Village news August 21

A baby sparrow waits for a parent to return with food
A baby sparrow waits for a parent to return with food

What’s going on where you live


A sale of nearly new clothes and good quality bric-a-brac will be held in Brigstock URC on Saturday 23rd August from 10am till midday. Refreshments will be available.

Brigstock URC are organising another Summer Clearout this year. During the month of August clothes, textiles, toys books, bric-a-brac and small electrical items can be donated. Bring donations to the URC, Mill Lane, on any Wednesday morning in August between 10am and midday and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a cake. If you require items to be collected call 01536 373225, 373832 or 373712. Please note that the URC cannot accept furniture, duvets, pillows and cushions. Money raised will go towards the refurbishment and upkeep of the church.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday 24th August will be conducted by Mr Ian Tattersall.

On Saturday 23rd August Brigstock Cricket Club are holding a Celebratory Party Night from 8pm till late with party band Pure Genius providing the music. This is a free event with a catered food option for £7.50, which has to be ordered in advance. Further details and menu options can be obtained by e-mailing or by calling 07415 638289. In the event of inclement weather the party will be in the village hall.

The final event of the ‘Here Be Dragons’ project in which Brigstock has taken part will be a free guided walk round Oundle, led by Dr Peter Hill, on Saturday 6th September. Meet at 2pm at Oundle Co-op car park. The walk will look at quirky features of the town and the Mary Queen of Scots connection. There is the option to go on to Fotheringhay afterwards, with photo opportunities at both locations.

A Wildlife Wednesday will be held in Fermyn Woods Country Park on 27th August. Half hour sessions run from 11am to 12.30pm and then from 1.30 to 3.30pm. Join the ranger for Pond dipping or a mini beast hunt. Tickets cost £2 from the Skylark cafe. All equipment will be provided. Pay and display charges apply. Further details on 01536 373625.

Enjoy an evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 29th August from 8pm till 11pm. Entrance is £4. Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718519480 or e-mail

A Parish Eucharist will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock, at 9.30am on Sunday 24th August.

A Summer Quiz trail runs daily at Fermyn Woods Country Park until Sunday 7th September. 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.

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


Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s 8th Annual Show will be held on Saturday starting 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, and plant stall. The Committee invite you to take part in entering any of the numerous categories - flowers, pot plants, flower arrangements, vegetables, fruit, handicrafts, photography, baking and preserves and much, much more.

Presentation of cups and shields by Philip Hollobone M.P.

The NSPCC annual house-to-house collection will take place in town during the two weeks from August 23rd to September 6th. Last year £1,500 was raised.

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

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

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, 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)

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


World War I Commemoration event -Sunday 24 August - 2 to 5pm in the Village Hall Annex. Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and to remember the brave men of Cottingham and Middleton who fought and gave their lives for us. There will be a history of Cottingham and Middleton’s soldiers, prepared with the help of Chris Blenkarn who is building a website dedicated to the memory of the First World War servicemen named on the village war memorial, those that survived and their extended families (see There will also be other displays, First World War memorabilia and music from the era sung by the Valley Voice choir, and played by fiddle duo ‘Welland Valley Pals’. There are period toys and games to try and, if you have the stomach for it why not sample a cup of authentic recipe trench stew? There will also be food to buy and a pay bar. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to come along. Any money raised on the day will go to ‘Help for Heroes’ and the Royal British Legion. If you have any World War I memorabilia, stories or documents that you would like to share, please contact Joanne Leaning on 770913 or email

Sad news that the Royal George pub in Cottingham has closed. Villagers would like to thank Hollie and James for their worthy efforts at the pub in recent months. Punch Taverns state that the closure will only be short term and that they hope a local operator will re-open the pub in the very near future. They will shortly be advertising the lease on their recruitment website and are considering possible investment in the premises.

The Cottingham and Middleton Village Store and Café share offer has raised £4,850 which is just a fraction short of the £5,000 target. David Swallow, Chairman of the Management Committee, says: “We are delighted with the response to the share offer and our thanks go out to everybody who has supported us. The shop has been transformed, with new products, new staff and a new look, and the money raised from the share offer will help us expand further and provide a buffer for equipment repairs.” If you’d still like to buy shares, then you can do so. “We’d like as many people to join in as possible,” says David. “The more money we raise, the more new lines we can introduce.”

You can contact the shop on 770097, email or though Facebook

The recent Village Fete attracted a record number of visitors and raised a fantastic £3,427 for the school and church. On a glorious summer’s day, visitors came along to enjoy a range of attractions, all provided by community volunteers, including live music, miniature train rides, face painting, a beer tent, tea room and barbecue and the Pets Cuddle Corner from West Lodge Farm Park. There were lots of games and stalls to be enjoyed. Fete organiser Angela Preston-Jones said “We are all delighted with how well the fete went this year. We had more games, more attractions, more visitors and a brilliant atmosphere. It was the busiest yet and we are so grateful to all those people who gave their time and skills to help us make the day enjoyable and profitable.” The school will use the money raised to buy musical instruments, starting with guitars, so that more children have the opportunity to learn an instrument, and the church will use the funds to repair the church path.

The ‘Recreation Ground Working Group’ alongside ‘HAGS’ play company, spoke with young people and residents about the proposed new skate park scheme at the recent village fete. They collected 40 questionnaires, which asked people about construction materials, design and preferred layout. Together with the online survey carried out earlier this year and village survey activity in 2012, the team now has more than 100 responses to inform the project. Most respondents placed a skate park as their first or second choice in terms of preferred additional facilities for young people in the village. The working group will now look at the results and the next step will be to set up a young persons’ action group, which will assist with developing a final design and organising local fundraising efforts. The working group will also start to look at potential funding sources for the bulk of the project. If you’d like to fill in a survey or get involved in the action group (where the exciting design stuff will happen), please email Suzanne Preston at or call her on 01536 463177.

Cottingham C of E Primary School welcomed two celebrity visitors in the last few weeks of term. Actor Warwick Davis came along to collect a donation on behalf of Little People UK (LPUK) and loveable Nickleodeon TV character Humf, face of children’s charity ICAN, came along to thank the children for raising money for the charity earlier in the year. LPUK is a charity providing help, friendship and support for people in the UK with a restricted growth condition.The children presented Warwick, who is patron of the charity, and his wife Sammy, the charity’s Chairperson, with a cheque for £137, which was raised at a recent charity day at the school. Two other charities benefited from the school’s charity day - children’s charity Spurgeons and Rainbows Hospice for children and young people. each received donations for £137.

More charity news - This year’s wine safari raised £1,333 for the St. Mary Magdalene church. Thanks to everyone who came along, hosted, helped organise and donated raffle prizes.

Thanks too to everyone who came along to the strawberry tea at the Methodist Hall on 26 June. Organised by Sue Hall, the event raised £250 for breast cancer research.

Villager Andy Roberts Memorial Cricket Match - Andy Roberts, who sadly passed away recently, was a keen supporter of East Carlton Cricket Club. He served on the committee for many years and was particularly active with the development of youth cricket coaching. To commemorate Andy’s life and his service to the club, a friendly memorial cricket match will take place between the villages of Cottingham and East Carlton on Sunday 31 August starting at 1.30pm. The bar will be open and there will also be food available. Proceeds will go to Cransley Hospice. Everyone is welcome.

Polo returns to Ashley Road in Middleton on Sunday 31 August with the ‘Sturgess Jaguar and Landrover Polo Cup’. Come along for a family day out where you can experience the fast paced game of polo and enjoy exclusive food and retail stalls. For tickets (priced £8.50), please call 0843 506 5001. Children under 10 get in free. More information at

Come along and speak with PCSO Mark Tooley at his Police Surgery held at The Village Store and Café in Corby Road. Feel free to discuss any issues or concerns you may have related to local Policing matters. Date/time set for next surgery:- 6th September at 3.30pm

A date for your diary – Keep Sunday 28th September free. ‘Green Horizons’ will be holding an ‘Apple Day’ to celebrate our local countryside and collect funds for Autism charities. A full and fun afternoon (2 to 4pm) is in store on the Recreation Field. More details to follow.

Church Services:-

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10.00am

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

Coffee with Hymns – every fourth Sunday of the month at 10.00am

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


The Greenbelt Festival will be held at Boughton House on Friday 22nd – 25th August. This is a Christian Festival of Music, Drama, Arts and Literature for all ages.

The Cranford and District Over 60’s will meet in Grafton Village Hall to hear the 1960’s Club band . Time 1.30 – 3.30pm

There will be a concert In aid of NSPCC, Cranford Branch on

Saturday, 4th October at 6.30 for 7pm at St John’s Church, Cranford, by Belcanto, award winning female voice choir.  Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine and canapés.  For tickets contact:  or 01536 330310.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Slipton at 11.30am. There will be a Family Service at Grafton Underwood at 11.30 am and Evening Prayer at Cranford St John’s at 6.00pm.


Sunday 24th August 2014 is the Tenth Sunday after Trinity and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is No Service today, however you have been invited to a United Service at Thrapton Baptist Church at 10.30am.

Today, Thursday, August 21, there is a Police Surgery at Desborough Library from 3pm to 5pm. If you have any concerns or issues please pop in.


Have you bought your ticket for the Summer Raffle Draw? Fresh Air Desborough (also known as FAD) are holding a ‘Summer Raffle Draw’. Tickets are £1 each in books of five. The community and local businesses in Desborough, Market Harborough and surrounding villages have donated fantastic prizes. There are now 30. The draw will take place on Monday, October 1 at the Desborough Community Development Trust shop on Station Road in Desborough. FAD need to raise further funds to help them continue their work. Can you help? Can you sell a few books to your family, friends and co-workers? These tickets can be delivered to you. For more information, please contact Alan Brooks, FAD Chairman on

Marlow House benefited from a charity raffle which was all part of a big weekend at West Lodge Plant & Gardens. It was the tenth anniversary of their opening. To celebrate there were big reductions and plenty of choice to enjoy and fill our gardens. Richard Jell, the owner, had arranged for free tea or coffee and lots of lovely cakes for customers to enjoy on the way in, or on the way out or even both! There were superb prizes, the first prize being a twisted olive tree, which made it’s new owner a very happy lady. There were also wines, biscuits, a cookery book and two family entry tickets to West Lodge Rural Centre. A full list of winners can be found at the Plant & Garden Centre, on Back Lane, Desborough. Marlow House itself was the better off by £245.50. Thanks to the generosity of Richard’s customers.

Desborough Community Development Trust ( also known as DCDT) presents its 2014 Open Air Cinema Production ‘Mamma Mia!’ Certificate PG. Come and watch this film on Saturday, August 23 at the Millennium Green, off Beech Close. Entry to the Green is from 7pm. The film starts around 8.30pm. Tickets are available from the DCDT shop on Station Road and Icle Star on High Street. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4.50 for 17 years and under, and family ticket of two adults and two children is £16. There will be a barbecue run by the Explorer Scouts and drinks will be available to buy. Alternatively, you can bring a picnic.

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 Medbourne, 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.

On the weekend of Sunday, August 24 and Monday, August 25, enjoy an old fashioned Family Fun Day at West Lodge Farm, Back lane in Desborough. Play traditional games like hoopla, splat the rat, pin the tail on the donkey and join in the with the family challenge to get the whole family working together. For more information, please telephone 01536 760552.

Desborough Town Cricket Club stages another three day fixture from Wednesday, August 27, to Friday, August 29, when Northamptonshire Second XI entertain Middlesex Second XI. Play commences at 11am each morning and Desborough’s ground is situated to the north of the town, in Back lane, next to West Lodge Rural Centre.

Do you work from home but want the whole of Desborough to know what you do and where you’re based? Please contact Pamela on 01536 760244 or email: Send your details to Pamela or call for a chat.

Did you know that Desborough Surgery has a Health Visitor clinic on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30pm? Please call the Health Visitors on 08444 773131 to book an apointment.

Hazeland House Social Club have organised a trip to Skegness on Tuesday, September 9. It is free for members and £10 for non members. The bus will leave Desborough at 9am and leave Skegness at 4.30pm. For more information please contact Robert on mobile: 07918 756777.

40s Day Desborough is rushing towards us! This year on Saturday, September 20, there are stalls to be hired if you have something that is 1940’s related; food, clothes or goods. Please contact Pamela 01536 760244 for details. Tickets for the dinner & dance in the evening are selling fast. If you would like to book your seat, please contact Gillian at the Ritz as soon as possible on 07716 822729 or email: .

There will be lots of vehicles taking part in the parade. Pathe News at the Heritage Centre and also the Ritz, soup kitchens, Harborough Ukulele Band, Pete Wayre (40s singer extraordinnaire!) and lots more. Come dressed for the period if you wish.


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.

Sunday 31st – Benefice service at St. Peter’s church. 2.30pm in the Cottingham annexe for cream teas.


Finedon Trefoil Guild. The next Coffee at the Cons will be on Sept 15th ( not the 1st.) 10 till 11.30. £1. We will be raising money to support Lowland Rescue. This is a Northamptonshire search and rescue group of trained volunteers who work with the Police and other SAR teams in the search for missing and vulnerable people. As well as the usual cakes and raffle there will also be a clothes and bric a brac table.

St Mary the Virgin Church will be holding their Flower Festival from Friday 12th September to Sunday 14th September. The theme this year will be `Till the boys come home’ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.

There are free craft activities at Finedon Library on Saturday 23rd August from 10 – 11am.


Still, the wall in Queen Street is being repaired and so Queen Street is still closed. The Village Hall, Bowls Club, The Post Office, and the Hairdressers, Askews are still open for business!

Two new Parish Councillors have been co-opted to Geddington Parish Council. Nick Batchelor of West Street moved to the village with his wife Jana and two children (plus rabbit and two chickens!) in March this year, after many visits, getting to know the village history and some of the very friendly people. After graduating in Law at University, he has worked in various senior management roles with operational, financial and business development responsibilities. He hopes to bring some of this experience to use on this Parish Council, being unrestrained by any political persuasion.

David Rushton of Wood Street has developed a keen interest in politics at all levels. He has joined The Student’s Union at Tresham College. He believes he can make a difference in Geddington and the surrounding villages, by dealing with local issues that impact on people’s lives, ranging from phone signals, pot holes, dog mess and anything else that occurs in the meantime. We wish them both well.

Boughton House is hosting the Greenbelt Festival. This Christian Festival is in its 40th year and is a celebration of Faith, Art and Justice. There will be lots of music, visual and performing Arts, Spirituality and Comedy for this family friendly event. It starts on August 22nd at 10.00am and finishes on August 25th at 8.00pm, over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The 20th Annual Village Show will be held at Geddington Village Hall and grounds on Saturday 30th August , at 2.00pm. Admission will be 50p on the door. Teas will be made with homemade cakes and the sale of produce is at 4.45pm. Please look for the schedule in the Post Office or in the Newsletter.

The launch of Geddington Brickyard Garden will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 between 2pm and 5pm, at the old Geddington Brickyard at the end of Wood Street. The whole village is invited to roll back a hundred years and ‘come and make a brick’ from Geddington clay, just as villagers used to do. You can decorate your brick with your initials and it will be fired and later used to build our first wall.It will be a fun day and you can find out the potential for this site. The aim is to create a community garden by transforming the derelict site at the end of Wood Street into an inspiring space where people and nature can thrive. All eco-friendly ideas are welcome and we’ll rely on creative use of recycling materials to manage our costs. If you would like to get involved or help in any way, please contact Lynette Litman, 39 Wood Street or email

The Geddington Archive Project is looking for photographs, newspaper cuttings, maps or property details, wartime records of the village and items of rural life now forgotten. They don’t need you to donate anything, just let them scan or photograph the items. The Geddington Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday 1st November in the Village Hall from 12 noon til 4pm. Come and see the story of Geddington in pictures, prints and displays and entry is free. A Website team will be on hand to scan and photograph any additional items of interest. Also village history experts will be present to discuss in more detail items that you may have. It should be a fascinating Exhibition. Please contact or by phone Janet on 726416 or pam 742292.

After a ‘holiday’ of a few months, Old Tyme Dances are starting again in the Youth Club in Grafton Road, Geddington. Every month there will be an evening of old time ballroom dancing with live music by the Mike White Duo. If you would enjoy an evening, bring your own nibbles and drinks and get out there dancing! It starts at 8.00pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981.

The dates are; Saturday September 20th, Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November 2014. There are two more dates in December, Saturday 13th December and Wednesday, New Year’s Eve.

Advance Notice. Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding their annual Trundle and Funday on Sunday September 14th between 11.00am and 5.00pm. Details will be given nearer the time.

Geddington Friends of the Church are organising a whole programme of events to cater for everyone. On Sunday 28th September, they are planning a Medieval Walk and talk at the Mead and Medieval munching, all for £5 per person. Meet at the Cross at 3.00pm. Register your interest for medieval shopping purposes to a Committee member.

‘Music In Quiet Places’ is coming to Geddington Church for the third time this year. It is a series of concerts through the summer and autumn organised by Oundle Music Trust. Geddington Church will be hosting a concert to be given by the Alva, a duo of voice (Vivien Ellis) and fiddle (Giles Lewin), on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm.

Alva’s literature tells us that ‘a spirit of magic, romance and mystery inspires Alva’s programme, which is drawn from the rich British tapestry of folk songs and street ballads from 16th to 18th century.’ Both performers are at home in the folk and early music fields, their joyous , lively and informed performances have won them fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.


Sunday the 24th August 2014 is the Tenth Sunday after Trinity and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington.


Sunday August 24th 10.00am family service at St.Marys.

From now on morning prayer will be said at 9.30am each Wednesday with a Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month. For more info go to

Diary Dates


Saturday 13th Grendon flower and produce show.

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.

Our village website may be found at


Gretton Music Festival 2014 is taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 22nd August to Monday 25th. Now in its fifth year, and sponsored by Seaton’s Solicitors, the organizers are delighted to announce that the following fabulous acts have been confirmed to appear:

Stevie Jones and The Wildfires - Friday 22nd August, 8pm at The Blue Bell. Free entry to see this leading Northants singer/songwriter who also performs powerful vocal covers of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Rod Stewart.

Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant - Saturday 23rd August, 7.30pm at Gretton Village Hall. Avant-folk masterpieces and emotive, quirky pop songs performed on toy, folk and even homemade instruments. Tickets are available from Gretton Post Office and cost £10 (£8 concessions).

Point-Blank - Saturday 23rd August, 8pm at Gretton Sports Club. This five-piece band perform classics from the 50s through to modern-day anthems. Sing-a-long party tunes plus the latest rock and pop infused dance-floor fillers are guaranteed to see all ages boogie on down! Free admission.

Jive Honey: Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky Butts Live! - Sunday 24th August, 7.30pm Gretton Village Hall. A ten-piece soul band, with vocals, horn and rhythm section. Playing a mix of soul classics from Stax and Motown 60s through to the very best of today’s tunes. Not to be missed (and definitely not to be confused with similarly-named 80s cover act Jive Bunny). Tickets cost £10 and are available from Gretton Post Office.

Other confirmed performances for Saturday 23rd August include Fabulous French at Lydia’s Coffee Shop at 11am, a fun event aimed at junior members of the audience and the Market Harborough Ukulele Group, also at Lydia’s, 11.30am.

From 12noon until 4pm it’s time for Brian Fursdon’s Bus Bonanza on the Corby Radio Bus on the Village Green. Highlights include Millstone Grit, an all-male vocal group, performing their eclectic mix of sea shanties, vintage pop and folk songs (12 noon).

At 1pm Eclipse Performing Arts take centre stage, with their singing, dancing and acting show.

From 2pm until 4pm there will be a two-hour Open Mic event, Youth BUSkers, aimed at young performers aged under 18. There will be the opportunity for eight performers to have a 15 minute set each to showcase their talents. They can either play their own instruments or bring a backing-track. The slots are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and applications need to be made as soon as possible at the Youth BUSkers page on the festival’s website. For details visit the Gretton Music Festival Website

The village hall is the venue for the next monthly lunch on Tuesday 2nd September from 12.30pm at only £4.00 per serving. All food is freshly prepared and with a nice choice. An optional raffle is also run. This is the first lunch to be served following a break for the summer so do please remember the kitchen is open again. Proceeds of the event are in support of the village hall repair fund. The organisers welcome residents, ramblers, cyclists and anyone passing through the village to attend. Thank you for your continued support everyone. Further details from Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328. Do then join us on 2nd September for a nice social get together over a great value lunch here in Gretton.

The Village Hall committee met on 7th August for a short time. We have a few events booked for the next couple of months, particularly on August 23rd. as part of the music festival we have a return visit from Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant.

In October we hope to hold a Barn Dance so watch this space. Otherwise the village hall continues to prosper and we thank everyone for their support. The 200 club number was drawn at the meeting and is number 127 this time and has already been claimed.


Thursday 21 August in Irchester Library there will be Rhymetime at 9.30 and Scrabble from 2.30pm. 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.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August Animal in Need have a Dog Show at Irchester Country Park. Entry into classes is £1 per dog per class and registration begins at 11am with showing from noon. All proceeds from the event will go to help the animals in the sanctuary.

Knuston Hall will be holding an Open Day on Monday 25 August from 11.00am-4.00pm. Suitable for all the family and offering the opportunity to go along to see what goes on through the year. Enjoy live music, craft demonstrations, stalls and attractions, refreshments, pudding club, hog roast and more. Entrance and parking is Free.

During the day of Tuesday 26 August Wellingborough Norse will be holding a No Excuses Roadshow on Irchester Recreation Ground, Wollaston Road. Go along if you have concerns about litter, dog fouling, street cleaning, rubbish collection etc.

Irchester Parish Council will be meeting at the Village Hall on Wednesday 27 August at 7.15pm. Members of the public may speak at the beginning of the meeting during the public session.

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

The August meeting of Irchester W.I. took the form of a Members’ Evening. Following a short business meeting various members took part and provided entertainment by way of recitation, anecdote, a line dancing demonstration, when others were encouraged to take part and a demonstration in making pretty buttonholes. The September meeting will be held on Tuesday 9 September when the speaker will be Danielle Staples, who will give a ‘Cupcake Demonstration’. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.

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.


There will be a ‘Pudding & Pies’ evening on Saturday 30th August 2014 at the Albert Underwood Room, St Peter’s Church in Irthlingborough. The cost is £3.50 and is from 7pm – 9pm.

Advanced Notice! The Irthlingborough Carnival is on Saturday 6th September 2014. More details will follow.

The Irthlingborough Methodist Church is holding three special coffee mornings over the next three months.

The first of the coffee mornings is on Saturday 6th September from 10am - Irthlingborough Carnival Day; the coffee morning is being extended into the afternoon until 3.30pm. Light refreshments will be available at all times and the church is an excellent vantage place to watch the parade (with a ‘cuppa in your hand!)). Proceeds from the day will be shared equally between Irthlingborough Carnival Committee for use in the community and church funds.

The second of the coffee mornings is on Saturday 4th October from 10am - 12noon. This will be the Annual Cake Bake Coffee Morning with many delicious homemade cakes on sale and also a bric-a-brac stall. All proceeds from this coffee morning are to be donated to The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Fund. Please come along and support this very worthwhile charity.

Finally, on Saturday 1st November we are holding an ‘Open Day’, from 10am - 4pm. This will give everyone in the town and surrounding area a chance to look at the refurbishment of our halls that has been taking place recently and due to be completed mid September. For the children visiting there will be a ‘Messy Church’ in the Goliath Hall (the larger of the halls) and light refreshments will be available at all times.

We continue to hold our regular coffee mornings on the first Saturday of the month and the monthly lunches on the third Wednesday of the month. The next lunch due to be held on Wednesday 20th August from 12noon. Sunday Worship and Sunday School begin at 10.30am. A warm welcome awaits everyone on all occasions.


Camerata Singers will be holding three free sessions on Tuesday 2, 9 and 16 September. They hope that newcomers will enjoy the experience so much that they will want to join the choir as they work towards their autumn concert, which will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah on 29 November 2014, 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Church, Kettering. Further information is on the choir’s website, or ring 01536 513955 or 01536 330770.

Kettering Borough Council’s Summer Craft Activities at the Manor House Museum continues on Friday 22nd August with Terrific Train Chains, Tuesday 26th August is Marble Run Mayhem, Wednesday 27th August Climbing Creepy Crawlies and Thursday 28th August Build Bobbing Boat. Sessions cost £3 per child, £2 with Kettering Leisure Pass and free to Young Friends. Suitable for children aged 3+. Workshops take place at the Manor House Museum. Free Craft Table Activities are available on selected days and are offered on a first come, first served, basis. Free activities also available at the Museum include worksheets, activity trails, brass rubbing and much more. Booking is recommended. For further information and to book please contact the Museum on 01536 534219 or email

On Sunday 31st August Cransley Hospice Bands in the Park Concert Programme recommences with Sonny and the Honey Dippers. Concert starts 3pm. Bring along your chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great music in the park. If the weather is inclement, concerts will be held in All Saints Church.

On Sunday 31st August the Rotary Clubs of the Nene Valley are holding a Dragon Boat Race at Wicksteed Park. Take part in a fun day out, and go for the winner’s trophy! Great for team building, marketing for your company, fantastic way to support local charities, including Cransley Hospice, excellent opportunity to network with local businesses, schools and clubs. For more information visit or

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Thursday 28th August at 11am and 2.30pm The Sooty Show. A real treat for the children and a dose of nostalgia for the parents. Join in all the fun and games at Sooty’s Birthday Party. Sooty and Sweep get messy baking a cake but will Soo ever decide which dress to wear? Party guests include Sooty favourites Butch the bulldog and Ramsbottom the snake. A spectacular mix of magic, music and mess – guaranteed giggles for Sooty fans old and new. Tickets £12 adult, £10 children, £38 family x 4. To book or for more information call the box office on 01536 414141 or email

Rehearsals are under way for the next exciting production by the KOS Musical Theatre Company which will be The Full Monty revisited. This will be presented at the Lighthouse Theatre from Tuesday 30th September until Saturday 4th October. Tickets are available now from the Theatre Box Office on 01536 414141 or book online at The company presented this show six years ago and it received rave reviews and there have been requests for a repeat performance.

In conjunction with this production the company will be holding their Annual Craft Fair at Cranford Hall on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September with over 30 stall holders already booked although there are still a few spaces left for different crafts such as cheese making, home-made chocolates, and home-made candles. Should anyone be interested please contact Joan on 01536 516714. All will be most welcome.


Church Services for this Sunday 24th August- 9.15am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Morning Worship at Orlingbury, 11.00am Family Service at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday 27th- 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

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 e-mail-

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.

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.

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

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.

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 third Friday of each month, new faces will be very welcome, for more info contact Jane on 01933 677380.


On Sunday 24th August a Holy Communion Service will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.


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.

Church Services for this Sunday 24th August- 9.15am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Morning Worship at Orlingbury, 11.00am Family Service at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday 27th- 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

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

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

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

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

All of the above have waiting lists so please make contact to put your daughters/wards name down ready thank you.

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


Several Oakley Vale residents including Brigid Gibbs, Annette Driver, Judy Caine and myself will be involved in a fantastic musical experience this Saturday the 23rd August. We have been rehearsing like crazy with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, star singer Barb Jungr and electric band ‘Head of Snakes’. The Concert is a stadium gig at the Corby Town Football club and there are only a few tickets left so get yours now!

There will also be live music at the re-instated Family Fun Day now taking place on the 20th September in the grounds of the Community Centre. This will start around mid day – more details closer to the time.

65% 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 to talk about the change in landscape maintenance and hopefully the head of the new school along to clarify recent developments and celebrate the school’s opening.

‘Sound testing’ began last week at your Community Centre. An ex BBC engineer is conducting the tests and reporting on some short and long term solutions to improve the sound leakage from the centre during music and dance sessions. He is preparing a detailed report which I will share with you ASAP.

Please also report any suspicious activity around the lakes to your local PCSOs Lucasz Wojcik and Alex Franklin via the local police line 03000 111 222. Lennie your local warden can also be reached on 01536 464603 and

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.

Your Oakley Vale Community Centre activities are advertised on the community notice board sponsored by the OVCA on Butland Rd. The OVCC website is which has more details and photographs and our link to the community is there on the news page. The centre also has an e-mail address and a telephone number 742054 so please address booking inquiries to this address.

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 e-mail is


On Monday, 25th August, members of the Northampton and District Organists’ Association will be taking part in a ‘Bank Holiday Organ Crawl’, beginning at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. During their travels they will be visiting three instruments certified by the British Institute of Organ Studies as ‘historically significant’.

They will also be visiting the organs at Rushden Baptist Church and All Saints’ Church, Thorpe Malsor.

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.

Make a venus man-trap plant between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, 22nd August, and create your own shrink plastic key-ring between 2.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 27th August;

All activities are free, and aimed at children aged 4 years to 12 years. All children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied by an adult, and booking is advisable for all activities.

To book your place please call 0300 126 1000 or call into the library. Raunds Library is closed on Mondays; open between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays; between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 22nd August, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome to drop in.

There will be a service of Morning Worship at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 24th August, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, with a Benefice service of Holy Communion taking place at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. A service of Evening Prayer will take place at 6 p.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 27th August, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

The Little Sunbeams are a friendly group of mums/carers and pre-school children, who meet each Tuesday during term-time between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Refreshments are available and there is no charge, although donations are welcome. They will be back after their Summer Break on Tuesday, 26th August. If you would like to join them just turn up at the church.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are looking for jobs, apprenticeship or training, are invited along to a drop in session between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 28th August, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Connexions Northamptonshire is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides information, advice, guidance and support, giving help with careers advice, application forms, CV writing and interview skills. For more information, please visit their website at or contact them at

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, 28th August, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.


Sunday 24th August 2014 is the Tenth Sunday after Trinity and there is a Service of Morning Worship in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

On Sunday 24th August 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am a Morning Service with Pastor Patrick. Evening Service is at 6pm with the Rev’d Jo Williams.

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.

On Wednesday 27th August 2014 the Monthly Service takes place at Five Gables Nursing and Care Home in Denford Road, Ringstead at 2.00pm.

Ringstead Produce and Horticultural Show is on Saturday 6th September 2014 at Ringstead Social Club. Kindly Sponsored By Pete’s Fish Bar & Village Store. There is also a £50 raffle prize which has been donated by Sandy at the Ringstead Post Office. All proceeds will go to Village Community groups & charities. Entries by 12 noon, Viewing starts at 4pm admission is 50p and the Auction takes place at 7.30pm. Classes open to all ages and abilities. Fun for al the Family. The Schedules are available from Ringstead Post Office. Please email: for more information or telephone Katrina on 01933 623765 for further details.


A sponsored cycle ride around Northamptonshire churches, including Holy Trinity church, Rothwell is to be held on Saturday, September 13. Each church will be open to welcome the riders and sign the sponsorship forms. Further details can be found on

A coffee morning and open day for parents to find out more about the Sunbeams group at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell is being held from 10.00am-12 noon on Saturday, September 13. The new term for the group starts from 2.00-3.00pm on Thursday, September 3. There is free entrance for parents and children aged from the newborn to school age, with toys, play, songs and stories.

The group will also be having a teddy bears’ picnic at 2.30pm on Thursday, August 21 on the vicarage lawn or, if the weather is bad, inside the church.

One thousand years of agriculture in Britain is the subject of the next course being held by the Rothwell branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). Course tutor Michael Muncaster will trace the development of British agriculture since the Norman conquest, examining the technological changes and the way in which they have helped to create the country’s present landscape.

The course lasts nine weeks, with sessions between 2.00-3.30pm every Tuesday from September 23 in the lounge at Madams Gardens, Rothwell.

Further details from Anne Barrett on 01536 711837.

Andrea Marlow will give a talk on the Tresham family at Rothwell Heritage Centre, Bridge Street at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 28. There will be an entrance fee of £3 that includes refreshments.

The annual Rothwell Vegetable and Flower Show takes place on Saturday, September 6 at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane.

Schedules/entry forms showing the various classes are currently available from several places in and around Rothwell. Growers are asked to support the show by entering one or more categories, with all welcome from seasoned allotment holders to owners of houseplants – there is room for any plant exhibit. All money raised will go to Cransley Hospice.

A concert is planned at the village of Harrington, just a few miles outside Rothwell at the parish church. Entitled Songs from the Autumn Show by Market Harborough Musical Theatre, it is being staged at 7.00pm on Sunday, September 14 with tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 for children. They are available from Katharine and Benedict Cadbury on 01536 713944 or ABCMH Music, Market Harborough on 01858 463144. Further information can be found at

Rothwell Manor Park Bowls Club men’s team tumbled out of the borough triples competition at the semi -final stage on Wednesday, August 6, losing out to Kettering Midland Band. These matches are played both home and away. The following evening, Thursday, August 7, the men’s team again lost to Kettering Midland Band in a friendly competition by 47-76.

On Friday, August 8, the final round of the Manor’s Friday Night League was won by team C, comprising Carole Evans, Malcolm Loach, Irene Howes, Robin Bellamy and Joe Kelly. On Saturday, August 9, the Manor’s mixed team visited Geddington and Newton Bowling Club, losing 73-78.

The weather caused a number of cancellations last week and, with the evenings becoming darker, bowls is restricted to afternoon matches and the weekly coaching sessions on a Monday evening are also coming to a close. More information at


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trip next week is on Tuesday 23rd August to The Chequers, Yelden. Shopping trips are to Olney Market on Thursday 28th and Friday August 29th to Waitrose. There is a trip to Hunstanton on Wednesday 27th (£16.00) pick up 8.30am – need to book with deposit. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Collectors 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.

Pensioners’ Parliament – meet at Rushden Hall at 2.00pm on Wednesday 26th for a progressive whist drive. New members welcome.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet on Wednesday 27th in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Rob Gould will present his programme of music.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden – invite you to a Mammoth Jumble Sale on 6th September from 10.00am to 12 noon in the Church Rooms – entrance 50p with proceeds going to ‘Who let the Dads Out?’ Contact Barry on 353956.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – The Service this Sunday is at 10.00am led by Major Richard Crowe – no evening Service. The citadel Band is leading a Service at Twinwoods. On Sunday Sept 7th at 6.00pm 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 David Hudson. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Liz and David Harrison from Irthlingborough. Open Circle is on is on Wednesday 27th August at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Morning Service will be at 10.30am led by John Hutcherson – followed by refreshments. Zumba with Michelle is on Wednesday 27th at 11.00am and Thursday 28th at 6.30pm. Short Mat Bowls is on Friday 29th at 7.30pm.

St. Peter’s Church – Family Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.00am with Revd Ron Elverson and St Peter’s Young Stars.

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 at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

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 26th 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.

Rushden Ramblers Tortoise Group – next walk is on Tuesday 26th Aug and will be a ‘Sharnbrook Circular’ – leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am.


Volunteers are desperately needed to help organise Stanwick’s Festival of Christmas.

At the time of writing no-one has come forward to help, and although the Christingle Services will go ahead at St. Laurence Church on Sunday, 14th December, arrangements need to be made for the Christmas Fayre and the on-street activities.

The Village Hall is happy to host and help with the organisation of the community stalls in the hall itself, but help is urgently needed to organise the outside area. Support can be given with the application for the road closure, and some members of the Stanwick Races Group are normally on hand to help other volunteers with the road closure during the event.

The Festival will not happen without your support, and if you are able to offer your help, please contact either the Parish Clerk or the Village Hall Manager before 10th September.

Please call Jenny on 01933 461868 or Rebecca on 07879 979 493.

Stanwick Parish Council met on Thursday, 24th July under the chairmanship of Councillor Michel in the Committee Room of the Village Hall.

After receiving a report on County Council activities from Councillor Dudley Hughes, there was a discussion with the parish’s volunteer wardens for public rights of way, trees and highways. Each warden outlined their role and activities and raised issues with the Parish Council for onward transmission to the relevant authorities.

The Council adopted a grants awarding policy which will provide a clear and transparent policy for both the Council and groups wanting to apply for funding.

It was noted that the statutory consultation for the boundary of Stanwick’s Neighbourhood Plan area had commenced.

The report from the visual and manual inspection of the cemetery headstones was received. Details of headstones requiring attention are in the cemetery notice board and family members should contact the parish clerk before instructing a mason to undertake repairs.

The Council was concerned that the Festival of Christmas does not have an organising group in place. Anyone able to assist with the Festival should contact the parish clerk or village hall manager before 10th September.

The next full meeting of the Council will be held on Thursday 18th September 2014.

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

Tomorrow, 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). All films will be shown at 8.45 p.m., 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.

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

Help the Stanwick Pocket Park Group to celebrate the first anniversary of its opening by joining them for their ‘Big Picnic’ on Saturday, 23rd August, at 4 p.m. at the Stanwick Pocket Park. The barbecue will be alight, so you can take along something to cook. For more information about the Pocket Park please visit

Saturday, 23rd August, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of live rock/blues band ‘Finish on 2’ who will be providing the evening’s entertainment for club members and their bona fide guests.

There will also be Sunday afternoon entertainment on 24th August with 50s/60s acoustic duo ‘Way Bak Then’. New members are always welcome. Ask at the bar for details or visit for more information about Stanwick Club.

There will be a Benefice service of Holy Communion on Sunday, 24th August, at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. Holy Communion will also be celebrated on Wednesday, 27th August, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Number 10 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 9th August, making Andrew Rollings the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


New Thrapston Farmers Market is coming soon! The first market will be held in The High Street, Thrapston from 9am until 1pm on Saturday, September 6. The market will then be held on the first Saturday of the month thereafter. There will be a wide range of stalls selling a selection of locally grown, reared and produced food and drink. Produce will include local meat and game, local beer, wine and cider, pet foods, local fruit and vegetables, cheese, fruit pies and puddings, savoury pies and charcuterie, jams, chutneys, local honey, dressings and much more. For further information about the market and sellers visit you can also like the Facebook page to get regular updates about the upcoming market.

Thrapston and District Royal British Legion will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 8 from 7.30pm at the Thrapston Centre on the corner of Oundle Road and the High Street.  All Members and the public in general are invited to attend.  We are always looking for new members and you do not have to have served in the Armed Forces to become a member so why not come along and see what we are all about.  We are slowly heading towards our goal of raising enough funds to build the New Memorial on Coronation Gardens for all who fell in war from our town but would still welcome donations. Any enquiries should be directed to Veronica McCurdy on 01832 735206.

Thrapston Garage Sale is back! Dozens of stall across Thrapston open from 9am on Saturday, September 13. Maps will be available on the day for £1 from outside the Plaza from 8:30am to 10am or from Jolly’s Toys or Bearly Worn or from St James Church Hall where refreshments will also be available.

It’s not too late to register your stall for just £5 with all proceeds donated to the Phoenix Resource Centre. For booking or further information contact Lindsey on 01832 730019 or via email at

Thrapston Fire Station will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday, September 13 from 10am until 2pm. There will be tea and coffee, cakes and an ice-cream factory! You will also get the chance to see the fire engine and squirt the hose. All proceeds will go to the ‘Help Ben Appeal’ which is aiming to raise enough money to send Ben to America for a life changing operation. Any raffle donations would be greatly appreciated. For further information visit


Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society Tonight 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.

Wellingborough Library offer a wide range of things to do and hope your children have all signed up to the summer bookreading challenge again and will enjoy the fancy dress party at the end on Saturday 13th September 11am till noon.

In September regular things to do at your library. Sundays 2.15 to 2. 45pm Baby Bounce and Rhyme for under twos and their carers. Every third Tuesday of the month Adult Reading club meets from 2pm till 4pm. The book they will begin to enjoy together from 15th July will be Love in the time of Cholera and on the 16th September the book to read all together will be Moonfields by Judith Allnatt. Story Time for the children accompanied by adults children 3 to 8yrs can on the first Saturday of the month come along to storytime 10am till 11am, Music in the library for the children 0 to 3 yrs is Tuesdays 1.15 to 2pm from 10th September music, Rhymes and puppets.

Wednesdays is also Rhyme time from 10 to 10.30 or 11 to 11.30. For under 5’s accompanied of course. The Library hosts drop in sessions for Bromford Support on Thursdays 10am till noon and if you wish to call to see if they can help you the number is 01933 279649. Bromford support covers many life issues budgeting, benefits form filling help, help for you if your lonely and feel you have no support and housing issues. Call them see if they can help or drop in for a chat.

Also on Fridays the Mallows job club meet and job seekers are allowed to select three free sessions covering many aspects of job searching. Again the number to call to see if they can help you is 01933 664437 or email

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. 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 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,

St Marys Church, Knox Rd, Wellingborough, will be holding a Jumble Sale on Sat 13 th September at 10am. Refreshments will be available. Admission is 20p.For further details ring Sarah on 07798 868646.

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. Until August 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 hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street.

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.


A total of £1,000 was raised at the annual Stoke Feast in neighbouring Stoke Albany that took place in late June.

The Stoke Feast committee would like to thank everybody for their support.

After the huge success of Wilbarstons last Pamper Evening, the Village Hall Committee are preparing for the next one on Saturday September 27th from 4pm till 7pm! With many stalls allocating their time slots very quickly last time,

we 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! Ticket sale information coming soon!

There will be an evening service this Sunday 25th May at 6pm at All Saints Church.

Woodford open gardens are on Sunday and Monday 24th ~25th august from 1pm ~5pm,over 15 interesting village gardens to visit in aid of St Mary’s Church Funds. Entry £3:00 children free valid for both days. Stalls and tickets on the village green,tea and cakes in the Church.Further refreshments at the Dukes Arms.Lets hope that the weather is fine and the recent heavy storms haven’t spoilt any of the flowers.


The August meeting of the Finedon Irthlingborough Woodford group was held at the Branch Headquarters

The Act of homage was duly observed The members were asked to remember all those who had died since our last meeting.

The Chairman Mr.A.Short presided with 20 members present

The Chairman Closed the meeting at 8pm.This was followed by a quiz and a lights out event.

The next meeting is on Monday September 1st at Finedon Bowls Club at 7-30 and will be followed by a speaker Mr.Mike Leonard.

The 6pm service at the Baptist Chapel for Sunday August 24th will be led by Mr.Holton from Desborough.

The Wednesday fellowship continues every week in the Chapel schoolroom at 7-15 with a visiting speaker and refreshments.

The services at the Churches for Sunday august 17th are Little Addington Holy Communion 9:30am Great Addington Morning Prayer 9:30 am. Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11:00am