HMP Gartree “Super Prison” rejected by Harborough Council

Good news that the planning application from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) was discussed and rejected by the Harborough District Council (HDC) Planning Committee at their meeting on Tuesday 5th April 2022.

See the latest from Harborough FM by clicking the link below,

East Farndon Parish Council (EFPC) supported our neighbouring Parish Councils in objecting to the potential development of a new “super prison” at Gartree. You can view the Parish Councils’ joint objection letter, prepared by consultants, Armstrong Rigg, who spoke on our behalf at the meeting, by clicking the link below,

If you have any questions or comments, please email our Parish Clerk, Caroline Burton, or you can comment on this website via the text box below.

Please support the people of Ukraine

East Farndon Parish Council stands in support of the people of Ukraine. Please consider making a personal donation to one of the following humanitarian relief charities, by clicking the links below,

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), The British Red Cross,

Please also consider the scheme that is run by the government for people to make an offer of accommodation ( Hosts and refugees will be vetted by the government.

Thank You.

East Farndon Defibrillator – recent training & where to find our unit

Many thanks to Elaine Pepler for organising the Defibrillator Training that took place in the Village Hall on 2nd March 2022. The event was well attended and our instructor, Alan from the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, was superb. He passed on his excellent expertise in a fun, practical and engaging manner and this was appreciated by everyone.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust has been set up to break the “silence” on SADS, (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) and to create a new generation of young lifesavers and inspire young people. The Trust was set up after the tragic loss of Joe Humphries who died while out jogging with his friend in October 2012. If you would like to make a donation, please click the link below.

Where to Find the East Farndon Defibrillator and Instruction Video

East Farndon has a Defibrillator that is located on the wall outside the Village Hall.

Our unit is a portable, Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that is especially designed for people with little or no medical background.

In the event of an emergency, always call 999 and follow the instructions from your local ambulance service. If you need to access the Defibrillator, simply pull the red plastic tag to break it off, then rotate the cabinet housing to the left.

The Village Hall is located on Main Street, pretty much in the middle of the Village, at postcode LE16 9SH or what3words location ///spaces.amending.cheesy

If coming down the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your right, approx 100 yards past the War Memorial / Back Lane turning. If coming up the hill on Main Street, the Village Hall is on your left, but if you get to the War Memorial / Back Lane turning, then you have gone too far.

Our Village Defibrillator is checked regularly by members of the Parish Council and it is supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust. You can find lots of information about this important lifesaving equipment by visiting their website at:

A Defibrillator is a computerised medical device that delivers an electrical current through the chest which aims to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm allowing it to pump again. Rapid response using automated technology can significantly improve the quality of life of a survivor, as the longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more damage that can occur. An AED is a portable Defibrillator especially designed for people with little or no medical background. 

When applied to the victim, voice commands, and screen messages will guide the user step-by-step through the process and its intelligent technology will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. AED technology opens a window for the public to take on a key role to support the emergency services, who would otherwise be hindered by the time it takes to reach the victim. It is argued that AEDs should be as broadly deployed as fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

By clicking the link below, you can view a video that provides guidance of how to use an AED and demonstrates how to deliver CPR.

Update on East Farndon major housing development – feedback from Historic England

Following the visit by our local MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, on 14th Jan 2022, he confirmed his 100% support for the East Farndon Parish Council (EFPC) objections to these developments.

He made his views known on his official social media and contacted Historic England on our behalf, who have sent the following reply.

“Historic England has provided comments to West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) Spatial Options Consultation, which includes the proposed allocation at East Farndon. Our response expressed concern regarding the potential impact on the scheduled monument and advised that a detailed heritage assessment would be required at an early stage to ensure its significance is preserved, including contributions made by its setting. This would include areas of ridge and furrow that preserve the former medieval open field system and therefore make a positive contribution to the significance of the monument.

Note that the scheduled monument referred to by Historic England, relates to East Farndon medieval settlement remains. You can see the details by clicking this link,

The World War II crash site will be protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. It is an offence under section 2 of this act to tamper, damage, move, remove or unearth remains. Further information on this can be found at The Parish Council can highlight their concerns regarding unlawful activity with the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) who licence lawful investigation of crash sites and will be able to advise further.”

Councillor Phil King, leader of Harborough District Council (HDC), commented on the Facebook of Chris Heaton-Harris as follows,

“I am not expecting that these sites, in adjoining West Northants will be required to deliver the anticipated housing needs for the Harborough district, as we review our adopted Harborough Local Plan”

Although the above is good news, the latest situation remains that WNC are not including these development proposals in their strategic plan, but HDC still regard them as a potential option to include in their upcoming strategic plan.

EFPC will continue to stay focused and work hard, together with our Ward Councillors and our local MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, to convince both WNC and HDC to scrap these proposals as soon as possible. In addition, EFPC will be writing formally to both WNC and HDC to reinforce the points made by Historic England.

A Google Maps overlay that illustrates the proposed development is shown below. Full details about the development, the EFPC response and information on how resident’s can object, are located in the Parish Council section of this website. To access, please use the menu or click the link below,

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the East Farndon Parish Clerk or any of the Councillors. Their contact details can be accessed on this website, using this link,

Google Maps with overlay showing Major Housing Development Areas
East Farndon Hall - Newly Refurbished - 2021

New Article – The Restoration of East Farndon Hall

Please take a look at the new and very interesting article that details the recent restoration of East Farndon Hall. The article, written by John Oakes, Project Lead and Joules’ Family Office Manager, can be accessed directly from the link below,

This article will reside in the Village History section of this website. You can use the link below to navigate to the history home page, where you will find a wide range of interesting information.

Avian Flu – important reminder for bird keepers

Bird keepers are reminded of the restrictions that remain in place to minimise the risk of avian flu. 

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone came into force across the country in November, making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep their birds indoors and follow strict measures. 

It is the largest ever outbreak of bird flu in the UK, with identified across the country, including the neighbouring counties of Warwickshire and Leicestershire. 

While the risk to people is very low, the disease is highly contagious among birds and often proves fatal. 

Wild birds migrating to the UK from mainland Europe during the winter months help spread the disease, so West Northamptonshire Council is reminding all bird keepers to follow the biosecurity measures needed to keep their birds safe and help stop the spread. 

Poultry keepers must: 

  • House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds 
  • Clean and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing 
  • Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control 
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect housing on a continuous basis 
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points 
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds. 

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. 

More information can be found on the Government website [ ] 

Herbert Protocol – scheme to help protect people with dementia

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board in partnership with Northamptonshire Police have relaunched a new and improved version of the Herbert Protocol and are encouraging people caring for someone living with dementia to use the initiative to keep them safe and sound.

What is the Herbert Protocol?

Used by police forces across the UK, the Herbert Protocol encourages families and carers of people living with dementia to compile key information about them on a form, including their description, a current photograph, medical information, favourite locations, hobbies, routines and more.

Stored safely where the person lives, the form and photograph are handed straight to police if they are reported missing giving officers a detailed insight into their life and habits. This saves time as officers can direct their search efforts accordingly so the missing person can be found as quickly as possible.

Further information

For further information about the Herbert Protocol, to download a form, and for details about what to do if someone goes missing, visit the Northamptonshire Police website

Emergency Reservists Required

The Northamptonshire Emergency Response Corps (NERC) brings together voluntary organisations and recruits individual volunteers from across the county to help out where they can.

NERC Reservists are called upon in times of need to assist with keeping their communities informed, distributing food and supplies and checking on the vulnerable.  You don’t need any specialist skills or have to commit to any set hours to be a NERC Reservist – just a desire to help your community when the need is there.

Please click the link below to see more information,