Village news September 18

A hot air balloon rises over the rooftops of Kettering
A hot air balloon rises over the rooftops of Kettering

What’s going on where you live


Victorian Crime and Punishment is the subject for the new WEA course at Church House , Barton Seagrave, this term. Tutor Liz Carter will explore the life of the Victorian criminal using contemporary documents and novels and look at the changing attitude to crime. The course is held on Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm starting on September 30. Fee for nine weeks is £52. For more information ring 01536 522127 or see


Brigstock Beer Festival will be on September 19 when once again, a variety of local ales, good food and entertainment for everyone will be on offer.

A special attraction for Saturday afternoon is that the BBC One Show will be there to do a feature on the finals of a national home brew competition.

The festival starts with a comedy night, for over 16s, on Friday evening from 7pm till 11pm, with four top quality stand-up comedians. Tickets are now sold out for the comedy evening.

The afternoon of Saturday, September 20, from midday till 6pm, will be a fun event for all the family, with archery, bouncy castle, face painting, welly-wanging, skittles, raffle, tombola, a duck race and other exciting activities. Magician James Docherty will entertain the younger children, while the Brigstock Community Choir and Back2TheBone will provide the musical entertainment.

The food available will include a hog roast along with BBQ snacks and soft drinks. Entry to the daytime session is free.

Music night from 7pm till 11pm, for over 16s only, will feature top local band Mid-Life Crisis who will be playing great music from the 1970s through to the present.

A magnificent hog roast will also be available should you feel a little peckish. There will also be a raffle with many terrific prizes. Tickets cost £6, including a free programme. Tickets can be purchased at the Green Dragon or at Brigstock Newsagents.

This year the main charity to benefit from fundraising at the Brigstock Beer Festival will be Cransley Hospice, in memory of Nicola Cork who died in April. Nicola was a regular volunteer and supporter of the BBF, right back to the very first year in 2005.

The first meeting of the new season for Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday, September 24, with the AGM and this will be followed by a talk by Sally Wilks on The History of Animation.

We are all used to the sophisticated animated films produced by Disney and other film companies and Sally’s interesting presentation will demonstrate how these animation techniques developed from early beginnings.

An Antiques and Collectables Fair will be held in Brigstock Village Hall on Sunday 28th September from 9.30am till 3.30pm. Entrance is only £1. Call 01780 470001 for more information.

The first meeting of Brigstock WI after the summer break, during which essential repairs were carried out on the WI hall, was a really interesting talk entitled Dressed to Impress by Greta Palmer. Those who were expecting a fashion talk would have been surprised as the talk was about the ceremonial dress of Indian elephants.

Greta showed many interesting pictures and artefacts from her visits to India. Nine members received birthday flowers. The 200 club winners were £30 Gill Darcy, £20 Sheila Connellan and £10 Hazel Blowfield. It is not too late to join the 200 club. The price to enter the next 11 draws will be £11. Please contact any WI member. The president urged members to sign up to join the committee following the AGM which is at the October meeting on Tuesday 14th October. Cheese and wine will also be available at that meeting so members should bring a glass, plate and knife.

Brigstock WI is holding a duck race at the Beer Festival on Saturday, September 20. Get your duck, priced £1, to be in with a chance to win a cash prize. Tickets are available in advance or on the day. Last year was a sell-out so don’t miss out.

Brigstock book club, which meets monthly at the chapel is having a coffee morning and book sale at Brigstock URC, Mill Lane on Saturday, October 11, from 10am till 12.15pm. Cakes will be on sale and there will also be a raffle. Proceeds will help to buy books for the group as unfortunately the county library no longer offers a book club service.

Come along to Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, October 10, Dance at the Hop. Dance to a great selection of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country rock, swing and hits from the 80s and 90s. Admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. For more information call 01536 267031.

If you want to learn to jive, or if you can already jive but want to practise, come along to enjoy jive lessons in Brigstock Village Hall every Wednesday, except the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7.15pm till 9pm. The next session will be on Wednesday 1st October and admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Call Jan on 01536 267301 for details.

A Morning Service will be celebrated in Brigstock URC at 10.30am on Sunday, September 21.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have a Bring and Buy sale of items beginning with the letters S, T or U at their next meeting on Tuesday, September 23, starting at 2pm.

Brigstock Sunnysiders have arranged a trip to Springfield Shopping outlet for Wednesday, September 24. The coach will leave Brigstock at 11am and will returnfrom Springfield at 3.30pm. The cost of the outing is £6.50 for members and £9.50 for non-members. Call Lyn on 01536 373410 for more information or to book a place.


Men’s Breakfast will meet on Saturday, at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane. This month the speaker will be Phil Mason. Do come along and share in a time of fellowship and enjoy a good breakfast. If you would like to come along, please let Derek (01536 722238) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by today, Thursday, September 18.

Cllr Ruth Groome, Mayor of Burton Latimer, would like to invite you to her Civic Service in St Mary’s Church at 3pm on Sunday. A light afternoon tea will be served in the Church afterwards. The congregation is asked to be seated by 2.50pm.

Sunday Together is at the Methodist Church on Sunday starting at 7.30pm.

Yvonne Desroches, a trainee pioneer evangelist, will be the speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week. The meeting will be held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

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

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, September 25, starting at 7pm.

A Coffee Morning/Afternoon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support will be held in Poplar House Beauty Salon (behind the Churchill Way car park) on Friday, September 26. This event will be open from 10am until 4pm.

On September 27 Burton Latimer Baptist Table Tennis Club will be raising funds for the Air Ambulance and Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Charity. Club members and friends will be playing from 9am until 9pm. Over the past seven years the club has raised £10,000 for various charities and we hope to beat last year’s total of £1,498. If you are free on the day please pop in and give us your support, and have a go – it can be strenuous or as easy going as you want, and if you wish you can try out your wits and agility against the robot. We hope to have some coaches available during the day to help improve your skills and who knows you could be playing for our club in the Kettering League in a couple of months! Come along and help us to achieve a great target – ring Derek on 07890 138369 if you want to know more. Play will take place at the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm on Tuesday, September 30, in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church.

A few tables are still available for a Craft Fair with a wide selection of stalls, which will be held in St Mary’s Church on Saturday, October 4. Light lunches and refreshments will be available all day.

Some demonstrations will take place during the day. Admission is £1.

For details call Judy on 01536 723719.

Harold Mason of Alexandra Street, Burton Latimer, was a young seaman serving on board HMS Zealous as a Stoker 1st Class during WW2. Stokers specialized in engine room duties – the name was acquired from the days when ships were coal-fuelled, and Stokers were those who shifted coal. The HMS Zealous was to be involved in the ‘Russian Convoys’ – operations which were to supply Murmansk in Northern Russia with the necessary military equipment to preserve the Eastern Front. The arctic conditions were often appalling. On February 14th, 1945, HMS Zealous was detached with HMS Sioux, HMS Zambesi and HMZ Zest to evacuate the population of the island of Soroy off North Norway, which was under German attack. The Norwegian passengers were to be taken to Murmansk for later transport to the UK.

After severe storms and attacks from German U Boats with ships lost and damaged, and women and children having to be rescued from icy waters, HMS Zealous reached the Clyde a week later, miraculously with all its Norwegian passengers onboard, some of whom were suffering from hypothermia and frostbite.

Harold, now in his 80s, was invited with his wife Elizabeth and son Derek to the Russian Embassy in London on September 4 along with 47 other Arctic Veterans to receive the Ushakov Medal for bravery, heroism and courage, from the Minister-Counsellor of the Russian Embassy Alexander Kramarenko.

Derek reports that it was a spectacular event, and was very proud to accompany his father on this very special day to commemorate what happened almost 70 years ago.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship with Holy Communion

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


A talk and demonstration by artist Mike Peachey was well received at the September meeting of the WI.

Mike was thanked for a very humorous and informative talk. The monthly competition for A Work of Art was won by Heather Greaves with runners up, Dean Hawkins and Dorothy Wright, Dorothy also won a raffle prize donated by Hazel Pitt. Refreshments were supplied by Janet Griggs.

An amusing Yes/No competition organised by Glenis Albrighton and Maggie Garrett was won by Aileen Ward, Janet Griggs and Pat Oakley. The next meeting will take place on October 2 when Larine Tucker will give a talk and demonstration on Tai Chi.


On Sunday in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11am.

We are hoping to put together a recipe book of favourite Denford Delights. If you should have a recipe that you are willing to share please contact Hazel Stimpson by giving it to her or email


On Friday, September 5, the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society returned after its summer break to an excellent evening given by Chairman Geoff Oliver. Programme Secretary Derek Buckett thanked Geoff for the interesting and entertaining start to the final part of the 2014 season.

Libraries over the county are challenging Northamptonshire to work together to reach a target of 20 million steps. On the weekend of Friday, September 5; Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7, one weekend, one county, 20 million steps, fun activities was held. Starting off with a goal of 20 million steps by walking around Desborough Library with parents, carers and their child around the library following special book start paw prints. All children received certificates for taking part. On Saturday, September 6, a children’s treasure hunt was held to find bear paws around Desborough Town Centre. So, if you were wondering what all the paws posters were around our town, now you know why. Then on Sunday, September 7, a walk suitable for all ages, began at Desborough Library at 11am, with a qualified leader and ended with refreshments in Desborough library.

Desborough and District Group, The Wildlife Trust held a talk at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Tuesday, September 9, about The Heart of the Flower. It was an illustrated talk with Alan Le Fort. The Wildlife Trust, invite you to their next talk, called Peat Bogs, A Special Environment, a detailed talk with Brian Eversham at 7.30pm.

Desborough WI’s August meeting was attended by 27 members and four guests. The speaker was Jane Barnes who runs a very successful farm, with her husband, near to Melton Mowbray. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 18, at 7.30pm in the Community centre when the talk is entitles Origins and Festivals of food.

Rothborough Table Tennis Club is looking for new players from the Desborough area. The club meets every Wednesday evening at Montsaye Sports Hall, Greening Road, Rothwell from 7.30pm. For details contact Tom on 07800 838268 or visit

Jumble sale at Holy Trinity RC Church Hall on Victoria Street in Desborough, on Saturday, September 20, from 10am to midday. Admission is 20p. There will be clothes, books, bric-a-brac, tombola and refreshments.

Can you provide a cake or help serve teas at the Family of Churches walk on Sunday, September 21? Please contact Anne on 01858 432576. To take part in the walk, meet at St Mary’s Church in Brampton Ash at 2.30pm. The walk to Dingley Village Hall, it takes approximately 45 minutes. The walk is about one and half miles.

Have you tried to play bowls? Come along to Taster Sessions on Sunday, September 21, at 10am to 2pm; on Tuesday, September 30, at 8.30pm to 10.30pm; on Tuesday, November 7, at 8.30pm to 10.30pm; on Tuesday, November 14, at 8.30pm to 10.30pm and Tuesday, November 21, at 8.30pm to 10.30pm. Venue is at Desborough Indoor Bowling Club, rear of 35 High Street, Desborough. For more information, please telephone on 01536 762921.

Do you have a family member or a friend that is in need of care or needs help to enable them to stay in their own environment? Joanne Houghton and Jayne Bamborough provide full or part time care, as well as respite care to relieve family members, domestic help, meal preparation, collecting prescriptions, befriending service and escorting to and from appointments. If you are interested and would like to know more, please come along and join in with two talks that Joanne and Jayne will be giving. The first one will be held at Hazeland House, High Street in Desborough on Wednesday, September 24, at 10.30am and the second will be held at Icle Star Tea Room on High Street in Desborough on Friday, September 26 at 7pm. Or you can call Joanne on 01536 762982 or 07906 030307; or Jayne on 07796 793338.

Desborough Heritage Centre is holding a quiz night on Friday, October 17, at 7pm. A light supper will be provided. Please bring your own glass and drink. £5 per person, maximum of four per team. Tickets are available from the Desborough Heritage Centre in Station Road, Desborough.

Holy Trinity Church in Victoria Street, Desborough, welcomes the return of the Corby Male Voice Choir for a concert on Friday, October 17, at 7.30pm. Admission is £6 including refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the church funds. Tickets from David on 07889 360036 or Frank on 01536 760357.

Local amateur band Trio are looking for a singer. Trio are a newly formed band and play a variety of music from the 60s to yesterday. Various genres – folk, pop and rock. All played with a laid back attitude and for fun. If you are interested, and want more information, email your details to

A concert by the community, for the community in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and Cransley Hospice is being held on Saturday, October 11. Come and support the concert at Holy Trinity Church Hall on Victoria Street in Desborough, at 7pm. You can buy your tickets from Mark Churcher Goldsmiths, Expressions Card Shop and the Desborough Heritage Centre on Station Road in Desborough, or you can telephone on 07752 132587. Each ticket cost £5. Tickets are unreserved and no concessions.

Desborough and District Twinning Association are holding a Murder Mystery night on November 15. Any budding drama queens or kings who fancy playing a part in the murder mystery, register your interest with Ben on 01536 761681.


Don’t forget the health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am from park entrance.

Tomorrow evening the cricket club hosts the annual presentation of awards for ECCC following their final game last Sunday. Awards will be made to those you have taken part in the youth coaching sessions as well as to those you represented the adult team. Food will be available and a race night will follow – fun for all so please come and not only enjoy but support the club.

Sunday service September 21 at St Peter’s church 11am.


The Finedon Buffs are holding a Film Night for Ben showing the film Philomena at the Star Hall, Laws Lane, on Saturday, September 20, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 on 01933 681029.

Countdown Cares will be at the Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday, September 25, from 9.30am to midday.

We will be having a Macmillan Big Coffee Morning at Finedon Dolben Cricket Club on Friday, September 26, at 10am. There will be a home bake stall, raffle and bring and buy.

Finedon Over 50s meets on Wednesdays at the bowls club in Wellingborough Road. Meetings start from 1.45pm until 3.30pm. Entrance is £1.

The September meeting of Finedon Local History Society will be on Monday, September 22, in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon at 7.30pm. The subject is The Volta Tower by Ron Clayton. Admission is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non-members. The evening will be followed with light refreshments. Apologies to those who wished to go to Canons Ashby last month but there being insufficient members who had put their names down to go, so it was decided to cancel the event.

Tingdene Entertainers presents The Vicar of Dibley at the Star Hall, Laws Lane, on October 9, 10 and 11 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from 01933 680680 and 682013.


The wall in Queen Street is still being repaired so Queen Street is still closed. The village hall, bowls club, the post office, and the hairdressers Askews are still open for business.

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council welcomes their new clerk, Anita Curtis. Anita has lived in Geddington since 1984 and her children, Adam and Adele , went to Geddington school. For the last 16 years, Anita has worked in local government in a variety of posts. Anita will make an excellent clerk with all her previous experiences.

The launch of Geddington Brickyard Garden which was to be held on Sunday, September 21, has had to been postponed until the spring. Work is continuing on site, but just taking a bit longer than we anticipated! The aim is to create a community garden by transforming the derelict site at the end of Wood Street into an inspiring space where people and nature can thrive. All eco-friendly ideas are welcome and we’ll rely on creative use of recycling materials to manage our costs. If you would like to get involved or help in any way, please contact Lynette Litman, 39 Wood Street or email

The bowls club is holding a vintage music evening on Friday, September 26. Pete Wayre will be singing songs from the 20s to the 40s. Why not dress in 40s style and get in the mood! A bar is available.

The evening starts from 7pm to 7.30pm and tickets are available, for £5, from Linda or Roy on 01536 747698.

Come For Coffee And Cake is happening on Saturday, September 27, at St Mary Magdalene Church in Geddington, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Coffee and cake is from 10am with soup and roll from midday.

Geddington United Reformed Church is presenting a concert entitled And the band played on... starting on Wednesday, October 1, and finishing on Saturday, October 4. The wine bar opens at 7pm each evening with the curtain up at 7.30pm.

Adult tickets are £7 and concessions are £6 from Helen on 01536 747906. All proceeds are going to chapel funds.

The Geddington Archive Project is looking for photographs, newspaper cuttings, maps or property details, wartime records of the village and items of rural life now forgotten. They don’t need you to donate anything, just let them scan or photograph the items. The Geddington Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 1, in the village hall from midday to 4pm. Come and see the story of Geddington in pictures, prints and displays and entry is free.

A website team will be on hand to scan and photograph any additional items of interest. Also village history experts will be present to discuss in more detail items that you may have. Please contact or by phone Janet on 726416 or pam 742292.

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 8pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981.

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

Geddington Friends of the Church are organising a whole programme of events to cater for everyone. To kick off, on Sunday, September 28, they are planning a Medieval Walk and talk at the Mead and Medieval munching, all for £5 per person. Meet at the Cross at 3pm. Register your interest for medieval shopping purposes to a Committee member.

Music In Quiet Places is coming to Geddington Church for the third time this year. It is a series of concerts through the summer and autumn organised by Oundle Music Trust. Geddington Church will be hosting a concert to be given by the Alva, a duo of voice (Vivien Ellis) and fiddle (Giles Lewin), on Friday, October 10, at 7.30pm.

Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.


The Parents and Tots Group meets in the Great Addington Memorial Hall on the first and third Friday of the month between 8.45am and 10.30am. The cost is £2.50 per family which includes refreshments. The next meeting is on Friday, September 19. For details call Ruth (Eleanor’s Mum in Lilford), or Amanda (Ryhs’ Mum in Lilford).

On Sunday, September 21, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in St Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

Great Addington Primary School:

It is lovely to welcome the new Year R children this week – it is fabulous to have them at the school – next week they will be staying for lunch. We hope that they will soon settle into their new environment and we also express a warm welcome to their families. If, at any time, you have any queries regarding the way things work, please do not hesitate to come in and ask, we are sometimes guilty of assuming that everybody understands our systems!

At the suggestion of our school council, during the summer term we collected items for the Irthlingborough Food Bank. A reminder that the school council is still collecting items each week – especially breakfast items, tinned goods, rice, pasta and sauces. All donations gratefully accepted at any time. The children may bring them into their classes.

A big, big thank you to all children who took up the Holiday Homework Challenge to produce an entry for the Village Horticultural Show last Saturday. Entries were received in School from: Ieuan Roden, Amelie Mitchell, Maddie Price, Nell Price, George Easty, Isabelle Tucker, Marcus Cunningham, Lulu Sallaway, Lydia Sallaway, Jamie Mattison, Claudia Mattison, Eleanor York, Maddie White, Bea Travers and SarahJane Spencer.

Lamport Class are about to commence their project centred on World War II. If anybody knows anybody who would be willing to share any stories/facts relating to the War/Blitz, please could you have a word with Miss Liz Harrison, class teacher, as soon as possible?

You may have noticed around the school we have our termly Values poster. In conjunction with the two Churches, we are taking one of our School Values each term and basing our Assemblies on unpicking what these mean and how important they are to all of us.

This term we are looking at our School Value of CARE and including kindness, generosity and thankfulness. It is wonderful that our two churches continue to work together on this project.

As you know, the children in Lilford Class have all been issued with a Log Book, containing full instructions inside of how to use the books.

May I remind all parents that the Log Books must be returned to School each Thursday to enable the new tasks to be detailed in the book – even if the current task has not yet been completed.


Sunday, September 21, 10.30am Benefice 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

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

Bins! Green and brown this week.

Diary dates

Saturday, September 20, at 7.45pm in Yardley Hastings Memorial hall, secret cinema – title to be announced.

Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm in the village hall, Grendon needs you! Wartime theme, dancing, hot meal and bar. Dress red,white and blue or khaki. Tickets £20 from Deborah on 01933 663918. Proceeds to St Mary’s.

Sunday, October 18, 11am to 4pm craft fair in the Marlowe room at Grendon Hall. Proceeds to the air ambulance.

The village website may be found at


Gretton WI met again this month after the summer break, and Kevin McGrath opened the meeting with a lively and interesting talk describing the 10 years he spent in a Roman Catholic Order in the 1960s.

Having thanked Kevin we moved to business, where the main topic was the celebration next year of the centenary of the WI. Two of our members will pass the Centenary Baton from Gretton to Ashley WI in October and our entry for the Pennant Competition has gone for judging and will be on show with all the other entries at the Northants AGM in October. We also talked about how to share the national viewing of the NFWI AGM, and where to hold our own Centenary Party in September.

But in the meantime plans for our coming meetings are in place, Christmas festivities arranged and in October we hold our own AGM, followed by a social evening of good food, fun and games.

The next Gretton Garden Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 24, at 8pm in Gretton Village Hall, Kirby Road, Gretton. The meeting will take the form of Gardeners’ Question Time, with audience questions directed at BBC Radio Northampton garden presenter Johnny Amos –hence the use of the Village Hall to cater for an expected high turnout.

A raffle will be held with some nice prizes to be won.

Admission, including light refreshments, will be free to group members, and £5 per person for visitors who are very welcome. For details call Julie or Alan Waterman on 01536 772575.

Gretton Local History Society next meets tonight, Thursday, September 18, at Gretton Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Mike Ingram is the guest with a presentation about Northamptonshire’s Medieval Gentry. Society members free with visitors very welcome to attend at £3. The Society’s AGM will follow this talk. For details call Anne Craske on 01536 771102.

Gretton Sports and Social Club is the venue for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 26, between midday and 3pm. Please call in and support the fundraising and if you have any unwanted items that can help boost this good cause please call organiser Joyce Polley on 01536 770940.

Gretton Sports and Social Club is on Gretton Recreation Ground via Doctors Lane off Kirby Road.


Hooray! Hargrave is back on a bus route. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9.30am from the post box in Church Road, via Chelveston, Newton Bromswold, Higham Ferrers, to Rushden on Wednesdays and on to Wellingborough on Saturdays. The return journey starts about two hours later. Time for shopping, meeting friends and coffee. Have you tried it out yet?

Circle dancing goes from strength to strength. A visit from Sheila brought several new dances. Meetings continue on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, so come along on September 25 and October 9 and 23. The old favourites will not be forgotten while we learn the new ones at 10.30am to 12.30pm in village hall.

Quiz Night at The White Horse on September 21 at 7.30pm prompt. Hargrave Hopefuls are looking for at least one new member, knowledge of pop music and football, pre 1960 desirable. Ring Chris on 623310 or just go along.

All Hallows Church celebrates Harvest Festival on October 12, meanwhile September 21 Holy Communion, September 28 All-Age service, both at 9.15am.


In Irchester Library on Monday, September 22, at 10.30am there will be a Coffee and Chat morning with a talk about RNLI.

Rhymetime for the under fives is at 9.30am on Thursday, September 25, in Irchester Library. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and is supported by an active Friends of Irchester Library group, whose next meeting will be in October.

Are you an artist or photographer? In October there will be an art and photographic exhibition for local artists at the library. All entries must be in by October 17. Entry forms are available from the library during opening hours which are Tuesday to Friday 1pm to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm and there will be a hanging fee of £2 per picture.

Corby Male Voice Choir will be performing at Irchester Village Hall on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm. This is in aid of the local branch of Parkinson’s UK. Tickets are available from Alan on 01933 800174 at £5 including light refreshments.

There will be a family disco, table top quiz and raffle in the Village Hall on Saturday, September 27. Tickets are £8 each £4 for under 16s and include a sausage and chips supper. Take your own drinks. Both halls will be open so that you can sit and chat with friends away from the disco if you wish. Ring 01933 312224 for your tickets, leave a message if there’s no reply and someone will get back to you. Proceeds will go towards Irchester skatepark.

Irchester Parish Council have organised a bumper raffle in aid of the skatepark. First prize is £100. For tickets email or call 07761189501.

The September meeting of Irchester WI took place at the village hall when the President welcomed members and three visitors. Following the business meeting, the evening took the form of a cupcake demonstration, when Danielle Staples demonstrated several ways to decorate cupcakes using equipment readily available in the shops. Members were then encouraged to ‘have a go’ themselves, resulting in a very varied array of cakes with some members clearly more artistic than others.

Danielle was thanked by Linda Thoulass. The October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, and will be the AGM. This will be followed by a Harvest ‘Hotpot Supper’ and Quizzes, the proceeds of the evening being donated to the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any of their meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the village hall. For details call 01933 315636.

Irchester branch of the Red Cross meet at Barringers Court at 8pm on Thursdays.

The Friday Club will be meeting in Barringers Court between 2pm and 4pm on Friday, September 5, for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. Call Rosemarie on 07713 635907 for details.

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the village hall on Mondays between 1.45pm and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. As well as the regular meetings in the hall the club arranges outings and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more.


There will be a general knowledge charity quiz at the Working Men’s Club, Scarborough Street, on October 4. Please arrive for 7.45pm for an 8.15pm start. Teams of four £5. All proceeds will be donated to‘Zach’s Helping Hand.

College Street Centre, Irthlingborough, has a Monday Club from 9.30am to 2pm and Lunch Clubs on Tuesday and Friday 10.30am to 2pm. For details call the centre on 651241 or Janice on 681373.


Pat and Tonda Castka would like to thank everyone who attended, and/or bought raffle tickets for the Charity Fashion Show at St Andrew’s Church on Friday, September 5. A total of £1,475 was raised for Cancer Research UK. A fantastic result!

At Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road, on Saturday, September 20, it is Potbelly Folk Day. Doors 1.30pm, start 2pm. Cost £9 (£6, under fives free).

More quality folk and roots music, fine ales, creative art activities for the kids, café and a great atmosphere. Headlined by Fred’s House, plus Emily Maguire, Boondock, Kismet Hardy, Paul Handyside, The Old Speckled Men, Threaded and Kevin Buxton. Find out more at Potbelly Folk Festival on Facebook.

On Saturday, September 27, Bridget Christie at 8pm A Bic for Her. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions). If you think you’d enjoy a 43 year old woman shouting about gender inequality, in a Gloucester accent, for nearly two hours (including an interval) then this is definitely the show for you. Suitable for ages 14+ (may contain strong language).

At the Woodlands Hospital, Rothwell Road, on Wednesday, September 24, between 6.30pm and 9pm there is a cosmetic surgery open evening.

Places are limited, call 01536 536854 or visit

At Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Friday, October2, from 1pm to 2pm the Lunchtime Talk by Robert Kendall is The Restoration of 78 Derngate. Tickets £6, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts. Booking is essential. Call 01536 534274 or email

On Saturday, September 27, at the Art Gallery there is a Linocut Workshop with Leicester Print. A perfect course for beginners or for those wishing to refresh their skills. Tickets £50 per person, £40 for Kettering Leisure Pass holders. Buffet lunch provided. The course will introduce the basic skills of linocut from designing your image, cutting your block and printing. In addition you will have the opportunity to experiment with mark making and colour. To book call 01536 534274 or email

The Alfred East Art Gallery browser September to November features Stella Benford. For as long as she can remember Stella has loved painting and making things. She went to Rockingham Road School for Girls where she won the art prize and while still at school attended evening classes for art at Kettering Technical College where she developed a love of oil painting, and inter ceramics. Stella now has a studio at her home in Burton Latimer, adding life size paper mache and recycled metal sculptures to her varied and diverse repertoire. Stella still gets very excited about new ideas and as yet untried media. Kettering & District Art Society are showcasing work from their members and providing them with the opportunity to display their work over a three month period in the Art Gallery Browser.

Don’t forget the Cransley Hospice road race on Sunday, September 21, to be held at Cranford. If you are not competing yourself, why not go along and cheer the runners. Juniors Fun Run for 9-14 year olds, commencing at 10.15am. Adult race starts 11am.

Friday, September 19, a Fun Quiz Night at All Saints. Start 7.30pm. Four per team. Refreshments and raffle.

On Saturday, September 20, CornMarketBlues presents an evening of blues/rock with the multi-award-winning Connie Lush and Blues Shouter plus special guest Laurence Jones at the Corn Market Hall, London Road. Tickets £15 on the door. Call 07758 886430 for details.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, from 2.30pm to 4pm on Wednesday, September 24, an Archaeological Finds Surgery with Julie Cassidy, Northamptonshire’s Finds Liaison Officer.

Free admission.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, on Sunday, September 21, open pantomime auditions for boys and girls for the production of Aladdin. The production will be at the Lighthouse from December 12 until January 4.

6 – 8 years 9.30am enrolment + 10am auditions; ages 9 – 11 years 10.30am enrolment + 11am auditions; ages 12 – 14 years 11.30am enrolment + 12 noon auditions; ages 14 – 16 years 12.30pm enrolment + 1pm auditions.

For more information call the theatre on 01536 414141.

On Sunday, September 21, at 7.30pm Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne’s classic songs and tell the inside story of the group’s rise to fame, from Whitley bay to San Francisco Bay, from Rothbury to Glastonbury. All seats £18.50. Call 01536 414141 to book.

On Tuesday, September 23, at 2.30pm Seaside Special – Matinee Show. Merlin Theatre Productions presents an afternoon bursting with comedy, song, magic and music with entertainers from stage, TV and radio. Tickets £12.50, groups £10 (10+), £8 (20+).

On Friday, September 28, at 8pm Omid Djalili is back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out tour week West End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival. All seats £23. To book call 01536 414141 or visit

On Saturday, September 27, One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. All seats £17.50. To book call 01536 414141 or visit

In October this year the 1st Kettering Girls’ Brigade Company at Carey Memorial Baptist Church are celebrating their 75th Anniversary. To commemorate this anniversary they are planning a celebration service and lunch on October 5 when they hope to invite old officers and girls along. If anyone who has had a connection with the company over the years would like to get in touch and help celebrate the details are:

Jeanette Mitchell, Captain, 1st Kettering Girls’ Brigade Company, C/O Carey Memorial Baptist Church, King Street, Kettering NN16 8QL.

It is now only three weeks to curtain up for the KOS Musical Theatre Company production of The Full Monty at The Lighthouse Theatre.

For the opening night only, Tuesday, September 30, all tickets will be at an amazing price of just £10 this offer ends on Tuesday, September 22. Tickets available for all other perfomances priced from £11 to £15.

The Full Monty will run from September 30 to October 4. Tickets can be booked at the theatre box office on 01536 414141 or online at


On Saturday, September 20, from 10am to midday raise a cup to charity – Macmillan coffee morning at Little Harrowden Church.

Men’s Breakfast at Little Harrowden Church will be on Saturday, September 27, arrive at 8.45am.

St Mary’s Little Harrowden Heritage Trust Abundance Lunch, go along and join them for a light lunch of soups, quiches, snacks, cakes and delights. All home-made, from the abundance of produce, grown in and around Little Harrowden. On Saturday, October 11, at St Mary’s Church, Little Harrowden, midday to 2pm. If anyone has any produce surplus to requirements and would like to donate them to be made into delights for the lunch, please contact Allie on 07790 228972 or Marilyn on 07768 337556.

Many hands make light work please pop into Little Harrowden Church on Saturday, September 27, to help with their autumn clean.

Little Harrowden Church Harvest Festival, September 28, 9.15am followed by lunch 12.30pm and Harvest Auction. Join in and take along your family and friends to this popular and traditional harvest meal plus auction of produce. Tickets £8.50 price includes wine & £4 for school age. Tickets available from Barbara 674148 or Jose 678262.

Church Service for Sunday, September 21 – 6pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday, September 24 – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union:

Dates for your diary – Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church, Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley church, tea and fellowship: Christmas activities.

Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: Christmas Anthology.

December date for Great Harrowden Church – GUS Virtuosi Ensemble will be returning to Great Harrowden for a Christmas Concert on December 7 at 2.30pm. Tickets will sell fast – book the date now!

Little Harrowden Village Hall Regular events:

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

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

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

Keep fit- every week Mondays 10am-11am

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

Yoga classes – every week Thursday 9.30am-11am

Dog Training - every week Friday 7pm-9pm

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

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


Orlingbury Family Circle – Saturday, September 21, at Orlingbury Village Hall from 9.30am to 10.30am Food Theme! Enjoy a bacon butty and meet up with other families and friends old and new-all ages welcome. Future dates are: Sunday, October 19 – Autumn; Sunday, November 16 – Living things; Sunday, December 21 – Nativity.

Open Studio – Claire Warner and friends. Paintings for sale at St Mary’s Church Orlingbury Friday, September 19 to Monday, September 2 2– 10am-4pm. Entry by catalogue £1 Artists in residence 2pm to 4pm Plus crafts, children’s area and refreshments. For details call Gillian on 01933 401340.

Orlingbury Church are looking for an organist to accompany the choir and congregation from late September. For details contact Tim on 07780 723155.

Church Service for Sunday, September 21 – 6pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday, September 24 – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union:

Dates for your diary – Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church, Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley church, tea and fellowship: Christmas activities.

Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: Christmas Anthology.

Queen’s Arms Thursday night is quiz night, starting at 9pm it’s only £1 entry per person. For details call 01933 679110 or visit

Orlingbury Art Days: September 13 - Lazy day on a Canal, October 25 - Autumn Colours, November 22 - Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 contact Gillian on 01933 401340.

Outreach Post Office – An outreach post office is available in the office building at 2 Isham Road, Orlingbury every Tuesday between 8am and 11.45am.

1st Orlingbury Rainbows will now be meeting at Pytchley Village Hall 5.45pm to 6.45pm term time. Ages 5-7 years, join in the fun doing crafts, games and activities every week, for more information contact Katie on 01536 791109.

1st Orlingbury Brownies meet at Little Harrowden School every Tuesday term time 6pm to 7pm contact Kate 07813 339259.

2nd Orlingbury Brownies meet at Orlingbury Village Hall every Wednesday term time 6.45pm to 7.45pm contact Judy on 01933 678125.

1st Orlingbury Guides meet at Pytchley Village Hall every Tuesday term time 7pm to 8.30pm. Ages 10+ Go along to meet new friends, challenge yourself and have lots of fun and new opportunities. Contact Jane - 01933 677380.

Senior section - Isham Division Rangers meet on Tuesdays fortnightly 7-8.30pm term time ages 14 to 26 Contact Lucy on 07794 254752.


Family fun day September 20 at Oakley Vale Community Centre – join the Oakley Vale Community Association for the reinstated free family fun day from 12.30pm to 5.30pm with family disco from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, crazy golf, archery, stalls, great food, train rides, Frank Marvel! Live music and entertainment, soft play area, bowling and footy taster sessions.

Tesco Express in Corby is holding a charity Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday, September 27, from 10am to midday at Oakley Vale community centre. This is part of a national campaign led locally by Christine Gorringe. 

They are having cakes from Tesco bakery with tea, coffee and biscuits etc.

Please join the Oakley Vale Community Association on September 24 at the community centre from 7.30pm and let’s get to know each other!

Steve Pitt, managing director of Mid West Landscaping, will be explaining the change in landscape maintenance on Oakley Vale alongside Iain Smith, head of planning and environmental services, and Stacey Poole, the street scene manager.

Headteacher at the new school Nicki Lamond will be along to clarify recent developments and celebrate the school’s opening.

We also hope to have a representative from the Made In Corby consortium. These are the people administering the £1m allocated to increasing arts participation in Corby over the next three years.

Many Oakley Vale residents visited the BBC Antiques Roadshow when it came to Kirby Hall –this will be broadcast this Sunday at 8pm on BBC1.

The Harmony Group met last week at the Corby Old TA building. This group is following up on the report Living and Working In Corby and are keen to hear from anybody in Oakley Vale, particularly those from the new immigrant communities. The group aims to improve communications and social interaction with new and older migrant groups within Corby. Please contact me for more information and I will be glad to help.

The £130,000 play area construction off Butland Road is due to start at the beginning of September, and be completed before the end of October. A press release with the plan and pictures that show the type of equipment has been issued by the council press office this week. The plans are on the OVCC website as well.


The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be holding its annual ‘non-birds’ evening, today, Thursday, September 18, at 7.30pm at the Saxon Hall, Raunds. Members will enjoy an illustrated talk by Ian Loxley of the Cloud Appreciation Society on The Wonder of Clouds. Everyone is welcome, with an admission fee of £3, but free for children. For more information call Graham on 01536 725924.

The group will also be taking a coach outing to Cley on Sunday, September 28. For full details and booking please contact Phil on 01536 725854.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, September 19, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will be a Harvest Festival service with Holy Communion on Sunday, September 21, at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, and there will be an Evensong service at 6pm at St Laurence Church, Stanwick. On Wednesday, September 24, Holy Communion will be

celebrated at 10am at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

It was reported last week that 15-year-old Kirstin Blakemore of Raunds is in the process of organising a music and dance show entitled the MAD Youth Tribute to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne, which supported her grandfather, and Cransley Hospice, Kettering, where her friend’s mother spent her last few weeks.

The MAD Youth Tribute will take place between 7pm and 9pm at the Raunds Manor School Sports College on Friday, October 24.

The school hall can hold 200 people and it is Kirstin’s intention to fill the room.

Ticket prices are adults £5 and concessions £3, and they can be obtained from

If you cannot attend this event, but would like to make a donation, this can be done through Kirstin’s Just Giving pages by visiting for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice or for Cransley Hospice.

A drop-in computer class for the over-50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday, September 25, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

Admission is £3. Please call in for more information.

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 1pm and 2.30pm next Thursday, September 25, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

For more information, please visit their website at or contact them at


In Ringstead Village Social Club there is a Back To School Disco on Friday, September 19, from 8pm to midnight. Boppin and groovin’ to Edgeworth Disco, tickets are only £1.

Come dressed as you were when you went to school, tuck shop for the best outfits. Parents and children welcome.

Come and show your children your disco steps under the mirrorball. To purchase tickets call 01933 460676 or from the club or Ringstead Post Office.

On Sunday, September 21, there is a Big Sing Service in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

On Sunday, September 21, in Ringstead Shared Church the services are: At 10.30am A Communion Service with Pastor Patrick Barker. Freestyle for Families will be at 4pm.

First Kicks mini football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for ages five to eight on Sundays, term-time only, at the Rec in Gladstone Street in Ringstead from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The sessions are £2.50. For details call Josje on 07758 386101and Email: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cash bingo takes place every Sunday from 8.20pm at Ringstead Village Social Club. Nominal cost for the books and a friendly atmosphere guaranteed.

Little Angels meet on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3pm (term-time) in Ringstead Primary School Hall (round the back of the school).

The group is open to any child under school age and their carer.

It is a very informal group where the children can socialise through play and craft activities while their carers can enjoy the company of others as well as playing with their children.

Refreshments are available for all.

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

A new keep fit group is starting at the Shared Church in Ringstead every Wednesday from 2pm.

The session lasts about 45 minutes and is fairly energetic. There is no need to book, just turn up. The cost is £3.50 per session.

Zomba is at Ringstead Village on Wednesdays at 7.45pm. There is Zumba/dance/stretch combat and conditioning. A mix up blast of everything that works, and you won’t get bored. Contact Lorraine on 07958 382720 or email


Allo. Allo. Listen very carefully: I will say this only once! Allo, Allo, based on the hugely popular TV comedy series by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, is coming to Riseley in October. The most ambitious production yet by Riseley Community Theatre will follow the adventures of Rene Artois, the hapless cafe owner in occupied France during the Second World War. Daily life sees Rene dividing his loyalties between the Germans and the French Resistance, juggling with the attentions of his voluptuous waitresses and his tuneless singing wife and her infirm mother, all while concealing a couple of British airmen and the priceless painting of The Fallen Madonna with the big boobies.

All the familiar characters are there including Officer Crabtree, LeClerc, Captain Bertorelli, Herr Flick, Helga and more. Expect all the running gags too.

The show runs from October 8 to 11 in Riseley Village Hall. Tickets £8. For more information call 01234 708832 or 708981.


Rothwell’s Woolpack is one of just four finalists in the Community Pub of Year – Town category of Carlsberg UK’s Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2014-15.

The competition is now going to public vote, and people can either collect a voting form from in the pub or vote online at

All votes will go into a draw to win tickets to see Peter Pan at Royal and Derngate theatre, Northampton this Christmas.

The Bell Hill pub is holding a 1940s themed fancy dress and disco/swing evening on Saturday, September 20, in aid of the Help for Heroes charity, as it will be the 70th anniversary of the landings at Arnhem on September 17.

Sunday, September 28, is family fun day at the pub, with a bouncy castle, barbecue and live music from guitarist Aiden Pryor. There is a bouncy castle at the pub every Sunday, weather permitting, until the middle of October.

A concert takes place in Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church with Harborough Singers and the Broadway Jazz Band, featuring Chris Jeans on trombone, at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 4. Tickets are free with a retiring collection and available on the door. Information from Tim Blades on 07976 757352.

A sale and coffee morning on behalf of Rothwell’s Cats’ Friends group is to be held from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday, September 27, at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Attractions include bric-a-brac, clothes, books, refreshments and home-made cakes. Admission is 20p, with further details available from Bernadette Freeman on 07913 102391 or 01536 507934.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club’s women won away at Geddington and Newton Bowling Club on Wednesday, September 3, while on the afternoon of Thursday, September 4, the Manor’s mixed team played hosts to Ise Bowling Club for a friendly match which Ise won.

On Saturday, September 6, the club held its annual flower and vegetable show and Dan Bowden trophy competition. The winner of the rose bowl for best in show was Robin Bellamy with Jane Smith runner up. After the show, all of the exhibits were auctioned off, raising £336 for charity which has now been donated to Parkinson’s UK.

Monday, September 8, saw the start of the club’s finals week, and details of all winners will be announced next week. The outdoor season is drawing to a close, with only two more matches to play after the finals. The last match of the outdoor season is on September 16, when a captain’s team will play the president’s team. Further information can be found by visiting

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society returned after its summer break on Friday, September 5, to an evening given by its chairman, Geoff Oliver.

On Friday, September 19, there is a talk by sports photographer Harish Chavda, starting at 8pm at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough.

Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. On Friday, September 26, the final print heat of the year takes place, starting at 7.30pm at the same venue.

Judge will be Ken Hudson. For more information, visit, phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

Rothwell Victoria Townswomen’s Guild welcomed guest speaker Ian Hunter, who gave a talk accompanied by a video on behalf of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at its meeting on Wednesday, August 20, at Rothwell’s Community Centre, Well Lane. At the end of the evening, the guild presented the RNLI with a cheque for £300, being the proceeds of its spring fashion show. The guild meets each second and third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the community centre, and visitors are always welcome.

A new shop selling items aimed mainly at women has opened in Rothwell’s Bridge Street. Tony’s Treasure Trove opened its doors for the first time on Monday, September 1, and sells items such as candles, cosmetics and designer jewellery. Owner Tony Brewin, who lives in Rothwell, has been trading online for two years and has opened the shop following the success of growing his business.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will be held at 2.30pm on September 25 at Gloucester Court.

The annual meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club is being held tonight at 8pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Next week’s meeting, on September 25 at the same time and place, will feature a talk by Joyce Lucas on ‘privies around the world’.

An audience with international clairvoyant, medium and psychic Dennis Binks is being held by Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street at 7.30pm on Friday, September 19. Admission is £7 including refreshments, and entrance is by ticket only. They can be bought at the centre.


Rushden Serve door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips. Lunch trips next week are on Sunday, September 21, to Vesuvio’s, Sharnbrook, on Tuesday, September 23, to The Woodpecker, Raunds, and on Thursday, September 25, to The Carpenter’s Arms, Irchester. Shopping trips this week are to St Ives Market (£8.50) on Monday, September 22, and to Waitrose on Friday, September 26. Hair and Beauty at the Wellbeing Centre is on Tuesday, September 23 – Curling and Lunch (£14) at Imperial Court on Wednesday, September 24. Further details from Diane on 315555.

Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning s on Friday, September 26, at 12.30pm at Serve. Various stalls and tombola. Contact Diane on 315555 for details.

Rushden Historical Transport Society has a Music and Real Ale Festival from Friday, September 26, to Sunday, September 28, at the station. A must for real ale and live music fans. The society meets on Tuesday, September 30, at the Conservative Club at 8pm when Colin Briggs presents Carlisle – the Railway Mecca and Football outpost.

Rushden Amenities Society next meets on Thursday, September 18, at 7.15pm in Rushden Hall when David Wilson and Richard Oberman will be performing their First World War centenary tribute. Inquiries to John on 353636.

Pensioners’ Forum meets on Wednesday, September 24, in St Peter’s Church Hall at 2pm when Julie West and Ellen Inwood will speak on Three Memorable


Parkinson’s Support are presenting Corby Male Voice Choir in Concert on

Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm in Irchester Village Hall. Tickets £5 from

Carol on 353878.

Collector’s Circle meets on Wednesday, September 24, at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall when Ray Wood will speak on Antiques for Everyone.

The Salvation Army, Church Street, Rushden, services this Sunday are at 10am led by Christine Moreton. Messy Church is on Saturday, September 20, at 4pm – craft activities songs and a meal.

Whitefriars Church service this Sunday, September 21, is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall Morning Worship with Holy Communion on Sunday is at 10.30am led by Jeremy Bullock. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church on Sunday the service at 3pm is led by Eileen Mills from Northampton. An Open Circle is on Wednesday, September 24, at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls Morning Service with Holy Communion this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by the Rev David Womersley. Refreshments served after the Service. 4th Rushden Scouts meet on Tuesday, September 23, from 6.30pm.

St Peter’s Church Family Service this Sunday is at 10am with RAFA members in a Battle of Britain Service taken by Rev Mick Bantin with Holy Communion at 8am with the Rev Linnet Smith.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church. The usual coffee morning is this Saturday, September 20, at 10am. The Sunday Morning Harvest Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am with a Harvest Tea at 5pm followed by Evening Service at 6pm all led by the Rev Peter Norton.

Rushden Mission Church. This Sunday’s Thanksgiving Services are at 10.45am and 5.30pm both led by the Rev Stephen Blyth.

Highfield Community Baptist Church have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday, September 23, at 10am.

The WEA is holding a nine-week course on Tuesdays from 10am to 11.30am, on six famous historic Royal Gardens including Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Venue is Rushden Bowls Club. The course commences next Tuesday, September 23, with Andrew Sankey as tutor. Contact 01832 733565 for details.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club meets next Thursday, September 25, at

7pm in St Peter’s Church Hall for a Demonstration by Clare Allen called Created by Nature. Raffle of designs and Refreshments. Visitors welcome at cost of £6. Details on 410280 or 311447.


A development proposal open event will take place on Sunday, September 21, between midday and 3pm at Stanwick Village Hall, to which all Stanwick residents are invited.

This event is being organised by the Stanwick Village Residents Group, which is a very small team of villagers who came together to focus on addressing the proposals by Gladman who wish to develop the land off West Street, Stanwick.

The SVRG do not presume to represent all residents of the village and do not consider themselves as ‘the group’, but merely ‘a group’. They recognise that there may well be a number of people in Stanwick who will be in favour of the proposals, and those views will be respected. Their current objective, however, is to focus on the feedback from those who are not in favour.

There will be displays, discussions and presentati ons at the event, and an opportunity for you to offer your ideas, express your fears and doubts, and even offer your help. If you wish to remain anonymous you can do so by writing your views on a post-it note.

The SVRG has developed a website at where they will be keeping a blog to update you with news, weblinks and helpful documents related to the planning activity, and they can also be contacted by emailing them at

It is recognised that not everyone has access to the internet, which is why a newsletter has been delivered to every home in Stanwick, explaining the support the SVRG wishes to offer and the areas where they need your assistance.

If this proposed development of up to 230 houses is allowed to go ahead, it will have serious implications for the whole of Stanwick. To discover the reasons why, please go along to the open event on Sunday, September 21.

Stanwick people are, quite rightly, proud to have been recently judged as the ‘Best Large Village’ in Northamptonshire ACRE’s ‘Village of the Year’ competition. The village now desperately needs your support to ensure that our community continues to thrive. Please note that the development proposal open event is for Stanwick residents only.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting tonight, Thursday, September 18, at 7.15pm in the committee room at the village hall.

Saturday, September 20, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of Candy Slam, who will be providing the evening entertainment with their rock, pop and indie covers.

There will be an All Age Service at 9.30am on Sunday, September 21, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, and a service of Evensong at 6pm at the church.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 24, at 10am at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Stanwick Pre-School’s Scarecrow Festival takes place during this coming week, between Sunday, September 21, and Sunday, September 28. Maps showing the locations of each scarecrow can be purchased, at £1 each from Stanwick Pre-school or from the shop@stanwick. There is a prize of an Autumnal Hamper for the best scarecrow, which will be judged by Joss from the shop@stanwick. All proceeds from the event will go to Stanwick Pre-school, and your support would be appreciated.

The next fundraising event by Stanwick Pre-School is a Quiz Night and Grand Raffle, which will be hosted by Stanwick Club. This event will take place at the club at 7.30pm on Friday, September 26. Entry is £1 per person, with no limit on team size. Everyone is welcome.

Number 14 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, September 6, making Christine Wise the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Town Football Club are holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, November 21, from 7pm. They are looking to hear from any interested stall holders and craft makers. For further details contact Kevin on 07516 555340.

Thrapston and District U3A are starting their Autumn programme in September. If you are in your ‘third age’ and no longer in full time employment then you could enjoy becoming a member of Thrapston and District University of the Third Age. Membership includes a range of activities from social events, visits to places of interest and access to a range of some 30 special interest groups, including: Classical Music; Bridge; Family History; Photography; Tai Chi; Gardening, just to name a few. Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month at the Plaza with refreshments from 10am and the meeting running from 10.30am until midday.

The next meeting will be held on Friday, September 19, with an illustrated talk, Shetland to Scilly, with RSPB photographer Andy Groves. Everyone welcome to attend the meeting with a charge of £2 for non-members. For more information you can attend the meeting or visit the website

Thrapston Heritage are holding their first Heritage Roadshow at Thrapston Library from 10.30am until midday on Saturday, September 27. If you have any items, documents or pictures of the local area please come and show us them. If you are happy for copies to be taken to put on the new website scanners and cameras will be available on the day in order to do this. If you are unable to attend but you think you have something which would be of interest please contact Eric Franklin on 01832 732950. The website can be viewed at and new items are being added most weeks.

An evening with Stuart Townend, one of the world’s leading worship songwriters of his generation, will be at the Plaza from 6.30pm on Sunday, October 19. His songs are sung in churches around the world with his lyrics acclaimed in the same breath as Watts and Wesley. He tours and leads worship at events around the UK and the world, pioneering a distinctive style of acoustic folk, this sets his music apart from the mainstream rock. Stuart sings and talks throughout the concert making it a very personal evening. He is also bringing his two sons with him this time, so it promises to be a very different concert from his last visit. Whether you are a regular churchgoer or not there is something for everyone and his music is so easy to listen to it will appeal to all generations, young and old. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Lindsey on 01832 730019 or June on 01832 733586.

Save the Date! Thrapston Christmas Lights Festival will be held in Thrapston town centre on Saturday, November 29. More details to follow but this year the event promises to grow again to include more entertainment, festive cheer and be an even bigger celebration than ever before. If you would like to be involved speak to Charlotte in Jolly’s Toyshop, High Street, Thrapston.


Weldon Women’s Institute held its first meeting after the summer break on Tuesday, September 9, when 23 members and one visitor were welcomed to the meeting by President Peen Tighe. The monthly business was dealt with and rather late than never our guest speaker for the evening was introduced Garfield Leyburn who soon had the ladies arranged in a circle and the easy Chair exercises began.

He had the ladies in fits of laughter through the evening. Garfield was thanked by Paulette Bent. Refreshments were prepared and served by the ladies of the book club. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 14, in the village hall. This will be the annual general meeting when a new committee will be elected and all officials will be giving their annual reports.

After which a fish and chips supper will be served and the annual competition results will be announced.

We welcome to Weldon our new vicar the Rev Kane Taylor, who has taken up residence at The Rectory in School Lane. He can be contacted on 01536 626361.

There is a change of service times at St Mary’s Church as follows. On the first, third and fourth Sundays of the month Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am. On the second Sunday of each month Book of common prayer Holy Communion will be held at 8am and for those who like a traditional service (All age service) this will be held at 9.30am.

If there is a fifth Sunday there will be all Age Communion at 9.30am. Please note that on September 21 the 9.30am communion service will be replaced with a 11am service.


Saturday, September 28, is Back To Church Sunday at All Saints, Wellingborough. There will be a Church Parade followed by Harvest Brunch in the Church Hall.

All Saints Church, Wellingborough, has an active choir which practices each Friday at 7pm in the church. They lead the 9.15am service each Sunday. If you would like to join, please come along any Friday.

All Saints Church, Wellingborough, will be holding a Pet Service at 3pm on Sunday, October 5. All creatures great and small are welcome.

Unfortunately the Wellingborough Bipolar Support Group is not able to meet at the moment because we are still searching for a new free venue.

Call Julie Smith on 01933 226720 if you can help or you need more information. If you need details of other Northants groups contact the head office for details.

The Bake Off is back on October 18 from 10am to 4pm in Gloucester Place, 2 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough.

Some call autumn the nicest season ever and we agree.

Pretty trees, leaves to kick, conkers to smash and the best reason of all – the Wellingborough Bake Off!

Yes, the Bake Off will soon be here, and we call upon all amateur bakers, young and old, to astound us with your culinary skills.

Due to the popularity of this event last year, we have added more categories this time – biscuits and a themed cake category – which gives you more scope to display your creative skills.

For those of you who prefer to sample the products than create them, the cakes will be sold after the winners have been announced.

And what better reason to spend on cakes and biscuits, with the proceeds going to local breast cancer charity, Crazy Hats!

The categories are: 12 individual cakes/cupcakes, children’s cakes (under 14 years), novelty hat themed cake, sandwich cake and biscuits.

You can also email your details to to be entered in the contest. Please contact above for more details and entry form.

South Pacific is the next production for Wellingborough Operatic Society at The Castle, Wellingborough, from March 10 to 14.

Pre-audition sing through date is September 18, 7.30pm. Audition day, Sunday, September 21, 2pm, all at All Hallows Church Hall, Wellingborough.

Also girls –preferably dance trained, but come along anyway – for the Ensigns and of course lead lady, Nellie Forbush, Bloody Mary, and Liat. Lead man Emile de Becque, Joseph Cable, and other parts. All great characters.

A boy and girl for Emile’s children – two girls 10 to 12 years old and two boys eight to 10 years old.

Wellingborough Civic Society will be holding its meeting at the museum tonight, Thursday, September 18, at 7.30pm and the guest speaker will be Lesley Emerson who is chairman of Wellingborough Twinning Association.

She will present a talk about the association. The normal civic society meeting talk will cost £1 members and £2 for visitors but please call in the museum if you would like a £4 each ticket to the talk which will include a light continental buffet.

Tai chi classes on Tuesdays have started again. Sessions are held in the Victoria Centre, from 1pm to 2.30pm every Tuesday during term time.

For more information about this class and to book, please contact Amanda on 07835 453286, email or visit

Relaxation for Life. These informal guided relaxation sessions at The Oxford Street Therapy Centre, Oxford Street, Wellingborough, provide a brief getaway to help you wind down in a peaceful environment on Mondays from 1.30pm to 3pm. On September 22, combining relaxation methods to suit your needs. Each session costs £8.50.

For more information and to book your place call Maggie Clinton on 07980 399271.

Wellingborough Museum will be holding trench experience tours every Saturday from September 13 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at £2 each person. Weekday trips can be organised for groups. Please contact the museum to book.

Ask the Northamptonshire family History Society for their help with geneology from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, September 20, and October 18, at the museum.

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum on the second Monday evening of the month at 7.30pm a film show will be held.

On Tuesday, October 7, On Track will be presented and on Tuesday, November 25, Sky High aviation films will be shown. Admission is £3.50 and tickets can be bought from the museum shop.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church holds weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Havelock St /St Johns Street. The first medium of each month is £5



An ultimate pamper evening is at Wilbarston Village Hall on Saturday, September 27, from 4pm until 7pm.

Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door, which includes a free drink and nibbles.

A variety of mini treatments will be on offer throughout the evening.

Refreshments and raffle tickets will be on sale.

For tickets ring Rose on 07736 030656 or Diane on 01536 771216.

Anyone visiting Wilbarston playing field will have noticed the new sets of tennis nets in the multi-use games area.

They will be up for a short while this year and will then return for the season in 2015.

As in the past, they are available for all to use free of charge.

Thanks are due to Kettering Council for the funding which made this possible.


Kettering Town Ladies and Girls Football train under 10s and 12s girls every Saturday from 10.30am to midday.

Senior ladies over 16s training every Thursday 7.30pm to 9pm. Both at Woodford Club, Highfield. For more details contact Steve on 07968 831874.

The services for the Chapel on Sunday, September 21, are Family Service at 11am and Harvest Praise at 6pm.

The Wednesday evening fellowship is every week in the Chapel Schoolroom at 7.15pm.

The meeting on September will be a Members Meeting, followed by refreshments.

The services for the Churches for September 21 are Little Addington Holy Communion at 9.30am, Great Addington Holy Communion and Sunday School at 9.30am, Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.