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

Message from Reverend Allison Twigg, Associate Priest, the Uplands Group of Churches

generally at the cost of the plant itself.

Life can be a little like that, can’t it?feel like weto force ourselves to bear fruit, to be successful,keep up with the expectations of others, of society and even ourselves. The problem is that can sometimes be at the cost of our wellbeing. The news is full of stories of those that are struggling with their mental health. In a recent survey more than 74% of adults confessed to being overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year. But it’s not just the adults, 1 in 8 children/young people aged between 5 and 19 has a diagnosed mental health condition.

  In that kind of world this bible passage has a lot to sayus. We don’t have to conform to those expectations, we don’t have to continually push ourselves, it’s ok just to ‘be’ sometimes, in fact it’s more than ok, it’s essential! C.S Lewis sums it up brilliantly:

  “A car is made to run on gas, and it would not run properly on anything else. God designed the human machine to run on himself. He himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other."

  We’re heading in to summer; it’s the ideal time to slow down a bit and ‘abide’, to reconnect with ourselves, those we love and with God.pray for lots of opportunities forof usdo just that, I am sure we will all be better for it!


Reverend Allison Twigg

This month the Pick Your Own season is in full swing; strawberries, raspberries and all sorts of yummy goodness but nowadays we can have the fruit we want even when it’s out of season and we can even growownor soft fruitsforcing. The plants will produce fruit but generally at the cost of the plant itself.

Life can be a little like that, can’t it?feel like weto force ourselves to bear fruit, to be successful,keep up with the expectations of others, of society and even ourselves. The problem is that can sometimes be at the cost of our wellbeing. The news is full of stories of those that are struggling with their mental health. In a recent survey more than 74% of adults confessed to being overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year. But it’s not just the adults, 1 in 8 children/young people aged between 5 and 19 has a diagnosed mental health condition.

  In that kind of world this bible passage has a lot to sayus. We don’t have to conform to those expectations, we don’t have to continually push ourselves, it’s ok just to ‘be’ sometimes, in fact it’s more than ok, it’s essential! C.S Lewis sums it up brilliantly:

  “A car is made to run on gas, and it would not run properly on anything else. God designed the human machine to run on himself. He himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other."

  We’re heading in to summer; it’s the ideal time to slow down a bit and ‘abide’, to reconnect with ourselves, those we love and with God.pray for lots of opportunities forof usdo just that, I am sure we will all be better for it!


Reverend Allison Twigg

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SECOND CONSULTATION ON NEW WORKS TO GUILSBOROUGH CHURCH (ST ETHELDREDA’S)


The Church is moving ahead with a major restoration – the first in almost 100 years. One of the aims is to make the building more attractive, useful and comfortable for wider community use (such as music events), as well as for better supporting the church mission and ministry. It has been made possible by a very generous bequest (with restricted use for the maintenance and development of the church building).

This second consultation is asking for your views on details of possible new flooring, toilets, kitchen, heating, chairs instead of pews (or not) and other matters.

The first consultation asked about whether the draft vision was right and the answer was a clear “yes”.  You can download a progress report on what has been achieved so far by following the link below.

To be involved with this second consultation, please download, print and fill in the questionnaire; or if you need a hard copy  please email the Project Group c/o David@nortoft.co.uk or ring David O’Neil on  01604 740 865. Instructions are given on where to return the form to and the closing date is 25th August 2019.

Lastly, there’s a third link to view examples of works carried out in other churches which may or may not help in your decision making and completion of the response form.

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First Consultation report

Examples

Second Consultation Form

As I drive around the villages that make up The Uplands Group of Churches, from the beauty of our villages and the hills, valleys and reservoirs that surround us constantly amazes me. As I travel from community to community for meetings and services and visits and events I often give thanks for the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside and for the green, rolling lushness of the landscape.

  At this time of year, particularly with the ‘generous’ amount of rain we have had so far this summer, the countryside is full to overflowing with the bounty of nature; leaves, grasses, wildflowers, seed heads, moving with the breath of the wind, being beaten down by the heavy rain, drinking it up when it is light, lifting up towards the warmth of the sun (when it appears). And of course our farming community find all of this helpful and not so helpful at times in the course of producing food for our shops and tables.

  As I look at the beauty that surrounds us, and the busy-ness of those that work the land here I am often reminded of a bible passage “I am the true vine, and my Father is the.removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunesto make it bear more fruit… Abide in me as I abide in you.”

  The word thathere was abide. Abide means to remain, to wait, to continue to be held, to be.’s a gentle word and I felt a great deal of peace when pondering it inbeautiful garden in the sunshine.

  Jesus is the vine, God is the gardener, we are the branchesthe plant, our job is to ‘abide’remain in God’s presenceHe will transform us into something beautiful.Plantsgrowtheir ownthat’s that? Perhaps it’s not that simple?

  

ST ETHELDREDA: THE WINDOWS

We are very fortunate to have some fine windows in our village church, designed or manufactured by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

  It is many years since the church windows have been cleaned. Thanks to a legacy (which is restricted to the preservation and  maintenance of the building and the fabric) we have now been able to undertake this task. We engaged a firm of Architectural Glass Artists who did a comprehensive survey of all windows and completed the cleaning in early June.    Scaffolding was brought in to clean the upper clerestory windows, and the difference in light was immediately noticeable. Microbial growth and green algae had built up over the years, and this was problematic for the cleaning of the precious stained glass windows, as the pigment had become very fragile. a

  Only limited, gentle cleaning with a special techniques and solutions was advised. Our 12th century parish church has many features of note. If you are walking, driving or cycling by, the church is always open in the daytime for visiting – or simply to take a rest in beautiful, quiet surroundings.

  Our visitors book records comments from far and wide. We are lucky to have the church on our doorstep.


Some of the windows after cleaning are shown below,

hover over them to see them enlarged.


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

Last updated Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 2nd September  2019

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