Village news August 7

Cattle in the River Nene near Islip
Cattle in the River Nene near Islip

What’s going on where you live


A jazz evening comes to Brigstock Village Hall on Saturday, August 9.

A saxophone and piano duo playing high quality accessible, melodic jazz. Ian Millar on saxophone and Dominic Spencer on piano. Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured rural Scotland bringing jazz to small communities in intimate settings. More recently they have extended tours to villages, theatres, and arts venues in England and Wales with the occasional trip to continental Europe, along with great success at the Edinburgh Fringe in the last 10 years.

Tickets £7.50 from PO or Pete on 373478. There will be a bar and raffle. All proceeds for improvements to Brigstock Village Hall. What a great way to enjoy a summer’s evening!

A Parish Eucharist will be held at St Andrew’s at 11am on Sunday, August 10.

Fermyn Woods Summer Quiz trail runs daily until Sunday, September 7. 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 23 to August 27 at Fermyn Woods Country Park. Half-hour sessions run from 11am to 12.30pm and then from 1.30pm 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 to 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 2pm to 4pm.

Check or 01832 205158.

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 for third world countries.

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.

Beer Festival Returns! More details will follow soon but put the weekend of September 19/20 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.


On Saturday Broughton Church is the venue for another Munch and Mingle. Bacon rolls, tea and coffee and cakes are available together with a read of the daily papers. The event lasts from 10am to midday and the contact number is 0777 2455123.

Schedules are still available for Broughton Village Show in September. These are held in various shops and at 12 Northampton Road or on 01536 791060. The lists of classes and regulations are set out for those intending to enter.

On Sunday there is a service at 8am with Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church, Broughton. At 10.30am there is an All Age service. Broughton Baptist Chapel has a family service at 10.45am together with a Sunday School and a creche.

Eddie Byland is the organising collector for goods to be sent to the charity Aid For Armenia. Cuddly toys, bedding and bicycles are all wanted together with stationery and school bags. Contact Eddie on 01536 790707.

Next Wednesday members of Broughton WI will welcome Dr Nick Askew to speak about the islands of Fiji. The meeting is at 7.30pm in the village hall and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.


Burton Latimer artists Robert Pearce and Stella Benford have some of their paintings on show at the Wellingborough Museum, next to The Castle Theatre, until Saturday.

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club today, (Thursday) from 10am to 4pm.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library will host a Coffee Morning in the library on Saturday, starting at 10am.

Burton Latimer Baptist Church Over 65s Lunch Club invites you to join them for lunch on Tuesday, August 12.

Coffee will be served at 11.30am with lunch to follow at 12.30pm. The cost is £5 for your first visit and £3 for further visits. For more information please contact Jenny (01536 725395)

Cream Teas will be served at the Methodist Church next Thursday, August 14, 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 in the John Yoemans Hall on Saturday, August 16.

Once again the Burton Latimer Committee of the Children’s Society has organised a Town Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, August 16, 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, August 19, in the Assembly Room at the Baptist Church, starting at 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

‘Holidays’ will be the theme at the meeting of Beautiful People to be held in the John Yeomans Hall on Wednesday, August 20. 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 22, 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, August 23, 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 August 20. Presentation of cups and shields by Philip Hollobone MP.

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 30, and Sunday, August 31. Further details and schedules are now available by phoning Diane (01933 678545).

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


A fete meeting was held recently to report and make observations on this year’s event which was held in July. It was agreed that the fete had been a great social and financial success and had made more than £2,414 profit which will be shared equally between the village hall and St John’s Church.

The committee officers remain the same, Ian Bottreill continues as chairman, Mary Davidson as vice chairman, June Gower as secretary and Barbara Wrighting as treasurer. Plans for next year’s fete were discussed and many of the popular attractions will remain with the addition of some fresh ideas to make the fete even more successful. Please make a note of the date in your diaries for Saturday, July 4, 2015.

The Youth Club and Gymnastics Club have closed down for the duration of the school holidays.

Congratulations to Wendy Towson who has been awarded a ‘Certificate of Thanks’ from the RNLI for her many years as a collector for the charity. Wendy has been a familiar face doing her annual rounds door to door around the village.

The annual Safari Supper organised by Charles Henley attracted 40 participants. Everyone enjoyed Pimms and canapés at the home of Charles and his wife, Sue while relaxing sitting on the riverbank enjoying the beautiful summer evening.

Then, on to the appetising main course which was served alfresco in the lovely garden at the home of Jenny and David Holloway.

A great choice of puddings and dessert wines were on offer at the home of Mary and Andrew Davidson, finally, everyone was welcomed at the home of Maggie and Bruce for cheese and biscuits. The evening was a great success allowing everyone to socialise and catch up with like minded friends and neighbours. The event raised a very creditable £774 for St John’s Church funds.

There has been a date correction for the garden evening at Fernleigh House which will take place on Wednesday, August 20, at 7pm. Burgers and hot dogs are available but bring your own drinks. Raffle prizes will be welcome as will items for a bring and buy stall.

A recent progressive whist drive organised by Jackie Chapman and Margaret Deadman had eight tables in play. Winning hands were held by ladies, Joyce Lattimer, Marie Shannon and Fay Moonie and playing gents, Pam Moore, Georgina Bailey and Margaret Deadman. Consolation prizes were awarded to Pam Armstrong and Harry Crosby. Thanks to Tara Chapman for serving refreshments. The next drive will be held on Saturday, August 17.

The AGM of the village hall committee was chaired by Denis Owens who in his report listed users of the hall over the past year and thanked the committee members for their support in the smooth running of the hall and their efforts in fund raising.

The hall is well used by local organisations and outside bookings, which have again increased. Apologies were received from Roger Marshall who stepped down from the committee due to work commitments after many years of sterling service. Treasurer, David Wall, circulated a detailed balance sheet and reported a healthy financial position. He was thanked for his excellent book-keeping.

Hire charges are to remain the same but there is a need for more fund raising for improvements to the hall. Denis Owens retains his position as chairman, as does Sheena Girvan- vice chairman who will also represent Youth Club, June Gower – secretary and David Wall- treasurer. Other members are Glenis Albrighton (rep W.I.), Elaine & John Lawniczak (Gymnastics Club), Rob Griggs (History Society), Andrew Davidson (PCC), Richard Cook

(Parish Council), Ian Bottreill (General Public)

The Parish Council meeting was held recently and chaired by Andrew Davidson who welcomed the newly co-opted member, Mike Tobin. Present were parish councillors, Annette Larner, Nick Campbell, Simon Haywood, Richard Cook, County Councillor, James Lammie, clerk, David Wall and 24 members of the public. Apologies were received from Margaret Bennett. County Councillor, Edward Baines, came along with information about the Neighbourhood Plan which is to be adopted by the parish.

He answered questions about this in the Open Forum at the beginning of the meeting. There is a need for a steering group with a leader who will have support from the Parish Council. Mr. Baines stated that to make this successful the main needs are ‘Time, Energy and Stamina’. The question of the relocation of the transformer for the Mains Electricity Supply was also widely discussed in the Open Forum.

Mike Tobin asked for volunteers to carry out a neighboured traffic speed count which will take place shortly. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, September 18.


Grafton Underwood are holding ‘Cream Tea’s By The Brook’ each Sunday in August from 3pm to 5pm. On August 31 there will be a Brass Band. There will be the usual book stall.

East Kettering Development news

The East Kettering Development is a plan to build up to 5,500 homes on the eastern side of Kettering. 

The plan includes housing, schools, shops, offices, industry and leisure facilities. 

Outline planning permission was completed early in 2013, and detailed plans are now starting to make their way through the planning process with Kettering Council. 

Cranford Parish Council is involved as much of the area lies within the parish boundary, and the eastern edge of the development will be only a short distance away from the village. The houses on Cranford Road will be within it.

At each of its monthly meetings Cranford Parish Council discuss the latest developments and, where possible, information will appear on this website for our residents to see.

Latest news (as of July 24)

The plan for Junction 10a is still with the borough council at the moment having some of the technical details looked at.  When this is done then this plan will become public as it makes its way through the planning approval process. 

Cranford Parish Council continue to urge the planning authority to consider making the junction underneath the carriageway.

Much concern has been raised about the disruption which will occur as the road infrastructure is put in place and Cranford Council continues to raise concerns as and when it can on this issue and many others. 

The parish council has drawn up an initial traffic calming plan for the High Street and have been in discussion with the county council about funding and getting the work done.

The development is divided into parcels and as each parcel goes through its design it makes its way through the planning process at Kettering Council – at the moment the following parcels are under consideration:

Persimmon development on the left of Cranford Road as it approaches the traffic lights;

Building of the first primary school on the opposite side of Cranford Road.

The next Kettering East Liaison Meeting is planned for September 30 at 6pm at Kettering Council Offices.

Details and dates of the planning committee meetings are available on the the KBC website – see below.

Both the planning committees and the Liaison Group are open to the general public.

Please contact Cllr Stephen Pickard (330534) or Elaine Medcalf (724994) if you wish to know more about what is going on, or get involved in looking at the plans.

All the information about East Kettering is available from Kettering Council planning office and from its website. 

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Twywell at 9.15am and at Grafton Underwood at 11am.

Morning prayer will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 11am.


Sunday, August 10, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there will be Service of Holy Communion at 10.30am. Refreshments are served after the Service. All are welcome.

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

There are also Ballroom dancing classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 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.


Although the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society is on its summer break sixteen members attended an evening photo shoot in the grounds and gardens of Boughton House on Friday, July 25. They enjoyed a lovely warm evening in which to stroll round the grounds, take some photos and to socialise, culminating in a refreshing drink in The Star at Geddington. Thanks go to the staff at Boughton House, and to Liz Birchall for organising the event.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal held a Honour Walk on Saturday, July 27. They would like to thank everyone for turning out and supporting the event. It was a success, raising over £700! Thankyou to the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly and Desborough Football Club for letting them use their facilities.

Weight Watchers group meet on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm at Loatlands Primary School, Harrington Road, Desborough, NN14 2NJ. If you would like to attend, please contact Chantelle Lister on 07803 553665.

Are you passionate about Desborough? Do you have skills to contribute to your community? Can you spare some free time to make a difference? Join Central England Co-operative’s Membership and Community Councils. Central England Co-operative need you to represent the views of local people, and to seek opportunities for community activity and involvement.

If you are able to commit some time each month for membership and community activity, your time and expenses will be reimbursed by Central England Co-operative. Nominations close on Monday, September 1.

For more information visit: or call the membership helpline: 0800 050 1601.

Take part in this year’s Great Big Fossil Hunt Weekend with UK Amateur Hunters (also known as UKAFH) on Saturday, August 30, to Sunday, August 31. Come along and search for fossils in their fields and let the experts UKAFH on hand identify all you findings. This event will be held at West Lodge Rural Centre, Back lane, Desborough, NN14 2SH.

On Saturday, October 25, a trip to Birmingham city centre has been organised. It costs £10 per seat or £35 for four seats. Another trip is being organised to London Marble Arch on Saturday, November 29. Adults tickets cost £15 and children aged 16 and under cost £10. Pick-up points are in Desborough, Rothwell and Kettering for both trips. Please contact Rachel Tysoe for more information. Email: or call 07854 781923. Ticket money will need to be collected 2 weeks prior to the trip date.

Book your tickets for Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical on Thursday, December 4. Starring Aled Jones and Tom Chambers. The show is held at Matinee Show, Dominion Theatre, London. £60 inclusive of coach and ticket. Please book before Thursday, August 14. Accelerator Rate, after August theatre puts tickets up by £5. Please contact Gill on 01536 762781 or 07761 986255.


Committee meeting in the club on Monday, August 11, from 7.30pm.

Friday, August 15 – Mountain bike race around East Carlton park. This event is being organised 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 August 31 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 August meeting of the Townswomen’s Guild will be on Thursday, August 7, in the Town Hall. Start time is 7.30pm. The Speaker will be Kevin Smith from Burton Latimer who will tell us all about Life as a Chemist. We would like to say thank you to all those who supported our recent Coffee Morning, when £130 was raised towards Cancer Research.

The Finedon Local History Society will be holding its August meeting on Sunday, August 17, 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, August 19. Admission is 75p including coffee and biscuits plus raffle and bring and buy.


On Friday, August 8, please join the Addington Artisans for the day if you are any type of craftsperson. In Great Addington Village Hall you can attend between 10am and 4pm for a relaxing day in convivial company. £3: for the day, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring a packed lunch and cushion. For more information, please phone Marlies Derwin on 01933 650771 or Liz Lee on 01536 330508.

Sunday, August 10, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Family Service at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington. All are very welcome.


The beautiful City of Norwich is the destination for the next Wondertours Community Transport excursion on Saturday, August 16.

Just two seats remain on this summertime excursion from Gretton Weldon Corby-Old Village and Town Centre-and Kettering Telford Lodge.

On Arrival in Norwich time is your own to enjoy the attractions and places of interest including The Castle, Art Gallery, Regimental Museum, The Cathedral and boat trips on the river Wansum. If you like retail therapy the Chapelfield Shopping Centre is a must. For historians Norwich has about 1,000 listed buildings and after a busy day Norwich offers a wonderful choice of restaurants cafes and bars to unwind and enjoy refreshments to suit all tastes.

About five and a half hours will be on offer in the City. On both journeys Comfort Breaks will be taken. Information Folders and a map will be provided to passengers to ensure you make the most of your time.

To book your place and there are only 2 seats remaining at £15.50 each please call or text organiser David Fursdon now on 07790 197220.

Wondertours are arranged voluntary and not for profit for the pleasure of all passengers. Regulars and newcomers all welcome onboard.


A neighbourhood sale will be held on Saturday, August 30, from 9am until 1pm organised by Higham Tourism.

You are invited to take part if you have any items to sell – the cost is just £5 to cover advertising etc. Last year over sixty homes took part selling clothes, trinkets, tools etc etc with many bargains and well worth browsing through. To register to have a stall contact Liz Brown 07766 406298.

To visit the many homes in Higham taking part on 30th call at the Market Square from 9am for a map costing just £1 for further information and addresses of all in the sale. At the same time the Farmers Market will be held on the Square, there will be a choral concert by the NN10 Voices with free admission in St Mary’s, a coffee morning in the Bede House and a pre-loved ladies clothes sale in Chichele College.

Plans are moving ahead to start a youth group in Higham with meetings held in the sports pavilion on Vine Hill Drive. However before this club can start there is an urgent need for volunteers to help as Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer. No qualifications are necessary just a willingness to help and support young people. Training could be available and it is envisaged this commitment will involve four meetings a year and maybe a few charity events to help with. Anyone interested is asked to contact: Nikki on 07507 176719 or email

A new bus service operated by Carters Travel on Wednesdays and Saturdays will start on September 3. On Saturdays there will be a service at 9.30am from Hargrave; 9.37am from the Green in Chelveston and via Newton Bromswold to arrive at the Co-op on High Street at 10.06am.

The bus will leave Higham to Hargrave at 12.41pm arriving in Chelveston at 1.09pm and Hargrave at 1.15pm. This provides an ideal way to reach Higham for the Farmers Market without trying to find a parking space.

PC Dougie Brown and PCSO Rob Brown were unable to attend the recent Town Council meeting and submitted a report to Councillors. They reported an increase in burglary dwellings in June – 2 last year and 6 this year. Burglary other - 3 offences this year compared to 6 last year. An increase in violence figures from 10 last year to 14 this year – due in part to the changes in recording rules. Reduction in theft from motor vehicle from 16 last year to 1 this year.

The police said that many residents continue to leave doors insecure – particularly rear patio doors – and homes are being entered. They urge more care and caution.

Various planning applications were considered with no objections raised: erection of two dwellings 4 Stanwick Road; repollarding of lime trees 28 College Street; erection of hoarding and flags land at Station Road. They noted the following planning applications had been approved at East Northants: large shed 3 Vine Hill Drive; extensions to 48 Larkin Gardens; classrooms on surplus land at The Ferrers School and change of use to residential garden land at 2 Owen Way.

It was agreed to: move ahead with the installation of outdoor gym equipment at The Tollbar after further estimates have been obtained, consultation carried out and funding sources confirmed; purchase tables, chairs and trolleys for the sports pavilion; locate a goalpost in the fenced off area of recreation ground during the winter months for a trial period of one year; establish a rose bed in the cemetery for the scattering of ashes with a book of remembrance held in the Town Hall and that the pedestrian cemetery gates remain unlocked 24/7.

Councillors noted that the budget for the Medieval Day in our town had broken even and agreed to invite a police officer to a future meeting to discuss the role of Parish Constables.

A family barbecue will be held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday, August 17, 12.30pm for 1 pm. Tickets are selling well £8 for adults and £5 for under twelves and this price includes cooked barbecue meats with salads followed by desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery, chairs etc. For further info and tickets ring either - 01933 358686/357212 or 318856. All are welcome.

Stanwick Lakes offer various summer holiday activities for youngsters until Sunday, August 31. There will be a Family Explorer Challenge to explore the site on a quest to see what is lurking in the undergrowth and a Challenge Passport can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or Rangers Cabin for £2.

In addition every Thursday from 1 pm to 4 pm activities in the Discovery Zone will include play with clay, make paper bag trees, little peg people and dream catchers - £1 per child. There will be pond dipping on Wednesdays and hunts for marvellous minibeasts on Thursdays. See website: or call 01933 625522.

A Holiday Club for five to twelve year olds is being held from 10 am to 2 pm from Monday, August 18, to Friday, August 22, in the Bede House. There is space for up to 35 children and the theme of the week is Mega Makers (this year’s Scripture Union theme).

Registration forms and further details are available from Debbie Smith-Wilds 01933 356257 or email:

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 10th August are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Celebration Service at 10.15 am.

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

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will hold Morning Service at 10.30 am. Coffee will be served afterwards.

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

The Higham Chichele Society meet again at 9.30am on Friday, September 26, in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will Mike Muncaster and his subject will be A Holt GP. Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

The 2014 Annual Chichele Society Exhibition will be held on Saturday, September 27, between 10am and 4pm and Sunday, September 28, between 11am and 4pm in the Chantry Chapel next to St Mary’s Church. The displays for this year will include The Great Sale 1914; Henry Chichele Archbishop of Canterbury and World War One. All are welcome and admission is free.

Drawing and painting classes are held from 2pm to 4pm every Tuesday afternoon in Chelveston Village Hall. For further information contact Derek Geater on 01933 381848.

The tennis courts on the Saffron Road recreation ground are available for hire. Keys are available from the Town Hall during office hours and the court costs £5 to hire plus a £5 deposit. In addition the sports pavilion on the Saffron Road recreation ground is available for hire when not in use by the cricket and football clubs. For further information on these contact the Town Hall 01933 312075.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, August 13, in the library on Midland Road with special guest Rosemary Nayyar presenting her choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

A knit and natter coffee morning is held on the first Thursday of each month in Higham Library on Midland Road from 10.15 to 11.30 am.

An art exhibition staged by Derek Oliver will be held in the Chichele College from tomorrow to Sunday, August 10. Admission is free and there is wheelchair access from College Street. Ample parking available on the Market Square, Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet again on Wednesday, August 20, at 2pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Kate Wills and her subject will be Northampton Summer 1914 – preparations for war on our doorstep.

Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Membership of U3A gives access to over forty special interest groups.

See website:

The July edition of Higham Times is now available free of charge from various outlets including the Town Hall. The deadline for receipt of copy for the November edition is October 10 – items to be sent to the editor at

All seats have now been allocated for the day visit to Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday, August 26. The organiser Eddie Spencer (01933 316376) would now be pleased to receive the £22 balance owing from those who are going on this trip.

A special civic service, to celebrate and commemorate Archbishop Henry Chichele, together with the dedication of St Mary’s bells, will be held at 10.15 am on Sunday, September 21. All Higham groups are especially welcome to attend.


The Friday Club meets in Barringers Court between 2pm and 4pm each Friday for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards bingo and a cup of tea.

New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits.

Contact Rosemarie on 07713 635907 to find out more about the club.

Irchester Women’s Institute will be meeting on Tuesday, August 12, in the village hall at 7.15pm. There will not be a speaker at this meeting and individual members of WI will be taking part. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any of their meetings. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.

Irchester Parish Historical Society will be meeting on August 14 when historian Enid Jarvis will take members on a tour of the original 18th Century Northampton Hospital, Private House and Victorian Gentleman’s Club. (Details to be confirmed). The historical society meets monthly, usually in Irchester Library or for working parties to undertake research and recording at members homes. For more details please contact the Chairman Jon-Paul Carr, 23 High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7AA. Tel: 01933 382476. Email:

The Irchester branch of the Red Cross will be meeting at Barringers Court on Thursday 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.

The Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors and helpers of all ages, male and female.

You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. Outings and other additional afternoon activities are often arranged .

Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more.

The car boot at Knuston Home Farm is now held weekly at 11am on Saturdays. If you have items to sell car spaces are £6.


Guided ‘Bat Walk’ at the Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows on Friday, August 8, from 8.15pm to 9.45pm. It’s free, but booking is required; phone 01604 405285. Please meet at the Randall Close entrance, Irthlingborough.

Please remember, restoration work will be carried out at the Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows over the coming months and there will be some distruption. For more information please contact Claire Wylding on 01604 405285 or via e-mail:


A Fashion Show will take place in aid of Cancer Research UK on Friday, September 5, at 7pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Lindsay Street. Tickets are £5 including a welcome drink. Entrance by ticket only which can be purchased at the Cancer Research Charity Shop, High Street, or in person at 90 St John’s Road, Kettering.

Sound Sensation the Concert party group from KOS Musical Theatre Company will continue their tour of the County visiting the St Mary’s Churches which they have been running this year. The next Concert will be a Concert on a Summer Evening, with Music for All, Classical, Pop, music from the musicals and films. This will be held at St Mary’s Church, Fotheringhay on Friday, August 8, at 7.45pm. This promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment in this marvellous and enchanting setting. Tickets are £8.00 (includes refreshments) available from S Cochrane 01733 241784 and J O’Brien 01604 630319 they will also be available on the door. All will be made most welcome.

Advance information re The KOS Theatre Company Craft Fair which will be held in the grounds of Cranford Hall, Cranford on September 6 and 7. This is a very popular event and will feature many hand- made crafts.

During the weekend there will be a daily entertainment programme and a waitress service restaurant. There are a few spaces available for stall holders should anyone be interested they should contact Joan on 01536 516714.

On Saturday, August 16, at Rutland Water the Second Big Charity Swim takes place. Visit (Swimming menu) for further information and to register. Held in aid of multiple charities including Cransley Hospice.

On Friday, August 8, at Wicksteed Park ‘Bats & Boats’ starts at 8.30pm. You will go out on boats at nightfall to watch bats come out to forage. You’ll also be able to hear them call and feed via the bat detectors. Minimum age 8 years. All must be able to swim. £4 person – call 01536 512475. Bring a torch and meet at the boathouse.

Sunday, August 10, is Falconry Day at Holdenby House. Proceeds to Cransley Hospice & Cynthia Spencer Hospice. For more information contact the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 or visit

On Saturday, August 16, Kettering Carnival Day. The carnival will make its way towards Montagu Street, London Road, Bowling Green Road and through the town centre before heading to Rockingham Road Pleasure Park. At the Park there will be a variety of attractions including children’s rides, a barrel train ride, stalls, refreshments, dancing, marching band displays and a car show by Richard Sanders. Light lunches will be served at All Saints Church, William Street between midday and 4pm. All welcome.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church on August 14, 15 and 16, an Annual Art Exhibition by St Andrew’s Art Groups. This exhibition of art by experienced artists and beginners alike showcases the work produced through the weekly community art groups at St. Andrew’s Church.

Come along, experience a vibrant exhibition of visual art, meet some of the artists, enjoy quality cakes and teas and find out more about how you can get involved. Call Michael on 01536 391049.

Coming soon at the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street. In September they will be extending their Family History offer to include workshops, and the opportunity to book focused one-to-one advice sessions with the resident genealogist Andrea Pettingale. To keep up to date with new announcements please see the website

Summer Holiday Craft Activities this week at the Manor House Museum. £3 per child, £2 with Kettering Leisure Pass, free to Young Friends. Friday, August 8, Craft Table Activity; Tuesday, August 12, Make a Dancing Puppet Pet; Wednesday, August 13, Craft Table Activity; Thursday, August 14, Design a Victorious Viking ‘Tafi’ Game. For more information contact the Museum on 01536 534219 or email

At the Lighthouse Theatre from Wednesday, August 6, to Saturday, August 16, 
daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm The Performing Arts School presents CATS Youth Group Production. Offers exciting courses for children of all ages to work alongside theatre professionals to harness their potential. Thursday, August 14, to Saturday, August 16, live performance of CATS. For further information please email


August 9, Laxton Village Hall. Coffee morning and community shop: 10.30am to midday for coffee, tea and cakes. Local seasonal produce will be available for sale too and a selection of newspapers. All welcome.

August 8, Laxton Village Hall. Oundle Children’s Centre play and learn session: Lively fun session for children between 0 and 8 years with activities ranging through crafts such as gluing and painting; sensory play - e.g. play-doh; singing / playing - instruments, rhymes with scarves, hand and body actions and active play such as football. Anyone looking after children - parents, grandparents and other carers - can bring the family along.


Church Services for Sunday, August 10 – 10am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 11am Morning Worship at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday, August 13, 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church go along and join in the free fun on Monday, September 8, and then every second Monday in the month there after. 5pm to 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-

Great Harrowden invites everyone from the 5 parishes to join them in Great Harrowden Church on August 16 at 3pm for ‘A Taste of France’ Go along and hear about Jane’s recent trip to France and in particular her visit to the Taize Community.

Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference- think French bread, cheeses/pates and crepes! The afternoon will end with a Taste of Taize- a short [optional] act of worship Taize-style. Cost- Adults £6.50 Children primary school age £3. Please get in touch if you would like to go. Tel-01933 677380.

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 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 meetings at The Lamb are- 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 1 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.

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-

Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church – Christmas Anthology.

Drop in for Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Church from 3.00pm on Saturday, August 9, and try your luck at their raffle. The September Festival will be on Saturday, September 6, from 11am in the church. Raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand.

Any items for inclusion of the September issue of Connect 5 to be in by August 10 please.

Yoga class at Little Harrowden Village Hall – Thursdays 9.30am to 11am. 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.

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 10am-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 5pm-7pm

For further information about these events or to book the hall call 07769 693139.

Yoga for all-Thursdays 9.30am 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, August 10, a service of Evening Prayer will be held at 3pm at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday, August 10, from 10am to 11am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged three years and over will be most welcome.


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 2.30pm to 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 11am Sunday, September 7, 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 Sunday, August 10, 10am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 11am Morning Worship at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday, August 13, 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

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-

Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship-Christmas activities. Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church – Christmas Anthology.

Orlingbury Family Circle- The next dates are- No meeting in August. Sunday, September 21: - Food/Harvest. Sunday, October 19 – 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 07790 393913 or Helen 07919 191845.

Any items for inclusion in the September issue of Connect 5 to be in by August 10 please.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, August 23 - Summer in the Mediterranean, September 13 - Lazy day on a Canal, October 25 - Autumn Colours, November 22 - 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 8am 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 07794 254752.

All of the above have waiting lists so please make contact to put your daughter’s/ward’s name down ready.

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.

Author Jinny Casey will be at Raunds Library today, August 7, between 2pm and 3pm when she will be reading stories from her book ‘Tales of Two Shires’.

On Saturday, August 9, there will be a Family Origami Workshop taking place at the library between 11am and midday, which is a workshop with Kayo Green for families and children over 4 years of age.

You can also learn to make your own mythical creature out of paper next Thursday, August 14, at the library between 10.30am and midday.

Other forthcoming events include Mythical tales with Storyteller Rob between 2pm and 3pm on Friday, August 15; Make a Yeti/Anansi pom-pom between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday, August 20; Make a venus man-trap plant between 10.30am and 11.30am on Friday, August 22; Create your own shrink plastic key-ring between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday, August 27; Make a Medusa headband between 10.30am and 11.30am on Saturday, August 30, and the final themed event on Tuesday, September 2, between 10.30am and 11.30am, when you can play amazing board games.

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 2pm and 6pm from Tuesdays to Fridays; between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays, and between 1pm and 4pm on Sundays.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, August 8, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

St. Peter’s Church in Raunds will be open between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, August 9, 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 service of Compline at 7pm tomorrow, Friday, August 8, at St Mary’s Church, Ringstead.

A Patronal Festival Benefice service of Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, August 10, at 10am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, followed by a Baptism Service at 11.45am.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Thursday, August 14, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.


Today and on Wednesday, August 13, at 10am there will be a Family Film Morning in the Shared Church in Ringstead.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, film for younger children.

Sunday, August 10, there is an Evening Service at 6pm in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead.

On Sunday, August 10, in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am Morning Service with Pastor Patrick. There is No Evening Service.

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

Step N Grooves Dance School which run sessions every week in Ringstead, Thrapston and Finedon, currently has two spaces for youngsters aged between 6 and 11 years in its Ringstead class every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.30pm. The school teaches street and disco dance.

The class is £3.50 per session and it is held in Ringstead Village Hall.

Please contact: Sue on 01933 625262 to secure a place or visit

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

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

Tap Dance Classes are available in Ringstead Village Hall on Saturdays between 9am and 10am. Contact Vanessa Burzynski on 01832 720664.


A big thank you to everyone who supported the dog show, held at the village hall on Sunday, July 27.

Organisers raised £600 towards hall funds.

Thank you to judges: Bill Botten and Alison Huckle, to sponsors: Rockingham Land Rovers; King West; DG Norman; Thorpe By Water Country Club; Steve Woods; Heather Greaves; The Shire Horse Society; Rutland Dog Grooming and to Pets at Home Corby for supplying the class winners gift bags.

The next event on the busy schedule is a sponsored bike ride round Rutland Water.

This is booked for this Sunday, August 10, and is being organised by David Norman to raise money for the St Leonard’s church building fund.

If anyone would like to take part, or to sponsor a participant, please see David at DG Norman, Cotton Farm Yard, Rockingham, or give him a call on 01536 770966.


A second Ossuary Day was held at Holy Trinity church on Saturday, June 28, by the Sheffield University students who are studying the church’s famous bone crypt.

The crypt would have been built at the same time as the main body of the church and would have been brightly painted, as evidence of decoration has been found.

The ceiling would have been colourful and there was a large painting of the crucifixion on one wall. There would also have been windows at the side so that people could view their loved ones inside the ossuary.

Children were provided with activities in the afternoon, and tours of the crypt were organised while in the evening there was a film show and talk about the findings of the students, leading to a question and answer session. It is hoped yet a third such day may be held in the next year or two, if funds become available.

A lull in friendly competitions with other clubs allowed Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club to concentrate on club matches over the past couple of weeks. On Monday, July 21, the men’s team played Ise Bowling Club in the Men’s Borough Triples competition, winning 80-61. They will meet Kettering Midland Band in the next round.

On Tuesday, July 22, club members turned out to compete in the Joe Burrell Trophy formixed triples. Winners were Neil Bartholomey, Liz Armitage and Bill Sherratt, with runners-up Jane Smith, Terry Smith and Carole Evans. On Monday, July 28, the men competed for the Harry Dimbleby men’s pairs trophy. The winners of the final were Andy Fulton and Tony Spence, beating runners-up John Barber and Derek Wardle.

The following Tuesday, July 29, the women competed for the Joan Buckby Salver. Joan Buckby was able to attend in person to present the salver that she donated in 1993. Winners were Sheila Stimpson, Carole Evans and Ann Crawford, with Anne Rooke Irene Howes and Wendy Mason runners-up.

New members are welcome, with games in the evenings as well as afternoons, so those who work can still play. Free weekly Monday evening coaching sessions start at 6.30pm, with no equipment needed other than a pair of flat-soled shoes. More information can be found at

Although the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society is on its summer break, 16 members attended an evening photoshoot in the grounds and gardens of Boughton House on Friday, July 25. The society next meets at 8pm on Friday, September 5, when chairman Geoff Oliver will show some of his work. The society meets at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough.

Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Geoff on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The Holy Trinity Sunbeams group for mums and pre-school children will be having a teddy bears’ picnic from 2pm to 3pm on Thursday, August 21, on the vicarage lawn.

If it is wet, the event will move inside the church.

The Sunbeams are holding an open morning at Holy Trinity church from 10am to midday on Saturday, September 13.

Parents are invited to find out more about the Sunbeams as well as the church’s Thursday afternoon pre-school group.

The Wednesday Fellowship of the United Reformed church, Rothwell is currently on its summer break, with meetings resuming at 2.30pm on September 24 at Gloucester Court.

All are welcome to join and should contact Ann Rowlett on 01536 710963, email for further information or for a lift to meetings.

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

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


Rushden Serve – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are on Sunday 10th August to The Crown, Wellingborough and Vesuvios, Sharnbrook on Tuesday 12th. Shopping trips are to St Neots Market on Thursday 14th and Friday August 15th to Waitrose. Lunch and Curling is on Wednesday 13th at Imperial Court (£12.00). Don’t forget Yoga in a Chair on Monday 11th 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.

The Children’s Society – are having a Garage Sale this Saturday August 9th at 10.00am - £5.00 to sell and be on the map. Maps cost £1.00 from St Mary’s Church Grounds – further details from Anne on 316380.

Royal British Legion – start their ‘Pop-in’ Centre at the Asda store next Wednesday August 13th from 1.00pm to 3.30pm where information, advice and guidance will be available to serving members of the Armed Forces, Reservists, veterans and their families. Further details from 0808 802 8080.

Rushden Historical Transport – invite you to their ‘Themed Holiday Specials’ this Saturday / Sunday - 9th / 10th August when trains will run from 11.00am. Travel by train to the seaside – build sandcastles, get a deckchair, have an ice-cream – get out your flairs and handkerchiefs – 70’s dress encouraged.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet on Wednesday Aug 13th in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Rosemary Nayyar will present her musical choice.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – The Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriars Church – this is Second Sunday with Stepping out activities including the Countryside Walk between Cogenhoe and Whiston – meet at School at 9.30am.

Traditional hymns at 10.15am in the Bridge Community Office with Kidz Club in the School.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Leslie James from Hertfordshire.

Open Circle is on Wednesday 13th August at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Morning Service will be at 10.30am led by Peter Squires in conjunction with Whitefriars Stepping Out. Rushden Tigers short mat bowls is on Friday 15th at 7.30pm.

St. Peter’s Church –The Family Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.00am led by Rev Graham Bell and St Peter’s Young Stars. Craft, Chat and Communion Group meet on Tuesday August 12th at 10.00am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday August 9th 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 Jonathon Thompson.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service is at 10.45am with the Worship Group and Dan Fall with traditional Evening Service and Communion at 5.30pm led by David Rooksby.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 12th August at 10.00am.

Music in the Park – this Sunday August 10th Jazz Beens will be performing in Hall Park at 3.00pm.

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


The annual Teddy Bear Parachute Jump and Fete will take place at 2pm at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Saturday, August 9.

With a variety of stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, homemade cakes and preserves, games, tombola, and charity stalls, there should be something to suit everyone.

Refreshments will be available and music will be provided by the Rushden Mission Band. For more information please call Peter on 01933 623590.

Can you spot the mythical creatures at Stanwick Lakes? Swamp monsters and dragons, water sprites and mermaids are all lurking in the lakes and undergrowth at Stanwick Lakes this summer as part of the Stanwick Lakes Family Explorer Challenge.

Each day until Sunday, August 31, you can get active with your family and have fun walking, cycling or canoeing around Stanwick Lakes to try and spot the mythical creatures hidden around the site. If you spot them, you can win a Stanwick Lakes medal!

The Family Explorer Challenge leaflet can be obtained from the Stanwick Lakes Visitor Centre for £2.

This will tell you all about the mythical creatures, give you clues to where they are hiding and how you can claim your medal once you have completed the challenge.

There are charges for cycle and canoe hire, but you can take along your own bikes, and walking is free! Car parking charges apply.

The evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, August 9, will be provided by indie rock covers band The Others. Visit for more information.

There will be a service of Compline at 7pm tomorrow, Friday, August 8, at St Mary’s Church, Ringstead.

A Patronal Festival Benefice service of Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, August 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, followed by a Baptism Service at 11.45am.

Tai chi classes will be take place in the Village Hall between 8pm and 9.30pm on Thursdays during September, at a cost of £36 for the 4 classes.

These classes will be suitable for men and women from 18 years to 80+. People who are new to tai chi and those returning after a break will be very welcome, along with those continuing to work on their tai chi.

You will be encouraged to exercise slowly and smoothly, build up your strength and flexibility, at your own pace, and release tension.

For more information about this class and to book your place please contact Amanda on 07835 453 286 or email

More information is also available from


Thrapston Town FC kick off the 2014 - 2015 season on Saturday, August 9, with the first team commencing the first of three away fixtures in a week at Bugbrooke.

Games at Rothwell Corinthians, Tuesday, August 12, and Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, Saturday, August 16, follow.

The Reserves commence at Potton United ahead of Gavin Cullum’s home management debut against Wellingborough Whitworths on Friday, August 15, from 7.45pm at Chancery Lane. The double-winning Ladies team start their season at the end of August. Come on down to The Lane!

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 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


Dance the night away. The next dance night is on Saturday, August 9, in Weldon Village Hall from 8pm until 11pm.

Dancing to Latin, ballroom, sequence and jive. All welcome both to regular and new dancers.

You are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Entrance payable at the door £5 which includes raffle. For more info contact Joan on 01536 403768 or e mail

Wondertour community transport next excursion is on Saturday, August 16, this time to the beautiful city of Norwich at this time there are two seats available price £15.50 each.

Pick-up points are Weldon Gretton Corby village and town centre and Kettering at Telford Lodge.

On arrival in Norwich time is your own to do as you please there are plenty of attraction including The Castle, Art Gallery, Regimental Museum, the cathedral and boat trips on the river Wensum. Plenty of places for some retail therapy and plenty of eating and drinking places.

There will be comfort stops both to and from the destination.

To book your seat phone David Fursdon on 07790 197220.

Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary basis and not for profit making. New passengers and old are most welcome.

Please note the village fete scheduled for Monday, August 25, has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Autumn fair in Weldon Village Hall on Saturday, October 25, from midday to 4pm. Refreshments will be served all day. To book a table contact Angela on 01536 201068 tables cost £5.


Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society meets at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 21, at Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough.

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

Also this year the flower and produce show is on Saturday, August 30, from midday to 6pm and Sunday, August 31, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

For more details please ring 01933 678545.

There will be a Tea Party on Saturday, August 16, 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.

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 2, Remembering 1914-1918.

On Tuesday, October 7, 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 £3.50 each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum shop.

Wellingborough Town Centre Seaside beach is making a welcome return. Sand, Deckchairs everything again same as last year.

Between August 2 and 30 the beach will be there right in our town centre again, A new improved beach is promised. Please check websites and facebook page. or

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.

The Museum, Castle Way, Wellingborough will be again hosting the annual Art Exhibition of the Professional and Amateur Artists on Saturday, August 2 to Saturday, August 9, from 10am to 4pm.

It is open to the public free of charge where you can view the many talents of local artists using different mediums. They will also be on sale and an opportunity for members of the public to vote for the best painting in the show.

Further information of the F.P.A.A. can be obtained from the founder John Frederick Black.

Telephone 01933 395605.

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. Please be reminded that there was No July meeting, apologies but if you need any help or advice contact head office or another group in Northants.

The next meeting at Wellingborough may be onTuesday, August 12, at 7.30pm till 9pm if a new venue can be found. Please call 01933 226720.

Please call and I will give you details of meeting place for August.

I have to do some begging around to find a new free monthly meeting place – if anyone has offers or ideas please call me would be delighted.


After the huge success of Wilbarstons last Pamper Evening, the Village Hall Committee are preparing for the next one on Saturday, September 27, 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.

The last of the Children’s activities at Wilbarston Village Hall will be Banger Alterego Theatre Co. on Tuesday, August 12, starting at 2pm, and last about one hour.

These are aimed at two to nine-year-olds who should be accompanied by an adult.


As part of the Centenary commemorations marking the beginning of the First World War St Mary’s Church has planted a Flanders Poppy bed on the L wall of the Churchyard.

While they are growing, poppy crosses will be placed – one representing each of the Woodford men who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

Woodford open gardens will be on Sunday, August 24, and Monday, August 25, from 1pm to 5pm.

There are 15 village gardens to visit in aid of St Mary’s Church Funds. Entry £3(children free) valid for both days.

The 6pm Sunday service at the chapel will be led by Mr Greenway from Carey Baptist Church Kettering.

The Mid week Fellowship continues every Wednesday in the Chapel schoolroom at 7.15pm,with a visiting speaker and refreshments.

The Mobile library will be in the village again on Wednesday, August 13, calling at The Shrubberies, Rose Terrace, from 12.10pm to 12.40pm and Mill Road from 12.45pm to 1.15pm.

The library carries books to suit all tastes including large print books and audio books.

Joining and borrowing books is free.