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The Uplands Group of Parishes consists of Guilsborough, Hollowell, Thornby, Cold Ashby, Ravensthorpe, Cottesbrooke, Creaton and Spratton

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Message from Reverend Chris Peck, rector of the Uplands Group of Parishes

Who would have thought it? In the June General Election, the landslide victory predicted for Theresa May together with the meltdown of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn turns into a hung parliament and big increases for Labour. Life is always surprising us.

I was astonished recently to discover that 7 out of 8 of the Uplands Parishes are dipping into reserves every year just to cover running expenses; this is to such an extent that several of them will have run out of cash altogether by 2020 unless drastic action is taken.

Most of our parishes are able to look after their church building; donations and legacies are often for the building. However, if our churches are to continue to provide ministry to our schools, regular worship, Remembrance, harvest and carol services, christenings, weddings and funerals and be there when people want them, we need to be able to cover the cost of our clergy and the everyday expenses including heating and lighting, Without clergy and a committed worshipping community able to meet its costs, our churches will become museums. I don’t believe that is what any of us want.

2020 our churches will need to meet the full costs of their clergy (including housing, pension and training costs as well as stipend) together with running expenses and maintenance of the building. That will only be possible with more people giving regularly, month by month, in a way which enables us to claim Gift Aid. That’s why most of our parishes are getting in touch with everyone in our villages with suggestions of how you can do this if you want to help.

We have a vision for our churches in the Uplands to be places of service to the whole community, offering that unique space for people to worship and mark those key transition points of birth, marriage and death; places where the rumour of Jesus can be kept alive and where people can experience the forgiveness, healing and renewal which changes lives. We need your help if that vision is to become a reality.

We are pleased to welcome Trevor Cooke as our new part time administrator. Trevor can be contacted on 01604-743444

The problem is that for too long we have thought that the occasional note put in the collection plate, or support for an annual fund raising event is all that is needed. By


18 people from the Uplands Churches, ranging in age from 8 months to over 80, set out in bright sunshine to revive the ancient custom of Rogation. Along a 3 mile circular walk from St Michael’s Church, Creaton, to Cottesbrooke and back, they stopped at various points to pray for God’s blessing on our land, our farmers, our crops, our animals, our villages and our children finishing with a hymn and prayers in the churchyard.


We need completed boxes  for Blythswood by  the end of October.

There will be a collection box in Church for toiletry items people are happy to donate, such as; Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, comb, flannels, warm gloves, scarves & hats. Also much appreciated would be stationery items such as; notebooks, pencils, crayons etc.

We will also put a box out at MMM for donations.

Any spare Christmas wrapping paper would also be useful.

Please contact Janet: 01604 740640.

    Uplands Branch 2017—Events:

Wednesday 9th August - Mary Sumner Day   Service 2.30pm West Haddon Church followed by afternoon tea. Meet our new Chaplain—Rev. Anne Davis

Tuesday 22nd August - Picnic in the Park at Hollowell Pocket Park  -  from 12 noon

Saturday 23rd September – Deanery Wave of Prayer Service  Guilsborough Church

Tuesday 26th September  Film & Fish & Chip Supper   The Barn @ The Witch & Sow   7.30pm

Tuesday 24th October - We will be finishing off Shoeboxes ready for collection by Blythswood.  

Events for August/September - look on Village Pages for more details:

COLD ASHBY—10th Sept - Faith Lunch -

GUILSBOROUGH - Every 3rd Sunday - Brunch @ 11am Guilsborough Village Hall - Alice Cooper 01604 771245

Every Monday—MMM 9 -11am - Janet Minney 01604 740640

HOLLOWELL– 6th August – Open Gardens - Gill Brown 01604 740418

RIDE AND STRIDE—9th September or Facebook/Uplands Group of Church

The Uplands Group of Churches  does lots of work with families and young people in our villages, all of which are open to all, regardless of which village they are held in, current activities include Brunch@11, Bus Stop Tots for under 5 and their carers, Open the Book and prayer spaces in our primary schools, events for those leaving primary school, and monthly Worship for All (all-age) services in a number of our churches.  If you would like to find out more about any of these, please call the Church Office on 01604 743 444 or look at our website on

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

Last updated Saturday, September 2, 2017

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Sunday 5th September 2017

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