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APRIL 2010


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From the Churchwardens We would like to thank everyone for their support and hard work during the first year of the Interregnum. Neil and I look forward in serving the Church and the parish during our next term of office. Thank you to the retiring PCC and welcome to the new PCC. We are sure we can rely on your continued support in the coming months. We have arrived to the month of May. On the 9th we have Rogation Sunday when we remember and pray for God’s blessing on the fruits of the land and remember the people of our parish. Rogation Tide falls 3 days before Ascension Day. The word Rogation comes from the Latin word for. to ask. It is the time of the year when we pray for the Farmers and their crops, and for the local parish community. In days gone by, and still in some Parishes, ‘beating the bounds’ take place . The Priest, Churchwardens, choir and parishioners process around the Parish boundaries. Periodically they would stop and pray, hit the boundary markers and bump a choirboy on the spot so he would remember where the marker stood in the future. Before the introduction of Social Services people who found themselves penniless would return to the parish where they were born to seek help. This was called, ‘on the Parish’. Sometimes unscrupulous people would remove the boundary markers to claim money from another parish. So, it was important that they were kept in place and the young choir boys would remember where they stood for the future. Ascension Day falls on May 13th when we celebrate Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, 40 days after the resurrection at Easter. An Ascension Day Holy Eucharist will be held in Church at 7.30pm. Pentecost, (Whit Sunday), is on May 23rd. What happened at Pentecost? Ten days after Jesus ascended in to heaven, Mary, Mother of Jesus, and the disciples were gathered together to celebrate the Jewish Harvest festival. While they were praying a great rushing wind filled the room and tongues of fire descended and rested on their heads. Pentecost is the day when the disciples received the Holy Spirit from God and then went out to preach about Jesus. And so we continue their work. Jane & Neil Neil

From the Registers Baptisms 14th March Tiffany Knighton Harley Knighton Funerals 31st March Margaret Sergant

Ascension Day Fr Peter Baden will be taking a Holy Eucharist Service at 7.30 pm on Ascension Day, Thursday 13th May.

Waendel Walk Over the weekend of 8th/9th May I shall again dig out my walking shoes and join many thousands of people participating in the International Waendel Weekend! As previously, I intend to attempt the 15km walk in memory of Peter and in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The WNAA (Registered Charity Number 1098874) still receives no government or lottery funding to help them provide their most valuable service. Whilst appreciating that times are currently difficult for many people, if anybody would be interested in contributing towards keeping the WNAA flying by sponsoring me, this would be very greatly appreciated. Thank you. Carole Heywood.

Thursday club Do you have an hour to spare on a Thursday afternoon at 1.30pm,during term time? If so we are looking for someone to help on a rota making tea for our mums and tots. If you think you could help Please contact Christine Chapman on 01933 398818.

Bell Ringers Saturday 12th June the ringers are having an Tower open day, so if there is anyone interested in having a look round the Ringing chamber, clock chamber & Belfry we will be open between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon and also the opportunity to have little go at Bell ringing and handbell ringing, also light refreshments will be served. See you there. Bryan Chapman On

Floodlighting Sponsorship for March/April Week Commencing 28th March - in memory of Barbara Helen Pruden - Denise Pruden 4th April - To celebrate Easter - Velma & Bob Munns 11th April - In memory of John Dunkley - Janet Dunkley 18th April -In memory of Sue Hydon - Jo Needle. In memory of Elsie Williams - Joyce & Bryan Williams In memory of Alice Shipton - Michael & Mary Shipton. Church of St Mary the Virgin

Afternoon Tea Sunday 2nd May 4.30 - 5.30 pm £2.50 Transport available ring Neil on 682117 6.00 pm Evensong (for those wishing to stay) Light refreshments will be served after the service.

What Now for Haiti From World Vision It took just 15 minutes for seismic waves to cross the Atlantic to alert scientists in the UK to the location of the disaster that was unfolding in Haiti. It took another 24 hours for the media outlets to dominate TV screens with images of destruction and despair, but it will take a lifetime to undo the damage that has inflicted the small Caribbean country. It is hard to believe that just a few months ago the earth rocked beneath the dusty roads of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, bringing unimaginable devastation to an already troubled land. The rescue operations that captured global attention have ended – with just 132 people pulled out of the rubble alive, and estimates of the dead quoted as being as high as 230,000 – now signs of hope are emerging as local people rebuild their lives. Many of the systems made defunct immediately after the quake are now returning. Electricity, fuel and telecommunications services are up and running and small businesses – barbers, corner shops, bars – have sprung up in many make shift settlements. The United nations are hiring up to 220,000 Haitians to work on clearing-up and reconstruction. Food distributions, while still challenging have picked up pace. The World Food programme that has been working with World Vision, the Haitian Government and other aid agencies - says that nearly 4.3 million people have received food assistance since the beginning of the Aid effort. Besides these signs of progress, however, a visible problem remains, homelessness.

The United Nations Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that over 1.2 million people have been displaced and forced to live in spontaneous settlements. While providing some comfort, these makeshift homes will not be able to stand the wind and rain when the hurricane season begins. This has all taken a terrible toll on the mental health of the Haitian people especially thousands of children who have been orphaned or separated from their loved ones. A survey says that 92% of Haitians have lost a loved one in the earthquake. Despite the huge challenges facing the nation to recovery, World Vision say that there is evidence on the ground that proves there is resiliency and determination among the Haitians to make this recovery happen.

Crazy Hats Walk Sincere thanks once again to all who sponsored me for the Crazy Hat Walk. Thanks to Bipin and Jyoti of Finedon Stores, Phillip, Andrew and staff at Finedon pharmacy, my line-dance lovely ladies, family and good friends at St Mary’s. I raised £270. Thanks once again Janice Pinnock

Town Sale Springtime is here! Time for you to have a tidy up and clear out. You always find something that is too good for the dustbin. What do you do with it? Finedon Scout Group is having a Town Sale on Saturday 22nd May from 10am. Book your stall for just £5. This could be ‘Your Sale’ where you have a stall on your driveway, garden or garage to raise funds for your own selected charity or for yourself. We will do the organising, advertising, administration; print the street maps to show people where you are. Supply you with red balloons to tie on your gate on the day, and help you with any problems or questions you might have. This is an opportunity not to be missed. No travelling involved, just a chance for you to make some cash. You need to register with your fee by 12th May to be included on the map. For bookings - ring 01933 680680 or 680268 Patsy Group Scout Leader

What would Jesus do? While waiting in line to check out at a Christian bookshop, a man in front of me asked the clerk about a display of hats with the letters WWJD on them. The clerk explained that WWJD stands for ‘What would Jesus do?’ and that the idea is to get people to consider this question when making decisions. The man pondered a moment then replied ‘I don’t think he’d pay £9.99 for that hat’

Townswomen’s Guild Natash Thompson will give a talk entitled ‘How can I keep from singing?’ at our meeting on Thursday 6th May. The evening will start at 7.30 pm in the Town Hall and as well as the usual break for coffee, the Music Group will have a stall of cakes and pastries. The competition is for a homemade musical instrument. All new members and visitors are welcome to join us.

Finedon Local History Society On the evening of Wednesday 26th May, Finedon Local History Society have arranged for a group visit to Rushden Hall and Museum. The visit will comprise a viewing of Rushden Hall plus entry to Rushden Museum’s current exhibition ‘Rushden in the Edwardian Period’. For further information on joining the visit, contact Jeremy Millington on 681161 or Malcolm Peet on 680773. Church of St Mary the Virgin Summer Fete on Saturday 26th June on The Green, High Street 12.00-4.00pm Stalls include Tombola, cakes, books, bric-a-brac, face painting, cards, nails by Kim, bottle stall and raffle Teas served in the Mission Room

India When my stepson and his fiancée came round and told Kevin and I that they were getting married in February, we were delighted, until the horror dawned on me that the wedding was to be in India and we were going. My first thoughts of India were from stories I had heard that it was dirty, smelly and very hot, and as the wedding day approached the apprehension increased, although with a degree of excitement as the departure date loomed. On our arrival at Delhi airport it was 4.30 in the morning and with the usual efficiency of customs etc, we eventually left the airport at 6.30 to be met by a taxi that had been arranged for us from the hotel. After travelling for almost 2 hours we

started to recognise the streets as they were the same ones we had been on previously, the numbers on the columns of the new Metro gave the game away. Anyway after several stops to talk to other taxi drivers, we eventually arrived at our destination, which is only 40 minutes from the airport. The Hotel was fantastic with an elaborate marbled entrance, dining rooms and reception areas, beautiful lawns and swimming pool. It was a perfect setting for the wedding and reception. After a brief rest we were taken to the local shopping centres in Delhi to buy some clothes for the first evening of the wedding festivities, which is Henna night. A major part of the Henna night is for everybody to have some form of body decoration, mainly to their hands. This is done with a vegetable dye that is semi-permanent and will last from 2 to 4 weeks. The next day was the wedding day; the wedding was going to be a shortened version so we had time to see more of Delhi particularly the local markets. Driving round Delhi is an experience of its own, with the word terrifying springing to mind. Everybody is jostling for position with horns being blasted all the time, mind you there is a notice on the back of some vehicles saying ‘Horn Please’. A fascinating sight is to see a whole family on a scooter or moped with father driving, he wears a crash helmet (nobody else does), the wife and two children and even grandma (no kidding). Most of the roads are duel carriageways which means the traffic goes one way; unfortunately this means which ever way they're pointing. Anyway back to the wedding. This starts fairly early in the evening with the arrival of the groom on horseback. Unfortunately, it can take as much as an hour for the groom to get to the venue; all his relatives are trying to stop him. In the meantime, the bride has to wait for him with her relatives. All the guests look absolutely stunning in their traditional dress with the colours so brilliant. Things are done differently, as the reception with the food and dancing is held first with the actual wedding vows being taken last near the end of the evening. Talking about food, needless to say I did not eat much, for those who know me they will understand, but I did try some bits. After the wedding we stayed in Delhi for several days to see some of the sights. The contrast is amazing from absolute poverty with children begging in the street to incredible buildings dating back hundreds of years. After the wedding the highlight of the trip was a visit to Agra. This is one of those must not be missed events, the Taj Mahal. We left Delhi by taxi for a four hour journey to Agra which of course gave us an opportunity to see some of the countryside. When we arrived in the town of Agra, we picked up a guide that had been arranged to show us around. About 2 miles from the Taj Mahal we had to change taxis as only special gas vehicles are allowed or government run electric trams, these are free. Only these pollutions free vehicles are allowed up close, this is to protect the monument which is built from the world’s finest and hardest marble inlaid everywhere with semi-precious stones. Words cannot describe the beauty and overwhelming effect.

The monument has never been lived in and is not a place of worship; it was built solely as a mausoleum for one queen whose marble sarcophagus sits in the absolute centre. The guide was well worth the money (£12) and took us to see the stone masons that currently carry out repairs to the Taj. These claim to be the direct descendants of the original 22 thousand masons who built the monument. A trip of a lifetime not to be missed and, by the way, it is dirty but only in parts, well most parts actually. It does not smell and the weather was perfect at 27 degrees, and we would love to go back sometime. Judy Barker

‘Entertainment in Finedon’ Exhibition A new exhibition on Entertainment in Finedon is now open at the old Quaker Meeting House in High Street. The exhibition looks at the many ways in which the people of Finedon were entertained and entertained themselves over the years. Opening times are from 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

JAZZ at the

BEDE HOUSE, FINEDON on SUNDAY 30th MAY 2010 12.30pm - 4.00pm By kind invitation of Phillip and Christine Powis TICKETS £10 (INCLUDING PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH) Please bring your own drink and glasses Proceeds to Finedon Parish Church Contact Gill Foster on 01933 680364

A Gardeners Hymn All thing bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all. But what we never mention, though gardeners know it’s true Is when he made the goodies, he made the baddies too. All thing spray and swattable, disasters great and small All thing paraquatable the Lord God made them all. The greenfly on the roses, the maggots on the peas., Manure that fills our noses, he also gave us these. The fungus on the Goosegogs, club root on the green, The slugs that eat our lettuce and chew the aubergines. The drought that kills the Fuchsia's, the frost that nips the buds, The rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds. The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds, The pigeons eat the green stuff, the sparrows have the seeds. The fly that gets the carrots, the wasp that eats the plums, How black the gardeners outlook, though green may be his thumbs. But still we gardeners labour, midst vegetables and flowers, And pray what hits our neighbours will somehow bypass ours. Anon

Finedon WI Our meeting this month will be on Monday 10th in the Mission Room, at 7.30p.m. During the meeting we will discuss this year’s Resolutions and there will also be a Faith Supper and a Plant Sale. As always we will have a raffle and a bring-and-buy stall. Members are free, guests £2.50. Guests and prospective new members are always welcome. So if you want to find out more about your local WI please come along on the 10th and ask any Committee Member.

Church of St Mary the Virgin Finedon Meat Bingo on Friday 14th May at the Mulso School, Wellingborough Road at 7.30 pm Admission Free Refreshments available, Raffle Everyone Welcome Transport available. For details please telephone Andrew Weatherill 682212

In My Day the ramblings of Hubert Jam In my day, it was about this time of year that you’d start to see the results of forcing your rhubarb. Mind you I don’t know that I’m in favour of it. I like to see nature take its course. But of course, in them days it was also about now that the Jumble Sale season would begin and your top sales tried to draw folk in with a range of home-made cakes and pies. The jumble sale was what passed for entertainment in the days after Saturday morning pictures finished and before Tiswas. Everyone would meet up at the Mission Room door with a decent shopping bag under their arm, ready for the off. Your seasoned, semi-professional bargain hunters would be first in the queue. All types were catered for; Mums to be, looking for temporary larger sized frocks. Grumpy pipe smokers seeking stout gardening corduroys for the allotment or that favourite tweed jacket that the good lady had donated whilst you weren’t looking. Young romantics buying Mills and Boons by the hundred-weight. And cooks. The best cooks in town would turn up with every variety of pie or cake you could think of, and so it became a competition. And what a competition, a true heavyweight battle. In them days Finedon boasted to champions. We had Cassandra Clay, the Victoria Sponge Queen of the County and then there was the Master chef herself

Georgina Foreman, a kitchen all rounder famous for grilling sausages until they confessed. The rivalry did get quite fierce as time went on. Eventually, they agreed to one final battle at the Townswomen's Guild Sale. They chose to settle things with a rumble over the rhubarb with each preparing their favourite desert. The sale was a sell out and hours of baking led to the crowning of Cassandra as the world champion. All those who witnessed the cook off would never forget it. To this day whenever custard is poured and rhubarb scoffed, folk reminisce about the titanic struggle known only as; the Crumble in the Jumble.

Church Monthly Draw Results of the March Draw Total Receipts £282.00 Restoration Fund £141.00 1st Prize £70.50 Winning No.121 2nd Prize £42.30 Winning No 10 3rd Prize £28.20 Winning No.265 The draw takes place on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to join the draw, please contact Kathy Hobbs on 01933 398794

Town Diary May FIWC May Fayre 4.30 St Mary’s Church afternoon tea 6 pm Evensong 4th 9.45 Coffee morning, Bowls Club 6th 7.30 TG at Town Hall @How can I keep from singing?’ 9th-15th Christian Aid Week 13th 7.30 St Mary’s church, Holy Eucharist 10th 7.30 WI Mission Room - Resolutions, Faith Supper, Plants 7.30 BL TBA 11th 9.30 Coffee Morning, Football club 14th 7.30 St Mary’s Church meat bingo. 18th 9.45 Coffee Morning, Bowls Club 22nd Finedon Town Sale 25th 9.30 Coffee Morning, Football Club 26th Finedon Local History Society - visit to Rushden Hall 30th 12.30-4.00pm Jazz at the Bede House 1st 2nd

June 1st 8th 12th 15th 22nd 26th 29th

9.45 coffee morning, Bowls Club 9.30 Coffee morning, Football Club 10-12 noon St Mary’s church Tower open day 9.45 Coffee Morning, Bowls club Coffee morning, Football Club 12-4.00pm St Mary’s Church Summer Fete on the Green Coffee morning, Bowls Club

September 17th- 19th 18th

St Mary’s Church, Flower Festival FIWC Harvest Sale

October 9th 10th

FIWC Table top sale FIWC Thank Offering

December 10th

FIWC Christmas Bazaar

MAY 2010  

May 2010 Finedon St Mary'sParish Magazine