Priors Hardwick Parish Notes

It seems that a big bonfire is a good way of getting our inhabitants out of their houses – and I don’t mean by burning them out!  The Queen’s 90th birthday was the opportunity for another beacon to be lit on the hill above the village and it was an opportunity to catch up with many of our friends and neighbours who we don’t come across very often in our busy lives.  While the men talked about sport, work & the travails of commuting, the women probably didn’t, and there were seemingly dozens of children running off steam across the field.  Many thanks to Hugh Darbishire and his mates for getting the fire sorted (& cleaned up afterwards).

At church, we are holding 2 services every month while we are waiting to see how the recruitment of new clergy progresses (slowly).  On the 1st Sunday of June we will actually have our service outside on a farm; once again it will be Hill Farm just out of the village towards Wormleighton.  We are hoping for nice weather, but there will be a marquee just in case.  This is becoming a popular occasion and this year it will be followed by “Open Farm Sunday” as Hugh, assisted by family and friends, will open the farm to visitors and there will be many attractions laid on.  Come to the service and stay on for the activities. 

See the advertisement for more details.

Back in the village, the church building will shortly be needing some attention.  We need to build a new floor in the tower, using oak from the tree felled last year on the Wormleighton Road.  There is also other maintenance to be carried out, and we will be looking for competent and (relatively) able-bodied helpers, so await a tap on the shoulder.

The churchyard needs more regular attention to keep it looking its best and helping make the village as attractive as its reputation, so many thanks to those of you who have (been) volunteered to mow the grass and do the strimming, and also those who clean the inside of the church and provide fresh flowers.  This communal support from so many of our community helps make the village keep its special identity and sense of belonging.

Alan Hone      Priors Hardwick PCC – 01327 220440 –