Village and District Diary

DUE to technical problems at the printing stage, a number of village reports were accidentally omitted in the current edition of the paper. The Daventry Express would like to apologise for this error and any inconvenience caused.

The full reports appear below.


Geoff Pullin 25 The Glebe, Badby 01327 871806


On Saturday at 1pm the second team plays Uppingham Town away. The first team plays Isham II at Long Roods from 1.30pm.


Sunday, 10am, shared praise at the United Reformed Church. There are no services at St Mary’s Church but there will be united benefice communion services.

Sunday, 8am, service at Newnham; 9.30am service at Preston Capes; 11.10am, service at Fawsley.

Tuesday, 6.30pm, 23-minute prayer-based united benefice service of the word at St Mary’s Church when the life of a saint of the week will be described.


There will be no meeting in August because of improvements being carried out to the village hall.


The show on Sunday, September 4 is open for anyone to enter. Schedules are available from Sue Ingham 01327 704562 and entry forms must be submitted by Tuesday, August 31.


The horticultural society is organising a coach to Malvern Autumn Show on Sunday, September 25 leaving at 8.15am. The price is £25 including coach and entry. Please contact Zelda on 01327 872118.


Rosemary Sheppy, Sears Farmhouse, Hill Road, Lower Boddington, 01327 261270,


On Sunday there will not be a service at Boddington. Sunday, 9am, communion at Woodford Halse; 11am, service at Byfield. Everyone welcome.


Sunday, 10.30am, family service led by Hazel Stagg. Tea and biscuits will be served after the service.


The match on Saturday will be at home against Woodford Halse A team. Do go along to the Charles Cowper field to show your support for the club.


Alan Powell 4 Church Road, Braunston 01788 890763


Tomorrow (Friday), members are having a fish and chip lunch, with dessert, in the village hall. All members who have booked are welcome. Door opens at 12.15pm with food served at 12.30pm.


Tomorrow (Friday) 10am to 6pm, every hour on the hour, there are free boat trips taking about 50 minutes.

These are on the water ouzel starting from the Stop House and are to see the Seven Spires installation. Places can be booked at the village shop or just turn up and trust to luck. All are welcome.


The playing fields will play host on Sunday to a traditional sports day with events including tossing the bale of hay, wanging the wellie, races for all ages and play and skill challenges including such things as stilt walking and juggling plus chances to play boule, parachute games and a chance for 50p to make and fly a kite.

On the eating side there will be a barbecue a beer tent and cakes at good prices.


As part of the above there is a Tug-o-War competition with different classes for different types of teams starting at 3pm including kids teams, adult teams and an all ages cup. For details and registration contact Wendi on 07749 873187 or email to


Pam Birdsall, 14 Church Street, Byfield, 01327 260861,


The Play Rangers will be on the Brightwell Recreation Ground between 10am and 11.30am today (Thursday), and again on August 25 and September 1. Just turn up and see what they have to offer. The Rangers are staff attached to Daventry District Council.


Due to the annual reduction of services during August the draw for the 200 Club has been delayed, and will take place on Sunday.

Contact Chris Cross on 01327 260764 before then to maximize your chances to win one of the 24 prizes on offer over the next twelve months. Numbers cost £12 each and last for a year.

The draw usually takes place on the second Sunday of the month for two prizes, of £50 and £25, and raises funds for the Holy Cross Action Project to update the church for use in the 21st century.


Holy Cross Church will be open on Saturday, September 10 in support of the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust Annual Ride and Stride. Volunteers are needed to be on duty to register participants as they arrive and to offer them light refreshments (hot or cold drinks and biscuits).

Also, volunteers are needed to take part in the event, riding or striding to as many churches in the area as they can between the hours of 10am and 6pm, and sponsors for those taking part.

Money raised through this is used to enable the Trust to assist with the cost of repairing, restoring, and improving historic churches: half of it, that is. One half of each person’s sponsorship is given direct to whichever church that person nominates.

Full details and sponsorship forms are available from Barry Thompson on 01327 260227. Offers of help should also be directed to him.


A four-course dinner and murder mystery will be the next in the series of Supper Evenings in aid of the Holy Cross Action Project.

Want to join the fun while enjoying a superb meal – and maybe identify the murderer?

Then get your tickets from Chris Cross on 01327 260764 or Pam Hicks on 011327 261257. They cost £17.50 each and admission is strictly by ticket only, so don’t leave it too late.

Members of Eydon Players are welcomed to the event in Byfield Village Hall. The fun starts at 7.30pm on Saturday September 10, and it’s a bring-your-own-drinks evening.


Sunday, 9am, BCP holy communion at Woodford Halse; 11am, holy communion at Byfield both led by Rev Geoff Moore.

Wednesday, 9.45am, holy communion at Byfield, led by Rev Geoff Moore.

Canons Ashby

Laura Malpas, Canons Ashby House


The Pantaloons present a hilarious new interpretation of Chaucer’s cheeky tale of the Wife of Bath. Children can take part in a drama workshop before the performance, held between 3pm and 5pm. The performance starts at 6.30pm. Why not bring a picnic, a couple of chairs and settle down to enjoy the fun.

Tickets are available from Canons Ashby, adults £7.50, children £3. Call 01327 861900 for more details.


Graham White, 8 Church Street, Charwelton


Sunday, 8am, holy comunion at Newnham; 9.30am, holy communion at Preston Capes; 11.10am, holy communion at Fawsley.


A performance takes place in the village hall on Saturday September 17 entitled A Rakes Progress.

This performance in loosely based on the etchings of William Hogarth and is a production features rousing songs, eccentric masks and rumbustious puppets.

To order a ticket please contact Polly Barnard, on 01327 261251. Concessions £6.


The Culworth Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church bell ringers will be holding its monthly practice on Saturday, August 17 at Eydon from 7.30pm to 9pm. All welcome.

Chipping Warden

Inez Ronaldson, 7 The Close, Chipping Warden 01295 660289


Sunday, 10am, mattins service.


Saturday, September 10, historic churches bike ride; Saturday, September 17, Harvest Supper; Sunday, October 2, Farmers Market; Saturday, October 29, Halloween Supper; Friday, November 11, Godfrey’s quiz; Thursday, December 1, village hall bingo.


Jackie Megeary The Bakehouse, Everdon 01327 361671


Sunday, 11am, holy communion.


Tuesday, 2pm, whist drive in Everdon Village Hall.


These have now been delivered to every household in the parish. There are a few spares so if anyone would like an extra copy give Jan a ring on 01327 361562.


There is lots of activity in Everdon again as we all prepare for this year’s grand fete.

There are all the usual stalls - cake, bottle, plants etc and plenty of games to keep young and old amused - coconut shy, skittles, horseshoe throwing etc.

Daventry Brass band will be playing underneath the horse chesnut tree as usual - which gives the fete a magical feel. Brackley Morris Men will be entertaining us and everyone is welcome!

Entrance is free - as is parking. The fete will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm. Put the date in your diary now.

Details of stallholders for donations are in the newsletter and on

There will be additional entertainment on fete weekend at the Plough:

On Friday August 26, Rock Chick, a tribute rock act, will be performing in the pub garden from approximately 8.30pm and on fete night (Monday August 29)

Trip to the Sun will round off the weekend with a performance, again at around 8.30pm. No fixed charge for these events but a donation is appreciated.

Jan Clark will be doing an interview on BBC Radio Northampton at 10.45am on Thursday August 25 on Bernie Keith’s show.


Alan Watson, 7 High Street, Eydon, 01327 261220


There will be no service at St Nicholas on Sunday.


On Saturday there will be a branch practise at St Nicholas Church. This means the bells will be rung from 7.30pm to 9pm.


On Saturday, the annual initiative to make sure that our village is spic and span. It is hoped that all residents will continue to keep the outside of their properties neat but this is when we like to ensure that the public areas are equally tidy. Please meet outside the Royal Oak at 10am bringing along any tools that you think might be useful. If you cannot make that date or time but are willing to do so at another time please contact


Sue Thomas, Flecknoe, 01788 890270


The next meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 15 starting at 8pm in the village hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.


St Marks Harvest Festival is on Sunday, September 26 starting at 5pm. The supper will be served after the service in the village hall. Tickets are available from Clare Grant.


It is harvest time again and tractors are populating the narrow country roads. Please be patient and realise the driver is also trying to reach a destination on time. Often the driver will pull over to allow you to pass, and a courtesy wave is always appreciated.


Jenifer Fell, Haseldene, Hellidon.


The doors opened at 9.15am on Saturday, 13 August, at the village hall for exhibitors to take along their entries to the Fourth Annual Village Show and remained open until noon. After which, Wendy Evans of Hollowell was able to conduct the judging. The doors re-opened at 2pm when everyone, whether an exhibitor or not, was able go in. A small charge was levied for non-exhibitors.

21 exhibitors, mostly from Hellidon, entered a variety of items in the 26 classes which featured a variety of produce, arts and crafts and a photographic section with the theme Hellidon Events. This latter class was divided into age groups, although, this year, for the first time there were no entries in the children’s section.

All garden produce was grown and cakes made by the exhibitor.

From the garden produce on show it was apparent that Hellidon soil is very good for both flower and vegetable production with varieties of beans, tomatoes, cabbages and lettuces being very prominent. So too was the vast array of flowers, which had been incorporated into displays.

The photographic section featured pictures of Hellidon’s Royal Wedding celebrations and recalled memories of a lively street party and eventful day.

The Best in Show award was given by the judge to Rosemary Davidson for her embroidery and the choice of visitors’ Best in Show was awarded to Linda Wilson for her woodwork. Both award-winning items were entered into the craft section for which the entrants received a small trophy and a certificate.

Cream teas were served throughout the afternoon and a raffle was also held.

Brita Wood, the organiser was pleased with the response to the show, which had more entrants than in previous years and in a short speech at the termination of events she thanked everyone, whether entrant, or visitor for their support.


This is the title given by the organisers for this year’s open gardens event, which will be held on two days during the Bank Holiday. Gardens, incorporating vegetables into their scheme will be open on Sunday, August 28 and Monday, August 29 to visitors from noon to 6pm.

The parish church will also be open to visitors where the theme of vegetable growing will form part of the displays.

Other attractions during the weekend will include bee keeping, a plant stall, home made fudge, a cookery demonstration, local wines and cider and poultry keeping. There will be live music in some of the gardens and cream teas will also be available.

Entry to all of the gardens will be covered by an initial charge of £4 and there will be a free car park. Profits from the event will be donated to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.


This annual event will take place on Saturday, September 10. Tony Fell has sponsor forms available for anyone wishing to take part in the event, which raises funds for the local parish church and the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust.

Long Buckby

Delia King, 01327 843427


A Road Closure Order has been made for the whole of Long Buckby Market Place on Bank Holiday Monday, (August 29) between 8am and 6pm. Traffic travelling through Long Buckby will not be able to use the road connecting High Street to Station Road at Market Place and parking will not be possible on any part of the Market Place including the spaces next to Costcutter and the NatWest Bank. Owners leaving vehicles parked overnight are asked to remove them by 8am please.

A diversion will be available for light vehicles via Church Street and King Street as they will be unaffected. Long HGVs will not have a practicable through route to/from High Street and should avoid the village if possible. Thank you.


Here are more details about Feast week events.

Wednesday, quiz night at the URC Church schoolrooms (Brington Road.) Starts at 7pm, tickets £5 per team. Friday August 26, TV game show evening - have a go at games like Mr and Mrs, Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Who wants to be a Millionaire and The Cube, at the Community Centre at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and up to £500 prize money to win on the night. Saturday August 27, car boot sale on the Sports field from 9am to noon, admission free - to book pitch call 01327 842244, £ 5 prebooked, £6 on the day.

Monday August 29 is FEAST DAY on the Market Square, with special guest Arthur Bostrom, who played the policeman in ‘Allo ‘Allo, to open the Feast at 1pm, admission free.

Saturday, September 3, Craft and Produce Show at the Community Centre starts at 1pm, public admission 50p at the door - entry forms for those wishing to exhibit craft or produce available at the Newsagents and the Peephole.

Sunday, September 4 - Open Gardens in Long Buckby and Buckby Wharf from 1pm with the DACT shuttle bus to transport you if you wish, and teas available at the Baptist Church on Long Buckby market square, maps (for admission) to gardens £1. And don’t forget the recipe for Feast Pudd’n for Feast Day is available from Buckby Newsagents, so start cooking soon.


Here are some dates to put in your diary for events at the United Reformed Church (URC) on Brington Road.

Saturday, September 18, Harvest Festival all welcome, led by Rev April Richards. The following day, there will be a sale of produce from the festival at 2pm at the URC.

Further events will be: Cantare singers on Saturday, October 15, Christmas coffee morning on Saturday December 3 and Daventry Brass Band on Sunday December 11, more details of these nearer the time.


On Friday, July 15 a hornet was seen and also humming bird hawk moth. Butterflies were in short supply, the most prolific were the peacocks. Tortoiseshells were also scarce as were whites and blues. Bats were seen on several warmer nights. Buzzards were observed with young flying about this month, and rabbits have mixy! Wildlife sightings please to Peter Spokes on 01327 842327.


Newnham Primary School, School Hill, Newnham, NN11 3HG bursar@


Newnham Garden’s Festival will be held on Sunday, June 3 at 1pm-5pm with a red, white and blue theme to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There will be Open Gardens, Jubilee exhibition by Newnham School, a decorated wheelbarrow competition, Owls Galore, plants, teas and much more. So put the date in your diaries and wait for more information nearer the time.

Jazz on the Green .This popular event will be held on the evening of Saturday July 7. Entertainment will be provided by Bob Caldwell and friends.


Today (Thursday) at the home of Pat Lawrence at 4.30pm. Please bring a garden chair, and request fine weather. Call Ivy on 01327 703650 or Pauline  on 01327 704734.


School does not resume until Tuesday, September 6. Mandy Atkins from Harmany Childcare will be running Holiday Club in school between 8am and 6pm. Children can do morning, afternoon, full day sessions or even odd hours as required. Please call Mandy on 07763 462583 if you need childcare for your child/children.


As most people are now aware the school office is not open in school holidays. Please email or telephone 01327 301279 and speak to Helen Williams for articles before Tuesday September 6.


Kim Russell, Norton. 01327 312036


In preparation for 2012 we are bringing you the Norton Village Olympics. Taking place on Saturday, September 3 in the field next to the church, events start at 11am - bring your sunflower and garden tray entries to the village hall.

At 11.30am come along and join the village Treasure Hunt, clues for adults and children. Olympic events start at 2pm. open to children up to six, seven to 10, 11 to 14 and adults.

Plus stalls, raffle and auction. Refreshments in the village hall. Donations required cakes, jams, books, tombola etc. Contact Roger, Alison or Roy.


The supper takes place at 7pm on Saturday, September 24 in the village hall. Tickets £7. To book contact Angela on 702231.

Weedon Bec

Tony Johns 7 Eton Close,Weedon Bec NN7 4PJ, 01327 341729


Just a reminder of the concert in the church this Saturday given by Guyathrie and William Patrick and also Marie-Anne Hall accompanied by John Turner on the organ. John Anderson will also be playing his bagpipes. The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets at £6 can be had from either Freda on 01327 341479 or Doreen on 01327 341753 or on the door.


The 400 club July draw winner was Cyril Marriot, 0021 with £200. The WSA is always looking for new members, so please visit our new website for information or email

Woodford Halse

C.E. Primary School, High Street, Woodford Halse


Sunday, 9am, holy communion at St Mary’s. Hinton Methodists will be going to the 10.30am service at Upper Boddington Methodist Chapel.


Woodford Halse CE School Sports Field, hosts a car boot sale on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Pre-book £5 per car or £6 on the day. Refreshments. Please ring Woodford Halse Children’s Centre on 01327 264809 for more details.