East Farndon Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – how we celebrated & photos

East Farndon celebrated in style for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the Organising Committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped to organise such memorable events.

Our multiple village events were very well attended and included: Beacons and Beverages on Thursday evening; Coffee Morning and Exhibition on Friday; a large afternoon and evening Family Festival on Saturday; and a Church Service on Sunday.

Every child in East Farndon had the opportunity to attend the special Jubilee Picnic Lunch and has received a commemorative Jubilee book token and water bottle. In addition, many thanks to all of our local sponsors who made multiple donations – we could not have achieved this without you.

Please click the link below to open our new Platinum Jubillee home page, where you can read more details about how East Farndon celebrated and browse photos of these special events.


If you have questions, please email Mervyn Curtis or Caroline Burton.

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Check when the Red Arrows will fly close to East Farndon

The Red Arrows often fly over or near to East Farndon, on their way to and back from events. You may not know that one of the current pilots is Flight Lieutenant Patrick Kershaw, “Red 3″. Patrick is from the Market Harborough area and was selected to join the elite RAF display team last year, after passing vigorous assessments to secure his place in the team.

There is a very useful website where you can track the movements of the Red Arrows for yourself. To check out when they are flying close to East Farndon, please click the link below,


Note: today they will transit back from the Headcorn display and are due to fly over Northampton and Market Harborough at 6.50pm.

You can also read more on the Patrick Kershaw story, featured on Harborough FM, by clicking the link below,


Congratulations to Tom Joule on his OBE

Huge congratulations to Tom Joule on being awared an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the Platinum Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Tom, who is Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Joules Group plc, received his award for services to Business and to the community in Leicestershire.

You can read more by clicking the links below,



You can read the latest details on all of our exciting East Farndon Jubilee Celebration events by clicking the link below, which will take you to our dedicated Jubilee Page,


If you have any questions, please email Caroline Burton and/or Mervyn Curtis

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A Royal Silver Jubilee Flight – memories of a villager

David Deacon and his wife Lynn have lived in East Farndon since 2008. They served on the Village Hall Committee for many years devoting much time and energy to supporting our community.  

Villagers may remember David being involved in our Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, including helping to set up the marquees.

In this fascinating article, accessed by clicking the link below, David describes his experience of taking part in a Royal Flight of Her Majesty The Queen in her Silver Jubilee year.

It is amazing to think that we are now celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. You can read the latest details on all of our exciting East Farndon Jubilee Celebration events by clicking the link below, which will take you to our dedicated Jubilee Page,


If you have any questions, please email Caroline Burton and/or Mervyn Curtis

Village Hall Committee Changes

At the Village Hall AGM, held on 7th April 2022, several long-standing members of the Committee decided the time was right for them to step down. The new Committee would like to formally thank Lynn Deacon (Chair), David Deacon, Bob Osborn, Stephanie Hook, Jim Grant and Sue Grant for their many years of hard work and dedication, which has been very much appreciated.

The Village Hall is a highly valuable asset to our community, and the Committee is keen to arrange events that will be enjoyed by all residents. At the AGM, Paul Hodgetts was elected as Chair and Joanna Shaw as Secretary. The Committee also welcomed a number of new volunteers. The full committee now comprises the following villagers;

Sam Beesley, Russell Burton, Jan Cooper, Laurel Curtis, Sheila Fox, Paul Hodgetts (Chair), Carly Jeanneret, Paul Jeanneret (Treasurer), Jess Oakden, Rosie O’Connor, Elaine Pepler (Booking Secretary) Joanna Shaw (Secretary), Teresa White.

Further details of the Committee members, the plans for events in the Hall, and information about various activities held there, will all be posted on the Village website, eastfarndon.org in due course.

You can read the minutes from the recent AGM by clicking the link below,

2022-04-07- Minutes of Village Hall AGM 2022

You can access the Village Hall page by using the menus or clicking this link,


Daffodils by Harborough Road

Village Spring Clean – Volunteers Needed

It’s the time of year for tidying up and getting the Village ready for the spring and summer. If you would like to get involved there are three ways you can volunteer.  

Churchyard & Marriott Green

If you would like to help to tidy up the Churchyard and Marriott Green, please come along at 10 a.m. onwards on Saturday 14th May, bringing gardening tools with you. To find out more, email Sonya Fraser or call on 07969 904114

Annual Litter Pick

Due to Covid we haven’t been able to do this for a couple of years so all the more reason to get out there. If you are able to help please contact Ollie Boucher on 01858 465265 and she will tell you where to go and issue you with a litter picker. Please dispose of waste in your own bins, recycling where you can.

Benches, Signs & other things

The Parish Council carries out a six-monthly ‘fixed asset audit’ to check that all of the lamp posts, benches, bins, etc are working and in good condition.  Arising from this are various jobs of cleaning, painting, etc.  If you would like to help with this, please email Russell Burton or call on 01858 466150, and he will allocate a task to you. Or if you have noticed something you think needs sorting out please let him know.

Please get involved if you can – it’s definitely a case of the more the merrier! 

Bench Under the Beech Tree

April edition of Farndon Matters newsletter now available

The April 2022 edition of Farndon Matters, a newsletter designed to share current Parish Council related information with all residents, has been posted through the letterbox of all homes in East Farndon. This edition contains updates on Village news items, including exciting information about our upcoming Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. You can access or download a pdf copy of the newsletter by clicking the link below,

Please help us to protect the environment by electing to receive this newsletter via email or read on the website, versus receive a printed copy. To specify your preference, please email Mervyn Curtis or our Parish Clerk, Caroline Burton.

Archive of Women’s Institute Diaries 1933 – 2016

Many thanks to Judy Hodgetts who has worked very hard to create a lasting archive of the life and times of the East Farndon Women’s Institute. Click the link below to open the new page in the History section of this website. This includes an easy to read summary of the meeting diary entries, together with links that allow you to see photos of the actual pages from the multiple minute books for meetings from 1933 to 2016.


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.

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: www.communityheartbeat.org.uk

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.