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.
The funeral service for Mavis Mobbs will be held at All Saints Church on Monday, 4th September at 2pm followed by a private committal at Kettering Crematorium.
Thank you to everyone who picked up their needles and ensured the recent yarn bombing of Thorpe Malsor was a success. The event was a huge team effort and all contributions were much appreciated, especially from the young people of the village who turned out in force to decorate the lamp posts, signposts, trees and walls.
Over £1000 was raised during the weekend through fundraising events in the Church and Village Hall, plus a donation from the Tea & Chat Group; this will be divided 50:50 between the Church and Village Hall. The knitted squares will be made into blankets and sent to a children’s charity and the Wood Green Animal Shelter.
Do you have a private pumping station on your property? From 1st October 2016 many of these private pumping stations became the responsibility of Anglian Water, who have taken over all the maintenance and running costs.
You many be able to save hundreds of pounds every year in electricity, maintenance and repair costs by contacting the company.
To help customers identify and report pumping stations, further information can be found by following this link to the Anglian Water website.
The Parish Council have been informed that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Brookside Travel have had to hand in the contract for bus service 35 at very short notice.
It will now be operated by Stagecoach, under an emergency tender, from Monday 24th July until Friday 1st September. The service will operate 45 minutes later in each direction than Brookside Travel did.
Major works are being undertaken to the railway bridge on Northampton Road, Kettering from 24th July to 4th September 2017; the road will be closed at the bridge throughout this period.
Although the recommended diversion for A14 traffic accessing Kettering is via the A14/A43/Rockingham Road, it is highly likely that many road users will exit at the Rothwell Road junction on the A14, and local traffic from a number of housing estates will divert along Gipsy Lane. As a result, villagers travelling to Kettering are likely to experience considerable delays at the junction of Gipsy Lane with Rothwell Road, by the Crematorium.