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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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For Tickets for the Joy Mead 100 years celebration events please click here.

Events coming up in 2022:

Farthingstone Foot Fest 2022 - Saturday 18 June: We look forward to welcoming all runners and walkers to our beautiful corner of Northamptonshire. Starting from the Village Hall, courses range from 11 to 26 miles in length and are fully supported with regular checkpoints. For further information - and how to enrol - please visit the Farthingstone Foot Fest page of the website (see above)..

100 th birthday celebrations in July 2022
Our beautiful 'Joy Mead' garden, with its unique Grade 2 listed Cloisters, will be 100 years old this year. We look forward to welcoming friends, neighbours and supporters - old and new - to join in the celebrations.
We are planning a number of events around Joy's birthday in the middle of July including a whole weekend of festivities.
Tickets for all the events are available locally (from Debbie on 361576 or Peter on 361621 or the Kings Arms pub) or via Ticketsource - click the relevant buttons below.

Wind in the WillowsGreenMatthewsChain of Fools

Wind in the Willows - Saturday 2 July, 6pm:
We are very excited to be collaborating with 'White Cobra Productions' to put on a brand new adaptation of the classic and much loved '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 everyone to join in. The gate will open at 4.30pm if you want to bring a picnic and there will be a bar - and hopefully ice creams! Advance tickets 10 pounds adults, schoolchildren 6.
To book tickets for Wind in the Willows please
click here

'GreenMatthews' present 'Popular Music and Music Hall Songs from 100 years ago' - Thursday 14 July at 7.30pm:
A performance in costume and using an eclectic mix of instruments by the accomplished duo of Chris Green and Sophie Matthews, celebrating the time when Joy was a young woman. Gate opens at 7pm and there will be a bar. Advance tickets 10 pounds adults, schoolchildren 5.
To book tickets for GreenMatthews or Chain of Fools please click here

Evening concert by 'Chain of Fools' - Saturday 16 July, 7.30pm:
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. Come along from 6pm if you want to bring a picnic first. Bar. Advance tickets 10 pounds adults, schoolchildren 5.
To book tickets for GreenMatthews or Chain of Fools please click here

Abingrton Wind Band

Afternoon Garden Party - Sunday 17 July (2 - 6pm):
A chance to unwind and enjoy a celebratory garden party with scrumptious teas (including birthday cake!), music from the Abington Wind Band and some old-fashioned games (including of course a tug of war!).The Grand Raffle will be drawn at 5pm. Free entry.


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

'Christmas in the Cloisters': What a magical start to Christmas! It was a delight to see so many friends and neighbours and visitors thronging the Cloisters. The queue to see Santa in his wonderful Grotto was epic, the band (all members of the Roade Community Orchestra) were marvellous as always and everyone seemed to be having a grand time.
We also raised around £1500 to keep our beautiful Joy Mead open for everyone to enjoy all year round.
Thank you to all the huge team who made it happen - and to everyone who came, donated and supported us.
Merry Christmas everyone!

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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