Village news March 12

Hungry gulls on Wellingborough Embankment
Hungry gulls on Wellingborough Embankment

All the latest news from where you live.


On Friday, March 13th at 7.30pm the URC will be holding a quiz night in the Green Dragon with a sausage and chips supper. Tickets £5 and a maximum of 6 people per team. Tickets from the Green Dragon or 01536 373712 or 07809025017. Profits will go to the maintenance of Brigstock URC.

There are still a few places left at the Floral Basket evening in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday March 13th at 8pm. The cost is £20 to include all materials. To book a place call Sam on 07766573400.

On Saturday March 14th from 7.30 until midnight a Comedy Night will be held in Brigstock Village Hall. There will be three comedians and a compere. Organised by Brigstock Cricket Club. Tickets to over 16s only available from Simon 07766422168, John 07786866323, Richard 07730 940806 Michael, 07415623289.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday March 18th at 7.30pm in Brigstock Village hall.

The next Bingo is on Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm in Harpers Court Lounge.

Do come along to the next Film Night which is on Friday March 20th at 7.30 in Brigstock Village Hall. The film is Rush (15) Set against the sexy, glamorous, golden age of Formula in the 1970s the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between English playboy James Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda. Admission £4.

The URC are holding an Easter coffer morning in the June Small room at the URC on Saturday March 21st from 10am until 12 noon. Do call in for a hot cross bun. Raffle and tombola prizes would be most welcome. Please contact Sheila on 01536 373225.

Tea Dances continue, with the next one on Sunday March 22nd in Brigstock village hall 2.00- 4.30pm. Delicious cakes and a good variety of dances to keep you entertained. Do come along and join us.

On Wednesday March 25th at 7.30 in Brigstock Village Hall the Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting. The talk is entitled Sports and Pastimes in Brigstock and is presented by two well known Brigstock residents, Carl Hector and Bill Simon. Visitors welcome.

Dance the night way on Saturday March 27th at Brigstock Village hall from 8pm until 11pm. £5 per person. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing. Further details on 0771859480.

We have an ever dwindling group of people on the village hall committee. The recent Race night organised by the committee was a huge financial success. If you or your group are a regular user maybe you could send somebody along to help even if only for a one off event.

Do you go to film night, bonfire, and theatre groups? if so you know how hard your committee work on behalf of your village hall.

Pantomime tickets are now on sale for the performances on the evening of April 10th and 11th and a matinee on 11th. Come and see some well known faces in the village as you have never seen them before!


Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre this evening, Thursday, March 12th, starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Mayor’s Charity Dinner will be held on Saturday at Great Harrowden Hall – the home of Wellingborough Golf Club. The speaker will be ‘Scott of the Atlantic’ who despite bad weather and severe difficulties, successfully completed the Talisker Challenge transatlantic rowing race in 2014. For further details please contact Ruth Groome (01536 420440)

Ladies Night will meet on Monday, March 16th at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane. The speaker this month will be Mr. Don Spooner and the title of his talk is ‘A Shoemaker’s Tale’. For help with transport or for more information please contact Pat (01536 722328)

Monday Club has been meeting in Burton Latimer for over 40 years, and is still going strong. The meeting takes place at the Bowls Club every Monday, (except Bank Holidays) from 10am – 3pm, which is time enough for coffee, lunch, Bingo, cards and a chat.

The next ‘Young at Heart’ meeting will be held in John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane, on Tuesday, starting at 2pm. The theme this month will be Mothering Sunday.

A friendly and social whist drive takes place every Wednesday afternoon at the Bowls Club, commencing at 1.45pm. All are welcome, including beginners. Refreshments provided. For more information please call Gordon (01536 726955)

Members are reminded it is the Burton Latimer Heritage Society’s Annual General Meeting next Thursday, March 19th, starting at 7.30pm in the Civic Centre. The AGM will be proceeded by a talk on the running of the Kettering Manor House Museum and the Alfred East Art Gallery given by two of the administrators. Non members are welcome to attend this meeting.

Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, March 21st at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, when the speaker will be the Revd. Peter Ayre. All gentlemen are invited to come along and share in a good breakfast and a time of fellowship. Please let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by Thursday 19th if you are able to come along.

It’s time for one of Pauline’s famous Quizzes. This will be on Saturday, March 21st at 6.30pm in the John Yeomans Hall. We work in teams so everyone can join in. Don’t forget to bring finger foods for a faith supper. Everyone welcome.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library have invited local author Audrey Ellis to give a talk entitled ‘Lives less Ordinary’. For years Audrey dreamed of knowing more about her paternal roots. Lives less Ordinary was the answer. The talk will take place at the Library on Sunday, March 22nd, starting at 2pm. Tickets cost £3 each and are available from the library. Booking is essential – so call at the library, phone 0300 126 1000 or email to reserve your place.

The Friends of the Library have also arranged a visit on Wednesday, March 25th, by 81 year old Miranda Ponsonby to talk about her extraordinary transformation from a man called Rhodri to a woman. The talk begins at 2pm. Tickets cost £4 each and are available from the library. Booking is essential – so call at the library, phone 0300 126 1000 or email to reserve your place.

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group invite you to their next event on Monday, March 23rd at Burton Latimer Cricket Club, when the guest speaker will be Jim Hunter, Minister, Missionary and Musician, who will talk about his challenging life experiences. The meeting will start at 8pm. The bar will be open from 7.30pm. Entry is £2. For further details please call Tony (01536 726833)

The monthly coffee morning in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church will take place on Wednesday, March 25th and will open at 10.15am.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Young Disciples

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

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 with crèche

6pm Evening Worship

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

The Burton Latimer Heritage Society’s new exhibition ‘Clickers, Cutters and Quarrymen - Burton at Work’ opens on Saturday and closes on Saturday 6th June and covers the times when people worked in factories within the town centre of Burton Latimer rather than travelling to other locations. It is in the Heritage Museum which is in the Civic Centre in the High Street (opposite Sainsbury’s) Admission is free and the exhibition is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1000 hours to 13oo hours. Further details can be found on the society’s website

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, March 12th, starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

St Mary’s Church fundraising committee have organized a Parish Quiz Night to take place on Thursday, March 19th, at The Lounge, High Street. Tickets are priced at £6 per person to include a Ploughman’s. Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Teams of 4 are required. Tickets are now available from Helen (01536 722901).


The Royal George Pub in Blind Lane, Cottingham, sadly remains closed at this time. Owners Punch Taverns state they are exploring all options regarding the future of the pub. They are presently seeking an operator to run the pub, with freehold of the property being offered for sale at £375,000

Lucky villagers were recently treated to a night of quality musicianship when Pink Floyd tribute band ‘Simply Floyd’ played in The Village Hall. Cottingham’s own Pete Bowman plays guitar in the band. An excellent night was had and over £200.00 was raised for Helen House – a hospice that looks after terminally ill children, young adults and their families.

Next Police Surgery is at The Village Store and Café on Wednesday 8th April at 2pm

Ant Licquorish’s next Charity Quiz is in The Village Hall Annexe on Saturday 11th April at 6.30pm

Del Robertson’s next ‘Souper Quiz’, which raises funds for the Village Hall, is in The Village Hall Annexe on Saturday 25th April at 8pm

Change to St. Mary Magdalene Church service

The Family Praise Service that was due to take place on Sunday 1 March 2015 at St Magdalene Church, Cottingham has been postponed until Sunday 15 March.

Mothering Sunday

The Family Praise Team invite you to join them at 10am on 15 March to celebrate Mothering Sunday. This service will include a simple craft activity for children, fun story and traditional hymns and prayers.


On Sunday 15th March in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.


Eighty Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Desborough enjoyed an afternoon of activities and games at St Giles Community Centre on Saturday, February 21, as a celebration of Thinking Day. The Third Desborough Brownies are having a sleepover in Desborough Library in March, on the theme of Harry Potter.

On Friday, February 27, the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held its first Digital Instruction Evening of the year. With a room full of club members keenly studying their laptop screens Chairman Geoff Oliver took them step-by-step through a technique to add a more interesting sky to a landscape image. Competition Secretary Trevor Rudkin thanked Geoff for another interesting and informative evening, acknowledging the hours of preparation that these evenings require. Exhibition Secretary Rosemary Buckett took the opportunity to announce the successful photographs taken by club members in this year’s Midland Counties Mid photo Exhibition, giving a special mention to Steve Rappitt’s “Summertime Sailings” which won a judge’s medal.

Friends of Desborough Library (also known as FODL in abbreviation) had a coffee morning on Thursday, March 5 at Desborough Library. They now have three regular craft stalls each month. It was a successful and well attended coffee morning. The current book Friends of Desborough Library’s Reading group are reading and discussing is Pompeii by Robert Harris. FODL will be holding two craft sessions for children aged 5 years to 12 years in the Desborough Library on Wednesday afternoons in the Easter holidays.

The film “Desborough at Work and Play” is being shown in the Services Club in Desborough, on Tuesday, March 10 at 8pm including a raffle with proceeds to the Desborough Heritage Centre.

New business opening on Station Road in Desborough, next to the Desborough Opticians. AR Tarn Barbers is coming soon.

Come and join in Eckland Lodge Knitters and Stitchers on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm in the workroom at Eckland Lodge Textile Arts Centre, Unit 5, Eckland Lodge Business Park, Desborough Road, Market Harborough, Leics, LE16 8HB. The group’s aim is to enjoy good company, and share each other’s passion in crochet, embroidery, knitting, and patchwork. There are no set programs. The group are keen to come up with new ideas, share techniques, work on group projects and more. Fee £3 per meeting. Refreshments are available, please bring a mug along. If you are interested, why not contact Justine Cooper on 07940 140822 or email: You can visit the club on

Desborough W I will be meeting on Thursday, March 19 at St Giles Community Centre at 7.30pm. Come along to the discussion about ‘Living The Dream’, speaker is Yvonne Thomas. For more information, please call 01536 760042.

Weight Watchers are here to help you with a range of tailored options to suit you. Come to the meetings on Thursday morning at 9.30am or Thursday evenings at 6.30pm. Being held near you, at St Giles Anglican and Methodist Community Centre, Lower Street in Desborough, NN14 2NP. For information on the morning session, please contact representative Jess Eastaway on 03456 777788 or email: For information on the evening session, please contact representative Sam Ball on 07920 400374 or email:

Marlow House on Gold Street in Desborough, are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, March 21 from 9.30am to 11.30am. It is free entry. Full English breakfasts to bacon butties will be available. Don’t miss out.

Desborough Civic Society are holding an event at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Monday, March 30. Malcolm Deacon will be talking about ‘The Courtier (Sir Christopher Hatton) and The Queen (Elizabeth I)’. Members cost £1 and non-member cost £2.

Italian Market coming to Desborough town on Friday, April 17, from 9am to 5pm. For more information, to be announced.


At the February meeting of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild members enjoyed a very different evening when Joan Allingham demonstrated Gelatine Flowers. This was followed by a Hands On by the members. Everyone enjoyed making the beautiful delicate flowers. Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting. The next demonstration is on March 18th when Margaret Baldry will be making “A Spring Arrangement”. The meetings begin at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

The classes are on March 11th & 25th when we will be making beautiful sugar flowers. These begin at 7.30pm and are £5 per evening.

All meetings are in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP. For more information contact 01933 680099 or e-mail

Are you over 60? Need something to do on a Wednesday afternoon? Why not go along to Finedon Over 60’s and meet new friends and find lots of different things to do. It is held at the Bowls Club and costs just £1. All are welcome.

A Tabletop Sale is being held on Saturday 21st March at Finedon Community Centre, 12-3pm – Sellers £5 for a 6ft space bringing your own table. Set up at 11 am. Free Admission to public to buy. A chance to sell unwanted items accumulated before you spring clean! Refreshments, tea & coffee are available. Ring to book a space: 01933 398377

An entertainment and Race Night is being held on Saturday 14th March at Finedon Bowls Club. This is to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. Doors open at 6pm and all tickets are £6 which includes a sausage and chip supper. For further information, ring Dave on 07753 840821.

Come and join the Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild  Craft Fair which is being held in All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, Wellingborough (next to the police station) on March 21st from 2 - 4pm. There are varied hand- made local crafts,  Decorate your own cupcake, Mug Tombola (a prize every time) Crazy Hats Charity, Tea and Home-made Cakes £1.  Free entry.  To book a table 6ft = £10 or 4ft = £7 or for more information ring  01933 680099.


There is a Bollywood theme evening on Saturday 14th March in the Village Hall at 7.30pm, with music, dancing and mouth-watering Indian cuisine. For tickets ,please ring Linda, secretary of The Friends Of The Church, on 01536513280.

The next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting will be held on Thursday 19th March at 7.30pm in Geddington Village Hall lounge.

An Auction Of Promises is taking place in Geddington Village Hall on Friday 20th March from 8.00pm. Tickets are £12.50 and include dinner and drinks. All money raised will buy books for Geddington School library. Tickets can be bought from Geddington School Office.

There will be a good old Jumble Sale on Saturday 21st March in the Chapel Rooms in Queen Street, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.There will be clothes, toys, bric a brac and household items. Please support Geddington Chapel and get yourself a bargain!

The 8th Annual Samuel Lees Charity dinner was held on March 8th when 70 guests enjoyed a three course meal at Geddington Village Hall. The guest speaker was the local historian Melvyn Hopkins , who reminisced on his years of research into the history of Geddington and many of its residents and activities. The Trustees would like to say thank you to those guests, to the raffle table prizes and those who donated items for the Charity Auction, all raising much needed funds for the Charity. A extra boost was made by Councillor Jonathan Bullock who presented a cheque for £400 for the charity from Borough Community Fund.

Geddington Amateur Dramatic Society presents ‘Ladies Day’, a comedy by Amanda Whittington, on Wednesday 15th April until Saturday 18th. Held in Geddington Village Hall, Adults are £7 with concessions £6. Please note. This is a revised notice as the dates have been moved back to one week earlier to accommodate GADS members with work commitments. It is a very exciting time, with fresh new actors such as Bianca Harker. It promises to be a great show!

Geddington Brickyard Garden Launch Day has been announced for Sunday 19th April 2015 . Times are provisional and will broadcast soon. Everyone is welcome to come up to the site and see what they have been up to! They hope you will be inspired by the potential of this beautiful site.

Don’t forget the Great Garage Sale on May 16th. Start spring cleaning and get rid of all the things you don’t really need. You could sell them and at the same time do a good turn to someone else. Why not raise money for your favourite charity? I have been collecting all the once-used paperbacks for a book stall next to the Eleanor Cross. With all my friends donating their own books, there will be an impressive book sale, even though I say it myself!!

Geddington PA is holding a Summer Fair/ Family Fun day on July 4th 2015.


The Addington Artisans meet monthly on the 2nd Friday of the month and they meet in Great Addington Village Hall between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Their next meeting is on Friday 13th March 2015. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please don’t forget to bring a packed lunch. For more information please contact: Marlies Darwin on 01933 650771, or Liz Lee on 01536 330508, .

On Sunday the 15th March in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Mothering Sunday Service with Family Service at 9.30am. Also there is a Family Service with Sunday School in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am.

The Addingtons Pre-school is now open on Thursday afternoons, so we are now able to offer Mondays 8.45-12.15 and full school days of 8.45-3.15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For further information, please contact our Pre-school Manager on 07904 493169.

Rockingham Choir is taking part in the Kettering and District Eisteddfod Vocal & Choir Competition on Friday 13th March, 2015.

After the competition we will stop for lunch and continue on to our visit to the Waste and Energy Discovery Centre.


The Annual General Meeting of Great Oakley Village Hall will take place on Tuesday 17th March at 7.15pm in the hall.

Reports will be heard from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. People interested in finding out about the management of the hall are welcome to attend.

St Michael’s Church Great Oakley are organising a Ploughman’s Lunch and Fashion Show by Trudi Claire of Rothwell on Wednesday April 1st, 12.30pm for 1pm in Great Oakley Village Hall. Admission is by ticket only, cost £7.50 available from Vivien 741044 or Celia 741321


The Gretton Village hall committee held their monthly lunch this Tuesday 3rd March. This event saw an unprecedented number of 75 people attending. Somehow we managed to produce enough food for all even though it was a very busy day. The previous Friday we saw an unusually large number of people at the Annual Masterteam Quiz. There were 22 teams and a great atmosphere throughout, including the aroma of the nibbles produced on the individual tables. The Women’s Institute were once again the victors. This event also raised £218 for funds. The 200 Club winning number was drawn, No.133 and has been allocated. Our next event is the Bridge Drive on Tuesday 17th. March. Bookings remain good and finances stable.

The Great Bowden Recital Trust, is a registered music charity based in Market Harborough. It is non-audition, community-based welcome-to-everyone organisation, that has nine choirs and ensembles with over 300 members from 5 to 76 years of age. A successful drumming group, gigging regularly and bringing the sound of samba to street fairs, carnivals and events to the enjoyment of hundreds of people across the area. They have need for new members to join and play.

They contacted local charity The Travers Foundation for help.

The Travers Foundation helps 13 to 30 year olds living in Northamptonshire, Rutland or Leicestershire improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts. Between the two organisations, they decided that a good way to attract new members was to have some sign-writing on the newly purchased carnival drums trailer which is a highly visible presence at all events they attend. The Travers Foundation have funded this cost. Terry Forsey of The Travers Foundation said “We were delighted to be able to fund the sign-writing to advertise the Great Bowden Recital Trust, and we hope that this organisation continues to thrive and entertain people throughout the area for a very long time to come.”

Andrew Cartwright from the Great Bowden Recital Trust added “When people are enjoying the wonderful music at events, they will see the trailer with its contact details, can find out more and hopefully come and join us!”


The Neighbourhood Plan for Higham Ferrers covering the period until 2031 is progressing well and this document is now out on Regulation 14 Consultation until 31st March.

There will be a stand on the Farmers’ Market on 28th March to encourage residents to respond and ask questions and it is hoped that many will study this document and provide feedback. Contact the Town Clerk 01933 312075 email: or see website:

St Mary’s Messy Church will be held next Tuesday 17th March from 3.30 to 5 pm in the Bede House. The cost is £1 per child and further details available from Debbie 01933 356257 or email:

The annual Town Meeting will be held at next Tuesday 17th March in the Council Chamber. All residents are welcome to attend and take part in discussing agenda items. The agenda is posted on the town noticeboard on the Square.

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 31st March in the Council Chamber.

The Higham/Rushden U3A meet at 2 pm next Wednesday 18th March in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Derek Harris talking about life on the canals portrayed through songs and stories – Up the Cut. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty interest groups.

Church services for this Sunday 15th March: St Mary’s Family Mass & Mothering Sunday service combined with All Sorts at 10.15 am followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. Simnel cakes will be distributed and small posies of flowers for all Mums. (All Sorts will resume as usual at 9.15 am on Sunday 22nd March in the Bede House.)

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

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - a Mothering Sunday service at 10.45 am will be led by Mrs Nita Gould. This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.

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

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Mary’s will be held on Sunday 19th April following the Family Mass at 10.15 am. Annual reports will be received from Church organisations together with presentation of the Accounts/Treasurer’s Report and the election of Churchwardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members. All those on St Mary’s electoral roll are welcome.

The Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele are selling tickets for the first night of Abigail’s Party at the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre to be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 16th March. Tickets are £10 each available from Derek Harber on 01933 624271. All proceeds will be given to the local Women’s Refuge.

Lent courses are being held in the Chantry Chapel of St Mary’s at 7 pm on Mondays - 16th and 23rd March. They will be led by Canon Richard Stainer – an Introduction to Christian Meditation - and conclude with a Contemporary Mass.


Welcome everybody, it’s time to come and sing. Rhymetime for babies and the under 5’s is at 9.30am on Thursdays in Irchester Library. All children respond to songs, rhymes and actions and this is a friendly group which welcomes new faces. The session is followed by refreshments and the opportunity to chat if you would like to. There is no charge for Rhymetime although donations may be made to Northamptonshire library services or to the Friends of Irchester Library which will help to run other events there.

It’s Mothers Day on Sunday, March 15 and St Katharine’s Church will be hosting a family service at 10am during which popular hymns will be sung and flower posies will be blessed and distributed to celebrate Mothering Sunday.

This year Animals in Need is celebrating 25 years of rescuing and re-homing animals. To celebrate this amazing achievement they will be having having a huge party at Northampton Golf Club on 28 March 2015 at 7pm. £25 per ticket will gain you access to this exclusive event along with a 3 course meal, raffle, auction and disco. To purchase tickets or reserve a table please email

The Irchester Gala Court has been selected. Congratulations to Miss Irchester Rose, Amber Daniels her Princesses Brooke O’Reilly and Lucy Brunt and Irchester Rosebud Ellie Horton. The girls will be representing Irchester at carnivals and events throughout the year.


The March monthly/Lent lunch at the Methodist Church is taking place on Wednesday 18th March from noon. The April lunch will take place on Wednesday 15th April.

Also taking place on Wednesday 15th April is the first Methodist Community Cinema event. The film will be shown in the Goliath Hall and begin at 2pm. Tickets are £4 which includes a choice of tea or coffee and biscuits. The film title will be announced next week.

This is a new venture for the Methodist Church which we hope will bring the community together for an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment. All are welcome.

Headway will be having an Easter Bazaarand Coffee Morning on Thursday 26th March at Headway, 61 High Street, Irthlingborough from 10:30am to 2:30pm. All proceeds go to the ongoing work of ‘Headway’ EastNorthants.

The Lamedogs will be playing Old School Rock and Blues at the British Arms, 60 Baker Street, Irthlingborough on Friday13th March



On Monday 23 March 7pm at Kettering Library, Sheep Street, James Hornsby will perform his own adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Tickets £6, including light refreshments. Booking essential. Available at the library reception.

Cake and Craft. Spend the morning on your own craft project with other crafty friends at Gateway Community Church on Speight’s Corner (42 London Road). Thursday 19th March 9.30am to 12.30pm. Donations appreciated for refreshments and use of craft equipment.

The following events will take place at:

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance: Sunday 15th March - Sunday Worship: 10.00am Mothering Sunday Leader: Major Paul Doust - All welcome / 5.30pm No Meeting Today.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information. Thursday 12th March: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Majors Trevor & Roni Howes - for everyone. Thursday 12th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]. Thursday 12th March: 7.30 - 9.00pm Men’s Fellowship: Speaker: Paul Marsh “ “The Wainwright Walks”.Friday 13th March and Monday 16th March: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - to book your 2-Course (Home-cooked) Meal+Cuppa £3.50 - please phone to book a place. Monday 16th March: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone. Tuesday 17th March: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome. Wednesday 18th Mar: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place for March 2015. Thursday 19th March: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: - for everyone.Thursday 19th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]. Thursday 19th March: 7.30 - 9.00pm Ladies Fellowship: “Greetings (Easter) Card Craft” Major Roni Howes.

KOS Musical Theatre Company will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st March at The Toller Church Rooms off Gold Street, Kettering from 10.00 until 12.00 noon.

A warm welcome awaits you all so come along and here all about the Company’s next production which will be the New Musical Comedy The Addams Family, this will be produced for the first time in this County and the area. It promises to be a screamingly funny musical based on the characters created by Charles Addams in his single panel cartoons. The Company are busy rehearsing at the moment and are having a ball. The Addams Family can be seen at The

Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering from April 29th to May 2nd each evening at 7.30pm. Tickets are now available and can be booked at The Theatre Box Office on 01536 414141 or on line at

On Monday 23rd March at the Woodland Hospital, Rothwell Road there is a Cosmetic Surgery Open Evening between 6.30pm and 9.00pm. If you are considering cosmetic surgery you will want to make sure you make the right choice. Come along and have an opportunity to meet the Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr. Offer, who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have in a 10 minute mini consultation. Mini consultations are limited so please call to reserve your space. For more information call 01536 536854.

Kettering & District Eisteddfod takes place this week 11th – 14th with Speech & Drama sections at Toller United Reformed Church, Gold Street and instrumental and vocal sections at the Salvation Army Citadel, Rockingham Road. On Saturday 14th March there will be a Celebration Concert at 7.15pm at The Salvation Army. Full details on

The East Northants branch of the National Trust meets this evening at the Corn Market Hall, London Road at 7.30pm featuring a talk by John Tierney – History of the Monologue, a presentation of the history and the art of the monologue with various performed examples, some with music and many costume changes. This should be a lively and entertaining rendering of some well-known and also some not so well known monologues and should be great fun for all. NT goods for sale, bookstall, raffle & refreshments available. Visitors welcome. £3 on door.

On Saturday 14th March at Wicksteed Park, Strictly Got to Dance in aid of Cransley Hospice. For more information call 01536 527407.

Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st March the Cytringan Players present Theft, a comedy thriller by Eric Chappell, in The Studio at The Castle, Wellingborough. Tickets £10, concessions £9 Wednesday only). Box office 01933 270007. Performances start 7.45pm. For more information visit

On Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm at All Saints Community Hall, William Street a talk on rose growing by Nick Maple Bed of Roses’. Nick was a commercial rose grower on the Duke of Buccleuch’s estate. Entry £3, includes light refreshments.

Kettering Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, on Saturday 21st March present Rolling in the Aisles Comedy Club Night. A fun and regular evening of laughter, enjoying a brilliant mix of acts. This month is headlined by Nick Doody one of the brightest talents on the comedy circuit. With your genial compere Nick Wills and the talents of Matt Brown and Sajeela Kershi this is sure to be a great night of comedy. Tickets £9, £7 concessions. Age 14+ only.

On Thursday 19th March Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be Donna Hunnings on Kettering General Hospital. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm – 9.00pm at All Saints Community Hall, William Street An Evening with John Stapleton with a talk entitled ‘My Years as a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church’. £3 on the door including light refreshments. Raffle.

On Thursday 12th March at the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive ‘A Night at the Dogs’. Charged excitement and pulsating drama of real life dog racing without losing your shirt! Each player is given a float. You can study the form, check the odds or use your own formula and gut instinct before placing your bets. Chili nachos and sour cream included. Numbers are limited for this popular fun filled evening. Held in the Lighthouse Studio Bar 7.30pm Tickets £10. Call 01536 414141.

On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March at the Lighthouse celebrate HAPAning 2015. Harborough Academy of Performing Arts 20th anniversary with this entertaining and dazzling show. A cast of talented pupils, some fantastic choreography and toe tapping tunes this is one show not to be missed. Tickets £10, children £7.50, concessions £7.50. Show times 2.15pm and 7.00pm.

Friday 20th March 2015 for one night only – Disco’s Greatest Hits 1975-2015 with DJ Bill Burton. Ticket price includes coffee and doughnuts at midnight. Venue: Lakeside Bar at Kettering Conference Centre. Tickets £7.50. 8pm – 12.30am.

On Friday 20t5h March at the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive Live at the Lighthouse with Stewart Francis, Ben Norris, George Egg, Sean McLoughlin and Dan Evans an evening of laughter from start to finish. Tickets £17. To book call the box office on 01536 414141.

At the Manor House Museum on Wednesday 18 March at 2.30pm – 4pm An Archaeological Finds Session run by Northamptonshire’s Finds Liaison Officer Julie Cassidy. If you have found an object that might of archaeological interest, bring it along to this free session.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street on Thursday 19th March 7pm – 9pmthe first in a series of untutored Life Drawing Classes set in the large gallery. Whether you are a professional or amateur artist, or just looking to keep your hand in, these sessions could be suited to you. Tickets £10 per session. To book call 01536 534274 or email

On Friday 20th March 1pm – 2pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street a Lunchtime Talk entitled ‘Sir Alfred East in Japan’ by Roy Hargrave. Sir Alfred East travelled to Nagasaki in March 1889 having been commissioned by the Fine Art Society to spend six months painting in Japan. The lecture will put East’s expedition in the context of growing interest in Japan in the later nineteenth century.

On Thursday 19th March at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street at 7.30pm a talk by John Stanyard ‘1914 – A fateful year for Kettering and the world’. Most people think that 1914 started in June with the assassination in Sarajevo. Whilst the key event in 1914 was the start of World War 1 other things were happening throughout the year both here in Kettering, and in the wider world. ‘1914 – A fateful year’ looks at some of the national and international events of 1914 as well as what was happening closer to home here in Kettering. The talk also features a then and now comparison between Kettering in 1914 and in 2014. Tickets £3 per person, free to Friends Members. Available on the door. No advance booking required.


The Headland Choir are visiting this Sunday March 15th in order to sing choral evensong at the usual 6.00pm evensong at St Mary’s Little Harrowden.

Church services for Mothering Sunday 15th March- 9.30am Family Service at Great Harrowden, 10.00am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family service at Orlingbury.

Sunday school at Little Harrowden Church is held the 4th Sunday of the month. All Primary school age children are welcome. Parents of pre-school age children can attend with their child. Meet in the Church for 9.15am where they will then go to Little Harrowden School Hall before returning to church for the end of the service. Contact Carolynne on 01933 673492 or e-mail the for any further details.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union, the next meeting is on Wednesday March 25th-7.30pm at Wellingborough Church- Lady Day service, venue to be announced. Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey.

Little Harrowden WMC – March Saturday entertainment. 14th March Dale Andrews, 21st March –Dave Barron, 28th March –Ashby Clarke. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

A date for your diary -Little Harrowden WMC will be having a BBQ on Easter Monday at 2.30pm.

Why not go along to Little Harrowden Church for a Lent lunch on Saturday at midday and continue weekly until Easter. Pop in and enjoy soup and a roll and raise money for charitable causes. The profit made each week will be sent to a charity nominated by those who have provided the lunch. Everyone is most welcome to go along.

Advance notice- Wellingborough Community Gospel Choir is coming to Great Harrowden on Friday 12th June.

Little Harrowden Village Hall is an excellent venue for holding any party celebration, special birthdays, anniversaries, christenings etc. for hire details or to find out if you could hire the hall for any club venue or just to take a look at this lovely village hall and see the facilities for a future date please call 07769693139


On Sunday 15th March, a Family Communion Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Cowslip and Fritillary Day will be held on Easter Monday 6th April from 2pm to 4pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. Plants for sale and Afternoon Teas.


Orlingbury Parish Council-the Parish Council is holding elections in May. Want to have your voice heard on village matters? Contact Nigel Cole on 07836574410 for information on becoming a councillor.

Village Defibrillator - A defibrillator has recently been purchased for village use. Short courses in the use of this equipment are being provided and as many volunteers as possible are needed to learn how to operate this life saving equipment. For more information contact Nigel on the above number.

Orlingbury Drama Group presents For One Night Only! This Saturday 14th March from 7.30pm - A revue with a fish & chip supper is to be held at Orlingbury Village Hall. To see if there are any tickets available please call Gwen on 01933 678275 Tickets £7.00 Licensed Bar

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union, the next meeting is on Wednesday March 25th-7.30pm at Wellingborough Church- Lady Day service, venue to be announced. Further dates for your diary – Weds April 15th-2pm Tea and fellowship, Weds 20th May-7.30pm Dawn Durrant –caring for your feet, Weds 17th June – Trip out? Emmaus at Turvey.

The Headland Choir are visiting this Sunday March 15th in order to sing choral evensong at the usual 6.00pm evensong at St Mary’s Little Harrowden.

Church services for Mothering Sunday 15th March- 9.30am Family Service at Great Harrowden, 10.00am Family service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family service at Orlingbury.

Sunday school at Little Harrowden Church is held the 4th Sunday of the month. All Primary school age children are welcome. Parents of pre-school age children can attend with their child. Meet in the Church for 9.15am where they will then go to Little Harrowden School Hall before returning to church for the end of the service. Contact Carolynne on 01933 673492 or e-mail the for any further details.

Orlingbury Art Exhibition at St Mary’s Church Orlingbury 15th-17th May If you would like to exhibit paintings or craft items please contact Gillian on 01933 401340

Orlingbury Art days with Claire Warner for 2015 -28th March reflections in the sand, 25th April English Market scene, 24th October Watermill in Autumn, 21st November seasonal pen and wash using winter colours. Learn to paint in watercolours and enjoy a special day. For further details contact Gillian on 01933 401340


I’m sorry to report that the Community Centre café has closed. Nik from St Benny’s Church ran this for the past six months but despite hom-emade cookies and fresh tea and coffee, community take-up has been low. Nik says; “Thanks for all those who did support the community cafe, unfortunately we can no longer keep it open.  St Benny’s still meets from 3.30pm every Sunday and we will continue to be active in the Oakley Vale Community.”

This is a great disappointment for those trying to make a go of a local community. If you can help perhaps we can re-open - is there anybody out there willing to give it a go?

The next OVCA meeting is on March 25 so please put that date in your smart phones or diaries; 7.30pm at the community Centre – an opportunity to ask councillors questions and hear from local wardens and PCSOs. I will bring a map, information sheets and questionnaires on the proposed development behind Brooke Weston which would increase the population of Oakley Vale from 3,000 to 4,000 – a significant change which needs your careful consideration before going to planning permission for change of use from the original ‘Science park’. A website – – contains the details for you to view on-line. A total of 161 residents viewed the proposals on the recent open days and were invited to submit comments – many expressed concerns about increased traffic on narrow roads. The developer’s representatives declined an invitation to attend the OVCA meeting and offer further information.


The voices of the people of Raunds have been heard! The Raunds Vision action plan has been prepared; the Council has adopted the plan and are ready to take action – now! Your help is needed to make the plan a reality.

A town meeting will take place at the Saxon Hall at 7.30 p.m. this coming Wednesday, 18th March. At this meeting projects will be explained and you will have the opportunity to get involved. Members of the community, of all ages, are invited to go along, have fun, meet new friends and make a difference to the town of Raunds.

Raunds WI will be meeting tonight, Thursday, 12th March, at 7.30 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, when Stuart Wilkins will give a talk about the work of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. This is something that is close to many people’s hearts and visitors are especially welcome to this meeting. Admission for visitors is £3.50, which includes refreshments. The competition of the evening is for a ‘decorated egg’. For more information please phone Mary on 01933 624271.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 13th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. You are also invited to take Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 18th March.

Sunday is Mothering Sunday and there will be a service of Holy Communion at 10.30 a.m., which will be followed by the AGM, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. There will be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 18th March, at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 10th March. If you are caring for a young child, you are very welcome to call in to meet other carers and their children.

If you are having problems using your computer, you can easily solve them at a drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, which will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 19th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. If you have a problem, just call in for more information. Admission is £4 for the two hour session.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 19th March. For more information about the group please visit their website at

The Raunds Town Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, 18th April, from 8 a.m., where sales will be held at individual garages, drives or front gardens throughout Raunds. All proceeds will be used to improve the facilities of the St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, (opposite SPAR).

If you would like to hold a sale, entry is £5 per address. Application forms are available from Raunds Post Office, and further information can be obtained by calling Peter on 01933 460259 or by emailing

The RSPB Mid-Nene Group will be holding an indoor Meeting next Thursday, 19th March, at 7.30 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, Raunds. The guest speaker will be Jonathan Forgham, with an illustrated talk on ‘Birds of the North Norfolk Coastal Path’. Admission is £3, but free for children, and everyone is welcome. For more information please call Penny on 01933 350404.

The Candocare Day centre for elderly and vulnerable adults is based at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, each Monday to Friday, between 10.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.

To raise funds for their Entertainment Fund, they will be holding a Quiz Night at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 20th March at Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club.

Entry per team member is £3.50, which includes a light buffet, with a maximum of 6 members per team. There will also be a raffle, with many prizes. Everyone is welcome, and your support will be very much appreciated.

For more information, please contact Jilly or Kath on 07741 651 170, or email or


The Monthly Lunch Club takes place in the Shared Church on the second Thursday of the month, from 12.30pm. The lunch club is an opportunity to share with people in the community. Pre-booking is necessary as places are limited; please ask if, you would like to either be included or know others who would. Please contact: Carolyn on 01933 461055 or Glennis on 01933 624427 for further details. The date of the next Lunch Club is Thursday 12th March 2015.

On Sunday 15th March there is a Mothering Sunday All Age Service. Refreshments are served after the Service.

On Sunday 15th March 2015 in The Shared Church in Ringstead services are as follows: At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with the Rev’d Ted Hale and there is an Evening Service with Rev’d Peter Eyre at 6.00pm.

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.


Everyone is very welcome to the Village Hall Bar on Friday 27th March where you can enjoy an evening of song.

The children’s holiday club at All Saints is taking a different format this year. Entitled ‘Whats missing’ the event will be a special one-off on Good Friday. The children will have their own session from 9.15 and will then be joined by parents, adults and the whole church for the Good Friday service at 10.45. The service will be followed by Easter crafts and hot cross buns.

On Saturday 25th April in the village hall there will be a St Georges Night Supper with traditional English food. Amongst the planned entertainment will be the popular Bedford Ukelele Band who encourage the audience to sing along. The money raised will be for the charity ‘Help for heroes’. Enquiries for tickets on 708412 or 708907.


There were 26 reported crimes in Rothwell during January, the February meeting of Rothwell Town Council was told. They were: burglary, 1; criminal damage, 4; robbery, 1; sexual offences, 2; theft from motor vehicles, 3; theft/handling, 4; theft of motor vehicles, 1; violence offences, 10. PCSO Jason Parish told the council that it was a good start that there were no burglary dwelling offences during January.

A senior police officer attended the February meeting of Rothwell Town Council in an attempt to allay fears that had been expressed over the reduction in the number of police officers serving the area. Chief Inspector Dennis Murray told the council he was leading the trial to see how savings of £30m could be made, as required by the police and crime commissioner for the county.

Cllr Alan Mills said the number of PCs and PCSOs at Desborough has been reduced and the local PC has not been seen in Rothwell. CI Murray pointed out that this area never used to have a pro-active crime team, but there is now one. Cllr Mills added that, for some years we had long-serving PCs and PCSOs who knew people in the community well, with this local knowledge being of great help. CI Murray said violence had decreased by some 40 per cent but, because minor incidents were now officially recorded as violence, it seems as if there has been an increase of 51 per cent. Cllr Mills also said the police and crime commissioner had told the town council police numbers on the front line had not been cut, but Rothwell has seen a reduction and the only alternative offered has been volunteers. CI Murray confirmed the numbers had been cut but some have been moved and, if there is a need in the town, officers will be sent. The town council is also concerned about the volunteer scheme, and Cllr Karl Sumpter mentioned the serious crimes that have taken place, with robberies at the building society, the bookmaker’s and other shops. CI Murray said this is one of the reasons he wants to have a rural crime team operational. He added that, for Rowell Fair, high-visibility volunteers could attend as a deterrent. Specials can now be placed on the streets in three rather than six months, and some are using horses. DI Murray was thanked for attending the meeting.

The small garden outside Rothwell library, Bell Hill has been planted with spring flowers – thanks to the work of Rothwell Town Council rather than its owners, Northamptonshire County Council. It is part of a move to make Rothwell more attractive with plants and flowers in public places, including placing troughs and flowers in front of the town signs, mowing grass verges and cutting back allotment hedges

Rothwell’s annual litter pick, organised by the town council, will take place on Saturday, April 11, starting at 2.00pm outside the Market House.

The dangers of crossing Rushton Road, Rothwell – especially for children on their way to and from school – and ways of reducing them are to be raised by members of Rothwell Town Council with Northamptonshire County Council representatives.

Some 60 members attended the annual meeting and dinner of the Rowell and District Association for the Prosecution of Felons when it was held at Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill on Thursday, February 26. Guest speakers at the dinner included David Newman, who spoke on his days in rugby, and the chairman of the Higham Ferrers Association for the Apprehension and Prosecution of Felons, Jim Kearns. Alistair Mackay was elected president for 2015-16, and the committee of Ben Bending, Dave Kingsnorth, Richard Ley, Neil Matthew and Karl Sumpter was re-elected en bloc. Toastmaster for the evening was Harry Twelvetree. Photographs and more details of the evening can be found on Facebook.

The new bailiff to the lord of the manor of Rothwell took on one of his first formal duties when he chaired the annual meeting of the Rowell Fair Society, held at the Conservative Club, Market Hill on February 18. The meeting was attended by about 100 members as well as the mayor of Rothwell, Cllr Roger Wilson, his wife, Jenny, and Northamptonshire County councillor Jim Hakewill. Two cheques were received by president Paul Johnson on behalf of the society – one from Kettering borough Council for £500 and the other jointly from Rothwell Town Council and the mayor’s charity fund, for £850. After the formal business of the meeting, Bernie Keith of Radio Northampton’s morning show, accompanied by his dog, Riley, gave a talk on his experiences in radio.

Membership of the Rowell Fair Society costs just £2 a year, and can be paid at the Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street. The next meeting is at 8.00pm on Thursday, March 26 when Tony Hewitt will make a presentation on ‘owls to behold’ in the back lounge of the Conservative Club, Market Hill.

A new Monday morning yoga class is beginning at Rothwell Methodist Church from 9.30-11.00am on April 13. Anyone interested in joining should ring Julia Thorley on 01536 481841 or visit website

Holy Trinity church will be decorated with lilies throughout the Easter weekend, April 4-6. A tree of remembrance will be on display together with the names of loved ones who have died. One lily costs £2, and those who wish to donate or participate in the weekend should contact Brenda Austin on 01536 710258 for further details.

A Mothering Sunday service will be held at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell at 10.45am on Sunday, March15. Posies of flowers will be blessed and there will be refreshments after the service.

In the Kettering and District Table Tennis League, Rothborough Arrows beat Corby C 7-3 with Helen Watts unbeaten. In Division 2, Buccaneers and Comets are now level at the top of the table with 4 matches remaining. A hat-trick from Tom Ravenscroft was not enough for Buccaneers as Comets won 7-3. Dakotas remain third following their 8-2 victory over Exocets in which Cathy Fleming and Lauren Ainsworth picked up trebles.

Blood pressure and weight checks are being conducted free at Rothwell library on three dates during the course of the year. All are being held on Mondays from 10.00am-12 noon on April 27, July 13 and October 19.

The following events are being held at Rothwell library during the month: Friday, March 13, 10.00am, health walk; 10.00am-12 noon, IT buddy; Saturday, March 14, 11.00am-1.00pm, homework club plus; 2.00-2.30pm, rhyme time; Monday, March 16, 2.00-2.30pm, rhyme time; Wednesday, March 18, 3.30-4.45pm, homework club; Friday, March 20, 10.00am, health walk; Saturday, March 21, 10.30-11.00am, rhyme time; 11.00-1.00pm, homework club plus; Wednesday, March 25, 3.30-4.45pm, homework club plus; Friday, March 27, 10.00am, health walk; Saturday, March 28, 10.30-11.00am, rhyme time; 11.00-1.00pm, homework club plus; Sunday, March 29, 1.30-3.00pm, children’s craft event; Monday, March 30, 2.00-2.30pm, rhyme time. More information is available at the library.

A talk by Steve Dormer on HDR imaging is to be given to members of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 8.00pm on Friday, March 13 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. The following week’s meeting, at the same venue, will be print heat 2 and will start at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church is hosting a series of Lent Teas on Tuesdays throughout Lent from2.00-4.00pm, until March 31. Everyone is welcome. On Sunday, March 29, there will be a choral evensong at Holy Trinity at 5.00pm, led by the Harborough Singers, who will be singing a setting of Stanford in C.

Tonight’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will see members talk on their ‘favourite things’. The meeting starts at 8.00pm in Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Next week’s meeting will hear the Stanwick bell ringers.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell include: Sunday, March 15, mums eat free for Mothering Sunday lunch, available 1.00-4.00pm, booking advisable; Monday, March 16, acoustic open mike night with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Thursday, March 19, electric open mike from 9.00pm; Friday, March 20, 80s Goth fancy dress and disco from 9.00pm; Saturday, March 21, landlady Rachel’s 50th birthday party with music from the Lincoln Noel Trio from 9.00pm.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to The Priory, Wellingborough on Tuesday 17th March and Vesuvios, Sharnbrook on Thursday March 19th. There are shopping trips to Morrisons or Sainsburys on Monday March 16th, and Waitrose on Friday March 20th. Curling at Imperial Court is on Wednesday March 18th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Rotary – are holding an International Evening on Friday March 20th at 7.00pm in the Bede House, Higham Ferrers – 3 Course International Meal, Live Entertainment, Bar and Tombola. Supporting Life Straws, Mercy Ships, Shelter Boxes and Trade Aid. Tickets £17.50 each from Sidey Design, Market Square 01933 317967.

Rushden and District History Society – Eric Fowell is grateful to members of this Society, Higham Ferrers Chichele Society and Higham Ferrers Widows Club for taking part in a raffle which allowed him to send £180 to Cancer Research UK in memory of a great Friend to both Societies, Graham Pack.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – are running a Diesel Gala at the Station on Sat / Sun 21st / 22nd March from 10.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and 11.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday. Model Railway exhibition, Real Ale Bar, Refreshments available. Fares Adult £4.00 Children £2.00. Contact 353111 for further details.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday March 17th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when Rev Paul Needle will talk about the ‘Early Days of British Broadcasting’.

Rushden Amenities Society – meet next Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall for their AGM and afterwards Mrs Daisy Clark will speak on ‘My Memories’.

The Salvation Army – Services this Sunday, Mothers’ Day, are at 10.00am when all mothers will be presented with daffodils and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. Tickets are now available for the visit on Saturday April 18th for the visit of Gospel Singer Marilyn Baker. Contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden – Services this Mothering Sunday are All Age Worship at 9.30am with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows led by Sandra Taylor. Morning Prayer at 11.15am is led by Rev Prior and Tony Smith. Evening Worship with Holy Communion is at 6.00pm with Rev Prior and John Dixon.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Mothering Sunday is at 10.45am led by Mrs Nita Gould. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall. This Saturday March 14th there is an Easter Themed Coffee Morning at 10.00am with cake, craft and bring & buy stalls. All welcome.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Patrick Carberry from Luton. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday 18th March at 7.30pm led by Irene Mills from Northampton.

Heritage Church and Halls – Mothering Sunday’s Service including the giving of posies to the Mothers, is at 10.30am led by Tony Garrard, followed by refreshments. Tickets are now available at £4.00 for ‘Musical Memories’ concert by the ‘Six Week Community Singers’ on Saturday March 21st at 7.00pm. Contact 778677.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Holy Communion is at 8.00am with Mothering Sunday Service at 10.00am led by Rev Rachel Hawkins and Victoria Shane.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church

– Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Mothering Sunday Morning Family Service with children’s activities is at 10.45am with the Evening Service with Communion at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Mothering Sunday Worship with the Children’s Group is at 10.45am with Traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm led by Linda Crawley. Coffee Stop is on Tuesday March 17th at 10.00am. The Mission Brass Band will present their Anniversary Concert on Thursday March 19th at 7.30pm – all welcome for a concert of popular music.

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

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – next meet on Monday March 23rd for a walk in Cranford and Twywell - leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Roy Pressland on 314831.

Pemberton Centre – invite you to a ‘Variety Performance’ on Friday March 13th at 7.30pm with all proceeds going to Rowan Gate Primary Special School towards a new Lords Taverners’ Minibus. Acts include a Jersey Boys Tribute Act, ABBA Girlz, Amy and Matt and Ashleigh. Tickets £10.00 each from 304970 or Lynne on 663951.

Swivel Club – invite you to their second Comedy Night at 7.30pm on Saturday March 28th at Rushden Bowls Club featuring Nick Page, Danny Ward and Nick Doody all award winning comedians and compered by Mike Wilkinson from Manchester. Tickets at £10.00 each are available now by calling 07738080470

Women of Action – all ladies are invited to ‘How to be a Woman of Action’ at the Mission Church on Saturday March 21st at 10.00am. It’s a day of Teaching, encouragement and challenge hosted by Wesleyan Reform Women of Action. Take a packed lunch! Details from Sandra Fall on 312919.


Stanwick Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 8 p.m. next Thursday, 19th March at the club. The Saturday evening entertainment on 14th March will be supplied by ‘6th Sense’ with their modern and classic rock covers.

Ask at the bar for details, and visit their new website

Stanwick WI will be meeting tomorrow, Friday, 13th March, at 7.30 p.m. in Stanwick Village Hall. The guest speaker will be Ben Frazer with ‘Easter Bunnies’ and paid up members will have materials provided to make their own Easter Bunny. This will incur an additional fee of £10 for visitors.

Sunday, 15th March, is the fourth Sunday of Lent and also Mothering Sunday, and there will be an All Age Service at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. There will also be a service of Evensong at the church at 6 p.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 18th March.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting next Thursday, 19th March, at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall.

‘Learn to Paint’ hold regular beginners classes at Stanwick Village Hall, where all art materials are loaned to you for the class with no drawing skills required. Chris and Roger Kinsey will be holding an Open Studio Event on Sunday, 22nd March, at Ringstead Village Social Club. Anyone can call in between 11am and 4 pm on the day, with no need to book. In addition to painting demonstrations, there will also be an opportunity for people to have mini painting classes throughout the day, free of charge.

Photographs of the paintings and projects for classes in April, May and June will also be on show, and visitors to the Open Studio will have the first opportunity to book them on the day. Art materials and some paintings will also be on sale. For more information, please call Roger on 01933 460676 or 07751 106 666.

The Stanwick Film Night showing of ‘Mr Turner’ at the Old School, Stanwick, was once more a complete sell-out. Details have now been released of the next three showings which will be:- Monday, 20th April - The Imitation Game; Monday, 18th May – The Theory of Everything; Monday, 22nd June – The Hundred-Foot Journey. Tickets will be available at £5 each from the shop@stanwick on a first-come-first-served basis.

Stanwick Film Night has now taken over the Notice Board on the wall of the old Post Office, where you will be able to keep up to date with their latest news. For more information email or call 01933 626595.

Advance notice that the annual Stanwick litter pick, organised by Stanwick Environment Group and the Stanwick Pocket Park Group, will take place on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, 21st and 22nd March. Meet outside the shop@stanwick at 10am on each morning. Please wear suitable stout footwear and clothing. Safety tabards and gloves will be provided.


Vince Price will be presenting another of his Evenings of Clairvoyance at the Wellingborough Museum on Friday 13th March 7.30pm till late and tickets will cost £10 and 01933 276838 is the number to ring for tickets or more information.

Wellingborough & District Garden Club

Thursday 19th March 2015 7.30pm Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough NN8 4JT AGM and Spring Show

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church held at The Quaker Church

St Johns Street every Thursday and the medium guests over the next few weeks will be Thursday 12th March Darren Turner, Thursday 19th Noel Stacey and the Thursday 26th March Darren Brittain. You will receive a warm welcome from 7.30pm till 9pm.

Rowan Gate is a primary special school in Wellingborough and the Variety Evening is to raise money for a new Lords Taverners minibus. The Variety Performance is on Friday 13th March 7pm till Midnight will be held at The Pemberton Centre, Rushden and the acts include a Jersey Boys tribute, Abba Girlz, Amy & Matt and Ashleigh. Tickets are only £10, available from the school on 01933 304970.

Concert at United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough Northampton Male Voice Choir, supported by Lydia Hennessy Saturday 14th March, 2015 - 7.30pm Adults £10 Concessions £8

The Wellingborough local committee for Cancer Research invite you to attend the Codfathers of Croon presented by the Opera Dudes at Wrenn School Doddington Road on 21st March at 7.30pm and enjoy an evening of Music and Humour and take part in a Grand Raffle for some excellent prizes. Tickets Cost £17.50 which includes refreshments and a glass of wine or soft Drink. For Tickets and more information please ring 01933 350268. Or 01933 223492 or 01604 408688.

Are you aged between 3yrs old to Adult and have an interest in Music and Arts. Then the Wellingborough Music and Arts Centre held in Wrenn School London Road wellingborough will welcome you on Saturdays in term time. Come along for a free taster. Instruments provided and for more information call 01604 637117 or email; or look at the web page. www. Wellingborough.

Do You Like Singing would you like to join the Orpheus Choir . Come along to a free first session at Park Junior School . On Mondays 7.30pm till 9.15pm for more information contact 01933 665191. Members Ages range between 14 and 70yrs students can join for free and if you wish to join first term may be free. It’s a choir of 50 plus voices and they sing a variety of material.

An Orpheus Choir concert will be held at St Barnabas Church on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm. Also the Oriana Singers will present Stainers Crucifixion on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm and one rehearsal will be held on Tuesday 24th Match at 7.30pm and if you would like to come along and join in with the singing please feel welcome to attend rehearsal. Both will be held in St Barnabas Church. If you would like to come along and listen admission is free and a collection will take place for the work of the Church.

Please call 01933 226730 or email . The performance will be conducted by Stephen Ostler and accompanied on the organ by William Thallon.

St Barnabas Church. Please contact the church on 678137 if you would like a stall at the Forthcoming Spring Fayre which will be held on Saturday 28th March 10am till noon in the Church Hall. Tickets to enter cost £1 each to include tea/coffee and a Hot Cross Bun. Can any unwanted Scarves, handbags, purses and jewellery be donated to the Mothers Union Stall at the Bazaar 01933 383209 if you have any you wish to donate.

The Next Messy Church at St Barnabas will be on Saturday 21st March 4pm till 6pm.

Ladies Circle meeting in the church hall will take place on Thursday 12th at 2pm and the speaker will be Agnes Seaman Visitors always welcome. Mothers Union meeting for March on the 17th at 2pm John Seaman will be the Guest. The Creative Cards craft group meet at 2pm on Mondays if you would like to attend. All this month Lent study groups will be held please contact the church members for more details.

Tea at Two - Every second Tuesday of the month from 2pm till 4pm, please come along to the All Saint Church Hall for a Cup of Tea/Coffee and a cake and a nice chat. Contact Fred Raitt on 01933 677988 for further information.

Glamis Hall Goldsmith Road Queensway is now a very popular part of the local community and if you would like to volunteer your help or attend please contact them on 07500530797.

Among the things on offer for attendees is a Lunch Club with a healthy three course meal each day for £7.50p.

To stay at Glamis Hall all day it will cost £15 a day and as well as lunch club, benefit advice, social care advice and help, an hairdresser and podiatrist visit regularly and activities and days out are on offer. Also a shopping and laundry service can be used. Equipment hire, exchange or purchase and transport to the Hall can be assessed. The centre can also help with assisted bathing if this is required. Call today to find out if you can attend and enjoy this valuable community service. Arrange a visit take along a friend or relative, go and see how this marvellous community centre is answering the needs of day to day living.

With a huge cast of 44 Wellingborough Operatic performing South Pacific at the Castle, Wellingborough 10th to 14th March. Tickets ; Box Office 01933 270007 or on line at Prices Tues, evening and Sat Mat. £14 Wednesday to Friday and Saturday evening £16


Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April, Woodford will welcome visitors to view gardens in the village. After the cold winter, share the delights of flowers, plants & shrubs coming back to display their beauty. Tickets with Map just £4 (children free) on sale on Village Green. Gardens will be open from 1 till 5. Funds raised to help the maintenance of St Mary’s Church - where teas & cakes will be available.

Further help and information: Jenny 01832 734731 or

The next meeting of the Woodford Winemakers is on monday march 16th at Woodford Club with slides a mini wine show with Kate Edge. Anyone interested in making wine or beer please come along on the night or ring 01832 732228 for more information.

The next Church Lent Lunch will be on thursday 19th March at The Shrubberies Woodford, and the final one is on Thursday 26th March at 5,The Moorings Woodford.All proceeds will be sent to Christian Aid’s Lent Souper Hero campaign.

February was party time for the WI when they celebrated thier 90th birthday. After Buffet and Toasts they were entertained by Nigel at the keyboard raising money for the local rotary. They had a sing-a-long covering songs from the past to the present. In March they had a mosaic craft lesson led by Kate Rieger.Visitors and new members are welcome they meet in the Jubilee Room at Woodford Club at 7:30pm.

The services for the Baptist Chaple for sunday March 15th are Family Service at 11:00-11:45am Songs of Praise at 3:00pm followed by tea. The wednesday fellowship on March 18th will be in the Chapel schoolroom at 7:15 with Mr tony Cullum as the guest speaker.

The services at the Churches on March 15th are Little Addington Family Service 9:30am Great Addington Family Service 9:30am Woodford St Mary’s Family Service 11am.