Sports & Recreation: Track Maintenance

This is a plea to all those who use the amenity track for running, cycling, jogging, walking, skating etc. We are aiming to have a maintenance afternoon on Saturday 16th April when the clean up day is.  If you value this facility and want to keep using it, please come and join us with a broom and a spade and gloves.

Thank you,  Kay

Recorded Music Society: March 2016 Meeting

ARMS (Aynho Recorded Music Society)

Gill and John presented (albeit separately), with the first half presided over by Gill who started with Holst’s ‘Jupiter Bringer of Jollity’.  The delightful ‘Piano Concerto in C Major’ by Mozart led to Prokofiev’s ‘Knight’s Dance’ from Romeo and Juliet.  A track from John William’s Schindlers List and one from Schubert’s  ‘Serenade’ was followed by Norah Jones ‘Don’t know why’ and the ‘Tannheuser Overture’ by Wagner brought the first half to its conclusion. John, as can be expected, presented a totally individualistic programme with ‘The Hungarian Rapsody No2’.  Frank Sinatra sang ‘Monteray’ which was followed by Verdi.  The group The Eagles, rendered ‘Lying Eyes’, followed by Maria Callas’.  John brought an interesting and entertaining evening to a close with Aliena Kraus singing ‘Lament’.     A splendid programme, thank you Gill and John.

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Rector’s Letter April 2016


As the Easter greetings still ring out in our churches, we begin to follow the birth of the early church as  new religion is formed full of hope and life and joy.  But all is not well as their leader was crucified as a criminal, the national or state religion rejects there claims and would rather have them ‘hushed up’. Life for the early Christians wasn’t going to be easy but that didn’t stop them, then or now.

Even today society is often unkind to those deemed to be ‘on the fringes’. Those who have their lives ‘together’ can sometimes forget that they’re only ever three missed pay-cheques away from homelessness, or one chronic illness away from disability, or one bereavement away from single parenthood. It’s a sobering thought, but it’s one that should motivate us to gather people around us in love and show kindness to everyone – irrespective of their circumstances.  A circumstance doesn’t define a person; all of us – without exception – are important to God.

The early church knew the truth of the statement- all of us are important to God.  That is they believed and still believe that Jesus’ death was for the good of all people, those of faith and those of none.  Scripture tells us ‘that God so loved the world that he sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him’.

I believe that people still need to hear this message today.  That God loves them. Not because of  who they are, not because of what they have done or not done, not because of the circumstances of their life, but because they are part of His creation, and He cannot but love them.

We live in a society when more people are being marginalised, being told they are not wanted, for not conforming, being a refugee or migrant etc. Surely all people should be valued and loved and not just a few?

In the coming months we will be asked to vote on our membership of the European Union.  As we do so let us ask the question – “What would Jesus do in these circumstances?”  What choice or vote would show his love best?  We have a few weeks to think and pray before we have to vote, let us use that time wisely.

Happy Easter.            Simon

Aynhoe Calendar

Dawn Griffis, born and bred in Aynho but now living in the USA, has suggested an ‘Aynhoe Calendar’ which would involve 12 sets of then and now photos (see below for some examples).  She already has 42 photos of Aynho dating from 1900 to 1980 which she has posted on the Aynho Community Facebook page  and wondered if anyone  has others they would be willing to email to her for possible use on the calendar.  Also, is there anyone who would be willing to coordinate this.  If not she would have a go at doing it herself.  For more details see the April newsletter.

church 350h church cropped 350h
Bill Howes, the baker by the entrance to
St Michael’s Church. 1914
Entrance to St Michael’s Church.
Eatons in Square the shop 1991 res Square 350h
Eaton’s shop in the Square.  1991 The Square. 2016


Aynho Long Walk: 24th March 2016

We were keen to take advantage of the last few hours of the recent dry spell as sixteen of us set off on the Kings Sutton Loop. Green Lane was much improved with only the horses hoof prints to provide the risk of tripping over. Once round the buildings of Lower Walton Grounds we crossed the fields up to the small copse which is always a mud pool, and began the descent to Kings Sutton. There were no horses in the paddock at College Farm so we passed easily into the lane and emerged opposite the Green and the new playground. We took the track alongside the Memorial hall and down to the end of the housing. The path continues to the new building site and the reconstituted track next to the show house. We continued round the back of the village and climbed the path next to the railway and felt the first light spray of rain. Later as we crossed the fields towards Lower Walton Grounds on the return, the rain seemed to be setting in. Fortunately it soon died away and we climbed up to Aynho still in the dry. Back at the pavilion we formed a lively group around a large table relieved to have finished in the dry.

WI: March 2016 Group Meeting

Wicked Women—A talk by Graham Sutherland

It was Aynho’s turn to host the group meeting this month so 60 members from Aynho and the surrounding WI’s met on Monday 21st March in Aynho Village Hall to listen to a talk by Graham Sutherland on Wicked Women.

Graham, an ex –policeman, dressed appropriately for his role as  Victorian gentleman story teller.  We listened to the fascinating tales  of the deeds of the wicked and not so wicked  women in 19th century England.   Some seemed more victims themselves of the dubious legal system then, being hanged or sent to jail on questionable evidence.  However, one woman managed to dispose of 18 adults and children  from ‘gastric fever’ before the authorities finally became suspicious and undertook a post mortem, on the kitchen table,  of her final victim and discovered a large amount of arsenic in his stomach.

It was an enjoyable evening giving us an insight into the people and  legal system of that time.  The evening was rounded off nicely with a drink and a wide choice of delicious homemade cakes made by the ladies of Aynho WI.

WI group meeting March 2016.. 350h

WI: Theatre Trip 9th March 2016

Hobson’s Choice at Milton Keynes

On Wednesday 9th March, sixteen ladies from the WI set off for the theatre in Milton Keynes.  It was a very wet day, so our cheerful driver of the Northampton Community Bus had to take an alternative route to avoid roads closed due to flooding.  However, he delivered us safely to a matinee performance of Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse.

It is one hundred years since this classic northern comedy was first staged, but it stands the test of time.  All the cast were excellent led by Martin Shaw as the boot shop owner Henry Hobson.  This self-made widower, a skinflint and boozer refuses to accept the part his three daughters, who run the shop, and Willie Mossop his talented boot-maker play in maintaining his selfish life-style.  However, when Maggie the eldest daughter marries Willie it makes a man of him and he sets up in competition to his father-in-law, forcing Henry Hobson to face the truth and take ‘Hobson’s Choice’.

Our thanks to Hazel Bradford for organising this cheery outing.

Ann Rickard.


Aynho Long Walk: 17th March 2016

We welcomed Robert,another new walker to our group, today bringing us up to fifteen for the walk in bright sunshine. We set off through the village in a cold wind, and took the path by the Dad’s Army hut, down to Lower Walton Grounds. A week without rain had really dried the paths for most of our walk although as the picture shows there were still some wet sections. We walked round the back of the farm buildings and came down to the footbridge over the stream. The overhanging branch which had tugged off many a woolly hat had now been cut back. Along the track towards Charlton there were several large puddles but generally it was pleasantly dry. We continued up through the stone pits and across to Charlton Village. The village looked very attractive in the bright sunshine. From the bottom of the hill we took the track up to the Rainsborough Camp and then continued along the ridge, which was muddy in places, to Green Lane and back to the Pavilion where Anita was back from her holiday to offer the usual refreshments. We sat outside and soaked up the sunshine as well as the coffee and cake or lunch.

Crossing The Border, a Nico Story by June Smith

It was January, just two weeks after Christmas. Father and Mother Christmas had gone away on a short holiday to Lapland to have a rest after the really busy time they had had at Christmas – delivering toys to all the children in the world. Father Christmas’s elves were also taking a break after all their work making the Christmas toys. They were having a wonderful time enjoying the snow – tobogganing down the mountain slopes, skating on the frozen lake and having snowball fights.

On this particular day they were all having a nap after lunch while Nico, the strange elfin boy who had magic powers inherited from his father, Merlin, the wizard, was in the reindeer stables, sitting in the hay and talking with Prancer, one of the reindeer. Suddenly there was a great deal of noise and activity – raised voices, the rumble of wagon wheels and calls for help. Nico ran outside but was only in time to see two large covered wagons, drawn by reindeer, disappearing at speed.

All was quiet as NIco entered the elves’ dormitory. There was not a single elf to be seen – they had all been kidnapped. The only clue was a red cap on the floor – part of the uniform of the dreaded Red Dwarfs. They were a fearsome tribe who lived beyond the forest in the land of Redmania, ruled over by the terrible Giant Redbeard. They were known for terrorising villages and stealing young children to act as their slaves.

What should he do? What would Father Christmas say? Nico felt very frightened. He went to tell Prancer what had happened and Prancer munched his hay and thought for a bit and then said,
“Go and see your father, Merlin, and ask his advice. I will carry you to his house on my back.”

Nico’s father lived in a cave called Merlin’s Moon at the foot of the mountain. Nico told him quickly what had happened and Merlin looked in his magic crystal ball and said:
“ I see Father Christmas’s elves now in the land of the Red Dwarfs and Giant Redbeard is setting them to work to build wagons and houses. We must think of a way we can rescue them”

But there was a big problem about that. The land of the Red Dwarfs was almost entirely surrounded by thick forest and tall prickly brambles and high thicket walls – impossible to get through, all except for one place where there was a big gate made of heavy iron and fierce guards were always on duty there. Crossing the border was going to be difficult.

Then Merlin said “I will give you some of my magic moon dust to sprinkle on yourself to make you invisible and that should give you a chance to slip through the gate when the guards open it up. You can then find out where the elves are. Then, I think we could call on some of your friends to help you and your mother can also help.” Nico’s mother was Nimue, the White Witch, who could also do magic. So the plan was hatched.

Nico was able to slip through the gate invisibly when it was opened and eventually found all the elves working hard in a forest clearing, felling trees, although they could not see him. Hiding amongst the trees, Nico recognised his good friends Grandfather Frost and his daughter – the Snow Maiden, standing nearby. At a given signal from Nico, Merlin appeared in a puff of purple smoke. He waved his wand and muttered a spell and then told the elves to stand in the middle of the clearing. Then Grandfather Frost strode forward and thrust his huge icicle club into the air and instantly there was a deep frost everywhere and everything froze to the spot except in the forest clearing where the elves were. The Snow Maiden then waved her wand and a great white blizzard of snow swept through the land blocking all the roads.

By this time Giant Redbeard had appeared and was enraged to see what was happening and tried to reach the elves, but could not move because of the snow. Suddenly, from out of the white blizzard of snow, two white unicorns flew down carrying a large white sparkling hammock between them. These were Galaxy and Universe, unicorns belonging to Nico’s mother, Nimue. The hammock was lowered onto the forest floor and all the elves tumbled into it and Nico also, who was now visible again. The unicorns took to the air and Nico waved his thanks to Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, and away they flew across the border of Redmania and over the forests and mountains back to Father Christmas’s house at the North Pole.

Father and Mother Christmas had returned and were very worried when they found the house empty. Then suddenly the sky was filled with sparkling sunshine and a huge colourful rainbow and from over the rainbow flew the two dazzling white unicorns with their precious load. There was great rejoicing and they all had a joyful party with lots of good things to eat and exciting games to play. They were all so glad to be back together again.

March 2016