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It’s Blooming Wonderful in Creaton

What’s on... in brief

Find out what’s on and where. Scroll down to see all listings, click on the month to go to the relevant page where you can view all the details or alternatively click on the Events Diary menu to choose which month to view.


2nd  Guilsborough Village hall Harvest Lunch

3rd  Harvest Services - Creaton, Cottesbrooke, Cold Ashby, Guilsborough and Thornby

4th  Cold Ashby Harvest Supper

9th  Creaton Walking Group

13th  Creaton WI

15th  Hollowell Hopewell

21st  Creaton FOSM History Group

24th  Hollowell Harvest Service

29th  Hollowell Hallowe’en Party


10th  Creaton WI

13th  Guilsborough Primary Fire & Ice

13th  Cold Ashby Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

13th  Creaton Walking Group

14th Church Remembrance Services

14th Creaton PCC Open Meeting

18th Creaton FOSM History Group

19th Hollowell Hopewell

27th Thornby Stained Glass Window making

Regular Events:

Monday mornings - MMM, Guilsborough

Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings - Tennis, Guilsborough

Thursdays - Family Activity Picnics

Multiple activities at Guilsborough village Hall

Since late August, when the most wonderful sight started to emerge around the Playing Field in Creaton, there has been an increased interest in that part pf the village. It started with the villagers and local dog walkers but soon the word was out and over the weekends in September people came from far and wide to gaze upon the beautiful field of mixed flowers, ablaze with poppies with an underblanket of field scabious, yarrow and ox-eye daisies.

This display is part of a large stewardship scheme that the Cottesbrooke Estate is carrying out with Natural England. One of the drivers for the scheme is to improve and create habitat and, says the Estate, plantings of these flowers encourage butterflies and other pollinators and also provide foraging sites for farmland birds. In fact, nearby fields have been sown with crops for winter feeding of birds, including a very attractive field of phacelia, a good green manure crop for gardeners as well as supplying seed for birds.

Cottesbrooke is delighted that the flowers have brought pleasure to so many, particularly after the past 18 months and it has been really enjoyable for the residents to watch people stopping, looking and smiling.


GETS A LIFT - Literally!

The Percival Guildhouse in Rugby, Warwickshire’s only independent adult education centre, has honoured its retiring chairman, David Dove, by naming its newly-installed lift after him.

The installation of the charity-funded lift represents one of the milestone achievements for David, whose 14 years leading the organisation has included helping to ensure its survival during months of closure and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

“The Guildhouse has a unique place in further education in Rugby and the surrounding area. It must build on the advances made by developing its online courses, always recognising that what students love most is the sense of community and friendship they enjoy attending courses in-house. I know it will continue be a magnet for students of all ages and backgrounds,” he said.

David is succeeded as Chairman by Carin Jackson, who has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2017.

Christmas Picture Competition

Are you feeling creative?

Here’s a suggestion to occupy active minds on a rainy Autumn Day…….

Create a festive picture to appear on the colour pages of the December/January copy of Village Link and pass it on to anyone on the editorial team, or scan/photograph it and send to: by 1st November

Festive prizes will be awarded to different age groups, so remember to include your name, age (if under 18) and contact details with every entry.


125g unsalted butter

2 large onions finely chopped

1kg pumpkin

1 litre chicken stock

125ml single cream

Salt, freshly ground pepper

Dash of Tabasco

Freshly ground nutmeg (optional).

Heat the butter is a large, heavy saucepan and saute the onions until tender but not browned.  Pare the pumpkin, remove any seeds and strings, and cut into 2.5 cm cubes.  Add the pumpkin and chicken stock, cover and simmer until the pumpkin is disintegrating, about 45mins.   Cool slightly and put through a sieve, or puree quickly in a blender.  Be careful not to overblend.  Return to saucepan, season to taste with salt & pepper, add the cream and Tabasco and reheat gently.  Pour into warmed soup tureen and sprinkle with nutmeg.  Serves 6.




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

Last updated Friday, October 1, 2021

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Monday 1st November 2021