Northamptonshire Highways Department are carrying out re-surfacing work on the A43 between the A14 and Rockingham Road roundabouts. We are informed that the road may be closed in sections for up to 15 consecutive nights, commencing Monday 14th May, and at other times there are likely to be delays. Please refer to this map for further details and suggested alternate routes.
The recent Thorpe Malsor Big Breakfast has raised £180 which will added to the village hall funds and used to maintain the hall for village activities. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event and also to all who helped in the kitchen and serving breakfasts.
As many of you will know, the equipment in our small village play area is very old and much of it is beyond repair. The parish council has been looking into the possibility of obtaining grants to improve the area and update the equipment.
Kettering Borough Council has agreed a grant of £2500 towards improvements and an application has also recently been submitted to the Mick George Community Fund, in the hope that they too will consider helping to fund some new equipment.
Thank you to everyone in the village who completed the questionnaire and wrote letters of support, including 12 from local children. Also thanks to all who attended the meeting in the village club to hear about the project and contribute ideas.
Unfortunately neither space nor funding will stretch to include the huge water slide that quite a few of the children were very keen on! However, we hope that these efforts will be rewarded with an improved and more exciting play area, where children and families can meet and have fun in a safe environment.
Each year All Saints Church in Thorpe Malsor is floodlit in December and January to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. You can sponsor a night in memory of a loved one, to mark a special occasion or simply to enjoy the sight of the floodlit Church. The cost this year will remain at £6 per night, and the lights will be on from 1st December to 18th January. Jane Harrison is taking names and collecting contributions. She can be contacted on Kettering 412496 or just pop a note through her door - Manus Cottage, Church Way (almost opposite the Church).
Thorpe Malsor's recent 'Big Breakfast' has raised over £250. The hard-working team in the kitchen and 'front of house' served up 76 breakfasts. Thank you to everyone who came along and made the event a great success. Proceeds will go into the village hall fund, and help to finance other activities and events in the village.
The recent Blessing of Animals service held at All Saints Church was a great success. Julie Bozicek reports that, if she counted correctly, there were 23 dogs (including 2 guide dogs), 3 alpacas, 2 guinea pigs and 1 cat in attendance. The congregation were treated to a talk about what it means to live with a guide dog, the invaluable help these special dogs give and how they enable their companions to lead more full and confident lives.
The service itself included prayers for all types of animals and endangered species and at the end each pet and owner received a blessing. All the animals behaved impeccably.
Two of the more unusual animals attending the service were Pudding and Sugar, seen here in the churchyard after the service.
A new bus timetable has been issued for the service between Thorpe Malsor and Kettering. The service will now be operated by Centrebus and available of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday only. All journeys are operated by low floor buses. The service now runs slightly later than the interim service introduced in July. Click here to view the new timetable.