Village news July 17

A meadow brown butterfly stops to feed
A meadow brown butterfly stops to feed

What’s going on where you live


At the July meeting of Brigstock WI, 31 members enjoyed a very entertaining presentation by Tony Noble, who served on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

He shared many interesting anecdotes and showed pictures taken while serving aboard the yacht.

A double draw of the 200 club took place as there is no August draw and the winners were Jane Jones and Caroline Motion, £30, Judy Sanders and Sheila Smith, £20, Bill Simon and Liz Searle, £10. Birthday flowers were presented to Lesley Blakeley, Ann Gough, Linda Sheppard, Sheila Smith and Ros Wooster.

The competition winners were Lillian Griffiths and Val Stout. Members are reminded that there is a Pimms, strawberry and quiz evening on Tuesday, 22nd July in the WI hall.

Brigstock Playgroup’s Summer Disco will be on Friday 18th July from 4.30pm till 6 pm in the village hall. Entrance is £4, including a hot dog, crisps, drinks and games.

A cake stall and tuck-shop will be available, along with a bar for the adults. All year groups are invited and adult supervision is required. Tickets are available from Sam Read on 07766 573400.

A Communion Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday 20th July will be conducted by the Rev V Broomfield-Payne.

Brigstock URC are organising another Summer Clearout this year following the success of last year’s campaign.

During the month of August clothes, textiles, toys books, bric-a-brac and small electrical items can be donated.

These will be sold or recycled to raise money for third world countries. Bring donations to the URC, Mill Lane, on any Wednesday morning in August between 10am and midday and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a cake.

If you require items to be collected call 01536 373225, 373832 or 373712. Please note that the URC cannot accept furniture, duvets, pillows and cushions.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday, 22nd July, at 2pm in the lounge at Harper’s Court, representatives from Serve will be talking to members about their memories of Brigstock.

This is part of a project, funded by the Heritage lottery to produce a cycle of songs based on living memories.

Brigstock Playgroup have recently appointed a new manager, Lisa Meagan, and the children and staff are delighted to welcome Lisa, who is keen to bring new ideas and approaches to the playgroup, based on her 11 years previous experience.

Toys and equipment are being upgraded and even stronger links are being developed with Brigstock School.

The playgroup is run on weekday mornings during term time. To find out more about the facilities available, call Lisa Meagan on 07772 251863 or email brigstock_playgroup

Jazz in the Village is coming to Brigstock Village Hall on Saturday, 9th August at 8pm, featuring Scottish based musicians Ian Millar on saxophone and Dominic Spencer on piano.

Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from Brigstock newsagent’s or by calling 01536 373478 or 373028.

Tickets are now available for the Brigstock Masters Golf Day to be played at Priors Hall, Corby on Sunday 7th September.


Broughton Parish council is once again looking for nominations of any person or group that plays a role in making the village a better place. Please pass suggestions to any councillor by the end of September.

On Saturday Andy’s Cafe is open in Cransley Village Hall from 10.30am to noon. Coffee, tea and bacon rolls are available in this free service and you can catch up on the news in the daily papers. The event is provided by St Andrew’s Church.

On Sunday, St Andrew’s Church, Cransley, has a service with Holy Communion at 8am. There is a family service at 10.30am at St Andrew’s Church, Broughton, together with a Sunday School.

There is Parish Communion at 11am at St Leonard’s Church, Loddington. In the afternoon the Loddington Church has a pet blessing service at 3.30pm.

Broughton Baptist Chapel has a 10.45am service which is led by B Coe. A Sunday School and creche are available then.

Loddington Dog Show will be held on August 3. Additional information is at

Plans are going ahead for an exhibition commemorating World War I later in the year.

This will depict the impact of that war on the lives of Broughton people and the village generally between 1914 and 1918. Over 30 people have volunteered to help research and stage the exhibition together with some relevant work from Broughton School. Other helpers can contact email

The evening meeting of Broughton WI members took the form of an outing to Cosgrove Alpaca Farm. At the next meeting at 7.30pm on August 13, in the village hall, Dr Nick Askew will tell of his experiences on the island of Fiji.


There will be stalls, toasted teacakes, coffee and biscuits on offer from 10am to 12 noon at the Methodist Church Coffee Morning on Saturday. Proceeds will be in aid of the Missionary Aviation Fellowship. Entrance is via Piggott’s Lane.

Ladies Night will meet on Monday, at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane when the guest speaker Mike Leonard’s talk will be about ‘Humour’. All ladies are welcome. If you need help with transport or want to know more about the meeting, please contact Pat (01536 722328)

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm next Thursday, July 24th.

A Garden Party in aid of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will be held at 50 Bridle Road, Burton Latimer on Monday, July 28th. For more information please contact Margaret (01536 722332)

Women’s Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, July 29th at 7.30pm in the Chapter House, St Mary’s Church for a ‘Fun Evening’. For more information please contact Anne (01536 7248600 or Diane (01536 723515)

The Trefoil Guild will host the Coffee Morning to be held in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, on Saturday, August 2nd. There will be a plant stall, a clothes rail, handmade wooden objects, tombola for adults and children with a prize every time, bacon butties and cakes. Doors will open at 9.30am.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club would like to thank those who supported their coffee morning on Saturday, June 14th in the Jack Addis Centre in aid of The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The ladies had organized a visit to the Arboretum on Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 28th and were delighted to donate a cheque to the value of £350.

Once again the Burton Latimer Committee of the Children’s Society has organized a Town Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, August 16th from 10am to 4pm. This is much better than the usual car boot sale, because you can set up and market a stall/table on the street outside or near to your house with things you have always meant to ‘car boot’ but never have, things you have made yourself, such as cakes, cards, jams etc. A pre-paid stall will cost £5 (£10 on the day) and the profit you make is yours to keep or to donate to a favourite charity.

For further information or to book your stall please contact Janet (01536 398967) The event will be advertised across the county and your stall will be included on a town map.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s Annual Show will take place from 2pm on Saturday, August 23rd at the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue, Burton Latimer. Further details including entry forms are now available from Maureen (01536 723059) Presentation of cups and shields by Philip Hollobone MP.

Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Flower & Produce Show at Bosworth’s Nurseries & Garden Centre, Finedon Road, Burton Latimer, on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st. Further details and schedules are now available by phoning Diane (01933 678545)

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30 am on Tuesday

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are 10.45am Morning Worship with Holy Communion

10.45 am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


On Friday 18th July, Midlands based 6 piece Band ‘Preservation Order’ are appearing at Cottingham Village Hall Annexe.

The band has an extensive playlist including Classic Rock and Pop, and Rhythm and Blues numbers.

Come along for a good night’s entertainment. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There is a bar available. Tickets cost £7.00 and are available from Audrey on 01536 771084 or John on 01536 770094.

Come along and speak with PCSO Mark Tooley at his Police Surgeries which are held at The Village Store and Café in Corby Road. Feel free to discuss any issues or concerns you may have related to local Policing matters. Dates/times set for surgeries are:- 26th July at 1030am; 15th August at 3pm; 6th September at 3.30pm.

An event is being organised in the village to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

The event will be held on Sunday 24th August in the Village Hall Annexe between 2pm and 5pm.

If you would like to get involved, or if you have any information or memorabilia from the era, please contact Joanne Leaning on, telephone 01536 770913.

Villager Andy Roberts was a keen supporter of East Carlton Cricket Club.

He served on the committee for many years and was particularly active with the development of youth coaching.

Sadly, Andy passed away recently and to commemorate his life and his service to the community, a Memorial Match will take place on Sunday 31 August at ECCC. Times will be relayed later.

Church Services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

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

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

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

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


On 17th July there will be a Civil Parish Council at Twywell in the Church at 7.30pm and on July 18th the PCC meet at 7.30pm in the Church.

On Saturday August 2nd Cranford WI are holding a “Tea and Cake ‘ afternoon with live music in aid of The Lilford Ward of Kettering General Hospital. The event starts at 2.30 – 4.30 and the price will be £3, there will also be a raffle.

Holy Communion will be celebrated in Cranford St John’s at 9.15am. There will be a Family Service at Slipton at 11.00am and also at Grafton Underwood at 11.00am.


Sunday 20th July is the Fifth Sunday after Trinity and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there will be a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.


There are beginner ballet classes for little ballerinas being held by Tutu Teddies. Register now and get your first lesson free. Suitable for children aged 6 months to 7 years. Lessons held on every Thursday afternoon at 12.30 to 5.15pm at the Marlow House, Gold Street in Desborough. To find out more and register for classes visit: or email:

Alternatively, you can telephone Alexis Cook on 07540 900704.

Daphne Hanson CPAGB APAGB from Bottisham and Burwell Photographic Club judged Heat 4 of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society’s Print Competition on Friday, July 4. In the Novice Section full marks were given to Marion Yeomans’ “The Game Is Afoot” and Rick Yeomans’ “Come Fly With Me”. Pat Rockett’s “Number Eight” won the Intermediate Colour Section, and Pat also won the Intermediate Monochrome Section with “Ruin”, this print scoring another maximum of 20 marks. The Advanced Colour Section saw three prints tying for first place and maximum marks. Two were by Steve Rappitt, “Just Moments To Reflect” and “Summertime Sailing”, the other being Geoff Oliver’s “Runners In The Smoke”. The Advanced Monochrome Section also had three prints with maximum marks. They were Steve Rappitt’s “Bar Code”, Derek Buckett’s “Starting The Climb” and Trevor Rudkin’s “Aerodynamic”. Daphne Harrison is a very experienced and well respected judge, and Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked her for an excellent evening.

This evening of Thursday, July 17, is a Desborough Town Council meeting. It will be held at the Desborough Library on High Street and starts at 7pm. No meeting in August. The date of the next meeting is Thursday, September 18.

Desborough Pocket Park are organising a Volunteer Morning on Saturday, July 19. It begins at 10.15am to midday. Activities include strimming, trimming, litter collecting and clearing the river. Plus children are welcome to come and do a bug hunt for free! You can find the Desborough Pocket Park at the entrances via Number 4 to 8 on Rothwell Road, Federation Avenue and Prince Rupert Avenue. Please do not go to the Millennium Green near St Giles Church! Be sure to wear suitable clothing. Equipment and gloves will be provided. Please note: All children will need to be supervised by a responsible adult. Free soup at midday for all volunteers. For more details please contact Rachel Bosworth on 01536 760585.

Local Resident, Christopher Hole is preparing to take part in the Three Cities Bicycle Challenge, cycling 350 miles from London to Brussels via Amsterdam for Cransley Hospice & Community Palliative Care from Sunday, July 27 to Saturday, August 30. He is holding lots of fund raising events to help him reach his target of £3,500. A concert by Bozeat Windmill Singers at Wollaston Baptist Church on Saturday, July 19. Tickets cost £6 each. To obtain your ticket, please contact Chris on 01536 764653. Next event is the Marathon Spinathon at Desborough Leisure Centre on Sunday, July 20 at 9am to 5pm. Please support the volunteers. There will be 25 spin bikes, 50 riders and 8 hours! How far can they ride and how much will they raise?

Desborough and District Twinning Association are holding a Treasure Hunt around a local town on foot. Join them on Sunday, July 20 at 2pm. It is £2 entry per person. Please bring your own lunch. To book please call 01536 761221 in advance. More details on location to be provided. You will need to drive to the start location. Visit website on

West Lodge Plant Centre, Back Lane in Desborough, are holding an Open Weekend on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. Come and join in the celebrations of their 10th Birthday and discover how they have expanded over the 10 years. There will be free refreshments, a charity raffle for Marlow House and competitions with prizes. Also, large discounts all weekend! Find them just outside Desborough by following the signs to Pipewell and then the BROWN TOURIST signs to West Lodge Rural Centre. You can telephone on 01536 764255 or Mobile on 07904 217330. Alternatively, you can email on Visit website:

The Annual Opening of the National Penstemon Collection at Froggery Cottage, 85 Breakleys Road, Desborough takes place on Sunday, July 27, under the National Gardens Scheme with all proceeds going to charity. The garden will be open from 11.30am to 5pm. Penstemon workshops will be held throughout the day in the Marquee on the lawn where you can learn all about growing the plants. Lunches and teas will be served throughout the day in aid of Marlow House Day Centre and the Town Welfare Committee. Admission is £2.50 with children free.

Desborough Town Centre Partnership are bringing the Italian Market to Desborough for two days in August. On Friday, August 1, the market will be on the market square on High Street. On Saturday, August 2, the market will move to the top of Havelock Street. Hopefully this will give both ends of the town some improved pedestrian flow. No doubt many people will have seen this market in both Rothwell and Market Harborough.

A Table Top Sale is being held at the United Reformed Church hall on Union Street, Desborough on Saturday, September 13. It starts from 9am to 1pm. It is free entry. Tables are bookable for £5. Please contact Shelagh on 01536 762631 or email:


Monday the 21st Walk is to Hallaton and Upper Welland 5.5m

Foxy’s woodland shop is now open at the heritage centre selling a wide range of produce made from timber extracted from Corby woodland – non profit volunteer supported venture

Northampton Preservation Society and the Friends of East Carlton Park are delighted to be presenting the 18th Transport Gala – ensure now that Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August are in your diary. More details closer to the date but this an event not to be missed.

The Travelling Supper club will be visiting East Carlton cricket club on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July, both evenings begin at 8pm. This is an opportunity to experience a wonderful evening of Indian cooking with friends. Tickets for a four course delight are £25 per person. Menu as follows : A trio of Indian snacks to start, followed by tandoori glazed salmon on an Asian slaw. The main is an Indian thali which is a selection of curries accompanied by side dishes, rice and breads, mango and coconut ice cream finishes the culinary evening. To book a table please contact Lee Gray on 074834586482.

Sunday 20th July from 11am – service at St Peter’s Church – all most welcome.

The Andy Roberts Memorial cricket match is due to take place on the 31st August. Andy was a keen supporter of East Carlton cricket club and serves on the committee for many years especially active on the youth coaching development. Sadly, Andy passed away recently and to commemorate his life and service to the community a memorial match will take place.


Countdown Cares will be at Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday 24th July between 9.30 and 12 midday.

A Charity Coffee Morning on the 26th July will be held at Finedon Bowls Club 10.00-12.00 noon. There will be a few craft stalls there which include a sweet stall, wool, glass objects and more. There is no admission charge but donations welcome. This is in aid of Half ‘N’ Arf MPN Blood Cancer, which is a rare form of cancer.

The July meeting of the Finedon Local history Society will be on Monday 28th July 2014 at the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon at 7-30pm. The speaker will be Derek Blunt on Spires and Squires. Admission is £2-50 for members and £3-50 for non- members, after the evening light refreshment will be served.

Did you leave Irthlingborough and Finedon Secondary School in 1974? If so then Jocelyn Dunn (Cole) and Debbie Houghton (Cox) are organising a 40th year school reunion. This will take place at the Oliver Twist in Irthlingborough on Friday 8th August at 8pm – late. Everyone from that year is welcome.

The ladies of Finedon Townswomen’s Guild would like to thank all those people who attended their Coffee Morning at The Bowls Club on Tuesday 8th July. £130 was raised at this event and the money will now be sent to Cancer Research.


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

Geddington Gardening Club meets in the Village Hall lounge on the third Monday every month, starting at 7.30pm. Non-members pay £2.50 and members £1. On 21st July, the meeting is Clematis; Queen of Climbers, which will be a talk on this beautiful species of climbing plant. All are very welcome.

Gedd-Stock is happening this year on Sunday 20th July at The White Lion, Queen Street, Geddington. This year will be the 12th event which, so far, has raised over £28,000 for charities. Only a one-dayer this year, but guaranteed the best music festival and fund raising event in the area!! The day starts at 12 noon and ends around 9.00pm. There are 7 bands booked already, plus single acts. In the bar, there will be an acoustic guitar mic session, hosted by Ollie Woods. There will be children’s entertainment plus a bouncy castle, food, a Real Ale bar, t-shirts for sale and a variety of stalls. Rick Loak, the organiser, says that if anyone would like to sponsor or donate raffle prizes, please contact him on 07711 910860. The named charities this year are; The Cransley Hospice, Bowel and Stomach Cancer Research, The St. John’s Ambulance and The Samuel Lee Charity.

Geddington Parish Church is holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 26th July between 10.00am and 12 noon.

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

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

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

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


Sunday the 20th July 2014 is the Fifth Sunday after Trinity and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am.

Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington. All are very welcome to join our services.

On Friday 18th July 2014 in All Saints Church in Great Addington there is a Year 6 Leavers Service at 9.30am.

The Leavers will all join in the Leavers Lunch.

On Friday 18th July 2014 at 2.30pm The Whole School will see The Gym Club Display which will be followed by the Summer Fair.

On Sunday 20th July 2014 Rockingham Class will depart for their visit to the Isle of Wight.

The School will break up for the Summer Holiday on Wednesday 23rd July 2014.


£3,000 was raised at St James Church Gretton 40th Flower Festival. The three day event was held over the weekend of 27th 28th and 29th June. Beautiful floral displays based on the theme of anniversaries to coincide with the 40th anniversary year the event had been organised at St James Church. Visitors to the village along with residents had a lovely weekend in Gretton despite the showers the sun did manage to shine at times. In addition lunches and teas were served in the Old School, stalls adorned the pathway to the church and there were activities for the children to enjoy around the Village Green where Gretton Silver Band entertained the crowds on Sunday afternoon sadly cut short by the weather. The Festival came to a close with a big congregation for the Songs of Praise service. Gretton Parochial Church Council wishes to thank all flower arrangers for their stunning displays that received so many favourable comments, all the helpers who gave their time to make sure everything ran smoothly and to all of you who attended. Hope you all had a super time as we celebrated our 40th anniversary. The money raised-£3000 will go to the general running costs at St James Church Gretton.

The Friends of Gretton Recreation Ground are laying on another Family Fun Day following the success of those held in previous years. This year we celebrate the opening of the refurbished Sports Pavilion- a superb facility for Gretton. Events will start at 11am to include a Fun Run suitable for all for all ages and running ability on a short course around the recreation ground and on nearby roads. The fun day is on Sunday 13th July. For further details please contact Tim Fox telephone 01536 770653 or Email

Gretton WI had another busy evening this week, but where last month was Party Night this month we welcomed Ashley Welland Valley WI and other visitors to join us to listen to Peter Ellement telling the continuing story of the fighting ship The Mary Rose.

Peter has been with the Mary Rose Information Group since the early ‘80s and gave a vivid account of how the ship was built for the young Henry VIII in the first year of his reign to carry cargo, commandeered to fight and later enlarged and strengthened to carry cannon.

There will be no formal meeting in August, but everyone is reminded of the Coffee Morning at 23 Finch Hatton on Thursday 17th July 11-2.00 when Joyce Polley hopes to begin the fundraising for next year’s Flower Festival and of Sherry Stokes’ “Blooming Great Tea Party” in aid of Marie Curie nurses on Thursday 14th August, 2-4.30 at 4 Rose Terrace. Then we look forward to the second Tuesday in September for our next full evening.

Gretton Women’s Hour meet next on Tuesday 22nd July at Gretton Baptist Church Hall High Street Gretton starting at 2.15pm. This is the last meeting before a break for summer. The afternoons guest speaker is Angela Davis. The get together also has hymns, prayers and readings with light refreshments served and the end Organisers at Gretton Women’s Hour welcome regular members and extend a warm friendly welcome to all visitors from the village and surrounding area. Meetings will resume once a fortnight in September. Further details please call 01536 770188-770784.

A darts tournament is being held on Friday 18th July at Gretton Sports and Social Club on the Recreation Ground off Kirby Road Gretton to raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance .If you would like to take part please be at the Club for 8.00pm.Further details from Jess on 01536 770597. There has been good interest in darts in the village for many years so we hope players will turn out in force to help us raise a nice sum on the night.


The W.I. July meeting enjoyed a fascinating talk by Alison Rocket Working as a teacher in a remote village in Uganda, she told us how with so little basic materials, the women and children made their own type of beadcraft. It is humbling to learn how with imagination and drive the women now have a successful self-supporting business. There is no meeting in August. An innovation for the group is a Christmas bazaar in the village hall on Nov.30. If anyone would like to have a stall, there are 2 or 3 still available. Ring me for details.

It is sad to report several thefts in the village recently. Poultry, not by a fox this time. Money from a house and saddest of all, the ancient alms box from All Hallows Church. We thought it was firmly fixed to the wall, but it was carefully removed, thankfully without damage. So, again villagers are reminded to secure their property. Don’t make it easy for these opportunist thieves.

Next Quiz Night at “The White Horse” is July 20 at 7.30pm.


Activities in the Library include Rhymetime for babies and the under 5’s at 9.30 on Thursday mornings. If you would like a game of Scrabble be there at 2.30pm on 17 July. All are welcome. The Friend’s of Irchester Library will be having a meeting on Thursday 24 July at 2pm, new friends are welcome.

Animals in Need are having a sponsored walk in Irchester Country Park on Sunday 20 July starting at 10am. Bring your own dog or treat a kennel dog to a day out. All money raised will go towards looking after the animals in their care. Contact them for sponsor forms on 01933 278080 or by e mail

This month’s Parish Council meeting will be on Monday 21 July in Irchester Village Hall. It will start at 7.15 following on from a consultation on the skatepark which starts at 6pm. Development in the village will be on the agenda.

Irchester Women’s Institute met for its July meeting at the Village Hall, when two visitors were welcomed. Following the business meeting, during which a Report was given on the Women’s Institute AGM held in early June, the speaker for the evening was Judy Kendrick Simonsen, whose talk was entitled ‘The English Country Lady 1935-55’. Members listened with interest to the speaker, as she explained how changing attitudes and events, particularly Women’s Suffrage, the First World War and sport had shaped the way ladies’ fashion had altered during that period. She had also brought along an array of clothes, jewellery and accessories to illustrate this. The meeting in August will be a Members’ Meeting when individual members will take part. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.

Irchester Community Primary School will be holding its Summer Fair on Friday 18 July at the end of the school day.

Blood Donors will be at the village hall on Wednesday 30 July. There is a national shortage of people who give blood and if you think that you could do this then go along to the session which takes place between 2.15-4pm and 5.00 -7.30pm. To find out more ring 0300 123 2323 or take a look at the website

The Friday Club meets in Barringers Court between 2 and 4pm each Friday for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards bingo and a cup of tea. New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits. Contact Rosemarie on 07713635907 to find out more about the club.

There will be a Car Wash behind Irchester Village Hall on Saturday 19 July between 10am and noon. Take your car along for a £5 wash and help to raise funds for the skatepark.

St Katharine’s church will be open on Sunday 20July between 2.30-4.30pm for Teas, Coffee and cake. There will be craft activities available for the children.

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you.

As the year goes on there will be outings arranged and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 to find out more.


A photographic exhibition will be held at St Peter’s Church Irthlingborough on Saturday 19th July 10am – 2pm and Sunday 20th July 12pm – 4pm.

It is titled “And then they were gone!” It commemorates the first contingeent of men to leaveIrthlingborough for the Front; August 1914.

The 151 men of Irthlingborough who died in WW1, will be remembered by a ‘Walk of Remembrance’ from Friday 18th July to Sunday 3rd August; displaying a small photographic memorial of each man.

It will go from the High St in Irthlingborough, around the cross and finish at the Finedon Rd memorial.

‘A Day at the Seaside’ at St Peter’s Church Irthlingborough on Saturday 19th July from 10am – 2pm. There will be a raffle, games, a BBQ, trips up the tower, Punch and Jundy and much much more!

There will be a Summer Fete at the Arcacia Lodge Nursing Home on Wellingborough Rd in Irthlingborough on Saturday 19th July from 2pm – 4pm.

Please remember the raffle at the British Arms, Baker Street Irthlingborough, to help with the fund raising for Jack Warboys, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, on Saturday 26th July 2014. £5 per ticket.

Did you leave Irthlingborough and Finedon Secondary School in 1974? If so then Jocelyn Dunn (Cole) and Debbie Houghton (Cox) are organising a 40th year school reunion. This will take place at the Oliver Twist in Irthlingborough on Friday 8th August from 8pm – late.


A Towards a Safer Higham meeting will be held this evening at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 20th July are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15 am.

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

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will hold a Morning Service at 10.30 am led by Elizabeth Bibbings. Coffee will be served after the service.

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

A wet felting craft workshop will be held tomorrow morning at Stanwick Lakes from 10.30 am to 1 pm cost £15 per person. Ring Katherine on 07944 317322 for further details.

Various summer holiday activities are planned for youngsters from Thursday 24th July to Sunday 31st August.

There will be a Family Explorer Challenge to explore the site on a quest to see what is lurking in the undergrowth. A Challenge Passport can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or Rangers Cabin for £2.

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

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am on Friday 25th July in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest Ray Woods will be talking about “Antiques for Everyone.” Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

The local Rotary Club are organising a Classic Car Display on Sunday 3rd August to be held in the Castle Fields.

The annual garden party, organised by United Charities for the Bedesmen, Pressland Pensioners and Almshouses residents will be held on Tuesday 29th July from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Bede House and Church grounds.

A family barbecue is being held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday 17th August 12.30 for 1 pm. Tickets are now available £8 for adults and £5 for under 12s. The price includes a barbecue meal with salads and desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery etc. For further info and tickets ring either: 01933 358686/357212 or 318856. All are welcome.

A neighbourhood sale will be held on Saturday 30th August from 9 am until 1 pm. You are invited to take part if you have any items to sell – the cost is just £5 to cover advertising etc. Last year over sixty homes took part selling clothes, trinkets, tools etc etc – many bargains and well worth browsing through.

To register as a seller contact Liz Brown 07766 406298 or to visit the many homes taking part call at the Market Square from 9 am for a map costing £1 detailing all the stalls around Higham.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 30th July in the library on Midland Road when members will enjoy a summer supper. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

The next Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th July at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.

Town Tours are available through Higham Tourism and can be provided for between six and twenty people. The tour brings everyone up to date with the history and buildings in Higham and the cost is £2.50 per person with refreshments provided at extra charge. For further details contact Irene 01933 411191.

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 26th July from 9 am on the Market Square. Free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. A coffee morning will be held in the Bede House organised by the Ferrers District Guiding Units and a half hour organ recital at 11.30 am in St Mary’s Church given by Rosemary Nayyar with free admission. In addition Peter and Marjorie Phelps will be staging an art and embroidery exhibition in Chichele College with free admission. Wheelchair access is available from College Street but no parking available.

An impressive Celebration of Achievement of Ferrers School students was held last week. Guests were welcomed by the Headteacher Jonathan Giles and Tony Hopkins Chairman of Governors. Awards were presented to students from years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and the Sixth Form for excellence in subjects and outstanding attitudes to learning. In addition special presentations were made for expertise in academic subjects and sport. The evening concluded with a Technology Exhibition with creations from textiles, product design and graphics.

The parents, family and friends of Brihanna Faith Graham attended St Mary’s Church last Sunday. Brihanna was baptised by Canon Roger Knight and welcomed as a new member of the parish family.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile walk in the Piddington area this Sunday 20th July. The route will be from Piddington to Horton and Ravenstone and walkers are asked to meet at 9 am on the Market Square in Higham or 10 am in Ravenstone near the small playing area. The group will be led by Roy Presland 01933 314831. See website:


Kettering/Lahnstein Twinning Association celebrates the 60th Year of Twinning at the commencement of celebrtions in both towns. The two towns first made contact in 1955 and are still going strong. Thirty five friends from Kettering’s Twin Town Lahnstein on the Rhein in Germany will be visiting Kettering from Wednesday 16th July to stay with families in Kettering for 7 Days. The Kettering Twinning Committee have organised a packed schedule of events for the visitors.

On Saturday 19th July the Bozeat Windmill Singers are presenting a concert at the Baptist Church, Hinwick Road, Wollaston at 7.30pm All proceeds are in aid of Cransley Hospice. Tickets cost £6 and are available from Matthew Nicholas, Estate Agent, Wollaston or contact the fundraising office on 01536 527407.

On 29th July Cransley Hospice are running a coach trip to Melton Mowbray market and Gates Garden Centre. Tickets cost £12.50 and the coach departs from the Corn Market Hall, London Road at 8.30am. Limited tickets are available from the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407.

Welcome to Kettering by the Sea at Kettering Market Place between 24th July and 16 August featuring West Lodge Farm animals, Splash fountains, Big Screen, London Science Museum, Beach, Fashion Show, Beach Volleyball, Pantomimes and much more! For a timetable and further information please visit Follow on twitter @MarketPlaceKett.

On Friday 18th July at All Saints Church, William Street an evening with Julie Hill ‘Researching your Family History’ from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. How to get started, what records are available and some advice on how to record it. Examples of interesting and humorous tales with some references about Kettering streets and buildings in the past. Tickets £3 on the door. Light refreshments and a raffle.

On Sunday 20th July All Saints Church, William Street will be serving tea, coffee, biscuits and strawberries & ice-cream from 3pm – 4.30pm when bands are playing in Rockingham Road Pleasure Park.

On Sunday 20th July Kettering Borough Council continues its summer Concerts in the Park with Voices Aloud choir at the bandstand at 3pm. Bring your chairs and enjoy some great music in the Park.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Saturday 2nd August Gary Starr Productions presents Alice in Wonderland, a larger than life musical extravaganza. Join Alice as she follows the White Rabbit into a colourful and exciting adventure to save the children of Wonderland.

A visual feast of characters including the Mad Hatter (Gary Starr), The White Rabbit (“Rollo”), the friendly Caterpillar, Tweedle Dee & Dum and not forgetting the villainous Queen of Hearts. A whirlwind of fast paced action, adventure, song and dance in a spectacular show that’s fun for the whole family. All seats £12, family x 4 £40. Shows at 1pm and 5pm. For more information or to book call the box office on 01536 414141.


Tonight -Little Harrowden Village Hall AGM will be held at 7.30pm in the Committee room of the village hall. The Village Hall is in need of new members for its Committee to assist in the management and running of the Hall.

Little Harrowden Cricket Club – Little Harrowden are playing at home this Saturday 19th July-against Gumley, The next home fixture is 2nd August-against Abington.

The home fixtures are held at The Manor [their home ground] which is at the rear of the Working Mens Club at Little Harrowden in Main Street. All fixtures commence at 1.30pm.

From September, Little Fishes will be on Monday Mornings in term-time from 9.30am until 10.45am in St Mary’s Church, Little Harrowden. All pre-school children with their adults are welcome for a Bible story, songs and prayers, craft activities, toys and refreshments as well as a chance for the adults to chat with other carers. The first meeting will be on September 1st when all new Little Fishes and Old will be welcomed, then, a special goodbye will be said to the Little Fishes who are moving to big school.

This Saturday -Italian Evening at Little Harrowden Church at 7.00pm start, for ticket availability call Jose on 01933 678262

Today,The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology at 2.00pm at 8 The Leys Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September. Further dates-

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

Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church – Christmas Anthology.

Drop in for Afternoon Tea at Little Harrowden Church from 3.00pm on Saturday 9th August and try your luck at their raffle.

The September Festival will be on Saturday 6th September from 11.00am in the Church. Raffle tickets will be on sale beforehand.

Church services- Sunday July 20th, 6.00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday 23rd July, 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden

Great Harrowden invites everyone from the 5 parishes to join them in Great Harrowden Church on August 16th at 3pm for ‘A Taste of France’ Go along and hear about Jane’s recent trip to France and in particular her visit to the Taize Community. Enjoy an afternoon tea with a difference- think French bread, cheeses/pates and crepes! The afternoon will end with a Taste of Taize- a short [optional] act of worship Taize-style. Cost- Adults £6.50 Children primary school age £3.00. Please get in touch if you would like to go. Tel-01933 677380

Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church go along and join in the free fun on Monday 8th September and then every 2nd Monday in the month there after. 5.00pm-6.30pm a time for families to have fun and food together. Cost none- donations towards food are welcome. For dietary needs and a rough idea of numbers to cater please contact Jane on 01933 677380 or e-mail-

The Northants Amateur Astronomers: The next meetings at The Lamb are- Tuesday 5th August- Telescopic Topics, Tuesday 19th August- Telescopic Topics.


Today, The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology at 2pm at 8 The Leys Orlingbury. Please take along a summer reading to be read by yourself or someone else can read it for you. There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September.

Orlingbury Family Circle- The next dates are-Sunday 20th July – Summer Activity. No meeting in August. Sunday 21st September- Food/Harvest. Sunday 19th October –autumn. Pop along to Orlingbury Village Hall 9.30am until 10.30am. Enjoy a delicious Bacon Butty and meet up with other families and friends old and new. For more information call Shelley on 07790393913 or Helen 07919191845

Church services- Sunday 20thJuly 6.00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Wednesday 23rd July, 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden

Brass on The Green. The Joseph Manning Trust invites you to a concert by the Raunds Temperance Band. Sunday 7th September on Orlingbury Village Green 2.30-5pm. Entry FREE! Norty’s licensed bar and cream teas, take along a garden chair.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 23rd August -Summer in the Mediterranean, 13th September-Lazy day on a Canal, 25th October- Autumn Colours,22nd November- Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 please contact Gillian on 01933 401340.


This Saturday 19th July at your Oakley Vale Community Centre join your Community Association for the annual ‘Family fun day’ 12.30 – 17.30 with the popular family disco 18.30 – 21.30. A large marquee will put on entertainment from local bands, including the Oakley Rangers and displays from Nene Valley Dance, Cheerleading and martial arts displays. There will be a Barrel Train, Traditional Fairground rides including roundabout with barrel organ, swing boats and a striker booth. Crazy Golf and Bouncy Castle have also been booked and Corby Archers will also be there offering the opportunity to try your hand and this ancient sport. The whole centre will be in use (indoors and out + the bottom playing field) and the usual Community Café run by ‘Nik the Vic’ will be providing light refreshments and snacks Crazy golf, stalls, great food, live music and entertainment, soft play area, bowling and footy taster sessions … an event not to be missed. FREE!

The Oakley Rangers will perform at the Family Fun day on Saturday. Your local 10-17 year olds get free ‘School of Rock’ lessons in exchange for monthly litter picks and tree planting around their estate. We have been gifted three drum kits and I’m keen to find youngsters who want to learn to play – please pass that news to any 10-17 year old with a yen to learn.

Alex Franklin continues his police surgeries in your community centre from 1100 to 1130 on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.

The ‘Oakley Vale Youth Club’ runs on Wednesday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm.  It is managed by the highly experienced ‘Youth Works’ team for a three month trial and is open to all Oakley Vale young people of secondary school age. The activities will develop on the ideas of the young people who attend. 

Oakley Vale W.I. bowl together on a monthly basis with some members watching and some bowling and then sit and have a chat and a coffee together. The group also meet once a month to ‘craft’ at Danesholme Community Centre, The whole group meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Brooke Weston School at 7.30pm. Please join them - you will be made welcome. Your first visit is free! The President of Oakley Vale W.I. is Janet Smith 01536 743152.


The Raunds Youth Action Group is holding a Bingo Night tonight at the Snooks, with eyes down at 8 p.m. Entry is free, with Bingo cards at just £1 each, with prizes to be won.

All proceeds are in aid of the Raunds Carnival, which will take place on Saturday, 13th September. Your support will be very much appreciated.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. today and next Thursday, 24th July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 18th July, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 20th July, at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, followed at 12.15 p.m. by a service of Baptism, with a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

There will be a service of Holy Communion on Wednesday, 23rd July at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and a service of Home Communion at 10.45 a.m. at Ashfield House, Raunds.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are looking for jobs, apprenticeship or training, are invited along to a drop in session between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 24th July, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Connexions Northamptonshire is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides information, advice, guidance and support, giving help with

careers advice, application forms, CV writing and interview skills. For more information, please visit their website at or contact them at

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting next Thursday, 24th July, at 7.30 p.m. at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit their website at

Members of Raunds WI have recently been on an outing to the Wisbech Rose Fair and report that it was a lovely day with the churches full of the most wonderful flower displays. They were impressed by the fact that there were certainly some very talented people out there and found everyone to be very friendly. Members will be going out for a ‘Mystery Cream Tea’ on Wednesday, 6th

August. Their next meeting will take place on Thursday, 11th September, with guest speaker Judy Kendrick-Simonsen, who will be speaking about ‘The English Country Lady 1935-1955.’

Meetings of Raunds WI take place in the Saxon Hall, Raunds, on the second Thursday of the month starting at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are always made welcome at £3.50 each, which includes refreshments. For more information about the group please call Mary on 01933 624271.

The Raunds & District History Society will be holding a ‘Display and Collection of

Photographs and Documents (1914-2014)’ at Raunds Library between 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, 2nd August. Admission is free. If you have any items you feel should be included in the display please call 01933 461480.

The next meeting of the History Society will take place on Thursday, 7th August, when members will be taking an evening walk around Warmington, with Blue Badge Guide Geoff Baguley. The walk will start at 7 p.m. and to book your place, please call Rachel on 01933 461545, or email Places are limited and will cost £2 each.


Ringstead Open Gardens takes place Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th July between 1.30pm and 5pm. 12 Gardens will be open and Garden Programmes will be available as well as Refreshments from Ringstead Social Club. Admission is £3.50 for Adults and children are free. Paint a Terracotta Pot Demonstration.

Sunday 20th July 2014 and is the Fifth Sunday after Trinity and there is a Big Sing Service in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service. All are very welcome to join us.

On Sunday 20th July 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am A Communion Service with Pastor Patrick. At 6pm there is Evening Service with Rev’d Peter Eyre.

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

Step N Grooves Dance School which run sessions every week in Ringstead, Thrapston and Finedon, currently has two spaces for

Youngsters aged between 6-11 years in its Ringstead class every Wednesday from 5.45pm – 6.30pm. The School teaches Street and

Disco Dance. The class is £3.50 per session and it is held in Ringstead Village Hall. Please contact: Sue on 01933 625262 to secure a place or visit


Another reminder that we are holding our annual dog show at the village hall on Sunday 27th July. Registration will be from 1.00pm with judging from 2.00pm. Entry is £2 per class. We have a wide variety of both pedigree and novelty classes with something for everyone. Proceeds will be donated to village hall funds. Thank you to our judges: Bill Botten and Alison Huckle for agreeing to do the honours this year and to Cllr Bob Riley for kindly agreeing to award the prizes.

For further information, please contact Mike Reilly on 01536 770717 or Claire Johnson 07721 063885 /


There were 37 reported crimes in Rothwell during May: burglary dwelling, 4; burglary other, 1 criminal damage, 7; other offences, 1; theft from motor vehicles, 4; theft/handling, 8; theft of motor vehicles, 1; violence, 11.

New street lighting will be coming to Rothwell town centre before long – and moves are being made to see if more traditional style lamp standards can be used to enhance the appearance of the ancient centre.

Northamptonshire County Council’s 25-year street lighting contract began on October 1, 2011, with the initial five years seeing the replacement or upgrade of all county-maintained street lighting. This phase has been running for almost three years and half the replacement work is completed.

Work in Rothwell’s shopping area involves the replacement of all street lighting columns older than ten years; town centre lighting; and any heritage-style lighting columns and lanterns.

Rothwell Town Council wants consideration to be given to requirements for attaching festive decorations and other additions to the new columns. All town centre areas will be lit to a lower average of brightness than usually expected, and any enhancement would need to be funded by the town council.

The town council has discussed paying a little extra to have more traditional lights, and is contacting the county council to get more details; it also wants to know whether the excellent replacement lights in the Columbus Crescent area are similar to those planned for the centre.

Replicas of the bibles given to every serviceman on the front line in 1914 have been purchased by Rothwell Town Council for the town’s clergy to distribute at the combined Remembrance Sunday service in Holy Trinity church.

Moves to encourage more people in Rothwell – especially youngsters – to cycle more have been discussed by the town council. Cllr Malcolm Jones has agreed with the head of Northamptonshire Sports that young people have to be attracted to cycling, and children persuaded to cycle to school. Cllr Jones will be in touch with Montsaye academy to see whether the Well Lane recreation ground can be used for grass track racing.

The council is also to examine whether there could be a cycle path from Shotwell Mill Lane to the back of the schools. While it is a private lane, a section could be fenced off. Hoops where people can leave their cycles, possibly outside the Market House, could be provided.

Cllr Karl Sumpter also suggested that, when footpaths are upgraded, they could be made suitable for cycles, and Bovis is to build a combined cycle way and footpath from Gordon Street up to Well Lane.

An application for 80 dwellings to be built on the former Rothwell Town Football and Social Club site in Cecil Street is not to be opposed by Rothwell Town Council provided certain conditions are met.

These include laying a temporary road surface along Fanny Joyce’s Lane for construction traffic and that plans should be put in place once the build is complete to extend the cul-de-sac on to the proposed northern bypass with the Cecil Street entrance closed.

The council also wants to ensure that no construction traffic comes through the town centre or Tresham Street, which is access for the fire service and Tesco deliveries and is dangerous even now. Another demand is that more off-road parking is added to the plans.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club men’s team lost 48-75 to a Midland Band team away on Thursday, July 3. The mixed team also lost two days later, on Saturday, July 5, against Little Bowden at home, losing 56-69. On Monday, July 7, women members competed for the Betty Wilson Trophy, the winning pair being Jo Pask and Pauline Panter, with Marlene Fulton and Carolyn Spence runners up. Another inter-club competition on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 9 saw the Manor mixed team score a narrow victory over Cold Ashby 64-60.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society closes for its summer break after Friday, July 11, returning on Friday, September 5, when Chairman Geoff Oliver will show some of his work. However, a programme of summer events has been organised, including a visit to Boughton House and an evening of equestrian photography. The Society meets in Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. For more information, visit, phone Mr Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

One of Rothwell’s longest-established societies, the Rowell and District Association for the Prosecution of Felons, now has a Facebook page as part of a bid to attract new members. The association, known colloquially as the Felons, was formed in 1818 and wants to increase membership ahead of its bicentenary year. To visit the new Facebook page, go to

Rothwell’s Sure Start centre will be moving out of the infant school in School Lane because the company taking over the centre cannot afford the rent, Rothwell Town Council was told at its June meeting.

The building has a covenant which means it has to be used for educational purposes and the schools are now planning to use the area for parking. The council deplored the fact that the centre is having to move to Rothwell library in Bell Hill, although Major Richard Cook told the meeting that the Salvation Army building in New Street will soon become available when the army moves to the Bridge and the Well project in Bridge Street.

Rockin’ Rowell will be held at the Woolpack pub, Bell Hill on the weekend of the July 26-27, in aid of Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Association. There will be bands all weekend plus a barbecue. The Sunday is also the pub’s 300th birthday and a year since Rachel Nash reopened it, so there will be a bouncy castle for the children in the secure garden.

Tonight’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will see members participating in ‘teachers’ tales at suppertime’ at the Methodist church, Market Hill at 8.00pm. It is the last meeting before the summer break.

Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trip next week is on Tuesday July 22nd to The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston and on Thursday 24th to The White Horse, Tilbrook. Shopping trips are to Castle Ashby Shopping Yard on Sunday 20th, Huntingdon Garden Centre (£6.50) on Monday 21st and Waitrose on Friday 25th.. Imperial Court for Curling and Lunch(£12.00) is on Wednesday 23rd. Computer Sessions are available in the Well-being Centre on Mondays from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Royal British Legion – are holding a 50 mile Bike Ride this Sunday July 20th starting at 10am in aid of Iceland Food Charity Week with proceeds to the Battleback Rehabilitation Centre at Lilleshall. The Ride leaves from outside Iceland in Eaton Walk – participation is open to all. There will be a 10km Run on Sunday 27th at 9.00am from Pemberton Centre – sponsorship forms from Jake on 07525 441267. Give it a go!

Rushden Historical Transport Society – invite you to go along to the children’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic on weekend of July 19th/20th when train rides cost £4.00 for adults but children and teddies are free when accompanied by fare paying adult. Rides from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – meet next on Thursday July 31st at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd., for a Demonstration by Elizabeth Ollenbittle ‘Fun with Flowers’.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – Messy Church is this Saturday 19th from 4.00pm to 5.30pm – parents and children welcome. The Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Jeff O’Dell.

Whitefriars Church – this Sunday the morning Service with Holy Communion is at 10.15am. Mugs and Beakers for parents with young children is on Tuesday 22nd at 9.00am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Elizabeth Bibbings. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Carol Munroe from Bedford. Open Circle meets on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Services this week will be at 10.30am with the Sunday School. Rockingham Forest Emergency Response Group meet on Monday 21st at 7.00pm – all welcome. On Saturday 26th they present an ‘End of Pier Variety Show’ at 7.00pm in the Hall, tickets £5.00 from Cheryl on 778677 or 07969603958.

St. Peter’s Church –The Family Service this Sunday is at 10.00am with Holy Communion at 8.00am. The Next Generation for youths’ activities is on Tuesday July 22nd at 6.30pm in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday July 19th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service and Communion with Children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Alan Palmer. Evening Worship at 6.00pm is led by Linda Crawley – all welcome.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service with the Worship Group is at 10.45am with traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 22nd at 10.00am.

Rushden Amateur Theatrical Society – are holding auditions for Mother Goose in July – Dancers 7+ years today Thursday 17th at 7.00pm (some experience needed) – Principals on Sunday 20th at 1.30pm – Chorus and Junior Chorus also 20th at 4.30pm. All auditions in the Heritage Church Halls.


Please note that the meeting of Stanwick Parish Council which was due to take place tonight has now been postponed until 7.15 p.m. next Thursday, 24th July. The meeting will take place in the Committee Room at the Village Hall, and members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

A workshop on Wet Felting will take place at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 18th July, with Katherine Keatley. Learn how to make felt, how to position your wool to blend colours and patterns and get inspiration on ways to use the pieces of felt you have made. The workshop costs £15 and booking is essential. To check the availability of places, please call Katherine on 07944 317 322.

Blues rock band Juicy Lucy will be providing your entertainment this Saturday, 19th July. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at the club, and new members are always welcome. For more information about Stanwick Club please visit their website at

There will be an All Age Service on Sunday, 20th July, at 9.30 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, with a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

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

Stanwick Rovers Football Club will be holding a Family Fun Day this Sunday, 20th July, to raise money for their clubhouse extension project.

Everyone is invited to join them between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a fun afternoon at Stanwick Recreation Ground. There will be football tournaments and plenty of other attractions, with food, soft drinks, etc. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go towards the clubhouse extension project. Limited car parking is available.

The mobile library will be in Stanwick next Thursday, 24th July, and can be found outside the Post Office between 3.20 p.m. and 4.05 p.m. Please call 03001 261 000 with any queries, or for more information.

There will be no meeting during August for members of Stanwick WI, but they will be holding a couple of other events. They will be enjoying some wine tasting at Waitrose on Monday, 4th August at £7 per person, and on Saturday, 30th August, members and guests will be travelling to Bletchley Park. The cost is £10 each for members, and £23 each for guests, which includes a hot lunch.

Pre-booking is essential for both events, and to check the availability of spaces please email or call 07572 497 116.

A ‘Traditional Bobbin Lace Making’ Adult Learning course will be taking place from September this year at Stanwick Village Hall. For full details and booking please visit

If you do not have internet access you can either go along to a library where they will help you enrol, or you can call 0300 126 1000 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

New ‘Music Makers’ classes for babies and pre-schoolers will be starting in the Village Hall on Thursdays, at 2 p.m., from September onwards. Each session lasts for 45 minutes at £4 per child and £2 per subsequent sibling, with singing, dancing, instruments and puppets. These classes are proving to be very popular, and booking is essential to reserve your place. Please call Naomi Cooper on 07815 293 893 or email

The Tai Chi classes previously run at Stanwick through NCC Adult Learning will now be run privately, with the same tutor, in the Village Hall, at 8 p.m. from Thursday, 4th September. For more information please call Amanda on 01933 222525.

Number 9 was drawn as the bonus ball in the National Lotto on Saturday, 5th July, making Jeff Exton the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Weldon Parish Council Monthly Meeting was held in the Village Hall Annex, Bridge Street, Weldon on Monday 2nd June

PLANNING Construction of foul water pumping station at Weldon East

Cllr Priem commenced by confirming that the present foul water pumping station (FWPS) was not big enough to cope with the increased number of houses in the area. It was noted that the increase was due to the building of Priors Hall and that perhaps it should be built there.

NEW COUNCILLOR VACANCY – Cllr Groome confirmed that the request for an election had been placed on the noticeboard. Once this has expired formal proceedings for co-option could be undertaken.


Suzanne Preston attended and confirmed that Corby Borough Council was interested in investing funds in updating the play areas. If the current location of the play areas was not suitable they would also look at relocating. Jerry Jarman (representative from HAGS SMP also attended and discussed options of a pop up consultation where in residents of Weldon could express their requirements with regard to the new equipment.

VILLAGE WEBSITE – The Clerk confirmed that the website should be up and running in a few days.

HGV LORRIES OUNDLE ROAD – Concern had been received regarding Lorries using this road and the ancient bridge. It was suggested that any lorries seen doing this should have their number plate taken and reported to the police. Further as a Council we should request better signage for the lorries so that they are aware of the weight limit and that if they are over this limit that the Oundle Road is a dead end.

There is to be a Cream Tea Party at 2 Church Street from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Tickets are £4.00per adult and £2.00per child available from Janet on 01536 204870 Sandra on 01536 265004 or Sue on 01536 443382

Wondertours Community Transport serving North Northamptonshire are running 2 Christmas excursions this year. The first on Saturday 15th November to Derby. The fare is £13.50. Then on Saturday 6th December The German Christmas Market at Birmingham is the second trip with stalls all around city Fare again is £13.50. To book please call or text David Fursdon the organiser on 07790 197220. Wonder Tours are arranged voluntary and not for profit since 1972.

Weldon Art Group will be holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd of August in the Village from from 10.00am until 4.00pm on both days. It is hoped that over 100 paintings will be on display some will be for sale. Admission is free and refreshments will be available all day.


Wellingborough Town Centre will be holding another Medieval Festival July 26th and 27th.

This is being organised again by Discover wellingborough the Town Centre Partnership.

And Yes the Seaside beach is making a welcome return Sand, Deckchairs everything again same as last year.

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

The Queens Head Broad Green Wellingborough is raising money for Action Medical Research.

Over the past 12 months Dave Mathews has not had a haircut and now holds a brilliant comb over, for which some of his fellow local business men have sponsored, to the tune of £100 each. Well the year is almost over so the Great Haircut is happening 2nd August along with a Hog Roast & disco with lots of wonderful raffle prizes.

They aim to raise over £2,000 and donations can be made to veronica the secretary on 07737 858735 credit/debit cards welcome.

Wellingborough Museum is continuing its programme of Historical walks in Wellingborough with The third being on Monday 21st July in Castle Street Castle Fields and Midland Rd leaving the Museum at 7pm.

Also at the Museum the RSPB are holding a Giving Nature a Home event on Wednesday 30th July. A fun Filled day of activities from 11am till 4pm will include a Bird Quiz and making Wildlife Feeders to Take Home and giving useful advice on aspects of wildlife.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. On Thursday 17th July Gina Zivtins will be presenting.

Northamptonshire Family History Society are holding the next Genealogy Surgery at Wellingborough Museum Saturday July 19th 10am till 1pm. This is a free service.

The Federation of Professional and Amateur Artists will be holding its Summer Exhibition at the Wellingborough Museum beginning with preview Night on

Friday 1st August At 7.30pm till 9.30pm and the exhibition will then be on public display from Saturday 2nd August until Saturday 9th August 10am till 4pm but Closed Sunday 3rd August. Free Admission. Come along and be inspired,

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held.

TheTaster was on 14th July. The Film Show on Tuesday September 2nd Remembering 1914-1918. On Tuesday October 7th A steam night film show On Track will be presented and on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown.

Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop.

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

The Next meeting at Wellingborough will be Tuesday 12th August at 7.30pm till 9pm and look forward to seeing you all again then. Please call 01933226720. I have to do some begging around to find a new free monthly meeting place if anyone has offers or ideas please call me would be delighted.

The Evening at AJ’S Diner the next Rock and Roll live gig will take place on Saturday 2nd August at 7.30pm and will cost £6 each to attend and The Bobcats will be the live band. For more information contact 01933274794 or email or look at the facebook page.

Wellingborough Orpheus Choir presents its summer concert on Saturday 19th July at Great Park Street Methodist Church, Wellingborough. Entitled ‘Regal and Mystical’ the concert will include ‘Zadok the Priest’ plus two more of Handel’s Coronation Anthems, and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Mystical Songs’ featuring guest soloist, baritone Nicolas Moodie. Nicolas, who was born in Northampton but is now based in London, will also perform Vaughan Williams’ ‘Songs of Travel’.

The choir has chosen to stage the concert in the Methodist Church by way of a farewell as both the Church and the adjacent Wesley Hall, which has been the home of the Orpheus Choir for the last 12 years, will be closing this summer.

From September the choir’s Monday evening rehearsals will move just up the road to Park Junior School.

The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets priced £10 (including refreshments) can be purchased from Irvin’s House of Flavour, High Street, Wellingborough, by calling 01933 665191, or on the door. Students pay just £5 and accompanied children under 12 go free.

Visit for more information about the choir.

For more information, please contact the Publicity Officer, Maureen Williams, on 01604 870318, email:


Music on the Green in neighbouring Stoke Albany this year will be this Saturday 19th July.

Featuring local Bands including, Grumpy, Corby School of Rock & The Backroom Boys.

Opening at 2pm with the Music starting at 3pm.

There will also be a Raffle, BBQ, Bouncy Castle & a Bar will also be open.

Some of the Roads will be closed in Wilbarston for Highway Repair, Roads affected will be Main Street, Scott’s Lane, & part of Carlton Road & Queens Road. Work will start this Tuesday July 22nd through till Friday July 25th, between 9am & 4pm.

Over the school holiday there will be activities at Wilbarston Village Hall. Banana Brain - Fun & Magic Show on Tuesday 29th July Bangers & Mash Theatre Co on Tuesday 5th August Alterego Theatre Co on Tuesday 12 August all starting at 2pm.

These are aimed at eight year olds and under and must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is £2. 50 per session. No booking required.

Communion will be at All Saints Church this Sunday July 20th at 9am.


As a part of the Centenary commemorations of world war one St.Mary’s Church Woodford has planted a Flanders Poppy bed on the L wall of the Church yard.while they are growing poppy crosses will be placed-one representing each of the Woodford men who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

A Beer Festival is being held at Woodford Club on 18th and 19th July,with a variety of Beers and Ciders.The band on Friday is Jefferson Kane and on Saturday Flair.There will be two Bouncy Castles /slide plus a toddler castle.

Table Top Sales and alls,B.B.Q.provided by the Woodford Scouts,Skittles and Pool Tournaments. Raffle in aid of Finedon Kidney Ward Northampton General Hospital.

The services at the Chapel on Sunday July 20th are Family Service at 11:00-11:45 am Songs of Praise 6:00pm

The Wednesday fellowship on July 23rd welcomes Mrs Staves from Kettering and is at 7-15 in the Chapel schoolroom.

The Sunday services at the Churches for July 20th are Little Addington Holy Communion 9:30am,Great Addington Morning Prayer 9:30am Woodford St.Mary’s Holy Communion 11:00am