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.


Church Floodlighting

As in previous years, All Saints Church in Thorpe Malsor will be floodlit from 1st December to 18th January 2019 to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

If you would like to sponsor a night in memory of a loved one, to mark a special occasion, or simply to enjoy the sight of the floodlit Church, Jane Harrison will be taking names and collecting contributions.  The cost this year will remain at £6 per night.

You can contact Jane on Kettering 412496 or just pop a note through her door – Manus Cottage, Church Way (almost opposite the Church).


Armistice Commemoration

On Sunday, 11th December the village came together for a vintage theme Tea Party in the Village Hall to mark the centenary of the ending of World War One.  Over 50 villagers attended the tea and many donated cakes.  The youngsters turned their hand to making poppies and a total of £110 was raised for the Royal British Legion.

Later everyone moved over to the church where Canon John led the prayers.  At 7.05 pm everyone lined the path from the street to the Church and rang hand bells, joining other churches and cathedrals across the country as part of the national initiative ‘Ringing for Peace’.



The British Museum comes to Kettering

From 22nd September to 12th January 2019 

Kettering Museum & Art Gallery are holding an exhibition of local ancient treasures, including world-class objects on loan from the British Museum that were found in the Borough of Kettering.

More details are available here and on their website.


The Desborough Necklace – on loan from the British Museum

A necklace found in Desborough, Northamptonshire that is 1500 years old.
1500 year old necklace

Ride & Stride Northamptonshire – Saturday, 8th September 2018

Ride & Stride for Churches

This annual sponsored ride/walk on Saturday, 8th September is organised to raise funds towards the upkeep of local churches and provides an opportunity to visit and admire them.  The event is organised by Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust, which has given substantial grants to Thorpe Malsor church in the past to fund major repairs.

People of any age can take part and you choose your own route according to how many churches you plan to visit.  Churches are open from 10am until 4pm or 6pm.

More information and sponsorship forms are available from Johnnie Powell.  Please telephone him on 01536 513924.

Please also see the  Ride & Stride Northamptonshire website for further information and the  List of Participating Churches which is available to download.


A43 Road Works

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.


Big Breakfast

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.