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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.



A WOUNDED PLANET©️- My Home, Our Future

Wed MAY 11th 2016 at 7.30 pm A WOUNDED PLANET©️- My Home, Our Future An evening of inspirational talks on climate change and care of our environment from a spiritual and practical perspective. Godfrey Armitage - Diocesan Environment Officer George Browning - organic farmer and eco-house builder Free-All welcome Tom Hauley Room- behind All Saints Church Harbury


Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Saturday Pam organised an Easter egg hunt in and around St Lawrence, Napton. She and Dick did an amazing job of hiding eggs in every available space, so much so that we will be finding them for a while yet. Several families came to take part in the hunt, one en route from Orkney!! Jayne organised some craft activities and everyone had the chance to make baskets for the children to collect eggs in. The grown-ups were well looked after with a plentiful supply of coffee and cakes. It was lovely to have a buzzing church for a good couple of hours.



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