Village news November 6

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A Brigstock First World War exhibition will be on display in the WI Hall from 10am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9.

A food and craft fair will be held in Brigstock Village Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 8. A wide variety of local foods, beer, crafts and Christmas gifts will be on sale. Tables cost £10. Call 01536 373428 for more details or to book a table.

It Seems Like Only Yesterday is the title of a talk on memories of Brigstock youth club in the 1960s by Barrie Tiney and Bill Simon, which will be presented in the village hall at 7pm on Friday, November 14. The Raunds Ukelele Orchestra will provide some musical entertainment during the evening. The ticket price of £7.50 includes refreshments and a glass of wine or fruit juice. Tickets, which will be numbered for a door prize, can be purchased by calling 01536 373302, 373832 or 373455. Funds raised will go towards repairs and maintenance of Brigstock URC. Come along for an amusing stroll down memory lane.

An autumn quiz night on Saturday, November 8, will be held in Brigstock Village Hall. Tickets cost £9, including a fish & chips supper. Doors and bar will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Bring a team of up to eight people or join a team on the night. For more details or to buy tickets call Sam Read on 07766 573400. All proceeds from the quiz will go to Brigstock Playgroup.

A Service of Remembrance and a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Brigstock War Memorial at 11am on Sunday, November 9. Please assemble at St Andrew’s Church at 10.40am.

A Communion Service for Remembrance Day, led by the Rev V Broomfield-Payne, will be held in Brigstock URC on Sunday, November 9, at 10.30am.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock, at 9.30am on Sunday, November 9.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have a Countdown clothes sale in Harper’s Court at their next meeting at 2pm on Tuesday, November 11.

Put on your dancing shoes for an afternoon of ballroom, sequence and Latin dancing at a tea dance on Sunday, November 9, from 2pm till 4.30pm in Brigstock Village Hall. Tea, coffee and cakes are included in the entrance price of £3.50. For more details call Dave or Joan on 07718 519480.

Linda Kerfoot and Shirley Carr will give a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangements at the next meeting of Brigstock WI at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 11, in the WI hall.

The next meeting of Brigstock Parish Council will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 19, in the village hall.


Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club today (Thursday) from 10am to 4pm.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library will host the Coffee Morning at the library from 10am to midday on Saturday.

The Remembrance Day Parade will leave the car park in Churchill Way at 2.15pm on Sunday, and process to St Mary’s Church for the Service of Remembrance at 2.30pm, after which there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial. Refreshments will be served after at the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane.

Two minutes silence will be observed at the war memorial at 11am on Tuesday, November 11.

The speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week will be the Rev Peter Strong. This event is held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom on Wednesday, November 12, when the president of the club, Janet Kirton, will preside over a quiz night. Visitors are welcome. Entrance is via Piggott’s Lane.

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre, at 7pm on Thursday, November 13.

Ladies Night will be held on Monday, November 17, in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane. Lorraine Lovell will be showing how to make Christmas table decorations.

All ladies are welcome. The meeting starts at 7.45pm.

For further information please contact Pat on 01536 722328.

Beautiful People will meet at 10.30am on Wednesday, November 19, in the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane. The topic of conversation this month will be Winter Days.

Men’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 22, starting at 8am.

The speaker for November will be the Rev Philip Staves, who is hospital chaplain at Kettering General Hospital.

All men are invited to come along and share a good breakfast and a time of fellowship. Please let Derek (01536 722326) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by Thursday, November 20, if you would like to come along.

On Saturday, November 22, 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 will be stalls selling homemade goods and refreshments will be available.

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. There will be a raffle, refreshments, craft stalls, gift stalls, an elves corner and much more.

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

There is only a month left to visit the Heritage Museum exhibition Kiss the Children for Me, which is about Burton Latimer in the First World War. The free exhibition is open on Thursday and Saturday morning 10am to 1pm at the museum in the Civic Centre. It closes on December 6.

The Heritage Society has produced a 2015 Burton Latimer calendar which is on sale at the museum and at the farmers market.

The Burton Baptist Table Tennis Club sponsored ‘Pingathon’ took place on Saturday, September 27. As the clock wound its way up to 9am, three players were ready to start pinging for 12 hours. The faithful few were soon joined by others who came and went throughout the morning and several times targets were reached and passed. By the time 8pm came there was a nucleus of about a dozen people playing and resting and at 9pm when the end of the 12 hours arrived it was met with a great cheer, and a great sense of relief. Over the day 60 players and potential players had visited. The club was given a quiz to sell to raise funds. The charities supported this year were the air ambulance and Crazy Hats Cancer appeal. The final total raised was a magnificent £1,270.15. A big thank you to all of those who help raised the total.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 9.30am on Tuesday

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

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.


A recent meeting of the village hall management committee was chaired by Denis Owens where it was decided to hold a village celebration to commemorate the official opening of the hall. A date has been set for the May Day bank holiday 2015 which is on May 4. Other events planned are a craft fair on Sunday, November 30, progressive whist drives on November 22 and December 6 and the village Christmas party on December 20.

The Women’s Institute’s speaker at the next meeting tonight (Thursday) will talk about Abdominal Massage Physiotherapy. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm in the village hall.

The Remembrance Service at St John’s Church will commence at 10.50am on November 9 and will be conducted by Jill Canning.


Cransley Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8, at Cransley Village Hall from 10am till 4pm. There will be lots of hand-made items created by local crafts people. Cransley Village Hall is near Kettering, between Broughton and Loddington. There is a small car park and disabled facilities are available.


On Sunday, November 9, there is a Centennial Remembrance Service at 11am following on to the War Memorial at midday.

Line dance classes are on every Monday afternoon between 4pm and 5pm in Denford Village Hall. There are also Ballroom dancing classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Please telephone David Cullum on 01832 732975.

Villagers are hoping to put together a recipe book of favourite Denford Delights. If you should have a recipe that you are willing to share please contact Hazel Stimpson by giving it to her personally or by email:


There are many members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society who love landscape photography, and on Friday, October 24, they were treated to a wonderful evening of superb prints and audio-visual presentations by Peter Lucas and Peggy Franks of Fosse Camera Club. Their love of the Lake District predominated, but the Canadian Rockies, Scotland and the Hebrides were also featured. They also showed their mastery of the audio-visual medium with a 60-second humorous sequence, and a tour of Lincoln and its cathedral. Competition secretary Trevor Rudkin thanked Peter and Peggy for a truly inspirational evening.

The Ritz Inn Hotel and Tapas Bar and Grill at 11 to 15 Station Road, Desborough, has now opened! The opening day was on Saturday, November 1. There will be a vintage and home-made Christmas fair at the Desborough Ritz. It is being held from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, November 8. Entry is free. Thirty exhibitors under one roof. Refreshments will be available.

Today, Thursday, November 6, Desborough Library is having a big book sale. Fiction genre selling at 25p, non fictions at £1, DVDs at £2.50 and audio books for £1. Come and grab a bargain.

Tonight, Thursday, November 6, is Desborough Town Football Club’s quiz night. Starting at 8pm. It will cost £5 entry per person. All welcome. For more information, please call 01536 760141.

Also, taking place on Saturday, November 8, is the Welland Valley Cavy Club Show. It will be held at the United Reformed Church hall in Union Street in Desborough. For more information, please call 01536 762295.

Hazeland House Social Group is organising a trip to Caithness Crystal on Tuesday, November 11. Members go free.

Non members cost £7.50. Please give your names and money to Robert on 07918 756777. Pick-up times are at Desborough at 9.30am, Kettering at 9.45am and Geddington at 10am. Also, another trip has been set. A shopping trip to Peterborough on Tuesday, December 9. Tickets price is £6. The coach will leave about 9.30am in Desborough. Kettering is at 9.45am and Geddington at 10am. Please contact the above number for details.

Desborough Town Football Club’s players face their toughest test of the season on Wednesday, November 12, when they travel to play Corby Town in the quarter finals of the Northamptonshire Football Association’s Hillier Senior Cup Competition. The game will take place at Steel Park, Rockingham Road, Corby, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Make sure you pop down to Marlow House, in Gold Street, Desborough, on Saturday, November 15. It is the monthly coffee morning from 9.30am to 11.30am. It is free entry. For more information, telephone 01536 762329.

Now that the clocks have gone back, making the days short and nights long, come and get involved in local walking groups at East Carlton Park. Every Monday and Wednesday at 11am. For details, telephone 01536 771837.

The Desborough Christmas Bazaar is coming near you! It is being held at United Reformed Church in Union Street on Saturday, November 22. Be there for 2.30pm. Entry fee of 50p.

The opening of the Christmas Tree Festival is being held on Thursday, November 27, at St Giles Church in Lower Street, Desborough. Come and view the inspired and fun themes of trees on display. Showing times are at 7pm to 9pm. The lighting of trees will be at 7.30pm. There will be seasonal refreshments and music. Tickets cost £5 from Crumbs in Station Road, Desborough; Cransley Hospice charity shops and Cransley Hospice fundraising office on 01536 527407.

All funding will support Cransley Hospice.

Desborough’s Christmas Gala is here! On the evening on Friday, November 28, the whole of Station Road and High Street will be buzzing with stalls, donkey rides, hog roast, live entertainment and more. Come and meet Father Christmas and if you’re good you might get your chosen present. Support your local town event. A great day out for the whole family. Go home with great memories. Running from 6pm to 8pm. If you are interested in having a stall, contact Pamela on 01536 760244 or email on


Walking group every Monday and Wednesday from 11am at the park entrance – all welcome.

Sunday lunch on November 16 – members welcome, please call Diane to book.

The East Carlton Breakaways held their AGM on Tuesday, October 21, at 11, The Gardens. Those present were Chris Capps, Ann Cottingham, Sylvia Barlow, Beryl Moseley and Pam Thomas, two apologies were received. There were no matters rising from the last AGM. The committee stays the same as previous years. The treasurer reported that by the end of September 2014, a total of £458.50 had been raised , plus £40.77 balance brought forward from last year. Megan Baker House will receive £480. A number of residents and their families have benefited from Lakelands Hospice in Corby, so the members voted to support it this coming year. The club format stays the same as last year, eg That it should meet informally on the third Tuesday of the month in a member’s house. Subscriptions to stay at £10 per member, to be paid in January. Chris has booked The Thornhill Arms in Rushton for Tuesday, December 9, at 7pm for 7.30pm. The meeting closed at 10pm.

The next meeting of the Breakaways takes place on Tuesday, November 18. Barbara Lancaster will give a talk on the good work that is being done at Megan Baker House. Afterwards members will present Barbara with a cheque for £480.


The monthly meeting of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild took place in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon.  A very entertaining demonstration by Georgie Godbold and Beryl Purfitt.  Georgie made a model of a Christmas Elf, one of her Wobbly models, and Beryl made Chinese Lanterns and Honesty. 

The rapport between them was very entertaining.  Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Joan Allingham gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting is at 7.30pm on November 19.  Sylvia Kidby will be demonstrating Lisianthus and Singapore Orchid. On this evening there will also be a competition with various categories.

Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening. For more details call 01933 680099, email or visit

On Saturday, November 8, the First World War play Killed is being performed at the Finedon Community Centre by The Looking Glass Theatre. The start time is 7.30pm and tickets cost £7 each. Tickets can be bought from Lynn on 680450 or Pam on 398377.

There will be a Christmas market and craft fair on Sunday, November 16, at Finedon Community Centre. There are more than 30 varied stalls and lots for the children to do as well as visiting Santa in his grotto. The fair is open from 11am to 3pm with the Wellingborough mayor officially opening it and Mulso Junior School Choir to entertain at midday. Admission is £1 for adults and free for accompanying children. More information is available from 398377.

Finedon Independent Wesleyan Chapel presents a concert of Christmas music by the Variations Choir at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 29. Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Chapel or Rita on 398188.

Countdown Cares will be at the Wesleyan Chapel between 9.30 and 1pm on Thursday, November 27.


To a packed audience at Geddington Village Hall, on Friday, October 31, the Pentabus Theatre presented an exceptional play about the effects of war. John Padwick is to be congratulated for bringing the theatre group to Geddington. With all his hard work, we saw a remarkable play which gave a lot of thought to all those who were lucky enough to go.

On October 17, 30 members of Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade travelled to Flanders Field in Belgium, in an act of Remembrance for those who fell during the First World War. The group visited the Menin, where all those who fell in Flanders are listed, and then on to the Hooge Crater Cemetery. A Geddington man, George Rawson, is buried there. They had a simple but very moving ceremony, conducted by the Geddington vicar, the Rev Parker-Mcgee. War poems were read and the Last Post was played by Fireman Andrew Hammond.

The Remembrance Service in Geddington will take place at 9.45am on Sunday, November 9, at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church. The service will finish at 11am, observing the traditional minute’s silence around the war memorial in the Churchyard.

The trustees of the Samuel Lees Charity of Geddington will once again be distributing Christmas parcels to senior citizens ofinGeddington, Newton and Little Oakley who are 75 years old and over. If you think you or a friend qualify, please contact John Sutton by November 30. If you are on the list from last year, then you don’t need to re-apply. Please ring 01536 742559.

Calendars are being sold to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The brainchild of the group is Rebecca Askew who has encouraged friends to pose. The calendar has 12 images of the body parts of Rebecca and the other 11 volunteers, decorated to make them look more beautiful. Calendars are on sale in various places, including Askew’s Hairdressing in Dalkeith Place, Kettering.


On Sunday, November 9, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Family Service at 9.30am in St Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

The next meeting of The Addingtons Ladies Group will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday, November 11, in The Memorial Hall in Great Addington. The Topic for this evening is Upstairs Downstairs with Angela Cooksey. If you would like to join us you can either contact Celia on 01933 680984 or just turn up on the night.


On Sunday, November 9, at 10am there is Remembrance 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

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

Diary dates:

Saturday, November 13, secret cinema at 7.45pm in the memorial hall Yardley Hastings.

Thursday, November 27, from 7pm to 9pm, Christmas shopping evening and decorated trees competition in St Mary’s Church.


Remembrance Day services on Sunday, November 9, in the Gretton district have been announced by the Royal British Legion. At 11am at the entrance to Spanhoe Airfield on the Harringworth to Laxton Road a short Service of Remembrance will be followed by wreaths laid at the memorial.

At 2.45pm a parade led by Gretton Silver Band, members of the Royal British Legion, Gretton village organisations and members of the public will leave Gretton Recreation Ground and march through the village to St James Church for the Remembrance Day Service starting at 3pm. Afterwards a wreath-laying ceremony follows at the war memorial on the village green.

Everyone is welcome to attend both Remembrance Day services.

In the coming weeks the traditional door-to-door Poppy collectors will be calling at all households in Gretton and Harringworth so you can wear your Poppy with Pride and contribute to the Poppy Appeal that allows the Royal British Legion to continue the caring for our ex-service men and women. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. For any inquiries relating to Remembrance Day services and Poppy sales in the Gretton district contact Shirley Fursdon Gretton Royal British Legion Holding Branch on 01536 770784.

Fifty-eight passengers enjoyed an Autumn WonderWeekend in North Wales based in Rhyl between October 24 and 27, run by Wondertours Community Transport. The final excursion of the year is heading to Birmingham on December 6 to coincide with the German Christmas Market and due to demand two coaches are being laid on. For seat availability call or text organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220. Coach pick-up points are Gretton Village Hall, Londis Store, Weldon, Weldon Furniture Shop, Corby Jamb, Stuart House, Corby, and Telford Lodge, Kettering.

The 2015 day trips programme will be published in early January. To get a copy send a stamped addressed envelope now to WTCT 2015 c/o 9 Southfield Road Gretton Northants NN17 3BX.


Summer has officially ended and what a way to go with Angela’s Brunch. More than 90 breakfasts were served. The charity, Motivation Freedom Through Mobility, will benefit by the profits, £337.

Congratulations to Hargrave Hopefuls on winning the monthly quiz at the White Horse, at last. The next match is at 7.30pm on November 16. If you would like to join the team, ring Chris on 623310.

Circle dancing: only one meeting this month, on November 13, and one next month, on December 11. From January, it is hoped to resume the twice-monthly meetings.

There will be a Christmas bazaar in the village hall from 10am to 4pm on November 30. A wide variety of gifts, preserves, cards, books, etc. For information ring 07768 934318.

A Remembrance Service takes place at 9.15am on November 9 at All Hallows Church.


2014 Poppy Appeal.

In advance of Remembrance Day expect a knock at the door from this year’s volunteers from the village with the annual Poppy Appeal.

For the past six years this has been carried out by Ken and Maggie Frankland who hold a record for the most donations collected by a village in the collection area; it was more than £300 last year.

Thank you for the stalwart service that they have both given and good luck to the new volunteers Richard and Boey Nixon – a hard act to follow!

St John the Baptist Church will be holding a Remembrance Service at 10.50am on Sunday, November 9.

Come along for a coffee in the White Swan at 10.30am on Tuesday, November 11, and catch up with your neighbours. Lisa Donald is bringing along some scented candles which make great gifts. There will be a two-minute silence at 11am to mark Remembrance Day.

Support your local jumble sale in Harringworth Village Hall in aid of Children in Need on Saturday, November 15, starting at 2pm.

Do you have any jumble to donate? Call Marie (747791) or Tracey (747591) - they are happy to collect if you give them a call.  

Do come along on the day at 2pm and grab a bargain!

An essential date for the diary this month is the Harringworth Christmas Bazaar in St John the Baptist Church from 10.30am to 1pm on Saturday, November 29.

In addition to the famous Harringworth Hampers raffle and ‘Made in Harringworth’ stall with local preserves, mini-Christmas puddings, bulbs in pots and much more there are also stalls from local traders with great gift ideas. Draw tickets will be available ahead of the Christmas bazaar to allow people unable to attend the day to have a chance of winning one of the three ‘famous’ Harringworth Hampers.

For further information, donations or to buy Hamper Draw tickets for the bazaar email Philippa at or call 01572 747700.  

Do you know what a Hexacopter is? Come along to the Christmas bazaar to see one that has just been built!

Find out how you can get an aerial photograph of the village or one of your own house, taken by this incredible piece of technology.

Orders for photographs will be taken at the bazaar and all proceeds go direct to the Harringworth Appeals Fund.

The offer applies to all villages in the Benefice so come along and find out more on Saturday, November 29, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

There was a churchyard clean-up on Saturday, October 18.

This biannual event is essential to keep the church yard tidy and clear of weeds and shrubs under control. Thank you to the 16 volunteers from the village who worked very hard in the churchyard and made such a difference.

Did you know there is a mobile library service in Harringworth on the first Thursday of the month, with the next one due on November 6?

It stops at 12 Wakerley Road at about 1.40pm to 2pm.

There are full details about the service on the Harringworth village website under ‘Out and About’ and if there are more people wishing to use the service a stop close to the Village Hall could be added to the itinerary. Please add your feedback to the website and let us know your views.

The fallen of Harringworth.

Julian and Lizzie O’Neil have just returned from a cycling trip to Ypres in Belgium to visit the memorials of two of the First World War fallen of Harringworth. There are eight names commemorated in John the Baptist Church, Harringworth, and following recent research it was discovered that six of them have memorials in France and Belgium and the memorial to Fred Rudkin and Frederick T Cooke are both at Ypres.  

The other memorials are in Pozieres, Etapes and Arrass (two) and it is hoped that visits to these locations will follow in due course.  

With the help of fellow villagers research is progressing tracing the history of the Fallen of Harringworth and a full report of the visit to Ypres will be posted on the Village website in due course.   

Harringworth Christmas cards are now on sale. They come in packs of 10 with two each of the five cards of winter scenes around Harringworth. They are £5.95 a pack or two packs for £9.95. All proceeds go to the Village Appeals Fund – call Philippa on 747700 with your orders. 


A town Service of Remembrance will be held on the Market Square at 10.45am this Sunday, November 9, led by Canon Richard Stainer.

Wreaths will be laid by the mayor on behalf of the town and by local organisations and schools.

Service sheets will be available from the Town Hall.

A quiz evening is being held in Higham Working Men’s Club tomorrow evening, November 7, at 7.30pm. The cost is £2 per person with a maximum of six people per team. There will also be a raffle and all proceeds will be used to pay for Christmas entertainment for those attending the Candocare day centre based in the Saxon Hall, Raunds.

The town council met last week and planning applications were considered with no objections raised: extension 1 Queensway; variation of conditions to the Rushden Lakes approval and tree works at 18 College Street and 3 Kimbolton Road.

Town Hall Christmas closing was agreed from 2pm on Christmas Eve, to re-open Monday, January 5.

Various financial matters agreed: replacement dog bin by the pavilion; erection of Christmas lights; grounds maintenance work at the bottom of Parker Way between footpath and A45 and expenditure was ratified under delegated powers – repairs to Villa Rise play area; replacement swing seats; repair of fencing and other sundry items.

It was agreed to carry out a whole town consultation with regard to locating outdoor gym equipment on open space off School Lane/Parker Way junction opposite the Henry Chichele School and that expenditure was not justified in employing someone to lock the cemetery gates at night.

It was agreed that, after a period of 12 months from burial, solar lights and windmills be added to the list of excluded items on cemetery graves.

A letter would be sent giving notice to remove these items and if no action was taken then town hall staff would take up the matter.

All families are invited to bring along their youngsters to take part in the grand fancy dress parade being held on Christmas Sparkle Day, Saturday, November 22.

The theme of the fancy dress will be Angels to complement the three-day Angel Festival being held in St Mary’s from Friday, November 21, to Sunday, November 23.

Judging will take place at 4pm in Higham library and then all angels (and cherubs) with their parents will parade to the Square for carol singing, presentation of prizes and the 5pm switching on of the Christmas lights.

In addition the overall winner of the fancy dress will help the mayor to switch on the lights.

There will be two categories – (1) pre-school, playgroup and nursery children and (2) reception/infants school youngsters upwards – with three prizes awarded by Waitrose in each group.

Please help to make the Christmas Sparkle day really light up with a huge parade of youngsters dressed as angels.

Any queries ring Liz Brown on 07766 406298 or Anna Sauntson on 357212.

A Bangers and Mash Evening together with musical entertainment by the Paul Needle trio will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 7pm in the Bede House. Catering will be by Sauls of Spratton. Tickets are £10 each and available by ringing Terry Broughton on 01604 846540. Proceeds will be for the Elizabeth Groome Music Charity.

Plans are moving ahead for the final public consultation for the Higham Neighbourhood Plan. Chairman Nigel Cheetham is working to have this delivered before Christmas so that the plan can be examined, put to a referendum of townspeople and adopted by East Northants Council next year. This plan will be a policy document to be taken into consideration when planning applications for our town come forward in the future.

Volunteer marshals are urgently needed to help with the Christmas Sparkle event on Saturday, November 22.

Can you volunteer a two-hour slot in the period from 9am to 8pm? Anyone interested in helping is asked to ring the Town Hall 01933 312075 or email

Yellow visibility jackets will be provided for all marshals.

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. The leader is Nikki Roberts and she is supported by a small committee and interim chairman Derek Lawson. Drop-in sessions will be initially be held each Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9.30pm; funding has been promised by the NAYC and the group have their own bank account etc. Twenty young people have already signed up and half a dozen adults have promised support. Any young person interested can email Nikki: or phone 07507 176719.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday, November 9, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10am followed by the Annual service of Remembrance on the Market Square led by Canon Richard Stainer.

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 - a Service of Remembrance will be held at 10.45am led by the Rev Shirley Baker. (Please note new time of service). Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

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

Christmas shoe boxes for under privileged children aged two to 15 years are being filled by members of St Mary’s Church next Thursday, November 13, from 11.30am in the Bede House. Anyone wishing to donate items for the boxes are asked to consider the following – scarves, gloves, hats, pencils, pens, hair ribbons, toy cards, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners etc. Please ring the parish office on 01933 741140, 318856 or 357212 if you can help.

The Friends of St Mary’s are holding a Cheese and Wine Evening in the Bede House next Friday, November 14, in conjunction with Waitrose. Tickets are now available from Barry Matson 312786 or Brian Behagg 318856 and all are welcome. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund two major projects currently being undertaken by the Friends – restoration of the First World War Memorial and the creation of a remembrance garden in the area between the Church and Chantry Chapel.

For further details about the Friends of St Mary’s contact the secretary Pat Spencer 01933 316376.


On Sunday, November 9, Animals in Need, the animal sanctuary at Pine Tree Farm, Little Irchester, will be holding a Vegan and Cruelty-Free Fair between midday and 4pm. Lots of food, information stalls and fundraising activities to raise money for the sanctuary. Free admission.

Irchester Remembrance Sunday service will be held on Sunday, November 9, at the War Memorial with the service starting at 10.50am. Those individuals and representatives from organisations who wish to lay wreaths are to report to the Reachout Community Church next to the War Memorial at 10.30am. The Little Irchester Remembrance Sunday service will be held at the war memorial at Little Irchester at 2.30pm.

Irchester Coulon Link is hosting a Folk Dance with live music from Kelly’s Eye on Saturday, November 15, from 8pm until late. Take your own drink. There may still be some tickets available from Brian on 311754. They cost £7 and include supper.

Irchester Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday, November 15, between 2pm and 4pm. If any one would like a stall, please contact Jaserete Dennell for details by e mail or by phone on 01933 805347.

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45pm and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you. As well as the regular meetings in the hall the club arranges outings and other afternoon activities. Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more. Volunteers to help with activities, shopping, making and serving tea are always welcome.

Irchester Co-Op will be temporarily closed for a few weeks for refurbishment from midday on Saturday, November 14. Mum’s Crumbs will be taking orders for bread and milk during this time.

There will be a Jackie Andrews Memorial Night featuring Johnny Red and the Wipeout Golden Oldies Roadshow, in aid of Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal in Irchester Working men’s Club from 8pm till late on Saturday, November 15. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Terry on 01933 622934 or Lesley on 01933 359275.

Start your Christmas here!Christmas Cheer with Cantabile, Sunday, November 30, from 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


Kettering & District Locomotive Society.

Owing to ill-health in the family of the booked speaker, Ron Hart has kindly stepped in and will present his illustrated talk on The Brighton Line - Part 1 at the meeting on November 7. Ron was apprenticed at Brighton Locomotive Works and is well-acquainted with the Brighton line and locomotives. The meeting starts at 7.45pm at the Corn Market Hall, London Road, Kettering.

The next meeting of the Kettering branch of the National Health Service Retirement Fellowship (NHSRF), is on Monday, November 10, at 2.30pm in the Lecture Theatre, Prince William Education Centre, Kettering General Hospital. Rob Kendall will be talking about 78 Derngate, Northampton (the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house).

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided to accompany a chat with friends afterwards. Membership is open to anyone who has retired from, or is nearing retirement from, working in the NHS, and their partner. For more information telephone Gareth Ogden on 01536 483603.

The following events will take place during the week commencing Sunday, November 9, at The Salvation Army, Kettering, Rockingham Road Entrance.

Sunday, November 9 – Remembrance Sunday Worship: 10am, Led by Major Paul Doust.

There will not be 5.30pm meeting.

The Salvation Army, Kettering, Regent Street Entrance

Monday 5.45pm to 7pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6pm to 7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) – places available

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for midday – Lunch Club. Please phone to book your two-course (home-cooked) meal and cuppa – £3.50 on 01536 513883.

Tuesday: 1.30pm for 2pm to 3pm. Home League Ladies Meeting – all women welcome.

Thursday: 1pm – Over 60s Club. Guest speaker John Stanyard on 1914 and the First World War.

Thursday: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 year olds].

On Thursday, November 13, 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 Dr Roland Dunk – Judge in Court. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street, on Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm. An Evening with Matt Smith – An Illustrated talk on Grafton Underwood’s Airfield during the Second World War. £3 entry, light refreshments and a raffle. Telephone 01536 522158 for more information.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery on Friday, November 14, from 1pm to 2pm, a talk by Tricia Thompson called Voices from the Trenches. There was not a family, village or town in Britain that did not suffer losses during the Great War, and Voices from the Trenches was written to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War, 100 years ago this summer, and to honour the people who fell in the conflict. This illustrated talk contains dialogue from actual letters sent home from the front and reminiscences collected by the Imperial War Museum and uses photographs and original recordings and music of the time to bring to life this special event in our history. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets £6, or £3.50 for Kettering Leisure Pass Holders.

At Kettering Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road, on Saturday, November 15, at 8pm Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle. Mitch’s new show combines his Scouse upbringing with his love of music and a lifelong obsession with Liverpool’s most famous sons. Age advisory 14+. Tickets £14 (£12 concessions). Tickets available from St Andrew’s Church on 01536 513858, Waterstones on 01536 481575 or

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Tuesday, November 11, at 11am there is a family history workshop. If you are looking for help with your family tree and want to learn more about available records and how to use them this session is for you. Tickets £5 per session, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Workshops last one hour. Refreshments available from 10.45am. Session led by Andrea Pettingale, local historian and professional genealogist.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, on Tuesday, November 11, there are one-to-one family history advice sessions. If you need more in-depth expert advice to help you through your family history research why not attend one of these sessions. Please note sessions are available from 1pm onwards and are bookable in consecutive order only. £12.50 per session (30 minutes) (£10 with a Kettering Leisure Pass) Call 01536 534219 to book.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, on Thursday, November 20, from 7pm to 9pm there is an untutored monthly life drawing session set in the large gallery. Contact for more details or call 01536 534274. Tickets £10 per session. A limited number of easels are available for loan on the evening. A professional life model and chairs are provided.


It is very sad to hear that Betty Cullop, who reported for this column for many years, has passed away. Her funeral is tomorrow, November 7, and there is a service in St Mary’s Church, Lt Harrowden at 2.30pm. I will do a little report on her life in the village for a future issue.

This Saturday, November 8, at 2pm it will be the Christmas bazaar at Little Harrowden Church. First prize in the raffle is a £50 Boden voucher. Everyone is welcome and they look forward to seeing you there.

Church Services for Remembrance Sunday – 10am Family service at Little Harrowden. 10.50am Family Remembrance service at Great Harrowden. 10.50am British Legion Remembrance service at Orlingbury. 4pm Evensong Remembrance at Little Harrowden.

Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm – A Night with Lincoln Noel. Live music and entertainment. The hugely popular, well-travelled and highly respected Lincoln Noel will be delivering top-drawer evening of great musical performance including jazz, classical, songs from shows and contemporary popular music. Bar and raffle. Book early! Tickets £10 includes glass of wine with a mince pie. Please call Allie on 07790 228972.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be holding its AGM in Little Harrowden Church.

Further dates for your diary - Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday, December 4, 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.


December date for Great Harrowden Church – GUS Virtuosi Ensemble will be returning to Great Harrowden for a Christmas Concert on December 7 at 2.30pm.


Church Services for Remembrance Sunday – 10am Family service at Little Harrowden. 10.50am Family Remembrance service at Great Harrowden. 10.50am British Legion Remembrance service at Orlingbury. 4pm Evensong Remembrance at Little Harrowden.

Orlingbury Family Circle –Sunday, November 16, at Orlingbury Village Hall, 9.30am to 10.30am. Living Things Theme! Take along a photo of your pet or favourite animal. Sunday, December 21 – Nativity.

The Joseph Manning Trust presents Jack and the Beanstalk – A Christmas Panto by Magic Theatre Co on Saturday, December 13, at 2.30pm in Orlingbury Village Hall. Tickets – children £3, adults £6. Refreshments and sweets on sale. Book early to avoid disappointment. They invite you to go dressed as Beans! Call Gillian on 01933 401340.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union will be holding their AGM in Little Harrowden Church.

Further dates for your diary – Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, tea and fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday, December 4, 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.

St Mary’s Church Orlingbury – Christmas Market on Sunday, November 30, at Orlingbury Village Hall. To be opened at 1pm by Father Christmas!

Orlingbury Art Days. Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, November 22 – 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.


The next meeting of the Oakley Vale Community Association is November 26 at 7.30pm at the community centre. Following concern over grass management in Oakley Vale I’m still awaiting the Corby Council ‘five-year plan’ for nature conservation. As soon as this arrives I shall distribute it to community association members for comment. 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 plan’ to the OGM.

The Oakley Rangers are back from 3.30pm to 5pm every Saturday in term-time at the community centre. They are preparing for several gigs locally including one at the Core theatre today, November 6, at 7.30pm. On Saturdays free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services. Anyone aged 10 to 17 is welcome, extra drummers needed. Rockschool guitar, bass and drums are taught by qualified teachers Paul and Judy.

The £130,000 play area construction off Butland Road is due to be completed this week. What I have seen looks very good; I hope our local toddlers enjoy the rides.

A 50-minute film called Adrenaline: Triumph over Tragedy, which was filmed on location at Adrenaline Alley and edited in Oakley Vale by local residents and trainees, is available on iTunes now.

This tells the heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story of a Corby mother’s struggle to establish a suitable sports facility for local youth. Well worth a viewing.

Cllr Caine and Cllr Rahman’s first Saturday of the month surgeries will take place in the community centre from 10.30am to midday. No appointment necessary.

Email or, or via letter c/o Corby Council at the Cube.

Cllr Sims continues his surgeries at Harpers Brook on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 11am, no appointment necessary. His email is


Congratulations to 15-year-old Raunds girl Kirstin Blakemore, who raised an amazing £1,941.73 at the MAD Youth Tribute which took place on Friday, October 24, at the Raunds Manor School Sports College.

Kirstin single-handedly organised the show as a tribute to her grandfather who passed away in May, and the proceeds, which she expects to exceed £2,000 once final donations have been received, will be shared equally between Cransley Hospice, Kettering, and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne.

Kirstin would like to thank all the local businesses who supported her by making donations of money or raffle prizes, and the Manor School teachers who bought raffle tickets and promised donations. She would also like to thank the music, drama and dance teachers for their advice and support, and her fellow students who took part in this fundraiser, who showed such commitment and dedication. Without all of you none of this would have been possible. Thank you.

There will be a Christmas craft fair between 10.30am and 1.30pm at Raunds Library on Saturday, November 29. If you would like to book a stall please contact the library.

The Raunds & District History Society meets tonight at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, at 7.30pm, when the guest speaker will be Elizabeth Morgan with the subject of Roman Life in a Family Home.

Visitors are welcome to join them, with an admission fee of £3 each, which includes refreshments afterwards.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, November 7, between 10am and midday at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will be a service of Compline at 7pm tomorrow, Friday, November 7, at St Mary’s Church, Ringstead.

It is Funday Sunday at 9.30am on November 9 at St Peter’s Church, Raunds. Join the children taking part in their own Remembrance Service at the church, and enjoy bacon rolls and croissants with your choice of fresh coffee, tea, or orange juice.

The Town Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph will take place at 3pm, and at 6pm there will be a service of Holy Communion at the church.

On Tuesday, November 11, there will be a service of Home Communion at 9.45am at Kingswood, and on Wednesday, November 12, at The Forresters.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Thursday, November 13, 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, November 13, at 7.30pm 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. For more information about the group please visit, email Chris at or call Annie on 01933 623389.

Members of the Raunds WI met in October for their AGM, and the committee were very sorry to lose Hazel Frew who has decided to retire from the committee. Members would like to thank her for her hard work and support over the years. Sandy Ellina has agreed to join the committee and was welcomed at the meeting.

The next meeting of Raunds WI will take place next Thursday, November 13, at 7.30pm in the Saxon Hall when the speaker will be Polly Feeley with Music and Memories of the 1950s. Visitors and new members are always welcome, with an entry fee of £3.50, which includes refreshments.

For more information contact Mary Harber on 01933 624271.

A new day centre for older and vulnerable people in Raunds and the surrounding areas is now operating in Raunds. Candocare is based at the Saxon Hall and operates between 10am and 2.30pm from Monday to Friday. They provide a hot cooked meal and a variety of activities in a comfortable environment. If you would like to know more, please contact either Jilly or Kath on 07741 651 170 or email


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, November 6, the topic will be It’s a Dog’s Life with Lisa Blackler. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1 per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela on 01933 622316 or Paul on 01933 623844.

St Lukes Chapter of the Guild of Servants in the Sanctuary will be meeting on Thursday, November 6, at 7pm in St Mary’s Church in Higham Ferrers. Solemn Requiem Mass & Chantry Roll.

Compline will take place in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead on Friday, November 7, at 7pm.

On Sunday, November 9, there will be a Remembrance Service in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 3pm.

In the First World War 106 Ringstead men enlisted, and 18 were killed. Those who returned had lived through gruelling experiences that often shattered their lives. We will be rembering them and those who served in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts, of whom seven died. The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal continues to help those whose lives have been affected by the trauma of war and your support of the appeal will be much appreciated. After the service there will be refreshments and a raffle.

On Sunday, November 9, in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am a Morning Service with Pastor Patrick Barker. At 3pm we join the Remembrance Service in St Mary’s Church.

First Kicks mini-football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for five to eight-year-olds on Sundays. Term-time only at the Rec in Gladstone Street, Ringstead, from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The sessions are £2.50. For further information contact Josje on 07758 386101 or email

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cash bingo takes place every Sunday from 8.20pm at Ringstead Village Social Club. Play for the Line, Full House and accumulating Snowball Prize.

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 we are 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. More details to be published nearer the time.


A final reminder that we are holding our annual cheese and wine evening at Rockingham Castle this Saturday, November 8, from 7.30pm. This is organised by the Church Building Fund Committee, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Saunders Watson, to raise money for urgent repairs to St Leonard’s church.

As well as beautiful surroundings and fine company there will be the usual raffle and tombola. If anyone has any prizes they could donate, these would be gratefully received.

Tickets are limited and are available from committee members. Please contact Trevor Burbidge, Pauline Sullivan, Donna Winch, David Norman or Trish at the shop.


For the first time this year there is to be a joint Churches Together in Rothwell Remembrance Day service at Holy Trinity church, staring at 10.30am on Sunday, November 9. The service will include ministers of Rothwell’s churches as well as young people from various youth organisations, including cubs, beavers, brownies, rainbows and girls brigade reading poems which they have written themselves. Also taking part will be a representative from the Army Cadet Force who will make a scripture reading.

All young people taking part will receive a special copy of St John’s gospel, recreated by the Scripture Gift Mission to be an exact replica of the St John’s Gospel given to every serviceman in World War One. The idea was that the soldier would carry the gospel with him so that, if any comrades fell on the battlefield when a chaplain was not available, his friends could read the scripture, pray and sing a hymn.

The church service will be followed at midday by the town act of remembrance at the war memorial in Squires Hill, led by Majors Richard and Pauline Cook of Rothwell Salvation Army in the presence of local dignitaries and townspeople.

At 6pm in Holy Trinity, there will be a service of remembrance for those who died, with names read out, special readings, hymns and prayers.

The annual slide competitions take place at the meeting of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society that takes place at 7.30pm on Friday, November 7, at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. The judge will be Adrian Stone.

Colin Southgate visits the society on Friday, November 14, with two talks, Under the Influence and Walking in an Infra-red Wonderland, starting at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome, admission £1.50. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

A break in league action enabled the first round matches in Kettering and District Table Tennis League’s Borough Trophy Cup competition to get under way. Only two Rothborough sides made it through, with Arrows defeating Corby A 5-4 and Comets beating club colleagues Dakotas 6-3. Buccaneers lost 7-2 at Thrapston and Falcons and Exocets lost 6-3 as they visited Harborough Imps.

The club meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm at Montsaye Sports Hall, Greening Road, Rothwell. Players of all ages and standards are welcome. For more details visit

Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club is holding a bonfire night at its 8pm meeting, followed by a coffee morning on Saturday, November 8, at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. The following week’s meeting, at 8pm in the Methodist church, will hear a talk by Kerry McStay on Rothwell’s delicatessen and food shop, Strawberry Fields – situated next door to the church.

A concert by John Kirkpatrick, musician of the year 2010, will be held at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 13. Entitled Songs from the Trenches, it marks 100 years since the First World War began. Tickets cost £10, with concessions £8.

Rothwell Town Ball is being held again this year on Saturday, November 15, at Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill. Dancing will be to the Silhouettes and a four-course dinner is included in the price of £25. Tickets are available from Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street or from Roger Wilson on 07717 671560.

There will be chocolates for every taste bud in the Bluebell pub, Bell Hill, Rothwell, from 7pm on Sunday, November 16.

Everyone is welcome to come for a look, and to meet friends for a chat and a drink.

And at the Woolpack pub, Bell Hill from 9pm on Friday, November 7, the group Flair will be playing music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The pub also has an acoustic open mic every Monday from 9pm.


Rushden Serve – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – the lunch trips next week are on Sunday, November 9, to Krumbs, on Tuesday, November 11, to The Old Friar at Twywell and on Wednesday, November 12, to Imperial Court for lunch and bingo (£12). Shopping trips next week are to St Neots Market (£6.50) on Thursday, November 13, and Waitrose on Friday, November 14. Gardening sessions at Keep House, Wollaston, are on Friday, November 14 – volunteers needed. Further details on all this from Diane on 315555.

British Legion – there will be two minutes silence observed at the War Memorial on Sunday, November 9, at 11am – Parade leaves Robinson Road at 10.30am – service led by the Rev Steve Prior. Laying of wreaths followed by service in St Mary’s Church. There will be a Remembrance Band Concert by Rushden Town Band at the church on Saturday, November 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Brown’s Butchers or phone 359361.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday, November 11, in Rushden Hall at 2pm for their AGM followed by prize bingo.

St Mary’s Church – All Age Worship this Sunday is at 9.30am with Ruth Compton and Mick Bantin. Remembrance Service at 11.15am led by the Rev Prior and the Rev Taylor. Evening Prayer is at 6pm led by John Dixon and Don Merrifield.

The Salvation Army – Services this Sunday are at 10am and 6pm both led by Major Richard Crowe.

Whitefriars Church –The Retired’s Group meet tomorrow Friday, November 7, in the Bridge Community Office when the Rev Philip Evans will talk about his new post as lead Chaplain for St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton. Sunday services are Stepping out into the Community with Countryside Walk ‘The Harrowden Hobble’ from the School at 9.45am. Silver Service in the Bridge is at 10.30am with ‘Time to Remember’ at 11am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Service of Remembrance on Sunday is at 10.45am led by the Rev Shirley Baker. This will be followed by tea/coffee in the hall. You are invited to a quiz night and jacket potato supper on Saturday, November 29, at 7pm – teams of four – tickets £6 each from Chris on 317719.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Remembrance Service at 3pm is led by Suzanne Gibson-Foy of Higham Ferrers. There is an Evening of Mediumship on Wednesday, November 12, at 7.30pm with Dennis Binks of Corby.

Heritage Church and Halls – the Remembrance Service this Sunday with special attention to the names on the Second World War memorial inside the church will be at 10.30am will be joint with Whitefriars Stepping Out Sunday, with refreshments after the service.

All term time activities resume next week with Widows Support Group meeting next Tuesday, November 11, at 2pm.

This Saturday, November 8, at 7pm a Charity Concert by ‘Izzy’ from Shelmerick Academy will raise funds for ‘Volunteering in Africa’ – tickets £5 on the night.

St Peter’s Church - Morning Service with Holy Communion is at 10am led by the Rev Linnet Smith and the Young Stars. The Next Generation, for youths between 11 and 16 years, meets in the Community Room on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee is served in the Church Hall from 10am.

The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am is led by the Rev Phil Hearson. Evening Worship at 4pm is for Second Sunday with various activities.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning 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 11, at 10am.

East Northants Faith Group need volunteers for their Sanctuary Night Shelter, Recovery House and Food Store – anyone interested contact team leader Mark Lees on 353946.


An outline planning application 14/01954/OUT has been received for up to 230 dwellings on land to the north of West Street, Stanwick. This application will be considered by Stanwick Parish Council at a meeting that will be open to the public on Thursday, November 13, at 7.15pm in the Village Hall. Residents will have the opportunity to give their views to the Council at that meeting prior to the Council making its decision.

Please note that representations by members of the public should be received at the East Northants Council by Tuesday, November 11.

Tuesday, November 25, will be a very important day for Stanwick, so make a note of this in your diaries! The Stanwick Outdoors project has been shortlisted in ITV’s People’s Millions competition and will be featured on the ITV, Anglia West Region, local evening news programme on that day. 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 9am on Tuesday, November 25, 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. Voting can start at 9am and lines will close at midnight.

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.

If you are out and about in Stanwick tomorrow, Friday, November 7, keep an eye open for the ITV film crew, as they will be around during the day!

The Jackie Andrews Memorial Charity Night, in aid of the Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal, will take place this year at Irchester WMC (upstairs) from 8pm till late, on Saturday, November 15, with a night of dancing to Johnny Red and the Wipeout Golden Oldie Roadshow.

There will be a bar and a raffle, and donations of raffle prizes will be very much appreciated. Tickets are priced at £7 each and can be obtained by calling Terry on 01933 622934 or Lesley on 01933 359275.

Tai chi classes, for both beginners and improvers, start tonight, Thursday, November 6, and will continue for the next three weeks on November 13, 20 and 27, between 8pm and 9.30pm at Stanwick Village Hall. Although this is intended as a four-week course it will be possible to join any week. For information call Amanda Egan on 07835 453 286.

A Self Defence for Women class will take place at Stanwick Village Hall between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, November 8. The cost of the class is £20, and places are strictly limited.

To check the availability of places and to find out more about the course, please contact Markus Jaichner on 07580 802544 or email him at

Saturday sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of Grounded, who will be providing your evening’s entertainment with their rock covers from the late 1950s to the present day. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at the club. For more information please visit

Number 3 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, October 25, making May Lovell the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Throughout the year the popular Dance the Night Aways have been well supported in Weldon. The next is on Saturday, November 8, at Weldon Village Hall in Bridge Street dancing to ballroom, sequence and Latin and jive between 8pm and 11pm. Entrance remains at just £5 including raffle tickets just turn up on the night and pay at the door.

A warm welcome to all both regular and new dancers. You are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles. For further enquiries please call Joan on 07718 519480 or email


The local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are holding a M&Co Fashion Show at the Tithe Barn tomorrow Friday, November 7, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the store in the Swansgate Centre and cost £6.

At St Marks Church Hall on Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm a fundraising quiz night will be held to raise money for Mikey to go to America for cancer treatment.

Tickets cost £5 each to join in, and this includes a sausage and chip supper and a vegetarian option if required. Please purchase tickets and state preference so full numbers are known and although there will be a cake stall and a raffle during the evening please bring your own drinks. Please contact the church with a team or to request a place on a team already attending, the more the merrier. The money is desperately needed to get Mikey to America for treatment. St Barnabas Church will be sending a team. If you wish to join this team contact Jo Batch on 01933 270584.

Other teams may also have spaces please ask at the church.

A craft fair will be held on Saturday, November 8, at the Castle Theatre from 10am till 3pm and if you want to take along a stall call Sue on 01933 221848 daytime only.

Prayers for Peace United Reformed Church High Street, Wellingborough,

Tuesday, November 11. Open from 10am to 5pm. Short act of worship at 11am.

Pamper/shopping evening at Rowan Gate Primary School, Finedon Road, Wellingborough, on Friday, November 14, from 7pm to 9pm to help raise funds towards a new minibus. Entrance £3 includes Christmas and Indian themed refreshments, various mini therapies available at £5 each plus many craft stalls. Therapies include mini massage, indian head, manicures, crystal healing, reiki, eyebrow threading and henna tattoos.

Redwell Primary School, Barnwell Road, will be holding a Christmas shopping evening at the school on Wednesday, November12, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets are available from the school priced £1.50 and entrance on the night without pre purchasing a ticket will cost £2 to enter. If you would like more information or you have a stall you wish to take along contact Rebecca on 07792 316778.

A craft fair and bazaar will be held at the United Reformed Church on Saturday, November 15, and will be opened by Jules Hudson from Countryfile and Escape to the Country at 11am. The bazaarstarts at 10.30am with all the usual stalls, fun and games. The bazaar will be held in Salem Hall, Salem Lane, which is next to the church and has an disabled access lift to the function room. Admission is 20p. Special guest appearance from Jules Hudson throughout the event.

Following the success of the previous event, come again to Fun Art and Craft for children aged 0 to 11 and their grown-ups on Sunday, November 16, at the United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Wellingborough Central Townswomen’s Guild.

On November 20 the speaker will be the Johnsons, showing members the music and records of a by-gone age.

Members will be having a trip out in December, which will help with the Christmas shopping.

Call Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408 for information.

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

What are you prepared to pay, via your council tax payment, for policing in Northamptonshire?

Please take a couple of minutes to let the police know – simply log on to and choose the answer that applies to you.

The closing date for responses is Sunday, November 30.

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 an Elvis impersonator and support act. The night begins at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets will cost £10 each and 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 2. 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.

A free geneology information day will be held by Northamptonshire Family History Society at the museum from 10am to 1pm on November 15.

St Barnabas Church news. All the church groups are preparing the goods to sell on the stalls for the autumn fair on November 15 from 10am to midday.

Entrance is a £1 each which includes drink and a mince pie. This will be held in the church hall. With many popular stalls and a raffle.

Other St Barnabas news. St Barnabas Ladies Club will welcome a member of the Volunteer Bureau to the next meeting on Thursday, November 13, at 2pm in the church hall.

The Mothers’ Union will not be holding the usual November meeting because a lunch was held on November 5.

St Barnabas Church will be holding its next Messy Church on December 6 from 4pm to 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 to 10pm. 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. Joanna also has a email link which is

Wellingborough Co-operative Amateur Dramatic Society is pleased to announce its autumn production is Snake In The Grass. It’s Alan Ayckbourn’s 61st play, a thriller, and one of three supernatural plays he has written.

It is also the only one for an all-female cast.

Characters: Annabel Chester – Barbara Thompson; Alice Moody – Jane Lindley; Miriam Chester – Tina Hathaway.

Directed by Jane Cox.

Synopsis: In the garden where they played as children, two long-parted sisters gather after their father’s death, but their relationship is threatened by a secret the family nurse is all too willing to tell. As night falls on the summerhouse, the sisters must each confront the ghosts of their pasts – but is there something more out there in the darkness? Is it only the past which comes back to haunt them? Or something infinitely more terrifying?

It is on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, at Wellingborough Museum from 7.45pm.

Tickets are £7 from the museum, Castle Way, Wellingborough, or call 01933 276838.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm. Website


Youth Brass 2000, winners of many competitions and who have performed all over Europe, will be in concert at Wilbarston Village Hall this Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm.

Doors will open at 7pm. Pay on the door. Adults £5.50, children £2, under-12s free. Bar and refreshments available before the event and during interval (pre-order). Raffle donations appreciated.

Please come along and support this fundraising event for the village hall.

Ring Judith on 01536 771178. All proceeds to the village hall fund.

Wilbarston presents A Phenomenal, Phantasmagorical, Marvellous, Meritorious, Old Time Music Hall Evening, on Saturday, November 13, at 7.30pm.

An evening of music, laughter and conviviality. Tickets are £8 which include refreshments, and will be on sale at The Village Shop or by phoning Hilary on 771465.

Terry’s Terrible Testing Teasers Quiz at The Fox Inn, on Sunday, November 16, at 7.30pm. Only £1.50 per person, maximum five per team. There will be a raffle plus usual prizes. All proceeds to the British Legion.

The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston tomorrow Friday, November 7. There will only be one stop in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm.

The Friends monthly coffee morning will take place at The Fox Inn today, Thursday, from 10am until midday.


The barn dance held on September 20 at Manor House Farm raised £625 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A huge thank-you to all who very generously donated prizes, also the scouts and everyone who helped in any way at all.

A big thank-you to everyone who came along on the night to make it a really enjoyable and successful event.

Guest at a recent wedding held at the venue generously donated £70 to Woodford Scouts, £312 to Kettering Samaritans and £312 to Niamh’s Next Steps.Many thanks to the newly weds for making this possible.

The Finedon, Irthlingborough, Woodford and District Royal British Legion held its October meeting at the Bowls Club Finedon where the agenda was read and duly signed.

The members all enjoyed a fish and chip supper by Finedon Fish Shop.

This was followed by a talk and demonstration of CPR by Karen and Steve from St John Ambulance.

The next meeting will be the AGM.

The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments.

The Remembrance Day Service at Woodford on Sunday, November 9, is a joint service with the Baptist Chapel and St Mary’s Church at the War Memorial at 10.45am.

The Act of Remembrance will be led by Pastor Peter Bird and the Rev Pauline Tate with two minutes silence and wreath laying, followed by a service in St Mary’s Church at 11.15am with the Rev Ruth Bond preaching.

As part of the First World War commemorations, Year 6 of Woodford Primary School will be putting on an exhibition celebrating the lives of Woodford men who died in the Great War. This will be available for viewing in St Mary’s Church Woodford over the Remembrance weekend (November8 and 9) and the week following.

On Tuesday, November 11, there will be a First World War commemorative evening at the Duke’s Arms, Woodford, at 8pm, with a community singalong, songs, poetry and a raffle. Light refreshments will be served. Procceds to Rotary Charities with 50 per cent to Help for Heroes.

The next WI meeting will be at 7.30pm at Woodford CSC club, Highfield.

A talk will be given by Paul Bird on the History of Woodford. It should prove to be interesting for newer residents to the village.

On Friday, November 7, there is a Country and Western night at Woodford CSC.

The 3pm service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday, November 9, will be conducted by the Rev Milner.

The Wednesday fellowship on November 12 is in the Chapel schoolroom at 7.15pm and will be led by Mr Packham.

The services for the Churches on November 9 are Little Adding ton Remembrance Service 9.30am, Great Addington Remembrance Service 9.30am, Woodford St Mary’s Remembrance Service 10.45am.