Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No 15 – The Old Farmhouse, Manor Road

December 16th, 2022


Photographs by Graham Roberts





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Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No 14 – Christmas tractor, float and carol singing around the village.

December 16th, 2022

Photograph: Graham Roberts

Two photographs by Tony Keatley:



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Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No 13. – Cabin at Wemyss Farm, Park Lane

December 15th, 2022

See map showing location of the cabin.

Photographs by Tony Keatley







Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 12 – Rectory Farm, Little Street

December 15th, 2022

Photograph: Tony Keatley

The following photographs by Jo Powell:






Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 11 – Forge Cottage, School Street

December 13th, 2022

A big thank you to everyone who turned out to see the window unveiling at Forge Cottage on Sunday, despite the biting cold. Fortified by hot mulled wine and very tasty sausages and other nibbles, the Faures showcased a very festive, Stevie Wonder themed Christmas scene. We also topped up our charity fund, which is building up nicely. Suzanne Hanney


Photographs by Graham Roberts








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Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 10 – Queen’s House, School Street

December 12th, 2022


Photographs by Graham Roberts.








Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 9 – Comb Cottage, Helmdon Road

December 12th, 2022

Thanks to all that attended the Advent window this evening. (Infact some may say door) It was lovely to see so many faces and have my nephews here to enjoy too. Another great amount raised tonight and plenty more I’m sure by Christmas Eve. Daniel Webster


The following photographs by Jo Powell





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Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 8 – 13 Towrise

December 12th, 2022

Another very cold evening, but that didn’t stop a large crowd turning out for a very special window unveiling at 13 Towrise. Lisa and Ryan helped warm us all up by providing hot cider and tasty nibbles. The traditional countdown culminated in the reveal of lovely wintry and Christmas scene featuring a beautiful tribute to Lisa and Ryan’s daughter, Isla Grace. 💜. Another £29 was raised for the British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimers Society.  Suzanne Hanney.

Photographs by Jo Powell.







December on the farm (2022)

December 12th, 2022


Beef cattle safely in for the winter

Richard Fonge writes:

A month where nothing much happens in the countryside and the agricultural world. It is a month when the maintenance of hedges and boundaries are trimmed and repaired. Please take note of the excellent workmanship that can be seen in the erection of the new stock fencing up the Moreton Road and on the Barrow hill footpath in readiness for sheep grazing next spring.

We live in an area where there is a great patchwork of fields, divided by hedges .

At times landowners and farmers are blamed for the removal of hedges, but as with so many other things in life, there needs to be perspective. 

In the late sixties and early seventies as the size of machinery grew, and Government was concerned about growing enough food, they produced a ‘ White Paper’ named “ Food from our own resources”. as they were concerned that within twenty five years, we would be deficient in food. To that end one of their initiatives was pay farmers a grant of up to 30% in the cost of draining, and hedge removal. In some cases it was more, as I can recollect. This increased efficiency of power and labour and increased the area of cultivatable land.

In the last twenty years a great many hedges and trees have been planted by landowners, as they are the true guardians of the countryside and feel a great responsibility to it. Please note what seems like a total disregard of our countryside by HS2 (High Speed Rail construction), where hedges and trees are bulldozed out of the way at random!

The beef cattle seen in the fields until recently are now housed for the winter, where their main food will be silage, supplemented by manufactured cake or a home mix ration. It is important that they are fed a balanced ration, for their growth and maturity into a finished product for the consumer.

Grass is analysed for its energy and protein levels, and then a supplementary feed is added accordingly. Animal nutrition is a complex subject so I will leave it at that.

I do hope these monthly notes are of interest, as my reason for writing them is to try and inform those of you new to the countryside, what is happening around you, with hopefully a bit of inside information

A true story of a retired local smallholder who was deaf and wore a patch over one eye. His two younger brothers bought him a colour television when they first came out, and when asked why: they replied. “ Our Charlie be deaf and blind so us bought him one to keep him happy.”

Finally may I wish you all a happy Christmas, with the hope that the New year is not as grim as the forecasters predict.

Richard Fonge.

Village Advent Calendar Windows 2022 – No. 7 – Sulgrave House, Little Street

December 8th, 2022

A sizeable crowd braved the icy cold at Sulgrave House tonight with a Christmas elf and Christmas tree handing round some very welcome mulled wine, sausages, and other yummy treats. After a couple of technical difficulties, the picture window was unveiled to reveal a beautifully decorated room with Father Christmas and the postman taking a well deserved break at this busy time of year. The food and drink on the table looked extremely tasty.Many thanks to Angela West and her team for their hospitality. Another £15 has been raised for the Alzheimers Society and British Heart Foundation. Suzanne Hanney.

Photographs by Chris Behan




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