Caught by the River

Thankful Villages Vol. 3 #5

Darren Hayman | 8th November 2018

On to the third volume of songs resulting from Darren Hayman’s Thankful Villages project. The fifth village in this new volume is Minting, Lincolnshire.

When I arrive in Minting a strange and wild-looking cat climbs into my car and refuses to leave. David finds me trying to coax the cat out. David is a school head who lives in the old school house. He is a keen member of the historical society, a musician, and makes his own notebooks.

David is also a keen detectorist and was happy to show me his boxes of finds from the fields around his home.

He took me detectoring and we found something quickly. He dug a small hole and found an old Chinese coin.

David had found some before around the village.

Apparently Francis Bashforth, the local rector in 1857 to 1908, invented a new system for measuring the velocity of bullets and often visited China.

A few weeks after my visit David sent me the coin in the post.


Thankful Villages Vols. 1 & 2 are out now on Rivertones. You can buy physical copies here, or listen on Spotify.

Thankful Villages Volume 3 is released tomorrow, and is available to order here.

Darren Hayman plays a special pay-what-you-can-on-the-door show at London’s Union Chapel this Saturday, and a show at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop with Shirley Collins on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, a Thankful Villages documentary airs on BBC Radio 4.

Finally, you can listen to a new 53-minute edit of sounds, textures, unused voices and field recordings from Thankful Villages here.