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Well, due to Covid, not a lot really however with the Government likely to ease restrictions for the Christmas period it’s worth checking our Events Diary Pages which will be updated regularly with any new events!

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Uplands welcomes new Associate Priest

Saxon Spires Virtual Carers Drop-In

The SSPPG is working with the Practice and Northamptonshire Carers to offer a Virtual Carers Drop-In session on Zoom. The past few months have been a difficult and lonely time for carers. Carers past and present join together for a chat, relaxation exercises and quizzes at the fortnightly gatherings. They will be held on the first and third Tuesday each month 1.30pm - 2.30pm.  To join the meeting, contact Kay Giles at Northamptonshire Carers on 01933 677907 for log-in details.

SSPPG Meetings - The bi-monthly SSPPG Meetings are now being held on Zoom.  The next meeting will be the AGM on Tuesday 13th April, 6.30pm.  New members are always welcome. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Practice and would like to join the meeting, please contact the Secretary Barbara Hogg on 01604 880552 or email There is more information about our meetings and events, on the Saxon Spires website.

It is with great delight I inform you that a new Associate Priest has been appointed to Minister alongside us in the Uplands Group of Churches. Reverend Caroline Burnett (left) will be licensed to the benefice on 28th March. Please join me in praying for her as she prepares to move to The Vicarage in Guilsborough.  Reverend Allison

Reverend Caroline writes…

  Thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m a Watford girl, that’s the big Watford in Hertfordshire where Elton John and George Michael came from. I went to the same school as George Michael; he was three years younger than me but I do remember him very well.  After school I worked in the civil service for a few years then moved into the area of social care, first in a residential setting and then an admin role.  I was involved with my parish church from a teenager, moving through different responsibilities as my life changed, including running the Sunday School when my two children were born. I trained for ordination on the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course starting in 2000, was ordained deacon in 2003 and priested in 2004 in a packed St Albans Cathedral. I served a curacy in a Watford suburb and then served as Associate Minister, also near Watford, before moving to Surrey, near Godalming where I was Priest in Charge of three churches. I currently have Permission to Officiate in Leicester Diocese and have been working to support the vicar in Earl Shilton where we live.  

I live with my husband Tim who is a verger at Coventry Cathedral. My two sons Paul and Nicholas live in Cardiff and Gerrards Cross respectively, pursuing their careers; Tim’s sons Joseph and Jack live in Ireland with their mother and are both at university.

I so look forward to meeting the folks of the eight villages that make up the Uplands Group of Churches and to hearing your stories and sharing your experiences of life and faith.

From 1st April 2021, Guilsborough’s Amanda Lowther becomes High Sheriff of Northamptonshire. She is appointed by the Queen and provides support for the judiciary, the police and emergency services. The High Sheriff provides encouragement and recognition to the voluntary sector and actively encourages crime prevention. Our congratulations to Amanda, pictured here in her finery!


Everyone  been working very hard over winter, not only in the garden and nursery, but the tech folk have created a lovely new website which I would urge you to take a look at.  If you like all things gardening there is a link there which enables you to subscribe to the mailing list advising of key events at Coton. We would ask those of you who are currently on the mailing list to re-subscribe to ensure you receive these updates.

Not being able to open for snowdrops and hellebores in February, and with these uncertain times, we have re-introduced our  ‘click and collect’ service that was so successful last year with immediate effect. If you would like a copy of this year’s plant stock list, please email



Hedgehogs have been voted Britain’s favourite mammal so it’s a very sad fact that hedgehogs are now critically endangered and have been classed vulnerable to extinction. Luckily for our spiny gardener’s friends, the residents of Cold Ashby are championing these little, delightful creatures and have established a thriving colony in the village who are supported, well cared for and well fed. Central to the success of our hedgehog population is the fact that we have numerous hedgehog highways throughout the village which allow hedgehogs to roam and meet a mate and because of this we have been successful in supporting numerous litters for the past few years.

Being a friendly village, residents chat regularly about nature and how to help nurture it throughout the village.

(Continued on Cold Ashby’s Page)


Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.

Last updated Sunday, March 28, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 3rd May 2021