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CREATON W.I.


We meet at the United Reform Church in the High Street 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.


June 12th Helen Frost: The Women’s Land Army in Northamptonshire during the First World War


July 10th Helen Crabtree: Telephone Boxes


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


Please contact Daphne on 01604 505546 for more information.

WALKING GROUP

How lovely to see the countryside blooming and the lambs gambolling in the fields! The Creaton Walking Group have enjoyed seeing the seasons change before their eyes at the same time as exploring the wonderful local walks.

In April the walk was from Harrington to Arthingworth, Desborough and Thorpe Underwood, ending with a delicious lunch at the Tollemache Arms. May found the walkers in Great Brington, Long Buckby, Whilton and Little Brington.

It has been a delight to welcome new walkers on the monthly sojourns.

Walks take place on the second Saturday of the month and are about 8 miles. Meet at the lychgate in Creaton at 10am.

 Next walks are on:

Saturday 8 June
Saturday 13 July
Saturday 10 August

 CREATON SINGERS

The Creaton Singers were delighted to provide the entertainment for the Friends of St Michael History Group’s St George’s Night celebration. The delicious meal was interspersed with a wide selection of English songs old and new, with wonderful audience participation.

The Creaton Singers are now practicing hard for Creaton in Bloom on Sunday 2nd June. Come and hear them at 2.30pm or 3.30pm in the URC on the High Street whilst enjoying a cream tea.

The Creaton Singers practice every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm in the URC, High Street, Creaton and warmly welcome new singers, especially Tenors and Basses.

OVER THE COUNTER - Tales from Creaton Village Shop


 Now, I know that I am a pretty intolerant sort of a chap, but I have also discovered that there are several people who come in the shop and are, well, intolerant. Some, like me, shun gluten; some don’t shell out for eggs; and some can’t do dairy. What we all have in common is that the shop does sell things that we can eat: biscuits, cakes, pies, crisps. If you have a particular intolerance, do tell one of the staff and they will see if they can get products to suit you.

The short spell of warm weather in April brought with it a demand for all things cold but alas the freezer packed up. For a couple of weeks it was seen sulking near the shed but it is now happily restored to its rightful place. During its removal, four men were seen walking round it, nodding sagely and sucking their teeth. I’m not sure but I think I saw one of them give the thing a bit of a tap with his foot where the wheel might have been had this been a car.

I understand that there is a shortage of volunteers to help keep the shop running effectively and a narrow crisis of staffing was avoided a few weeks back. All the while the shop is open there is a paid member of staff and a volunteer. If you have a couple of spare hours I am sure they will be delighted to hear from you. Call in and leave your contact details.

I also hear that one customer, a rugby player of some renown I am informed, appeared in the shop to buy his somewhat disgruntled child an ice lolly. Apparently, a rugby ball was involved somewhere along the way.

Vigilis

Looking out for Butterflies

As the Spring passes into Summer, a number of different butterflies will appear in the hedges, woods and fields. This Speckled Wood (shades of brown and primrose yellow) is quite an early one in and around Creaton, appearing alongside the Orange-Tipped and the over-wintered Peacock and Red Admiral.

The Butterfly Conservation Trust say that the Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. The male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers, except early and late in the year when aphid activity is low.

The range of this butterfly contracted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but has spread back since the 1920s. It has continued to spread over the past two decades, recolonizing many areas in eastern and northern England and Scotland.

If you walk the paths around Creaton you will see a bright yellow bird perhaps standing atop a hedge, or on the ground feeding. This is the Yellowhammer. The adult male is easy to spot, particularly in the breeding season with his red brown plumage streaked with black, and the bright yellow on the head and belly. During the winter, the plumage is more subdued.

Seeing Yellowhammer regularly in the parish, it is surprising to learn that they are on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern. The decline in their numbers has been quite high since the 1980s and despite the fact that they are relatively common across Europe, their numbers are threatened in the UK.

As with many species, the decline of the Yellowhammer in the UK has been brought about by changes and intensification of farming practice. However, all is not lost and farmers are working to reverse these trends. On the fields around Creaton, this is working well and the population has certainly increased over the past five years. People now comment on the numbers they see in the headlands.

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Last updated Friday, May 31, 2019

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Friday 5th July  2019