Cup competition again, and re-entering the National Village Knock Out competition after a 9-year absence.

Junior Cricket:
This summer Heyford Cricket Club will be running junior cricket for children aged

  • Every Friday from 6pm
  • Official ECB ‘All Stars Cricket’ for 5­-8 year olds (starting 17th May)
  • Fully qualified coaches for 9­-11 year olds (starting 10th May)
  • Boys and girls of all abilities welcome
  • All equipment provided

Please get in touch if you would like some more information or to register your

Youth Cricket Coordinators:

Bonus Ball:
A full list of Bonus Ball winners can be found on the ‘News’ pages of our website.

The January winners were as follows:
Saturday 5th January (6) – Matt Baker
Saturday 12th January (26) – Rob Pardon
Saturday 19th January (45) – No winner
Saturday 26th January (45) – No winner

Thank you to everyone who plays. If you would like to support the Club for £1 per
week, but also stand the chance of winning £25 each week then please get in touch
for more information.

Forthcoming Events and Home Fixtures:

Friday 26th April – pre-season quiz, keep an eye on the website for more details!
Saturday 27th April – 2nd XI v Horton House

More details about Heyford Cricket Club can be found on our website: or via social media where we can be found on both Facebook and Twitter.

If you would like to get in touch you can also email us at: