Village news March 5

A bumblebee explores some snowdrops
A bumblebee explores some snowdrops

What’s going on where you live


Brigstock Antiques Fair on Sunday March 8th from 9.30-3.30 in Brigstock Village Hall. Furniture, porcelain, jewellery etc. Refreshments available .Admission £1, under 15 free if accompanied by an adult. For details please contact Bob or Gill on 01536 373786.

Brigstock WI will meet on Tuesday March 10th at 7.30pm in the WI hall. The speaker for the evening is Christine Kinsey with a talk entitled “Anyone can learn to paint”. Competition A drawing or painting done by you.

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

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

On Saturday March 14th from 7.30 until midnight a Comedy Night will be held in Brigstock Village Hall. There will be three comedians and a compere. This sounds like a fun evening. Organised by Brigstock Cricket Club.

Tickets to over 16s only available from Simon 07766422168, John 07786866323, Richard 07730 940806 Michael, 07415623289.

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

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

Do come along to the next Film Night which is on Friday March 20th at 7.30 in Brigstock Village Hall. The film is Rush (15) Set against the sexy, glamorous, golden age of Formula 1 racing 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 noon. Do call in for a hot cross bun. Raffle and tombola prizes would be most welcome. Please contact Sheila on 01536 373225.

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

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

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

The village newsletter of which the second edition has just been delivered is also your village hall committee. Some of them have day jobs too. Contact details in newsletter or on village hall website if you can help in any way.

The Post office and village shop are now open until 4pm. In order to keep the post office running the shop side needs to be profitable. The coffee shop now serves, soup and toast in addition to a variety of cakes and pastries.

Pantomime tickets will be on sale in March for the performances on the evening of April 10th and 11th and a matinee on 11th.


On the lovely, sunny Shrove Tuesday morning the traditional Pancake Race took place along Church Lane. The event which first began in 1983 and is now organised by the Women’s Institute attracted a pleasing number of participants and onlookers. Tossing their pancakes as they ran, triumphant winner of the ladies race was Pauline Graveson, Jake Hill won the following men’s race. The 11 to 16 years old race was won by Chico Manual and the less than eleven years old prize was won by William Davidson. Dean Hawkins managed 110 tosses in the competition for those unable to run. At the coffee morning in the village hall Denis Owens presented trophies to the adults and Easter eggs to the youngsters.

The History Society met recently and a fascinating account of the history of Nevill Holt was given by Rosalind Willatts of Wilbarston. Rosalind, a former planning officer, told of her involvement with the hall and spoke with enthusiasm about the various owners and changes made over the past 700 years. Nevill Holt is well worth a visit and is open to the public on various occasions during the year. Chairman, Andrew Davidson, then produced a copy of the Breeches Bible published in 1599 which was passed around for perusal. The next meeting, the AGM, will be on May 20th when there will be a talk on WW1 in Rutland. The annual outing on June 10th will be a tour of Gretton followed by refreshments at the Hatton Arms.

There is a change of speaker at the next meeting of the WI on March 5th and members will now hear a talk on the history of clogs and English clog dancing with the opportunity to have a go.

Georgina Henley will give a presentation of her recent sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro at the Family Service at St John’s Church on Sunday, March 8th.

The monthly progressive whist drive which is held to raise funds for the village hall, was well attended. Highest scoring hands were held by ladies, Stella Ward, Marie Shannon and Christine Rutt and gents, Michael Bailey, John Claypole and Pam Moore ( playing man). Highest half scorers were Isabel Duff and Charlie Pykett. A consolation prizes went to Joyce Lattimer. The next event will be held on March 21st.

Supporters of the 100 Club met in The Plough for the February draw which was made by Gene Power. Number 95 was first called and Betty Smith was rewarded with £45. Subsequent numbers drawn 68, 69 and 30 belonged to Jenny McIntyre, Jo & Richard Lisk and Tillie Brown. The next draw will take place on March 25th at 8.30.


Our local Police Community Support Officer Mark Tooley will be holding his regular Police Surgery at The Village Store and Café at 2pm on Wednesday 4th March.

Changes to St. Mary Magdalene Church services

On 1 March (10am), Ruth Colby will lead Morning Prayer from the Book of Common prayer.Everybody is welcome.

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

Mothering Sunday

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


On Wednesday there will be a Coffee Morning in Twywell at 10.30 – 12 noon at Greystones by kind invitation of Margaret and Paul Ansell in aid of the Air Ambulance.

The Twywell Dining Club will meet in the Old Friar on Wednesday . Please book in advance with Peter or Katie. Telephone 01832 732625.

The Cranford W.I. meet on Thursday in the village Hall ‘ Hello Hello’ is the title of the talk when Liz Thomas will tell the group about her life as a policewomen. For information ring 01536 330731

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Grafton Underwood at 9.15 and Morning Prayer will be held at Twywell at 9.15am. a Holy Baptism.There will be a Family Service at Cranford St Johns at 11.00am and


Sunday 8th March 2015 is the 3rd Sunday in Lent and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11.00am. Refreshments will be served after the service.


The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held its first print competition of the year on Friday, February 20, the judge being Malcolm Cook from Leicester. His selected winning images, all gaining the maximum 20 points, were as listed: For Novice Print, it was Marion Yeomans with “Only When The Sun Shines”. For Intermediate Colour Print, it was Rick Yeomans with “Pointe Shoes”. For Intermediate Monochrome Print, it was Mick Rockett with “Book At Bedtime”. For Advanced Colour Print, it was Steve Rappitt with “Hebrides Lookout”. For Advanced Monochrome Print, it was Trevor McHugh with “Misty Day At The Coast”. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Malcolm for an entertaining and informative evening.

Desborough and Rothwell Trefoil Guild are holding a Beetle drive event on Wednesday, March 4, with a coffee morning and North of Northampton talk and slides. Also, they are holding another Beetle drive event on Saturday, March 21, with Bangers and Mash evening at Desborough CC. All events held at the Salvation Army Church at 7pm, unless stated otherwise. For more information about the programmes, please contact Caroline Wilkes on 01536 770011.

It is International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6. You are invited to a special evening at Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop from 7pm to 9pm. The evening includes a light supper with cake and coffee and an inspirational talk by a local woman. Please bring your own drink. For information, please telephone 01536 527407.

Pole Fitness Classes are being held locally to you. A fun and exciting way to keep fit, guaranteed to boost confidence and self esteem. It is held on every Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays in Kettering area. For more information or to reserve your place, please contact on mobile: 07815 701180 or 07706 148659. You can email on or visit website on

Get involved! It’s Desborough Pocket Park Volunteers Morning on Saturday, March 7. The pocket park has a lovely stream, walks and a picturesque pond, in order to keep it this way, Desborough Pocket Park need your help. People like you volunteer. Starting from 10.15am to midday. Activities include planting snowdrops, levelling the steps, litter collecting, clearing the river, pruning, planting bulbs, trim or tidying up. Entrances are via number 4 to 8 Rothwell road, Federation Avenue and Prince Rupert Avenue in Desborough. NOT the Millennium Green near St Giles Church. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. All children must be supervised by a responsible adult. Free soup will be served at midday. For further details, please contact Rachel on 01536 760585 or Keith on 07923 915580.

Desborough Heritage Centre are holding a Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday, March 7 at 10am to midday. There will be tea, coffee, cakes, raffle and more.

Hazeland House Social Club are having a Half Day Trip to Springfields in Spalding on Tuesday, March 10. All social club members are free. Non members and other schemes are only £8. You will be picked up from Desborough at 10am, Kettering at 10.15am and Geddington at 10.25am. To reserve your places and more information please contact Robert on 01536 765866.

St Giles Flower Club meet every second Wednesday of the month in the Community Centre at 7.45pm. For more information, please contact Carol Johnson on 01536 506767.

On Saturday, March 21, Desborough Conservative Club on Victoria Street are having a Table Top and Craft Sale. From 11am to 2pm.

St Giles Mini Church needs you! Can you spare a few hours a month to help St Giles Mini Church team? They need volunteers to help with use of a laptop in the service to manage power point. To plan the craft each month and help children create crafts. To create a monthly leaflet and to print off copies for people to deliver. To deliver monthly leaflets to any schools, play groups, nurseries and cafés in Desborough and local areas. To join the singers or musicians to expand the Mini Church Band and to join the puppet team. Make costumes, prop designing and be a puppeteer. The dates for Mini Church Services 2015 are listed as follows: Sunday, March 22; Sunday, April 26; Sunday, May 24; Sunday, June 28; Sunday, July 26; Sunday, August 23; Sunday, September 27; Sunday, October 25; Sunday, November 22 and Sunday, December 20 is the Nativity Service at St Giles Church at 10am. The services take place in the community centre at 9.30am and are aimed at families with children aged under 5 years. For further information, please contact Louise on 07739 396518.

Desborough Town Centre Partnership invite all local business owners in Desborough town and local areas, to join them at their Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Desborough Ritz on Station Road on Thursday, April 30 at 7pm. In our community there are valued skills and people have roles to play to help the future of our town. You can be apart of this. Large and small events have already been organised by the Town Centre Partnership and there is much more that can be done. You can email comments and views to the Chairman, David Larmour on or contact the Secretary, Pamela Goodman on Alternatively, you can telephone David Larmour on 01536 762247 or Pamela Goodman on 01536 760244. You can view Desborough Town Centre Partnership website on

A local Desborough resident, Helen Steele and her friend, Leanne Crutchley, are taking part in the London Crystal Palace 10K 2015 on Sunday, June 14. Their aim to raise £400 for Cancer Research UK. To sponsor, donate on the justgiving page link: J


The Breakaways will be meeting on either Tuesday 10th or Tuesday 17th for a trip to The Odeon Cinema in Kettering to see the film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Chris has been unable to book a date as the film has only just been released and the cinema is only publishing dates to 5th March. As soon as Chris has a date and cost, she will be in touch with members. The Breakaways spent their February meeting having a good natter and putting the world to right! Subscriptions were taken and we welcomed one new member.

The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their monthly Coffee Morning on Thursday 5th March in the cricket club from 10.30am-12noon. Cost of admission is £2.50, this includes Welsh Cakes made by Wendy. All money will be going to the Lakelands Hospice.

The Library Van will be in East Carlton on Friday 6th March from 12.25pm – 1.25pm. There will be two stops in the village, one outside 13, East Carlton Park and the other in the circle.

Social evening in the club tomorrow evening - pool, skittles, chat or just a well deserved drink at the end of the week.

Health walk every Monday and Wednesday from the park entrance at 11am – do feel free to come along. There is quite a crowd now!


At the February meeting of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild members enjoyed a very different evening when Joan Allingham demonstrated Gelatine Flowers. 

This was followed by a Hands On by the members.  Everyone enjoyed making the beautiful delicate flowers.  Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting.  The next demonstration is on March 18th when Margaret Baldry will be making “A Spring Arrangement”.  The meetings begin at 7.30pm.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

The classes are on March 11th & 25th when we will be making beautiful sugar flowers.

These begin at 7.30pm and are £5 per evening. All meetings are in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP.  For more information contact 01933 680099 or e-mail

Why not get some ideas for your garden by going to the Open Gardens at 67-69 High Street Finedon on Sunday March 8th. It is open from 11-3 and costs £3.50 for adults and children are free. There will be plants for sale.

Are you over 60? Need something to do on a Wednesday afternoon?

Why not go along to Finedon Over 60’s and meet new friends and find lots of different things to do. It is held at the Bowls Club and costs just £1.


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

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.

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

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


The Parents and Tots Group meet in the Great Addington Memorial Hall every 1st & 3rd Friday every month between 8.45am & 10.30am. The cost is £2.50 per family which includes refreshments. The next meeting is on Friday 6th March 2015. For further information please contact: Ruth who is on 07752 709926 or Amanda who is on 07770 499762.

Sunday the 8th March 2015 is the 3rd Sunday in Lent and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also there is a Family Service in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am.

The Addington’s Ladies Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and the next meeting is on Tuesday 10th March 2015. The meetings are held in The Great Addington Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The Topic for tonight’s meeting is ‘A Talk on Antiques with Ray Woods’.


Gretton Local History Society hold their next meeting on Thursday 19th March at Gretton Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Natasha Trenwith is the evenings guest with a presentation on “Conservation”; the conservation of Northamptonshire wills and how she goes about it. GLH Society members are admitted free with a warm welcome to visitors to attend for only £3.00. Refreshments will be available and a raffle run. GLHS have been meeting regularly for many years and their research and work has created a wonderful archive of information for the village. To find out more about this meeting and the Society generally please telephone secretary, Ann Craske on 01536 771102.

Gretton Women’s Hour, a long-standing village organisation meeting once at fortnight at Gretton Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Gretton welcomes Women from the village and surrounding area to their next meeting on Tuesday 10th March when Rosemary Brice is the afternoons guest speaker starting at 2.15pm.

Come and join us at our meetings we also sing hymns, say prayers and enjoy refreshments and a chat amongst friends. We do hope you can join us and if you would like to know more before coming please call 01536 770188 or 770784.


The Pie and Pint evening organised to raise funds for the Village was a great success and it shows that an open bar and casual supper is a winning formula. It is essential we continue to use the Village Hall to help raise the considerable funds required to maintain the facility. The Appeals Committee have an exciting plan of for 2015 and you can learn more about the Appeals Fund at the AGM on 24 March.

This year the Mothering Sunday Service at St John the Baptist Church is on a Sunday afternoon. Starting at 4.00pm on 15 March the service will be followed by Tea and Cake.

The Wednesday Walking Group will meet at the Market Cross at 10.20 to walk around Harringworth on the 18th March. Matt Jenkinson is leading and the walk ends in the Village Hall at the Lent Lunch with lovely warming Soup, Cheese and Rolls. If you are thinking of joining the Walking Group this is an ideal day to start and discover this great walk around the village, too.

You are welcome to join the Lent Lunch for Home-made Soup Cheese and Rolls on Wednesday 18 March from midday to 2pm in the Village Hall (no need to book just come along on the day). As usual there will be a Bring and Buy stall (donations welcome) and this year it is in aid of WaterAid UK. For further information, please contact Pam Cooper 01572 747320.

The Spring Bridge Drive organised by the Appeals Committee for March 19 is already fully booked and promises to be a successful fund raising event. Chris Hendy the Director for the day wishes to thank all those involved in the preparation and printing of the new (and very smart) Bridge Cards.

Can you spare a couple of hours for the Spring Church Yard Clean-Up on Saturday 21 March, from 10am to midday? Bring along your garden tools to help with weeding, pruning, edge trimming 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 at 7.15pm on Tuesday 24 March in the Village Hall when refreshments will be served from 7.15 for a prompt 7.30 start. It is an important evening which includes a report from both the Chairman and Treasurer, the election of the committee and the allocation of Funds.

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.  If you are interested in displaying a lily contact Sue Reading on 01572 747664. A list of those to be remembered will be displayed near to the arranged lilies.

Have you started planning your garden for the summer? Can you spare a thought to the two Plant Sales that we have in June that raise Funds for the Village? This year in addition to the Fete on 20 June we are opening several gardens for a visit from the Cottage Garden Society on 11 June when they have asked for a Plant Sale, too. Any spare seedlings that you can pot on will be welcome as well as cuttings and seedlings from Shrubs and Perennial. Thank you.

Neighbourhood Watch would like to thank everyone’s vigilance over the last few weeks and for reporting the numerous suspicious incidents to the Police. We have set up a very good liaison with all the local villages sharing news of any incidents and the Police have been very impressed with the speed we are able to pass on information. If you have any questions about Neighbourhood Watch contact Terry Riley.


The annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th March at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber. All residents are welcome to attend and discuss any agenda items. The agenda will be posted on the town noticeboard on the Square.

St Mary’s Messy Church will be held on Tuesday 17th March from 3.30 to 5 pm in the Bede House and a warm invitation is extended to Junior school children and their families to attend. A variety of craft activities are offered and the youngsters will be given refreshments during the session. The cost is £1 per child and further details available from Debbie 01933 356257 or email:

Members of the Town Council met recently and considered various planning applications with no objections raised: extensions to 78 Northampton Road; rebuild boundary wall Charles Parker Building; erection of two semi detached homes at 53 Handcross Way; variation of conditions for extensions etc at The Carriage House although concern was registered at the proposed close proximity to neighbouring homes.

It was reported that a group of Germans from our twin town of Hachenburg would be visiting at the end of July to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the twinning treaty.

Further details to be obtained regarding the possible installation of a footpath near the skateboard area and football pitch.

It was agreed that: the Council would apply for Quality Standard under the Local Council Award Scheme; the IT system would be upgraded; scheduled tree works would be carried out for 2015/16; tree survey works to be commenced at Riverside Park, Castle Fields, Saffron Road recreation ground and the cemetery; quotes be obtained regarding installation of heritage lights on the Market Square and work commenced to repair/replace cold water pipes and sanitary connections at 5 College Street as soon as practicable.

Agreement was given to allow Henry Chichele School continued use of the Stirrup area at the front of the school for parents to drop off/pick up children and possible temporary parking for staff. It was noted that a Public Notice regarding the proposal to expand the school was published on 5th February with the 28 day statutory period of representation now finishing. Feedback from the pre-planning public consultation was generally positive and the additional pedestrian access was well received by the public.

Members of 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 Nene Valley Astronomical Society meet in Chelveston village hall on the third Monday of each month from 8 pm to 10 pm. The group also stargaze each Friday evening weather permitting. Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 and further information is available from Steve Williams 01933 650331 or see website

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.

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

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm next Wednesday 11th March in the library on Midland Road. The special guests Tony and Barbara Packham will present their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and details are available from Judy Smith on 01933 391283.

Church services for this Sunday 8th March: St Mary’s All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House, Family Mass at 10.15 am followed by tea, coffee and biscuits; Junior Church/Footprints at 10.15 am in Church and the Bede House led by Debbie and Choral Evensong at 6 pm.

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 - All Age Worship at 10.45 am will be led by Jeremy Bullock. 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 circular walk in the Sawtry area on Sunday 15th March. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.15 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am by Steeple Gidding Church. The group will be led by Walter Burbidge 01536 483687. See website

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

The Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held in St Mary’s Church on Friday 6th March at 10.30 am. This year the service comes from the Bahamas and a warm invitation is extended to all ladies to attend. The service will be followed by refreshments.

An invitation to youngsters to visit Stanwick Lakes Discovery Zone next Sunday 8th March between 1 pm and 4 pm to make a Mother’s Day card for Mum. See website:

Lent courses are being held in the Chantry Chapel of St Mary’s at 7 pm on Mondays - 9th, 16th and 23rd March. They will be led by Canon Richard Stainer – an Introduction to Christian Meditation - and conclude with a Contemporary Mass.


Welcome everybody, it’s time to come and sing. Rhymetime for babies and the under 5’s is at 9.30am on Thursdays in Irchester Library. All children respond to songs, rhymes and actions and this is a friendly group which welcomes new faces. The session is followed by refreshments and the opportunity to chat if you would like to. There is no charge for Rhymetime although donations may be made and little ones love putting pennies in slots.

Did you know that the Co-Op store has a permanent book shelf in the shop where you can buy new and secondhand books for just £1. The proceeds of which go to charity. Donations of books are always welcome.


Rooters will be playing classic rock live at the British Arms on Friday 6th March 2015, Baker Street, Irthlingborough.


On Saturday 7th March at Toller Church Rooms, Gold Street, there will be a coffee morning in aid of ‘Bosom Friends’ a local breast cancer support and fund-raising group There will be a cake and home-made provisions sale. All welcome.

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.

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

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:Sunday 8th March - Sunday Worship: 10.00am Self-Denial ‘Partners in Mission’ Gift Receiving Day Leader: Lt.Colonel Jack Hassard & 5.30pm “Praise” Leader: CSM Andrew Hunt and Music with Kettering Citadel Band and Songsters - All welcome. The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance: Phone 01536 513883 for further information. Thursday 5th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: David & Margaret Baish: “Memories” for everyone, Thursday 5th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]. Friday 6th March and Monday 9th 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 9th Mar: 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone.Tuesday 10th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League: {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome.Wednesday 11th Mar: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place for March 2015.Thursday 12th Mar: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club: Majors Trevor & Roni Howes - for everyone. Thursday 12th Mar: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years].Thursday 12th Mar: 7.30 - 9.00pm Men’s Fellowship: Speaker Paul Marsh.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Tuesday 10 March at 11am a Family History Workshop with Andrea Pettingale. New monthly family history group workshops. Each month will explore a different theme, with expert advice presented on a range of topics. All workshops are held at the Manor House Museum and last approximately 1 hour. Refreshments are available from 10.45am. Booking for these sessions is essential. Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. You can book by calling the Museum on 01536 534219 or via email at Special offer – book on to three consecutive sessions for just £12.

If you are in need of more in-depth expert advice to help you through your Family History research, why not book on to one of the one-to-one sessions, where a local expert will be able to provide you with personalised advice and access to a range of research resources. The first session is on Tuesday 10th March from 1pm onwards. Please note these sessions are available from 1pm onwards and are bookable in consecutive order only. Booking is essential. Tickets £12.50 per sessions of 30 minutes. £10 per session of 30 minutes with a Kettering Leisure Pass. You can book by calling the Museum on 01536 534219 or via email at

Cransley Hospice are holding an International Women’s Day Evening on Friday 6th March at 7pm. An inspirational talk by local Street Pastor Fiona de Boltz – Live music by Steve Orton. Light supper with coffee and cake. Please feel free to bring your own drink. Tickets £8 per person available at Cransley Hospice Coffee Shop, tel 01536 527407.

On Saturday 14th March at All Saints Community Hall, William Street An Evening with Nick Maple “A Bed of Roses”. Nick was a commercial rose grower on the Duke of Buccleuch’s land. If you are a keen gardener come along and hear what he has to say. £3 on the door, including refreshments. Raffle.

On Thursday 12th 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 Colin Davis on ‘Sundials & Time’. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road on Saturday 14th March at 7.30pm the Pantaloons Theatre Co. present Bleak House. Join them for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. A company of five actor-musicians bring the novel’s cast of over 50 characters to life in a thrilling tale of love, skulduggery and spontaneous combustion. Tickets £10 (£9 concessions). Tickets available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street from 28 February until 11 April the Northampton Town & County Art Society is exhibiting a fine selection of paintings, original print work and sculpture which will be on show from some of the County’s leading professional artists. Free admission.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street from 7 March until 11 April an exhibition by Elaine Warden called Outside and In.

Exhibition being staged in the Long Gallery. Admission is free.

Kettering & District Art Society Browser in March features work by Jean Edwards. Jean has lived in Northampton for about 30 years and worked as a teacher before becoming a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Northampton. She makes collograph prints from found and recycled materials and is often inspired by the natural world, historical artefacts and local buildings.

The Craft Showcase for March highlights the work of Richard Allen. Richard’s primary concern is paintings, however an integral part of his practice involves sculpture.

At the Manor House Museum, Community Corner for March features Wicksteed Park. It is the people who make Wicksteed Park so special and give it its enduring place in the hearts of Kettering locals. This exhibition follows the story of a few key players, as well as touching on the many staff, both old and new and of course the visitors. .

Children’s Activities at the Manor House Museum in March include ‘Make a Mother’s Day Card’ on Saturday 14 March at 11am. Make your very special Mum her own Mother’s Day card. This workshop will last approximately 1 hour. Booking is essential. £3 per child, £2 for Leisure Pass Holders, free to Young Friends of Kettering Art Gallery b& Museum. To book call 01536 534219 or email

At Wicksteed Park on Saturday 14 March at 7pm Strictly Got to Dance for Cransley Hospice. Up to 10 dance teams, 5 judges, 2 routines all adds up to a great night of fundraising for Cransley Hospice. For further information visit or to buy tickets call 01536 527407.

Camerata Singers began the new year with a new Musical Director Timothy Dolan and under him rehearsals are well advanced for our annual Spring Concert on Saturday 21st March at All Saints Church, William Street, Kettering.

The programme includes Gabriel Faure’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs and begins at 7.30pm. Ticket price £7.00 and can be obtained from Angela 01536 522158 or from Camerarta on 01536 513955 or email, or at the door.

Proceeds will be divided between church funds and the British Heart Foundation.


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

Little Harrowden WMC –March Saturday entertainment. 7th March Solo artist –Bigsy, 14th March Dale Andrews, 21st March –Dave Barron, 28th March –Ashby Clarke. Country music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday. Bingo each Friday and Sunday. Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. For more details contact Colin on 01933 401464.

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

Why not go along to Little Harrowden Church for a Lent lunch on Saturday at midday and continue weekly until Easter. Pop in and enjoy soup and a roll and raise money for charitable causes.


On Sunday 5th March, an Evening Service 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 5th 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.


Ooaps! The Joseph Manning Trust Orlingbury’s Group for the 60 plus, the next date is Thursday 5th March for more information ring Gillian on 401340 or Jan 400123

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

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.

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


Next OVCA meeting is on the 25th March so please put that date in your smart phones or diaries; 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 and information sheets 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.

The Oakley Vale W.I met recently and their President presented Christine Hodges with the ‘Bowling Cup’ for achieving the most marks at their monthly bowling sessions run really well by Susan Headland. The Competition Cup was won by Marion Reeves, with Elizabeth Darvill in second place and Julia and Carolyn joint third. They have recently had a very interesting talk on post boxes from Helen Crabtree. The first post boxes were green, which was news to all present. At their meeting in February, Chris and Frank Berry (with their lovely dog Quasi) came to talk about how Guide Dogs transform the lives of those people who really need them, especially for the visually impaired.  It was enjoyed by all and lots of questions were asked. On March the 17th they have a lady coming to talk about ‘The Alpaca Experience’, so join the W.I. if you can to hear all about it. Pat Colegate and Veronica Meredith were presented with a bouquet by their President for ‘significant birthdays’! Craft group is making brooches at the next meeting. W.I. is fun - please join via Janet Smith – President - 01536 743152.


Many congratulations to Mrs Edna Collins, who will reach her 100th birthday on Saturday, 7th March!

Edna is very well respected and loved by her neighbours and the Raunds community as a whole, and still lives independently in the bungalow that she and her late husband Bert built in 1972. Her neighbours find it hard to believe that she has reached 100 years of age, either from her outlook or her appearance, and the fact that she still does all her own shopping, cooking, gardening, laundry, etc.

Edna still takes a great deal of interest in her local community. She is an active member of St. Peter’s Church, is a member of the Raunds History Society, the Mother’s Union, the Methodist Women’s Own and she also plays Whist at Cole Court! Until very recently Edna has helped with the Friday coffee mornings at the St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, and frequently bakes her famous tea-loaves for church events.

Edna was born in Pretoria Cottages in Chelveston in 1915, into a large family, and has one brother and one sister, both alive and in their 90s. She married her husband Bert in 1936 and they moved to Raunds, where Edna worked in the shoe factories in Raunds for many years.

Edna will be celebrating by inviting friends and neighbours to a tea party today, Thursday, 5th March, in the Saxon Hall, Raunds, and will have a large family party on the day itself.

Happy Birthday Edna – you are a remarkable woman, and an inspiration to us all!

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 Raunds and District History Society will be meeting today, Thursday, 5th March, between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Saxon Hall. The guest speaker will be Polly Feeley with ‘Music & Memories of a 1950s Childhood’. Visitors £3, which includes refreshments.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 6th March, at the St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Tomorrow, Friday, 6th March, is the Women’s World Day of Prayer, and there will be a service at 2.30 pm at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, with prayers for The Bahamas.

There will be a service of Compline at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 6th March, at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead. Sunday, 8th March is Fun Day Sunday at 9.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, Raunds, with the theme of ‘The Maker’s Instructions’. A very warm welcome awaits all, with crafts, songs, the Sunday papers and refreshments, including fresh coffee, tea and soft drinks. Everyone is welcome. Later in the day a service of Evensong will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. On Wednesday, 12th March a service of Home Communion will be held at 10.45 a.m. at The Forresters, Raunds.

If you are having problems using your computer, you can easily solve them at a drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, which will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 12th March, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. If you have a problem, just call in for more information. Admission is £4 for the two hour session.

At their  February meeting, Raunds WI enjoyed an evening of Musical Nostalgia from Geraldine & Michael who played old 78 records which brought back many memories.

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

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

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


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 5th March 2015 the topic will be ‘A Lot of Rubbish with Mike Bailey (ENDC)’. 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.

On Friday 6th March 2015 in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead there is a Service of Compline at 7.00pm.

On Friday 6th March 2015 at Ringstead Cinema – Belle (12A) will be shown in Ringstead Village Social Club. The Disabled access is from the rear car park. Doors open at 7.30pm film starts 7.45. Bar available. The Tickets are £4: Please contact 01933 460373 for details.

A Coffee Morning will take place in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead on Saturday 7th March 2015 between 10.00am and 12 noon.

There is a Book Stall, Bric-a-brac and a Raffle. Refreshments are also available. We look forward to seeing you. All Proceeds will go towards new facilities for the Church.

Sunday 8th March 2015 is the 3rd Sunday in Lent and there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30pm

On Sunday 8th February 2015, The Shared Church in Ringstead services for this day is as follows: At 10.30am there is Family Service with Pastor Patrick Barker, and there is a Communion Service with Mrs Susan Deacon at 6.00pm.

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall every 2nd Monday of the Month, and the next meeting is on Monday March 9th 2015.

We always welcome New Members and Visitors. There is no meeting in August.


In the Kettering and District Table Tennis League, Rothborough Arrows suffered a disappointing 7-3 loss at Harborough Rangers. In Division 2, Buccaneers beat Harborough Imps 9-1 as Ray Harrison and stand-in Peter Rowbotham hit hat-tricks. Comets beat Exocets 10-0 and Dakotas beat Burton E 6-4.

Forthcoming events at the Woolpack pub, Market Hill, Rothwell include: Thursday, March 5, electric open mike night with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Monday, March 9, acoustic open mike with Jim and Darryl from 9.00pm; Thursday, March 12, electric open mike from 9.00pm; Sunday, March 15, Mothering Sunday, where customers’ mums can eat Sunday lunch free from 1.00-4.00pm. Booking advised. Saturday, March 21 is landlady Rachel Nash’s 50th birthday party, with music from the Lincoln Noel Trio from 9.00pm. Dress code is ‘glamorous’. The pub’s ‘joker poker’ jackpot is still up for grabs, despite being begun at the start of the New Year. It is drawn between 9.30-10.30pm every Saturday and costs just £1 per ticket. The winner gets a bottle of drink or £10 and picks a card – if it is a joker, he or she wins the jackpot.

Heat 2 of the digital projected images and slide competitions is being held by Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 7.30pm on Friday, March 6 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. On Friday, March 13, the society hears a talk by Steve Dormer on ‘HDR Imaging’, starting at 8.00pm at the same venue. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The next monthly coffee morning at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church is from 10.00am-12 noon on Saturday, March 7. That morning will also see the annual opening of the Children’s Society boxes. There will be stalls, books, jewellery, cakes, cards and candles, as well as a table top sale. The church is also hosting Lent Teas on Tuesdays throughout Lent from2.00-4.00pm, until March 31. Everyone is welcome. On Sunday, March 29, there will be a choral evensong at Holy Trinity at 5.00pm, led by the Harborough Singers, who will be singing a setting of Stanford in C.

A table-top sale is being held by from 10.00am-1.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill by Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee. All money raised will go to support Rothwell Carnival, which takes place on Saturday, July 11.

A beetle drive and a coffee morning are two events being held by the Desborough and Rothwell Trefoil Guild to help support Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers as well as Guiding events in the division that covers Rothwell. The beetle drive, with bangers, beans and mash, is being held at 7.00pm on Saturday, March 21 at Desborough Community Centre, next to St Giles’s church, Lower Street. Tickets, which cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, must be bought by March 18 from Elaine Diack at the pharmacy in Rothwell’s Bridge Street. Those attending are asked to bring a pencil, and a raffle will also be held. The coffee morning will be held from 10am-noon on Saturday, March 28 in the Methodist church, Market Hill, Rothwell. Admission is free.

An arts and craft fair is being by Rothwell Arts and Heritage centre, Bridge Street from 10.00am-3.00pm on Saturday, March 7 at Tresham Hall, entry free. On Friday, March 13 the centre is hosting an evening with clairvoyant Denis Binks. Entrance to this event is by ticket only, costing £10 and including refreshments. During March, the centre is holding exhibitions of Rothwell and various talks are planned.

The snowdrop walk at Harrington, just a few miles outside Rothwell, proved to be a big success, attracting a record number of visitors, when it was held on Sunday, February 15. As well as the attraction of the snowdrops and aconites themselves, the village church was open and visitors had a rare chance to explore the historic ‘falls and fishponds’, once part of a medieval manor house, thanks to the current owners, the Warner family. And a new opportunity this year was the chance to visit the award-winning Warner Edwards gin distillery at Falls farm, near the village hall, where tea, coffee and cakes were available.

Tonight’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will hear a talk on local GP services and the Patient Participation Group given by Linda Wood and Shirley Newman at Rothwell Methodist church at 8.00pm. Next week’s meeting, at the same time and place, will be members discussing their ‘favourite things’.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – there is a lunch trip to The White Horse, Tilbrook on Sunday 8th March and Krumbs, Raunds on Tuesday March 10th. There are shopping trips to Emmaus, Carlton on Wednesday March 11th, St Neots Market (£6.50) on Thursday 12th and Waitrose on Friday March 13th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

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

Rushden Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next on Tuesday March 10th at 2.00pm in Rushden Hall for Prize Bingo.

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

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday March 11th at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Tony and Barbara Packham will present their programme of music.

H E Bates Discussion Group – meet on Wednesday March 11th at 2.00pm at the Bowls Club when Jon-Paul Carr will talk about the book ‘The Two Sisters’ preceded by a reading of ‘Let’s Play Soldiers’ a short story based on Bates’ childhood playing in Albion Place. Also Neil Anderson is travelling from Yorkshire with a display of ‘H E Bates Memorabilia’.

The Salvation Army – Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. Tickets are now available for the visit on Saturday April 18th for the visit of Gospel Singer Marilyn Baker. Contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars’ Church – this Sunday’s Morning Worship is at 10.15am. The Drop-In meets on Monday 9th March in the Bridge from 9.00 to 10.30am – all welcome especially parents of school age children.

St Mary’s Church, Rushden – Services this Sunday are All Age Worship at 9.30am led by Don Merrifield with Holy Communion at 11.15am both led by Rev Prior and Rev Taylor. Evening Worship is at 6.00pm with Don Merrifield and Tony Smith. There is a Mammoth Jumble Sale in the Church Hall this Saturday March 7th from 10.00am to 12 noon. Contact Barry on 353956 for details.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Caroline Oates from Cambridge. There will be an Open Circle on Wednesday 11th March at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Sunday’s Service is at 10.30am led by Rev David Womersley, followed by refreshments. Tickets are now available at £4.00 for ‘Musical Memories’ concert by the ‘Six Week Community Singers’ on Saturday March 21st at 7.00pm. Contact 778677.

St. Peter’s Church, Midland Rd – Service this Sunday with Holy Communion and the Young Stars 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 with children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson. At 4.00pm they celebrate Second Sunday – all ages welcome. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday March 12th at 2.00pm with Sue Manton talking on ‘Easter Craft’.

Rushden Mission Church – Sunday Morning 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 10th at 10.00am.

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

Rushden & District Art Society – meet next on Friday March 13th at 7.00pm in South End Junior School for a demonstration by Steven McLoughlin entitled ‘Sea and Waves using Acrylics’. There will be a Workshop on Saturday March 14th at 10.00am by Robert Fathers on ‘Acrylic Landscape.’

Wymington & Podington Women’s Institute – meet on Thursday March 12th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when Tony and Helen Hewitt will speak on ‘Owls to Behold.’

Rushden Rambling Club Tortoise Group – next meet on Thursday March 12th for a walk in Little Harrowden and Hardwick leave Duck St Car Park at 9.30am. Led by Margaret Haly on 387550.

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

Swivel Club – invite you to their second Comedy Night at 7.30pm on Saturday March 28th at Rushden Bowls Club featuring Nick Page, Danny Ward and Nick Doody all award winning comedians and compered by Mike Wilkinson from Manchester. Tickets at £10.00 each are available now by calling 07738 080470.


At long last there is something to report on the Outline Planning Application by Gladman Developments for 230 houses on land off West Street in Stanwick.

Everyone who submitted a letter of objection, or commented during the consultation period, should by now have been informed by the East Northants Council that the date of the meeting where this application will be considered will take place on Wednesday, 11th March. Take a look at the Stanwick Village Residents Group website HYPERLINK “” which has been updated with additional information.

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.

Entry forms for the 2K Fun Run for the youngsters is available for download from the Races Group website The field is limited to 150 runners, with medals to all competitors. This is a very popular race and early entry is advised, as there is a field limit of 150.

The monthly Craft Café will take place tomorrow, Friday, 6th March, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Stanwick Lakes. The craft this month is ‘Rush Work’. Have a go at this traditional local skill and make something to take home. There is a modest charge for some materials and normal car parking charges apply. For more information please visit

On Saturday, 7th March, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. a Family Slab Pot Workshop will take place at Stanwick Lakes with Lisa Igo. Adults and accompanied children are welcome to this workshop where you will make your pot from clay, and in a second session on Saturday, 21st March, you will decorate your pot with coloured glazes. To check the availability of places, please call Lisa on 07809 205 273.

Saturday, 7th March, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of ‘Juicy Lucy’ who will be providing your evening’s entertainment from 9 p.m. with their powerful rock blues style of original music.

Johnny Red will be returning to the club on the afternoon of Sunday, 8th March, with his 50s Rock ‘n Roll show, suitable for all the family. For more information about Stanwick Club, please visit their brand new website at Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 8th March, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

On Sunday, 8th March, make Mothers Day Gifts and a card for your mum in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. There is a modest charge for activities and normal car parking charges apply.

A couple of Easter Holiday workshops are planned to take place at The Village Hall, Stanwick.

There will be a ‘Frozen’ workshop for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years on 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.

On Wednesday, 8th April, between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. there will be an ‘Annie’ workshop for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years, where you can sing, dance and play games with an ‘Annie’ 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 recent Community Garden meeting went very well, with plans now being in place to take the project forward. If you would like to be involved in the Community Garden project, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01933 461868.

Number 49 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 21st February, making Gina Chambers the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Regulars from the shoulder of Mutton Public House in Weldon are making plans for their annual visit to Leicester Beer festival on Saturday 14th March. Already there is considerable interest to the event arranged by The Campaign for real ale (CAMRA). Those interested in joining us can do so with pleasure. Meet at Corby Railway Station at 10am. Those going can travel in groups of 3 or 4 to get a group saver ticket. There is a possibility real ale brewed the Shoulder of Mutton will be showcased at Leicester Beer festival following the interest from Leicester Camra. For more information about the day out on 14th March please call or text David on 07790 197220. The trip to Leicester Beer Festival will as always be enjoyable and informative resulting in many return visits over the years

Friday 6th arch is Women’s day of Prayer and this year in Weldon a service will be held in the Congregational Church at 7.00pm. All women are welcome to attend.

Date for your Diary It is hoped that on Saturday 23rd May there will be a garage/ Stall sale in the village. Clear your clutter and raise money from the comfort of your own garage or front garden Sell all your unwanted items If you are interested in taking part or to find out more contact Alison Caswell on 01536 268526 or A stall will cost you £5.00 and in aids of St Marys Church Weldon

Now that Lent is here it is time to think about the Easter Lilies for the Church. If you are interested in subscribing to this in memory of a departed loved one and having their name read out at the Eater Service at St Marys Church please place you donation in an envelope marked with the name of your loved one and pass it on to Sandra Whitlam as soon as possible

Weldon Womens Institute will hold their next meeting on Tuesday 10th March in Weldon Village Hall at 7.17pm. The speakers for the evening are to be Rosemary and Michael Leonard with their version of Songs from the Musical. The competition is for a Cat Orniment and refreshments will be available. News members are always welcome. Please come along as a visitor and see what we do.

Services at St Marys Church .On Sunday 8th March there will ,be an all age service at 9.30am

The following Sunday 15th March will be Mothering Sunday and there is to be a Family service with the choir there will be flowers and cake so children please bring your mothers along at 9.30am


The selection of the new Carnival Court will be at the museum on March 6th.

If you are thinking of taking part, google ‘Wellingborough Carnival’ for an application form.

On Saturday 7th March a Craft Fair will be held at 22a Market Street. Which is Café Aroma free entry and a number of local crafters will welcome you to peruse their wares. This event is upstairs and entrance is through the coffee shop.

Vince Price will be presenting another of his Evenings of Clairvoyance at the Wellingborough Museum on Friday 13th March 7.30pm till late and tickets will cost £10 and 01933 276838 is the number to ring for tickets or more information. This is a very popular evening and you are advised to buy or reserve tickets.

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

A Raffle and refreshments also available at the event. Ring now for Tickets and help raise much needed funds.

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

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.

AJs Diner 141,Leyland Trading Estate Wellingborough NN8 1RT The Strollers will be the Live Band for March on Saturday March 7th. Of Course the Rock and roll Disco also entertains on the live band nights too. A night of non stop music always guaranteed. Check Ajs Facebook page as many special nights and classes happening each week. The Number One Rock and Roll venue in Wellingborough and delicious diner too. Bookable for private parties and events.

Friday 6th March is the Woman’s World Day of Prayer at All Hallows Church at 2pm and “Praying for the Bahamas” will be the subject. And in the Church hall in the evening at 7.30pm till 9pm Prayer, Praise and Puds Café Evening. Contact the Church for more details or just go along.

Crazy Hats are holding the 12 + 1 Walk the 13th 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

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.

National Carers Week

The dates for National Carers Week are 8th– 14th June 2015. Please contact 01933 677837 or email

Wellingborough Carers Café is held on 3rd Tuesday of each month at 123 Midland Road WellingboroughNN8 1LU 1pm till 3pm the next two 17th March and 21st April. All Carers are welcome to attend.

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.

Wellingborough Museum.

The Museum’s Trench Experience tours are held every Saturday but do call to check there is room on 01933276838. The Tickets/entrance to the experience cost £3.50 each or £10 for a Family ticket and start at 2pm.

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

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

To stay at Glamis Hall all day it will cost £15 a day and as well as lunch club, benefit advice, social care advice and help, an hairdresser and podiatrist visit regularly and activities and days out are on offer. Also a shopping and laundry service can be used. Equipment hire, exchange or purchase and transport to the Hall can be assessed.

The centre can also help with assisted bathing if this is required. Call today to find out if you can attend and enjoy this valuable community service. Arrange a visit take along a friend or relative, go and see how this marvellous community centre is answering the needs of day to day living.

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. The Next Messy Church at St Barnabas will be on Saturday 21st March 4pm till 6pm. Information about services etc can be found by asking for a Church Magazine which is a jolly good read.

With a cast of 44 Wellingborough Operatic performing South Pacific at the Castle, Wellingborough 10th to 14th March. Performances : Tues. to Sat. 7.30pm each evening, Sat Matinee ; Box Office 01933 270007 or on line at

Prices Tues, evening and Sat Mat. £14 Weds. to Fri. & Sat. Evening £16


The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston on Friday, 6th March, there will only be one stop in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm.

Wilbarston Village Hall Committee have been busy putting together fund raising events for later in the year. Saturday April 25th there will be the return of the popular Pamper Party.

Saturday May 30th there will be a Table Top Sale, so there’s plenty of time to sort out any unwanted items to sell.

Saturday 20th June will be a Race Night.


The Woodford sports and social complex have a fun day in aid of the air ambulance on July 11th 2015 and would like any donations for raffle/tombola which will would be gratefully received also if anyone would like to hold a stall or more information please contact the club on 01832 732600.

The service at the Woodford chapel March 8th is at 3pm. The Wednesday evening fellowship is now running after its winter break and is in the chapel schoolroom at 7.15pm.If you haven’t been before and would like to come along you will be made most welcome.