Village news January 8

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BRIGSTOCK

Brigstock WEA has a new nine-week course entitled “Plant Hunters” starting in the village hall on Thursday 15th January from 2 till 3.30pm.

You can learn of the intrepid adventurers who journeyed to the furthest corners of the earth to bring back exotic plants to this country.

The speaker is Andrew Sankey and the course fee is £52 or £46.80 with discount.

Places are free for people in receipt of certain benefits. Contact Ann Shrive on 01536 373216 for further details.

Brigstock Village Hall committee are linking up with the Beer Festival to hold a 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 meeting of Brigstock WI will be on 13th January at 7.30pm in the WI Hall. The speakers are Mr P Johnson and his daughters with a talk entitled “78 Years of Farming”.

The competition requires no advance preparation and will be a surprise on the evening. New members are very welcome. Members are reminded to bring their subscription payment and their voting slip for 2015 resolutions.

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

Brigstock Sunnysiders will enjoy an afternoon of entertainment by S and J at their next meeting on Tuesday 13th January at 2pm in the lounge at Harper’s Court.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday 11th January will begin at 10.30am. 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.

Brigstock Parish Council has received a letter from the producer of ITV’s Celebrity Squares inviting applications from local people to appear on a new version of the show.

To apply for the show, visit   http://www.itv.com/beontv/shows/celebritysquares or send an email for an application at  applications@septemberfilms.com.

The auditions are to be held in January.

A total of £119.16 was raised at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and this has been donated to Cransley Hospital Trust in memory of Nicola Cork, who died in April last year and was cared for at Cransley.

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.

BURTON LATIMER

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on 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, January 17th. 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 next Thursday, January 15th.

Ladies Night will meet at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, on Monday, January 19th. For more information contact Pat (01536 722328)

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place 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)

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist

10am St Mary’s 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 Worship

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

CALDECOTT

Congratulations to Barbara Wrighting who so far has raised a total of £1,207.50 from the sale of her ceramic poppies which were displayed on the village green on Remembrance Sunday. This is a truly magnificent effort on her part, with the proceeds being sent to the Earl Haigh Fund.

Richard Russell with number 47 received the first prize in the December 100 Club draw which was held in The Plough. Other winners were Craig Read, Elaine Lawniczak and Esme Garrett.

The super Christmas Hamper Draw also took place at the meeting and the top prize went to Peter Walton. Prizes were also won by Alison Gormley, Janet Griggs, Bernie Sanders, Leanne Hughes, Keith Albrighton and Hazel Pitt. Thanks were extended to all who donated prizes and bought tickets.

The proceeds will help with expenses at the annual fete which takes place on July 4th.

The Good Companions enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner at The Plough with good food, crackers, party hats and plenty of laughter; they went home full and happy, looking forward to their weekly meeting which will resume on Thursday, January 8th.

Sixty five youngsters sat down to traditional party food at tables festooned with balloons and bunting in the decorated village hall for their annual ‘do’.

The event was organised by Elaine Lawniczak who runs the local gymnastics club. After playing traditional games each child received a present from Santa Claus.

A great night of fun, dancing and games took place at the annual village hall Christmas party. Dave Hawke did not disappoint with his choice of music. Now in its 32nd year the evening is as popular as ever and was a thoroughly enjoyable event, next year’s date has already been booked for December19th.

The Carol service at St John’s Church conducted by Michael Ellard was held on December 21st. Well known carols were sung to the music of John Hindle on the organ and seven readings were given by members of the congregation. Afterwards wine and mince pies were enjoyed.

Carols round the Crib service was held on Christmas Eve and conducted by Jill Cannings.

Not one, but two, sets of carol singers toured the village on different dates leading up to Christmas. A group of a dozen friends were first off the mark and invited donations for this year’s chosen charity which is the Air Ambulance. The Henley family complete with ‘donkey’ also sang at different houses with donations going to St John’s Church.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, January 7th at 7.30pm

All residents are welcome at any parish council meeting and may air any concerns at the beginning of the agenda.

All card players who enjoy a game with like minded people are invited to come along to the next progressive whist drive in the village hall on Saturday, January 17th at 7.30pm.

CRANFORD

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Grafton Underwood at 9.15am There will be a Morning Prayer Service at Twywell at 9.15 and a family Service at Cranford St John’s at 11.00am

DESBOROUGH

Happy New Year Everyone! Now we look back of the year 2014 and overview the highlights of last year. There was a lot to write about this time round. The usual events were a success like the Desborough Carnival, they were able to give out cheques to forty four organisations from the year 2014 Carnival totalling of £3050. In January, ebooks are available in the Desborough Library. A booming year for new premises opening in Desborough. In February, new shop MCG Pet Supplies opened. Later in the year, Ritz Inn Hotel and Tapas Bar opened and French Cuisine Restaurant opened called Rue De La Gare. All on Station Road in Desborough. The Serina Restaurant marked their 25 years in business. In May, we had the Tour of Britain Cycle Race that took place on Station Road. Desborough in Bloom received a grant of £800 from Central England Co-operative. Basket and Barrows Festival was a success last year. In June, the Desborough Scrapbook celebrated their 100th issue, which included 100 well known people of Desborough, who helped shape the town. Also, local photographer Stephen Richards documented all aspects of Desborough into a film which was premièred at the Desborough Heritage Centre. In August, we had the Real Italian Food Market in Desborough, it was a good turn out. The Desborough branch of the Wildlife Trust celebrated their 30th anniversary. Fresh Air Desborough raised £1721 for their Summer Raffle, which exceeded the amount raised in year 2013 Christmas raffle. At the Scarecrow Festival the most voted tree was Friends of Desborough Library’s ‘100 Books to read before going to bed’ Scarecrow. St Giles Christmas Tree Festival 2014 was a hit in November and had the most Frozen themed trees. Also in November, the Desborough Gala Night, stars from the Kettering’s Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ came to Desborough. Also, the year 2014 was a very charitable year. The Third Desborough Brownies raised £330 for Children In Need. The Serina Restaurant raised £216.85 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on their ‘In The Pink’ fund raising evening. Rowell and Desborough Lions raised £500 for the Air Ambulance and the RNLI on their Brass and Voices Concert night. Everyone took part in the Ice Water Bucket Challenge, raising money for various charities. A Community Concert at the Holy Trinity Church raised £800, equally divided amounts went towards Pancreatic Cancer Action and Cransley Hospice.

Vine Community Trust would like to give a big thank you to Desborough Conservative Club, Cynthia Mount and everyone who took part in the Quiz Night on Tuesday, December 9, raising a much appreciated £150.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the last of its competitions for 2014 on Friday, December 12. One of the highlights of the programme, the Print Of The Year Competition, lived up to expectations with eighty high quality prints on show. The judge for the evening was Peter Yeo FRPS, who has recently been appointed to the LRPS Assessment Panel of the Royal Photographic Society. As expected

with a judge of this quality and experience it was an excellent evening of appraisal, critique and humour. Peter had a very difficult task, such was the quality of the entry, but he finally selected the following winners: For Novice Print, it was Phil Gott with “BMW Z4”. For Intermediate Colour Print, it was Mick Rockett with “Images On Glass”. For Intermediate Monochrome Print, it was Pat Rockett with “Light On The Stairs”. For Advanced Colour Print, it was Trevor McHugh with “Morning Light”. For Advanced Monochrome Print, it was Derek Buckett with “Lost In Thought”. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Peter for an excellent evening.

On Saturday, December 20, a professional performance of The Snow Queen was brought to Desborough’s United Reformed Church by Little Pixie Productions. There were only three players, who did a number of roles. The activity was certainly animated. The Church also looked very different with the scenery up on stage and the music reverberating as the story was told. During the interval, mulled wine, tea, coffee and cake was served. Donations to the raffle were generous and there were many happy winners. Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

A busy year for Desborough in Bloom (also known as DiB) came to an end in November with the planting another 6,000 daffodil bulbs. Making a total of 18,000 planted so far and with plans to continue next year. In addition to replanting the 24 tubs and 28 hanging baskets DiB held there third very successful DIG (Desborough’s Inspirational Gardens) Competition, the second Grow-the-tallest- Sunflower Competition for the children in the town’s three schools, cleared and planted with shrubs, flowering perennials and daffodils the raised border in High Street near the site of the former Co-op Dairy. For DiB’s Project 2014, thanks goes to a grant from Central England Co-operative, was to provide free of charge to premises’ owners, house owners etc. in the town hanging baskets, wall baskets or wall troughs for them to erect and plant. This will be carried over to 2015 so if you would like a free container please contact John Kemp, Chairman DiB on 01536 761 241. Many thanks to the DiB Committee and Volunteers who have worked so hard during the year. Without financial contributions we would not be able to carry out our projects and grateful thanks go to the following as listed, for their generous donations during the year 2014: County Councillor Allan Matthews, Town Councillors June Derbyshire, Mark Dearing and Mike Tebbutt. Mrs Dawn Bayman, Mrs Rita Chew. Desborough Community Development Trust, Desborough Carnival Committee, Central England Co-operative, Kettering Borough Council, Small Grants, Albany Sheds, Eveden, Dunkelman & Sons, Rigid Containers and to John Lee for providing more tulip bulbs for the tubs.

Tony Miller from Australia is writing a book about the Australian involvement with British Bomber Command during the WWII and is appealing for anyone who witnessed the Wellington Crash HF570 to give their memories. Tony Miller’s uncle was killed in an air craft crash that came down in Daniel Feakin’s field on Harrington Road in 1944. If you can help, please contact Steve Richards on 07591 701820 or call into the Desborough Heritage Centre.

FINEDON

The 1st Finedon Scout Group would like to thank the generous residents of Finedon for their support of the Santa Float and Scout Post. The Christmas fund-raising goes a long way to helping the group’s 80 young people get the best opportunities.

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild will hold their next meeting on January 21st 2015 at the Mission Room in Well Street Finedon when “Mini Dems” by our members will be the demonstrations.

The classes will be restarting on January 14th when we will be holding another beginners class this time making flowers and placing into a spray.  The Intermediate class will be making a cutie model. For more information please contact 01933 680099 or www.wellingboroughsugarcraftguild.com  or e-mail wboro4scraft@gmail.com

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

GEDDINGTON

The Geddington Squirt which was held on Boxing Day was another great success. Although the weather was extremely cold and so the numbers of spectators were down, Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade executed itself very well and enjoyed the antics as usual!

The Friends of the Church are holding their annual Twelfth Night on January 10th in Geddington Village Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks and glasses. The price is £15 which includes a meal. Medieval dress is optional but prizes can be won for the best dressed! Please ring Sylvia Pitt for tickets on 01536 745350.

Would you be interested in joining our Pantomime group who are performing Puss In Boots from 18th to 21st February 2015? Maybe you are a budding director, or a talented artist who can create stunning scenery, or even a seamstress who can help make the costumes? If you are interested, please contact Paul Johnson on 07540 124365 for more details.

John Padwick brings Little Pixie Production with a new adaptation of The Snow Queen with original music, story telling and song in a captivating production of a timeless tale that will captivate the whole family. This performance is on January 15th 2015 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

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

GRENDON

Sunday January 11th 10.00am all age worship at St Mary’s.

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

Diary Dates

January

Monday 5th at 1.30pm yoga restarts in the village hall.

Thursday 8th book club meets in the church room at 2.00pm, all welcome.

Why not join the Grendon walking group? This friendly group can guarantee fresh air, exercise and lots of chat. They generally meet on the second Sunday and last Thursday of each month. Walks start at 10.30am from outside the school in Main Road and vary in length, up to five miles. There will be no walks in December but the January dates are Sunday 11th and Thursday 29th. How’s that for a new year’s resolution ? Trevor ( footpath warden ) and Pauline Higgs 01933 663706.

Finally just a few words about Christmas in Grendon. The crib service at 4.00pm on Christmas eve grows in popularity each year and was extra special this time with a real newborn in the manger and a pony to bring Mary up the aisle to the inn. All the parts are played by village children and they never fail to catch the true meaning of this special time. New Year will see the church bells ringing out and bringing residents and party goers into the church at midnight to raise a glass to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

GRETTON

A huge thank you to everybody who made the Silver Band Christmas concert such a success. The band enjoyed “good blow” with a mixture of Christmas melodies, traditional carols and the Gretton carol “Old Hark”. As a result of the evening the proceeds of £308 will be going to the Friends of Gretton Recreation Ground Defibrillator Appeal.

Many thanks also those in the village who contributed so generously when the band toured the village playing carols. This tradition has been continued for at least 100 years and will help to ensure the continuation of the band. We are still looking for a Musical Director so if there is anyone who is interested then please contact Peter Weston on 01536 713234 for more details.

Greton Women’s Hour’s first meeting of 2015 will be held on Tuesday 13th January at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Gretton when Barbara Prince is the afternoons guest. We start at 2.15pm. Gretton Women’s Hour is a long running village organisation giving a warm friendly welcome to all Women from Gretton and the surrounding area to join them every fortnight. We have guest speakers and also sing hymns say prayers and enjoy light refreshments

and a chat afterwards. The final meeting last year was a Christmas Celebration of Carols, Readings and Prayers with a seasonal Christmas Tea served at the end and was very well attended and enjoyed by everyone who came. To find our more please telephone 01536 770784-771108

The first monthly lunch of the New Year was at Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road Gretton on Tuesday 6th January at 12.30pm. These long running lunches are very popular so please come and join us on the first Tuesday of the month throughout 2015.Freshly prepared food is on the menu all for only £4.00 per serving. Organisers welcome residents ramblers and cyclists and anyone passing through Gretton to attend. An optional raffle is also run with proceeds going from the event to the Gretton Village Hall improvement fund. For any enquiries please telephone Liz Watt 01536 772328 or email lizwatt263@btinternet.com

110 passengers were onboard two coaches for all Wondertours’ day trips in 2014 making it a record breaking year for us as passenger numbers stand at a record high since we started back in 1972. We also ran two successful Wonder Weekends first to Torquay in the Spring, visiting Tavistock and Newton Abbot via Dartmoor. Rhyl was the Autumn break with a tour of Anglesey taking in James Pringle Weavers Beaumaris and Menai Bridge Town. Next year’s programme of days out will begin on Easter Saturday, 4th April through, to Saturday 28th November. Next year’s destinations will offer a great choice visiting towns, cities, the seaside and scenic tours .Two coaches will again be laid on. This would not be possible without the support from Carole and Mick Browett who do a splendid job to help steward the coaches. We continue to be run on a voluntary and not for profit basis taking you further for less. Each trip is carefully planned with Information folders and maps provided to ensure everyone has happy times with us. Two Wonder Weekends are also being arranged next year. The first is in the Spring 17th to 20th April we return to Eastbourne with a new day out to Rye, Bexhill and Battle. Then between 30th October to 2nd November we go to a new resort with full details announced whilst in Eastbourne. Mystery lunch stops will be taken coming home to round off the Wonder Weekends. All day trips and weekends depart from Gretton Village Hall, Weldon Londis Store, Weldon Furniture Shop, Corby Jamb, Corby Town Centre and Kettering Telford Lodge.

2015 will be our 43rd year maintaining a traditional, reliable friendly service passengers enjoy from Wondertours.

To get a copy of the 2015 programme please send a stamped addressed envelope now to WTCT 2015, 9 Southfield Road, Gretton. Northants. NN17 3BX. Programmes will be posted out in early January. Regular and New passengers welcome onboard.

A party of 114 passengers from Gretton, Weldon, Corby and Kettering went on the last Wondertours Community Transport excursion of the year on Saturday 6th December when a visit was made to Birmingham to coincide with the Frankfurt market and Craft Market. It was a busy day in the city centre with many gifts returning on the coach. It was a lovely day out made better by the winter sunshine. David Fursdon organised the trip assisted by Carole and Mick Browett. Nigel and Tim did an excellent job driving the two coaches.

Gretton’s Matt Gillespie likes to run. In fact, he likes to run so much he completed a 35 mile Ultra Marathon in June 2014 to raise funds for sports equipment for Gretton Primary School.

But it seems 35 miles is nothing to him - because he’s decided to run a 50 mile go-beyond-Ultra Marathon! This time he’s raising funds for Northamptonshire-based charity The Travers Foundation. The Travers Foundation helps 13 to 30 year olds living in Northamptonshire, Rutland or Leicestershire improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts. Matt’s 50 mile run is taking place on Saturday 7th February, and takes a route along the Thames from Oxford to Henley. There is an 11 hour time limit, but Matt hopes to complete the mammoth course in around 7 hours. Matt has set up a Just Giving page for donations - http://t4sey.com/163stwd

For further information on the work of the Travers Foundation please visit www.travers-foundation.org.uk

Meanwhile a new trustee has been appointed to the Travers Foundation

John Leslie, a project manager, joins the team which includes local businessman and foundation founder Terry Forsey and athlete William Sharman. John has previously been a member of the Round Table movement, and has acted as local fundraising chairman. John has already been helping the Travers Foundation in organizing the ‘Dance Around Your Handbags’ retro disco fundraisers in 2013 and 2014, the ‘Rock’n’Roll with Laughter’ music and comedy show in 2013 and the Jive Honey concert at Gretton Music Festival in 2014.

Terry Forsey said: “I would like to extend a warm welcome to John and we’re happy to have him on-board as a Trustee of the Travers Foundation. His skills as a project manager are just what we need to help us organize the vital fund-raising events we run throughout the year. We’re very much looking forward to continuing to work with him.”

IRCHESTER

Are you starting the New Year looking for things to do in Irchester? There are lots of activities and clubs for all ages.

If you have an interest in 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 the year. Their next meeting on 8 January will take the form of a working party. Further details can be obtained from the Chair, Jon-Paul Carr on 01933 382476. Email: jpcarr01@hotmail.com

Babies and under fives have lots to do in Irchester. They can get together with their parents/carers at St Katharine’s Church from 9.15 on Mondays for Little Stars. BATS, the baby and toddler group meet in the main hall of the village hall on termtime Wednesday mornings from 9am. Sure Start come into Irchester monthly on a Tuesday morning for chatter and play from 9.30am in the Methodist Church Hall, the local health visitor attends too. At the Reachout Church, next to the Co-Op, there is Little Cogs on termtime Friday mornings and Dad’s Let Loose meet once a month on a Saturday.

Take a look in the Library at the details of various events happening in there. It’s a very busy place nowadays. There are activities for children and adults taking place on a regular basis in a warm and cheerful environment. Activities are organised by Friends of Irchester Library , known as FOIL’s and Alan, the librarian. Irchester library is open Tuesday to Friday 1pm-6pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm and Sundays 1pm til 4pm.

Irchester Sports Club in Alfred Street always has a warm welcome for those who want to find out more about playing sport or about the social evenings held there. The Bowls Club in the High Street beside Parson’s Hall also welcomes new members. The Working Men’s Club is another place to go when there is entertainment on the last Saturday of the month, meat raffles on Sundays and lots of other activities going on. Ring 01933 335064 to find out more.

Irchester Coulon Link will be hosting an Evening of Magic on Tuesday 20 January. Tickets £5 are available from Brian on 311754. Parsons Hall will be the venue as members of Northampton’s Magic Circle compete to find the best act of 2015.

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.

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

Irchester Women’s Institute meets monthly at the village hall. The next meeting will be on 13 January at 7.15. New members are always very welcome. Call Linda on 315636, Mavis on 316665 Brenda on 353584 or Val on 413653 to find out more.

For the more active amongst us – How about Morris Dancing at St Katharines Church each Thursday evening at 7.30pm? Contact Keith 01933 359166 or Kevin 01933 315450 for more details.

Barn Dances are held monthly in Parsons Hall, the next one will be 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.

50+ Movement to Music takes place on Tuesday mornings in the village hall between 10am-11.15am.

This year is the first year of the Irchester Village Show, to be held in September. Competitions will be held for baking, vegetables, fruit, flowers, crafts etc. Volunteers are needed to help with this so please contact Lynn on 350688 or 07906 376040 if you would like to be involved. It’s the perfect opportunity to involve yourself in something new for the village.

As always your local councillors are on hand to hear views, suggestions and comments from residents. The Borough Councillors surgery is 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.

IRTHLINGBOROUGH

There will be a ‘New Year Walk’ on Sunday 11th January 2015 from 11am – 12:30pm. It starts at St Peter’s Church car park. Bookings are required, but event is free; donations welcome.

KETTERING

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday 11th January - Sunday Worship: 10.am “Vision and Commitment Sunday for 2015” Led by Major Paul Doust / 5.30pm United Praise - All welcome. The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Monday 12th 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 13th Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday 14th Jan: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place

Thursday 15th Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “Musical Insights - Janet Spence” - Everyone welcome

Thursday 15th Jan: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

Thursday 15th Jan: 7.30pm Ladies Fellowship - All Ladies Welcome

KOS Musical Theatre Company will be holding a coffee morning at Toller Church Rooms, Gold Street on Saturday 10th January from 10am – 12 noon. There will be tea, coffee, hot chocolate, delicious toasted tea cakes and home-made cakes all available. This event is being held to launch the Society’s forthcoming production of The Addams Family, a new musical comedy based on the characters of Charles Addams. The production will be held at The Lighthouse Theatre from 20th April to 2nd May. Tickets from £10 will be available from the Box Office on 01536 414141 or on line at www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk.

The East Northants Association of the National Trust (ENANT) is meeting on Thursday 8 January at 7.30pm at the Corn Market Hall, London Road. Captain William Wells will be talking about Myths and Legends of the Bermuda Triangle. There will be a raffle and NT goods for sale. Visitors are very welcome. £3 at the door.

The January meeting of the NHS Retirement Fellowship Kettering Branch is on Monday 12 January 2015 in the Lecture Theatre, Prince William Post Graduate Centre, Kettering General Hospital at 2.30 pm. The speaker is Trevor Kendrick , the subject “Solar Ovens in Bungoma”. 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 please telephone Gareth Ogden on 01536 483603

On Thursday 15th 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 President of the PP the Rev. Dr. John Smith. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Friday 30 January 7pm until late ‘January Pay Day’ Party Night held in support of Cransley Hospice at the Charles Suite, The Vines, Barton Hall. Entertainment by Nigel Adair, Bill Burton disco, and hot buffet. Tickets £15 per person available from Cransley Hospice on 01536 527407 or Cransley Coffee Shop 01536 414343.

On Friday 23 January 7.30pm at All Saints Community Hall, William Street a talk by Julie Hill entitled ‘Treading the Boards – the Show Must Go On!’ Organising a theatre production and taking part! Informative and amusing. £3 entry fee. Refreshments and a raffle. Telephone 01536 522158 for more information.

At the Lighthouse Theatre on Thursday 15th January at 7.30pm Jim Davidson – No Further Action. Jim tells the story of his arrest and the nightmare 12 months that followed, the clearing of his name and winning the heart of the nation all over again. Very few comedians could turn the worst year of their life into a resounding success. Fresh from winning the most successful ever series of Big Brother by a landslide, comedy king Jim Davidson has done exactly that. All seats £21.50. Call the box office on 01536 414141 or book online at lighthousetheatre.co.uk.

On Friday 16th January at 7.30pm ShowaddyWaddy in concert Let’s Rock’n’Roll. All seats £19.50.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street from 17 January to 21 February #selfies exhibition. Discover the history of the traditional selfie. Using portraits from the permanent collection some of the stories behind the faces will be unravelled. From lavish hats to military uniform, rugged beards to exquisite jewellery, explore the 50 faces that look out from the gallery walls and be inspired to create your own selfie to go on display alongside them.

Kettering & District Art Society Browser this month features Joan E. Blissett. Joan says the natural world is her everything, she respects, worships and loves it. Her eclectic spirit helps her paint pictures in words (poetry) and words in pictures (paintings) and hopefully share this love with others as she continues to exhibit. Each step is an adventure. Evolution is her theme.

Community Corner at the Manor House Museum during January highlights the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery 7 Museum. Come along to find out more about the ‘Friends’. Take a look at the exciting events and activities that the Friends have hosted over the past twelve months and find out what is planned for the future, and how you can get involved.

At the Manor House Museum on Tuesday 13 January a One-to-One Family History Advice Session with a local expert who will be able to provide you with personalised advice and access to a range of research resources. If you are in need of more in-depth advice to help you through your family history this session is for you. Please note sessions are available from 1pm onwards and are bookable in consecutive order only. £12.50 per session (30 minutes). £10 per session (30 minutes) with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is essential. Call 01536 534219.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Thursday 15th January 7pm – 9pm a Life Drawing Class (untutored). Monthly, untutored life drawing classes set in the long gallery. Suitable for the professional or hobbyist. Contact museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk for more details or call 01536 534274.

On Thursday 15th January at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street a talk by Adam Gotch ‘The Lecture League’. 7.30pm. Tickets £3, free to Friends Members. Available on the door, no advance booking required. In 1919 Lawrence Gotch returned from the Middle East to Kettering. He had served in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. To raise money for beds to be provided at The Lord Kitchener Convalescent Home in Lowestoft. Laurence Gotch presented a lecture entitled ‘With Allenby in Pallestine’ using glass slides and map. He later toured the UK having joined ‘The Lecture League’ agency, presenting lectures on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and his favourite subject ‘The Country Houses of Northampton’. This lecture will be presented by Adam Gotch, Lawrence Gotch’s grandson.

On Saturday 17 January the International Staff Songsters, the Salvation Army’s premier choir in the UK are performing at the Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road at 7pm. Admission £8, programme £2. Tickets with cheque (payable to the Salvation Army) plus s.a.e. from 7 Cranford Road, Barton Seagrave NN15 5LZ. On Sunday 18 January the choir will be performing at 10am & 3pm. Admission free.

On Friday 23 January a Burns Night Celebration at The Ritz, Desborough from 7pm – 12.30pm held by the Rotary Club of Kettering Tresham. Tickets £30 to include a drink reception, three course meal, entertainment and ceilidh. In aid of Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity. Dress code – black tie or lounge suit. Cotact Lydia Poole at events@rotaryclubofketteringtresham.co.uk or call 07934 121221 for information and tickets.

At the Woodland Hospital on Monday 19 January 6.30pm – 9pm there will be a Cosmetic Surgery Open Evening.

Come along to this open evening where you will have the opportunity to meet the Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr. Sankar, who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have in a 10 minute mini consultation.

There will be a short presentation at 6.30pm outlining the treatments available at the Woodland Hospital.

Please call to reserve your place as mini consultations are limited.

For more information call 01536 536854 or visit www.woodlandhospital.co.uk.

LAXTON

Laxton Village Hall. Saturday 10th 10.30 a.m. to noon. Coffee morning. New for 2015 - bring your craftwork to swap skills and ideas.

Laxton Village Hall. Wednesday 14th 11 a.m. to noon. Yoga restarts. To enrol contact NCC on 0300 1261000 or see the adult learning pages on www.northamptonshire.gov.uk (Course code : S1LVH200C0).

LITTLE HARROWDEN

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, the flag flying in the village was a lovely touch, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy 2015 and I am always glad to receive any village news to be put into the column.

Little Harrowden WMC -January Saturday entertainment 10th Bob James, 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 11th January- 10.00am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11.00 at Gt Harrowden and 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

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

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union. The next meeting will be on Thursday January 15th at 2.00pm 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.

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

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.

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.

ORLINGBURY

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy 2015 and I am always glad to receive any village news to be put into the column.

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

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 11th January- 10.00am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11.00 at Gt Harrowden and 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

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

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union. The next meeting will be on Thursday January 15th at 2.00pm 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 be female, though of course all of those are welcome.

They look forward to seeing you.

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.

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

Congratulations to Jo Ann-Armstrong for organising the Oakley Vale advent windows – these made a fabulous talking point and meeting point for the local community coming up to Christmas. The live music and mulled wine went down well and I hope we can continue this ‘new tradition’ next year. Let me know if you would like to decorate a window next year and I will pass on your ideas.

Oakley Vale W.I. has grown over this past year and Janet Smith hopes to enjoy welcoming new members in 2015. The programme for 2014 included a talk on the origins of the French can-can(first danced by men!), ‘tracing your family tree’ ‘behind the curtains’ at Milton Keynes Theatre; a ‘Pointless’ quiz; interactive line dancing; plus many other interesting evenings, full of fun. They also went out for an afternoon tea, a visit to Bosworth’s Nursery and a Christmas Meal. They concluded the year with a Christmas Party, including Rayvon’s Quiz, at which the county chair was guest of honour. Their extra activities, ongoing throughout the year, are Bowling and Craft Group. On January 20th Helen Crabtree will be talking to the WI about her post box collection. Happy New Year from Janet Smith (President). 01536 743152.

My apologies for any delay in distribution of the CBC ‘Landscape Management Plan’ for Oakley Vale I have a few plans still not distributed. This is a 25 page document with detailed maps. If you would like a hard copy please contact me, I have one copy left but can get more if necessary. Once we have had time to assess the information we will address CBC’s Stacey Poole and Iain Smith at our meeting on January 28th. Landscape management includes grass cutting and wildlife conservation and tries to strike a workable balance.

We were also being asked to comment on the placement of three ‘Nature Information Boards’ to be installed around Oakley Vale. Cllr Caine has been the only one to comment and the signs have now gone up.

So far we have nine local volunteers to undertake speed camera training. Unfortunately the minimum number the police will train at any one time is ten! 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 1100 to 1130 on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

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

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. today, Thursday, 8th 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.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be holding their first meeting of 2015 at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre at 7.30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, 8th January.

For more information about the group please visit their website at www.raundsukulele.co.uk

Raunds WI will meet tonight, Thursday, 8th January, at 7.30 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, when they will be holding their usual auction of unwanted presents. Please join them for a fun evening. Phone Mary on 01933 624271 for more information.

Morning Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 9th January, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Members of the Raunds and District History Society will be holding their 12th Night Party on Saturday, 10th January.

The group meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at the Saxon Hall, between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Visitors are always welcome at £3 each, which includes refreshments.

For more details, please email raundshistory@btinternet.com or call 01933 461480.

Sunday 11th January is Funday Sunday with the theme of ‘A New Life’. The service will be held at 9.30 a.m. 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 Covenant Service will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday at Raunds Methodist Church, to which everyone is welcome, and a service of Evensong will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

The RSPB Mid-Nene Group will be holding an indoor Meeting next Thursday, 15th January, at 7.30 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, Raunds. The guest speaker will be Professor Ian Newton, with an illustrated talk on ‘Migration’. Admission is £3, but free for children, and everyone is welcome. For more information please call Graham on 01536 725924.

The Raunds Local Focus Group is now exploring new areas of East Northants, North Bedfordshire and the Huntingdon area. They meet mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays, and other days when an event may be on. It is free to join this informal group, which is suitable for everyone, although under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, please. The maps used are £2.50 each and are unique, weatherproof, and multi-use, for longer hikes, cycling, car and bus trips. New for January are group ‘bus walks’ from Tuesday 20th to Friday, 23rd January. A small amount of walking is required and everyone is welcome. They will also be exploring Market Town areas, where most routes are on solid surfaces, and between 1 and 4 miles, sharing cars or using the local bus service to and from the venues. For more information about the group, or the walks, please call Susan on 01933 461480.

RISELEY

At the recent annual presentation awards the bowls club and friends enjoyed a very pleasant meal. Competition had been fierce but the following were presented with trophies. Russell Woods –shield as winner for the men’s singles, Philip Cocks – The Manhattan cup, Alison Keating – The ladies singles, Beryl Wallis –The Captains cup and Richard Morgan – The Pam Short memorial trophy. The mixed pairs award went to David Foster and Beryl Wallis, the pairs award to Pat Coombs and Trevor Staniforth, the triples to Richard Morgan, Russell Woods and Maureen Allen and the fours to Pauline Morgan, Mick Kerrigan, David Shaw and Alan Constant.

ROCKINGHAM

Rockingham village hall committee, the St Leonard’s Church building fund and Rockingham Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone for their support in 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you at our various events in 2015.

A small reminder that the village hall is available for private parties, wedding receptions, business meetings etc.. Please contact Denise Norman on 01536 771985 or e-mail: info@rockinghamvillage.co.uk. Please visit our website for more information: www.rockinghamvillage.co.uk or our Facebook page: Rockingham village, Northants UK.

ROTHWELL

The bailiff to the lord of the manor of Rothwell for many years, Robert Denton, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the community. Among his other duties as bailiff, Mr Denton read the Rowell Fair proclamation on Proclamation Monday for 35 years, from the charter granted by King James I. This year’s reading marked his last as bailiff, after 23 years in the post, as he retired at the end of 2014. He is succeeded by Alan Mills. The British Empire Medal (formally British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) was established in 1922 and is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

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 and it takes place in the lounge at Madams Gardens, Rushton Road, Rothwell from 2.00-3.30pm on Tuesdays, starting on January 13. Online enrolment is available by going to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online.

Meetings of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club resume tonight at 8.00pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill, when members will talk about ’15 minutes of fame’. Next week’s meeting, on January 15, will take place at Wren Spinney.

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.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society has resumed its programme for 2015.

A men versus women print battle on Friday, January 2 is followed by ‘15 minutes of fame’ on Friday, January 9. All meetings are at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information visit www.drpsphoto.co.uk, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

RUSHDEN

Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – lunch trip and shopping to Kettering on Sunday 11th January, to The Axe & Compass, Ringstead on Tuesday Jan 13th and to Billing Centre on Thursday 15th. There are shopping trips to Springfield Home and Garden on Monday Jan 12th, to Castle Fields Retail at Wellingborough on Wednesday 14th and Waitrose on Friday 16th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden History Society – the December edition of Risdene Echo is now available from the usual stockists, Osborne’s Toy Shop and Mark Bird Carpets – price £1.20. Included in this edition is the story of the new bells in St Mary’s Church, Higham with an article by Richard Oberman on The Year of Henry Chichele.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday Jan 13th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when John Sugars will speak about Rushden Railway Station. New members welcome.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday Jan 14th in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Judy Smith will present her programme of music.

Rushden & District Art Society – meet on Friday January 9th in South End Junior School at 7.00pm when Kerry Bull-Newell will demonstrate ‘Big Cat Portraits using Pastels’. All Welcome.

St Mary’s Church – the St Mary’s Pudding Club meets this Saturday 10th Jan in the Church Hall at 7.00pm with 7 puddings to taste and judge. Members £6.00 with non-members £8.00. Book on 652222. All Age Worship on Sunday at 9.30am is led by Ruth Compton with preacher Rev Elverson. Communion is celebrated at 11.15am with Evening Prayer at 6.00pm led by Sue Merrifield and Tony Smith.

The Salvation Army – Morning Service is at 10.00am with Evening Worship at 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. Messy Church is next Saturday Jan 17th at 4.00pm.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday is Stepping Out Sunday with a countryside walk in Grendon meeting at Whitefriars sat 9.45am.

The Silver Service with traditional hymns is in the Bridge at 10.30am and Café Church is in the School at 10.15am where parents can enjoy a breakfast over a chat whilst watching the children play games. Further details are available from Sharon on 412785.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Anne Head and Pam Brown. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday 14th at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Service this Sunday is at 10.30am led by Peter Squires, followed by coffee in the Hall. The usual weekly activities have recommenced – details on the notices on the coffee-lounge door.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Sunday Service with the St Peter’s Young Stars and Holy Communion is at 10.00am taken by Rev Graham Bell. The Knit and Chat Group meet on Wednesday 14th 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 Phil Hearson and at 4.00pm a Second Sunday service for all ages. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday 15th at 2.00pm with Rev Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church –

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

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – meet next on Monday Jan 12th for a ‘Local Walk’ - leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am – leaders Marie and John Burton on 359090.

Workers’ Educational Association – next course commences on Tuesday Jan 13th at 10.00am in Rushden Bowls Club – ‘Tune with the Times : Social History and Satire in Musicals’ – course lasts 9 weeks – more information from Kim Eaves on 01832 733565.

STANWICK

You can ease back into exercise gently this New Year by trying Tai Chi in Stanwick Village Hall tonight, Thursday, 8th January, between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. Admission is £10 and beginners are welcome. The class is suitable for men and women of all ages. For more information and to book your place, please call Amanda on 07835 453 286.

A new session of Gentle Yoga is now running on Friday afternoons between 2 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. at the Village Hall. To book, or for more information, please contact Patricia on 01832 358329.

The first band to play at Stanwick Club in 2015 will be ‘The Classics’, who will be appearing on Saturday, 10th January to entertain you with their 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, and more. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 11th January, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. There will be a Service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will take place at The Forresters, Raunds, at 10.45 a.m. on 14th January.

Stanwick Film Night is showing ‘The Impossible’ on Monday, 12th January at the Old School, Stanwick. Tickets are £5 from the shop@stanwick on a first-come-first-served basis.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. film showing.

Stanwick Film Night is a not-for-profit community initiative and is supported by The Old School, Stanwick; Nene Valley Community Action; East Northamptonshire District Council and Northamptonshire County Council. For more information email stanwickfilmnight@hotmail.co.uk or call 01933 626595.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting at 7.15 p.m. next Thursday, 15th January, in the Village Hall, Stanwick. 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 can be obtained 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 http://stanwickdramagroup.weebly.com/

If you would like to learn a new skill in the New Year, there is a selection of craft workshops on offer at Stanwick Lakes. The Craft Workshops are designed for adult beginners to learn a new craft and develop existing skills under the guidance of an experienced crafter.

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. No artistic skill is required, and the cost of the workshop is £10. To book your place please call 01933 460676.

On Friday, 30th January, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. you can learn how to make Button Art Pictures with Pauline Procter. To book your place please call 01933 229817. Other Craft Workshops coming up include Needle Felted Pictures and a Family Slab Pot Workshop. For more information please visit www.stanwicklakes.org.uk or call 01933 625522.

The Stanwick Handbell Ringers would like to invite anyone who is interested to go along to the Village Hall any Monday night between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. either to watch or have a go. Anyone can ring – it is not essential to be able to read music. For more information about the group, please visit their website at www.stanwickhandbells.org.uk

Number 36 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 13th December, making Gina Chambers the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club. 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.

WELDON

Wondertours Community Transport. 110 passengers were on board 2 coaches for all the 2014 outings making it a record breaking year since it began way back in 1972. There were also 2 successful weekends away first to Torquay in the spring vesting Tavastock and Newton Abbott via Dartmoor. Rhyl was visited in the autumn with trips to Anglsey taking in beaumaris and the Menai Bridge. 2015 programme of days out will begin on Easter Saturday 4th April and end on Saturday 28th November. Next year destinations will offer a great choice visiting towns, cities , the seaside and scenic tours. 2 coaches will be laid on. this would not be possible if not for the help of Carole and Mick Browett who do a splendid job helping in stewarding the coaches. Wondertours are run on a voluntary and non-profit making basic taking you further for less. 2015 will be the 43rd Year of Wondertours maintaining a traditional reliable friendly service to passengers enjoy from Wondertours. A warm welcome to regular and new passengers to join us as we proudly Carry on Coaching. To get a copy of 2015 programme please send a stamped addressed envelope to WTTCT 2015, Southfields Road, Gretton Northants. NN17 3BX.

Weldon Older Residents Annual New Year Party. Are you over 60? Are you a resident of the parish of Weldon? If so you are invited to our free annual Party on Tuesday 27th January 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at Weldon Village Hall. To book a place please contact Rita Beattie on 01536 268463, Sue Cooper 01536 269749 or Sue till 07876335976.

Weldon Women’s Institute will resume their monthly meeting in Weldon Village Hall on Tuesday 13 January at 7.15pm. Why not come along and see what goes on. This month we shall be hearing the story of the Pickled Village by Camille McLean and Camille will be bringing along some of her well known products for you to sample and purchase. During the year there will be various talks of a number of subjects and in June we shall be celebrating 100 years of the WI. Most months we have a competition and the refreshments are always delicious all home produced. A warm welcome awaits. Do come and give it a try.

WELLINGBOROUGH

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. Please note Wellingborough Museum Reopen on Saturday January 3rd 2015.

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.

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. Please note Wellingborough Museum Reopen on Saturday January 3rd 2015.

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.

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

Wilbarston Church is holding the very popular ‘Curry by Candlelight’ in All Saints Church this Saturday 10th January. entry will be from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

A warming welcome to the New Year with live entertainment and licenced bar.

Tickets are £10 and are available by contacting Hilary on 01536 771465, Julia on 01536 772265 or the Village Shop.

Wilbarston Parish Council have been made aware that Rocking Estate were preparing a proposal for a solar park on the old airfield, a letter has been circulated to councillors by Northfield UK Solar, their development partner for the project. It is currently at the pre-planning application discussion stage.

Proposals are being developed for a 49 megawatt scheme. It will not occupy the whole airfield but it will be substantial. The location is said to be planned so as to minimise views from the Villages of Wilbarston & Stoke Albany.

More details are available on the Kettering Borough Council’s website.

The developer is NF RAF Desborough Ltd.

An exhibition is being organised by the development partner at Wilbarston Village Hall on 28th January. Full information will be available and it will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Resident’s are asked to attend the exhibition to get the full facts. There after it will be important to respond directly to the public consultation which will follow.

Please also communicate your views to the Parish Council to help it determine its own stance on the application.

WOODFORD

The next meeting of the Woodford Winemakers is on Monday January 19th 1915,at The Woodford Community and Sports Complex at 7:30pm Anyone who is interested in wine or beer making please go along on the night they would be happy to see you or ring 01832 732228 for more information.

At the December buffet party of the W.I.everyone made and admired each other’s arrangements to adorn their Christmas tables.A big vote of thanks was given to Eileen who demonstrated and helped them to be creative.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday January 13th at 7.30 pm at Woodford club with a “Silent Auction” held to help raise funds for their 90th anniversary party in February.Visitors and new members are welcome.Contacts:Jenny 01832 734731 or Lynne on 01832 732740 or Sue on 01832 730896.

The 3pm service for Sunday January 4th will be conducted by Pastor Peter Bird and will be followed by communion.

There are no Wednesday evening meetings during the winter months.

The services for the churches on Sunday January 4th are Little Addington Holy Communion and Sunday school at 9:30 am Great Addington Family Service 9:30 am. Woodford St Mary’s Family Service 11am.