Village news January 29

A kingfisher, caught on camera by Glyn Dobbs
A kingfisher, caught on camera by Glyn Dobbs

What’s going on where you live


Barton Seagrave WI President Aida Freville welcomed members to the first meeting of the new year.

After giving details of the skittles successes – won the last two games, with two more to play, and future events, Aida introduced the speaker, John Paul Carr on the History of Food.

He was such an interesting speaker we completely forgot the time and enjoyed his pictures and explanation of how our food originally came via markets.

Next month the speaker is Glennis Hooper on Crazy Hats and the competition is to Make a Crazy Hat. New members welcome.


An application has been submitted by Gladman Developments Ltd to East Northants Council for outline planning permission for a residential development of 110 houses on land off Benefield Road and Old Dry Lane, Brigstock. The application number is 14/02372/OUT. Any comments on this application should

be made in writing by letter or email before February 21 quoting the above planning application number. Letters should be addressed to Planning Dept, East Northamptonshire Council, Cedar Drive, Thrapston NN14 4LZ.

The email address is Residents should note that any comments previously sent directly to Gladman Developments will not be taken into account but should be resubmitted to the address above.

The next meeting of Brigstock WI is on Tuesday, February 7, in the WI hall. This will be a members evening with a competition for a home-made toy. At an extraordinary general meeting of the WI on February 10 at 7.30pm members will hold a vote to decide the future of the hall. Only fully paid-up WI members will be able to vote.

A joint service for Christian unity on Sunday, January 18, in Brigstock United Reformed Church was attended by about 50 members of both the chapel and the church.

The service was led by the Rev Colin Simpson of St Andrew’s Church. This was also designated as “Underwear Sunday” when the congregation brought along new socks and underpants to help those less fortunate than themselves.

The clothing will be donated to the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough which provides food, clothes, showers and other services for the homeless and other people in difficult circumstances. A collection of £93.90 was also donated to the centre. The service was enjoyed by everyone with tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards to enable the members of both congregations to meet and talk.

A Communion Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday, February 1, at 10.30am will be led by the Rev Samuel Silungwe.

Brigstock Village Hall committee is linking up with the beer festival to hold a horserace 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.

This will be an exciting evening of filmed races with a chance to own a horse or win on the Tote. 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 have a bring and buy sale of items beginning with the letters A, B and C at their next meeting in the lounge at Harper’s Court on Tuesday, February 3, at 2pm.

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 07718519480 or email


Directions self-help group will meet at 7.30pm on Monday. For more information and venue details please contact Maureen on 01536 723292.

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Tuesday.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

A friendly and social whist afternoon takes place at the bowls club every Wednesday starting at 1.45pm. All welcome, including beginners. Refreshments are provided. For more information please call Gordon on 01536 726955.

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, February 5.

The farmers market will be in town on Saturday, February 7. Stalls selling locally grown products will open for business from 9am in the Millennium Garden.

The Friends of St Mary’s Church will have a stall selling hot drinks and cakes.

The local police safer community team will also be there to meet people and answer any questions.

A coffee morning hosted by the 1st Burton Latimer Guides will be held on Saturday, February 7, in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street.

Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available to purchase. There will be a variety of stalls, including a good second hand clothes rail. Doors will open for business at 9.30am.

Preparations are under way for the Heritage Museum’s new exhibition, Burton at Work. With the disappearance of the town’s shoemaking and clothing industries, it is time to take a look back to the time when more people came to work in Burton factories than travelled to other places to find work.

Younger people today might find it hard to imagine the crowds of factory workers which thronged the streets on the way home at dinner time and tea time but this was a common sight in the middle years of the 20th century.

Burton Latimer’s industrialization began with the building of Hart & Levy’s clothing factory in Bakehouse Lane in 1884 but traditional shoemaking had been taking place in cottages for many years previous to that. Later, along with their wash-houses, lavatories and pigsties, all the Victorian houses would include a ‘shop’ where men would work on shoe components such as closing uppers, usually on hired machines, the shoe agents would act as middlemen between them and the factories and much the same applied to the clothing industry. The first purpose-built shoe factories were built in 1896 but the only one still standing is behind 9 Alexandra Street.

The ironstone industry, Weetabix and Alumasc will also feature in the exhibition.

If you have any reminders of Burton’s industrial past suitable for display, the museum would appreciate their loan. Please bring them along to the museum in the Civic Centre between 10am and midday on Saturday, February 7. Phone 01536 722722 for more details or to make other arrangements.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, March 7, and closes on Saturday, June 6.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet again on Wednesday, February 11, when Angie Cooksley’s topic will be Upstairs & Downstairs with Humour. The meetings take place at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Service – a fun and interactive service for all the family

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 Service

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


The president of Caldecott Women’s Institute, Jenny Betts, welcomed 24 members and two visitors to the New Year get-together. Minutes were read and matters discussed before everyone settled down to a supper of wine, pizza and nibbles served by the committee. A birthday posy was presented to Rene Wells. To round off the evening a very enjoyable game of Taboo was played. The next meeting will be on February 6 when the guest speaker, Scott Gallager, will talk about Care Fees – Myths and Reality, visitors are welcome.

The latest progressive whist drive had some high scoring hands. Winners were ladies, Shirley Fursdon, Louise Dawkins and Pam Armstrong and men Alan Sherwin, Roger Armstrong and Pat Fountain, highest half scorers were Deanna Collis and Frank Woodbridge. Raffle prizes went to Sylvia Ingram, John Claypole and Margaret Deadman. The next event will take place on February 21.

A recent Parish Council meeting was chaired by Parish Councillor Andrew Davidson. Parish Councillors Larner, Bennett, Lambert, Campbell and the clerk were in attendance, apologies were received from Richard Cook and Mike Tobin and County Councillor Lammie. The budget was set for the coming year and the parish precept set at £3,400. The garage ground and allotment rents were not increased. At the request of allotment holders the back hedge will be cut down and re-planted. It was agreed to support a proposal by the RCC Highways Department for a footpath between Caldecott and Stoke Dry. The Parish Council have adopted the new government code of transparency for smaller authorities and a parish website will be put in place through the Leics and Rutland portal. The next meeting will be on March 19.


Your current members of Cottingham Parish Council are:

Owen Davison - Chair

Clive Ashworth - Vice-chairman and chairman of planning committee

Irene Beadsworth/Michael Curtis/Trevor Dicken/Joanne Leaning/John Muir/Tom Russell - Councillors

Clerk to the Council is Peter Taylor.

CPC are currently one council member short. If anyone is interested in joining or would like further details of what is involved being a Parish Councillor then contact Peter Taylor.

Also if anyone has any Cottingham related issues or concerns then they can connect either Peter Taylor on 01536 761752 or Owen Davison on 01536 771333 or come along to the monthly meeting of CPC which is held in the small meeting room in the village hall annex on the first Wednesday of each month, except August, the meetings start at 7.30pm. 

Your current Middleton Parish Council Members are: 

Sarah Brant – Chair

Alan Cole – Vice-chair

Gina Hicks /Kate Cross /Tony Freeman – Councillors

Justina Medwell - Clerk 

Zena Taylor has recently resigned as Councillor and is thanked for her input.

There are presently two interested parties for existing vacancies for Middleton Parish Councillors. However, if you are interested, please make contact with any of the above named.

MPC meetings take place on various Tuesday evenings on a monthly basis at the Village Hall Annex. For full details, check the Village Noticeboard.

The outline planning application for the proposed housing development (comprising 57 dwellings) on land off Bury Close, Cottingham, was considered by Corby Council’s Development Control Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, January 20, in the Council Chamber at the Cube.

Representatives from Cottingham and Middleton Parish Councils spoke at the meeting to represent villagers’ views, opposing the application. The application was refused on the grounds that the modest benefits of the proposal were outweighed by the unacceptable and unjustified harm to the significance and setting of the grade II Listed Building (Cottingham Hall – Formerly Bury House), and the fact it would cause harm to the important landscape character of the area.

There has been significant local opposition to this Planning Application and all who were involved in standing against the proposal are to be congratulated for their contribution.

Local police community support officer Mark Tooley will be holding his regular police surgery at 2pm on Wednesday, February 4, at The Village Store and Cafe. If you’d like to have a chat, please just drop in.

If you like your Pink Floyd, you’ll love the six-piece Simply Floyd, which features Cottingham’s Pete Bowman on second guitar. The band will be playing two hours of your favourite Floyd tracks! Tickets are just £7.50 and you can get them from Pete on 01536 770821 or by emailing Village Hall Annexe doors open at 8pm on Saturday, February 7. Please bring your own drinks, including alcohol.

Church services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10am

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

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

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

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10am

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

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

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


On Sunday, February 1, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11am.

Line dance classes are on every Monday between 4pm and 5pm in Denford Village Hall.

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

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


Braybrooke Morris Dancers had a great day at the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival on Saturday, January 10.

There were about 35 dance sides congregated in the town, dancing outside pubs and in the Market Square. Their next dance event will be taking place on Thursday, March 5, a demonstration to the WI at East Farndon.

Braybrooke Morris Dancers formed in 1989 and are currently recruiting more dancers.

If you’re interested, why not drop a call for a friendly chat or visit a session. You don’t need a partner to dance Morris but if you have one or a friend bring them along. Practice nights are every Mondays at 7.45pm to 9.45pm, held at Braybrooke Village Hall, except the second Monday of each month when it’s in the Guide Hut at Harborough Leisure Centre (behind football ground). For more information, please contact Pauline on 01162 402481 or Bill on 07799 131350. Alternatively, you can email

Have you noticed some changes around Desborough town? Saxon Close, the road next to Desborough Library, was closed from Monday, January 19, to Thursday, January 22, from 8am to 5pm. It definitely made children happy to see these big heavy machines like excavators, at work.

Dotted around town, new energy street light poles have suddenly started to appear. Have you noticed yours yet?

An exciting new refurbishment is coming to Desborough on Gladstone Street, in the place of where Vince’s Salon and Ward’s Salon used to be.

Nigel Spencer from Leicestershire is a talented and widely-travelled natural history photographer. On Friday, January 16, he presented to a large audience at the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society a talk entitled Wildlife Of The Falklands.

All the photographs shown were taken during a three week holiday on the islands.

Nigel began the evening with an audio-visual show to illustrate the wide range of subjects available in these remote islands. Although the main purpose of the holiday was to photograph the native penguins Nigel also managed to find a large variety of birds and mammals with his camera. He then went through some of the species of birds and mammals in more detail, identifying them and giving some details of their habitat and behaviour.

After the break Nigel gave more information about the holiday, including the travel arrangements, the accommodation and the various locations around the Falkland Islands. The purpose of the visit was to photograph penguins, so to conclude the evening he showed a second audio-visual simply entitled More Penguins. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Nigel for an excellent and informative evening.

Marlow House in Gold Street, Desborough, held a coffee morning on Saturday, January 17, at 9.30am. There was a prized raffle draw, home-made cakes and savouries, toys and games, adult and children clothes, books for sale and jigsaws.

Desborough Patchwork and Quilters Club has its first meeting of the year on Saturday, January 31, between 2pm and 4.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Desborough. Anyone who is interested in joining the club would be most welcome to come along for all or just part of the afternoon.

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, at 10am to midday. Social Media for New Businesses on Tuesday, February 10, at 10am to midday. Effective Websites for New Businesses on Tuesday, February 17, at 10am to midday. To book your place, email or telephone 01604 361447.

On Saturday, February 7, Desborough Heritage Centre are holding a Valentine Coffee Morning from 10am to midday. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and raffle.

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 on Victoria Street in 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.

Desborough Town Council Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 19, at Desborough Library. The meeting will commence at 7pm and are open to the public.

On Saturday, April 11, make a trip to Twin Lakes Eggstream Easter. The coach pick up from Wellingborough at 8.30am (£1 extra per person from Wellingborough), from Kettering at 8.50am and Corby at 9.10am. Leaving Twin lakes Park, Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, LE14 4SB at 5pm. Tickets cost £20 for Adults and children over 108cm, Children over 95cm is £19 and babies under 95cm is £10. This year the Twin lakes Easter Bunny has been joined by loads of new and exciting friends for an action packed Easter, family fun day out. For more information, please contact Rachel on email

A day trip to see Wimpole Hall National Trust in Cambridgeshire takes place on Tuesday, April 28. For only £32 per person. The cost includes transport, entry to the impressive mansion, colourful parterre gardens and a lunch of soup of the day, home-made tea or coffee and cake. To sign up, come to the picking up points at Desborough Library at 10.30am, Rothwell Library at 10.40am, Corby Town Centre at 11am, Geddington at 11.10am, Kettering Stamford Road at 11.20am and Kettering Pytchley Road at 11.30am. The coach leaves Wimpole at 4pm. To book your place and for payment, contact Rachel on mobile: 07854 781923 or email


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 licenced 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.

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.


On Saturday, January 31, there is a coffee morning in the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, Geddington between 10am and midday.

This is an excellent time to sit and chat with old friends and catch up on all the news, or even make new friends!

Home-made cakes are available along with coffee and tea. There are second-hand books for sale from 50p and jigsaws are available for hire.

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 are 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 our 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 are advising that the National Grid are working for three days on February 18 in West Street near the vicarage . On completion the Highways then hope 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 12.30 for 1pm.

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

Spring cleaning is an excellent time to get rid of all those articles which are cluttering up your house but would make really good money spinners. So why don’t you hold a garage sale? It is so much better than a car boot sale, for instance, you can nip to your own toilet for a start! Or have a cup of tea? The Friends Of Geddington Church are organising this garage sale and for a small donation of £5, we will advertise the sale everywhere we can and also publish a map of the village showing all the relevant garage sale spots. You can raise money for your favourite charity or organisation that needs funds, or you can recoup your own expenses by raising money yourself! For instance, I am raising money for the Friends by holding the usual nearly new book stall near to The Cross. Why not join in and have a great day!

Geddington PA are holding a summer fair/family fun day on July 4.


On Sunday, February 1, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Family Service at 9.30am. Also there is Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am.

The Addingtons Pre-school is now open on Thursday afternoons, so we are now able to offer Mondays 8.45-12.15 and full school days of 8.45-3.15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For further information, please contact our Pre-school Manager on 07904 493169.

To compliment their studies of the Iron Age, Great Addington Primary School is planning to take Lamport Class to the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Buckinghamshire on Thursday, February 26.

This is a beautiful open-air museum with an outstanding collection of historic buildings, working traditional farm and an award-winning school workshop programme and living history events.

The children will learn about Iron-Age life, grind grain, make butter, cook flour dough, learn about archaeological digs, explore archaeology and build shelters throughout their day, taking part in three workshops.

The PSA Annual General Meeting will take place in the School Hall on Thursday, February 26, at 8pm. Old and new members are all very welcome.


Sunday, February 1, 10.30am Holy Communion 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 info go to

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

Diary dates

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

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

Friday, February 6, at 7.30pm in the village hall there is a quiz night. Tickets £7.50 per person to include a hot meal. Teams of 6, or join one on the night.

Tickets from Deborah 01933 663918 or Ann 01933 663397. All proceeds to St Mary’s Church.

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

Monday, February 16, half term week.

Tuesday, February 17, is pancake day!

Grendon village hall offers good facilities for group bookings, family parties or sales and craft fairs.

It is central, reasonably priced and has a good kitchen. Why not give it a go when you need the extra space for an event. Ring June on 01933 663253 for rates and availability.

The village website can be found at


Wondertours Community Transport has arranged two excursions this spring to start the 43rd year of days out by coach.

On Easter Saturday, April 4, historic Gloucester is the destination, a city with so much to see and do. A double destination trip is heading for Newbury and Reading on Saturday, May 16, offering sightseeing and shopping. Due to demand two coaches are being laid on for both excursions.

The fare is just £16 per person for both trips. Pick-up points are Gretton Village Hall, Weldon Londis Store, Weldon Furniture Shop, Corby Jamb, Corby Saxon Crown and Kettering Telford Lodge. Information folders and maps will be provided so everyone makes the most of their days out.

To book and find out further details please telephone or text organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220. Regular and new passengers are welcome on board. Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary and not for profit making basis.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance has received a boost of more than £800.

The money was raised by donations received at the Christmas Lights display at the Clements family home in Clay Lane, Gretton.

Their house and garden were a spectacular display throughout the festive season and were enjoyed by everyone who went along to see them.

Thank you to one and all who donated money and a big well done to the Clements family for all their hard work laying on the Christmas Lights. Simply fantastic.


The monthly farmers market will be held this Saturday, January 31, from 9am on the Square. Free parking is available in Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and the surrounding area. A wide range of locally produced foods will be available to include fruit, vegetables, free range eggs, organic poultry, beef, lamb, pork, sausages, bacon, preserves, pickles, herbs, cheese, speciality bread, apple juice, cakes, honey, pies, home-made cider, plants and shrubs.

There will be a coffee morning in the Bede House from 9am with refreshments served and various stalls to browse including cakes and bric a brac.

Tony Edwards, Director of Music at St Mary’s, will be giving a half hour organ recital in Church at 11.30am to which all are welcome with free admission.

Members of the Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am tomorrow morning in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will be David Wicks and his subject will be A Pantomime Dame.

At their February meeting the special guest will be Will Osborne talking about Autographs. Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak on 01933 314157.

The Higham/Rushden U3A meet at 2pm on Wednesday, February 18, in the Pemberton Centre, Rushden. The special guest will be Alison Smith talking about lifestyle, diet and food preparation in Georgian times. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments.

Membership of U3A gives access to over forty interest groups.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, February 11, in the library in Midland Road. The special guest Bill Beckett will be presenting his choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available on 01933 391283.

A Feathered Friends family event will be held at Stanwick Lakes on Wednesday, February 18, and Thursday, February 19, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Everyone is invited to build a bird box or feeder with birdy crafts also available in the Discovery Zone. Modest charges apply and for further details ring 01933 625522 or see website

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday, February 1: 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 – a Holy Communion service will be held at 10.45am led by the Rev Margaret Eales. 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 five mile Draughton Crossing walk this Sunday, February 1. The route will be from Draughton to Maidwell and Kelmarsh tunnel (with torch needed). Walkers are asked to meet at 9.15am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am at Draughton Crossing car park near Maidwell. The group will be led by Roy Presland 01933 314831. See website

A visit is being arranged to St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday, April 16, and the cost is £33 per person to include a coach from Higham at 8am, entrance to the Cathedral with guided tour and tea/coffee on arrival. There are still a few places available and anyone interested is asked to contact Eddie Spencer on 01933 316376 as soon as possible.

Two local men, formerly from Higham, have raised £1,700 for the Help for Heroes charity over the past year with songs and readings from the First World War. Richard Oberman and David Wilson have performed to local audiences – as Duo – on the speaking and entertaining circuit for the past 14 years and in the process have raised £17,000 in total for Macmillan Cancer Support. They have now decided to finally retire with no more comeback tours after having enjoyed their time performing and giving pleasure to a variety of audiences.

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.

The next St Mary’s Messy Church will be held on Tuesday, February 24, from 3.30pm to 5pm in the Bede House and a warm invitation is extended to Junior school children and their families to attend. A variety of craft activities are offered and the youngsters are offered a warm pasta meal at the end of the session.

The cost is £1 per child and further details available from Debbie on 01933 356257 or email


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 21st June 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 whilst 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.

Parsons Hall in the 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 e mail 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 arranged throughout. 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.

Friday, February 6, is Wear Something Red Day in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

To support this event, there will be a tea/coffee morning at Irchester Methodist Church from 10am to midday. It would be great to have as many people as possible support this very worthy cause. Wearing something red would be splendid, but just to see people there would be great.

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 10.30am start. Booking is not needed, just turn up and pay Nathan your £5 donation to Animals in Need.


Carnival Bingo, Wednesday, February 4, at 7.30pm at the Conservative Club, Irthlingborough. You do not need to be a member.

College Street Centre, Irthlingborough, has a Monday Club from 9.30am to 2pm and lunch clubs on Tuesdayas and Fridays from 10.30am to 2pm. For details contact the cCentre on 651241 or Janice on 681373.

Irthlingborough Little Bugs Club will be meeting at Irthlingborough Library on February 2 from 1.30pm to 3pm.

The January meeting of the Royal British Legion was held as usual at the Bowls Club, Finedon, where the agenda was read and acted on accordingly. Everyone agreed that the buffet and dance held in December was a great night , and was enjoyed by all.

On January 20 Sydney Forscutt, and two other veterans of the Second World War, were presented with France’s highest military award for their contributions to the liberation of their country.

The presentation of the Legion of Honour medal was held at the Guildhall in Northampton by Robert Mille, the French Consulate, on behalf of President Francois Hollande. Mr Forscutt took part in the Normandy landings. Congratulations.

The next meeting of the Royal British Legion will be held on Monday, February 2, at the Bowls Club, Finedon, from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

The speaker will be Margaret Burgon, and she will tell why It shouldn’t happen at a wedding.

The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments. Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be ex-service.


The following events will take place at

The Salvation Army, Kettering, Rockingham Road entrance:

Sunday, February 1 – Sunday Worship: 10am & 5.30pm Leader: Major Paul Doust.

The Salvation Army, Kettering, Regent Street entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information.

Thursday, January 29: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: Musical afternoon – for everyone

Thursday, January 29: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

Friday, January 30, and Monday, February 2: 11.30am for midday – Lunch Club – to book your two-course (home-cooked) meal and cuppa £3.50 – please phone to book a place

Monday, February 2: 5.45pm to 7pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6pm to 7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone

Tuesday, February 3: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday, February 4: 9am to 11am – Little Gems – Parents & Toddlers Group – Please phone for a place for February2015

Thursday, February 5: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2pm to 3pm Over 60s Club: – for everyone

Thursday, February 5: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

On Friday, February 6, Kettering & District Locomotive Society Annual General Meeting takes place at 7.45pm at the Corn Market Hall, London Road. A talk by local speaker Bill Davies follows. For more information call 01536 514640.

On Saturday, February 7, at the Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road, a New Year Festival with Kettering Citadel Band. Guests include Philip McCann (cornet). Concert starts at 7pm. Admission free but freewill offering is invited.

On Wednesday, February 4, at 7pm at Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop, Horsemarket a coffee & cake quiz & raffle takes place in support of Cransley Voluntinos. Please feel free to bring your own drink. Tickets £5 available from Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop.

On Saturday, February 7, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street, there is a table-top sale. Opens 8.30pm. Rental of stall is £6. For more information or to book call 07887 617978. A wide variety of stalls, light refreshments available all morning.

On Saturday, February 7, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street, An Evening with….Andy Sipple. A (mostly) accidental pilgrimage with St Francis of Assisi to Rome and many more places. 7.30pm to 9pm. £3 including light refreshments. Pay on the door. Raffle.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road, on Saturday, January 31, at 8pm. Lucy Porter: Me Time. A TV and radio favourite, Lucy ponders whether she’d rather be a be whiskered Victorian explorer, a 1920s Hollywood starlet or Hatshepsut the Egyptian pharaoh! For ages 14+. Tickets £14, £12 concessions. Tickets available from St Andrew’s Church on 01536 513858, Waterstones on 01536 481575 or

Also at Kettering Arts Centre on Saturday, February 7, at 8pm Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club. Their brand new exclusive comedy club night will be launched with a fantastic mixed bill of superb national talent. Headlined by Junior Simpson and also featuring Laura Lexx and Ben Van der Veide, and compered by Nick Wills. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £9, £7 concessions. Tickets available from St. Andrew’s Church on 01536 513858, Waterstones on 01536 481575 or

On Thursday, February 5, 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 Larry Henson with a talk entitled Life of Crime. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Lake Avenue, from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 14, evenings at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm the musical Annie. The heart-warming tale of Annie and her adventures. Deserted in an orphanage run by the wicked Miss Hannigan, Annie escapes to an easier life outside during the Great Depression where tomorrow is always brighter because of hope. She is returned to the orphanage and escapes again. Her life is changed when she enters the world of billionaire Daddy Warbucks. Tickets £12.50 child/grandee, £14.50 adult. For more information or to book call 01536 414141 or

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, you just have time to catch their exhibition entitled On the Wagon! Showing until February 7. Free admission.

This exhibition showcases the temperance movement of the 19th century, aimed to control the drinking habits of the working classes. The temperance movement in Kettering started in 1837 and at its peak in 1872 more than 1,000 members were claimed in the town, more ‘teetotallers’ than any other place in Northamptonshire. In 2008 seven portraits were found in a Kettering town centre attic depicting members of Kettering Temperance Society. The museum is delighted to be able to present them in this exhibition.

Kettering & District Art Society Browser showcases the work of Peter B Almond whose lifelong interest in the natural world, especially that of coastal areas, has inspired his painting. One particular area of focus has been the North Norfolk coast, with its beaches, saltmarshes and wide open skies.

At the Manor House Museum on Tuesday, February 10, at 11am a Family History Workshop Exploring Overseas Records : Immigration and research in other countries. Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Leisure Pass. Workshop lasts one hour. Refreshments available from 10.45am. Booking is essential so call 01536534219 or email


On Sunday, February 1, a Family Service will be held at 10am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

On Saturday, January 31, there will be a quiz night 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.


A community meeting at the Core theatre on 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. On January 20 Oakley Vale musicians Amy and Joe Coy expressed interest in composing some of the new work and Pat Coy suggested Adrenaline the musical – the brilliant ‘human triumph’ story behind the creation of Adrenaline Alley, Europe’s biggest and best urban sports centre.

Elio Andrade, who is a brilliant musical director and conductor based on Oakley Vale, also offered his services. If you like the idea of getting involved in a bid for Adrenaline the musical please get in touch. These projects are designed to be community-led so we welcome your input.

Thank you to all those Oakley Vale dog owners who clean up after their pets. To those who don’t be aware that a new campaign will see faeces highlighted in fluorescent spray and wardens will be seeking deposit patterns and issuing on the spot £80 fines to offenders.

You may not be aware but small children have been blinded by innocent contact with the bacteria in dog faeces, which makes this a very serious issue.

Unbelievably we still 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.

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 multilingual notices. Are there other languages I have omitted?

Oakley Vale WI can be contacted via Janet Smith (president) on 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.

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

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 email 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 the community centre – same time 10.30am to midday.

No appointment necessary, just drop in. Contact, 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 Raunds Town Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 8am, where sales will be held at individual garages, drives or front gardens throughout Raunds. Information of the locations of sales will be available to buyers just before the day for £1.

If you would like to hold a sale, entry is £5 per address.

Application forms are available from Raunds Post Office, and further information can be obtained by calling Peter on 01933 460259 or by emailing .

All proceeds will be used to improve the facilities of the St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre (opposite Spar).

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, January 30, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will also be a Christian coffee morning at the centre on Monday, February 2, between 10am and 11am, and you are invited to take tea with friends at the centre between 2.30pm and 4pm on Wednesday, February 4. Everyone is welcome to any or all of these events.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, on Sunday, February 1.

There will also be a service of Evensong at 6pm at the church.

A service of Holy Communion will take place at 10am on Wednesday, February 4, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting at St Peter’s Church between 9.30am and 11am on Tuesday, February 3. If you are caring for a young child, you are very welcome to call in to meet other carers and their children.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting at 8pm on Wednesday, February 4, at the Saxon Hall, Raunds.

The guest speaker will be Shirley Allen with Spotlight on Spain. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The annual subscription is £8, the monthly subscription, which includes a raffle ticket and refreshments is £3. Admission for visitors is £3.50. For more information, please call Linda on 01933 622926, or for speaker information call Judy on 01933 622451.

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, 5th February, 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 Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre at 7.30pm next Thursday, February 5. For more information about the group please visit their website at

A reminder that 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 Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, January 29, the topic will be Surprise Afternoon. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1 per week for talks and activities. For more information please contact Peter or Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

St Luke’s Chapter of the Guild of Servants in the Sanctuary will be meeting on Thursday, January 29, at 7pm in St Mary’s Church in Wellingborough. Solemn Guild Mass and AGM will take place.

On Sunday, February 1, there is an All Age Service in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30pm. Refreshments are served after the service.

On Sunday, February 1, The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day are as follows: at 10.30am there is a Communion Service with Pastor Patrick Barker and at 5pm there is Tea-Time Talk with Rachel Barker.

First Kicks mini-football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for five to eight-year-olds on Sundays, term-time only, at the Rec in Gladstone Street, Ringstead, from 9.30am to 10.30am. The sessions are £2.50. For further information please contact Josje on 07758 386101 or 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.

A notice for all parents that Little Angels is taking a short break and will be back at school after half term. The first meeting will be on February 24.

A new keep fit group is starting at the Shared Church in Ringstead every Wednesday from 2pm. The session lasts about 45 minutes and is fairly energetic. There is no need to book, just turn up. The cost is £3.50 per session.

Zomba Dance Club is held on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm in Ringstead Village Social Club. There is Zumba/dance/stretch combat and conditioning. A mix-up blast of everything that works, and you won’t get bored. Please contact Lorraine on 07958 382720 or email

On Friday, February 6, at Ringstead Cinema The Jersey Boys will take place in Ringstead Village Social Club. Disabled access is from the rear car park. Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts 7.45pm. Bar available. Tickets are £4, please contact 01933 460373 for details.


It’s that time of year again and the preliminary copy of the Riseley Show Schedule will be delivered to all houses within the village at the beginning of February. This is an eagerly anticipated event to get everyone in the mood for the show, which takes place later in the year, whether they are sowing seeds, making crafts, exhibiting or thinking about having a stall.

Riseley Gardening Club welcomes Corinne Price to tell club members about recent works and the history of Swiss Garden in Old Warden. Visitors are welcome. The meeting will be held at the village hall on Thursday, February 12, at 7.30pm and visitors are welcome.

The WI will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 17, and the guest speaker will be Zena Herbert whose entertaining talk will be Weekend away with a carrier bag. All members and visitors welcome. The meeting starts at 7.45pm.

On Tuesday, February 24, Riseley Historical Society can look forward to an amusing talk entitled The Admiral and his mistress which will be told by local historian David Fowler. Members and visitors will be meeting at 7.45pm.

The Lower School PTA will be holding a fashion show “Kids on the catwalk.” Everyone is welcome to come to this children’s fashion show which takes place on Thursday, Feburary 26, at 6.30pm prompt. There will be new fashions for all children aged two to 13 years and these will be available to purchase after the main event. Admission is £1 per adult and free for children. Tickets can be obtained from the Lower School office.


The housing development planned for the former Rothwell Football and Social Club site in Cecil Street was given the go-ahead – subject to certain conditions being fulfilled by the developers – by Kettering Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, January 20.

The application, which is for what is officially defined as a ‘brownfield’ site, is for 80 dwellings, of which 29 will be ‘affordable rent’ and 19 shared ownership.

Two of the main conditions, where details still have to be agreed between the contractors and Kettering Council, are the provision of £120,000 for various obligations including improving football facilities at the Well Lane recreation ground, and access through the site to the Rothwell North development, when that is built.

Sport England had been one of the few objectors to the scheme as it was concerned over the loss of the former football pitch, claiming that this loss was contrary to national and local planning policy. However, if money is made available to improve the Well Lane facilities – which are often water-logged – this could overcome the issue.

Northamptonshire County Council Highways were also concerned that the football club site roads should have a layout that did not sever the ‘connectivity’ of any future development at Rothwell North to the town.

A further issue was that construction vehicle traffic for the planned developments on the primary and infant school sites in Rothwell should be able to gain access via the football club rather than having to use the narrow and crowded Gladstone Street cul-de-sac.

Other details of the site include the fact it will have a single, spine road with two separate cul-de-sacs and there will be a public open space on site. Buildings, including flats, will be no taller than two storeys and three bungalows are proposed. Dwellings will have public front and private back gardens.

Forthcoming attractions at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell include: Saturday, January 31, live music with roulette from 9pm; Sunday, February 1, Rockeoke with Ian from 5pm to 9pm, where customers are invited to come and sing their favourite songs or just listen; Monday, February 2, acoustic open mike night with Jim Hale and Darryl Irons from 9pm; customers can bring their own instruments and join in. There is also a joker poker draw every Saturday night.

Almost £2,000 was raised by the 15th Christmas tree festival held at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell during December. Brenda and Norman Austin, organisers of the event, have thanked the townspeople of Rothwell for their support, as well as the businesses, children’s groups and individuals who entered. Help was also appreciated from members of the church. The money will go to church funds.

Terri Mason is speaking on ‘my best friend (canine)’ at tonight’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club, which takes place at 8pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

Next week’s meeting, at the same time and venue, will hear Dave Jones talk on the armed forces.

Holy Trinity church, Rothwell, has some items to give away which are surplus to requirements, including a table tennis table in good condition, a tall fridge freezer and a photocopier. They are provided as seen, not guaranteed. Please ring 01536 710258.

Holy Trinity Church has a confirmation service at 3.30pm on Sunday, February 8, when the Bishop of Peterborough will preside. All will be welcome for this important occasion.

Club member Peter Butlin will present an evening of colour slides taken around Britain to fellow-members of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Scoiety at 8pm on Friday, January 30, at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. At the following week’s meeting, on Friday, February 6, the first digital projected image and slide heat of the year takes place, the judge being Gerry Coles from Duston Camera Club. This begins at the earlier time of 7.30pm at the same venue. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The Rev Richard Coles, vicar of Finedon and well-known broadcaster and author, is the speaker at the next meeting of the Rowell Fair Society, which takes place at 8pm tonight, Thursday, January 29, in the back lounge of Rothwell Conservative Club, Market Hill.


Rushden Serve – door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – lunch trips to The St John’s Arms, Melchbourne,on Tuesday, February 3, and to The Miller, Welingborough, on Thursday, February 5. There are shopping trips to Morrisons or Sainsbury’s on Monday, February 2, to Podington Garden Centre on Wednesday, February 4, and Waitrose on Friday, February 6. Further details on all these from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament meets next on Tuesday, Februray 3, at 2pm in Rushden Hall when Eric Fowell will give a talk on his Old Rushden Slides.

St Mary’s Church Holy Communion on Sunday at 9.30am is led by Rev Steve Prior and Brian Hodgins from the Wycliffe Trust. Morning Prayer is at 11.15am led by Rev Prior and Brian Hodgins. Evening Prayer at 6pm led by Rev Prior with preacher Rev Taylor.

The Salvation Army Sunday Morning Service is at 10am with Evening First Sunday event at 6pm and guest Mairy Addy an accordionist with Boobs and Brass.

On Saturday, January 31, they welcome the Belcanto Female Choir at 7pm.

Whitefriars’ Church this Sunday’s Morning Service is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall. On Saturday, February 7, there will be tea and entertainment by Steve Perry in the church hall at 2.30pm – tickets £5 from Chris on 07949 694206.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the service at 3pm is led by Sarah Philips from Rushden. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday, February 4, at 7.30pm led by Vince Price from Burton Latimer.

Heritage Church and Halls – service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.30am led by David Womersley, followed by refreshments. U3A sequence dancing is on Thursday, February 5, at 2pm.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Road – Holy Communion this Sunday is at 8am with the Rev Graham Bell. Morning Prayer is at 10am with the Young Stars and Reader Garry Johnson. The Knit and Chat Group meet on Wednesday, February 4, at 10am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10am. Sunday Morning Family Service with Communion and children’s activities is at 10.45am with Evening Worship at 6pm both Services led by the Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Air Training Cadets Service this Sunday is at 10.45am with the Traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall.

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

Rushden & District Art Society – meet on Friday, February 13, at 7pm in South End Junior School when Derek Daniells will speak on Cityscape with River in Acrylics.

Wymington & Podington Women’s Institute – next meeting is the AGM on Thursday, February 12, at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Wymington. Further information from Jose on 410280.

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – next meet on Saturday, February 14, for a walk from Clapham – leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Leader Fiona Hurlock is on 315541.


The 14th annual Stanwick Road Races will take place on Easter Monday, April 6. The start time for the 10K Road Race is 10.30am with a 10.35am start for the 2K Fun Run.

As in previous years, the 10K Road Run is open to competitors aged 15 years and over, and the 2K Fun Run is for young people from 8 years of age to under 15 years of age on the day.

The field for the 10K Road Race is limited to 400, and the entry fee this year is £11 for affiliated and £13 for unaffiliated athletes. Online entry only is being accepted, so please visit the group’s website at for a direct link to the online entry form. Entries will close on Monday, March 23.

Entry forms for the 2K Fun Run for the youngsters is available for download from the website. The field is limited to 150 runners, and the entry fee is £4, with medals to all competitors.

If you are not an athlete, you can still become involved by offering your help on the day itself.

Each year people come forward to offer their valuable services as marshals, car parking attendants, etc, and are always made very welcome. You don’t even need to live in Stanwick to be part of the day, so please put your name on the list and call Les on 01933 624820.

There will be local elections in May 2015. All seven Stanwick parish councillors will be required to step down and can stand for re-election if they so wish. Now is a great time to find out what being a parish councillor involves and to consider putting yourself forward for election in 2015. The ‘Good Councillor Guide’ has been added to the Councillors ‘What do they do’ page at

Learn how to make button art pictures with Pauline Procter in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30am and 1pm tomorrow, Friday, January 30. To check the availability of places, please call Pauline on 01933 229817.

Rushden Jive Nite comes to Stanwick at 8pm on Saturday, January 31, supported by the Strictly Stanwick team.

Admission is £5 on the door. Soft drinks are provided, but you may take your own alcohol.

Priceless, the monthly service for children and their families, will take place at 9.30am on Sunday, February 1, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

There will also be a service of Morning Worship at the church at 11am, and a service of Evening Prayer will take place at 6pm at St Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10am on Wednesday, February 4, at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

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.

Number 4 was drawn as the bonus ball on Saturday, January 17, making Roy Norman the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Sophie’s Attic Clothes Sale to help raise funds for the Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. Do you have a full wardrobe but fed up with the clothes in there? Do you love new clothes but also look for bargains?

Do you have a special occasion coming up? Then you need to come to Sophie’s Attic Clothes Sale. If you have good quality clean clothes and accessories to sell the why not get together with a few friends an rent a space at our sale. For £15 you will have a space/table for you to display as you like, then you will be able to make money to buy lots of new things. If you are looking for a bargain or a new outfit for a special occasion then you can purchase a ticket which includes a free glass of bubbly for £3 each and enjoy the sale. The first sale is on Friday, January 30, at Weldon Village Hall from 7pm until 10pm. Places for stall and visitors are limited so booking early is advised. Please contact us for more details by phoning 07876 645976/01436 239105 or email or on Facebook

Dance the night away. The next dance night is on Saturday, February 14, Valentines 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. 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 Andy 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.

Wondertours community transport has arranged twoexcursions this spring to start the 43 year of days out by coach. The first being on Easter Saturday, April 4, to the city of Gloucester with much to see and do. A double destination trip is heading for Reading and Newbury on Saturday, May 16, offering sightseeing and shopping.

Due to demand two coaches have been booked for both trips. The fare is £16 per person on both excursions and pick-up points are Gretton Village Hall, Londis store and Corby Road in Weldon, Corby Village and Saxon crown and Telford Lodge in Kettering.

Information maps will be provided. To book a place or find put more please telephone or text the organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220. Regular and new passengers are welcome. Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary and not for profit making basis.

St Mary’s Church will be holding Family Communion service on Sunday, February 1, at 9.30am.

Just a reminder that all holly wreaths should be off the graves by February 2, Candlemass Day. The snowdrops are now out in the churchyard, a sure sign that spring is on the way.

The next monthly coffee morning in aid of St Mary’s Church fund is to be held on Friday, February 6, at the home of Rachel Webster, 28 Corby Road, from 10am to midday. All welcome to attend.


Dukes Court Care Home, the new one where the Duke of York pub was, will be holding an open day for people to go and look round the new building. It takes place on Saturday, January 31, from 10am to 2pm.

Come along and enjoy a Valentine Dance to raise funds for Friends of Croyland Gardens and the Lost Zoo. At Tithe Barn on Saturday, February 14, from 7.30pm till 11.30pm. With bar. Dancing to live 50s/60s band the Greg Coulson Band.

If you buy tickets in advance they are £10 each but on the night the entrance tickets will cost you £12.50p and each ticket purchased in advance 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 tree planting date will be given shortly.

With a huge cast of 44, Wellingborough Operatic performs South Pacific at the Castle, Wellingborough, from March 10 to 14. The show is set on a South Sea Island occupied by Americans during the Second World War. Nellie Forbush – played by Hannah Taylor – a young navy nurse, meets and falls in love with Emile de Beque, a charming older French Plantation owner, played by Brett Hanson, who has lived on the island for 25 years.

Also stationed on the island are sailors, seabees and marines. Lieutenant Cable – a hansome marine – played by Mark Hanson, arrives on the island and meets Bloody Mary, a local Tonkenese who trades in anything from Grass Skirts to shrunken heads! She is played by Johanna Beech.

She introduces Lt Cable to her daughter Liat – played by Jasmin Bayes. They fall in love. Sadley love can be both cruel and kind.

Book now and see how the story unfolds.Performances are on Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm each evening, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets from the box office on 01933 270007 or online at

Prices for Tuesday evening and Saturday matinee £14, for Wednesday to Friday and Saturday evening £16.

Buy tickets now for Half and Arf MPN Blood Cancer Charity Valentines Disco with buffet.

All proceeds will be split between Guys and St Thomas hospitals and KGH Lilford Ward.

Tickets are £5, entrance by ticket only because of buffet orders.

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 to 11pm and raise a good sum for this worthy cause.

Wellingborough Museum. 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.

AJs Diner 141, Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough, have their live band night on Saturday, February 7, at 7.30pm till late and it’s the return of popular rock ‘n’ roll Band Greggi G and his Crazy Gang. It’s bound to be a well attended night. Tickets cost £6 each 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 genealogy surgeries at the museum will next take place on Saturday, February 21, from 10 until 1pm. Advice is free.

Wellingborough Central Townswomen’s Guild’s meeting is February 19 with George Whittaker, with a talk on the aspects of hunting along with a video.

Contact Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408.


Sydney Forscutt, 96, of Woodford has been awarded France’s highest award, the Legion d’ Honneur, by the French Consul for his invaluable contribution to the liberation of France during the Second World War.

The ceremony took place at The Guildhall, Northampton, and presenting the medal the Consul said France will never forget what you did for us, you gave France back to the French.

Syd served with the Infantry 4th Welch and was called up in 1939 at the age of 20 and spent the next six years fighting in Europe, and remembers Normandy as a terrible place.

Sydney was born in Little Addington and moved to Woodford with his wife Edna in 1960.

The couple celebrated their Diamond wedding last September.

Marion and Toni of Hairtecnix welcome Sarah to their Salon in Woodford.

Sarah has been hairdressing from the age of 16 and is an experienced hairdresser, having taught at Tresham collage and running her own salon.

At the moment she is working from Tuesday to Thursday mornings.

Sarah is now taking appointments from old and new customers.

For more information please ring the salon on 01832 730444.

The salon is looking forward to opening their beauty room with Toni in the near future.

The January meeting of the Finedon, Irthlingborough, Woodford and District Royal British Legion was held as usual at the Bowls Club Finedon, where the agenda was read and acted on accordingly.

Everyone agreed that the buffet and dance held in December was a great night , and was enjoyed by all.

On January 20 Sydney Forscutt, and two other veterans of the Second World War, were presented with France’s highest military award for their contributions to the liberation of their country.

The presentations of the Legion of Honour medal was held at the Guildhall in Northampton by Robert Mille, the French Consulate, on behalf of President Francois Hollande.

Mr Forscutt took part in the Normandy landings.

The next meeting of the Royal British Legion will be held on Monday, February 2, at the Bowls Club, Finedon, 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Margaret Burgon, and she will tell why It shouldn’t happen at a wedding.

The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments. Everyone welcome. You don’t have to be ex-service.

The 3pm service at the Chapel on Sunday, February 1, will be conducted by Pastor Peter Bird and will be followed by Communion.

The Sunday services at the Churches on February 1 are Little Addington Holy Communion and Sunday School 9.30am.

Great Addington Family Service at 9.30am Woodford St Mary’s Family Service at 11am.