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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: .

Local History talk 'Farthingstone Saints and Sinners' - Saturday 27 November (please note the date changel): Starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, the talk by Peter Stanton will last about an hour and will feature local stories about the good and the bad (spoiler alert - the bad are more interesting!) and will be suitable for all ages. Hear about some wicked vicars who stole from Farthingstone villagers and the village boy who got away with murder!
There is no admission charge but there will be a vigorous collection for the Air Ambulance afterwards.

Joy Mead Autumn Tidy-up - Sunday 28 November (10.00 - 12.00): The twice-yearly tidy-ups - plus the summer mowing rota - are key to keeping the Joy Mead open and free to visitors and looking lovely all year round. There is always plenty to do - as well as chat and a cup of coffee to enjoy. New helpers very welcome! Please bring your own gloves and favourite garden tools.

'Christmas in the Cloisters' - Saturday 4 December (4.30 - 6.30pm):
Welcome to our totally unique and magical celebration of Christmas in the candle-lit surroundings of the Joy Mead Cloisters. The fresh air always circulating through the open Cloisters will be a major asset this year - just dress up warmly!
With the brazier to keep us warm as well, there will be mulled wine, mince pies and barbecued sausages, colourful stalls to entice you, carol singing round the Christmas tree and games to play - 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!

Farthingstone Foot Fest 2022 - Saturday 18 June: We look forward to welcoming all runners and walkers to our beautiful corner of Northamptonshire. Courses range from 11 to 26 miles in length and are fully supported with regular checkpoints. Save the date - detailed information and entry forms will be available shortly.

100 th birthday celebrations in July 2022
Next year we are looking forward to celebrating the
100th birthday of the 'Joy Mead'.
We are planning a number of events around Joy's birthday in the middle of July including a whole weekend of festivities. Do come and join us! More details on times and tickets to follow.

Wind in the Willows - Saturday 2 July:
We are very excited to be collaborating with 'White Cobra' theatre productions to put on 'Wind in the Willows' in the fabulous setting of the Joy Mead. The production will be suitable for all ages and will start at 6pm to enable little ones to join in.

Evening concert of 'Popular Music and Music Hall Songs from 100 years ago' - Friday 15 July:
A performance in costume by the accomplished duo of Chris Green and Sophie Matthews celebrating the time when Joy was a young woman.

Evening concert by 'Chain of Fools' - Saturday 16 July:
The 10 piece band is coming all the way from Warwickshire to get everyone up and dancing! Motown Soul and R&B straight out of the Commitments film.

Afternoon Garden Party - Sunday 17 July:
A chance to unwind and enjoy a traditional garden party with scrumptious teas, music from the Abingdon Wind Band and lots of old-fashioned games (including of course a tug of war!).

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: Lizzy runs Hatha yoga classes for all at Farthingstone Village Hall 11.30 - 12.45pm. Contact Lizzy via www.yogawalks.co.uk or on 07950 573719 to book a space or for more information.
  • Every Wednesday: Tai Chi was in the Village Hall but is currently conducted via 'Zoom'. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which can improve balance, posture, mobility and flexibility. Contact Sian Gaskins on 01327 340885 for more information.
  • First Thursday every month: Ladies Night in the Kings Arms - from 8.00 pm. 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 Supper: A very social evening with great home-baked food and a lively auction. Thank you to everyone who baked and donated and bid. The evening raised nearly 1000 pounds for our local charities which was fantastic.

Concert by 'Back in Time on 24 July': What a great evening! The forecast thunderstorms never quite made it this far and it was dry all night. The band - on their first gig for 18 months because of the pandemic - were terrific and had everyone up dancing in the Cloisters. It felt like a real celebration - thank you everybody!

Joy Mead Tea:Nearly 50 of us gathered together on the 10th July for a lovely social evening. Thank you to everyone who joined in - particularly our new residents - and a big thanks to all the helpers and bakers. The generous donations from everyone meant that we more than covered the cost of the 'free' meal, raising a total of £269. Thanks everyone!

Farthingstone Open Gardens: Another fun and hugely successful day with the village hosting lots of visitors from far and wide. The rather grey and chilly weather didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits and everyone seemed to have a good time.
The magnificent array of over 40 cakes were almost all consumed (and declared 'delicious'!) and the impressive display of home grown plants attracted lots of buyers.
Thank you very much as always to the magnificent team who worked so hard to make it all happen - plus all those who donated and of course to all our lovely visitors. Between all your efforts and support, we raised an amazing £2500 for our village charities. Thank you!

Farthingstone Foot Fest 2021: A gorgeous sunny day brought 140 walkers and runners from far and wide to tackle various length of challenge through our beautiful countryside. Well done everyone - your enthusiasm and determination is an inspiration to us all!

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