Village news November 20

A tranquil scene on the Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal
A tranquil scene on the Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal

All the news from where you live


Barton Seagrave WI President Aida Freville welcomed members to the November meeting.

Aida introduced the speaker, Lt Col Steven Bruce, who gave a very interesting talk with slides about his life in the Royal Marines.

Next month is a members’ only Christmas dinner. In January there will be a speaker on the History of Food.


The next film in Brigstock Village Hall will be on Friday, November 21, at 7.30pm, and will be Calvary (12).

Tickets cost £4 on the door and refreshments will be available. For details contact Alison Millen on 01536 373028.

A bingo session with cash prizes and a raffle will be held in Harper’s Court on Thursday, November 20, at 7.30pm.

The next meeting of Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday, November 26, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Guest speaker Sally Sokoloff will give a talk on Conscientious Objectors in the First World War.

Guests and visitors are welcome at £2 entrance for the evening.

The Morning Service in Brigstock URC on Sunday, November 23, at 10.30am will be conducted by Mr I Tattersall.

A Grand Christmas Fair, on behalf of WPHSA, will be held in Brigstock Village hall on Saturday, November 29, at 2pm.

The wide variety of stalls will include Christmas gifts, toys, books, cakes, bric-a-brac and many more with a tombola and raffle. Refreshments will be available and entrance is only 50p.

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy an evening of ballroom, latin and sequence dancing in Brigstock Village Hall on Friday, November 28, from 8pm till 11pm.

Entrance is £4. Tea and coffee available at the interval but please bring your own drinks and glasses. For further details call Dave or Joan on 07718 519480 or email

The Looking Glass Theatre presents an afternoon of pantomime fun for all the family in Brigstock Village Hall with a performance of Cinderella on Saturday, December 6, at 2pm.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from Brigstock newsagent’s or by calling 01536 73598 or 373191. Refreshments will be available. The hall has a hearing loop installed.

Brigstock WI will be holding a table top Sale on Saturday, November 22, in Brigstock WI hall from 10am. Details 373672.

On Saturday, a craft fair hosted by The Friends of Burton Library will take place from 10.30am until 1.30pm in the library and the Civic Centre.

There is a 50p entrance charge for adults to the Civic Centre.

Messy Church will be held from 4pm on Sunday at the Methodist Church, (Piggott’s Lane entrance) For more information please contact Caroline or Andrew on 01536 420780.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm on Tuesday, in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church. Michael Wright will present An Arty Afternoon.

The speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week is Janet Jones.

The meeting will take place in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane and will begin at 2.30pm.

Meadowside School PFA will host a Christmas shopping and craft event in the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue, on Thursday, November 27.

Stalls will open for business from 4pm until 6pm.

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre on Thursday, November 27, starting at 7pm.

The Christmas lights switch-on in Burton Latimer will be on Friday, November 28. High Street will be closed to traffic during the festivities.

The Story of the Nativity will be told through a series of full-sized models and displays to be held in St Mary’s Church during the weekend of Saturday and Sunday November 29/30.

There will also be stalls and refreshments. Admission will be free. The opening times are 10am to 4pm on November 29 and 1pm to 4pm on November 30.

A ‘Helicopter’ Beetle Drive will be held in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, on Saturday, November 29, starting at 6pm, to raise funds for the local air ambulance service.

Tickets priced at £3 are available from Janet (01536 398967) or on the door.

Directions self-help group will meet on Monday, December 1, at 7.30pm. Please contact Maureen (01536 723292) for venue details.

The Burton Latimer Branch of The Royal British Legion Women’s Section will host a Mince Pie and Sherry & Parcel Evening at the Band Club on Monday, December 1. The evening will commence at 7.30pm.

The Scout Band led the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, November 10, to St Mary’s Church.

More people lined the route than had possibly been seen for several previous years on a cold but sunny afternoon.

The uniformed organizations including Scouts and Guides together with town councillors, veterans, British Legion members and many representatives from the town processed to St Mary’s Church for the Service of Remembrance followed by the wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial.

A large number of townspeople gathered at the War Memorial on Armistice Day, November 11, to observe the Two Minutes Silence at 11am.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Please note there will be no 9.30am Holy Communion on Tuesday

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Worship

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


The Remembrance Service at St John’s Church which was conducted by licensed reader, Jill Cannings, was well attended.

The congregation gathered at the war memorial where Dennis Wright laid the poppy wreath and read out the names of eight local men who lost their lives in the First World War.

The response was made by Elaine Lawniczak who along with Jane Young served refreshments after the service. The two minutes silence was heralded and ended to the poignant sounds of the Last Post and Reveille.

During her talk Mrs Cannings spoke about a recent visit she made with her husband to Bethlehem and Palestine. Anthea Hill read the lesson and later candles were lit in memory of loved ones no longer with us.

Brenda Bentley was guest organist and the open collection which was taken by Lucy Young and Millie Brown raised £74.50 which will be added to the village contribution to The Earl Haigh Fund.

Barbara Wrighting who planted over a hundred handmade ceramic poppies on the village green and was helped by Sheena Girvan and Philip Arnold in selling them, did a brisk trade on Remembrance Sunday.

The poppies made a spectacular display which was much admired by residents and motorists passing by and as a bonus, two men complete with bagpipes, stopped and gave an impromptu rendering of two hymns.

The Parochial Church Council held a quiz in the village hall which attracted around 40 players. Tantalising questions were compiled by the Rev Jane Baxter who also acted as quiz master.

Churchwarden, Mary Davidson, managed the scoring and helped to serve soup and puddings during the interval. Competition was keen and ended with joint winners.

In the first team were Mary Brown, Jenny Holloway, Andrew Davidson, Philip Arnold and Barbara Wrighting and the opposing family team were Marion Graveson, James Jones and Heather and Miles Ingram who were rewarded with bottles of wine for their efforts. A creditable sum of £278 was raised for church funds.

A competition organised by Debbie and Gene Power of The Plough which involved a giant pumpkin was won by Trevor of Rockingham who accurately guessed the weight of 15 stones and eight pounds.

Rory Beech of Oakham correctly guessed the name which was Freddie. The resulting amount £81 raised will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.

The Women’s Institute had a speaker with a difference at the November meeting when Tess Ellis assisted by her colleague, Marianne, gave a talk and demonstration of Abdominal Massage Physiotherapy.

The president, Jenny Betts, received a birthday posy and in turn presented a beautiful floral arrangement to Rose Temperley who celebrated her 90th birthday recently. The monthly competition for a music box with points going towards the annual trophy was won by June Gower with Sue Murrant and Florence Jackson in second and third place respectively. The next meeting on December 4th will be hosted by the committee and gifts will be exchanged.

The Villages own ‘Valley Voice’ choir will be singing Carols and Christmas songs in the courtyard at Rockingham Castle for the Castle’s ‘Victorian Christmas’ event. The choir will be performing a split set between 6.15pm and 7.30pm on both evenings – Tuesday, November 18, and Thursday, November 20.

On October 25 a total of 17 teams took part in Ant Licquorish’s 45th village quiz raising a total of £340 for the Corby and District Lions.

Mike Garlick, representing the charity, kindly accepted the donation and gave a brief talk outlining the work that the charity undertakes. The next quiz is scheduled for the early part of 2015 so watch this space!

Thanks too for all who attended Del Robertson’s ‘Souper Quiz’ at The Village Hall Annex on November 8.

Good fun (and good Soup!) was had by all, with £159 being raised towards upkeep of The Village Hall. Congratulations go to winners ‘Oddballs’ who went off with the wine prize.

Sad news indeed of the passing of village stalwart Keith Allsop OBE ARIBA who passed away at his Middleton home on October 17, aged 89 years. A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be announced.

There is currently one vacancy on Cottingham Parish Council and there are two vacancies on Middleton Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact your Parish Clerk.

Mark Tooley will be hosting his Police Surgery at ‘The Village Store and Café’ in Corby Road, Cottingham at 10.30am on November 19, and again at 11.30am on December 16.

Church Services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise – every first Sunday of the month at 10am

Holy Communion – 9.30am every second and third Sunday of the month

Coffee with Hymns – every fourth Sunday of the month at 10am

Methodist Church, Corby Road, Cottingham – Every Sunday at 6pm.


Sunday, November 23, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11am.


Rowell & Desborough Lions are delighted to report that their Brass & Voices Concert on Saturday, November 1, made £500 for the Air Ambulance and the RNLI.

They would like to thank Corby Silver Band and a Handful of Harmonies for a great evening and also to those that supported the event. The next Concert will be on Friday, December 12, at the Rothwell Church.

The Third Desborough Brownies held an event to support Children In Need on Monday, November 10, at the United Reformed Church hall.

Altogether the Third Desborough Brownies made £330 for Children in Need.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 9, locals of Desborough town came together to watch a beautiful parade take place at 9.30am.

Children, parents, adults, youngand old, came to watch as the parade which started from Central England Co-operative Food store on Gladstone Street and made its way down to St Giles Church to the Memorial. There, many witnessed wreaths being laid at the War Memorial. The wreaths were supported by locals, local businesses and groups.

On Tuesday, November 11, at 11am, a two minute silence took place at the War Memorial and all over UK, to remember those who fought and died for our country. Desborough people have been very generous and supportive towards the Poppy Appeal. This year, £17,113.77 has been raised so far.

The superb WWI exhibition has been visited by 360 children from Havelock Junior School and 180 from Loatlands School with talks and demonstrations from two of the team responsible for the exhibition, Michael Maguire & Bob Freeman. Eventually Richard Turner and Belinda Humfrey will bring out a book about the 725 young men from Desborough who served in the Great War (145 not returning) and their families in Desborough, so please continue to bring in information about them. Visitors & passers by who look at the window exhibition on Desborough’s lost railway station will notice additions to the amazing number of artefacts there, one being Desborough’s a ward shield for the best station in bloom, the last time it was awarded on the LMS line: 1965. With a preview on the night of Friday, November 7, the Civic Society is putting on its fifth annual Art Show from local artists, so come along and see the impressive range of works in oil, watercolour and embroidery by skilled residents of Desborough and surrounding villages, some for sale. The Desborough branch of the Wildlife Trust, celebrating its 30th anniversary, has now moved its monthly lectures to the Desborough Heritage Centre. Come every second Tuesday, the next speaker was Henry Stanier on Dormice Locally on Tuesday, November 11.

Revive Coffee Shop held a meeting on Tuesday, November 11 at 7.30pm. 30 people attended, a mixture of volunteers, management, and customers who use the coffee shop on a daily basis. The coffee shop is a joint initiative of the five churches in Desborough, seeking to serve the local community with a Christian ethos. A customer survey was carried out in September and the feedback was very positive.

Also, it has been planned that the coffee shop will be used as place where Churches of Desborough can come together to join in praying for the people and town. Volunteers are always wanted at Revive. So, if you can spare two hours, that would be very much appreciated. Drop in and speak to the management team.

The 15th St Giles Christmas Tree Festival will be running from Friday, November 28, from 3pm until 9pm. It will continue to run throughout Saturday, November 29, from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday, November 30, from 11.30am to 5.30pm. Accompanied children (those 16 years and under) are free, adults cost £2.50. There will be stalls , crafts, gifts and children’s activities and refreshments at Cafe Noel. Drop by the Santa’s Grotto on Friday, November 28, from 6.30pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 29, at 2pm to 4.30pm. Also, on Friday, between midday to 1.30pm OAP’s are £1.

The Scoutpost 2014 Christmas card delivery service is here. Post your cards from Monday, December 1 and the last post day is Monday, December 16. It will cost 25p per card. Desborough town Scoutpost collection points are in Market Harborough Building Society on Station Road, The Desborough Heritage Centre and the Central England Co-operative Food Store on Gladstone Street, Central England Co-operative Convenience Store on High Street and Hilltop in Desborough. Delivering to Barton Seagrave; Braybrooke; Broughton; Burton Latimer; Cranford; Cransley; Desborough; Geddington; Grafton Underwood; Isham; Kettering; Little Cransley; Loddington; Mawsley; Newton; Old; Orton; Pytchley; Rothwell; Rushton; Stoke Albany; Walgrave; Warkton; Weekley; and Wilbarston. All correctly addressed cards will normally be delivered by Sunday, December 21. Incorrectly posted or addressed cards will be kept until January 2015 if you would like to retrieve them. Please DO NOT give cards for places that are not on the list as they will be unable to post them.


Christmas Market & Craft Fair Sunday 16th November 11am to 3pm at Finedon Community Centre, Wellingborough Road, Finedon.

The Wellingborough Mayor will open the Fair and Mulso Junior School Choir will entertain at 12 noon. Rev Richard Coles will also be attending. Admission £1 adults FREE for accompanying children.

Further information on: 01933 398377

Finedon Independent Wesleyan Chapel presents a concert of Christmas music by the Variations Choir on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Chapel or Rita on 398188.All proceeds go to the Ebola Disaster Fund.

The 1st Finedon Scout Group willa gain be delivering Christmas cards to the Finedon area only (not the Sidings or General’s corner).

The Scout Post Boxes are available at: the Newsagents in Wellingborough Road; Affleck Bridge Antiques in High Street; Café Tasters in Irthlingborough Road; Hair Raid in Rock Road; Cost Cutters in Irthlingborough Road and Wood the Butchers in Dolben Square. Post from the 1st December in Finedon only.

All proceeds go to the Scout Group. For further details ring 680680.

The next meeting of the Finedon Local History Society will be on Monday 24th November at 7.30pm in the Mission Hall.

This meeting is the Societies AGM and this year it will be followed with a talk by David Wilson and Richard Chapman called The Centenary by Duo.

The Church of St Mary the Virgin is holding its Wassail Evening and Grand Christmas Draw on Friday 5th December at the Finedon Mulso School at 8pm.

Sing, drink and be merry to a selection of Christmas Carols, Mummers Play and handbells. Tickets are £7.50 and include fish and chips.


A Quiz is to be held on Friday 21st November in the School Hall. Please ring Jane on 01536744302 for details.

Geddington Parish Church is holding its annual Christmas Tree Festival from Saturday 6th December to Sunday 7th December. Opening times are Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 12 noon to 5.00pm. Admission is £2, with accompanied children under 14 free. On Friday 5th December at 7.00pm there will be a Christmas Pantomime (of sorts!). Adults are £5 and includes a glass of mulled wine and children £3 which includes hot chocolate and a biscuit. Tickets from Jane Rowley on 01536 744302. Please support the cast members as all proceeds go to Church funds.

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council invite you to an Open Day / Exhibition on Sunday 7th December from 11.00am to 2.00pm, in the Village Hall. There will also be a chance to find out about Village Societies and Clubs and they will be available to promote and advertise.

Badapple Theatre present a play ‘ The Mice Who Ate Christmas’ at Geddington Village Hall on Tuesday December 9th at 7.30pm. This is a delightfully upbeat Christmas story based on the classic story surrounding the writing of the carol Silent Night Tickets are £9 (£7 for under 25’s) with a family ticket of £25(max 2 adults). Please ring John Padwick on 01536 746272.


Sunday, November 23, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am.

Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

A Christmas fair will be held at St Mary’s Church in Little Addington.

on Saturday, November 22, from 2pm. Come and enjoy a Christmas fair with all the usual stalls. Admission: Children are free and Adults are £1.

Donations of cakes/prizes and items for stalls are very welcome. Call 01933 650245 or 653242 or bring on Saturday morning between 10am and midday.

Great Addington Primary School.

Rockingham Class Rugby Champions will be taking part in the next round of the Rugby Tournament on Thursday, November 20, at 1.15pm, which is being held at Rushden & Higham Rugby Club and parents of those playing are welcome to come and spectate.

Great Addington Memorial Hall Cinema in conjunction with Oundle Cinema presents a Family Film night: Spy Kids (U) on Saturday, November 22.

Doors open at 5pm and the film begins at 5.30pm. Tickets are priced at £4 a ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

This includes a drink and snack with the child’s ticket.

There is a licensed bar and refreshments will be available to buy. To buy your tickets see Jo Blackburn, mum to Laura Y4 / Becky Parsons, mum to Ben Y4 Chloe Y1 Jenny Gray, mum to Theo Y2.

All profits will go to Oundle Cinemas and Great Addington Memorial Hall charity number 304196.

A visit has been planned for Lamport Class to visit the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on Wednesday, November 26.

The children will spend the day looking at the many aeroplanes on display, and will tour the fascinating museum to discover more about those who played a part in the War.

The trip will support the pupils in relating to the World War and we are certain it will prove enjoyable as well as educational.


Sunday, November 23, 10am family service at St Mary’s.

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 details go to

Diary dates:

Thursday, November 27, 7pm to 9pm Christmas shopping evening and decorated trees competition in St Mary’s church. Admission £2.

Thursday, December 11, 8pm carols by candlelight at Whiston church.

Sunday, December 14, 4pm Christingle at St Mary’s.

Sunday, December 21, 5pm carols at Grendon Hall, with a collection of dry/tinned foods and warm clothing in good condition for the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough. Ring 01933 663332 if you would like your contribution collected.

Wednesday, December 24, 4pm crib service at St Mary’s, ring Deborah on 01933 663918 if you would like your child to take part in the nativity play.

Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day 10am Communion at Grendon.


Gretton Pensioners will again be treated to their Christmas Party at The Hatton Arms, Arnhill Road, on Monday, December 8. As always it’s free of charge.

The party has been held for many years from fundraising events originated by the fondly remembered Jurassic Lark In The Park fun days held in the village along with other more recent fundraisers.

The Christmas party gets started at 12.30pm to include lunch, carol singing and a raffle. Tickets are available now for Gretton pensioners only on a first come first served basis from Gretton Post Office.

For further details call 01536 770302.

Gretton Village Hall is the venue for the Christmas monthly lunch on Tuesday, December 2, with festive fare on the menu from 12.30pm at only £5 per serving.

The organisers welcome residents, ramblers, cyclists and anyone passing through the village to attend. Thank you everyone who has joined us throughout the year attendances have been excellent.

Further details from Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328.

Gretton Local History Society meets again on Thursday, November 20, 7.30pm at Gretton Village Hall.

Kate Wills is the evening’s guest speaker and will give a presentation on Larks Ascending – Musical aspects of the Great War.

This talk touches on the many and often surprising appearances of music amid warfare including composers in action, musical truces, losses and legacies and a high profile Northamptonshire connection.

Gretton Local History Society members are admitted free with visitors very welcome to attend for only £3.00 Refreshments will be available and an optional raffle run. For details call Ann Craske on 01536 771102.

An Elizabethan Christmas of seasonal music and stories from Shakespeare’s Time will be performed by PIVA at Gretton Village Hall on Saturday, November 29, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are now on sale at £10 with concessions at £8 available from Gretton Post Office and by calling Andy Butterworth on 01536 770302, also on the door on the night if there are any tickets remaining.


We hope to see you at the Harringworth Christmas Bazaar on November 29 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. 

Held in the majestic setting of St John the Baptist Church, the Bazaar features a range of local traders selling carefully selected gift ideas alongside the Made in Harringworth produce, preserves and craft and not forgetting the famous Harringworth Hampers with draw tickets available ahead of the day.

The Hexacopter recently seen ‘buzzing’ above Harringworth has taken quality aerial photographs of the village and famous viaduct and replicated a series of photographs of Harringworth from the 1980s for comparison. 

Come along to the bazaar to see the Hexacopter, learn about its technology and find out how to order a photograph.  

Proceeds from the Christmas bazaar go towards the Harringworth Appeals Fund.

For further information contact Philippa Gasson on 01572 747700 or email


A warm welcome awaits all who visit St Mary’s Church over this weekend for the best ever Angel Festival.

Almost 70 angels will be on display in Church created by local businesses, residents and organisations. In addition there will be a super hamper raffle and refreshments served in the Bede House with craft stalls to browse. Times of opening will be from midday to 5pm on Friday 21st; 9am to 6pm on Saturday 22nd and midday to 5pm on Sunday 23rd. Admission is £3 for adults – to include a souvenir programme – with no charge for under-16s.

Saturday 22nd is also Christmas Sparkle day from 11am to 6.30pm organised by Higham Tourism and the Council.

On Saturday a road closure from Cemetery Lane to the Market Square will be in place from 7am with a one way system in operation and extra parking available on Midland Road.

A myriad of entertainment is promised for Sparkle day – Father Christmas in his new grotto in Chichele College, continental market on College Street, fairground, refreshments, mulled wine, roast chestnuts, street entertainment, choirs, angel fancy dress parade, Christmas café with craft stalls and entertainment in the Bede House and the Christmas light switch on at 5pm.

All families are invited to bring their youngsters along to take part in the “angels” fancy dress parade starting with judging at 4pm in Higham Library on Midland Road.

The parade will go to the Market Square for carol singing, presentation of prizes and the switching on of the Christmas lights.

The overall winner of the fancy dress will help the Mayor to switch on the lights. Waitrose are awarding generous prizes for two categories – all pre-school and reception year upwards.

Please help us to make our Christmas Sparkle day really light up with a huge parade of youngsters dressed as angels. Any queries please ring Liz Brown 07766406298 or Anna Sauntson 357212.

Volunteer marshals are urgently needed to help with Sparkle on the 22nd – can you volunteer a two-hour slot in the period from 9am to 8pm please? Anyone interested in helping is asked to ring the Town Hall 01933 312075 or email Yellow visibility jackets will be provided for all marshals.

In addition a Christmas Fair organised by the Friends will be held at Higham Junior School on 22nd from 2pm to 4pm.

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, November 29, from 9am on the Square with free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

A coffee morning will be held in the Bede House organised by the Church fundraisers with a variety of stalls to browse and at 11.30am the Stanwick Handbell Ringers will be giving a half hour concert in Church with free admission.

In addition there will be a sculpture exhibition in Chichele College staged by Vivienne Stretch on both November 29 and November 30.

The College has wheelchair access from College Street and there is no charge to visit the exhibition.

The Christmas farmers market will be held from 9am on Saturday, December 20, on the Square and there will be a coffee morning in the Bede House organised by Higham Tourism.

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am on Friday, November 28, in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street.

The special guest Terry Broughton will be talking about the Royal British Legion. Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak on 01933 314157.

Members of Pensioners’ Voice meet at 2pm on Monday, November 24, in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace.

They will enjoy music from the Over Sixty Salvation Army Choir. New members are always welcome and further details from Mick Beesley 312616.

A Pavilion Youth Drop-In – for young people aged from 11 to 19 years – is starting this month in the sports pavilion on Vine Hill Drive.

Drop In sessions will be initially be held each Wednesday evening from 7 pm to 9.30 pm and twenty young people have already signed up with half a dozen adults giving support.

Any young person interested can email the Leader Nikk Roberts at or phone 07507 176719.

St Mary’s Church services for Sunday, November 23, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House, Sung Mass at 10.15am and Songs of Praise for the Angel Festival at 6pm.

At the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Chelveston, Sung Mass will be at 9am.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall, Hayway – Morning Service will be at 10.45am led by the Rev Margaret Eales. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

Evening Service will be held at 6pm in the Gospel Hall Milton Street.

A Christmas Tree decoration day will be held at Stanwick Lakes on Sunday, November 30, from 11am to 4pm.

Youngsters are invited to drop in during the day and help to decorate the Stanwick Lakes Christmas Tree.

In addition there is the chance to make baubles to take home. Modest charges apply see website for further details

A Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 25, at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.


Rhymetime for the under fives is at 9.30am on Thursdays in Irchester Library. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and is supported by an active Friends of Irchester Library group.

Other news from the library and dates for your diary November 24 Coffee and Chat with Christmas decorations to make. December 15 Coffee and Chat Christmas Party. Raffle tickets are now on sale for Friends of Irchester Grand Christmas Draw, 1st prize is a luxury hamper. Tickets available from Friends and the Library. Draw takes place December 18 at 2.30pm

Are you or someone you know mad on the film Frozen? There will be a Frozen sing along family film show in Irchester Village Hall on Sunday, December 7, at 3pm.

A three-metre screen and 400 watts of sound to raise the roof to your favourite Frozen songs. Tickets under 15s £3.50 Adults £4. Doors open at 2.30pm. Book online

Dress up encouraged and refreshments available.

On November 26 Irchester School Choir will be taking part in a seasonal concert at the Castle in Wellingborough. Tickets are £5 and available from the Castle box office.

Irchester Skatepark was officially opened last week with a gathering of Parish and Borough Councillors in attendance, hot dogs and skateboards/scooters/BMX in abundance. It is already being used and enjoyed by the youngsters who campaigned to get it built.

Start your Christmas here! Christmas Cheer with Cantabile, Sunday November 30, 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St. Katharine’s Church, Irchester.

An afternoon of music and song led by a talented group of singers from Wollaston School. Tickets £5 to include light refreshments. Available from 01933 359096 or email

The November meeting of Irchester Women’s Institute took place at the village hall when the President welcomed members and three visitors. During the business meeting the President announced that Irchester WI had won the Northamptonshire Federation Challenge Trophy for 2014. As the Women’s Institute celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2015, the challenge had been to design and produce some celebration bunting depicting aspects of the 100 years of the WIs existence. Three members, Val Smith, Pam Armstrong and Pat Moulang took up the challenge on Irchester’s behalf and were successful by producing bunting showing fashion design through from the 1920s to the present day. The speaker for the evening, Ann Stevens, gave a talk entitled ‘Concerning Captives’. This was a very challenging talk as Ann described her involvement with prisoners held on Death Row in American prisons, particularly in Texas. She writes to them and also visits them in prison when she is able; some have been held for periods in excess of 10 years. The December meeting will be on Tuesday, December 9, and will be the Christmas buffet supper.

The entertainment will be provided by The Morris Men. WI extends a warm welcome to visitors at any meetings, which take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.15pm in the Village Hall.

For further details, please telephone 01933 315636.


The Quiz Night on Saturday, November 22, in the Albert Underwood Room, St Peters at 7.30pm. In aid of Christian Aid.

The Dickensian Christmas fair at St Peters Church from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, November 29.

Advanced notice, Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 7:30pm, local author and former journalist Tony Boullemier will be giving a talk at the Methodist Church on College Street. Entry is £2 at the door.

Methodist News. A table-top sale selling nearly new children’s clothing and other items is taking place on Saturday, November 22, from 10am - midday in the David and Goliath rooms at the Methodist Church, College Street.

There is still time to book a table, cost £5. To book a table please contact either Becci by email beccimcmcfadyen or call the church on 07980 827109.

The Christmas Coffee Morning is to take place on Saturday, December 6, from 10am to midday in the Living Well Café. There will also be a Christmas stall with a variety of items suitable for Christmas gifts.

Please note, there is no monthly lunch in either December or January. The next lunch will be on Wednesday, February 18, from midday.


KOS Musical Theatre Company will be holding a Christmas craft fair on Sunday, November 23, at The Ise Lodge Community Centre, St Vincent’s Avenue from 10am to 4pm.

Admission 50p. There will a display from local craft workers selling their hand-made crafts. Light refreshments will be available including Hot bacon Rolls, Toasted tea cakes,

mince pies, mulled wine tea and coffee and soft drinks. All will be made most welcome so come along and start your Christmas shopping.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Sunday 23rd November at 7.30pm A Comedy Christmas Cracker. Starring Ivan Brackenbury and Ian D Montford.

Admission £7.50. Festive Turkey Curry! A fantastic evening of comedy. Call the box office on 01536 414141.

Also at The Lighthouse from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th November, evenings at 7.15pm and Saturday matinee at 2.15pm Glendon District Scout Council proudly presents the 2014 Kettering Gang Show. Local Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Guides and Leaders are eagerly waiting to entertain you with a vibrant selection of songs, sketches, dance and comedy items. The ultimate in family entertainment. All seats £9, concessions £1 off. For tickets call the box office on 01536 4514141 or online at

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street on Friday 28th November at 7.30pm a Fun Quiz Night. £5 per team of 4. Light refreshments – bring your own drink. For more information call 07887 617978.

On Thursday 27th November 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 Polly Feeley with a talk on Music & Memories from the 50’s and 60’s.. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Thursday 27th November Christmas in Kettering – The Big Switch On at the Market Place, Kettering plus late night shoppi9ng stars of Aladdin from the Lighthouse Theatre, Christmas Grotto at the Newlands Centre, Live Music, Movie Night and much more throughout December! For more information go to or Twitter @MarketPlaceKett.

On Saturday 22nd November Thorndale Christmas Fayre. 2pm – 4.30pm, 69 Malham Drive, Kettering. Santa’s grotto, tombola, raffle, children’s festive fancy dress competition, games, stalls and much more. All proceeds going to resident’s amenity fund. Please contact Jenny Garlick if you wish to make a donation or volunteer.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street from Saturday 22nd November until February 2015 ‘On the Wagon!’ The Temperance Movement of the 19th century aimed to control the drinking habits of the working classes. The Temperance Movement in Kettering started in 1837 and at its peak in 1872 over 1000 members were claimed in the town – more than any other place in Northamptonshire. In 2009 seven portraits were fund in a Kettering town centre attic, depicting members of Kettering Temperance Society. Since their donation to the Museum they have undergone specialist conservation and this November the Museum is delighted to be able to present them in its new temporary exhibition ‘On the Wagon’. Free admission.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street from Saturday 29th November until 10th January 2015 Sarah Uldall exhibition The Infinite Magic of Limits. Admission free.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Wednesday 26th November 2.30pm – 4pm an Archaeological Finds Surgery with Northamptonshire’s Finds Liaison Officer Julie Cassidy. If you have found something you would like to know more about bring it along to this free session. Please call in advance to check availability. 01536 534219.

You are invited to join in The Cransley Tree of Lights Celebration which takes place on Sunday 30th November in Kettering at 6.30pm at the Jubilee Gardens (top of Bowling Green Road).

The following events will take place {Week commencing Sunday 23rd November} at The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance:

Sunday 23rd November - SA Kettering 130 year Anniversary - Sunday Worship: 10.00am and 5.30pm - Lead by Major John Watson -All welcome.

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

Monday 5.45-7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00-7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available - please phone

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - to book your 2-Course (Home-cooked) Meal+Cuppa £3.50 - please phone

Tuesday: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm Home League {Ladies Meeting} - All Ladies welcome

Wednesday: 9.00-11.00am - “Little Gems” - Parents & Toddlers Group - Please phone for a place

Thursday: 1.30pm Refreshments for 2.00-3.00pm - Over 60’s Club - Major Paul Doust - All folks welcome

Thursday: 6.00-7.00pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 years]

On Thursday 20th November the Kettering/Lahnstein Twinnng Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting in The Council Chamber of the Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering. The meeting starts at 7.30 and all are warmly invited to attend, come an here news from the German Twin Town on the beautiful River Rhine.

After the meeting a Raffle will be held with proceeds going to Cransley Hospice.


As reported previously on the sad loss of Betty Cullop I would like to do this item in memory of her as a long standing correspondent for this column.

Betty was born in Kettering in 1918 the eldest of four and she outlived them all. Her father was Abraham Holland the owner of a shoe shop in Kettering. Betty passed her exam to go to the Central School but unfortunately was withdrawn from school at the age of only 14 to look after her sick mother. Betty took on a sweet shop next door to her father’s shop. Sadly her mother died when Betty was only 21 - four years later her father re-married and they moved to Kent to take on a boarding house.

As part of the war effort Betty was called up for service with the NAAFI working initially at Northampton Race Course where troops were camped. Betty took singing lessons and was part of a concert party singing concerts twice a week to the forces.

After the war Betty moved to London to work for Marks & Spencer, while there she appeared on the BBC radio in a programme called ‘the girl behind the counter’ and it was her proud boast that she once served Roger Bannister.

On a visit back to Kettering Betty and her sister went to a dance at the central hall and she was asked to dance by Len, they were married in 1960 in Cliftonville. It was the beginning of 43 years of marriage, the couple moved to Little Harrowden, first to Hilltop then to Orlingbury Road in 1968 where their lives centered on their two sons and the church. Betty and Len worked with six vicars. Betty was a dinner lady at Lt Harrowden School and then a school clerk. When she retired she did home help work and then became an active member of the village hall committee and was a leading member of the church choir and the women’s institute. Betty was a correspondent for this column of the Evening Telegraph from 1987 gathering information about our local villages, events and news until I took over due to her being unable to email things in.

Betty will be sadly missed around the village but will always be remembered by all those who knew her.

On Saturday 6th December it will be the Little Harrowden Pensioners party all residents over 60 are invited to this yearly occasion. It will be held at the Village Hall starting at 4pm, starting at 4pm with tea followed by entertainment. Anyone who wishes to attend should get in touch with Grace Abbott. Invitations will be coming through the door and anyone who needs a lift this can also be arranged for you.

December date for Great Harrowden Church – GUS Virtuosi Ensemble will be returning to Great Harrowden for a Christmas Concert on December 7th at 2.30pm Tickets will sell fast – book the date now!

Church Services for this Sunday 23rd November – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family service at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be having Tea and Fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome. They look forward to seeing you.

Little Harrowden WMC- 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. Saturday Artists –22nd November-Liona, 29th November-Shona. Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.


On Sunday 23rd November, a Holy Communion Service will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 23rd November from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

For children aged 3 years and over.

On Sunday 7th December, a Christingle Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold, to raise money for The Children’s Society.


St Mary’s Church Orlingbury- Christmas Market on Sunday 30th November at Orlingbury Village Hall. To be opened at 1.00pm by Father Christmas!

Church Services for this Sunday 23rd November – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Family service at Great Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be having Tea and Fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome. They look forward to seeing you.

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 22nd November- Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 please contact Gillian on 01933 401340.


On Remembrance Sunday at the Corby War memorial I had the privilege and honour to lay a wreath of remembrance on behalf of the Oakley Vale Community Association.

Thank you to the committee and members for the continuation of this tradition. I marked the card on your behalf ‘Lest We Forget’. The wreath was laid in the presence of local mum Kerry Ashworth who lost her son James Ashworth VC in the service of us all. These ceremonies have a growing global and local significance in our shrinking world.

There will be a Christmas event at the Community centre on December 10 between 4pm and 6pm. Light refreshments and festive entertainment will be organised by Nik Stevenson and Adam Boud of St Benedict’s and Hope Churches.

At the OVCA meetings over the last few months the issue of speeding along Butland Rd and Lyveden Way has been raised. Cllr Judy Caine has now taken up this issue and suggests that some of us come forward to undertake speed camera training. So far we have nine volunteers. Unfortunately the minimum number the police will train at any one time is 10! so please if any of you have some time contact me and I’ll pass on your details we only need one more volunteer!

The local youth music group The Oakley Rangers performed a successful set at the Core Theatre last week thanks to Derrie, Ben, Emily and Joey for their band solo’s and particular thanks to our classic guitar soloist Andrie. Andrei joined us from Russia a little over a year ago and now plays bass guitar with the band while continuing his classical studies. The band meet again 3.30pm to 5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they are preparing for several more gigs locally. Free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services. Anyone aged 10-17 is welcome. Rockschool guitar, bass and drums are taught by qualified teachers Paul and Judy.

The next meeting of the Oakley Vale Community Association is November 26 from 7.30pm at The Community centre. We will have an address from Jillian Powell of Dementia Friends and hopefully hear of the CBC five-year plan for Nature Conservation. I have received plans and layouts for the nature information boards that will soon appear on the estate and these seem very interesting. I will bring these and the bigger plan should it appear!


Raunds Temperance Band will be presenting their very popular ‘Nostalgia Night’ at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 6th December, at Raunds Town Football Club in Kiln Park, Raunds. Tickets are £6.50 each, which includes refreshments, and they can be obtained by calling 07966 456 186 or 01933 315214. Tickets can be delivered locally.

Please note that admission is by ticket only, and numbers are strictly limited.

A new Amateur Dramatic Group in Raunds will be presenting their very first pantomime this year. Rehearsals began in August for a production of ‘Treasure Island’, which opens at the Snooks on Wednesday, 10th December, and will continue nightly until the final evening performance on Saturday, 13th December. Performances will be each evening at 7.30 p.m., with an additional matinee performance at 2.30 p.m. on the Saturday. Tickets are priced at £5 for each performance with the exception of Saturday evening’s performance when the tickets will be priced at £6. Tickets can be obtained from Raunds Post Office, Stanwick Post Office, Pattern Jewellers or by calling the Box Office on 01933 624310.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 21st November, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, Raunds. Everyone is welcome.

On Sunday, 23rd November, there will be an All Age Service at 10.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, and there will also be a Service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

Home Communion will be celebrated at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 26th November, at Ashfield House, Raunds.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 27th November, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting next Thursday, 27th November, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

If you would like to learn to play the ukulele, there are a few, strictly limited, places available on a new upcoming ukulele course. The dates are yet to be confirmed, but if you are interested please get in touch.

For more information about the group please visit, email Chris at or call Annie on 01933 623389.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, November 20. The topic will be Who is the Mystery Man? With Agnes Burton.

Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1 per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela 01933 622316 or Paul 01933 623844.

On Saturday, November 22, in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead between 10am and 1pm St Mary’s Advent fair will take place.

Tables are still available at £15 per table or £25 for two tables. For more information please contact

On Saturday, November 22, the annual George Evans Shield Quiz will be back at the Ringstead Village Social Club.

Unfortunately last year’s event had to be cancelled due to family illness/bereavement, but it is back this year for the seventh annual quiz.

The shield is in memory of village and British Legion stalwart George Evans whose wartime exploits many of you will have read about.

All monies raised go to village collection for The Royal British Legion and over the six years the family have run the quiz we have raised in excess of £2,000.

So, if you think you can put a team of ‘Eggheads’ together please come along for what is always a good night out.

Sunday, November 23, there is a Service of Holy Communion in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am.

On Sunday, November 23, in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with the Rev Peter Strong and at 6pm there is a Communion Service with Susan Deacon.


Thank you to all those who joined us for the fireworks night on November 5 and who donated generously. Although this is not a money-making event, we made a small profit for the first time in many years.

Also thank you to everyone who supported the recent Cheese & Wine evening at Rockingham Castle. Ticket sales were again very good and a fantastic night was had by all. Particular thanks to Mr and Mrs Saunders Watson for generously sharing their home for the evening and to Mrs Saunders Watson for drawing the raffle.

Looking forward to December we have 2 events scheduled: our annual Fur & Feather Whist Drive, to be held in the village hall on Saturday 20th and also our Carol Concert scheduled for Tuesday, December 23, again in the hall. More details to follow nearer the dates.


A Christmas play is being staged next week by Rothwell Methodist Players – the second since the group was revived recently. ‘Home for Christmas’, by Clive Gordon, will be performed at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill at 7.30pm on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November. Tickets costing £5 each are available from Alan Joyce on 01536 710774, Margaret Read on 01536 710252 or from Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre in Bridge Street, 01536 711550. The first play, in the spring, was a big success with two full houses and the third performance nearly sold out too.

An Advent carol service will be held at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church at 4.00pm on Saturday, November 29, with the choir of the Royal School of Church Music, directed by Jason Edge. The town carol service, also held in the church, takes place at 7.00pm on Monday, December 15.

The church is also hosting its 15th annual Christmas Tree festival from Friday, December 5-Monday, December 8. Individuals or organisations can enter, either supplying their own tree or buying one at a cost of £8 by calling Brenda Austin on 01536 710258. There will be stalls and refreshments throughout the weekend.

Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society holds its annual print panel competition at 7.30pm on Friday, November 21 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are always welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A talk by Helen Blaby on local radio to members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will take place at 8.00pm in Rothwell Methodist church tonight. The following week’s meeting, at the same time and place, will hear a talk by the Methodist Players about the play being staged the following weekend.

A Rothwell calendar for 2015 is now on sale at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre. The calendar shows old scenes of the town, with a special emphasis on the inns and public houses, and costs just £5. The centre is also selling items such as mugs, tea towels, key rings and bags along with other Rothwell memorabilia.


Rushden Serve lunch trips next week are on Sunday 23rd to The White Horse at Tilbrook, on Tuesday 25th to The Carpenters Arms, Irchester and on Thursday 27th to The Woodpecker, Raunds. Shopping trips next week are to Phoenix Park, Corby on Monday 24th November, Milton Ernest Garden Centre on Wednesday 26th and Waitrose on Friday 28th. Computer sessions at The Wellbeing Centre, Rushden are on Monday 25th. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Mind are holding their AGM at Phoenix House next Wednesday November 26th at 7.00pm followed by light refreshments. Confirm to Jodi at

Rushden Historical Transport Society – meet next Tuesday 25th November in The Conservative Club at 8.00pm when Robin Cullup will speak on ‘Northamptonshire Railways – London to Birmingham and Northampton to Peterborough’.

Rushden & District Art Society – are holding their Winter Exhibition this Saturday Nov 22nd from 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Independent Wesleyan Church Hall in Queen St.

Cancer Research UK – to raise funds for the charity Peter Crisp Design Studio in Church St is holding an Open Day next Friday 28th November from 10.00am to 4.00pm offering jewellery, Christmas cards and gifts with refreshments .

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday Nov 25th in Rushden Hall at 2.00pm for progressive whist.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – meet on Thursday November 27th at 7.00pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd. when they will celebrate their Golden Anniversary with a demonstration by Barbara Collins entitled ‘Festive Fun’. Celebration cake, Canapes, Mince Pies etc. Visitors’ tickets are £6.00 available from Pat on 312014.

St Mary’s Church – All Age Worship this Sunday is at 9.30am led by Rev Matt Taylor with Reader Ruth Compton with Morning Prayer at 11.15am led by Tony Smith. Holy Communion Service is at 6.00pm celebrated by Rev Prior. Children’s Christmas Craft Day for primary age school children is on Saturday November 29th at 10.00am. Contact Lynne on 353655.

The Salvation Army – Services on Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriar’s Church – Sunday Morning Service with Holy Communion is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service this Sunday is at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by tea / coffee in the Hall. You are invited to a Quiz Night and Jacket Potato Supper on Saturday November 29th at 7.00pm – teams of 4 – tickets £6.00 each from Chris on 317719.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Clive Collins and Linda Harding from Stevenage. There is an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday November 26th at 7-30pm with Mark Wilson of Bicester.

Heritage Church and Halls – the Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt with refreshments after the service. ‘Up-Jump’ trampolining fitness class at 11.15am following Zumba with Michelle at 10.00am on Wednesday November 26th.

St Peter’s Church, Midland Rd - Family Service with Holy Communion is at 10.00am led by Rev Graham Bell. The Next Generation, for youths between 11 and 16 years, meet in the Community Room on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee is served in the Church Hall from 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Toy Service with Prize Giving is at 10.45am with Evening Worship at 6.00pm are both led by Rev Phil Hearson. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday 27th at 2.00pm with Christmas Craft by Sue Manton.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Shoe Box Service is at 10.45am with the Music Group and Pastor Ian Fall. Traditional Evening Service with Communion is at 5.30pm led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday November 25th at 10.00am.

Rushden Lights – the Switch-on by the Mayor is on Saturday November 29th at 4.30pm preceded by the arrival of Santa Claus and real reindeer at 1.00pm. He will be in his grotto giving out free gifts for children. From 11.00am a full programme of street entertainment is being presented – puppet show, face painting, rodeo bull, fairground rides, street organs etc.

St Cecilia Singers – invite you to their Concert this Saturday November 22nd at 7.30pm in Park Rd Baptist Church which will feature Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra, soloists and organist Andrew King.


About 80 people attended the meeting of Stanwick Parish Council last Thursday, November 13, in the Village Hall, when Councillors considered the outline planning application by Gladman Developments for up to 230 dwellings on land to the north of West Street, Stanwick. Thirty minutes was set aside at the beginning of the meeting to give residents the opportunity to give their views to the Council, and to ask questions. A representative of the Stanwick Village Residents Group informed the meeting that 623 letters of objection had at that time already been received by the East Northants Council’s Planning Department, which clearly demonstrated the strength of feeling in the village against this potential development.

After listening to the views of those present and considering the application in detail, the Council unanimously agreed to object and recommend refusal of the outline planning application 14/01954/OUT.

Stanwick Parish Council will be holding their regular bi-monthly meeting tonight, Thursday, 20th November, at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The ‘Stanwick Outdoors’ project has been shortlisted in ITV’s the ‘People’s Millions’ competition and will be featured on the ITV, Anglia West Region, local evening news programme on Tuesday, 25th November. ‘Stanwick Outdoors’, which is a Parish Council led initiative, will compete on TV in a public telephone vote against one other project, and if we get enough votes we will win £50,000 to turn the area on the Parish Fields, next to Raunds Road and the Pocket Park into a site that caters for everyone, from the very young upwards, across a range of abilities.

The telephone numbers to vote will be given at from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 25th November and published in the Daily Mirror, and then on the Parish Council website, the facebook page, noticeboard and various other locations around the village, as well as on TV. The result will be announced on the early evening ITV Anglia West News the following day.

If we are successful, the money will be used to create full size allotments, half size allotments and a community garden for those who want to get involved with growing things without the responsibility of an allotment.

If you would like to help with the publicity campaign or be part of the community garden group, please use the contacts tab at the dedicated website, or call the Parish Clerk on 01933 461868.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Sunday, 23rd November. A service of Evening Prayer will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Tickets are now on sale at the shop@stanwick for the production of ‘Cinderella’ by the Looking Glass professional travelling theatre. The production will take place at Stanwick Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 29th November. Tickets are £6 each or £20 for a family (2+2).

The Friends of Stanwick Church are organising a coach trip to Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Market on Saturday, 29th November. Tickets are £16.50 each and the coach will leave at 8 a.m., with pick-ups by arrangement. For further details or to book your place, please contact Peter on 01933 623590.

Number 1 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 8th November, making Margaret Haigh the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Praise and Play is a craft, story and music time based on a Christian theme for babies and pre-school children and their parents or carers.

It will be held at St James Church from 1.30pm until 2.45pm every Monday up until Monday, December 15.

Thrapston Town Football Club are holding a Christmas craft fair at the clubhouse from 7pm on Friday, November 21.

There will be over 20 seasonal stalls including decorations, knitwear, jewellery, art, books, soaps, nativity sets, in fact just about anything you can think of for Christmas. There will be many fantastic homemade items all at great prices.

Doors open at 7pm and entry will be 50p payable on the evening, which also includes entry into a prize draw. For further information contact Kevin on 07894 534093 or via email at

Thrapston and District University of the Third Age will be holding their November meeting at The Plaza with refreshments from 10am and the meeting from 10:30am until 12 noon on Friday, November 21. The meeting will feature a talk from two local historians, Eric Franklin and Neil Busby. They will be exploring the question, “How have Thrapston and the surrounding villages changed over the years?” Anyone coming to the meeting is welcome to bring photographs with them to share. Visitors are welcome to attend the group meetings for a small charge of £2 for non-members. As well as offering an interesting morning it also provides an opportunity to find out more about U3A and the other activities included in membership. For more information visit the website

Thrapston Town Football Club will also be holding a Quiz Night at the clubhouse from 7pm on Saturday, November 22, with a £100 prize for the winning team. Teams of no more than 4 people can enter for £20 or individuals for £5 each. The evening will also include and auction of items from Manchester United, Northampton Town, Leicester City and Tigers plus a break kindly donated by the Holiday Inn, Corby. For more information on these items visit the club website, Or better still, get a team together and join in on the night! For any further details or to book your team contact Kevin on 07894 534093 or via email at

Barn Dance with Ock ‘n’ Dough at The Plaza from 7:30pm on Saturday, November 22. Tickets cost £10 for adults and children go free. The ticket also includes a hot supper and there will be a licensed bar available too. For tickets contact Vince Davy on 01832 733586 or via email on

Thrapston Christmas Lights Festival is set to be the biggest ever! The event will be held in Thrapston High Street from 2:30pm until 6pm on Saturday, November 29. The High Street will be closed to traffic and it will be packed with entertainment and fun. The shops will stay open and there will be a Christmas market featuring a mixture of good quality food and gift stalls. The entertainment and activities include a snowboarding simulator, a huge covered winter wonderland bouncy castle and several merry-go-rounds, as well as a host of local choirs singing throughout the event, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, a traditional candyfloss and popcorn cart plus a traditional street organ, which proved hugely popular last year. Father Christmas will also be set up in his Christmas cottage with his elves waiting to meet and greet everyone. Mr Marvel, magician and children’s entertainer, will be performing between 2:30pm and 4pm. There will also be face painters and a petting zoo, thanks to the Hamerton Zoo team. Lightning McQueen and his friends will be on display at the Huntingdon Road end of the High Street too. There will of course also be the annual visit from Thrapston Primary School choir and Thrapston Town Band from 4:15pm around the Christmas Tree and Aisha Glasgow ‘Thrapston’s Got Talent’ winner will be serenading our special ‘freezing cold’ special guest switching on the lights at 5pm.


Weldon Women’s Institute. 26 members and visitors were well entertained on Tuesday 11 November in Weldon Village Hall.

The meeting began with the usual monthly business the singing of Jerusalem and the ladies with birthdays this month each receiving a card.

The flowers for the Presidents table were donated by Barbara Aust and later given to Mary Pye who was celebrating her birthday.

The speaker for the evening was Marianne Perry from the Old Candle Works in Old. The competition for the evening was for a candle stick the result of this was Mary Pye in first place with Sue Coles entry being runner up and taking third place was Barbara Barfords entry. Refreshments were served by Marlene Hurst and Jean Freeman.

The next meeting will be the Christmas Party which will be on Tuesday 9th December in the Village Hall at 7.15pm.

Church Service at St Marys on Sunday, November 23, will be Holy Communion at 8am followed by Service of the word at 9.30am. Sunday, November 30, Advent Sunday All age communion at 9.30am


Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society meets at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 20, at Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough. Flower Hunting in the Bernese Oberland. presented by Howard Drury.

All Hallows church has a Winter Fair in the church on Saturday, November 22, from 10am until midday and there will be cake stalls, bric a brac books and lots more.

Wellingborough Central Townswomens Guild meets on Thursday, November 20, when the Johnsons will show the music and records of a by-gone age. It begins at 2.30pm. Contact number below for more details about becoming a member.

There will be a trip out with the members in December, which will help with Christmas shopping. Call Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408 for information.

Cards for Good Causes Are on sale at All Hallows Church Christmas cards from over 25 charities including Marie Curie, MS, RNLI and lots more. Open 9.30am until 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays until December 13.

All Saints Christmas Bazaar in December 6, from 10am to 1.15pm.

On Saturday, November 29, from 10.30am till 3.30pm Wellingborough museum will be holding a Children’s Christmas Craft Workshop, children must come with an adult and the cost is £2 a session each child and many Christmas Craft items decorations Cards and Gifts, can be made on the day. Father Christmas will pay a visit and the Salvation Army Band will play from 11am till noon.

An Advent Carol Service will be held on November 30 at 6pm at All Hallows Church.

St Mary’s Church, Knox Road, Wellingborough, will be holding a Winter Market on Saturday, November 22, at 11am. There will be gifts, raffle, crafts and lunches.

Inner Wheel Club of Wellingborough Hatton are holding a fun evening of “P’s”. Games, quiz and raffle all with the “P” theme. £9 per ticket. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tea/Coffee available.

In aid of local Charities. Pate, Puds and all things “P” Saturday, November 22, from 7.15pm to 10.30pm. at Great Doddington Memorial Hall.

The Town Carol Service at United Reformed Church, High Street, will take place on Sunday, December 14, at 3.30pm.

On Thursday, December 4, a concert will be held at the Hope Centre, Hemmingwell, to raise funds for its work.

It’s a one night chance to be entertained by a Elvis impersonator and support act. The night begins at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start and tickets will cost £10. For more information or to purchase tickets call 01933 405595.

The Northamptonshire Film Archives Group will have another film show in the museum on Tuesday, November 25. Sky High aviation films will be shown. The film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50. Tickets can be bought from the museum Shop.

St Barnabas Church will be holding its next Messy Church on December 6 from 4pm till 6pm and the Christmas Tree Festival will be held in the Church between December 12 and 14. The Carol Service this year is Monday, December 22, at 7pm.

A Christmas Wreath Evening giving you the chance to make your own Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration will be held on Thursday, December 4, from 7pm till 10pm and please book your place with Joanna Swan on 07411 423087.

It Will cost £15 per person to come along and this will include hot drinks, mulled wine for non drivers and mince pies. Please bring along scissors and flowers of your choice for the table centrepiece everything else provided.


This Year’s Wilbarston Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, November 29, from midday until 4pm in Wilbarston Village Hall. The Village Queen & Attendants will open the fair at midday. Admission is free.

There will be something for everybody including jewellery, tombola, Christmas puddings, music and singing, children’s treasure hunt, gifts, crafts, raffle and of course Father Christmas.

If you have any news you would like entering in the winter edition of the Wilbarston Chronicle which is due out in early December, please submit all articles to Lawrence Dale or Janet Mackintosh email by November 20.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church, this Sunday, November 23, at 6pm.


On a bright sunny November morning a large crowd gathered the Woodford War Memorial to honour the men that lost their lives in the two world wars.

The short ceremony was opened with prayers conducted by Peter Bird Pastor of the Baptist Chapel, who read out the names of all those who had been killed from Woodford in the two world wars, 38 in the first war and eight in the second war. The last post was played beautifully by Hannah Vaughan, a young member of Thrapston Town Band, and had come home especialy from Linconwhere she is studying at the universaty there.

The flags of The Scouts and Cubs and Beavers and Brownies were dipped and a two minutes silence was observed.

The Act of Homage was said by Pastor Bird and the laying of the wreaths was led by the Parish Council followed by The British Legion, the WI and the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Brownies.

Prayers were said by the Rev Pauline Tate and the Rev Ruth Bond. A service of remembrance followed at the church led by the Rev Tate.

A perfect way to begin the festive season is to go and see a pantomine, so why not go along to woodford Sports and Social complex on November 29 and see Aladdin.

It starts at 7pm. Single ticket £6, family ticket (two adults and two children £20). Limited tickets on sale at the bar.

The Annual Quiz night in aid of the first Woodford Scouts will be held on Saturday, November 29, at 7.30 pm at the Scout hut, Bakers Lane.

The winning team will be able to take home the highly coveted Woodford Scouts Trophy for the next 12 months. Tickets £3 per person with a maximum of six per team.

Wines, real ale, cheese and biscuits and mince pies will be available.

For details and to book tickets call or text 07941 013828 or email