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A new school year has started and what a fantastic one it is, we have welcomed lots of new starters and they are having a lovely time, exploring, playing, making new friends and learning lots of exciting things.

We love our vast outside area, the literacy shed has been well used and inspired lots of children to start to draw and create. The children are learning how to use real tools safely on our woodwork bench and have shown great competence…..the future engineers are here!

Our allotment has given us a wonderful crop of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, rhubarb and strawberries, which the children have enjoyed harvesting and sampling. They used some to make rhubarb muffins, which were delicious!

We take children from the age of 2 years to 4 years 11 months, sparking imaginations and motivating children to explore, investigate, challenge and learn through play.

Come and visit our setting and see what we can offer your children. We open Monday-Friday 9am -3pm (offering flexible sessions).

Phone Ducklings Pre-School 01604 505172 to book a stay and play session with us. Please complete our registration form to join our waiting list for a place.


The Walking Group have enjoyed an excellent summer and have been delighted to welcome new walkers. Fifteen people walked in the Welford area on a glorious sunny day in August. The September walk as usual coincided with the churches Ride and Stride event so the walk took in the churches of West Haddon, Winwick, Yelvertoft and Crick.

Some of the walkers recently enjoyed the beautiful Coast to Coast walk stretching the width of England through Cumbria and Yorkshire. Here is a photo taken at a significant milepost.

Why not come and join this friendly group? We walk about 8 miles from a local pub followed by an optional lunch. Meet at the lychgate at 10am on the second Saturday of the month.

Next walks are on:

Saturday 14th October and

Saturday 11th November.  

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Sunday 12th November 2pm

Do you enjoy music?  Do you enjoy meeting your fellow villagers? How about going to a free concert on Sunday 12th November?


The next meetings of the History Group will be on:

Thursday 19th October when Ray York will talk on “The battle of Waterloo” and on

Thursday 16th November Derek Blunt will talk on “Saints, Sinners, Stars and Scandals. A look at some of our past residents famous and infamous!

Join us for complimentary refreshments and conversation.

Members and children free

Non members £3.50


Womens Institute

We meet at 7.30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the United Reform Church (next to the post office). If the meeting is at a different venue this will be stated.

October 11th.  AGM

November 8th. Weird and wonderful weather by Colin Rowe

We welcome new members to come as a guest to one of our meetings to meet old friends and to make new ones.

Please contact Daphne Clark on 01604505546 for more information.


The plans to open a community-run shop and Post Office in Creaton have taken a leap forward with the granting of planning permission for the new premises. We are now at a stage where we need to work even harder on the business plan, and one of the primary assets needed to get the business plan finalised is a bank of volunteer staff.

It may seem a little nebulous, to volunteer to work a few hours in a shop that is, as yet, not constructed, but it is essential to have the staff in place and trained before the shop can become a reality.

We had a meeting in early August that resulted in the makings of a good team of volunteers, not only to serve behind the counter, but also offering willing hands for practical DIY jobs, shelf filling and local deliveries for the housebound.

To successfully meet the needs of our community, the shop will be open from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm on Monday to Friday, and for four hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings.When the shop opens it will be managed by two paid staff, each working on a part time basis. Nonetheless, the shop will only become a reality when we have a bank of volunteers providing over 90 hours of help per week, as it is this that will allow us to achieve these long opening hours.

A shift can be as short as two hours or as long as four hours.The frequency of working will be organised to suit individual volunteers - some may want to work two shifts a week, others would prefer to work once a fortnight.The larger the volunteer bank, the more flexibility there will be for the staff.

So, if you have some time you can give to keep the shop open and serve your community, then join our team. You do not have to live in Creaton to be one of the volunteers, just keen to help a community project on its way. If you would like to know more, please ring or email Patsy Hollingum,  Tel 07876 690348.

Creaton Singers are practising hard to perform for you! The concert is in the URC, High Street, Creaton, starting at 2pm.

Tea / coffee and cake will be served. There will be a voluntary collection for 'Help for Heroes” as it is Armistice Day. Do come and support this local village event. We look forward to seeing you.


Like taking pictures? Then perhaps Spratton Photography Group is the place for you, where we are all keen and still learning.

SPG meets once a month for talks, workshops and competitions. The October 2nd meeting is a talk by professional Paul Hughes about his journey into photography. On November 6th there is a competition.

Meetings are held at Spratton C of E Primary School on the 1st Monday of the month. Junior members under 16 are welcome if accompanied by an adult sponsor.

For more information, contact Richard Hollingum on or call 07887 652599. You can find us on Facebook or visit our website:


1615 and 1745 (Monday to Friday) and 0858, 1055, 1225, 1430, 1630 and 1755 (Saturday).

Peak time journeys and most journeys on a Saturday now additionally serve Links View in Northampton. The morning peak journey no longer serves Brixworth.

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

Last updated Monday, October 2, 2017

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 1st November 2017

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