Village news October 23

A late-flowering teasel brings some colour to autumn
A late-flowering teasel brings some colour to autumn

What’s going on where you live


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 the fireworks for 2015.

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

A Morning Service led by the Mrs Joan Gray will be held in Brigstock URC on Sunday October 26 at 10.30am.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock at 9.30am on Sunday October 26.

The WI hall was full for the AGM of Brigstock WI on October 14. The newly elected president is Liz Searle. Sandra Loveday will continue as president but a secretary is still being sought. Birthday flowers were presented to Jenny Willis, Eileen Coles and Judy Sanders. The winners of the 200 club were Brian Cole, £30, Avis Ingham, £20 and Hazel Batty, £10. Following the business part of the meeting a cheese and wine supper was enjoyed by the members. An extra meeting was arranged to make poppies for the school remembrance garden and a collection for the Corby food bank will be made.

The final amount raised by Carl Hector and Mike Simpson on their sponsored cycle ride for the Historic Churches Trust was £281. They would like to thank all their sponsors for their generosity.

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. 

Call 01536 373428 for more details.


Burton Latimer Town Council Planning Committee meeting will take place in the Civic Centre this evening (Thursday) starting at 7pm.

The speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week is Mrs. June Perkins. This event is held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane and starts at 2.30pm.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the Chapter House at St Mary’s Church.

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’s Emporium) until Sunday. Entrance is free.

The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday, November 1st. Stalls selling local produce will open for business from 9am in the Millennium Garden.

A Coffee Morning hosted by 2nd Burton Latimer Brownies will be held in the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street on Saturday, November 1st. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be for sale, along with a variety of stalls. Doors open at 9.30am.

The next Credo Men’s Group event will be on Monday, November 3rd at The Olde Victoria, starting at 8pm. Future events and activities will be discussed.

Directions self-help group will meet on Monday, November 3rd at 7.30pm. For more information and venue details please contact Maureen (01536 723292)

The Burton Latimer Branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section will hold their AGM & Faith Supper in the Band Club on Monday, November 3rd, starting at 7.30pm.

Barton Seagrave Horticultural Society is a warm, friendly gardening club which welcomes new members, experts and novices alike. The next meeting is on Tuesday, November 4th at 2pm in the Community Centre, Pioneer Avenue, Burton Latimer. The speaker for the afternoon will be Hugh Warwick with the topic ‘Hedgehogs in the Garden’. There will be a raffle and refreshments. For further enquiries please contact Maureen (01536 723059)

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, November 4th in the Civic Centre.

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club on Thursday, November 6th from 10am to 4pm.

The Friends of Burton Latimer Library will host the Coffee Morning taking place at the Library from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday, November 8th.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will be launched this week and is especially poignant this year, the 100th Anniversary since the outbreak of WW1. House to house collections will take place in town between Saturday, October 25th and Saturday, November 8th.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

3pm All Souls Service

Please note there will be no celebration of Holy Communion on Tuesday

Please note there will be no meeting of St Mary’s Under Fives on Tuesday

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are:

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

Sunday’s service at the Methodist Church is at 10.45am.


Members of the Women’s Institute had a meeting with a difference when the guest speaker, Larine Tucker, invited them to take part in a Tai Chi exercise. Larine , accompanied by fellow enthusiast, Peter, talked about and demonstrated her art and made the movements seem so easy. Great fun was had in trying to emulate her expertise. An interesting evening of relaxation was enjoyed by all. Birthday posies were presented to Dianne Maycock, Rose Temperley and in her absence Jenny Holloway. A raffle prize donated by Pat Oakley was won by Aileen Ward who with Sue Murrant had made bunting for display at the Bunting and Baton display at Foxton Locks, which several members will be attending. The monthly competition for a piece of glassware was won by Rene Wells with runners up Glenis Albrighton and Janet Griggs. A decision was made to continue with the annual donation for flowers at W.I. House in memory of past members. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, November 6th when Tess Ellis will talk about ‘Abdominal Massage Physiotherapy’.

The Harvest Festival service was well attended at St John’s Church and was conducted by Reader, Michael Ellard. The bells pealed out a welcome to the congregation who joined in traditional harvest hymns played by organist, John Hindle. Readings were given by John Reynolds and Nick Campbell, Nick also provided refreshments after the service and his children, Harry and Sophie, carried out sidesman duties. The church was decorated with seasonal flowers and harvest produce which were sold later in ‘a make me an offer’ sale. The profit from this and the open collection has been donated to the ARC Farmers’ Charity.

As part of the Harvest celebrations a concert was held during the afternoon with music played by the Rutland based string quartet which comprised Edmund Dry and Caroline Trutz (violins), Jane Page (viola) and Ruth Hardy (cello). Tea and cakes were served during the interval and donations were made in aid of the church.


Mark Tooley will be hosting his Police Surgery at ‘The Village Store and Café’ in Corby Road, Cottingham at 1030am on 22nd October and 19th November, and again at 1130am on 16th December.

Local florist Megan Mckim of ‘Forget Me Not Florist’ is running an Autumn floristry workshop in ‘The Village Store and Café’, providing expert instruction to complete and take home an Autumn pumpkin table arrangement. The event takes place at 10am on Saturday, October 25. The cost is £40 and includes all materials and floristry tools, refreshments on arrival, mid-morning refreshments and a delicious buffet lunch. To book a place, please contact Megan Mckim on 01536 772222 or 07581 428950, email

Ant Licquorish will be holding his 45th charity quiz in the Village Hall Annex on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 6.30pm. More information is available from Ant on 01536 771062 or by email on

The Methodist Hall on Corby Road, Cottingham will be throwing open its doors on Remembrance weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and remember the brave men of Cottingham and Middleton who fought and gave their lives for us.The hall will be open from 2 to 5pm on Saturday 8 November, with light refreshments available, and after the Remembrance Service on Sunday 9 November until 3pm, with hot drinks available. On both days, there will be another chance to see some of the exhibitions and displays that were prepared for the village WW1 Commemoration event in August. This includes a history of Cottingham and Middleton’s brave soldiers, prepared by Jane Smith of with the help of Chris Blenkarn, who is building a website dedicated to the memory of the First World War servicemen named on the village war memorial and their extended families - see

A joint remembrance service between St Mary Magdalene and the Methodist Church is being held at 10.45am on Sunday 9th November at the war memorial on Mill Road (outside the school) to honour the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts.

Please come along to offer your respect for our fallen heroes.

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

Liam and Nicole extend a warm welcome as new hosts of ‘The Royal George’ in Blind Lane, Cottingham.

The pub re-opened last week and at the moment is purely functioning as a bar, however the restaurant shall be opening back up in the next couple of weeks.


The Cranford CEVC School will hold a Harvest Festival in the Church at 9.30am

The Cranford and District Over 60’s meet on Tuesday 28th October at 1.30 in the Village Hall. Val Lumbers will talk about “Keeping up with the Joneses”

Don’t forget the “Beetle Drive on Friday 24th October in the Village Hall. It starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost £5 which includes refreshments. Please ring Neil 01536 330545 for more information.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at Twywell at 9.15am. Morning prayer will be celebrated at 11.00am at both Cranford and Grafton Underwood.


Sunday 26th October 2014 is the Last Sunday after Trinity and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11.00am.


Desborough Patchwork and Quilters Club held a very successful open day in September. Visitors were welcomed by the chairman Sue Byles and many examples of different types of craft-works were on show. It was a wonderful afternoon with visitors sharing tea and home made cakes with members of the group and many expressed an interest in joining the club. The Club usually meets on the last Saturday of each month, our next meeting is at 2pm on Saturday, October 25 at the United Reform Church hall in Desborough. Look forward to meeting our new members but also if anyone wants to come along just for the afternoon you would be made very welcome.

Friends of Desborough Library would to thank everyone who attended their October coffee morning on Thursday, October 2, helping them to raise £48.64. The raffle prizes winners are ticket number 530, won a bottle of wine; ticket number 540, won chocolate; ticket number 548 won body cream and ticket number 545 won a writing set. The next coffee morning is on the first Thursday of next month at 10am to midday. Friends of Desborough Library’s Reading group is on Friday, October 31 at 11am. New members are welcome.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held its annual Digital Projected Image Of The Year Competition on Friday, October 10. The judge was Gerry Metcalfe from Bottisham and Burwell Photographic Society in Cambridgeshire. In the Novice Section he awarded first place to “Geranium” by Marion Yeomans. “Wall Flower” by Marion and “Wooo Me!” by Jenny Mortimore were Highly Commended, and Jenny’s “Reflection” was Commended. In the Intermediate Section the top prize went to Rick Yeoman’s “Toxicity”. Highly Commendeds went to Rick’s “Hoverfly”, Roger Pringle’s “Evening At Malham” and “Vole’s Eye View Of Danger”, Pat Rockett’s “Machine Gunners” and “The Ruin” and Dorothy Rudkin’s “Pier Reflection”. Commendeds were awarded to Mick Rockett’s “20 20 Vision” and “Visiting Lyveden”, Pat Rockett’s “Wood And Metal”, Catherine Hill’s “Cookaburra” and Dorothy Rudkin’s “Gerberas”. The Advanced Section winner was Peter Alvey with “Evening Ride”. Geoff Oliver gained three Highly Commendeds, for “Barnwell Lakes Robin”, “Common Blue- Enallagma Cyathigerum” and “Unwanted Visitor – Rattus Norvegicus”. Steve Rappitt’s “Loco Driver” and “Waiting For The Order” were also Highly Commended, as were Derek Buckett’s “Cambrian Coast Express” and Pete Cottrell’s “The Smile”. Commendeds were awarded to Peter Alvey’s “Bewitching”, Rosemary Buckett’s “Evacuee”, Pete Cottrell’s “Oh S..t I’m Out Of Here”, Trevor McHugh’s “Playing With Fire” and Derek Buckett’s “Walking The Dog At Sunrise”. Competition Secretary Trevor Rudkin thanked Gerry for carrying out the difficult task of selecting winners from such a high quality collection of images.

A great evening was had by all on Saturday, October 11 at the Community Concert that was held in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and Cransley Hospice. The performances by local musicians was well received, with comments such as “what a high standard” and “we didn’t want it to end”. Huge thanks go to everyone involved, performers, support team and audience, who together raised £800, to be shared equally between the two charities.

The Serina Restaurant in Desborough, held a Charity Night in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Wednesday, October 15. A big thank you to Alison Rowe for donating a flower pot for a raffle prize and Mrs McAllistair for donating a cake for a raffle prize. The best dressed team were Rowell Pink Ladies, winning themselves a bottle of Pink Cava. The winning team for the Pink Quiz was Poppadoms (The McAllistair’s), also winning a bottle of Pink Cava. The lower scoring group for the pink quiz was The Terrible Trio (Beverly, Louise and Jackie) winning Cadbury’s roses strawberry dream chocolates.

Desborough Library are holding fun activities for children through the half term. You don’t have to book them, just drop in! On Tuesday, October 28, there will be craft and bedtime stories session. It starts at 10.30am to 11.30am. Suitable for all ages. Have fun making a bedtime mobile then snuggle up with your grown up and listen to the best bedtime stories. Come ready for bed in your pyjamas and bring your own bear. Search the library for the Halloween characters from Wednesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 1 at the Halloween Hunt. It is suitable for all ages and you can drop in any time. Throughout the day on Thursday, October 30, there will be a Halloween Craft session, where your child will get the chance to make spooky themed decorations. On Friday, October 31, come along at 10.30am to 11.30am and get involved in the Halloween themed Bingo and Games. Then in the afternoon at 2.15pm, there will be a Dress up Rhyme time, for children under the age of 5 years and their siblings. Come in your best fancy dressed costume. Dance and sing to your favourite action songs at Music and Movement on Saturday, November 1 at the Desborough Library for half an hour, starting at 11am. This activity to suitable for Under 5 years. There will be juice and biscuits for the children. Take out your colouring crayons for Sunday, November 2, Fireworks Colouring session. Drop in at 1pm to 4pm, this session is for all ages.

Also, throughout the half term, the Children’s Sure Start Centre on High Street, Desborough is holding activities for new parents and their babies. Check out their programme for the week. On Monday, October 27, between 9.30am to 11.30am are CAB appointments. New parents baby massage is taking place on Tuesday, October 28 at 10am to 11am. Got a question about your young child? Why not drop in on Wednesday, October 29 and visit the Health Visitor Clinic from 9.30am to 11.30am. Book an appointment on 08445 769003. The Children’s Sure Start Centre is holding an Autumn themed learning through play at the library session on Thursday, October 30. The first session is from 10am to 10.45am and second session is at 11am to 11.45am. Caring session starts at 2pm, for one hour. On Friday, October 31, is a young parents session at 10am to 11.30am.

On Tuesday, October 28, a 1940s Clear Up meeting will be held at the Desborough Heritage Centre to discuss this year’s event. Come along and give your feedback on how you felt it went and give any ideas on how next years event could be even better. The meeting will start at 7pm.

The Desborough Heritage are having an All Saints Coffee Morning on Saturday, November 1 at 10am to midday.

Winter Season meetings of the Desborough and District Wildlife group are being held at 7.30pm at the Desborough Heritage Centre. Join in on Sunday, November 2, for an Autumn Walk to enjoy the seasons changing colours and wildlife. On Tuesday, November 11, Henry Stanier will give an illustrated talk titled “Dormice Locally”. The talk will be about where they are to be found and efforts to extend their range. Seasonal wildlife quiz and social evening will be held on Tuesday, December 9. Bob Freeman’s Annual Winter walk will take place on Sunday, December 28. It is about 5 miles in the local area. Meet at 10am on Station Road in Desborough. Wear outdoor clothes, boots and bring a packed lunch. Ring Bob Freeman on 01536 760770 or Bill Featherstone on 01536 760315. Admission is £1, and everyone are welcome. You do not have to be a member to come or have any special knowledge on wildlife.

On the weekend of Friday, November 28 to Sunday, November 30 is St Giles Christmas Tree Festival 2014. If you would like to enter a tree, please contact Alan Window on email: or telephone on 01536 761329. The deadline for forms is Sunday, November 23. St Giles Church can supply you a natural tree ready potted. To take part, you will need a tree, it can be real or artificial. You will need to be able to set up your tree at the following times: Monday, November 24 at 10am to 9pm; Tuesday, November 25 at 10am to 9pm and Wednesday, November 26 at 11.30am until 8pm. No entries can be accepted after this time. Trees can be removed from the church on Sunday, November 30 from 7.30pm to 9pm and Monday, December 1, from 10am to 1pm or 4pm to 7pm. If you wish to donate your tree, its decoration and lights to the church, they will be recycled or sold. Lastly, you will need to think of a Tree Title, so that it can be included in the programme. Don’t waste time, get festive!

Breast Cancer Support Group known as Bosom Friends are holding a Beetle Drive on Wednesday, October 29 at 8pm. It will be held in St Giles Community Centre. Entry fee is £2, includes refreshments. Everyone are welcome to attend. For more information, please call Mary on 01536 760161 or email on


Health walk every Monday and Wednesday at 11am – meet at the park entrance.

Sunday lunch dates for the autumn/winter are 16th November, 14th December (Christmas lunch) and also 18th January, 15th February and 22nd March in 2015. Bookings must be confirmed with Diane and the price remains at £8 with the exception of the Christmas lunch which will be £10 – members only.

Bingo night in the club tomorrow evening – starts at 8pm.


An Indoor Car Boot/Tabletop Sale is being held on Saturday October 25th between 12 and 3pm at the Community Centre in Wellingborough Road. To hire a 6ft space is £5 but 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 there is free entry to the public. To book a space, ring Pam on 398377.

The Finedon Trefoil Guild are holding a `Coffee at the Cons’ on Monday 3rd November 10 – 11.30am. In addition to this they are asking for donations of used gift bags and unwanted gifts in preparation for their Secret Tombola stall at the Buffs Christmas Fayre 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 Childrens’ Ward at KGH.

The October meeting of the Finedon Local History Society will be a talk on The Life of John Clare given by David Dykes. The meeting will be on Monday 27th October at 7-30pm in the Mission Room, Well St Finedon. Admission is £2-50 for members and £3-50 for Non Members and the evening will be followed with light refreshments.

A Halloween Fun Day for kids between 3 and 13 is being held by the Library in the Town Hall on October 31st between 4 and 5pm. You can win a prize for the best fancy dress made from a bin bag. Prizes are also given for games and puzzles, a lucky dip and there will be a ghost hunt. With free admission this is an afternoon of fun for kids and should not be missed.


Still the wall in Queen Street is 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 Church is holding a coffee morning on Saturday 25th October. Do come along for tea or coffee and biscuits. Cheer yourself up when the clocks go back (that night at 2.00am) because it will be a dark old winter!!

The Geddington Archive Exhibition will be held on Saturday 1st November in the Village Hall from 12 noon til 4pm. Come and see the story of Geddington in pictures, prints and displays and entry is free. A Website team will be on hand to scan and photograph any additional items of interest. Also village history experts will be present to discuss in more detail items that you may have. It should be a fascinating Exhibition. For instance, have you any information, documents or pictures relating to Geddington Montrose Football Club ( formed in 1903 and lasted for 75years)? Also, the various old charities that are in the village, have got fascinating stories. The Exhibition on November 1st is not the end of their Archive Project, but just the start of what we hope will be an on-going project over the next few years. With more material and research, they hope to bring many more fascinating facts to light.

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

Do you remember Tommy Corke? Tommy was an Art Teacher at Kettering Grammar School in the 1940s and maybe 50s. He lived in Geddington and was quite a character and was well known in the pubs! Professor Alan Brookes lives near Oxford now, but was taught by Tommy and has been greatly influenced by him. He would like to honour Tommy’s name but needs more information. If you have any information, please contact Alan Brookes on 01491 873109. He remembers Geoff Perry, the Science teacher, Mr Slater, the Chemistry teacher. Also, Barry Chambers was a fellow pupil, now a Kettering Borough Councillor and Mayor of Kettering in 1973.


Sunday the 26th October 2014 is the Last Sunday after Trinity and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington. All are very welcome to join our services.

The Addingtons Pre-school is now open on Thursday afternoons, so we are now able to offer Mondays 8.45-12.15 and full school days of 8.45-3.15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For further information, please contact our Pre-school Manager on 07904 493169.

Data Sheets for every child in Great Addington Primary School

Cash for clothes collection on Friday, October 24.

Please bring along any items of clothing/bedding/curtains/shoes etc. In a bin liner on either the morning of the 24th October or after School on Thursday 23rd if this is more convenient for you.

The PSA are paid by weight for these items and it is amazing how much can be raised by such a simple procedure.


Sunday October 26th 10.00am family service 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


Friday 24th at 7.30pm in the village hall race night, first race 8.00pm. Tickets £8 to include fish and chip supper (options available). First race 8.00pm, pay bar. Tickets from Angie 01933 665009 or Maureen 01933 663277.


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

Thursday 27th 7~9.00pm Christmas shopping evening and decorated trees competition in St.Marys church.


A Craft Market organised by Gretton Silver Band is once again being held at Gretton Village Hall Kirby Road NN17 3DB on Saturday 15th November. This popular event that grows and gets better each year will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm with free entrance.

Proceeds of the event will go to support Gretton Silver Band. Stall spaces can now be booked by calling 01536 713234 and for all general inquiries. So put the date in your diary. Organisers hope to see you on 15th November at our annual Craft Market here in Gretton.

It was a cheerful evening of business, good food and conversation at Gretton Village Hall when the Women’s Institute met for their October meeting, AGM and Harvest Supper.

Current business was kept fairly brief, the main points being a report on the passing of the Centenary Baton between Northants and Leicestershire and the arrangements for our coming Christmas visit to Rockingham Castle and our own centenary celebrations next summer. We hope members will accept the invitation from Ashley WI regarding the screening of the National AGM, and we have a party booked for ourselves in September.

We then moved on to our village AGM. Vera Edwards stood down after her three busy years as President and thanked the Secretary, Treasurers and Committee for their help and support and the members for always working so well together and making our WI so special. We looked back over a successful and varied year involving National, County and local activities, well managed finances and the willingness of everyone to take up opportunities. Sue Kinnard took the position of President unopposed and Victoria Wintle was welcomed on to the Committee. Now, with our new programme in place and a growing membership, we look forward to an exciting future.

This put us in the right mood to enjoy the fine Harvest Supper laid out for us by the Committee, and the chance to chat with friends, look at the Scrapbooks and notices and admire the entries for the Decoration in a Teacup competition. In fact we were all too comfortable to actually take part in any games, and carried on eating and chatting until the end of the meeting. Next month we are back to normal and learning Iris Paper Folding!

Gretton Women’s Hour meet next on Tuesday 28th October at Gretton Baptist Church Hall High Street Gretton starting at 2.15pm.

This is a members participation meeting featuring members favourite hymns, prayers and readings with light refreshments served at the end.

Organisers at Gretton Women’s Hour welcome regular members and extend a warm friendly welcome to all visitors from Gretton and the local area. Further details on 01536 770188-770784

Remembrance Day services on Sunday 9th November in the Gretton District are announced by the Royal British Legion. 11.00am at the entrance to Spanhoe Airfield on the Harringworth to Laxton Road a short Service of Remembrance will be followed by wreaths laid at the Memorial.

At 2.45pm a parade led by Gretton Silver Band, members of the Royal British Legion, Gretton village organisations and members of the public will leave Gretton Recreation Ground will march through the village to St James Church for the Remembrance Day Service starting at 3.00pm. Afterwards a wreath laying ceremony follows at the War Memorial on the Village Green. Everyone is welcome to attend both Remembrance Day services. For any inquiries relating to Remembrance Day Services and Poppy sales in the Gretton District please contact Shirley Fursdon Gretton Royal British Legion Holding Branch on 01536 770784.


The Harvest Supper was well attended in spite of the stormy weather. After a delicious meal, came the auction of Hargrave produce. The boxes were well presented with a good mix of contents. The auctioneers, Robert Farringdon and Geoff Brown had no problems, though they tried to make the job look hard. The total profit for the evening, £540, will be sent to the Cransley House Hospice.

After a long summer break, the Poetry group is back in action., Next meeting on Nov.19 will be at 2.30pm in All Hallows church. Anyone who enjoys speaking, reading or just listening to poetry is welcome.

Circle Dancing this morning in the village hall from 10.0am to 12noon. You do not have to stay for the full time, feel free to leave earlier is you wish.

End of Summer Brunch, next Sunday 26th in the village hall, 10.30am to 2.00pm. A few tickets still available, Adults £6.50, children £4.. Ring Angela 626865 but hurry.

Sunday 26th, a service of Morning Worship at 9.15am at All Hallows Church.


The monthly Farmers Market will be held this Saturday 25th from 9 am on the Square. Free and ample parking available on Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

The Friends of St Mary’s will be organising a coffee morning in the Bede House from 10 am to midday with refreshments and many stalls to browse and the Chelveston Voice choir will be making a return visit to give a half hour concert in St Mary’s at 11.30 am with free admission. A warm invitation extended to all to visit the coffee morning from 10 am and the concert in Church at 11.30 am.

In addition Joy Barry and Lin Hunt will be staging an art exhibition in Chichele College on both Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th with free admission. The College has wheelchair access from College Street.

A half term coffee morning organised by the Patchwork Group will be held next Wednesday 29th from 10 am to midday in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. All are welcome and admission is £1.

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am on Friday 31st October 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.

Halloween craft classes for youngsters will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm at Stanwick Lakes next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 29th to 31st during half term week. There will be arts and crafts, face painting and spooky fun and a modest charge for taking part.

In addition a Bonfire Crafts afternoon will be held on Sunday 2nd November from 1 pm to 4 pm. Youngsters will be able to create firework pictures and make their own Guy Fawkes. The cost will be £1 per child and further information available by ringing 625522 or see the website:

A Town Service of Remembrance will be held on the Market Square at 10.45 am on Sunday 9th November. Service sheets will be available from the Town Hall.

Members of Pensioners Voice meet at 2 pm next Monday 27th in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace with special guest Mick Freeman giving a film show. Visitors and new members are always welcome and further details available from Mick Beesley 01933 312616.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Wednesday November 5th at 7.30 pm in the library on Midland Road. The special guest John Ellson will present his choice of music. There will also be a bring and buy stall. 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 6 pm on Sunday 2nd November. 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.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 26th October are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15 am.

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

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church Hall Hayway - Morning Worship will be at 10.45 am led by Jonathan Thompson. (Please note new time of service). Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

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

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

Christmas shoe boxes for under privileged children aged 2-15 years are being assembled by members of St Mary’s Mothers Union and friends. Please ring the parish office 01933 741140/318856 or 357212 if you would like to donate any items.

All gifts are going to be boxed up on Thursday 13th November in readiness for transportation abroad.

The Swivel Club are holding a fundraiser at the Rushden Bowls Club at 8 pm this Saturday 25th October with “The Rollin’ Clones” plus supporting disco. Tickets are £15 each.

On Saturday 29th November the “Rock a Toons” will be performing supported by The Room Mates and DJ The Professor.

Tickets are available by ringing Walt 07984 266649 or the Bowls Club 01933 312680. All proceeds will be for charity.

The monthly Town Council meeting will be held at 7.30 pm next Tuesday 28th October in the Council Chamber.

The quarterly edition of the Risedene Echo, produced by Rushden History Society, is now on sale in Mark Bird Carpets on the High Street in Higham. This publication has a wealth of interesting historical features and is a very reasonably priced at £1.25.


There will be an art and photographic exhibition by local artists at Irchester library between 28 October and 2 November during opening hours which are Tuesday to Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10-2pm and Sunday 1-4pm

On Sunday 9 November Animals in Need, the animal sanctuary at Pine Tree Farm, Little Irchester will be holding a Vegan and Cruelty Free Fair between 12 and 4pm. Lots of food, information stalls and fundraising activities to raise money for the sanctuary. Free admission.

Irchester Coulon Link are hosting a Folk Dance with live music from Kelly’s Eye on Saturday15 November from 8pm until late. Take your own drink. Tickets are available now from Brian on 311754. They cost £7 and include supper.

Building work has started on the skatepark in Austin Close. A temporary access road leads to the site of the skatepark and work is expected to finish within three weeks. Praise is due to all of those who have helped to raise funds to enable this project to go ahead.

Irchester Women’s Institute held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14 October. Mavis Kelland was re-elected as President. The AGM was followed by a Hot Pot Supper.

The Friday Club will be meeting in Barringers Court between 2 and 4pm on Friday 24 October 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 07713635907 to find out more about the club.

A village quiz will be held at the Carpenter Arms in aid of funds for Irchester’s Skate Park on Sunday 26th October at 7.30pm. Tickets, which will include a light Buffet are £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. Tickets are available from The Carpenters Arm, Pam Armstrong (01933 311222) or Jon-Paul Carr (01933 382476).

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 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.


Whitworths will having a Firework Display on Tuesday 4th November 2014 in support of the WNAA. It will be held at Irthlingborough Cricket Club, Windmill Road. Gates open 6:30pm Display Starts 7:30pm. Adults £4 and Children £2. Refreshments and Bar available.

There will be a Jumble & Bric-a-Brac sale on Saturday 1st November 2014 at St Peters Church, Irthlingborough from 10am – 12pm.

Don’t Forget! Sarah Bridges, will be talking on the Archaeology and plans for the Chester Farm Site, on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 7:30pm at the Methodist Church, College Street, Irthlingborough.

Entry is £2 on the door.


Northampton Concert Band are coming to The Masque Theatre, Kettering on Saturday 8th November for a ‘Festival of Music’ featuring many popular classics, The Dam Busters, Mary Poppins, Miss Saigon, Frank Sinatra selection, Pink Panther, Fiddler on the Roof, and music from the latest Disney’s blockbuster: Frozen.

The concert will also feature performances of music that the band will be hoping to win another award at the annual National Concert Band Festival regional heats later in November.

This is the first time the band have produced a concert at the Masque. As their audiences, and the band, have been growing they have been looking for larger venues to help continue this growth.

Stephen Bell, Musical Director, said “I’m excited to be bringing the band to Kettering and the Masque Theatre, we have such a great selection of music everyone will have a personal favourite. The band continues to go from strength to strength. You won’t want to miss this performance!” ‘Festival of Music’ is at 7:30pm Saturday 8th November and tickets are available from the Masque Theatre Box Office 01536 414141 or by visiting and are priced at £10 Adults, £5 Children. £1 from each ticket sold will be donated to BBC Children in Need.

The following events will take place on the week commencing Sunday 26th October

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Rockingham Road Entrance

Sunday 26th October - Sunday Worship: “Reach Up and Reach Out” Sunday 10.00am - Leader Major Paul Doust - all welcome.

There will not be a 5.30pm meeting at SA Kettering, as SA Congregation and others are invited to attend the WW1 Commemoration Service at All Saints Church, William Street Kettering at 3.00pm for 3.30pm Service.

The Salvation Army, Kettering - Regent Street Entrance

Monday 5.24 -7.00pm Rainbows (5-7yrs) and 6.00 - 7.15pm Brownies (8-11yrs) - places available

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

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

Thursday: 1.00pm - Over 60’s Club - Major Paul - All folks welcome

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

On Friday 24th October at 7pm M.A.D. Youth Tribute presents ‘A Music & Dance Tribute Show to a Great Man’ at Manor School Sports College in Raunds. Help raise funds for Cransley Hospice and community palliative care, and St. Wilfrid’s Hospice. Tickets are available from the Manor School website at

On Sunday 26th October Cransley Hospice will be running a stall at The Collectors & Antique Fair at Wicksteed Park. Fair from 9.30am – 4pm. Entry £2.50/person. Refreshments and free parking for those attending the Antiques Fair. Contact the Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 for more information or visit the website at

On Sunday 26th October at All Saints Church, William Street at 3pm a Churches Together First World War United Commemoration Service. All welcome.

Kettering & District Lions Club are holding a Family Halloween Magic Night – 90 minute stage show followed by Close-up magic at your table on Friday 24th October, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Bar open until 7.30pm and during interval. Bring your own refreshments if required. Tickets £8, schoolchildren £6. For tickets call 01536 790254 or 481539.

On Thursday 30th October Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be John Stanyard on the topic 1914. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Wednesday 5th November at 7.30pm at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering & District Flower Club welcomes Nick Grounds celebrated NAFAS National Demonstrator presenting Seasonal Anticipation. Tickets £8 available from the Box Office on 01536 414141.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street on Saturday 1st November a Charity Table Top Sale. Doors open from 9am. Light refreshments will be available.

Children’s Activities at the Manor House Museum continue with Halloween Family Fun Day on Friday 31st October 11am – 3pm. Join in with spooky craft activities, frightful fancy dress, monstrous movie screening at the Market Place and much more mischief! For more information contact the Museum on 01536 534219 or email

At the Lighthouse Theatre on Saturday 25th October at 7.30pm Let the Beat Drop. This is Beat Project’s fifth annual show at the Lighthouse. A street dance production dropping explosive beats with high impact routines and dancers. Tickets £9, concessions £7.

On Sunday 26th October at 7.30pm Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee back……..despite popular demand. A brand new show where Paul performs a selection of his favourite magic and a number of new tricks never performed in public before. An evening full of comedy and Magic. Tickets £18.50, £15 concessions, £12 child, groups book 10 get 1 free.

On Wednesday 20th October to Saturday 1st November Kettering Youth Theatre Group present Mother Goose. An unmissable pantomime adventure. With oodles of sparkle, spectacle and mayhem it’s a golden egg of a show! A half term treat for all the family. Tickets £8, £6.50 child/seniors, £25 family x 4, groups – book 12 get 1 free.

At the Masque Theatre, Barton Seagrave on Tuesday 28th October at 11am and 2.30pm UV Universe present A Journey Beyond the Stars. Glow in the dark action like you’ve never seen before in a magical mix of ultra violet puppetry and live action adventure. Tickets £11, £9 concessions. A half-term treat.

On Friday 31st October at 7.30pm Chantry Dance Company presents The Happy Price and other original works. Celebrating Oscar Wilde’s 160th anniversary with a stunning new modern ballet production of his poignant short story. Tickets £10, concessions £8.

To book any, or all, of the above shows contact the Lighthouse Theatre box office on 01536 414141 or visit

Kettering/Lahnstein Twinning Association will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th October at the Church Rooms of Toller Church, Gold Street Kettering.


On Sunday 19th October a Family Communion Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

The Harvest Sale held on Tuesday 7th October 2014 raised £635 for Church Funds.

On Saturday 25th October, there will be a Quiz Night held in The Swan, Newton Bromswold starting at 7.30pm with the proceeds going to Friends of Newton Church. The entry fee is £10 for a team of 4 people.

On Sunday 26th October a service of Holy Communion will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 26th October from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.


Following our recent OVCA meeting with representatives of Corby Borough council I’m still awaiting the ‘five year plan’ for the Nature Conservation Areas on Oakley Vale. As soon as this arrives I shall distribute it to Community Association members for comment. I have received plans and layouts for the nature information boards that will soon appear on the estate and these seem very interesting. I will bring these and ‘The ‘plan’ to your next Oakley Vale Community Association OGM which is on the 26th November at the Community Centre.

The Oakley Rangers are back 3.30-5pm every Saturday in term time at the Community Centre, they are preparing for several gigs locally. 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. We have just purchased the new Rockschool ‘Rock Band’ music parts and we will have a go at these new tunes.

Cllrs. Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the Month Surgeries will take place in our community centre – same time 10.30 – 12. No appointment necessary – all welcome – just drop in. Contacts, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Councillor Sims continues his surgeries also at Harpers Brook on the 3rd Saturday of each month 9.30-11.00am, no appointment necessary. His email is


The ‘MAD Youth Tribute’ music and dance show, organised by fifteen-year-old Raunds girl Kirstin Blakemore, will take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, 24th October at the Raunds Manor School Sports College.

All proceeds from the evening will be divided between St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne and Cransley Hospice, Kettering. Ticket prices are £5 for Adults and £3 for Concessions, and can be obtained from

St Peter’s Church’s annual Craft Fayre will take place between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. this Saturday, 25th October. There will be a raffle and a variety of different stalls with some great Christmas gift ideas to give you a head start with your Christmas shopping! 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 please call Elaine or Keith on 01933 624384.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 24th October, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, Raunds. Everyone is welcome.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 26th October at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. A Service of Memories will take place at 4 p.m. at the church, and there will be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 29th October, at All Hallow’s Church, Hargrave.

Please note that the Little Sunbeams will not be meeting at the church on Tuesday, 28th October, due to the half-term holidays.

The final Connexions Northamptonshire drop-in session at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre will take place between 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. next Thursday, 30th October.

This will be the last opportunity in Raunds for young people aged between 16 and 19 years to obtain information, careers advice, guidance and support with their 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 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. next Thursday, 30th October, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. Admission is £3 for the two hour session. Please call in for more information.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting next Thursday, 30th October, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There are a few, strictly limited, places available on new upcoming ukulele course. The dates are yet to be confirmed, but if you are interested please get in touch.

For more information about the group please visit or email Chris at


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 23rd October the topic will be ‘Pictures of Scandinavia with Paul’. Come and enjoy the company of friends, with tea and cakes. £1: per week for talks and activities. More information from Peter and Angela 01933 622316 or Paul 01933 623844.

On Friday 24th September 2014 in Ringstead Village Social Club the Cinema Club will showing ‘The Railway Man (15)’+ at 7.30pm. The bar is available and Tickets are £4:

Sunday 26th October 2014 and is the Last Sunday after Trinity and there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service. All are very welcome to join us.

On Sunday 26th October 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am Sunday 19th October 2014 there is a Morning Service with Rev’d Dr. Ted Hale and at 6.00pm there is Tea-Time Talk with Mike Freeman.


A reminder of our two events coming up next month:

Our annual Bonfire Night celebrations commence at 6.30pm on Wednesday 5th November when the bonfire behind the village hall will be lit. This will be followed by a firework display. There will also be a BBQ, refreshments, home-made soup and a raffle. If anyone is able to help with the raffle prizes or to make a contribution towards running costs this would be greatly appreciated.

Following on from this, we have our Cheese & Wine evening to be held at Rockingham Castle on Saturday November 8th from 7.30pm. This is organised by the Church Building Fund Committee to raise urgent funds for repairs to our village church. Tickets are available from committee members. Please see: Donna Winch, Pauline Sullivan, Trevor Burbidge, David Norman or Trish in the shop.


A talk on being a district nurse in Rothwell by Ann Jones will take place at Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre at 7:30pm on Friday, October 24. The entrance fee of £3 includes refreshments.

The centre is appealing for volunteers and friends. Becoming either gives benefits such as a free copy of the newsletter and discounted entry into any event at the centre. The centre is also looking to open in the afternoons and volunteers are needed to enable it to do this. Volunteers are also needed to open the vintage tea shop on a more regular basis.

The centre is shortly due to open a shop.

The Rothwell Methodist annual church bazaar quiz is now available. Costing just £1 to enter, this year’s theme is Supermarket Brands. For a copy, ring Kath Nichols on 01536 710093 or email Heather Payne

It was another good week for Rothborough in the Kettering and District Table Tennis League. In Division 1, Arrows gained a 10-0 win over Harborough Rovers. In Division 2, it was the same scoreline for Buccaneers against Exocets and for Comets versus Kettering B. Meanwhile, Dakotas dropped only one game in their 9-1 victory over Corby D. Sean Smith and Peter Rowbotham were the hat-trick heroes.

Brian Jeffs will present his ‘Digital AV Experience’ to Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society, starting at 8.00pm on Friday, October 17 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. Visitors are welcome for an admission charge of £1.50. On Friday, October 24, there is a talk by Peggy Franks and Peter Lucas entitled ‘The way we see it’, and on Saturday, October 25, the Society will be taking 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.

Rothwell Victoria Townswomen’s Guild autumn fashion show 2014 is being held at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane at 7.00 for 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 29. Fashions are by Trudi-Claire of Rothwell High Street. Tickets costing £5.00 to include refreshments are available on the door. Proceeds will go to Breast Cancer campaign. Those attending are asked to show their support by wearing something pink.

An illustrated talk on British zoos, including some recent shots of a recent safari, will be given by Frank York at the next meeting of the Rowell Fair Society in the lounge of the Conservative Club, Market Hill at 8.00pm on Thursday, October 30. Everyone is welcome to listen to Mr York, who has visited some 40 zoos, and enrolments for the society will be taken on the night.

The Woolpack pub in Bell Hill, Rothwell is holding its own Oktoberfest from Friday, October 24 until Thursday, October 30. The pub will have seven real ales available plus three ciders. Bratwurst hot dogs and sauerkraut will be available every day. The pub is also holding a family fun day on Sunday, October 24, with a barbeque – weather permitting – a bouncy castle and live music from 3.00-5.00pm. Sunday lunch is now being served each week between 1.00-4.00pm.

And in the Bluebell pub, Bell Hill, Rothwell, there will be chocolates for every taste bud from 7.00pm on Sunday, November 16. Everyone is welcome to come for a look, and to meet friends for a chat and a drink.

A talk entitled ‘health in your hands’ is being given by Susan Davis at tonight’s meeting of the Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club meeting, to be held in Rothwell Methodist church, Bell Hill from 8.00pm. There is no meeting of the society next week as it is half-term.

There is no meeting of Rothwell United Reformed church’s Wednesday Fellowship next week as it is half-term.

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.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – the Lunch trips next week are on Sunday 26th to Krumbs Bistro, Raunds and on Tuesday 28th Oct to Vesuvios, Sharnbrook. Shopping trips next week are to Huntingdon Garden Centre (£6.50) on Monday 27th, Emmaus at Carlton on Thursday 30th and Waitrose on Friday 31st. Visit to Imperial Court for lunch and curling (£14.00) is on Wednesday 29th. Computer Sessions in the Wellbeing Centre are on Monday 20th from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Transport Museum –This Saturday Oct 25th the Halloween Ghost Train will run – prepare to be scared from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – next meeting is next Tuesday 28th Oct at 8.00pm in the Conservative Club when Alan Pack will present ‘Richard Thomas and Baldwin – the Irthlingborough Ironstone Mines’.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday Oct 28th in Rushden Hall at 2.00pm for Prize Bingo.

St Mary’s Church – invite you to All Age Worship this Sunday at 9.30am and Morning Prayer at 11.15am both led by Rev Steve Prior and preacher Rev Matt Taylor. Holy Communion is at 6.00pm celebrated by Rev Prior and led by Mick Bantin. There is 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.

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. For details of all weekly activities and the visit of the Army’s Premier Band - The Regent Hall Band on Nov 1st at 7.00pm please contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church – Service this Sunday with Holy Communion is at 10.15am.

The Hope Methodist Church, at St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall – Morning Worship on Sunday is at 10.45am led by Jonathan Thompson. This will be followed by coffee. They are holding a Christmas Cake Decorating Demonstration on Thursday 30th Oct at 7.00pm in St Peter’s Catholic Church Hall. Tickets £5.00 including buffet from Chris on 317719.

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Angela Morvan from Luton.

Heritage Church and Halls – Scarecrow Harvest Festival Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt. Bring your own scarecrow! Sale of produce and Ploughman’s Lunch with pudding is at 1.00pm – tickets £6.00 from 07824346820.

St. Peter’s Church – Sunday Worship with Holy Communion is at 10.00am with Rev Linnet Smith. The Knitting Group meet at 10.00am on Wednesday 29th in the Community Room.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee is served in the Church Hall from 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities 10.45am with Evening Worship at 6.00pm both led by Rev Bill Lynwold. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday 30th with speaker Rev Shirley Baker.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service is at 10.45am with the Music Group and the Evening Service is at 4.30pm both led by Rev John Williams.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 28th October at 10.00am.

Hayden FLAG – are holding a Family Halloween Fun Quiz next 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.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – meet next Thursday Oct 30th at 7.00pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Midland Rd. when Nafas Demonstrator Sally Gee will present ‘Celebrations’. Visitors Welcome at £6.00 each.

Serve Speakers Evening – next Wednesday October 29th at 7.00pm in the Masonic Hall they present well known football commentator John Motson speaking about his time on ‘Match of the Day’ on BBC TV. A Buffet is included in the ticket price of £20.00 available from Zoe or Jess on 315555. All proceeds to Serve.


Tai Chi classes continue on Thursday evenings at Stanwick Village Hall during term time between 8 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

A taster session will take place tonight, Thursday, 23rd October, with an admission fee of £11, and a new 4-week course will start on Thursday, 6th November, the course fee being £36.

Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese exercise system for wellbeing, and is suitable for men and women of all ages. Tai Chi has its roots in the martial arts and yet the slow, flowing movements are relaxed and help quieten the mind and improve balance, co-ordination and posture. You will be encouraged to exercise slowly and smoothly, build up your strength and flexibility at your own pace and release tension. For more information about this class and to book, please contact Amanda on 07835 453 286, email her at or visit

A Dragon Tea-light Craft Workshop will take place at Stanwick Lakes tomorrow, Friday, 24th October, between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Make a pottery tea-light in the form of a dragon in this first session and then, once it is fired, decorate it with water colours in the second session which will take place on Friday, 28th November.

Booking for this workshop, at £30 per person is essential, and to check the availability of spaces please call Lisa on 07809 205 273. Normal car parking charges apply.

Saturday, 25th October, sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of rock and blues band ‘Juicy Lucy’, who will be providing your evening’s entertainment. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events, and for more information about the club please visit their website at

A Service of Memories will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 26th October, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick. There will be a service of Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 29th October, at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave.

A new 8-week High-Intensity Interval Training Course will start next Tuesday, 28th October, at 5.15 p.m. at Stanwick Village Hall. HIIT is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning.

The HIIT course is run by Tracey Amis of Slim & Fit Classes, and as this is a new class there is an introductory offer for those wanting to take the course. You can get the complete 8-week HIIT Course, membership and pack for £49. Places will be on a first-come, first served basis. To book your place please call Tracey on 07789 544 405, email her at or visit

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

The purpose of the course is to enable women to physically defend and remove themselves from dangerous attack situations if and when the situation arises.

To book your place and find out more about the course, please contact Markus Jaichner on 07580 802 544 or email him at

Number 18 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 11th October, making Steve Ware the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


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 please contact Lindsey on 01832 730019.

The Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Councillor 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 each, which can be booked by contacting Barbara Wiggins, PA to the Chairman, on 01832 742198 or via email at

Rehearsals are now underway 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 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.

Thrapston Plaza Film Night presents The Railway Many starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgard. At The Plaza with doors open from 7pm with the film commencing at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 1. There will be light refreshments and a bar available. Tickets cost £4 and are available on the door or in advance from Margaret on 01832 733521 or from Val on 01832 735879.


Fashion Show in Weldon Village Hall on Friday14th November doors will be open from and the show will commence at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from Rita 01536 268463, Sue 01536 269749 Or Janet 01536 269615 priced at £3.50 each. All proceeds for the upkeep of the village Hall.

All garments are of High Street Quality and are at bargain prices. All items will be available on the night for purchase. You may pay by cash, credit/debit card. The show will be given by SD Fashion Show of Nottingham

Shoulder of Mutton. A new Craft Brewery has been opened at the Shoulder of Mutton. A 2 barrel plant brews once a week and sometimes twice a week in the pub cellar. Regular beers include Dragline and Golden rosies sweatbox. And Weldon Windmill. All are named after local Historical places. Some seasonable beers are also being prepared for the coming season. Graham Moor house is head brewer assisted by Began Vunovic Land lord of the pub.

Weldon Parish Council held it most recent meeting on Monday 6th October . Caleh Weed attended the meeting as a Junior Parish Councillor He asked what it was felt it was would be appropriate for the council to concentrate for the council on and all agreed that ideas and suggestions for the new improved play area should be priority. Cllr Hags added that he was pleased with the schools recent involvement with the fire service. A written report had been received from the Rural Warden saying there will be new dog fouling signs and patrols in place shortly. They are looking into having drop down bollards to try to reduce fly tipping at the balancing pond. A request for dog fouling bins had been revived from Priors hall and the Weldon Village Hall. Cllrs Hegg reported that he had met with Bela Homes and discussed the Gretton Road Bridge over the bypass he asked architects to prepare drwings.As regards road signage on Kettering Road he had asked the engineering détente at the Council to have a look at the possible ideas for reducing the speed. Crime in the village during the month of September was Burglary at a dwelling in Gretton Road, 2 Criminal damage to a vehicle in Bramle Side,3 Vehicle Interference, 2 assaults

And it was confirmed that a speed gun would be in the village shortly

Village Magazine. The finance work force are to look into the costing etc. Memorial Bench for former clerk Laurie Berruto will take place shortly. Cllr Heyward confirmed that he was retiring from the council due to ill health. He was thanked for all his time and work as a council member. It was agreed not to recruit a replacement due to time for constraints prior to the next election Concern over the heavy quarry lorries through the village and the intrusion of Himalayans balsam on the brook these items to be investigated by Cllr walker and reported back at the next meeting. Cllr Walker will also look into the problem of overhanging trees in the pocket park which are obstructing the view


Half N Arf MPN Blood Cancer Charity Gig Night will be held at the Masonic Hall Mill Road wellingborough on 1st November and Doors Open at 7pm entry is £5 each and entrance by ticket. Tickets available by calling Claire on 0754499769 or Tina on 07866536978 or Becky 07870269167The Bands lined up to appear are Thee Telepaths ,The Farriers and Simplicity. Go Along and have a good night out and raise funds for Two good causes.

On Friday October 31st at St Marks Church Hall A 60s Disco and Live Band Night Party will be held. With Tickets costing Adults £6 Children £4 or family ticket 2 adults 2 children £15. Ticket price includes a BR style Buffet so tickets will need to be bought for catering numbers. It Begins at 7pm till 10.30pm Go Along and have a great night out Tickets from Church members.

Members of the Wellingborough JukeBox Club will be attending the Juke Box Show at Chessington over the weekend of 1st and 2nd November for more information call 01933 226720. Fantastic Stalls , Live bands and Jukeboxes. The Perfect show for the jukebox fanatic.

Wellingborough British Legion are Organising a Coach Trip on Thursday 30th October To the Tower of London to see the Poppies, for tickets contact David Coxall on 01933 279366. Tickets/Seats on Coach Cost £12 each and the Coach departs from Jackson Lane Car park at 10am and will return from London at 4pm.

Please book and Pay To make sure you have reserved your seats. No ticket, no seat.

This Years Poppy Launch Appeal Concert will be held at Wrenn School London Road on Friday 31st October and will be a fun filled night for all. You will be entertained by A special Guest Elvis Presley (impersonator).Tickets cost £5 each 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 years appeal selling poppies around the town of Wellingborough. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

There will be Patronal Lunch on Sunday 2nd November at All Hallows Church hall - Tickets £4 Adults, Children - Free available from 01933 563341. Bring your own alcohol, wine glasses are available.

Cards for Good Causes the Charity card shop in All Hallows Church Wellingborough began on Tuesday October 21st opening times are 9.30 until 2. 0 clock on Tuesdays Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays cards from 25 Charities are on sale these include Cancer research,

National Autistic Society,M.S. R.N.L.I ,Save The Children also Guest Charities which include this year Marie Curie Cancer care. The Shop will be open until December 13th.

School Holiday events at the Wellingborough Museum on Monday 27th October from 10.30 till 3pm Wrenn School will be organising a a Poppy Day Craft Event and its free to take part. There will be two Trench Experience Tours at 1pm and 3pm on Wed Oct 29th and Authentic Weaponry and Pyrotecnics will set the scene on this piece of living history. Its £3.50p each to enter and Family Tickets and group tickets are available just ask the Museum Staff. The Tour and talk about the trench lasts for over an hour. October 30th will give children and their carers the opportunity to enjoy two matinee film shows. Free showings at 11am and 2pm.

On October 31st Owls to Behold will be coming to the Museum from 10.45 till 3 pm 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 1st November and Tickets in Advance must be bought because ticket includes a Buffet and Catering Numbers need to be known. The Ticket Line is 01933 276838 and Cost £20 the evening begins at 8pm till late and will be a night of Ghostly Goings on. The Northamptonshire Film Archives Group will have another film show on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown. The film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop.

Geneology Information Day is October 18th and Northamptonshire Family History Society will be happy to help you for free from 10am till 1pm. The November one will be on November 15th. If you would like to know more do go along.

St Barnabas Church News All the Church groups are preparing the goods to sell on the stalls for the Autumn Fayre 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 31st October from 7pm till 9pm, for accompanied children 5yrs to 11yrs.

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.

We are pleased to announce that our autumn production 2014 is Snake In The Grass its Alan Ayckbourn’s 61st play, a thriller, and one of three supernatural plays he has written. It is also the only one for an all-female cast. It is directed by Jane Cox.

This is on from 7.45pm on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th November at Wellingborough Museum.

Tickets £7.00 Available from The Museum 12 Castle Way, Wellingborough , NN8 1XB Tel: 01933 276838 Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10.00 am - 4.30 pm

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church is holding an Angel Workshop with Angela Wells from 11am - 5pm on Saturday 25th October 2014

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


Wilbarston Bonfire and Spectacular Firework display to Music will be held Saturday November 1st at Wilbarston Football Field. Judging of the guy and pumpkin will be at 6.30pm.

The lighting of the Bonfire and Firework display will commence at 7pm.

This event is solelyself-funding and any donations towards the event would be welcome. To ensure a fun and safe evening for everyone please note that the use of personal fireworks is strictly forbidden.

Wilbarston presents A Phenomenal, Phantasmagorical,Marvellous, Meritorious, Old Time Music Hall Evening, onSaturday November 13th at 7.30pm. An Evening of Music, Laughter and Conviviality. Tickets are £8.00 which include refreshments, and will be on sale at The Village Shop or by phoning Hilary on 771465.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church this Sunday at 6.00pm.


Woodford torchlight parade is on Saturday October 25th and starts at 6:15pm on the Village Green.

It will finish with a disco /barbecue at the Woodford Community and Sports Club.Fancy dress optional.Everyone welcome.

The North & East Northants NCT committee, and we are planning an event to raise money for the charity to run events for new parents.

Nearly new sale Sunday 16th November 1:30:3:00pm (1:00pm for NCT members with membership card) Entry £1.

At the Kettering Athletic WMC, Rockingham Road NN16 9AR.

Quality baby and children’s clothes,toys and equipment at great prices.

For more information get in touch at or

There is a lot of dog mess in the village again especially in the High Street.

Dog owners are responsible for picking up their own dog mess and putting it one of the dog bins that are around the village. Failing to do so can lesd up to a £1000 fine if caught

The Woodford C of E school held a Harvest tea for villagers recently.The Children sang Harvest Songs.

There was a lovely tea set out which the children served to the guests.

Before going home every guest was given a box of groceries that the children had brought to the school for their Harvest service.

The service at the Chapel on October 26th will be at their winter time of 3pm, and will remain at that time until the clocks go forward in the spring.

The service will be conducted by Rev Martin Thorne from the Fuller Chapel Kettering.

The Wednesday fellowship on October 29th will be led by Rev E Dunning from Raunds.

The services for the Churches for October 26th are Little Addington Morning Prayer at 9:30am Great Addington Holy Communion and Sunday school 9:30am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11am.