Village news August 14

Harvesting bullrushes on the River Nene near Aldwincle
Harvesting bullrushes on the River Nene near Aldwincle

What’s going on where you live


Paddling in the River Nene at Waddenhoe Mill

Paddling in the River Nene at Waddenhoe Mill

There was good response to the WW1 remembrance, light a candle on Monday August 4th.

A number of people lit candles at St Andrews and candles could be seen burning in many homes in the villages. The war memorial garden was decorated with poppies.

Free tea and cakes! Bring your unwanted clothes, textiles, bric a brac and small electrical items to Brigstock URC in Mill Lane on Wednesdays in August between 10am and midday.

All proceeds will be sold or recycled to raise funds. No furniture, duvets, pillows and cushions please. If you require items to be collected please ring 373225,373832 or 373712. Last year a similar venture was highly successful so please do support us again.

The Morning Service at Brigstock URC on Sunday 17th August at 10.30 am will be conducted by Dr Keith Helliwell.

On Friday August 30th there will be ballroom, sequence and Latin dancing in the village hall from 8pm- 11pm. Admission £4. Details 07718519480.

The next library van visit is on Saturday September 6th calling at Barnards Way from 12.50- 1.30 and at Causin Close from 1.30-2.15

On Sunday September 7th the United Reform Church are celebrating our Harvest Festival at 3pm, followed by a Harvest tea in the June Small room. If you are able to help decorate the church on Saturday, 6th September, from 2pm, we shall be grateful for all assistance.

On Sunday September 7th a tea dance will be held in Brigstock Village hall from 2pm - 4.30pm.

Admission £3.50 including tea and cake. Details 07718519480.

The final event of the ‘Here Be Dragons’ project which included Brigstock will be on Saturday 6th September at 2pm meeting at the Oundle Co-op car park. A guided walk like you’ve never experienced before - guaranteed! It will look at quirky features of the town and the Mary Queen of Scots connection (new stuff). For those wanting more of this, we will go on to Fotheringhay afterwards. Cameras are a must!

Brigstock WEA course for the Autumn will be “1000 Years of British Agriculture” presented by tutor Mike Muncaster. The 9 week course in the village hall on Thursdays from 2pm till 3.30pm will start on 25th September. The course fee is £52. Contact Ann Shrive on 01536 373216 for more details.

Fermyn Woods Summer Quiz trail runs daily from Sunday July 26th to Sunday September 7th. This self led quiz takes you around the Skylark Nature trail with lots of questions and facts about the park’s wildlife. £2 per trail (including a prize)

There will be wildlife Wednesdays from July 23rd to August 27th at Fermyn Woods Country Park. Half hour sessions run from 11am to 12.30pm and then from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Join the ranger at Pond dipping or Mini beast hunt if water too low.

Tickets from cafe £2 from the Skylark cafe. All equipment provides. Pay and display charges apply. Further details on 015356 373625.

Summer Family Fun. 10.30am – 5pm every day during August.

There is something to do every day at Lyveden New Bield. On Fab Fridays take part in organised activities such as archery and wild art from 2-4pm.

Check or 01832 205158.

Beer Festival Returns! More details will follow soon but put the weekend of September 19th/20th in your diary for the 10th Brigstock Beer Festival.

This year will be the 10th and so far £59,000 has been raised to help local charities and also groups in Brigstock. There have also been donations to improvements for the village hall.

This year the main recipient will be Cransley Hospice in memory of Nicola Cork who lived in Brigstock. Nicola was a volunteer and supporter of the festival.


Cream Teas will be served at the Methodist Church this afternoon, (Thursday) from 2.30pm-4.30pm. Admission is £3. There will be various stands including cakes, cards and the Oasis bookstall. Everyone is welcome.

Countdown Cares will host a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday at Yeomans Court. Please note the venue is Yeomans Court and not the John Yeomans Hall.

Once again the Burton Latimer Committee of the Children’s Society has organized a Town Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. This is much better than the usual car boot sale, because you can set up and market a stall/table on the street outside or near to your house with things you have always meant to ‘car boot’ but never have, things you have made yourself, such as cakes, cards, jams etc. A pre-paid stall will cost £5 (£10 on the day) and the profit you make is yours to keep or to donate to a favourite charity.

For further information or to book your stall please contact Janet (01536 398967). The event will be advertised across the county and your stall will be included on a town map.

A Fundraising Tea & Chat Afternoon will be held on Tuesday, in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, starting at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

‘Holidays’ will be the theme at the meeting of Beautiful People to be held in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane on Wednesday. The meeting will begin at 10.30am.

‘This County’ will be the theme of a film show at a Cheese &Wine Evening which will be hosted by Isham Division Trefoil Guild at the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, Burton Latimer on Friday, August 22nd, starting at 7.30pm. Local historian, Michael Freeman will present the film show. Tickets priced at £7.50 are now available from Viv (01536 726781) (07833 962467)

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s 8th Annual Show will be held on Saturday 23rd August at 2pm at the Community Centre, Pioneer Ave. Burton Latimer.

Come along for the afternoon to enjoy this very successful show, afternoon tea and cake, raffle and tombola, plant stall.

The Committee invite you to take part in the entering any of the numerous categories - flowers, pot plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, fruit, handicrafts, photography, baking and preserves and much, much more.

Entry forms from Maureen on 01536 723059, forms to be completed and returned by 20th August. Presentation of cups and shields by Philip Hollobone M.P.

Women’s Fellowship will meet in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, August 26th for a Fish and chip supper.

The monthly coffee morning in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church will be on Wednesday, August 27th starting at 10.15am

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, August 28th starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Flower & Produce Show at Bosworth’s Nurseries & Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Further details and schedules are now available by phoning Diane (01933 678545)

Margaret Heels would like to express her gratitude to all those who attended her Garden Party on Monday, July 28th at 50 Bridle Road. The event was so successful that over £400 was raised for the Burton Latimer branch of the Royal British Legion, Women’s Section.

The ladies of the committee wish to thank Margaret for the generosity, hard work and dedication she puts in to all she does for the branch and beyond.

The next event on the calendar is a Sausage and Mash Evening on Monday, September 1st at the Band Club, starting at 7.30pm.

Approximately 80 people attended the one hour Candlelit Vigil at the War Memorial on Monday, August 4th, in commemoration of the outbreak of the Great War.

For a number of years the young people of the Mission Room presented an annual pantomime.

A reunion is planned for Saturday, October 4th, to be held at the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, between 5pm and 8pm. Anyone who took part or helped with the pantomime is invited.

For further information please phone 01536 723004.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist and crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship with Holy Communion

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


Trinity Church in Denford there will be Service of Morning Worship at 10.30am. All are welcome to join us.

Line Dance Classes are on every Monday afternoon between 4.00pm and 5.00pm in Denford Village Hall.

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

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


The National Penstemon Collection Annual Open Day held on Saturday, July 27 at Froggery Cottage, 85 Breakleys Road, Desborough, was a great success with several hundred visiting during the morning and afternoon.

Visitors came from far and wide with people travelling from Whitley Bay, Sheffield, Stafford, Cambridge and Bedford. National and local charities benefitted from the sum of over £1250 raised on the day and lunches and teas served in aid of Marlow House Day Centre.

Desborough Town Welfare Committee were in great demand resulting in a 50% increase in donations.

A special attraction was a Greater Spotted Woodpecker’s nest in the garden which caused much interest.

Arrangements have been made for next year 2015’s opening to be on Sunday, July 26.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the second of its evening photo shoots on Friday, August 1. These summer break practical sessions are proving very popular, with 20 members taking the opportunity to visit an equestrian eventing stables.

The horses were photographed close-up, being groomed, exercised and all the other activities required to keep these fine animals in top condition.

Thanks to Liz for arranging this, and special thanks to Karen and her team for allowing the Society into her stables and organising the evening.

On Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, it was the Real Italian Food Market in Desborough.

On Friday it was held at the High Street and Saturday, at the Havelock Street. Despite the rain, on Saturday, there was a good turn out. Great Italian food items were on offer. From Gluten free cakes, bread, olives, pasta, spaghetti, olive oil and cheese.

You could try before you buy, some of the items. There was a great buzz in Desborough town centre.

About 200 Desborians crowded into their Heritage Centre on Saturday morning, August 2, for the launch of the World War I Exhibition, titled as Desborough 1914 - 1918: Men at War & Families at Home, coinciding with the monthly coffee morning.

The main elements of the exhibition are a theatrical depiction of soldiers in the trenches in one window, together with a long gallery of the faces and stories of the 145 young men from Desborough who died in the War.

This gallery is set under a time line history of the War from 1914 to 1918, the majority of Desborough deaths being in 1917 and 1918. There are uniforms and equipment for children to try and the volunteers at the Heritage Centre look forward to school visits in the autumn term. Display boards also reveal the effects on the town together with stories of some of the 580 Desborough men who went to War and survived.

Much of this information has been brought in by members of the community and it is hoped that more will be brought to the centre now that the exhibition can be seen.

At the opening ceremony, Belinda Humfrey as Chairman of Desborough Civic Society spoke of the successes of the Heritage Centre in recent five months. Its Northants Heritage Awards (“Historic Site of 2014”), its raising of funding for expansion & development of its entrance and shop (from AIM and EMMD), and now this exhibition with help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arnold Feakin Trust.

In particular she thanked those volunteers of the central team responsible for the exhibition.

Thank you goes to Michael Maguire, Richard Turner, John Blackwell & Stephen Richards with the chairmanship of Bob Freemen.

Bob Freeman himself detailed the work of a broad range of volunteers and the use of earlier researches into the dead of Desborough’s John Wells and Steve Vincent. Finally, with the unveiling of copies of the Roll of Honour and various monuments, the exhibition was opened by Desborough Civic Society’s President, Elizabeth Saunders Watson (of Rockingham Castle) with an appreciative speech.

The Desborough Town Partnership held another 1940s meeting at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Tuesday, August 5. In this meeting they discussed the next steps.

The 1940s day will be held on Saturday, September 20 in Desborough Town centre along Station Road.

Fresh Air Desborough are selling raffle tickets for their 2014 Summer Raffle Draw. You can buy yours from the DCDT shop on Station Road.

Tickets cost only £1 and you can win some amazing prizes. Such as £100 Cash, parking sensors, a rug, a strimmer, vouchers, bottles of wine, chocolates and many more

Can you spare some of your free time for Desborough Library?

Library volunteers are needed at Desborough Library. Desborough Library are looking for a Children’s Activity Helper to assist during the weekends and school holidays; a gardener on flexible times; Story time Leader on flexible times and a Volunteer Walk Leader to assist on regular sessions, once a week, during the day. If you think you are the suitable candidate for these roles and want to learn something new, then drop in to your local library and speak to the Library Manager.

Alternatively, you can apply online at:

Desborough Town Cricket Club continues to stage the important three day cricket match between Northamptonshire Second XI and the Combined Universities on Thursday, August 14. The game is being umpired by Desborough’s Ian Starkey together with the former Glamorgan, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire all rounder, Alex Wharf. It is the final day of the match and play starts in the morning at 11am. Desborough’s ground is situated next to the West Lodge Rural Centre in Back lane.

Come along to Welland Valley Charity Truck Pull Challenge 2014 on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25 from 10am to 7pm. Come and support your teams pulling a 8 ton truck for 1 mile. This event is situated at Melbourne, Leicestershire, LE16 8DT. This year is to raise funds for Fusiliers Aid Society, Woolwich Barracks, Tower of London and Lee Rigby’s Son Jack. Enjoy live entertainment on the colossal stage, presented by Laura Alexandra. With Artist from Together In Harmony, including Nathanael, Victoria, Liberty Lucy May and Jasmine. Featuring special guests, Boy Band State Side, Dead Baby Birds, Raw Kadence, Molly Rainford, Davina Wills, Marvin the Jazzman and The Medbourne Church Bell Ringers. Adults cost £2, Children under 14 years go free. Car parking is £1.50. There will be kids rides, bouncy castle, big prize raffle, hog roast beer tent and much more. A big thank you to all the sponsors, as follows: Harborough Mail, Shire Lodge Auto Repairs, Homebase, BBC Radio Leicester, Vital Signs Visual Technology, Tesco Express, Medbourne Stores, Rocky Road Music, SX Illustration and Design, Impact Stages, FCC Environment, Out-Side the Box Promotions, Harborough FM 102-3, C.S.Ellis Group Ltd Warehouse Distribution. Powered by Peavey. Sponsoring the PA System.

If you have never done a triathlon, then you must Tri Harborough. One event, two distances.

Perfect for first timers and seasoned pros alike. Archway House Harborough Triathlon is being held on Sunday, September 7 from 2pm at Harborough Leisure Centre, Northampton road, Market Harborough, LE16 9HF. Try a Tri, from 200m Swim, next 11.5km Bike, lastly 2.5km run.

This short event is designed to give everybody the chance of setting themselves a goal and doing something different. Try a Sprint, from 400m Swim, 23km Bike, 5km run. A sprint is for more serious athletes who want to stretch themselves that bit further.

Try a Relay, split either into three and form a triathlon relay team. The relay is available at both distances, lets you either pick the aspect you’re most comfortable with or train as a team in all three and then pick the best for each event.

To find out more or to enter, please visit: You can telephone 01858 410820 or email:

Cycle4Cynthia on Sunday, September 21. You can do 5 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles routes. Starting from 9am from Lamport Hall. Book early and pay less. For adults it cost £15, children it’s £7.50 and families it’s £35.

After September 5, the prices change to adults costing £20, children £10 and and families at £50.

For entry and sponsorship forms log on to: Or you can ring Sue Bownass on 01604 678088. In aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Kidsaid.


Friday 15th August – Mountain bike race around East Carlton park.

This event is being organized by Rockingham Wheelers with the assistance of Pete Jinks.

It is an open invitation and so if you fancy having a go – please feel free to come along. The cricket club is being used as the base for the event and registration starts at 6.30pm. BBQ for riders, spectators and all there on the evening to follow.

Andy Roberts Memorial cricket match will take place on 31st August at ECCC. This is a friendly arranged between the villages of Cottingham where Andy lived and East Carlton where Andy supported the club for many many years.

Players are required to represent East Carlton.


The Finedon Local History Society will be holding its August meeting on Sunday August 17th with a trip to Canons Ashby. Arrival time is 1.50pm and entrance to the house and gardens is £7.20 with the gardens only at £3.45.

If you are a member of the National Trust then entrance is free and Trust rules apply.

Anyone interested should contact Michael on 681697 or Malcolm on 680773.

Finedon Bowls Club Ladies Section is holding a Coffee Morning at the Bowls Club in Wellingborough Road at 9.30am onwards on Tuesday 19th August.

Admission is 75p including coffee and biscuits plus raffle and bring and buy.

The July meeting of the Sugarcraft Guild met in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP.  20 members and visitors enjoyed a very different demonstration by Lianne Noye.  Lianne made a “Trug filled with Vegetables” which included potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and green beans.  Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Shirley Crowhurst gave the vote of thanks.  The next meeting is on August 20th at 7.30pm when Julie Cotton will be demonstrating “Christmas Trees”.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

We have a 6 week course starting in September. 

This will be to marzipan and sugarpaste a cake and decorate with a garrett frill and side decoration. 

This will be topped with a spray of Holly, Ivy, Christmas roses, and poinsettia.  The cost will be £48.

Anyone interested please contact  01933 680099 or e-mail         

Our webpage is 


On Sunday in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am.

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


Sunday August 17th 10.30am benefice service at Denton.

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

Wednesday coffee mornings held after the Communion service in the home of one of the parishioners, details on the church notice board.

Diary Dates


Saturday 20th at 7.45pm in Yardley Hastings Memorial hall, secret cinema ~ title to be announced.

Ever thought of giving yoga a go? Come and join a small, friendly group in Grendon village hall. Every Monday in term time 1.30~3.00pm. Pay as you go or a discount on each half term paid up front. Contact Linda Wheatley

Keep up with village news and issues by looking at the village website or the parish council’s, which is

There are also some allotments still available in the village, ring the parish clerk on 01933 663918.

Villagers at the lower end of the village have recently received a pamphlet outlining the intention of installing a solar farm between Grendon and Wollaston. Planning consent must be obtained and there was a small display in Wollaston village hall to illustrate the project, along with installation experts.

The land in question is farmed from Strixton and comments on the proposal may soon be appropriate.

Address details will be in a future edition.

The village website may be found at


Harringworth Croquet Afternoon

More than 50 people attended the Annual Croquet Afternoon on Sunday in the garden of The Elms with 36 players competing (including 11 new entrants who had never played before).

After playing all her matches the winner with a score of 15 was Eloise Smith (Pamela and Bill Cooper’s granddaughter). There were four runners up on 14 points - Bill Cooper, Nigel Lugg, Andy White and Chris Hendy. The event raised over £200 for the Appeals Fund.

The whole afternoon was a great success thanks to the excellent preparation and planning.

A special thank you must go to John and Gill Humberston for preparing the three croquet lawns and hosting the event. Also thank you to Margaret & Terry Riley and Sue & David Reading who worked so hard over the past few weeks and on that day making it such a success.There was a super selection of home-made cakes donated for the Afternoon Tea, including

‘Trench Cake’ made by Sarah Chambers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.

It was an eggless fruitcake, made to the original recipe, and contains a modest amount of cocoa powder to add a touch of luxury (and extra calories) which was destined for the boys on the front line during World War 1.

You can find further details about the Trench Cake on the village website, shortly.

The afternoon started with a champagne toast to say farewell to Mary and Paul Manning and Gill and John Humberston who leave the village this month for pastures new - they will all be sadly missed.

Harringworth 100 CLUB

Here’s how it works... The aim is to sell 100 tickets per annum at £25 each and if all are sold this will raise £2,500. There will be 11 monthly draws for £100 and a

Christmas Draw for £150 with the remaining money going to the village funds.

The draws will either take place at a village event or on a nominated date each

month - further information on the draws will be published on the village website ( in due course.

On a first come first serve basis you can choose your favourite number so buy your ticket(s) now to avoid disappointment.

The more you buy the greater the chance to win while supporting your village. All participants must be over 18. Contact David Reading on 747664 / email to purchase your draw ticket(s).

Bulwick Annual Horticultural Show

Get ready for the challenge! Entries Night takes place on Wednesday 21st August from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

This is the date for all photographic exhibits to be handed in and for all other intended entries to be registered prior to the show.

The Show will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August in St Nicholas Church.

There will be refreshments and

various stalls in the Village Centre. If you have any questions about entries please email the organiser Alma O’Neill:

Northamptonshire Churches Trust Ride & Stride

The annual Ride & Stride Event takes place on Saturday 14th September from 10:00am to 6.00pm. You can participate by being sponsored as a cyclist, walker or a recorder in St Nicholas or Holy Trinity Church. Details of the Ride & Stride event can be found on the NHCT website at 50% of money raised will be sent to NHCT and 50 per cent to the church nominated by the participant.


Thursday 14 August in Irchester Library there will be Rhymetime at 9.30 and Crochet, Knit and Natter from 2pm. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and an active Friends of Irchester Library group. Alan, Irchester’s library manager will be pleased to see you in the usual library opening hours which are Tuesday – Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10-2pm and Sunday 1-4pm. You can find out what is available or discuss any ideas you may have for additional events which could be held in the library.

Irchester Branch of the Red Cross will be meeting at Barringers Court tonight at 8pm. If you are interesting in finding out more about the work of the Red Cross please go along, you will be made very welcome.

Please read the letter below from Matthew Brookes, an Irchester youngster and support him in his commendable fundraising effort.

As part of the National Citizen Service Award I aim to complete a sponsored half marathon in aid of the special care baby unit in Northampton General Hospital. It is a cause close to my heart because I was a premature baby born at 30 weeks weighing 1.002kg/2lb 3oz. I was on Gosset ward for the first three months of my life so it was my first home. I want to give something back to the team who cared for me and saved my life. Without them I would not be here today. I also hope to inspire the parents of babies in the unit at the moment, to show just what a premature baby can achieve.

The sponsored half marathon will be at Kimbolton on 17th August and so far I have raised a couple of hundred pounds which keeps growing every day. I have also been washing cars with my team from NCS all in support for the Gosset ward community support project which we set up. If people wanted to donate they can do it at the hospital. They would have to go to the charity office and give them my reference number and my name; leave their name and address so that they can write to them to say thank you for the donation.

If people would like to donate my agreement number is FRA 286 and the

registered charity number is 1051107(Northamptonshire Health

Charitable Fund).

Kind regards

Matthew Brookes

The Friday Club will be meeting in Barringers Court between 2 and 4pm on Friday 9 May for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings.

They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards bingo and a cup of tea. New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits. All are welcome, contact Rosemarie on 07713635907 to find out more about the club.


Thankyou to those who were involved in the fundraising day at the British Arms, for JackWarboys on 26th July 2014. The money raise was £1700.

Would you like to try fishing? There will be a free fishing taster at Irthlingborough Lakes and meadows on 18th August 2014. Local experts willbe available to show you how it is done. Spacesare limited, so book your 30 minute session on

01604 405285.

There will be a coffee morning on 16th August2014 at the Albert Underwood Room, IrthlingboroughFrom 10am – 12pm; in aid of Christian Aid.

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

The Monthly Light Lunch at the Methodist ChurchCollege Street, Irthlingborough will be on Wednesday20th August 2014. The cost is £2.50, the menu varies

and it starts from 12pm.


Kettering Carnival is on Saturday 16th August and leaves Grange Estate at 1pm arrives at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park where there is a Fete from 11am – 5.30pm.

Fun for all the family on the route and in the Park – marching bands, refreshments, stalls and children’s rides.

For more information and entry forms visit

There will be light lunches, refreshments and some stalls at All Saints Church, William Street from midday.

All welcome.

A Charity Fashion Show in aid of Cancer Research takes place on Friday September 5th at 7pm at St Andrews Church

Hall, Lindsay St Kettering. Tickets are priced at £5 (including welcome drink). Entrance by ticket only which can be purchased at the Cancer Research charity shop or in person at 90 St Johns Rd, Kettering.

On Saturday 16th August at Rutland Water the Second Big Charity Swim takes place. In aid of Cransley Hospice and various other charities.

If you haven’t registered yet go to (swimming menu) for further information and to register.

The Summer Craft Activities at the Manor House Museum continues from Friday 15th August with craft table activity, Tuesday 19th August Create a Bumper Bingo Game, Wednesday 20th August Clay Play Fun and Thursday 21st August Devise a Beetle Drive Game.

All sessions last for approximately 1 hour and take place at the Manor House Museum. Cost £3 per child, £2 with Kettering Leisure Pass, free to Young Friends. Free activities also available at the Museum include worksheets, activity trails, brass rubbing and much more! For further information and to book please contact the Museum on 01536 514219 or email

On Sunday 31st August a Dragon Boat Race at Wicksteed Park. Enter a team and join in the fun. For more information, contact Cransley Hospice Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 or visit

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Lake Avenue on Thursday 28th August 11am and 2.30pm The Sooty Show. It’s Sooty’s Birthday party and things aren’t going to plan. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking the Birthday cake and will Soo ever decide which dress to wear?

Special guests include Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake.

Guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans old and new. Don’t miss it!

Tickets adult £12, child £10, family x 4 £38. Chance to meet Richard & Sooty after the show.

If you haven’t visited the Market Pl

ace yet don’t forget Kettering by the Sea on until 16th August.

Features West Lodge Farm animals, splash fountains, big screen, London Science Museum, beach, fashion show, beach volleyball, pantomimes and much more.


The Northants Amateur Astronomers: –If you would like to find out a lot more about the club, and see more about where they visit to view the night sky, you can go on their web-site, which is very informative by putting in Northants Amateur Astronomers where you can also get in contact with any further questions you may have or pop along to any meeting held at The Lamb Pub in Little Harrowden at 7.30pm.

There are many outside Observing meetings held in between these meetings as well as Committee meetings held in Kettering for further information or to contact the group look on the NAA web-site.

The next meeting at The Lamb will be next Tuesday 19th August- Telescopic Topics.

From September, Little Fishes will be on Monday Mornings in term-time from 9.30am until 10.45am in St Mary’s Church, Little Harrowden.

All pre-school children with their adults are welcome for a Bible story, songs and prayers, craft activities, toys and refreshments as well as a chance for the adults to chat with other carers.

The first meeting will be on September 1st when all new Little Fishes and Old will be welcomed, then, a special goodbye will be said to the Little Fishes who are moving to big school.

Church Services for this Sunday 17th August- 10.00am Benefice Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 6.00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday 20th 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Yoga class at Little Harrowden Village Hall – Thursdays 9.30-11.00am All abilities and ages welcome, classes run throughout the year ‘Pay as you go’ facility available, stretch, relax, unwind, feel better for further details contact Anne on 01933 673212

Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church go along and join in the free fun on Monday 8th September and then every 2nd Monday in the month there after. 5.00pm-6.30pm a time for families to have fun and food together.

Cost none- donations towards food are welcome.

For dietary needs and a rough idea of numbers to cater please contact Jane on 01933 677380 or email-

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Further dates for your diary -Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting. Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship:-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology.

Little Harrowden WMC- 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. Saturday artists- Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.

The September Festival will be on Saturday 6th September from 11.00am in the Church. Raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand.

Don’t forget to check out the 5 churches website for a diary of events in all the 5 benefice villages.

Little Harrowden Village Hall Regular events-

Parish Council meetings – 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm

Bowls Club – every week, Mondays 1.45pm – 4pm and Thursdays 7.45pm-10pm

T Dance – Last Friday in each month 1.30pm-4pm

Keep fit- every week Mondays 10am-11am

Art classes- [term time only] Wednesday 1.30pm-3.30pm 10.00am-11.30am

Yoga classes – every week Thursday 9.30am-11am

Dog Training- every week Friday 7pm-9pm

Dance classes- Monday 4.30pm-9.00pm, Tuesday 5.00pm-7.00pm

For further information about these events or to book the hall call 07769693139

Yoga for all-Thursdays 9.30 to 11am in Little Harrowden Village Hall, all abilities welcome, classes run throughout the year, ‘Pay as you go’ or book for a term at a discounted rate.

The sewing group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month, new faces will be very welcome, for more info contact Jane on 01933 677380.


On Sunday 17th August a service of Family Communion will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.


In a recent survey, one in 10 UK residents were unable to name a single one of their neighbours, and less than a fifth of people know the names of even their immediate neighbours. However, it also found that 65 per cent of people believe their neighbourhood would be a “stronger” and safer place if people were encouraged to get to know each other better. So please join the Oakley Vale Community Association 24th September at your Community Centre 7.30 and let’s get to know each other! I will have representatives from Midwest and the new school along to clarify recent developments.

‘Sound testing’ begins this week at your Community Centre there are hopes of improving the sound leakage from the centre during music and dance sessions – more news as it comes.

Several Oakley Vale residents including Brigid Gibbs, Annette Driver, Judy Caine and myself will be involved in a fantastic musical experience on the 23rd August. We are rehearsing now with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, star singer Barb Jungr and electric band ‘Head of Snakes’. The Concert will be a stadium gig at the Corby Town Football club and there are only a few hundred tickets left so get yours now! All the music will have a Corby theme including 10 new songs specially composed and orchestrated as part of ‘Made In Corby’ an amazing project that will continue for the next three years.

Tickets available from the Core Theatre, the box office is already open! A TV documentary on the concert is being filmed for the BBC. I will personally be playing lengths of Corby tube as part of my percussion rig – this for a song called ‘Things We used to Make’ – as you know we still make the world’s finest steel tubes - so thank you TATA steel for all your invaluable help!

The Oakley Rangers are on their summer break back on the 6th September.

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

 Your first visit to Oakley Vale W.I. is free The President is Janet Smith on 01536 743152.

Cllrs. Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30 – 12. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Councillor Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am, no appointment necessary.

His email is


The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Further dates for your diary -Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting. Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship:-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology.

Brass on The Green. The Joseph Manning Trust invites you to a concert by the Raunds

Temperance Band. Sunday 7th September on Orlingbury Village Green 2.30-5pm. Entry FREE! Norty’s licensed bar and cream teas, take along a garden chair.

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

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

Church Services for this Sunday 17th August- 10.00am Benefice Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 6.00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday 20th 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Queen’s Arms Orlingbury- Thursday night is Quiz night, starting at 9pm its only £1 entry per person. For any further information call 01933 679110 or

Orlingbury Family Circle- The next dates are- No meeting in August. Sunday 21st September: - Food/Harvest. Sunday 19th October –autumn.

Pop along to Orlingbury Village Hall 9.30am until 10.30am.

Enjoy a delicious Bacon Butty and meet up with other families and friends old and new.

For more information call Shelley on 07790393913 or Helen 07919191845

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

Outreach Post Office – An outreach post office is available in the office building at 2 Isham Road, Orlingbury every Tuesday between 8.00am and 11.45am.

1st Orlingbury Rainbows will now be meeting at Pytchley Village Hall 5.45-6.45 term time. Ages 5-7 years, join in the fun doing crafts, games and activities every week, for more information contact Katie on 01536 791109

1st Orlingbury Brownies meet at Little Harrowden School every Tuesday term time 6-7pm contact Kate 07813339259

2nd Orlingbury Brownies meet at Orlingbury Village Hall every Wednesday term time 6.45-7.45 contact Judy 01933 678125

1st Orlingbury Guides meet at Pytchley Village Hall every Tuesday term time 7-8.30pm. Ages 10+ Go along to meet new friends, challenge yourself and have lots of fun and new opportunities. Contact Jane -01933 677380

Senior section- Isham Division Rangers meet on Tuesdays fortnightly 7-8.30pm term time ages 14-26 Contact Lucy on 07794254752

Don’t forget to check out the 5 churches website for a diary of events in all the 5 benefice villages.

Orlingbury and Isham Short mat Bowls welcome new bowlers. They have woods available for your use; you will just need a pair of smooth soled shoes or slippers.

They meet on Mondays and Friday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm each week, also Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 4pm in Orlingbury Village Hall, everyone would be made very welcome if you are interested please turn up or call Bob & Jacqui on 01536 722473.


The annual Summer Reading Challenge this year in Northamptonshire Libraries is ‘Mythical Maze’, with events and activities taking place at Raunds Library throughout the school holidays.

Learn to make your own mythical creature out of paper today, Thursday, 14th August, between 10.30 a.m. and 12 noon, and tomorrow, Friday, 15th August, storyteller Rob will be recounting Mythical Tales between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Next Wednesday, 20th August, you can make a Yeti/Anansi pom-pom at the library between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 21st August, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

Coffee will be served tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 12 noon at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome.

A Tea Dance will take place tomorrow, Friday, 15th August, between 2 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, with a raffle and music by Dave Hawkes. Admission is £3. For more information please call 01933 312623. Everyone is welcome.

St Peter’s Church in Raunds will be open between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, 16th August, for visitors who would like to see the beautiful medieval paintings and fine architecture. There is no charge for entry but donations would be appreciated.

There will be a Benefice service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 17th August at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead.

There will also be a service of Morning Worship at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, and a service of Evensong at 6 p.m.

The Raunds Local Focus Group will be exploring East Northamptonshire by bus each Tuesday during August, between 9.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. or between 9.15 a.m. and 2.15 p.m.

On alternate mornings between 9.30 a.m. and 12 noon, the group will be taking countryside walks from 2 to 4+ miles, often with a refreshment stop afterwards, and on alternate Friday evenings, between 7 p.m. and 8.30 p.m., they will be taking local country walks, with some options for a pub stop afterwards.

Maps are available from £2.50 each, some of which can be obtained from Raunds Post Office for you to explore in your own time.

There are various self-led routes and distances, suitable for everyone and an option to join in with the group. For more information please call Susan on 01933 461480.


Today, Thursday 14th August 2014 the Lunch Club takes place in the Shared Church Schoolroom at 12.30pm.The Club meets monthly for elderly people who are connected to St. Mary’s Church, The Shared Church or any person who is alone will be welcome, but it is essential to book in advance with Carolyn Brooking on 01933 461055. The price is £3.00 for a 2-course hot meal, and tea/coffee.

St. Lukes Chapter of the Guild of Servants in the Sanctuary will be meeting on Thursday 14th August 2014 at 7.30pm in St. Mary the Virgin Church in Wellingborough. Solemn Mass and Faith Quiz.

Sunday 17th August 2014 and is the Ninth Sunday after Trinity and there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 10.00am. Refreshments are available after the service. All are very welcome to join us.

Sunday 17th August 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am a Communion Service with Pastor Patrick. Tea-Time Talk with Agnes Burton at 5pm.

Cash Bingo takes place every Sunday from 8.20 pm at Ringstead Village Social Club. Play for the Line, Full House and accumulating Snowball Prize. Nominal cost for the books and a friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Come along and join us.

A New youth projest stating in Ringstead over the coming months and we are looking for the following:

Teenagers to assist in the leading of a new youth group, all training will be provided. Children aged between 8-12 years who would like to attend a group. Opportunity to have your voice heard about what you’d like to to happen within your group.

Adults to assist in the oversight of the project, all training will be provided.

Please watch out for the publicity around the village.

This is being led by Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs.

To register your interest or to find out more information, please contact youth worker: Michelle Shaw on 07534 560274 or email:


More than 200 townspeople attended the service of commemoration and thanksgiving that was held at Rothwell war memorial at 11.00am on Monday, August 4 – 100 years to the minute after Great Britain entered the First World War.

The service was conducted by Major Richard Cook of the Rothwell Salvation Army, supported by other church ministers of the town and representatives of Churches Together in Rothwell. It was also supported by Rothwell Town Council, represented by the mayor, Cllr Roger Wilson, and other dignitaries. The women’s section of Desborough branch of the Royal British Legion provided a standard bearer, and music was by the 60 Fellowship Band under the leadership of bandmaster Derek Wears.

At the foot of the war memorial were displayed crosses in two bowls. The larger bowl held a cross for all who died in the conflict and are named on the war memorial, while the smaller bowl’s crosses represented those who died in the Second World War or who are not named on the memorial.

After the service, a buffet lunch was held at the Salvation Army’s Well and Bridge project in Rothwell’s Bridge Street., where a small exhibition is being displayed in the community lounge during the month that shows different perspectives of WW1.

It comprises personal reflections from Rothwell and from a Salvation Army perspective internationally.

The police and crime commissioner for Northamptonshire, Adam Simmonds, was present at the July was meeting of Rothwell Town Council to give an update on various issues, including:

increasing the number of police officers

a new custody facility for the area plans for the fire and police services to work together.

The service is pledged to raise the number of special constables to 900 by May 2016 and they are retaining 1,220 police officers, Mr Simmonds said. Special constables are fully trained but are part-time. By December, there will be 500 specials. If they can raise 50 specials in Rothwell, the town council would be able to set their targets. Members of the retained fire service can also become specials.

It is proposed that a new custody suite will be built on the A6003 where there will be around 40 cells. Both Kettering and Corby cells have to be closed as they are no longer safe. Northern sector headquarters will also be on the same site. It will be built next year and should mean a greater police presence around this area.

Cllr Alan Mills was concerned that, while there used to be seven police officers based at Desborough, there are now only three, meaning there is often no police officer in this area. He was also doubtful that as many as 50 people would volunteer as specials. Mr Simmonds said he understood the difficulties of getting volunteers but ten police officers cost £10m.

Numbers of officers have not dropped overall across the county. When it was pointed out that the police precept is rising but we have fewer officers, Mr Simmonds said times have changed. Cllr Mills pointed out that Rothwell has recently had one of the highest crime figures in the county, especially for burglaries, but Mr Simmonds said the number has now dropped.

Cllr Leisa Russell emphasised that there used to be good, local police officers and now there are fewer despite the additional buildings in the area. Mr Simmonds stressed that the cost of the new buildings has nothing to do with the revenue for police officers, but is essential because Corby and Kettering cells have to be closed for legal reasons. He added that the Rothwell and Desborough police and fire station hub might be re-located to one site between the two towns.

It was pointed out that volunteers for specials tend to come from more affluent areas, and a resident at the meeting expressed concern that more deprived areas would not have volunteers. Mr Simmonds said the aim is to attract specials from varied backgrounds.

County Cllr Jim Hakewill said firefighters might not be able to get to the station within a certain time, with one centre. Changes to the fire service have not yet been approved by the county council – the police service is political under the police and crime commissioner but the fire service is not. Mr Simmonds confirmed he was discussing the issue with the county council and its senior officers, with no decisions yet made. Dissatisfaction over the responses made by Mr Simmonds were expressed.

There were 23 reported crimes in Rothwell during June. They were: burglary dwelling, 2; criminal damage, 4; drug offences, 1; other offences, 1; robbery, 1; theft from motor vehicles, 2; theft/handling, 4; theft of motor vehicles, 1; violence offences, 7.

Essential roof repairs are being carried out at Rothwell junior school, Gladstone Street over the next six-eight weeks. The work requires scaffolding to be erected to all roof areas, according to a letter distributed to local residents.

The Holy Trinity Holiday Club, held on August 2-4, was a great success, with almost 30 children attending each day. Activities included mask and jewellery making, drama and action stories, a quiz around the church, and all the children were able to take home something that they had made. They all participated in making a large collage depicting Zacheus the tax collector hiding in a tree, which is on display in the church’s children’s corner.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the second of its evening photoshoots on Friday, August 1, with 20 members taking the opportunity to visit an equestrian eventing stables. The society returns on Friday, September 5, when chairman Geoff Oliver will be showing some of his work.

The society meets in Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club men’s team lost to Northamptonshire Police 66-57 at home on Thursday, July 31 the Manor men’s team the manor. But on Saturday, August 2 the men’s team won 68-62 away against Geddington and Newton. The women continued the club’s winning ways when they visited Little Bowden on Wednesday, August 6, coming away victorious 62-54.

Members continue playing in the club’s knockout competitions which have now reached the semi-finals stage, and the Friday Night League is also reaching a conclusion, with one week to go.

It’s still not too late to join the club, with games in the evenings as well as the afternoons, to suit those who work during the day. Free weekly Monday evening coaching sessions start at 6.30pm, with no equipment needed other than flat-soled shoes. More information from the club website,


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are on Sunday 17th August to The Star & Garter, Chelveston, on Tuesday 19th to The Wollaston Inn and on Thursday 21st to The St John’s Arms, Melchbourne. Shopping trips are to St Ives Market (£8.00) on Monday 18th and Friday August 22nd to Waitrose. Don’t forget Yoga in a Chair on Monday 18th at 11.15am in the Well-being Centre. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Allotments Association – are holding their Annual Show in Wymington Memorial Hall on Monday August 25th at 2.00pm. Full competition details and entry forms for all categories are available from Dave on 356197 or Una on 411405. Members are welcome to enter all categories.

Rushden Collector

s Circle – next meeting on Wednesday August 27th at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall when Colin Ray will speak about ‘Building Curios’.

H E Bates Discussion Group – advance warning of the next meeting on Wednesday Sept 10th in Rushden Bowls Club at 2.00pm when University Lecturer Peter Smith will speak about ‘H E Bates Great War’. Paul Marshall will also read an H E Bates article ‘Lost World of Fancy’ – about street games played in the early part of the 20th Century.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution – are having a Fish & Chip Supper this Saturday August 16th at 7.30pm at the home of Bruno Helsdown at 11, Higham Rd. There will be a Bar and Raffle with proceeds to the RNLI. Tickets at £7.50 obtainable from Richard Lewis on 353671.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – The Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. Date for diary is Sunday Sept 7th at 6.00pm when there will be a performance by ‘Boobs and Brass’ in the Citadel with Free Admission. Collection for Breast Cancer will take place.

Whitefriars Church – This Sunday’s Service is at 10.15am. Also there will be an ‘Evening Stroll’ on Tuesday Aug 26th at 7.00pm starting in Sywell Country Park.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Mrs Nita Gould. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Lucy Watts from Leicester. An Evening of Mediumship is on Wednesday 20th August at 7.30pm with Patrick Carberry of Luton.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Morning Service will be at 10.30am with the Sunday School. RATS New Experience meet on Wednesday 20th from 6.30pm.

St. Peter’s Church – Holy Communion this Sunday is at 8.00am led by Tim Short with the Family Service at 10.00am with Garry Johnson and Victoria Shane.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday August 16th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Family Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am with Evening Service with Communion at 6.00pm both led by David Hudson.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service is at 10.45am with the Worship Group with traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 19th August at 10.00am.

Proms in the Park – on Saturday August 30th at 7.00pm in Hall Park with a performance by Rushden Windmill Band. Free flag and song sheet – bring own seating and picnic, champagne etc. Tickets at £5.00 available from Council Offices, Library and P W House Jewellers.

Proceeds to the Mayor’s Charities.

U3A – meet in the Pemberton Centre on Wednesday 20th at 2.00pm when the speaker will be Kate Wills on ‘Northampton – Summer 1914’.

Rushden Ramblers – Tortoise Group – next walk is this Saturday August 16th in the Little Houghton Area – leaving Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Avril and Graham on 356382.


Stanwick Lakes will be hosting a series of three classic 80s blockbuster films at the Outdoor Theatre over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

On Friday, 22nd August, they will be showing ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (PG); on Saturday, 23rd August, the film will be ‘Dirty Dancing (12), and on Sunday, 24th August, you will be able to watch ‘Top Gun’ (12).

Take a picnic and drinks, your family and friends, and enjoy these films under the stars on a 40 square metre screen. All films will be shown at 8.45pm, and the Outdoor Theatre will be open from 6.30 p.m. on each evening. Tickets are £7.50 each, and £5 for those under 15 years of age. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information please call 01933 625522 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit

Saturday, 16th August, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of live band Drumbluey, who will be providing the Saturday evening entertainment for members of the club and their guests. New members are always welcome, and for more information please visit

There will be a Benefice service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 17th August at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead, and a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. Please see the noticeboard at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, for details of services on Wednesday, 20th August.

There will be an over 30s disco on Sunday, 17th August, at The Courtyard, from 7.30 p.m. Admission is £5 on the door.

A Children’s Summer Holiday cookery class will take place on Tuesday, 19th August, between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. for ages 3 to 7 years, and from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for ages 8 to 13 years. The cost per child is £16 - £18, and booking is essential. Please call Faye on 01604 812800 or 07929 556 908. More information can be found at

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride will take place on Saturday, 13th September, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sponsor forms are now available, with a list of participating churches, and instructions for cyclists and walkers.

You can organise your own route using the Open Churches List, with all money raised being divided equally between your own church and the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust.

To obtain your sponsor form, please call Fiona Exton on 01933 625433.

The Big Picnic will take place on Saturday, 23rd August, at 4 p.m. at the Stanwick Pocket Park to celebrate the first anniversary of its opening.

The barbecue will be alight, so you can take along something to cook. For more information about the Pocket Park visit

Number 11 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 26th July, and number 25 was drawn as the bonus ball on Saturday, 2nd August, making Jack Morris and Fiona Exton the winners of the £30 weekly prizes with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society

Thursday 7.30pm 21st August 2014

Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough NN8 4JT

The speaker is Roger Umpelby his topic is Pests and diseases of vegetables.

Also this year our Flower and Produce Show is on Saturday 30th August 12pm to 6pm and Sunday 31st August 10.30am to 3.30pm.

More details please ring 01933 678545.

There will be a Tea Party on Saturday 16th August, 2014 at All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road

Tickets £2.50 with Tea/Coffee and Home Made Cake (can pay on Door)

There will be a raffle and nearly new stall.

All profits are going to help with the Helen House refurbishment.

Things To Do over the school holidays at Wellingborough Museum. Trench Experience guided tours will take place Saturday 9th ,23rd and 30th August at 11am 1.00pm and 3pm. £1 each to go in.

On Thursday August 14th 11am and repeated at 2pm free entry for adults and only accompanied children to a film show cartoons and comedies. Saturday August 16th Wellingborough Museum hold its Ye Olde Fete with fairground Stalls Coconut Shy, Tin Pan Alley, rifle range and roll a ball. And a Performance from GoldStarz Dance group. Wednesday 20 th August A free entry Wildlife Trust Craft Day Something for the whole family to do. This begins at 10.30 till 1.30pm. Friday August 22nd Professor Parsnip and His punch and Judy show will perform for free indoors if weather unkind, And on Wednesday 27th August Free Entrance to Wrenn School Science Day when activities to outline all the senses will be explored again children will need to be with an adult. Feely Bags and experiments to recognise smell hearing and taste and the chance, to take part in a design a body poster competition.On Friday August 29th Holdenby House Falcons will be on show and flying at a free event flights expected to be at 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Other Events at the Museum Saturday August 30th the BMW/MOA motorbike rally will be holding its Roast Beef Rally, over 50 BMW Motorbikes should be at the museum with their riders between 11.30am and 2pm so if you like looking at bikes go along. The Northamptonshire family History Society will welcome you to ask for their help with geneology from 10 am till 1pm on Saturday August 16th and Saturday 20th September. Their help is free. A date for your Diaries at the Museum on Saturday September 6th you can go back in time and go along and hear His Majesty King Henry 8th tell you all about his life keep an eye out for more info on that,

Vince Price will again be presenting an Evening of Clairvoyance on Thursday 4th September and if you buy tickets in advance from the museum they will cost you £10 but if you pay at the door on the night if there is still space it will cost you £12 each. It begins at 7.30pm and for more info call 01933 276838.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held. The Film Show on Tuesday September 2nd Remembering 1914-1918. Tickets £3.50 each all reel film.

On Tuesday October 7th A steam night film show On Track will be presented and on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown. Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop. Put These Film shows in your Diaries.

Wellingborough Town Centre Seaside beach is making a welcome return Sand, Deckchairs everything again same as last year. Between August 2nd and 30th the beach will be there right in our town centre again, A new improved beach is promised. Please check websites and facebook page. and also on Twitter.

A Mini Food Festival will be held in the town centre in the Market Place on the 5th and 6th September.

This will be an opportunity for any local food businesses or producers to have a stall to sell their wares and to see if a regular place on the town market would be right for them.

For a reduced rate of £10 per stall per day over this weekend you will be able to reach the general public with your goods.

For More information contact the town centre partnership Discover Wellingborough.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. Please remember the first medium of each month is £5 entrance each and please be generous each of the other weeks with your donations to keep the doors of this wonderful church open each week.

Wellingborough Central Townwomens Guild ‘s next meeting is August 21st and a local podiatrist, D. Durrant is the Guest who is going to explain about the care of your feet. Interesting subject.

If any visitors would like to attend any of our meetings, please do so, we would be pleased to see you. On the 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Tithe Barn, at 2.30pm.

Bipolar UK.

The next meeting at Wellingborough may be on Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm till 9pm if a new venue can be found. Please call 01933226720. Please call for details of meeting place for August.

Guided Relaxation Sessions are taking place at The Oxford Street Therapy Centre, 18 Oxford St Wellingborough, Monday afternoons in August through to Monday 22nd September 1.30pm to 3pm - Cost £8.50 each session.

These informal sessions provide a brief getaway to help you wind down and relax in a peaceful environment.

If you are interested call Maggie on 07980 399271.


Are you looking for a Wedding or party venue? Wilbarston Village Hall could be just the place your looking for.

It has a large main hall which will hold over 100 people, it is very popular for wedding receptions and parties and Loud Promotions have many famous rock bands perform there, it has a well equipped kitchen and a fully licensed bar.

It also has a smaller committee room with a bar, beautiful views over

the Welland Vally and also changing rooms and shower facilities.

For more details go to or ring Glennys 01536 770820.

The next Wilbarston Tots summer picnic is this Monday 18th August at 11am at Wilbarston Park.

If you have any news you would like entering in the summer edition of the Wilbarston Chronicle which is due out in early June, please submit all articles to Lawrence Dale or Janet Mackintosh email by Wednesday 20th August.

Communion will be at All Saints Church this Sunday August 17th at 9.00am.


World War One Diary - Day by Day

Long standing residents of Woodford will no doubt remember the late Rector - Rev L E P De Casabianca (Rector of Woodford 1956 -1980), but possibly less well recalled are Mrs De Casabianca’s mother and step-father who lived their twilight years in a bungalow not far from the Rectory in Church Street.

Hubert Brown had fought in the First World War from the start of hostilities until 1916 when he was injured at the Somme.

His war diaries are now being published on a daily basis by his grandson, each day.

They are being put online exactly 100 years to the day following the recorded events.

The diaries are somewhat vague in the early days but once he mobilised become more descriptive.

The diaries can be found at or by following the link from

Hubert Brown lived much of his life in Surrey, South London and Kent before moving to Woodford in 1959.

He and his late wife Florence, were both laid to rest in Woodford Churchyard during 1962.

In July Woodford W.I visited the gardens of Kathy Brown in Stevington.

While Woodford had torrential rain, they were walking about in delightful gardens with surprising nooks and crannies and horticultural interpretations of works of art.

Most of the members came away enthused to transform their own flower beds and get them ready for Open Gardens on Sunday and Monday 24th ~25th August.

The Family Service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday August 17th is at 11:00~11:45 am,The 6pm service will be Songs of Praise.

The Wednesday fellowship continues each week in the Chapel Schoolroom at 7.15pm with a visting speaker and refreshments.

The services at the Churches for Sunday august 17th are Little Addington Holy Communion 9.30am Great Addington Morning Prayer 9.30am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.