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May 2013

ROTHERSTHORPE NEWSLETTER The Newsletter for the Community of Rothersthorpe


4th May

P.C.C. away day


5th May


Holy Communion

Thursday Ascension Day

9th May


Holy Communion followed by breakfast


12th May

9.30am 3.30pm

Morning Worship Bishop John at Everdon Church




19th May


20th May 12 noon

Mothers Union Faith Lunch


25th May 2.30 to 4.30 pm

Teddy Bears Picnic


26th May 8.00am

B.C..P. Communion followed by breakfast Morning Worship



Holy Communion

Are You Jesus? For a second month in a row my offering comes from a third party! I simply pass on a true story that I have been given. It really made me think and I hope it will make you think too! A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding. All but one!!!

He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.

He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her no one stopping and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, 'Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?’ She nodded through her tears.. He continued on with, 'I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly.' As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, 'Mister.....' He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, 'are you Jesus?’ He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: 'Are you Jesus?’ Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day. You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit. Please share this, (if you feel led to do so). Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know....... Thanks Excuse me, are you Jesus? Stephen French

Rector of Bugbrooke, Harpole, Kislingbury, Rothersthorpe


Hunger is still the world’s number one health risk. One Billion people go to bed hungry even though the planet produces enough food to feed everyone.

It’s unfair, it’s unjust and it’s totally preventable. Once again there will be a house to house collection, please give what you can, any contributions large or small are gratefully received.

I would be most grateful whether anyone would be willing to deliver envelopes and or collect, please contact me on 830857.

Any help however small is most welcome. Lindsay

Imagine All 25 Parishes of the Daventry Deanery Praising God together

Come and Celebrate On Sunday 12th May at 3:30pm With Bishop John Holbrook in Everdon Church’s beautiful grounds Celebratory Communion Service with a host of musicians (if you play an instrument, bring it along and join in) Hog Roast, wine, tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes (donations) Meet and chat with the Bishop and other Christians in the Deanery Please bring your own rug or and folding chairs for your party!

Church Cleaning May 5th May 19th June 2nd

- Lindsay & Christy - June & Jane - Mike & Sue

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC Sat 25th MAY 2:30—4:30pm All welcome

In The Church Grounds In the Church if wet

Prices: 2 Persons—£6

4 Persons—£12

Booking Advisable

AJ - 07954970799 Carol – 01604 831898 Don’t Forget to Bring Your Teddy

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE May is going to be our busiest month. Firstly, our next meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 20th May at 7.30pm and we will be debating whether or not to vote for this year's Resolution which is "To urge the government to stop the decline of our High Streets and Town Centres." This will be followed by a social time and supper. Members to bring a small plate of food for the buffet. All welcome. Just a note for your diaries CAR TREASURE HUNT. Monday 24th June, 2013. £3 each which includes refreshments. More details in the June Newsletter. Jenny Dellar Ascension Day Breakfast Come and join us in Rothersthorpe Church for a short service followed by breakfast on Thursday 9th May at 7.00am. You should be able to leave for work by 8.00am feeling complete.

Thruppsters The May meeting has not yet been finalised. You will be contacted as to date and venue as soon as possible. Peter Doran

Parish Council Meetings

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 13th May at 7.30pm in the Committee Room at the Village Hall. 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 Parish Clerk

Date for your Diary – Annual Plant Fair As Spring is so late this year the plant sale will be on Saturday 8th June 10 to 12.30pm. Tea and cakes will be served as usual Do come along to this popular event. Donations of plants will be gratefully received Contact Lindsay 830857 or Val 832422 for more information

Change of Bin Day It has been noticed that some residents are still putting their bins out on Tuesdays, so just a reminder to everyone in Rothersthorpe that our rubbish collection is now on FRIDAYS. Editor Phil Crowe

Hazels hounds Need a little help with your pets? Friendly and reliable dog walker available. Half hour or Hourly walks, Doggy day care, puppy or elderly dog visits, Cat feeding as well as small animal cage cleaning.

Care to suit your individual requirements. Contact: Hazel on 01604 580166 mob: 07884 444481

News from Rothersthorpe School We returned to school after the Easter break and are now enjoying the warmer weather!. Our KS2 gardening club members are starting the many tasks which need to be done at this time of year – preparing our vegetable beds, tidying up the planters and lots of weeding! The Year 5/6 Netball team took part in the Campion cluster tournament recently – and got very wet during an April shower - we were pleased to take third place. Our half term culminates on Friday 24th May with the ever popular annual May Day celebrations. All ‘Thruppsters’ will again be invited to join us for our dress rehearsal on Thursday 23rd May. Invitations will be sent out nearer the time. Carol Watt, School Office

Rothersthorpe News Letter Notification of change of editor With the advent of Jane and Steve leaving the village towards the end of the year Jane’s roll of editing the village news letter will be taken over by Phil Crowe. Jane along with Lindsay will still be involved in proof reading, printing and distributing. Please note the change of email address and telephone number for sending articles and adverts to be included in the News Letter. Thank you, Phil Crowe: 16 Church Street—830577

Rothersthorpe 100 Club I'm pleased to announce that the winners of the 100 Club draw were as follows: 1st £100 Jean Norris 2nd £50 M Reynolds 3rd £25 Barry Dellar 4th £15 Joyce Keay 5th £10 Sue Barber With looming repair bills, your support is much appreciated. Should any of the newcomers or existing residents of the village wish to take part please contact me on 832422. Val Bridges

Wot, no Tea Shop? Just floating an idea..... we'd like to open up the Church regularly for coffee / chat - just a place for people to stop by once a week to have a catch up and a natter. no strings attached, no ulterior motives, just wanting to see the building used more often! This would rely on volunteers to run it - i.e. put the kettle on and make the tea / serve the cake... let me know if you're interested either in the general idea, or in helping out. Val 832422

Annual General Meeting of the Vi

It surprises me that there are Villagers who have not yet visited the Village on there. You have missed a real treat but all is not lost and the Hall is the Management Committee (VHMC) which is held every May and this year will be villagers are welcome and invited to attend.

The VHMC looks after the day to day running of the Village Hall on behalf o bers of the various regular user groups such as the Church, Short Mat Bow Tennis Club, WI, Parish Council, School and School Governors or are people interested in the wellbeing of the village and village hall matters in particular.

Rothersthorpe Village Hall is part of the Rothersthorpe Primary School build The Village Hall Trustees (the Parish Co the County Council covering half of the and gents toilets and the parking spaces is used during the week days by the Sch of the whole Hall, committee room, and ends and during the School holidays. T completely and at all times by the schoo lage Hall arrangement or any part of any playing field, as part of Hall hire, mus agreed with the school.

The VHMC comprises Philip Dickens (Chairman), Jenny Sturt (Treasurer), J Jane Battams, Judith Wood, Shirley Luck, Jane McCarthy, Clive Appleton, K answer any questions or queries you may have about the hall. All bookings mu Banbury Lane or on 831929. The charges for the Village Hall, which are decid space required. The bonus for villagers is that all bona fide village bookings a

The Village Hall is a marvellous Village amenity that an older Rothersthorpe and establish. The Village Hall is unique in Northamptonshire as a shared co needed in a Village Hall. It needs care and support but most of all it is there

illage Hall Management Committee

Hall and experienced any of the many and diverse activities that regularly go ere for you to visit or you may want to come to the AGM of the Village Hall e held on Tuesday 14th May starting at 7.30pm in the Committee Room. All

of the Trustees. The VHMC is made up of villagers some of whom are memwls Club, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, Badminton Club, Thruppsters, Table

ding. The whole site is owned by Northamptonshire County Council. ouncil) have a lease arrangement with e hall, the committee room, the ladies s outside the Hall. The whole building hool and the Village Hall have the use d toilets after school hours, at weekThe School playing field is controlled ol and does not form part of the Vily hiring of the Village Hall. The use of st be arranged by the hall hirer and

Jenny Dellar (Booking Clerk), Richard Smart, Jane Whitehouse, Peter Doran, Kate Kutas, and Mike Barber. These Committee Members will be pleased to ust, however be arranged through Jenny Dellar who can be contacted at 12, ded by the VHMC and reviewed periodically, vary depending on the times and are entitled to 50% discount.

generation, many now sadly departed, worked long and hard to achieve, fund ommunity building of this type and has most of the facilities and equipment to be used by the community. Mike Barber. Hon. Sec. RVHMC.

Take your Dog Poop home This age old problem has reared its smelly head again. A resident from the other side of the Banbury Lane rang me to say they are again suffering thoughtless actions by a dog owner in the village on the grassed area outside the house. Should anyone witness this activity the Environmental Protection department at South Northamptonshire Council can take some action. They may need a witness statement and prefer to know the perpetrators name and address.. Contact 01327 322323. I know many of the dog owners in the village are responsible almost religiously about collecting their dogs offerings but please be alert to those who do not follow the good dog ownership code. Jane McCarthy

Kathy Sindall BSc (Hons) MChS

CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST Registered with the Health Professions Council

Nail, callus and corn management  Diabetic Foot Management Gait analysis and insole/orthotic prescription  Foot care advice 

Available every Friday 9am to 6pm at Parkslope Surgery, 32 Stoke Road, BLISWORTH Telephone 01604 878000 for appointment Fee £18 per consultation (home visits may be available for housebound)

CHURCH WORKING PARTIES It's time to resume our Tuesday afternoon working parties sprucing up the Church. There are a number of tasks to keep the Church looking cared for and in good order, both inside and out, so whether you're a keen gardener in need of pastures new, an obsessive compulsive cleaner (like we've seen on the tv lately), or just fancy an afternoon in good company with the added bonus of tea and biscuits.... pop along from 2 pm any Tuesday from the start of May. Don't forget your marigolds! Phone Lindsay or Val for more information on 830857, 832422

Collection of medication from Blisworth Surgery As I am retiring from Blisworth Surgery at the end of May I am

offering my services to

anyone who needs a lift to get to the surgery or would like some medication collected. If you need a lift or collection please ring Jane on 830321 or 07779 832354.

Children’s Society Boxes I would like to thank all of the box holders for helping raise the sum of £176.20p for the Children's Society. Many Thanks, John Boyson.

Web Site News The web site continues to move forward with details from the school and local activities being placed on the site regularly. So far there have been two winners of the £10 M&S voucher but it is unlikely there will be winner for May because apart from myself and parish councillors there have been no other postings or comments. I’m still looking for someone to take over the administration of the site before we leave the village. Like all things it isn’t too difficult once you know how and it doesn’t take a lot of time to maintain it. I would like to start training someone (young or old) very soon so if you have a reasonable understanding of web sites and the internet and you would like to be involved please let me know.

Steve McCarthy 01604 830321

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Crime and policing update Incidents of note reported:

A property was broken into in Blisworth Road, Gayton and an attempt made on another in Rectory Lane, Milton Malsor between Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 April.

A trailer was stolen from a field in Kislingbury on Monday 22 April and from Greens Norton Wednesday 24th April.

News in Brief: Thames Valley Police has charged two men with conspiracy to commit theft from motor vehicles following a series of incidents at motorway service stations across three counties. Eagle-eyed members of the public have helped to identify six people whose images were uploading onto the Facewatch app. Crime across Northamptonshire fell by 5.2 per cent during 2012/13, meaning there were 2593 fewer victims of crime across the county. The number of incidents of anti-social behaviour across Northamptonshire has fallen by 12 per cent during the last year.

Village Hall Clubs

There are 4 Clubs that use the Village Hall during the week. The Art Class and Short Mat Bowls Clubs are so full they cannot support any more members at the moment. BUT WEDNESDAY BADMINTON CLUB 8.45 TO 10.00PM Cost £2 (includes refreshments price depends on numbers attending) Continues all year Contact : Judith Wood 831150 Or Dick Smart 831639

THURSDAY TABLE TENNIS CLUB 8.00 to 9.30pm Cost £3 (includes refreshments)

All ages and standards welcomed

New season starts in September Contact Clive Appleton 831900

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MAY 2013 Happily, it seems our little village seems to have little to report in the way of any nuisance in the last couple of months, apart from the odd vehicle driving around on a regular basis, one of vehicles I have noticed is a white transit van with the registration no. Y757 KNO, please be aware that if anyone in this vehicle approaches you, you should inform the police on 101 as quickly as possible. Also it is possible to keep up to date with any new reports by logging onto the Northants Police website,, then local policing, then south Northants, then news, and you will be able to keep up to date with all that is going on around our area. As always if you see anything suspicious please call the police on 101 and if possible let Christy or Margaret know on 831020.

Garden security With the weather steadily improving and with the nights getting longer, it is even more important that your garden is secure from would-be criminals. Making your garden more secure could prevent an intruder from getting into your home, garage or shed.

Hints and tips for securing your garden 

Installing strong fences or gates will act as a deterrent, preventing intruders getting into your garden. Ideally any gates, fencing, walls and hedges at the front of your house should not be more than 1.2m (4ft) so the front of your property can be seen by passers-by.


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A standard 1.8m (6ft) wall or fence at the back of your house is sufficient. Increase the height to 2m (6ft 6in) if there is public access on the other side – any higher than this will need planning permission. Trellis fixed to the top of a fence is not only decorative but can provide extra protection as it is difficult to climb over, breaking easily and noisily. If there is an access point to your garden at the side of your house a strong lockable gate will act as a deterrent. Garden gates should be at least the same height and strength as your fencing with hinges securely attached to the gateposts. Fit good quality locks to gates that cannot be reached from over the fence and Remember to always lock your gates. Planting prickly plants or a hedge, such as firethorn, climbing rose or hawthorn, around the perimeter of your garden can be a powerful deterrent. Gravel on paths and driveways can act as an alert to someone coming towards your property. Install dusk to dawn security lighting. The low energy lamp stays on in the dark and switches off when it starts to get light. Secure garden furniture and wheelie bins so they cannot be used to climb on and gain access to upstairs windows. Do not leave ladders lying around – they could be used by thieves to climb into an upstairs window. Keep them locked in a garage/ shed. Do not leave tools, gardening equipment or debris lying around in the garden as they could be used to smash windows. Keep your garden neat and tidy so it looks cared for. While working in your garden, make sure doors and windows are locked to stop unwanted visitors. Do not use barbed wire, razor wire or broken glass on walls or fences to protect your property - you could be held legally responsible for any injuries caused.

More Volunteers needed P.C. John McQuaid who is in charge of the Speedwatch campaign contacted me to say he had the village booked for mid may to a June date sharing with another village (this means only 3 of the possible 6 weeks.) He needs to have a Deputy Speedwatch Co-ordinator to liaise with should I not be available, as this period covers my holiday and retirement. Please, is there anyone out there who is prepared to be a stand in initially. I can do the paperwork if that seems a bit scary to you. I am also wanting to know if the Speedwatch volunteers who did such an excellent job last time are willing and able to assist this time. Steve and I will be on the rota when we are around and I will arrange the dates as much as I can so that we are available. If there are any new people who would like to volunteer then please give me a ring Jane McCarthy 830321 or 07779 832354

County Council Elections Thursday 2nd May Should you get to read this before 2nd May please do not forget to vote. You have the right if you are over 18 so use it. Call in to the Committee Room at the School/Village Hall on Thursday 2nd May between 7.00am and 10pm.

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QUIZ NIGHT Friday 31st May, 2013 Village Hall £12 per team for up to 4 Time: 7 for 7.30 pm prompt start. Refreshments, tea and coffee included Please bring you own drinks if you wish To book please telephone 831020 TABLE TOP SALE Saturday 25th May, 2013 Village Hall - 1-4 pm £5 per table - to book tel. 831020 Refreshments available 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 2013 edition should be submitted to Phil Crowe at 16 Church Street, or by email to, by phone 830577 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. Cheques should be made payable to St Peter & St Paul Church & passed to the Editor.

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