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

Message from Reverend Chris Peck, Rector Uplands Group of Churches

      The days are getting longer, but winter can still have a sting in its tail and we don’t know what is round the corner. The same is true of life; one moment things are going well, then suddenly an event or a diagnosis turns our life upside down. Sometimes the hardest thing is when it is someone close to us who is affected; we so desperately want to put it right for them and we can’t; we can only be there for them, watching them suffer, doing the best we can for them, but feeling inadequate.

     Lent begins on 6th March with Ash Wednesday; during Lent we are reminded that Jesus entered into the full experience of what it means to be human, sharing our suffering as well as our joys; on 14th April we celebrate Palm Sunday with a Procession and a dramatic reading of the last days of Jesus life and enter Passion Week which reminds us that the Cross comes before the Resurrection.

     The greatest gift we can give to someone else is to be fully present to them with all the loving attention we can muster; the gift Jesus gives us is God’s full involvement in whatever we are experiencing, however difficult or joyful. I am writing this just after Christmas where we saw an increased number of children and families attending events, including over 1000 children attending services in Spratton Church, the Village Hall in Guilsborough bursting with young children for the December Brunch @ 11; a live donkey in Ravensthorpe Church performing in more ways than one (!), Year sevens from

things are difficult that we can discover just how much God is indeed with us; just how much we can be held by God’s loving presence.

     So whatever this season throws your way, may you know the depth of God’s presence with you, and take time this Lent to deepen your appreciation of that presence in your life.  

     Why not join us in one or more of our varied services and events which are in full flow: Bus Stop Tots, Brunch @ 11, Worship for All, Common Worship, Book of Common Prayer, Table Talk, Taize, along with Monday Morning Meet; we will have a special communion for Ash Wednesday March 6st and a full range of services during Holy Week and Easter together with a film based course in Lent based on ‘The King’s Speech’.  We have a new administrator, Katrina, who can be contacted on ;  We would love to keep you informed of events within The Uplands Group of Churches, if you are a FaceBook user please search for ‘Uplands Group Churches’ and follow our FB page; we will be emailing a weekly newsletter to all those who have given us permission to do so. Why not follow us to find out what is happening; there really is something for everyone!

Chris Peck

Guilsborough Secondary Academy packing into Guilsborough Church and generally good numbers in Carol Services across the eight churches. It has been a wonderful joy to celebrate the baby who is Emmanuel, God with us, with so many of all ages. It is often when


Church News

Lent Lunch 2019

Saturday 6Th April

12 – 2pm

By kind permission

Col. & Mrs Evans

High Street


Offers of soup or cheese welcome.

Tickets £6

Available from Janet:

01604 740640




COLD ASHBY: No Service

COTTESBROOKE:  9.45 a.m.

CREATON: 9.30 a.m.


HOLLOWELL: 11 a.m.

SPRATTON: 11 a.m.

RAVENSTHORPE: 4.00 p.m. Tea

THORNBY: No Service

SHROVE TUESDAY-Tuesday 5th March

The Pancake

Pancakes are particularly associated with ‘Pancake Day’ or ‘Shrove Tuesday’; the day before the start of Lent in the Christian calendar. Originally, pancakes were eaten to use up milk and eggs, which were not eaten during the period of Lent


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

Last updated Thursday, January 31, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Sunday 3rd March 2019