Two Notable Characters from Hathern

At the centre of every village there is more than just a village square…

History is everywhere you look in our small village – no more so than in our graveyard.

A slow, meditative walk through our graveyard is like taking a walk through time.

As with many other villages around the UK, our church has been at the centre of our community for centuries.

Within the records kept through the church and by simply paying respects to the dead in the graveyard we can piece together valuable strings of information that form to make a cohesive, complete record of Hathern through the ages. This kind of historical archiving is exactly what the Hathern Local History Society has been doing for the last 37 years or so. Their work is now collected on their website – a spectacular resource for anyone who wants to find out more about our history and grasp some context for their next visit.

We’ve cherry picked a few articles from HathernHistory.co.uk that have caught our eye, for more information head right over to their dedicated site:

Henry Spittle: Clockmaker

Born in the mid-eighteenth century, Henry Spittle is one of many interesting characters who has made his mark in history through the creation of pocket watches. The first record of Henry appearing in Hathern is his marriage to Elizabeth Hunt in 1779. They were married in the church by Rev. William Middleton and would go on to have four children, one of whom died at the young age of 7.

Henry’s life revolved around time; clock-making was considered to be less of a craft and more of a science in the 18th century – it was a task that required a steady hand, patience and (rather fittingly) a great deal of time. Hathern’s resident clockmaker was so prolific and steadfast that many of his work has survived to this day including a number of pocket-watches and grandfather clocks. He passed away in 1833 at the age of 78 years – an incredible old age for a man of his time.

Edward Thomas March Phillips: Reverend

Born in 1784, just a few years after Spittle’s death, March Phillips is perhaps one of the most interesting men to have lived and worked in Hathern. A true pillar of the community, his compassion for his fellow man and his studious, steadfast nature helped him bring about great change in the village that he gave over fifty years of his life to. The historians at HathernHistory.co.uk were lucky enough to have a truly exhaustive resource to draw from in the shape of a book written by March Phillip’s daughter Lucy Frances March Phillips.

The book, which is available to read in its entirety online, catalogues some of the Reverend’s earlier years, detailing his middling performance throughout school and college, his abandonment of his ambition to become a physician and enrolment into the priesthood. The Reverend was many things in life: he was a husband, father but, perhaps most of all, he was a teacher. The communities he served were industrious but uneducated and he devoted much of his time to organising the education of the children to ensure that they could read, write and potentially grow beyond their humble beginnings.

You can find out more about the dozens of interesting characters that have lived in Hathern by heading to HathernHistory.co.uk

Investing in Hathern: Local Businesses Worth Your Time

Support your local businesses today!

After the great response we got to our Digital Businesses post, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on all the other entrepreneurial folks in the area who have built their businesses from the ground up.

Although we’re well aware that younger folks, who crave the bright lights of the city, are more attracted to getting investment in Birmingham, the dozens of wildly successful businesses in our backyard here prove that you don’t need to be based in a bustling metropolis to become the next Alan Sugar!

These local businesses prove that Hathern and the surrounding Charnwood area is positively buzzing with investment opportunities:

Hathern Nurseries

Starting off as a small nursery over 30 years ago, Hathern Nurseries has slowly expanded over the years, transforming into one of the most successful garden centres in the area. There’s everything here that a gardener would be looking for: plants, tools, bedding and at Christmas time you can even pick up a Christmas tree!

In addition to offering free local delivery within a twenty mile radius, you can also join their Shrub Club. For £15 per year you can get a 10% discount off all plants or products and more generous discounts throughout the year.

Oakley Grange Farm

Food doesn’t get much more natural or local than at Oakley Grange Farm. The Mee family have been farming their 600 acres of land since the 1940s and have been working towards gaining a complete organic status since 2001, no small challenge when you consider how much land they have to use!

The Mees use traditional farming methods to encourage natural ecosystems to co-exist with their herd and, best of all, they serve a selection of everything they grow and rear at their Cafe Kitchen – so you can taste their hard work for yourself.

Joey’s Cake Shop

Jo is based in Hathern and specialises in cakes of all kinds including: wedding cakes, cupcakes, sponges, lemon drizzles and cakes for every kind of celebration. Although she bakes out of Hathern she delivers her custom-crafted goodies as far out as Loughborough, Kegworth and even Sutton Bonington.

Just one look at her website is enough to see how much care and attention she puts into each of her bakes; the testimonials on her site attest to how good they taste too!

Browns Lane Restaurant & Bar

A solid choice for locals in the area and often touted as one of the best places to eat in the area, this is a classy restaurant that serves seasonal food from a British inspired menu that is sure to inspire the most curmudgeonly of foodies.

Their a la carte menu is a testament to their chef’s skills and versatility, choose from a wide range of starters including: cajun spiced calamari, braised ham hock and chicken liver parfait. Mains, starting from £11.95, include classic chicken kiev, pan-fried red mullet and a ‘lamb bun’.

Winged Ape

You’re almost guaranteed to find something to pick up at Winged Ape, Loughborouh’s primo vintage store. Amongst the bric-a-brac and furniture you’ll find all sorts of treasure; action figures, rare vinyls and penny skateboards are just a few of the things you’ll bump into.

This shop holds regular record days a boosted selection of vinyl is set out; no matter what you end up leaving with it’s likely to be the only one for miles around.

Eat Your Fill: The Best Food In and Around Hathern

Visit the Hathern area and dine like a King!

Although the nearby town of Hathern might not be considered a gastronomical hotspot, the surrounding areas are studded with well-respected pubs and fine dining restaurants that offer everything from family-style Italian classics to truly modern tasting menus.

It’s all about locally sourced food in our neck of the woods, with many restaurants pioneering a farm to table policy that gives the customer the satisfaction of knowing their food made as short a trip as possible to get to their plate.

Before you think about stopping here in Hathern, why not take a look at our list of the finest restaurants in the area and see if you can book a table before you get here:

Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold

Wymeswold is the setting for forward thinking family-run fine dining restaurant, Hammer and Pincers. The restaurant has maintained their 2 Rosette standard for a number of years now and are frequently featured in the Michelin Guide.

The team at Hammer & Pincers offers a number of menus that cater to different budgets. A traditional a la carte menu main costs anywhere from £18 to £25, whilst their much raved about Sunday Lunch comes to a reasonable £27 for three courses.

Whilst a bit of a drive from Hathern, it’s well worth factoring a trip to this gem of a restaurant whilst you’re here.

John’s House Restaurant, Mountsorrel

Only two restaurant hold a Michelin star in Leicestershire and one of those is John’s House Restaurant. After growing up in rural Leicestershire, head chef John Duffin left his home to work in some of the most recognised restaurants in London.

The experience John picked up in Michelin-star restaurants such as Agnar Sverrisson’s Texture and Marcus Wareing’s The Berkeley was key in developing his unique style: modern cooking which puts the produce front and centre in every dish. He received his Michelin-star within a year of opening his doors in 2014 and has retained it ever since.

To fully appreciate the diversity of his menu opt for the tasting menu with wine tasting – it might set you back £115 per person, but it’ll be worth it!

The White Horse, Quorn

Whilst this pub might no be under consideration from The Michelin Guide or the AA, it offers a truly relaxed alternative for diners looking for a less stuffy approach to their food.

During the summer you can choose to dine inside or eat outside on the piazza, where you can order from an expansive menu that runs the gamut of pub classics: burgers, pizzas, pies and steaks. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a warming pub meal during the midst of winter and you’ll be able to find plenty of local ales here to wash it down with!

A main will cost you around £10-15 here, but you can also take advantage of great daily deals as well – make sure to check when you get there.

Caravelli, Loughborough

It might be a surprise to discover a truly authentic Italian restaurant so close to Hathern, but that’s what you’ll find if you step inside family-run Caravelli in Loughborough.

Opening its doors in 2010, Caravelli operates within the confines of The Old Manor a building that partially dates back as far as the fourteenth century – it’s considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Loughborough. Many of the original features are still present including a recently discovered fireplace which was damaged due to an infestation of knotweed. (Kindly clear up by KnotweedHelp.com)

On the menu you’ll find everything you’d expect from an authentic Italian restaurant: quality home-made pasta, fresh tasting fish and some truly divine desserts.

Alternative Accommodations

Plan where you’re going to stay during your visit to Hathern!

During the busier times of the year, like when Wicked Hathern Festival is on during the summer, it can be really tough to find a place to stay in the area.

That’s why, if you’re thinking of taking a trip to see us here then you should consider booking your accommodation a month or so in advance. It always pays to be prepared!

There are a good variety of accommodation options open to you, depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Come during the winter and we’d recommend finding lodgings inside as temperatures can drop well below zero – not exactly what you’d describe as camping weather…

The following options are great alternatives for families and couples alike, looking for something a little different in their next holiday:

Kingsmill Caravan Park

Kingsmill Caravan Park is an independently operated caravan park and camp site, ideal for those holiday makers who are eager to enjoy the most of their time out in the fresh air. You can choose to bring your own camping stuff with you and pitch up. Whilst there are no yorkshire static caravans for sale here, you can select from one of 20 tourers and 50 tents to hire.

Be warned during the weekend of Download Festival (8th-10th June 2018) this campsite and many others in the area are ram-packed with Heavy Metal music fans: you’ve been warned!

 


Old Hathern Station Bed & Breakfast

Ginger and Marilyn are your hosts at the Old Hathern Station Bed & Breakfast, a B&B that has a flawless record in Trip Advisor, thanks to the ‘spotlessly clean’ rooms and ‘excellent amenities’. A warm welcome and a hearty breakfast is the minimum expectation when you spend a few nights here and the central location makes it ideal for getting around the Hathern area.

You can find Ginger and Marilyn’s charming B&B over at TripAdvisor.co.uk

 


Dreamer’s Delight, Loughborough

The aptly named Dreamer’s Delight is a centrally located apartment in Loughborough, perfect for those looking for a peaceful night’s stay whilst staying right in the heart of the town. This is an ideal location if you’re looking to make the most of the summer time events in Hathern, but don’t quite fancy camping in a noisy field!

Host Tanvi keeps the apartment clean, making the most of the space and providing room for 4 to sleep at any one time.

 


Modern Room in Quiet Village

Set just outside the village, you might not be able to enjoy the freedom of an entire apartment but you can benefit from the local knowledge of your host Dom. You’ll be just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Hathern whilst staying with Dom, making this a good option if you were considering staying for Bonfire Night in November.

At only £30 p/night this is a great option for a solo traveller looking for a base to explore the rest of the area.

 


The Royal Oak, Long Whatton

Finally, for the traditional British inn experience you can choose to take the short walk from Hathern to nearby Long Whatton. The Royal Oak is a well-established pub and inn, providing food at a high AA Rosette standard and comfortable rooms for travellers. Spacious double rooms with breakfast start at £109 for two guests.

Although this attractive inn is commonly used as a stop over for those flying out to East Midlands Airport, it’s convenient location gives you good access to the surrounding area.

Digital Businesses in the Hathern Area

Are you looking to get more of a grasp on technology?

The Digital Age is well and truly here – are you in need of one of these digital businesses?

The world is increasingly moving into online realms and those who choose to separate themselves from it risk missing out on being a part of a community which now spans the entire globe. Despite being just a small village in Leicestershire, Hathern has tackled the Digital Age head on by creating a number of websites that present the village as the vibrant, active community it is.

HathernOnline.co.uk is a great example of how the village community has been brought together by a simple website. Through this portal residents can get useful notifications on the village as well gain access to information on the village’s many social groups.

Although there are a number of useful businesses that you can make use of in the Hathern area, you might have to travel further out to get direction or support in regards to digital ventures. Listed below are a number of tools that you can use to launch your own online adventures, whatever they might be:

WH Photography

William Hardy is an experienced wedding and school photographer, having photographed over 50 weddings and 40 commercial jobs. He’s the only professional photographer currently residing in Hathern and has successfully made a living there for over five years now. His wedding photography aims to capture the natural emotions and intimate moments that might otherwise go unnoticed on the big day, whilst his catalogue of other professional work is available on request.

Affixxius Films

If you’re looking to get your new business or project off the ground then you might consider getting a high-quality video commissioned. The experienced folks at Affixxius Films have created dozens of projects for big commercial clients including local sports teams like the Leicester Tigers and Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Cricket Club. Head over to their site to check out the range of work they’ve produced so far.

GoLearn! – Adult Learning Courses

The world of computing can often be an intimidating one, but unfortunately without knowledge in this field it can be difficult to progress in life. By enrolling in an adult learning course through Leicestershire County Council you can open doors to many more potential careers in the digital realm. Learning how to build and market a website could lead to you working as an marketing in Liverpool or even a designer in London!

Mooli

Graphic design can be a tricky beast to get your head round. If you’ve just started your own business and are struggling to produce quality visual designs to promote yourself with then you might want to consider enlisting the help of a dedicated designer. Mooli operates out of Mountsfields House in Loughborough and have a selection of their portfolio on their website,should you wish to view their work for yourself.

Creative and Print Services @ Uni of Loughborough

Sometimes it can be easier to get all your creative or digital work tackled by a single team, rather than approaching several different companies. The University of Loughborough offer just that, their dedicated Creative and Print team have been operating for over 30 years, offering a wide variety of services that cater to all budgets. Whether you want photography work, web design or physical prints – the team at the Uni can help you out.

Upcoming 2018 Events in Hathern

There’s plenty to see and do in the Hathern area…

If you’re considering planning a trip then why not plan for it to coincide with one of these great cultural events taking place this year in Hathern and the surrounding areas.

We’re lucky enough to have a dedicated team of people who work tirelessly to pull together some truly memorable events every year. These range from traditional cultural events like the ever popular Bonfire night to more niche music nights, like the first one on our list:

Fred V & Grafix at DBE, Loughborough

If you had asked Devon-born Drum’n’Bass producers Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson five years ago if they had thought they’d be playing stellar venues such as the DBE at the mere age of 26, they’d probably probably not know what to say.

Promoting their 2017 record, Cinematic Party Music, they’ll be playing a rare Loughborough date before heading to London for another packed out gig at Scala.

3rd Feb 2018/£15 + fees/2200-0400

 

 


Funhouse Comedy Club at Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough

Local compere Spiky Mike will be introducing the acts to the stage at the Swan in the Rushes for this night of comedy that you won’t want to miss! In addition to headlining comedian Simon Lomas, runner up in 2017’s ‘English Comedian of the Year‘, there’ll be support from Harry Sanders and American comedian Spring Day. It’s advisable to book your tickets well ahead of schedule as we can almost guarantee that this event will sell out: don’t miss out!

11th Feb 2018/£5.50/Starts 1930


Loughborough Rocks Mini Festival at Loughborough Town Hall

One of two major live music events in the Hathern calendar, Loughborough Rocks brings together dozens of local bands and acts in a Battle of the Bands competition.

The prize?

A supporting slot at Wicked Hathern Fest ‘18 in the Summer. Bands from across the area will be uploading their tracks for judging, but only five will be chosen to compete at Loughborough Town Hall – you’ll also have the chance to see last year’s winners, Rawkus Redz, performing again!

24th March 2018/£8/Starts 1900


Wicked Hathern Fest ‘18 at Dishley Grange Farm

One of the biggest dates in the Hathern calendar, this two-day festival brings together a heady mix of local bands, awesome tribute acts and chart-topping sell outs. Headliners at previous festivals have included Toploader and The Hoosiers; this year it’s the turn of Scouting for Girls. Keep an eye out on the festival site to see who else will be playing this year and head to Loughborough Rocks to see which local band will be supporting the headliners!

10th-11th August 2018/From £20


Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire at Dishley Grange Farm

Bonfire night at Dishley Grange Farm is a tradition that has been a fixture in locals’ calendars for a long time. Come and join in the fun this November and you’ll see that it’s a lot more than just a fire in a field. There’ll be live music acts, great food and even a ‘Silent Fireworks’ show for the young ones.

Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and make sure you arrive early if you’re hoping to get an up close look at the fireworks!

4th November 2018/From £6/From 1730