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Hurray! Summer has finally come and the countryside has burst into a wonderful collage of flora and fauna. The Creaton Walking Group have been out enjoying the wonderful Northamptonshire countryside.
The photo is from the end of a lovely walk from Great Brington, taking in Long Buckby, Whilton and Little Brington. The Althorp Coaching Inn in Great Brington kindly seated us in a private room before serving a delicious lunch.
Other walks have extended to the Rockingham forest area of our county.
If you enjoy walking come and join this friendly group of walkers and dogs. We meet on the second Saturday of the month at 10am at the lychgate in Creaton. Walks are about 8 miles before an optional pub lunch. The next walks are on10th August, 14th September and 12th October.
*** SAVE THE DATE***
On Saturday 24 August at 7.45pm the Creaton Singers are putting on a concert at The Octagonal Hall, Our Lady of Victories, Fairfield Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9QQ.
The programme consists of a number of well-
Tickets are £7 each and include a glass of wine and nibbles.
All proceeds are to provide the floor and plastering for an extension to St Michael’s Primary School in Ghana for 500 extra pupils.
For further information contact Jane Kimberlin on 07879604029 or buy tickets on the door.
The Creaton Singers are practising hard for the concert and have been pleased to welcome new members.We meet every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm in Creaton URC on the High Street.
OVER THE COUNTER -
I am told that local is all the rage and I can quite see the advantage. The stuff doesn’t have to travel far therefore it has saved lots of those road miles and it may well be fresher for it as well. But what is really interesting is seeing the variety of different food that is produced locally.
We probably all know about Weetabix and Shredded Wheat, but just as important are all the small producers, many of them now under the umbrella of ‘artisan’ makers. On the shelves in the shop we can find muesli, various crackers, quiches and ice cream—so that’s my meals sorted. I also see that the meat comes from Rugby and lots of the jams, chutneys and conserves come from Market Harborough.
What next? Well I don’t know. Perhaps locally produced boot polish (though I am sure someone will tell me it already exists). If it does, I might just try it.
The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is a bright creature you will see fluttering along the hedgerows. It can be seen at almost any time of year if the weather is good and are often found over-
It is one of the most widespread of butterflies in the UK, possibly helped by the abundance of nettles on which it lays its eggs. When they have hatched out, the caterpillars chomp their way through their favourite food plant.
According to the Butterfly Conservation Trust the population density of Small Tortoiseshell butterflies has gone down by 3% since the 1970s, and this of low concern. Keep an eye out for them particularly from Spring right through to Autumn.
CREATON IN BLOOM
Creaton in Bloom was a hugely successful day, with the Red Arrows providing a Fly Past!What an amazing sight! The day raised £7,047 for local charities and amenities including the fabric fund for St Michael and All Angels church.
Over 500 people visited the gardens and the Open Farm Sunday display of farm machinery, had a barbeque lunch, enjoyed a cream tea, listened to music and enjoyed the displays and stalls on the Green including steam and traction engines, classic cars and the local Fire Engine.
The Creaton in Bloom organisers are extremely grateful to everyone who supported the event in any way and look forward to seeing you again next year!
OUR VISIT TO THE QUEEN’S GARDEN PARTY ….. BY REG THOMAS
Tuesday 21st May 2019 was a red letter day and will remain as such for the rest of our lives. It was the day that my wife Jean and I were honoured and delighted to attend The Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
We arrived at the Hyde Park Gate entrance to Buckingham Palace at 2.30pm. At 3pm the gates were opened and we were ushered to a waiting Policeman who promptly checked our identity, in the form of our driving licences, then smiled and said "Welcome Reg & Jean have a nice visit". This initial relaxed atmosphere set the tone for the entire visit. The weather was just perfect. We were free to wander round the enormous and beautifully laid out garden which covers almost 40 acres including a 3 acre lake.
At 4pm The National Anthem announced the arrival of the The Queen and Members of the Royal Family. On this occasion The Queen was accompanied by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of York. The Gentlemen at Arms formed lanes for The Queen and Members of the Royal Family to move through the guests. We were fortunate to be at the front of the line where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked, therefore, we were quite close to The Royal Couple as they made their way along the line pausing to speak to groups who were presented to them. We were impressed on how natural they were when talking to people.
There were three tea tents: The Royal Tea Tent, The Diplomatic Tea Tent and The Main Tea Tent. Our tea was served from the Main Tea Tent, the menu consisted of a wide range of delicious sandwiches (with crusts cut off of course) cakes and a plentiful supply of ice cream. Following this we sat by the lake in the early evening sunshine. At 5.45pm the Royal Party departed and at 6pm The National Anthem was played signalling the end of the Royal Garden Party.
We were quite reluctant to leave. It was so relaxing sitting in the peaceful surroundings reflecting on the enjoyable day and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere with 8000 people from all walks of life and backgrounds, enjoying the day together. It just felt great to be part of it. We were among the last guests to leave the garden, and as we walked through the gates at the front of the Palace our thoughts were "how fortunate we were to have had the honour and privilege of attending The Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace".
Our sincere thanks to our friends on Creaton Parish Council for their kind consideration in putting my name forward and to NALC for nominating me.
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.
August 14th Annual Outing
September 11th The Agony and Ecstasy of a Canal Hotel Boater by Barry Watson.
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.
Local news from the Northamptonshire villages of Cold Ashby, Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Guilsborough, Hollowell & Teeton and Thornby.
Last updated Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 2nd September 2019