Village news April 2

Lambs have a spring in their step
Lambs have a spring in their step

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The Easter Experience is a display of life size models and displays depicting the Easter story, and is being held in St Mary’s Church until Saturday.

The opening times are 10am-4pm today, (Thursday) and Saturday, and 10am-1pm tomorrow Good Friday.

Admission is free.

Countdown Cares, suppliers of men’s and women’s clothing will be at the Bowls Club from 10am-4pm today (Thursday)

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday. As usual there will be stalls selling fruit and vegetables, local farm meat, free range eggs and speciality cheeses.

The Friends of St Mary’s Church will have a stall selling tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes. The local Police Safer Community Team will also be there to meet people and answer questions.

A Coffee Morning, hosted by the 3rd Burton Latimer Rainbows will be held on Saturday, April 4th, at the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available to purchase. There will be a variety of stalls. All proceeds to the upkeep and maintenance of the Centre, which is used most evenings during term time by Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. Doors will open at 9.30am.

The Heritage Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Clickers, Cutters & Quarrymen – Burton at Work’ is now open. The items on display recall the times when people worked in factories within the town rather than travelling to other locations. The Heritage Museum is located in the Civic Centre, High Street, opposite Sainsbury’s. Admission is free and opening times are Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am until 1pm.

Further details can be found on the society’s website

Burton Latimer Town Council meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Tuesday, and will begin at 7pm. A public forum will take place during the meeting to give members of the public and the press the opportunity to address the Town Council on any matters they wish to raise.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s next meeting is on Tuesday, and will be held in the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue at 2pm. The speaker for the afternoon will be Simon Nataris from Peter Beale’s Roses. For further information please contact Maureen (01536 723059)

The Ladies Club will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom on Wednesday at 7.30pm when the guest speaker will be Jacqui Ward talking about ‘Foot care’.

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a Craft Demonstration by Zeena at the Band Club on Monday, April 13th, starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.

Services at St Mary’s Church during Holy Week are

April 2nd – Maundy Thursday

7pm Eucharist focusing on the night before Christ died

April 3rd – Good Friday

2pmA reflective service on Christ’s final hours

April 5th – Easter Sunday

8amHoly Communion

10amEaster morning service celebrating Christ’s resurrection

Services at the Baptist Church during Holy Week are

April 2nd – Maundy Thursday

7pm Service

April 3rd – Good Friday


April 5th – Easter Sunday

9am Breakfast & Communion

10.45am Easter Family Service

6pm Evening Service

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


Many hands make light work! Fourteen volunteers including two youngsters turned up for the annual spring clean at St John’s Church. No corner was left unturned as mops and dusters were put into place. The churchyard was given a good tidy up. The workers were rewarded with homemade refreshments. Everywhere is looking spruce & tidy ready for the Easter services as follows, Stations of the Cross will be held at 7.30pm on Good Friday and the Easter Day service will commence at 9.30am when Family Communion will be conducted by Michael Ellard.

Husband and wife, Georgina & Michael Bailey. took the highest scores prizes at the March progressive whist drive in the village hall. Other winning hands were held by Dean Hawkins, Victoria Forbes, John Claypole and Jackie Chapman. Consolation prizes for highest halves were won by Anne Sherwin and May Page. The next event will take place on Saturday, April 18th.

Visitors are invited to the next Women’s Institute meeting in the village hall on Thursday, April 2nd at 7.30pm when Chris Edwards will give a talk on RSPB Middleton Lakes.


Next Police Surgery is at The Village Store and Café on Wednesday 8th April at 2pm. Come along and speak to your PCSO Mark Tooley.

Ant Licquorish’s next Charity Quiz is in The Village Hall Annexe on Saturday 11th April at 6.30pm. Food is provided if you wish - either fish (or chicken) and chips or a vegetarian option. The cost is £7 per person including food, or £3 if you want to bring your own. There is no bar so it is bring your own drinks. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.  Call Ant on 01536 771062 or email

Del Robertson’s next ‘Souper Quiz’, which raises funds for the Village Hall, is in The Village Hall Annexe on Saturday 25th April at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Teams of up to 6 members - £2.50 per entrant. There will be homemade Soup and a roll available for £2.00 in the break. B.Y.O.B and nibbles. The usual Wine prize goes to the winning team and there will also be a raffle.

Church Services:

Sunday 29 March, Palm Sunday, 10am

Joint Benefice Service at St James, Gretton

Easter Sunday, 5 April

9.30am, Holy Communion


On Easter Sunday in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.


The W I March meeting was a talk by W I member Yvonne Thomas, entitled “Living a Dream”. Yvonne explained how she and her family regularly visited France for holidays, camping and by camp-a-van, travelling different areas over the years. They fell in love with the lifestyle etc. When she and her husband retired from the teaching profession and after much searching they bought a property in France. They made a very enjoyable life there. She explained the differences in property buying, socialising and generally fitting in with the local community. After 10 years and having lived their dream, they decided it was time to return to England and bought a property in Desborough. The next meeting is on Thursday, April 16, in Desborough Community Centre at 7.30pm. It is by John Stepney who belongs to a local motorcycle club which fund raise for premature baby facilities.

Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the second heat of its Print Competition for 2015 on Friday, March 20. The judge was Derek Larkin from Wellingborough, who selected the following winners are as listed: For Novice Print it was “An Eye For Detail” by Marion Yeomans and “Stormy Seas” by Jenny Mortimore. For Intermediate Colour Print it was “Underneath The Arches” and “Cactus Bloom”, both by Rick Yeomans. For Intermediate Monochrome Print it was “GI Joe” by Mick Rockett and “Trixie The Typist” by Pat Rockett. For Advanced Colour Print, it was “Boat On The Nile” by Trevor McHugh, “Misty Borrowdale” by Trevor Rudkin, “Apples” by Jack Gilbert and “A Corner Of The Maze” by Dorothy Rudkin. For Advanced Monochrome Print, it was “On Cosby Beach” by Trevor Rudkin, “Early Morning Mist In St. Mark’s, Venice” by Rosemary Buckett; “Frosty Leaves” and “Winter Trees” by Trevor McHugh; and “An Upward Glance” by Derek Buckett. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Derek for his constructive comments and considered judging.

New Business, Ar Tarn Barbers on Station Road in Desborough, opened on Monday, March 30. The owner is Stacie Greenbank and colleague, Laura Allott, who both have more than 27 years of experience in barbering between them. Stacie, previously worked in Kettering whilst doing an apprenticeship, then moved to Rothwell, working at The Barbershop. Stacie has always wanted to open up in Desborough. Stacie’s aim is to provide excellent quality affordable hair cuts for males in Desborough with great customer service from a local girl. The name Ar Tarn was chosen as it is the original nickname for Desborough Town Football Club, so it has a local connection to Desborough. You can find out more, by emailing: or follow on facebook:

Friends of Desborough Library are organising Easter activities in the Desborough Library. The dates are Wednesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 8, from 2pm to 4pm. For more information, please drop into your local library.

Desborough Heritage Centre are holding a Grand National Coffee Morning on Saturday, April 4 at 10am to midday. Try your luck on the Heritage Hurdle. There will be cakes, hot beverages, raffle and more available.

Desborough and District Twinning Association presents Fun Prize Bingo at the Catholic Church Hall on Saturday, April 18. It will start at 7.30pm. Adults cost £6 and children cost £3. The price includes jacket potato supper and your bingo cards. Bar and raffle is also available. Contact Karen on 01536 760095 to book your lucky seats.

Alternatively, you can follow Desborough Twinning on Face book: or visit website:

Desborough Community Development Trust are promoting a free first aid course running over three weeks. It covers many aspects of first aid from ‘how to assess a casualty’ to ‘dealing with head injuries’. Each session is 2 hours long. They will take place in the DCDT shop on Station Road on the following days: Monday, April 13; Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27. All starting at 7pm. Please come in and find out more and sign up for the course.

It is maximum of twelve people per course.

People successfully completing the course will gain an EFAW certificate, that is Emergency First Aid at work. If this proves successful, DCDT will run it again.


Health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am from the park entrance – go on give it a go!

East Carlton Barn dance 11th July – a must! Miss it miss out!

The Breakaways will be meeting on Monday 20th April for the Evening Carvery at the Thornhill Arms, Rushton. The meal has been booked for 7pm. Chris will be in touch with pick up times nearer the date. Please note change of day.

Members of the Breakaways enjoyed an evening out at the cinema in March. Everyone enjoyed The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and are looking forward to the new cinema opening in Corby.

The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their monthly Coffee Morning on Thursday 2nd

April in the cricket club from 10.30am – 12 noon. Cost of admission is £2.50, this includes refreshments. All money will be going to the Lakelands Hospice. Why not come along and support us while meeting other residents of the village?

The Library van service has been cancelled for April 3rd (Good Friday). The next date the Library van will be in East Carlton will be on Friday 1st May all books will be stamped and honoured for the April cancellation.


Holy Week and Easter at St. Mary’s

2nd April, Maundy Thursday Washing of the Feet and Holy Communion at 7 pm.

3rd April Procession of Witness starting leaves Finedon Bowls Club Car Park at 10.45 followed by Hot Cross Buns and coffee in Church and Stations of the Cross. 2 pm to 3 pm a service of readings, music and contemplation. 7.30 pm The Story of Easter in Music by Horoloque voices.

4th April Lighting of the Easter Candle at 8 pm5th April Easter Sunday services at 8 am, 9.30 am followed by the Easter Egg Hunt and Evensong at 6 pm.

Concerts at St.Mary’s

16th April Watoto, the Children’s choir and drummers from an Ugandan orphanage. at 7.30 pm - entrance free.18th April Jazz at St. Mary’s by The Welly Centre Trad Jazz Band in association with Northants Music and Performing Arts. Admission £5.00


Geddington Parents Association would like to thank everyone who came to their ‘Auction Of promises’ and made it such a great success, raising well over £3000 for School funds. They are hoping to equip the library . The participants were very generous and were rewarded by an excellent meal and refreshments!

Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society presents ‘Ladies Day’, a comedy by Amanda Whittington, on Wednesday 15th April until Saturday 18th. Held in Geddington Village Hall, Adults are £7 with concessions £6. Please ring the box office on 01536 742527 for tickets.

Castle Gardens Flats and Bungalows in Wood Street are raising funds at the Great Geddington Garage Sale on May 16th. There will be a tombola, a Bric-a-brac stall and refreshments. Toilet facilities are available for customers. Half way up Wood Street is an excellent stopping off point for the day, resting your weary legs, ready for the bargains in the second half of the village!

Also, Geddington and Newton Bowls Club is holding their annual Open Day on May 16th from 10.00am to 4.00pm. You are invited to come and try Bowls for yourself and their qualified coaches and club members are on hand to welcome you and explain the game to you.

All ages are welcome; all you need are flat soled shoes or trainers , so the green doesn’t get damaged and , for the ladies , trousers are a better idea than skirts ! Further information can be had from Roy or Linda on 01536 747698.

The Annual General Meeting of Geddington, Newton and Great Oakley Parish Council will take place on Monday 18th May at 7.00pm at Geddington Village Hall.

Geddington Cricket Club is holding their Annual Cricket and Beer Festival over the weekend of Friday 19th June to Sunday 21st June 2015.

Geddington PA is holding a Summer Fair/ Family Fun day on July 4th 2015. Please pop these dates in your diaries

The 41st Annual Show on Saturday 1st August will give advance notice for the Photography Class, so that you can prepare yourself for the competition. The categories are ‘Our Village’, ‘A Single Flower’ and ‘Memorial’. The full programme and schedule will be issued in the late spring.


Tomorrow in Great Addington Village Hall at 10.00am there is Craft Praise.

At 12 noon in ST. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 12 noon there is A service of Reflection.

On Saturday 5th April in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington there is a Service of Light at 7.30 pm.

On Easter Day and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.15am.

Also there is a Service Holy Communion at St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.15am.


More good news again for Great Doddington. We now have the date for the Duck Race and Afternoon Tea Party which is to be held on Sunday 21st June 2015. In addition to this, the Friends of Great Doddington School are holding a “Glamour & Groove” Ball on Saturday 14th November 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton.

Tickets are priced at £35.00 per person with coaches being available from Great Doddington at £10 per person.

The Village Chapel is holding a Quiz Night at the Chapel on the 18th April 2015. All are welcome. There will also be a Spring Coffee Morning at 10.30am on the 25th April 2015 where all will be welcome as usual. It is a great opportunity to have a look round the Chapel and meet a few of the members.

Don’t forget the Great Doddington Evening WI meets every second Wednesday of every month (expect August). These meetings take place in the Elliott Room of the Memorial Hall starting at 7.30pm.

St Nicholas Parish Church Social Committee we would like to welcome everybody along for their Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, 5th April 2015. Everybody is very welcome to come along where there will be an Easter service followed by refreshments and the Easter Egg hunt itself. Grandparents, Parents, Relatives, Friends and Children are all welcome.

Finally the great wine quiz and supper evening is back. Take time to drink and eat to excess in order to raise funds for the Villages FoGDS.

Tickets priced at £15 each. This event is at the Village Hall on Saturday 25th April 2015. Book the date in your busy diaries!!!


Hello to all in the village. I am Tricia Robins your new correspondent. I have lived in Great Oakley for eight years, living with my husband and son, also house sharing with my daughter, her partner and two small boys - a busy household! As a family we are involved with the church (my husband being a church warden at present) and village events. Please get in touch with all your news, views and events, I would love to hear from you.

On Wednesday, April 1 there was another opportunity to attend a fashion show by the popular Trudi Claire.

On Saturday 9th May there is a Plant Sale in the village hall, where you will be able to buy enough plants to stock your garden for the Spring and beyond.

On Sunday 22nd March we had the honour of having Archdeacon Gordon Steele taking the service, he also spoke about the profile we are writing for the prospective new vicar who will replace the Rev. Jan Collins.

The major fundraising event for St. Michael’s church is the Summer Fete on Sunday 6th September, we are needing volunteers to man and organise some of the regular stalls and also those who would like to have a stall for a moderate charge.


Sunday April 5th 6am Easter Sunday dawn service at St Mary’s followed by breakfast.

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


Wednesday 15th gardeners question time in the village hall.

Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm annual parish meeting.

Saturday 25th secret cinema in Yardley Hastings memorial hall.

Grendon now has a small group of bellringers from the village school.

They practice on a Monday lunchtime and are making progress in leaps and bounds.

They recently rang the bells for their school Easter service and received certificates for their achievement. They are enthusiastic, dedicated and proud of themselves, we are too!


Gretton Baptist Church in High Street, Gretton will host the annual Women’s Rally on Wednesday 15th April at Gretton Baptist Church Hall starting at 2.15pm.

Members of Gretton Women’s Hour will be present along with Women representatives from Churches all around the County.

The Rally will feature hymns prayers and readings followed by a tea in the church hall. Gretton Baptist Church is located in High Street, Gretton.

A long running event here in Gretton the Rally is always well attended so please join us again this year.

Hollie Broad of “The Sweatshop” (a local fitness company) has been running a Zumba fitness class at the Gretton Village Hall for nearly a year now. The Zumba fitness classes are held in the village hall every Tuesday evening at 7.30-8.30 and every Saturday morning 9.45-10.45am. Also available is a fifteen minute Abdominal Blast session after each class as an optional extra. If you would like to join in, please contact Hollie at: or Tel: 07828698802

Chirpy Chicks pre-school Gretton is holding their annual Easter Bonnet Parade on Friday 27th April leaving the pre-school at 9.15am. The little ones will parade along Kirby Road. If you see them in their Easter Bonnets please wave to them. Arriving at Gretton Village Hall, an Easter Coffee Morning will follow from 9.30 to 11.30am. There will be hot cross buns along with other goodies, the children will sing plus there will be a raffle and a children’s portrait photographer will be present. All are welcome including families friends and visitors. Proceeds are in support of Chirpy Chicks pre-school.


The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 25th April from 9 am on the Market Square. Free and ample parking will be available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and the surrounding area.

A giant plant sale and coffee morning with a variety of stalls will be held in the Bede House from 9 am. There will be bedding, vegetable, perennial and herb plants available all at very reasonable cost. In addition delicious refreshments will be served and there will be a variety of stalls to browse. This event is being organised jointly by St Mary’s Church fundraisers and choir.

Finally a half hour concert in Church will be given by young people, organised by Tony Edwards, with free admission and everyone very welcome.

There is a vacancy for a Bedesman in our town and applications are now invited. The role of Bedesman originated in the 1400’s when Archbishop Henry Chichele founded the medieval Bede House. The Bede House was for twelve poor men and one woman to live in and they were given a penny a day, a thick warm cloak and expected to work the land. They each had a bed and locker and enjoyed a roaring log fire in the baronial hall. Today the Bedesmen, an honorary role, enjoy a Christmas meal together in December and a summer party in July and are given a small annual allowance. The relevant application forms are available from Suzanne Brown at Wilson Browne Solicitors on the Market Square 01933 410000 and the deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 27th April.

A craft workshop will be held at Stanwick Lakes on Friday 8th May from 10.30 am to 1 pm to decorate a wooden planter with mosaic tiles. This is inspired by the Stanwick Lakes Roman Mosaic. The cost is £16 and to book a place contact Chris Kinsey 01933 460676.

A special event is being held in the Bede House tomorrow morning Good Friday – the Easter Experience - for all families together with friends and neighbours. Everyone will share the events of Easter by visiting the activity stations around St Mary’s and hot cross buns and refreshments will be served afterwards. There is no charge but donations are welcome and further details are available from Debbie 01933 356257 or email: HYPERLINK “”

The Higham/Rushden U3A meet at 2 pm on Wednesday 15th April in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Sue Edwards casting a new look on some familiar paintings- “The Story behind the Painting”.

Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty interest groups. See website:

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm next Wednesday 8th April in the library on Midland Road. The special guest Ann Holt will be presenting her choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

Church services for Easter Sunday 5th April will be: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House; St Mary’s Family Mass at 10.15 am with tea/coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

Family Mass will be held at 9 am at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Chelveston.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - the service at 10.45 am to include Holy Communion will be led by the Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

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

This Sunday 5th Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile walk doing part 4 of the Outer Aylesbury Ring. The route will be from Quainton to Waddesdon, Westcott, Ashendon and Chearsley. Walkers are asked to meet at 8.30 am on the Saffron Road car park to arrange car sharing and car shuttle. Anyone intending to take part is asked to contact the walk leader Ian Raby 01933 356049 by the day before at the latest. On Sunday 19th April the group will be going on a five mile circular walk in the Pavenham area. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.20 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am near the pub in Pavenham. The group will be led by David Lovell 01933 358223. See website:

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Mary’s will be held on Sunday 19th April following the Family Mass at 10.15 am. Annual reports will be received from Church organisations together with presentation of the Accounts/Treasurer’s Report and the election of two Churchwardens, twelve PCC and four Deanery Synod members.

There will be an Easter Egg trail at Stanwick Lakes this week from 11 am to 4 pm on 3rd/4th/5th and 6th April. Youngsters are invited to follow the trail, solve the clues and win a chocolate egg. The cost is £1.50 to take part and further details available on website:

In addition on Wednesday and Thursday 8th and 9th April from 11 am to 4 pm a woodcraft activities event is being held for families. There will be the chance to watch chainsaw carvers create sculptures; a bodger and willow weaver in action and the opportunity to try wood carving with a chisel and hammer.

The Mayor’s Annual Market Morning will be held on Saturday 2nd May on the Square. Local groups and organisations will be organising stalls and anyone interested in taking part is asked to ring the Town Hall 01933 312075. In addition members of Higham Tourism will be holding a good quality ladies clothes sale in Chichele College – anyone with items to donate please ring 314490.

The Rushden Chichele Rotary Club would like to thank all who bought tickets for the play “Abigail’s Party” performed at the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre. £1232 was raised to be used to carry out necessary work at the local Women’s Refuge.


Irchester Parish Historical Society will be meeting in the library on Thursday 9 April at 7.30pm for a talk on ‘Sweet Memories’ . Kevin Varty will take a nostalgic look at the history of sweets in the UK, the Victorian chocolate makers, working conditions and discussing the ever decreasing size of Wagon Wheels! For any further information about the historical society please contact the Chairman, Jon-Paul Carr, 23 High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7AA. Tel: 01933 382476. Email:

Irchester Co-Op is collecting donations for their Spring Rumble in the Jumble. Please take anything suitable for their jumble sale into the the store. The sale will be held on Saturday 18 April between 10am and 1pm at the Working Men’s Club. Funds raised will help to support Irchester Skatepark.

At Irchester Sports Club on Saturday April 4th there will be a quiz on Soaps and Films then on

Sunday April 5th a Rod Stewart tribute. Easter raffle tickets will be on sale from Sunday 29th March until Sunday 5th April. The draw for this will take place on the evening of the Rod Stewart gig. The raffle is in aid of the new changing room project by the Sunday Football team. There are many great prizes to be won. Other events coming up are, Kickstart, Box Eddy, Elvis Tribute and much more. If you are not already a member it is well worth joining and membership costs just £5.

Irchester Darby & Joan club is held each Monday afternoon from 1.45 pm until 3.45 pm at Irchester Sports & Social Club with the Wellibus being available for those who require it. It is a club where people gather and play cards, dominoes, bingo etc, or just chat over tea and biscuits. Go along and join them and make some new friends. Contact Mrs Jane Bascom-Pipp 07825 001410 if you would like to know more.

Keep the evening of Wednesday April 15th free if you would like to know more about organisations and activities in Irchester. At 7pm in the village hall representatives from various organisations will be talking about what they offer. This was a very popular event last year and many people took advantage of the information given.

The Neighbourhood Watch project is being well received throughout the village with the support of the Parish Council and the Police. Streets that have expressed an interest in being a part of this have had forms put through their door to encourage neighbours to join. Just offering support can help immensely. Housebound people can be the eyes and ears of their community, alerting a contact person to any suspicious events. People who live in Neighbourhood Watch areas may be offered a discount on their home insurance. If you would like to know more contact Peter Holman the Area NHW Co-Ordinator 01933 313963 or e mail

Irchester Parish Council met on 25 March in Little Irchester. Items discussed were a report on the highways and footpaths, maintenance of recreational areas and equipment thereon, the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan, the cemetery, electricity supplies, lighting and emergency planning. For anyone wishing to stand as a Parish Councillor in the forthcoming elections, close of nominations is 9 April.


Big Swedish Carpark! will be playing Rock Covers at the British Arms, 60 Baker Street, Irthlingborough on Friday 3rd April 2015.

There will be a ‘Luther Vandross Tribute and Disco’ at the Irthlingborough Conservative Club on Saturday 4th April 2015. Non-Members must be signed in

by a member.

College Street Centre, Irthlingborough has a Monday Club 9:30am-2pm and Lunch Clubs on Tuesday and Friday 10:30am-2pm. For details contact Centre on 651241 or Janice 681373.

There will be an ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ on Saturday April 4th 2015 from 10:30am-1pm at St Peters Church, Irthlingborough. There will be Games, Crafts and Refreshments.

Irthlingborough Methodist Church is holding an Easter Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th April from 10am. Tea/coffee and toasted teacakes will be available.

The first Irthlingborough Community Cinema event is taking place on Wednesday 15th April. The performance begins at 2pm and admission price is £4 (payable at the door), which includes light refreshments. The film being shown in the Goliath Hall is the Ealing Studios classic The Ladykillers, starring Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom and Cecil Parker. Also starring, Jack Warner and Frankie Howerd. Everyone is welcome to come along to this new community venture for our town.


On Friday 10th April in the newly refurbished Carey Church, King Street, a Beetle Drive starting at 6.30pm. Price will be £2.50 and will include soup and a roll during the interval.

The WEA in partnership with KCU Ltd are offering the following courses during the summer term

Beginners IT on Mondays 9.30-11.45am Fee £86.60 for 10 weeks or FREE

IT Workshop (with option of taking ITQ qualification) Mondays & Fridays 12.30-2.45pm or Wednesday & Thursday either 9.30-11.45am or 12.30-2.45pm. Fee £173.25 for 10 weeks or FREE

Beginners Sign Language on Fridays 12.45-3pm Fee £86.60 for 10 weeks or free.

Shakespeare Behind Closed Doors on Thursdays 1-3pm. Fee £53.90 for 7 weeks or free.

Courses are free to anyone in receipt of an income related benefit e.g. JSA, ESA, Council Tax or Housing benefit or if you have a household income of less than £15276pa. (evidence required)

More information from KCU on 01536 481989.

Or come along to the enrolment day at Fuller Baptist Church , Gold St, Kettering on 15 April 9.30-11.30am.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Good Friday 3rd April at 7.30pm “The Cross” - Dr Billy Graham and SA Band & Songsters - Leader: Major Paul Doust

Sunday 5th April - Worship: 10.00am Easter Celebration Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Easter Shared Tea & Thanksgiving Meeting - All welcome

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Thursday 2nd April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “Celebrating Easter” - for everyone

Thursday 2nd April: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] Closed for Easter

Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - Closed for Easter

Monday 6th April: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - Closed for Easter

Tuesday 7th April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday 8th April: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Closed for Easter

Thursday 9th April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “Gardening in Springtime” Colin Medlycott - for everyone

Thursday 9th April: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] Closed for Easter

Thursday 9th April: 7.30-9.00pm Men’s Fellowship - Speaker/ Project: Tools for Self Reliance - All Welcome

On Tuesday 7 April at the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street Half Term Activities continue with ‘I-spy! – Brilliant Binocular Kits!’ 11am and 2pm, Wednesday 8 April - ‘Leafy Lantern Making’ 11am and 2pm, Thursday 9 April - ‘Build a Bird Feeder’ 11am and 2pm, and Friday 10 April - ‘Decorate a Springtime Sun-catcher’ 11am and 2pm. For more information call 01536 534219.

On Tuesday 14 April the Cransley Hospice Shop Fashion Show takes place at Abacus & Attica Pub, Dalkeith Place at 7pm. Tickets £5 per person. All the fashion show models are Hospice friends and volunteers so please join them for a fun night out with a little retail therapy thrown in. All items will be on sale in the Hospice shop afterwards. Bar & Raffle. Tickets available from Cransley Hospice Shop or Cransley Hospice Fundraising Office on 01536 527407.

On Saturday 18 April the 5 charities Midnight Pyjama Walk. Everyone Welcome! Registration £6 per person or £8 on the night. £20 for family of 4 or £25 on the night. Commencing at The Pavilion, Thurston Drive, Kettering. Registration from 9.15pm. Walk commences 10pm. Bill Burton Disco pre-walk warm up and to end at The Trading Post! Finishing at The Trading Post for Midnight Feast compliments of the Trading Post. For an entry pack call 0300 111 888 3.

On Friday 3 April at 7.30pm Kettering Choral Society have a Reflection on Easter with ‘The Crucifixion’ by Stainer at Rockingham Road Baptist Church. Retiring Collection. All welcome.

Kettering Arts Centre at St. Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road present Potbelly Folk, Blues & Roots Festival Day on Saturday 18 April 2pm ‘til late. Tickets £9, £6 concessions. Another great line-up of top quality acts with a varied range of styles, plus the usual fine ales, kids crafts & café. On Monday 20 April at 7.30pm ‘Wilde Without the Boy’ performed by Gerard Logan, with a dramatization of the letter Oscar Wilde wrote in 1897 to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas from his cell in Reading gaol. Tickets £10, concessions £8.

On Thursday 9 April Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be Dave Capps with a talk on Old Kettering (part 1). New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

The Kettering & District Art Society Browser for April features Keith Pask. Keith was born in 1929. At the age of eleven he was highly commended for a national poster competition and had his poster exhibited at the Royal Academy in London. This started him on a lifetime of drawing and painting. Having worked as a Pattern Cutter/Designer in the leather trade nearly all his working life, with a knife in his hand, Keith mostly paints in oils using a pallet knife and brush.

The Alfred East Art Gallery Showcase for April highlights the work of Joanne Archer. Jo Archer makes original and unusual pieces of art, jewellery and accessories from discarded elements. These include old fabric, lace, watch parts, keys, pearls and rhinestones.

Community Corner at the Manor House Museum in April features Kettering & District Art Society. K & DAS is now in its 110th year, making it one of the oldest of Art Societies in the country. They are primarily an exhibiting Society which today has between 80 and 90 members. Some are professional, some semi-professional artists; others are amateurs who produce work of a high standard and wide diversity. They have both Associate and Full Members, and offer two annual exhibitions, a monthly Life Drawing Class, and various other artistic events throughout the year. New members are always welcome.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street another in the series of Family History Workshops on Tuesday 14 April at 11am. The subject will be Land Property and Tax Records for Family History. Tickets £5 per session, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Workshops last 1 hour. Refreshments available from 10.45am. Booking is essential. Call 01536 534219.

Also on Tuesday 14 April a One-to-OIne Family History Advice Session. Sessions are available from 1pm onwards. £12.50 per session (30 minutes), £10 per session (30 minutes) with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is essential. Both of these sessions will be lead by Andrea Pettingale, local historian and professional genealogist. Call 01536 534219 to book.

On Saturday 4 April to Monday 6 April inclusive, Boughton House will be opening to the general public. For more information and opening times go to

Don’t forget the Big Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering is on until Saturday 11 April. Complete the hunt, claim your treat and be entered into a prize draw. Pick up a map from the Manor House Museum for 50p.


Little Harrowden WMC will be having a barbecue on Easter Monday at 2.30pm everyone is welcome to go along

Little Harrowden WMC –March Saturday entertainment. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

Holy Week and Easter Services –Maundy Thursday April 2nd 7.30pm Meal and Service at Great Harrowden, Good Friday April 3rd 10.00am Good Friday Family Service at Little Harrowden, 2.00pm Last hour at the cross at Great Harrowden, Easter Sunday April 5th 7.30am Breakfast and Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Family Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union -Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey. Everyone is welcome to go along to any meeting, you do not have to be a member, be a mother or be female to attend. All are very welcome.

Sunday school at Little Harrowden Church is held the 4th Sunday of the month. All Primary school age children are welcome. Parents of pre-school age children can attend with their child. Meet in the Church for 9.15am where they will then go to Little Harrowden School Hall before returning to church for the end of the service. Contact Carolynne on 01933 673492 or e-mail the for any further details.


On Good Friday, a service will be held at 6pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

On Easter Sunday, a service of Easter Communion will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

The Cowslip and Fritillary Day will be held on Easter Monday 6th April from 2pm to 4pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Plants for sale and Afternoon Teas.


Holy Week and Easter Services – Maundy Thursday April 2nd 7.30pm Meal and Service at Great Harrowden, Good Friday April 3rd 10.00am Good Friday Family Service at Little Harrowden, 2.00pm Last hour at the cross at Great Harrowden, Easter Sunday April 5th 7.30am Breakfast and Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Family Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Orlingbury Art Exhibition at St Mary’s Church Orlingbury 15th-17th May If you would like to exhibit paintings or craft items please contact Gillian on 01933 401340

Orlingbury Parish Council-the Parish Council is holding elections in May. Want to have your voice heard on village matters? Contact Nigel Cole on 07836574410 for information on becoming a councillor.

Village Defibrillator- A defibrillator has recently been purchased for village use. Short courses in the use of this equipment are being provided and as many volunteers as possible are needed to learn how to operate this life saving equipment. For more information contact Nigel on the above number.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union- Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey. Everyone is welcome to go along to any meeting, you do not have to be a member, be a mother or be female to attend. All are very welcome.

Orlingbury Art days with Claire Warner for 2015 -25th April English Market scene, 24th October Watermill in Autumn, 21st November seasonal pen and wash using winter colours. Learn to paint in watercolours and enjoy a special day. For further details contact Gillian on 01933 401340


The Made In Corby team who administer the Arts Council funding to encourage greater arts engagement now have an advisory panel for local arts ‘Big Ideas’.

The panel met on the 26th March to finalise details of an application form. I’m serving on the panel with my expertise in music but also in my role as Community Association Chair. I hope to encourage engagement with this project from Oakley vale’s wonderfully diverse community. So if you have a ‘Big Idea’ for Corby arts please contact ‘Groundworks’ direct or myself as above and I will pass this on and see you get an application form for funding.

The Oakley Vale Community Association met on the 25th of March at your community centre. A well attended meeting addressed residents concerns re issues including illegal parking on roundabouts and grass verges and the small number of post boxes on Oakley Vale. Neighbourhood warden Lennie Mcilhatton and Cllr Judy Caine agreed to look into these issues and to refer these to the appropriate authorities. A heated exchange addressed residents concerns over poor sound insulation at the new Community Centre. Noise pollution from parties and dance sessions is continuing to affect the quality of life of Community Centre neighbours. Acting Chair of Trustees Adam Boud told residents that some interim steps were being taken including the installation of an in house PA system. As Chair of the Community Association I again pressed for a proper acoustic survey of the centres problems which have yet to be carried out. Residents asked for Stacey Poole to attend our May meeting and report on the new landscaping policies as the growing season begins. I distributed a map, information sheets and questionnaires on the proposed development behind Brooke Weston which would increase the population of Oakley Vale from 3000 to 4000 – a significant change which needs your careful consideration before going to planning permission for change of use from the original ‘Science park’. A website – contains the details for you to view on-line. Many residents expressed concerns about increased traffic on the existing narrow roads. The developer’s representatives had declined an invitation to attend our OVCA meeting and meet residents. Several complaints of anti social behaviour by older children at the new playpark on Butland rd were reported and Cllr Caine told residents that she had contacted all the local senior schools and asked older children to use the facilities at the other playpark site as this new one is intended for under 12s.


Congratulations to Caroline and Kevin Irons from GiftsMade4u at 47 Brook Street, Raunds! This small local business has been selected as a finalist in The 2015 Greats Gift Retailer Awards in the Best Newcomer category for the Midlands, North and Scotland Regions. Being selected as a finalist is a fantastic achievement for GiftsMade4u, especially as there were a very large number of entries this year, and they are one of only six finalists in their category.

The Greats Awards, now in their 13th year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum.

Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at 7.30 p.m. today, Thursday, 2nd April at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit their website at

Tomorrow, 3rd April, is Good Friday, and you are invited to spend an Hour by the Cross with a service of readings and meditation at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. Everyone is welcome.

There will be a service of Compline at 7 p.m. tomorrow Good Friday, 3rd April, and a Service of Light on Easter Saturday, 4th April, at 7.30 p.m., both services taking place at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead.Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, 5th April, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, with a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.On Wednesday, 8th April, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.45 a.m. at The Forresters, Raunds.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 noon next Friday, 10th April, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

If you are having problems using your computer, don’t forget the drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, which will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 9th April, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Call in for more information - no appointment is needed. Admission is £4 for the two hour session.

The Friends of St. Peter’s will be holding a Quiz Evening at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, (opposite Spar) on Saturday, 11th April. Tickets are priced at £5, which will include supper with tea and coffee. To reserve your place, and to help with catering numbers, please call 01933 389457.

The RSPB Mid-Nene Group will be taking a coach trip to Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, on Sunday, 19th April. Booking is essential. To check the availability of seats on the coach, please contact Penny on the above number or Bob on 01933 460644.

Members of Raunds WI were given a very interesting talk at their March meeting by Stuart Wilkins from the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. He explained how the WNAA works and how their fundraising is vital to the running of the service.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, 16th April, when the Raunds WI will be hosting the Spring Group Meeting of the local WIs. The speaker is Mrs. Denise Legge who will give a talk on ‘The Life and Work of a Tudor Housewife’. This meeting is an invitation only meeting, and members should note that the date of this meeting is a week later than usual. For more information please call Mary on 01933 624271.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 2nd April 2015 the topic will be ‘Easter Thoughts’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. For more information please contact; Peter and Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

Today at 6.30pm in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead there is a Seder Meal followed by the Watch of the Passion.

In The Shared Church in Ringstead on Good Friday there is a Service of Quiet Reflection at 10.00am.

On Easter Eve there is a Service of Light in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 7.30pm.

Sunday in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am there is a Service of Holy Communion by Extension.

In The Shared Church in Ringstead on Easter Day there is an Easter Breakfast and Communion at 9.00am.

There will also be an Easter Celebration at 10.30am with Pastor Patrick.

At 6pm there is Easter Day Reflection with Patrick Smith.


Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club’s signing-on day is on Thursday, April 9 starting at 2:00pm. This is when members can put their name down for various knockout competitions that run throughout the year. The full membership fee of only £20 is also due on this day, with new or potential members welcome to come along and have any questions answered. Those who cannot make it on the day, are asked to telephone Marlene Fulton on 01536 485920 so she can post application forms and competition entry forms. More information about the club on its website,

A spring fashion show is being held by Rothwell Victoria Townswomen’s Guild at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 15. It will take place at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane, with fashions supplied by Trudi Claire, whose shop is in Rothwell High Street. Tickets cost £5, including refreshments, and are available from Trudi Claire, guild committee members, or payment can be made on the night. Proceeds will go to Kettering General Hospital.

In the Kettering and District Table Tennis League, Rothborough Buccaneers are now three points clear at the top of Division 2. Buccaneers beat Kettering B 10-0, while Comets could win only 7-3 against Burton E. Martin Watts gained a treble. Dakotas beat Harborough Imps 7-3 with a hat-trick from Lauren Ainsworth. Exocets lost 7-3 against Corby D.

An Easter egg hunt for children will be held in the garden of the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell on Sunday, April 5, weather permitting. Other forthcoming events at the pub include: Thursday, April 2, electric jam session from 9.00pm, with drums provided, but bring your own sticks; Saturday, April 4, grand Easter draw at 3.00pm; Sunday, April 5, Easter egg hunt at 3.00pm; rockeoke – which is similar to karaoke but not so ‘pop’ – from 5.00pm with Ian; Monday, April 6, acoustic open mike night with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Thursday, April 9, electric jam from 9.00pm.

There is no meeting of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Good Friday, April 3 so the society’s next meeting is at 8.00pm on Friday, April 10 when members will hear a talk entitled Making the most of Zoo Photography by Paul Beastall, at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information see the website, visit Facebook or phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442.

There is no meeting of the Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club as it is the Easter weekend.

A new Monday morning yoga class starts at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 9.30-11.00am on April 13. Anyone interested in joining should ring Julia Thorley on 01536 481841 or visit website

Rothwell’s annual litter pick, organised by the town council, will take place on Saturday, April 11, starting at 2.00pm outside the Market House. All are welcome to join.

Churches Together in Rothwell are holding two services over the Easter weekend. The first is on Good Friday, April 3, outside the Market House at 12 noon, and will be followed by a simple lunch for Christian Aid in Holy Trinity church. The second is a dawn service in Market Hill at 6.30am on Easter Day, April 5, followed by a light breakfast at the Salvation Army’s Well project in Bridge Street. Other services at Holy Trinity church over the Easter weekend include: 2.00pm Good Friday liturgy with Mary Magdelene monologue; 10.45am Easter Day, parish communion. The children’s holiday club will be held from 2.00pm on Saturday, April 4 at the church.

A call has gone out to model-makers to display their efforts at the Rowell Fair Society’s model show, to be held on Sunday, May 31 at Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill. A wide range of different types of models has been displayed in the past, with exhibitors coming from far afield as well as from the local area. Anyone who would like to take part in the 811th Rowell Fair celebrations in this way is asked to contact Dave Springthorpe on 01536 712036.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to Vesuvios, Sharnbrook on Tuesday 7th April, Gt Billing Shopping and Lunch on Wednesday 8th, and The Dog & Duck on Thursday 9th. Shopping trips are to St Neots Market (£7.00) on Thursday 9th and Waitrose on Friday 10th. There is a Sale of Mobility Aids on Friday 10th April from 10.00am in the Wellbeing Centre. Drop-in Computer sessions on Mondays at 1.00pm. Also new activities starting after Easter. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society –The Station will be running an Easter Bunny Weekend this Sunday / Monday April 5th / 6th from 11.00am – 4.00pm - Easter Egg Hunt, Model Railway and games. Fare £4.00 including Easter Eggs for the children accompanying an adult.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday April 7th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall for progressive prize whist.

Rushden Pensioners’ Forum – meet on Saturday April 11th at 10.00am for a Coffee Morning in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Tuesday April 8th at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Ann Holt will present her programme of music.

H E Bates Discussion Group – meets next on Wednesday April 22nd at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when H E‘s biographer Dean Baldwin from the USA is visiting. Admission is by ticket only as space is limited – contact Eric on 353292.

Rushden History Society – have their Spring edition of Risdene Echo available at Osbornes Toys and Mark Bird Carpets. This edition contains a biog on George Marriot, Rushden’s first steam Fire Engine, memories of Bugby’s Fishmongers and of a Radio & TV Society.

Rushden Amenities Society – meet on Thursday April 16th at 7.15pm in Rushden Hall when Helen Crabtree will speak on ‘Milestones’.

The Salvation Army – Services this Easter Sunday are at 10.00am and at 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. On Maundy Thursday April 2nd at 7.30pm there is a Service with the Band and Songsters. All Welcome. Tickets are now available for the visit on Saturday April 18th for the visit of Gospel Singer Marilyn Baker. Contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

St Mary’s Church – are holding a Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday at 7.30am led by Rev Prior followed by Holy Communion at 8.00am. The Service at 10.30am with Communion is led by Rev Prior and Rev Taylor. Easter Praise is at 6.00pm with your favourite Easter hymns led by Rev Taylor. Holy Communion will be celebrated by Rev John Tye on Thursday 9th April at 10.30am.

Whitefriars Church – All Age Worship for Easter Sunday is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – The Service with Communion this Easter Sunday is at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall. The ‘10th Model Railway and Bygone Era Exhibition’ is on Saturday April 18th in Rushden Academy, Hayway from 10.00am. Entrance Adults £5.00 / Concessions £3.00 / Children £3.00 / Family £10.00. Details from Chris on 317719. Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Sarah Bryson. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday April 8th at 7.30pm with Jennie Picton from Letchworth.

Heritage Church and Halls – Piano recitals at 9.00am followed by Sunday’s Service at 10.30am which is led by Rev David Womersley, followed by refreshments. Bring flowers to decorate the Cross. ‘Movement in Dancing’ with guest artistes host evenings on Good Friday at 7.00pm and Saturday April 4th at 8.00pm.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – All Age Holy Communion with Easter Sunday Service is at 10.00am led by Rev Rachel Hawkins. On Good Friday April 3rd there will be ‘An Hour at the Cross’ at 2.00pm with Rev Rachel Hawkins. There will be a Coffee Morning this Saturday April 4th in the Church Hall with Raffle and Stalls – 50p entrance with refreshments.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Easter Sunday Morning Communion is at 8.30am led by Richard Keech with Family Service at 10.45am and Easter Reflection Evening Service at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Easter Sunday Service with the Music Group is at 10.45am led by Pastor Ian Fall with United Evening Service at 6.00pm at Wymington Wesleyan Church. Coffee Stop is on Tuesday April 7th at 10.00am.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Easter Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am.

Rushden and Newton Bromswold Women’s Institute – meet on Thursday April 9th at 7.30pm in Rushden Bowls Club when Helen Blaby from BBC Radio Northampton will talk on ‘Women in Radio’. Visitors welcome.


An important message for Stanwick residents. The waste collection on Easter Monday, 6th April, will take place from 6 a.m. Please put your bins out on Easter Sunday night and, for safety reasons, you are respectfully asked to please ensure that all bins are removed from the streets by 10 a.m. so they do not cause a hazard to runners, especially children, in the annual Stanwick 10K Road Race and the 2K Fun Run.

Stanwick Races Group apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, and ask all residents, whether along the race route or not, to bear with them to ensure another successful Stanwick Races event.

The Stanwick Races Group would also like to remind everyone that Stanwick High Street and Higham Road, to the Higham Bypass, will be closed to ALL traffic between 8.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., approximately, on Easter Monday, 6th April. This also includes all parked vehicles on the road, and you are politely requested to remove all parked vehicles. Villa Lane will be open to traffic, so cannot be used for alternative parking. For more information, please call Simon Shaw on 01933 623607 or Tim Page on 01933 622864.

The 14th Annual Stanwick Races will take place on Easter Monday, 6th April, with the 10K Road Race starting in the High Street at 10.30 a.m. and the 2K Fun Run starting at 10.35 a.m.

Entries for the 10K Road Race were closed on 23rd March when the field limit of 400 runners was reached. There are, however, still places available in the 2K Fun Run for young people from 8 years of age to under 15 years of age on the day, with an entry fee of £4. There will be medals to all competitors, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of the various age categories. To enter the 2K Fun Run, please visit to download the entry form for the 2K Fun Run. The field is limited to 150, but entries on the day will be accepted, providing the limit has not been reached.

The evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Easter Saturday, 4th April, will be provided by ‘Hurricane Fly’, with their rock, folk and blues covers.

There will be entertainment for the children at the club on Easter Sunday, 5th April, between 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. with a fun filled and action packed two hours. There will be a variety of activities, including party games, arts and crafts, magic, story telling and more, suitable for children aged between 2 and 10 years.

Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend and new members are always welcome. Please visit the club’s new and very informative website at for more information.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

On Wednesday, 8th April, there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.45 a.m. at The Forresters, Raunds.

There will be an ‘Annie’ musical theatre workshop for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years next Wednesday, 8th April, between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Spend a fun-filled three hours of singing, dancing and games with an ‘Annie’ theme.

The cost of the workshop is £12, and spaces are limited. For more information please call Rebecca on 07879 979 493 or email

Stanwick Environment Group and Stanwick Pocket Park Group would like to thank everyone who helped with the annual Litter Pick on Saturday and Sunday, 21st and 22nd March. They had a total of 25 volunteers over the weekend, including the 2nd Raunds Scouts.

The two organising groups would also like to thank the East Northamptonshire Council for their support by supplying the equipment and disposing of all the rubbish collected. STEP member Tim Page said that over the weekend they collected enough rubbish to fill a single garage! Thank you to everyone for your help and support.

Number 30 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 21st March, making John Neville the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


The Weldon Women’s Institute met recently in the Village Hall. 25 members were present and were

They were welcomed to the meeting by Lily Phillips. A competition for a cat ornament was arranged and attracted 10 entries with Gladys Roberts entry taking 1st place followed by Barbara Barford 2nd and Louisa Garden 3rd. Refreshments were provided by Anne Duncan, Sarah Parkes, Sue Parker, Norma Phillips and Chris Griggs. The next meeting is to be on Tuesday 14th April in the village hall at 7.15pm. The speaker for the evening is Angie Cooksey and she will be talking on Upstairs Downstairs. The competition is for a Cleaning Tip. Visitors and new members are always welcome .

Wondertours have arranged an outing to Newbury and Reading on Saturday 16th May. There are 2 seats left if anyone is interested. On arrival in the towns the time is your to do as you please and pick up points are Gretton, Weldon, Corby Village and Town Centre and Telford Lodge in Kettering. For more details phone David Fursdon on 07790 197220

A reminder about the Garage Sale on Saturday 23rd May. Clear the clutter from your home and raise money from the comfort of your garage or front garden and sell of your unwanted items. If you are interested in taking part contact Alison Caswell 0nb 01536 268526 or or Barbara Buffin on 01536 206137 Cost per garage is £5.00 and proceeds are for St Marys Church

Weldon Indoor Short Mat Bowling Club has just ended a most successful season having played 17 friendly games and being the winners of 14, the season ended on Saturday 14th March with Captains Day when trophies were presented. Ladies Singles May Page, Men’s Singles Mick Harte, Pairs Mick Harte and David Wood, Mason Cup David Wood, Triples Douglas Best, Ann Harte and Mick Harte. Rinks Margaret Kane, May Page Mick Harte and Brian Saunders, Joyce Roberts Cup Brian Saunders, Steve Barratt Shield Paul Kerfoot Bunty Fitton Trophy Joan Ackroyd and Keith Underwood and Captains day Salver Hazel Wood and Lewis Young. Bowling rollup take place in the Weldon Village Hall every Monday afternoon 2pm – 4pm and Thursday evenings 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Visitors are always welcome to come and watch or have a go. Bowls are ac=available and flat shoes must be worn. For more info please call 01832 205328

Royal British Legion Weldon Branch are organising a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday 20th May . Anyone interested in attending please contact Keith Underwood on 01536 268345 or Sandra Whitlam 01536 265004. Entrance to the Arboretum is free but the cost of the coach is approximately £12 per person.

Services at St Marys Church over the Easter Weekend are as follows

Thursday 2nd April Maundy Thursday Lite Super and Holy Communion at 6.30pm

Friday 3rd April Good Friday Prayer Labyrinth 12 noon until 2pm

2pm AT the cross

Subway 5th April Eater Day Family Communion with the Choir 9.30am with the blessing of the Lilies Followed at 4.30pm with an Easter Egg Hunt at Priors Hall.


Wellingborough and District Camera Club. The Next meeting of this group will be Thursday 2nd April tonight and its round 2 of the colour print competition. Check the group’s website out for full details.

Churches Together in Wellingborough is organising the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness

The Good Friday Walk of Witness will take place on 3 April 2015, starting from Broad Green at 10 am. It will process via High Street, Oxford Street, Church Street, Cannon Street, Cambridge Street and Market Street, pausing at various places en route to mark ‘Stations of the Cross’. The United Service will be held in the town centre at approximately 11 am.

The WEA in partnership with Wellingborough Homes is offering two courses in the summer term. These are open to anyone aged over 19.

Introduction to British Sign language with tutor Jill Shinnick will enable you to participate in a simple conversation in sign language. Held on Thursdays 9.45 to 12 am at Hollowell Court, Wood St, Wellingborough. 10 weeks starting 16th April Fee £86.80 or free.

Also Shakespeare’s England with tutor Elaine Rawlinson. This course uses Shakespeare plays to shed light on everyday life in Elizabethan England. Held on Wednesdays 10-12am at Charles Robinson Court, Gillitts Rd, Wellingborough the 7 week course starts on 22nd April. Fee £53.90.

These courses are FREE for anyone on an income related benefit or if your household income is less that £15,276pa.

Please phone Wellingborough Homes on 01933 234468 or 234450 for more information or to book a place.

Pravasi Mandal Carer Support Group enjoyed a Film Afternoon and meet every month in the Northamptonshire Carers Building at 123 Midland Road Wellingborough NN8 1LU from 1pm till 3pm. The Meeting on the Thursday 7th May they will be visiting Beckworth Emporium as a group for more information call 01933 677837 And for the June meeting attendees are being asked to bring along to the meeting a baby or Childhood Photograph,

W.A.C.A Wellingborough Afro Caribbean Association will be holding a Dragon Concert in the Day Centre Lounge at the Centre in Rock Street. It will begin at 2pm till 3pm on Wednesday 8th April and will be based on Folklore and celebrations of different cultures. Also at the centre in Rock Street on Wednesday 15th April 11.30till 12.30pm a Just Eat Natural Presentation will be held. Have also been informed that there is space on a long weekend coach holiday between the 16th October and 19th October all inclusive to Eastbourne. £155 per person and for more information contact 01933 442046

AJs Diner 141,Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough NN8 1RT

The Saturday night Live Band will be on Saturday 4th April and the live rock and roll Band will be The Heartbeats 7.30pm till late £6 each to attend. Please note a licensed bar and the diner will both be open and serving you. AJ’s is the best venue for rock and roll in the county.

Change of Centre Manager at Victoria Centre

After 13 years as Centre Manager, Edeltraud Freund will retire on March 31st. Victoria Centre was founded in 1979 by the Wellingborough United Reformed Church and the Community Relations Council (now Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council) to provide a meeting place for the multi-cultural and multi-faith community of Wellingborough. Edeltraud has steered the Centre through some difficult times over the past few years. Not only budget cuts but also changes to the social climate, both which have affected the Centre in different ways. All these challenges, and others, have been dealt with effectively by Edeltraud during her time as Manager and this is the reason that the Centre still goes from strength to strength.

We are delighted to announce that the new Centre Manager will be Katrina Cook. Katrina is the current Centre Co-ordinator and is looking forward to the challenge of her new position and the opportunity to strengthen the role of the Centre in the community. Katrina started at the Centre in 2007 as Admin Support moving to her present position in 2009.

The Staff, User Groups and Management Committee wish both the very best for the future.

For further information please call 01933 277400 or email

Questions, please! A Husting session where

Any election question can be previously sent to address below, and it is to be held at All Saints Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough (next to the police station) on Thursday 23 April at 8 pm.

Questions to the candidates need to be submitted in advance by Wednesday 8 April to Secretary CTIW, 3 Conway Close, Wellingborough NN8 5XU or email to

Wellingborough Museum are holding a Victorian Wellingborough event on Thursday 9th April 11am till 3pm a funday full of interesting crafts, music and fun, Trades and crafts from the Victorian era. Your Chance to make a dolly peg see a Blacksmith and a Basketweaver and have a go at Victorian

Circle dancing. A barbecue will be providing hot food and all will go on whatever the weather. Something of interest for the whole family.

Nene Valley Community Action are pleased to advise that they are moving their Volunteer Brokerage service to Tesco’s Wellingborough Community Space, Victoria Park, Turnells Mill Lane, Wellingborough. NN8 2EF. They will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm from 9th April for people to drop in and browse current volunteering opportunities or get some more in depth help regarding their volunteering choices. By moving the service to Tesco they are hoping that this will make the service more accessible as people can drop in whilst they are doing their weekly shopping. For more information please contact NVCA on 01933 396382 or email

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild held their March meeting in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP. 19 members and visitors enjoyed a delightful demonstration of “A Springtime Arrangement” by Margaret Baldry. Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Shirley Crowhurst gave the vote of thanks. The Craft Fair at All Saints Church Hall was well attended. Thank you to all who came and supported us.

The next meeting is on April 15th at 7.30pm when it will be our AGM and is members only.

The classes this month are April 8th, 22nd and 29th making beautiful sugar flowers. These are £5 per evening and run from 7.30 - 9.30pm. For more information contact 01933 680099 or e-mail or find us on Facebook.


Wilbarston Village Hall Committee have been busy putting together

fund raising events for later in the year. Saturday April 25th there

will be the return of the popular Pamper Party. Saturday May 30th

there will be a Table Top Sale, so there’s plenty of time to sort out

any unwanted items to sell. Saturday 20th June will be a Race Night.

Today Thursday 2nd April Maundy Thursday, there will be a Communion

Service at All Saints Church at 7pm.

Tomorrow Friday 3rd April Good Friday, in neighbouring Stoke Albanys

Saint Botolph Church at 2pm there will be An Hour by The Cross.

A quiet meditative service.

Easter Sunday at All Saints Church, at 10.30am Family Communion with an Easter Egg Hunt.


The next meeting of the Finedon Irthlinghborough Woodford and District Royal British Legion will be held on Monday April 13th. because of the Easter Bank Holiday.

Woodford open gardens will be on Saturday 18th April and Sunday 19th April 1pm-5pm.

Volunteers needed to show of your hard work that you have put in to make your gardens beautiful for the visitors to see and help raise funds for the maintainance of St Mary’s Church.Teas will be available in the Church.

There will be a short service at the Baptist Chapel on Good Friday April 3rd,from 10:30am. The Easter celebrations at the Chapel Sunday April 5th will be Youth Service 11:00am.The evening service at 6pm will be followed by communion.The Wednesday fellowship on April 8th is at 7-15 in the Chapel schoolroom with Mrs. Leslie Emerson as the guest speaker.

There will be a Vigil/Compline service at St Mary the Virgin Woodford on Maundy Thursday April 2nd at 7:30 pm

The services at the Churches On Good Friday April 3rd are Little Addington Reflection at 12 noon,Great Addington Craft Praise at 10:00am.

On April 4th at St Mary’s Woodford Cafe’ Church at 10:30am.