Village news February 5

Stormy skies above the Loddington to Rothwell road
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BRIGSTOCK

An open day event will be held in Brigstock Village Hall on Saturday, February 7, from 9am till 4pm to provide information on the planning application for 110 houses off Benefield Road. The event is open to everyone in the village and members of Brigstock Parish Council and the village Support Group will be in attendance. Gladman Developments and East Northants District Council have also been invited to attend.

Brigstock Village Hall committee is linking up with the beer festival to hold a horserace night on Saturday, February 7. The committee has obtained a grant to update the kitchen but is required to put in a sum of money from village hall funds, so good support from the village for this event would be a great help. This will be an exciting evening of filmed races with a chance to own a horse or win on the Tote. Tickets cost £6 (over-16s only) and include supper. Doors open 7.30pm with the first race at 8pm. A bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased from Brigstock newsagents or committee members or by calling 01536 373059.

An extraordinary general meeting of the WI will be held on Tuesday, February 10, at 7.30pm when members will hold a vote to decide the future of the hall. Only fully paid-up WI members will be able to vote.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have a quiz at their next meeting in the lounge at Harper’s Court on Tuesday, February 10, at 2pm.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday, February 8, at 10.30am will be led by Dr K Helliwell.

Breakfast at Brigstock United Reformed Church is a new venture at the chapel. You are invited to the June Small room on Sundays between 9am and 10am for bacon rolls and a hot drink for £2. Everyone is welcome so why not come along and bring your friends?

At the January meeting of Brigstock Parish Council the proposed development of 110 houses off Benefield Road was discussed and it was agreed that the council would strongly object to this proposal. Individual parishioners can also send comments by email to planning@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk, quoting application number 14/ 02372/OUT. The clerk was asked to contact Benefield Parish Council to inform it of the application as the traffic generated would have an effect on Benefield village.

It was reported that Brigstock WI has contacted the council and the historical society to inquire if they would be prepared to take on the running of the WI hall. There was unanimous support in the council for the WI hall to be a parish asset in the form of a heritage centre and records repository subject to the availability of grant funding to make it fit for purpose.

Ken Motion was unanimously co-opted as a member of the parish council.

An order has been placed for the light on the bridge on Grafton Road to be relocated. Light number 77 in Bridge Street is beyond repair. A replacement would cost about £600. It was decided to take no action at present. Light number 1 at the entrance to the village is to be switched off.

A letter has been received from NCC requesting the council to adopt the market cross. After discussion it was agreed to the request.

The cricket club has requested permission to extend the decking area in front of the pavilion. This was agreed.

It was reported that potholes are becoming hazardous in High Street and Sudborough Road. The parish clerk will report these faults. The date of the next meeting of the parish council is February 18 at 7.30pm in the village hall.

BURTON LATIMER

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club today from 10am to 4pm.

The farmers market will be in town on Saturday. Stalls selling locally-grown products will open for business from 9am in the Millennium Garden.

The Friends of St Mary’s Church will have a stall selling hot drinks and cakes.

The local police safer community team will also be there to meet people and answer any questions.

A coffee morning hosted by the 1st Burton Latimer Guides will be held on Saturday, in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available to purchase. There will be a variety of stalls, including a good second hand clothes rail. Doors will open for business at 9.30am.

Preparations are under way for the Heritage Museum’s new exhibition Burton at Work.

If you have any reminders of Burton’s industrial past suitable for display, the museum would appreciate their loan. Please bring them along to the museum in the Civic Centre between 10am and midday on Saturday. Phone 01536 722722 for more details or to make other arrangements. The exhibition will open on Saturday, March 7, and close on Saturday, June 6.

Come to the next Messy Church at Burton Latimer Methodist Church (Piggott’s Lane entrance) on Sunday from 4mp to 6pm. Messy Church is a fun, new way of experiencing church. Pop along to participate in craft and activities for all ages, learn about Jesus and enjoy food prepared for you. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s family friendly. For more information contact Caroline or Andrew (01536 420780).

Board games including Scrabble and Upwords are played on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm in the Fellowship/coffee lounge, Meeting Lane.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet again on Wednesday, when Angie Cooksley’s topic will be Upstairs & Downstairs with Humour. The meetings take place at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane.

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, February 12, at 7pm in the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Ladies Night will meet in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, at 7.45pm on Monday, February 16, for the AGM. At this meeting the decision will be taken as to which charity will be supported during 2015. If you need help with transport or want to know more about the group please contact Pat (01536 722328).

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group will visit the Potbelly Brewery, Sydney Street, Kettering on Monday, February 16, at 7pm. Twenty places have been booked which will include a tour of the brewery, a selection of beers and fish/sausage and chips and table football, darts or pool. Tickets priced at £20 are available from Tony (01536 726833).

Young at Heart was formally known as Beautiful People and will now be held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, at 2pm. This month’s meeting therefore is on Tuesday, February 17. It begins with a short service and goes on to include some themed discussion and craft work. Each month the theme will have a sheet which can be made into a personal record of your life. Want to know more? Contact Ann (01536 513955).

Men’s Breakfast will be served in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, at 8am on Saturday, February 21. The speaker this month will be Ted Scarfe from Kettering. All gentlemen are invited to come along and share in a good breakfast and a time of fellowship. Please let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by February 19 if you are able to come along.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library have invited John Meads to give a talk on Sunday, February 22, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm entitled Burton Latimer and World War One. Tickets cost £4 from the library. Booking is essential – telephone the library (0300 126 1000) or email burtlib@northamptonshire.gov.uk to reserve your place.

Kettering Citadel Band of the Salvation Army will be performing a concert at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, February 28, 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.

To those who sang carols outside Sainsbury’s just before Christmas, the sum of £85.74 was raised for Spurgeon’s Childcare.

What an amazing response to the annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. With the help of St Mary’s Primary Academy, St Mary’s Church was able to equal the 2012 record of 113 boxes. Most of the boxes were blessed at the service on November 16. Later that week all the boxes were taken to a drop-off point. From there in order to maintain security they will be dispatched abroad to as yet an undisclosed destination. They will almost certainly have been the only Christmas presents received by the children who live in worn-torn or oppressed nations.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Young Disciples

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 Service

The service at the Methodist Church on Sunday is at 10.45am.

CALDECOTT

The youth club leader, Anthea Hill, surprised the children at their last meeting with a karaoke night with music supplied by the Dave Hawke Disco.

It was an opportunity for the children to let their hair down and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The 100 Club resumes on February 25 at 8.30pm in The Plough and not as previously stated.

Visitors are welcome at the next Women’s Institute meeting today when the guest speaker, Scott Gallagher, will talk about Care Fees – Myths and Reality.

CRANFORD

Cranford Parish Council will meet on Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm in the village hall.

There will be a coffee morning at White Arbours in Twywell on Wednesday, February 11, in aid of the air ambulance. For more information please ring 01832 733862.

The Old Forge in Cranford is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or tea at this time of the year and on Friday, February 27, they are having an evening featuring a Scottish Folk Group Group. For more information please ring 01536 330014.

Cranford WI will meet on February 12 when there will be an evening of fun and games. For further information ring 01536 330731.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Grafton Underwood at 9.15am and there will be a Family Service at Twywell at 11am with Margaret Hopkins MA from St Andrews Church in Kettering. This service is in aid of the Children’s Society. Refreshments will be served. Evensong will be celebrated at Cranford St Johns at 6pm.

DENFORD

On Sunday in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11am. Refreshments are served after the service. All are very welcome to join us for any service.

DESBOROUGH

Desborough Town Centre is having a facelift. Have you noticed the differences? Kettering Council has been very busy. The area in Desborough in front of the Central England Co-operative Convenient Store in High Street is such an important area in our town that Kettering Council has decided to concentrate its efforts on these parts. Workers have done a great job in removing the extremely woody and prickly shrubs that were planted there 20 years ago. Plans are to turn the shrub space into grass lawns, leaving the trees. The green space would be improved along with adding seasonal bedding to the raised beds to give it some colour. Kettering Council is halfway through the process and when the grass begins to grow it will look very good.

Can you help children learn to read? Did you know that last year more than 1,000 children left primary school struggling or behind with their reading? Did you know one in seven children do not even have a book they can access in their home?! Beanstalk is a literacy charity, recruiting and training volunteers to support children with their reading and urgently need volunteers in the Desborough, Rothwell and Kettering areas. Can you help? Please contact Beanstalk on 01604 720969 or emai Northamptonshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

You can also visit the website www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/reading-helpers.

Following the AGM of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Friday, January 23, the committee for 2015 is as follows: The chairman is Geoff Oliver, secretary is Anne Mar-Gerrison, treasurer is Roger Pringle, competition secretary is Trevor Rudkin, exhibition secretary is Rosemary Buckett and committee members are Rick Yeomans and Paul Nickerson. There is still a vacancy for programme secretary following Derek Buckett’s decision to stand down from the committee after more than 30 years of service to the society.

GLS The Barber Shop in Gladstone Street, Desborough, opened on Friday, January 30. On their opening day they gave £5 hair cuts to all their customers.

For the Love of Lego, get involved with Desborough United Reformed Church’s Lego Build and Show Weekend. Being held near you on Saturday, February 7, and Sunday, February 8.

On Saturday, the church hall will be open at 10am to 4pm and on Sunday, from midday to 4pm. Entry is £1.50 per day or £5 for four people. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be Lego displays, Lego building and competitions, refreshments and raffle. Plus, build one of the 800 kits available or design your own model in the free build section.

The United Reformed Church will provide the Lego and you provide the imagination. The Annual Lego Build and Show Weekend is organised by the Second Desborough (URC) Scout Group.

Calling all animal lovers! In February at West Lodge Rural Centre, come and bottle-feed the lambs and give a cuddle to more young animals. For more information, call 01536 760552.

A European-style bistro and wine bar is now open in Desborough called 76 Rue De La Gare. This new venue prepares modern cuisine influenced by the great classics of Europe, be they British, French, German or Italian. They serve wine from around the world, as well as local and imported beers and exotic cocktails. 76 Rue De La Gare is owned and managed by Strawberry Fields Food Emporium of Rothwell, bringing their unique culinary style to this exciting concept. For more information, call 01536 792949.

A charity quiz night in aid of 4Louis (supporting families dealing with stillbirth and neonatal death) is being held on Friday, February 13, from 7pm at Cottingham Golf Club. £10 per ticket to include freshly-cooked pizza from Pizza Hut. Entry into a raffle and entry into the quiz. A fully licensed bar is open on the night. Thequiz prize is a large drinks hamper. Teams of two to eight. For tickets, please text or call Erica on 07815 151650 or email ericacalvert@hotmail.co.uk.

Desborough and Rothwell Running Club want you! Join on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7pm. They meet at the Desborough Conservative Club car park (rear joining on High Street near the Desborough Surgery) or at the Reception in Victoria Street. A fun running club for locals and like-minded people. Follow and like their page on Facebook.

Desborough RAPID (Running Any Pace In Desborough) Running Club is a group of runners who want to achieve their own personal running goals. The club sessions are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Beginners class is at 6pm on Thursdays from Desborough Leisure Centre. The aims of Rapid are to promote a friendly atmosphere of fun and enjoyment, welcoming all runners and joggers of any pace and ability. Whether you are an occasional jogger or a runner with a particular running goal in mind you can rest assured of a warm friendly welcome at our running club. As a recreational pleasure or a sporting challenge RAPID presents a unique opportunity to join with other like minded people to share the running experience whether you are trying to improve basic fitness or you would like to participate in a particular running event such as a Fun Run, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon.

Their membership represents a widespread cross section of running experience from absolute beginners to experienced short, middle and long distance runners. For more information telephone on 07903 263402 or email for information on info.rapidrunningclub@gmail.com. Visit www.rapidrunningclub.org.uk.

Friends of Desborough Library will be holding a children’s craft activity afternoon on Wednesday, February 18, from 2pm to 4pm. This is for children aged five to 12 years. Those under eight must be accompanied by an adult. The session is free but needs to be booked in the library.

The theme will be the Chinese New Year. The Friends of Desborough Library Reading Group’s book for February is The March of Folly by Barbara W Tuchman. The usual coffee morning on first Thursday of the month.

There are many free activities in the library now for children under five years old. On Tuesdays, from 11am to 11.30am there’s Baby Bounce and Rhyme (for 0-toddlers); Thursdays, from 9.30am to 10am there’s Story Stomp (for under-fives); on Fridays from 2.15pm to 3pm, there is Rhymetime (for under-fives); Saturdays, it’s Baby and Toddler time (under-fives). For information call in at the Library, or use facebook.com/desboroughlibrary. There is also a weekly homework club on Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 5.30pm when any eight to 13-year-old can drop in to get help with their homework.

Join in the latest craze, a fitness with a twist. Power hoop, the original classes, are held every Monday evening at Marlow House in Gold Street, Desborough. Fun, effective training for the core muscles in your waist, abdomen and lower back. Tones the muscles in your buttocks, hips and thighs. Burn up to 420 calories per hour.

It reduces lower back pain and stiffness. Can be quickly dismantled for easy storage. Durable, high quality, non toxic materials. For more information contact Gemma on 07896 640304 or email en.pointe@hotmail.co.uk.

EAST CARLTON

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

FINEDON

Members of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild had an enjoyable evening when four members showed their expertise in their Mini Dems.

Gelatine flowers, Batternburg Lace, Iced Biscuits and cards were shown and much appreciated by members.

The next meeting is on February 18 when a hands on demonstration of Gelatine Flowers by Joan Allingham will be in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon, NN9 5JP at 7.30pm.

The beginners class has now started, if anyone would like to join in the cost is £5 per evening.

We also have intermediate classes on the same nights at 7.30pm.

The branch is holding a craft fair on March 21 in All Saints Church Hall, Wellingborough. If anyone would like a table to show and sell their craft, a 6ft table = £10 a 4ft table = £7, please contact 01933 80099 or wboro4scraft@gmail.com  for more details.

A Valentine’s Day Barn Dance on Saturday, February 14, at 7.30pm will be held at Finedon Community Centre in Wellingborough Road.

It will be a fantastic evening with dancing to the local live Band Kelly’s Eye with caller and includes a chicken and chip supper in the ticket price of £8.

A licensed real ale bar will be available. Enjoy a great night out with old and new friends, entertainment, dancing, food and a bar!

Reserve tickets on 01933 398377.

GEDDINGTON

Geddington.net’s Archive Project will be on-line now!

They were overwhelmed by the interest in the project, both to the appeal for material and also the exhibition. They were delighted, but gave them so much more work than they had bargained for!

It was on Jack Harker’s shoulders that most of the online work fell and the editors of Geddington.net are extremely grateful for all the time and effort he has put into this project. They, and all those interested in the history of Geddington, will be very pleased with the results of his work.

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council is meeting on Monday, February 9, at 7.30pm in the lounge of Geddington Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome and there is a public session at the start of the meeting, where issues and concerns can be discussed with councillors.

Geddington and Newton WI is holding a meeting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday, February 11.

Guests and new members are very welcome. The talk this month is A Suffragette In The Family by Peter Barrett.

Geddington primary School closes for half-term from Friday, February 13, and reopens on Monday, February 23.

Geddington Pantomime Group is presenting the pantomime Puss In Boots at Geddington Village Hall from Wednesday, February 18, to Saturday, February 21.

A wine bar is open from 7pm and the curtain up is 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Ticket prices are adults £6, children £4 with concessions £5 and a family ticket is £16.

Northamptonshire Highways is advising that the National Grid is working for three days on February 18 in West Street near the vicarage.

On completion the agency then hopes to close the road for a week commencing Monday, February 23, to carry out surfacing repairs. So expect delays and closure in West Street between 9.15am and 3pm.

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

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 fundraising event for the Samuel Lees Trust which, more than 300 years on from its foundation, is still active today in providing help and support for residents in need and distributing Christmas gifts for older senior citizens .

The Friends Of Geddington Church are hoping to hold a garage sale on Saturday, May 16.

Spring cleaning is an excellent time to get rid of all those articles which are cluttering up your house but would make really good money spinners. So why don’t you hold a garage sale? It is so much better than a car boot sale, for instance, you can nip to your own toilet for a start! Or have a cup of tea? The Friends Of Geddington Church are organising this garage sale and for a small donation of £5, organisers will advertise the sale everywhere they can and also publish a map of the village showing all the relevant garage sale spots. You can raise money for your favourite charity or organisation that needs funds, or you can recoup your own expenses by raising money yourself! For instance, I am raising money for the Friends by holding the usual nearly new book stall near to The Cross. Why not join in and have a great day!

Geddington PA is holding a summer fair/ family fun day on July 4.

GREAT ADDINGTON

The parents and tots group meets in the Great Addington Memorial Hall on the first and third Friday of the month between 8.45am and 10.30am.

The cost is £2.50 per family which includes refreshments. The next meeting is on Friday, February 6. For further information call Ruth on 07752 709926 or Amanda on 07770 499762.

On Sunday in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also there is a Family Service in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am.

GRETTON

Gretton Women’s Hour’s next meeting is on Tuesday, February 10, at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, starting at 2.15pm.

The guest speaker is Paul Greenaway. The afternoon will also include hymns, prayers and readings with light refreshments served at the end with time for a chat before leaving for home.

Gretton Women’s Hour is a long-running village organisation and welcomes residents and visitors from the surrounding area to join them once a fortnight for a nice friendly get together.

For further details telephone 01536 770784 or 770188.

The next monthly lunch to be served at Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road is on Tuesday, March 3, at 12.30pm.

These long-running lunches are very popular so please come along 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.

Wondertours Community Transport has arranged two excursions this spring to start the 43rd year of days out by coach.

On Easter Saturday, April 4, historic Gloucester is the destination, a city with so much to see and do.

A double destination trip is heading for Newbury and Reading on Saturday, May 16, offering sightseeing and shopping. Due to demand two coaches are being laid on for both excursions.

The fares are £16 per person for both trips.

Pick-up points are Gretton Village Hall, Weldon Londis Store, Weldon Furniture Shop, Corby Jamb, Corby Saxon Crown and Kettering Telford Lodge.

Information folders and maps will be provided.

To book and find out further details telephone or text organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220.

Wondertours is arranged on a voluntary and not-for-profit basis.

HIGHAM FERRERS

PC Dougie Brown attended the recent town council meeting and presented recorded crime figures for the month of December 2014 with the comparable period of December 2013 in brackets.

Burglary dwelling 0 (1); burglary other 5 (6); criminal damage 28 (4); drug offences 0 (3); theft from motor vehicles 4 (6); theft handling 3 (2); violence 2 (6).

A new police inspector, Julie Mead, and sergeant, Richard Gibson, have been appointed in Rushden and it is hoped the new inspector will be visiting a town council meeting in the near future.

PC Brown said three prolific shoplifters in the area have been arrested and sentenced – the offences committed to fund drugs habits.

The police are continuing their county-wide operation with regard to drug operations.

The police are encouraged that violent offences in our town have decreased but there is concern at the rising level of criminal damage.

Members of the Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am on Friday, February 27, in the Green Dragon Hotel in College Street.

The special guest will be Will Osborne talking about autographs.

Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details are available from Doreen Holyoak on 01933 314157.

The next town council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 24. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.

Members of Chelveston cum Caldecott Women’s Institute meet again at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 11, in the village hall.

Christine and Geoff Twell will give a talk about goats’ cheese making – It’s all Winstone’s fault.

Visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.50 to include refreshments and further details are available from Wendy Williams on 01933 624585.

The Nene Valley Astronomical Society meets in Chelveston village hall on the third Monday of the month from 8pm to 10pm.

The next meeting will be on Monday, February 16.

The group also stargazes each Friday evening, weather permitting.

Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 and further information is available from Steve Williams on 01933 650331 or see www.neneastro.org.uk.

A coffee morning, run by St Mary’s Church, is held in the Bede House from 9.30am to 11.30am each Thursday.

A welcome is extended to all to visit and enjoy a warm drink of tea/coffee and biscuits and friendly chat each week.

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

The Higham/Rushden U3A meets at 2pm on Wednesday, February 18, in the Pemberton Centre, Rushden. The special guest will be Alison Smith talking about lifestyle, diet and food preparation in Georgian times. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments.

Membership of U3A gives access to more than 40 interest groups.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, February 11, in the library in Midland Road. The special guest Bill Beckett will be presenting his choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available on 01933 391283.

A Feathered Friends family event will be held at Stanwick Lakes from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesday, February 18, and Thursday, February 19 – half-term week. Everyone is invited to build a bird box or feeder with birdy crafts also available in the Discovery Zone.

Modest charges apply and for further details ring 01933 625522 or see www.stanwicklakes.org.uk.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House, Family Mass at 10.15am followed by tea, coffee and biscuits; Junior Church/Footsteps at 10.15am in Church and the Bede House led by Debbie and Choral Evensong at 6pm.

Family Mass will be held at 9am 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 – All-age Worship will be at 10.45am led by Nita Gould.

This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

Evening Service will be held at 6pm in the Gospel Hall, Milton Street.

Higham Footpath Group is going on a four-mile Aconites and Snowdrops walk at Holly Walk, Finedon, on Sunday, February 15.

Walkers are asked to meet at 9.40am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am in Avenue Road, Finedon, near the cricket ground.

The group will be led by Will Lovell on 01933 395174. See www.highamferrersfg.webspace.virginmedia.com/.

A mammoth plant sale will be held in the Bede House on Saturday, April 25 – the same day as the farmers market – and the organisers are appealing to local folk to perhaps sow a few extra seedlings this spring to donate.

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

All monies raised will be for St Mary’s Church funds.

The next St Mary’s Messy Church will be held on Tuesday, February 24, from 3.30pm to 5pm 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 are given a warm pasta meal at the end of the session.

The cost is £1 per child and further details are available from Debbie on 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 newsletter is produced quarterly and has been well received by the community.

IRCHESTER

Friday, February 6, is Wear Something Red Day in aid of The British Heart Foundation.

To support this event, there will be a tea/coffee morning at Irchester Methodist Church from 10am to midday.

It would be great to have as many people as possible support this very worthy cause.

Wearing something red would be splendid, but just to see people there would be great.

Calling all canines! Want to support your local animal sanctuary? Round up your humans, gather your friends, collect your lead and head off on a family walk with Nathan Watson, dog behaviourist at Strut your Mutt in Irchester Country Park on Sunday, February 8, meeting at 10am for a 10.30am start. Booking is not needed, just turn up and pay Nathan your £5 donation to Animals in Need.

Time to get rubbing that magic lamp. Oh yes it is! Irchester Players will be staging its pantomime Aladdin at Parsons Hall from Wednesday, February 11, to Saturday, February 14. Performances will be at 7.30pm each evening with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Tickets cost £8 or £6 for concessions. Available from the hairdressers Looking Good in Wollaston Road, online at www.irchesterplayers.co.uk or you can ring the box office on 01933 624310.

There have been a lot of problems with bogus callers knocking on doors in the village recently.

Northamptonshire Police have issued warnings about these.

If you suspect that this has happened to you please report it by calling 101.

This is the police line for non-urgent calls.

It’s easy to do and you don’t have to give your personal details.

If your little bit of information helps stop vulnerable people in your community being targeted it has to be worth it.

Tim Maguire, Irchester’s borough and parish councillor, celebrated his 50th birthday on January 19.

He told his family and friends that he didn’t want any presents but would be most grateful for any donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Tim was born with a hole in the heart and spent the first three months of his life in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. But for the skill of the surgeons there he would not have survived.

Tim’s 50th birthday celebrations were held at the sports club, which was festooned with balloons provided by Great Ormond Street Hospital. So far the donations have topped £700.

IRTHLINGBOROUGH

There will be a quiz at the Albert Underwood, Room, St Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough on Saturday, February 7, at 7.30pm. Refreshments provided; £5 per team.

Drivetrain will be performing classic rock and blues covers at the British Arms, Irthlingborough, on Friday, February 6.

Irthlingborough Methodist Church is holding the first coffee morning of 2015 on Saturday, February 7, from 10am.

The monthly lunch is on Wednesday, February 18, from midday.

The preacher on Sunday, February 8, is Mrs R Newman and both the service and Sunday School begin at 10.30am.

KETTERING

At 7.45pm on Friday, February 6, at the Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering & District Locomotive Society has its AGM, followed by local speaker Bill Davies. For more information call 01536 514640.

The February meeting of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, Kettering branch, is at 2.30pm on Monday, February 9, in the Lecture Theatre, Prince William Post Graduate Centre, Kettering General Hospital.

No speaker this mont, just a bring and buy stall and lots more time for a chat. Please price any item you bring for the stall as this greatly improves the flow of business!

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the meeting.

Membership is open to all those who have retired from working in the NHS, or those who are nearing retirement, and their partner.

For further information telephone Gareth Ogden on 01536 483603.

Has anyone any paintings by the following Kettering artists – Ralph Hartley, Nina Carroll/Steane or George Harrison?

If so, would you be willing to loan them to All Saints Church, William Street, for its art exhibition on June 6 and 7?

This exhibition is being staged as part of KettFest2015 – a weekend of activities looking at Kettering’s rich history and heritage.

In the first instance could you please call Derrick on 01536 482152 to discuss the subject of the painting and the approximate size.

On Friday, February 27, dare you walk on red hot coals in aid of Cransley Hospice? A £25 deposit is payable to reserve your place. A fundraising pack will be posted to you and further details about the event.

There is a minimum of £100 sponsorship but no maximum! Contact the Cransley Hospice fundraising team to register on 01536 527407.

Plan a Lifetime Challenge in 2015. This could be the year for you to undertake a charity challenge for Cransley Hospice such as a cycle ride, an abseil or join in a group skydive in August. Go to the Cransley Hospice website for ideas http://www.cransleyhospice.org.uk.support.us.aspx.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street, on Friday, February 13, at 7.30pm enjoy an evening with David Garrett presenting Poetry for Everybody.

An evening of light-hearted and pleasant poetry including comedy local to Kettering. Guaranteed to make you laugh!

The show consists of local poetry as performed on Radio 4.

Books and CDs will be for sale on the night. There will be a raffle in aid of the Bell Tower Appeal. The £3 entry includes light refreshments.

Regular activities take place at Kettering Library in Sheep Street.

Each Wednesday morning at 10.30am (during term time only) – Spanish group for under fives.

Each Sunday afternoon from 1.30pm – “snuggletime” – come and play with our toys or read a book with your grown-up.

Family History Session – the last Wednesday in the month from 2pm to 4pm.

Story Stomp for under fives – the last Thursday in the month at 11.45am.

Knit ‘n’ Chat – first Thursday of the month from 2pm to 4pm – new knitters and chatters always welcome.

As well as the above every week there are special events taking place. On Saturday, February 7, it is National Libraries Day so in celebration please dress up as your favourite book character and receive a prize.

Other activities available on that day are Make a Bookmark from 2pm to 3pm and a multilingual reading of A Chinese Cinderella – come along and listen to volunteers reading the same book in their national language.

Listen to the volunteers reading the same book in their national language and you can join in reading the book in English. All the above activities are free of charge and of course it is free of charge to join the library at any time.

The following events will take place at

The Salvation Army, Kettering, Rockingham Road entrance:

Sunday, February 8 – Sunday Worship: 10am Self-Denial Partners in Mission. Appeal Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Praise! - All welcome.

The Salvation Army, Kettering. Regent Street entrance:

Thursday, February 5 – 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club.

Thursday, Feburary 5 – 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] .

Friday, February 6, and Monday, February 9 – 11.30am for midday, lunch club.

To book your two-course (home-cooked) meal and drink, £3.50, please phone to book a place.

Monday, February 9 – 5.45pm to 7pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6pm to 7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs).

Tuesday, February 10 – 1.30pm refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Home League: Ladies Meeting.

Wednesday, February 11 – 9am to 11am Little Gems – Parents & Toddlers Group Thursday, February 12 – 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: Cameos from A Prison Chaplain, Major D Sparkes.

Thursday, February 12 – 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].

Thursday, February 12 – 7.30pm Men’s Fellowship: Matt Smith: History of Grafton Underwood Airfield during the Second World War.

On Thursday, February 12, 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 Charles Lister with a talk about Boughton House.

New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Saturday, February 7, at All Saints Church, William Street, there is a table-top sale. It is open from 8.30am and there will be a variety of stalls. Light refreshments will be available.

At the Counties Community Centre, Hertford Road, on Thursday, February 17, the AGM takes place at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available and all are welcome.

On Saturday, February 7, at the Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road, there will be a New Year Festival with Kettering Citadel Band and guests including Philip McCann (cornet). The concert starts at 7pm. Free admission but freewill offering invited.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, from February 4 until March 4 in the Long Gallery, there is an exhibition by Alison Bull entitled Places, Portraits & Pot Luck.

Alison’s work ranges from atmospheric, light-filled landscapes and still life, through to figurative work and portraits. With no formal art college training, Alison tries as much as possible to go on courses and holidays with other artists she admires, so as to try out new styles of working and hone her artistic skill. Admission free

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, on Tuesday, February 10, another one-to-one family history advice session takes place.

Sessions are available from 1pm and are bookable in consecutive order only. £12.50 per session of 30 minutes. Call 01536 534219 to book.

On Thursday, February 19, in the Alfred East Art Gallery in the large gallery there is another untutored life drawing class from 7pm to 9pm.

Tickets are £10 per session. Life drawing sessions are for all abilities. Email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk for more details or call 01536 534274.

On Friday, February 6, at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, from 1pm to 2pm there is a lunchtime talk called Policing in Northamptonshire by Dick Cowley.

Retired police officer Mr Cowley, archivist for Northamptonshire Police, shares the fascinating story of the county’s original four police forces, which over the years have combined to form the Northamptonshire Police we know today. Tickets £6, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts.

LITTLE HARROWDEN

Little Harrowden Village Hall regular events:

Parish council meetings – second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.

Bowls club – every week, Mondays. 1.45pm to 4pm and Thursdays 7.45pm to 10pm.

T Dance – last Friday in each month from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Keep fit- every week on Mondays from 10am to 11am.

Art classes ([term time only) Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 10am to 11.30am.

Yoga classes – every week on Thursday from 9.30am to 11am.

Dog training every Friday from 7pm to 9pm.

Dance classes on Mondays from 7.45pm to 8.45pm, Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm.

For further information about these events or to book the hall call 07769 693139.

A Valentine’s Ball takes place on Saturday, February 14, at Little Harrowden Village Hall. For further details call Linda on 01933 680378.

If you would like to find out a lot more about the Northants Amateur Astronomers, and see more about where they visit to view the night sky, you can go on their website, http://naastronomy.com/, which is very informative.

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. 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 website. For further information on any meetings call 07742 186747 or check out the website.

Little Harrowden WMC – February Saturday entertainment. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

Yoga class at Little Harrowden Village Hall on Thursdays from 9.30am to 11am.

All abilities and ages welcome, classes run throughout the year. Pay as you go facility available, for further details contact Anne on 01933 673212.

The sewing group meets on the third Friday of each month.

For more information contact Jane on 01933 677380.

NEWTON BROMSWOLD

On Sunday, February 8, a service of Evening Prayer will be held at 3pm at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday, February 8, from 10am to 11am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged three years and over will be most welcome.

ORLINGBURY

Orlingbury Art Days with Claire Warner for 2015 – February 28 Fresh flowers, March 28 reflections in the sand, April 25 English Market scene, October 24 Watermill in Autumn, November 21 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.

Don’t forget to check out the five churches website www.5churches.org.uk for a diary of events in all the five benefice villages.

OAKLEY VALE

At the OVCA meeting last week Cllr Caine informed members of a public exhibition in connection with the development on the land at the bottom of Bennett Road – a site originally on the 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 will take place over two days, February 24 and 25, from 2.30pm to 7pm on both days at Brooke Weston Academy. All are welcome.

Additionally a website will soon be available – www.oakleyvale.com – containing the details for you to view on-line and comment if you can’t make the consultation dates.

Also at the OGM Stacey Poole from Corby Council took questions on the five-year plan for landscape management on Oakley Vale.

Relief was expressed by some residents at the current trimmed state of the grassed areas. Stacey told us this was part of the plan which also includes systematic eradication of the weeds and encouragement of actual wildflowers in these areas. It was agreed to meet again in the spring to review the situation as the growing season began.

Concern was also expressed about some local graffiti which Stacey was able to deal with. Praise for the tidier state of the local shopping area was tempered by dissatisfaction with the overflowing dog bins.

Stacey agreed to address this immediately. A new scheme involving local Community Champions is being proposed by Corby Council and volunteers are needed for this – I will get details ASAP.

The community centre has two excellent indoor bowling mats and we need someone to organise sessions for their use. Any bowling fans our there willing to give this a go? Contact me and I will gladly help.

Cllrs Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in the community centre – same time 10.30am to midday.

No appointment necessary, all welcome – just drop in. Contact judy.caine@corby.gov.uk or mohammed.Rahman@corby.gov.uk, or via letter c/o Corby Council at the Cube.

Cllr Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 11am, no appointment necessary.

His email is david@oakleyvaleconservatives.co.uk.

RAUNDS

Raunds WI ended 2014 with a Christmas party, and members have recently enjoyed their January dinner at Espresso in Raunds.

The next meeting of Raunds WI will take place next Thursday, February 12, at 7.30pm in the Saxon Hall, when the guest speakers will be Geraldine and Michael with their Musical Memories. Visitors and new members are always welcome, with an entry fee of £3.50, which includes refreshments.

For more information contact Mary Harber on 01933 624271.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, February 6, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will be a service of Compline at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Ringstead, tomorrow, Friday, February 6.

Sunday, February 8, is Funday Sunday with the theme of Invisible God.

Please note he service will take place at 9.30am at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. A very warm welcome awaits all, with crafts and refreshments, including fresh coffee, tea and soft drinks. Everyone is welcome.

A service of Evensong will take place on Sunday, February 8, at 6pm at St Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Services of Home Communion will take place at 9.45am on Tuesday, February 10, at Kingswood House, and at 10.45am on Wednesday, February 11, at The Forresters.

If you are having problems using your computer, you can easily solve them at a drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, which will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Thursday, February 12, 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 RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be celebrating its 40th anniversary at the Saxon Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 19, with a special indoor meeting. David Lindo will be giving an illustrated talk on Birds in European Cities, which will be followed by cheese and wine. The meeting is open to everyone, but is a ticket only event.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be obtained by calling Penny on 01933 350404.

The Raunds Town Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 8am, where sales will be held at individual garages, drives or front gardens throughout Raunds.

All proceeds will be used to improve the facilities of the St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre (opposite Spar). If you would like to hold a sale, entry is £5 per address. Application forms are available from Raunds Post Office, and further information can be obtained by calling Peter on 01933 460259 or by emailing anniehuntingdon@gmail.com.

RINGSTEAD

The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, February 5.

The topic will be Ride & Stride Memories’ Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. The cost is £1 per week for talks and activities. For more information contact Peter or Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

On Friday, February 6, in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead there is a Service of Compline at 7pm.

On Friday, February 6, at Ringstead Cinema The Jersey Boys will be shown in Ringstead Village Social Club. Disabled access is from the rear car park. Doors open at 7.30pm, the film starts 7.45pm. There is a bar available. Tickets are £4, contact 01933 460373 for details.

A coffee morning will take place in St Mary’s Church, Ringstead, on Saturday, February 7, between 10am and midday. There is a book stall, bric-a-brac and a raffle. Refreshments are also available. All proceeds will go towards new facilities for the church.

On Sunday, February 8, there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30pm. Refreshments are served after the Service.

On Sunday, February 8, The Shared Church in Ringstead services are as follows: at 10.30am there is a Communion Service with Susan Deacon and there is an evening meeting at 6pm.

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall on the second Monday of the month, and the next meeting is on Monday, February 10.

ROTHWELL

The snowdrop walk in Harrington, just a few miles from Rothwell, will take place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, February 15, starting and finishing at the village hall.

An information pack with route map for the unaccompanied country snowdrop walk can be obtained at the starting point. It takes in the picturesque High Street and the Tollemache Arms pub, moving on to Church Walk and the church of St Peter and St Paul, returning via the historic ‘falls and fishponds’, once part of a medieval manor house, thanks to the current owners, the Warner family. A new opportunity this year is the chance to visit the Warner Edwards gin distillery at Falls farm, near the village hall, where tea, coffee and cakes will be available. Visit harringtonandthorpeunderwood.co.uk for an up-to-date snowdrop report, particularly in the event of poor weather.

A coffee morning with home-made cakes will be held in Holy Trinity Church from 10am to midday on Saturday, February 7. This is planned to be the first of a monthly series of events, to be held on the first Saturday of the month.

There will be a tombola and stalls selling hand-made cards, including for Easter and Mother’s Day, as well as a book stall. Anyone with books to donate can leave them at the back of the church or ring Janet Clements on 01536507721 for collection.

A united benefice confirmation service, with the Bishop of Brixworth officiating, takes place at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell at 3.30pm on Sunday, February 8. There are seven candidates, and it is hoped a large congregation will attend this important service.

On Ash Wednesday, February 18, there are services in the church at 10am and at 7.30pm.

New parents, toddlers and babies are always welcome at the Sunbeams group for pre-school children, which is thriving. There are plenty of toys to play with, followed by a story and songs with musical instruments. Tea and biscuits are provided, and it is all free. It takes place from 2pm to 3pm at Holy Trinity church on Thursday afternoons in term-time.

A table-top sale is being held at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, February 28, by the Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee. Refreshments, including home-made 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.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, include: Sunday, February 8, Rockeoke from 5pm with Ian; Monday, February 9, acoustic open mike night with Jim Hale and Darryl Irons from 9pm; Saturday, February 14, live music with Sounds Familiar from 9pm. The pub’s 2015 charity calendars are still available at just £5, proceeds going to Kettering CAMHS.

At the annual meeting of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society, held on Friday, January 23, the following officers were elected: chairman, Geoff Oliver; secretary, Anne Mar-Gerrison; treasurer, Roger Pringle; competition secretary, Trevor Rudkin; exhibition secretary, Rosemary Buckett; committee members, Rick Yeomans and Paul Nickerson. There is still a vacancy for programme secretary following Derek Buckett’s decision to stand down from the committee after more than 30 years’ service to the society.

On Friday, February 6, the first heat of the digital and slide leagues takes place, the judge being Gerry Coles from Duston. This starts at 7.30pm at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. At the following week’s meeting on Friday, February 13, Graham White delivers a print talk entitled Dodging the highlights, starting at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome, admission £1.50 For more information, visit the website www.drpsphoto.co.uk, go to Facebook, or phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442.

In Division 1 of the Kettering and District Table Tennis League, Rothborough Arrows beat Westfield D 7-3 with another hat-trick for Helen Watts. In Division 2, the all Rothborough clash between Comets and Dakotas was won 8-2 by Comets, with Alan Brisley and Martin Watts unbeaten. Buccaneers beat Burton E 8-2 with a treble from Gareth Lewis, but Exocets went down 8-2 to Kettering B.

The annual meeting of the Rowell Fair Society will take place at 8.pm on Wednesday, February 18, in the Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill, Rothwell.

The armed forces is the subject of a talk by Dave Jones to members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club at 8pm tonight in the Methodist church, Market Hill, Rothwell. Next week’s meeting, on February 12 at the same time and venue will be the members’ own session of desert island discs.

The annual meeting and dinner of the Rowell and District Association for the Prosecution of Felons – founded nearly 200 years ago – is being held on 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 invite 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 from 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 they can experience the evening with a view to joining later.

RUSHDEN

Rushden Serve door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – lunch trips to The White Horse, Tilbrook on Sunday, February 8, The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston (buffet) on Tuesday, February 10. There are shopping trips to Morrisons or Sainsbury’s on Monday, February 9, to Huntingdon Garden Centre (£6.50) on Wednesday, February 11, to St Neots Market (£6.50) on Thursday, February 12, and Waitrose on Friday, February 13. Further details from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament meets on Tuesday, February 10, at 2pm in Rushden Hall for Progressive Prize Whist.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets next Wednesday, February 11, in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Bill Beckett will present his programme of music.

The Salvation Army Sunday Morning Service is at 10am with Evening Worship at 6pm, both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday’s Second Sunday Stepping Out includes a Countryside Walk at Cranford before the concrete! Meet at Whitefriars School at 9.45am. Silver Service is in the Bridge at 10.30am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Nita Gould. This will be followed by tea/coffee in the hall. On Saturday, February 7, there will be Tea and Entertainment by Steve Perry in the church hall at 2.30pm – tickets £5 from Chris on 07949 694206.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the service at 3pm is led by Joan and Joe Lainchbury from Northampton. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday, February 11, at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.30am led by Peter Squires, followed by refreshments. First rehearsal of the Six Week Community Singers takes place on Sunday at 1pm – no auditions – all welcome – features musical theatre.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Road – Morning Prayer with Holy Communion is at 10am with the Young Stars and Rev Ron Elverson. The Knit and Chat Group meet on Wednesday, February 11, at 10am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the church hall is from 10am. Sunday Morning Family Service with children’s activities is at 10.45am led by the Rev Phil Hearson with Second Sunday activities at 4pm. Ladies WA meet on Thursday, February 12, for a fish & chip lunch.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Worship with Communion and the Music Group is at 10.45am led by David Rooksby with Traditional Evening Service and Communion at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church has a Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am.

Rushden & District Art Society meets next Friday, February 13, at 7pm in South End Junior School when Derek Daniells will speak on Cityscape with River in Acrylics.

Wymington & Podington Women’s Institute’s next meeting is the AGM next Thursday, February 12, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Wymington. Further information from Jose on 410280.

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group next meets next Saturday, February 14, for a walk from Clapham – leave Duck Street car park at 9.30am. Call leader Fiona Hurlock on 315541.

STANWICK

Many of you may be wondering what is happening about the Outline Planning Application by Gladman Developments for 230 houses on land off West Street in Stanwick.

Be assured that everyone who submitted a letter of objection, or commented during the consultation period, will be informed by the East Northants Council of the date of the meeting where this application will be considered. Take a look at the Stanwick Village Residents Group website www.svrg.org.uk which has been updated with additional information.

A Craft Café will take place at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30am and 1pm tomorrow, Friday, February 6. This is an opportunity for you to learn new craft skills, and meet new friends.

On this occasion you can try your hand at pottery, with Brenda Potter, by making a small sculpture.

Be prepared to have fun with clay and get your hands dirty! There will be a modest charge for some materials, and normal car parking charges will apply.

At the time of writing, there is just one place left for a Learn to Paint acrylics class for beginners at Stanwick Village Hall between 2.30pm and 5pm on Saturday, February 7.

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 Seaview Landscape. Booking is essential, so please call 01933 460676 to check the availability of places.

Saturday, February 7, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of covers band Drumbluey who will be providing your evening’s entertainment.

Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome. Ask at the bar for details.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11am at St Laurence Church on Sunday, February 8, and a service of Holy Communion will take place at 10.45am at The Forresters, Raunds, on Wednesday, February 11.

Put your knitting skills to good use next Thursday, February 12, between 10.30am and 1pm at Stanwick Lakes’ Craft Café. Meet other knitters, pick up patterns or drop off what you have knitted, be it a jumper for a newborn, a hat for the homeless or a penguin jumper! Normal car parking charges apply. For more information email info@rftrust.org.uk or call 01933 625522.

Stanwick Parish Council would like to hear from you. How should they spend the Village of the Year prize money?

As a result of winning the Northamptonshire Large Village of the Year competition in the summer of 2014, the parish council has received a cheque for £100 as prize money.

Stanwick’s win is largely based on its community spirit and the involvement of people in what happens here.

The council, therefore, felt it only right that the people of Stanwick should be asked how they think this £100 should be spent.

Suggestions should be sent to the parish clerk at clerk@stanwickparishcouncil.org.uk or by calling 01933 46186. The council will consider the suggestions at the March meeting.

Over the past six months there has been a lot of interest shown in the Traditional Skills courses being provided at Stanwick Lakes for local unemployed young people by the Trading Places project. The first programme of courses for the public will take place this spring in the green oak Training Barn at Stanwick Lakes. Places will be strictly limited, so early booking is advised. Course participants should be 16 years of age, or older.

Blacksmithing will take place on Saturday, March 21, costing £100, which includes a blacksmith’s lunch – three places.

Green Wood Working will take place on Saturday, April 2, costing £70, which includes a bodger’s lunch – six places.

Shoe Making will take place on Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, costing £270 for the three-day course, which includes a clickers & closers lunch each day – six places.

Dry Stone Walling will take place on Saturday, June 6, costing £55, which includes a wedge once lunch – six places.

Basket Making will take place on Saturday, June 27, which includes a weavers lunch – six places.

The course fees also include all tools and materials and tea and coffee throughout the day.

To book your place on any of these courses please call Trading Places on 01933 460985 and speak to either Mark or Stuart, or email any queries to tradingplaces@rftrust.org.uk.

Number 17 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, January 24, making Kate Guilfoyle the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.

WELDON

Weldon Women’s Institute will next meet on Tuesday, February 10, in Weldon village Hall at 7.15pm. They will be pleased to see as many members as possible and welcome visitors and prospective new members. This month they will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with entertainment and quizzes along with a competition for a home-made Valentine’s card. There is always a raffle with good prizes and they have home-made refreshments on sale.

The next dance night is on Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Day, in Weldon Village Hall from 8pm until 11pm.Dancing to Latin, ballroom, sequence and jive. All welcome both to regular and new dancers; you are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles. The entry fee of £5 includes raffle ticket. For more information contact Joan on 01536 403768 or email guido@derosa.me.uk.

St Mary’s Church Coffee Morning on Friday, February 6, will be held at Rachel’s, 28 Corby Road, Weldon, from 10am to midday.

There will be coffee, tea, cakes, a quiz, games and a sales table. All proceeds go to Church Funds.

St Mary’s Church service for Sunday, February 8, will be held at 9.30am all age service.

Please remove all holly wreaths from graves in the church yard as soon as possible.

WELLINGBOROUGH

Pick up a bargain at the All Sorts Sale in the Church Hall, All Saints on Saturday, February 7, from 9am until 11am.

All Saints Church Hall Mardi Gras Carnival is on Saturday, February 14, from 4pm until 8.30pm.

There will be a children’s workshop with supper and family disco/party.

Tickets £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. Contact Lynsey Burgess (07896 967263) or Ruth Webster (07810 218281) for further information.

Tea at Two - on the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm, please come along to the All Saints Church Hall for a cup of tea or coffee and a cake and a nice chat.

Contact Fred Raitt on 01933 677988 for further information.

Come along and enjoy a Valentine’s dance to raise funds for Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo.

It takes place at the Tithe Barn on Saturday, February 14, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Dancing to live 50s/60s band The Greg Coulson Band. If you buy tickets in advance they are £10 but on the night they tickets will cost you £12.50.

Each ticket entitles the holder to a free tree planted at a tree planting ceremony to take place soon.

You can also have a Valentine message attached to your tree.

For tickets call 07934 814738 from 10am in the mornings or 07737 021299 from 6pm.

Details of the tree planting date will be given as soon as it is arranged.

Buy tickets now for Half and Arf MPN Blood Cancer charity Valentine’s disco with buffet.

All proceeds will be split between Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and KGH Lilford Ward.

Tickets are £5 and entrance by ticket only because of buffet orders.

The number to ring is Tina on 07866 536978.

Come on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, enjoy yourself at Finedon Bowls Club, Wellingborough Road, Finedon, from 7.30pm to 11pm and raise a good sum for this worthy cause.

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.

What may be unwanted by you maybe just what someone else would like to buy or win.

AJs Diner on the Leyland trading estate, Wellingborough, have their live band night on Saturday, February 7, at 7.30pm till late.

It’s the return of popular rock ‘n’ roll band Greggi G and his Crazy Gang.

It’s bound to be a well-attended night. Tickets cost £6 and the diner will serve the delicious items on the party night menu and the bar will be open.

For more information call AJs on 01933 274794.

The Strollers will be the live band on Saturday, March 7.

Of course the rock ‘n’ 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 are happening each week.

With a huge cast of 44, Wellingborough Operatic Society will be performing South Pacific at the Castle, Wellingborough, from March 10 to 14.

Music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.

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 take place from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm each evening, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets from the box office on 01933 270007 or online at www.thecastle.org.uk.

Prices for Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee £14, Wednesday to Friday and Saturday evening £16.

Members of Wellingborough Twinning Association and guests met in Raunds for a Reveillion (New Year Event) on Sunday, January 25.

After a delicious turkey dinner those present enjoyed the traditional 15 desserts including various gateaux, nougat and other sweetmeats.

There was a very good turnout again for the Wellingborough Civic Society meeting in January when everyone enjoyed the slideshow/films of Wellingborough presented brilliantly again by Robert Wharton.

On February 19 the civic society will meet again at the museum and welcome Alan Pack with his presentation of The History of Irthlingborough Iron Ore Mines.

As Always the evening begins at 7.30pm and there is a charge to enter which includes light refreshments.

Northamptonshire Family History Society’s next genealogy surgeries at the museum will take place on Saturday, February 21, from 10am until 1pm and their advice is free.

Wellingborough Central Townswomen’s Guild’s next meeting is February 19 with George Whittaker, with a talk on the aspects of hunting along with a video.

If anybody is interested please come along, members would be delighted to meet you.

Contact Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408 for more information.

WILBARSTON

On Wednesday, February 11, at Wilbarston Village Hall, an exhibition is being held for local people to find out more about proposals for a solar farm at the former RAF Desborough Airfield. The event will provide information about the proposals, including its electrical connection approximately 2km north of the site in the direction of Wilbarston and East Carlton.

The event will run from 2.30pm to 7pm when members of the team will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the proposed construction and operation of the scheme.

More information can be found at www.airfieldsolar.co.uk.

There will be a quiz night at Wilbarston Village Hall on Sunday, February 8.

Teams of up to six, if you don’t have a team go along and make up a team.

Only £2 per person, there will also be a raffle, and refreshments are available. The quiz starts at 7.30pm, and all proceeds to the village hall funds.

The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston on Friday, February 6.

There will only be one stop, in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm.

The mobile libraries have a wide rangeof books, large print books and audio books.

There is no charge to join and there are no forms to fill out.

The mobile libraries have access to the library catalogue, so staff can check the availability of titles from the huge range of stock in other Northamptonshire libraries.

Reservations cost £1.30.

Each mobile is fitted with a lift for disabled people.

WOODFORD

The mobile library will next be in the village on Wednesday, February 11 .

The van calls at The Shrubberies, Rose Terrace from 12.10pm to 12.40pm and Mill Road from 12.45pm to 1.15pm.

The borrowing of books is free.

Inquiries can be made via www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries.

The 3pm service at the Baptist Chapel on February 8th will be conducted by the Rev Lloyd of Gretton.

The 3pm Songs of Praise service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday will be led by Thrapston Town Band, followed by afternoon tea. The band has been coming to the February service for a number of years now and proves to be very popular.