The Conservative Club, High Street South, Rushden, held the Macmillan Coffee Morning recently, with the hosts Tina, Peggy, Jill and Charlotte.

It was lovely to see the club full, as a giant raffle and massive bring and buy stall was held, with everyone taking home some bargains. An amazing 335 was raised.

Rushden St Crispin Ladies had a very pleasant afternoon when they held their September meeting in the Salvation Army Hall recently.

The afternoon began with a luncheon prepared and served by the committee and this was followed by an afternoon of quizzes and humorous poems. There was also a table of harvest goods which were auctioned by Lois Pearson and also another table with a good supply of goodies, which were quickly snapped up by the ladies.

At the end of the afternoon, the committee was thanked and Lois Pearson and Edna Clayton were each presented with flowers for their hard work preparing food prior to the meeting. As Audrey Mullis closed the meeting everyone agreed that it had been a very good beginning to the forthcoming winter programme.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 15, when the speaker will be Usha, who will talk about saris.

An evening of Victorian and modern beading by Lillian Harper has been arranged for Thursday, November 1 at 7.30pm, in St Mary's Church Hall, Rushden. Tickets are available at 3, which includes coffee and mince pies and these are available from Mary on 01933 315383 or daytime on 01933 318415.

Lillian will speak on the history of beading and demonstrating this, as well as bringing along some of her work to view, buy or order. This is an evening not to be missed and is a fundraising event for the Children's Society.

Services tomorrow at the Wesleyan Church, High Street, Rushden, will be held at 10.45am and 6pm, so please go along and celebrate harvest festival with the Rev Phil Hearson. Everyone is welcome.

On Tuesday at 10am Prayer Time will be held at 11 Kilburn Place.

At 2pm short mat bowls will be held. On Wednesday at 9.30am Jellybabes parents and toddlers meet

At 7.30pm a Fellowship meeting is taking place at 11 South Park.

Thursday at 2.30pm Women's Auxiliary with Mrs Chris Carter

At 6pm Allsorts youth club for junior school age children, followed at 7.30pm with the Wez youth club for Years 7, 8 & 9 .

On Saturday, October 13 go along and enjoy the coffee morning, starting at 10am.

Any queries please telephone Jeanette Maddams 01933 391457

The sixth Terry Chapman Memorial Competition, organised by Rushden and District Photographic Society, will take place at Irchester Village Hall on Saturday, October 27. There will be exhibitions of the prints for the competition as well as prints by the society's members, from 1 to 4.30pm, admission free. The prints will be judged by Adrian Stone, who will comment on them during the evening, starting at 6pm, admission 1.

The services for Hope Methodist Church, Park Road, Rushden, tomorrow, start at 10.30am with the harvest festival service led by Rev Michael Jackson. This service will be followed by coffee in the schoolroom and the sale of harvest produce in aid of the Methodist Relief Fund.

At 6pm the evening harvest service will be led by Rev Michael Jackson.

On Saturday, October 27 at 7pm at Hope Methodist Church, Rushden, there will be a beetle drive in aid of the redevelopment fund. Tickets cost 2.50 adults and 1.50 children, including coffee and nibbles.

THE New Horizons Project run by Serve, Rushden, has a range of activities and opportunities for people over 50 and adults with a disability.

These include aquarobics at Splash, Rushden, every Monday, belly dancing in Higham Ferrers every Friday, computer courses at Knuston Hall, crafts in Rushden every Wednesday, keep fit in Raunds every Monday and Rushden every Wednesday, music and movement in Ringstead every Wednesday, tai chi at Stanwick Lakes every Thursday, and tea dances in Rushden and Little Harrowden.

Chatterbox is also an opportunity offered by the New Horizons Project. These groups offer a variety of activities, a chance to socialise and to make new friends. They are held weekly in Thrapston every Friday, in Stanwick every Thursday and in Oundle every Wednesday Call Serve on 01933 315555 for further information or email A small sessional charge may be applicable.

There is to be a change of speaker for the forthcoming meeting of the Rushden Collectors Circle, which is being held on Wednesday, October 24 at 7.30pm in the Rushden Hall. The new speaker will be Clive Bevan, who is a renowned grower of giant vegetables and also a judge. Visitors are always welcome, with admission costing 2.

There is to be a table-top sale at the Hensman Hall, Higham Ferrers, on Saturday, November 3 from 10am until noon. Admission will cost 25p per person, with tables being available at 5 each. All proceeds to the Learning Disability Club. To book a table please call 01933 395889.

After another successful meeting this week, members of the Amethyst Clairvoyant & Holistic Healers now look forward to the next evening on Thursday, October 18, when everyone will welcome Jackie Nathan from Kettering.

On Thursday, November 1 it will be the time of birthday celebrations again, when cake will be served while listening to Dot Griffiths from Milton Keynes, and Thursday, November 22 will see the arrival of Dennis Binks. Please note that this will be the last meeting of 2007.

The Rushden & District Historical Society invites you to join it on Friday, October 19 7.30pm at South End Junior School, Wymington Road, Rushden. There is to be a talk by David Bond, entitled Vicarages and Clergy Houses. Members 1.50 Visitors 2. Everyone welcome. Telephone 01933 314241 for more information.

The next meeting of the Nene Valley Ladies will be held on Monday, at 7.30pm in the Gospel & Christian Centre, High Street South, Rushden.

Information from Ivy Gould on 314743.

Don't forget Active Ageing is to put on its first roadshow in Northamptonshire on Wednesday, October 17 in the British Rail and Social Club, Broad Green, Wellingborough. Starting at 10am, there is a wide selection of activities, services, food and fun throughout the day. Line dancing at 11am, exercises for the mind, wine tasting, belly dancing, massages, armchair aerobics, makeovers and talks about benefits, and much more.

Booking is not required. It is all free with information and help on direct payments, self assessment, adult education, home safety, housing, health and much more. This show will be open all day from 10am until 4.30pm. So if you would more information please contact Sue Ousley on 01604-236284.

Rushden Rangers Football Club is looking for players for its new under-eights squad, which is open to both boys and girls. For more information please e-mail Nick at nicholas.tite@ or call 07988 608756.

The Pensioners Parliament will meet again this Tuesday in the Rushden Hall from 2pm, when there will be an afternoon of bingo. All retired gentlemen are welcome.

The Rushden & District Lions Club invites you all to the next quiz night, on Monday in the Swan Inn at Newton Bromswold. The cost is 6 for a team of four people, which includes refreshments. All proceeds to support the Lions International Campaign Sight First 11 Appeal, to help people overcome blindness.

An event not to be missed is the weekend of October 20 and 21, when the Historical Transport Society will be holding a 1940s weekend at the Rushden Transport Museum in Station Approach. With a wide selection of wartime vehicles, film shows, a 1940s fashion show plus music and dance of the war years, there is certainly lots to see. Doors will be open on both days from 10am until 4.30pm.

Details of the arrival of the Americans at Thurleigh is one of the interesting facts which can be found in the September edition of the Risdene Echo, now on sale at the usual outlets of The ENDC offices, Osbornes Toy Shop, Barry Thomas Newsagent and the Higham Ferrers Bookshop.

Priced at only 1.20 this is the quarterly journal of the Rushden & District History Society and is full of information and pictures.

Among the items featured there is a very detailed article about the Rushden War Memorial and in particular about the people whose names are sadly inscribed and about the war years. Certainly a interesting article and the magazine is extremely good value for money

Rushden Spiritualist Church welcomes all to the service at 3pm on Sunday when Maureen Bishop from Hertfordshire will be in attendance. On Wednesday, October 10 there will be an evening of clairvoyance with the Circle Fledgings from Rushden. Admission costs 3 for visitors and 2.50 for members. Healing service will be held on Monday at 7pm and again on Thursday at 7.30pm.

The Rushden Flower Arranging Club will be holding a harvest supper and fundraising event at the next meeting on Thursday, October 25. Meetings are held in the Scout Headquarters, Skinners Hill, starting at 7.30pm.

Rushden & Diamonds Supporters' quiz night will be held on Friday, October 26 at the East Stand (Airwair) Concourse. There will also be a raffle and prizes, bar and snacks, with teams of four being welcome at the cost of 2 per person. Entry forms are available from the club shop on weekdays and the Supporters Trust cabin on match days. More information by calling 01933 652000.

Rushden Amenities Society met at Rushden Hall on September 20 for the first meeting of their new season.

The speaker was Hugh Davies, who both entertained and educated the members with his presentation on The Truth Behind the Saboteurs –The Special Operations Executive/Bletchley Park.

To hear of the activities of this highly intellectual organisation was very interesting and the out-come unprecedented in aiding wartime operations.

A vote of thanks was given by Judith Smith for a most informative lecture.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Rushden Hall, when the speaker Stuart Antrobus MA will be presenting A Tonic for The Nation, Festival of Britain 1951. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Chairman Ann Bryant introduced the quest speaker, Sarah Peacock, at the recent meeting of the High Street Independent Church's Women's Auxiliary. Sarah gave a very informative talk on Rushden Museum, together with photos of old Rushden and places of local interest.

Several people of the town formed a committee known as The Friends of Rushden and an old stable was converted into what is now the Rushden Museum.

Work started in November 2005 and on May 5 2006, the museum was opened by the then Mayor of Rushden Cllr Sue Homer.

Several organisations have enjoyed a tour of the exhibition and found it to be very interesting. Future projects are always being thought of and one of which may be a photo library, while Sarah pointed out that volunteers are always welcome to help with this very worthwhile addition to the town.

As the summer season has now ended, the Rushden Museum will now be closed until spring. Friends of the Museum would like to thank everyone who has visited and given their support and everyone who has loaned items for various exhibitions. Members now look forward to new items and exhibits to be viewed in 2008.

There is to be a flea market held at Denton Village Hall tomorrow from 10am until 4pm. There will be a large variety of stalls and admission is donation only, which will kindly be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. Another sale has also been arranged for Sunday, November 4, so if anyone would like more details, please ring 01933 311313.

The Wellingborough & Rushden Fund-raising Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support will be holding a Christmas tea dance on Sunday, December 3 at the Embankment Club, Wellingborough, from 2pm until 5pm with music for ballroom and sequence dancing by Dave Hawke. Admission costs 3 and is strictly by ticket only, which are available from Shirley Denton on 01933-314486.