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3rd Tea & Cakes at Guilsborough

6th Harvest Supper at Guilsborough

7th Harvest Festival at Guilsborough

8th Harvest Supper at Cold Ashby

10th Creaton WI AGM

13th Creaton Walking Group

Hollowell Harvest Supper

Quiz Night at Thornby

15th FOSM History Group

Guilsborough WI

23rd Guilsborough Tennis Club AGM

CAPFA film Night at Cold Ashby

25th Cold Ashby Bowls Club AGM


2nd Cold Ashby Bonfire & Fire works

3rd Hollowell Steam Bonfire Party

6th Creaton Parish Council meeting

8th FOSM History Group - Women at War

8th & 9th GMADS “Lest We Forget”

10th Creaton Walking Group

WW1 Vigil at St Etheldrea’s, Guilsborough

14th Creaton WI

16th Steam & Whistle Pub Night at Hollowell

18th Cold Ashby Bowls Club Lunch

19th Guilsborough WI

24th Crackers at Thornby

27th CAPFA Film night at Cold Ashby

28th Speakers’ Corner at Ravensthorpe - How The Victorians Changed It. Mental Health in 19THc Northampton

Most Mondays - MMM coffee etc at Guilsborough Village Hall 9-11am

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After nearly two years of planning, raising money and building, Creaton Village Shop opened its doors at the end of August. The shop and Post Office replace the one in the High Street which closed on the retirement of its owners, Sylvia and David Winter. The new shop, built on land leased from Tom and Alan Gillott, stands on the A5199 Welford Road opposite the junction to Teeton.

The Grand Opening took place on Saturday September 8th when Mrs Joan Tice OBE and Mr Tom Gillott, both cut the ribbon and officially launched the shop and the Post Office.

The days leading up to the Grand Opening were very busy. The Post Office set-up was beset with phone line problems but by 5pm on the Thursday the glitches had been ironed out. Then early Friday morning, BBC Radio Northampton were in the shop from 7am, broadcasting interviews as part of the Annabel Amos programme. One of the guests was local MP Chris Heaton-Harris who has supported the project from the start.

The shop employs three part-time assistant managers and the staffing is augmented by having one volunteer member of staff on at all times as well. Patsy Hollingum, the Volunteer Director, says that although there are over 30 people on the books, there is always a need for more volunteers. With shifts ranging from two to four hours, it is not much time out of someone’s week to help keep this community asset buoyant.

Now that the shop is up and running, Chair of the Management Team, Charles Matts, suggests that the hard work really starts. Building a shop and getting it open is a project with an end. Now the challenge is to build the business and make it thrive, as a shop, as a Post Office, and importantly as a community hub. As Charles said at the Grand Opening, we have a very grateful community for building the shop, now we must use it.

Creaton Village Shop and Post Office is open:

Monday to Friday, 07:30 to 18:00

Saturday & Sunday 08:00 and 12:00

The Post Office counter is open

at the same time.

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Creaton Parish Council started the journey to the new shop with a number of open meetings which resulted with the formation of Creaton SOS in November 2016. By spring 2017 support from the village and the surrounding communities was such that Creaton Community Benefit Society was formed to manage the project and the subsequent shop. 130 people bought shares totalling £80,000, a clear sign that this venture is backed by the community. A further £57,000 came from an EU grant and another £10,000 from the National Lottery.

The building sits on land owned by Tom and Alan Gillott and work started on it just after Easter. The construction was planned and organised by Bill Warden and Ben Hall

 and Ben took on the role of Project Manager, living with the construction alongside his day job. Once the shop was nearing completion, Operations Director Simon Robinson took to planning the internal fit out, the procurement of shelving and freezers and the stock.

The community shop is one of a growing number of community enterprises around the country where local people have organised themselves to save and run a valuable community asset. Creaton is the latest shop of its type in Northamptonshire and is pleased to have retained the Post Office providing all the services that its predecessor did.

Christmas Picture Competition

Are you feeling creative?

Here’s a suggestion to occupy active minds on a rainy Autumn Day…..

Create a festive picture to appear on the colour pages of the December2018/ January 2019 copy of Village Link and either send it to anyone on the Editorial Team, or scan and send to:

By 7th November

Festive prizes will be awarded to different age groups, so remember to include your name, age and contact details with every entry.


It is 100 years since the end of WW1 and several special commemorations have been planned further to the RBL ‘party in the pub’ which took place in September.  Guilsborough GMADS’ Lest We Forget takes place on 8th & 9th November at 7:30pm  A vigil will also take place at St Etheldreda’s Guilsborough on 10th November at 7pm.



Saturday 3rd November 2018
Hollowell Rally Field

Gates open 5pm

Bonfire lit 7pm

Fireworks lit 7.30pm.

Entry fee £1 per person

There is a bar,  food stall, trade stall, funfair, steam engines and vintage vehicles

Guilsborough PCC have started a consultation on improvements to St Etheldreda. Full details of this and how to make your voice heard can be found on our Church News page


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

Last updated Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 7th November 2018