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Platinum Jubilee:  Events Round Up

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.


1st & 2nd Drama Production Guilsborough

9th Creaton Walking Group

9th - 10th Learn to Sail (Adults) at Hollowell Sailing Club

11th Guilsborough PC Annual Meeting

13th Creaton Folk Band / WI Talk

14th Guilsborough Friends

15th Good Friday MMM Guilsborough

21st Hopewell Cafe, Hollowell

23rd Steam & Whistle pub night, Hollowell

24th Cottesbrooke Hall Open Gardens

29th Quiz at Guilsborough


7-8th Learn to Sail (Adults) at Hollowell Sailing Club

12th Guilsborough Friends

14th Creaton Walking Group

22nd Guilsborough Open Gardens

Regular Events:

Monday mornings - MMM, Guilsborough.

Monday evenings - Knitwits, Guilsborough.

Tuesday evenings - Creaton Singers, Sailing Tasters at Hollowell Sailg Club (booking essential)

Thursdays mornings - Indoor Bowls, Creaton.

3rd Friday of the month - Hopewell Cafe, Hollowell.

Sunday morning & Tuesday evenings -Tennis, Guilsborough

Multiple activities at Guilsborough village Hall

Seventy years ago, a young Princess Elizabeth took on the responsibility of becoming monarch to our nation. This June we will celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, a chance to rejoice in a long reign and a time to reflect on the changes that have taken place over that period. The Village Link communities are busy planning their celebrations and we feature their adverts on the front and back cover. Please make a note of these dates and events in your diaries!

Cottesbrooke celebrations will take place at the Village Hall on

Community support for Ukraine

It’s been heartwarming to see so many of our villagers contributing to aid collections and deliveries to support Ukrainian refugees. If any readers have also signed up to the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ hosting scheme, the quickest way to pull the refugees through the system is if you have a name of the person you are sponsoring. A charity called RefuAid is currently in Poland working to link refugees up with suitable homes in the UK, side by side with the UK government. It might ease their sense of isolation if displaced families know others who are also hosted locally. Contact who is the operations manager out there. Another option for putting hosts and families together directly is the website:

Sunday 5th and there is more detail on the Cottesbrooke page. Cold Ashby is organising a Platinum Tea for those residents over 70 on Friday 3rd, and a family celebration on the Playing Fields on Sunday 5th.

Thornby are holding a street-style party at the Old Rectory on the Sunday and Hollowell & Teeton are having a tea party on Saturday 4th followed by a Jubilee after party.

Creaton are combining their celebrations with their annual Open Gardens event on Sunday 5th.

In Guilsborough, the Witch & Sow pub is holding a BBQ with live music on the Saturday. On Sunday 5th there will be family sports on the GPFA Playing Fields in the morning and a Street Party from midday. On Thursday 2nd June, at St Etheldreda’s there will be an Outdoor Church Service for the Uplands Group. Many of these events still have to be finalised and you will be hearing from your village Jubilee organizing teams over the next couple of months.


In this, the second in the Village Link series on how climate change is affecting where we live, the County Bird Recorder and Hollowell resident, Jon Cook tells of the plusses and minuses of this catastrophe for the birds.

Several changes evident in recent years would suggest that climate change is having a significant impact on bird populations. Some of these changes are obvious, while others are revealed by study of more detailed data, for example arrival and departure dates for migratory birds and nesting dates for breeding species.

Many summer visitors such as Swallows are returning earlier from their winter quarters. Species such as Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, formerly only present as summer visitors in the UK, are now present throughout winter. Many of our resident birds are laying eggs much earlier in the year. Several species have expanded their range northwards and become commoner here, for example Cetti’s Warbler and Little, Great and Cattle Egrets, formerly rare species which have become established in our county and indeed across much of the UK. These examples are representative of a poleward shift in the distribution of species. On the face of it, these changes would appear to be positive in terms of local biodiversity, and a recent British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) study stated that 25% of British breeding species have benefitted from climate change.

An increasing body of evidence however suggests that climate change is having a significant impact in other less positive ways. The same BTO study found that 25% of British breeding species were negatively affected. There is evidence that climate change has adversely impacted populations of vulnerable upland and seabird species. A global decline in migratory species has also been noted, potentially as these species are particularly vulnerable to negative impacts. In the UK, 20 of our 54 species of long-distance migrants are in decline, particularly in southern Britain. The Cuckoo is a good local example of this, a formerly widespread summer visitor now scarce away from a handful of strongholds in the county.

Many formerly common species have vanished or become extremely scarce from Britain, and while this could be related to climate change, the causes are likely to be complex, including habitat loss, persecution, degradation, reduced food supply and other human pressures. The UK all-species Wild Bird Index, which represents population change across 130 species, shows a 10% decline since 1970 (Defra 2020).

Also remarkable is the speed with which many of these changes have occurred, with a measurable and notable impact per decade. While some of the changes described are examples of a species capitalising on an opportunity, for example better availability of food or milder winters - there are others which would suggest a species responding to stress or pressures elsewhere in their natural range.

Mitigating measures such as tree-planting for net-zero carbon emissions may help reduce the climate impact and may also create valuable wildlife habitat, but insensitive planting could be harmful to natural habitats. The requirement for biofuels may require expanded areas of cultivation to meet the demand, potentially reducing wild habitats. Cost-of-living increases and energy shortages are likely to add further to the challenges we face and create further pressure. This would appear to paint a gloomy picture, but through scientific research and robust decision-making, supported by public interest, it should be possible to protect the natural world in integrated, connected ways that achieve benefits for both nature and people.


Pearce-Higgins, J.W. (2021): Climate Change and the UK’s Birds. British Trust for Ornithology Report, Thetford, Norfolk.

Bellew, H (2017): 6 Ways Climate Change is Impacting Birds in the UK.

Egret at Pitsford Reservoir

The Nene Consort, an established recorder group in Northamptonshire (previously based in Creaton and with players from our villages) is looking for new members. We play a variety of music and are looking forward, hopefully, to getting back to performing later in the year. New members must be willing to play, or learn to play, different instruments.

We meet on Wednesday evenings in Brixworth and if you are interested, please contact Mary Cooper: or 07977882493


The Uplands Hub is a new facebook group for residents of all our local villages. Request to join, and use it to share news of your village / club events and activities. It is not a ‘for sale’ group (there are other groups for that). For information contact Lisa Phillips on 07895 009099 or link up online!

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

Last updated Friday, April 1, 2022

Copy deadline for next printed edition: Tuesday 3rd May 2022