Ride & Stride - 9th September 2017
Stuart and Kathryn, Clare and I were kindly ferried to Croughton. By 9.15am. our walk started in bright sunshine from the Church of All Saints, Croughton. We had a strict time schedule to be at Evenley Church between 3.30 and 3.45pm. for Clive to collect us to be back in Hinton by 4.00pm.
Our route across some attractive Oxfordshire countryside took us first to the charming church of St Mary’s Hardwick, after a little “Blackberrying” to sustain us, we were welcomed by the Churchwarden. Then on to the delightful Roman Catholic church of the “Holy Trinity” at Hethe built around 1832. Here we were warmly welcomed again and offered refreshments which we politely declined as we were now well on our way to the Muddy Duck! We ordered our lunches then went a few yards further to visit the village church of St Edmund and St. George. Here the Chancel has Norman South and West walls with lancet windows, the East end being rebuilt in the 13th Century. Another warm welcome with pressing offers of “cake”! Knowing there would be no time for “Pudding” at the Pub we were persuaded to indulge! And so to the Pub. Being well fuelled we set off for home via Cottisford with its lovely little church, St. Mary the Virgin, meticulously maintained and the plaque commemorating Flora Thompson, the author of “Larkrise to Candleford”, on the wall facing the South entrance to greet us. Now, in pouring rain, we proceeded on to Juniper Hill. No church here, but time for a short break to enjoy “nos oranges avec de Brandy” as we were well on time to reach our final objective – Saint George’s church, Evenley. This we reached at 3.33pm. At 3.45pm Clive arrived and ferried us back to Hinton by 4.00pm. I received a very warm welcome from Dorothy to stamp all the Sponsorship forms in our own Church of “The Most Holy Trinity” which marked the end of our mission.
It was a lovely day out in the countryside, with very good company and Clare’s photos to prove it all. My sincere thanks to all our “Church Sitters”, generous Sponsors, Clive our Chauffer and my fellow walkers for generously giving time and energy to complete this year’s “Ride and Stride” for the Nothamptonshire Historic Churches’ Trust.
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed donations which have now been collected and the total of £587 is now being sent to the N.H.C.T. our best yet!
Litter Pick 1st April 2017
Every spring the villagers gather together to pick up litter that's been left on the roads into the village. This year we collected an unbelievable 26 bags of rubbish and 2 tyres! Many thanks to all the volunteers.
Ride and Stride Sponsored Walk Saturday 10th September 2016
Charles Field, Percy pooch and I did the Sponsored 'Ride and Stride' to raise funds for our church in Hinton-in-the-Hedges and the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust. The Historic Churches Trust gave a substantial grant for the window renovations last year. Thanks to the generosity of our villagers, we raised a grand sum of approx £550, to be divided between the two.
Flood Appeal Coffee Morning
Saturday 23rd January 2016
The coffee morning plus donations raised £511.
This was sent via The Rotary Club for the flood appeal throughout the UK .
Thank you to our host and hostess, Clive and Clare Bairsto for a thoroughly enjoyable morning and super cakes. Thank you also to everyone who contributed raffle prizes, cakes to auction, also to those who helped on the morning.
Lastly, thank you to all who came along and generously supported this appeal and to those who have given donations.
Lindsay and Shirley
Summer Fete 2015