Christmas is a theme running through this week’s listings, with the annual light switch-ons taking place in some areas and a host of others holding festive sales and bazaars.
For those who aren’t ready to throw themselves into the yuletide spirit just yet, there’s plenty of other events taking place, from live music and cinema screenings, to days out and arts and crafts.
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Thursday, November 22
Film Night at Hargrave Village Hall on Thursday, November 22. Lights will be dimmed at 7.30pm. Admission is free but donations towards film hire and refreshments are welcome.
Isham History Society will be given an insight into the life of JL Carr, author, who was at one stage Headmaster of Highfields Primary School in Kettering on Thursdsay, November 22nd at 7.30pm in the village hall. Their speaker will be Mr Ian Addis.
Corby Primary Academy meeting for prospective parents at Oakley Vale primary School, Cheltenham Road on Thursday, November 22, at 7pm-9pm.
A visit to the Gang Show by Shirley Tiney will be the subject of the next Rothwell Ladies Thursday Club, on Thursday, November 22, at 8pm in the Methodist Church, Market Hill.
Friday, November 23
Corby Olympic Boxing Club is holding its annual show and dinner at the Grampian Club, in the town, on Friday, November 23. Tickets, costing £25, can be obtained by calling 07545 170511.
Conservative Association – is having a Business Luncheon on Friday, November 23, at the Pizzeria Venezia in Church St, Rushden, from 12.30pm. The guest speaker is Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, who will talk on his Fresh Start Project - a Green Paper entitled ‘Renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU’. The two course luncheon will cost £15. Further details from Gill Mercer on 271207.
Talented local dancers, actors and singers will be taking to the stage for the Corby Youth Arts Slam on Friday, November 23. The Slam showcases original work developed by local young people at the The Core’s weekly Get Involved workshops: Moves, Sparks, Clicks and Musical Theatre, and its training programmes, Young Actors and Young Dancers. The Corby Youth Arts Slam starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be booked by calling the Ticket Office on 01536 470 470 or by visiting www.thecorecorby.com.
Brigstock Film Night will be showing War Horse (12A) at 7:30pm at Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 23rd December. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £4 on the door.
Charity Soul and Mowtown Night with live music from The Shamlas on Friday, November 23rd at 8pm at the Athletic Club, Rockingham Road, Kettering. Tickets are £5 or £6 on the door, and profits will go to Cransley Hospice. Tickets from Cransley Hospice 01536 527407, Cransley Hospice Shop 01536 414343, or Kettering Athletic Club 01536 485823.
Saturday, November 24
A festival of craft will take place at St Mary’s Church, Finedon, on Saturday, November 24, from 11am until 4pm.
A range of crafts will be on display on the day. Admission is free. for details call 01933 395901.
Wellingborough’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 6pm on Saturday, November 24, with festive events taking place from 3pm, including performances from dance groups and local schools. One lucky youngster will have the chance to switch on the lights with the town mayor and Father Christmas, with entry forms being handed out during the event.
Welly Radio will be officially launched at the Wellingborough Christmas lights switch-on, on Saturday, November 24.
Annual Christmas arts and craft market Harrington Village Hall, Saturday, November 24. Individually made arts and crafts for sale from 10am ‘til 3pm. Get something unique for your gifts this year!
Harringworth Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 24 November in St John the Baptist Church starting at 10.30 am – a fantastic range of stalls and the legendary Harringworth Hampers will be raffled again this year. Entrance is £1 per person which includes coffee/tea and mince pies.
Higham Ferrers Farmers Market concert will be at 11.30 am on Saturday 24th November. The Adult Choir Gold Award winners from St Mary’s will be singing. In addition the pantomime character display continues in Church and a Christmas coffee morning will be held in the Bede House from 9 am with a variety of stalls to browse.
A seasonal scrapbooking course will be held at Gateway Community Church in London Rd, Kettering on Saturdays 24th November and 1st December from 10am to 3pm. Do you have shoeboxes full of photos you don’t know what to do with? Why not use them to make a fabulous personalised keepsake or a gift for a friend. Tutor Heather Hannant will show you how to make a surprise exploding box or an unfolding accordion album of pictures.
No crafting experience required. For more information or to book a place contact Bridget Chapman on 01604 813445.
Kettering Civic Society will be taking a trip to Birmingham on Saturday 24th November to see the newly restored Birmingham Kennedy Mosaic. Why not join us? Enjoy free time to explore Birmingham, The Christmas Market, Jewellery Quarter and more. Booking forms can be found at Kettering Council Office Tourist Information Office, Library and Museum.
Details are on the website, www.ketteringcivicsociety.ukf.net or phone Monica on 01536 723682 .
On Saturday 24th November the Counties Community Association in Hertford Road, Kettering, are having a trip to Springfields Shopping Centre at Spalding. The cost will be £13. Coach leaves Hertford Road at 9am. Come along, enjoy a day out and do all your Christmas shopping. For more information or to book a seat phone Carol on 410591 or Ray on 483019.
The Friends of Stanwick Church will be taking a coach trip to Bury St. Edmunds’ Christmas Market on Saturday, 24th November.
The coach will be leaving Stanwick at 8 a.m., and the cost of a seat on the coach is £14 per person. Please contact Joan or Peter on 01933 623590 to reserve your place.
Kettering Town Safer Community team’s latest surgery for residents with any concerns about crime in their neighbourhoods will take place on Saturday, November 24, between 12pm and 1pm at the library on Sheep Street.
W.P.H.S.A. is holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November at 2pm in Brigstock Village Hall. Admission is 25p. There will be a raffle, cards, gifts, jewellery, plants, cakes, tombola, toys, and books. Refreshments available.
A talk on ‘Brigstock since 1900’ will be given by village historian Carl Hector on Saturday 24th November in Brigstock Village Hall at 7pm. Tickets cost £5, include a sandwich buffet, and are availabe from 01536 373410/373511. All profits are for Brigstock Handbells.
‘The Kingcats’ will be playing at Burton Latimer Rock & Roll Club on Saturday, November 24th. It will take place at the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue. Entry is £7.50. For further information call 01536 723287 or 07973 703483 or visit ‘Burton Rocknroll’ on Facebook.
The Rose of the Shires Craft Group is holding a Festival of Crafts at St Mary’s Church, Finedon on Saturday, November 24th 11am-4pm.
Geddington Church coffee morning will be held on Saturday, 24th November. It will have a Christmas theme with mince pies and Christmas biscuits for sale with tea or coffee, a rafffle, and books for sale.
St Peter’s Church in Isham will be holding a Churchyard Working Party between 10am and 12:30pm on Saturday, November 24th.
Kettering Civic Society will be visiting Birmingham Christmas Market and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 24th. A coach will leave the Corn Market Hall at 8:30am, and returns from Birmingham at 5pm. Costs are £12 for members, and £15 for non-members. For more information email email@example.com.
Rockingham Road Brass for Africa will be held on Saturday, November 24th, at the Salvation Army, Kettering, at 2pm. The afternoon will feature the Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band, and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Faryl Smith. Tickets cost £10 or £8 concessions and are available from 01933 112039, 07805 661491, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Fair at All Saints Church, William Street, Kettering on Saturday, November 24th from 11am-2pm. Stalls, lunches and light refreshments.
Vintage Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Village Hall on Saturday, November 24th at 2pm-4:30pm. There will be 1920s music, a raffle, and vintage gifts on sale. Tickets are £7.50 and include free entry to the cake raffle. For tickets call Allie on 01933 674717. Profits are in support of Arthritis Research UK.
A demonstration of Floral Christmas Decorations will take place from 10am-12:30pm at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, Raunds on Saturday, November 24th. Tickets are £7, include light refreshments, and can be obtained from Raunds Post Office.
A Christmas Craft Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 24th from 9am-1pm in aid of 1st Rothwell Scout Group at the Trinity Centre, Market Hill. Stalls cost £7.50. Contact Nerissa Haimes on 07739 832216 for details.
A coffee morning will be held in aid of Cats’ Friends at Rothwell Methodist Church, Market Hill from 9:30am-11:30am on Saturday, November 24th. There will be a tombola, clothes, books, and bric-a-brac for sale, as well as refreshments and home-made cakes. Admission 20p.
Sunday, November 25
Dancers, DJs, writers, actors, musicians, film-makers, digital and visual artists are invited to use the creative spaces at The Core, Corby, free of charge, to try out new ideas. The Play session event runs from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday, November 25.
For more information call the ticket line on 01536 470 470 or visit www.thecorecorby.com.
Community Transport group Wondertours trip with two coaches laid on to Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre on 25th November. Fare £13. For all inquiries please contact David Fursdon on 07790 197220. All excursions pick up in Gretton, Weldon, Corby Old Village and Town Centre and Kettering Telford Lodge. Regular and new passengers are all welcome.
Burton Park Wanderers under-9s football team has organised a table-top sale to help raise money for the team. It will be held at the Burton Park Wanderers Football Club on Polwell Lane in Burton Latimer on Sunday, November 25, from 10am. Admission is 20p per person, with stalls costing £5 each.
Pytchley Village Hall is holding its annual art and craft exhibition and sale on Sunday, November 25, between 10am and 4pm. Up to 150 original pictures will be on display alongside craft stalls, including a demonstration of contemporary lace making. Admission is only £1 which includes a programme, and refreshments are also available. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of the village hall.
Bluebell pub, Bell Hill, Rothwell will be hosting a ‘mega-day’ of Karaoke on Sunday, November 25th.
Monday, November 26
Kettering and District Arthritis Care will be holding their next meeting at the Corn Market Hall in Kettering on Monday, November 26. The theme will be Down Memory Lane at the evening, whcih begins at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.
Tuesday, November 27
The monthly Higham Ferrers Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th November in the Town Hall.
Women’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30pm in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church, Burton Latimer.
Wednesday, November 28
People can look at how development of a hospital’s old person’s ward is getting on at an event this month. A multi-million adults ward is being built at St Mary’s Hospital, in London Road, Kettering, and people are invited to see the new designs for the project. It is taking place in the boardroom, in Sudborough House, at the hospital, starting at 5.30pm. To book a place, call 01536 494173.
Medium Steve Holbrook is returning to Corby when he appears at the Holiday Inn on Wednesday, November 28. Tickets are £16, if booked by calling 01536 506190, or £17 on the door. Mr Holbrook, a clairaudient medium, has appeared at venues across the UK.
Brigstock Historical Society present a talk on Crime and Criminals in Northamptonshire by Richard Cowley on Wednesday 28th November at 7:30pm.
Isham (New) Village Hall will be holding their Annual General Meeting of the Trustees on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:30pm in Isham Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
A traditional barrel organ and other festive fun will mark an evening of Christmas Past and Present held by the Rothwell Fair Society at 8pm on Wednesday, 21st November in the Chamberlain Room at the back of the Fox Street, Rothwell Church.
Thursday, November 29
Kettering’s big festive lights switch-on is to take place on Thursday, November 29, with stars of the town’s Peter Pan pantomime stepping in to push the button, and late-night shopping will start that evening.
Alternative rock band Symptom, who based in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire but who have a growing fanbase in Rushden and Irthlingborough, are playing a special one-off gig at the Rose and Crown on the High Street in Rushden on Thursday, November 29 at 9pm. Entry is free, and all lovers of our brand of strange dark psychedelic rock from the area are invited.
Isham Cricket Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the Pavilion at 7:30pm on Thursday, November 29th.
Friday, November 30
Burton Latimer Town Mayor’s Charity Dinner will take place at Great Harrowden Hall on Friday 30th November. A three-course meal will be served. The guest speakers will be radio presenter and author Sarah Kennedy and her partner Adrian McGlynn. Tickets cost £25 each and can be obtained from Cllr Christopher Groome on 01536 420440.
The Chichele Society meets at 9.30 am on Friday 30th November in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street, Higham Ferrers. The special guest Colin Ray will be talking to members about Churches. Admission is £2.50 for members and £3 for visitors including refreshments and for further details contact Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.
There will be an acoustic event at the Open Hearth in Corby from 7.30pm to midnight in aid of Diabetes UK. Dirty Monkeys are playing and there is a charity auction with prizes including footballs signed by the Celtic and Manchester United teams and a signed photo of Ally McCoist. Tickets cost £2.50 on the door.
A Tea Dance will be held on Friday November 30 at Little Harrowden Village Hall from 2pm to 4.15pm. There will be music By Dave Hawkes. Admission is £2.50 including tea and refreshments.
Burton Latimer Town Mayor’s Charity Dinner will take place at Great Harrowden Hall on Friday, November 30th. A three-course meal will be served. Guest speakers will be radio presenter Sarah Kennedy and her partner Adrian McGlynn. Tickets cost £25 and are available from 1 Preston Court, Burton Latimer, or from www.burtonlatimer.org.