Village news March 19

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What’s going on where you live


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. There will be a bar and pop corn will be available. Admission £4.

The URC are holding an Easter coffee morning in the June Small room at the URC on Saturday March 21st from 10am until 12 noon. 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.

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. Please bring own drinks and glasses. Further details on 0771859480.

From March 28th until April 12th there is an Easter Quiz at Fermyn Woods Country Park. Spot all the wooden Easter eggs hidden in the park and win a fluffy Easter prize. £2 entry

Easter Monday April 6th there will be an Easter Egg Quiz and the popular Chicken Chuckin’ (with rubber chicken!) from 12 until 4pm.

The eagerly awaited village panto is on the evening of Friday April 10th and Saturday 11th at 7.30 and a matinee at 2.30 11th.

The April Parish Council meeting is Wednesday April 15th at 7.30pm in Brigstock Village Hall.

A free concert on Saturday April 18th at 3pm in Brigstock Village hall. The Historical Society has been involved in a project to record local stories and turn them into song. You can hear these songs at the concert. A CD and booklet will be available.

The March meeting of the WI revealed some artistic talent in the group. The demonstrator for the evening said everybody would leave with a painted greetings card that would be good enough to send.

This proved true, with some people finding it easier than others and some hidden artistic talent. The demonstrator Chris Kinsey said, you can all paint. Some were not convinced but had to eat their words!

The winners of the 200 club were £30 Brian Cole, £20, Sharon Johnson and £10 Sue Phillips.

Competition winners were Joy Thompson, Mary Amey and Liz Searle. Members were reminded the 3rd Tuesday of the month is a skittles practice and the fourth Tuesday a social event. For March.


Burton Latimer Heritage Society’s Annual General Meeting this evening, 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.

Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, when the speaker will be the Revd. Peter Ayre. Please let Derek (01536 722328) or Stephen (01536 722172) know today, Thursday 19th if you are able to come along.

A Coffee Drop In will be held on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon at the Baptist Church, Piggott’s Lane entrance. All proceeds in aid of Cransley Hospice.

It’s time for one of Pauline’s famous Quizzes. This will be on Saturday, at 6.30pm in the John Yeomans Hall.

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, 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, 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 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, and will open at 10.15am.

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place next Thursday, March 26th, in the Civic Centre, starting at 7pm.

The Easter Experience is a display of life size models and displays depicting the Easter story, and will be held in St Mary’s Church from Palm Sunday on March 29th until Easter Eve on Saturday, April 4th. The opening times are 1pm-4pm on Sunday and 10am-4pm every day except Good Friday when it will be 10am-1pm.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm in the Chapter House on Tuesday, March

31st when the speaker will be David Hudson talking about Buckingham Palace.

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.


It was with great sadness that villagers learned of the sudden death of Rob Griggs. Rob, a popular and active figure around the village was a committee member of the village hall; the fete and History Society and his support has been invaluable over many years. He will be greatly missed and sympathy is extended to his wife Janet and sons Robert and Daniel.

The president of the Women’s Institute, Jenny Betts, welcomed 25 members to the March meeting and also presented a birthday plant to Lorraine Hoy. Jenny introduced the guest speakers, members of The Charnwood Clog Step Dancers from Quorn in Leics, who formed the group in 1979. A demonstration was given by the dancers accompanied by guitarist, Eddie, with a running commentary of the steps.

A quiz compiled by Jenny Holloway and Pat Oakley was won by Sheena Girvan. Congratulations were given to Jenny McIntyre who won the coveted trophy in a skittles match at Wilbarston which was attended by members recently. The next meeting will be on April 2nd when Chris Edwards will talk about the RSPB Middleton Lakes.

The St John’s Church spring clean is due again on March 21 and it is hoped as many people as possible will put in an appearance to make light work of this annual event. Please come along armed with your own dusters and cleaning equipment and tools for churchyard tidying. The end product will ensure that the church is looking good for Easter. Also with this in mind, anyone wishing to contribute towards the Easter lilies in memory of loved ones can call Mary Davidson 770242 before March 26 to give her time to order the flowers before the Easter Day service on April 5.

Georgina Henley gave a presentation on her recent sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro at the recent Family Service at St John’s Church. She raised £2,000 for the medical centre of the hospital there where she had done voluntary work after qualifying as a doctor.

There will be a fete meeting in the village hall on Tuesday, March 17th at 8.30pm. Do come along with your ideas and offers of help for this year’s event which takes place on Saturday, July 4th.

The next Parish Council meeting will take place in the village hall on Wednesday, March 19th at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to attend.

The monthly progressive whist drive will be held in the village hall on Saturday 21st March at 7.30pm. All players will be welcome.

The organising skills of Jake and Anthea Hill paid off when over 70 people took part in a fun quiz. The event in its fourth year saw the return of quizmasters extraordinaire, Dave and Simon from Leicester, who compiled sets of varied questions which taxed the brains of everyone who attended. At half time a fish and chip supper was enjoyed. Winner in third place was The NFN, second was The Generations and the leading team was The Grapevine who received a bottle of wine each as a reward. Jenny Holloway was the first of many raffle winners.

Thanks were given to Anthea, Jake, Simon and Dave for a very successful evening.

The event raised a fantastic £444 for village hall funds.

Fundraising was among matters discussed at the recent St John’s Church Parochial Church Council meeting. A cake bake will be held on May 4th and a quiz in November, as well as the Garden Evening and Safari Supper with dates to be announced.

Everyone is invited to help in the annual Spring Clean on March 21st, no skills required. The AGM will be held in the church on Monday April 13th.


Cottingham and Middleton Parish Councillors, and representatives of the School and the Village Hall Management Committee are involved in the Working Group which is planning the new Village Hall and improvement of the Recreation Ground off Berryfield Road in Cottingham. The Skate Park that was consulted on last year, forms part of this initiative. A planning application has been submitted to Corby Borough Council for the new Village Hall. The Group is currently consulting Sport England and Northants County Council on how to improve the sports facilities, whilst making sure that the strict rules on protection of playing fields are adhered to.


Riding for the Disabled are holding a ‘Bric-a-brac and New to You Clothes event at Cranford Village Hall on 28th March from 10am – 4pm. The entrance fee is £1 and this includes refreshments.

Cranford St John’s Church are holding their annual ‘Spring Clean’ on Saturday 21st March from 10.00am onwards. All help will be gratefully received but please bring your own cleaning equipment.

On March 31st The Cranford and District Over 60’s Club will meet at the Village Hall at 1.30pm. Susan Copperwheat will give a light hearted talk on the origins of nicknames.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Twywell at 9.15am. There will be a service at Grafton Underwood at 11.00am and Evening Prayer will be held at Cranford St John’s at 6.00pm


On Sunday 22nd March in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11.00am. Refreshments are served after the Service.


The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the second heats of its Digital Projected Image and Slide Competitions for 2015 on Friday, March 6. The judge was John Haddon from Lutterworth. His selected winning images, all gaining the maximum 20 points were as follows:

For Novice Projected Image, it was “Finely Tuned” by Andrew Moss. For Intermediate Projected Image, it was “Otter” by Pat Rockett. For Advanced Projected Image, it was “Pink Tulips” by Steve Rappitt and for Slide, it was “At Rest” by Peter Butlin. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked John for his considered and constructive comments on the photographs, and for providing an entertaining and informative evening. On Saturday, February 28, the Society took part in the St Ives Inter print Competition 2015, and came 14th place out of 30 clubs entered. On the same day it also entered the Fosse Inter-City Projected Image Competition for the first time, and came 8th place out of 17 clubs.

Desborough and District Wildlife Group held an illustrated talk at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Tuesday, March 10 at 7.30pm. The talk was about Birds of Blatherwycke by the head gardener of the Blatherwycke Walled Garden. Make sure you take note of the date, Tuesday, April 14, at 7pm. This is the date of the short informal Annual General Meeting followed by a talk on Marine Conservation. Held at the same place, at the same time.

Second Desborough United Reformed Church Scout Group are organising a Quiz Night, in aid of NANNA (Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing and Adoption). It will be held at the United Reformed Church Hall on Union Street in Desborough on Friday, March 20 at 8pm to 9.30pm (approximately). Teams of four to six people (adults and children). Entry is £1 per person. Prize for winning team and refreshments will be on sale. Please contact Scout Leader on 01536 760940 or email: for more details or to enter your team. No alcohol is allowed on the premises.

Reward for missing Black Labrador from Pipewell road near Desborough. The Labrador was wearing a black nylon collar and brass tag. It is micro chipped. If found, please contact 07740 905782.

Come to the Spring Country Craft Fair Benefiting Bliss on Saturday, March 21 at 10.30am to 2.30pm. Being held at St Giles Community Centre in Desborough, NN14 2NP. Local stall holders include Rainbow Ewe, Your Little Artist, Carols Hand Knitting and Crochet, Sarah’s Little Creations, Cheari-Dais Hand Painted Gifts, Hedgehog Crafts, Craft for Charity, Cakes for Charity. Children’s activities include face painting, craft table, cake decorating, tombola. Small fee attached to each activity, all proceeds to Bliss Charity, for babies born too soon, too small, too sick. A great range of raffle prizes available. Find on face book: You can contact the organiser on

Guilding For Adults Trefoil Guild are holding a Beetle Drive with bangers and mash supper on Saturday, March 21 at 7pm.

The location is at St Giles Community Centre. Adult tickets cost £4.50 and a child ticket is £3.50. Have fun and raise funds for all the Guiding units in the District at the same time. Get your tickets now from Liz on 01536 760826 or Elaine on 01536 710428.

Belcanto Annual Spring Concert is taking place on Saturday, March 21 at 7pm. There will be a female voice choir conducted by Barry Clark, with soloists. Tickets cost £8. Venue is at The Salvation Army, Rockingham road in Kettering.

Tickets are available from Alison on 07855 406766 or email: You can visit the website on

The Ise Archaeology Research Society invites you to come and find out about The Vikings, Warriors and Traders. A presentation by Long ship Traders, a Viking re-enactment group. On Wednesday, March 25 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Rooms, Crown Street, Kettering, NN16 8QE. (Opposite Sainsbury’s and the Bus Station).

Admission for members cost £4 and non-members is £5. More information please email Carol on or visit website:

Please support the Poppy Appeal by taking part in the Desborough Branch’s 9th Spring Quiz. Currently on sale for £1. £20 prize. You can obtain your quiz sheets from many shops in Desborough town, such as Revive Coffee Shop, RDS News, Desborough Heritage Centre and more. Alternatively, you can telephone Greg Warden on 01536 763438 or Anne Liddle on 01536 355982.


Health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am from the park entrance – go on give it a go!

Litter pick in the village on March 28th all volunteers most welcome – meet at 2pm at the South Gate by number 3 East Carlton Park. Gloves, litter pickers and collection bags provided. Please help.


Holy Week at St Mary’s in Finedon starts on the 2nd April with Maundy Thursday; 3rd April, Good Friday, the procession leaves the Bowls Club Car Park at 10.45am. Hot cross buns and coffee is served in the church afterwards followed by Stations of the Cross. Between 2 and 3pm there is a service of readings, music and contemplation. At 7.30pm, the Story of Easter in music, from the denial of Peter to the discovery of the empty tomb by Mary Magdalene, by Horoloque voices.

The Lighting of the Easter Candle takes place on the 4th April at 8pm.

The Easter Sunday Holy Communion (5th April) is at 8am, Eucharist at 9.30am followed by an Easter Egg hunt.

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

Coffee at the Cons starts again on 13th April. 10-11.30am. Cakes and raffle. £1 entrance includes coffee and biscuits.

`Oh What Love’ comes to St Mary’s at Finedon on Thursday 16th April, at 7.30pm. It is sung by Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. There is free admission and any donations will be given to the children. For further details contact Chris on 07790 553052 or Pauline 079680 656674.


Thank you to everyone at The Star , Geddington who had a sponsored Sleep on the Streets for ‘soldiers off the streets’. A staggering £2000 was raised , primarily by Jayne Chamberlain and her daughter.

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.

Northants Touring Arts are presenting The Monster Ceilidh Band! Why not join the Monster Ceilidh Band for an evening of a powerfully modern ceilidh fusion music. Also available is a hot ceilidh supper from Rob of Cortado of Montague Street, Kettering. The date is Friday 27th March in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 (£7 for under 25’s) with £16 for a supper and ticket combined. Please contact John Padwick on 01536 210454.

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.

The Great Geddington Garage sale is gathering speed! Lots of stalls have been reserved by popping a donation through the door of 2, West Street, leaving their name and address, so that we can mark them on the Geddington map.


On Sunday the 22nd March in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also there is a Service of Morning Prayer in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am.

Parents Evening for the whole School is on Tuesday 24th March 2015 and will run from 3.15 pm – 7.30 pm. An additional date has been arranged for Lamport and Lilford Classes on Wednesday March 25th 2015 from 3.00 pm until 4.30 pm.

The Easter Service will take place in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington on Wednesday 25th March 2015.

(Followed by hot cross buns and coffee).

The PSA Easter Fair will take place on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 3.00pm. This year it is Duck Themed.


Great news for Great Doddington. The return of the scarecrow festival fete is to be held this year on Saturday 12th September 2015.

To assist in helping to put on the event the scarecrow festival committee are holding two fundraising events. One is a stars and stripes evening at the memorial hall on Saturday 4th July. This will be a burger and chips supper with a themed quiz and dress code. Tickets will be priced at £15.00 per person and will be available shortly. This will be a great fun packed evening with lots of entertainment. The other is a duck race and afternoon tea party. The date for this is to be finalised.


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

Diary Dates


Thursday 19th Lent lunch, 12noon~2.00pm at Deborah Rush’s, 26,Main Rd, Grendon.

Thursday 26th Lent lunch, 12noon~2.00pm in the URC dining room, Yardley Hastings.

Saturday 28th secret cinema in Yardley Hastings memorial hall, “What we did on our holiday”. Tickets £4, film starts at 7.45pm and is highly recommended.

Saturday 28th 10.00am village litter pick, meet at the playing field.


Wednesday 22nd at 7.30pm annual parish meeting.

Saturday 25th secret cinema in Yardley Hastings memorial hall.


Members of Gretton WI arrived at the Village Hall this month not knowing what to expect - it was Members’ Night and a volunteer Committee had arranged the March meeting. We were not disappointed.

Heather Webb, with mutual interest in conservation and spinning, gave a striking talk on how the grazing of sheep removes unwanted vegetation from the land and prevents natural progression from scrub to woodland.

High on the Agenda were congratulations to the WI Team who retained the Village Quiz Prize for a third successive year. The recent Race Night in Corby was acclaimed “a great night” and members were invited to enter the draw for tickets to the Royal Garden Party in June. Various other visits and activities are planned in the coming months, with April hosting an Open Meeting talk on Sir Christopher Hatton - guests and new members very welcome.

The next Gretton Garden Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th March, at 8.00pm in The Old Band Room of the Hatton Arms, Arnhill Road, Gretton. Chairman Alan Waterman will give a talk about growing vegetables, entitled “Plot to Pot”. The Talk will include a display of the surprising number of vegetables and herbs we can grow here in Gretton and there will be some giveaways including a Vegetable Garden Year Planner. All are welcome. Gretton Garden Group is a friendly social organisation meeting once a month and organising visits to places of interest associated with gardening. For further details about GGG please telephone 01536 772575

The 2015 Wondertours programme is fast approaching with excursions starting at Easter. Due to the popularity of the day trips two coaches will be laid on again this year. We begin on Easter Saturday, 4th April to Gloucester, Saturday 16th May to Newbury and Reading, Saturday 20th June to Clacton on Sea, Saturday 18th July to Harrogate, Saturday 15th August to Winchester, Saturday 19th September to Buxton and Bakewell ending on Saturday 28th November to Manchester Christmas Markets.

Two Wonder-weekends are also being run. A Spring break in Eastbourne is from 17th to 20th April with an optional tour of Rye, Bexhill and Battle on the Saturday. Copies of the booking form are available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to WTCT, 9 Southfield Road, Gretton, Northants NN17 3BX.

The next monthly lunch to be served at Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road Gretton is on Tuesday 7th April at 12.30pm.

Freshly prepared food is on the menu all for only £4.00 per serving. An optional raffle is also run with proceeds going to the Gretton Village Hall improvement fund. For any enquiries please telephone Liz Watt 01536 772328 or email

Gretton Women’s Hour is a long standing village organisation meeting once at fortnight at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Gretton and welcomes Women from the village and surrounding area to their next meeting on Tuesday 24th March when Rev Peter Strong is the afternoons guest speaker starting at 2.15pm. We do hope you can join us and if you would like to know more before coming please call 01536 770188 or 770784.


The Spring Bridge Drive organised by the Appeals Committee is already fully booked and promises to be a successful fund raising event.

The village could really do with some extra helpers with the Spring Church Yard Clean-Up on Saturday 21 March from 10 - Noon? Bring along your garden tools to help with weeding, pruning, edge trimming, bonfire etc. and enjoy good company and refreshments. Any questions please contact Ian Saunders on 747291.

The next coffee morning in the White Swan Pub is on Tuesday 24 March from 10.00 to Noon - do pop in and meet with friends and neighbours. Would you like to be more active in the village - come and chat about getting involved?

You are invited to attend the Harringworth Appeals Fund AGM on Tuesday 24 March in the Village Hall when refreshments will be served from 7.15 for a prompt 7.30 start. For further details see the Agenda delivered through your door recently.

The Spring Church Clean takes place on Thursday 26 March from 10.00. If you can spare a couple of hours more helpers would be very welcome. Volunteers are always needed for occasional Cleaning, Church Flowers and Brass Cleaning so do call Pamela Cooper if you can help on 01572 747320.

As usual lilies will be displayed in Church over Easter dedicated to a loved one who has passed away.  To order a lily contact Sue Reading on 01572 747664. A list of those to be remembered will be displayed near to the arranged lilies.

The date of the ever popular and ‘must attend’ event in the village has been confirmed. The 2015 Safari Supper is on Saturday 9 May.


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

There will be a stand on the Farmers’ Market at the end of this month giving the opportunity to study this document, ask questions and provide feedback.

All Higham residents are encouraged to comment on this Plan which will provide a valuable policy document for future planning in our town. Copies can be obtained from the Town Hall (312075) or viewed online at:

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 31st March in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.

Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am on Friday 27th March in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will be local historian Marian Knott. Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

The medieval gardens of Chichele College provide a quiet haven just off the main road and are now quite beautiful with spring bulbs flowering. The volunteers who tend these grounds have done a magnificent task over the years and are shortly going to start on a new exciting venture of re-designing another area of the gardens. However over time they have lost some of their fellow gardeners and with extra space to care for are looking for some more volunteers. Working in these grounds gives the opportunity for quiet time in beautiful surroundings – can you help please? If at all interested please contact Anne Dodson 01933 358691 or email:

The St Cecilia Singers will be giving their Easter Concert in St Mary’s Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday 28th March. The programme of sacred music includes Hayden’s “Little Organ Mass” and works by Byrd, Tallis, Stanford and Chillcott. Tickets are £10 each and available by ringing 01933 356546, from choir members or on the door.

The local Breakaway Group are holding a Beetle Drive/fish and chip supper next Tuesday 24th March 7.15 for 7.30 start at the Rushden Bowls Club. Tickets are £7 each and can be obtained by ringing Linda 07946 179 352 or email: HYPERLINK “”

Ladies fashion chain M and Co from Wellingborough will be giving a Fashion Show in the Bede House on Friday 29th May from 7.30 pm. Everyone attending will be given a 10% discount voucher and tickets £8 each are now available from the box office on 01933 358686/357212. All proceeds will be for St Mary’s Church funds.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm next Wednesday 25th March in the library on Midland Road. The group will be holding their Annual General Meeting. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

Church services for this Sunday 22nd March: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House; St Mary’s Family Mass followed by tea, coffee and biscuits.

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 - the Passion Sunday service at 10.45 am will be led by the Rev Margaret Eales. 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.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a six mile walk in the Colmworth area on Sunday 29th March. The route will be from Colmworth to Begwary, Goodwick and return. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.20 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am by Colmworth village hall. The group will be led by Richard Gell 01933 359237.

The monthly Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 28th March from 9 am on the Square. Free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

In addition there will be a coffee morning in the Bede House from 9 am organised by Save the Children and a half hour organ recital given by Paul Harris in St Mary’s at 11.30 am with free admission and all welcome.

A plant sale and coffee morning with a variety of stalls will be held in the Bede House on Saturday 25th April from 9 am.

A wide range of plants – bedding, vegetable, perennial, herbs – will be available at very reasonable cost. Brian Behagg 318856 or Celia Ingram 358686 would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has surplus seedlings that they would be willing to donate to this sale.

This event is being organised jointly by St Mary’s Church fundraisers and the choir.

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


Irchester Co-Op is collecting donations for their Spring Rumble in the Jumble. Please take anything suitable for their jumble sale into the the store. The sale will be held on Saturday 18 April between 10am and 1pm at the Working Men’s Club. Funds raised will help to support Irchester Skatepark.

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 three course meal, raffle, auction and disco. To purchase tickets email

Friends of Irchester Library will be holding their AGM in the library on Thursday March 26th at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and help to shape your library. The Friends of Irchester Library are now providing the children of residents of Irchester aged 6 - 12 months with a free book bag because “Babies love books”. Hopefully the babies will become members of the library and access Rhymetime which is every Thursday at 9.30am and go on to access the craft and story time events during the next year. Vouchers for book bags will be available from the Library and Irchester Surgery. The Easter Bunny will be visiting the library with Easter Eggs on Thursday 2nd April at 10.30 am, there will be a raffle and items on sale. Tickets for the Easter Bunny £1.50 are on sale from Jane Kerman 01933 439300.

The Irchester Darby & Joan has recently moved venues and is now based at the Irchester Sports & Social Club. The club is held each Monday afternoon from 1.45 pm until 3.45 pm with the Wellibus being available for those who require it. It is a club where people gather and play cards, dominoes, bingo etc, or just chat over tea and biscuits. Go along and join them and make some new friends. Contact Mrs Jane Bascom-Pipp 07825 001410 if you would like to know more.

The Coffee Morning recently held at the Bowls Club raised £370 for Prostate Cancer. Thanks go to the organisers and to all of the people who went along to make it such a success.

The March meeting of Irchester Women’s Institute took place on Tuesday 10 March at the Village Hall. As 2015 is the Centenary year of the Women’s Institute, the Queen has agreed to host a garden party at Buckingham Palace for WI members. Places are available by ballot and at the meeting two lucky members had their names chosen to attend on Irchester’s behalf. An illustrated talk by Ian Wilson from the Northants Wildlife Trust about Irthlingborough Lakes followed the usual business meeting.

The next WI meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 April when there will be a demonstration by a member of the British Sugar Craft Guild and an opportunity to ‘try your hand’ at replicating her work. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.


Juicy Lucy’ will be playing Rock and Blues

Covers at the British Arms, 60 Baker Street, Irthlingborough on Friday 20th March 2015.

Don’t Forget! The ‘Headway’ Easter Bazaar and 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 East Northants.


On Monday 23 March at 7.00pm at Kettering Library, Sheep Street James Hornsby will perform his own adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Tickets £6 including light refreshments. Booking is essential. Tickets available at Library Reception.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday 22nd March - Worship: 10.00am and 5.30pm Leader: Major Paul Doust - All welcome.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information

Thursday 19th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “Partners in Mission” - for everyone. Thursday 19th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].Thursday 19th Mar: 7.30 - 9.00pm. Friday 20th March and Monday 23rd 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 23rd Mar: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone.Tuesday 24th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome.Wednesday 25th Mar: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place for April 2015. Thursday 26th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Music Afternoon - for everyone.Thursday 26th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].

On Friday 20th March the Northamptonshire for the Blind’s Mobile Sight Centre will be in the High Street (close to Greggs) between 10am and 2pm.

On Saturday 21st March at All Saints Community Hall, William Street the Camerata Singers present Gabriel Faure Requiem and R. Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs – directed by Timothy Dolan. Baritone – Stephen George. Soprano – Hilary Dolan. 7.30pm. Ring Angela on 01536 522158 for tickets or email Tickets £7 in aid of the Bell Tower Appeal and the British Heart Foundation.

On Sunday 22nd March a Charity Dance in aid of Alzheimer’s Society at The Athletic Club, Rockingham Road from 8pn til late with music by David Hawke. All welcome. Tickets £4 payable on the door.

On Monday 23rd March Vic Bearcroft Pastel Workshop from 10am to 4pm at Woodcroft Scout Heakdquarters, off London Road. £25 ticket required includes paper & pastels. Please ring David at the Kettering & District Society for All Artists on 01604 767438.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Thursday 2 April from 11am – 4pm Mad Hatter’s Fun Day. Eggscellent Easter Hats 11am & 1pm, Eggscellent Easter Hat Competition 2.30pm and Balloon modelling and magic shows 2pm & 4pm. Plus lots of other Mad Hatter fun. Booking recommended. £3 per child, £2 for Kettering Leisure Pass Holders, free to Friends’ Members. Suitable for children aged 3+.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street ‘Make & Take’ Easter Holiday activities. Tuesday 31 March ‘Bunny Desk Buddies 11am * 2pm, Wednesday 1 April ‘Springtime Plushie Pets’ 11am & 2pm, Thursday 2 April ‘Eggscellent Easter Hats!’ 11am & 2pm (part of the Museum’s Mad Hatters’ Fun Day), Tuesday 7 April ‘I-Spy!’ Brilliant Binocular Kits’ 11am & 2pm, Wednesday 8 April ‘Leafy Lantern Making’ 11am & 2pm, Thursday 9 April ‘Build a Bird Feeder’ 11am & 2pm, Friday 10 April ‘Decorate a Springtime Suncatcher’ 11am & 2pm. Booking is recommended. £3 per child, £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, free to Friends’ Members. Plus other free craft activities on Easter Saturday. For more information or to book call 01536 534219 or

On Thursday 26th 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 Angie Cooksley talking about Festivals & Food. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.


Church services for Sunday 22nd March – 9.15 am Holy Communion and Sunday School at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family Service at Great Harrowden and 11.00am Holy Communion service at Orlingbury.

Palm Sunday 29th March -9.30am Palm Sunday walk [meet at the Pocket Park] and Worship at Little Harrowden.

Little Harrowden WMC –March Saturday entertainment. 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.

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. Everyone is welcome to go along to any meeting, you do not have to be a member, be a mother or be female to attend. All are very welcome.

Why not go along to Little Harrowden Church for a Lent lunch on Saturday at midday and continue weekly until Easter. 


On Sunday 22nd March, a Holy Communion Service will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 22nd March from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.

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 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 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.

Church services for Sunday 22nd March – 9.15 am Holy Communion and Sunday School at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family Service at Great Harrowden and 11.00am Holy Communion service at Orlingbury.

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.

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 pleased to report that your Community Centre café will re-open! Local mum Jo Ann is initiating a Sunday afternoon open mic session starting in April with teas and coffees and a range of local talent. Please let me know if you would like to take part and I will pass your details on. Jo Ann is funding this herself and deserves our support. I can’t think of a better way than music to bring people together.

The ‘Made In Corby’ team who administer the Art’s Council funding to encourage greater Arts engagement are instigating training sessions for those prepared to serve on their advisory panel for local arts ‘Big Ideas’. The panel met for the first time last night and has an equal gender mix but no representation whatsoever from any recent newcomers to Corby from the wider world or any younger people. This seems wrong and ‘Made In Corby’ are keen to hear from any representative from our diverse community who are prepared to join them. Just contact me and I will pass the message on.

Your next OVCA meeting is on the 25th March so please put that date in your abacus or diary; 7.30 pm at your community Centre – an opportunity to ask your councillors leading questions and hear from your local wardens and PCSO’s. 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 3000 to 4000 – 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. 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 our OVCA meeting and offer further information.

As chair of the Community Association I have received several complaints of anti social behaviour at the new playpark on Butland rd. The PCSO’s have been informed and your councillor Judy Caine is looking into getting the CCTV moved to this site. Please encourage your older children to use the facilities at the other playpark site as this new one is intended for under 12’s.


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. tomorrow, 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 14th Raunds Music Festival will take place between Thursday, 30th April and Sunday, 3rd May. Early Bird Saver Tickets are now available at £40 and will be on sale until Wednesday, 1st April from Raunds Hardware and Pet Supplies, and Brook Street Newsagents.

For more information please visit or call 07756 015 615

The RSPB Mid-Nene Group will be holding an indoor Meeting tonight, 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 group’s next coach trip will take place on Sunday, 19th April, when they will travel to Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex. Booking is essential. To book your seat on the coach, please contact Penny on the above number or Bob on 01933 460644.

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

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 20th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will be a service of Morning Worship at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 22nd March at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. The Evensong service will take place at 6 p.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, featuring a visiting choir.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 25th March, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and there will also be a service of Home Communion at Ashfield House at 10.45 a.m. on the same day.

If you are having problems using your computer, this can easily be solved 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, 26th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. If you have a problem, just call in for more information. No appointment is needed. Admission is £4 for the two hour session.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 19th March 2015 the topic will be ‘The Story of Tinker Bell’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. For more information please contact; Peter and Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

Sunday 22nd March 2015 is the 5th Sunday in Lent and there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Refreshments are served after the Service.

Sunday 22nd March 2015 and in The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day are as follows: At 10.30am there is a Service of Holy Communion with Pastor Patrick Barker and at 4.00pm there is Messy Church with Pastor Patrick Barker.

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.


Rothwell’s Woolpack pub has been voted the Northamptonshire CAMRA pub of the season. CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – is the long established pressure group fighting for the provision of real ale in pubs, and has also campaigned vigorously against the closure of so many pubs in the country as well as on other matters on behalf of beer drinkers. Forthcoming events at the Woolpack, in Market Hill, include: Thursday, March 19, electric open mike from 9.00pm; Friday, March 20, 80s disco and Goth fancy dress from 9.00pm; Saturday, March 21, landlady Rachel Nash’s 50th birthday party with the Lincoln Noel Trio from 9.00pm; Monday, March 23, acoustic open mike from 9.00pm.

There is set to be a dramatic end to the season for Rothborough in the Kettering and District Table Tennis League. Buccaneers and Comets remain locked together on equal points at the top of Division 2. Buccaneers beat Exocets 10-0 on the same evening as Comets beat Kettering B by the same scoreline. Three rounds of matches remain. Dakotas lost 6-4 at Corby D. In Division 1, Arrows moved into the promotion places with a 9-1 victory over Thrapston Harriers with Helen Watts and Julian Marlow gaining hat-tricks.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society’s print heat 2 starts at 7.30pm on Friday, March 20, when the judge will be Derek Larkin from Wellingborough. On Friday, March 27, the society holds its annual meal, when trophies for the winners of the competitions in 2014 will be presented. There is no meeting on Friday, April 3 as it is Good Friday. All meetings take place at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are always welcome, admission £1.50. For more information visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A new Monday morning yoga class starts at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill from 9.30-11.00am on April 13. Anyone interested in joining should ring Julia Thorley on 01536 481841 or visit website

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. All are welcome to join.

The following events are being held at Rothwell library during the month: 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 chocolate themed family fun night is being held at 7.30pm at Victoria Hall, School Lane, Rothwell in aid of the Rothwell Town Twinning Committee. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and may be bought by contacting Tina on 01536 712258.

A presentation entitled ‘owls to behold’ by Tony Hewitt is the subject at the next meeting of the Rowell Fair Society, to be held at 8.00pm on Thursday, March 26 in the back room of the Conservative Club, Market Hill Rothwell. Membership of the society costs just £2 a year and can be paid either on the night or at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Society, Bridge Street.

Members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will be hearing Stanwick Bell Ringers at their meeting tonight, starting at 8.00pm in the Methodist church, Market Hill. Next week’s meeting, the last before the Easter break, will consist of a meal at the Overstone Arms, Pytchley.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will be held at 2.30pm on March 25 at Gloucester Court.

Churches Together in Rothwell are holding two services over the Easter weekend. The first is on Good Friday, April 3, outside the Market House at 12 noon, and will be followed by a simple lunch for Christian Aid in Holy Trinity church. The second is a dawn service in Market Hill at 6.30am on Easter Day, April 5, followed by a light breakfast at the Salvation Army’s Well project in Bridge Street. Other services at Holy Trinity church over the Easter weekend include: 2.00pm Good Friday liturgy with Mary Magdelene monologue; 10.45am Easter Day, parish communion. The children’s holiday club will be held from 2.00pm on Saturday, April 4 at the church.

New curtains have recently been installed at the Lady chapel in Holy Trinity church, Rothwell, behind the altar. They were donated by Thelma Austin in memory of her mother, Betty. The curtains were consecrated on Thursday, February 26 at the morning communion service. They are now also a memorial to Thelma, who died recently.

Room dividers have been bought by the Sunbeams children’s club attached to Holy Trinity church, thanks to a £500 donation by Northamptonshire County Councillor Jim Hakewill from his discretionary fund. The remainder of the money will be used to acquire another sofa. The Sunbeams group has also been given a new, capacious toy box, made by Tony Warren, which fits under the altar of the memorial chapel

A call has gone out to model-makers to display their efforts at the Rowell Fair Society’s model show, to be held on Sunday, May 31 at Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill. A wide range of different types of models has been displayed in the past, with exhibitors coming from far afield as well as from the local area. Anyone who would like to take part in the 811th Rowell Fair celebrations in this way is asked to contact Dave Springthorpe on 01536 712036.

The following officers were re-elected at the annual meeting of the Rothwell branch of the Workers’ Educational Association on Tuesday, March 10 when it was held at Madams Gardens, Rothwell: chairman, Richard Ley; secretary, Anne Barrett; treasurer, Julie Hindle. In his annual report, Mr Ley said it was encouraging that numbers attending WEA courses in Rothwell had risen steadily over the past couple of years.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to Billing Shopping Village with Roast Dinner on Sunday 22nd March, to The Stag’s Head, Gt Doddington on Tuesday 24th March and The Star and Garter, Chelveston on Thursday March 26th. There are shopping trips to Milton Earnest Garden Centre on Wednesday 25th, and Waitrose on Friday March 27th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

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 this 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. The next meeting is on Tuesday March 31st at 8.00pm in the Conservative Club when Andy West will present ‘Railways Old and New’.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday March 24th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall for progressive Prize Whist.

Rushden Pensioners’ Forum – meet on Wednesday 25th March in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd for a talk on MAF UK Relief to people in isolated places in the world.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday March 25th at 7.30pm in Higham Library for their A G M.

Rushden Collectors’ Circle – meet next Wednesday March 25th at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall when Colin Ray will give an illustrated talk about ‘Early Music Machines’.

H E Bates Discussion Group – meets next on Wednesday April 22nd at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when H E‘s biographer Dean Baldwin from the USA is visiting. Admission is by ticket only as space is limited – contact Eric on 353292. The Group met last week when Paul Marshall read from ‘Let’s Play Soldiers’ and Jon-Paul Carr spoke on Bates’ first novel ‘The Two Sisters’.

The Salvation Army – Services this Sunday are at 10.00am with Peter Squires and at 6.00pm 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 Sunday are All Age Worship at 9.30am led by Rev Taylor and Ruth Compton. Morning Prayer at 11.15am is led by John Dixon and Ruth Compton. Evening Worship is at 6.00pm with Tony Smith and Mick Bantin.

Whitefriars Church – Morning Worship with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Passion Sunday is at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Michael Whitaker from Huntingdon. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday’s Service is at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt, followed by refreshments. Tickets are now available at £4.00 (inc refreshments) 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 and SPYS with Sunday Service is at 10.00am led by Rev Rachel Hawkins.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Sunday Morning Family Service is at 10.45am led by Mrs Sandra Fall with the Evening Service at 6.00pm led by Richard Crane. Ladies WA Rally is on Thursday March 26th with speaker Mrs Hillary Buckingham.

Rushden Mission Church – Sunday Worship with the Music Group is at 10.45am with Traditional Evening Service at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall. Coffee Stop is on Tuesday March 24th at 10.00am.

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.

Hayden FLAG – invite you to their AGM on Monday March 30th at 7.00pm in Rushden Football Club followed by an Easter Quiz – teams of 4 at £1.00 per person. Each child receives a FREE Easter Egg!!

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 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 this 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.

Rushden Flower Arranging Club – next meet on Thursday March 26th in the Full Gospel Church Hall at 7.00pm when Fritz de Zuta will host ‘Question Time’. All Welcome – contact Jose on 410280.


At the meeting of the Development Control Committee at the East Northamptonshire Council on Wednesday, 11th March, Stanwick residents were delighted to witness the unanimous refusal of the Outline Planning Application for up to 230 houses on land north of West Street, Stanwick. Thank you to everyone who has helped over the past months by submitting letters of objection, offering their support, posting flyers, delivering leaflets, etc., to make our views known about this unacceptable application. Our strength lies in our community spirit and our determination and willingness to work together to protect our village.

The public gallery was full to capacity with some of the 50 or so Stanwick residents having to stand because there were insufficient seats to accommodate everyone. It was reported that 872 letters of objection had been received by the East Northants Council during the consultation period, so it was a good job you didn’t all turn up to the Committee Meeting!

Alan Disbery spoke against the application on behalf of the Stanwick Village Residents’ Group, and Cllr Mrs. Amanda Michel spoke against the application on behalf of Stanwick Parish Council. There was no speaker for the applicant, Gladman Developments Ltd., although they had been invited to speak if they so wished.

In addition to the reasons for objection previously submitted to the Committee, Stanwick Parish Councillor Amanda Michel reported on the results of a recent Police traffic survey carried out close to the proposed access point in West Street between 20th and 27th February 2015.

The number of recorded vehicles during the 7 day period was 37,125; the 85th percentile speed was 42 mph; 88% of vehicles were exceeding the 30 mph speed limit and the maximum recorded speed was 75 mph. In the public gallery it was possible to hear the intakes of breath by the Committee as they heard these results.

Two East Northamptonshire Councillors spoke against the application; a proposal to refuse the application was made and seconded and the decision to refuse was unanimous in the chamber. Stanwick residents were told that although they were welcome to stay for the rest of the meeting, the meeting would be suspended for 2 minutes to allow time for those who wanted to leave. There was a mass exit as people rushed to get outside to congratulate each other! However, we must not be complacent, as there is always the possibility that Gladman Developments may lodge an appeal against the decision. The battle has been won, but the war is not quite over yet. Keep checking HYPERLINK “” for further developments. The group also has a facebook page.

Operation Springclean, organised by the Stanwick Environment Group and the Stanwick Pocket Park Group, will take place this Saturday and Sunday, 21st and 22nd March. If you would like to help them to clean up the village, please meet the group outside the shop@stanwick at 10 a.m. wearing suitable stout footwear and clothing. Safety tabards and gloves will be provided. All volunteers will be warmly welcomed.

Stanwick Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the club at 8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, 19th March. Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you like The Jam, The Clash, The Kinks, The Specials, Madness, etc., then you will be pleased to hear that ‘Kickstart’ will be providing the entertainment at the club on Saturday, 21st March. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome. For more information please visit HYPERLINK “”

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting tonight, Thursday, 19th March, at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend. For more information please visit

Sunday, 22nd March is the 5th Sunday of Lent and there will be a service of Holy Communion at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

‘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. If you have ever wondered if these classes would be suitable for you, you will be pleased to hear that 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 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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.

Free tea, coffee, snacks, etc., will be provided, but a licensed bar will also be available for most of the day. 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 14th annual Stanwick Road Races will take place on Easter Monday, 6th April 2015. The start time for the 10K Road Race is 10.30 a.m. with a 10.35 a.m. start for the 2K Fun Run.

As in previous years, the 10K Road Run is open to competitors aged 15 years and over, and the 2K Fun Run is for young people from 8 years of age to under 15 years of age on the day, with an entry fee of £4. There will be medals to all competitors and trophies awarded to the winners of the various age categories.

Entry forms for the 2K Fun Run for the youngsters is available for download from the Races Group website HYPERLINK “” This is a very popular race and early entry is advised, as there is a field limit of 150.

Number 43 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 28th February, and number 31 was drawn on Saturday, 7th March, making Edna Craven and Ingrid Pajo the winners of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


TADS next production is to be Alarms and Excursions by Michael Frayn, presenting you with an evening of light hearted entertainment, at The Plaza, Cozy Nook, Thrapston.

Performances run from Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25. Doors open at 7:15pm with performances commencing at 7:45pm. Tickets cost £6, with concessions priced at £5. These are available by calling or texting 07543 321219 or from The Plaza Box Office from Monday April 13, from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

For further information visit the website: or find us on Facebook.


Tonight Wellingborough & District Garden Club Thursday 19th March 2015

7.30pm Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough NN8 4JT

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 19th Noel Stacey and the Thursday 26th March Darren Brittain. You will receive a warm welcome from 7.30pm till 9pm.

Tonight Wellingborough Civic Society will hold a meeting in the Museum and the speaker is Richard Elliot and the subject will be Recycling and Waste Disposal . It begins at 7.30pm and will cost members £1 to enter and non members £2 which includes light refreshments.

Come and join our Craft Fair which is being held on March 21st at All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, Wellingborough (next to the police station) from 2 to 4pm. There are various home 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 and 4ft = £7 or for more information 01933 680099.

A few words about our visitor speaker at Wellingborough Central Townswomen’s Guild Held in Tithe Barn. For February was Mr. George Whittaker, farmer and huntsman in our county.

Mr. Whittaker was most informative as to the hunting scene, he told us of the history of hunting and how it started.

In March, we are having our AGM, talking about our year which we have had, and looking forward to the new year and various trips out and about.

In April, we have Susan Copperwheat, with her subject of Memories, with each of the members recalling various memories of their childhood. Should be entertaining.

Come and visit us on the 3rd Thursday of every month, and enjoy our company, we would love to meet you. Sheila Lloyd, on 01933 673408.

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.

Crazy Hats are holding the 12in 1 Walk the13th Sponsored Walk on Sunday March 22nd at Wicksteed Park Kettering. Go Along and support or take part and swell the funds to the 2 million mark. The Fun begins at 10am and the Walk is 5 miles and suitable for all abilities and everyone buggys, disabled and wheelchair users will find the course user friendly and it will also be suitable for Children and Dogs on Leads will be welcome. Crazy Hats must be worn and awards are to be won. The Event is generously sponsored by a great number of companies and members of the community. For enrolment and more information contact 01933 442999or log in to or

AJs Diner 141,Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough NN8 1RT

Will be holding an 80’s Disco Night on Saturday 21st March at 8pm and entrance by ticket will be £5 each. Call to collect or reserve tickets on 01933 274794. The Next Saturday night Live Band will be on Saturday 4th April and the live rock and roll Band will be The Heartbeats 7.30pm till late £6 each to attend.

Wellingborough Museum are holding a Victorian Wellingborough event on Thursday 9th April 11am till 3pm a funday full of interesting crafts, music and fun, Trades and crafts from the Victorian era. Your Chance to make a dolly peg see a Blacksmith and a Basketweaver and have a go at Victorian

Circle dancing. A barbecue will be providing hot food and all will go on whatever the weather. Something of interest for the whole family.

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.

The Magic of Mozart

Soprano Michelle Todd will again be the principal soloist at Wellingborough Orpheus Choir’s spring concert, ‘The Magic of Mozart’, on Saturday 28th March in St Barnabas Church, Wellingborough. The programme will include Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and choruses from ‘Solemn Vespers’, and Michelle will perform his ‘Exsultate Jubilate’, all accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

The concert starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets priced £12 (students £5 and children under 12 free) can be purchased in advance from Irvin’s House of Flavour on the High Street in Wellingborough, or by calling 01933 665191, and they will also be available on the door. Find out more about the choir at

Contact Maureen Williams for more information: 01604 870318

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. No audition required.

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.

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.


This Wednesday 25th March, there will be a Lent Lunch at the Vicarage at 28 Rushton Road, Wilbarston from 12 noon until 2pm.Homemade Soup, roll and cheese, with tea or coffee can be enjoyed, there will also be a raffle, only £3, with all proceeds going to Christian Aid.

Next Thursday 26th March Wilbarston and Stoke Albany Over 60’s fund raising

committee will be holding it’s AGM meeting in Wilbarston Village Hall Lounge. If you would like join this fund raising committee go along at 8pm.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church this Sunday at


The Woodford Sports and Social Complex is holding a disco on Fri 20th March it is free entry, children welcome, start from 8pm for any more information or to book the function room please call the club on 01832 732600.

Want to declutter? Woodford Garage and Table Top sale is on Sunday April 26th from 10:00am -2; register a site or stall on the map for £5:00 please contact Mike on 07894272534 or Sharon

07936 364104,to purchase a map of stalls £1;00each which also includes an automatic entry to the raffle from 9:30 on Woodford Village Green.

Woodford open Gardens will be on Saturday and Sunday 18th &19th April.

The speaker at the 3pm service at the Chapel on Sunday March 22nd will be Mrs. Janet Jones from Gretton.Please note this will be the last 3pm service until October.On March 29th the Sunday service will resume to it’s summer time of 6pm.

The speaker at the mid-week evening fellowship at the Chapel on Wednesday march 25th is Rev’d Adrian Ward from Desborough. The meeting in the chapel schoolroom at 7-15pm.

the Sunday services for the churches for March 22nd are Little Addington Morning Prayer at 9:30am,Great Addington Holy Communion and Sunday School at 9;30am,Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion at 11:00am.