Village news October 30

A rainbow over William Street, Kettering
A rainbow over William Street, Kettering

What’s going on where you live


Follow the Spooky Creature Quiz around the Fermyn Woods Park.  Quiz sheets available from the Skylark Cafe 10am to 4pm daily. £2 to take part including a creepy prize. From Saturday 25 October 10:00am to Sunday 2 November 4:00pm.Price: £2 per trail sheet No booking required.

The next library van visit is on Saturday November 1st calling at Barnyards Way from 12.50 -13.30 and Causin Close from 13.35-14.15.

Brigstock Bonfire will be held on the meadow on Sunday November 2nd. Tickets in advance from school or PO. Adults £4. Children £3. Gates open 5.30. Guy competition 5.30. Bonfire 6.00pm Fireworks 6.30pm. Mulled wine, Hot dogs Glow novelties for sale. The profit from this event pays for the fireworks for 2015. In case of bad weather check

Autumn Quiz Night on Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm in Brigstock Village Hall (bar opens at 7pm). Tickets are £9 including fish and chip supper (all proceeds to Brigstock Playgroup).Door and bar will open at 7pm. Bring a team of up to 8 people or join a team on the night. Tickets from Sam Read on 07766573400.

Brigstock Village Hall committee are holding a Food and Craft Fair on Saturday November 8th .Tables cost £10. Book with Sally on 01536373428.

A Tea Dance will be held in Brigstock Village Hall from 2pm - 4.30pm on Sunday November 9th. Dancing will include Sequence, Latin and Ballroom. Admission £3.50 including tea and cake. Details 07718519480.

The November WI meeting on Tuesday November 11th at 7.30pm is a demonstration of a Christmas Flower Arrangement presented by Linda Kerfoot and Shirley Carr.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday November 19th at 7.30pm in Brigstock Village Hall.

On Friday November 21st, the film Calvary will be shown in Brigstock Village Hall. Film starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £5 on the door no need to pre-book. Bar Available.


The Farmers Market will be in town on Saturday. 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. 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, at The Olde Victoria, starting at 8pm. Future events and activities will be discussed.

The Burton Latimer Branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section will hold their AGM & Faith Supper in the Band Club on Monday, 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 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 in the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Countdown Cares will be at the Bowls Club next 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 has been launched and is especially poignant this year, the 100th Anniversary since the outbreak of WW1. House to house collections are taking place in town until Saturday, November 8th. Please give generously and remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those living with the effects of war and combat.

The Remembrance Day Parade will leave the car park in Churchill Way at 2.15pm on Sunday, November 9th and process to St Mary’s Church for the Service of Remembrance at 2.30pm, after which there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial. Refreshments will be served after at the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane.

Two Minutes Silence will be observed at the War Memorial on Thursday, November 11th at 11am. All are invited to observe the Silence wherever they may be.

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 at 9.30am on Tuesday

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Worship

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


There was a good turnout for the monthly progressive whist drive held to raise funds for the village hall. Nine and a half tables were in play resulting in top scores being held by ladies, Dean Hawkins, Fay Moonie and Mags Blackmore, men Charlie Pykett and playing as men, Nora Davis and Sylvia Ingram. Consolation prizes went to Pat Fountain and Mavis Patrick, Mavis also won the first prize in a raffle. The next drive will take place on Saturday, November 22nd and a Christmas event will be held on December 6th.

Anthea Hill has once again come up trumps with her collection around the village for the charity, Action for Children with a creditable £180 total. Well done Anthea.

On Saturday, November 8th the annual quiz and soup night organised by the PCC returns to the village hall commencing at 7.30pm. The popular evening will be hosted by the Rev Jane Baxter with a mixture of questions. Teams, couples and individuals are invited to join in the fun by booking a place with Mary Davidson on 01536 770242.


The Green Horizons Family ‘Apple Day’ on 28 September saw dancing from the Rutland Morris Men, wellies ‘wanged’, apples pressed, cider tasted, scarecrows judged and a wonderful crowd of visitors taking part in the fun. Church volunteers not only baked but also provided teas all afternoon, East Carlton Walking Group ran a ‘guess the weight of the cake’ competition and made their own scarecrow (winning second place), and Mark Shirley kindly donated some of his Rockingham Forest Cider and put on a display of apples and cider samples. Volunteers from the National Trust at Lyveden New Bield brought along apple presses, bee keepers and conker games. Lucie Middlebrook from Green Horizons said: “It was a real privilege to have so many members of our community supporting the day, either by attending, donating prizes, baking, running stalls or making scarecrows. We are so pleased to have raised an amazing £2,444, which will go towards our horticultural project and provide social activities and experiences to develop the children’s skills.A huge thank you to you all for making a very happy and special day possible.” The Green Horizons Charity is setting up a horticultural project in Cottingham for children with autism and their families. More information at

A warm welcome to Liam Schulen and Nicole McEwan, the new landlord and landlady at The Royal George Pub in Back Lane, Cottingham. Nicole, from Gretton, met Liam when she was at university in Ipswich and both have experience working in the nightclub business. “We’ve heard really good stories about The George and everyone has been very welcoming,” said Liam. “We are looking forward to getting the pub thriving like it used to. We are open for drinks and are hoping to start serving food at the start of November. Then, after that, we are looking to reopen the B&B.” For more information, see the pub’s Facebook page - search for cottinghamtheroyalgeorge

Lynette Muir of Berryfield Road has just retired from Cottingham C of E Primary School after 32 years service. Lynette started working at the school in 1982 when she set up a pre-school group, moving on to become a teaching assistant, a special needs assistant and then, in 1991, a lunchtime supervisor. “Working at the school has been a big part of my life,” said Lynette. “I’ve always loved working with children and have enjoyed being part of the village through the school, making some really good friends along the way.” Lynette says she is now looking forward to spending time catching up with old friends, and holidaying and walking with her husband John. Happy retirement Lynette!

Come along to The Village Store and Cafe on Saturday 1st November for a glass of wine and to sample produce from partner suppliers. Products include dairy, flowers, local alcohol, bakery, pies, pickles and preserves. Also please consider becoming a volunteer - even a couple of hours a week would be a great help.

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

Del Robertson will be hosting another ‘Souper Quiz’ at the Village Hall Annexe on Saturday 8th November 2014. £2.50 per entrant with a Maximum of 6 per team. The Quiz will take place in The Village Hall Annexe and its 7.30pm doors for an 8.00pm start. No need for tickets – just turn up at the door. All proceeds go towards upkeep of The Village Hall Annexe.

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.

Congratulations to Middleton’s Mark Shirley of Rockingham Forest Cider, whose perry has just won a Gold Award in the East Midlands Cider and Perry Competition, held at the 2014 Nottingham CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival.

Cottingham has two new parish councillors, Tom Russell and Mike Curtis. There is currently one vacancy on Cottingham Parish Council and there are two vacancies on Middleton Parish Council. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, contact your Parish Clerk

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


Sunday 2nd November in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Morning Worship at 11.00am.


The Serina Restaurant raised £216.85 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on their ‘In The Pink’ Fundraising evening, which was held on Wednesday, October 15.

The Fresh Air Desborough Committee would like to extend a big thank you to all of those people who purchased, sold and distributed tickets which helped to make their Summer Raffle a huge success. A grand total of £1721 was raised which exceeded the amount raised in their previous Christmas raffle. This sum has really helped towards the payment of Fresh Air Desborough’s legal bill. Fresh Air Desborough (FAD) would also like to thank the following local businesses who very kindly donated prizes, as follows: Brookside Carpets, The Plant Man, The Ritz Tapas Bar, Desborough Fish Bar, Station Road Jewellers, Julies Flowers, V Tec, Elgee Handbags and West End DIY. Quick update on the Desborough Incinerator, as of Wednesday, October 15, no application had been received by the Environment Agency for any pre-application permitting discussions by any company wishing to operate an incinerator or Energy from Waste plant here in Desborough. FAD will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency. However FAD cannot be complacent and would like to assure you all that when they hear from the Environment Agency that an application has been made, FAD will let you all know when, how and where to make your objections.

Brian Jeffs of Leicester and Leicestershire Photographic Society entertained members of the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society on Friday, October 17 with a sequence of audio-visual shows as part of his “Digital AV Experience”. Subjects included Norway, Coventry Cathedral, Salford Quays, Coast-To-Coast Walk, The National Memorial Arboretum, Nepal, Lindisfarne and Yellowstone Park.

Brian is well known for his vast experience at producing audio-visual sequences, originally using colour slides but these days he takes advantage of modern digital technology and software. His talk illustrated several types of audio-visual presentation that can be used for different purposes. He also emphasised other aspects, such as the importance of selecting the right music and matching the images to the mood and pace of the music. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Brian for a very interesting and informative evening.

At the Anglican and Methodist Church Community Centre in Desborough, you can save a life and give blood. There were two sessions on Friday, October 17, the first at 1.30pm to 3.30pm and second was at 4.30pm to 7.30pm. To make an appointment please call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Desborough Carnival held their their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 22 at the Indoor Bowls Club in Desborough at 7.30pm. Forty four organisations received their hand outs from this year’s carnival (on Saturday, June 28) totalling £3050. The cheques were presented by the Carnival Court to representatives from the organisations. Next year’s committee will also be elected at the meeting. Desborough Carnival Allocations 2014 went to, as follows: £150 each went to Desborough Town Welfare; Vine Community Trust; St John Ambulance; Montsaye Academy Music Department; Havelock Infants School; Havelock Junior School; Loatland Nursery and Loatland Primary School. £50 went to Desborough Heritage Centre; Hazeland House; Desborough and District Wildlife Group; WRVS Welcome Club; Friends of Desborough Library; United Reformed Church; KGH Radio; Fire fighters Charity; Parkinsons Society; Desborough Community Transport; Talking Newspapers; Havelock Cheerleaders; Desborough Pocket Park; District Explorer Scouts; Target craft; URC Rainbows; URC Brownies; Desborough In Bloom; St John Badgers; St John Cadets; URC Beavers; URC Cubs; URC Cubs II; Sunshine Pre-School; Millennium Green Trust; URC Scouts; Desborough Youth Centre; St Giles Scouts; St Giles Rainbows; St Giles Brownies; St Giles Guides; St Giles Holiday Club; St Giles Beavers; St Giles Cubs; Over 60’s at Indoor Bowls Club and Desborough Social Club.

Fireworks Display on Sunday, November 2 at the Desborough Leisure Centre on Iron wood Avenue. Gates will be open at 5pm. There will be hot food, a children’s playground, a mini fairground and a display by the Leisure Centre Cheerleaders at 6.15pm. The fireworks display will begin at 6.45pm. £1500 has been spent on the fireworks this year. Admission is £4 for adults and £3 for children. Please come and support this event, lets make this years better than last years.

Each year the Desborough RBL Poppy Appeal display most of the wreaths that will be laid at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Last year 57 wreaths were placed on the memorial and presented a very proud sight, when dressed. This year the display, which is always in a local shop window, is in the ex Co-op Travel shop in Station Road and is a magnificent display. Most of the wreaths can be seen there. To have this many wreaths placed at the memorial represents the tremendous support that the Poppy Appeal has in the town. The RBL Poppy Appeal Organisers would like to take this opportunity of thanking the town for their continuing support. They would also like to thank Thomas Cook Travel for stepping in at the last minute and permitting them to use their premises for the display.

The following events are coming up in aid of the Poppy Appeal, as follows: On Saturday, October 25, the Poppy Appeal Starts. A fun quiz is held on Tuesday, October 28, at the Conservative Club on High Street, usually starts around 8pm. Poppies will be at the Tower trip on Wednesday, October 29, to see the ceramic poppies being placed around the Tower of London. In remembrance of those who fell in World War One. On Friday, October 31, come and support RBL Poppy Appeal organisers, who would be collecting at Desborough Co-operative Food Store on Gladstone Street commences. There will be a coffee morning at the Desborough Heritage Centre on Saturday, November 8, starting at 10am. Remembrance Sunday, November 9, Parade leaves Desborough Co-operative Food Store on Gladstone Street at 9.30am and makes its way to St Giles Church and after the service wreaths are laid at the War Memorial. Service at War Memorial at 11am on Tuesday, November 11.


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.

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.

On Saturday 8th November, the WW1 play `Killed’ is being performed at the Finedon Community Centre by The Looking Glass Theatre. The start time is 7.30pm and tickets cost £7 each. Tickets can be bought from Lynn on 680450 or Pam on 398377.

There will be a Christmas Market and Craft Fair on Sunday 16th November at the Finedon Community Centre. There are over 30 varied stalls and lots for the children to do as well as visiting Santa in his Grotto. The fair is open 11-3pm with the Wellingborough Mayor officially opening it and Mulso Junior School Choir to entertain at 12 noon. Admission is £1 for adults and free for accompanying children. More information is available from 398377.

The Royal British Legion held its October meeting at The Bowls Club Finedon where the agenda was read and duly signed. The members all enjoyed a Fish and Chip supper efficiently supplied by Finedon Fish Shop. This was followed by a talk and demonstration of C.P.R. by Karen and Steve from St. John Ambulance. Our next meeting will be on Monday November 3rd. which will be the A.G.M. The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments. Everyone welcome, and you don’t have be ex forces to join us and have an enjoyable evening.

 A note for your diary - There will be a buffet - dance on Friday December 12th.  7.30 to midnight at The Gladstone Wellingborough Road.   Price is £7. Music will be a various mixture by Bob Watts on the keyboard, and the dancing, hopefully, will suit all tastes. This is open to everyone so get your tickets now. Contact - Allan  07543897507  or Peter  07434328237

The Royal British Legion held its October meeting at The Bowls Club Finedon where the agenda was read and duly signed. The members all enjoyed a Fish and Chip supper efficiently supplied by Finedon Fish Shop. This was followed by a talk and demonstration of C.P.R. by Karen and Steve from St. John Ambulance. Our next meeting will be on Monday November 3rd. which will be the A.G.M. The evening will close with a raffle and light refreshments. Everyone welcome, and you don’t have be ex forces to join us and have an enjoyable evening.

A note for your diary - There will be a buffet - dance on Friday December 12th. 7.30 to midnight at The Gladstone Wellingborough Road. Price is £7. Music will be a various mixture by Bob Watts on the keyboard, and the dancing, hopefully, will suit all tastes. This is open to everyone so get your tickets now. Contact - Allan 07543897507 or Peter 07434328237


Queen Street is now open after nearly 6 months of repair to the wall! It really is a lovely wall and has been admired by many.

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

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

If you are new to the village of Geddington or just moved in, Welcome!! According to old villagers, If you have to be born here or at least have lived here 50 years, otherwise you are a newcomer! Now would be a great opportunity to find out more about Geddington and its history. It is all totally free!!!

The Geddington Archive Project is being held on Saturday 1st November 2014 in Geddington Village Hall, from 12 noon to 4.00pm.

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

The Remembrance Service in Geddington will take place on Sunday 9th November at 9.45am at St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church. The service will finish at 11.00am , observing the traditional minute’s silence around the War Memorial in the Churchyard.


Sunday the 2nd November 2014 is All Saints Day also The Fourth Sunday before Advent and 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.

As part of their wonderful topic this term, the children of Lilford Class will be visiting the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham where they will take part in a workshop and spend some time looking around the Centre. The trip will take place on Wednesday 5th November.


Sunday November 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion 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


Monday 3rd at 7.30pm in the village hall W.I meets, visitors always welcome.

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.

Grendon village hall offers good facilities for group bookings, family parties or sales and craft fairs. It is central, reasonably priced and has a good kitchen . Why not give it a go when you need the extra space for an event. Ring June on 01933 663253 for rates and availability.


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 entry. A big variety of stalls selling a wide range of Crafts is promised just with Christmas in mind Come and browse the stalls for some gift ideas or perhaps treat yourselve.Refreshments will also be available.Proceeds of the event will go to support Gretton Silver Band.So put the date in your diary.Organisers hope to see you on 15th November at our annual Craft Market here in Gretton.

For all inquiries please call 01536 713234.


Last week it seemed that Hargrave would be blown away in the storm. Some trees did come down but there was no serious damage reported to life or property.

Into November, Sunday, 2nd. Celebration of All Hallows Patronal service, a joint benefice service with Holy Communion at 10.00am. Remembrance service on 9th at 9.15am.

2015 is a special year for our W.I. - Its centenary. Plans are already afoot for celebrations and we can be sure of some very special cakes. Meanwhile we are working on making the Christmas bazaar on Nov.30, the best ever.

Coffee morning on 6th, venue to be advised. Ladies Lunch at The Racehorse, please ring Penny 623310 to check date and reserve your place at the table.

Book Club on 4th, meeting at 2.30pm at Forge Cottage, Poetry Group, 19th, 2.30pm in the church..


A special Higham Ferrers War Walk will be held this Saturday 1st November starting at 2 pm from the Market Square outside the Town Hall. Those on the Walk will visit sites of interest around the town and hear accounts of heroics and tragedies. This is being organised by members of the World War One History Group and all are welcome. For further details contact Geoff Moore 410766 or Ian Bayes 07912 341534.

The annual service for All Souls’ Day will be held in St Mary’s Church at 6 pm this 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.

A Town Service of Remembrance will be held on the Market Square at 10.45 am on Sunday 9th November with wreaths laid by local organisations and schools. Service sheets will be available from the Town Hall.

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30 am tomorrow morning 31st 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 continue tomorrow from 1 pm to 4 pm at Stanwick Lakes with arts and crafts, face painting and spooky fun. There is a modest charge for taking part.

In addition a Bonfire Crafts afternoon will be held this Sunday 2nd 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:

The Friends of St Mary’s are holding a Cheese and Wine Evening in the Bede House on Friday 14th November in conjunction with Waitrose. Tickets are now available from Barry Matson 312786 or Brian Behagg 318856 and all are welcome.

Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund two major projects currently being undertaken by the Friends – restoration of the World War 1 Memorial and the creation of a remembrance garden in the area between the Church and Chantry Chapel. For further details about the Friends of St Mary’s contact the secretary Pat Spencer 01933 316376.

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

The theme of the fancy dress will be Angels to complement the three day Angel Festival being held in St Mary’s on Friday/Saturday/Sunday 21st to 23rd November.

Judging will take place at 4 pm in Higham library and then all “angels (and cherubs) with their parents will parade to the Square for carol singing, presentation of prizes and the 5 pm switching on of the Christmas lights. In addition the overall winner of the fancy dress will help the Mayor to switch on the lights.

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

A Tash – towards a Safer Higham - meeting was held in the Town Hall last week and chaired by Councillor Derek Lawson. PCSO Rob Brown attended on behalf of the local police.

Reported crime figures were presented to the end of September with the comparative period last year in brackets. Burglary dwelling 11 (7); burglary other 8 (17); criminal damage 35 (32); drug offences 6 (5); sexual offences 1 (4); theft from motor vehicle 13 (26); theft handling 17 (22); theft of motor vehicle 6 (5); violence offences 33 (25).

Police issues to progress: deal with various parking issues around town; extension of the no cold calling areas in town; continued use of a speed gun on a monthly basis in College Street and to raise issues regarding speeding traffic at Chowns Mill. Councillors to progress the installation of a light to illuminate the play area on Saffron Road.

In general the police reported no major issues were presenting in either Saffron Road or Wharf Road outside the schools.

The next Tash meeting is planned for Thursday January 15th at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall when all residents are welcome. It was agreed that Tash meetings need to be further publicised.

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm next 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.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet on Wednesday 19th November at 2 pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The special guest Kevin Varty will be talking about Pictures in the Parlour – The Story of the Magic Lantern. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty special interest groups. See website:

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 2nd November are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15 am with a baptism.

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 - Holy Communion will be at 10.45 am led by the Rev Liz Dunning. (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.

Well done to students from The Ferrers School – around a dozen young people from Years 7,8 and 9 – who planted around a thousand spring flowering bulbs in the Chichele College grounds last week. The students were guided and assisted by members of the Chichele College Garden Committee (a part of Tourism) and this special community effort was given to the students in recognition of their good school work. We look forward to a wonderful display in the spring.

Higham Footpath Group are going on a five mile walk in the Swineshead area this Sunday 2nd. 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. On Sunday 16th November the group will be doing a five mile circular walk in the Sherington/Tyingham area led by Chris and Diane Hales 01933 314032. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.10 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am on Croft End Road Sherington. See website:

The Swivel Club are holding a fundraiser at the Rushden Bowls Club at 8 pm 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 and all proceeds will be for charity.


There will be an art and photographic exhibition by local artists at Irchester Library until 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 Remembrance Sunday service will be held on Sunday 9th November at the War Memorial with the service starting at 10.50am. Those individuals and representatives from organisations who wish to lay wreaths are to report to the Reachout Community Church next to the War Memorial at 10.30am. If you could help with stewarding on the day please contact Cllr Tim Maguire (07741 162619) or Cllr Jon-Paul Carr (01933 382476). The Little Irchester Remembrance Sunday service will be held at the war memorial at Little Irchester at 2.30pm.

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. There may still be some tickets available from Brian on 311754. They cost £7 and include 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.

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

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

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

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


There will be a ‘Halloween Spooktacle’ at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows. Fancy Dress is welcome and the event is free. College Street Centre, Irthlingborough has a Monday Club 9:30am-2pm and Lunch Clubson Tuesday and Friday 10:30am-2pm. For detailscontact Centre on 651241 or Janice 681373.

AIR - BRIT! Raising funds for the wonderful Air Ambulance! The British Arms, Irthlingboroughon Sat 1st Nov, Starts 12 (noon) til late. The day consists of Live entertainment all day & night. For more details please contact Kelly Gee 07731453546.

‘Whitworths’ will having a Firework Display onTuesday 4th November 2014 in support of theWNAA. It will be held at Irthlingborough Cricket Club, Windmill Road. Gates open 6:30pm DisplayStarts 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 PetersChurch, Irthlingborough from 10am – 12pm.

Irthlingborough Methodist Church has an ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 1st November from 10am until 4pm. Everyone is invited to come along and enjoy light refreshments in the newly refurbished halls. The project, now completed offers flexible use of the premises for the whole community. A fully fitted kitchen, modern toilet facilities and a warm and bright atmosphere will help provide a suitable venue for a variety of events and occasions. All areas of the Wesley Centre are now wheelchair friendly with a platform lift between the two levels. Everyone is welcome and there is ‘Messy Church’ for our younger visitors.


On Friday 7th November at the Corn Market Hall, London Road at 7.30pm the Kettering & District Locomotive Society will be meeting. The guest speaker is Brian Steph45son with a talk on Midland Locomotives from the Archive. Brian will be presenting a specially prepared evening of photographs from the early days of the Midland Railway illustrating the varieties of locomotives used by the Company.

A Breakfast Morning is being held in the Parish Hall, Market Place on Saturday 1st November from 9.30am to 11.30am. Bacon/sausage baps, tea, coffee, teacakes available. Proceeds to the Mothers’ Union Away-from-it-All holiday scheme.

The East Northants Association of the National Trust (ENANT) is meeting on Thursday 13 November at 7.30pm at the Corn Market Hall, Kettering. The speaker, Martin Sirot-Smith, will be in full Tudor costume as Lawrence Washington and will talk about the building of the Tudor manor and the connection with the Washington family. Visitors are very welcome - £3 at the door.

At All Saints Community Hall, William Street on Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm An Evening with Matt Smith (in aid of the Bell Tower Appeal) “An Illustrated talk on Grafton Underwood’s Airfield during WW2”. Entry £3 on the door. Light refreshments available and a raffle. For more information call 01536 522158. All welcome.

On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th November the Gunpowder Plot Bonfire Night at Boughton House. Gates open 6.30pm, main show 7.30pm. Tickets available from the Lighthouse Theatre box office 01536 414141 or online at

All advance tickets adult £10, concessions £6.50, family/group 10% discount. A great night out for all the family in one of Northamptonshire’s most spectacular stately homes. Early evening entertainment sets the atmosphere for a spectacular performance with fireworks finale. The performance retells the story of the gunpowder plot and its connections to both Boughton House and Northamptonshire.

Spectacular show/fireworks/good/refreshments/fire-performers/live music/free parking.

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

On Thursday 6th November Kettering Pensioners Parliament meets at the Midland Band Club in the Music Room at 2.30pm. A chance to meet new friends and chat over a cup of tea. The speaker for the afternoon will be Brian King – Kerala. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Saturday 1st November at All Saints Community Hall, William Street a Charity Car Boot & Table Top Sale. Doors open 9am until noon. Free admission.

On Saturday 1st November it is Fireworks Night at Wicksteed Park. Tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the day which includes live music and funfair (additional cost). Hosted by Mark and Liz from Connect FM. For more information and to book tickets please call 01536 512475 or visit

At St. Andrew’s Arts Centre, St. Andrew’s Church, Rockingham Road on Saturday 8th November at 8pm spend an evening in the company of Stuart Maconie as he talks about The Peoples Songs, a social history of modern Britain told through pop singles.

It is a project that tells the story of modern Britain through the records that we listened to and loved during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day.

Tickets £15, concessions £13 available from St. Andrew’s Church 01536 513858, Waterstones 01536 481575 or

The Alfred East Art Gallery Showcase for November features Yvonne Peabody - Gem Trees. Do come down to the Art Gallery to have a look at Yvonne’s gem trees and jewellery. You might find some inspiration for Christmas!!

Don’t forget the Halloween Family Fun Day at the Manor House Museum on 31st October 11am – 3pm.

Spooky craft activities, frightful fancy dress, monstrous movie screening at the Market Place and much more mischief!

Community Corner at the Manor House Museum for November features the KOS Musical Theatre Craft Fayre.

Since their founding in 1919 the KOS Musical Theatre Company have put on a varied programme of shows, from light operetta to Gilbert & Sullivan, plus classic and modern musicals.

This month, on Sunday 23rd November, the KOS Musical Theatre Company will present their Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre at Ise Lodge Community Centre.

The NEZVA U17 Volleyball Championships begins today until 2nd November at the National Volleyball Centre, Thurston Drive. This Centre is host to the annual U17 Northern European Volleyball Championships. England, all Scandinavian states and the Faroe Islands will be competing.


Christmas Bazaar at Little Harrowden Church- Saturday 8th November at 2.00pm 1st Prize in the raffle is a £50 Boden Voucher. Everyone is welcome.

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

Further dates for your diary - Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome.

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.


On Sunday 2nd November, a Family Service will be held at 10am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.


Orlingbury Family Circle- Future dates for your calendar – Sunday 16th November – Living things Sunday 21st December – Nativity.

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

Further dates for your diary - Thursday 13th November at 2.00pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship and Christmas activities. Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: – Christmas Anthology. Everyone is most welcome to attend the Mothers Union, you do not have to be a Mother and you do not have to female, though of course all of those are welcome. They look forward to seeing you.

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


Oakley Vale W.I. held their AGM On Tuesday 21st October which had both serious and ‘fun’ elements. Janet Smith was voted in as President for another year and they also voted Jane and Heather onto their committee. Sadly Susan, Marion, and Chris stepped down and will be missed – a thank you was given for all their hard work. Sue Kendle, vice chair of NFWI one of their advisors, came to oversee the evening. Sue has recently carried the centenary baton down a zip-wire at Wickstead Park! Janet tells me “W.I is an organisation where anything can happen we don’t just make jam!”  After the business they held a cake sale on behalf of Cynthia Spencer Hospice and raised £28.  Last week their craft club raised £20.00 for Lakelands Hospice.  Eating cake was no hardship! They also had a quiz on the theme of cake. Northants WI have had cake events in aid of Cynthia Spencer over the last few months and last night was their local contribution. W.I bowling nights are still very popular and Chris seems well on her way to taking our small trophy. Janet says;”It was great to welcome two more ladies into membership last night and we also welcomed a visitor, who will hope will also join us , your first visit free what is there to lose? If you have a W.I. near you why not go along and find out what we get up to.” You can contact Janet Smith on 01536743152.

All Oakley Vale, BMX riders, skateboarders, in-liners and scooter riders are sent a warm invitation to Adrenaline Alley for their Halloween ‘all nighter’ (31st October) and ‘Vert Wars’ (31st October / 1st November) see for more details. The 50 minute film ‘ADRENALINE’ Triumph over Tragedy was edited in Oakley Vale by local residents and will be available on I-Tunes from the 1st November. This tells the heartbreaking but ultimately triumphant story of a Corby mothers struggle to establish a suitable sports facility for local youth. Well worth a viewing.

Many residents have contacted me regarding the state of Oakley Vale roads. At our last OVCA OGM I asked Cllr. Caine to help by getting an up to date road adoption list which I’ll share this with you at the next meeting 26th November. This week Cllr Caine has been out with Barrett’s looking at issues on ‘Bluebell’. Her last specific request was to help improve Haydock Close – this took a while but it is now in a much better state of repair and well on the way to adoption as soon as the current nearby building works are complete. If you have any other local issues please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll pass them on to the relevant authority.

Following concern over grass management on Oakley Vale I’m still awaiting the CBC ‘five year plan’ for Nature Conservation. As soon as this arrives I shall distribute it to Community Association members for comment. I have received plans and layouts for the nature information boards that will soon appear on the estate and these seem very interesting. I will bring these and ‘The ‘plan’ to your next Oakley Vale Community Association OGM which is on the 26th November at the Community Centre.


During the month of November, the Raunds Local Focus Group will be exploring new areas of East Northants, North Bedfordshire and Huntingdon, with various ‘Autumnal Village Walks’. The group meets mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays, meeting at 9.30 a.m. and returning by about 12.30 p.m. Most walks are solid surface, covering between 1 and 3 miles, sharing cars or using the local bus service.

It is free to join this informal group, and walks are suitable for everyone, with unique, weatherproof maps being available at £2.50 each. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, please. For full details, please call Susan on 01933 461480.

Coffee will be served tomorrow, Friday, 31st October, between 10 a.m. and 12 midday at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

There will also be a Christian Coffee Morning at the centre between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, 3rd November, and Tea with Friends between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 5th November.

There will be a Benefice Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 2nd November at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 5th November at 10 a.m. at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Little Sunbeams will be back from their half-term holiday break on Tuesday, 4th November, and will be meeting in St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, between 9.15 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting next Wednesday, 5th November, at 8 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, Raunds, when the guest speaker will be Joe Chipper with ‘The Street Pastors’. Visitors are always welcome with an admission of £3.50, which includes a raffle ticket and refreshments. For more information please call Linda on 01933 622926.

The Raunds & District History Society meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Visitors are welcome to join them with an admission fee of £3 each, which includes refreshments afterwards.

The group will be meeting next Thursday, 6th November, when their guest speaker will be Elizabeth Morgan with the subject of ‘Roman Life in a Family Home.’

Dates for your diary:-

Sunday, 9th November, there will be a Remembrance Service, with refreshments and fresh coffee, at 9.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Saturday, 29th November, there will be a Christmas Craft Fair between 10.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. at Raunds Library. If you would like to book a stall please call in to Raunds Library, or call them on 0300 126 1000.


The Thursday Club meets in the Shared Church between 2.30pm and 4.00pm and on Thursday 30th October the topic will be ‘Somewhere Near Here with Peter’. 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 31st October between 6pm and 8pm ‘Halloween in Ringstead Village’ free hotdogs & juice at Dodson & Horrell stores. Come in your scariest fancy dress! We hope to see you there !

Sunday 2nd November there is no Morning Service in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead, however you are invited to attend a Benefice Communion Service at 10.00am in All Hallows Church in Hargrave.

There will be a Service of Memories at in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead.

On Sunday 2nd November 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am A Communion Service with a Dedication of Shoeboxes with Pastor Patrick Barker. At 6pm Evening Service with Mrs Laura Partington.

First Kicks mini Football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC led by UEFA qualified coaches for ages between 5---8 year olds on Sundays Term-Time only at the Rec in Gladstone Street in Ringstead fom 9.30am to 10.30am. The sessions are £2.50. For further information please contact Josje on 07758 386101and Email: All Children must be accompanied by an Adult.


The sound of laughter could be heard in the village hall for four nights recently when the production of Allo Allo was presented by the Riseley Community Theatre. The cast consisted of actors and actresses from the village who looked very impressive in costume. Plans are in the pipeline for a similar event next year. The total amount raised will fund the Youth Theatre for the next year.

The WW1 Commemoration evening, held recently, was voted a huge success and enjoyed by both performers and the audience. The evening took the form of music provided by the Early Risers and the Sharnbrook Gospel Choir who were supported by a male and a female vocalist. In addition there were poems and dramatic presentations with many poignant moments amongst the rousing choruses. Villagers from Riseley, Bletsoe and Sharnbrook took part and were joined by members of the Royal British Legion and the Scouts. Almost £1000 was raised to support the Royal British Legion.


A final reminder that we are holding our annual Bonfire Celebrations behind the village hall on Wednesday 5th November. The bonfire will be lit at approximately 6.30pm, followed by fireworks. Monetary donations and prizes for the raffle would be gratefully received. Please see David Norman at D G Norman, Cottons Farm yard.

Following on from this event, we will be holding the Cheese & Wine evening at Rockingham Castle on Saturday 8th November from 7.30pm. This is organised by the Church Building Fund Committee to raise money for urgent repairs to our village church. Tickets can be purchased from: Trevor Burbidge, Pauline Sullivan, Donna Winch, David Norman or from Trish in the shop.


A plan to build accommodation for vulnerable adults with a range of physical and learning difficulties has been drawn up for the former health centre site in Bridge Street, Rothwell – and a public consultation will enable residents to ask questions about the scheme.

HB Villages is intending to submit an application to develop 14 supported living apartments to help ease the current shortage of suitable accommodation for people aged from 18-60 with learning and physical difficulties, with associated car parking. In a letter to local residents, HB Villages emphasise that the intended occupants of the accommodation do not suffer from issues that would pose a potential threat to anyone. “In fact it is they who need to be protected from less kindly members of our diverse society, and this is why we feel that Rothwell is a wonderful choice of location,” Alastair Sheehan, development director, says in his letter. He adds: “You will find these tenants much quieter neighbours than the average resident.”

The public meeting will take the form of a public drop-in at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane from 1.00-8.00pm on Monday, November 3. The event will outline the group’s plans for the site and provide the opportunity to answer any questions or deal with any concerns about the intended planning application.

HB Villages is an organisation that provides accommodation for vulnerable adults to enable them to lead as normal a life as possible. Because of their disabilities, they cannot do this without a certain amount of support, which could include help with shopping, bills or learning a new cooking recipe. Those with learning disabilities may have courses they need support with or perhaps organising travel to and from their job or volunteer placement.

Each tenant is assessed by commissioning teams before being granted an apartment, and there will be staff available on a 24-hour basis – the letter promises the “weekly presence” of a local housing officer. Typically, those to be housed may be living in unsuitable accommodation, with elderly parents or currently living away from family.

By having 14 people living in one building, HP Villages says “substantial” care cost savings can be made while enhancing care provision. It had similar schemes across England, including at Peterborough and Colchester.

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

Rothwell nursery is 20 years old – and those who remember its earliest days are being invited to come and see how the School Lane nursery has changed over the years. The event is being held from 4.00-6.00pm on Tuesday, November 4. There will be tea and cakes, and those with photographs of the early days are asked to bring them along.

Week 5 of the Kettering and District Table Tennis League saw all five Rothborough sides remain unbeaten. In Division 1, Arrows had a 6-4 victory against title rivals Harborough Rangers, with another treble for Julian Marlow. In Division 2, Comets and Dakotas both had comfortable 10-0 wins while Buccaneers beat Kettering B 9-1. Tom Ravenscroft and Ray Harrison were unbeaten. Exocets fought out a 5-5 draw with Corby D.

Ben Peel gives a talk ‘Photographing on business travel’ to members of Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society at 8.00pm on Friday, October 31 at Marlow House, Gold Street, Desborough. At the following week’s meeting, on Friday, November 1, the annual slide competitions take place, the judge being Adrian Stone. The meeting starts at the earlier time of 7.30pm at the same venue. Visitors are welcome for an admission charge of £1.50. For more information visit, phone Geoff Oliver on 01536 505442 or go to Facebook.

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 admitted free, with adults paying £1 and activities 50p. It is organised by Rothwell Citizens’ Welfare Committee, and any money raised will 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.

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 tonight, 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.


Serve – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – the Lunch trips next week are on Monday November 3rd to Vesuvios, Sharnbrook, on Tuesday 4th to The Miller, Wellingborough and on Thursday 6th to The Star & Garter, Chelveston. Shopping trips next week are to Downtown Garden Centre, Grantham (£10.00) on Wednesday 5th and Waitrose on Friday 7th. Gardening sessions at Keep House, Wollaston is on Friday 7th – volunteers needed. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Cancer Research - the High St Charity Shop has an official re-opening after refurbishment Tuesday Nov 4th at 9.00am

by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Kaye Rawlins.

British Legion – there will be a service in the Garden of Remembrance at the War Memorial on Wednesday November 5th at 10.50am led by Chaplain Rev John Tye, in the presence of the Mayor of Rushden Cllr Richard Lewis and ENC Chair Cllr Gill Mercer who will plant crosses in the Garden in memory of the WW1 fallen.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday Nov 4th in Rushden Hall at 2.00pm when Bill Graham will speak on ‘Gas Pipe Laying’.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet again next Wednesday Nov 5th at 7.30pm in Higham Library when John Ellson will present his programme of music also a Bring & Buy stall.

St Mary’s Church – celebrate Holy Communion this Sunday at 9.30am with Rev Matt Taylor and Rev Steve Prior with Morning Prayer at 11.15am led by Reader John Dixon. Contemporary Evening Worship is at 6.00pm led by Rev Prior with preacher Rev Taylor. 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 – welcome the visit of the Army’s Premier Band - The Regent Hall Band - this Saturday Nov 1st at 7.00pm. Morning Service this Sunday is at 10.00am led by Major Richard Crowe. Evening First Sunday Service is at 6.00pm with guests David Daws principal Euphonium player with GUS Band and pianist Roy Kirsopp. For details of all weekly activities please contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church – Service this Sunday is at 10.15am. The Retired’s Group meet next Friday 7th Nov in the Bridge Community Office for a Quiz.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Joan and Joe Lainchbury of Northampton. There is an Open Circle on Wednesday November 5th at 7-30pm.

Heritage Church and Halls – Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Keith Davies with refreshments after the service. All term time activities resume next week with Widows Support Group meeting next Tuesday 4th November at 2.00pm. On Saturday November 8th at 7.00pm a Charity Concert by ‘Izzy’ from Shelmerick Academy will raise funds for ‘Volunteering in Africa’ – tickets £5.00 on the night.

St. Peter’s Church – Holy Communion is celebrated at 8.00am taken by Rev Graham Bell with the Morning Service at 10.00am led by Reader Garry Johnson and the Young Stars. The Next Generation, for youths between 11 and 16 years, meet in the Community Room on Tuesday at 6.30pm.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – Saturday Morning Coffee is served in the Church Hall from 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am is led by Richard Keech. Evening Worship at 6.00pm is at Wymington Wesleyan Chapel.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service with Communion is at 10.45am with the Music Group and Pastor Ian Fall. Evening Service is at 6.00pm is a joint Service at Wymington Wesleyan Chapel.

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.


Would you like to learn how to use a computer, improve your existing computer skills, or perhaps you would like to learn how to use social media or skype?

Computer courses for beginners, and those with a little more experience, are being offered at the Village Hall by an experienced tutor from Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning.

A minimum number is needed in order to run the course. For more information please contact Rebecca on 07879 979 493 or

A Halloween party will take place at the Village Hall tomorrow, Friday, 31st October, between 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Admission is £4 for children and £1 for adults, or £15 for a family of up to 6 people. There will be Face Painting for everyone and you are asked to take along a plate of ‘scary’ food! Please call Leisa on 07736 418 726.

Halloween arts and crafts, face painting and spooky fun will be taking place at Stanwick Lakes between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, 30th and 31st October. There will be modest charges for some activities, and normal car parking charges will apply.

There will also be a Halloween Family Party tomorrow between 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Stanwick Lakes. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costumes and enjoy a spooky, fun, family party. There will be food, a children’s entertainer, music and more, for £8 per person (or £30 for a family of 4). Booking is essential, and for more details, and to check the availability of places, please call 01933 625522. Car parking charges are included in the ticket price.

Saturday sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of ‘Spare Parts’ who will be providing your evening’s entertainment with their classic rock covers.

Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at the club, and for more information please visit their website at

‘Priceless’, the monthly service for children and their families, will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 2nd November, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

There will also be a Benefice Service of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds.

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Wednesday, 5th November, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Create ‘firework’ pictures and make your own Guy Fawkes at the Bonfire Crafts event on Sunday, 2nd November, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Stanwick Lakes. Admission is £1 per child, and normal car parking charges apply.

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.

To check the availability of places and to find out more about the course, please contact Markus Jaichner on 07580 802 544 or email him at

Would you be interested in Rugby coaching with The Saints for children aged 3 to 5 years? This will take place at Stanwick Village Hall, and the cost will be approximately £5 per session. To register your interest, please contact Naomi on 07887 926 833. A minimum of 10 children will be needed to run the session, and times and dates can be arranged to suit those interested.

Number 42 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 18th October, making John Chambers the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, November 1 in The High Street, Thrapston from 9am until 1pm. There will be a wide range of stalls selling a selection of locally grown, reared and produced food and drink. Produce will include local meat and game, local beer, wine and cider, pet foods, local fruit and vegetables, cheese, fruit pies and puddings, savoury pies and charcuterie, jams, chutneys, local honey, dressings and much more. For further information about the market and sellers visit you can also like the Facebook page to get regular updates about the upcoming market. The market will be held on the first Saturday of every month.

Thrapston and District Royal British Legion present an Evening with Thrapston Town Band featuring Thrapston Primary School Choir at St James Church from 7:30pm on Saturday, November 8.  Tickets cost £5 or £3 for under 12s. They are available from Nicola Compton-Marriott on 01832 735371, Veronica McCurdy on 01832 735206 and Sheila Cowell on 07714397943.  All proceeds raised will go towareds the New War Memorial

The Royal British Legion is holding a Service of Dedication for the New War Memorial at the Coronation Gardens from 10.30am on Sunday, November 9 at which we hope the people of Thrapston will join us. In the afternoon we will hold our usual Remembrance Parade and Service in St James Church with the Parade forming up in Cosy Nook ready to march off at 2.45pm proceeding up the High Street turning into Oundle Road at the Traffic Lights.  After the Service the Parade will form up in Oundle Road to march back to Cosy Nook where the parade will be dismissed.  Please support the British Legion to make this Parade a good one.

Thrapston Town Football Club will also be holding a Quiz Night at the clubhouse from 7pm on Saturday, November 22 with a £100 prize for the winning team. Teams of no more than 4 people can enter for £20 or individuals for £5 each. The evening will also include and auction of items from Manchester United, Northampton Town, Leicester City and Tigers plus a break kindly donated by the Holiday Inn, Corby. For more information on these items visit the club website, Or better still, get a team together and join in on the night! For any further details or to book your team contact Kevin on 07516555340 or via email at

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 are available now 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.


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. Please call in and see for yourself very soon.

Weldon Women’s Institute met on Tuesday 14th October in the village hall. After the monthly meeting the annual general \Meeting took place. The monthly meeting members were welcomed by the President Peony Tighe . The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1th November when there is a return visit of Marianne Parry with a talk this time on The Care of Candles. There will be some of Marians delightful candle on sale. Now it was on the Annual General Meeting when the President Secretary and Treasurer gave their annual reports. All committee members were prepared to stay on the committee with several standing down from their present positions. The monthly competition results were given by Paulette Bent with 1st place going to Liz Bowell with 14 points 2nd place with 13 points Sue Cole and in 3rd place was Carol Stevens each received a small gift and Liz receive the trophy which she will hold for a year. The evening ended with the ladies enjoying a Fish and Chip Supper.


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.

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.

Wellingborough British Legion 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.

Wellingborough Central Townswomens Guild.

On July the 15th, we celebrated our Guilds Birthday at The Stags Head, Gt. Doddington, Members came with their husbands and family to enjoy their company together. The food was consumed with great relish, and everybody was with very full stomachs for a quiet afternoon. Raffle winners were delighted with their prizes, and we thanked Avis Bailey for arranging this event for us.

On August the 21st, Dawn Durrant a podiatrist from Wellingborough showed us how to take care of our feet, she was particularly aware that most of our guild, were elderly ladies and we had already done the damage to our feet, but she offered some soothing remedies, and also ideal ways of keeping our feet fresh.

On September 18th, we had a cancellation from our speaker of this month owing to illness, but recommended a speaker to us called Ray Hobby who calls himself the Arnsby Storyteller. He makes you think, he can make you laugh, this is all about the psychotherapy and it makes you realise there is more to this than meets the eye.

And on October 16th, we met a gentleman named Geoff Stone, who entertained us so beautifully with his photographs and beautiful music, not one person moved in their seats, they were transfixed on the pictures and being moved by the music, His selection were in such clever content, and we most certainly will hope that he will come again to entertain us.

For November our next speaker will be the Johnsons, on the 20th showing us the music and records of a by-gone age, we have met this couple before and they always make our afternoon very pleasant.

We will be having a trip out with the members in December, which will help with our Christmas shopping, so we are looking forward to this event. Everybody is welcome to come to our meetings, we make a good cup of tea with biscuits. Call Sheila Lloyd on 01933 673408 for information.

A Craft Fair will be held on Saturday 8th November at the Castle Theatre from10am till 3pm and if you want to take along a stall call Sue on 01933 221848 daytime only.

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.

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 will begin 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 13.

School Holiday events at the Wellingborough Museum 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 by 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.

When & Where Friday 7th & Saturday 8th November 2014

The Wellingborough Museum , Wellingborough 7.45pm 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


Wilbarston Bonfire and Spectacular Firework displaywill be this Saturday November 1st at Wilbarston

Football Field. Judging of the guy and pumpkin will be at 6.00pm.

The lighting of the Bonfire and Firework display will follow. There will be a raffle and hot food to enjoy while watching the firework display, the bar will also be open. This event is solely self-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.

Youth Brass 2000, winners of many competitions & who have performed all over Europe, will be in concert at Wilbarston Village Hall on Saturday November 8th at 7.30pm. Doors will open at 7pm.

Pay on the door Adults £5.50 Children £2, under 12s free. Bar and refreshments available before event and during interval (pre order). Raffle donations appreciated.

Ring Judith on 01536 771178. All proceeds to the Village Hall fund.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church this Sunday 26th October at 6.00pm.