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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

As I write this, a snow blizzard is blowing past the window; the temperature is -3 with a further wind chill factor making it feel like at least -10;  Coton Manor have closed their snowdrop viewing because of the weather. It hardly seems possible that we will soon be in Spring and early Summer, which is a reminder that in the midst of the darkest of days there is always hope.

April starts with a bang with Easter on April 1st. Lent this year started on Valentine’s day and Easter is on April Fools day. This reminds us that God’s love led Jesus to the apparent foolishness of the Cross, but it is out of that foolishness that death was overcome and God’s rule on earth began; not only that, as a result of the Cross we can know God’s forgiveness and live transformed lives in the power of the Spirit. Truly, a glorious foolishness to celebrate.

Towards the end of April we will be welcoming our new Vicar,

Allison Twigg, at her licensing by Bishop John at 3.00 on April 29th at St Andrews, Spratton. There will be a particular opportunity for families and Guilsborough people to greet Allison on the next great festival of the Church’s year, Pentecost, on May 20th. Our celebration Group Service at Guilsborough will be followed by a special Brunch @ 11 in the Village Hall (at 11.30!) which will be a chance for as many as possible to come and meet our new Vicar and her family.

every Sunday. However, not everyone knows what happens in them so here is an explanation.

Worship for All: (WFA) an informal family friendly service, with contemporary music and a talk to engage all ages.

Book of Common Prayer: (BCP) a traditional service with the words of the 1662 prayer book; if it is at 8.30am always said; if it is mid-morning usually there are hymns. If it just says BCP it will be a communion service; Morning Prayer and Evensong do not have communion. Parts of Evensong are usually sung by a choir.  

Common Worship: (CW) a service in traditional format in todays’ language; more of the service is said by everyone. There are usually hymns and sometimes an anthem sung by a choir.

Evening Service: This is a quieter, more meditative service; it might be simple, repetitive chants from the Taize community, or Celtic prayers, or the ancient service of Compline.

Table Talk: This is a totally informal gathering where you choose what you would like to sing, and discuss a range of contemporary issues.

Chris Peck

As well as Brunch @ 11, the Open the Book assemblies we do every week in the three primary schools and Bus Stop Tots, we have our full programme of different services every Sunday. However, not everyone knows what happens in them so here is an explanation.


Those of you who pass by St Etheldreda’s may well have noticed the tree work going on during January. It is some time since the trees in the churchyard have been attended to, and we were particularly concerned about the two ancient yews either side of the gate. These were described by the consultant from Daventry Council as the finest in the area, so we had to be especially careful in attempting to slightly reduce some branches to avoid passing traffic, and lift the canopy while maintaining the overall shape. In addition, a huge spreading  conifer on the Coton side was cut down. This has greatly enhanced the aspect of the church coming up the hill.  

Our next project in the churchyard will be to have all  the headstones checked for safety.

Before (left) and after (above) the treeworks

Lent Lunch 2018

This year we raised

£450 for church funds.

A big thank you to

Col. & Mrs Evans for hosting the lunch

and everyone who helped to

make the lunch such a success.

Visitors viewing the Christmas Tree Festival in church voted for their favourite tree and the Brownie pack won with decorations of Christmas hedgehogs.Well done girls!



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

Last updated Saturday, March 31, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 27th April 2018

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