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We meet in the United Reform Church in the High St at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. If the meeting is to be held at a different venue this will be stated.

December 12th Christmas Party

January 9th Members evening at 7 Court House Close.

We welcome you at our meetings either as a guest or a new member. Come to meet old friends or make new ones.

Please contact Daphne on 01604505546 for more information


The glorious summer is a distant memory and winter is making its presence known! Undeterred, the Creaton Walking Group have been out and about enjoying walks around Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.

Walks take place on the second Saturday of the month and are a 3 hour round trip from a pub, followed by an optional lunch.

Newcomers and well-behaved dogs always very welcome. In addition, there is a slightly shorter New Year’s Day walk.

Meet at the lychgate at 10am (11am on New Year’s Day)

Next walks are on: Saturday 8 December; Tuesday 1st January; Saturday 12th January.

Why not make joining this friendly group your New Year’s resolution?


Get Christmas off to a great start by coming to hear the Creaton Singers. On Sunday 9th December in the afternoon the Creaton Singers will be providing entertainment whilst you buy your Christmas Tree at Welford Christmas Tree Farm. Come and listen to a selection of traditional and new carols.

The annual carolling and concert will take place on Tuesday 18th December. Come to the Green at 7pm and join in the carols as we progress to the Village Hall for a concert at 7.30pm. Seasonal refreshments will be served. The concert is free and there will be a voluntary collection for charity. We look forward to seeing you and your families.

Merry Christmas from the Creaton Singers!

FOSM History Group

We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7.30pm in St Michael and All Angels Church, Violet Lane, Creaton. Come and join us for interesting talks followed by complimentary refreshments. Members are free. Non members £3.50

Next Meetings:

Thursday 20th December. Charles Dickens by Steve Dimmer.

Thursday 17th January Saints , Stars and Scandals in Northamptonshire by Derek Blunt.

Our Christmas Fair in November was a great success in raising £445.Thanks to the Committee for their hard work and to all those who came along to support us. Although we are not a religious or church group our fundraising helps to preserve the fabric of our historic church.

Creaton Village Shop

 something that could be stocked, do talk to a member of the shop staff.

As our first Christmas draws ever nearer, the Post Office trade is building up. One thing that you may not be aware of is that when the shop is open so is the Post Office. You can use the full range of postal services on offer from 7:30am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 12 midday on Saturday and Sunday. Now you can avoid the busy times by using the Post Office at a time to suit you.

At the Post Office we offer banking facilities (depositing cheques and cash, and making withdrawals), a full range of standard posting services including Parcel Force, international posting, signed for and Next Day delivery, and the all-important depositary for undelivered parcels. You can also get your car taxed and, from mid-November, the National Lottery and the Health Lottery will be available.

By the time you are reading this, some of the international posting dates for Christmas will have passed. However, you have until 14th December to post to Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Italy and Poland; 15th for Finland and Sweden; 17th for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland; and 18th for Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg. In the UK, the latest recommended posting dates are Tuesday 18th for 2nd Class postage and Thursday 20th for 1st Class.


The shop is going well. You may have seen that we recently held a cheese and wine tasting evening that was well attended, and cautiously launched our first Christmas of trading - well it was November! The big news of recent times is that we have been awarded a grant of £20,000 by the Prince’s Countryside Fund towards our staffing, or more particularly training our staff - both paid and voluntary. This grant, which lasts three years, will allow us to run a paid member of staff and a volunteer at all times.

The shop is currently open 60.5 hours a week and taking into account the pre-opening and post-closing periods, we use 70 hours of volunteer time a week, matching that of the paid staff. This is a tremendous reflection on the amount of support the shop has, not only from Creaton but from volunteers from other villages. We must not rest on our laurels though and we are continually seeking more to add to our core group of over 30.

One of the many good things about running a Community Shop like the one in Creaton is how much the community is involved. From the shareholders and the volunteers to the customers, local is important and we are blessed with the support from all.

Creaton Village Shop also supports being local in the things it sells, including milk, bread, cheese and drinks such as beer, cider and even wine from not very far away! We are always looking to extend

the range of locally sourced products, so if you have an idea of


At the AGM in September, one member of the Management Committee stood down but all others were re-elected to serve. This being the first AGM, there is a sliding scale of length of tenure, so that some will serve for 3 years, some for 2 and some for 1 before standing again - or standing down.

As we have now moved from an organisation building a shop to one of running it, the skills necessary will change and there is room to co-opt members to the MC should particular skills be required.

For further information, call in to Creaton Village Shop & Post Office. Alternatively, call the shop on 01604 328877 or look at the website:

Finally; Creaton Village Shop wishes all its supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


As autumn began to spread it’s kaleidoscope of colour around us, the pupils of Great Creaton Primary School were busily involved in a variety of activities linked to the season.

The pupils generously contributed food for Harvest Festival, it made a very colourful display in the school. The contributions were donated to the Hope Centre, Northampton, and as a school we considered how fortunate we are compared to those who have so little.

Once again, the school was asked to provide guys for the annual Bonfire Party at Hollowell. The pupils took part in a competition to make a guy and created some interesting characters. The winning guy was clear to see, seated proudly at the top of the bonfire.

As Armistice Day approached, the pupils thought about the events of WW1. In Year Six they wrote letters from the trenches and together we created a poppy display in the entrance of the school as a reminder of the sacrifices made by soldiers from the village of Creaton one hundred years ago.

During autumn, Hindus celebrate the Festival of Light, Diwali. We found out about this special event when Mrs Sunita Prasad visited us in school to share her experiences of Diwali.

For Children in Need, the pupils practised measuring, reading scales, following instructions and making cakes in readiness for a cake stall, to raise money for this worthy cause.

In Robin class there is regularly the appetising smell of cooking, which is then shared and sampled by all! One week they sampled and cooked with different fruits from the continent of Africa as part of their work on the well-known book, Handa’s Surprise.

The children of both Robin and Owl class have resumed their swimming lessons at Moulton College; it’s a delight to see the children gain confidence in the water and become more determined to succeed.

Ed and Amy Chambers are delighted to

announce the birth of their daughter,

Esme Clara Chambers.

Born 10th October at 6:17am, weighing

7lbs 2oz. All the family are doing very well, and

would like to thank everyone for their cards and

good wishes.

After over 5 years in the job I am retiring from the Editorial Committee of the Village Link and as the link person for Creaton. Richard Hollingum has offered to fill the vacancy and will be starting with the February edition. Many thanks for your contributions over the past years and please give Richard the same support. He can be contacted on: or phone 07887 652599.

Douglas McEwan


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

Last updated Friday, December 7, 2018

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Wednesday 2nd January 2019