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The following people won £10 each:

Eddie Litchfield, Pauline hall, Bob Carnell, Vince, Joan Leatherland, Chrystal Baker-Bates, Alison Grasby and John Benjamin

Congratulations and thank you for supporting the village hall.

Don’t forget to check our Events Diary for more information on events in all our villages and surrounding area.


On the Buses

The Parish Council has received information detailing the passenger numbers for service 59 / 60 (Northampton – Market Harborough route) for the period 23 July to 30 September 2018.

This indicates a very low usage from residents in Hollowell (whether North towards Market Harborough or South towards Northampton).  The majority of passengers from Hollowell used a ‘bus pass’ rather than actually paying for the service. It remains unclear if the service can continue after 31 March 2019 and how it may be supported financially.

Grit Bins – To fill or not to fill? That is the question

Following Northamptonshire Highways decision to stop maintaining 500 grit bins across the county, including two in Hollowell, the Parish Council resolved to take over responsibility for the two grit bins on Church Hill, that were due to be decommissioned. Had the Parish Council not adopted the bins, they would have been removed.  No further information has been received from Northamptonshire Highways (as of 31 October 2018) regarding this decision, but the Parish Council has received details from two contractors offering a refilling service. This will be an additional cost to the Parish and residents are reminded that grit bins are for highway use only and contents should be used sparingly to ensure salt is available when most needed.


October found the Hollowell Hens at the home of Alison Grasby for a shopping party with Zuche Boutique.   Lisa, the owner of the business, brought along a lovely collection of stylish and reasonably priced knitwear, handbags, scarves and accessories. Lisa gave us a very engaging talk about her stock while modelling a number of items too. After making our purchases, we ended the evening with a glass of wine. Thank you Lisa and Alison for a super evening.

The Hollowell Hens tapped into their artistic talents at the beginning of November, for an evening crafting poppies out of plastic bottles in the Village Hall.

These were used for decorating the village planters around the thatched bus shelter and in the churchyard to mark the Armistice commemorations. Many thanks to Viv Benjamin for organising this jolly event.

It was a splendid mild and dry November night for the Hollowell bonfire and the rally field was thronged with excited revellers. As usual, the organisers had built a huge stack of pallets, topped with a caravan and several guys.  The strong breeze ensured the huge edifice was soon ablaze and visible for miles around and the fireworks display that followed was superb. Hollowell Steam Committee said it had been a successful night and that they were delighted to have funds left over to donate to local charities.


The tent on Hollowell Steam Rally Field was packed one evening in late October for the annual “Give Away”.  This is the event when all the funds raised at the July Steam Rally are handed out to local charities.

It is always a moving occasion:  not only is it humbling to see what a team of steam enthusiasts and their supporters can achieve, but is also amazing to witness the range of local groups who benefit.   This year, donations were received by more than seventy charities, including the Police Welfare Fund, Northamptonshire Power Chair  Football club (for young players using wheelchairs), Northants Samaritans and various scout units, village halls, schools, churches and playing fields.  Cheques were distributed to Families need Fathers, Mules Are Us, the Talbot Butler cancer ward at Northampton General and one particularly moving donation was given to the Mighty Magnus Fund, to help provide medication for a sick six year old boy. In all £58,000 was handed out to good causes and it was inspiring to comprehend the fantastic work being carried out by the county’s volunteers.  

This year was a particularly special “Give Away” as it was the last headed up by the Steam Rally’s founder, Allen Eaton MBE.  With his wife Jane, Allen has led the Rally for the last 32 years raising 1.8 million pounds for local charities. Our hats off to them both and may they enjoy their retirement.  


  A lively Harvest Supper was held in the newly refurbished Village Hall on September 13th. A total of 45 tickets were sold for the evening and the chatter and laughter rang across the room as people celebrated the end of the growing year and the start of autumn. The format for this year of a warm main course was a big hit with everyone and they tucked into slow roasted pork with accompaniments and an autumn fruit desert. Aspiring chef Jim Billings was congratulated as the meat roaster together with Carrie Billings who orchestrated the affair along with a pose of helpers. The event was also the baptism for a posh set of new crockery, cutlery and glasses that set off the meal.

A raffle and quiz completed the evening and all went home with full tummies and in jovial mood. A good village Do!


Paul and Cheryl Charter have launched a voluntary support service called “We Are Hopewell” for the local community.

Paul says, “We started “Hopewell” in the realisation that in small villages like ours there are people who have no one to turn to when they are at the end of their tether, or in a crisis.”.

Hollowell residents should have received a flyer and fridge magnet through their door. Anyone wanting to talk can contact the Charters and their volunteer team via Facebook – just search for We-are-Hopewell and use Facebook messenger or email


Hollowell's Armistice Commemorations included a fascinating display in the village hall detailing the lives of the fourteen men from the village who fought during the First World War, three of whom lost their lives. At the evening service of Remembrance in the village church, led by the Rev John Evans,the new commemorative bench was blessed and a beacon was lit in the churchyard as a symbol of peace. In the darkness, Paul Mourant bugled the haunting notes of the Last Post and Hollowell's single church bell rang out in chorus with bells across the nation

Private Joseph Bounds of the Royal Army Medical Corp. Died July 1917

Golden Wedding Renewal of Vows and a Christening

On 23rd September Alan and Diane Stocker enjoyed a double celebration.  It was their Golden Wedding and they attended a service in Hollowell Church to renew their marriage vows, with a blessing from the Rev Chris Peck.  

Their grandson, Charlie Dore was christened at the same ceremony by the Rev Alison Twigg.  Alan is one of the original members of Hollowell Steam Committee and 32 years later he remains a much valued member of the team.  Diane is also very much involved in the Steam Rally.  

Following the service everyone was invited to join Alan, Diane and Charlie for tea in the village hall.  It was a very happy and memorable family occasion.

The next Village Hall event is the Christmas Café, come along for coffee and fun on Saturday December 8th, 9am to 12 noon.  


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