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February 2012

ROTHERSTHORPE NEWSLETTER The Newsletter for the Community of Rothersthorpe


5th February

9.30am 6.00pm

Holy Communion Sunday @ 6 at Bugbrooke


6th February


Mothers Union Kislingbury Church


12th February 9.30am

Morning Worship


19th February 9.30am

Holy Communion

Wednesday 22nd February 7.30pm Ash Wednesday

Holy Communion at Harpole


B.C.P Communion Followed by breakfast All Age Worship

26th February 8.00am 9.30am


29th February 12.30 to Lent Lunch Barn House 2pm 8 North Street What Is In An Hour!

The dining room at The Rectory gets used on average a dozen or so times a year, both for entertaining and meetings. At a meeting I was chairing not long after Christmas I began to wonder why the meeting, which is normally a positive and constructive meeting, seemed to be going so slow! The penny finally dropped, I‘d forgotten to change the time on the small clock I was glancing at on the display cabinet when the clocks went back in October 2011! This realisation sent me into ‗Grumpy Old Man‘ mode as I thought about all the inconvenience that altering clocks for summer-time causes.

The timers on the microwave and oven, central heating and television, all need changing. As for those fiddly little buttons on the various wrist watches and alarm clocks - just plain drudgery and as already said inconvenient! Even when all those are seen to and I go to drive my car, because the time changes automatically on the car radio signal, I have to wait for the next hourly pips, while in the car with the ignition on for the time to change. Why can't they leave things alone? They tell me up in the north of Scotland, even more difficulties are created, because the hours of daylight are so much different the nearer we get to the Arctic Circle. Farmers, too, create a fuss. Their trouble seems to be that chickens can't lay eggs an hour earlier, nor can cows alter their milking-time. By contrast, government departments tell us we're overlooking the benefits - complaining about the insignificant details, whilst missing the manifold advantages. All this has been going on ever since the daylight hours were first changed. And I don't suppose we'll live to see the end of it either as the debate on a political level is not about British Summer time being scrapped but British DOUBLE Summer Time being introduced! Going to church might be thought of in a similar way. Why dress up - just for one hour? Why talk the children out of their homework, or leisuretime, and expect them to keep quiet whilst we worship? Yet all this is selfishness - thinking of how it adversely affects ourselves! Belonging to Christ isn't an unwholesome chore. He, like daylight saving time, can shed more light on our lives. Spread more joy; brighten our days. Every day with Him is different, exciting, and opening the door to eternal life itself. John was told to put this into the Bible for us. In Revelation Chapter 21 verse 5, we read, ―I am making everything new!‖ Then he said, ―Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.‖ Have a good time! Grace and Peace

Stephen French

Rector of Bugbrooke, Harpole, Kislingbury and Rothersthorpe

Church Cleaning February 12th February 26th


June & Jane Mike & Sue

Women’s Institute Rothersthorpe WI meets on the third Monday in the month in the village hall in Church Street at 7.30pm. Our next meeting will be on Monday 20th February and our speaker this time will be Laura Malpas who is coming from the National Trust and she is going to talk about Canons Ashby House. Please remember you are really welcome to come along and join us. Cost to visitors is £3, it's worth coming just to taste our delicious refreshments not to mention the company!!!!. Jenny Dellar

Thruppsters Monday 6th February at 12.30 meeting for lunch at Lindsay‘s 47 Banbury Lane. Subscriptions will be collected. Peter Doran

Children's Society Collection Boxes

I would like to remind box holders that all boxes are due for collection during February and would be grateful if they could be dropped off at my house ( 24 Banbury Lane Rothersthorpe) Thanks, John Boyson

The Wedding Planners are back Family Fun Day, and Disco last year

So if you enjoyed the Royal Wedding

you will be pleased to know that we are looking at arranging something similar for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June!

Watch this space for more information

Edy's Cakes Do you need a delicious home-made cake for your special day? Cakes for every occasion: birthdays anniversaries hen parties weddings first communions christenings, etc Call me or visit my website 07894 805343 or 01604 451917

New Northamptonshire Police Crime Prevention web page Members of the public can now find all the

information they need about personal and home security on a dedicated new web page launched by Northamptonshire Police.

The new page provides a „one stop shop‟ for anyone who

wants to find out more about how to prevent crime and reduce their risk of becoming a victim.

The section incorporates a range of information, from how

to make your home and car more secure, to how to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, together with information about business and rural crime as well as advice on how to prevent fraud and improve online security.

There is useful advice on property marking, which can make valuables less attractive to thieves and help link criminals back to crime scenes or identify handlers of stolen goods. It can also help police identify stolen goods so they can be returned to their rightful owner.

In addition, the site hosts an Interactive Virtual Neighbour-

hood (courtesy of Leicestershire Constabulary), which offers another way to get useful advice about how to protect property and prevent different types of crime. Crime Prevention Manager Laura Major said: “The new sections bring all our crime prevention advice and related subjects into one place and we hope it will make it easier for members of the public to find the information they need to help them better protect their home and property.”


can access the new pages by visiting and clicking on the crime prevention link on the home page. Website :

Village Web Site ( The web site is getting a number of people viewing the site according to the hit counter but very little participation. There are plenty of opportunities to have your say about events in the village or if you would like me to add them then please let me know. Latest postings: Village Planter Sponsors— Andy Bett‘s Outlaw Iron Distance Triathlon Charity—Parish Council Election and much more... Please let me know if you would like some help or would like to become more involved. Many thanks Steve McCarthy, web site editor ( Kathy Sindall BSc (Hons) MChS

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5 ‘LENT LUNCHES’ TO ENJOY AROUND THE VILLAGE ON WEDNESDAYS THROUGH FEBRUARY AND MARCH. ALL WELCOME. 12.30PM - 2PM. BRING A FRIEND, EAT, CHAT AND THEN MAKE A DONATION AS YOU LIKE. YOUR MONEY WILL GO STRAIGHT OUT TO AN ORPHANAGE IN IGANGA (UGANDA) At this time of year, on a Wednesday, ‘lent lunches’ are hosted in different houses around the village. They are very informal, simple lunches, of soup, fresh bread and then cheese – we sometimes get home-made cakes as well but that depends on who’s house we are in!

In the past, monies raised have gone towards the building of a clinic and nurses accommodation in the remote village of Namunsaala in Uganda.

This project is now complete so this year the church have agreed to donate everything we raise over Lent to an orphanage in Iganga. Feeding 25 children every day is a challenge, so every penny helps. Please drop in to as many as you can make. No need to ‘book’! 29th February 7th March 14th March 21st March 28th March


Julia (Barn House, 8 North Street) Lisa (The Chequers, North Street) AJ (Nutwood Cottage, The Lane) Chris (5 St Johns Close) Tracey (59 Church Street)


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Anti-Social Behaviour Please be aware it has been reported that over the past three Friday evenings during January, three young lads have been seen drinking on the hump back bridge controlled by traffic lights between Rothersthorpe and the Swan Valley housing estate. On each occasion when the youths had gone, the crown of the bridge was covered in broken glass.

Please take care especially if you are on a bike as these shards could puncture your tyres, the police are aware.

Please note the CHANGE of email address To anyone who submits articles or adverts for the Rothersthorpe Newsletter please note the change of email address, the new address is: thanks Jane and Phil

Rothersthorpe Day Nursery

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Club Results

The lucky winners in the end of December draw were:1st (£100) - Rachel Tartar 2nd (£50) - Jane Whitehouse 3rd (£25) - Judy Toone 4th (£15) - Dennis Jones 5th (£10) - Mary Tyrrell

Thanks as always to those who take part. With looming repair bills, your support is much appreciated. Anyone else who wishes to take part, please contact Val on 832422.

Best Village Competition The Best Village Competition for 2012 is now open for nominations. The Best Small Village winner last year was Gayton. If someone would like to take the lead to enter the village into the competition then please contact Robert Herring: or phone 01604 825884. Steve McCarthy – Parish Councillor Don’t forget the new email address for articles or adverts in the newsletter is: newsletter

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Lent ―Talent" Challenge in aid of Church Repairs

Can you double your money like the good servant in the parable (read the story in Matthew‘s gospel Chapter 25 verse 14). The six weeks leading up to Easter are known as Lent. Instead of giving up something during Lent, why not take up the challenge to turn £1, £2 or £5 into more. We‘ll be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to take part and we can let you have the ‗starter‘ sum. The idea is to be as imaginative as you like. Buy a bottle of car shampoo and wash a few cars/ bake a cake for a friend/ plant some seeds and sell the plants. Or maybe just donate an hour of your time babysitting or dog walking for a small fee. Lent starts on 22nd February – get your thinking caps on. With thanks Val Bridges 832442

The Creation (as told by a dog) On the first day, God created the dog On the second day, God created man to serve the dog On the third day, God created all the animals of the earth to serve as potential food for the dog. On the fourth day, God created honest toil so that man could labour for the good of the dog On the fifth day, God created the tennis ball so that the dog might or might not retrieve it. On the sixth day, God created veterinary science to keep the dog happy and the man broke. On the seventh day, God tried to rest, but he had to walk the dog. Provided by a caring dogwalker

Memorial Garden The bulbs in the memorial garden planted by the school children and other volunteers will be shortly coming through. Please make sure that they are not trampled on and that children stay on the grassed area, not on the gardens. Many thanks – Parish Council

Church Repairs—the continuing saga Just to keep you up to date (briefly!) with the state of play…. We now have all estimates in for the work on the roof, the windows and the stonework. There is some debate about whether the South aisle roof needs full replacement, or whether repairs will suffice. Total ‘worst‘ case spend is about £50-60,000. The money raised so far is £1,300 – many thanks to all those who have organised events. I hear the New Year‘s Eve dance was a great success. Whilst we decide on who to commission for the main repairs, there are two windows which are almost falling out, so we shall start by replacing those, and having a thorough investigation of the roof. Keep the ideas flowing for fund-raising and we would love to hear from you if you‘d like to make a donation (either in general or something specific, maybe in memory of someone special)

Planters Require Sponsors


live Appleton has proposed an opportunity for individuals and businesses within the Your bu village to adopt free flower s name h iness ere planters that could be placed, one either side, at the four entrances to the village (Northampton side - Banbury Lane, Pattishall side – Banbury Lane, Kislingbury Road and Milton Road). For this to be successful there needs to be at least 4 sponsors prepared to take on the responsibility for positioning the planters and maintaining them throughout the year.


his could be undertaken by one or more of the clubs or groups within the village or businesses that function within the village. The sponsors would be allowed to add their sponsorship details on the planter if they wished and would be responsible for making sure each planter is kept weed free, watered during dry periods, full of growing medium and stocked with attractive plants or bulbs.


lease contact me before 27 th February (next Parish Council meeting) if you would be interested in sponsoring a planter on 01604 830321 or Steve McCarthy - Parish Councillor FOR SALE Used Belle cement Mixer in good condition for sale only ÂŁ140 o.n.o. Contact 01604 830321

Baby Sitting Service Anyone looking for a baby sitter, then I am at your service. My name is Lucy, I am 14 and have been babysitting for over a year now, so if you need a caring, reliable, trustworthy babysitter call me on 01604 832204

Sadly the Dog Poo problem has ‗plopped ‗ in Banbury Lane A night worker who both goes to work and returns from work in the dark, rang me to say he had been experiencing problems with dog excrement in Banbury Lane. With poor lighting he has difficulty avoiding the inevitable when a dog owner does not collect their dog pile. The worst area is from the garages in Banbury Lane to the crossroads so at least be warned.

To add insult to injury one dog owner did collect up his dog‘s efforts in a plastic bag and then deposited them in the gentleman‘s green bin. (wrong bin too for plastic bags).

I think the message is all too clear here. Please irresponsible Dog owners (I know there are thankfully many responsible ones in the village) pick up and take home in a plastic bag your dog muck. Jane McCarthy

The Crime of Metal Theft Metal theft is becoming an epidemic, and urgent action is needed to put a stop to these sickening attacks. The Government should back the police in their fight against metal theft by pledging to change the law to make it easier to stop this organised crime. The vandalising and theft of war memorials is shocking and disgraceful, undermining the respect that all our communities want to show to fallen heroes. In addition households face repeated power cuts, commuters face increasing delays, churches and public buildings are being damaged, all as a result of escalating metal theft. The theft of electric wires is even putting lives at risk. This is a matter for everybody in the community, but Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch can lead the way. Firstly, we all need to be alert to the situation and keep watch for vans and trucks driving around our streets looking for the opportunity to steal metal, and reporting the details to the local police or Crimestoppers (0800 555 111). No item of intelligence is ever too small; it might be the final piece of the jigsaw and in some cases there might even be the possibility of gaining a reward. Secondly, be aware of workmen removing metal items in the street. The thieves are using uniforms, stolen vans etc. One witness recently reported that they did not look like real workmen‌ they were working too fast. Thirdly, members also need to be on the lookout for unlicensed venues where stolen metal is cleaned up, often by burning off the covering and where the identifying marks are removed, before being taken to the licensed dealers.

The police and local authorities need to know. Finally, members who live in the vicinity of licensed and unlicensed sites must be alert to vehicles turning up outside the normal working hours. Again details should be passed to the local police.

Neighbourhood Watch It seems as though we have had a couple of relatively quiet months in our village, although there have been reports from neighbouring villages of thefts from vehicles, ( the vehicle in question was literally left for about two minutes) and criminal damage to cars, so we need to be alert. I believe also that there has been a scrap metal theft in Berry Close recently. We did have the man in the village trying to sell mattresses, but I did report him to the police, We have had reports of a lot of glass being broken on the bridge into town (traffic lights), this again has been reported and it seems as though the sweeper, from the building site, is including the bridge in his sweep. As always please be alert and report any suspicious activity to the NHW line, Our local line number is 01604 432436 (standard rate charges) Or the new number for all non urgent calls to the police is 101 (charge 15p) Also if you could inform us on 01604 831020 Hope we all have a crime free month Christy and Margaret

News from Rothersthorpe School December was a busy month as always in school and we were delighted that so many parents, grandparents and village residents were able to join us for our Christmas talent show – the ‗X‘ mas Factor! Following two performances of the show and our Christmas lunch and party, the Autumn term ended on the usual high note with our Christingle and Nativity service in church. Thank you to all the parents and villagers who joined us and also contributed to our retiring collection in aid of the Children‘s Eye Cancer Trust. This charity supports and advises families of children who have been affected by Eye Cancer (Retinoblasoma). We were pleased to send them a cheque for £115. After the service, parents joined us in the hall where members of the church served teas and drew the Church Christmas raffle.

After the excitement of Christmas, the children returned to school at the beginning of January and enjoyed our annual school disco at the end of the first week. We were also pleased to welcome back M&M Productions, the touring theatre company, who delighted us all with this year‘s panto, Dick Whittington! On the same day, Class 2 hosted a day of themed activities for their friends from Spring Lane school in Northampton, who really enjoyed joining us for the day.

Some of our after school clubs are put on hold at this time of year, due to the dark nights and bad weather, but many children are still taking part in our indoor clubs - Hotshots Basketball, Food Technology, Cross Stitch and Class Two Art and Crafts.

Following our success in the qualifying heats at the beginning of December, our boys‘ football team took part in the Campion cluster finals in January. After a series of closely fought battles, Milton Primary school were the victorious Campion cluster team.

We would like to thank one of our parents, Andy Peaks for his help with coaching the boys at football club and over a number of cold lunchtimes!

All our children are currently learning some basic sign language to help them to take part in a record breaking event in February organised by Sign Health, a healthcare charity for deaf people. At exactly 2.45pm on Wednesday 8 th February, thousands of children from over 950 schools across the country will all be singing and signing the same song at the same time!

School closes for the half term break on Friday 10 th February and the children return on Monday 20 th February. Carol Watt

THANK YOU Thank you to all who supported the Church raffle at Christmas. We do appreciate your generosity. Lindsay Moss


Village Survey

n the next few days you will be receiving a survey through your letter box. This survey has been devised by a hard working group of people within the village for the benefit of the village.


y getting your views and your hopes for the future we can develop a plan that will shape our future in terms of transport, work, leisure activities, etc. The more people who respond the better chance we have of reflecting the needs of everyone in the village.


ur environment is constantly changing and if we don‘t become involved in these changes then it is quite likely they will be done to us. Just take a look at the new development taking place on Banbury Lane next to the canal and you will appreciate how change happens. You have an opportunity to shape the future of our village and if you don‘t become engaged in this exercise then you will have to accept whatever the future may bring.


he survey delivery team are there to help you with any questions you may have and will be collecting the surveys at a time to suit you approximately two weeks after delivery but if you have any questions then please contact me: 01604 830321 or Many thanks in anticipation of your involvement Steve McCarthy – Parish Councillor

Dogs on Lead It has been reported that a sheep on a local field has been partly savaged by a dog. The animal was alive but its rear quarters were badly damaged.

Please make sure your dog is kept on a lead when crossing fields with farm animals in them, to prevent unnecessary distress.

Parish Council Meeting The next Parish Council meetings will be held on Monday 27th February and Monday 2nd April at 7.30pm in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. Mrs Christy Nolan has been co-opted onto the Parish council following Peter McCosh‘s resignation. At the beginning of December John Morphy resigned as a Parish Councillor and at the recent Parish council meeting in January Mr Jeff Morphy was co-opted as a new Parish Councillor. As always 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

Many thanks again to Philip Crowe for sharing the load. He created the newsletter this month and hopefully will be every other month now. I am indebted to him. Jane

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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 March 2012 editions 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 24th February 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.

rothersthorpe village newsletter February 2012  

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rothersthorpe village newsletter February 2012  

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