Sir Paul Greening – Interesting Biography written by Alan Langley & Lady Sara Grayson

Read the latest Village History article written by Alan Langley and Lady Sara Grayson, which is a really interesting biography about Sir Paul Greening. The connection with East Farndon is that Sir Paul lived with his grandmother Rosa and other relatives in Farndon Hall during the Second World War, and he married a Farndon girl, Monica West, in 1951. He had an illustrious naval career and became commander of the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1981.

You can access the article directly by clicking the following link,

https://eastfarndon.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2021-07-31-Sir-Paul-Greening.pdf

or you can navigate to the article via our excellent Village History pages by clicking this link,

https://eastfarndon.org/village-history-early-times-to-the-present-day/

1981 – Sir Paul Greening with Charles & Diana

East Farndon WW2 Air Crash Ceremony & Dakota Flypast – see story, photos & video!

On Sunday July 11th 2021, East Farndon held a moving ceremony at the War Memorial and was treated to the incredible spectacle of a flypast over the village by the Dakota from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

These events were held to remember and honour five young RAF airmen, who lost their lives in July 1944, during the second World War. Two separate air crashes happened in the village, but until recently, little was known about these incidents.

Many thanks to Judy Hodgetts for carrying out the extensive research into the details of the two air crashes and organising these events. You can see the story behind the air crashes by accessing Judy’s article, which is part of the Village History section of this website, via the link below.

Air-Crashes-in-East-Farndon-1944.pdf

The Parish Council organised 2 plaques for the ceremony at the War Memorial. Judy Hodgetts read the dedication and the remembrance plaques were placed by Lance Corporal Oli Burton, 22 Signals Regiment. You can view a video of the ceremony by clicking the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Btbi9jrsE

The ceremony was followed by the Dakota flypast. Many thanks to Scott Harrison for liaising with the RAF to arrange this historic flypast over the village to honour these men. You can see a video of the flypast by clicking the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4lMDAXJlZo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPP23J0tugs

You can read an interesting article about the RAF Dakota and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight by clicking the following link:

https://vintageaviationecho.com/https://vintageaviationecho.com/bbmf-bomber-crews/?

Unfortunately, we could not hold a celebration afterwards, but a talk about the air crashes will be held in the Village Hall in the autumn. Metal detecting at the crash sites is on-going, and lots of debris from two of the planes has been found. This will be displayed at the same time as the talk, with the detectorists explaining what they have found.

The village events have also been covered by local media. You can view the story on Harborough FM by clicking the following link:

https://harboroughfm.co.uk/dakota-flypast-honours-lost-raf-airmen/

In addition, see below a collection of photos from people who attended the village event.

Bench Under the Beech Tree

East Farndon United Charities – new Trustee & how to receive a grant

We are pleased to announce that Caroline Burton has been appointed as a Trustee for the East Farndon United Charities.

Did you know that if you currently live in the village, and have been a resident for 2 or more years, then you are eligible to apply for a grant from this long standing village charity.

Set educational grants are available for,

  1. The start of primary school
  2. The start of secondary education
  3. The start of sixth form or college
  4. The start of University and Apprenticeships

Discretionary grants are also available to help towards the cost of educational trips and specialist equipment for course work.

There are also other grants available for,

  • Birth of a child
  • Pensioners Grant
  • Funeral Grant

There is no limit to the number of grants a family can receive, for example, a child can receive a grant at each stage of their education. We want to give everyone who is eligible the opportunity to take advantage of these grants, however we need your help because we do not know children’s ages or at what stage of education they are at.

How do I apply ?

It’s easy, just contact the Clerk to the United Charites (Pam Haynes) by following this link: email Pam Haynes or use the website Contact Us page. You can also speak to one of the trustees.

For more details, including Trustee contact details, please visit the dedicated web page for the East Farndon United Charities by clicking the link below.

https://eastfarndon.org/village-charities/

Summer 2021 Children’s Reading Challenge

Every year Northamptonshire Libraries deliver the Summer Reading Challenge, which challenges children to read 6 books during the summer holidays. It has been proven that children who don’t continue reading during the summer have a lower reading age when they return to school in September than that before the summer. You can find out more about the challenge at: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/src or on facebook at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireSRC

The challenge starts on the 10th July and runs until September, when children return to school.

There is also an adult reading challenge this year, called Fully Booked, which will run for 6 months, from the 10th July. Full information about this, and the companion podcast, can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fortheloveofbooks

Springtime in East Farndon – A short guide to keeping safe

Article written by Bernie Fallon, May 25th 2021.

It’s that time of year when nature has been woken from its Winter slumber and begins to dazzle us with its wonder.

Springtime, particularly in the Countryside brings so much hope and beauty as a new cycle of natural life begins. Living in a rural village like East Farndon gives us the opportunity to get closer than most. For the farmers it is one of their busiest times of year, not just with the preparation of land and crop planting, but because it marks the start of the lambing and calving season which, for the lambs, requires 24 hour attention.

The idyllic scene of young lambs and calves frolicking in the fields on a sunny spring day brings joy and excitement to children and grown-ups alike and presents a great opportunity to teach little ones about the countryside and how to respect it. 

Many of the fields have ‘right of way’ footpaths that allow walkers and ramblers to pass through without damaging crops or disturbing grazing animals. This creates a relative harmony that for most of the year causes very few problems. It is important to remember however that this is a working environment for farm staff, and visitors should remain vigilant of animals, machinery and vehicles.  

Springtime, particularly when young calves and lambs are grazing, should be a time when the respect for the countryside and its new additions is essential.

Cows are naturally very protective of their young and have been known, on occasions, to charge at walkers. On very rare instances this has led to serious or fatal injuries to those involved. Although right of way footpaths may exist through fields with grazing cattle, sometimes it’s better to take the longer route and admire the herd from a distance rather than risk potential conflict. 

Dogs are recommended to be on a lead at all times even if their temperament is good. Cows will do whatever they feel necessary to protect their young and as calves are playful and inquisitive, they will often wander away from their mothers to explore their surroundings. The arrival of a dog nearby may be cause for alarm.  

East Farndon Parish Council, who have a dedicated Footpath Warden, in partnership with the farm landowners, keep an eye on the upkeep and maintenance of our footpaths, including those through farmland.

These footpaths are signposted and clearly marked as official routes, so to avoid unnecessary upset, it is best to keep to the marked walkways.

If you spot a problem, maybe an obstruction on the path or damage to a stile, in the first instance contact East Farndon Parish Council. They will then investigate, and if necessary, notify the relevant landowner and / or West Northamptonshire Council (who have responsibility for footpaths). To do this, please email the Parish Clerk at: parishclerk.eastfarndon@gmail.com

The Countryside is there for us all to enjoy and admire throughout the year, but it comes with a responsibility that we all share to make it accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 

For more information about livestock and rights of way visit: https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/rural-affairs/access/access-news/livestock-and-rights-of-way-reducing-the-risk/

The Countryside code: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985422/Summary-Countryside-Code-A5.pdf

Guide to farming Calendar: https://www.countryfile.com/wildlife/farming-calendar-a-year-in-the-life-of-a-british-farmer/

Hotel Opens in East Farndon

On a sunny morning in April, 10-year-old Louis Jeanneret and his 5-year-old brother Leo (ably assisted by Paul Hodgetts) constructed the East Farndon Bug Hotel on Marriott Green.

Residents including ladybirds, woodlice and beetles quickly flew and crawled in, eager to settle into the new en-suite rooms.

As part of the hotel complex, a bird box that Louis had built at Cubs was installed in a near-by tree, ready to receive its first occupants.

The hotel campus also includes a hedgehog house, built by Louis and his dad Paul, and this sits close to the main hotel, on the bank near the hedgerow for easy hedgehog access. Refurbishment has been completed, and it is now covered in earth, moss and sticks. Bookings are good for 2021, but the first hedgehog is yet to arrive.

A second hedgehog house has already been placed on the left-hand side of the green container as the facilities continue to expand.

Back in December at the Jeanneret home, mum Carly put out 3 Christmas wreaths for recycling, but before she had chance, a family of robins nested in one of them. Mrs Robin laid 3 eggs, and 3 baby robins hatched in April. Carly kindly donated the other 2 wreaths to Marriott Green and these are hanging on trees, waiting for more robins to make their nests.

If anyone has any wreaths they’d like to donate (at any time of the year), we would love to hang more up.

Inspired by Louis and his family? We would love to add more bird boxes etc to the East Farndon hotel complex. Children – grab your parents! Here are some ideas for building bird boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog houses. There are lots of websites that tell you how to build them – these are a few examples:

Build a bird box (rspb.org.uk)

Naturehood Actions | Wildlife Housing

Bug Hotel Plans DIY | Build an Insect Hotel – The RSPB

How to make a hedgehog house | Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk)

 Keen to help?

Volunteers are turning the neglected area of land around the green container on Marriott Green into a wildlife area. If you can help in any way, for example, donating plants, bird boxes etc – or if you have some great ideas, please contact Anthea, Donna and Judy via the website. Plants (e.g. colourful bushes) for the grass bank that borders the road would also be gratefully received.

The pdf version of this article can be accessed by the clicking this link: Marriott Green Bug Hotel

Also, for more information, click this link to visit the Marriott Green Home Page

Written by Judy Hodgetts – May 12th 2021

Read the latest East Farndon Village History article from Alan Langley

There is some speculation that the Grand National could have first been run near East Farndon. This fascinating article describes how thousands of people gathered near the Farndon Windmill to watch a great Steeplechase event in 1860.

Click here to access the article by Alan Langley: 1860 Steeplechase in East Farndon

or Click here to navigate to the Village History page where this article resides 

Lealand Bench Refurbishment

Following the Parish Council’s 6 monthly fixed asset audit it was decided that some of the benches needed attention. The Lealand bench has had the slats reinforced and been treated with a clear preservative. This has also been used on the bench outside the Village Hall. Many thanks to Russell for all of his work on this.

Most importantly the plaque on the Lealand bench, commemorating the Silver Jubilee in 1977, needed to be replaced as it had become illegible over the years. It is a sad coincidence that the replica plaque was fixed to the bench on the day that Prince Philip, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, died. Our condolences to HRH The Queen and hopes for a Platinum Jubilee village celebration in 2022.

New Village Planters and Signs

New planters have been installed to create more of an ‘entrance’ at the north end of village, in a bid to encourage drivers to slow down.

This follows consultation with the Highways Dept. They suggested putting in place, planters, an additional village sign and more highly visible 30mph signs. All of this has been done at minimal cost.

Many thanks to the planter builders……Ed and Phil for contributing pallets for the bases, Merv for donating the wood and his excellent construction and painting, Nigel for transporting, and Paul and Russell for their spadework and expert use of the spirit level.

Also, many thanks to the planting team……Joanna for donating plants, and Judy and Jess who helped her to plant them.

Its been a great team effort and here’s hoping that they have the desired effect !!

Planter on Left Hand Verge
View With New Planters & Signs
View Before Latest Changes