Village news October 16

A little egret looks for a meal
A little egret looks for a meal

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A quiz night and sausage and chips supper will be held in the Green Dragon on Friday, October 17, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 per person, which includes supper.

Teams of four will take part but individuals can join a team on the night. Tickets are available at the Green Dragon or by calling 01536 373712 or 07809 025017. Funds raised by this event will go to Brigstock URC.

The Friday film shows starts again in Brigstock Village Hall on October 17 at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm and admission is £5. The first film for the new season is The Book Thief (12A). Refreshments will be available.

Sally Wilks and Julia Staniforth are going to produce another pantomime for Brigstock. Oh yes they are! So if you are interested in getting involved they need people who can sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument, make costumes etc. The village hall is booked for Saturday, October 18, from 5pm, so come along and put your name down to get involved. If you are interested in one of the parts be prepared to dazzle Sally and Julia with your talents. A song or recitation lasting no longer than three minutes would be ideal. If you can’t make it but would still like to be involved, call Sally on 373428. 

The next meeting of Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Guest speaker Delia Thomas will give a talk on the life and reputation of Richard III. Was he a “Deformed and unfinished monster” or “His gude and gracious lord”? The speaker will present evidence for both views along with some of the latest research findings after the discovery of his remains in Leicester. It promises to be a fascinating talk. Guests and visitors are welcome at £2 entrance for the evening.

A Morning Service led by the Rev G Townsend will be held in Brigstock URC on Sunday, October 19, at 10.30am.

Sally Wilks, on behalf of Brigstock village hall committee, has provisionally booked the hall for Saturday, November 8, for a food and craft fair. Tables cost £10. If you are interested in having a table or know anyone else who wishes to do so, please let Sally know as soon as possible so that the booking can be confirmed and advertising for the event put in place. Call 01536 373428 for more details or to book.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have a fish and chips lunch at their next meeting on Tuesday, October 21, which starts at the earlier time of 1pm.

A Bonfire Night will be held in the meadow on Sunday, November 2. Gates open at 5.30pm and the bonfire will be lit at 6pm followed by a fireworks display at 6.30pm. Mulled wine, hotdogs, glow novelties and a bar will be available. Tickets, £3 adults, £2 children, pre-school free, can be purchased in advance from Brigstock newsagents or Brigstock School. Tickets on the gate are £4 adults and £2.50 children, so it pays to book early. A Guy competition will be held in the village hall at 5.30pm. Further details on 373478 or 373579. Profits will be used to fund 2015 fireworks.


A Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held this evening (Thursday, October 16) in the Civic Centre, at 7pm.

Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane. The speaker this month will be John Deane of the Quakers.

Please let Derek (01536 722326) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by today (Thursday) if you would like to come along.

The next Coffee Drop-In at the Methodist Church will be on Saturday, from 10am until midday. All proceeds to Women’s Refuge. Entrance is via Piggott’s Lane.

Burton Latimer Town Mayor Ruth Groome is holding an Evening of Remembrance on Saturday, in aid of Burton Latimer charities. The guest speaker, Kate Ellis from the Western Front Association, will be giving a talk entitled The Lark Ascending.

Tickets cost £10 (including supper) and are available from Ruth Groome (01536 420440) or by email at

Sunday Together this Sunday will be held at 7.30pm at the Methodist Chapel Hall.

Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Thursday, October 23, starting at 7pm.

Burton Latimer artists Robert Pearce and Stella Benford have some of their paintings on show at the Kettering & District Autumn Exhibition at the Oakapple Art Studios, Glebe House, 200 Sywell Road, Mears Ashby (round the corner from Beckworth Emporium) until Sunday, October 26.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Midday Holy Baptism

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am.

St Mary’s Under Fives 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.


Mark Tooley will be hosting his Police Surgery at The Village Store and Café in Corby Road, Cottingham, at 10.30am on October 22 and November 19, and again at 11.30am on December 16.

Ant Licquorish will be holding his 45th charity quiz in the Village Hall Annex on Saturday, October 25, at 6.30pm. More information is available from Ant on 01536 771062 or by email on

Del Robertson will be hosting a Souper Quiz at the Village Hall Annexe on Saturday, November 8. The cost is £2.50 per entrant with a maximum of six per team. There will be warming home-made soups a la Del during the break (accompanied by a bread roll) for £2 a cup. The quiz will take place in the annexe and it’s 7.30pm doors for an 8pm start. No need for tickets – just turn up at the door. Proceeds go towards upkeep of the annexe.

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.


The village hall is holding a beetle drive on Friday, October 24, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 which includes refreshments. Please bring your own drink. For further information please ring Neil 01536 330545.

On Tuesday, October 28, the Cranford and District Over 60s will be entertained by Pat Hamilton and her marvelous impersonations.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Friday, October 17, at Cranford St John’s at 11am. On Sunday, October 19, there will be a Family Service at Grafton Underwood at 11am and Holy Communion will be celebrated at Slipton at 11.30am. Evening Prayer will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 6pm.


Sunday, October 19, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11am.

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 email


United Reformed Church, in Desborough, held its Scarecrow Festival on the weekend of Friday, October 10, to Sunday, October 12. Local groups, schools and individuals in the area all took part.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society hosted a showing of the 2014 photo folio of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation.

This is a travelling exhibition, selected from an annual exhibition open to all members of photographic societies belonging to the federation.

Competition secretary Trevor Rudkin thanked Derek Buckett for organising the showing of this exhibition, and for arranging its collection and delivery to its next venue.

The winners of the Fresh Air Desborough Summer Raffle have now been drawn.

All winners will be notified and prizes will be distributed.

Rabbits for sale! A two-year-old Dutch male rabbit for £20. Hay and food included. Two Netherlands Dwarf female rabbits, both 18 months old. Must stay together, hay and food included, for £30. If you are interested please call 07834 380179.

Revive Coffee Shop on Station Road celebrated its first birthday this year.

Desborough Town Council’s next meeting will be held at Desborough Library in High Street on Thursday, October 16, at 7pm.

The next Desborough Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20.

Do you have a hobby or interest you could share or would like to explore something new?

If so, The Alzheimer’s Society needs you for a few hours on a regular basis, to spend time with a person living with dementia.

All expenses will be reimbursed and training and ongoing support will be given.

For further information, contact the befriending manager on 01832 736676 or 01832 736675.

Desborough Heritage Centre in Station Road is searching for historical artefacts. They are needed for displays, can you help?

Any First World War memorabilia or Cheaney’s factory items, in the time of the Cheaneys?

Calling early birds! Marlow House in Gold Street, Desborough, welcomes you to its coffee morning on Saturday, October 18, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

It is free entry. There will be full English breakfasts to bacon butties available. For more information, please call 01536 762329.

On Saturday, October 18, Virginia Franklin, who has arthritis, is taking part in the ultimate charity event – the Double Whammy Zip Wire Challenge. A challenge from Tyne Bridge, which is over 758ft at 98ft high!

The other challenge will take place on Monday, October 27, at Snowdonia. Zip World Velocity, which is 100 miles per hour at 498f high!

To sponsor, please visit Alternatively, you can text GINI77 £10 (or however much you wish to sponsor) to 70070.

Please claim Gift Aid to increase your donation by 25 per cent, at no extra cost to you. They are raising funds for Arthritis Research UK, who will continue to provide research and ventures such as the Nottingham-based Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre. Please visit

Also, Virginia has the support of Leicestershire’s arthritis support group Clash. See for more information.

Help to save Rushden’s Goods Shed and yard for the community. The Save Our Goods Shed group is part of the Rushden Historical Transport Society. The primary aim of the group is to save the Goods Shed from demolition by Northamptonshire County Council. Rushden Historical Transport Society would like to acquire the Goods Shed and surrounding yard to expand the current museum and to develop the site into a facility which would benefit the community.

They also hope to attract visitors to Rushden, Higham Ferrers and surrounding areas. To be included in their electronic newsletter, please email For museum inquires, please email Follow on facebook RHTS Goods Shed. For more information, visit or telephone 01933 350415.

Desborough WI’s Annual General Meeting is being held on Thursday, October 19, at 7.30pm. It is also the Harvest Sale. For more information, telephone 01536 760042.

Ritz Tapas Bar and Grill is opening in Desborough very soon. To receive a free invite to its opening please email your details to

Rowell and Desborough Lions Club invites you to its Brass and Voices Concert at Rowell Parish Church on Saturday, November 1. Doors open at 7pm and start at 7.30pm. The concert is with Corby Silver Band and a Handful of Harmonies. Tickets cost £7.50 from Simon Ogle on 01536 352656, Newman’s Tresham Street in Rothwell or Desborough Heritage Centre. All proceeds to be split between the air ambulance and the RNLI.

Desborough Civic Society and Heritage Centre invites you to enter the fifth annual art exhibition for 2014. This year’s dates are from Friday, November 7, to Saturday, December 13. Entry forms will be available from Desborough Heritage Centre very shortly with the closing date for completed entries being Monday, October 27. For any enquires about the exhibition, contact John Blackwell on 01536 763933.

Desborough Christmas Gala is on its way! Stalls are available so please apply to Pamela on 01536 760244 or email

There will be the usual fantastic hog roast, donkey rides sponsored by the Desborough Community Development Trust, Father Christmas will be found in the optician’s shop and loads more to entertain you, including a live band. The majority of the shops will be open with lots of Christmas-themed goodies to buy and enjoy. Also, come and see the wonderful display of trees at the annual Christmas Tree Festival in St Giles Church.


Twenty members and visitors attended the September meeting of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JP at 7.30pm.  Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting.

The most recent meeting was on Wednesday, October 15, when Georgie Godbold and Beryl Purfitt demonstrated.  Georgie made something from her new book, while Beryl demonstrated sugar flowers. 

Georgie and Beryl have a brilliant rapport between them which means the evening was very entertaining. The classes are now taking place on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesday. For more details contact 01933 680099, go to or go to the website

An indoor car boot/table-top sale is being held on Saturday, October 25, between midday and 3pm at the community centre in Wellingborough Road.

To hire a 6ft space costs £5 and if you need a table that will cost an additional £5. Set-up from 11am.

It will be held downstairs in the Henderson Suite and is free entry to the public. To book a space ring Pam on 398377.

The Finedon Trefoil Guild is holding a Coffee at the Cons event on Monday, November 3, from 10am to 11.30am. In addition to this members are asking for donations of used gift bags and unwanted gifts in preparation for their secret tombola stall at the Buffs Christmas fair in December. Both will be gratefully received at Finedon Newsagents in Wellingborough Road via Eileen or by ringing her on 680071 or Ann Swan on 680268. Funds are being raised for Lowland Rescue and Skylark Children’s Ward at KGH.

Finedon Local History Society’s October meeting is a talk on the life of John Clare and will be given by David Dykes. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 27, at the Mission Room in Well Street at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 for members and £3.50 for non-members.


Why not have lunch at Geddington Village Hall, see all your friends AND help raise money for The Friends Of The Church? The date is Friday, October 17 (tomorrow) and the time is 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

It is £6 for adults and £3 for children, which includes wonderful home-made puddings!

The landlady of the White Hart has announced that Gedd-Fest, which was held over the weekend of July 5 and 6, raised a magnificent sum of £1,370 for Prostaid, which is the charity for prostate cancer.

Geddington Gardening Club is meeting on Monday, October 20, in Geddington Village Hall lounge at 7.30pm.

Non-members pay £2.50 and members £1. All are very welcome. The subject is Grow Your Own Drink (wine and cider tasting) and is given by Doreen Hillier Bird.

Geddington Church is holding a coffee morning on Saturday, October 25. Cheer yourself up when the clocks go back (that night at 2am) because it will be a dark old winter!

There will be a public meeting on Monday, October 27, at 7.30pm in Geddington Village Hall. In June, Mary Dhonau and her colleagues from the county council put on a roadshow of their flood awareness project. They brought with them, among many items, community flood maps and flood protection products for the home and a potential for a free community flood store and rain gauge, with an associated warning system. Following on from the information received, they will be holding the public meeting.

It will take no more than an hour of your time and will talk about the project, what it’s like to flood, and how to plan and prepare and mitigate against it.


Sunday, October 19, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

Great Addington Primary School Christmas theatre trip. Each year, one of the highlights of the school’s Christmas festivities is the whole-school trip to the pantomime. Following previous enjoyable shows, the school has decided once again to go to the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering and this year the pantomime is Aladdin.

There will be a soft toy raffle at St Mary’s Church in Little Addington for its church fair on November 22 between 2pm and 4pm. Any donation call Maddy or Elena on 01933 652809.


Sunday, October 19, there is no 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 info go to

Diary dates:


Saturday, October 18, 11am to 4pm, craft fair at Grendon Hall. Proceeds to the air ambulance.

Saturday, October 18, in Yardley Hastings Memorial Hall, the secret cinema is Top Hat and it starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £4.


The Gretton village hall committee met last week and continue to be pleased with the amount of people using the premises. This in turn means that the finances remain stable.

There is a barn dance this coming Saturday and on November 29 you can look forward to An Elizabethan Christmas by PIVA.

The monthly lunches remain very popular, raising £153 for funds.

Wondertours Community Transport serving north Northamptonshire is running two Christmas excursions this year. On Saturday, November 15, Derby is the destination.

The fare is £13.50. Then on Saturday, December 6, the German Christmas Market in Birmingham is the second seasonal trip. The fare is £13.50. To book call or text organiser David Fursdon on 07790 197220.


Hardwick is hosting a night of Music of Musicals by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Kettering. The tickets are £8 to include a glass of wine. For further information or tickets please call Jackie on 01933 677677.


Tonight is Film Night in the village hall. Doors open 7pm, lights out 7.30pm. A clue to the film – be careful if you are thinking of opening a small hotel. Admission and refreshments are free but donations towards costs are appreciated.

Tomorrow is Ladies Lunch at the Racehorse, Catworth. Table reserved for 12.30pm. To reserve a place, ring Penny on 623310.

End of summer brunch on October 26 in the village hall from 10.30am to 2pm. Some tickets are still available from Angela on 626865.

This Sunday, October 19, the service in All Hallows is said Communion, on October 26, it will be simple Morning Worship.

Has anyone tried the new bus service? Please let me have your comments so I can pass them on to the operating company.


The Church Bells of St John the Baptist Church rang out on Wednesday, September 17, to wish Harringworth resident Elizabeth Scholes a happy 95th birthday.

Marie Hems and Hayleigh Fisher organised a tea party in the village hall for Elizabeth with delicious cake and sandwiches made by her friends and neighbours. On behalf of everyone in the village we wish her a very happy birthday.

Thank you to Sean and Julie Bell for organising and hosting a cheese and wine party in their lovely home on Sunday, September 21.

The event was well attended and raised £333 for the Harringworth Appeals Fund.

This year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, held in St John the Baptist Church, Harringworth, was well supported.

The Made in Harringworth Cake and Produce stall included donations of cakes, biscuits and preserves.

Thank you to Hayleigh Fisher and team for organising this fundraiser which has so far made £150 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Autumn Church Clean on Tuesday, September 30, included a team of helpers who worked very hard to prepare the church for the Harvest Service at the weekend. Thank you to Pamela Cooper and her team of helpers for a job well done.

The church was seasonally decorated with flowers and harvest produce for this year’s Harvest Festival service in Harringworth on Sunday.

The service was followed by a Harvest lunch in the village hall when the local produce brought to the church was auctioned, making £130 for church funds. The lunch was well attended and was followed by a mix of ‘home grown’ entertainment including readings and songs.

A couple from Harringworth set off last weekend by bike 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, Etaples and Arrass (2) 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 once our cyclists return.

Volunteers are needed for the autumn churchyard clean-up from midday on Saturday, October 18 – so please pop the date in your diary.

Bring along your garden tools to help with weeding, pruning, edge trimming etc and enjoy good company and refreshments. Any questions please contact Ian Saunders on 747291.

Support the mobile library – use it or lose it!

Perhaps you are not aware that your village has a mobile library. This monthly service is in Harringworth on the first Thursday of the month, with the next visit on November 6 where it will park outside 12 Wakerley Road between 1.40pm and 2pm.

If more people start to use the service a second stop may be organised outside the village hall – call 01572 747700 for further information.

Made in Harringworth is a key theme for this year’s Harringworth Christmas Bazaar with many villagers making home-made crafts, jams and chutneys ready for the event on November 29 from 10am to 1.30pm.

The famous Harringworth Hampers will be as grand as ever and for the first time draw tickets will be on sale ahead of the bazaar.

Anyone wishing to book a stall for the bazaar can call 01572 747700.


A Towards a Safer Higham meeting will be held this evening at 7.30pm in the Town Hall. PC Dougie Brown, the local community policeman, will attend and there is an open forum for any issues to be raised with him.

Higham residents with any community safety concerns are particularly welcome and the meeting is usually finished by 9pm. An agenda is posted on the town noticeboard.

An art exhibition is being held in Chichele College on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, from 10am to 4pm. This will be staged by Ros Patching and Gary Bryce-Hunt and admission is free. There are no parking facilities at the college but space is available on the Market Square, Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area. The college has wheelchair access from the College Street entrance.

The Nene Valley Astronomical Society meets in Chelveston Village Hall on the third Monday of each month from 8pm to 10pm.

Visitors are welcome at a charge of £2 and further information available from Steve Williams on 650331 or see

A monthly Messy Church is held in St Mary’s intended for all primary school children and their families. A choice of activities is offered based on the story of the Creation with a short act of worship and finishing with a pizza/pasta meal for the youngsters.

The next Messy Church will be next Tuesday, October 21, from 3.30pm to 5 pm in the Bede House. Further details from Debbie Smith-Wilds 01933 356257 or email

Members of the Higham Ferrers World War One History Group have now produced their second book – Higham Ferrers 1914-1918 A War Walk. This publication is a historical walk around Higham remembering various places of importance and all the men and women who gave service on one of the many front lines or at home. Copies priced at £10 each are on sale in Higham library.

A town Service of Remembrance will be held in Market Square at 10.45am on Sunday, November 9.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30pm in the library in Midland Road. The special guest Jessica Walker will present her choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

The annual service for All Souls’ Day will be held in St Mary’s Church at 6pm on Sunday, November 2. An invitation is extended to all who have lost a loved one, either recently or in the past, to attend. The names of those who have died will be remembered in prayer and candles lit in honour of their memory.

The parents, family and friends of Amelia Mannion attended St Mary’s Church last week. Amelia was baptised by Canon Richard Stainer and welcomed as a new member of the parish family.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet on Wednesday, November 19, at 2pm in the Pemberton Centre, Rushden. The special guest Kevin Varty will be talking about Pictures in the Parlour – The Story of the Magic Lantern.

Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Membership of U3A gives access to more than 40 special interest groups. See

St Mary’s Church services for Sunday, October 19, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Sung Mass and Celebration Service at 10.15am.

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 Worship will be at 10.45am led by Rev Margaret Eales. (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.

The next farmers’ market will be held on Saturday, October 25, in the Square from 9am with a coffee morning in the Bede House organised by the Friends of St Mary’s and a concert by the Chelveston Voices at 11.30am in the church with free admission.

Higham Footpath Group is going on a six-mile walk in the Shelfleys area on Sunday, October 19. The route will be from Shelfleys (West Hunsbury) to Gayton Canal Junction, Rothersthorpe and return. Walkers are asked to meet at 9am in the Saffron Road car park or 10am at Shelfleys car park, Wooton Brook, Green Park, Northampton. The group will be led by Roy Presland on 01933 314831.

On Sunday, November 2, the group will be going on a five-mile walk in the Swineshead area. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.35am in the Saffron Road car park or 10am by Swineshead Church. The group will be led by David Lovell 01933 358223. See

Christmas shoe boxes for under privileged children aged two to 15 years are being assembled by members of St Mary’s Mothers Union and friends. For anyone wishing to help the following items are urgently needed – scarves, gloves, hats, pencils, pens, hair ribbons, toy cards, crayons, erasers, pencil sharpeners etc.

Please ring the parish office on Thursday or Friday mornings between 10am and midday on 01933 741140 if you can assist.

The Swivel Club is holding a fundraiser at the Rushden Bowls Club at 8pm on Saturday, October 25. The Rollin’ Clones will be performing with a supporting disco and tickets are £15 each available by ringing Walt on 07984 266649 or the bowls club on 01933 312680. All proceeds will be for charity.

The quarterly edition of the Risedene Echo, produced by Rushden History Society, is now on sale in Mark Bird Carpets in High Street in Higham.

This publication has a wealth of interesting historical features and is a very reasonably priced at £1.25. One of the items this time tells the story of Joseph Simpson, a deputy town clerk whose wife Elizabeth was the first lady mayor of the town in the 1920s with Simpson Avenue being named after her.

Halloween craft classes for youngsters will be held from 1pm to 4pm at Stanwick Lakes on October 29, 30 and 31 in the half term week.

There will be arts and crafts, face painting and spooky fun.There will be a modest charge for taking part and further information available by ringing 625522 or see


The Friends of Irchester Library group will be meeting on October 23 at 2.30pm in the library. The group organises many of the activities and events held at Irchester Library and would welcome new faces, new ideas or just your support. Do go along if you can.

All entries must be in by October 17 for the art and photographic exhibition for local artists to be held at the library between October 28 and November 2. Entry forms and full details are available from the library during opening hours which are Tuesday to Friday 1pm to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm and there will be a hanging fee of £2 per picture.

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. Tickets are available now from Brian on 311754. They cost £7 and include supper.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning held in Irchester Community Primary School raised £405. This has been added to by further sales of cakes to the children.

The Friday Club will be meeting in Barringers Court between 2pm and 4pm on Friday, October 17, for an informal social afternoon set in friendly surroundings. They do a variety of activities which have included outings to the theatre, visits to stately homes and gardens, fish and chip lunches as well as the usual cards, bingo and a cup of tea. New members are always welcome as well as helpers to serve the tea and biscuits Contact Rosemarie on 07713 635907 to find out more about the club.

The Darby 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.


Sarah Bridges will be talking on the archaeology and plans for the Chester Farm Site, on Tuesday, October 28, at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, College Street, Irthlingborough. Entry is £2 on the door.

The Community Volunteer day at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows takes place on Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 2pm.

It’s free, no booking is required. Meet at the Randall Close entrance, Irthlingborough.

Renee and Selby’s Coffee Morning takes place on October 18 in the Albert Underwood Room, St Peter’s Church, from 10am to midday. It is 50p a ticket and there will also be a raffle and sale of goods. All proceeds will go to Cransley Hospice.


On Friday, October 24, at 7.30pm. Sure Thing Too – back by popular request: Liam Halloran on vibraphone, Sebastiano Dessanay on bass, Ric Yarborough on drums and Holly Thomas on vocals, live at All Saints Community Hall, William Street, Kettering. An enjoyable approach to the standard jazz repertoire. Bring your own drink – tickets £6 or £7 on the door. Phone Cathy on 01536 524125 or Angela on 01536 522158.

The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering (Regent Street Entrance) Week commencing Sunday, October 12.

Monday 5.25pm to 7pm Rainbows (5 to 7 years) and 6pm to 7.15pm Brownies (eight to 11). Places available.

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for midday – Lunch Club – please phone to book your two-course (home-cooked) Meal + Cuppa £3.50 – 01536 513883.

Tuesday: 1.30pm for 2pm to 3pm Home League (Ladies Meeting).

Thursday: 1pm – Over 60s Club – Pianist and Vocalist (Thursday, October 16).

Thursday: 7.30pm – Ladies Fellowship The Life and Times of A special Constable – Colin Medlycott.

Thursday: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 to 12-year-olds] The Salvation Army, Kettering (Rockingham Road entrance). Sunday, October 19 – Sunday Worship: Healthcare Sunday 10am and 5.30pm – all welcome.

If you haven’t booked your pamper session at the Cransley Hospice Ladies Pamper Day there may still be time if you call 01536 527407. Treatments on offer include manicures, facials, reflexology, back massage, Indian head massage, neck & shoulder massage. From 10am to 3pm on Saturday, October 18, at Forest House, 2 Riley Road, Telford Way Industrial Estate, Kettering. Treatments £12 each, gifts on sale, tombola, refreshments.

Friday, October 17, a 1980s night at Wicksteed Park. The decade of Wham, Duran Duran and disco hits. The night is rounded off with a disco, and the £15 ticket price includes a basket meal. For more information and to book tickets please call 01536 512475 or visit

On Saturday, October 18, at All Saints Community Hall, William Street. An evening with Margaret Burgon – It Could Only Happen at a Wedding! Starts at 7.30pm. Entrance £3 with light refreshments and a raffle. All welcome.

On Friday, October 24, at Wicksteed Park it is Big Bopper’s Big Bash. Tickets £5 per adult in aid of the air ambulance. For more information and to book tickets please call 01536 512475 or visit

On Saturday, October 25, it is The Little Monsters’ Ball at Wicksteed Park. Spooky fun and games with Wicky Bear, dancing, fancy dress and much more! Tickets £4 for kids and 50p for adults. Food will be available to purchase on the night. For more information and to book tickets call 01536 512475 or visit

On Thursday, October 23, 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 guest for the afternoon will be Peter Dunn with the Sound of Northumberland. New members always welcome – women and men. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

At Kettering Arts Centre at St Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road, on Saturday, October 25, at 7.30pm it is Potbelly Blues Night. Doors 7pm, tickets £7, £5 for concession. A mix of quality blues and roots music as the nights draw in. With great beers and good company this is a night not to be missed by any blues lovers, or live music fans. Find out more about the line-up on the Potbelly Music Festival Facebook page and the website

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street, on Wednesday, October 22, an Archaeological Finds Surgery with Julie Cassidy, Northamptonshire’s Finds Liaison Officer. From 2.30pm to 4pm. If you have found something which you think may be of archaeological interest, bring it along to this free session.

At the Manor House Museum until November 15, Kettering Faces of the First World War. Presented in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the war. In the exhibition, the life stories of a selection of local Kettering borough people will be revealed. Learn more about the war and life in the Kettering borough at the time, as told through the stories, photographs, letters and mementoes of local people, who experienced the effects of the war first-hand.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street, from October 18 to November 22, Cordell Garfield People’s Choice Open13 Winner. Cordell is a Northampton artist working from his town centre studio. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Half-term craft activities are at the Manor House Museum from Tuesday, October 28, to Thursday, October 30. Commemorate the start of the First World War with themed creative craft activity workshops. Do your bit and make something to take home with you! Workshops last about one hour and booking is essential. £3 per child, £2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, free to Young Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum. Contact the museum for the full activity timetable and to book. The Manor House Museum always offers an exciting range of free activity worksheets, trails, brass rubbings and more alongside its exhibitions. For more information call 01536 534219 or email

At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave, Tuesday, October 14, to Saturday, October 18, at 7.30pm the new musical Imagine This presented by Theatreworkz. Tickets Tuesday and Wednesday £12, £11 concessions. Friday & Saturday £13, £12 concessions, £10 for groups of 10+.

At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave, on Friday, October 24, at 7.30pm American Superstars of Wrestling. Witness the thrills and spills of American style wrestling, an event normally only reserved for your TV screens. Tickets £12 adult, £9 child. £35 family of four.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, on Saturday, October 18, at 7.30pm Hoe Brown, premier rock ‘n’ roll legend and his five-piece band, including son Peter Brown, breaks boundaries with his new sensational show. All seats £25.

On Sunday, October 19, at 7.30pm The Bay City Rollers Story.

A celebration of those hectic days of hit songs, touring, TV shows.

Les McKeown has come through the extreme highs and lows of life’s great road and is here to tell us all about it.

Tickets £19.50 stalls, £17.50 circle.

On Tuesday, October 21, at 7.30pm Charlie Landsborough.

Charlie’s song writing and music blends easy on the ear, folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content, mixed with his wit and repartee. All seats £25.

On Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30pm the Russian State Ballet and Opera House present The Nutcracker.

The premiere of The Nutcracker transforms the classical ballet into a fairy-tale. Featuring a timeless score by Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a Russian classic, replete with evocative music and beautiful dance. Tickets £24.50, £22.50 concessions.

On Thursday, October 23, at 7.30pm Blake are back with their biggest UK tour performing exclusive songs from their fifth studio album. Supporting this spectacular show will be Camila Westlake. All seats £20.

On Friday, October 24, at 8pm it is Stephen K Amos – Welcome to my World. The maestro of feel-good comedy is back with his new show. All seats £17.

To book any, or all, of these shows call the box office on 01536 414141 or visit

Another in the series of the Railways Remembered Grand Film Shows is back at Kettering’s Corn Market Hall on Monday, October 20.

The venue is in London Road with the lights going down for a 7.30pm start.

This screening looks at Railways In War 1939 to 1945 with Rob Foxon your host for the evening.


Tonight, Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm 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.

Catch up with friends over a tea or coffee at Little Harrowden Church this Saturday, October 18, at 10.30am.

Christmas Bazaar at Little Harrowden Church – Saturday, November 8, at 2pm. First prize in the raffle is a £50 Boden voucher.

Church services for Sunday, October 19 – 10am Benefice Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 6pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

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. Tickets will sell fast – book the date now!


This Sunday, October 19 – OUCH! The Orlingbury Unofficial Conker Happening at Orlingbury Village Green. Registration from 1.30pm, play commences 2pm. Only £1 per entrant. Norty’s Licensed bar & refreshments.

Orlingbury Family Circle – Sunday, October 19, in Orlingbury Village Hall from 9.30am to 10.30am.

Autumn theme! [Warm up for the OUCH conker championships!] Enjoy a bacon butty and meet up with other families and friends-old and new-all ages welcome. Future dates for your calendar – Sunday, November 16 – Living things Sunday, December 21 – Nativity.

Tonight, Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm 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.

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

Church services for Sunday, October 19 – 10am Benefice Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 6pm Evensong at Little Harrowden.

Queen’s Arms Orlingbury – Thursday night is quiz night, starting at 9pm. It’s only £1 entry per person. For any further information call 01933 679110 or

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.


Sunday, October 5, saw Oakley Vale Community Centre transformed into a Fun Palace as part of a Made In Corby initiative.

Free fun art sessions included foam sculpture and live music tuition.

The Sculptures from Junk sessions were led by Nick Finn and Lynn Davis and the music sessions and Flutes of the World Tours by Judy Caine and Paul Balmer. The sculpture materials were generously provided by Duncan and the team at local firm International Foam.

Also from the guitar and music workshops Emily (a young guitarist) showed us a necklace she’d made from used guitar strings, which was very creative. The music performed ranged from classical guitar played by Estonian guitarist Andrei Kuzin, to Latin percussion from Elio Andrade, ‘standards’ from Graham Charles as well as Rockschool music from the young people all organised by Paul Balmer.

It was a fun day and the music sessions extended an extra hour until 4pm with special dispensation from Vicar Nik Stephenson of the St Bennies church group who could see people were enjoying themselves.

In the end we had to curtail the music sessions as they could have gone on all night!

As chairman of Oakley Vale Community Association and Made In Corby affiliate I would like to say a big thank you to Marie Murrie, the Arts Council and Made In Corby for funding these creative days.

We need more of these opportunities to engage the community with making art in its broadest sense as well as just coming together to have fun.

The Oakley Rangers are back from 3.30pm to 5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they will be preparing for several gigs locally.

Free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services.

Anyone aged 10 to 17 welcome, extra drummers needed. Rockschool guitar bass and drums taught by qualified teachers Paul and Judy.

I have just purchased the new Rockschool Rock Band music parts and with the Fun Day gig completed we will have a go at these new tunes.

The £130,000 play area construction off Butland Road is due to be completed before the end of October.

A press release with the plan and pictures that show the type of equipment has been issued by the council press office this week.

I have put the plans are on the OVCC website as well so please have a look.

Cllrs Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the month surgeries will take place in the community centre from 10.30am to midday. No appointment necessary, all welcome – just drop in.

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

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

His email is


The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be holding an indoor meeting at 7.30pm today, Thursday, October 16, at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, when Ralph and Brenda Todd will be giving an illustrated talk on cranes.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is £3, but free for children.

For more information call Graham on 01536 725924.

The group will also be taking a coach outing to Potteric Carr on Sunday, October 26, leaving Raunds Square at 7am. For more information, or to book your seat on the coach, call Bob Webster on 01933 460644.

St Peter’s Church’s annual craft fair will take place between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday, October 25.

There will be a variety of different stalls with some great ideas for gifts, along with a raffle.

Entry is free and lunches and teas will be served throughout the day, so why not go along and give your support to the local crafters.

For more information call Elaine or Keith on 01933 624384.

Fifteen-year-old Kirstin Blakemore of Raunds is in the process of organising a music and dance show entitled the MAD Youth Tribute to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne, which supported her grandfather, and Cransley Hospice, Kettering, where her friend’s mother spent her last few weeks.

The MAD Youth Tribute will take place between 7pm and 9pm at the Raunds Manor School Sports College on Friday, October 24. Ticket prices are adults £5 and concessions £3, and they can be obtained from

Coffee will be served between 10am and midday tomorrow, Friday, October 17, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Everyone is welcome.

A tea dance, with a raffle, and music by Dave Hawkes, will take place tomorrow, Friday, October 17, between 2pm and 4.15pm at the Saxon Hall.

Everyone is welcome, whatever your level of skill, for ballroom, Latin, sequence and old-time dancing.

Admission is £3. For more information, call 01933 312623.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30am at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, on Sunday, October 19, and there will be a service of Evensong at 6pm at St Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Members of St Peter’s Mothers Union will be attending a service of Holy Communion on Wednesday, October 22, at 10am at All Hallows Church, Hargrave. If any members would like a lift, please see Judy or Rita.

Young people aged between 16 and 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, and those who are looking for jobs, apprenticeship or training, are invited along to a drop in session between 1pm and 2.30pm next Thursday, October 24, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Connexions Northamptonshire is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides information, advice, guidance and support, giving help with careers advice, application forms, CV writing and interview skills. For more information, please visit their website at or contact them at

A drop-in computer class for the over-50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm next Thursday, October 24, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two-hour session. Please call in for more information.

The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, October 16, the topic will be Desert Island Discs with Wit and Helen Boondeekhun. 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.


Sunday, October 19 there is a Big Sing Service in St Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am.

On Sunday, October 19, in Ringstead Shared Church the services are: At 10.30am there is a Morning Service with Pastor Patrick. 4pm is Freestyle for Families.

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

Nominal cost for the books and a friendly atmosphere guaranteed.

New Horizons currently runs a Music and Movement class for the over 50s in Ringstead Shared Church on Tuesdays between 10am and 11am.

No need to book just turn up and pay as you go, all welcome. For further information call the New Horizons office on 01933 396382.

There is nothing currently scheduled for October, but there is a couple of events upcoming next month to look forward to:

The annual village bonfire and fireworks will be held behind the village hall on Wednesday, November 5.

The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with a firework display to follow.

There will be a barbecue, refreshments, homemade soup and a raffle. Although this is not a money-making exercise, all donations to help cover costs are most welcome.

On Saturday, November 8 (re-scheduled from Friday , November 7) the Church Building Fund Committee will be holding a cheese and wine evening at Rockingham Castle, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Saunders Watson. Tickets are limited and are available from committee members.

Please see: Donna Winch, Trevor Burbidge, Pauline Sullivan, David Norman or Trish at the shop.


Police figures for August, presented to the September meeting of Rothwell Town Council, showed there had been 55 crimes during the month: burglary dwelling, 9; burglary other, 12; criminal damage, 8; other offences, 1; sexual offences, 1; theft from motor vehicles, 3; theft/handling, 8; theft of motor vehicles, 1; violence offences, 12. While there were many burglaries during August, it is understood someone is now in custody for these.

Cllr Margaret Draper asked whether the anti-bullying campaign for Year 7 at Montsaye Academy was to continue this year, after police had confirmed it took place during the last term.

It was agreed by the council to check if it is continuing this year, which PCSOs will take part, and which teachers also have responsibility for the campaign.

Plans for a dedicated dog exercise area in Rothwell’s Greening Road Park had been dropped because of objections by local residents.

Those who live in Kingsley Road did not want the area near their houses and, when Rothwell Town Council considered the matter at its September meeting, it was felt that the other residents on the eastern side of Greening Road Park would not want it either. The council agreed to inform Kettering Council that agreement on the dog exercise area on the eastern side of the park is unlikely, but requesting signs to be erected asking people to pick up their dog mess and put it in the bins provided because of the children playing there.

Goal posts are now up for a football pitch in Rothwell’s Well Lane Recreation Ground, and a Red Lion team are already playing there.

Two fun days with the opportunity to improve cycling skills as well are being in Rothwell from 10am to 2pm on October 27 and 28 at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane.

The event is part of Kettering Cycling Club’s youth holiday go-ride programme. Costs are: online British Cycling members, £10 per day; non-members, £15,; a (£2.50 discount for a second sibling is available for online bookings). Payment on the day, £20. To book, go to and follow the links. Further information is available from Catherine Ruffley on 07940 738285, email Parents’ or guardians’ permission is required.

Further good news for Rothwell is that the Well Lane Community Centre has been adopted by Kettering CC as its new headquarters. Both announcements are the result of pressure being maintained by Rothwell Town Council, especially Cllr Malcolm Jones, to improve facilities for cyclists in the town.

Cllr Ian Jelley told the council’s September meeting that there is already a committee looking to provide a skateboard/BMX track in the area, possibly on land currently owned by Bovis. Unfortunately, more volunteers are required because only one parent is still active on the committee, and she has expressed her frustration that nothing much has come out of various meetings over the past few years. In an email, the parent said she understood there are funding projects in relation to cycling and wondered if these would help with a BMX track. She also suggested that the old overgrown track at the bottom of Well Lane Recreation Ground could be used as this just needs to be cleared.

Cllr Jones has also been in touch with Jackie Brown, county sport and physical activity manager, and with Mark Evans, Kettering Cycling Club, about using the Community Centre and Well Lane Recreation Ground for cycling activities. Their aim is to include everyone, including young children, but Cllr Jones also wants to attract female cyclists. The town council is to make enquiries about what has happened to donations from various development projects in the town. Cllr Jones and Neil Holland from the county council have ridden round Rothwell to see where it might be possible to put cycle paths. Routes included from Columbus Crescent to Well Lane Recreation Ground and then up Manor Park into Squires Hill. It was not possible to cross the A6 into Wales Street so they looked at Gordon Street and Jubilee Street to go over to Evison Road. For someone living in the north-east of Rothwell, Mr Holland said there would need to be two crossings.

A talk on genealogy and family trees is being given by Julie Hill at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street at 2.30pm on Friday, October 17. On the following Friday, October 24, at 7.30pm, the centre hosts a talk about being a district nurse by Ann Jones. Entrance fee for both events is £3 including refreshments. Also at the centre from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, November 1, will be a table top sale, with tables costing £5 each, again including refreshments. And from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, November 15, the centre holds an arts and craft fair.

There were five more hat-tricks for Rothborough in the latest round of Kettering and District Table Tennis League matches. In Division 1, Julian Marlow and Helen Watts both remained unbeaten in the 7-3 win over Burton C. In Division 2, Ray Harrison was on the treble trail as Buccaneers v Comets ended in a draw. There was also a 9-1 victory for Dakotas against Exocets as Sean Smith and Cathy Fleming both won three times. The club meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm at Montsaye Sports Centre, Greening Road, Rothwell. New players are always made very welcome.

Brian Jeffs presents his ‘digital AV experience’ to members of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 8pm on Friday, October 17, at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome. On Friday, October 24, there is a talk by Peggy Franks and Peter Lucas entitled The Way We See It at the same venue, while on Saturday, October 25, the society takes part in the Terry Chapman Memorial Trophy competition at Irchester, hosted by Rushden and District Photographic Society. For more information, visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

The next meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship will be held at 2.30pm on October 22 at Gloucester Court. There is no meeting on October 29.

Antiques is the subject of a presentation by Mark Sidwells at tonight’s meeting of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club to be held at 8pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. The following week’s meeting, at the same time and place, will hear a talk by Susan Davis entitled Health in your Hands.


Rushden Serve door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips – the lunch trips next week are on Tuesday, October 21 to The Star & Garter, Chelveston, and on Thursday, October 23, to The Chequers, Yelden. Shopping trips this week are to Billing (shopping and lunch) and Waitrose on Friday, October 24. Visit to Rushden Station for Cream Teas (£10 all in) is on Monday, October 20. Computer Sessions in the Wellbeing Centre are on Monday, October 20, from 1pm to 3pm. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Transport Museum asks you to experience the atmosphere of wartime Britain in the 1940s with LMS Branch Line at War this Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 11pm and Sunday, October 19, from 10am to 5.30pm. Train Fares adult £4, children £2.

Come in costume – if you dare! On Saturday, October 25, the Halloween Ghost Train will run – prepare to be scared from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament meets on Tuesday, October 21, in Rushden Hall at 2pm when Eric Franklin will speak on Forget Me Not.

Rushden Pensioners’ Forum meets on Wednesday, October 22, at 2pm in St Peter’s Church Hall when Mike and Geraldine will present Musical Memories.

The Salvation Army, Church Street, Rushden. Service this Sunday is at 10am (no Evening Service) led by Major Richard Crowe. Parent & Tots meet on Thursday, October 23, at 9am. Messy Church is this Saturday, October 18, from 4pm to 5pm – Activities for parents and children and a meal. For details of all weekly activities and the visit of the Army’s Premier Band – The Regent Hall Band on November 1 at 7pm please contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church celebrate the Harvest Service this Sunday at 10.15am led by Nadine Parkinson from Tearfund and The New Wine network as they launch the link with Okunguro Assembly Church in Uganda. This is followed by soup and a roll and the Harvest Auction.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday is at 10.45am led by the Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church on Sunday the Service at 3pm is led by Christine and Richard Greer from Coventry. An Open Circle is on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Morning Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Keith Davies.

Refreshments served after the Service. U3A Sequence Dancing is on Thursday, October 23, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The GTKR 6 week Choir meets on Sunday, October 19, at 2pm to rehearse Sing Christmas - all welcome to go along, all abilities, no audition.

St Peter’s Church – Sunday Worship is at 10am with lay readers Garry Johnson and Ken Woodhall with Holy Communion at 8am with the Rev Linnet Smith.

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

The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities 10.45am with Evening Worship and Holy Communion at 6pm both led by the Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service is at 10.45am with the Worship Group and the Evening Service is at 5.30pm both led by Meryl Griffiths.

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

Hayden Flag is holding a Family Halloween Fun Quiz on Monday, October 27, at 7pm in Hayden Road Football Club with the mayor of Rushden as quizmaster. Teams of four at £1 per person – come in costume! Contact 357565 to book.

Rushden Ramblers Tortoise Group meets on Thursday, October 23, at 9.30am in Duck Street Car Park for a walk called The Ouse re-visited – at Great Barford.

Serve Speakers Evening on Wednesday, October 29, at 7pm in the Masonic Hall well-known football commentator John Motson will be speaking about his time on Match of the Day on BBC TV.

A buffet is included in the ticket price of £20, available from Zoe or Jess on 315555. All proceeds to Serve.


Stanwick has, once more, with your help, made a contribution towards the MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this year.

The Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club held a coffee morning and book sale in Raunds Road, Stanwick, on Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27, in memory of the late Bryan Brittin who had hosted the event for many years. Bryan’s widow Mary and family have kindly allowed this event to continue and, as a result, the Rotary Club raised the very worthwhile sum of £547.50.

Thanks go to everyone who supported this event by making a donation, buying coffee, cakes and, of course, books!

The Stanwick Stitchers are an informal group of people who meet once a month to stitch and chat over a coffee at the Visitor Centre at Stanwick Lakes. The group will be meeting between 10.30am and 1pm tomorrow, Friday, October 17. There is no need to book, and everyone is welcome to join them, but for more information call Pauline on 01933 229817.

Rushden Jive will be at Stanwick Village Hall from 8pm until 11.30pm on Saturday, October 18. Admission is £5 on the door, and everyone is welcome, with no previous experience necessary. There is no bar available, but you may take along your own alcoholic drinks. Iced water and squash will be provided.

For more information, call Terry on 07973 293190.

Saturday sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of the One Eyed Cats, who will be providing your evening’s entertainment with rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and party time music from the 1960s through to the 1990s. For more information about the club please visit their website at

There will be an All Age Service at 9.30am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Sunday, October 19, and a service of Evening Prayer at 6pm at the church.

The Wednesday service of Holy Communion will take place at 10am at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

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

Number 10 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, October 4, making Andrew Rollings the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club. If you would like to join the 49 Club, call John Chambers on 01933 622671, and he will add you to the short waiting list.


Thrapston District Historical Society is meeting at St James’ Church Hall from 7.30pm on Monday, October 20. This will be a family history meeting looking at Genealogy Resources. All welcome with a charge of £2.50 for visitors.

An evening with Stuart Townend, one of the world’s leading worship songwriters of his generation, will be at the Plaza from 6.30pm on Sunday, October 19. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Lindsey on 01832 730019 or June on 01832 733586.

Operation Christmas Child will be holding a shoe box day at The Plaza from 9.30am until 1pm on Saturday, October 25. Bring along a shoebox that you have completed or come along and make one up on the day with the items that we have made up at our Summer workshops, or alternatively you could sponsor a ready-made shoebox. There will also be a Christmas decoration table, tombola, gifts for sale, a local artist selling her creations, tea and coffee and of course a cake stall. Please come along and help us with Love in a Box and change the life of a child who has nothing. For further information about Operation Christmas Child contact Lindsey on 01832 730019.

The chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Gill Mercer, invites you to join her for Afternoon Tea. This will be held at The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston, from 2.30pm until 5pm on Sunday, October 26. There will be special guest, David Laing, who will be giving a talk about his role as Northamptonshire’s Lord Lieutenant. There will also be a fund raising raffle during the afternoon in aid of Prostaid, a Prostate Cancer Charity. Tickets cost £12, which can be booked by contacting Barbara Wiggins, PA to the Chairman, on 01832 742198 or via email at

Thrapston Town Football Club is holding a Christmas craft fair at the clubhouse from 7pm on Friday, November 21. There will be a range of seasonal delights made by crafts people countrywide. Anyone interested in holding a stall contact Kevin on 07516555340 or via email at

Entry will be 50p payable on the evening and includes a raffle.

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 four 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 the 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 07516555340 or via email at


Tonight at Wellingborough Museum the Wellingborough Civic Society presents The Journey Home of the Unknown Soldier by David Parish, a member of the Western Front Association. The evening starts at 7.30pm and entrance costs £1 for Civic Society members and £2 for non-members and visitors, which includes light refreshment. Everyone welcome.

Also tonight, Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm.

The meeting of Wellingborough & District Horticultural Society, Salem Hall, Salem Lane, Wellingborough, takes place.

An illustrated talk by Dr Twigs Way on Gertrude Jekyll – artist, craftswoman, gardener. New members welcome.

Fun Art and Craft for children ages 0 to 11 and their grown-ups on Sunday, October 19, at the United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Songs, Stories and free food to finish – enjoy this afternoon.

Wellingborough British Legion is organising a coach trip on Thursday, October 30, to the Tower of London to see the poppies.

For tickets contact David Coxall on 01933 279366. Tickets/seats on the coach cost £12, the coach departs from Jackson Lane car park at 10am and will return from London at 4pm.

This year’s Poppy Launch Appeal Concert will be held at Wrenn School, London Road, and will be a fun-filled night for all. You will be entertained by a special guest Elvis Presley impersonator.

Tickets cost £5 and can be bought by contacting Ian Nunney on 01933 279410. The concert begins at 6.30pm. Come along and raise much-needed funds for the Poppy Appeal.

Please also contact Ian on the above number if you are able to help them at this year’s appeal selling poppies around the town. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

School holiday events at Wellingborough Museum. On Monday, October 27, from 10.30am to 3pm Wrenn School will be organising a free Poppy Day Craft Event. There will be two Trench Experience Tours at 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday, October 29, and Authentic Weaponry and Pyrotecnics will set the scene on this piece of living history.

It is £3.50 to enter and family tickets and group tickets are available just ask the museum staff. The tour and talk about the trench lasts for more than an hour. October 30 will give children and their carers the opportunity to enjoy two matinee film shows. Free showings at 11am and 2pm.

On October 31 Owls to Behold will be coming to the museum from 10.45am to 3pm.

Your opportunity to get up close and hold owls if you wish.

This is a free event but as for all events accompanied children only can attend.

Also at Wellingborough Museum, a paranormal evening with Vince Price and Friends will take place on Saturday, November 1.

Tickets includes a buffet and catering numbers need to be known.

The ticket line is 01933 276838 and cost £20.

The evening runs at 8pm till late and will be a night of ghostly goings-on.

St Barnabas Church news for October.The Mothers’ Union meeting will be on Tuesday, October 21, at 2.15pm.

Caroline Skinner will be talking about Guide Dogs for the Blind.

All the church groups are preparing the goods to sell on the stalls for the autumn fair in November.

If you have any suitable items to donate please let the church members know. All donations gratefully received.

A Superhero Light party will be held in the church hall on Friday, October 31, from 7pm to 9pm, for accompanied children aged five to 11.

Come dressed as your favourite superhero and enjoy refreshments, games and activities.

Please let church members Steven and Joanna know how many will attend for catering purposes.

Booking essential.

Wellingborough Co-operative Amateur Dramatic Society will present Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass, a suspense drama.

These performances will be held at Wellingborough Museum on Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8, at 7.45pm and it is £7 a ticket to attend. Tickets and more information from the museum on 01933 276838.

The Wellingborough Bake Off is back.

Saturday, October 18, from 10am to 4pm in Gloucester Place, 2 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough.

You can also email your details to to be entered in the contest.

Please contact above for more details and entry form.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church is holding an Angel Workshop with Angela Wells from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, October 25.

You will need to bring your own lunch.

Contact Alison Savage on 07769 589535 or Lesley Kidd on 07778 782810 for further information.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church holds weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Havelock St /St John’s Street.


A curry and quiz night will be held in neighbouring Stoke Albany Village Hall

this Saturday, October 18.

Quiz teams of six. Tickets are £10 per person.

First prize £75 per team.

Second prize £50 per team.

For tickets ring Katherine on 01858 535291.

The coffee morning which was held at The Fox Inn on Friday, October 3, raised a total of £267.60 for Macmillan Nurses.

The annual Wilbarston Bonfire and Spectacular Firework Display this year will be on Saturday, November 1.

Youth Brass 2000, winners of many competitions and which has performed

all over Europe, will be in concert at Wilbarston Village Hall on 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

event and during interval (pre-order). Raffle donations appreciated.

Ring Judith on 01536 771178.

All proceeds to the village hall fund.

Communion will be at All Saints Church this Sunday at 9am.


The parish council will be meeting at 7pm in the village hall on Thursday, October 16.

If you would like to become a member of the Wollaston and Strixton Townswomen’s Guild then please contact Caroline on 01933 665338 or Pat on 01933 664602.

The Salvation Army Wollaston Corps has recently started a Craft and Natter group which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The group share their skills at various activities and are always looking out for new members to share their skills with and maybe learn something new from others.

There is to be a coffee morning at 7 Francis Dickins Close, Wollaston, on Saturday, October 25, from 10am to 12.30pm. Please come along for sale of cakes, Christmas cards and a raffle. All proceeds in aid of the Northants branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Wollaston Works – Friday night is Music Night, 8pm ‘til late. Everything from the 1960s to the current chart. For further information including opening hours please call 01933 664308 or 01933 663756.

Would you like to join Wollaston Walking Club? If you would like to go on any of the walks, please contact Mike Hollowell on 01933 665 289, or any of the organisers for further information. The next walk will be on Sunday, October 26, at Raymond’s Close, ready to leave at 10am for the Dungee Corner walk of about ix miles.

St Mary’s Church Wollaston Bell ringers. Are you a lapsed bell ringer? Are you seeking a new challenge? All are welcome; we need volunteers to keep the bells ringing in this village. Come and have a go! Meet on a Wednesday at 7.30pm, or you can speak to the Tower Captain, John Beresford, on 01933 666422. You’ll find you make new friends, learn a new hobby and it’s good fun.

Age UK Day Centre, Wollaston, is a small but very friendly group which meets on Wednesdays at the Salvation Army Hall from 10.30am to 2pm. Members enjoy a two-course lunch, with tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival at a cost of £4 per person. If you would like to come and join us we would love to see you, we can arrange transport if needed. If there is anyone who feels they could help with providing transport for us to cover our regular drivers when they are unavailable, please let us know, your help would be much appreciated. For further information on any of the above please contact Amanda Atkinson on 01933 664 773.

The playing fields committee has decided to request that in future all dogs must be kept on a lead when visiting the playing field and for owners to clear up any mess your pet may leave.


The Sunday services at the Chapel on October 19 are Family Service from 11am to 11.45am and Songs of Praise at 6pm.Please note this will be the last service at 6pm for this year. As the clocks go back one hour on October 26 the Sunday services will go to their winter time of 3pm.

The Wednesday fellowship on October 22 will have a visiting speaker followed by refreshments,and is in the Chapel schoolroom at 7.15pm.

The services for the churches for October 19 are Little Addington Holy Communion 9.30am, Great Addington Morning Prayer 9.30am, Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.