May I express my thanks to everyone who attended the Remembrance Services.
All the cadets, fire, police and other uniformed organisations which took part did their units proud and were, without exception, all immaculately turned out.
Thanks also go to the Salvation Army Band for keeping us going on the parade round the town and on our way to the Parish Church where the Rev Dominic Barrington gave us a very poignant service on Rembrance Sunday.
Thank you to the mayor for attending both Sunday and Monday.
On Monday we were joined by children from Hawthorn Primary School, who recited two poems and laid their crosses on the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 war memorials.
Thanks to the Rev Greg Roberts for the prayers and blessings, and to the many people who joined us on these two days to honour our war dead and those who have been killed in conflicts since.
The Royal British Legion in Kettering is always looking for new members and poppy collectors in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.
Anyone interested can always contact me for more information.
Chairman of Kettering Royal British Legion
Memories of JFK assassination
Fifty years ago I was in the middle year of my theological education.
I spent that time as a student in the University of the South, Tennessee. It was a year of unforgettable experiences.
The United States still had a lot of folk memories of the Civil War waged in the 19th century and it had entered the civil rights movement of the 20th century.
There were a great many hardened attitudes and prejudices about race and colour and backgrounds.
However, in 1963 , the university had opened its doors to non-white students for the first time. This establishment was a Church foundation and women were not admitted until some years later!
The pace of change hastened in a dramatic and dreadful way with the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22. The university went into instant mourning.
The great bell of All Saints Chapel summoned us to prayer and the Litany from the Prayer Book was sung with intense grief for some and reluctant repentance for others. This was America in 1963.
I felt utterly alone. I was an outsider. I did not belong.
The University Inn was almost deserted as I wandered about to find someone to talk to. The only face I recognised was that of a black lad from Birmingham, Alabama.
He usually sat with us theological students at meal times as we were less intimidating than his white undergraduate counterparts.
His dad was an Episcopal priest.
The mainly non-white parishioners had raised the money to pay for his college fees so that one day he could be ordained like his father.
Calvin Williams was a very quiet, private and gentle soul but he was wise beyond his years. He could see that I too was an alien in a foreign land!
He told me how much his father had admired the late President because he believed and lived what he read in the Bible.
Calvin could quote great chunks of Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Speech.
Like his beloved President he was very proud of his country’s efforts to uphold freedom and to set the captives free encapsulated in the quote: “The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it – and the glow from that fire will truly light the world.”
These words finally found their way in a new five cent stamp issued the following year surrounding Kennedy’s portrait.
Although Calvin and I were born thousands of miles apart and came from totally different backgrounds, there was a common bond that emerged from that tragic event all those years ago.
We had a shared belief in Jesus Christ. We belonged to the same strand of Christianity but we also acknowledged that we were and are members of the human race created by God to share in His aspirations for every person born – peace, justice, dignity, freedom and the desire for the other person’s well being.
In God’s eyes there are no aliens and no land is foreign.
All those years ago I discovered for myself that to separate Jesus from His Kingdom is to invalidate both and that the Gospel is about making His will be done on earth as well as in every human heart.
I still keep in my study, in a frame, two five cent Kennedy stamps and an unused 50 cent coin to remind me of those student days and the privilege of discovering such great ideals that have always been with me, shaped my ministry, guided my footsteps with God and made sure that discontent was an essential element in my prayers.
CANON GEORGE BURGON
Centre customer is very satisfied
I was thinking today what an asset Seasons Garden Centre near Burton Latimer is.
Although I opposed construction on green belt land years ago, I go there every week now.
It saves the frustration of searching for items in Kettering while worrying about parking fines.
Everything we need for gardening, DIY, books, cards, presents or pets, they have.
In the mornings traffic is light and there is plenty of room in the free car parks.
The staff are most helpful and very knowledgable about the plants they sell.
There is plenty of room in the restaurant. The meals are lovely and at budget prices to suit everyone.
I am a very satisfied customer.
Looking for my Corby relatives
My name is Michele Wright and I live in Canada.
I am looking for my relatives who live in the Corby area I have not been in contact with for at least 30 years.
The reason I am contacting you is I have just found my uncle Sam Watson’s obituary in your newspaper from October 1, 2012.
My parents live in Canada with me and my uncle Sam’s wife is my mother’s sister. They lost contact 30 years ago.
My parents are both in their 70s and would like to find my aunt and my cousins Ann and Michael. My parents have been of ill health lately and would love to speak to any of the Watson family.
If anyone can help please call Betty Wright in Canada on 416-693-5037 or email Michele.Wright@recall.com.
Speed camera is just a cash cow
We are all for road safety but why is the cash cow camera positioned approximately 50 yards from the sign indicating normal road speed resumes after coming through the roadworks at Wilby Way in Wellingborough?
As soon as the motorist hits the sign they will speed up.
Are you telling me the motorist, after coming round the roundabout at 30mph, then into 40mph is going to be doing 60mph plus by the time he is through the normal speed sign?
I would be interested to see the statistics and the length of time the camera was in place.
They should be ashamed of order
I read, with some amazement, the article in the Telegraph online newsletter regarding the so-called dangerous flowerbed.
What a load of old rubbish. Hasn’t the council got anything better to do?
They should be grateful that these people have tidied up what could have been a very scruffy old grass verge and have made it into a very useful asset to their village.
I hope you are going to pass on all the comments and votes posted by your readers to Northamptonshire County Council as whoever decided to persecute this couple in this way needs to be very ashamed of themselves.
MRS B SMITH
Could you help out at Christmas?
Do you have room for one more person in your home this Christmas?
There are adult international students at United Kingdom universities who will be spending Christmas alone but would love to discover what Christmas is like in a British home.
Having a visitor from another part of the world will add interest to your festivities, possibly help to keep the peace when the family comes together, or if you are alone too, may give you a reason to “do Christmas properly”.
Invitations are arranged through HOST, which is a well-established charity, whose local organisers aim to make a good match between student guests and volunteer hosts.
Please visit www.hostuk.org or call HOST 020 7739 6292 to be put in touch with your area organiser.
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