Village news April 9

Spring in Earls Barton, by Glyn Dobbs
Spring in Earls Barton, by Glyn Dobbs

All the news from where you live


At a meeting of East Northants Council on April 1 a planning application for the development of 110 houses off Benefield Road was unanimously rejected.

Come along and give your support to the village panto. Performances of Cinderella will be on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th April at 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on the 11th. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and are available from members of the cast, producer, Sally Wilks, or the village shop. Come and see some well known faces in the village as you have never seen them before. All proceeds from the shows will go towards the village hall funds to help with the refurbishment of the kitchen.

On Saturday April 11th there is a table top sale in the WI hall at 10am. To book a table for £5 call Liz on 373672 or visit

The next meeting of Brigstock WI will be on Tuesday April 14th at 7.30pm in the WI hall when guest speaker Delia Thomas will give a talk on Women at War in WW1.

If you want to get fit come along to the Zumba sessions in Brigstock Village Hall on Mondays from 7pm till 8pm. Call Holly on 07828 698802 for more information.

The next meeting of Brigstock Parish Council will be on Wednesday 15th April in the village hall. The annual parish meeting will start at 7pm and this will be followed at 7.30pm by the regular monthly parish council meeting.

The last film night of the present season in Brigstock Village Hall will be on Friday April 17th when the main feature will be Boyhood. Doors open at 7pm with the film at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available. A hearing loop is also available. Admission is £4 on the door.

Last year Serve initiated a project entitled Here Be Dragons to record local stories and legends and turn them into song. Brigstock people made a contribution to the project. The project is now complete and these songs will be performed at a free concert on Saturday April 18th at 3pm in Brigstock Village Hall. A CD and booklet will be available. Come along and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake and hear local musician Paul Rogers perform the songs.

Brigstock Historical Society will meet on Wednesday 22nd April at 7.30pm in the village hall. Society members Carl Hector and Bill Simon will give a talk on Brigstock cricket and football clubs. Visitors are welcome at £2 entrance for the evening.

Brigstock WI will be holding a quiz in the Green Dragon on Thursday April 23rd at 7.30pm. There will be a jacket potato supper. Teams of no more than 6. Tickets are available from 373672 or from the Green Dragon.

Dance the night away at Brigstock Village Hall on Friday April 24th from 8pm until 11pm. £5 per person. Dancing includes Ballroom, Latin and sequence. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

A bingo session with cash prizes and a raffle will be held in the lounge at Harper’s Court on Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday 14th April at 2pm in Harper’s Court members will hear a talk on the work of the Air Ambulance.

St Andrew’s Church Plant Sale will be on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May from 10.00am till 5.00pm.There will be a selection of plants for sale in the Church Porch prior to the event. If anyone is clearing their garden of unwanted plants, shrubs, cuttings etc. the plant sale team would be grateful for them. Anything can be left outside the Rectory Room door.

Brigstock Sunnysiders are running a coach trip to the flower festival at St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton on 29th April. The trip costs £10.50 or £19, including lunch. The coach will leave Harper’s Court at 10.30am and will return at 4pm. To book a seat call Maureen on 01536 373383 or Lyn on 373410 by 11th April.


Local artists Robert Pearce and Stella Benford have some of their paintings on show at the Kettering & District Art Society Exhibition at the Yarrow Gallery, Glapthorn Road, Oundle (next to the Oundle School) until Sunday. Opening times are 10am – 4pm.

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.

A friendly and social whist afternoon is held every Wednesday afternoon commencing at 1.45pm at the Bowls Club. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call Gordon (01536 726955).

Men’s Breakfast will be served in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, at 8am on Saturday, April 18th. The speaker this month will be Rev. Adrian Ward from Desborough. Please let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by Thursday 16th if you are able to make it.

Sunday Together will meet in the Methodist Church Hall (Piggott’s Lane entrance) at 7.30pm on Sunday, April 19th when the guest speaker will be Sue Loveder.

Ladies Night will meet on Monday, April 20th at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane. The title of this month’s talk is Who Dunnit? forensics with Steve Shipley. For further information contact Pat (01536 722328).

Young at Heart will meet at 2pm on Tuesday, April 21st in John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane when the topic will be ‘Easter/Spring’. For details contact Ann (01536 513955).

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group invite you to their next event on Monday, April 27th at The Lounge in the High Street, for a Beefburger and a Beer. This event will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6. To book contact Tony (01536 726833).

Women’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, April 28th for the Annual Lunch.

Join the Friends of Burton Latimer Library on Thursday, April 30th at 6pm for a behind the scenes tour of Bosworth’s Garden Centre followed by a demo on Making the most of your spring baskets and rounding off with tea and a slice of cake.

Tickets are £5 from the library 
(0300 126 1000) www.burtlib@

St Mary’s Under Fives have a new venue. From Tuesday, April 14th pre-school worship and play will take place from 10.30am in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street. Time together is spent singing, saying prayers and listening to a story, followed by refreshments and creative play. All under-fives are welcome with their parent or carer. For further details contact Janet (01536 398967) or Tony (01536 726833).

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist and crèche

10am Young Disciples

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Tuesday.

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Worship.

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


Margaret Deadman received the top prize in the March 100 Club draw with number 62, subsequent winners were Mary Davidson, Jenny Holloway and Philip Arnold with numbers 16, 33 and 83. The next draw will be held on April 25th with all profits going towards the fete expenses.

A recent village hall committee meeting was chaired by Denis Owens. A decision was made to accept a quote from ABC Gardens to replace the broken down wall between the top end of the car park and Burgess Row. Also advice will be sought on suitable replacement LED lighting for the main hall prior to re-decoration. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the formal opening of the hall there will be a Bake-off with cake tasting in the afternoon followed by a barbecue from 6pm onwards. Residents will be receive information before the event which takes place on Monday, May 4th. A concert by the popular Whalebone Music Company has been booked for May 23rd, tickets will be available shortly. A spring clean for inside and out has been arranged for Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm, all offers of help will be welcome.

Sadly news of the death of Mike Fisher has been received. In the past Mike was an active member of the community, a former parish councillor, a leading member of CRAG and, along with his wife, formed the 100 Club. Condolences are sent to his wife, Edyth, and family.

The next progressive whist drive in the village hall will be held on Saturday, April 18th at 7.30pm.


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 six 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.

There will be Holy Communion at St Mary Magdalene Church in Cottingham at 9.30am on Sunday 19th April.

There will also be a ‘Coffee and Hymns morning’ commencing at 10.00am on Sunday 26th April

Spring has truly sprung. Get out and about in the fresh air! East Carlton Health Walking Group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 11am, at the Entrance car park to East Carlton Country Park to enjoy an hour’s walk through our pretty villages of Cottingham and Middleton, taking in wonderful views along the Jurassic Way. Walks are led by trained leaders with beginners or enthusiasts most welcome. The group is based on friendship and fun as well as improving fitness levels, and ends with a chat over a cup of tea at the park cafe. For more information, call Noel Rogers on 771837, email him or simply turn up on the day.Additional walks away from the park are organised on the first Wednesday and third Monday of every month, so the group can enjoy some different scenery and try different walking routes. Foxton Locks and Fineshade Woods are just two examples of such venues.

A Date for your diary: Friday 22nd May

Back by popular demand, Cafe Jazz presents an evening of laid back jazz music from the likes of Peggy Lee, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gershwin and Sinatra, plus some more modern jazz numbers from artists including Caro Emerald and Tom Waits. 

This jazz quintet features Cottingham’s own Jazz Diva Jane Smith on vocals. 

There will be a pay bar and tickets are £6 each from Irene on 770059 or Jane on 770827, email


From April 1st the rates of hiring the village hall for residents and organisations will be £8 per hour (the rates for regular and occasional users will remain the same. There will be a new Weekend Package which allows hirers to book the village hall from 12pm on Friday until 10pm on the following Sunday at a village rate of £120 (or £180 for non residents/outside organisations).

On Saturday the village hall is holding its annual jumble sale. If anyone wishes to donate ring Tracy on 01536 330276 or Neil 01536 330545.

The sale begins at 2pm and ends at 4.30pm.

On Tuesday 14th there will be a Coffee Morning at Neuve Chapelle in Twywell from 10.30am to midday by kind invitation of Kim Chell. Donations are welcome and for more information please ring 01832 733144. The coffee morning is in aid of the air ambulance.

On Wednesday 15th April the Twywell Dining Club will meet at 7.30pm in the Old Friar. Please book on 01832 732625.

Morning Prayer will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 9.15am and Holy Communion at Grafton Underwood at 11.00am, this service will be taken by the Rev Graham Bell.


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


Can you juggle? If the answer is yes, then Third Desborough Scout Association needs you! Or if you can’t , do you have another special interest or skill you could share with the Scouts? Contact Ian Krone on email: or call 07944 600431.

Members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society attended their Annual Dinner at The Masonic Hall in Corby on Friday, March 27. After the meal Rosemary Buckett was presented with trophies and medals for winning the Slide Of The Year and Slide Trio competitions. Derek Buckett received trophies and medals for the Advanced Monochrome Print Of The Year and Slide Plaque. Chairman Geoff Oliver had to change roles and instead of awarding trophies he himself received trophies and medals for winning the Advanced Colour Print League and the Advanced Digital Projected Image.

Market Harborough Choral Society held a Music from the Cathedrals event at Market Harborough Methodist Church on Saturday, March 28, at 7.30pm. The conductor was Anselm Kersten and Organist was Ivan Linford. Beautiful choral and organ music by Stanford, Handel, Tallis, Walton and Parry.

The Friends of Desborough Library (also known as FODL for short) ‘Husband Swap’ on Wednesday, April 1, was a great success. Unfortunately three husbands were lost, but 16 wives were very satisfied with the chocolate cakes! Watch this space for other FODL activities. Friends of Desborough Library Annual General Meeting has been set for Thursday, May 21 at 3pm. For more information, please contact FODL Secretary Shelagh Hodder on

Desborough Heritage held a Grand National Coffee Morning on Saturday, April 4, between 10am to midday. There was hot beverages, cakes and raffle.

Calling all cricketers aged between 8 years and 15 years. The 2015 season is nearly here. Desborough Town Cricket Club have launched a new and exciting Youth programme this season. You could be a part of a great setting and family friendly club! New and experienced players welcome. Outdoor training starts on Friday, April 10 and includes registration. On Fridays at 6.15pm to 7.45pm for under 11 years and under 13 years. On Thursday evenings at 6pm to 7.45pm, under 15 years. If you want to play cricket or would like more information, please contact Mick Greener on mobile: 07960 546024 or email: You can find Desborough Town Cricket Club on Facebook.

Desborough and District Dolls House Club is holding an open day at the St John Ambulance Hall, Paddock Lane, Desborough on Saturday, April 11, from 10am to 4pm. They all will be displaying their latest projects and their favourite things. Entrance fee is 50p. There will be a few stalls selling bits and pieces, also tombola, cakes, tea and coffee. All profit will go to the St John Ambulance.

Desborough United Reformed Church are holding a Spring Fair on Saturday, April 11 at 2.30pm. There will be raffle, cakes, books, chocolate tombola, good as new and many more stalls. Also an Easter Hat and Bonnet Competition. Admission is 50p.

For Food and Friendship join in St Giles Church’s Sunday lunch on Sunday, April 12. Please contact Carolyn Rice on 01536 506355 if you would like to attend or be a host.

Desborough and District Wildlife Group will be holding their short informal Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 7pm. The meeting will be followed by a talk about Marine Conservation. Venue location is at Desborough Heritage Centre.

There will be House Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and DWP Drop-in Surgery at Marlow House on Gold Street in Desborough, on Saturday, April 18. The session runs from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Braybrooke morris dancer Bill Hewitt will be doing his first public performance on St George’s Day, Thursday, April 23, to raise funds for Cure Parkinson’s Trust in Parkinson’s Awareness Week Monday, April 20 to Sunday, April 26. Bill Hewitt will be doing the ‘Constant Billy’ Dancing. On his just giving page the total stands at £400. Dig deep and donate now on the following link:

Central Methodist Church are organising a trip to Hunstanton on Saturday, June 20. Adults cost £11 and Children cost £5. Please book your place by the end of April with Joan Catherall on 01832 734818.


Bar open as usual tomorrow evening from 8pm for a Great Spin A Disc night. An evening of musical nostalgia with our very own Brian and Dela. Bring along any CD’s with some memorable numbers that you think the whole club will enjoy.

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

Advance notice of Sounds of Simon on Saturday 13th June in the club – tickets now on sale.

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

Final food and quiz night 24th April from 8pm last chance before this great popular event returns in the Autumn.


16th April Watoto, the Children’s choir and drummers from an Ugandan orphanage, at 7.30 pm - entrance free. A journey from utter despair as the children tell their stories to joyous celebration.

18th April Jazz at St Mary’s by The Welly Centre Trad Jazz Band in association with Northants Music and Performing Arts. Admission £5.

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild is holding a Sugarcraft Competition which will be judged by Glennis Hooper from Crazy Hats on June 17th at their branch meeting in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon.

The theme is Ascot. There are three categories 1. A corsage 2. Free standing figure 3. A hat for Ascot, the “crazier” the better.

The cost of each category will be £1. There will be a first prize only, which will be the monies collected for each class. For the schedule and more details 01933 680099 or email


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!

Geddington and Newton Bowls Club is holding their annual Open Day on May 16th from 10am to 4pm. Details 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 7pm 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.

Geddington PA is holding a Summer Fair/ Family Fun day on July 4th. 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.


The Addington Artisans next meets in Great Addington Village Hall between 10am and 4pm on Friday 10th April. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. For details call Marlies Darwin on 01933 650771, or Liz Lee on 01536 330508,

On Sunday in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.15am. Also, there is a Family Service in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.15am.

The Addingtons Ladies Group meets at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th April in The Great Addington Memorial Hall. The Topic for the meeting is Tales of a Wimbledon Line Judge with Alan Gray.


The trustees of Great Oakley Village Hall held its AGM on Tuesday March 17th. Reports were received from the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary which indicated that the Hall was running successfully. Twenty-five separate groups meet weekly with activities catering for all ages.

Saturdays are available for private hire. the overspill car park now covered with Fiberweb has enabled the grassed area to be used through out the year.

The trustees were re elected, the officers are: Chairman Trevor Haynes, Vice Chairman Gordon Steed, Treasurer Chris Godbold and Secretary Vivien Watson.

The trustees are interested to hear from any resident of Great Oakley who would wish to join the management team. Details can be obtained from

The fashion show held in the village hall in aid of church funds was well attended, all had an enjoyable time and a good amount was raised. Thanks going to the organisers who worked hard to make the event a success.

The next event is the plant sale on Saturday May 9th.

Some help is still needed at the Church Fete to be held on Sunday 6th September, non-village stallholders welcome. Contact me if interested.

Church services for April are: 12th April, Eucharist at 11am & Evensong at 6.30pm; 19th April, a Eucharist service taken by Bishop John of Brixworth at 11am; 26th April, Eucharist at 11am & Evensong at 6.30 pm.


Sunday April 19th no service 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 details go to

Bins! Greeen and brown this week.

Diary dates:


Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm annual parish meeting.

Saturday 25th secret cinema in Yardley Hastings memorial hall.

Saturday 25th secret cinema in Yardley Hastings village hall. Doors open 7.10pm, film starts at 7.45pm. Bar open before and after.


The Gretton Village Hall AGM was held on Thursday 2nd April. It was a very short meeting with reports from the chair and the treasurer. Things have been going very well and we work well together.

The committee remains the same as before: Liz Watt, Bob and Jackie Cunningham, Ian and Carol Preston, John Hindle, Margaret Crawford, Elisabeth Jordan, Andy Butterworth, Barrie Edwards. There were no members of the public so no comments were received on the running of the hall.

Following the AGM there was an ordinary meeting and the officers remain as before with Liz Watt in the chair, John Hindle as Treasurer and Carol Preston as Secretary. We can report that there are a couple of bookings through the Northants Touring Arts coming up in the summer. The recent Bridge Drive was very successful and raised £460.


There is a vacancy for a Bedesman in our town and applications are invited. The role of Bedesman originated in the 1400s when Archbishop Henry Chichele founded the medieval Bede House. The Bede House was for 12 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.

The Town Council met last week and considered various planning applications. They raised no objections to installing external wall insulation at 13 Grove Street but objected to a request to vary a S106 Agreement by David Wilson Homes.

They noted that permission had been refused by East Northants for a pair of semi-detached dwellings at 53 Handcross Way and replacement kitchen extraction system at The Griffin Inn and that permission had been given for extensions at 28 Blake Walk and 78 Northampton Road, repair to external boundary wall at the Charles Parker building, building of four bedroom detached property at 5 Chichele Street and variation of condition 2 and reserved matters at the Midland Business Centre Midland Road.

It was reported that talks are ongoing between the council and an officer from NCC regarding the retention of school crossing patrol by Saffron Road post office.

Councillors agreed to use the remaining Skateboard Park balance to have turf laid and replacement fencing; a pathway to be installed from the pavilion to the pitch for those playing football.

It was agreed to: go ahead with the installation of Heritage Lights on the Market Square; increase the Christmas Sparkle budget; adopt the Business/Forward Plan; purchase a commemorative coin to mark the 25th anniversary of the twinning link with Hachenburg and to update the town CCTV system.

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 25th April from 9am on the Market Square. Free 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 to midday. There will be bedding, vegetable, perennial and herb plants available all at very reasonable cost. In addition delicious refreshments will be served throughout the morning. 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 at 11.30 am, organised by Tony Edwards, with free admission.

The Chichele Society meet again at 9.30am on Friday 24th April in their new venue of the Bede House. The special guest the Rev Paul Needle will be talking about Broadcasting History. Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

Tickets are now available for a Fashion Show, given by M and Co, on Friday 29th May at 7.30 pm in the Bede House. Tickets are £8 each to include light refreshments and available by ringing Celia 358686 or Anna 357212. All proceeds will be for St Mary’s Church funds.

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.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday 22nd April in the library on Midland Road. The special guest Dawn Dewes will be presenting her choice of music. Details from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

Church services for this Sunday 12th 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 - All Age Worship at 10.45 am will be led by Valerie Anslow.

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

On Sunday 19th April Higham Footpath group will be going on a five-mile circular walk in the Pavenham area. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.20am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am near the pub in Pavenham. The group will be led by David Lovell 01933 358223.

The deadline for receipt of copy for the next edition of Higham Times, produced quarterly by the Town Council, is 8th May. All items should be sent to the editor Maxine Newell at

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 Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council.

The Mayor’s Annual Market Morning will be held on Saturday 2nd May from 9am to midday 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 support Higham Tourism will be organising a pavement café, choirs, dance groups, maypole dancing and crowning of the May Queen at 10am and a good quality ladies clothes sale – Designs on You – in Chichele College. Anyone with items to donate is asked to 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.

The Secret Gardens of Higham Ferrers – organised by Higham Tourism – will be held on Sunday 21st June. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to contact Sue Dennis at by April 17th at latest. Sue and the committee are always pleased to welcome new gardens to this popular annual event.


Crochet Knit and Natter will be happening in Irchester Library on Thursday 9 April at 2pm. Regular events in the library include ‘Let’s have Fun Drawing’ at 2.30pm on the first Thursday of the month; Scrabble on the third Thursday at 2pm; Rhymetime for babies and under 5’s every Thursday at 9.30am.

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 will be holding a Spring Rumble in the Jumble on Saturday 18 April between 10am and 1pm at the Working Men’s Club. There will be stalls from the local crafting community selling their handmade goods. The Co-Op is having a Jumble Sale where all items will be priced at 50p. Please take anything suitable for their jumble sale into the the store. Funds raised will help to support Irchester Skatepark.

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.

Parkinson’s UK awareness week takes place 20-24th April and volunteers will be raising awareness in the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough, The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the big room at Irchester Village Hall.

Irchester Women’s Institute will be meeting in the village hall on Tuesday 14 April at 7.15pm when there will be a demonstration by a member of the British Sugar Craft Guild and an opportunity to ‘try your hand’ at replicating her work. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at meetings, you will be met at the door and sat with someone who will look after you. Go along and try it, women of all ages are welcome. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.


Single File! will be playing Rock and Blues Covers at the British Arms, 60 Baker Street, Irthlingborough on Friday 10th April 2015.

St Peter’s Church will be holding its AGM on Sunday 12th April at 12pm at the church.

The Monthly Light Lunch takes place at the Methodist Church, College Street Irthlingborough on Wednesday 15th April at midday. It costs from £2.50 and the menu varies.

Irthlingborough Little Bugs Club will be meeting at Irthlingborough Library on 16th April from 1.30pm to 3pm.

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 Methodist Church, Goliath Hall, is the Ealing Studios classic The Ladykillers, starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.

For details call 01933 651643.


Events at Kettering Library, Sheep Street. On Friday 10th April at 2.30pm

Open the Page presents Once upon a Bedtime – learn about Elliott’s adventures as he reads his books – booking essential

Saturday 11th April at 11am.

Juggling workshop – learn how to juggle and other circus skills – booking essential.

Book for all events at Kettering library or call 03001261000 and ask for Kettering library.

The following events will take place at:

The Salvation Army, Rockingham Road entrance:

Sunday 12th April - Worship: 10am Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Praise with SA Band & Songsters.

The Salvation Army, Regent Street entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Thursday 9th April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: Gardening - Speaker: Colin Medlycott.

Thursday 9th April: 7.30pm Men’s Fellowship - Guest Speaker: David, Tools for Self-Reliance.

Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April: 11.30am for midday - Lunch Club - to book your two-course (Home-cooked) Meal and cuppa £3.50 – phone to book a place

Tuesday 14th April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Home League: Ladies Meeting.

Wednesday 15th April: 9am to 11am - Little Gems - Parents & Toddlers Group.

Thursday 16th April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: Work-a-Day World Speaker: Wendy Thompson.

Thursday 16th April: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].

Thursday 16th April: 7.30pm Ladies Fellowship – guest speaker: Diana Patrick, Cransley Hospice.

On Thursday 16 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 2). New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

At the Counties Community Centre, Hertford Road on Saturday 18 April at 7pm a Quiz Night. Fee £2 per person. Teams of up to 4 players. For more information call Carole on 01536 410591.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street on Saturday 18 April a Tea Dance – Ballroom & Sequence from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets £3 includes tea/coffee/cakes. Raffle. Call 07989 898349.

On Saturday 18 April The Seagrave Singers invite you to join them and Bob Chilcott for a”Come and Sing Day”. Venue: Southfield School for Girls, Lewis Road. Ample car parking. Refreshments available free on the day. Please bring a packed lunch with you as lunch is not provided. There will be a cake stall. Come along to this British Choral Workshop lead by Bob Chilcott who has given workshops such as this is 23 countries since 1997. There will be a fee of £25.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street on Friday 24 April at 7.30pm Corby Male Voice Choir. A concert in aid of church tower funds. Tickets £7 each, including light refreshments and available by phoning Angela on 01536 522158, Richard on 07887 617978 or Steve on 01832 734259 or visit

On Friday 10 April the Kettering & District Locomotive Society will be meeting at the Corn Market Hall, London Road with a talk by David Hunt – Locomotive Policy on the Settle and Carlisle starts at 7.45pm. For more information call 01536 514640.

On Saturday 11 April a Car Boot & Table Top Sale at All Saints Community Hall, William Street. Call Richard on 07887 761978 to book a pitch (set up from 8am). Free admission.

On Sunday 11 April come along and see the Cransley Hospice stall at the Collectors & Antique Fair at Wicksteed Park. Fair open 9.30am – 4pm. Entry £2.50.

On Tuesday 14 April a Fashion Show for Cransley Hospice Charity Shop at Abacus Night Club, Dalkeith Place. For more information visit or call 01536 527407.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Thursday 9 April 10am – 4pm a Pirate Workshop. A day of pirate adventure from circus craft to role-play. £10 includes Pirate Feast. On Friday 10 April Princess Workshop. Meet your favourite Princesses and create your very own wand and tiara. For ages 4 – 11. £10 includes a Royal Banquet. Call 01536 414141.

On Saturday 18 April at 7.30pm at the Lighthouse Theatre, Chas & Dave celebrating their 50th anniversary by recording their first original album in 27 years. Vintage rock’n’roll songs plus their own cockney classics. Tickets £28.50 adult, £25.50 concessions.

The April meeting of the NHS Retirement Fellowship Kettering Branch is on Monday 13 April 2015 in the Recreation Hall, Kettering General Hospital at 2.30pm. Dr Ahmed Mukhtar will be speaking. For further information telephone Gareth Ogden on 01536 483603.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Thursday 16 April 2.30pm – 4pm another session on Caring for your Treasures. If you have a treasured object at home that you would like to know how best to look after bring it along to this free session. Please call in advance to check availability. 01536 534219.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Saturday 25 April 10am – 4pm a workshop on Watercolour Painting with Melanie Henson. Tickets £45 adults £35 Kettering Leisure Pass holders. Buffet lunch provided. For more information or to book call 01536 534274.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Friday 17 April 1pm – 2pm a lunchtime talk entitled ‘Many a Sundry Flower’. In line with the Museum’s Amazing Plants exhibition ‘Many a Sundry Flower’ will provide a fascinating insight into the plants of bygone times. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts. Tickets £5, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass.

The ladies of The Kettering Salvation Army Home League, Rockingham Road would like to invite you all to their annual rally on Monday April 27th commencing at 2pm with refreshments to follow. Guests this year are the Musical Duo, Mike and Jenny Clark.


Laxton village hall Saturday 11 April 10.30am to midday. Monthly coffee morning, community shop, crafters’ circle.

Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game (12A) will be showing at Laxton Village hall from 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 14. Tickets £5. To book contact Noel on 01780 450273 or email Licensed bar, coffee and refreshments available.


Have you ever thought of being a Parish Councillor? The next election will be on 7th May 2015. To find out more about being a candidate and what topics and services you would be involved in go to

Little Harrowden Parish Council normally meets in the evening on the second Wednesday of every other month (except August and December).

If you consider becoming a candidate for election you are strongly recommended to contact the returning officer at Wellingborough Council to obtain information on what you need to do to be nominated.

The May Connect 5 Deadline is 10th April. Please send any inclusion to

All age Family Fun Service will be held at Little Harrowden Church at 4pm. Everyone of any age is invited to go along to meet Bishop Donald at the informal service and have fun with various activities and share a party tea.

Church services for Sunday 12th April – 10am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion & Baptism at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Great Harrowden Church and Churchyard spring clean & maintenance – this will take place on Saturday 9th May from 10am to 2pm. Please go along for as much or as little of this time that you wish. Please take along garden tools – cleaning equipment will be provided. Everyone is invited to take along a small plate of food to share for lunch.

The Waendel Walk will be passing Great Harrowden Church on Sunday 10th May and they will be again be providing a pit stop with light refreshments for sale. If you can help by supplying sandwiches or a cake please let the church know.

An exciting event for the evening of Friday June 12th in Great Harrowden Church – The Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir will be performing what they describe as a mix of pure Gospel, Funk, Reggae, Soul, Motown and adaptions of some more modern popular songs.

Ticket details to be printed next month, an event not to be missed!

Little Harrowden WMC April Saturday entertainment – 11th April Simon Ore -Disco/Karaoke, 18th April- Michael Knight, 25th April – Paul Jones. 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.

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.


On Sunday 12th April, 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 12th April from 10am – 11am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

For children aged 3 years and over.


Orlingbury Family Circle at Orlingbury Village Hall 12th April, 9.30am to 10.30am.

Church services for Sunday 12th April - 10am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion & Baptism at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Orlingbury Art Exhibition at St Mary’s Church Orlingbury 15th-17th May Display of original art by local artists for sale. Selection of crafts available. Artist in residence demonstrating watercolour techniques daily from 2pm to 4pm. Children’s painting area. Entry by catalogue £1, children no charge. If you would like to exhibit paintings or craft items contact Gillian on 01933 401340.

Orlingbury Village Fete will be held at The Old Rectory Garden and Village Hall on Saturday 6th June, stalls available for both areas. For more information or to book 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.

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.

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 details call Gillian on 01933 401340.


Last week Oakley Vale WI had a really interesting talk on The Alpaca Experience and, believe it not, some members were expecting there to be live alpacas at the meeting!

Sue Watkins spoke of how the business was set up and how they are progressing now. The group all enjoyed looking at and choosing scarves and other items to buy in all sorts of wonderful colours. Their bowling group is going strong and Chris Hodges and Wilma Riddle were the winners this time. They also celebrated with members who had birthdays this month.


The Raunds Footlights will be presenting To Rushden with Love at the Raunds Town Cricket Club, 7.30pm nightly from Thursday, 16th April to Saturday, 18th April. Tickets are £5 each for Thursday and Friday, and £6 for the Saturday performance. Tickets can be obtained from Raunds Post Office; Brook Street News, or by calling 01933 624310.

The Raunds Town Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, 18th April, from 8am, where sales will be held at individual garages, drives or front gardens throughout Raunds. All proceeds from the sale of maps and booking fees will be used to improve the facilities of the St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, but proceeds from the individual garage sales will be retained by the respective sellers.

Maps showing the location of the garage sales will be available to purchase from next Thursday, 16th April, from Raunds Post Office, and from the Community Enterprise Centre on Thursday, 16th and Friday, 17th April, from 10am to midday. On the day itself, Saturday, 18th April, maps will be available from 8am onwards. For more information please call Peter on 01933 460259 or by emailing

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

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. Booking is essential. To reserve your place, please call 01933 389457.

It is Funday Sunday at 9.30am at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre on Sunday, 12th April. Join them for children’s crafts, singing, breakfast, juice, fresh coffee, tea and Sunday papers.

A Joint Benefice Service will take place at 10am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Sunday, 12th April. A service of Evensong will take place at 6pm at St Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday, 15th April, at 10am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting again after the Easter Break between 9.30am and 11am at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, on Tuesday, 14th April.

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, 16th 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.

If you would like to learn to play the ukulele, a one-hour ‘Learn from Scratch’ session will take place, aimed at total beginners, as part of the Raunds Music Festival, at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday, 4th May. The session will cost £10 and can be booked online at

Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 16th April at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit their website

Raunds WI will be hosting the Spring Group Meeting of the local WIs at their meeting next Thursday, 16th April. 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 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.

St Peter’s Mothers’ Union will be holding an open meeting at the Community Enterprise Centre, at 2.30pm on Tuesday, 21st April, with a demonstration by Keith Gubbins on ‘Spring Flower Arrangements’. Admission is £2.50, and refreshments will be served.


The Monthly Lunch Club meets in the Shared Church from 12.30pm today (Thursday 9th April). Contact Carolyn on 01933 461055 or Glennis 01933 624427 for details.

On Friday 10th April at Ringstead Cinema The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) will be shown in Ringstead Village Social Club. Disabled access is from the rear car park. Doors open at 7.30pm film starts 7.45pm. Bar available. Tickets are £4 on 01933 460373.

On Sunday there is No Service in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead. There is a Benefice Service in St Lawrence Church in Stanwick at 10am.

In The Shared Church in Ringstead on Sunday the Services are as followed: At 10.30am there is a Communion Service with Susan Deacon and at 5pm there is Tea-Time Talk with Peter Davis.

In Ringstead Village Social Club on Sunday there is an Aviary Bird Auction at 11.30am.

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall on Monday 13th April. The Topic is a Talk with Amber Zofar, Islam and Women. For details call Sue Johnson on 01933 624645.

The mobile library next visits Ringstead on Wednesday 15th April in Meadow Close (opposite the Axe & Compass).


The third annual sponsored charity fun event is being organised by John Newman Hairdresser’s, Bridge Street, Rothwell at Pitsford Reservoir on Sunday, June 28. Participants can walk, run or cycle their way around the seven-mile course, with registration starting at 11am and the event itself at 11.30am. Attractions at this year’s event will include the appearance of both Bernie, the mascot of Northampton Saints rugby club, and Waverley Wolf, the mascot of Kettering rugby club. Cakes and hot drinks will be available and a bottle of water will be donated to all participants, who are welcome to wear fancy dress and/or silly hats at what is billed as a family event. The aim is to raise money for various units at Kettering General Hospital. Participants can either make a general donation or choose between the hospital’s recreation hall community centre and the ophthalmology, stroke, cardiology, dermatology, endoscopy and breast units. For more details or sponsorship forms, email JNH and B on

A table-top sale is being held at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street from 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 25. Entrance is free and refreshments including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, toasted tea cakes and crumpets will be available in the Vintage tea room. It costs just £5 to book a table the cost is £5 either at the centre or by phoning 01536 418939. Two groups are to hold regular meetings at the centre, including art groups on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, as well as a Rothwell heritage film and audio-visual presentations group from Wednesday, April 22. The aim of the latter is to support residents of Rothwell and the surrounding areas who would like to learn and participate in making films and other forms of photography that reflect the town’s history, buildings and people and present-day life, including events, people and places. Both groups will also hold a number of public shows during the year and encourage participation in re-enactments as well as narrators for voice-overs.

Division 2 of the Kettering and District Table Tennis League remains close to the finish. Rothborough Buccaneers beat Burton E 10-0 to remain three points clear with one match remaining. Comets were just as clinical with a 10-0 victory over Dakotas. Exocets travelled to Weavers Leisure Centre but lost 6-4 in a tight encounter against Kettering B. In Division 1, Arrows drew 5-5 against Burton D, with Helen Watts unbeaten.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell include: Thursday, April 9, electric jam session from 9pm – drums will be provided, but participants need to bring their own sticks; Monday, April 13, electric open mike night from 9pm; Saturday, April 18, live music with the Wonder Monkeys from 9pm.

Paul Beastall gives a talk entitled Making the most of zoo photography to the next meeting of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough at 8pm on Friday April 10. Admission £1.50. Heat 3 of the digital projected image and the slide competitions take place on Friday April 17, starting at 7.30pm. For more information, see the website, go to Facebook, or phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442.

Members of the Wednesday Fellowship of Rothwell United Reformed church will visit Gretton for the annual rally, leaving Gloucester Court at 1.30pm on April 15.

It is hoped that the two new bells that are to be added to the peal at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell will be hallowed at parish communion on Sunday, April 26. Work for their installation is due to start on Tuesday, May 5.

An anonymous benefactor has donated more than £1,000 to the floodlighting appeal of Holy Trinity church, Rothwell. For 2014, the appeal fund was able to give £500 to the church to help towards the cost of floodlighting. The fund also aims to help keep the electrical system in good repair and replace existing lights as needed. It costs just £1 to pay for an evening’s floodlighting in memory of a loved one or special occasion. Details can be obtained from Keith Mitchell on 01536 712161 or email

Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club’s signing-on day is today (Thursday, April 9), starting at 2pm. Members can put their names down for various knockout competitions that run throughout the year. The full membership fee of just £20 is also due, 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 to Kettering General Hospital.

A new Monday morning yoga class starts at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 9.30-11.00am on April 13. Call 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 2pm outside the Market House.

A new play is to be staged by the Rothwell Methodist Players on Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18. Entitled Mystery at Greenfingers, by J B Priestley, it is billed as a comedy of detection. It will be staged at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill and for tickets, which cost £5 each, contact: Alan Joyce, 01536 710774; Margaret Read, 01536 710252; or Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, 01536 711550.

The hunt is still on for sponsors for Rothwell’s baby show, held during the week before Rothwell Carnival and Fete, with winners announced at the fete. The show is being held from 10am-2pm on Saturday, July 4 at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane – a different venue from usual. To enter a baby in the show costs £2, and there are prizes for those aged 0-6 months; 6-12 months; 12-18 months; and 18-24 months. There will also be a cup for the best overall baby in the show as well as for the youngest. Sponsorship is available for the whole show as well as for the individual classes. For more details, please contact Rosemary Roffey of Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee, which organises the show, carnival and fete, on 01536 712704.

Roy Sharman will be speaking on ‘A schoolboy’s memories of World War Two’ at the next meeting of the Rowell Fair Society, to be held at 8pm on Thursday, April 30, in the back lounge of the Conservative Club, Market Hill.


Rushden Serve door to door transport is provided for £5 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to the Bowls Club, Rushden, on Sunday 12th April, to The Star & Garter, Chelveston on Tuesday 14th, and Imperial Court for curling and lunch (£14) on Wednesday April 15th. Shopping trips are to St Ives Market (£8) on Monday 13th, Stamford Market (£10) on Friday 17th and Waitrose also on Friday 17th. There is a Sale of Mobility Aids on Friday 10th April from 10am in the Wellbeing Centre. Scrabble Group meets on Wednesdays at 10am. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

The Annual Cavalcade of Historical Transport and Country Fair will be held on the weekend of 2nd to 4th May from 10am each day. This is the Big Rally that starts the Season – on A6, Bedford Rd Rushden.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament meets next on Tuesday April 14th at 2pm in Rushden Hall when the speaker will be the Mayor, Richard Lewis on Rushden Query Club.

Rushden Pensioners’ Forum meets on Saturday April 11th at 10am for a Coffee Morning in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd. Usual stalls, cakes, bottles and Tombola.

H E Bates Discussion Group meets next on Wednesday April 22nd at 2pm 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 Amenities Society meets on Thursday April 16th at 7.15pm in Rushden Hall when Helen Crabtree will speak on Milestones.

The Salvation Army services this Sunday are at 10am and at 6pm, both led by Miriam Scutt from Bedford.

Tickets are now available for the visit on Saturday / Sunday April 18th / 19th for the visit of Gospel Singer Marilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson. Contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

St Mary’s Church – The All Age Worship at 9.30am is led by Sue Merrifield and Mick Bantin with Holy Communion at 11.15am celebrated by Rev Ron Elveson. Evening Prayer is at 6.00pm led by Tony Smith. Holy Communion on Thursday 16th at 10.30am is celebrated by Rev Prior.

Whitefriars Church – Second Sunday Stepping Out community activities.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – The All Age Worship Service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Mrs Valerie Anslow.

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 10am. Entrance Adults £5/Concessions £3.Children £3/Family £10. Details from Chris on 317719.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Eileen and Andy Greer from Luton. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday April 15th at 7.30pm with David Adams from Blisworth.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday’s Service at 10.30am is led by Peter Squires, followed by refreshments. On Saturday April 11th there is a Coffee Morning at 10.30am to 3.00pm in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and at 6pm It’s my Life and Work – a group of adults with learning difficulties presenting a show of their original work.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Sunday Service with Holy Communion and the Young Stars is at 10am led by the Rev Linnet Smith. On Wednesday Morning April 15th the Knit & Chat group meet at 10am.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10am. Sunday Morning Family Service is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson. Second Sunday Service for all ages is at 4pm.

Rushden Mission Church – Sunday Service with the Music Group is at 10.45am led by Richard Keech with Traditional Evening Service at 6pm led by Linda Crawley. Coffee Stop is on Tuesday April 14th at 10am.

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

Rushden & District Art Society meets tomorrow Friday April 10th at 7pm in South End Junior School for a demonstration by Keith Hornblower on Roses in Watercolours.

St George’s Day Celebrations – the Town Council are celebrating the day on Saturday April 18th from 11am in High Street with a variety of excellent free entertainment – Bands, Dancing, Alfred St School Maypole Dancers, Morris Men with the traditional Dragon putting in an appearance. Face painting and children’s entertainers and puppeteers.

Rushden Higham Rotary – are presenting In from the Cold at the Full Gospel Church Hall on Tuesday April 21st at 7.30pm. This is a big screen Wildlife film exploring British Wildlife and endorsed by Chris Packham of Country File. Tickets £2.00 available from Judy Webb on Space is limited so book by April 13th please.


Stanwick’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place next Thursday, 16th April between 7pm and 8.30pm, but with a difference this year.

There will not be a formal agenda, and the meeting will take the form of a Stanwick Showcase celebrating Stanwick Clubs and Groups.

Twelve groups have already confirmed attendance, and there will also be information from the Parish Council, including the Neighbourhood Plan and the Community Garden. The Dog Warden will also be giving a talk at 7.30pm and Serve transport will be there to explain what they can offer.

Members of Stanwick WI will be learning the gentle art of tai chi with Antoni Ellison at their meeting tomorrow, Friday, 10th April. The group will be meeting at 7.30 p.m. at Stanwick Village Hall, and ladies of all ages are welcome to join them. Visitors £4. For more information visit

Learn to Paint with watercolours for beginners between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11th April, at Stanwick Village Hall when the image to be painted will be The Beach.

The cost of the class is £12, which includes all materials. No drawing skills are needed, but booking is essential. To check the availability of places please call Chris on 01933 460676, and visit for more information.

On Sunday there will be a Joint Benefice Service of Holy Communion at 10am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the church at 10am on Wednesday, 15th April.

Kristen Sweet will be providing your afternoon entertainment from 4.30pm on Sunday with a diverse mix of covers from the 1950s to the present day.

Pre-school Disco Duck Dance sessions will take place in the Village Hall between 3.10pm and 3.40pm starting next Thursday, 16th April, and pre-school and infant ballet sessions will take place between 3.45pm and 4.15pm.

From Saturday, 18th April, between 9am and 11.15am. Saturday Stage School will take place at the Village Hall, for children aged between 5 and 8 years, with 45 minutes each of drama, Jazz dance and singing. £10.50 per session.

To book your place and for more information on the Disco Duck Dance, Ballet and Saturday Stage School, please call Lucy on 07788 983 403.

An evening of Ballroom and Sequence dance will take place at Stanwick Village Hall between 8pm and 11pm on Saturday, 25th April. Admission is £4. For more information please visit their website at, email or call Chris on 07778 836 094.

Number 48 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto, on Saturday, 28th March, making Nicola Wilson the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


On Saturday 18th April Knights Court off Gold Street will be holding a spring fair in aid of the Altzheimer’s Association. It will open from 10am to 2pm.

The Wellingborough Technical Players’ will be performing in the stage production of the popular television series ‘Allo ‘Allo from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th April in the Studio at The Castle theatre, Wellingborough.

Performances start at 7.45pm each evening and 2.30pm on Saturday matinee.

Tickets are available from The Castle Box Office on 01933 270 007 or online from

Wellingborough Museum are holding a Victorian Wellingborough event today (Thursday 9th April) from 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.

Also at the museum the Film Archive Trust is holding an Around The World in 90 Minutes film show on Tuesday April 21st at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 from the museum.

The third annual bus rally weekend is being held at the museum on Saturday April 25th and Sunday 26th, 10am till 4pm. Free admission.

Free bus rides and lots to see for the whole family.

The museum’s trench experience tours are held every Saturday but do call to check there is room on 01933276838. The tickets/entrance to the experience cost £3.50 or £10 for a family ticket and start at 2pm.

Wellingborough Civic Society at their Thursday April 16th meeting at the museum will be celebrating St George’s Day.

Northamptonshire Family History Society surgery will be on Saturday, 18th April and on Saturday, May 16th. 10am till 1pm.

A Just Eat Natural Presentation will be held from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday 15th April at Wellingborough Afro Caribbean Association in Rock Street.

There is also space on a long weekend coach holiday between the 16th October and 19th October all inclusive to Eastbourne. Cost is £155 per person and for more information contact 01933 442046

Questions, please! A husting session is to be held at All Saints Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough (next to the police station) on Thursday 23 April at 8pm.

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.

They will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm from today (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

Redwell Runners are based at Redwell Leisure Centre and is ideal for beginners, improvers and experts.

Jog Groups meet at 6.30pm on Wednesdays and the first session is free and then its £2 A Session.

New beginners classes starting all the time.

Want more information? Then contact Stuart Trevallion on 07968 228106, Cathrine Danns on 07830 480475 or Trevor Wright on 07922 559557. Over-18s only.

The Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre in Wrenn School, London Road, Wellingborough, will welcome three-year-olds and older on Saturdays in term time.

Come along for a free taster. Instruments provided and for more information call 01604 637117, email or visit the website www. Wellingborough.

Do you like singing? Would you like to join the Orpheus Choir?

Come along to a free first session at Park Junior School.

It’s on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.15pm. For more information call 01933 665191.

Members’ ages range between 14 and 70, students can join for free and if you wish to join the first term may be free.

It’s a choir of 50-plus voices and they sing a variety of material.

Call today and have a chat to see if this is for you.

No audition required.

Tea at Two – every second Tuesday of the month from 2pm till 4pm, please come along to the All Saints Church Hall for a cup of tea or coffee and a cake and a nice chat.

Contact Fred Raitt on 01933 677988 for further information.

On Saturday 6th June from midday to 5pm a Family Fun Day will be held at Bassett’s Close Park, Wellingborough.

This is fast becoming an annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton, offering the people of Wellingborough and surrounding villages an opportunity of a fun day out with all the family.

There will be a host of amusements offering a variety of rides for the children and lots to see for the adults with a host of stalls offering a variety of goods. There will be the usual burgers and hot dogs available along with ice creams, refreshments and other food items. There will be a full programme of artists and groups to entertain in the bandstand and arena.

Any proceeds will go to the charities supported by Rotary.

The gates will open at midday with an introduction from the new mayor of Wellingborough and the event will finish at 5pm. Entry is free.

If you would like to take part in the event then please contact Alan Johnstone on 01933 400669 or email


The 15th Valley and Views will be held on Sunday 12th April.

There will again be a variety of distances following footpaths and bridleways with short distances on quiet country roads.

A full route description will be provided for each route.

The walks follow the Welland Valley with some great views across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

There will, as is customary, be a long route recognised as a demanding walk whilst the shorter routes are suitable for anyone, but not for pushchairs.

Entrants come from all over Britain and the continent and there is always a good friendly atmosphere at the village hall. An all day breakfast is available for a small charge.

Starting times, distances and entry fees are available on the downloadable pre-registration form which, to save time on the day, can also be printed, completed and given to us on or before the event .

You can enter on the day – just turn up, register, collect a route description and go.

Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. If the weather is sunny, remember the hat, drink and sunscreen.

If it is wet bring the waterproofs and umbrella!

Wear suitable shoes, trainers or boots. If bringing the dog, remember to keep it under control and on a lead when walking through the countryside, particularly amongst livestock.

The routes are all on OS Landranger (1:50k) map 141.

If you use OS Explorer (1:25k) maps you will need 233, 234 and 224. As with any of our walks you will be provided with written route instructions issued on the day and detailed rote maps will also be displayed around the hall.

Approximate start time 7am to 7.30am for long distance, 9am for the shorter walks.

Walks start and finish at Wilbarston Village Hall.

Also on Sunday 12th April in neighbouring Stoke Albany, Stoke Albany House

will once again be opening its gardens to the public in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The gardens will be open between 2pm and 5pm. Entrance is £3.50, children free. Afternoon tea and plants will also be on sale.

After the huge success of Wilbarston’s last pamper evening, the Village Hall

Committee have organised the next one for Saturday 25th April from 7pm in the evening till late.

With many stalls allocating their time slots very quickly last time, organisers are working to have more therapists.

Personal treatments such as massage

will be carried out in the lounge, and some lovely stalls will be available to browse in between being pampered!

Tickets are available on the night only £2.

Refreshments and raffle tickets available to purchase on the night.


The Woodford Sports and Social Complex is now taking bookings for stall holders on the 11th July.

If anyone would like to have a stall for £10 for the day all money goes to the air ambulance.

Stalls like cake, jewellery, craft, bag any stalls really need to bring own tables etc. and if any one would like to donate any prizes for raffle or tombola they can by ringing the club on 01832 732600.

Dates for your diary: the Woodford Sports and Social Complex is having a Disco on April 24th, entry free.

The Kettering Town Ladies Football Team will be having their final home game of the season on Sunday 19th April at Woodford Club.

If anyone is interested in joining the team please contact Steve on 07968 831874.

Saturday and Sunday April 18th & 19th April is Woodford open gardens.

Sunday April 26th April is Woodford Diamond Jubilee Committee garage sale from 10am to 2pm.

The next meeting of the Finedon Irthlingborough Woodford and District Royal British Legion will be on Monday April 13th at the Bowls Club Finedon. 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Roy York who will be talking about Waterloo.

The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments.

At the March meeting of the WI they learned how to make mosaic and all took home their decorated hearts.

Their next meeting is on Tuesday 13th April when Scott will be telling them of his catering career that brought him to Woodford Mill Tea Rooms, which has gone from strength to strength with new developments and the opening of the restaurant.

Visitors and new members are always welcome, they meet in the Jubilee Room at Woodford Club.

Call Jenny on 01832 734731 for more information.

The 6pm service for the Chapel on Sunday April 12th will be led by Peter Whitney from Raunds.

The Wednesday evening fellowship for April 15th is in the Chapel Schoolrooms at 7.15pm with guest speaker Paul Greenaway.

The services for the churches for Sunday April 12th are Little Addington Family Service at 9.15am Great Addington Holy Communion 9.15am Woodford St Mary’s 10.30am Holy Communion.