Village news June 27

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Come along to Fermyn Woods Country Park on Saturday 28th June to enjoy “Brass in the Park”, when Youth Brass 2000, the champion band in the 2012 national youth championships, will be playing a medley of popular music. Gates open at 6pm and the concert starts at 7pm. Tickets, including parking, are £7.50, adult, £5 between 5 and 15 years and free for under 5s. A family ticket costs £20. Tickets can be purchased at Brigstock Post Office, the country park, telephone 01536 373625 or from Pete Burdett on 373478. Bring your own picnic and picnic blankets. In the event of bad weather the concert will be held in the village hall.

A free workshop day, open to everyone, has been arranged for Saturday 28th June in the June Small room in Brigstock URC. This is part of a new oral history project, funded by the Heritage lottery fund, which will explore local myths and legends. The project is led by Lynne Mackness, business manager with Serve, Dr Peter Hill, local historian and author and musician Paul Rogers. The morning session will start at 11pm with refreshments and an introduction to the project followed by a talk on living memories. After lunch, which is free to those attending, there will be a talk on local folklore with feedback from the audience who will hopefully contribute Brigstock stories and memories. Paul Rogers will compose songs based on the stories that emerge and later a concert will be arranged so that family and friends can hear the new songs. People are welcome to come along to take part in both sessions or for whatever time they can spare. For more details contact Sally Wilks on 01536 373428.

A car boot sale will be held in the Meadow, Bridge Street, on Saturday 28th June from 8am till midday. Entrance for sellers is £5 per car and £8 vans or trade. Call Sarah on 01536 373191 or Karen on 01536 373986 for further details. The sale is organised by Brigstock PFA and funds raised will go to towards school projects.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy an evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 27th June from 8pm till 11pm. Entrance is £4. Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718519480.

A Hobby and Collectors’ Fair will be held in Brigstock Village Hall on Sunday 29th June from 10am till 1 pm with a wide variety of collectables on offer, including model railways, retro collectables, books, games and much more. Admission is free. Anyone interested in booking a table should call 01536 267031 or 0777855 0983 or e-mail,

On Tuesday June 17th Brigstock Village Hall committee held its AGM. All members of the committee are standing again and a new member Matthew Parry has joined.

The accounts are in good order and there will be no increase in hire charges this year. Many compliments have been received about the hall and somebody has been found who can improve the quality of the floor for dancing. Future fundraising events are planned, including a joint venture with the school of Jungle Book and a jazz evening. The village hall committee will assist with the annual village bonfire. A new kitchen is being planned subject to a grant being received to help with the costs and work is also being done to improve the patio area. Volunteers are needed to become new committee members. Please contact a committee member if you feel you can assist. The present committee members are Sally Wilks (chair), Pete Burdett (vice chair), Chris Allen (secretary), Caroline Motion (treasurer), Stephanie Beckett, Terry Beckett, Rosy Briggs, Stephen Calnan, Alison Millen, Matthew Parry.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC at 10.30pm on Sunday 29th June will be organised by church members.

At the next meeting of Brigstock Sunnysiders on Tuesday 1st July at 2pm in Harper’s Court members will take part in an indoor curling session.

The next meeting of Brigstock WI is on Tuesday, July 8th, at 7.30pm in the WI hall when Tony Noble will give a talk on his life on the royal yacht Britannia. The competition for the evening is for memories of a cruising holiday.


On Sunday at 10.30am there is a United Benefice Service at All Saints’ Church, Thorpe Malsor. At 10.45am Broughton Baptist Chapel has a family service. A creche is available together with a Sunday School

This weekend sees the 2014 Art Festival in St Andrew’s Church, Broughton, with a variety of paintings and photographs by local artists. Many items will be available for purchase. Opening hours are Friday from 7pm to 9pm, Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Programmes are £1.50 each.

On Monday Broughton Ladies Circle will welcome Mr Warren who will give a film show on Old Kettering. The group meets at 7.30pm in the Chapel room and the cost is £1.20 which includes light refreshments and a raffle ticket.

Two PCSOs attended the meeting of Broughton Parish Council. There was a report of further incidents at the local Co-op stores, one case of domestic burglary and one of criminal damage. The police were asked to pay particular attention to the introduction of new parking restrictions in Kettering Road.

Members heard that the Broughton Conservation Area designation had now been fimnally confirmed and adopted by Kettering Borough Council.

KBC is organising a Community Governance Review looking at a proposed reduction in the number of councillors on the parish council. Members felt strongly that the present 11 councillors should remain representing a village the size of Broughton. The chairman had met with highways officers. Consideration will be given to improving the pavement surfaces in the High Street, Church Street and Cransely Hill. Dropped kerbs may be installed at St Andrew’s Way and Church View. The Cransley Road village name plate would be relocated and the Kettering Road bund ownership would be investigated. The council next meets on Wednesday, July 16, at 7pm in the village hall.


The Walking for HEALTH new scheme starts on Tuesday. Do you want to improve your health, feel better and meet new people? If so, come and explore your local area on one of the new short walks. Starting from Burton Latimer library at 10am the walks will take about 45-60 minutes on surrounding pathways. Refreshments will be available at the library afterwards.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society will meet at 2pm on Tuesday, at the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue, when the guest speaker will be Andrew Mikolajski who will talk about container gardening. There will be a raffle and refreshments. For more information call Maureen (01536 723059)

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

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club from 10am to 4pm next Thursday, July 3rd.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday, July 5th. Stalls selling locally produced fruit and vegetables, local farm meat and free range eggs together with other local products will open for business from 9am in the Millennium Garden. The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will have a tombola stall at the market.

Bacon rolls will be for sale at the monthly coffee morning in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street on Saturday, July 5th. 1st Burton Latimer Brownies will host the morning, and there will be tea, coffee and cakes for sale. All proceeds go towards the maintenance of the building.

Directions self-help group will meet at 7.30pm on Monday, July 7th. For more information and venue details please phone Maureen (01536 723292)

The Royal British Legion, Women’s Section will meet for a ‘Fruity Party’ on Monday, July 7th at 7.30pm in the Band Club, High Street. Visitors are welcome.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet on Wednesday, July 9th at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom, Piggott’s Lane, when the guest speaker will be Sylvia Smith who will talk about Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am in the Chapter House

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


At the recent AGM of the Parish Council, officers re-elected were chairman, Andrew Davidson and vice chairman, Simon Heywood, David Wall retains his position of clerk. Richard Cook will represent the Parish Council on the village hall committee. Other councillors are Margaret Bennett, Annette Larner and Nick Campbell. Denis Owens, who was also present, tendered his resignation. This vacancy will lead to a notice for candidates for an election. Accounts for the past year were approved and audit returns completed.

Matters discussed at the standard Parish Meeting and the ordinary meeting were the positioning of an electricity sub-station for the village and road safety on the A6003 through the village and the B672 Lyddington Road. A circular will be distributed to all residents regarding the former for opinions on this. Also on the agenda was the possibility of creating a new neighbourhood plan. The date of the next meeting is July 16th at 7.30pm.

The annual Caldecott in Rutland Summer Fete is taking place on Saturday 5th July between 2.00 and 5.00pm.

The afternoon will include a classic Car display, white elephant stall, cds and dvds for sale.

Entertainment will be provided by Gretton Silver Band and Caldecott village gymnastics team, Games and competitions will feature skittles tombola, bat the rat and clout the can, bouncy castle and a raffle.


‘The Seagrave Singers’ ladies choir will be presenting a selection of songs with an American Theme at the Village Hall Annexe in Cottingham on Friday 4th July. Tickets are priced at £6 each and are available from Irene on 770059 or Audrey on 771084.

Shareholders are invited to the AGM of ‘The Village Store and Café’ at 4.30pm on Saturday 28th June at the School Hall in Cottingham. There are important matters to discuss regarding the future of the shop so a large turnout would be much appreciated

On Saturday 5th July Cottingham C of E Primary School and St Mary Magdalene Church are joining forces once more to stage this year’s Village Fete - commencing at noon on the village Recreation field. There will be a beer tent, tea room, barbecue, bouncy castle, games, stalls and the Pets Cuddle Corner from West Lodge Farm Park. Peter Stevens will also make a welcome return with his miniature steam engine. Contact  Angela Preston Jones on, telephone 0759 468 2671.

A message from ‘Welland Valley Theatre Group’ - Not heard of us before then read on - We are your local, “not for profit” theatre group, which for a small annual membership fee to cover postage and telephone costs, provides you with the opportunity to see up to six shows a year, with us doing all the hard work of researching, booking, organising and communicating with members etc.

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


There are still a few tickets left for the W.I. outing to Stowe on the Wold and Batsford Arboretum on Thursday July 3. Price £18. Please ring 01536 330696 for more information.

On Friday July 4th There is a Concert in Grafton Underwood Church with ‘The Polished brass Octet. 7.30 – 9.30. Refreshments will be available. Tickets £5 from Richard Walters ( 01536 330380 ) or on the door. This concert is in aid of the Church.

Holy Communion will be celebrated for all four Parishes at Grafton Underwood at 10.15am At 6.00pm Slipton will hold the Patronal Festival Eucharist. There will be a buffet supper in the church afterwards.


Sunday 29th June in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there will be a Benefice Songs of Praise with Holy Communion Service at 10.30am. All are very welcome to join us. Refreshments are served after the Service.


Desborough Youth Club at Paddock Lane, Desborough provide a variety of fun activities for our local young people from ages 5 to 18years. It holds three sessions a week. These are on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm for ages 8 years to 11 years; Fridays from 6.45pm to 8pm for 5 years to 8 year old and Fridays from 8pm to 9.30pm for over 8 years. (Please note: these can change depending on staff but parents are informed ahead of time.) For more information or would like to help, please contact Judith Campbell, Youth Club Manager on 07881 457975, on face book: desborough youthy or by email at

On Friday, June 13 Alan Rich from Nuneaton spoke to the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society by giving his illustrated talk “Yellowstone In Winter”. Dramatic snow-covered landscapes and wonderful pictures of the wildlife to be found in this wintry American National Park impressed the audience. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Alan for a thoroughly entertaining evening of top quality photographs.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society members visited Club Abington Photographic in Northampton on Monday, June 16 to take part in a Print Battle with the host club. Twenty prints form each club were discussed and marked by the judge, Adrian Stone. At the end of the evening Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society emerged victorious by the narrow margin of six points (360 to 354).

On Saturday, June 21, a Ward Surgery was held at Marlow House in Desborough. Councillor Mark Dearing, Councillor June Derbyshire, Councillor Michael Tebbutt and Councillor David Soans were at the Advice Surgery. It was open to the public, where matters were discussed that were very important to Desborough residents. Also in attendance was the County Councillor Allan Matthews. If you missed this event, you can still contact the Councillors on the following emails and telephone numbers: / / / Telephone Cllr Tebbutt on 01536 505711 or 07866 918361.

Arrangements are now all finalised for this year’s Desborough carnival on Saturday, June 28. Carnival week starts with the annual carnival quiz on Monday, June 23 starting at 8pm at the Indoor Bowls Club in Desborough teams of 4 cost £5 enter and pay on the night, trophy and prizes for the winning team. The carnival court has been chosen by Havelock Junior’s School in Desborough. This year’s queen is Sadie Scott with attendants Katie Lawton and Bella Morgan and page boy Mackenzie Slattery, they will be crowned during the week at the school. Saturday sees carnival Day itself with the parade leaving Dunkirk Avenue at 2pm to work its way around the town. Entry forms for the parade are available from the Surgery, Library, Heritage Centre and local shops. The field events at the Recreation Ground in Dunkirk Avenue start at 2pm. Arena entertainment includes a Marching band and gymnasts. There will be stalls sideshows and a children’s fairground on the field as well. This year the Vikings of Mercia will be taking part in the parade and will be erecting a Viking village on the field as well as a battle in the main arena during the afternoon. Organisers require some help during the day and anyone willing to give an hour or two to help can contact the Secretary Carol Johnson on 01536 506767.”

Rowell and Desborough Lions Club and Aztec are holding a Barbecue and Dance at Spendloves Farm, Lamport Road in Rothwell. Book your place for Saturday, June 28 from 7.30pm till late. Dancing to Alan Mills with Sounds Familiar, and supporting disco. Bar is supplied by Red Lion Rothwell. Tickets cost £12.50 which also includes food. Children cost £5. You can get your tickets from Lions Club members, please telephone 01536 710845.

Every Saturday from July 14 to July 12, Rowell Charter Inn are organising a Collectors and Car Boot Sale. Under cover of Marquee from 9am to 2pm. £5 per pitch. To pre-book, please contact 01536 710453.

It’s Open Air Cinema Production 2014 Vote Time! DCDT (also known as Desborough Community Development Trust) wants you to vote the film that YOU want to see at the Open Air Cinema. Choose one film from the following choices: Frozen, Saturday Night Fever, Mamma Mia, The Bodyguard or Toy Story. Even better, if you don’t want to see these, you can even suggest another film of your choice! You have until Monday, June 30 to decide and cast your vote. So don’t delay. Pick up your forms from DCDT shop on Station Road, Desborough or Lucy’s Tea room on High Street, Desborough. All forms need to be returned to DCDT. Alternatively, you can email your vote at The final decisions will be made by the Trustees. The Scouts will be offering food and drinks on the night.

Desborough and District Poppy Appeal wants you. They are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles; which include Poppy Collectors, helpers for events, admin and deliveries and so on. If you are interested, please contact Greg Warden on 01536 763438 or Anne Liddle on 01536 355982.

In the memory of Mia Jean Osbourne, Group B Strep Awareness, a Family Fun Day has been organised on Saturday, July 27 at Desborough Service Club. It runs from 2.30pm to 6pm. All proceeds will go towards the Official Group B Streptococcus Support Charity, who focus on raising awareness of and preventing Group B Streptococcus infection in newborn babies. Parents, Amanda Barnes and Jason Osbourne said: “Mia was only with us for a very short period of time but we are immensely proud to have the honour of calling her our daughter. We will cherish those 22 minutes for the rest of our lives.” Please support this cause. Entertainment will include the following: The Crazy World of Mr Fudge, Disco and Karaoke, Bouncy Castle, Buffet and Raffle and a Penalty Shoot-Out Competition. It is free to current Services Club members. £1 for non-members. To learn more, visit the website: Twitter: #4Mia #GBSAware

Fancy a seaside coach trip to Great Yarmouth Trip on Wednesday, July 30? This journey will take less than 3 hours. You will be picked up from Desborough at 7.30am and Corby at 7.50am. Leaving Great Yarmouth at 5pm. Tickets will be £10 for under 16 years and £15 for adults. A family ticket of two adults and two children (under age of 16) will cost £45. For more details, please contact Rachel Tysoe on email:


Finedon Independent Wesleyan Chapel is holding its Flower Festival on Saturday 28th June 10-5pm and Sunday 29th June 12 noon – 4pm. Admission free and refreshments served throughout.

Northampton Philharmonic Choir will be performing Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo at St Mary’s Church Finedon on Saturday 28th June at 6.30pm. The show features music from the Lincoln Noel Jazz Trio. Tickets are £12 (students £5 and children under 12 free). Phone 07958 768661 for tickets or buy on the door. 25% of ticket proceeds to organ restoration fund.

An Evening with the Seagrave Singers and Guests at St Mary’s Church in Burton Latimer will be held on Saturday 5th July at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and accompanied children under 12 years are free. Refreshments are included and there will be a Raffle. For ticket information call Anne on 01536 518726.

The Trefoil Guild invites you to `Coffee at the Cons’ on Monday 7th July 10-11.30am. Cakes and a raffle.

Finedon Local History Society are now preparing for their next exhibition, Finedon at War (commemorating the 1st World War). The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 2nd August, they hope to concentrate on the role of Finedon people in the war and the impact of the war effort. If anyone has any memorabilia, letters, postcards, service records or medals, memories of extended family who served in the Armed Forces which they are willing to share, the History Society would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Malcolm Peet 01933 680773.


Sunday, at St Mary Magdalene, there is a service of Holy Communion at 8.00am and a Sung Eucharist service at 9.45am.

The service at Geddington Chapel is at 10.00am on this Sunday.

Enjoy an evening celebrating 50 years since the famous film Zulu was made. It will be on Friday 27th June at 7.30pm in Geddington Village Hall. The celebrated South African historian and battlefield guide, Paul Garner, will describe the battles of Isandlwanda and Rorke’s Drift and discuss the history of the Zulu Wars. Tickets are £20 and include a 3 course traditional African meal. Tickets are available from Jim Harker and Brian Ward. There will be a bar, a raffle and an auction and all profits will go to the Cransley Hospice and The Keiskamma Trust

There is a Geddington Church coffee morning on Saturday 28th June, between 10.00am and 12 noon.

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!

The Geddington School Fair is being held on July 5th. Make a date with the diary. The week after, Geddington Flower Festival takes place on July 12th and Sunday 13th July in the Church and the Chapel. The subject is ‘ A Golden Treasury’. A concert will take place in the Church with Chris Hills on the piano and organ and Frances Hynes with the flute.

Jeanette Humphries, Chairman of Geddington WI, with the backing of the WI , would like to promote the Organ Donor Register. She calls on every member and friends to make their wishes regarding organ donation known and to encourage their families and friends to do likewise. There is still a chronic shortage of donors; 3 people die every day, waiting for a transplant. It is simple to register to be an organ donor and can be done in lots of ways. You can go online at, or when applying for or renewing a driving license;applying for a Euro Health Card and even applying for a Boots Advantage Card!

Gedd-Fest will take place on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July from 1.00pmat the White Hart pub in West Street, Geddington.. There is a fantastic line-up from bands and there will be a Hog Roast, Icecream, stalls and many more. Money raised will go towards ProstAid.

Gedd-Stock is happening this year on Sunday 20th July. Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the untimely death of Harry Kelly, of The White Lion. This year will be the 12th event which , so far, has raised over £28,000 for charities. The day starts at noon and ends around 9pm. 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.

Boughton House are playing host for the second time to ‘Tough Mudder’, over the weekend of 12th and 13th July. More details will come and it should be an exciting event to watch and even perhaps take part in!


Sunday the 29th June in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

Great Addington Primary School:

We are looking forward to taking Deene Class to Snibston Discovery Park in Leicestershire on 27th June. The children will travel by School minibus and will be away all day.

Summer fete date is Friday, July 18.

There will be two mufti days being held for the fete.

Year 6 Bikeability training: We are once again able to offer Bikeability Training to our year 6 children which is being delivered by the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sports Partnership. This training will take place on the 30th June and 1st July.

Many Thanks to all who contributed such beautiful cakes recently, the sum of £98.90 was raised towards Class Projects. Thank You to all supporters.

Cash for Clothes: The recent collection generated the brilliant amount of £116. Many thanks to all who contributed!

The barn dance raised of £500. A huge thank you to William Moverley for such a wonderful Disco. Thank you very, very much to all who made us amazing salads and desserts. Wow, what a spread we had with the glorious Hog Roast.

Thanks everyone. Freya Dickerson, Laura Blackburn, Maddy Price, Nell Price for making and selling items at The Barn Dance, raising the sum of £11.57

Towards School Funds.


St James Church Gretton has for the past forty years held a Summer Flower Festival and this year being the 40th anniversary the floral displays will be based on a theme of Anniversaries. This is one of the areas longest running flower festivals taking place over the weekend of 27th 28th and 29th June 2014. In addition to the beautiful flowers the event will as always offer something for all the family to enjoy.

On Friday 27th the church is open 2.00pm to 5.00pm. On Saturday 28th the church is open 10.00am to 5.00pm. On Sunday 29th the church is open 10.00am to 5.00pm. Refreshments available in church from the servery each day.

Additionally on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th from 12 noon there will be lunches and teas freshly prepared in the Old School House, children’s activities around the Village Green plus various stalls along the church path including homemade cakes, cds-dvds, plants, etc. and the ever popular tombola stall.

On Sunday only Gretton Silver Band will play on the Village Green from 2.00pm. A Festival Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm in St James Church will bring the weekend to a close.

Organisers welcome everyone to come and celebrate a very special 40th anniversary Flower Festival in Gretton. Any enquiries please telephone 01536 771442-770580-770784. Proceeds of the Flower Festival are in aid of the church restoration fund.

WI June Meeting.

Twenty-nine members of Gretton WI met together at our local Hatton Arms on Tuesday 10th evening for our annual Summer Party - the atmosphere was entertaining, the food was excellent and a very good time was had by all.

Short reports were given on WI support at the Meningitis Trust long distance cycle ride and at the recent Parish Council event in the Village Hall, and praise was offered for the skill of the members who had bandaged up young trees vandalised on the playing field (the vandals believed to have come from outside the village). Instead of a meeting in August, Sherry Stokes will once again be hosting a Marie Curie tea party. This will be on Thursday 14th, but before that, on the second Tuesday in July, we look forward to welcoming members of Ashley WI to join us for a talk on the Story of the Mary Rose. This meeting will be open to other visitors so we hope you may be joining us.

Gretton Village Hall is the venue for the next monthly lunch on Tuesday 1st July from 12.30pm at £4 per serving. All food is freshly prepared and with a nice choice. An optional raffle is also run. Proceeds of the event are in support of the village hall repair fund. The organisers welcome residents, ramblers, cyclists and anyone passing through the village to attend. Thank you for your continued support everyone. Further details from Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328. Do then join us on 1s July for a nice social get together over a great value lunch here in Gretton.

Gretton Local History Society are busy planning an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One. It will take place at Gretton Village Hall on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August. The exhibition will tell the story of all the Gretton men who served in the armed forces and whose names are

recorded on the War Memorial on the Village Green. Any medals photographs and stories passed down over the years by relations and friends would enable

organisers to give an accurate and informative account of these brave men. Any items loaned will be treated with great care and returned safely. So if you have anything you think should be included please do not hesitate to contact Elisabeth Jordan telephone 01536 770478 or email: Further details about the exhibition will be announced as the event draws nearer by Gretton Local History Society.

Gretton Art Group will be staging an exhibition of its members’ work in Gretton Village Hall, Kirby Road, Gretton on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June.

Opening times will be from 10.30am until 4.00pm on both days. Entrance is free.

Gretton Music Festival is taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday 22nd August to Monday 25th August and is Northamptonshire’s biggest community-based music festival. Now in its fifth year the event is sponsored by Seatons Solicitors:

For further details please visit the Gretton Music Festival Website

110 passengers from Gretton Weldon Corby and Kettering visited Great Yarmouth on Saturday 21st June on a warm sunny day.Due to demand two coaches were laid on.

Twoseats have just become available on the trip to historic Norwich on Saturday 16th August.A delighful City will hundreds of listed building the castle river trips a big Saturday market the cathedral and a great shopping destination.The fare is only £15.50 each.If you like to go please call or text David Fursdon Organiser on 07790 197220 now to avoid dissapointment.


Sunday June 29th 10.30am joint benefice service at Yardley Hastings.

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

Diary Dates


Sunday 6th St.Marys church fete in the grounds of Grendon Hall.

Friday 11th 10.00am~1.00pm coffee morning at the Menagerie for Parkinsons and Castle Ashby Church.

Friday 11th mobile library in Sweetacre Close 4.45~5.15pm.


Sunday 29th June, Benefice Service of Holy Communion to be held at St. Peters Patronal Festival Servoce at 10am, There will be no service at Hargrave.

The Book Club will meet on 1st July at “Woodlands” at exchange comments on the June book “Diamonds are a girls best friend.” by Jenny Colgan.

Poetry reading group is taking a summer break and will meet again in the church on 17th September at 2.30pm.

W.I. meeting on 9th July welcomes Alison Rockett, speaking on “Working in Uganda and Acholi Beadcraft” in the village hall at 7.30pm. Non members welcome. admission £3 only.


When you get to the age of 95 in Harringworth that is big news. Happy Birthday Bill from everyone in Harringworth; the Walking Group think it is all the walking you do with them that keep you so fit, perhaps your gardening, too. Whatever it is can we have the recipe – you look great!

Welcome to Hayleigh Fisher, her husband Shaun and daughters Page and Anya from Meadow Cottage on Wakerley Road. Hayleigh has given up her job to take over the running of the White Swan and we hope you visit soon to meet her and hear her exciting plans.

The proposed repairs to Seaton Road have now been delayed by two weeks and signs will be erected to notify the precise date and time nearer ahead of the repairs. Once the Clerk to the Parish Council, Brian Chambers has been notified of the date we will put a note out to everyone.

This year’s Safari Supper brilliantly organised by Maggie Hill and Barbara Kedge was attended by 48 people. Everyone attending made a small contribution for the Harringworth Appeals Fund which amounted to £340 and after a most generous donation of £100, the evening raised £440. Thank you for everyone who joined the Safari Supper with delicious food, fine wines and great company.

You will no doubt have seen the notes through your door asking for donations for the Village Fete and this includes requests for plants, books, cakes, white elephant, raffle prizes and the famous Harringworth Tombola that Ken and Maggie organise each year.  If you have anything to donate call the named person on the list or Philippa on 01572 747700.


The monthly Farmers Market will be held this Saturday 28th June from 9 am on the 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 from 9 am with a variety of stalls to browse and refreshments served and this will be organised by members and friends of St Mary’s Mothers Union.

Three organists will give a half hour recital at 11.30 am in Church with free admission and Marlene Snee and Tamsin Edwards will be staging an art exhibition in Chichele College, again with free admission. Wheelchair access is available from College Street.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a seven mile walk in the Steeple Gidding area on Sunday 6th July. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.15 am on Higham Market Square or 10 am near Steeple Gidding Church. The group will be led by Walter Burbidge 01536 483687. See website:

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 29th June 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 be holding Morning Service at 10.30 am led by Mr John Hardy. 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.

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am tomorrow morning 27th in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will be Reg Harlow talking about Thurleigh. At their meeting on 25th July the special guest will be Ray Woods talking about “Antiques for Everyone.” Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

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 in the Bede House and Church grounds.

Alpha Pre-School are holding their Annual Summer Fair this Saturday 28th from 10 am to midday in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. There will be fun and games for all the family – children’s games, tombola, raffle, bric a brac, cake stall and refreshments. Admission free.

A barbecue will be held in the Bede House and churchyard on Sunday 17th August 12.30 for 1 pm. St Mary’s choir will be organising this event and tickets will be available shortly £8 for adults and £5 for under twelves. The ticket price includes a barbecue meal with salads and desserts. Guests asked to bring their own drinks, glasses, cutlery etc.

Canon Richard Stainer, the new Vicar of Higham and Chelveston, together with his wife Monique and family are settling in well at the Vicarage in Wood Street. Father Richard looks forward to meeting all in our community and the Vicarage telephone number is now established as - 01933 314750.

Advance notice – a special Service to Celebrate and Commemorate Archbishop Henry Chichele will be held in St Mary’s Church at 10.15 am on Sunday 27th July.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 2nd July in the library on Midland Road. The special guest will be Rachel Smith presenting her choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

The Ferrers School annual presentation evening will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday 8th July in the main school hall.

A Tash – Towards a Safer Higham – meeting will be held on Thursday 17th July at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber with the local police attending. All are welcome and there is an open forum to raise any issues of community safety.

The next Higham and Rushden U3A meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th July from 2 pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest on 16th July will be Ron Sivers talking about “M.A.F. Flying for Life.” He will give an insight into the lives of pilots, their families and back up staff who by their work assist so many well known organisations in delivering aid and medical supplies in difficult circumstances.

A craft café will be held at Stanwick Lakes on Friday 4th July from 10.30 am to 1 pm. All are invited along to learn new crafts and skills. See website or call 01933 625522 or email:

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. Refreshments can be provided at an extra charge if preferred. For further details contact Irene 01933 411191.


There will be a Summer Sale at Animals in Need, Pine Tree Farm, London Road, Little Irchester on Saturday 28 June. The barn will be open between 12 noon and 3pm, lots of items for sale at bargain prices. Drinks, sandwiches, ice cream, vegan sausage or burger etc will be available in the cafe.

Don’t forget to return your response to the Neighbourhood Plan consultation document by 30 June. This is an opportunity for Irchester residents to shape the future development of their village.

An outline application has been submitted to Wellingborough Borough Council for a development of up to 150 dwellings (including the option of a retail unit), with accesses off Station Road (including a roundabout at the eastern end of the site), public open space, play area, footpaths, new footbridges across stream, drainage attenuation and landscaping (access arrangements to be determined at this stage) The reference for this is WP/14/00298/OUT and comments can be left on the borough website or posted to the council offices.

There may still be some tickets at £8 each available for the brilliant live band Backbeat who will be playing hits from the 60’s and 70’s on Saturday 28 June at 8pm in the village hall. Irchester Coulon Link have organised this and you can check the availability of tickets with Brian on 01933 311754. Take your own drinks.

Irchester Branch Labour Party is holding its Summer Party at Knuston Hall on Sunday 13 July. This event has been held every July since 2000 and always attracts over 100 members and friends. Tickets are priced at £15.50, which includes a glass of wine or fruit juice, an elaborate buffet, choice of desserts and coffee or tea. Children’s tickets cost £8.50.The guest speaker this year is Richard Garvie, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Tickets are available from John Mann. Tel: (01933) 353458.


St Peters, will be holding an Afternoon Tea on Saturday 28th June 2014 between 3pm – 5pm at 2 Warrens Close, Irthlingborough.

There will be a Summer Evening event on 5th July 2014 at 123 High Street. Tickets are £5 (Limited number available), all in aid of Christian Aid. It starts at 7:30pm.


There will be a Coffee Morning to support Cransley Hospice at 10am -noon on Wednesday July 9th at the Eden Centre, 21 Montagu St All welcome. (Working with Open Door Church which is based in the Eden Centre- formerly Rehab night club).

There will be a Coffee Morning at Toller Church 10am – noon in aid of Kettering Civic Society on Saturday 28th June.

Community Corner at the Manor House Museum for July features Kettering-Lahnstein Twinning Committee. Kettering and Lahnstein (Germany) will be starting the celebrations of the 60th year since first contact was made in 1955. This year a party from Lahnstein will arrive in Kettering from 16th – 23rd July. There will be events open to people of Kettering, who may be interested in meeting our friends from Lahnstein. For more details visit this display, or contact the Hon. Secretary B. Murkitt on 01536 513251.

The Alfred East Art Gallery Craft Showcase for July highlights the work of Jeweller Helen West. Handmade individually designed gold and silver gem set jewellery. Helen’s jewellery is decorative, organic in style with the use of unusual stones, making many pieces one-off designs. The use of a leaf mould is evident in many pieces as are curls and bobble decorations.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Friday 11th July 1pm – 2pm ‘The Life & Crimes of Agatha Christie’ with Steve Dimmer. A look at the amazing career of the most popular crime novelist of all time. Along the way we’ll be looking at the real-life mystery involving the novelist’s actual disappearance and perhaps try to solve the intriguing puzzle. Tickets £6, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Refreshments available from 12.30pm until the talk starts.

At the Lighthouse Theatre on Friday 11th July at 8pm Motown’s Greatest Hits The End of the Road Tour. Tickets £20. To book call the box office on 01536 414141 or visit

On Thursday 3rd July Latimer Arts College presents A Summer Concert at The Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave. Tickets £5, concessions £3.50. Call 01536 737737 to book.

On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th July at the Lighthouse Theatre, Lake Avenue Dance Factory presents the Oscars. Join the students from The Dance Factory as they dance their way down the Red Carpet. Tickets £7.50, concessions £5. To book call 01536 414141.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, Kettering on Saturday 10th July at 7.30pm The Pantaloon Theatre Company performing A History of Britain. It’s the History of Britain as you’ve never seen it before. This historically hysterical show is packed with songs, sketches and silliness and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £10 (£9 concessions) and having hosted 5 of their previous shows we can completely guarantee you will have a great night out! Tickets available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or


Little Harrowden School will be holding their Summer Fete, Friday 27th June from 5.00-7.00pm.

Little Harrowden Cricket Club –will be having an away match this Saturday 28th June -Great Houghton. Everyone would be made most welcome to go along and watch any of the matches, 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. The Working Mens Club will be sponsoring the Cricket Club again this year. All fixtures commence at 1.30pm.

Church service for Sunday 29th June – 5.00pm Family Benefice Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday 17th July 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.


The Newton Bromswold Village Fete will take place on Saturday 5nd July at 2.00pm. Rushden Mission Band will be playing the music and there will be the usual variety of stalls and games. Afternoon teas will be served. The Children’s Fancy Dress competition will be judged at 3.10pm.

On Sunday 6th July a Family Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

On Sunday 29nd June a Songs of Praise will be held at 6pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 29th June from 10am to 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome


The Joseph Manning Trust invites the residents of Orlingbury to commemorate the First World War on the Green-Sunday 6th July starting at 2.30pm, licensed bar, complimentary afternoon tea, Ukelele band, ice creams, games for families with prizes, memorabilia from 1914, prizes for the best appropriate costumes.

Please let them know if you are attending so enough food can be made!

Guests are welcome but there will be a small charge of £2 per head.

For more information or to book call 01933 401340 or e-mail

Church service for Sunday 29th June – 5.00pm Family Benefice Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will hold their Summer Anthology on Thursday 17th July 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.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 5th July-Cricket on the Green, 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


Good news! The Merestone Road play area is now officially recognised as a ‘Village green’.

This is a fantastic result for the team led by Lewis Folkes who have remained vigilant during the last two years. Lewis would like to thank the residents who issued letters confirming 20 years plus use of the green, this includes all the residents who also provided letters for using the green regardless of ‘time living in the area’.

He would particularly like to thank the residents who gave evidence at the inquiry. This is a great result for all of Oakley Vale which has many green spaces that need preserving for our children. There will be a BBQ celebration soon – details to follow.

You may have noticed a change in the grass cutting strategy on Oakley Vale. This is the specification that Midwest are now working to in some areas across Oakley Vale; ‘The Open Space Management plan for Oakley Vale has been revised to achieve demonstrable biodiversity improvements through the creation of meadow areas. These areas are not unmanaged but are subject to an active management regime which controls undesirable weeds and diversifies the habitats at Oakley vale.  This regime will also bring the parkland of Oakley Vale in line with other council parklands  i.e. Thoroughsale and Hazel Woods and Weldon Woodland park’. The old spec was destroying habitat for butterflies and dragonflies so on the whole I suspect this is a good change, however there may be specific areas where the change causes issues for residents so do please get in touch via the Community Association. 

Your annual ‘Family Fun Day’ is on the 19th July, we are still looking for locals to set up a small craft fair as part of the fun day. If you’d like to come and sell your wares – jewellery, pottery, wooden items, cakes, jams, bags, paintings or whatever please contact Judy on 07962 879929 or Paul via the contacts above. Also Judy and the organising committee will need lots of Marshalls on the day – if you can spare an hour please contact Paul.

Cllrs. Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30 – 12. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Councillor Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am, no appointment necessary. His e-mail is


The 2nd Raunds St. Peter’s Brownies, which meets on Tuesday evenings between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at St. Peter’s C of E Junior School in Mountbatten Way, Raunds, is currently looking for new leaders. If you are interested, or would like to offer your help, please visit for more information.

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, 3rd July, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

The Archers of Raunds will be holding a Summer Fun Open Day on Saturday, between 12.30 p.m. and 4.30 the Raunds Manor School’s Sports Field in Mountbatten Way, Raunds.

Entry to all events will be free and refreshments will be available. Traditional archery competitions will be taking place, and between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. there will be an opportunity for you to have a go yourself and try your hand at archery under the guidance of qualified archery coaches and experienced club archers. For more information please call the Archers of Raunds on 01933 350568 or email

Saturday sees the welcome return to St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, of Raunds Temperance Band in Concert. The concert will start at 7.30 p.m. and admission is £8, on the door, which includes refreshments. There will also be a raffle. If you have any queries, please contact Sue on 07966 456 186. Your support of your local church and band will be very much appreciated.

Raunds artist Marlene Snee is joining with Tamsin Edwards and holding an Art Exhibition at Chichele College in Higham Ferrers, on Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the exhibition is free and it will be open on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The St. Peter’s Patronal Festival Benefice Service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, celebrated by the Rev. Shena Bell and Methodist Minister the Rev. Elizabeth Dunning. There will be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting next Wednesday, 2nd July at 8 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, Raunds. The guest speaker will be Marylyn Wood with ‘A Birds Eye View’. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The admission fee for visitors is £3.50. For more information please call Linda 01933 622926.

During the month of June the Raunds Local Focus Group will be meeting on alternate Wednesday and Friday mornings, and Friday evenings, for walks with the theme of ‘Summer Woodlands & Leafy Lanes’, and ‘Village Festivals’. For more information, please call Susan on 01933 461480.

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, 3rd 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


On Thursday 26th June The Thursday Club will be going on a Lunch Outing.

Sunday 29th June there is NO service in St.Mary’s Church in Ringstead, however you are invited to attend the Benefice Service at St. Peters Church in Raunds Patronal Festival at 10.00am.

On Sunday 29th June in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are as follows: At 10.30am, there is a Morning Service with the Rev’d Dr. Ted Hale and at 6.00 pm Prayer for Anniversry events.


A final reminder that we are holding our Flower Festival this weekend, 28th -29th June at St Leonard’s church. The theme is ‘Inspired by Dickens’ to tie in with the author’s connection with Rockingham Castle. The church will be open from 11am to 5pm on both days. Entry fee will be £5 per adult on the Saturday, which will include exclusive access to the castle gardens. Stalls & refreshments will also be available on this day. On Sunday, the castle will be open as usual and we will be asking for donations in the church. The event is aimed at raising money for urgent repair works to the church building.

Many thanks to village residents: Jackie Johnson; Ian, Becky, Andrew & David Norman; Wendy O’Brien; Mike Kingman; Simon, Oscar & Stanley Roberts for cleaning up the village last weekend and thank you especially to Cllr Bob Riley for arranging this. We collected nearly 11 bags of rubbish throughout our little village. Also thanks to the support of Corby Borough Council for supplying the equipment and helping out.

Advanced notice that there will be a dance in the village hall on Friday 25th July to raise money for Leukemia research. Live music from the John Burrow’s Band.

There will also be a hog roast (bring your own drink).

Tickets are £5, available from Debbie on 07737 368839 / Wendy 07813 705562 or from the village shop.


Bailiff Robert Denton ended 35 years of proclaiming Rowell Fair outside the Rowell Charter pub on Proclamation Monday, June 16. Presentations were made to him to commemorate the event, and a bouquet was also presented to the Lord of the Manor, Mrs Zandra Powell to mark the 400th anniversary of her family being lords of the manor of Rothwell. Mr Denton has retired after 23 years as bailiff.

The reading outside the Rowell Charter was the last of the 11 occasions on which the charter was read this year – two more than in 2013. While the first, outside the west door of Holy Trinity church, and the last were made by Mr Denton, he shared the other readings with his successor as bailiff to the lord of the manor, Alan Mills. Mr Mills rode Harvey the horse – sadly, Charlie, who had been the regular mount of Mr Denton for some years has died – while Mr Denton rode with Mrs Powell in a horse-drawn landau.

The weather was fine for the event and drew a crowd of between 800-1,000 people.

A mixed team from Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club lost the return game against Ise Lodge Bowling Club in Kettering on Thursday, June 12, competing for the Barsby Cup. As Ise Lodge also won the first match at Manor earlier in the season, they retained the Barsby Cup for another year. Our Friday night league continues, with all club members invited to play against other members each week until mid-August, when the winning team will be presented with a shield. Members also continue playing the club knockout competitions.New members are welcome. For more information, visit

Rothwell Town Cricket Club holds their next car boot sale on Sunday, June 29 at the Desborough Road cricket ground. Sellers, price £5 per boot, are welcome from 7.00am and buyers, entrance fee 20p, from 8.00am. Further details from Sam Swingler on 01536 711930.

A new publication to help inspire people with a love and knowledge of the history of Rothwell has been produced. ‘Rowell Heritage’ is a newsletter from Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street and is packed with stories about people and the town’s past. The first edition has articles that range from a dramatic journey home through snow drifts from hospital by a 12-year-old girl to a history of shoe-making in Rothwell.

Ray Davis, manager of the centre, has appealed for any articles, stories, quizzes, photographs, artefacts or memories from townspeople. They can contact him by popping into the centre, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10.00am-12.30pm or by calling 01536 711550. “We want to engage with you and share your history – the history of Rothwell,” Mr Davis writes in the newsletter.

Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club’s next meeting, at 8pm on July 3, will hear Carol Pullen speak on a ‘Local lady of letters’ at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship takes place at 2.30pm on July 2 in the Chamberlain Room behind the Fox Street church.

Saints mascot Bernie is starting the fun run being organised by John Newman’s hairdresser’s, of Bridge Street, Rothwell on Sunday, July 6 at Brixworth country park. Therewill be an Aston Martin Vantage V8 on display at the run, designed to raise funds for six Kettering General Hospital charities. The car has been ‘wrapped’ in tribute to the Saints winning both trophies. There is a money-giving page at Following John Newman’s life-changing stroke at age 56 in February 2013, his salon started fundraising, and on June 3 it was invited to open the new 24-bed Cranford Ward stroke unit at KGH. The course is seven miles around Pitsford Reservoir, and the aim is to make it a family friendly and dog-walking event with no pressure to finish first – participants may take as long as they like. Fancy dress or a silly hat are optional.

A barbecue and dance is being held by Rothwell and Desborough Lions and Aztec football club at Spendlove’s farm, Lamport Road from 7.30pm on Saturday, June 28. Alan Mills and Sounds Familiar will provide the music, backed by a supporting disco, and the bar will be provided by the Red Lion pub, Rothwell. Tickets cost £12.50 - £5 for children – including food; call 01536 710845.

A shop selling products to help people stop smoking opened in Rothwell’s High Street on Saturday, June 14. The shop already has a branch in Kettering and another is scheduled to open in Corby shortly.

A craft event is being held at Rothwell library, Bell Hill from 1.00-3.00pm on Sunday, June 29, giving children the opportunity to make some paper-plate fish. The event is free, but children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

A free recycling craft workshop is also being held at the library from 11.00am-12 noon on Thursday, July 31. It is being held by the Northamptonshire waste and energy education team.

Finally, the library is offering townspeople the opportunity to have a free blood pressure check every month, beginning on Thursday, June 26 from 10.00am-12.30pm. Regular checks will be offered on the last Thursday of every month.

A second ‘burlesque evening’ is being held at the Woolpack pub, Bell Hill at 9.30pm on Saturday, June 28. On Sunday, June 29, the pub’s family fun days start for the summer, with a bouncy castle, live music and barbeque from 1.00pm.

Sunday lunches will be available between 1.00-4.00pm, and the pub is now open from noon at weekends. 

The Woolpack is entering a float in Rothwell Carnival, and is asking for people willing to take part, either by being on the float or generally assisting, to contact landlady Rachel Kimber. The pub can be followed on Facebook at


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 1st to The Stags Head, Doddington. Shopping trips are to Podington Garden Centre on Wednesday 2nd, Olney Market and Lunch on Thursday 3rd and Waitrose / ASDA on Friday 4th.

Serve also run daily activities in the Well-being Centre – Yoga in a Chair, Line Dancing, Hair & Beauty sessions, Afternoon Cream Teas and much more. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Hayden Flag – have a Pirate Pantomime for the youth of the area on Saturday July 5th from 2pm to 4pm in Trafford Park. At 1pm there will be help in making pirate costumes. Children in the Hayden Ward are most welcome.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – invite you to the Station to learn more about the railway on Sunday 6th and Wednesday 9th as part og Getting to Know Rushden Week.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – are holding a Prize Bingo session on Tuesday July 1st at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall. New Members Welcome.

The Children’s Society – are having a ‘Walking Quiz and Cream Tea’ afternoon this Sunday 29th June leaving St Mary’s Church Hall from 3.00pm – adults £4.00 and Children £2.00 – contact Mary on 315383 for tickets.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Rachel Smith will present her programme of music.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – the Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriars Church – Morning Worship Sunday is at 10.15am. Mugs and Beakers for parents and young children meets on Tuesday July 1st at 9.00am in the Bridge Community Room.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Lucy Watts from Leicester.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday Service this week will be at 10.30am taken by Michael Stoke followed by refreshments. Weekly activities as normal with Happy Feet Line Dancing on Tuesday and Friday at 9.30am.

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 1st at 6.30pm in the Community Room.

Rushden Mission Church - Sunday Prayer and Praise with the Worship Group is at 10.45am with traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday June 28th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am with a Bereavement Service at 4.00pm - both led by Rev Phil Hearson. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday 3rd at 2.00pm with speaker Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Life Link Sunday Morning Service at 10.30am with Worship, friends and a cuppa!

Rushden Town Partnership – are holding a second Independents’ Day next Friday 4th of July. Businesses will be taking part in this national event and promoting all that is good and great about Rushden. There will be a mini market, taster courses and promotional offers for all to sample. Contact Julia on

St Cecilia Singers – are holding their Summer Concert next Saturday July 5th at 7.30pm in Park Rd Baptist Church as part of the Get to Know Rushden event and is a FREE event.

Party in the Park – this ‘Spectacular’ is on Saturday July 12th from 1pm to 10pm in Hall Park and includes Marching Bands, Acrobats, Motorcycle Display Team and American Extreme Wrestling. Loads of stalls and a bouncy castle. In the evening the Madness tribute band ‘One Step Behind’ is performing. Entry is FREE – parking in the park £1.00. Further details from Gill Mercer on 313362.

Rushden Family History Society – meet on Monday July 7th at 7.30pm in South End Infant School when Dr Colin Chapman will give an illustrated talk on WW1 Prison Camps in Northamptonshire.

Rushden Ramblers – Tortoise Group – next walk is on Saturday July 5th and is a 5 miles ‘Parks and Jitties Walk’ visiting the nooks and crannies of Rushden – leave Duck St Car Park at 10.00am. Contact Graham on 356382 for details.


Join the Raunds Community Choir in concert on Saturday at 7.45 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. Advance tickets are priced at £7.50, and tickets on the door will be priced at £10, which includes canapés and light refreshments. All proceeds will go towards the repair of the church roof.

Under 16s will be admitted at half-price. Advance tickets can be obtained from the shop@stanwick.

There will be a Benefice Service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. There will also be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Members of the Raunds & District History Society will be taking their annual coach trip on Saturday, 5th July, when they will be visiting the city of Lichfield with its many heritage museums and historic cathedral. There are a few remaining seats at £18 each, so if you would like to book your place on the coach please call Susan on 01933 461480 or email Rachel at

A ‘Learn to play the Ukulele’ course is due to start over the space of two Saturday mornings on 12th and 19th July, between 10am and 11.30am. Places are limited, and more details and booking information can be found at, by emailing Chris at, or by calling 01933 623389. The total cost of the course will be £25, and you will need to take along your own instrument.  To secure your place on what will be a popular course, please send a £10 deposit cheque, made out to ‘St. Peter’s Community & Enterprise Centre’, with your name and contact details to:- Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, 19 High Street, Raunds. NN9 6HS.

The Friends of Stanwick School will be holding their annual Village Evening at 6 p.m. on Friday, 11th July. As in past years everyone is invited to join them for a fun evening, with attractions including a beer tent, barbecue, live music, bouncy castles, go-karts, balloon modelling and much, much more for both adults and children. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome.

Stanwick Rovers Football Club will be holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday, 20th July, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. 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.

A Village Picnic will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd August at the Pocket Park. Everyone is invited to take along a picnic to the Pocket Park to celebrate the first anniversary of the official opening. The Barbecue will be alight if you would like to take along something to cook. For more information about the group please visit

Number 15 was drawn as the bonus ball on Saturday, 14th June, making Mandy Tebbutt the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Charter Fair will be held in the High Street and The Plaza from 2pm on Saturday, June 28. The theme this year is ‘Thrapston goes around the World’ with many of the High Street shops taking part and decorating their windows.

There will be a wide variety of stalls including cakes, plants and many more. There will also be a beach, Punch and Judy show as well as the funfair. A number of bands will perform on the stage in the High Street, commencing with ‘Ock ‘n’ Dough’ as well as performances from the winners of ‘Thrapston’s Got Talent 2014’.

Dance displays will be inside The Plaza along with refreshments and tickets for the raffle will be on sale by the side of the stage with lots of great prizes to be won.

Thrapston Heritage have launched their new website where you can now begin to read about and enjoy our local heritage. The web address is; More and more local archives will be added to the website over the next two years, so please do keep popping back to the website to see what has been added since you last looked. The website has also been entered for a Northamptonshire Museums Heritage Award this year. Have a look at the website and then vote for your favourite heritage site

Thrapston Plaza Opera Night featuring songs from Les Miserables will be held at The Plaza from 5pm until 9pm on Sunday, July 6. Songs from other shows may also pop up too, tickets cost £10. Rehearsals will take place at St James Church Hall from 7:30pm on Tuesday, June 17, Tuesday, June 24 and Wednesday, July 2. To take part call Vincent Davy on 01832 733586.


The next Dance The Night Away to be held at Weldon Village Hall is taking place on Saturday 12th July 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 including raffle tickets-pay on the door.

For further information please call Joan on 07718 519480 or email

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


Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. On Thursday 26th June Steve Bason will be the medium.

Carnival Day in Wellingborough is Saturday 5th July and will leave Broad Green at 1pm and finish in Croyland Park. If you would still like to take part check the website for full details. On Sunday 6th July Party in The Park begins at noon. Days Events Held in Croyland Park.

On Saturday 28th June Wellingborough will be celebrating Armed Forces day again this year. With the Wellingborough Royal British legion. At 8.45am the Worshipful mayor will begin the days celebrations.

Throughout the day Cadet Activities are planned a display of Sabre Squadron and live music from 1pm with Bar be cue beginning at 10am. The Programme of events runs continuous until the event ends at 6.30pm The Drumhead Service begins at 5.45 pm. And many other bands will march and stalls will be helping attendees celebrate during the event.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust.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.

At St Marks Church Hall Queensway on Saturday 5th July A Sixties Night from 7pm Till 10.30pm With Live 60s Music and a Disco A British Rail Type Buffet and Raffle. Adult Tickets £6 each Children Tickets £4 and these available by calling 01933 676123 or 01933 673893. Come along for 60s fun.

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

St Barnabas Church Information of events for June. Saturday 26th July Safari Supper at 7pm. Again the Church will need to give you full details of how to attend this. If you were a Brownie or Brownie Leader at St Barnabas over the last 90 years please contact the Church to attend the birthday reunion party to be held on 28th June Mandy Gordge is the lady you need to ask to get in touch with about this. If You have some spare time and the ability the Church is looking for some new members for its cleaning team could you contact Sheila Smith on 01933 673311 if you feel you would like to volunteer to help every 6 weeks for about 2 to 3 hours. A total of 6 teams of 3 to 4 people choose a day and meet and clean. More details on request.

A very good Bipolar UK meeting of likeminded people was held on Tuesday 17th June Thank you for changing the week successfully. 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. Enjoy July.

Olympic Way School Wellingborough will be holding its summer fair on Friday July 11th from 2pm till 4pm. Many Stalls and Games. Great fun for all the Family.

St Mary’s Church, Knox Road, Wellingborough will be holding its annual Summer Market on Sat June 28th at 11am.

There will be refreshments, stalls including bric a brac, raffle, tombola, linen, plants, toiletries, toys, books & games.


This year Wilbarston Summer Fete & Family Fun Day will be on Saturday 5th July. Starting at 12noon until 4pm, there will be all the usual stalls.

Games, a Cookery and Gardening competition, Local Rock Bands, a Professional Children’s Entertainer, Huge Inflatables, a Dog Show, BBQ, and a Car Boot Sale, ring Dianne on 01536 771216 to book a pitch, and the Produce Show, which is open to everyone.

Entry forms for the Produce Show can be found at The Fox Inn or Village Store.

The organisers would be grateful for any donations including, bottles for the bottle stall, prizes for the tombola or cakes for the cake stall orto enjoy with a cup of tea

The Parish Council is establishing a revised system of monitoring the state of the village playing field. A number of volunteer councillors will undertake regular checks on the field to ensure that things are as safe as possible.

It would be a great help if all users of the playing field and the area surrounding the Village Hall could help by reporting to a councillor anything that might prove to be dangerous or hazardous.

In neighbouring Stoke Albany, Stoke Albany House is opening its gardens to the public, this Wednesday 2nd July & 9th July from 2pm until 4.30pm.

Admission is adults £3.50, children free. There is wheel chair access, & and dogs are allowed on leads.

Stoke Albany House is on the Desborough Road.

There will be a Benefice Communion at All Saints Church this Sunday 29th June at 10.30am.


A joint Summer Fete is being held by Wilby School and St Mary’s Church on Saturday 28th June starting 1.30pm until 4pm.

As well as the popular toy and Chocolate Tombola stalls, cake stall and a Soft Toy Stall there will be a lucky dip and school uniform and bags stall.