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Welcome to Farthingstone

Farthingstone is a delightful small village in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Situated half way between Towcester and Daventry, the village has 79 houses, St Mary’s Church, the Baptist Chapel, The Kings Arms pub and a Village Hall which used to be the school. We also have the Joy Mead Memorial Garden and Cloister as a wonderful amenity for use by the Villagers.

A45 Flore by-pass news: For up to date information on the A45 Flore by-pass, visit www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk and follow the links to Highways.

Village Hall news: See the Village Hall page for the latest about bowling club funds and a request for new Committee members.

Defibrillator: See the Parish Council page for information about proposals for a village Defibrillator..

Events coming up:

Thursday June 2 - Ladies Night in the Kings Arms: Our monthly chance for a chat and a drink in the inviting atmosphere of the Kings Arms. Any time from 8pm. Do come and join us.

Saturday 4 June - Farthingstone Foot Fest 2016: Calling all walkers and runners! The Farthingstone Foot Fest is a charity walk organised by Farthingstone Foot Fest Committee in accordance with the guidelines of the LDWA (Long Distance Walkers Association), starting and finishing at Farthingstone Village Hall. Our first Foot Fest was in 2008 and, with more than 200 participants in previous years, we are looking forward to an even bigger event on Saturday 4th June 2016.
Two optional walks or runs are available:
1. The Challenge covers just over 26 miles and consists of two loops forming a figure of eight route almost entirely on footpaths and trails with minimal road usage. Walkers start at 8.00am and runners start at 9.00am.
2. The Half Marathon is a circular route forming part of the 26 miler. Walkers and runners start together at 10.00am.
The routes cover significant stretches of the Macmillan Way, Knightly Way and Midshires Way with connecting footpaths through the wonderful rolling countryside of Northamptonshire.
For more information click here - or for an entry form click here.

Three events on Sunday June 19!

1. The Aviva Womens National Cycle Tour :
This world class event, with many of the world’s best riders will pass through Farthingstone. Riders are expected to pass through the Village between 11.15am and 11.30 am before passing The Kings Arms and Church and carrying on towards Maidford. This is a great chance to see a world Class Event at close quarters. The Kings Arms will be open for refreshments, so why not pop along to watch?

2. Fathers Day at The Kings Arms: Treat Dad to one of our renowned Platters in the Secret Garden and buy him a pint of his favourite ale – open from 11.00am. Phone Paul on 07710 214765 to book.

3. Come join us at the Joy Mead for the Farthingstone Summer Garden Party from 2.00 – 5.00pm: We have lots of things planned to entertain and amuse all ages. Read on for a ‘taster’ of what you can look forward to enjoying on the day…
Music: A special appearance from local talent Lincoln Noel who will be providing the soundtrack to our traditional Farthingstone Summer Garden Party. Sing, or even dance along to some well known, much loved tunes.
Shopping: Shop ‘til you drop at our wide variety of stalls featuring local arts and crafts, jewellery and much, much more – you might even find that very last minute Father’s Day gift…
Fun and Games: Fun for all the family! In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, we are holding a Kings & Queens themed Fancy Dress competition. But it’s not just for the kids…Mums and Dads can dig out their tiaras and dust off the crown jewels and join in the fun too!
There will also be Face Painting and a Bouncy Castle to keep all those little 'Tiggers’ amused. Why not challenge your neighbours to a game of Boules, or flex those muscles in our traditional Tug of War.
Prizes a Plenty: There are many outstanding raffle prizes to be won, generously donated by businesses from the local and surrounding areas. Take part in a ‘Lucky Programme Star Prize Draw’ to win a Luxury Hamper kindly donated by Tesco’s (Towcester) or chance your arm in the Bottle ‘Bola’ – a traditional Tombola with a twist (or a cork) – everything you win comes bottled.
Food & Drink: Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon and as no garden party would be complete without traditional Tea and Cakes, ours will feature some wonderful home baked cakes made by our team of ‘Star Bakers’. For those wanting something a little stronger, Pimms and local ales will also be on hand to quench even the most persistent thirst. Why not treat Dad to a Beer? It is Father’s Day after all!
All proceeds raised will go towards the vital upkeep of our wonderful and unique Joy Mead Gardens. Managed by a small committee of volunteers, we rely solely on donations and fundraising at events such as this one.

Do come and join us!

Saturday 9th July - Annual Joy Mead Tea: Held in honour of Joy whose birthday was 13 July – her family bequeathed us the Joy Mead - the Tea is a unique village tradition and a great way to catch up with neighbours and make new friends. The Tea is free to all villagers (there is a small charge of £2.50 for guests) and everyone is very welcome. Please bring your own plates, cutlery and mugs/teacups. Feel free to bring something stronger if you prefer! Starts at 5.30 for 6pm.

Regular Events

Farthingstone has a busy diary of events throughout the year. New members from the village and surrounding areas are always welcome.
  • Every Monday:Hatha yoga classes for all at Farthingstone Village Hall 11.45 - 1.00pm. We have spaces for newcomers, all welcome from Farthingstone and neighbouring villages. Contact Lizzy via www.yogawalks.co.uk or on 07950 573719 to book a space or for more information.
  • Every Wednesday: Tai Chi in the Village Hall - 10.00-11.00 am. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which can improve balance, posture, mobility and flexibility. Contact Sian Gaskins on 01327 340885 or come along any Wednesday for a taster session.
  • First Thursday every month: Ladies night in the Kings Arms - from 8.00 pm
  • Bimonthly from January, 3rd Monday: Parish Council meetings in the Village Hall - 8.00 pm
  • July every year: The Village Tea in the Joy Mead
  • October every year: Harvest Supper in the Village Hall

Recent events

Panto 2016: We booed and we cheered and we laughed (not always in the right places but that just made it funnier). The 'FARTS' have done it again! What a splendid creative and artistic talent to have right here in our small village. Well done everybody!

Christmas in the Cloisters - Thanks: After all the preparations and worry over the weather forecast, it was wonderful as always to see the Cloisters come alive on Saturday 5th December. The fairy lights sparkled, the band heralded Christmas, Santa found time to visit and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying our very unique Cloisters.

A big thank you from the Joy Mead for the grand total of £610 raised. A huge number of people helped to make it a success - thank you all! A special thanks to Carolyn for taking on the overall organisation.


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