Nether Heyford is a village 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Northampton. It is 1 mile (1.6 km) by road to the M1 junction 16, 72 miles (116 km) north of London and 38 miles (61 km) southeast of Birmingham. It has one of the largest village greens in the country, two pubs; The Foresters Arms and The Olde Sun, two churches; one Baptist, a purpose-built youth club, park, village hall, hairdressers, butchers and a local shop. The extensive playing fields have a cricket club; Heyford CC, a football club; Heyford Athletic, tennis courts, a bowls club and a skate ramp. www.netherheyford.org
The Grand Union Canal also passes through the village. The local church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul and parts are 13th century. The Bliss Charity Primary School has about 148 pupils. It was endowed with income from lands in the will of William Bliss, a wine merchant living in Southwark, who died in 1674. William had been born and brought up in Nether Heyford, later moving to London. In his will, William left £400 to the village, £100 for a schoolhouse and £300 to buy land, the rent from which would pay for the schoolmaster and upkeep of the school.
By the early 1970s Heyford had acquired much new housing and many new people. It was perhaps a decade of consolidation as a modern village. In 1975, ladder making ceased. In 1976 the Jesus Fellowship took over Heyford Hill Fruit Farm, followed soon after by the acquisition of Novelty Farm on the A5.
In 1977 the Charles Crawley festival and pilgrimage took place in memory of all that the Crawley family had done for the church in general, and for Heyford in particular. In November of the same year the first edition of 'the Prattler' appeared under the editorship of Richard Foulkes.
In 1978, after nearly twenty years of absence, the Cricket Club was reformed. Also that year Joan Kirkbride became the first lady chairman of the Parish Council. In 1975 Malcolm Tarbox took over Heyford Meats.
Nether Heyford Preschool
The Village Hall
The Women’s institute
For information on meetings please visit www.netherheyford.org.uk/website/Women-s-Institute/women-s-institute
Billed as the UK’s first true commercial coarse fishery, Heyford fisheries – just a few minutes’ drive from junction 16 of the m1 motorway- has been given a new lease of life following new management who took over running the venue in May 2008 after it had been allowed to go back to nature for 18 months when the previous manager retired and moved to Spain.
Nether Heyford Tennis Club
Nether Heyford Cricket Club