Village news July 31

A cute coot, by Glyn Dobbs
A cute coot, by Glyn Dobbs

What’s going on where you live


Lights Out is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm on 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection, to mark the hour Britain entered World War 1 100 years ago. In Brigstock you might like to join in by lighting a candle at home, at the war memorial or in St Andrew’s Church which will be open from 10 p.m. For more information visit

Brigstock URC are organising another Summer Clearout this year following the success of last year’s campaign. During August clothes, textiles, toys books, bric-a-brac and small electrical items can be donated. 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. Money raised will go towards the refurbishment and upkeep of the church.

A Communion Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday 3rd August will be conducted by Mr Alan Thompson.

A bridge drive with afternoon tea has been arranged for Tuesday 5th August in Brigstock Village Hall, from 1.15 pm for a 1.45 start. The cost is £10. To book a place call Judy Sanders on 01536 373966. Please book in pairs.

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.


The county mobile library van will visit Broughton on Sunday. It is at 18 St Andrew’s Close from 1.40pm to 2.10pm. Then it will be at 108 High Street from 2.15pm to 3.20pm. For those unable to use this facility there is a home library service offering a range of books, talking books and music. Contact 01536 512315.

The annual Loddington Dog Show takes place on Sunday with profits being shared between Wellidog and St Leonard’s Church. All details are on

On Sunday at 8am there is a service with Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church, Cransley. At 10.30am St Andrew’s Church, Broughton, has all age Communion together with a Sunday school.

Broughton Baptist Chapel has a family service at 10.45am together with a Sunday School and a creche.


The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday. Stalls selling local produce will open for business in the Millennium Garden at 9am.

The Trefoil Guild will host the Coffee Morning to be held in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, on Saturday. 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.

The Burton Latimer Branch of The Royal British Legion is holding the following two events this week to commemorate the Centenary of the Outbreak of The Great War (The First World War) 4th August 1914.

a) Saturday at 10 am - in the grounds of The Civic Centre, High Street, Burton Latimer a display tent and table will be set up to show pamphlets and brochures etc., explaining how The Royal British Legion help ex-Service Personnel who are in need. Members of the Branch will be there to answer any questions raised by visitors. At 11 am our Padre, The Rev. Safford, will take a short service.

b) Monday - Lights Out - This is an invitation from The Royal British Legion to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10 pm - 11 pm, leaving a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection. The Branch will be holding a candlelight Vigil at The War Memorial from 10 pm - 11 pm for this purpose. Please join us and if anyone should wish to bring his/her own candle for the occasion this would be most welcome.

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

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club next Thursday, August 7th, from 10am – 4pm.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library will host a Coffee Morning in the library on Saturday, August 9th, starting at 10am.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s 8th Annual Show will be held on Saturday 23rd August at 2pm at the Community Centre, Pioneer Ave, Burton Latimer.

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. Details by phoning Diane (01933 678545).

Burton Latimer United Educational Foundation is again looking for applicants for a grant to assist with their costs in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher education including university.

This is for residents of Burton Latimer only and as a general rule has an age limit of 25 years.

It is primarily to assist with monies needed during the education period. Forms can be obtained from Becky Hall, 23 Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer, NN15 5NS – telephone 07968 762192.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

There will be no Holy Communion on Tuesday morning.

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


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:- 15th August at 3pm; 6th September at 3.30pm

A date for your diary - 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, but one to put in your diary.

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


Sunday 3rd August in Denford there will be No Service today.

However, a Benefice is at another Church will you please check with your Churchwardens.


Desborough Leisure Centre held their Cheerleaders presentation on the afternoon of Friday, July 18. It went extremely well. The afternoon was planned for Certificates Level 1 UK Cheer leading presentations.

There was chanting, games and general celebration for Desborough Leisure Centre Cheerio’s! They started with their cheer leading song, which allows them to sing and position themselves as a team. Jennie Keech, Head Instructor for Cheer leading presented the cheerleaders with their first certificate in cheer leading.

From the huge success of their Swap Dance programme, there will be a ballet session starting soon.

The Governors at both Havelock Infant and Havelock Junior Schools in Desborough would like to know the views of the whole community about the future of the schools in our town. The two schools are next door to each other but they are separate schools. They have their own governing body and head teacher. The two schools serve the same community. Most children move from the infants to the junior school. Governors think that it will be better for the children, if the schools work more closely with each other. They are looking at further ways of doing this and would like to know what you think. Do you think the schools to remain separate but with one head teacher in charge of both schools and two governing bodies? Do you think the schools could become one school, with one head teacher and one governing body? Do you think they should stay as they are now, with two head teachers and two governing bodies, working closely together? Do you think the schools could become one school, with two head teachers and one governing body? The Governors want to do what is best for the children in the community now and in the future. Email your views to Please can you state if you are a parent or carer; a member of staff or a member of the community. Details can be found on the schools websites: and

Desborough Heritage Centre had their coffee morning to launch their exhibition ‘Desborough 1914 to 1918 Men at War and Families at Home’. The recent 1940s Day meeting was well attended and Desborough Town Partnership are moving forward swiftly with plans. There will be a Vintage Fair and Hand craft fair in the Desborough Ritz, on Station Road and to complete the evening a dinner dance. Tickets for the evening can be obtained from Gillian Green on mobile: 07716822729 or email: This year there will be stalls along the street and these can be applied for on 07545783657 or email Pamela Goodman on

At Hazeland House, High Street in Desborough, there will be a Summer Fete on Saturday, August 9 at 2pm.

Do you have a child under the age of five years? Get your child involved with Desborough Library’s Summer Reading or Listening Challenge. All they have to do is read or listen to six books in the summer holidays. Visit your Desborough Library after 2 books and tell a member of staff about the books you’ve read or listened to. Your child will receive a sticker and a bear stamp for each book. Not only that, if your child completes the challenge they will be awarded. Alternatively, if you’re aged between four to twelve years of age, you can take part in the Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge! It’s free to join. You will receive a mythical maze poster. Earn awards for reading books. Once you have completed the challenge, you will receive a certificate, medal and special gift. Earn points for your school in the tops school completion. Unlock secret levels on the website: Desborough Library are selling limited stock Mythical Maze wristbands for only 50p. Buy one and let everyone know you’re taking part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2014. Happy reading!

Yoga Classes are being held on Wednesdays from 2pm to 3pm at Stoke Albany Village Hall. Also, there are classes being held at Braybrooke Village Hall at 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

For further details, please telephone Debbie on 07940 751254 or 01858 463665.

Did you know that the Central England Co-operative Food Supermarket on Gladstone Street in Desborough have a food bank? Emergency food for local people in crisis. Now accepting cereal, tinned food, sugar, rice, dried pasta, pasta sauce, biscuits, UHT milk, UHT fruit juices, tea, instant coffee and toiletries. All their items goes towards the Kettering Food Bank run by St Judes community project, a non denominational Christian Ministry based in Kettering, Northants.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in Desborough is always busy raising funds throughout the year and very soon will be in the busiest time of the year when they will be collecting at Remembrance Time. Can you spare a couple of hours to raise funds for serving and ex-service personnel and their families. There are many jobs to be done as well as collecting, helpers for events, admin and deliveries etc. If you have any skills which you think may be of use to the appeal please get in touch, please ring Greg Warden on 01536 763438.

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


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.

Coffee at the Cons will be on Monday 4th August 10 – 11.30am. Coffee, raffle and cakes for sale.

Friends of Finedon Library invite you to a commemoration for the Centenary of the 1st World War at Finedon Town Hall on Sunday 3rd August 1-4pm. Join in the re-enactment of enlistment and enjoy a cup of tea in the NAAFI. We will be remembering each of the 133 people from Finedon who did not return from the war. See their photo and make a poppy to honour them.

The Royal British Legion held its July meeting at Finedon Bowls Club where the agenda was read and acted on accordingly. It was a very enjoyable fun quiz night with much laughter and groans. On July 16th members went to The Princess Theatre at Hunstanton to see a show which they thoroughly enjoyed. The next meeting will be on August 4th at Finedon Bowls Club 7.15 for 7.30, everyone welcome.

The July meeting of the Sugarcraft Guild met in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP.  20 members and visitors enjoyed a very different demonstration by Lianne Noye.  Lianne made a Trug filled with Vegetables which included potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and green beans. 

Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Shirley Crowhurst gave the vote of thanks.  The next meeting is on August 20th  at 7.30pm when Julie Cotton will be demonstrating Christmas Trees. 

Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

We have a 6 week course starting in September.  This will be to marzipan and sugarpaste a cake and decorate with a garrett frill and side decoration.  This will be topped with a spray of Holly, Ivy, Christmas roses, and poinsettia.  The cost will be £48. Anyone interested please contact  01933 680099 or email

The webpage is 


The wall in Queen Street is still 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!

A Craft Fair will be held on Friday 1st August between 10.00am and 4.00pm at the Parish Church Geddington. Two teenagers, Alexandra and Emily are hoping to raise funds and awareness for Crisis, a charity supporting Homelessness in London. Please do support this well worth while effort. There will be refreshments, their speciality is cup cakes.

The Newsletter was delivered in Geddington last week, with a wonderful cover of their Summer photographic competition.

The winning image of ‘Ladybird Parking’ was won by Jo Parris of Chase View Road. Second place went to David Matthews of Grange Road Geddington. Congratulations to them both. There were 36 entries in the competition and were judged by Alison Bagley, Karen Evans and Helen Chambers. The Newsletter said thank you to all the entrants and they look forward to sharing the stunning pictures with the readers in the next issue.

The launch of Geddington Brickyard Garden will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 between 2pm and 5pm, at the old Geddington Brickyard at the end of Wood Street. The whole village is invited to roll back a hundred years and ‘come and make a brick’ from Geddington clay, just as villagers used to do. You can decorate your brick with your initials and it will be fired and later used to build our first wall.It will be a fun day and you can find out the potential for this site. The aim is to create a community garden by transforming the derelict site at the end of Wood Street into an inspiring space where people and nature can thrive. All eco-friendly ideas are welcome and we’ll rely on creative use of recycling materials to manage our costs. If you would like to get involved or help in any way, please contact Lynette Litman, 39 Wood Street or email

The Geddington Archive Project is looking for photographs, newspaper cuttings, maps or property details, wartime records of the village and items of rural life now forgotten. They don’t need you to donate anything, just let them scan or photograph the items. The Geddington Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday 1st November in the Village Hall from 12 noon til 4pm. Come and see the story of Geddington in pictures, prints and displays and entry is free. A Website team will be on hand to scan and photograph any additional items of interest. Also village history experts will be present to discuss in more detail items that you may have. It should be a fascinating Exhibition. Please contact or by phone Janet on 726416 or pam 742292.

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.

‘Music In Quiet Places’ is coming to Geddington Church for the third time this year. It is a series of concerts through the summer and autumn organised by Oundle Music Trust. Geddington Church will be hosting a concert to be given by the Alva, a duo of voice (Vivien Ellis) and fiddle (Giles Lewin), on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm.

Alva’s literature tells us that ‘a spirit of magic, romance and mystery inspires Alva’s programme, which is drawn from the rich British tapestry of folk songs and street ballads from 16th to 18th century.’ Both performers are at home in the folk and early music fields , their joyous , lively and informed performances have won them fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.


Sunday the 3rd August in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Family Service at 9.30am.

Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

Great Addington CE (A) Primary School:

The PSA are looking to organise a sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the school.

The 60 mile circular route will pass through the 4 villages that the school classes are named after and are almost totally on quiet roads. Suitable cafes have been identified along the route should anyone require a refreshment break (or 3).

A date has not been decided on yet, but either September 2014 or summer 2015 will be chosen depending on interest and time needed to prepare.


Gretton and the Great War: 104 men remembered is the title of Gretton Local History Society’s project on the World War 1 Centenary.

Members of the Society have been researching the lives and families of all those men whose names appear on the War Memorial on the village green. They also discovered seven more Gretton men who died and whose names are missing from the Memorial and in conjunction with Gretton Parish Council those names will be added.

Gretton Local History Society has been fortunate in obtaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to mount an exhibition displaying the results of their research, to produce a Roll of Honour for display in Gretton Baptist Church, St James Church Gretton and the Village Hall and also produce a CD Rom and Commemorative book.

Many items of memorabilia relating to WW1 and the Gretton men in particular have been obtained and thanks are expressed to all villagers who have contributed personal items.

The exhibition will be held at Gretton Village Hall on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August.

On Saturday 2nd August on the Village Green there will be a short service at 11.15am accompanied by Gretton Silver Band to dedicate the seven extra names on the War Memorial and remember all of those men who served and died.

At 11.15am the Exhibition will be opened by Gordan Hall, a local Military Historian who has helped enormously with the research.

The exhibition will remain open until 5.00pm and then on Sunday 3rd August open from 11.00am to 5.00pm. For further inquiries please call Anne Craske on 01536 771102 or Elizabeth Jordan on 01536 770478 Gretton Local History Society extends a welcome to residents and visitors to attend over the weekend.

There is no monthly lunch at Gretton on Tuesday 5th August.

Servers and helpers have closed the kitchen and hung up their aprons for a summer break. Good news though lunches will return on Tuesday 2nd September at Gretton Village Hall from 12.30pm at just £4.00 each.

Thank you one and all for your support and of course organisers hope to see everyone again on 2nd September. All inquiries please to Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328 or Email


A neighbourhood sale will be held on Saturday 30th August from 9 am until 1 pm organised by Higham Tourism. You are invited to take part if you have any items to sell – the cost is just £5 to cover advertising etc. Last year over sixty homes took part selling clothes, trinkets, tools etc etc with many bargains and well worth browsing through. To register to have a stall contact Liz Brown 07766 406298.

To visit the many homes in Higham taking part on 30th call at the Market Square from 9 am for a map costing just £1 for further information and addresses of all in the sale.

At the same time the Farmers Market will be held on the Square, there will be a choral concert with free admission in St Mary’s by the NN10 Voices, a coffee morning in the Bede House and a pre-loved ladies clothes sale in Chichele College.

A family barbecue will be held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday 17th August 12.30 for 1 pm. Tickets are selling well £8 for adults and £5 for under-12s and this price includes cooked barbecue meats with salads followed by desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery, chairs etc. For further info and tickets ring either - 01933 358686, 357212 or 318856.

Stanwick Lakes offers various summer holiday activities for youngsters until 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 and a Challenge Passport can be purchased from the Visitor Centre or Rangers Cabin for £2.

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

A Holiday Club for five to 12-year-olds is being held from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bede House from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd August. There is space for up to thirty five children and the theme of the week is Mega Makers (this year’s Scripture Union theme).

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

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 3rd August are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass with baptisms at 10.15 am.

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

Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – will hold Morning Service led by the Rev Dale Sherriff. Coffee will be served afterwards.

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

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

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

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

The Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele is holding a Classic Car Show between 11 am and 4 pm on Sunday 3rd August in the Castle Fields.

There will be a £1 charge for an entry programme and about 100 vehicles will be on display with all proceeds being donated to Rotary Charities.

This is a new event for Higham Ferrers and staged during the special 600th anniversary of Henry Chichele becoming Archbishop of Canterbury.

The tennis courts on the Saffron Road recreation ground are available for hire. Keys are available from the Town Hall during office hours and the court costs £5 to hire plus a £5 deposit. Call the Town Hall for further details 01933 312075.

In addition the pavilion on the Saffron Road recreation ground is available for hire when not in use by the cricket and football clubs.

For further information contact the Town Hall 01933 357212.

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

An art exhibition staged by Derek Oliver will be held in the Chichele College from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th August. Admission is free and there is wheelchair access from College Street. Free and ample parking available on the Market Square, Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet again on Wednesday 20th August at 2 pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Kate Wills and her subject will be Northampton Summer 1914 – preparations for war on our doorstep. Visitors and new members are always welcome - membership of U3A gives access to our 40 special interest groups. See website:

Town Tours are available through Higham Tourism and can be provided for between six and 20 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.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile outer Aylesbury Ring walk part 3 on Sunday 3rd August. The route will be from Cublington to Whitchurch, Oving, North Marston and Quainton. Walkers are asked to meet at 8.30 am on Higham Market Square to arrange car sharing and car shuttle between start and end of walk. The group will be led by Ian Raby 01933 356049. See website:

The July edition of Higham Times, covering among many other topics the recent wonderful Medieval Day in our town, is now available free of charge from various outlets including the Town Hall. The deadline for receipt of copy for the November edition is 10th October to the editor

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

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


On Tuesday August 5th the author of the Rainbow Fairies and Magic Kittens and Puppies series, Sue Bentley will be at Irchester library at 10am.

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 07713 635907 to find out more about the club.

At the last Parish Council meeting it was agreed that Irchester Parish Council would send an objection to Wellingborough Council regarding the proposed development on Station Road.

It was also agreed that the proposed skatepark in Austin Close could go ahead and an order placed with the manufacturer.

On 2 August there will be a Charity Rumble in the Jungle, arranged by staff of the Co-Op this will be held above the Working Mens Club between 10am and 1pm. Items will be priced from 50p to £2 and there will also be some other tables that are not jumble.

St Katharine’s Parish Church, Irchester will be holding World War 1 Commemoration Events to which everyone is welcome. On Sunday 3 August at 10 am there will be a service of commemoration and a tree planting ceremony with light refreshments available. On Monday 4 August from 1.30 – 8 pm the church will be open showing displays, poetry, storytelling, reflection, depicting WW1. Refreshments available. At 7.45 there will be a short service of reflection to end the day. For more information contact Anne Pooley on 01933 359096.

Irchester Branch of the Red Cross will be meeting at Barringers Court on Thursday at 8pm. If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Red Cross please go along, you will be made very welcome.

The Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors and helpers of all ages, male and female. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. Outings and other additional afternoon activities are often arranged. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more.


St Peter’s Church ‘Afternoon Tea at the Rectory’ Friday 1st August 2014, from 3pm to 5pm; £3.50.

Wednesday 6th August 2014, there

will be the ‘Carnival Bingo’ at the Conservative Club, Irthlingborough; to raise funds for the Irthlingborough Carnival. All are welcome, you don’t need to be a member.

There is still time to view the ‘Walk of Remembrance’ photographic memorial which runs until Sunday 3rd August; running from the High St in Irthlingborough, around the cross and finishing at the Finedon Rd memorial.


RNLI education volunteers will be at Kettering by the Sea on Friday 1st August, at the top of the market using the opportunity to talk to young people about Water Safety. Mayor of Kettering Duncan Bain is hoping to attend at about 11am and Stormy, the young people’s mascot, will be making regular appearances. Volunteers will be bringing along a lifeboat and videos will be on the council big screen. Children will be encouraged to take part in a suitable quiz with rewards of RNLI Goodies. Opportunities will also be available for budding artists to take part in colouring activities. Everyone is welcome, young and old so bring the children, grandchildren, neighbour’s children and enjoy a day in Kettering.

Don’t forget the Children’s Craft Activities at the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street next week – on Tuesday 5th August Weird & Wonderful Masks, Wednesday 6th August Teddy Bears’ Picnic 1-3pm, Thursday 7th August Create a Wobbling Woodpecker, Friday 8th August Craft Table Activity. Take a look at the great range of creative craft activities available at Kettering Museum & Art Gallery. Workshops take place at the Manor House Museum. Suitable for children aged 3+. Free Craft Table. Activities are available on selected days, and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Free activities also available at the Museum include worksheets, activity trails, brass rubbing and much more! For further information and to book, please contact the Museum on 01536 534219 or email

The Alfred East Art Gallery Craft Showcase for August features Bernard Glyn Jones – Sculptor. For the last four years Bernard has been experimenting with various media including reclaimed and recycled materials, the theme of ‘boat sculptures’ emerged over time and this is what he enjoys and concentrates on. Old furniture, gates and fencing form a rich supply of ‘hulls’, and umbrella frames provide an excellent supply of masts. Much that we discard can be put to use – the rustier and more damaged the better. Bernard wants his sculptures to be fun and hopes that by using the materials in a witty and imaginative way he can visually transform much that we throw away.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Saturday 16th August 10am – 4pm an Illustration Workshop with Brenda McKetty. There will be a brief look at the history of illustration, then a closer examination of current illustrators and where you can find illustrations. Students are encouraged to bring along samples of illustrations that they find interesting and inspiring. How to get work as an illustrator will follow and finally, a project will be followed through from start to finish – getting the brief, working through roughs, and then producing the finished piece. Tickets £40 per person, £30 for Leisure Pass Holders. Buffet Lunch provided. Book on 01536 534274.

On Saturday 16th August Kettering Carnival takes place. The carnival will make its way towards Montagu Street, London Road, Bowling Green Road and through the town centre before heading to Rockingham Road Pleasure Park. At the park there will be a variety of attractions including children’s rides, a barrel train ride, stalls, refreshments, dancing, marching band displays and a car show by Richard Sanders.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Friday 1st August 1pm – 2pm a talk by John Stanyard ‘Kettering 1914’ This commemorative talk covers the events, both local and national, that occurred in August 1914 as reported in the local press. There are stories about everyday happenings in the town and about the mobilisation of the Kettering men in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Yeomanry. Explore the Kettering of 1914 and an interesting comparison of Kettering ‘Now & Then’.

On Tuesday 5th August 7pm – 9pm starting at Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop, Horsemarket a Walking Treasure Hunt. Ticket price £6 per person, which will include a cream tea. Tickets available from Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop 01536 518111 or the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407.

On Sunday 10th August at Holdenby House a Charity Tea & Falconry Display in support of Cransley Hospice & Cynthia Spencer Hospice. An afternoon for all the family. Arrive and park from 1.30pm. Access to gardens and falconry centre from 2pm – 5pm.

Falconry display on lawn at 3pm. Tour of Holdenby House with guide in groups 4pm – 5pm.

Tea and cake served 4pm – 5pm. All above included in ticket price. £7.50 per adult, £5 per child. Non-refundable, pre-booked. On day £10 per adult, £7.50 per child. Tombola & Raffle. Tickets available from Cransley Hospice Fundraising Office 01536 527407 or Cynthia Spencer Hospice Fundraising Office on 01604 678088.


This Saturday, pop along to Little Harrowden Cricket Club –Their home fixture is against Abington. Everyone would be made most welcome, the home fixtures are held at The Manor (their home ground) which is at the rear of the Working Men’s Club at Little Harrowden in Main Street. All fixtures commence at 1.30pm.

Little Harrowden WMC- Country Music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday, Bingo each Friday and Sunday, Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. Saturday artists - Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club?

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 email

The Northants Amateur Astronomers: –If you would like to find out a lot more about the club, and see more about where they visit to view the night sky, you can go on their website, which is very informative by putting in Northants Amateur Astronomers where you can also get in contact with any further questions you may have or pop along to any meeting held at The Lamb pub in Little Harrowden at 7.30pm.

There are many outside Observing meetings held in between these meetings as well as Committee meetings held in Kettering for further information or to contact the group look on the NAA website.

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

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September. Further dates:

Thursday 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 3pm 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 service- Sunday 3rd August:-5.00pm Taize Service at Gt Harrowden.

Wednesday 6th August-9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.


On Sunday 3rd August a Family Service will be held at 10am at St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold


Benefice Pet’s Service. All pets and well-behaved owners are welcome at the Benefice Pet’s Service at 11.00am Sunday 7th September on the Green at Orlingbury (in church if wet).

Bowls of water will be provided and refreshments will be available after the service. Please do go along if you don’t have a pet, it’s a very friendly service- children are welcome to take along their favourite toy instead. For more info call Gillian on 01933 401340.

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.

Queen’s Arms Orlingbury - Thursday nights are quiz nights, starting at 9pm it’s only £1 entry per person. For any further information call 01933 679110.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union There will be no meeting in August and they are hoping to have an outing in September. Further dates-

Thursday 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.

Orlingbury Family Circle: The next dates are: 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 details call Shelley on 07790 393913 or Helen on 07919 191845.

Church service - Sunday 3rd August:-5pm Taize Service at Gt Harrowden.

Wednesday 6th August - 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

Orlingbury Art Day. 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.


The Wadzanai project based at the community centre will be in Oxford for the next 10 days attending an International MESH festival being held at the Pegasus Theatre until the 2nd August. Wadzanai Project’s young people led by their director Annah Kwambana were funded by ‘Mighty Creatives’ through the Corby Cube and with the assistance of professional artists they were able to produce a brilliant piece of theatre work which they performed in Oxford on 27 July. The premiere was performed  at the Core earlier in July . They are representing Corby, among more than 150 other young people from other parts of Britain, Russia, France, Croatia, Thailand and many other countries. Well done Annah! We need more youth activities on Oakley Vale especially those involving our diverse communities.

Apologies for the postponement of the Oakley Vale Family Fun Day scheduled for 19th July. Following Met Office advice of severe thunderstorms many of our contributors had to pull out for safety reasons. The event will now take place, same time and attractions, on September 20 which was the earliest available date. More details closer to the date.

Several Oakley Vale residents including Brigid Gibbs, Annette Driver, Judy Caine and myself will be involved in a fantastic musical experience on the 23rd August. We are rehearsing now with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir, star singer Barb Jungr and electric band Head of Snakes.

The Oakley Rangers are on their summer break back on the 6th September. The 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 11am to 11.30am on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local police matters one to one.

The ‘Oakley Vale 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. 

Cllrs Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30am to midday. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Cllr Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30am to 11am, no appointment necessary. His email is


The Raunds & District History Society will be holding a ‘Display and Collection of Photographs and Documents (1914-2014)’ at Raunds Library between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday, 2nd August. Admission is free.

The next meeting of the History Society will take place next 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.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, 1st August, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. There will also be a Christian Coffee morning on Monday, 4th August, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the centre, and on Wednesday, 6th August, you are invited to enjoy Tea with Friends between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the centre. Everyone is invited.

St. Peter’s Church in Raunds will be open between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, 2nd August for visitors who would like to see the beautiful medieval paintings and fine architecture. There is no charge for entry but donations would be appreciated.

A Benefice Service of Holy Communion, and a Memorial Service for WWI with the Royal British Legion, will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 3rd August at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, followed by a service of Baptism at 12 midday.

As part of the First World War Centenary Events to mark the start of WWI, there will also be a short commemoration service at 4 p.m. at the War Memorial at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. The Roll of Honour of those who died from Stanwick will be read out, and wreaths will be laid by the Royal British Legion and Stanwick Parish Council, followed by a service of Compline.

The Raunds Local Focus Group will be exploring East Northamptonshire by bus each Tuesday during August, between 9.15 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. or between 9.15 a.m. and 2.15 p.m. Maps are available from £2.50 each, which includes bus costs. There will be various self-led routes and distances, suitable for everyone and an option to join in with the group. For more information please call Susan on 01933 461480.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting next Wednesday, 6th August, at Chester Farm, Irchester. To check the availability of places and for more information please call Linda on 01933 622926. There will be no meeting in the Saxon Hall during August.

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. next Thursday, 7th August, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting next Thursday, 7th August, at 7.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit


A Compline Service takes place in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 7.00pm on Friday 1st August 2014.

We warmly welcome you to pop along to our Coffee Morning at St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead on the 1st Saturday in the month and the next one is on Saturday 2nd August 2014 between 10.00am and Noon. Book stall, bric-a-brac and raffle, refreshments will also be served. All proceeds will go towards new facilities for the Church.

Sunday 3rd August there is a Service of Evensong at 6pm.

On Sunday 3rd August 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am Morning Service with Pastor Patrick and at 6.00pm there is a Communion Service with Paul Greenaway.

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.

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

ZOMBA! Is at Ringstead Village on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm. 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 Monday 4th August at 11.00am All Saints are holding a Remembrance and Reflective Commemoration at the village war memorial. This is to mark the 100 years beginning of WW1 and will acknowledge all those who died in service and those who survived and returned. Crosses will be placed with prayers. There will be a chance to reflect and share thoughts over refreshments afterwards.

There will be no Sunday children’s groups at All Saints during the summer break. These will resume in September. In the meantime All Dads and Me will take place on Saturday 19th July and Saturday 23rd August and thereafter once a month. This is a chance for dads and young children to meet up with others, and whilst the children get stuck in with crafts dads will have an opportunity to exchange news over a bacon roll. Turn up anytime between 9.00 - 10.30 am.

The tea service continues to be held every 3rd Thursday of the month at 3.00pm and the midweek service and lunch take place every 1st Thursday at 11.30am.

Main Sunday services begin at 11.00am with a BCP service at 8.00am on the 1st Sunday of the month.

The Riseley village fete which was held on 5th July made a profit of approximately £1500 which will be distributed to various village groups.

The village show will take place on Saturday 13th September at 1.30pm in the village hall playing field. There will be no formal opening this year but a guest will be presenting prizes later on in the afternoon. As well as show exhibits there will be many attractions and side stalls. Stallholders and entrants who have a small business are very welcome to book a space. Please call 708614 or 708412.

Advance notice for anyone hoping to attend Riseley WEA this September. A course of talks entitled ‘Stout Boots and Strong Skirts’ by Liz Carter will start on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 10.00am and will continue to be held every Wednesday for ten weeks. Every Thursday starting 23rd September at 2.15pm a ten week course will take place entitled ‘German Opera’. Contact for more details.


The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is to be marked with a special remembrance and thanksgiving service at 11.00am on Monday, August 4 at the town’s war memorial in Squires Hill. Everyone is invited to attend.

Major Richard Cook of the Rothwell Salvation Army will be leading the service, with all the town’s ministers of religion participating and the Salvation Army band in attendance. Rothwell’s mayor, Cllr Roger Wilson, will be present, and the service will also be supported by the Royal British Legion’s women’s section. A memorial cross will be laid for every one of the men from Rothwell who lost their lives in the war.

After the service, there will be a buffet at the Well and Bridge project in Bridge Street. The event is being organised by Churches Together in Rothwell in partnership with Rothwell Town Council.

An art and craft fair and coffee morning will take place at Rothwell heritage centre in Bridge Street, Rothwell from 10.00am-4.00pm on Saturday, August 2.

The centre is also holding an evening talk starting at 7.30pm on Thursday, August 7 on WW1 German prisoner of war camps in Northamptonshire, with especial emphasis on the PoW camp at Rothwell. Refreshments will be included in the entrance fee of £3.

Also currently showing at the heritage centre until the end of August is a WW1 exhibition, including memorabilia from Rothwell’s community; photographs of the front; a remembrance passage of the names of Rowellian soldiers who died and whose names are inscribed on the town war memorial; films of the war; and a trench bunker with sound effects of machine gun fire and explosions.

A children’s holiday club is taking place in Holy Trinity church, Rothwell from 10.00am-12.00 noon on Saturday August 2 and again from 2.00-4.00pm on Monday, August 4. The club is for children aged four to 11 years and is free. There will be activities, stories, songs and refreshments. Numbers are limited to 24 each day, so parents are asked to book with Amanda on 07729 412453 or email as soon as possible.

Goal posts were due to be erected at the recreation ground off Well Lane, Rothwell during the past week by Kettering Borough Council, following pressure from Cllr Alan Mills – just in time for the school holiday season. A football pitch had already been marked out on the ground, and anyone is welcome to use the facilities.

The Italian Piazza Market makes a return to Rothwell from 10.00am-4.00pm on Sunday, August 3 – for the second time this year. It will be staged alongside the Market House, so motorists are asked not to park there to enable stallholders to set up. A wide variety of Italian fare will be available.

A sale and coffee morning is being held at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 9.30-11.30am on Saturday, August 2 in aid of Rothwell Cats’ Friends. Attractions include bric-a-brac, clothes, books, refreshments and home-made cakes. Admission is 20p.

A wine fair is to be held in Rothwell, with the opportunity of tasting up to 50 international wines plus local bottle-conditioned beers and spirits. Specialised foods will also be showcased, and works by local artists will be on display.

Organised by Strawberry Fields Food Emporium, Market Hill, the event will be held at the Rothwell House Hotel from 5.00-10.00pm on Friday, August 1. Tickets, at £20 each, are available from the deli.

An organ recital will be given by the assistant director of music at St John’s school, Leatherhead, Simon Bland, at 7.30pm on Friday, August 8 at Holy Trinity church. Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge, but a retiring collection will be made.

The annual Rothwell Vegetable and Flower Show takes place on Saturday, September 6 at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane. Schedules/entry forms showing the various classes are available from several sites in and around Rothwell during August. Growers are asked to support the show by entering one or more categories, with all growers welcome from seasoned allotment holders to owners of houseplants – there is room for any plant exhibit. All money raised will go to Cransley Hospice.

The Holy Trinity Sunbeams group for mums and pre-school children will be having a teddy bears’ picnic at 2.30pm on Thursday, August 21 on the vicarage lawn. The new term for the Sunbeams starts at 2.00pm on Thursday, September 3 at the church, and anyone who would like their child to join is welcome to attend.

Two concerts are planned at the village of Harrington, just a few miles outside Rothwell. The first is Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen street jazz band at 7.00pm on Sunday, August 16, and the second is entitled Songs from the Autumn Show by Market Harborough Musical Theatre, also at 7.00pm on Sunday, September 14. Both concerts will take place at Harrington parish church, with tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 for children. The first event is followed by a jazz supper at 9.30pm at the village’s Tollemache Arms pub. Tickets are available from Katharine and Benedict Cadbury on 01536 713944 or ABCMH Music, Market Harborough on 01858 463144. Further information can be found at


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – One Lunch trip next week is on Thursday 7th August to The White Horse, Tilbrook. Shopping trips are on Monday 4th to Van Hage Garden Centre (£10.00), on Tuesday 5th to Emmaus, Carlton, Cream Teas at Rushden Station on Wednesday 6th and on Friday August 8th to Waitrose. Why not join the Senior Friendship Club from Wednesday 13th at 1.30pm in the Well-being Centre. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Allotments Association – are holding their Annual Show in Wymington Memorial Hall on Monday August 25th at 2.00pm. Full competition details and entry forms for all categories are available from Dave on 356197 or Una on 411405. Members are welcome to enter all categories.

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

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

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

!! Hayden Flag – this Saturday 2nd Aug are holding their Fancy Dress Fun Day at Trafford Park at 2.00pm. Join in the fun with Magic, Juggling, facepainting, bouncy castle and much more! Contact 357565 for more details.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden –The Service this First Sunday is at 6.00pm and is a Songs of Praise Service led by the newly formed Praise Chorus. Refreshment served from 5.00pm in the Community Centre.

Whitefriars Church – this Sunday the Morning Service is at 10.15am. The Retired’s Group meet this Friday Aug 1st in the Bridge Community Office at 1.30pm with Steve Chadwick speaking on ‘Jack and Emily’s Story’.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Irene Mills from Northampton. Evening of Mediumship is on Wednesday 6th at 7.30pm with John Clark from Milton Keynes.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Morning Service with Holy Communion this week will be at 10.30am led by Rev David Womersley. Zumba with Michelle is on Wednesday/Thursday 6th / 7th August at 6.30pm. All school-Term activities will re-commence in September.

St. Peter’s Church –The Family Service this Sunday is at 10.00am with Holy Communion at 8.00am. Craft, Chat and Communion meet on Tuesday August 5th at 10.00am in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday August 2nd at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Family Service with Communion and Children’s activities is at 10.45am with Evening Service at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Morning Service with Communion is at 10.45am with traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Rev John Williams.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 5th August at 10.00am.

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

World War One History Group – are holding a Centenary Exhibition this Saturday August 2nd at 10.00am in St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall featuring the men of the area who fought in the War – remembering the sacrifice made 100 years ago. Any mementoes from the period most welcome.

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


No sooner have the children broken up from school for their summer holidays than Stanwick parents are busy organising ‘Autumn Fest 2014’ to celebrate the start of the new term in September!

This back-to-school event is being jointly organised by The Eden Family Tree, the Friends of Stanwick School and Stanwick Pre-school, and will take place between 6 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. on Friday, 12th September, at Stanwick Primary School. Tickets are £2 each or £7.50 per family (up to 2 adults), and are available from Touch of Eden Nursery, Stanwick Pre-school and the shop@stanwick. The ‘Autumn Fest 2014’ will consist of a Barn Dance, with music and calling by ‘Ock-n-Dough’, hot food, ice-cream, snacks and a bar. All dances will be taught, so no partner is needed.

The Courtyard is holding a Disco Night tomorrow, Friday, 1st August, with Jem and the Go Go Crew, from 7.30 p.m. £5 on the door. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, 2nd August, sees the debut to Stanwick Club of Chris Kamara, solo soul vocalist, who will be providing your evening entertainment. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at the club, and new members are welcome. For more information visit

‘Priceless’, the monthly service for children and their families, will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 3rd August, with a Teddy Bears Picnic at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

A Benefice Service of Holy Communion, and a Memorial Service for WWI, will take place, with the Royal British Legion, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

As part of the First World War Centenary Events to mark the start of WWI, there will also be a short commemoration service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 3rd August, at the War Memorial at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. The Roll of Honour of those who died from Stanwick will be read out, and wreaths will be laid by the Royal British Legion and Stanwick Parish Council, followed by a service of Compline.

Children’s Summer Holiday cookery classes will take place on Tuesday, 5th August and Tuesday, 19th August, between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. for ages 3 to 7 years, and from 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. for ages 8 to 13 years. The cost per child is £16 - £18, and booking is essential. Please call Faye on 01604 812800 or 07929 556 908. More information can be found at

Learn to Paint a ‘Snow Landscape’ in watercolours at Stanwick village Hall between 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9th August. Admission is £10, which includes all painting materials. No drawing skills are required, and the class is suitable for beginners and returners to painting. Booking is essential. Please call 01933 460676 or email

Would you like to book the Village Hall for a game of badminton during the summer holidays? Sessions can be booked between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at £5 per hour. Posts and net are available – just take a racket and coloured shuttles. Bookings are subject to availability, and are taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Some of the regular users of Stanwick Village Hall are taking a summer break, so there are also some evening sessions available during the summer holidays. Tuesdays between 5 p.m. and 7.30 p.m., and anytime during Thursday and Friday evenings. Sessions cost £13 per hour or £11 per hour for those who live in Stanwick.

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

Number 40 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 19th July, making Joan Wright 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 7th July

Cllr Bromhall; Had been on a walk around the woods in Corby, this was in light of the initial concept of Priors Hall which was that it would be based on natural habitat, and raised concern that this is losing its importance. The design master plan for Zone 2 had now been put forward to Corby Borough Council and contained increased green space. Cllr Reed said that there was a lot of ivy, which was blocking the entrance to the leas field. It was suggested this be reported on the next Weldon Walkabout.

Planning 4 new dwellings 15 Church Street Weldon Concern was raised with this development as regards Highway Safety and access for traffic. Cllr McKechnie added that permission had already been granted for a similar development on the same road. He further raised concern with regards to lack of green space, impact on nature and conservation.

Priors Hall Amendment to Sales and Market Suites It was noted that this will open up the bottom access road and that work will be carried out on the roundabout. No objection.

New councillor vacancy – The Clerk had not received notification of interest from any parties for co-option, despite advertising on the Noticeboard. The Councillors are to speak to people who they feel may be interested.

Village walk about– The next village walkabout is to take place on Tuesday 8 July 2014. Cllr Reed is to attend.

Woundertour Community Transport latest excursion took place on Saturday 19th July when 110 passengers from Weldon, Gretton, Corby and Metering on board 2 coaches descended on the beautiful city of York. The next trip is to historic city of Norwich on Saturday 16th August with just 2 places remaining @ £ 15.50 each. If you would like to go Pease contact David Fursdon on 07790 197220 The coaches call at Weldon, Corby, Kettering and Corby

Weldon Art Group will be holding their Annual Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd of August in the Village 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.

Weldon Village Fete is to be held on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August in the Cricket Field from 12 noon until 4pm. There will be Tombola, cake tent, clowns, Viking Display, Tug of War, Competitions car boot sale and many stalls showing various crafts. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be available For more details or stall space call 07876 635976 or 07788711753

Lights Out. Monday 4th August Lights Out is an invitation for everyone in the UK to turn out their lights from 10.00pm until 11.00pm leaving a single light on or a candle burning for a shared moment of reflection to mark the 100th aniversary of the 1st World War.Weldon Branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding a candle vigil to mark the occation at the village war Memorial from 9.45pm onwards on Monday 4th August

The next Dance The Night Away to be held at Weldon Village Hall is taking place on Saturday

8th August at Weldon Village Hall in Bridge Street between 8,00pm and 11.00pm. Dancing to Latin,Ballroom,Sequence and Jive.

All welcome both regular and new dancers. You can bring your own drinks and nibbles if you wish. Entrance on the door is £5.00 including raffle tickets.

For further information please call Joan on 07718 519480 or email

The July Dance The Night Away was another successful evening with new dancers joining regulars here in Weldon.


Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society, Thursday 7.30pm 21st August 2014 Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough NN8 4JT

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

Also this year our Flower and Produce Show is on Saturday 30th August 12pm to 6pm and Sunday 31st August 10.30am to 3.30pm. For more details please ring 01933 678545.

Wellingborough Town Centre Seaside beach is making a welcome return with sand, deckchairs and 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.

We aim to raise over £2000 with your help, donations can be made to

veronica the secretary on 07737 858735 credit/debit cards welcome.

Action Medical Research scientists are responsible for inventing the Polio

vaccine, the artificial hip, Ultra sound scanning, the cooling cap for

premature babies and now the cooling suite, and our 61st Anniversary saw a new vaccine for Meningitis B which is in the process of being launched as

we speak.

You may like to know Paddington Bear is the charity`s patented Mascot and we will be on the Antiques Roadshow from Belton House nr Grantham on the 31st July raising money by looking to send to auction some very special Paddington memorabilia.

Registered Charity No 208701 and SC039284

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street.

The Museum, Castle Way, Wellingborough will be again hosting the annual Art Exhibition of the Professional and Amateur Artists on Sat.2nd August - 9th August from 10.00am - 4.00pm. It is open to the public free of charge where you can view the many talents of local artists using different mediums.

They will also be on sale and an opportunity for members of the public to vote for the best painting in the show. Further information of the F.P.A.A. can be obtained from the founder Mr John Frederick Black. Tel No: 01933 395605

On June 19th Lisa Thorneycroft, gave us a talk on care from Age UK, she was very informative and showed us a game of indoor bowls, which several members had a go at.

We celebrated our Birthday, at The Stags Head in Gt Doddington on the 17th July, all members attended, and a few husbands and one son.

The lunch was as usual, well presented and very tasty, and we finished with a raffle of various delights of fruit and flowers, wine and chocolates. The members thanked Mrs. Avis Bailey for her work in arranging the venue.

And in August on the 21st, we have a local podiatrist, D. Durrant who is going to explain about the care of your feet.

If any visitors would like to attend any of our meetings, please do so, we would be pleased to see you. On the 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Tithe Barn, at 2.30pm.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held.. The Film Show on Tuesday September 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. Put these film shows in your diaries.

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.


The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston tomorrow Friday, 1st August, there will only be one stop in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm. The mobile libraries have a wide range

of books, large print books and audio books.

There is no charge to join and there are no forms to fill out.

The mobile libraries have access to the

library catalogue, so staff can check the availability of titles from the huge range of stock in other Northamptonshire libraries. Reservations cost £1.30. Each

mobile is fitted with a lift for disabled people.

Wilbarston will be remembering the outbreak of The Great War this Monday 4th August at 7pm.

There will be a short ceremony at the War Memorial in All Saints Church Yard to commemorate

the start of The Great War.

Would each household turn out their lights from 10pm until 11pm and light the house with a candle.

Over the school holiday there will be Children’s activities at Wilbarston Village Hall. Bangers & Mash Theatre Co. on Tuesday 5th August. Alterego Theatre Co. on Tuesday 12 August, all starting at 2pm, and last approximately 1 hour. These are aimed at 2- 9year olds and should be accompanied by an adult.

Wilbarston Tots Playgroup has finished for the summer, and some summer picnics have been organised. Monday 4th August, meet at 11pm East Carlton Park, Monday 18th August meet at Wilbarston Park.


The Finedon Irthligborough Woodford and District of The Royal British Legion held its July meeting at Finedon Bowls Club where the agenda was read and acted on accordingly.

The Act of homage was observed .It was a very enjoyable fun quiz night with much laughter and groans.

On July 16th members went to The Princess Theatre at Hunstanton to see a show which they thoroughly enjoyed. The next meeting will be on August 4th at Finedon Bowls Club 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

At the July Parish Council meeting Councillors heard that there had been reported crimes in June.

These included two burglaries of buildings (i.e. sheds, garages), pedal cycles and various tools including a pressure washer and generator were stolen. The other incident involved the theft of a pallet of bricks.

There were also three domestic related incidents.

Lastly in early July there was and incident at the Motocross Track when two competitors had a disagreement!

The police have urged members of the public to make use of the 101 number to report non urgent crimes or incidents of anti social behaviour or preferably the following email address

This will ensure the local police get the information more quickly.

A new initiative to raise the profile of Special Constables has been launched with the aim of trebling the number of this type of constable over the next 18 months. Special Constables will be linked to the parish they live giving a vital local knowledge to the information they gain.

While the position is voluntary, a uniform and full training is given.

The role will involve three or four hours per week.

For more information please contact the Clerk or Sergeant Maher using the email address given above.

The Council received confirmation from E.on that the street lamps in Alledge Drive will be upgraded by the end of the month, which will conclude a request made over nine months ago.

The Village Plan has now been published and is available on

The Parish Council and Village Plan group are now starting to work through some of the aspirations contained within the plan.

The exterior design of the new warehouse (on the old Islip Furnace Site) was discussed and this will be of a colour to blend with the landscape rather than the sky.

The roof line should also be below the horizon when viewed from Woodford.

The Council has asked that consideration is also given to sensitive lighting and noise suppression.

A grant application had now been submitted to assist with the cost of cleaning and renovating the War Memorial.

Sadly it was also commented that during the feast week the memorial was much abused by visitors who were seen climbing on the structure, showing no respect for the structure or indeed the reason it is located on the green.

The Council has had a number of conversations with NCC regarding the siting of the Jubilee Village Sign and it is hoped that a suitable outcome will now be arrived at very shortly.

The 6pm service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday August 3rd will be followed by communion, both services will be conducted by Pastor Peter Bird

The Wednesday evening fellowship at the Chapel on August 6th will be led by Me Chewter who is a representive of the Trinitarian Bible Society.

The meeting is in the Chapel Schoolroom and is at 7-15.If any one would like to come along they will be made very welcome.

The Sunday services for the Churches on August 3rd are Little Addington Holy Communion 9:30am. Great Addington Family Service at 9:30 am, Woodford St Mary’s Family Service 11am.