Do you need help? Grants available from the Arnold’s Charity – Deadline 31st March 2021


Need Help Box

The Arnold’s Charity is able to offer grants to residents of Nether Heyford and Upper Heyford who find themselves in need of help financially.

The grants which can be applied for are varied and include two categories.

Social Grants: All ages

The social grants are available to help residents who may be struggling financially. This could be an unexpected expense i.e. new glasses, dental treatment, a larger than anticipated bill, the need to travel to hospital appointments, heating, clothing, medical costs etc.

Eligibility: Resident of Nether Heyford or Upper Heyford

Educational Grants: Persons under 18 & Persons 18-24

Cash grants for Apprenticing and Education are available to or on behalf of persons who have not attained the age of 25.  This could be for learning purposes i.e. books, equipment, tools, etc.

Eligibility: 1. Under 25 years old. 2. Lived in Nether Heyford or Upper Heyford for over one year OR have been educated in the parish for over one year. 3. In need of financial assistance for educational purposes, subject to the terms of the scheme and approval of the trustees

The applications are considered by the Trustees at their meetings twice a year, in April and November. Deadlines for completed application forms are March 31st and October 31st.

Next deadline for application forms:

March 31st 2021



  hours  minutes  seconds


Grant Application Deadline

Application forms are available from:

Rev Stephen Burrow (Parish Church) – Trustee | 01327 344436 | 07511 544375

Jez Wilson (The Prattler) | 07761 672376

Nick Adams – Trustee | 07812 032509

Bethany Kay (Clerk to the Trustees at Wilson Browne Solicitors) | 01604 876697

Alternatively – Download, Print, Complete and Return:

Charity History:

The Arnold’s Charity was founded by the will of Edmund Arnold, in or about 1689. The Charity was set up to help five Parishes in the County of Northamptonshire – Stony Stratford, Nether and Upper Heyford, the Ancient Parish of St. Giles -Northampton, Stowe-IX-Churches and Weedon Bec and also Merton College, Oxford.

Edmund Arnold:

Born: Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire

Baptised: Stowe-Nine-Churches, Northamptonshire, 1607

Graduated: Merton College Oxford, 10th October 1661

Career: Lawyer – Doctors’ Commons, Knightrider Street, London (Described in ‘David Copperfield’ and referred to by Sherlock Holmes)

Died: Kensington, London, 27th March 1676

Buried: Beneath the chancel in St Bartholomew’s Church, Furtho, Northamptonshire

Edmund Arnold’s Charity – Registered Charity number 260589

Arnold’s Education Foundation – Registered Charity number 310590

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – February & March 2021


Following discussions with the Benefice Council and PCC’s we have decided to keep our church buildings closed during this third national lockdown, as they were for the first two in 2020. We do not take this decision lightly, but with a new strain of Covid19 infecting many more people, our hospitals at capacity, and government ministers urging us to act as if we had the virus and stay at home, we feel it is the right thing to do. It’s important that we all demonstrate self-discipline and play our part in preventing the spread of the virus, and closing our church buildings is one way in which we can do that. Our hope is that the roll out of the national vaccination programme will gather pace, and protect the most vulnerable, reassuring us that this lockdown will come to an end, even if we don’t yet know the exact date on which it will be lifted.

While our church buildings are closed, the church community will continue to gather virtually, spiritually and intentionally to worship God and bring before him our prayers and concerns for our village communities and their people. During the lockdown the weekly pattern of services will be:

Sunday 10:00AM Service of Holy Communion via the Benefice Facebook Page, which can be found at:

Wednesday 9:30AM Service of Morning Prayer via WHYPAY? Telephone Conference Call

Friday 9:00AM Service of Morning Prayer via Zoom

Details of the midweek services are available from the Rector (tel: 344436). Please watch village Facebook Pages and notice-boards for details of any changes to this service pattern, and for news of our Lent Course for 2021.

Although our church buildings are closed, we know that God is with us in all the circumstances of our lives, and he hears our prayers.

During February we shall be praying for people living in Hillside Rd and Hillside Crescent here in Heyford, Sutton St, Yew Tree Gardens and Sutton Acre in Flore, The Manor in Church Stowe and the Gate House and the Old Dairy in Brockhall.

During March we shall be praying for: Close Rd, The Pound and The Peak in Heyford, The Avenue and The Glebe in Flore, The Old Dairy Farm in Upper Stowe and the outlying farms around Stowe and the Mews Houses in Brockhall.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – February/March 2021

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

I wonder, when something is worrying you, do you make a note of it, just in case you forget it? No, I don’t do that either. In fact, the opposite is true. Unless I focus on other things, whatever I’m anxious about takes over my thoughts. It’s like my mind is full of fog, slowing down my thought processes such that things seem to take longer to complete. Anxiety and worry are distracting, and being told not to worry doesn’t really help.

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul understands that for us to worry less, we must consciously think of other things. Addressing the church in Philippi, Paul writes “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil4:6-8). Paul advises us to focus on the things we are thankful for, and stay alert to the little signs of hope and blessing in our daily lives.

With the miserable weather of late, the shorter, darker days and the ongoing and frustrating impact of the pandemic, we might be forgiven for worrying and thinking that this crisis will never end, that life will never be ‘normal’ again. When such thoughts invade my mind, when ‘lockdown fatigue’ strikes, I try to keep a mental list of the good things that are happening in my life, however small they might be, and I thank God for them daily. These positive things are like little seeds of hope, reminding me that whatever my circumstances God is always with me.

Most surprisingly for me, one of the positive things recently has been the little rescue dog, Niamh, that my son adopted five months ago. She has been a great source of laughter, joy and de-stressing and has got us out of the house, regardless of the weather, to take her for regular walks. Walking her around the Rectory garden in recent days, I’ve noticed little yellow flowers (aconites?) pushing up through the mulch of damp, dead leaves and crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils putting up shoots, despite the frost, rain and snow. These really are little signs of hope, reminding us that after the winter comes the spring, just as the growing number of people who have been vaccinated tell us that this pandemic too, will pass.

Please be assured of my continued fervent prayers for all the communities in the benefice, and especially for those impacted by the coronavirus through illness, isolation, hardship or uncertainty. If there is anything else the Church or I can do to help, please let me know and we’ll do what we can.

With prayers and blessings,

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email:

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – December 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

One of my Christmas highlights for many years has been reading the prologue to St John’s Gospel at carol services and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).

Inevitably, our Christmas celebrations will be different this year. We’re assuming that our church buildings will be open again, but restrictions around capacity, social distancing, facemask’s, singing and so on will still be in place. We won’t be able to host big carol services this year, but we are planning a ‘drive-in carol service’ on Saturday 19th December at 3:00PM on the Brodie Lodge Playing Fields in Flore. That service, as with many of the services we’ve planned, are subject to change,  depending on how we emerge from the lockdown, in just under two weeks (as I write). Please watch church and village Facebook pages and village websites for updates as we make our way through December.

Of course, I’m sure it’s not just the church planning for a ‘different’ Christmas. At this stage, we’re all unsure of what the rules will be in five week’s time. I guess we’ll have to be flexible as things develop in the coming weeks. That might mean we don’t spend quite so much in creating the ‘perfect’ Christmas, but we’re happy instead to muddle through a bit. After all, the first Christmas was far from perfect; a teenage mum-to-be, political interference (the census), a long, difficult journey, Mary and Joseph far from home, no family support, nowhere to stay, their baby born in a stable. As Bishop John put it recently, if only Joseph had booked ahead, the angels found some higher status witnesses than shepherds, and the wise men had followed sat nav rather than a star, and brought some more practical gifts – like nappies!!

Making do with what they had was what the first Christmas was all about, and maybe that’s what our Christmas will be like this year. Mary and Joseph had to cope with the unexpected, and so will we, as the pandemic continues to shape our lives on so many different levels. But the good news is the ‘the Word became flesh and lived among us’. In Jesus, God took on our human flesh and lived as one of us. Jesus came, not on Zoom, but in the flesh, and he asks us to follow him, not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but in person. Christmas reminds us that God is not distant, he longs to share our lives; the tough, challenging bits as well as the light, joyful ones; the trials and troubles as well as the triumphs.

So I pray that whatever things look like come December 25th, you will know God’s comfort and joy this Christmas, and in the year ahead.

With every prayer and blessing,

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email:

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – December 2020 & January 2021


Services for December 2020


Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00AM every Friday via Zoom (not 25th December). Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding capacities, social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at

Prayer During December we shall be praying for people living in Winston Close, Roberts Field and Ridgeway Furlong in Heyford, Nether Lane and Thornton Close in Flore, The Green in Church Stowe and The Old Rectory, Rose Cottage and Western Cottage in Brockhall.


** Carol Sheets for ‘Carols on the Doorstep’ are available from 

Services for January 2021


Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00AM every Friday via Zoom (not 1st January). Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

As we re-open our church buildings for public worship, we follow all Church and Government Guidelines regarding capacities, social distancing, face coverings, no singing, the administration of Holy Communion etc. to ensure we keep people as safe as possible.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at

Prayer During January for people living in Church Lane and Weedon Rd in Heyford, Spring Lane and Russell Rise in Flore, Francis Row in Upper Stowe and the Stables and Coach House in Brockhall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – November 2020


Services for November 2020

Sunday 1st

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 8th

10:30 am Service for Remembrance Sunday via the Facebook Page

Sunday 15th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 22nd

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Sunday 29th

10:00 am Holy Communion Service via the Facebook Page

Midweek Service: Morning Prayer at 9:00 am every Friday via Zoom. Please contact the Rector for an invitation – all welcome.

The Benefice Facebook Page can be found at

During November we shall be praying for people living in Church Street and Manor Walk in Heyford, Kings Lane and The Orchard in Flore, Main Street in Upper Stowe and the Apartments in Brockhall Hall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

Remembrance Day – Sunday 8th November 2020

Nether Heyford Remembrance Day 2020

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 8th November 2020

Nether Heyford War Memorial

10:40 am Arrival of Major Thorneycroft MBE and those wishing to share the ceremony of remembrance.

10:45 am British Legion Wreath laid. Any other parties wreath laying may proceed, one group at a time, maintaining social distancing.

10:55 am Major Thorneycroft MBE reading names of the fallen “We will remember them……”

11:00 am Two minute silence

The opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the heroes of our village, to Remember and honour the fallen, is slightly different this year.

Please ensure that when you attend you observe social distancing guidelines

  • Personal moments of reflection and/or to leave a memory or flowers around the memorial are welcome throughout the day.
  • British Legion in attendance (within household group)
  • Cubs and Scouts in attendance in uniform (within household group)
  • The short road closure should be in place as usual.
  • There is no parade and military band this year.
  • There are no Church or Chapel services this year.
  • A virtual online Church service and blessing by Rev Stephen Burrow is at 10:30 am on the Benefice Facebook Page

Photo credit – Tony Boutle – November 2020

Photo Gallery Credit – Liam Reeve – November 2020

Watch the 2020 video:

Video credit – Liam Reeve – November 2020

Roll of Honour:

The Heyford and Stowe Roll of Honour details the lives of the 28 men on Heyford and Stowe village war memorials.

First published in 1993 by Celia and Brian Caucutt – Updated with new photographs and recently released census family information in 2018 by Jez Wilson

Heyford and Stowe – Roll of Honour – 1993

Heyford and Stowe – Roll of Honour – 2018

All the new research and new photographs discovered during the centenary 2018 project were sent to the Imperial War Museum and the men of Heyford and Stowe are now documented in the museums digital online archive “Lives of the First World War”


HEYFORD AND STOWE – ROLL OF HONOURA tribute to the servicemen commemorated on the Nether Heyford and Stowe Memorials

Nether Heyford War Memorial:

Church Stowe War Memorial:


Photo credit – Mick Parker – November 2019

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – November 2020

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends,

The Church is coming into a busy time of year. Our harvest celebrations are behind us, and we look forward to All Souls, then Remembrance Sunday, and shortly after that we begin Advent, and the preparations for Christmas. Obviously, things will be very different this year; social distancing, the rule of six, hygiene regulations, facemask’s and guidelines as to who we can meet and where will inevitably shape the way we mark these days and seasons.

As we enter November and the season of remembrance, we remember loved ones we have lost, and we remember Jesus, the resurrection and the life, our hope and future. With that hope in our hearts, we come to Remembrance Sunday.

Update 02/11/2020: The previously planned Remembrance Sunday service at the memorial is now cancelled

“Dear Friends. Due to the government’s announcement of a second national lockdown commencing on Thursday 5th November, the short services due to take place at the war memorials in Nether Heyford, Church Stowe and Flore on Remembrance Sunday have been cancelled. This decision has been taken after much prayer, thought and discussion, and with great disappointment. However, there will now be an online Service of Remembrance on the Benefice Facebook Page ( beginning at 10:30am, when the village Rolls of Honour will be read out. This will be an opportunity to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of the heroes of our villages, albeit a very different one in these unprecedented and challenging times.If you are able, please visit the war memorials in the villages throughout the day as part of your daily exercise on either Sunday 8th or Wednesday 11th November. Remember and honour the fallen, lay wreaths and pay your respects in private. Please ensure that when you do this, you observe social distancing guidelines to ensure we can all pay our respects as safely as possible.” With every blessing, Rev Stephen

At the war memorial, we recall Jesus’ words from the beatitudes; “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God”. Peacemakers, people who put themselves at the heart of the issue, striving for a just solution, yearning for peace, for wholeness and wellbeing for all.

As we begin to look forward to Advent, we will have a series of gift services in aid of eve, a Northampton based charity working with the survivors of domestic violence and abuse. (eve is the working name of the Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge.) At this time of year, the charity gratefully accepts new books and toys for children, ladies’ toiletry sets and/or cosmetics, small personal gifts, or chocolate selection boxes and Christmas food items that can be passed on to the families in the refuge. Gifts should be unwrapped. If you would like to donate a small gift, please drop it in to the Rectory prior to 29th November or bring it along to one of the three parish gift services on the November service rota.

One certainty in these uncertain times is that Christmas will be here on 25th December. You won’t be surprised to know that the church is looking at ways to do Christmas a little differently this year. Building on the many community successes in Heyford since March (food boxes; teddies; Holiday at Home; Facebook services, scrubs etc) one suggestion is to light up our windows over Advent and turn our village into a giant Advent calendar. How would it work? At least 24 families, shops, pubs, school, village hall etc volunteer to put up a picture/display in their window and light it every evening from dusk. A picture will be posted on a specific Facebook site and children and adults can go around the village and spot the displays. There will be more details in the next Prattler but to get started we need 24 volunteers. If you are interested, e-mail or text Pamela Hutchison, so we can see if it’s a runner. (Pamela Hutchison; / 07803 125005). If you want to see some examples of how it might work and the wide range of possible displays have a look at or advent.

I believe one more certainty in these ever-changing times is God’s presence with us, through all that’s going on. One of my favourite contemporary Christian writers, John Ortberg, reminds us “The most frequent promise in the Bible is ‘I will be with you’.”

Please be assured of my prayers during these unprecedented times, and if there is anything the Church or I can do for you, please give me a ring.

With every blessing,

Stephen 01327 344436 Mobile: 07511 544375 Email:

October 20th 2020

Heyford Singers – November 2020


A tribute to Joan Hanley

Nearly forty years ago on a preparatory visit to Nether Heyford before our move here (Bliss Charity School for one son, playgroup for another, and the all-important allotment) we wandered into Manor Park to have yet another look at our soon-to-be home, when we met Joan Hanley. She chatted to us, extolling the praises of this village, its friendly community and its facilities, undoubtedly a lovely place to work and bring up a young family. It was the beginning of a long friendship with this very special lady. But there is much history to Joan, and it begins many years before our first meeting …

Joan was born in December 1925 in the small Yorkshire village of Bubwith, where she later attended the local primary school, before moving onto a girls’ grammar school in Selby. Although Joan’s father and brother both enjoyed singing, the “cronky” piano with its untuned sound was the only instrument in the house. However Joan showed an early interest in learning to play the piano, received lessons from the village church organist and achieved Grade 8 before going off to train as a teacher in Ripon, studying music and history. It was here that Joan’s organ playing moved to a higher level, taught as she was by Dr Moody, organist of Ripon Cathedral. For two years she was the resident college organist, and on one occasion was invited to play the Cathedral organ for a special event!

Her teaching career began in 1945 at a primary school in Fulford, York where she taught for seven years, now also taking on the permanent post of church organist in her home village. In 1954 Joan applied for her third teaching post,”a first assistant (female)” at Willow Park Junior in Pontefract, which had 500 pupils and was the largest primary school in the West Riding. She got the job and worked alongside Arthur, who also taught at the same school. They married on 27th December 1954. The ensuing years saw Joan taking on more responsibility for music in school, playing the organ and accompanying choirs. She and Arthur joined Pontefract Choral Society, soprano and tenor respectively, and it was here that they developed their love, and experience, for great choral works as well as attending numerous music concerts.

When their daughters, Judith and Pamela arrived, Joan gave up teaching to be a stay at home mum. But as ever music teachers were much revered and Joan was frequently invited back into the classroom, to take music lessons, begin recorder groups, form school choirs and play for assemblies! Joan’s dedication to music in children’s lives was strong and varied! On one interesting occasion there was an evening’s entertainment of Sooty and Sweep with the ever-popular Harry Corbett; when the accompanist failed to turn up for the show Joan stood in at a moment’s notice – another musical accolade!

In 1974 Arthur took up a job with the Northamptonshire Inspectorate and the family relocated to this county, moving into the newly created Manor Park in February 1975 where extensive floods greeted them on their first day! It was to be a very long, settled and happy time for Joan and her family. She taught at Grange Junior School for ten years, and also at the Saturday morning Music School in Daventry. I am sure that there are many people reading this who will fondly remember their Saturday morning music classes with Joan, recorder playing, singing, etc. As a family we were always so grateful for Joan accompanying our son Jeremy on the piano and practising with him for his violin exams, his success in part attributable to her encouragement… and patience!

During my years of teaching at Bliss School I hold lovely memories of Joan playing the church organ for numerous carol concerts, leavers’ services and Harvest Festivals, as well as the occasions when I took my class of little people down to the church and she would let them press the organ keys or pedals! Her passion for music, and her love of children was very evident in her kindness, her delightful sense of humour and the ever-present twinkle in her eye. There are families who have christened their young children, walked down the aisle to be married, or bade farewell to those who have died – all to the musical accompaniment of Joan playing the organ in our local village church.

In 2003, shortly after Heyford Singers was formed, Joan joined the choir as an alto, where she remained a loyal and valued member until age and mobility applied their inevitable restraints. Her legacy with the Singers will live on in every new member who joins “ for the love of music and singing”.

Joan’s last few years were spent in a local care home, until she died in August at the grand age of 94! Her funeral, which was a beautiful and very personal occasion, taken by Reverend Stephen Burrow and Sue Morris, reflected all the aspects of music which Joan so loved – Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring (played on the organ), If with all your hearts (from Mendelssohn’s choral work, Elijah) and My Favourite Things (from The Sound of Music). We will miss Joan, her smile and sense of humour, her love of children, and the musical accompaniment that she gave to so many of our lives. We are all the richer for having known this lovely lady.

I would also like to dedicate this article, and indeed this issue of the Prattler, to all those friends and family members, within our village community, who have died in recent months. Sadly the restrictions of Covid 19 have prevented us sharing the grief, the tears and the hugs that we would normally give so freely. But they all live on in our hearts and leave us, each and every one, with such precious memories.

Take care as we enjoy the beauty of these late autumn days and we look towards the hopes of a new year. Stay healthy and content, take care of one another, and may music feature somewhere in your life every day.

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.