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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.

A45 Flore by-pass news: For up to date information on the A45 Flore by-pass, visit www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk and follow the links to Highways.

Events coming up:

Thursday April 6 - 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.

Sunday April 9 - Joy Mead Spring Tidy-up: Our chance to tackle the jobs needed to get the garden ready for summer. Please come along and give a hand. It's a good Sunday morning workout plus there is lots of chat with coffee and biscuits provided!

Saturday June 10 - Farthingstone Foot Fest: The Farthingstone Foot Fest is a charity walk organised by Farthingstone Village Hall Committee in accordance with the guidelines of the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association). Our first Foot Fest was in 2008 and, with more than 200 participants in previous years, we are looking forward to an even bigger event this year!

There are two Walks, both starting and finishing at Farthingstone Village Hall. The routes cover significant stretches of the Macmillan Way, Knightley Way and Midshires Way with connecting footpaths through the wonderful rolling countryside of Northamptonshire.

Farthingstone 'Challenge': a 26 mile challenging ‘figure of eight’ walk or run

Farthingstone 'Half Marathon': a 13 (or 15) mile circular walk or run forming part of the 26 mile route.

Start times:
26 mile: walkers start 8.00 a.m., runners start 9.00 a.m.
13 (or 15) mile: runners & walkers start 10.00 a.m.

Entry fee:
26 mile: £15.00 (£16.50 on day)
13 (or 15) mile: £11.50 (£13.00 on day)

Organised by the Farthingstone Foot Fest Committee with proceeds for Farthingstone Village Charities.

This year’s sponsorship is to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

Sponsorship Forms available from www.alzheimers.org.uk.
Please try to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

To find out more and for entry forms please click here or contact Paul Allinson on p_allinson@hotmail.com or phone 01327 361681.

Saturday July 15 - Village Tea (from 17.30): This is a lovely opportunity for villagers to get together and celebrate our unique garden. The Tea is free to all villagers with a small charge for guests. Please bring your own plates and cutlery. There will be Jenga and Connect 4 for all to play on the grass.

Saturday October 7 - Farthingstone's Got Talent: We are in the early days of planning a fundraising event in the Village Hall. It will be an evening of entertainment based on a variety hall theme. We are looking for individuals or groups of people who can entertain either by singing, dancing, playing instruments, performing magic, telling jokes etc. We are also looking for sponsors and volunteers to help. It is also anticipated to have an Auction of Promises so looking for suggestions for interesting lots.
All enquiries please to Sue Doust tel 361482 (Farthingstone PCC)

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
  • 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

Village Litter Pick (Feb 12): It was cold, it was windy and it was trying to sleet - so it was particularly heartening to see so many people turn out to do their bit to keep our Parish litter-free! Three children, two dogs and umpteen adults did a sterling job covering all the roads in the Parish and producing the usual astonishing array of junked items. Thanks everyone - and also to the cake bakers who made it all worthwhile with coffee and cake and chat afterwards in the Village Hall.

'Christmas in the Cloisters' (Dec 3): The Cloisters sparkled under the fairy lights and candlelight. We were very lucky with the weather and a good crowd braved the cold - fortified of course by the excellent mulled wine. Santa arrived to a big fanfare and the Band accompanied some lusty carol singing. A splendid evening of good Christmas cheer!
Thanks to everyone who came and supported us and to the team who put in a lot of work to make it happen. Thanks also to the Band and to everyone who contributed prizes. We made a grand total of £830 for the Joy Mead which is a fantastic result!

Joy Mead autumn tidy-up (Nov 13): It was a beautiful morning and so nice to see a good turnout for the tidy-up.

Thank you very much everyone who came: Peter and Sue, Sarah, Bruce, John and Jenny, Paul, Alan, Steve, Tony, Karen with Elise and Alina, Tony and Debbie. We cleared leaves and moss, swept the Cloisters, hacked back brambles and lopped branches. All essential work to keep the Joy Mead tidy for another year.

Special thanks to Peter and Graham for reaching the end of a major renovation of the cast-iron gutters in the Cloisters. It has been a huge amount of work and a great job well done.

Thanks everyone!

Harvest Supper (October 15): Thanks to everyone who came to our Harvest Supper and made it a great success. We managed to raise in excess of £700 for the Village Hall thanks to the wonderful donations made by our Villagers and entertainingly auctioned off by our resident auctioneer Peter Stanton. Special thanks to the two star quality chefs (Sarah and Pat) who produced a memorable feast together with welcome support from our pudding crew.

Farthingstone Garden Party (Sunday 19 June): After the excitement of the 2016 Aviva Women's Cycle Tour hurtling through Farthingstone in the morning, Sunday afternoon saw us celebrating village life with a traditional Garden Party in the lovely setting of the Joy Mead. There was easy jazz from Lincoln Noel, delicious cakes, lots of craft stalls and plenty of games for all ages - including the hilarious tug-of-war finale. In addition to having a lot of fun, we also managed to raise £1600 towards the upkeep of our beautiful gardens. Many thanks to everyone who came and supported us and to those who undertook the considerable amount of work needed to make it happen - particularly to Laura for taking on the organising.

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