St Mary's December 2018 Parish Magazine

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St Mary's December 2018 Parish Magazine

Church of St. Mary the Virgin

Finedon

Parish Magazine

December 2018

Digital Edition

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Vicar:

Finedon Parish Church: St Mary The Virgin

The Revd Richard Coles,

St Mary the Virgin Finedon, The Vicarage,

Church Hill, Finedon, Northants, NN9 5NR

01933 681 786, Mobile 07885 967 960

email: revdrichardcoles@yahoo.co.uk

Curate Revd Jane Burns, 01536 524936

Email:janeburns2211@gmail.com

Assistant Honorary Priest Fr Peter Baden,01832 733186

email: p.baden36@btinternet.com

Reader Mr Michael Duncombe, 01536 483935

email: mikeduncombe61@gmail.com

Parish Clerk

Mrs Gill Foster Tel: 680364 (To whom first

contact for Baptisms and weddings must be

made).

Churchwardens: Mrs Jane Read Tel: 680522

Mr Neil Forster Tel: 682177

PCC Secretary: Mrs Gill Foster Tel: 680364

Treasurer: Mr Andrew Weatherill Tel: 682212

Magazine Editor: Mrs Janet Millington, Tel: 681161.

email: millingtonjanet@aol.com

(to whom all copy should addressed by

the 15 th of the month prior to publication)

Director of Music Mr Jonathan Harris Tel: 01933 779059,

Mobile 07791 664507

Email: Hjonathan83@aol.com

Deputy Organists

Mrs. Kathy Roberts

Mr Oliver Grigg

Choirmaster: Mr. Bryan Chapman Tel: 398818

Tower Captain Mr Bryan Chapman, Tel 398818

Web Site

www.finedonphotographs.org.uk/

bellringers.html

Archivist

St Michael’s Mission Room:

Dr Kaye McClelland, kayemclelland@gmail.com

Bryan & Christine Chapman

Tel: 01933 398818

Times Of Services:

Sundays

8.00 am Holy Eucharist

9.30 am Parish Eucharist.

6.00 pm Evensong (1st Sunday of the Month)


From the Vicarage. Christmas 2018.

The Oxen

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.

“Now they are all on their knees,”

An elder said as we sat in a flock

By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where

They dwelt in their strawy pen,

Nor did it occur to one of us there

To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave

In these years! Yet, I feel,

If someone said on Christmas Eve,

“Come; see the oxen kneel,

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb

Our childhood used to know,”

I should go with him in the gloom,

Hoping it might be so.

The other day I came across a poem I knew from childhood, by Thomas Hardy,

written just over a century ago; and was so moved I had to stop everything else I

was doing. It recalls the old country tradition that at the midnight hour on

Christmas Eve animals perform their own nativity in honour of the ox and the ass

who witnessed Christ’s birth in the stable at Bethlehem. It’s a lovely story that

children accept without question, but as the years go by it fades, like so much of

the enchantment of childhood. There are moments when it returns, as it does for

the old boys in this poem, sitting at their fireside as midnight strikes. They are silent

for a moment, like children again, believing without even trying that the animals

in their own stables and byres are kneeling to adore the new born king.

What makes this even more poignant is its date. It was written in 1915, when the

farm boys and the shepherds and the ostlers and the farriers were leaving their

fields for the battlefields of northern France and Belgium and Gallipoli. The

centenary of the Armistice this year has brought them vividly to mind, focusing us

again on what they endured for King and Country. We’ll never have to endure

the like, I hope, and it must have seemed distant from the England they returned

to. What was it like, if you were quickly demobbed, to be home in time for

Christmas 1918, only a month or so after the end of hostilities? To sing carols of

peace and goodwill to all men after Mons and Ypres and the Somme?

Unimaginable; but they did and we still do, for whatever life throws at us, as

midnight strikes on Christmas Eve, that same hope awaits us. May you know it

again this Christmas.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Richard

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Our Worship in December

Year C

2nd Advent Sunday

Jermiah 33. 14 – 16

Psalm 25

1 Thessalonians 3. 9 – end

Luke 21. 25 – 36

Hymns

32 O come, O come, Emmanuel

24 Come, thou long-expected Jesus

31 Lo, he comes with clouds

descending

Anthems: Handel And the glory of the Lord from

Messiah; Hark what a sound (28)

29 Hills of the north, rejoice

9th Advent 2

Baruch Ch 5

Benedictus

Philippians 1. 3 – 11

Luke 3. 1 – 6

Hymns

26 Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding

Benedictus (Philip Moore)

34 On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s

cry

93 When Jesus came to Jordan

Anthems: Gibbons This is the record of John; Ye

servants of the Lord (40)

87 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

16th,Advent 3

Zephaniah 3. 14 – end

Ps 146. 4 – end

Philippians 4. 4 – 7

Luke 3. 7 -18

Hymns

25 Creator of the starry height

362 Tell out my soul, the greatness of the

Lord

607 Thy kingdom come, O God

Anthems: Boris Ord Adam lay ye bounden;

The people that in darkness sat (38)

58 Long ago, prophets knew

23.Advent 4

Micah 5. 2- 5a

Magnificat

Hebrews 10. 5 – 10

Luke 1. 39 – 45

Hymns

49 Come, thou Redeemer of the earth

Magnificat (Stanford)

242 The Angel Gabriel from heaven

came

41 A great and mighty wonder

Anthems: Harris Ave Maria; James Macmillan O

Radiant Dawn

32 O come, O come, Emmanuel

24th Midnight Mass

Isiaih 9. 2 – 7

Psalm 96

Titus 2. 11 – 14

Luke 2, 1 -14

Hymns

19 Once in royal David’s city

1 O little town of Bethlehem

12 O Come all ye faithful

Anthems: Chris Hutchings Hush my dear;

Sussex Carol (arr. P Ledger); It came upon the

midnight clear

10 Hark, the herald-angels sing

25th Christmas Day

Isiaih 52. 7 -10

Psalm 98

Hebrews 1. 1 – 4

John 1. 1 – 14

Hymns

12 O Come all ye faithful

7 While Shepherds watched

16 God rest ye merry gentlemen

Anthems: Ding dong! merrily on high; The holly

and the ivy

5 The first Nowell

30th Christmas 2

1 Sam 2. 18 – 20. 26

Ps 148

Col 3. 12 – 17

Luke 2. 41 – end.

Hymns

67 See amid the winter’s snow

73 Unto us a boy is born!

55 In the bleak midwinter

Anthems: Love came down at Christmas; Good

King Wenceslas

64 Of the Father’s heart begotten

Organ Voluntaries following the 9.30am

services & Midnight Mass

2nd December – J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude

Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645

9th December – J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude

Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601

16th December – Louis-Claude Daquin: Noël X

23rd December – J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude In

dulci jubilo BWV 729

24th December – J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G

(Pièce d’Orgue) BWV 572

25th December – N. Rawsthorne: Improvisation

on Adeste Fideles

30th December – J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614


From the Registers

Holy Baptism

28th October

Amelia Sophie Helling

Funerals

14th November

Arthur James (Jim) Stairs, age 84.

Floodlight Sponsorship

4th November

Sponsored by Mick & Monica Webb

.11th November

Roger, Jane & Carolyn - in memory

of Andrea Neville (on what would

have been her birthday).

18th November

Bettie Carter & family - in memory of

their darling Gillian.

Lorna & John Mears – in memory of

Liam Colin Mears.

25th November

Anonymous - In memory of Jim Stairs

who helped so many people during

his lifetime.

Mrs Nina Beetson - in memory of

Donald Beetson.

Christmas Services at St

Mary’s Church

Advent Carol Service

Sunday 2nd December at 6.00 pm.

Deanery Mother’s Union Carol

Service

Tuesday 11th December at 2.00 pm.

Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 16th December at 6.00 pm.

Come Sing the Messiah

Saturday 22nd December at 4.30 pm

(Rehearsal 2.30 pm).

Christingle

Sunday 23rd December at 4.00 pm.

Midnight Mass

Monday 24th December at 11.30 pm.

Christmas Masses

Tuesday 25th December 8.00 am

and 9.30 am.

Epiphany Carol Service

Sunday 6th January 2019 at 6.00 pm

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Thank you

The Churchwardens thank everyone

for their hard work, support and wish

everyone a very Happy Christmas

and a peaceful New Year.

January Magazine copy

Thank you to everyone who has

provided copy for the Parish

Magazine during the year, your

contributions are very much

appreciated.

Thank you also to our readers for

your continuing support.

As we need to get the January

magazine to the printers and printed

before the Christmas holiday, could

you please hand any copy for the

January magazine in by the

10th December.

Thank you.

Wishing all our readers a

very Happy Christmas


Remembrance

I would like to take this opportunity to thank

all those people who attended the service

at the War Memorial on Remembrance

Sunday. Again a record attendance

(estimated 800).

Thank you to Jason and Richard for

conducting the service, to Alex and

Melanie Robinson who read the poem in

French and to the vicar who did the

translation. To Darren for playing Last Post

and Reveille, and all the other helpers.

Another thank-you for all those who

attended the evening service in church,

plus Richard, Jason and Jane for

conducting the service. Thank you also to

the two Standard Bearers and all of the

readers.

Michael Shipton

People’s Procession 11th

November 2018

On Remembrance Sunday we had the

privilege of joining 9,998 other people to

take part in the People’s Procession in

London to mark the centenary of the

Armistice.

We assembled on The Mall around

9.30 am and had a chilly 3½ hours wait

before the procession started. We were

amongst young and old and everyone in

between, all there for the same reason, to

remember those who have given their lives

for their country. Many were proudly

wearing their own medals or those of a

member of their family, many brought

wreaths of poppies or homemade wreaths

of colourful flowers, some with personal

photos, made by children, adults, schools

and all kinds of groups to place on the

Cenotaph. It was very moving to be there

for the 2 minutes silence, marked by the

firing of guns in St James’s Park – which

was extremely loud being so close – but

nothing compared to those on the Western

Front who heard them continuously.

The procession slowly moved off around

1.00 pm, we followed a Scottish military

pipe band to keep us in step and were

cheered and applauded by the thousands

of onlookers still there from the

commemorations during the morning. We

walked along The Mall, Trafalgar Square

and into Whitehall, past the Cenotaph and

continued past the Houses of Parliament

into St James’s Park where the procession

ended. It was a once in a lifetime

opportunity for us to pay our respects and

“remember them”. It was encouraging to

see very many children amongst the

crowds and the events that took place to

mark centenary, highlighting the Great

War, should enable future generations to

explore the history and continue the

commemorations

On the previous day we had visited

‘Shrouds of the Somme’ at Queen

Elizabeth Park. This was a physical

representation of every one of the 72,396

British and Commonwealth servicemen

killed at the Battle of The Somme who

have no known grave, and whose names

are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial.

Artist Rob Heard has spent 4 years hand

sewing shrouds around small figures which

were laid out for 10 days to mark the

centenary of the Armistice, having

originally laid out 19,240 in Exeter on the

hundredth anniversary of the first day of

the Battle in 1916, the single day on which

all 19,240 were killed.

The scale of this tribute was truly

astounding and very emotional and even

more astounding was the fact that this

represented less than a tenth of the nearly

one million British and commonwealth

servicemen who lost their lives in the First

World War.

We were privileged to meet Rob the artist,

shake his hand and thank him for such a

profound experience.

We felt we were amongst a great number

of people in the Procession, 10,000 of us,

paying our tributes in London, but

considering the vast numbers of those

killed and commemorated during the

weekend, this was just a drop in the ocean.

John and Jean Marlow

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Mothers Union

The next meeting will be in the

Mission Room on Tuesday 4th

December at 12.45 pm for members

only as this will be our Christmas

Lunch.

This year Finedon St Mary’s branch

will be hosting the Higham Deanery

Mothers Union Advent Carol Service.

This will take place in our church on

Tuesday 11th December at 2.00 pm.

Father Richard will be taking the

service and all are welcome to join us

for this special event.

Tea and mince pies will be served

after the service.

The Mothers Union wish you all Joy

and Peace this Christmas.

Squirrel Wellykins

In October Joyce Williams was tidying

her allotment and shed ready for the

winter and decided to remove her old

Wellies and replace them with a

better pair from home.

She picked the old ones up in the

shed, one was heavier than the other

and rattled. Wondering what animal

she had caught in her boot she

carefully tipped it upside down and

out fell a pile of nuts.

A Squirrel had been storing its winter

food in one Welly and probably

decided to hibernate in the other.

She left the nuts in a pile on the floor

next to the new Wellies. She went

back two days later to check on the

nuts. Alas the nuts had all

disappeared. After a search in the

shed she could not find any trace of

them. The Squirrel had moved house.

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Townswomen’s Guild

The next Finedon Townswomen's

Guild meeting is at 7.30 on Thursday

6th December in the Town Hall when

Peter and Gloria Wright will be

entertaining us with 'Christmas

Flavour'.

Seasonal food will be provided during

the social half-hour, and the

competition is 'topping the tree'.

For any non-members who wish to

attend there is a small charge of

£3.00 You will be made very

welcome.

Christmas music and

mince pies with the

Orpheus.

After last year’s successful afternoon

Christmas concert with Park Junior

School Choir, the members of

Wellingborough Orpheus Choir are

delighted that the children will be

joining them again this year. The

programme will be a mixture of

Hollywood Christmas songs from the

1940s and ‘50s and traditional carols,

some from the Orpheus, some from

the children, and some sung together.

There will be plenty of opportunities

for you to join in too, with mince pies

to follow!

So, take a break from your Christmas

shopping at 3.00 pm on Saturday 15 th

December and come along to the

United Reformed Church, High Street,

Wellingborough. Tickets are just £5,

including refreshments, and entry is

free to students and accompanied

children. Book yours in advance by

calling Maureen Williams on 01604

870318, or by emailing

maureen@thejetty.eclipse.co.uk.

Tickets will also be on sale at Irvin’s

House of Flavour on the High Street,

Wellingborough, or you can pay at the

door. You can find out more about

the Wellingborough Orpheus Choir on

their website: www.orpheuschoir.info

or follow them on Facebook

Finedon Over 60’s

We meet every Wednesday at the

Bowls Club, Wellingborough Road at

1.45 pm until 3.30 pm. We have tea/

coffee and biscuits with

entertainment, bingo, bring and buy

and talks on many subjects.

Admission £1.00 plus 20p for raffle.

We start our December Christmas

Festivities with

5th Wicksteed Park Dinner/show

12th Mike & Jenny Clarke singers

with secret santa & mince pies

We then re-open on 9th January with

Bingo.

Merry Christmas to you all.


Do a good turn in the community

1st Finedon Scouts Christmas

Post.

The Scout Group will be

delivering Christmas cards

in Finedon area only (not the

Sidings or General’s corner)

Scout Post Boxes are

available at:

Newsagents, 83 Wellingborough

Road

Affleck Bridge Antiques, High

Street

Wesleyan Chapel, Affleck Bridge

Hair Raid, Rock Road

Premier Stores, Irthlingborough Rd

From 1st December to 18th

December.

Cards 25p for FINEDON ONLY.

All proceeds go to the Scout Group.

For further enquiries ring 01933

680680.

PLEASE ENSURE THE CORRECT

ADDRESS (include house number)

IS WRITTEN CLEARLY

St Mary's Thursday

Club

For our December meeting we will be

holding our Annual Christmas Party.

This will be held on Friday 21st

December 2018 at the Finedon

Cricket Club and will start at 7.00 pm.

This event is ticket only.

If you would like to join us and you

are not a member then please contact

Louise on 07851556417 to check

availability as spaces are limited.

The evening costs £18 (£16 for

members) and will include supper and

entertainment.

The Children's Christmas Party will

be held on 20th December 2018,

1.30 - 3.00 pm.

Happy Christmas to you all from St

Mary's Thursday Club.

Christingle Service

Celebrate Christingle with us

at

St Mary’s Church, Finedon

on

Sunday

23rd December

at 4.00 pm

Help us to be there for the

thousands of vulnerable children

who feel they have no one to

turn to.

Envelopes will be supplied at

the service for your donation.

All donations go to the

Children’s Society

EVERYONE WELCOME

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Star Coffee House,

Institute and Hall –

continued.

In addition to the gymnasium, there

were other recreation facilities,

available to members, within the

Institute. These comprised of a large

billiard room which probably

occupied the whole of the upstairs in

this building, and was off limits to any

user of the facilities who was under

18 years. There was also a games

room that was available for all

members, either through their full

membership or if younger on an

admission fee of 2 shillings per

quarter. Although it is not possible to

be exact on everything that was

available in this room there was

known to be a small billiard table;

bagatelle; puff* and dart board; skittle

table (presumably Northants skittles)

and draught board. “Ping Pong” was

not introduced until about 1905.

Along with the football club the

games room was an attraction for

youngsters who, it was hoped, would

eventually become full members.

Northants skittles

The upstairs of the Institute being

totally devoted to billiards was

popular with the adult members.

Such that in 1889 The Trustees and

members decided that they would

hold a Billiards Handicap with 3

prizes of a timepiece, 1 years

membership and a half year

membership and an entrance fee of

3d. This remained an annual event

for many years and the popularity of

billiards had an enduring impact on

the social life of Finedon. Such that

the Wellingborough News many

years later in 1922 reporting on a

billiards championship newly

instigated by the Allen Rd Club said

“Since the palmy days of the Star,

Finedon has never lacked billiard

players, and several trophies have

come to the town in recent years.”

In March 1892, as interest in the

gymnasium seemed to be waning the

Annual General Meeting of members

began to look at other possible

attractions. A draughts and whist club

was debated with the idea that it

would be funded by an extra fee, and

under 18s would not be allowed

access. It was felt there were two

difficulties with this proposal. Firstly

as to the card playing, games

involving gambling needed to be

avoided, and it was proposed that the

members committee should be

recruited to police this. Secondly it

would require a separate room and

that needed to be looked into. A

decision was therefore deferred to

the next meeting.

By October 1892 any problems

regarding the card room had been

resolved. It was agreed that this

would go ahead, but no one under 18

would be admitted and that an extra

charge of 3 pence per quarter to

each member would be made.

Indications are that the card room

remained part of the facilities for

some period. However whispers of


gambling within the Institute were

circulating in Finedon. On May 13 th

1898 it was reported to the Trustees

that a letter had been received from

the Secretary at the Band Club

stating that he “could hear several

members of the Star Hall say there is

a deal more gambling carried on at

the Star than any of the clubs in

Finedon.” The Trustees Secretary

was instructed to write immediately to

the Band Club Secretary to “kindly

inform us who the members were by

whom this statement was made, so

that the matter may be fully

investigated by the Trustees and

steps taken to remedy the evil”.

No reply to this letter is recorded in

Trustees minutes, and there is no

record of any action being taken

against any members for being

involved in gambling on the premises.

The rumours seem to have been

“fake news”. Yet the spectre of

gambling arose again on 4 th

November 1902. This time the

Manager reported that he had reason

to believe that the boys who played at

skittles gambled occasionally. He

(The Manager) was instructed to keep

a sharp look out, and if he found any

one gambling to expel him

immediately. As again nothing further

is reported in the Minutes it seems

that if any gambling had taken place

the boys were wise enough not to do

it again with the prospect of expulsion

hanging over them.

Next month the Trustees have to

address another issue that those

involved in temperance considered to

be another of the evils in society.

*this may have been a puff billiards

board.

Finedon Local History

Society

There will be no monthly meeting in

December.

The January meetings will be held on

28th January at 7.30 pm in the

Mission Room when Pete Austin will

talk on the History & Founding of the

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust.

The society wishes you all a Very

Merry Christmas.

Entertainment at Your

Service

Thank you to all who gave up their

time to perform in ‘Entertainment at

Your Service’ on Saturday 10th

November at the Star Hall. What a lot

of talent we have in Finedon – great

show.

Those of you who did not come

missed our Vicar in his scamper pants

and shocking pink leg warmers tap

dancing without the taps on his

shoes. His performance was highly

commendable.

Thank you to Jonathan Reynolds and

Nicola Large (Millington) for their hard

work . We raised just over £500.00 for

Church funds.

Jane Read

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Finedon Town Council

Clerk: Mrs Julia Tufnail

Office Hours: Monday-Friday Mornings

7 Amen Place, Little Addington,

Northants, NN14 4AU

Telephone 07410 633544

Email: finedonpc@gmail.com Website:

www.finedonparishcouncil.gov.uk

Your Councillors:

Laurence Harper Chairman

Terry Kendall-Torry, Vice Chair &

Planning

Malcolm Ward, also WBC

Barbara Bailey, also WBC

Sally Farrell, Gill Spencer,

Gordon Swann, Stuart Cooper,

Andrew Weatherill, Mike Bentley,

Dennis Willmott, Ray Ogle, Louise

Lawrence

Remembrance Day Parade

A fantastic turnout for the Parade and

the completion of the War Memorial

renovations is a fitting tribute those

who fought for our freedom, but paid

the ultimate price. The Council have

been congratulated on the completion

of this project and a plaque thanking

all those who contributed will be put

on the back of the plinth as a

reminder of the huge community

involvement in this project.

Emergency Plan

Joanne Maddams, NCC Emergency

Planning Officer came along to a

meeting on 21st November 2018 in

the Town Hall at 7pm. The Council

will be following her

recommendations.

It has come to the Council’s attention

that the Historical Society’s building

has been put up for sale. If anyone is

interested either personally or

collectively, please contact the sellers

direct.

Rest assured, the Town Council is

keeping a close eye on the changes

happening at Wellingborough

Borough Council, its change to Town

Council status and the effect it will

have on Finedon, responding to all

the changes as they are put out for

consultation. The move to Unitary

Authority and the abolition of

Northamptonshire County Council is

also high on the watch list and the

Chairman and Clerk will report further

from the meeting of larger Councils in

Northamptonshire which took place in

late November.

The Council would like to wish all

residents a safe and happy

Christmas.

As usual, please feel free to contact

the Council should you have anything

you wish to bring to their attention.

Providing it is within the Council’s

remit, we will try our best to make

Finedon a better place to live.

Julia Tufnail

Clerk, Finedon Town Council

December 2018


Ranger Cadets come to

Finedon

The heart of England may be an

unlikely place to find maritime cadets

but a unit has been started at the

Community Centre. The Ranger

Cadets meet each Wednesday 6.30 -

8.30 pm with two sections, juniors 7 -

12 years and senior cadets 13-17

years.

The group is looked after by

volunteers and activities include

adventure training, camping, sailing,

navigation, drumming, sports and

games - all with a naval flavour. It is

easy to join too, just come along any

Wednesday evening and get involved.

Cadets are loaned a naval type

uniform against a deposit of £20.00

and 'subs are £3.00 each week.

Regular weekend events are also

organised all at very reasonable cost.

The unit meets again on Wednesday

28th November, Further details are

available from John or Eileen Mander

on 01933 412099 or 07932 311028

and the email address is

Rangercadetsnorthants@gmail.com

and the website is

www.Rangercadetsuk.org

We still have vacancies for new cadets

and adult volunteers. We need in

particular someone to run our galley

(canteen) which provides soft drinks,

crisps and biscuits etc at Stand Easy

(break time).

The Rangers is a not for profit

organisation and part of the Maritime

Cadet Association, a national naval

organsation for young people and a

registered charity. Their website

address is www.Maritimecadets.co.uk

Finedon Educational

Charity

By the time you read this article

Fr Richard will have officially opened

the new mobile classroom at the

Junior School and we, as trustees,

were pleased to grant £30,000

towards the cost. Over the past four

years the Charity has awarded grants

totalling £200,202, The Finedon and

Huxlow Schools received £147,140

which included £45,000 towards the

creation of a new pre-school ,£30,000

towards the cost of the mobile

classroom and the remainder for much

needed equipment and learning aids.

Local groups, including the Girl

Guides, Scouts, Cricket Club and

Football Club, received a total of

£28,854. A total of £24,208 was

granted to the following: local children

with special needs, university starter

grants, gymnastic activities, field trips,

musical instrument and singing tuition.

Grants are considered twice a year in

January and July. Please visit our

website for further information

www.finedoneducationalcharity.org

Trustees of FEC

Finedon Senior Citizens

Friendship Committee

Can people with donation envelopes

that have not been collected please

drop them in at 24 Regent Street or

bring them into church.

If you are able to bring neighbours or

friends envelopes as well this would

be a great help.

Next year we will have more dedicated

envelope drop-of points across

Finedon.

Thank you for all your support.

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In My Day

The rambling of Hubert James

In

my day it

was about this time of year that we

would begin to think about Christmas

preparations.

Advent was the first time we’d give it a

thought, so there was often a certain

level of panic.

We were lucky in some ways that, for

instance there was a turkey farm on the

way to Warkton, so we knew we could

get a bird and most folk grew Brussels

and spuds. Mind you some things could

be a problem.

For instance you’d often find that your

carving knife had got very blunt and if

your sharpening iron had seen better

days you’d be looking for an alternative.

Now, in my day you had a drawer full of

cutlery which included something called

a bread knife. Remember these were

times when sliced bread was a rarity.

The phrase; ‘The best thing since sliced

bread’ hadn’t been invented. We were

still getting by with; ‘The best thing

since the key on a tin of corned beef’’

which to be frank was a mouthful and

not really that accurate.

The keys were rubbish. So was the

bread knife which was not invented for

turkey. It suffered with serration. We

were desperate to get our carving

knives sharpened.

So about now we’d post look-outs to

see along the A6 to tell us if the Saw

Doctors were coming. These were two

Irish fella’s called Leo and Davy who

travelled the country with a big old

grinding wheel made from off cuts of the

Blarney stone.

They’d usually turn up in time to

sharpen knives or sell you one of their

special knives. Their knives were so

sharp they could slice a human hair in

two, longways.

One year the boys arrived at the last

minute. They didn’t realise the urgency

of our need. They didn’t understand

how important they were to us.

We had to explain what our lives would

be like without them. How we’d have to

eat chunks of turkey ripped from the

carcass. The poor lads were so modest.

Now it happened that we had a writer in

the town called George Bailey who

along with a friend who I think was

called Frank Capri or something like

that, wrote up the story of the Saw

Doctors and their sharpening exploits

and made it into a film that we watch

every Christmas.

It’s called ‘It’s a Wonderful Knife’.

Church Monthly Draw

The results of the November church

monthly draw are as follows:

Total receipts of £242.00 are divided

equally between the winners and the

church funds

Winning numbers for the November

monthly draw are:

1st prize 121 £60.50

2nd prize 26 £36.30

3rd prize 188 £24.20

If you would like to join the monthly

draw (£1.00 per share per month) which

takes place in the church on the first

Sunday of the month, please contact

Kathy Hobbs on 01933 398794.


Town Diary

December

January 2019

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

10-4.30pm St Mary’s Church Christmas

Tree Festival

11-2pm Christmas Bazaar, Wesleyan

Chapel

7.30 Band Concert St Mary’s Church

Start of the Scouts Christmas post.

11-4.30pm Christmas Tree Festival, St

Mary’s Church

6pm Advent Candlelit Carol Service

RBL Quiz night & nibbles/meat raffle

9.45 Coffee Morning, Bowls Club

3rd

6th

26th

28th

February

2nd

TG Town Hall, New Year Party with

Soup & Sweet

6pm Epiphany Carol Service, St Mary’s

Church.

Finedon, Pantomime week, Star Hall

7.30 History Society, Mission Room,

History & founding of the Northamptonshire

Film Archive Trust.

Last day of Finedon Pantomime

6th

7th

7.30 TG Town Hall, Peter & Gloria Wright,

Christmas Flavour.

RBL Christmas Party

7th

7.30 TG, Town Hall, Roy Smart

‘Any Wonderful Amy’

8th

9th

3-8pm Scout Group Santa float A6 end

St Mary’s Church, Wassail Evening, Bowls

Club

3-8pm Scout Group Float, Church end

16th

25th

Valentine Barn Dance, Community Centre

7.30 History Society, Mission Room,

Michael Brown, Death in the Garden

11th

15th

2pm Deanery Mother’s Union Carol

Service, St Mary’s Church

2-6pm Buffs Christmas Fayre, The Green

March

7th

7.30 TG, AGM, Adrian Cale ‘Nostalgia’,

The ramblings of Hubert James

16th

18th

22nd

23rd

6pm Nine Lessons & Carols, St Mary’s

Church

9.45 Coffee Morning, Bowls Club

Last Day for Scout Post

4.30 Come sing the Messiah, St Mary’s

Church, 2.30 rehearsal.

4pm Christingle Service, St Mary’s Church

25th

April

4th

7,30 History Society, Mission Room,

Tom Watts, The history of Finedon

Cinemas and the Watts family

7.30 TG, Town Hall, James Burton, An

Antiques Valuation evening

24th

25th

11.30pm Midnight Mass, St Mary’s Church

8am & 9.30am Christmas Services,

St Mary’s Church

15th

7.30 History Society, Mission Room,

Douglas Goddard, The history of the

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St Michael’s Mission Room, Well Street, Finedon

Available for hire weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays.

Suitable for most social functions, charitable events, children's parties (no late

discos)

For all enquiries and information contact

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