Village news July 24

Elderly chimpanzees at Twycross Zoo
Elderly chimpanzees at Twycross Zoo

What’s going on where you live


Barton Seagrave WI.

The president Aida Freville welcomed members and visitors on the coach for our July outing to Stratford-upon-Avon. We had a full coach and enjoyed a fine, sunny day doing our own thing. A boat trip was booked for an hour in the afternoon.

We stopped on the way home for a delicious tea provided for us by Yelvertoft W.I., then back on the coach home. A really enjoyable day was enjoyed by all.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in Church House, St Botolph’s Road, the next is 12th August. Our speaker will be Peter Bird talking about Around the World – slide show and the competition is ‘A postcard from around the world’.


Brigstock URC are organising another Summer Clearout this year following the success of last year’s campaign. During the month of August clothes, textiles, toys books, bric-a-brac and small electrical items can be donated. These will be sold or recycled to raise money for third world countries. Bring donations to the URC, Mill Lane, on any Wednesday morning in August between 10am and midday and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a cake. If you require items to be collected call 01536 373225, 373832 or 373712. Please note that the URC cannot accept furniture, duvets, pillows and cushions.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday 27th July will be conducted by Mr T. Cullen.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday, 29th July, in the lounge at Harper’s Court, members will enjoy a fish and chips lunch and a raffle.

A bridge drive with afternoon tea has been arranged for Tuesday 5th August in Brigstock Village Hall, from 1.15 pm for a 1.45 start. The cost is £10. To book a place call Judy Sanders on 01536 373966. Please book in pairs.

Jazz in the Village is coming to Brigstock Village Hall on Saturday, 9th August at 8pm, featuring Scottish based musicians Ian Millar on saxophone and Dominic Spencer on piano. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from Brigstock newsagent’s or by calling 01536 373478 or 373028.


The annual box opening and coffee morning for the children’s society will take place at The Granary, Gables Lane, Broughton, on Saturday, August 2, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will be a bring and buy sale, lemonade, cakes and a raffle.

On Sunday there is a service with Holy Communion at 8am at St Andrew’s Church, Broughton, followed by an All Age Worship at 10.30am. St Andrew’s Church, Cransley has Family Praise at 10.30am with activities provided for children. St Leonard’s Church, Loddington, hhas a Family Communon at 9.15am. Broughton Baptist Chapel ha a morning service at 10.45am led by M Moore with a Youth Service at 6pm.

On Monday from 2pn to 4pm Broughton Indoor Bowls Club will meet at the village hall. This is a short mat game and promotes gentle exercise and friendship to the over 50s. Contact Len Smith on 01536 790599 for information.

On Monday, Lynn Greer will give a talk about gem stones to members of Broughton Ladies’ Circle. Meetings are at 7.30pm in the Chapel room. The charge of £1.20 includes light refreshments and a raffle ticket. Further information is on 01536 790351.

At the meeting of Broughton Parish Council it was proposed that steps be taken to remake the gateway flower boxes which have deteriorated. Street lamps in Gate Lane remained out of service. News was awaited from EON and Western Power. Funding is to be sought from Kettering Borough Council for the provision of a new village centre notice board. The council does not meet in August.


Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held this evening (Thursday) at 7pm in the Civic Centre. Ben Sherreard, Director of Planning and Renewable Energy Communications, Middlemarch Communications, will be giving a presentation about the new higher Wind Turbines.

A Garden Party in aid of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will be held at 50 Bridle Road, Burton Latimer on Monday. For more information please contact Margaret (01536 722332)

Women’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, at 7.30pm in the Chapter House, St Mary’s Church for a ‘Fun Evening’. For more information please contact Anne (01536 7248600 or Diane (01536 723515)

The monthly coffee morning in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church will open at 10.15am on Wednesday.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday, August 2nd. Stalls selling local produce will open for business in the Millennium Garden at 9am.

The Trefoil Guild will host the Coffee Morning to be held in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, on Saturday, August 2nd. There will be a plant stall, a clothes rail, handmade wooden objects, tombola for adults and children with a prize every time, bacon butties and cakes. Doors will open at 9.30am.

The Burton Latimer Branch of The Royal British Legion is holding the following two events to commemorate the Centenary of the Outbreak of The Great War (The First World War) 4th August 1914. Everyone, please come along and join us.

a) Saturday 2nd August, 2014 at 10 am - in the grounds of The Civic Centre, High Street, Burton Latimer a display tent and table will be set up to show pamphlets and brochures etc., explaining how The Royal British Legion help ex-Service Personnel who are in need. Members of the Branch will be there to answer any questions raised by visitors. At 11 am our Padre, The Rev. Safford, will take a short Service.

b) Monday 4th August 2014 - LIGHTS OUT - This is an invitation from The Royal British Legion to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10 pm - 11 pm, leaving a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection. The Branch will be holding a candlelight Vigil at The War Memorial from 10 pm - 11 pm for this purpose. Please join us and if anyone should wish to bring his/her own candle for the occasion this would be most welcome.

Burton Latimer artists Robert Pearce and Stella Benford have some of their paintings on show at the Wellingborough Museum, next to The Castle Theatre, from Saturday, August 2nd to Saturday, August 9th.

Directions self-help group will meet on Monday, August 4th at 7.30pm. For more information and venue details please contact Maureen (01536 723292

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Tuesday, August 5th.

Burton Latimer United Educational Foundation is again looking for applicants for a grant to assist with their costs in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher education including university.

This is for residents of Burton Latimer only and as a general rule has an age limit of 25 years.

It is primarily to assist with monies needed during the education period. Forms can be obtained from Becky Hall, 23 Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer, NN15 5NS – telephone 07968 762192.

Once again the Burton Latimer Committee of the Children’s Society has organized a Town Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, August 16th from 10am to 4pm. This is much better than the usual car boot sale, because you can set up and market a stall/table on the street outside or near to your house with things you have always meant to ‘car boot’ but never have, things you have made yourself, such as cakes, cards, jams etc. A pre-paid stall will cost £5 (£10 on the day) and the profit you make is yours to keep or to donate to a favourite charity.

For further information or to book your stall please contact Janet (01536 398967). The event will be advertised across the county and your stall will be included on a town map.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s 8th Annual Show will be held on Saturday 23rd August at 2pm at the Community Centre, Pioneer Ave. Burton Latimer.

Come along for the afternoon to enjoy this very successful show, afternoon tea and cake, raffle and tombola, plant stall.

The Committee invite you to take part in the entering any of the numerous categories - flowers, pot plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, fruit, handicrafts, photography, baking and preserves and much, much more.

Entry forms from Maureen on 01536 723059, forms to be completed and returned by 20th August. Presentation of cups and shields by Philip Hollobone M.P.

Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Flower & Produce Show at Bosworth’s Nurseries & Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Further details and schedules are now available by phoning Diane (01933 678545)

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

St Mary’s Under Fives are on the long summer break and will not meet again until Tuesday, September 9th.

Sevices at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45amMorning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


The weather was kind and the afternoon turned out warm and sunny for the village fete with a relaxed atmosphere as visitors turned up to enjoy the attractions of the fete which has been running for 21 years. Delicious food and drink and a great selection of games and stalls were on offer.

The Gretton Silver Band entertained with an excellent choice of music. New and old competitions kept everyone on their toes and they were egged on by the MC Philip Arnold who opened the proceedings. Children enjoyed the bouncy castle while the adults snapped up bargains on the white elephant and book stalls and on the Green there was a display of classic cars. Maggie Garratt was the lucky winner of £100, the first of many prizes in the grand raffle. The event was rounded off with a colourful lift off of balloons which made a spectacular sight in the bright sky.

WI president Jenny Betts welcomed 22 members to the July meeting before presenting birthday posies to Anthea Hill, Margaret Marshall, Frances Britnell and Pat Oakley.

She then introduced the guest speaker, Lois Winfield, who spoke about Felt Corsages. Lois demonstrated how she produced the dry felting and displayed a colourful array of items she had made using this method. She judged this month’s competition for a favourite brooch or corsage and placed Mary Brown’s brooch in first position. There will not be a meeting in August but on September 4th Mike Peachley will give a ‘Talk on Life As An Artist’.

The next progressive whist drive to be held in the village hall will take place on Saturday, July 18, at 7.30pm.


Sunday in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 11am.


The final meeting of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society before their summer break took place on Friday, July 11. The Print Panel Discussion Evening saw nine members of the Society presenting and talking about panels of their prints. Liz Birchall, Derek Buckett, Rosemary Buckett, Derick Mears, Jenny Mortimore, Geoff Oliver, Dorothy Rudkin, Trevor Rudkin and Rick Yeomans covered a wide range of subjects and techniques, resulting in a very interesting and informative evening. The Society returns on Friday, September 5, when Chairman Geoff Oliver will be showing some of his work. However, a programme of summer events has been organised during the break, and these include a visit to Boughton House and an evening of equestrian photography.

Fresh Air Desborough’s (FAD for short) Grand Summer Raffle tickets are now on sale from Tuesday, July 15, at the price of £1 each. Tickets come in books of five. Last years raffle was a great success and this one promises to be as good with fantastic prizes donated by local businesses and the many friends of FAD. This year 2014 raffle prizes include: £100 cash, a lovely rug, a set of parking sensors, gardening vouchers, a Flymo mini strimmer, a ladies handbag, local business vouchers, chocolates, wines and spirits. Can you help FAD sell tickets to your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers? Fad can arrange for tickets to be delivered to you or you can collect them from them. To let FAD know how many bookd you would like, email Alternatively contact Fresh Air Desborough Chairman Alan on 07854 435806.

On Wednesday, July 16, all the Rainbows, Brownies, Girl Guides Association Desborough and British Legion Woman’s Section came together to help the commemoration of all the veterans who fought in World War One 100 years in a joint memorial service. On the evening all the planted poppies were displayed. The service was held at Desborough Cenotaph outside St Giles Church.

A Pub Quiz with a twist was held on Friday, July 18 at Desborough Town Cricket Club, West Lodge Park, Back Lane in Desborough. All proceeds went towards Alzheimer’s Research UK, Defeating Dementia.

Royal British Legion Desborough Poppy Appeal 8th Spring Quiz, this year raised £471 and the congratulations to the winner this year go to Mrs Crabtree from Desborough. Royal British Legion Desborough Poppy Appeal would like to thank all those who supported this quiz.

Friends of Desborough Library (also known as FODL) are organising fun free activities at the Desborough Library throughout the summer holidays. You will need to book your child’s place at the Desborough Library.

All activities organised by FODL are suitable for 5 years to 12 years old children and are held on Wednesdays at 2pm to 4pm.

The first craft activity is on Wednesday, July 27, called “Monster and Maze”. The second one is on Wednesday, August 13, is called “Woodland Creatures”. On Wednesday, August 20, it’s all about “Flying Creatures”.

All the activities held this year are linked to the mythical creatures theme of the Summer Reading Challenge. The next event is on Wednesday, August 27, titled as “Creatures from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” and the last event is a game activity called “Monster Drive” which is to be held on Wednesday, September 3. Please note: All the children will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Also, Friends of Desborough Library coffee morning is on Thursday, August 7 from 10am to midday. There also will be a Health Drop In.

Desborough Town Centre Partnership are organising an Italian Market here in Desborough on two days. On Friday, August 1, the Italian market will be held at the market place at High Street in Desborough. On Saturday, August 2, the Italian market will be at the top of Havelock Street, which will be closed for the day. There will be beautiful cheeses, meats, olive oils and breads and much more. Come along and don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Cheaney Court, Residential Nursing Home, Harrington Road in Desborough are having a Summer Fete and Car Boot Sale on Saturday, August 2. Its starts at 1pm to 4.30pm. There will be lots of stalls and attractions for all ages. Such as, Silver Band, disco, children’s fancy dress competition, tombola, raffle. Refreshments will be available, including barbecue and ice cream. Any enquiries please contact 01536 761116.

A Service is to be held at St Giles Church in Desborough, to commemorate the outbreak of World War One on Monday, August 4 at 11am.

The Summer Reading Challenge has already been launched in Desborough Library. This year’s theme is The Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge 2014! Come and join in for free. Read 5 books or more and get a medal and certificate. Get involved with all the fun at your local library. Don’t miss out! Kettering Borough Council Fun and Magic Show is on Thursday, July 31. It starts at 11am to midday. £2 per child. On Friday, August 1, it’s Rhymetime at 2.15pm to 3pm for under 5’s and their siblings. On Saturday, August 2, it’s Music and Movement, starting from 11am to 11.30am. For under 5’s and their siblings. Then on Sunday, August 3, calling all ages, a Yeti Colouring and Drawing Competition. There will be prizes to be won. Dragon Craft activity on Tuesday, August 5 for an hour. It starts at 10.30am. Suitable for all ages. Please book in advance or drop into Desborough Library to avoid disappointments. Character Hunt on Wednesday, August 6, from 9am to 6pm, for all ages.

Desborough Community Development Trust presents its 2014 Open Air Cinema Production “Mamma Mia!” This film is certified PG. Come along and watch this nominated film on Saturday, August 23 at The Millennium Green (off Beech Close) in Desborough. Entry to the Green starts from 7pm. The film starts around 8.30pm. Tickets are available from the Desborough Community Development Trust shop on Station Road and Icle Star on High Street. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4.50 for 17 years and under. Family ticket cost £16 (up to 2 adults and 4 children). There will be a barbecue run by the Explorer Scouts and drinks will be available to buy too. Alternatively, you can bring a picnic.


Foxy’s woodland shop is now open at the heritage centre selling a wide range of produce made from timber extracted from Corby woodland – non profit volunteer supported venture – worth a visit.

Northampton Preservation Society and the Friends of East Carlton Park are delighted to be presenting the 18th Transport Gala – ensure now that Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August are in your diary.

The Travelling Supper club will be visiting East Carlton cricket club on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July, both evenings begin at 8pm. This is an opportunity to experience a wonderful evening of Indian cooking with friends. Tickets for a four course delight are £25 per person.

The Andy Roberts Memorial cricket match is due to take place on the 31st August. Andy was a keen supporter of East Carlton cricket club and serves on the committee for many years especially active on the youth coaching development. Sadly, Andy passed away recently and to commemorate his life and service to the community a memorial match will take place.

On Tuesday 29th July the wander group will assemble near the Coaches & Horses in Lubenham for a 3 mile walk towards Market Harborough and then past the Judith stone. There are six stiles. All welcome please just arrive at the startingpost.


Countdown Cares will be at Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday 24th July between 9.30 and 12 midday.

A Charity Coffee Morning on the 26th July will be held at Finedon Bowls Club 10.00-12.00 noon. There will be a few craft stalls there which include a sweet stall, wool, glass objects and more. There is no admission charge but donations welcome. This is in aid of Half ‘N’ Arf MPN Blood Cancer, which is a rare form of cancer

The July meeting of the Finedon Local history Society will be on Monday 28th July 2014 at the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon at 7-30pm. The speaker will be Derek Blunt on Spires and Squires. Admission is £2-50 for members and £3-50 for non- members, after the evening light refreshment will be served

Did you leave Irthlingborough and Finedon Secondary School in 1974? If so then Jocelyn Dunn (Cole) and Debbie Houghton (Cox) are organising a 40th year school reunion. This will take place at the Oliver Twist in Irthlingborough on Friday 8th August at 8pm – late. Everyone from that year is welcome.

Coffee at the Cons will be on Monday 4th August 10 – 11.30am. Coffee, raffle and cakes for sale.

Friends of Finedon Library invite you to a commemoration for the Centenary of the 1st World War at Finedon Town Hall on Sunday 3rd August 1-4pm. Join in the re-enactment of enlistment and enjoy a cup of tea in the NAAFI. We will be remembering each of the 133 people from Finedon who did not return from the war. See their photo and make a poppy to honour them.


Still, the wall in Queen Street is being repaired and so Queen Street is still closed. The Village Hall, Bowls Club, The Post Office, and the Hairdressers, Askews are still open for business!

Geddington Parish Church Flower Festival was a great success. The magnificent flower arrangements were themed with poems this year and it really proved to be a winner. The Chapel was also decorated to a very high standard. All of this was despite the reluctance of ‘traffic control’ to allow people to go to Geddington village. This was due to Grafton Road being closed to allow ‘Tough Mudders’ to compete, however this seems to be a case of overkill! Why couldn’t they stop the road at the beginning of Grafton Road and divert the traffic up Wood Street?

Geddington Parish Church is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 26th July between 10.00am and 12 noon. Coffee,tea biscuits and homemade cakes are available. Secondhand books are for sale from 50p and jigsaws can be hired. Please come and join us for a welcome chat and chatter!

After a ‘holiday’ of a few months, Old Tyme Dances are starting again in the Youth Club in Grafton Road, Geddington. Every month there will be an evening of old time ballroom dancing with live music by the Mike White Duo. If you would enjoy an evening, bring your own nibbles and drinks and get out there dancing! It starts at 8.00pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981.

The dates are; Saturday September 20th, Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November 2014. There are two more dates in December, Saturday 13th December and Wednesday, New Year’s Eve.

Over the weekend of 15th to 17th August, Boughton Park is hosting the Alt-Fest, a major new Uk Festival Greenfield site covering Goth, Metal, Industrial and the Alt life style!! It is reputedly the word’s largest Alternative Festival, a tribal gathering of Alternative life styles, music, art and culture. There will be 5 days of camping and 3 days of live music with over 180 bands, spread over 7 massive stages.

Gosh, that’s worth putting in the diary!

Boughton House also is hosting the Greenbelt Festival. This Christian Festival is in its 40th year and is a celebration of Faith, Art and Justice. There will be lots of music, visual and performing Arts, Spirituality and Comedy for this family friendly event. It starts on August 22nd at 10.00am and finishes on August 25th at 8.00pm, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The 20th Annual Village Show will be held at Geddington Village Hall and grounds on Saturday 30th August , at 2.00pm. Admission will be 50p on the door. Teas will be made with homemade cakes and the sale of produce is at 4.45pm. Please look for the schedule in the Post Office or in the Newsletter.

Geddington Friends of the Church are organising a whole programme of events to cater for everyone. To kick off, on Sunday 28th September, they are planning a Medieval Walk and talk at the Mead and Medieval munching, all for £5 per person. Meet at the Cross at 3.00pm. Register your interest for medieval shopping purposes to a Committee member.


Sunday in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington. All are very welcome to join our services.

Great Addington Primary School:

On Wednesday the 23rd we said goodbye to Miss Vicky Shaw who has been a Teacher at Great Addington Primary School for the past nine years. During her time at the School Vicky has contributed to School life in so many ways and her dedication and commitment have been so very much appreciated. We wish Vicky all the best with her move up north and thank her for all that she has done for the School during her time with us.

Building works at the School are due to take place during the School holiday. We have been advised that this £87,000 project, which includes the refurbishment of the boys’ toilets, improvements and decoration to the girls’ toilets and installation of a complete new heating system at the School, is due to commence the first weekend of the holiday. Completion of the work is anticipated to be the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.


Wondertours Community Transport serving north Northamptonshire is running two Christmas excursions this year. On Saturday 15th November Derby is the destination. Fare is £13.50.Then on Saturday 6th December The German Christmas Market at Birmingham is the second seasonal trip will stalls all around the City. Pick-up points for these Christmas excursions are Gretton Weldon Corby-Old village and town centre-and Kettering Telford Lodge. To book please call pr text David Fursdon organiser on 07790 197220.

There is no monthly village lunch at Gretton on Tuesday 5th August. Servers and helpers have closed the kitchen and hung up their aprons for a summer break. Good news though lunches will return on Tuesday 2nd September at Gretton Village Hall from 12.30pm at just £4.00 each. Thank you one and all for your support and of course organisers hope to see everyone again on 2nd September. All inquiries please to Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328 or Email

Gretton Local History Society is holding an exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War. We have been busy researching the lives of all the names on the War Memorial, 105 men in all, 35 of whom gave their lives.

The exhibition will consist largely of biographies and photographs of all these men, plus some medals, death plaques and other memorabilia kindly loaned by the surviving families. We are also producing a Roll of Honour in the form of a beautifully presented book.

Seven new names have been added to the War Memorial on the Village Green and a service to dedicate (if that’s the right word) these names will be held on Saturday 2nd August at 10.30am, led by our Vicar and with a bugler on hand. We shall be presenting copies of the Roll of Honour to the Parish Church, the Baptist Church, and the Parish Council. Following that, at 11.15 we shall have the exhibition in the Village Hall opened by Gordon Hall, the military historian who has done sterling work in researching the military history for us. The exhibition will be open from 11.15am to 5.0pm on Saturday and on Sunday 3rd August from 11.0am to 5.0pm. The Gretton Silver Band will be playing tunes from the period on Sunday afternoon between 3.0pm and 4.0pm. Admission will be free and tea and biscuits will be available.

The costs of the exhibition have been largely covered by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We have been able to purchase a quantity of good quality display boards which will be available for use by other village organisations.

Duo Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant are playing at the 2014 Gretton Music Festival. Performing their unique brand of avant-folk masterpieces and emotive, quirky pop songs - on toy, folk and even homemade instruments - they also use live looping to create the effect of a two person orchestra. This musical extravaganza takes place at Gretton Village Hall, Kirby Road, on Saturday 23rd August at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £10 per person (£8 concessions), are available at Gretton Post Office on the High Street.

Gretton Music Festival - taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 22nd August to Monday 25th August - is Northamptonshire’s biggest community-based music festival.

The Gretton Road at the junction of Birchington Road by Corby Academy to the junction of Kirby Lane Northamptonshire will be closed from Monday 28th July until Friday 14th November 2014 to allow further infrastructure works to be done along this route. A diversion will be signposted.


On Sunday July 20th there is no service 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

Diary Dates


Friday 8th mobile library in Sweetacre Close at 3.35pm.

Saturday 9th, 1.00~5.00pm traditional craft fair in the village hall, reserve a table top £5 from Eileen Wilmin 01933 665004.

Ever thought of giving yoga a go? Come and join a small, friendly group in Grendon village hall. Every Monday in term time 1.30~3.00pm. Pay as you go or a discount on each half term paid up front. Contact Linda Wheatley or visit

Secret cinema in Yardley Hastings will recommence in September on the 20th at 7.45pm. Follow on dates are Oct 19th, Nov 16th and Dec 14th. Film titles to be announced.

Grendon’s church fete was a great success this year. Held in the walled garden at Grendon Hall there were a variety of stalls and entertainments including live music. The Brownies performed country dances and the fete was opened by the Rose Queen and her attendants. Delicious cream teas were served in the Marlow Hall and the whole event was blessed with sunshine and rather a vigorous breeze! All proceeds will be used in the upkeep and preservation of our lovely old church.


Hargrave W.I. is taking a break and there is no meeting in August. We gather again on Sept.10 when the guest speaker, Angie Cooksly will reveal secrets of life “Upstairs/Dpownstairs.”

The Book Club meets on Aug. 5 at “Cobblers.” Under discussion will be “The Seamstress” by Maria Duenas. To compensate for the disappointment of the chosen book last month, a party of us enjoyed a sparkling production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Tolhurst.

Circle Dancing today at 10.30am in the village hall. For August dates, please contact Karen on 461 568.

All Hallows Church. Sunday July 27, an All-Age Service at9.15am Children, parents, grand-parents, even great grandparents are welcome to this friendly congregation. Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday 30th at 10.00am.


The monthly Farmers Market will be held this Saturday 26th from 9 am on the Market Square. A wide range of locally produced foods will be on offer to include fruit, vegetables, apple juice, pickles, pies, pate, speciality breads, honey, beers, sausages, cheese, free range eggs, organic poultry and meats, floppy chicken, herbs, plants and shrubs. Free and ample parking is available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

A coffee morning will be held in the Bede House organised by St Mary’s choir with a wide range of stalls to browse and all are welcome. A half hour organ recital will be given by Rosemary Nayyar at 11.30 am in St Mary’s Church with free admission and an Art and Embroidery Exhibition staged by Peter and Marjorie Phelps in Chichele College again with free admission. Wheelchair access is available from College Street but no parking actually available at the College.

A family barbeque will be held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday 17th August 12.30 for 1 pm. Tickets are now available £8 for adults and £5 for under twelves and this price includes cooked barbeque meats with salads followed by desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery, chairs etc. For further info and tickets ring either - 01933 358686/357212 or 318856. All are welcome.

Stanwick Lakes offer various summer holiday activities for youngsters from today until Sunday 31st August. There will be a Family Explorer Challenge to explore the site on a quest to see what is lurking in the undergrowth. A Challenge Passport can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or Rangers Cabin for £2.

In addition every Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm activities in the Discovery Zone will include play with clay, make paper bag trees, little peg people and dream catchers - £1 per child. There will be pond dipping on Wednesdays and hunts for marvellous minibeasts on Thursdays. See website: or call 01933 625522.

A Holiday Club for five to twelve year olds is being held from 10am to 2pm in the Bede House from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August. There is space for up to thirty five children and the theme of the week is Mega Makers (this year’s Scripture Union theme).

Registration forms and further details are available from Debbie Smith-Wilds 01933 356257 or email

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 27th July are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15 am.

At the Parish Church of St John the Baptist Chelveston Sung Mass will be at 9 am.

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will hold a Holy Communion service at 10.30 am led by the Rev Dale Sherriff. Coffee will be served after the service.

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

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am tomorrow morning in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest Ray Woods will be talking about Antiques for Everyone. Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

The 2014 Annual Chichele Society Exhibition will be held on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th September in the Chantry Chapel next to St Mary’s Church.

The Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele are holding a Classic Car Show between 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday 3rd August in the Castle Fields. There will be a £1 charge for an entry programme. Around one hundred vehicles will be on display and all proceeds from this event will be donated to Rotary Charities.

Anyone wishing to have a stall at this event is asked to email for details of charges etc.

This is a new event for Higham Ferrers and staged during the special 600th Anniversary of Henry Chichele becoming Archbishop of Canterbury.

The annual garden party, organised by United Charities for the Bedesmen, Pressland Pensioners and Almshouses residents will be held next Tuesday 29th July from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Bede House and Church grounds.

A neighbourhood sale will be held on Saturday 30th August from 9 am until 1 pm. You are invited to take part if you have any items to sell – the cost is just £5 to cover advertising etc. Last year over sixty homes took part selling clothes, trinkets, tools etc etc – many bargains and well worth browsing through. To register as a seller contact Liz Brown 07766 406298.

To visit the many homes in Higham taking part on 30th call at the Market Square from 9 am for a map costing just £1. This will give the address of all the stalls in the sale.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm next Wednesday 30th in the library on Midland Road when members will enjoy a summer supper. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

A knit and natter coffee morning is held on the first Thursday of each month in Higham Library on Midland Road from 10.15 to 11.30 am. All are welcome.

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held next Tuesday 29th July at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet again on Wednesday 20th August at 2pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Kate Wills and her subject will be “Northampton Summer 1914 – preparations for war on our doorstep. Visitors and new members are always welcome - membership of U3A gives access to our forty special interest groups. See website:

Town Tours are available through Higham Tourism and can be provided for between six and twenty people. The tour brings everyone up to date with the history and buildings in Higham and the cost is £2.50 per person with refreshments provided at extra charge. For further details contact Irene 01933 411191.

Members of the Swivel Club are holding a Cockney Pride evening at Rushden Bowls Club Northampton Road this Saturday 26th from 8 pm. Guests will enjoy a Sing a Long Night with the Pearly Kings and Queens and tickets are £12 each to include a pie and mash supper with licensed bar available. All proceeds are for charity - ring Walt 07984266649 or the Bowls Club 01933 312680 for tickets.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile outer Aylesbury Ring walk part 3 on Sunday 3rd August. The route will be from Cublington to Whitchurch, Oving, North Marston and Quainton. Walkers are asked to meet at 8.30 am on Higham Market Square to arrange car sharing and car shuttle between start and end of walk. The group will be led by Ian Raby 01933 356049. See website:


Activities in the Library include Rhymetime for babies and the under fives at 9.30 on Thursday mornings. The next Coffee and Chat will be on Monday 28 July at 10.30am, all are welcome. On Tuesday August 5th the author of the Rainbow Fairies and Magic Kittens and Puppies series, Sue Bentley will be in the library at 10am.

Blood Donors will be at the village hall on Wednesday 30 July. There is a national shortage of people who give blood and if you think that you could do this then go along to the session which takes place between 2.15-4pm and 5.00 -7.30pm. To find out more ring 0300 123 2323 or take a look at the website

The Friday Club meets in Barringers Court between 2 and 4pm each Friday for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards bingo and a cup of tea. New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits. Contact Rosemarie on 07713 635907 to find out more.

On 2 August there will be a Charity Rumble in the Jungle, arranged by staff of the Co-Op this will be held above the Working Mens Club between 10am and 1pm. Items will be priced from 50p to £2 and there will also be some other tables that are not jumble.

St Katharine’s Parish Church, Irchester, will be holding World War 1 Commemoration Events to which everyone is welcome. On Sunday 3 August at 10 am there will be a service of commemoration and a tree planting ceremony with light refreshments available. On Monday 4 August from 1.30 – 8 pm the church will be open showing displays, poetry, storytelling, reflection, depicting WW1. Refreshments available. At 7.45 there will be a short service of reflection to end the day. For more information contact Anne Pooley on 01933 359096.

The Derby and Joan 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 the year goes on there will be outings arranged and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more.


Over the coming months, restoration work will be carried out at the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows; there will be some distruption. Work includes; path resufacing, installation of bridges,creation of water channels and scrapes and fencing along cycle path. For more informationplease contact Claire Wylding on 01604 405285or via e-mail:

Please don’t forget the ‘Walk of Remembrance’ photographic memorial running from Friday 18th July to Sunday 3rd August; running from the High St in Irthlingborough, around the cross and finishing at the Finedon Rd memorial.

Please remember the raffle at the British Arms, Baker Street, Irthlingborough, to help with the fundraising for Jack Warboys, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

on Saturday 26th July 2014. £5 per ticket.


A Fashion Show will take place in aid of Cancer Research UK on Friday 5th September at 7pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Lindsay Street. Tickets are £5 including a welcome drink. Entrance by ticket only which can be purchased at the Cancer Research Charity Shop, High Street or in person at 90 St. John’s Road, Kettering.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Variations Choir concert on Saturday 12th July in aid of Motor Neurone Disease which raised £625.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Thursday 31st July from 11.30am – 1pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm there will be a Special Archaeology Event held in line with UK Festival of Archaeology with the opportunity to meet an expert and handle real archaeological finds. Free admission.

Don’t forget that today is the start of Kettering-by-the-Sea at the Market Place featuring West Lodge Farm, Splash fountains, big screen, London Science Museum, beach, fashion show, beach volleyball, pantomimes and much more.

On Saturday 26th July at Toller Church, Gold Street a Coffee morning is being held from 10am – 12 noon organised by Kettering Civic Society.

On Tuesday 29th July a coach trip to Melton Mowbray market and Gates Garden Centre departs from the Corn Market Hall car park at 8.30am returning from Gates Garden Centre at 4.30pm. Tickets £12.50 per person.

For tickets and more information contact the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 or visit the website

On Saturday 2nd August at All Saints Church, William Street a Car Boot & Table Top Sale from 9am onwards. Contact Richard on 07887 617978 to book a pitch (essential). Set up from 8am. Free admission.

On Friday 1st August 1pm – 2pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street a talk by John Stanyard ‘Kettering: 1914’. Join in this commemorative talk covering the events, both local and national, that occurred in August 1914 as reported in the local press.

There are stories about everyday happenings in the town and about the mobilisation of the Kettering men in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Yeomanry.

We will explore the Kettering of 1914 and also feature an interesting comparison of Kettering ‘Then & Now’. It is advisable to book. Call 01536 534274 or visit


26 July, 10 - 2 pm, Trash and Treasure table top sale at the village hall, Laxton. Sellers please book your tables by contacting Derek on 01780 450475 or Tim on 01780 450005.

28 July, 2 - 3.30 pm, Laxton village hall hosts Learn through play fun sessions for 0-8 year olds. Run by Oundle Children’s Centre these sessions offer lots of activities to keep children occupied so if you are looking after some little ones do come along. Free. No booking required.


Great Harrowden invites everyone from the 5 parishes to join them in Great Harrowden Church on August 16th at 3pm for ‘A Taste of France’ Go along and hear about Jane’s recent trip to France and in particular her visit to the Taize Community. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference- think French bread, cheeses/pates and crepes! The afternoon will end with a Taste of Taize- a short [optional] act of worship Taize-style. Cost- Adults £6.50 Children primary school age £3.00. Please get in touch if you would like to go. Tel-01933 677380

Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church go along and join in the free fun on Monday 8th September and then every 2nd Monday in the month there after. 5.00pm-6.30pm a time for families to have fun and food together. Cost none- donations towards food are welcome. For dietary needs and a rough idea of numbers to cater please contact Jane on 01933 677380 or e-mail-

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. The next meetings at The Lamb are- Tuesday 5th August- Telescopic Topics, Tuesday 19th August- Telescopic Topics.

Little Harrowden Cricket Club –The next home fixture is 2nd August-against Abington.

Everyone would be made most welcome to go along and watch any of the matches, the home fixtures are held at The Manor [their home ground] which is at the rear of the Working Mens Club at Little Harrowden in Main Street. All fixtures commence at 1.30pm.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September. Further dates-

Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting.

Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship-Christmas activities.

Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church – Christmas Anthology.

Drop in for Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Church from 3.00pm on Saturday 9th August and try your luck at their raffle.

The September Festival will be on Saturday 6th September from 11.00am in the Church. Raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand.

Church services- Sunday July 27th 9.15am Morning Worship at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family Service at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Wednesday 30th July 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.


On Sunday 27th July a Holy Communion service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 27th July from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.

The sun shone for the Village Fete, which raised nearly £1800 for Church Funds. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event.


Brass on The Green. The Joseph Manning Trust invites you to a concert by the Raunds Temperance Band. Sunday 7th September on Orlingbury Village Green 2.30-5pm. Entry FREE! Norty’s licensed bar and cream teas, take along a garden chair.

Benefice Pet’s Service. All pets and well-behaved owners are welcome at the Benefice Pet’s Service at 11.00am Sunday 7th September on the Green at Orlingbury [in Church if wet]

Bowls of water will be provided and refreshments will be available after the service. Please do go along if you don’t have a pet, it’s a very friendly service- children are welcome to take along their favourite toy instead. For more info call Gillian on 01933 401340

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September. Further dates-

Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting.

Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church – Christmas Anthology.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 23rd August -Summer in the Mediterranean, 13th September-Lazy day on a Canal, 25th October- Autumn Colours,22nd November- Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 please contact Gillian on 01933 401340


One of the greatest pleasures for me is awarding the ‘Brennie’ Gibson Les Paul guitar to the Oakley Ranger who has made significant progress this year. That guitar is really special; it belonged to my late teacher Brendan McCormack and was gifted by his family. Brennie would have been delighted that so many young talented guitarists have now enjoyed playing it for a year – Firstly Myles Peters who is now at music College in London but returns regularly to help younger players, then Joe Coy who is still with us and has just passed Grade 4 ‘Rockschool’ with MERIT, then Rene Olivier and Dan Cargill both now at University and lately Matt Hodgson who is just about to do his Grade 8 Rockschool and will do well. This year the guitar is awarded to Derri Mutch McDonald who has just passed grade 3 Rockschool with ‘MERIT’. Well done Derri.

The ‘Golden Telecaster’ award goes to Elliot Smith who passed his Debut with MERIT a brilliant achievement. Brian May from Queen gave us a BOSS Chorus ensemble which goes this year to Ben McPhee who has also just passed his Rockschool Debut with MERIT. Andri Kuzin deserves special mention Andri came to us two years ago from Russia and has had to learn English and music and is specialising in solo classic guitar, though joins in the band with our acoustic guitar donated by myself. Paul and Mandy Young of Adrenaline Alley have this year given us the special gift of their late son John Chard Young’s 5 String bass and this year that goes to Joe ‘Rock God’ Coy who has now taken up bass – I’m intrigued to see what he does with that extra bottom B! The Zildjian hi- hats donated by my son Jon Paul, go to our fantastic young drummer Cerys Burt. These annual awards are such a positive aspect of our growing Oakley Vale community and one we share with Corby through the Oakley Rangers many live appearances at the Core Theatre and elsewhere in the town.

Several Oakley Vale residents including Brigid, Annette and myself will be involved in a fantastic musical experience on the 23rd August. We are rehearsing now with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, star singer Barb Jungr and electric band ‘Head of Snakes’. The Concert will be a stadium gig at the Corby Town Football club and there will only be 1000 tickets available so get yours now!

Many residents have asked for more litter bins and eight bins we had been promised across the estate are now being installed. Four of these are sponsored by McDonald’s (this is a joint Community Association, Cllr. Caine and CBC initiative). Four are being installed by the lake replacing the sub standard bins we currently have, two are replacing the broken ones by the playpark, one is going on the path by Corfe Close and the final one is being sited on the park area between Newmarket and Carlisle. A further two have been secured with help from ASRA for the Wick / Waver play area – one will be placed where the burnt out bin is and the other right next to the shelter by the hard play area.

You will have noticed a change in the grass cutting strategy on Oakley Vale. These include areas very close to residential houses and public open spaces that residents have traditionally used as play areas for their children – particularly down on the racecourse area of Oakley Vale. All our councillors met with residents, council officers and maintenance contractors last week and these concerns are being addressed. Cllr. Caine has been out on 5 other visits over the past weeks on the ‘racecourse’, ‘bird’ and ‘Wick/Waver’ areas and will continue to help any resident who asks. Our MP Andy Sawford is also across these issues and again is more than happy to help. As Community Association chair I have invited a representative of Midwest and affected residents to our meeting on the 24th September at the Community Centre and perhaps together we can strive towards a mutually acceptable policy for the next growing season?

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, 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


Congratulations to local archer, Bradley Denny, from the Archers of Raunds, who recently triumphed at the European Archery Junior Cup in Moscow, powering past teams from Italy and Russia to land a team gold medal clash with Germany, taking the honours in fine style winning 6-2. This Gold medal brought Team GB’s overall medal total to 9 for the competition, with 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze, placing GB equal 3rd in the medals table.

Bradley was in excellent form, finishing up ranked 2nd out of the 44 other competing male archers in his age category, and he has now heard that he and fellow GB archer Bryony Pitman have been selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, where the 17 year old pair will be among 33 British athletes competing across 14 sports for the Games, which run from 16th to 28th August. Watch this space!

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting tonight, Thursday, 24th July, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit their website at

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 25th July, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford will be holding a surgery tomorrow, Friday, 25th July, at Raunds Library between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. If you cannot attend the surgery you can email him at or talk to one of his team at his Constituency Office by calling 01536 264194.

St. Peter’s Church, Raunds will be open on Saturday, 26th July, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for people wishing to take a look at the Medieval wallpaintings and the church’s fine architecture.

There will be a service of Communion by Extension on Sunday, 27th July, at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. There will also be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 30th July, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Please note that the Little Sunbeams are now on their Summer break and will not be meeting on Tuesdays during the holiday period.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are looking for jobs, apprenticeship or training, are invited along to a drop in session between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 31st July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information, please visit their website at or email them at


Sunday there is a Service of Holy Communion by Extension in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

Sunday in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am, Morning Service with Mrs. Laura Staves. Tea-Time Talk is at 5pm with Pastor Patrick.

Ringstead Produce and Horticultural Show is on Saturday 6th September at Ringstead Social Club. Schedules will be available from Ringstead Post Office very soon or please email: for more information. There is no charge to enter items in the show but we do make a small charge for viewing.

There will be a wide range of classes to appeal to all abilities and

talents, with an Auction of produce during the evening with all proceeds going towards local cause. We hope to see you there !

On Wednesday 30th July the Monthly Service takes place at Five Gables Nursing and Care Home in Denford Road, Ringstead at 2pm.

Tap Dance Classes are available in Ringstead Village Hall on Saturdays between 9.00am - 10.00am. Contact Vanessa Burzynski on 01832 720664.


A final reminder that we are holding our annual dog show at the village hall this Sunday, 27th July. There are a wide variety of both novelty and pedigree classes with something for everyone. Registration is from 1pm with judging from 2pm. Entries cost £2 per class with proceeds going to the village hall.

Winners of each class will receive a rosette and a goody bag supplied by Pets at Home in Corby. There will also be trophies for Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show and Best dog from Rockingham village.

For any queries, please contact Claire Johnson on 07721 063885 or


Brilliant sunshine brought out large crowds for Rothwell’s annual carnival and fete on Saturday, July 12 – up to 2,000 people in total thronged to Manor Park to watch a programme of activities, browse among the stalls, enjoy the bouncy castle and examine a collection of classic cars.

The fete was opened by the carnival queen, Heather Cutts. The carnival parade, held earlier, was also watched by large numbers of townspeople, with prizes awarded to the best floats in various classes – judging was by Rothwell’s mayor, Cllr Roger Wilson.

The winners of the carnival parade and the baby competition, held a week earlier, were announced at the fete.

The overall best entry in the parade was ‘day of the dead’ by the Woolpack, which was also adjudged the best adult float. Attitude Dance Academy’s ‘move your bones’ won best children’s float. In the family and friends category, first was Jacqueline’s face paints, second was ‘despicable us’ and third ‘going to Barbados’. Winner of the children under-eight category was Rothwell Children’s Centre with En Pointe Dance second.

Entries in this year’s baby show, the results of which were announced at the fete, dropped to just 12 this year. As a result, the organisers, Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee, decided to make awards to the champion baby, Brogan Hale, and the youngest baby, Lilah Bell, born on June 23 – they both receive cups and a prize. With just two babies in the various age groups, it was decided to award an equal prize to all. They were: 18-24 months, Jacob McGilway and Jake Hill; 12-18 months, Caylan-Jac Spencer and Rosanna Tilson; 6-12 months, Albert Thorn and Joshua Mayes; 0-6 months, Roman Seymour and Penny-May Chambers.

The Italian Piazza Market will make a return to Rothwell from 10.00am-4.00pm on Sunday, August 3 – the second time it has been held this year. It will be staged alongside the Market House, so motorists are asked not to park there to enable stallholders to set up.

Rothwell Town Cricket Club will be holding their next car boot sale on Sunday, July 27 at the Desborough Road cricket ground. Sellers are welcome from 7.00am at a cost of £5 per boot, and buyers from 8.00am with an entrance fee of 20p. Further details from Sam Swingler on 01536 711930.

A sale and coffee morning is being held at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 9.30-11.30am on Saturday, August 2 in aid of Rothwell Cats’ Friends. Attractions include bric-a-brac, clothes, books, refreshments and home-made cakes. Admission is 20p.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club’s men’s team visited Corby Seagrave House on the afternoon of Saturday, July 12, losing 40-69. In the Manfield Cup, the men’s team came 23rd out of 37 clubs that participated in this year’s county competition. On Wednesday, July 16 the club’s ladies visited Abbey Park Bowling Club, Northampton, winning 44-36.

On Tuesday, July 15 the club’s men’s and ladies’ presidents, Malcolm Loach and Liz Armitage, hosted the annual Presidents’ Day at the club. Following an afternoon’s bowling, in which the men won, members enjoyed a buffet tea as guests of the presidents. The club’s Friday Night League is now in full swing, with the latest league table available in the clubhouse and on the website. Members still in the club knockout competitions are reminded that this round’s matches must be completed by the end of July.

New members are always welcome, with games in the evenings as well as the afternoons so those who work during the day can still play matches. Weekly free Monday evening coaching sessions start at 6.30pm, with no equipment needed other than flat soled shoes. More information from the club website at

Rothwell Amateur Swimming Club has celebrated 40 years of providing swimming lessons for Rothwell residents. At a celebration a few weeks ago, a birthday cake was provided by the club chairman, former councillor Alan Pote. Youngsters who would like swimming lessons can visit the pool at Montsaye academy in Greening Road, Rothwell during term time on Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm.

A wine fair is to be held in Rothwell, with the opportunity of tasting up to 50 international wines plus local bottle-conditioned beers and spirits. Specialised foods will also be showcased, and works by local artists will be on display.

Organised by Strawberry Fields Food Emporium, Market Hill, the event will be held at the Rothwell House Hotel from 5.00-10.00pm on Friday, August 1. Tickets cost £20 each and are now available from the deli.

Rothwell Sure Start Centre

Rothwell Town Council would like to correct the statement in their June Minutes (and as copied in the Down Your Way column) that the Sure Start Centre was moving to Rothwell Library. The Town Council had been mis-informed and the core work by Sure Start will remain in their current premises and the only change is that the Library will run more of the universal sessions for all young children, such as they do now with rhyme time.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are on Sunday 27th July to Billing Shopping Centre, on Tuesday 29th to The Old Friar at Twywell and on Thursday 31st to Vesuvios, Sharnbrook. Shopping trips on Monday 28th to Morrisons and Sainsburys and on Friday August 1st to Waitrose. Line Dancing with Happy Feet is on Thursday 31st July at 2.00pm in the Well-being Centre (£3.50). Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Royal British Legion –There will be a 10km Run this Sunday 27th at 9.00am starting from Pemberton Centre – sponsorship forms from Jake on 07525 441267.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – meet next next Thursday July 31st at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd., for a Demonstration by Elizabeth Ollenbittle ‘Fun with Flowers’. Visitors Welcome

Rushden Classical Music Society – hold their Summer Supper next Wednesday July 30th at 7.30pm in Higham Library.

!! The Children’s Society – are having a Garage Sale on Saturday August 9th at 10.00am - £5.00 to sell and be on the map. Maps cost £1.00 from St Mary’s Church Grounds – further details from Anne on 316380.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden –The Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriars Church – this Sunday the Morning Service is at 10.15am. Mugs and Beakers for parents with young children is on Tuesday 29th at 9.00am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Rev Dale Sherriff. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Donna Stewart from Stamford.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Morning Service this week will be at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt. Zumba with Michelle is on Wednesday/Thursday 30th/31st July at 6.30pm. This Saturday 26th the Church presents an ‘End of Pier Variety Show’ at 7.00pm in the Hall, tickets £5.00 from Cheryl on 778677 or 07969603958.

St. Peter’s Church –The Family Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.00am. Craft, Chat and Communion meet on Tuesday July 29th at 10.00am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday July 26th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson followed by a Church picnic. There will be no Evening Worship.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service with the Worship Group is at 10.45am with traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 29th at 10.00am.

!! World War One History Group – are holding a Centenary Exhibition on Saturday August 2nd at 10.00am in St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall featuring the men of the area who fought in the War – remembering the sacrifice made 100 years ago.

Rushden Ramblers – Tortoise Group – next walk is next Thursday 31st July to Weekley and Warkton – leaving Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Marie and John Burton on 359090

Swivel Club – this Saturday 26th July at 8.00pm in Rushden Bowls Club present an evening of ‘Cockney Pride’ and the Pearly Kings and Queens in a Sing-a-long Night. Tickets are £12.00 including a Pie and Mash Supper! Available from Walt on 07984 266649 or Mick on 07872481080.


Stanwick is officially the best ‘Large Village’ in Northamptonshire and has the cup and certificate to prove it, together with an additional certificate for being overall runners-up in the competition which is organised annually by Northamptonshire ACRE.

The judges were initially welcomed at the Village Hall where the Parish Council Clerk had put together photographs of the village and village events, which were displayed on a projector while they enjoyed tea and cake supplied by the WI. Displays were also put up in the hall, which included posters of events throughout the year and photographs of the different activities held in the village. The judges were very interested in the village heritage, in particular booklets containing interviews of life in the village in days gone by, which had been put together by Janet Cutmore, and the book researched and written by the late Fred Page about the Stanwick men named on the War Memorial. After their refreshments, the judges were keen to take a walk around the village, during which they paid a visit to the school and the pocket park. They were very impressed with the pocket park development along with everything on offer in the village, and special mention was made about the people of the village and the large sense of community. 

Congratulations to everyone involved, particularly Clerk to the Parish Council Jenny Hodgson and Village Hall Facilities Manager Rebecca Moody, who worked so hard to pull everything together, alongside many village organisations which contributed to the event. The cup and certificates will be on display soon for all to see, alongside our ‘highly commended’ certificate received last year.

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

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, 27th July, at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

A service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 30th July, at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Enjoy Sunday Night Jazz at the Courtyard on Sunday, 27th July with the Ben Holder Quartet. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music from 8 p.m. £7 on the door.

Tai Chi classes will be held in the Village Hall between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. on Thursdays during September, at a cost of £36 for the 4 classes. These classes will be suitable for men and women from 18 years to 80+. People who are new to Tai Chi and those returning after a break will be very welcome, along with those continuing to work on their Tai Chi. You will be encouraged to exercise slowly and smoothly, build up your strength and flexibility, at your own pace, and release tension. For more information about this class and to book your place please contact Amanda on 07835 453 286 or email More information is also available from

Number 34 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 12th July, making Judy Cartwright the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Weldon Art Group will be holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd of August in the Village from 10.00am until 4.00pm on both days. It is hoped that over 100 paintings will be on display some will be for sale. Admission is free and refreshments will be available all day.

Weldon Village Fete is to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August in the Cricket Field from 12 noon until 4pm. There will be Tombola, cake tent, clowns, Viking Display, Tug of War, Competitions car boot sale and many stalls showing various crafts. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be available For more details or stall space call 07876 635976 or 07788711753

Weldon Amateur Theatre School (W.A.T.S) founded in January 2014 have their debut production of Alice in Wonderland JR coming up at the end of the July at Corby Business Academy. It is a fun-filled musical and is bound to be fun for all the family at Corby Business Academy.

It is a fun-filled musical and is bound to be fun for all the family.ou really do not want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity. The cast ages range from 4 years old to the 18 age group and many have diffent skills which will be showcased in the production

Performances will be held on Thursday and Friday 24 & 25 July at 7.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday 26th July 2.00pm and 6.30pm Ticket available adults £8.50 OAP £7.00 Children over the age of 3 under 3 go free, Family Tickets (2 adults + 2 Children) or 1 adult and 3 children £23.00 Group booking (10+ people) £5.00per ticket includes a drink and sweets or ice cream

To book tickets Telephone 01536 266410 (Josephs Opticians Corby Village)

Weldon Women’s Institute held their last meeting before the summer break on Tuesday 8tth July in the village hall. It was a theme night the theme being A Garden Party in the Village Hall and it was a good job that is what it was call as it turned out to be a wet evening. The monthly business was as brief as possible followed by the entertainment by the ladies themselves.

Several members of the Book club read passages from well-known books along with others reading some most amusing poems Liz Boswell was one of the most outstanding entertainers she came on with a hat which would Carmen Miranda to shame and read a poem by Pam Eyres One Hell of a hat.

The entertainment ended with a sing song accompanied by Carol Steven on Guitar. Before refreshments ladies wearing hat were asked to parade for judging which resulted with Liza creation taking first place. Refreshments had been prepared by Jean Freeman and helpers.

Corby and Rockingham Forest trefoil Guild would like to thank everyone who came long and supported the Strawberry Tea held in Weldon Recently. This was a most successful and enjoyable afternoon. The grand total raised was £212 for the new mini bus fund for Lakelands Hospice.


Members of Wellingborough Twinning Association met at Sywell Country Park for their annual “Boules and Booze” evening. Memories were shared of events through the year especially the visit to Niort in France and with visitors from Wittlich, their German Twin Town. The usual Boules Tournament was a great success. Details of forthcoming events will follow in due course!

Wellingborough Town Centre will be hosting another Medieval Festival July 26th and 27th. This is being organised again by Discover wellingborough the Town Centre Partnership, And Yes the Seaside beach is making a welcome return Sand, Deckchairs everything again same as last year. Between August 2nd and 30th the beach will be there right in our town centre again, A new improved beach is promised. Please check websites and facebook page. and also on Twitter. Programmes and info about both events should soon be freely available.

The Queens Head Broad Green Wellingborough is raising money for Action Medical Research. Over the past 12 months Dave Mathews has not had a haircut and now holds a brilliant comb over, for which some of his fellow local business men have sponsored, to the tune of £100 each. Well the year is almost over so the Great Haircut is happening 2nd August along with a Hog Roast & disco with lots of wonderful raffle prizes.

We aim to raise over £2,000 with your help, donations can be made to veronica the secretary on 07737 858735 credit/debit cards welcome.

Wellingborough Museum at the Museum the RSPB are holding a Giving Nature a Home event on Wednesday 30th July. A fun Filled day of activities from 11am till 4pm will include a Bird Quiz and making Wildlife Feeders to Take Home and giving useful advice on aspects of wildlife.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. on 24th July Mark Wilson will be the medium.

The Federation of Professional and Amateur Artists will be holding its Summer Exhibition at the Wellingborough Museum beginning with preview Night on

Friday 1st August At 7.30pm till 9.30pm and the exhibition will then be on public display from Saturday 2nd August until Saturday 9th August 10am till 4pm but Closed Sunday 3rd August. Free Admission. Come along and be inspired,

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held.. The Film Show on Tuesday September 2nd Remembering 1914-1918. On Tuesday October 7th A steam night film show On Track will be presented and on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown. Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop. Put These Film shows in your Diaries.

St Barnabas Church Information of events for June. Saturday 26th July Safari Supper at 7pm. Again the Church will need to give you full details of how to attend this. Application Forms are now available for holiday club at St Barnabas. Holiday Club takes place between the dates of 28th July to 1st August First come First served and Carol Deamer at the Church is the lady with all the relevent information. On Monday Afternoon at St Barnabas a creative Cards group meet at 2pm and a Music Group at 6.30pm. Parish Prayer begins at 2pm on Tuesday and Holy Communion begins at 10am on Wednesdays. Thursdays Morning Prayer starts at 9am, Little Frogs at 2pm in the Church and Ladies Club at 2pm in the Hall unless on a day out. Please ask at Church for a Parish Magazine because Sunday services vary week to week.


Woodford was again blessed with a superb fair to celebrate the Feast. Woodford is the only village left in Northamptonshire that has a feast funfair on the village green. John Bugg, who presents the fair on behalf of John Thurston Fun Fairs enjoys coming to Woodford and is determined to maintain the “ Thurston Tradition”. He likes to bring new attractions to keep the fair “fresh” and did so this year with the ever popular Oblivion plus the Superbob for teenagers and the more thrill seeking adults. There were 2 children’s rides, also an inflatable. There were also quite a few games including Hook- a -Duck, picks and shooters. John Bugg gave a generous donation in support of the flower festival. The floral display on the chancel steps was a history of John Thurston Fun Fairs, he also donated 1/2 price vouchers as fete prizes. John Bugg is looking forward to coming to Woodford next year when the feast dates will be correct - the second Sunday after 29th of June - and, again, hopes to bring new attractions. Woodford Feast and it’s fair is a wonderful tradition and long may it continue.

Kettering Town Ladies and Girls football.Under 10’s and under 12’s girls -training every Saturday morning 10:30-12 noon.Senior Ladies over 16’s training every Thursday evening7:30 -9pm.both at Woodford Club Highfield.For more details contact Steve 07968 831874

The 6pm service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday July 27th will be conducted by Mr. Emerson from Wellingborough.

The Wednesday fellowship on July 30th is an open meeting -time to share,and is at 7-15 in the Chapel Schoolroom.

The services at the Churches for July 27th are Little Addington Morning prayer at 9:30am Great Addington Holy Communion at 9:30am, Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.