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Welcome to Farthingstone

Farthingstone is a delightful small village in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Situated half way between Towcester and Daventry, the village has 79 houses, St Mary’s Church, the Baptist Chapel, The Kings Arms pub and a Village Hall which used to be the school. We also have the Joy Mead Memorial Garden and Cloister as a wonderful amenity for use by the Villagers.

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Events coming up:

Thursday 1st November - Ladies Night in the Kings Arms: Our monthly chat and a drink in the inviting atmosphere of the Kings Arms. Any time from 8pm. Do come and join us.

Saturday 6 - Sunday 14 October 'Open Studio': Jenny Clark and Gisele Hibberd Pellegrini are staging an Open Studio as part of this year's Northamptonshire Art Trail in The Chapel, Farthingstone, every day from 10am - 5pm. They will be demonstrating both watercolour and mixed media techniques and there will be original artwork, prints and cards available for purchase.

Farthingstone Panto: Apologies everyone - the panto has had to be postponed for personal reasons. We will try and re-schedule it during the winter. Watch this space for more information!

Tuesday 6 November - 'Fashion & Fizz' in Farthingstone: Please join us for an evening of fashion, fizz and fun. Starting at 7pm prompt in the Village Hall, there will be fashions and accessories shown by Molly and Co. Ltd. Tickets are £7.50 and include a glass of Prosecco (or soft drink).
Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible as space is limited. Tickets are available from Molly and Co. (9 White Horse Yard, Towcester Tel 01327 351900), Betty Ore ((01327 361426) and Sue Doust (01327 361482).
All proceeds to St Mary the Virgin Church, Farthingstone.

Saturday 1st December - Christmas in the Cloisters: This is our totally unique and magical celebration of the start of Christmas in the candle-lit surroundings of the Joy Mead Cloisters. With the brazier to keep us warm, there will be mulled wine and barbecued sausages, carol singing round the Christmas tree, tempting stalls and games for all ages - and of course Father Christmas has promised that he will pay us a visit. Bring along family and friends for a lovely start to the festivities!

Regular Events

Farthingstone has a busy diary of events throughout the year. New members from the village and surrounding areas are always welcome.
  • Every Monday:Hatha yoga classes for all at Farthingstone Village Hall 11.45 - 1.00pm. We have spaces for newcomers, all welcome from Farthingstone and neighbouring villages. Contact Lizzy via www.yogawalks.co.uk or on 07950 573719 to book a space or for more information.
  • Every Wednesday: Tai Chi in the Village Hall - 10.00-11.00 am. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which can improve balance, posture, mobility and flexibility. Contact Sian Gaskins on 01327 340885 or come along any Wednesday for a taster session.
  • First Thursday every month: Ladies Night in the Kings Arms - from 8.00 pm (NB next gathering is Thursday May 3.) An informal chance for a chat in the inviting atmosphere of the Kings Arms.
  • Bimonthly from January, 3rd Monday: Parish Council meetings in the Village Hall - 8.00 pm
  • July every year: The Village Tea in the Joy Mead
  • October every year: Harvest Supper in the Village Hall

Recent events

Harvest Celebration (Sunday 7 October): With a bright and sunny autumn afternoon in the beautiful garden and yard of Church Farm, the event proved a great success. Special thanks to our hosts and family. The vintage tractors and vehicles proudly lined up in the yard, burgers and hotdogs were consumed all afternoon together with tea, coffee and cakes. Villagers and visitors generously bought cakes and produce and the tombola ran out of both tickets and prizes!
A huge 'thank you' to everyone who helped. The afternoon concluded with a Harvest service in our beautiful Church - and a tremendous total of £1300 was raised towards Church funds.

Joy Mead Tea (Saturday 14th July): A goodly crowd of 50 turned up to enjoy a perfect evening in the Cloisters. There was good chat, good food - and good games on the grass.
Thank you to everyone who came and especially to all those who help make it happen.

Joy Mead Garden Party: What a lovely afternoon in the Joy Mead (Sunday June 17). So nice to see it buzzing with friends and families enjoying themselves. And the tug-of-war rounded it off magnificently!

Thank you everyone for coming and making the afternoon a great success. A massive thanks too to the many people who worked very hard to make it happen – and to the many individuals and local businesses who provided generous support and donations. We have raised around £1400 to maintain our beautiful Joy Mead – well done and thanks everyone!

Debbie, Laura and the Garden Party Team

Farthingstone Foot Fest: On Saturday 9 June, Farthingstone played host to 150 walkers and runners who had travelled from all over the country to take part in this year's Farthingstone Foot Fest (FFF). Started in 2009, this is an annual event organised by the FFF Committee and run with help from the local community and friends to raise money for the village and also, this year, for Alzheimer's.
Participants could choose the full marathon course or shorter vatiants, based on a challenging figure of eight course from the Village Hall through the rolling Northamptonshire countryside with lots of stiles and other obstacles..
The weather on the day was almost perfect and fast times were expected and achieved. A FFF record was made with the fastest marathon cross country being 4 hours 34 mins. Truly outstanding!
However the event was most definitely not a race and for each entrant simply an opportunity for them to enjoy the day in the way and distance for which they wanted to be involved. If there was one overriding comment from the participants, it is that they are amazed at just how beautiful Northamptonshire is.

Though the figures have yet to be finalised, over £2500 has so far been confirmed as raised and the Committee wishes to thank everyone who took part, both the entrants and the many volunteers who manned the checkpoints, served the food and generally gave their time to make the day such a success.
We are looking forward to holding the event again next year on Saturday 8 June 2019 and hope to see you there.

Joy Mead Tidy-up| (Sunday 8 April): An amazing 15 people turned up to help get the Joy Mead garden ready for the summer. Thank you very much and well done everyone!

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