January Church Benefice newsletter


WI Thursday 12th January (one week later than usual) – 7.30pm informal get together. 

Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm – programme to be arranged.

Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting in the Hall.

No Friday music nights until further notice.


100 CLUB

November draw – 1st Fawn Gower no 93; 2nd Judy Lea – 58; 3rd Jenny Betts – 35.

December draw -1st Debbie Ashmore – 25; 2ND Diane Maycock – 66; 3rd Jamie Hughes – 76.



1st hamper – Bruce Sumner; 2nd hamper – Laura and Dave; 3rd hamper – Karen – 8B; 4th small hamper – Jenny McIntyre; 5th– sweet basket – Lorraine Smith; 6th red wine – Hazel Pitt; 7th  Mulled Wine – Jenny Holloway.

Thanks to all who sold tickets, donated prizes and especially to Judy, Wendy and Ann who made up the splendid artistic hampers; £347 were raised towards the fete expenses.



It was the party with a difference this year – live music! Partygoers were entertained not only by the local home-grown music group (be there on a Friday) but also by the ‘Ukeladies’.

A full selection of Christmas favourites was topped out by a poignant rendition of ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ with Elsa Holmes of the Ukeladies standing in for the unforgettable Kirsty MacColl and Daniel Griggs in laid back form as Shane MacGowan – what a treat! A low turnout from the village was redeemed by friends from Rockingham, Harringworth, Kettering and Leicester. Secret Santa was not too busy this year, but the Christmas Quiz proved challenging with a tense tie-break finish won by Elsa. Anthea Hill masterminded the games which featured a ‘Balloons down the Tights’ (don’t ask) interlude.

The evening was topped and tailed with great disco music from DJs Sam and David Sanders. Many thanks to the Hill family and helpers for such a fun evening.



This was well attended, and all great fun was had; many thanks to Rachel and her helpers who organised it.



The Service of carols and lessons was well attended by a congregation of under one, to over 80 in the beautifully decorated church. It was lovely to have children singing ‘Away in a Manger’ and helping with the Crib assembly.

The open collection of £80 will be sent to the Rainbows Children’s Hospice as usual.

Carol singing – this year, with two Shetland reindeer helping, the Henley family entertained us with various carols; some of us were delighted with the pony offerings left for our rose beds.

About £140.00 were raised for church funds.

Christmas Day was also good; we welcomed Jill Cannings, Reader from Uppingham for our ‘Communion by extension’ service and were pleased to have Georgina, ably assisted by Harry, aged 2, playing the organ.

Needing a good home – two bikes for ages from about 10-12 and a rack for the car are available – perhaps a donation to the Fete fund would be welcome. Please ring Andrew on 770242 if interested.



Several bags were delivered to the collection point. Please leave donations in Church or at 14 Main St. Some shopping bags were left last month and await collection there. Thanks to all who generously gave items.




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