Village news September 11

A narrowboat approaches Thrapston after negotiating Islip lock
A narrowboat approaches Thrapston after negotiating Islip lock

What’s going on where you live


Come along to Brigstock Village Hall on Friday 12th September from 8pm till 11pm to “Dance at the Hop”.

Dance to a great selection of music, including rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country rock, swing and hits from the 80s and 90s. Admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. For more information call 01536 267031.

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 17th September and admission is £5. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Call Jan on 01536 267301 for more details.

A Communion Service, led by the Reverend Graham Bell, will be celebrated in Brigstock URC at 10.30am on Sunday 14th September.

Brigstock Sunnysiders will enjoy a fish and chips lunch at their next meeting on Tuesday 16th September starting at 1pm.

Brigstock Sunnysiders have arranged a trip to Springfield Shopping outlet for Wednesday 24th September. The coach will leave Brigstock at 11am and will return from Springfield at 3.30pm. The cost of the outing is £6.50 for members and £9.50 for non-members. Call Lyn on 01536 373410 for more information or to book a place.

Brigstock Beer Festival will be on the 19th and 20th September in the village hall, when once again, a variety of local ales, good food and entertainment for everyone will be on offer. Tickets can be purchased at the Green Dragon or at Brigstock Newsagents. This year the main charity to benefit from fundraising at the Brigstock Beer Festival will be Cransley Hospice, in memory of Nicola Cork who died in April. Nicola was a regular volunteer and supporter of the BBF, right back to the very first year in 2005. 

The first meeting of the new season for Brigstock Historical Society will be on Wednesday 24th September at 7.30pm in the village hall. The meeting will begin with the AGM and this will be followed by a talk by Sally Wilks on “The History of Animation”. We are all used to the sophisticated animated films produced by Disney and other film companies and Sally’s interesting presentation will demonstrate how these animation techniques developed from early beginnings.

A Parish Eucharist will be celebrated at St Andrew’s Church, Brigstock, at 9.30am on Sunday 14th September. Holy Eucharist will be on Thursday 18th September at 10am followed by tea in the Rectory room.


A Coffee Morning will take place from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday at the Methodist Church, (Piggott’s Lane entrance) Proceeds will go to Euro Aid.

A 20/20 Cricket Match will take place at Burton Latimer cricket ground on Sunday at 3pm. St Mary’s Burton Latimer - v - St Andrew’s Kettering. Everyone is invited.

Ladies Night will meet at 7.45pm in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, on Monday when the guest speaker Shirley Quartermaine’s topic will be ‘Sugar Craft’. All ladies are invited to come along. For more information please phone Pat (01536 722328)

The speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week is Steve Toseland. The meeting takes place in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

Beautiful People will meet at 10.30am in the Fellowship Room, Meeting Lane, on Wednesday, when the topic of conversation will be ‘Grandparents’.

Cllr Ruth Groome, Mayor of Burton Latimer, would like to invite you to her Civic Service in St Mary’s Church at 3.00pm on Sunday, September 21st. A light afternoon tea will be served in the Church afterwards. The congregation is asked to be seated by 2.50pm.

On the 27th September Burton Latimer Baptist Table Tennis Club will be raising funds for the Air Ambulance and Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Charity. Club members and friends will be playing from 9am until 9pm. Over the past 7 years the club has raised £10,000 for various charities and we hope to beat last year’s total of £1,498. If you are free on the day please pop in and give us your support, and have a go – it can be strenuous or as easy going as you want, and if you wish you can try out your wits and agility against THE ROBOT. We hope to have some coaches available during the day to help improve your skills and who knows you could be playing for our club in the Kettering League in a couple of months! Come along and help us to achieve a great target – ring Derek on 07890 138369 if you want to know more. Play will take place at the John Yeomans Hall, Meeting Lane.

For a number of years the young people of the Mission Room presented an annual pantomime. A reunion is planned for Saturday, October 4th, to be held at the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, between 5pm and 8pm. Anyone who took part or helped with the pantomime is invited. For further information please phone 01536 723004.

A few tables are still available for a Craft Fair with a wide selection of stalls, which will be held in St Mary’s Church on Saturday, October 4th. Light lunches and refreshments will be available all day.

Some demonstrations will take place during the day. Admission is £1.

For more information please contact Judy (01536 723719)

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Holy Communion will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9.30am

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

Services at the Baptist Church on Sunday are

10.45am Morning Worship

10.45am Junior Church with crèche

6pm Evening Service

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


Cottingham ‘Apple Day’ is taking place on the Recreation Field on Sunday 28th September from 12 noon to 4pm. ‘Green Horizons’ are organising an Apple Day to celebrate our local countryside and raise money for the charity, which is setting up a horticultural project in Cottingham for children with autism and their families. There will also be a competition for the best scarecrow. Please bring your scarecrow down to the recreation field before 12.30pm. It must be less than 1.5 metres high and able to stand up on its own. For more details, contact Jan Mears on 772130, Lucie Middlebrook on 772254 or email

Villagers turned out in numbers to experience the excellent World War 1 Commemoration event held at The Village Hall Annex on Sunday 24th August. There were impressive displays of WW1 memorabilia (including reconstruction of clothing by the village craft group ‘Nit and Natter’) and a talk from Chris Blenkarn who spoke of her website dedicated to the memory of the First World War servicemen named on the village war memorial, those that survived, and their extended families. There were readings from works of the War poets, a medley of songs from the era courtesy of our Choir ‘Valley Voice’ (with a sing along to boot!) and genuine ‘Trench food’ recipes to sample. A representative was present from The Royal British Legion to outline the valuable work that they do. Village senior Sid Beecroft relayed memories of his family’s involvement in the war. There was also a poignant reading of the names of those villagers who lost their lives in the campaign, and ‘The Last Post’ was played by representatives from Gretton Silver Band and the local Scout Band. The event helped raise monies towards The Royal British Legion and ‘Help for Heroes’ Charities. Congratulations and thanks go to all who were involved in the organisation and running of the event, with special thanks going to Jo Leaning for pulling it all together.

Your Village needs you! We are a happy and thriving community of over 1200 residents, however as with all communities it is apparent that only a tiny minority are responsible for organising events and getting the feel-good spirit going to make living in Cottingham and Middleton so attractive. Don’t leave it down to the same old names! We know there are villagers out there with a wealth of talent and assorted skills that could help make our home an even better place to be. If you feel you could help out in any way or have any innovative ideas for new clubs or events, get in touch, or contact existing organisers who’s details are available on the ‘Cottingham News’ website, or the quarterly Village Newsletters.

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


St Giles Music Team are looking for someone who is talented with musical instruments. St Giles Church Music Team would like to hear from you. Please contact Martin Bolter on 01536 761825 or mobile: 07714 211225. You can email:

Every September, a vibrant group of artists, photographers and makers, known as Harborough Artists Clusters have opened their studios to the public.

They form a unique trail around Market Harborough and the surrounding villages for art lovers. The Open Studio Trail 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 13, Sunday, September 14 and Saturday, September 20, Sunday, September 21 at 10.30am to 4.30pm. Art Windows will run from Monday, September 1 to Tuesday, September 30, in participating shops in Market Harborough town centre. For more information, please telephone 0116 279 2543, email: Alternatively, you can visit the website:

On Saturday, September 13 is Loatlands Primary School in Desborough, Summer Fete. It starts at 2pm. Entry fee is 50p, children and OAP’s are free.

The Desborough Carnival Committee were extremely pleased with the support they received on this year’s Carnival Day from the Desborough local residents and local businesses. Thanks to the success, the committee are able to distribute and invest significant amounts of money on local charities and organisations. The Desborough Carnival Committee is inviting local organisations and charities to submit applications for grants. All organisations applying must have a connection with or benefit Desborough. The committee treasurer is still finalising the amount to be allocated and the committee would like to decide on the allocations at their next meeting. Applications, with a brief description of the organisation or charities activities, should be sent to the carnival secretary Carol Johnson, 26 Dunkirk Avenue, Desborough. Deadline is by Saturday, September 13.

Ride and Stride on Saturday, September 13. St Giles Church and Braybrooke All Saints will be open for visitors. Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust Purpose is to make grants to churches and chapels in Northamptonshire for their preservation, repair and improvement. In 2013, the Trust made grants to 17 Churches of a total value of £42,000. Approximately half of the funds used to make these grants was raised by the annual Ride and Stride. In 2013, 365 Churches took part in Ride and Stride. 439 people rode or strode, £31, 114 was raised of which half was returned to the churches nominated by the participants. £4,798 was reclaimed from HMRC under the Gift Aid Scheme. This was orchestrated by volunteers. To register as a participant or for further information, get in touch at: or contact Carolyn Rice on 01536 506355. To volunteer to welcome visitors to St Giles Church in Desborough or All Saints Church in Braybrooke, please contact Carolyn Rice on 01536 506355 or Alex on 01858 464397.

Are you concerned about planning for your own future or that of a relative? Are you troubled about the cost of care? Marlow House, in conjunction with the Private Client Team at Seaton’s Solicitors, will be holding a seminar on Tuesday, September 16. This event is free of charge. The agenda for the day is sign in at 9.30am, there will be hot beverages and pastries. The seminar begins at 10am and ends at 11.30am. The event is being held at Marlow House, Gold Street in Desborough, NN14 2NQ. To register, please telephone Tracy Pattle on 01536 762329 or send your details via email to:

Desborough Town Council meeting will be held at Desborough Library, High Street, on Thursday, September 18. The meeting will commence at 7pm and are open to the public (unless the Council considers confidential business).

Last chance for Fresh Air Desborough Raffle Tickets! If you would like to buy a ticket, and haven’t so already, now is the chance to do it. They are available from the following outlets, as listed: Desborough Community Development Trust shop on Station Road in Desborough. Revive Coffee Shop, on Station Road in Desborough. Lucy’s Tea Room on High Street in Desborough. Marlow House on Gold Street in Desborough. In Rothwell, you can buy your tickets from Rowells Rolls on High Street. In Wilbarston, you can buy your tickets from the Village Shop. Finally all the stubs, cash and unsold tickets will be needed by Wednesday, September 24. This date is a few days earlier than stated on the ticket stubs. Please telephone 01536 761641 if you would like them to be collected. All winners will be announced after the draw.

Desborough Patchwork and Quilters Club are having an open afternoon on Saturday, September 27. It starts at 2.30pm to 4pm. Come along and see what their club has to offer. There will be tea and cakes. By visiting this open session, it might inspire you to join the group. Come and learn a new skill or share your skills with like minded women. Located at United Reformed Church hall on Union Street in Desborough, NN14 2RH.

Community Concert in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Action and Cransley Hospice, is being held on Saturday, October 11. The concert is at the Holy Trinity Church hall on Victoria Street in Desborough, NN14 2LX. Tickets cost £5, are unreserved and no concessions. You can obtain your ticket from Mark Churcher Goldsmiths, Expressions Card shop and The Desborough Heritage Centre, all on Station Road in Desborough. Alternatively, you can telephone 07752 132587.

Raising money in aid of Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, attend Big Bopper’s Big Bash on Friday, October 24 at 7pm. Venue is at Wicksteed Park Pavilion. Tickets cost £5. For adults only. Fancy dress is optional but is encouraged. There will be refreshments and food. Northamptonshire’s leading contemporary, premier documentary wedding and portrait photographers Shears Mockford Photography will be on site. Visit: Also at the venue, there will be the Big Bopper DJ’s. Visit: There will be live music from Northampton’s hard working vocalists, The Tracey Matthews Band. Tracey and the Band recently supported Boy zone at Alive@Delapre on Sunday, July 20. Visit: To book tickets for the Big Bopper’s Big Bash, call 01536 512475 or log on to:


St Mary the Virgin Church will be holding their Flower Festival from Friday 12th September to Sunday 14th September. The theme this year will be `Till the boys come home’ to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.

The will be a post-restoration organ recital at St Mary the Virgin Church, Finedon on Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm. This will mark the completion of the restoration of the organ. The concert will be given by the international recitalist Stephen Farr, who is Director of Music at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

 The Wellingborough Sugarcraft Guild held their August meeting in the Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon NN9 5JH where 19 members and visitors enjoyed a pre-seasonal demonstration with Julie Cotton making sugar “Christmas Trees”.  Julie also showed us her way of making Christmassy items including tree decorations.   Shirley Quartermaine chaired the meeting and Sharon Berrill gave the vote of thanks.  The next meeting is on Wednesday September 17th at 7.30pm when Estelle Mann will be demonstrating “Mrs Tiggywinkle”.  Visitors are always welcome at £5 per evening.

Our 6 week beginners class starts on September 10th at a cost of £48.  This will consist of covering a rich fruit cake with marzipan and sugarpaste, and make sugar flowers to work  into a spray to compliment the garret frill and side decoration. If you are interested please contact 01933 680099 or

The Finedon Buffs are holding a `Film Night for Ben’ showing the film `Philomena’ at the Star Hall, Laws Lane on Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and available from 01933 681029.

Countdown Cares will be at the Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday 25th September from 9.30 to 12.

We will be having a `Macmillan Big Coffee Morning’ at Finedon Dolben Cricket Club on Friday 26th September at 10am. There will be a Home Bake Stall, raffle and Bring and Buy. We look forward to seeing you again, Christine and Rita.

The Finedon Wesleyan Chapel are holding their Annual Table Top Sale on Saturday 4th October,2014 from 9 –12 noon. Bookings for Tables are now being taken. Tables are £5 pre-booked and paid or £6 on the day. To book a Table call either Rita on 01933 398188 or Lorraine on 01933 680843.


Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade is holding their annual Trundle and Funday on Sunday September 14th between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

Making it a family fun day this year, Geddington Fire Brigade will have more obstacles, more fun, more silly games, more laughs, more music and more beer! Teams of 5 are urgently needed. Both adult and child groups are welcome. Entry is £10 per team or £15 if you are too scared to wear fancy dress! Please contact Mark Byers on 745994 or Nigel Askew on 07969 612975, or pick up an entry form and drop it off at Askews. Remember, your village needs you!

Geddington Gardening Club are holding a meeting on Monday 15th September in the lounge of Geddington Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Des Martin is giving a talk on ‘Plants For Damp Places’ . There will be a chance to buy just the right plants, as Des will be bringing some of his choicest stock. The monthly fee is £1 with non-members (who are very welcome) £2.50.

The launch of Geddington Brickyard Garden which was to be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 has had to been postponed until the Spring. Work is continuing on site, but just taking a bit longer than we anticipated! The aim is to create a community garden by transforming the derelict site at the end of Wood Street into an inspiring space where people and nature can thrive. All eco-friendly ideas are welcome and we’ll rely on creative use of recycling materials to manage our costs. If you would like to get involved or help in any way, please contact Lynette Litman, 39 Wood Street or email

Lynette, organiser and Project Leader, has received a ‘Certificate of Incorporation’ as a Community Interest Company on July 4th and now has a core volunteer team of Geddington residents, who are willing to undertake the initial hard work of clearing the site and preparing the Geddington Brickyard Garden. GBG has organised Weekend Work mornings at the site through August , Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 12 noon. Our work is currently well away from the derelict barns, due to potential hazards.

Priority work at the site involves clearing the reading circle area, surface debris, making a woodland trail, and building a deadwood screen hedges along the boundary with Clay Dick.

Geddington United Reformed Church are presenting a concert entitled, ‘And the band played on...’, starting on Wednesday October 1st and finishing on Saturday October 4th. The Wine Bar opens at 7.00pm each evening with the curtain up at 7.30.

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


Gretton Local History Society meet next on Thursday 18th September at Gretton Village Hall 7.30pm. Mike Ingram MA is the evenings guest with a presentation about “Northamptonshires Medieval Gentry” The Societys AGM will follow this talk.Further details about Gretton Local History from Anne Craske telephone 01536 771102


A Walking Treasure Trail will be held this Sunday 14th from 2 pm onwards in a local town. The cost is £2.50 per person and the proceeds will go to the Cardiology Department of Northampton General Hospital which is this year’s chosen charity of the Rushden Rotaract Club. Please call 07789111709 after 6 pm to book your place.

A Heritage Weekend will be held in our town on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September. The 2014 Annual Chichele Society Exhibition will open on Saturday between 10 am and 4 pm and Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm in the Chantry Chapel next to St Mary’s Church. The displays for this year will include The Great Sale 1914; Henry Chichele Archbishop of Canterbury and World War One. All are welcome and admission is free.

In addition there will be a Cloister Garth and Archaelogy Exhibitions in Chichele College; the official opening of the Tourist Information Point in the Library on Midland Road which has been funded by Higham Tourism; the Farmers’ Market on the Square; a coffee morning in the Bede House and a choral concert in St Mary’s Church at 11.30 am by Keith and Jo Green with free admission.

The Nene Valley Astronomical Society meets in Chelveston Village Hall on the third Monday of each month from 8 pm to 10 pm with their September meeting next Wednesday 10th. Visitors are welcome at a charge of £2 and further information available from Steve Williams 650331 or see website:

Plans are moving ahead to start a youth group in Higham with meetings held in the sports pavilion on Vine Hill Drive. However there is an urgent need for volunteers to help as Secretary, Chairman and Treasurer. No qualifications are necessary just a willingness to help and support young people. Training could be available and it is envisaged this commitment will involve four meetings a year and maybe a few charity events to help with. Anyone interested is asked to contact: Nikki on 07507 176719 or email:

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday 14th September are: All Sorts at 9.15 am in the Bede House and Sung Mass at 10.15 am.

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

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – there will be Holy Communion at 10.30 am led by Miss Barbara Smith. The service will be followed by coffee.

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

Rushden Classical Music Society meets from 7.30pm to 9.30pmon Wednesday 24th September in the library on Midland Road. The special guests Rose and Peter Seery will present their choice of music. Visitors are always most welcome and further details are available from Judy Smith 01933 391283.

Higham Ferrers Women’s Institute meet next Monday 15th September at 2.15 pm in the Adult School on Westfield Terrace. The special guest will be Barry Matthews and his subject will be “Protecting your Assets.” New members are always welcome and further details from Olga Earl 01933 412848.

Higham and Rushden U3A meet again on Wednesday 17th September at 2 pm in the Pemberton Centre Rushden. The group will hold their AGM followed by speaker Roger Drage - “The Best Years of your Life” . Visitors and new members are always welcome. Membership of U3A gives access to over forty special interest groups. See website:

Higham Footpath Group are going on a six mile walk in the Morborne area on Sunday 21st September. Walkers are asked to meet at 9.10 am on the Saffron Road car park or 10 am near the Church in Morborne. The group will be led by David Lovell 01933 358223. See website

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held in St Mary’s Church at 10.15 am on Sunday 28th September.

A special day – Romanus Artibus - to create a work of art inspired by the Roman treasures of the Nene Valley including the roman mosaic will be held at Stanwick Lakes this Saturday 13th September between 12 midday and 4 pm. This event has been given lottery funding and is free to participants. In addition “A Walk through Time” will be held on Saturday 27th September from 2 pm to 4 pm and will be led by archaeologist Andy Chapman to discover the history of Stanwick Lakes.

Booking is recommended with a charge of £1 person and free to members. Ring 01933 625522 for further information or see website: HYPERLINK “”

The Swivel Club present The Legends Show – Elvis, Frankie Valli, Johnny Cash, The Drifters, Billy Fury, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly – performed by Jetz and Johnny Red on Saturday 27th September from 8 pm in the Rushden Town Bowls Club on Northampton Road. Tickets are £10 each and available from Walt 07984 266649 or the Bowls Club 01933 312680. Proceeds will be for Macmillan Nurses

The next Town Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 30th September at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber. There is an opportunity at the beginning of the meeting for members of the public to raise any issues with the council.


On Thursday 18 September in Irchester Library there will be Rhymetime for the under fives at 9.30am and the Scrabble Group will meet at 2.30pm.

The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and an active Friends of Irchester Library group, whose next meeting will be in October.

Alan, Irchester’s library manager will be pleased to see you in the usual library opening hours which are Tuesday – Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10-2pm and Sunday 1-4pm. In October there will be an art and photographic exhibition for local artists at the library.

Entry forms are available from the library and there will be a hanging fee of £2 per picture. All entries must be in by 17 October. On Monday 22 September at 10.30 there will be a Coffee and Chat morning with an RNLI talk

Building of the skatepark on the recreational field in Austin Close is expected to start shortly. Fundraising is still on going and there will be a fundraising disco for the skatepark in the Village Hall on Saturday 27 September.

Tickets costing £8 and £4 for under 16’s include a sausage and chips supper. Take your own drinks and enough money for your raffle tickets at £1 per strip.

Both halls will be open so that you can sit and chat with friends away from the disco if you wish.

Ring 01933 312224 for your tickets, leave a message if there’s no reply and someone will get back to you.

Irchester Parish Council have organised a bumper raffle in aid of the skatepark. First prize is £100. For tickets email or call 07761189501

Health and Safety checks are being carried out in Irchester Cemetery in order to ensure public safety. All of the graves in the cemetery are the responsibility of the person who purchased the Deed of Grant which gives the right of burial in that plot. This is the lessee. Where lessees can not be contacted through cemetery records the Parish Council will be looking at ways to make those graves safe. This could include laying down of memorials, removal of broken stonework, levelling of ground and removal of overgrown foliage. Anyone who has any queries or wishes to comment on this should contact the cemetery registrar. Contact details are on the cemetery notice board.

Irchester Branch of the Red Cross meet at Barringers Court at 8pm on Thursdays. If you are interesting in finding out more about the work of the Red Cross please go along, you will be made very welcome.

The Derby and Joan Friendship Club which meets at the Village Hall on Monday afternoons between 1.45 and 3.45pm welcomes new visitors. You can be collected by Welli bus if transport is a problem for you.

As the year goes on there will be outings arranged and other afternoon activities.

Ring Frances on 01933 314189 if you would like to find out more.

Volunteers to help with activities, shopping, making and serving tea are always welcome.


The Annual Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Walk or Bike Ride’ takes Place on Saturday 13th September 2014.

St Peter’s Church riders/walkers depart at 9:30am.

The ‘Monthly Light Lunch’ takes place at the Methodist Church, College Street, Irthlingborough, on Wednesday 17th September 2014 at 12:00pm.


The new season for the Kettering & District Table Tennis League gets under way on 15th September with an entry of 31 teams playing in 3 divisions. The Kettering club will once again be based at Weavers School in Wellingborough. The league is always looking for new players. For more information contact secretary Ivor Jones on 01536 520336 or visit the website at www.tabletennis365/kettering.

The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering {Regent Street Entrance} {Week commencing Sunday 7th September}

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

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

Thursday: 1.30pm for 2.00-3.00pm Over 60’s Club - Speaker: Gordon Tregdigo - “History of the British Postal Service” {Thursday 11th Sept}

Thursday: 7.30 - 9.00pm Men’s Fellowship - Speaker: Bruce Hobbs - All Men Welcome

The Salvation Army, Kettering {Rockingham Road Entrance}

Sunday 14th September - Sunday Worship:10.00am - Leader: Major Paul Doust and 5.30pm The 60’s Band lead a worship meeting of music and song - all welcome.

On Saturday 13th September 10am – 12 noon at Toller Church Meeting Rooms, a Coffee Morning in aid of breast cancer support group ‘Bosom Friends’. Home made cakes and produce table.

On Friday 12th September at All Saints Church, William Street at 7.30pm ‘A Musical Love Story’ with Graham Kinnersley. £3 on the door. Songs, music and name that tune!

The Alfred East Art Gallery Art Browser features Joy Barry. Joy is self-taught and happy with any medium. Whenever she could she would save up and take herself off on a painting holiday. After a trip to Norway in 2010 to see the Midnight Sun with her husband, she completed 29 pictures ready for her first solo exhibition held at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough. Joy has a fixed exhibition at the Old Forge Tea Rooms in Cranford. For more information visit or contact joy.barry

At the Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive on Wednesday 17th at 1pm and 4pm and Thursday 18th September at 10am and 1pm Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quick! As they set up a fete to raise money for the repairs, they’ll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. Live on stage with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-along songs in this brand new show that will brighten your day. So grab your wellies and get splashing! Tickets £15 adult, £13 child, £52 family x 4.

On Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm April in Paris, directed and performed by the Cytringham Players. A couple win a romantic break for two in Parish. Join them on their life-changing trip as they wrestle with their phrase book, fend off would-be muggers on the Metro, and tackle French cuisine. All seats £10.

On Friday 19th September at 7.30pm That’ll Be The Day. Prepare yourself for a party as the nation’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll variety show makes its debut appearance at The Lighthouse. Music, laughter and non-stop nostalgia. Tickets £23, concessions £22.

On Saturday 20th September at 7.30pm live on stage Des O’Connor. First and foremost a stand-up comedian, evergreen TV and stage performer Des also had a string of hit singles in the 1960s. Tickets £24 adults, £23 grandee, £22 groups of 10+ save 10%.

To book any of these shows call the box office on 91536 414141 or visit

At the Manor House Museum, Sheep Street from 13th September through to 15th November Kettering Faces: of the First World War. This exhibition is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the war. The life stories of a selection of local Kettering Borough people will be revealed. Learn more about the war and life in Kettering Borough at the time, as told through the stories, photographs, letters and mementoes of local people, who experienced the effects of the war first-hand. Free admission.

On Tuesday 16th September at the Manor House Museum at 11am Researching your Family History Online. A new and expanded family history offer, led monthly by Andrea Pettingale, local historian and professional genealogist. Booking is recommended. Call 01536 534219 for more information and to book. The second session is on 14th October and the third on 11th November. Tickets £5 per session, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Workshops last 1 hour. Refreshments available from 10.45am. Book all three sessions for just £12!

On Tuesday 16th September at the Manor House Museum One-to-One Family History Advice Sessions. If you are in need of more in depth expert advice to help you through your family history research, why not book in to one of our one-to-one sessions. Please note sessions are available from 1pm onwards and are bookable in consecutive order only. £12.50 per sessions (30 minutes). £10 per sessions (30 minutes) with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is essential. Call 01536 534219.

At the Alfred East Art Gallery on Thursday 18th September 7pm – 9pm an untutored Life Drawing Class. Monthly life drawing sessions set in the large gallery. Whether you are professional, amateur or just keeping your hand in these sessions could be suited to you. A professional life model and chairs are provided. The gallery has a limited number of easels that can be loaned on the evening. Contact for more details or call 01536 53474. Booking is essential.

On Thursday 18th September at the Alfred East Art Gallery at 7.30pm a talk by Pasqualina Iarrobino entitled 3D Weaves : Inspiration and Practice’. Pasqualina studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe and Alsager Faculty, gaining a degree in A (Hons) Crafts : Weave and Metal. Her primary pursuit then and now lies with the development of three dimensional weaving as an integral part of the weaving process to produce sculptural and self-supporting fashion and interior accessories. Tickets £3 per person, free to Friends Members. Available on the door, no advance booking.

Kettering Arts Centre at St. Andrew’s Church on Saturday 20th September a Potbelly Folk Day Doors `1.30pm, start 2pm ‘til late. Tickets £9, £6 concessions, under 5’s free. More quality folk and roots music, fine ales, creative art activities for the kids, café and a great atmosphere. For more information look at Potbelly Folk Festival on Facebook.


Little Harrowden Community Shop- In spite of a lot of hard work by the steering Committee over the past year a suitable site or premises has not been found and after much discussion a decision has been made to suspend the search at this time. However the committee will continue to be available should any future possibilities arise. They would like to thank the people who have so far given their time and support to this project. Do you really want a shop? Is the answer yes? Then please work as a community. The more people actively involved the better the chance of achieving our aim. Please give a call if you become aware of anything you may think may be suitable or have any ideas as to what to do next. A couple of the committee members are Richard - 01933 677553 or Lesley 01933 673105

Ride and Stride at Little Harrowden – This year the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust will take place on Saturday 13th between 10.00am and 6.00pm. The idea is to plan your own route from church to church, over 350 churches and chapels are open to visit with a warm welcome and refreshments at many. All sponsorship money received will be divided between the NHCT and the church or chapel chosen by the participant. If you are interested contact -Carolynne on 01933 673492 for a list of the churches taking part, and a sponsorship form. If anyone can help to man the church for an hour on the 13th please could you let Carolynne know thank you.

Raise a cup to charity – Macmillan coffee morning at Little Harrowden Church on Saturday 20th September 10.00am-12.00pm

Many hands make light work please pop into Little Harrowden Church on Saturday September 27th to help with their autumn clean. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand.

Little Harrowden Church Harvest Festival 28th September 9.15am followed by lunch 12.30pm and Harvest Auction. Join in and take along your family and friends to this popular and traditional harvest meal plus auction of produce. Tickets £8.50 price includes wine & £4.00 for school age. Tickets available from Barbara 674148 or Jose 678262.

Men’s Breakfast at Little Harrowden Church will be on Saturday 27th September, arrive at 8.45am.

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.

Church Service for this Sunday 14th September – 10.00am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury and 11.00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday 17th September – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

The Northants Amateur Astronomers: –If you would like to find out a lot more about the club, and see more about where they visit to view the night sky, you can go on their web-site, which is very informative by putting in Northants Amateur Astronomers where you can also get in contact with any further questions you may have or pop along to any meeting held at The Lamb Pub in Little Harrowden at 7.30pm. There are many outside Observing meetings held in between these meetings as well as Committee meetings held in Kettering for further information or to contact the group look on the NAA web-site.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union- The September meeting will be an outing to Emmaus village at Turvey on September 18th. Please meet them there at 12.00 where you will enjoy a lovely meal in the café and then look around the outlets.

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.

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!

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- This Saturday the 13th is a Charity Country Night in aid of S-A-N-D-S. September 20th –The John F Country Bands. September 27th –Dale Andrew [New] Why not pay a visit to your local friendly club.

Don’t forget to check out the 5 churches website for a diary of events in all the 5 benefice villages.


Pete’s Pack, the Sunday school of St. Peter’s Church, will meet on Sunday 14th September from 10am – 11am at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Children aged 3 years and over will be most welcome.

On Sunday 14th September an Evening Service will be held at 3pm at St. Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold.

Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 5th October at 10am and the Harvest Sale will be held in The Swan on Tuesday 7th October starting at 7.30pm.

The Northants Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride/Walk will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014. This annual event is an excellent way of raising funds for Newton church as well as the Northants Historic Churches Trust, as the money is split between the two. People of any age can take part as you can choose your own route, according to how many churches you wish to visit on the day. More information is available from Helen Lines (01933 315864) or


Open Studio – Claire Warner and friends. Paintings for sale at St Mary’s Church Orlingbury Friday 19th –Monday 22nd September 10am-4pm. Entry by catalogue £1 Artists in residence 2-4pm Plus crafts, children’s area and refreshments. For any more info contact Gillian on 01933 401340

Orlingbury Family Circle –Saturday 21st September at Orlingbury Village Hall 9.30-10.30am Food Theme! Enjoy a bacon butty and meet up with other families and friends old and new-all ages welcome. Future dates are- Sunday 19th October –Autumn, Sunday 16th November –Living things, Sunday 21st December-Nativity.

Orlingbury Church are looking for an organist to accompany the choir and congregation from late September. For further details contact Tim on 07780723155.

Church Service for this Sunday 14th September – 10.00am Family Service at Little Harrowden, 11.00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury and 11.00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden.

Wednesday 17th September – 9.15am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers Union- The September meeting will be an outing to Emmaus village at Turvey on September 18th. Please meet them there at 12.00 where you will enjoy a lovely meal in the café and then look around the outlets.

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

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

Orlingbury Art Days-Learn how to paint in watercolours in a relaxed atmosphere with individual tuition and delicious food throughout the day, 13th September-Lazy day on a Canal, 25th October- Autumn Colours,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.


A very important date for your diary 20th September – Oakley Vale Community Centre – join your OVCA for the re instated FREE family fun day 12.30 – 17.30 with the ever popular family disco 18.30 – 21.30 Crazy golf, archery, stalls, great food, live music and entertainment, soft play area, bowling and footy taster sessions … an event not to be missed. FREE! There will also be lots of live music at the re-instated Family Fun Day sadly postponed from July due to storm warnings.

Also please join your Oakley Vale Community Association 24th September at your Community Centre 7.30 and let’s get to know each other! I will have representatives from Midwest to talk about the change in landscape maintenance and hopefully the head of the new school along to clarify recent developments and celebrate the school’s opening. We also hope to have a representative from the Made In Corby consortium. These are the people administering the £1 million pounds allocated to increasing arts participation in Corby over the next 3 years. Please come and offer your views on how this might be best spent.

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 Carnival takes place this Saturday, 13th September. The parade will start at Brick Kiln Road at 1 p.m., will continue through the town and on to Amos Lawrence Park in Stanwick Road, Raunds. Entry is free for everyone, the attractions this year including the USAF Honor Guard; Corby Radio’s Big Black Bus; Rapide Bros., clowns and mayhem; Raunds Manor School Band; Raunds Ukulele Orchestra; Waterloo Drummers and Performing Arts; Pippa the Clown & Ladybird; Licensed Bar; Refreshments; Stalls and Fun Fair Rides. You are invited to go along and join in the fun. All enquiries to 0800 0746585.

Raunds WI will be meeting today, Thursday, 11th September, at 7.30 p.m. in the Saxon Hall, Raunds. The guest speaker will be Judy Kendrick-Simonsen, who will talk about ‘The English Country Lady 1935-1955’. Visitors are welcome at £3.50 each, which includes refreshments. For more information please call Mary on 01933 624271.

Coffee will be served between 10 a.m. and 12 midday tomorrow, Friday, 12th September, in St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, and you are also invited to take Tea with Friends between 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the centre on Wednesday, 17th September.

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ will take place on Saturday, 13th September, and St. Peter’s Church will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive visitors.

This coming Sunday, 14th September, is ‘Funday Sunday’ with the theme of ‘Harvest’, welcoming John Kidney, at 9.15 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Raunds. Everyone is welcome to attend this short, relaxed and friendly service, with activities for all ages. At 10.30 a.m. there will also be a Benefice service of Holy Communion 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 at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 17th September at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Raunds Local Focus Group will be meeting at the bus stop at 9.20 a.m. at Stanwick Village Hall on Tuesday, 16th September, for a choice of countryside or solid surface walks in the Wellingborough area. Original weatherproof maps are available at £2.50 each, with an option to buy and try at your leisure. Walks are suitable for everyone. For more information please call Susan on 01933 461480.

The Mothers Union will be meeting at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 16th September at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre, when the speaker will be Rev. Mark Lees with the subject of ‘The Food Bank’.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting next Thursday, 18th September, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre. For more information about the group please visit

The RSPB Mid-Nene Local Group will be holding their annual ‘non-birds’ evening, next Thursday, 18th September, at 7.30 p.m. at the Saxon Hall, Raunds. Members will enjoy an illustrated talk by Ian Loxley of the Cloud Appreciation Society on ‘The Wonder of Clouds’. Everyone is welcome, with an admission fee of £3, but free for children. For more information please call Graham on 01536 725924.

The group will also be taking a coach outing to Cley on Sunday, 28th September. For full details and booking please contact Phil on 01536 725854.

Local archer Brad Denny from the Archers of Raunds has recently returned from China where he competed in the Youth Olympic Games and achieved his best individual result yet at international competition. Brad made it to the quarter finals of the individual competition after beating Bangladesh’s Prennoy Murong 6-0 and Thomas Koenig of France 6-2, but then came up against the Brazilian number three seed Marcus D’Almeida who went on to take the silver medal. Brad finished his Olympic campaign ranked in 8th place out of the 32 competing male archers. For more information about Archers of Raunds please visit HYPERLINK “”

Fifteen-year-old Kirstin Blakemore from Raunds is in the process of organising a music and dance show ‘MAD Youth Tribute’ to raise money for St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne and Cransley Hospice, Kettering. Kirstin’s grandfather died in May of this year in Eastbourne from a brain tumour, and was supported throughout his illness by the hospice at Eastbourne. As a tribute to her grandfather she decided not only to fundraise for the hospice at Eastbourne but also for our local Cransley Hospice at Kettering.

The ‘MAD Youth Tribute’ will take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Raunds Manor School Sports College on Friday, 24th October. Put this date in your diary and watch this space for more details. Your support will be greatly appreciated.


Rothwell’s Woolpack is one of just four finalists in the ‘community pub of year – town’ category in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2014-15. The process now goes to public vote, and voting forms are available in the pub or people can vote on-line at: All votes will go into a draw to win tickets to see Peter Pan at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate theatre this Christmas, provided they supply contact details.

There were 30 reported offences in Rothwell during July, the August meeting of Rothwell Town Council was told. They were: burglary dwelling, 1; burglary other, 2; criminal damage, 6; drug offences, 1; theft from motor vehicles, 3; theft/handling, 3; theft of motor vehicles, 5; violence offences, 9.

The appointments system at Rothwell Medical Centre, Desborough Road is still under scrutiny by Rothwell Town Council, and a meeting is planned with the practice manager to find out about the procedures. With the ‘doctor first’ system, patients should be able to make an appointment up to three weeks in advance. The telephone system will also be investigated as it is believed the present contract – under which patients pay for their calls to the centre – is due to expire in October. Nene Commissioning has confirmed that the ‘doctor first’ scheme is voluntary rather than compulsory. With more than 18,500 patients, it is thought Rothwell and Desborough are too big for this system.

Plans for a second skateboard ramp in Rothwell are being looked at by the town council. One location the council has identified as likely for such a ramp is on land currently owned by Bovis between two footpaths. While Bovis would need to agree to the plan, it could be combined with other proposals for cycling facilities in the town. The council heard that it was confirmed the footpath between Gordon Street and the Well Lane recreation ground will be converted into a combined footway and cycle path by Bovis, although no date has yet been set.

With the Red Lion pub now running a Sunday league football team, there is also a plan to bring the community centre football pitch back into use, with members of the new team suggesting they could put it into good order.

Clle Malcolm Jones, who plans to get cycling facilities throughout the town, has urged that a cycling ramp should be installed in Well Lane recreation ground. It could have a football pitch inside the cycling area, but the town council heard that the borough council has refused permission for the old BMX ramp in the pocket park to be used for cycling.

County Cllr Jim Hakewill has some money he could contribute, and Cllr Jones is also looking at a scheme for young children to start cycling. He and Neil Holland, the county’s sustainable travel officer, are going round Rothwell on their bicycles to look at what is possible, and Cllr Jones also wants to speak to Lee Hurling, headteacher of the junior and infant schools. The town council has also discussed various funding options.

A problem with the sewers in the Burditt Close area of Rothwell is to be taken up with Anglian Water, which is being asked to remedy the situation as soon as possible, by Rothwell Town Council. The matter will also be notified to Kettering Borough’s head of environmental health.

Various sites in Rothwell were due to be heavily patched or fully resurfaced, with some footway repair works included, during the first week in September. These included: High Hill Avenue, Daisy Bank Avenue, Tennyson Road, Wales Street, Meeting Lane, Evison Road, Cambridge Street, Oxford Street, Spencer Street, and Market Hill, where patches have been requested across both entrances/exits to the car park.

Planning permission is being sought to use land off Orton Road for a secure, 24-hour truck stop, diesel filling station and amenity/services building, but Rothwell Town Council has expressed reservations over aspects of the plan. It feels that around 200 spaces for trucks, excluding those for light goods vehicles and staff cars, is far too many for this site, and the forecast of a maximum of 92 vehicle movements per hour would be too many for junction 3 of the A14 to cope with.

The council also feels there is not sufficient space between the parking areas and the Slade Brook and is pressing for a wide boundary along the whole length of the brook to prevent pollution. The dangers of flooding on what has been designated a wetland plain also need to be addressed, and trees need to be planted to mitigate the noise and light pollution for nearby residents, including Moorfield Road and the new residential development off Harrington Road.

A coffee morning and open day for the Sunbeams group for mothers and pre-school children is being held at Holy Trinity church from 10.00am-12 noon on Saturday, September 13.

An audience with , medium and psychic Dennis Binks is being held by Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street at 7.30pm on Friday September 19. Admission is £7 including refreshments, and entrance is by ticket only. They can be bought at the centre.

Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club’s women won their home game against Little Bowden on Wednesday, August 27. On Thursday, August 28, the Manor held a men versus women game, duly won by the men who were presented with a trophy. The match was followed by a fish and chip tea.

On Saturday, August 30, the Northampton Old Boys Brigade came to the Manor for the first time for a mixed game, coming out winners. The women won at Geddington and Newton Bowling Club on Wednesday, September 3, and on Thursday, September 4, Manor have a mixed game against Ise Lodge. The week beginning Monday, September 8 is finals week for club competitions, and matches will be held every afternoon at 2.00pm. For more information about Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club visit

Well over £8,000 was raised by the fun run organised by John Newman hairdressing of Bridge Street, Rothwell during July, it has been announced. With many people making their sponsorship subject to the gift aid scheme, the final sum may well come to more than £10,000. It is to be divided between six Kettering General Hospital charities, with more people nominating the ophthalmology fund than any of the others. Shirley Newman described the £8,241.86 raised as “amazing”.

Nurseryrama is the title of a presentation by Mike Leonard to the Rothwell Ladies’ Thursday Club, to be held at 8.00pm tonight at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill. Next week’s meeting, at the same time and place, will be the annual meeting.


Rushden SERVE – Door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5.00 for all trips – Lunch trips next week are - on Sunday 14th September to Krumbs Bistro, Raunds for Sunday Roast and on Thursday 18th to The Dog & Duck, Wellingborough. Shopping trips this week are to Melton Mowbray Market (£8.50) on Tuesday 16th Sept, Huntingdon Garden Centre (£6.50)on Wednesday 17th and to Waitrose on Friday 19th. All welcome to ‘Yoga in a Chair’ in the Well-being Centre on Monday 15th Sept at 11.15am. Further info on all this from Diane on 315555.

Rushden Historical Transport Society – have a Music and Real Ale Festival from Friday 26th Sept to Sunday 28th at the Station. A must for Real Ale and live music fans.

Rushden Rotaract – invite you to their Walking Treasure Trail in a local Town this Sunday Sept 14th - £2.50 per person in support of the Cardiology Dept of Northampton General Hospital. Call 07789111709 for info and a start time.

St Mary’s Church – celebrates National Heritage Open Day this Saturday 13th with Bell Tower Tours from 10.00am to 12 noon – Family Records – Teddy Jumps and light refreshments – open until 5.00pm. Contact Michael Wadsworth on 357253 for further information.

Rushden Amenities Society – next meet on Thursday Sept 18th at 7.15pm in Rushden Hall when David Wilson and Richard Oberman will be performing their World War One centenary tribute.

Rushden Classical Music Society – meet on Wednesday 24th Sept in Higham Library at 7.30pm when Rose and Peter Seery will present their programme of music.

The Salvation Army – Church St, Rushden – Services this Sunday are at 10.00am and 6.00pm both led by Major Richard Crowe. Parents and Tots on Thursday 16th at 9.30am.

Whitefriars Church – This Sunday is Stepping Out Sunday. Activities include a ‘Barnwell Bonanza’ walk in the country park – meet at School at 9.30am. Traditional Silver Service in the Bridge will be at 10.30am with ‘Books and More Reading’ at Beans in Higham Ferrers at 10.30am. Further details from Philip on 316834.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church – on Sunday the Service at 3.00pm is led by Eileen and Andy Greer from Luton. An Evening of Mediumship is on Wednesday Sept 17th at 7.30pm with Pauline and Terry Falks from Essex.

Heritage Church and Halls – Morning Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Peter Squires. Refreshments served after the Service. Shelmerick Dance, Drama and Music Academy is on Monday 15th. On Saturday 14th the Get to Know Rushden Choir are performing on BBC Radio Corby Bus at Raunds Carnival from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

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

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church – The usual Coffee Morning is this Saturday Sept 13th at 10.00am. The Sunday Morning Family Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am led by Rev Phil Hearson. Second Sunday Service is at 4.00pm with various activities and refreshments. Ladies WA meet on Thursday 18th at 2.00pm with Ploughman’s Lunch and Harvest.

Rushden Mission Church – this Sunday’s Services are at 10.45am and 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 16th Sept at 10.00am.

Music in the Park – the next performance in Hall Park Walled Garden will be this Sunday Sept 14th at 3.00pm with Musical Roots.

Rushden U3A – meet in The Pemberton Centre next Wednesday 17th September at 2.00pm for the AGM and Roger Drage speaking about ‘The Best Days of your Life’.

WEA – are holding a 9 week course on Tuesdays from 10.00am to 11.30am, on six famous historic Royal Gardens including Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Venue is Rushden Bowls Club – course commences Tuesday Sept 23rd with Andrew Sankey as tutor. Contact 01832 733565 for details.

Rushden Flower Arrangement Club – meet on Thursday Sept 25th at 7.00pm in St Peter’s Church Hall for a Demonstration by Clare Allen ‘Created by Nature. Raffle of designs and Refreshments. Visitors welcome at cost of £6.00. Further info from 410280 or 311447.


Most people will have recently seen what appears to be a rather odd looking fellow leaning against the church wall at the bottom of Raunds Road in Stanwick. On closer inspection they will have realised that he was holding a poster promoting the forthcoming Scarecrow Festival which is being organised by Stanwick Preschool!

The Scarecrow Festival will take place between Sunday, 21st September and Sunday, 28th September, and during the week of the festival, residents and visitors will be able to walk around the village using a map to find the location of each scarecrow. Maps can be purchased, at £1 each, from Stanwick Pre-school or from the shop@stanwick.

Everyone in Stanwick is invited to create a scarecrow, which does not necessarily need to be in human form – you can be as creative as you like – and there is a prize of an Autumnal Hamper for the best scarecrow, with all proceeds going to Stanwick Pre-school.

It will cost just £2 to enter your scarecrow into the festival, which can be done by seeing Joss at the shop@stanwick, who will also be judging the competition, or by calling Alice on 07813 070 481. Organisers are very pleased with the number of entries they have received so far, but there is always room for more, so get your thinking caps on!

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

Stanwick WI will be meeting tomorrow, Friday, 12th September, at 7.30 p.m. at Stanwick Village Hall when members will learn more about ‘The Woolly World of Alpacas’ with Laura, from the Brampton Valley Alpacas. Ladies of all ages are welcome to join them with an admission fee of £4 for visitors. For more information please visit

Join contemporary Artists on Saturday, 13th September to create a work of art inspired by the Roman treasures of the Nene Valley, including Stanwick Lakes’ own Roman mosaic. This is a family event which takes place at Stanwick Lakes between 12 midday and 4 p.m. and is free of charge, thanks to Lottery funding. Normal car parking charges will apply.

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ will take place on Saturday, 13th September, and St. Laurence Church, Stanwick, will be open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to receive visitors.

Afternoon teas will be served between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the church, with a raffle, bric-a-brac, and other attractions. Everyone is welcome to join them for tea, coffee and cake, or just to take a look around our village church.

Live music at Stanwick Club on Saturday, 13th September, will be provided by ‘Ma Browns Groove Box’ which is a Midlands based band playing, jazz, funk, soul and rhythm & blues. Members and their bona fide guests are welcome to attend all events at Stanwick Club, and new members are always welcome. Ask at the bar for details, and for more information about the club visit

There will be a Benefice service of Holy Communion on Sunday, 14th September at 10.30 a.m. at All Hallows Church, Hargrave, and Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 17th September at St. Laurence Church, Stanwick.

The Raunds Local Focus Group will be meeting at the bus stop at 9.20 a.m. at Stanwick Village Hall on Tuesday, 16th September, for a choice of countryside or solid surface walks in the Wellingborough area. Original weatherproof maps are available at £2.50 each, with an option to buy and try at your leisure. Walks are suitable for everyone. For more information please call Susan on 01933 461480.

Paint a wooden planter using acrylic paints and decorative brushstrokes between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. next Wednesday, 17th September, at Stanwick Lakes with Chris Kinsey. This workshop is suitable for beginners as you need no drawing skills, and the use of all painting materials is included in the cost of £11. Normal car parking charges apply. To check the availability of places please call Chris on 01933 460676.

Stanwick Parish Council will be meeting in the Committee Room at the Village Hall at 7.15 p.m. next Thursday, 18th September.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend.

Number 40 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, 30th August making Joan Wright the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St. Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Garage Sale is back! Dozens of stall across Thrapston open from 9am on Saturday, September 13. Maps will be available on the day for £1 from outside the Plaza from 8:30am to 10am or from Jolly’s Toys or Bearly Worn or from St James Church Hall where refreshments will also be available. It’s not too late to register your stall for just £5 with all proceeds donated to the Phoenix Resource Centre. For booking or further information contact Lindsey on 01832 730019 or via email at

Afternoon teas and strawberry teas will be served on Saturday, September 13 from 2:30pm until 4:30pm at the St James Church Hall. Strawberry teas will be by ticket only, book now to avoid disappointment, only £2.50 per ticket. Bookings can be taken at the St James Church Hall on Saturday, September 6 from 10am until 11am and every Sunday at St James Church from 11am.

Thrapston Fire Station will be holding a coffee morning on Saturday, September 13 from 10am until 2pm. For further information visit

Thrapston Heritage are holding their first Heritage Roadshow at Thrapston Library from 10:30am until 12 noon on Saturday, September 27. If you have any items, documents or pictures of the local area please come and show us them. If you are happy for copies to be taken to put on the new website scanners and cameras will be available on the day in order to do this. If you are unable to attend but you think you have something which would be of interest please contact Eric Franklin on 01832 732950. The website can be viewed at and new items are being added most weeks.


Saturday 13th September - There will be a Ride and Stride in aid of the Northamptonshire Historic Church Trust. The Church will be open from 10:00am to 6:00pm and everyone is encouraged to take part.

Saturday 28th September is Back To Church Sunday at All Saints, Wellingborough. There will be a Church Parade followed by Harvest Brunch in the Church Hall. All are welcome, especially children and families; invite your friends.

All Saints Church, Wellingborough has an active choir which practices each Friday at 7:00pm in the Church. They lead the 9:15am service each Sunday, if you would like to join, please come along any Friday, you will be made very welcome.

All Saints Church, Wellingborough will be holding a Pet Service at 3:00pm on Sunday 5th October. All creatures Great and Small are welcome.

Unfortunately the Wellingborough Bipolar Support Group is not able to meet at the Moment because we are still searching for a new free Venue call Julie Smith on 01933226720 if you can help or you need more information. If You need details of other Northants groups contact the head office for details.

Wellingborough Civic Society will be holding its meeting at the Museum on Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm and the Guest speaker will be Lesley Emerson who is Chairperson of Wellingborough Twinning Association. She will present a talk about the Twinning Association,the normal civic society meeting talk will cost £1 members and £2 for visitors but please call in the museum if you would like a £4 each Ticket to the talk which will include a light Continental Buffet.

The Wellingborough Museum will be holding Trench Experience Tours Each Saturday from 13th September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at £2 each person. Weekday trips can be organised for groups please contact the Museum to book it.

Wellingborough Library In September regular things to do at your library. Sundays 2.15 to 2. 45pm Baby Bounce and Rhyme for under twos and their carers. Every third Tuesday of the month Adult Reading club meets from 2pm till 4pm. The book they will begin to enjoy together from 15th July will be Love in the time of Cholera and on the 16th September the book to read all together will be Moonfields by Judith Allnatt. Story Time for the children accompanied by adults children 3 to 8yrs can on the first Saturday of the month come along to storytime 10am till 11am, Music in the library for the children 0 to 3 yrs is Tuesdays 1.15 to 2pm from 10th September music, Rhymes and puppets.

Wednesdays is also Rhyme time from 10 to 10.30 or 11 to 11.30. For under 5’s accompanied of course. The Library hosts drop in sessions for Bromford Support on Thursdays 10am till noon and if you wish to call to see if they can help you the number is 01933 279649. Bromford support covers many life issues budgeting, benefits form filling help, help for you if your lonely and feel you have no support and housing issues. Call them see if they can help or drop in for a chat.

Also on Fridays the Mallows job club meet and job seekers are allowed to select three free sessions covering many aspects of job searching. Again the number to call to see if they can help you is 01933 664437 or email

The Northamptonshire family History Society will welcome you to ask for their help with geneology from 10 am till 1pm on Saturday 20th September and 18th October. Their help is free.

St Mary’s Church, Knox Rd, Wellingborough, will be holding a Jumble Sale on Sat 13 th September at 10am. Refreshments will be available. Admission is 20p.For further details ring Sarah on 07798 868646.

At Wellingborough Museum. Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust. Also at Museum every second Monday evening of the Month beginning at 7.30pm a film show will be held. Other Film shows planned for your enjoyment.

On Tuesday October 7th A steam night film show On Track will be presented and 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. Put These Film shows in your Diaries.

Chester Farm Open Day Saturday 13th September 2014 10.30 am to 4.00pm

If you have never visited Chester Farm, or want to hear the latest news on the project, this Open Day is your opportunity!

On Saturday 13 September you will be able to walk across part of the site, view the current excavation, and talk to members of the project team about the plans for this fantastic archaeological and historical site. There will be informal talks about the current and previous excavations by Archaeologist, Ian Meadows , who will explain how the recent investigation has increased our understanding of the Roman occupation at Chester Farm in particular. Talks will take place in the former orchard at 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm.

Sarah Bridges, Programme Director and Jennifer Sherrey, Project Manager will be available to discuss the site and the council’s ambitious project to bring it into public use. There will also be a small display of finds from past excavations.

Visitor Information

No pre-booking is required. This is an open day and you are free to come and go at a time that suits you between 10.30 am and 4 pm. Volunteers will be on hand to guide and assist you as necessary.

The site is not yet regularly open and accessible to the public. So unfortunately the event is not suitable for those with mobility problems. The ground is uneven, and the path is overgrown in parts so stout footwear is recommended; you should also dress for the conditions of the day. Car parking will be a short walk approx 10 minutes from the excavation site.

Directions The site is to the south-east of Wellingborough and can be accessed from Claudius Way. Travelling east on the A45, after the exit for Wellingborough, take the next exit signposted ‘Business Park’. As you turn, the Prologis Business Park will be on your left, and the Chester Farm entrance is the first gate on the right towards the bottom of the slope. The stewards on site will give directions for car parking and to the excavation.

If you would like any further information please email

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

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

You will be linking with the angels, speaking with them and meeting & interacting with your angel guide.

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.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church. They hold weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House Havelock St /St Johns Street. Please remember the first medium of each month is £5 entrance each and please be generous each of the other weeks with your donations to keep the doors of this wonderful church open each week.

Saturday September 13th at 10am Wellingborough Ramblers will hold a 7 mile Walk in Braunston meeting near the Church has been organised by Brian 01604450946 for more information. Sunday 14th September at 10am a 6.5 mile morning walk from Sudborough meeting near to Church and going via Titchmarsh Wood. More details from Pauline 01832732724. Tuesday September 16th at 10am a 6.5 mile circular walk from Old Northampton meeting at the White Horse Old. The walk is going via Scaldwell and Stuart on 01536710427 has full information. On Wednesday 17th September at 9.30am a 7.5 mile circular from Little Addington Irthlingborough. Please meet at The Bell Little Addington and this walk will go via Stanwick Lakes please call John on 01933398905 if you need more information. The Thursday 19th September walk departs at 10am from The Two Brewers at Olney and is a Circular of Olney of 14 miles. For The Olney walk please Bring a picnic lunch and bigger groups should have a ring leader contact Jeff on 01234711604 for further information. Saturday and Sunday 20th /21st September Wadenhoe and Little Addington walks planned more info next week.

Northamptonshire/Wellingborough Carers

We are recruiting Peer Supporters for the existing team on a voluntary or paid employment basis. Candidates must be or have been a Carer – link to website page

Update on our premises move, we moved w/c 1st September 2014 so there may be some disruption to our phone lines, particularly on Tuesday/Wednesday 2nd/3rd September on the Support Line, we will try to keep this to a minimum but unfortunately unavoidable, our phone numbers remain the same – please circulate to colleagues and contacts our address and details are as follows:

Northamptonshire Carers 123 Midland Road Wellingborough NN8 1LU

Office number: 01933 677837 Carers Support Line: 01933 677907

Email: Website:


The September meeting of the Wilbarston & Stoke Albany group ‘Friends’ will be next Wednesday 17th September at 7.45pm in Stoke Albany Village Hall.

It will be an evening of Tai Chi with Jenni Levine. Everyone can join in at their own pace. Followed by refreshments. Visitors £2.

Wilbarston Tot’s Group have started up again after the summer break. They meet at Wilbarston Village Hall every Monday morning from 10.00 until 12noon, during term time. There is a range of toys and fun for children aged between 0 and 5 years. The first session is free so mums & toddles can try it out. For more information contact Diane on 07761957825 or Rose on 07736 030656.


What have you planned to do on Saturday 13th September?

Like many churches Wilby’s church, in Church Lane, will be open between 10am until 4pm to enable cyclists and walkers to visit who are participating in the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride & Stride’ event.

Also for all villagers, family and friends an ‘Afternoon Tea’ event will also take place at the church between 2pm until 4pm. So come along for a village social get together and enjoy some taste tea and cakes!

Further information or to register for Ride or Stride contact:-

Margaret Murphy 01933 - 271061 or visit


The premises of Woodford Snooker Club is in the Reading room on Addington Road Woodford.The club has 20 members and it plays an important role in the social life of the village.Since the club was formed the club has played in various billiards and snooker leagues and were founder members in 1972 of the Mid Northants Snooker League.The club has always submitted a minimum of two teams each year to play in League Competition and is currently playing in the Market Harborough League.

The club is open 6 days a week for non league games,with league games being played regularly on a Tuesday night between September and March.

The club has two full size snooker tables available at £3 per hour.Please contact Keith Vice Chairman

on 01832 731896 if you are interested in joining the club.or any further information.

The Baptist Chapel Harvest weekend is from September 19th -22nd.Friday 19th September is the Harvest supper in the Chapel schoolroom,at 7pm,Saturday 20th the Chapel is open for decoration,and the kettle will be on so why not drop in for a cup of tea, Sunday 21st is Family service at 11:00am Harvest Praise Service at 6pm.Monday auction of gifts at 7-15 in the Chapel schoolroom.

The 6pm service at the Chapel on Sunday September 14th will be conducted by Mr. Coe from Broughton. The Wednesday evening fellowship on September 17th is at 7-15 and the speaker will be Mrs. S Kempson from Wellingborough.

The services at the Churches for Sunday September 14th are Little Addington Family Service at 9:30 am Great Addington Holy Communion at 9:30am.Woodford St Mary’s Holy Communion at 11:00am

The next meeting of the Woodford Wine Circle is on Monday September 15th at Woodford Community and Sports Complex at 8pm when eminent Wine and Beer making expert and judge,Mr. Charles Hill will be giving advice on improving home made wines.For further details ring 01832 732228.