Village Life

Published on October 10th, 2023 | by Content Admin


Your Village Entertainment

All Stars Cricket for 5–8-year-olds starts on 11 May and runs for the following 7 Saturdays – at 10am on the Sportsfield. All 24 places were taken by girls and boys within a week of the course being offered. The course is run by Aynho Cricket Club (ACC) with a number of adult members providing the coaching.

First home fixture is taking place on the Saturday 8th of June at 2pm, when ACC face Souldern CC. All support is encouraged, with a BBQ afterwards at the Pavilion. Anybody interested in playing or just being a social member is encouraged to get in touch. All levels of experience and ability are welcome.






14th ~April Medical Detection Dogs OPEN MEETING

At our March meeting Jonathan Clinch talked about his work at the Royal Academy of Music, the Academy’s initial beginnings and an explanation of the actual tuition that is given to its students.  He explained his interest in English composers and in particular his in depth research into Herbert Howell, (some of his music he played for us) and Elizabeth Poston who was able to make use of her musical talent and connections during WW2 whilst working as an agent. Thankyou Jonathan it was an excellent talk and very much enjoyed by everyone.
Our next meeting on the 17th April will be a talk by Fraser Liversage on the training of their dogs to give help to people with life threatening medical conditions giving them independence on a daily basis. He will be accompanied by one of his dogs so we will be seeing the results of the training involved. Another enlightening talk so we look forward to seeing you all in April. This again is an OPEN MEETING so everyone is welcome. The entry fee for non-members is £3.   Meanwhile take care and enjoy the Spring.
This month’s coffee morning is a joint one with MCC  and will be Hot Cross Buns, 
3rd April, 10.30am – 12 noon at the Cartwright Hotel.  Booking is essential.

Jill Wightman
01869 811206

We usually meet on Sunday mornings at 9.0am on Portway for  local runs. Routes and distances vary, but we tend to run around 5-10km on roads and sometimes trails at a pace which is comfortable for all. There is something for everyone, from experienced runners to those returning after a break, to those who are just starting out. 
Please get in touch if you would like to join us.  For all 3 of above please get in touch with: 
Faraz Shibli

07742 906 780

We meet on Saturday or Sunday mornings once or twice a month for short and long group rides with a stop for coffee/breakfast. We welcome cyclists of all ages and abilities whether on road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids or e-bikes. If you’d like to come along, please get in touch. 

Faraz Shibli

07742 906 780

We meet one Monday and one Wednesday evening a month at the Cartwright Hotel. We are a very social group, and we welcome players of all abilities, including complete beginners, for whom casual coaching is available. A sandwich supper is also available upon request. Please get in touch if you’d like to come along.

Kevin D’Silva

Wednesday 8th May at 2.30pm
Swallows Nursery and Plant Centre, Evenley Road, Mixbury NN13 5RR will be expecting members from the AGC at 2.30pm.  A short explanatory talk will be given by one of the staff when you can enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of homemade cake. It is a lovely Nursery with healthy high-quality plants. There are several Show Gardens to give you ideas. Bring your AGC Membership card and you will get 10% off any plants that you buy. The Nursery need numbers so please let Annabel know if you are coming.

This is a self-drive event and please do offer any other members a lift if they are unable to get there themselves.

Helen Mackenzie will be taking names and money for the coach trip to KELMARSH HALL on Wednesday 12th June. Please contact her if you wish to come on the coach which will cost £18. Entrance to Kelmarsh Hall will be £8 payable individually – free for RHS and HH members.

Annabel Bellamy


24th APRIL
Wendy Raybould – The West Haddon Enclosure Riots 
We are delighted to be welcoming Wendy Raybould back to Aynho History Society to talk about the Enclosure Acts and rural unrest, especially in Northamptonshire and the village of West Haddon, where this led ultimately to riots, unrest and an uprising!

“The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose”
We look forward to you joining us. 

Membership is not required to attend. £3.00 entrance fee.  Talk starts at 7.30 pm

Helen Mackenzie
07866 044985


Wednesday 3rd April.   HOT CROSS BUNS for both Aynho Ladies and the Men’s Coffee Club – cost £5.   You do not need to be a member of either group but booking for this is essential.       

MCC Men’s Coffee Club   Wednesday 24th April
This is an extra coffee morning for the Men’s Coffee Club and is at the usual time of 10.30am – 12 noon at the Cartwright Hotel. If you would like to join us you would be very welcome.  Just give me a ring or email me. The cost is £3.50.

Jill Wightman
01869 811206
Monthly Mindfulness workshop at the Aynho Sports Pavilion.
T’ai Chi Chih classes on Mondays: spaces available 11.30-12.30 and Qigong sessions Fridays: spaces available 11.30-12.30. Tea/coffee provided £8.00 pp
Kate Angell 07478 276891 or


Every Tuesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
The cost is £2.50 per session. Woods for bowling are available if you don’t own your own.

Carol McClellan
01869 810346


We usually meet on weekdays around lunchtime (but occasionally at other times and on weekends) for dog walks with fellow villagers. We arrange a time and place to meet

Discover new dog walks and give your dogs (and yourself!) some all-important social interaction. We organise ad hoc, casual walks for dogs young and old via WhatsApp, usually on weekdays around lunchtime but occasionally at other times and on weekends. There’s no pressure to join – just come along if and when convenient. Do get in touch if interested.

Faraz 07742 906 780


March Dates: Thursdays 7th 14th 21st 28th Dame Mary Cartwright Room in the Village Hall 12.15pm –1.30pm.

WLC is an opportunity for any villager to come along to the Dame Mary Cartwright Room in the Village Hall, 12.15pm – 1.30pm, enjoy a simple meal from a choice of soup, baked potato with filling, pudding and tea/coffee at a very reasonable cost.  There is no club membership – whether a regular or a new face you will be given a warm welcome. I run the WLC for the community, any profit made this coming winter – after hall hire and ingredients expenses – will go to supporting our Village Hall.  Payment is by CASH only.  To book your place (max numbers are 22) please telephone Amanda 810341 before 12 noon on the Monday of the relevant week, (leave a message if I am out) or you can sign up for the following week when at a lunch. I need to know numbers by Monday midday so that I can buy sufficient ingredients. If you book a place but find you are no longer able to come please let me know. A huge thank you to Shirie, Glenwys and Ailsa for their help over the past winter with front of house.  WLC would not happen without their support.

Thursday 28th March will be the final lunch for the 23/24 Winter. 

01869 810341


There are two walks led by qualified walk leaders. One walk is a leisurely stroll for approximately 2 or 3 miles and lasts just over the hour or longer if needed. We walk at the pace that is comfortable for all.  The second walk is more challenging covering an average of 6 miles and lasting up to 2 hours. There is no need to pre book.  We are a friendly bunch and welcome all new walkers. However, the walks are not suitable for pushchairs as we often go across fields.  We meet at the Sports Field Pavilion and set off at 10am every Thursday morning, rain or shine. On returning to the Pavilion there is tea, coffee and a tempting  selection of  cakes for sale.  There is no fee for the Health Walks but we do ask for a voluntary 50p to cover the running costs of the Pavilion. All you need is some sturdy footwear.  Hope to see you there.

Dawn Willis
07929 322949


Saturday 9th March 10am – 12.30pm in the Mary Cartwright Room at the Village Hall
Aynho Writers meet at the village hall Saturday 14th April 10.00 – 12.30. This month we had some entertaining contributions on The Power of Music, and Road Ahead Closed. Next month we have The Teacher, or She heard a man shouting ‘Get out, Get Out, Get out’. Then silence, no one came out.

Keith McClellan


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