Village news December 11

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BRIGSTOCK

Residents should have by now received edition number 1 of Brigstock News produced by the village hall committee. There will be four editions per year and the deadline for submissions to the spring edition is February 6. We have tried to include everything that is going on, but this is such a busy village we may have overlooked something. If so please contact chrisallen43@gmail.com so it can be included in the next edition.

The Advent windows have got off to a wonderful start and will continue until December 24 at the crib in St Andrews Church. Such a lot of effort has gone into the windows again this year. A charity collection has been organised for Crisis which gives support to homeless people There is a collecting tin in the Post Office or you can donate on the Just Giving website.

Brigstock United Reformed Church is looking for an organist/pianist. If you can play regularly, occasionally or even just once, please contact Sheila on 373225 or Helen on 373712.

Thursday, December 11, and Friday, December 12, 10am to 2pm, Christmas wreath-making at Lyveden New Bield. Light lunch and materials provided. £30 per person. Booking essential. 01832 205158.

Thursday, December 11. Christmas bingo at Harpers Court. 7.30pm. Cash prizes and an amazing range of Christmas goodies in the raffle.

A Christmas dance will be held in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, December 12. £5 per person including raffle. Please bring your own drinks and glasses. Bring a plate of food to share (optional) Evening wear optional. Contact Joan for further details on 07718 519480.

Saturday, December 13, is the day of a Christmas mini market at St Andrews Church rooms. 10am until midday. There will be festive refreshments, raffle, tombola and an opportunity to get those last-minute gifts.

Father Christmas will be at Fermyn Woods Country Park in the Skylark Cafe from 1pm until 4pm on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14. £3 per child to include a cute festive present. Further details 01536 373625.

Sunday December 14 is the Christmas tree lighting and carols. This will be held on Hall Hill at 6pm.

Sunday, December 14, antique and collectors fair at Brigstock Village Hall. 9.30am to 3.30pm. Refreshments available.

From early to mid December the United Reformed Church Village will be offering

Christmas post in Brigstock – we’ll post your cards for you! Contact Paula Addison-Pettit at paula@stab.demon.co.uk or on 373035.

Friday, December 19, at Brigstock Village Hall. A great evening of dance music from the 40s to 90s. Admission £5. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Details 267031.

On Saturday, December 20, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm a carol service will be held in the kitchen of the New Bield. Wrap up warm and bring a torch or lantern.

Sunday, December 21. A carol service will be held at the United Reformed Church at 3pm.

Wednesday, December 24, St Andrews Church Crib Service and Chrsistingle at 6pm and First mass of Christmas at 11.30pm.

Thursday, December 25. All Age Worship at United Reformed Church at 10.30am.

Sunday, December 28. St Andrews Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Sunday, December 28.United Reformed Church Christmas carol singalong 10.30am.

BURTON LATIMER

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library will be holding their monthly coffee morning on Saturday, from 10am until midday – and invite you to celebrate the festive season with mince-pies and a-sing-along.

The Kibworth Band will present an evening of seasonal music and carols at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £6.50 for adults and £3 for children are now available from Helen (01536 722901) or Sue (01536 357676) Drinks and mince pies will be available to purchase. All proceeds to church funds.

Free Messy Church plus Christingle and carols will be held at the Methodist Church from 3pm on Sunday. For details call Caroline or Andrew (01536 420780).

A Christingle Service will be held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday, at 3.30pm.

Ladies Night will meet in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, at 7.45pm on Monday for their Christmas Party.

Beautiful People will meet in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane, at 10.30am on Wednesday, December 17. The discussion this month will be Christmas.

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meets at 7pm in the Civic Centre on Thursday, December 18.

Kettering District Scout Post 2014 has started. Collection boxes will be located at Bosworth’s Garden Centre, Sainsbury’s, Barclays Bank, Glebe Stores, the Library, The Burton News and Yeomans Court. Stamps are 25p from all of the collection points except Sainsbury’s. The final date for posting will be Tuesday, December 16. Deliveries will be made to Barton Seagrave, Braybrooke, Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cranford, Cransley, Desborough, Geddington, Grafton Underwood, Isham, Kettering, Little Cransley, Loddington, Mawsley, Newton, Old, Orton, Pytchley, Rothwell, Rushton, Stoke Albany, Walgrave, Warkton, Weekley and Wilbarston.

Men’s Breakfast will meet on Saturday, December 20, at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane. The speaker for this month will be Paul Greenaway from Kettering. Let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by December 18 if you would like to come along.

It is with reluctance that the decision has been made to terminate Tuesday Fellowship (formerly the Women’s Own), for several reasons which were found to be insurmountable. The main reason is the drastically falling numbers of those able to attend owing to age and infirmity. So after more than 80 years in the history of the Baptist Church in Burton Latimer, the last meeting was on November 25, though we realize what a sad loss the meetings will be to our loyal regulars.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist and crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

3.30pm Children’s Society Christingle Service

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

St Mary’s Under Fives (SMUFs) will meet in the Chapter House at 10.30am on Tuesday

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Worship

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

COTTINGHAM

Join teachers, parents and children for an afternoon of carols around the Christmas tree at Cottingham School. Come along from 1.30pm on Friday, December 12, when mulled wine and mince pies will be served.

Cottingham School Christmas production dress rehearsal. It is a tradition that local senior citizens are invited to this special event where tea, coffee and mince pies are available. If any parents, siblings, grandparents, uncles or aunts wish to attend, you would be more than welcome. This performance will be free and takes place on Friday, December 12, at 2pm.

Local florist Megan McKim of Forget Me Not Florists is running a Christmas floristry workshop inThe Village Store and Café on Saturday, December 13, providing expert instruction to complete and take home a traditional Christmas wreath. The cost is £50 and includes all materials and floristry tools, refreshments on arrival, mid-morning refreshments and a buffet lunch. To book a place, contact Megan McKim on 01536 772222 or 07581 428950, email sales.forgetmenotflorist@gmail.com.

Community choir Valley Voice will be holding a Christmas Concert at the Village Hall Annex on Saturday, December 13, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £6 a head. There will be a pay-bar available and some sausage rolls and mince pies for you to enjoy. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are available from Joanne Leaning on 01536 770913.

Valley Voice will also be out and about at hostelries in the village on Friday, December 19. More details (venues, timings etc) to follow.

Mark Tooley will be hosting his Police Surgery at The Village Store and Café in Corby Road, Cottingham, at 11.30am on December 16.

Church Services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham.

Family Praise - first Sunday of the month at 10am

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

Coffee with Hymns – fourth Sunday of the month at 10am

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

CRANFORD

The Cranford and District Over 60s will hold their Christmas party at 4.30pm in the Village Hall on Saturday, December 13.They will be entertained by Allegra from Thrapston and District.

On Tuesday, December 16, the Cranford Village Hall Committee is hosting a Christmas meal and get-together at 12.30pm.

On Thursday, December 18, there will be carol singing around the village. Please would carollers meet at 6pm outside St John’s Church. Inquiries to Joy Beeby 330387.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Twywell at 9.15am and Morning Prayer at Grafton Underwood at 11am. There will be a Family Carol Service at Cranford St Johns at 11am with seasonal refreshments and the Parable Arts puppet theatre.

DENFORD

There is a Service of Holy Communion in Holy Trinity Church at 11am, Sunday.

DESBOROUGH

It was St Giles Christmas Tree Festival on the weekend of Friday, November 2,8 to Sunday, November 30. The results for the best voted Christmas trees are now in. The Favourite Tree by an Adult was This tree is Frozen by Karen Lennox, the Favourite Tree by a Child was Thank You by Havelock Junior School, Year 5. There were special mentions for Escape Youth Group with Escape - Can you find our Tree?, and for Katie Nelson for The 12 Days of Christmas and Elsa & Anna for Olaf. Well done to all the exhibitors who took part!

Harry Mount would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him for the Movember event. He has raised a magnificent £500.

Stuart Brown of Leicester Forest Photographic Society came to Marlow House in Desborough on Friday, November 28, to show some of his photographic prints to the Desborough And Rothwell Photographic Society. His talk generated a lot of interest from his audience and chairman Geoff Oliver thanked him for a fascinating evening.

There was a free valuation day at St Giles Community Centre on Tuesday, December 2, from midday to 4pm. They took unwanted gold, unwanted silver, badges of all types, costume jewellery, old coins, antique jewellery, all types of postcards, diamond jewellery sets, clocks of any condition, watches, all types of military items and repaired watches. Any inquiries, contact John on 07516 190090.

December’s Mini Church will be on Sunday, December 14, at 3pm in St Giles Church. It will be a nativity service and all are welcome to come and dress up (adults too!). There will be pizza, mince pies, doughnuts and drinks afterwards. Also, a new Mini Church logo has been launched. There are now new polo shirts available. For children it costs £6.50 and adults it costs £10.20. An additional £18 is being raised to cover the cost of digitising the logos at the printers. Any donations will be welcome. Please note, there will be no Mini Church on Sunday, December 28.

Everyone are invited to a Christmas concert by Loatland School pupils. It is being held at St Mary’s Church, Brampton Ash, on Monday, December 15, at 1.30pm.

Braybrooke Morris Dancers have been dancing at the Desborough’s Gala Night organised Desborough Town Centre Partnership, on the evening of Friday, November 28. From 6pm to 8pm, Station Road and High Street were closed to allow inhabitants and visitors have safe access to a variety of stalls. The town’s Christmas lights were switched on by Widow Twankey, supported by Aladdin’s Genie and the Ice Queen. All characters in the Pantomine at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. Braybrooke Morris Dancers performed with their usual enthusiasm and attracted a lot of interest. Braybrooke Morris Dancers will be at Black Horse, Foxton on Monday, December 15. Come along and join in with the Christmas singalong. For more information, contact 0116 240 2481.

9 Lessons and Carols by Candlelight on Sunday, December 21 at Desborough United Reformed Church in Union Street at 4pm.

EAST CARLTON

Village carol singing will take place on Friday, December 19. Meet at 6.30pm at the cricket club and return an hour later for the Welland Valley Voices. They will be performing popular Christmas songs and carols – you may get the opportunity to join in. Mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate available too.

Health walk takes place every Monday and Wednesday at 11am – meet at the park entrance.

This year’s Poppy Appeal raised £327.29 from the village street collection with a further £87.60 from the church during the Remembrance Day Service – thanks to Chris, Peter and Kath for taking the time on a dark evening to kindly call around the village.

Social evening in the club tomorrow night from 8pm.

New Year’s Eve – traditional end to the year with a party as per last year. Music and entertainment from Brian, Adrian and friends.

FINEDON

The 1st Finedon Scout Group will again be delivering Christmas cards to the Finedon area only (not the Sidings or General’s corner). The Scout Post Boxes are available at: the Newsagents in Wellingborough Road; Affleck Bridge Antiques in High Street; Café Tasters in Irthlingborough Road; Hair Raid in Rock Road; Cost Cutters in Irthlingborough Road and Wood the Butchers in Dolben Square. Post from December 1 in Finedon only. All proceeds to the Scout Group. For details ring 680680. Please make sure the correct address, including number, is on the envelope and written clearly.

The Royal British Legion are holding a buffet/dance at the Gladstone Club in Wellingborough Road on Friday, December 12, 7pm to midnight. Bob Watts will be playing the keyboard and there will be a variety of music and dances. Tickets are £7 from Peter or Karen on 07434 328237 or Allan on 07543 897507.

Finedon Library is holding a fundraising event on Friday, December 12, at Finedon Cricket Club. Rusti Steel and the Star Tones invite you to dance the night away with a 50s themed evening. Come dressed in your 50s gear if you want to. The evening runs from 8pm to 11.30pm. Tickets cost £10, which includes entry in the prize draw, from Finedon Library.

Coffee at the Cons is on December 15, 10am to 11.30am as usual. Christmas cakes and a raffle, and catch up with all the local gossip. Proceeds are in aid of Lowland Search and Rescue and Skylark Children’s Ward at KGH. Thanks to everyone who has supported us this year, especially Mick Walker, steward at the Cons, for his kindness and valuable contributions.

The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild will hold its next meeting on January 21 at the Mission Room in Well Street, Finedon, when Mini Dems by members will be the demonstrations.

The classes will be restarting on January 14 when members will be holding another beginners class, this time making flowers and placing into a spray. The intermediate class will be making a cutie model. For more information call 01933 680099, visit www.wellingboroughsugarcraftguild.com or email wboro4scraft@gmail.com.

The Fireside Group invite you to the Community Carol Service at the Finedon Independent Wesleyan Chapel on Thursday, December 11, at 7pm. The carols will be led by the Rev Derek Redfern and are followed by tea/coffee and hot mince pies.

GEDDINGTON

For the past two years, Geddington Church has organised a Christmas trail around the village in the two weeks before Christmas, looking for sheep and, last year, angels! Families and children have taken part in this and so this year we will be looking for stars and their names. Residents have volunteered to have a star in their window and we will name it. It can be a simple one, or if you would like to be more creative, more ornate! Follow the Star will conclude on Sunday, December 21, at 9.45am in Geddington Church, when there will be a simple service to assemble the stars.

Later, the traditional Christmas Carol Service of readings and carols will take place at 4pm on Sunday, December 21, in Geddington Parish Church.

The Old Tyme Dance will be held on Saturday, December 13, at 8pm at the Youth Club in Grafton Road. Ring Janine on 01536 747981 to book your table. Bring your own drinks and nibbles and have a great evening! The dance finishes at 11.30pm.

Why not join the tour of Carols Around The Village, on Friday, December 19. Meet at 5pm at the church and finish up at 6.30pm at the Star.

On Christmas Eve there will be a Christingale Service at 4pm and 5.30pm at Geddington Parish Church. Midnight Mass will be at 11.30pm. Please join with hundreds of millions of people all over the world who will be celebrating this traditional service.

On Christmas Day, there will be a Family Eucharist at 9.45am.

Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade will be having their Annual Boxing Day Squirt on the said Boxing Day! GVFB will be joined by Kettering and Corby Fire Brigades and/or Burton Latimer for the annual parade from the Fire Station in Grafton Road to the Eleanor Cross at about 11am. They will sing the Geddington Fire song around the Cross and then will march down to the ford at about midday. A hawser will be suspended over the River Ise , with a beer barrel hung over it. Each team will try to push the barrel with their hoses, powered by their engines, over the heads of the opposition! The winner is the team who successfully squirts the barrel in a battle of three attempts.

Would you be interested in joining the pantomime group who are performing Puss In Boots from February 18 to 21? If you are interested, contact Paul Johnson on 07540 124365 for more details.

A new adaptation of The Snow Queen with original music, story telling and song will be performed on January 15 in the Village Hall at 7.30pm.

GREAT ADDINGTON

On Friday, December 12, join the Addington Artisans for the day in Great Addington Village Hall between 10am and 4pm. It costs £3 and tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring a packed lunch and cushion. For details call Marlies Derwin on 01933 650771 or Liz Lee on 01536 330508.

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

Great Addington Primary School:

Deene and Lilford classes will present their Nativity Play at Great Addington Village Hall on Monday, December 15, at 2pm and 6pm.

The school service of Lessons and Carols takes place on Wednesday, December 17, at 11am in St Mary’s Church in Little Addington, which will be followed by coffee and mince pies.

The new term will begin on Tuesday, January 6.

GRENDON

Sunday, December 14, at 4pm there is a Christingle service at St Mary’s Church. 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 details go to

www.yardleyhastingsbenefice.org.uk.

Wednesday coffee mornings are held after the Communion service in the home of one of the parishioners, details on

the church notice board.

Bins! Green this week.

Thursday, December 11, 8pm carols by candlelight at Whiston church.

Friday, December 12, mobile library in Sweetacre from 3.35pm to 4.05pm.

Sunday, December 14, 4pm Christingle at St Mary’s.

Sunday, December 21, 5pm carols at Grendon Hall, with a collection of dry/tinned foods and warm clothing in good condition for the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough. Ring 01933 663332 if you would like your contribution collected.

Wednesday, December 24, 4pm crib service at St Mary’s, ring Deborah on 01933 663918 if you would like your child to take part in the nativity play.

Christmas Day 10am Communion at Grendon.

The magnificent sum of £624.41 was raised in our village poppy collection so very many thanks to the collectors and to those who gave so generously.

GRETTON

Rutland-based The Biz Club hosted their annual awards on November 14, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard. This year’s winner was Terry Forsey from Gretton. The award was given not just for his work as MD of Terry Forsey Consulting, but for the work he does with The Travers Foundation.

The Travers Foundation is a charity Terry set up in 2012 to support aspiring young sportsmen and women, and those in the creative or performing arts. The charity is currently supporting a number of talented young people in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire.

Terry also offers free advice to small businesses in his Northamptonshire office on a Friday afternoon.

The Travers Foundation has set up Just Giving donation facilities on its website at http://www.travers-foundation.org.uk/.

Some of the people and organisations it has helped so far include Wellingborough golfer Ryan Evans, Corby Core youth development programme, basketball player Chris Southwell , Gretton Silver Band and singer and dancer Meg Lyons.

On Saturday, March 7, it will be holding a Showcase Dinner to feature Meg Lyons, Corby Core Dancers and other local talent at The Core Theatre, Corby (www.thecorecorby.com). Please add this date to your diaries and further details will be available shortly.

A lively meeting of Gretton WI was held in the village hall on Tuesday, November 11. New president Sue Kinnard chaired the meeting. Forthcoming events to Rockingham Castle for a Christmas tour and to Spinney Hill in Northampton, to hear the antiques expert Eric Knowles, were discussed. The Christmas party arrangements were finalised and plans for the WI centenary next year were introduced to the members.

New members and visitors joined the group and the speaker Christine Kingston introduced members to the craft of Iris paper folding, showing how it can be used to decorate beautiful gift and birthday cards.

Members were told of Gretton’s success in the recent county competition to produce pennants for the centenary celebrations. The group came third in Northamptonshire. The ladies who completed the work were thanked and congratulated by the president.

Next month members will have their Christmas party, and will enjoy a meal produced by Classic Catering of Corby and seasonal entertainment.

Gretton Silver Band has another busy schedule in Gretton in the run-up to the festive season. On Sunday, December 7, the band toured the village playing carols and a selection of Christmas tunes, maintaining a tradition that goes back well over a century.

GSB will once again play at the annual carol service at Gretton Baptist Church in High Street on Sunday, December 14, at 6pm. The popular Gretton Silver Band Christmas concert takes place at Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road on Saturday, December 20, starting from 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served and a raffle run. Admission is just £4, concessions £3. All profits will be donated to provide a defibrillator to be placed on Gretton Recreation Ground in conjunction with the Friends Of Gretton Recreation Ground. For inquiries for all of the Christmas events call 01536 713234.

Gretton Village Hall lunches this week were very popular with 60 people attending. Comments were that it was a great atmosphere and the food was very good. £181 was raised as a result. The 200 club was drawn and allocated.

The committee met this week also and can report a very good result from the financial viewpoint. The recent concert from the Northants Touring Arts was enjoyed very much and it is hoped PIVA can be booked again in the future.

The committee will not meet next month as members are out for their annual meal, but the lunches will go ahead as usual. On February 27 it will be the annual quiz. There will also be a bridge lunch on March 17 and the forms will be going out shortly to local clubs.

HARRINGWORTH

This year’s Christmas Bazaar was a huge success; the Church looking colourful and seasonal with a great selection of gift ideas, fun activities and excellent coffee and mince pies. A special thank you must go to all those who contributed to the Made in Harringworth theme of the Bazaar and a special mention goes to Sarah Chambers who personally made a enormous variety of gifts, including cat prints and other frames, gardening accessories, notelets and Christmas themed potted bulbs. Also to Sue Reading who not only ran a record breaking cake stall this year but personally made a variety of delicious cakes. The famous Harringworth Hamper Raffles were won by Julie Bell, Chris Hendy and Sue Steward; The Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake (this year Sponsored by the White Swan Pub) was won by Ken Frankland. The first 100 Club Draw of the year was made at the Bazaar and the £100 prize was won by Lin Saunders. The organisers from the Harringworth Appeals Fund committee wish to thank everyone who helped with the Bazaar this year and to all those who attended on the day and supported Harringworth Village.

The recent Coffee Morning in the White Swan was very well supported and we were delighted to see both Lisa and Hayleigh’s friendly faces drinking coffee with us. The next coffee morning will be on Tuesday, December 16, at 10.30am, during which the Christmas 100 Club Draw of £150 will be made.

Carol singing around the village is on Wednesday, December 17. Meet at church at 6pm and Mr and Mrs Saunders will offer refreshments afterwards at Church Cottage.

On Saturday, December 20, there will be a Christmas party in Harringworth suitable for babies and children under seven. From 3.30pm to 5.30pm, the Village Hall will be host to festive treats, games, fun, and maybe a visit from the Big Man.

Tickets are £5 and include food, drink and a present. The Harringworth Appeals Committee has kindly offered to pay for tickets for all the resident village children, but the party is open to friends or visiting grandchildren etc so spread the word!

For tickets email Sarah or Eve: sarahjbell@icloud.com or eviecoops@hotmail.com with the child’s name and age.

Parents will be required to stay for the duration of the party and there will be snacks and refreshments on offer for the adults. The organisers would also really appreciate a few extra pairs of hands during the party so if there are any people willing to get involved, please get in touch.

The Carol Service is at 4pm on Sunday, December 21, with a Christingle element in the service for the children.

Midnight Mass is being held in St John the Baptist Church on Christmas Eve at

11.30pm.

HIGHAM FERRERS

The Shrubbery in College Street will be holding its Christmas fair tomorrow from 3pm to 6pm. There will be lots of Christmas fun to include live music, stalls, Santa in his grotto and much more.

The Christmas farmers market will be held on the Square from 9am on

Saturday, December 20, in the Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. A coffee morning will be held in the Bede House organised by Higham Tourism with many stalls to browse, delicious refreshments and music provided by the Paul Needle Trio. The NN10 Voices will be giving a half-hour concert in St Mary’s

Church at 11.30am with free admission.

A special presentation evening is being organised at the Henry Chichele Primary School this month to mark the retirement of the chairman of governors Canon Roger Knight.

Members of the Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am tomorrow in the Green Dragon Hotel, College Street. The special guest will be Kevin Varty talking about dancing bust to bust. There will be a

quiz, raffle and refreshments. Admission is £3 for visitors, for details call Doreen Holyoak on 01933 314157.

Higham Town Hall Christmas closing will be from 2pm Christmas Eve to re-open on Monday, January 5.

Grateful thanks are extended to all who supported the Farmers Market coffee morning in the Bede House last Saturday. £330 was raised for St Mary’s Church.

The annual Bedesmen’s Day in the town will be held on Monday, December 22.

The Bedesmen, resplendent in their cloaks and badges, process from the town hall to church for a short service at 11am led by Canon Richard Stainer. This is followed by a meal together in the Green Dragon Hotel followed by drinks and a friendly chat.

The next Towards a Safer Higham meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 15, in the town hall. The local police attend and there is an open forum for members of the public to raise any community safety issues either with the council or police.

Higham Ferrers Business Forum, which was set up earlier this year, is going from strength to strength. Members have enjoyed a variety of topics at their quarterly meetings which also gives them the opportunity to network and build contacts in the area. The forum meet again at 12.30pm on Thursday, January 8, at Chichele College. Please confirm your attendance to Tracey on 01933 410000.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, December 18, in the library in Midland Road. The special guests Ray and Marylyn Wood will present their choice of music and there will be a WNAA Charity Raffle. For further details call Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Family Mass at 10.15am followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. In addition there will be a Christingle Service in aid of the Children’s Society at 4.30pm to which all children and their families are invited.

At the Parish Church of St John the Baptist Chelveston Family Mass will be at 9am and a service of Lessons and Carols at 2.30pm with Rushden Salvation Army Band.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - All Age Worship will be at 10.45am led by Rachael Newman. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. A Carol Service will be held at 4 pm led by The Music Group.

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

Higham Footpath Group are going on a six-mile circular walk from Upper Dean – Swineshead on Sunday, December 21. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.30am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am at the United Reformed Chapel in High Street Upper Dean. The group will be led by Walter Burbidge 01536 483687. See website www.highamferrersfg.webspace.virginmedia.com/.

A carol concert will be held at Rushden Town Bowls Club at 7.30pm this Sunday with Raunds Temperance Band. Tickets cost £5. Ring the Bowls Club on 01933 312680. A mega raffle will also be held.

A Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 16.

The Trustees of United Charities are allowing extra time for anyone to apply for the vacant tenancy at 60 College Street. Applications from single men or women living in Higham are welcome and there is an opportunity to view the property before application. For details or application forms contact Suzanne Browne at Wilson Brown Solicitors on the Market Square tel: 01933 410000. Applications should now be submitted by Friday, January 16, at latest.

The Town Carol Service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, December 21, in St Mary’s Church.

IRCHESTER

Rhymetime for the under fives is at 9.30am on Thursdays in Irchester Library. Other news from the library and dates for your diary: Monday, December 15, Coffee and Chat Christmas Party. Raffle tickets are now on sale for Friends of Irchester Grand Christmas Draw, first prize is a luxury hamper. Tickets are available from Friends and the Library. Draw takes place on December 18 at 2.30pm.

Irchester Branch Labour Party is holding its Christmas party on Monday, December 15, from 8pm at Irchester Working Men’s Club. Snacks will be available: mince pies, a variety of sandwiches and cakes. It’s all free and all are welcome. After the singing of Christmas carols, there will be an auction of a wide variety of brand new gifts. Father Christmas will of course be making his usual appearance to distribute gifts.

The Methodist Church will be holding an All-Age Christmas Celebration by the Junior Church on Sunday at 10.30am.

There will be a Community Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Katharine’s Church at 6pm on Sunday. This is a candlelit service of readings and popular carols.

Father Christmas will making his visits to the streets of Irchester on Friday, December 12, and Friday, December 19. Look out for him and his helpers who will be collecting for Irchester 2015 Gala.

On Thursday, December 11, between 2.30pm and 7.30pm a public exhibition is to be held at Little Irchester Village Hall, Milton Road, Little Irchester by Lark Energy. This is to show the proposals for a Solar PV Farm off Higham Road.

Tickets for Irchester Coulon Link’s New Year’s Eve Disco are available from Brian on 01933 311754. This will start at 8pm and continue until late in the Village Hall. The optional fancy dress theme is characters from books. Tickets cost £8, take your own food and drink.

IRTHLINGBOROUGH

Congratulations to all the members of Irthlingborough St Peter’s Under Fives (SPUFs) who attended a recent meeting wearing fancy dress. With sponsorship they collected £140 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Don’t Forget! St Peter’s Church will be having Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 13, at 9.30am. Cost is £4 per child.

Nativity Service at the Methodist Church, College Street, is taking place on Sunday, December 14, at 10.30am. The Service is entitled Some Of Our Sheep Are Missing. Local shopkeepers have very kindly given ‘a home’ to several lost sheep. The children have been looking for these sheep to rescue them and return them to their flock at the Nativity Service.

The Carol Service on Sunday, December 21, also begins at 10.30am.

A Christmas Holy Communion will take place on Wednesday, December 24, at 4pm and the Christmas Day service will begin at 10am.

KETTERING

Thank you to everyone who is supporting The Salvation Army, Kettering, Christmas Gift Appeal 2014, and those who came to Christmas Gift Receiving Service on Sunday, November 30.

The following events will take place on Sunday, December 14:

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday Worship: 10am 3rd Advent led by Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Meeting led by Major Paul Doust.

11.30am to 1pm SA Band Carol Playing at Morrisons, Kettering

6.30pm SA Youth Band at Carol Service at Beckworth Emporium

Sunday, December 21 - Sunday Worship: 10am 4th Advent led by Major Paul Doust

and 2.30pm / 4.30pm / 6.30pm Carol Services.

Wednesday, December 24 - 9am to midday SA Band Carol Playing at Tesco, Kettering.

Christmas Day Celebration 10am.

Sunday, December 28: 10am Thanksgiving for God’s Blessings in 2014 - led by Major Paul Doust.

Tuesday, December 16: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm-3pm Home League: Christmas Carols (Ladies Meeting)

Wednesday, December 17: 9am to 11am - Little Gems - Parents & Toddlers Group.

Thursday, December 18: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: Christmas Carols for everyone

Thursday, December 18: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] closed.

Come and join the Variations Choir at their Celebration Of Christmas concert at the United Reformed Church. London Road, Kettering, on Saturday, December 13, at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £5, £2.50 for under 12s or available at the door. Includes refreshments. Telephone 01536 513548 or 01536 723376.

On stage at The Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave, on Tuesday, December 23, 11am and 3pm Father Christmas Needs a Wee! Based on the original book by Nicholas Allan. A sweet tale told with energy, enthusiasm and plenty of silliness. Box Office for tickets 01536 414141.

At the Lighthouse Theatre from December 12 to January 4, Kettering’s pantomime spectacular this year is Aladdin with a host of TV stars. Book online at lighthousetheatre.co.uk or call 01536 414141.

Christmas shopping opening hours at the Newlands Centre this week will be December 11 8am – 8pm with extended opening hours on December 15, December 16 and December 17, 8am – 7pm.

Swings The Thing Big Band with Nigel Adair and Katherine Mclean present a Kenton Christmas at 8pm at The Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave. Tickets 01536 414141.

On Friday, December 12, a Christmas Journey in Music & Words with The Seagrave Singers at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, William Street. Tickets £7 including refreshments, students free, with proceeds to Cransley Hospice. Tickets available at the door. Christmas CDs recorded by the Seagrave Singers will be on sale.

Kettering Choral Society will perform Popular Christmas Music at 7.30pm at Rockingham Road Baptist Church on Friday, December 12. Tickets £6 (including programme), children free. Pay at the door. Seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards.

On Sunday, December 14, there will be a youth-led Christmas Celebration at 6.30pm at the Church of Christ the King, Deeble Road.

On Wednesday, December 17, at 8pm – 9.30pm Beer & Carols in the Beeswing on Rockingham Road – organised by All Saints Church.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street from December 16 to January 31, Corby Photographic Society exhibition. The exhibition is showing in the Long Gallery. Admission is free.

The Craft Showcase in the Alfred East Gallery for December features Ruth Rignall. Ruth enjoys hand knitting as an instant and portable way of responding to the world around her and the ideas that develop from what she sees.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, on Saturday, December 13, from 1pm – 2pm a lunchtime talk entitled A Medieval Christmas by Michael Brown. Tickets £6, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts.

On Saturday, December 13, in Kettering High Street, there is a Teenage Market from 9am to 4pm.

At Wicksteed Park until December 21 it is the Christmas Show. All aboard the SS Broadway for a musical theatre extravaganza! This new show offers a complete day out with afternoon tea included. For more information visit www.wicksteedpark.org./all-aboard or call 01536 512475 and select option 2. Tickets from £15.50.

Free parking in council car parks after 3pm on December 11 and 18. All day on December 13 and 20, every Sunday and each night after 6pm.

LITTLE HARROWDEN

All are invited to begin your Christmas Celebrations at St Mary’s Church, Little Harrowden, on Friday, December 19, starting at 6pm. Visit from Father Christmas, carol singing, hot dogs, mince pies and hot drinks available.

If anyone can loan their nativity sets for the event they would be very grateful and any loans can then be re-collected on Saturday, December 20. Children are invited to go dressed as a nativity character and help act out a tableu.

Little Harrowden WMC- this Saturday it will be Zoe & Dave Barron. December 20 will be the children’s Christmas disco 7pm-9pm followed by adult disco 9pm till closing. December 24 - Reelin’ & Rockin,’ December 27 - Jamie Neile, December 31 - Robbo.

Also Monday, December 22, at 8pm –Christmas Raffle, Sunday, December 21, and 28 – Added Bonus Bingo. Monday, December 29 - 6pm-8pm Children’s Fun, music & games.

Church Services for Sunday – 10am Family Baptism Service at Little Harrowden, 11am at Orlingbury, 11am Family Baptism Service at Great Harrowden.

Christmas Services - Sunday, December 21 - 11am HC or Family at Great Harrowden, 4pm Carols in Church and village at Orlingbury, 6pm Carols at Little Harrowden.

Christmas Eve 4pm Family Crib Service at Little Harrowden, 4pm Family Service at Orlingbury. 6pm Lessons and Carols at Great Harrowden, 11.30pm Midnight Mass at Orlingbury. Christmas Day 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 15, at 2pm in Little Harrowden Church for Tea and Fellowship.

Sunday School will begin at Little Harrowden Church on Sunday, January 25. All primary school age children are welcome, parents of pre-school children can attend with their child. Meet in the Church for 9.15am where they will then go on up to Little Harrowden School Hall before returning to Church before the end of the service.

Valentine’s Ball – Saturday, February 14, at Little Harrowden Village Hall. For further details call Linda on 01933 680378.

NEWTON BROMSWOLD

The following events are being held at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold:

On Sunday Peter’s Pack will meet at 10am and a service of Evening Prayer will be held at 3pm.

On Sunday, December 21, at 10am a Children’s Carol Service will be held with a puppet show from the Parable Puppets.

On Christmas Eve a Carol Service will be held at 6pm.

On Christmas Day a service of Christmas Communion 9am.

On Monday, December 22, St Peter’s Church will be Carol Singing in The Swan starting at 7.30pm.

ORLINGBURY

This Saturday at 2.30pm in Orlingbury Village Hall the Joseph Manning Trust presents Jack and the Beanstalk, a Christmas panto by Magic Theatre Co. Tickets are £3 for children, £6 for adults. Refreshments and sweets are on sale. They invite you to go dressed as Beans! To see if there are any tickets still available call call Gillian on 01933 401340.

Orlingbury Family Circle, Orlingbury Village Hall on Sunday, December 21 - Nativity 9.30am to 10.30am. For details call Shelley on 07790 393913.

St Mary’s Church Orlingbury Christmas Eve Party Service, celebrating Jesus’ Birthday! Biggest cracker pull in Orlingbury! Christmas games and quizzes wonderful music by Zoe, sweets to share and prayers by candlelight. Wednesday, December 24, at 4pm.

Enjoy carol singing around Orlingbury on Sunday, December 21. Meet outside the church following the 4pm Nativity. Mulled wine stops along the way with hot supper provided by the Robinson family.

Christmas Services at St Mary’s Church - Sunday, December 21, at 4pm Nativity and Carols Service followed by carol singing around the village. Christmas Eve - 4pm Party Service, Midnight Mass at 11.30pm.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union. The next meeting will be on Thursday January 15th at 2pm in Little Harrowden Church for Tea and Fellowship.

Queen’s Arms – carols in the pub, Wollaston Salvation Army Band – join in for mulled wine, mince pies and carols. Thursday, December 18, from 7.30pm. Big Quiz of the year - Sunday, December 28. £2 entry includes food and starts at 7pm. Quiz nights December 18, January 8 and 22 at 9pm, donations to the air ambulance. For details call 01933 679110.

Christmas Services - Sunday, December 21 - 11am HC or Family at Great Harrowden, 4pm Carols in Church and village at Orlingbury, 6pm Carols at Little Harrowden.

Christmas Eve 4pm Family Crib Service at Little Harrowden, 4pm Family Service at Orlingbury. 6pm Lessons and Carols at Great Harrowden, 11.30pm Midnight Mass at Orlingbury. Christmas Day 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Orlingbury Art Days with Claire Warner for 2015 - January 24 Frosty Morning, February 28 Fresh flowers, March 28 reflections in the sand, April 25 English Market scene, October 24 Watermill in Autumn, November 21 seasonal pen and wash using winter colours. Learn to paint in watercolours and enjoy a special day. For details call Gillian on 01933 401340.

OAKLEY VALE

At the meeting of the Oakley Vale Community Association last week at the community centre, Jillian Powell of Dementia Friends asked for Oakley Vale residents to be trained in appropriate responses to dementia issues.

There were three volunteers on the night and two more since, one more is needed to attend a one-hour course in January. If you would like to do this please contact me ASAP.

There was also a presentation from Corby Council of the Landscape Management Plan for Oakley Vale. This is a 25-page document with detailed maps. If you would like a hard copy of this please contact me.

We will address the council’s Stacey Poole and Iain Smith at the meeting at 7.30pm on January 28. Landscape management includes grass cutting and wildlife conservation and tries to strike a workable balance. We are also being asked to comment on the placement of three Nature Information Boards to be installed around Oakley Vale. These plans are to be displayed at Tesco and in the community centre so please get back to me ASAP with any thoughts.

Oakley Vale WI’s next meeting will be the Christmas quiz and buffet on Tuesday, December 16. Call Janet Smith on 01536 743152 for details.

So far there have been nine volunteers to undertake speed camera training. The minimum number the police will train at any one time is 10, so please if any of you have some time contact me.

RAUNDS

Members of Raunds WI had a very nostalgic November meeting when the guest speaker Polly Feeley took them back to the 1950s, with memories of their childhoods. They are now looking forward to ending the year with their Christmas party which will take place tonight.

The Raunds Community Choir will be holding their annual concert, featuring young guest musicians from the Manor School, at 7.30pm on Saturday, at the Saxon Hall, Raunds. Tickets, which include refreshments, are £7.50 for adults and £1.50 for children, from both Raunds and Ringstead Post Offices.

Raunds Community Players will be presenting Treasure Island which opened yesterday at the Snooks, and will continue nightly until the final evening performance on Saturday. Performances will be each evening at 7.30pm, with an additional matinee performance at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets are priced at £5 for each performance with the exception of Saturday evening’s performance when the tickets will be £6. Tickets from Raunds Post Office, Stanwick Post Office, Pattern Jewellers or by calling the box office on 01933 624310.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will not be meeting tonight, as previously advertised, but will be meeting, instead, next Thursday, December 18, at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

If you would like to learn to play the ukulele, please visit www.raundsukulele.co.uk for more information.

Coffee will be served between 10am and midday tomorrow, Friday, December 12, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. You can also enjoy Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30pm and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17.

It is Funday Sunday with the Christingle service on Sunday, December 14, at 9.30am at St Peter’s Church, Raunds. Everyone is welcome to go along, with fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks and breakfast being available.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting at St Peter’s Church between 9.30am and 11am on Tuesday, December 16.

On Tuesday, December 16, the Mothers’ Union will be having their Christmas Lunch at Espresso’s in Brook Street, Raunds. Please arrive at 12.30pm for 1pm.

The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be holding their AGM, with mince pies and members’ slides, at 7.30pm next Thursday, December 18, at the Saxon Hall, Raunds. Admission is free. For details call Graham on 01536 725924.

Today the Lunch Club takes place in the Shared Church Schoolroom at 12.30pm.The club meets monthly for elderly people who are connected to St Mary’s Church, The Shared Church or any person who is alone, but it is essential to book with Carolyn Brooking on 01933 461055. The price is £3 for a two-course hot meal, and tea or coffee.

RINGSTEAD

On Sunday there is a Service of Morning Worship in St Mary’s Church, Ringstead, at 9.30am.

On Sunday in Ringstead Shared Church the service at 10.30am is Morning Service with the Rev Dr Ted Hale. Christmas Freestyle for all is at 4pm.

The Ringstead Gift Charity currently has garden allotments to let at Denford Road. Various plot sizes available. The rent for 2014/15 is £1 per pole or 60p per pole for pensioners. Applicants are invited to contact Phillip Surridge, trustee of The Ringstead Charity, on 07771 590575.

ROCKINGHAM

Two events coming up in the village this month: the annual Fur & Feather Whist Drive is scheduled for Saturday, December 20, from 7.30pm in the village hall. £2 entry per person, which includes refreshments.

The following day, Sunday, December 21, there is a Christmas carol concert at St Leonard’s church featuring Gretton Silver Band. Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to the church building fund.

ROTHWELL

Rothwell Methodist Church is holding its family christingle service on at 4pm on Sunday, December 14, conducted by the Rev Martin Swan. Everyone is welcome to attend, hear the story behind the christingle and make their own to take away. The service will include singing some carols and finishes with afternoon tea including sandwiches and cake.

Other Christmas events and services at the Methodist church include a family fellowship meal from 6pm to 8.30pm on Saturday, December 20, with entertainment to follow. Everyone is welcome to join in sharing the food and fun, with no charge, although donations from those who enjoy the evening are welcome.

On Saturday, December 21, at 10.30am, the church has carols and readings, led by Pat Basson.

On Christmas Eve at 11.30pm, communion service is led by Mr Swan.

And on Christmas morning, a celebration service for Christmas Day starts at 10am and is led by Pat Basson.

Christmas services at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell include:

Saturday, December 13 at 7pm – Northampton Philharmonic Choir will stage a concert entitled Tomorrow shall be my Dancing Day. It is a musical celebration of Christmas, with carols for all. Tickets can be acquired by phoning 07958 768661 or on door. Prices are nave £15, side aisles, £10, students £5, children under-12s free.

Sunday, December 14 at 4pm – christingle service, with oranges and candles.

Monday, December 15 at 7pm – town carol service.

Saturday, December 20 from 2pm to 4pm – children’s holiday club. Names need to given to Amanda in advance on 07729 412453 as places are limited.

Sunday, December 21 at 6pm – festival of nine lessons and carols.

Services at Rothwell United Reformed church, Fox Street include:

Sunday, December 21 at 10.30am – Gordon Johnson and John Adams lead lessons and carols.

Christmas Day from 10am to 10.30am – service led by the Rev Nancy Babarinde.

Some 50 members of the Rowell Fair Society enjoyed the annual Christmas event in the back lounge of Rothwell Conservative Club on Thursday, November 27. Entertainment included mulled wine, mince pies and various Christmas quizzes, as well as Christmas carols, accompanied by Norman Austin. Thanking members for attending, President Paul Johnson announced that the first event of January would be an appearance by the Rev Richard Coles, broadcaster, former pop musician and vicar of Finedon as well as a recent winner of Celebrity Mastermind. He has been booked to appear at 8pm on Thursday, January 29, in the back lounge of the Conservative Club. All members of the society and would-be members – it costs just £2 a year to join – will be welcome.

As from January 1, the Trinity Centre in Market Hill will be closed and therefore can take no more bookings. The building is currently up for sale.

The latest round of Kettering and District Table Tennis League matches saw two Rothborough teams return from Burton Latimer with wins. Arrows beat Burton D 7-3, with Julian Marlow and Helen Watts unbeaten, while Dakotas defeated Burton E 8-2, as Lauren Ainsworth and Peter Rowbotham hit hat-tricks. At Montsaye Sports Hall, Greening Road, Rothwell, Buccaneers picked up full points against Harborough Imps and Comets beat Exocets 9-1. Kelvin Linnett and Martin Watts gained seven points between them.

The print of the year competition starts for members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 7.30pm on Friday, December 12, when the judge is Peter Yeo. The club’s final meeting of 2014 will be at 8pm on Friday, December 19, when it holds its Christmas social for members and guests. Meetings restart in 2015 with a men versus women print battle on Friday, January 2. All meetings are at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough and visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit www.drpsphoto.co.uk, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The Scouts’ Christmas post is accepting cards for delivery in the local area for a price of just 25p. Last posting date is Tuesday, December 16, for delivery during the weekend of Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21. Items can be accepted for delivery in Rothwell at Rowell News, High Street; Rothwell Tile Centre and Newman’s cards and gifts, Bell Hill; William Brown estate agents, Market Hill; Davis opticians, Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre and Newman’s hairdresser’s, Bridge Street.

As well as Rothwell, items can only be accepted for delivery in: Barton Seagrave, Braybrooke, Broughton, Burton Latimer, Cranford, Cransley, Desborough, Geddington, Grafton Underwood, Isham, Kettering, Little Cransley, Loddington, Mawsley, Newton, Old, Orton, Pytchley, Rushton, Stoke Albany, Walgrave, Warkton, Weekley and Wilbarston. Customers are asked to take especial care not to post items to other than these towns and villages as the cost of Royal Mail postage makes it impossible for the Scouts to re-post them. Full details of the service can be found at www.scoutchristmaspost.etck.co.uk.

There are no more meetings of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship until the new year, when the first meeting will be on January 14.

The last 2014 meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club is at 8pm tonight at the Methodist church, Market Hill, when members will have their Christmas party.

A coffee morning and table-top sale is being held by the 2nd Rothwell SA Scout Group from 10am to midday on Saturday at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Attractions include toys, books, cakes and bric-a-brac. For information on booking tables, contact Chris on 01536 507419.

RUSHDEN

Serve – door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips. The lunch trips next week are on Tuesday, December 16, to The Woodpecker, Raunds, and on Sunday, December 21, to The White Horse, Tilbrook. Shopping trips next week are on Monday, December 15, to St Ives Market (£8.50), on Wednesday, December 17, to Beckworth Emporium, on Thursday, December 18, to St Neots Market (£6.50) and on Friday, December 19, to Waitrose. Further details on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society is running its Santa Special trains from 11am to 3.30pm this Saturday and Sunday when children will receive a present from Santa! Essential to book tickets adults £6, children over one £9, children under one £3, available at the Station Ticket Office – call 353111 for available opening hours.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament meets on Tuesday, December 16, in Rushden Hall at 2pm when Colin Ray will speak on The Music Hall.

Rushden Pensioners’ Forum is having its Christmas Turkey lunch on Wednesday, December 17, at midday at John White’s Golf Club courtesy of a Royal Mail donation disbursed by Age UK. Contact Harry Graham for details on 356671.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets on Wednesday, December 17, at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Ray and Marylyn Wood will present their programme of music.

There will be raffle on behalf of the air ambulance.

St Cecilia Singers invite all to their carol concert on Saturday, December 20, at 2pm in St Peter’s Church, Midland Road. Tickets (including refreshments) are £6 for adults, children with adults free, from members or by contacting 356546.

St Mary’s Church – on Sunday at 9.30am All Age Worship led by the Rev Steve Prior followed at 11.15am by Holy Communion. Evening Prayer is at 6pm led by Sue Merrifield with Preacher Rev Taylor.

The Salvation Army – the one service on Sunday is at 10am led by Major Richard Crowe.

The recently opened Prayer Room is open on weekdays from 9am to 2pm where quietude and prayer for loved ones can be experienced.

Whitefriars’ Church – second Sunday Stepping Out events include the Countryside Walk, Pedestrians in Podington, leaving the school at 9.45am. At 10.15am they have Café Church – have second breakfast while the children play! Cake and coffee guaranteed. Also the traditional Silver Service in the Bridge Community Room is at 10.15am.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church. On Sunday the Service at 3pm is led by Sarah Phillips from Rushden. There is a Development Circle on Wednesday, December 17, at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls Christmas coffee morning is on Saturday from 10am to midday with Father Christmas appearing at 10.30am. Also at 7pm the Scouts are holding their Gang Show – tickets from Caz on 07958 034080.

The service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Peter Squires. Tickets at £4 now available for a Musical Concert on Sunday at 7pm by the Six Week Community Singers – call 778677.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Road, Family Service with Holy Communion is at 10am led by Rev Graham Bell and the Young Stars. The Next Generation, for youths between 11 and 16 years, meets in the Community Room on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10am. The Sunday Morning Family Service with South End Infant School Choir is at 10.45am with Evening Worship with Communion at 6pm led by the Rev Phil Hearson.

Alfred St School Carol Service is on Wednesday, December 17, at 1.30pm and on Thursday, December 18, there is Denfield School’s Christmas production at 10.30am.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Service is at 10.45am with the Music Group and Peter Davies. Traditional Evening Service with Communion is at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church has its Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday, December 16, at 10am.

Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society is presenting its pantomime Mother Goose from January 3 to 10 at the Pemberton Centre. Tickets are £10 for adults with concessions £8 and a family ticket £30 available now from Jan’s Floral Boutique, High Street, or email bookings@rushden-rats.co.uk.

The Swivel Club Party Night featuring Soul Shaka takes place on Saturday, December 20, at 8pm in the Bowls Club – the best in Soul and Motown. Tickets £10 from Walt on 07984 266649. On Saturday, December 27, they present Queen B with tickets at £15 in support of the chairman of East Northants Council and the mayors of Rushden and Higham Ferrers’ charity funds.

STANWICK

This year’s Festival of Christmas will take place on Sunday, December 14, with two separate Christingle services at 2pm and 3.30pm at St Laurence Church, and a Christmas fair in the village hall between 2pm and 4.30pm. Santa will once more be present in his grotto, and there will be a variety of stalls, with refreshments and mulled wine. Musical entertainment will be provided at 2pm by Stanwick School choir; at 2.30pm by the Stanwick Handbell Ringers; at 3pm by the Salvation Army Band and at 3.30pm by the Salvation Army band and the Raunds Community Choir.

The Stanwick Pocket Park group have produced a range of Christmas cards of Stanwick scenes which are on sale now at the shop@stanwick at £2.50 for a pack of four cards.

The group are also planning a quiz night and raffle, hosted by Stanwick Club, at 8pm on Friday, December 19. Everyone is welcome to take part at £1 per team member.

For more information about the group visit www.stanwickpocketpark.weebly.com.

Members of Stanwick WI will be meeting tomorrow, Friday, December 12, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, where they will enjoy Festive Floral Fun with guest speaker Amanda Punter. Ladies of all ages are welcome, with an admission fee of £4 for visitors.

Stanwick Club sees the welcome return of the very popular ska band the Two Tones tomorrow, Friday, December 12.

On Saturday, December 13, the entertainment will be provided by live band the Fallen Mavericks.

If you would like to have a go at playing the handbells, the Stanwick Handbell Ringers would like to invite anyone who is interested to go along to the Village Hall any Monday between 7pm and 9pm either to watch or have a go. Anyone can ring – it is not essential to be able to read music. For more information about the group, visit the website www.stanwickhandbells.org.uk.

A service of Morning Worship will take place at 10am on Wednesday, December 17, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Frozen singalong film show due to take place at 4.30pm at Stanwick Village Hall on Saturday, December 20, is a sell-out!

The Stanwick Youth Drama Group will be presenting Alice in Wonderland at the Village Hall on Saturday, January 17. There will be two performances, at 2pm and 6pm, and tickets can be obtained from the shop@stanwick at £4 each or £12 for a family of four.

For more information visit the website www.stanwickdramagroup.weebly.com.

Number 17 was drawn as the bonus ball on Saturday, November 29, making Kate Guilfoyle the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.

Come and make your own Christingle at the service at All hallows Church on Sunday at 3pm.

WELLINGBOROUGH

Wellingborough Orpheus Choir is delighted to be welcoming back soprano Hannah Moodie as soloist for its Christmas concert at the United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, on Saturday. They will be performing excerpts from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the first half of the concert, followed by Christmas carols – some familiar, some less so – including a new carol written especially for the choir by their conductor, Andrew Moodie. Mark Pescott will be at the organ and there will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets, priced £10 (students £5 and under-12s free) can be obtained from Irvin’s House of Flavour, High Street, Wellingborough, by calling 01933 665191, or on the door. Visit www.orpheuschoir.info for more information about the choir.

Girl Guiding Wellingborough is organising an elephant trail to celebrate the end of the Brownies’ centenary year.

Pick up an entry form from the museum where the large Wellie elephant will be on display and then follow the trail around the town to find as many small elephants (hand-made from recycled milk containers) in various shop windows.

It will run from December 1 to January 5.

There will be a prize for who finds the most.

St Barnabas Church Christmas Tree Festival will be held in the church between December 12 and 14 and the carol service this year is Monday, December 22, at 7pm.

Every evening until December 24, somewhere in the town a door opens. Beyond the door will be 15 minutes of entertainment and special treats.

Just turn up on any of the dates at the venues and times listed below, and enjoy the surprise 15-minute entertainment when the door opens - all free!

Thursday, December 11, 6.15pm – St Barnabas Church, www.stbarnabaschurch-wellingborough.org for parking help

Friday, December 12, 6.15pm – Swanspool Pavilion, Access by steps from London Rd, opposite cemetery

Saturday, December 13, 5pm – United Reformed Church, Main door, park in High Street Car Park

Sunday, December 14, 5pm – Ruby Lounge at Diana’s Health and Fitness, 109E Finedon Road

Monday, December 15, 6.15pm – Wellingborough Museum

Tuesday, December 16, 6.15pm – All Hallows Church (wear warm clothing), park in High St Car Park

Wednesday, December 17, 6.15pm – The Victoria Centre, Assemble at back door, Ranelagh Road

Thursday, December 18, 6.15pm – The Castle

Friday, December 19, 6.15pm – Swansgate Shopping Centre, park in multi-storey car park

Saturday, December 20, 5pm – Wellingborough Library

Sunday, December 21, 5pm – Hindu Community Centre, 148 Highfield Rd, own car park

Monday, December 22, 6.15pm – St Mark’s Church Hall, assemble at door on Brickhill Road side

Tuesday, December 23, 6.15pm – Wellingborough Fire Station, assemble at metal gates at east end of buildings, parking at Booker, next entrance east, one-way system, round back for exit. Wear warm clothing

Wednesday, December 24, 6.15pm – Salvation Army, Salem Lane. Supported by the Bid and organised by the Rotary Club in support of local charities.

The town carol service at the United Reformed Church, High Street, will take place on Sunday at 3.30pm.

Wellingborough and District Walking Group has the following walks organised: Saturday, an eight-mile circular from Cogenhoe Northampton via Ecton with meeting place for start of walk the Royal Oak, Cogenhoe at 10am. Call Diane on 01933 678545;

On Wednesday, December 17, at 9.30am a seven-mile circular from Wadenhoe Thrapston will meet to start at the Kings Head, Wadenhoe. Booking is required by calling Clive on 01604 405521;

Saturday, December 20, at 10am, 6.5m circular from Billing Mill Northampton and the meeting place is the Causeway car park, Billing Mill. Call Rose on 07740 995707.

Please donate the following for the people less fortunate than ourselves over this cold season - blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves, coats, fleeces, socks, flasks, cutlery, rucksacks, food items and anything else that you think would be much appreciated. Email pammyj74@hotmail.co.uk who will come and collect it. This project is in conjunction with the Daylight Centre.

WILBARSTON

The Wilbarston and Stoke Albany Scout Group will this year be offering the Christmas card delivery service for the surrounding area.

Look out for collection boxes in Wilbarston Village Hall and neighbouring Stoke Albany Village Hall. Cards can be posted between December 1 and 16. Please ensure all cards have the full name and correct address. Be prepared for Christmas with the Scout post only 25p.

This Friday, December 12, in neighbouring Stoke Albany you are invited to another Festive Evening of Carols and Fun. Starting at 7pm, there will be mulled wine, mince pies, soft drinks and a raffle. This is a free event. Donations greatly appreciated on the night. The brand new

Stoke Albany Church tea towel will be available to purchase on the night.

Wilbarston Christmas Fair held in November raised more than £1,000 towards the up keep of the village hall. A big thank you to all who supported this event.

WOODFORD

At the November parish council meeting councillors heard there were ongoing discussions with English Heritage over the grant for the refurbishment of the war memorial, which would hopefully be concluded in the near time.

A meeting had taken place about an electronic speed sign which would be positioned in various positions around the village to determine not only the speed vehicles travelled through the village but also as a deterrent to slow down vehicles.

Data obtained could then be used to lobby for additional speed restriction techniques. Kissing gates have now been installed on the footpath from Mill Road, Woodford, to Twywell and the Woodford end of the footpath is now clearly defined. The council expressed thanks to Mr Horrell (farm owner) for these recent installations.

Biographies of those who lost their lives will continue to be published on the parish noticeboard and on the parish website on the centenary of the serviceman’s death.

The fourth in the series will appear on December 12.

The primary school has one or two events coming up in the coming weeks.On December 16 Key Stage 2 concert in St Mary’s Church at 6pm.

On December 18 Early years and Key Stage 1 Nativity dress rehearsal at the school 9.30am.

At the November meeting of the WI Paul Bird gave an interesting talk of the changing face of Woodford. They were surprised to learn that at one time Woodford’s population was greater than that of Corby.

Mr Bird also had many old photos including one of Woodford WI celebrating their 40th birthday.

For their December meeting they will hold their Christmas party, and learn how to make a centre piece for the table.

The mobile library is next in the village on January 14.

Woodford Winemakers’ next meeting is on Monday, December 15, at the Woodford Club, Highfield Road, with the presentation of trophies and Christmas party night with music and carols. It starts at 7.30pm, please ring 01832 732228 for more information.

The service for the chapel on Sunday is at 3pm.

The Wednesday fellowship is at 7.15pm in the chapel schoolroom and will be Christmas carols and readings by the members. This will be the last Wednesday evening meeting until March.

The services for the churches for Sunday: Little Addington Family Service 9.30am, Great Addington Carol Service 6pm, Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.

Friday, December 19, brass band carol service at Little Addington at 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm).