Covid-19 – Please Spread the Word, Not the Virus

Northamptonshire Public Health has asked us to circulate the following message.

Cases of Covid are rising across the county, by getting both jabs you reduce the chance of being hospitalised by over 92%.

This NHS video features young Covid patients talking about their experiences of suffering from serious Covid-19 and developing Long Covid, and the experience of Doctors and frontline staff treating them:  “In hindsight I wish I had taken the jab when I was initially offered it. I now understand that it would have likely reduced my chances of ending up in hospital or given me a stronger chance of fighting it off.  I would take that in a heartbeat” – Quincy, 31.

Book an appointment or attend a drop-in centre if you have not had your vaccine yet. You can book a vaccination at

or find a walk-in centre at

Covid-19 – Latest UK Government Advice

The Government moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on July 19th 2021. This removed many legal restrictions in England in relation to Covid-19, but guidance is still ongoing.

It seems that a few areas are still subject to change and therefore this website will now be limited to pointing you to useful links (see below) in relation to the UK Government and the West Northants Council websites.

Bench Under the Beech Tree

East Farndon Parish Council – Grass Cutting Contract 2022/23 – Invitation for Quotation

East Farndon Parish Council (“the Council”) hereby invites quotes for the carrying out of the service of grass cutting as follows:

  1. Prospective Contractors should provide quotations on the following basis:
  • The mowing of the Churchyard and Burial Ground at St John the Baptist Church, East Farndon, to include strimming around all headstones, flower beds and boundaries.
  • The mowing of the village green (the small triangle of land opposite the entrance to the Church).
  • The Contractor will be responsible for collecting grass cuttings and disposing of them.

2.  Frequency of work

  • At least 2 cuts per month commencing in the March and finishing towards the end of October.
  • Additional cuts may be necessary, depending on the length of the grass (weather dependent)
  • In the event that the works are not carried out within 7 days of the agreed cutting dates (weather and ground conditions permitting), then the Council will consider that there has been a breach of Contract, for which the Council may seek remedy.
  • No cutting of grass should take place on a Sunday, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday.

3.  Workmanship and Equipment

  • The workmanship must be of an acceptable standard, which will be verified by a Council member on the first cut of the season. The Contractor is responsible for providing all relevant equipment and maintaining it to a good, safe and legal standard in order to carry out the works.

4. Insurance

  • The Contractor is required to have professional insurance and Public Liability insurance. The Contractor shall indemnify the Council against any claim or proceedings for any injury or damage to any property or persons or animals, as a result of negligence, poor workmanship or failure to notify the Council of any action likely to cause injury or damage to a third party.

5. Health and Safety

  • The Contractor shall accept full responsibility for compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 and all other Acts and Regulations in respect of the work comprised in this Contract.

6. Duration of Contract

  • The duration of the Contract will be one year from the date of this Contract. There will be no opportunity to alter the rates tendered during the year. At the conclusion of the one year, the Contract may be renewed provided that the parties to the Contract are in agreement with any amended terms.

7. Termination of Contract

  • Either party may, without reason, terminate the Contract in writing, giving two months notice.

8. Pricing

  • The prices submitted should specify a price exclusive of VAT, any VAT applicable and the total.

9. Obligations

  • Prospective Contractors should ensure that they are completely familiar with the nature and extent of the obligation to be accepted by them, if their quotation is accepted.

10. Decision Making

  • Prospective Contractors should note that the Council is not bound to accept the lowest quotation and that the Council’s decision is final.

11. Queries

  • Any queries should be addressed to the Parish Clerk. Quotations need to be received by 31st October 2021 by the Parish Clerk, Ivy House, Main Street, East Farndon Market Harborough LE16 9SH (

A pdf version of this Invitation for Quotation can be accessed by clicking the link below.

East Farndon Defibrillator – where to find it & 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.

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