Northampton Borough Council have issued further guidance following the increase in local cases, which recently risen above the national rate.  Everyone is asked to work together to prevent a local lockdown.



Village Podcast to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of VE Day

A village podcast is being created to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and it's hoped to include a 'virtual' village toast, with as many people as possible joining in.

If you would like to take part all that's required is you make an audio recording of you, or your whole family together, saying "To those who gave so much, we thank you."

Please send the recording to Louise via WhatsApp or i-message on 07790 463171 by Wednesday evening (6th May).  If you have any problems please text Louise.

It would be lovely to include as many people as possible in the toast so please take part if you can.


Kettering Borough Site Specific Part 2 Local Plan (SSP2)

Kettering Borough Council are currently consulting on the Local Plan for the Borough.  The SSP2 will allocate land for housing, employment, retail, leisure and community facilities and will contain policies relating to specific areas and topics such as Local Green Space, Green Infrastructure and Settlement Boundaries.

  • The section that relates directly to Thorpe Malsor is Policy THM1
  • Plans to improve footpath links between Loddington/Thorpe Malsor/Kettering are mentioned in Policy LOD1(i)
  • To view the Thorpe Malsor Boundary Map see here.

The full plan is available to read on the Consultation Portal and comments can be made on line by creating a login.   Alternatively, you can e-mail comments to planningpolicy@kettering.gov.uk or send by post to:  Development Services (Planning Policy) at the Council offices in Bowling Green Road, Kettering.

All comments received are made publicly available on the consultation portal and your personal details will be added onto the consultation portal database;  however no personal details will be displayed on line.

The consultation closes at 5.30pm on Wednesday 12th February 2020.


Parking Enforcement in Kettering is Changing

We have been notified that arrangements for parking enforcement in Kettering are changing. From Monday, 3rd February the introduction of Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) means that Kettering Borough Council will be responsible for monitoring on-street parking instead of the police. Under the new powers the Council is able to retain the income from penalties and plan to employ more staff to enforce the existing rules.

Don’t get a ticket!   Check here to make sure you are aware of the waiting and parking restriction rules.


Roadworks: Rothwell Road between Gypsey Lane & A14

We have been notified of roadworks commencing on 28th October on the section of Rothwell Road between the Gypsey Lane junction and the A14 roundabout (related to work on the site entrance of the new housing development in that area).

We understand both lanes will remain open, but with narrower lanes, and it is likely this will cause delays on that section.


Harvest Festival – Church Service & Lunch

Harvest Festival & Lunch

Thorpe Malsor's annual Harvest Festival church service and Bring & Share Lunch will take place on Sunday, 27th October.  More information and details can be found here.


Robert Smith

We are sad to announce the recent death of Robert Smith of Northfield Lodge, Cransley who has been associated with this Parish throughout his life.  His funeral service will take place at 11 am on Friday, 29th March at Kettering Crematorium and afterwards at Thorpe Malsor Village Hall.

His daughter Frances Pope has written this account of his life and links with Thorpe Malsor.

My grandfather, Fred Smith, came to the farm in 1928 as a tenant but was able to purchase the land in the 1960s.  After reading agriculture at Newcastle University, my father returned to work with my  grandfather but also became a lecturer at Moulton College for over 30 years when it was just an agricultural college, working particularly with farm apprentices on day release courses throughout the county.

Robert Smith

My father played cricket for Thorpe Malsor Cricket Club for several years.  Although the farm is in Cransley parish, my grandfather and father also farmed land belonging to the Thorpe Malsor estate. They were both supported on the farm by Robert Walton for over 30 years.  Following his retirement from Moulton College, my father became heavily involved in the Rotary organisation and local good works, including several "Country Fairs" on the farm.  After his diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease in 2001, he then supported the local Kettering branch.

He sadly had to move to Elm Bank Care Home in 2015 due to the decline in his health and died in hospital on 9th March of pneumonia and Parkinson's.

Donations in Robert's memory for "Parkinson's UK" to Jack Warwick Funeral Directors, Kettering.


Thorpe Malsor Children’s Play Area

Thorpe Malsor Parish Council is very pleased to announce that we have secured funding for a complete renovation of the Village Play Area to the value of £27,500!  We will be having a consultation with all village children (and adults!) to look at new equipment options – please look out for further details of this and contribute your ideas.  The funding has come from the WREN waste recycling organisation and will be managed by Kettering Borough Council.