Village news January 15

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BRIGSTOCK

A public meeting was held in Brigstock Village Hall on Wednesday 7th January, chaired by Sally Wilks, leader of the parish council, to explore the possibility of setting up a working party to produce a Community Plan for the village. It could cover a range of issues on the future development of Brigstock, including building development. This would carry weight with the local authority when planning applications were considered. A resource pack which provides information on producing a community plan is at http://www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/downloads/file/5397/community_plan_resource_kit

It was decided that another meeting should be held on Wednesday 14th January to allow time for those attending to study the documentation available in order to understand what is involved in the process. At this meeting a committee will be formed and a chairman elected.

The next meeting of Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm in the village hall. The speaker will be Ted Barnes with a talk entitled “Grandad’s War”. This is the story of the WW1 experiences of a British Tommy, the speaker’s grandfather, who fought in many of the great battles of that conflict and survived to tell the tale. Mr Barnes’s book about his grandfather will be on sale on the night. Visitors and guests are welcome at £2 entrance for the evening.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday 18th January at 10.30am will be a joint service of prayer for Christian unity with St Andrew’s Church, led by the Reverend Colin Simpson. Everyone is welcome.

Brigstock Village Hall committee are linking up with the Beer Festival to hold a Horse Race Night on Saturday 7th February. The committee have obtained a grant to update the kitchen but are 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. Sponsors are also required for the races. To sponsor a race contact committee members Terry Beckett, Steph Beckett, Pete Burdett, Caroline Motion or Chris Allen. 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, committee members or by calling 01536 373059.

The next Bingo at Harpers Court Lounge is on Thursday January 15th at 7.30pm.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will enjoy a fish and chips lunch at their next meeting on Tuesday 20th January at the earlier time of 1pm in the lounge at Harper’s Court.

Brigstock URC would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in playing the organ to accompany the Sunday morning services at 10.30am, either regularly or occasionally, if that is more suitable. Please contact Sheila Smith on 01536 373225 or Helen Johnston on 01536 373712 if you can help.

Come along to a tea dance in Brigstock Village Hall on Sunday 18th January from 2 till 4.30pm to enjoy an afternoon of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing. All ages and abilities welcome. Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided. Entrance £3.50. Call Joan or Dave on 07718519480 for more details.

BURTON LATIMER

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre this evening, Thursday, January 15th, starting at 7pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Revd. Peter Lloyd of Gretton will be the guest speaker at Men’s Breakfast on Saturday. This event will take place in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and will begin at 8am.

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 today, Thursday, January 15th.

Ladies Night will meet at 7.45pm on Monday, in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane. For more information contact Pat (01536 722328)

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, January 22nd, starting at 7pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Burton Latimer Branch NSPCC are holding their annual Jumble Sale at the Band Club on Saturday, January 24th. Doors will open at 2pm.

Entrance fee is 20p.

Refreshments will be available. Please contact Anne (01536 724860) or Janet (01536 724513) for any donations of jumble or bric-a-brac.

The Friends of Burton Library invite you to their next event on Sunday, January 25th. The History of the Universe will be the topic of the guest speaker, Adam Bennett, Doctoral Research Scientist from Cambridge University. The event begins at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £3. Booking is essential – contact the library (0300 126 1000) or email burtlib@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group invite you to their next event at the Cricket Club on Monday, January 26th when the guest speaker will be Laurie Read from Open Doors.

The evening will commence at 8pm, the bar will be open from 7.30pm. Entrance is £2. For further details contact Tony (01536 726833)

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2pm in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, January 27th when Yvonne Deroche will be speaking about the Church Army.

The Heritage Museum is now closed until early March when a new exhibition ‘Burton at Work’ will be open.

This will be an exhibition recalling the working lives of Burton Latimer people when the town was almost surrounded by ironstone quarries and at one time had manufacturers.

It will feature the early days of its two water mills (one of them now Weetabix) and two windmills, also the wartime munitions factory that became Alumasc Precision.

The Burton Latimer Allotment Society is part of The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners and has some 70 members.

The allotments are off Higham Road, at the end of Jacques Road and there have been allotments there since the 1960s. If anyone is interested in having an allotment the contact email address is blaa.enquiries1@btinternet.com

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist when members of the Methodist Church congregation will be welcomed

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Tuesday

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Worship

COTTINGHAM AND MIDDLETON

‘Valley Voice’ choir were very pleased with generous donations made during their various Christmas appearances in and around the villages.

They raised a healthy £187 which will be presented to Music Therapy Charity ‘Nordoff Robbins’.

A big ‘thank you’ to all who contributed.

A Planning Application has been submitted to Corby Borough Council in relation to the proposed new Village Hall which is to be located on the Recreational Field off Berryfield Road in Cottingham.

December sadly saw the departure from the village of Dryden and Paula Phillipson.

Both were heavily involved in the running and supporting of various Village groups, and Dryden worked tirelessly in his role of Chairman of Middleton Parish Council. We wish them well in their adventures in France.

Church Services:-

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10.00am

Holy Communion – 9.30am every second and third Sunday of the month

Coffee with Hymns – every fourth Sunday of the month at 10.00am

Methodist Church, Corby Road, Cottingham - Every Sunday at 6pm

CRANFORD

£80 was collected for the Air Ambulance and Cransley Hospice as a result of the Carol singing around the village which took place on Friday 19th December. We are grateful to all those who provided very welcome hospitality, to the singers and also to all those who gave so generously.

After a lovely Christmas Party, with fabulous food and entertainment, Cranford WI  have started  their 2015 programme with a film night.

Other events to look forward to are on  12th February there will be an evening of fun and games when there will also be time to chat (a WI staple!). On 13th March ‘Hello Hello’ is the title of our talk when Liz Thomas will tell us about her life as a police woman. We meet on the second Thursday of the month in the Village Hall. If you would like to join us or visit as a guest please contact Sandra Day 330731

The Old Forge Café in Cranford is open from 10am – 4 pm from Monday to Saturday.

They serve breakfast, light lunches, afternoon cakes and cream teas and certainly help to brighten up these dreary winter days with the cheerful greeting you are given as soon as you open the door. For more information please telephone Tel 01536 330014

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 8.00am and at Slipton at 11.30am. There will be a family service at Grafton Underwood at 11.00am

DENFORD

Sunday 18th January 2015 is the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am. All are very welcome to join us for any service.

Line Dance Classes are on every Monday afternoon between 4pm and 5pm in Denford Village Hall.

There are also Ballroom dancing classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings, please telephone David Cullum on 01832 732975.

Yoga classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings in Denford Village Hall, please contact Anita Hackney on 01832 733274.

DESBOROUGH

Documents available for public inspection in Desborough Library. The West Northamptonshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee adopted the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) last year on Monday, December 15. The adopted Joint Core Strategy covers the administrative areas of Daventry District, Northampton Borough and South Northamptonshire District. The Joint Core Strategy sets out the long term vision and objectives for the whole of the West Northamptonshire area for the plan period up to 2029 and includes strategic policies to steer and shape development. Please ask a member of the Library, if you wish to see the following documents published in accordance with Regulations 26 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended, and Regulation 16 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004. These are West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy Local Plan (Part 1) Adopted (December 2014); Inspector’s Report (October 2014); Adoption Statement (December 2014); Sustainability Appraisal / Habitats Regulations Assessment Adoption Statement (December 2014); Sustainability Appraisal Reports (February 2011, July 2012 and December 2013) and Habitats Regulations Assessment Reports (February 2011, July 2012 and December 2013).

Henna Mehendi application is now in your area! Henna is derived from the leaves of ‘Lawsonia inermis’ the Hina Tree. The leaves are crushed into a paste to produce a reddish brown natural dye when applied to the skin or hair. They are harmless to the skin and a great alternative to tattoos. An unique idea for a birthday present, wedding gift, mother’s day gift, hen party, baby shower or just treat yourself. For more information, please contact Kasheeoolee on mobile: 07921 008912 or email: sheuly6@hotmail.co.uk Find Kasheeoolee on Facebook and Instagram @kasheeoolee

Desborough Town Council held a town meeting at the Desborough Library on Thursday, December 18. In this meeting the following issues were discussed. Desborough Town Councillors visited the Rushton Road Fishery site on Saturday, November 29 at 10am. They met up with Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council Highways on Tuesday, December 2, to discuss possible solutions to the volume of Heavy Goods Vehicles using Dunkirk Avenue. Desborough Town Council continue to receive objections in for the Application for the Goods Vehicle Operators License at Birchfield Springs, Rushton Road, Desborough. No one has expressed support for the application. An Outdoor Gym Third Party funding has been secured from Kettering Borough Council. The Outdoor Gym will be sited on the Recreation Ground on Dunkirk Avenue in Desborough. Hopefully this should be up and running for the Spring. New energy efficient street lights will be installed in Desborough, starting in February / March 2015.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society opened its 2015 season on Friday, January 2, with a battle of the sexes. A Men v Women Print Battle took place, the third time such a competition has been organised.

The first two were won by the men, but this year the women had their revenge, with a score of 319 compared with the men’s 309.

The maximum score of 20 was awarded to four prints, namely Trevor McHugh’s “Morning Light”, Marion Yeomans’ “The Long Way Home”, Steve Rappitt’s “Summertime Sailing” and Rosemary Buckett’s “Late Again”. The judge was Hazel Manning, and Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked her for a very constructive and entertaining evening.

From Monday, January 5, there will be minor timetable changes to route X43 to improve punctuality and reliability. The 0750 arrival in Kettering from Broughton/Mawsley will now arrive at Horse market at 0742 with earlier times along the route. The 0752 Monday to Friday departure from Kettering Horse market to Market Harborough will now depart at 0744, but will still arrive in Market Harborough 0856. The 1500 route 43 from North Gate to Kettering will arrive at Horse market at 1618. The 1616 Monday to Friday journey from Horse market Kettering to Market Harborough will depart at 1620 with a 1710 arrival at Market Harborough. The 1705 Monday to Friday journey from Market Harborough to Kettering will depart at 1715 and run 10 minutes later throughout. The 1754 Monday to Friday journey from Kettering to Northampton will depart at 1804 and run 10 minutes later throughout. The 0540 Monday to Friday journey from Kettering to Northampton will depart at 0527 and run 13 minutes earlier throughout. For copy of the timetable visit the website on www.stagecoachbus.com/northants Alternatively, you can telephone on 01604 676060

Friends of Desborough Library Reading Group is now on the second Friday of the month. They meet between 11am to midday at the Desborough Library.

Paper Craft Workshops starting in Desborough on the first and third Wednesday of the month. It began on Wednesday, January 7 at 10am to midday at Unit 6 Pipe well Industrial Estate. It costs £6.

Materials are included. Come and learn lots of new techniques. Get new ideas and inspiration. Meet like minded crafters. Make new friends. There is FREE tea, coffee and biscuits. For details ring 07909 841919 or check out the website: www.hougiecrafts.co.uk

Northamptonshire Natural History Society (founded 1876) are gathering on Thursday, January 15 at 2.30pm to discuss ‘The World’s Greatest Geological Wonders’ at The Humfrey Rooms, 10 Castilian Terrace in Northampton. Postcode NN1 1LD.

Two videos shown with the permission of the author, showing some spectacular places around the world famous for their geology. The Geology section meets on the third Thursday of the month. Also, come to a talk about ‘Paint, Paper and Canvas’ on Tuesday, January 20 at 7.30pm.

A practical evening by Kelly Walker who has been studying art at The University of Northampton. She will guide the Society in looking through the microscope at how artist’s materials can work together with different pigments, for example, oil, water, charcoal and pencil etc. Plus, learn how varied effects can be identified. The Microscopy Section meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information on the Geology section, please contact telephone number 01933 225397 or email on seankarley@tiscalli.co.uk For more information on the Microscopy Section, please dial 01604 602242 or email stmarysmrg@yahoo.com Visit website on www.nnhs.info

If you find a stray dog, please call the Dog Warden. He will come and collect it from you, usually within the hour. There is no charge. During office hours, please call 01536 410333. Out of hours, please contact 01536 416005. During the weekends, please telephone 01256 338833.

Desborough Library are holding a new weekly activity for Under 5 year old. Starting from Tuesday, January 13, there will be Baby Bounce and Rhyme at 11am to 11.30am for newborn to walking age toddlers. On Fridays, there is Rhyme time for 0 years to 5 years at 2.15pm to 3pm. On Saturdays, there is Baby and Toddler Time at 11am to 11.30am, for 0 years to 5 years. Older siblings are welcome to this session. Checkout and like Desborough Library on Face book to keep up to date with all the activities going on in the library. Follow this link: www.facebook.com/desboroughlibrary

FINEDON

Ease back into exercise gently - try Tai Chi in Finedon Mission Room on Thursday 15th and 22nd January 7:30 – 9:00pm. The cost is £18 for 2 sessions. Beginners are welcome. People join a Tai Chi class for many reasons: to improve balance and flexibility, for relaxation and the feeling of wellbeing, simply to enjoy the flowing movement or for motivation to get back into exercise at a steady pace. This class is suitable for men and women of all ages. For more information about Tai Chi classes and to book please contact Amanda 07835453286, amandaegan@btinternet.com, www.wellspringtaiji.co.uk

A Valentine’s Day Barn Dance on Saturday 14th February 2015 at 7.30pm will be held at Finedon Community Centre. It will be a fantastic evening with dancing to the local live Band ‘Kelly’s Eye’ with caller and includes a chicken & 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. Finedon Community Centre, 71 Wellingborough Road, Finedon NN9 5LG

The January meeting of the Finedon Local History Society will take place on Monday 26th January at the Mission Room in Well Street. Start time is 7.30pm. The Speaker will be David Folwell on Medals and the Men of the Northamptonshire Regiment 1914-1918. Admission is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non-members.

St Mary’s Thursday Club will be meeting on Thursday 22nd January at 7.30pm. They will be having a surprise bingo and will meet at the Band Club. If you are interested in becoming a member please contact Louise on 07851 556417 for further details.

FCSSES presents Little Red Riding Hood at the Star Hall, Laws Lane from Saturday 31st January (matinee/evening), Tuesday 3rd February to Saturday 7th February (matinee/evening). All tickets £6 except for Saturday 7th evening performance and they will be £7.

GREAT ADDINGTON

Sunday the 18th January 2015 is the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington. 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.

The Parents and Tots Group meet in the Great Addington Memorial Hall every 1st & 3rd Friday every month between 8.45am & 10.30am. The cost is £2.50 per family which includes refreshments. The next meeting is on Friday 16th January 2015. For further information please contact:

Ruth (Eleanor’s Mum in Lilford), or Amanda (Ryhs’s Mum in Lilford).

GREAT ADDINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL:

NEW DINING ROOM:

The Building Contract for the new Dining Room and Kitchen was signed the day before Christmas!

This has come to fruition through a lot of hard work and applications for Grant Aid.

The new structure, ‘dressed’ in cedar wood, should be in place by the end of March. Ground works will soon commence which will mean that certain areas of the site will be out of bounds, but we will communicate this as we progress. The building, yet to be named, will give us an extra teaching and learning space, as well as make possible the provision and serving of hot school meals.

BOOK & BISCUIT SESSIONS – :

Each Tuesday Deene and Lilford classes share a book and biscuit with parents from 8.35 am – 8.50 am.

In the past this has proven to be an enjoyable experience for parents, grandparents, child-minders, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters who are all welcome.

GRENDON

Sunday January 18th10.30am benefice service at St.Marys.

From now on morning prayer will be said at 9.30am each Wednesday with a Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month. For more info go to www.yardleyhastingsbenefice.org.uk

Wednesday coffee mornings held after the Communion service in the home of one of the parishioners, details on the church notice board.

Diary Dates

January

Thursday 29th footpath walk, contactTrevor ( footpath warden ) and Pauline Higgs 01933 663706.

Grendon village hall offers good facilities for group bookings, family parties or sales and craft fairs.

It is central, reasonably priced and has a good kitchen . Why not give it a go when you need the extra space for an event. Ring June on 01933 663253 for rates and availability.

GRETTON

Gretton Local History Society have their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday 15th January at Gretton Village Hall Kirby Road Gretton starting at 7.30pm.Andrea Pettingale is the evenings guest speaker with a presentation entitled “For the Duration-the Role of Women in World War 1 “This talk will focus on the wide range of tasks Women undertook in Northamptonshire,Members of GLHS are admitted free-please note subscriptions are due this month @ £10 and £8 consessions.

Non members are welcome to attend this meeting and others @ £3 per meeting.Refreshemts are served and a raffle run.

Gretton Local History Society has been astablished for many years and welcomes all residents from Gretton and the public from the surrounding are to attend.For all enquiries please contact Ann Craske GLHS secretary on 01536 771102.

HIGHAM FERRERS

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 31st January from 9 am on the Square with free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. A coffee morning with a giant bric a brac stall will be held in the Bede House from 9 am and in addition there will be various stalls to browse.

A half hour organ recital will be held in St Mary’s Church at 11.30 am with free admission and all welcome.

The Trustees of United Charities invite applications from single men or women living in Higham for the tenancy of 60 College Street Higham Ferrers, This compact home offers a lounge, kitchen, one bedroom, bathroom/toilet and outside communal garden. The weekly rent is very reasonable. Application forms, available from Suzanne Browne at Wilson Brown Solicitors on the Market Square 01933 410000 should be returned by 9am next Monday morning 19th January.

The next Tash – Towards a Safer Higham - scheduled to be held this evening 15th has been postponed. Another meeting will be arranged shortly and the date publicised in this column and on the town noticeboard.

Members of the Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am on Friday morning 30th January in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street.

The special guest will be David Wicks and his subject will be “A Pantomime Dame”. Admission is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 28th January in the library on Midland Road. The special guests will be Janet Chester and Mary Loveless presenting their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available on 01933 391283.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 18th January are: 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/Footsteps 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 - Morning Service will be at 10.45 am led by Peter Whitney. 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.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile circular walk at Grafham Water on Sunday 25th January. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.15 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am at the public car park at the eastern end of Grafham Water East Perry. The group will be led by Daphne Durran. See website: HYPERLINK “http://www.highamferrersfg.webspace.virginmedia.com/” www.highamferrersfg.webspace.virginmedia.com/

Chelveston Chorus meet each fortnight in the village hall under the encouragement of Natasha Thompson. Anyone is invited to visit and sing and further details available from Sharron Smart 622020.

Higham Town Council met just before Christmas and councillors noted various approved planning applications – change of use from A1 to pet grooming parlour at 1 College Street; reserved matters with regard to Wharf Road development; extension at 1 Queensway and work to trees at 3 Kimbolton Road and 18 College Street.

The December edition of the Risedene Echo, a quarterly journal produced by the Rushden & District History Society, is now on sale at Mark Bird Flooring on the High Street.

Priced at £1.20 this edition includes several interesting items about Higham – the bells at St Mary’s; the year of Henry Chichele; the honorary degree conferred on Professor Donald Pack and the history of the ancient Walnut Tree.

A mammoth Plant Sale will be held in the Bede House on Saturday 25th April – 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 358686 or Brian Behagg 318856 know that they will be producing extra plants.

Messy Church at St Mary’s restarts on Tuesday 20th January from 3.30 pm to 5 pm in the Bede House. This special activity is for youngsters of school age and finishes with a warm pasta meal. Families are very welcome and further details are available from Debbie Smith-Wilds 356257 or email: dsmithwilds@gmail.com

Thanks are extended to all who gave generously in the Midnight Mass and Christmas morning services at St Mary’s. As a result £255 was given to the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough and £255 to the Goodwill Children’s Village in India. In addition £412.16 was sent to the Children’s Society from the monies given at the Christingle service held in the middle of December.

A Frozen Lake Watercolour workshop will be held at Stanwick Lakes on Tuesday 20th January from 2 pm to 4.30 pm and costs £10. This workshop is ideal for beginners but booking is essential. Ring Chris on 01933 460676 if interested.

IRCHESTER

Your local councillors will be on hand to hear views, suggestions and comments from residents at the Borough Councillors surgery in the library on Saturday 17 January between 11am and noon. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Wednesday 28 January at 7.15pm in Irchester Village Hall.

Parsons Hall in the High Street used to be the site of the Parsons Pork Pie factory and this month is the 50th anniversary of the closure of the factory. To mark the occasion Trading Places, Irchester Historical Society and the Library are planning an event at 11.30am on Saturday 31 January. This will be the unveiling of a plaque at the site of the factory and then pork pies in the library accompanied by singing and a display of photos, memories and craft work from the children of Irchester school. If you are interested in attending please contact the Trading Places team on 07515 066063 or by e mail r.patching@rftrust.org.uk If you have an interest in local history you can get involved in the Irchester Parish Historical Society. This society meets monthly and has guest speakers, trips out and other events arranged throughout t Further details can be obtained from the Chair, Jon-Paul Carr on 01933 382476. Email: jpcarr01@hotmail.com

Irchester Coulon Link will be hosting an Evening of Magic at Parsons Hall on Tuesday 20 January. Tickets £5 are available from Brian on 311754. This is an annual event which proved extremely popular last year. Various magicians who are members of Northampton’s Magic Circle take part and compete to find the best act of 2015. An opportunity to enjoy a very professional show in your own village.

The Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. As well as the regular meetings in the hall the club arranges outings and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more. Volunteers to help with activities, shopping, making and serving tea are always welcome.

The Friday Club meets at Barringer’s Court from 2-4pm every Friday. This is a small friendly club for elderly and disabled people. Ring Rosemarie on 01933 397766 if you would like to know more or if you would like to help.

The Neighbourhood plan for Irchester is well under way. This involves local people having their say about what how they would like their area to develop. If you wish to keep yourself updated with Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan go to their website www.irchesterparishnhp.com

The next monthly Barn Dance in Parsons Hall will be on 31 January. £5 payable on the door includes tea/coffee. Dancing to live music from Hobson’s Choice. Ring Jane on 01933 401349 to find out more.

KETTERING

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Saturday 17th January 7.00pm

Sunday 18th January - Sunday Worship: 10.am and 3.00pm Led by International Staff Songsters -All welcome.

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

Monday 19th Jan: 5.45 -7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone

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

Tuesday 20th Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday 21st Jan: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place

Thursday 22nd Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Everyone welcome

Thursday 22nd Jan: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

On Saturday 17 January the International Staff Songsters, the Salvation Army’s Premier Choir in the UK are at Kettering Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road in concert at 7pm. Admission £8. Programme £2. On Sunday 18 January the Songsters will be at Kettering Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road at 10am and 3pm. Admission free.

On Friday 23 January at All Saints Community Hall, William Street at 7.30pm Julie Hill will be giving a talk entitled ‘Treading the Boards – The Show Must Go On! An amusing and interesting talk about organising an amateur theatre production. £3 entry with free light refreshments. Raffle in aid of the Bell Tower Appeal.

On Friday 23 January at The Ritz Ballroom, Desborough the Rotary Club of Kettering Tresham are holding a Burns Night Celebration. 7pm – 12.30am. Tickets £30 including a drinks reception, three course meal, entertainment and ceilidh. In aid of Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity. Dress code – black tie or lounge suit. Contact Lydia Poole at events@rotaryclubofketteringtresham.co.uk or 07934 121221 for tickets.

On Thursday 22nd January 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 the past Chairman Steve Toseland with a Musical Quiz. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen.

For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

Christianity Explored is a short course which does “exactly what it says on the tin”: explores the basic message of the Bible with the help of a series of DVDs. It is ideal for newcomers to church as no previous knowledge of the Bible is assumed, and the atmosphere is informal and friendly.

The next course at Gateway Community Church, 42 London Road, Kettering is planned for Thursday evening 22nd January (8pm until 9pm) running until 19th March with a break for half term. Admission is free.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Thursday 22 January 2.30pm – 4pm a free session on Caring for your Treasures. If you have a treasured object at home that you would like to know how best to look after the Museum Officer may be able to help.

To find out more about how to care for your treasured possessions and ensure that they are preserved for generations to come, why not drop in to this special event.

Please call in advance to check availability. 01536 534219.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road on Saturday 31 January at 8pm Lucy Porter : Me Time. The 10th solo show from this national favourite, familiar from BBC radio. If you are finding modern life a bit difficult then maybe you were born in the wrong era. Lucy tried to find her rightful place in history.

A show not to be missed. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions), available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or www.wegottickets.com/location/4560.

LITTLE HARROWDEN

Today at 2.00pm The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be holding their meeting in Little Harrowden Church for Tea and Fellowship. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome. They look forward to seeing you.

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. Tuesday 27th January at The Lamb 7.30 for 7.45 Talk by Dave Shaler on the Orionll telescope and Soyuzll.

Tuesday 10th February – topic to be announced. For further information on any meetings call 07742186747 or check out the website.

Little Harrowden WMC -January Saturday entertainment 17th Phil Allen, 24th Peter Angelo, 31st Steve Perry. 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

Church Services for Sunday 18th January- 10.00am Benefice Holy Communion at Little Harrowden, 4.00 pm Evensong at Little Harrowden

Wednesday 14th January –9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Sunday School will begin at Little Harrowden Church on Sunday January 25th. All primary school age children are welcome, parents of pre-school children can attend with their child. Meet in the Church for 9.15am where they will then go on up to Little Harrowden School Hall before returning to Church before the end of the service.

The Lamb Inn is your 17th Century Village Public House which provides great meals lunch times and evenings at great prices, there is also a great takeaway menu available in the evenings. The Lamb also has a function room upstairs for use. For any further details tel-01933 673300

Valentine’s Ball – Saturday 14th February at Little Harrowden Village Hall. For further details call Linda on 01933 680378

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

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

Little Harrowden Village Hall Regular events-

Parish Council meetings – 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm

Bowls Club – every week, Mondays 1.45pm – 4pm and Thursdays 7.45pm-10pm

T Dance – Last Friday in each month 1.30pm-4pm

Keep fit- every week Mondays 10am-11am

Art classes- [term time only] Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm 10.00am-11.30am

Yoga classes – every week Thursday 9.30am-11am

Dog Training- every week Friday 7pm-9pm

Dance classes- Monday 4.30pm-9.00pm, Tuesday 5.00pm-7.00pm

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

The sewing group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month, new faces will be very welcome, for more info contact Jane on 01933 677380.

NEWTON BROMSWOLD

On Sunday 18th January, a Family Communion Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. All welcome.

ORLINGBURY

Wellingborough Friends of HFT - Pirates Pepperpot Party. Saturday 31st January at 7.00pm in Orlingbury Village Hall. Music, Raffle, tickets £10 to include supper. Quiz and bar. All proceeds to HFT Tickets available on 01933 677717

Today at 2.00pm The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be holding their meeting in Little Harrowden Church for Tea and Fellowship. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome. They look forward to seeing you.

Orlingbury Art days with Claire Warner for 2015 24th January Frosty Morning, 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

Church Services for Sunday 18th January- 10.00am Benefice Holy Communion at Little Harrowden, 4.00 pm Evensong at Little Harrowden

Wednesday 14th January –9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Outreach Post Office – An outreach post office is available in the office building at 2 Isham Road, Orlingbury every Tuesday between 8.00am and 11.45am.

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

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

Your Cllr Judy Caine cut the ribbon at the new Oakley Vale playpark on Monday last. The new facility is being well used and enjoyed by local families.

The park was jointly funded by a £75,000 grant awarded by WREN through the Landfill Communities Fund and Corby Borough Council who added the facility to the list of play areas around the borough building an exciting new park for all ages.

The new park has a ‘Land of the Giants’ theme which means that all of the play equipment is based around giant insects for those nature loving youngsters. Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community, Cllr John McGhee, said: ‘We are very pleased to have officially opened up the new play facility in Oakley Vale area; it is another fantastic addition for the youngsters in this community. ‘Anything that we can do to encourage our youngsters to play safely outside is definitely something that we should be doing, so we are very thankful for the support from WREN to be able to complete this project.

It is great to see that the play equipment is already very popular in the area and I’m sure it will bring years of fun for many families.’

On January 20th at Oakley Vale W.I. Helen Crabtree will be talking about her post box collection. More details from Janet Smith (President). 01536 743152.

Stacey Poole and Iain Smith from CBC will be at your Oakley Vale community Association meeting on January 28th at your Community Centre 7.30pm. We will hear more about the Landscape management plan including grass cutting and wildlife conservation and trying to strike a workable balance. There will also be updates from your PCSO’s and local wardens. Please come and have your say on local matters and address your local councillors.

So far we have nine local volunteers to undertake speed camera training. So please if any of you have some time contact me and I’ll pass on your details - you only need one more volunteer! This should encourage legal and safer driving on Oakley Vale.

Your local youth music group ‘The Oakley Rangers’ meet 3.30-5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they are preparing for several more gigs locally. Free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services. Anyone aged 10-17 is welcome. Rockschool guitar, bass and drums are taught by qualified teachers; Paul & Judy. Eight rangers are about to take Rockschool music exams so I wish them all the best of luck!

I’m still canvassing specific languages for the second notice board at the Community Centre which will be directed at multi lingual notices. Annah Kwambana has offered free translations into two African languages and I have had offers of help with Polish notices I need to know if anybody else would appreciate, Hungarian, Russian, Latvian notices? Are there other languages I have omitted?

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 11am to 11.30am on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

Your Oakley Vale Community Centre activities are advertised on the community notice board sponsored by the OVCA on Butland Rd. The OVCC website is www.oakleyvalecommunitycentre.org.uk which has more details and photographs and our link to the community is there on the news page. The centre also has an e-mail address theovcc@hotmail.co.uk and a telephone number 742054 so please address booking inquiries to this address.

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

It is Raunds Library’s ‘Make a Change’ week, and if you would like some advice and help in researching your family history and heritage, then you should visit Raunds Library between 10 a.m. and 12 midday on Tuesday, 20th January. This is a drop-in session, and everyone is welcome.

Between Tuesday, 20th and Friday, 23rd January, there will be a series of ‘Mystery & History Local Bus Walks’. Join local Footpath Leader ‘Susan the Walker’ at the library at 10 a.m. for bus and walking trails and a 10.25 a.m. start. These walks are suitable for all abilities and will take about 2 ½ hours. Maps will be available on the day at £3 each. These walks are free, but bus fares are not included, so you will need your bus pass, if you have one.

Please contact Raunds Library to book your place. For more information, or for more maps or booklets, priced from £3, please call Susan on 01933 461480.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 16th January, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. You are also invited to take Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 21st January. Everyone is welcome to either or both events.

Sunday, 18th January, marks the beginning of Prayer for Christian Unity week, and there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. There will be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting at St. Peter’s Church between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 20th January. If you are caring for a young child, why not call in to meet other carers and their children.

St. Peter’s Mothers Union will be holding a Members’ Afternoon at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 20th January, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Subscriptions will be due at the meeting.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 22nd January. For more information about the group please visit their website at www.raundsukulele.co.uk

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 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 22nd January, 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.

RINGSTEAD

The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 15th January 2015 the topic will be ‘Stamp Trimming’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela 01933 622316 or Paul 01933 623844.

Sunday 18th January 2015 is the 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany and there is No Service in St. Mary’s Church today as they will be joining the Shared Church for a Christian Unity Covenant Service at 10.30am.

On Sunday 18th January 2015, The Shared Church in Ringstead is inviting all to attend the Christian Unity Covenant Service at 10.30am. The Rev’d Jo Williams will take a Communion Service at 6pm.

First Kicks mini Football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for ages between 5---8 year olds on Sundays Term-Time only at the Rec in Gladstone Street in Ringstead fom 9.30am to 10.30am. The sessions are £2.50. For further information please contact Josje on 07758 386101and Email: josje@traz.co.uk. All Children must be accompanied by an Adult.

Cash Bingo takes place every Sunday from 8.20 pm at Ringstead Village Social Club. Play for the Line, Full House and accumulating Snowball Prize. Nominal cost for the books and a friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Come along and join us.

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall every 2nd Monday of the Month, and the next meeting is on Monday January 19th 2015.

We always welcome New Members and Visitors. There is No Meeting in August.

New Horizons currently runs a Music and Movement class for the over 50’s in Ringstead Shared Church on Tuesdays between 10am and 11am, no need to book just turn up and pay as you go, all welcome.

For further information please call the New Horizons office on 01933 396382.

Little Angels meet on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3.00pm (Term-Time) in Ringstead Primary School Hall (round the back of the school).

The group is open to any child under school age and their carer. It is a very informal group where the children can socialise through play and craft activities while their carers can enjoy the company of others as well as playing with their children.

Refreshments are available for all. We ask for a contribution of £1.30 per family towards the running costs. For any further information please contact : Sue Harris on 01933 625126.

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 isNo need to book, just turn up. The cost is £3.50 per session.

ZOMBA! Is at Ringstead Village Social Club on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm. there is Zumba/Dance/Stretch Combat and Conditioning. A mix up blast of everything that works, and you wont get bored. Please contact Lorraine on 07958 382720 or Email: loraine1066@hotmail.com.

ROTHWELL

The Salvation Army will be hosting Rothwell Churches Together ‘week of prayer for Christian unity’ at 3.00pm on Sunday, January 18 in New Street, Rothwell. Everyone is welcome to share in this joint service which will involve the participation of all the churches in Rothwell and will conclude with light refreshments.

The Salvation Army’s The Well and The Bridge project in Bridge Street are looking for a volunteer with computer skills to run their ‘senior surfers club’ on Monday and Tuesday mornings. This is a popular club aimed at helping people, mainly senior citizens, to navigate their way in basic computer skills. If you can help, please ring 07726 580187 or pop in and ask for Jonathan, Richard or Pauline Cook.

The Woolpack pub in Rothwell has been awarded the prestigious Cask Marque, a designation that indicates its real ales have been independently assessed as being kept to the highest standard.

The award follows on from the Market Hill, Rothwell pub’s inclusion in the 2015 Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) towards the end of last year. “I’m very proud to be awarded Cask Marque, as it’s an independent assessment of our ales,” said landlady Rachel Nash.

“The plaque outside the pub will indicate to real ale aficionados that we sell good beer! My especial thanks to Danny for his knowledge and assistance, enabling the pub to achieve this.”

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack include: Saturday, January 17 – Drivin’ South blues band from 9.00pm; Monday, January 19 – Acoustic Open Mike with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Wednesday, January 21 – Electric Open Mike with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Sunday, January 25 – along with the usual Sunday lunch, there will be a Burns’ Night option of haggis, neeps and tatties at a price of £6.50 adults, concessions £5.00. The charity calendars featuring the men and women of the Woolpack have been reduced to £5, with all profits going to Kettering CAMHS.

Nigel Spencer will be showing his natural history photographs to members of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society in an evening entitled ‘Wildlife of the Falklands’ at 8.00pm on Friday, January 16 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome for an admission charge of £1.50. The following week, Friday, January 23, is the society’s annual meeting. For more information, visit www.drpsphoto.co.uk, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship wil be at 2.30pm on January 21 in the Chamberlain Room at the back of the Fox Street church.

At the annual meeting of the Rothwell Preservation Trust, which owns and looks after the Market House as part of its responsibilities, held on Wednesday, December 10, the following officers were re-elected: Alan Mills, chairman; Andrea Marlow, secretary; Alan Pote, vice-chairman; Tom Thurman, treasurer.

Members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will be holding a meeting at Wren spinney tonight. Next week’s meeting will hear a presentation on Alaska by Josie Dytham at 8.00pm on January 22 at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

The most famous date in British history, 1066, is the subject of the next course being run by the Rothwell branch of the Workers’ Educational Institute. In that year, three men – Harald Godwinson, Harald Hardrada and William of Normandy – were prepared to fight for the English throne.

The course examines what happened in the 60 years leading up to the Battle of Hastings.

Through pictures, literature, historical documents and maps, and by studying replicas of weapons, armour, clothing and everyday items, students will discover the compelling story of 11th century England. The tutor for the course, which costs £52 for nine weeks, is Elaine Rawlinson. The course, which takes place in the lounge at Madams Gardens, Rushton Road, Rothwell from 2.00-3.30pm on Tuesdays, began on January 13 but it is not too late to join – just turn up on the day.

The Rev Richard Coles, vicar of Finedon and well-known broadcaster and author, is the speaker at the next meeting of the Rowell Fair Society, which takes place at 8.00pm on Thursday, January 29 in the back lounge of Rothwell Conservative Club, Market Hill.

RUSHDEN

Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – lunch trips to The Chequers, Yelden on Tuesday January 20th and to The Crown, Wellingborough on Thursday 22nd. There are shopping trips to Morrisons or Sainsburys at Wellingborough on Wednesday 21st , Stamford Market (£10.00) on Friday 23rd and Waitrose also on Friday 23rd. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – meet on Tuesday January 27th at 8.00pm in the Conservative Club when David Putt will present ‘Places of Interest visited during the past 12 months’.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday Jan 20th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall for Bingo. New members welcome.

St Mary’s Church –All Age Worship on Sunday at 9.30am is led by Sue Merrifield with preacher Rev Taylor. Morning Prayer is at 11.15am led by Rev Taylor and Richard Crowe. Holy Communion is celebrated at 6.00pm by Rev Prior with preacher John Dixon. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is on Wednesday 21st at 3.00pm.

The Salvation Army – Messy Church is on Saturday Jan 17th at 4.00pm. Sunday Morning Service is at 10.00am led by Pastor Ian Fall of the Mission Church with Evening Worship at 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. On Saturday 31st they welcome the Belcanto Female Choir at 7.00pm.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Peter Whitney. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Donna Stewart. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm with Sharon Hall.

Heritage Church and Halls – Service this Sunday is at 10.30am led by John Hutchinson, followed by coffee in the Hall. ‘Movement in Dancing’ class is on Friday 23rd January at 7.30pm - £7.50 including refreshments.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – this Sunday Holy Communion is at 8.00am taken by Rev Graham Bell. Family Service with Baptism is at 10.00am led by Rev Steven Prior of St Mary’s Church. The Knit and Chat Group meet on Wednesday 21st at 10.00am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Sunday Morning Family Service is at 10.45am with Rev Steve Pearman and at 6.00pm Evening Worship with Holy Communion with Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service this Sunday is at 10.45am with the Music Group and Marie Lees and traditional Evening Service is at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall.

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

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – next meeting is on Thursday Jan 29th at 7.00pm in the Full Gospel Church, High St South for their AGM followed by a Fish & Chip Supper - cost £5.00. Tickets available from Pat Andrews on 388434.

Rushden & District History Society will be holding their monthly meeting on the 16th January at South End Junior School in Wymington Road starting at 7.30pm. The speaker is Roy York on “ The Horrors and Hiccups of Steaming up the Valley “ a talk on the social history of the railway being introduced to the Nene Valley. All welcome.

STANWICK

It was very sad to learn of the passing of Bette Johnson who died, at the age of 83, on 29th December at Kettering General Hospital, where she had been a patient for about a month.

Although originally from Raunds, Bette brought up her family and spent most of her working life here in Stanwick.

I first knew Bette during the 1950s when she could be seen carrying out caretaking duties at Stanwick Primary School, when I was a young pupil. Being a caretaker at that time was very hard work, particularly as it also involved keeping the solid fuel boiler stoked up with coke during the winter months.

Bette also became known as the local seamstress, and was the first person villagers would turn to if they wanted clothes made or altered, zips replaced or, indeed, wanted new curtains or soft furnishings made. She was even responsible, for many years, for making the dresses for the Raunds Carnival Queen and her attendants.

During the 1980s Bette was very well known as Stanwick’s Postwoman, which was a job she thoroughly enjoyed, until her retirement in 1989. Bette continued living in Stanwick for several years after her retirement, until she eventually returned to Raunds where she happily spent the latter part of her life.

The funeral will take place at the Edgar Newman chapel at Kettering Crematorium at 1.30 p.m. on Monday, 19th January, the day after Bette’s birthday when, had she survived a little longer, she would have reached the age of 84 years. Donations to the Air Ambulance may be made, in Bette’s memory, c/o the Rushden and District Funeral Services, 146 Wellingborough Road, Rushden. Family Flowers only, please.

I’m sure I speak for everyone who knew Bette when I offer our sincere condolences to Bette’s four children, Janette, Michael, Brian and Rosemary, and their families.

Stanwick Mums and Tots group desperately need volunteers to help out with the group on a rota basis. No experience is required, and anyone who would like to help out occasionally, setting up, clearing up, or putting the kettle on, would be very welcome. You do not need to have children, and anyone who would like to offer their help is welcome. For more information please call Rebecca on 07879 979 493.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting tonight, Thursday, 15th January, at 7.15 p.m. in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

The Stanwick Youth Drama Group will be presenting ‘Alice in Wonderland’ at the Village Hall on Saturday, 17th January. There will be two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and tickets are available from the shop@stanwick at £4 each or £12 for a family of 4.

For more information about the group, please visit their website at stanwickdramagroup.weebly.com

The evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 17th December, will be provided by live band ‘The Blow’. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcomed.

There will be an All Age Service at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 18th January, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, with a service of Evening Prayer at the church at 6 p.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, 20th January, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can learn to paint a frozen lake watercolour with Chris Kinsey in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes. No artistic skill is required, and the cost of the workshop is £10. To check the availability of spaces please call 01933 460676.

Number 28 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lottery on Saturday, 20th December, and number 49 was drawn as the bonus ball on Saturday, 27th December, making Joy Weightman and Tony Groom the final winners of 2014, with the first winner of 2015 being Elizabeth Simpson with number 24, each receiving £30 from St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.

During 2014, 19 people had their number drawn as the bonus ball on one occasion; 10 people won twice; 3 people won 3 times and 1 lucky person won 4 times! Unfortunately, 16 numbers weren’t drawn at all, so let’s hope those people have better luck in 2015.

As a result of your support during 2014, the 49 Club has earned £890 for St. Laurence Church, and organisers would like to thank you all for your continuing support, and to offer their congratulations to the winners.

Members of the 49 Club pay £1 each week, with two free weeks at the end of the year. If you would like to join them, please call John Chambers on 01933 622671.

Number 49 was also the final number of the year to be drawn in 2013, which means that Tony Groom now holds that honour for two years in a row. I wonder if he will also manage to wait until the last draw of 2015 to win his £30 prize?

WELLINGBOROUGH

The W.E.A in partnership with Wellingborough Homes are offering a new course ‘Customer Service- level 1’ with tutor Heather Hannant. This 7 session course is aimed at people seeking training in customer service and customer care.

Develop and fine-tune your customer service skills so as to offer exceptional care and service and to provide effective solutions to problems when they arise.

Held on Mondays at The Victoria centre, Palk Rd, Wellingborough NN8 1HR from 1pm to 3pm starting on 26th January.

Fee is £53.90 for 7 weeks or FREE if in receipt of an income related benefit or with a low household income (less than £15276 pa)

For information or to register contact Amy Hackett on 01933 234468

Northamptonshire Family History Society next genealogy Surgeries at the museum will take place on Saturday January 17th and February 21st at 10 until 1pm and Their advice is free.

The spring term course for the Wellingborough WEA branch will be Cancan & Courtesans – a social history of 19th century France with tutor David Price.

The 9 week course is on Wednesday evening 7.30-9pm at The Friends Meeting house , St John St, Wellingborough and starts on 14th January . The fee for 9 weeks is £52 or may be free if you are in receipt of benefits or have a low household income (less that £15276pa). For more information ring Mary Traxton on 01933 224324. Still call if you are interested.

AJs Diner are holding a 70’s Disco night Tickets £5 On Saturday 17th January and Tickets are on sale take a look at AJs Facebook page for all details and chances to win tickets with your 70’s record memories.

A full list of monthly bands and a good night out. AJs is fully licensed and wellingborough’s number one rock and roll venue. Call 01933274794.

Wellingborough Civic Society meeting will be held on Thursday January 15th 2015 at the Museum and will welcome the return of Robert Wharton with another Wellingborough Now and Then film show.

WILBARSTON

In December Sharon the Village Shop Owner, decided to have an open afternoon and show anyone who would like to, have a look around her new house extension. Tea and Cakes were served and there was a cake sale and also a raffle. A total of £500 was raised for Helen House which her son Christopher attends.

In November Wilbarston Village Hall staged its first Old Tyme Music Hall Evening. An evening of Music and Laughter with local talent on display and enjoyed by both the participants and audience alike. The Evening raised over £1,000 to go towards providing a disabled toilet and level access to the Village Church.

Tots and Toddlers have started meeting again after the Christmas break.

They meet at Wilbarston Village Hall every Monday Morning from 10 am

until 12 noon during term time. There is a great range of toys and fun for

children aged between 0 and 5 years. The first session is free so Mums

and Toddlers alike can try it out, and there after it is £2.00 per session

and 50p for additional children, which include refreshments. For more

information ring Rose on 07736030656, or Diane on 07761957825.

The January meeting of the group ‘Friends’ will be next Wednesday 21st January at 7.45pm, at neighbouring Stoke Albany village hall.

A short AGM will be followed by the delicious food quiz (hopefully with tasters)

All are welcome , only £2 for visitors.

For any more detail contact Katherine on 01858 535291.

Communion will be at All Saints Church, this Sunday at 9.00am.

WOODFORD

There is a lot of dog mess around the village again especially in the jitty linking High Street to the bungalows in Alledge Drive,and Thrapston Road.If anyone is caught allowing their dog to foul in the street it is the owners responsibility to pick it up failing to do so can lead to a fine up to £1000.There are doggie bins around the village to put dog mess in.

The village looks rather dull now all the Christmas lights have been taken down.The village looked lovely this year,and the tree on the green and surrounding area looked very festive.

The services at the Chapel on Sunday January 18th are Family Service at 11:00 -11:45am and at 3pm Songs of Praise. As in previous years on the first songs of praise service of the year all the hymns are chosen by their organist.The service will be followed by afternoon tea in the schoolroom.

The services for the three Churches on January 18th are Little Addington Holy Communion at 9:30am Great Addington Morning Prayers at 9:30am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion at 11:00am