Village news September 4

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Brigstock Beer Festival will be on the 19th and 20th September in the village hall, when once again, a variety of local ales, good food and entertainment for everyone will be on offer. The festival starts with a Comedy Night, for over 16s, on Friday evening from 7pm till 11pm, when four top quality stand-up comedians will keep the audience laughing. Tickets cost £10, including a free programme. The afternoon of Saturday 20th from 12 noon 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 11 pm, for over 16s only, will feature top local band, Mid-Life Crisis, who will be playing great music from the 70’s 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 for Friday and Saturday events 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. 

A Harvest Festival Service, led by the Reverend Samuel Silungwe, will be celebrated in Brigstock URC at 3pm on Sunday 7th September.

Come along to Brigstock Village Hall on Sunday 7th September to enjoy a Tea Dance from 2pm till 4.30pm. All ages and abilities are welcome for an afternoon of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing. Entrance is £3.50 per person and tea, coffee and cakes are included.

The AGM of the Friends of Fermyn Woods Country Park is on 10th September at 7.30pm in the Skylark Cafe in the park. If you are interested in joining the group or wish to know how money is raised and used to help the park, please come along to the meeting.


Mother & Toddler Group meets in the John Yeoman’s Hall, Meeting Lane, (opposite the church) each Thursday during term time from 9:15am until 2:15pm and is open to all who have care of pre-school children. Stay for whatever time suits you within the timescale. Snack Lunches, at very reasonable prices, are available between noon and 1:00pm but orders must be placed by 11:45am. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits are on sale throughout the day. Membership, which lasts for a school year is only 50p and there is a charge of £1 per adult for each attended session. There are a number of helpers around during the session but carers are responsible for their own children and therefore numbers are not restricted.

Facilities include play mats and toys for babies, “Little Tike” slide, play tunnels and seesaw. We also have many sit ‘n ride toys, push- along toys, books, puzzles, Duplo Lego, Foam Building shapes and play dough. We have baby walkers and baby chairs available and also high chairs for use at lunch- time.

Mother & Toddler groups give mothers/carers an opportunity to meet and make new friends and for the children to learn to mix and share.

Junior Youth Club meets from 6pm to 7.15pm every Friday during term time in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane. Activities include table tennis, pool tables, table football, air-hockey as well as various games and crafts. The group is freely open to all those who have not started secondary school.

Senior Youth Club meets at the same venue every Friday during term time from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday. Stalls selling local produce will open for business in the Millennium Garden from 9am. The Friends of St Mary’s will be selling hot and cold drinks, and homemade cakes, together with books and cd’s. Phone 01536 722722 for further details.

A Massive Clothing & Vintage Homewear Sale will be held on Saturday, in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, from 9.30am-3.00pm. There will be lots of vintage homewares, collectables and clothing, including Boden, Joules, Jack Wills, Fat Face, White Stuff plus many more. Refreshments will include homemade cakes and bacon rolls. All proceeds to the Burton Latimer Guiding Centre.

Burton Latimer Baptist Church Over 65’s Lunch Club invites you to join us for lunch every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane. Coffee will be served at 11.30am and lunch will follow at 12.30pm. The cost is £5 for the first visit and then £3 per month. For more information and to book your place please phone Jenny (01536 725395)

The speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week is Mr. Ted Scarfe. The meeting takes place in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday, in the Methodist Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane, when the guest speaker will be osteopath, Jo Clarkson. All ladies are welcome.

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre next Thursday, September 11th starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

A 20/20 Cricket Match will take place at Burton Latimer cricket ground on Sunday, September 14th at 3pm. St Mary’s Burton Latimer - v - St Andrew’s Kettering. Everyone is invited.

Ladies Night will meet at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, on Monday, September 15th when the guest speaker Shirley Quartermaine’s topic will be ‘Sugar Craft’. All ladies are invited to come along. For more information please phone Pat (01536 722328)

Beautiful People will meet at 10.30am in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, on Wednesday, September 17th when the topic of conversation will be ‘Grandparents’.

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

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service with Holy Communion

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


The top prize of £45 in the monthly 100 Club draw was won by Lee Ashmore with number 21.

More supporters than ever gathered in The Plough where the draw was made by Ian Bottreill and mine host Gene Power. Other winners were Ellie Cliff with number 102, Rob Griggs (87) and Helen Leftley (15), The next draw will take place on Wednesday, September 24th.

The annual Garden Evening hosted by Mary & Andrew Davidson of Fernleigh House was well attended. Villagers and friends gathered to socialise and enjoy food cooked on the barbeque by Andrew. A competition throwing coins at a bottle was won by Geoff Hudson and Bob Pitt and first prize in a raffle was won by Helen Leftley. The event, held to raise money for St John’s Church where Mary is churchwarden, raised a commendable £320.

Dates for your diary:

The local History Society meeting will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, September 17th at 7.30pm

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Thursday, September 18th at 7.30pm.

The next progressive whist drive will be on Saturday, September20th at 7.30pm


Come along and speak with PCSO Mark Tooley at his Police Surgery held at The Village Store and Café in Corby Road. Feel free to discuss any issues or concerns you may have related to local Policing matters. Date/time set for next surgery:- 6th September at 3.30pm

Cottingham ‘Apple Day’ is taking place on the Recreation Field on Sunday 28th September from noon to 4pm. ‘Green Horizons’ are organising an Apple Day to celebrate our local countryside and raise money for the charity, which is setting up a horticultural project in Cottingham for children with autism and their families. There will be performances from the Rutland Morris Men, and the National Trust will be coming along with information and activities based on Northamptonshire apple growing and bee keeping. Stamford Community Orchard is loaning its cider press and our own local cider an, Mark Shirley from Rockingham Forest Cider, will be on hand to show us how it’s done. Rockingham Castle Tearoom is donating pork and apple baps, and lots of Green Horizons supporters will be baking cakes and apple treats for the teas which will be served by helpers from St Mary Magdalene Church. A Green Horizons Apple Book with recipes and children’s drawings will also be on sale. Green-fingered gardeners are bringing autumn plants and making chutneys, crafts and produce to sell on the day, alongside traditional stalls and activities for children and families. There will also be a competition for the best scarecrow. Please bring your scarecrow down to the recreation field before 12.30pm. It must be less than 1.5 metres high and able to stand up on its own. For more details, contact Jan Mears on 772130, Lucie Middlebrook on 772254 or email

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


During the weekend of 6th & 7th September Kos Musical Theatre Company will be holding their Craft Fair at Cranford Hall in the delightful village of

Cranford which is east of Kettering post code NN14 4AL. This quality Craft

Fair will feature an array of 40 stalls all selling their hand made goods. There will be a full waitress served restaurant serving Ploughmans Lunches, Cream Teas a host of sandwiches and toasted tea cakes plus of course tea, coffee and cold drinks.

Car Parking is free and admission charges are adults £3.50, Seniors £3,Children (age 4-12) £2.50, Family Ticket £9 (2 adults & 2 children).

There will also be a daily entertainment programme plus a children’s

entertainer, in fact something for the whole family.

On Saturday 6th September there will be Breakfast by the Brook at Grafton Underwood in aid of Village Funds. For more information please ring 01536 330281 .

On September 11th Cranford W.I. we will have a Harvest Supper to welcome everyone back from the summer break. The speaker will talk on Women’s Aid.

The meeting should be a Cranford WI classic with something old( friendship) something new ( learning from the speaker) and food to make the evening even more enjoyable. The event starts at 7.00 and if you would like to join us please phone on 330731.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 8.00am and there will be a Family Half Hour at Grafton Underwood at 11.00am. Evening Prayer will be celebrated at Slipton at 6.00pm


Sunday 7th September 2014 is the 12th Sunday after Trinity and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.


West Lodge Plant and Garden Centre recently celebrated their 10th Birthday. They held a celebration charity raffle and all profits went towards Marlow House. Here are the following prize draw ticket winners as listed. First prize was a twisted olive tree, won by ticket number 1322. Second prize was an auto electric propagator, won by ticket number 1694. Third prize was a garden mirror, won by ticket number 1697. Fourth prize was West Lodge Rural Family ticket for 4, won by ticket number 1925. Fifth prize was a West Lodge Rural Family ticket for 4, won by ticket number 1362. Sixth prize was a bottle Roche Lacour Blanc de Blancs won by ticket number 1684. Seventh prize was a bottle of El Paggio Chianti won by ticket number 1285. Eighth prize was a bottle of Seven Tenths red, won by ticket number 1980. Ninth prize was a Jill Duplex cookery book won by ticket number 1639. Lastly, the tenth prize was a box of assorted biscuits won by ticket number 1018. Well done to all the winners.

Are you a new mum or have a new born to first steps age group? Why not go to Desborough Sure Start Children’s Centre hold Baby Time sessions on Tuesday afternoons at 1pm to 3pm. These sessions are aimed at babies from birth to first steps. The sessions offer a range of fun activities including messy and sensory play. Also, gives mums a chance to meet other families in the area, share advice and experiences. Please ring before planning a visit to check details are up to date. For more information, please contact Nicola Whitbread on 01536 760937 or email:

Come and join Desborough RAPID (Run Any Pace In Desborough) Running Club. RAPID meet at Desborough Leisure Centre every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, with a beginners class on Thursday’s at 6pm. For more information please contact Gordon Harvey on telephone: 07903 263402 or email on

St Giles Church is holding its 40th Flower Festival 2014 on Friday, September 5, Saturday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7. The opening times for Friday is 2.30pm to 6.30pm, on Saturday is it open 10am to 6pm and Sunday, the festival is open at 11am to 6pm. There will be gifts and craft stalls, books, produce and Flowerpot Café.

Table Top Sale on Saturday, September 13 from 9am to 1pm. To be held at United Reformed Church Hall on Union Street in Desborough. Refreshments will be available and all proceeds to go towards the United Reformed Church.

Charity Dinner and Auction on Saturday, September 13, will be held at Northants County Cricket Club. A fun night raising awareness of DIPG, The Brain Tumour Charity, supporting Alfie’s Journey Fund. For tickets please contact Graham Thomas on 07796 432964, email: For more information on DIPG and Alfie’s journey visit:

Desborough United Reformed Church will be hosting their 64th Fruit, Flower, Vegetable Chow on Sunday, September 14. It begins from 2.30pm to 5pm. Followed by a sale of produce. There will be cream teas available around 2.30pm to 5pm.

Take part in this year’s Annual Scarecrow Festival, which will be from Friday, October 10, to Sunday, October 12. The theme for this year 2014 is ‘One Hundred’. If you are interested in entering a scarecrow in the festival or would like more information, please contact Terry Blissett on 01536 760927 or email on There is no charge for entry and there is no objection to using advertising material. All scarecrows will be staged by the evening of Wednesday, October 8, ready for an opening by the Carnival Queen and Havelock Junior School on Friday at 9.30am. The Church will then be open until 4pm on the Friday and again on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and on Sunday from midday until 5pm. To help with arrangements, and your own scarecrow preparations, reply deadline is Sunday, September 21.

Further details, for example, setting up times, will be sent to all interested parties.


The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their September meeting on Tuesday 16th at Chris Capps’ house. There will be tea, coffee, cakes, cheese and wine with the possibility of a viewing of scenic views of New Zealand. Lifts home are also possible.

The East Carlton Breakaways would like to thank the relatives of Arthur White for their very generous donation of £70 to the Breakaways charity, Megan Baker House. Chris Capps researched the family tree and war records of Arthur White who was one of the soldiers who returned to East Carlton safely after the end of World War1.

The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their monthly coffee morning on Thursday in the cricket club from 10.30am – noon. Cost of admission is £2.50, this includes refreshments, all money goes to Megan Baker House.

The Library Van will be in East Carlton on Friday 5th. September from12.25pm - 1.25pm. There will be two stops, one outside No. 13 East Carlton Park and the other in the circle.


Finedon Trefoil Guild. The next Coffee at the Cons will be on Sept 15th (not the 1st.) 10 till 11.30. £1. We will be raising money to support Lowland Rescue. This is a Northamptonshire search and rescue group of trained volunteers who work with the Police and other SAR teams in the search for missing and vulnerable people.

St Mary the Virgin Church will be holding their Flower Festival from Friday 12th September to Sunday 14th September. The theme this year will be `Till the boys come home’ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.

There will be a post-restoration organ recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, Finedon on Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm. This will mark the completion of the restoration of the organ. The concert will be given by the international recitalist Stephen Farr, who is Director of Music at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild held their August meeting in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JH where 19 members and visitors enjoyed a pre-seasonal demonstration with Julie Cotton making sugar “Christmas Trees”.  Julie also showed us her way of making Christmassy items including tree decorations.   Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Sharon Berrill gave the vote of thanks.  The next meeting is on Wednesday September 17th at 7.30pm when Estelle Mann will be demonstrating “Mrs Tiggywinkle”.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

Our 6 week beginners class starts on September 10th at a cost of £48.  This will consist of covering a rich fruit cake with marzipan and sugarpaste, and make sugar flowers to work  into a spray to compliment the garret frill and side decoration. If you are interested please contact 01933 680099 or

The Finedon Buffs are holding a `Film Night for Ben’ showing the film `Philomena’ at the Star Hall, Laws Lane on Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and available from01933 681029.


The Greenbelt Festival was a great success at Boughton House Park. The work that must have gone into organising the Festival to make it run smoothly must have been enormous.

Congratulations to Boughton for bringing such a wonderful experience to all who attended. The Greenbelt Festival will be coming back next year and I urge you look at the programme.

The most memorable experiences were; 15,000 people taking Holy Communion together, Hobbit, beat- boxing away in the rain and Sinead O’Connor singing to a crowd of happy campers, oh and scores of golf buggies taking people to and from the campsite.

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 1st November in the Village Hall from 12 noon til 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. It should be a fascinating Exhibition. 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 8.00pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981.

The dates are; Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November 2014. There are two more dates in December, Saturday 13th December and Wednesday, 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 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.

‘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 10th October at 7.30pm.

Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.


Great Addington Primary School:

The School will reopen on Thursday 4th September.

On Friday 5th September 2014 children are asked to bring there Summer Homework Project/Exhibit’s for the Village Horticultural Show.

The Village Horticultural Show takes place on Saturday 6th September 2014 in The Village Hall.

Sunday the 7th September 2014 is the 12th Sunday after Trinity and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Family Service at 9.30am. Also in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am there is a Service of Holy Communion.

The next meeting of The Addingtons Ladies Group will take place on Tuesday 9th September 2014 at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall in Great Addington. The Topic for this evening is a ‘Body Shop Demonstration’ with Jen Davidson. If you would like to join us you can either contact Celia on 01933 680984.


Sunday September 7th 10.30am Holy Communion service at St Mary’s.

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

Diary Dates


Saturday 13th Grendon flower and produce show.

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

Friday 26th 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.Marys.


Sunday 18th 11.00am~4.00pm craft fair in the Marlowe room at Grendon Hall. Proceeds to the air ambulance.


Gretton Local History Society meet next on Thursday 18th September at Gretton Village Hall 7.30pm. Mike Ingram MA is the evenings guest with a presentation about “Northamptonshire’s Medieval Gentry”. GLHS members are admitted free with visitors very welcome to attend @ £3.00. Refreshments will be served and an optional raffle run. The Society’s AGM will follow this talk. Further details about Gretton Local History from Anne Craske telephone 01536 771102

Gretton Women’s Hour resume their fortnightly meetings on Tuesday 16th September following a break for the summer. The venue is Gretton Baptist Church Hall in High Street Gretton starting at 2.15pm. The afternoons guest speaker is Karen Lloyd. For any inquiries please call 01536 770188

Well, they certainly know how to throw a party in Gretton! The fifth annual Gretton Music Festival - which took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend - was a huge success, with packed-out venues and sold-out gigs every night. Over £1000 was raised for The Travers Foundation - a local charity which supports young athletes and those in the performing arts. The music festival offered a varied programme, ranging from singer/songwriter Stevie Jones and The Wildfires, to fantastic rock covers band Point Blank and the amazing Jive Honey who had everyone in the Village Hall on their feet dancing the night away to their top soul & R&B.

On Saturday afternoon the crowd was treated to a trio of talented teens, when the Youth BUSkers took to the stage on Brian Fursdon’s Bus Bonanza featuring the Corby Radio bus.

Northamptonshire’s largest community-based music festival’s overall sponsor was Seaton’s Solicitors. For further details and photos of the event please visit the Gretton Music Festival website


Sean and Julie Bell are kindly hosting a Cheese and Wine Party at Lime Farm on Sunday 21 September from 12 – 2.30pm. Tickets cost £7 and are available in advance from Julie Bell on 01572 747415. A flyer with further information will be delivered to every home very soon.


Hayleigh at the White Swan is hosting this year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be a ‘Made in Harringworth’ Cake and Produce stall – so donations of cakes, bread, biscuits and preserves will be most welcome. Do come along and support this amazing fundraiser which is open to our Benefice and local villages.


Pam Cooper is looking for a couple of new volunteers to help with Church Cleaning. Can you help? Please call her on 01572 747320.


An afternoon of fun for all ages organised by the Appeals Committee to celebrate Harvest with a Ploughman’s Buffet Lunch in the Village Hall at 12.30 followed by a mix of entertainment. Please hold the date in your diary and further details will be available soon. We are looking for volunteers to take part in the ‘Home Grown Entertainment’ - so if you can sing, act, play an instrument, recite or entertain in any way – contact Diana Wordie on 01572 747216.

A handful of villagers represented Harringworth in the Annual Bulwick Horticultural Show last weekend. There was a flurry of first, second and third places for villagers Marli Hems, Zak Sharp, Tracey Sharp, John Benney and the youngest Harringworth competitor Orla Sharp. Marie Hems won the competition for the best scented rose and Reuben Sharp won the Children’s Cup. The Boon family, who often have fantastic results in the competition, didn’t enter this year but promise to be back next year, which is great news for Harringworth. Programmes for next year’s competition will be published in March and will be available from Maggie Frankland.

Have you bought your 100 Club ticket yet? It’s a great way for you to support the village whilst having a bit of a flutter! Here’s how it works… The aim is to sell 100 tickets per annum at £25 each and if all are sold this will raise £2500. There will be 11 monthly draws for £100 and a Christmas Draw for £150 with the remaining money going to the village funds. The more you buy the greater the chance to win while supporting your village. All participants must be over 18. Contact David Reading on 747664 / email HYPERLINK “” to purchase your draw ticket(s).

It has been suggested we compile a list of volunteers who would be prepared to take anyone from the village to a Doctor’s/ Hospital appointment or a train station or to collect medication on their behalf. Can you help? Please email Philippa on or phone 01572 747700. We are also looking for someone who will hold the list and co-ordinate the transport – perhaps you can help? In the meantime phone Philippa on 747700 or Hayleigh in the White Swan on 747035, if you need transport as we already have a number of keen volunteers.

Are you interested in taking a bus to Corby or Stamford? You can request a bus any day to go to Stamford but it is best to give about a week’s notice to ensure it is not already booked to go elsewhere in the area. Call 0345 263 8153 to find out more and register or visit the website . Also, there is a bus every Tuesday from 3 September to Corby from Harringworth, again you need to have registered and then call up the service to arrange to be picked up. The bus will collect (if prebooked) from the Village Cross at 10.08 to go to Corby (ASDA/Station/George Street) arriving 10.35/10.40/ 10.45 and return leaving Corby (George Street/Station/ASDA) at 13.20/13.25/13/30.  If you feel that you would like a pick up from your own house as the Village Cross is too far to walk call 0345 263 8153 and they will consider your request.

Visit the new Harringworth Website Do let us know if you have any items to Free Cycle by contacting the website team through the link.

We have had a number of requests from keen ‘Preservers’ planning on making Jams and Chutneys. If you have any jam jars or spare fruit and vegetables from your garden or would like to swap what you have - please email or contact the website team. A few jars of what you are making would be gratefully received for the “Made in Harringworth” stall at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 29 November 2014, together with any craft ideas.

ALSO - If you have ‘windfalls’ that are not ideal for cooking can you bag them up for the Pigs? Call Tracy (747591) or Marie (747971) who will be very happy to collect.


Do you know anyone who would like to book a stall at this year’s Christmas Bazaar in St John the Baptist Church? Ask them to email Philippa at or call 01572 747700.


Members of St Mary’s choir led by their Director of Music Tony Edwards enjoyed the unique opportunity of singing Evensong twice last week in Canterbury Cathedral. This was a wonderful and memorable occasion in honour of Archbishop Henry Chichele who was born in Higham Ferrers.

The choir sang magnificently and following Evensong they gathered around the tomb of Archbishop Chichele, in the Cathedral, and sang an anthem. They performed so well that they have been invited back to Canterbury Cathedral to sing again at some stage in the future.

St Mary’s Tiny Tots group start again at 2 pm on Wednesday 10th September in Church. All Mums/carers/grandparents and their tots from babes upwards are very welcome. Following stories and singing everyone goes to the Bede House for a cup of tea and natter and play with a large box of toys.

The group finish at 3 pm to enable Mums to collect any other siblings from school. The Tiny Tots team are Rachel Osborne 079309101127, Diane Behagg 07939367387 and Canon Richard Stainer 01933 314750.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 7th September are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass with baptisms at 10.15 am.

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

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will hold an All Age Harvest Festival Service at 10.30 am.

This will be followed by coffee afterwards.

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

The Higham Chichele Society meet again at 9.30 am on Friday morning 26th September in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will Mike Muncaster and his subject will be “A Holt GP”. Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 10th September in the library on Midland Road. The special guest will be Tony Edwards presenting his choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet again on Wednesday 17th September at 2 pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The group will hold their AGM followed by speaker Roger Drage - “The Best Years of your Life” . Visitors and new members are always welcome. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty special interest groups. See website:

A special service, to celebrate and commemorate Archbishop Henry Chichele, together with the dedication of St Mary’s bells, will be held at 10.15 am on Sunday 21st September. All Higham groups are especially welcome to attend.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a seven mile circular walk in the Wymington area next Sunday 7th September. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.40 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am in Wymington High Street. The group will be led by Marion Darnell 01933 387991. See website: HYPERLINK “”

Vicki Maddocks will be staging an art exhibition in Chichele College over the weekend of 13th/14th September. All are welcome and admission is free. Wheelchair access is available from College Street. However there is no parking available at the College but free and ample provision on the Market Square, Midland Road and Saffron Road car park.

The recently launched Friends of St Marys are organising a coffee morning in the Bede House on Saturday 25th October from 10 am to 12 noon. There will be a variety of stalls to browse to include bottles and cakes and the emphasis will be on an enjoyable and informative social occasion. Members of the committee will also be planting crocuses in the autumn in the Churchyard to further enhance the beauty of this area. If you are interested in supporting the heritage of St Mary’s Church, the Chantry Chapel and Bede House please contact the secretary Pat Spencer 14 Chapel Hill Higham Ferrers tel 01933 316376 or email:

The next Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th September at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.

An Angel Festival will be held in St Mary’s Church over the weekend of 21/22/23rd November.

Advance notice is being given, as it is appreciated that parents are very busy in the lead up to Christmas, with a plea for parents to consider dressing their children as angels for the grand fancy dress parade on 22nd November.

The parade will assemble in Higham library for judging – with generous prizes being given – and process to the Market Square for the switching on of the Christmas lights. Please start planning wonderful angel outfits for your youngsters. For any enquiries ring 07766406298 or 01933 357212.


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

On Thursday 11 September in Irchester Library there will be Rhymetime for the under 5’s at 9.30am and the Crochet, Knit and Natter Group will meet at 2.00pm. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and an active Friends of Irchester Library group. Alan, Irchester’s library manager will be pleased to see you in the usual library opening hours which are Tuesday – Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10-2pm and Sunday 1-4pm. You can find out what is available or discuss any ideas you may have for additional events which could be held in the library.

Irchester Women’s Institute meet monthly in the Village Hall. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 September at 7.15pm when the speaker will be Danielle Staples, who will give a ‘Cupcake Demonstration’. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any meetings so if you are a cupcake fan please do go along. Visitors pay £3.50 for the evening and this includes tea/coffee and biscuits. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.

On Wednesday 10 September there will be a Branch meeting of Parkinson’s UK in Irchester Village Hall at 7.30pm.

The Parish Council met on 27 August . Items discussed were the recent provision of double yellow lines, especially at the co-op and their positive impact on traffic flow. Planning consents, flood awareness, recreation, litter bin provision, parking, the Neighbourhood Plan and Remembrance Day arrangements were also discussed.

Building of the skatepark on the recreational field in Austin Close is expected to start shortly. Fundraising is still on going and there will be a fundraising disco for the skatepark in the Village Hall on Saturday 27 September. Tickets costing £8 and £5 for under 16’s or £25 for a family of 4, include a sausage and chips supper. Take your own drinks and enough money for your raffle tickets at £1 per strip. 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.

Irchester Historical Society meets in Irchester Library at 7.30pm on 11th September 2014 when John Clare Cottage volunteer, David Dykes will talk about the life and times of the remarkable poet John Clare (1793-1864) in the 150th year since his death. There is a cost of £3 to non members. If you have an interest in local history why not consider becoming a member? More details may be obtained from The Chairman, Jon-Paul Carr, 23 High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7AA. Tel: 01933 382476. Email:


Irthlingborough Carnival takes place on 6th September: The carnival procession

meets at Huxlow School at 11.30am, ready for judging and positioning. It leaves promptly at 1pm going down Finedon Road, right at The Cross into High Street, along the High Street, right into Victoria Street, following it along then left into Scarborough Street, arriving at the Central Recreation ground at

approx. 2.00pm.

Don’t Forget! The Horticultural Show on

Saturday 6th September 2014 from 2pm

The Harmonic Hall, Working Man’s Club,

Scarborough Street, Irthlingborough.

The culmination of Irthlingborough’s tribute to those men who gave their lives in WW1 took place on Saturday, 2nd August. It was organised by the Town Council, Irthlingborough Scouts, the Royal British Legion, Canon John Hall and the Historical Society.

The event started with a re-enactment of the parade which took place on 6th August, 1914 when the first detachment of local men mustered at the Cross before marching off to the station. A large number of men and children, all suitably attired, marched from the Rest Gardens to the Cross led by the Waterloo Drummers. After a rousing speech from Cllr John Farrar, representing Cllr Hazeldine of 1914, delivered from the steps of the Cross and the singing of God Save the King, three loud cheers for the men rang out before they marched off to Irthlingborough Station, enthusiastically waved off by cheering nurses, wives and sweethearts all dressed as women of that time.

On Parsons Green crosses were placed naming the 151 who did not return. The Scouts erected tents from the 1914 era in which were staged exhibitions commemorating those Scouts who served, and photos of the town at that time by the Historical Society. Refreshments were provided.

Songs of the period were led by St Peter’s Church Choir and poems by the War Poets were read by Revd Paul Needle who later kept the crowd entertained with appropriate music, songs and anecdotes as we all took shelter under umbrellas and in the tents as heavy rain descended.

As everyone joined in the hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’ the Rector read the roll-call of the fallen, many of whom were still in their teens. This was followed by a minute’s silence to reflect on the men and the families who had lost loved ones - a very moving moment.

Although the event was cut short due to the weather, many stood in the rain to listen to ‘The Last Post’ beautifully played by Fred Harris from the top of St Peter’s Church tower.


The first meeting of the Kettering Branch of the National Health Service Retirement Fellowship (NHSRF), following its summer recess, is on Monday 8 September at 2.30pm in the Lecture Theatre, Prince William Education Centre, Kettering General Hospital. A Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) representative will be talking about the service. Membership is open to anyone who has retired from, or is nearing retirement from, working in the NHS, and their partner. For more information please telephone Gareth Ogden on 01536-483603.

During the weekend of 6th & 7th September KOS Musical Theatre Company will be holding their Craft Fair at Cranford Hall in Cranford. Car Parking is free and admission charges are: adults £3.50 seniors £3.00 children (age4-12) £2.50 family ticket £9.00 (2 adults & 2 children). There will also be a daily entertainment programme plus a children’s

entertainer in fact something for the whole family.

The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering {Regent Street Entrance}

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - please phone to book your meal 01536 513883

Tuesday: 1.30pm for 2.00-3.00pm Home League {Ladies Meeting}

Thursday: 1.30pm for 2.00-3.00pm 0ver 60’s Club - Speaker: Roy Marriot “ Animals in Need”.

The Salvation Army, Kettering {Rockingham Road Entrance}

Sunday 7th September - Sunday Worship:10.00am - Guest Leader: Major Sheila Hunt and 5.30pm Major Paul Doust

NB Sunday 14th September 5.30pm The 60’s Band lead a worship meeting of music and song - all welcome

On Saturday 13th September Kettering & District Caledonian Society proudly presents a Charity Black Tie Dinner Dance in aid of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal at the Rockingham Forest Hotel. Two course evening meal followed by dancing. Theme : pink & black. Tickets from 01536 485958, Thursfield Pharmacy, Rockingham Road and Shelley Davis Mash Dance Studio.

From 11th to 14th September the John Thurston & Sons Funfair will be at Northampton Road. Also featuring Disney characters meet and greets on Saturday 13th September. From 6pm weekdays, 2pm weekends.

The Alfred East Art Gallery Art Browser for September features Marlene Snee. Marlene is both a local artist and qualified teacher who lives and works in Northamptonshire. Her favourite medium is watercolour, often used together with pen and ink to create textures in her village scenes, but she also enjoys painting animals in pastel. If you are interested in joining one of Marlene’s courses or would like her to paint a commission, please contact her on 01933 624847 or email

Kettering Arts Centre at St. Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road presents C&D Productions : Frankenstein on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm. (doors 7pm). Tickets £8. C&D Productions return with Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece. Tickets available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or

Forthcoming shows at the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive include Tony Stockwell, Psychic Medium on stage on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30pm. All seats £19.50.

On Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm The Big Chris Barber Band. Chris Barber this year celebrates his Diamond Jubilee as leader of his band. You can count on an exciting evening of high quality jazz and blues. All seats £19.50.

On Friday 12th September at 7.30pm The Paul Zerdin Show. The master ventriloquist returns with a brand new show featuring your favourite sponge characters, stand-up and some wicked audience participation. Leave the kids at home! Seats £17.50, £15.50, concessions.

On Saturday 13th September 5pm – 10pm Marie Curie Walk Ten Northamptonshire at Boughton House. Pre-registration £10, on the day £20. Join in this summer for a twilight 10k walk to support Marie Curie nurses in Kettering. Children under 16 are free and dogs are welcome. Firework display at 10pm to celebrate Marie Curie night shift nurses.


The Community Centre is to install a second notice board which could be directed at multi lingual notices – any thoughts? Annah Kwambana has offered free translations into two African languages - would anybody else appreciate Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Latvian notices? Are there other languages we should include? Please let me know.

The Oakley Rangers are back on the 6th September. They will be preparing for several gigs locally including your family fun day and a charity concert at the Core theatre. FREE music lessons are given in exchange for some community services. Anyone 10-17 welcome extra drummers needed. Rockschool guitar bass and drums taught by qualified teachers Paul & Judy.

There will be lots of live music at the re-instated Family Fun Day now taking place on the 20th September in the grounds of the Community Centre. This will start around mid day – more details closer to the time.

Please join the Oakley Vale Community Association 24th September at your Community Centre 7.30 and let’s get to know each other! I will have representatives from Midwest to talk about the change in landscape maintenance and hopefully the head of the new school along to clarify recent developments and celebrate the school’s opening.

The £130k 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. I will try and get the plans onto the OVCC website as well.

Cllrs. Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30 – 12. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Councillor Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am, no appointment necessary. His e-mail is


The Raunds & District History Society will be meeting tonight, Thursday, 4th September, at 7.30 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, when Roy York will be introducing ‘Waterloo’, about the classic film shot near Irthlingborough in 1913. For more information call Susan on 01933 461480 or email Rachel at

Coffee will be served tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

The Friends of St. Peter’s will be in the foyer at Raunds Co-op on Saturday, 6th September, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They will be selling prize draw tickets.

There will be a service of Compline at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 5th September.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 7th September, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, and there will also be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

There will be a service of Home Communion at 9.45 a.m. on Tuesday, 9th September at Kingswood, and at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 10th September at the Forresters.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are looking for jobs, apprenticeship or training, are invited along to a drop in session between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 11th September, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

Connexions Northamptonshire is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides information, advice, guidance and support, giving help with careers advice, application forms, CV writing and interview skills. For more information, please visit their website at or contact them at

Raunds WI will be meeting next Thursday, 11th September, at 7.30 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, Raunds. The guest speaker will be Judy Kendrick-Simonsen, who will talk about ‘The English Country Lady 1935-1955’. Visitors are welcome at £3.50 each, which includes refreshments. For more information please call Mary on 01933 624271.


Ringstead School will re-open for the Autumn Term on Thursday 4th September 2014.

A Compline Service will take place in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 7.00pm on Friday 5th September 2014.

We warmly welcome you to pop along to our Coffee Morning at St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead on the 1st Saturday in the month and the next one is on Saturday 6th September 2014 between 10.00am and Noon. All proceeds will go towards new facilities for the Church.

Ringstead Produce and Horticultural Show is on Saturday 6th September 2014 at Ringstead Social Club.Kindly Sponsored By Pete’s Fish Bar & Village Store. There is also a £50 raffle prize which has been donated by Sandy at the Ringstead Post Office. All proceeds will go to Village Community groups & charities. Entries by 12 noon, Viewing starts at 4pm admission is 50p and the Auction takes place at 7.30pm. Classes open to all ages and abilities. The Schedules are available from Ringstead Post Office. Please email: for more information or telephone Katrina on 01933 623765 for further details.

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2014 there will be a Flower Festival in St. Mary’s Church in Ringsteadand the theme is ‘Animals of the Bible’. This is to Celebrate our Patronal Festival in Honour of St. Mary, which takes place each year on September 8th.

We will hold a special praise service led by Paul Adams and his Band which will take place at 3pm on Sunday 7th September 2014.

On Sunday 7th September 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am A Morning Service with Mrs. Susan Deacon. At 6pm there is Evening Service with Rev’d Peter Eyre.

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

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall every 2nd Monday of the Month, and the next meeting is on Monday 8th September 2014. The Topic this evening is ‘A Talk on Honey Bees’.

Little Angels meet on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3.00pm (Term-Time) in Ringstead Primary School Hall (round the back of the school). The group is open to any child under school age and their carer. 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 reminder that we are holding our annual Flower Show in the village hall on Saturday 13th September. A number of classes are open to residents of surrounding villages, so if anyone would like a schedule & entry form, please contact show secretary, Mike Kingman, on 01536 770385. Entry is only 50p per class (limited to 2 entries per class per person). Winners of the garden categories will also be announced on the day as well as the cups for: Most points in flower & vegetable classes; Best collection of vegetables; Most points in rose classes and Best miniature garden (Rockingham families only).

Visitors can have a look at the exhibits for an entry fee of £1 from 2.30pm. Children can enter for free.


Children can get help with their school homework thanks to a new set-up by Rothwell’s library in Bell Hill. Called Homework Club Plus, it offers help with homework, study, or revision for children aged 11 years and more. Starting on Saturday, September 13, the club will be held from 11.00am-1.00pm every Saturday during term time. Use of computers and printing will be completely free.

The 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnheim will be marked by a 1940s-themed disco with fancy dress at the Woolpack pub, Bell Hill from 9.00pm on Saturday, September 20. All money raised will go to the Help for Heroes charity. The pub is now offers Sunday lunch from 1.00-4.00pm, for £6.50, with children and senior citizens £5, dessert extra.

One thousand years of agriculture in Britain is the subject of the next course being held by the Rothwell branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). Course tutor Michael Muncaster will trace the development of British agriculture since the Norman conquest, examining the technological changes and the way in which they have helped to create the country’s present landscape. The course lasts nine weeks, with sessions between 2.00-3.30pm every Tuesday from September 23 in the lounge at Madams Gardens, Rothwell. Further details from Anne Barrett on 01536 711837.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will take place at 2.30pm on September 17 in the Chamberlain Room, behind the Fox Street church.

Rothborough Table Tennis Club have begun their Wednesday evening practice sessions as the new season approaches. The sessions take place each Wednesday from 7.30pm at Montsaye Sports Hall in Greening Road. The new Kettering and District Table Tennis League season begins on September 17, with the club entering five teams. New players are always welcome. For more details, contact Tom on 07800 838268 or go to

Rothwell’s historic Market House, built by Sir Thomas Tresham in the late 16th century, will be open to the public as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme from 2.00-4.00pm on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. On the same days at 2.30pm, a guided tour of the town will be given, starting at the Market House. While both events are free, donations are welcome.

A spate of cancellations has resulted in a lack of matches for Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club’s men’s and mixed teams, with the men’s fixtures now finished for the season. On the evening of Wednesday, August 20 the ladies’ triples team played in the semi-finals of the borough triples, ultimately bowing out by losing to old adversaries Desborough Town. They now go through to the final, to be played at Desborough Outdoor Bowling Club on Sunday, September 7.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 27, the ladies played host to Little Bowden Bowling Club, winning 45-37. Club finals week starts on Monday, September 8 and continues through to Friday. All matches start at 2.00pm, with details of finalists published on the club’s website, The last match of the outdoor season is on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16, when a captain’s team will play a president’s team.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society returns after its summer break on Friday, September 5, when chairman Geoff Oliver will be showing some of his work at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50, including refreshments. For more information, visit, phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A sponsored cycle ride around Northamptonshire churches, including Holy Trinity church, Rothwell is to be held on Saturday, September 13. Each church will be open to welcome the riders and sign the sponsorship forms. Further details can be found on

A coffee morning and open day for parents to find out more about the Sunbeams group at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell is being held from 10.00am-12 noon on Saturday, September 13. The new term for the group starts from 2.00-3.00pm on Thursday, September 3. The group will also be having a teddy bears’ picnic at 2.30pm on Thursday, August 21 on the vicarage lawn or, if the weather is bad, inside the church.

The annual Rothwell Vegetable and Flower Show takes place on Saturday, September 6 at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane. Schedules/entry forms showing the various classes are currently available from several places in and around Rothwell. All money raised will go to Cransley Hospice.

A concert is planned at the village of Harrington, just a few miles outside Rothwell, at the parish church. Entitled Songs from the Autumn Show by Market Harborough Musical Theatre, it is being staged at 7.00pm on Sunday, September 14 with tickets priced £10 for adults, £5 for children. They are available from Katharine and Benedict Cadbury on 01536 713944 or ABCMH Music, Market Harborough on 01858 463144. Further information can be found at


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are - on Tuesday 9th September to The White Horse, Tilbrook and on Thursday 11th to The Old Friar, Twywell. Shopping trip this week is to Waitrose on Friday 12th. All welcome to ‘Yoga in a Chair’ in the Well-being Centre on Monday 8th Sept at 11.15am. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – are running a Model weekend on Sat/Sun Sept 6th / 7th – Model Trains, Planes and Automobiles etc. Adults £3.50 / Senior Citizens £3.00 / Children over 5 £2.50 inc Brake Van train ride.

H E Bates Discussion Group –next meet on Wednesday Sept 10th in Rushden Bowls Club at 2.00pm when University Lecturer Peter Smith will speak about ‘H E Bates Great War’. Paul Marshall will also read an H E Bates article ‘Lost World of Fancy’ – about street games played in the early part of the 20th Century.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden – invite you to a Mammoth Jumble Sale this Saturday 6th September from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Church Rooms – entrance 50p with proceeds going to ‘Who let the Dads Out?’ Contact Barry on 353956.

Rushden and Newton Bromswold Women’s Institute – meet on Tuesday Sept 11th at 7.30pm in Rushden Bowls Club when the speaker Denise Taylor will be explaining the work of Medical Detection dogs. Non-members cost is £3.50. Contact Linda on 07796757596 for details of this and the Institute.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday 10th Sept in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Tony Edwards will present his programme of music.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden –This Sunday Sept 7th at 6.00pm there will be a performance by ‘Boobs and Brass’ in the Citadel with Free Admission. Collection for Breast Cancer will take place. Refreshments served in Community Centre at 5.00pm.

Whitefriars Church – This Sunday’s Service is at 10.15am. The Retired’s Group meet on Friday 5th September at 1.30pm in the Bridge Community Office for a Beetle Drive – contact John or Celia Underwood on 676989 for details.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday is an All Age Harvest Festival Service at 10.30am. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Caroline Oates from Cambridge. Open Circle is on Wednesday Sept 10th at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Morning Service this Sunday will be a Birthday Celebration at 10.30am led by Gill Crow, County Ecumenical Officer – followed by Birthday Cake and Coffee. Shelmerick Dance, Drama and Music Academy resumes on Monday 8th for the Autumn Term. Other activities now as normal.

St. Peter’s Church – Family Service this Sunday at 10.00am is Morning Prayer with Victoria Shane and Yvonne Desroches and the Young Stars with Holy Communion at 8.00am taken by Rev Linnet Smith.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday Sept 6th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Family Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson. United Circuit Service at 6.00pm at Alma St Wellingborough.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Service is at 10.45am led by Pastor Ian Fall. There is no Evening Service.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 9th Sept at 10.00am.

Music in the Park – the next performance in Hall Park Walled Garden will be on Sunday Sept 14th at 3.00pm with Musical Roots.

Rushden U3A – meet next in The Pemberton Centre on Wednesday 17th September at 2.00pm for the AGM and Roger Drage speaking about ‘The Best Days of your Life’.

Rushden Ramblers Tortoise Group – next meet in Duck St Car Park on Thursday Sept 11th at 9.30am for a walk ‘ From Emberton to Filgrave’. Leader is Gill Dixon on 314978.


If you haven’t already bought your copy of the ‘11th Family Music Quiz’ in aid of the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal, it is still not too late, as the closing date is not until Sunday, 28th September. The Music Quiz is still on sale at the shop@stanwick at the price of £1.

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.

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, or you can call Terry on 01933 622934.

Learn to Paint with acrylics for beginners between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 6th September, at Stanwick Village Hall when the image to be painted will be ‘Landscapes with Snow’. The cost of the class is £11, which includes all materials. No drawing skills are needed, but booking is essential. To check the availability of places please call Chris on 01933 460676, and visit for more information.

Members of Stanwick WI are holding another ‘Dress A Girl Around the World’ day, when they will be making as many dresses and boys’ shorts as they can make in a day to send out to West Africa.

They will be meeting on Saturday, 6th September between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Resource Centre, 28 Vaux Road, Finedon Road Industrial Estate, Wellingborough. NN8 4TG. Everyone is welcome to join them. Just take along your sewing machine, a basic sewing kit, fabric scissors and a packed lunch.

They also need helpers to cut fabric, add embellishments to the dresses and make teas and coffees. Email for more details.

Local Raunds band ‘6th Sense’ will be providing the evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 6th September. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome. Visit for more information about the club.

There will be a service of Compline at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 5th September.

‘Priceless’, the monthly service for children and their families, will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 7th September, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. Join Tanya and Nicki for 45 minutes of songs, story, crafts, prayer and fun. There will also be a service of Holy Communion, welcoming the Rev. Linnet Smith, at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the church, with a Baptism Service at 1.45 p.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 10th September, at The Forresters, Raunds.

Number 45 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 23rd August, making Anne Wilcox the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s Club 49.


Thrapston Town Football Club are making the trip to Crawley Green on Friday, September 5 to play in the FA Vase. Further details are available from the club or you can visit to keep up to date with all the clubs fixtures and events.

New Thrapston Farmers Market is coming soon! The first market will be held in The High Street, Thrapston from 9am until 1pm on Saturday, September 6. The market will then be held on the first Saturday of the month thereafter. There will be a wide range of stalls selling a selection of locally grown, reared and produced food and drink. Produce will include local meat and game, local beer, wine and cider, pet foods, local fruit and vegetables, cheese, fruit pies and puddings, savoury pies and charcuterie, jams, chutneys, local honey, dressings and much more.

For further information about the market and sellers visit you can also like the Facebook page to get regular updates about the upcoming market.

Thrapston and District Royal British Legion will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 8 from 7.30pm at the Thrapston Centre on the corner of Oundle Road and the High Street.  All Members and the public in general are invited to attend.  We are always looking for new members and you do not have to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member so why not come along and see what we are all about.  We are slowly heading towards our goal of raising enough funds to build the New Memorial on Coronation Gardens for all who fell in war from our town but would still welcome donations. Any enquiries should be directed to Veronica McCurdy on 01832 735206.

Thrapston Garage Sale is back! Dozens of stall across Thrapston open from 9am on Saturday, September 13. Maps will be available on the day for £1 from outside the Plaza from 8:30am to 10am or from Jolly’s Toys or Bearly Worn or from St James Church Hall where refreshments will also be available. It’s not too late to register your stall for just £5 with all proceeds donated to the Phoenix Resource Centre. For booking or further information contact Lindsey on 01832 730019 or via email at

Afternoon teas and strawberry teas will be served on Saturday, September 13 from 2:30pm until 4:30pm at the St James Church Hall. Strawberry teas will be by ticket only, book now to avoid disappointment, only £2.50 per ticket. Bookings can be taken at the St James Church Hall on Saturday, September 6 from 10am until 11am and every Sunday at St James Church from 11am.

Thrapston Fire Station will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday, September 13 from 10am until 2pm. There will be tea and coffee, cakes and an ice-cream factory! You will also get the chance to see the fire engine and squirt the hose. All proceeds will go to the ‘Help Ben Appeal’ which is aiming to raise enough money to send Ben to America for a life changing operation. Any raffle donations would be greatly appreciated. For further information visit

Thrapston Heritage are holding their first Heritage Roadshow at Thrapston Library from 10:30am until 12 noon 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.

Thrapston Town Football Club are holding a Xmas Craft Fayre 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 07516555340.


Weldon Women’s Institute will commence their monthly meetings after the summer break on Tuesday 9th September at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. This month’s guest speaker will by Garfield Layburn with easy exercises.

Church News Septembers Coffee Morning will be held on Friday 5th at the Chapel House in Chapel Road the home of Liz Boswell from 10.00am until noon. All the usual attractions come along and enjoy a morning among friends and may be make some new ones.

Sunday 7th see the Licensing and Induction of our new vicar Rev. Kane Taylor by the Bishop of Brixworth at 3,30pm Followed by refreshments in the village Hall

Saturday 13th September is the Annual Ride and Stride day anyone wishing to take part may collect a sponsor form from the church or contact Sandra on 01536 265004h

On Sunday 14th September Holy Communion will be celebrated at 8.00am followed at 9.30am by a family service(non communion) In the afternoon at 3.00pm the Rector will be conducting a Harvest Festival Service at St Peters Church in Deene. All are welcome to join these services’ Please note change of times of some of the services.

Dance the night away. The next dance night is on Saturday 13th September in Weldon Village Hall from 8.00pm until 11.00pm.Dancing to Latin, Ballroom, Sequence and Jive. All welcome both to regular and new dancers, You are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles. Entrance payable at the door £5.00 which includes raffle. For more info contact Joan on 01536 403768 or e mail

Regulars from the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Chapel Road Weldon made their annual visit to the Peterborough Beer Festival on 23rd August arranged by th eeterborough branch of Campaign for real ale.


South Pacific is the next show for Wellingborough Operatic Society at the Castle Wellingboro’ 10th - 14th March 2015. Pre Audition sing through dates 16th Sept. and 18th.Sept.7.30pm. Audition day Sun. All at All Hallows Church Hall W’Boro’. Aspiring young Male singers and actors 16 to 27ish years old would be very welcome for the young navy seaman and seebees. There are some great character acting parts for the men. Also girls preferably dance trained, but come along anyway, for the Ensigns and of course Nellie Forbush, Bloody Mary and Liat. Lead ManEmile De Becque. All great characters. Details of all characters will be given out on 16th Sept. Songs; “Nothing Like A Dame” “Bali Ha’i”, “Some Enchanted Evening” “Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair” and many more well known songs.

Bingo Night on Friday 5th September entrance by ticket only Tickets £3 call 07866536978. Bingo tickets once you have entered will be 20p each or a strip of tickets for £1.20. Licensed Bar, feel free to bring your own food if you wish, The Doors open at 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start at the Masonic Hall Mill Road all proceeds to charity.

Tai Chi classes on Tuesday afternoons start again on 9th September. Sessions are held in the Victoria Centre, from 1-00 to 2-30pm every Tuesday during term time. (7 week course). For more information about this class and to book, please contact Amanda 07835453286,, .

Relaxation for Life

These informal guided relaxation sessions provide a brief getaway to help you wind down in a peaceful environment Monday afternoons 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm

8th September Mindfulness to manage anxiety & stress

15th September Using body scan to settle for relaxation & sleep

22nd September Combining relaxation methods to suit need

Each session costs £8.50

For more information and to book your place call Maggie Clinton on 07980 399271 The Oxford Street Therapy Centre Oxford St Wellingborough Northamptonshire NN8 4HY

The Northamptonshire family History Society will welcome you to ask for their help with geneology from 10 am till 1pm on Saturday 20th September. Their help is free. A date for your Diaries at the Museum on Saturday September 6th you can go back in time and go along and hear His Majesty King Henry 8th tell you all about his life keep an eye out for more info on that,

St Marys Church, Knox Rd, Wellingborough, will be holding a Jumble Sale on Sat 13 th September at 10am. Refreshments will be available. Admission is 20p.For further details ring Sarah on 07798 868646.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held..

On Tuesday October 7th A steam night film show On Track will be presented and on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown. Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop. Put These Film shows in your Diaries.

Wellingborough Town Centre.

A Mini Food Festival will be held in the town centre in the Market Place on the 5th and 6th September . For a reduced rate of £10 per stall per day over this weekend you will be able to reach the general public with your goods. For More information contact the town centre partnership Discover Wellingborough.

I Have been asked in the Column to include the weekly walk programme organised by the Wellingborough Ramblers. Today Thursday September 4th at 10am will be a 13 mile Circular from Yardley Hastings Olney. Call Sue for more details on 01234 713526. On Saturday 6th September at 10am a 7.5mile morning circular from Hemington Oundle meeting at the Hemmington Village sign, Margaret will be able to give you full details on 01933 441270.

Sunday September 7th the morning walk is 6.5 miles from Lubenham Market Harborough and the meeting place is Rush Lane at 10am and Tommy on 01536205260 has the details.

An Afternoon tea walk will take place on Tuesday 9th September and Diane on 01604 647096 has the details about this and it departs from Moulton at 1.30pm.

Wednesday September 10th the morning walk begins at 9.30 from Hallaton Corby The Fox Public House is the starting point and contact Diana on 07748818089 to join them on this. I hope this enables more people to join in the walks.

Northamptonshire/Wellingborough Carers

We are recruiting Peer Supporters for the existing team on a voluntary or paid employment basis l. Candidates must be or have been a Carer – link to website page

Update on our premises mThe organisation is moving premises this week so there may be some disruption to our phone lines on the Support Line, we will try to keep this to a minimum but unfortunately unavoidable, our phone numbers remain the same –Our address and details are as follows:

Northamptonshire Carers 123 Midland Road Wellingborough NN8 1LU

Office number: 01933 677837 Carers Support Line: 01933 677907

Email: Website:


The Food Collection Point will be at All Saints Church Wilbarston,this Sunday 7th September at 10.30am, at the Family Service and items of food can be taken to the Church, were collection boxes will be

available to put food donations into. Food items in jars, packets & tins only.

Food donation boxes will also be at Ashley Church 2nd Sunday of the month,

Weston by Welland 3rd Sunday of the month & Stoke Albany Church 4th

Sunday of the month. Donations are then sent on to Corby Food Bank.

The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston this Friday, 5st September, there will only be one stop in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm. The mobile libraries have a wide range of books, large print books and audio books. There is no charge to join and there are no forms to fill out.

Reservations cost £1.30. Each mobile is fitted with a lift for disabled people.

There will be a Family service at All Saint Church, this Sunday 7th September at 10.30am.


The next meeting of the on Tuesday September 9th when the speaker will be Margaret Burgon and is talking about “It Could Only Happen at a Wedding”,no doubt there will be some familiar stories there! They meet at Woodford Community and Sports Complex at 7-30.visitors and new members are welcome.

The September meeting of the The Woodford Winemakers Circle is on Monday September 15th,at the Woodford Community and Sports Complex at 8pm,when eminent Wine and Beer making expert and judge,Mr. Charles Hill will be giving advice on improving home made wines. Visitors always welcome.For further details ring 01832 732228.

The mobile library will be in the village again on Wednesday September 10th,and will be calling at “The Shrubberies,Rose Terrace at 12:10pm until 12:40 pm and at Mill Road at 12:45pm until 13:15.

The library stocks a variety of books and C.D’s.The membership is free.

The 6pm service at the Baptist Chapel for September 7th will be conducted by Pastor Peter Bird and will be followed by communion.

The Wednesday fellowship continues each week in the Baptist Chapel schoolroom and the speaker for September 10th is a representative from”Operation Christmas Child” (Shoe box appeal)

The services for the Churches for Sunday September 7th are Little Addington Holy Communion and Sunday school at 9:30 am Great Addington Pets Service 9:30 am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion at 11am