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December 2012 & January 2013

ROTHERSTHORPE NEWSLETTER The Newsletter for the Community of Rothersthorpe


2nd December


Holy Communion


9th December


Morning Worship


16th December


Holy Communion


23rd December

8.00am 9.30am 4.30pm

B.C.P. Communion Morning Worship Carols by Candlelight


24th December Christmas Eve

3.30pm 11.30pm

Crib Service Holy Communion


25th December Christmas Day


B.C.P. Communion


30th December

10.30am Benefice Communion JANUARY 2013


1st January

10.30am Holy Communion in Kislingbury Church


6th January


Holy Communion


13th January


Morning Worship


17th January




20th January


Holy Communion


27th January


Morning Worship

Church Cleaning December 2nd Lindsay & Christy December 16th June & Jane December 30th Mike & Sue January 2013 January 13th Lindsay & Christy January 27th June & Jane

Overgrown Bushes At this time of year there are few jobs to be done in the garden, however it is an ideal time to cut back those hedges, bushes and trees. There have been a number of comments about foliage overhanging footpaths around the village. Please could all residents ensure that the footpath outside their home is completely clear. Many thanks

Sarah Murphy, Parish Clerk

Thruppsters We will meet at Janet’s home at 2.45 on Monday 3rd December for our Christmas Tea. The January meeting will be in the Village Hall at 2.30 on Monday 14th Peter Doran

Preparing for Christmas

Although I’m writing these few thoughts at the beginning of November by the time you read these words it will have all begun once again, the frenetic preparations for Christmas! The making or purchasing of cakes and puddings; the choosing of the meat; the aching hands and feet from endless hours trawling around the shops in the anxious search for presents or the nerve tingling wait for that important delivery from Amazon etc. etc.

However, is this how it should be? A Prayer to Prepare for Christmas

Father, we call a halt.

Here, and now, and at this moment we think of that first Christmas when history paused and turned upon its hinges as your Son became a human. Born into a working class family, born to parents struggling to make ends met, born to experience everything we experience and born to bear our sins.

Help each one of us to prepare for Christmas by finding time for quiet, time to drink in the wonder and beauty of your Son's birth, time to offer again our hearts and each part of our life to him. May the days of our lives and pages of our diary turn upon this silent hinge. May our work, our leisure and lives be rooted and grounded in peace. Jesus said :- 'My peace I give to you, but not the sort the world gives'

Father, we understand only too well the kind of peace which mankind manufactures: the peace of political and other settlements. Give to more and more of us all over the world the peace we do not understand, the peace which passes understanding, the peace which flows from unconditional obedience to the law of love, give us your kind of peace. And we pray for those in positions of power, authority and influence, that they may open their hearts and give their will to you, that you may work through them.

Jesus said :- 'When you give food or drink to some one who has none, you’re giving it to me’

Save us. Father, from becoming hardened to the numerous pleas for help we see on our screens or read in our newspapers each day. Open our eyes and pockets to the needs of our world. Restructure and change around our hearts so it may not be a burden to give but a joy. Jesus said :- 'Man cannot live by bread alone’

Dear Lord, the giver of all, guide our giving so that we may support all those who spend their lives, at home and all over the world not only feeding physical needs but also feeding spiritual needs with the good news of Christmas.

Father, with all our hearts we thank you for all that you have given us through Jesus Christ our Lord. To your Name, Lord Jesus, help me to bow the knee and all its worshipping; bow the head and all its thinking; bow the will and all its choosing; bow the heart and all its loving, today, tomorrow, and all the days of my life. Amen.

May the God who came to us in Christ give you a Christmas to remember, as you let him give you his love, shown in the pouring out of his blood on the cross. Stephen French

Rector of Bugbrooke, Harpole, Kislingbury and Rothersthorpe

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News from Rothersthorpe School Class 2 enjoyed an afternoon at Hunsbury Library recently and the librarian is also coming to school to a ‘story sharing’ session with Class 1

Our children dressed in bright clothes for mufti day and made

donations to 2 charities - BBC Children in Need and the Road Safety charity ‘Brake’, who emphasis to children the importance of wearing bright things to ‘been seen’ when they are out and about during the dark mornings and evenings at this time of year.

As always, December will be a very busy month at

school – Our school choir will be taking part in the Cluster Carol Service at Bugbrooke Church on 3rd December

We are giving two performances of our Christmas

production on the evening of Wednesday 12th December and afternoon of Thursday 13th December

We will round off the term with our Nativity and

Christingle Service in Church on Wednesday 19th December at 1.30pm and following the service, members of the Church will serve tea and mince pies in the Village Hall and draw their Christmas Raffle.

School closes on Wednesday 19th December and

re-opens to pupils on Monday 7th January.

We have been busy showing lots of prospective parents around our school recently and would like to remind all parents of pre-school children that online applications for places in Reception class for September 2013 close on 15th January! May we wish all the residents of Rothersthorpe a ‘Merry Christmas’ From all the staff and pupils at Rothersthorpe CE Primary School!

Women’s Institute

There is no meeting as such during December as we have booked our Christmas Dinner at the Walnut Tree on Wednesday 5th December meeting at 7pm for a 7.30pm dinner.

All to bring one Christmas card and one present worth £1 or less. This year's competition is making something wonderful (or otherwise) with a pine cone.

We kick off next year on Monday 21st January with a very welcome return of Michael Boyce who is coming to talk about Rockingham Castle and the Watson Family. As usual, all are welcome. We meet at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, the cost to visitors is £3 which includes refreshments. Please join us if you possibly can. On behalf of our Institute may we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Kathy Sindall BSc (Hons) MChS

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RELEASED ON BEHALF OF THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY People urged to take care as river and canal levels remain high Weather forecast remains unsettled. People across the county are being warned to take care when travelling around the villages as standing water and high river levels could remain for several days. The public are being advised to avoid driving or walking through flood or standing water and to check they are signed-up for flood warnings. The flood warning at Billing Aquadrome is likely to remain in place for several days. Boaters are also being warned that River Nene currently has Strong Stream Advice in place, making navigation inadvisable. Although rivers are likely to remain high for several days, on current forecasts the Environment Agency hopes that there will be sufficient time for levels to recede between bands of rain. People need to keep an eye on local conditions and make sure they are signed-up to receive flood warnings." The public can keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings for their area on the Environment Agency website and with forecasts on TV and radio. The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website at homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx, and you can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter at @EnvAgencyAnglia Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found at http:// and you can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook at

Have Yourself a Safe and Happy Christmas Christmas is a fun time of year for most people. Don't let Christmas be spoiled for you and your friends and family by taking some simple steps to make sure that you have a safe Christmas.

Shop Safely Don't let yourself become a victim of crime when you are doing your Christmas shopping:  Park your car safely.  Watch out for pickpockets.  Take care at cash machines.  

Look after the Presents

Keep presents out of sight until last thing on Christmas Eve. Try not to hide or store Christmas presents outside in the shed or garage. If you do 'hide' or store larger items such as bicycles in sheds or outbuildings then make sure that they are very secure.  Keep receipts and instruction manuals separate so that should the worst happen, you have evidence of what was taken. Dispose of packaging carefully as empty boxes left outside will indicate that these goods are available inside. Crush the boxes and put them in the bin recycling whatever you can  Check your insurance and make sure that you are covered for the value of goods in your home.  Take the frame numbers of new bicycles and serial numbers of new electrical equipment for future reference. Try not to position the Christmas tree or presents right in front of the window. This may attract attention from anyone passing.

Celebrate in Safety Don't let your Christmas celebrations be ruined. Avoid any problems this Christmas: Drink sensibly.  Avoid trouble and confrontational situations when out and about.  Look after your possessions - watch out for pickpockets and thieves.  Look after your friends.  Think about your personal safety and don't take unnecessary risks.

Don’t put yourself at risk from fire Take steps to prevent any accidental fires at your house party. There are a number of additional steps to take at Christmas time to reduce the risk of fire in your home in addition to the steps that you would normally take:  Fairy lights. Fairy lights and Christmas tree lights don't get used very often, so you should ensure they're in good working order before using them. Check that the fuse in the plug is the right size (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use). Replace any bulbs that blow. Don't leave fairy lights on when you go to bed or leave the house. Don't let bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, such as paper or fabrics (be especially careful with other Christmas tree decorations).  Decorations. Keep decorations and greeting cards away from heaters, lights, fireplaces and candles. Festive decorations made of tissue paper or cardboard burn particularly easily.  Parties. When you are having a party, there can be a greater risk of fire. Make sure your guests know the escape route in case there is a fire and put out enough ashtrays for smokers. If you have guests staying the night, make sure they know of any features they may not be familiar with - for example, how to unlock your front door and tell them where the door keys are kept overnight. Candles. Be careful when using candles.

Drive Safely Slippery road surfaces and reduced visibility can make winter driving particularly hazardous. Hazards can include snow, ice, fog, strong winds, rain or wet leaves.. Don't drink and drive. The only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to someone else who is intending to drive. More information about drink driving can be obtained from the Department for Transport. Remember, it can take a long time for alcohol to leave your system and you may not be safe to drive the morning after.


Village Website Competition

he Parish Council with support from a Northamptonshire Jubilee Fund has agreed to donate a prize of a £10 Marks & Spencer voucher each month to the post or comment which is the most informative; attention grabbing advert for a village event; incisive or insightful comment or contribution by someone in full time education. The competition will run each month for 6 months starting from January. Winners will be notified within ten days of the end of each month and will be judged by members of the Parish Council. I'm looking forward to seeing some new users on the web site. Steve McCarthy -

Bugbrooke Church Tuesday 4th December 7.30pm

Towcester Choral Society Carol Concert £8 with £4 concessions Wine, coffee and tea, sausage rolls and Christmas Cake

Kislingbury Church Saturday 8th December 7.30pm

Towcester Studio Band Christmas Concert

Mince pies, biscuits, tea or coffee and a free glass of wine

Plus lucky ticket prize draw Tickets £7 available from Leslie 830343, Judith 830421 or Gill 831384

Rogue traders – advice to residents Officers would like to remind residents against rogue traders following some recent reports of cold calling on properties in the Harpole area. To help prevent becoming a victim we are encouraging people in the area to be vigilant and have issued the following advice to residents:  Do not open the door if you do not recognise the caller  Always ask for ID, if necessary take a contact number for the company and verify if the caller is genuine  If the caller does enter the house, do not leave them unattended  If you feel concerned, dial 999  If anyone has suspicions or concerns that distraction burglars or rogue doorstep traders are operating in your neighbourhood or targeting someone you know, ring the dedicated doorstep crime number on 0345 23 07 702 For further information on doorstep crime, please visit

Rothersthorpe Art Group & Soup & Stalls Rothersthorpe Art Group held it's second Art Exhibition on the 17th and 18th November. Attendance was very good during both days and all the members of the group would like to thank everyone who came and supported us. Please keep a look out for our next Exhibition about the same time next year. Maggie Scott

Thanks to all those who helped to make the "Soup & Stalls" event such a success. Just short of £500 was raised on the day, which is terrific.

There certainly seemed to be a lot of people "just going to" or

"just coming from" the Art Exhibition, so it seems to have worked well holding the 2 events on the same day. Val Bridges

Brownies and Guides

Saturday December 1st 2012 10.00 to 12.00midday in the Village Hall Brownies and Guides from the Rothersthorpe packs are hosting a fun filled festive fair with food, drinks, games and hand made decorations.

Parish Council Meeting The next Parish Council meetings will be held on Monday December 10th & January 14th at 7.30pm in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend and address the Parish Council in the public open session at the beginning of the meeting. Please come along and participate in your local community decision making process. Sarah Murphy Parish Clerk

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Rothersthorpe Day Nursery

Open 8am -6pm 52 weeks of the year excluding bank holidays Excellent pre-school facilities - 11 hours of Early funding for 52 weeks per year available for children at the start of a new term following their 3rd birthday - A breakfast club, after school club and Holiday club is available from age 4-11 years Employers vouchers - savings on childcare costs

Ring on 01604 831263 or email to arrange a visit, we’d love to hear from you! Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year From All at Rothersthorpe Nursery

Neighbourhood Watch There have been many reports of incidents in surrounding villages in the last few weeks, from breaking in properties to criminal damage on parked cars, also I heard that there has been a spate of youths firing air pellets at young children, although this has mainly been in the Wootton area, which is not very far from us, so as always please be aware and be cautious. I have not heard of any specific incidents in the village and hopefully there won't be any to report over the Christmas period. There are many helpful pages on, from home security to how to act in an accident, also there are interesting and helpful articles on the Neighbourhood watch site, As always if you see anything suspicious please contact the police on 101, and if possible please let myself or Margaret know on 831020. I hope we all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Christy

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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 February 2013 edition should be submitted to Jane McCarthy at The Pigyard, 35 Church Street, or by email to, by phone 830321 or 07779 832354 or on a CD by 25th January 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. Cheques should be made payable to St Peter & St Paul Church & passed to the Editor. This edition created by Philip Crowe

Newsletter December 2012 & January 2013  

Newsletter December 2012 & January 2013

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