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A summer fete with a world cup theme, organised jointly by St Andrew’s Church and Brigstock School PFA, will be held in the church paddock on Saturday, July 12, starting at 2pm when the fete will be opened by the May Queen and King. The first prize in the raffle is £100 with many more prizes to be won. Corby Silver Band will provide a concert during the afternoon.

Overnight camping in the Meadow, Brigstock, on Friday, July 11, has been organised by Brigstock School PFA. Tents can be pitched from 5pm on Friday and must be packed up by midday on Saturday, July 12. The cost per person is £3, including a bacon roll and a drink for breakfast. The cricket club will have a barbecue during the evening and the bar will be open. Parents or guardians are required to camp with and be responsible for children. Consent forms must be completed before the event. For more information or to book and obtain consent forms call at the school office or ring Vicki Bourne on 07740 279741.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy an evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, July 18, from 8pm till 11pm. This is a week earlier than the regular monthly dance date. Entrance is £4. Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718 519480.

A Communion Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday, July 13, will be conducted by Lindsay Cole.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday, July 15, members will be taking part in exercises led by Sharon at 2pm in the lounge at Harper’s Court.

A Parish Eucharist will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock, at 9.30am on Sunday, July 13. Holy Eucharist will be on Thursday, July 17, at 10am followed by tea in the Rectory room.

A bridge drive with afternoon tea has been arranged for Tuesday, August 5, in Brigstock Village Hall, from 1.15pm for a 1.45pm start. The cost is £10. To book a place call Judy Sanders on 01536 373966. Please book in pairs.


On Sunday at 8am there is a service with Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church, Broughton, followed by a family service at 10.30am. St Andrew’s Church, Cransley, has an 9am service with Holy Communion followed by parish communion at 9.30am. There is Time For God at the 9.15am service at St Leonard’s Church, Loddington.

The 10.45am family service at Broughton Baptist Chapel has a Sunday School and a creche then also. The service is led by B Defee.

All-age Scout groups in Broughton are asking for volunteers to help run and organise events and indirectly be a member of the group executive committee. Please contact Amanda Cox on 0788 7376824.

This Saturday there is an old time singalong as part of the commemorations marking the anniversary of World War One. This is at St Andrew’s Church, Cransley, at 7pm. Tickets £3.50.

Next Saturday, July 19, Andy’s Cafe will be open at Cransley Village Hall during the morning.


Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group invite you to join them in a cycle ride this evening (Thursday) starting from St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm. A local route is planned returning by 9pm for a drink at The Olde Victoria. Please contact Tony (01536 726833) if you are interested.

The Compassionate Friends are holding a coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to midday at Church House, St Botolph’s Road, Barton Seagrave. All the usual stalls will be there and money raised will go to support and give friendship to bereaved parents and their families.

A Musical Afternoon of singing and playing by students of Andrew Phillips, the organist and musical director of St Mary’s Church, Burton Latimer will be held in church on Sunday at 3pm. Cream Teas priced at £3 will be served in the Chapter House afterwards, with all proceeds going to Church funds.

Tuesday Fellowship has arranged a Tea & Chat Afternoon this week in aid of chosen charities to be held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, starting at 2.30pm. The charities chosen for 2014 are Cransley Hospice, Air Ambulance Service and Age UK.

Men’s Breakfast will be served at 8am on Saturday, July 19, in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane. The speaker this month will be Ted Scarfe from Kettering. If you would like to enjoy a good breakfast and a time of fellowship let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by Thursday, July 17.

Not So Young Ones will meet at 6.30pm on Saturday, July 19, in the John Yeomans Hall for a Beetle Drive. Bring finger food for supper. For more information please contact Lorraine (01536 722172) or Pauline (01536 723977)

A Barn Dance in aid of St Mary’s Church will be held at Bosworth’s Garden Centre on Saturday, July 19.

George’s Horse will be providing the music, and food and drink will be on sale at the barbecue and bar. The festivities will begin at 7pm. Tickets priced at £8 for adults and £5 for children are available from Sue (01536 357676) or Helen (01536 722901).

Ladies Night will meet on Monday, July 21, at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, when the guest speaker Mike Leonard’s talk will be about ‘Humour’. All ladies are welcome. For information contact Pat (01536 722328)

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Thursday, July 24.

A Garden Party in aid of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will be held at 50 Bridle Road, Burton Latimer on Monday, July 28. For more information please contact Margaret (01536 722332).

Women’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, July 29, at 7.30pm in the Chapter House, St Mary’s Church for a ‘Fun Evening’. For more information please contact Anne (01536 7248600 or Diane (01536 723515).

The monthly coffee morning in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church will be held on Wednesday, July 30, starting at 10.15am.

The Burton Latimer Branch of The Royal British Legion is holding the following two events to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, August 4, 1914. Everyone, please come along and join us.

Saturday, August, 2, at 10am – in the grounds of The Civic Centre, High Street, Burton Latimer a display tent and table will be set up to show pamphlets and brochures etc, explaining how The Royal British Legion help ex-Service Personnel who are in need. Members of the Branch will be there to answer any questions raised by visitors. At 11 am our padre, the Rev Safford, will take a short Service.

Monday, August 4, – LIGHTS OUT –this is an invitation from The Royal British Legion to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm - 11pm, leaving a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection. The Branch will be holding a candlelight Vigil at The War Memorial from 10pm to 11pm for this purpose.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club would like to thank those who supported their coffee morning on Saturday, June 14, in the Jack Addis Centre in aid of The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The ladies had organized a visit to the Arboretum on Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 28, and were delighted to donate a cheque to the value of £350.

Burton Latimer United Educational Foundation is again looking for applicants for a grant to assist with their costs in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher education including university. This is for residents of Burton Latimer only and as a general rule has an age limit of 25 years. It is primarily to assist with monies needed during the education period. Forms can be obtained from Becky Hall, 23 Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer, NN15 5NS – telephone 07968 762192.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist and crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Midday Holy Baptism

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 and crèche

6pm Evening Service.

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


The Village Shop and Café Annual General Meeting took place on June 28. Chairman David Swallow thanks all those who attended.  The AGM voted unanimously in favour of a share issue available to all. While the committee would love to attract new shareholders it would also greatly appreciate existing shareholders’ further support.

There are prospectus forms giving an overview of the proposal available from the shop.

Shares are being issued to help fund maintenance of equipment and to help continue to remodel and develop the cafe. If you have not been to the shop lately please pop in – you will be pleasantly surprised. Please give serious consideration to buying shares – it is in support of a great facility for the community.

On Friday, July 18, Midlands-based six-piece band ‘Preservation Order’ are appearing at Cottingham Village Hall Annexe.

The band has an extensive playlist including classic rock and pop, and rhythm ‘n’ blues numbers. Come along for a good night’s entertainment. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

There is a bar available. Tickets cost £7 from Audrey on 01536 771084 or John on 01536 770094.

An event is being organised in the village to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The event will be held on Sunday, August 24, in the Village Hall Annexe between 2pm and 5pm. To get involved contact Joanne Leaning on, telephone 01536 770913.

Villager Andy Roberts was a keen supporter of East Carlton Cricket Club. He served on the committee for many years and was particularly active with the development of youth coaching. Sadly, Andy passed away recently and to commemorate his life and his service to the community, a memorial match will take place on Sunday, August 31, at ECCC. Times will be relayed later, but one to put in your diary.

Church Services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10am

Holy Communion – 9.30am every second and third Sunday of the month

Coffee with Hymns – every fourth Sunday of the month at 10am

Methodist Church, Corby Road, Cottingham - Every Sunday at 6pm.


Sunday in Holy Trinity Church in Denford and there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11am.

Line dance classes are on every Monday afternoon between 4pm and 5pm in Denford Village Hall.

There are also ballroom dancing classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings, telephone David Cullum on 01832 732975.

Yoga classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings in Denford Village Hall, contact Anita Hackney on 01832 733274.


Desborough in Bloom (also known as DiB) Summer 2014 Expansion into baskets and troughs starts now. Where can you fix a basket or trough to your premises or house and bring a plash of colour to your street? Desborough in Bloom has funds to help with materials and willing volunteers to install them. Contact DiB via the Desborough Heritage Centre or Desborough Community Development Trust shop (both on Station Road in Desborough). Alternatively you can email John Kemp at before funds run out.

Jane Goodall ARPS of Cambridge Camera Club gave her print talk The Beautiful Light to members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Friday, June 27. Her talk was packed with information, anecdotes, hints and tips, and a demonstration of the more unusual pieces of essential kit, including pink wellies and a mosquito hat. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Jane for a wonderfully entertaining evening of top-class landscape photography.

If you are 18 years or over, come and join in RAPID (Run Any Pace In Desborough) complete beginners jogging group, designed to help novices start jogging regardless of size, shape or ability. Beginners jogging group meet every Thursday evenings at 6pm at the Desborough Leisure Centre. Cost £1 per session. Please contact Gordon Harvey on mobile: 07903 263402 or email on Jog Northants is committed to ensuring all activities are both safe and inclusive. Please visit Northamptonshire Sport, The voice for sport on

Save a life and give blood on Friday, July 11. There are two sessions, the first session is between 1.30pm to 3.30pm and the second session is at 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Both sessions are being held at the Anglican and Methodist Church Community Centre in Desborough. To make an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Gardens open for Charity at Hostellarie, 78 Breakleys Road, Desborough, NN14 2PT on Friday, July 11. Times of opening is at 5.30pm to 8.30pm. A glass of wine or non-alcoholic fruit punch is included. Admission is £4 and children are free. There will be plants for sale in aid of St Giles Church, all other profits to the National Gardens scheme and other worthwhile charities it supports.

Desborough Town Cricket Club stages its biggest match of the season on Monday, July 14. Northamptonshire play Sussex in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Second XI Trophy. It is a one-day game with both teams having the opportunity to bat for 50 overs. Desborough’s ground is situated north of the town next to the West Lodge Rural Centre in Back Lane. Monday’s match starts at 11am.

The Guides, Brownies and Rainbows have planted poppy seeds to be presented at a Service of Remembrance with the Royal British Legion Women’s Section at Desborough War Memorial on Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm. The Rev Neil Clarke will be taking the service and refreshments will be served by the Women’s Section in the community centre.

Osha’s Old School Sports Day in memory of ‘Kimmie’ will be held on Saturday, July 19, at Kettering Rugby Club. It starts at 10.30am. A great day out for the whole family. Lots of fun and games, such as dressing up race, sack race, egg and spoon race, three-legged race, wheelbarrow race and many more. Also, there will be a raffle, cake stall, barbecue, toys for children and the bar will be open. Join in the day or come to watch. All monies raised will go directly to Cransley Hospice. If you need further information, please contact Osha on 01536 799462.

On Wednesday, July 23, Northamptonshire Association for the Blind’s Mobile Sight Centre will be visiting Desborough. Their friendly information officer, Fred Cannon, will be able to offer specialist advice, support and information on a wide range of topics relating to sight loss. On board you will also find a display of everyday living aids and equipment designed to make life a little easier for people experiencing sight loss. Come and meet them at the Central England Co-operative Supermarket, Gladstone Street, Desborough, car park from 9.45am to 11am. For further information or support call the helpline 01604 719193 or visit

Join in the fun with St Giles Holiday Club for 7 years to 11 years old children. It starts from Monday, July 28, to Friday, August 1, at 10am to midday at the St Giles Community Centre. There will be games, music, refreshments, drama, crafts, videos, prizes, quizzes and more. All the fun is for free. A great way for your children to make new friends and keep out of mischief during the summer holidays. On Friday at 6pm there is a barbecue for the whole family.

Desborough Heritage Centre have received a lottery grant of £10,000. This funding will specifically go towards the Desborough at War Project exhibition to mark the First World War Centenary. The refurbishment of the Desborough Heritage shop area is being done as the result of another grant they received. In August 2014 there will be an exhibition opening filled with the memorabilia, photographs and letters which will be entwined with the 100 years anniversary of the First World War. If you have any historical artefacts or First World War memorabilia, please bring them to the Desborough Heritage Centre for them to borrow or copy for the project.

After a very successful 1940s Day in Desborough last year in September 2013, it is happening again this year. The event is on Saturday, September 20, from midday to 5pm. Not only that, complete your evening at a 1940s Dinner and Dance at The Ritz. There will be music by Sonnie and the Honeydippers. A two course meal with tea or coffee for £21.50. Tickets are available from Gillian Green on 01536 763510 or email on


The Breakaways will be holding their annual barbecue at Sylvia and Peter’s on Tuesday, July 15, at 7.30pm. Cost will be £3 per person (bring a bottle). Husbands and partners are also invited. Please ring Sylvia on 771295 by Friday, July 11, to confirm your place.

On Tuesday, July 15, the group will be meeting at 7.30pm near the Cross Keys in King’s Cliffe for a 3 ½ mile walk across disused railway and past remains of airfield. There are four stiles. On Tuesday, July 29, assemble near the Coach & Horses in Lubenham for a three-mile walk towards Market Harborough and then past the Judith stone. There are six stiles. All welcome on any of these walks, just turn up on the night.

The walking group takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 11am at the park entrance all welcome.

Northampton Preservation Society and the Friends of East Carlton Park are delighted to be presenting the 18th Transport Gala – ensure now that Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, are in your diary. More details closer to the date but this an event not to be missed.

The Travelling Supper club will be visiting East Carlton cricket club on Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26, both evenings begin at 8pm. This is an opportunity to experience a wonderful evening of Indian cooking with friends. Tickets for a four course delight are £25 per person. Menu as follows : A trio of Indian snacks to start, followed by tandoori glazed salmon on an Asian slaw. The main is an Indian thali which is a selection of curries accompanied by side dishes, rice and breads, mango and coconut ice cream finishes the culinary evening. To book a table please contact Lee Gray on 07483 4586482.

East Carlton cream teas at the cricket club on Sunday 13th July from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Please come with friends and family for a wonderful afternoon. There will also be a display about East Carlton and the First World War. This community is one of the only a handful of “thankful villages” where all who left to serve their country at the time returned. To celebrate this in the centenary year, Dave Capps and others have been researching the history of these people and there will be a display of that they have managed to uncover.

Sunday, July 20, from 11am – service at St. Peter’s Church.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon will be holding a Meat Bingo on Friday, July 11, at the Mission Room in Well Street. Start time is 7.30pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. If you need transport arranging please telephone Andrew Weatherill on 682212.

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild held their meeting in The Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP.  21 members and visitors enjoyed a very interesting demonstration of Poppies by Faye Barrett.  Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Glenda de Broize gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on July 16 in the Mission Room at 7.30pm.  Leanne Noye will be demonstrating how she makes A Trug with Vegetables.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

The classes for making sugar flowers are now finished and will resume again in September.  We will be holding a six-week beginners course which will include covering a cake in marzipan & sugarpaste with side decoration, and making a spray of sugar Christmas flowers to  place on the top.  The cost of this course is £48.  Please email or 01933 680099 for more information.

A Charity Coffee Morning on July 26 will be held at Finedon Bowls Club from 10am to midday. There will be a few craft stalls there which include a sweet stall, wool, glass objects and more. There is no admission charge but donations welcome. This is in aid of Half ‘N’ Arf MPN Blood Cancer, which is a rare form of cancer


On Sunday, July 13, there is an Evensong with Commemoration for the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War.

The Geddington, Newton and little Oakley Parish Council will be held on Monday, July 14, at 7.30pm at the Village Hall Lounge. Members of the public are welcome and there is a public session at the start of the meeting, where issues and concerns can be raised with Parish Councillors.

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley have announced a vacancy for a Parish Clerk. Duties include; attending and recording monthly meetings, administration of Council records and maintaining financial records. For full details of salary and hours, click on to the parish Council records on the website. Applications should be made to the Parish Council chairman, Cllr Mark Rowley.

The wall in Queen Street is still being repaired and so Queen Street is still closed. The Village Hall, Bowls Club, The Post Office, and the Hairdressers, Askews are still open for business! The repair of the wall is fascinating and is well worth a wander.

The week after, Geddington Flower Festival takes place on July 12 and Sunday 13 July in the Church and the Chapel. The subject is’ A Golden Treasury’. The Festival starts on the Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Admission is £2 and includes a programme.

A Concert on Saturday night, will take place in the Church. It starts at 7pm; admission is £8 with concessions, £6, including a glass of wine.

There will be a themed selection of music for flute, piano and organ, with Chris Hills organist and pianist and Frances Hynes, flautist.

On Sunday, there will be a ‘Songs Of Praise’ at 10am. The festival reopens at midday to 5pm. Throughout there will be a Tombola, a raffle and a book stall.

In the Chapel, the subject is ‘ That’s Life’, A Festival of Flowers. On Saturday it is open from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday, from midday to 5pm. There will be a variety of stall and lovely refreshments.

Geddington Gardening Club meets in the Village Hall lounge on the third Monday every month, starting at 7.30pm. Non-members pay £2.50 and members £1. On 21st July, the meeting is ‘ Clematis; Queen of Climbers’, which will be a talk on this beautiful species of climbing plant.

The 20th Annual Village Show will be held at Geddington Village Hall and grounds on Saturday, August 30, at 2pm. Admission will be 50p on the door. Teas will be made with homemade cakes and the sale of produce is at 4.45pm. Please look for the schedule in the Post Office or in the Newsletter.

On Sunday, July 13, the Camerata Singers will be performing ‘Songs For A Summer Afternoon’ at 3pm in the Church of St. Michael and All Angels ( the Church in the field) at Great Oakley. The programme will be a celebration of traditional folk music from around Great Britain. Tickets are £8 and includes tea and cakes and are available from 01536 513955.


On Friday, July 11, please join the Addington Arisans for the day if you are a craftsperson, in Great Addington Village Hall between 10am and 4pm for a relaxing day in convivial company. £3: for the day, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring a packed lunch and cushion. For more information, please phone Marlies Derwin on 01933 650771 or Liz Lee on 01536 330508.

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


Sunday, July 13, all age worship 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


Friday 11th 10am to 1pm coffee morning at the Menagerie for Parkinsons and Castle Ashby Church.

Friday 11th mobile library in Sweetacre Close 3.35pm.


Friday 8th mobile library in Sweetacre Close at 3.35pm.

Saturday 9th, 1.00~5.00pm traditional craft fair in the village hall, reserve a table top £5 from Eileen Wilmin 01933 665004.

Secret cinema in Yardley Hastings will recommence in September on the 20th at 7.45pm. Follow on dates are October 19, November 16, and December 14. Film titles to be announced.


The Friends of Gretton Recreation Ground are laying on another Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 13, following the success of those held in previous years. This year we celebrate the opening of the refurbished Sports Pavilion – a superb facility for Gretton. Events will start at 11am to include a Fun Run suitable for all for all ages and running ability on a short course around the recreation ground and on nearby roads. Organisers are also pleased that by popular demand a Fun Rounders tournament is being arranged and it is hoped that all of you who have not picked up a rounders bat for many years will be tempted to take part. Other events taking place include five-a-side football, archery and a bouncy castle. Younger children will be fascinated and entertained by Bugtopia and Face Painting from Chirpy Chicks Pre School. Gretton Cricket Club will be providing the barbecue and Gretton Sports and Social Club will be open for the usual refreshments. For further details please contact Tim Fox telephone 01536 770653 or Email

Party band Point Blank have been confirmed to appear at the 2014 Gretton Music Festival.

They are performing at Gretton Sports Club, off Kirby Road, on Saturday, August 23, and the gig starts at 8pm. Entry is free of charge (everyone’s favourite price!).

The Gretton Music Festival – taking place over the August Bank holiday weekend, from Friday, August 22, to Monday, August 25 – is Northamptonshire’s biggest community-based music festival. Now in its fifth year, it is sponsored by local law firm Seaton’s Solicitors.

For further details please visit the Gretton Music Festival Website


Congratulations to Helen and Peter Parry, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this month. Felicitations also to Peter, awarded his M.A.(Oxon.) Heartfelt good wishes from all your parishioners.

A very special tribute to all Hargrave villagers who gave their lives in two world wars is a beautiful hassock, embroidered by Joan Gilbert. Before being on show, it will be blessed by Sheena and then on view for all visitors to admire. Joan has put our thoughts into a lovely work of art.

Help is needed to clean the church and brasses and arrange the floral items. Perhaps four people, working in pairs, would complete the team. If you are able to help, please contact Liz Sinfield on 622251. The service on Sunday, July 13, is Morning Worship at 9.15am.

Circle dancing, today and on July 24 at 10.30am in the village hall. No need to book, just go along and join in.


A medieval fun day from 10.30am to 5pm is planned for Saturday, July 12, with all activities free of charge. Events will be centred around Chichele College, Castle Fields, St Mary’s Church and the Market Square.

There will be a 14th century encampment with medieval knights in the Castle Fields, archery, pole lathe turning, musicians, children’s pottery making, confectioner, moneyer, pilgrim badge making, a chapel tent, rat catcher, medieval cooking and a host of other activities. Events will be centred around Chichele College, Castle Fields, St Mary’s Church and the Market Square.

Refreshments – tea/coffee/strawberries and cream will be on sale in Chichele College and programmes will be available shortly. Extra parking will be made available on the Saffron Road recreation ground and everyone is very welcome.

A Towards a Safer Higham meeting will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber. The meeting will be chaired by Derek Lawson and PC Dougie Brown, our local beat officer, will attend to give a report and deal with any community safety issues.

St Mary’s Church services for Sunday, July 13, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15am.

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

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will be holding All Age Worship at 10.30am led by Jonathan Thompson. Coffee will be served after the service.

An Evening Service will be held at 6pm in the Gospel Hall Milton Street.

The local Rotary Club are organising a Classic Car Display on Sunday, August 3, to be held in the Castle Fields.

The annual garden party, organised by United Charities for the Bedesmen, Pressland Pensioners and Almshouses residents will be held on Tuesday, July 29, from 2pm to 4pm in the Bede House and Church grounds.

A family barbecue will be held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday, August 17, 12.30 for 1 pm. St Mary’s choir will be organising this event and tickets are now available £8 for adults and £5 for under twelves. The price includes a barbecue meal with salads and desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery etc. For further info and tickets ring Derek 01933 624271.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, July 16, in the library on Midland Road. The special guest will be Michael Henderson presenting his choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

A special Service to Celebrate and Commemorate Archbishop Henry Chichele will be held at 10.15am in St Mary’s Church on Sunday, July 27.

The next town council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 7.30pm in the council chamber.

The next Higham and Rushden U3A meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16, from 2pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. Visitors and new members are always welcome and the special guest on July 16 will be Ron Sivers talking about “M.A.F. Flying for Life.” He will give an insight into the lives of pilots, their families and back up staff who by their work assist so many well known organisations in delivering aid and medical supplies in difficult circumstances. Membership of U3A gives access to our forty special interest groups. See website:

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, July 26, from 9am on the Market Square. Free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. A coffee morning will be held in the Bede House organised by the Ferrers District Guiding Units and a half hour organ recital at 11.30am in St Mary’s Church given by Rosemary Nayyar with free admission. In addition Peter and Marjorie Phelps will be staging an art and embroidery exhibition in Chichele College with free admission. Wheelchair access is available from College Street but no parking available.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a four mile evening walk in the Upper Dean area on Thursday, July 17. Walkers are asked to meet at 6.45 pm by Upper Dean Church and the group will be led by Richard Gell 01933 359237. On Sunday, July 20, the group will be undertaking a nine mile walk in the Piddington area. The route will be from Piddington to Horton and Ravenstone. Walkers are asked to meet at 9am on the Market Square in Higham or 10am in Ravenstone near the small playing area. The group will be led by Roy Presland 01933 314831. See website:


The Friday Club meets in Barringers Court between 2pm and 4pm each Friday for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards bingo and a cup of tea. New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits. Contact Rosemarie on 07713 635907 to find out more.

A model fairground and railway exhibition is being held at Irchester Methodist Church, High Street on Saturday, July 12, between 10am and 4.30pm. Adults £2 Children £1, under five years old free. Proceeds will be split between the Methodist Church and two charities supported by the church in Narsapur, India and Uganda. Parking is available at the Working Men’s Club and the Village Hall car park in School Road.

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. As the year goes on there will be outings arranged and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 for information.

Irchester Branch Labour Party is holding its Summer Party at Knuston Hall on Sunday, July 13. This event has been held every July since 2000 and always attracts more than 100 members and friends. Tickets may still be available, priced at £15.50, which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice, an elaborate buffet, choice of desserts and coffee or tea. Children’s tickets cost £8.50.The guest speaker this year is Richard Garvie, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Wellingborough and Rushden. Tickets are available from John Mann. Tel: (01933) 353458.


There will be a raffle at the British Arms, Baker Street Irthlingborough to help with the fundraising for Jack Warboys, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The draw for the raffle will be on Saturday, July 26. £5 per ticket.

Every first Wednesday of the month, there will be ‘Carnival Bingo’ at the Conservative Club, Irthlingborough; to raise funds for the Irthlingborough Carnival.


On Friday, July 11, at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, William Street, a fun Quiz Night. £5 for teams of 4, bring your own drinks. Tea, coffee and raffle available. Call Richard on 07887 617978 for more information.

On Saturday, July 12, at All Saints Church, William Street, Keep the Home Fires Burning with Sue Dutton and Don Manning. A musical extravaganza with songs from the wars. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £4, available on the door. Bring your own drinks and a dessert for sharing after the concert. Tea/coffee/raffle available.

The next meeting of the Kettering Branch of the National Health Service Retirement Fellowship (NHSRF) is on Monday, July 14, in the Prince William Post Graduate Centre, Kettering General Hospital Time - 2.30 pm. The speaker is our own Terry Young and she will be talking on “Your KGH” a subject close to the hearts of us all. Refreshments available afterwards as you chat to your friends and make some new ones. The Fellowship do not meet in August so it will meet again on September 8. 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.

On Saturday, July 12, at 7pm at the Counties Community Centre in Hertford Road a Quiz Night. Fee £2. Quiz Night has a chicken/chip option but as the cost can fluctuate please check with Carole on 01536 410591 for the cost if you wish to order.

The Variations Choir Summer Concert in aid of Motor Neurone Disease at the United Reformed Church, London Road. Concert starts 7.30pm on Saturday, July 12. The repertoire will include songs spanning the years from wartime oldies, to musical, choral and modern favourites. Tickets £5, or 2.50 for under 12s available at the door. Ticket includes refreshments. Call 01536 513548 or 01536 723376 for more information or to book.

The Big Tea Party for Independent Age from 12.30pm to 3pm at the Corn Market Hall, London Road, in the ‘Kettering Room’. There will be tea, coffee & squash, cakes, raffle with amazing prizes, e.g. dance lessons, afternoon tea, a flight in a Tiger Moth plane, to name a few. A guess the weight of the cake competition and for the kids, decorate a teapot, winner gets a prize.

On July 16 Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust Annual Members’ Meeting in the Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive. There will be a showcase of the services the Trust provides with an opportunity to speak with clinical staff and also find out about job openings. Doors open from 4.30pm, main meeting commences at 6pm. Contact 01536 492169 to attend or email

The Community Corner at the Manor House Museum for July features Freedom of the Borough of Kettering. Three years ago Kettering Council granted Freedom of the Borough to the Royal Anglian Regiment. On July 21 more than 200 soldiers from the Regiment will exercise their right to march through Kettering town centre in a historic event which promises to be both impressive and enjoyable. Citizens will have the opportunity to line the route of the march and publicly demonstrate their support for our soldiers in recognition of the difficult tasks they undertake, often with great personal sacrifice. Drop in the Museum in August to browse photographs of this poignant occasion and discover more about “Freedom of the Borough”.

On Thursday, July 17, at 7.30pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street a talk on ‘Exploration of the Weimar Culture & Arts Movements’ by Carolyn Bushell. Tickets £3 per person, free to Friends Members. Available on the door, no advance booking required.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Thursday, July 17, 7pm – 9pm an untutored Life Drawing Class. Tickets £10 per session. Contact for more details or call 01536 534274. A small number of easels are available for loan on the evening.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery on Friday, August 1, 1pm – 2pm ‘Kettering : 1914’ by John Stanyard. John will give a commemorative talk covering the events, both local and national, that occurred in August 1914 as reported in the local press. There are stories about everyday happenings in the town and about the mobilisation of the Kettering men in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Yeomanry. We will explore the Kettering of 1914, and also feature an interesting comparison of Kettering ‘Then and Now’. Tickets £6, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts. Booking is advisable on 01536 534274.

On Sunday, July 13, in Rockingham Road Pleasure Park the Summer 2014 series of Cransley Hospice Bands in the Park Concert programme continues with The Kettering Salvation Army Young People’s Band and Singing Company. Concert starts 3pm at the bandstand. Bring your chairs and a picnic and enjoy some lovely music in the Park. If the weather is inclement the concert will be played in All Saints Community Hall. Throughout the concert refreshments will be available at All Saints including strawberries and ice-cream. All welcome.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, on Friday, July 11, at 8pm Motown’s Greatest Hits The End of the Road Tour with The Formations. All seats £20. Call the box office on 01536 414141 to book.

On Saturday, July 25, 8pm – 11.30pm Dancing at the Park, ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. To be held at Wicksteed Park pavilion. Tickets £7 each. Contact Charles to book on 01933 441717 or email Smart/casual evening wear preferred.


July 12 in Laxton village hall - the monthly coffee morning and community shop. Meet friends and neighbours over a cuppa and cake plus local produce on sale. All welcome, make new friends! 10.30am to midday.

July 19 at 7pm the annual barbecue is on at Laxton Village Hall. Great food (including vegetarian options) and dessert choice.

Tickets £8 adults, £5 under 12s. Bar available and raffle. Please book by July 16 by contacting contact Tim on 01780 450005.

July 26, 10am to 2pm, Trash and Treasure table top sale at the village hall, Laxton. Sellers please book your tables by contacting Derek on 01780 450475 or Tim on 01780 450005.


Italian Evening at Little Harrowden Church on Saturday, July 19, 7pm start, tickets £8.50 from all social committee members and Jose on 01933 678262.

Drop in for Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Church from 3pm on Saturday, August 9, and try your luck at their raffle.

Little Harrowden Village Hall AGM will be held on July 17 at 7.30pm in the Committee room of the village hall. The Village Hall is in need of new members for its Committee to assist in the management and running of the Hall. All are welcome to attend and join them.

Church services for this Sunday, July 13, 10am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11am Morning Worship at Orlingbury, 11am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday, July 16 – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Great Harrowden invites everyone from the five parishes to join them in Great Harrowden Church on August 16 at 3pm for ‘A Taste of France’.

Go along and hear about Jane’s recent trip to France and in particular her visit to the Taize Community. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference- think French bread, cheeses/pates and crepes! The afternoon will end with a Taste of Taize- a short [optional] act of worship Taize-style. Cost - Adults £6.50 Children primary school age £3. Please get in touch if you would like to go. Tel-01933 677380

A Blooming Marvellous Evening was had by all who attended the Gardener’s Question Time with Celebrity Panellists at Wentworth Farm. There was a wonderful wealth of knowledge and personal anecdotes shared with everyone present, many questions were answered and everyone was reluctant to leave. Many thanks to Bee and John for their very generous hospitality, and to Bee for arranging the event which raised £775.

The Art Exhibition held at Great Harrowden demonstrated the amazing talents of local artists. Subjects were wide ranging, as were the styles of artwork. The exhibition was complemented by wood and craft items. Many people helped to make this a successful weekend and a sincere thanks to everyone, special thanks to Gillian and Jane for their super-human efforts. Over £1,100 was raised which was much needed as repairs to the Church windows have been needed to have been done in the last few months, this has left an unexpected bill of circa £2,500 so all the fund raising events and your support are always needed thank you.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday, July 17, 2pm at 8 The Leys, Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.


On Sunday, July 10, a service of Evening Prayer will be held at 3pm at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday, July 10, from 10am to 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. Children aged three years and over will be most welcome.

A Barn Dance is being held on Saturday, July 19, from 7pm onwards. Tickets are available from The Swan and cost £10 for an adult and £5 for a child. Proceeds to Friends of Newton Church.


Orlingbury Family Circle- The next dates are-Sunday 20th July – Summer Activity. No meeting in August. Sunday 21st September- Food/Harvest. Sunday 19th October –autumn. Pop along to Orlingbury Village Hall 9.30am until 10.30am.

Enjoy a delicious Bacon Butty and meet up with other families and friends old and new. For more information call Shelley on 07790393913 or Helen 07919191845

Church services for this Sunday July 13th- 10.00am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Morning Worship at Orlingbury, 11.00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday 16th July- 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Benefice Pet’s Service. All pets and well-behaved owners are welcome at the Benefice Pet’s Service at 11.00am Sunday 7th September on the Green at Orlingbury [in Church if wet]

Bowls of water will be provided and refreshments will be available after the service. Please do go along if you don’t have a pet, it’s a very friendly service- children are welcome to take along their favourite toy instead. For more info call Gillian on 01933 401340

Brass on The Green. The Joseph Manning Trust invites you to a concert by the Raunds Temperance Band. Sunday 7th September on Orlingbury Village Green 2.30-5pm. Entry free! Norty’s licensed bar and cream teas, take along a garden chair.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday 17th July 2.00pm at 8 The Leys Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 23rd August -Summer in the Mediterranean, 13th September-Lazy day on a Canal, 25th October- Autumn Colours,22nd November- Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 please contact Gillian on 01933 401340.


A very important date for your diary 19th July – Oakley Vale Community Centre – join your OVCA for the family fun day 12.30 – 17.30 with the ever popular family disco 18.30 – 21.30 Crazy golf, barrel ride, archery, stalls, great food, live music and entertainment, soft play area, bowling and footy taster sessions … an event not to be missed. FREE!

Several Oakley Vale residents will be involved in a fantastic musical experience on the 23rd August.

They are rehearsing now with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Choir, Barb Jungr and electric band ‘Head of Snakes’. The Concert will be a stadium gig at the Corby Town Football club and there will only be 1,000 tickets available so get yours now!

All the music will have a Corby theme including 10 new songs specially composed and orchestrated as part of ‘Made In Corby’ an amazing project that will continue for the next three years.

Tickets available from the Core Theatre the box office is already open! A TV documentary on the concert is already being filmed for the BBC.

Oakley Vale W.I. meet every second Thursday for bowling and coffee and a natter afterwards.

The next meeting is on July 15th at Brooke Weston School at 7.30, when Denise Legg will be “in role” talking about life as an Elizabethan housewife.

First night is free so do join them. Contact Janet Smith - President on 01536 743152.

A Midwest official who maintains the green spaces on Oakley Vale tells me they are removing 80 -100 bags of litter from Oakley Vale every week – which is horrendous.

We seem to have a poor record locally for responsible use of bins.

I’m going into local schools alerting children to the need but we adults need to set them an example.

Any ideas gratefully received. I will continue to encourage visitors to take their litter away with them and not abandon their picnics on the lakeside where it encourages rats.

Alex Franklin continues his police surgeries in your community centre from 1100 to 1130 on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

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 email is


Darsdale Home in Chelveston Road, Raunds, is inviting you along to their Hawaiian themed Garden Fete on Saturday, 12th July, from 1.30 p.m. onwards. There will be plenty of attractions with a funfair for the children, a variety of stalls, crafts, musical entertainment, etc. There will also be a Barbecue, with fun games, cocktails and refreshments, cakes and cream teas.

Admission is free and car parking, on the field behind the home, is only £1 per car.

If you would like more information, or would like to donate a prize for the raffle or tombola, please call Darsdale Home direct on 01933 622457.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. today and next Thursday, 17th July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting tonight at 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit their website at

Coffee will be served tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Centre, and you can enjoy Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 16th July. Everyone is welcome to either or both events.

The coach for the benefice outing to Rochester on Saturday, 12th July, will be picking up prompt at 8 a.m. at Hargrave Church; 8.15 a.m. at the Market Square, Higham Ferrers; 8.20 a.m. in Spencer Parade, Stanwick; 8.25 a.m. at Raunds Square, and 8.35 a.m. at the New Inn, Ringstead. The return journey will leave Rochester at 5.30 p.m. prompt and will arrive back at Hargrave at about 8 p.m.

This coming Sunday, 13th July, is ‘Funday Sunday’ with the theme of ‘Sow & Grow’ at 9.15 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. Everyone is welcome to attend this short, relaxed and friendly service, with activities, crafts, puppets, face painting and worship for children, the Sunday newspapers and fresh coffee and juice.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the church at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Mothers Union Deanery Festival will take place at 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 17th July, at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Raunds Carnival will take place on Saturday, 13th September, and the Raunds Youth Action Group have been organising various fundraising events in aid of the carnival. Their next event will take place next Thursday, 17th July, and everyone is invited to Bingo night at the Snooks, in West Street, Raunds, with eyes down at 8 p.m. Entry is free of charge, Bingo cards are just £1 each, and there are prizes to be won. Your support will be very much appreciated.

If you can offer your help by becoming a leader for the 2nd Raunds St. Peter’s Brownies, you would be made very welcome. The group meets on Tuesday evenings between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at St. Peter’s C of E Junior School in Mountbatten Way, Raunds.

For more information please visit


Today, Thursday 10th July the Lunch Club takes place in the Shared Church Schoolroom at 12.30pm.The Club meets monthly for elderly people who are connected to St. Mary’s Church, The Shared Church or any person who is alone will be welcome, but it is essential to book in advance with Carolyn Brooking on 01933 461055. The price is £3.00 for a 2-course hot meal, and tea/coffee.

There will be a Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at 3.00pm in the Shared Church on Saturday 12th July 2014.

Sunday there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

On Sunday 13th July in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am Anniversary Special Service with Pastor Patrick. There is No Evening Service.

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 July 14th July. The Topic this evening is ‘Being Part of a TV Realty Show’ with Tanya Richardson. Tea Hostesses are Sue J and Maureen and the Vote of thanks is by Veronica. We always welcome New Members and Visitors. There is No Meeting in August.

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.

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

Refreshments are available for all.

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

Tang Soo Do Class is held in Ringstead Village hall on Fridays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Traditional Korean martial art. The classes are for anyone over the age of 5yrs with family discounts available. Contact Conna Webb-Cornell 07986 222310 for more information.

Tap Dance Classes are available in Ringstead Village Hall on Saturdays between 9.00am - 10.00am. Contact Vanessa Burzynski on 01832 720664.


Many thanks to everyone who supported our recent Flower Festival at St. Leonard’s church. We raised a much needed £400 towards urgent repair work needed to the fabric of the building. Thank you particularly to Richard Twisleton for organising the event and to the Corby and Market Harborough flower clubs for their arrangements.

Plans are now well under way for our annual dog show, to be held at the village hall on Sunday 27th July. Registration will be from 1.00pm and judging from 2.00pm (our judges this year will be Bill Botten and Alison Huckle). Entry is £2 per class with winners receiving a rosette and doggy bag kindly supplied by Pets at Home Corby. For any further information, please contact Mike Reilly on 01536 770717 or Claire Johnson 07721 063885 /


Rothwell’s new carnival queen, Heather Cutts, was crowned in a special ceremony at her school by the mayor of Rothwell, Cllr Roger Wilson, on Monday, June 30.

Also crowned at the event, held at Rothwell Junior school in Gladstone Street, were her attendants, Jude Freeman and Katie Shaw. The three girls, all in Year 6, will be taking part in the carnival parade on Saturday, July 12 and also officially opening the fete that follows at Manor Park at about 1.45pm.

The carnival parade assembles at the top of Moorfield Road for judging by members of Rothwell Town Council from 12.30-12.45pm, and moves off at 1.00pm. The route takes it along Harrington Road, Fox Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Bell Hill, Rock Hill, Rushton Road, Cecil Street, Tresham Street and on to the market place at Market Hill.

Admission to the event will be by programme costing £1, with three different covers designed by local children Gabrielle Jacques, Niamh Lindsley and Samuel Rutherford, who were each presented with vouchers to spend at a stationer’s at the Monday morning coronation ceremony at the school.

A raffle is also being organised, with a top prize of £100 and many other prizes, donated by local stores, businesses and organisations.

A wine fair is to be held in Rothwell, with the opportunity of tasting up to 50 international wines plus local bottle-conditioned beers and spirits. Specialised foods will also be showcased, and works by local artists will be on display.

Organised by Strawberry Fields Food Emporium, Market Hill, the event will be held at the Rothwell House Hotel from 5.00-10.00pm on Friday, August 1. Tickets cost £20 each and are now available from the deli.

The new parish church council secretary for Rothwell is Janet Clements, who can be contacted on 01536 507721.

Rothwell Mothers’ Union is holding its annual garden party in the vicarage garden, Squires Hill on Saturday, July 19, weather permitting – if it rains, it is held in Holy Trinity church. Tickets cost £2.50 for adults, £1 for children, and attractions include a bric a brac stall, raffle and cakes. More details are available from Brenda Austin on 01536 710258.

An organ recital will be given by the assistant director of music at St John’s school, Leatherhead, Simon Bland, at 7.30pm on Friday, August 8 at Holy Trinity church.

Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge, but a retiring collection will be made.

There are still places to be filled in Holy Trinity church’s floodlighting diary, where donors can reserve an evening’s floodlighting in memory of loved ones or for special occasions. The cost of an evening’s floodlighting is only £1. Anyone interested should contact appeals organiser Keith Mitchell on 01536 712161.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club’s four teams in this year’s county Manfield Cup competition enjoyed mixed fortunes on Saturday, June 28.

Alec McKim’s team lost 14-2; John Barber’s lost narrowly 19-21; Dick Briggs’s won 18-14; and Tony Spence’s won 23-19.

On Tuesday, July 1 the ladies’ team recorded an emphatic away win at Seagrave House, Corby winning 61-26.

Meanwhile, members continue playing in the club knockout competitions.

Various one day competitions also take place during July, and members are reminded to enter their names on team sheets if they wish to play.

The club welcomes new members, and plays in the evenings as well as afternoons, to help those working during the day.

Weekly Monday coaching sessions are free, starting at 6.30pm. No equipment is needed other than a pair of flat soled shoes. For more information, visit

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society has a print panel discussion evening at 8.00pm on Friday, July 11 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. The society then closes down for its summer break, returning on Friday, September 5, when chairman Geoff Oliver will be showing some of his work.However, a programme of events has been organised during the break, including a visit to Boughton House and an evening of equestrian photography. For more information, visit, phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

Living in Nigeria is the subject of a presentation by Rob McKnight at the meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club tonight at 8.00pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

The following week’s meeting at the same time and place – will consist of members telling ‘teachers’ tales at suppertime’. There is then a break in the programme for the summer.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trip next week is on Tuesday July 15th to The Star & Garter, Chelveston and on Thursday 17th to The Carpenters Arms, Irchester. Shopping trips are to Springfields Home and Garden (£8.50) on Monday 14th and Waitrose on Friday 18th.. Hair & Beauty at Rushden College is on Tuesday 15th with a trip to Skegness for a paddle on Wednesday 16th (£16.00) Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – invite you to go along to the children’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic on weekend of July 19th/20th when train rides cost £4.00 for adults but children and teddies are free when accompanied by fare paying adult. Rides from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Rushden History Society – have their magazine The Risdene Echo now on sale at £1.20 from Osborne’s Toy Shop and Mark Bird Carpets. Articles this edition include Rushden’s Nursing Heroines of WW1, Rushden’s Cinemas and Shani Wallace. On Friday July 18th the Society are holding their Annual Sellick Taylor Evening at South End School at 7.15pm when the speaker will be Colonel Derek Kimberly formerly Director of Music to the Grenadier Guards. Tickets £6.00 from Geoff on 651084.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – the Services this Sunday are at 10.00am led by Major Marlene Bishop from Wellingborough and 6.00pm led by Jeff O’Dell. The Felixstowe Songsters who have appeared sat the Royal Albert Hall of late will visit Rushden this Saturday July 12th at 7.00pm to entertain with a variety of music. Tickets £5.00. Messy Church is next Saturday 19th from 4.00pm to 5.30pm – parents and children welcome.

Whitefriars Church – This week is Stepping Out Sunday with the Countryside Walk ‘Dallying in the Alleys’ around Rushden as part of the Getting to Know Rushden week – meet outside Hall Park at 10.15am. Also Silver Service at 10.30am in the Bridge Community Room with Kidz Club at the School at 10.15am. On Saturday 19th another Walk ‘Lady Jane and Old John’ a five mile walk around Bradgate Park, Leicester – call Andrew on 316927 for details.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – All–Age Morning Worship on Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Jonathan Thompson. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Jennie Gomes from Kent. Development Circle meets on Wednesday 16th at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Services this week will be at 10.30am taken by Peter Squires as part of Second Sunday Stepping Out - followed by refreshments. At 7.00pm the ‘Get to know Rushden – the people and the places Choir’ – formed only 6 weeks ago – will perform. Musical Director is Stephen Bell, Backing Robert Peel and soloists Nilani Young and John Curson.

St. Peter’s Church –The Family Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.00am. The Next Generation for youths’ activities is on Tuesday July 15th at 6.30pm in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday July 12th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service and Communion with Children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson. Second Sunday activities are at 4.00pm – something different for all ages – all welcome.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Messy Church is tomorrow 11th July at 6.00pm. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 15th at 10.00am.

Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society – are holding auditions for Mother Goose in July – Dancers 7+ years on Thursday 17th at 7.00pm (some experience needed) – Principals on Sunday 20th at 1.30pm – Chorus and Junior Chorus also 20th at 4.30pm. All auditions in the Heritage Church Halls.

Rushden Ramblers – Tortoise Group – next walk is on Monday 14th July to Hargrave and Covington – leaving Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Janet and Roy Presland on 314831.


Members of Stanwick WI will be meeting tomorrow, Friday, 11th July, at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall, when they will discover the amazing work of the Red Cross with guest speaker Mary Morgan. Ladies of all ages are welcome to join them with an admission fee of £4 for visitors.

Tomorrow, Friday 11th July, the Friends of Stanwick School will be holding their annual Village Evening at 6 p.m. at the school. There will be something for all the family with a Barbecue, beer tent, live music, bouncy castles, go-karts, balloon modelling, and lots more. Everyone is welcome.

Learn to make Button Art Pictures tomorrow, Friday, 11th July, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes. The workshop costs £15, and for more information, or to check the availability of places, please call Pauline Procter on 01933 229817.

Learn to paint in acrylics for beginners on Saturday, 12th July, between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Village Hall. The cost of the class is £10 which includes all materials. You do not need to have any previous experience to learn how to paint a dramatic ‘Sunset over Rutland Water’. Booking is essential and, to check the availability of places, please call 01933 460676 or 07751 106 666.

There will be a disco at Stanwick Club on Saturday evening, 12th July. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome.

To find out more about the club please visit their website at

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 13th July, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. There will also be a service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. at the church on Wednesday, 16th July.

If you have any items you would like included in the August/September edition of the Grapevine, please remember that Monday, 14th July, is the deadline for your copy, at the very latest. Your items should be emailed to or delivered to 6 Cleburne Close, Stanwick.

Stanwick Film Night will be presenting ‘Monuments Men’ on Monday, 14th July, at the Old School Bistro. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start and tickets at £5 each can be obtained in advance from the shop@stanwick or on the door, subject to availability. Please call 01933 626595 with any queries, or for more information.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting at 7.15 p.m. next Thursday, 17th July, in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. For more information about the Parish Council, please visit their website at

Stanwick Rovers Football Club will be holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday, 20th July to raise money for their clubhouse extension project.

Everyone is invited to join them between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a fun afternoon at Stanwick Recreation Ground. There will be football tournaments and plenty of other attractions, with food, soft drinks, etc. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go towards the clubhouse extension project. Limited car parking is available.

Some of you will have noticed that the War Memorial in the churchyard has been thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the Centenary Events that will take place this year to mark the start of World War I.

One such event will take place at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Sunday, 3rd August, which will take the form of a short commemoration service at 4 p.m. at which wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial by both the Royal British Legion and Stanwick Parish Council.

Number 42 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 28th June, making John Chambers the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


The Shoulder of Mutton public house in Chapel Road Weldon has recently introduced a new menu and longer hours to satisfy the customers. Good news indeed when you consider around four years ago demolition of the pub was likely.

Wonder tours. 110 passengers for Weldon, Gretton, Corby and Kettering visited the sea side resort of Great Yarmouth on 21st June the longest day. Due to demand 2 two coaches were laid on. All the usual seaside attractions were enjoyed including strolling along the beach and some even ventured in the sea.

Date for your Diary Autumn Fayre in Weldon Village Hall on Saturday 25th October 12.noo until 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a table contact angels on 01536 201068 tables cost £5.00

St Mary’s Church Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 13th July at 8.00am a warm welcome awaits you


Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. On Thursday 10th Sharon Hall on Thursday 17th July Gina Zivtins , on 24th July Mark Wilson and on The 31st July Chantelle Coupland. The first medium of each month is £5 entrance each.

On Saturday 12th July Mcdonalds restaurant Market street are holding a Day Of Fun for all the Family from 11am till 4pm and for Family Games and Activities do go along.

Olympic Way School Wellingborough will be holding its Summer Fayre on Friday July 11th from 2pm till 4pm. Many Stalls and Games. Great fun for all the Family.

Northamptonshire Family History Society are holding the next Genealogy Surgery at Wellingborough Museum Saturday July 19th 10am till 1.00. This is a free service.

“Thomas Trotter the resident organist at Birmingham Town Hall is to visit St Mary’s Church in Wellingborough on Saturday July 12th at 7pm to celebrate 100years of organ music there. The William Hill organ was refurbished two years ago and since then regular recitals are held through the summer months. There is no admission charge; a retiring collection will be made to defray costs. Refreshments will be available during the concert at a small donation.

St Barnabas Church Information of events for June. Saturday 26th July Safari Supper at 7pm. Again the Church will need to give you full details of how to attend this. Application Forms are now available for

holiday club at St Barnabas. Holiday Club takes place between the dates of 28th July to 1st August First come First served and Carol Deamer at the Church is the lady with all the relevent information. Ladies Club were delighted when Angie Cooksley presented an amusing talk on Festivals and Foods. The Next meeting of this group will be Ladies Who Lunch which will include a visit to Seasons Garden Centre on July 10th . Have a great time ladies, St Barnabas Mothers Union will be holding a Cream Tea in the Church Hall on Tuesday 15th July between 2.15 and 3.45pm. A raffle and a Bring and Buy will also be held and please get tickets from church members at £4 each. Raffle prizes for this event would be most welcome.

On Monday Afternoon at St Barnabas a creative Cards group meet at 2pm and a Music Group at 6.30pm.

Parish Prayer begins at 2pm on Tuesday and Holy Communion begins at 10am on Wednesdays. Thursdays Morning Prayer starts at 9am, Little Frogs at 2pm in the Church and Ladies Club at 2pm in the Hall unless on a day out.

Please ask at Church for a Parish Magazine because Sunday services vary week to week.

Maggie Smith will be presenting you all with an opportunity to attend a 2 day Willow Bark Workshop which is suitable for beginners.

This will take place on the 8th and 9th July from 10am till 4.30pm each day please contact her on 01604 633582 or email for full details,venue, payment and booking.

Would you like advice or help with any aspect of owning a Dog.

A Free Dog Behaviour Advice session instore will be held on Saturday 26th July at Bridgefords Pet shop Oxford Street between 9.30 and 5.30. Alistair Bray from lonewolf behaviourism will happily give free advice on Pulling, Obedience, Barking, nipping and Chewing.

He can help with all aspects of introducing a dog/Puppy to a new Home any new dog in the house questions. Group walking issues and any dog/human aggression problems.

Also more popular not coming when called or bad behaviour in the Car or any other doggy Questions.

Please go along and make use of his excellent advice. is Alistair’s site and contact mobile is 07769220166.

Wellingborough Orpheus Choir presents its summer concert on Saturday 19th July at Great Park Street Methodist Church, Wellingborough.

Entitled ‘Regal and Mystical’ the concert will include ‘Zadok the Priest’ plus two more of Handel’s Coronation Anthems, and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Mystical Songs’ featuring guest soloist, baritone Nicolas Moodie.

Nicolas, who was born in Northampton but is now based in London, will also perform Vaughan Williams’ ‘Songs of Travel’.

The choir has chosen to stage the concert in the Methodist Church by way of a farewell as both the Church and the adjacent Wesley Hall, which has been the home of the Orpheus Choir for the last 12 years, will be closing this summer.

From September the choir’s Monday evening rehearsals will move just up the road to Park Junior School.

The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets priced £10 (including refreshments) can be purchased from Irvin’s House of Flavour, High Street, Wellingborough, by calling 01933 665191, or on the door. Students pay just £5 and accompanied children under 12 go free.

Visit for more information about the choir.

For more information, contact the Publicity Officer, Maureen Williams, on 01604 870318, email:


Music on the Green in neighbouring Stoke Albany this year will be on

on Saturday 19th July.

Featuring local Bands including, Grumpy,

Corby School of Rock & The Backroom Boys.

Opening at 2pm with the Music starting at 3pm.

There will also be a Raffle, barbecue , Bouncy Castle & a Bar will also be open.

Some of the Roads will be closed in Wilbarston for Highway Repair,

Roads affected will be Main Street, Scott’s Lane, & part of Carlton Road

& Queens Road.

Work will start on Tuesday July 22nd through till FridayJuly 25th, between 9am & 4pm.


The parish council has received numerous requests for the seat to be reinstalled at the top of Church Green and the local builder who took the seat into safety some years ago has been requested to replace it as soon as possible.

A grant application has been submitted to assist with the renovation of the war memorial on the village green.

This will involve the sympathetic replacement of some stone, re-pointing and cleaning of the structure.

The village plan group presented the village plan publication and the Parish Council agreed in principal to the wider publication of the document and work will soon start in addressing the issues raised.

Some items will be attended to quickly whilst others may take a little longer.

Crime in April and May amounted to five incidents, three criminal damage, one theft and one violent offence.

It is anticipated that a planning application will soon be lodged with East Northants Council for the former Islip furnace site for a single large warehouse covering much of the site.

The permission presently granted only permits the ground works currently being carried out and the construction of a new entrance to the site which will be much closer to Thrapston.

The old entrance will be closed off.

Councillors agreed that Kettering Council should be approached in order to find out why Woodford was not consulted on the expansion to the energy park at Cranford.

It is understood that the wind turbines currently being erected are only the first of four phases of development at the site.

Finally in a change to recent practice the Thrapston Town Band will once again be playing in Woodford under their new Conductor on Feast Sunday (6th July from 7.30 -8.30pm) but this year the location will be at the Dukes Arms.

This is a long standing tradition which goes back over 100 years, when the band marched down the street leading the fair onto the village green on the Sunday evening.

Please help to keep this tradition alive.

Woodford open gardens are on Sunday and Monday 24th ~ 25th august from 1pm~5pm,15 interesting village gardens to visit in aid of St Mary’s Church Funds.Entry £3 (children free) .

The W.I. were so lucky to have a perfect summer evening for their members’ barbecue in June.

Their next meeting is on Tuesday July 8th they visited Kathy Browns garden in Stevington.

On August 12 they will be back at their usual venue.

The 6pm Sunday service at the chapel on July 13th will be conducted by Mr.Darby from Northampton.

The Wednesday fellowship on July 16th welcomes Mr Hudson from Higham Ferrers and is at 7-15 in the Chapel schoolroom.