New Article….the History of Ivy House, Main Street, East Farndon

Ivy House is a tall red-brick building at the north end of Main Street, originally built as a non-conformist chapel.  Read about its history by clicking on the link below.

The History of Ivy House

If you have any comments or memories to share, please email the author, Russell Burton.

You can also view many more Village History articles by clicking this link for the History Home Page.

Hopefully, reading this article will encourage you to research and write the history of a property in the East Farndon parish. If that is the case then we would love to hear from you. Please email the Webmaster, Mervyn Curtis.

New Feature…spotlight on local businesses…Two Breaths More Yoga

Read about East Farndon resident Paul Hodgetts, who switched careers to set up and run his own yoga business called Two Breaths More. You can access the article directly by clicking on the link below.

Paul Hodgetts – Two Breaths More

We have only just launched this as a new page, but you can also access Paul’s article from this link to the Local Businesses section.

We are looking to spotlight other businesses in and around East Farndon, with a special focus on getting to know the owners and their motivations in terms of setting up their businesses. If you have a story you would like to share on our Village Website then please email the Webmaster, Mervyn Curtis.

In Memoriam – Brenda Hopkins

It is really sad to learn that Brenda Hopkins has passed away. Brenda lived at Orchard House in East Farndon and she moved to the village in the late 1970s with her husband Derek, who died in 2013. May she rest in peace.

The following was announced in the Daily Telegraph on February 22nd,

Brenda Elizabeth Hopkins died peacefully at home with her family on 12th February 2021, aged 91. Much loved mother of Sara, Simon, James, Clive, Charlotte and Emma and grandmother to twelve grandchildren. Family funeral. All enquiries to J. Stamp & Sons. Tel: 01858 462524

Greeting Cards for Sale….with all profits donated to the Foodbank !

In addition to the Parish Council’s support of Village food collections for the Market Harborough Jubilee Foodbank, our Parish Clerk, Caroline Burton, has been donating the proceeds from her making and selling a fantastic range of cards. So far, she has raised the impressive total of £300.

If anyone would like to help by purchasing some cards, please email Caroline at: parish

Caroline is happy to drop off the basket of cards at your home and collect a little later. All cards are £1.50 each. The materials cost £1 with 50p from each card being donated to the Foodbank.

Caroline says that she has plenty of free time at the moment to make more cards and so please buy as many as you can for such a good cause !

New WW2 History Article – Profile of Sir Alexander Stanier

Sir Alex and Lady Stanier lived in ‘The Manor’ on Back Lane, East Farndon, in the 1960s and early 1970s. Most of the village knew that he had played a part in the Normandy campaign after D-Day, but maybe not exactly what his role had been. Read more via the link below or access through our main History page.

Profile of Sir Alexander Stanier plus learn more from this Imperial War Museum Audio Recording

1944 - Sir Alexander Stanier
1944 – Sir Alexander Stanier

Incredible Historical Find in Little Oxendon – BBC News

A gold figurine found buried in a field could be an ornament from Henry VIII’s lost crown, according to the metal detectorist who discovered it. The figure, depicting Henry VI, was found by Kevin Duckett in Northamptonshire in 2017. After years of research, he now believes it once formed part of the Tudor King’s crown, a view shared by some experts. The British Museum said more research was needed. Following the Civil War, the crown was melted down on the orders of Oliver Cromwell, but it is believed the figurine, which was one of several adorning the royal treasure, could already have been removed. Mr Duckett, from Fleckney in Leicestershire, found the object within 30 minutes of searching the field in Little Oxendon. Click the link below to read more.