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Hollowell Podcaster Penny Bell, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for her on-line broadcasts about dementia. Penny's podcast, called "Discovering Dementia”, has been nominated for the ‘Best Wellbeing Podcast’ at the British Podcast Awards - the podcast equivalent of the BAFTAS. Penny started the podcast after her mother’s diagnosis of mixed dementia (Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia) in 2016.

She has now created two series, with 17 episodes covering everything from the day her mum received her diagnosis, through to different types of technology that can help people living with dementia remain as independent as possible. There are also episodes that include interviews with staff at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

The podcast, which is both touching and utterly compelling, introduces listeners to dementia in a very personal way by including them in conversations between Penny and her mum as they navigate the condition. It is a mixture of audio documentary and interviews with people who are living with dementia in different ways, and some of the organisations that help them.

Penny says: “My mum’s goal when deciding to take part in the podcast was to help reduce the stigma that can so often be associated with dementia. It is progressive in nature but there is so much you can still do, especially in the early stages, and you should continue to do the things you love for as long as you can.”

“We are very grateful to everyone who has taken part and shared their stories. It is good to know that what we have recorded has resonated with so many. The podcast sector has grown hugely over the last few years so to be nominated for an award feels like such an honour.”

“Discovering Dementia” can be found wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts. You can also hear episodes at www.discoveringdementia.co.uk

The British Podcast Awards is in its fifth year

Please contact Becky Gane if you would like to take part:  beckyjgane@gmail.com .

Numbers are £10 each. Participation is not confined to residents of Hollowell & Teeton.

All funds raised will go towards the maintenance of the Village Hall.

The May/June winners are:

The May/June winners are:

Helen Brown   

Philip Litchfield

Alan Winterburn

Sally de Claremont

Alan Eaton

Sue Tomlin

Rachel Woollcott

Katherine Willson.



HOLLOWELL FAFF . . . . . A cyclist’s tale

A full report on the Hollowell FAFF will follow in the next edition but Crawford Craig wanted to share the following:

In a moment of madness I volunteered to sell second-hand bikes during the FAFF if anyone was willing to give me any.  I agreed to renovate them and make sure they were safe to ride.  I was given about 40 bikes!  They might be described as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".  About 10 of them are destined for the tip, but most of them are eminently rideable and a few are in nearly new condition.  A HUGE THANK YOU to all those people who were so generous in giving me one or more bikes.


As I write, Common Swifts are present over Hollowell and the surrounding villages and countryside. For me they are the sight and sound of an English summer: tearing low across the rooftops or, in fine weather, circling high overhead with rapid wingbeats, their thin ‘sweeeeee’ calls revealing their presence when they’re out of sight.  A thrilling sight and sound that never fails to make me smile; and one that is all too brief: they join us in May and have mostly departed on their southward migration by August.

Swifts spend most of their lives on the wing. The scientific name Apus is derived from the Greek ‘A pus’ - ‘without feet’. Swifts do in fact have feet, but they are very small and generally tucked away to reduce aerodynamic drag, one of many ways in which the Swift has evolved the perfect form and structure for life in the air. A young bird leaving its nest has only one attempt to take to the air (unless rescued it’s unlikely to survive a crash-landing) – and once it has done so it may not land again for nine months, perhaps longer. Swifts feed and drink on the wing; they also at times sleep and even sometimes mate on the wing, so outside the breeding season they will land only very rarely. In the breeding season the sparse nest materials they add to their nest cavities are things that can be gathered from the air, including feathers, seed fluff, leaves or scraps of paper (a bus ticket was found in one nest). Their diet consists entirely of insects and airborne spiders captured in flight,


For the first time in living memory, and quite possibly since St. James’s Church was built in the 1840s, a Man of Hollowell has become a priest in the Church of England. George Frost (26) from a long established Hollowell farming family, was ordained by the Bishop of Brixworth at Peterborough Cathedral in June.

Rev Frost was educated at Guilsborough’s C of E Primary School and Academy, from where he went on to study Divinity at Aberdeen University gaining First Class Honours in 2017. He then joined the Church of England’s Ministry Experience Scheme in the Isle of Man and completed training at Cranmer Hall, part of St. John’s College Durham.

In younger days after his Christening by the then Vicar Rev John Tarrant, George was a Jack-of all-Trades at St. James’s Hollowell, from cleaning and polishing pews to helping grandfather George Leatherland with auctions of produce after the Harvest Festival and hand pumping the organ when mice ate its bellows. His exploits there formed part of his Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Bronze Award.

Rev. George Frost has now taken up his first appointment, based at Silverstone. Look out for him at the British Grand Prix !

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Young George with the Rev Tarrant



The Hollowell Steam & Heavy Horse Show Committee are very sorry to announce that this year's Bonfire Party has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainties posed by the coronavirus situation.  We know that many people will be disappointed that we have taken this decision, but we will now be concentrating all our efforts on next year's events.


On Saturday 3rd July, Hollowell resident, 13 year old Jemima Cooper and her pony Prince were part of a team of four representing her school in the National Schools Equestrian Association Show jumping finals at Royal Windsor Horse show. They qualified back in April where they had to win a very large class; they were the youngest team and the only Prep school (Spratton Hall) to qualify against senior school rivals.

To qualify was a dream, but in the final the team rose above all expectations and finished on a 0 score, all safely home with all fences up . This secured them an awesome 7th place. To put in perspective, only the top 20 schools who have previously qualified throughout the country are invited to compete at Windsor and to end up in the placings was phenomenal.  Well done Jemima and co!


We’ll Meet Again” – Not absolutely sure where but a good idea when:

It is hoped that with the removal of Covid 19 restrictions from 19 July 2021, Hollowell Village Hall will be available as the venue for future Parish Council Meetings as these can no longer be held ‘virtually’.

Meetings are planned to be held on the following dates and will usually commence at 7:30 pm:

  Wednesday 15 September 2021

 Wednesday 17 November 2021

 Wednesday 19 January 2022

 Wednesday 16 March 2022

 Check the Parish Council web site: https://www.hollowellandteeton.org.uk/parish-council-meetings


Hollowell Sailing Club has had a busy and enjoyable early Summer season welcoming new members, running training courses, and getting to know new craft—Stand Up Paddleboards! Although the Open Day was sadly cancelled due to ongoing Covid restrictions, the club has managed to support member sailing, windsurfing and paddleboarding safely.

The next Royal Yachting Association Dinghy Sailing Training course for adults takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September. Places are filling up so book now if interested. Visit the website at www.hollowellsc.org.uk and subscribe to the monthly newsletter to receive news direct to your inbox.

For membership enquiries contact Ruth Cross by email at:


Becky Gane recently completed the Milton Keynes Half Marathon and has even more ambitious plans…

I have suffered with some form of headache from my late teens. It was only recently that I was diagnosed as a Chronic migraine sufferer.

This why I have chosen to run the London marathon 2021 for the migraine trust to help raise awareness about headaches/migraines and also raise much needed funds to help in the research and the support they offer to those that suffer with them. 

I recently ran MK half marathon as part of my training, and have a few more halves before the main event, the London Marathon in October. Due to my headaches, training is slow, but I am determined. 

If you can sponsor my London Marathon and help support a great charity I will be so grateful. My Target is £3,000.”


Facebook Becks VLM 2021 running for the migraine trust

in Europe 500 species of prey have been recorded.

According to the British Trust for Ornithology, the UK Swift population declined by 51% between 1995 and 2015, with the rate of decline increasing in recent years. While the reasons for this are not fully understood, it seems likely that a reduction in availability of insect food is a factor, as is a loss of breeding places, as modern buildings typically have fewer suitable cavities and access points. Many new building developments now however include special Swift bricks which allow access to a cavity within, and many companies now make Swift boxes which can easily be attached to existing buildings.

Swifts migrate over huge distances and may live for 21 years. They usually pair for life, although the two birds normally lead separate lives outside the breeding season. They also make significant local ‘weather movements’. They will go to great lengths to avoid rain and will track around the edge of a weather system, perhaps travelling several hundred miles in the course of a day, even crossing the sea from mainland Europe to England and returning once the storm has passed. They have also been seen heading out over the coast at dusk: observations supported by chance encounters by aviators and radar tracking have shown that they roost in flight over the sea where rising warm night-time air allows them to circle with less effort. In a Swift’s lifetime it may travel 770,000 miles, the equivalent of 3.23 trips to the moon.

We often think of them as ‘our’ Swifts - I know I would if I was lucky enough to have them breeding in the roof of my house - but in reality they spend most of the year in sub-Saharan Africa, feeding on the abundant insect life present above the rainforest and savannah. As Charles Foster writes in his new book ‘The Screaming Sky’: “it is always summer for them”.

Sources / further reading: The Screaming Sky, Charles Foster, 2021. Swifts in a Tower, David Lack, 1956.

Jon Cook, 5th July, 2021.



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

Last updated Monday, August 2, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 1st September 2021