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BRIGSTOCK

A Summer Fete with a world cup theme, organised jointly by St Andrew’s Church and Brigstock School PFA, will be held in the church paddock on Saturday 12th July starting at 2pm when the fete will be opened by the May Queen and King. Among the many stalls will be a tombola, bric-a-brac, bottle stall and homemade cakes. Lots of games and fun for the children, including a world cup fancy dress, a family sack race, a duck race and a teddy bears parachute jump from the church tower. The first prize in the raffle is £100 with many more prizes to be won. Corby Silver Band will provide a music concert during the afternoon.

The next meeting of Brigstock WI is on Tuesday, July 8th, at 7.30pm in the WI hall when Tony Noble will give a talk on his life on the royal yacht Britannia. The competition for the evening is for memories of a cruising holiday.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday, 8th July, members will enjoy a slide show presentation at 2pm in the lounge at Harper’s Court.

Come along to Brigstock Post Office tea room on Wednesdays from 10 till 12 to knit, crochet, sew and natter in a friendly group.

BROUGHTON

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 11, 12 and 13, St Andrew’s Church, Cransley, is the venue for an exhibition of village history to mark the anniversary of World War One. Opening hours are Friday, 1pm to 6pm. Saturday 10am to noon and Sunday after the 10.30am service up to 1pm. On the Saturday evening there is an old time singalong and refreshments at 7pm in the church. Tickets are £3.50 and are available by calling 01933 805328.

In 1992 the Parson’s Spinney became Broughton Pocket Park and a team of keen volunteers improved the area considerable. With people moving away, however, it is hoped that a new leader and others will find spare time to deal with the undergrowth and make the area the pleasant place it was.

There is one vacancy on the parish council and anyone interested in local affairs and willing to give time to this can offer their name to the clerk on 01832 7321464.

BURTON LATIMER

The next exhibition at the Heritage Museum will be ‘Kiss the Children for Me’ which will mark the beginning of the First World War.

Its title is taken from the closing lines of a letter from Private Leonard Clipson, written to his family in Duke Street on the day before he was killed in the trenches by a shell.

The Society would like to borrow suitable items for this exhibition.

If you can help, please bring them to the museum of Saturday between 10am and 12 noon. Phone 01536 722722 for further information or to make different arrangements.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet on Wednesday, at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane, when the guest speaker will be Sylvia Smith who will talk about Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

Visitors are welcome.

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will take place at 7pm on Thursday, July 10th, at the Civic Centre.

Tuesday Fellowship has arranged a Tea & Chat Afternoon in aid of chosen charities on Tuesday, July 15th, to be held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, starting at 2.30pm. The charities chosen for 2014 are Cransley Hospice, Air Ambulance Service and Age UK. Do come and support these worthy causes.

A Barn Dance in aid of St Mary’s Church will be held at Bosworth’s Garden Centre on Saturday, July 19th.

George’s Horse will be providing the music, and food and drink will be on sale at the BBQ and bar. The festivities will begin at 7pm. Tickets priced at £8 for adults and £5 for children are available from Sue (01536 357676) or Helen (01536 722901)

CALDECOTT

The monthly progressive whist drive was well attended when Jackie Chapman and Margaret Deadman organised the event. Helping with refreshments were their grandchildren, Jade Chapman and Robert Sharman. Highest scorers were ladies, Nora Davis, Margaret Deadman and May Page and playing gent, Isabel Duff, Lorna Otsalt and Louise Dawkins. Consolation prizes were given to Dean Hawkins and Frank Woodbridge, while the first prize of many in a raffle was won by Dianna Reed. The next drive will be held on Saturday, July 19th.

Members of the History Society enjoyed their annual outing with a guided tour around Hallaton and learned much about the village including a visit to the museum. The evening was rounded off with a welcome buffet supper at The Fox pub.

Supporters of the 100 Club met in The Plough for the monthly draw. Mervyn Hodgkins won the first prize of £45 with number 51. Subsequent winners were Joyce Lattimer (18), Esme Garrett (61) and Hazel Pitt (63). Profit from the draw will be used to help cover expenses for the annual fete.

COTTINGHAM

A date for your diary - An event is being organised in the village to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

The event will be held on Sunday 24th August in the Village Hall Annexe between 2pm and 5pm. If you would like to get involved, or if you have any information or memorabilia from the era, please contact Joanne Leaning on joanne.leaning@btinternet.com, telephone 01536 770913.

Church Services:-

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

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

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

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

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

DESBOROUGH

On Saturday, June 14, Desborough Millennium Green Trust (DMGT) held a fete on the Millennium Green behind St Giles Church in Desborough. The fete started at 2pm to 7.30pm. All profits made by DMGT is being used to maintain the Green. DCDT (Desborough Community Development Trust) ran the tea tent, offering tea, coffee and cakes. From 5.30pm alcoholic drinks were on offer as well as soft drinks. During the afternoon in the arena the local school children gave some beautiful performance, alongside other acts. There was live music till late. The Millennium Green space is held in perpetuity for the people of Desborough and was made a ‘Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust’ in 2012.

Geoff Stone and John Fryatt of the Rushden and District Photographic Society visited Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Friday, June 20 to show the accepted images from the 2014 Rushden Open Exhibition, a major national digital image exhibition. A lot of hard work had been put into arranging the hundreds of top quality photographs into a series of audio-visual sequences, which covered Creative, Monochrome, Colour and Nature sections. It was particularly pleasing to see “Beach Patterns” by club member Trevor McHugh among the accepted images. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Geoff Stone and John Fryatt for yet another display of tremendous variety and inspirational photographs from this leading exhibition, and for coming to the meeting to deliver a thoroughly entertaining evening.

New Baby and Toddler Saturday Activities at the Desborough Library. On Saturday, July 12, it’s Music and Movement from 11am to 11.30am. On Saturday, July 19 at 11am to 11.30am is Story time and Craft. Rhyme time is on Saturday, July 26 at 11am to 11.30am. The last session is on Saturday, August 2, starting from 11am for half an hour and it is called Music and Movement. These activities are suitable for children aged 4 and under. Older siblings are welcome. For more information, drop into Desborough Library to find out more.

Havelock Junior School, Havelock Street in Desborough, are holding their Children’s Summer Fete on Thursday, July 10. It starts from 2.30pm and onwards.

Fundraising is now under way for local Desborough resident, Christopher Hole’s Three Bicycle Challenge. You can sponsor online at: www.justgiving.com/Christopher-Hole1 Alternatively, you can give at the local collection points around Desborough town. The collection boxes in Desborough are at Sally Anne’s Hairstylists on Station Road , Desborough Conservative Club, West End DIY, Icle Star on High Street, The George Pub, Howitt’s Chemist, Desborough and District Community Shop and The Station Cafe at Market Harborough. Chris will be collecting at Morrisons Supermarket in Kettering on Thursday, July 10 and Friday, July 11. Also, Chris will be at Desborough Central England Co-operative Supermarket on Gladstone street on Saturday, July 12. In addition there is a “Marathon Spinathon at Desborough Leisure Centre on Sunday, July 20, from 9am to 5pm, 25 Spinning Bikes, 50 riders, 8 hours - how far will they ride and how much can they raise. Cransley Hospice serves a population of 250,000 people in North Northamptonshire. It is based in Kettering and provided in house and palliative care. It is an NHS provision but also needs to raise £1million a year or £100 per hour. Chris is hoping to raise £3500 which is £100 for each hour he will ride and also means the Hospice is funded for each of those hours.

EAST CARLTON

The Breakaways will be holding their annual BBQ at Sylvia and Peter’s on Tuesday 15th July at 7.30pm. Cost will be £3 per person (bring a bottle). Husbands and partners are also invited. Please ring Sylvia on 771295 by Friday 11th July to confirm your place.

The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their monthly Coffee Morning on Thursday 3rd July in the cricket club from 10.30am-12noon. Cost of admission is £2.50, this includes refreshments. All money will be going to Megan Baker House.

On Tuesday 15th July the East Carlton Wander Group will be meeting at 7.30pm near the Cross Keys in King’s Cliffe for a 3 ½ mile walk across disused railway and past remains of airfield . There are 4 stiles.

On Tuesday 29th July assemble near the Coach & Horses in Lubbenham for a 3 mile walk towards Market Harborough and then past the Judith stone. There are 6 stiles.

The walking group takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 11am at the park entrance all welcome.

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. More details closer to the date but this an event not to be missed.

FINEDON

The evening of the June meeting of The Royal British Legion was very entertaining thanks to the Rev Richard Coles. His talk on “Topical Tales” covered W.W.1 and the camaraderie of the troops.

On June 7th the R.B.L. demonstration trailer was taken to Orlingbury Fete. This was manned by Allan Short, Peter Eames and Brian Walker. Some members from the R.B.L. Riders Branch came and showed off their motor bikes. Gill Short, Karen Eames and Julie Walker were in the Community Hall with a fund raising stall and managed to raise about £100.

On Sunday June 8th Norman Panter carried the Union Flag and Allan Short carried the County Standard at the “D” Day 70th Anniversary Parade at Northampton.

The next meeting of the R.B.L. will be on Monday July7th at the Bowls Club, Finedon 7.15 for 7.30. We shall be having a fun Quiz Night. The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments.

For more information contact Julie on 01933 399745.

GEDDINGTON

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley have announced a vacancy for a Parish Clerk. Duties include; attending and recording monthly meetings, administration of Council records and maintaining financial records. For full details of salary and hours, click on to the parish Council records on the website. Applications should be made to the Parish Council Chairman, Cllr. Mark Rowley.

The wall in Queen Street is still 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! The repair of the wall is fascinating and is well worth a wander.

Boughton House are playing host for the second time to ‘Tough Mudder’, over the weekend of 12th and 13th July. More details will come and it should be an exciting event to watch and even perhaps take part in!

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.

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.

Geddington Friends of the Church held their Annual General Meeting in June and was very well attended. The new Chairman, David Lomasney, was elected and Linda Saunders has become the new secretary. The committee’s continuous aim is to enhance facilities of our lovely Parish Church. They have set a target of £5000, which is ambitious, but achievable. A varied programme of events are to be advertised in the Newsletter and the newspaper. 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.

GREAT ADDINGTON

The next meeting of The Addingtons Ladies Group will take place on Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm.The Topic for this evening is a ‘Blue Badge Walk with a Guided walk around Harrold followed by supper’.If you would like to join us you can either contact Celia on 01933 680984 or just turn up on the night.

Primary school news:

The PSA are hoping to run two ‘Art Clubs’ after School on Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 16th July to help the kids create a Wild West Town and props for the Fete. We are looking for volunteers to help run the sessions. No artistic skills or planning needed, just be prepared to potentially get messy on the day!!

The Raffle is always the biggest fund-raiser at the Summer Fete on July 18 and we always have a variety of excellent prizes to be won. Traditionally, first prize has always been £100 cash and, in previous years, we have been lucky enough to receive a donation of this sum which has been gift-aided. If anybody feels they would be able to make a donation for the cash first prize, please could they approach a member of the PSA or the School Office (obviously this may be done anonymously, if required). Books of raffle tickets are now available to purchase.

GRETTON

The Jurassic Way the story of the ancient Iron-Age route which passes through Gretton on its way between Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire is the subject at the next meeting of Gretton Local History Society on Thursday 10th July at Gretton Village Hall 7.30pm

The presentation will be given by the evening’s guest speaker Malcolm Deacon. Entrance for GLHS members is free with visitors very welcome to come along for only £3.This meeting should also be of interest to walkers and ramblers along with the general public. Refreshments will be served and there is also a raffle. For inquiries contact Anne Craske Secretary telephone 01536 771102.

Gretton Women’s Hour meet next on Tuesday 8th July at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Gretton starting at 2.15pm. The afternoon’s guest is the Rev Sian Reading, Vicar of St James Church, Gretton. The meeting will also include hymns, prayers and readings, ending with light refreshments. Organisers at Gretton Women’s Hour welcome regular members and extend a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors from Gretton and the local area. Further details please call 01536 770188 or 770784.

Thank you to all who took part in this year’s safari supper. Twelve couples took part and had a fun evening meeting newcomers to the village as well as some old retainers! This year also included some younger couples. Let’s try to get even more next year. We plan to have the weekend between the May bank holidays in 2015. Watch this space for a date.

£120 has been raised and this will be given to the Gretton Primary School Forest School to build a willow shelter in the pocket park.

HARGRAVE

There is no poetry reading group this month. Our next meeting is on 17th September at 2.30pm in Hargrave Church. All are welcome. Please ring me if you would like to know more.

Working in Uganda is the subject of the talk by the guest speaker, Alison Rockett at the W.I meeting on July 9 at 7.30pm. We welcome non-members this evening for a modest charge of £3 There is no meeting during August.

Ladies Luncheon on July 18 at 12.30pm at The Racehorse, Catworth. Please ring Penny on 623310 to book your place.

Services at All Hallows during July are at 9.15am. On July 20 Holy Communion. July 13 will be Morning Worship and 27th an “All Age” Service. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.00am on Wednesday 23 and 30.

HARRINGWORTH

The warm June sunshine helped ensure a fantastic turnout for our annual village Fete held in the grounds of the majestic Manor House. Over 600 adults and children spent the afternoon enjoying music, delicious food and drink plus a great selection of games and stalls. The White Swan Pub kindly sponsored the delicious carrot cake used in the Guess the Weight Cake and won by Marie Hems who correctly estimated its weight. More cars than ever turned out for the successful car boot sale too. The event raised nearly £3000 for the Harringworth Appeals Fund. Thanks to all who helped make the day such a success; nearly 40 villagers worked at the event – what a great community!

A DVD was donated to be sold at the Fete and we have discovered that inside the case was in fact a Wedding DVD marked ‘Robin and Kirsty’s Wedding Day Take 2 – 2008’. The DVD case was a Michael McIntyre set. We’re keen to return the DVD back to the kind donor who no doubt didn’t mean to hand this over during their clear out. Please contact Eve on 747746 for more information.

Be sure to mark the afternoon of Sunday 13 July in your diary for open gardens and afternoon teas. Nine beautiful gardens in the village will be open between 2pm-5pm, and refreshments and afternoon teas will be served in the Village Hall, as well as a plant sale. Tickets cost £3 and accompanying children under 16 go free.

Last week the 5th annual Michael Mulheron Memorial Golf Day was held at Corby Golf Club with 32 players taking part. Friends and family joined the players later for Bangers and Mash in The White Swan, Harringworth. The Auction and Raffle raised £800 for The Friends of Royal Free Hospital, London.

The CallConnect Bus Service are planning to launch a weekly (every Tuesday) semi-fixed bus service between Stamford and Corby via Harringworth in September. They are currently awaiting registration approval but would like to gauge potential interest. Would you, a family member or neighbour use the service? Please contact Eve on 747746 who can then feedback the responses to CallConnect.

The last coffee morning at the White Swan was very well attended and gave people an opportunity to chat to the new manager of the White Swan, Hayleigh Fisher. Hayleigh very kindly donated all the takings that morning to the Harringworth Appeals Fund. The next coffee morning is Tuesday 15 July from 10.30am – Noon.

IRCHESTER

Activities in the Library include Crochet, Knit and Natter at 2pm on Thursday 10 July.

Irchester Parish Council met on 25 June. Anti-bullying ambassadors from Irchester Community Primary School gave an excellent presentation to the Parish Council about their anti-bullying campaign . This will be taken out into the community of Irchester through the production and display of posters in recreational areas. The ongoing problem of dog fouling was discussed and further awareness posters distributed. The trimming and pollarding of trees in the village will be negotiated with the County Council. Planning applications were discussed, necessitating a site visit to be arranged. There are some problems in the cemetery caused by moles, this will be addressed.

Parkinson’s UK will be having their River Trent summer outing on Wednesday 9 July instead of their monthly meeting in the village hall.

An outline application has been submitted to Wellingborough Borough Council for a development of up to 150 dwellings (including the option of a retail unit), with accesses off Station Road (including a roundabout at the eastern end of the site), public open space, play area, footpaths, new footbridges across stream, drainage attenuation and landscaping (access arrangements to be determined at this stage) The reference for this is WP/14/00298/OUT and comments can be left on the borough website or posted to the council offices.

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.

Irchester Women’s Institute will be meeting on Thursday 10 July in the village hall at 7.15. Women of all ages are welcome. There will be a talk by Judy Kendrick Simonsen, entitled ‘The English Country Lady 1935-55’ . For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.

Irchester Branch Labour Party is holding its Summer Party at Knuston Hall on Sunday 13 July. This event has been held every July since 2000 and always attracts over 100 members and friends. Tickets are priced at £15.50, which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice, an elaborate buffet, choice of desserts and coffee or tea. Children’s tickets cost £8.50.The guest speaker this year is Richard Garvie, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Tickets are available from John Mann. Tel: (01933) 353458.

IRTHLINGBOROUGH

The Christian Aid committee would like to thank all those who attended the Open Gardens event for making it a resounding success; raising a record £1,614.

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

The evening of the June meeting of The Royal British Legion was very entertaining thanks to the Rev Richard Coles. His talk on “Topical Tales” covered W.W.1 and the camaraderie of the troops.

On June 7th the R.B.L. demonstration trailer was taken to Orlingbury Fete. This was manned by Allan Short, Peter Eames and Brian Walker. Some members from the R.B.L. Riders Branch came and showed off their motor bikes. Gill Short, Karen Eames and Julie Walker were in the Community Hall with a fund raising stall and managed to raise about £100.

On Sunday June 8th Norman Panter carried the Union Flag and Allan Short carried the County Standard at the “D” Day 70th Anniversary Parade at Northampton. The next meeting of the R.B.L. will be on Monday July7th at the Bowls Club, Finedon 7.15 for 7.30. We shall be having a fun Quiz Night. The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments.

Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be ex-service to have an enjoyable evening. For more information contact Julie on 01933 399745.

KETTERING

St John’s Short Mat Bowling Club meet every Monday and Thursday from 9.45am to 12 noon at St. John’s Church Hall, Stamford Road. Contact Irene or Geoff on 01536 521897. Please come and join us you will be made very welcome.

The Variations Choir will be performing their Summer Concert in aid of Motor Neurone Disease at the United Reform Church, London Road on Saturday 12th July at 7.30pm. The repertoire will include songs spanning the years, from war-time oldies to musical, choral and modern favourites. Tickets cost £5, £2.50 for under 12’s, or available on the door. Ticket price includes refreshments. For more information call 01536 723376.

Cransley Hospice Bands in the Park Concert Programme continues on Sunday 6th July at 3pm when Kettering Salvation Army Citadel Band and Songsters will be on the bandstand. Bring along your chairs and enjoy some great music in the Park. If the weather is inclement the concert will take place in All Saints Community Hall in William Street. Refreshments, including strawberries & Ice-cream will be available at All Saints from 3pm – 5pm.

At the Lighthouse Theatre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July Anderson Dance presents Dancing Through the Decades. Performance on Saturday starts 6pm and Sunday 3pm. Come and join the Anderson school of dance on a journey through the decades from the 1900’s to the present day and commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Anderson School of Dance. Tickets £8 adults, £6 children. To book seats call the box office on 01536 414141.

On Saturday 12th July the Counties Community Centre, Hertford Road is holding a Quiz Night starting at 7pm. Fee £2 per person. Gather together your intelligent friends and come along to Counties and have some fun.

Children’s Activities at the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street. Terrific Toys & Games Galore! At the Manor House Museum from 24th July through to 3rd September. Get creative during the Summer holidays with a packed programme of children’s craft activities inspired by the current Museum exhibition ‘When I was Young….’ Come along to try out the terrific toy and game themed craft activities, get creative and make something to take home with you.

Cost is £3 per child, £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, Free to Young Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum. Suitable for ages 3+. Workshops last approximately 1 hour and booking is essential. Contact the Museum from 1st July onwards for the full activity timetable and bookings. General opening times – Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.45pm, (last admission 4.30pm). Please note closed on Bank Holidays. The Manor House Museum also offers an exciting range of free activity worksheets, trails, brass rubbings and more alongside its exhibitions. For more information or to book call 01536 534219 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Saturday 19th July 10am – 4pm ‘Collage & Beyond’ with Ian Luck. A practical one day workshop exploring and encouraging collage as an art form and seeing how far ideas can be developed. Subjects covered will include preparing materials, staining and distressing papers, plus layering techniques with torn and found papers. Basic materials will be provided with the aim for all to complete a finished work. Tickets £40, £30 for Leisure Pass Holders. Buffet lunch provided. To book a place call 01536 534219 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk.

Saturday 12th July at 5pm Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble will be performing in a rare UK concert appearance. Tickets £25, including refreshments and tour of Boughton House, or £15 concert only at 7pm. Visit wwwbuskaid.org.za for more information or call the Tourist Information Centre on 01536 410333.

LITTLE HARROWDEN

Little Harrowden Village Hall AGM will be held on 17th July at 7.30pm in the Committee room of the village hall. The Village Hall is in need of new members for its Committee to assist in the management and running of the Hall. All are welcome to attend and join them.

Little Harrowden Cricket Club –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. The Working Mens Club will be sponsoring the Cricket Club again this year. All fixtures commence at 1.30pm.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday 17th July 2.00pm at 8 The Leys Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Little Harrowden WMC- 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. Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.

OAKLEY VALE

You may have been concerns over the ever increasing number of bikes and mini-motor bikes zooming round Oakley Vale with little concern for pedestrians. PCSO Alex Franklin assures me the culprits are being dealt with. Several ‘Section 59’ warnings have been handed out and if the riders are caught again the bikes will be confiscated. Alex 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.

A very important date for your diary 19th July – Oakley Vale Community Centre – join the OVCA for the family fun day 12.30 – 17.30 with the ever popular family disco 18.30 – 21.30 Crazy golf, barrel ride, archery, stalls, great food, entertainment, soft play area, bowling and footy taster sessions.

Oakley Vale W.I. had a very interesting ‘Resolutions’ evening with one of their advisors, Malvena Keech telling us about organ donations from the point of view of families and how to respect the wishes of their loved ones even if it might clash with their own views on the subject. They also had a ‘bring and buy’ in aid of Macmillan Nurses, which was enjoyed by all. Their last bowling evening was won by Sue in first place, Wilmer second, and Doreen third. The W.I. meet every second Thursday for bowling and coffee and a natter afterwards. On June 17th they were entertained by eleven ladies who came to show how to line dance and then the members had a go themselves, which was great fun. The competition was for a theatre programme, and it was very interesting to see which theatres and shows members had seen. The next meeting is on July 15th at Brooke Weston School at 7.30, when Denise Legg will be “in role” talking about life as an Elizabethan housewife. First night is free so do join them. Contact Janet Smith - President on 01536 743152.

A Midwest landscaper who maintains the green spaces on Oakley Vale tells me they are removing 100 bags of litter from Oakley Vale every week – which is horrendous. We seem to have a poor record locally for responsible use of bins. I’m going into local schools alerting children to the need but we adults need to set them an example. Any ideas gratefully received.

You may have noticed a change in the grass cutting strategy on Oakley Vale. This is the specification that Midwest are now working to in some areas across Oakley Vale; ‘The Open Space Management plan for Oakley Vale has been revised to achieve demonstrable biodiversity improvements through the creation of meadow areas. These areas are not unmanaged but are subject to an active management regime which controls undesirable weeds and diversifies the habitats at Oakley vale.  This regime will also bring the parkland of Oakley Vale in line with other council parklands  i.e. Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods and Weldon Woodland park’. The old spec was destroying habitat for butterflies and dragonflies so on the whole I suspect this is a good change, however there may be specific areas where the policy causes issues for residents so do please get in touch via the Community Association. 

Oakley Vale Table Top Sales will stop until September BUT when they come back Judy and Joanne hope to bring back a ‘new style’ with ‘farmer’s market’ and ‘craft’ elements to make it bigger and better and attract new people. Watch this space and other local press for further details in a few weeks.

Please continue to keep any pets away from the Oakley vale swans until the cygnets have chance to grow. The A43 extension opening has driven foxes to Oakley Vale to add to the challenge! Please also report any suspicious activity around the lakes 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)

The ‘Oakley Vale Youth Club’ runs on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm.  It is managed by the highly experienced ‘Youth Works’ team for a three month trial and is open to all Oakley Vale young people of secondary school age. The activities will develop on the ideas of the young people who attend. 

Oakley Vale W.I. bowl together on a monthly basis with some members watching and some bowling and then sit and have a chat and a coffee together. The group also meet once a month to ‘craft’ at Danesholme Community Centre, The whole group meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Brooke Weston School at 7.30pm. Please join them - you will be made welcome. Your first visit is free! The President of Oakley Vale W.I. is Janet Smith 01536 743152.

‘Nik the Vic’ continues his community café at your Community centre every Sunday 10.00 – 16.00 serving hot and cold drinks, homemade bakes and bacon rolls. Graham plays the piano I play guitar and Annette and Brigid sing. ‘Church’ is from 4 till 5 and is family friendly, with funky music and interactive bible sketches.

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.

ORLINGBURY

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday 17th July 2.00pm at 8 The Leys Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 5th July-Cricket on the Green, 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

1st Orlingbury Rainbows will now be meeting at Pytchley Village Hall 5.45-6.45 term time. Ages 5-7 years, jFor more information contact Katie on 01536 791109

RAUNDS

The coach for the benefice outing to Rochester on Saturday, 12th July will be picking up prompt on the day at 8 a.m. at Hargrave Church; 8.15 a.m. at the Market Square, Higham Ferrers; 8.20 a.m. in Spencer Parade, Stanwick; 8.25 a.m. at Raunds Square, and 8.35 a.m. at the New Inn, Ringstead. The return journey will leave Rochester at 5.30 p.m. and will arrive back at Hargrave at about 8 p.m.

Due to a cancellation, two seats are still available. If you would like to take up these vacant seats, or would like more information, please call Rita, as soon as possible on 01933 389457.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, 10th July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

The 2nd Raunds St. Peter’s Brownies, which meets on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 8pm at St Peter’s C of E Junior School in Mountbatten Way, Raunds, is currently looking for new leaders. If you are interested, or would like to offer your help, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk for more information.

The ‘11th Family Music Quiz’ sponsored by RPC Containers, is now on sale at the price of £1, in aid of the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal, and can be obtained from Brook Street News.

You should answer as many questions as you can and return your quiz, even if you haven’t completed it, as you will then be entered into a Lucky Dip draw with four separate £5 prizes.

The winning entry will receive £50, and in the event of more than one correct entry, the winner will be selected by a draw. The closing date for the quiz is not until Sunday, 28th September, so there is plenty of time to complete it. If anyone is unable to obtain a copy of the quiz sheet, please send a stamped addressed envelope, with the correct entry fee, to The Quiz Organiser, 10 St. Laurence Way, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northants., NN9 6QS, and the required number of quiz sheets will be returned to you. Please make your cheques payable to ‘Terry Andrews’.

If you would like a larger quantity of quiz sheets to sell at your place of work, to friends and family, or in your local clubs and pubs, please contact Terry on 01933 622934.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting on Thursday, 10th July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. If you would like to learn to play the ukulele, you will be pleased to hear that a new course will take place over the space of two Saturdays, 12th and 19th July between 10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. at the centre. The total cost is £25, but you will need to take along your own soprano or concert ukulele. Places are limited and more details and booking information can be found at www.raundsukulele.co.uk, by emailing Chris raundsukulele@hotmail.com or calling 01933 623389. A £10 deposit will be required.

RINGSTEAD

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

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

Little Angels meet at 1.30pm - 3.00pm in Ringstead Primary School Hall. There is Playtime, fun and games and sing time. Contact Sue Harris 01933 625126 for more information.

Step N Grooves Dance School which run sessions every week in Ringstead, Thrapston and Finedon, currently has two spaces for Youngsters aged between 6-11 years in its Ringstead class every Wednesday from 5.45pm – 6.30pm. The School teaches Street and Disco Dance. The class is £3.50 per session and it is held in Ringstead Village Hall. Please contact: Sue on 01933 625262 to secure a place or visit www.step-n-grooves.co.uk

RISELEY

The next event in our busy calendar is the dog show, booked at the village hall for Sunday 27th July. Our judges: Bill Botten and Alison Huckle are eagerly awaiting entrants in the pedigree and novelty classes. Registration will be from 1.00pm and cost £2 for each entry. Proceeds will go to the village hall. Any enquiries, please contact Mike Reilly on 01536 770717 or Claire Johnson 07721 063885 (or email cejohnson22@gmail.com).

ROTHWELL

The Rothwell baby show – held in conjunction with the town’s carnival and fete – is being held from 10.00am-2.00pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

To enter a baby in the show costs £2, and there are prizes for those aged 0-6 months; 6-12 months; 12-18 months; and 18-24 months. There will also be a cup for the best overall baby in the show as well as for the youngest. Names of the winners will be announced at about 2.50pm at Rothwell town fete, which follows the carnival on Saturday, July 12.

The full programme of events for the carnival and fete has now been published. The carnival parade assembles at the top of Moorfield Road for judging by members of Rothwell Town Council from 12.30-12.45pm, with the parade moving off at 1.00pm. The route takes it along Harrington Road, Fox Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Bell Hill, Rock Hill, Rushton Road, Cecil Street, Tresham Street and on to the market place at Market Hill.

The fete at Manor Park will be opened at 1.45pm by Rothwell Carnival Queen, Heather Cutts – who was due to be crowned at her school, Rothwell Junior in Gladstone Street, on Monday, July 30 – accompanied in the parade by her attendants, Jude Freeman and Katie Shaw.

A display of historic vehicles will also take place. Admission to the event will be by programme costing £1, with three different covers designed by local children Gabrielle Jacques, Niamh Lindsley and Samuel Rutherford.

Baby show, carnival and fete are all organised by Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee and money raised will go to town charities and people.

Twelve entries in the traditional Rothwell curd tart competition, held in conjunction with Rowell Fair, included several by youngsters. Prizes were presented by retiring bailiff to the lord of the manor, Robert Denton to: 1st Clare Roughton; 2nd Janet Buckby; and 3rd Aaron Tamplin, aged 13, and one of the younger entrants. The youngest of all was ten-year-old Olivia Burns, who is the fourth generation of her family to bake the traditional tarts. While a basic recipe is supplied to entrants, each family has its own variations.

Judging was by Tom Gross, chef at the Rothwell House hotel, Bridge Street, and Sharon Davis, an expert home-baker. Also present at the event, which took place in the art gallery at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street on Saturday, June 22, were the new bailiff to the lord of the manor, Alan Mills, and president of the Rowell Fair Society, Paul Johnson.

A dance is planned for Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre is to be held at Tresham Hall from 7.00pm on Friday, July 11 in connection with the town’s carnival and fete, being held the following day, and the to mark the centenary of World War One. Music is live from the Paul Johnson Band and Alan Mills. Tickets cost £10, including food, and are on sale from the heritage centre in Bridge Street. For further information, contact 01536 418939, 01536 711550 or call at the centre.

A mixed team from Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club lost 67-84 away to Kettering Park Bowling Club on Thursday, June 19. The club’s ladies’ team lost 26-61 to Geddington and Newton at home on Tuesday, June 24. On Wednesday, June 25, the men played for the John Davies Cup, with the winning team consisting of Dick Briggs, Bill Sherratt and Terry Smith with Chris Jackson, Grenville Leesing and Michael Steele runners up.

The club’s Friday night league continues, with all RMPBC members invited to play against other members each week until mid August, when the winning team will be presented with a shield.

Members also continue playing the club knockout competitions.

New members are welcome, with games in the evenings as well as the afternoons to help those who work. Free weekly Monday coaching sessions start at 6.30pm at Manor Park. No equipment is needed other than a pair of flat soled shoes. For more information, visit www.rmpbc.co.uk.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society is holding heat 4 of its print league at the earlier time of 7.30pm on Friday July 4 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough, the judge being Daphne Harrison. The following week’s meeting, at the same venue and the usual time of 8.00pm on Friday, July 11, the society has its print panel discussion evening. It provides a chance for members to show and lead discussion on some of their prints.

Following this meeting, the Society closes for its summer break, returning on Friday, September 5, when chairman Geoff Oliver will show some of his work. However, a programme of summer events has been organised during the break, including a visit to Boughton House and an evening of equestrian photography. Visitors are welcome at club meetings, 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 – next lunch trip is Thursday 10th to The Race Horse, Catworth. Other Shopping trips are to Melton Mowbray Market on Tuesday 8th and Waitrose on Friday 11th. Serve also run daily activities in the Well-being Centre – Senior Friendship Club, Line Dancing, Hair & Beauty sessions, Afternoon Cream Teas and much more. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – invite you to the Station to learn more about the railway on Wednesday 9th as part of ‘Getting to Know Rushden Week’. Go along to the children’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic on weekend of July 19th/20th when train rides cost £4.00 for adults but children and teddies are free when accompanied by fare paying adult. Rides from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Rushden History Society – have their magazine The Risdene Echo now on sale at £1.20 from Osborne’s Toy Shop and Mark Bird Carpets. Articles this edition include Rushden’s Nursing Heroines of WW1, Rushden’s Cinemas and Shani Wallace. On Friday July 18th the Society are holding their Annual Sellick Taylor Evening at South End School at 7.15pm when the speaker will be Colonel Derek Kimberly formerly Director of Music to the Grenadier Guards. Tickets £6.00 from Geoff on 651084.

Party in the Park – this ‘Spectacular’ is on Saturday July 12th from 1.00pm to 10.00pm in Hall Park and includes Marching Bands, Acrobats, Motorcycle Display Team and American Extreme Wrestling. Loads of stalls and a bouncy castle. In the evening the Madness tribute band ‘One Step Behind’ is performing. Entry is FREE – parking in the park £1.00. Further details from Gill Mercer on 313362.

STANWICK

Due to a cancellation, two seats are still available for the Benefice coach trip to Rochester on Saturday, 12th July. If you would like to take up these vacant seats please call Rita as soon as possible on 01933 389457.

The coach will pick up in Spencer Parade, Stanwick, at 8.20 a.m. on the day and will depart Rochester at 5.30 p.m., returning by about 8 p.m.

Don’t forget to buy your copy of the ‘11th Family Music Quiz’ which is now on sale at the shop@stanwick at the price of £1, in aid of the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal.

You should answer as many questions as you can and return your quiz, even if you haven’t completed it, as you will then be entered into a Lucky Dip draw with four separate £5 prizes.

The winning entry will receive £50, and in the event of more than one correct entry, the winner will be selected by a draw.

The closing date for the quiz is not until Sunday, 28th September 2014, so you could take the quiz sheet on holiday with you.

If anyone is unable to obtain a copy of the quiz sheet, please send a stamped addressed envelope, with the correct entry fee, to The Quiz Organiser, 10 St. Laurence Way, Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northants., NN9 6QS, and the required number of quiz sheets will be returned to you. Please make your cheques payable to ‘Terry Andrews’.

If you would like a larger quantity of quiz sheets to sell at your place of work, to friends and family, or in your local clubs and pubs, please contact Terry on 01933 622934.

Learn how to make a unique and personal button art picture with Pauline Procter at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, 11th July.

The workshop costs £15, which includes all the materials you will need, such as buttons and a wooden frame for your picture.

If you have your own buttons, you are invited to take them along to make your picture particularly personal. For more information or to book a place, please call 01933 229817.

Learn to paint a Sunset in Acrylics at Stanwick Village Hall on Saturday, 12th July between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. This session is intended for beginners only, and costs £10, which includes the use of all painting materials. No drawing skills are required. Booking is essential, and to book your place please call 07751 106 666 or 01933 460676.

A workshop on Wet Felting will take place at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, 18th July with Katherine Keatley who will teach you the basics of wet felting. Learn how to make felt, how to position your wool to blend colours and patterns and get inspiration on ways to use the pieces of felt you have made. The workshop costs £15 and booking is essential. Please call Katherine on 07944 317 322.

Number 19 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 21st June, making Vernon Frost the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.

WELDON

Weldon Royal British Legion is holding their annual Pudding Club on Sunday 13 July in the village hall from 2.00pm -4.00pm. 20 Chefs will be serving 40 puddings eat what you can while the puddings last.

Bring your own dish and spoon. Free tea and coffee will be served. Please get your tickets as there are only 100 for sale.

They may be obtained from Roger Lewis 07786 006368 John Starmer 07788 711753 Keith Underwood 07745 107302 or Sue Still 07876 635976.

Weldon Women’s Institute will be holding their next monthly meeting on Tuesday 8th July in Weldon village Hall at 7.15pm when they will be celebrating summer with an indoor Garden Party Members are to be greeted at the door with a class of Pimms (bring your own class) and after the monthly business there will be entertainment including readings, poetry, and a summertime sing song. There will be refreshments and the competition is for an Ascot Hat bought or homemade.

This will be the last meeting before the summer break meeting will resume in September.

The July coffee morning for St Marys Church will be held at the home of Sandra Whitlam 1 Water Lane from 10.00am until 12 noon, there will be the usual bring and buy stall along with a raffle and maybe a quiz. If the weather is good this event could take place in Sandra garden. Come along for a morning spent among friends

WELLINGBOROUGH

Olympic Way School will be holding its Summer Fayre on Friday July 11th from 2pm till 4pm. Many Stalls and Games. Great fun for all the Family.

Northamptonshire Family History Society are holding the next Genealogy Surgery at Wellingborough Museum on Saturday July 19th 10am till 1.00.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. 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.

Bipolar UK. The Next meeting at Wellingborough will be Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm till 9pm.

International recitalist to visit Wellingborough. Thomas Trotter the resident organist at Birmingham Town Hall is to visit St Mary’s Church in Wellingborough on Saturday July 12th at 7pm to celebrate 100 years of organ music there. The William Hill organ was refurbished two years ago and since then regular recitals are held through the summer months. There is no admission charge; a retiring collection will be made to defray costs. Refreshments will be available during the concert at a small donation. There is parking in the church grounds.

St Barnabas Church events. Saturday 26th July Safari Supper at 7pm. Again the Church will need to give you full details of how to attend this.

Maggie Smith will be presenting you all with an opportunity to attend a 2 day Willow Bark Workshop which is suitable for beginners. This will take place on the 8th and 9th July from 10am till 4.30pm each day please contact her on 01604 633582 or email maggiesmithbasketry@live.co.uk for full details,venue, payment and booking.

WOODFORD

The evening of the June meeting of Finedon, Irthlingborough Woodford and District Royal British Legion was very entertaining thanks to the Rev Richard Coles. His talk on “Topical Tales” covered W.W.1 and the camaraderie of the troops.

On June 7th the R.B.L. demonstration trailer was taken to Orlingbury Fete. This was manned by Allan Short, Peter Eames and Brian Walker. Some members from the R.B.L. Riders Branch came and showed off their motor bikes. Gill Short, Karen Eames and Julie Walker were in the Community Hall with a fund raising stall and managed to raise about £100.

On Sunday June 8th Norman Panter carried the Union Flag and Allan Short carried the County Standard at the “D” Day 70th Anniversary Parade at Northampton.The next meeting of the R.B.L. will be on Monday July7th at the Bowls Club, Finedon 7.15 for 7.30. We shall be having a fun Quiz Night. The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments.

Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be ex-service to have an enjoyable evening. For more information contact Julie on 01933 399745.

John Hawes is doing a quiz again this year doing a quiz again this year for Woodford Feast week and it is now available from the Post Office, the Church, Swans Salon, the fete, church committee members and me or by post, The entry is £1.00 per entry to win a “Pamper Package” kindly donated by Swans Salon of Manor House Farm Woodford

By post please send S.A.E with £1.00 remittance for each entry to Quiz, c/o 19 Rose Terrace, Woodford, NN14 4 HT.

Cheques payable to St. Mary’s PC.

Anymore info from me on 01832 732228.

Also fair owner John Bugg has told John that he his bringing his big Oblivion ride again this year plus another big ride called The Superbob and he might even bring his latest ride called The Altitude that towers 200 feet high The fair will be open from Wednesday July 9th to Saturday July 12th.