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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.


'Farthingstone Foot Fest 2024' - Saturday 1st June:
Walkers and runners can enjoy routes through our beautiful countryside ranging in length from 11 miles to a challenging 26 miles. Based around Farthingstone Village Hall, there are 7 checkpoints providing refreshments - and making sure no-one gets lost! - plus a meal (and free beer!) at the end.

May 1st update:
All 150 places are now taken so if you haven't pre-registered please don't turn up on the day. (Note: if you have registered and been given a number over '150', don't worry - just a querk of the system).
We look forward to welcoming you for a future event.

Storytelling by 'Feast of Fools' - Friday 14 June:
An evening of storytelling for the very first time in the Joy Mead. If you've never been to a storytelling performance, this is a perfect opportunity to experience this wonderful and ancient entertainment. More details to follow.

Outdoor theatre - Saturday 6 July:
Another chance to enjoy a performance by the talented 'White Cobra' theatre company in the gorgeous setting of the Joy Mead Cloisters. This year they are presenting an adaptation of 'James and the Giant Peach' by Roald Dahl. It's a perfect family event, with the opportunity to bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance and follow the adventures of James and the Giant Peach.

Annual Joy Mead Tea - Saturday 13 July:
Our annual invitation to all villagers for a free meal in the Cloisters. There will be the usual delicious salads followed by trifle and cakes. Guests also welcome for a small charge.

Joy Mead private hire dates:
Please note the Joy Mead will be closed on the following dates:
Wednesday 1st May - Monday 7th (wedding celebration)
Friday 24 May - Monday 27 May
Friday 21 June (evening) - Sunday 23 June (morning)

Monday 24 June (afternoon)
Sunday 21 July
Private hires provide vital income for the Joy Mead Charity Trust, which is essential for maintaining our lovely garden. If you would like to enquire about hiring Joy Mead for a special celebration, please contact us at info@joymead.org

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.
  • 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.
  • Every Tuesday: Quiz night in the Kings Arms from 7.45pm.
  • 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

Spring Tidy-up in the Joy Mead: Another excellent turnout to help get the garden and Cloisters ready for the summer. Thank you everyone! Lots of very useful jobs achieved - and a nice social occasion too.

Magic and cocktails evening: A big 'thank you' to everyone who came along and made the evening a great success. Most of the alcohol for the cocktails was donated, as were the canapes, and this helped us to make an excellent profit of £689 of which £200 has been sent to Parkinsons UK.

Christmas in the Cloisters 2023: What a lovely social evening, loads of villagers and visitors milling around the bar and the brazier and the colourful stalls - all in the magic of the Joy Mead Cloisters. It was very chilly but it was DRY. And Santa was so busy he almost ran out presents!
A massive thanks to all our helpers and to everyone who came and supported us. We raised £1375 for the Joy Mead which is fantastic!

Celebration of Harvest Oct 2023: A parade of vintage tractors, a challenging mouse trail, a scarecrow competition - and a chance to relax and chat in the gorgeous autumn sunshine. £735 raised for the church. Well done everyone!

Harvest Supper Sept 2023: Another great social occasion with an excellemt meal and lots of fun over the auction of produce and bric a brac. A fantastic total of over £1500 was raised, to be split between the Village Hall and the Church. Thanks to everyone who helped and supported.

Outdoor theatre in the Joy Mead Cloisters: 'White Cobra' theatre company brought magical story-telling to the Joy Mead with their adaptation of the Jules Verne classic 'Around the World in 80 Days'. It was lovely to see the garden and Cloisters buzzing. Thank you to all our supporters and helpers!


Joy Mead 100th birthday celebrations in 2022:
From 'Mr Toad' to Music Hall, from 'Soul Music' at full volume to the relaxing strains of the wind band, the Joy Mead was full of music and chat and celebrations.We did celebrate the 100th birthday of our lovely garden in style and hopefully Joy would have been proud.

Thank you so much to the amazing team who made it happen. And thank you to all those who came and donated and bought raffle tickets (prizes are on their way!). It wasn't the main aim but we also managed to raise about £2400 for the Joy Mead which is a fantastic result.

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