Our logo shows the weathervane on the tower of St Mary’s church.
Reg Smith (1917-2007) designed the
weathervane. Reg belonged to the Smith
family who ran the village shop on The Green in the late twentieth
century. This was the freestanding VG
Shop on the corner of Daventry Road, which, in 1965, replaced the lean-to
still visible on the house where Reg lived nextdoor. Previous owners of the lean-to shop were the
Diceys, the Vincents and the Walkers – Reg’s mother was a Walker. When Mrs Walker ran the old store: She sold everything from bootlaces
to basins, from socks to sweets and groceries.
The shop was in such a clutter, that sometimes she couldn’t find what
was on your list, and you waited until she did find it.
weathervane was made by Tom Mason (1887-1972), the village blacksmith. Tom and his sister Elizabeth Flavell (known
as Lizzie) ran the Post Office and stores on The Green, now part of Penny
Stamp Cottage, a private house. When
Tom retired in 1965, the post office moved to its present position on Rugby
The photograph of the weathervane was taken by Alan Atkinson, a present member of the History Group, whose talents have been put to good use in the production of Barby: A Village History and Putting Barby in the Frame. See Publications for details of these.
Tom Mason and his sister-in-law Daisy Flavell stand outside his house on The Green.