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From the churchwardens The month of November brings interesting and exciting times. As we begin to prepare for Christmas at the beginning of Advent hopefully we will find ourselves preparing for a new Vicar of Finedon. Neil and I will be interviewing applicants for a new Priest with the Bishop of Peterborough during the month. Over the past 18 months we have fallen into a comfort zone with our visiting priests. They have served us very well. We have been privileged to have had their help. If we are able to appoint a new Vicar of Finedon we are not going to find the Angel Gabriel, there is no such thing as a perfect priest. What Neil and I ask is for your prayers to help us find the right person for the parish of Finedon. On the subject of the Chilean Miners nobody mentioned in the press that the miners had asked for a crucifix, rosary, statue of Mary and other saints into be sent down to them. Or that the 9th miner rescued was appointed as their spiritual leader during their time underground. Shortly after the 33 miners were trapped a statue of the patron saint of miners, Saint Lawrence, was taken to the accident site complete with miner’s lamp and helmet. That is why the rescue was named San Lorenzo. Honest to goodness faith, love and prayers within the mine and around t he world must have gone some way to save those miners. Neil and Jane

From the Registers Holy Baptism 10th October Thomas Elliot Rogers Freddie Joseph Rovers Ava May Robson Holy Matrimony 25th September Kim Charles Mount and Charlotte Jean Hawkes

Floodlighting Sponsorship Week commencing: 19th September The Wallis Family to celebrate the 65th wedding anniversary 26th September Sandra Henderson & Delia Kerr in memory of Ivy & Basil Chappell. Christine & Frank Holley in memory of Melba Joan Bale. 3rd October Emily Chapman: to celebrate Christine & Bryan Chapman's Silver Wedding Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. A. Mitchell: in memory of Ron & Marion Scott Ivan & Julie Titmus: in memory of Violet Titmus & Pat Alderson Mrs A Harper in memory of Mum and Dad. 10th October C. M. Foster - in memory of Norman F. Foster Ann Dickenson - in memory of Jessie Winifred Clarke Matilde & Giovanni Castrichino - to celebrate the christening of Ava May Robson

17th October Pat Parker in memory of Iris Foster. Sylvia Garner in memory of her husband, daughter and mother. P J Gobbey to celebrate daughter Susan Naomi’s birthday. Anonymous to celebrate an anniversary 24th October Pat Parker in memory of Emily Mildred and Herbert Woods. 31st October Harry & Sue Nicholls to celebrate Elliot’s 2nd birthday. Jean Pidcock in memory of Jack Pidcock Mary Shipton & Jean Wills in memory of Jack Moisey Anonymous in memory of Enid

Confirmation The dates for Confirmation classes to be held in the church are as follows 9th November 16th November 23 November 7th December 21st December 11th January Classes will be taken by Fr Roger Knight. Please bring a Good News Bible if you have one.

Services over Advent & Christmas. Sunday 28th November - Usual morning services & Advent Service at 6.00 pm Sunday 5th December - Usual; morning Services & Evensong at 6.00 pm. Saturday 18th December - Carol Service. Sunday 19th December - Usual morning services & Christingle Service at 4.30 pm

Friday 24th December - Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm. Saturday 25th December - said Eucharist at 8.00 am and sung Eucharist at 9.30 am. Sunday 26th December - said Eucharist at 8.00 am and sung Eucharist at 9.30 am. Sunday 2nd January - morning services as usual - no Evensong Sunday 9th January - Morning services & Epiphany Evensong Carol Service.

Remembrance Evensong On 7th November we will be remembering all those loved ones we have lost over the past 12 months. We invite back all the relatives who have had a funeral service in Church to a special Evensong. Any families who have lost a dear one over the past year and did not have a funeral in Church but who would like to join our special service please contact Jane on 680522 or Pat Peet on 680773.

St Mary’s Church Calendars Calendars with pictures of Finedon are now on sale in the church. Alternatively you can order one by contacting Janet Millington 681161 or Jane Read on 680522.

Flower Festival committee We would like to thank all who supported our Flower Festival in any way. It was a very enjoyable weekend even though it was a bit chilly on the Sunday. We rely on the help of many to put up tents and to prepare the church for the arrangers, whose flowers received many compliments this year. Thank you to Mhairi our May Queen for drawing the raffle. Refreshments were again very popular, thank you to Jean and Tracey and Helpers. We had a wonderful concert on Saturday evening, thank you to

Jonathon Reynolds and all who entertained us. It was good to see Canon Beaumont and Alison for our 9.30am service. Thank you to all young and not so young for all your help and support. We hope to be able to donate approximately £3,000 to Church funds Christine Christine Chapman

St Marys Thursday Club On Saturday November 27th we are organising a Christmas shopping trip to Nottingham The coach leaves Rose Hill at 8.00 am returning at 4.00 pm. If you would like to join us please contact Christine Chapman on 019933 398818

Peterborough Choral Festival On Saturday 9th October, members of Finedon St Mary’s Church choir joined with choirs from churches all around the diocese for the annual Choral Festival at Peterborough Cathedral. Thanks to Bryan and Christine a coach had been arranged to get us to Peterborough in good time for lunch and for the final afternoon rehearsal. What a wonderful experience it was to sing in the cathedral along with the cathedral choir and so many other choirs from the diocese - we were actually singing that anthem which had seemed to be impossible the night before. It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of hundred others. During the ceremony, awards were presented and Gill Dunn was presented with her Bishop’s Award - congratulation Gill. It was good to see Finedon so well represented - many thanks to everyone who came along to support. Pat Parker

Harvest Boxes Thank you to all who filled their harvest boxes with change for the Pakistan children appeal. The children at Finedon Mulso Church of England Junior School just managed to make their little boxes that they had made survive the journey to Church. It took four of us about an hour to count and bag all pennies. We were able to send £282.34 to World Vision. The fruit and vegetables donated towards the harvest were distributed with the Infant School‘s gifts to the elderly housebound in Finedon. The School Harvest service was the first to be held with the two schools

together which was an joyous occasion despite discovering we did not have enough room to seat children and parents from both schools. We had to scramble around to put out more chairs but eventually managed to find a seat for everyone. Next time we will be prepared. Thank you to Janet and Bet who provided tea and biscuits for the parents afterwards.

Remembrance Day 2010 Once again the annual Remembrance Day Service will be held at the War Memorial on Sunday 14th November 2010 at 11.00 am. For those groups wishing to take part in the parade, it will again assemble at the Mulso School and be ready to march off at 10.40am. On Thursday 11th November some of the children from the Mulso Junior School will be placing crosses at the War Memorial as part of the ceremony of the ‘Two Minutes Silence’. All are welcome to attend both ceremony’s. There will be a Remembrance service in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday 14th November at 6.00 pm - all welcome

Mothers Union Our diocesan worldwide representative Sue Tringham, came to our last meeting and enrolled two new members to our branch. We then gave her a cheque for £120, being the profit from our strawberry tea, to help with the work of the Mothers Union Worldwide. Our next meeting will be a Bring and Buy Sale and raffle with “The Guilded Bells” providing entertainment. All are invited to join us at the Mission Room on Tuesday 2nd November at 2.30pm for a cup of tea and a fun afternoon with all of the proceeds going to church funds.

Church of St Mary the Virgin invites you to on

Afternoon Tea

Sunday 7th November Between 4.30 & 5.30


Everyone Welcome. This will be followed by the Remembrance Evensong at 6.00 pm

Finedon Senior Citizens Friendship Committee Christmas Parcels This year’s house-to-house collection raised £2,248. The top three collectors were Mrs Maureen Church (£190.11), Mesdames Mary Skellington and Vi Waller (£167.05) and myself (£119). The rest of the collectors were Mr Gabe Desroches, Mr Bob Clent, Mrs June Farrow, Mrs Jaqui Hawkes, Mrs Sheila Oliphant, Mr Brian Ager, Mrs Janice Childs, Mrs Libby Webb, Mrs Christine Felce, Mrs Melba Tyler, Mrs Doreen Pettit, Mrs Eleanor McGibbon, Mrs Cynthia Foster, Mr Jeremy and Mrs Janet Millington, Mrs Carole Heywood, Mrs Tracey Hawkes, Mrs Pat Curtis, Mrs Emma Baker, Mr John Swann, Mr Ray Lawrence, Mrs Pat Sharpley, Mr Stuart Cooper, Mrs Barbara KendallTorry, Mr Ray Ogle, Mrs Denise Swailes, Mrs Madeline Mayes, Mrs June Miller, Mrs Sheila Brown, Mr Mike Bentley, Mr Shaun Cooper, and Mrs Lesley Callnon. The Committee offer their heartfelt thanks to all of them and also to the Thursday Club for distributing the envelopes. The parcels will be distributed during the morning of Saturday 11th December. John Bailey - promoter

Finedon WI This month’s meeting will take place on Monday 8th November at 7.30 pm. Our speaker will be Donna Smith who will tell us about Indigo Jewellery and Accessories. As usual there will be refreshments, a raffle and a bring and buy stall. All are welcome, members free. visitors £2.50 We welcome guests and prospective new members, so of you would like to find out more about your local WI, please do not hesitate to come along on the 8th and ask any committee member.

Race Night A big thank you Malcolm Harris, the Friends of St. Mary's and everyone who supported the Race Night in October and helped to make it such a success. The total amount raised on the evening for church funds was an amazing £1328.00.

Finedon Local History Society The Annual General Meeting of the History Society will be held on Monday 22nd November in the Mission Room, Well Street at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a presentation of slides from the societies own photo archive. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Carol Singing Around the Streets of Finedon As on previous years, Finedon Local History Society will be organising carol singing around the streets of Finedon. This will take place on the evening of Monday December 20tht and everyone is invited to join in. This is a community event and not for fund raising. No collection will be sought. Full details will be given in the December Magazine

Candles at Christmas After the success of the Candles lit for loved ones on Christmas Eve last year we will be repeating it again this year. The candles may be different, in a coloured glass candle holder, and you will be able to take them home afterwards. The cost will be £2.00. We have to test them first in the dark. Denise will be taking orders and labels for messages will be available in December.

Children’s Living Nativity Party Christmas Eve St Mary’s Church at 3.30 pm Dress as a Shepherd, a Star, a Donkey, an Angel or a King. Free party food After a short enactment of the nativity we shall have a Puppet Show and Birthday Party for Jesus. Everyone is Welcome - Mums & Dads as well

Townswomen’s Guild Mike Neville from Rushden will be our speaker this month. His talk is entitled Trust me - I was an Estate Agent! The meeting will be at 7.30pm on November 4th in the Town Hall. The Social Half Hour will be lead by the Scrabble Group and the competition will be for ‘an unusual house’.

Dog Fouling, Finedon As the nights have started to draw in, areas of Finedon village that had previously been almost free from dog fouling are now being affected due to irresponsible dog ownership. Examples brought to my attention include the areas of Hayden Road, Mulso Road and Avenue Road and the pavement near the school on Orchard Road. One or two anti social dog owners not picking up dogs fouling will soon result in an area becoming unsightly and unpleasant and raising public health concerns. If you notice this problem and feel able to do so speak politely to the person concerned at the time as this may be sufficient to improve the owner’s behaviour. If this is not possible or is not successful, please report the details to either the Dog Warden or the Environmental Wardens at the Council. Information on the description/breed of the dog, the time, date and location of the incident, the frequency it occurs and information on the dog owner will be useful to us in investigating the problem. Please note that if a dog is witnessed by an authorised officer of the Council fouling in a public area and you do not clear up the faeces forthwith, the dogs owner could be issued with a £75.00 fixed penalty notice or could be taken to court with a fine of up to £1000. The Councils Dog Warden Ray Hayward can be contacted on 01933 231962.

What’s On at Finedon Community Centre Wed 3rd to Sat 6th November Bouncers & Shakers (Play) by John Godber and Jane Thornton £ 7.50 (£ 5.50 concessions) Doors open 7.00pm Licensed Bar! An extremely funny production by Centre Stage Productions.. Ring 07970 632244 or 01933 398377 to book tickets

Friday 19th November Finedon Sessions Emily Macquire and the Rosellys, doors open 7.15pm Accoustic Roots Concert. Licensed bar / Real ales‌ call 01933 398377 to book. Sunday 21st November Christmas Market and Craft Fair 11.00am - 3.00pm Tickets £1.00 - accompanying children free. Father Christmas in his grotto for the children. Over 30 stalls with hot and cold refreshments available 01933 398377 (Pam)

Santa is coming to Town Scout Group Christmas Float Father Christmas on an illuminated float will be touring the town on Saturday 11th (at the top end) and Sunday 12th December (at the middle and bottom end). The collectors will only be adults who are wearing official badges and carrying identity.

1st Finedon Scout Group

CHRISTMAS POST Deliveries to Finedon only Scout Post Boxes at: Affleck Bridge Antiques, High Street Newsagents, Wellingborough Road Crusty’s, Wellingborough Road Café, Irthlingborough Road Costcutters, Irthlingborough Road Hair Raid, Rock Road Wood’s Butchers, Dolben Square

Last Post Date Saturday 18th December

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon



on Friday 3rd December at Finedon Mulso C of E School at 7.30 pm Sing, drink, eat and be merry to a section of Christmas Carols

Dress your table with a cloth and Christmas decoration Tickets ÂŁ6.00 (including refreshments)

In My Day the ramblings of Hubert James In my day it was about this time of year that there was a huge kafuffle when the Laurence Wood Drama Group tried to put on a production of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Star Hall. The RSPCA and Cat’s Protection League got called in. It was all a bit sensitive because at the time they was building the A6 which meant the cat crossing at the top of the Burton Road was being paved over. And of course it meant the poor little pussies had nowhere safe to cross. I expect many of you remember the road being built. We had dozens of Irish and Scottish Navvies staying in the town. It was a big boost for local businesses. But they did bring some of their own catering. The main contractors were Wimpey and they had a lot of exMcAlpine blokes working for them, so a lot had come down from Scotland. The site foreman was from Skye; Dougal McDougal. Mean as Greenwich, he was. He wouldn’t even pay for a haircut. He’d let his hair grow all long and shaggy like an Afghan. He brought his own cook with him. What an interesting chap he was. He went by the name of Hamish MacDuff. He was only about 19 years old, thin as a rake and tall as something very tall. He could whip up a substantial three course meal out of almost nothing. He turned up with a load of minced Highland Beef and proceeded to make all beef patties that he called beef burgers. They were delicious. Dougal quickly cottoned on to selling these burgers to us locals. We loved them. The only problem for Dougal was that the men had to stop working to eat them. As you know it would be very messy to eat a burger without the bun to keep it in check. Now Finedon had several bakers at the time, and a chap called Doughy Hood came up with the idea of shoving the burger in one of his floury baps. Dougal was delighted, soon he had his men eating and working at the same time. You’ll have noticed

that to this day, parts of the A6 have got patches with the consistency of stale breadcrumbs. Wimpey were very happy and went on to open their own chain of burger bars. Hamish emigrated to the USA and took his idea with him. Course the Americans changed the name , first to Hamish Burgers, before they shortened it and confused everyone human on the planet and frightened one or two pigs. Oh and old Laurence Wood got a local playwright; Pharmacy Williams to write a play about Hamish and the buns.. It wasn’t very successful. They called it; Baps of a Scot Thin Youth.

Church Monthly Draw Results of the October Draw Total Receipts £284.00 Restoration Fund £142.50 1st Prize £71.00 Winning No. 138 2nd Prize £42.60 Winning No. 214 3rd Prize £28.40 Winning No. 110 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.

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St Mary's Finedon, November 2010 Parish Magazine