Village News March 26

Crocuses around the village green in Ashton
Crocuses around the village green in Ashton

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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. Available from members of the cast, producer, Sally Wilks or in the village shop. Come and see some well known faces in the village as you have never seen them before!

On Saturday April 11th there is a table top sale in the WI hall at 10am. To book a table for £5 call Liz on 373672 or

On Tuesday April 14th at 7.30pm in the WI hall there is a talk entitled “Women at War (W.W.1) presented by Delia Thomas.

The film night on Friday April 17th is a film entitled “Boyhood”. The film was shot intermittently over a 12 year period from 2004 to 2014 and depicts the adolescence of a young boy in Texas growing up with divorced parents. Doors open at 7pm with the film at 7.30pm. Refreshments available. A hearing loop is also available Admission £4.

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 Come along and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake and hear local musician Paul Rogers perform the songs. This should prove to be an entertaining afternoon.

Brigstock WI will be holding a quiz in the Green Dragon on Thursday April 23rd at 7.30pm. There will be a jacket potato supper. Teams of no more than 6. Tickets from 373672 or from the Green Dragon.

Dance the night away at Brigstock Village hall on Friday April 24th from 8pm until 11pm. £5 per person. Dancing includes Ballroom, Latin and sequence. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

Sunnysiders are running a coach trip to the Flower Festival at St Marys Church Long Sutton April 29th The price is £10.50 or £19 to include lunch. The coach will leave Harpers Court at 10.30 and returning at 4pm. To book a seat phone Maureen 373383 or Lyn on 373410 by April 11th.

After a trial run of eight weeks of afternoon opening the village shop will return to its normal morning opening hours. It was not cost effective to maintain the service.

Many thanks to those customers who did call in the afternoon. The cafe has increased its food list with cake, toast, pastries and soups being available to eat in or take away.


Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held this evening, Thursday, March 26th, in the Civic Centre, starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Improve your health, feel better and meet new people on one of our short walks. We meet every Tuesday morning at 10am at the Library, and the walks take about 45-60 minutes on surrounding pathways. Refreshments will be available at the Library afterwards. For more information please contact Service Co-ordinator Vicky Coates at Groundwork Northamptonshire (01536 521555)

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

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.

Countdown Cares, suppliers of men’s and women’s clothing will be at Yeomans Court from 10am-12pm on Tuesday and at the Bowls Club from 10am-4pm next Thursday, April 2nd.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm in the Chapter House on Tuesday, when the speaker will be David Hudson talking about Buckingham Palace.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday, April 4th. As usual there will be stalls selling fruit and vegetables, local farm meat, free range eggs and speciality cheeses. The Friends of St Mary’s Church will have a stall selling tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cakes. The local Police Safer Community Team will also be there to meet people and answer questions.

A Coffee Morning, hosted by the 3rd Burton Latimer Brownies will be held on Saturday, April 4th, at the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available to purchase. There will be a variety of stalls. All proceeds to the upkeep and maintenance of the Centre, which is used most evenings during term time by Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. Doors will open at 9.30am.

Burton Latimer Town Council meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Tuesday, April 7th, and will begin at 7pm. A public forum will take place during the meeting to give members of the public and the press the opportunity to address the Town Council on any matters they wish to raise.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society’s next meeting is on Tuesday, April 7th and will be held in the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue at 2pm. The speaker for the afternoon will be Simon Nataris from Peter Beale’s Roses. For further information please contact Maureen (01536 723059)

The Ladies Club will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom on Wednesday, April 8th at 7.30 when the guest speaker will be Jacqui Ward talking about ‘Foot care’. Visitors are welcome.

Services at St Mary’s Church for Palm Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

9.50am-11.15am Parish Eucharist commencing at the War Memorial - procession with donkey.

Please note there will be no Tuesday Holy Communion.

Please note St Mary’s Under Fives will not meet on Tuesday.

Thursday April 2nd – Maundy Thursday

7pm Parish Eucharist

Friday April 3rd – Good Friday

2pm An hour at the Cross

Sunday April 5th – Easter Day

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Eucharist

Services at the Baptist Church for Palm Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45 Junior Church and crèche

6pm Evening Worship

Thursday April 2nd – Maundy Thursday

7pm Service

Friday April 3rd –Good Friday

10am Service

7pm Service

Sunday April 5th – Easter Day

9am Breakfast and Communion

10.45am Family Service

6pm Evening Service

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


On Saturday 28th at Grafton Underwood the ‘Student Cross’ Catholic students and lecturers from Northern Universities will pass by Grafton Underwood on their pilgramage to Walsingham in Norfolk. They will arrive at approx. 11.30am. There will be coffee and biscuits and a short act of worship in the garden of Orchard Cottage by kind invitation of Jennifer Holmes. Everyone is welcome.

Don’t forget the Bric-a-brac and New to You Clothes at Cranford Village Hall from 10am – 4pm on Saturday in aid of Riding for the Disabled

On Tuesday 31st march the Cranford and District Over 60’s meet at 1.30pm in the village hall. Susan Copperwheat will give a light hearted talk on the origins of nicknames.

Also on Tuesday there will be an illustrated lecture on aviation past and present in the village hall at Grafton Underwood at 7.30pm for more information please ring Matt Smith 07917270948

The Cranford St John’s PCC will meet at 7.30 pm on Thursday 26th of March at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms

On Friday 27th March there will be an Easter Service at Cranford St John’s for the CEVC School

There will be a United Holy Communion with refreshments for the 4 Parishes on Sunday 29th March at


Sunday 29th March 2015 is Palm Sunday and there is a Benefice Service at St. James Church in Thrapston at 10.30am. There is No Service in Holy Trinity Church in Denford.


Do you or someone you care for or know, need a hot meal delivery? Marlow House on Gold Street in Desborough, can provide that meal. (Post code is NN14 2NQ.) One of the many services offered by Marlow House is ‘Meals on Wheels’. They can offer delivery of a two course meal on any or every day of the week, at weekends and Bank Holidays, including Christmas Day. Why not call Marlow House or pop in to ask for details and discuss how they can help you? Visit the website on or you can telephone on 01536 762329.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography became possible with the arrival of digital cameras and powerful software. The technique is not universally popular. Some photographers dislike the effects it can produce whilst others have taken to it with enthusiasm because of the increased photographic opportunities that it opens up. Steve Dormer from Duston Camera Club visited the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Friday, March 13, to put the case for the use of HDR. He began the evening with a Power point presentation that started from the point of view of famous painters and paintings. Highlighting the Pre-Raphaelites love of fine detail, and the fact that many paintings of room interiors show full tonal details of the exterior scene through windows and doorways, he argued that why could photographers not try to produce the same effect? HDR is one tool that can help to achieve this, and the painterly effect it can produce is liked and enjoyed by many people. He illustrated his talk with a selection of HDR images by Trey Ratclif and by himself. After the break Steve went through the processes he uses to make his HDR images. He gave hints and tips on how to take the initial photographs, and then he used a combination of Photo shop, Light room and Photoamix software to show the whole process from starting point to final image. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Steve for a fascinating and instructional evening, and said he was sure many members would be looking at HDR techniques more favourably as a result of the talk.

Desborough Town Council held a meeting on Thursday, March 19. It was held at the Desborough Library at 7pm. The following issues were discussed: Police monthly report and crime figures; Neighbourhood planning; community reports from Civic Society; reports from Town Centre Partnership; reports from Twinning, Youth, European Charter, Pocket Park and Community Speed Watch. Fresh Air Desborough and working party for the Community Right to Build ‘Hawthorns Forum’ gave an update. The date of the next meeting is on Thursday, April 16.

A Drop in Youth Cafe was held at Revive on Station Road in Desborough on Friday, March 20. It is for all young people in school years 9 to 11, from 7pm to 9pm. Free instant coffee and mugs of tea. Sandwiches, toasties, paninis, slices of cakes, speciality drinks, milk shakes with ice cream and whipped cream topping was also available.

On Friday, March 27, it’s Wear A Hat Sports Day. The Premier Brain Tumour Awareness Event in the UK. A Kiddies Fun Football Event is being held at the Desborough Leisure Centre. Please wear a hat! There will be games and prizes for all the children. Join in, donate, help fund the fight against Brain Tumour. This event is to support Brain Tumour Research. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Hag tag your images to #CloserToACure #Hattastic For more information, please visit If you would like to donate online, please visit just giving link: Alternatively, you can text 70070 then RSCH09 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. (f you’d like to donate more, repeat the exercise until you have reached the monthly maximum donation amount of £30). You will receive a text with a Gift Aid form which will allow you to boost your donation by a further 25% if you are a UK tax payer.

The Royal British Legion Women’s Section are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday, March 28 at 10am to midday. It is being held at the Desborough Heritage Centre. There will be hot beverages and home made cakes, bric-a-brac, books and a raffle. All welcome.

Calling out local businesses, local community groups, individuals and residents! A meeting is taking place at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm, for this years 2015 Forties Day. It will the the first discussion meeting for the year. Brain storm your ideas and bring them to the gathering. If you cannot attend, don’t worry, send your ideas to Pamela Goodman on email:

The Desborough Branch of the Royal British Legion presents its 9th Spring Quiz. It is £1 entry fee and £20 prize. Please support this by taking part in the Spring Quiz. The quiz sheets are available on sale around many Desborough town local shops, and from Desborough Heritage Centre. You can telephone Greg Warden on 01536 763438 or Anne Liddle on 01536 355982 to obtain a quiz. Also, you can buy one from Nationwide Building Society in Rothwell and the Rothwell Heritage Centre on Bridge Street. All proceeds will go towards the Poppy Appeal to support serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

Easter activities are being held in the Desborough Library, hosted by Friends of Desborough Library. In order to take part, you must book your place. On Wednesday, April 1, the activity is ‘Easter Egg’ themed and on Wednesday, April 8, it is ‘Spring Animal’ themed. Times set for sessions on both days are from 2pm to 4pm. Suitable for 5 years to 12 year old. Any children under the age of 7 years, must be accompanied with a responsible adult, parent, or carer.

NGS Gardens open for Charity. On the Easter Weekend, Saturday, April 4; Sunday, April 5 and Monday, April 6; The Maltings, Clipston LE16 9RS is open for the public. Opening times are on Saturday, 2pm to 5.30pm, on Sunday, 11am to 5.30pm and Monday it is open from 11am to 5.30pm. Admission is £3 and children are free. There will be home made cream teas with home made cakes and scones. There will be a cake and plant stall supporting All Saints Church in Clipston and ‘Stepping Stones’ pre school. The Easter Story Display is an added attraction in All Saints Church. This is the FINAL TIME to view this popular garden, as the house is to be sold. For information, please contact Mrs Connell on 01858 525336 or email:

Book the date in your Diaries! St Giles Church’s Barrows and Baskets Festival 2015 is being held on the weekend of Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 3. Time to put on your thinking hats!

A raffle is being held by DCDT (Desborough Community Development Trust). The draw is at the Open Air Cinema event on Millennium Green on Saturday, May 9. The top three prizes are cash to the value of £100, £50 and £25. Prizes are also being donated by local businesses. Tickets cost £1 each and come in books of five. Can you help to sell a few books? If you can, please email Tim Kay on Please state the number of books required and whether you would like to have them delivered or like to pick them up from the DCDT Charity Shop on Station Road.

Coach Trip to National Memorial Arboretum on Tuesday, May 26. This event is being organised by Desborough and District Branch Poppy Appeal. Pick ups are from Braybrooke, Desborough and Rothwell. Tickets cost £15 each. For more information, please ring Anne Liddle on 01536 355982 or Greg Warden on 01536 763438.


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.

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. This is suitable for all ages.

Tabletop Sale Saturday 21st March 12-3pm – Sellers £5 for a 6ft space bringing own table and to hire a table from us additional £5 (£10 including table) Set up at 11 am. Free Admission to public to buy. A chance to sell unwanted items accumulated before you spring clean! Refreshments available. Ring to book a space: 01933 398377.


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. Their experimentation with electronic beats has its roots in the traditional but has produced something innovative, contemporary and dynamic. 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 to accommodate GADS members with work commitments.

Geddington Garage Sale is on May 16th and when you are tired, thrilled with your purchases and want somewhere to sit down and get refreshed for your next group of stalls, why not come to Geddington Parish Church. The Robert Dallington Charity is trying to raise money for this ancient cause. Sir Robert Dallington, on his death in 1636, left a sum of money for the benefit of 24 aged inhabitants of Geddington. It was and still is, a symbol of respectability to number among the 24 that receive a loaf of bread each week. It has been calculated that over 450,000 loaves have been provided in the time that the charity has been running! The trustees will be raising money by providing delicious refreshments, so come along to the Church and help support them.

Geddington Cricket Club is holding their Annual Cricket and Beer Festival over the weekend of Friday 19th June to Sunday 21st June 2015.

The 41st Annual Show on Saturday 1st August will give advance notice for the Photography Class, so that you can prepare yourself for the competition. The categories are ‘Our Village’, ‘A Single Flower’ and ‘Memorial’. The full programme and schedule will be issued in the late spring.


Sunday 29th March 2015 is Palm Sunday and we will all meet at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Little Addington at 10.00 a.m. where we will have our Palm Sunday walk to All Saints Church in Great Addington with readings and hymns along the way followed by short Holy Communion at All Saints Church in Great Addington. The Addingtons Pre-school will close for Easter Holidays today:


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

School Closes for the Easter Break on Friday 27th March 2015 and re-opens to pupils on Tuesday 14th April, 2015.


Sunday March 29th 10.30am Palm Sunday service at Castle Ashby.

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

Wednesday coffee mornings held after the Communion service in the home of one of the parishioners, details on the church notice board.

Diary Dates


Saturday 28th 2.30~4.30pm crafts, cakes and cream teas in the URC at 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.


The Neighbourhood Management Team is planning the next Take Action event, which is their regular consultation and action focused programme to engage with residents across Corby borough and undertake works to help make the borough safer, cleaner, greener and healthier.

Suzanne Preston will be planning a day specifically for rural activities on Thursday 30 April and would appreciate feedback from rural representatives regarding any activities/works you would like us as a Team to undertake. In the past we have delivered speed gun operations, VOSA vehicle licensing checks, school education work on road safety/littering/dog fouling/dental health, door knocking/survey work, dog fouling spraying campaigns and community clean-ups.

We have also recently delivered safety talks to community groups in Corby and would like to replicate this activity with any rural community groups such as WI, Mums & Tots or any others. Any additional ideas would be welcome. Feedback is required as soon as possible.

Lucy Hatton, 20, from Corby and studying Criminology at The University of Leicester, has had a terrific start to the 2015 season. A silver medal at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, and three personal bests - this local lass is going places! She is currently ranked 2nd in the UK, 5th in Europe and 6th in the world for senior 60m hurdles. Lucy is sponsored by The Travers Foundation, which helps 13 to 30 year olds living in Northamptonshire, Rutland or Leicestershire improve their skills in sports, the creative arts and the performing arts.

Terry Forsey of The Travers Foundation added “We are delighted to be able to assist Lucy - she’s a rising local star and gets no other financial support such as National Lottery Funding. We wish her all the best and look forward to her continued success in 2015!”

Wondertours Community Transport has arranged another Wonderweekend from Friday 17th to Monday 20th April at The Hadleigh Hotel Eastbourne. There is now a twin or double room available for 2 guests to join the weekend at only £142.00 each to include three nights bed breakfast evening dinner and all coach travel. David Fursdon is the organiser who has made all the arrangements on a voluntary and not for profit basis. He said this is a late availability room so please contact me if you would like to join us by calling or text on 07790 197220.


The monthly Farmers Market will be held this Saturday 28th from 9 am on the Square. A wide range of locally produced foods will be available to include fruit, vegetables, free range eggs, organic poultry, beef, lamb, pork, sausages, bacon, pork pies, fish, preserves, pickles, cakes, herbs, cheese, marmalades, mustards and dressings and plants and shrubs. Free and ample car parking available on Midland Road including Rolton Engineers, 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. Admission to the recital is free and all are welcome.

The medieval gardens of Chichele College provide a quiet haven just off the main road and are now quite beautiful with flowering spring bulbs. The volunteers who tend these grounds have done a magnificent task over the years and are now starting 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 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 this Saturday giving the opportunity to study the 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 01933 312075 or viewed online at:

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm next 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 council members. An agenda will be posted on the town noticeboard prior to the meeting.

Members of Pensioners Voice meet at 2.15 pm next Monday 30th March in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. The special guest will be Mick Freeman who will be giving a film show. Visitors are always most welcome and further details available from Mick Beesley 01933 312616.

Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am tomorrow morning in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street. The special guest will be local historian Marian Knott. At their meeting on 24th April Father Paul Needle will be the special guest talking about Broadcasting History. Admission to the monthly meetings is £3 for visitors and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

A special event is being held in the Bede House on Good Friday 3rd April – the Easter Experience – for all families, friends and neighbours. All those attending will share the events of Easter by visiting the activity stations around St Mary’s followed by hot cross buns and refreshments. There is no charge but donations are welcome and further details are available from Debbie 01933 356257 or email:

The St Cecilia Singers are giving their Easter Concert in St Mary’s Church at 7.30 pm this Saturday 28th. 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 pay on the door.

A coffee morning, run by St Mary’s Church, is held in the Bede House from 9.30 am to 11.30 am each Thursday morning. A welcome is extended to all to visit and enjoy a warm drink of tea/coffee and biscuits and friendly chat.

The Higham/Rushden U3A meet at 2 pm on Wednesday 15th April in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest will be Sue Edwards “The Story behind the Painting” casting a new look on some familiar paintings.

Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 to include refreshments. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty interest groups. See website:

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday 8th April in the library on Midland Road. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

Church services for this Sunday 29th March Palm Sunday: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House; St Mary’s Family Mass with the service starting on the Market Square at 10.15 am with procession to Church. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served after the service.

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 Palm Sunday service at 10.45 am will be led by Mr Sam Taylor. 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.

On Sunday 5th April Higham Footpath Group are going on a nine mile walk doing part 4 of the Outer Aylesbury Ring. The route will be from Quainton to Waddesdon, Westcott, Ashendon and Chearsley. Walkers are asked to meet at 8.30 am on the Saffron Road car park to arrange car sharing and car shuttle. Anyone intending to take part is asked to contact the walk leader Ian Raby 01933 356049 by the day before at the latest. See website:

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 two Churchwardens, twelve PCC and four Deanery Synod members.


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.

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.

Irchester Darby & Joan club is held each Monday afternoon from 1.45 pm until 3.45 pm at Irchester Sports & Social Club 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.

At Irchester Sports Club on Saturday April 4th there will be a quiz on Soaps and Films then on

Sunday April 5th a Rod Stewart tribute. Easter raffle tickets will be on sale from Sunday 29th March until Sunday 5th April. The draw for this will take place on the evening of the Rod Stewart gig. The raffle is in aid of the new changing room project by the Sunday Football team. There are many great prizes to be won. Other events coming up are, Kickstart, Box Eddy, Elvis Tribute and much more. If you are not already a member it is well worth joining and membership costs just £5.


‘Aiden Pryor Band!’ will be playing Rock and Blues Covers at the British Arms, 60 Baker Street, Irthlingborough on Friday 27thMarch 2015.

‘Almost Abba’ will be performing at the IrthlingboroughConservative Club on Saturday 28th March 2015.

Non-Members must be signed in by a member.

Don’t Forget! The ‘Headway’ Easter Bazaar and Coffee Morning on Thursday 26th March at Headway, 61 High Street, Irthlingboroughfrom 10:30am to 2:30pm. All proceeds go to the ongoing work of ‘Headway’ East Northants.


Kettering & District Flower Club has a new venue and will be meeting at Kettering Science Academy, Deeble Road, Kettering at 7-30pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except January & August). Our meeting on the 1st April will be “Spin on the Colour Wheel” demonstrator Pat Billing.

Kettering Choral Society have “A Reflection on Easter” with John Stainer’s “Crucifixion” on Good Friday 3rd April at Rockingham Road Baptist Church, Rockingham Road, Kettering at 7.30pm Entrance is free but there will be a Retiring Collection. All Welcome.

A wide range of regular activities take place at Kettering Library, Sheep Street each week including

Wednesday morning at 10.30 (during term time only) – Spanish group for under 5’s

Sunday afternoons from 1.30pm – “Snuggletime” – come and play with our toys or read a book with your grown up

Family History Session – the last Wednesday in the month from 2pm-4pm

Story Stomp for under 5’s – the last Thursday in the month at 11.45am

Knit ‘n’Chat – first Thursday of the month 2pm-4pm – new knitters and chatters.

The above activities are free of charge and of course it is free of charge to join the Library at any time. All welcome.

On Saturday 28th March from 10am – 12 noon a Coffee Morning at Toller Church Rooms, in aid of the Donna Sharp Memorial Fund which this year is fund-raising for The Spectrum Club, a local group that organises events for families with autistic children and offers an ongoing support system and a listening ear. There will be a table top sale of cakes. All welcome.

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 2nd April 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 The Lions Club – Our Own Malcolm Harris. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

The following events will take place at:

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday 29th March - Worship: 10.00am Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Leader: Helen Peaple - All welcome

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

Thursday 26th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Musical Afternoon - for everyone.Thursday 26th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] - Celebrating Easter. Friday 27th March and Monday 30th 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 30th Mar: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone. Tuesday 31st Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome…. ednesday 1st April: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Closed for 1/2Term. Thursday 2nd April: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: “Celebrating Easter” - for everyone.. Thursday 2nd April: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years] - Closed for 1/2Term..

On Saturday 28th March at All Saints Community Hall, William Street An Evening with John Stapleton – ‘My Years as a Licensed Lay Minister in the Church’ 7.30pm – 9pm. £3 including light refreshments. Pay on the door. Raffle.

Boughton House & Gardens will be open on Saturday 4 April – Monday 6th April. Boughton House is preparing for its public opening for 2015. For more information and opening times go to

Easter Egg Hunt in Kettering starts Tuesday 31st March until Saturday 11th April 10am – 4pm. Complete the hunt, claim your treat and be entered into a prize draw! Pick up a map from the Manor House Museum for 50p. Please note the Museum is closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.


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

Holy Week and Easter Services – Monday 30th March -7.30pm Easter Reflections at Orlingbury, Tuesday 31st March 7.30pm Easter Reflections at Little Harrowden, Maundy Thursday April 2nd 7.30pm Meal and Service at Great Harrowden, Good Friday April 3rd 10.00am Good Friday Family Service at Little Harrowden, 2.00pm Last hour at the cross at Great Harrowden, Easter Sunday April 5th 7.30am Breakfast and Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Family Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

Little Harrowden WMC –March Saturday entertainment. 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.

Little Harrowden WMC will be having a BBQ on Easter Monday at 2.30pm everyone is welcome to go along

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 -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. 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. More details to follow.

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

There are many outside Observing meetings held in between these meetings as well as Committee meetings held in Kettering for further information or to contact the group look on the NAA web-site. For further information on any meetings call 07742186747 or check out the website.


On Sunday 29nd March, a Service of Evening Prayer will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold. All welcome.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 29th March from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.

On Good Friday, a service will be held at 6pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold and on Easter Sunday, a service of Easter Communion 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.


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

Holy Week and Easter Services – Monday 30th March -7.30pm Easter Reflections at Orlingbury, Tuesday 31st March 7.30pm Easter Reflections at Little Harrowden, Maundy Thursday April 2nd 7.30pm Meal and Service at Great Harrowden, Good Friday April 3rd 10.00am Good Friday Family Service at Little Harrowden, 2.00pm Last hour at the cross at Great Harrowden, Easter Sunday April 5th 7.30am Breakfast and Holy Communion at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Family Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

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.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union- 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.

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 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


Plans to re open your Community Centre café are afoot! 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. Cllr Judy Caine and I will help as much as we can and perhaps your Oakley rangers can perform occasionally? Please let me know if you would also 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 week and thanks to your responses now has an equal gender mix and representation from recent newcomers to Corby from the wider world and some younger people. If you have a ‘Big Idea’ for Corby arts please contact Groundworks direct or myself and I will pass this on.

Your OVCA meeting was last night and I will report on this next week as we go to press a week early. I still have 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 by older children at the new playpark on Butland rd. 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 Oakley Vale W.I is fun - please join via Janet Smith – President - 01536 743152.

The Community centre has two excellent indoor bowling mats and we have had interest in someone organising sessions for their use. I will post session dates as soon as they are agreed.


A few weeks ago I reported on the forthcoming 100th birthday on Saturday, 7th March, of Raunds resident Edna Collins.

I can now report that Edna enjoyed a lovely tea party attended by over 60 friends and neighbours, and also a family meal at the Axe and Compass at Ringstead, for 65 family members. The family meal was attended by her daughter Jenny, 1 granddaughter, 4 great-granddaughters, 4 great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces and their families from all over the country - and one family member from Australia. The article that appeared in this column on 5th March was read out at the family meal for the benefit of the many relations who live away and would not have seen it in the newspaper.

Edna was thrilled with the birthday card she received from the Queen, which still has pride of place on her mantelpiece, and would like to express her sincere thanks to everyone for their cards and good wishes, and to those who went to her party and made her birthday so special and memorable. Edna received around 130 birthday cards!

A big thank you from Edna to everyone who made donations to St. Peter’s ‘Great Past, Greater Future’ restoration campaign, and to Diabetes UK. The magnificent sum of over £400 was divided equally between the two good causes. I cannot help but wonder what Edna will do for an encore next year?

The Friends of St. Peter’s will be holding a Quiz Evening at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, (opposite Spar) on Saturday, 11th April. Tickets are priced at £5, which will include supper with tea and coffee. To reserve your place, please call 01933 389457.

Coffee will be served tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. You are also invited to enjoy Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 1st April. Everyone is welcome to call in at either or both these events.

Sunday, 29th March, is Palm Sunday and Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. Palms will be distributed at the service.

There will also be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 1st April, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

Please note that there will be no Little Sunbeams on Tuesday, 31st March due to the Easter break.

The 14th Raunds Music Festival Early Bird Saver Tickets are available at £40 and will be on sale until next Wednesday, 1st April from Raunds Hardware and Pet Supplies, and Brook Street Newsagents. For more information please visit or call 07756 015 615

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting at 8 p.m. next Wednesday, 1st April, at the Saxon Hall. The guest speaker will be Sylvia Smith with ‘Glamour after 60’. Visitors and new members are always welcomed, with an admission fee of £3.50, which includes a raffle ticket and refreshment. For more information, please call Linda on 01933 622926.

If you are having problems using your computer, don’t forget the 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, 2nd April, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Call in for more information - no appointment is needed. Admission is £4 for the two hour session.

Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 2nd April at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

For more information about the group please visit their website at

The Raunds & District History Society will be holding their AGM at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 2nd April, at the Saxon Hall. This will be followed by ‘What the Georgians ate’ with Alison Eskriett. Everyone is welcome. Visitors £3, which includes refreshments.

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.

The event is only 3 weeks away, so 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 taking a coach trip to Rainham Marshes, Purfleet, Essex, on Sunday, 19th April. Booking is essential. To check the availability of seats on the coach, please contact Penny on the above number or Bob on 01933 460644.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 26th March 2015 the topic will be ‘Easter Craft’. 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 29th March 2015 is Palm Sunday and there is Palm Sunday Procession at 9.15am from the junction High Street and Carlow Road to St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead where there is an All Age Service at 9.30am. Refreshments are served after the Service.

Sunday 29th March 2015 is Palm Sunday and in The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day are as follows: At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with Peter White and at 6.00pm there is an Evening Service with Pastor Patrick Barker.

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

New Horizons currently runs a Music and Movement class for the over 50’s in Ringstead Shared Church on Tuesdays between 10.00am and 11.00am, no need to book just turn up and pay as you go, all welcome.

For further information please call the New Horizons office on 01933 396382.

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.


A new play is to be staged by the Rothwell Methodist Players on Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18. Entitled Mystery at Greenfingers, by J B Priestley, it is billed as a comedy of detection. It will be staged at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill and for tickets, which cost £5 each, contact: Alan Joyce, 01536 710774; Margaret Read, 01536 710252; or Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, 01536 711550.

The hunt is on for sponsors for Rothwell’s baby show, which is held during the summer the week before Rothwell Carnival and Fete, with winners announced at the fete. The show is being held from 10.00am-2.00pm on Saturday, July 4 at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. To enter a baby in the show costs £2, and there are prizes for those aged 0-6 months; 6-12 months; 12-18 months; and 18-24 months. There will also be a cup for the best overall baby in the show as well as for the youngest. Sponsorship is available for the whole show as well as for the individual classes. For more details, please contact Rosemary Roffey of Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee, which organises the show, carnival and fete, on 01536 712704.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell, include: Thursday, March 26, electric jam from 9.00pm; Monday, March 30, acoustic open mike from 9.00pm; Wednesday, April 1, quiz at 8.00pm, free to enter, with a maximum of four per team, winners get a free drink. The pub is also running an Easter raffle, which will be drawn on Friday, April 3. And its joker poker has not been won yet, with the jackpot standing at £211.

Two Rothborough Table Tennis Club sides are through to the semi-finals of the Points Cup. Dakotas beat Thrapston Falcons 518-409, with Sean Smith dropping only nine points against first division opposition. Exocets beat Burton D 495-412, with the consistent Tony Yeomans dropping just 33 points.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society holds its annual meal, complete with presentation of trophies, on Friday, March 27. On Wednesday, April 1, the society visits Deepings Camera Club for a print and digital image battle. There is no meeting on Good Friday, April 3. For more information, visit the website, go to Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Facebook, or phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442.

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.

The following events are being held at Rothwell library during the rest of this month: 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 on Friday, March 27 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 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.

This week’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will consist of a meal at the Overstone Arms, Pytchley. It is the last before the Easter break.

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.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will be held at 2.30pm on April 1 in the Chamberlain Room at the back of the Fox Street church.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to The St John’s Arms, Melchbourne on Tuesday 31st March which is the last until after Easter. There are no shopping trips next week either. There are numerous activities taking place in the Wellbeing Centre in Church Street – Movement to Music with Michelle Gibbs on Mondays at 11.00am also Drop-in Computer sessions on Mondays at 1.00pm. Also new activities starting after Easter. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society –The next meeting is on Tuesday March 31st at 8.00pm in the Conservative Club when Andy West will present ‘Railways Old and New’. The Station will be running an Easter Bunny Weekend on Sunday / Monday April 5th / 6th from 11.00am – 4.00pm - Easter Egg Hunt, Model Railway and games. Fare £4.00 including Easter Egg for the children accompanying an adult.

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday March 31st at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall when Alan Pack will speak about ‘Irthlingborough Mines’. At last week’s meeting the club presented ever present member Ruben Shepherd a cake to celebrate his 99th Birthday!

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 Salvation Army – Services this Palm Sunday are at 10.00am and at 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. On Maundy Thursday April 2nd at 7.30pm there is a Service with the Band and Songsters.

All Welcome. Tickets are now available for the visit on Saturday April 18th for the visit of Gospel Singer Marilyn Baker. Contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church – All Age Worship for Palm Sunday is at 10.15am.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Liz and David Harrison of Irthlingborough. There will be an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday April 1st at 7.30pm with Jennie Picton from Letchworth.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday’s Service is at 10.30am is led by Gill Crow with the giving of Palm crosses, followed by refreshments. ‘Movement in Dancing’ with guest artistes host an evening on Saturday April 4th at 8.00pm.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Family Holy Communion with Palm Sunday Service is at 10.00am led by Rev Rachel Hawkins. On Good Friday April 3rd there will be ‘An Hour at the Cross’ at 2.00pm with Rev Rachel Hawkins. There will be a Coffee Morning on Saturday April 4th in the Church Hall with Raffle and Stalls – 50p entrance with refreshments.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee in the Church Hall is from 10.00am. Sunday Morning Family Service is at 10.45am with the Evening Service at 6.00pm both led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – Prayer and Praise Service 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 31st 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 Thursday April 9th for a walk in Emberton Park and Beyond - leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Pauline Harris on 01234 721009.

Hayden FLAG – invite you to their AGM next 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 this 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

Rushden & District Art Society – meet next on Friday April 10th at 7.00pm in South End Junior School for a demonstration by Keith Hornblower on ‘Roses in Watercolours.’

Wymington and Podington Women’s Institute – meet on Thursday Aprill 9th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when Wendy Potts will speak on ‘Bees and Beekeeping’.


With effect from next Monday, 30th March, 2015, there will be changes to the X46/X47 bus services. The timetable and the route have been revised, with off peak journeys between Raunds and Thrapston being withdrawn and the route revised in Raunds. The service will now mostly terminate in Raunds, although there will still be a small number of journeys running as far as Thrapston at the very start and end of the day to suit college students and daytime commuters.

This will effectively restore the approximate service pattern that existed prior to 2011. Passengers wishing to travel between Raunds and Thrapston will still be able to catch the Centrebus service 16 which will not change.

Timetables are now available from or from Stagecoach on 01604 676060.

The evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 28th March will be provided by the ‘John Burrows Band’ with their timeless classics from the 60s onwards. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend, and new members are always welcome. For more information about the club please visit

Sunday, 29th March is Palm Sunday, and there will a service of Morning Worship at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 1st April, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

The Stanwick Village Hall Trust will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the Committee Room at the Village Hall at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 31st March. Everyone is welcome to attend.

An Easter Party will be taking place on Saturday, 28th March between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be lots going on, including an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, disco, crafts and chocolate. Admission is £3 each or £10 for a family. Book with Leisa or pay on the door.

There will be a ‘Frozen’ workshop for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years next Tuesday, 31st March, between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Spend a fun-filled three hours of singing, dancing and games with a ‘Frozen’ theme.

The cost of each workshop is £12, and spaces are limited. For more information please call Rebecca on 07879 979 493 or email

The 14th annual Stanwick Road Races will take place on Easter Monday, 6th April 2015. At the time of writing, there are only a few places left in the 10K Road Race, which starts at 10.30 a.m., with the 2K Fun Run starting at 10.35 a.m.

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.

To enter the 10K road race, please visit for details about online entry. Entry forms for the 2K Fun Run for the youngsters is also available for download from the Races Group’s website. This is a very popular race and early entry is advised, as there is a field limit of 150.

Number 45 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 14th March, making Anne Wilcox the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.

St Barnabas Church. 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.


Wellingborough Archaeological and Historical Society will hold its next meeting at the Friends Meeting House Quaker Church St Johns Street on Monday 30th March and the speaker will be Andy Chapman and the subject Looking for Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Badlands of Montana. The Evening begins at 7.30pm and will cost Members of the society £1.50 to attend and visitors and Guests £2.50.

At the last meeting of Wellingborough and District Camera Club the very welcome guest speaker was Robert Wharton from the Wellingborough Museum with a Wellingborough now and then. Starting right at the beginning when Wellingborough was Waendel in 1086 and he was a man with a family and the first population of the town was 20 people.

The Oldest building being the Norman Church of All Hallows in 800AD. The Tithe barn was built by the monks in 1400. The Boys School was established in 1585 and 1880 the first Shoe Factory. Other features in the 1800’s was a regular Cattle Market.

The First bus ran in 1913 and at least one in four men from the town’s population then lost their life in the Great War.

The Zoo opened in 1942. Robert showed many photos as he went thru this potted history and then went on that major changes came with the building of the Arndale then Swansgate in 1970. Many of the oldest buildings were knocked down to make way for it and the shape of the town changed. In the 1960s thru to the 70s a large influx of people which caused the population of the town to grow to todays 50,000. The Vote of thanks was given by the Chairman. The Next meeting of this group if you would be interested in attending will be Thursday 2nd April and its round 2 of the colour print competition . Check the group’s website out for full details.

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 26th March Darren Brittain. You will receive a warm welcome from 7.30pm till 9pm.

AJs Diner 141,Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough NN8 1RT

The 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. Please note a licensed bar and the diner will both be open and serving you. AJ’s is the best venue for rock and roll in the county.

Questions, please! A Husting session where

Any election question can be previously sent to address below, and it is to be held at All Saints Church, Midland Road, Wellingborough (next to the police station) on Thursday 23 April at 8 pm.

Questions to the candidates need to be submitted in advance by Wednesday 8 April to Secretary CTIW, 3 Conway Close, Wellingborough NN8 5XU or email to

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.

Redwell Runners are based at Redwell Leisure Centre and is ideal for beginners, improvers and experts. Jog Groups meet at 6.30pm on Wednesdays and the first session is free and then its £2 A Session. New beginners classes starting all the time. Want more information then contact Stuart Trevallion on 07968228106 or Cathrine Danns 0n 07830480475 or Trevor Wright 07922559557 18 or over’s only please.

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 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.

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. Call today and have a chat to see if this is for you. No audition required.

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. On Saturday 28th March 2015 7:00pm till Midnight Pate and Puds will be held at Gt. Doddington Memorial Hall, Great Doddington Contact details: Jilla Parsley 01933 664942,

Pate, Puds and all things “P”. A fun evening with the “P theme. There will be a quiz, games and raffle - all on the “P” theme. £8.00 per person. Please bring your own refreshments and glasses but there will be tea and coffee available.

Forthcoming events

On Saturday 6th June 2015 12:00 noon to 5pm A Family Fun Day will be held at Bassett’s Close Park, Wellingborough NN8 4JQ

Contact details: Alan Johnstone 01933 400669 alanjohnstone@hardwick

This is fast becoming an annual event organised by the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton offering the people of Wellingborough and surrounding villages an opportunity of a fun day out with all the family. There will be a host of amusements offering a variety of rides for the children and lots to see for the adults with a host of stalls offering a variety of goods. There will be the usual burgers and hot dogs available along with ice creams, refreshments and other food items. There will be a full programme of artists and groups to entertain in the Bandstand and Arena. Any proceeds will go to the charities supported by Rotary. The gates will open at 12 noon with an introduction from the new Mayor of Wellingborough and the event will finish at 5.00 pm. Entry is Free. If you would like to take part in the event then please contact Alan Johnstone on 01933 400669 or at


In February an exhibition was held at Wilbarston Village Hall for the proposed solar farm on the old disused Desborough Airfield, to enable residents to gather in formation on the proposals, and to encourage them to make their own comments to the developers before an application for planning permission is submitted.

Public right of way across the site are to be retained, possibly with some re-routing. Many people exercise on the old runway and service road locations and it has been recommended that some provision remains for a circular route on the airfield site accessible by the public.

Regular users of Brig Lane, will have noticed sheep in the fields, instead of winter crops. They will be there until early spring, and will return in the autumn. The systems involves a certain amount of flexibility, with the animals moving between fields quite frequently and being penned byelectric fences rather than permanent barriers.

This does mean thatthere will be areas where dogs will need to be kept on leads and that these areas will change from week to week. This is an experiment for Rockingham Estate and if anybody see’s any escaped sheep on their walks please call the shepherd,Jamie on 07843 098761.


In March Greg our local fish and chip shop owner achieved his five star rating for food safety under the food hygiene rating scheme, the highest award for Greg and his first fish and chip shop.

The Mobile library will next be in the village on Wednesday April 8th stopping at The Shrubberies Rose Terrace at 12:10 until 1`2:40 and Mill Road 12:45 until 13:15.

The library carries a large selection of books including large print Audio books Children’s books and much more.

The Sunday service at the Baptist Chapel on March 29th is at Pam and will remain so until October.The guest speaker will be Mrs. Deacon from Woodford.

The Wednesday fellowship continues at 7-15 in the Baptist Schoolroom,with a guest speaker.If anyone would like to come along they will be made welcome,they are a nice friendly group and after the service there’s time to chat over a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits.

There is a change to the services at the three Churches on March 29th as it is Palm Sunday.Meet at St Mary the Virgin Little Addington at 10:00am.Palm Sunday walk to Great Addington with reading and hymns along the way followed by a short Holy Communion at Great Addington.