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We have been working very hard to improve our outdoor provision and with thanks to a grant secured from Daventry district council and ducklings funds we were able to purchase some incredible artificial grass making our vast outdoor area even more accessible and usable. The children have been loving it!

We have been looking after our allotment and green house which is now growing some fabulous produce of which the children will harvest and have for snack. The cucumbers, tomatoes, rhubarb, green beans, peas and strawberries are looking scrumptious!

We are sad to be saying good bye to our school leavers, we have had a wonderful learning journey with them and wish them a wonderful school life.

We look forward to welcome all the new ducklings children in the new academic year to start a new journey together.

We take children from the age of 2 years- 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.


YES WE DID IT! 5 of the Creaton Walking Group completed the 26.2 mile overnight 'Moonwalk' walk through the streets of London wearing highly decorated bras!  Thanks to your generosity we raised just over £3500 for breast cancer research and support. The weather was kind and, thanks to Creaton WI, our bras looked

amazing in their Roaring Twenties theme.

The regular monthly walks have continued alongside training for the Moonwalk and we have been delighted to welcome newcomers and hope they will come again and often.

Thanks to Loretta who kindly led the May walk.  It was on the same day as the Moonwalk, so some of the 'regulars' were missing but still there was a good turnout for a lovely walk from Old. The June walk was from Braunston and the July walk from Pitsford.

The August walk will be in the Welford area.

Walks are on the second Saturday of the month. Meet at the lychgate at 10am.

Next walk is on Saturday 9 September

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From left to right: Sue Matts, Avril Palmer, Chris Reading, Davina Kennedy and Jane Kimberlin

Creaton Singers thoroughly enjoyed singing to the visitors who came to enjoy a cream tea at Creaton in Bloom.  The repertoire covered both familiar and less familiar songs, and always entertaining.

SAVE THE DATE: The singers are now learning a range of new songs for a

FREE concert they are performing on Sunday 12 November at 2pm. This will be in Creaton URC in the High Street and will include tea and cake. Put it in your diary now as this will be a 'not to be missed event'

Creaton in Bloom

A massive thank you to everyone who supported Creaton in Bloom in whatever capacity. The day was a great success thanks to all the hard work put in by a large number of people and a good time was had by all. The gardens looked beautiful and the sun shone for most of the day.

We had over 400 visitors to the gardens and served over 400 people with a barbecue lunch and cream teas. There were many additional attractions on the green including a Classic

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Cars display, Steam Engines and Fire Engines. One of the most popular attractions was the Open Farm Sunday display of modern farm machinery along with explanations of how produce grown in the field arrives in our kitchen, for example wheat to bread, rapeseed oil to mayonnaise and barley to beer.

If you contributed in any way to Creaton in Bloom or were a visitor or sponsor THANK YOU!

The profit raised was over £4,800 and donations have been made to the Creaton Playing Fields, Creaton URC, Creaton Village School, Creaton Village Hall, Hollowell Village Hall and Ravensthorpe Playing Fields in recognition and thanks for their contribution to the success of the day. The main beneficiary is the fabric fund of Creaton church of St Michael and All Angels.

All in all it was a lovely village event.

Playing Field Association

The Playing Field is looking good and being well used by the children in the village.  The tractor has once again been repaired, so we are able to keep up with the mowing.  We were down on numbers at our last Car Boot Sale, but there are two more to go - hopefully these will be better attended.

On Saturday 24th June we held a Barn Dance in the Village Hall.  A big thank you must go to Anna Hughes for all her hard work in organising the event.  All those that attended will agree that the hall looked wonderful, there was plenty to eat and the band were great.  At the end of the evening everyone was up on the floor dancing.

Creaton playing field is not a Parish Council funded facility.  It is privately owned by Cottesbrooke Estate and run by a group of volunteers working hard to raise funds each year to keep it going.  A number of our members have decided that after serving on the committee for over 10 years, this will be their last year.  Therefore we are looking for new people with fresh fundraising ideas.  If we don't have a Playing Field Committee, it is unlikely that the children in the village will have access to a recreation area.  If you would like to join Creaton Playing Field Committee please contact 01604 505384 for more information.

Our last Car Boot Sale will be on Sunday 10th September and our ever popular Quiz Night on  Saturday 18th November.

Creaton 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.

September 13th: Falkland Life by Denis Kemp

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 first meeting of the Friends of St Michael History Group will be on Thursday 21st September in St Michaels and All Angels, Creaton at 7pm.

This will be the AGM followed by a talk by Neil Lyon on the “History of Northamptonshire Country Houses in the 20th century”.

Then join us for complimentary refreshments and conversation.

Members and children free   Non members £3.50



Subject to planning permission, the new shop will be on the Welford Road, opposite Teeton Lane. Below is an artist’s impression of the site.


The list of things to do when starting up a community shop appears never-ending, but it is good to know that many things are being crossed off  and many more have the pencil poised over them. One of the key aspects of a community shop is the involvement of the community and a very important form of involvement is help can take a variety of forms. The obvious one is to help in the shop itself. We shall need people who can offer a few hours a week, on a regular basis, to help serve in the shop, keep the shelves stocked and help on the Post Office counter. This is a great way to get out of the house, meet people, contribute to the community and not be that far from home.

Other ways that volunteers can help will be in practical skills. For example, when it comes to the fitting out the building, if you can use a screw-driver or a paint brush (or both, but probably not at the same time), then you could contribute. Once the shop is up and running people will be needed to help keep it clean, the windows sparkling and the paintwork pristine. Volunteers could also help in collecting stock or helping other members of the community to get to the shop. You might even be able to suggest a way of helping that has not been thought of yet!

Whether you live in Creaton or elsewhere, if you would like to volunteer please contact Patsy Hollingum on 07876 690348.

For information about the shop please contact Charles Matts (07966 363997) or Richard Hollingum (07887 652599).


Summer is nearly upon us and there has been so much going on at school this term!

At the beginning of June we actively took part in the Women's Tour cycle event.  The children worked together to design a 3D fence panel, with spinning wheels and personalised spoke clickers.  This was then proudly displayed outside the school grounds while

the school stood cheering and waving enthusiastically

as the women whizzed past us! Fifteen minutes of

excitement and a lot of fun!

Later on in the month we held our traditional sports

day down on the playing fields in the village.  The

children worked together in their house teams to

score points during a carousel of events

demonstrating a range of different physical skills.

The children cheered each other on, supported the younger children and were enthusiastically noisy!  Afterwards the more traditional races took place, including running, skipping, and the egg and spoon.  The parents also got involved and the children even managed to get the staff to compete in a race. After all the events, the House Sports Trophy was won by Kelmarsh House.  It was a lovely afternoon surrounded by parents and villagers, thank you for your support.

On 28th June we had a visit from Sue Bentley a multimillion selling author from Northamptonshire who has written nearly 80 books, translated into several languages and sold all over the world.  Sue has associations with the school as in 2003 she opened the Millennium Room at the front of the building.  During her visit Sue talked to the children about her love for reading when she was younger, and described the process of writing a book from embryonic ideas to the final published creation.  She read some passages from her 'Magic Kitten' series and explained how she writes other books too, under different pseudonyms such as the 'Rainbow Magic Fairy' books.  Sue also shared with the children how her books look in different languages and the children were particularly fascinated by the book published in Chinese as the typeface is so different to English and the book is also right to left or “backwards”.

The school year is coming to a busy end; we have just returned from our Residential Trip to The Pioneer Centre in Shropshire where the children enthusiastically took part in a range of adventurous activities. Key Stage 2 children are busy rehearsing for the Summer Performance of Alice in Wonderland. Emotions are running high as we begin to say goodbye to our year 6s. However, we are also looking forward to welcoming our new entrants and we have several children starting across the whole school.  There is still plenty going on with a small Summer Fair on the afternoon of 13th July, with table games, afternoon tea and the possibility of some maypole dancing! You can follow us on Twitter @creatonprimary and Facebook @greatcreatonschool and find out more about our school on our website Visitors to the school are always welcome.

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

Last updated Saturday, September 2, 2017

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