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Finedon Parish Church: St Mary The Virgin Vicar:

The Revd Richard Coles, Parish Priest, St Mary the Virgin Finedon, The Vicarage, Church Hill, Finedon, Northants, NN9 5NR 01933 681 786, Mobile 07885 967 960 email:

Assistant Honorary Priest

Fr Peter Baden,01832 733186 email:

Parish Clerk

Mrs Gill Foster Tel: 680364 (To whom first contact for Baptisms and weddings must be made).


Mrs Jane Read Tel: 680522 Mr Neil Forster Tel: 682177

PCC Secretary: Treasurer:

Mrs Gill Foster Tel: 680364 Mr Andrew Weatherill Tel: 682212

Magazine Editor:

Mrs Janet Millington, Tel: 681161. E-mail: (to whom all copy should addressed by the 15th of the month prior to publication)

Director of Music

Mr Jonathan Harris Tel: 01604 881182 Email:

Deputy Organists

Mrs. Kathy Roberts Mr Oliver Grigg


Mr. Bryan Chapman Tel: 398818

Tower Captain Web Site

Mr Bryan Chapman, Tel 398818 bellringers.html


Mr John Bailey Tel 680747

St Michael’s Mission Room:

Mrs Helen Watts Tel: 01933 398073

Times Of Services:

Sundays 8.00 am Holy Eucharist 9.30 am Parish Eucharist. 6.00 pm Evensong (1st Sunday of the Month)

Visit us on the Web at 8

From the Vicarage When it changes it changes so suddenly, it felt like summer only a few days ago, but this evening, as I write, we’re well into the autumn, with more leaves in the gutters than on the trees and darkness has fallen before Look East is done. November comes like a thief in the night, and brings with it a sombre mood as we commemorate those whom we love but see no longer. In the Church’s calendar All Souls’ Day is traditionally the day we remember by name our dear departed – here at St Mary’s we mark it on the nearest Sunday with a special Evensong and lighting of candles (do come if you can, 6pm, Sunday November 6th) – but don’t make the mistake of thinking that this is a gloomy occasion, no matter how ghoulish the secular celebration of Halloween becomes. Halloween – the Eve of All Hallows – actually marks All Saints’ Day, a day of thanksgiving for those who in life were so tuned in to God that their very lives became hymns of praise. In Orthodox churches in Russia and Greece nave is separated from chancel by the iconostasis, a screen made up of icons of the saints, sometimes dozens of them, and on All Saints’ Day each is lit with a candle. I remember seeing it for the first time in a Romanian church and it literally made me gasp. That lighting of a candle, for All Saints’ or All Souls’, reminds us that in Jesus Christ a light shines even in the darkness of the grave; it reminds us that even in loss and despair we may have hope and consolation, that even in the dead of winter, the promise of a new dawn awaits, a dawn that will never die.

Yours in Christ, Fr Richard.


16th October P. J. Gobbey - in memory of Susan Naomi Gobbey Mr. & Mrs. Abell - in memory of Alice Byron Cross (mother)

From the Registers Holy Baptism 9th October Lexi Paige Heath Edwards Ayden Lloyd Cale

23rd October P. J. Gobbey - in memory of Norma Jean Gobbey Finedon Conservative Club - in memory of past member Len Gibson Sylvia Garner - in memory of her daughter Denise, her husband Les & her mum Tracey Hawkes - in memory of her nan & gramp, Mary & Pinky Nicholls Kathleen, Barbara & Family - in memory of June Farrow

Holy Matrimony 1st October Christopher Todd and Elizabeth Maddock Funerals 3rd October Ronald George White Age 73 17th October June Farrow, age 80

30th October Jean Pidcock - in memory of Jack Pidcock Finedon Conservative Club - in memory of past member Michael Ebdon

Floodlight Sponsorship Week commencing : 2nd October Carole Heywood - in memory of Peter Heywood Gordon Swann - in memory of Mr & Mrs O J Swann Malcolm Peet - to celebrate his & Pat’s Golden Wedding Anniversary Mr & Mrs H. K. Brooks - to celebrate : the birth of their granddaughter Eva Elizabeth Brooks 9th October Ann Dickenson - in memory of Jessie Winifred Clarke Cynthia Foster - in memory of her husband Norman (On What Would Have Been His Birthday) Jan & Malc Harris - to celebrate : Betty & Dave’s 45th Wedding Anniversary


Remembrance Day The annual Remembrance Day Service will take place at the War Memorial on Sunday the 13th November at 11-00am.Ffor those wishing to take part in the Parade, we will assemble at the Mulso School at 10-30am ready to move off at 1040am All are welcome to attend. Friday 11th November Once again we shall be observing the silence at the War Memorial at 1100am Rev Richard Coles and Rev Tony Webster will conduct a short Remembrance . Again the children from the Mulso Junior School will be laying a wreath and planting crosses. Again all are welcome to attend. Michael Shipton

Remembrance Evensong On 6th November we will be remembering all those loved ones we have lost over the past 12 months when we will be lighting a candle for the deceased. This will be followed by Evensong and refreshments. If anyone would like a family member or friend , who passed away between 1st November 2010 and September 2011 but did not have a funeral in Finedon Church, remembered at the service of remembrance and would like to take part in the service, please speak to Jane on 680522 or Pat Peet on 680773

Organ Update John Norman, an independent organ advisor, visited the church on 20th September to assess the condition of the organ. The report, makes interesting reading. It describes the organ as 'of the very highest historic importance'. Three quotes will now be obtained from reputable organ builders based on the recommended work as laid out in the report. Following receipt of the quotes, grant applications will be made to various local and national bodies, including the Pilgrim Trust who gave a grant towards the last restoration of the organ in 1960. The organ builders to be contacted include the Northampton based Kenneth Tickell & Co. (who currently tune the organ) and Goetze & Gywnn (specialists in early organs who

restored the historic organ at Crick in 2009) The organ builders Goetze and Gwynn will be visiting soon to give a quote on the required work to the organ. Following discussions with them, it turns out the new organs they have built in the last fifteen years or so have been modelled on the organ in Finedon, in particular in tonal design but also to some extent in case design and registration. It’s good to know that organs modelled on our organ can be found in places such as St Lawrence Whitchurch, Edgware; St Niklaus in Olpe-Rehringhausen in Westphalia, Germany; Chapel of Magdalene College, Cambridge; Collegiate Church of St Endellion in Cornwall; and the recently installed organ in All Saints, Odiham, Hampshire. Dominic Gwynn tells me the Finedon organ has ‘always been close to our hearts’. Friends of Finedon Schools

Christmas Fair on

Thursday 8th December at

3.30 to 5pm in the

Mulso Junior School Santa's Grotto , Secret Present Room, Craft Stalls , Face Painting And Lots More… To book a craft stall please ring Junior School on 680433. 11

‘Let the Music play’

Mothers Union The Mothers Union will be holding a ‘Bring and Buy Sale’ at the Mission Room on Tuesday 1st November at 2.30 pm. All are invited to come and join us for a cup of tea and a natter and you could grab a bargain. Hand-made cards for all occasions, including Christmas will be available. All the proceeds of the afternoon will go towards the fund for the cleaning of our famous church organ.

Jonathan and James Reynolds perform together for the first time, along with an excellent cast of singers at Finedon Community Centre on 12th November - shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. An eclectic programme of songs will include a selection from the world of musical theatre, a sprinkling of Motown, Swing and of course James will sing a few of his ‘Robbie Williams’ numbers. Profits will be shared - from the 2.30pm show, Bonkers Theatrical and beneficiaries from the 7.30pm show will be Finedon Dolben Cricket Club. Tickets, for what promises to be a fabulous show, are only £8.00.

Grand Christmas Draw Tickets for the Christmas Raffle to be drawn at the Wassail Evening on Friday 2nd December are now available from PCC members or in church. If anyone would like tickets please contact Jo or Colin on 682098. A list will be placed on the church notice board for donations of prizes or for contributions to the Christmas Hamper which is one of the featured prizes. Many thanks The Needle Family

‘When Frankie Met Robbie‘ James Reynolds and Mel Peake have been representing Finedon, to great critical acclaim, during a summer season at Blackpool’s Horseshoe Bar Cabaret Rooms. The guys bring their show to The Cabaret Room at The Britannia club, Burton Latimer on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December (7.30pm nightly) I know they would be so pleased to see some home town support for their first show since the end of the season. Tickets are only £8.00 or £40.00 for a table of 6, licensed bar and table service will be provided at this event.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon

Wassail Evening & Grand Christmas Draw on

Friday 2nd December at

Finedon Mulso School,

at 7.30 pm Sing, drink, eat and be merry to a section of Christmas Carols Food included, Dress your table with a cloth and Christmas decoration Tickets Adults £7.00 Children £3.50

Tickets for both events can be ordered by calling 07903 252451 12

Mona’s Shop By Cheryl Harris I bet lots of Finedon folk remember Mona Yates’ bread and cakes They were far superior To the supermarket fakes, It was a lovely little shop With a tinkly bell on the door And if my memory serves me well Just floor boards on the floor Her doughnuts were just amazing With raisins and cream I would just love to eat one now But I can only dream

cakes And Christmas cakes as well I know everyone who remembers her Would say ‘Mona was a lovely gal’.

Finedon Local History Society The Annual General Meeting of the History Society will be held on Monday 28th 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.

Her bread was just exquisite Especially when it was hot You had to be careful nibbling on the way home Or you would eat the lot.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon

She had a little chair Where you could sit and rest And ponder on the pastries And choose the ones you liked the best

Meat Bingo on

Friday 11th November

Her custard slice was lovely Her cream horns quite divine I tried to cook them for myself But her’s were always better than mine.

at the

Mulso School, Wellingborough Road at 7.30 pm

Her apple pie melted in your mouth And her jam tarts did too She baked for many, many years For the likes of me and you Mona was a lovely person Who always had the time for chats She used to ride around Finedon on her bike In a variety of jaunty hats Oh and she used to make birthday

Admission Free Refreshments available, Raffle Everyone Welcome Transport available. For details please telephone Andrew Weatherill 682212


The Mynx Soul Band

Townswomen’s Guild This months meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd November at 7 30pm in the Town Hall. Our speaker will be David Wilson who will talk about Dialects. The competition is for something made locally and there will be a sales table for books and puzzles. The ladies of the Guild would like to thank all those who supported them by buying cakes from their stall at the Buff's Fun Day. The money raised has been added to that made at the coffee morning held in the summer and £250 has now been sent to Cancer Research.

at St Mary’s Church, Finedon on Saturday 19th November 2011 at 8.00 pm The Mynx Soul Band performed from 1966 in Dagenham and played at the same venues as Brian Poole & the Tremeloes and Tony Rivers & the Castaways Reformed in 2009 to play traditional 60’s Soul Music from the greats such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Eddie Floyd.

An Evening of Murder, Mystery and Deceit

Tickets £6.00 from: Jane Read 680522, Janet Millington 681161, Janet Harris 681217 Joyce Williams 398767.

Presented by 1st Finedon Scout Group on Friday 18th November, at 7.30pm at Finedon Cricket Club

All proceeds will go to the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon

Tickets £7 per Person (includes Chicken and Chip Supper) For tickets contact Patsy 01933 680680 (Admission by advanced ticket sales only)


Finedon Community Centre

£7.50 Concessions/children Reservations on 07970 632244 or 01933 398377

Finedon Sessions Live Music Night Friday 4th November 7.30pm

The Community Centre is available to all to hire for Functions ( bookings/enquiries 01933 398377)

A sensational triple bill for fans of roots music featuring the Graham Robins Band (promoting their latest CD ‘The Shipping News’), Nicky Swann (powerful, original and versatile female singer/songwriter) and Jack Blackman (16 yr old bluesman as featured on BBC Radio 2). Tickets £8 each from: 01933 398377. Real ale bar available

1st FINEDON SCOUT GROUP will deliver your cards again

Only 15p

CHRISTMAS POST 1st-18th December

An Amateur Production by Centre Stage Productions

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Finedon only


7th / 8th / 9th / 10th December 2011 Tickets £9 Adults

Lookout for posters in local shops


In My Day The rambling of Hubert James In my day it was about this time of year that we had a cold snap which led to cold feet down on Cold Comfort Farm. And the Parish council jumped in and started the Cold War with Burton. Of course in them days we’d had our fill of warm wars and what with rationing we couldn’t afford to heat them anymore. The Council blamed a bloke called Len Redman who was leader of Burton Council. He believed in all folk being equal and he wanted everyone to have an equal share of the wealth of the town. To be fair that didn’t go down very well with Lord Weetabix the cereal millionaire but ordinary folk loved it. Now when word of this reached Finedon, the council got very jittery. Council leader Joe McCarthy was worried folk would expect an equal share of profits from his shoe lace business. Many of you will know that McCarthy‘s shoe laces had the whole market tied up. Years later he died of a massive heart attack when slip on shoes got invented. Anyway, Joe wanted to stamp out all talk of following the Redman model. He tried to get a wall built across the A6 to stop Len’s ideas crossing over. And anyone who opened their mouth in favour was branded a Red, and could be threatened with eviction from Finedon. Course, that meant all talk went underground. Folk whispered to one another around the back of the Gladstone. Rebel groups formed down the Allen Road Club and up at the Partridge Club. McCarthy convinced the Council that

Len Redman had undercover agents and spies undermining the whole fabric of life in Finedon. This was particularly worrying because in them days the fabric was a lovely soft cotton silk mix.. The whole saga came to a head when Tina Blunt who ran the chip shop challenged McCarthy. She stood up at a Council meeting and told him he was over reacting. She gave him a right battering and got a lot of support.. McCarthy sensed he’d had his chips. He was desperate. He immediately issued an eviction order demanding Tina left the building. But folk could see this wasn’t fair. Tina was no spy, she just believed in free speech. Townsfolk and the rest of the council backed her and McCarthy was forced into a U-turn. The red menace came to nothing. But local song smiths Llyod Webfeet and Tim Ricicle wrote a musical about Tina the chip shop rebel which became a world wide hit. It was called Eviction and featured the hit song; .’Don’t Fry For Me Agent Tina’

Church Monthly Draw Total receipts are divided equally between the winners and the Restoration Fund. Winning numbers for the October monthly draw are: 1st prize 178 £72.75 2nd prize 301 £43.65 3rd prize 71 29.10 If you would like to join the monthly draw (£1.00 per share per month) which takes place on the first Sunday of the month, please contact Kathy Hobbs on 01933 398794



8pm The Mynx 60’s night, St Mary’s Church


11-3pm Christmas Craft Market. Community Centre

Town Diary November 1st

9.45 Coffee Morning Bowls Club 2.30 Mothers Union ‘Bring & Buy’ sale, Mission Room


TG 7.30 Town Hall, David Wilson ‘Dialects’


7.30 Finedon Sessions, Community Centre


6pm Requiem Evensong, St Mary’s Church

22nd 10.00 Coffee morning, Football Club 28th

7.30 Mission Room History Society AGM & Slides


9.45 Coffee Morning, Bowls Club

December 1st

TG 7.30 Town Hall, Nicola ‘The History of Pantomime’


7.30 St Mary’s Church Wassail Evening & Grand Draw Mulso School


11-2.00 pm FIWC Christmas Bazaar


7.30 RBL, AGM, Bowls Club,


10.00 Coffee morning, Football Club


7.30 Church Bingo, Mulso School


2.30 & 7.30 Let the Music Play, Community Centre



11.00 Remembrance Day Service, War Memorial

7.30 RBL, Entertainment at Woodford


10.00 Coffee Morning, Football Club


Rebecca, Finedon Community Centre


3.30-5pm Chrismas Fair, Mulso School 7pm Community Carol Concert at the Star Hall


7.30 Church meat bingo, Mulso School


7.30 WI Christmas Party


9.45 Coffee morning, Bowls Club


10.00 Coffee morning, Football club


7.30 WI Mission Room, Victorian Magic Lantern Show, Dr Mike Lewis


9.45 Coffee morning, Bowls Club


7.30 Scouts Beetle Drive, Cricket Club


November 2011  

Finedon parish magazine