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Wendy Evans, Stuart Litchfield, Katherine Clarke, Malcom Jones, Pauline Kirton, Francis de Clermont, Gill Mister, Jacqui Ryecroft, Cameron Brown.



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Christmas Eve 10pm

Join us at St James Church!

“We are Hopewell” was started in response to the realisation that in small villages like Hollowell there are people who have no one to turn to when desperate and at the end of their tether or in crisis.

We called it “Hopewell” because we wanted to fill a gap where anyone who is feeling “Hollow” and their “well” of strength has run dry can find a source of “Hope”.

We are going to launch monthly Coffee mornings in the village hall starting in November called “Coffee and a Chat” which is exactly what it says. Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be in need but just enjoy meeting people over a cuppa!

If you need a lift we should be able to provide that, just call or text 07780 265614 and let us know.

These will take place place on the third Friday each month. Why not pop in and join us between 10:00 – 12:00 on:

20th December

17th January
Paul and Cheryl Charter


St James Church in Hollowell held its Harvest Supper in the Village Hall attended by 50 people from across the Uplands Benefice. They enjoyed a delicious cold ham and Quiche Ploughman’s Supper cooked by John Evans, with assistance from Wendy and other able bodied cooks. The fruit was all grown in the Vicarage Garden at Spratton and in the potager at Ivy Cottage. Claire Morrell made the crumble mix and all enjoyed a splendid meal, cleared away by Gill Brown’s efficient helpers. The Bingo was called by Wes Suter who gave a generous first prize. It was great fun, a real community event. The Church Service on the following day was very well attended.  Allen Eaton acted as auctioneer of produce and the proceeds went off to the Daventry Food Centre. It was a traditional village weekend. One not to be missed. Thank you to everyone involved.


The Hollowell Hens enjoyed a warm autumnal afternoon in Brixworth in September, visiting the historic sites of the village. We toured the original sites of many of Brixworth's 10 pubs, and were shown the bake houses and two of the original post houses. There were tales of murders, ghosts and village life and our trip was rounded off with a cuppa and a slice of cake at the Heritage Centre opposite the church. Many thanks to our tour guides Pauline and Sue and to Vanessa for providing refreshment. More information about the history of the village is available at:  http://www.brixworthhistory.org/home/4589410309

Congratulations to Scott and Amy on their wedding in St James Church, Hollowell. The event was a joyous occasion with a poem of advice read by their children, Ebony and Joshua, the Bible reading by Scott’s grandmother, and the stunning flower arrangements by family members.


It was the first “Give Away” for the new team running the Steam Rally this year and they’d done themselves proud, raising an amazing £76,000 to give to local good causes.  In a packed tent, on a damp rally field, the cheques were handed out to eighty organisations, many of which had provided volunteers to help run the two day event in July.  Among the beneficiaries were numerous local village hall, church and playing field associations, schools, scout groups, hospices, Tools for Self Reliance, Music and Drama groups and the police, fire brigade and RAF.

Congratulations to Robin and Di Lewis and the Steam Rally committee for putting on such a wonderful weekend and supporting so many inspiring organisations.


High winds in early November forced the postponement of the traditional, Saturday, Hollowell Bonfire celebrations. The lighting of the bonfire and fireworks display was instead moved to Tuesday – bonfire night itself. Despite the light drizzle and the week day night, the hoards poured in, for what is widely regarded as one of the best bonfire displays in the area.  At £1 per entry it is certainly one of the cheapest! The bonfire, complete with two caravans and guys, was awesome and the fireworks spectacular. Thank you to all involved in organising such a splendid show.


Hollowell Pocket Park – seasonal work has been undertaken to keep the hedgerows and central area of grass tidy.  Further work may be undertaken on the hedgerow bordering Hollowell Lodge Farm.This hedgerow was planted when the Park was opened in 1997 and has spread out into the Park.  In particular, the blackthorn has produced off shoots that needed cutting down. go to Roger Heygate (Heygate Contracting Ltd) and Mark Hazle (H & T P C’s mowing contractor) for undertaking this work.

The Budget (Precept – Council Tax) – the Council is required to set a budget for each financial year and this is prepared in the November to January period.  This determines how much ‘Precept’ or Council Tax will be levied in the next financial year (April 2020 to April 2021).  It is likely that with the changes to Local Government (The formation of two unitary authorities for Northamptonshire) and the ongoing difficulties with County Council finances, the Parish Council will need to increase it’s budget to account for removal of grants (e.g. mowing) and the loss of services (e.g. Support for maintaining Bus service).



The Jane Letts Charitable Trust was created in 1940 by a bequest from the estate of James William Boothe Letts.     The bequest established an income to purchase coal or blankets for distribution amongst the “poor widows and other deserving poor” of the Parish of Hollowell & Teeton.   In the mid 1990s, the terms of the Trust were altered so that it could contribute towards household electricity bills, rather than pay for coal.  

To benefit you must be a resident of Hollowell or Teeton and be able to tell the trustees why you need help.

Please email us at


or write to the Jane Letts Trustees, care of Hollowell & Teeton Parish Clerk, 96 Martins Lane Hardingstone Northampton NN4 6DJ.

 Just send the trustees your contact details and they will get in touch.

The Village Hall committee hosted a delicious breakfast in October. Residents enjoyed bacon, egg and sausage baps, coffee and cakes. £167 was raised towards the maintenance of the hall. Thank you to all who came along to support us.  Our next event is Cafe Christmas, details below.



Hollowild Cider is a new artisan cider company based in Hollowell and created by Jez Morris. For Jez this has been a lifelong passion, combining his love of the countryside around his home, with his love of craft and artisan cider.

All the apples are hand picked, washed, pressed, fermented and bottled by Jez himself in the cider house at his home in Hollowell.

Jez has made craft cider as a hobby for over 10 years, and has slowly refined and improved the procedure each year to produce the type of cider that he likes to drink himself. He is passionate about using the abundant natural fruit growing in the wild and in gardens that would otherwise go to waste. This is one aspect that he says makes Hollowild unique.
After winning awards at the British Cider Championships for two different blends in 2018, Jez made the decision to turn his hobby into a small business and Hollowild cider was born. His cider is now on sale at Seatons village shop in Guilsborough, and at Creaton Village Shop.

For more about Jez's cider journey see http://picpanzee.com/tag/wildciderlife or his website https://hollowild.com

Mail: wearehopewell@gmail.com

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Sunday, December 1, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 6th January 2020