Village news October 9

An emperor dragonfly darts among the reeds
An emperor dragonfly darts among the reeds

What’s going on where you live


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

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

Brigstock WI’s AGM will be on Tuesday October 14 at 7.30pm in the WI Hall. This will be followed by a wine and cheese supper. The president has urged members to sign up to join the committee at this meeting. Members should bring a glass, plate and knife. It is not too late to join the 200 club. The price to enter the next 11 draws will be £11. Please contact any WI member. The WI committee would like to say thanks to all who supported the duck race at the beer festival, including those in the water, the ticket sellers and ticket purchasers. The winners were Cynthia Gray, Ann Barton and Teagan Griffiths. It was great for the WI to be part of the beer festival which was once again a brilliant event.

Brigstock book club, which meets monthly at the chapel, is having a coffee morning and book sale at Brigstock URC, Mill Lane on Saturday, October 11 from 10am till 12.15pm. Proceeds will help to buy books for the group as unfortunately the county library no longer offers a book club service.

Come along to Brigstock Village Hall on Friday October 10 from 8pm till 11pm to “Dance at the Hop”. Admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. For more information call 01536 267031.

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

If you want to learn to jive, or if you can already jive but want to practise, come along to enjoy jive lessons in Brigstock Village Hall every Wednesday, except the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 7.15pm till 9pm. The next session will be on Wednesday October 8 and admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Call Jan on 01536 267301 for more details.

The next bingo session in Harper’s Court will be on Thursday October 9 at 7.30pm.

Brigstock Autumn Quiz Night is on Saturday November 8 in the 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 Community Plan is a document prepared by members of the local community to identify local needs and aspirations for the future of their area. This can help to plan for future services and help in the planning process for developments in the area. If you would like to join a team of local people to help to produce a community plan for Brigstock, or wish to find out more details of the process, then call Nigel Searle, the parish clerk, on 01536 373672 or e-mail

Brigstock WI’s AGM will be on Tuesday October 14 at 7.30pm in the WI Hall. This will be followed by a wine and cheese supper. The president has urged members to sign up to join the committee at this meeting. Members should bring a glass, plate and knife. 

A family service led by Mrs Susan Deacon will be held in Brigstock URC on Sunday October 12 at 10.30am.

A harvest festival service and holy communion will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock on Sunday October 12 at 9.30am.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will have an afternoon of bingo at their next meeting on Tuesday October 14 starting at 2pm. Come along to Harper’s Court on October 15 from 1pm till 3 pm to learn some of the basics of using a computer.

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

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

Brigstock held its 10th annual beer festival on the 19th and 20th September. The festival started with a comedy night on Friday with 4 excellent comedians and a packed house. They had the choice over 25 beers and ciders The festival continued with a fun day on Saturday afternoon with a variety stalls outside the village hall and surrounding meadow manned by local groups and charities. Neil Morrisey from the BBC’s One Show came and helped judge a national homebrew competition and the cameras then stayed to film proceedings for the rest of the afternoon. The entertainment concluded on Saturday evening with the local band “Midlife Crises”. In 9 years the Beer Festival committee have raised nearly £60,000 and the main charity supported this year is Cransley Hospice.


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) from 10am to 4pm from this Saturday October 11th until Sunday, October 26th. All visitors are welcome. Entrance is free.

St Mary’s Church will again be taking part in the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal 2014. Last year this appeal was once more supported by St Mary’s School and resulted in 85 boxes being sent to children caught up in the midst of war, natural disasters or extreme poverty. Leaflets and empty shoe boxes will be available in Church from this Sunday. The deadline for the collection of boxes will be five weeks later on Sunday, November 16th.

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

Burton Latimer Town Council Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting will be held next Thursday, October 16th in the Civic Centre, starting at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Men’s Breakfast will take place on Saturday, October 18th at 8am in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane. The speaker this month will be Mr John Deane of the Quakers. All gentlemen are invited to come along and share in a good breakfast and a time of fellowship. Please let Derek (01536 722326) or Stephen (01536 722172) know by Thursday 16th if you would like to come along.

Sunday Together will be held at 7.30pm on Sunday, October 19th at the Methodist Chapel Hall.

Ladies Night will meet on Monday, October 20th at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane. Mrs Janet Kirton will be bringing a ‘Gentle Fun Quiz’ for all to enjoy. All ladies are very welcome. For more information please contact Pat (01536 722328)

Applications are again invited from residents of Burton Latimer for a grant to assist with their fuel this winter. It is specifically aimed at those who are on a limited income and may have difficulty in keeping themselves warm during the winter months. The grant is not age restrictive and applications can be obtained from the Clerk to the trustees Becky Hall, 23, Spring Gardens, Burton Latimer, NN15 5NS ( 01536 722113 ) (07968 762192) Details of your fuel supplier will be required and if you are successful the grant will be paid directly to your fuel provider. Applications should be returned to Becky no later than December 31st.

Burton Latimer Town Council – in collaboration with a variety of other agencies – has engineered a number of improvements to the town over the last few weeks. General improvements include The Community Payback Team has painted the goal posts and skateboard ramp on King George V playing fields. The team has also re-decorated the Civic Centre lobby as part of a rolling programme of sprucing up the building’s interior. The skateboard ramp on King George V playing fields has been repaired, and a new splinter-free surface has been applied. The Civic Centre’s heating and hot water systems have been upgraded – so that they operate more efficiently. Bus shelters have been erected at the stop outside the Medical Centre on Higham Road, and at the very popular stop adjacent to the Britannia Club in High Street. Whitney Road, Finedon Street and Miller Road have been resurfaced to a high standard that has been praised by local residents, likewise, The Crescent, Elm Road and Woodland Drive. Potholes in the Churchill Way car park have been filled.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

12noon 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.


Sunday 12th October 2014 is the 17th Sunday after Trinity and in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion at 11.00am.


Hazeland House, High Street in Desborough, held the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 26. It was a success. All the money raised at the event went towards Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society held the final round of its Print League competitions on Friday, September 26. The judge was Ken Hudson of Handsworth Photographic Society. In the Novice Section Rick Yeomans scored maximum marks of 20 for two of his prints, namely “Big Blue” and “Tiger Lily”. The Intermediate Colour Section was won by Catherine Hill with her print “Sunset At Sea”, which also gained the maximum score of 20 marks. Catherine also won the Intermediate Monochrome Section with “London Bridge”. Geoff Oliver scored another double with 20 marks for his prints “Driving in the Singer” and “Male and Female Demoiselle” in the Advanced Colour Print Section. The final heat of the evening was the Advanced Monochrome Section, and this was won by Derek Buckett, scoring 20 marks for his “After a Hard Night”. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Ken for his useful and constructive judging, and for providing a very entertaining evening. With all the Print Heats finished for 20 14 the league winners are as follows: For Novice Print, it was Rick Yeomans. For Intermediate Colour Print and Intermediate Monochrome Print, it was Pat Rockett. For Advanced Colour Print, it was Geoff Oliver. Lastly, for Advanced Monochrome Print, it was Trevor McHugh.

Local man Christopher Hole has now completed the Three Cities Cycle Challenge on behalf of Cransley Hospice. He cycled the 343 miles from London to Amsterdam and then to Brussels in 4 days. This included an unplanned swim in a canal when he misjudged a sharp corner! He would like to thank everyone who helped in fundraising and encouraged him in his efforts. At present you have helped him raise a fantastic £8024. Thank you.

DJ Bill Burton invites you to 90s Disco Special on Friday, October 10. It starts from 8pm to 12.30am. Tickets cost £7.50. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at midnight. The venue location is at The Lakeside Bar at Kettering Conference Centre. For more information, please visit website: or telephone on 01536 414141.

Desborough and Rothwell Trefoil Guild are holding a coffee morning on Saturday, October 11. It will be held in the Trinity Centre in Rothwell, starting at 10am to midday. There will be a homemade produce stall, books, bric-a-brac, tombola and many more. All welcome and free admission. All proceeds to support Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers in the Desborough and Rothwell Division.

Desborough Pocket Park Want You! Join your Desborough Pocket Park group and help at the Volunteer Morning on Saturday, October 11, at 10.15am to midday. Need Men to do heavy lifting work like pruning, clearing the stream and cutting back trees and hedges. For more information, please contact Rachel Bosworth on 01536 760585.

Take part in Friday Family Fun at St Giles Community Centre on Friday, November 7 and Friday, December 5. For messy arts and crafts, stories, action songs followed by a family meal. For more information, please call Pauline Clarke on 01536 760667.

Join Rowell and Desborough Lions Club at their amazing Brass and Voices Concert with Corby Silver Band and a Handful of Harmonies. Venue location is being held at Rothwell Parish Church on Saturday, November 1. Doors are open at 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 each and are available from Simon Ogle on 01536 352656, Newmans on Tresham Street in Rothwell or Desborough Heritage Centre. Proceeds to be split between Air Ambulance and the RNLI.

Celebrate your New Year’s Eve at the Desborough Ritz Charity Ball. Enjoy a Cabaret Tribute Night with Peter Wayre and Stubborn Mule Disco. For more information about ticket prices and V.I.P Balcony booths, please contact Gillian Green on mobile 07716 822729 or 01536 763510.


News from the club captain of ECCC, Nick Sumpter - Following successive championships in divisions 5 & 6 the team, lead again by Stuart Mason, were confident going into the new 2014 season. An early win away at Bourne, thanks mainly to a 142 not out by big hitting Ed Sumpter and some tidy bowling by the ever reliable Stan Blair. 2 more wins followed, a concession by Peterborough and a close game at Weldon saw Carlton at the top of the division, a position they would hold for most of the rest of the season in spite of 4 defeats on the trot in mid-season. It became apparent that the top five or six teams were capable of beating each other on their day, Carlton fought hard and managed to put a string of convincing wins together and finished the season very strongly to clinch the division 4 title by 8 points from Weldon who will go up to division 3 with East Carlton next season.

Stan Blair was the pick of our bowlers this year with 29 wickets and best figures of 5 for 19 backed up ably by Dan Partridge, 20 wickets and the returning Jamie Bradshaw who also headed the fielding stats with 10 catches and a run out. Batting honors went to Ed Sumpter who added another century to his collection and finished the season with over 500 runs to his name at an average of 57 including 23 sixes and 49 fours. Michael Tomkins also returned to the club this season and performed admirably behind the stumps and as an opening batsman; he partnered the skipper to get the batting off to a solid start with Dan and Dad Steve Partridge adding flair in the middle order we looked at times a solid batting unit. All in all another successful and very enjoyable season, made all the more satisfying for me to see 9 of the 11 team members having been coached and played for the club at youth level.

I would like to thank sincerely the ladies that provided our teas; we are always complimented by our visitors on the amazing cakes etc. That you provide. We are lucky to be sponsored by Stan Fleming of Larch Garden services and Paul Odell of Dynorod; thank you for your support.

In August we held a memorial match for Andy Roberts of Cottingham who passed away earlier this year after a short illness. Andy was a keen follower of the club and was instrumental in the setting up of youth cricket back in 1999 with me. He was a committed coach and committee member for the club for many years, so it seemed only fitting to have a game in his memory on the bank holiday weekend and raise some money for Cransley Hospice. It was great to see so many of the kids he coached come to the game, as adults now, to show their respect. A fitting testament to the man. We raised £338 from the raffle and BBQ.

Youth cricket continues to grow; we have a small diverse group of youngsters that are coached every Friday evening throughout the season by Neil Chambers our Youth Development Officer and ECB coach. I plan to add further qualified coaches to his team, this winter, in an effort to support the growth of youth cricket at East Carlton Cricket Club.

First quiz night of the autumn – play your cards right - takes place tomorrow evening at 8pm – food available on the evening £4 per head. The minimum prize money will be £50 which will rollover. Next game 24th October please be in the club by 9pm when the three names of those who will play that evening will be drawn – good luck!

Sunday lunch dates for the autumn/winter are : 12th October, 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.

The East Carlton Breakaways will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21st October at Chris Capps’ house. They will be selecting their charity for next year, so please come along and have your say. The Breakaways spent an enjoyable evening in September, eating, drinking and viewing photos of Chris and Dave Capps’ scenic views of their New Zealand holiday. At the meeting Chris provisionally booked the Christmas Dinner at the Thornhill Arms, Rushton for Tuesday 9th December 7.00pm for 7.30pm. If you would like to go please ring Chris on 771332. A deposit of £5 per person must be paid by 16th October to ensure your place.

Next service at St, Peter’s church will be 19th October – rom 11am.


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

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

The next meeting is on Wednesday October 15th when Georgie Godbold & Beryl Purfitt will be demonstrating for us.  Georgie will be making something from her new book, while Beryl will be demonstrating sugar flowers.  Both Georgie & Beryl have a brilliant rapport between them which means the evening will be very entertaining.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening. 

The classes are now taking place every 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesday.  For more details contact 01933 680099 or or go to our website

A fundraising event is being held for Finedon Library on Friday 10th October at Finedon Dolben Cricket Club. A 1950’s Dinner Dance with a 3 course meal and then dance the night away to a 50’s live band. 7pm to 11.30pm. Tickets are £40 per person and are available from Finedon Library.

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


‘Music In Quiet Places’ is coming to Geddington Church for the third time this year. It is a series of concerts through the summer and autumn organised by Oundle Music Trust. Geddington Church will be hosting a concert to be given by the Alva, a duo of voice (Vivien Ellis) and fiddle (Giles Lewin), on Friday 10th October at 7.30pm.

Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.

Saturday October 18th is the date for the Old Tyme Dance in the Youth Club in Grafton Road. It starts at 8.00pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981. There are three more dates until the end of the year, November 18th, December 15th and Wednesday, New Year’s Eve.


On Friday 10th October 2014 please join the Addington Artisans for the day if you are interested in crafts. between 10.00 and 4.00pm for a relaxing day in convivial company. £3: for the day, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but please bring a packed lunch and cushion. For more information, please phone Marlies Derwin on 01933 650771 or Liz Lee on 01536 330508.

Sunday the 12th October 2014 is the 17th Sunday after Trinity and in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also in St. Mary’s Church in Little Addington at 9.30am there is a Family Service. All are welcome to any of our services.

The next meeting of The Addingtons Ladies Group will take place on Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall in Great Addington. The Topic for this evening is a ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ with Angela Cooksey. If you would like to join us you can either contact Celia on 01933 680984 or just turn up on the night.


As part of their Connected Curriculum work centred around World War 2, we have organised for Lamport Class to visit the Stibbington Centre in Cambridgeshire for an Evacuation Day on Tuesday 21st October 2014. The day is being shared with Ringstead Primary School.

The children will re-enact a day in the life of real children evacuated from London to Stibbington in the 1940’s, including life in the war-time countryside, lessons in the period classroom, gas mask drill and an air-raid with costumes, luggage labels, ID cards and gas masks.


Sunday October 12th 10.00am all age worship 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.

Diary Dates


Thursday 9th afternoon tea with the W.I in the church room.

Friday 10th mobile library will be in Sweetacre Close from 3.35pm to 4.05pm.

Monday 13th 7.30pm parish council meets.

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

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

Grendon needs you turned out to be a wonderfully nostalgic evening of wartime music, food and remembrance of our village during the war. The village hall was splendidly dressed in red, white and blue, as were those attending ~ unless in uniform of course! Starters were fish or meat paste canapés followed by MacConochies (a sort of stew) and then delicious apple and blackberry betty. We sang the old songs, waved our flags and had a jolly good evening plus raised some funds for our much loved church.


Gretton Village Hall in Kirby Road Gretton NN17 3DD is the venue for a Barn Dance on Saturday 11th October with Tourdion and friends Jane and Chris Sanders.Dancing begins at 7.30pm.

Try some traditional English,American and French Dances with two exceptional callers.Licensed bar plus food in the interval inc baked potatoes with fillings and salad etc.Tickets now onsale @ £10 and Concessions @ £8 from Gretton Post Office High Street Gretton. Also tickets are availbale from Andy Butterworth by calling 01536 770302.

Proceeds to the village hall improvement fund. This promises to be a traditional night of Barn Dancing and entertainment with a warm welcome to one and all to come and enjoy the night with us here in Gretton.This event organised by Gretton Village Hall Entertainments Committee/

Wondertours Community Transport serving North Northamptonshire is running two Christmas excursions this year. On Saturday 15th November Derby is the destination. Fare is £13.50.

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


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


Liz Sinfield sends a big Thank You to everyone who contributed to the magnificent total of £617. at the Macmillan Coffee morning. It was a great effort from this small village.

Liz has tickets for the Harvest Festival Supper in the village hall next Monday,13th Oct., Adults £8, children £4.50. Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm

End of summertime brunch on Oct.ober 26 in the village hall from 10.30am to 2pm. Tickets from Angela Farrington, 626865. Adults £6.50, children £4.00.. Profits go to Motivation Freedom Through Mobility.

Services at All Hallows are at 9.15am during October. Harvest Festival on 12th, Said Communion on 19th, Morning Worship on 26th.

Circle Dancing continues in the village hall on 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month, from 10am to 12noon.


PC Dougie Brown attended the recent Town Council meeting and presented recorded crime figures for the period to end August with the corresponding period last year in brackets. Violence 25 (22); burglary 11 (6); burglary other 6 (14); criminal damage 28 (30); theft from motor vehicle 9 (21); theft handling 13 (17). The police are investigating several arson attacks which have happened recently – the burning of conifer trees in the main.

The police have concerns regarding the continuing rise in levels of violence but explained that different methods of crime recording are now carried out which could affect the figures.

Councillors considered two planning applications – new windows, doors, door canopy and pergola at 17 North End and change of use from A1 to pet grooming parlour at 1 College Street – with no objections raised to either. They noted planning permission had been given for the erection of a garden shed in the Church grounds; hoarding and flags on Station Road and a double mobile classroom at Henry Chichele Primary School.

It was agreed to: advertise the farmers market with flyers to each home in our town; move forward in co-operation with Higham Tourism to purchase a trailer to be used in the watering of plants, goal mouths etc. in various areas of our town; support the Town Charter Working Group in their aim and objectives for the future; grant permission to the Chichele Rotary Club to hold a Classic car show in the Castle Fields on 3rd August 2015; move forward with the Skateboard Park Project now that funding has been received from the ENC Community Facilities Fund (£35,000) and the Mick George Fund (£35,000).

All families are invited to bring their youngsters along to the grand fancy dress parade being held next month on Saturday 22nd November- Christmas Sparkle day - and organised by Higham Tourism.

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” 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.

There will be two categories – (1) pre school children and (2) primary school youngsters from year 1 upwards – with three prizes awarded in each group.

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.

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.

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

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

The annual service for All Souls’ Day will be held in St Mary’s Church at 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 to honour their memory.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 12th October are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass and Celebration Service 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 - All Age Worship will be at 10.30 am led by Marie Armitage. 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 six mile walk in the Shelfleys area on Sunday 19th October. The route will be from Shelfleys (West Hunsbury) to Gayton Canal Junction, Rothersthorpe and return. Walkers are asked to meet at 9 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am at Shelfleys car park, Wooton Brook, Green Park, Northampton. The group will be led by Roy Presland 01933 314831. See website:

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


Scrabble players will be meeting in Irchester Library on Thursday 16 October at 2.30pm. Anyone who would enjoy some company and a game of Scrabble is welcome to go along.

Rhymetime for the under 5’s is at 9.30am on Thursday 16 October in Irchester Library. This a half hour session of singing, rhymes and actions followed by a biscuit and drink. An opportunity to get out of the house with your new baby or toddler. It’s a very welcoming, informal group, no one minds if your baby cries or needs changing. You don’t even have to join in if you’re a little shy. Just be there so that your child can start to experience what it’s like to take part in a group activity with other children. Even the tiniest babies enjoy listening to and watching the others.

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

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.

The Parish Council draw for the Skatepark Raffle took place on 1 October. First prize of £100 was ticket number 111 and was won by David Maguire. A full list of winners is available from the

Parish Clerk.

The public inquiry into the planning application appeal for housing development off Chester Road took place over 30 September to 3 October. The result is awaited. The development on Station Road is currently undergoing application and no date for decision has yet been set. Comments can be made to Wellingborough Borough Council about this development. Full details are on the council website and further information is available on

The October meeting of Irchester Women’s Institute will be held on Tuesday 14 October at 7.15pm in the village hall. This will be the Annual General Meeting followed by a Harvest ‘Hotpot Supper’. There will also be quizzes and the proceeds of the evening are being donated to the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Please take along a bowl and a spoon for your supper.


There will be a Community Volunteer day at Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows on Saturday 18th October 2014; 10am – 2pm. It’s free, no booking is required. Randall Close entrance, Irthlingborough.

The Irthlingborough Craft Group will be meeting On Friday 17th October. For details please Contact Amy on 01933 439382.

The ‘Renee and Selby Coffee Morning’ will be held on 18th October 2014 in the AlbertUnderwood Room, St Peter’s Church. It is from 10am – 12pm. It is 50p a ticket and therewill also be a raffle and sale of goods. Allproceeds will go to the Cransley Hospice.


The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering {Regent Street Entrance} {Week commencing Sunday 5th October}.

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}

Thursday: 1.00pm - Over 60’s Club - 78 Rpm Music with Mike and Geraldine {Thursday 9th Oct}

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

The Salvation Army, Kettering {Rockingham Road Entrance}

Sunday 12th October - Sunday Worship: 10.00am - Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm Praise Meeting of Music and Song - all welcome.

Cransley Hospice Ladies Pamper Day on Saturday 18th October 10am – 3pm. First treatment 10am, last treatment 2.30pm. Lots of luxurious treatments on offer £12 each. Advisable to book in advance. Gifts on sale, Tombola, Refreshments. Manicures, facials, reflexology, back massage, Indian head massage, neck & shoulder massage. Contact The Fundraising Office on 01536 527407 for more information and to book.

KOS Musical Theatre Company will be holding a Coffee Morning at The Toller Church Rooms, Gold Street, Kettering on Saturday 11th October from 10.00am until 12.00noon.

Sure Thing Too – back by popular request: Liam Halloran on vibraphone, Sebastiano Dessanay on bass, Ric Yarborough on drums and Holly Thomas on vocals, live at All Saints Community Hall, William St, Kettering NN16 9RR. On Friday 24th October 7.30pm. An enjoyable approach to the standard jazz repertoire. Bring your own drink – tickets £6. Please book beforehand or £7 on the door – phone Cathy on 01536 524125 or Angela 01536 522158. Tea, coffee and raffle available.

At All Saints Church, William Street on Saturday 18th October at 7.30pm presents An Evening with Margaret Burgon – ‘It Could Only Happen at a Wedding.’ £3 with light refreshments and a Raffle.

On Thursday 9th October Kettering General Hospital is hosting a Rheumatology Engagement Event at the Crescents Community Centre, Laburnum Crescent from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Come along and meet the rheumatology team and give them your views on how the services can be improved.

On Saturday 11th October Kettering Stamp & Philatelic Society Stamp Fair from 10am – 4pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre, St. Vincent’s Avenue (off Deeble Road). Stamps/Collections/Covers/Postal History/Accessories. Free entry, free car parking, refreshments. For more information call Gordon on 01536 746800 or Tony 01536 511900 or visit

From 1th to 26th October the Autumn Exhibition of Kettering & District Art Society takes place at Oakapple Art Studios, Glebe House, 200 Sywell Road, Mears Ashby (round the corner from Beckworth Emporium) from 10am – 4pm. Selected exhibition of diverse works by local artists, sculptors and print makers. Many works are offered for sale. Private view on Saturday 11th October 1pm – 4pm. All visitors are welcome, wine and refreshments provided, free entry. For more details contact 07703 310724 or visit

On Sunday 12th October a Charity Dance with music by David Hawke in aid of Alzheimer’s Society at the Athletic Club, Rockingham Road from 8pm until late. All welcome. Filled rolls will be available for sale. Tickets £4, payable on the door.

On Thursday 16th October the Friends of the Art Gallery & Museum present a talk by Fred West – ‘Women and War’. The stories of some of the women who were parachuted into Occupied France to work with Resistance Groups and stories of the ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary who worked as ferry pilots. Talk starts at 7.30pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street. Members free entry, non-members £3 on the door, teas & coffees available for a small donation.

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street on Tuesday 14th October at 11am a Family History Workshop. ‘Exploring Church Records’. Tickets £5 per session, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Workshops last 1 hour. Refreshments available from 10.45am. A different theme each month with expert advice presented on a range of topics. The sessions are led by Andrea Pettingale, local historian and professional genealogist.

Also on Tuesday 14th October at the Manor House Museum One-to-One Family History Advice Sessions. If you are need of more in-depth expert advice to help you through your Family History research, why not book on to a one-to-=one session where a local expert will be able to provide you with personalised advice and access to a range of research resources. £12.50 per session (30 minutes). £10 per session (30 minutes) with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is essential. Call 01536 534219.

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Tuesday 14th October at 7.30pm Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance. Tickets £20, concessions £15, child £10.

On Wednesday 15th October at 7.30pm the Syd Lawrence Orchestra In Concert. A zesty show fizzing and sparkling its way through a performance that is sure to be brimming with surprises. Tickets £19.50, concessions £18.50.

On Wednesday 15th October at 7.30pm Knightmare Live Level 2. Knightsmare Live returns with more adventure, characters, puzzles and monsters in this acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV classic. Tickets £16, concessions £14.

On Friday 17th October at 8pm Live at the Lighthouse with Milton Jones from Mock the Week. Brings his style of humour based on mostly one-liners involving puns to crease you over with laughter. Plus four other top comedians. Tickets £17, £15 to Friends of the Lighthouse. To benefit from the Friends of the Lighthouse discount and make sure you grab your ticket visit

On Thursday 16th 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 Big Algar on Tommy Cooper!!!. New members always welcome – ladies and gentlemen. For more information contact Buddy Brigstock on 01536 501616.

On Saturday 25th October 10 am – 4pm at the Alfred East Art Gallery, Sheep Street a Drawing Workshop with Jamie Boots. Graphite pencil can be used to produce much more than just a sketch. Using a pencil blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard and using a variety of tones, learn how to create the effect of fur, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye. Adults £40, £30 Kettering Leisure Pass holders. Buffet lunch provided. All abilities welcome. All materials provided. To book call 01536 534274.

On Thursday 16th October the final Life Drawing class in the large gallery 7pm – 9pm. Limited number of easels to loan. For more information contact Katie Boyce at for more information. Cost £10 per session.


Thank you to all who helped and attended the Village Festival in Little Harrowden at the Church. £1,062.00 was raised thanks to the support of the villagers who returned their raffle tickets and went along on the day.

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

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union-

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

Little Harrowden WMC- Country Music with Robbo and his Posse every Wednesday, Bingo each Friday and Sunday, Raffles on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch times plus Play Your Cards Right. Saturday Artists – 11th October- Alan Mills [new to the club] 18th October – The Beer Parlour Jives 25th October- Richard Deveroux. Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.


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 and they look forward to seeing you there.

Church Services for Sunday 12th October- 10.00am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 11.00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden

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


Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 12th October from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.

On Sunday 12th October an Evening Service will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold..

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


Orlingbury Family Circle- Sunday 19th October in Orlingbury Village Hall 9.30am-10.30am

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

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

Church Services for Sunday 12th October- 10.00am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury, 11.00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden

St Mary’s Church Orlingbury- Christmas Market on Sunday 30th November at Orlingbury Village Hall. To be opened at 1.00pm by Father Christmas!

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union-

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

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


Your Oakley Vale Community Centre activities are advertised on the community notice board sponsored by the OVCA on Butland Rd. The OVCC website is which has more details and photographs and our link to the community is there on the news page. The centre has an email address and a telephone number 742054 so please address booking inquiries to this address.

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 e-mail is


Raunds WI will be holding its AGM tonight, with a Fish & Chip supper, at 7.30 pm in the Saxon Hall, Raunds. Before the start of the AGM, Mr. Mike Bailey from the East Northants Council will give a short talk explaining about the current Waste/Recycling scheme in operation in the District. For more information, please call Mary Harber on 01933 624271.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 10th October, at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. You are also invited to enjoy Tea with Friends at the centre between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 15th October.

Sunday, 12th October, is ‘Fun Day Sunday’ at 9.30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds, welcoming John Kidney, with the theme of ‘Made with Love’. Everyone is welcome to attend this short, relaxed and friendly service, with activities, crafts, puppets, face painting and worship for children, the Sunday newspapers and fresh coffee, tea and juice.

There will also be a service of Evensong at 6 p.m. at the church.

A service of Home Communion will take place on Tuesday, 14th October, at 9.45 a.m. at Kingswood.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 15th October at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

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, 16th 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, 16th 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 Annual General Meeting of the Raunds Youth Action Group will take place at 7 p.m. in meeting room 3 at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, next Wednesday, 15th October.

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

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

The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be holding an Indoor Meeting at 7.30 p.m. next Thursday, 16th October, at the Saxon Hall, Raunds, when Ralph and Brenda Todd will be giving an illustrated talk on ‘Cranes’.

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

For more information please call Graham on 01536 725924.

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


Today, Thursday 9th October the Lunch Club takes place in the Shared Church Schoolroom at 12.30pm. The Club meets monthly for elderly people who are connected to St. Mary’s Church, The Shared Church or any person who is alone will be welcome, but it is essential to book in advance with Carolyn Brooking on 01933 461055. The price is £3.00 for a 2-course hot meal, and tea/coffee.

On Saturday 11th October in Ringstead Village Social Club “An Evening with Jimmy Cricket” at 7.30pm. A sausage and chip supper will follow.

Sunday 12th October there is a Service of Holy Communion in St. Mary’s Church in Ringstead at 9.30am. Refreshments are available after the service.

On Sunday 12th October 2014 in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am A Morning Service with Pastor Patrick. At 8pm Social Time at Ringstead Social Club.

Ringstead Women’s Institute meets at 7.30pm at Ringstead Village Hall every 2nd Monday of the Month, and the next meeting is on Monday 13th October 2014 and The Topic this evening is ‘The Annual Meeting with VCO plus Members Time’. Tea Hostesses are Everyone is asked to bring something and the Vote of thanks is by Doreen. We always welcome New Members and Visitors.


This year saw a huge turnout for the village show which took place on September 13th. There was a wonderful array of show entries and the cups were won as follows:- Jim Gell for flowers, Maureen Allen for vegetables, Sue Draper for fruit, Jean Felce for flower arranging, Sue Davies for art, Roz Brown for handicrafts, Helen Minter for knitting, Jane Groom for home produce, Peter Hughes for slow gin, Jeanne Seabrook for baking and Ann Cocks for bread. The plate for photography was won by Mick Watson. The children’s section displayed a talented and creative selection of hobby items including art and craft. There was a good selection of baking including some lovely cup cakes. The show made profits in excess of £3,500 which will be used to improve the outside area of the village hall.

Among the villagers who were treated to a wonderful hot air balloon display last week in Riseley resident Aubrey Felce was tending his runner beans in his garden when he heard a little voice above him say “Good afternoon”. Thinking he had received an early calling he looked up to see a balloon just above his head but in doing so crashed over his beanstalk and lay flat on the ground. As Aubrey is elderly and was too far from his house to summon help he wondered how he was going to be able to get up. After a few minutes he saw the occupants of the balloon running to assist him after landing the balloon in a nearby field. It is good to know that keen ballooners are skilled enough to land their craft quickly in order to help someone in distress.

Tickets are still available for Allo Allo which is taking place in the village hall from 8th – 11th October at 7.30pm. Tickets at £8 can be obtained from 708832 or 708981.

The WW1 commemoration evening which is being held at All Saints Church on 18th October will feature male and female soloists, a local gospel choir and the Early Risers choir. In addition there will be plays which will be featuring local stories and readings. This promises to be a very popular event. Tickets are now on sale and can be obtained from 708874. Proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion.


Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Flower Show, held at the village hall on Saturday 13th September, and congratulations to all those who won a prize. The main winners were:

The Charles T Best Cup for the most points in the floral classes was awarded to Heather Greaves; the Wilfred H Lewin Cup for the highest number of points in the vegetable classes was awarded to Duncan Binder; the Packwood Cup for the most points in the cooking and handicraft classes was awarded to Sarah Boden; the William Burbidge Memorial Cup, awarded for the best collection of vegetables, was awarded to Duncan Binder; the Rose Acre Cup, for the most points in the rose classes, was awarded to Wendy O’Brien; the Charles Woods Memorial Cup for the best miniature garden in the children’s classes was awarded to Oscar Roberts; new for the year, the John South Trophy for the best vegetable animal was awarded to Oscar Roberts.

The Saturday Club Shield for the most points in the junior classes was awarded to Oscar Roberts.

Winning Gardens - Prizes for the annual Village Garden Competition were presented at the Flower Show.

The Roy Foode Cup for the best wayside garden was awarded to the Richard Stribley of Main Street.

Peter Caunt of Rockingham Park won the Albert Caunt Cup for the best vegetable garden.

Winner of the Florence, Lady Culme-Seymour Memorial Rose Bowl for the best flower garden was Richard Stribley of Main Street.

The prize for the most improved garden went to David & Lil Norman of Main Street. The Killineer Cup, for the best hanging basket, was won by the Wendy O’Brien of Main Street. The Friendship Shield was awarded for the best Objet d’Art to Shirley fox of Main Street.

The gardens were judged by Yvonne Daw, former head gardener of Cottesbrooke Hall, on 3 August 2014.


A new Methodist minister for Rothwell took over his duties at the beginning of last month, and will be with the town for at least five years. The Rev Martin Swan is superintendant minister for the Kettering and Corby circuit of the Methodist church, which includes Rothwell, and he has pastoral care of the town.

Mr Swan has been ministering in the Methodist church in Northampton for about ten years and, before that, spent six years in Manchester. He is also the chaplain for Chelsea football club. “I am looking forward to getting to know the people of the area,” he said.

He has been married to his wife, Marilyn, for 40 years and has two daughters, Rebecca and Hannah, as well as two grandchildren, Oliver and Hannah’s son Freddie, who was born just seven weeks ago.

Two additional bells are to be hung in the tower of Holy Trinity church, Rothwell, taking the total to 12. The existing ring of ten will not be changed in any way and will still be rung out as often as possible, but the lighter octave provided by the new bells will be especially useful for training and when some campanologists are away.

The total cost of the scheme is just over £40,000 but various offers of help and donations have enabled the order to be placed. They are likely to be cast at a bell-foundry in Loughborough in early November – the church is planning a trip, limited to 35 people for safety reasons, to watch the process – and installed in the new year.

For the technically minded, the new bells are not to provide a ring of 12 straight down the scale but to provide an optional light octave by means of a flat fourth and extra treble, using the present 9cwt seventh bell as a tenor.

The harvest festival service takes place at Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church on Sunday, October 12. The 10.45am family communion will be followed by a sale of produce for Water Aid as well as a bring and share lunch. Harvest gifts of all kinds will be gratefully received.

The 60s Fellowship Band will be recording in Rothwell’s Holy Trinity church during the day on Monday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 14. Residents are asked not to disturb the proceedings.

A new Bible study course is being held at the Vicarage in Squires Hill, Rothwell every Wednesday at 7.30pm from October 15-November 12. The course will be looking in this period at the psalms. Each session will be self-contained so those who cannot go to all five sessions can still attend those they can.

Voting has now closed for the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards in which Rothwell’s Woolpack pub is up against three Northampton pubs in the ‘town’ category. The awards dinner is on October 16 at the Guildhall in Northampton, when the results will be declared. “Thanks to everyone who’s voted for the pub – I really appreciate it, whether I get any better placed or not,” said licensee Rachel Kimber.

The Woolpack’s OktoberFest runs from on October 24-30/ There will also be a bouncy castle, barbeque and live music on Sunday, October 26.

A hallowe’en party will be held at the pub from 9.00pm on Friday, October 31.

There was more success for Rothborough in the Kettering and District Table Tennis League. In Division 1, Arrows beat Westfield D 9-1, with Helen Watts and Julian Marlow unbeaten. In Division 2, Buccaneers went through the card at Imps while Dakotas had an 8-2 success against Burton E as Cathy Fleming and Sean Smith both hit trebles. Meanwhile, Comets won 9-1 against Exocets in the Rothborough derby as Pete Sturges and Martin Watts picked up hat-tricks.

At the service at Holy Trinity church on Sunday, September 28 to commemorate the start of the First World War, the names of 124 people of Rothwell who gave their lives during the conflict were read out, as were poems and letters from the front.

The church is also marking the centenary of the war with a concert by John Kirkpatrick for the Holy Trinity Trust at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 15, with ‘songs from the trenches’. Tickets cost £10, with £8 for concessions, and refreshments will be available during the interval.

Holy Trinity Trust, Rothwell is urgently seeking new trustees to help raise funds to maintain the fabric of Rothwell’s oldest building. To join, people do not need to be a churchgoer – just to care about the building and want to preserve it for future generations. The trust’s treasurer is William Roberts, who can be contacted on 01536 710567.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – the Lunch trip next week is on Tuesday 14th Oct to The St John’s Arms, Melchbourne. Shopping trips this week are to Springfields (£10.00) on Wednesday15th, St Neots Market (£6.50) on Thursday 16th and Waitrose on Friday 17th. Computer Sessions in the Wellbeing Centre is on Monday 13th from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

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

Rushden Amenities Society – meet next Thursday Oct 16th at 7.15pm in Rushden Hall when Paul Fell will speak on ‘Policing in Northamptonshire’.

Rushden Collectors Circle – meet on Wednesday October 22nd at 7.30pm in Rushden Hall when John-Paul Carr will speak on ‘Wellingborough V A D Hospital 1915-18.

Rushden Transport Museum – ask you to experience the atmosphere of wartime Britain in the 1940’s with ‘LMS Branch Line at War’ on Sat / Sun 18th / 19th October from 11.00am – Train Fares Adult £4.00 Children £2.00.

Rushden Hall Pensioners’ Parliament – meet next Tuesday Oct 14th in Rushden Hall at 2.00pm for Progressive Whist.

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

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

The Salvation Army – Church St., Rushden – Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and Evening Service at 6.00pm and both led by Major Richard Crowe. Parent & Tots meet on Thursday 16th at 9.00am. Messy Church is next Saturday 18th from 4.00pm to 5.00pm – Activities for parents and children and a meal. For details of all weekly activities and the visit of Regent Hall Band on Nov 1st please contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church – this second Sunday is Stepping Out Sunday with a Countryside Walk into the countryside near Knuston, starting out from School at 10.15am. Silver Service in the Bridge is at 10.30am with the Reading Group at ‘Beans’ on Higham Market Square at 10.30am.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Jayne Boreland from Milton Keynes. An Evening of Mediumship is on Wednesday Oct 15th at 7.30pm with Barry Field from Bedford.

Heritage Church and Halls – Morning Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Peter Squires of Whitefriars Stepping Out programme. Refreshments served after the Service. U3A Sequence Dancing is on Thursday 16th from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Tickets are available now for a Harvest Supper and Dance on Saturday October 25th – contact Caz on 07958034080.

St. Peter’s Church – Sunday Worship with Holy Communion is at 10.00am with St Peter’s Young Stars and Rev Linnet Smith.

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 led by Rev Phil Hearson. Second Sunday Evening Service is at 4.00pm – ‘Something different for all ages!’ Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday at 2.00pm with speaker Graham Kinnersley.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Morning Service is at 10.45am with the Worship Group and the Evening Service with Holy Communion is at 5.30pm both led by Pastor Ian Fall.

Highfield Community Baptist Church – have their Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday 14th October at 10.00am.

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

Rushden & Higham U3A – meet at 2.00pm on Wednesday Oct 15th in the Pemberton Centre when Martin Sirot-Smith will speak about ‘Daily Life in Tudor Times’.


A steering group is in the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Stanwick. This is a plan for the future of Stanwick, and in order to be achievable and legitimate, it needs the support of residents.

The Parish Council has now created a dedicated website to keep everyone informed on the progress of the Stanwick Neighbourhood Plan, the steps that have been taken and the documents that are examined or produced. Full information can be found at

If you wish to be involved in any way, from being part of the group drafting the plan, to canvassing information, or simply delivering documents when required, please complete the Contact Form on the website or call the Clerk to the Parish Council on 01933 461868.

The scarecrow festival in Stanwick was an unequivocal success for Stanwick Pre-school. Suggested by a member of the committee as a means to raise money for the charity, it captured the imagination of the whole village, with scarecrows popping up in various humorous guises throughout Stanwick. The winner was announced at a short ceremony held in the public gardens in Spencer Parade on Sunday, 28th September, and there could have been no-one present who envied the lone judge, Joss Coles, for her impossible task! Despite taking several clandestine trips around the village to look at the entries, Joss was still not able to choose an outright winner, but did manage to narrow it down to her three favourites, which were the ‘Butcher’ in Spencer Parade, the ‘Prisoner’ in Villa Lane and ‘Scruff the Dog’ in Hill House Gardens. With the names of all three scarecrows placed in separate envelopes, she then asked one of the young children present to choose an envelope as the winner. The revelation that the winner was ‘Scruff the Dog’ proved to be a popular choice. Scruff’s creator was duly presented with the prize of the Autumn Hamper, which had been sponsored by the shop@stanwick. As a result of Stanwick’s first Scarecrow Festival, the Pre-School raised over £500 for their charity, which they have used to purchase an obstacle course for the use of the children. Everyone has had so much fun over the past few weeks that we really do hope they organise another one next year!

Saturday sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of live party band ‘Middle 8’, who will be providing your Saturday evening entertainment. Members and bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at Stanwick Club, and for more information please visit their website at

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 12th October, at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Wednesday Service of Holy Communion will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 15th October at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

Northamptonshire County Council Adult Learning is keen to run a computing and social media class for beginners at Stanwick Village Hall. The course would run weekly for 2 hours in the afternoons for 5 weeks at a cost of £50. Complete novices or people with a little experience will be welcomed. To express your interest, or for more information, please contact Rebecca on 07879 979 493.

‘Meditation Made Easy’ classes are due to start at Stanwick Village Hall during October. With tutor Cheryl McAvoy you will learn many beneficial meditation techniques, and if you are interested in taking part, please contact her on 07939 135 904.

Volunteers are being sought to help in all areas with various Christmas events in Stanwick.

To whet your appetite, some of the Christmas attractions due to take place at the Village Hall include a performance of ‘Cinderella’ by the Looking Glass Professional Touring Theatre on Saturday, 29th November, featuring local actor Tim Cole.

On Saturday, 13th December, there will be a Christmas Spectacular, with an evening of seasonal entertainment from poems to Christmas carols in a winter wonderland setting, and the following day, Sunday, 14th December, there will be, of course, the Stanwick Festival of Christmas, from 2 p.m. onwards.

If you would like to offer your help, please contact Rebecca on 07879 979 493 or email her at

Number 15 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 27th September, making Mandy Tebbutt the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston District Historical Society are meeting at St James’ Church Hall from 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16. There will be a talk by Brenda Williamson, ‘The Jarrow Marchers’. They will also be meeting at St James’ Church Hall from 7:30pm on Monday, October 20. This will be a family history meeting looking at Genealogy Resources. All welcome with a charge of £2.50 for visitors.

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 from Tuesday, October 14 by telephoning the TADS dedicated number, 07543 321219 between 10am and 7pm or at the Plaza Box Office from Tuesday, October 28 between 10am and 2pm. Tickets cost £6 with £5 for concessions.

Royal British Legion Poetry Competition. To mark the Centenary of World War One Thrapston and District branch of the Royal British Legion have launched a poetry competition. There will be four categories: up to 11 years; 11 to 15 years; 15 to 19 years and an open adult competition with a small cash prize to the four winners. The topics to choose from are: Remembrance – Why we need to remember, Centenary of World War One, How war affects us all. The four winners will be invited to read their winning piece at the 11am remembrance service on Tuesday, November 11 when Thrapston’s new external war memorial will be inaugurated. Entries must be original work and can be submitted as handwritten or printed pieces with the name, age and address of the writer on the back of the entry. All entries must be submitted by Friday, October 24 to Mr I Byrnes, 47 Oakleas Rise, Thrapston, NN14 4JZ. Good Luck!

An evening with Stuart Townend, one of the World’s leading Worship songwriters of his generation, will be at the Plaza from 6:30pm on Sunday, October 19. Tickets cost £10 and are available from Lindsey on 01832 730019 or June on 01832 733586.

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.


Weldon parish Council meet recently Councillor Stan Heggs reported that following a road traffic accident on the Kettering Road at the entrance to the re-cycling centre some work is due to take place to cut back the road side hedges to improve visibility to the site. Cllr Heggs also commented that he was still trying to progress a change to the speed long the said road looking to get it reduced to 30mph.

There were no police in attendance but the crime figures for Weldon had been provide which included 2 domestic , a burglary in Church street, Theft on a peddle cycle in Halls Close and a Cannabis factory in the High Street.

There have been no enquiries or names put forward for the vacancy on the council. As all positions on the council will be up for renewal by vote4s next year the time available for co-option is only open until November

Council meetings will now begin at 7.15pm not 7pm.

A complaint had been received from a resident about the size of a new sign which had been erected near Deene End Cllr Perkins agreed to investigate.

Dance the night away. The next dance night is on Saturday 13 October in Weldon Village Hall from 8.00pm until 11.00pm.Dancing to Latin, Ballroom, Sequence and Jive. Entrance payable at the door £5.00 which includes raffle. For more info contact Joan on 01536 403768 or e mail


Saturday 11th October - Putting on the Ritz with the Blitz Sisters, singing songs of the Forties. From 3pm onwards at All Hallows Church Hall, Tickets £6. Call 01933 563341.

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.

The Wellingborough Museum Wellingborough Film Archives Group

on Tuesday November 25th Sky High aviation films will be shown. Each film show begins at 7.30pm and admission is £3.50p each and tickets can be bought in advance from the museum Shop.

St Barnabas Church News for the Month of October. October being the time for Harvest festivals St Barnabas is hosting a couple of school harvest festivals and these are usually well attended by the pupils and there families. Sunday 12th October Holy Communion begins at 8am and all age Worship begins at 10am and Monday 13th October Morning Prayer begins at 9am and the Creative Cards group meets weekly in the Church hall at 2pm. If you have Old greetings cards or double knitting wool spare please let the group members have these. They will be put to good use.

On Wednesday 15th October a talk by Dr Colin Connolly will present a Talk Medicine on the Edge which begins at 7.30pm and refreshments available from 7.10 pm. Mothers Union meeting will be on Tuesday 21st October at 2.15 pm Caroline Skinner will be talking about Guide Dogs for the Blind. All the Church groups are preparing the goods to sell on the stalls for the Autumn 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, let church members Steven and Joanna know how many will attend for catering purposes. Booking essential.

The Bake Off is Back. 18th October 2014 - 10am to 4pm. Gloucester Place, 2 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough

You can also email your details to to be entered in the contest. Please contact above for more details and entry form.

Fun Art and Craft for children ages 0 -11 and their grown ups on Sunday 19th October at United Reformed Church, High Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4HR at 3.30 – 5.30 pm.

Songs, Stories and free food to finish – Enjoy this afternoon.

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

The cost is £20.00 for the day (payment in advance please)

Tea & Coffee will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.

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


The Octobers meeting of the group ‘Friends’ will be next Wednesday 15th October at 7.45pm, at neighbouring Stoke Albany Village Hall, when a talk on North of Northampton Church’s etc. and a test of our knowledge of the area around us. Non members are welcome

to go along for only £2. For any more detail contact Katherine

on 01858 535291.

A Curry and Quiz night will be held in neighbouring Stoke Albany Village Hall

on Saturday 18th October. Quiz teams of 6. Tickets are £10 per person.

1st prize £75 per team. 2nd prize £50 per team. For tickets ring Katherine on 01858 535291.


The Woodford Diamond Jubilee Committee has organised a Torchlight Parade again this year on Saturday October 25th and starts from the Village Green at 6 :15 pm and finishes with a Disco / barbecue at Woodford Community and Sports Complex.Fancy Dress optional.All welcome.

There will be a Charity Race night on Friday October 10th at Woodford Community and Sports Complex.

The W.I.was very lucky to have two meetings in September.The first one was a visit from St Johns Ambulance who gave a very concise and helpful talk on dealing with first aid and emergencies.

The ordinary W.I. meeting took place on Tuesday September 9th at Woodford Club,where they were entertained by Margaret Bergan who’s talk was entitled “It could only happen at a wedding”.next month is the A.G.M and fish and chip supper.If anyone would like to join the W.I.please ring Lynn 01832732740 or Sue 01832730893

The next meeting of the Woodford Winemakers Circle will be on October 20th at Woodford Sports and Social Complex at 8pm for their A.G.M and fish and Chip Supper.Further details ring 01832 732228.Visitors are always welcome.

The Woodford Sports and Social Club are pleased to announce the completion of the newly fitted kitchen and refurbished function room.The function room is ready for hire for parties and wedding ect.To hire please ring 01832 732600 or email

The 6pm service at the Chapel on Sunday October 12th will be led by Rev Peter Strong from Carey Baptist Kettering.

The Wednesday evening fellowship on October 15th will be conducted by a Gideon’s Reprehensive and is in the Chapel schoolroom at 7:15

The services for the Churches on October 12th are Little Addington Family Service at 9:30 am Great Addington Holy Communion at 9:30 am Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion 11:00 am.