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What’s on... in brief

Find out what’s on and where. Scroll down to see all listings, click on the month to go to the relevant page where you can view all the details or alternatively click on the Events Diary menu to choose which month to view.


1st Cold Ashby Luncheon Club

6th Hollowell Open Gardens

9th Mothers’ Union - Mary Sumner Day Service at West Haddon

9th Creaton WI - Trip

12th Creaton Walking Group

20th Brunch@11. Guilsborough Village hall

20th Afternoon Tea at Thornby

21st Guilsborough WI

22nd Mother’s Union - Picnic in Hollowell Park

25th - 28th Cricket Club Food & Beer Festival at West Haddon


3rd Sunday Lunch at Matt’s House, Thornby

5th GMADS casting

9th Ride & Stride

9th Creaton Walking Group

10th Cold Ashby Faith Lunch

10th GMADS comedy & farce workshop

10th Creaton Car Boot

12th Cold Ashby Luncheon Club

13th Creaton WI - Falkland Life

15th Guilsborough Film Night - “Their Finest”

18th Guilsborough WI - Mindfulness & Meditation

21st FOSM History Group

23rd Mothers’ Union - Deanery Wave of Prayer Service

23rd Guilsborough Auction of Promises

24th Guilsborough WI - Explore the village romp with or without a dog

26th Mothers’ Union Fish & Chip supper st The Barn, Witch & Sow

30th MacMillon Coffee Morning - Hollowell Village Hall

If you would like to read the latest crime report from the Safer Community Team for your area then click a photo to read it.

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Safer Community Team

Rural East - June.pdf

PCSO Matt Taylor has now left  the Rural North East which includes the Parishes of:

Arthingworth, Clipston, Cold Ashby, East Farndon, Guilsborough, Haselbech, Kelmarsh, Marston Trussell, Naseby, Oxendon, Sibbertoft, Sulby, Thornby and Welford.

PCSO Jo Wright covers the Rural East which includes the Parishes of:

Brixworth, Coton, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, East Haddon, Hanging Houghton, Holdenby, Hollowell, Lamport, Maidwell, Ravensthorpe, Scaldwell, Spratton and Teeton.


The Royal British Legion:  A Night of Remembrance

We say a fond farewell to our Chairman Ex-Group Captain Clive Herbert as he stands down after 22 years of loyal service to Guilsborough and the surrounding area.

The Royal British Legion (RBL) helps members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen.

In the First World War over 100 men and women of Guilsborough and Hollowell served directly, (out of a combined population of just over 500) and of these 11 typically became fatalities, with their names and units recorded on the War Memorial Cross unveiled in 1920. Our Branch was one of the first created by Sir John Lowther, MC,DSO,MFH and we have held Remembrance Day Parades, Services and social functions ever since.

Already active in the RBL, in 1995, having completed his yacht circumnavigation of the world, Clive Herbert was press-ganged into the Chairman’s position by Sir John Lowther. He took over the reins from

chairman  Alan Tebbutt and now 22 years later, he is happy to hand over to Merrick Bowles, with Ray Rodley as Treasurer and Bill Hain as Secretary.

Clive remembers with a smile the year when all his RBL mail was mis-directed by a new computer at the London HQ to one of the Rectories in Brixworth, and a subsequent period when his mail was sent instead to an address in Chapel Brampton. Despite those mishaps, his abiding memory is of the enthusiastic response of the general public to RBL marches and ceremonies. He and the Standard Bearer (Frank Letts of Brixworth) were astonished to be applauded by crowds on both sides of Abington Street and Market Square, when they joined a parade in Northampton last year; he also recalls with great pleasure the social occasions, hosted by Col. and Mrs Richard Evans in the beautiful gardens of The Old House.

Clive Herbert has worked tirelessly since he took over as Chairman of Guilsborough RBL, and he officially retires in November this year.

We would like to say a massive Thank You to Clive and also his lovely wife Julia for all their efforts and invaluable support and contribution throughout the years.

Guilsborough Residents and the RBL Branch would like to commemorate Clive’s outstanding achievement by holding a party and an RBL fund-raising evening at the Witch and Sow on 2nd September 2017. This will be a BBQ and raffle to which all from near and far, young and old are welcome to attend. This promises to be a first class evening with music and entertainment from local artists starting around 7.30.

Tickets cost £10 and will be available from Merrick Bowles 01604 740138 and Bill Hain 07823 774274 and sold around the village.

You don’t have to be a member of the British Legion to participate, so do please join us.

Date for your Diary!

The RBL Remembrance Day Parade this year will be held on 12th November, meeting at the Witch and Sow at 2.15 and will march with the accompanying Northampton Brass Band up to the church for the 3pm service. As many as can make it please, as this will be Clive’s last service as Chairman. You are also invited to the social meeting at the pub afterwards.

RBL team from left: Ray Rodley, Bill Hain, Clive Herbert and Merrick Bowles

The next Sponsored Bike Ride/Walk takes place on Saturday 9th September 2017. This annual event is an excellent way of raising funds for your own church as well as the Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust, as 50% of the money that you raise is returned to the church of your choice. In addition, there is the opportunity to visit and admire some of the wonderful Christian buildings in the County.

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. Most of the churches in the County will be open from 10.00 - 18.00, although there are some that have to close earlier. More information is available from your parish organiser, Mike Fulcher, or from www.nhct.org.uk



We will be continuing our series of Health Education Talks, with a talk on ‘Keeping your Joints Healthy’ by Dr Simon Twigg.  The talks will be on two dates at:

Guilsborough Surgery on Tuesday 3rd October at 7pm

Brixworth Surgery on Tuesday 24th October at 7pm

Come along and learn more about this important topic. For more information contact Barbara Hogg on

01604 880552 or email barbara.hogg@tiscali.co.uk

Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby

Last updated Saturday, September 2, 2017

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Sunday 5th September 2017

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