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Echoes of Angels: Local historian, Rita Poxon, and the Chamber Ensemble, Fiori Musicali, have come together to produce a unique DVD.

In the beautiful setting of the lovely old parish Church of Gayton, Northamptonshire, Rita tells the story of its origins, and how it grew and served the local community, accompanied by the Church music of the time; from the Saxon beginnings and Gregorian chant, through the Reformation, to Protestantism and Purcell, to the modern day and Trepte!

But this is not all! The DVD menu gives you additional opportunities: Listen to the Musical Director, Penelope Rapson, explain the music and its path through the centuries or, watch a short montage of Rod Poxon's photos of the village set to John Rutter's 'Lord bless you and keep you.'

This DVD would make the ideal Christmas present for anyone who loves our heritage or, why not, just sit back and enjoy history brought into your own home.

The DVD costs just 10 (p & p 1 to UK, 4, Australia, 3.50 to US, cheques payable to R Poxon) From Gayton Post Office or Rita Poxon: Karibuni, Park Lane, Gayton, Northampton NN7 3HB. or Tel: 01604-858562


Glimpses of Gayton: a pictorial history of a Northamptonshire village by Rita Poxon, 2000, Sue Clayton, Flintham, Newark, 178pp, 5.00 + 2.50 post and packing.

This was a Community project for the Millennium and was proud to have won a National Heritage Fund large award of 11,100.

The Society of Genealogists recently reviewed the book saying, "Although this bills itself as a pictorial history there is a considerable amount of accompanying text derived from records and oral history. This is a very rich source for someone lucky enough to have ancestors who lived there."


Further Glimpses of Gayton: A Northamptonshire Church and Community by Rita Poxon, 2005, Sue Clayton, Flintham, Newark, 89pp, 8.50 + 1.50 UK p&p and £4.50 USA p&p.

This is a project which grew from an application by a church group to put kitchen and toilet facilities into the church. The diocese required a statement of significance (or precis of the church history). Community Champions, government funding from the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Parish Council provided the finance for the printing of the book. A fun community event was also organised to celebrate the book launch in the form of a medieval churchale, photos of which can be seen on the Gayton village website:

Copies of the books are available from Rita Poxon, Karibuni, Park Lane, Gayton, Northampton, NN7 3HB (Tel 01604-858562), or from Gayton Post Office or Northamptonshire Record Office. Rita is always interested to hear from people with connections to Gayton, and can be contacted by e-mail at

(Updated 25 October 2007 - Maurice Kellner)