Alan Langley has written an interesting and entertaining new article describing some of the East Farndon village Christmas shows, held in the 1980s and 90s, including pictures of the programmes and photos of the performers. In the run up to Christmas, it is nostalgic to step back in time and see how the village celebrated the festive season in years gone by. No prizes, but can you spot Alan somewhere in the photo? Please click the link below to read the article.
From December 4th 2023, the East Farndon Village Hall will look slightly different! Your village hall committee is committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible and we are pleased to announce that solar panels will be installed on the roof.
By using solar energy we will generate electricity, rather than importing from the National Grid and therefore make savings to our annual electricity bill, which is one of our largest expenses. The solar panel system will supply our electricity first and additional energy will be stored in our battery, thus optimising our savings. Electricity will only be imported from the grid when there is insufficient capacity contained within our battery storage system. Our expectation is that this will reduce the overall running cost of the village hall, helping ensure its viability into the future.
The addition of solar panels is part of an exciting initiative to help future proof the village hall, making it more efficient and help it become more self-sustainable. Over the coming months we will also look at more efficient lighting options to further reduce our outgoings and into utilising cheaper import rates to top up and charge our battery storage system overnight.
Following on from last years 12 Days of Christmas, for this years event, we would love villagers to decorate their house, windows, door, gate, wheelie bins etc with a snowflake and / or star theme. If you can, please join in to help create a festive atmosphere within our village …..and beyond. Launch date, Friday 1st December 2023. If you have any questions, please call Sam using the number on the poster.
As most of you will know, in November 2022, we launched our campaign to raise funds to renovate the East Farndon War Memorial. A community based renovation team / working group was set up and they have been fantastic in organising a wide range of fundraising events, and in addition, the team have inspired the receipt of a number of generous cash donations made directly by village residents.
The renovation team have raised a massive total of £14,790.25 and everyone was very pleased to see the newly renovated War Memorial at our Remembrance Service on Sunday November 12th 2023. At the service two wreaths were laid, Jessica Oakden on behalf of the Parish Council and Richard Everard on behalf of everyone who has donated to the renovation fund. The team has done such a great job that enough funds are available to also renovate the church gates, which are part of the village’s World War II memorial, installed in 1948.
Huge thanks go to the renovation team, (Scott Harrison, Jo Shaw, Judy Hodgetts, Jessica Oakden, Tom Knott and Caroline Burton), to everyone who has taken part in and / or attended our fundraising events, to John Smith for his work on the War Memorial, and to everyone for their enthusiastic support and generous donations.
The renovation team’s fundraising efforts concluded at the November 2023 remembrance service and afterwards, people marked this by getting together at the Village Hall to enjoy refreshments, and to view some photos in an exhibition showcasing how the year’s fundraising activities unfolded.
Please click the link below to view photos and stories from our remembrance service, the gathering afterwards in the Village Hall, the launch in 2022 and how the War Memorial looks, before and after.
Also, click the links below to view photos and stories from many of our renovation fundraising events.
Did you know that this website now includes a photo archive of many of our recent / past events. Click this link to explore further: https://eastfarndon.org/photo-archive-of-recent-village-events/
Many East Farndon residents and former residents will be sad to learn of the recent death of Gerry Prior. Below is a memory of him from Bob Boucher.
Gerry and Lorna first moved to East Farndon in 1977 and lived at Hillside. Gerry took on village life with gusto; he joined the village hall committee, was a thespian in the village shows, did the BBQ cooking with Jim Grant, played cricket for the village team, opening the batting and keeping wicket. Although they moved from the village to Husbands Bosworth, and then to Market Harborough, they still kept close contact with the village, joining in most things that were going on. He played golf with David Thake, David Deacon, John Bush and others with the U3A at Kilworth Springs golf club. Gerry will be sadly missed by all. RIP Gerry Prior.
Gerry is shown in the photo which was taken of those who helped in the restoration of the church bells in 1990. Gerry is in the back row, second along from the right.