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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: .

Art Trail - October 2 - 10: During this year's South Northamptonshire Art Trail, our resident artist Jenny Clark will be exhibiting original artwork in Farthingstone Village Hall along with four other artists. The exhibition will be open daily (except for Monday and Tuesday), from 10 until 5 and they would love you to call in for a browse and chat.

As usual, there will be original paintings and prints (framed and unframed )and cards for sale and with the help of Farthingstone's best bakers, this year there will also be tea and cakes (proceeds from which will go to charity).

The artists look forward to welcoming you.

Cemetery and Churchyard Tidy-ups - Saturday 16 October and Saturday 23 October respectively (both 10.00 - 12.00): The Parish Council has two tidy-ups planned and would be grateful for any help. The Cemetery on Maidford Road needs a general clear up along with some grass seed sowing. This will be on Saturday 16 October. Hedge trimming, trimming of the Weeping As and lopping of some overhead tree branches is also required in St Mary's Churchyard and we will be setting to work there from 10.00 - 12.00 on Saturday 23 October.
If you are able to lend a hand, please bring along your own tools - all help is very much appreciated.

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.

The re-arranged 'Wind in the Willows' outdoor performance by White Cobra productions (which was cancelled due to Covid) is scheduled for Saturday 2 July and there will be various events around the weekend of July 16/17. Save the dates - details to follow!

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 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 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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