The Trustees of Harringworth Village Hall organised a splendid social evening  following the Parish Open Meeting. Blessed with a perfect Summer evening the hall grounds were transformed into a very welcoming outside space with a hog roast and salads (from New Lodge Farm). bar and seating under the two village marquees.

Sadly, their new Chairman Harry Morgan had been ‘pinged’ so was unable to attend but thanks to his excellent planning the bar was well stocked and the whole evening a great success.

It was a great opportunity to showcase the Village Hall with its super amenities in Harringworth. Everyone is encouraged to use the facilities and everyone present was asked to suggest some ideas for activities in the Hall. Please submit your ideas to

One very special aspect of the evening was the chance for us all to get to see each other after so long and meet many of the lovely new people who have moved to the village in recent months.


Over 48 villagers attended a successful open parish meeting.  Open parish meetings date back to the middle ages and predate by some margin the formation of Parish Councils.  The Chair explained that the meeting was not a parish council meeting and everyone was entitled to speak if they so wished.

As part of the meeting the Chair of the Parish Council presented his annual report, the Appeals Committee held their AGM at which bids for funding were approved and the Village Hall committee gave a presentation on their excellent facilities that are available for hire.  The Chair also informed everyone that the Trustees of the Village Hall and the Appeals Fund Committee were intending to hold discussions on how they might simplify the structure of both committees with a view to possible integration of some functions.

In the question period a number of issue were raised:

  • Concern was expressed that people might not realise that they needed to know the locator code of the defibrillator when calling the emergency operator.  In future the  location code AU43, which is displayed on the defibrillator container, will be included in the village directory.  It was announced that defibrillator training will be provided at a future date.
  • The overgrown hedgerows obstructing the view of oncoming traffic along Seaton Road were considered a safety issue.  The matter is being addressed by the Parish Council.
  • A request was made for the provision of a children’s play space.  The Chair advised that that the matter is already being pursued by the Parish Council.
  • Cars speeding through the village was a worry and a request was made for traffic calming measures to be introduced. The Chair explained this would be a matter for the Parish Council to take up with North Northants Council.  He reminded all that the first 10 minutes of every parish council meeting was allotted for villagers to raise any issues with the Parish Council.

The full minutes may be accessed here – Draft Minutes for the Open Parish Meeting


The Appeals Committee were delighted that around 50 people attended the Appeals AGM.  In the Chairman’s report Philippa Gasson presented a series of images to illustrate the fund raising events since the last AGM in March 2019.  These included Bridge Lunches, A Day out in the Welland Valley and Summer Fete and a Talk on the Fallen of Harringworth. Click here to read the DRAFT MINUTES.

Five Appeals were made for funding including:

  • website hosting;
  • first aid and defibrillator training (for a donation to North Northants First Responders);
  • litter pick kit:
  • brass signs for the two millennium oak trees and
  • the Parochial Church Council for costs towards south parapet gutter boards, south porch roof repairs, repair to lead work on the church windows, roof timbers in the nave and clock spire with woodworm treatment.

Just under £4,000 was approved for distribution.

The final part of the AGM, the election of officers, appointed Philippa Gasson as Chairman, Boey Ling as Treasurer and Debbie Waterworth as Secretary.  The Appeals Committee is supported by a representative from the Village hall Trustees and Church PCC but on the evening no villagers came forward to join the committee. Harringworth is never short of volunteers to come forward to help when asked which is wonderful – all we need now are a few people to join the committee to bring fresh ideas and initiatives for fundraising events. Please speak to one of the officers if you wish to join or email

THE WAY FORWARD: The Appeals Committee are holding discussions with the Trustees of the Village Hall to ensure some aspects are simplified, for example, shared liability insurance and financial management. We can reassure everyone there will be no change to the Appeals Fund and all money raised in the village will be ‘appealed’ for distribution annually at the Appeals AGM.  The Appeals Fund Committee will manage key events each year to ensure a healthy amount of money is raised. It is hoped to encourage a broader selection of social events in the village initiated by others so the Appeals Committee can focus on the key fundraisers such as the Village Fete.


With the easing of the lockdown rules we shall be re-introducing the Supper Club, starting in October. For those of you new to the village or those who have not been previously been involved, I will explain.

The Club runs for six months, October to April (excluding December) with the aim of providing a stress-free, relaxed supper for six people during each month, where you can meet with and enjoy the company of other villagers. Depending on how many people join, you will be divided into different groups of six each month.

One couple will host the supper for the six people in your group providing the main course and drinks. A second couple, (in conjunction with the hosts), will provide either a starter or pudding and the third couple will have a free evening. During the six months, you will host two suppers, provide two starters/puddings and have two free evenings.

The emphasis is on simple suppers (gourmet dining not required) and is a great way of meeting new people and having an enjoyable relaxed evening. The date of the supper each month is decided by the six in each group. The more people who join, the more varied the groups will be.

If you are interested in joining us or wish for further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Beverley Dolman, Long Barn, Wakerley Road, Harringworth  Tel: 01572  747 385 (h) or 07968 414 959 (m) email: 


Two dates not to be missed for a chance to visit the Old Vicarage Gardens – Seaton Road, Harringworth NN17 3AF on Sunday 8th August & Sunday 15th August 1 – 5 pm.

An established and romantic country garden of rooms, which include a ‘quiet garden’ leading into the adjacent church, bee garden, mixed long border, nuttery, orchard, kitchen garden, paddock and paths stretching to the River Welland. Working beehives and mischievous guinea fowl. Home-made teas, plant stall and honey. Bring a picnic if you wish and watch the kingfishers.

For this open day you can pre-book your tickets in advance, but it is not essential. 

Home-made teas.

Adult: £5.00
Child: Free

Visit the NGS Website for further details.


Saturday 11th September 2021
Ride+Stride Sponsored Bike Ride for Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust (registered charity).

Open to all villagers!Do you want an excuse for a day out in the fresh air biking, walking or horse-riding? Why not help out your local historic church building by raising money for much- needed repairs as you go?
All you need to do is….

  • Get some sponsors and a sponsor form
  • Choose a route and visit as many churches in your area as you like
  • Get your form signed at each one (open 10am-6pm)


Half the money you raise will help towards repairs and restoration in your chosen church building and half goes to the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust. This helps towards grants for repairs and restoration for Northants historic churches.
Please see Jane McLean (747755) or Nigel Lugg (747210) for forms and a list  or go to

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