Village news February 26

A newborn lamb at a farm in Cransley
A newborn lamb at a farm in Cransley
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BRIGSTOCK

An Antiques and Collectables fair will be held in Brigstock Village hall from 9.30am till 3.30pm on Sunday 8th March with a wide variety of quality objects to suit everyone. Admission is £1. Call Jill or Bob on 01780 470001 for more information.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy an evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 27th February from 8pm till 11pm. Entrance is £4. Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718519480 or e-mail guido@derosa.me.uk

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have a Countdown clothes sale at their next meeting in the lounge at Harper’s Court at 2pm on Tuesday 3rd March.

During the February meeting of Brigstock WI, members voted on whether to continue to use the WI Hall. As there was not a two thirds majority in favour of vacating the hall, monthly meetings will continue to be held there. The topic for the next meeting on 10th March at 7.30pm will be “Anyone can learn to paint” led by guest speaker, Mrs Christine Kinsey.

At a meeting of Brigstock Parish Council on 11th February councillors decided to submit a strong objection to the proposed development of 110 houses off Benefield Road. The council stated that there is no immediate need for a large scale development on a greenfield site and this scheme is contrary to East Northants district plans already in place and is also not in line with the village design statement. The development will decrease the quality of life for Brigstock residents due to increased traffic through the village, which will cause great strain on the existing road system, cause an increase in pollution and raise the risk of accidents. The water run-off from the development could result in a higher risk of flooding in the village. There will be increased pressure on both the school facilities and health provision. The development is also contrary to the intentions of the Localism Bill.

A Quiz Night with a sausage and chips supper will be held in the Green Dragon on Friday 13th March at 7.30pm with teams up to six people. Tickets, which cost £5, can be purchased at the Green Dragon or by calling 01536 373712 or 07809 025017. Funds will go to Brigstock URC for maintenance of the church.

A family service led by the Rev. Samuel Silungwe will be held in Brigstock URC on Sunday 1st March at 10.30pm. There will be a Lent lunch after the service in the June Small room.

Learn to make a floral basket arrangement in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 13th March, at 8 pm. The cost is £20 including all materials. A bar will be available. Call Sam Read on 07766573400.

BURTON LATIMER

Mother & Toddler Group will meet today and every Thursday during term time in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane from 9.15am – 2.15pm.

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place in the Civic Centre at 7pm this evening, Thursday, February 26th. Members of the public are welcome to attend

The Fellowship Coffee Lounge, Meeting Lane, is open every Friday during term time from 10am – 12 noon.

Kettering Citadel Band of the Salvation Army will be performing a concert at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, starting at 7pm. Tickets priced at £6.50 (£3 for children) are now available from Helen (01536 722901) or Sue (01536 357676). Tea and coffee will be served. All proceeds go to church funds.

Monday Club meets every Monday from 10am – 3pm in the Bowls Club. The club has been running for over 40 years. Coffee will be served in the morning, followed by lunch, bingo, cards and chat. Everyone is welcome.

Directions self-help group will meet at 7.30pm on Monday. For more information and venue details please phone Maureen (01536 723292)

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society will meet in the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue, at 2pm on Tuesday. The speaker for the afternoon will be Rob Cole, talking about Perennials from Seeds. There will be a raffle, and refreshments will be available.

For further enquiries please contact Maureen (01536 723059)

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Tuesday. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

A friendly and social whist afternoon takes place every Wednesday at 1.45pm at the Bowls Club. All welcome, including beginners. Refreshments will be provided. For more information please phone Gordon (01536 726955)

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club from 10am – 4pm next Thursday, March 5th.

A Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held on Friday, March 6th in the Baptist Church, Meeting Lane, commencing at 10.30am when Gillian Court will be the guest speaker. The service has been written by Christian women of the Bahamas.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday, March 7th. Stalls selling local produce will open for business at 9am in the Millennium Garden, High Street. The friends of St Mary’s Church will be serving hot drinks. The local police community safety officer will be on hand to answer any questions.

A Coffee Morning hosted by the 3rd Burton Latimer Guides will be held on Saturday, March 7th, in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available to purchase.

All proceeds towards the upkeep and maintenance of the building which is used most nights during term for Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units. Doors will open at 9.30am.

The new exhibition at the Heritage Museum entitled ‘Burton at Work’ will open from 9am – 1pm on Saturday, March 7th and then every Saturday and Thursday at the same time until Saturday, June 6th.

The Ladies Club will meet on Wednesday, March 11th, when Bill Grove will talk about Magic Lanterns. The meeting will be held in the Methodist Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane and will commence at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Service – a fun and interactive service for all the family

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Tuesday

St Mary’s Under Fives will meet in the Chapter House at 10.30am on Tuesday

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Worship

CRANFORD

Don’t forget the Scottish Folk Evening at The Old Forge Cranford on Friday. For more information please contact Rob 01536 330014.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Cranford St John at 9.15 and at Slipton at 11.30am. There will be a Family Service at Grafton Underwood at 11.30am

DENFORD

Sunday 1st March 2015 is the Second Sunday of Lent and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.

DESBOROUGH

Graham Walton of the Arden Photo Group delighted the members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society with an excellent print talk entitled “Dodging The Highlights” on Friday, February 13. Graham is a successful and very experienced photographer, illustrating his talk with prints made by traditional darkroom monochrome methods, colour prints made using Cibachrome as well as modern digital ink-jet prints. His subjects varied widely, but he kept returning to his favourite themes and locations around Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and the West Midlands, and the use of infra-red to produce stark and eerie scenes. Graham illustrated his talk with many stories and with good humour. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Graham for a very entertaining and interesting evening.

The Serina Restaurant in Desborough would like to thank all their customers for helping them raise a fantastic £415.55 for Break-Through Breast Cancer. With the customers continuous support, The Serina Restaurant have almost reached their target of £1000.

Desborough’s Fourth Annual Pancake race took place in Desborough on Tuesday, February 17 at 3pm. First Race started at 3.30pm from The George Pub on Station Road. It was a fun free event for all ages. The event was sponsored by Desborough Community Development Trust.

The Royal British Legion Desborough Branch present a Fun Quiz at Conservative Club in Desborough on Friday, February 27. The quiz starts at 7pm, a light buffet is provided and the bar will be open. Teams of four is £20 or £5 for each person. Tickets are available from Conservative Club on Victoria Street in Desborough and Desborough Heritage Centre on Station Road. You can telephone Greg Warden on 01536 763438 or Anne Liddell on 01536 355982 to buy your ticket. The Ninth Spring Quiz will be launched at the event. All proceeds of this event will go to support the Poppy Appeal.

It’s time to donate! Come for coffee and help raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action on Saturday, February 28. Where? The venue is at the Holy Trinity Church Hall on Victoria Street in Desborough. When? At 10am to midday. Coffee and cake on sale for £1.50. There will be a book sale and tombola. Everyone is welcome.

You are invited to a Vision Day on Saturday, February 28 at the St Giles Anglican and Methodist Church Community Centre. From 10am to 4pm. Miles Baker, from Bouvery Court, will be leading a Vision Day in Growth Action Planning. It is an opportunity for everyone to have a chance to speak and have their say and to put forward ideas.

Desborough Conservative Club are thinking about running a skittle league for children on a Sunday afternoon after the chocolate draw. There will be two age groups. One for ages between 6 years to 10 years and other for 11 years to 14 years. If you are interested, please contact 01536 760309.

It is Fair trade fortnight from February 23 to March 8. Come to a Fair trade Breakfast in the St Giles Community Centre on Lower Street in Desborough on Sunday, March 1 from 8am to 9.30am. Using fair trade and local produce. Everyone is welcome. Donations please for the Christian Missionary Society. For further information, please contact Kim on 01536 761593.

Desborough Town Football Club would like to remind spectators that the Chroma sport and Trophies United Counties League, Premier Division, game next Tuesday, (March 3) between Desborough and Holleach United has a different kick off time to normal. The match will not start until 8pm. This is to allow the title contending Holleach players and supporters more time to get to Desborough’s Waterworks Field ground after work.

Learn to defend yourself on Wednesday evenings at the Desborough Leisure Centre. Take part in BCKA (British Chinese Kick boxing Association) Kick boxing classes and learn Lau Gar Kung Fu, Kick boxing and martial fitness. Sessions start at 6.30pm to 8pm. Suitable for adults and children.

It is not just a sport for men, for women also. Kick boxing training is great for fitness and confidence building. It enables you become more flexible, stronger and improves your general well being. Discipline yourself and train to be a BCKA fighter, you can enter competitions and enter World Kick boxing competitions. For further information, please contact Richard on 07753 278174 or Alex Barrowman on 07930 260705. You can email: info@bckakickboxing.com or visit the website on www.bckakickboxing.com

Desborough Town Council need your help to shape the future of Desborough. Desborough Town Council created a Steering Group to get the Neighbourhood Plan process started. This group has been working behind the scenes to put together a project plan. Last year residents and businesses were asked to say what they like, don’t like and would like to see changed about the town. To make this process a success for everyone and to guide development and growth, infrastructure and supporting services into the future; residents of Desborough, employers and employees need to work together in topic groups to get the work done.

If you want to make a change, a difference, think about what topic areas interests you.

Topic areas are housing (discussing what type, where they should be sited, style, and quality); heritage and local character (looking at what should be preserved and how its local character should influence other development); green environment (how green space can be protected and enhanced). The town centre (improvements); local economy (employment opportunities, ways to generate income, help for start-ups) and community infrastructure (education, health, community facilities etc.) are closely inter-linked and over-lapping topic areas. The work will consist of group discussions to decide what could be done, task to gather evidence to support those decisions and then inputting the results into the plan. Your views are the key, there will be support and guidance along the way. The decisions to be made are up to you. Consultation date is being organised on Saturday, March 7, at 10.30am to 1.30pm. It is being held upstairs in Marlow House on Gold Street in Desborough. There is a lift on door on the left side of the building. If you can’t do the whole session, don’t worry, come when you can. There will be sandwiches, biscuits, tea and coffee provided. Put the date in your diary.

If you can’t make it but want to be involved in the discussions, please email at desboroughnp@gmail.com Alternatively, telephone on 01536 763879 or visit the website at www.desboroughnp.org.uk If you do contact Desborough Neighbourhood Plan, please give your name, address, email and telephone number. Please state your age group, whether you’re 16 to 25 years, 26 to 45 years, 45 to 70 years or 70 years plus. Also, include which topics interests you.

Desborough Civic Society will be holding a lecture on Monday, March 30. Malcolm Deacon will be discussing “The Courier and The Queen”, Sir Christopher Hatton and Queen Elizabeth I in more depth. The meeting will start at 7.30pm at the Desborough Heritage Centre.

EAST CARLTON

Health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am from the park entrance.

Friend of the Park AGM today at 6pm in the Heritage centre. Anyone interested in the way the park is managed are very welcome to attend.

Police surgery dates at the café in the park at 10am on 12th March and 10th April.

Breakaways will be holding their coffee morning on March 5th from 10.30 ‘till noon. Cost of admission is £2.50 which includes refreshments.

The library van will be in the village on Friday 6th March. Two stops one outside number 13 East Carlton Park and the other in the circle. Time 12.25 – 1.25pm.

Mothers’ Day lunch in the club on 15th March – menu to be announced – members book your places now with Diane.

Social evening tomorrow in the club from 8pm.

Advance diary dates :

July 11th – village barn dance.

13th June – Sounds of Simon.

Book July 11th in your diary as the ever popular annual barn dance – always a superb night. Another one to book in is the 13th June when the Sounds of Simon will be playing in the club – tickets from Sally. Do not miss out!

FINEDON

The Royal British Legion held it’s February meeting at the Bowls Club Finedon..

Margaret Burgon was the speaker, and entertained the members with her anecdotes entitled “It shouldnt happen at a wedding”.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 2nd. 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. This will be a “chat evening”. So why not come along for a good natter? You don’t have to be ex-Forces.The evening will close with light refreshments and a raffle.

GEDDINGTON

Geddington Church Coffee Morning is on Saturday 28th February between 10.00am and 12.00 noon. There will be tea or coffee with biscuits or cake and a chance to catch up with old friends. Second-hand books are for sale from 50p and Jigsaws can be ‘rented’ for a small sum.

A big thank you to all those who had a collection box for The Children’s’ Society. We have raised over £256, just from collecting coins! We have been raising money for Geddington for nearly 50 years and some of our boxes have been looked after by the villager’s own children and then grandchildren. The Children’s Society, with our help, raises around £2 million from collection boxes each year to go towards their work with vulnerable children and young people. If you would like a box, please ring me, Jackie, on 01536741996.

The Samuel Lee Charity Memorial Lunch will be held on Sunday 1st March at Geddington Village Hall at 12.30 for 1.00pm.

Tickets, which will include a three course meal and coffee, will cost £17.50. Please reserve your tickets by contacting John Sutton, 24, Bright Trees Road, Geddington. This is a principal fund-raising event for the Samuel Lees Trust, which, more than 300 years on from its foundation, it is still active today in providing help and support for residents in need and distributing Christmas gifts for older senior citizens .

An Auction Of Promises is taking place in Geddington Village Hall on Friday 20th March from 8.00pm. Tickets are £12.50 and include dinner and drinks. All money raised will buy books for Geddington School library. Tickets can be bought from Geddington School Office .

Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society presents ‘Ladies Day’, a comedy by Amanda Whittington, on Wednesday 15th April until Saturday 18th. Held in Geddington Village Hall, Adults are £7 with concessions £6. Please note. This is a revised notice as the dates have been moved back to one week earlier to accommodate GADS members with work commitments. It is a very exciting time, with fresh new actors such as Bianca Harker. It promises to be a great show!

Geddington Brickyard Garden Launch Day has been announced for Sunday 19th April 2015 . Times are provisional and will broadcast soon. Everyone is welcome to come up to the site and see what they have been up to! They hope you will be inspired by the potential of this beautiful site.

Geddington is at the moment researching into the possibility of siting a Community Public Access Defibrillator or CPad for short, within the centre of the village. When a group of Mums went on a first aid course organised by the PA recently, they were given some pretty shocking statistics concerning Cardiac Arrest survival rates. Fewer than 3 per cent survive discharge from hospital , but if we had defibrillators in the community, statistics suggest that survival rates increase to 50 per cent. Timing is absolutely critical , every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances by 10 per cent . The most common cause of Cardiac Arrest is when the heart goes into ventricular fibrillation and must be administered an electric shock with a defibrillator . This is usually done by a trained medic such as a paramedic, but can also be administered by a member of the public with access to the cPAD. .Many communities are looking to instal cPADS in central , prominent locations within their villages , such as outside village halls, churches or even taking over underused BT boxes!

Whilst none of us have medical training, it is alarmingly obvious that a village of our size and demographic should have access to a cPAD. A number of village groups have been approached and amazingly , funding has been given without the need to actually fund-raise. A National charity called Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT) has been approached because they specialise in installing these units. The units they are looking at , are located externally within a heated vandal resaistant box. Whilst training is preferable, the units can be used by anyone. Easy to use, they are ‘intelligent’ and can assess the patient before giving the shock. The unit is registered with the local ambulance service so that when someone dials 999 to report a suspected cardiac arrest , the operator gives the location of the unit and the code to open the box. CHT is assisting us in getting the most suitable unit and box for our village , advising us on its location , providing training and assisting us on the ongoing maintainence and governance of the unit , to ensure it remains registered with the ambulance service. We are currently looking at a few locations within the village , including the phone box and the Church wall. Once we have the necessary research and consultation, Geddington will be in a position to order the cPAD and keep you posted! For further details contact Louise at lechambers76@yahoo.co.uk.

Geddington PA is holding a Summer Fair/ Family Fun day on July 4th 2015.

GREAT ADDINGTON

Sunday the Sunday 1st March 2015 is the Second Sunday in Lent and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Family Service at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am. All are very welcome to join our services.

The Addingtons Pre-school is now open on Thursday afternoons, so we are now able to offer Mondays 8.45-12.15 and full school days of 8.45-3.15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For further information, please contact our Pre-school Manager on 07904 493169.

Tonight the PSA Annual General Meeting will take place in the School Hall on 8.00pm. Old and New Members are all very welcome. A new Treasurer is required.

GRETTON

The next monthly lunch to be served at Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road Gretton is on Tuesday 3rd March at 12.30pm. These long running lunches are very popular so please come and join us on the first Tuesday of the month throughout 2015. Freshly prepared food is on the menu all for only £4 per serving. Organisers welcome residents ramblers and cyclists and anyone passing through Gretton to attend. The first lunch of the year in January was well attended by regular and new diners who all enjoyed the event. An optional raffle is also run with proceeds going to the Gretton Village Hall improvement fund. For any enquiries please telephone Liz Watt 01536 772328 or email lizwatt263@btinternet.com

The annual Gretton Masterteam Village Quiz takes place on Friday 27th February at Gretton Village Hall with the first question asked at 7.30pm. Teams of three people are welcome to enter from Village Organisations/Groups-Streets-Family and Friends. The entry fee for each team is £6.00. Please though do let the organisers know in advance you will be entering. Questions will be asked on a variety of subjects with prizes awarded and the overall winning team receiving the coveted Masterteam Shield. Masterteam heralds back to the 1980s and over the years there has been some close run contests....so could your team be the 2015 Champions? If you fancy taking the title please enter teams now with Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328 or email lizwatt263@btinternet.com Spectators are welcome to cheer on and support their team. There will also be a raffle and a licensed bar provided. Masterteam is indeed a major social event on the Gretton Calendar with proceeds going support Gretton Village Hall improvement fund. You have to be in it to win it so get entering now!

Wondertours Community Transport excursion to Newbury and Reading on Saturday 16th May has just 2 seats remaining @ £16.00 each, if you would like to enjoy a Springtime double destination day out to these two vibrant towns. On arrival time is your own to visit attractions, enjoy some retail therapy plus relax dining out in the vast choice of venues in Newbury and Reading. The coach will drop you off in the town centres making it easy to get around. Information Folders and maps will be provided along with advice from onboard stewards to help you make the most of the day. Pick up points are Gretton Village Hall, Weldon Londis Store, Weldon Furniture Shop, Corby Old Village and Town Centre and Kettering Telford Lodge. To book or find out more please call or text the organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220 or email david.fursdon@hotmail.com

Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary and not for profit making basis for the pleasure of regular and new passengers having served the local area for 43 years. To get a copy of the 2015 programme please send a stamped addressed envelope to WTCT 9 Southfield Road, Gretton, Northants NN17 3BX. Join us as we Carry On Coaching and enjoy some great days out to a variety of destination all around the Country.

HIGHAM FERRERS

The monthly Farmers Market will be held this Saturday 28th February from 9 am on the Square. A wide range of locally produced foods will be available to include fruit, vegetables, organic poultry, free range eggs, beef, lamb, pork, preserves, pickles, cakes, cider, herbs, cheese, apple juice, bacon, jam, marmalade, honey, pies, sausages, plants and shrubs. Free and ample parking is available on the Saffron Road car park and surrounding area and Rolton Engineering car park on Midland Road.

A coffee morning with a variety of stalls to browse will be held in the Bede House from 9 am organised by St Mary’s Bellringers and all welcome. In addition there will be a half hour choral concert by Carla Radok and Tony Edwards in Church at 11.30 am with free admission.

The annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber. All residents are welcome and if anyone wishes to have an item included on the agenda for discussion on 17th then please contact the Town Hall by Tuesday 3rd March at latest.

Members of Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am tomorrow morning 27th in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will be Will Osborne talking about Autographs. At their March meeting the special guest will be local historian Marian Knott. Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

The Nene Valley Astronomical Society meet in Chelveston village hall on the third Monday of each month from 8 pm to 10 pm. The group also stargaze each Friday evening weather permitting. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 and further information is available from Steve Williams 01933 650331 or see website www.neneastro.org.uk

A coffee morning, run by St Mary’s Church, is held in the Bede House from 9.30 am to 11.30 am each Thursday morning. A welcome is extended to all to visit and enjoy a warm drink of tea/coffee and biscuits and friendly chat.

An evening with the Fortunes supported by Bernie Keith and Johnny Red will be held at Rushden Town Bowls Club this Saturday 28th from 8 pm. Organised by the Swivel Club tickets are available from the Club 312680 or the ticket hotline on 07738 080470.

The Higham/Rushden U3A meet at 2 pm on Wednesday 18th March in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Derek Harris talking about life on the canals portrayed through songs and stories – Up the Cut. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty interest groups.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 11th March in the library on Midland Road. The special guests Tony and Barbara Packham will present their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 1st March : All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House, Family Mass at 10.15 am followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and Junior Church/Footprints at 10.15 am in Church and the Bede House led by Debbie.

Family Mass will be held at 9 am at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Chelveston.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - a Holy Communion Service will be at 10.45 am led by the Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

Evening Service will be held at 6 pm in the Gospel Hall Milton Street to which all are welcome.

Lent courses are being held at St Mary’s at 7 pm on Mondays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March in the Chantry Chapel. They will be led by Canon Richard Stainer – an Introduction to Christian Meditation - and concluding with a Contemporary Mass.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a six mile circular walk in the Cogenhoe area this Sunday lst March. They will be using a new footpath and the route will be from Cogenhoe to Denton and Brafield. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.25 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am near the Royal Oak pub in Cogenhoe. The group will be led by Will Lovell 01933 395174. On Sunday 15th they will be going on a six mile circular walk in the Sawtry area led by Walter Burbidge 01536 483687. See website: www.highamferrersfg.webspace.virginmedia.com/

The Chelveston Snowdrop weekend was a huge success. The organisers would like to thank all who visited, the Chelveston Chorus who sang so well and the many folk who helped on the two days. Over £5,700 was raised for St John’s Church.

In addition to the General Election being held on 7th May there will be local elections for Town Council members (16 – 8 in each ward) and East Northants representing Higham Ferrers (four members – two in each ward). Our town is now divided into two wards for local elections – Chichele and Lancaster.

A mammoth Plant Sale and Coffee Morning will be held in the Bede House on Saturday 25th April – the same day as the Farmers Market - organised jointly by Church Fundraisers and St Mary’s Choir. The organisers would be grateful if local folk could perhaps sow a few extra seedlings this Spring to donate.

Anyone who can help is asked to let Celia Ingram 358686 or Brian Behagg 318856 know that they will be producing extra plants.

St Mary’s Messy Church will be held on Tuesday 17th March from 3.30 to 5 pm in the Bede House and a warm invitation is extended to Junior school children and their families to attend. A variety of craft activities are offered and the youngsters will be given refreshments during the session. The cost is £1 per child and further details available from Debbie 01933 356257 or email: dsmithwilds@gmail.com

Copies of the February edition of Higham Times, a quarterly newsletter produced by the Town Council, are now available from the Town Hall and Library. The deadline for receipt of copy by the editor Maxine Newell for the next production is 8th May – send to: info@highamferrers-tc.gov.uk.

The Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele are selling tickets for the first night of Abigail’s Party at the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre on Monday 16th March at 7.30 pm. These are £10 each and available from Derek Harber 01933 624271. All proceeds will be given to the local Women’s Refuge.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held in St Mary’s Church on Friday 6th March at 10.30 am. This year the service comes from the Bahamas and a warm invitation is extended to all ladies to attend. The service will be followed by refreshments.

IRCHESTER

Friends of Irchester Library will be meeting at 2pm in the library on the High Street on Thursday 26 March. Do go along to find out how the library is supported by the friends group and see what varied activities are on offer for all.

Irchester’s Gala Court will be chosen on Saturday 28 February at 7.30pm at Irchester Working Men’s Club . Candidates will be asked some simple questions whilst being presented to the Judging Panel. The girls chosen will represent Irchester at various events throughout the next year.

This year Animals in Need is celebrating 25 years of rescuing and re-homing animals. To celebrate this amazing achievement they will be having having a huge party at Northampton Golf Club on 28 March 2015 at 7pm. £25 per ticket will gain you access to this exclusive event along with a 3 course meal, raffle, auction and disco. To purchase tickets or reserve a table please email admin@animals-in-need.org

There will be a Barn Dance in Parsons Hall on Saturday 7 March from 8-10.30pm. Dancing is to live music from Hobson’s Choice with caller Jane Edmett. No need to book you can pay £5 on the door, this includes tea/coffee. Contact Jane on 01933 401349 if you need any more information.

Many Irchester residents will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Bill Nobles. Bill ran W O Nobles shoe shop in the High Street for 35 years until his retirement in 1997. His wife, Connie, died in 2013. Thoughts are with the family.

IRTHLINGBOROUGH

The Irthlingborough Townswomen’s Guild will be meeting on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 7:30pm at the Day Centre, College Street. All Ladies are Welcome.

Carnival Bingo will be held at the Conservative Club on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 7:30pm. All Welcome and you do not have to be a member.

College Street Centre, Irthlingborough has a Monday Club 9:30am-2pm and Lunch Clubs on Tuesday and Friday 10:30am-2pm. For details contact Centre on 651241 or Janice 681373.

‘Dramuie’ will be playing ‘Classic Rock’

live at the British Arms on Friday 27th

February 2015, Baker Street, Irthlingborough.

Irthlingborough Little Bugs Club will be meeting at Irthlingborough Library on Monday 2nd March from 1:30pm to 3pm.

Don’t Forget! The ‘Alpha Course’ will be starting on Monday 2nd March at the Methodist Church, Church Street at 7:30pm.

The Royal British Legion held it’s February meeting at the Bowls Club Finedon.

Margaret Burgon was the speaker, and entertained the members with her anecdotes entitled “It shouldnt happen at a wedding”.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 2nd. 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. This will be a “chat evening”. So why not come along for a good natter? You don’t have to be ex-Forces. The evening will close with light refreshments and a raffle.

KETTERING

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal collection for 2014 in this area raised £32,153, this figure is over £3000 more than the total raised in 2013. Many thanks to all those who helped in any way. – Rosalyn Stewart

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday 1st March - Sunday Worship: 10.00am Young People’s Day and 1.00pm Annual Prize-Giving - Special Guest The Mayor of Kettering; Councillor Duncan Bain - All welcome.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Thursday 26th Feb: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Music Afternoon for everyone

Thursday 26th Feb: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

Friday 27th Feb and Monday 2nd Mar: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - to book your 2-Course (Home-cooked) Meal+Cuppa £3.50 - please phone to book a place

Monday 2nd Mar: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone

Tuesday 3rd Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday 4th Mar: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place for March 2015

Thursday 5th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: David & Margaret Baish: “Memories” for everyone

Thursday 5th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

On Monday 23rd March at 7pm at Kettering Library, Sheep Street, James Hornsby will perform his own thrilling adaptation of Bram Stoker’s chilling tale ‘Dracula’. Tickets are £6 each including light refreshments. Booking is essential. Please contact the Library Reception, or phone 01536 518941.

On Friday 6th March at 7pm at Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop, Horsemarket an International Womens Day Evening. Inspirational talk by local Street Pastor Fiona de Boltz with Live Music by Steve Orton. Light supper with cake and coffee. Please feel free to bring your own drink. Tickets £8 per person. Available from Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop call 01536 527407.

At the Athletic Club, Rockingham Road on Saturday 21st March at 7.30pm Alan Mills ‘Coast to Coast’ 1980’s Top 10 Rock Hit Band with ‘Do the Hucklebuck’ & Disco. Proceeds in aid of Kettering General Hospital Charity Fund. Raffle. Tickets £10 each available from Kettering General Hospital – Fiona Barber 01536 491396, Occupational Health 01536 493720 or Latimer House Reception 01536 493508 or John Newman Hairdressing & Beauty, 19 Bridge Street, Rothwell 01536 710422.

At the Counties Community Centre, Hertford Road on Saturday 7th March at 7pm a Bingo/Beetle Drive. Entrance fee £2. All Bingo-Beetle Drive, 5 games prize bingo and raffle, refreshments then a card of Beetle. Bingo evenings are held regularly on Wednesdays with 10 games of Bingo. Refreshments sold for charity. All welcome.

On Thursday 5 March Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be Diana Patrick a talk entitled ‘Cransley Hospice’. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Monday 2 March Kettering Civic Society Annual General Meeting, Cheese & Wine & Talk about ‘The Evolution of Wicksteed Park’ with Charlotte Widgery. 7pm at the Celebration Suite, Wicksteed Park. Contact Mrs. M.Ozdemir on 01536 723682 or by email kettcivic@gmail.com. Visit www.ketteringcivicsociety.net for more information.

On Friday 6 March the Kettering & District Locomotive Society meeting takes placed at the Corn Market Hall, London Road at 7.45pm. The speaker for the evening will be Peter Groom - ‘Westwood from Dover looking for Steam.’ For more information call 01536 514640.

Don’t forget to support the Cransley Hospice Fire Walk on Friday 27 February at Kettering Leisure Village. Fun for all the family. Come along and cheer on the brave souls who are taking up the challenge!

At Wicksteed Park on Friday 27 February Back to Skool. Big Bopper Entertainment have put together a selection of hits and will be taking requests from your own school daze! Why not dress up in school uniform? Tickets £10.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Lake Avenue on Saturday 28th February Lakin McCarthy presents Down to Earth – an evening with Monty Don. 7.30pm. All seats £15. To book call box office on 01536 414141 or visit www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk.

On Saturday 28th February at All Saints Community Hall, William Street An Evening with Kane Taylor – “My Journey to Faith & Ministry from New Zealand to the UK”. 7.30pm – 9pm. £3 on the door including light refreshments. Raffle.

On Saturday 14th March at All Saints Community Hall, William Street An Evening with Nick Maple “A Bed of Roses”. Nick was a commercial rose grower on the Duke of Buccleuch’s land. If you are a keen gardener come along and hear what he has to say. £3 on the door, including refreshments. Raffle.

LITTLE HARROWDEN

A date for your diary -Little Harrowden WMC will be having a BBQ on Easter Monday at 2.30pm.

Little Harrowden WMC –February & March Saturday entertainment. 28th Feb- Rik King. 7th March Solo artist –Bigsy, 14th March Dale Andrews, 21st March –Dave Barron, 28th March –Ashby Clarke. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

Why not go along to Little Harrowden Church for a Lent lunch on Saturday at midday and continue weekly until Easter. Pop in and enjoy soup and a roll and raise money for charitable causes. The profit made each week will be sent to a charity nominated by those who have provided the lunch. Everyone is most welcome to go along.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union, the next meeting is on Wednesday March 25th-7.30pm at Wellingborough Church- Lady Day service, venue to be announced. Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey. Everyone is welcome to go along to any meeting, you do not have to be a member, be a mother or be female to attend. All are very welcome.

Advance notice- Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir is coming to Great Harrowden on Friday 12th June. More details to follow.

Little Harrowden Village Hall Regular events-
Parish Council meetings – 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm

Bowls Club – every week, Mondays2pm– 4pm

T Dance – Last Friday in each month 2.00pm-4.30pm [Last Friday of each month]

Keep fit- every week Mondays 10am-11am

Art classes- [term time only] Wednesday 10.00-12.00

Yoga classes – every week Thursday 9.30am-10.30am

Dog Training- every week Friday 7pm-9pm

Dance classes- Monday 4.30pm-6.00pm Children –term time only. Zumba 6.45-8.45pm

For further information about these events or to book the hall call 07769693139

The Northants Amateur Astronomers: –If you would like to find out a lot more about the club, and see more about where they visit to view the night sky, you can go on their web-site, which is very informative by putting in Northants Amateur Astronomers where you can also get in contact with any further questions you may have or pop along to any meeting held at The Lamb Pub in Little Harrowden at 7.30pm. There are many outside Observing meetings held in between these meetings as well as Committee meetings held in Kettering for further information or to contact the group look on the NAA web-site. For further information on any meetings call 07742186747 or check out the website.

Yoga class at Little Harrowden Village Hall – Thursdays 9.30-11.00am All abilities and ages welcome, classes run throughout the year ‘Pay as you go’ facility available, stretch, relax, , unwind, feel better, for further details contact Anne on 01933 673212

ORLINGBURY

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union, the next meeting is on Wednesday March 25th-7.30pm at Wellingborough Church- Lady Day service, venue to be announced. Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey. Everyone is welcome to go along to any meeting, you do not have to be a member, be a mother or be female to attend. All are very welcome.

Orlingbury Drama Group presents For One Night Only! A revue with a fish & chip supper to be held at Orlingbury Village Hall. Saturday 14th March from 7.30pm. Tickets £7.00 Licensed Bar. For tickets please call Gwen on 01933 678275

Ooaps! The Joseph Manning Trust Orlingbury’s Group for the 60 plus, the next date is Thursday 5th March for more information ring Gillian on 401340 or Jan 400123

Orlingbury Art days with Claire Warner for 2015 -28th February Fresh flowers, 28th March reflections in the sand, 25th April English Market scene, 24th October Watermill in Autumn, 21st November seasonal pen and wash using winter colours. Learn to paint in watercolours and enjoy a special day. For further details contact Gillian on 01933 401340

Orlingbury and Isham Short mat Bowls welcome new bowlers. They have woods available for your use; you will just need a pair of smooth soled shoes or slippers. They meet on Mondays and Friday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm each week, also Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 4pm in Orlingbury Village Hall, everyone would be made very welcome if you are interested please turn up or call Bob & Jacqui on 01536 722473

OAKLEY VALE

Next OVCA meeting is on the 25th March so please put that date in your smart phones or diaries; 7.30 pm at your community Centre – an opportunity to ask your councillors leading questions and hear from your local wardens and PCSO’s.

The Community centre has two excellent indoor bowling mats and we need someone to organise sessions for their use. Are there any bowling fans out there willing to give this a go? – please contact me and I will gladly help. If no use is found for the mats soon they may be thrown out by the Centre management as they have a shortage of storage space.

Time is running out to comment on the proposed development on the land at the bottom of Bennett Road – a site originally on the Oakley Vale master plan to have been a ‘science park’. In the light of the changing economic climate this plan is now not thought viable and the developers would like to consult with residents of Oakley Vale about their ideas for another residential area with ‘local amenities’. This consultation began over the last two 2 days 24th and 25th February at Brooke Weston Academy. Additionally a website is available – www.oakleyvale.com containing the details for you to view on-line and comment if you couldn’t make the 24th/25th.

Thank you to all those Oakley Vale dog owners who clean up after their pets. To those who don’t be aware that a new campaign will see faeces highlighted in fluorescent spray and wardens will be seeking deposit patterns and issuing on the spot £80 fines to offenders.

Unbelievably we now have ten local volunteers to undertake speed camera training –So please now sign the petition to get this to the next stage. Judy Caine will have it at her regular local surgeries. This initiative should encourage legal and safer driving on Oakley Vale. Training dates will be announced soon.

Oakley Vale W.I. can be contacted via Janet Smith (President). 01536 743152.

Please also report any suspicious activity around Oakley Vale to your local PCSO’s Lucasz Wojcik and Alex Franklin via the local police line 03000 111 222. Lennie your local warden can also be reached on 01536 464603 and neighbourhood.management@corby.gov.uk)

Alex Franklin continues his police surgeries in your community centre from 1100 to 1130 on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

Cllrs. Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30 – 12. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts judy.caine@corby.gov.uk mohammed.Rahman@corby.gov.uk, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Councillor Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am, no appointment necessary. His e-mail is david@oakleyvaleconservatives.co.uk

RAUNDS

With effect from Monday, 30th March, 2015, there will be changes to the X46/X47 bus services. The timetable and the route has been revised, with off peak journeys between Raunds and Thrapston being withdrawn and the route revised in Raunds. The service will now mostly terminate in Raunds, although there will still be a small number of journeys running as far as Thrapston at the very start and end of the day to suit college students and daytime commuters. This will effectively restore the approximate service pattern that existed prior to 2011. Passengers wishing to travel between Raunds and Thrapston will still be able to catch the Centrebus service 16 which will not change.Timetables will be available from www.northamptonshire.gov.uk before the change, or from Stagecoach on 01604 676060.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 27th February, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. There will also be a Christian Coffee Morning at the centre between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, 2nd March, and you are invited to take Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 4th March.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 1st March, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, with a service of Evensong at the church at 6 p.m.

A service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 4th March, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting next Wednesday, 4th March, at 8 p.m. in the Saxon Hall. The guest speaker will be Mick Rine with ‘Think of those denied the privilege’. Visitors are always welcome with an admission fee of £3.50, which includes a raffle ticket and refreshments. For more information please call Linda on 01933 622926. For speaker information please call Judy on 01933 622451.

The Raunds and District History Society will be meeting next Thursday, 5th March, between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Saxon Hall. The guest speaker will be Polly Feeley with ‘Music & Memories of a 1950s Childhood’. Everyone is welcome. Visitors £3, which includes refreshments.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 5th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. If you have a problem, just call in for more information. Admission is £3 for the two hour session.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre next Thursday, 5th March. For more information visit their website at www.raundsukulele.co.uk

RINGSTEAD

The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 26th February 2015 the topic will be ‘Alaskan Adventure’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. For more information please contact; Peter and Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

Tonight in Ringstead Village Social Club, the Shared Church invites you to A Men’s Night Out at 7.30pm.

Sunday 1st March 2015 is the Second Sunday in Lent and there is a Service of Morning Worship in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30pm.

On Sunday 1st March 2015, The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day is as follows: At 10.30am there is a Communion Service with Pastor Patrick Barker. Tea-Time Talk is with Eric Sweetland at 5.00pm.

New Horizons currently runs a Music and Movement class for the over 50’s in Ringstead Shared Church on Tuesdays between 10.00am and 11.00am, no need to book just turn up and pay as you go, all welcome. For information please call the New Horizons office on 01933 396382.

A new Keep Fit group is starting at the Shared Church in Ringstead on every Wednesday from 2pm. The session lasts approx 45 minutes & is fairly energetic. There is No need to book, just turn up. The cost is £3.50 per session.

ROTHWELL

The annual meeting and dinner of the Rowell and District Association for the Prosecution of Felons –founded nearly 200 years ago –takes place tonight (Thursday, February 26) at the town’s Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill. The association – often called simply the Felons – has vacancies for more members. At the dinner, the Felons invites representatives from the police and other, similar associations locally. It also seeks to reflect its founding principles by making an award to members of the public in recognition of their efforts in apprehending offenders or performing other public-spirited conduct. Those meeting the criteria are presented with a citation as well as a monetary award. The group dates back to 1818 before the police force was created, and was originally founded to help protect property and business by providing rewards and assistance to those who arrested offenders and prosecuted them. The Rowell Felons is one of several such organisations founded in Northamptonshire during the period 1770-1830 when lawlessness in England was rampant. The old customs by which some sort of law and order had been maintained in England were breaking down and the current police system had not been developed. “If any gentleman in Rothwell or the neighbouring area feels he would like to join, he should contact me on 01536 513195,” said Edward Lamb, of solicitors Lamb and Holmes in Kettering, who is secretary to the Rothwell Felons. For the first time this year, existing members may bring guests at a reduced fee so that they can experience the evening with a view to joining later.

The next of the monthly coffee mornings at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church is from 10.00am-12 noon on Saturday, March 7. This coincides with the annual opening of the Children’s Society boxes, so if anyone would like to take a box, now is the time. There will be stalls, books, jewellery, cakes, cards and candles as well as a table top sale, with tables available for hire for £5 – call 01536 713278 to book. The church is also holding a series of Lent Teas on Tuesdays throughout Lent, from 2.00-4.00pm until March 31. Everyone is welcome.

 

There will be a choral evensong at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church at 5.00pm on March 29th, led by the Harborough Singers. They will be singing a setting of Stanford in C that promises to be spectacular. Everyone is invited to give their support to the event.

It was cup week for Rothborough Table Tennis Club, with Dakotas and Exocets both progressing in the Points Cup. Dakotas beat Harborough Rangers and Exocets beat club colleagues Comets. Meanwhile, Arrows lost to Westfield D. Arrows also played a quarter final match in the Borough Trophy but lost 6-3 at Harborough Rangers.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell include: Saturday, February 28, live music with the Aiden Pryor Band from 9.00pm; Monday, March 2, acoustic open mike with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Wednesday, March 4, monthly pub quiz from 8.00pm; Thursday, March 5, launch of electric open mike with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm. The pub is also running a special offer for Mothering Sunday, March 15 – bring your mum to lunch and she eats free. Booking is advised.

A digital camera instruction evening is being held by Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 8.00pm on Friday, February 27 at Marlow House, Hold Street, Desborough. And on Saturday, February 28, the society takes part in the St Ives interprint competition in Cambridgeshire. The following week’s meeting, on Friday, March 6 at the same time and place is heat 2 of the digital projected images and slide competitions. Visitors are always welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit www.drpsphoto.co.uk, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A table-top sale is being held by from 10.00am-1.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill by Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee. Refreshments, including homemade cakes and bacon butties, will be available. Tables cost £7.50 and can be booked by calling Pat Heald on 01536 507368. All money raised will go to support Rothwell Carnival, which will take place on Saturday, July 11.

Members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club are visiting Newman’s beauty salon in Bridge Street, Rothwell for tonight’s meeting, on February 26. The following week’s meeting, at 8.00pm at Rothwell Methodist church, will hear a talk by Linda Wood and Shirley Newman on the local GP services’ patient participation group.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will take place at 2.30pm on March 4 in the Chamberlain Room, behind the Fox Street church.

RUSHDEN

Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to The Carpenters Arms, Irchester on Tuesday March 3rd and The Chequers, Yelden on Thursday 5th March. There are shopping trips to Morrisons or Sainsburys on Monday 2nd March, to Seasons Garden Centre, Burton Latimer on Wednesday March 4th, and Waitrose on Friday March 6th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Rotary – are holding an International Evening on Friday March 20th at 7.00pm in the Bede House, Higham Ferrers – 3 Course International Meal, Live Entertainment, Bar and Tombola. Supporting Life Straws, Mercy Ships, Shelter Boxes and Trade Aid. Tickets £17.50 each from Sidey Design, Market Square 01933 317967.

Northants Assoc for the Blind – Rushden – are holding a Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Supper on Thursday March 5th at 7.00pm in the Conservative Club - £10.00 each in teams of 4. Contact Julia Roberts on 356424 to book a team.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday March 3rd at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when Roy Pettit will speak on ‘Victorian Prisons’.

The Children’s Society – are holding a Quiz and Ploughman’s Supper this Saturday Feb 28th in St Mary’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 from Mary on 315383.

Rushden Amenities Society – meet on Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall for their AGM and afterwards Mrs Daisy Clark will speak on ‘My Memories’.

H E Bates Discussion Group – meet on Wednesday March 11th at 2.00pm at the Bowls Club when Jon-Paul Carr will talk about the book ‘The Two Sisters’ preceded by a reading of ‘Let’s Play Soldiers’ a short story based on Bates’ childhood playing in Albion Place. Also Neil Anderson is travelling from Yorkshire with a display of ‘H E Bates Memorabilia’.

The Salvation Army – First Sunday Event is at 6.00pm with the return of the very popular Steve Murray the Mime Artist. Admission Free – refreshments from 5.00pm in the Community Centre.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday’s Morning Worship is at 10.15am. The Drop-In meets on Monday 2nd March in the Bridge from 9.00 to 10.30am – all welcome especially parents of school age children.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden – Services this Sunday are Holy Communion at 9.30am with Morning Prayer at 11.15am both led by Rev Prior and Rev Taylor. Contemporary Evening Worship is at 6.00pm with Rev Taylor and Rev R Elveson. There is a Mammoth Jumble Sale in the Church Hall on Saturday March 7th from 10.00am to 12 noon. Contact Barry on 353956 for details.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall. Next Wednesday March 4th there is a ‘Make-up Evening’ at 7.00pm in the Hall – tickets at £2.00 from Chris on 317719. On Saturday March 14th there is an Easter Themed Coffee Morning at 10.00am with cake, craft and bring & buy stalls. All welcome.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Jean Marsh from Milton Keynes. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday 4th March at 7.30pm led by John Jaqust.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday’s Service is at 10.30am led by Rev David Womersley, followed by refreshments. Over 50’s Physio session with qualified Keep Fit teacher is on Wednesday March 4th at 3.00pm.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – have a special Service this Sunday at 3.00pm for the Installation of the new Rector of the Church, Rev Rachel Hawkins, by Bishop Donald of Peterborough and Archdeacon Gordon Steele of Oakham.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Sunday Morning Family Service with Communion and children’s activities is at 10.45am with Evening Service at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Worship and Communion is at 10.45am led by Peter Davies with Traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall. Coffee Stop is on Tuesday March 3rd at 10.00am.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am.

Rushden & District Art Society – meet next on Friday March 13th at 7.00pm in South End Junior School for a demonstration by Steven McLoughlin entitled ‘Sea and Waves using Acrylics’. There will be a Workshop on Saturday March 14th at 10.00am by Robert Fathers on ‘Acrylic Landscape.’

Wymington & Podington Women’s Institute – meet on Thursday March 12th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when Tony and Helen Hewitt will speak on ‘Owls to Behold.’

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – next meet this Monday March 2nd at 7.30pm for their AGM at Hensman Hall, Chichele St, Higham Ferrers.

STANWICK

Stanwick Film Night is showing ‘Mr Turner’ on Monday, 2nd March, at the Old School, Stanwick. Tickets can be purchased at £5 each from the shop@stanwick on a first-come-first-served basis. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. film showing. For more information email stanwickfilmnight@hotmail.co.uk or call 01933 626595.

The entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 28th February will be provided by ‘The Veltones’ with their wide selection of songs from the 60s to the 90s. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are welcome. Ask at the bar for details.

Sunday, 1st March, is the second Sunday of Lent, and members of St. Laurence Church will be holding their AGM at 11 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated at the Church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 4th March.

A Family Slab Pot workshop, with Lisa Igo, will take place in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, 7th March. Adults and accompanied children are welcome. In this first session you will make your pot from clay, and in the second session on Saturday, 21st March, you will decorate your pot with coloured glazes. The cost of the two day course is £20, and to book your place please call Lisa on 07809 205 273. Normal car parking charges apply.

Bookings are now being taken for a new Self-Defence class, based on the Krav Maga method, which will take place on Saturday, 7th March in the Village Hall. Information flyers and leaflets are available from the Village Hall lobby. For more details please contact Markus by calling him on 07580 802 544 or by email at mjcp@hotmail.com

At the time of writing, there are just two places left for a Learn to Paint acrylics class for beginners at Stanwick Village Hall between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 7th March. Admission is £12, all art materials are loaned to you for the class and no drawing skills are required. The image to be painted on this occasion is a flower painting entitled ‘Morning Glory’. Booking is essential, so please call 01933 460676 to check the availability of places.

With effect from Monday, 30th March, 2015, there will be changes to the X46/X47 bus services. The timetable and the route has been revised, with off peak journeys between Raunds and Thrapston being withdrawn and the route revised in Raunds. The service will now mostly terminate in Raunds, although there will still be a small number of journeys running as far as Thrapston at the very start and end of the day to suit college students and daytime commuters. This will effectively restore the approximate service pattern that existed prior to 2011. Passengers wishing to travel between Raunds and Thrapston will still be able to catch the Centrebus service 16 which will not change. Timetables will be available from www.northamptonshire.gov.uk before the change or from Stagecoach on 01604 676060.

Who would have believed it? Number 22 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 14th February and, for the second week running, I am very pleased to announce that I was, once more, the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club!

What makes it even more extraordinary is that on checking the Lotto Draw History, I discovered that on Wednesday, 11th February, number 22 was again drawn as the bonus ball, meaning that this number was drawn as the bonus ball on three consecutive occasions, 7th, 11th and 14th February! I wonder if this has ever happened before?

WELDON

Regulars from the shoulder of Mutton Public House in Weldon are making plans for their annual visit to Leicester Beer festival on Saturday 14th March. Already there is considerable interest to the event arranged by The Campaign for real ale (CAMRA). Those interested in joining us can do so with pleasure. Meet at Corby Railway Station at 10am. Those going can travel in groups of 3 or 4 to get a group saver ticket. There is a possibility real ale brewed the Shoulder of Mutton will be showcased at Leicester Beer festival following the interest from Leicester Camra. For more information about the day out on 14th March please call or text David on 07790 197220. The trip to Leicester Beer Festival will as always be enjoyable and informative resulting in many return visits over the years

Wondertours Community Transport excursion to Newbury and Reading on Saturday 16th May has two seatsremaining@ £16.00 each. If you would like to enjoy a spring time trip to a double destination day out to these two towns. Where on arrival the time is your own to do as you wish enjoy some retail therapy, plus plenty off places to eat out in both towns. The coach will drop off in the town centres to make it easy to get around. information folders and maps will be given out on the coach to help you make the most of your day. Pick up points are at Gretton, Weldon Corby and Kettering. To book or find out more please call or text the organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220 or email davidfursdon@hotmail.com. Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary basis and not for profit making for the pleasure of regular and new passengers. Having served the community for the past 43 years. To get a copy of 2015 programme please send a stamped addressed envelope to WTCT< 9 Southfields Road Gretton Northants NN17 3BX. Friday 6th arch is Women’s day of Prayer and this year in Weldon a service will be held in the Congregational Church at 7.00pm. All women are welcome to attend

Date for your Diary It is hoped that on Saturday 23rd May there will be a garage/ Stall sale in the village. Clear your clutter and raise money from the comfort of your own garage or front garden Sell all your unwanted items If you are interested in taking part or to find out more contact Alison Caswell on 01536 268526 or alli@centarbv.co.uk. A stall will cost you £5.00 and in aids of St Marys Church Weldon

Now that Lent is here it is time to think about the Easter Lilies for the Church. If you are interested in subscribing to this in memory of a departed loved one and having their name read out at the Eater Service at St Marys Church please place you donation in an envelope marked with the name of your loved one and pass it on to Sandra Whitlam as soon as possible

St Mary’s Church Service for Sunday 1st March will be Family Communion at 9.30am

WELLINGBOROUGH

February Concert at United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough

Northampton Male Voice Choir, supported by Lydia Hennessy Saturday 14th March, 2015 - 7.30pm Adults £10 Concessions £8 Refreshments included

National Carers Week

The dates for National Carers Week are 8th– 14th June 2015. We are in the planning stages for activities for Northamptonshire but would love to hear from Carers with any ideas that they might have, please contact us on Tel: 01933 677837 or email carers@northamptonshire-carers.org Community Equipment Service Involvement Group

Healthwatch are working with

Northamptonshire County Council on

developing a user and carer involvement

group for the Integrated Community

Equipment Service.If you are interested,

Please contact Sonia Bray on Tel: 01604 893636.They are looking for a range of people from across the county, of different ages andinterested/representative of different user/carer groups and would like at least three Carers to sit on it.

Wellingborough Carers Café is held on 3rd Tuesday of each month at 123 Midland Road WellingboroughNN8 1LU 1pm till 3pm the next two 17th March and 21st April. All Carers are welcome to attend.

The selection of the new Carnival Court

will be at the museum on March 6th.

If you are thinking of taking part, google

‘Wellingborough Carnival’ for an

application form.

Tea at Two - Every second Tuesday of the month from 2pm till 4pm, please come along to the All Saint Church Hall for a Cup of Tea/Coffee and a cake and a nice chat. Contact Fred Raitt on 01933 677988 for further information.

Wellingborough Museum.

The Museum’s Trench Experience tours are held every Saturday but do call to check there is room on 01933276838. The Tickets/entrance to the experience cost £3.50 each or £10 for a Family ticket and start at 2pm.

The Wellingborough Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is sponsoring free school places for 7-11 year olds across the Borough of Wellingborough to attend specially designed ‘Evolution of Wellingborough’ trainingdays (10am to 3pm) led by the living history team at the Wellingborough Museum. It is hoped that allschools in the Borough will take advantage of this initiative. This offer will run until 31st October 2015.

This is on offer only to schools in the Borough of Wellingborough and tailored to meet the needs of KS2History Curriculum. For more information and to book your session, please contact the Wellingborough Museum.

Aspects include a Roman re-enactor, medieval times, Victorian times to WW2, changes in the

townscape, and the WWI trench experience. Maximum 60 children from your school for the free day. Mention this to your school today and see if you can get some of the places.

Now Glamis Hall Goldsmith Road Queensway has been handed to the community to manage please call in during the daytime if you have any spare time at all because they have many volunteering opportunities for people of all ages. Your help on a regular basis would be very welcome.

Also if you have any items suitable for raffle or tombolas or fundraising that Glamis hall could have and use please call in and talk to the people running this wonderful new project. Many hands make light work and what may be unwanted by you maybe just what someone else would like to buy or win.

St Barnabas Church. Please contact the church on 678137 if you would like a stall at the Forthcoming Spring Fayre which will be held on Saturday 28th March 10am till noon in the Church Hall. The Next Messy Church at St Barnabas will be on Saturday 21st March 4pm till 6pm. Information about services etc can be found by asking for a Church Magazine which is a jolly good read.

AJs Diner 141,Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough NN8 1RT The Strollers will be the Live Band for March on Saturday March 7th. Of Course the Rock and roll Disco also entertains on the live band nights too.

A night of non stop music always guaranteed. Check Ajs Facebook page as many special nights and classes happening each week. The Number One Rock and Roll venue in Wellingborough and delicious diner too. Bookable for private parties and events.

With a huge cast of 44 Wellingborough Operatic performing South Pacific at the Castle, Wellingborough 10th to 14th March. The show is set on a South Sea Island - occupied by Americans during World War 11. Music by Richard Rodgers and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd. Numbers include : There’s Nothing Like A Dame, Some Enchanted Evening, Bali Ha’i, I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy, and many more Performances : Tues. to Sat. 7.30pm each evening, Sat Matinee 2.30.pm. Tickets ; Box Office 01933 270007 or on line at www.thecastle.org.uk Prices Tues, evening and Sat Mat. £14 Weds. to Fri. & Sat. Evening £16

WEEKLEY

The Mayflower Singers

On 25th Feb at 7.30pm-9pm the group resumes rehearsals. Following another successful concert in December in Weekley Village Hall, the group has had a well-earned rest .

We are a small, mixed, friendly group (more concert party than choir) who enjoy entertaining groups in their care homes or at their meeting evenings .(e.g. Church groups)

This year on the 4th July we have been invited to take part in The Big Sing for charity and happily accepted.

We are a not for profit organisation and any money thats collected this year will be split between the Village church and Cancer charities of our choice

We have already attracted a new member this year. If you would also like to come along and join us just turn up at the hall at 7.30 on the 25th of February . A warm welcome will await you

WILBARSTON

This Saturday 28th February in neighbouring Stoke Albany Village Hall you can enjoy a Traditional British Treat. Afternoon Tea & a Glass of Fizz, at The Albany Ritz. Tickets are £8 per head and can be purchased by calling Lynne on 01858 535226, or 07906176924.

WOODFORD

The February at the Chapel was led by Thrapston Town Band conducted by Kevin Spencer.The band was welcomed to the service by Pastor Peter Bird who introduced the first hymn “Crown Him with many Crowns”. There were two new members in the band ,Darcey who plays the cornet and 9 year old Adam who plays the Horn and was making his first public appearance with the band.The bands solo was called Still. Mrs. Susan Deacon sang a solo called No one ever cared for me like Jesus. The service ended with the Hymn “To God be the Glory” Pastor Bird thanked the Mr. Spencer and the band for an enjoyable afternoon.

The 3pm service at the Chapel on Sunday March 1st will be followed by Communion. The Wednesday evening fellowship resumes on March 4th after their winter break.It starts at 7:15 and is in the Baptist schoolroom.

The services for the Churches on Sunday March 1st are Little Addington Holy Communion and Sunday school at 9:30.am Great Addington Family Service at 9:30 am. Woodford St Mary’s Family Service at 11:00 am.

The Council had received a number of complaints regarding dog mess in Thrapston Road, Alledge Drive, Highfield and West Street. This had been referred to the dog warden service and the areas will be monitored. The dog warden can instigate legal action resulting in prosecution and fines. Please clean up after you pet whatever time of the day or night you are taking it for a walk.

The police reported that crime in Woodford is generally low although break-ins to garages sheds etc continues, The Police would welcome any information villagers might have and especially if you have been offered any cheap power tools. The burglars are becoming increasingly adventurous in the type of property they are breaking into. Make sure you are secure. Attention was also drawn to two attempted muggings which are still being actively investigated and has resulted in a greater police presence in the village. Any group of neighbours who would like to become involved in a Neighbourhood watch group should contact the East Northants Central Safer Community Police Team on 101 or by emailing sct-eastnorthantscentral@northants.pnn.police.uk for more information.

Mention was made about the recent tree felling in the Shrubbery. This is taking place in conjunction with the Forestry Commission under the appropriate licenses and is part of the increased management of Drayton Estate woodlands.

A new village noticeboard for general notices will soon be installed for general village notices near the Post Office. Thanks are expressed to Mr. Patel and Mr. Boast for agreeing to the location.

The Parish Council Elections will take place on 7th May this year, the same day as the District Council Elections and the Parliamentary Election. Nomination forms will be available from 30th March and will need to be lodged with Democratic Services Team at East Northants Council by 4pm on 9th April. For more information see www.woodfordpc.co.uk, or phone the Clerk, Mr. P Bird on 734329 or email clerk@woodfordpc.co.uk.

The Findon Irthlingborough Woodfood and District Royal British Legion held it’s February meeting at the Bowls Club Finedon..

Margaret Burgon was the speaker, and entertained the members with her anecdotes entitled “It shouldnt happen at a wedding”.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 2nd. 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. This will be a “chat evening”. So why not come along for a good natter? You don’t have to be ex-Forces.The evening will close with light refreshments and a raffle.