Another busy week lies ahead for north and east Northamptonshire with events such as coffee mornings, arts and music performances taking place alongside a wide range of festive attractions.
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Thursday, December 6
Friends of Finedon Library are holding a coffee morning at Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday, December 6th 10-11:30am. All are welcome.
Karol-oke at Kettering Market Place will be held on Thursday, December 6th.
Christmas Anthology at Little Harrowden Church on Thursday, December 6th at 7:30pm. Take along your favourite Christmas reading.
Ooaps! (Orlingbury’s group for the over 60s) will be holding a Christmas lunch on Thursday, December 6th at Isham Cricket club at 12:30pm. To reserve a place call Gillian on 01933 401340. Please let the organisers know if you have any dietary requirements or need transport.
St Andrews Arts Centre at St Andrews Church, Rockingham Road, Kettering are holding a community Christmas fair on Thursday 6th December from 6pm-9pm. Admission is free.
Cransley Hospice festival celebration at Wellingborough Golf Club on Thursday 6th December, 7pm for 7.30 start. 2 course winter fayre, music, entertainment, quiz and raffle. Tickets cost £19.50 from the fundraising office on 01536 527407.
The Friends of Raunds Library are building a Santa’s Grotto in the newly decorated children’s corner in the library. The grotto opens on Thursday 7th December between 11:30am and 12:30p and runs at different times through to 9th December.
Friday, December 7
Burton Latimer’s Christmas Lights switch-on will take place in the town centre in the early evening of Friday, December 7th, with the switch-on taking place at 7pm. There will be a fun fair, seasonal music, craft and food stalls, and shops will remain open. To book a stall phone Jan Smith on 07774588652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finedon Trefoil Guild will be doing their Annual Carol singing at the Gladstone Club, The Bell Inn, and the Conservative Club on Friday, December 7th. They are raising money to provide Cransley Hospice with tilting bed tables.
The Mayflower Singers will be hosting their Christmas Concert at St Mary the Virgin Church, Weekley on Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm. Entrance is £4 which includes refreshments. All proceeds to the Church Fabric Funds.
Aladdin will be presentd by the Looking Glass Theatre Company at Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, December 7th at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £5; available from the paper shop at 01536 373598 or 01536 373191. Refreshments available, including a free ice-cream for Guides or Scouts in uniform.
Candlelight Carols will be held in the Wesleyan Chapel, Isham on Friday, December 7th at 7pm. This will be followed by a Christmas Sale and refreshments in the schoolroom.
The latest surgery held by the Kettering town safer community team will take place on Friday, December 7, at the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Rockingham Road between 4pm and 5.30pm. Officers will be on hand to give out crime prevention advice as well as discussing any concerns people may have.
Burton Latimer’s St. Mary;s School Parent, Teacher and Friend Association will be holding an ‘Out of the Cold’ shopping event in the school from 6pm-9pm on Friday Decemner 7th. There will be a variety of stalls, Santa and refreshments. For more information cantact email@example.com
On Friday 7th December Backbeat will be playing music from the 60’s at Irchester village hall from 8pm until late. This event has been arranged by Irchester Coulon Link, you can take your own drink and nibbles. Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased from Brian on 01933 311754.
At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, Kettering on Friday 7th December from 1pm-2pm is ‘Joined at the Hippo’- the lives and music of Flanders ans Swann by Kevin Varty. Tickets for this comedic event are £5 and £2.50 for Leisure Pass holders availble on 01536 315115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rothwell’s town gala will take place on Friday 7th December in Market Hill.
Rushden and District Art Society present ‘Snow and Tress’ with Paul Talbot Greaves on Friday December 7th from 7pm to 9pm. This is held at South End Junior School, cost is £3 for members and £5 for visitors.
Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal charity coffee and cakes day on Friday 7th December at 10am until 4pm at Peter Crisp Design Studio in Church Street, Rushden.
Saturday, December 8
Evening of Clairvoyance at Kettering Spiritualist Church, St. Peter’s Avenue, Kettering on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30pm. Tickets are £2.50 for members and £3 for non-members. For ticket information contact Murray Wright on 01536 511012.
Geddington School is holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 8th December between 11am and 2pm.There will be Santa’s Grotto, stalls, refreshments and a raffle.
Saturday December 8th Grendon Christmas tree festival and a taste of Christmas around the world in St Marys.
Weldon Christmas concert on Saturday 8th December from 7pm to 9.30pm.
The concert will feature performances from The String of Pearls Choir, Weldon Youth Club and Katrina’s School of Dance. Tickets are £4 for adults £2 for Children and this price includes refreshments and mince pies.
Tickets will be available from the Computer Shop on the High Street. Profits from the evening will go to the Air Ambulance and Weldon Youth Club.
Christmas tree festival and a taste of Christmas around the world at St Mary’s Church in Grendon on Saturday, December 7th.
Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, December 8th from 7:30pm-11:30pm at Orlingbury Village Hall. There will be two live bands: Screaming Hyenas and Drum Bluey. Tickets cost £10 and include curry, rice, and gluten-free supper-pakoras. Bring your own drinks. For tickets call Nicola on 07710820473.
Friends of Irchester Community Primary School will be holding their Christmas fair on Saturday, December 8th.
Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee will hold a craft fair at the Methodist Church, Market Hill from 10am-2pm on Saturday, December 8th.
‘Buddy and Friends’ Tribute Acts with full live band will be performing at Rushden Bowls Club on Saturday, December 8th from 8:30pm. Tickets are £15 from Walt on 07984266649. Proceeds to the Club and the Swivel Charities.
Woodford Friendship Club will be holding their Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8th from 8pm with a cabaret and buffet.
Festive event at the Rushden transport museum taking place on Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th. Youngsters will recieve a present and ride on a train, the first train will leave the station at 11:45am and the final journey will be at 3:30pm. Attendance must be booked by 2nd December at the transport museum on November 30th or at the Rushden Christmas fair on Saturday 1st December in Rushden High Street.
Geddington Christmas tree festival will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.
Family Christmas Disco is on Saturday 8th December from 6pm-8pm in the Memorial Hall in Gt. Addington. There will be a licensed bar with mulled wine and refreshments to purchase, tickets will be £1 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets sold in advance only, for tickets you can see Jo Blackburn (Laura’s mum Year 2), Helen Hoier (Georgia’s mum Year 5) or Jenny Gray (Theo’s mum). Proceeds will go to the memorial hall charity.
St Andrews Arts Centre at St Andrews Church, Rockingham Road, Kettering are holding a community Christmas fair on Saturday 8th December from 10am-2pm. Admission is free.
Santa is touring Riseley on Saturday 8th December in the early evening, accompanied by his hard working elves. Christmas style refreshments available.
A Christmas quiz is being held at 6.30pm on Saturday December 8 in aid of Girls’ Brigade funds at Rothwell Methodist Church, Market Hill. Teams of 2-4 people, tickets cost £1. Refreshments and tombola available.
Sunday, December 9
A Christingle Service for all the family will be held at 3pm on Sunday, December 9, in St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers.
A carol concert is being held at St Michael’s Church – the Church in the Park – in Great Oakley, on Sunday, December 9, at 6pm. Kettering Camerata will be singing carols old and new, including music by Carter, Pierpoint, Rutter, Tchaikovsky, and Willcocks. Admission to the church is free, but there will be a retiring collection in support of the Bedford Unit of the MS Society. For further information, visit www.ketteringcamerata.org.uk.
A jazz, swing and rock-n-roll night is set to take place at The Courtyard Hotel, Stanwick, from 7pm - 11pm on Sunday 9th December.
The Friends of Burton Latimer Library have invited James Hornsby to perform his own adaption of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly encounters in the Civic Centre on Sunday 9th December, starting at 5pm. Tickets cost £6.50 and £4 for Friends of the Library (this includes a light refreshment). To book a place call 03001261000 and ask for Burton Latimer Library or e-mail email@example.com or just call in the library.
Gretton silver band will be entertaining the residents of Gretton on Sunday 9th December afternoon. The band will maintain its standing tradition of touring the village playing carols and a selection of Christmas music.
Chelsea’s Angels, a local children’s cancer charity (www.chelseasangels.co.uk) will be holding a shopping and pamper afternoon at the village hall in Irchester on Sunday 9th December from noon until 4pm. There will be a goody bag for the first 100 visitors, call Jayne on 07577093321 for more information.
Monday, December 10
Finedon Trefoil Guild will are holding a coffee morning at the Conservative Club on Monday, December 10th, 10-11:30 in aid of Cransley Hospice.
Former pupil of Wrenn School in Wellingborough, Kate Smith, will begin her exhibition of hand-made and individually designed homeware and furnishings at the school on 10th December. The exhibition will run until 21st December from 3pm until 4.30pm each day.
Members of Higham Ferrers Women’s Institute will be holding their Christmas party on Monday 10th December at 2:15pm. This will be held at the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. Visitors are welcome as always, details can be found out from Olga Earl on 01933 625522.
Tuesday, December 11
A craft afternoon will be held at Great Doddington Chapel on Tuesday, December 11th from 2pm-4pm.
Irchester WI will be having their Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:15pm.
The Family History Group run by Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, December 11th at the Bridge Street Centre. Details from Allan Marlow on 01536 356177.
Wednesday, December 12
Christmas will be the theme of the W.I meeting in Hargrave on Wednesday 12th December at 7:30pm, this meeting has a fee of £3 for non members.
Over 60s Christmas lunch will take place in Riseley village hall on Wednesday 12th December. This includeds entertainment and a visit from Santa.
Thursday, December 13
Henry Chichele Christmas Carol service in St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm.
The Mission Band Concert will be held at Rushden Mission Church on Thursday, December 13th.
Another surgery held by the Kettering town safer community team will take place on Thursday, December 13, at Kettering Police Station between 2pm and 3pm. Officers will give out crime prevention advice and be available to discuss community concerns which residents have.
On Thursday 13th December a seasonal celebration of Charles Dickens’ bicentenary with a local actor, James Hornsby, performing his one man play based on A Christmas Carol. This takes place at Kettering Library at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 (£4 for library friends and volunteers) available from Kettering Library Reception by calling 03001261000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org