ROTHERSTHORPE NEWSLETTER The Newsletter for the Community of Rothersthorpe
CHURCH CALENDAR FOR MAY 2010 Sunday
Holy Communion Sunday Night Praise at Bugbrooke
P.C.C. at 47 Banbury Lane
10.00 to 12.30pm
Annual Plant Sale
Prayer Book Communion followed by breakfast All Age Worship
Benefice Communion at Bugbrooke
Thursday Ascension Thursday
Holy Communion followed by breakfast
Come on - Own Up - WHO'S to Blame?
e tend to greet the morning post with a mixture of expectation and apprehension. There could be good news, an unexpected prize from one of those television multi choice question competitions! What is the capital city of Britain, is it (a) London or (b) 1948, you know the ones Iâ€&#x;m on about! However, (along with all the ever increasing amount of junk mail), it's quite possibly one of those faceless characterless envelopes containing some bill or other request.
Even worse, it‟s one of those red reminders for a bill that should have been paid yesterday, together with a threat of what will happen if you don't swiftly act and pay up now! Not so long back I received one of those 'even worse‟ letters, along with the obligatory strongly worded threat of what would happen if I did not pay the said account. However, in this incident I had paid the said bill sometime previously and had an electronic receipt as proof of payment. A phone call to the business concerned led to an extended conversation which was interspersed quite often with the phrase, "Oh just ignore it". Me being me, I was not satisfied with this and repeatedly pushed for an explanation. Eventually after ten minutes or so talking to the person on the other end of the phone, then their supervisor and finally the manager I got what I should have received in the first place, a simple "I'm sorry sir, we‟ve made a mistake". To make such an admission is a very rare occurrence indeed these days. People today seem to be intent either on transferring the blame e.g. 'It's the computer's fault" , "the person dealing with this left last week" or, finding some organisation to blame or sue. Take for example the many human made disasters over recent years, someone or something has had to take the blame be sued, or both. Rarely does anyone admit to being wrong or mistaken, and even then, when an oversight or mistake is admitted, no one wants to forgive and the whole thing is left to fester. Whatever the cost, a pound of flesh has to be extracted from one source or another. For us to live together in love, mutuality, equality and respect we need to be free to own up to our mistakes without fear of litigation, to accept each others shortcomings, say sorry and mean it, accept the apology with grace and where necessary (perhaps hardest of all), learn to forgive and seek to forget and it starts with you and me The Revd. Stephen R.J. French Rector of Bugbrooke, Harpole, Kislingbury and Rothersthorpe P.S. Jesus, as He hung and dying on the cross, due to a jumped up charge and court did not say “You‟ve got it wrong so be dammed‟. He quite simply said "Forgive them, Father! They know not what they are doing”.
May 1st May 15th May 29th
Mike & Sue Carol Lindsay & Christy
Please note meeting day and date change. We will meet in the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th May at 2.30pm Peter Doran
Help required We would appreciate help from anyone who would be willing to join us to tidy up both the inside and outside of the church.
Please ring Lindsay 830857 or David 831455
Christian Aid Week 15th â€“21st May There will be a house to house collection again this year. Christian Aidâ€™s goal and desire is to empower people to determine their own futures and destinies, Please give what you can and please complete the gift aid form on the envelope. Any contributions large or small are gratefully received. If anyone would be willing to deliver the envelopes and or collect, please contact Lindsay 830857. Any help however small is most welcome.
W.I. It is going to be RESOLUTIONS at our next meeting which is on Monday 16th May in the village hall at 7.30pm. This year’s resolutions which are to be debated and voted upon are “Mega Farms” and “Closing down our libraries”. Have you any strong thoughts on these two issues? If so please come along, if you haven’t please come along anyway. The evening will be completed with a social time and delicious refreshments. The cost to visitors is £2 and you will be very, very welcome. Jenny Dellar
Village Hall Management Committee AGM
The A nnua l Gener al Meeting of Rothersthorpe Village Hall Management Committee (RVHMC) will take place in the Committee Room of the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th May 2011 starting at 7.30pm. This is an opportunity for all villagers to put their point of view to the current serving committee as to how the hall should be administered or what changes, if any, should be made to the organisation of the Village Hall. Thank you for your continued support. Mike Barber Hon Sec RVHMC
Lunch Lent Money
It was decided that the Lent money collected from the lunches last month would go to Margaret’s Children. The total raised was £140 which will go to this worthwhile cause based in Iganga it supports an orphanage which was set up by Margaret 10 years ago. The current project is to build an Eco-San facility for their waste disposal. Val Bridges
March 100 Club Draw Here are the lucky winners of the last 100 Club Draw:1st Jean Norris £100 2nd Dave Wright £50 3rd Richard the Postman £25 4th Jane Mutton £15 5th Steve King £10 Are you missing out on this opportunity to win one of the quarterly prizes? To join the 100 Club please contact Val Bridges on 832422 or call at 7 Church Street. Val is looking for a volunteer to collect from 10-12 houses in Mumford Drive & Ardens Grove , four times a year or less. Give her a ring if you can help..
Clamping Down on Drink Fuelled Violence As Northamptonshire Police continues to tackle night time crime in the county‟s town centres, the Force is launching a campaign over the Easter period to enforce its message further; that drink fuelled violence will not be tolerated. A robust and low tolerance approach will be adopted, sending out a strong message to people who wish to commit offences within town centres and other areas. As part of Operation Nightsafe, officers are working hard to ensure people are able to enjoy a night out, without falling victim to those who can ruin it for others. There are currently 290 fewer violent incidents reported across the county compared to the same period last year, and most serious violence in town centres is down by 46.2%. This is 97 fewer victims. Our town centres have been relatively quiet since Christmas, but this may change with a late Easter, the royal wedding and the May bank holiday in the coming weeks. Despite each of these events being a reason for celebration, officers are prepared in case people become unruly; some evenings may end with fall outs, arguments, illness, fights, noise, abuse, ramblings, rudeness, or even hospital or the cells!
Operation Nightsafe lead, Chief Inspector Dave Lawson said: “Whilst we want people to enjoy their night, we are serious about tackling alcohol related crime and disorder. “The coming weeks will see officers conducting proactive enforcement activity in identified hot spot areas within the town centres across the county, to crack down on offenders who have the wrong idea about what constitutes a good night out. “Officers will particularly be increasing their presence in Northampton and Kettering town centres, and Street Pastors will also be out and about in Daventry and Northampton. “Operation Nightsafe was introduced to specifically tackle the enforcement necessary in some of our town centres after people have been drinking for some hours. “By working with our partners, the strategy has evolved to encompass more
preventative measures and our approach is to disperse potential trouble early in the evening, to manage the core drinking hours with the minimum of trouble and to get people home safely into the small hours. The main aim is to avoid personal incidents, or incidents to local businesses and residents, of crime or anti-social behaviour caused by those under the influence. “Throughout April and May we will be using radio, community messaging,
facebook, twitter and local newsletters to get the message out that we‟re clamping down on drink fuelled violence and will take a „zero tolerance‟ approach.” The Force not only focuses on the reduction of alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour, but the causal nature of alcohol by focusing on underage drinkers and those premises who sell drink to those under the influence of alcohol. Sergeant Mark Worthington added: “We will be carrying out spot checks on licensed premises to identify offences relating to selling or attempting to sell alcohol to people underage or drunk. “We will continue to work hard through Operation Nightsafe to provide a safer environment for everyone.” The Force is keen to hear your views on night time policing in the town centres and will update the Northamptonshire Police facebook profile regularly to raise discussions.
Add your comment to the Website
Anyone who has visited the village blog over the last week or so will have noticed some interesting changes. I’ve been working with some ex colleagues from the county council’s web team to develop a generic community web presence using freely available software and Rothersthorpe is being used as an example. I’ve developed the old village blog to contain all the information that was on the original web site and added the following: Google Calendar which can be updated with village events Review books, films, arts, music and theatre Add photos to Google Picasa that will appear in the slide show in the right hand panel Village Newsletter presented in a different format. If you have any thoughts how this might be further improved or would like help in using some of the facilities or don’t like it and prefer the original version please let me know. All comments gratefully received - you can of course leave your comments on the web site. And finally I’ve received the latest newsletter from the County Council’s Broadband project and will be placing this on the web site shortly so please keep looking. Steve McCarthy
Speedwatch is no More
I received a letter at the end of March from PC John McQuaid informing me that one of the New Year cuts for the public was the abandonment of the Speedwatch project. Can I take this opportunity to thank again all the volunteers plus John McQuaid who did a great job of coordinating the proceedings. We have not been forgotten as the Speed Van has been in Rothersthorpe on at least 2 occasions in the last 2 months. And caught some speeders!! Jane McCarthy
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WIGSTON MALE VOICE CHOIR AND SPECIAL GUEST
FARYL SMITH SPINNEY HILL HALL, NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Tickets £10 and £15, Telephone: 01604 753789 or: 01604 831455 or Visit St. Giles Music Centre, St Giles Terrace, Northampton Proceeds in Aid of Heart Centre, Northampton General Hospital Charity Number: 1051107
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Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 21 10 – 12:30 st
Refreshments served in Church Plants, crafts, cakes and other stalls on the lawn and in the Church All donations of plants (and cakes!) for this popular annual event will be gratefully received. Contact Lindsay 830857 or Val 832422 if you have some contributions prior to the sale . Or just bring your plants and cakes along early on the day. This newsletter is produced and distributed by members of the Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Rothersthorpe, which also meets any cost involved. Items for possible inclusion in the June 2011 edition should be submitted to Jane McCarthy at The Pigyard, 35 Church Street, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone 830321 or 07779 832354 or on a CD by 26th May at the very latest, articles received after this date will not be included. Items will not be printed unless the name of the contributor is supplied. Advertising costs : Full page £10 Half Page £5 Quarter page £2.50 Payment for advertising should be paid in advance.