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Jazz & Tea - Sold Out

The Hope16 event Jazz & Tea on Sunday 3rd July, has been so popular that all the tickets have been sold. We apologise to those who have been unable to get tickets. We're looking forward to a lovely afternoon at Holt Farm. If you have bought tickets, remember it's from 2-5pm with refreshments during the interval.




Napton Church Fete

Thank you to everyone who supported this year's church fete. Despite a stormy day and lower than usual numbers your support meant we raised over £1100 towards the running of the village church. A special thank you to sponsors and local businesses who generously supported the day. Napton Village Stores, Red Banger Catering, The King's Head, Skin & Tonic, B Line Plant Hire and the Folly. Also to the many people who baked cakes, donated tombola items and ran stalls. Our gratitude goes to Southam Country Stores for organising and sponsorship of the Novelty Dog Show.


Jazz & Tea

Jazz & Tea; Hope 16; Napton Church

The next Hope16 Deanery event of Jazz & Tea is being held on Sunday 3rd July 2-5pm at Holt Farm, Holt Road, Napton, CV47 1AJ, by kind permission of Neil and Angie Adkins, in their recently furbished barn.

The event features superb Jazz Duo "Fonix Duo" who played at a Hope 14 event in the Bell at Ladbroke, and included in the ticket price of £7.50 (£2.50 for children) will be a delicious cream tea during the interval.

Please contact Sue English (from Napton) 07891 043007  or Martin Green 01926 613466 for tickets.



Napton Church Summer Fete 2016

Saturday 25th June 2016 Napton Village Hall 2-5pm

Entry only 50p (free for children)

  • BOOKS,
  • CAKES,
  • GAMES,
  • TEAS,
  • MESSY CHURCH TABLE with activities and bubbles!!

Great afternoon out for all the family.


Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday Logo

Celebrating farming and food on 5th June 2016 at Hill Farm, Priors Hardwick

  • Open Air Service      9.30am
  • Activities from          11am – 4pm


  • Nature walks
  • Tractor & trailer rides
  • Farm tours
  • Sheepdog demo
  • Sheep shearing
  • Meet the animals
  • Plant stall
  • Tea & cakes
  • Bar
  • Barbeque (Lamb Asado)
  • Ice creams

Collection for Air Ambulance


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


Happy 90th Birthday to her Majesty!

The Queen in profile

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday there will be a display in Stockton Church of village history over the past 90 years

  • on Saturday 11th June: 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • and Sunday 12th June: 12noon to 4.00pm
  • with a special “Songs of Praise” morning service at 10.30am on Sunday

Refreshments will be available

And there will be a children’s colouring competition

Everyone is welcome!

If your organisation would like to get involved, please contact:

Wendy Rumsey on 813730 or Gillian Roberts on 815831


June Letter

The Servant Queen

Over the weekend of 11th and 12th June, we will be celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, along with other churches around the country.


In Stockton and Priors Marston there will be exhibitions of village life over the past 90 years and Priors Hardwick is having a special service of Evensong, followed by strawberries and sparkling wine on the green (please see elsewhere in the magazine for details).


Pilgrimage Walk Stockton-Napton

Setting off
Strolling along the canal
We made it!!

On 7th May, a beautiful sunny Saturday morning a group of us set off with Bishop Christopher joining him on day 2 of  the Bishop's Pilgrimage walk around the Coventry Diocese. Setting off from St Michael's in Stockton, we walked along footpaths, road and canal, finishing off with a short climb to St Lawrence's, Napton where we were greeted with delicious cake and tea/coffee.


Gillian's Letter

A call to prayer

Just before Easter, I received a letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York (okay – so did the rest of the clergy in England!)  It was an invitation to take part in a week of prayer for people to get to know Jesus better.  The idea is to have a great wave of prayer across the country in the week leading up to the festival of Pentecost on Sunday 15th May.




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