Village news October 2

Crowned cranes display
Crowned cranes display

What’s going on where you live


Countdown Cares will host a Macmillan Coffee Event at the bowls club today (Thursday, October 2) from 10am to 4pm.

The farmers market will be in town on Saturday. Stalls selling local produce will be open for business from 9am in the Millennium Gardens.

The 2nd Burton Latimer Rainbows will host the coffee morning to take place at the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street, on Saturday.

Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available, and there will be an assortment of stalls. Doors will open at 9.30am.

A craft day will be held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday. Light lunches and refreshments will be available all day. Some demonstrations will take place during the day. Admission is £1. For details call Judy on 01536 723719.

The Burton Latimer branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section invites you to a Soup & Roll Evening with prize bingo at the Band Club at 7.30pm on Monday.

Kevin Crooke will be the guest speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week. The meeting takes place in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Tuesday.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday, for the AGM.

Messy Church will take place from 4pm until 6pm on Sunday, October 12, at the Methodist Church (Piggott’s Lane entrance).

Bring the whole family along to participate in craft and activities for all ages.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact Caroline or Andrew (01536 420780) or visit

Beautiful People will meet in the John Yeomans Hall at 10.30am on Wednesday, October 15. The topic this month will be ‘Harvest’

The NSPCC Burton Latimer Branch committee are most grateful to those volunteers who collected house to house during September and for the generosity of the townspeople in helping to raise the magnificent total of £1,385.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Service – a fun and interactive service for all the family

11.30am Holy Baptism

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Family Service

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


Villagers said a sad farewell to David Holloway of Meadow Farm at his recent funeral. David was a colourful character, always with a ready smile and chat to everyone he met.

The village will be a sadder place without him, and sympathy goes to his wife, Jenny and family.

The monthly progressive whist drive attracted a good crowd at the last meeting.

Winning hands were held by ladies, Dianna Reed, Stella Ward and Isabel Duff, gents, Michael Bailey, Nora Davis (playing man) and Ray Patrick. Prizes for highest half scores went to Georgina Bailey and Roger Armstrong.

First prize in a raffle was won by Pam Moore. The next event will be on Saturday. October 18.

A very well thought out and interesting talk was given by local resident, Bob Pitt, at the latest History Society meeting. His subject was Ypres 1914 – 1918 ‘The Strategy & the Cost’.

Members heard about Bob’s great uncle Albert who was only 14 when he joined up and lived through the war.

Plenty of information and pictures of war graves were screened and Bob talked about his visits to the area.

The next meeting will take place on November 19.

The parish council meeting was chaired by Cllr Andrew Davidson, also present was the clerk, David Wall and Parish Councillors Richard Cook, Nick Campbell, Mike Tobin also two members of the public.

The resignation of deputy chairman, Simon Haywood, was received as he and his family have moved from the village, his position will now be held by Nick Campbell.

Mike Tobin thanked those who had volunteered to help with the road speed check which will now take place next year but needs continued support. The next meeting will take place on November 13 at 7.30pm.

The next Women’s Institute meeting will be held on Thursday, October 2, at 7.30pm in the village hall when there will be a talk on tai chi with a demonstration.

The latest 100 Club draw was made by Gene Power in The Plough with the help of Phillip Arnold.

The top prize of £45 was won by John Reynolds with number 54, subsequent winning numbers 84, 108 and 65 were held by Anthea Hill, Glenis Albrighton and Debbie Power. The next draw will take place on Wednesday, October 29th.

Harvest Festival will be celebrated at St John’s Church at 11am on October 12. Gifts of flowers and produce will be sold in the ‘Make me on Offer’ sale which follows the service.

Decorations for the church can be delivered on October 11. At 3pm a string quartet will play in a concert to be held in the church with refreshments served in the interval.

If possible names should be given in advance to Mary Davidson on 770242 although latecomers will be welcome.

There is no charge but donations for the church will be accepted.

The next progressive whist drive will be held on Saturday, October 18, at 7.30pm. If you enjoy a game do come along and meet like minded people.


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

Another Quiz date for your diaries. Del Robertson will be hosting another ‘Souper Quiz’ at the Village Hall Annexe on Saturday, November 8.

Church Services:

St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Cottingham

Family Praise - every first Sunday of the month at 10.00am

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

Coffee with Hymns – every fourth Sunday of the month at 10.00am

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


The weather was kind for the 14th Cransley Hospice Road Race held in Cranford on Sunday 21st September 2014.

Hundreds of entrant aged from nine to approaching 80, all entering the event for their own special reason – as a personal challenge, in memory of a loved one or as part of a weight loss and fitness regime.

A few runners, now with very familiar faces, were running for the 14th consecutive year, having entered every year since the outset of the event.

In addition, scores of marshals gave up their precious Sunday morning to ensure their safe along the route of the runners and provide them with welcome water stops. Hundreds of spectators cheered them along the way and welcomed them safely home. Bacon rolls, tea and cakes were available in the field and Village Hall, making the day a good family day out.

A comment emailed to the fundraising team immediately after the event read: “In short: An absolute cracker and a great opportunity to raise money for a special cause In full: Fabulous organisation, great race with some very fast sections as well as the obligatory undulations. The scenery was top notch. All in all a fabulous race.

“A most successful of days, enjoyed by many for the benefit of those who will be cared for by the highly specialized staff based at Cransley Hospice.”

As always, the organizers and all at Cransley Hospice would like to thank everyone who helped in the planning stages and on the day, all who entered and their generous sponsors.

A special thanks to all the habitants of Cranford, Grafton Underwood and Brigstock for their support of the event and tolerance of the road closure. In addition, the endorsement and generosity of local businesses this year was once again exceptional and we thank them all wholeheartedly.

If anyone has any comments as to how the event may be altered or improved, please contact Di Patrick at Cransley Hospice on 01536 527407

Next year’s event is planned for Sunday, September 20.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Cranford St John’s at 8am.

There will be a Family Half Hour with refreshments in Grafton Underwood at 11am and harvest Songs of praise will take place in Slipton at 6pm.


Sunday, October 5, in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11am.


On Friday, September 19, members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society were treated to an excellent print talk.

Entitled “Sports Images”, it enabled Harish Chavda from Birmingham to show his rapid rise from an amateur photographer taking photos for the local ladies’ rugby team to a leading semi-professional sports photographer.

Harish gave hints and tips that could be really useful to photographers taking sports pictures at any level. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Harish for a tremendous and inspiring evening.

Another exciting day in Desborough on Saturday, September 20, as Desborough folk returned to the 1940s era for the second year running.

The town centre of Desborough had a terrific atmosphere. It was buzzing and another successful year. It was good business for the locals. Station road was closed, from The Vineyard to The George Pub, from 11.30am to 5pm.

All the shops had tape on the windows and food tastings from the forties. King’s Arm Bar and the Grill held a barbecue and a bouncy castle for the children. There was a parade of classic wartime vehicles.

The Desborough Ritz was open in the day with a vintage fair. It was open to the public with Pete Wayre singing; tea, coffee and nibbles were available.

The day finished off with a special forties meal, music and dance at The Ritz with Sonny and the Honey dippers. Well done to everyone who took part and dressed in fantastic forties costumes.

There will be an Autumn Leaves coffee morning on Saturday, October 4, at the Heritage Centre on Station Road in Desborough. It runs from 10am to midday. There will be tea, coffee, cake and raffle.

Also, on Friday, October 17, there will be a quiz night. Starting from 7pm. Light supper will be provided. Please bring your own glass and drink.

It will cost £5 per person, maximum of four per team. Tickets are available from the Desborough Heritage Centre.

Brass and Voices featuring The Ratby Co-operative Band and The Central England Co-operative Corby Ladies Choir on Saturday, October 4. It will be held at the Methodist Church in Rockingham Road, Corby, NN17 1AE. It starts at 7pm.

All proceeds will be donated to New life foundation for disabled children. Admission by ticket only and the charge is adults for £5 and concessions for £4. Tickets are available from The Co-operative Superstore, Alexandra Road in Corby; The Co-operative Food store, Welland Vale Road in Corby and The Co-operative Food Store on Occupation Road in Corby. Alternatively please contact the member and community relations office on 0116 2870 560 or email

Take a chance to win some great prizes! Desborough Pocket Park are selling 1940s Themed Quiz sheet to raise funds for Desborough Pocket Park. Each quiz costing as less as £1.

If you would like to have a go or would like to sell quizzes to your friends, family or work colleagues, please contact Rachel Bosworth on 01536 760585 or 07946 385985.

All money and sheets need to be returned to Rachel or Dennis by October 30. Email: Or call at the above numbers.

First prize is a £25 voucher for West Lodge Garden Centre, plus five runner ups.

There are prizes of wine, chocolates and bath and shower products. Also, the next volunteer morning is on Saturday, October 11, at 10.15am to midday.

Please come and help, as Desborough Pocket Park group have been struggling to keep on top of the jobs, like pruning and clearing the stream, due to lack of support from the community.

If you can give just an hour that morning that would be great as they will be cutting back trees and hedges so it is suitable for everyone, especially any strong men for the slightly more heavier work.

The AGM is on Wednesday, November 26, at 7.30pm at the Heritage centre. Desborough Pocket Park would love to a couple of new and fresh committee members, it is only three to four meetings a year.

Looking for a night out? Come and support a Community Concert in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and Cransley Hospice, is being held on Saturday, October 11. The concert is at the Holy Trinity Church hall in Victoria Street, Desborough, at 7pm. The doors are open at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £5, are unreserved and no concessions. You can obtain your ticket from Mark Churcher Goldsmiths, Expressions Card shop and The Desborough Heritage Centre, all on Station Road in Desborough. Alternatively, you can telephone 07752 132587. By the Community, for the Community.

Desborough and District Group, The Wildlife Trust invite you to join them at the Heritage Centre on Tuesday, October 14.

Come at 7.30pm for an illustrated talk entitled as Peat Bogs, A Special Environment with Brian Eversham. The Wildlife Trust covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough.

Readers beware, you’re in for a scare. Desborough Library invite you to a Horror Reading Night on Wednesday, October 15. Doors are open at 6.45pm and readings begin at 7pm.

Dare you come and listen to Mark West; Nicky Peacock and Paul Melhuish (all local writers of Northamptonshire) read extracts of their horror writing? Followed by a question and answer session.

Tickets cost £2 each and are only available from Desborough Library. For more information about the writers, please see the following links.

For Mark West: For Nicky Peacock: For Paul Melhuish:

Last Chance to book your tickets for the Serina Restaurant’s Annual Charity Night on Wednesday, October 15. In The Pink Night in aid of Break through Breast Cancer from 6pm.

Tickets cost £12 per person. Pink dress code is a MUST. Prize for best dressed group. Make a reservation now on 01536 763048.

There are spooky happenings at West Lodge Rural Centre, starting from Saturday, October 18, to Friday, October 31.

With ghost stories, pumpkin carvings, spooky tractor rides, witch’s house tour and more fun on the farm.

Plus, on Saturday, October 26, there is a Halloween party and Ghost hunt by Torchlight. For more information, please call 01536 760552. Sat Nav: NN14 2SH.


Tingdene Entertainers present `The Vicar of Dibley’ at the Star Hall, Laws Lane on October 9, 10 and 11 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from 01933 680680 and 682013.

The Royal British Legion held it’s meeting at the Bowls Club Finedon where the agenda was read and accepted.

The speaker was Michael Leonard whose talk on Every Picture Tells Two Stories was very interesting, and gave plenty of food for thought.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 8. 7.15pm for 7.30pm.

20 members and visitors attended the last meeting of the Wellingborough Sugarcraft in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon, at 7.30pm. Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting.

The next meeting is on Wednesday October 15th when Georgie Godbold & Beryl Purfitt will be demonstrating. 

Georgie will be making something from her new book, while Beryl will be demonstrating sugar flowers. 

Both Georgie & Beryl have a brilliant rapport between them which means the evening will be very entertaining.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening. 

The classes are now taking place on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesday. 

For more details contact 01933 680099 or or go to our website

Finedon Independent Wesleyan Chapel is holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday, October 4, between 9am and 12 midday.

A table costs £5 if pre-booked or £6 on the day.

There will be a cake stall and refreshments.

For further information and to book a table ring Rita on 348188 or Lorraine on 680843.


The wall in Queen Street is still being repaired and so Queen Street is still closed. The Village Hall, Bowls Club, The Post Office, and the hairdressers, Askews, are still open for business.

Geddington United Reformed Church is presenting a concert entitled And the band played on... tonight, October 2, tomorrow, October 3, and finishing on Saturday, October 4.

The Wine Bar opens at 7pm each evening with the curtain up at 7.30pm.

Adult tickets are £7 and concessions are £6 and can be obtained from Helen on 01536 747906. All proceeds are going to chapel funds.

Music In Quiet Places is coming to Geddington Church for the third time this year. It is a series of concerts through the summer and autumn organised by Oundle Music Trust.

Geddington Church will be hosting a concert to be given by the Alva, a duo of voice (Vivien Ellis) and fiddle (Giles Lewin), on Friday, October 10, at 7.30pm.

Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.

Geddington, Newton and Little Oakley Parish Council are meeting on Monday, October 13, at the Lounge of the village hall at 7.30pm.

Members of the public are welcome and there is a public session at the start of the meeting, where issues and concerns can be raised with the Councillors.

Saturday, October 18, is the date for the Old Tyme Dance in the Youth Club in Grafton Road.

There is plenty of car parking space and you are all welcome to dance the night away (or at least 11.30pm!).

There will be an evening of old time ballroom dancing with live music by the Mike White Duo.

If you would enjoy an evening, bring your own nibbles and drinks and get out there dancing. It starts at 8pm and to book a table contact Janine on 01536 747981.

There are three more dates until the end of the year, November 18th, December 15th and Wednesday, New Year’s Eve.

The Geddington Archive Project is looking for photographs, newspaper cuttings, maps or property details, wartime records of the village and items of rural life now forgotten.

They don’t need you to donate anything, just let them scan or photograph the items.

The Geddington Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday, November 1, in the Village Hall from midday to 4pm.

Please contact or by phone Janet on 726416 or pam 742292.


Sunday, October 5, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Family Service at 9.30am.

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

It has been wonderful to see Deene children starting full-time at Great Addington Primary School this week.

Well done to Miss Bass, Mrs Astill and Mrs Cooper for helping the children to settle into school life so quickly and for the wonderful learning environment that has been created.

Harvest Festival takes place on Wednesday, October 8, at 11am at Great Addington Church. As always, the children will be leading the Harvest Songs of Praise.

The guest of honour will be Lindsay Burch who is one of the local co-ordinators for the Samaritans Purse, the Christian Organisation responsible for organising the annual Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign.

The school took part in this project two years ago and would very much like to support it again this year.


Sunday, October 5, 10.30am Holy Communion at St. Marys.

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


Monday 6th at 7.30pm in the village hall WI AGM and travels in Africa. Visitors always welcome.

Thursday 9th at 2.00pm in the church room, WI book club. Anyone interested is welcome to join us, members or not!

Saturday 18th 11.00am~4.00pm craft fair in the Marlowe room at Grendon Hall. Proceeds to the air ambulance.

Saturday 18th in Yardley Hastings Memorial Hall, the secret cinema starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £4.


Feeling crafty? Then come and join us at the Gretton Silver Band Craft Market on Saturday, November 15.

The event is to be held in the Village Hall, Kirby Road, Gretton, from 10am to 4pm.

If you would like to book a stall at this popular Craft Market which has attracted many people in the past then contact Glenda Weston on 01536 713234 or by email

The latest day trip arranged by Wondertours Community Transport was on Saturday, September 13.

A double destination day out with the first stop in the charming little town of Bewdley with morning coffee and breakfasts taken and time for a stroll before boarding the coach to Ludlow.

The route was via Clee Hill that gave some lovely scenic views from the coach window.

On arrival in Ludlow it was busier than usual because of a food festival at the Castle and lots of attractions in the town centre.

The day trippers enjoyed sightseeing shopping and lunches before it was time for the return journey home with a second chance to view the Clee Hill landscape.

It was a very enjoyable day out for all 108 passengers. Arrangements were made by David Fursdon assisted by Carole and Mick Browett.

The drivers were Paul Bowyer and Nigel Lawman. All received rounds of applause and thanks for their efforts to make it another memorable trip.

The next excursion on Saturday 15th November is to Derby, now a top regional destination.

Timed with Christmas in mind, six hours will be spent in the City.

Due to demand two coaches are again being laid on taking passengers into the bus station for a do as they please visit.

On offer is the Westfields Shopping Centre, The Eagle Indoor Market and the Cathedral Quarter is a nice area to explore.

There are now only two seats remaining on the Derby trip the fare is just £13.50 each with the coaches picking up in Weldon, Gretton, Corby Old Village and Town Centre and Kettering Telford Lodge.

To book call or text David Fursdon now on 07790 197220 or email

Wondertours are arranged on a voluntary and not for profit basis and have served the local area since 1972. Regular and new passengers are welcome onboard.


A Towards a Safer Higham meeting will be held on Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.

The local police attend and there is an open forum for any community safety issues to be raised. All Higham residents are very welcome especially anyone with any community safety concerns.

An Art Exhibition will be 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 free and ample space 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 650331 or see

The Higham Chichele Society meets at 9.30am on Friday, October 31, in the Green Dragon Hotel on College Street.

The special guests David Wilson and Richard Oberman – Duo – will present a World War One themed programme.

Admission is £3 for visitors to include refreshments and further details available from Doreen Holyoak 01933 314157.

Members of the Higham Ferrers World War One History Group have now produced their second publication – Higham Ferrers 1914-1918 A War Walk.

The publication runs to approximately 100 pages and is a historical walk around Higham remembering on the way the various places of importance at the time and all those men and women who gave service on one of the many front lines or at home.

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy priced £10 should email the secretary Geoff Moore on giving name, address and phone number.

Drawing and painting classes are held from 2pm to 4pm every Tuesday afternoon in Chelveston Village Hall. For further information contact Derek Geater on 01933 381848.

The sports pavilion on the Saffron Road recreation ground is available for hire when not in use by the cricket and football clubs. For further information contact the town hall 01933 312075.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday, October 8, in the library on Midland Road.

The special guests Vic Brawn and Dawn Dewis will present their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

A knit and natter coffee morning is held on the first Thursday of each month in Higham Library on Midland Road from 10.15am to 11.30am.

Higham and Rushden U3A meets on Wednesday, October 15, at 2pm in the Pemberton Centre, Rushden.

The special guest will be Martin Sirot-Smith and his subject will be Daily Life in Tudor Times.

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 5, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Sung Mass with a baptism at 10.15am.

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

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – Holy Communion will be at 10.30am led by the Rev Margaret Eales. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

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

The next Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, October 25, on the Square 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 Church with free admission.

Higham Footpath Group is going on a nine-mile walk on Sunday, October 5.

The route will be from Boddington Reservoir to Lower Boddington, Claydon Top Lock, Appletree, Aston Le Walls and Westhorp.

Walkers are asked to meet at 8.50am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am at Boddington Reservoir – East Car Park.

The group will be led by Ian Raby on 01933 356049.

On Thursday, October 9, the group will be going on a five-mile morning circular walk in Yardley Hastings/Easton Maudit.

Walkers are asked to meet at 8.50am on the Saffron Road car park or 9.30am in Yardley High Street near the Red Lion pub.

The group will be led by Roy Dexter on 01933 418983. See

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th October in the Council Chamber and there is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the Council.


The Crochet Knit and Natter Group will be meeting in Irchester Library on Thursday, October 9, at 2pm.

Rhymetime for the under fives is at 9.30am on Thursday, October 9, in Irchester Library. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and is supported by an active Friends of Irchester Library group, whose next meeting will be 23 October.

There will be a jumble sale in the Working Men’s Club on Saturday, October 4. The Co-Op is having its last Rumble in the Jumble of the year.

The Grand Village Sale takes place on Sunday, October 5, between midday and 3pm.

Stalls will be set up at people’s houses. This has been organised by Irchester Gala who will provide maps of where the sales are on the day. Maps will be available in the Working Men’s Club car park.

Are you an artist or photographer? In October there will be an art and photographic exhibition for local artists at the library. All entries must be in by October 17.

Entry forms 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.

On Sunday, October 5, you can join a group of dog walkers in Irchester Country Park and raise money for Animals in Need.

Following the huge success of the spring Strut Your Mutt event they are doing it again! £5 per dog – all proceeds to the sanctuary.

Organised and facilitated by Nathan Watson. Meet at 10am for a 10.30am start. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Irchester Coulon Link are hosting a Folk Dance with live music from Kelly’s Eye on Saturday, November 15, from 8pm til late. Take your own drink.

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

Parkinson’s UK will be holding a branch meeting including a Harvest Supper and Auction in the main hall of the Village Hall on Wednesday, October 8.

Irchester Historical Society will be having a working party meeting on Thursday, October 9.

Full details can be obtained by contacting the chairman, Jon-Paul Carr, 23 High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7AA. Tel: 01933 382476. Email


Sarah Bridges will be talking on the findings 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.

Don’t forget the ‘General Knowledge Charity Quiz’ at the Working Men’s Club, Scarborough Street, on October 4. Please arrive for 7.45pm for an 8.15pm start. Teams of 4 are £5.

All proceeds will be donated to Zach’s Helping Hand.

Cake Bake and Coffee Morning in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is being held at Irthlingborough Methodist Church, College Street on Saturday, October 4, from 10am until midday.

A selection of home-made cakes will be on sale and light refreshments available. Please come and support this very worthy charity.

Renee and Shelby’s coffee morning for Cransley Hospice in memory of their gran Mary Wainwright takes place on Saturday, October 18.

It takes place at the Albert Underwood Room at St Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough, from 10am to midday. Admission is 50p, There will be a raffle, cakes and items for sale.


Kettering and District Locomotive Society continue their 50th anniversary season winter programme with a talk entitled An Evening with Colin Gifford.

Anyone with a copy of Decline of Steam will be aware of the prowess of this photographer.

The society ia honoured that Colin is visiting in their anniversary year. The meeting will take place at the Corn Market Hall in London Road at 7.45pm.

The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering, Regent Street entrance {Week commencing Sunday, September 28}

Monday 5.24 -7.00pm Rainbows and 6.00 - 7.15pm Brownies - places available

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for 12noon - Lunch Club - please phone to book your 2-Course Meal + Cuppa £3.50 - 01536 513883

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

Thursday: 1.00pm - Over 60’s Club - An Insight of Christian Music - Speaker: Janet Spence {Thursday 2nd Oct}

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

The Salvation Army, Kettering {Rockingham Road Entrance}

Sunday 5th October - Sunday Worship: Befrienders 10.00am and 5.30pm - Leader: Major Paul Doust - all welcome.

Major Paul Doust - Commanding Officer - Kettering Corps

01536 481 164 [Quarters / Answerphone]

01536 513 883 [Kettering SA Hall - Office / Answerphone]

Kettering Pensioners Parliament (non-political, non-sectarian) was formed to enable ladies and gentlemen over 55 years to meet and enjoy a cup of tea and some lively conversation.

The Club aims to give opportunities for fellowship, to encourage free discussion and interchange of views, and to promote friendship that shall reveal itself in mutual help and consideration. The meeting starts at 2.30pm on Thursday afternoons at the Midland Band Club Music Room in Hallwood Road. The current season of meetings starts today with the Annual General Meeting and next week on 9th October there will be a talk on Lyveden New Bield by Susan Lees. If you would like more information please contact Bud Brigstock on 01536 501616. Annual subscription £10. New members will be very welcome.

On Friday 10th October the String of Pearls Choir will be performing at the United Reform Church, London Road at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 including light refreshments, pay on the door. The entire proceeds will be donated to the Northamptonshire & Warwickshire Air Ambulance who will be represented at the concert.

On Saturday 11th October at the Counties Community Centre, Hertford Road a Quiz Night. Starts 7pm, fee £2. A chicken & chip meal is available to order but please call Carole on 01536 410591 to check the price as the cost can fluctuate.

On Saturday 4th October there will be a coffee morning at Toller Church, Gold Street in aid of Cransley Hospice. 10am – 12 noon.

At Kettering Arts Centre at St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday 11th October James Acaster will be performing starting at 8pm. Expect whimsical rabbiting on and awkward physicality throughout. Age advisory 14+. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions). Tickets available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Thursday 9th October at 7.30pm the sensational 60s experience 50th anniversary tour. Herman’s Hermits, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Dave Berry, The Union Gap, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca from Freddie & the Dreamers. All seats £26.50 –VIP seats available online VIP. Book early to guarantee your seats. Box office 01536 414141 or

On Friday 10th October at 8pm Dr. Feelgood. Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately hit number one in the UK charts. All seats £18.50. Box office 01536 414141 or

On Saturday 11th October at7.30pm Steeleye Span.

The legendary Folk rock pioneers are celebrating 45 years with a new live show. Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on their new album Wintersmith, the evening will see a mixture of new and classic material. All seats £21.50. Box office 01536 414141 or

On Sunday 12th October at 7.30pm Dominic Kirwan, one of the most dynamic and best loved entertainers that Ireland has ever produced. Dominic Kirwan again brings his own inimitable style of the vast and rich musical heritage of his homeland. Fabulous live music with a look back at some of his greatest hits and best loved songs. Tickets £18.50 adult, groups (10+) save 10%. Box office 01536 414141 or

At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave on Friday 3rd October at 8pm Dean Friedman in concert performing songs from throughout his three decade career, including familiar hits and fan favourites. Invite family and friends for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs. Tickets £22.50, £17.50 concessions. Box office 01536 414141 or

On Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th October at 7.30pm Kettering & District Theatrical Society presents Bad Girls : The Musical. Tickets £12. Box office 01536 414141 or

At the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street in the Long Gallery, from Saturday 4th October until Saturday 8th November TriAngles – Catching the Moment by Sue Feetham, Elaine Medcalf, Val Sibley. Sue has been a keen amateur photographer since her teenage years. She finds that nature is a wonderful provider of a great deal of opportunities which she hopes will enjoy in the photographs she is exhibiting. Over the last few years Elaine has developed her skills as a serious photographer. She uses light and texture as her focus when composing images and loves the architecture of the plant world, stunning landscapes and the seaside – all reflected in the pictures on show. Val is a photographer and printmaker. She is excited by texture, colour and pattern. Her images, taken from the environment, form part of a composition describing her reactions and responses to the subject. She has works in private collections across the world.

Also at the Alfred East Art Gallery on Thursday 16th October 7pm – 9pm another untutored monthly life drawing session set in the large gallery. A limited number of easels available for loan on the evening. Tickets £10 per session. Contact for more details call 01536 534274.


St Mary’s Little Harrowden Heritage Trust Abundance Lunch, go along and join them for a light lunch of soups, quiches, snacks, cakes and delights. All home-made from the abundance of produce, grown in and around Little Harrowden. On Saturday 11th October at St Mary’s Church Little Harrowden 12-2pm. If anyone has any produce surplus to requirements and would like to donate them to be made into delights for the lunch, please contact Allie on 07790228972 or Marilyn on 07768337556.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union-

Further dates for your diary -Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting. Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship:-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology.

Little Harrowden WMC- Country Music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday, Bingo each Friday and Sunday, Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.

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


Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 5th October at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold and the Harvest Sale will be held in The Swan, Newton Bromswold on Tuesday 7th October starting at 7.30pm.


OUCH! The Orlingbury Unofficial Conker Happening at Orlingbury Village Green on Sunday 19th October. Registration from 1.30pm, play commences 2.00pm. Only £1 per entrant. Norty’s Licensed bar & refreshments.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union:

Further dates for your diary -Thursday 16th October at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church-Annual General Meeting. Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship:-Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology.

Queen’s Arms Orlingbury- Thursday night is Quiz night, starting at 9pm its 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, 22nd November- Winter Scene. Venue: Orlingbury Village Hall. The price for the day including all materials and refreshments is £49.50 please contact Gillian on 01933 401340


Oakley Vale community Centre hosted the Community Association Family Fun Day last Saturday. Hundreds of local residents enjoyed access to the Community centre grounds and the ‘Queen Elizabeth Fields in trust’ for the first time. Attractions included live music from Oakley Vale’s own Frank Marvel on guitar, Annette Driver on vocals and Amy Coy on saxophone, with live dancing from Nene valley Dance, Cuban and Ecuadorean dance with Dorey Storey and Yanelis, Hungarian Belly dancing from Dorina, African American singing from Annah Kwambana’s ‘Wadzanai’ group . Children’s entertainment, soft play area, train rides and archery, bowling opportunities, community café, barbeque from Sue Coy and a fab family disco provided by Pat Coy. All organized by Cllr Judy Caine who wishes to thank Pat and Sue, our friends at Coronation Park especially Jim Lowe and locally Brigitta Palinkas,Yannis and Brigid and Colin Gibbs.

As Community association Chairman I was pleased with the fabulous sense of a growing multicultural community with everybody pitching in with their own contribution to the day. So much of the music and dance consisted of local people sharing their talent for FREE – this has been a great beginning on this new and wonderful site. As part of the day our local Youth Music group performed and the Mayor of Corby presented their annual prizes. One of the greatest pleasures for me is the Mayor awarding the ‘Brennie’ Gibson Les Paul guitar to the Oakley Ranger who has made significant progress this year. As I said on the day; “That guitar is really special; it belonged to my late teacher Brendan McCormack and was gifted by his family. Brennie would have been delighted that so many young talented guitarists have now enjoyed playing it for a year “. This year the guitar was awarded to Derri Mutch McDonald who has just passed grade 3 Rockschool with ‘MERIT’. Well done Derri. The ‘Golden Telecaster’ award went to Elliot Smith who passed his Debut with MERIT a brilliant achievement. Brian May from Queen gave us a BOSS Chorus ensemble which goes this year to Ben McPhee who has also just passed his Rockschool Debut with MERIT. Paul and Mandy Young of Adrenaline Alley have this year given us the special gift of their late son John Chard Young’s 5 String bass and this year that goes to Joe ‘Rock God’ Coy who has now taken up bass – I’m intrigued to see what he does with that extra bottom B! The Zildjian hi- hats donated by my son Jon Paul, go to our fantastic young drummer Cerys Burt.

Oakley Vale Community Association met on the 24th September at the Community Centre. Much concern has been expressed locally re the new landscaping management policy introduced without local consultation and many residents attended to complain and question the effectiveness of the policy of leaving long grass at strategic points. Iain Smith and Stacey Poole from Corby Borough Council explained the need for a broad biodiversity on the many acres of land covered by Oakley Vale. Councillor Simms expressed concern that ‘long grass’ encouraged dog fouling and inhibited children’s play. Councillor Caine felt that more consideration and consultation was needed. Steve Pitt the managing director of Midwest landscaping stressed that this was NOT ‘a cost cutting exercise’ but genuinely aimed at promoting biodiversity. In conclusion as chair I suggested that the CBC five year plan for biodiversity be shared with the community and that this then be brought back to the table in November for further discussion and negotiation. This was agreed.

The next meeting is set for 26th November at The Community Centre and I will share the five year plan with all OVCA members in the interim.

Please contact me as above for membership inquiries – together we can do a lot.

We were also delighted to welcome Nicki Lamond the headteacher at the new Oakley Vale Primary Academy. Nicki expressed concern about the speeding vehicles passing the new school and I referred her to our PCSO Lukasz Wojcik and they are going to confer on traffic calming and prosecutions of offenders. Sadly Nicki has already had to deal with the aftermath of a child collision and is keen to avoid a repetition on Oakley Vale. Your County Councillor Mary Butcher expressed concern about speeding generally in the area and informed us of proposed changes to local speed limits. I urge you to please note the vehicle registration of any offending drivers and report to the Police or our PCSO’s.

The Oakley Rangers are back 3.30-5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they will be preparing for several gigs locally including a charity concert at the Core theatre. FREE music lessons are given in exchange for some community services.

Anyone 10-17 welcome, extra drummers needed. Rockschool guitar bass and drums taught by qualified teachers Paul & 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. I have put the plans are on the OVCC website.

Please also report any suspicious activity around Oakley Vale to your local PCSOs Lucasz Wojcik and Alex Franklin via the local police line 03000 111 222. Lennie your local warden can also be reached on 01536 464603 and

Alex Franklin continues his police surgeries in your community centre from 1100 to 1130 on Sundays once a month and plans to make this a regular opportunity for the community to discuss local Police matters one to one.


The Raunds Local Focus Group will be meeting on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays during the month of October to explore Northamptonshire by bus. The group will meet from 10 a.m. to visit various villages and the countryside for a short stroll or a longer walk. Maps will be available at £2.50 each, and the walks will be suitable for everyone. For more information please call Susan on 01933 461480.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 3rd October, between 10 a.m. and midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will also be a Christian Coffee Morning between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the centre on Monday, 6th October. Everyone is welcome to either or both these events.

There will be a service of Compline tomorrow, Friday, 3rd October, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Ringstead.

On Sunday, 5th October, there will be a service of Holy Communion, welcoming the Rev. Doug Spenceley, at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, and a service of Evensong at the church at 6 p.m.

There will be a service of Home Communion at The Forresters, Raunds, at 10.45 a.m. on Wednesday, 8th October.

The Little Sunbeams will be meeting in St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, between 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 7th October. The group meets weekly during term-time for friendship, fun and refreshments, and there is no charge, although donations are always welcome.

For more information, please call Shena on 01933 461509, or just turn up on Tuesday.

A drop-in computer class for the over 50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 9th October, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

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 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 9th October, 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

Raunds WI enjoyed an interesting talk on the ‘English Country Lady’ at their September meeting, and are now looking forward to a Fish & Chip supper at the October AGM.

This will take place next Thursday, 9th October, when reports by the committee will be given to the members and voted on.

The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, and before the start of the AGM Mr. Mike Bailey from the East Northants Council will give a short talk explaining about the Waste/Recycling scheme we now have. For more information, please call Mary Harber on 01933 624271.

Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Raunds Youth Action Group will take place at 7 p.m. in meeting room 3 at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, on Wednesday, 15th October.

The Raunds Youth Action Group organise the Raunds Annual Carnival and Fun Day event which is usually held on the second Saturday in September.

The group has just held its fifth event, and this year was once more a success, made possible by the lovely sunny weather on the day. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4pm and on Thursday, October 2, the topic will be ‘Neighbourhood Watch with Amanda Wood’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela 01933 622316 or Paul 01933 623844.

We warmly welcome you to pop along to our Coffee Morning at St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead on the 1st Saturday in the month and the next one is on Saturday 4th October 2014 between 10.00am and Noon. We look forward to seeing you! All proceeds will go towards new facilities for the Church.

On Saturday 4th October 2014 at 10am The Community Group will be Bulb Planting and we will meet at the car park, soup and roll at the Shared Church for all volunteers afterwards.

Soul Intention will be appearing at Ringstead Village Social Club on Saturday 4th October 2014 between 8pm - Midnight. Tickets are £3 each or £5 for two available from the Club, Ringstead Post Office or phoning 01933 460676. This nine piece Soul Band will entertain you all night with their fantastic performance of classic soul and blues numbers that will want you to dance the night away.

Sunday 5th October 2014 there is a Harvest All Age Service in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

On Sunday 5th October 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am A Communion Service with Rev Stephen Copson. At 6pm Prayer for Cabaret Night.

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

A new Keep Fit group is starting at the Shared Church in Ringstead on every Wednesday from 2pm. The session lasts about 45 minutes & is fairly energetic. There isNo need to book, just turn up. The cost is £3.50 per session.


World War 2 memorabilia is being sought by Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre for an exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Anyone who can help should contact the Bridge Street centre.

The centre is also holding a table-top sale between 10.00am-2.00pm on Saturday, November 1. The cost per table is £5 and it will run in conjunction with the centre’s coffee morning. Tables are still available, and any enquiries should be at the centre.

A hallowe’en event for children and families is being held at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane from 4.30-7.30pm on Friday, October 31. Attractions include a disco organised by Big Bopper Entertainment, dancing by Attitude Dance, face painting, the witch’s sweet shop and prizes for the best fancy dress. Children up to the age of 12 are free, with adults paying £1 and activities 50p. It is organised by Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee, and any money raised will go to help local people and charities.

A brass and voices concert is being held by Rowell and Desborough Lions Club at Holy Trinity church, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 1 with Corby Silver Band and a Handful of Harmonies. Tickets are £7.50, available from Simon Ogle on 01536 352656, Newman’s, Tresham Street, Rothwell and Desborough Heritage Centre. Proceeds will be split between the air ambulance and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

There is a showing of the Midland Counties Photographic Federation Photofolio 2014 at the meeting of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society, starting at 8.00pm on Friday October 3 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome, admission £1.50. On Friday, October 10, the club’s digital projected image of the year competition will take place, the judge being Gerry Metcalfe.

For more information, visit, go to Facebook, or phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442

There were four victories for Rothborough in division 2 as the new Kettering and District Table Tennis League season got underway. Buccaneers beat Corby D 8-2 thanks to a hat-trick from Ray Harrison. Comets beat Imps 9-1, with maximums from Alan Brisley and Martin Watts. Dakotas won 8-2 at Kettering B where Sean Smith recorded three victories.

Exocets also came out on top at Burton E as trebles from Tony Yeomans and Helmut Salander secured a 9-1 win. In Division 1, Arrows lost 6-4 to Falcons despite a hat-trick from Julian Marlow.

Members of Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club will be blowing their own trumpets at tonight’s meeting, to be held at 8.00pm at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. The following week’s meeting will be a celebration of the harvest.

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.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are on Thursday 7th Oct to The Crown, Wellingborough and on Thursday 9th to The Stag’s Head, Doddington. Shopping trips this week are to Kettering on Sunday 5th, the Van Hague Outlet, Peterborough on Monday 6th and Waitrose on Friday 10th.Senior Friendship Club meets on Wednesday 8th October at 1.30pm in the Wellbeing Centre. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden & Dist History Society – have their September edition of Risdene Echo now available at the usual outlets Osborne’s Toys and Mark Bird Carpets or call Eric on 353292. This edition includes articles on Hinwick House as a VAD Hospital in WW1, Rushden’s Volunteer Training Corps and the CWS Men in Kitchener’s Army.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday Oct 7th in Rushden Hall at 2.00pm when Fred West of the Carpetbaggers Museum will speak on ‘Women at War’.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet next Wednesday Oct 8th at 7.30pm in Higham Library when Vic Brawn and Dawn Dewis will present their programme of music.

Rushden Museum – is open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays until end October with the display of WW1 artefacts and the realistic ‘dug trenches’. The Museum in Hall Park won the award for the best Exhibition from Northamptonshire Museums.

St Mary’s Church – are holding a Quiz Evening in the Church Hall on Saturday Nov 1st at 7.30pm – Tickets cost £3.50 each including light refreshments from Peter Chamberlain on 386826.

Children’s Society – are holding their Annual Box Opening and Coffee Morning in St Mary’s Church Hall at 10.00am this Saturday 4th October.

Various stalls.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – Services this Harvest Sunday are at 10.00am and Evening Service at 6.00pm with guest Steve Tomson a Christian Juggler. The Prayer Room is open from 9.00am to 2.00pm every day for any person wanting a quiet reflexion time. For details of all weekly activities please contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church – Morning Worship this Sunday is at 10.15am. The Retireds’ Group meets tomorrow Friday 3rd Oct at 1.30pm with a talk about life in Kenya.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship with Holy Communion on Sunday is at 10.30am led by Rev Margaret Eales. This will be followed by coffee.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Jim Barton from Bedford. An Open Circle meeting is on Wednesday Oct 8th at 7.30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Morning Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Rev Mark Lees. Refreshments served after the Service. Zumba classes with Michelle are on Wednesday Oct 8th at 11.00am and Thursday 9th at 6.30pm. Tickets are available now for a Harvest Supper and Dance on Saturday October 25th – contact Caz on 07958034080.

St. Peter’s Church – Harvest Festival this Sunday is at 10.00am with lay readers Victoria Shane and Garry Johnson. Holy Communion is at 8.00am with Rev Roy Hubbard.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee is served in the Church Hall from 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities and Holy Communion is at 10.45am.Evening Service is at 6.00pm both Services led by Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service with Holy Communion is at 10.45am with the Evening Service at 5.30pm both 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 7th October at 10.00am.

H E Bates Discussion Group – met last week in Rushden Bowls Club when Paul Marshall read ‘The Lost World of Fancy’ an article H E wrote for ‘Everybody’s’ Magazine in 1954 about children’s games played in the early part of the 20th Century. Peter Smith gave a talk on ‘H E Bates’ Great War’.

Rushden Ramblers Tortoise Group – next walk is next Monday Oct 6th and is a ‘Flore Circular Walk’ – leaving Duck St car park at 9.30am. Leader is Sue Dawkins on 350247.

Hayden FLAG – are holding a Family Halloween Fun Quiz on Monday 27th October at 7.00pm in Hayden Rd Football Club with The Mayor of Rushden as quizmaster. Teams of four at £1.00 per person – come in costume!! Contact 357565 to book.


The Open Event held by the Stanwick Village Residents Group in the Village Hall on Sunday, 21st September has been hailed as a great success. Organisers would like to thank everyone who was able to join them to hear the group’s findings related to the proposal to build 230 homes on the land adjacent to West Street. They would also like to thank those who gave so freely of their time, spent their own money on necessary items, and also the individuals and businesses who loaned equipment to make the day as successful as it was.

Almost 180 people passed through the doors during the afternoon, most of them staying for the whole session. As a backdrop to the presentation, visitors were also able to view an historical timeline of Stanwick showing the growth and development of the village between 1801 and 2014. The majority of the afternoon comprised slides and details about the group, its aims, and the approach being taken to support the village with handling a response to the proposal by the development company.

The group had intended to run the presentation at least twice, but the feedback from those attending was so useful that there was only time to give it once! If you missed the beginning of the presentation and would like any questions answered please contact the group through their website

The contributions that came from the audience were remarkably constructive, positive and professional. It became apparent that there are many skills, and a level of expertise, in the village to call on, and a significant number of actions were recorded for the group and their new members to work on. At the time of writing, the group are busy formulating the next steps and will be communicating these to the attendees of the event by a letter-drop and electronically as soon as possible.

Practice your skills and meet other crafters at Stanwick Lakes’ monthly Craft Café which will take place between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 3rd October. Try a new craft, including scented clay pendants. The Craft Café is open to everyone. There is no need to book – just pay to park your car and for any materials you use.

The evening entertainment at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 4th October, will be provided by soul singer ‘Dave e.Q.’ Members and guests are welcome to attend. For more information about the club please visit their website at

‘Priceless’, the monthly service for children and their families, will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 5th October, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. Join Tanya and Nicki at this special Harvest service. There will also be a Harvest service with Holy Communion at 11 a.m. at the church.

Learn to paint a beautiful autumnal landscape at the ‘Autumn Lakeside’ workshop in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 7th October. This workshop, at £10, is suitable for absolute beginners, with all materials included in the price. To check the availability of places please call Chris on 01933 460676.

Discover a new side to patchwork in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 14th October. The cost of the workshop is £12, where you will explore colours, shapes and patterns and create a cushion cover. Everything you will need is provided, but if you have material you would like to use you can take it along. Booking is essential. Call Jo on 07927 906 397.

Number 43 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 20th September, making Edna Craven the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Town Football Club are holding a Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, November 21 from 7pm. They are looking to hear from any interested stall holders and craft makers. For further details contact Kevin on 07516555340.

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. His songs are sung in churches around the World with his lyrics acclaimed in the same breath as Watts and Wesley. He tours and leads Worship at events around the UK and the World, pioneering a distinctive style of acoustic folk, this sets his music apart from the mainstream rock.

Stuart sings and talks throughout the concert making it a very personal evening.

He is also bringing his two sons with him this time, so it promises to be a very different concert from his last visit. Whether you are a regular churchgoer or not there is something for everyone and his music is so easy to listen to it will appeal to all generations, young and old. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Lindsey on 01832 730019 or June on 01832 733586.

Save the Date! Thrapston Christmas Lights Festival will be held in Thrapston town centre on Saturday, November 29. More details to follow but this year the event promises to grow again to include more entertainment, festive cheer and be an even bigger celebration than ever before. If you would like to be involved speak to Charlotte in Jolly’s Toyshop, High Street, Thrapston.

Rehearsals are now under way for Thrapston Amateur Dramatic Society’s next production, ‘A Chorus of Disapproval’ by Alan Ayckborn. Performances will be held The Plaza for five nights commencing on Tuesday, November 11. Doors open at 7:15pm with the performance commencing at 7:45pm. Tickets will be available from Tuesday, October 14 by telephoning the TADS dedicated number, 07543 321219 between 10am and 7pm or at the Plaza Box Office from Tuesday, October 28 between 10am and 2pm. Tickets cost £6 with £5 for concessions.


British Legion Quiz Night. This most popular night is to take place on Friday 10th October in Weldon Village Hall/ First Prize will be £70.00 and the quiz master is Paul Kerfoot. Teams to consist of a maximum of 6 players per team and admission is £5.00 per person Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment as a full house is anticipated. Bring your own drink and nibbles. Tickets are available from Sandra Whitlam on 01536 265004, Roger and Ann Lewis 07786006368, Ron and Barbara Aust 01536 203713 John and Sandra Stammer 07788711763 or Sue Still 07876635976.

Weldon Craft Club will be holding an Autumn Fare in the Village Hall on Saturday 25th October from 12 noon until 4pm. Fancy a table the price is £5.00per table. To book 1 contact 01536 201068. Come along and maybe buy some early Christmas gifts

Church Service on Sunday 5th October at St Mary’s Weldon they will be holding their Harvest Festival Service at 9.30am all welcome to attend. Conducted by Rev Kane Taylor which will include a Children’s gift service and Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to attend

Dance the night away. The next dance night is on Saturday 13 October in Weldon Village Hall from 8.00pm until 11.00pm.Dancing to Latin, Ballroom, Sequence and Jive. All welcome both to regular and new dancers; you are welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles. Entrance payable at the door £5.00 which includes raffle. For more info contact Joan on 01536 403768 or e mail

Weldon Women’s Institute will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th October in the village hall at 7.15pm. It would be nice to see all members present. A new committee will be elected. The President, Secretary and Treasurer will be giving their annual report on the actives that have taken place this year. It will be followed by a fish and chip supper.


At the Salvation Army, Queen Street, tomorrow, Friday, October 3, at 7pm, there will be a Christmas Shopping Night.

Various stalls including jewellery, handbags and other items. Entrance fee is £1.50 which includes tea, coffee and cake.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Quiz Night on Wednesday, October 8, at 7.30pm.

At Diana’s Health & Fitness Club, Finedon Road, Wellingborough. Tickets £3. Contact Lynn Sparrow on 01933 679548.

The Wellingborough Museum Wellingborough Film Archives Group.

On Tuesday, October 7, steam night film show On Track will be presented and on Tuesday, November 25, Sky High aviation films will be shown.

Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50 and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum shop.

All Saints Church, Wellingborough, has an active choir which practices each Friday at 7pm in the church. They lead the 9.15am service each Sunday, if you would like to join, please come along any Friday, you will be made very welcome.

All Saints Church will be holding a Pet Service at 3pm on Sunday, October 5. All creatures Great and Small are welcome.

If you would like to know a little more about Hinduism there is an opportunity coming up on Tuesday, October 14, from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The Wellingborough Inter Faith Group invite you to join them at their next meeting which will be at the Hindu Mandir (Temple) 133 Highfield Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1PL where their hosts will be telling some of the the lesser known Hindu stories.

Cynthia Bailey, the Inter Faith Group Secretary, said: “Most people have heard of Krishna and know something about Diwali but there are other fascinating stories and we are looking forward to hearing some of them.

“People wishing to join us should remember they will be required to remove their shoes when entering the Mandir.”

Wellingborough Inter Faith Group are supported this year by the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme administered by CDF for the Office for Civil Society,

Fun Art and Craft for children ages 0 -11 and their grown-ups on Sunday, October 19, at United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4HR from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Songs, Stories and free food to finish – Enjoy this afternoon.

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

The cost is £20 for the day (payment in advance please).

Tea and coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Contact Alison Savage 07769589535 or Lesley Kidd 07778782810 for further information.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. Please remember the first medium of each month is £5 entrance each.


Macmillan coffee morning at The Fox Inn, Wilbarston, tomorrow Friday, October 3, from 10am until midday.

Go along for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake and a chat while raising money for this good cause. There will also be a raffle, book swop, bring & buy.

The mobile library will be visiting Wilbarston tomorrow Friday, October 3, there will only be one stop in Queens Road from 1.35pm until 2.05pm.

Wilbarston Harvest Lunch will be at Wilbarston Village Hall this Sunday, October 5, after the 10.30am Harvest Festival at All Saints Church.

Tickets are £6 Adults, £3 children. Please ring Hilary on 01536 771465 to book a seat. Lunch will be served at 1pm.


The weekend of September 19th to September 21st was the Baptist Chapel Harvest Festival weekend,and was started off on Friday ,when 33 people sat down for the 28th Harvest supper. After supper Pastor Peter Bird and his family entertained as in previous years. The question was what was Peter’s theme this year and what was he going to dress up in this year? Well Peter made his entrance wearing his old RAF uniform which he had in the 1950s when he did his national service and carrying his kit bag over his shoulder. The entertainment began with Peter’s son Paul played Raiders March on the piano. Changing his RAF to a sailor’s he was joined by his daughter Susan and sang a medley of 1914-1918 war songs. The newly formed Baptist Choir sang a comical version of My Favourite Things from the Sound of Music.

No Harvest supper would be complete without Peter performing a monologue, this one was about when Sam Small joined the army. Before turning to World War Two Susan played The Teddy Bears Picnic and Danny Boy on her Bassoon and Paul closed this part of the programe playing Moon River.

Turning to the Second War Peter and Susan sang Lili Marlane and everyone joined in with The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again,and to close Peter told us about Sam Small retires from the Army. Susan sang Where Are The Reapers, and Peter gave a short reading from Galatians. The evening closed with everyone singing We Plough the Fields and Scatter. The profit from the sale of tickets and the retiring collection amounted to £100 which will be sent to the Air Ambulance. The Sunday evening Harvest Praise service was well attended,and concluded the Harvest weekend.

The Pam service at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday October 5th with Pastor Peter Bird will be followed by communion.

The Wednesday evening fellowship on October 8th is at 7-15 in the Baptist Chapel schoolroom with Mrs. C Hollands as the guest speaker.The evening will conclude with refreshments.

The services for the churches for October 5th are,Little Addington Harvest Service and Sunday School at 9:30 am.Great Addington Harvest Service 9:30 am Woodford St Mary’s Harvest Service at 11am

Prior to the September meeting the Council had a demonstration of various electronic speed signs, which could be positioned to collect data relating to the speed of vehicles travelling through the village. At the following meeting Councillors agreed to pursue the purchase of one of the products assuming funding could be obtained. A report was also received regarding a site meeting which had taken place in August relating to speed calming measures at the entrances to the village.

A letter was received from the Woodford Jubilee Committee suggesting future projects for fundraising including landscaping around the village green / War Memorial area.

This was welcomed in principle however, further thought would be needed regarding the exact scope of the scheme. If villagers have any views please let a parish councillor know, or the clerk ( or 734329).

A report received from the police revealed that over the past three months 15 crimes had been committed of which three had so far been solved, a further four were still being actively investigated.