Village news September 25

Geese and swans pack the shoreline at Pitsford reservoir
Geese and swans pack the shoreline at Pitsford reservoir

What’s going on where you live


Well done to Carl and Mike who took part once again in the Historic Churches Bike ride to earn money for St Andrews Church Brigstock and the Historic Churches Trust. They covered more than 70 miles between them. Sponsorship money is still coming in so their total will be revealed later. It’s not too late to sponsor them. Judy was away this year but says she will be back in the saddle next year!

The idea for Mike’s bike ride originated from a recent bus trip on the guided busway starting in St ves and running south to Cambridge shopping centre.

He took his bike to the St Ives park and ride and began by visiting five churches in and around the town centre including the chapel on the bridge that spans the Great Ouse. The Hemingfords were next, across the river, and then the route turned south through villages on the west side of the busway, using short sections of the 14-mile cycle track that runs parallel with the bus way.

St Andrew’s Church in Oakington was reached and became the lunch stop, primarily because a very generous spread had been provide by the parishioners and their pizza and cakes replaced his packed sandwiches! Slowed down by a rather full stomach he began the return journey north to St Ives, returning to Brigstock late afternoon. This year’s relatively flat bike ride took in 20 churches over 35 miles and £150+ was raised (thanks to generous sponsors).

Have you noticed the wonderful display of poppies on the school bank? The children of Brigstock School invite you to join them in remembrance by making a poppy or dedication of your own. This can be an individual or a village group. Poppies need to be waterproof. There are some ideas available from the school office. Completed poppies should be sent to the school and will be placed on the bank by the children.

Brigstock WEA course for the Autumn will be 1,000 Years of British Agriculture presented by tutor Mike Muncaster. The nine-week course will be in the village hall on Thursdays from 2pm till 3.30pm will start on Thursday, September 25. The course fee is £52. Contact Ann Shrive on 01536 373216 for more details.

A coffee morning for Macmillan nurses will be held at Harpers Court on Friday, September 26, from 10am to midday. Items for the raffle and or cake stall would be greatly appreciated. Contact Linda on 373511 or Alison on 373509. Please feel free to drop in for some refreshments.

Dance the night away on Friday, September 26, in Brigstock Village Hall from 8pm to 11pm. Ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing. Bring your own refreshments. Entrance £4. For further details contact Dave or Joan on 07718 519480.

The mobile library van will be in the village on Saturday, October 4. Barnards Way from 12.50pm to 1.30pm, Causin Close from 1.35pm to 2.15pm.

From Sunday, October 5, there is a change in Sunday services at St Andrew’s. Week 1, 5pm Evening prayer. Week 2, 9.30 am Holy Communion, 11am All Age Worship. Week. 3, 9.30am Morning Prayer. Week 5, 9.30am Holy Communion. Further updates to follow.

On Sunday, October 5, a tea dance will be held in Brigstock Village Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. Dancing will include sequence, Latin and ballroom. Admission £3.50. Details 07718 519480.

The next bingo session at Harpers Court is on Thursday, October 9, at 7.30pm.

Friday, October 10. Dance to music from 40s to 90s. Rock ‘n’ roll, country rock and rhythm ‘n’ blues. Brigstock Village Hall 8pm until 11pm. Admission £5. Bring your own drink and snacks. Details on 01536 267301.

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


On Saturday, 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 seven years the club has raised £10,000 for various charities and hopes to beat last year’s total of £1,498. If you are free please pop in and give 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. The club hopes to have some coaches available during the day to help improve your skills and who knows you could be playing for the club in the Kettering League in a couple of months! Come along and help 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.

Women’s Fellowship will meet at 2.30pm on Tuesday in the Chapter House of St Mary’s Church. Rachel Samways will be the speaker at Tuesday Fellowship this week. The meeting will be held in the Assembly Room, Meeting Lane, and starts at 2.30pm.

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

The farmers market will be in town on Saturday, October 4. Stalls selling local produce will be open for business from 9am in the Millennium Garden.

The 2nd Burton Latimer Rainbows will host the Coffee Morning to take place at the Guiding Centre, Alexandra Street on Saturday, October 4. Bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee will be available, and there will be an assortment of stalls. Doors will open at 9.30am.

A Craft Day will be held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, October 4. Light lunches and refreshments will be available all day. Some demonstrations will take place during the day. Admission is £1. For details call Judy on 01536 723719.

The Burton Latimer branch of the Royal British Legion Women’s Section invites you to a Soup & Roll Evening with Prize Bingo at the Band Club on Monday, October 6. The evening will begin at 7.30pm.

Burton Latimer Credo Men’s Group will meet at The Olde Victoria at 8pm on Monday, October 6. This will be a chance to meet up again after the summer break to have a drink together and chat about ideas for future Credo events and activities. For further details on any Credo events contact Tony (01536 726833).

Burton Latimer Town Council will meet in the Civic Centre at 7pm on Tuesday, October 7. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Burton Latimer Ladies Club will meet in the Methodist Schoolroom at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 8, for the AGM.

Services at St Mary’s Church on Sunday are:

8am Holy Communion

10am Parish Eucharist with crèche

10am Sunday School in the Chapter House

Midday 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 for Harvest Festival Weekend are:

10.45am Family Service

6pm Harvest Songs of Praise

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


Cottingham ‘Apple Day’ is taking place on the Recreation Field on Sunday, September 28, from midday to 4pm. Green Horizons is organising the Apple Day to celebrate our countryside and raise money for the charity, which is setting up a horticultural project in Cottingham for children with autism and their families. For more details, contact Jan Mears on 772130, Lucie Middlebrook on 772254 or email

Ant Licquorish will be holding his 45th charity quiz in the village hall annex on Saturday, October 25, at 6.30pm. More information is available from Ant on 01536 771062 or by email on

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 10am

Methodist Church, Corby Road, Cottingham – every Sunday at 6pm.


The Cranford and District Over 60s will meet in the village hall from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The will be entertained by Pat Hamilton and Friends.

Cranford Harvest Supper will be held in the village hall at 6pm on Wednesday, October 1. The delicious menu consists of beef casserole and jacket potatoes. A vegetarian option can be requested on booking and sausage and beans option for children. Followed by apple crumble/apple pie with cream. Price £6 adults, £4 children (under 16) and concessions (over 65).

Please contact Katina Foot to book on 01536 330263 or 07910 206227 or email This is followed by the Harvest produce auction at 7.15pm. All proceeds go to the Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund.

Holy Communion will be held at Twywell at 9.15am. Morning prayer will be held at Grafton Underwood at 11am and a Family Service at Cranford St John’s at 11am (this is also the Cranford Harvest Festival). There will also be a service of Songs Of praise at Cranford St John’s at 6pm.


Sunday, September 28 in Holy Trinity Church in Denford there is a Service of Holy Communion with Harvest Festival at 11am.

Monday, September 29, the Harvest supper will take place. For more information call Heather on 01832 734606, Pat on 01832 133677 or Sandra on 01832 734459.


Lyndon Thomas Ltd of Billing Road, Northampton, has applied to use the Birchfield Springs, Rushton Road, Desborough, as an operating centre for goods vehicles and trailers. To raise your objections to this attempted heavy goods operators licence please write to the Traffic Commissioner at Hillcrest House, 386 Harehills Lane, Leeds, LS9 6NF, to your local and district councillors and to MP Philip Hollobone on email –

The final round for projected images at the Desborough and Rothwell Photographic Society took place at Marlow House, Desborough on Friday, September 12. The judge was Alan Goldby from Kempston Camera Club. In the Slide Competition two slides topped the results with 19 marks. They were Brummy Landmark by Peter Butlin and Hooded Merganser by Mick Rockett. This means that Peter Butlin wins the Slide League for 2014, narrowly beating Mick into second place by just 2 marks. In the Projected Digital Images there was also a tie for first place in the Novice and Intermediate Heat, this time with Mick Rockett’s Red Indian and Pat Rockett’s Machine Gunners both gaining the maximum, mark of 20. This result means that Pat wins the Intermediate Digital Projected Image League for 2014. Mick Rockett once again had to settle for second place. The winner of the Novice Section for 2014 was Marion Yeomans. In the Advanced Digital Projected Images there was yet another tie, this time between Steve Rappitt’s Loco Driver and Peter Alvey’s Malcesine both scoring 20 marks. This result leaves one more tie, this time in the Advanced League, the winners for 2014 being Geoff Oliver and Rosemary Buckett. Chairman Geoff Oliver thanked Alan for his constructive and entertaining judging.

Christine and Richard Crick would like to thank family, friends and neighbours for their support at the Cake and a Cuppa event they organised on Saturday, September 13, in aid of the air ambulance. Special thanks goes to Tony Hill for the music. Christine and Richard are pleased to say that a fantastic £280 was raised.

Car boot sale on Saturday, September 28. Gates are open from 7am. Pitch cost £5. For details, call 01536 711930.

Fresh Air Desborough’s summer draw is now coming to an end. If you have not bought your tickets yet, then you only have a week left to do so. Get your tickets now from following places in Desborough: Desborough Community Development Trust shop on Station Road; Revive Café on Station Road West Lodge Farm Shop and Icle Star/Lucy’s Tea Room in High Street. In Wilbarston, you can obtain you ticket from The Village Shop and in Rothwell from Rowell’s Rolls on the High Street.

The banqueting and conference suites at the Desborough Ritz presents an autumn wedding show on Wednesday, October 1, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There will be a bridal show by Bonsoire at 9pm. Register on the following link: For stands and more information, contact Gillian Green on 07716 822729 or 01536 763510.


Walking group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 11am at the park entrance.

The library van will be in East Carlton Park on Friday, October 3, from 12.25pm for an hour. As usual two stop,s one outside number 13 and the other in the circle.

East Carlton Breakaways will hold their monthly coffee morning on Thursday, October 2, from 10.30 until midday. Admission is £2.50 and includes refreshments. All monies go to Megan Baker House. Why not come along and meet local residents?


Countdown Cares will be at the Walkers Way Community Room on Thursday, September 25, from 9.30am to midday.

We will be having a Macmillan Big Coffee Morning at Finedon Dolben Cricket Club on Friday, September 26, at 10am. There will be a home bake stall, raffle and bring and buy.

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

The Royal British Legion held its meeting at the bowls club, Finedon.

The speaker was Michael Leonard whose talk on Every Picture Tells Two Stories was very interesting, and gave plenty of food for thought. On September 6, 7 and 13 members provided stands at Irthlingborough carnival, The Buffs Fun Day, and Raunds carnival and they were enjoyed by all who helped.

On Friday, September 26, members will be taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the bowls club, Finedon. Please come along for a cuppa and some cake to support this worthy cause. Time 10am to midday.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 8, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Members will be having a fish and chip night (usual cost) followed by a speaker from the Red Cross.


The bowls club is holding a vintage music evening on Friday, September 26. Pete Wayre will be singing songs from the 20s to the 40s. Why not dress in 40s style and get in the mood! A bar is available. The evening starts from 7pm to 7.30pm and tickets are available, price £5, from Linda or Roy on 01536 747698.

Come For Coffee And Cake is happening on Saturday, September 27, at St Mary Magdalene Church in Geddington, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Coffee and cake is from 10am with soup and roll from midday. There will be stalls and competitions. Bring all the family and help support such a worthwhile cause.

Geddington United Reformed Church is presenting a concert entitled And the band played on... starting on Wednesday, October 1, and finishing on Saturday, October 4. The wine bar opens at 7pm each evening with the curtain up at 7.30pm.

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

After a ‘holiday’ of a few months, Old Tyme Dances are starting again in the youth club in Grafton Road, Geddington. Every month there will be an evening of old-time ballroom dancing with live music by the Mike White Duo. If you would enjoy an evening, bring your own nibbles and drinks and get out there dancing! It starts at 8pm and to book a table, contact Janine on 01536 747981.

The dates are; Saturday, October 18, and Saturday, November 15. There are two more dates in December, Saturday December 13, and New Year’s Eve.

Geddington Friends of the Church is organising a whole programme of events to cater for everyone. To kick off, on Sunday, September 28, the group is planning a Medieval Walk and talk at the Mead and Medieval munching, all for £5 per person. Meet at the Cross at 3pm. Register your interest for medieval shopping purposes to a committee member.

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

Please ring Robert on 746173 for tickets.


Sunday, September 28, in All Saints Church, Great Addington, there is a Service of Holy Communion at 9.30am. Also, there is a Service of Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Little Addington.

The Addingtons Pre-school is now open on Thursday afternoons, and is able to offer Mondays 8.45am to 12.15pm and full school days of 8.45am to 3.15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For further information, please contact the pre-school manager on 07904 493169.

The Addington Artisans will be holding a coffee morning and exhibition for Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday, September 26, in Great Addington Village Hall from 10am until 4pm. There will also be craft stalls, books, plants and a raffle. Admission will be £2 (includes coffee and biscuits).

Please come and help us to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause. For further information call 01933 650771.

On Thursday, September 25 all parents and families are welcome in Great Addington Church between 8.45am and 11am.

Come along and have a chat and coffee with Mr Meekings and members of the Parent Schools Association.

On Saturday, October 4, there will be a race night (to be held jointly with the pre-school). Welcome drink/supper bar and tickets £10 (available from the office).

A big, big, thank you to the PSA which has this week donated £2,500 to enable the school to implement the new ICT curriculum.


Sunday, September 28, 10am harvest festival at St Mary’s.

From now on morning prayer will be said at 9.30am each Wednesday with a Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of each month. For more details go to

Wednesday coffee mornings held after the Communion service in the home of one of the parishioners, details on the church notice board.

Diary Dates

Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm in the village hall, Grendon needs you! Wartime theme, dancing, hot meal and bar. Dress red, white and blue or khaki. Tickets £20 from Deborah on 01933 663918. Proceeds to St Mary’s.

Sunday, October 18, 11am to 4pm, craft fair in the Marlowe room at Grendon Hall. Proceeds to the air ambulance.

Grendon flower show had another very successful year. Entries were up and the show made a profit thanks to the generosity of exhibitors who donated their entries for sale and also the gift of a beautiful picture of a fox for auction. The organisers would like to thank all who helped or exhibited and to encourage everyone to get planning on next years produce and crafts.


Gretton Village Hall is the venue for the next monthly lunch on Tuesday, October 7, from 12.30pm at only £4 per serving. The organisers welcome residents, ramblers, cyclists and anyone passing through the village to attend. Thank you for your continued support everyone. Further details from Liz Watt telephone 01536 772328. Do then come along on October 7 for the next monthly lunch held in Gretton Village Hall.

A craft market organised by Gretton Silver Band is once again being held at Gretton Village Hall, Kirby Road, on Saturday, November 15. This popular event which grows and gets better each year will be open from 10am to 4pm with free entry.

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

The latest day trip arranged by Wondertours Community Transport was on Saturday, September 13. A double destination day out with the first stop in the charming little town of Bewdley.

The next excursion on Saturday, November 15, is to Derby.

There are now only two seats remaining on the Derby trip, the fare is just £13.50 each with the coaches picking up in Gretton, Weldon, Corby Old Village and town centre and Kettering Telford Lodge. To book call or text David Fursdon now on 07790 197220 or email

Gretton Sports and Social Club is the venue for Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, September 26, between midday and 3pm. Please call in and support the fundraising and if you have any unwanted items that can help boost this good cause please call organiser Joyce Polley on 01536 770940.Gretton Sports and Social Club is located on Gretton Recreation Ground via

Doctors Lane off Kirby Road. All welcome to support the great work Macmillan nurses do in cancer care.


Hargrave Films. The new season starts on October 16 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Jim Ferguson has a couple of spaces in the programme, ring him on 623850 if you have a suggestion.

The book club meets on October 7, 2.30pm at 10 Elm Close. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Triglani is the book under discussion.

In November, the WI is running the Christmas bazaar in the village hall. There will be a book stall. Now is the time to clear your shelves of those books you will never read again. Hard or paperbacked, in good condition, please bring them to me. I will collect within the village.

Poetry reading group will meet again on October 15 in the church at 2.30pm. Apologies for the late cancellation of this month’s meeting.

Next Sunday at 9.15am the service in All Hallows will be for All Ages, nine months to 90 years, all are welcome.


Elizabeth Scholes celebrated her 95th birthday on Wednesday, September 17, and on behalf of everyone in the village we wish her a very happy birthday.

This year’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support is being held in St John the Baptist Church, Harringworth, from 10.30am to midday and everyone is welcome.

There will be a Made in Harringworth cake and produce stall – so donations of cakes, bread, biscuits and preserves will be most welcome on the day or in advance.

Do come along and support this amazing fundraiser which is also open to our Benefice and local villages. Donations can be made in advance to Hayleigh Fisher, Meadow Cottage, call 07728 494070.

The annual ploughing match will take place on Sunday, September 28, on the Spanhoe airfield. Ploughing will commence at 10am and finish at 2pm. We expect about 40 competitors expected and there will be a snack van in attendance.

The Autumn Church Clean takes place on the last Tuesday in September from 10am. If you have any questions or would like to help this year, a couple more helpers would be very welcome. Volunteers are always needed for Church Flowers and Brass Cleaning so do call Pamela Cooper if you can help on 01572 747320.

The church will be looking seasonally decorated with flowers and harvest produce for this year’s Harvest Festival Service in Harringworth at 11am on October 5.

Everyone is welcome and the Service will include activities for children so do come along with your children or grandchildren.

Produce is welcome which will be auctioned off, some items going to the Food Bank.

The service is followed coffee and then by a Harvest lunch in the village hall (tickets now available).

An afternoon of fun for all ages organised by the appeals committee to celebrate Harvest with a two-course ploughman’s buffet lunch in the village hall at 12.30pm followed by a mix of entertainment from 2pm to 4pm on October 5.

Tickets cost £9.50 for adults, children six to 16 £4.50, and are available in advance from Roy Kedge 747431.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to take part in the Home Grown Entertainment - so if you can sing, act, play an instrument, recite or entertain in any way contact Diana Wordie on 747216.

We now have a list of keen volunteers prepared to take anyone from the village to a doctor’s/hospital appointment or a train station or to collect medication on their behalf. We could still do with a few more volunteers – can you help? If you need a lift call Philippa 747700 or Hayleigh on 07728 494070 as they hold the list at present.


Higham Heritage Weekend will be held this Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, and all are welcome.

The 2014 Annual Chichele Society Exhibition will open on Saturday between 10am and 4pm and Sunday between 11am and 4pm in the Chantry Chapel next to St Mary’s Church. The displays will include The Great Sale 1914; Henry Chichele Archbishop of Canterbury and the First World War. Admission is free.

There will be a Cloister Garth and Archaelogy Exhibitions in Chichele College and the official opening at 10.30am of the Tourist Information Point in the Library on Midland Road. This has been funded by Higham Tourism.

The monthly farmers’ market will be on the Square with a wide range of locally produced foods on offer to include fruit, vegetables, free range eggs, lamb, beef, pork, organic poultry, pies, preserves, pickles, herbs, cheese, plants and shrubs. Free and ample parking available in Midland Road, Saffron Road car park and surrounding area.

A half-hour choral concert will be given by Keith and Jo Green at 11.30am in St Mary’s Church to which all are welcome with free admission and a coffee morning in the Bede House from 9am with refreshments and stalls to browse.

The parents, family and friends of Isla Stanley and Harrison Southcombe attended St Mary’s Church recently. Isla and Harrison were baptised by Canon Richard Stainer and welcomed as new members of the parish family.

Members of Pensioners Voice meet at 2pm in the Adult School next Monday, September 29. The special guest will be Stephanie Hardwick talking about holidays. Visitors are always most welcome and for further details about the group ring 01933 312616.

St Mary’s Church services for this Sunday, September 28, are: All Sorts at 9.15am in the Bede House and Harvest Festival/Celebration Service at 10.15am. All youngsters and families are invited to bring their harvest gifts to the 10.15am service.

At the Parish Church of St John the Baptist Chelveston Sung Mass will be at 9am and at 5pm Harvest Evening Prayer.

At the Hope Methodist Church – meeting in St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church hall Hayway – Morning Service at 10.30am will be led by Claire Jennings. The service will be followed by coffee.

The Higham Chichele Society meet at 9.30am on Friday September 26, in the Green Dragon Hotel in College Street with special guest Mike Muncaster and his subject, A Holt GP.

At their meeting on October 31 the subject will be the First World War with special guests Duo - David Wilson and Richard Oberman. 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 The War Walk.

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

This special publication will be officially launched on the evening of Friday, September 26, in Higham Ferrers library.

Higham Footpath Group is going on a nine-mile walk on Sunday, October 5. The route will be from Boddington Reservoir to Lower Boddington, Claydon Top Lock, Appletree, Aston Le Walls and Westhorp. Walkers are asked to meet at 8.50am on the Saffron Road car park or 10am at Boddington Reservoir – East Car Park. The group will be led by Ian Raby 01933 356049. See website

A Walk through Time will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, September 27, at Stanwick Lakes. Archaeologist Andy Chapman will lead the walk which will 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

The mayor of Higham Ferrers, George Whiting, will be holding a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support from 9am to 12.30pm on Friday, September 26, in the Carriage House on Wood Street. Admission is £2 to include coffee and cake and all are welcome.

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, September 27, from 8pm in the Rushden Town Bowls Club on Northampton Road. Tickets are £10 from Walt 07984 266649 or the bowls club on 01933 312680. Proceeds will be for Macmillan Nurses and all are welcome.

A town council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 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.


The Let’s have Fun Drawing Group will be meeting in Irchester Library on Thursday, October 2, at 2.30pm.

The public inquiry into the proposed 149-house development off Chester Road, Irchester, begins on September 30 at the Redwell Leisure Centre, Barnwell Drive, Wellingborough, NN8 5LP.

Irchester residents are urged to turn up from 9.15am onwards to let the inspector know how they feel about the development, and to display Save Irchester Village posters in their front windows.

Full details on

Rhymetime for the under fives is at 9.30am on Thursday, October 2, in Irchester Library. The library has something to offer for all age groups and interests and is supported by an active Friends of Irchester Library group, whose next meeting will be on October 23.

Irchester Parish Historical Society is working with the Trading Places Project Team (part of the Rockingham Forest Trust, based at Stanwick Lakes) which is heading to Irchester this autumn with pie-related plans. They would like to invite you to join in the fun, dig out your memories and take part in the events. January 2015 will be the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Parsons factory in Irchester. To mark this occasion, the project team (with considerable help from the library service and the historical society) is planning a series of activities suitable for all ages as long as you’re interested in pies! To kick off, on Sunday, September 28, from 1pm to 4pm, the project team is holding a session in Irchester Library for anyone who has memories they can share with them about Parsons, whether they are about working there, knowing the Parsons family or selling, delivering or even eating the pies. Memories will be collected and recorded and they could become part of a booklet or display telling the Parsons story. Please root out your old photographs of the factory, family members or yourself – perhaps even a picture of you taken during the time you worked at the factory – and take those along too.

Corby Male Voice Choir will be performing at Irchester Village Hall on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm. This is in aid of the local branch of Parkinson’s UK. Tickets are available from Alan on 01933 800174 at £5 each including light refreshments.

Irchester is twinned with Coulon in France and has a very active twinning group. The next group meeting will be the AGM on Friday, September 26, in Parsons Hall at 8pm. Prospective members are welcome to go along to find out what events are planned for the next year. Deposits will be collected for the next trip to Coulon which will take place in May 2015.

There may still be tickets available for the family disco, table top quiz and raffle in the village hall on Saturday, September 27. Tickets are £8 each £4 for under 16s and include a sausage and chips supper. Take your own drinks. 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. Proceeds will go towards Irchester skatepark.

The grand village sale takes place on Sunday, October 5, between midday and 3pm. It’s like doing a car boot on your own drive. No need to pack the car, just set up your stall outside and wait for the crowds to arrive. Organised by Irchester Gala who will provide maps of where the sales are on the day. It costs £5 to take part and this goes to the Gala funds. Contact Tim Maguire (3 Chapel Hill), Ben Leeson (8 Gipsy Lane) or Angelina Wood (56 Baker Crescent) to take part or print a form from Facebook and drop your money into them by October 3.

In October there will be an art and photographic exhibition for local artists at the library. All entries must be in by October 17. Entry forms are available from the library during opening hours which are Tuesday to Friday 1pm to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm and there will be a hanging fee of £2 per picture.

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

Following the huge success of the spring Strut Your Mutt event they are doing it again! £5 per dog – all proceeds to the sanctuary. Organised and facilitated by Nathan Watson. Meet at 10am for a 10.30am start.

No need to book, just turn up on the day. If you don’t have a dog to walk you can borrow one from the sanctuary but need to request this seven days in advance. Email or ring 01933 278080 if you need more information.

Irchester Parish Council has organised a bumper raffle in aid of the skatepark. First prize is £100. For tickets email or call 07761 189501. The winner will be drawn on October 1.

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.


There will be a Cake Bake and Coffee Morning on Saturday, October 4, at the Methodist Church, College Street,

Irthlingborough, from 10am to midday. There will also be some bric-a-brac stalls. All proceeds will go to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

There will be a General Knowledge Charity Quiz at the Working Men’s Club, Scarborough Street, on October 4. Please arrive for 7.45pm for an 8.15pm start. Teams of four are £5. All proceeds will be donated to Zach’s Helping Hand.

The Renee and Selby Coffee Morning will be held on October 18 in the Albert Underwood Room, St Peter’s Church. It is from 10am to midday. It is 50p a ticket and there will also be a raffle and sale of goods. All proceeds will go to the Cransley Hospice.

The Royal British Legion held its meeting at the bowls club, Finedon.

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

On September 6, 7, and 13, members provided stands at Irthlingborough carnival, The Buffs Fun Day, and Raunds carnival and they were enjoyed by all who helped.

On Friday, September 26, members will be taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the bowls club, Finedon. Please come along for a cuppa and some cake to support this worthy cause. Time 10am to midday.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 8, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. There will be a fish and chip night (usual cost) followed by a speaker from the Red Cross.


The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will be holding a coffee morning at the Toller Church, Gold Street, Kettering, on Saturday, September 27, from 10am to midday.

On Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, at All Saints Church, William Street, there is an art exhibition from midday to 5pm. Entry £1. Light refreshments will be available.

On Tuesday, September 30, the Kettering branch of the WEA explores Victorian Crime and Punishment. The tutor is Liz Carter and it is held at Church House, St Botolph’s Road, Barton Seagrave, from 2pm to 3.30pm. Email or phone 01604 813445 for further details.

From Thursday, September 30, until Saturday, October 4 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday at 8.30pm and Saturday at 5pm and 8.30pm), KOS Musical Theatre Society presents The Full Monty. For tickets call the box office on 01536 414141 or online at On the Friday night there will be a cocktail night in the Live Lounge with pre-show cocktails and canapés. Complimentary bubbly on arrival. £5 per person. Limited availability.

On Saturday, October 4, at Toller Church, Gold Street, a coffee morning in aid of Cransley Hospice is being held from 10am to midday.

The Alfred East Art Gallery Craft Showcase for October features ceramics artist Stella Benford. In 1963 Stella became Potter in Residence at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, where, for almost 20 years, the public could watch while she produced her pottery. Stella now has a studio at her home in Burton Latimer adding life-size papier-mâché and recycled metal sculptures to her varied and diverse repertoire. Latterly, her paintings are in acrylics, using layers to convey different views of a subject or theme.

The Community Corner at the Manor House Museum for October highlights UK Amateur Fossil Hunters. Founded in 2009, UKAFH is now the largest fossil hunting organisation in the UK, specifically aimed at the amateur fossil collector and enthusiast. It is a family-friendly club and offers monthly fossil hunts across the UK at some of the very best fossil sites. This year’s display at the Manor House Museum will be the biggest to date with rare fossils from Lyme Regis and a German archaeopteryx dinosaur fossil.

The following events will take place at The Salvation Army, Kettering (Regent Street entrance): Monday 5.30pm to 7pm Rainbows and 6pm to 7.15pm Brownies - places available.

Monday and Friday: 11.30am for midday – lunch club. Please phone to book your two-course meal and cuppa. £3.50 on 01536 513883.

Tuesday: 1.30pm for 2pm to 3pm Home League (Ladies Meeting).

Thursday: 1pm – Over 60s Club Harvest Bring & Buy (Thursday, September 25).

Thursday: 6pm to 7pm Junior Youth Club [6 -12 year olds].

On Sunday, September 28, at Wicksteed Park Pavilion, there is a wedding fair. Talk to local wedding suppliers who can help you arrange your wedding. £5 entry or free by registering with Silverlinings. For more information call the park on 01536 512475.


On Saturday, September 27, from 10.30am to midday, Laxton Village Hall will be taking part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Filter coffee, tea and cakes.


This Saturday, September 27, the Men’s Breakfast will be held at Little Harrowden Church, to arrive at 8.45am.

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

Little Harrowden Church Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 28, from 9.15am followed by lunch at 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 for school age children. Tickets available from Barbara 674148 or Jose 678262.

St Mary’s Little Harrowden Heritage Trust Abundance Lunch, go along and join them for a light lunch of soups, quiches, snacks, cakes and delights. All home-made from the abundance of produce, grown in and around Little Harrowden.

On Saturday, October 11, at St Mary’s Church, Little Harrowden, from midday to 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 07790 228972 or Marilyn on 07768 337556.

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 on 01933 677553 or Lesley on 01933 673105.

Church service for Sunday, September 28, 9.15am Harvest Festival and Family Baptism at Little Harrowden, 11am Family Harvest Festival Service at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers’ Union:

Further dates for your diary – Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church: Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship: Christmas activities.

Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: Christmas Anthology.


Harvest festival will be held on Sunday, October 5, at 10am and the Harvest sale will be held in The Swan on Tuesday, October 7, starting at 7.30pm.


OUCH! The Orlingbury Unofficial Conker Happening at Orlingbury Village Green on Sunday, October 19. Registration from 1.30pm, play commences 2pm. Only £1 per entrant. Norty’s Licensed bar and refreshments.

Church Service for Sunday, September 28, 9.15am Harvest Festival and Family Baptism at Little Harrowden, 11am Family Harvest Festival Service at Great Harrowden, 11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury.

The Harrowdens with Isham, Orlingbury and Pytchley Mothers’ Union:

Further dates for your diary – Thursday, October 16, at 7.30pm in Lt Harrowden Church: Annual General Meeting.

Thursday, November 13, at 2pm at Pytchley Church, Tea and Fellowship: Christmas activities.

Thursday, December 4, at 7.30pm Little Harrowden Church: Christmas Anthology.

Queen’s Arms, Orlingbury – Thursday night is quiz night, starting at 9pm it’s 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, November 22 – 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.


Tesco Express in Corby is holding a charity Macmillan coffee morning on Saturday, September 27, from 10am to midday at Oakley Vale community centre.

This is part of a national campaign led locally by Christine Gorringe. 

They are having cakes from Tesco bakery with tea, coffee and biscuits etc. 

The Oakley Vale Community Association met on September 24 at the community centre.

I will report back on this in next week’s Down Your Way.

Many Oakley Vale residents visited the BBC Antiques Roadshow when it came to Kirby Hall near Corby –the second part will be broadcast this Sunday at 8pm on BBC1.

The TUC met last week at the Corby Old TA building. This group is following a similar path to the report Living and Working In Corby and is keen to hear from anybody in Oakley Vale, particularly those from the new immigrant communities. The group aims to improve communications and social interaction with new and older migrant groups within Corby. Please contact me for more information and I will be glad to help.

The Oakley Rangers are back from 3.30pm to 5pm every Saturday in term-time at the community centre.

They will be preparing for several gigs locally including a charity concert at the Core theatre.

Free music lessons are given in exchange for some community services.

Anyone aged 10 to 17 is welcome, extra drummers needed.

Rockschool guitar, bass and drums taught by qualified teachers Paul and Judy.

I have just purchased the new Rockschool Rock Band music parts so we will be giving these a try!

The £130,000 play area construction off Butland Road is due to be completed before the end of October.

A press release with the plan and pictures that show the type of equipment has been issued by the council press office this week. I have put the plans are on the OVCC website as well.

Cllrs Caine and Rahman’s first Saturday of the month surgeries will take place in the community centre from 10.30 am to midday.

No appointment necessary. Contact or, or via letter c/o CBC at the Cube.

Cllr Sims continues his surgeries at Harpers Brook on the third Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 11am, no appointment necessary. His email is


I have been contacted by someone who was brought up in Raunds in the children’s home The Delves in Marshalls Road.

He has been recalling his time as a child and regrets the fact that he does not have a photograph of the home, which played such an important part in his life. Can anyone help?

Does anyone have a photograph showing the children’s home?

If you think you may be able to help, please call me on 01933 622593 in the first instance.

As part of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, coffee will be served on Friday, September 26, between 10am and midday, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

St Peter’s Church, Raunds, will be open on Saturday, September 27, between 2pm and 4pm to enable visitors to see the medieval paintings and the fine architecture in the church.

There will be a Civic Service of Morning Worship at 10.30am on Sunday, September 28, at St Peter’s Church, Raunds, and a service of Evensong at the church at 6pm.

All are invited to enjoy Tea with Friends between 2.30pm and 4pm at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre on Wednesday, October 1.

The Raunds Ladies Group will be meeting at 8pm at the Saxon Hall next Wednesday, October 1.

The guest speaker will be Miranda Ponsonby with the subject of The Making of Miranda.

Visitors and new members are always welcome, with an admission of £3.50, which includes raffle and refreshments. For more information please call Linda on 01933 622926 or for speaker information please call Judy on 01933 622451.

A drop-in computer class for the over-50s, organised by Serve, will take place between 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday, October 2, at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

Admission is £3 for the two-hour session.

The Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be meeting on Thursday, October 2, at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Community Enterprise Centre.

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


In the Shared Church in Ringstead on Thursday, September 25, there is Harvest Afternoon and Tea.

Also in the Shared Church in Ringstead on Friday, September 26, there is the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.

On Friday, September 26, in Ringstead Village Social Club the Cinema Club will showing Philomena (12A) at 7.30pm. The bar is available and tickets are £4.

First Kicks mini football club is part of Ringstead Rangers FC, led by qualified coaches for five to eight-year-olds on Sundays, term-time only, at the Rec in Gladstone Street, Ringstead, from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The sessions are £2.50. For further information contact Josje on 07758 386101and Email: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, September 28, 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, September 28, in Ringstead Shared Church the Services are: At 10.30am a Harvest Service with Pastor Patrick Barker and at 4pm Tea-Time Talk at Harvest.

Ringstead obstacle course and fun run will take place on Sunday, September 28, at Kinewell Lakes in Ringstead at 10am.

A fun run with a twist, with obstacle challenges.

Everyone is welcome, tell your family and friends! Registration is from 9am at Kinewell Lakes, the cost is £3 each for the 3k run (under four years free), £6 each for 6k run.

Start is 10am for the 3k family fun run/walk. 11am for the 6k fun run/walk. Barbecue will follow at the Axe & Compass and for all entries there is a free burger or hot dog.

Please ensure all children are supervised by an adult at all times.

RCG is raising money towards improving Ringstead facilities.

Contact Libby or visit

The group desperately needs helpers on the day & are looking for volunteer marshalls if you can spare any time on the day, please get in touch.


Following on from its success in being nominated for a top Northamptonshire pub award, Rothwell’s Woolpack pub is also celebrating its first inclusion in the Good Beer Guide, the publication of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Two of the town’s pubs are now included in the guide, the 2015 edition of which has just been published, following the Rowell Charter’s inclusion a few years ago.

Said the licensee of the Woolpack Rachel Kimber: “I’m really pleased and surprised to be included, especially as I’ve only had the pub in my own right for just over a year.

“It’s not just for me, but everyone who’s helped me since I’ve been here, and I’d like to thank them all.”

People can either collect a voting form from in the pub or vote online at Also from 3pm to 5pm on September 28, the Woolpack is holding a family fun day with a barbeque, bouncy castle, and music from guitarist Aiden Pryor.

The following day, an acoustic open mic night is being held from 9pm.

Two further events include a pub quiz from 8pm on Wednesday, October 1, with a maximum of four people per team and free drinks for the winners; and, from 9pm on Friday, October 3, music from Drivin’ South Blues Band.

An evening service to commemorate the First World War will be held at 6pm on Sunday, September 28, at Holy Trinity church, Rothwell.

The names of all of those from Rothwell who died during the war will be read out during the service.

Everyone is welcome.

The church is also holding a concert by the Harborough Singers at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 4.

With the singers will be the Broadway Jazz Band, featuring Chris Jeans on trombone. The concert is free, with a retiring collection.

Rothwell Town Ball is being held again this year on Saturday, November 15, at Tresham Hall, above the Conservative Club in Market Hill.

Dancing will be to the Silhouettes and a four-course dinner is included in the price of £25.

Tickets are available from Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre, Bridge Street or from Roger Wilson on 07717 671560.

Quality of exhibits displayed at the Rothwell Vegetable and Flowers Show was “excellent”, according to organisers – although the number of entries was down on previous years.

Judge Peter Lofts told those attending that standards were just as good as in many other shows that he had judged.

There were five principal winners at the show, held at Rothwell Community Centre, Well Lane on Saturday, September 7.

They were: Brush Hollis, who won four trophies for overall vegetable winner, onions from seed and sets, heaviest cabbage and heaviest pumpkin; Adam Keightley, who won six different trophies, for most outstanding vegetable exhibit, display of three vegetables, onions from seed and sets, heaviest onion, heaviest marrow and sweet peas; Brian Neale, who won four prizes, for most outstanding flower bloom, most outstanding flower exhibit, longest runner bean, oddest vegetable; Gillian Coleman, who won in two classes, heaviest garlic, flower blossoms; and Gordon Smith whose roses came top.

Money raised at the show, including the raffle and auction of produce, went to the Cransley Hospice and Loros, based in Leicester.

The outdoor season for Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club has now finished, and many of its members are busy signing up for indoor bowling at Desborough. The finals of all club competitions have been played, with winners and runners up as follows: men’s singles, Alex McKim beat John Barber; ladies’ singles, Pauline Panter beat Liz Armitage; mixed singles, – Alex McKim beat Chris Jackson; senior singles, John Barber beat Jane Smith; novices’ singles, Neil Bartholomey beat Liz Armitage; two-wood singles, Andy Fulton beat Chris Hawkins; mixed pairs, Andy Fulton/Jane Smith beat Michael Steele/Marlene Fulton; mixed singles (points), John Barber beat Andy Fulton.

After the conclusion of finals week, on Tuesday, September 16, the club played the final match of the outdoor season where a captain’s team beat a president’s team 72-56.

Reports on Rothwell Manor Park Bowling Club will now be less frequent until the start of the 2015 outdoor season in April next year.

Winter social events of the bowls club can be followed via

Rothwell Salvation Army’s The Well and The Bridge shop will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning from 10am to midday on Friday, September 26.

There will be a variety of home-made cakes on sale as well as other activities.

And at its New Street, Rothwell, headquarters, the Salvation Army will be hosting a Harvest fish and chip supper at 6.30pm on Monday, October 6.

Tickets, costing £4 for supper, desert and drink, are available from The Well and The Bridge, Bridge Street, or by phoning 07726 580187.

Rothwell Town Cricket Club holds its final car boot sale of the year on Sunday, September 28, at the Desborough Road cricket ground.

Sellers are welcome from 7am at £5 per boot, and buyers from 8am, admission 20p.

Further details from Sam Swingler on 01536 711930.

A sale and coffee morning on behalf of Rothwell’s Cats’ Friends group is to be held from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday, September 27, at Rothwell Methodist church, Market Hill.

Attractions include bric-a-brac, clothes, books, refreshments and home-made cakes.

Admission is 20p, with further details available from Bernadette Freeman on 07913 102391 or 01536 507934.


Rushden Serve door to door transport is provided at a cost of £5 for all trips. Lunch trips next week are on Tuesday, September 30, to The Bridge Hotel, Thrapston and on Thursday, October 2, to The White Horse, Tilbrook.

Shopping trips this week are to Podington Garden Centre on Wednesday, October 1, and to Waitrose, Morrisons or Sainsbury’s on Friday, October 3.

Craft and Scrabble Groups meet on Wednesday, October 1 in the Wellbeing Centre.

Further details on all this from Diane on 315555.

Macmillan Coffee Morning is being held tomorrow on Friday, September 26, at 12.30pm at Serve – various stalls and tombola. Contact Diane on 315555 for details.

The Rushden & District History Society has its September edition of Risdene Echo now available at the usual outlets of Osborne’s Toys and Mark Bird Carpets or call Eric on 353292.

This edition includes articles on Hinwick House as a VAD Hospital in the First World War, Rushden’s Volunteer Training Corps and the CWS Men in Kitchener’s Army.

Rushden Historical Transport Society has a Music and Real Ale Festival this weekend, Friday, September 26, to Sunday, September 28, at the station.

A must for real ale and live music fans. The society also meets on Tuesday, September 30, at the Conservative Club at 8pm when Colin Briggs presents Carlisle – the Railway Mecca and Football outpost.

Rushden Museum is open from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays until end October with the display of First World War artefacts and the realistic ‘dug trenches’.

The museum in Hall Park won the award for the best Exhibition from Northamptonshire Museums.

Parkinson’s Support is presenting Corby Male Voice Choir in Concert on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm in Irchester Village Hall. Tickets £5 from Carol on 353878.

The Salvation Arm, Church Street, Rushden, services this Sunday are at 10am and 6pm led by Major Richard Crowe. The Prayer Room is open from 9am to 2pm every day for any person wanting a quiet reflexion time.

For details of all weekly activities contact Gill Valentine on 353528.

Whitefriars Church Morning Service with Holy Communion this Sunday, September 28, is at 10.15am.

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

Rushden Spiritualist Church on Sunday the Service at 3pm is led by Jennie Gomes from Kent. An evening of Mediumship is on Wednesday, October 1, at 7.30pm led by Jan Larke from Irthlingborough.

Heritage Church and Halls Morning Service this Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Michael Mabbutt.

Refreshments served after the Service. Zumba classes with Michelle are on Wednesday, October 1, at 11am and Thursday, October 2, at 6.30pm.

Tickets are available now for a Harvest Supper and Dance on Saturday, October 25. Contact Caz on 07958 034080.

St Peter’s Church Family Service with Holy Communion this Sunday is at 10am with the Rev Linnet Smith and the children’s young stars.

Rushden Independent Wesleyan Church Macmillan Cancer Coffee Morning is on Saturday, September 27, at 10am.

The Sunday Morning Service with Children’s activities is at 10.45am with Evening Service and Holy Communion at 6pm all led by the Rev Phil Hearson. Ladies WA Meeting is on Thursday, October 2, with speaker the Rev Phil Hearson.

Rushden Mission Church’s Sunday’s Morning Service at 10.45am with the Worship Group and Sandra Fall.

Evening Service is a United Harvest Service at Wymington Wesleyan Chapel at 6pm.

Highfield Community Baptist Church has its Sunday Morning Life Link Service at 10.30am. Cuppa in the Olive Room is on Tuesday, September 30, at 10am.

Rushden Ramblers Tortoise Group’s next walk is on Saturday, September 27, is to the Burton Latimer area – leaving Duck Street car park at 9.30am. Leader is Megan Laughton on 623958.


A new Adult Learning course from Northamptonshire County Council will soon be starting at Stanwick Village Hall.

Computing and Social Media for Beginners is a five-week course running between 1.30pm and 3.30pm from Thursday, October 2, until Thursday, November 6.

The full fee is £50, with a remitted fee of £11.80.

If you are in receipt of any benefits, you may be eligible for the remitted (reduced) fee, or even a bursary (maximum 50 per cent of the full fee).

The enrolment line is open from Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm, or you can enrol online at

The course code is A1WSH333B1 and the enrolment line is 0300 126 1000, option 5; option 3.

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

Stanwick Pre-School’s Scarecrow Festival has been taking place since last Sunday and will continue until Sunday, September 28.

At the time of writing more than 50 scarecrows have been entered into the competition.

Maps showing the locations of each scarecrow can be purchased, at £1 each from Stanwick Pre-school or from the shop@stanwick. All proceeds from the event will go to Stanwick Pre-school.

A fundraising quiz night and grand raffle, in aid of Stanwick Pre-School will take place at Stanwick Club at 7.30pm on Friday, September 26. Entry is £1 per person.

Saturday sees the welcome return to Stanwick Club of live band Deaf by Thirty who will be providing your evening’s entertainment with their Rock Covers.

Do you play darts? Stanwick Club are looking for more players for their Monday Darts Team that plays in the Rushden & District Darts League.

If you would like to join them, call in or call 01933 622444, and leave your details which will then be passed on to John Duffy.

Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11am at St Laurence Church, Stanwick, on Sunday, September 28, welcoming the Rev Doug Spenceley.

A reminder that the closing date for the 11th Family Music Quiz is this coming Sunday, September 28. The winning entry will receive £50, and in the event of more than one correct entry, the winner will be selected by a draw.

Learn to paint a beautiful autumnal landscape at the Autumn Lakeside workshop due to take place in the Discovery Zone at Stanwick Lakes between 10.30am and 1pm on Tuesday, October 7.

This workshop, at £10, is suitable for absolute beginners, with all materials included in the price.

To book your place please call Chris on 01933 460676.

Number 44 was drawn as the bonus ball in the Lotto on Saturday, September 13, making Peter Wright the winner of the weekly £30 prize with St Laurence Church’s 49 Club.


Thrapston Heritage are holding their first Heritage Roadshow at Thrapston Library from 10.30am until midday 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.

Royal British Legion Poetry Competition. To mark the centenary of the First World War the Thrapston and District branch of the Royal British Legion has 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!

After the huge success of the first Thrapston Farmers Market the next one will be held on Saturday, October 4, in High Street, Thrapston, from 9am until 1pm. There will be a wide range of stalls selling a selection of locally grown, reared and produced food and drink. Produce will include local meat and game, local beer, wine and cider, pet foods, local fruit and vegetables, cheese, fruit pies and puddings, savoury pies and charcuterie, jams, chutneys, local honey, dressings and much more. For further information about the market and sellers visit You can also like the Facebook page to get regular updates about the upcoming market. The market will be held on the first Saturday of every month.

Messy Church, fun for all the family! This will be held at Thrapston Baptist Church from 4pm until 6pm on Sunday, October 12. There will be stories, craft, games, songs and food. For more information or to let us know that you’re coming text 07967695865 or email

Christianity Explored is an informal course for people wanting to investigate Christianity or just to brush up on the basics. The course will give you time and space to think through who Jesus is and why it matters. There will also be a meal included. The seven week course will be at Thrapston Baptist Church from 7pm and starts on Friday, October 3. If you’d like to join contact Mary at or via text on 07967 695865.

Thrapston Methodist Church harvest festival with Thrapston Town Band will be held at the Methodist Church, Market Road, Thrapston, from 3pm on Sunday, September 28.


Wondertours. On Saturday, September 13, the latest day trip took place when two coaches with 108 passengers on board journeyed to Bewdley and Ludlow.

The next trip is a visit to Derby on Saturday, November 15. Pick-up points are Weldon, Gretton, Corby Old Village and town centre and Telford Lodge in Kettering, for more information price and availability contact David Fursdon on 07790 197220.

British Legion Quiz Night. This most popular night is to take place on Friday, October 10, in Weldon Village Hall. First Prize will be £70 and the quiz master is Paul Kerfoot. Teams to consist of a maximum of six players per team and admission is £5 per person. Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment as a full house is anticipated. Bring your own drink and nibbles.

Tickets are available from Sandra Whitlam on 01536 265004, Roger and Ann Lewis on 07786 006368, Ron and Barbara Aust on 01536 203713, John and Sandra Stammer on 07788 711763 or Sue Still on 07876 635976.

Weldon Craft Club will be holding an autumn fare in the village hall on Saturday, October 25, from midday until 4pm. Fancy a table the price is £5 per table. To book contact 01536 201068.

Church Service on Sunday, September 28, at St Mary’s, Weldon, will be Holy Communion celebrated at 9.30am. All welcome to attend. Conducted by the Rev Kane Taylor.


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

The Wellingborough Inter Faith Group invite you to join them at their next meeting which will be at the Hindu Mandir (Temple) 133 Highfield Road,

Wellingborough, where their hosts will be telling some of the the lesser known Hindu stories.

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

Saturday, September 28, 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 7pm in the church. They lead the 9.15am service each Sunday, if you would like to join, please come along any Friday, you will be made very welcome.

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

St Mary’s Church, Knox Road, Wellingborough, will be holding its Mega Book Sale on Saturday, September 27, at 10am.

There will also be music, toys and DVDs for sale. Refreshments will be available. Admission is 20p. For details ring Sarah on 07798 868646.

St Mary’s Concert. It is an organ recital to be given by Ben Giddens, currently organist at St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London. He has held posts at Magdalene College Oxford and St Georges Chapel Windsor. The concert is on Saturday, September 27. As usual the concert starts at 7pm, admission free with retiring collection to defray the associated costs. There is ample parking in the church grounds and also wheelchair access.

The Bake Off is back.

October 18 from 10am to 4pm in

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.

Tai chi classes on Tuesday afternoons started again on September 9. Sessions are held in the Victoria Centre, from 1pm to 2.30pm every Tuesday during term time (seven-week course). For more information about this class and to book, please contact Amanda 07835453286,,

At Wellingborough Museum on Tuesday, October 7, a steam night film show On Track will be presented. On Tuesday, November 25, 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.

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

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

Contact Alison Savage 07769 589535 or Lesley Kidd 07778 782810 for further information.

Wellingborough Christian Spiritualist Church holds weekly services on Thursdays at 7.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Havelock St /St John’s Street.

Guided Bike Rides in Northamptonshire have been taking place all summer and the last few are listed below.

The Steady ride on Sunday, September 28, is Daventry –Long Buckby Circular /Daventry Country Park 2pm.

Sunday, October 5, the ride is the Nene Valley Velo /Nene Waterway Centre at 2pm and Sunday, October 12, the Windhover Through Pitsford/Chapel Brampton at 2pm.

The Challenging rides left in the Programme are: Sunday, September 28, The Tour of Oundle and Adrenaline Alley Skate Park begins at 10am and on Sunday, October 5, Jurassic Park and Beyond in Irchester Country Park begins at 10am and the final one Sunday, October 12, at 10am Sixfields to Silverstone begins at Sixfields Stadium. All Places need to be booked for every ride on

The rides are suitable for the whole family and all levels of bike expertise.

Wellingborough Ramblers meet on Tuesday, September 30. Contact Fran on 01536 790299 to get details.

Wednesday, October 1, 9am walk, contact Alan on 01536 726851.

Please contact Clive on 01604 405521 for details of the walk on Thursday, October 2, at 9am.

For the Saturday, October 4, walk at 9.30am call Bob on 07740 401133 and David on 01327 300394 for all the details of the Sunday, October 5, walk at 9.45am of 9.1 miles.


An ultimate pamper evening is at Wilbarston Village Hall on Saturday, September 27, from 4pm until 7pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the door, which includes a free drink and nibbles.

A variety of mini treatments will be on offer throughout the evening.

Refreshments and raffle tickets will be on sale.For tickets ring Rose on 07736 030656 or Diane on 01536 771216.

An open day has been organised by Wilbarston Parish Allotment Association

for Sunday, September 28.

It will be a chance to see the allotment holders’ first growing season.

From 3pm until 6pm there will be a barbecue fired up for use so you can bring your own food and enjoy a late picnic.

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

Go along for a cup of coffee, a slice of cake and a chat while raising money for a good cause.

There will also be a raffle, book swop, bring and buy.

There will be an Evening Service at All Saints Church at 6pm.


Manor Farm Charities. There have been various functions held at the Manor House Farm Woodford recently.

The donations have all been passed to Macmillan Cancer Support.

There have been two 40th birthday parties that raised £201, one wedding raised £100.

Woodford Winemakers meet monthly (October to April) on the third Monday of the month in Woodford.

The group was formed in 1977 to promote the making and enjoyment of wine and beer.

It was originally known as Barnwell Wine Circle and has recently changed its name to reflect the area central to most of its members and also the place for indoor meetings.

Contact for details

The 6pm service at the Chapel on Sunday, September 28, will be conducted by the Rev Staves, chaplin at Kettering General Hospital.

The Wednesday evening fellowship is in the Chapel Schoolroom at 7.15pm with a visiting speaker and refreshments.

The Sunday services at the Churches are Little Addington 9.30am Morning Prayer, Great Addington 9.30am Holy Communion, Woodford St Mary’s 11am Holy Communion.

The Finedon, Irthlingborough, Woodford and District Royal British Legion held its meeting at the bowls club, Finedon.

The speaker was Michael Leonard whose talk on Every Picture Tells Two Stories was very interesting.

On September 6, 7 and 13 members provided stands at Irthlingborough carnival, The Buffs Fun Day, and Raunds carnival and was enjoyed by all who helped.

On Friday, September 26, members will be taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at the bowls club, Finedon.

Please come along for a cuppa and some cake to support this worthy cause. From 10am to midday.

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

There will be a fish and chip night (usual cost) followed by a speaker from the Red Cross.