Village news January 22

A macaw behind bars, taken by Glyn Dobbs
A macaw behind bars, taken by Glyn Dobbs

What’s going on where you live


A second meeting was held in Brigstock Village Hall on Wednesday, January 14, chaired by Sally Wilks, leader of the parish council, to explore the possibility of setting up a working party to produce a Community Plan for the village. It was agreed by those attending the meeting that a community plan for Brigstock should be produced and that a committee be formed to do this.

Eight people at the meeting volunteered to serve on this committee, which will act as a sub-committee of the parish council. The committee will organise a public event to raise awareness of the project in the village, to identify issues of concern and to attract more volunteers to help with the work involved.

Chris Allen agreed to act as temporary chairman for the initial committee meetings, the first of which will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 22, at 7.30pm.

The minutes of these meetings will be published on the Brigstock village website.

An application will be made to the parish council for funds to support the project. A resource pack is available on line which provides information on producing a community plan at http://www.east-northamptonshire.

The next meeting of Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday, January 28, at 7.30pm in the village hall.

The speaker will be Ted Barnes with a talk entitled Grandad’s War.

This is the story of the First World War experiences of a British Tommy, the speaker’s grandfather, who fought in many of the great battles of that conflict and survived to tell the tale.

Mr Barnes’ book about his grandfather will be on sale on the night.

Visitors and guests are welcome at £2 entrance for the evening.

About 80 people attended the New Year’s Eve Dance in Brigstock Village Hall and danced the night away to a variety of music from Daniel.

The profits made from ticket sales and the raffle were shared among a number of good causes with £125 to village hall funds, £100 to Cransley Hospice, £100 to Lakelands and £50 to the Air Ambulance.

The organisers would like to thank everyone who supported this event and made it such an enjoyable start to the new year.

The first meeting of Brigstock WI in 2015 was attended by 30 members. The speaker for the evening was Philip Johnson, who gave a detailed account of his life running Rectory Farm.

Birthday flowers were presented to Sandra Loveday, Val Stout, Robbie Pethers and Jan Jerwood. 200 club winners were £30, Pam Drage, £20, Peter Stevens and £10, Hazel Blowfield.

Sue Philips was the winner of the competition to identify old farming implements. 

There is a social meeting on Tuesday, January 27.

The meeting on Tuesday, February 7, is a members evening with a competition for a home-made toy.

Brigstock WI members will hold a ballot on February 10 to decide whether to continue to hold meetings in the WI hall or to vacate the hall to save on the costs of maintenance.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday, January 18, at 10.30am will be led by Joan Gray.

Brigstock Village Hall committee is linking up with the beer festival to hold a horse race night on Saturday, February 7.

The committee has obtained a grant to update the kitchen but is required to put in a sum of money from village hall funds, so good support from the village for this event would be a great help. Sponsors are also required for the races.

To sponsor a race contact committee members Terry Beckett, Steph Beckett, Pete Burdett, Caroline Motion or Chris Allen. Tickets cost £6 (over 16s only) and include supper. Doors open 7.30pm with the first race at 8pm. A bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased from Brigstock newsagents, committee members or by calling 01536 373059.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will meet in the lounge at Harper’s Court on Tuesday, January 27, at 2pm.

Brigstock URC would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in playing the organ to accompany the Sunday morning services at 10.30am, either regularly or occasionally, if that is more suitable.

Please contact Sheila Smith on 01536 373225 or Helen Johnston on 01536 373712 if you can help.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy an evening of ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, January 30, from 8pm till 11pm. Entrance is £4.

Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718 519480 or email


Burton Latimer Branch NSPCC is holding its annual jumble sale at the Band Club on Saturday.

Doors will open at 2pm. Entrance fee is 20p.

Refreshments will be available. Please contact Anne (01536 724860) or Janet (01536 724513) for any donations of jumble or bric-a-brac.

The Friends of Burton Library invite you to their next event on Sunday. The History of the Universe will be the topic of the guest speaker, Adam Bennett, doctoral research scientist from Cambridge University.

The event begins at 2pm. Tickets are priced at £3. Booking is essential – contact the library (0300 126 1000) or email

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group invite you to their next event at the cricket club on Monday, when the guest speaker will be Laurie Read from Open Doors. The evening will commence at 8pm, the bar will be open from 7.30pm.

Entrance is £2. For further details contact Tony (01536 726833).

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2pm in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, when Yvonne Deroche will be speaking about the Church Army.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am St Mary’s Young Disciples

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Tuesday

St Mary’s Under Fives 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.


Three charities were given donations recently.

A group of a dozen friends made their annual tour singing carols around the village and have sent £80 to the air ambulance, £50 from the collection at St John’s Church Crib service has been given to the Rainbows Hospice and finally the extended Henley family accompanied by Fluffy the Shetland pony, who after the sad demise of Ruby stepped in complete with antlers and tinsel to help collect £112.83 which has been donated to St John’s Church.

Membership for the 100 Club has resumed and money will be collected prior to the next meeting on January 28.

The Youth Club has resumed after the break and youngsters between the ages of 5 and 12 years can enjoy football, snooker, pool, table tennis, wii and visit the tuck shop for refreshments. Open every Tuesday during term time at the village hall from 6.30pm until 8pm all for 70p. Details may be obtained from Anthea on 01536 770463.


On Sunday, January 25, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11am.

Refreshments will be served after the service.


Glenkindie Lodge Residential Home specialise in the care of dementia patients. They would like to say a massive thank you to all in the towns of Desborough and Rothwell who helped them succeed with their Christmas raffle. All your kind donations helped them raise enough money to allow their residents to have the most wonderful Christmas! Glenkindie Lodge Residential Home is now looking forward to 2015 with many exciting changes ahead.

On Thursday, January 8, it was Friends of Desborough Library’s first coffee morning of the year, they raised £39.65. Also, the reading book list for Friends of Desborough Library Reading Group has now been selected. For January, the book of the month is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; for February, the book of the month is The March of Folly by Barbara W Tuchman; the chosen book for March is Pompeii by Robert Harris; For April it is Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd. The selected book for June month is Two and a Half Pillars of Wisdom by Alexander McCall Smith. Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy is July’s book of the month. For August is Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks. The book chosen for September is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and October’s book is Green Dolphin Country by Elizabeth Goudge. November’s book is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Please note that the book which has been picked for October, the title will change as the book is out of print and the libraries do not have copies.

Five members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society took the opportunity on Friday, January 9, to give a 15-minute presentation to fellow members on any photographic topic of their choosing. Dorothy Rudkin began the proceedings with an audio-visual of a fabulous rail holiday in Switzerland in February last year. Peter Alvey, a working professional photographer, showed photographs he was commissioned to take by East Coast Rail of the making of a commercial for television. He then showed the finished commercial, which lasted about two minutes, distilled from a whole day of filming. Stuart Irons showed two audio-visuals, the first being scenes in and around Istanbul, revealing the exotic architecture, the atmosphere of the local markets and streets, as well as many types of food on offer. His second audio-visual was thanks to a business trip to Italy. Extending his stay to incorporate a holiday he visited Verona and Venice, and his pictures brought back many memories to those in the audience who had also visited these two great cities.

After the break Trevor Rudkin showed an audio-visual presentation of a VSCC meeting at Mallory Park, to which he had experimented by adding an appropriate sound-effects track as well as the music. In complete contrast he then showed a sequence entitled Beautiful Borrowdale, with scenes taken on a magical misty day between Ashness Bridge and Watendlath.

The evening concluded with a Powerpoint presentation by Trevor McHugh. His aim was to encourage more members to enter external exhibitions, and he did this by explaining the background and structure of the exhibition system, and liberally illustrated it with some successful images from various members of the society. Geoff Oliver thanked everyone involved for a fascinating and varied evening, showing the tremendous talent and enthusiasm that exists within the membership of the Society.

Everybody do Punching Pandas Fighting! Every Monday from 5.15pm to 6pm for four-year-olds to nine-year-olds and 6pm to 7pm for nine years to adult. Ideal for the less confident child. It’s fun, great for fitness and self defence. Real karate at realistic prices. Cost £3 per lesson. For more details contact Nick on 07720 430798 or email View on The instructor is a sixth dan chief instructor and a part of SKCE, a member of the AMA, the largest martial art organisation in the country. Nationally recognised gradings.

Experience the fantastic benefits of a shotakan karate class on every Monday evenings at the Desborough Leisure Centre, The Grange. It runs from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is £3 per lesson. First lesson is free. Contact Nick on the above email or contact number. Visit

Desborough and District Twinning Association organised a traditional Sunday lunch of roast beef with all the trimmings and pudding on Sunday, January 18. It was held upstairs at Marlow House in Desborough.

Desborough Civic Society is holding a talk called Glorious Food by Jon-Paul Carr on Monday, January 26, at the Desborough Heritage Centre at 7.30pm. A history of eating, shopping and food manufacture in Northamptonshire, from 1837 to the present day. For members it is £1 and non-members it is £2 entry fee.

The Rotary Club of Kettering invite you to celebrate Burns Night, a poetic celebration of Scotland, on Friday, January 23, at the Desborough Ritz in Station Road. Arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm. Traditional meal and entertainment.

In aid of Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s own charity. Tickets cost £30. Please come dressed in black tie or lounge suit. Carriages at 12.30am.

The latest news from Fresh Air Desborough (FAD) is about the new incinerator threat in Corby. Next door to the defeated Brookfield Waste Plant site lies the location of a proposed gasification plant (similar to an incinerator) which received planning permission in 2009. As a result of FAD helping to block the Brookfield Waste Plant, the incinerator is no longer financially viable under its current planning consent which imposes a 30-mile limit on the area around the site from which waste can be brought. The developer of the incinerator, Drenl Ltd, is seeking to make it viable again and has applied to the county council to extend the 30-mile limit. If the 30-mile limit is not lifted the incinerator is unlikely to be built. A public consultation is open until February 15 and the application can be viewed online at:

Please email your objections to and quote the reference number 14/00094/WASVOC. Alternatively objections can be made via the comments form at the above link or by post to Planning Services, Northamptonshire County Council, Floor 3, Guildhall Road Block, County Hall, Northampton, NN1 1DN.

Attention residents of Desborough: If you live in The Grange, Harborough Road or surrounding areas, you may have received an anonymous letter regarding RIGID and The Incinerator. Fresh Air Desborough would like to make it known they are NOT responsible for it.

The Desborough and District Twinning Association presents Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday, February 14, at 7.30pm. It will be held at the Catholic Hall in Victoria Street, Desborough. It’s 1905 in the picturesque English village of The Bridge, where guests gather for dinner at the country house of American mining tycoon J Neil Gibson. But all is not well, his wife has been murdered and one of the house guests is hiding a guilty secret. Join renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes for this fun evening of intrigue, mystery, food and wine. Tickets are just £15 including entertainment, three-course dinner and welcome drink. Bar will be available. Booking is essential. Please contact Karen on 01536 760095.

Three free workshops aimed at women thinking about self employment and looking to improve their digital confidence and skills.

These workshops will be held at Rothwell Library.

Dates for your diaries are as follows: Self-employment: Is it for me? On Tuesday, February 3, from 10am to midday. Social Media for New Businesses on Tuesday, February 10, from 10am to midday. Effective Websites for New Businesses on Tuesday, February 17, from 10am to midday.

To book your place, email or telephone 01604 361447.


Tomorrow night the cricket club is hosting another food and quiz night. £4 per head. 8pm start – please bring your team along to take on last month’s winners.

A welcome evening is planned for January 30 for all new residents from the last year.

This will be an informal evening and invitations will be sent out.

Sunday lunch dates: February 15 and March 22. Please book your table with Diane – members only.

Health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am, meet at park entrance.

Next coffee morning February 5.


Friends of Finedon Library will hold their AGM on Sunday, February 1, at 2pm in Finedon Town Hall.

A Valentine’s Day Barn Dance on Saturday, February 14, at 7.30pm will be held at Finedon Community Centre. It will be a fantastic evening with dancing to the local live band Kelly’s Eye with caller and includes a chicken & chip supper in the ticket price of £8. A licensed real ale bar will be available. Enjoy a great night out with old and new friends, entertainment, dancing, food and a bar! Reserve tickets on 01933 398377. Finedon Community Centre, 71 Wellingborough Road, Finedon NN9 5LG.

FCSSES presents Little Red Riding Hood at the Star Hall, Laws Lane, from Saturday, January 31 (matinee/evening), Tuesday, February 3, to Saturday, February 7 (matinee/evening). All tickets £6 except for February 7 evening performance and they will be £7.

The January meeting of Finedon Local History Society will be on Monday, January 26, in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon.

The speaker will be David Fowell on Medals and Men of the Northamptonshire Regiment 1914- 1918. Admission to the event is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non- members; the meeting will be followed by light refreshments.


A very enjoyable time was had at Twelfth Night in Geddington Village Hall on Saturday, January 10. The meal was excellent with an emsemble playing medieval music throughout the meal. The fun quiz was enjoyed by all followed by a very impressive raffle. Congratulations to The Friends Of The Church! Please do come to the next fundraising event, which is called A Bollywood Evening with music, dancing displays, costume, themed music and drink on Saturday, March 14.

The purpose is to raise funds for the fabric of Geddington Church. You don’t have to be a member of the Church of England to realize that our church needs help if the building is to be maintained as a historic site. Please do become a member of the friends ( £5 per year) and join in all the activities that the committee organise. I promise you will have an excellent evening!

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council is meeting on Monday, February 9, at 7.30pm in the lounge of Geddington Village Hall. Members of the public are welcome and there is a public session at the start of the meeting, where issues and concerns can be discussed with councillors.

Geddington and Newton WI is holding a meeting at 7.30pm in the village hall on Wednesday, February 11. Guests and new members are very welcome. The talk this month is A Suffragette In The Family by Peter Barrett.

Would you be interested in joining the pantomime group who are performing Puss In Boots from February 18 to 21? Maybe you are a budding director, or a talented artist who can create stunning scenery, or even a seamstress who can help make the costumes?

If you are interested, please contact Paul Johnson on 07540 124365 for more details.

Northamptonshire Highways is advising that the National Grid is working for three days on February 18 in West Street near the vicarage. On completion Highways then hopes to close the road for a week commencing Monday, February 23, to carry out surfacing repairs. So expect delays and closure in West Street!

The Samuel Lee Charity Memorial Lunch will be held on Sunday, March 1, at Geddington Village Hall at 12.30pm for 1pm.

The Friends Of Geddington Church are hoping to hold a garage sale on Saturday, May 16.

And Geddington PA are holding a summer fair/ family fun day on July 4. Please pop these dates in your diaries!


On Sunday, January 25, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a service of of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St Mary’s Church, Little Addington.


Sunday, January 25, 10am family service at St Mary’s.

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

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

Diary dates:

Thursday, January 29, footpath walk, contactTrevor ( footpath warden) and Pauline Higgs 01933 663706.

Monday, February 2, the WI meets at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Thursday, February 12, 2pm in the village hall book club meets to discuss Grace and Mary by Melvyn Bragg.

Monday, February 16, half term week.

Tuesday, February 17, is pancake day!


Gretton Women’s Hour’s next fortnightly meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 27, at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Gretton when the Rev Peter Damen is the afternoon’s guest. Start at 2.15pm. Gretton Women’s Hour is a long-running village organisation giving a warm friendly welcome to all Women from Gretton and the surrounding area to join them every fortnight. We have guest speakers and also sing hymns say prayers and enjoy light refreshments

and a chat afterwards. To find out more please telephone 01536 770784 or 771108

This month’s meeting of Gretton WI began with guest speaker Margaret Burgon, who in turn began by asking if anyone present had been married by her husband, Canon George Burgon. This was just as well, as she went on to say “It could Only Happen at a Wedding!” and to recall a number of incidents that had occurred while her husband had been officiating at marriage ceremonies in the local area.

These included references to late, nervous and drunken participants, surprise weddings, cardboard handkerchiefs, requests for a pet dog to be Best Man or Bridesmaid, choirboys’ jokes and Scotsmen’s kilts. All were told with great warmth and good humour and were thoroughly enjoyed.

After tea we turned to business, which this month focused on coming events. The programme of meetings for the year has been arranged but we still have to decide on outings and other activities. Various possibilities were discussed, and we look forward to a Race Night and Members Evening in March as well as several trips to places of interest before the National WI centenary celebrations later in the year.

In the meantime in February we welcome back Kevin McGrath who will tell us of his experiences Living with the HA Tribe. We have had a number of new members lately – more are always very welcome.

The January meeting of the Gretton Garden Group will be held on Wednesday, January 28, at 8pm in the Old Band Room of The Hatton Arms, Arnhill Road, Gretton.

This will be the Annual General Meeting, during which plans for the year will be discussed, and Members will have an opportunity to express their preferences and to decide the activities that they would like their Garden Group to organise.

Membership subscriptions will also be collected. GG Group is a friendly, social, village organisation open to all with a love of gardening. Do come and join us. For all inquiries telephone Julie or Alan Waterman on 01536 772575.

Keen Gretton runner Matt Gillespie is getting ready for the big challenge. On Saturday, February 7, Matt is taking part in a 50-mile ultra-marathon along the River Thames from Oxford to Henley to raise money for local charity, the Travers Foundation, which helps youngsters living in Northamptonshire. Matt said: “The work they do to assist aspirational, young local people to help realise their potential and achieve success is amazing”. He hopes to complete the run in seven hours. Please help this fundraising by sponsoring Matt on his Just Giving page at


The next farmers market will be held on Saturday, January 31, from 9am on the Square with free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. A coffee morning with a giant bric a brac stall will be held in the Bede House from 9am and in addition there will be various stalls to browse and refreshments served. A half-hour organ recital will be held in St Mary’s Church at 11.30am with free admission and all welcome.

Pensioners Voice will be holding their AGM and birthday party on Monday, February 23, with doors open at 2.15 pm. Admission will be by ticket only. New members will be welcome at the February meeting which will be held at the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. For further details contact Mick Beesley.

Members of the Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am on Friday, January 30, in the Green Dragon Hotel in College Street. The special guest will be David Wicks and his subject will be A Pantomime Dame. Admission is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, January 28, in the library in Midland Road. The special guests will be Janet Chester and Mary Loveless presenting their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available on 01933 391283.

Higham Town Council meets on Tuesday, January 27, at 7.30pm in the council chamber. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council or if they wish to speak on a specific agenda item then notice needs to be given to the town clerk.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday, January 25: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House, Family Mass at 10.15am followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and Junior Church/Footsteps at 10.15am in Church and the Bede House led by Debbie.

Family Mass will be held at 9am at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Chelveston.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - Morning Service will be at 10.45am. This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

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

Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine-mile circular walk at Grafham Water this Sunday, January 25. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.15am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am at the public car park at the eastern end of Grafham Water East Perry. The group will be led by Daphne Durran. See website:

The December edition of the Risedene Echo, a quarterly journal produced by the Rushden & District History Society, is on sale at Mark Bird Flooring on the High Street.

Priced at £1.20 this edition includes several interesting items about Higham – the bells at St Mary’s; the year of Henry Chichele; the honorary degree conferred on Professor Donald Pack and the history of the ancient Walnut Tree.

A mammoth plant sale will be held in the Bede House on Saturday, April 25 – the same day as the farmers market - and the organisers are appealing to local folk to perhaps sow a few extra seedlings this spring to donate.

Anyone who can help is asked to let Celia Ingram 358686 or Brian Behagg 318856 know that they will be producing extra plants. All monies raised will be for St Mary’s Church funds.


Parsons Hall in High Street used to be the site of the Parsons Pork Pie factory and this month is the 50th anniversary of the closure of the factory. To mark the occasion Trading Places, Irchester Historical Society and the library are planning an event at 11.30am on Saturday, January 31.

This will be the unveiling of a plaque at the site of the factory and then pork pies in the library accompanied by singing and a display of photos, memories and craft work from the children of Irchester school. If you are interested in attending please contact the Trading Places team on 07515 066063 or by email If you have an interest in local history you can get involved in the Irchester Parish Historical Society. This society meets monthly and has guest speakers, trips out and other events.

Further details can be obtained from the chairman, Jon-Paul Carr, on 01933 382476. Email

There will be a barn dance to live music from Hobson’s Choice in Parsons Hall on January 31. No need to book, £5 payable on the door includes tea/coffee. Ring Jane on 01933 401349 if you need to find out more.

Calling all canines! Want to support your local animal sanctuary? Round up your humans, gather your friends, collect your lead and head off on a family walk with Nathan Watson, dog behaviourist at Strut your Mutt in Irchester Country Park on Sunday, February 8, meeting at 10am for a 10.30 start. Booking is not needed, just turn up and pay Nathan your £5 donation to Animals in Need.

The Friendship Club which meets at the village hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45pm and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. As well as the regular meetings in the hall the club arranges outings and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more. Volunteers to help with activities, shopping, making and serving tea are always welcome.

The Friday Club meets at Barringer’s Court from 2pm to 4pm every Friday. This is a small friendly club for elderly and disabled people. Ring Rosemarie on 01933 397766 if you would like to know more or if you would like to help.

Want to make new friends? Have lots of fun? Want to be Irchester’s next Gala Court? The float and dresses have been chosen now it’s time to choose the girls.

All girls must be residents in Irchester or Knuston,

Aged from 8 years (by gala day) and be available for Irchester Gala Day on June 21 and various events in the county during the year.

The only qualification you need is a big smile, dedication, enthusiasm and lots of energy. The girls will be judged on Saturday, February 28, 7.30pm at Irchester Working Men’s Club. Candidates will be asked some simple questions while being presented to the Judging Panel. The process is very simple. Message Irchester Gala Court on Facebook for an Entry form & parental permission – to be returned by February 22 please.

An Irchester Rosebud aged between five and eight is also required just for gala day. Names will be drawn for this and the Rosebud will need to provide her own dress.


A very big thank-you to everyone who purchased a Cransley Creature in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The sum £668.88 has been sent from Irthlingborough to the hospice.


On Wednesday, January 28, the Ise Archaeology & Research Society talk about Hayle, the Town History Forgot by Tim Upson-Smith previously from The Museum of London Archaeology Unit. 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church Rooms, Crown Street. Come along and find out about Hayle which is a small town in Cornwall with a remarkable history. This includes the invention of the railway playing a pivotal role in the Second World War plus being a part of Roman times. Admission £4 members, and £5 non-members. For more information email

There will be a dance at Wicksteed Park on Saturday, January 31, 7.30pm until 11.30pm. Music for dancing will be provided by Music Box. Tickets £7. There will be a bar but please feel free to bring your own nibbles! For more information or how to get tickets call 01933 441717 or email

Kettering/Lahnstein Twinning Association will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 24th January at Toller Church Rooms, Gold Street from 10am until 12 noon. Tea/coffee/hot chocolate/delicious toasted tea cakes and home-made cakes all for sale. There will also be a book stall. All will be most welcome. Come along and learn all about our twin town on the beautiful river Rhine in Germany.

The Salvation Army, Kettering, Rockingham Road entrance:

Sunday, January 25 – Sunday Worship: 10am Dedication! and 3pm United Churches Together Service - all welcome.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Thursday 22nd Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: for everyone

Thursday 22nd Jan: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

Friday 23rd and Monday 26th: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - to book your 2-Course (Home-cooked) Meal+Cuppa £3.50 - please phone to book a place

Monday 26th Jan: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone

Tuesday 27th Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday 28th Jan: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place for February 2015

Thursday 29nd Jan: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “A Musical Afternoon” for everyone

Thursday 29nd Jan: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].

On Thursday, January 29, Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be Rex Moore with a talk entitled Kettering Born & Bred. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Friday, January 30, a January PayDay Party Night in aid of Cransley Hospice. Bill Burton Disco, Nigel Adair and hot hog roast style buffet in the Charles Suite, The Vines, Barton Road. Tickets £15 per person. Call the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 for more information.

If you haven’t visited the Corby Photographic Society exhibition at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street you still have time until January 31. The exhibition is in the Long Gallery and admission is free.

On Friday, January 23, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street, an amusing and interesting talk by Julie Hill entitled Treading the Boards – the Show Must Go On! all about organising a theatre production and taking part. Entry £3, refreshments & raffle. For more information call 01536 522158.

On Friday, January 30, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street a fun quiz night. Starts 7.30pm. £5 per team of four. Light refreshments – bring your own drink). For more information or to reserve a table call 07887 617978.

On Saturday, January 31, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street 2.30pm – 4.30pm a tea dance – ballroom and sequence.

Everyone welcome with or without partners – come and put on your dancing shoes! Tickets £3 - tea/coffee/cakes included. Raffle. Call 01536 522158 for more details.


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

Church Services for Sunday, January 25, 9.15am Holy Communion and Sunday school at Little Harrowden, 11am Family service at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Wednesday, January 28 –9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

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. Tuesday, January 27, at The Lamb 7.30pm for 7.45pm. Talk by Dave Shaler on the Orionll telescope and Soyuzll. Tuesday, February 10 – topic to be announced. For further information on any meetings call 07742 186747 or check out the website.

Little Harrowden WMC – January Saturday entertainment: 24th Peter Angelo, 31st Steve Perry. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

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 five 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-9pm, Tuesday 5pm-7pm

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

The sewing group meets on the third Friday of each month. New faces will be very welcome. For more details contact Jane on 01933 677380.


On Sunday, January 25, a Holy Communion Service will be held at 10am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. All welcome.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday, January 25, from 10am to 11am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged three years and over will be most welcome.

On Saturday, January 31, there will be a quiz night held in The Swan, Newton Bromswold, starting at 7.30pm with the proceeds going to Friends of Newton Church. The entry fee is £10 for a team of four people.


Orlingbury Art days with Claire Warner for 2015. This Saturday –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 further details contact Gillian on 01933 401340.

Church Services for Sunday, January 25 – 9.15am Holy Communion and Sunday school at Little Harrowden, 11am Family service at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Wednesday, January 28 –9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Wellingborough Friends of HFT - Pirates Pepperpot Party. Saturday, January 31, at 7pm in Orlingbury Village Hall. Music, Raffle, tickets £10 to include supper. Quiz and bar. All proceeds to HFT Tickets available on 01933 677717.

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.

Don’t forget to check out the five 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 7.30pm to 9.30pm each week, also Tuesday afternoons from 2pm 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.


Stacey Poole and Iain Smith from Corby Council will be at the Oakley Vale Community Association meeting on January 28 at the community centre 7.30pm.

We will hear more about the landscape management plan including grass cutting and wildlife conservation and trying to strike a workable balance.

There will also be updates from the PCSOs and local wardens.

Please come and have your say on local matters and address your local councillors.

We have nine local volunteers to undertake speed camera training – one short! So please if any of you have some time contact me and I’ll pass on your details - you only need one more volunteer!

This exercise should encourage legal and safer driving on Oakley Vale.

A meeting at the Core theatre on the January 20 addressed a proposed new Corby musical to be staged in 2016. This is part of Made In Corby, the ongoing Arts Council-funded project that is designed to encourage everybody to become involved in the arts.

Please let’s have all our Oakley Vale talent represented in this project – let me know if you are interested and I will pass on your details – dancers , singers, musicians, actors and writers are all needed.

Your local youth music group The Oakley Rangers meets from 3.30pm to 5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they are preparing for several more gigs locally.

Free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services.

Anyone aged 10 to 17 is welcome. Rockschool guitar, bass and drums are taught by qualified teachers; Paul & Judy.

Eight rangers are about to take Rockschool music exams and will do well.

I’m still canvassing specific languages for the second notice board at the Community Centre which will be directed at multi lingual notices. Are there other languages I have omitted?

Oakley Vale WI can be contacted via Janet Smith (President). 01536 743152.

Please also report any suspicious activity around Oakley Vale to your local PCSOs Lucasz Wojcik and Alex Franklin via the local police line 03000 111 222.

Lennie your local warden can also be reached on 01536 464603 and

Alex Franklin continues his police surgeries in your community centre from 11am to 11.30am on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

The Oakley Vale Community Centre activities are advertised on the community notice board sponsored by the OVCA on Butland Rd.

The OVCC website is which has more details and photographs and our link to the community is there on the news page.

The centre also has an e-mail address and a telephone number 742054 so please address booking inquiries to this address.

Cllrs Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30am to midday.

No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Cllr Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 11am, no appointment necessary.

His email is


The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be celebrating their 40th anniversary at the Saxon Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 19, with a special indoor meeting. David Lindo will be giving an illustrated talk on Birds in European Cities, which will be followed by cheese and wine. The meeting is open to everyone, but is a ticket only event.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be obtained by calling Penny on 01933 350404.

The last in the series of Mystery & History local bus walks will take place at Raunds Library tomorrow, Friday, January 23.

Join local Footpath Leader Susan the Walker at the library at 10am for bus and walking trails and a 10.25am start.

These walks are suitable for all abilities and will take about 2 ½ hours.

Maps will be available on the day at £3 each.

The walks are free, but bus fares are not included, so you will need your bus pass, if you have one.

Please contact Raunds Library to book your place. For more information, or for more maps or booklets, priced from £3, please call Susan on 01933 461480

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, January 23, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome to call in.

There will be a service of Morning Worship at 10.30am on Sunday, January 25, at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, with a service of Evensong at 6pm.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday, January 28, at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and at 10.45am at Ashfield House, Raunds.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting at St Peter’s Church between 9.30am and 11am on Tuesday, January 27.

If you are caring for a young child, you are very welcome to call in to meet other carers and their children.

If you are having problems using your computer, you can easily solve them at a drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, which will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Thursday, January 29, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

If you have a problem, just call in for more information. Admission is £3 for the two hour session.


The Thursday Club meets weekly in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, January 22, the topic will be Come on a Train Journey with Steve Szwejkowski. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. Total £1 per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

On Sunday, January 25, there is a Service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30pm.

On Sunday, January 25, The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day are as follows: At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with Pastor Patrick and Freestyle is at 4pm.

First Kicks mini Football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for ages between five to eight- year-olds on Sundays Term-Time only at the Rec in Gladstone Street in Ringstead fom 9.30am to 10.30am. The sessions are £2.50. For further information please contact Josje on 07758 386101and Email: All Children must be accompanied by an Adult.

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

New Horizons currently runs a Music and Movement class for the over 50s in Ringstead Shared Church on Tuesdays between 10am and 11am, no need to book just turn up and pay as you go, all welcome.

For further information please call the New Horizons office on 01933 396382.

Little Angels meet on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3pm (term-time) in Ringstead Primary School Hall (round the back of the school). The group is open to any child under school age and their carer. It is a very informal group where the children can socialise through play and craft activities while their carers can enjoy the company of others as well

as playing with their children. Refreshments are available for all. We ask for a contribution of £1.30 per family towards the running costs. For any further information please contact Sue Harris on 01933 625126.

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.


The snowdrop walk in Harrington, just a few miles from Rothwell, is scheduled to take place from 1pm to 40pm on Sunday, February 15, starting and finishing at the village hall.

An information pack with route map for the unaccompanied country snowdrop walk can be obtained at the starting point. The walk takes in the picturesque High Street and the Tollemache Arms pub, moving on to Church Walk and the church of St Peter and St Paul, returning via the historic ‘falls and fishponds’, once part of a medieval manor house, thanks to the owners, the Warner family.

A new opportunity this year is the chance to visit the Warner Edwards gin distillery at Falls farm, near the village hall, where tea, coffee and cakes will be available. Visit for an up-to-date snowdrop report, particularly in the event of poor weather.

The toilets at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell are to be refurbished. Work started at the beginning of the month and is due to be completed by Friday, February 13. One of the two toilets will always be available for use during this period.

Two appeals for help have been made by Holy Trinity church, Rothwell. A volunteer is needed to help increase income from the church magazine by selling advertising space. Anyone interested, who should be computer literate, should contact Linda Simmons on 01536 713865 or email Another request is for more help in the kitchen area to provide tea and coffee after the Sunday morning service. It is emphasised that there will always be another person present, so newcomers will not be left to fend for themselves. The job is on a rota basis, so would probably not amount to more than once a month or for special services. Please contact Ian or Kim Foster on 01536 712049 or email

Rothborough table tennis club have returned to action following the Christmas break. There was some superb play at Montsaye sports hall, Greening Road, Rothwell as Buccaneers beat Kettering B 10-0 and Comets overcame Burton E by the same scoreline. Elsewhere, Dakotas had a 9-1 victory against Harborough Imps with trebles from Lauren Ainsworth and Peter Rowbotham, but Exocets lost 9-1 at Corby D. In Division 1 Arrows beat Thrapston Falcons 6-4 with three wins for Helen Watts.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 23. At the meeting on Friday, January 30, member Peter Butlin will present an evening of slide photography. These meetings start at 8.00pm at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. The first competition of the year takes place on Friday, February 6 with the first heat of the digital projected images and slide leagues, judged by Gerry Coles of Duston Camera Club. This will start at the earlier time of 7.30pm. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A presentation on Alaska by Josie Dytham will be made to members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club at 8pm tonight at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Next week’s meeting, at the same time and place, will be a talk by Terri Mason on ‘my best friend (canine)’.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will be held at 2.30pm on January 28 at Gloucester Court, Rothwell.

A special Burns’ Day lunch is available at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill on Sunday, January 25, including haggis, neeps and tatties as well as the usual roast beef.

On Monday, January 26 from 9pm, the pub is holding an acoustic open mike night, with an electric open mike night at the same time on Wednesday, January 28. And on Saturday, January 31, from 9pm, there is live music with Roulette.


Rushden Serve – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – lunch trips to Rushden Bowls Club for a carvery on Sunday, January 25, The Star & Garter, Chelveston on Tuesday, January 27, and to The Old Vic, Burton Latimer on Thursday, January 29. There are shopping trips to Emmaus Centre, Carlton on Wednesday, January 28, and Waitrose on Friday, January 30. Further details on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – meet next Tuesday, January 27, at 8pm in the Conservative Club when David Putt will present ‘Places of Interest visited during the past 12 months’.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday, January 27, at 2pm in Rushden Hall when Peter Barrett will give a talk on Alice, Suffragette. New members welcome.

Rushden Collectors’ Circle – meet on Wednesday, January 28, at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall for their AGM followed by guest speaker Mr D MacGregor who will talk about the history of Wicksteed Park. New members welcome.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday, January 28, at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Janet Chester and Mary Loveless will present their programme of music.

St Mary’s Church – All Age Worship on Sunday at 9.30am is led by the Rev Taylor and Paul Adams. Morning Prayer is at 11.15am led by Tony Smith and Paul Adams. Evening Worship at 6.00pm led by Rev Taylor with preacher Mick Bantin.

The Salvation Army – Sunday Morning Service is at 10.00am with Evening Worship at 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. On Saturday 31st they welcome the Belcanto Female Choir at 7.00pm.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service with Holy Communion is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Marie Armitage. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Richard Skinner from Higham Ferrers. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Service this Sunday is at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt, followed by coffee in the Hall. Heel & Music Dog Training is on Wednesday Jan 28th at 7.00pm.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Family Service this Sunday with Holy Communion is at 10.00am led by Rev Graham Bell. The Knit and Chat Group meet on Wednesday 28th at 10.00am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Sunday Morning Family Service with children’s activities is at 10.45am with Rev Phil Hearson and at 4.00pm Special Service with speaker Steve Chadwick. Ladies WA meeting is on Thursday Jan 29th at 2.00pm with speaker Irene Alford.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service this Sunday is at 10.45am with the Music Group and Rev Elaine Roberts and traditional Evening Service is at 5.30pm led by Linda Crawley.

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

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – next meeting is on Thursday Jan 29th at 7.00pm in the Full Gospel Church, High St South for their AGM followed by a Fish & Chip Supper - cost £5.00. Tickets available from Pat Andrews on 388434.

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – next meet on Thursday Jan 29th for a walk around Geddington and Newton – leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. leaders Mary and Michael Hadley on 315383.


I am sure that most people in Stanwick will be surprised to hear that the December/January edition of the Grapevine will be the very last one to drop through our letterboxes until/if a new team comes forward to take it on.

The Grapevine is a free, self-financing publication, delivered by a team of Stanwick volunteers, to every house in Stanwick and Hargrave six times each year. The Grapevine has always been produced by an independent group, and has not been affiliated to any organisation in Stanwick.

For the past 17 years the magazine has been edited by Fiona Exton who, after her many years of sterling work, has decided it is now time to step down from the role. I’m sure I speak for everyone in Stanwick when I thank Fiona for all her hard work, which has been very much appreciated by groups, organisations and individuals alike.

The Grapevine has been a great asset to the whole village, with its support of local community groups and events. For those who do not have internet access or do not have the opportunity to see posters and notices around the village, it was a publication to which they could look forward to receiving.

It enabled them to keep in touch with what was going on in their village. If you would like to offer your help, please contact or

Stanwick Parish Council would like to hear from you. How should they spend the Village of the Year prize money?

As a result of winning the Northamptonshire Large Village of the Year competition in the summer of 2014, the Parish Council has received a cheque for £100 as prize money. Stanwick’s win is largely based on its community spirit and the involvement of people in what happens here.

The Parish Council, therefore, felt it only right that the people of Stanwick should be asked how they think this £100 should be spent. Suggestions should be sent to the parish clerk at or by calling 01933 46186. The Council will consider the suggestions at the March meeting.

The entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday evening will be provided by Slim 47 with covers of songs by the Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and more.

Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at the club and new members are always welcome. For details please call in and ask at the bar or call 01933 622444.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11am on Sunday, January 25, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

There will also be a service of Evening Prayer at 6pm at St Peter’s Church, Raunds.

The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will take place at 10am at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Over the next few weeks Stanwick Parish Council will be delivering an interim newsletter to all properties within Stanwick Parish.

This will be an Elections themed newsletter, in preparation for the Parish Council elections on Thursday, May 7.

Stanwick Film Night is showing What We Did on Our Holiday on Monday, February 2, at the Old School, Stanwick. Tickets are £5 each from the shop@stanwick – first come first served.

Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Stanwick Film Night is a not-for-profit community initiative and is supported by The Old School, Stanwick; Nene Valley Community Action; East Northamptonshire District Council and Northamptonshire County Council. Contact or phone 01933 626595.

Stanwick Mums and Tots group desperately need volunteers to help out with the group on a rota basis.

No experience is required, and anyone who would like to help out occasionally, setting up, clearing up, or putting the kettle on, would be very welcome. You do not need to have children, and anyone who would like to offer their help is welcome.

For more information please call Rebecca on 07879 979493.

Number 39 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, January 10, making Lisa Adair the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


The next dance night is on Saturday, February 14, Valentine’s Night 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

Shoulder of Mutton in Chapel Road, Weldon. The official opening of the New Craft Brewery will be held on Friday, January 30, at midday.

Attending will be Andy Sawford, MP for Corby and East Northants, and councillor Andrew Dady, mayor of Corby. Also present will be the landlord and landlady Brogan and Rada, head brewer Graham Moorhouse, members of the campaign for real ale and of course pub regulars to raise glasses to celebrate past present and future success at the revitalised Weldon Pub. To find out more please telephone the shoulder of Mutton on 01536 601016 or 07930 805438.

Weldon Women’s Institute held its first meeting of 2015 (WI Centenary Year) on Tuesday, January 13. Despite a cold and wet evening almost all members ventured to the village hall and were warmly greeted by vice chairperson Lily Phillips who on opening the meeting wished all present a happy new year. Members sang Jerusalem and all the monthly business dealt with the speaker for the evening was introduced Cammille from the Pickled Village.

She gave the history of how her business has developed from making of few pickles and chutneys on her Aga stove in the kitchen of her home to now being the supplier to many well-known shops not only locally but nation and worldwide. Cammille was thanked for on behalf of the members by Jo Green. There were many of her products for sale, The evening ended with all enjoying the refreshment prepared and served by Jean and Marlene. The next meeting is to be on Tuesday, February 10, in the village hall at 7.15pm. It is to be a valentine themed evening with entertainment and competitions. The monthly competition is for a Home Made Valentine card. Visitors and new members always welcome. Come along and give us a try and see what it is all about.


Open auditions for Les Miserables school edition took place at the Castle Theatre on Wednesday, January 21, where auditions for eight to 12-year-olds and 13 to 19-year-olds began. The next auditions if you missed those will be Saturday, January 24, at the Castle Theatre.

From 2pm to 3.30pm auditions will be for eight to 12-year-olds and from 3.30pm to 5pm auditions are for 13 to 19-year-olds. Another audition evening this time at Wrenn School will be Tuesday, January 27, with 5.30pm till 6.30pm for the younger group and from 6.30pm to 7.15pm for the older performers.

Please just attend one audition and a show fee is payable by all successful applicants.

The auditions will take 20 to 30 minutes and you will be taught a short excerpt from a song and a short movement routine and maybe asked to read from a script.

The performances will take place in June at the Castle Theatre. And the show is being produced by youth theatre group Rare Productions on 01727 826308.

Come along and enjoy a Valentine’s dance to raise funds for Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo. At Tithe Barn on Saturday, February 14, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. With bar. Dancing to live 50s/60s band the Greg Coulson Band. If You buy tickets in advance they are £10 but on the night the entrance tickets will cost you £12.50.

Each ticket pre-purchased or bought on the night entitles the holder to a free tree planted at a tree-planting ceremony to take place soon.

You can also have a Valentine message attached to your tree. For tickets call 07934 814738 from 10am in mornings or 07737 021299 from 6pm evenings. Details of the tree-planting date will be given shortly.

Buy tickets now for Half and Arf MPN blood cancer charity Valentine’s disco with buffet. All proceeds will be split between Guy’s and St Thomas hospitals and KGH’s Lilford Ward. Tickets are £5 and entrance by ticket only. The number to ring is Tina on 07866 536978.

Come on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, enjoy yourself at Finedon Bowls Club, Wellingborough Road, Finedon, from 7.30pm till 11pm.

Wellingborough Museum will host a Holocaust Exhibition from January 24 to 27.

A short Service of Remembrance at the Anne Frank Tree in Swanspool will be held at 2pm on Sunday, January 25. The museum’s trench experience tours are held every Saturday but do call to check there is room on 01933 276838.

Tickets/entrance to the experience cost £3.50 or £10 for a family ticket and start at 2pm.

The WEA in partnership with Wellingborough Homes is offering a new course Customer Service- level 1 with tutor Heather Hannant. This seven-session course is aimed at people seeking training in customer service and customer care. Develop and fine-tune your customer service skills so as to offer exceptional care and service and to provide effective solutions to problems when they arise.

Held on Mondays at The Victoria Centre, Palk Road, Wellingborough, from 1pm to 3pm starting on January 26.

The fee is £53.90 for seven weeks or free if in receipt of an income related benefit or with a low household income (less than £15276 pa)

For more information or to register contact Amy Hackett on 01933 234468.

AJs Diner on the Leyland Trading Estate, Wellingborough, have their live band night on Saturday, February 7, from 7.30pm till late and it’s the return of a most popular rock ‘n’ roll band, Greggi G and his Crazy Gang. It’s bound to be a well attended night. Tickets cost £6 and the diner will serve the delicious items on the party night menu and the bar will be open.

For more information call AJs on 01933 274794.

The Strollers will be the live band on Saturday, March 7. Of course the rock ‘n’ roll disco also entertains on the live band nights too.

A night of non-stop music always guaranteed. Check AJs Facebook page as many special nights and classes are happening each week.

Northamptonshire Family History Society’s next free genealogy surgery at the museum will take place on Saturday, February 21, from 10am until 1pm.

Wellingborough Central Townswomen’s Guild’s. In October they had Geoff Stone, with his photographs with music to accompany. Geoff had a lot of photographs with a section depicting various subjects such as flowers, winter scenes, animals of which are quite superb, as these scenes are from his holidays. Our members were thoroughly impressed, and we will be getting Geoff to come back again in the New Year.

In November Mike and Geraldine Johnson, were the guests who absolutely love their hobby of playing the old records and the recording artists of their day. Geraldine reads the history of the singer or the band and their most notable songs, and with the ages of our membership most of us can remember the words of the songs from way back when.

The members always look happy when Mike and Geraldine has come to see us.

In December we had a ride out to Dobbies Garden Centre, we filled the mini coach, the weather stayed good, and everybody enjoyed their shopping for their extras, depending on our numbers we hope for a spring ride out in 2015.

Our meeting in December we welcomed Rosemary Leonard, who has been entertaining audiences for quite a long time, with songs from the shows accompanied by Graham on his keyboard. Rosemary kept us entertained with getting us to sing along with her, which she thought was quite good, and got one of our members to sing along with her.

The Christmas Luncheon was at the Carpenters Arms on Thursday, January 15, where we had a delightful meal and company with all.

Our last meeting of our diary is February 19 with George Whittaker, with a talk on the aspects of hunting along with a video.

If anybody is interested please come and see us we would be delighted to meet you. Contact Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408.


The date for the solar panel exhibition at Wilbarston Village Hall has now been changed to Wednesday, Febuary 11, and will run from the afternoon into early evening, exact times to be announced nearer the time. Rockingham Castle Estate are preparing a proposal for a solar park on the old airfield, a letter has been circulated to councillors by Northfield UK Solar, their development partner for the project.

It is currently at the pre-planning application discussion stage.

Proposals are being developed for a 49 megawatt scheme, on the old Desborough airfield. It will not occupy the whole airfield but it will be substantial. The location is said to be planned so as to minimise views from the Villages of Wilbarston & Stoke Albany.

More details are available on the Kettering Council website.

If you are looking for a venue for a wedding reception, party or any other function in 2015, then why not make an inquiry about Wilbarston Village Hall.

The Village Hall has a large main Hall which will hold well over 100 people.

For more information contact the Glennys on 01536 770820, or go to were there are photo’s and more information.

Tonight at Wilbarston Village Hall is the village hall AGM. It will be in the lounge and commence at 7.30pm. Wilbarston residents are invited to attend and seek Election to the management committee.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church this Sunday, January 25, at 6pm.


The first meeting of the New Year for the WI was held at the Woodford Sports and Social Complex and entailed a Silent Auction and Denman feed back.

Their February meeting will be their 90th birthday party with members and invited guests only.

Elain’s Zumba classes have two local classes,Saturday’s at Great Addington village hall from 10am to 11am and at Woodford Sports and Social Complex from 9.30am to 10.30am. Elain is a fully licensed instructor, for more details email or go to her web site

The 3pm service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday, January 25, will be conducted by the Rev Redfern from Kettering.

There is no Wednesday evening fellowship until March.

The services at the Churches for January 25 are Little Addington Morning Prayers 9.30am Great Addington Holy Communion at 9.30 am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.